My sister Elizabeth got married on Saturday! Definitely the biggest news around here. It was a simple, intimate wedding, exactly what Jason and Liz wanted. A lifetime of joy to you!
Trim a 2 1/2 lb. chuck roast of all visible fat. Heat a tbsp of oil in a skillet, sear the meat on all sides. Put meat aside. Saute one chopped onion, 3 cloves minced garlic, and a package of sliced mushrooms in the pan. Put the vegetables in a crock pot, put the meat on top. Add a bay leaf, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper. Pour a can of beef broth over the whole thing. Cook on low four hours.
Add 1/2 cup of pearl barley, cook on low another four hours.
Remove meat. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of frozen peas, turn heat to high. Peas will be ready in about five minutes. Empty crock-pot into a colander set over a bowl to catch the gravy. Yum.
Kudos to the Boy Scouts for holding fast to their policy of excluding gays from being members or leaders. And boo to Mitt Romney for trying to appeal to both sides on matter. Romney's been an all-around disappointment, so this is really no surprise. Fence sitter since 1994. At least he's consistent. Bah. Anyway, I wanted to talk about the Boy Scouts. The Supreme Court upheld their right to exclude whomever they wish as they are a private organization, but the pressure has naturally been turned way up of late. I hope they stay strong. They're absolutely right to keep gays out. The great thing, or one of the great things, about the Boy Scouts is that they are unapologetically masculine. That is a rare, rare thing nowadays. Even the military is more and more feminized! Boys need to experience manliness, to test their mettle against nature together with other boys. Adding a gay kid to the group would completely change the group dynamics, no matter how much sensitivity training occured beforehand. This shouldn't need to be explained, but it would just be plain awkward to have to share a tent with someone who might be sexually attracted to you. Boy Scouts ought to be a safe place to test and develop one's manhood. Adding homosexuals to the mix would automatically hinder that process by making it self-conscious. It wouldn't be fair to the majority of the boys, and most likely the gay child would have a hard time of it, too. They would sense that their presence is a problem, even if everyone were outwardly very accepting. And homosexual leaders are just a bad, bad, bad idea. Let's not repeat the clergy abuse scandals that arouse from admitting gays to the priesthood. If people object to this policy, they can start their own organization rather than bully the Boy Scouts into changing it. The American Heritage Girls were founded as an alternative to the ever more liberal Girl Scouts, and they are thriving.
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