Bass Brother Joe joined me live this morning with his recipe for perfect pork chops. Dude knows his food, so I'm gonna fire up the grill tonight and check it out. Joe says to start with 1/2 inch chops and no center cuts... go with the ones that have fat down one side and bone on the other. Pat 'em dry, give 'em a little salt rub, and stick 'em in the freezer. Yep, the freezer for about 45 minutes so they get really cold, but not frozen. Before you stick 'em on the grill, hit 'em with a mixture of butter, brown sugar and a little salt and pepper. Once they're on the grill, don't take your eye off 'em. Three to four minutes on each side... slide 'em onto a plate and let 'em rest for about five minutes. Then it's bon appetit! I love this because Joe says it'll keep my chops from drying out and there's nothing worse than a dry chop off the grill. Thanks Joe!
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I heard plenty of chatter over the weekend about the Boston bombers, and of course, most of the talk fluttered around rampant speculation. I don't know why we make things so difficult in this country. The two bombers are from outside our country originally... they were brought up in the Muslim faith... and they both clearly were radicalized. Why does it have to be more than that? We know from past activity, that there is a subset of Islam that wants to inflict pain and suffering and terror on this country and our way of life. Doesn't mean all Muslim's are bad, just like when a tv evangelist has an affair it doesn't mean of all 'em have or when a priest misuses a young man, it doesn't mean they all will or have. I just don't understand why it's so wrong to talk about it.
In the 1800s, folks in small towns all over the country knew who the bad elements were, they knew who was likely to renig on a business deal, and who was unlikely to pay off a debt. If you happened to be associated with or related to one of these people, you were under scrutiny as well. Of course, if you were able to prove yourself otehr than that, you'd be accepted into the community. If the stigma was too heavy, one might move to a new community and make a name for themself. Why do we try so hard to get away from that model? I mean, guilt by association, right? I teach my son to stay away from the bad elements in school, on his ball team, even the kids in Scouts who aren't following the rules. If he doesn't and he gets in trouble or has a problem, I remind him. I usually get a 'But Dad...', but I remind him again that if he wants to hang out with kids that don't follow the rules, he's gonna get burned from tiem to time.
I'm probably most puzzled by the kids who knew the Boston bombers and say they're good guys who just liked to box or whatever. I mean, these young men were in and out of the country with some regularity and I would think if you're willing to go on national television and talk about how good a guys they were, you'd know a little more about them. I think the FBI and other investigators ought to start with those people when conduction interviews... why would you say these two are good guys? How well do you know them? How much time did you spend with them? Did you ever see or hear anything suspicious? Maybe these 'associates' will reconsider spouting off about how good someone is without really knowing what they're talking about...
What can you say... Red, White, and Blue is a way of life... no matter how bleak the day. Prayers and thoughts to Boston... your resilience and strength inpires me.
You may know him, you may not, but an actor by the name of Patton Oswalt typed a note on Facebook yesterday that is brilliant. Oswalt is known for being a sidekick on the tv show 'King of Queens' and the voice of the main character in 'Ratatouille'. Anyway, here's what he wrote...
I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, 'Well, I've had it with humanity.' But I was wrong.
I don't know what's going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths. But here's what I DO know. If it's one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet.
You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. [...] This is a giant planet and we're lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they're pointed towards darkness.
But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We'd have eaten ourselves alive long ago.
So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, "The good outnumber you, and we always will."