Well folks looks like my personal hand basket to hell has undergone transformation and picked up speed thanks to my partially misunderstood Parting Shot last week. Mind you I’m not complaining as the weather here has turned quite chilly damp and raw again and the heat in the hand basket is welcome. Apparently some of you need refresher classes in reading for comprehension. I’m not even going to try for retention because I figure that’s just a bridge too far this early in the day. But we’ll get to that later on in this week’s Parting Shot.
If any of you are contemplating a career change which also involves a change of scenery now is the time to strike. Apparently Las Vegas suffered a whole string of suicides and murders Sunday night. Strangely all the victims seem to have been odds makers and bookies. Also there was a secondary round of suicides and murders centering around Madison Ave & Wall St in New York Monday shortly after the opening bell of the stock market as the first signs of backlash against Coke manifested it self in retaliation for it’s Super Bowl ad. As with the comments I received about last weeks Parting Shot we’ll be getting to that subject in a bit too. Mean while-
Let’s get the obligatory Super Bowl jokes right out of the way right now. This way all you Broncos fans can get on with the ignoring/pretending it didn’t happen, forgetting &/or alcohol induced memory wipes.
This next one is Impish’s personal favorite:
Finally my personal favorite for its accuracy and humor in so few words:
Well THAT explains why I’m always hearing women around Impish mutter those words!
Want some laughs, or just scratch your head in total bewilderment……then this is a great place to start…….have fun
“If women are so bloody perfect at multitasking, how come they can’t
have a headache and sex at the same time?” — Billy Connolly
In all cases below I season my Bisquick with Finely Fresh Ground Black Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder & Poultry Seasoning
Impossibly Easy Breakfast Bake (Crowd Size)
Ringing the breakfast bell has never been easier! Enjoy all the traditional tastes of breakfast in one easy bake.
Prep Time 20 min | Total Time 1 hr 10 min | Servings 12
2 packages (12 oz each) bulk pork sausage
1 medium bell pepper, chopped (1 cup)
1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
3 cups frozen hash brown potatoes
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (8 oz)
1 cup Original Bisquick® mix
2 cups milk
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 Heat oven to 400°F. Grease rectangular baking dish, 13x9x2 inches. Cook sausage, bell pepper and onion in 10-inch skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sausage is no longer pink; drain. Stir together sausage mixture, potatoes and 1 1/2 cups of the cheese in baking dish.
2 Stir Bisquick mix, milk, pepper and eggs until blended. Pour into baking dish.
3 Bake uncovered 40 to 45 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
4 Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 1 to 2 minutes longer or just until cheese is melted. Cool 5 minutes.
Makes 12 servings
If you’d rather make a smaller recipe using a 9-inch pie plate, cut all ingredient amounts in half and bake 30 to 35 minutes.
Savory Impossibly Easy Pies can be covered and refrigerated up to 24 hours before baking. You may need to bake a bit longer than the recipe directs since you’ll be starting with a cold pie. Watch carefully for doneness
Can be done with basically any breakfast meat not just sausage as long as its cooked and most of the fat is rendered out and well drained if applicable.
Impossibly Easy Bacon Pie
Indulge yourself with an old-fashioned bacon-and-egg breakfast with this easy pie recipe.
- Prep Time: 20 min
- Total Time: 1 hr 5 min
- Servings: 6
12 slices bacon, crisply cooked, crumbled
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese (4 oz)
1/3 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup Original Bisquick® mix
1 1/2 cups milk
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1. Heat oven to 400°F. Grease 9-inch glass pie plate. Sprinkle bacon, cheese and onion into pie plate.
2. In medium bowl, beat remaining ingredients until blended; pour into pie plate.
3. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Makes 6 servings
I put well sautéed (in bacon grease) mushrooms in mine. What is well sautéed? Cooked until all the extra moisture that would prolong the baking time is out of the mushrooms
Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie (Crowd Size)
Now you can make a crowd-sized version of the top-rated Bisquick Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie. It’s as easy as ever.
- Prep Time: 15 min | Total Time: 40 min | Servings: 12
1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 bag (12 oz.) frozen mixed vegetables
1 cup Original Bisquick® mix
2 cups milk
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (8 oz)
- Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 13×9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. In 10-inch skillet, cook beef, onion and salt over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until beef is brown; drain. Spread in dish. Top evenly with frozen mixed vegetables.
- In medium bowl, stir Bisquick mix, milk and eggs with wire whisk until blended. Pour into baking dish.
