What? Huh? Odin? HEY! It really works! Oh, it’s just YOU guys. <sigh>
Sorry, you caught me in the middle of ‘ trodding the ancient paths & honoring the uld ways’.
What with Ragnarok (or Gotterdammerung if you prefer), the Apocalypse, the End of the Mayan Calendar, increased seismic activity harbingering the reset of the Earth’s Magnetic Poles, the looming Vindication of Nostradamus due to Iranian Nuclear capabilities, Global Warming drowning us all &/or causing Super Storms of the Century to demolish our cities and infrastructure, and now on top of that 4 more years of the Kenyan Muslim’s ‘Big Brother’s Democratically Redistributed Wealth & Healthcare’ Socialism of late I’ve felt the need to hedge my bets as many ways as I possibly can in preparation for life in the aftermath…or afterworld.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have about 15 more burnt offerings to make before the moon sets here! Mean while you guys go do the coffee sipping blog reading thing.
Our teacher asked what my favorite animal was, and I said, “Fried chicken.”
She said I wasn’t funny, but she couldn’t have been right, because everyone else laughed.
My parents told me to always tell the truth. I did. Fried chicken is my favorite animal.
I told my dad what happened, and he said my teacher was probably a member of PETA.
He said they love animals very much. I do, too. Especially chicken, pork and beef.
Anyway, my teacher sent me to the principal’s office. I told him what happened, and he laughed, too.
Then he told me not to do it again.
The next day in class my teacher asked me what my favorite live animal was. I told her it was chicken.
She asked me why, so I told her it was because you could make them into fried chicken.
She sent me back to the principal’s office.
He laughed, and told me not to do it again.
I don’t understand. My parents taught me to be honest, but my teacher doesn’t like it when I am.
Today, my teacher asked me to tell her what famous person I admired most.
I told her, “Colonel Sanders.”
Guess where I am now…
I’m writing an erotic novel about a wealthy, suburban hipster who meets a young cashier at a Banana Republic and expands her worldview, and his wardrobe. I’m calling it “50 Shades of Khaki”.
They say you can’t judge a book by its cover.
However, based on the cover alone, you can judge if
it’s a romance novel pretty much 100% of the time.
Even some of Obama’s own people are starting to cry BULLSHIT! on his bullshit.
Allen West Dresses Down Obama’s “Voting is the Best Revenge” Remark
In the final weekend before Tuesday’s General Election, Congressman Allen West gave a dressing down to President Barack Obama’s recent remark that “voting is the best revenge” during a GOP Victory rally event in Palm Beach County.
This not about revenge, this is about a different word that starts with an ”R” and that is about “restore.” And it’s about restoring another word that starts with an “R” and that’s our Republic.” – Allen West
West also pointed out the glaring questions that the media refused to ask during the 2008 presidential campaign and Obama’s rise to power-
“No one asked what ‘fundamentally transform’ meant. No one asked what ‘hope and change’ meant. No one asked what ‘change we can believe in’ meant. But now we know what that means today.”
Obama’s campaign slogans were nothing more than a cover for his real intentions- the bankruptcy of the United States and the creation of a European-style “dependency society.”
West also compared the September 11th Benghazi consulate attack with ‘Black Hawk Down’ incident in Mogadishu, Somalia, reminding those in attendance that both incidents were unfortunate instances of leadership failure, as backup assistance was requested in both cases but was ultimately denied.
I will never leave my comrade brother behind, unfortunately we have someone in the White House that doesn’t believe in that. – Allen West
Allen West’s Fourth Quarter
If Obama was White He Wouldn’t Be President
If Obama was White He Wouldn’t Be President, Obama is not qualified to be President, Did They do a background check, if Barrack Were White they would destroy him, He is the Commander and Chief, Liberalism is a Mental Disorder, You Can’t Fix Stupid, They have over compensated, Get over your ancestors may have owned slaves. Whateverhappentocomm
What a Google Search for Zombie Apocalypse SHOULD Return
Barb’s granddaughter was in kindergarten. There was a boy in her class that wasn’t listening to the teacher.
The teacher said to him, “Since you don’t want to listen, you sit at that table by yourself.”
After a few minutes, Barb’s granddaughter raised her hand and said, “I don’t want to listen either.
Can I sit with him?”
As I have said previously, its getting to my favorite time of the year, the cooler weather has started the leaves have turned seasonal veggies like winter squash, pumpkins etc are available and the holidays are around the corner.
Aside from this time of the year giving me access to some of my favorite seasonal veggies, I like to cook and show my appreciation for family and friend by making them things that make them Ooo, Ahhh and roll their eyes before letting their belts out another notch and asking for more.
