Butt Bugling-Who knew it was a real thing?
A Conundrum is….
The definition of the word Conundrum is: something that is puzzling or confusing.
Here are six Conundrums of socialism in the United States of America:
1. America is capitalist and greedy – yet half of the population is subsidized.
2. Half of the population is subsidized – yet they think they are victims.
3. They think they are victims – yet their representatives run the government.
4. Their representatives run the government – yet the poor keep getting poorer.
5. The poor keep getting poorer – yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.
6. They have things that people in other countries only dream about –
yet they want America to be more like those other countries.
Think about it! And that, my friends, pretty much sums up the USA in the 21st Century
Alright! Stop Drooling all over my lunch and NO YOU CANNOT have a bite! YES that DOES include you Impish…unless your looking for a double forked tongue?
Sweet & Spicy Picante Chicken
Prep 15 min.
Total 35 min.
Bake: 20 min.
Cost per recipe: $7.92
Looking for an easy-to-make dish that’s loaded with flavor? Try this family-pleasing dish that mixes picante sauce, brown sugar and mustard to make a savory sauce for moist and juicy baked chicken.
What You’ll Need
1 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 jar (16 ounces) Picante Sauce or Salsa
3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
1 cup regular long-grain white rice, prepared according to package directions (about 3 cups)
How to Make It
- 1 Heat the oven to 400°F. Place the chicken into a 2-quart shallow baking dish. Stir the picante sauce, brown sugar and mustard in a small bowl. Pour the picante sauce mixture over the chicken.
- 2 Bake for 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Serve the chicken and sauce with the rice.
I added garlic and onion powders to this so that I didn’t have to season the chicken at all, just put it in a pan and cover it with the sauce and let it bake.
If you’re using a milder heat Picante or Salsa or one that isn’t all that lime tart I’d suggest cutting the initial amount of brown sugar by half and tasting the sauce then adjusting from there. Heat likes the sweet but with milder Picante/Salsa I found the recommended 3 Tablespoons a bit over powering. If yours winds up too sweet a splash of lime juice or Red wine vinegar should help, or you could just reach for the hot sauce- as the Cajuns say- ‘more hotter more better!’
Spicy Sweet Potato Fries
A great healthy accompaniment to the Sweet & Spicy Picante Chicken if you don’t want rice or are just in the mood for something a little different. They can even be done at the same time the chicken is backing by putting them in 30 minutes prior to the chicken then turning tie oven down to 400 when the chicken goes in.
2 large garnet yams or sweet potatoes, cut into wedges
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
- Preheat oven to 425ºF.
- Toss cut sweet potatoes in olive oil, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, and cayenne. Make sure every wedge is evenly coated.
- Roast cut-side down for 30 minutes, turning once.
The Land That Made Me Me
Famous Quotes with a More Appropriate Authors
- “She’s a black magic woman. She’s tryin’ to make a devil out of me.” – Donald Sterling
- “I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” – Fred Phelps
- “Say ‘hello’ to my little friend!” – Anthony Weiner
- “All your base are belong to us.” – Vladimir Putin
And the Number One Famous Quote with a More Appropriate Author…
- “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.” – John Boehner
OUR NUCLEAR MISSILES ARE STILL RUN BY 8-INCH FLOPPY DISKS !
Get ready to see unprecedented footage from inside one of the U.S. Air Force’s nuclear missile silos. You’d think it would be full of state-of-the-art technology, but you’d be wrong. It’s more like going back in time! You won’t believe what it looks like inside America’s secret bunkers. http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/tour-a-nuclear-launch-control-center
That not frightening enough for you? How about adding to that the fact that our Nuclear Bomber Fleet is run on the exact same antiquated system! But hey! Go ahead, chop the military budget some more so Obama can take another vacation, the government can give more of our money to foreign countries that hate us and to illegal aliens coming to this country for a free ride or to be subversive!
AS YOU BLOODY WELL WERE! QUIET IN THE DESCENTING RANKS! SILENCE IN THE LIBERAL PEANUT (BRAINED) GALLERY!
Sgt. at Wings Dragon!: The very next bloody fool who hisses, boos, heckles, launches a shoe, casts aspersions on my female relations &/or parentage and them that tries to leave before I explain the point behind such a provocative header GET FLAMED! THAT’S AN ORDER!
OK, that’s better! First of all, me apologies to Bill Hughes for nicking the cover to his book to help make my point and to the Pope for nicking his image for the same reason. I assure both of you my intentions are strictly honorable despite the grandstanding to make my point.
Generally this sort of a thing would come under the heading of ‘We Get Mail’. However given the seriousness of what the comment to me concerned I didn’t fell that ‘We Get Mail’ was the place to address the issue, especially given the potential future ramifications of situation and the likelihood that it might get lost or skipped over in the middle of the issue, (not that I delude myself into believing anyone scrolls through the issue to read the Parting Shot first).
