Friday, March 30, 2012

Benadryl is my new best friend

She loves to climb
 The Louisiana Pollen had finally overwhelmed me. Last few days had been rough. I felt like a fish without water. Finally, Stew bought me some allergy pills and took some time off work to let me sleep in. And the sun shone again when I woke up. We spent a lot of time outside today. Took W to Painting with A Twist and he painted something that represents Louisiana. Yeah, Alligators. He loved them. When I said there are lots in "Lousy-ana", he cried. " Why do you have to say something like that when I am born here?" So I apologized and he forgave. I also promised him I will never say mean things about the state he loves. I was insensitive and inconsiderate, I will do better. While W was painting, I managed to do a little shopping. They were 75% off. Now that I found Benadryl, I can get dressed for Summer.
She loves height
and she loves to pose for pictures
Loves to Lasso, good southern gal
Loves water
Weien's latest creation at Painting with a Twist

My summer  shoes


My summer hat. Suppose to protect me from premature wrinkling and sunburn. We'll see.

Alveda King to Sharpton and Jackson : Stop playing the race Card over Trayvon Martin

“Nonviolence was a very important part of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr,” she added. “So, we want to encourage people to be nonviolent in their responses, to be thorough in their research and that justice must be done…We want justice to come, but we want nonviolent responses to this really tragic and terrible incident.”

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

‘Hero’ U.S. Soldier Gives Life to Save Afghan Girl

You will never read a story like this on Huffington Post or the NY Times. Why? Because they hate the military. They focus all their efforts in covering bad stories about the military. These men and women who have sign their lives away to protect their country are not respected nor valued by Huffington Post or the NY Times. Go figure.

Google Dennis Weichel and you will be surprised at how few mainstream media covers his heroic story. 
 It is a compelling war-zone story of heroism of a U.S. soldier who gave his own life to save an Afghan girl from certain injury.
Sgt. Dennis Weichel, 29, died in Afghanistan last week as he lifted an Afghan girl who was in the path of a large military vehicle barreling down a road.
 Read the entire story here.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Althouse: 10 highlights of today's Obamacare oral argument.

Althouse: 10 highlights of today's Obamacare oral argument.: 1. Justice Alito asks Solicitor General Verrilli if he could state "as succinctly as possible" a "limiting principle" on the Commerce Clause...

Monday, March 26, 2012

Why do the Russians know more about Obama's agenda than America's citizens?


At the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea over the weekend President Obama had a chat with Russian President Medvedev. They talked about missile defense, and Obama told Medvedev that he’ll have much more flexibility to do what he wants after the election in November.
Obama told Medvedev he needs Putin to “give me space” to deal with missile defense.
“This is my last election and after my election I have more flexibility,” Obama said, placing his hand on Medvedev’s arm, according to a video recording of the exchange.
“I understand,” Medvedev replied. “I transmit this information to Vladimir.” (Read More)

How Making Kids Do Chores Makes Them Rich, Possibly


via Growing Rich Kids

Smart Is the New Rich: If You Can’t Afford It, Put It Downby Christine Romans, who is the host of CNN’s “Your $$$$$.”
She has a chapter devoted to Family Money and in it, she says:
Here’s something simple [to teach your kids] that will pay dividends when your little darling gets old enough to have a credit card or a school loan:  Take out the trash. Children who have chores growing up are more likely to be better with money down road. The kind of kid who takes the trash out twice a week, or changes the water in the fish tank, or has the special job of folding the towels and making sure they are delivered to the bathroom – that kid grows up to be more diligent about money.
The theory is: Early and consistent expectations about the contributions a child must make in the home translate into responsibility with money later on.
Romans cites the Charles Schwab 2010 Families & Money Survey as the basis for this advice. The survey reports that children who regularly did more chores growing up are reported by their parents as more financially responsible as young adults.

via Parenthood
How to Involve Young Children in Household Tasks
  • Tasks should not be too overwhelming. Be realistic and you're your child's age in mind. Model how to do the task, and work with the child.

