Well in case you hadn’t heard, the Army/Navy game was last Saturday and for the eleventh straight year, Navy has beaten Army.
Now normally this might be considered a big deal in a grudge match rivalry game, but Army was 2/9 on the season and Navy barely got the job done. In fact until just about the 4 minute mark in the fourth quarter Army was in serious contention to win. I’ll even, as a loyal Navy man, say that Navy didn’t win the game as much as Army lost it with that ill timed fumble.
Personally, for me the biggest disgrace of the game was not Navy’s poor play or Army’s fumble, it was CBS.
Army quarterback Trent Steelman fumbled the ball late in the fourth quarter effectively killing the very real hopes Army had at breaking their losing streak against Navy. Steelman the ONLY Army player in the game to have started all 4 years against Navy was devastated. Once on his sidelines he was inconsolable. I can only imagine how he felt, given that military tradition had him dismissing any thoughts of lost personal glory for breaking the losing streak after so long instead focusing on how he had let his team mates down and how he was going to face them shortly in the locker room.
Understandably the kid simply melted down. From that point on every second there was not play on the field the soulless emotionless bastards on the CBS control booth went out of their way to make sure there was a camera broadcasting this poor kid’s misery. Apparently the fact that this quarterback of a 2/9 team made Navy work their butts off and obtain a win more by luck than and gridiron skill shown during the game became irrelevant taking a backseat to the opportunity to gleefully broadcast his personal misery and incessantly comment on it.
IS THIS what we have become? A nation of empathy-less rubberneckers reveling in the televised misery of others, who have done their best and fallen short of the extremely high bar they have set for themselves? What’s next ? The All Horrendous Accidents Live Channel? Roman Gladiatorial Games? Maybe this time around we can feed the Terrorist and Muslim fanatics to the Lions.
Whatever happen to compassion, professionalism, objectivity and CLASS in Television journalism? Did it die with the changing of the guard at 60 Minutes? WAS it slowly poisoned by people like Geraldo Rivera, Jerry Springer, Dr. Phil and finally die a screaming death with the advent of REALITY TELEVISION??!!
SHAME on CBS for focusing their broadcasting on Steelman at that point in the name of ratings and shame even more on those of us who watched.
Maybe it really IS time for the world to end if that is what we have become.
P. S.: The Patriots rode the Texans all up down the field and tunnels of Gillette Field Monday night like a bronco rider digging his spurs into a mean ride for the full 8 seconds and a final score of 14 to 42. While this makes me very happy it also makes me much despised in Molly’s family. Christmas dinner just got more …complicated since both factions, the Pro Texan Football teams and the Anti Notre Dame haters will be present and greatly riled up over both situations.
The bar room was crowded.
All of a sudden, the cute little thing on the stool began to cry.
The barkeep asked, “What’s the trouble, Sweetie?”
She sobbed, “I’m a virgin, and my boyfriend won’t have anything to do with me because I’m inexperienced. What should I do?”
Three men and a lesbian were killed along with Impish and Lethal in the rush.
How To Read Your Losing Powerball Ticket
Recently the Powerball Jackpot reached in excess of 500 million dollars (that’s half a billion put another way folks). Obviously since Impish and I are still here posting regularly and not off picking out new cars and Christmas Cruises ‘round the world for our wives whilst making secret plans to work our way through the wait staff of an entire Hooters while they are gone, neither of us won any of that half billion dollar bounty. We thought since the rest of you appeared to be might like this helpful tip in interpreting your losing Powerball ticket’s hidden meaning:
^^ Yo! It’s a clickable link so help me out and click it already!^^
Why aren’t you morons panicking yet? What does Mayan Calendar
have to do, take out full-page newspaper ads?!?
Destruction, foretold long ago;
In about two weeks, you will no longer be playing Six Degrees of
Kevin Bacon. It’ll be more like *600* Degrees of Kevin Bacon.
Mayan Calendar worries that even IT won’t be able to kill
Nostalgic for the ’60s? I’ve got good news: Soon, EVERY lamp
will be a lava lamp!
The Secrets Behind Ireland’s Ancient Celtic Christmas Customs
Holiday traditions dating back to when Gaelic culture and religion in Ireland were suppressed
Ireland, like most countries, has a number of Christmas traditions that are all of its own.
