Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Sweet Times

the value of time

Boned Jello

To realize
 The value of a sister/brother
 Ask someone
 Who doesn't have one.
To realize
 The value of ten years:
 Ask a newly
 Divorced couple. 
To realize
 The value of four years:
 Ask a graduate. 
To realize
 The value of one year:
 Ask a student who
 Has failed a final exam.
To realize    The value of nine months:
 Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn. 
To realize
 The value of one month:
 Ask a mother
 Who has given birth to
 A premature baby.... 

To realize
 The value of one week:
 Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realize
 The value of one minute:
 Ask a person
 Who has missed the train, bus or plane. 
To realize
 The value of one-second:
 Ask a person
 Who has survived an accident. 
Time waits for no one. 
Treasure every moment you have. 
You will treasure it even more when
You can share it with someone special.
To realize the value of a friend or family member:
Hucker sent this.

Hayseed Rhapsody


GPS and Bread Crumbs

Boned Jello

I bought MoSup that Garmin GPS I talked about the other day,  for her birthday. Garmin 265WT.  Actually, it was you guys who bought it for her, since I used my Pay Pal money.  She thanked me for you.

We're  prolly the last people here to get one, and I'm blown away.  It did take several hours to get the initial satellite fix (too may trees here),  get  updated maps installed, etc.  Then I input addresses of peeps she goes to see, shopping, etc.  The upshot is that I'm something of an expert now; she can't turn it on.  MoSup's also worried that someone will steal it, which is a real problem.  A friend had his factory installed GPS ripped from his dashboard.  This is what I can't figure out.  The thing has a serial number. The thing accesses satellites.  Why can't I report it stolen, and Garmin tracks it's whereabouts?  First time used, the cops have a pin-point location.   Why not?

Boned Jello
The other exciting thing for me was, and I'm pretty embarrassed to tell you, what with me being a Kordon Blue trained chef, but it's Panko! Japanese bread crumbs.  HFS!  Never used Panko before for three reasons.
  1. Iwo Jima
  2. I make my own bread crumbs
  3. Never saw them in a grocery store until recently.
Last night I used Panko to bread some (I think I'm getting Alzheimer's ... the flat fish.  Flounder!) Flounder, and WOW.  I want to "Panko" everything now.  I'm going to try fried peanut butter.  Dip some flattened, chilled PB in flour, egg wash, then Panko,  and fry.  I'll let you know.  Panko cannot be beat for crunch.

Back to the GPS.  While I was playing with it, another thought struck me.  Garmin had better get into the cell phone business, or go bust.  This thing looks like an iPhone, and I'm told iPhones  have the GPS built in already, right?  Damn, if I'd waited another 6 months, I prolly buy this Garmin for $12.95 from Woot.  One other thing.  I forgot. Never mind.

In Passing

In Passing
 Gawd, no loud noises, please

Boston Globe Calls Election For Coakley
Coakley eking out a 50-49 victory.

Barney Frank Deals Potential Death Blow to Obamacare
But since Scott Brown has won and the Republicans now have 41 votes in the Senate, that approach is no longer appropriate.

Reid promises to press ahead on health care
...  despite the loss of a Massachusetts Senate seat to a Republican.
[Aside: If he even runs, Reid will lose his Senate seat this year.  What has he to show for it?  Nada,  Zip. Zilch.  No legacy as Senate Majority Leader but abject failure]

Save the planet from GHG’s – use astroturf?
Now according to this press release from UC Irvine, green spaces in cities are bad for the planet….but wait, what about the UHI offset? Can I buy grass credit certificates?

Rethinking Bush: A Year Later, How the MSM Cracked Up
At times consciously and even triumphally, the media increasingly abused the traditional journalistic standards of independence and neutrality in favor of functioning as a virtual arm of the liberal Democratic Party. They took on, in effect, a new and disturbing identity.

Welcome, Instapundit readers – and I assure you, I don’t ever want to get on Glenn’s bad side.  I heard that he once linked a site in Reno, just to watch it crash…

"And the message we need to send in dealing with terrorists: Our tax dollars should pay for weapons to stop them and not lawyers to defend them." From Scott Brown's victory speech (rough paraphrase):

Hitler finds out Brown won ...


China removed as top priority for spies

Boned Jello

The White House National Security Council recently directed U.S. spy agencies to lower the priority placed on intelligence collection for China, amid opposition to the policy change from senior intelligence leaders who feared it would hamper efforts to obtain secrets about Beijing's military and its cyber-attacks.
The decision downgrades China from "Priority 1" status, alongside Iran and North Korea, to "Priority 2," which covers specific events such as the humanitarian crisis after the Haitian earthquake or tensions between India and Pakistan.  [Full]

When former New York Mayor  Ed Koch said he would vote for Bush in 2004, because it's  not safe to vote for democrats now ("The Democratic Party just doesn't have the stomach to go after terrorists."), he was joined by others, like Andrew Cuomo and  Zell Miller, to name a few. So, when did that switch get flicked?  I find this decision to downgrade intelligence gathering on Red China, to a level close to that of Ireland, as inconceivable.

Chairman Hilly
When President Clinton opened the vault for Chinese spies, it seems (to me) to have been more cash motivated than ideological (see Cox Report).  Okay, so now China holds $800 billion in US debt.  Obama has reacted by showing his belly and spreading  hooves. But treason?  That's what this amounts to. It was expected that Obama would work to weaken the United States,on ideological grounds, because we have his words on it. Just not so quickly, and brazenly.

Just last year the FBI estimated that there are over 2,600 Chinese front companies in the U.S.  And this ..

  1. Are The Chinese Better At Spying Than The KGB? It Seems Like It
  2. CBS NEWS - Panel: Chinese Spies Stealing U.S. Secrets
  3. Chinese spy who defected tells all
  4. A midsummer tale of two Chinese spies 
  5. Chinese Spies in U.S. Portend War With China
  6. .....
 47,300.  and so on ...

How, I wonder, can anyone square this action with Obama's oath to "... preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States?"  

They can't. So Impeach the SOB.