  • Present tasks in a way that fits your child's learning style.
  • Involve your child in determining the tasks he or she will complete. Hold weekly meetings that last no longer than five minutes to discuss the chores for the
    week. Reinforce the schedule with a weekly chore chart.
  • Rotate tasks every week.
  • Children should not be made to do the tasks for an allowance.
  • Give lots of encouragement.
Rewards for Doing Chores

Researcher Marty Rossmann does not believe in giving allowances for doing household chores. "For me, allowances are important, but they should be separate from household tasks," she says. "Allowances help children manage money at a young age and learn the values connected with money, but it should not be attached to household chores. Learning about money and the value connected with money is far too important a lesson to attach it to household tasks. And household tasks are far too important to be put in a situation where you take away money as a punishment."
The best rewards are love and affection, she says. "Give lots of encouragement for the little jobs your children do - bringing the dishes to the sink, picking up their toys."

"People's impression of overindulgence is being given too
As for other rewards, Rossmann says putting little stars on a chart for tasks completed is fine. "They are tangible reminders that we all helped out," she says.
"But Dad gets a star, too, for taking out the garbage."
Are you Playing Smart?
From a child’s point of view, even the most basic task can be a window into adventure. Check out these activities:

“The key is to start early,” she adds. “If you don’t, it backfires. The study showed that when a parent started their children in tasks at ages 9 to 10, or worse, 15 to 16, the children thought that the parent was asking them to do something they didn’t want to do. They didn’t get the concept of ‘we’re all in this together.’ They were far too self-centered.”

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Exquisite Sauces, "quickened".


By Thomas Keller
From The French Laundry

Ideally, a great sauce is made from stock using the bones of the meat that is featured in the dish. The French Laundry doesn't have the space to store a dozen different stocks - nor do most home freezers. This method uses chicken and veal stock ( two stocks you should keep on hand) as a base for building different flavored sauces that impart the flavor of the meat or bird being served yet require only a small amount of hones. (For example, it would be difficult to acquire enough squab bones to make a proper stock.)

The "quick" sauces mirror the stock making process in many ways but the quick sauces are flavored by caramelizing the vegetables, browning the bones and then by repeated deglazing, reduction, and clarification. Listen for the sounds : When the bones are placed in the oil, you should hear a violent sizzle, which tells you your oil is hot enough. Once the liquid is added, the sizzling will quiet. As the liquid evaporates, a glaze will form on the bottom of the pan, which tells you that its is time to deglaze again. Each  time a glaze is formed, you will hear a sizzling and each time you deglaze the pot will become quiet.

We use some chicken stock and water as well as veal stock for these, if straight veal stock were used, it would reduce too much and become too gelatinous and the flavor would be too concentrated. The chicken stock allows is to cook the bones long enough to extract their flavor without the stock becoming too reduced. If you have a stock already made from the same kind of hones your are making the quick sauce with( eg, if you are  making a quick lamb sauce and have lamb stock on hand), replace half the veal stock with that stock.

Again, the proper amount of reduction over gentle heat with the pot pulled to the side of the flame, and continual skimming to remove impurities are paramount. And when the sauce are done, we strain them many times to remove as many impurities as possible. A single sauce may be strained as many as twenty times, the chinois washed between each straining, until the sauce passes through the chinois without leaving any particles. Initially we rap the rim of the chinois to speed the straining  and then progress to swirling motion but we never pump the sauce with a ladle. The goal is to remove the particles, not push them through.

You can make a quick sauce with the bones of a squab, venison, lamb or whatever meat you are preparing.

a chinois

a china cap


Ingredients 
1/2 cup canola oil
1 1/2 pounds bones, chopped into 1 inch pieces
3 cups of water
2 1/2 cups strained chicken stock or water
1 cup onions cut into 1/2 inch mirepoix / pieces
1 cup leeks cut into 1/2 inch mirepoix /pieces
1 cup diced carrots into 1/2 inch pieces
2 cups strained Veal stock plus 1 cup strained stock made with teh same bones as " quick" sauce ( venison, duck, or lamb).

Heat the canola oil over  high heat in a wide heavy  pot  large enough to hold the bones in one layer. When it just begins to smoke, add the bones. Sear the bones , without stirring, for about 10 minutes. They should be well browned before they are moved, or they will give off their juices and begin to steam rather than brown. Turn the bones and cook for about 10 minutes longer, or until they are evenly coloured. ( Well-roasted bones will give the sauce its flavor)

For the first glazing: Add the 1 cup water to the pit. Listen as the liquid goes into the pot,  You will hear it sizzling as it hits the hot pot: then as it reduces, it will become quiet. Stirring with a wooden spoon, scrape up any glazed juices clinging to the bottom of the pot and cook until the liquid has evaporated and the pot is reglazeded and sizzling again. (The oil still in the pot will be removed later).

