Texas BBQ Reviews: Green Mesquite

On January 19, 2014, in Uncategorized, by admin

 Visitors from other states and countries have a hard time grasping the size of Texas.  They can’t quite understand how someone can drive 11 hours straight east or west and STILL be in Texas.  Even from Central Texas it is anywhere from 5-8 hour drive to get to another state.  With such size comes diversity. One of the great pleasures of living in Texas is the food. From Tex-Mex, German, Czech, Vietnamese, and others, each wave of immigrants have brought their own home land dishes here and have mixed into a true fondue of flavors.  The same is true of Texas BBQ.  There are thousands of BBQ places in this state from corporations to shade tree smokers, selling BBQ only a couple days a week.  We freely admit it is better to review a spot after several visits but with so many options, frequently it is hard to visit a particular BBQ place more than once.  That is not the case on this review of The Green Mesquite.  Long-time Austin visitors have fond memories of the restaurant on Barton Springs Rd.  They now have branches in South Austin and Round Rock and the latter one is today’s review.  The store is in a strip mall just off I-35.  The inside is bright and cheerful, without a lot of the faux-Texas “grannies closet” of wagon wheel, barbed wire fence, cow skull décor.  The long bar at the back has full offerings of the alcoholic beverage of your choice and a couple of HD TV’s dot the walls.

The friendly staff is quite helpful, and for first timers, that can be critical because the menu is huge.  From Chicken Fried Steak, to salads, to burgers, to BBQ, it is a full menu.  And that frequently is a concern with BBQ places.  Do they spend enough time concentrating on the BBQ, or are they too diverse, and hence watered down?  Well,  the answer here  is a little bit of both.   We have tried several 3 meat plates and the CFS (that’s Chicken Fried Steak for those not used to speaking Texan).   The 2, 3, 4 meat plates all come with two sides and a slice of white bread with pickles and onions optional.  The sauce comes on the side. The sauce is tomato based, with a little kick that enhanced the meat.  The sides options are many.  Those we have tried include the Cole Slaw, fresh made, crunchy with long strips of cabbage, not chopped fine like most places.  That was very good.  The mustard-based potato salad also tasted like it was made in-house that day and gets a good grade.  The green beans were crunchy and a little salty. The fried Okra was not impressive.

SO how was the BBQ?  Well, the brisket was tender, but with only a little smoke ring, no char.  The smoky flavor was quite good.  The sausage was sliced thin, with a very smoky flavor,  It had a little kick, but like most BBQ sausage, it was a little greasy. The barbecued turkey was outstanding, maybe the best we have ever had on the BBQ Road. Tender, juicy, smoky.  We need to remember this for next Thanksgiving.  It may be easier to buy several pounds of their turkey rather than spending hours prepping and cooking and carving ours. Hmmmm….not a bad idea.  The pulled pork was average, with long thin shreds with a fine light vinegar based sauce.  The pork ribs were a major disappointment, dry and tough.  The Chicken Fried Steak (CFS) spilled over the side of the plate it was so large. Crunchy, flavorful, with good white gravy, everything CFS should be.

The sides get a B+ for their freshness and large types of options.  The meats get a solid B.  Some very good, others not so much, which lowers the overall grade.  Given the good value of food for the price, we will give the overall grade a B+.

The BBQ Road goes ever on…..

 

Politics is a hot button these days.  Seems everyone from the janitor to the pulpit has an opinion on politics and the overall state of America. Great. Never has there been a time in America time where we have had a coven of arm chair political jockeys trying to man  controls of the the country’s opinion with their thumb on the remote of whatever media outlet feeds their political fancy. When they hear it, it is truth in their opinion, and, of course, many are going to make sure we know about it through whatever social media outlet they indulge in. This is all OK, we can simply choose to ignore.  I get that. But the goal of anyone who weighs in on these, maybe including this post, seems to imply that we must all think like whoever, or, well, we just are some name, tag, or stereotyped thinker locked in the closet of these all too gracious and I am sure, stunningly brilliant minds. So what is it about the less than obvious sale of one’s opinion that needs to so compelling that it is forced into my face like dead fish on a practical joke? And truly, these people think (I am talking right and left here) that everyone must think just like them or they are horrible people, stupid, moron, you name it, I have seen all kinds of adjectives tossed about. Well, think just like me or……..who does that remind you of?

