Proud members of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy. We strongly believe in personal freedom, responsibility, and gun rights. We also believe in the 90/10 theory. That means that 10% of the people have 90% of the talent. Unfortunately, we are not in the 10% category. However, the rest of us are still better than 90% of the politicians.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

And it wasn't even shaped like a gun

Student put in detention for sharing school lunch

Kyle Bradford, 13, shared his chicken burrito with a friend who didn’t like the cheese sandwich he was given by the cafeteria.
Bradford didn’t see any problem with sharing his food.
"It seemed like he couldn't get a normal lunch so I just wanted to give mine to him because I wasn't really that hungry and it was just going to go in the garbage if I didn't eat it," said Bradford.
But the Trinity Alps Unified School District has regulations that prohibit students from sharing their meals.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Foodie

For some reason I've been really thinking about Scandinavia lately so today we have a Finnish theme to the food.  My Blue and White Kitchen is a blog about seasonal Nordic foods and right now some of them are looking really, really good!  Sini also writes beautifully and and includes many lovely photographs.  Even if you don't cook her blog is a joy to read.  No smalahove, I promise!

Flammkuchen with Funnel Chanterelles, Black Forest Ham & Goat Cheese

Flammkuchen with Funnel Chanterelles, Black Forest Ham & Goat Cheese

crust slightly adapted from delicious:days by Nicole Stich
yields 2 Flammkuchen, serves 4
250 g all-purpose flour
50 g rye flour
½ tsp fine sea salt
175 ml lukewarm water
15 g fresh yeast
1 tbsp olive oil
200 g crème fraîche
2 tbsp heavy cream
fine sea salt & freshly ground black pepper, to season
100 g Black Forest Ham {or pancetta}, chopped
350 g (about 4 small) red onions, finely sliced
~150 g (3-4 handfuls) funnel chanterelles (or black trumpets), cleaned & the bigger ones sliced
140 g soft goat cheese
parsley, chopped, to finish


To make the dough: Combine both flours and sea salt in a bowl of a standing mixer {or a large bowl if making the dough by hand}. Make a well in the center. Dissolve the yeast in lukewarm water. Pour it into the well and add the olive oil. Knead for 3–5 minutes at medium speed. The dough is ready when it's elastic and comes clean off the sides of the bowl. Shape into a ball and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Let the dough rise in a warm place for 45 minutes. After the dough has risen, punch it down, shape into a ball again, and let rise for further 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 250°C (480°F) or as hot as your oven gets. If you want, you can place a baking tray at the bottom level so it gets preheated. It works like a pizza stone and ensures a perfect crust!
To make the topping: Combine the crème fraîche and heavy cream. Season with salt and pepper.
To arrange: Divide the dough into 2 equally sized portions and shape into a ball. Flatten the ball with your hands. Using a rolling pin, roll it out on a lightly floured surface. We want to have a thin crust! Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Evenly spread half of the crème fraîche mix on top and top with the other toppings {starting with the ham and ending with the goat cheese}.
Bake for 10–15 minutes, or until the crust has gained a golden brown color. While the first Flammkuchen is in the oven, you can arrange the other one. Remove the Flammkuchen from the oven when ready and sprinkle with some chopped parsley. Slice and serve hot or at room temperature.

Mini Almond Pavlovas with Forest Berries

Toscakaka – Nordic Caramel Almond Cake
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Rhubarb Strawberry Datschi


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Foggy




The fog of starting a war.

Well, it was predicted years back the Middle East was going to become a sticky bucket of shit if Bush I invaded Iraq. So he didn’t, he stopped at the border and Iraq became a flaming mess anyway.

KSM bombed the World Trade Center and Bill didn’t do anything.

Saudis flew jets into tall buildings and George W. bombed Afghanistan. 
 
Then it was discovered that bin Laden was behind it and he was in Afghanistan hiding behind the Taliban, so ho, off to Afghanistan we go! 

Everyone warned this would be a quagmire equal to Vietnam.  Instead, the army blew through in a couple months and had bin Laden cornered until the politicians got involved and they let the Pakis sneak him off to Pakistan.  It became a quagmire and the politicians said I told you so.

George says Iraq has WMD’s, so let’s go get Saddam. We get into it up to our asses in Iraq, but Barack took over and decided to quit.

