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Archive for 10 December 2010
Fatback – a cut of meat from a domestic pig. It consists of the layer of adipose tissue (subcutaneous fat) under the skin of the back, with or without the skin (pork rind). Fatback is “hard fat”, distinct from the visceral fat that occurs in the abdominal cavity and is called “soft fat” and leaf lard.
Like other types of pig fat, fatback may be rendered to make a high quality lard, and is one source of salt pork. Finely diced or coarsely ground fatback is an important ingredient in sausage making and in some meat dishes.
Republicans who captured the House last month in part on the strength of a promise to rein in government spending have tapped a veteran lawmaker known as the “prince of pork” to head the powerful House Appropriations Committee. And the decision’s not sitting so well among some conservatives.
Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers, who earned the “pork” nickname by steering hundreds of millions of federal dollars to projects in his rural district in Kentucky over a 30-year career in Congress, will chair the 60-member Appropriations Committee, the panel responsible for disbursing more than $1 trillion in non-entitlement-program dollars every year.
Rogers beat two other House veterans with a history of securing earmarks, or special projects, for their districts — former committee chairman Jerry Lewis of California and Jack Kingston of Georgia. All three campaigned for the position by vowing to carry out the GOP’s pledge to ban earmarks and stressing that they were the best man to realize Republicans’ election promises to drastically slash federal spending.
Are they totally deaf? Did they not get the message? Is it so ingrained in the D.C. DNA they can’t see the handwriting on the wall? There were no other choices available that the ‘leadership’ had to slap us all in the face?
But the longtime congressman has a very long list of earmarks under his belt, a fact that may rankle the new guard of spend-averse Tea Partiers. “I don’t think the response is going to be good,” conservative Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., said on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show.
You have NO idea just how “not good” the response is going to be! We were not kidding! We did not work hard to get the tax and spenders out of power just to let the ‘Republicans’ continue on their merry way, doing the same damn thing! You better rethink your selection, and get someone who has a clue just HOW angry we are! Do the Republicans want to become a foot note in history?
In a grotesque insult to those who championed the very freedoms which allowed them to stage their protest, a baying rabble of masked and hooded troublemakers turned a student demonstration into anarchy yesterday.
They defiled a statue of Winston Churchill by urinating on it, ripped flags from the Cenotaph – the nation’s sacred memorial to those who died in the name of liberty – then lit fires and sprayed slogans on the ground in the shadow of the Houses of Parliament.
The physical victims of their violence, inevitably, were the police.
When I first heard about the student fees in England going up, from the equivalent of $6,300, I thought, well, that sucks. When I heard how much it would be, the equivalent of $22,000, I thought, that seriously sucks! I had some sympathy for them, and thought it was way too much of a jump in tuition fees to make a lot of sense. Couldn’t they have increased the fees gradually, over time?
I no longer have an ounce of sympathy for these animals! NONE! They do not deserve DICK! They are owed NOTHING! Instead, they should, every last one of them, be prosecuted, slammed behind bars, and never have an opportunity to even read a book in freedom! Harsh? Yeah…maybe. But to spit on the very ones who gave them the freedom to act like pigs, it’s just beyond comprehension.
These are not ‘students’. No one with the desire to learn, to better themselves, would behave in such a manner. They are nothing more than animals, and deserve to be treated as such.