For the second deglazing : When the water has evaporated, deglaze  the pot with 1/2 cup of the chicken stock as above. This time, as the stock boils down, the color of the bones and liquid will become deeper and the natural gelatin present in the stock will glaze the bones.

For the third deglazing : Add vegetables. The water in the vegetables provides the liquid for deglazing. Cook as above until the moisture has evaporated and the vegetables are highly caramelized.

For the fourth deglazing : Add  the remaining 2 cups of chicken stock, the veal stock, and the remaining 2 cups of water. Deglaze the pot, scraping up the glazed juices from the bottom , then transfer the stock and bones to a smaller, narrower pot so that it will be easier to skim.

Bring to a simmer (with the pit set partially off the burner to force the impurities to the side of the pot) and ladle off the oil as it rises to the top. Simmer for 30 to 45 minutes, skimming often until the stock has reduced to the level of the bones.

Strain the sauce through a China cap  and then again through a chinois. Do not force any of the solids through a strainer, or they will cloud your sauce. You should have about 2 cups of liquid.

Pour the liquid into a small pot, reduce to about 1 cup, and strain.

For Variations 

The ingredients for all of the variations are added during or after the addition of the vegetables, during the third deglazing.

Squab Sauce : Add 1/2 teaspoon Squab Spice with vegetables. 

Squab Spice : 

1/4 stick cinnamon, broken into small pieces
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons cloves
2 tablespoons black peppercorns
2 tablespoons quarte epices ( four spice powder ) .
{Notes :  I use 5 spice powder and less cinnamon because I cannot find any 4 spice powder which is everything 5  spice has less cinnamon}          
Toast the cinnamon, coriander, cloves and the quarte epices in a small skillet over low heat until fragrant.
Finely grind the toasted spices with the black pepper in a spice or coffee grinde. Sift through a fine mesh strainer, stirring with a spoon. Store in a sealed container at room temperature or in the freezer. ( The squab spice begins to lose some of its intensity after a few days, freeze for longer storage and use directly from the freezer.)                                                                  

How Thomas Keller would cook Swiss Chard and Squab


He is the embodiment of Perfection in Modern American Cooking
He is a notoriously driven perfectionist
He has the precision of a neurologist
He pushes creativity to the limits without compromising Class and integrity
His food invokes memories; playful and magical
He is regarded as the best chef in America by chefs
He is Thomas Keller
And the Mecca for all chefs in America is his restaurant - The French Laundry in Napa Valley

Lucky for us, he has published a few books. The first book is now on Sale on Amazon. So if we cannot afford $1000 for a 6 course dinner cooked by him personally, we could use his recipes and perhaps taste a whiff of what it might have been. If you love cooking, you must get a copy of his book - The French Laundry by Thomas Keller. 

Beurre Monte : The Workhorse Sauce
by Thomas Keller

A little bit of water helps the emulsion process. Whether you emulsify 4 tablespoons or 1 pound of butter, just a tablespoon of water will do. Any amount of beurre monte can be made using the following method.

Bring the water to boil in an appropriate size saucepan. Reduce the heat to low and begin whisking the chunks of butter into the water, but by but to emulsify. Once you have established the emulsion, you can continue to add pieces of butter until you have the quantity of beurre monte that you need. It is important to keep the level of heat gentle and consistent in order to maintain the emulsification. Make the beurre monte close to the time it will be used and keep it in a warm place. If you have extra berurre monte, it can be refrigerated and then reheated to use as melted butter or clarified.

How Thomas Keller would cook Swiss Chard

1 pound of Swiss Chard, washed dried on paper towels
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Kosher salt

Preparation : Cut off the stalks, pull away and discard any strings and cut the stalks on the diagonal into 1/16 inch julienne. Cut the leaves into 2 - inch pieces. You will have approximately 6 to 7 cups of trimmed leaves and stalks.

Melt 2 teaspoons of the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chard leaves and stems, sprinkle with salt ( it is important to salt the leaves before they wilt for even seasoning) , and cook for 1-2 minutes or until the leaves wilt and stems are tender. Drain on paper towels.

How Thomas Keller would cook Squab

Squab is difficult to cook in that you have to hit the temperature exactly right. It should be served medium rare. When its rare it is too tough and difficult to eat. When it starts to get over medium rare, the meat begins to take on a liver flavor.

