May 10, 2016

Conservatives Really Don’t Care About the Deficit

By Glenn
 Just like Reagan, Trump does not care abut the debt or the deficit. Throw money at rich people, and it’ll trickle down.

The revenue losses understate the total effect on the national debt because they do not include the additional interest that would accrue as a result. Including interest costs, the proposal
would add $11.2 trillion to the national debt by 2026 and $3
4.1 trillion by 2036 (table 4 and figure 1). Assuming the tax cuts are not offset by spending cuts, the national debt would rise by
an estimated 39 percent of GDP in 2026 and by nearly
80 percent of GDP by 2036.

Trumps thinks America wages are too high to be competitive globally. Taxes are too high on the rich.

Oh yeah, it is harder today being a rich, white man than 50 years ago. Take America Back?

May 9, 2016

Pulled Pork Tacos

By Glenn
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Turning a pork shoulder into a tasty meal is worth the wait.

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I quartered the pork shoulder to brown each side.  Browning is always worth the wait.    I then removed the quarters and browned the onions and bell peppers, adding some Tony‘s to the hot pork and the vegetables.

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Once the onions and peppers were soft and brown, I added a can of Rotel and two smoked turkey necks.

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All of these cooked ingredients went into the crock pot with vegetable stock, fresh oregano, and Tex-Mex seasoning (cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, chipotle powder, pepper and salt.  It cooked for about 6 hours in low.

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After cooling over night, I dumped the pork into a bowl and pulled about.  I was careful to remove and chunks of fat.  It wasn’t hard to find because of the texture.  Everything went back into the crock pot to reheat and serve.

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May 9, 2016

God is love.

By Glenn
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Christianity

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And yet, too many use scripture to condemn the poor, the broken or the “other.” Too many use scripture to justify having and refusing to have mercy on the have nots. If we are made in the image of God, then what image of God do you have?

God is love.

 
 
32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
May 5, 2016

History provides more evidence the climate is changing

By Glenn
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Climate Change

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Is it any wonder that Exxon and Shell now admit that man-made climate change is real. The evidence is overwhelming.

The study, published today in Scientific Reports, shows that the annual freeze date of Lake Suwa changed very slowly—roughly 0.19 days earlier per decade. But once the Industrial Revolution started, the change of freeze date began drastically jumping and shifted about 4.6 days per decade.

In case you had not heard, Exxon Mobile has changed its tune on man-made climate change.  For years it had bought research to deny climate change.  Now it says this:

The risk of climate change is clear and the risk warrants action. Increasing carbon emissions in the atmosphere are having a warming effect. There is a broad scientific and policy consensus that action must be taken to further quantify and assess the risks.

A scientific theory is strong when it can predict future findings and incorporate new data easily.  Climate change theories can meet these standards.

May 2, 2016

My Doner Kabab

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I am a huge fan of the doner kabab.  On a research trip to England as a graduate student, I would buy one several times a week for supper.  The gyros in the US are simply not the same.   This effort was my attempt to get closer then the gyros.  Obviously I could replicate the spit, but I could approach the flavor.

I started with a boneless leg of lamb.  One end is usually intact while the other naturally separates into pieces.   I cut the intact end into cubes 1.5 inch, and then realized they would cook better if I halved the cubes, making them flatter.   The other end I turned into ground meat using a Kitchenaid grinder attachment.

Next came the seasoning.  I could find no consistent pattern online for doner kabab spices.  After sorta through a dozen or so, I settled on the following:

  • Ground Cumin tsp
  • Ground All spice tsp
  • Turmeric tsp
  • Cardamon tsp
  • Ginger tsp
  • Cinnamon tsp
  • Dry Orange peel tsp
  • Ground black pepper tsp
  • Nutmeg .25 tsp
  • Ground Clove .25 tsp
  • Herbs de Provence tsp

I laid an even layer  of the lamb cubes in a deep rectangular dish and coated them with about half the spices.    After rubbing in the spices, I poured a drizzle of olive oil and then sprinkled with salt.  It marinated for about three hours.

Next, I turned to the ground lamb, adding the spices as well as an egg and Italian bread crumbs.  I shaped the meat into a sausage shape using plastic wrap and placing a metal skewer in the center.  Once the meat was a 1 inch tube, I flattened it into an oval patty.  Below is 1/2 the meat.  I froze the other half to enjoy another day.

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I grilled the meat on a BBQ pit will above the flame on a raised grill pan, coating both sides lightly with sunflower seed oil.  The rendered fat cause the flames to jump, and the meat cooked quickly in about 3 minutes for each side.    If you don’t have access to a BBQ grill, you can always use the broiler in your oven or pan-fry.

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The smell was divine as it cooked.  The flavor was really close to a real Mediterranean lamb kabab.  I served it in pita with cabbage and topped with a home made Tzatziki Sauce.

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Don’t forget the wine.  We had a Chianti.

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April 17, 2016

Cutting government spending now hurts everyone.

By Glenn

This chart from Brad DeLong has to be my favorite for understanding “what’s missing?” or “what’s different?”. The one area of the economy that is going down is government spending. If conservative economics were correct, the economy should be rocking. Instead it is making slow but steady progress. Voters need to stop punishing government workers with job cuts and wage cuts. These cuts are hurting everybody.

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April 4, 2016

Pan-Seared Scallops

By Glenn
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Reminder to self: Why you should cook with ‘dry’ scallops

SS: Is there any way to freshen up wet scallops, or any trick to making them a little bit better?

MB: Yes, we do have a little hack to help make wet scallops better, to cover up that chemical flavor taste. Soak them in 1 quart of cold water with 1/4 cup of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of salt for 30 minutes. You almost can’t tell the difference.

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