Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Today's Quote

The Power in Me

When morning comes and the sun rises in the east,
I think of the power in me.
When I stand up for what is right and what I believe,
It is because of the power in me.

No matter who it is or what they want me to do,
I will stand up for my beliefs because of the power in me.
When you are mad, sad or scared,
What will help you through is the power in you.

That power comes straight from the heart.
Believing is what creates the power in anybody.
If you don’t believe in yourself,
Then say good-bye to the power in you.
When I go to sleep, before I close my eyes,
I look at the sun setting in the west,
And I thank God for giving me the power in me.

-Unknown

Here's the joke...

Two small county judges both got arrested for speeding on the same day. Rather than call the state Supreme Court for a visiting judge, each agreed to hear the other's case.

The first judge took the bench while the second stood at the defendant's table, and admitted his guilt. The sentencing judge immediately suspended both the fine and costs.

They switched places. The second judge admitted that he was speeding, too. Thereupon the first judge immediately fined him $250 and ordered him to pay court costs.

The second judge was furious. "I suspended your fine and costs, but you threw the book at me!" he fumed. The first judge looked at him and replied, "This is the second such case we've had in here today. Someone has to get tough about all this speeding!"

Black Reality and White Denial in America

-SNIP-

To white America, in the main, police are the folks who help get our cats out of the tree, or who take us on ride-arounds to show us how gosh-darned exciting it is to be a cop. We experience police most often as helpful, as protectors of our lives and property. But that is not the black experience by and large; and black people know this, however much we don't. The history of law enforcement in America, with regard to black folks, has been one of unremitting oppression. That is neither hyperbole nor opinion, but incontrovertible fact. From slave patrols to overseers to the Black Codes to lynching, it is a fact. From dozens of white-on-black riots that marked the first half of the twentieth century (in which cops participated actively) to Watts to Rodney King to Abner Louima to Amadou Diallo to the railroading of the Central Park 5, it is a fact. From the New Orleans Police Department's killings of Adolph Archie to Henry Glover to the Danziger Bridge shootings there in the wake of Katrina to stop-and-frisk in places like New York, it's a fact. And the fact that white people don't know this history, have never been required to learn it, and can be considered even remotely informed citizens without knowing it, explains a lot about what's wrong with America. Black people have to learn everything about white people just to stay alive. They especially and quite obviously have to know what scares us, what triggers the reptilian part of our brains and convinces us that they intend to do us harm. Meanwhile, we need know nothing whatsoever about them. We don't have to know their history, their experiences, their hopes and dreams, or their fears. And we can go right on being oblivious to all that without consequence. It won't be on the test, so to speak.

We can remain ignorant to the ubiquity of police misconduct, thinking it the paranoid fever dream of irrational “race-card” playing peoples of color, just like we did after the O.J. Simpson verdict. When most of black America responded to that verdict with cathartic relief---not because they necessarily thought Simpson innocent but because they felt there were enough questions raised about police in the case to sow reasonable doubt---most white folks concluded that black America had lost its collective mind. How could they possibly believe that the LAPD would plant evidence in an attempt to frame or sweeten the case against a criminal defendant? A few years later, had we been paying attention (but of course, we were not), we would have had our answer. It was then that the scandal in the city's Ramparts division broke, implicating dozens of police in over a hundred cases of misconduct, including, in one incident, shooting a gang member at point blank range and then planting a weapon on him to make the incident appear as self-defense. So putting aside the guilt or innocence of O.J,, clearly it was not irrational for black Angelenos (and Americans) to give one the likes of Mark Fuhrman side-eye after his own racism was revealed in that case.

I think this, more than anything, is the source of our trouble when it comes to racial division in this country. The inability of white people to hear black reality---to not even know that there is one and that it differs from our own---makes it nearly impossible to move forward. But how can we expect black folks to trust law enforcement or to view it in the same heroic and selfless terms that so many of us apparently do? The law has been a weapon used against black bodies, not a shield intended to defend them, and for a very long time.