Simply said, this righteous know it all armchair wisdom seems to falls into three primary areas of think tank wasteland

  1. The Depressor. This one likely has nothing else to do all day but sit around and listen to their favorite media outlet jargon. They also likely feel totally hopeless to change things, after all, each of us are just one vote. As well, they hear the talking heads with agenda loaded discussions, the O’Reillys, PumpkinHead (Rush Limbaugh), and whoever the liberal heads are……they speak confidently and challenging thereby forwarding their agendas with a stunning sense of seeming truth. He/she said it on Fox, it must be true. They are just looking for someone to be their speak…..older people tend to fall into this trap. again, in the end, their world is not complete unless everyone agrees with whatever agenda has been presented. Homogenious society, the only way we survive. Not very American in my book., but then, you did not ask.
  2. The Narcissist. This one has done a great job of branding themselves in some political or religious corner, or other corner, and as part of their striking need to be recognized and heard, they will begin tossing their opinions about like a hunk of doe at a Papa Johns…..certainly because they are right and there is no other answer, everyone needs to be schooled on the good word and brought into the fold. There is no other way to operate the world other than their own. The Narcissist has a deep longing to be known, observed, listened to, and most of all adhered. Interestingly, a large number of this group has never left the shores of the U.S., let alone their home state, but man, they are a bundle of wisdom for all, and certainly any other country political system must be flawed. But fall in line, be just like them.  Not very American in my book, but then, you did not ask
  3. The Pius. Oh man, here is a genuinely scary group as they believe all of their political rants are backed by the all holy one. God has spoken directly to them, and this is what he said………how can that be wrong in any form or manner? “Its God, not me”. There is a infinite number of these do gooders out in the world, mainly in the south.  With this group, there is no separate of church and state, constitution be damned.  Most of these today go by the Tea Party group, which I am happy to say that they have taken on republicans with disdain as being to moderate…..the result is God dividing the republican party, I guess. Again, very scary group, as these are the strongest of mindset that you must think like them, God told them so…….Not very American in my book, but then, you did not ask

This is not meant to bash one side or another, but rather, to be a wake up call on how we support this so called greatest country on earth. If anyone wishes to form a society that thinks just like them, well, there were a few.  Its called Jim Jones, David Koresh, Rev. Moon, Hitler, whatever. Not very American in my book, but then, you did not ask.  And as you read this, if you stuck around to the end of this 800+ word rant, you should ask yourself, is he asking me to think like him?  And if you answer is yes, you’d be right, and it is a mark that you can think for yourself.  Congratulations. You took the first step.  Not very American of me, but then, you did not ask

 

BU WINS BIG 12 CONFERENCE TITLE

On December 10, 2013, in Baylor Football, by admin

For those of you who have been under a rock,Baylor University  (BU) has won, outright, the Big 12 Conference Championship.  Not bad for a team that our portly purveyor of BBQ said should be in a DII or even a DIII school. I will not dog him, as he continues to place great reviews for Texas BBQ joints on TexasBBQReviews.com. But this is not about the portly one. It is about the fact the BU got help from Oklahoma on Saturday, by beating the Oklahoma State Cowgirls in their home turf.  So at the end of the day, my wife and football fanatic said she would post five positive things about OU coach Bob Stoops if they won thereby opening a door for the BU championship outright. So, keep in mind, we both hate Stoops.  We think he is a total tool…..so for her to come up with this list was an amazing feat….one that should not go unnoticed. Witho9ut further rambling, here it is:

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1. First and foremost, I admire your ownership of the Oklahoma State Cowboys. So much that you could take your team on the road, in terrible playing conditions, against a sold out crowd, with a Big XII championship on the line, and still beat OSU. For this, I admire and thank you. Your team gave Baylor the opportunity to compete for an outright Big XII championship.

