The Value of Curiosity

At the simplest level, only people who know they do not know everything will be curious enough to find things out.” – Virginia Postrel

Daily quote from Survival Blog on 30 March 2017.  I’ve never seen this quote before but all my adult life I’ve practiced the thought behind it.  Once you’re convinced that you know the truth about something (religion or politics, for instance) why would you seek a more reasonable or rational alternative?

More Trump Intro. . .

more Trump

Apt, I think – except I would have changed the “DID YOU LIKE HIM AND DID YOU VOTE FOR HIM?”  to read “DID YOU LIKE HIM AND/OR …”  Some of us didn’t particularly like him but, given the choices, had to hold our noses and vote for him anyway.

As of this date ,Feb 18, 2017, Trump has done an excellent job picking the best candidates for the important positions he needs to fill – mostly.  So far he’s walking the talk.

 

Considering Suicide?

In Austin, Texas there was a guy going through fits of deep depression – depression to the point that he decided to take his own life.  Being a considerate sort, he decided to travel out of this country to somewhere that drugs were cheap and readily available.

So, he drew $2,000 out of his bank account and . . .

Went to Mexico to buy barbiturates for a humane and peaceful death.

Decided that if I was gonna die anyway I might as well fuck a prostitute before it was all over. After that a cab driver offered to sell me cocaine.

One thing lead to another, and I got a room above a whore house equipped with a heart shaped bed, a stripper pole, and a hot tub.

Spent a full week snorting coke off tits, popping pain meds, drinking tequila, eating handfuls of Viagra to fight the whiskey/coke dick, and had three FFM threesomes.

Somewhere in the midst of my coke-fueled orgy I decide life wasn’t so bad after all.

Then he packed his stuff up and headed home, amazingly enough STD free!

He’s now offering advice to other folks who are suffering depression; not suggesting the Mexican hooker and cocaine route he took, necessarily, but offering encouragement nevertheless.

And I guess I’m offering this story in the same vein.  The story is interesting, I suppose, but not something I would recommend.  On the other hand, if the only alternative you can see is suicide. . .


I found this story through Instapundit, an almost daily read for me.

Vote in Mexico

The following article about the requirements to vote in Mexico has been lifted (stolen), lock stock and barrel, from the blogsite Curmudgeonly & Skeptical.


  • To vote in Mexico every eligible citizen must have a tamper-proof ID card with a thumbprint and embossed hologram.
  • All citizens are required to personally enroll and show proof of birth citizen ship.
  • Applicants are required to personally return to collect their voting credential.
So, how is it we can’t upgrade to Mexican standards; or be called racist to even suggest it?  Maybe it’s because one political party is dependent on voter fraud?  Can you suggest any other reason?

 


I’ve spent most of my life in states bordering Mexico and I didn’t know this.  Did you?

I agree with the blogger’s question – voter fraud is the only reason I can think of. 

And, of course, the real question is: why hasn’t this been front-page-published in every newspaper in our country?  And (frequently) featured in the nightly TV newscasts?  Do you get the feeling that there’s something here that the “elites” don’t want us knuckle-draggers thinking about?

Breakfast for One

Biscuit & Gravy as breakfast for one.

Why breakfast for one? Well, I like biscuits & gravy (one of my favorite breakfasts) but my wife doesn’t, particularly, so it’s a seldom thing around here. Usually reserved for a larger party, like when we have company.

An eye opener for me was when we were on the Nutri-System Diet and they offered a dry-packaged biscuit & gravy for one meal. Well, what the hey! I figured if they could do it, I could do it, so I started experimenting, and sure enough I could! I can walk into the kitchen now and walk out 15 minutes later with a fresh biscuit with cream gravy. Add some kind of meat and a glass of OJ (or Tang) and you’ve got a nice, tasty and fairly quick breakfast.

The secret is using premixed ingredients.

