Ebook Halloween Sale

It’s the time of ghouls and goblins and things that go bump in the night. Halloween is one of my favorite times of year. To celebrate this year, some friends and I are taking part in a limited time sale of some of our work. (Be sure to confirm the prices before clicking buy because start dates vary by title.) Check back for additional titles and details. Thanks!

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by David L. Burkhead
On sale for $0.99 October 25-31.

Kreg and Kaila, knights of Aerioch, interrupt their mission to chase down the raiders that destroyed a village. Much to their surprise, the raiders turn out to be Kinmar, the half-man/half-animal remnants of the magical Changeling War. Outnumbered and surrounded, wounded, with only the strange magic of the Knightbond on their side, can they survive, much less ensure that no one ravages the people of Aerioch with impunity?

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Jinxers
by Sabrina Chase
On sale for $0.99 from October 27 through November 2.

Young Jin survives on his own in the streets of Thama, using his wits and climbing skills to find food and shelter. On a bitterly cold night, desperate to avoid freezing, he enters the burned wreckage of a long-abandoned warehouse searching for anything of value. Searching despite the danger—for the warehouse once belonged to jinxers, and no one knows how their magic works…or how long it remains. Jin discovers a beautiful crystal sphere in the ashes—and suddenly finds himself transported to the desert world of Darha.

His foreign appearance immediately brands him an outsider, and he must rely on his Darha friends to conceal him from the mysterious rulers of the local fort. But Jin must face the fort’s dangers—for inside may lie the key to his return to Thama…and the key to his own hidden magic powers.

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Nocturnal Lives (Boxed Set)
by Amanda S. Green
On sale for 1.99 October 29 – November 2.

This “box set” includes the first three novels in the Nocturnal Lives series.

Nocturnal Origins
Some things can never be forgotten, no matter how hard you try.

Detective Sergeant Mackenzie Santos knows that bitter lesson all too well. The day she died changed her life and her perception of the world forever.It doesn’t matter that everyone, even her doctors, believe a miracle occurred when she awoke in the hospital morgue. Mac knows better. It hadn’t been a miracle, at least not a holy one. As far as she’s concerned, that’s the day the dogs of Hell came for her.

Investigating one of the most horrendous murders in recent Dallas history, Mac also has to break in a new partner and deal with nosy reporters who follow her every move and who publish confidential details of the investigation without a qualm.

Complicating matters even more, Mac learns the truth about her family and herself, a truth that forces her to deal with the monster within, as well as those on the outside.But none of this matters as much as discovering the identity of the murderer before he can kill again.

Nocturnal Serenade
Lt. Mackenzie Santos of the Dallas Police Department learns there are worst things than finding out you come from a long line of shapeshifters. At least that’s what she keeps telling herself. It’s not that she resents suddenly discovering she can turn into a jaguar. Nor is it really the fact that no one warned her what might happen to her one day. Although, come to think of it, her mother does have a lot of explaining to do when – and if – Mac ever talks to her again. No, the real problem is how to keep the existence of shapeshifters hidden from the normals, especially when just one piece of forensic evidence in the hands of the wrong technician could lead to their discovery.

Add in blackmail, a long overdue talk with her grandmother about their heritage and an attack on her mother and Mac’s life is about to get a lot more complicated. What she wouldn’t give for a run-of-the-mill murder to investigate. THAT would be a nice change of pace.

Nocturnal Interlude
Lt. Mackenzie Santos swears she will never take another vacation again as long as she lives. The moment she returns home, two federal agents are there to take her into custody. Then she finds out her partner, Sgt. Patricia Collins, as well as several others are missing. Several of the missing have connections to law enforcement. All are connected to Mac through one important and very secret fact — they are all shapechangers. Has someone finally discovered that the myths and bad Hollywood movies are actually based on fact or is there something else, something more insidious at work?

Mac finds herself in a race against time not only to save her partner and the others but to discover who was behind their disappearances. As she does, she finds herself dealing with Internal Affairs, dirty cops, the Feds and a possible conspiracy within the shapeshifter community that could not only bring their existence to light but cause a civil war between shifters.

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Hunted by Moonlight (Hunter’s Moon)
by Ellie Ferguson
On sale for 1.99 October 29 – November 2.

This boxed set contains the first three novels in the Hunter’s Moon series.

Hunted:

When Meg Finley’s parents died, the authorities classified it as a double suicide. Alone, hurting and suddenly the object of the clan’s alpha’s desire, her life was a nightmare. He didn’t care that she was grieving any more than he cared that she was only fifteen. So she’d run and she’d been running ever since. But now, years later, her luck’s run out. The alpha’s trackers have found her and they’re under orders to bring her back, no matter what. Without warning, Meg finds herself in a game of cat and mouse with the trackers in a downtown Dallas parking garage. She’s learned a lot over the years but, without help, it might not be enough to escape a fate she knows will be worse than death. What she didn’t expect was that help would come from the local clan leader. But would he turn out to be her savior or something else, something much more dangerous?

Hunter’s Duty:

Maggie Thrasher is looking for a man, not to love but to kill. Duty to her pride and loyalty to her family demands it. Joshua Volk has betrayed pride, pack and clan. All he cares about is destroying the old ways and killing anyone, normal or shape-changer, who gets in his way. Jim Kincade is dedicated to two things: upholding the law and protecting the pride from discovery. When Jim is called to the scene of a possible murder, the last thing he expects is to discover the alleged killer is a tracker from another pride. Now he’s faced with a woman who is most definitely more than she appears. Complicating matters even more, there’s something about her that calls to him and his leopard is determined to claim her for his own. Joshua Volk is looking for revenge. Maggie killed one of his own. His vengeance will bring Maggie’s worst nightmares to life. Is the passion between Maggie and Jim enough to defeat Volk’s plans or will Maggie’s determination to fulfill her duty to her pride be the death of them both?

Hunter’s Home:

They say you can never go home. That’s something CJ Reamer has long believed. So, when her father suddenly appears on her doorstep, demanding she return home to Montana to “do her duty”, she has other plans. Montana hasn’t been home for a long time, almost as long as Benjamin Franklin Reamer quit being her father. Dallas is now her home and it’s where her heart is. The only problem is her father doesn’t like taking “no” for an answer.

When her lover and mate is shot and she learns those responsible come from her birth pride and clan, CJ has no choice but to return to the home she left so long ago. At least she won’t be going alone. Clan alphas Matt and Finn Kincade aren’t about to take any risks where their friend is concerned. Nor is her mate, Rafe Walkinghorse, going to let her go without him.

Going home means digging up painful memories and family secrets. But will it also mean death – or worse – for CJ and her friends?

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Bloody Eden (Soldiers of New Eden Book 2)
by T. L. Knighton
On sale for $0.99.

Ten years after a nuclear war forced Jason Calvin to fight his way across Georgia and through a brutal warlord, life has settled down a bit in a town called New Eden. As the town sheriff, Jason keeps the peace.

After saving a family from a horrible fate, that peace becomes threatened when a sadistic military man shows up, claiming the family are fugitives from his draconian justice system and they’re coming back whether anyone in New Eden likes it or not…and maybe some of New Eden’s own as well.

Unfortunately for him, Jason isn’t about to just let something like that go.

“Bloody Eden” is the action packed sequel to the hit novelette “After the Blast”.

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Bad Moon on the Rise (Soldiers of New Eden Book 3)
by T. L. Knighton
On sale for $0.99.

Sheriff Jason Calvin and the people of New Eden have managed to move on from a brutal war with a neighboring town. In the aftermath, a new government rose from the ashes to bring peace to the Tennessee Valley.

Unfortunately, there always seems to be people who have no interest in peace as a group of ruthless thugs with a personal axe to grind kills one of Jason’s closest friends. Now, the sheriff has to deal with meddlesome bureaucrats, a conniving rival, and old enemies in an effort to find the men responsible, plus the small army protecting them, and bring them to justice.

Bad Moon on the Rise continues the story first told in After the Blast and continued in Bloody Eden.

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Vulcan’s Kittens (Children of Myth Book 1)
by Cedar Sanderson
On sale for $0.99 Oct 29th through Nov 3rd

12-year-old Linnea Vulkane is looking forward to a long, lazy summer on Grandpa Heph’s farm, watching newborn kittens grow up and helping out with chores. That all goes out the window the night Mars, god of war, demands her grandfather abandon her and return to Olympus for the brewing war.

Now Old Vulcan is racing around the world and across higher planes with Sehkmet to gather allies, leaving Linn and an old immortal friend to protect the farm and the very special litter. But even the best wards won’t last forever, and when the farm goes up in flames, she is on the run with a daypack, a strange horse, a sword, and an armful of kittens. Linn needs to grow up fast and master her powers, before the war finds the unlikely refugees…

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Empire of the One (Wine of the Gods Book 14)
by Pam Uphoff
On sale for $0.99 through the Halloween weekend.

Cross-dimensional espionage!

Earth and the Empire of the One have clashed twice. Once the Empire lost a colony to Earth. The second time was a draw, with neither side gaining control of a mineral rich world with a medieval level society.

Alert for intruders from Earth, the Empire’s agents are about to be blindsided by spies from that medieval world–and magic.

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Fenrir Reborn: A Sindri Modulf Novella (Architects of Lore Book 2)
by Anita C. Young
Free October 29 – November 2.