- Bake 30 minutes. Sprinkle evenly with cheese; bake 10 minutes longer or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cut into squares.
Makes: 12 servings
I just read a document advising that Congress has instructed the IRS to send each taxpayer a tax assist package. It’s a Complimentary Tax
Software and Custom Backup USB Drive from the IRS. Apparently you just plug in this USB drive and it automatically uploads and installs the
IRS software to complete your taxes! The USB drive is yours to keep as a reminder of you having filed your income tax with the IRS for
another year! Just their way of saying “Thank you” to the Taxpayers! View the Youtube video to see how it works.
Forrest Gump claimed his Momma said ‘Stupid is as stupid does.’ Well apparently Coca-Cola wanted to put that theory to the test and see just how many Super Bowl Watchers who choose soft drinks over Beer they could piss off Sunday Night. By attempting to apply their Global Unity Philosophy from their iconic 1971 “Hilltop’ commercial (aka ‘I’d Like To Teach the World to Sing’ ) to a message of acceptance for multicultural/multilingual America at the expense of our National Identity, they disrespected not only America, but it’s legal citizenry and Military as well by airing a multilingual version of ‘America the Beautiful’ during what is an uniquely and iconic American event.
Coca-Cola Super Bowl ad ignites online debate
‘American the Beautiful’ sung in different languages in addition to English
(CNN) – Coca-Cola’s Super Bowl commercial Sunday night was at first glance a moving tribute to America’s diversity, featuring a full minute of ordinary people of different races and ethnicity doing ordinary American activities, as the classic song “America the Beautiful” plays throughout the ad.
Nevertheless it became one of the most polarizing moments of the night. Why? The song was sung in different languages in addition to English, which sparked an uproar on Twitter.
@BudLightBro: “Not a fan of the CocaCola commercial. America The Beautiful should not be sang in any other language other than English. Sorry not sorry.”
@Rob2TurntFoster: “I didn’t like the coca cola commercial last night because I couldn’t understand it.”
@mmahathy: “I will be drinking Pepsi after your Super Bowl commercial. We welcome all people but being American should be an honor. @CocaCola #tcot.”
@janicehr55: “I am truly disappointed in @Coca Cola for the offensive #SpeakAmerican commercial last night. Speak English!”
Former Rep. Allen West explained why he and others were so upset by the ad.
“The last thing any of us should want to see is a balkanized America,” he wrote in a blog post Monday morning. “Furthermore, it has to be of concern that we have Americans who lack the resolve to take a stand for our borders, language, and culture.”
West, a Republican from Florida, was not petitioning for a boycott of Coca-Cola products, but argued the song should have been sung in English and showed U.S. military members of diverse races.
“If you truly want to show a diverse commitment to service, sacrifice, and honor that enables us to live in ‘America the Beautiful’ that would have been rated the best commercial advertisement of the Super Bowl.”
And as Washington grapples with tackling immigration reform, the ad also became fodder for that ongoing debate. Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham tweeted a reference to Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, the 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee, whom she has criticized for supporting some GOP efforts to resolve the illegal immigration problem.
@IngrahamAngle: “But illegals will learn English, right @RepPaulRyan? Coca-Cola’s “America the Beautiful” Super Bowl ad #EnglishFirst”
Others were quick to blame Republicans for making hay about the ad. Former White House senior adviser David Plouffe tweeted:
“Looking forward to RNC banning Coca-Cola products at 2016 Convention.”
His tweet, of course, brought its own wave of criticism, as some compared it to the controversial MSNBC tweet last week that assumed conservatives would be offended by a Cheerios ad about a biracial family.
@amylutz4: “MSNBC called. They want their smear campaign back Rt @davidplouffe: Looking forward to RNC banning Coca-Cola products at 2016 Convention.”
While the Coca-Cola commercial certainly had its critics, it also had plenty of people coming to its defense, including Republicans, such as Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
@lisamurkowski: “My favorite commercial so far? Coca Cola’s America the Beautiful ad. Gave me goosebumps, and I don’t even drink pop! #superbowlcommercials.”
The Heritage Foundation, a high-profile conservative think-tank, also tweeted out support for the ad Sunday night.
@Heritage: Did anyone else like the @CocaCola commercial as much as we did? What a beautiful nation we have! #SuperBowl
The debate continued Monday morning with plenty of other people defending the ad — and blasting those who took issue with it. The term “America the Beautiful” became a trending topic on Twitter the United States.
