Penne All’Arrabiata (Vegetarian)

one pound penne
one large and one small can crushed san marzanos
one half medium white onion, diced
fucketonne garlic, diced
shitteloade of basil, chopped
one and one quarter cup dry white wine
fresh-ground black pepper
crushed red pepper flakes
dried oregano
olive oil
one half cup grated parmigiano reggiano
piave cheese for grating on top

Sautee the onions with black pepper, red pepper, and oregano in olive oil until they are getting translucent. Use a lot of red pepper, so it’s fucken spicy.

Add the garlic and continue to sautee until the garlic is toasty golden.

Deglaze with the white wine and reduce until all of the alcohol is gone.

Add the tomatoes and basil (save some for sprinkling on top), stir well, and simmer on low with the lid off. Boil a big pot of salty water.

When the sauce is close to done, like this, after about 45 minutes, boil the pasta until it is very molto al dente.

Add one cup of pasta water and the drained pasta, turn the heat up to medium-high, and finish cooking with occasional stirring for three minutes.

Turn off the heat, add the grated cheese, and stir very well to incorporate.

Plate, sprinkle, grate, and eat. This is a very simple dish, but so fucken delicious!! The tomato and basil flavors are so bright!!!

Fallout From The Bush Administration’s Extreme Hackification Of The Federal Civil Service

This article about the GSA fiasco contained an absolutely stunning statement by its ousted head, Martha Johnson:

She noted in her testimony that she served with the GSA for five years during the administration of another Democratic president, Bill Clinton.

Johnson said during her first GSA tour, the agency had a strong leadership team that produced value for the U.S. government.

“When I returned to the GSA in February, 2010, the agency was not the same,” Johnson said, adding that a quarter of the executive positions were vacant, labor relations were acrimonious and “strategy was non-existent.”

Hmm. I wonder why “the agency was not the same” as it was during the Clinton administration. Whatever could it be???

Actually, I don’t. I know exactly why it wasn’t the same. And I fucken called all this shitte over four fucken years ago:

Huge numbers of competent experts have been shitcanned, and replaced by ignorant fucking douchehounds trained at wackaloon right-wing theocratic brainwashing facilities like “Regent University” and “Liberty University”. All the experts who knew how to get shit done, to obey the Constitution, Federal laws, and Federal regulations while doing things like protecting us from crime, dangerous food, dangerous products, keeping us from being blown to smithereens by terrorists, keeping us healthy, safe, and prosperous, have been eliminated. They have been replaced by people who can’t even tie their own motherfucking shoes, but who have drank the “government can’t do shit” right-wing sick-fuck Kool-Aid, and are deadset on proving it!

The Federal beauracracy is now absolutely riddled with bottom-feeding Republican hackfucks, and not only are they incompetent, but they are vicious and hateful, and they won’t be easily rooted out. If a Democrat takes over the executive branch in January 2009, it ain’t gonna be unicorns and fucking rainbows. It is going to be a difficult, drawn-out, nasty process of identifying these viciously incompetent America-hating right-wing follower moles, getting rid of them, and replacing them with competent experts who actually give a shit about America and the well-being of its citizens.

Reader Poll For Academics

Who has ever done the following?

You are sitting in an academic seminar, and one of the other audience members asks the speaker a stupid question, and the question is so fucken stupid that the speaker can’t even comprehend it, but you do, so you just take the fucke over and answer the question.

Fusillo Gigante With Pink Clam Sauce

one pound fusillo gigante
five cans Snow-brand chopped clams (do not use Bar Harbor-brand; they are inedible)
one can Bookbinder’s clam juice
one small can crushed san marzanos
hugeasse fuckeloade diced garlic
olive oil
fresh-ground black pepper
dried thyme
dried oregano
juice from one half lemon
crushed red pepper flakes
Indian fart salt
shittetonne chopped fresh basil
one and one quarter cup dry white wine
parmigiano reggiano for grating

Sautee the garlic with black pepper, red pepper, thyme, and organo, until the garlic is toasty golden.

Deglaze with the white wine, reducing until all the alcohol is gone.

Add the juice from the clams (reserving the clams) and the can of clam juice and the lemon juice and the tomatoes (strain and discard the juice from the tomatoes first) and most of the basil, and simmer on medium while you prepare the pasta (you want to ultimately reduce the sauce by at least half).

Boil the fusillo gigante in salty water until it is very molto al dente.

This is the Indian fart salt, which has a lot of sulfur in it, and thus smells farty. It is delicious.

Sauce is done. Drain the pasta, adding one cup of the pasta water to the sauce.

Add the clams and pasta to the sauce, and finish on medium-high for three minutes, stirring once or twice while cooking to keep the pasta from sticking to the bottom of the pan and ensuring it cooks evenly. Remove from heat.

Plate it, sprinkle some basil on it, grate some parnigiano reggiano on it, and grate some Indain fart salt on it. YUM!

The Toxicity Of Religious Belief Systems

Batocchio of Vagabond Scholar has an excellent post up today analyzing the hypocrisy of their demands for special political privileges that theocratic religious authoritarians constantly make. The whole thing is worth reading, as Batocchio is one of the best long-form bloggers out there.

However, this assertion of his really caught my eye, as it starkly highlights the essential difference between the cognitive makeup of normal decent people and the pathology of religious (or other right-wing) authoritarian followers:

I wanted to assume, charitably, that some religious authoritarians were merely cloistered and unreflective, and had not really thought through the logical consequences of their positions.

The issue isn’t inattention or unreflectiveness. Religious authoritarian followers and other sorts of right-wing authoritarian followers have a cognitive makeup in which there simply is no such thing as objective reality–whether logical or empirical–that demands any sort of consistency whatsoever. It is hard for people whose minds aren’t warped in that particular way to grasp, but the notion that an assertion of fact has to be true or false simply doesn’t exist for them. When you are operating in such a cognitive regime, what normal decent people see as denial, hypocrisy, inconsistency, petulant demands for special privileges, and lying are indistinguishable from their opposites.

It was like John Kyl and “that was not intended as a factual statement”. When *nothing* is intended as a factual statement–indeed, when there are no such things as facts–there can be no such things as hypocrisy, inconsistency, or lying. And this is what makes genuine religious belief so utterly toxic: it demands rejection at the deepest level of cognition of the very notion of fact.