I have a recipe for the best damned sugar cookie ever.
It's an old recipe that dates clear back to the time of the Revolutionary War. But don't let that put you off... these cookies have been praised over the centuries by people who really know their cookies, including the famous French chef, Frederic.
Nevertheless, a friend approached me today to complain about the recipe.
Friend: Dave, those sugar cookies you recommended to me taste like dirt.
Me: What do you mean?
Friend: You told me that they'd be the best, lightest, sweetest cookies ever. But they're not sweet at all! They taste like dirt!
Me: Did you put in enough sugar?
Friend: Of course I did!
Me: How much?
Friend: None at all! Sugar is bad for you!
Me: How do you expect them to be sweet if you took away the sugar?
Friend: There you go again, misrepresenting things! Nobody took away the sugar!
Me: So where's the sugar?
Friend: Locked in the cabinet, of course! Sugar is bad for you!
Me: But the cookie itself is missing an essential ingredient, that being the sugar.
Friend: Sugar's not essential. Nobody needs that much sugar!
Me: So did you substitute something else? Stevia, maybe...? Or molasses?
Friend: I have zero tolerance for sugar.
Me: But surely you can't expect the cookie to turn out as promised if you refuse to follow the recipe.
Friend: I followed the recipe! It tastes like dirt!
Me: The recipe calls for the sugar to actually be in the cookie.
Friend: That recipe was written long before people knew how bad sugar was for you. Besides, they never anticipated modern refined sugar. The sugar of their time was a lot simpler and harder to come by.
Me: So why didn't you at least substitute natural cane sugar?
Friend: You're not paying attention. Nobody needs sugar! Maybe professional bakers, but they're regulated and have the proper training to use the sugar properly.
Me: So you'd rather leave it out and have a disgusting dirt-cookie?
Friend: Nobody left anything out! It's right there in the locked cabinet! Idiot.
And your cookies are still terrible!
Me: How would you know? You've never tasted one.
For having read through that you get this nifty sugar cookie recipe:
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla or any other flavoring
- 2 cups flour (approx.)
- cinnamon and/or nuts (optional)
Cream the butter and sugar. Beat the eggs and add to the milk. Sift flour and mix baking powder with 1 cup, then add the rest of the flour, and gradually add more if needed to make a dough stiff enough to handle. Place in refrigerator to harden. Roll on floured board 1/4 inch thick. Shape with cookie cutter. Sprinkle with sugar, cinnamon, and chopped nuts, if desired. Bake in a quick oven (375 - 400F) for 8 to 10 minutes.
When you've never tasted real freedom, it's easy to complain about the sham you've been fed in its place.
Yes, of course it's a rant. It's applicable to all of the rights that we lock away in the cabinet because they're "dangerous". It's about Free Speech relegated to "zones" on campuses, or done away with whatsoever. It's about freedom of religion when that freedom is forbidden in public spaces.
But now playing: The usual crying about the Second Amendment from the usual quarter. And it's accompanied by the usual hypocrisy.
The Pope is surrounded by Swiss Guard, who are armed to the teeth for his safety. On the whole, it works very well. Yet the Pope chides the manufacturers of the weapons purchased and used by the Church.
The President is surrounded by Secret Service, who are armed to the teeth for his safety. On the whole, it works very well. Yet, speaking for our government, the President would limit such protection to himself.
For twenty-five years our schools have been surrounded by signs advertising the complete lack of opposition to anyone who wishes to take a life... signs which are practically an invitation to any who would cause mayhem. On the whole, it doesn't work in the slightest.
The Pope and the President are surprised at this.
When the complete lack of security doesn't work to secure anything, the people who demanded that their children be left out as goats for the T-Rex call the police, who are armed to the teeth, but always arrive too late.
The people are surprised at this.
Having chosen to discard the Second Amendment, and having done everything in a way that ensures deaths that could have been avoided had the Second Amendment been observed, the people who caused the problem complain that the Second Amendment is at fault. They cry that "something must be done", but that "something" is never to empower law-abiding citizens to take immediate action against the immediate threat that they face. They continue the illogical narrative that places blame anywhere but with the guy pulling the trigger, and if only they could find this magical source of the problem, the lions will become vegan just as they falsely claim is the case in every country but ours. But they never find that source, and mass shootings still occur even where the guns are banned.
Why am I not surprised at this?
Photo credit: Drop Sugar Cookies by Vanessa Myers via Flickr. (cc-by-sa)