Well Ol’ Peter Cotton Tail managed to sneak by me once again this year. One of these days this dream of mine WILL be fulfilled and Fricassee of Rabbit will hit the dinner table on that day. I WILL HAVE MY REVENGE FOR A WEEKS WORTH OF DEVILED EGGS AND EGG SALAD PETER MARK MY WORDS YOU HOPPING HOLIDAY HOOLIGAN!
Until that day, Ham & Scalloped Potatoes with Broccoli & Cauliflower, Pork braised with Cabbage Potatoes & Carrots or Grilled Fresh Kielbasa with Grilled Sweet Potato slices, Grilled Asparagus and Perogis will have to suffice.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to deal with 3 dozen colored eggs, I’ve put it off as long as I possibly can, besides we have lots to cover today including a new product in out Dragonlaffs store and a new feature.
Lipstick in Catholic School
According to a news report, a certain private Catholic school was recently faced with a unique problem. A number of 12-year-old girls were beginning to use lipstick and would put it on in the bathroom. That was fine provided it was of a natural or neutral skin tone, but after they put on their lipstick they would press their lips to the mirror leaving dozens of little lip prints.
Every night the maintenance man would remove them and the next day the girls would put them back. Finally the principal, Sister Mary, decided that something had to be done. She called all the girls to the bathroom and met them there with the maintenance man. She explained that all these lip prints were causing a major problem for the custodian who had to clean the mirrors every night (you can just imagine the yawns from the little princesses).
To demonstrate how difficult it had been to clean the mirrors, Sister Paschal asked the maintenance man to show the girls how much effort was required.
He took out a long-handled squeegee, dipped it in the toilet, and cleaned the mirror with it.
Since then, there have been no lip prints on the mirror.
There are teachers….. And then there are educators.
Its really unfortunate that the predicted end of the world is so close to Christmas. The people who put off their Christmas shopping as not being necessary are going to be in a heck of a spot if the Mayans are as accurate that that radio preacher Harold Camping who predicted the world would end May 21st 2011! On the other hand Seeing the Oreo compared to the Mayan Calendar above has finally answered definitively what the heck the design on an Oreo is!
By now you’ve all heard this I know, but I could not let his passing go unremarked upon. I can think of no higher praise for a journalist beyond what is inscribed above except for possibly this:
“I don’t recall anybody ever saying to me, `He took a cheap shot’ or `he did the obvious,’ or that he was, you know, was playing some kind of game. He actually was trying to serve the audience and that’s what made him great.” – Fox News Channel Chairman Roger Ailes.
From the Associated Press obituary:
Mike Wallace didn’t interview people. He interrogated them. He cross-examined them. Sometimes he eviscerated them.
His reputation was so fearsome that it was often said that the scariest words in the English language were “Mike Wallace is here to see you.”
[I recall an old joke about a sign of a bad day being a 60 Minutes truck outside your Office Building and Mike Wallace in your waiting room.]
Wallace, who pitiless, prosecutorial style transformed television journalism and made “60 Minutes” compulsively watchable, died Saturday night at a care facility in New Canaan, Conn., where he had lived in recent years, CBS spokesman Kevin Tedesco said. He was 93.
Mister Wallace, you sir were the original and truest example of an Investigative Journalist and have something I rarely gave to people in your profession after the mid 1990 but continued to always demonstrate your worthiness of, my respect and trust in your reporting. God Bless Sir you shall be missed dearly by those seeking the truth.
This week after a brief discussion, we are instituting a new honor here at DL/LL Electronic Media, the Order of the Leprechaun’s Legion of Troop Supporters. [ We’ll be referring to it as K.I.L.T.S. & for short ]
We will bestowing the rank of “Knight Most Impish” in this Order to certain deserving personages and the title “Hospitaliter Draconis” to Groups and Companies who in the estimation of Impish and myself have gone above and beyond the norm in supporting the troops directly and/or the organizations that help not only our troops in the field but their families and the returning veterans and wounded. It should go with out saying that were applicable we endorse and suggest your supporting these people or companies buy buying their products or services.