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Innocent Man Freed After 36 Years

The longest-serving wrongfully convicted man in California was freed Monday. For the first time since 1978, Michael Hanline is not a prisoner. Arrested for the death of his friend J.T. McGarry and convicted in 1980, Hanline spent more than 35 years behind bars. His wife, Sandee, worked with the Innocence Project for more than 15 years to secure his release. Testimony uncovered in sealed police reports cast doubts on the state’s case, and DNA testing showed Hanline’s did not match the available evidence. “We were no longer comfortable with the conviction,” said Michael Lief, the senior deputy district attorney of Ventura County. “I feel like I’m in front of a missile and things are just flying by,” said Hanline upon release. “It’s incredible.” The state has until May 29 to decide if it will retry Hanline.

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Thanksgiving Recipes for Every Dietary Restriction

You can almost guarantee it will happen: you invite a few friends or family members over for Thanksgiving, and one will inevitably tell you that they're on some new diet this year, and you've got to figure out how to cater to their needs because you're a nice person.

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Justice Denied Yet Again

A St. Louis grand jury let Mike Brown's killer go free, but people are taking to the streets to send a message: We won't stop demanding justice.

Oklahoma woman accidentally shot and killed by 3-year-old son

Tragic but better her than one of the kids.

An Oklahoma woman was accidentally shot and killed Monday evening by her toddler son.

Neighbors said the 26-year-old east Tulsa woman, whose name was not released, was home with her 3-year-old son and a 1-year-old daughter when the boy found a high-caliber handgun underneath a couch.

The child managed to pull the trigger, police said, and his mother was shot once in the head as she changed the baby’s diaper.

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Megyn Kelly Doesn't Know The Difference Between A Grand Jury And A Trial

This might be one of the more achingly stupid and infuriating conversations I've ever seen on Fox -- and that's saying a lot.

Megyn Kelly, who's the "smart" one on Fox (she graduated from third-tier Albany Law School and then worked as a credit lawyer for Experian) either doesn't understand, or refuses to acknowledge, the entire point of the adversarial legal process.

Which is: to establish the credibility of witnesses and the validity of physical evidence.

You can only do that in a trial, Megyn dear, you fucking shameless sellout. Even the graduate of a third-tier school should know that much. Or were you so focused on selling out to Big Law that you didn't pay attention to things like trial law?

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7 Make-Ahead Appetizers for Thanksgiving

Give yourself less to do on the big day with these no-fail recipes.

How Ferguson showed us the truth about police

10 Tips To Beat The Winter Blahs

During the winter season, we are expected to continue at the same pace we did when there was more light and the weather was warmer. To help balance the shift of seasons, consider these 10 tips to help you create space to embrace rest and restoration during the winter months.


1. Maximize the light you have.


Open curtains, remove screens, clean windows, and trim back tree branches to let in more light. Find a bright location in your home where you can sit or lie down to soak in the sun's energy. Rearrange furniture in east- or south-facing rooms to maximize natural light. Embrace the natural light, however limited, to help start off the day on the right foot.


2. Reduce obligations that add stress to your life.


Be mindful of what things are necessary and fulfilling. Let go of those things that cause you to feel overextended.

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Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder

Serves 8 to 12

We prefer natural to enhanced pork (pork that has been injected with a salt solution to increase moistness and flavor), though both will work in this recipe. Add more water to the roasting pan as necessary during the last hours of cooking to prevent the fond from burning. Serve the pork with the accompanying peach sauce or cherry sauce (related recipe) or with a sweet-tart chutney.


Ingredients
Pork Roast
1 bone-in pork butt, 6 to 8 pounds (see note) 
1/3 cup kosher salt
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
Ground black pepper

Peach Sauce
10 ounces frozen peaches, cut into 1-inch chunks (about 2 cups) or 2 fresh peaches, cut into 1/2-inch wedges 
2 cups dry white wine
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard


Instructions

1. FOR THE ROAST: Using sharp knife, cut slits 1 inch apart in crosshatch pattern in fat cap of roast, being careful not to cut into meat. Combine salt and brown sugar in medium bowl. Rub salt mixture over entire pork shoulder and into slits. Wrap roast tightly in double layer of plastic wrap, place on rimmed baking sheet, and refrigerate at least 12 and up to 24 hours.

2. Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 325 degrees. Unwrap roast and brush off any excess salt mixture from surface. Season roast with pepper. Transfer roast to V-rack coated with nonstick cooking spray set in large roasting pan and add 1 quart water to roasting pan.

3. Cook roast, basting twice during cooking, until meat is extremely tender and instant-read thermometer inserted into roast near but not touching bone registers 190 degrees, 5 to 6 hours. Transfer roast to carving board and let rest, loosely tented with foil, 1 hour. Transfer liquid in roasting pan to fat separator and let stand 5 minutes. Pour off ¼ cup jus; discard fat and reserve remaining jus for another use.

4. FOR THE SAUCE: Bring peaches, wine, granulated sugar, ¼ cup vinegar, ¼ cup defatted jus, and thyme to simmer in small saucepan; cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced to 2 cups, about 30 minutes. Stir in remaining tablespoon vinegar and mustard. Remove thyme, cover, and keep warm.

5. Using sharp paring knife, cut around inverted T-shaped bone until it can be pulled free from roast (use clean kitchen towel to grasp bone). Using serrated knife, slice roast. Serve, passing sauce separately.


Technique

Bone-In Pork Butt: Fatty, Moist, Flavorful

Instead of the lean, center-cut loin, our choice for roasting is pork butt (also known as Boston butt). This shoulder roast packs plenty of intramuscular fat that melts and bastes the meat during cooking, and it’s available with or without the bone. We prefer bone-in for two reasons: First, bone conducts heat poorly and, in effect, acts as an insulator against heat. This means that the meat surrounding it stays cooler and the roast cooks at a slower, gentler pace. Second, bones have a large percentage of the meat’s connective tissue attached to them, which eventually breaks down to gelatin and helps the roast retain moisture.

BETTER WITH THE BONE

Technique

The Importance of Taking Things Slow

For super-tender meat and a deeply browned crust, our roast pork shoulder takes time—about 24 hours total—but the results are worth the wait.

OVERNIGHT SALTY-SWEET RUB

We rub our roast with a mixture of salt and sugar and let it rest overnight. The salt enhances juiciness and seasons the meat throughout, while the sugar caramelizes to create a crackling-crisp, salty-sweet crust.

LOW OVEN

Just like in a pot roast, cooking the pork low and slow (325 degrees for 5 to 6 hours) pushes the meat well beyond its “done” mark into the 190-degree range, encouraging intramuscular fat to melt, collagen to break down and tenderize the meat, and the fat cap to render and crisp.

How to Fix Congress


Warren Buffett, "I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election. The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971...before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc. Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land...all because of public pressure.

Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise. In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

*Congressional Reform Act of 2011*

1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/12. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term's), then go home and back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S.) to receive the message. Maybe it is time.

THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!!!!! If you agree with the above, pass it on.

Here's the joke....

While I was serving as a chief master sergeant at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, La., my son and namesake was also serving there. His two month old son, whose name was the same as ours, was receiving medical treatments at the base hospital.

I went on sick call one morning, and as the doctor reviewed my file, he looked at me in disbelief. "Are you Curtis E. Chaffin?" he asked. When I answered yes, he told me, "It says here that you turn blue when you cry."

A Haunting Look At What Happens When We Make Our Kids 'Behave'

Monday, November 24, 2014

Today's Quote

"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy."

- Thich Nhat Hahn

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Cake Roll

Ingredients

For the Cake:
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Filling:
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
6 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Cooking Instructions

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 10 x 15-inch pan and line with parchment or waxed paper.

In medium bowl whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder, spices and salt.

