Saturday, September 5, 2015

A Little Recap

While the dark side of life continues, I figured I would go light today because we all need to take a step back sometimes.

Want a delicious dinner, lunch or breakfast? I recommend the Fingerling Potato-Leek Hash with Swiss Chard and Eggs. It was very, very good. In the comments someone suggested dicing the potatoes so it cooks quicker and I did and you should. I also used cheddar cheese to sprinkle on top.

Great article on how to use vintage sewing tables and cabinets on I love the ones turned into an island.

On ZeroWasteHome a student just heading off to college asks how to maintain a Zero Waste life. The answer and comments are pretty interesting and helpful.

I am so looking forward to cooler temps and this Black bean and zucchini chili from Dishing Up the Dirt will be on my list of recipes to make.

Not sure what to have in a stocked pantry? Angie's Frugal House has a pretty solid list of what is needed just in case.

And The Kitchn has this yummy looking recipe for Roasted Sweet Potato Slices with Cilantro Pesto.

Hope you have a beautiful weekend.


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

When Do We Say Enough?

I am pretty much at a loss for words.

Drowned Toddler

This story and its main image should be viral and it should mess with our heads. Yes, we want to take out ISIS and blow them sky high, but there are innocent people caught in the crossfire and I just don't know how the hell we get them out without them becoming collateral damage.
There has to be a way for all of us to handle migrants better. There has to be a way to do it legally without them paying smugglers outrageous fees to make dangerous and usually life ending voyages. I don't understand how we cannot get these people whose lives are truly at risk to a safer country and help them get assimilated and set up in a community. I imagine it is not easy, but dammit it all to hell, the alternative is clearly horrifying. I think that is why I cringe at the US politicians and those running for President who bitch about immigrants. Not everyone is here to sell drugs Donald Trump, some want to make an honest living and raise their kids in safer and better areas. Sorry if that infringes on your sense of self righteousness and privilege. Guess it is easier to be so white and right when you are born with a platinum spoon in your mouth. Myself? I cannot imagine what it must be like to be so terrified of living where you are that you would be willing to use all your savings and climb aboard a rickety looking boat and hope to God/Allah, etc that you will make it to some piece of land where you won't get raped or shot at today. Can any of us imagine that?
Fuck, I need a drink. Or two.


Monday, August 31, 2015

Lord of War

Recently I was involved in a sort of discussion on a favorite blog in regards to gun violence here in America. It seems, like a lot of people, some in the UK and Oz believe us to be gun toting fiends, frothing at the mouth about our Second Amendment rights. To me, owning a firearm is not a bad thing if you practice safety and had training, but one cannot regulate stupid and there is a lot of that going on around here. State by state the laws change in regards to concealed weapons, open carry and crossing state lines with ones gun. Truth is it's a convoluted mess and even difficult for some of us to get a full handle on law wise. Plus the NRA is like a backseat driver. Always directing you even though you know what direction you need to go in but they get louder and eventually you default to their demands to stop their incessant blathering and nagging. Keep in mind they also have a lot of power in DC with many a politician in their pockets so that prevents stuff from getting changed as well.
Personally I think it is more important to educate the public about Emergency Preparedness. Sure it is on FEMA and other government websites, but that is more of a CYA. Make it mandatory in school or offer a town wide class. Catastrophes happen and if people refuse to learn how to educate themselves on how to prepare, they are on their own. I mean, people here bitch about BIG government then a hurricane or tornado hits and government can't act fast enough. We need to be ready in case government can't get to us for awhile, but I digress.
Now, while some anti-government folks may be armed to the teeth, and it is their right, a lot of us want stricter background checks and much more rigorous safety training and actual discussion on how to keep guns out of criminals hands. These are just some of the things the NRA fights rational human beings about.
Guns are pretty scary, but America is not the only place with a love for guns nor are we the only ones supplying them. I think it behooves everyone to take a gander at the 2005 film "Lord of War" to understand what I mean.

Nicolas Cage in one of his better roles to date.

I don't mind that some people on a blog voiced their opinions, but blanket statements are dangerous. Don't assume every American has a gun or guns. Don't assume we don't try to change laws that seem so lackluster you might as well just hand someone a firearm when they move to the area. Don't assume we all hate universal healthcare. Don't assume we don't get frustrated with our school systems. Don't assume we are all obese and resemble every single photo on People of WalMart. Don't assume we don't try to do things about any of this. And most of all, don't assume your own country has not had their hands in the dirty arms game.

From Lord of War: An onscreen postscript states that private dealers conduct less business than the five largest arms exporters – the United StatesUnited KingdomRussiaFrance, and China – who are the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.

Watch the film. Learn. Recoil. Sit in horror. And realize that gun control does not have an easy solution and it should be discussed, but never ever believe your country is not part of the problem. All of our countries have had a hand in arms deals and putting guns on the street. That includes the ones used in a crime in your neighborhood or mine.