Monthly Archives: August 2009

Wow.

I have been trying to figure out what’s going on with my country since President Bush argued — with a straight face — that he could protect America while keeping our borders wide open. You and I both knew at the time that was a lie. You were angry, but you also had a life (family, job) and probably didn’t start watching things closely. Because of my job, I did.Over the last few years, I have come to believe things that I don’t want to believe. They are uncomfortable and have made me — much to the aid of Jon Stewart’s wallet — weep for my country.

I told you on Monday that there are three principles this show will drum through:

Question with boldness

Hold to the truth

Speak without fear

Let me focus on the second one for a bit.

If you truly ask what Jefferson called honest questions, with a sincere heart, the answers may take you to very uncomfortable places.

Nobody wants to think our president is a bad guy; President Obama actually seems like a likeable guy. And he may be the greatest guy ever. But is he in step with you and what you believe this country is?

When you hear the evidence, you have a decision to make: Will I bury my head in the sand, refusing to believe because it doesn’t fit my agenda or my comfort level? Or will I hold to the truth whatever it is, so I may be a part of the solution and not an enabler to the problem.

On Monday night’s show, I asked the tough questions on the president’s special advisers — his “czars.” They have the ear of the president of the United States; we should know more about them. What are they telling him? Does he listen to them? Who are they?

 The first one we talked about was Van Jones — a self proclaimed radical, revolutionary communist; a man who co-founded an organization, whose own concluding documents said:

“Mobilizing young people of color into militant direct action — and combine it with more deeply-rooted organizing in our communities.”

When we asked the White House if they knew about Jones’ radical roots and if it gave them pause to make him a special adviser, the White House told us he was “focused on only one issue.”

That is not an answer to the question. And beyond that, he’s a communist… focused on job creation? What jobs does a communist create?

Let me continue to ask: Who has the president surrounded himself with?

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

THEN PRESIDENTIAL-CANDIDATE BARACK OBAMA: Let me tell you who I associate with. On economic policy, I associate with Warren Buffett and former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker. If I’m interested in figuring out my foreign policy, I associate myself with my running mate, Joe Biden, or with Dick Lugar, the Republican ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, or General Jim Jones, the former supreme allied commander of NATO. Those are the people, Democrats and Republicans, who have shaped my ideas and who will be surrounding me in the White House.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

We already know of at least five radical leftists currently advising our president — and these are just the ones who are open about their radical beliefs and far-left ideas:

Van Jones, green jobs “czar” — admits he’s a communist

John Holdren, science “czar” — proposed “compulsory sterilization” and forced abortions to control population

Cass Sunstein, regulatory “czar” — proposed bans on hunting and eating meat and proposed that your dog to be allowed to have an attorney in court. And a fairness doctrine for the Internet, which he has since stepped away from

Carol Browner, global warming “czar” — was part of Socialist International, a group for “global governance”

Ezekiel Emmanuel, health care adviser — proponent of the Complete Lives System, which puts values on lives based mostly by age

How many Marxists, communists and anti-capitalists do you have around you on a daily basis?

But President Obama doesn’t just have socialists and communists advising him. On Monday night I told you about the people who helped write the stimulus: the Apollo Alliance.

Jeff Jones, one of the leaders of the Apollo Alliance, may or may not have ever advised the president — we don’t know because we can’t get the entrance records at the White House.

But we do know this: Jones’ organization, which he chairs in New York, had a lot to do with the stimulus bill — according to Harry Reid:

“This legislation is the first step in building a clean energy economy that creates jobs…. The Apollo Alliance has been an important factor in helping us develop and execute a strategy that makes great progress on these goals and in motivating the public to support them.”

Does the president know he’s had two pretty big encounters with the founders of the Weather Underground? A group that bombed government buildings?

We asked the White House — we are still waiting on a response.

By the way, we’ve also told you that the White House has tried or wanted to go around the FBI to have vetting done by the White House. I would think that based on what’s happening here at the White House, it’s pretty important to have an outside eye vet some of the people who may be advising our president.

How many times do we have to find a Marxist, communist, socialist, a revolutionary or, what seems amazing to me, a simple anti-capitalist near, around or advising the president of the United States before we ask the question, when he promises this:

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

OBAMA: We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

Is he promising to transform us into something unrecognizable to most Americans, but not unrecognizable to Hugo Chavez: “Hey, Obama has just nationalized nothing more and nothing less than General Motors. Comrade Obama! Fidel, careful or we are going to end up to his right!”

