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Saturday, August 27, 2005

Blog Quiz Time, again!

"You definitely have your name in history, although probably not for the reason you believe. Yet you are very accepting, non-judgemental, and optimistic almost to a fault. You also have a thing for angora sweaters. How could anyone not like you? "

You Are Ed Wood From "Ed FWood."


Take The Johnny Depp Quiz!


I suppose that it could have been worse--I could have been that freak, Willy Wonka. Pink angora rules!

Funcentral BBQ Recipes

I've been quiet lately, but I've been busy too! Sweet Baby and I had work friends over for a BBQ yesterday. The key, I've learned, to entertaining 10+ people is planning planning planning. The prep for last night actually began last Saturday with the menu selection, and I for one think that it paid off.

For those interested in the recipes, they are as follows: (credited where applicable)

  • Tandoori Chicken Kabobs, from Everyday Food, July August 2004 issue

Ingredients

4 garlic cloves; 35-40 g fresh ginger, chopped; 1 cup plain yogurt; juice of 2-3 limes; 2 jalepeno peppers chopped; 8 - 10 boneless skinless chicken thighs

Process

In a blender, purée lime juice, garlic, ginger and peppers. Add yogurt, and blend until smooth. Put the mixture aside. Cut the chicken thighs lengthwise, and thread them onto skewers. Pour marinade over the chicken, turning them over to get the other side. Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours, up to a maximum of 24 hours.

When grilling, the Martha Machine advises that you grease your grills with olive oil.

Place the skewers on the grill, at high heat, for 8-to-10 minutes, until grill marks are visible and chicken is no longer pink in the centre.

  • Rum-Glazed Shrimp and Mango, from Everyday Food July August 2005 issue

Ingredients

1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (3 limes); 1/4 cup dark rum (but I used light, with excellent results, so don't sweat it--no offence, Martha!); 3 tablespoons dark-brown sugar; 1 tablespoon finely grated peeled fresh ginger (I used bottled puréed ginger; again, with excellent results); 11/4 teaspoons cornstarch; 32-40 shrimpmediumum) with tail on; ripe mango peeled and sliced lengthwise, about 1 inch thick

Process

To make the glaze, combine lime juice, rum, brown sugar and ginger in a small pot, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 3 minutes--stir occasionally. While this is heating, prepare cornstarch in 1 tablespoon of water, and mix thoroughly until blended. Pour the cornstarch into the pot with the glaze mixture, and cook for 30 seconds, stirring often. Allow to cool, or refrigerate for later use.

After threading the shrimp (about 4 per skewer) andseparatelyly, the mango slices (2-3 per skewer), glaze each skewer with the mixture using a brush. Cook on medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes, and serve. I'll skip the fru-fru Martha watercress side dish, okay?

  • Jerk Pork

Ingredients

2-3 pork tenderloins; Grace's Jerk Sauce; 2-3 tble spoons olive oil

Process

Slice tenderloin into medallion-sized pieces. Pour 5-6 ounces of jerk sauce into a sealable bag or container, followed by the sliced pork. Shake it up, until the por is thoroughly covered in sauce. Fry the pork with olive oil for approx. 8-10 minutes. Refrigerate. To serve, pour pork into a crock pot and heat for 2 hour on low, adding water and additional jerk sauce as desired. Warning--this sauce is very hot, ussparinglyly. There are plenty of recipes for jerk sauce, but this one is easy, and very good.

  • My Caesar Salad Recipe (not the one from last night--but the classic one)

Ingredients

egg whites of 3-4 eggs; 4-5 tablespoons olive oil; 2-5 clove garlic, minced (as always, the more the merrier); 3-4 drops of Worcestershire Sauce; 1-2 teaspoon Dijon mustard (the type with visible seeds); salt; pepper; grated Parmesan cheese

Process

Blend the egg whites until thick, but don't make meringue. Add the olive oil and blend for 30 seconds. Add garlic, sauce and mustard. Blend for another 30 seconds. Add salt, pepper and cheese, and blend for another 20 seconds.

The dressing can be used right away, however I've found that it tastes much better after being refrigerated overnight, up to 3 days.

