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Wednesday, November 6. 2013
For at least two generations, countless conservative parents have seen their adult children reject their core values.
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Brewing beer is simple, even if you get somewhat (and only somewhat - if you keep a good log) unreliable result. By unreliable, I only mean that if you make 2 batches of the same beer, they may not taste exactly the same.
But that is part of the joy of home brewing. I've made countless batches at this point and only 1 came out in a way I'd say was 'funky'. It was a stout, so it was a bit more difficult and stouts tend to vary dramatically in taste, anyway. I'm partial to Guinness, which I doubt I'd ever mimic. Even so, it worked well with Yuengling in a Black and Tan.
So while it's nice to see someone 'simplifying' the brewing process, I don't see the need. If I spent $500-1000 rather than the $140 I did, I could have a much more complex system which makes twice as much. But I was a beginner and I didn't see the need to overdo it early.
With regard to conservative parents and leftist kids, the problem is undoubtedly the schools. I work VERY hard to make sure I counteract the impact of teachers. Both my boys are reliably libertarian/conservative enough for their age. The older one is at a reliable conservative university in Miami Ohio (not teaching - wise, which is a never-ending issue for the professors). The other we'll keep an eye on....if he goes left, so be it. My sister is a nutty liberal. Smartest person I know, but no common sense at all.
Her shift came in college. No surprise.
I would have a very hard time if my boys made a change. To me, life is about passing on values rather than DNA, as the article suggests. My father and my sister have a very tenuous and barely passable relationship. She is a pill.
Sounds like your sister suffers from what is fundementally at the root of most liberals/progressives and particularly radical feminists which is rebellion against the archetype of father authority. My sister who is also smart and talented suffers from this as well and many of her life challenges can be directly associated with this error.
Always possible. Divorced family, you could've hit the nail on the head with that one.
If it weren't for her solid college education, I'd have figured her for a commune-living dreamer. But she married into some well known Northeast New Deal family. Nice people. The brother-in-law is 'liberal' but not as much as you'd expect now that he's doing leveraged buyouts and rebuilding companies around the world.
Still, he's remarkably intelligent, 10 languages or some such, and his MBA from Hahvahd. Quiet guy, but you can tell, when he speaks, he feels he can help you 'fix' your life because he MUST know better than you.
My husband started home brewing this spring and it takes no where near all the time/effort the article writer states. He buys from a brewing supply house here in SF which has streamlined the process nicely.
The process however, like baking, is an exact science - there's no room for fiddling. The only adjustment my husband made was adding maple syrup to the boil. At first he started with a dollop, and as he's brewed more batches he's upped the amount. Each batch has had its own learning curve and results. Some have turned out better than others, but none came out tasting like sock juice.
Exactly, that's kind've my point.
In addition, though, while consistency with a good brew would be good (I'd love to recreate my first, which was literally phenomenal), part of the fun of homebrewing is not be exactly sure what will come up next. If you keep a good log, you can be sure you'll get pretty close (and I have) on a regular basis.
There isn't any special trick to it, and the reality is even if you keep a good log, generating a consistent wort is difficult each time you use the products you've purchased. That is, I could buy the exact same product as I did first time and let it boil just a few minutes too long, or cool it too fast, or let it ferment a day longer, etc. Each thing yields slightly different results. I'm sure he hasn't solved for some of these things, because some are unsolvable.
Most mass brewed beer is consistent for one reason - it tastes awful, or has no taste. The good stuff, the micro and craft brews, are usually very good but also have ranges of inconsistency. I've had a Yuengling Black and Tan that tasted awful (who knows why? I don't) but most are excellent. And Fat Tire Ale is one of my favorites, but I had some recently and it didn't hold the appeal that it once did with me. Maybe my tastes changed, who knows?
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It's really too bad that MacAwful won in Virginia. I think before his term is up most Virginians will agree. But what is far worse in my opinion is the failure of the media or just about anyone to recognize the Democrat dirty trick of putting a "Libertarian" candidate in to suck votes from Cuccinelli. This is not a new trick for the Democrats so why did no one notice it until election day? My guess is some laws were broken on reporting political donations in order to cover this up. Will anyone pay for this dirty trick or broken laws? I doubt it. The good news is there was no voter fraud. Bwahahaha. Just kidding. There is already reports of illegals and dead people voting.
Federal investigations cast shadow over McAuliffe on Election Day
“You would think that probable cause exists to initiate a (Department of Justice) investigation, but DOJ is so thoroughly politicized under this administration that nothing surprises me.
I used to live in Virginia not too long ago. That state has always swung between democrats and republicans...so that McAuliffe won is no big victory. If you look at their history, since about 1974, the state has moved back and forth from Democrats to Republicans. Before 1974, it was a steady Democrat-run state.
I am not sure why the left thinks this is some 'big win' that means something significant. It doesn't. Notice the legislature of the state is still a super-majority in the Republicans favor.
Considering how much ground Cuccinelli made in the last few weeks, losing by less than 3 points, I don't think there is much to worry about here.
I just feel sorry for the conservatives in that state who have to live with that creep, Terry, as their governor. Good luck!
Brewing beer is easy enough to do; the ancient Egyptians could do it.
Samuelson: Political change needs honest debate. We'll wait a loooooooooooong time before THAT happens.
Boston Editorial: It may well be; it's politically correct enough.
The sad thing about Virginia is that Cuccinelli lost only because the Obamunists put up a phony "Libertarian" candidate to suck votes away from him.
unfortunately, it's a pretty effective strategy. Deval won in Mass. by running a straw candidate against Charlie Baker.
Samuelson's problem the definition of "elderly" he's using. 72 is the new 62. When SS first began, people in the 62-71 age range were considered "elderly"---actually reeeeeal elderly---but these days many such people live active, healthy lives. And many of them also put their retirement off and continue to work for a living. So, okay, I can agree with Samuelson that people in that age group shouldn't be coddled; in truth they don't need to be coddled. What to do? Here: For SS benefits, continue raising the full retirement age. More importantly, also raise the EARLY retirement age from 62 to 67, at least. For Medicare, well that horse has left the barn now that the entire health care landscape has been turned topsy turvy with ObamaScare, which will coddle just about every special interest group the Democrats can pander to in return for their votes.
I think a lot of people who "become" nutty liberal do so for a lot of the same reasons people join cults. They have a cadre of friends and supporters who think like them and reinforce their views. And they have what every agenda needs is a "us vs them" argument with a wealth of made up data to support them. If you doubt it think about how good it feels to be on the winning side of a debate or discussion and how gratifying it is to have your colleagues pat you on the back for fighting the good fight. You can't have that in a friendly give and take with someone you like you have to have an "enemy" and the enemy has to fit the description of "racist, homophobic and sexist" so there is righteous outrage. They feed of their satisfaction is slapping down another right wing Neanderthal. If no one, and I mean no one gave them attention the ultra-liberal nuts and left wing activists would disappear and join the latest cult group instead. They crave attention and need their views reinforced, without this they wither away.
BEDFORD: This is the worst Boston Globe op-ed we’ve ever read
Having begun reading the Globe some four plus decades ago, I can't say that I would disagree.