Makin’ Chili with Badger


I had a special request from someone who wanted me to post up my recipe for delicious chili! So here it is. Enjoy! Or don’t. But I hope you do! If you want. Anyhow, here it is.

(here is where there would be a picture, but apparently I’ve never photographed my chili process! I have pictures of the last split pea and ham soup I made, but no chili. So here’s what you get instead)

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WARNING: Not to be taken internally

5 pounds of ground beef

1 pound of ground sausage

9 (15 oz) cans of chili beans in sauce

5 (28 oz) cans of diced tomatoes

2 (6 oz) cans of tomato paste

1 large onion, diced

2 tablespoons of bacon bits (non-pork imitation bacon bits can be substituted)

6 cubes of beef bullion

1 cup of beer (Fosters works best, may be left out if needed)

1/2 cup of chili powder

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons of oregano

4 teaspoons of cumin

4 teaspoons of Tabasco sauce

2 teaspoons of salt

2 teaspoons of pepper

3 teaspoons cayenne pepper

3 teaspoons paprika

2 teaspoons of white sugar

This makes a considerable amount of chili. The numbers may be halved for a more reasonable experience. Also, feel free to play with the spices until you find a mix you like. I find this mix tends to be hot enough to get attention, but not so hot that it overwhelms the flavor.

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Going Away Again


Yeah, I’m putting the blog on indefinite hold once more. Why?

Frankly, I’m getting a bit burned-out. I mean, the ongoing amateur hour White House is a source of much amusement, yes, but it’s also a source of great anxiety for people like me. I laugh so I don’t cry, but even the laughter starts to get a bit tiring after a while.

So I’m stepping away. I don’t know how long I’ll be gone for, but I’ll be back eventually. Just you wait and see. In the meantime, I leave you with this.

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Sully’s Return


Andrew Sullivan has gone back to regular writing. He’s working for nymag.com and has a new weekly column.

This pleases me. I’ve always liked his writing, though I disagree with him on many points. So, yeah, go take a look at the first article, and check them out every Friday. It’s quite nice.

On School Choice


The nomination and approval of Besty “Eeek! A grizzly!” de Vos for Education Secretary has had me spending some time thinking about education and what I’d like to change about it. There are many things, but in the context of this particular person, I’m thinking about it when it comes to school choice.

School choice is, broadly, the concept that parents should have a choice as to where their child goes to school. In principle, this is a good thing. It means that parents can get their kid out of a public school they judge to be failing and put them into z private school that they judge to be better, and best of all, they can do this with the state paying some or part of this, due to school vouchers.

These vouchers provide a certain amount of money for less well-off parents so that they can afford private education for their kids. Again, in principle, this isn’t a bad thing.

But when someone does this, they’re taking money away from public schools that are generally poorly-funded to begin with. So if a school is already failing, they’re likely to fail even more, due to the fact that they’re now losing money.

It used to be that almost everyone sent their kids to public schools. There were private and religious schools, but either the wealthy sent their kids to them, or the less well-off used scholarships.

With most people’s kids attending public schools, this means that people had a stake in how those schools perform (which we all have anyhow, but you know what I mean). It meant that they were willing to do things to improve them, like volunteer or pay higher taxes.

Sadly, the Republicans continue their desire to privatize everything, including education, and so we get into school vouchers.

I am generally in favor of freedom of choice, and if you can afford, on your own or with scholarships, to send your child to a private school, go for it. But I’m severely against the government assisting you with doing so. If the school your kid is going to isn’t doing as well as you think it should, go find out why, and work to change it. Run for the local school board, even. It couldn’t hurt, and it might help.

But abandoning the idea of public education is stupid, wrong, and just generally terrible, and that’s where this is leading us.

The Force Asleeps


Good ole Mister Plinkett, of Red Letter Media, released a video a couple of months back that I missed out on. It’s his analysis of why The Force Awakens didn’t really work well as a movie. I can agree with pretty much all his points here, though he does go on, and on, and on, for quite some time before actually getting to them.

Also, the “character” is starting to wear on me.

I Hate Being Sick


Not a novel sentiment, admittedly. But I’ve started week two of this, and missed five out of eights days of work. Boo!

What’s really annoying now is that I mostly feel ok, aside from the fact that my nasal congestion is making it extremely hard to sleep. Out of 8.5 attempted hours last night, I slept maybe 5, and those weren’t consecutive.

Ugh. Ok, done complaining now.

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Why is Obamacare Still a Thing?


Several reasons, starting with the fact that people like it.

It really is kind of sad that so many people voted for a party that vowed to repeal Obamacare and replace it with “something better”, and that those people aren’t getting what they want. Come on, you congressional cowards! Repeal it, like you promised. Fuck over your voters. Go ahead. Make fixing this entirely your problem.

I dare you.