Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Most of the reviews I've found are weak. All I know is I have always HATED tuning any guitar.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
(NEWSER) – Rick Perry attracts a lot of euphemisms—lightweight, incurious, instinctual. "Gov. Goodhair" goes one nickname. "He's like Bush only without the brains," jokes another Texas Republican. So Jonathan Martin, in a lengthy profile of the Texas governor onPolitico, just comes out and asks the big question: "Is Rick Perry dumb?" And Martin's answer seems to be ... does it really matter? Perry is a "power politician" who loves competition. “If he should know about John Locke, he’ll know about John Locke,” says a longtime Perry supporter. “If it’s not on his schedule, it’s irrelevant to him.”
Politics, after all, is not an IQ test. “This is like judging [baseball star] David Ortiz as a failed athlete because he’s never scored a touchdown,” said one Texas Democrat. “He’s a focused, committed, and skilled political animal. He wins elections. Do not underestimate him.” Perry's most recent book, the spirited Fed Up, has 19 pages of sources and notes, with no co-author (although Perry did thank five people for helping to research, edit, and write). "Perry may not be a wonk, but that doesn’t mean he’s a rube—a costly mistake many of his foes have made," writes Martin.
With a little research, I found the source of the (albeit unoriginal) quote. It comes from "one former Republican Texas Governor". The source of this is the ever-biased FOX Nation website. Funny how the biased FOX keeps telling the whole store (or at least more of it) than the fair and equal
Monday, August 29, 2011
What a shame. Just another infomercial scam. Have we ALL fallen for one of these in our lifetimes? Maybe more than one ... before it finally dawned on us ... LOTS OF THESE TV THINGS ARE RIPOFFS!
This tip was in one of my cooking magazines: crack your hard boiled egg, work a spoon between the shell and the egg and work it around until the egg is peeled. Really easy.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
You can read more facts and specifics in Andrew Lawton's article at The Landmark Report:
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
GREENWICH, Conn. (CBS/AP) — Officials in one well-to-do Connecticut town are asking an ABC hidden-camera show to hit the road.
Greenwich officials tell the Greenwich Time that the filming of the show “What Would You Do?” is disruptive. They say they asked the film crew to choose another location for filming.
“We told them, `You can’t film here,’” Dustin Anderson, the executive assistant to First Selectman Peter Tesei, told the Time.
The show sets up morally difficult situations and secretly films people’s reactions.
Town officials say having the show set up in front of stores has a negative impact on business. Greenwich police say one of the show’s scenes caused an alarmed resident to ask a store employee to call police. More here:
Sooo, the show "sets up" in front of stores but it's a hidden camera show? And then people enter the store and are suprised when a "morally difficult situatiion" occurs? I must be missing something. Surely the people of Greenwich aren't as dumb as they look.
Monday, August 22, 2011
1 - COTTAGE CHEESE -- WHAT THE HELL IS IT?
Cottage cheese is a cheese curd product with a mild flavor. It is drained, but not pressed, so some whey remains and the individual curds remain loose. The curd is usually washed to remove acidity, giving sweet curd cheese. It is not aged or colored. Different styles of cottage cheese are made from milks with different fat levels and in small curd or large curd preparations. Cottage cheese which is pressed becomes hoop cheese, farmer cheese, pot cheese or queso blanco.
The two major types of cottage cheese are small curd, high-acid cheese made without rennet, and large curd, low-acid cheese made with rennet. Rennet is a natural complex of enzymes that speeds curdling and keeps the curd that forms from breaking up; adding it shortens the cheesemaking process, resulting in a lower acid and larger curd cheese, and reduces the amount of curd poured off with leftover liquid (the whey).
2 - BUTTERMILK -- WHAT THE HELL IS IT?
Buttermilk refers to a number of dairy drinks. Originally, buttermilk was the liquid left behind after churning butter out of cream. It also refers to a range of fermented milk drinks, common in warm climates (e.g., Middle East, Pakistan, India, or the Southern United States) where fresh milk would otherwise sour quickly. It is also popular in Scandinavia and the Netherlands, despite the colder climates.