Should any of you know of people or Corporate entities that should receive this honor we will be happy to hear your petitions. Now, let us bestow some well deserved honors.
Will the best selling author Mr. James Patterson approach the dais and kneel to be invested in knighthood? Thank you for donating 200,000 books to the troops to show your appreciation for their efforts. That was a very classy thing to do and we on behalf of the troops thank you. Sir James, be thou a good and chivalrous knight, go thou forth now, stalwart and steadfast in thy support of our troops and their families.
Will Mr. Dan Wallrath, a semiretired custom builder of Houston, Texas approach the dais and kneel to be invested in knighthood? Operation Finally Home was founded several years ago by Dan Wallrath, which has built 17 houses from scratch for wounded and disabled vets and widows of servicemen killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan. Twenty-two more houses are in the pipeline.
Operation Finally Home is active now in eight states and looking to spread farther. J.R. Martinez, the severely burned Army vet who went on to a role in daytime television and to win ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” is the nonprofit’s spokesman.
The goal is to build 100 houses a year, said the nonprofit’s executive director, Daniel Vargas, himself a retired Air Force tech sergeant. And while the effort is largely a housing industry endeavor involving builders, developers, subcontractors and suppliers, help from individuals is welcomed.
Most news reports focus on the 5,000 soldiers who have lost their lives in the war on terrorism, many leaving behind wives, husbands and children. But what is rarely reported is nearly 47,500 have been wounded in action, according to the Defense Department. Of those, about 1,500 have lost limbs. “I just took it for granted these young men were taken care of for the rest of their lives because of what they’ve done for us,” Wallrath said. But they’re not taken care of for the rest of their lives. In fact, a veteran is 50 percent more likely to be homeless than the average American, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Worse, HUD said, one in six homeless people is a veteran.
This addresses a very basic but extremely costly need for returning wounded and disabled soldiers as well as families of deceased soldiers. We on behalf of the returning troops as well as the families of those KIA thank you. Sir Dan, be thou a good and chivalrous knight, go thou forth now, stalwart and steadfast in thy support of our troops and their families.
Will the Board of Directors for Chase, the banking affiliate of JPMorgan Chase, approach the dais and receive recognition as Hospitaliters Draconis? Chase, the banking affiliate of JPMorgan Chase, recently announced it is donating 100 houses from its inventory of foreclosed properties to wounded warriors. While it would have been preferable to us that the original families remained in these homes we recognize this is not always possible and concede this is a most worthy way of making use of these properties.
We on behalf of the returning wounded troops as well as their families thank you for this act of corporate largess. Go thou forth now, to continue in thy good works and support of our returning wounded heroes troops and their families.
GMAC Mortgage and lender NewDay USA have each declined our request to honor them. It would seem they to have gotten wind of our intend to present them with the Order of the Golden Shovel of the Hostler to express our disapproval with their token at best commitment to our returning wounded and disabled troops. GMAC Mortgage and lender NewDay USA have each donated a single home. This despite GMAC being on the receiving end of a $17.2 Billion dollar bailout on top of being one of the most aggressive foreclosers of homes and one of the leaders in the list of irregular &/or mistaken foreclosures! Mean time lender NewDay professes to cater to Loans for US Military Families!
Let the Golden Shovels of Shame, the sign of their Order be delivered to their Corporate Headquarters as a reminder of their lack of commitment to our troops and our displeasure over it. Let them not receive benefit of new business from our readership until they repent and mend their callous bottom line serving ways.
Of course, it’s one thing to house veterans, but it’s another to find them work.
Unemployment among vets is twice as high as the national average. And that’s where the Home Builders Institute comes in. HBI is working to get a training program going for returning vets, most of whom are 18 to 22 years old and have no real skills other than the discipline they’ve been taught in the service. “We’re moving pretty quickly,” HBI President John Courson said. “We’re the leading training, educational and job-placement organization for the construction trades, so we have the ‘add water and stir’ package. But we’re not ready yet for that ‘ta-da’ announcement.”