Many of these customs have their roots in the time when the Gaelic culture and religion of the country were being suppressed, and it is perhaps because of that that they have survived into modern times.
The candle in the window
The placing of a lighted candle in the window of a house on Christmas eve is still practiced today. It has a number of purposes, but primarily it was an symbol of welcome to Mary and Joseph as they traveled looking for shelter.
The candle also indicated a safe place for priests to perform mass as, during Penal Times, this was not allowed.
A further element of the tradition is that the candle should be lit by the youngest member of the household and only be extinguished by a girl bearing the name “Mary.”
The laden table
After the evening meal on Christmas Eve, the kitchen table was again set and on it were placed a loaf of bread filled with caraway seeds and raisins, a pitcher of milk, and a large lit candle. The door to the house was left unlatched so that Mary and Joseph, or any wandering traveler, could avail of the welcome.
The wren boy procession
During Penal Times, there was once a plot against the local soldiers in a village. They were surrounded and were about to be ambushed when a group of wrens pecked on their drums and awakened the soldiers. The plot failed and the wren became known as “The Devil’s bird.”
On St. Stephens day, a procession takes place where a pole with a holly bush is carried from house to house and families dress up in old clothes and with blackened faces. In olden times, an actual wren would be killed and placed on top of the pole.
This custom has to a large degree disappeared, but the tradition of visiting from house to house on St. Stephens Day has survived and is very much part of Christmas.
The placing of a ring of holly on doors originated in Ireland as Holly was one of the main plants that flourished at Christmas time and which gave the poor ample means with which to decorate their dwellings.
All decorations are traditionally taken down on Little Christmas (January 6th). and it is considered to be bad luck to take them down beforehand.
Traditional Gaelic salutation
The Gaelic greeting for “Merry Christmas” is “Nollaig Shona Duit,” which is pronounced as “null-ig hun-a dit.”
Why Men Wear Earrings
Did you ever wonder why earrings became so popular with men?
A man is at work one day when he notices that his co-worker is wearing an earring. The man knows his co-worker to be a normally conservative fellow, and is curious about his sudden change in “fashion sense.”
The man walks up to him and says, “I didn’t know you were into earrings.”
“Don’t make such a big deal, it’s only an earring,” he replies sheepishly.
His friend falls silent for a few minutes, but then his curiosity prods him to ask, “So, how long have you been wearing one?”
And he explains, “Ever since my wife found it in my truck.”
Speaking of ‘The Laden Table’, lets do a few more holiday recipes for you to get you cheer and goodwill on with. Since Hanukkah also known as the Festival of Lights is currently under way I thought a few traditional non Christmas dishes that can be enjoyed by all would be a good idea as well as more goodies for the baked goods buffet. Better loosen those belts another notch and grab your forks!
Holiday Brisket with Savory Onion Jus
At a glance
Prep 15 min.
Total 3 hr. 40 min.
Cook: 3 hr. 15 min.
Stand: 10 min.
Flavorful brisket, butternut squash and onions slowly simmer in a sweet and savory sauce until the meat is fork-tender and delicious.
What You’ll Need
2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
6 medium onions, cut into quarters
1 medium butternut squash (about 3 pounds), peeled, seeded and cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes (about 6 cups)
1 boneless beef brisket (about 3 pounds)
1 3/4 cups Swanson® Beef Broth or Swanson® Beef Stock
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup dry red wine
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 can (about 28 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes
How to Make It
Heat the oil in an 8-quart saucepot over medium-high heat. Add onions and squash and cook over medium heat until they’re tender-crisp. Remove the vegetables from the saucepot.
Season the beef as desired. Increase the heat to medium-high. Add the beef to the saucepot and cook until it’s well browned on all sides. Remove the beef from the saucepot. Pour off any fat.
Add the broth, orange juice, wine, brown sugar and tomatoes to the saucepot and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Return the beef to the saucepot. Cover and cook for 2 hours.
Return the vegetables to the saucepot. Cover and cook for 1 hour or until the beef is fork-tender.
Remove the beef to a cutting board. Let stand for 10 minutes. Serve the beef with the vegetables and sauce.