Sindri Modulf has been tested many times throughout his long life, but for every feat he has faced, he has artfully dodged countless more with easy humour and a deadly axe. Those well-honed abilities will prove useless when he is faced with one of the greatest challenges of his life; he must bring back a grief-stricken Seer from the edge of catatonia. Unwilling to let the mind of the most powerful woman in 1000 years be ravaged by Empaths and Telepaths, Sindri does something he hasn’t done for centuries: bare his soul.

Star Wars and the Human Wave

I’ve been watching the new Star Wars trailers. I remain cautiously optimistic, hoping, praying (to whatever gods might listen to an agnostics prayers) that the movie lives up to the trailers.

(Here’s a combined trailer of all the footage from the official trailers)

Back in the mid to late 70’s the “New Wave” was in full force. Downbeat endings, “black and gray morality” (which can be good if handled well, at least as a change-up from more clear cut items) or worse “black and black.” Those were the tone of Science Fiction.

Then, fairly close to each other, two movies came out which took an entirely different approach: Lucas’ “Star Wars” and Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” The rogue was given back his heart of gold. The callow youth could be the hero of the piece, not ground down by the world weary cynics. Heroes who are actually heroes fighting bad guys who weren’t so “sympathetic” that you couldn’t tell hero from villain.

It was a refreshing change. And the result was that, for a time, it became OK to have good guys who were good guys. Bad guys who were actually bad and not just “oppressed” or “victims of their backgrounds”. You didn’t have to wonder who to root for.

Today we’re kind of in a similar position. One of the best selling series, for young people is The Hunger Games. Black and Very-Dark-Gray morality, little really to choose from in the sides, and (no spoilers) that’s shown pretty clearly in the ending. And in printed SF? So much “humanity is a plague” stuff. Bleah.

Sarah A. Hoyt started the “Human Wave” movement as a counter to that. I joined in full fervor because that’s the kind of fiction I like to write. That’s the kind of fiction I like to read.

What I’m hoping is that maybe the new Star Wars will be able to do it again.

Fisking 27 ways to be a modern man

Usually I leave the fisking to others.  By the time I get around to thinking things through, others have done the job said all I would care to say on the subject.  But this one I couldn’t leave alone.

So, text from the original article will be in Bold.  My comments in Italics.

Being a modern man today is no different than it was a century ago. It’s all about adhering to principle. Sure, fashion, technology and architecture change over time, as do standards of etiquette, not to mention ways of carrying oneself in the public sphere. But the modern man will take the bits from the past that strike him as relevant and blend them with the stuff of today.

Okay, this sounds like a reasonable approach, at first.  Learn from the past and apply it to today’s situations.  Practically the definition of conservatism.

1. When the modern man buys shoes for his spouse, he doesn’t have to ask her sister for the size. And he knows which brands run big or small.

“When the modern man buys shoes for his spouse”? His spouse isn’t capable of buying her own shoes? Does he also tie them for her?  Yes, some brands run big and small.  But so do individual patterns.  And a shoe that looks good on the shelf or in a catalog may not look so good on ones feet.  And there is simply no way to tell how they will feel until she actually tries them on.

How about this:  instead of buying shoes behind her back which may or may not be what she wants, why not take her with you to buy shoes.  Or go along when she wants to buy shoes.  Or, if she’s asking you to go because she needs new shoes right now and for whatever reason can’t get to the store herself, then he should have her tell him what she wants, including size.

In that case, the modern man will go from store to store until he finds what she asked for because making his wife happy pleases him.

But the elephant in the room here is shoe buying?  Really?  That’s what you put on the list of what makes a modern man?

2. The modern man never lets other people know when his confidence has sunk. He acts as if everything is going swimmingly until it is.
Antony Hare

The modern man knows when he needs help and asks for it. The manliest of men once said “A man’s got to know his limitation.”

 3. The modern man is considerate. At the movie theater, he won’t munch down a mouthful of popcorn during a quiet moment. He waits for some ruckus.

The modern man can eat quietly.

4. The modern man doesn’t cut the fatty or charred bits off his fillet. Every bite of steak is a privilege, and it all goes down the hatch.

The modern man knows how to cook a steak. If it’s prepared improperly at a restaurant, he. sends. it. back. If they’re taking his money, the least they can to is provide good value in the form of a properly prepared steak.

Oh, and incidentally, a properly prepared filet doesn’t have fat to trim.

5. The modern man won’t blow 10 minutes of his life looking for the best parking spot. He finds a reasonable one and puts his car between the lines.

The modern man can do elementary arithmetic and determine whether it’s quicker to just park here or look for a better parking spot.

Or, if he wants to be quick about it, he starts close, works his way out, and parks at the first spot he comes to.

6. Before the modern man heads off to bed, he makes sure his spouse’s phone and his kids’ electronic devices are charging for the night.

The modern man can trust his spouse to see to her own phone. As for the kids, if they’re old enough to have a phone, they’re old enough to see that it’s charged. If they forget, well that will be a lesson for next time, won’t it?

7. The modern man buys only regular colas, like Coke or Dr Pepper. If you walk into his house looking for a Mountain Dew, he’ll show you the door.

The modern man drinks whatever he wants. If it’s Diet Cherry Mountain Dew, it’s Diet Cherry Mountain Dew. The modern man does not apologize for his choice of beverage.

If a guest asks for something the modern man does not stock the modern man says something like “I’m sorry but I don’t have that. Would you perhaps like…” and then offers a selection of what the modern man does have. If a modern man knows in advance that a guest has a particular preference, the modern man will insure that he has a supply of it.  See “courteous” above.

The modern man’s guests never leave hungry or thirsty unless it’s by their own choice.

8. The modern man uses the proper names for things. For example, he’ll say “helicopter,” not “chopper” like some gauche simpleton.

The modern man uses words appropriate to the context and audience. That might be “helicopter”, “chopper”, “Huey”, “Blackhawk”, or “Our ride” depending on the situation. Words are tools that serve the user. They convey more than just dictionary definitions but feelings and connotations and are chosen with that in mind.

9. Having a daughter makes the modern man more of a complete person. He learns new stuff every day.

The modern man appreciates whatever children the Gods grant to him. He does not keep trying until he has a daughter. He loves any and all children he may have, each as an individual.

10. The modern man makes sure the dishes on the rack have dried completely before putting them away.

Come on. It’s the 21st century. The modern man has a dishwasher. If he doesn’t (poverty does not render one less of a man) he has a dishtowel.

11. The modern man has never “pinned” a tweet, and he never will.

Okay. Can’t argue that one.

12. The modern man checks the status of his Irish Spring bar before jumping in for a wash. Too small, it gets swapped out.

The modern man may well use body wash. And Irish Spring? Perfume in soap form? If you must use bar soap, then Ivory all the way. (I kid. The modern man uses whatever he wants.)

And again, really? Manhood defined as avoiding the possibility of having to hop out of the shower to grab some soap?

13. The modern man listens to Wu-Tang at least once a week.

The modern man listens to whatever the hell he wants. But if that playlist doesn’t include bands like Dragonforce, Hammerfall, and Man O’ War, I have to raise some questions…

14. The modern man still jots down his grocery list on a piece of scratch paper. The market is no place for his face to be buried in the phone.

Rubbish. The phone has a note taking app for a reason. The modern man is not afraid of modern technology. See that “modern” in there? That’s a hint.

15. The modern man has hardwood flooring. His children can detect his mood from the stamp of his Kenneth Cole oxfords.

Once again, the modern man has whatever flooring he wants. If his children need to hear his foot stamps to determine his mood, he’s doing it wrong.

If you really want people to understand what you think and how you’re feeling, there’s this wonderful invention called “words”. Use them.

16. The modern man lies on the side of the bed closer to the door. If an intruder gets in, he will try to fight him off, so that his wife has a chance to get away.

The modern man and his spouse decide between them who sleeps on which side of the bed so that both are happy with the arrangement. The modern man understands that compromise and mutual accommodation is one of the keys to a successful relationship. The modern man has dogs, a security system, locks at least, and weapons to deal with the unlikely event of someone breaking into the dwelling intent on harm.

17. Does the modern man have a melon baller? What do you think? How else would the cantaloupe, watermelon and honeydew he serves be so uniformly shaped?

The modern man couldn’t care less how neatly balled the melons are. They all taste the same. If, for some reason, he has a fetish for neatly rounded melon balls (not that there’s anything wrong with that) he may have a melon baller. Or he may not. It’s hardly an essential of manhood.

18. The modern man has thought seriously about buying a shoehorn.

The modern man buys shoes that fit that he doesn’t have to cram his feet into.

19. The modern man buys fresh flowers more to surprise his wife than to say he is sorry.

Okay, I’ll give you this one to.

20. On occasion, the modern man is the little spoon. Some nights, when he is feeling down or vulnerable, he needs an emotional and physical shield.

There is nothing that lifts a man’s spirits more than being able to support and protect someone else.

21. The modern man doesn’t scold his daughter when she sneezes while eating an apple doughnut, even if the pieces fly everywhere.

This is something you worry about? Sneezing is an involuntary reaction. Hell, our Training Instructors didn’t gig us for sneezing in basic military training (but it had better not sound like a fake sneeze).

22. The modern man still ambles half-naked down his driveway each morning to scoop up a crisp newspaper.

The modern man has internet allowing him to sample a variety of news and opinion sources. (But I see what you did there New York Times.)

23. The modern man has all of Michael Mann’s films on Blu-ray (or whatever the highest quality thing is at the time).

Eh. They’re okay, but I’ve seen better.