It has been said;
“Give a man a fish, he will eat for today. Teach the man to fish and he’ll feed himself for a life time. Share with him how to figure out how to fish and you don’t have to help him ever again”
Mr. Courson you are doing just so. You are not only providing needed skilled workers for your industry while seeing to it returning Vets have jobs, you are imbuing them with hope and a future, two extremely precious and important gifts. For this, on behalf of the returning troops who would otherwise likely find themselves unemployed, without the prospect of a decent paying job and possible in trouble or homeless, we thank you for having the foresight to see a potential problem and a very real need. Go thou forth now, to continue in thy good works in support of our returning troops and their futures.
The Official DragonLaffs Kindle 3 Skin
The front looks like a book of great antiquity, possibly a rare 1 first edition? Who knows! The back features Impish himself lost amongst the stacks and tomes of his vast collection. Design personally by Lethal Leprechaun for Impish and available to you as a DragonLaffs exclusive!
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I knew there was an explanation for Impish’s being here! Fricken Wizards!
Them liberal rat bastards in Washington aren’t done messing with your kids school lunch yet! Not only do they want to brainwash your kinds and control their thinking and points of view now they want to apply Obamacare style tactics to forcing your kid to eat what they not you determine he should be eating!
Feds require that fresh fruits and vegetables to now be served in schools
Published: Monday, April 02, 2012 By BRIAN MCCREADY Milford Bureau Chief New Haven Register http://www.registercitizen.com/articles/2012/04/02/news/doc4f7930ec37027564978652.txt
Beginning next school year, students across the country may be in for a shock when they purchase their lunch in the cafeteria.
In an effort to fight childhood obesity and diabetes, the federal government is requiring students of all ages to buy at least one serving of fresh fruit or vegetable for lunch. Even if they toss the produce into the garbage.
Fresh fruit and vegetable portions will double next year. “Some students don’t take one now, but they will have to,” Eileen Faustich, Milford’s food services director, said Friday. “We can’t let a child go by the cashier without a fruit or vegetable on their tray.”
There’s more, a lot more, in the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act.
Next year, students can buy only nonfat flavored milk or 1 percent white milk. Half of the grains must be “whole” next year. In 2013-14, all products must be whole grain. School cafeterias must offer green and orange leafy vegetables, and drastically reduce sodium use over the next three years. Trans-fats are banned.
If a student refuses to take the fruit or vegetable, the cafeteria employees will have to charge an a la carte fee, which typically is higher because the lunch will not be reimbursable under federal guidelines.
The federal mandate will result in extra costs for municipalities nationwide. Federal officials estimate there will be a 30-cent increase in lunch prices, and the government will provide another 6-cent reimbursement.
It may be difficult for local school districts to not raise lunch prices, food service officials predict.
Seymour Food Services Director Cindy Brooks, who is in the national School Nutrition Association and is chairwoman of its public policy and legislative committee, said Friday she is “excited” by the new guidelines.
“It’s an excellent opportunity for all schools to be on the same playing field,” Brooks said. “Here in Connecticut, we’ve been offering a lot of healthy foods already. There is a concern this will increase our costs, but it’s the right thing to do.”
Connecticut Association of Boards of Education Policy Director Vin Mustaro said the impetus for the federal program is to combat childhood obesity, and to tackle childhood hunger.
“We’re seeing a rise in preventable diseases like heart and diabetes,” Mustaro said. “We can’t leave this unaddressed.”
He said if the country doesn’t get a handle on childhood obesity now, “we may have a generation with a shorter life span than their parents.”
But Mustaro said just because the policy may make sense from a health standpoint, it doesn’t mean there won’t be issues. “Any time you replace something or remove something, people will have resistance,” Mustaro said.
Parents have differing views on whether the mandate is appropriate.
Joseph Meade of Milford summarized the feelings of many parents who commented on Facebook.
