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Depressing 4th of July Post – Make Sure Sharp Objects Are Safely Stowed Away Before Reading July 4, 2015

Posted by geoff in News.

{Not exactly an uplifting 4th of July sentiment (where’s DaveinTX when you need him?), but as you get along in years, birthdays bring thoughts of mortality.}

I wrote this on my old blog in December 2006:

Ran across this old Alexander Tytler quote:

The average age of the world’s great civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through this sequence:
from bondage to spiritual faith;
from spiritual faith to great courage;
from courage to liberty;
from liberty to abundance;
from abundance to selfishness;
from selfishness to complacency;
from complacency to apathy;
from apathy to dependency;
from dependency back again to bondage.”

Where do you think we are? I’m guessing Step 6, but I could be argued into Step 7 or even 8.

In the 8 1/2 years since I wrote that, I’d say that conservatives have definitely “progressed” to the end of Step 7 – witness the rallying cries of many conservative writers over the past week, trying to encourage us not to give up.

But the pundits offer little hope for those of us who want to live in Steps 3 & 4, but are besieged by liberal activists who think that liberty is inferior to social justice, and that enjoying abundance is inherently evil. Of course the liberals are more than a step ahead of us, happily traipsing down the path to bondage, because that’s the only way that their goal of ultimate social justice can be satisfied.

You can see the bondage coming, with the current and growing restrictions on speech, religion, doctors and health care, housing, food, cars, businesses, etc. Even sex. It seems the only place freedom has expanded is in marijuana legalization. Bread & circuses.

Have a happy 4th. For one day, at least, we can celebrate Steps 1 – 4 as the most important interpretation of American history.

Tomorrow we’ll go back to hearing those steps denigrated and mocked by social justice warriors, as they continue to drag the country into obscurity.


1. geoff - July 4, 2015

The other famous Tytler quote (who may not have actually been the author of the above quote):

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the people discover they can vote themselves largess out of the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the canidate promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that democracy always collapses over a loose fiscal policy–to be followed by a dictatorship.”

2. Sobek - July 4, 2015

This chick was hard core, and I never heard of her until today.


3. Sobek - July 4, 2015

I’ve never seen Drunk History before today. It’s pretty dang funny.

4. geoff - July 4, 2015

My daughter’s been watching those. But she also loves The Daily Show, so I never know what to think about her viewing preferences.

5. Sobek - July 4, 2015

In the thing about Sybil, this historian lady is talking about the ride, where Sybil is yelling, “the British are coming, everyone cone to my dad’s house, and if you’re not coming … you’re a mother****er!” And while the drunk historian is saying this, there’s an actress on a house, mouthing those words, and it’s so funny. Simultaneously the worst and the best call to arms I’ve ever heard.

6. Cathy - July 5, 2015

Where is Dave when we need ’em?? Grillin like any good Texan!!

7. Retired Geezer - July 5, 2015

Speaking of Grillin’… I was always taught that you never put salt on meat while you’re cooking it because it sucks the moisture out of the meat.
Apparently it’s a much debated subject.

How are things in your town?

8. lauraw - July 5, 2015

You salt steaks a couple hours before you grill them. Other cuts and meats get salted/ timed differently.


9. Retired Geezer - July 6, 2015

Wow, thanks for the great link, Lauraw.
I copied and pasted a bunch of stuff from that site.

10. lauraw - July 7, 2015

Scott uses the techniques he found there and we are in Meat Heaven.

11. Retired Geezer - July 7, 2015

We have been eating our home-grown, vaxx-free, free-range lambs but I’m not that fond of the taste except for the lamb chops.
Maybe it’s just me but I especially don’t care for the stew.
I don’t think salt would help.

12. daveintexas - July 7, 2015

Meat Heaven

I wanna go there

13. Sobek - July 7, 2015

When you’re talking about heaven, meat is implied.

14. lauraw - July 7, 2015

We made country pork ribs tonight according to his advice.

I was eating it thinking, “This is every bit as good as having a big juicy beef steak,” and I have NEVER thought that about pork.

I guess country ribs are not ribs, but basically a pork chop. So they get pre-salted a couple hours before cooking, then rubbed down with some garlic and pepper and grilled low and slow (225 degrees + a little application of a fruity wood smoke) until 145 degrees internal.

