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I haven’t seen this many people gathered in one place since they took the group photo of all the criminals and lawbreakers in the Reagan administration.  225 of them so far.  225 different people in Ronald Reagan’s administration have either been fired, arrested, indicted, or convicted… of either breaking the law or violating the ethics code.  Edwin Meese alone has been investigated by three separate special prosecutors and there’s a fourth one waiting for him in Washington right now.  Three separate special prosecutors have had to look into the activities of the attorney general!  And the attorney general is the nation’s leading LAW-ENFORCEMENT OFFICER!  This is what you gotta remember.  This is the Ronald Reagan administration–these are the LAW AND ORDER people.  These are the people who are against street crime.  They want to put street criminals in jail to make life safer for business criminals.  They’re against street crime so long as it isn’t WALL Street.

–– George Carlin from his 1988 HBO What Am I Doing in New Jersey? as quoted in Last Words p 238

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I had a left-wing, humanitarian, secular humanist, liberal inclination on the one hand, which implied positions on myriad issues.  On the other I had prejudices and angers and hatreds toward various classes of people.  None of which included skin color or ethnicity or religion.  Well–religion, yes.  I used to get angry at blue-collar right-wingers, but that passed, because I saw that in the end they were just a different sort of victim.

I felt discomfort at having received positions on issues, simply because of my preference for the left of center, for people’s rights over property rights.  I was beginning to find that a lot of my positions clashed.  The habits of liberals, their automatic language, their knee-jerk responses to certain issues, deserved the epithets the right-wing stuck them with.  I’d see how true they often were.  Here they were, banding together in packs, so that I could predict what they were going to say about some event or conflict and it wasn’t even out of their mouths yet.  I was very uncomfortable with that.  Liberal orthodoxy was as repugnant to me as conservative orthodoxy.

–– George Carlin from Last Words p 232

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Christopher Hitchens Modernizes Some Famous Commandments

Here they are plainly stated:

  1. Do not condemn people on the basis of their ethnicity or color.
  2. Do not ever use people as private property.
  3. Despise those who use violence or the threat of it in sexual relations.
  4. Hide your face and weep if you dare to harm a child.
  5. Do not condemn people for their inborn nature.
  6. Be aware that you too are an animal and dependent on the web of nature, and think and act accordingly.
  7. Do not imagine that you can escape judgment if you rob people with a false prospectus rather than with a knife.
  8. Turn off that fucking cell phone.
  9. Denounce all jihadists and crusaders for what they are: psychopathic criminals with ugly delusions.
  10. Be willing to renounce any god or any religion if any holy commandments should contradict any of the above.

Here you can find his exposition:

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Stuffed Baked Pumpkin

Ingredients:

  • 1 decent sized pumpkin with lid removed and inside cleaned
  • sauté
    • 1 onion chopped
    • 1 red bell pepper chopped
    • 12? cloves garlic chopped
    • handful of dried bing cherries chopped
  • deglaze
    • 1/4 cup? pomegranate molasses
    • 1/4 cup? white wine
  • remove to mixing bowl (leaving liquid behind)
  • sauté after reducing retained liquid
    • 10 maybe mushrooms (let them fully wilt)
    • 1 lb sweet Italian sausage
  • remove to mixing bowl
  • 1 cup black rice with 3.5 cups chicken stock 5 minutes boil and simmer to finish, then add to mixing bowl
  • finally add the rest to the mixing bowl
    • 1/4 cup? Asiago
    • coriander, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg
    • 2 apples chopped
    • lemon juice
    • cream
    • sage
  • mix everything and stuff the pumpkin

450f for 30 minutes and then 350f for another 90 minutes

I ended up with too much liquid after cooking and would reduce the amount of liquid used (or reduce the rice liquid more) for the next cook.

Pumpkin seeds

  • sauté in olive oil
  • add salt, cayenne, and butter
  • 300f oven 45 minutes

These turned out amazing for being so simple.

Gutting the pumpkin (and then salvaging the seeds) was a bit of a pain in the ass.  I used an ice cream scoop for gutting the pumpkin which did a fair job for most of it.  I may try using a serrated knife for removing the lid next time, though I suspect my dreams of sawing around are folly.

The flavor combination of the stuffing was amazing and I wouldn’t hope to alter it one bit.  Just maybe reducing the final liquidity some.

Have fun!

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