For the biscuit dump 1/4 cup of Pioneer Buttermilk Baking Mix (or Bisquick original pancake and baking mix – or “Jiffy” Brand “All Purpose Baking Mix” – I don’t think the mix is critical) in a small microwave proof bowl. Add 1/4 tsp of baking powder and 1/4 tsp of sugar (I use Splenda because I’m diabetic) and a sprinkle of salt. To that add 3 tbsp of hot water and stir to a consistent batter. I use a fork and shape the dough into a biscuit shape while I’m mixing. Cover the bowl with a paper towel and cook in the microwave (on high) for 50 seconds. The biscuit will stick to the bottom of the bowl, but if you let it cool for a couple of minutes (say, while you’re mixing the gravy), you can use the fork tines around the base of the biscuit to pop it loose.

The gravy mix I’m using is “Morrisons Country Style Peppered Gravy Mix” that we found at our local Sam’s Club store, but an alternative could be “Pioneer Brand Country Sausage Flavor Gravy Mix” found in our local Wal-Mart. The Morrisons mix comes in a case of 3 1.5 pound bags – enough to last quite a while, I’d say.

To make the gravy, place1/4 cup of the mix in a small bowl and add some salt and a little more black pepper if you like (I do!). To that add 1/2 cup of hot (almost boiling) water and mix thoroughly. Pour the gravy over your biscuit and add some meat – whatever leftover breakfast meat is in the fridge, or a couple of slices of ham lunch meat, diced and warmed up. Plus a 6oz glass of orange juice, or Tang if we’re out of OJ.

That’s it!  It’s a pleasant meal to eat while gazing out at the cottontails, or quail or doves  – or whatever – in our front yard. (Or reading my Kindle, if the wildlife stay home.)  Plus it’s an easy clean-up. Two small bowls, a small plate, a fork and the juice glass – quick and easy.

November 30, 2016 – Update

I no longer fix or eat this meal except on rare occasions. The reason is calories: there are just too many calories in this meal for a daily breakfast. The gravy, as prepared, is about 180 calories, the biscuit is about 160 calories, so you’re already up to 340 calories before adding a meat and orange juice. If you specify Tang (no calories) and a small patty of turkey sausage (maybe 30 calories), your breakfast has jumped to 370 calories. And that’s too many for me for breakfast – I’m generally keeping my breakfasts to under 300 calories.

Toleration

There’s an interesting article about toleration – and it’s limits – in the Maverick Philosopher this morning:

[…] But of course you must never forget that toleration has limits.  Ought one tolerate those who do not respect the principle of toleration? Of course not.  If toleration is truly a value, then one ought to demand it not only of oneself but of others. My toleration meets its limit in your intolerance. I cannot tolerate your intolerance, for if I do, I jeopardize the very principle of toleration, and with it the search for truth.

Radical Islam, in its fanaticism and murderous intolerance, has no claim on the West’s tolerance. It is no breach of tolerance on our part to demand that they behave themselves. We must also demand of them that if they want to be tolerated, they must tolerate others, Jews for example. They must not be allowed to benefit from the West’s tolerance in order to preach intolerance and hate. Just as they have a right to their beliefs, we have a right to ours, and a right to enforce our beliefs about toleration on them if they would live in our midst.

He (the Maverick Philosopher) is no respecter of Political Correctness, which is a breath of fresh air in my normal daily readings.

photo of Leszek Kolakowski in 1971

Leszek Kolakowski in 1971

The article today is about the death of Joan Rivers and the impact she made on our society.  He makes the point that conservatives . . .  “ defend her right to free speech as against both the Islamists and their leftist enablers who have shown time and again that they have no interest in free speech except insofar as it politically correct free speech.” But conservatives will have to qualify that defense for the role she took that made our culture cruder and trashier. 

He ends the article with a quote from Leszek Kolakowski, writing about toleration in “On Toleration” in Freedom, Fame, Lying, and Betrayal, Penguin 1999, pp. 36-37.

Another little nugget to encourage thought in our daily life.  Well worth reading.