you’re no better than rocks

What would happen if “Mother Nature” had the same rights as humans?  There are some people trying to find out.  Van Jones, former “green job czar” of President Obama, is working with various obscure groups to give plants, trees, rocks, and such the same legal rights as humans.  Van Jones is also associated with a thinktank supported by George Soros, if that means anything to you.

Supposedly Bolivia has already given the rights of nature equal status with human rights in its legal system.  The President of Bolivia has often said “the central enemy of Mother Earth is capitalism.”  That sure makes this sound political…

Some constitutional amendments being pushed for are provisions that “Nature has a right to be completely restored”.  So does that mean any building can be torn down if nature was destroyed to build it?  Wouldn’t that include everything man-made?  If you take the concept far enough, the Earth was 100% nature before we built anything.

But even ignoring the worst-case scenario with that, it would mean that you could be sued for kicking a rock, or stepping on grass, or using firewood in your fireplace.  I know, it sounds silly.  But try to convince me there aren’t people stupid and greedy enough to do it…

Why can’t we all just get along?  I don’t have any beef with plants.  I’m even okay with eating less plants (except potatoes).

I wonder what vegetarians / vegans think about this legislation?  Some of them get mad at people eating animals, but what if people get mad at them eating plants?  This could get interesting…

Where is the common sense in all this?  Be responsible with the environment, but don’t give sticks and rocks the same rights as humans.  Is it really so difficult?  Sometimes I wonder what this world is coming to…

tasty animals more likely to be eaten

In the news last month, Discovery published an article that concluded that bad-tasting animals were less likely to be eaten than good-tasting animals.  It seems like that should be obvious…

The researchers concluded this by studying chemical compounds and by coating certain animals with bitter-tasting substances to see which were chosen.   That methodology may have its place, but it seems like part of the research should’ve involved grilling lots of animals to see which taste better, then look at what humans have been fond of eating, whether taste is the primary motivation.  This test should also involve copious amounts of gravy.  🙂

steak-and-milk-gravyThis link was sent in by Turtle Dundee, who happens to be an expert in the field of tasty animals and who already knew this information before reading the article.  Perhaps he should publish some of his research on tasty animals…

On a side note, while looking for pictures of steak with gravy, many of the pictures didn’t have enough gravy.   I know some parts of the country do things differently, but if there’s one thing we in the South know about, it’s frying food and making gravy with it.  So let me make this clear: the gravy should cover the entire portion of the meat (and mashed potatoes too!).   If that’s too much for some people, serve it on the side, or have the dish include unlimited gravy.  Just don’t serve a chicken-fried steak with only enough gravy for half of it.  That just ain’t right!

country fried steak with little gravy, green beansAlso, many of the pictures included vegetables like green beans, celery, lettuce, or broccoli.  To each their own, I suppose, but I’m a “meat ‘n taters” type of guy.   Adding “green” to the picture doesn’t make it look more appealing — just add more meat, more taters, and more gravy, and that will impress people.

On another side note, I had a small, healthy lunch today, and all this talk of gravy is making me incredibly hungry!  I know there’s a lot of great foods out there, but you just can’t top a meal of fried chicken, mashed taters, biscuits, and milk gravy.  (And of course Southern-style sweet tea should be served with this meal, but that should go without saying.)

the special days of June, pt 3

We’ll now continue our look at the special days / holidays / celebrations / observations of June.  These are the daily holidays.