 

2. I admire the fact that you wear a white visor, even at night, notwithstanding that it is a terrible look for anyone. But particularly for you. Because you want to and you don’t care what anyone thinks about your appearance.  That is how a person SHOULD be and for that, I admire you.

 

3. I admire the fact that you have built a football program that has the expectation of winning. Specifically of winning your conference and competing for a national championship. And that anything short of that is considered a disappointing season for the program.  It takes a lot of consistency to raise expectations to that level and, for that, I admire you.

 

4.  I admire that you and your brothers were all coached by your father in high school.  And I am sorry that your father died after suffering a heart condition during a game coached against one of your brother’s teams.  And that your brothers are all still involved in coaching. I am sure that he would have been proud of your success and your brothers’ success.

 

5.  I admire that you have a working wife and that you raised three children together and are still married. I am sure that was difficult because your attention must have been strongly focused on your work and your family made significant sacrifices for those accomplishments to happen.  I hope that your relationship with your children is good.

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I will add as well, Stoops is a great coach. We dog him as he is a runner of scores, very little apparent personality, and all in for the OU program.  However, when I step back a bit, I must ask if that is a bad thing?  He knows the politics of BCS, and the inequity therein. He knows how to win…..but he also knows the politics of college football.  And if any of you think that college football is not about the money, guess again night train.

 

Well here it is…..Stoops in his total toolness…….he ought to read this post and frame it, cause I guarentee, such positive will not come from us again

 

 

The Rum Guy Got Creative

On November 26, 2013, in Rum Reviews, by admin

OK. I must say that the Rum Guy got creative in his reviews tying music lyrics to rum reviews.  I am clapping…..a, oh, not quite.  They are to Beatles lyrics….which I hate. Seems Rum Guy and his immediate friends are stuck in yesteryear.  Come on dude, get in the now.  But a stunningly creative review as well is a must read.

Begrudgely yours, Admin.

 The Rum Guy has been quite a slacker lately.  No, not in trying to find the best rums for the best value, but rather putting those reviews in some kind of coherent, semi-readable ramble.  So, inspiration struck me the other night while listening to some “oldies” with son John.  Why not do a (pardon the expression) “mash-up” of the last few rums I have  tried in a similar fashion to the back side (that’s the second side for you young ones who don’t remember vinyl records) of the Beatles Abbey Road?  With apologies to the Fab Four….Hmmm, let’s try this:  Disclaimer:  The lyric quotes are Lennon/McCartney”

“Mean Mr. Mustard-sleeps in the park, shaves in the dark…..such a dirty old man….”  That would be Cockspur 12… a rum from Barbados. Crafted from a Danish seaman back in 1884.  The distillery is on Brighton Beach, just a touch north of the capital, Bridgetown.  The beachside distillery still produces what they call the most popular rum in Barbados.  The glass bottled with the black label and red, strutting rooster is simple, not overly attractive.      Tasting it….Hmmm, was not impressed.  This aged award-winning dark rum has a complicated initial flavor with fruits, cherry, oak but a very “muddy” finish. It is not a good sipping rum.  Mixes OK with regular cola, not so well with diet cola, and not at all with fruit juice…..at over $32 a bottle, this was a big disappointment, like

 “Polythene Pam”, but Cypress Creek Reserve is a local rum from DEW Distillery in Wimberley, Texas.  .  “You could say she was attractively built….” This tall, thin bottle has a black label with a faux Hill-Country painting of oak trees and a creek.  Well done, kinda like a wine label.   This was their vanilla flavored rum and I could tell this is a newer product.  This was a very bland, very vague, rum.  So light, “She Came in Through The Bathroom Window” and left the same way. This rum disappeared in cola, hung around like a little sister with diet cola and the vanilla vanished with fruit juice.  At roughly $25 per bottle, it was vaguely disappointing.   Y’all Keep trying DEW.  Keep plugging away. I am convinced that Texas Rums can be successful.  I love Railean Rums, for example from the coast.

