Miscellaneous Ruminations…

Life in the Bwana household has been frenetic over the last month and a half…but the good news is that Dad’s house has been emptied, cleaned, and sold; the new bookshelves and cabinets are in; and I learned in a Sunday School class that somehow I qualify as a “Young Adult”.

So, not wanting to work myself into a lather after so long on the beach, some random observations:

1. The John Cook win in Braddock District is a testament more to the work he has done in Kings Park than it is a testament to a GOP resurgence per se. However, I suggest it did show that GOP candidates run best when focusing on issues that at the early points in Maslow’s hierarchy (basic needs-like transportation and government spending) than at the later points (social needs-like pro-life/pro-choice debates).

2. Jeff Frederick’s ouster ias RPV chief s not a matter of ideology or the muckety-mucks running over the grassroots. It is a matter of removing an egotist who has proven himself incapable of leading. I think when Mr. Frederick attempted to have legal fees (for a supporter) introduced in the budget when legal services had always been provided pro bono by party supporters showed that he did not have a real grasp on the job.

His routing RPV services through his own business shows a serious tone-deafness to propriety and appearance. Voters are rebelling against (in part) sweet heart budget dealings during the #43 administration…why would he think it OK to accept the position of RPV and then attempt to benefit financially from the position?

His Obama/Ben-Laden public comments offers further proof that he is not ready for prime time.

History has shown there are times when the unheralded outsider can step into leadership and produce great results, but Mr. Frederick has shown himself to be unaware of what is needed to lead the RPV. It may simply be a matter of timing. Perhaps at another time Mr. Frederick would be the perfect leader, but he is not the right person at the right time for this job.

It’s not a matter of ideology…it’s a matter of competence. RPC needs a servant-leader, not a show horse.

3. FOODIE ALERT-Last night on Sixty Minutes (after Mr. Bernake talked about the economy) Alice Waters was interviewed about her push for organic/sustainable foods, a concept that is now part of the “Slow Food Movement”…slow being a reference to the time it takes to grow natural food.

Ms. Waters, founder and owner of Chez Pannise in Berkley, CA, was on the forefront of the California move to use fresh, local ingredients in cooking. She believes it is not a taste issue, but a health issue.

“I feel that good food should be a right and not a privilege and it needs to be without pesticides and herbicides. And everybody deserves this food. And that’s not elitist,”

It’s a marvelous sentiment…then she spends the rest of the session proving how out of touch she is.

I fully agree that natural food, free of pesticides, packaging, corn syrup (you know the kind), etc., would lead to healthier eating.

The thing about organic food is cost and often prep time. In the session, she is shown at a farmer’s market where she sings the praises of grapes raised by John Lagier…which he sells at $/lb.

Are they better than the $2.50/lb found at the local Giant or Safeway? Perhaps. But when asked about the matter of price, her reply:

“We make decisions everyday about what we’re going to eat,” Waters said. “And some people want to buy Nike shoes – two pairs, and other people want to eat Bronx grapes, and nourish themselves. I pay a little extra, but this is what I want to do.”

So suddenly organic food is less a matter of public health and policy than free market economics at work. Also, at one level she is talking about food as a matter of health, then compares it with discretionary spending? I don’t know, that’s kind of apples and oranges thinking.

Then she makes Ms. Stahl a lovely breakfast. She chopped up chives, diced up tomatoes (purchased at a farmer’s market), and marinated them in olive oil and garlic, and served it on fresh toasted bread. Ms. Waters then cooked eggs by cracking them into a huge spoon type device and cooking them one at a time in the commercial grade brick oven in her home kitchen.

You read that right-a brick oven her home…oh, and it looked to be commercial grade.

Around this time in the interview she allowed that having the time to get to and shop at a farmer’s market, having a brick oven in her home, having the time prepare even a small meal like this…was in fact a luxury.

That is where Ms. Waters and the Left Coast liberals start to lose me…offering good ideas, holding themselves up as paragons of virtue, when in fact they have a lifestyle that few can copy or afford.

So this AM I am a bit unhappy with Ms. Waters and her pretentiousness, but more so with her cooking-dang, I wish I had the time to fix a breakfast like that!

Well, I must be off. Take care, and easy with the EVOO…


4 thoughts on “Miscellaneous Ruminations…

  1. Bwana, welcome back! I missed your writing. I think you are right about John Cook. His victory is more a testament to his involvement in his community and his search for practical solutions than it is a vindication of GOP ideology. But I think you would find that true of local Democratic successes too. Reports to the contrary, Mark Warner, Sharon Bulova, and Gerry Connolly are not leftwing ideologues. They concentrate on pragmatic solutions for their community.

    I also agree with you about Alice Waters. I think she’s basically right about slow food and health, and I envy her lifestyle. But about the time she cooked the egg I thought, they’ve got to be kidding. I get up at 6 a.m. and nuke a bagel in my microwave bagel. No way I’d have the time to slice and dice tomatoes and olives and marinate them much less cook an egg in a brick oven every morning. It is elitist and even those of us who are liberals, in Burke at least, can’t manage it 🙂

  2. Welcome back. I rather miss your fluid writing style and general ample horse sense when you take these long breaks. As for Ms. Waters, I guess we could tell her to just “Shut up and cook.”

  3. Bwana:
    Hey great to hear from you. Sounds like you had a lot going on, but glad your back. As others have stated, I have missed your fluid writing.
    You are right on target with the whole Frederick thing…the little corporal just doesn’t get it, so for all of my friends who went down to Richmond last May and were “solid Jeff” supporters….I say “I DAMN WELL TOLD YOU SO!!!!!” So let’s kill the king and replace him with someone who can really get it done.
    Glad to see you back


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