Ingredients


1/4 cup Graham Cracker Crumbs; 2/3 cup boiling water; 1 pkg. (10.2 g) Jell-O Light Orange Jelly Powder; 1 cup 1% cottage cheese; 1 tub (250 g) Light Cream Cheese Spread
2 cups thawed Cool Whip Light Whipped Topping

Process

Sprinkle crumbs onto bottom of 8- or 9-inch springform pan or 9-inch pie plate sprayed with no stick cooking spray, r mix in 30-40 mg melted butter. Stir boiling water into jelly powder in large bowl at least 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Cool 5 minutes. Pour into blender container. Add cheeses; cover. Blend on medium speed until well blended, occasionally scraping down side of blender container; pour into large bowl. Add whipped topping; stir gently until well blended. Pour into prepared pan; smooth top with spatula. Refrigerate 4 hours or until set. Remove side of pan just before serving. Store leftover cheesecake in refrigerator. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs or peeled orange slices if desired.

Happy eating, everyone!


Sympathy From The Devil

This is horrible...:

“I’m not meeting with that goddamned bitch,” Bush screamed at aides who suggested he meet with Cindy Sheehan, the war-protesting mother whose son died in Iraq. “She can go to hell as far as I’m concerned!”

Thursday, August 25, 2005

5000


At some point today(God willing), or tomorrow, I will hit 5,000 visitors since this crazy trip began back in May. Thanks for all of your comments. Thanks for making me feel part of the happy blogosphere.

That's all for now...

Convergence


It was probably only a matter of time before two of my rant topics converged into one media story...and now they have...

The craziness confuses me.

It must be time for another quiz...





You Should Be a Flying Monkey for Halloween!

You Should Be a Flying Monkey for Halloween!


Wednesday, August 24, 2005

The Un-Funny Papers

I pinched this from Bartcop.

www.idrewthis.org

No Proof Found; Iran Braces For Invasion

No Proof Found of Iran Arms Program
By Dafna Linzer / Washington Post

--excerpt--

Scientists from the United States, France, Japan, Britain and Russia met in secret during the past nine months to pore over data collected by inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency, according to U.S. and foreign officials. Recently, the group, whose existence had not been previously reported, definitively matched samples of the highly enriched uranium -- a key ingredient for a nuclear weapon -- with centrifuge equipment turned over by the government of Pakistan.

Iran has long contended that the uranium traces were the result of contaminated equipment bought years ago from Pakistan. But the Bush administration had pointed to the material as evidence that Iran was making bomb-grade ingredients.


Sounds to me like reason enough to invade, bomb the country back a thousand years in time, thereby destroying their infrastructure and culture, and imposing martial law and a puppet administration, while simultaneously pilfering their oil deposits for profit.

But I'm just a cynic. Pay no attention to me.

We better watch out, before they confuse Tim Horton's donuts with Yellowcake. We could be next with these idiots.

Happy Hump-Day, everyone!

Slanguage Test and Other Bits

First, the requisite blogger quiz...

Your Slanguage Profile

Canadian Slang: 75%
Aussie Slang: 50%
British Slang: 50%
New England Slang: 50%
Prison Slang: 25%
Southern Slang: 0%
Victorian Slang: 0%

Is there anything going on out there? Let's see...
Hmm...?

Does this come as a surprise to anyone?

Finally, as the media begins to turn its attention away from Cindy Sheehan and the courageous folks at Camp Casey, the New York Times rediscovers journalistic integrity, and prints a meaningful op-ed, here:

The Swift Boating of Cindy Sheehan
By FRANK RICH

--excerpt--

True to form, the attack on Cindy Sheehan surfaced early on Fox News, where she was immediately labeled a "crackpot" by Fred Barnes. The right-wing blogosphere quickly spread tales of her divorce, her angry Republican in-laws, her supposed political flip-flops, her incendiary sloganeering and her association with known ticket-stub-carrying attendees of "Fahrenheit 9/11." Rush Limbaugh went so far as to declare that Ms. Sheehan's "story is nothing more than forged documents - there's nothing about it that's real."
But this time the Swift Boating failed, utterly, and that failure is yet another revealing historical marker in this summer's collapse of political support for the Iraq
war.
When the Bush mob attacks critics like Ms. Sheehan, its highest priority is to change the subject. If we talk about Richard Clarke's character, then we stop talking about the administration's pre-9/11 inattentiveness to terrorism. If Thomas Wilson is trashed as an insubordinate plant of the "liberal media," we forget the Pentagon's abysmal failure to give our troops adequate armor (a failure that persists today, eight months after he spoke up). If we focus on Joseph Wilson's wife, we lose the big picture of how the administration twisted intelligence to gin up the threat of Saddam's nonexistent W.M.D.'s.

