Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Ban Balance Sheet


Orange Quick Rolls (no yeast) | recipe developed by Karen of www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #bread

Inflation has hit the Constitution. What was once the Bill of Rights is now chump change. Devalued. Deliberately.

And as if that's not enough, its rights and protections have been compromised by those exact people we put in charge of safeguarding what is at the very core of our system.

We all know that the preamble to the constitution specifically states that we are all created equal, and that we all have the unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Further, and this is critical, that our government was created with the clear mandate of protecting those rights. 

That is no longer what's happening here. Our government is now in the business of targeting segments of our society to deny their right to life (women medically unable to sustain pregnancies), limit their liberties (abortion, gender affirming care), and pursuit of happiness (allowing businesses to discriminate, limiting access to information in schools). Acting in clear opposition to their directive. Overstepped their bounds. By a lot.

Although this desecration of our rights, this dismantling of freedom, started with an orange man, and is now lead by the orange state, it's sweeping through this country like a contagion.

Orange Quick Rolls (no yeast) | recipe developed by Karen of www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #bread

 Orange Quick Rolls (no yeast)

To better view the direction in which we've headed, to more clearly see the juxtaposition between freedom and authoritarianism, I've prepared a ban balance sheet. Some instances are federal, others are sweeping through the states:

~ Banned: teachers saying "gay."
  Not banned: politicians lying in office.

~ Banned: dressing in drag in public (ie: wearing a dress, wig, jewelry, and makeup). 
  Not banned: wearing speedos in public.

~ Banned: forgiveness of student loans.
  Not banned: companies owned by members of congress took $14 million in Covid relief funds.

~ Banned: women's reproductive rights (abortion),
 Not banned: men's reproductive "rights" (Viagra).

~ Banned: crossing state lines for an abortion.
  Not banned: shipping immigrants across state lines.

~ Banned: access to books.
  Not banned: access to guns (conceal carry).

~ Banned: affirmative action from leveling the playing field for disenfranchised minorities.
  Not banned: whitewashing slavery. 

~ Banned: offering water to citizens standing in line in the hot sun waiting to vote.
  Not banned: armed random people monitoring ballot boxes.

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We're the ATM, this is all supported with our taxes. So, profit, loss, or break even, what is the return on our investment?

Supreme Court approval rating: 40%
Americans who support some further level of gun control: about 87%
Americans who support abortion: about 62%
Americans who support LGBTQ+ rights: about 80%

Let's be realistic. The goal is not an untenable nirvana. For a balanced, effective government, when it comes to legislation, we will all sometimes fall into the minority, and other times find ourselves in the majority. Negotiating towards balance is required to make a diverse nation like ours function.

But the clear majority of Americans disapproving of the self-serving choices of politicians over the best interest of our citizens diminishes all that the constitution sets out to ensure.  

Our government is no longer paying dividends, and we are not invested in our own future.

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Orange Quick Rolls (no yeast)         

Printable Recipe

1 2/3 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp orange zest
1 1/3 cups orange Greek yogurt
1 TBSP orange juice
1 TBSP sesame seeds

*Cover the bottom of a baking pan with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
*Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Flour a kneading surface with 1/3 cup of this mixture.
*Whisk the orange zest into the remaining flour, then mix in the yogurt. Turn out onto the floured kneading surface and knead for 5 minutes. It will come together as a dough, but will be sticky.
*Divide the dough into quarters, then each quarter in half. Roll into balls and place in the baking pan.
*Brush the tops of the rolls with the orange juice, and sprinkle with the sesame seeds.
*Bake for 25 minutes. Serve warm.



  1. Thank you for this astute, accurate, summary of the state of the Nation. Oh so sad. I am always stunned by the facts and I can't get away from them. This election is critical.

    1. It's critical, but will every American who wants to vote be able to?

  2. *Sigh*.

    But it looks like a great recipe!

  3. A show last night showed a poll on how happy citizens are with their governors - over 50% for each one although some of them were pretty close to 50%. And in the next breath - the statistic about how many women do not support abortion bans (a very high percentage). But they support and vote for the governors who say, right out loud, they will (or have) signed such bans? And the state legislators who they know will vote for such bans? There's a serious disconnect in our citizens. And if we the people don't wake up soon, our liberties will be gone.

    1. I was watching the same show, and wondering, if over 50% had to have voted for them, knowing their views, why it should surprise me that they all had a 50% approval rate.

  4. The political show is awful. But the food is good.

  5. Many of us wonder what in the hell the world is coming to, so many fools and incompetent people running countries and states in countries making some really stupid decisions

  6. I have nothing to add, except orange is an appropriate color, I guess.

  7. Most worrisome is that this contagion is spreading worldwide, faster than any virus could. I’ve never been more worried about my granddaughters’ future.

  8. The contagion has in fact gone Global and it's almost like a Zombie Apocalypse of sorts, where some have gone so far into Lunatic Fringe Territory that they are supporting these Extremist and Anti-Democracy, Anti-Human Rights measures and are devoted to a Psychopath Demagogue and he's become their chosen messiah and Cult Leader of choice. Because a vast Majority aren't being Heard and a select Minority are effectively obstructing, the Nations afflicted are in Trouble. America is not alone in this... just look at copycats like in Israel and other threatened First World Democracies that were functional and now are heading towards the Edge and into an Abyss.

    1. In the past, we had always been an example to the rest of the world, now we are an embarrassment.

  9. You nailed it. It's that simple. Reisa

    1. I'm so glad to be related to people like you, with a heart and a soul and a brain.


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