Remove each breast half from the squab carcasses leaving the wings attached to the breasts. Cut them off the tips of the wings, leaving the large bottom wing bones attached to the breasts. With a paring knife, scrape the meat away from the wing bone to "french" it. Cover and refrigerate the breasts,. Use the legs and carcasses to make squab sauce.

Preparation : Heat 1/16 inch of canola oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Season the Squab breasts with salt and pepper and place skin side down in hot oil. Cook for about 3 minutes , or until the skin is rich brown. Turn the meat over and cook for an additional 2 minutes, basting the meat with the oil in the pan. Drain off the fat in the pan and add the buerre monte. Continue to cook and baste the squab for about 2 more minutes or until the meat is medium rare. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the squab to rest for 5 minutes.  Meanwhile, combine the chard leaves and the figs with the beurre monte in a saucepan and add a splash of water. Reheat over medium low heat. Just before serving, stir in the chard stems. Rewarm the Squab sauce.
To serve, slice the squab breasts crosswise on a slight diagonal. Spoon some squab sauce into the middle of the plate. Over lap Squab with Chard and sprinkle with chives.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Why and How we will vote tomorrow

Louisiana votes
by Stewart

Saturday and as of this writing, the polls have Santorum 36.8, Romney 26.0, Gingrich 18.8, and Paul 5.5. (RCP polling data here.)
Louisiana has a closed primary and of the 46 Delegates to the National Convention, only 20 are available in the primary. To get any delegates, the participants in the primary must secure more that 25% of the vote - meaning that if the vote Saturday goes according to the poll above, Santorum and Romney would share proportionally the 20 delegates.
The other 26 delegates will be awarded in our caucus process. For more information, please look here.
I have held off deciding who to vote for until today. Members of the Ricoverse will kindly point out to all who comment here (and I will proudly admit) that I have held steadfast in my Anybody But Romney (ABR) stance since the race began - mostly because of Romneycare, his perpetual race for the White House, and because I believed that when he made conservative statements he was merely pandering. When Katievs said "I might be for Mitt", I declared I would support him in the General Election, but not until then and for these reasons.
My primary value in this election is best summed up by Glenn Reynolds, "I would vote for a syphilitic camel over Barack Obama in 2012." My secondary value is who to vote for in the Republican primary.
I gave Daniels some thought (only because of Ricochet) until he said no.  I liked T-Paw - but he didn't stick around. I have thought Bachmann - until she went Jenny McCarthy on me. I thought Perry, until he couldn't recover  from the his gaffe where he failed to name 3 cabinet postitions he would eliminate. Gingrich suprised me when he announced, imploded 3 days later, rose from the dead (figuratively and 3-ish months later) only to implode and rise a few more times before becoming mostly dead now. I was a Cainiac.
Ron Paul has a great many ideas, but his isolationism and defense first-on-the-chopping-block-but-I'll-double-talk-my-way-around-it-to-make-you-think-it-isn't doesn't even rise to beat the Syphilitic Camel.
Santorum has impressed me with his stick-to-it-iveness and I am a values voter. He resonates with me.
So, Santorum or Romney?
Two commentators I like and respect have lined up on each side. Michelle Malkin is going for Santorum. Ann Coulter for Romney. Both for good reasons, although I would like to see a Ricochet podcast where Ann has to rehabilitate her CPAC comments where she admonished that the GOP would nominate Romney and he would lose to Pres. Obama.
Today, something I saw at Hotair and here on Ricochet helped decide it for me. Santorum's spokesperson on CNN didn't help matters. No, Alice Stewart, Mitt Romney is not the mirror image of Barack Obama - That goes for you too, Rick.
There you go, Mitt - my vote for you is in recognition of your balanced budget in Massacussetts, your success in the private sector (and not, apparently, through crony capitalism) and your fundamental decency - oh and the willingness of your opponent(s) to immolate himself (themselves) in the pursuit of political gain.
Three things.
  1. Please continue to tell freeloader-wannabes to vote for the other guy.
  2. Do a better job explaining conservative values and don't apologize for your wealth (you earned it honestly).
  3. Focus your team on how to counter the Obamacare = Romneycare message, because your Federalism excuse isn't cutting it.
Oh and please send me a bumper sticker and a yard sign and put me in touch with your volunteer organization. I can give you 5 hours a week between now and November.
and stop robocalling me (that goes for you too, Rick).


Althouse: Rasmussen on the Wisconsin primary: Romney, 46%, S...

Althouse: Rasmussen on the Wisconsin primary: Romney, 46%, S...: Ah! I hadn't seen a poll more recent than last February for Wisconsin, and Santorum had been in the lead. This surveys "Likely Republican P...