“It is with good intention, but I believe that (the) government has overstepped its boundaries and is sticking Uncle Sam’s nose where only Aunt Sally should be allowed,” Meade said. “You can’t protect people from themselves. That’s not governing, that’s dictating. … Big Brother!”
Denise Vincelette Van Hise of Orange wrote, “While I think this is a great idea, it is an intrusion into people’s rights.
“The government is not supposed to tell us what to do. What’s next? Too much government is NOT a good thing,” she wrote.
But Jenifer Blemings of New Haven wrote she thinks it’s a “great idea,” and Marquise Pinnock wrote that he, too, supports the new mandate.
“It encourages children to eat healthy as well as fight the good fight against childhood obesity,” Pinnock, a native of New Haven, wrote.
Mustaro said he understands parents’ concerns about government intrusion, but “we have a responsibility to teach under the law about nutrition.”
“Some may say it’s government intrusion, but we will all end up paying the price through health care costs and a lack of productivity as adults,” Mustaro said.
Faustich said the federal government re-examines child nutrition standards every five years .
“It’s pretty significant changes,” Faustich said. “Not that we weren’t doing healthy things before.”
Faustich said cafeteria employees will do their best to make the mandate fun, including offering samples and incentives such as giving bookmarks to students who choose fruit.
She said a majority of students already take two or three servings of fruit and vegetables daily, but estimated 20 percent of students take no produce. Faustich said cafeteria workers nationwide have no wiggle room in implementing the new mandate.
Schools receive federal reimbursement for school lunches. In order for a meal to qualify, a student must choose three of five requirements from proteins, grains, two choices of fresh produce, and milk. If a student, for example, just takes a slice of pizza, that does not count as a federally approved lunch, and the child will be charged a higher, a la carte fee.
The federal government pays $2.72 for students who qualify for free lunches, $2.42 for reduced reimbursement, and 26 cents per meal from paying students. “You’re defrauding the government if you’re not meeting a minimum requirement,” Faustich said. “If you don’t have all three components, you can’t claim it as a meal.”
Shelton Board of Education Chairman Win Oppel questioned the new food requirements.
“Not that I don’t think kids should have balanced meals,” Oppel said, “but I’m not sure we should be the fruit or vegetable police.”
Oppel said he “would question whether or not this is a practical method of inducing social change.”
In West Haven, “We want children to have the proper nutrition every day,” said Alan Belchak, the city’s food services director.
“If they don’t want it, as long as they have three out of five meal components, we won’t force them. But I don’t like when someone says to give it to them anyway, because if they waste it, we don’t want that, either.”
But to meet the minimum of three meal components is “very easy” for students, Belchak said, using Friday’s pizza lunch as an example. The bread base of the pizza counts as the bread or grain component, while a fruit juice would qualify as the fruit requirement, and kids also had the choice of a small salad or milk for a third component.
- Would someone please explain to me what in the bloody hell an “orange leafy vegetable” is and where the hell it comes from? in over 35 years of cooking not ONCE have I encountered this type of vegetable!
- It would seem that Obama’s “do what I say or with your money anyway will you pay” healthcare tactics are now being co-opted and used against you and your children at meal time. As if its not bad enough in a tight economy that this mandate is going to raise meal prices 30 cents per day and a $1.50 a week (and I’ll bet that’s optimistic in the extreme) If you kid is socially contentious enough not to waste food that he has no intention of eating (something I learned at like age 5) then he is going to be forced to pay for his social consciousness REGARDLESS of if the government is footing the bill for his lunch or not!
SEE?! I TOLD YOU Impish that wouldn’t work! If you really want to lose weight, just eat the stuff the government is trying to force our kids to eat in the name of nutrition and “opening their culinary horizons”. You’ll either starve (and pay ala cart prices to do it) or puke it up. Either way you’ll lose weight!
Reminds me of those that try switching to burning wood to save money on heating bills! I got just 2 words to say about this folks- Farmer’s Market!
