Monday, October 20, 2014

Good work City of Coeur d'Alene for making us the center of attention...

and it's not the good kind of attention.

The one exception is that now everyone knows how to spell Coeur d'Alene - which isn't easy.  Even after 27 years I still have to slow down and mentally say, "C, o, e, u, r, space, little d, no space, big A, lene.  The "lene" part is easy. 

In June of last year, the Coeur d'Alene city council passed an anti-discrimination bill making homosexuals a protected class against the will of the majority of the citizens.

They worried about homosexuals being denied access to restaurants or housing.  Really?  When the hell have they ever been denied a meal or an apartment?  I've lived here for 27 years and if that has happened, I sure never heard about it.

I'm well acquainted with the "boy's club" in this area,
 and they have never been subjected to discrimination.  Most own homes, have good jobs, or run their own successful businesses.   They have their own "gay" clubs and hangouts, including the elegant Clark House in Hayden, Idaho.  Try going there when they congregate and see who's really being discriminated against.

Visit any of them on Facebook and they are continually whining about their "rights" and people picking on them.  Seriously?  Not happening.  We've patronized their businesses for years, full well knowing that they were homosexuals, making many of them quite well off. 

The council poo-pooed the people who said it would be unfair to people who held religious beliefs which didn't include same-sex "marriage."

Fast track now and we see that very thing happening with The Hitching Post saga. 

This has gone so viral that it's managed to knock Ebola out of first place.

Allow me to say it again:

Good work, Coeur d'Alene... 

Now repeal that stupid ordinance!

More:

Eugene Volokh:  Can ministers who make a living by conducting weddings be required to conduct same-sex weddings?

Truth Revolt:   Ministers Risk Arrest for Refusing to Perform Same-Sex Marriage Ceremony

Daily Caller:   Idaho City To Christian Pastors: Perform Same-Sex Weddings Or Face Jail

Alliance Defending Freedom: Govt tells Christian ministers: Perform same-sex weddings or face jail, fines

Cd'A Press:   Hitch in their beliefs

Self Evident Truths:   Why Same Sex Marriage Is Wrong - Part 3


and

A must read:

From Wintery Knight:
 
Coeur d’Alene city officials to pastors: perform gay marriages or face jail, fines.
First off, I credit Bible-centric pastors for failing to explain the issues of homosexuality and gay marriage in a way that their parishioners could make sense of it logically and evidentially. We never did that, so that’s why Christians had nothing to say to non-Christians when the issue came up OUTSIDE the church. We never learned from church leaders or our parents how to explain the problems with gay rights (Grindr app promiscuity, domestic violence, relationship instability, HIV spread, loss of free speech, loss of religious liberty, harm to children who are separated from their biological parents, etc.). All we learned to say at home and at church was “the Bible says”. That’s what 20 years of church prepares you to do. That’s what being raised in a Christian home prepares you to do.
“The Bible says” works great when you are a child in the Christian subculture, then you hit the university and it just dies. And pastors and parents know this, they just don’t care, because Christianity was like Santa Claus to them – it was about getting you to behave nicely as a child. It was never to make you kick ass like a William Lane Craig. It was never to make you into Stephen C. Meyer or an ADF attorney. It was just to make your parents’ life easier, as much as they try to cover it up with pious talk excusing them from their failed parenting effort.  read the rest







Good foggy Monday morning...

to all.

I love fog in the morning.  We don't get nearly enough (IMO.)  The whole world disappears around you.  Lovely!


Photo bombed by a neighbor's car.  We're on a private road so the chances of that happening at 7am are not real high and I'm too lazy and hungry to retake the pic.   Sigh


Ladder and clippers left in picture on purpose,  I'm in the throes of hacking, clipping, cutting, and sawing just about everything.  Keeping it real...
 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Whoa! According to Reuters people walked out of a rally today while Odumbo was speaking...

in Maryland, no less.
(Reuters) - President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity.
[...]"You've got to vote," Obama repeated over and over at a rally for Brown in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, near Washington.

Democrats have a history of not turning up to vote in midterm elections.

"There are no excuses. The future is up to us," Obama said.

