Leprechaun Laughs # 340 for Wednesday March 9th 2016


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Morning folks.

Nope no epic snow storm header experiment this week for a couple reasons.

Firstly Impish had an abscessed tooth pulled on Monday and strange its it sounds (and feels to me) I’m extremely sympathetic to the poor guy. In the event it worked I didn’t want him outside gritting his teeth while shoveling and snow blowing. Though some might allege my heart is smaller than the Grinch’s, I still do have one.

Second of all Mother Nature is pitching a wee bit o’ a hissy at me for experimenting with that wee bit o weather control apparently. ‘Tis been raining here at Keebler Towers since late Monday Evening and we’ve rain in our forecast through Saturday in a slowly diminishing chance with Tuesday and today being 100% chance for rain and 50% for violent Thunderstorms!

Hopefully the recent landscaping and drainage upgrades will continue to prove themselves and well have no incidents of patio flooding and wet/or carpet as we’ve had in the past when Mother Nature decided to give me a proper hosing down..

Mean time I need to get back to actual money making work as well as back to next week’s St Padraig’s Day Issue.  I plan on taking the day off and observing as much of a traditional Irish version of the religious commemoration as possible while among you American holiday miscelebrating heathens. So off with ya now, ‘tis later I’ll be catching you with you.

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Taco Stroganoff

An amazing one dish meal that is cheesy and delicious.  It tastes like nacho dip over noodles and beef and the flavor is amazing.  It is sure to become a family favorite!

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Prep time 10 mins

Cook time 15 mins

Total time 25 mins

Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 (14½ ounce) corn with peppers
  • 1 8 ounce package chive and onion cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 ounces egg noodles cooked and drain
  • optional toppings:
  • cilantro
  • tortilla strips
  • olives
  • tomatoes

Instructions

  1. Cook onions and ground beef in large sauté pan until beef is browned. Drain fat. Add taco seasoning, water and corn to beef mixture in pan; cook 1-2 minutes.
  2. Add cream cheese and cheddar; cook until it heated through and cheese melts.
  3. Serve over noodles or toss with noodles and top with optional toppings.

Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli Soup

Super Easy Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli Soup. Rich, hearty and loaded with veggies and meat. A perfect, comforting soup for Spring or Fall!

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Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 whole carrots, diced
  • 4 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) beef broth
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup ditalini pasta, uncooked

Instructions

  1. Add olive oil to a large skillet and add in ground beef. Cook until browned and no longer pink.
  2. Place the beef in a slow cooker along with the rest of the ingredients except for the beans and pasta.
  3. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. 30 minutes before serving stir in beans and pasta.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Discard bay leaves before serving.
  5. Serve immediately while hot.

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Big scams everyone needs to know about

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I was recently complaining to Impish about what a PITA its become to fly, with all the security pat downs, carry on checks, etcetera.

He told me he’d developed a system that got him hurried right through both Check In and  Security, plus got him boarded early. Well I threw the BS flag and challenged him to prove it. I swear I’ll never make that mistake again!

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Retired Man and the Vacuum Cleaner

Got this one from PaulB. I suspect he sent it because he was able to relate to the guy on some level.

 

 

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Yup flooding is getting pretty damned bad downtown!

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I…um…I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do here… I’m pretty sure they frown on doing what I think it means in public!

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DNA Got a Kid Kicked Out of School—And It’ll Happen Again

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A few weeks into sixth grade, Colman Chadam had to leave school because of his DNA.

The situation, odd as it may sound, played out like this. Colman has genetic markers for cystic fibrosis, and kids with the inherited lung disease can’t be near each other because they’re vulnerable to contagious infections. Two siblings with cystic fibrosis also attended Colman’s middle school in Palo Alto, California in 2012. So Colman was out, even though he didn’t actually have the disease, according to a lawsuit that his parents filed against the school district. The allegation? Genetic discrimination.

Yes, genetic discrimination. Get used to those two words together, because they’re likely to become a lot more common. With DNA tests now cheap and readily available, the number of people getting tests has gone way up—along with the potential for discrimination based on the results. When Colman’s school tried to transfer him based on his genetic status, the lawsuit alleges, the district violated the Americans With Disabilities Act and Colman’s First Amendment right to privacy. “This is the test case,” says the Chadam’s lawyer, Stephen Jaffe.

