Oct 192014

One of the vent holes in my black Alabama cap was a perfect mount for my television antenna yesterday. Also carried my little compressor, which functions as a portable power source and can run my little TV for a very long time. It was a great rig to watch the Alabama-Texas A&M game. Don’t I look cool?


It hasn’t been a horrible fall soccer season for football game conflicts, but this is the second year in a row I’ve had to watch the A&M game at the field.

 Posted by at 7:32 pm
Oct 182014

When the weather turns cooler, one of our favorite go-tos for dinner is Lea’s mom’s chili soup.

You need:

  • 1 lb. (or thereabouts) ground beef
  • 1.5 quarts (or thereabouts) tomato juice
  • 1 white onion
  • 1 14-17-oz. can kidney beans
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup elbow macaroni

Brown and drain the beef, chop the onion, and combine all ingredients except the macaroni in either a soup pot or a slow cooker (depending on when you need it to be ready). Simmer on low heat. When you’re 15 minutes (in a pot on the stove) or 30 minutes (in a slow cooker) out from dinner, turn the heat to medium-high and toss in the macaroni. When the pasta is done, reduce heat to serve. That’s it!



  • All of the traditional chili accompaniments—sour cream, shredded cheddar, corn chips, and so forth—work well with this soup.
  • We like ground round best for the beef.
  • Use a full tablespoon of mass-market chili powder. If you’re using something nicer like a Mild Bill’s offering, start with two teaspoons and adjust as necessary.
  • This soup is mild as it sits, but it takes super-hot peppers and sauces very well. I heat mine up considerably in the bowl.

It’d be tough for this to be any easier, and our whole family really enjoys it. Give it a shot next time you need something mindless after a long day.

 Posted by at 7:47 pm
Oct 172014

ebolaCharles C.W. Cooke makes his 7,954th great point today: while fear of a widespread Ebola outbreak in the Unites States may be irrational, fear of government incompetence is eminently reasonable.

Can these people do anything right?

Quarantine? Yeah, probably a good idea unless you, you know, crave your favorite restaurant. We don’t need a travel ban. We’re considering a travel ban. A “violated protocol” infected that nurse. (“Mistakes were made,” anyone?) We don’t need an Ebola czar. Oh, now we do, and a partisan hack lawyer with no medical background is just the guy for the job.

I spend significant time arguing against government’s truly massive overreach into our lives, and the deplorable ongoing practice of normalizing it for younger generations. But this is exactly the sort of crisis that requires quick and authoritative action, and the Obama White House apparently can’t deliver it.

To point out such is no cheap political ploy, as much as Democrat attack dogs would like you to believe that.

I suspect the United States will once again be Ebola-free sooner rather than later. I wish I could see evidence that the ostensible leader of my country were working harder and smarter to bring that about.

 Posted by at 3:25 pm
Oct 162014
  • With the passage of a little time, I’m appreciating Alabama’s defensive performance last weekend more. And we should have an easier time moving the ball this week. If we can avoid the unfathomably bad punt handling, I think Saturday may look better.
  • I made stuffed shells last night that were just okay. I dislike putting in lots of culinary labor that then yields a B- or C+. I’m anxious to try again soon with corrective actions.
  • It rained more than six inches while we were at the beach, according to the rain gauge. We were fortunate not to get any damage, considering what occurred all around us.
  • Aaron seems to have a normally-progressing cold, and not anything more ominous. Most of the time when he has a cough it’s rather croupy-sounding, so it sets us on edge initially even when it’s of no particular concern. (The feeling was a bit amplified with Enterovirus 68 about.)
  • Good for the Royals. Twenty-nine years is a long time.
  • It seems Wonder Woman will finally get her own film in 2017. It also seems DC is ramping up to try to slow the Marvel juggernaut. Good luck. Marvel movies are scheduled through roughly 2075.
  • Nothing but glorious fall temperatures and clear skies in the forecast. Fall makes me happy.
 Posted by at 10:27 am
Oct 152014

You just kind of stand there like a cowed dog, don’t you?

You know that pose? I do. I assume it every fall now. I know I’m going to get swatted; I’m just not quite sure how much. It looks like nearly a 20% bump in fixed medical insurance costs for me and my family next year.

We’ve been conditioned to think “well, thank God it’s not more!” Haven’t we? Isn’t that exactly what’s happening? That it’s a fathomable increase—one I can get my brain around—is supposed to be enough. That’s a victory.

Are anyone’s insurance costs going down next year? Are anyone’s even staying the same? If so, let me hear from you.

pjboyI have a bit more research to do this year, too, which was most of what was so offensive to me about Obamacare’s Pajama Boy. If you’ll recall, the directives were:

Wear pajamas. Drink hot chocolate. Talk about getting health insurance.

Well, no. I don’t want to. Health insurance is the sort of drudgery I want to be on vacation from over the Christmas holidays. I think it’s pretty damned bent to sit around and discuss federal mandates during leisure time with family and friends, and I think it’s unnerving and sick for my government to have a marketing campaign designed to persuade me to do so.

Despite ample promises to the contrary, Obamacare has done nothing to contain costs. In fact, it’s had exactly the opposite effect. The $10 Band-Aid, the $1,500 ambulance ride, the $10,000 baby delivery—they’ve all just settled into the narrative, haven’t they? Sheesh, these things are expensive. Thank God we have insurance! Thank God the government looks out for us!

Nothing Our Betters have done in the name of “protecting” us has fostered innovation or competition, so we’ll have no cost relief anytime soon. The law implicitly asks “how can we help a person pay for a $10 Band-Aid?” when the law should be asking “why is there such a thing as a $10 Band-Aid?”

I shouldn’t have to think about medical insurance to the degree that I do. None of us should. The proper vision is insurance companies competing for us, not us feeling relieved when we don’t get screwed quite as hard as we might have.

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