atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#3264: What's going on with the forsythia bush?

The forsythia bush in the back yard--which has hardly managed a handful of blossoms per year over the past decade--has exploded with flowers. I looked out the back door as I was opening it this morning and thought, "Gee, those leaves look awfully yellow," and then did a double take: "Could those be flowers?"

Got shoes, went out and looked--sure enough the side facing the house is a riot of yellow blooms. There are flower buds all over the thing, but the houseward side is the one that went off first.

I don't remember the last time that bush flowered on more than one or two branches.

The jonquils in the front yard, too, have bloomed so suddenly I'm suspecting that someone fertilized them with Viagra. (Flowers are the sex organs of plants, after all....)

It was cloudy on Groundhog Day. Coincidence?

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Mark Steyn says that history will laugh at us for taking Obama seriously.

That energy speech he delivered a few days ago, where he complained that we're drilling everywhere but "the mall and your house"--and lied through his teeth--is also full of a whole ton of historical ignorance.

It explains, at least, the Rutherford B. Hayes meme that's been going around: turns out Obama made fun of Hayes for saying, of the telephone, "It’s a great invention, but who would ever want to use one?"

Problem: Hayes didn't say it.

You'd think the Stuttering-Clusterfuck-in-Chief would have someone working for him who could, y'know, check his speeches for factual correctness. He certainly spends enough of our money on other things.

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Borepatch makes an interesting point here. Iran with The Bomb can take out whatever American naval firepower happens to be cruising nearby. Three carriers within missile range might be an awfully tempting target for an Iranian nuclear-tipped missile.

Fortunately, carrier fleet doctrine in the nuclear age takes into account that one bomb can take out a carrier group if the ships are all bunched up. The savvy admiral will keep his ships dispersed; he certainly won't have all three carriers steaming line abreast just begging for someone to drop an atom bomb on them.

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...there was more to that thought, but it was driven out of my mind by the sweet song of a finch just outside my window. He's out there tweeting and warbling and making little crackly noises, and listening to that is more important to me than shouting at the wind about the dangers we face from a nuclear-armed Iran.

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It's two weeks to Palm Sunday. Whee! That makes it three weeks to Easter Sunday, and the end of Lent, and--

And today is Saint Patrick's Day. I've got a hunk of corned beef in the fridge, and I'm planning to eat it tonight with cabbage, carrots, and potatos. In fact I've got to look up a recipe on how one is supposed to cook it, though I'd bet it approximates all Irish cooking:

Step 1: place ingredients in pot and cover with water or broth.

Step 2: boil for 15 hours.

Step 3: serve in cup with a straw.


ADDENDUM: Guess what?

How to cook Corned Beef Brisket
This recipe is REALLY simple. All you need to do to cook a corned beef brisket are three things:

1) Put the corned beef brisket in a large pot

2) Cover it with water

3) Bring it to a boil then simmer for 3-5 hours
What did I say?

Here's one with a bit more detail:
1) Place corned beef in large pot or Dutch oven and cover with water. Add the spice packet that came with the corned beef. Cover pot and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer approximately 50 minutes per pound or until tender.

2) Add whole potatoes and carrots, and cook until the vegetables are almost tender. Add cabbage and cook for 15 more minutes. Remove meat and let rest 15 minutes.

3) Place vegetables in a bowl and cover. Add as much broth (cooking liquid reserved in the Dutch oven or large pot) as you want. Slice meat across the grain.
Still really simple, and I expect I can somehow manage to make it work.


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