There's always room for boilo

We've been running Uncle Art's treasured boilo recipe here for the past five years (you can access it here), so this holiday season let's share a few different variations of this traditional holiday, liver-killing treat.

Here's one a pal posted on Facebook, direct from Shendodafuk:

And another retrieved from the iPad app Yummly, which boasts access to just about every recipe in the history of humankind:

Three of the spices match up with Uncle Art's...but...but..the 1/2 gallon grain is diluted with only four cups of water. And what's with that 4.5 pounds of clover honey? Ye body will be under attack.

If anybody gives this one a try, see if your next-of-kin can give me a shout.

Job creator Peter Barbey creates job for someone to stand guard over his automobiles

It isn't easy being Peter Barbey.

When you're the scion of one of the wealthiest families in America and the overlord of a local business that employs hundreds of people, your workers come to expect something from you, such as a fair wage and the respect that comes from years — sometimes decades — of loyal service as a professional employee.

Try telling that to members of CWA Local 14830, which represents the computer technicians at Reading Eagle Company.

In addition to some changes in overtime rules and early retirement, the Eagle's proposals for a new contract, put into effect last month, contains a take-it-up-the-ass provision that reclassified seven of the twelve IT workers into lower pay grades that reduces their salaries by a shocking 30 to 60 percent.

Under the new pay rates, Technician Level 3s will earn a bit more than $25 an hour, a decent wage. But three techs demoted to Level 2 will only make around $19 an hour and four at Level 1 — including one guy who reportedly has been there 40+ years — will make $10 an hour.

Ten bucks an hour! Not much better than slinging burgers. But what's a fellow to do except quit, which no doubt is what Peter Barbey hopes they will do to bring about a "reduction in staff" so he can use the spare change to buy more iPads and iPhones for his trusted lackeys and spring for another new coat of paint in the newsroom.

The union, of course, plans to file a lawsuit and urged the seven whose salaries were reduced to hang tough, file for unemployment benefits, and avoid lashing out in ways that could lead to termination.

Despite such admonitions, one staffer said Barbey fears retaliation: "He hired a security guard whose sole duty is to watch the executive cars in the loading bay on Court Street," where some days Barbey parks his Audi, on other days his Land Rover.

Clearly, this is one of the most important positions at Reading Eagle Company. I wonder if that new guard is making more than ten bucks an hour.

Our annual Thanksgiving prayer, in which we give thanks for ugly Christmas trees and other cool stuff

Thanks for the Republican Congress...and Ferguson, Missouri...and those big snowflakes falling outside the window right now...

Doubletree. Doubletalk.

From a story in the Reading Eagle on January 22, 2013

[L]ocal hotel officials say the county has enough lodging.

Craig Poole, general manager of the Crowne Plaza Reading hotel in Wyomissing, was unsuccessful last month when he asked City Council not to approve adding a $1 million city loan to the financing package for the $59 million Doubletree Hotel.

“A 200-room hotel won’t bring any more people to Reading,” he said. “It will take them away from the other hotels.”

Flash-forward to the Reading Eagle on November 3:

Craig Poole said he's going where he needs to be....

“I'm here for a purpose: to bring a great hotel into a city that needs it,” said Poole, 66. “I believe in my heart that this is where I need to be."

Letter writer wants to talk shit about Democrats; Reading Eagle happy to let them

With the holy-roller gay bashers somehow taking the day off, the morning paper instead ran a rant taking to task Senator Judy Schwank for opposing harassment against women or something or other:

There is, of course, a logical link between a state official checking her "moral compass," to argue that ladies should not be mistreated by pigs from Robesonia or elsewhere, and attacking (married) Bill Clinton for having sex, which he did not, because a blowjob is not sex but an "inappropriate relationship," which is "wrong."

 But that is mere haggling over how a term is defined, such as what "is" is. Let us peer instead at one of those crazy little things called facts, which often get in the way of appropriate behavior in the realm of political discourse.

Poor Monica, a 19-year-old intern, used and abused by a president whose moral compass is sticking straight out like a boner. Except...except...if she were not 19...but a grown woman, a consenting adult:

Never let that most wonderful of sources, Wikipedia, get in the way of a good scold because, sorry, Judy, this whole thing is your own damn fault so don't wave your moral compass at us but at Ted Kennedy for taking a shower with illegal transsexual immigrants smoking pot.

By the way, Randy, Kennedy's passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, was not an intern either, but a 28-year-old campaign worker.

And thank you, again, Jim Homan for keeping the Reading Eagle opinion pages clear of facts.