Monday, July 26, 2010

A message to the flock

If you are highly religious you probably won't want to watch this. But I have to agree with him on many levels he makes some very valid points.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Polling

If you look to the right I add a poll. I want to know if "I Should bring back my "Eye Candy" posts. You are my clientele I'd like to know what you guys and girls want to see here? I promise you either way I'll still try to keep this blog interesting and thought provoking.

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This is Sicking

Now this is has to be one of the lamest things I've ever heard of. How could this woman look her friends, family and co-works in the face? I mean seriously if you need a day off that badly I'm sure a person could think up of a better excuse. It's obvious that her little thing got way out of hand but why would you say you have cancer? I personally do not believe in calling wolf, yeah there were times as a kid I faked a tummy ache to stay home from school. This just makes me sick and no I'm not calling in sick. I think she needs to work in a child cancer ward for the rest of her life. I wonder how she would think about here little plot to skip out of a day at work then. People Suck!


July 23, 2010
Teacher fakes cancer
Posted: 06:42 AM ET

A special education teacher from Middletown, Pennsylvania was arrested after allegedly lying to her school district about having an inoperable brain tumor, according to an article by ABC News.

Leslie Herneisey apparently began telling people that she had a brain tumor nine years ago to get time off of work. She even accepted money raised by colleagues for a free trip to Disney World for her and her family.

Herneisey's lawyer, Terrence McGowan, said Herneisey suffers from clinical depression and spent the days she got off for her "cancer treatment" at home with the lights off.

Herneisey is not the first person we have seen lie.

We want to know- what have you faked to get out of something you didn't want to do?

Please share your stories below and Kyra will read some on the air during the 10am ET hour of the CNN Newsroom.

In response to CNN's Question what have I faked? Like I said when I was kid I faked a tummy ache. As an adult I try to act like one, I go to work and act responsibly.
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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Crispy Yummy

I was entirely to productive today, I kind of liked when on my days off I didn't do a damn thing. I started the day by cutting the front yard, it was just to hot to continue that adventure to the backyard. Next I ran some errands: Voted in the Georgia Primaries, Post office, dropped some old cloths to Goodwill and quick stop at Kroger to pick up a couple of things. When I go home I made a sandwich, ate that then started making a Peach and Blackberry crisp, Yum. Once that was done I cleaned the floors and bathroom.

Don't forget to Vote today people of Georgia. We have the gubernatorial primary, I like David Poythress. But Roy Barnes will probably win it for the Dems and he'll probably be facing off against Oxedine. Then the next race on the line is the Georgia 4th Congressional where we have Hank (Geographically Challenged) Johnson taking on Vernon (I'm Gangster) Jones and Connie Stokes for the Dems. All I can say here is if either of the to idoits win I may have to vote for a republican, I shudder at the thought, but if that person is a Teabagger I won't be voting for anyone. So Go Connie!!! 

Tonight we are head to Turner field to watch the Braves take on the San Diego Padres, I guess it will be well deserved after accomplishing so much today . It's just weird it's July and this is my first game of the year. If it hadn't been for the flood back in May this would probably be #3. I charged the batteries and packed up the cameras, that means I'll have some photos to post next week.

Once we get back from the game I'll warm up some of the crisp and give you a formal review, so keep an eye on my twitter feed @sqwhirlly. But for now here's a picture of it still bubbling from the oven, recipe is below. It doesn't look pretty but it sure smells Yummy!


Peach and Blackberry Crisp
# -1/2 pounds peaches (about 3), pitted and cut into 1/2-inch thick wedges
# 2 cups blackberries, picked over and rinsed
# 1 tablespoon cornstarch
# 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
# 1/3 cup granulated sugar
# 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
# 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
# 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
# 1/2 teaspoon salt
# 1 teaspoon cinnamon
# 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
# 3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into bits
# 3/4 cup coarsely chopped lightly toasted pecans
# peach and brown sugar ice cream or vanilla cream as an accompaniment

In a large bowl toss the peaches and the blackberries gently with the cornstarch, the lemon juice, and the granulated sugar until the mixture is combined well. In a small bowl stir together the flour, the brown sugar, the oats, the salt, the cinnamon, and the nutmeg, add the butter, blending the mixture until it resembles coarse meal, and stir in the pecans. Spread the peach mixture in a 13- by 9-inch (3 quart) baking dish, sprinkle the pecan mixture evenly over it, and bake the crisp in the middle of a preheated 350°F. oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the top is golden. Serve the crisp with the ice cream.


