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I'm About To 'Splode!!! 
Dec. 19, 2012 6:22 am 
Updated: Jan. 16, 2013 1:02 pm
I feel a political blog post rearing it's ugly head within me, and I don't want to do that to my beloved AR. I had mentioned in a previous post that we get along here so well because we are united in an interest, or more accurately for most of us, a passion.  The problem with politics isn't that it divides. It doesn't. Politics is simply the activities associated with running a country or location. It is the control and power behind politics that is the great divider, and like a Juggernaut, it cannot be resisted. Ideology is a system of ideas and ideals that directs political activity. It's like the rudder of the ship Politic. When a politician tells other politicians to set aside their ideology, what they are really saying is, "Let me (or my side) steer." I've noticed often when friends of mine of a different persuasion than mine pine away for "moderates," what they are actually saying is, "Compromise means doing it my way because I am right and they are not."

Oh dang! I'm doing what I said I didn't want to aren't I? Please forgive me, but, "that's all I can stands, cuz I can't stands n'more!"

What is the motive force behind politics? Ideology is the rudder of the ship Politic, but the engine is a bit harder to name. Oh no! I may be in trouble here. Politics and Religion in one post? Ack! I have a perspective on life, and it colors my thought. So does yours; don't get all high and mighty! I think that the power or engine pushing along the ship Politic is our fallen nature. It is our desire to promote self. That's not the neat little descriptive word that Ideology is for naming the rudder of the ship, but I think it is close to the truth. I guess Desire is the distillation I am looking for. It is our desire for self, our desire to lord it over others that is the engine.

What precipitated all of this? Why am I blogging about politics on a Foodie Website? It all started with an innocent piece of fruitcake. It is one of those things amongst a growing list of things that divide people even on AR. And I am guilty of trying to get people to like fruitcake, cilantro, beets, but not Lima beans. Never Lima beans. Nasty little pearls from hell that they are! I've come to the place where I have to say, eat what you want. I trust you to live your own life. It's too bad most people refuse to do that outside of AR, where we deal with more important issues like imperialism, crony-capitalism, statism, terrorism, classism, racism... Notice anything about these "isms?" They are all about controlling other people.

And now for the punch line: I am a conservative Christian. Now if that statement doesn't cause you an overwhelming case of cognitive dissonance... Maybe I need to rename my system of beliefs. NeoCon has been taken, and besides that it means, "Democrat that couldn't get elected as a Democrat." I think I might have it - Paleo Conservative!  Nope that's taken too, and has its own baggage. Classical Liberal? Nope. Libertarian? Nope. "I yam what I yam and tha's all what I yam!" Oh, lordy no! I'm Popeye!