In large bowl, combine eggs and sugar, beating until thick and light yellow in color. Add Pumpkin and vanilla; mix until blended. Add flour mixture to egg mixture, stirring until incorporated - do not over stir.

Spread batter into greased and papered pan. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.

Immediately turn cake out on thin dish towel sprinkled heavily with confectioner's sugar. Carefully peel off waxed or parchment paper. Roll up cake and towel together starting with narrow end.

Cool on wire rack.

While cake is cooling:
Beat together softened cream cheese and butter. Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla; blend until smooth.

Unroll cake and evenly spread filling over it. Roll cake back up into cake roll form. Cover and chill at least 1 hour; overnight is better.

Top Republican Admits That Lawsuits Against Obama Are Setting Up Impeachment

What the Repubs will focus on while they continue to DO NOTHING!

The Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX) admitted on Face The Nation that the lawsuits filed by Republicans are about setting up the impeachment of President Obama.

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NBC/WSJ Poll Reveals American's Priorities; Guess How they Match With GOP Lawmakers' Priorities

The new NBC/WSJ poll conducted November 14-17 provides a post election snap shot of American voter expectations, including their priorities for actions Congress should take. Can you guess how they match up with GOP Lawmaker's priorities? It's a real shocker folks.

The People's agenda for Congress:

1. Access to lower cost student loans--80% support.
2. Increase spending on infrastructure--75%
3. Raising the minimum wage--65%
4. Emergency funding for fighting Ebola in Africa--60%
5. Addressing climate change/reducing carbon emissions--59%
6. Building Keystone Pipeline--54%

Agenda items registering below 50% support were: lowering taxes by closing loopholes; approving U.S. troops to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria; reducing Medicare and Social Security benefits for wealthy retirees; new trade agreements with Asian nations; lowering corporate tax rates; cutting funding for ACA; path to citizenship; and raising Social Security retirement age.

I thought it would be insightful to compare America's priorities with those of our newly elected Congress. According to PolitiFact.com

House Speaker John Boehner and soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have laid out some of their top legislative priorities. It’s a range of issues -- everything from dismantling the Affordable Care Act to passing international trade agreements, and shutting down the possibility of another government shutdown.
Here is PolitiFact's list in the order presented:
1. Authorize Keystone Pipeline.
2. Repeal ACA ("Obamacare")
3. Pass the "Hire More Heroes" (veterans) Act.
4. Pass Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement with Asia.
5. Lower corporate taxes.
6. Thwarting Obama on Immigration Executive Action.
7. Reign in the EPA and roll back environmental regulations.

In a Wall Street Journal op ed published the day after the election, Boehner and McConnell outline some of their legislative priorities.

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Here's the joke...

Four-year-old Johnny was eating a hot dog when he dropped it on the floor. He quickly picked it up and was about to take another bite when his mom said, "No, Johnny, you can't eat that now it has germs."

Johnny pondered the thought a moment and replied, "Jesus, germs, and Santa Claus - that's all I ever hear and I haven't seen one of them yet!"

What They've Experienced Is Horrific And Appalling. Even More Reason To Know About It.


Seared Strip Steaks With Sweet-and-Sour Carrots and Whipped Goat Cheese

Serves 4
preparation - 20 minutes
cooking - 20 minutes  

Ingredients
4 ounces fresh goat cheese 
1/3 cup milk 
1 pound small carrots 
1/4 cup red wine vinegar 
2 tablespoons unsalted butter 
2 tablespoons honey 
Kosher salt and black pepper 
1 tablespoon olive oil 
2 strip steaks (1 inch thick) 
Chopped chives, for serving




Directions
1.Whisk together the goat cheese and milk until smooth in a medium bowl.
2.Combine the carrots, vinegar, butter, honey, 3/4 cup water, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a large skillet. Cook, covered, over medium-high heat until crisp-tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Uncover and cook, stirring occasionally, until all the liquid has evaporated and the carrots begin to caramelize, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat, add 1 tablespoon water, and toss until the carrots are coated with the glaze.
3.Meanwhile, heat the oil in a separate large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the steaks with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest steak registers 130° F, 2 to 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Let rest for 5 minutes; thinly slice against the grain.
4.Serve the steak with the carrots and the whipped goat cheese, sprinkled with the chives.