Read More http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Peach-and-Blackberry-Crisp-12347#ixzz0uFhCE0zA

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

MLB At the Break

I was in the process writing this post when I heard the news that George Steinbrenner had pasted away. So scraped that post for a bit of a tribute to him. But like him I'm a baseball fan, just not a Yankee. Regardless, I felt he deserved his own post. Now lets take a look at my earlier predictions.

We've made it to the half way point in the season and the MLB All Star game is tonight. I'm probably not going to watch it to be honest. Many of the players that I would want to see are not playing and if they do play it's probably only going to be for an inning or two so it just won't be worth it. I know that this game is supposed to matter but let's face it, it is an exhibition game. Yes, it determines home field advantage in the World Series, which is wrong that should go to the team with the best record over all. Just my opinion.

Lets see what has been going on. Four teams have fired their managers: Kansas City, Baltimore, Florida, and Arizona, not that it's their fault in many cases it's the fault of the General Manager who in Arizona was also fired. But a manager is not responsible for the staff on the club that rest solely on the GM. They also can not control injuries, those can really hurt a team just look at the Red Sox and Phillies. I guess it could a contentious end to the season which we may see at least one more the Pirates could dump theirs too.

Its been pretty obvious the age of the juiced hitter is over and there have been some pretty amazingly pitched games so far. There have been 2 perfect games Dallas Braden and Roy Halladay. Also two no hitters making 4 awesomely pitched games by Edwin Jackson and Ubaldo Jimenez. Making it 5 is the almost prefect game by Armando Galarraga’s in Detroit a couple weeks ago, had it not been end on a blown call by umpire Jim Joyce. That in itself turned out to be one of the most incredible stories of sportsmanship and I tip my hat to both gentleman for the way it played out. But enough of that.

I orginally looked over the teams and divisions back on April 1st the NL and on the April 4th for the AL. Since I start with the NL we'll go with that and see what is going on there...

NL East
I said "No Surpise" that the Phillies were going to take the East. Now that is looking less and less like a sure thing. Right now the Braves lead the East with a 4 game lead over the second place Mets. I did call for the Braves to be a close second and since end of June they have taken control. It is Bobby Cox's last year as manager and will probably be 3b Chipper Jones last year as well. These two factors will continue to motivate the team to play their best. Along the performance of rookie OF Jason Heyward he has been a stud. Sitting in 2nd are the Mets and they are looking like they will stay near the top but I see them finishing 3rd. The Mets usually implode in August and I wouldn't be surprised if happens again. Look for them to add a pitcher before the month is out. The Phillies are a mess and riddle with injuries. They probably wish they had held on to pitcher Cliff Lee because they could use another arm to compete. I do expect the Phillies to hang tough, but if things don't improve in the next week after the all star break I see them moving OF Jayson Werth. I don't see either the Marlin or Nationals exceeding my previous expectations.Only reason I can see even to watch the Nationals is to see Stud pitcher Stephen Strasburg dominate.

NL Central
Here I said it's going to be a duel between the Cardinals and Reds, and it's been pretty much just that. I expect both of these teams to keep flip flopping exchange for 1st. Right now the Reds have it by a game but that's not enough to secure things they would need at least 5-6 games as a cushion. The Brewers are 8.5 back and I don't see them surging past anyone. The Cubs need to find a goat and keep it in the clubhouse. Hey it can't hurt with the curse, if not they could also be looking for a new manager soon too. They will be looking to trade some players and dump some payroll along with Houston and Pittsburgh.

NL West
I blew this one, I expected the dodgers to take a commanding lead here, I wasn't even close. It's been all Padres out west. I had expected them to be moving Adrian Gonzalez in the next few weeks but being in the lead I don't think they can afford too. My only question is do they still try to move him so they don't loose the opportunity to get some prospects for him. Or do they hold on to him hoping that this taste of success makes him want to stay and maybe give the team a discount? I'm sure if he has Scott Bora as agent that will not be the case. I guess time will only tell if the can keep it up the Dodgers and Rockies are both hot on the Padres' heels and with only 2 games separating them all it could be a fun race to watch. I hope that they keep it up but it going to be close. But I see the Padres dropping to second and Colorado taking 1st. But I think the Padres will be the Wild Card team for the NL.