“Once there was a way, to get back homeward….Golden Slumbers filled my eyes”… this would be South Bay rum, a handcrafted product from Hato Nuevo, Santo Domingo, The Dominican Republic. The overly busy pale yellow label features a boat beached on the shore with some indiscernible  vegetation in the background.   This is a small-batch rum, with good open flavors of fruit, sugar cane, oak and a hint of licorice(?).  Not a great sipping rum, it works well with cola and diet cola, but vanishes in fruit drinks.  At around $32 a bottle, “Boy, you’ve got to carry that weight, carry that weight a long time”….and that price is a heavy load for what you get…..

“Are you gonna be in my dreams, tonight….” “ …love you…”  This would be Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva, from Venezuela.  Some previously reviewed rums from Venezuela have not been kind, but this rum rapidly became one of my favorites. This becomes very comfortable, like warm house shoes on a cold floor.  The squat, dark green frosted bottle, hints of the magic fermented juice.  The busy label looks like an example from an old stamp collection.  Busy, but intriguing.  This is an antique rum, distilled from exclusive heavy rum reserves.  With some aged rums, the flavor and texture don’t really reflect the longer aging process, probably because of the blending.  Yes, you get a smoother, more consistent flavor by blending, but you also blend a lot of character out.  Not this 80 proof rum. You can taste the 12 years with notes of ginger, fruit, rum cake, and oak.  This is a very balanced rum, blends beautifully with both cola and diet cola.  It accents the fruit juices but blends with a smooth twist of the hips, like long-partnered salsa dancers.  This rum makes my Top Ten.

“And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make…..”

I love rum, and look forward to continuing to try them from all over the world.  For those of you keeping score at home:

Cockspur 12 – 3 corks

Cypress Creek Reserve—3 ½ corks

South Bay – 5 corks

Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva  8 corks

…….”Her majesty’s a pretty nice girl, but she doesn’t have a lot to say…..today I’m gonna make her mine, oh yeah,  today I’m gonna make her mine…”

The Rum Quest Continues!

–musically yours,

The Rum Guy

 

Some People Just Don’t Get It

On November 24, 2013, in Politics, by admin

In this world of political divisiveness, people across the country seem to be jumping on the bandwagon to throw spears at the other party, or group, or whatever. Never has this country seen a division of opinion of this magnitude. There many potential reasons for this, certainly too many to go into in this writing. Whatever the reason, it is interesting that these purveyers of opinion need to vent in public places like social networks as if we are going to 1)read, 2) care what they think, or 3) engage in debate. I recently did the later with a friend who represents the far right. So far right, in fact, that his multiple posts a day are filled with barbs on how stupid liberals are.  He regularly accuses the liberal media outlets of falsifying stories, holding firm that his beloved suite of Fox News Channel shows (you know, talking heads like O’Reilly, Greta something or other, well you know), represent the stone cold truth without spin or agenda.

This is a college educated person who worked in the public sector. You would think that the approach would be that of addressing issues rather than buying into a media stream which clearly has its agendas. (For the record, I believe both sides media outlets have agendas). And alarmingly, it goes beyond mere discussion of issues to resort to most of the posts providing some kind of accusation of lying, cheating, stealing, and general communism.

When I joined in this coven of right wingers, the dialogue was gracious and each spoke their points without emotion. Also, in these exchanges, he learned that while I do not side with a particular party, my opinion on issues frequently side against his right wing flight of the seagulls. But, good exchanges and then, right back to lobbing the spears at anyone who claims to be liberal…..and I mean serious name calling barbs proving that if I joined to change someone’s mid, I was sadly mistaken.

