Leprechaun Laugh # 170 for Wednesday December 5th 2012


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Body Hiding Friend

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Lethal here folks-

Our header this week was to have been last week’s before Notre Dame won versus USC and became the only undefeated team in the BCS requiring me to make a new one to get my brag on. Alabama narrowly won Saturday so I have only until Jan 7th to live now…especially if the Irish beat them.  On top of that, The Texans are playing the Patriots next Monday for the AFC Division Title and a birth in the Super Bowl. This means my loyalties will place me at odds with Molly’s entire family. While many of them are Cowboys fans even that faction would rather see the Texans win than the Patriots. So you’ll to excuse me if I’m pulling for the Mayan End of Days to beat Molly and her family to killing me over football.

Having the header hanging around for a week got me to thinking however about something that we might be overlooking this year what with the possibly probable end of days vying for attention with Christmas and all.

So, with an apology for interrupting your contemplation of your perfect last day on Earth or that perfect Christmas gift for crazy Uncle Biff from California, I have to point out there just MIGHT be something you are overlooking this holiday season-

Revenge.

Now we all know all the popular axioms regarding this:

Mafia: If you must hurt a man, do it so brutally that you need not fear his revenge.

Chinese: Before starting out for revenge first dig two graves.

Klingon: Revenge is a dish best served cold (and it’s very cold in space).

English: Women do most delight in revenge.

Irish: Men are more prone to revenge injuries than to requite kindnesses.

and we all know, thanks to several insider staff leaks in Obama’s  Press/Communications Department, that his second term will be very Nixon-esque in his revenge seeking upon those gracing his enemies list, but what about you’re revenge list?

You say that revenge just perpetuates things? Practicing ‘an eye for an eye” leads to a world of the blind? Bugger that line of reasoning! The world may well be coming to an end in 16 days folks! That means any window of opportunity for revenge is fast closing! If you don’t get on the stick (or beat that guy from Accounting who takes his frustrations from his last IRS audit out on your expense account WITH the stick) revenge is going to be the dish you never even checked to see if you had the ingredients for!

As the best body hiding pal to many of you I expect to become geometrically busier everyday with the hiding bodies thing. Not only that but there is a finite limit to how many bodies Impish can be expected to eat I mean places I can stash bodies, even doubling or tripling up! Then you got those long friends people expecting that seniority has its privileges, my contractual body hiding obligations, Impish revenge list MY revenge list- Hell I may be hiding bodies right up until they start becoming Zombies!

My point is plan early and soon because you just might be stuck hiding your bodies yourself if you don’t!

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Four guys have been going on the same fishing trip for many years.

Two days before the group is to leave, Greg’s wife puts her foot down and tells him he isn’t going. Greg’s friends are very upset that he can’t go, but what can they do.

Two days later the three arrive at the camping site only to find Greg sitting there with a tent set up, firewood gathered, and dinner cooking on the fire. “Shit, Greg, how long you been here, and how did you talk your missus into letting you go?”

“Well, I’ve been here since yesterday evening. I was sitting in my chair and my wife came up behind me and put her hands over my eyes and said, “Guess who?” I pulled her hands off, and she was wearing a brand new see through nightie. She took my hand and pulled me to our bedroom. The room had candles and rose petals all over. On the bed she had handcuffs, and ropes! She told me to tie and cuff her to the bed, and I did.

And then she said, “Do whatever you want.”

So, Here I am. You guys want a beer?”

 

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Bogus Browser Updates Put PCs, Phones at Risk

by Ben Weitzenkorn, Staff Writer, Security, TechNewsDaily November 28 2012 03:45 PM ET

http://www.technewsdaily.com/15702-browser-update-malware.html

Hackers are using malicious ads to dupe victims into downloading bogus Web-browser updates, just a few days after real security updates from Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

The scam begins with a typical scareware tactic. Victims land on a malicious Web page and are (wrongly) informed that their browsers are outdated, researchers at StopMalvertising reported. The victims are then offered a link to download a patch for the browser being used.

Users who click the link will download a malicious JavaScript code containing a Trojan. Once inside, the Trojan points the browser to a new homepage, also full of malware, Trend Micro discovered.

Visitors to the malicious sites on mobile devices risk infection from malware that secretly sends premium text messages, essentially robbing victims through their service providers.

