Archive for September 6th, 2008

As my good friend Enas Yorl noted, I am a predominantly Asian cooking fanatic.  I just feel better physically after eating asian food and it is a way of life for me.  Luckily Cruel Wife is usually tickled enough that she did not have to make dinner that I can get away with fixing this stuff 4 times a week minimum.

It occurred to me to ask:  Would it be of any value to you if I posted pictures of the recipes as they look after plating? They won’t be professional pictures but enough to recognize carbon-based food elements.

Son-in-Law Eggs (Thai) – take a hardboiled egg, cut it in half, fry it face down in oil then make a sauce of some oil, brown sugar, and fish sauce.  Pour the sauce over the eggs and sprinkle with chilies and fried onion flakes.

Note:  You will mock me.  I know you are sitting there and thinking “God what hideous concoctions this twisted tool eats!”   You will be somewhat justified since there is no equivalent flavor in any dish I have ever tasted.  I took these to a party and they were all gone within minutes.  Open your mind up and try them.  Would I lie to you, dear Constant Reader?  Someday I shall make Tea Eggs and post the results

Chili Prawns and Bean Stir-Fry (Vietnam) – Honestly, I have not tried this yet but I am going to tonight.  This very evening.  I can’t see how it could possibly lose.  I just can’t.  I’ll keep you posted.

Update: Bad pain night, and I did not make the dish, instead ordered chinese with triple-dose of chili sauce to get the endorphines flowing.

Crisp Chili Beef with Orange Rind and Szechuan Peppercorns (Undetermined) – Very intense dish, and I have rounded it out with copious amounts of broccoli to stretch the quantity and make it more healthy

Shrimp with Red Peppers and Basil (Thai) – A quick and tasty dish, always a favorite here.

The recipes can be found at the top of the page or here.


This just in from Fox News.  Thanks for reporting, Fox!

Flags just went up!  Not that it has any bearing on the candidates but it sure paints a general picture…

McCain Chastises Dems for Discarding American Flags

So all these flags are found in the dumpsters behind the DNC Convention after it was over and they are then brought to McCain’s rally.  But:

But Democratic convention organizers claimed the flags were not going to be discarded — but instead were snatched from the site of Obama’s historic address to carry out a “cheap political stunt.”

Are you SURE you want to accuse Boy Scouts and Veterans of participation in carrying out cheap political stunts?  Oh, that works.  Well sure the Boy Scouts are part of a civilian paramilitary group and the vets are probably all mercenaries now…

Damon Jones, spokesman for the Democratic National Convention Committee, released a statement saying McCain should applaud the fact that thousands of American flags were “proudly waved” at their convention.

Proudly waved. And then thrown away. I don’t throw away things I’m proud of, I keep ’em.  I throw away things I think are shite.  Ergo, I keep my flags.  But then, I’m proud of my country all the time, too.  🙂

But that’s not the point, the Dems say:

“But instead his supporters wrongfully took leftover bundles of our flags from the stadium to play out a cheap political stunt calling into question our patriotism,” he said.

So does anybody really believe that there was a contemporary Flag-gate operation going on?  We’ll see what Bob Woodward scrapes off the bottom of his shoe next.

Notice “bundles of our flags from the stadium” does not refute that they were in the trash.  Words have power, words mean something, and therefore omission of words is every bit as important and as nuanced as inclusion of them.  Sort of like how things hang on what the definition of the word “is” is.

But on another note… Fox editors (foxnews.com) you might want to check your work a bit more carefully…

Slained for Seeking Annulment


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Update: Bishop Elvis Smoking a Stogey in Vegas.  Everything gaudy hand-rolled into one picture.

(courtesy of Michal Kwolek Galeria – thanks Michal, great art!)


All right, check out this title of a news article and tell me you didn’t click on it to read the story:

Boy doles out hundreds of fake $20 bills at school

Irritating to me is nowhere did it go into gory detail about how hundreds of kids beat him silly.

Now tell me you didn’t read it.

Neither did they mention the gunfight as they were trying to take the kid in.

What?  You still didn’t read it?  Good, because it was a real letdown.  Kid passes out fake money, the cops pick him up, he goes away.  Ho-hum.  Never get those minutes of your life back again.

By the way, an interesting article regarding currency and how it plays against the digital age is here, by a blogger named tino.  Interesting stuff.  He’s not arguing for being able to counterfeit $20’s but rather, now you can’t even use an image of one.  The article is not new (2004) but if you are like me, you’re learning something new every day.

Ok, every other day.

All right, once or perhaps twice a week.  Maybe.  Surely no less than once a month.


Have to say that I was a bit surprised to read this in the BBC News.

Ok, so read this and tell me your first knee-jerk response:

The Environment Minister Sammy Wilson has angered green campaigners by describing their view on climate change as a “hysterical psuedo-religion”.

In an article in the News Letter, Mr Wilson said he believed it occurred naturally and was not man-made.

“Resources should be used to adapt to the consequences of climate change, rather than King Canute-style vainly trying to stop it,” said the minister.

Do you see why I was surprised?   We’re talking BBC News!   I mean really, you’d expect that article to lead in with the fourth paragraph first:

Peter Doran of the Green Party said it was a “deeply irresponsible message.”

That’s more like it.

But then BBC News shocked me again with this:

“The tactic used by the “green gang” is to label anyone who dares disagree with their view of climate change as some kind of nutcase who denies scientific fact,” he said.

The minister said he accepted climate change can occur, but does not believe the cause has been identified.

“Reasoned debate must replace the scaremongering of the green climate alarmists.”

Has the world gone insane?  That BBC would even print those statements is heartening and creepy at the same time.

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