Well in a weeks time here in SE Texas we gone from severe drought conditions, to only moderate drought conditions with severe flooding as a bonus and are actually 4 inches of precipitation ahead of where we normally should be! All of these developments occurred during what was supposed to be a drier than normal winter for us!
What this all proves to me is the “weather-guessers” not only do not have a clue despite their claims to the contrary but they have one of the few legal employment rackets there is. Seriously, where else can you be wrong more often than you are right, do that publically in front of thousands who depend on you for accurate info and yet still keep your job?
Speaking of those who get into trouble constantly but get to keep their jobs, Impish as you red Saturday is free and (presumably) safe once again (at least for the moment). I kind of doubt the saga is over however as those responsible have yet to be identified and are probably feeling quite safe and smug at the moment.
However we have a little more even footing now, we know they are liberals who will stop at nothing to silence us. Still picking on dimwitted dweeb dragons to protect an usurper of the Presidency and keep themselves in the drivers seat to socialism for another four years is going too far. It infringes on Impish’s civil right of free speech and his American citizenship’s obligation to question the action of our government.
I’m on to you Impish! Terrance! Impish is screwing off again!
I was working out in the gym
when I spotted a sweet young thing…
I asked the trainer who was nearby, “What machine should I use to impress that sweet thing over there?”
The trainer looked me up and down and said “try the ATM in the lobby.”
Some people are just plain stupid !
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Coca-Cola claims that its Vitaminwater is so good for you that it will improve you immune functions, reduce risk of chronic disease and other miracles.
But a federal judge gave the go ahead for the Center for Science in the Public Interest to continue with its suit claiming the ads are deceptive. No kidding.
Coca-Cola would be better off bringing back the Coke of yesterday that had natural cocaine and it could honestly say it made you feel better. Of course you would then become an addict and your brain would fry, but for a while you would feel better.
Click here to read more about the suit.
Hopefully wine distributors don’t follow PepsiCo’s experiment to boost sales of Tropicana by adding water to its new products.
“Some consumers prefer orange juice that’s less thick. Others want juice with the “goodness” of oranges and fewer calories, PepsiCo Global Beverages Chief Massimo D’Amore told Bloomberg News. “And consumers will pay the same — or more — for such versions. They themselves add water before drinking OJ,” D’Amore said. “So why not add the water ourselves and charge for it?”
“PepsiCo’s Tropicana, the best-selling orange juice in the U.S., is trying to regain space in American refrigerators after a repackaging fiasco three years ago hurt the brand and allowed Coca-Cola Co. to outflank it. The brand lost market share last year to Coca-Cola’s Minute Maid and Simply Orange brands. Instead of trying to match Coca-Cola step-for-step in the 100-percent orange-juice category, D’Amore is focusing on products with less juice, more innovation and, therefore, higher profit margins. Trop50, a 42 percent orange juice using a natural stevia-based low-calorie sweetener, has been a bright spot for the brand. Tropicana also will target Hispanic consumers with new juice drinks and blends.”
POM Wonderful: Not So Says FTC In Crackdown On Pomegranate Claims
As part of its crackdown on unsubstantiated claims made by food companies of health benefits, the Federal Trade Commission is now targeting firms that sell Pomegranate products.
The FTC is accusing makers of POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate juice and POMx supplements with making “false and unsubstantiated claims that their products will prevent or treat heart disease, prostate cancer, and erectile dysfunction.”
Six months ago the Food and Drug Administration had warned POM products that its health claims were misleading.
The firms have made claims like ”Super Health Powers” and “30 Percent Decrease In Arterial Plaque” and “Promotes Healthy Blood Vessels.”
The company claims it has scientific proof behind the claims that its product is almost as good as Viagra. If true a lot of guys could be saving money.
For example, POM claims that its products are 40 percent as effective as Viagra. We’re not sure how they tested that, but the FTC complaint says the study the company relied on actually showed that the juice wasn’t any more effective than a placebo.
The FTC proposes that POM get FDA approval before making any more health claims. That’s not normally required in order to comply with FTC laws. (See FDA’s labeling guidance here.) But in this case, says the FTC, a pre-approval would “provide clearer guidance for the company.”
An old prospector shuffled into the town of El Indio, Texas leading a tired old mule. The old man headed straight for the only saloon in town, to clear his parched throat.
He walked up to the saloon and tied his old mule to the hitch rail.