John Wayne’s and Clint Eastwood’s films on the other hand…

24. The modern man doesn’t get hung up on his phone’s battery percentage. If it needs to run flat, so be it.

But the modern man obsesses about his spouse’s and children’s phones to the point of checking that they’re charging every night? (Point #6)

The modern man plans ahead. He has a phone with sufficient battery life for his needs or he has extra battery capacity–either an external battery pack or access to a charger–to insure that he has power when he needs it.

25. The modern man has no use for a gun. He doesn’t own one, and he never will.

The modern man recognizes that he is ultimately responsible for his protection and that of his family. He is responsible for not putting his family under the hardship that his own death or injury can cause. The police cannot always be there. Crime and the threat of violence will, indeed, appear when the police are not at hand (criminals not wanting to be caught will generally act where the police are not. Until the police arrive, which can take some time, the modern man is on his own.

The modern man arms himself against that need.

26. The modern man cries. He cries often.

Perhaps at times but often? The modern man has other tools in his kit for dealing with problems. The modern man puts on the gloves and hammers away at the heavy bag. He splits wood. He does woodworking projects. He runs. He works on his car. He goes to the range and puts holes in paper. He does any of a variety of things to redirect frustration and sadness and cleanse his mind and spirit.

27. People aren’t sure if the modern man is a good dancer or not. That is, until the D.J. plays his jam and he goes out there and puts on a clinic.

If the modern man likes to dance, he dances. He doesn’t worry about what other people think about it. He may be good at it. He may be bad at it. But he dances. At the least, however, he knows some basic, general purpose steps so that he can teach his children so they won’t feel totally helpless in social situations that involve dancing.

The original article wasn’t describing the modern man.  It was describing the modern milquetoast.  The essentials of manhood have not changed.  Courage, honor, providing for and defending ones family.  These are the constants that have not changed however much some folk want to denigrate them these days.

2nd Annual Indie Author Labor Day Sale


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2nd Annual Indie Author Labor Day Sale
A curated list of authors selected works and put them on sale, just for readers like you. If you’ve been waiting for the next fun read, or for a reason to Read Indie, this is that time. All the books are priced between $2.99 and $0.99, affordable ways to explore new worlds.
You will find this a list spanning genres from Fantasy and Science Fiction to Thrillers and Romance. Something for every reader in your life, if you are looking for back-to-school gifts.
Enjoy!
Sale Price: $0.99

By facing down Lotus Tong thugs, Steve Maxwell earns an opportunity to escape orbit and become a spacer apprentice on a merchant spaceship. Sure, he needs to prove himself to an older, tight-knit crew, but how bad can it be if he keeps his head down and the decks clean?

The interstellar trade routes are anything but trouble-free, with local wars and plagues of pirates. Also, the jade in his luggage is hotter than a neutron star. Steve’s left a world of troubles behind, only to find a galaxy of them ahead…
Promo price: $.99

Moire Cameron ran to protect her secrets — ran to the heart of an interstellar alien war. Her fellow mercenaries care only about her fighting skills, not where — or when — she got them. You’d think that would be good enough…

But a false name and fake ID can’t conceal her dangerous lack of contemporary knowledge, and they won’t help fulfill her last order, given by a dying man eighty years ago. To do that she must find a reason to live again. A cause worth fighting for, comrades to trust, and a ship to sail the stars.
Price: 99 cents for the Labor Day Weekend, down from $2.99

First, they took away her command. Then they took away her freedom. But they couldn’t take away her duty and honor. Now they want her back.

Captain Ashlyn Shaw has survived two years in a brutal military prison. Now those who betrayed her are offering the chance for freedom. All she has to do is trust them not to betray her and her people again. If she can do that, and if she can survive the war that looms on the horizon, she can reclaim her life and get the vengeance she’s dreamed of for so long.

But only if she can forget the betrayal and do her duty.

Sale price $2.99

When Texas Deputy Sheriff John Cronin thwarts the Cartel’s plan to get paid to smuggle Muslims across the border, he becomes the target of the Cartel once again. One try fails, but the cartel isn’t about to give up. With his granddaughter, Jesse, still recovering from her last run-in with the Cartel and now far away with her Marine husband on a military base, Cronin only has to worry about the innocents around him.

One way or another, this old school law man plans to end this cat and mouse game for good. But, this time, the Cartel is playing for keeps; ending this war might just cost the old man his life.
Either way Cronin plans to go out on his feet, fighting tooth and nail.
Price: $2.99 for the promo.

War!

A series of diplomatic crises precipitate a limited nuclear war on Earth. Missile defenses block access to space. Nothing goes up and nothing comes down.
The people of the various space stations, the moon base, and a space colony whose construction had just begun must find a way to survive until the war is over.
The ultimate survival test.
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Feeding the Active Writer

Always looking for new things.  As I accumulate more, it becomes harder to come up with new recipes because it’s simply easier to go with one I already have.

When I was growing up Shepherd’s Pie was a nice comfort food.  Strictly speaking it should be made with lamb or mutton, but we always used ground beef.  In basic structure it was an upside-down mashed potatoes and gravy, with vegetables (normally corn and onions) mixed into the gravy, all made in a casserole dish.

What I have here is a slow cooker low carb variant.  It takes a little more time to prepare than most of my “feeding the active writer” recipes, but I think the result is worth it.

Low Carb Slow Cooker Shepherd’s Pie.

Ingredients:
2 lb cauliflower–fresh or frozen.
1 tbsp garlic powder
2 tbsp butter or margarine.

3 lb ground beef
1 lb cut green beans.
1 tbsp xanthum gum
2 tbsp minced garlic

In a large pot boil the cauliflower until very tender.  It should break apart easily with a fork.
Drain and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
Add the garlic powder and butter or margarine.
Using a potato masher, mash until the individual florets are thoroughly broken up.
With an electric mixer, beat on high until all the larger pieces are broken into rice-sized pieces or smaller.
Set aside.

In another large bowl combine the remaining ingredients.  It’s easiest to use your hands to mix it.  Disposable gloves are very helpful with cleanup here since the xanthum gum tends to form a very cloying film on anything wet that it comes in contact with.

Grease a 4-5 quart slow cooker with a generous coating of cooking spray.
Press the ground beef mixture into the bottom of the cooker.
Top with the cauliflower.

Cook on low about 10 hours.

Spoon out into bowls to serve.  Make sure to get both the cauliflower topping and the meat below.  Serves about eight.

Enjoy.

The Great Cookie Monster Thread

An item that started back during the 2012 Presidential race grew into a truly epic thread.  I have had people ask me to find it again which can be hard to do with old threads on FaceBook.

Well, I found it.  Wasn’t able to figure out how to share or link to the thread itself so I figured to just copy it here. Enjoy.

It started with this picture.  Someone posted it on FB and I shared it with the following comment:

1) Sesame Street predates government funding of PBS and thus could quite well survive the cessation of said funding.

2) Even if Sesame Street were to fold, as other Children’s shows have done over the years (do you remember Romper Room? Captain Kangaroo?) in the world where cable and satellite are ubiquitous, in a world with “Learning Channels” and “Discovery Channels” and many another, it’s loss, while not without a nostalgic sadness, would hardly be the end of the world.

3) Please show me what clause in the Constitution which makes paying for educational television a responsibility of the Federal Government. I can show you the clauses that put military expenditures into that category. We’re broke as a nation and need to cut spending. Things that _aren’t_ Constitutional responsibilities _should_ be cut, certainly before things that _are_.

4) That the Federal Government can, and should cut back toward what its actual Constitutional responsibilities are is, in fact, a _wonderful_ lesson to be teaching America’s children. GAR Tim Covington Considering all of the merchandising/licensing involved with Sesame Street, I have a hard time believing it would ever go away. It would just move to one of the kids’s channels and have advertising scattered throughout the show instead of the 10 minutes at the end of the hour. August 23, 2012 at 7:22am • Unlike • 6

David Burkhead “ever” is a long time. Some awfully popular shows have had their day and finally went away but still, I don’t think its in any immediate danger even if 1) PBS loses federal funding and 2) as a result PBS goes away (not a certainty even in the event of “1”). August 23, 2012 at 7:34am • Like

Doug Burbey Isn’t it about time Sesame Street start using their product marketing royalties and pay for their own damn show? Where’s all that toy money go anyway? Bet it’s not back to the treasury. August 23, 2012 at 7:35am • Unlike • 5 •

Quilly Mammoth In 1977 Chil;dren’s televisdi August 23, 2012 at 7:42am • Like •

Quilly Mammoth In 1977 Children’s television workshop bought several small cable operators across the US with help from the Ford Foundation. Shortly thereafter CTW never took another grant for Sesame Street. The only funds that CTW ever took from the Dept of Ed were for studies to find how effective the process was. Info they then used to hit up the large foundations for money. August 23, 2012 at 7:45am • Unlike • 3 •

Brad Torgersen Because defunding muppets is MEAN! That’s pretty much the only argument. Speaking as someone who worked a lot in community radio, I see plusses and minuses to defunding PBS. The core question is one I’ve never been able to answer: why should public broadcasters with a political agenda be funded by taxpayer dollars from taxpayers who disagree with that political agenda? The answer is: they shouldn’t. Which gets us back to: defunding muppets is MEAN! August 23, 2012 at 9:53am • Unlike • 5 •

James L Short • 7 mutual friends So you would be more supportive of teaching children war than reading? Or just fund war more than education? August 23, 2012 at 10:03am • Like •

