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Hey there, Grand Old Party
What’cha knowin’?
I really don’t like the direction your anger’s flowin’
You tell me government has no place in private life
But you don’t mean it, not when one man takes another for a wife

You tell me marriage is static, unchanging and regal
Which is why blacks still can’t marry whites and divorce is illegal
You tell me if it’s not for breeding, our future is in peril
Which is why elderly folk must stay single, as must the sterile

Maybe it’s the church’s hands so deep in your pocket
Yet only Leviticus mentions which plugs go in which sockets
It also says children cursing their parents shall be put to death
Calling mom the B-word, then, should’ve been my last teenage breath

Jesus is my homeboy, and I love him through and through
But wasn’t life so much easier when Reagan led our crew?
The top ten percent could establish a new world order
While the bottom ninety could simply make a run for the border

Perhaps my views are too old fashioned for the world of today
But I miss the conservatives of yore, and their affluent ways
Greed is good, and no amount of success goes to waste
But who are you to walk into a bedroom and legislate taste?

So I’m throwing in the towel, the reason’s not a mystery
I’m just not gonna play for the losing side of history
But that doesn’t mean my vote will be of a Democratic kind
Why the fuck would I do that when I still have a thinking mind?

Here, Fishy Fishy

Rainbow trout, appropriately enough.

  • 2 large trout
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp lemon pepper
  • 1 tsp dill
  • salt & pepper

Make sure that trout is scaled, as you will want to eat the skin. Heat oil in cast iron skillet over medium heat. Season almond meal with garlic, lemon pepper and dill. Salt and pepper fish inside and out. Dredge fish in flour, followed by egg wash, followed by seasoned almond meal. Pan fry, turning when coating is crisp and browned. Continue to fry until cooked to desired doneness. (I stop when the flesh is translucent.) The finished product was not especially photogenic, hence the headless wonders you see above.

TWTG says, “My gay boyfriend could be an underwear model.”


11 responses »

  1. i realized something today about republicans. most people who are republicans are also heavily into christianity/catholicism. most republicans are also creationists, not believing in evolution/darwinism, not believing in “survival of the fittest.” however, most republicans are against most social services, universal healthcare, and shared sacrifices, which means they are in favor of “survival of the fittest” when it comes to current living people. but they’re against “survival of the fittest” when it comes to those who are already dead and gone.

    • As a Republican, I beg to differ. “Most” is not an accurate descriptor. If it were,Obama never would have been elected. You have described Republican stereotypes. Republicans don’t support universal healthcare, why would we? Look how well the Government has run Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid into the ground. That is not to say that the health care system doesn’t need to be fixed, but we don’t believe universal healthcare is the fix. I think there is very little that the government does better than the private sector. Social services is a very broad term. I believe no good can come of making people dependent upon the government for their food, housing, healthcare, jobs, etc. Yes, government must care for those who CANNOT take care of themselves but not those who WILL not take care of themselves. And I would think the goings on in Wisconsin over the past year would show which side of the aisle doesn’t believe in shared sacrifices. I don’t make much money, no one is guaranteeing my retirement, I pay part of my healthcare costs and contribute to my 401k.

    • Ah, social engineering by the 401K-ers. The old stereotypical, nineteenth century concept of “The Deserving Poor” is alive and well in the Grand Ole Party. Applicants lacking 401Ks need not apply.

      • That’s not true at all. I believe people want to work, they want to take care of their families, the Great Society has removed that drive from generations of Americans. No, I don’t think capitalism is a dirty word. I’d love to have the option, the OPTION, to plan my retirement and let those who want SS to opt for that. This is a much longer discussion but please tell me you have more to offer than that comment.

        My ex-husband is one of those evil people with a small business who employs people and provides them with healthcare and retirement savings programs and bonuses for jobs well done. No one is guaranteeing he won’t go out of business, no one is guaranteeing his retirement.

        Life, Liberty and the PURSUIT of happiness. So yes, there are those that need social services and there are those that just use them.

  2. Maggie, you look like a really beautiful, smart girl … so I’m breaking my own rule for you. I don’t talk about politics. I don’t know what possessed me to enter that comment. But, since I did, I owe you an explanation. So far, neither of us has offered a single fact in support of our contentions. We need to rid ourselves of preconceived notions and base our opinions on fact. I’m not going to research this again. You are young and literate, you do it. 🙂

    Find out the percentage of the budget that is consumed by welfare (AFDC, Medicaid, SS Disability, Food Stamps, etc.). Find out the percentage consumed by Social Security and Medicare. I thought it was interesting that the majority of medical costs are incurred by 5% of the insured. See if you can find out the real numbers on that.

    Now, for a little “I walked five miles in the snow to school” history. I was a teacher first, then a social worker for the elderly, the disabled, and for families with children. I saw poor working families, truly disabled and mentally ill people, winos, prostitutes, uneducated single mothers, drug addicts, etc. Not on TV. On the streets where they lived. I know them.

    Then, in 1979, my husband and I started a concrete manufacturing business to make septic tanks and oilfield tanks and agricultural stuff. We installed septic systems too. We did the labor along with a couple of young kids who helped. We worked on a concrete slab in the sun at an old airfield turned airport for years. We plowed every nickle back into the business. We worked seven days a week. If we made a dollar, we paid taxes on it. Through a real vision of where we wanted to go and penny pinching personal lives and good business decisions, we acquired property and built it into a fine plant. It took 30 years of hard work, but we made money. We made the greatest percentage of our money under Democratic administrations, BTW. We paid good wages. We paid the employee premiums for health insurance, life insurance, dental insurance, and (when we weren’t required to carry it) we carried workers’ comp. in the days when it was outrageously expensive.

    The idea that government regulation has strangled business is an outrageous misrepresentation of the truth. It was never so for the last thirty-five years that I know about intimately. What would your husband do that he can’t do now if there were no regulations on his business? Not pay SS? Unless he has more than 15 employees, he is not affected by most regulation anyway. The small businesses who support the economy are not failing because of regulation. If your husband fails, it’s his fault. Trust me. Now, THAT is taking personal responsibility. I hear a lot of whining today from young business people about government regulation, taxes, etc. That’s all it is … whining. I pay 33% in income tax on earned income every year. Romney pays 13%. Know why? I earn my income. He does not. Buying and selling money is not the foundation of capitalism. Your husband and I are engaging in real capitalism. The kind that hires actual people who put their money back into the economy. The kind that supports the country. We don’t speculate with your 401K bundled with a zillion of workers like you. I am not a socialist and I’m not unpatriotic. That’s total bullshit. I’ve been around a damn long time and I know capitalism. I made the American Dream come true for myself and my family under the system … before it was corrupted by the hedge fund managers, banks too big to fail and speculators.

    I never had a retirement investment. No 401K for some speculator to lose. I invested my money in something I knew about … my own business. I trusted those folks. And, it paid off handsomely. I suggest that you think about investing your money in a real capitalist venture right there at home. 🙂

    Is that mean enough? I have to confess to you that I’m smiling as I type. I know I’m not going to change your mind, but I wanted you to know why an old woman who has lived and prospered in the system believes her own truth.

    Bless you, Maggie. I wish big things for you and your husband. May you live long and prosper! Thank you for listening.


  3. oh, thank you I’m not so young at 47. I am no longer married but I love discussion on these issues. I love to learn and I don’t want to name call ever. I will read this when I don’t have people surrounding me so I can digest it properly. My email is

    It is an election year (like anyone missed that) and it is time for important discussions.


  4. Oh my subjects! I love the discussion. When I am Queen I promise to reward you all well. xoxo



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