More Homeless Children Now Than Any Point in US History

A new report on child homelessness in America finds that 2.5 million children experience homelessness annually.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Today's Quote

“Happiness is absorption.”

~T.E. Lawrence

Republicans Who Cry As Obama Acts Alone Must Explain Why They’ve Done Nothing for 509 Days

Sure, they haven't done anything for 509 days, but Republicans suddenly claim to have secret plans for immigration reform, just to make Obama look bad.

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Bat Orphans


The House That Kochs Bought Passes Bill Muzzling EPA Scientists

To ensure that the "right kind of scientists" are doling out advice on environmental protections, Republicans in the House passed legislation to guarantee that oil industry scientists loyal to the Kochs, and not independent scientists, serve on the Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board.

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The 80 greatest moments in the last 80 years: The people and events that shaped our world

Agree or disagree, scratching your head at a few of the names or delighted to see some unsung heroes, it’s undeniably a list that is as diverse in opinion as it is unifying in themes.

Eighty key moments that shaped the world have been chosen by a multicultural group of scientists, writers, artists, academics and diplomats to reflect the most momentous events of the planet’s past eight decades.

The unique poll asked the panel of 25 to name their own key 80 landmark global moments, which were then ranked in turn by 10,000 adults in Brazil, China, Egypt, Germany, India, Japan, Russia, South Africa, the UK and the United States.

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I'm John The Baptist

A man who thought he was John the Baptist was disturbing the neighborhood, so for public safety, he was committed.

He was put in a room with another crazy and immediately began his routine, "I am John The Baptist! Jesus Christ has sent me!"

The other guy looks at him and declares, "I did not!"

First grader left hungry by lunch lady over account balance: ”Guess what, you can’t have a lunch’

arents of a first grader attending school in Snohomish, Washington want answers after an elementary school cafeteria worker denied their son his school lunch program meal, telling him, “Guess what, you can’t have a lunch,” reports Fox 13.

According to the 7-year-old, identified as Xavier, the lunch lady was passing out bag lunches to students at Cascade View Elementary on October 20, when she refused to give him his lunch.

“It was a sack lunch. It was in a bag, she was passing it around to everybody. The lunch lady said, ‘Guess what, you can’t have a lunch.’ She said that. She said I can’t have a lunch,” said Xavier.

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Sour Cream Noodle Bake

Ingredients
•1 (8 ounce) package Noodles; cooked and drained
•1 pound Ground Beef
•2 tablespoon Butter
•1 teaspoon Salt
•1/8 teaspoon Black Pepper
•1/4 teaspoon Garlic Salt
•1 (8 ounce) can Tomato Sauce
•1 cup Cottage Cheese
•1 cup Sour Cream
•1 cup sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
•1/4 cup chopped onion

Instructions

Brown meat in butter. Add salt, pepper, garlic salt, and tomato sauce; simmer for 5 minutes. Combine cottage cheese, sour cream, onions and noodles. Alternate layers of noodle mixture and meat mixture in a 2-quart casserole, beginning with the noodles and ending with meat. Top with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Today's Quote

"The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down."

- Stephen Richards: author, film director, producer, self help expert

Obama Cuts Through The Republican BS and Hammers Boehner For Not Passing Immigration Bill

In Las Vegas, President Obama cut through the angry rhetoric and BS on immigration and explained to the American people that it was John Boehner who forced Obama to act alone by refusing to allow a vote on the Senate passed immigration bill.

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This Is What You're Paying For When You Buy Organic

More and more of us are willing to fork over cash for foods labeled "organic," but strikingly few of us actually know what organic means, reports Fast Company.