A steady stream of people walked out of the auditorium while he spoke, however, and a heckler interrupted his remarks. source
No more "magical negro." 

He's still pedaling "hope" and urged the crowd not to be cynical.
“Hope is a better choice and we’re selling hope.”
Well, we're not buying.

Bleh...


Using left-over salad for a special breakfast...

it's easy and fast.

An Idaho version of Frisée Salad

I never dress my salads before serving.  Left-over salad with dressing becomes a gooey mess by the next day.

I make up one salad and everyone (in our case that's hubby and me) can serve themselves and add dressing.

I make a fairly large salad because I plan on having salad left-over for either the next day's breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Yesterday's salad was green leaf lettuce, onions, green pepper, fresh orange chunks, green peas, and cauliflower.  The dressing was a combo Italian and Asian type - olive oil, a bit of sesame oil, a smattering of sugar,  red wine and Balsamic vinegar, Italian herbs, toasted sesame seeds, and a wee dollop of soy sauce.  Sounds horrible, but it turned out great. 

You can't find a better cruet to use for dressings than the Good Season's cruet sold in most grocery stores for under three dollars.  They have nice little markings for vinegar, and oil which keep you somewhat on track with amounts and they're not too big. 

How last nights salad became this morning's breakfast
  • When you get up in the morning take the salad out of the fridge so it can warm up a bit.
  • Put it in two salad bowls
  • Pour on some salad dressing
  • Poach four eggs (see below for directions)
  • Put eggs on top of salad
  • Sprinkle with cheese of choice (I used Asiago this morning)
Breakfast is served

It just doesn't get much better than this... 



Poaching Eggs 

Many people get all angst ridden over poaching eggs.  Don't.  It's really simple if you don't over-think the process.

Heat up some water to boiling.  Take the pot off the heat.  Crack your egg into a little dish.  Pour it carefully into the water.  Keep the water at a slow simmer and take your eggs out with a slotted spoon when they are done to your liking.  Mine usually take about 4 minutes.

I learned how easy it was when I worked in a very high-end hotel where they would serve hundreds of eggs Benedict for conventions.  They would make the eggs the day before in HUGE pans and when they were just shy of being completely cooked, they would scoop them out and put them into a container of cold water to keep overnight in the walk-in fridge.  Right before serving, they were re-heated in warm water and slapped on muffins.  They didn't have time for all this fancy "water swirling" and other nonsensical time wasters.
Jamie Oliver will show you in the first two minutes of this video how to poach eggs.  Please note that he cracks the egg on the counter top and not the edge of the dish.  Using the edge of a dish is a great way to get egg shells in your eggs or break the yoke.


Spoiled slobby ignorant college kids go wild at Keene State College in New Hampshire...

and are actually defended by commenters at Boston.com.

No, really!

How far we've fallen.

This is what is considered "fun" by college "kids", while many of the commenters said the police "overreacted."

This is at a school that cost 22K per year (in-state) and over 30K for out-of-state tuition.

More pictures and video at Boston.com - if you can stand to see them.






Let's check out some college kids getting wild and crazy in the 1950's

Notice the boys look like men and the girls look like women, unlike today when college freshmen look like 12 year olds, and are being overwhelmed with their remedial math classes. 

Oooooh - no shoes


Pretty girls and guys


Coats and ties and they're not throwing crap at people.  What's up with that?


Cramming into a car instead of over turning a car?  Hmmmmmmmmm


No car to cram?  No problem.


Now this is outrageous!  Sorority girls in the mud. 


Is this some sort of strange sex party?  Lucky guy...


More car cramming.




Government going after ministers in my home town of Coeur d' Alene, Idaho who refused to "marry" homosexuals...

and it's making national news.

Donald and Evelyn Knapp, both ordained ministers and owners of The Hitching Post, have been told by the city of Coeur d' Alene that they will have to preside over same sex marriages. The Hitching Post has been there for almost as long as we've lived here, which is 27 years.


COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit and a motion for a temporary restraining order Friday to stop officials in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, from forcing two ordained Christian ministers to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples.
City officials told Donald Knapp that he and his wife Evelyn, both ordained ministers who run Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, are required to perform such ceremonies or face months in jail and/or thousands of dollars in fines. The city claims its “non-discrimination” ordinance requires the Knapps to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies now that the courts have overridden Idaho’s voter-approved constitutional amendment that affirmed marriage as the union of a man and a woman.   read the rest
Many of us knew it wouldn't take long for Cd'A's non-discrimination ordinance to cause problems. 

I live in Post Falls, but Cd'A, Post Falls, and Hayden, Idaho have pretty much become one contiguous  area so I consider them all as sort of my hometown.

Here's my thoughts on this development:
  • I believe a business should have the right to refuse service to anyone they want.  Period.  No exceptions.  Want to hang a sign that says "No Blacks Allowed" or "No White's Allowed?"  Go for it.  How about people covered in disgusting tattoos and piercings all over their faces?  Same answer.  Because the market will quickly sort the whole thing out and they will, no doubt, be out of business post- haste.  
  • Don't want to make wedding cakes for homosexual "weddings" or photograph their ceremony?  To quote Nancy Reagan, "Just say no." 
And here's the conclusions I've reached about the homosexual fascists who are driving this:

 I believe that most homosexuals could give a rip about any of this.  So, exactly why are we allowing a small minority, of an already small minority, of people to clog up the courts and rain down untold misery on decent people?

The homosexuals who are behind these lawsuits are bitter, hateful, vindictive, and vicious, and should be called out by every homosexual who doesn't approve. 

I'm tired of listening to them whine about their "rights."  What about ours?

More:  

Spokesman Review:  Hitching Post sues Coeur d’Alene after declining to marry gay couple 

Todd Starnes:   City Threatens to Arrest Ministers Who Refuse to Perform Same-Sex Weddings









It's Sunday...

time for:





Friday, October 17, 2014

Ten Buck Friday: Week 7...

let's help out Colorado Senate candidate Cory Gardner.

Real Clear Politics has Gardner up 3.0 and rates the race as a toss up.

Can you contribute just $10 to Senate candidate Cory Gardner?  I know that I can blow twice that amount with one trip to the Dollar Store.  Skip one shopping trip and help get rid of Dingy Harry.  Please...

You can contribute to Cory Gardner here.


Only 18 days until election day. 

(Mark your contribution as "Ten Buck Friday" so they'll know the conservative blogosphere is behind them.)

Other races to watch and donate to:


Contribute to Tom Cotton (AR) here.
Contribute to Cory Gardner (CO) here.
Contribute to Joni Ernst (IA) here.
Contribute to Bill Cassidy (LA) here.
Contribute to Thom Tillis (NC) here.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fast tracking immigration visas from Ebola hell holes...

I don't believe I'm reading this.  

From Doug Ross:

VIRAL SUICIDE: Obama DHS Now EXPEDITING Visa Requests From Ebola-Infected Countries
Wondering how Thomas Eric Duncan was able to enter the U.S. while suffering from Ebola? He asked for a visa and received one in August.

In fact, the Department of Homeland Security is proudly advertising its "Ebola Outbreak-related Immigration Relief Measures to Nationals of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone Currently in the United States."

You read that right. Not only are the Obama Democrats leaving our doors wide open to those seeking entry from Ebola-infected countries, they're actually expediting visa requestsread the rest



Andew Klavan and Bill Whittle: Is Christianity the Unique Essential Basis for Freedom and Prosperity?...

is a post-Christian world a post-free world?


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

President Ribbon Cutter deals with second hospital worker to get Ebola...

by going to fund raisers.

Odumbo's Schedule for Wed. Oct. 15

10:00 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
11:00 am || Participates in a video conference with his British, French, German, and Italian counterparts; The Situation Room
3:05 pm || Departs White House
4:10 pm || Arrives Newark, New Jersey
5:00 pm || Appears at a fundraiser for Senate Democrats; Union, New Jersey
6:05 pm || Departs Newark
6:40 pm || Arrives Bridgeport, Connecticut
8:05 pm || Delivers remarks at a campaign rally with Connecticut Democrats featuring Governor Dan Malloy; Central High School
9:30 pm || Departs Bridgeport
11:00 pm || Arrives White House

Meantime:
A second Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital worker who cared for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States has tested positive for the disease, Texas health officials announced Wednesday morning.
“The health-care worker reported a fever Tuesday and was immediately isolated at the hospital,” a statement from the Texas Department of State Health Services said.  Washington Post

More:

Weasel Zippers: CDC Now Watching 125 People For Ebola Signs…

The Blaze:  Here’s the Newly Released List of Conditions Dallas Nurses Say They Faced While Treating First Ebola Patient

And here's your First "Lady"



Monday, October 13, 2014

New Ebola patient is responsible for getting Ebola...w/Update

I predicted this.

