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Photo by Polina Rytova on Unsplash

By: Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – As President Biden warns of a “real” food shortage, my husband is on social media ranting about the CRP program and will certainly end up in the Facebook gulag again soon. It’s a matter of time.

The CRP, or Conservation Reserve Program, has been around since 1985, signed into law by President Reagan, and basically pays farmers not to grow certain crops on their land.

In exchange for a yearly rental payment, farmers enrolled in the program agree to remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production and plant species that will improve environmental health and quality. Contracts for land enrolled in CRP are from 10 to15 years in length. The long-term goal of the program is to re-establish valuable land cover to help improve water quality, prevent soil erosion, and reduce loss of wildlife habitat.

Besides conservation, it has the added benefit of stabilizing prices and keeping commodity prices from bottoming out.

As a native Iowan, he knows farmers who have prime agricultural land but grow nothing and instead collect a big check from the government each year to literally not grow crops. And then there are the occasional ones who collect their CRP check but also raise a crop and therefore double dip.

I’m not painting farmers as the bad guys; don’t mistake my point. In fact, recently farmers have been pleading with the Dept of Agriculture to open CRP lands:

“…Seven agriculture lobbying organizations fired off a letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack this week asking the USDA for flexibility for farmers to plant crops on more than four million acres of “prime farmland” that’s currently enrolled in the Farm Service Agency’s CRP without penalty.

“It remains to be seen if Ukraine’s farmers will be able to safely plant crops,” the letter says. “Time is of the essence. The planting window in the United States is already open.”

While the CRP program does have certain conservation benefits, perhaps in the face of a worldwide food shortage, we need to take another look at this.

I have been hearing more and more people talking about planning gardens and stockpiling pantries in anticipation of rising food prices and shortages. Is this alarmist? Are we over-reacting? We all have seen shortages of various items since the Great Toilet Paper Shortage during Covid. The latest hard-to-come-by thing around here has been saltine crackers. So odd.

All of this does make one thing seriously about a self-sustaining lifestyle though; growing your own food, getting back to the very basics. We are currently in south Louisiana where the Cajun people know all about being self-reliant. I don’t see a lot of concern around here except in the few transplants that have moved in.

But, the more Biden warns of shortages, the more alarm will rise, and perhaps that is also the point because the Democrats believe only they can save us from ourselves.

Maybe we all need to plant a garden this spring and stockpile some rice and flour.

One of my favorite movie moments is this scene from the classic 1948 Western Fort Apache:

This came to mind Monday because something that happened after daily mass yesterday.

I’m a sausage on a biscuit kind of guy for breakfast so if I’m out in the morning I tend to drive through McDonald’s two grab a pair with a diet coke for myself. Four buck for a quick breakfast.

My wife is a coffee person who doesn’t function without it. Specifically she’s a Dunkin Donuts coffee person so I’d drive through Dunkin Donuts for her Coffee. If she was with me when I drove through McDonalds she would steadfastly refuse to try the coffee and insist on Dunkin so I’d oblige.

For Lent this year DaWife decided that she was going to go Mass five days a week. I’m a daily mass guy myself so I’ve been happy to have her company. Because we’re out together we’ve been doing sitdown breakfasts after mass twice a week. It’s been very nice but it does cost a few bucks.

Monday after mass DaWife didn’t feel like dropping the money for a sitdown but I wanted something so I drove though McDonalds to get my usual. DaWife noticed they had cinnamon rolls so she ordered one and even though she had resisted it before, she decided to order a $1.50 coffee and headed home.

So when we got home I sat down and had my sausage biscuits and she had her cinnamon roll. She was pleasantly surprised that was warm thought it was pretty good. Not Cozy Corner good, but pretty good.

The real eye opener was the coffee. I was expecting to paraphrase Sgt Festus Mulcahy, a reaction like, well it’s better than no coffee at all.

That’s not what I got.

She said the coffee was good, not Cozy Corner good, not Dunkin Donuts good, but good. Definitely worth the $1.50 that mickey D’s charges for it.