Gary Roulston James L. Just proved Brad Torgersen’s point! August 23, 2012 at 10:56am • Like • 2 •

Phil Sevetson I believe that PBS will survive elimination of Government funding. I also suspect that the people who are gunning for it now will start going after broadcast licenses of the stations, next. I don’t think “get government funding out of PBS” is the end-game. I suspect we’ll see in the next four years, if Romney manages to pull this one out. August 23, 2012 at 11:01am • Unlike • 1 •

Lin Wicklund I turned Sesame Street off when Baby Bear and an adult told my kids that I didn’t love them enough to want to go to work and put them in day care. That only loving mothers put their kids in day care, and the other mothers didn’t love their kids enough to go to work. August 23, 2012 at 11:01am • Unlike • 9 •

Lin Wicklund Nothing, mind you, about two-parent families where one parent went to work and the other parent loved their children enough to stay home. August 23, 2012 at 11:02am • Unlike • 4 •

David Burkhead James L Short, fallacy of insufficient options. How about teaching children _civics_ (it used to be a subject in school) covering things like separation of powers, Constitutional powers and responsibilities (including actually reading the document), and so forth. Also, defunding PBS is not the same thing as not teaching children reading. My daughter pretty much never watched Sesame Street (or any PBS for that matter). It just didn’t interest her (shocking, I know) and yet she reads well enough at eighth that “grade level” is meaningless. How is that possible without Sesame Street and PBS? Very easily, actually.

BTW, the Sesame Worksho (formerly Childrens Television Workshop) is self-funded by merchandising et al. It doesn’t rely on grants. It doesn’t rely on PBS. In a world with The Science Channel, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, A&E, Nickelodean, and many more I doubt Sesame Street would be more than temporarily inconvenienced by PBS losing federal funding.

And that’s the way it should be. August 23, 2012 at 11:05am • Like • 10 •

Larry Correia Yeah, Brad… Do you still beat your wife?! Jerk. August 23, 2012 at 11:39am • Unlike • 8 •

Larry CorreiaAugust 23, 2012 at 11:39am • Unlike • 5 •

Jon Summers • Friends with Oleg Volk and 1 other I am going to use an argument I have seen elsewhere here and just change the name to fit…. “Why are *Muppets* discussing politics?!?” August 23, 2012 at 11:48am • Like • 6 •

John David Handley • 2 mutual friends James: if the only way your kids are learning to read is via a tv show, may I suggest you’re a shit parent and no amount of federal waste will correct that. August 23, 2012 at 11:48am • Unlike • 12 •

Mackey Chandler If corporations are people then surely muppets can be ‘arrested’ and indefinitely detained or rendered to other jurisdictions and questioned until the stuffing comes out… August 23, 2012 at 11:48am • Like • 2 •

Larry Correia Except Cookie Monster. Because that dude is a straight up hard core operator… Conservative too. August 23, 2012 at 11:49am • Unlike • 16 •   

Peter Barrett • 7 mutual friends Maybe Grover should get a productive job instead of having armed agents of the state steal his funding from the productive class at gunpoint. August 23, 2012 at 11:50am • Unlike • 11 •

Larry Correia And Cookie Monster is in favor of teaching war rather than reading. The dude is a freaking killing machine. He was in my mercenary company in Bosnia. I saw Cookie Monster massacre a whole village once… We paid him in cookies. August 23, 2012 at 11:52am • Unlike • 27 •

Nick Gardner Speaking for myself, I’d rather have freedom than Grover. Just sayin’ August 23, 2012 at 11:55am via mobile • Unlike • 10 •

Larry Correia It was after the village massacre in Sbrzjkhginvinia that Cookie Monster got on that weird health kick where he only ate vegetables. I think he just saw too much killing. It can change a puppet… He was messed up, riddled with PTSD. His nightmares were of blood… and cookies… August 23, 2012 at 11:57am • Unlike • 28 •

Travis Beck That crazy blue bastard has a huge switchblade that he named “Snickerdoodle”. The things he uses it for…not even Oscar deserves that! August 23, 2012 at 11:59am via mobile • Like • 5 •

David Burkhead Thank you Larry Correia. Seems after you commented here I get a number of likes from XXX (Friend with Larry Correia) August 23, 2012 at 11:59am • Like • 8 •

Dick Besser • Friends with Oleg Volk and 3 others Lots of cable and network TV shows have been axed because they are not economically viable, no matter how entertaining they may have been. Why should tax dollars support public TV which has become either not watched or a nest of liberal vipers who know that many parents are off working and partying so no one is civilizing their children who then are easy to indoctrinate with mushy non thinking emotional driven BS. August 23, 2012 at 11:59am • Like • 1 •

Larry Correia But then we pulled Cookie Monster out of retirement. Zubara was heating up. We needed his particular set of skills. Part of me feels guilty… I’m the man that put that bag of snickerdoodles in front of him. I’m the one that dragged him back in. I remember, when he looked at me with his big, sad, googley eyes and said “COOKIE? ME LIKE COOKIE? ME KILL TERRORISTS. NOM NOM NOM NOM.” and the next thing I knew, we were sitting on a rooftop, watching bad guys through the twenty power scope on top of a Barrett M82… August 23, 2012 at 12:00pm • Like • 22 •

Travis Beck Don’t forget about that firefight outside of Macaroon. The way he went after that former Selous Scout because he can’t stand crackers, that was messed up. August 23, 2012 at 12:04pm via mobile • Like • 1 •   

Larry Correia Our biggest problem in the field was that his bright blue fur stuck out in the desert… There isn’t much stealth when C.W. is working. We’d roll up fast. Hit the enemy hard. Cookie Monster is a straight up door kicker. Man… He’s quick. Last of the gun slingers we called him. I remember standing over this pile of corpses one time, and I was shaking, and I said “Why do we do this, man?” and what he said to me has lingered ever since… “C IS FOR COOKIE. THAT’S GOOD ENUF FOR ME!” Words of wisdom, man… Words of wisdom… August 23, 2012 at 12:05pm • Like • 31 •  
 
Travis Beck At one point there was talk of getting him a ghillie suit made of snuffleupagus hide. Did that ever work out? August 23, 2012 at 12:07pm via mobile • Like • 4 •

Larry Correia Yes. We requisitioned snuffleupagus hide from Locks Of Love. August 23, 2012 at 12:09pm • Like • 10 •

Nick Gardner I still have nightmares about what he did for that tin of shortbread. *SHUDDER* August 23, 2012 at 12:09pm via mobile • Like • 1 •

Travis Beck If ever a smores-eater personified “Front Towards Enemy” it was the Big C. August 23, 2012 at 12:12pm via mobile • Like • 1 •

Adam Meyers • Friends with Howard Tayler and 4 others Speaking as a professional actor, I know all the arguments about patronage and the need for art to, every now and then, seek for art regardless of whether it will be profitable or not. I also know that patronage is how once-educational programs turn into political machines, and how the quality of artwork steadily drops due to not needing to actually be good to keep being funded. If Seasame Street, after all its backing and groundbreaking, can’t survive loss of Federal funding, then maybe its time it died and was replaced by a new groundbreaking kids show. August 23, 2012 at 12:13pm • Like • 7 •

Travis Beck Wasn’t the Shortbread Protocol developed over Macho Grande? August 23, 2012 at 12:14pm via mobile • Like • 1 •

Philip Perrey • Friends with Larry Correia Travis, no, we won’t ever be over Macho Grande. August 23, 2012 at 12:20pm • Like • 2 •

Larry Correia Shortbread Protocol… It hurts to remember.

The target was a Romanian, real numbers man… Had a code name, The Count. He had the codes. We had to make him talk.

We waterboarded that puppet for hours. I can still hear their voices.

“WHAT IS CODE?”
August 23, 2012 at 12:21pm • Like • 15 •

Larry Correia “ONE. HAW HAW HAW. TWO. HAW HAW HAW.” August 23, 2012 at 12:22pm • Like • 11 •

Larry Correia “COOKIE IS NOT SOMETIMES FOOD!”

It was horrible… Just horrible… August 23, 2012 at 12:22pm • Like • 5 •

Brad Torgersen I must say, this thread is by far the funniest damned thing I have read in a long, long time. LOL! My had is off, all. August 23, 2012 at 12:22pm • Like • 7 •

Jon Summers • Friends with Oleg Volk and 1 other
If Cookie Monster and Grover are the “Front line operators” … does that mean Big bird and Snuffleupagus are the sniper team? I mean, they do already have built in ghillie suits.

