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Heed these words Obama September 27, 2009

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Samual Adams

Samual Adams

The liberties of our Country, the freedom of our civil constitution are worth defending at all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have receiv’d them as a fair Inheritance from our worthy Ancestors: They purchas’d them for us with toil and danger and expence of treasure and blood; and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle; or be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men. Of the latter we are in most danger at present: Let us therefore be aware of it. Let us contemplate our forefathers and posterity; and resolve to maintain the rights bequeath’d to us from the former, for the sake of the latter. — Instead of sitting down satisfied with the efforts we have already made, which is the wish of our enemies, the necessity of the times, more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection, deliberation, fortitude, and perseverance.
~ Samuel Adams ~

Stuffed peppers September 27, 2009

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Crab Stuffed Peppers

Crab Stuffed Peppers

Bought some awesome orange sweet peppers this week and needed to start using them. I came up with this little dish that tasted as good as it looked.

It was a bit labor intensive but fun nonetheless.

– 6  of your favorite variety of peppers
– 4 ounces mild goat cheese
– 1/2 cup grated Colby jack cheese
– 8 ounces lump crab meat
– 1 tablespoon shallots
– 1 tablespoon lemon peel – grated
– 1/4 cup red bell pepper – diced
– 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro – chopped
– 1 tablespoon fresh basil – chopped
– 2 cups loosely chopped bok choy
– ½ lb fresh spinach
– salt and pepper to taste

– 1 tablespoon olive oil
– 2 cloves garlic – finely chopped
– 1/4 cup shallots – chopped
– 2 red bell peppers – roasted, peeled and seeded
– 1 cup chicken stock
–  salt and pepper to taste

In a medium skillet, heat olive oil.
Add garlic and shallots, sauté for 5 minutes, until shallots are tender.
Transfer to a food processor or blender.
Add roasted red peppers and chicken stock.
Blend until smooth.
Pour back into the skillet and reduce by a third before serving.
Can be made a day ahead and refrigerated.

Lengthwise, carefully slice the top quarter off of the peppers, remove the membranes, leave stem on.
Grill peppers on a stovetop grill or outside grill for approximately 5 minutes per side or until nicely charred.
Place in a paper bag and let them rest for 10 minutes.
In a medium bowl, mix together the goat cheese, colby jack cheese, crab, shallots, lemon peel, red pepper, cilantro and basil.
Season with salt and pepper.
Mix well.

Remove peppers from the bag and peel off the skins.
Stuff mixture into the prepared peppers, don’t overfill. 1-2 tablespoons should fill the peppers.
Transfer them to a baking sheet and place in a 350° oven for 15 minutes. Finish under broiler for 2 minutes.
Saute bok choy and spinach for 2 minutes tossing frequently,  remove from heat.

Ladle approximately 3 tablespoons of sauce onto a serving plate. Center a mound of sauteed bok choy/spinach in sauce.
Place stuffed peppers on mound and serve.

It’s all Bill Clinton’s fault September 25, 2009

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For the past several years I have watched, sadly, the slow, cultural demise of the United States. Future doctoral theses will undoubtedly be written about the events that precipitated this change but I’ll provide the Cliff notes.

It’s all Bill Clinton’s fault.

A culture reflects it’s current state of evolution through it’s leaders. We only get as good as we give. It can be argued that America’s Cultural Revolution that began in the mid 20th century was spurred on in a big way by the across-the-board advances in technology that added to the overall prosperity of the United States. Huge leaps in communication allowed more information to be spread faster and further than in any generation before. At first the rate of innovation was slow enough to be assimilated by a sizable majority of the population. But with each succeeding year, the rate of technological expansion grew, exponentially, until it reached a point where it was no longer something the average American could take in on the whole. More and more ‘average’ Americans had to choose what they would commit to in terms of understanding how things worked. They would be forced to rely on others as the ‘experts’ to help them deal with the complex world driven by ever expanding technology. Thus began the ‘great information rift’.

So along comes Bill Clinton.  Highly intelligent, egomaniac, horn dog.

The quintessential aluminum siding salesman. He told America just what she wanted to hear…”Don’t worry, I’m the expert, I’ll do the thinking for you”.