Is it un-American, hateful or outrageous to sincerely and honestly ask this question when the communist president of Venezuela says that?

–Glenn Beck–

 

 

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Bake Twice Eat Twice

That sounded so much more clever in my head a few minutes ago.  But, it is true, none-the-less so we’ll go with it.

On Saturday Mr. T. had a hankerin’ for donuts.  We have essentially relocated to 10 miles from everything and on a Saturday morning it was just too much work to actually *go* somewhere for donuts.  So I made some baked mini cake donuts.  They were fantabulistic!  Oh!  They were melt in your mouth, sinfully wonderiffic. 

Here is the recipe I created from several different sources and my own ingenuity:

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

2 tsps baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp each of nutmeg, allspice, ginger, ground cloves

1 tsp cinnamon

1 egg

1/2 c. milk

1/2 c. melted butter

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 c. white sugar

1/4 c. brown sugar

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Preheat oven to 350 F.

Combine wet ingredients including sugars.  Sift together dry ingredients.  Fold wet and dry ingredients together gently (as in creating a quick bread).  It’s okay if there are lumps, they work themselves out in the oven.  Using a mini muffin tin, fill cups about 1/2 full. 

Bake 12-15 minutes.  

Mean while melt 1/2 c. butter in a small bowl.  In second bowl stir together 1/2 c. white sugar, 1 tablespoon cinnamon.  (Feel free to add dashes of ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and clove if you wish.  I just wanted the pure cinnamon sugar on Saturday.) 

When donuts are out of the oven quickly dump the tray into a large paper bag.  The donut should release quite easily but may require a little assistance if they have formed “tops” sealing them into the cups.  Once donuts are in the bag drizzle the melted butter over the top of them.  Yes, right into the bag!  Then dump in the cinnamon/sugar mixture.  Roll down the top of the bag and shake gently to coat the donuts with butter and cinnamon/sugar.  When well coated shake onto a serving platter and enjoy.  Oh, my goodness!

So, that was bake/eat one.

Tonight I made some fabulous banana bread–I omitted white sugar and substituted an equal amount of brown sugar and omitted butter and substituted an equal amount of oil (I wanted a really moist bread).  For the thopping I chopped up pecans, almonds, and cashews, and threw in a handful of salted sunflower seeds.  Looking around the kitchen I spied the bag of remaining donuts and yummy butter/cinnamon/sugar topping.  I also spied my mesh sifter.  Yes, I did it.  I dumped the bag right into the sifter and strained out the whole donutes leaving the topping and smaller bits to go into my nut mixture.  I spooned the banana bread batter into my big muffin cups and topped them each with a 1/4 c. of this delicious nut/cinnamon topping goodness. 

That was bake/eat two.

Maybe a better title would be one topping two ways? 

Anyway, with some cream cheese the banana bread is fantastic. 

What else is going on?  My house is torn apart with the construction project that has no end.  Evidently a 5 day timeline is just sort of a guess.  Since today ended day 14.  The pantry *may* be done.  We’ll see.  None of the other projects are though.  Grrr.

We will be having a pow-wow tomorrow because someone left an open container of acetone on my BRAND NEW island wrecking the finish on the right corner.  GRRRRRRR.

Mr. T. found out he is one of 3 of the new recruits who will be released into duty next week.  He thinks this upgrades his seniority and is cautiously optimistic that he might not have to work nights.  I’m holding my breath.  It will be fine and we will make whatever he is assigned work.  Please let it be 1st or 2nd though…

In IF news the RE doesn’t want to do a trigger this month so we are back to square one with just taking letrozole.  Today is day 11 (I think) so we’ll see what, if anything, happens. 

Okay, I’m off to other pursuits.  Do go bake one or both of these yummy treats soon!

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Just Another Friday Night and My Husband’s Working

I got some money cause he got paid…oh, how I wish, I had someone to talk to…I’m in an awful way.

Well, not really, but that’s how the song goes and I figured I could only corrupt so many words in the lyrics and keep the tune recognizable.