For years, scammers have been taking advantage of new product launches, updates and the hype and fear that surround them. Recently, scammers took advantage of interest around the iPhone 5 and even Hurricane Sandy.

Users can stop themselves from becoming victims by keeping abreast of their browser’s updating protocols and only downloading files from trusted sources.

Scammers rely on victims who overlook details and behave irrationally, motivated by fear or a bargain. Always make sure the URL is familiar, and that the domain name in the address bar is the legitimate one.

Firefox prompts users for an update via an alert, not a popup browser window, and Chrome updates itself automatically.

Although other browsers are not affected in this particular hack, Safari users should know that Apple updates its native browser as a part of its bigger OS updates.

Internet Explorer updates through the onboard Windows Update, never through the browser.

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The Top 5 Songs About Holiday Shopping

5> I’ll Be Broke by Christmas
4> Thirty Wreaths Sold Dirt Cheap
3> I Saw Mommy Shopping Amazon
2> Another Dick in the Mall

and the Number 1 Song About Holiday Shopping…

1> Papa’s Got a Brand Name Bag

[ Copyright 2012 by Chris White/HumorLabs.com ]

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Q. What do snowmen wear on their heads?
A. Ice caps.

Q. What do you get if you cross a snowman and a shark?
A. Frost bite.

Q. Where do snowmen go to dance?
A. A snow ball.

Q. What do you call an unreliable snowman?
A. A snow flake.

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  PAst Feature Update

Senate panel approves bill requiring police to get a warrant to read emails

By Perry Chiaramonte Published November 29, 2012 FoxNews.com

While it’s too early for huzzahs, handsprings, and the hatching of criminal plots via your e-mails. This recent development gives some minor cause for hope in the battle to keep Big Brothers nose out your electronic business. Of particular concern is the mention of the possibility of a ‘delay of 90 days for notice’ for non law enforcement federal agencies

A key Senate panel approved legislation Thursday  that would require police to obtain a search warrant from a judge before they can read a private citizen’s emails, Facebook messages or other electronic communications.

The revised Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee will now move on to the full Senate for a vote. Passage would be a victory for privacy advocates, who say current privacy rules have been left in the dust by technological progress.

‘After decades of the erosion of Americans’ privacy rights, we finally have a rare opportunity for progress on privacy protection.’ – Sen. Pat Leahy, (D-Vt.)

Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who played a key role in drafting the original bill, has called the existing law, written 26 years ago, “anachronistic.”

Leahy said that Americans “face even greater threats to their digital privacy, as we witness the explosion of new technologies and the expansion of the government’s surveillance powers.”

The revised law will make it more difficult for the government to access the content of a consumer’s emails and private files from Google, Yahoo and other Internet providers.

Under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) of 1986, police only need a subpoena, issued without a judge’s approval, to read emails that have been opened or that are more than 180 days old.

The updated law would require a judge to sign off on a warrant to obtain any email from any time period from a third-party provider. It also eliminates the “180-day rule” that in the past has established different legal standards for law-enforcement to obtain older emails.

“[When the current law was drafted,] no one could have imagined that emails would be stored electronically for years or envisioned the many new threats to privacy in cyberspace,” Leahy said. “That is why I am working to update this law to reflect the realities of our time and to better protect privacy in the digital age.”

The Justice Department and other law enforcement agencies have resisted the changes over concerns that investigations could take longer due to the new requirement in response to these issues. An amendment from Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), which was passed by voice vote, will modify the provision to allow a delay of notice for up to 90 days for governmental agencies that are not law enforcement.

This is not the first time that the topic of email privacy has been raised in the Judiciary Committee, where Leahy introduced the bill nearly two years ago.

“After decades of the erosion of Americans’ privacy rights on many fronts, we finally have a rare opportunity for progress on privacy protection.” Leahy said Thursday.

The Associated Press contributed to the above portion of this story.