Now I am not certain why any sane person would buy into the rhetoric, but there are millions out there like him. These people have little world experience, most having never left their respective states, and the formulate their opinions totally on a partial media. Interesting. It just seems, in this case, that this right winger is calling liberals stupid…..but when you peel the skin back, it is merely a reflection in which he looks as his fingers roll the keyboard

My encouragement to anyone out there is to make up your own mind.  Address issues, not partisan politics.  Figure out the big picture, not just your little corner of the world.  If we continue our divides to this level, THAT IN ITSELF, my friend is what will bring this country down, not some partisan policy.  Think again night train. Quite being a sheep

 

Texas BBQ Road Continues

On August 5, 2013, in Texas Best BBQ Review, by admin

Another addition from our portly purveyor of Texas BBQ:

Today’s journey takes us to Chappell Hill, about 8 miles east on Highway 290 from Brenham ,TX.    We have passed the Chappell Hill Bakery and Smokehouse numerous times over the years and kept saying, “one of these days….”.  As we were in the area for the Chappell Hill Bluebonnet Festival, we left the festival tired and hungry and decided, this was going to be that day.  Walking in, you are faced with two entry doors.  The first, on the right, leads to the Bakery side and the left leads to the restaurant side.  There is only one large room inside , filled with tables and a few booths, with very little decoration outside of some old photos of the area from many years past.   Heading over to the restaurant side we were immediately dismayed at the long line we found ourselves in.  The line snaked past the cafeteria style servers carving BBQ meats and placing side orders on plates.  But the line moved steadily, and the wait gave us the chance to read the chalk menu board with the options and daily specials.  It also gave us time to look at the orders of folks walking past the cashier’s area, plates filled with food.

As usual at a new BBQ place, we ordered the two-meat special, with brisket, sausage, and two sides.  Then came our first big decision-what kind of sausage?  They offer 3 types, regular, jalapeno, and garlic.  We chose the garlic as it was not as spicy, and very unusual option on the BBQ Road.  The sides offered were plentiful, from Mac-n-cheese, to mustard greens, and several types of beans, but we chose the traditional potato salad and Cole slaw.  We got pickles on the side, no onions.  Sauce came on the side as well, which is a great choice for most people, who are usually on one side or the other on the great BBQ Sauce or non-BBQ-Sauce debate.  We were asked if we wanted bread, and said yes.  We received two large thick-sliced made-in-the-store slabs of warm bread, fresh from the oven.  Wonderful!

The sides were good, not great.  The mustard potato salad had a large dill pickle contribution, which made the salad tangy and crunchy.  The Cole slaw was fresh, but a little soupy.   The BBQ sauce was thin, molasses/ketchup based, with not much else going for it.   How was the meat?   The brisket had a very pronounced smoke ring, but little smoke flavor.  It was not particularly tender.  The sausage was outstanding, sliced thin and piled high, the garlic flavor very present but not overpowering.

For desert, we wandered over to the bakery side, and first passed on Blue Bell Ice Cream (No Blue Bell, from right down the road in Brenham?-Sometimes sacrifices must be made.  We did buy a loaf of bread, still very warm from the oven, and fogging up the bread bag.  We added a dozen Kolaches and off we went for more adventures down the road.

The grade?  Chappell Hill gets a “B”.  Good sides, great sausage, so-so brisket, and BBQ sides best summed up as “meh”.  The grade would have been closer to a “C”, but the Bakery raises the overall grade.  The prices and serving sizes were about average.

The BBQ Road goes ever on…….