A recent survey from BFG, a brand consultancy, asked 300 people (most of whom were under the age of 35) about their food-shopping habits. Their results showed that about 70% of the respondents were buying something with an "organic" label, but only 20% felt confident they could define the word.

And, we can't really blame them: The world of food labels and their regulation is pretty murky. But, the USDA does have fairly straightforward standards for how these items should be stickered, and strict regulations regarding the required certification process brands need to go through for the privilege of being labeled "organic." In general, organic crops, livestock, and other foods must be able to demonstrate that they're "protecting natural resources, conserving biodiversity, and using only approved substances." That usually includes not using prohibited pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, GMOs, antibiotics, or growth hormones.

However, the different levels of organic labeling in the U.S. do complicate the issue. For instance, "100% organic" is different from just "organic," which is different from "made with organic" and so on. And, while the use of the term "organic" can be regulated to a degree, something like the word "natural" really can't. The FDA says it doesn't have a hard regulatory definition of "natural" when used as a food label, but the term could conceivably be used to denote a product that's free of artificial coloring or flavors.

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Anonymous warns Ferguson police and KKK in new video: ‘We are the law now’

After an online dispute, members of Anonymous hacked the official KKK Twitter page. As of Thursday morning, it is still under Anonymous control (twitter.com/kukluxklanusa). Following that hacking, a Pastebin (http://pastebin.com/3PuA4eS5) was posted publicly online, purporting to be from Frank Ancona, Grand Wizard of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Klu Klux Klan. In the statement, he threatens Anonymous directly by claiming that "we will hunt you down and tear those masks from your face. You'll be strung up next to the chimps. On display for the whole world to see. The Klan is to be feared, not threatened."

While the outcome of this feud is yet to be determined, Anonymous has claimed through this new video that "[The KKK's] violent ideology will not prevail in this fight."


Kansas Secretary of State warns Obama might be promoting anti-white ‘ethnic cleansing’

The anti-immigrant Secretary of State for Kansas agreed with a caller on his radio program that a Hispanic majority might conduct “ethnic cleansing” against whites.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach warned listeners during Sunday’s program that Democrats were “replacing American voters with newly legalized aliens” to create “a locked-in vote for socialism,” reported Right Wing Watch.





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Cold and Flu Do's and Don'ts

DO drink extra liquids if you have a cold or flu. You need three to four more glasses a day to replace the moisture lost from coughing and sneezing and to thin mucous secretions.

DON't rely on vitamin C, zinc, or Airborne to prevent a cold. None of these have been shown to be effective in staving off the virus.

DO try echinacea to ease a cold. A 2007 study of 14 controlled trials found that the herbal supplement can slightly reduce a cold's duration and cut people's risk of catching a cold in the first place by 35%.

DON'T use a decongestant nasal spray more than twice a day for three or four days. Overuse cam lead to rebound congestion.

DO ask your doctor about a prescription drug such as Tamiflu or Relenze, to cut short the flu. These drugs must be started within 48 hours of onset of symptoms.

DON'T dose and drive. Antihistamines, like alcohol, can cause intense drowsiness and impair your ability to concentrate.

DO track the ingredients in every mdicine your taking, whether it's an over-the-counter drug or a prescription. You don't want to double-dose.

DON'T plead for pills. Antibiotics are useless against the viruses that cause colds and flu. And taking them unnecessarily can cause antibiotic resistance, which leads to bugs that are difficult to treat with any medicine, like MRSA.

DO buy your own nasal spray. If you use someone else's contaminated bottle, you might introduce bacteria into your nose.

Real Simple/11-07

Here's the joke...

A young city boy visiting a dude ranch wanted to be appear macho, so he went out walking with one of the hired hands.

As they were walking through the barnyard, the visitor tried to begin a conversation, "Say, isn't that fine-looking bunch of cows over there."

The hired hand replied, "Not 'bunch,' it's 'herd.'"

"Heard what?"

"Herd of cows."

"Sure, I've heard of cows!" finished the city boy excitedly, "there's a big bunch of 'em right over there."