  • 16 Fresh Veggies Day — Vegetables probably need to be emphasized in my eating routine / diet, because they normally aren’t.  But I don’t see this happening.  I know, it’s just one day, but life is short.
  • 16 National Fudge Day — Ah, this is a much better usage of June 16 than fresh veggies!  And since it doesn’t seem like both would coincide well, I’ll have to choose one.  I won’t have to think long about this one…  🙂
  • 17 Eat Your Vegetables Day — What?!?  Is there some conspiracy going on here?  Wasn’t the previous day focusing on vegetables?  This is getting out of hand…
  • 17 World Juggler’s Day — This may sound silly, like something you’d just ignore, but it could be fun.  Even if you’re not a good juggler (and most of us aren’t), you should still try juggling this day.  Grab some of your co-worker’s desk objects and juggle them in his cubicle (while he’s still in it).  If you drop the stapler or toss it into the wall, that’s okay.  I’m sure he/she will get a kick out of it.  Be sure to tell them it’s a holiday, or they might get confused or upset…
  • 18 Go Fishing Day — Fishing isn’t one of my favorite things to do, but it is better than working, so I’ll list it.
  • 18 International Panic Day — There’s enough fear and panic already, with all the terrorists on the loose.  There’s no need for emphasis of it.
  • 18 National Splurge Day — We’ve been taught about moderation, keeping things in balance, so a day set aside for splurging seems like a great idea.  I reckon this could apply to any area, including food, sleeping in, taking a longer-than-normal lunch break, taking a nap, playing more video games than normal, etc.
  • 18 International Picnic Day — A picnic is a good time, although a good time for this day would’ve been in the spring or fall, when temperatures are better.  And on a somewhat related side note, it seems like every time I go on a picnic, it’s extra windy.  I don’t know why, but it seems like that always happens.
  • 19 World Sauntering Day — I’d never heard of sauntering, so I looked it up.  The dictionary defines sauntering as “walking along slowly, happily and aimlessly”.  That sound good to me.  Because if you’re walking aimlessly, it means you aren’t going anywhere specific, which means you’re not working.  That will help you to walk happily, too.  🙂
  • 20 Ice Cream Soda Day — This is excellent!  There are numerous variations, and if you don’t have a favorite, feel free to try several.  The most popular ones are a good start: Coke and vanilla ice cream, and root beer and ice cream.
  • 21 Finally Summer Day — This is for the Summer Solstice.  I’m not sure I really want to celebrate this, because here in Arkansas it gets quite hot and humid in the summer.  If you like sweating a lot and feeling drained of energy, it would be great, but that’s not really my cup of tea.
  • 21 National Hollerin’ Contest Day — A quick glance online found a place that actually has a festival built around this holiday.  While a festival might be fun because of the food and a car show, I don’t know that I’d like to hear a hollerin’ contest…
  • eclair22 National Chocolate Eclair Day — This sounds good!  For those of you not in the know, an eclair is a long, thin pastry filled with cream and topped with icing.  It’s similar to a type of donut called “long johns”.  Whatever you call them, they’re scrumptious!
  • 23 National Columnists Day — Technically, I’m a columnist, in that I write on this blog, and it’s organized by columns.  So this is a holiday to celebrate me!  So feel free to send me cookies, gift cards, cash, etc.
  • 23 National Pink Day — One website said everyone should wear pink this day, and that guys should get in touch with their feminine side, that girls would love them for it.  Maybe certain girls would like it, if they’re looking for a wuss.  Obviously this “holiday” doesn’t apply to all people.  I, for one, don’t have a “feminine side”.
  • 23 Take Your Dog to Work Day — There are actually a few companies that allow this now on a full-time basis.  If yours isn’t one, be sure to let your boss know about this holiday.  Or, you could just get everyone to bring their dogs this day, then explain it when your boss gets confused.  (FYI, we’re not liable if you lose your job for following any of our suggestions.)  🙂
  • 24 Swim a Lap Day — I would, if I had a swimming pool.
  • 25 Log Cabin Day — Likewise, I would go spend the weekend at a log cabin, if I had one.  Whoever created this holiday must not have thought about everyone else.  Unless, he rents out log cabins…
  • lightning photo25 National Catfish Day — You can have your own fish fry for this holiday, but to me, this says “seafood buffet”.  That way, you can eat lots of catfish, while also enjoying shrimp, hushpuppies, fries, etc.
  • 26 Forgiveness Day — I forgive you for not checking this blog every day.  (But don’t let it happen again!)
  • 26 National Chocolate Pudding Day — Mmm…
  • 27 Paul Bunyan Day — Do you remember Paul Bunyan?  I remember reading about him.  He was larger than life, featured in many tall tales.  He had a pet named Babe The Blue Ox.  Here’s a few of his stories, in condensed form.
  • 29 Camera Day — For this day, I’ll show you one of the pictures I took from my backyard.  I’ve always been fascinated with thunder and lightning.
  • 29 Waffle Iron Day — To honor the waffle iron, we should eat waffles.  Be sure to have some Aunt Jemima syrup ready (or whatever you prefer).
  • meteor striking earth30 Meteor Day — Meteors are neat when we see them streaking through the sky, but you don’t want one landing in your yard.  We’ve discussed before what might happen if a big meteor or asteroid hits Earth.  It could destroy life as we know it.  And that would be a bad day, indeed!  (Click here for more info on that.)  So let’s hope they all stay out in space, or that someone is prepared to blow them up before they hit Earth.

Well, that concludes our analysis of the special days of June.  I hope you found something you could celebrate.

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How can someone be a vegetarian?

I’ve heard there are some people who are vegetarians, meaning they don’t eat meat.  How can this be?  I’ve heard some propaganda that tried to convince me to become one, but it was stupid.  Can you imagine giving up steak for carrots?  Bacon for broccoli?  Ham for cauliflower?  Sausage for asparagus?  Chicken for celery?  No way!  Just the thought of that would be absolutely, totally, and in all other ways, inconceivable.

When did this rigamarole get started?  Mankind has always eaten meat.  We’re supposed to eat meat.  Just the smell of someone putting burgers or steaks on a hot grill seems right.  That smell instantly makes me hungry for that.  And if I’m not the one grilling, it makes me kinda jealous…  You certainly don’t get that same effect if you grill some vegetables.  People would look at you funny, wondering if you know how to cook on a grill.

radishes

Mmm… look at those tasty radishes!  Wouldn’t you rather eat that than shrimp?  Ugh!  Maybe you’d rather give up lobster for artichoke.  Whatever…  I mean, look at the name of artichoke — does that sound like a food?  It sounds like something that might kill you!

Anyway, I could go on talking about how silly it is to be a vegetarian.  But I’ll tell you a real-life testimony of how crazy it is.  I had a friend who fell victim to that propaganda, and he tried it for a few weeks, then decided he didn’t need to wear deodorant anymore.  I became concerned for him, because obviously he was losing his mind.  He eventually came to his senses, fortunately.  We have to watch who we’re listening to.  There are even some celebrities who believe this nonsense.  For example, Pamela Anderson has been quoted as saying, “The best thing any of us can do to fight pollution is to adopt a vegetarian diet.”  What in the world?!?  Obviously she’s lost her mind, because that makes no sense whatsoever.