I have never had pork that was ‘medium’ cooked, I thought pink pork would skeeve me out. But no.

15. lauraw - July 7, 2015

The lamb is what, too gamey, RG?

16. Retired Geezer - July 7, 2015

Gamey! Yeah that’s the word I was looking for.

17. lauraw - July 7, 2015

Usually you need acid to tame gamey flavors. Look to the Greek lamb or goat recipes. Recommend investigating some French or Italian hare preparations for the same reason. They all spike the sauces or marinades for wild game with some vinegar, mustard, or citrus.

Isn’t there a way to feed them that reduces the gaminess of the meat?

18. Retired Geezer - July 8, 2015

Hmmm… Acid!
We still have some lamb left in the freezer. I’ll look up some Greek recipes.

I suppose if they ate sweetgrass or something other than weeds, they might taste better. We also gave them some Lamb/Goat/Cattle feed.

If we added up all the bags of feed @$12/bag, over the 6 months we had the two mamas and 4 babies, the cost of raising them would probably scare me.

It was a fun experience but I wouldn’t want to repeat it. Sheep (with the exception of the lamb we had to bottle feed) aren’t cuddly animals.
I tried to catch one of the mamas (who weighed in at 120) and she ran into my shepherd’s staff and broke it. The staff was about as thick as my Femur.

You want to know what was fun to keep? Chickens.

19. lauraw - July 8, 2015

I want chickens!! My across-the-street neighbor got some recently. I jealous. We already eat a very egg-heavy diet. Really good home-raised eggs would be worth the work.
I just don’t believe that I have the time. Especially while I am going to school.

20. Retired Geezer - July 9, 2015

Three chickens in a cat proof cage about 5×5, water and laying mash.
They are easy keepers.
You’ll have to keep a heater in there in the winter… or give them away.

21. skinbad - July 9, 2015

We have seven. They have personalities and are curious.We give away a lot of eggs. A neighbor gave us four to get started when he was tired of them. They never warmed up to us. The next year we raised some chicks (which was a pain) but they are a lot nicer having grown up being used to us. We don’t heat their coop in the winter and they have survived so far. I bought a plug-in water bowl for the winter–worth every penny.

22. lauraw - July 9, 2015

People keep telling me it is easy to keep chix but then when I start reading about it, there’s pages and pages and pages of info.

Maybe it’s a lot like gardening. It’s very easy but there is so much information out there.

23. Retired Geezer - July 9, 2015

It’s pretty easy. Absent predators, chikins could thrive on their own.
Don’t get any roosters, they’re too noisy.
In the spring, get a half dozen baby chicks, some chick starter and a waterer. You can buy female chicks at the feed store. In 3 months, they will be out in the garden with you, hunting bugs. They love earwigs. You can let them free range, they will put themselves to bed at night. Just lock the door to keep out the scary monsters.

Best book: Backyard Chicken Fight by Gretchen Anderson.

We’ve had various breeds, Aracana’s lay green eggs. Bantys and Polish are fun.

Here’s the only bad thing I remember about having them, having all the feed scattered around attracted mice.

24. lauraw - July 10, 2015

We have every predator, that’s my biggest problem. Big coyotes stroll through our yard in daylight like they own the place. Foxes at night. Then there’s fisher cats, raccoons, minks…ai ai ai. The things that hang out around a swamp/ river, you know.

They wouldn’t be able to truly free range. I’d always have to have some sort of a cage to protect them.

25. skinbad - July 10, 2015

Ours got braver over time when we free ranged. Free-rangin’ adventures got a couple of them (probably dogs–they never came back). Something (probably raccoon) got in the coop another time and got another one. We had to nurse one that survived. She lost half her comb and looks like a monk with a tonsure. We had to keep her separate from the others while she healed. Now we have the coop inside a fenced orchard area so they have a lot of room to roam. A determined raccoon will probably get in there again, but we’ve been incident free for a couple of years.

26. Sobek - July 10, 2015

You should hire Katherine Archuletta to watch your chickens. She doesn’t have anything else going on.

27. Retired Geezer - July 10, 2015

Chickens are not that savvy about data protection.
They fall for the simple phishing schemes.
Plus they drive worse than sheep.

28. lauraw - July 10, 2015

Yeah, you can use the same bait for chicken fishing as for regular fishing.

And I would NEVER trust a chicken behind the wheel.

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