Before I begin, I’d like to pass along a delicious Thanksgiving recipe. Personally, I think the introduction of a little touch of citrus to fowl (especially white meat) borders on the divine.
If you’ve ever done any sort of cooking I’d really appreciate you taking a brief moment to scan the following recipe and tell me if it reads properly.
- 1 whole turkey
- 1 large lemon, cut into halves
- salt and pepper to taste
- butter or olive oil, whichever you prefer
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
Rub butter (or oil) over the skin of the turkey until it is completely coated.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper; add any other seasonings you prefer.
Take a knife and gently separate the skin from the breast meat, creating a lateral opening in the skin across the breast approximately 2/3rds of te way between the neck and “sternum.”
Slide lemon halves under the skin with the peel side up, one centered on breast half. Make sure the cut side is facing down to ensure that the juices from the lemon halves will slowly drip into the breast meat.
Cover and bake for 30-45 minutes.
Remove cover and continue to roast until juices run clear, basting every 15-20 minutes.
If you’ve followed these steps correctly, your turkey should look like this:
Har, har, har … [rolling eyes]
Thanks to my friend Randy for providing the recipe and pic!
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So, anyhow … I’m missing my sons … deeply. I had an absolute BLAST with them last week, and it seems that they, too, had a good time! ) I’ll post the few pics I have on my personal Facebook page here soon.
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Dreams come as they will …
but in the end they’re still nothing more than illusions.
Dreams are a funny thing. I’m speaking of the literal phenomena of dreaming, not the metaphorical, positive-mental-attitude sort of thing. Physical dreams are, in my mind, a form of dementia that is common amongst mankind. We all share the ability to experience various levels of delusion, whether we like to admit it or not.
Case and point: the adamant denial of many within the media regarding media bias.
Granted, not only is this an example of delusional thinking and denial, but it’s also a sad testament to the lack of integrity so commonplace in society. There are those who are fiercely lying and there are those who are simply delusional.
It’s really a shame that the topic of media bias in the U.S. is even debatable.
Consider a comment made by CBS’s Jeff Greenfield on the October 23rd edition of Evening News:
What gives this dust-up [with the Obama White House] special irony is that Fox News’ success comes in no small part from its ability to convince its viewers that the ‘mainstream’ media are slanted to the left.”
“Ability to convince its viewers”? Wow, that borders right up there with lines such as, “don’t try and confused me with the facts!”
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Time Magazine’s Joe Klein recently had the following to say on Time’s / CNN “Swampland” blog: (caution: the Swampland site gave my pop-up blocker a little bit of a workout)
Let me be precise here: Fox News peddles a fair amount of hateful crap. Some of it borders on sedition … the best antidote to their garbage is elegant, intelligent governance.”
Oh … wow! Governance? Did that feckless little Marxist really go there? Makes one wonder if the commonly used jab at CNN, “the Communist News Network“, isn’t just a touch too close to the truth.
All the same, it’s pathetic that people like Klein stoop to such levels. Facts be known, FOX News is the only major televised media outlet that has opted to go counter to the extreme left-leaning bias that is prevalent elsewhere. This prompts the likes of Klein and Katie Couric to blather away about “hateful crap” and “sedition.” It’s more than a little sad if you stop to think about it. In fact, I find it downright disturbing.
Sedition … please.
Today I still [cough] “mourn” the slow death of Washington D.C.’s most liberally biased newspaper, the Washington Post … they are, as you may or may not know, closing all of their bureaus outside the D.C. area at the end of year to, as Reuters put it, “to focus on politics and local news.”
Focus on politics indeed.
Check out what longtime Washington Post political reporter Thomas Edsall (and now the political editor of the Huffington Post Web site), had to say in an October 8, 2009 essay for the Columbia Journalism Review, “Journalism Should Own Its Liberalism.”