Cindy has also spoken out in her own defence, here:

Hypocrites and Liars
by Cindy Sheehan

-excerpt-

One thing I haven't noticed or become aware of though is an increased number of pro-war, pro-Bush people on the other side of the fence enlisting to go and fight George Bush's war for imperialism and insatiable greed. The pro-peace side has gotten off their apathetic butts to be warriors for peace and justice. Where are the pro-war people? Everyday at Camp Casey we have a couple of anti-peace people on the other side of the road holding up signs that remind me that "Freedom isn't Free," but I don't see them putting their money where their mouths are. I don't think they are willing to pay even a small down payment for freedom by sacrificing their own blood or the flesh of their children. I still challenge them to go to Iraq and let another soldier come home. Perhaps a soldier that is on his/her third tour of duty, or one that has been stop-lossed after serving his/her country nobly and selflessly, only to be held hostage in Iraq by power mad hypocrites who have a long history of avoiding putting their own skin in the game.

The proof, the say, is in the pudding. Bush is cutting his nap times and bike rides short, to "sell" the war, despite sagging approval ratings. Hey George--it worked so well for Social Security reform, right?

You go, girl!

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Exit Music (For A Ridiculous War)


Wake.. from your sleep
The drying of your tears
Today we escape, we escape


Pack.. and get dressed
Before your father hears us
Before all hell breaks loose
Breathe, keep breathing
Don't lose your nerve

Breathe, keep breathing
I can't do this alone
Sing.. us a song
A song to keep us warm
There's such a chill, such a chill
You can laugh
A spineless laugh

We hope your rules and wisdom choke you
Now we are one in everlasting peace
We hope that you choke, that you choke
We hope that you choke, that you choke
We hope that you choke, that you choke

with apologies and thanks to Radiohead...


American Jihad


Imagine the outrage, and the inevitable call to arms, if a Muslim cleric called for "taking out" George Bush.

This is a man who has already prayed to God for the death of --not just one!!!--but at least two Supreme Court Justices.

He could have been (in a Bizarro world) President.

Someone should take Old Yeller back to the shed. Just kidding, because that would be wrong. Killing is against one of those Commandment thingies, right?

Tell me Pat, who would Jesus order to be assassinated, anyway, you contemptuous power-thirsty, hate-mongering non-Christian!

It's probably just a coinky-dink that Venezuela sits on a whole bunch of oil, right?

Monday, August 22, 2005

This is not going to end well at all!





Your Famous Blogger Twin is Wil Wheaton





You're a friendly, funny guy (or girl) next door
With more than a touch of geekiness



I am not a partisan zombie!

...and to prove it, I'm breaking with party ranks, and demanding a meaningful and substantial tax cut, now! This has gone on long enough...
Surprise! Ottawa underestimates surplus
--excerpt--

Newly released figures show that in the first three months of fiscal 2005-06, Ottawa recorded a surplus of $4.8-billion, including a $1.7-billion surplus in June alone.

The wave of the future seems to be private health care, so give the people back enough money to friggin' afford it. Tuitions only ever seem to go up--put money back in the hands of those who pay them. National day-care is valuable--to those who'd use it. I won't be, so I'd rather not pay for it, thanks all the same. I'm not asking anyone else to pay for my new big screen TV, so fair is fair.

I don't know what a fair and equitable balanced budget would look like, following tax cuts, but then I'm neither an economist nor an accountant. However they want to do it is fine with me. I just don't think that Canadians are reaping the benefits of their labour. I would suggest (selfish prick that I am) making mortgage payments deductible, thereby helping out the biggest demographic. Clearly though, a change is required in how we do business.

I have been fully supportive of my government up until now, even though they are not my preferred party. However, as a public servant, I was recently asked to accept a wage increase significantly below the cost of living as a result of fiscal conservatism on the part of the government. Now, they announce record surpluses. Combine that with the fact that I am now being told to contribute more towards my pension (the existence of which is doubtful 25 years from now, when I'll be drawing from it), and I'm feeling a bit like a whore on Sunday morning.