“Leave Iraq,” he commands, and there is now peace in Iraq because he says so.

Egypt, Libya and Syria all rebel wanting to create states controlled by Islam instead of their iron fisted rulers. We declare Arab Spring and help Egypt and Libya install Islamic governments who hate the United States. Syria is left to fight on their own and ISIS tries to over throw Assad to install an Islamic government.  In the meantime Libya raids an embassy and kills Americans and Egypt’s Army kicks out the Muslim Brotherhood and takes over.

Now ISIS or ISIL is going to take over Syria and Iraq and become an Islamic State with the goal of killing every last living being who isn’t a Muslim.

For public consumption, Barack says that can’t happen. The U.S. must stop ISIS or ISIL but the problem is we can’t decide who to fight.  First we must identify the enemy.  A committee should be appointed to determine who the enemy is and they’ll get right on that as soon as they select the proper table shape, correct number of members, and a proper seating chart is completed.  Only then will they be properly equipped to begin the task of pinpointing the enemy.

Once the enemy is determined to be ISIS or ISIL, or some other entity that we have yet to hear of, then we can decide just how to resolve the entire Middle East crisis without boots on the ground. After that the task of selecting a type of government for Iraq and Syria can begin.

From the experience in Egypt I would say no Muslim Brotherhood (they probably won’t have time anyway, being too busy taking over the US) and whatever Libya used as an excuse for government is definitely out.
 
My choice, had I a choice, would be to install a despot like Saddam or Assad.  Democracy is not a type of government suited to a country of religious fanatics who believe everyone not a member of their religion needs to die. And, like it or not, that is who controls the Middle East. 
Remember the nineties when Saddam and his sons were raping and pillaging Iraq? They seldom made the news.  Who would have ever considered that those would be the good old days.

Been busy out lately

I worked a bunch of extra shifts last week and spent all yesterday getting caught up at home (as if that ever happens.)

A friend and I did some meal planning and shopping as well and got a lot of meals into the freezer for both of us as I hate spending on the dry sandwiches available at the hospital in the middle of the night.

I knew she didn't cook but I didn't realize quite how totally a non-cook she is until I asked her to slice a cucumber and turned around a few minutes later to see her very carefully slicing a zucchini!


Peter's house finally sold last week, it was difficult emotionally and I had a hard time with it, especially since it sold on the anniversary of his death and the day before Mom's birthday. It rained both days and I was feeling really guilty about working so much and not getting flowers out to the graveyards, so LBB was kind enough to offer to take them.  Feels bad not doing it myself, but I know they would understand. Flowers were important to Mom, but she knew that sometimes life gets in the way and as long as I never miss flowers for Dad on Memorial Day she'd be all right with it.

Gotta run, still have about 50 bazillion errands to get out of the way today before starting another week of 12 hour shifts. Plus it's time for another haircut as I have enough to donate once again and I'm going to try to squeeze that in.

You know, somehow week before last was a lot calmer and sooo much nicer.  Oh, well, next week will be better.
Much more my speed

It's a good time for a little Fourplay

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

What I read while hanging 10 in the ether

“We have to get a drink! How can we not? It’s a bar on a bike. I mean, we’re kinda obligated to have a drink. right?” I say jumping up and down, my eyes never leaving the bar.


This is a real thing... Healthy Vegan Bacon



I will never understand this



Building a home in an old hanger

They went from this:

to this:

and there is still room for a plane.



 “Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.”   ―  Thoreau
Now go RTWT...                                                        

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Youtube compilation of Amateurs

Just a little practice...and someone else's practicing...and some other guy...


Totally ganked from Tanktronic

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Fabulous Lego Creations

So Lego bikes are cool,
Bikes

and space ships are even more so,
Serenity

but a Lego Stephen Hawking? Really, Stephen Hawking? How cool is that?!
Stephen Hawking

 
More at ViralNova 
 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Froday Foodie


Looks like our weather is breaking this week, it usually does about this time.  We've likely seen the last day above 90° this year.  It's rainy today and cooling into the 70s.  So it's time for some soup recipes.  Some of my favorites I found at I Hear Exercise Will Kill You and most of them are really good. She hasn't posted in a while, but the recipes are still available, grab them while you can.

Carrot Coconut
Ham and Potato
Mom's Tomato


Sweet Potato Jalapeño