I can see it now “Seal Team: Sesame Street… the mockumentary!”
August 23, 2012 at 12:26pm • Like • 4 •

Jesse Lambert • 7 mutual friends I heard CM wore a necklace made from the oatmeal raisin cookies that he took off the dead. August 23, 2012 at 12:27pm • Like • 4 •

Chris Casper • Friends with Oleg Volk and 3 others I was part of NATO forces in the Balkans. I can confirm that “the Monster” was active in the region. The after action reports were… Horror. Sheer, pure horror. August 23, 2012 at 12:27pm via mobile • Like • 4 •
Steve Gasper • Friends with Larry Correia and 1 other Awesome! August 23, 2012 at 12:28pm • Like •
Robert Langham Kids don’t need to know how to build bombs? August 23, 2012 at 12:31pm • Like •

Chris Casper • Friends with Oleg Volk and 3 others There are unconfirmed reports that the Monster wiped out an entire Russian outpost near Pristine. The Russians just disappeared overnight… Just vanished… Like cookies anywhere near The Monster. NATO HQ heard nothing until it was all over. It was a mountain facility, but the locals swore they could hear the screaming of the VDV. We found no traces except for gas masks and random scraps of equipment. God knows what happened in that hole… August 23, 2012 at 12:34pm via mobile • Like • 4 •

Anthony Sadowski • 6 mutual friends I think I saw CM in the a-stan there was word of am IAF hit team terrorizing a small remote village we were told big C was handing it Later at a shura with the tribel elders they said to thank their savior and told us they had pulled together a payment from usaid packages i never saw some many oreos and choc chip cookies in one place ever. August 23, 2012 at 12:39pm via mobile • Like • 3 •

Jesse Lambert • 7 mutual friends One time CM came to me and asked if I could do an under-barrel Easy Bake oven for his M4. I said “Sure, but why?”. And then he told me. I did it because I needed the money. I tell myself that if I hadn’t built it for him someone else would have. That doesn’t stop the nightmares though. August 23, 2012 at 12:41pm • Like • 8 •

Nick Gardner How many others are picturing Big Bird saying “The horror?” August 23, 2012 at 12:43pm via mobile • Like • 2 •

Amelia Ritner • Friends with Larry Correia Doesn’t Sesame Street make enough money in product sales to fund itself? August 23, 2012 at 12:43pm • Like •

Nick Gardner Jon, Grover is not an operator. Didn’t you ever see the films of the protests? Grover throwing his medals over the White House fence? August 23, 2012 at 12:46pm via mobile • Like • 1 •
Larry Correia Jesse… You were the one that made EZ Bake? Man… CM would just sit there sometimes, talking to that thing like it was alive. He freaked us out sometimes. Cookie Monster was never the same after Elmo got redacted. Torture Me Elmo some of the guys called him. C.M. never laughed at that one… August 23, 2012 at 12:46pm • Like • 10 •

Larry Correia Grover is a poser. Grove pisses me off. Grover is the reason we have Stolen Valor. They said we tried to Swift Boat Grover, but the only reason he got a purple heart was because HE WAS PURPLE! August 23, 2012 at 12:47pm • Like • 6 •

Chris DeBoe • 5 mutual friends When the after action report includes the word “purée”, you know it was Big Blue. August 23, 2012 at 12:49pm • Like • 3 •

Chris DeBoe • 5 mutual friends There was the occasion in Tzfrjkistan, when I was in the 120mm mortar crew. I still can remember the call: “Fire for effect, one round, double chocolate chip…” August 23, 2012 at 12:54pm • Like • 2 •

Chris Casper • Friends with Oleg Volk and 3 others Jesus, Jesse. THAT WAS YOU? Do you have ANY CLUE what you did? August 23, 2012 at 12:54pm • Like • 2 •

Larry Correia Jesse, how can you sleep at night? August 23, 2012 at 12:55pm • Like • 1 •

Larry Correia You should have seen what Cookie Monster did with Old EZ Bake when we invaded Nick Jr. August 23, 2012 at 12:55pm • Like • 5 •

Matt Sorrell • Friends with Larry Correia and 1 other I’ll never eat another sugar cookie as long as I live. I just. . . . . can’t. Not with those memories August 23, 2012 at 12:57pm • Like • 1 •

Nick Gardner “PTSD is terrible illness that can affect any person or puppet who’s been in combat. If you suspect anyone you know is suffering from it, please, urge them to get help.” This message brought to you by the letters W, T and F, and the number 8. August 23, 2012 at 1:08pm via mobile • Like • 8 •

Travis Beck CM couldn’t be trusted with sensitive intel, though. Remember what happened to that laptop we found at Tora Bora? I never could get through to him that tracking cookiees weren’t softbaked. August 23, 2012 at 1:30pm via mobile • Like • 3 •

Peter Nealen • Friends with Tom Kratman and 4 others We had to go into a village in Zaidon after CM got through with it. The blood… the crumbs… I told myself that the bastards deserved it… Still can’t get it out of my head… August 23, 2012 at 1:44pm • Like •

Tom Hamrick • Friends with Robert Langham I thought they had changed from PBS to the CSTN? And We still pay for it. August 23, 2012 at 2:09pm • Like •

Brad Torgersen (laughter, literally, big loud laughter….) August 23, 2012 at 2:09pm • Like • 2 •

Brenna McGruder Rawson • 3 mutual friends I never liked Grover anyways. I bet Snuffy is for Romney! August 23, 2012 at 2:31pm • Like • 1 •

Conrad Ray • Friends with Larry Correia and 4 others Were you there when Bert got hit? We were in this little village and Bert stepped on a bouncing betty. He was down, screaming, stuffing everywhere. We’re trying to hold him down, stop the bleeding and frantically calling for a medevac. Just as the helo’s dusting off with Bert I see CM walk into this bakery. He didn’t even go for the cookies. Just straight into the flour. He came out with it caked around his nose. His eyes were pinholes. I don’t know how he didn’t OD and drop right there. He started going from house to house, kicking doors and… it was bad. He did the whole village. He just kept saying, “If they didn’t plant it, they know who did.”

He scares the piss out of me. When he’s running on cookies it’s bad enough. When he goes straight on the uncut flour,.. man, I just don’t want to talk about it.

The thing is, he projects this image like he’s hard, like a chips ahoy. But he’s got soft layers, like an oreo. I really think he’s hurt by what he’s seen and what he’s done. Now he’s damaged goods. Just the crumbs left in the bottom of the tray. Would I work with him again? I don’t know. I just don’t know. August 23, 2012 at 3:00pm • Like • 10 •

Janet L. Pedersen • Friends with Larry Correia Ah, the muppets are upset because the Republican ticket supports the traditional definition of marriage. They’re afraid Miss Piggy and Kermit will have to go underground… August 23, 2012 at 3:12pm • Like •

John Lane • Friends with Mark Wandrey and 4 others Sometimes things just don’t make sense, because one thing is not like the others. Did you ever find the Rainbow Connection? I know you were deep in the swamp looking for it. August 23, 2012 at 3:24pm • Like • 1 •

John Lane • Friends with Mark Wandrey and 4 others They waterboarded Ernie, and he gave up the double agent. “Rubber Ducky! Rubber Ducky, you’re the one…” August 23, 2012 at 3:32pm • Like • 2 •

Megan Rogers • Friends with Phil Sevetson When the constitution was formed only white, propertied men ( like Romney) had voting rights. Times have changed. Unless you want to return to an oligarchy, the government is obligated to do it’s utmost to educate it’s citizens. August 23, 2012 at 3:43pm • Like •

Larry Correia I’m not sure who made up more bullshit this thread, all of the Cookie Monster adventures or what Megan just said there… If your children’s education is predicated upon PBS being government funded, you have my pity. August 23, 2012 at 3:55pm • Unlike • 10 •

David Burkhead Funny, my daughter, at eight, is reading at a level where “grade level” is essentially meaningless. She did that without ever watching PBS and watching, at most, three or four episodes of Sesame Street on DVD. If government funding of PBS is so all fired important, how was she able to do that?

Oh, and as for arguments based on “times have changed” I point out that those “white, propertied men” put into that Constitution means for changing it relative to changing times. It’s called the Amendment process. If you want to change it, then amend it properly. If Federal educational funding is so obviously important it shouldn’t be difficult to convince 2/3 of each House of Congress and 3/4 of State legislatures to agree. If you can’t, then maybe the “benefit” isn’t so obvious as you think.

The modern Department of Education was founded in 1979. I have seen little evidence that it’s made things _better_. PBS itself has only existed since 1970. Folk who weren’t “educated” by the federal department of education and PBS were only capable of little things like, oh, to give just one example, going to the friggin’ Moon. People who benefited from the Federal Department of Education and PBS have made such great accomplishments as, well, _not_ going to the Moon.

I remain unconvinced that “times have changed” in this instance (Federal funding of education and “educational programming”) are actually changes for the better. The evidence before the bench would seem to point the other way. August 23, 2012 at 4:10pm • Like •

Everitt Mickey That ad alone is reason to defund PBS. And I think it’s a GREAT lesson. August 23, 2012 at 4:10pm • Unlike • 2 •

T Michael Hast • 12 mutual friends Don’t you just love it when public radio and public TV do their annual guilt-trip fund drive? If they weren’t already taking my money via taxes, I might be inclined to contribute. Maybe. As it is, get bent. August 23, 2012 at 4:39pm • Like • 1 •

Philip Docfather Wohlrab Man I was a Medic on a CST in Iraq, we were heading over towards Al Assad and running through Fallujah. Little did we know CM had heard there was a stash of thin mints going through MSR Mobile in a bongo……There were bongo trucks everywhere all burn out and shit…..The stuff I was doing man trying to hold stuffing in….. I ran through my main aid bag and then had to hit up my secondary and the CLS bags. Biggest MASSCAL I have ever seen. We had the Dust offs coming in in waves an in waves. I just couldn’t do it afterwards. August 23, 2012 at 5:06pm • Like •

Jered Van Tuyl • 13 mutual friends So, what’s the downside with that poster? August 23, 2012 at 9:10pm • Like •