The mainstream press is liberal … Since the civil rights and women’s movements, the culture wars and Watergate, the press corps at such institutions as the Washington Post, ABC-NBC-CBS News, the NYT, the Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, etc. is composed in large part of ‘new’ or ‘creative’ class members of the liberal elite — well-educated men and women who tend to favor abortion rights, women’s rights, civil rights, and gay rights. In the main, they find such figures as Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Pat Robertson, or Jerry Falwell beneath contempt … If reporters were the only ones allowed to vote, Walter Mondale, Michael Dukakis, Al Gore, and John Kerry would have won the White House by landslide margins.”
I’ve watched for years as rags such as the Washington Post and their ilk have printed as front-page news nonsense that was hardly fit for a lessor paper’s op-ed section. To deny the extreme bias of the mainstream media seriously requires one to have an I.Q. mere multiples of their shoe size … if not less.
To deny their bias is tantamount to insisting that Adolph Hitler had nothing whatsoever against the Jews.
What makes the above excerpt so damning is the fact that it is coming from a well respected, longtime reporter associated with two of the most liberal “media” outlets on the planet.
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We are being duped by a generation of the Marxist equivalent of yesteryear’s snake oil salesmen. The Democrats in power are NOT the Democrats of our parent’s or grandparent’s era. The 60’s, quite frankly, were just a little “too good” to them. They never woke up from their LSD-induced delusions that Capitalism is bad and that the idyllic nonsense of a Utopia in our time could become a reality. You can imagine there’s no heaven … and imagine there’s no hell … but all the imagining you could imagine will never turn a lie into truth.
I recently saw the following image and was downright appalled:
That’s right up there with “Nazi’s for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage and Culture.”
Politics has once become a den of great power and absolute corruption. Do not think for a moment that I am promoting or defending this country’s other party, the Republicans. They are no less guilty … they have become the banal joke of the millennium.
I agree that a new party is needed, that we are in dire need of a renewed era of commonsense leadership that is dedicated to preserving and abiding by both the letter AND the spirit of our Constitution. However, in the meantime, we NEED to begin finding new men and women to take on the challenge and distinct honor of serving our country on Capitol Hill. We NEED to vote out the incumbents … from BOTH camps!
Career politics and career politicians are at the root of the insanity that has befallen this country in recent years. Until we embrace as fact and wholeheartedly embark upon both political and tort reform, there is no hope with (no less any sense even considering) something like healthcare reform.
In the meantime, take a FEW short minutes to write a short letter to you Senator and Congressman (or woman) … don’t email it, send it to them via FAX or regular “snail” mail. The physical presence of paper and ink has a great deal more impact and carries a louder tone than an easily ignored or filtered email. Make your voice heard. It’s pretty much the most we can do until the next election.
Be short, sweet and simple. For you paranoid types, the inclusion of your real name and address might give you a case of the twitches, but it’s vital if you want the letter/FAX taken seriously. It is vital to stick with citable, verifiable facts … and, when needed, make sure you are citing the correct and specific title, code or bill … such things go much further than emotional pleas, profane rants or angry accusations. Such things belong in blogs or friend-to-friend emails.
State who you are and why you’re writing. Provide detail and make sure to close your letter by making your position and the action or reaction that you desire patently clear.
Some very good, brief advice on writing your Senator/representative can be found here.
Click Here to find the contact information for your Senator
Click Here for contact information for your U.S. Representative
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Personally, my current campaign regards H.R.3962: Affordable Health Care for America Act. More than whether I am for or against any particular aspect of this Bill, I find it beyond absurd that we are allowing this thing to be steam-rolled into place. This administration is taking unprecedented, radical policy leaps. The fact that such drastic and controversial matters are being bullied and steam-rolled into place should be of intense concern to anybody concerned about our Liberty, our country’s future as a sovereign nation, and our Constitution.
The swiftness and strong-arm tactics alone should be more alarm than it seems to have been thus far. I dare say it even borders on a call to arms.
If we don’t take action and make our voices heard, the extremists WILL prevail. This is true regardless of which political “camp” you call your own.