 

Joe Bob BBQ gives this a thumbs up for two meats, 3000 calories, and followed, I am sure, by a nap

Barbeque Road Continues

On May 30, 2013, in Texas Best BBQ Review, by admin

Our BBQ review guy has slowed down.  Yes, call it age, call too much BBQ, call it what you want.  but in the end of the day, he is back, in his grandiose splendor. Read on for the latest:

 

Today’s journey takes us to Chappell Hill, about 8 miles east on Highway 290 from Brenham ,TX.    We have passed the Chappell Hill Bakery and Smokehouse numerous times over the years and kept saying, “one of these days….”.  As we were in the area for the Chappell Hill Bluebonnet Festival, we left the festival tired and hungry and decided, this was going to be that day.  Walking in, you are faced with two entry doors.  The first, on the right, leads to the Bakery side and the left leads to the restaurant side.  There is only one large room inside , filled with tables and a few booths, with very little decoration outside of some old photos of the area from many years past.   Heading over to the restaurant side we were immediately dismayed at the long line we found ourselves in.  The line snaked past the cafeteria style servers carving BBQ meats and placing side orders on plates.  But the line moved steadily, and the wait gave us the chance to read the chalk menu board with the options and daily specials.  It also gave us time to look at the orders of folks walking past the cashier’s area, plates filled with food.

As usual at a new BBQ place, we ordered the two-meat special, with brisket, sausage, and two sides.  Then came our first big decision-what kind of sausage?  They offer 3 types, regular, jalapeno, and garlic.  We chose the garlic as it was not as spicy, and very unusual option on the BBQ Road.  The sides offered were plentiful, from Mac-n-cheese, to mustard greens, and several types of beans, but we chose the traditional potato salad and Cole slaw.  We got pickles on the side, no onions.  Sauce came on the side as well, which is a great choice for most people, who are usually on one side or the other on the great BBQ Sauce or non-BBQ-Sauce debate.  We were asked if we wanted bread, and said yes.  We received two large thick-sliced made-in-the-store slabs of warm bread, fresh from the oven.  Wonderful!

The sides were good, not great.  The mustard potato salad had a large dill pickle contribution, which made the salad tangy and crunchy.  The Cole slaw was fresh, but a little soupy.   The BBQ sauce was thin, molasses/ketchup based, with not much else going for it.   How was the meat?   The brisket had a very pronounced smoke ring, but little smoke flavor.  It was not particularly tender.  The sausage was outstanding, sliced thin and piled high, the garlic flavor very present but not overpowering.

For desert, we wandered over to the bakery side, and first passed on Blue Bell Ice Cream (No Blue Bell, from right down the road in Brenham?-Sometimes sacrifices must be made.  We did buy a loaf of bread, still very warm from the oven, and fogging up the bread bag.  We added a dozen Kolaches and off we went for more adventures down the road.

The grade?  Chappell Hill gets a “B”.  Good sides, great sausage, so-so brisket, and BBQ sides best summed up as “meh”.  The grade would have been closer to a “C”, but the Bakery raises the overall grade.  The prices and serving sizes were about average.

The BBQ Road goes ever on…….

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Wow.  I just cannot believe it.  December 31 came and went and we all collectively did not jump off of the fiscal cliff. These notions that the media builds into our thought process as well as politicians who continue to make decisions based upon what their party mates may or may not like vs. what is really right for the country continue to bring us down to a level that soon will approach Jerry Springer. It is just the continued bullshit of the political process and the media who’s only real concerns are ratings and forwarding their own agenda. Congratulations Mr. Politicians.  You did a great job here.  In two months, we will all go through this again. You see, I am all for voting and the democratic process. But this is based upon the premise that politicans, elected by their constituants, make decisions on behalf of, and for them. Unfortuantely, modern politics has move far away from the noble intentions of the founders of this country who themselves risked much more to be in the position to sign a declaration of independence, and form a country that would argueably be the greatest super power of the world. We are told our vote counts.  But in the end, does it really?  Politics now is about personal and party power, lobbyists, and paying back large benefactors who back campaigns in exchange for forwarding their agenda.  Really?  And we are told not to be apathetic as every vote counts? 

No. Sadly we have strayed far from the great intentions and leadership of our founding fathers. Politicians falter the people of this country every day.  The political process needs an enima.  But that will just have to be for another evening.  Meanwhile, I will enjoy my momentary stock gains the true comfort that we have avoided this great disaster…..if but not for a grand total of two months. 