Buttermilk may also refer to a fermented dairy product produced from cow's milk with a characteristically sour taste caused by lactic acid bacteria. This variant is made in one of two ways:cultured buttermilk is made by adding lactic acid bacteria (Streptococcus lactis) to milk; Bulgarian buttermilk is created with a different strain of bacteria called Lactobacillus bulgaricus, which creates more tartness.
By the way, if you want to see how butter is churned out of cream and what it looks like at the various stages etc you can click here ... scroll down a little bit for the pics.
3 - PIMENTO CHEESE -- WHAT THE HELL IS IT?
Pimento cheese is a common food in the Southern United States. The basic recipe has few ingredients: sharp cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, pimentos (also spelled "pimientos"), salt and pepper, blended to either a smooth or chunky paste. There are a multitude of regional ingredients, which include but are not limited to: cream cheese, Velveeta cheese, Louisiana-style hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, paprika, jalapeños, onions, garlic, and dill pickles
So, it's also actually cheese. It seems to be made a lot the same as cottage cheese only drier. I love pimento cheese. I just bought some jalapeno pimento cheese. I recommend it.
It's weird how it's perfectly okay to them when Obama incessantly blames Bush (even all these years later) but now that it's his baby, he STILL shouldn't be blamed? Good thing there's the Tea Party to throw under the bus.
Of course, the Tea Party is a real thorn in the side of Democrats and the Obama Administration in general simply because they're a voice of logic and reason. They're the annoying brainiac in the 1st Grade class reminding everyone that even though the teacher stepped out, she'll be back and when she returns, she's not going to be happy. They're the pest who keeps trying to put the kabosh on irresponsible , immature, childish behavior which has no regard for honesty, character, or the obvious consequences that result from such actions.
In the 1920s the Sinclairs moved to Monrovia, California, near Los Angeles, where Upton founded the state's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Wanting to pursue politics, he twice ran unsuccessfully for Congress on the Socialist ticket: in 1920 for the House of Representatives and in 1922 for the Senate. During this period, Sinclair was also active in radical politics in Los Angeles.
"The American People will take Socialism, but they won't take the label. I certainly proved it in the case of EPIC. Running on the Socialist ticket I got 60,000 votes, and running on the slogan to 'End Poverty in California' I got 879,000. I think we simply have to recognize the fact that our enemies have succeeded in spreading the Big Lie. There is no use attacking it by a front attack, it is much better to out-flank them.
This is from yet another blog which has banned me from making comments. (In this case, he merely asked politely to stop commented since he was unable to actually ban me but that's another story entirely.)
I won't provide a link because his blog is down anyway due to the fact that he lacks the resources to properly manage it while on a "roadtrip". Based on the post about which I'll be commenting here, that means he's jetting off to some very exclusive spa "somewhere you've probably never heard of" or other.
An Ask J-Walk question:
I'm helping my mother buy a new dishwasher but the reviews on Amazon are too few to make any sound judgment. With Home Depot reviews (where we might make the purchase) I am less confident in using. Are you happy with yours, and what do you have?
Yes, I'm happy with our dishwasher. I don't know what kind it is, but hold on a second and I'll go check… OK, it's a Viking. It's a built-in model with a wooden front, so it doesn't even look much like a dishwasher until you open it. Best of all, it's very quiet.
Who has some dishwasher recommendations for Alex?
Let's analyze this interesting post.
"I'm helping my mother buy a new dishwasher but the reviews on Amazon are too few to make any sound judgment."- Okay- you're helping your mother buy a new dishwasher. I'll call "maybe" on this one. "The reviews on Amazon are too few" though? I call "bullshit". Amazon [and then Home Depot] is the only place to get reviews on dishwashers? Again, I call "bullshit". Next stop after Amazon and Home Depot is naturally j-walk... I definitely smell a rat.
