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Tue, Sep 02 2003

I Forgot To Cook Dinner--Again

I'm the type of person who realizes at 5 o' clock in the afternoon that I've forgotten to thaw anything for dinner, and that the efficiency of using a slow cooker only counts if you remember to assemble the ingredients and actually put them into the cooker many hours before you think you'll be hungry. The Complete Idiot's Guide to 20-Minute Meals just might be a good book for me to dig into.

I have figured out a few tricks on my own, such as plopping some frozen peas onto the rest of the fully cooked vegetables (or into the pot of cooked rice), and putting the lid on just to thaw them with a bit of the leftover steam.

Cooking is an art, and you know what they say--art is anything you can get away with.

posted at: 14:03 | category: /Food | link to this entry

Guests Have Privileges--Not Rights

Is your state or community recognizing the matricula consular card? You might want to find out more about this form of identification, which is not issued to immigrants by the U.S., but which is increasingly accepted as an identification card in many places. If I went to another country and visited, or worked, I would not expect to be given services as a right. I would consider myself a guest in their country, and would conduct myself accordingly.

Guests in my home have privileges--not rights. I believe we should look at immigration the same way. A guest in a country should not be entitled to all the rights that a legal citizen receives.

And how does this sort of thing line up with good old Homeland Security's job? This author seems to think the card is an open invitation to patient terrorists who could use it as a channel to obtain free run of the U.S.

Many people work here illegally and send a lot of the money they make home to their country of citizenship. I'm very much in favor of people coming here and enjoying the freedoms of this country, and of their opportunity to work here--even if they send most of the money back to the country from which they came. But let's face it. If the originating country issues the matricula consular card, the originating country has its own best interests at heart--not the interests of the U.S. or of U.S. citizens.

posted at: 09:23 | category: /Politics | link to this entry

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