When Colman was born in 2000, DNA analysis of newborns was still rare. But he had a congenital heart problem that led to extra tests. That, in turn, led doctors to discover that he carried some genetic markers associated with cystic fibrosis. His markers are no guarantee of a disease though, and Colman never developed any cystic fibrosis. Still, his parents disclosed the information when filling out a medical form to enroll Colman in school.

That information made its way to teachers, who allegedly told the parents of the two other students with cystic fibrosis during a parent-teacher conference. Those parents allegedly demanded the Chadams remove their son from school. Eventually the the school district allowed Colman to return after missing a couple weeks.

The Chadams have since moved away from Palo Alto—but the wheels of the legal system are still turning. When the family first sued the school district in 2013, a district court dismissed the case. The Chadams appeal the dismissal to the federal Ninth Circuit court in January. The Departments of Justice and Education have also written a brief in support of the Chadam’s case, which suggests the federal government has taken an interest in the case and its outcome.

A Railroad Company and Carpal Tunnel

To experts in genetics law, four letters are conspicuously missing from the legal wrangling: GINA, or the federal Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008. GINA bars genetic discrimination in just two cases: employment or health insurance. That obviously doesn’t include getting education and housing and plenty of other situation where discrimination might happen. “This case is an useful reminder about the limitations of the federal statute,” says Jennifer Wagner, a lawyer and contributing editor to Genomics Law Report. That’s why the Chadam’s case does not rest on GINA but the ADA, where its application to genetic discrimination is untested.

There is, however, a one example of how the ADA and genetic information intersect. Back in 2001—before GINA passed—the railroad company Burlington Northern Santa Fe was looking for genetic markers for carpal tunnel syndrome in its workers who filed for worker’s comp. (The workers claimed their carpal tunnel syndrome came from operating BNSF machinery; the company was clearly looking for another excuse.)

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit on behalf of the workers, and they eventually reached a settlement in 2002. The workers got $2.2 million—but because the suit ended in a settlement rather than a court decision, it did not establish a legal precedent for the ADA covering discrimination based on genes. The outcome in Chadam’s case could, if a trial goes forward, spell out exactly who gets to access genetic information and what decisions can be made based on it.

In the fifteen years since Colman got a DNA test as a baby, tests have only gotten cheaper and more popular. You have 23andMe’s $199 spit test, of course, but also the National Institutes of Health pumping $25 million into baby sequencing studies. “As we do more screening earlier and earlier in life, there’s potential for misuse of information in ways that are harmful, that could potentially discourage parents from seeking genetic testing even if it’s medically indicated,” says Michelle Lewis, a pediatrician, attorney, and research scholar at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. The genetic discrimination future is here.

 

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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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2 Responses to Leprechaun Laughs # 340 for Wednesday March 9th 2016

  1. ginny says:

    To begin with, sorry to hear about Impish’s abscess tooth…they hurt big time!. I was watching our weather…and heard the report of the heavy rains in your area. With that many days of rain,
    start on the ark….it may be needed. I really enjoyed the entire issue…..that soup looked yummy….got to try it…it one of my favorites. We are having the opposite…dry and near 70 today and tomorrow….Thursday…could be as high as 80. Mother Nature is off her meds again…..

    • lethalleprechaun says:

      Oh I already have an Ark type escape craft Ginny. I bought a pair of decommissioned aircraft carriers and turned them into a catamaran style super mega yacht named the L.L.S Grace O’Malley, after the feared female Irish pirate.

      She is replete with high tech sails, plus wind and solar power in addition to the magical propulsion which replaced the nuclear system.

      Unfortunately its so large I cannot harbor it anywhere so I have to have a pocket yacht (60’) which lowers into the water from between the hulls to go ashore in or use one of my fleet of six aircraft/helicopters.

      She even sports a dragon capable landing pad which actually lowers right down to the water level and doubles as a pier for visitor reception, fishing, swimming…or for dragon recovery on those “occasional” dragon splash landings when he misses the deck entirely.

      However the best feature is the near wrap around shooting deck with its myriad of choices for target practice when Somali pirates get the stupid idea of trying to board her and tell me they are the captain now.

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