@Originale_Pink: “wait, wait, wait…so people are genuinely upset that the Coca-Cola commercial was multi-lingual?”
@speatsm: “I’m embarrassed for those who felt that coca cola commercial was a problem. Actually, you’re the problem. #tolerance”
@littlegirlLiv: “I liked the Coca-Cola commercial, it represented the people. Not everyone that is considered an American speaks English. Hello diversity.”
Well @littlegirlLiv, and the rest of you liberally bent excessively tolerant Bozos, the Leprechaun has news for you! To legally be considered of called an ‘American’ you need to be a citizen, otherwise regardless you are just a resident alien regardless of what you call or consider yourself. One of the key steps in becoming a citizen? Speaking the English language proficiently! Here is another dose of realism for you liberal love everyone to the point of destroying what America was built on and stood for 238 years and numerous wars- That tolerance of people who say they are Americans but refuse to learn the language and demand that the many adapt to service the few rather than the common sense opposite costs us BILLIONS of taxpayer dollars every year contributing to our crushing debt!
I have seen service men and women tear up and have trouble maintaining their professional composure in many foreign lands, under shit conditions having gotten up to stand at attention, despite the possible threat of incoming fire, when ‘America the Beautiful’ is played because it reminds them of what they are fighting for and all the things they have volunteered to do without to preserve that America. Well you idiots and Coke just pissed on that and them. No wonder Forrest Gump drank Dr. Pepper, I always thought he wasn’t stupid or slow he simply had a problem dumbing down far enough for the rest of us to understand his thoughts!
Molly’s family drinks nothing but Coke products and has already been put on notice by us that we will no longer be stocking Coke for them when they come and if they plan on bringing it with them and drinking it, it will not be in my house. Coca-Cola can from now on KISS MY JARHEAD ASS!
And now, America the Beautiful sung the RIGHT WAY…in ENGLISH!
Man Buried Astride His Motorcycle Inside Enormous Plexiglas Box, Riding Beloved Harley To Heaven
An Ohio man took his love of motorcycles to the grave — literally.
Billy Standley of Mechanicsville was buried Thursday while sitting atop his 1967 Harley-Davidson motorcycle in a Plexiglas casket, Columbus TV station WBNS reported.
It took five embalmers, three extra burial plots and steel reinforcements to make it happen.
Standley’s custom-made casket was pulled to the cemetery by a pickup truck.
He had requested an outdoor funeral so his biker friends could see him off, according to WBNS.
Standley’s children said the motorcycle helped him keep a sense of adventure after settling down to raise four kids.
A life time job at Hooters and a mandatory full body search by the TSA at every airport? Can you imagine if those implants came with squeakers like pet and baby toys have?
The Top 5 Things Overheard During Super Bowl XLVIII
OK I thought I was done ragging on the Broncos, but this was just too good to pass up!
- “Honey, I thought there were supposed to be *two* teams playing.”
- “Didja hear that gol-darned Coke ad?”/”?Que?”
- “I’m sorry, Mayor De Blasio, but Governor Christie has ordered the line to your men’s room shut down.”
- “Gee, I’m as cold sitting here as Jimmy Hoffa is over there in the old Meadowlands end zone.”
And the Number One Thing Overheard During Super Bowl XLVIII…
- “May I have your attention, please: Will the fan in Section 131, Row G, seat 24 please suit up and take the place of Peyton Manning?”
Well apparently last weeks Parting Shot caught a few peoples attention. I got my lowest approval rating in some time, only 3 votes worth 3.5 stars. Miracle of miracles I actually even got comments on it. Unfortunately those comments fell into the nitpick and confused about what I was saying but darned upset about it categories. This led me to the conclusion that further amplification on last weeks Parting Shot via the vehicle of address those comments was required because I soon found out that none other than our own Impish Dragon was laboring under that same misnomer as the angry fellow. Impish quickly realize the error when I pointed it out to him and I suspect that many of you also need it pointed out.
Now I don’t mind mad, it means I’ve reached someone in a profound manner even if its not the manner I’d hoped for but I prefer that if you are going to be mad that you clearly understand what I said that you are mad about.
Nitpicking on the other hand generally doesn’t bother me, unless its done to try and make me look stupid and/or ignorant about the subject I’m speaking on. That does annoy the hell out of me, especially when some anal retentive has to call me on something that damned near every journalist who has ever written about our government has said at one time or another for exactly the same reasons I said it the way I did.