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bill Cosby's I'm Tired was originally written by Blogger Robert Hall.

Robert Hall wrote this article not Bill Cosby. It is a great read. Enjoy. God Bless America. And no one is saying just because God is blessing america, he is not blessing other countries too. 
 
I’m 63 And I’m Tired

I'm real tired of people who don't take responsibility for their lives and actions. I'm tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination or big-whatever for their problems.
Yes, I'm damn tired . But I'm also glad to be 63. Because, mostly, I'm not going to have to see the world these people are making. I'm just sorry for my granddaughter.
Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate.
Read more here.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

An inspired Stomach can't hurt

Good food, great company.
This is my new strategy to cope with the week's goals. I have a lot of work to do but I want to eat well.

An inspired stomach can't hurt. I have decided to clean 30 mins every morning and every night.  After I get the kids out of the door in the morning,  cook for 1 hour a feast for the rest of the day.

That way, I am freed to work the rest of the day ( kind of, sort of) without being constantly interrupted with household chores. When the kids get home, I can do other mindless, interrupt-able activities.Baby Girl is being potty train now, so, another reason why I should eat before she gets back by noon.

I miss glutinous rice cakes. So I made these today with Sweet Potatoes:
Pillowy, Delicious, Comfort Food

Filled with Curry Veg and chicken
My own version of  unsweet Sukiyaki with Shrimp, Tofu, bamboo shoots and Miracle Noodles

Sweet potato Onak Onak. Filled with Brown Sugar. No coconut since I don't like coconut flakes.


My sweet girl entertaining herself while I work.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

China's Premier Wen Jiabao has delivered a strong warning about the ''urgent'' need for reforms, without which, he said, tragedies such as the Cultural Revolution could still happen.

He said : The desire for democracy in the Middle East must be ''respected and truly responded to''.
''I believe this trend towards democracy cannot be held back by any force," he said.
read more here.

The hope and change Obama promised - Delivered in full yet?

Unlikely, this is him spending when he has to worry about being re-elected. Imagine how much more debt he will incur for this country when he does not have to worry about being elected.

CBS news reports:
The National Debt has now increased more during President Obama's three years and two months in office than it did during 8 years of the George W. Bush presidency.
The Debt rose $4.899 trillion during the two terms of the Bush presidency. It has now gone up $4.939 trillion since President Obama took office.
read more here.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Congressional Budget Office : Obamacare estimates 20million to lose employer-provided coverage.

As many as 20 million Americans could lose their employer-provided coverage because of President Obama’s healthcare reform law, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said in a new report Thursday.
The figure represents the worst-case scenario, CBO says, and the law could just as well increase the number of people with employer-based coverage by 3 million in 2019.
The best estimate, subject to a “tremendous amount of uncertainty,” is that about 3 million to 5 million fewer people will obtain coverage through their employer each year from 2019 through 2022.

CBO | CBO and JCT's Estimates of the Effects of the Affordable Care Act on the Number of People Obtaining Employment-Based Health Insurance

Althouse: Why did Mitt Romney say "Planned Parenthood, we're...

Wow! Planned Parenthood not worth borrowing from China for.

Althouse: Why did Mitt Romney say "Planned Parenthood, we're...: I saw that he said that because I just got a fundraising email from Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chair of the Democratic National Committee...

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Silent Auction Baskets

All about Chocolates Baskets
I put most of these baskets together for the Christian Writers Conference's Silent Auction. Mostly paid by my generous Hubby. The CWC is more than a weekend event, it is place where many precious friendships are forged. People helping each other grow their love for writing or reading. Helping each other get through a very difficult time all through the art of writing. We are blessed in this little town to have so many accomplished writers whose mind are simply, wonderful. I am so honored to be part of this amazing group of people, who have generously invited me to journey with them in their very colourful and 4 dimensional worlds.  Love raising money for a good cause.
Summer is fun Basket

Get me in the Mood Basket

Autographed books Donated by Amazon Award winning author Charles Sutherland and Dragon Shirt donated by Stewart Greathouse

Road Trip Old Fashion Toys Basket

Pink Basket

Lemonade can be fun Basket

Sarah Palin Challenges Obama

Look at the real issues Mr President, she says: 