Megan Rogers • Friends with Phil Sevetson David, I presume that you are college educated, relatively well off, bought books for your daughter and read to her frequently. Now imagine the parent who does not even have a GED, who is working three jobs, who can’t afford books for her daughter at Barnes and Noble and who does not read well herself. This woman is likely so exhausted that when she is with her children she uses the TV as a babysitter. What do you hope her child watches? Will it be a rerun of Threes Company, a violent cop show, reality TV or Sesame Street? I know which one I would pick. Three of these junk shows belong together. Three of these shows are kinda the same. But one of these shows just doesn’t belong here. Now it’s time to play our game…. August 23, 2012 at 9:13pm • Like •  

Mark Tickler • Friends with Larry Correia Well, maybe “If you would have peace, be prepared for war” is a valid lesson as well, no? August 23, 2012 at 9:22pm • Like • 1 •

David Burkhead “Now imagine a parent who…” is going to need a lot more than PBS to make any significant difference. August 23, 2012 at 9:26pm • Like • 2 •

Everitt Mickey three jobs? wonder why she had a kid. August 23, 2012 at 9:46pm • Like •

David Burkhead Ev, it was her _right_! August 23, 2012 at 9:46pm • Like •

Everitt Mickey David…oh yeah. Silly me. August 23, 2012 at 9:47pm • Like •

Jered Van Tuyl • 13 mutual friends So why does it become the responsibility of us as taxpayers to babysit a child for someone who makes poor choices? August 23, 2012 at 9:58pm • Like • 2 •

David Burkhead Jered Van Tuyl, because it’s her _right!_ August 23, 2012 at 10:04pm • Like •

Tedd SpeakertoLabanimals Roberts The negative commentors are missing the fact that the poster basically *lies* Sesame Street is self-funded out of their own [Big Corporate] profits on merchandising. August 23, 2012 at 10:06pm • Unlike • 3 •

Tedd SpeakertoLabanimals Roberts So, if PBS is defunded – they can either stop producing their educational shows and just become a toy merchandizer – which would simply reveal the hypocrisy in the criticism above August 23, 2012 at 10:07pm • Unlike • 2 •

Everitt Mickey I’m wondering just how “educational’ Sesame street IS. I’m wondering if maybe they be teaching kiddo’s stuff the parents don’t really care for. August 23, 2012 at 10:08pm • Unlike • 1 • 

Tedd SpeakertoLabanimals Roberts or they can take their educational programs to other outlets. They don’t have to have PBS to be educational. In fact, they only thing educational about PBS these days is the education you get when you realize that the whining fundraisers are already getting your tax money! August 23, 2012 at 10:08pm • Unlike • 1 •

Megan Rogers • Friends with Phil Sevetson I am not describing a fictitious person. My son holds a 50 hour a week factory job making $9.00/ hour. If he works there a full year he will be entitled to a half a week of vacation. A coworker of his does his same job and two others. You might think because she is poor it is immoral of her to have kids that she can’t afford. I view it as immoral of America to allow companies to pay wages so low that their workers with families are forced to work twice as hard as you and me hour work wejust to make ends meet. Also, what about the child who did not choose to be born into poverty. Do you want a government that does nothing to try to stop the cycle of poverty? Of course Sesame Street is not enough. The government needs to spend far more on programs to educate our youth. You are advocating that our government stop the programs that we know are helpful for kids. August 23, 2012 at 10:36pm • Like •

Larry Correia I’m sorry. I couldn’t hear you over all the liberal hand wringing. August 23, 2012 at 11:21pm via mobile • Like • 3 •

Everitt Mickey Megan… go to russia and see how well socialism worked…. August 23, 2012 at 11:30pm • Like •

Drew Hamilton • Friends with Larry Correia Maybe the kids should go to school and learn something there…. Hell even take the money from pbs and give it to the schools. Though parents should be teaching the kids they have something, instead of letting the tv raise them. August 23, 2012 at 11:46pm • Like • 1 •

Chuck Wohlrab • Friends with Philip Docfather Wohlrab Considering Sesame Street is worth well over a billion dollars can anyone explain to me just why Grover and his pals need to drink from the public trough??? August 24, 2012 at 12:06am • Like • 2 •   

Ted Hall • 14 mutual friends Megan: I am not describing a fictitious person. Then perhaps you ought to be doing something about it… are you babysitting now and then so the poor woman can look for a better job? Have you stocked the pantry for her this month? Do you really think that anything YOU aren’t doing for her knowing of the situation personally ought to be OUR responsibility? August 24, 2012 at 12:20am • Like • 2 •

Drew Hamilton • Friends with Larry Correia Ummmm good point Chuck….. August 24, 2012 at 12:20am • Like •

James Bell • Friends with John Ringo and 4 others So why can’t PBS sell advertising like ABC NBC et al? Where does all that money that the Merchandizing from Sesame St. makes go? August 24, 2012 at 4:37am • Like •

Matthew Bowman “I view it as immoral of America to allow companies to pay wages so low that their workers with families are forced to work twice as hard as you and me hour work wejust to make ends meet.”

I view it as silly to assume that a job meant for a single person supporting only himself should be expected to pay for an entire family. There are jobs that pay more, but you have to qualify for them. You don’t have a “right” to a job; you have to earn the pay you’re provided.

Yes, it’s hard to get one of those jobs. It’s REALLY hard in the last few years, in fact. Since — when was it? 2009? No, wait, it was the tail end of 2008, right after the stock market tanked in early November. Apparently investors got some bad news on Wednesday, November 5th.

I wonder what happened the day before? Hmmm . . . August 24, 2012 at 1:34pm • Like •

Wayne Joseph Borean Actually the United States is not broke. The major problem is that certain groups have worked to ensure that they don’t pay taxes. Fix the tax Scofflaw problem, and you’ve got lots of cash.

As to Sesame Street, and other educational programs, they pay off by improving the earning power of the kids that watch them, meaning they’ll pay more in taxes. Government supported Educational efforts are actually a damned good investment, which helps provide educated workers, and improves society.

Oh, and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was socialist in name only. It was a dictatorship pure and simple, dedicated to supplying a small elite with luxuries, and keeping the rest of the population as virtual slaves. August 24, 2012 at 1:59pm via mobile • Like •

David Burkhead “The major problem is that certain groups have worked to ensure that they don’t pay taxes.” This kind of comment is _exactly_ why we need folk in office who can do math. It’s empty rhetoric, no more.

Take the growth of Social Security. Just that one aspect of the budget. Take the growth of the GDP (averaged over a long enough baseline to smooth out the shorter cycles). Put them on the same graph. In a surprisingly short time, if nothing major happens to change either curve, Social Security will pass GDP. No taxes in the world will save it then. Of course, _something_ will change before then.

“They pay off by improving the earning power of the kids that watch them.” Cite? Any evidence whatsoever for this claim? I mean, even explicit programs such as Head Start have been shown to have zero effect by third grade.

“The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was socialist in name only.” Why yes. Along with every other “socialist/communist” nation. There. is. a. reason. for. this. August 24, 2012 at 2:06pm • Like • 1 •
 
Matthew Bowman Socialism: an idea so popular, so efficient, so fair . . . you have to force others into it against their will!

I find the math issue hilarious. If you raised taxes to 100% on the Evil Rich, you wouldn’t even pay for a year of the federal budget — much less pay down the debt! August 24, 2012 at 2:52pm • Like •

Matthew Bowman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=661pi6K-8WQ

For those who don’t actually want to do the math themselves . . .

EAT THE RICH!
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Wayne Joseph Borean Sweden is a socialist country. No one forced them.

As to education – a while back a Korean company that I used to deal with bought a plant in Wales. When I asked one of the North American managers why they did that, he responded that the locals were better educated and trained then the workers in Korea, and it was less expensive to operate the plant because the workforce was healthy (government run medical system), and the company didn’t have buy expensive health insurance, because the government run system was far less costly.

Sorry, can’t tell you who it was – I’m still covered by a bunch of non-disclosure agreements.
August 24, 2012 at 3:25pm via mobile • Like •

David Burkhead “as to education” But we’re not talking about education. We’re talking about “educational programming.” The claim was that “educational programming” paid off down the road.

“government run system was far less costly” Lot’s of things are less costly when you get someone _else_ to pay for them. August 24, 2012 at 3:40pm • Like •

Matthew Bowman And a lot of things are better when you start from a lower standard. Have you BEEN to South Korea? This is a country that puts warning labels on electric fans because the populace believes if you run them in a closed room it will somehow eat up all the oxygen.

My sister is from South Korea (adopted) and has zero desire to go back. They’ve got a few really modern-looking spots and that’s about it. Pretty country, fascinating cultural heritage, really low down on the totem pole of education and industry. When you’re at a fifth-grade education level and have twenty bucks to your name, almost everyone seems smarter and richer.

Also, regarding Sweden: notice how many people are flocking to Sweden? And how many people are leaving — or never getting born? August 24, 2012 at 3:49pm • Like •

James Bell • Friends with John Ringo and 4 others He is right tho, there are around 50% of US adults who in the end pay no taxes and yet still get benefits. August 24, 2012 at 5:45pm via mobile • Like •

Wayne Joseph Borean Education is partly about attitude. Sesame Street and other educational programs teach that attitude.

There are a lot of people who think education is worthless. A lot of them are uneducated. August 24, 2012 at 8:53pm via mobile • Like •

Matthew Bowman A lot of people think Sesame Street is educational. A lot of them don’t actually watch it.

I remember a very large swath of educational programs when I was a child. I see almost nothing today to even match what I enjoyed and learned from. Sesame Street wasn’t one of those. Oh, I watched it; but for entertainment, not education. And even then, there were better things on TV.