Marc Rotenberg, head of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said that in light of the revelations about how former CIA director David Petraeus’ e-mail was perused by the FBI, “even the Department of Justice should concede that there’s a need for more judicial oversight,” not less.
Markham Erickson, a lawyer in Washington, D.C. who has followed the topic closely and said he was speaking for himself and not his corporate clients, expressed concerns about the alphabet soup of federal agencies that would be granted more power:

❝ There is no good legal reason why federal regulatory agencies such as the NLRB, OSHA, SEC or FTC need to access customer information service providers with a mere subpoena. If those agencies feel they do not have the tools to do their jobs adequately, they should work with the appropriate authorizing committees to explore solutions. The Senate Judiciary committee is really not in a position to adequately make those determinations. ❞

 

Christopher Calabrese, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, said requiring warrantless access to Americans’ data “undercuts” the purpose of Leahy’s original proposal. “We believe a warrant is the appropriate standard for any contents,” he said.
An aide to the Senate Judiciary committee told CNET that because discussions with interested parties are ongoing, it would be premature to comment on the legislation.

http://news.yahoo.com/senate-bill-rewrite-lets-feds-read-your-e-mail-without-warrants-191930756.html

The full text of Leahy’s bill, as introduced in September, is here.  Sen. Leahy explains what his bill would do here.

As I said last week, as it currently stands, you enjoy more privacy rights if your stored data on your hard drives or under your mattresses. a legally unprotected aspect of your privacy that unless the law is changed to be more privacy-protective will slow the shift to cloud-based services by both people and companies because of the total current lack of electronic privacy protection. Those who would pshaw and scoff at this assertion need only ask David Petraeus if I am right or not.

 

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Impish Dragon is stopped by the police around 2 a.m. and is asked where he is going at this time of night.

The Impish replies, “I am on my way to attend a lecture on the ill effects that gambling, hookers, alcohol abuse, smoking, and staying out late has on the human body.”

The officer then asks, “Really? Who is giving a lecture like that at this time of night?”

The Impish replies, “My wife.”

Mayan Calendar Speaks

Rapture”? Don’t make Mayan Calendar laugh. Get ready for
the RUPTURE!

No, there will NOT be zombies or vampires. You silly people
watch WAY too many dumb movies.

Mayan Calendar might take out Trump first, just so the rest
of you can watch. Hey, I’m a giver.

Acid on roses and singed-whiskered kittens,
Flash-boiling kettles and melting wool mittens,
Starving half-humans in fiery rings…
these are a few of Mayan Calendar’s favorite things

Mayan Calendar predicts that lots of scavengers will soon be on
the Atkins diet.

So Beano stops gas? You might want to get a 40-trillion gallon
tank of the stuff for 12/21/12.

Mayan Calendar doesn’t think there’s any rush on starting that
NHL season.

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Fred Astaire – Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town

 

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Every year The Food Network does a 12 Days of Cookies thing. Some are good, I’ve even saved a few recipes for Molly who is the designated baker in our home. We’ve used a couple as is and tweaked a few. IMCO [In My Culinary Opinion]…well lets just say that while they may suit other peoples tastes for us they are best left on the page unmolested &/or tested.

This year however appears as though it might be a banner cookie recipe year as they’re leading off with a favorite of both of ours:

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Recipe courtesy Trisha Yearwood

Prep Time:  20 min   Inactive Prep Time: 1 hr 0 min

Cook Time: 30 min    Level: Easy

Serves: 2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup macadamia nuts, chopped

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheet with parchment paper.

With an electric mixer, cream the butter and both sugars together until smooth. Add the vanilla and egg, mixing well. Sift together the flour and baking soda. Spoon the flour mixture gradually into the creamed sugar mixture. Stir in the cranberries, white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts. Drop by heaping spoonfuls, about 2 tablespoons, onto the prepared baking sheets, 2 inches apart. Bake one sheet at a time until lightly golden on top and the edges are set, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool on the sheet about 5 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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Sunny’s Chocolate Chip Candy Cane Cookies

Recipe courtesy Sunny Anderson

Prep Time: 20 min   Inactive Prep Time: —

Cook Time: 45 min  Level: Easy

Serves: about 24 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup bittersweet chocolate chips, gently chopped
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) coarsely crushed red or green candy canes (4 to 5 candy canes)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

To a stand mixer, add the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Blend on high with the paddle attachment until the sugar granules are less visible and the mixture is light and fluffy, about 4 minutes.

Scrape the sides with a rubber spatula, then add the egg and blend on low until combined, stopping to scrape the sides more to incorporate.