All that talk about food and meals made me hungry for decent food! Here’s a fast and easy breakfast or great center piece of a brunch salad perfect for Spring or hotter weather because despite it’s name it cooks in the microwave!
Speedy Bacon & Asparagus Bake
Cook Time: 8 minutes Makes: 4 servings
4 Whole Wheat or 7 Grain Tortillas
4 Large Eggs
1 c. Fat Free Half & Half
1 c. Reduced Fat Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper (optional)
8 slices Fully Cooked Bacon or 1 pkg of Real bacon Bits
1 bag (16 oz.) Cut Asparagus, thawed I prefer to use fresh that I cut and precook to crisp tender owing to the 2nd cooking
Spray each tortilla with nonstick canola spray and place it in a microwave-safe bowl. (sprayed side UP ^)
Combine eggs, half-and-half, 1/2 cup cheese, and red pepper in a mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer 30 seconds. Pour 3/4 cup egg mixture in each tortilla and set aside.
Heat bacon according to package directions. Crumble 2 slices bacon in each tortilla. Top with 1/3 cup asparagus and 2 tablespoons remaining cheese. Cover loosely with plastic wrap. Microwave each on high power 2 minutes or until egg is cooked to desired degree of doneness.
Serving size: 1, Calories: 370, Total Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 250mg, Sodium: 750mg, Carbohydrates: 28g, Dietary Fiber: 4g, Protein: 27g
Source: My H-E-B Texas Life Magazine
Personally I skip the crushed red pepper flakes if this is for breakfast. For lunch I have been known to use shredded Pepper jack cheese or Swiss for brunches and teas. I’ve also been known to substitute chopped up black forest ham from the deli (sliced about bacon thickness or fine diced pre sautéed smoked sausage (read that Polish sausage or Kielbasa if you don’t live in or near Texas) or precooked and shredded breakfast sausage (any form or flavor you desire). I’ve substituted sautéed mushrooms and chopped cooked broccoli florets for the Asparagus. I did NOT have good luck with this recipe and pre cooked well drained spinach for some reason probably related to the microwave cooking method.
Lastly if you try this and the tortillas turn into a mess of goo, you didn’t spray the tortillas well enough, used flour tortilla instead or got the sprayed side down in the cooking vessel. Personally I spray both sides so there is no sticking and no wetting issues.
I use a funnel to pour the eggs in the tortillas to avoid getting any in the folds that lead to the cooking vessel as I generally make a mess ladling anything into a container of smaller than soup bowl size and Molly would disagree about how well I do with soup bowls too.
Just one skillet is all you need to make this zesty beef dish made with tomatoes, kidney beans and instant rice. It’s topped with Cheddar cheese and served with tortilla chips…now doesn’t that sound good?
3/4 pound ground beef
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed Beefy Mushroom Soup
1/4 cup water
1 can (14.5 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes, drained and cut up
1 can (about 15 ounces) kidney beans or pinto bean, rinsed and drained
3/4 cup uncooked instant white rice
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- Cook the beef and chili powder in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until the beef is well browned, stirring often to separate meat. Pour off any fat.
- Stir the soup, water, tomatoes and beans in the skillet and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 10 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat.
- Stir in the rice. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes or until the rice is tender. Sprinkle with the cheese. Serve with the tortilla chips for dipping.
- Serves with Sour Cream, some Pico de Gallo (a.k.a. Salsa Fresca), Salsa (please NOT the stuff that’s made in New York City!) or Taco Sauce and some shredded cheese, either Cheddar, Montreyjack or Pepperjack.
- Make it healthier, use instant brown rice raise the water to 3/4 of a cup and add the instant brown rice in step #2 cooking it for 15 min watching the liquid level carefully so the mixture does not dry out and stick to the pan.
- If you want to go totally over board with the healthy thing use black beans instead of kidney or pinto beans and ground turkey instead of beef and take all the fun completely out of the dish.