Wrapping up I'm calling the Braves in the East, Reds in the Central and Rockies out West and the Padres will be the Wild Card team.

Now for Baseball's American League...

AL East
Yankees, Yankees, Yankees, I think they will hold the top of the division, especially with the passing of their long time patriarch and owner George. They will want to win one for him. The Rays will finish Second with the AL Wild Card. The Red Sox have been decimated by injuries and can only hope that they hang on at third. They will get Beckett  and Clay Buchholz back soon and maybe Martinez, Varitek, and Pedroia after the break. Maybe then, they can try to pull something together in August, but will this be to little to late. The Blue Jays have been a hitting machine but they don't have much of a pitching staff to help them get the wins. Look for Baltimore to start unloading staff soon.

AL Central
I wasn't to far off here, it's been the White Sox, Tigers and Twins, and that is way it will probably play out the rest of the season. It's probably the most exciting division in the AL these three teams are going to battle hard with every start that's left in the season.  There is a 1/2 game difference between 1st and second right now  and 3.5 between 1st and 3rd. These teams are pretty evenly matched just like the three top teams in the NL west. Look for the Twins to add a pitcher before the end of the month. Cleveland and Kansas City will be dumping payroll and free agents. If the White Sox implode by the end of the season I wouldn't be surprised if Ozzie wasn't looking for work.

AL West
Another big mistake, what was I thinking Seattle? Really? I had high expectations for them and thought that the could do better. Texas has blow the roof off of that division and will be at top on October. They just added P Cliff Lee solidifying the rotation and could also be in the market for a bat, but I don't see much of a need. The Angels will finish second and look for Seattle and Oakland to be dumping staff.


My revised predictions, I expect to see the Yankees taking the AL East, Tigers in the AL Central and Rangers in the West, The AL wild Card will be the Rays.

Moving to October Yankees for the AL taking on the NL Padres.
Yankees will take the Series in 5.

Over the next couple weeks look for these players to change uniforms they are all good players on crappy teams; P Roy Oswalt, P  Dan Haren, P Livan Hernandez, P  Matt Capps, OF Jack Cust, OF Cody Ross, OF Josh Willingham, SS Christian Guzman, SS Alex Gonzalez, 2B Mark Ellis, C John Buck, 1B Lyle Overbay, OF Corey Hart, OF David DeJesus, 3B Ty Wigginton and 1B Prince Fielder.

Just as a disclaimer I'm a Red Sox and Atlanta Braves fan.
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He Loved Baseball; George Steinbrenner Passes at 80

As I type this I heard on CNN that George Stienbrenner has suffered a massive heart attack and past away in Florida Hospital. As a baseball fan you either loved him or hated him as the master of the evil empire, the New York Yankees.


I remember as a kid all of the comical firings and rehirings of Yankees manager Billy Martin over the years. He was devoted to the sport and really empowered the league. He drove teams like the Red Sox to be better and to compete at a higher level.  He was a great baseball fan and took a struggling franchise in 1973 for $10M and had led them to 7 world series titles.  I send my thoughts and wishes out to the Stienbrenner family, the Yankee fans and organization. He Loved Baseball.



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National Parks Project: Preserve the Parks PSA with Kenny Chesney

I'm all for supporting the National Parks there are so many unique marvels that I have yet to see. But even more so they should be preserved so others can. I enjoy a Nature Valley bar and if they want the wrappers instead of me sending them to a landfill and the national parks will get 10 cents. I guess every little bit helps outs.


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Thursday, July 08, 2010

Spam, Spam, Spam

It's been to so long I can't remember the last time I go one of these. For myself this is an easy one, I don't have a Capital One account. So They must have the wrong person. Once again if you get an email like this and you do have an account with that business don't reply to it and especially, don't click on any of the links. If you are worried that something might be a rye with your account, please open a new browser window and type the URL for that institution or a link you had already bookmarked.