Prepare the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, add the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and baking soda. Stir and toss with a spoon or fork.

Scrape the sides of the mixer bowl and, while off, add half of the flour mixture. Turn on low and mix until combined; this should only take 5 to 6 rotations of the paddle. Stop and scrape the sides again, then add the other half of the flour and mix on low the same way. Turn off the mixer.

Add the chopped chocolate chips and crushed candy canes. Turn the mixer back on low and blend until just combined; this should only take 3 to 4 rotations of the paddle.

Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop dough balls the size of golf balls, 1 tablespoon each, and place 3 inches apart on the baking sheet, about 8 cookies per sheet. Bake until the edges are set and the center is cooked through, but still soft, 13 to 15 minutes.

Cool the cookies for 2 to 3 minutes on the sheets. Then, holding the baking sheet over a wire cooling rack, remove the cookies from the sheet by gripping the baking sheet with one hand and the parchment paper on the opposite side with your other hand. Gently slide the parchment paper off the sheet with the cookies still on top, resting the parchment and cookies on the wire rack beneath until cool. This cookie removal/cooling trick takes coordination, so think about it before you do it and easy on the egg nog.

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PB and J Blondie

Recipe courtesy Jeff Mauro

Prep Time: 20 min  | Inactive Prep Time: 1 hr 35 min

Cook Time: 35 min  | Level: Easy

Serves: 24 blondies

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) salted butter, melted and cooled, plus more for greasing
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips
  • 3/4 cup crushed roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup raspberry, strawberry or grape preserves

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and set the rack to the middle position. Place two overlapping sheets of greased parchment or foil in a 9- by 13-inch baking dish, so they form a cross and hang over the ends by at least 1 inch.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. In another bowl, mix the melted butter and brown sugar until combined. Add in the eggs and vanilla, and mix until combined. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and gently fold with a spatula until uniform. Fold in the peanut butter chips and peanuts.

Pour the batter into the baking dish and spoon on the preserves. Using a skewer or knife, make swirly patterns into the batter with the preserves. Bake until the top is shiny and a cake tester comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool in the dish on a wire rack. Using the ends of the foil or parchment, lift the blondies out the dish. Cut into 24 squares and serve!

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Now admittedly at my advanced age I am seen by many as a wee on the old fashioned side. I’m not totally to blame for that- I mean what can you expect from a poor Leprechaun who has the motto on his Family Crest “Trod the Ancient Paths- Honor Always the Uld Ways”? I happen to like both Mincemeat Pie and a good fruitcake, something that is harder and harder to find now a days, which is why mine is made by Trappist Monks who have been making it from a very old recipe and supporting themselves with it for about as long as I’ve been around. Part of the reason there are so many bad  fruit cakes is that its so time consuming to make a good one. These fruitcake cookies take all the time out of it, all the nastiness associated with bad fruitcake and can me mixed once rolled and stored then sliced and baked as required.

Fruitcake Cookies

Recipe courtesy Ina Garten

Prep Time: 30 min  Inactive Prep Time: 14 hr 0 min relax it’s all refrigeration time!

Cook Time: 20 min  Level:  Intermediate

Serves: 5 dozen small cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound dried figs
  • 1/4 pound raisins
  • 2 ounces candied cherries, coarsely chopped
  • 2 ounces dried apricots, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 6 ounces chopped pecans
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 extra-large egg
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

Directions

Snip off the hard stems of the figs with scissors or a small knife and coarsely chop the figs. In a medium bowl, combine the figs, raisins, cherries, apricots, honey, sherry, lemon juice, pecans, and a pinch of salt. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit overnight at room temperature.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, cloves, superfine sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, add the egg and mix until incorporated. With the mixer still on low, slowly add the flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt just until combined. Don’t over mix! Add the fruits and nuts, including any liquid in the bowl.

Divide the dough in half and place each half on the long edge of a 12 by 18-inch piece of parchment or waxed paper. Roll each half into a log, 1 1/2 to 1 3/4-inch thick, making an 18-inch-long roll. Refrigerate the dough for several hours, or until firm.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

With a small, sharp knife, cut the logs into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Place the slices 1/2-inch apart on ungreased sheet pans and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until lightly golden.