Just off the top of my head, a few of these concerning issues include: a debt crisis that has us hurtling towards a Greek-style collapse, entitlement programs going bankrupt, a credit downgrade for the first time in our history, a government takeover of the health care industry that makes care more expensive and puts a rationing panel of faceless bureaucrats between you and your doctor (aka a “death panel”), $4 and $5 gas at the pump exacerbated by an anti-drilling agenda that rejects good paying energy sector jobs and makes us more dependent on dangerous foreign regimes, a war in Afghanistan that seems unfocused and unending, a global presidential apology tour that’s made us look feeble and ridiculous, a housing market in the tank, the longest streak of high unemployment since World War II, private-sector job creators and industry strangled by burdensome regulations and an out-of-control Obama EPA, an attack on the Constitutional protection of religious liberty, an attack on private industry in right-to-work states, crony capitalism run amok in an administration in bed with their favored cronies to the detriment of genuine free market capitalism, green energy pay-to-play kickbacks to Obama campaign donors, and a Justice Department still stonewalling on a bungled operation that armed violent Mexican drug lords and led to the deaths of hundreds of innocent people....just to name a few.
read more here.

Killing Babies is not the answer Obama

Obamacare to Fund Abortions with $1 Monthly Premiums?

Monday, March 12, 2012

Obama said that?

"Trying to meet demand with weirdo energy schemes (corn ethanol? really? turning food into gasoline is the plan?) has failed in the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s. It will fail again.
But at least he’s given up his check-the-air-in-your-tires plan of 2008."

 read the rest of the article here :Obama said that?

Saturday, March 10, 2012

What will happen to your investment if Obama is re-elected.

I read Doug Ross's article 10 disasters America will face if Obama is re-elected.
which reaffirms my speculation about the election consequences should Obama win another 4 more years.

If you are like me,  you are just a simple home-maker, minding our own business. Focus on being supportive towards our husbands and our children. We are involved in handling of our family finances and watch over our modest investment very carefully. You don't even need to be American to be affected by Obama, as long as you have investment in any of the world's major stock markets especially in Asia, you would realized by now that if the "US economy sneezes, the rest of the world is down with flu". For the rest of the world's stock market to do better, the US economy must do better. Whether or not the economy does better depends on the political situation in the US. Whether this coming election appoints someone who will inject confidence into this economy, hence affecting your investment directly.

Here is a very commonsensical approach to analyze what might happen to your "purse" if Obama gets elected again.

1. Obama does not need to worry about being elected again so he can unleash his left wing agenda at full speed. Which means Obamacare will be here to stay so will the debt it brings about." The plan is a result of blatantly dishonest accounting for the real costs of the program, while grossly overstating its benefits. Americans should know the actual 10-year cost is closer to $2 trillion over 10 years, not the $950 billion claimed, when all the actual costs are toted up." ( The real cost of Obama Care by Investors.com)

2. He will seek to tax the rich ( which he defines as anyone making $250,000 a year does not matter if they have 10 dependents or one. He is the self anointed Messiah therefore he decides who is rich and who is poor)  as much as possible. Which means employers will be cautious and not invest in the US which means unemployment rates will continue to look rather bad. Those in existing business will be impacted by Environmental Protection Agency. So if doing business is hard now, it will get harder.

3. Of course big government, consisting of flawed human beings, will continue to expand and individuals will be told to give their money to the government and let the government decide what to do with it. 

5. Ridiculous green policy motivated by his interest to feed in to his cronies will be more evident. Gas prices will continue to rise and he will charge you $50 a light bulb.Also once again shamelessly demonstrating how successful the US government is at running a private business. read Government-subsidized green light bulb carries costly price tag by Washingtonpost.com

6. More unconstitutional and unpresidential measures will take place. Cannot be exact right now but probably in the area of weakening the US military;  play down Christianity, play up any other religion especially in schools; align with the don't-want-to-be-employed but demand all their needs be met/ haters of the rich crowd; more world apology "USA suck" tours. Appoint more cronies in the office.

7. More Model of Disgust with regard to his decision-making as he checks his piles of multiple choices while eating his waffle.....oh yeah....by the golf course(.read this funny yet true article from American Thinker.)

Bottom line ( in America, it usually means I am about to say something really awful), if he is elected, the presidential office of America will become even more of a joke. If you have a desire to run a profitable business or a plan for great innovation, will you do it in America? Of course not. So you will probably have to consider the following options with your finances/ life.

A) liquidate and sit on cash and wait till the imminent market crash before you buy again
B) Move out of the country - any country will do. China, will be less communistic. It will take another 8 years to have the hope of rebuilding what he destroyed, so probably you can move back in 12 years or so.

