Monday, November 30, 2015

Dangerous Oyster Noms

Ever since my wife and I went to New Orleans and dined on chargrilled oysters at the Acme Oyster House, I've been striving to recreate that oyster-y goodness at home. Last night, I had two separate bottles of fresh, shelled oysters and made them into Angels on Horseback (without jalapeños) and Devils on Horseback (with jalapeño slices). Photos below.

Seasoned, fresh oysters about to be wrapped in bacon.

Same after baking at 450 degrees for about 15 minutes.
The results were good, but since you can never tell how fresh the oysters are, you eat them with a certain amount of trepidation. My method for testing oyster jars for freshness is to see if the lid is convex. I figure that's a decent guide to whether or not the oysters have started fermenting. If the lid is flat, they're probably OK to eat. Still, it's not foolproof and I've eaten oysters a few times, had mild discomfort afterwards and wondered if they were the cause.

Our problem is that we live in San Diego and oysters have to be imported. How fresh are they? You can't really tell. I think that if I were more confident in the quality of the oysters, I'd keep going through my oyster recipes, but until I feel totally safe, I'm going to call it quits.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

What Do You Think Of When You See This Couch?

Another one from my wife and I shopping for furniture recently. The big part sticking out is a bit smaller than a twin bed. The cushions were very soft so that you sank into them.

My answer in the comments.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Sit In The Angry Chair!

... and get even angrier!

My wife and I went furniture shopping yesterday and came across this beauty.

If you weren't angry when you sat down, you would be by the time you got up. I got agitated just sitting in it briefly. Yowza!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Ivy League Universities Are Effectively Seminaries

... since progressivism is a religion.

Dig this.
With their campuses rocked by social justice protests, anxious Ivy League presidents are trying to appease campus radicals with huge payouts to left-wing identity programs. Peter Salovey, the president of Yale, apologized to protesters (“we failed you”) and wrote a campus-wide letter promising to create a new “university center” for the study of “race ethnicity, and other aspects of social identity.” He also pledged to double the budget for the African American, Native American, Asian American, and Hispanic cultural centers, and to devote new resources to “educating our community about race, ethnicity, diversity, and inclusion.”

Not to be outdone, Brown University President Christina Paxson has answered protests by unveiling a $100 million program for creating “a just and inclusive campus community.” Among the budget items: “expand mentoring resources for students of color, LGBTQ+ students, and first generation college students”; create “workshops” to “foster greater awareness and sensitivity on issues of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression”; and “promote university-wide research and academic programming on Power, Privilege, Identity and Structural Racism.”
This is theology and nothing but.

Addendum: Belief that "diversity makes us stronger" when it comes to sex or race is religious in the worst sense - it is errant nonsense contradicted by fact. If you disagree, then please let me know how many Hispanics should be included in a team of 100 accountants to make that team stronger.

Diversity doesn't make us stronger, strength makes us stronger. If, when recruiting your accountants, you find that the 100 best candidates are all Kumeyaay Indians, then your team should consist of 100 Kumeyaay, 0 whites, 0 Hispanics and 0 blacks.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Giving Thanks

This year, I have a particular reason to give thanks. I'm truly thankful for El Niño. The Catican Guard recruits are absolutely annihilating my irrigation system. Fortunately, El Niño will bring plenty of rain this winter so I don't have to rely on the shattered remnants of my drippers.

Hopefully the new Guards will grow up in the next few months and get over the chewing phase.

There are plenty more out in the yard where this came from, all in an equally ruined state.
Here's hoping you have plenty to be thankful for as well.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

What's Worse, A Confederate Flag Or A Burka?

As I understand it, we're being told to take down Confederate flags and allow Muslim refugees to enter the country. We're also being told that Confederate flags are racist and ISIS is not Islamic. I'm a bit confused.

I kind of like the Confederate flag. I'm an admirer of Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. I think the performance of the Confederate army early in the war was impressive. I'm a Yankee through and through, but I love the people, the food, the climate and the geography of the South. I also like the subtext of the flag - it kind of tells the Federal government to bug off. All in all, I've got no problem with the Stars and Bars.

Yeah, I get how some people could be offended by this, but there are things out there that offend me and I don't rush about calling for them to be banned. Life's full of things that bother some people and you just need to learn to deal with it.
The burka is an Islamic dress for women designed to protect them from men. The underlying assertion is that men cannot control their sexual urges, so the best way to keep women safe is to cover them completely. The burka, unlike the Confederate flag, is not something up for personal interpretation. It is part and parcel of a certain style of Islamic canon. It establishes an unequal relationship between men and women.

Let me know what your wife has to say when you ask her to wear one of these.
While I can happily volunteer to mentor young, black men so that they achieve as much as anyone else while driving around with a Dixie flag on my car, I'm not sure I can force my wife to wear a burka while looking at women as similar equals.

So what's the deal here? Why are we supposed to chant SJW slogans with Pavlovian reflexes whenever we see the Confederate flag, but we're supposed to be gentle and open-minded when we see a burka?

Could it be that we're intellectually lazy and voluntarily ignorant?

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


We saw it last night and I'm not sure what it was, but I don't think it was a Bond movie. Trying not to spoil things, I'll just say that I had no idea why anyone was doing anything. No one's motives seemed on par with all the mayhem. If the bad guy won, he would have had ... what?

Beats me.

If you want to have a spoiler-filled conversation in the comments, I'm in.