Per cookie (60); Calories: 101; Total Fat: 5 grams; Saturated Fat: 2 grams; Protein: 1 gram; Total carbohydrates: 13 grams; Sugar: 7 grams; Fiber: 1 gram; Cholesterol: 12 milligrams; Sodium: 7 milligrams

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I don’t think there is much to say about this next one except chocolate & cheesecake in one mouthful…how could this not be a perfect Christmas bite?

Chocolate Cheesecake Candy Cane Bars

From Food Network Kitchens

Prep Time:

20 min

Inactive Prep Time:

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Cook Time:

1 hr 0 min
Level:

Easy
Serves:

about sixteen 2-inch squares

Ingredients

Crust:
  • 20 chocolate wafer cookies
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely ground coffee beans
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
Filling:
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
Glaze:
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon light or dark corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup crushed candy canes

Directions

For the crust: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8-inch-square baking dish with foil.

Process the chocolate wafers in a food processor with the butter, sugar, coffee and salt until fine. Evenly press the crust into the prepared dish, covering the bottom completely. Bake until the crust sets, about 15 minutes.

For the filling: Meanwhile, heat the chocolate in a medium microwave-safe bowl at 75-percent power until softened, about 2 minutes. Stir, and continue to heat until completely melted, up to 2 minutes more. (Alternatively, put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Bring a saucepan filled with an inch or so of water to a very slow simmer; set the bowl over, but not touching, the water, and stir occasionally until melted and smooth.)

Blend the cream cheese, sugar and sour cream together in the food processor until smooth. Scrape down the sides as needed. Add the eggs and pulse until just incorporated. With the food processor running, pour the chocolate into the wet ingredients and mix until smooth.

Pour the filling evenly over the crust. Bake until the filling puffs slightly around the edges but is still a bit wobbly in the center, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool on a rack.

For the glaze: Put the chocolate, butter and corn syrup in a microwave-safe bowl and heat at 75-percent power until melted, about 2 minutes. Stir the ingredients together until smooth; add the sour cream. Spread the glaze evenly over the warm cake and scatter the crushed candy canes over top. Cool completely, and then refrigerate overnight.

Cut into small bars or squares. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Store the bars covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Cook’s Note: To crush the candy canes, remove the wrappers and place in a resealable plastic bag. Use a rolling pin to roll over and break up the candy into small pieces, about 1/4 inch or so.

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Of this last one I’ll just say that when it comes to cookies often times there is no school of cookie making like the old school. These take me back to my first memories of Christmas the smell of a peat fire in the stove and the scent of hot cookies baking. When you bake these cookies your house will smell like Christmas! Now that I’m older on a cold winter’s night so deep I find these ideal with a nice cup of tea for that pre long winter’s nap snack.

Jamie’s Old-Fashioned Ginger Crinkle Cookies

Recipe courtesy Jamie Deen

Prep Time: 10 min   Inactive Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 25 min   Level: Easy

Serves: about 4 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon turbinando sugar

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, ground ginger, cinnamon, salt, allspice and cloves.

Add the shortening, butter and the brown and granulated sugars to the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Slip in the molasses and egg and beat until well incorporated. Add the flour mixture by scoopfuls and beat until combined.

Add the turbinado sugar to a small plate or bowl. Roll the dough into balls that are 1 inch in diameter (1/2 ounce in weight), then roll in the sugar. Place 12 balls on a baking sheet 2 inches apart. Bake the cookies 9 to 11 minutes, rotating halfway through the baking time. Cool on the baking sheets for 4 minutes, then continue cooling on wire racks. Repeat with the second batch.

Notes: These cookies are nice and chewy on the inside with a nice crunch on the outside. They have a wonderfully soft texture from using both shortening and butter.

