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Monday, November 20, 2006

Sorry I'm late folks but seems ye olde Blogger had some technical problems that they've just resolved and finally I can access my column. Been too damn busy with friends in town and school and getting ready for the holidays and so I didn't even have a small financial interest in the Michigan-Ohio State game. I did call USC over Cal but again, never got to the sportsbook so there was nothing to gain this week. Too bad too since I did call several winners. In any event, I owe you all a short rib recipe, guest chef Jay Brown is going to chip in this week, I threw together a delicious homemade chicken noodle soup today even going so far as to make my own stock and for faithful reader Terry Garcia, I'm going to put out a salmon cake recipe next week. So before we get along any further....can I get a WTF???

I seem to recall in the not too distant past that democrats were aghast at the prospect of war, telling us that Bush was going to bring back the draft and of course your average dimwit 19 year old was already booking his flight via Swissair to some den of socialism. Here we are on the cusp of a democratic congress and who pipes up about a draft? None other than Charlie "I Served" Rangel (D) New York. Rangel is proposing legislation (again) that would reinstitute the draft. To his mind, legislators would take war more seriously if their own children were subject to combat. On that point I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Rangel. However I dispute the need for a draft. In the 1980s we had more than ample military assets to conduct wars on both sides of the world and we maintained this stance with an all-volunteer force consuming less than 6 percent of Gross Domestic Product. Unfortunately, our government has continued whittling away at the defense budget year in and year out. Now it barely consumes 3 percent of GDP.

Obviously we cannot sustain that level of expenditure and approach handling the current war with islamofascism and any potential conflict that might break out. Sadder still is that both parties are culpable here, everyone wants a slice of the peace dividend. No one realizes that the ones to pay will be the American people when we have another December 7 dropped on us. (pardon the pun) In my mind, President Bush should have used the 5 yr. anniversary of September 11 to call for half a million volunteers to fight radical islam. He would have gotten them by recognizing the problem, identifying it and calling upon the American people to mobilize themselves to ridding the world of this pestilence. Oh well, it can still be done, but it cannot be done on the cheap. Personally I'd rather my tax dollars go towards a new M16 for a deserving infantryman somewhere than for some rehab center in Detroit ministering to baseheads.

Now then, short ribs....yum

Get some ingredients

3 lbs beef shortribs
2 tbsps all purpose flour
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 tbsps olive oil
1 can beef broth
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 small onion sliced thinly

Place the flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder in a plastic ziploc and mix. Now add the shortribs and toss to coat. In the meantime, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. When ready, add the shortribs and brown them all over, about a minute a side. No more. When browned, remove and add to either a covered pot over low heat or a crock pot on high. Pour in the beef broth, add the mushrooms and onion and cover. Let simmer for about 4 hours. The ribs are ready when you can easily pull the meat off the bones. Now I like to serve mine over rice or egg noodles with a gravy from the broth. You can remove the ribs and put them in some casserole dish and put them in the oven to stay warm. While they warm, add some flour to the broth and whisk it in until it thickens. This will vary but shouldn't take more than a couple teaspoons of flour. When the gravy is ready, place the ribs back in the mixture and then spoon it over cooked rice or noodles. Serve it up with a nice salad. Good eatin' on ya!!!

Smilin' Paul Villa U.S. Senate 2010
cyber-Congressman, R-Reno
Proud Member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and 2 SUV Family


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