Unfortunately none of is getting any younger, healthier and in Impish’s case skinnier. [It’s getting harder and harder to find busses with enough ground clearance to run him over with! Shortly I’m going to have to switch to monster truck to avoid getting hung up on his backside!]
So after taking all this into consideration I ahve started looking for reduced fact sugar and calorie recipes that do not reduce the Ooos, Ahhs and Eye Rolls of delight for this holiday season.
Marbled Banana Bread
Save your ripe bananas for this chocolaty cake. Melted chocolate swirled into the batter gives you chocolate in every bite.
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting the pan
- 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 2 medium very ripe bananas
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly mist a 9-by-5-inch metal loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and dust well with all-purpose flour to cover the pan completely, tapping out the excess.
Put the chocolate in a medium microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high in 30-second intervals, stirring, until melted and smooth, 1 minute to 1 minute 30 seconds. Set aside to cool slightly while preparing the batter.
Combine the bananas and sugar in a large bowl and mash with a potato masher or fork until mostly smooth with just a few small pieces of banana left. Add the oil and eggs and stir until combined. Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, mix in both flours, the baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir in the buttermilk and vanilla.
Stir 1 cup batter into the melted chocolate. Fill the loaf pan with half the banana batter and then half the chocolate batter. Repeat the layers and gently swirl together using a spoon or knife. Bake until golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes.
Cool in the pan 15 minutes, and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Cook’s Note: To prepare your loaf pan for baking, you can also use a nonstick spray with flour already in it. Flouring the pan helps the bread rise well and prevents any collapse after it comes out of the oven.
Calories: 203; Total Fat 8 grams; Saturated Fat: 2 grams; Protein: 4 grams; Total carbohydrates: 31 grams; Sugar: 16 grams Fiber: 2 grams; Cholesterol: 32 milligrams; Sodium: 212 milligrams
Mascarpone Mini Cupcakes with Strawberry Glaze
Mascarpone cheese adds creaminess to white cake mix for shortcut cupcakes topped with a deceptively simple strawberry glaze.
- 8 ounces mascarpone cheese (about 1 cup), softened
- 2 egg whites
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 box white cake mix
- 1 cup water
- 1/3 cup frozen strawberries, thawed and drained
- 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Special equipment: 4 mini muffin tins and 48 mini muffin paper cupcake liners
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line the mini tins with paper liners.
In a large bowl combine the mascarpone cheese, egg whites and vegetable oil. Using a hand mixer, beat the ingredients until combined and creamy. Add the cake mix and water and mix until smooth, about 3 minutes. Fill the mini cups to just below the rim and bake until puffed and golden, about 18 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, let cool slightly in the tin then transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack.
Meanwhile, puree the strawberries in a blender or small food processor. Place the powdered sugar in a medium bowl. Pour in the strawberry puree and whisk until smooth. Top the cooled cupcakes with the strawberry glaze. Let the cupcakes sit for a few minutes for the glaze to firm up, then serve.
Per piece (48): Calories: 102; Total Fat: 4.5 grams; Saturated Fat:1.5 grams; Protein:1 gram; Total carbohydrates: 15 grams; Sugar: 12 grams; Fiber: 0 grams; Cholesterol: 6 milligrams; Sodium: 77 milligrams
Pumpkin Brulee Cheesecake
Canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice give this cheesecake its flavor and reduced-fat cream cheese and Greek yogurt ensure that it has all the creaminess of a traditional cheesecake with a fraction of the fat.
- 8 sheets honey graham crackers
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
- 12-ounces 1/3rd less fat cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2/3 cup low-fat (2%) Greek style plain yogurt
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 2 large egg whites, at room temperature
- 1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Position the oven racks in center and lower third of your oven. Fill a roasting pan about half full of water and place on the lower rack. This will create a moist environment for the cheesecake and help prevent cracking. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Coat a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray. Put the graham crackers and 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar in the bowl of a food processor and grind until fine. Add the butter and two tablespoons of water and pulse until moistened. Press into the bottom of the prepared springform pan. Bake until set and golden brown, about 10 minutes. Cool completely.
Combine the cream cheese, brown sugar, 1/3 cup granulated sugar and salt in a large bowl. Beat, with an electric mixer on medium speed, until smooth and fluffy. Add the yogurt, egg and egg whites, reduce the mixer speed to low, and continue to beat until blended. Add the pumpkin, flour, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice. Reduce the mixer speed to low and beat until just combined. Stir with a spatula a few times to make sure all the ingredients are incorporated and to release any air bubbles in the batter that could cause the cheesecake to crack.