As he stood there, brushing some of the dust from his face and clothes, a young gunslinger stepped out of the saloon with a gun in one hand and a bottle of whiskey in the other.
The young gunslinger looked at the old man and laughed, saying, “Hey old man, can you dance?”
The old man looked up at the gunslinger and said, “No son, I don’t dance… never really wanted to”
A crowd had gathered as the gunslinger grinned and said, “Well, you old fool, you’re gonna dance now!” and started shooting at the old man’s feet.
The old prospector, not wanting to get a toe blown off, started hopping around like a flea on a hot skillet.
Everybody standing around was laughing.
When his last bullet had been fired, the young gunslinger, still laughing, holstered his gun and turned around to go back into the saloon.
The old man turned to his pack mule, pulled out a double-barreled 12 gauge shotgun and cocked both hammers.
The loud clicks carried clearly through the desert air. The crowd stopped laughing immediately.
The young gunslinger heard the sounds too, and he turned around very slowly.
The silence was deafening. The crowd watched as the young gunman stared at the old timer and the large gaping holes of those twin 12 gauge barrels.
The barrels of the shotgun never wavered in the old man’s hands, as he quietly said;
“Son, have you ever kissed a mule’s ass?”
The gunslinger swallowed hard and said, “No sir… but…. I’ve always wanted to”
There are a few lessons for all of us here:
Don’t be arrogant.
Don’t waste ammunition.
Whiskey makes you think you’re smarter than you are.
Always make sure you know who is in control.
And finally, Don’t screw around with us old folk; we didn’t get old by being stupid…
I just love a story with a happy ending, don’t you?
Many Leprechaunish thanks to loyal reader, political Philosophy choir member and contributor Paul Bader for bringing this next piece to my attention.
A Message From The Grey-Haired Brigade
They like to refer to us as senior citizens, old fogies, geezers, and in some cases dinosaurs. Some of us are “Baby Boomers” getting ready to retire. Others have been retired for some time.
We walk a little slower these days and our eyes and hearing are not what they once were. We have worked hard, raised our children, worshiped our God and grown old together.
Yes, we are the ones some refer to as being over the hill, and that is probably true. But before writing us off completely, there are a few things that need to be taken into consideration. In school we studied English, history, math, and science which enabled us to lead America into the technological age.
Most of us remember what outhouses were, many of us with firsthand experience.
We remember the days of telephone party-lines,
25 cent gasoline, and milk and ice being delivered to our homes. For those of you who don’t know
what an icebox is, today they are electric and referred to as refrigerators. A few even remember
when cars were started with a crank.
Yes, we lived those days. We are probably considered old fashioned and out-dated by many. But there are a few things you need to remember before completely writing us off.
We won World War II, fought in Korea and Viet Nam.
We can quote The Pledge of Allegiance, and know where to place our hand while doing so.
We wore the uniform of our country with pride and lost many friends on the battlefield.
We didn’t fight for the Socialist States of America, we fought for the “LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE!”
We wore different uniforms but carried the same flag.
We know the words to the Star Spangled Banner, America ,and America the Beautiful by heart,
and you may even see some tears running down our cheeks as we sing.
We have lived what many of you have only read about in history books and we feel no obligation
to apologize to anyone for America.
Yes, we are old and slow these days but rest assured, we have at least one good fight left in us.
We have loved this country, fought for it, and died for it, and now we are going to save it. It is our country and nobody is going to take it away from us. We took oaths to defend AMERICA against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and that is an oath we plan to keep.
There are those who want to destroy this land we love but, like our founders, there is no way we are going to remain silent. It was mostly the young people of this nation who elected Obama and the Democratic Congress. You fell for the “Hope and Change” which in reality was nothing but “Hype and Lies.”
You have tasted socialism and seen evil face to face, and have found you don’t like it after all. You make a lot of noise, but most are all too interested in their careers or “Climbing the Social Ladder” to be involved in such mundane things as patriotism and voting.
Many of those who fell for the “Great Lie” in 2008 are now having buyer’s remorse. With all the education we gave you, you didn’t have sense enough to see through the lies and instead drank the
‘Cool-Aid.’ Now you’re paying the price and complaining about it. No jobs, lost mortgages, higher taxes, and less freedom. This is what you voted for and this is what you got.
We entrusted you with the Torch of Liberty and you traded it for a paycheck and a fancy house. Well, don’t worry youngsters, the Grey-Haired Brigade is here, and in 2012 we are going to take back our nation.