3 Responses to Leprechaun Laughs # 230 for Jan 29th 2014
Equating the Catholic Church to radical Islam is too much. Goodbye.
Now there you go putting words in my mouth!
YOU used the words ‘radical Islam ’I NEVER said those two words together in relation to each other! [In point of fact I never equated the two or even mention the two religions together at any time!] Actually the word ‘radical’ never even appears in my entire Parting Shot.
I strongly suspect you’re one of those narrow minded but wide open mouthed moral minority bead warriors who love to make presumptions about peoples destinations in the here after based on whither or not their beliefs & point of view coincide with you narrowly held ones.
Sorry you don’t care for my assertions about the Church or their religious right bead warriors. Maybe it stung a little I don’t know but I’m not the only person making these comparisons or expressing these views. I’m just one of the few not getting paid for it & sans a newspaper’s protection who is being attacked and criticized for dragging it out of the incense shrouded shadows and calling attention to it. See I swore an oath to protect this country from all enemies foreign AND DOMESTIC.
I have emailed Bobschw privately concerning this because I doubted he would be looking back to read any response I might make to his comment. What follows is an excerpt from my remarks to him regarding his mistaken belief and what I believe led to it.
I strongly advise you to carefully reread the Parting Shot at which you apparently took umbrage. At no time do I use the words ‘radical Islam’ in my Op Ed piece. The only one to use those words is in fact you sir. Nor do the words (Catholic) ‘Church’ and ‘Islam’ even appear in the same sentence let alone a similarity comparison. Also I would point out there is a vast difference between Islam and Radical Islam, just like there is between Catholicism and Fundamentalist/Born Again Catholicism. In both cases the former are much more open and tolerant of other religions and viewpoints than the later. Finally were I tempted to draw any parallels between any branch of Catholicism and Radical Islam my choice for comparison would have been the Westboro Baptist Church specifically.
I suspect you have misconstrued the graphic regarding what potentially happens when there is no Constitutionally guaranteed separation of Church and State. I am aware of one other person who required being directed to examine this particular graphic a second time as well, that person being Impish Dragon. In the case of the graphic, just as in the case of the Founding Fathers words ‘church’ is construed to mean religion in general not any specific religion in particular.
I trust this explanation clears up any issues of misconstruing on your part over this subject and the graphic in particular. Now, if your religious views do not permit the expression dissenting view points for what ever reason or you cannot admit to your mistake in this (preferably in the same forum you chose to publically and groundlessly accuse me of the misdeed), I have no problem with your no longer reading my contributions to the blog. That is your right. However please see to it you are doing it for the right and accurate reasons and not do to some mistaken knee jerk reaction.
Since he stated basically he was no longer going to be reading the blog and his comments were going to be part of this weeks blog I also informed him of such. I’m greatly interested in seeing just what kind of Christian Bobschw is and how many Christian values/tenants he actually follows since he is apparently such a strong defender of the faith.
Well commendably I didn’t have to wait long for a response to my missive:
On Thursday Jan 30 at 6:07 PM Bob Schwarer wrote:
I’m through with the blog anyway. Just is not my cup of tea I guess. Keep up the good work. Bye.
He also followed that up with:
On Friday, January 31, 2014 1:42 AM, Bob Schwarer wrote:
I went back and re-read the article. You are correct. The graphic is what got me confused. I’m sorry I jumped to the conclusion I did.
By the way, I do think churches and most exempt organizations should pay taxes.
Regardless of if he keeps reading or not he has earned my respect for admitting his mistake and offering an apology, a rare occurrence in my blogging experience.
OK a few words of explanation are required to make sense of this next round of reader’s comment and response. Tom called me on a technical civic error I made in the last Parting Shot. I used the term that was colloquially used on a daily basis with reference to our system of government. I did this despite know the difference largely to avoid being required to interject a Civics 101 lesson into the middle of my comment and detract from the point I was attempting to make. Apparently Tom wanted that Civics 101 class and so as not to look like I don’t know what I am talking about (trust me when your defending something for a living, possibly with your life you learn all you can about exactly what you are defending) here is that Civic 101 lesson. It was assembled from a variety of sources. My comment are in Green all bold font and underling for emphasis are mine. If its in black its taken from the myriad of web pages on this subject, just as I might point out was Tom’s uncited comment
Tom Harlander says:
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the DEMOCRACY(?) for which it stands…” No, not a democracy, but a republic. Under a republic, the majority does not have the right to dictate to the minority, in a democracy, it does.