- I also add onion and garlic powder to taste as well as a either a sprinkle of cayenne or a few dashes of Frank’s Hot sauce (which is essentially liquid cayenne). If you really want to get your burn on use an equal amount of Rotel (canned petite diced tomatoes with green chilies) in place of the diced tomatoes, in which case easy with the cayenne or the hot sauce there Jose!
- Lastly, Doritos Cool Ranch in place of tortilla chips while not healthy ARE KILLER with this, so do the other healthy junk and splurge on the Doritos
Italian-Style Sloppy Joes
Prep: 10 minutes Cook: 15 minutes Serves: 6
Need to get dinner on the table, really fast? Using prepared Italian sauce gives this traditional sandwich filling of seasoned sautéed beef a tasty Italian accent, and it’s ready in just 25 minutes.
1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1 1/2 cups Prego® Traditional Italian Sauce or Prego® Roasted Garlic & Herb Italian Sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
6 Pepperidge Farm® Farmhouse™ Premium White Rolls with Sesame Seeds, split and toasted
- Cook the beef and onion in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until the beef is well browned, stirring often to separate meat. Pour off any fat.
- Stir the Italian sauce and Worcestershire in the skillet and cook until the mixture is hot and bubbling. Evenly divide the beef mixture among the rolls.
- I add 1/4 cup each diced celery and carrot with the beef and onion (essentially making a Bolognese sauce) to get some veggies in there. I’ll toss in mushrooms and diced peppers if I happen to have any.
- Butter what ever rolls you use with garlic butter and sprinkle a little Italian seasoning and grated parmesan before toasting and don’t forget to top with sandwiches with cheese! Shredded Pizza cheese, sliced mozzarella or provolone work really well.
- Just have to do the healthy thing? Use Italian flavored Turkey Sausage (which I have to admit is much better than plain ground turkey) in place of the beef and low fat cheese. Show me a package of “Veggie Crumbles” while pointing at the recipe and I’ll show you a smack while pointing the way out of the Celtic Kitchen!
- Serve with a salad and its a meal!
See? Healthy Eating! It’s why the dinosaurs died off!
Now THAT is “Reality TV” I might watch!
Recently I got an e-mail from Eat This Not That, a place supposed to show you how small changes in what you eat allows you to eat the good life w/o the weight gain. It was entitled “Surviving the Deli Counter”.
Dude, I don’t WANT to ‘Survive the Deli Counter’, I want to DIE at the deli counter while chowing down on a Corned Beef, Pastrami and Tongue on Jewish Seeded Rye with Swiss, Sauerkraut and Deli Mustard in one hand, 1/2 a Kosher Garlic Dill in the other and a side of Coles Slaw, then be ENTOMBED in the deli counter WITH the rest of my sandwich!
Speaking of my death I found the perfect casket for my entombment too!
New coffin ready for bacon flavored afterlife
A company known for its exploits in bacon-flavored products announced that it has found a way to help bacon lovers celebrate their favorite food for eternity, with the world’s first bacon-decorated casket.
J&D’s bacon coffins are available for $2,999.95, and are finished with painted bacon and pork shading and accented with gold stationary handles. The interior has an adjustable bed and mattress, a bacon memorial and record tube and is adorned with ivory crepe coffin linens.
The company said each bacon casket is made of 18-gauge gasketed steel and comes equipped with all the features a discerning bacon enthusiast would demand in the afterlife, including a bacon-scented air freshener.
The coffins are available for purchase on J&D’s website. No returns are accepted.
With all that is going in Washington these days some things don’t make the news the way they should. Fourteen days ago President Obama issued an Executive Order that you should know about. This order gives an unprecedented level of authority to the President and the federal government to take over all the fundamental parts of our economy – in the name of national security – in times of national emergency.
This means all of our water resources, construction services and materials (steel, concrete, etc.), our civil transportation system, food and health resources, our energy supplies including oil and natural gas – even farm equipment – can be taken over by the President and his cabinet secretaries. The Government can also draft U.S. citizens into the military and force U.S. citizens to fulfill “labor requirements” for the purposes of “national defense.” There is not even any Congressional oversight, only briefings are required.