We may drive a little slower than you would like but we get where we’re going, and in 2012 we’re going to the polls by the millions. This land does not belong to the man in the White House nor to
the likes of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. It belongs to “We the People”and “We the People” plan to reclaim our land and our FREEDOM!
We hope this time you will do a better job of preserving it and passing it along to our grandchildren.
So the next time you have the chance to say the Pledge of Allegiance, Stand up, put your hand over your heart, honor our country, and thank GOD for the old geezers of the “Grey-Haired Brigade
IN GOD WE TRUST! Author, Anon. Grey-Haired Brigade Member
This is spot on. I am another Gray-Haired Geezer signing on.
I will circulate this to other Gray-Haired Geezers all over this once great county.
Can you feel the ground shaking??? It’s not an earthquake, it is a STAMPEDE.
Us old geezers are really mad now . Just you Watch what happens this next election.
Stand with me and let’s put an end to all this madness and fear caused by the young whipper snappers putting a complete imbecile into our White House.
Let’s not stop there,
Let’s replace everyone in the Senate and house of representatives too !
But careful let’s only replace 1/2 this time and 1/2 the next time !
If you are an old grey hair geezer PLEASE join our stampede!
THANK YOU and MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA!
Lethal asked his friend, Impish, whether he had bought his wife anything for Valentine’s Day.
‘Yes,’ came the answer from Impish who was a bit of a present giving dud, ‘I’ve bought her a belt and a bag.’
‘That was very kind of you,’ Lethal said, ‘I hope she appreciated the thought.’
Impish smiled as he replied, ‘So do I, and hopefully the vacuum cleaner will work better now.’
Grammar: The difference between knowing your shit and knowing you’re shit!
SHIT ITALIAN MOMS SAY
I have friends on both sides of the handgun issue, those who believe easy access to hand guns is not good for this country and those who believe government has no business dictating ownership one way or the other.
I have gained valuable understanding from both arguments. I have made my final decision.
Certain Americans, especially those who are more likely to become victims of crime, need to own and become proficient with handguns!
Unfortunately I can’t discuss it further right now. It’s my turn to pick up the brass behind the shooting stations.
The Top 5 Features of a REALLY Smart Phone
5> Is able to convince the police that while YOU may be drunk, IT was, in fact, driving your car.
4> Can actually tell which Olsen twin is Mary Kate and which is Ashley.
3> Wingman App: You stammer, “Hi… umm… you’re cutely pretty. I mean, pretty cute.” It translates to “Your beauty has
rendered my owner nearly speechless. You really should kiss him before he says something else really stupid.”
2> Refuses to let you buy a ticket to Dane Cook performances.
and The Number 1 Feature of a REALLY Smart Phone…
1> Posts a status update of “I’m the idiot on the interstate texting on my phone and driving!” to Facebook when, in fact,
[ Copyright 2012 by Chris White/TopFive.com ]
Cloning Christ, Peter Thomas Senese’s theological thriller now exclusively available on Amazon For Kindle readers asks the question, “What would you do if you were a genomic scientist and you discovered what might be the True Cross of Jesus, and this cross contained blood stains and hair follicles?”
Well I may not be a bloody ‘genomic scientist’ but Begorrah I damned well know EXACTLY what I’d do!
I’d get me a straight from the horse’s mouth definitive answer to that annoying philosophical question the abbreviate the hell out of all over the place “WWJD” (What would Jesus Do). THEN I’d take him to the White House and kick Obama in the balls for posturing like he’s the messiah returned! Pretty sure I’d get a pass from Jesus on that sin too…unless he wanted to do it to Obama first!
But seriously folks- Mr. Senese, a highly respected child advocate is donating 100% of his e-book royalties to the I CARE Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting children who have been internationally abducted. Over the past month, the I CARE Foundation has reunited 4 abducted children with their families while also continuing to build the Department of State‘s ‘Hague Convention Attorney Network’ – a pro bono network of lawyers willing to assist the families of abducted children.
NOT ONLY WILL YOU OBTAIN A GOOD READ, you’ll be helping a worthy cause and helping to protect families and children at the same time.
Once upon a time there lived a king.
The king had a beautiful daughter, The PRINCESS…
But there was a problem. Everything the princess touched would melt.
No matter what;
Anything she touched would melt.
Because of this, men were afraid of her. Nobody would dare marry her.
