While Americans will have opposing views on President Reagan, I am proud to say I miss Uncle Ronnie…but not as much as Nancy.

Almost Chosen People

For some reason on this day I am thinking of a Presidential second inaugural, that of Ronald Reagan!  He summed up the theme of his Presidency well with this observation in his speech that day:

Four years ago, I spoke to you of a new beginning and we have accomplished that. But in another sense, our new beginning is a continuation of that beginning created two centuries ago when, for the first time in history, government, the people said, was not our master, it is our servant; its only power that which we the people allow it to have.

That system has never failed us, but, for a time, we failed the system. We asked things of government that government was not equipped to give. We yielded authority to the National Government that properly belonged to States or to local governments or to the people themselves.  Here is the text…

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About Rights

Our rights.

The Bill of Rights stems from those natural rights…at least in my opinion.  I ain’t a lawyer, thank goodness.

Original Bill of Rights
Original Bill of Rights

And if my schooling and failing memory are correct, this Bill of Rights sought out to protect us from our own newly created government.  It sought out to call out these rights simply…and protect us from tyranny.

It put into simple language a guarantee of a number of personal freedoms, limit the government’s power in certain areas, and provide power to the states and the public.

The Bill of Rights cements our national culture, I feel.

Help me out here, smarter people than I.


But can an American overrule this foundation, the Bill of Rights.  Singly overrule this foundation?


Its called an Executive Order.  The President of the United States can act as a monarch in concept.

Tremendous power, yes?

But do we learn from our past mistakes?

A kind reminder: FDR signed an Executive Order in 1942.

Executive Order 9066.  Notice, readers, it is not “We the people”.  It is filled with “I”.


This Executive Order resulted in this somewhat familiar poster:


It stripped my father, uncle, aunt, and cousins completely of their rights.

Not just one right.  All of their rights.

They were forced out of the West Coast and forced to live in concentration camps if they could not afford to move.

Their US Passports were confiscated.  They were fingerprinted, photographed and assigned an inmate number.  Man, woman or child…or baby.

All this happened with one signature.  FDR’s.


Some people say this Executive Order arose out of hysteria.  Reaction to something that happened.

I just want to say I am against any Executive Order.  Large or small in its magnitude.  By definition, it serves to nullify the Bill of Rights.

One person – one signature – is not right.

Just wanted to get this off my chest.

Johnny Carson’s Best Practical Joke

Yes, I was a fan of Johnny Carson.  Although I could never really watch his shows as they aired so late at night…

But he was a great practical joker.  And this is my absolute favorite.  Always fun to watch – and listen to – again.

Put aside the joke was played on Joan Rivers.  But then again, she is what makes the joke so precious…and this was before she became the Queen of Plastic.

The last few seconds alone are worth the view!

Mabo Dofu – Spicy and YUM-YUMMY!

How’s about a little change-up – like in spicy heat?

Mabo Dofu!  Some call it Szechuan Tofu.  Whatever, it is a warm, tasty treat for a cool night…or any meal!

A spicy dinner treat!
A spicy dinner treat!


It really is quite simple to throw together.  And you really don’t need a wok – a regular ol’ pot will do!

The key ingredients:

1/2 pound – ground pork

2  – 8 oz cartons of firm tofu (16 oz total) cut into the size of your big toe (If comparing, wash your toe first.)

2 – tbsp chili paste

1 or 2 – cloves garlic

For braising stock:

1 – cup chicken stock (I used to make my own but too lazy now – it does make a difference!)

3 – tbsp regular soy sauce

2 – tsp sugar

1/2 – tsp salt

Other ingredients:

Green onion

1 – tbsp sesame oil

1 – tsp “rayu” (chili oil)

Corn starch slurry

Ground white pepper to taste (not black pepper)

Key stuff
Key stuff

1. In hot 2 quart sauce pan, drizzle a little oil then brown ground pork over high heat.

2. When browned, quickly add the chili paste and crushed garlic then stir.  Cook until pungent, no more 30 seconds.

Add chili paste and garlic and cook until pungent
Add chili paste and garlic and cook until pungent (30 seconds)

3. Add braising sauce and carefully add cubed and drained tofu.

Carefully add tofu to braising sauce
Carefully add tofu to braising sauce

4. Stir gently then braise maybe ten five minutes, covered, stirring occasionally.

Bring to boil, then cover and braise for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally

5. Remove from heat.  Stir in sesame oil and chili oil (to your liking) and ground white pepper.  Stir in cornstarch slurry to desired thickness.

6. Top off with green onions and serve over rice, ramen or eat it by itself!  Easy!