Easy Chicken Stew – for people who don’t “cook”

Take 1 whole chicken, place it in a large pot of water until the entire chicken is covered. If desired put in Italian seasoning until it seems right – probably 2 tablespoons. Put on low boil for 2 to 3 hours. (Go watch a game on TV, read a book, blog, go out, whatever, the … Read more

Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Chairman’s Mark/Staff Draft”

Chairman’s Mark/Staff Draft: Recommendation by committee (or subcommittee) chair of the measure to be considered in a markup, usually drafted as a bill. This definition is from the Glossary in our Congressional Deskbook. Perfect reference tool of Congressional jargon and procedural terms. Congressional Deskbook: The Practical and Comprehensive Guide to Congress, by Michael Koempel and … Read more

Finally…Lobbying Explained Clearly From A-Z

Former President of American League of Lobbyists Releases Definitive Step-By-Step Instruction Manual, Debunks Old Myths When the stakes are as high as they are in lobbying, there’s no room for error. Deanna R. Gelak, former President of the American League of Lobbyists, has just published the definitive manual for would-be lobbyists: an essential resource for … Read more

Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Five-Minute Rule”

See Five-Minute Rule (CongressionalGlossary.com).     Courses Congressional Operations Briefing – Capitol Hill Workshop Drafting Federal Legislation and Amendments Writing for Government and Business: Critical Thinking and Writing Custom, On-Site Training Drafting Effective Federal Legislation and Amendments in a Nutshell, Audio Course on CD Congress, the Legislative Process, and the Fundamentals of Lawmaking Series, a … Read more

The Declaration of Independence

The United States Constitution and The Declaration of Independence Another version of the Declaration of Independence is here.   See comparison of First Draft, Reported Draft, and Engrossed Copy – USHistory.org “Which Version is This, and Why Does it Matter?” Declaration Resources Project, Harvard University, January 2018     The Declaration of Independence: Liberty   … Read more

You have two cows – additions from Patrick

Here are four new “You have two cows….” from Patrick in Woodinville, Washington DARWINISM: You have two cows. They develop opposable thumbs and milk you. DARWINISM (social): You have two cows. They evolve to a stronger species and exterminate all humans and lesser breeds of cow because they can’t produce as much milk. ALEXANDER POPE-ISM: … Read more

“Lobbying and Advocacy,” by Deanna Gelak

Lobbying and Advocacy: Winning Strategies, Resources, Recommendations, Ethics and Ongoing Compliance for Lobbyists and Washington Advocates is now available. Lobbying and AdvocacyBy Deanna Gelak Lobbying and Advocacy is the comprehensive guide for lobbyists and Washington advocates. This 11 chapter publication provides practical tips and resources, as well as step-by-step guides for communicating with policymakers in … Read more

“You were always free to go.”

Advocates of liberty and limited government should not concede the concept of “law and order” to those who engage in “excessive use of police powers.” Those who actually believe in law and order would hold police and prosecutors, as well as criminal suspects, to the rule of law; and that seems to be what the … Read more

Communism and 2 cows…

COMMUNISM You have two cows. The government takes both of them and gives you part of the milk. COMMUNISM You have two cows. The government takes both cows. The government sells the milk in government stores. You can’t afford the milk. You wither away. COMMUNISM You have two cows. The state takes both, and gives … Read more