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The Coming Boomercide – Z Man

The Coming Boomercide – The Z Blog

I believe we are headed to what I like to call “The Great Reset.”

Pensions, Social Security, Student Loans, Entitlements, Medicare, Obamacare, Military Adventures Abroad, the list goes on… and on… and, well, it’s obvious no one really knows how long the list is.

It is a simple fact that not all of this can be paid for or paid off. Something has to give?

My current leading expected method by which the establishment will try to fix these problems is with several years of runaway inflation. But the Z Man may be correct. Maybe the youngsters won’t want to share the pain of the inflation with the Boomers (I’m a late stage boomer that didn’t vote for any of this crap. I’m a late stage boomer more worried about his children’s future than whether or not I get a few years of boating in Florida before I slip into dementia). Maybe the younguns will push us boomers off a cliff. Maybe they will have the stones to just stop payment.

I better be nice to the kids.

Draft Registration

One need only have kids the age of the Ace and Deuce to hate the draft registration. It becomes even more aggravating while the Ace flirts with conventional feminism (I do think this is a passing phase, a result of her being a senior in college. While at an all girls high school she had a much better idea about feminism.) The Deuce had to register for the draft. The Pentagon has just opened up all combat billets to women. So why does the Deuce have to register for the draft and the Ace doesn’t?

Volokh:

The Pentagon’s recent decision to open virtually all combat positions to women suggests that the days of male-only draft registration are likely to be numbered. But the best way to achieve gender equality in this field is not to force women to register for the draft, but to abolish draft registration for all. That way, we can achieve both equality and freedom for men and women alike.

Source: The Volokh Conspiracy

And while we are at it, why are those that are forced to register for the draft unable to buy a drink? This is a completely unacceptable state of affairs.

Ole Miss wins a big one!

The Rebels hand it to Alabama in Tuscaloosa 43-37. A big win. As is usual with an Alabama loss, there is always someone with some wit:

Roll TideThe Deuce goes to Ole Miss. I bet he had fun last night.

Canoe Dogs

A 35-50lb lab. That is a good idea. Maggie’s Farm.

The breeder.

A little google foo tells me there is another breeder in Oxford.

The Deuce may go to Ole Miss. Maybe I can get a puppy when he invites me to visit on football weekend.

It does look like fun.

Merry Christmas!

Here are the Deuce and Ace on Christmas morning:

Deuce and Ace Christmas 2014

I’ll likely be asked this question later tonight…

We are going out to celebrate the birthdays of the Deuce and one of my 6 sisters-in-law. Here is the question in survey form with the appropriate answer:

Question

The Dark Power of Fraternities

One quote from the article:

Most of them are awash in alcohol. And most if not all of them are bereft of any meaningful adult supervision.” As for the risk-management policies themselves: “They are primarily designed to take the nationals’ fingerprints off the injury and deaths, and I don’t believe that they offer any meaningful provisions.” The fraternity system, he argues, is “the largest industry in this country directly involved in the provision of alcohol to underage people.” The crisis-management plans reveal that in “the foreseeable future” there may be “the death or serious injury” of a healthy young person at a fraternity function.

I read that long, and worth the time, article. The author makes a strong case that the fraternity system is deeply flawed. She also hits pretty hard on much of the problem being alcohol. Since college students can’t drink on campus at school sponsored events (most students are under 21), they will go off campus to the parties at the frat houses. The drinking age being 21, and the whole cascade of other factors the author lists, cause the crazy fraternity situation.

The drinking age should be lowered to 18. Alcohol should be deglamorized. It should be more common and less mysterious and romantic.

It is an insane public policy that will require the Deuce to register for the draft when he turns 18, but will not allow him to legally buy a beer.

It is also insane, I’m looking at you feminists, that the Deuce has to register for the draft but the Ace gets to skate on that requirement.

Go read the whole thing: The Dark Power of Fraternities – The Atlantic.

Did a little baking today…

The Deuce likes to have his breakfast in the car on the way to school. Today I made this sausage stuffed loaf for him:

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I used the following recipe, from the King Arthur Flour site:

Dough
1 1/4 cups lukewarm water
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons instant yeast

Filling
1 3/4 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced and lightly sautéed
3/4 pound breakfast sausage, cooked and crumbled, fat removed; 1 scant cup
2 teaspoons fresh crushed garlic
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. To make the dough: Mix and then knead all the dough ingredients together to make a smooth, slightly sticky dough. This will take about 7 minutes in a stand mixer; or use the dough setting on your bread machine, allowing the machine to complete its cycle and skipping to step #3 below.
  2. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl or 8-cup measure, cover it, and allow it to rise for 60 to 90 minutes, until it’s just about doubled in bulk.
  3. While the dough is rising, stir together the filling ingredients.
  4. On a lightly floured or lightly greased work surface, roll the dough into a 9″ x 15″ rectangle.
  5. Sprinkle the filling atop the dough, leaving a 1″ border at the edges. Roll the dough up jelly-roll style, starting with a long edge. Pinch the seams well, and tuck the side edges under, pinching them to seal.
  6. Pick up the log of dough and transfer it, seam-side down, to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Shape it into a crescent or horseshoe shape.
  7. Make cuts (about 1/2″ deep) at 1″ intervals across the top of the loaf. Cover the crescent with greased plastic wrap and let it rise for 30 minutes. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 375°F.
  8. Bake the bread for 25 to 30 minutes, or until it’s golden brown. Allow it to cool for 10 minutes before serving warm.

Yield: 8 to 10 servings.

Since I didn’t have any breakfast sausage lying around, I just cubed/chunked up some kielbasa. The Deuce prefers kielbasa to the typical breakfast sausage anyway. I browned the sausage and drain off all of the fat. I also didn’t use any mushrooms. The Deuce hates mushrooms. My experience from making this tells me you could use just about any stuffing you’d like. If you’re going to use eggs, make certain that you cook them dry.

Here is the way it looks sliced:

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Looks good enough to eat, huh?

The game the Deuce plays is all mouse clicks and flashing lights

I also know a guy that used to work for 3d Realms on the Duke Nukem game, so this is both funny and too close to home:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ym8CGczyOaI#t=38[/youtube]

I bet the Deuce doesn’t find it as funny as I do.

OK, I have a confession to make

When the Deuce quit playing sports in favor of drama, I had visions of things such as this in his future: Images from the Third Week of the Brooklyn Int’l Performance Art Festival. Not Safe For Work!

My fears, so far, have been unfounded. But please note as you scroll through all the pictures in that article that everyone of the “artists” is well beyond their high school years. So hopefully none of this is in my future, either.

The hat tip for this comes from David Thompson’s Friday Ephemera. This particular link is titled, “Why parents rarely want their children to be artists, part 7.”