Which isn't to say that I am opposed to feeling like a whore on Saturday night, but I was going for the imagery there.

As always, I welcome your thoughts and opinions. Except for Jeff's and Anal-log. They can stay home.

"It was a pleasure to burn..."

I'm not usually one to pay attention to lists, but this one from the American Library Association caught my eye:

The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–2000

So, how many books on there have you read? I counted 17 for me. I was stunned at the inclusion of "Brave New World" and the "What's Happening To My Body" series. Madonna's "Sex" book, though was a no-brainer--although I'd be curious to find out how the libraries kept the binding together.

A question to G, if he comes by: Does Canada have a similar list? If so, is it published? I'd be interested in doing a comparison.

Support The Troops?


--excerpt--

"Last week Larry Northern (pictured at right) was charged with criminal mischief after he drove to Camp Casey in the middle of the night, attached a pipe and chains to the back of his pickup truck, and drove through the Arlington West memorial, mowing down crosses in his wake. How about that for supporting the troops? "

The Week that Was...presented in full cringe-inducing colour.

The quote from above is from their number one pick, but the number 5 is a perennial fave, too:

5. George W. Bush
Since Our Great Leader is apparently too cowardly to come out of his hidey-hole, this week we're going to take a look at George W. Bush by the numbers (numbers are accurate at time of writing).

1863
Number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq since the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

57
Number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq since Bush went on vacation earlier this month.

35
Approximate price of a barrel of oil (in U.S. dollars) in 2000 when Bush said, "What I think the president ought to do is he ought to get on the phone with the OPEC cartel and say we expect you to open your spigots. ... if in fact there is collusion amongst big oil, he ought to intercede there as well. I used to be in the oil business. ... And so I understand what can happen in the marketplace."

63.59
Price of a barrel of oil (in U.S. dollars) last Thursday.

1.52
Average price for a gallon of gasoline in September 2000.

2.55
Average price for a gallon of gasoline in the U.S. last week.

49
Bush's overall approval rating on August 2 (Rasmussen)

43
Bush's overall approval rating on August 18 (Rasmussen)

338
Number of days Bush has spent on vacation during his presidency, a new record. The previous record was held by Ronald Reagan, who spent 335 days on vacation during his eight-year presidency. Bush has topped that in just four-and-a-half years.
With stats like this, Bush will be lucky if he's still on the team by the end of the season.

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I'll have another post up later today. Promise! Unless we end up painting our powder room, and then all bets are off.

I love you all.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

I had it pegged at 60%, at least!

I Am 10% Weird

I am totally, completely normal.
And that's pretty darn weird!


Say It Ain't So!


WILL KATIE BE TOM'S RUN AWAY BRIDE?

--excerpt--
"Cracks have appeared in their veneer of perfect happiness and Katie might be having second thoughts. "I think Katie is getting cold feet," a friend of Holmes tells Star. "She must be wishing she and Tom could slow down their race to the altar while they get to know each other better." Sounds like a cheque didn't clear, doesn't it?

In the immortal words of Bruce Springsteen, "Is a dream a lie if it don't come true, or is it something worse?"

I'm trying not to chalk this whole thing up to a mere media contrivance to promote their movies, but it's soooooooo difficult!

Pity the next poor ingenue who succumbs to the certain...je ne sais pas!!!...appeal of Couch Boy.

Good Riddence To Bad Rubbish


Being excellent at what you do is not the same as being a good soldier.

This guy sounds like an embarassment to the military. I'm glad that my taxes aren't paying his salary anymore.

Tarred with ugly brush

Top Canadian sniper quits in frustration

By JEREMY LOOME, EDMONTON SUN

--excerpt--

Perry, 33, and a 13-year veteran, was accused of discreditable conduct
after he allegedly cut the finger off an al-Qaida corpse, defecated on another
and then had his picture taken with a corpse that had a lit cigarette hanging
from his lips and a sign around his neck reading "F**k Terrorism."

"I retired because I didn't feel that I was being treated properly and I
felt abandoned by the military," he said. "I don't trust anyone. "

The feeling is mutual, pal!

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