 

Politics As Usual?

On December 19, 2012, in Politics, by admin

Now that we are long past the election and all the senselessness that is associated with this process, it is a good time to reflect where we are as we head into this ‘fiscal cliff’ scare. You have heard of it.  Everyone and his dog is concerned that the government, more specifically, the politicians cannot get their act together to come up with a meaningful financing package to keep the country running. So the question is, will this be politics as usual?  I am amused by the fiscal cliff discussions and related scare.  There is absolutely little chance that this will affect us.  And as before, they will likely come up with a stay of execution figuratively speaking for a month or two while the political crackpipes try to get their party agenda largely instilled. However, the result is that you and I see our stock portfolios tread in volatility while all of this meandering mess tries to work itself out people on both sides of the isle, many of whom have no concern of the real answer or compromise in favor of some partisan agenda. Both parties are well guilty as sin on this.  Both parties have somewhat lost sight on the fact that they represent hard-working people, many of whom have to get by on a daily basis financially.  I do not know about you, but I rather despise some unconnected partisan politician making decisions that will very well affect my standard of living, without seemingly being concerned what is best for us.  I get it.  The country is way deep in debt, and this is not good. Foreign interests hold so much of U.S. debt that it is scary to think what this could mean if you are one of those worriers that constantly think the end is near……well….

There are a few things to think about here. All of us would collectively like to see the country return to financial strength, yes?  I believe most would agree. There are many ways to consider to do this, some very painful, others, not as much. We want jobs resulting in a serious reduction in unemployment. The list goes on.  Almost everyone would agree, I believe, that jobs are a key factor in the health of the economy. With this there is a lot of talk of serious government cut back of spending. Agree in principal. However, it is very easy to say that the government needs to cut back ‘xx%” in spending.  But what it seems everyone loses sight of is what that really means.  If the government cuts 20% of spending, lets say for analytical discussion, how many government jobs does this involve? While these figures a bit out of date, in March of 2010, there were over 22M government employees.  If you reduce spending by the above amount, how much of this is actual employment versus other forms of government funding?  I do not know this answer, but I would venture to say more than half of this would be labor force.  So you reduce government payrolls by 2.2M, what does that do to the unemployment rate? The economy? Further, some of the spending cuts would come from systems and technology the government purchases from private industry.  In these times where companies lay off simply if they forecast lower earnings, what further effect will these reductions effect?

All in the argument seem to boldly state their position……most it seems state it right along their party agenda of choice.  It seems little thought is really dedicated to the big picture and the effects thereof.

Do not get me wrong. There is no easy answer. The country needs a giant financial enema to turn the finances around.  The problem is, that enema is painful to the average American.  It would mean substantial job loss and a period of extended great recession symptoms.  We can do that.  No problem, just I do not want to be the one who loses my job because of the shrinking opportunity in the work place due to this bitter pill we would have to swallow. I do not think you do as well.

Politics as usual? Yes. We will not leap off the fiscal cliff, and it will be OK.  Still, in America and in Washington, we have become so party oriented that I believe all of us have lost sight on the big picture and the effects thereof.  This is to encourage all to think individually, not just be the New Zealand herd listening to our shepard party……..whatever that may be for you.  Force politicians to do their job for the right reasons, not some party alignment. Enough.  You have heard enough.  Peace

Words of wisdom here are ‘baby steps’. Balance is a very important virtue in this process.

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A while back we featured reviews on Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers new CD…..at least new back then.  We thought we would post a video of Clyne performing in ‘Seattle, unplugged with special guest Jason HockneyZiemet.  Jason has a rich resume of playing with bands, some his own., most notably “Drawn Onward” and  including playing with some bands who have gone to national prominence.  Tonight Jason joined Clyne in this unplugged set.  Enjoy.

 
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