This is almost too rich. A recent poll found that 40% of frenchmen would like to get pregnant. I think I can honestly say that I don't know a single American male who would trade places with a woman. After watching my wife go through nine months of hell twice over, I can aver that I have no desire to experience the same and I am fully prepared to concede that when it comes to pregnancy women are by far the stronger sex. Besides, I've had a kidneystone and I hear tell that it is similar to giving birth.
Speaking of unwanted waste byproducts judicial activism is very nearly as painful to watch as kidneystones are to deliver. Maybe not in the same knife in the guts kind of way, more like a bashing your head against a wall of contrived liberal logic kind of way. Witnessing the twisted and convoluted manner in which liberals arrive at judgements in a courtroom is to invite our Founding Fathers to moan loudly and roll over in their graves while concurrently holding their heads. Indulge me all while I provide an example of the liberal mindset at work. Several weeks ago we here in River City experienced a takeover armed robbery of a bank. You read that right, a TAKEOVER ARMED ROBBERY, pistol displayed to several frightened patrons of a local bank while the thug demanded money of the teller. Of course the perps were rapidly arrested by the local heat and what happens in court? Mind you this is an offense that carries a mandatory deuce to a dime on the sentence.
Well at arraignment, the Federal Judge who just happens to be an appointee of....cough...ahem.. IMPEACHED ex-president Clinton, decides that the justice system needs to be a little kindler and gentler so he orders the suspect held on HOUSE ARREST instead of in the Hoosegow Hilton. Only a liberal could feel so much pain and empathy for an obvious victim of circumstance like an armed robbery suspect. As if this example isn't enough, can you all kindly indulge me here. On my site you will all notice a link to the U.S. Constitution. Please click on it and read it and then someone please tell me where in the Constitution is this imagined right to abortion? Maybe I missed it during my reading. This imagined right is a states right issue and that is the reason that liberals are all atwitter at the prospect of President Bush naming a conservative or two to the court. The possibility that Roe v Wade maybe overturned is the nightmare reason that so many liberals can't sleep. They know full well that should the issue be returned to the states, most of them would seek to make abortion a much more difficult prospect.
Of course I'm not naive enough to believe that Roe v. Wade is the sole cause of liberal insomnia. So much of their agenda is advanced through the courts because of the simple math of electoral America. Far more people describe themselves as conservative than liberal. By achieving legislative aims through the courts, the left maintains a facade of legitimacy without the messy need for allowing the people to voice their opinion at the ballot box. If you all want to destroy the American Republic just keep on turning your heads to the latest judicial activism that ignores our Constitution.
Speaking of traditions, reader Chris Banks beat me up pretty well over one of my recent columns. Seems he got all worked up over my hit single, "Chicken Fried Steak" and was a little bent out of shape that I could work up a song but not a recipe for the delicacy. Well that was my bad. If y'all want the best chicken fried steak in Reno, I give my nod to Peg's over on Sierra Street. However, if you want to whip some up yourself...here goes...courtesy of Texascooking.com, Grandma's Chicken Fried Steak.
Texas-Style Chicken Fried Steak with Cream Gravy
It is hard to get much more Texan than Chicken Fried Steak. Quality of the beef really counts in this dish. This recipe calls for cube steaks, but good round steak that you have asked the butcher to run through the tenderizer or that you have tenderized yourself with a mallet (no big deal and can be a real stress reliever) can be even better.
4 tenderized beef cutlets (known in supermarkets as "cube steak") OR 1 round steak, with fat removed, that you've tenderized yourself (see above)
1/4 cup milk
cooking oil or melted Crisco
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
Beat together the egg and milk and set aside. Mix together the salt, black pepper, paprika and white pepper and sprinkle on both sides of beef cutlets.
Dredge the cutlets in the flour, shaking off the excess. Then dip each cutlet in the egg/milk mixture, then back in the flour. (You're going to get your hands messy here, so take your rings off.) Set cutlets aside on a piece of waxed paper.
Heat the cooking oil in a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet
over medium-high heat for a few minutes. Oil should be about a half-inch deep in the pan. Check the temperature with a drop of water; if it pops and spits back at you, it's ready.
With a long-handled fork, carefully place each cutlet into the hot oil. Protect yourself (and your kitchen) from the popping grease that results. Fry cutlets on both sides, turning once, until golden brown. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook 4 or 5 minutes until cutlets are done through. Drain cutlets on paper towels.
Cream Gravy After the cutlets are removed from the pan, pour off all but about 2 tablespoons of oil, keeping as many as possible of the browned bits in the pan. Heat the oil over medium heat until hot.
Sprinkle 3 tablespoons flour (use the left-over flour from the chicken fried steak recipe (waste not -- want not) in the hot oil. Stir with a wooden spoon, quickly, to brown the flour.
Gradually stir in 3/4 cup milk and 3/4 cup water, mixed together, stirring constantly with the wooden spoon and mashing out any lumps. Lower heat, and gravy will begin to thicken. Continue cooking and stirring a few minutes until gravy reaches desired thickness. Check seasonings and add more salt and pepper according to your taste. Good eatin' on ya!!!
Smilin' Paul Villa U.S. Senate 2010
Proud Member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and 2 SUV Family