Ok you caught me making a technically inaccurate statement here. It is a very confusing issue for most people because we use a democratic process to elect members to a Republican governing body to represent our concerns interests and intentions who themselves in turn again use the democratic process to arrive at a conscientious regarding the laws which govern us and (at least in the Founding Fathers theoretical beliefs) represents the will of the majority of We the People.
By popular usage, however, the word “democracy” come to mean a form of government in which the government derives its power from the people and is accountable to them for the use of that power. In this sense the United States might accurately be called a democracy. [Hence my use of the term which Tom called me on]
Many people are under the false impression our form of government is a democracy, or representative democracy. This is of course completely untrue. The Founders were extremely knowledgeable about the issue of democracy and feared a democracy as much as a monarchy. They understood that the only entity that can take away the people’s freedom is their own government, either by being too weak to protect them from external threats or by becoming too powerful and taking over every aspect of life.
They knew very well the meaning of the word “democracy”, and the history of democracies; and they were deliberately doing everything in their power to prevent having a democracy.
In a Republic, the sovereignty resides with the people themselves. In a Republic, one may act on his own or through his representatives when he chooses to solve a problem. The people have no obligation to the government; instead, the government is a servant of the people, and obliged to its owner, We the People. Many politicians have lost sight of that fact.
A Constitutional Republic has some similarities to democracy in that it uses democratic processes to elect representatives and pass new laws, etc. The critical difference lies in the fact that a Constitutional Republic has a Constitution that limits the powers of the government. It also spells out how the government is structured, creating checks on its power and balancing power between the different branches. [It should be understood that these limits checks & balances extend to the President as well, something Obama is doing his best to ignore and circumvent as often as possible though the use of Executive Orders]
The goal of a Constitutional Republic was to avoid the dangerous extreme of either tyranny or mobocracy but what exists in America today is a far cry from the Constitutional Republic our forefathers brought forth.
In the strictest sense of the word, the system of government established by the Constitution was never intended to be a “democracy.” This is evident not only in the wording of the Pledge of Allegiance but in the Constitution itself which declares that “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government” (Article IV, Section 4). Moreover, the scheme of representation and the various mechanisms for selecting representatives established by the Constitution were clearly intended to produce a republic, not a democracy.
The USA has moved away from its republican roots and become more “democratic,” it has strayed from the intentions of the Constitution’s authors. Whether or not the trend toward more direct democracy would be smiled upon by the Framers depends on the answer to another question. Are the American people today sufficiently better informed and otherwise equipped to be wise and prudent democratic citizens than were American citizens in the late 1700s? By all accounts, the answer to this second question is an emphatic “no.”
It was my opinion however that to make the technically correct distinction which you pointed out, followed by the requisite Civics 101 Lesson I have assembled here from multiple sources, would have been lost on most, confusing to many and served only to detract from the point I was attempting to make about the few attempting to impose their will on the many.
Perhaps I should have said I would not address the attempt by the Church to dictate law via the use of ‘Mobocracy’. Today we have DO have a mobocracy occurring in our streets all across America. Sadly, such mobocracy or ‘mob rule’ was endorsed and encouraged by Sen. John McCain who praised the recent wave of pro-illegal immigration demonstrations by saying . . . “if the protesters hang tough they will succeed in forcing Congress to liberalize immigration laws. If such demonstrations continue, I think we will have a bill for the President to sign soon . . . The more debate, the more demonstrations, the more likely we will prevail.’ He was of course referring to the Senate’s massive illegal-alien amnesty bill S. 2611 which did in fact, pass. Was S. 2611 passed to appease the mob? If so, it is a perfect example of rule by mobocracy!
Others have heeded his words and begun using the same tactics. For the Church however this tactic is nothing new, they have been using it to affect the changes they want for centuries when other avenues fail them. Why else do you think Constantine the Great caused the Roman Empire to convert or forced all the competing sects of Christendom to hold the First Council of Nicaea and in effect unify all their beliefs into one religion? He did it largely because the bickering Catholics were causing riots and violent infighting threatening to topple the Roman Empire itself.
Take everything with you that you came with! Anything you leave becomes property of DL/LL Media Enterprises. If you are going to forget something please see its not your kids and that its something Impish or I would like to have. Be sure to be back for Impish’s Saturday edition of DragonLaffs, if you let on you like me better than him he’ll just start blubbering and we’re due for more cold weather. I’m not doing a Hans Brinker imitation on frozen dragon tears around here!