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Mar 01, 2009

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cheripickr

Unless everyone enjoys playing in freezing rain, I predict a busy day in here today.

RecycleBill

Somehow it seems strange to think that while I peer at the dollar bill I just fished from my worn out wallet and read, "Federal Reserve Note," Trillions of dollars exist only in bank computers backed by nothing but Trillions in bad debt. The very idea that the same banks we are bailing out with money that doesn't exist to cover debts for money that never existed adds new meaning to the phrase, "In God We Trust".

Speaking of fishing, new course offering: Carp Cleaning and Preparation 101 or How to create a delightful treat from the fish others won't eat. Classes starting soon, bring your own pine board.

cheripickr

"Speaking of fishing, new course offering: Carp Cleaning and Preparation 101 or How to create a delightful treat from the fish others won't eat. Classes starting soon, bring your own pine board."

Are you serious or is this some kind of Beelze-speak?

Beelzebubba

Bill: there's a bottle of Ripple in that carp recipe. That's what threw CP the curve. CP, we now know you're a cityboy. The pine board is the essential component to any carp recipe.

cheripickr

Is this gonna be that joke where you throw away the carp and eat the board?

Beelzebubba

city boys call it a joke. country boys call it quizzeen.

Beelzebubba

speaking of ED's socialist opus(N&R 9-1-09 AD, second lunar month of His Obamaness, Bastiat called government "the great fiction, through which everyone attempts to live at the expense of everyone else."

Spag

"In a column last fall, I cited the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as a critical moment, when Americans realized that we actually do want a competent government."

Either we get big government or we have incompetent government. What a phony, zero sum analysis.

RecycleBill

"In a column last fall, I cited the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as a critical moment, when Americans realized that we actually do want a competent government."

You did exactly that. My thoughts from a column in Feb 2005 Turns out I was right and Spag is wrong again.

Cheri,
Actually carp were imported to the US because when prepared correctly they are quite delicious and because they grow quite big and multiply very quickly. Sadly, most Americans have never tasted a properly prepared carp.

When my brothers and I were growing up we used to go fishing with the black children who lived next door at a farm pond near the intersection of Phillips Ave and Elwell Ave as it was close enough to walk to and fro. When we brought the fish home my mother cooked the brim, crappy and occasional small mouth bass but if we brought back carp, Ms Pinnix-- the mother of the black kids next door-- prepared the carp as my mother didn't know how.

And it was very good.

Later, my grandfather used his little John Deere bulldozer to build a carp pond near the banks of the North Fork of the New River in Ashe County, NC. Even though the river was teaming with trout, small mouth and other native fish people came from all over the county to catch his carp and take them home.

Grandpaw never charged anyone to fish his carp pond but did require they buy the bait from him. Like I said, most Americans, including my mother, never learned how to prepare carp.

They have to be prepared very carefully and the dark vein removed in its entirity. Then soak them in vinegar as if they were deer or any other wild game. Water quality also plays a huge roll in the taste of carp, catfish and other fish but it's probably most notable in carp.

That said: My Daddy was the one who taught me the pine board joke.

Mrs Pinnix and my grandparents are gone now so it's not often I find carp fit to eat.

Spag

Billy, you missed my point. It wasn't that people expect competent government. Of course they do. I remember back when Katrina happened saying that it would be bad news for the GOP because it was handled with such incompetence (even though the Democrats who run Louisiana are just as responsible, if not more).

Rather the point I was making was that Ed presents a false choice between big government and competent government. You can have a smaller government that is competent. Further, considering the growth of government under Bush, it is hard to argue that Katrina was the result of a failed smaller government policy.

RecycleBill

No Sam, it's you who is missing the points. I wrote that piece in 2005 while you were backing Bushco 100% just as you've done for as long as any of us have known who you are.

It turns out that Bushco was wrong on almost every point and will go down in history as the most corrupt President to date and yet you continue to throw darts at anyone who dares attempt to solve the problems Bushco created and abetted.

It's not about bigger or smaller government it's about compident government-- something Bush NEVER achieved.

The point is: you have spent the last 8 years dressed as a Bushco cheerleader, pom-poms and all, and never failed to take the partisan right wing wacko side of any argument even when the whole world can see through the lies.

Our current leadership inherited the biggest political, social and economic diaster ever created and while millions of us "liberals" were pointing that out the Spags of the world stood by and cheered.

Spag, it might be that you're a great lawyer but when it comes to politics you have no views of your own and thus cannot grasp the reality this nation faces today.

Truth be told, you really need to give your pom-poms to some little girl and stop wearing those short skirts-- you haven't the legs to pull it off.

Spag

Billy, you obviously haven't really been reading the things I wrote. I have not been a Bush cheerleader nor a great defender of the GOP for the past several years.

I think Bush and the GOP have made a lot of mistakes and I have written about them here and on my own blog. The difference is that I am willing to do that rather than stick to defending the indefensible for partisan reasons, which is what happens here daily. I am far more interested in the ideas than the person or party behind them. Not so with Mr. Cone and a lot of others despite what claims they hysterically make to the contrary.

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