Well, America got taken big time—by a man so consumed with his own ego, he actually thought he could confuse us with what the real meaning of ‘is’ is.

The hug

The hug

He confused a lot of us. So many in fact chose to accept his behavior that suddenly it wasn’t detestable.  I’m not talking about the kinky sex with Monica…I’m talking about the lying about it. When the leader of a nation can boldly look his people in the eye, lie like a rug and then get a pass even though everyone knew he was lying, the seeds of social demise are sown. The damage done.  Clinton tarnished the office such that boorish behavior, rudeness and low brow manners were suddenly acceptable from our leaders.

Bush’s 8 years were certainly an improvement in the presidential decorum department. Unfortunately the elevated level of Presidential propriety exhibited by the Bush administration was destroyed by the Press during their eight-year evisceration of the man.

So nine more years have passed since Clinton was president. In those years we have raced forward technologically, faster than imaginable, and the ‘information rift’ has grown ever wider. More and more Americans are having to rely on ‘experts’ to guide them through life. Our ‘expert’ this time is Obama…

Thanks Bill, you’re still screwing us.

Talk Like A Pirate Day September 19, 2009

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Jolly Roger

Today, don’t be aghast if you hear someone yell, “Avast!”

Today is ‘Talk Like a Pirate Day‘ or TLAP Day so no matter what your doing— ya got to talk like a pirate.

If you go out to dinner, spring this one on your waitress, “Well, me hearties, let’s see what crawls out the ol’ bung hole.” (food on ships was stored in wooden casks. The stopper in the barrel is called the bung, and the hole is called the bung hole.) Infestations of one kind or another frequently plagued the ship’s stores.

If you visit your favorite watering hole today, be sure to order like a pirate, “Time to splice the mainbrace me hearties, flagons of grog for all”!  Should someone at the bar foolishly rebuke your generosity, call them a ‘lubber’ (short for land lover, a powerful pirate insult).

Should you be asked, “Is that there a ‘hornpipe’ in yer pocket or ya just glad to see me?”, pray it’s coming from the saucy wench standing next to you and not from the lubber on his third flagon of grog. (A hornpipe is a single-reeded musical instrument, usually the only form of entertainment aboard ship)

Whatever you do;  do it ‘smartly’ (fast), don’t be a ‘bilge rat’ (the lowest of the low) and don’t confuse ‘Arrr!” with ‘Arrrgh!’ (the first is an affirmative answer to anything, the second is the exclamation uttered when surrendering your booty).

So me bucko’s, put on yer eye patch, uncork the rum cask and talk like a pirate all day….or we’ll make you ‘kiss the gunner’s daughter’!

Wise Words September 18, 2009

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It’s time for conservatives–mainstream Americans, in other words–to throw off the shackles and get aggressive. Our beliefs are correct, our values are the foundation of any society that doesn’t have a death wish, and our interests, unlike those of the leftists, are legitimate. We deserve to govern this country, and before long, we will. John Hinderaker, Power Line


Desperation September 16, 2009

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We’re not even out of the the first round of this heavy weight bout and the success of the Tea Party movement, the recent exposure of ACORN, the Van Jones debacle and the failure of the administration to sell its socialistic health care has the administration’s supporters gasping for air.  Now it looks as if they’ve thrown in the proverbial towel with their sudden claims of everything is racism.

Just ten short months since the election and the left has decided to play their trump card, their nuclear option—the race card.

Everywhere you look Obama is getting slapped down for his socialism and it’s being done by rank and file Americans, the majority being white because the majority of America is white and yet those that dissent are labeled racists because they oppose the black president.

Sign at Tea Party march in Washington, DC

Sign at Tea Party march in Washington, DC

President Jimmy Carter said yesterday that U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson’s outburst to President Barack Obama during a speech to Congress last week was an act “based on racism” and rooted in fears of a black president. Read any left wing blog and all you see are claims of racism. If you speak out against Obama, you’re a racist. Look at what they are saying about Glenn Beck.

I have to admit I didn’t think this would happen as soon as it did and frankly I hoped it wouldn’t happen at all because if it did, it would mark a terrible setback in the progress of race relations in this country.

Obama would be wise to not only separate himself from this rhetoric but rebuke it. If he doesn’t— he might as well not even answer the bell for round two.