Saturday, November 01, 2014

Today's Quote

"When you forgive, you in no way change the past - but you sure do change the future."

Bernard Meltzer
1916-1998, Radio Show Host

Friday, October 31, 2014

Today's Quote

"Eventually you will come to understand that love heals everything, and love is all there is."

—Gary Zukav: American spiritual teacher and the author of four consecutive New York Times Best Sellers

Ideas are Scary

Great commercial!

Why Republicans Always Get Away With It, MSNBC Edition

Our current political media's largest failure has been their well-practiced ability to not only excuse Republicans' bad behavior, but to conveniently forget about it, too. This is why we have midterms where everyone is shrugging and exclaiming that they've never seen an election like this where everything is so...tied.

Here's why that happens. Chris Christie goes out and bullies a constituent, making the fatuous claim that Christie, and Christie alone, was taking care of Sandy victims after the cameras left, unlike that rude man with the sign who just wants to heckle him.

We now know from Chris Hayes that the gentleman holding the sign took a month off work without pay to go and help with the Sandy cleanup. And yet Andrea pronounces the entire episode some "great TV." Cillizza nods and agrees wisely, as if he knows exactly what she means while both of them gabble about whether it's "presidential."

The other side of that coin

Now I want you to imagine a different episode of this particular show. In this one, Obama is giving a speech somewhere and gets heckled, as has been the case at most of his events this year. Instead of tossing his "Don't get mad, vote!" line at the hecklers, he goes off. Loses his temper, tells the hecklers to shut up and sit down because no one -- NO ONE -- has worked harder to (fill in the blank here) than he has, and that person heckling him has no damn idea so they should just shut the hell up and sit their asses down.

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Bill O’Reilly accuses Republicans of being ‘intimidated’ by Black people

Ignorant bastard!

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly argued to PBS counterpart Tavis Smiley on Thursday that Republicans are less apathetic regarding Black voters than they are afraid of them.

“I think they’re more intimidated than uncaring,” O’Reilly said.

“Intimidated by what?” Smiley asked skeptically. “Are Black folks scary?”

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‘Religious zealot’ nearly beheads teen ‘witch’ after watching Christian videos

A religious zealot” in Oklahoma nearly beheaded an acquaintance in a brutal slaying after watching Christian videos, police said.

Isaiah Marin was playing cards Wednesday afternoon with his brother and the victim, 19-year-old Jacob Crockett, at an apartment in Stillwater.

Police said the 21-year-old Marin was watching online videos “related to his Christian beliefs and the Book of Matthew” before he picked up a sword and began swinging it around.

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This Nation of Cowards

By William Rivers Pitt

It is likely that most of us, myself included, will live out our entire lives and die without ever meeting someone who willingly and purposefully volunteers to spend their vacation thousands of miles away, tending to people with diseases that make the talking heads on CNN and Fox want to hide under the bed. Kaci Hickox, a nurse from Maine who graduated from Johns Hopkins, is one such person.

In 2010, Hickox traveled overseas with the organization Doctors Without Borders to treat people suffering from yellow fever, one of several trips she made with that organization. Until last Friday, she was in Sierra Leone for a month, spending her vacation time helping to treat people infected with Ebola, the virus that has been burning through western Africa at an unprecedented rate. Kaci Hickox went to one of the most unstable countries in the world to help fight a deadly disease because someone had to, and so she raised her hand.

On Friday, she came home to a timorous nation of cowards.

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Jim Crow returns

Election officials in 27 states, most of them Republicans, have launched a program that threatens a massive purge of voters from the rolls. Millions, especially black, Hispanic and Asian-American voters, are at risk. Already, tens of thousands have been removed in at least one battleground state, and the numbers are expected to climb, according to a six-month-long, nationwide investigation.

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Republicans use vote suppression as electoral strategy

Ever since Bush v. Gore, changing voter laws in legislatures and courts has been key GOP tactic

Chicken Casserole

2 lbs. of chicken ( I used all thighs, my preference)
1 C. all purpose flour
1 C. milk
2 T. unsalted butter, melted
1 10.5 oz. can cream of chicken soup
2 C. chicken broth (I used the water my chicken cooked in)
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper

Place the chicken in a pot and cover with water. Cover and cook over medium heat for 1 hour. Remove chicken from pot, save the water, and let cool. Shred the chicken and place in the bottom of a 11x7 baking dish. Whisk together the flour, milk and butter, pour over the chicken. Whisk together the broth, soup, salt and pepper, pour over the casserole, DO NOT STIR. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes. Let sit for a few minutes before serving.

Caramel-Apple Pudding Cake

Rich and yummy and easy.

Prep time 25 minutes
Bake 35 minutes

2 medium, tart cooking apples, such as Granny Smith or Jonathan, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced (2 cups)
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 cup raisins (I hate raisins so I leave them out)
1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup milk
2 Tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
3/4 cup caramel ice-cream topping
1/2 cup water
1 Tbsp margarine or butter
Whipped cream (optional) or vanilla ice cream

Preheat oven to 350.
Grease a 2 quart square baking dish.
Arrange apples in bottom of dish; sprinkle with lemon juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg, top evenly with raisins, set aside.
In a large mixing bowl stir together four, brown sugar, baking powder, and baking soda.
Add the milk, the 2 tbls melted bytter, and vanilla; mix well.
Stir in chopped nuts.
Spread the batter evenly over the apple mixture.
In a small saucepan combine caramel topping, water, and the 1 tbls butter; bring to a boiling.
Pour caramel mixture over the batter in the baking dish.
Bake for 35 minutes or until set in center.
While warm, cut into squares, inverting each piece onto dessert plate.
Spoon the caramel apple mixture from the bottom of pan over each piece.
Serve with whipped cream or ice cream if desired.
Makes 12 servings.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Today's Quote

You think you know your possibilities. Then other people come into your life and suddenly there are so many more.

— David Levithan

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Today's Quote

“If you worry about what might be, and wonder what might have been, you will ignore what is.”


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Today's Quote

"It's not what you've got, it's what you use that makes a difference."

—Zig Ziglar (1926-2012)