Nope haven’t gone off my rocker or chugging ‘round the bend to my second childhood thought I do already have that plotted out. Nerf Guns and Legos/Kinects all the way when I’m not too busy living a Calvin like philosophical exploration of life along with my stalwart Dragon companion . [Yes Impish when I go crazy I’m taking you along fore the ride in revenge you Typhoid Mary of Insanity!]
Ahem! no, the opening graphic is rather my way of commenting on our weather for about the last 5 days and in general since the first of the year here in Houston. In the space of 3 days I’ve gone from heat and wearing bundled in fleece and fingerless gloves to the A/C and wearing nylon track pants and short sleeved T-shirts! I swear old Mother Nature is in bloody menopause and alternating between hot flashes and the chills! Our temperature goes up and down the mercury like a bloody Yo-yo!
So what do you say we get the ball rolling before I have to make another temperature driven wardrobe change?
Oklahoma man charged with ‘atomic wedgie’ murder of stepfather
(Reuters) – A 33-year-old Oklahoma man has been charged with killing his stepfather by giving him an “atomic wedgie,” that caused the victim to suffocate on his own underwear.
Brad Lee Davis was charged with murder in the death of 58-year-old Denver St. Clair in a drunken family fight at a residence just east of Oklahoma City, the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office said in an arrest affidavit obtained on Wednesday.
Police arrested Davis on Tuesday. The affidavit said he “grabbed St. Clair’s underwear and gave him an ‘atomic wedgie.’ Davis allegedly pulled the elastic waistband of St. Clair’s underwear over his head and around his neck.”
Oklahoma Medical Examiner spokeswoman Amy Elliott said the cause of death was asphyxiation and blunt force trauma.
Pottawatomie County Sheriff Deputy Travis Palmer said Davis and St. Clair were drinking beer on the night of December 21 at the older man’s residence when St. Clair began speaking ill about his wife, who is Davis’ mother.
Investigators said St. Clair’s elastic waistband was stretched over his head and that it left ligature marks around his neck. Blood splatter was also found in the kitchen, the living room and on the living room ceiling.
Davis was being held in Pottawatomie County without bond. His lawyer was not immediately available for comment.
Yeah if I was representing an adult so reduced in mental capacity as to resort to having to apply an Elementary School Atomic Wedge to my parent in order to drunkenly respond to an argument I’d be unavailable for comment too. His lawyer should learn to have some standards and refuse to represent anything lower than another lawyer
Off-duty firefighter puts out fire with beer
HOUSTON – An off-duty Houston firefighter’s quick thinking helped save a burning beer truck.
Capt. Craig Moreau from Station 41 was driving back from Austin with his wife on Monday night when he saw an 18-wheeler catch fire.
All the truck driver had was a small fire extinguisher.
When Capt. Moreau realized that wouldn’t work, he started using the Coors beer in the back of the truck to put out the flames.
Moreau said the foam and spray from the 16 oz. ‘tall boys’ helped put out the fire and ultimately save the truck.
Moreau and the driver were not injured, but said their clothes smelled like beer, smoke and burnt rubber.
The only reason as an Irishman I’m not crying ‘alcohol abuse!’ over this report is that this is about the best use for Coors or any canned beer I have ever heard of IMCO.
I was cleaning out my Blog file and noticed I had one of these leftover. I’ve gotten away from this feature because of the lack of appreciation or response other than from Impish
The sad thing is, I’m pretty sure all of these “jokes” are based on actual statistics from the US Census. The other sad thing is, I bet the 95% of us who couldn’t name half of the color blocks when looking at a blank map, could easily score 100% when given the prejudiced hints listed here to help us out. Except maybe Ohio. Ohio is dubbed “Swingers.” Can we get a Wikipedia explanation of that one? Aren’t there hella Amish in Ohio? I mean, maybe not Pretzelreich quantities of Amish, but you’d think enough to counterbalance Buckeyes’ apparent penchant for non-monogamous behavior, in which both partners in a committed relationship agree to engage in decidedly un-Amish activities with other couples for recreational purposes. People of Ohio, what is wrong with wood carving and buggy rides?! Oh…or maybe it’s just that the rest of us misinterpreted what those sneaky Amish minxes and gallants actually meant by wood carving and buggy rides….