By issuing this as an Executive Order the President puts the federal government above the law, which, in a democracy, is never supposed to happen.
As President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, he has the Constitutional authority to issue executive orders. And while similar orders have been made before by presidents from Eisenhower and Reagan to Clinton and George Bush – it has never been done to this extent.
It is still unclear why this order was signed now, and what the consequences are for our nation – especially during times of peace. This type of Martial Law imposes a government takeover on U.S. citizens that is typically reserved for national emergencies, not in a time of relative peace.
I want you to know I am following this very closely. If you would like to read the order for yourself please click here.
Member of Congress
Does that part in Orange sound familiar to anyone? THAT’S RIGHT BOYS AND GIRLS THAT IS COMMUNISM pure and simple!
We clearly need to get rid if this power hungry Socialist Entitlement Minded Enabler before he gets rid of America!
Ok so this one falls in a grey area it IS a freebie but its almost a Tech tip. Since its so easy to use and there is nothing to install, I decided it was a freebie. I used to have an All-in-One printer that I used for faxes but since we switches to U-verse and dropped the house phone in favor of our cells it wasn’t much use as a fax machine. Now I can scan anything I want to fax into Pdf format using my All-in-One and fax it fast quick and easy with this online service.
Send a fax for free online
There are plenty of ways to send someone a document. E-mail is probably the most common today. Faxing used to reign supreme. There are still times when it’s necessary.
Do you have a fax machine on hand? You might if you’re at work. But chances are you are nowhere near one. You could run down to a copy shop. But then you have to pay for every page.
FaxZero offers a nice solution. You can send a fax right from you computer. Send something you composed in Word. Or scan a document in the PDF format. Upload the file to this site and click Send.
You can send two free faxes per day. (The site states 5) Each can be a maximum of three pages. The recipient will also see an ad on the fax’s cover page. Be careful when using this for important faxes. The ad won’t make you look professional. But it’s fine for casual use.
I hear ya Hager dude, I feel the same way every year!
I can relate to Wally here. I don’t mind humanity, its the people that make up humanity I can’t stand for the most part! Not only that but every time I go to a family function with Kara someone is always too sick to be there but is anyways happily spreading their germs for me to catch.
April 15th a.k.a. the Infernal Revenue Service’s favorite day of the year, or as that Socialist Liberal towel head in the White House calls it, Redistribute Your Wealth To My Voter Base Day, falls on a Sunday this year. Taxpayers will have until Tuesday, April 17, to file their 2011 tax returns and pay any tax due because April 15 falls on a Sunday, and Emancipation Day, a holiday observed in the District of Columbia, falls this year on Monday, April 16.
Impish thought it would be a nice gesture to our loyal readers if I gave out some free tax advice. So be it, just remember that free advice is worth exactly what you pay for it.
Here then is my free advice for those of you lucky enough to be getting a refund on how to invest it for your future and your family’s future:
I hope you seriously consider my advice, unless of course you are a liberal Obama supporter, you people have already proven yourselves delusional possessing both bad judgment and impulse control all of which should prove you mentally unsuitable for gun ownership.
Man and I thought I had it bad with 2 cats and occasionally Molly bugging me while I try and get things done! Even so I prefer working from home and go kicking an screaming to work elsewhere.
Epic failure by Washington sets us adrift
By Gloria Borger, CNN Chief Political Analyst updated 9:43 AM EDT, Wed April 4, 2012
(CNN) — There are plenty of ways to game the upcoming Supreme Court decision on health care reform, and they’ve all been said: President Obama loses in court, he wins with his base. Or it’s a severe blow, potentially fatal. Or Republicans benefit if they win, because they were “right” all along. Or the GOP loses, because it has to figure out what to offer for health care instead.
And so it goes.
But there’s something else going on here, and it’s more meaningful than some short-term political skirmishing. This Supreme Court case is the Waterloo for political polarization, because it underscores something we should have known all along: Great changes in national public policy should never be erected on slender partisan majorities.