But the purpose here isn’t to debate Sesame Street’s worthiness, is it? Simply whether it might survive a funding cut for PBS. Which, of course, it would. Whatever my opinion of the show, it has full financial viability. August 24, 2012 at 8:58pm • Like •

David Burkhead And you continue to make suppositions. I asked if you had _evidence_ to back up the claim that “they pay off by improving the earning power of kids that watch them.” Evidence. Repeatedly asserting that they accomplish something is not evidence.

Look, maybe you’re right. Maybe “educational TV” is the best thing since sliced bacon. But if folk want _my_ tax dollars to “support” it (even leaving aside that Sesame Street is self supporting and does _not_ rely on government dollars, despite what the image above claims), I want actual evidence that that’s the case and not just supposition and assertions.

That’s particularly the case when another program designed to aid young children with learning, this one actually paid with tax dollars–Head Start–has been demonstrated most clearly not to work. By third grade children who have been through Head Start are indistinguishable from children from similar backgrounds who did not go through it. It has no lasting effect at all. (But just try cancelling it and watch the screams. “It’s for the children!” They say. “How can you be so heartless!” They say. The fact that it doesn’t actually _do_ anything to help the children doesn’t seem to matter.)

So I want evidence, not just nice sounding claims. August 24, 2012 at 9:01pm • Like •

Wayne Joseph Borean There is evidence, but to a certain extent what it shows is that a lot of American “educational” programming is garbage. Did you know that “Little House on the Prairie” is considered educational?

http://www.childrennow.org/index.php/learn/educational_tv
Children Now—Children’s Educational TV
http://www.childrennow.org
ChildrenNow is a national organization for people who care about children and want to ensure that they are the top public priority. August 24, 2012 at 9:22pm via mobile • Like • Remove Preview •
Wayne Joseph Borean And this:
http://www.education.com/reference/article/studies-support-benefits-educational-tv/
Studies Support Benefits of Educational TV for Reading | Education.com
http://www.education.com
Recent research has shown that educational programs, including Sesame Street can help to boost reading scores for early readers. August 24, 2012 at 9:25pm via mobile • Like • Remove Preview •

David Burkhead Sure, and Head Start helps a bit in first and second grade too. But by Third Grade the difference vanishes. The claim was “earning power” (and therefore what they end up paying in taxes). Still waiting for evidence of what you actually claimed. August 24, 2012 at 9:31pm • Like •

MockingBird TheWizard • Friends with Leo Champion grover doesn’t actually support obama, he was a bit nervous after seeing predator drones flying overhead right after he was “requested” to do the Ad. Because, y’know, the bombs Obama built can be used without congressional approval or court order. August 25, 2012 at 2:01pm • Like • 3 •

Wayne Joseph Borean David, I’d really have to get my wife involved to explain in detail, she’s the education specialist. According to her if it is done right (which means The Learning Channel does not count), it can make a huge difference.

Thing you have to remember is that Hellions are different. We have the urge and intelligence to learn on our own. Most people don’t.

Another issue is the Educational system of the country. Most Canadian companies I know avoid hiring Americans, because they have to be retrained. As a traveling salesman I spent a lot of time in the Continental states. Americans a not stupid, but they are badly under-educated compared to Canadians on average. The Brits are bad too, except the upper class types.

Basically you need a holistic solution, and most countries (including Canada) are not willing to spend the money to get it. August 25, 2012 at 8:18pm via mobile • Like •

Nora MacFie • Friends with Johan Ahrgren and 3 others @Wayne: Just a quick response about Canada as opposed to America in education. One of my son’s classmates last year moved here from Canada and the standards had been so low in Kindergarten that he’s having to repeat first grade here in Southern California. August 28, 2012 at 11:02pm • Like • 1 •

Brad Torgersen Late to the thread. It’s a shame Obama doesn’t have a positive record to run on. However, since Obama’s record is terrible, we have distractions. Distractions, distractions, distractions. Trillion dollar deficits? No, wait, Romney wants to cook Big Bird in the oven for Thankgsiving! I say, pass the salt and the gravy boat, brother. October 26, 2012 at 5:35pm • Like • 1

Then there was a spin-off thread over on Larry’s timeline:

Larry Correia-Holy crap… I’ve got tears in my eyes from laughing. Everybody needs to go read David Burkhead’s FB post about Mitt Romney canceling Sesame Street. I’m rewriting the Expendables with Cookie Monster.
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Shirley Sissy Moen Lok!
August 23, 2012 at 11:09am via mobile · Like · 1

Joshua Hill read it, loved it.
August 23, 2012 at 11:09am · Like · 1

Shirley Sissy Moen I mean lol!
August 23, 2012 at 11:09am via mobile · Like · 1

Antonio Jones Read it lol.
August 23, 2012 at 11:09am · Like · 1

Lin Wicklund I was reading that and I think I hurt myself
August 23, 2012 at 11:09am · Like · 2

Lin Wicklund I’d threaten to sue, but I know you’d send Cookie Monster after me!
August 23, 2012 at 11:10am · Like · 3

Larry Correia Okay, this calls for a new episode of Tom Stranger. I am totally rewriting the Expendables starring Cookie Monster.
August 23, 2012 at 11:12am · Like · 11

G.h. Metz I’m laughing so hard my head is going to explode… laughing with a head cold is PAINFUL. *goes to read it again*
August 23, 2012 at 11:13am · Like · 2

Ryan Horst It’s a good thing there were no customers in the gun shop these last five minutes, because I’ve been laughing my ass off! LOL
August 23, 2012 at 11:16am · Like · 3

Oz-Aaron Ozminski You have a “children’s” book in your future.
August 23, 2012 at 11:16am · Like · 4

Jason Ritner That is one of the funniest damn things I’ve read in quite a while. My co-workers are staring at my cubicle…
August 23, 2012 at 11:23am via mobile · Like · 2

Nora MacFie I just read that thread and it’s hilarious. Cookie Monster will never look the same to me again. He’s sexier. A lot sexier.
August 23, 2012 at 11:26am · Like · 2

Travis Beck Remember that crazy Latina demo chick? You never knew what she would pull out of that rucksack. She was practically psychic. One time she planted a charge at the base of a minaret and we’re all like, WTF? Later, though when we started taking fire from that position she just squeezed the clacker and whispered, “Sniper no sniping!”
August 23, 2012 at 11:27am via mobile · Like · 12

Ryan Horst Wait a minute, Travis… aren’t they making a movie about her?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnpTcrtsN

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Kurt Schneider Remember Sadr City? When the Count told Charlie-Mike that the tango had a cookie inside him? I thought they’d never get the stains out of his fur… And his eyes, crazy as always, bobbling around as he made that godawful ‘Nom nom nom’ sound. But sure as stuffing, the other guy started talking. The Count was one hard-assed CO.
August 23, 2012 at 11:37am · Like · 5

Travis Beck Ryan, it will never be more unbelievable than the truth. This cartel leader, Chico Jorge, he really likes to hurt people, likes to make them cry. But his karma caught up with him when Dora the Exploder got into town!
August 23, 2012 at 11:40am via mobile · Like

Anthony Sadowski Bad Larry bad I just about squirted redbull thru my nose
August 23, 2012 at 11:41am via mobile · Like

Steve Weinberg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-A5_kT5m

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Travis Beck Kurt, that’s when we started keeping the kid out of the interrogation room. Every time the Count would ask a prisoner a question he’d shout out, “Elmo knows! Elmo Knows!”
August 23, 2012 at 11:52am via mobile · Like · 2

Branden Draper It was great! I also like the way you shut down Michael.
August 23, 2012 at 11:54am via mobile · Like

Travis Beck The Count is hardcore! Even Oscar learned to never let him get all the way to five. One thing I never understood about Oscar; why did we have a tank commander in an infantry outfit?
August 23, 2012 at 11:58am via mobile · Like · 2

Patrick Mathews Yah! More Tom Stranger
August 23, 2012 at 12:02pm · Like

Kurt Schneider Oscar? There was one sneaky little bugger. You’d be stuck behind some Afghan hoopty, taking rounds from an alley up the street, when a green flash erupts from that trash can you thought was too filthy to be an IED, and there’s nothing but silence and your own ragged breathing. Haji didn’t even have time to scream. Screw his attitude, that filthy green bugger saved my sorry ass more times than I can count.
August 23, 2012 at 12:04pm · Like · 2

Larry Correia To Oscar. I hope he’s enjoying his garbage can in the sky.
August 23, 2012 at 12:05pm · Like · 4

Travis Beck Kurt, did you ever share a tent with him? Faugh!
August 23, 2012 at 12:05pm via mobile · Like · 1

Kurt Schneider No, dude. Didn’t you see how I was the guy holding the hat we pulled names out of?

