Ok so first, I feel for this guy. I too have a daughter, and I get it, but let’s get into it:
He repeats multiple times “We need to stop talking and start doing something”…but never actually uses the platform to give his version of a solution. I doubt he notes the irony.
Also another thing to note is that he dodges the question of “How did you feel about the issue before this?” The bottom line is gun control is bullshit, and the only laws that seem to have an issue here is the fact that despite multiple contacts and tips to law enforcement, they did NOTHING to take a dangerous person off the street.
When somebody goes on TV after they are stricken by tragedy and talks about gun control laws, their mind hasn’t changed, this was how they felt before. And that goes for people who talk FOR gun control, and AGAINST gun control.
It’s frisking this “Progressive” turd of an article here:
There’s a meme making the rounds again comparing the amount of food you can get from KFC for $20 and the amount of food you can get from the grocery store for the same price. The implication is that stupid, poor and lazy people are throwing their hard-earned tuppence away on fast food when they could be cooking at home, being healthier and richer in the process.
Give me an absolute break.
The memes he links are here, and they are absolutely true!
The bottom line is fast food is unhealthy garbage that costs an order of magnitude more than cheaper and healthier food you can cook at home. Larry of course rips him apart on the MASSIVE fallacies he bets the farm on….essentially that it isn’t “Cheaper” when you first need to outfit a kitchen, and then quotes prices for kitchen tools that are either unnecessary or can be had for vastly lower prices.
Larry is right, make sandwiches until you can buy a cheap non-stick pan at a thrift store or your cheap kitchen store. The bottom line is while spending good money on good kitchen gear is money well spent, you can make some pretty nice meals with some cheap sheet pans and cheap frying pans.
But at the core of Larry’s fisk, but not outright said is that good fiscal behavior will always elevate you, and generally people who are poor but are making every penny of their money count won’t be poor forever, and people who are no-longer poor, or just financially better off in general because of good fiscal behavior are going to keep those behaviors even when they are an EVIL 1%er.
That’s why I like PBR, I started drinking in College, and like most college kids, I didn’t have much money, but a 6-pack of Pabst doesn’t cost much, but it sure tastes good, that has a lot of meaning to me, so I still like it today, even when I occasionally spend double the cost of a 6-pack of PBR for a single bottle of craft beer.
Here are some other good fiscal cooking stories.
A great one, with witnesses, is my cooking for the House at the NRAAM last year. I cooked two full meals, and I had to do some foolish things like buy a full bottle of oil, and a two pound sack of flour, where most of those got thrown away when we packed up at the end of the weekend. I think I spent under $40 and fed 7 grown adults. Further the kitchen at the rental was poorly equipped, it had the very basics, but not much else.
Now Sean brought a massive crock-pot, which was a HUGE help, but those are cheap….seriously, for short money you can buy an appliance that will not only open a whole world of cheap cooking for you (not only do they work great, but they change cheap meat into delicious food) but given that you can load them up in the morning, go to work all day, and have dinner cooked when you come through the door, you eliminate the “But there’s no time” fallacy in the article.
But yeah I cooked a bunch of chicken thighs (which is pound-for-pound the cheapest part of the chicken) with some onions and green peppers, and salt and pepper for seasoning. The peppers cost a bit, but onions are practically free, but I bought a huge sack of peppers which brought the price way down, and week cooked them for almost every meal. That and I roasted two heads of cauliflower with oil salt and pepper, and I think that was the whole meal. I could have baked up a dozen potatoes for not much more and everybody would have been stuffed to the gills.
But that’s not where it ends, I picked that chicken meal on a whim, instead I cooked enough chicken that there was about two pounds of leftover meat that I saved, I also strained out the liquid from the crock pot and put it in the fridge. Overnight the fat separates and the stock gels, you scrape the fat off the top, and plug that in the place for butter, and add a little water to the gelled stock, and you’re doing much better than canned stock, and I followed this recipe. Still had onions because I bought a sack for a few bucks, plus a $2 pre-made pie crust, and we had pot pie for the next night. All done with garbage utensils that could likely be found at a thrift store for maybe $50 for the ENTIRE KITCHEN! The chicken took maybe an hour with about 20 mins of prep time in the morning, and about 30 mins to roast the cauliflower with a bit more prep here-and-there, and then the pot pie is an hour start-to-finish.
When it takes about a half hour to get most take-out from start-to-finish, and the price is easily an order of magnitude different, this is really a no-brainer.
Another was the other weekend, my buddy was having a birthday party, his wife was cooking the food, the other buddy was bringing video games, and I was bringing beers…..oops his wife got sick and could still make the cake, but couldn’t swing the food.
I ran to the grocery store and bought a full-rack of pork ribs, I have a big bottle of dry rub that I maybe spent $3 on (minus a dollar-off coupon I had), and will last me a long time, and I had a big bottle of BBQ sauce that is maybe $2, but this was a bottle that had been opened for weeks. It was a special occasion so I didn’t gripe paying $15 for the rack (I have a rack in my freezer that cost me $5 that will be eaten probably next week). You put some foil on a sheet pan ($2 for the whole box of foil, and you can easily get a sheet pan for under $10) rub the ribs with the BBQ rub and seal it in a pouch and put it in a 250 degree oven. 4 hours later you open the foil and slather on the sauce and give it another hour with the foil off the top. And at 250 degrees, while I wouldn’t go to work, you don’t need to be right by the stove all afternoon. But I cooked a full rack of ribs for under $20, not even bargain hunting, compared to a full-rack will run you closer to $50 at a restaurant, that’s a HUGE savings to you, and this isn’t even a super economical meal.