These are the same consideration I have for my own family. Glad to share with you. God bless America.

< Read my more updated description of his Second Term here.   Obama's Second Term dated 9/26/12)

Althouse: "And yet the perception is that last week was bad ...

Althouse: "And yet the perception is that last week was bad ...: Says Instapundit , noting today's Rasmussen tracking poll that has Romney at 48, Obama 43 and even Santorum at 46, with Obama at 45. As an...

Friday, March 9, 2012

Kony - a great example to be cyber serious

A 30-minute documentary on the Lord’s Resistance Army, a violent militia in Uganda led by the outlaw Joseph Kony, has gone viral.
A day after it was published on YouTube, it had logged 32 million views. In contrast, the Dr. Suess movie The Lorax, which by Hollywood standards had “huge opening weekend,” was probably seen by about 6 million people.
read more here

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Iran praises Obama

Iran praises Obama

Green and Wasteful: The High Cost of Clean Energy

via The Fiscal Times
When it comes to investing in clean energy, the federal government is all over the case.  Eleven government departments and agencies operate a total of 94 programs to encourage clean energy projects and research in private sector buildings, a recent Government Accountability Office report revealed.

 And while the president has stressed the importance of government reorganization and downsizing where possible, the administration has largely left dozens of “green” programs in place from previous administrations.  The result is a "lasagna" of similar programs layered one on top of the other.


But this array of often overlapping energy-efficient building programs is inefficient and potentially wasteful itself, the GAO report found. 
“How can you deliver services and achieve the overall goal of saving energy when every cook in the federal government is trying to get their hands in the energy-efficiency pot?”

Easter Recipes with Southern Accents

Cheddar Rice Fritters
 All recipes via epicurious.com

Mustard Greens with Chipotle and Bacon

Pecan Spice Layer cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pimento Corn Muffins

Shrimp Butter Toast

Glazed Ham with Pineapple Mustard Sauce

Mashed Turnips and Potatoes with Horseradish Bread Crumbs

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Baked Salmon Stuffed with Leeks

From simplebites.net

Baked Leeks with Cheese & Yogurt Topping

Choose tender young leeks for this recipe
Serves four
  • 8 small leeks
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 150g fresh goat’s cheese
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • Salt & pepper
Preheat oven to 350°F and butter a shallow baking dish.
Trim the leeks, cut a slit from top to bottom and rinse well under cold water.
Place the leeks in a saucepan of water, bring to a boil and simmer gently until just tender. Remove and drain well using a slotted spoon. Arrange in the prepared dish.
Beat egg with the goat cheese, yogurt and ¼ cup Parmesan cheese and season well with salt and pepper.
Pour the cheese and yogurt mixture over the leeks. Mix breadcrumbs and remaining Parmesan cheese together and sprinkle over the sauce. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes until the top is crisp and golden brown.

Baked Salmon Stuffed with Leeks

We usually enjoy this with a side of couscous and steamed sugar snap peas.
Serves 4
    • 1 whole salmon fillet, about 1 1/2 pounds
    • 2 medium leeks
    • 1 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 tablespoons butter
    • Salt & pepper
    • 1 lemon, zested & juiced
    • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
    • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 clove garlic
Garnish
  • Bunch of fresh dill
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • Pine nuts, toasted (optional)
Roughly chop leeks in ¼ inch rounds. Wash according to cleaning instructions above and drain well.
In a large, heavy bottomed pot, melt butter and oil together. Add leeks and sauté gently until very soft, about 20 minutes. Stir often, being careful not to let them brown. Season with salt. When they are cooked, remove from heat and let cool to lukewarm.
In the meantime, prepare the salmon. Place whole fillet, skin-side down on a large cutting board. With a sharp knife, cut a generous slit on the side of the fillet, deep into the center, but not all the way through—much like you would a sub sandwich.
Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place salmon on the parchment and fold back the top layer of fish.
Preheat over to 350°F.
In a small bowl, combine lemon juice, lemon zest, soy sauce, and olive oil. With a microplane, grate the clove of garlic into the bowl and mix well. Spoon marinade all over the fillet of salmon, reserving a bit for the top.
Read more here.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Monday, March 5, 2012

10 Years of Gorgeous Images of Earth From Spacevia wired.com

via wired.com
via Wired.com
Ten years ago on March 1, the European Space Agency launched an 8-ton satellite called Envisat that would deliver back to Earth some of the most beautiful images of our planet taken from space.
Since then, Envisat has orbited Earth more than 50,000 times and has lived twice as long as planned.
The satellite has more than seven instruments on board that can use radar to see through clouds, capture ocean color and land cover, monitor the ozone layer and atmospheric pollutants, measure thermal-infrared radiation, and register surface topography.
To celebrate the satellite's 10th anniversary, we've selected a few of its most beautiful images for this gallery. Good luck deciding which one to use as wallpaper for your computer desktop. Look at all of them here.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

How a 1959 Easter Brunch looked like.