Now, if you'll excuse me, "Where's the entrance to the exit?"
Dec. 19, 2012 7:30 am
ROTFLMOA! ! Funny and you and I have the Same taste buds!! Love how you say you Won't rant them Immediately start ranting!! Food, politics, religion ARE passionate issues in deed. Your blog managed to incorporate All 3!! Very well done! Fruitcakes are NOT door stops :):) Thanks for sharing Doc!
Dec. 19, 2012 7:37 am
Ms. Cakes, thank you so much for your kind comments. I really appreciate your encouraging words, and I am sure you will live to regret them! :)
Dec. 19, 2012 7:45 am
Every food you named, except cilantro, I HATE including YAMS! lol Funny blog! and yes....fruircake should be outlawed! lmao!
Dec. 19, 2012 10:41 am
Hah, baby lima beans. My husband likes them and I tolerate them. Not so bad when you hide them in a forkful of mashed taters. Something about that extremely mealy texture. May your Christmas stocking not be filled with lumps of coal or lima beans.
Dec. 19, 2012 11:03 am
The only food i like of the ones you named are beets,and yams.You are a hoot,as for the fruitcake,still don't like it.Interesting read,as always.
Dec. 19, 2012 11:06 am
Hahaha! Great blog post.
Dec. 19, 2012 11:30 am
a lima bean fruitcake- great thought:-) i love your blogs
Dec. 19, 2012 12:08 pm
I like Lima beans.
Dec. 19, 2012 1:26 pm
I really enjoyed reading your blog. I don't visit the blog section of AR too often. I think it's important to release and speak your views! Oh, and I'm making my first fruitcake ever by myself. I used to make them when I was little with my dad. Thinking of fruitcake brings me memories of happiness :)
Dec. 19, 2012 1:45 pm
Ah, just I was looking up a recipe here on AR for those lima beans, had to check in and see if that fruitcake blog ever made it to the top 5. Again, it has not. Even though there has been a designated "Cat Camp Against Fruitcake", I would never deny anyone their beloved Christmas treat. Not even the nasty, nasty cookies, Raspberry Kisses, my DH and son love. BLECH! Almost worse than fruitcake in my book but they were made by the DH's mom and great aunts all who are gone now so I use their handwritten recipes and create the gakky cookie because not all taste buds are created equal but I sure bet a lot of people would like Mike's blog :)(:
Dec. 19, 2012 2:47 pm
Good point Cat.
Dec. 19, 2012 4:50 pm
I still have Fruit cake wedged between my teeth and cheek for the past 50+ years, I'm not going to swallow it.
Dec. 19, 2012 6:14 pm
Holy cow! I'm far behind on my re-commenting. Thanks you all for your encouragement, and/or kind words, and/or humorous contributions, and/or commentaries regarding the foods you hate.
Dec. 20, 2012 8:41 am
And still poor Mike's beloved fruitcake blog will only be enjoyed by his loyal & faithful, albeit some fruitcake dislikers, readers :)
Dec. 20, 2012 10:40 am
How can we help Mike's Fruitcake achieve AR greatness? More comments to the post?
Dec. 20, 2012 12:03 pm
From the seems like of things, you are better off being a conservative christian and forget about politics and the politicians who are right at home eating those little pearles from hell!
Dec. 20, 2012 1:47 pm
Dec. 20, 2012 2:40 pm
Cat! This is nuts. My blog is listed as a most popular blog on the home page of AR. I get an average of 5 comments per post. What the heck!?!?!?!?!? I know it isn't a competition, but something is wrong there!
Dec. 20, 2012 8:05 pm
To win 'most popular' seemingly just requires posting a lot. In your case, you've got 21 posts in 3 months, and no one comes close to that. The number of comments don't seem to be a factor in the calculation. It's like the 'most popular' girl in school getting on the stage the most, and it doesn't matter whether anyone notices her or not.
Dec. 21, 2012 4:12 am
Now that makes more sense.
Dec. 21, 2012 4:39 am
Doc, it is amazing isn't it? I was told long ago it is a combination of comments on the blog, content of the blog and hits to the blog. I don't believe it matters how many blogs you post because there are several frequent bloggers here and theirs don't always make the top 5. Perhaps somewhere in AR's system is an automatic fruitcake disliking glitch doohickey.
Dec. 21, 2012 6:18 am
But I like fruitcake! well... Ok. I like the IDEA of fruitcake. I haven't tried making it yet. BUt I'm going to. And I will send you some. Gonna candy Lima beans just for you and Mike!
Dec. 21, 2012 8:19 am
Cat . . . and what is the algorithm for ‘Most Popular Post’? When you use ‘hits’, do you mean number of times the blog was opened or number of comments? I still don’t associate the words MOST ACTIVE blogger meaning that it has to be read the most or generating the most comments . . . ‘MOST POPULAR Post’ would be a much better way to measure that, and probably why AR has two different designations. If hits or comments were the main drivers of both, then presumably the same blog would appear in both categories. BTW, I’m sure Mike Harvey is chuckling given all the help you gave him in being designated ‘Most Popular Post’!
Dec. 21, 2012 10:10 am
This was most entertaining and most pertinent! Thanks for the chuckle! I thoroughly enjoyed your intelligent perspective!
Dec. 21, 2012 10:16 am
Well you are right about lima beans but otherwise, WRONG, WRONG, WRONG...and if you don't change and agree with me this instant I'll....well, I'll....hmmmm, I am a pacifist and definitely anti-gun so, well, watch out or I'll make really mad faces at you and if you don't wise up and agree with me soon I might even stick out my tongue. So there!
Dec. 21, 2012 10:38 am
How AR chooses the top Buzz posts . . . “The Most Active Blogger has posted the most blogs in the 48 hour time period.” http://allrecipes.com/Help/questions/faq/community.aspx#buzzablebest
Dec. 21, 2012 12:13 pm
BTW, Conky, I love your shade of lipstick. Really makes your eyes pop! Thank you Marianne! I heartily agree with you (blush)! ROFL Janet! I love it! :P I do that all the time and I'm not a pacifist. My brother is though. He says that if I make him angry, he'll pass his fist through my face!
Dec. 21, 2012 12:33 pm
ConkyJoe, beats me. Hits would be people viewing but not posting a comment.
Dec. 21, 2012 2:18 pm
Agree with you Doc, that we are too ready to judge folks who are not like us. I wish everyone could ease up and smile, like you just made me do!
Dec. 21, 2012 9:11 pm
I enjoyed the blog, Doc but I've certainly had many a chuckle reading all of these comments! Every now and then, I feel "we friends" carry the right to chat about non-food related topics... I've done it myself a time or two (once was chastised!) Guess I'd best read what Mike has to say about that stuff - I mean fruitcake! Be well all!
Dec. 22, 2012 11:03 am
Oh dear, oh dear! my newly gluten-free diet has not yet found an adequate substitute for fruitcake (my mom used to make the most delicious fruitcake but it so needs that batter to hold it together)!!
Dec. 23, 2012 3:57 pm
Doc, so nice to meet you! I was absent when you started blogging, but I see I will have to catch up. I have to stand right there next to Janet7th. Seems to me we might get further along the process of politics if we removed the labels and all simply became humanists, but then again where would big money send their payments? Anyone who has ever been married for more than 3 minutes has learned the art of negotiation and successful political strategy, no labels needed.
Dec. 25, 2012 12:09 am
Clearly you have never had Lima beans prepared properly. You simply MUST use equal parts Lima beans and BUTTER. ;-)
Jan. 16, 2013 1:02 pm
then don't. what part of recipe website are people not getting?
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