And as Larry says when you’re dirt poor, you make do with all sorts of non-glamorous stuff. When I was fresh out of college and money was VERY tight I ate ramen, also I got a rice cooker at an asian market for like $15, and you can get a 20lb sack of rice for just a few dollars, that was a LOT of meals for me. If only I had known about this:
even in the winter time when tomatoes are a bit pricey, they don’t cost THAT much (and if your grocery store is like mine, and marks down the veggies that are starting to look a little bad, a tomato that’s getting a bit squishy is IDEAL for this recipe), throw in some cheap chicken or pork that you seared in a pan with some oil salt and pepper, add in some soy sauce, some diced onion, maybe some other veggies you got for cheap, you have a full meal, that really won’t taste too bad, and won’t be too bad for you for I bet less than $2 a serving.
Also you don’t need cook books anymore (tho I have DOZENS that I bought for under $5 a whack, big name books might cost $20, but I first read that pot pie in a Betty Crocker print book that set me back maybe $3) because its all on the internet. And let’s face it, everybody has internet. My cousins worked security in the welfare office, and EVERYBODY had a smart phone.
The take-away from all this talk, is I tell my daughter that learning to cook is one of the most important skills she can learn. She will ALWAYS need to eat, if she can cook, she will be eating better, both in taste and in health, for much cheaper. Also like my friend’s birthday, or the NRA show, being able to show up at somebody’s house, or cook a full meal for friends is a BIG deal for them, it’s a big deal if it costs you $50 or $20, so why not pay $20?
I see neighbors haul out their trash and see the pizza boxes and take-out containers in there, and when you eat for a week at restaurants, or take-out you are tossing SO much money away. I would rather save that money to spend on other things.
So I LOVE cooking on cast iron cookware, there is really nothing that does the same job as it, and while you have to treat them completely differently than stainless or non-stick cookware, that really shouldn’t be a problem.
The big thing with cleaning cast iron is not to remove the black seasoning, which is oil and carbon. So no soap. Also since it’s just a chunk of iron it’s not a good idea to soak it in water.
This simply means you don’t clean them, you scrape them, give them a good rinse with water if they need it, dry them, then lightly oil them. If things are really bad my favorite trick is to fill them with water and bring it to a hard boil, then dump the hot water out and scrape the now soft crud, and they retain heat so well it will self-dry in seconds and then you can again apply a light oil for storage.
Or just keep the thing on your stovetop, as you can easily cook every meal on one.
The big issue with cast iron is how to get one. I have two that I use all the time, but they’re both over 100 years old. My wife has a dutch oven and a griddle by Lodge, but they don’t get used often enough for me to comment on the quality, they certainly aren’t BAD.
Then I found this video:
Looks like Field is making Cast Iron just like the kind your Great Great Grandmother used to cook on. Looking at their prices they’re four times more expensive than a comparable Lodge, but if they’re as good as Cowboy Kent says, dropping over $100 on a skillet of this quality should be a no-brainer.
Think about it. I’m really not in the market for one, because my needs are met by the two skillets I have….which are over 100 years old! We talk about guns being durable goods, and I have a few guns that are in the age range of my skillets…but I don’t shoot those guns every day. In theory you could buy a Glock or a Mossberg 500 or an AR-15 and maintain it for 100 years, and have a still-shootable gun in 2118. But can you do that shooting it EVERY day, and shooting it HARD several times a week?
Meanwhile my skillet cooked a steak in a 500 degree oven PERFECTLY and then cooked me eggs the next morning, and has been running like that for YEARS. And we’re talking the price of a new Hi-Point.
I’d totally spend it, and I might go to them if I think I need something new.
Overall it’s a genera mash-up. It has some STRONG similarities with Alien Nation, when in the 1988 Film James Caan was a veteran cop who because of his lack of friends on the force was pressed into partnering with the first Alien police Detective (Played by Mandy Patinkin back before anybody knew who the hell he was). It was an AMAZING movie, and worked as both a great buddy-cop film as well as a Sci-Fi. And the film managed to work in some very obvious, but not heavy-handed talk on immigration and refuges, likely deeply influcence by the Mariel boatlift.
This film is VERY similar, but rather than a Buddy Cop Film mashed up with Sci-Fi, it’s Fantasy, and the new Detective is an Orc, there are also Elves featured prominently, as well as a TON of other fantasy monsters that make cameos or are referenced. This time the social allegory is race and culture, as the Orcs and Elves are just as American as the humans.
I won’t pick it apart, I’ll just say I love it, it’s a good Buddy Cop Film, good Acting (not something Wil Smith gives up every film) great directing, looks as good as any thratrical release, except this is Netflix so I got to watch it on my big screen in my pajamas rather than having to go out and watch on somebody else’s time line. (Also I got tired half way through, and went to sleep and finished it in the morning…God how many times I’ve nodded off during a film I paid money for!), and it has some humor, which I think all Buddy Cop films need.
Also the Makeup was AMAZING, Elves looked like Elves, not Hippies with big ears. I’ve always appreciated artist renditions of Elves that have body-types that are close-but not-quite human. The Orcs looked AMAZING, yet still very expressive.
I like the world they built, and it sounds like there might be more films, which I’m hoping for. You don’t need to be a Fantasy geek to enjoy it, but if you ARE a fantasy geek, I think you probably thought about an Orc with a Machine Gun….well you get to watch that.