A dead give away that this is spam first off its from "Capital One Bank <qhjznp@prepar.net>" I doubt prepar.net is associated with Capital One. 
Another hint is the link that they are directing you to is "http://bzq-84-108-98-178.cablep.bezeqint.net/ee.html" again I don't think this is a link to Capital One. 

Never share your user name, password, or security questions with anyone, and beware of suspicious e-mails or unsolicited phone calls asking for this information.


If you did receive an email like this I recommend you forward it to abuse@capitalone.com or you can go to Capital Ones web page for fraudulent emails  http://www.capitalone.com/fraud/prevention/



Just remember don't be an Idiot. 


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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Tomato or Tamato just Stuff Them

This has to be one of my favorite times of the year. Why? Because tomatoes are now available fresh, whether it's from your own garden, local farms market or your the mega-mart they are now the best. In my own garden I've only got picked a few cherry but I'm hoping I start to get some big ones, if the squirrels will keep their paws off of them. So in keeping that in mind I wanted to share one of the best tomato recipes Stuffed Tomatoes.

I was inspired to make this after watching a Good Eats episode. But,when I make it I use ground beef, I hate mushrooms, but I left that in there for my Vegan friends (Hi Nikki). I also use cooked white rice instead of the bread crumbs.  I basically make an Italian meat sauces with rice mixed in with Parmesan cheese and topped with Mozzarella the last 5 mins of cooking. If you make the meat sauce you will need to add Oregano, Thyme, Basil, and 1 can of Tomato sauce. If you need to make this on the fly I guess you could use your favorite jarred sauce, but make sure you dice up and add the meat of the tomatoes. You could also use this recipe to stuff a large Zucchinis or Eggplants.

Stuffed Tomatoes

Recipe courtesy Alton Brown and the Food Network

Prep Time: 30 min
Inactive Prep Time: 1 min
Cook Time: 15 min

Serves:
6 servings

Ingredients
* 1lb. Ground beef
* 1 cup dried morel, 1 cup dried chanterelle, 1 cup dried shiitake mushrooms
* 1 cup warm water
* 3 cups white wine ( I don't use wine)
* 6 medium tomatoes, cored, seeded plus 1 tomato, chopped
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 2 tablespoons olive oil
* 2 tablespoons minced shallots
* 1 tablespoon minced garlic
* 1 cup finely diced onion
* 1 1/4 cup panko crumbs (Japanese) or cooked White Rice
* 1/4 teaspoon pepper
* 3 1/2 ounces goat cheese, room temperature
* 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves

Directions

Put mushrooms, water, and wine into a container and soak until mushrooms are rehydrated. Remove mushrooms and squeeze out excess liquid. Reserve the liquid. Roughly chop mushrooms.


Sprinkle the cored and seeded tomatoes with salt and place upside down to drain. In a saute pan heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and add shallots, garlic, and onion. Cook until translucent. Add mushrooms and cook for about 5 minutes then add 1/2 cup of the reserved mushroom liquid to pan and cook for another 4 or 5 minutes, or until most of liquid is absorbed. Add the panko and the chopped tomato and stir to combine. Season the mushroom mixture with salt and pepper and remove from heat.



Preheat the broiler. Mix together the room temperature goat cheese and parsley and reserve. Stuff each tomato with the mushroom stuffing and top with thin layer of goat cheese mixture. Place tomatoes on a baking sheet and put under the broiler for 2 to 3 minutes until cheese is slightly melted and golden.

If this doesn't sound good to you then you could try what my mom does. She takes a large tomato per person and quarters it, then place that on a bed of a few lettuce leaves. Next you need to mix up some Tuna, Salomon or Crab salad. After place one scoop in the middle of the tomato and serve with Olive Oil and red wine vinegar or Italian dressing. Some Cracked pepper and sea salt would be good also. Enjoy
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Sunday, July 04, 2010

Happy Fourth of July America

I hope that everyone enjoys the parades, Fireworks, BBQs and of course friends and family. Be safe, have fun and don't blow off any fingers. Happy 4th of July!!!


IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,


When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.


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Thursday, July 01, 2010

Happy Birthday

I just wanted to wish my BF Ryan a Happy Birthday!!! 


Oh and I can't forget our neighbors to the North, Happy Birthday to you too Canada!!!






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