The king despaired. What could he do to help his daughter?
He consulted his wizards and magicians. One wizard told the king,”If your daughter touches one thing that does not melt in her hands, she will be cured”.
The king was overjoyed and came up with a plan.
The next day, he held a competition. Any man that could bring his daughter an object that would not melt would marry her and inherit the king’s wealth…
THREE YOUNG PRINCES TOOK UP THE CHALLENGE.
The first brought a sword of the finest steel.
But alas, when the princess touched it, it melted.
The prince went away sadly .
The second prince brought diamonds. (YES he went to Jerrod’s. YEESH!)
He thought diamonds are the hardest substance in the world and would not melt.
But alas, once the princess touched them, they melted.
He too was sent away disappointed.
The third prince approached. He told the princess,�
“Put your hand in my pocket and feel what is in there”.
The princess did as she was told, though she turned red .
She felt something hard. She held it in her hand.
And it did not melt!!!
The king was overjoyed. Everybody in the kingdom was overjoyed.
And the third prince married the princess and they both lived happily ever after.
Question: What was in the prince’s pants?
M&M’s of course!!
They melt in your mouth, not in your hand.
What were you thinking??!!
Perverts! This blog is populated by nothing but a Dragon constantly intent on debauchery and voyeuristic perverted readers! Makes me sort of proud and feel right at home actually!
Get out your rattiest shirt and tie on your disposable bibs, today’s recipes are comfort food but definitely not neat to eat. So dig in with gusto and wear those drips, drops and smears you wind up with with nostalgic pride for some good eating gone by!
Ragu Stuffed Peppers
This is a great recipe to make when you’re making extra meat sauce. I sometimes use leftover meatballs. Chop them up and add them to your favorite sauce to make a ragu. You will love the flavors the meat and cheese bring to the peppers. Enjoy!
- 2 red bell peppers
- 2 yellow bell peppers
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 cups meat sauce
- 1/2 cup couscous
- 1 cup yellow corn
- 3/4 cup Asiago cheese grated (or shredded 4 cheese Italian Blend)
- 4 teaspoons red wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons parsley
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 3/4 cup water
- salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Cut the peppers in half and clean out the seeds and stems.
In a medium bowl mix the meat sauce, couscous, corn, ½ cup of the cheese, 3 tablespoons of the vinegar, parsley, salt and pepper.
Then in a small bowl whisk together the tomato paste, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, vinegar and 3/4 cup water. Add this tomato paste mixture to the bottom of your 9×13 pan.
Place the pepper halves in the 9×13 and fill with the ragu mixture. Add some pepper and the rest of the Asiago cheese to the top. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 20-30 minutes.
- add some vegetables if you like- diced carrot and celery work well as does onion and frozen (thawed & very well drained ) chopped spinach, small diced zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms or any combo there of.
- use leftover meatballs or sausage to make your ragu (Yeah I never heard of either of these being leftovers either so I buy/make special for this)
- make ahead and cook when your ready to eat
- green pepper work just as well
- Serve one half of a pepper atop a bed of pasta or on a toasted garlic buttered roll
Spinach Pesto Pasta
Molly doesn’t care for too much Basil in anything which used to mean Pesto was on the forbidden list until I tried this version. Here is a quick and simple dinner for any night. You can make this whole dinner while you boil the water for your pasta. Make the pesto a day or two ahead, warm it up and serve. Also you can freeze the pesto for a later time. Enjoy!
- 2 cups packed spinach leaves
- 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 to 2 teaspoons lemon peel, grated
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 cloves garlic
- salt and pepper
- 1 pound pasta cooked
Combine the spinach, pine nuts, onion powder, garlic, lemon juice, and lemon peel in a processor. Lightly pulse.
With the machine running, gradually add 1/3 cup of the oil, blending until the mixture is creamy. Add salt and pulse.
Transfer the spinach mixture to a medium bowl. Stir in the Parmesan cheese. Season the pesto with salt and pepper, to taste.
Mix the pesto with the cooked pasta and serve.
- use a little more olive oil if it seems to dry
- walnuts works well if you don’t have pine nuts
- spaghetti seems to work best
- serve with grilled chicken or pork chops if you like
- try tossing it with cheese tortellini or ravioli
I didn’t have this one in my recipe box and always wanted to make lasagna with seafood. This is a recipe I came up with after studying many seafood lasagna dishes. Scallops and imitation crab keeps the cost down and still gives you a great seafood taste in a creamy sauce. There are many ways to make lasagna and this is yet another version I’m sure you will enjoy!