Rock on, Ohio.
Missouri, Mississippi, don’t get any more ideas.
Ok, you got me. ‘Tis true enough the Super Bowl isn’t until Feb 2nd. However do you really want to serve last minute discovered untested not personally refined by you foods to a crowd of crazed football fans with high expectations?
Do I really need to bring up the fondue fiasco of ‘77? The Baked Brie Bombing of ‘83? Must I mention The Tamale Tragedy of ‘91 What about the Hot Wings that weren’t of 2003? The Not-so Nachos of 2008?
Yeah I thought you’d sort of start seeing it my way.
Bacon-Wrapped Potato Bites with Spicy Sour Cream Dipping Sauce
If you can find tiny new potatoes, those would be even more aesthetically precious. But chunks work fine, too. Just be sure to dice the potatoes smaller than you might think. We found that the smaller chunks actually had a better potato-to-bacon ratio. They were dangerously poppable.
With the creamy wedge of potato and the crunchy bacon, the sour cream dip is what pushes this appetizer over the edge. Again, mixing some hot sauce into the sour cream is a no-brainer, and yet that’s exactly what makes the dip addictive. If you swirl the hot sauce into the sour cream instead of fully mixing it in, you’ll get a roulette of spicy and cool bites.
Makes about three dozen bites
1 pound small or medium red potatoes
2 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon olive oil
Freshly ground pepper
12 ounces to 1 pound thick-cut bacon
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
1-3 teaspoons hot sauce
Salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Wash and dry the potatoes. Chop them into 1-inch pieces, keeping the chunks roughly the same size even if they aren’t the exact same shape. Put the potatoes in a medium pot, cover with cold water, and bring to a boil. Season the water with 2 teaspoons of salt. Once the water begins to boil, cook the potatoes for 3 to 4 minutes, until you can stick a fork into them without too much resistance. You want the potatoes to be almost, but not fully, cooked through so they won’t fall apart during the next steps.
Drain the potatoes and put them in a large bowl. Add the rosemary, olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and a few grinds of pepper, and toss until the potatoes are evenly coated.
Cut the strips of bacon into thirds. Wrap each potato bite in a piece of bacon, securing it with a toothpick. Put the potatoes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil spaced an inch or two apart. You may need to cook the potatoes in two batches.
Cook the potatoes for 15 minutes, then flip each piece. Cook for another 15 to 20 minutes, until the bacon is cooked through and as crisp as you like it. Mix the sour cream and hot sauce in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Pile the potato bites on a plate and serve alongside the dip.
Baked Spinach Dip Mini Bread Bowls
13.3 oz roll of refrigerated French bread loaf, I used Simply Pillsbury
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 Cups baby spinach, coarsely chopped
1 clove fresh garlic, minced
3 oz softened cream cheese
1/2 Cup light sour cream
2 Tablespoons fresh shredded parmesan cheese
1/8 teaspoon Ancho Chile Pepper
1/8 teaspoon Onion Powder
1/8 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 Cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 10 muffin cups with non stick cooking spray. Unroll package of French bread loaf and slice into 10 equal size slices, about 1 inch thick. Press each slice into about a 3 inch round, I did this by pressing in between my hands. Press into the bottom and up sides of the muffin cup. Set aside.
2. Heat oil in medium skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir spinach until wilted, about 3 minutes then add garlic, cook and stir for another minute then turn heat off.
3. Place cream cheese, sour cream, cooked spinach and garlic, Parmesan Cheese, Ancho Chili Powder, garlic salt, salt and pepper into a medium bowl. Mix until well combined. With a medium cookie scoop, scoop dip into each of the centers of bread bowls. Top evenly with shredded cheese and bake for 15-17 minutes until just turning brown on edges. Remove and let cool for 3-5 minutes before removing from oven.
10 mini spinach dip bread bowls
Much as football fans might like to think and say different, man cannot live on munchies (even my 1st rate munchies) alone. Women even less so. So here is one for after the game or for the women to have in the kitchen with a soothing glass of wine while the men in the den get in touch with their inner Neanderthal
Creamy Chicken Sausage and Spinach Pasta
Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes | Yield: 4-6 servings
I used pre-cooked chicken sausage in this recipe so it really only takes a couple minutes of warming in the pan before it’s ready to eat. If you use fresh/raw chicken sausage, sauté the links until cooked through then slice and add the slices to the pan with the spinach.