Pour the batter over the crust and rap the pan against the countertop a few times to bring any trapped air bubbles to the surface. Place the cheesecake on the center rack in the oven. Bake until just set and the center wiggles slightly, about 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes. Turn the oven off and crack the door open. Let sit in the oven for 15 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Run a thin sharp knife between the cheesecake and then pan to release the sides. Cool completely and then chill until cold, at least 4 hours, or overnight.
Before serving, remove the cheesecake from the refrigerator and release the sides of the pan. Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar over the top of the cheesecake and brulee the sugar with a kitchen torch or under the broiler for a few seconds.
You can brulee the cheesecake up to about 1 hour before serving, but any longer than that and the sugar will become soft.
How Victoria’s Secret Saved the National Guard During Hurricane Sandy
- By Noah Shachtman November 2, 2012 | 2:33 pm
A little late in getting around but none the less a story and a company that should be recognized for their contribution and not one that you would think of when it comes to relief efforts!
Gratuitous Victoria Secrets Runway Models Working It Video!
On Monday night, Hurricane Sandy hit the armory of the New York Army National Guard’s 69th Infantry Regiment, leaving the soldiers without power, hot water, or anything but the most rudimentary means of communicating with the outside world. So the next morning, the Regiment’s officers made an emergency plea — to the producers of the Victoria’s Secret fashion show.
As they had done for the last three years running, the lingerie company was holding its annual television event at the Regiment’s historic armory, located at 25th street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan. For the show, the producers had hauled in eight massive 500 kilowatt generators. Of course, the producers said, we’d be happy to help. Hours later, the lights flashed back on.
“We were dead in the water until Victoria’s Secret showed up,” says Capt. Brendan Gendron, the Regiment’s operations officer.
It’s one of many unexpected turns the New York Army National Guard has been forced to take as it copes with the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. On Tuesday afternoon, the Guard was about to ship 450 soldiers to Missouri for a mock disaster drill. Now, not only are those troops staying in-state, but the New York Guard is getting ready to accept nearly 1,000 additional soldiers from the Ohio, Massachusetts, and other states.
And there’s a new worry looming. About 350 soldiers from all around New York State have joined the 69th, and are currently sleeping in the Lexington Avenue armory. But by early next week, a good chunk of those troops have to find a new place to rest. (Depending on who you talk to, that may or may not have something to do with the impending show Victoria’s Secret is about to put on.) In either case, the officers haven’t yet found a decent replacement.
A soldier from the New York Army National Guard borrows a forklift from the producers of the Victoria’s Secret fashion show. Photo: Noah Shachtman
The initial call to the Victoria’s Secret crew came at about 7:20 on Tuesday morning. Consulting producer Dave Shapiro and his co-workers were staying a block away at the Hotel Giraffe. They came over, and ran some feeder lines from the Aggreko generators through a transformer and into the building. Some basic lights in the hallways and the basement’s hot water heater were back up and running. It was enough to get started.
Then one of the associate producers suggested they might be able to power the whole armory up. They went into the basement and found the main switch connecting the century-old landmark to the lines of Con Edison, the local utility. The idea was to shut down the connection between Con Ed, then attach the Victoria Secret lines during to the armory’s busbar — the long metal strips that conduct electricity to a switchboard. It was a kludge, and it had to be done right: the producers didn’t want to fry the building when the local Con Ed substation finally started generating electricity again. “I have to admit, I was very skeptical,” Shapiro says.
But it worked. By 7 p.m on Tuesday night, the armory was fully powered; even the elevators worked.
The soldiers were still having communications problems, though. Many of the local cell towers were down, and so was the armory’s internet’s connection. Luckily, Shapiro had answer for that, too. For the show, he had leased a T1 line connected to a microwave dish on the roof. “We plopped two routers in their command center,” he says, “and now they’re sitting on our internet backbone.”
The troops also needed help distributing food. The Federal Emergency Management Agency had begun bringing tractor-trailers’ worth of emergency provisions to the armory. It was up to the troops to break up the pallets, load them in military trucks, and bring them to the seven distribution centers in Manhattan where the Salvation Army would hand out meals to Hurricane victims. One problem: the 69th didn’t have a fork lift. So again, they turned to the Victoria’s Secret crew.
Meanwhile, the New York Army National Guardsmen have been plenty busy helping others. They assisted in the evacuation of Bellevue Hospital, bringing patients during 13 flights of stairs in the dark. Now, only a single patient remains — someone who required heart surgery, and was too frail to be moved. So two shifts of 30 troops are hauling diesel fuel up to the 13th floor, where the hospital’s generator is located, in order to keep the power running while this one patient recovers from the surgery.
