We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Egyptian bondage was not a feel-good time for the Hebrew people, and the Crucifixion is a not a feel-good symbol. These are not Hallmark cutie holidays. They were shaped by people who were not sloppy, sentimental, goofy liberals. And no, Jesus wasn't one of those either, no matter what your neighbor thinks.
Passover and Easter are stories of ultimate hope, but they are also pretty unflinching warning about human evil. They are centuries-old warnings, but they are pretty relevant today, aren't they?
8 oz. julienned rare roast beef (I use the precooked one from trader joes)
2 tbsp. prepared horseradish
2 sheets puff pastry
1 egg, beaten with 1 tsp. water
1/4 cup sour cream
2 Tbsp prepared horseradish
1 clove minced garlic
1) Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Melt butter in large skillet over medium high heat.
2) Add mushrooms, shallots, and parsley. Saute 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Drain well.
3) Lightly grease rimmed large baking sheet. Toss cheese, beef, horseradish, and mushroom mixture in large bowl to blend. Divide mixture into 6 portions.
4) Place 1 sheet of puff pastry on work surface. Cut into 3 even strips. Spoon 1 portion of filling mixture into center of each strip. Fold up sides on pastry, pinching to seal (do not compress filling).
5) Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining puff pastry sheet.
6) Brush pastry with beaten egg mixture. Bake until puffed and golden, about 20 minutes.
Burmese pythons: they are sometimes used for food in their native lands, so I imagine people could eat them. Or if alligator farms would buy the carcasses, people could hunt them and sell the carcasses. The problem is that, with a creature like this, you have to pretty much eradicate them. If you leave an Adam and an Eve, you'll have lots of snakes again soon.
Farm subsidies are a bad concept, like any other subsidies. Monkeying with the rates of supply and demand always -- ALWAYS -- shifts resources from their most desirable uses to less desirable uses. In effect, they reduce wealth. Farm subsidies do very little to stabilize the food suppy, probably the opposite. Nor do they keep families on farms any more.
When governments stick to what governments do well, budgets can be small and tax rates low and everybody's standard of living improves. What do governments do well? Public safety, securing the rule of law, some infrastructure, and possibly charities of last resort. I include national defense in public safety and probably flood control too.
When I came across your "Passover present from Obama" link, I initially thought you might be referring to Obama's recent Passover message to the Jews, and so I went back to read what he had said. As I read it, I noticed something I had missed the first time I saw it earlier this week. A number of commentators have noted the somewhat inexplicable connection Obama made between the story of Passover and the recent uprisings in various Muslim countries in the Middle East. I have a different interpretation. Perhaps I'm giving the normally artless Obama too much credit for diplomatic subtlety, but his message now appears to me to be a warning directed at the Israelis (and in particular the Netanyahu government) in which Obama equates the current situation of the Palestinians to the slavery of the Jews in biblical Egypt. Such a comparison would be offensive on many levels, I think, but possibly I'm reading too much into his remarks. Then again, perhaps this is Obama's way of warning Netanyahu that unless the Israelis bend to his every wish in the continually futile negotiations with the Palestinians, he intends for the US to fully support Palestinian statehood. I guess we'll soon see.