30 Women Who Have Never Met Each Other Have 1 Very Significant Thing In Common


Chicken Pot Pie Pockets

Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 50 mins
Serves: 8

Ingredients
•4 tablespoons butter
•1 onion, chopped
•Salt and pepper, to taste
•4 cloves garlic, minced
•2 teaspoons dried thyme
•2 tablespoons flour, plus more for dusting
•1 cup white wine
•2 cups chicken stock
•2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
•2 cups frozen peas and carrots
•2 cups cubed or shredded cooked chicken
•2 sheets (1 package) frozen puff pastry, thawed
•1 egg



Instructions
1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2.Melt butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat.
3.Cook the onions with salt and pepper, to taste, until soft (about 7-9 minutes).
4.Add garlic and thyme and cook for an additional minute, stirring frequently.
5.Add flour and cook for about 1 minute longer.
6.Turn up the heat to medium-high and deglaze the pan with the wine.
7.Whisk in the stock and Dijon mustard.
8.Add chicken, peas, and carrots and cook on a very low simmer until the sauce thickens into a gravy (about 10 minutes). Remove from heat and set aside.
9.On a lightly floured surface, unfold the pastry dough and cut each sheet into 4 even squares (for a total of 8 squares).
10.Gently roll out each square, increasing the size of the square by about 20 percent.
11.Place the squares on baking sheets and spoon the chicken mixture into the center.
12.Fold the squares diagonally to create triangles. Pinch the edges together to create sealed pockets. Press the edges with a fork to create a decorative border, if desired.
13.Whisk the egg with a splash of milk or water and brush the tops of the pockets with the egg wash.
14.Cut a small slit in the top of each pocket to allow the steam to escape during baking.
15.Bake the pockets until golden brown, about 20-25 minutes. Let cool for about 10 minutes before serving.
16.Tip: These can easily be frozen for a later meal. Just place the baking sheet in the freezer before baking the pockets. Allow pockets to completely freeze before wrapping tightly and storing in the freezer. When ready to bake, just place in the oven from frozen (no need to thaw). You may have to cook them a bit longer, so just adjust the time as necessary.





Honey-Glazed Pecans

These nuts are great for snacking or adding taste and texture to a tossed salad.

Prep: 10 mins
Total: 29 mins

  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • Dash of ground red pepper (Cayenne)

Cook pecans, honey and pepper in skillet on medium high heat 4 min. or until mixture simmers and is foamy.

Spread onto greased baking sheet, separating slightly with fork; cool completely.

Serve in bowl for snacking or add to your favorite salad.

Makes 4 servings, 1/4 cup each.

The Pain Of Casual Racism

One day when I was 10 years old, I was riding my bike after school around my neighborhood in Southern California when a boy I had never seen before came up to me and kept repeating the words, “Ni hao. Ni hao.” He followed me around as a I pedaled through the streets, and each time he said “Ni hao” I grew more and more embarrassed.

“Ni hao” means hello in Chinese, but I am not from China. Neither are my parents or my grandparents. But my exact heritage didn’t matter to this boy, who chased me around the predominantly white neighborhood I call home. My embarrassment eventually turned into anger, so I pedaled as fast as I could until I ended up back in my driveway and crying in my mom’s arms.

Seven years later I’d like to say that my experiences have shifted, that growing up alongside aware and educated peers lessened my exposure to both inherent and blatant examples of racism, but that’s not exactly the case. Being a 17-year-old first-generation Korean-American in a predominantly white, upper-middle class Christian high school has its benefits, which is why I’m there in the first place. But more often than not I feel isolated, alone, and hurt by offensive comments and racial slurs.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Today's Quote

"We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future."