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How are you planning to eat your Christmas Dinner this year?
33% I will eat at home and cook myself
0% I will eat at home and have it catered
17% I will eat at a friend’s house
33% I will eat at a family member’s house
0% I will eat at a restaurant
0% I will not eat a Christmas Dinner
17% Other

How much do you expect to spend on clothing/accessories this holiday season compared to last holiday season?
0% A lot more
23% A little more
23% About the same
0% A little less
54% A lot less

How likely are you to purchase the new Nintendo Wii U?
6% Very likely
0% Somewhat likely
94% Not at all likely
0% I already purchased it

Have you started your holiday shopping yet?
39% Yes
43% No
18% I won’t be doing any holiday shopping

Are you excited about shopping this holiday season?
6% Very excited
12% Somewhat excited
82% Not at all excited

Are you planning to use your smart phone or tablet to do any research while shopping in stores this holiday season?
6% Yes, I will use my smartphone
0% Yes, I will use my tablet
6% Yes, I will use both my smartphone and tablet
38% No, I will not be doing any in-store research
50% No, I won’t be shopping in stores this holiday season

Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron (Christmas Song) Part 3

WHAT?! It happens to be one of my favorite less serious Christmas songs! It ALMOST makes me believe that for one single night and a day that ‘tidings of comfort & joy’ can be found even between the best of enemies. NO! I have NOT lost my bloody mind– I said ALMOST.

 

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A modern recounting of the Clement Clarke Moore Classic

‘Twas the month before Christmas

When all through our land,

Not a Christian was praying

Nor taking a stand.

Why the PC Police had taken away

The reason for Christmas – no one could say.

The children were told by their schools not to sing

About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.

It might hurt people’s feelings, the teachers would say

December 25th is just a ‘ Holiday’.

Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit

Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!

CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-Pod

Something was changing, something quite odd!

Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa

In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.

As Targets were hanging their trees upside down

At Lowe’s the word Christmas – was nowhere to be found.

At K-Mart and Staples and Penney’s and Sears

You won’t hear the word Christmas; it won’t touch your ears.

Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty

Are words that were used to intimidate me.

Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen

On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton!

At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter

To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.

And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith

Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace

The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded

The reason for the season, stopped before it started.

So as you celebrate ‘Winter Break’ under your ‘Dream Tree’

Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.

Choose your words carefully, choose what you say

Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS,

not Happy Holiday!

Please, all Christians join together and

wish everyone you meet

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Christ is The Reason’ for the Christ-mas Season!

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About lethalleprechaun

I believe in being the kind of man who, when my feet touch the floor in the morn', causes the Devil to say "BUGGER ME! HIMSELF IS UP!" ======== I'm a White Married Heterosexual who fervently believes in the war(s) we are fighting, the Second Amendment which I plan on defending with my last breath and my last round of ammunition as well as Arizona's stringent law on Immigration and the need for the border wall. I'm a right of center Con-centrist with Tea Party & Republican sympathies who drives an SUV. I am a Life Time Member of the NRA, a Charter Member of the Patriots' Border Alliance and North American Hunters Association. If there is a season for it and I can shoot one I'll eat it and proudly wear its fur. I believe PETA exists solely to be a forum for Gays, Vegetarians, Hollywood snobbery to stupid to get into politics and Soybean Growers. The ACLU stopped protecting our civil liberties sometime after the 1960s and now serves its own bigoted headline grabbing agenda much in the same way as the Southern Poverty Law Center. I am ecstatic that WE the PEOPLE finally got mad enough to rise up and take back the Government from WE the ENTITLED and reverently wish the Liberals would just get over the loss and quit whining/protesting all the time. After all they're just reaping what they've sown. I am Pro-choice both when it comes to the issue of abortion AND school prayer. I believe in a government for the people, by the people which represents and does the people's will. Therefore I an Pro States rights and mandatory term limits but against special interest group campaign contributions and soft money. I think that sports teams who allow their players to sit or take a knee during the National Anthem should be boycotted until the message is received that this is not acceptable behavior for role models for children. I believe Congressional salaries should be voted on bi-annually by the people they represent and not by themselves. I think Congress should be subject to every law they pass on the populace including any regarding Social Security or Healthcare. Speaking of the Healthcare bill (or con job as I see it) I hope Trump will overturn it and set things back to normal. I oppose the building of an Mosque or ANY Islamic center at or within a 10 mile radius of Ground Zero in New York. I will fight those in favor of this until hell freezes over and then I will continue to fight it hand to hand on the ice. Further I think the ban on immigrants from certain nations known to harbor and promote terrorism is a justified measure, at least until we can come up with better methods of vetting and tracking those non citizens we allow in the country. We did not inflict this measure on them those who refuse to point out, denounce or fight radical religious terrorism brought this upon themselves.
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