Beer Bread

3 cups self-rising flour* 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 (12-ounce) can of beer Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Lightly grease or spray a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Combine all ingredients, mixing well. Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake for 1 hour. Makes 1 loaf. *Or you may [...]

Pat’s Cottage Pie

Here's the difference between shepherd's pie and cottage pie: If it's made with lamb, it's shepherd's pie. If it's with beef or other meats, it's cottage pie. Simple enough? Here's my recipe for cottage pie. Ingredients 4 large russet potatoes (2 1/2 pounds) 3 pounds ground beef 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 large onions [...]

Occupy South Park

The Occupy movement's nebulous, disorganized point seems to be centered around anger at corporate profits, pro-environmental stances, class warfare, and a push for redistribution of wealth. South Park commented on the anti-corporate movement years ago, most pointedly in the "Die Hippie, Die" episode (season 9, episode 2). Over the years, South Park creators Trey Parker [...]

Robert Heinlein on poverty

Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as [...]