atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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#3203: Add a little rosemary for great justice

When I was putting the burgundy beef together this morning I added a pinch of rosemary. Very nice flavor. The only problem is when you find yourself chewing on a bit of the spice itself and have to remove it from your teeth.

...I've been thinking that I could probably make this same recipe with chicken (substituting chicken broth for the beef broth, of course) and get a highly similar and very tasty dish out of it.

I was going to cook the asparagus and have it with this stuff for dinner tonight, but I just don't have the energy. I'm going back to bed in a bit. The nervous tension of the past week returned early this afternoon, and it took about an hour of laying in bed and consciously trying to relax before I was rid of it again; it's absent right now and I'd like it to stay that way.

On the plus side, I didn't need any Xanax to do it. I really don't want to lean too heavily on the Xanax; it's bad enough that I have to take one pill per day for anxiety and I'd rather it not turn into two or more.

Sure would help if I knew what I was so worried about. But: an anxiety disorder is a brain chemistry issue and there doesn't have to be a reason for it. There might not be anything I'm actually worried about. The same way someone with bipolar disorder can't help being alternately depressed and manic, I can't help being worried even in the absence of anything to worry about.

Anyway, the food was a bit saltier than last time, and the loaf of bread didn't rise as much as it should have. The latter is probably due to my putting a smidge less yeast than 1 TSP. The teaspoon measure was almost full and I emptied the dregs of the pack into the bread machine's pot, but I guess it wasn't quite 1 TSP after all. Everything still tasted good.

I'm glad that I tried this recipe again after the first loaf. The first loaf tasted too sweet, probably because the yeast was old and I'd used 2x the amount to get it to rise properly. For the 2nd loaf I used good yeast and added more salt, and it was delicious. This is the third loaf I've made of this stuff, and though it didn't rise all the way it's still tasty.

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Karl Denninger on Illinois' budget mess and how the government is trying to deal with it.

Denninger's point is about the various forms of fraud these government organs are getting away with. He discusses how the school board in his town in Florida tried to scam the populace:
This is identical to what happened in this area when the School District tried to get a 1/2 cent sales tax levy for replacement of refrigerators and roofs on school buildings. Refrigerators and roofs that were installed years ago, which the school district knew damn well had a service life and therefore should have an impound account that is funded every year so as to provide that "pool of money" with which to replace the now-worn-out items.
Emphasis removed.

...when I lived in Cedar Rapids much the same sort of issue came up. It was imperative, we were told on the nightly newscasts, that the school district's latest bond issue be approved by the voters, because the school facilities were falling apart and needed to be replaced. The news reports showed all kinds of examples of how the school buildings were in disrepair: leaky roofs, old equipment, worn-out floors, etc.

Like Denninger, my response was, "You're supposed to budget for things like upkeep, and that shit won't happen if you take care of your facilities!" If you don't have enough money to pay for everything, you cut out the fripperies and the luxuries and pay only for necessities.

"But we'll have to cut programs if we do that!" Yeah? Well, maybe you can start charging fees to the people who use those programs in order to fund them. You know? And if people won't pay for them, then maybe those programs aren't all that necessary.

The one thing that the public education monopoly does not want to be widely understood is the fact that public education is not free and everyone pays for it. If they started to charge activity fees for things, people might twig to the notion that this shit costs money. So the school boards would much rather simply cancel the programs, then tell upset parents that "We don't have the money. Approve the [bond issue/tax increase] and then we can do it."

It would be nice if the property tax bill were to be itemized: X much for the Sheriff, Y much for school funding, Z much for the other thing--if people understood how much they were paying for their kids' socialized education they might balk at it.

One might as well shout at the wind, though. As long as government has control of education, this is how it's going to be.

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I didn't make the apple crisp, either. That's the 2nd week in a row I've put it off. Well, at least I have brownies!
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