I flippantly said over breakfast, that when the new patient, a nurse who tended to the now deceased "Patient Zero" was diagnosed with Ebola, that the CDC would try and blame her.

Right on schedule:
The director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Sunday that the infection in the health care worker, who was not on the organization’s watch list for people who had contact with Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, resulted from a “breach in protocol.”

“We have spoken with the health care worker,” who cannot “identify the specific breach” that allowed the infection to spread, said CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden. The CDC has sent additional staff members to Dallas to “assist with the response,” he said.
 Not only is she possibly facing death, but she's being accused of being a bad nurse.  This women, who did her job caring for a non-citizen, and who also watched him die what is purported to be a an ugly death, has first hand knowledge of what she faces and the government is trashing her.  It simply doesn't get any uglier than that. 

 Maybe "Patient Zero's" family will include her in their possible law suit after you, the taxpayer, shelled out probably a half a million dollars to care for him. 

With a perfectly straight face, these incompetent nincompoops declare unequivocally that her condition is due to a "breach in protocol", and at the same time declare they have no idea of what it was.

I never formally studied logic, but even I know that you cannot declare something to be "so" when you don't know what "so" is.

But, not to worry, Odumbo got to play his 200th game of golf.

I always welcome a chance to use my favorite kitteh:




Update:

Bunkerville:   Judge Clay Jenkins – Ebola ‘incident commander’ knows more than he is saying

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Adventures in Canning: Butternut Squash...

enough for a winter and spring worth of butternut soup.

We love butternut squash soup.  I make some with apples and ginger,  and some with curry.  An addition of some cream cheese makes it extra special creamy.  Before serving a splash of extra dry sherry is nice.

Butternut squash can be cured and successfully stored for up to 6 months in a cool dark place like a basement.  We don't have a basement and the barn would be too cold, so canning is my only real choice.

The store had a great deal at 25 cents per pound on winter squash.  Not sure exactly how much to buy, I bought way too much.  Oh well.



Usually when I make soup the squash is sliced in half, seeds scooped out, and roasted in the oven.  That way I can just scoop out the good stuff for the soup.

Not so when canning.  Oh, hell no.  It must be cut in half which is bit like cutting a giant steel ball bearing and then peeled.  It was ugly.

After cutting it up in chunks it was heated in boiling water for 2 minutes, loaded into quart jars,  fresh boiling water poured in, and processed for 90 minutes in a pressure canner.

Voila!

A total of 13 quarts of butternut squash (with one squash left over for soup tomorrow.) 

What I learned:

  • Wear gloves when peeling squash.  It really sticks to your skin in a most unlovely way and is also very drying.
  • Each average size squash will yield about 2 quarts.  The larger ones about 2 1/2 quarts.
First batch yesterday:


Second batch today:


Isn't it pretty?



Friday, October 10, 2014

Ten Buck Friday: Week Six...

imagine a world without Harry Reid.

You can make that a reality by helping out Republican contenders for Senate seats.

Is it worth ten bucks a week to you to eliminate Reid's control and give the Senate responsible leadership again?

With that in mind, this week we look to the Senate seat in Alaska. Can you contribute just $10 to Senate candidate Dan Sullivan?


Real Clear Politics has Sullivan up 4.8 and rates the race as a toss up.


And yesterday CNN polls showed this:


Let's help keep those numbers up...

You can contribute to Dan Sullivan here.



(If you mark your contribution as "Ten Buck Friday", they'll see if the blogosphere can give them a little bump.)

If you're feeling flush this week, here's some other candidates who could use our help.