Easter Brunch menu from the 1959 Foodarama Party Book
Look at that fabulous meat and sauces! I am guessing the green is mint jelly. I have to admit, some of the colours look a little artifical, especially the pear garnish. But we must remember in 1959, food stylists are probably have not as advanced.

Orange Juice

Eggs Marguerite

Baked Ham Slice with Pear Garnish

Panettone

Jams, Marmalades, preserves

Panettone was always a favorite for Christmas - but Easter? Why not?

Eggs Marguerite  looks most interesting:
Set oven for 350F.  Separate 9 eggs, taking care to keep the yolks unbroken.  (Drop yolks each into separate custard cups.)  Add 1/2 tsp. salt to egg whites and whip until stiff but not dry. Turn into a baking dish.  With a tsp., make 9 hollows in the top of the whites; drop an egg yolk in each.  Bake 10 minutes or until yolks are set and whites are delicately browned.

Vegan pet of the day

Vegan pet of the day

The Shape of Immortality

betterallthetime.com

Behold the lowly flatworm.

Wait, strike that. Behold the death-defying flatworm, from whom we may learn the secrets of immortality. I would certainly like to be able to do what a flatworm can do:
Dr Aziz Aboobaker from the University's School of Biology, said: "We've been studying two types of planarian worms; those that reproduce sexually, like us, and those that reproduce asexually, simply dividing in two. Both appear to regenerate indefinitely by growing new muscles, skin, guts and even entire brains over and over again.
How do they do it? Well, that's the part we need to figure out. The flatworms appear to have found a way to achieve cell division without shortening of telomeres. Normally these structures, found at the end of a DNA strand, get shorter with each instance of cell division, marking increasingly older cells which eventually can't reproduce themselves at all. The trick is the release of an enzyme, telomerase, at the time of cell division.

Previous research had shown a link between telomerase and the non-aging cells, but this is the first time that researchers were able to show what happens when the gene controlling the secretion of telomerase gets switched off. As predicted, the telomeres start to shorten.

The link between telomerase and cell aging is an intriguing one. We are a long way from anti-aging treatments for human beings based on this research, but it is very encouraging not only to find a proof-of-concept for an ageless creature, but to begin to understand how it does it.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

A Generational Loss: Andrew Breitbart ( 1969-2012)

"I was a default liberal growing up in West Los Angeles. I listened to alternative rock on K-Rock and I just went to the movies all the time. Once I got into college, I drank a lot, studied very little and I graduated with less skills than when I went to college.
The seeds of my epiphany towards embracing conservatism was my father saying, ‘We’re no longer paying for your absurd lifestyle.’ … When he cut me off, he actually really meant it and I had to get a real job. I believe that walking, for the first time, in shoes that I bought started my path towards conservatism."
Read more on the Inspiring Life of Andrew Britbart. 


Via Wikipedia
Andrew Breitbart (pronounced /ˈbraɪtbɑrt/ (February 1, 1969 – March 1, 2012) was an American publisher,[4] commentator for the Washington Times, author,[5] and occasional guest commentator on various news programs, who served as an editor for the Drudge Report Web site. He was a researcher for Arianna Huffington, and helped launch her web publication The Huffington Post.[6]
He ran his own news aggregation site, Breitbart.com, and five other websites: Breitbart.tv, Big Hollywood, Big Government, Big Journalism, and Big Peace.

Fast and Furious - Holder Lost Cool

Why?

Holder loses cool during House hearing when asked about Fast and Furious

The Foundry on ObamaCare

Point-By-Point: The Case Against Obamacare

Two years ago, Congress and President Obama rushed to pass the enormous 2,700-page health care law that most didn’t even have time to read. As time has passed, Heritage experts have analyzed the law and written extensively on the need for its repeal. The major components of Heritage’s Case Against Obamacare are summarized in this article

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