- 16 ounces ricotta cheese
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
- 2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 medium onion, minced
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 (16 ounce) jars Alfredo pasta sauce
- 16 lasagna noodles cooked
- 1 tablespoon oil for sautéing
- 1 pound imitation crab meat
- 1 pound small scallops
- 1 cup chopped zucchini squash
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
In a large bowl, stir together the ricotta cheese, eggs, half of the Cheddar, half of the mozzarella cheese and half of the Parmesan cheese. Mix in the onion, garlic, parsley, pepper and zucchini.
Sauté the scallops and crab in 1 tablespoon oil for about 5-6 minutes. Then mix with the Alfredo sauce.
Layer the noodles in the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Spread 1/3 of the ricotta cheese mixture over the noodles. Spread 1/3 of the Alfredo sauce mixture over the ricotta mixture. Repeat the layering process two more times ending with sauce on top. Sprinkle the remainder of the cheddar, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses over the top.
Bake, covered loosely with aluminum foil, for 45 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove the foil and continue baking for an additional 10 minutes or until the top is browned. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. (If you can wait that long! LOL)
Bourbon Barbecue Sauce Chicken
This is a good down home or southwest spicy sauce you will enjoy on your chicken. This is a great tailgating chicken dish.
- 1/2 onion, minced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 3/4 cup bourbon whiskey
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 tablespoon salt
- 2 cups ketchup
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 1/3 cup cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons liquid smoke flavoring
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 6-8 pieces of chicken
In a medium sauce pan combine the onion, garlic and bourbon. Heat over a medium heat until the onion clears, about 10 minutes. The alcohol should cook out of the bourbon during this process. Remember, add the bourbon to the pan off the stove and keep it away from open flames until the alcohol burns off.
Mix in the ground black pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, salt, ketchup, tomato paste, vinegar, liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar.
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 20 minutes.
Salt and pepper the chicken. Place on a medium high grill, coating each side with the sauce every time you turn the chicken until done.
- I like to add a little Dijon mustard and horseradish to it and use it on country style pork ribs too.
- does a killer pork loin in the Crockpot- especially if you make it into pulled pork for sandwiches after its done!
Islamist organization, OIC, to partner with U.S. State Department on their anti-Islam defamation goals!
I foolishly thought the OIC had dropped their goals at the UN to make it a crime to criticize anything Islamic. Now, it appears they negotiated a partnership to do this with the U.S. State Department! This is according to the OIC’s own news agency, the International Islamic News Agency:
During the next few months, Washington plans to host a coordination meeting to discuss with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) how to implement resolution no. 16/18 on combating defamation of religions, and how to prevent stereotypes depicting religions and their followers; as well as disseminating religious tolerance, which has been endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council last March, in agreement with Western countries. The resolution was adopted after lengthy discussions held between the OIC and countries in which the phenomenon of Islamophobia is in the rise.
The U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had announced the intention of the U.S. State Department to organize a coordination meeting during her participation in the meeting which she co-chaired with the OIC Secretary General, Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu in Istanbul on 15 July 2011. The meeting issued a joint statement emphasizing the dire need for the implementation of resolution 16/18.
According to informed sources in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the two sides, in addition to other European parties, will hold a number of specialized meetings of experts in law and religion in order to finalize the legal aspect on how to better implement the UN resolution…
Naturally, the article didn’t mention the killing and harm done everyday by those multiple attacks carried out by Islamist extremists worldwide. If the OIC get their way (with the help of the U.S.?) it would be impossible, possibly criminal, for anyone to complain about anything Islamic, including those attacks.
THE OIC is the world largest Islamist inter-government agency. It’s Saudi based and backed and seeks a greater role in influencing the world. Recently, it demanded a seat at the UN Security Council. It is considered by some a caliphate in the making.
What is not known, at the moment, is if the U.S. role in all this is accurately described by the OIC’s news agency. If it HAS accurately reported the U.S. role, many believe it to be the sole instance of unbiased accurate news reporting to have taken place in the last decade. Skeptics (and certain Leprechauns) point however to the infinitesimal odds of that likelihood given the overall behavior of the media in the last 10 years.
UN Resolution 16/18 adopted WITHOUT a vote in April