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Bill Whittle: YOU'RE NOT A LIBERAL! ...

you're really an infant (and not a very smart one.)
More and more these days, people who call themselves "liberals" have bumper-sticker philosophies that are liberal -- they're not even leftist. They're infantile. In his latest FIREWALL, Bill Whittle dissects one of these childish, undeservedly self-righteous positions and compares the modern "liberal" to the real deal.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Win an all expense paid two week vacation to Hawaii...

by guessing who this is.

No fair cheating by reading the print.

Winner will be selected by throwing all the peeps who come up with the right answer into a big pot and drawing out one name.  The winner will share Air Force One with the Won's when they travel for their all expense paid Christmas get away. 

Honestly - that's all I can handle today.  It's a weird, weird world out there.  I'm going to clean the house.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

It's Wednesday...

I shall be gone.

Oh, by the way, the Ebola patient in Dallas has died.

No surprise there. 

I have said a prayer for him.  It's the right thing to do.



Tuesday, October 7, 2014

They are coming for your children...

home-schoolers beware.

The left hates you.  They call you names.  They think you're robbing your snowflakes of diversity.  Exactly what's diverse about locking children up in schools that resemble prisons with other children exactly the same age, and in most cases, exactly the same socioeconomic background?  

After witnessing the slovenly semi-literate children who flock to our local library after being sprung from our public schools, I would have to say they've already captured their minds and souls.

But, you say, they're at the library.  Isn't that a good thing?  It would be if they were actually reading something.  No, these children are there to play video games on the free computers.  Guess which kids are happily checking out with satchels full of books?  It's the home-schooled kids accompanied by their mothers.

We come in contact with many home-schooled children, and in every case they are better educated, better behaved, and better socialized, if by socialized you mean able to carry on a coherent conversation with an adult. 

Kevin Williamson reports on the latest assault on home schooling:
Home-schoolers represent the only authentically radical social movement in the United States (Occupy Wall Street was a fashion statement) and so they must be suppressed, as a malevolent committee of leftist academics and union bosses under the direction of Governor Dannel Malloy is preparing to do in Connecticut, using the Sandy Hook massacre as a pretext. The ghouls invariably rush to the podium after every school massacre, issuing their insipid press releases before the bodies have even cooled, and normally they’re after your guns. But the Malloy gang is after your children.

Malloy’s committee on the Newtown shootings is recommending that Connecticut require home-schooling families to present their children to the local authorities periodically for inspection, to see to it that their psychological and social growth is proceeding in the desired direction. For anybody even passingly familiar with contemporary government schools, which are themselves a peerless source of social and emotional dysfunction, this development is bitterly ironic.  read the rest - it's excellent.
This comment at National Review caught my eye because it is both foolish and sad (last sentence bolded by me.) 
Great article! A must read. We homeschooled our oldest until High school and the youngest (3) did some time at the Catholic elementary school before High school. The public High school in our small rural town had a slight conservative streak due to the presence of faith in the community. Other than that the teachers were huge libs and their lives - for the most part - were an absolute mess. But our district was better than most. My wife and I enjoyed de-programming them at the dinner table after they shared some of the crazy off the wall crap they learned in history or health class.
 Do these parents really think that countering the "crazy off the wall crap" at dinnertime is working?  The schools have these kids for hours and hours every day of the week, and they're going to fix it all over dinner.  I don't think so.  And exactly what is the message they're sending their precious little snowflakes concerning the teachers and the system?  And finally, who in their right minds would willingly subject their children to "crazy off the wall crap" day after day?  I call that child abuse.

Is "health class" a euphemism for sex ed?  Yep, just what they need.  Sex ed in schools is working so well we have two alternative schools in our smallish town where they stick all the pregnant teenagers - some as young as fourteen so they can brag on Facebook that "they're proud stay-at-home mommies."  Many of these girls are already incubating their second or third illegitimate child, all by different daddies.  And the libtards think more sex ed is the cure.

More:

The Last Tradition:  Liberals conclude Teens sexting is the “new normal” :New study 

Walter Williams:  Teacher Indoctrination    

Creative Minority Report:  Connecticut Targets Homeschoolers