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Monday, March 22, 2004

In case some of you missed it, below is an absolutely stunning indictment of squishy liberalism. It seems that prison guards in our socialist neighbor to the north are now prohibited from wearing protective vests. Politcal Correctness now extends to putting law enforcement officers lives at risk in order to facilitate some mush-headed social workers idea of inmate self esteem. From

Canada's corrections department will not be letting guards at its highest security prisons wear stab-proof vests because, spokesman Tim Krause says, "If you have that kind of presence symbolized by [a stab-proof vest], you're sending a signal to the prisoner that you consider him to be a dangerous person."

In other words, simply by donning protective gear, you might hurt the feelings of a potentially dangerous criminal locked up in a maximum security facility, and therefore guards are not allowed to do so, reports the Calgary Sun.

Oh, and also, according to Krause, "It interferes with what we call 'dynamic security.' We want staff to talk to prisoners, to see how they're doing."

It's obviously better to talk to a convict than to assess their potential for violence or capacity to do you personal harm. No we can't have that. First we must hear the convict, er...ahem, I mean incarcerated person's complaints. How was breakfast is to be asked before any movement to defend yourself should the incarcerated person decide to attack the guard because the eggs were runny. Don't like the cable access? No problem Mr. Inmate, we will happily provide you and your cellie with a dish so that you have an alternative to that terrible state provided 130 channel limited cable. When o when does this elevation of criminals to equal status as the rest of society end? Why the continual race to treat prisoners as victims? They made poor choices and they must pay the price. It is that simple. Trying to divine some excuse from their upbringing is to make the law esoteric and subjective. These are two conditions which the law cannot survive.

Lord help us as we slide further and further towards socialism. Well you all know what you can do to help arrest the slide. Vote Republican. While there has been far too much compromise with the left for precious little gain by this administration, a Kerry White House is a nightmare for liberty. Now then, although I produced two perfectly grilled ribeyes last night, accompanied by ranch beans and artichokes, I won't mention them. Nope, barbecue season is rapidly approaching and I told you all last week that I would provide a recipe for you all to build a budget smoker. So here it is. This smoker was displayed on FoodTV's Good Eats program once. I was intrigued by the concept although I already had two smokers and so I rushed out to buy the parts and see if it works. It does and most of the parts can be purchased at at any large hardware store.

Find an electric hotplate. This was the hardest part on the list of items needed. I found one online for about 12 bucks and ordered two. You can probably find one at a hardware or even grocery store. Hell check your basement, you probably have one there.

Two large terra cotta flower pots. I used 17" pots.
One barbecue grill fitted to the flower pots, I found a 15" grill fit into the pots perfectly resting on the bevel
One thermometer inserted into the hole at the bottom of one of the flower pots which you invert
aluminum foil
a pie tin
wood chunks
olive oil

When you've assembled these pieces, place the hotplate into the bottom of one of the flower pots and drop the cord through the bottom drain hole. I elevated my smoker on bricks so as to have some room. Coat the lower pot lightly with olive oil. Now take a strip of foil and fold it in half lengthwise. Now tear it along the fold and use this to line the bottom of the pot. Place the pie tin atop the hotplate and put some soaked woodchunks in it. I like apple or pecan or oak. Now take the other flower pot, the one in which you inserted the thermometer, wipe it done inside with olive oil and put it gently atop the lower half. Plug it in and let it smoke just enough to season the grill, about 1 hr or so. This isn't really necessary but I do it with all my barbecue surfaces. This smoker will generate about 190-275 degrees. The heat can be adjusted by altering the depth to which you line the lower pot with foil. Of course you can really generate some plate melting heat if you cover the whole interior with foil. This is not recommended! In any event you can play with heat any way you like by adjusting the foil. The recipe I give here will produce a steady 200-205 degrees after about 2 hours and is ideal for smoking ribs or pork butt over the course of a day. For brisket I might use a bit more foil so as to speed to melting of the fat cap. Try it! Mine only cost about $60 bucks all together and just try to buy an insulated electric smoker for that price. I know because I have one, and it cost over $400. Save money, buy meat and beer, bbq and enjoy...good eatin' on ya!!

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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