- Steve Maraboli: life-changing speaker, bestselling author, and behavioral science academic


Blue Ribbon Sugar Cookies

Prep time: 45 minutes
Baking time: 7 minutes
Makes: 6 dozen

1 cup butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon cream of tarter
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Sugar, if desired

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Combine butter, powdered sugar and 1/2 cup sugar in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add egg and vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. Reduce speed to low; add flour, cream of tarter and baking soda. Beat until dough forms a bowl. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Flatten to about 1-1/2 inches with bottom of glass dipped in sugar; sprinkle with decorator sugars if desired. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let stand 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets.

Another Blonde Joke

A blonde and a lawyer are seated next to each other on a flight from LA to NY. The lawyer asks if she would like to play a fun game?

The blonde, tired, just wants to take a nap, politely declines and rolls over to the window to catch a few winks.

The lawyer persists and explains that the game is easy and a lot of fun. He explains, "I ask you a question, and if you don't know the answer, you pay me $5.00, and vise versa."

Again, she declines and tries to get some sleep.

The lawyer, now agitated, says, "Okay, if you don't know the answer you pay me $5.00, and if I don't know the answer, I will pay you $500.00."

This catches the blonde's attention and, figuring there will be no end to this torment unless she plays, agrees to the game.

The lawyer asks the first question. "What's the distance from the earth to the moon?"

The blonde doesn't say a word, reaches into her purse, pulls out a $5.00 bill and hands it to the lawyer.

Okay says the lawyer, your turn.

She asks the lawyer, "What goes up a hill with three legs and comes down with four legs?"

The lawyer, puzzled, takes out his laptop computer and searches all his references, no answer.

He taps into the air phone with his modem and searches the net and the library of congress, no answer.

Frustrated, he sends e-mails to all his friends and coworker, to no avail.


After an hour, he wakes the blonde, and hands her $500.


The blonde says,"Thank you", and turns back to get some more sleep.


The lawyer, who is more than a little miffed, wakes the blonde and asks, "Well, what's the answer?"


Without a word, the blonde reaches into her purse, hands the lawyer $5.00, and goes back to sleep.

Honey Maple Pecan Pork Chops


Ingredients
•3 pounds boneless pork chops, 1/4 inch thick, *pounded thin
•4 tablespoons butter
•1/2 cup flour to dredge pork chops
•1/2 cup pecans, chopped (lightly toasted)
•1/4 cup honey
•1/4 cup pure maple syrup
•2 tablespoons soy sauce
•1/3 cup chicken broth
•salt and pepper to taste

Directions
In a small bowl, mix honey, maple syrup, soy sauce, chicken broth and pecans - set aside.

In a shallow dish mix flour and salt and pepper. In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, melt butter. Dredge pork chops in flour, shake off excess and place in skillet. Brown both sides and cook until pork chops are *cooked through. Once ready, move chops to a serving plate.

Reduce heat to medium and add the honey-maple-pecan mixture to the butter drippings in the skillet. Heat until hot, stirring continuously. Once heated through, spoon mixture over pork chops and serve. Enjoy!



James Adomian at The Midnight Suggestion - Dec. 14, 2011 - Richmond, Virginia

Honey Roasted Mini Red Potatoes

Ingredients
•1 1/2 lbs mini red potatoes, cut in quarters
•1/4 cup sweet onion, diced
•4 tablespoons butter, melted
•3 tablespoons honey
•1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
•1/4 teaspoon salt
•1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees f. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Place quartered potatoes in a single layer on bottom of baking dish. Next, top potatoes with diced onions.

 In a small bowl, mix melted butter, honey, dry mustard, salt and pepper. Pour mixture evenly over potatoes.

Using a spoon, toss potatoes to coat with honey mixture. Place in middle rack of oven and bake for 35 minutes or until tender - stir potatoes half way through baking. Salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Serve with pork, chicken, fish...beef too.

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After Immigration Speech Republicans Admit That Obama’s Got Them By The Balls

Oh I am sure they will think up something mean spirited and unproductive.

Behind the scenes, Republicans are not feeling too good about Obama's executive action on immigration. They say they feel like Obama has them by the balls, according to MSNBC political correspondent Kasie Hunt.

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