Last November, the voters spoke with a very strong voice on this vital program. Forever Florida was the same thing, about twenty years ago, with a simpler matrix, and the same revenue source. I knew some large landowners who selflessly gave up their development rights to insure that conservation set asides would outlive them and preserve a significant way of life that shaped Florida’s history. Additionally, Florida’s priceless gifts from Mother Nature, would have some respite from overwhelming growth.
When the previous law expired, it was pretty obvious that our state legislature wasn’t interested in keeping Natural Florida away from the bulldozers nor was it interested in natural resources, such as the Floridan Aquifer, wildlife habitat (see Florida Panthers), Springs, Outstanding Waters, etc., etc.. They have demonstrated that laissez faire, attitude over and over, again.
Personally, I’ve come to believe that it’s not the issues that gained rebirth in Amendment One, it is the money, plain and simple. Political simplicity is about money. He who controls the money, has the legislative power, also.
Last week I received an e:mail alerting me, that a Senate committee was taking “comments” regarding the uses that could be allocated to Amendment One revenues. Sound familiar, yet? The suggestions in this e:mail, in particular, were potential benefits to the community, such as water system modernization, and waste water treatment. These are Issues that equal millions in application and invaluable political currency. Now, does it sound familiar?
Frankly, these two issues are just a few of the things that will show up on the Senate’s laundry list. You can bet on it. Beware. However, in a backhanded sort of way, the two public infrastructure improvements mentioned, hold a significant possibility for our communities and other small towns with little pocketbooks and scant popular will. The environment demands this kind of protection.
Inglis’ water system is over thirty years old. The engineering for that system is outdated and nearing full depreciation. Wastewater effluent measured in terms of degradation to our aquifer, springs, rivers and surface water bodies, is approaching the tipping point. Our own Withlacoochee River, designated “A Florida Outstanding Waterway”, is turned upside down. Biologically, the river is dead except for chlorophyll loading.
In Inglis-Yankeetown, there are septic systems that are over 100 years old. There are septic systems that have caved in on themselves. There are hundreds of systems well below the 100 year flood zone. Wastewater treatment for both towns is now a matter of conscience, if we have one.
Above us, Lake Rousseau, the Rainbow River, Rainbow Springs, and further upstream are loaded with run-off nutrients, septic effluents, and agricultural chemical and nitrogen saturation of the groundwater. At present, little, to nothing, is being done to mitigate this bigger picture.
If the legislature is interested in matters as vital as this situation purports, then let’s see to it that they behave appropriately. Power grabs are simple procedures. Integrity is complicated.
Our community is not unique. Plenty of similar areas have residents, politicians, and business owners who don’t see or care about the long term consequences of neglect. They think that when collapse comes, the government will fix everything. Hell, some current candidates for office don’t know what an aquifer is.
This may be the only time you hear about this legislative “study/popular” manipulation, until after the fact. I urge you to write to your legislators.
But first cue music
About every other decade I get a culinary hair and shoot the works on some impromptu creation. Most have never made it further than the trash can. But, then every once in a long while, I get lucky.
Some of my children will no doubt remember the pot full of Little House on the Prairie, so named to fool them into thinking that this was going to be deliciously attractive just like its namesake, TV feature. That ploy did not work. The sight of the end game had many visible ingredients that were on the little one’s “won’t touch, much less eat” list. By adult standards it actually wasn’t too bad. Noodles, celery, Lima beans, hamburger, tomatoes and sundry leftovers, didn’t have the visual effect I had hoped. I tried this on two occasions, (silly me) with enough passage of time between, to dampen any negative recollection. It did not work. And resistance was even greater. Perhaps, if I had named it what it was, it may have helped some: A Redneck Goulash . . . plus.
So, onward and upward. Present day, Twenty First century. I reached the desired state of seasoning for my heirloom, iron skillet last week. Day before yesterday I put together something of a real pot-sticker genre and I have called it Rednak Happiness, a Purlieu, if you will. I considered Sex on the Beach. Too damn old for that!
This has all the elements for a successful recipe/presentation. Ingredients; readily available and all have some commonality and really artistic color match. Prep; staging, with no time pressure. A two for one recipe. Full stand alone meal then soup. Robust, rich and simple. Mileage; will go a long way.
Rednak Happiness Purlieu
One 5 oz. package of Vigo Yellow Rice
Two filleted Chicken breasts, cut in bite sized strips
½ cup of diced sweet onion
1/2 Cup of Red Bell Pepper sliced bite size
¾ Cup of Zucchini, bit sized wedges
Soy Sauce, Lemon Pepper, Celery salt, olive oil
Prepare rice and set aside one third for future use.
Slice up chicken breasts, marinade in Soy Sauce with two teaspoons of Lemon Pepper & one teaspoon of Celery salt. Let stand in fridge one hour. Stir a couple of times to coat chicken with Soy.
In iron skillet, add enough Olive Oil to thinly coat entire bottom of skillet. Heat to medium high add chicken fillet slices and braise until meat is uniformly white. 6 to 8 minutes.
Lower heat, add onions, bell pepper, and zucchini. Cook for 10 minutes.
Add rice. Cover and cook on simmer for 20 minutes. Should be plenty of moisture from vegetables. Makes approximately 10 servings.
P.S. You can also add some wedged red potatoes. Very noticeable in the soup.
Use leftover Purlieu for Happiness Soup
Prepare broth first: 1 & ½ cups of water in two quart sauce pan. Bring to boil and add two chicken boullion cubes. Cook until cubes dissolved. Check for taste. Watch for saltiness. If necessary add Chicken Soup Base to intensify flavor.
Add purlieu until soup has consistency of personal preference. This makes approximately three servings.
Freeze Purlieu in meal sized portions. When you eat this think of me. Hopefully it will make your tongue slap your brains out!
Bone Appetite, whatever.
New Blood Grabs Inglis Miscreants by the Throat
This is a link to The Patriots Tool Box, a local , political, commentary website, by an Inglis resident with some history here. I put this up because I get tired of being the only one talking about the same handful of evil, ignorance that permeates the town. Yes, it stinks. The Tool Box reveals a lot this week, not the least of which is an excerpt from the VETERAN IMPOSTOR'S Facebook page, SEE LINK BELOW.
I’ve seen this page. It fits the behavior pattern, like a glove, of an irresponsible, predatory, sociopath who is missing some essential traits of “model citizen”. He is running for mayor. It distresses me to think that he just may get elected. If you live in Inglis you should be worried, too. Warning, to put it mildly, prurient tolerance necessary. Filthy language and suggestion, all can see. - - - Click Here
Could This Be The Last Word On Recall? Serious?
Coming next week, or sooner. The incredible cost of this despicable charade. Another unbalanced "citizen" who wants to be mayor. HELP! Somebody help me get my finger out of my throat!