Sunday, July 24, 2011

Lawyered Up

I was aware that there has been an United States Attorney General since 1789, but I was not aware that the office White House Counsel was not created until 1943.

Regardless of what John Dean has to say about the office of White House Counsel, I find it disturbing that presidents of the United States feel the need to be lawyered up to fulfill their oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America.

The instigation for this post is this the following comment by Tim Geithner, as posted at The Corner under the heading Geithner: Fourteenth Amendment Is Not an Option.

Citing the Fourteenth Amendment, which some interpret to give the president authority to raise the debt limit on his own, Amanpour asked Geithner if Obama would avail himself of this dubious constitutional power.

“It is not a workable option,” Geithner replied.

“But President Clinton says it can be done,” Amanpour contested.

Geithner insisted, “We’ve looked at this very carefully — as had President Clinton and his lawyers when he was president…

Posted by John Venlet on 07/24 at 06:53 PM
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Shout It From The Roof Tops, Again, and Again, and Again

A Gentle Reminder.

One man is responsible for the Oslo murders. One solitary man.

See the poster, at the link, for the initial message under which those words are posted.

Shout it from the roof tops, again, and again, and again.

Posted by John Venlet on 07/24 at 06:45 PM
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Jalapeno and Garlic Gold - Fire Up The Grill

We picked our first crop of jalapenos this morning and this spurs me to post the following.  It’s a marinade recipe which my Lovely Melis has modified and perfected over the years.  We use it for both pork (typically pork loins but it’s way good for just about any cut) and chicken.  It makes for some delicious eating.

• 3 large jalapeno peppers, stemmed and seeded (you may want to leave some seeds and ribs, depending on how hot/spicy you like things)
• 3 large garlic cloves, peeled (more if you like garlic)
• 7 Tablespoons of olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place jalapenos, garlic and olive oil in a small baking dish.  Roast until pepper and garlic are soft, 35-40 minutes.

While the peppers and garlic are roasting put these ingredients in a bowl.

• ¼ cup soy sauce
• 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
• 1 Tablespoon honey
• 1 Tablespoon oriental sesame oil (it’s very pungent)
• 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
• 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel, zest

After the peppers and garlic are roasted and cooled, add to the other ingredients and blend.  I use a hand blender (emersion blender) but you can blend them in a blender or food processor.

The Lovely Melis adds this note, which I highly recommend you follow, because this marinade is good drizzled on pan roasted potatoes, heck it’s good drizzled on just about anything as far as I’m concerned.

I usually double this because everyone loves it!  I use half as the marinade and save half for dipping.  I just heat it up in the microwave and people just spoon it on.

We usually let the meat marinate for a few hours, but you can let it marinate overnight also.  Give it a whirl, and then fire up your grill.

Posted by John Venlet on 07/24 at 11:25 AM
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In Debt Quote

A reminder, the problem isn’t the debt ceiling — it’s the debt,...

From a Rand Simberg post titled Why The Boehner-Obama Talks Fell Apart noted at Samizdata.

Posted by John Venlet on 07/24 at 10:31 AM
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Studies In Self-Reliance - I’ll Do It Myself Edition

Occasionally, I’ll post a study in self-reliance, linking to some noteworthy individual who exemplifies individualism and self-reliance.  This morning I’ve learned of just such another individual by the name of Jerry Routen, who resides in Rockford, Michigan.

Chances are you don’t know Jerry, since he doesn’t belong to many clubs or organizations.

Jerry works.

I met him several months ago in his front yard, on 10 acres he and wife, Betty, own across from Rockford Public Schools’ Freshman Center on Kroes Road NE.

Jerry was stacking wood. Lots of wood. As in 40 cords, every stick of it cut and split and stacked by Jerry himself. (bold by ed.)

That’s alot of wood, and Mr. Routen’s splitting and stacking of it, by himself, well noteworthy and indicative of self-reliance, is not the main reason for this post.  This is.

And you can bet he still would be stacking wood in the heat — or doing something to keep busy — had a tree he was felling last month not taken a wrong turn and nearly split his right leg in two.

“I never had so much pain in my life,” Jerry said a few days ago, as he recuperated at home with a strict physical therapy regiment of his own design.

“I refused,” he said of the more formal plan his medical team encouraged him to adopt, following his release from St. Mary’s Health Center after surgery to implant a rod and screws in his messed-up femur.

And this.

...he never let a setback serve as an excuse, and maybe it’s tied to how he grew up in Dearborn — dirt poor, the son of an alcoholic cab driver and a mother who washed others’ laundry. Their one-bedroom home contained all the beds, and no hot water.

In ninth grade, an English teacher flunked him and pointed to summer school as the only way to make it. No thanks, said Jerry, and he dropped out to work on a farm, then at a grocery store. After serving with the Army in Korea, he returned to become a carpenter’s apprentice and rose to superintendent in record time, leading crews who built banks, rest areas, bridges, power plants and more.

That was his day job.

In the evenings, he would pour concrete, tear off roofs, add garages — anything to turn a rental into a money-maker. He retired at 55 as owner of more than 40 rentals in the Port Huron area, though there are fewer now.

But Jerry’s love of work has never dimmed.

I salute Jerry Routen.  He is an example to be emulated.  “Jerry works.”

Meet one of the hardest working men in West Michigan

Posted by John Venlet on 07/24 at 10:08 AM
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