Head scratch yourself for a minute or two and I’m sure you can see as I do that this recipe will translate well for cooking in a Crockpot while you do other holiday things.
Latkes with Sour Cream-Mushroom Sauce
At a glance
Prep 20 min.
Total 40 min.
Serves 16 (I call BULL! Feeds 4 if you’re lucky!)
Cook: 20 min.
Traditional potato pancakes are tastier when they’re served with this creamy mushroom-onion sauce.
What You’ll Need
2 large russet potatoes, shredded (about 3 cups)
5 green onions, chopped (about 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup (Regular or 98% Fat Free)
1 cup sour cream
How to Make It
Place the potatoes into a colander. Rinse with cold water. Blot dry with paper towels.
Stir the potatoes, 1/2 cup onions, flour and 1/2 cup soup in a medium bowl.
Heat the oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. For each latke, drop 2 tablespoons potato mixture in the skillet, flattening into a 3-inch round with the back of a spoon. Cook the latkes, 5 or 6 at a time, until well browned on both sides. Drain the latkes on paper towels.
Stir the sour cream, remaining soup and onions in a small bowl. Serve the sour cream mixture with the latkes.
Fudge-Filled Irresistible Peanut Butter Cookies
- No-Stick Cooking Spray
- 1 1/2 cups Creamy Peanut Butter
- 1 cup All-Vegetable Shortening
- 2 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/3 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 3 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 (14 oz.) can Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- HEAT oven to 375°F. Coat baking sheets with no-stick cooking spray.
- For Cookies: BEAT peanut butter, shortening, brown sugar, milk and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs. Beat just until blended.
- COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Add to creamed mixture on low speed, mixing just until blended. Drop by level tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets.
- BAKE 6 to 7 minutes or until set and just beginning to brown. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet. Remove to wire rack to cool completely.
- For Filling: MICROWAVE sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips in medium microwave-safe bowl on HIGH for 1 1/2 minutes or until melted and smooth when stirred. Stir in vanilla. Let cool 15 minutes. Spread generously on flat side of half the cookies. Top with remaining cookies, flat side down, to form sandwich cookies.
Rich, Decadent Cappuccino Fudge Cheesecake
Coffee, rich, dark fudge, and luscious cheesecake converge here for a decadent dream of a dessert. It’s going to take some time and effort — but it’s worth it! This is definitely a special occasion dessert. Did I mention Kahlúa is one of the ingredients? The recipe calls for chocolate wafer cookies, which are probably worth looking for if you’re a stickler for perfection. But between us, I think your crust will come out fine if you use Oreos with the filling scooped out. (One of those old school cheese cutters with the wire between the arms of the ‘Y’ works really good for the filling removal)
- 1 (9-ounce) box chocolate wafer cookies
- 6 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 7 tablespoons hot melted unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
- 20 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped
- 1/4 cup Kahlúa or other coffee-flavored liqueur
- 4 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 1/3 cups sugar
- 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons dark rum
- 2 tablespoons instant espresso powder or coffee crystals
- 2 tablespoons ground whole espresso coffee beans (medium-coarse grind)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons mild-flavored (light) molasses
- 4 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups sour cream
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Espresso coffee beans (optional)
For crust: Finely grind cookies, chopped chocolate, brown sugar, and nutmeg in processor. Add butter and process until crumbs begin to stick together, scraping down bowl occasionally, about 1 minute. Transfer crumbs to 10-inch-diameter springform pan with 3-inch-high sides. Wrap plastic wrap around fingers and press crumb mixture firmly up sides to within 1/2 inch of top edge, then over bottom of pan.
For ganache: Bring whipping cream to simmer in large saucepan. Remove from heat; add chocolate and Kahlúa. Whisk until chocolate is melted and ganache is smooth. Pour 2 cups ganache over bottom of crust. Freeze until ganache layer is firm, about 30 minutes. Reserve remaining ganache; cover and let stand at room temperature to use later for creating lattice pattern.
For filling: Position rack in middle of oven and preheat to 350°F. Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl until blended. Beat in flour. Stir rum, espresso powder, ground coffee, vanilla, and molasses in small bowl until instant coffee dissolves; beat into cream cheese mixture. Beat in eggs 1 at a time, occasionally scraping down sides of bowl.