If you read his blog at all, he'd be the last person you'd be asking for advice on appliances and certainly dishwashers. It never occurred to me that he even uses plates made out of a material other than paper let alone that he'd wash the ones he has.
"I don't know what kind it is, but hold on a second and I'll go check… OK, it's a Viking."
He's so above it all that he doesn't know what kind of dishwasher he has. I can buy that. I don't know what kind of dishwasher I have either. However, he continues that "it's a Viking".
Here's my take on Viking appliances. I've paid some attention to their stoves and while I like what I've seen, I don't own one- mostly because $4k+ for a stove seems a bit steep to me. I'm sure they're very good stoves though.
I know two kinds of people who buy Viking appliances.
1. People who live in fancy neighborhoods and know that if they're ever going to sell their home, they're going to have a much easier time of it if they have Viking appliances because "the people that buy this kind of place are going to demand Viking appliances".
2. People who have more money than time and only want the best for themselves and their families... even if they don't cook.
3. People who do cook and consider it an important hobby that warrants the use and enjoyment of the very best equipment.
4. People who don't cook but want to impress their house guests with their high standards in appliances. And when asked, "is it really that much better than my Frigidaire?" they can confidently non-reply, "it better be."
Notice how none of them don't know or don't care that they have a Viking appliance.
Viking dishwashers are less expensive than their stoves but at $1200+ for a dishwasher, you're talking about something being priced at three times the price of a fully reliable and functional device. For that reason, I can only believe that you thought about your purchase- even if it's just a little bit. If you're going to spend multiples of what you need to spend, it should occur to you to think about what you're doing. At least I think it should.
The most dubious part about the last statement I quoted though is not that he owns a Viking dishwasher. It's not that he represents that he's unaware of the dishwasher he owns. It's not even that some random person would think to ask him for a recommendation about which dishwasher to buy. All of those events are plausible if you're enough of an optimist or
What I find hardest to believe is that with all those things being so questionable in the first place, he goes on to post about it on his blog which has over 1,200 readers a day. I mean, even a Hollywood celebrity will tell everyone who listens that she drives a Bentley. Perhaps he just ran out of people to try to impress.
Either way, I'm calling "bullshit" on the post. I think he had a brownout when he bought it like the last working stiff on the block to buy a flat screen tv. I think he knows damn well what he has and was going to bust if he didn't tell everyone possible. I also think it's less than six months old.
Perhaps someone could direct him to watch "It's a Wonderful Life". There's a particular scene where George Bailey comments on Violet's dress and she says, "What? This old thing? Why, I only wear it when I don't care how I look."
Say what you will about my taking the time to post about this at all but my point is that there's nothing wrong with being pretentious- lots of people do it and some of them are otherwise good people. My point is that you have to leave it to a Lib to be pretentious and act like they never noticed what they have when all logic and reason point in another direction entirely.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
When the media reports that “youths” are rioting in London they omit the fact that they are primarily “minority” youths. No, they just can’t bring themselves to inject that note of race into the discussion.
Here’s a clip in which a British reporter is appalled when store owner Big Jim says he found “at least 100 black youths” looting shops in his neighborhood:
Reporter: “You’re not being stereotypical there?”
Big Jim: “No, absolutely…”
Reporter: “Are you sure that they were black? I’m sure they weren’t all black, were they?”
Big Jim: ”OK, then. Let me just say they weren’t all black. I was the white guy there.”
Reporter: “Well, there were probably other white guys there as well.”
Big Jim: “I didn’t see any.”
Tea Partiers. Yeah, that’s the answer. These rioters were probably members of the Tea Party. Everyone knows how violence prone they are.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
In this one article, Tea Partiers are equated to children with fantasies and compared to delusional psychotics and drug addicts.
In another article in the New York Times they are metaphored as vampires, cannibals, zombies, and the mechanical beast in "Alien."