I’m listening to a movie called “Eagle Eye” in the background.  It is different than how the previews portrayed it and now I’m sort of wishing I had seen it in the theater…although I don’t know if it is good.  That probably doesn’t make sense and I don’t want to say much about the movie because it would “spoil” it.  Heh.

So my period started this afternoon–finally!  It’s like day 35 or something.  I’m hypothesizing this means the trigger didn’t work but the RE is going to say “count backwards 10 days from today and that’s the day you O’d.”  Whatever.  We have an appointment to see the RE on Monday morning.  Yahoo. 

But please don’t misunderstand.  I’m not pissy because I’m not pregnant–we have plenty of time and money for that to happen–I’m pissy because the trigger shot made me vomit, have horrendous hot flashes, and just feel like everyone needed to get off my planet (the woman in the movie is whispering and it sounds a little like the dark haired elf woman speaking elvish in Lord of the Rings which doesn’t work at all for the actual movie…) and yet it didn’t appear to make me ovulate.  But maybe it did and my temperature and monitor can’t detect it.  Who knows. 

I don’t regret not getting the blood test because I don’t think I would be anymore confident about whether the trigger worked than I am now.  Plus we saved that money. 

So, on to this cycle.  Fun. 

I’m a baking mad woman tonight.  Around 5pm I thought, “Ohhh, a big soft pretzel would be so yummy.”  So I found a recipe for soft pretzels.  Then I thought, “Mr. T. would really like something baked and yummy for breakfast.”  So I made a batch of sweet roll dough and am in the process of baking orange and cinnamon rolls (two seperate things…).  They are out of the oven and if the little taste I stole is any indication he will be very, very happy.  Yum!  Love the granite countertop, rolling out the dough was so easy. 

So, Mr. T. was successful at obtaining bids and we selected a contractor.   He began on Monday afternoon and has gotten lots of the game room cabinet done, built a laundry room cabinet, and removed the shelves from the pantry.  He says he will be done with the game room cabinet thing tomorrow.  I can’t wait.  That’s like 10 more boxes unpacked!  Yeah!

Mr. T. has last hour tonight so he will be home from work an hour early (so in like 30 minutes) and I’m excited.  Getting to see him for 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening sorta sucks.  Especially because we are used to spending lots of time together.

Oh, last weekend Mom and I went on the World’s Longest Yard Sale.  It was great!  I got a coffee table for Mr. T’s game maps, a cabinet for my napkins and table clothes for in the kitchen, a new Ethan Allen chair which is a navy blue with a colonial cream colored pattern.  I got lots of old games to hang on the wall in the gameroom.  I got Mr. T. two Christmas presents (assuming I can wait that long to give them to him).  I also got some new therapy toys. 

Very successful.  All in all.  Mom came back to the house and helped clean up our awful tile hanging mess and hang up clothes.  It was great. 

Tomorrow I’m going to laze around and then our friend the ASTRONOMER is coming over to game.  On Sunday we’ll head to Martin to shoot our new guns and see Mr. T’s family.

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Craigslist and Bookshelves

So Mr. T and I are sitting around waiting for a contractor to come over and give us a bid/estimate for the built-in work we want done. He was supposed to be here about 2 hours ago. Called and said he was on his way. He hasn’t arrived yet. He isn’t answering his cell. I’m pretty sure he may ring the doorbell around midnight at this rate.

Mr. T has taken it upon himself to ring all the replies we received and set up appointments for them to come and give us estimates. I’m quite excited–pantry shelves! game shelves! book shelves! office shelves! and one day closet shelves!

I can hardly stand the wait.

Last weekend we ordered our kitchen table, bench, and an island. It should be here the last of August. That’s exciting.
I may have already talked about that but I’m excited and can’t access previous posts without leaving this page and I’m disinclined to do that now.

So the trigger shot was rough. It made me SSSSIIICCCCKKK for days–hot flashes, nausea, vomiting, the whole shebang. But hopefully it will work and in a few weeks I’ll be posting an update. 🙂

Mr. T and have spent the last 4 days tiling the surround to the bathtub and shower in the master bath. All we have left is cleanup and a little grouting. That should only take a few more weeks, right?

So Mr. T and I have set an arbitrary goal of getting everything up and running ready by the second week in November. That gives us time to relax (ha!) before the hungry hoards descend for Thanksgiving.

I believe that gives us 12 weeks. Easy!

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