Pour filling over cold ganache in crust. Place cheesecake on rimmed baking sheet. Bake until top is brown, puffed and cracked at edges, and center 2 inches moves only slightly when pan is gently shaken, about 1 hour 5 minutes. Transfer cheesecake to rack. Cool 15 minutes while preparing topping (top of cheesecake will fall slightly). Maintain oven temperature.
For topping: Whisk sour cream, sugar, and vanilla in medium bowl to blend. Pour topping over hot cheesecake, spreading to cover filling completely. Bake until topping is set, about 10 minutes. Transfer cheesecake to rack. Refrigerate hot cheesecake on rack until cool, about 3 hours.
Run small sharp knife between crust and pan sides to loosen cake; release pan sides. Transfer cheesecake to platter. Spoon reserved ganache into pastry bag fitted with small star tip. Pipe 6 diagonal lines atop cheesecake, spacing 1 inch apart. Repeat in opposite direction, making lattice. Pipe rosettes of ganache around top edge of cake. Garnish with coffee beans, if desired. Chill until lattice is firm, at least 6 hours. (Can be made 4 days ahead. Wrap loosely in foil, forming dome over lattice; keep chilled.)
Great Britain’s Princess Kate and Prince William are expecting a baby. The bad news: Prince Harry is already planning a huge baby shower in Vegas.
Prince William and Kate Middleton are expecting. They don’t know whether it’s going to be a boy or a girl, but they do know one day that child could grow up to be one of the most powerful unemployed people in the world.
Prince William and his lovely bride are pregnant. Buckingham Palace announced Kate is pregnant. They’ve been married for a year and a half. That’s like five marriages for a Kardashian.
Kate is said to be very nervous about giving birth. Giving birth to a baby wearing a crown is very hard. You can tell the baby’s a member of the royal family, because Kate said she can already feel it waving.
Piers Morgan Owned on Twitter Over Gun Control
Reader Graciemj offers this next piece on Liberals and gun control
I watched this last night. This is how the left operates, when you don’t have a leg to stand on – SCREAM and interrupt. Watch this – Erik Rush Ties Gun Violence to Liberal Policy and Gets Shouted Down By Nervous Prog Mouthpiece…
Hannity Panel Erupts Into Shouting Match During Gun Control Debate: ‘You Shut Your Mouth!’
A guy goes into the confessional box.
He finds on one wall a fully-equipped bar with Guinness on tap.
On the other wall is a dazzling array of the finest Cuban cigars.
The upholstered chair reclines has massage and heat.
Then the priest comes in.
“Father, forgive me, for it’s been a long time since I’ve been
to confession, but I must first say that the confessional box
is much more inviting these days.”
The priest replied, “Get out! You’re on my side!!!”
Story posted 2012.11.29 at 10:45 PM CST
Talk about a bad day. A man in Massachusetts was ticketed after being run over by his own pickup truck.
Salem police responding to reports of a car accident found Brian Reynolds, 40, lying injured and face down in the road on Monday afternoon, the Boston Herald reported.
He told police the brakes in his pickup truck had failed.
According to the Salem Patch, Reynolds said he tried to slow the truck by sticking out his foot and driving up a hill.
Instead, he fell out of the truck, which rolled over his left leg, according to the Herald.
Reynolds suffered only minor injuries, and the truck eventually stopped after hitting a fire hydrant.
He was issued a $35 ticket for driving with defective equipment!
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A Soldiers Silent Night
The original version was written by Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt in 1987 under the title “Merry Christmas, My Friend.”
The audio recording of this adapted version was recorded by Father Ted Berndt and his daughter Ellen Stout. Father Berndt was a priest at Bread of Life Charismatic Episcopal Church in Dousman, Wisconsin, a proud Marine, and a WWII Purple Heart recipient.
The poem was recorded in one take. The recording received a national A.I.R. (Achievement in Radio) award from the March of Dimes and continues to be played in radio stations across the country.
It is my very great privilege and extreme honor to share “A Soldier’s Silent Night” again with you this Christmas.
A Soldier’s Silent Night
TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF PLASTER AND STONE.
I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
AND TO SEE JUST WHO IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.
I LOOKED ALL ABOUT, A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS, NOT EVEN A TREE.
