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Tuesday, January 20, 2004

It appears as though the democrats aren't as stupid as I thought. Howie Dean's arrogance and petulance and his plain ol' mean spiritedness finally caught up to him. John Kerry pulled off a stunning upset yesterday and while I don't fret about facing off with "frenchy" in November, the spectre of President Bush having to campaign against articulate, young John "Breck Girl" Edwards is worrisome. Edwards doesn't have the requisite experience but that has never stopped democrats from electing someone before. Edwards may be a force to be reckoned with in the coming primaries in the South and while he isn't terribly popular in his native North Carolina, he is certainly preferable there than carpetbaggers Kerry and Dean.

On the other hand, Edwards campaign is broke and the leftwing among the dems hate him for his voting for the Iraq War resolution. Kerry has cash, but see above, is a Massachusetts liberal who looks like a frenchman and has a propensity for foul language. Of course he was a sailor once. Dean has plenty of money and had probably been really looking forward to saving some of that money for a general election campaign against President Bush. Now he is going to be forced to spend it on his very survival. Howie could blow an aneurysm anytime if last night's geography lesson to the public was any indicator. Of course, with money you maintain viability and Howie just needs to win New Hampshire and get his ship back on track. He has two pressing problems however named Kerry and General Ashley Clark. Clark is absolutely insane, frightening that this indecisive FOB managed to obtain high rank in our Army. On the other hand, his insanity appeals to democrats who right now according to polling have him in second place in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire could be a make or break deal for Howie but he does have the money to continue the fight long into the process. If that happens, should he lose a few more primaries, it'll be joy watching the kool aid line over DU. The deaniacs were absolutely inconsolable last night. If he loses New Hampshire, I'll have to call in a suicide watch for the netizens over at DU.

Now then, time to move along. Yesterday was the 197th birthday of General Robert E. Lee so I thought a little commemoration was in order and then I'll post this weeks recipe.

Now then, this week's recipe. Pancho's Free Range Texas Red Chili:

3- 3.5 lbs of good ground beef
2 oz New Mexico chili powder
1/2 tsp ground Cayenne pepper
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 tbsps olive oil
2 8 oz cans of tomato sauce
2 8 oz cans of water
salt and pepper to taste
1/4-1/2 tsp ground oregano
Masa flour

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and saute the garlic. Once golden, add the ground beef and brown it, add a bit of black pepper and cover. Once browned all over, drain the beef thoroughly. Return the skillet to low heat and now add the New Mexico chili powder, cayenne pepper, tomato sauce, water and oregano. Stir thoroughly. Allow to simmer for 20 minutes and then mix again. Taste the sauce and add salt to your taste. You may also want to add more cayenne if the heat level isn't right for you. New Mexico chili is mild and produces a kind of dry heat which needs to be played with. You can also try a mix of New Mexico and California chili powders. Thats one of the fun things about chili, you can play with it as you go along and it's pretty forgiving. Keep simmering the mixture while you adjust the sauce to taste and once you've achieved what you want, allow it to simmer another 20 minutes. Now if the mixture is too thin for your taste, you can thicken it up by mixing a small amount of masa flour in a bowl with water. No more than a couple tbsps because it goes a long way. Make a paste and add it to the chili mixture. Stir it up and allow to simmer for 5-10 mins or so. It should thicken up nicely.

I like to serve my chili with chopped onion and cheddar on top and a side of refried beans. Usually a cold beer makes a nice accompaniment as well but as I'm combatting a cold, I had to settle for a bit of corn squeezin's. Good Eatin' on you...

Smilin' Paul Villa U.S. Senate 2004
cyber-Congressman, R-Reno
Proud Member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and 2 SUV Family


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