We had a nice breakfast for less than half of what we usually pay.

Now this doesn’t mean that my wife will be switching to McDonalds anytime soon from Dunkin’s nor does it mean that we’ll be ditching our after mass breakfasts, in fact we went to the Cozy Corner today and had a very nice breakfast.

But it DOES mean that McDonald’s regular coffee has passed DaWife’s quality test. And that’s no small feat indeed.

For the record all of them lose their stripes for a while over that.


Boy choy kimchi

by baldilocks

I’ll stop eating if Leftists go first.

In the winter of 2016, Liz Connelly and Kali Wilgus took a road trip from their home in Portland, Oregon to Puerto Nuevo, Mexico.  They fell in love with the tortillas they ate on the beaches there.  Liz told a reporter from the Willamette Week, “I picked the brains of every tortilla lady there in the worst broken Spanish ever, and they showed me a little of what they did.”

Liz and Kali came back to Portland, and they opened a food cart from which they sold burritos comparable to what they had tasted in Puerto Nuevo.  Alas, Kali and Liz did not realize they were committing a great wrong in selling delicious burritos culturally appropriated from Mexico.  Fortunately, this wrong was halted (along with their food cart business) when some brave Portlanders went to battle on their computers and, with death threats and tweets, stopped this outrage. (…)

If selling food from other cultures is cultural appropriation, then isn’t eating it cultural appropriation as well?  I couldn’t sleep worrying about this.  I had been going to Indian restaurants and Chinese food trucks for years, not knowing I was committing a crime against foreign cultures.

The stress was too much.  I already was feeling guilty about my white privilege, and now this!  I flew all the way out to Seattle to take Laura Humpf’s Undoing Whiteness yoga class [hahaha] to reduce my stress and rid myself of my toxic whiteness.  Imagine how disturbed I became when I learned that yoga too is cultural appropriation.  I first realized this when a free yoga class was shut down in a college in Canada by students especially attuned to these issues.

I decided to stop going to ethnic restaurants and to live off the Israeli salad I make at home and the American hamburgers and corn I eat for dinner, along with cereal and milk for breakfast.  I figured that since I am Jewish, Israeli salad is OK…until the day that I passed a banner on the University of Pennsylvania campus.  That banner condemned Israel for appropriating Israeli salad from the Palestinians.

My neighbor is fantastically integrated; Hispanic- and Korean-Americans mostly, with good sprinkling of black and white. Within walking distance from my apartment is a small-chain restaurant whose fare is emblematic of the neighborhood. The food is best described as pseudo-Asian: rice bowls with meat. But they also serve hamburger or fried chicken with fries and quesadillas. The beef quesadillas have a teriyaki flavor to them.

It’s fast food using mostly real food.

The owners are Korean immigrants and will sometimes offer a side of store-bought cabbage kimchi. And something very sweet happened last week, one of the owners – Amy – had prepared homemade bok choy kimchi and gave me a big vat of it because she knows I like it. It was tasty.

Oh and fun fact: their main cook is a Hispanic dude named Omar.

My point?

Leftists will have to pry my cultural appropriation from my cold dead hands! Damn killjoys.

Let them eat nothing.

By the way, Leftists, did you know that watermelon and coffee are indigenous to Africa?

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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Romano’s Market at St Patrick’s day

Posted: February 17, 2011 by datechguy in local stuff, oddities
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Was talking to Mike Romano, he will be running a few pre-St. Patrick day ads with me.

St. Patrick’s is another big day for him. His small butcher shop will be getting in 3 tons (yes you read that right) of beef that he will corn right on the premises in preparation for St. Patrick day. I recorded this process a bit last year.

You know going door to door is hard but imagine in addition to your regular work preparing 3 tons of corned beef with a crew as small as Mike has.

BTW I would suggest getting your orders in ASAP. Call Mike at 978-342-4927 and tell him DaTechGuy sent you.