NO STOCKING BY MANTLE, JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.
WITH MEDALS AND BADGES, AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
A SOBER THOUGHT CAME THROUGH MY MIND.
FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT, IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER, ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.
THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING, SILENT, ALONE,
CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.
THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE, THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER,
NOT HOW I PICTURED A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.
WAS THIS THE HERO OF WHOM I’D JUST READ?
CURLED UP ON A PONCHO, THE FLOOR FOR A BED?
I REALIZED THE FAMILIES THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,
OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.
SOON ROUND THE WORLD, THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,
AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.
THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,
BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS, LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.
I COULDN’T HELP WONDER HOW MANY LAY ALONE,
ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.
THE VERY THOUGHT BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE,
I DROPPED TO MY KNEES AND STARTED TO CRY;
THE SOLDIER AWAKENED AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,
“SANTA DON’T CRY, THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE;
I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM, I DON’T ASK FOR MORE,
MY LIFE IS MY GOD, MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS.”
THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP,
I COULDN’T CONTROL IT, I CONTINUED TO WEEP.
I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS, SO SILENT AND STILL
AND WE BOTH SHIVERED FROM THE COLD NIGHT’S CHILL.
I DIDN’T WANT TO LEAVE ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,
THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR SO WILLING TO FIGHT.
THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER, WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,
WHISPERED, “CARRY ON SANTA, IT’S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE.”
ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH, AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.
“MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND, AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT.”
May “A Soldier’s Silent Night” transcend any opinion about this war or any war, and go deeper to foster an appreciation for the selfless sacrifice and courage of The United States soldier and their families.
Finally it is my most sorrowfully duty to report than I was informed Monday morning through Military Association channels of the death of a true American hero, a member of the elite SEAL Team 6, those who stormed Osama bin Laden’s compound and served him up a healthy dose of decidedly non Halal American payback and justice for his acts of terror.
Petty Officer First Class Nicolas Checque of Monroeville, Pa the 28-year-old SEAL Team 6 member who was in the helicopter assault to free an American doctor from the Taliban, was killed on Dec. 10.
On Saturday night, SEAL Team 6 conducted a helicopter assault on a mountain hideout 50 miles from the Pakistani border to rescue Dr. Dilip Joseph, who was captured outside Kabul five days ago.
In the resulting firefight, Checque was killed by a single gunshot to the head. Seven of the Taliban, who were armed with machine guns, rocket propelled grenade launchers and AK-47s, were also killed.
President Obama praised the special forces on Sunday, saying the mission was characteristic of U.S. troops’ “extraordinary courage, skill and patriotism.”
“He gave his life for his fellow Americans, and he and his teammates remind us once more of the selfless service that allows our nation to stay strong, safe and free,” Mr. Obama said of the fallen American service member in a statement.
In a separate statement Sunday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said, “In this fallen hero, and all of our special operators, Americans see the highest ideals of citizenship, sacrifice and service upheld.”
A spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan said Dr. Joseph, of Colorado Springs, Colo., was rescued early Sunday, local time, in eastern Afghanistan. Joseph, a medical adviser for Colorado Springs-based Morning Star Development, was rescued after intelligence showed he was in imminent danger of injury or possible death, according to the U.S. military.
U.S. officials told Martin the Taliban demanded a ransom of $100,000, money Morning Star Development didn’t have. The Taliban released the two Afghans captured along with the doctor, but kept Joseph and were heading south toward Pakistan.
According to a CNN report on Dec. 10, “Checque joined the Navy in 2002, according to a brief service record provided by the Defense Department. After attending recruit training in Illinois and advanced training in Virginia, he entered the seal program in April 2003. He was assigned to his first SEAL unit in August 2004, and transferred to a second unit, presumably SEAL Team Six, in September 2008. He received the Bronze Star and several other awards during his 10-year Naval career.”
Even though SEAL team members do not talk very much about their dedicated training and work, observing their actions on San Diego’s bay speaks louder than any words. “We prepare our life to save another man’s life.”
The draped casket of 28-year-old SEAL Team 6 member Nicolas Checque is supposed to arrive in the United States tonight. He will be welcomed home with the highest honors.