Friday, June 6, 2014

Dr. Frank Kameny Memorial Beer-Braised Beef Short Ribs


  • 5 pounds beef short ribs
  • 1 14 ounce can beef broth
  • 1 12 ounce can dark beer
  • 1 medium onion, cut into thin wedges
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon bottled hot pepper sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
    Mashed potatoes:
    4 red potatoes peeled & diced
    ¼ cup half-and-half
    2 ounces unsalted butter
    ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
    ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    1 egg yolk

Place ribs in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Add broth, beer, onion, molasses, vinegar, thyme, hot pepper sauce, and salt.
Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 11 to 12 hours or on high-heat setting for 5-1/2 to 6 hours.

Peel and dice the potatoes. Cover with cold water. Set over high heat, cover and bring to a boil.
Once boiling, uncover, lower the temp so that you just maintain the simmer. cook 10 to 15 minutes.
Heat the butter and ½ & ½ in microwave till melted about 25 sec.
Drain the potatoes and mash, add the half and half, butter, salt and pepper as you mash until you get the right texture. Remember if at first it seems like its too runny, keep mashing and it will firm up.
When you are happy with it, stir in the yolk until it is well mixed in.


Using a slotted spoon, transfer ribs to platter; cover to keep warm. Skim fat from cooking liquid. Then remove about 1½ cups of the liquid.
Mix in 2 tbs of cornstarch and heat over medium heat while stirring consistently until a nice thick sauce is produced.
Slave fixed fresh green beans to roast to go along with this meal.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

I know that you will enjoy this great way to cook beef short ribs in a crock pot!

Slave continues to dedicate these dishes to heroes of the LGBT history. Today slave honors Dr. Frank Kameny!

Dr. Frank Kameny


Born in 1925, he served throughout World War II in Europe. After leaving the Army, he returned to school eventually earning a doctorate in astronomy from Harvard in 1956.
While on a cross-country trip, he was arrested in San Francisco in a typical, for the day, entrapment. A stranger approached and groped him at the bus terminal. Then plain clothes police arrested the victim. He was assured that if he served three years' probation, his criminal record would be expunged. That is IF: he did not fight the charges (also a typical legal lie of the day).
Now in Washington, D.C., Kameny taught for a year and was hired in 1957 by the United States Army Map Service. Upon learning of his San Francisco arrest, Kameny was brought in for questioning by the Civil Service Commission. He refused to answer anything about his sexual orientation. Kameny was fired soon afterward. In January 1958, he was barred from future employment by the federal government. To show how powerful that was, he was never again able to hold a paying job and he lived to 2011!
This was all typical of the day. However the “powers that be” had no idea that they had messed with the wrong “astronomy geek”! Kameny's reaction and fighting spirit changed the course of history!
He took his case to the Supreme Court, which turned down his petition for “certiori”. Dr. Kameny argued that the federal policy against homosexuality was "no less odious than discrimination based upon religious or racial grounds."
Dr. Kameny argument is one of the most brilliant cases for gay civil rights ever written. It the first time a civil rights case based on sexual orientation was presented before a U.S. court.
His appeal is an uncompromising assertion of his rights and normality. It set his direction and work for the next 50 years!
Kameny not only led a frontal attack on previously unquestioned persecution of homosexual's by divisions of the federal government but revolutionized the homosexual movement itself, It would no longer be seeking assimilation and apologies for homosexuality. It would instead become a demand of being recognized as normal and an uncompromising campaign for full citizenship rights. Here are just a couple of paragraphs from this historic document:
In World War II, petitioner did not hesitate to fight the Germans, with bullets, in order to help preserve his rights and freedoms and liberties, and those of others. In 1960, it is ironically necessary that he fight the Americans, with words, in order to preserve, against a tyrannical government, some of those same rights, freedoms and liberties, for himself and others.
Petitioner asserts, flatly, unequivocally, and absolutely uncompromisingly, that homosexuality, whether by mere inclination or by overt act, is not only not immoral, but that for those choosing voluntarily to engage in homosexual acts, such acts are moral in a real and positive sense, and are good, right, and desirable, socially and personally.
It is hard for us today to imagine the courage it took to make those assertions in 1961. Remember at that time a comon defence for murdering a “faggot” was “gay panic”. A legal assursion that while regretable, the death of a homosexual was a right and proper response to the shocking revulsion the exposure to a homosexual would naturally bring.

That year Dr. Kameny founded the Mattachine Society of Washington. Then for the next ten years, he helped mold and redefine gay activism. He fought for:
  • Ending denial of security clearances to homosexuals, and their removal from the military.
  • Ending denial of employment by the federal Civil Service Commission.
  • De-criminalization of homosexuality and homosexual practices.
  • Fought to eliminate all entrapments and harassments by police and other civil authorities.

Perhaps most importantly Dr. Kameny succeed in getting homosexuality removed as a psychiatric disorder from the American Psychiatric Association's DSM2!

He changed the tactics of gay civil rights movement to an unapologetic direct assertion of civil rights, using public forums, picketing, and civil disobedience to draw attention to the assertion that homosexuals are normal American citizens fully entitled to all the rights of the nation's citizenry.

in a speech from 1964, he stated:
"We cannot ask for our rights as a minority group ... we cannot ask for our rights from a position of inferiority or from a position, shall I say, as less than whole human beings."
"... we are dealing with an opposition which manifests itself - not always, but not infrequently - as a ruthless, unscrupulous foe who will give no quarter and to whom any standards of fair play are meaningless. Let us respond realistically. We are not playing a gentlemanly game of tiddly-winks or croquet or chess."

Now his papers and even his protest signs from 1965 are part of the Smithsonian's Collection of Important Civil Rights Artifacts.

Along with his papers is a letter dated 1966 from the head of the U.S. Civil Service Commission under President Lyndon B. Johnson, justifying the firing based on the "revulsion of other employees."

In 2009, Kameny received a formal apology for the "shameful action" of being fired solely based on his sexual orientation from the successor to the Civil Service Commission, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
"So in a sense, it took 50 years, but I won my case," Kameny said.
Dr. Kameny suffered from heart disease but never gave up his fight. He gave his last speech to a LGBT group in Washington DC on September 30, 2011. He was found dead in his home less than two weeks latter.

Out of his unjust arrest and dismissal, Dr. Frank Kameny became one of the most important leaders of the LGBT Civil-rights Movement.

Today as marriage equality arrives, state by state, yet another hurdle in our path falls before us. Lets take time this month to rejoice that everyday people became great so that we might live as true citizens.

Slave hopes you enjoy these diversions into history. It tries to include these as yet another way to serve its Master Indy.


To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
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