One of the brightest spots of CPAC was the pleasure of meeting Cynthia Yockey .

Cynthia has been known to be very passionate about the things she believes in but I found her just so nice that words can’t easily describe it. She also gave me some excellent advice that prodded me in a direction I needed to go for health reasons, so I am in her debt.

Where do you find people like this? Apparently you find them at CPAC.

Since I haven’t done a recipe for a bit I figured I’d do a quick film on last night’s dinner. Our menu is boneless pork chops from Romano’s Mkt. The video is a little shaky since I’m filming with one hand while I do everything else.

Initial mixing and coating:

Beef coated Pork in the oven

Add the Beef

Cook the Alfredo:

And everything is cooked!

Here is my wife’s completed plate, she had already raided the salad.

My brother picked me up from the airport on Sunday and since we were already in Boston we went to his favorite Pizza Place, Prince Pizza.

I’d write all about it but why write when people can tell you it about it themselves….

And we have a still shot too, Antipasto anyone?

Antipasto

It’s all well and good to look at some pictures but what about AFTER the stuff is served?

There is no question that the Pizza is first rate, The crust is excellent and the toppings are first rate. I wouldn’t make a special trip to get here but If in the area I would definitely recommend it.

Anti-theist or not, if there is a person on the net who needs prayers more, I can’t think of them.

Note the repetitive use of the phrase “I don’t want” in her post.

There are a lot of really nasty snarky things running through my head right now, but leaving that all aside for a sec consider:

Angie’s soul is just as valuable in the eyes of God as the soul of the child she decided she “didn’t want”. It is too late to save the life of her child but Angie is still precious in the sight of God. She says she doesn’t want to die, but death is inevitable for all who live, I’m going to die, she’s going to die, if you are reading this I guarantee you are going to die too.

Life is full of choices. I maintain that her choice in this matter was as horrible as any slave-owners but it is now a choice in her past that she will live with and deal with forever.

I think it would be a fine thing instead of condemning her that we choose to pray for her. Lets get together and do so. If you are a Catholic like myself I would suggest dedicating the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary to her for a week or more. If you follow another denomination than use any prayer you find appropriate.

Anger and hatred however righteous in this case will achieve very little, but prayer and compassion might. Let’s try it. If God thinks that Angie’s soul is worth the effort, who are we to say otherwise?

Via Glenn.

Oddly enough I usually start my prayers way before this time of day. I haven’t done them yet. I guess I know why now, so I could offer them for her.

update: Adrienne (who I have not given nearly enough attention to lately) links and agrees, thanks muchly.

And we got hit with a fair amount of it this morning. Really wet heavy stuff.

I had a little digging this morning but a whole lot less than I should have since my neighbor across the street decided to snowblow the heavy wet stuff out for me. This person doesn’t just have the milk of human kindness, he has it homogenized and pasteurized.

Can you believe he did all that work for me?

I was actually in a hurry to get to Romano’s since he had agreed to let me film him actually making sausage, however because it was so slow by the time I got there he had already made it.

The freshest sausage you can get.

Next week I’ll be sure to get there at 9 a.m. I’ll also see if I can catch him making the corned beef for St. Patrick’s day. He has hundreds of pounds of it already on order from customers.

When I got outside I was surprised to see a cameraman filming across the street from the place.

Live from the Romano's parking lot!

So knowing me what do you think came next, you guessed it…

What I think is even more interesting than that 120-1 ratio between film shot and film left on the cutting room floor would be the editing process. How does one decide which 60 seconds are the best 60 seconds for a broadcast?

I still have a couple of short interviews that I didn’t get up because they were taken just before I prepared to crash before getting to the plane. I’m going to try to get the all up this week with the exception of the Field guide series that will post daily.

James was one of the most enthusiastic interviews I did.

And yes that woman in the background thought I was Michael Savage.

…when it comes to the use of reconciliation to get “obamacare” passed.

When people have power they don’t have to talk about it or generate buzz about it, they use it. The white house keeps talking and talking and talking about the things they are going to do. It seems to me that it’s all smoke. If they had the votes and the willing congress they would get it done and that would be the end of it. PERIOD!

I don’t buy this for a minute.

The only reason why these people would even conceive of using this method would be to allow democratic senators to vote against it. How false, how cowardly.

This story is even funnier:

Congressional Democrats say Thursday’s health care summit is likely to clear the final hurdles to passing health care reform – and say that President Obama returning to the issue with a clear focus and a specific health care proposal makes it easier for them to get it done.

The Author of this piece is Christina Bellantoni (a nice Italian name). Tell you what Christiana since this is the “final hurdle” If they manage to get this passed by the end of March, in fact I’ll do you better, by the end of Lent, I’ll send you a $20 gift card to the restaurant chain of your choice so you can have a bite to eat and drink on me for being so wrong.

These people are hoping that republicans will blink and or to convince their own members that we will. It’s not going to happen.

I’ve never seen such a pathetic bunch of people who can’t govern in my life.

…concerning my interview with Katherine Jenerette.

I can’t claim to know the facts, being a very long way away, nor do I claim to know the Mrs. Jenerette personally. My contact with her consisted of that interview and of sitting next to her as she had a long pleasant chat with a lady concerning life and children, and showing off pictures of our families. My gut says when someone attempts to personally ruin somebody with a chance for a congressional seat, that sounds very wrong. I think it smells.

What follows is pure speculation…

I’m guessing that she is doing well in a very crowded field, I’m guessing that the only chance that some people have to win is to attempt to bring her down any way they can and if her family has to suffer so be it.

How disgraceful, how disgusting! No single seat of power is worth such tactics and no candidate who uses or endorses such tactics is worthy of any high office. I’d sooner vote for an acolyte of Nancy Pelosi than someone who would use such methods.

And consider, this is a race in South Carolina, I am a Massachusetts Yankee who’s grandparents came from Sicily about 100 years ago. Can my interview and opinion be so critical to the voters of South Carolina that it has to be countered? How desperate must some people be?…

….end pure speculation.

I have always believed the best way to answer speech is more speech but this is a type of thing I’ve seen before and I don’t like it and since comments are moderated I can do something about it.

So here is what is going to happen. If you make a germane argument why this candidate should not be elected, a position you don’t like, a better candidate offered, etc I’ll allow the comment. Any further attempt to hit this lady’s family will not make it past the censor.

And yes this is censorship in the same way that I censor my sons if they use language that is not proper, in the same way that I expect guests in my house to behave with decorum.

I will repeat what I said before: My impression of this lady from the brief time I’ve met her is that she is a fine woman, with a fine family that she is very proud of. A man married to her deserves a handshake. I would be pleased if she was my congresswoman but even happier if she was my neighbor. I don’t know her husband and family but I think I’d like to.

And if you would like another perspective Smitty interviewed her too and likes her. Other than the lapse of allowing me to stay in his house during CPAC, he is a very good judge of Character.