If they are, they will always be suspect. [Emphasis is mine – Lethal]
It’s a proposition advanced by the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who understood there’s little upside to partisan policymaking. After all, he was a member of the 1983 commission that reformed — and saved — Social Security for a generation. The program faced collapse; a bipartisan group of heavy-hitters fixed it, together.
No one liked all that the rescue plan contained. But the work had to be done and they did it.
That kind of work is not something we see a lot of these days: health care reform, arguably the most far-reaching social legislation since Medicare, was passed strictly along party lines. Sure, the White House says — with some justification — that Republicans weren’t interested in their plan. But would the GOP have bitten on a more scaled-back version? Would some in the GOP have broken ranks over, say, requiring insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions so long as it wouldn’t bankrupt them? Sure.
But that wasn’t to be. The Democrats had a two-house majority, so the stars were aligned. And with recalcitrant Republicans vocal in their opposition, the Democrats, too, became more strident.
So reform was an all-Democratic bill, a sure way to be challenged before the high court. And no one looks good: the president, who Monday seemed to be warning the court about “judicial activism” in advance of any decision; the court, which about half of the public now believes is political anyway; and Congress, which has an approval rating so low it’s hard to even find.
That’s what happens when Washington’s default setting is always along party lines.
And it’s not going to get any better. As congressional districts are redrawn to benefit partisans, those elected become — naturally — more partisan. So there is no political benefit to compromise, and as conservative southern Democrats virtually disappear, there are no natural allies left in the Democratic party for vote-hunting GOPers. The same goes for Democrats in search of moderate Republicans, most of whom are either quitting Congress out of frustration (see: Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine) or are fighting for their political lives (see: Sen. Dick Lugar of Indiana).
Imagine today’s Congress passing, by bipartisan majorities, legislation on two controversial issues: taxes and immigration reform. Impossible, right? Well, it was done in the mid-1980’s. The tax measure lowered rates and eliminated some loopholes (many, alas, have crept back into the code, but that’s another story.) And the immigration bill legalized certain illegal immigrants while punishing employers for hiring illegal immigrants. (And of course we are back at that issue again).
So while the measures were far from permanent or perfect solutions, they were big fixes. Sure, Democrats controlled the House and Republicans maintained control of the Senate and President Ronald Reagan, a Republican, was in his second term, finding a way to cut deals with members of both parties.
Oh, and by the way, the chairmen of the tax-writing committee — a House Democrat and a Senate Republican — actually worked together to get something through the Congress. Ditto for those writing the immigration legislation. I know. I watched them in action.
Believe me, it was nothing like watching the debt-ceiling debacle of last summer. Even when there was one small glimmer of hope that the White House and GOP House Speaker John Boehner might work something out, it disappeared. And almost one year later, each side is trying to get history to blame the other fellow for the failure to strike a deal.
It’s too bad, really. Because in the end, history will blame both sides — for looking small when most of the country thinks our problems deserve solutions that are really big.
Until such time as Partisan Politics and the ‘us against them” mentality stop stop taking precedent over all the other serious issues facing us in Congress the nation will continue to race blindly up that infamous creek sans not only paddle but rudderless as well. And damned be him that first cries, “Hold, enough!”
Well I stand apart for both parties, am already apparently according to the Southern Baptists Texas Chapter already well on my way to hell in a hand basket ( abet an express extended luxury one) and I do cry “Hold, enough!”
The two party system was meant to be a balance and force both sides to find common agreeable ground working together to achieve compromise. Not to serve as a political arena for a giant game of “Kings of Capitol Hill” with the best interests of those who elected these professional partisan players to represent their interests and positions carelessly forgotten in favor of the sole goal of being the dominant faction. When one side spends 4 years doing this the next 4 are spent in retribution, and backlash. All this means is WE the People have lost out for ANOTHER 8 years!
Time to stop this madness now! We can start by demonstrating our unhappiness with the situation by voting out the old time power structure in Congress at the top of BOTH parties!