½ lb dry pasta shapes
2 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, diced small
½ tsp Kosher salt
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dried oregano
½ cup dry white wine
1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
12 oz chicken sausage, sliced into rounds
5 oz fresh spinach
1 cup mascarpone cheese
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
Cook pasta according to package directions; reserve ½ cup of the pasta water and then drain.
Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté the onions with the salt for 5-7 minutes, until they start to soften. Mix in the oregano and garlic; cook for 30 seconds, until fragrant. Deglaze the pan with the wine, scraping the bits from the bottom of the pan. Stir the tomatoes, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer for 8-10 minutes.
Add the sausage and spinach to the top of the mixture and cover the pan for 2-3 minutes to allow the spinach to start wilting. Start stirring the sausage and spinach into the mixture and recover for another minute. Once all of the spinach has just wilted, stir the mascarpone and Parmesan into the pan until melted and creates a creamy sauce. Stir the pasta into the mixture until well-coated with the sauce. Stir in up to ½ cup of the pasta water if the sauce seems too thick. Serve hot.
It’s well known within the firearms industry that gun shops are often the first line of defense in any potentially nefarious transaction — and that extends to companies who make firearms and accessories. If something seems shady (and could get them in trouble down the line) it’s within their right to refuse the sale and stave off an potentially disastrous outcome.
What’s not so common is a retailer or manufacturer getting public credit for it — often the story is instead about the gun shop who unwittingly sold a firearm to an evil doer, or the brand he used to commit the crime.
Utah gun manufacturer refuses sale to Pakistan
WEST VALLEY CITY — A local gun manufacturer is gaining attention after announcing its decision to turn down a multimillion-dollar deal to legally supply Pakistan with precision rifles.
Desert Tech was approached with the opportunity to sell precision rifles to Pakistan in November. The company turned the deal down this week because of fears the guns could eventually be used against U.S. troops.
“The company was founded on the principle of keeping Americans and our allied forces safe,” said sales manager Mike Davis. “We’re not saying that Pakistan would get the weapons and do anything bad with them, but there’s just a heavy set of unrest over there.”
The contract would have been lucrative and the current United States administration supports foreign military arms sales to Pakistan forces, but Davis said after internal discussion they decided it wouldn’t be a good fit for their company. Some of the employees are veterans who have been to the Middle East and seen the situation first hand. Other employees have family members and friends currently serving in military engagements in the region.
“As a business owner you always want to be successful, but I think ethically and morally you want to go about it the right way and stick behind your founding principles,” Davis said.
A post by founder Nick Young on the company’s Facebook page on Tuesday has gone viral, with more than 2,000 likes and 1,000 shares so far. In the post Young asked readers if they thought the company’s concerns about selling rifles to Pakistan were legitimate.
Even though Young and other employees felt turning down the deal was the right thing for the company, Davis said it was a difficult decision to make because of the amount of money involved.
“(Young) made that decision and he put the post out there, I think, because he wanted to see if he made the right choice,” Davis said. “Sometimes going with your heart and what you feel about something is the hardest thing to do.”
Weapons sales to allied nations are nothing new but it can be complicated, especially in a country with an al-Qaida presence.
“Pakistan is an ally,” said Colonel Steven R. Watt. “We do put a significant amount of aid into Pakistan. There’s a continual struggle about the amount of support and assistance we actually get. I’ve got to admire Desert Tactical for potentially turning down what could have been a very lucrative contract in the interest of protecting American service members.”
Davis said they were surprised by the response they received and have been very humbled by the support.
“The feedback has been tremendous — we’ve had literally thousands of emails and shares from military members (and) everybody just really respecting the decision we made,” he said.
The guns — precision bolt action center fire rifles — can change caliber within minutes and have the capacity to shoot as far as 3,000 yards.
The arms, ammunition and training company contracts with private citizens, law enforcement and agencies worldwide. Desert Tech has had some military contracts with other countries but declined to reveal specifics.
Desert Tech, formerly known as Desert Tactical Arms, was founded in 2007 and is located in West Valley City.