In this case I have redacted the name of the sender to protect their identity. These remarks we’re made to me in confidence as the reader and I have a long history of exchange blunt and honest opinions and view points. I would do nothing to see the trust this implies damaged.
I’ll let the exchange do the talking from here on. I do suggest reading the article the link points to. Also Impish and I but would welcome any polite civil and well reasoned exchange of views anyone might chose to post in the comments section or to us directly at the following address:
Sorry you’ll have to actually resort to copying the address down but this cuts down on web crawling spam bots getting our addresses and clogging up our Inboxes so we miss email from actual readers. Though in the case of the emails from liberals, I think I’d rather converse with the SPAM bots. Finally for all you holy rollers ready to inform me of my destination in the hereafter because of this article, save your strength, I’ve no delusions of my destination after solving the final mystery, nor any about the weight your proclamations & judgments carry in that decision.
From: Like I said redacted– nice try though you nosey SOB!
Sent: Saturday, May 03, 2014 8:06 AM
Subject: Check out Vatican Urges U.N. Not To Equate Sex Abuse With Torture As Hearings
if you want just one reason why I won’t step foot in a catholic church, here it is……….bastards, 18,000 sexual abuse cases by priests and they don’t consider that torture. many ‘tortured’ die – these boys defiled by the church are tortured for the rest of their lives.
From: S. Phibber McGee
Sent: Sunday, May 04, 2014 3:46 PM
To: Like I said redacted– nice try though you nosey SOB!
Subject: Re: Check out Vatican Urges U.N. Not To Equate Sex Abuse With Torture As Hearings
Yea I saw that too, I understand why they don’t want it associated with torture and why they don’t see it in the same rank/class as waterboarding or electric shock but I do agree that at some point it becomes psychological torture for the victim however I also think it might be more accurate to classify it as an event leading to PTSD like rape or sexual assault since torture is synonymous with Terrorism and War.
I would point out that as the article does:
… the Vatican’s permanent observer to the U.N. in Geneva, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, said in a newspaper interview Friday the incidence of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy was “the lowest” among all the professions, including teachers and judges.
I’m taking the term “professions” in that quote to refer to those professions in which adults are in a position of authority and implied trust over children. If Archbishop Tomasi’s assertion is in fact factual then I see the hypocrisy that has been historically rampant in the Church as well and the organized and sanctioned cover up and stonewalling as the cause for then excessive/out of proportion attention that the issue receives in relation the the RCC. I know locally just from reading the news briefs I receive from the Houston Chronicle and 2 local Nationally affiliated TV stations on my home page that at least 4 times in the last 6 weeks local teachers have been arrested for alleged inappropriate sexual behavior with minors. In fact in 2 cases it was with multiple minors.
Not only do you not see this making the National news let alone International news feeds, you don’t see groups being formed to represent these kids against School Boards who hide their investigations behind policies of ‘protecting the kids’ (do you REALLY think that the entire school doesn’t know who was banging the headboard with which teacher??!!) nor anyone banging away at the UN to declare student/teacher sexual encounters a from or torture.
From a legal stand point, I see the UN including it as part of the accepted definition of torture presenting a potentially slippery legal slope for several reasons. The minute it’s declared torture some ambulance chasing unscrupulous litigator (my personal money is on the ACLU) looking to make headlines &/or a name for themselves (plus a large fee) will attempt to indict the Roman Catholic Church in the World Court (ICJ) for being Complicit In Crimes Against Humanity.
Additionally some enterprising lawyer will then get up in a court someplace where a Rape case is being tried and assert that Rape is a form of sexual abuse or (conversely) all sexual abuse is in fact a from of Rape ergo it must all be considered Torture in accordance with the UN’s declaration. Now undoubtedly this particular gambit will fail because (in the US) w/o the blessing of Congress what ever the UN says doesn’t amount to a fart in a cow barn. However the idea will have been planted and a point made that liberals will flock to as the ‘cause de jour’.
Likely also, any charges bought against the Roman Catholic Church in the World Court (ICJ) would also fail as such occurrences would all have been before the law/ruling/equating was passed.
Further the Vatican despite being recognized as a Sovereign Entity and having full Diplomatic Status in many nations is not, nor has ever been, a member of the UN. They have what is known as ‘Permanent Observer status’ (which in plain speak means that like everywhere else they can stick their nose in and complain about things that do not adhere to their dogma but the moment someone points at them they can raise their ancient much over used objection “HEY! JUST A MINUTE NOW! How about a little respect for separation of church and state! We can stick the nose of our camel into your tents but keep yours out of our religion please! Besides you can’t tell us jack we’re not a member.”
Beyond that, the loss of all the talking heads and comedians from brain explosions over the incomprehensible scale of the irony in the largest condemner of torture and staunchest supporter of the UN’s 2002 Convention Against Torture being cited for harboring and covering up for sexual torturers would leave several generations bereft of absurd points of view from alleged ‘accredited news’ sources and comically poignant/satirical jokes, jibes & skits.