Across Manhattan, soldiers are lugging 120-pound packs of batteries up to rooftops so that cell towers can be temporarily switched on. At Floyd Bennett Field, there’s an even bigger food distribution hub. On Thursday night, Marines from the Brooklyn-based 6th Communications Battalion saved 14 people when a transformer blew in Rockaway Beach. The Army Corps of Engineers is busy draining the water from New York’s tunnels. In Brighton Beach, troops evacuated a 350-person nursing home. Nearly 350 soldiers riding 150 armored Humvees are keeping order in Staten Island.
It’s a big enough effort that nearly 1,000 troops from other states’ National Guards — two military police companies, two medium truck companies and a forward support company — are rushing in to assist. 300 more Marines and sailors aboard three large-deck amphibious assault ships are now in the waters off of New York and New Jersey. Hopefully, they’ll be able to pick up where the lingerie company left off.
OK Guys…and you ladies you now have your justification for paying outrageous prices for lingerie for Victoria’s Secret for the year. Thanking them for helping save Manhattan from Hurricane Sandy!
I took Impish’s Last Word message to heart Saturday (we’ll not speak of what DIDN’T get said). He’s right they might have won a major battle, hell likely they have won the war and will succeeded in destroying our country but that doesn’t mean we have to go silently or willingly into that good night!
Obama Wins, but We Are Not Going Away
Liberals the world round are celebrating because the American electorate proved just stupid enough to fall for Barack Obama a second time.
That means the leash is off the lion.
“This is my last election. … After my election I have more flexibility,” Obama told Russia’s Dmitry Medvedev earlier this year.
And he’s right.
During his first term, even with a Republican majority in the House of Representatives, Obama has gotten away with circumventing the Constitution, unilaterally granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, violating the rights of religious institutions and businesses, targeting conservatives for harassment by the IRS and other agencies, and countless other abuses of power.
He has used his overseas lackeys to surreptitiously overthrow governments and threaten the balance of power in the Mideast, he has ignored the threat of Iran, weakened our military, abandoned our allies, coddled our enemies and, in Benghazi, literally gotten away with murder.
He has turned our country from a world leader to a nation of feeble-minded dependents, and he is poised to greatly expand the quiet genocide of the abortion industry and install gay marriage as the new norm.
He has ignored and even worsened our economic problems, allowing a real unemployment rate of more than 14 percent to linger for years while dogmatically pushing for higher taxes on job producers and working to shut down the coal and oil industries, and wasting taxpayer money on snake-oil alternative energy schemes.
And he did all these things while feeling constrained by the need to win re-election from a population that has suffered through the worst economy since the Depression and that should have had the self-respect to throw out the bum most responsible for it.
Instead, the electorate — just enough of the voters — demonstrated they have rocks between their ears.
When Obama went around Congress and the constitutional separation of powers by proposing, passing and signing the Dream Act by himself without involving the Legislative Branch, he effectively crowned himself a king.
Now that he’s past that pesky re-election, the smart money says he’s itching to take that crown for a test drive.
There was little holding Obama back before, now he must be thinking there’s nothing to slow him down.
Prepare to see, at last, the real Obama.
But there is something to slow him down. That’s you and me.
While the temptation to give in to despair and withdraw is great, this sham of an election should be a clarion call to conservatives to get even more involved in politics than ever.
We cannot afford any longer to take it easy and content ourselves with being consigned to the sidelines of politics by a middle-to-left political and media establishment. We can no longer take the high ground while liberals drag the country through the mud.
We can no longer afford to just talk and persuade, we must do, we must get involved if we aren’t already, by harassing liberal politicians and journalists, by mobbing liberals the way they mob us, and most importantly by running for office.
While we should not advocate violence, we must be prepared, if it comes to that, to engage in passive or even active resistance.
The lion is off the leash, so we must take up our political spears and become hunters.
Spears hell! I’m hunting this incarnation of the Democratic Donkey with a freaking TANK! I can’t really say I’m particular that I kill it with the Main Gun or squash it into a nasty goo closely resembling the bullshit its full of with the tank’s treads.
To paraphrase a sentiment from General George Patton I want to rip its living guts out and use them the grease the treads off the DL/LL Tank of Truth as it rolls over the lies this administration has been feeding us since before its first election was even done.
… And remember, if you are not happy, there is always another presidential election just four years away. For now, rejoice that the TV ads and incessant phone calls will stop — for at least two years when the campaigns start up again.