To Oscar. All we found were bits of galvanized steel and one black eyebrow.
August 23, 2012 at 12:06pm · Like · 1

Anthony Sadowski Larry what was the name of the counter sniper team? Everyone called them B and E i think it was Bernie and Ernie or something all I know was those 2 did everything together :I mean they had to have their beds side by side. And that song Ernie sang every time he took a shot ” Rubber duckie your the one”. I swear he took that duck every where even on missions
August 23, 2012 at 12:09pm via mobile • Like

Larry Correia Bert and Ernie. Good guys. Though don’t ask, don’t tell.
August 23, 2012 at 12:12pm • Like • 5

Travis Beck B&E were damned good infiltrators!
August 23, 2012 at 12:12pm via mobile • Like

Nick Gardner A couple of real back-door experts.
August 23, 2012 at 12:15pm via mobile • Like • 2

Travis Beck Kurt, I really thought Oscar was gonna take out that bunker until that Kiowa gunship showed up. I never thought he’d buy it from Little Bird friendly fire.
August 23, 2012 at 12:16pm via mobile • Like • 1

Chris Smith In surprised you guys don’t remember Col Big. Everyone thought he was crazy, talking about some big hairy dude that no one every saw.
August 23, 2012 at 12:18pm via mobile • Like

Travis Beck Chris, I’ll just say this up front, Colonel Big was yellow through and through. His name was struck from the rolls. Don’t believe that Bravo Sierra about a section eight discharge.
August 23, 2012 at 12:22pm via mobile • Unlike • 3

Anthony Sadowski Hey was anyone near the port of basrha? And that crazy amphib wetwork type Kermit I swear I get a shiver every time I hear someone say hideeho. I dont know what he did to the insurgents after he said “hideeho its Kermit the frogman”. But damn if you said hideeho to a local you got mad respect.
August 23, 2012 at 12:32pm via mobile • Like • 1

Travis Beck Last I heard Kermit was running a heroin smuggling ring from Helmand to South Beach. Called it the rainbow connection or some damn thing like that. Still with that fat hooker he found in Manila.
August 23, 2012 at 12:35pm via mobile • Like • 6

Travis Beck Whatever happened to that giant SEAL with the white hair? What did we call him? The Swedish Chief!
August 23, 2012 at 12:43pm via mobile • Like

Nick Gardner Did anyone ever bag that IED expert? They never knew his real name, his code name was Crazy Harry
August 23, 2012 at 12:44pm via mobile • Unlike • 2

Travis Beck And that hairy M-60 gunner, Fuzzy. I got really tired of hearing “Dakka Dakka” as a punch line but he could lay down a beaten zone like nobody’s business!
August 23, 2012 at 12:46pm via mobile • Unlike • 1

Anthony Sadowski Trav it was Fozzie and damn he could make a 60 sing
August 23, 2012 at 12:48pm via mobile • Like • 2

Kurt Schneider “This is rich.” – Tom Servo
August 23, 2012 at 12:52pm via mobile • Like • 1

Bradley Lydon well worth the time, read about the hard core full on killer that is the cookie monster. William Jesse Hogue, Lance Fabian, Andrew Rose, Kevin Robertson
August 23, 2012 at 1:01pm • Like • 1

Chris Smith Scariest guy i ever worked with was a chemical engineer. Benson. Didn’t look like much, big glasses, bald, happy go lucky demeanor. Always wore a lab coat.

We were undercover in Mexico, gathering Intel on the cartels, when word came down that the Big Guys would be meeting at a bar in Guadalajara.

We got there early, set up in an abandoned building across the street, and settled in to wait. Benson got up, walked out if the room, and came back ten minutes later. Never saw where he went, or what he did. Didn’t think much of it.

The Cartel guys filtered in over the next hour, quietly, a few bodyguards
each. The place still had a good crowd.

The whole time we watched, Benson just sat there grinning, occasionally breaking the silence with a giggle, like he was hearing jokes no one else could. I thought the pressure and boredom was getting to him.

Then the ambulances showed up, and the bodies started coming out, draped with sheets. Every cartel boss, every bodyguard, stone dead. Not one other person affected.

And Benson, smiling wider and laughing harder with each gurney.
August 23, 2012 at 1:14pm via mobile • Like • 3

Brad Torgersen Larry, you’re on a roll, sir.
August 23, 2012 at 1:15pm • Like

Kurt Schneider Y’all ever chat with Sgt Hooper in supply? That old coot’s been everywhere; ask him about the night he smuggled a dozen hookers into in Phuc Hu on a deuce and a half. I think I still owe him a hand receipt for some TA-50.
August 23, 2012 at 1:31pm via mobile • Like

Richard Partain Snuffalufagus: the ultimate commando.
August 23, 2012 at 1:48pm via mobile • Like

Steve Weinberg I thought Hooper was an LT? Didn’t he insist on being called MISTER Hooper?
August 23, 2012 at 1:53pm • Like

Sean Newton Then there was the succession of crazy guys, all of them called Beaker. Never take one of them with you on a quiet mission, because they’re always letting out whimpers and freaking out about every little thing. Then again, with the stuff Bunsen kept feeding them I can understand why, they were freakin’ berserkers. Whatever it is, it turned their hair bright red after a week. They’d run down the street taking fire and not even feel it, they didn’t care about getting hit. They were like crazed zombies on PCP. I saw one finish out a mission with his jaw blown off before he dropped, and all it did was change the “mememememe” noise to this sorta wet clicking sound.

Kirk Pfau I remember the time a marine kc-130 was going to deliver A.D. a bunch of care packages in the ‘stan. The After action report determined an unfortunate wind shift, and weak 10K tie down chain being used to restrain CM during transport resulted in a near total loss of the aircraft(Class A Mishap), a total loss of the care packages, and some poor bast*** loadmaster that was finishing tying down the load will never walk the same again.
August 23, 2012 at 3:39pm • Like

Kurt Schneider Steve – Hooper was just a sergeant. He always used to tell the cherries he was an LT. Did he ever ask you to get him range fans or flight line?
August 23, 2012 at 3:47pm via mobile • Like

Peter Nealen Anybody ever run into that really weird, hook-nosed guy? I ran into him out by the Syrian border. Most everybody just called him G. Just listening to him you could tell he wasn’t right. We were looking for this guy Abdul al-Rukh al-Barhuk al-Falemkh. We figured he’d be easy to find, since he was supposed to have red hair, one arm, one leg, and one eye. How many red-haired, one-armed, one-legged, one-eyed Iraqis could there be? But the guy was a freakin’ ghost. Drifted across the Syrian border, did his work, and disappeared, just leaving bodies. We were stumped. Then this guy G showed up. Somebody said G stood for Gonzo, cause he was nuts. Crazy b_____d just left the wire one day, went into the local market and disappeared. Showed up two days later looking like he’d been tortured, laughing ecstatically and holding al-Falemkh’s head. He’d gotten himself kidnapped just to get the target.
August 23, 2012 at 9:52pm • Unlike • 3

Bill Sayre Of course, everyone just forgets about Cookie’s bout with PTSD… My God, what he did to those poor Girl Scouts who knocked on his door. A box of Thin Mints and Tagalongs shouldn’t have been a death sentence, man…
August 24, 2012 at 2:09am • Like • 2

Sean Newton Then there was that pair of old snipers, Waldorf and Statler. Never knew how those old guys managed to get where they did, but they always managed to have a perfect line of fire on the tangos. Most of the time a team is a sniper and a spotter, but these guys were sniper and sniper, spotting for each other with their rifle scopes and just generally tearing up everything. I remember early on, when they were still hauling big truck loads of insurgents with rifles, they spotted one coming down a surface street. One of them opened fire, then the other. They just kept going, walking their fire down the line and picking off guys on the truck until they finally took the driver. It must have looked like Saving Private Ryan’s beach scene to those poor devils. Half of the bodies lay in the street where they’d fallen off the truck, and the other half were just a pile in the back of the truck.
August 24, 2012 at 2:18am • Unlike • 1

David Selby Pretty crazy although I don’t agree with Burkhead’s opinion. I think it’s a freaking good idea to turn cookie monster into a bad ass. Maybe in a mhi book ? hahaha

So, there it is, the Great Cookie Monster Thread.  Hope you enjoyed it even half as much as I did.

Feeding the Active Writer

I don’t have time to cook every day.  That’s part of what “The Active Writer” bit is all about, things I can cook ahead with minimal fuss (mostly) and eat on all week.

What often happens when I have roasts, whether a pork loin cooked in the oven or a slow cooker potroast is that by the end of the week what’s left is rather dry and bland and not appetizing at all.  So I’ll take what’s left, wrap it in foil, and toss it in the deep freezer.  There it waits as emergency food or until enough accumulates that I’ve got to do something with it.

And so that brings us to today’s recipe:

Barbecue leftover pot.

Ingredients

4-5 lbs of leftover cooked meat.  Beef, Pork, Chicken, doesn’t matter what really

<!–[if !mso]>st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <![endif]–>1/2 cup chopped onion
2 tbsp finely minced garlic (I buy it in jars pre-minced so I don’t know how many cloves that would come to–I like garlic).
12 oz tomato paste

2 12 oz cans tomato sauce.
1 12 oz can diet cola 

1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup sugar-free catsup

2 Tbsp mustard.
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 Tbsp hot sauce (or to taste.  I use
Cholula original because their Chili Garlic is no longer available–did I mention I like garlic?
1/4-1/2 cup Splenda or equivalent (to taste)

Add the meat to a 4-5 quart slow cooker
In a medium mixing bowl combine the other ingredients except the Splenda.  Pour it over the meat.
Cook on low for 10-12 hours.
Stir, the Spenda into the pot.  The meat should shred nicely.  I recommend you add the sweetener bit by bit, tasting at intervals until you find how sweet you like your barbecue.

The sauce replaces the liquid in the dried out meat.  The acid in the vinegar helps break up the muscle fibers so the meat separates and the sauce can get into it.

Serve with vegetables or make a wrap with low-carb tortillas.

Yummy.