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After not posting for a bit, I felt compelled to opine on some of the recent goings on here in the U.S. of A.  These are by no means in order of importance, however I suggest the last has the biggest impact for us in our lifetime.  Please excuse the inevitable spelling errors due to the stream of conscious-esque nature of this posting.

Alex Rodriguez

I think it was Monday when Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod, A-Hole whenever) admitted to taking steroids after a Sports Illustrated article released that it had information he had tested positive in the past.  After that article and his subsequent admission, the airwaves, newspapers and blogs have been abuzz, atwitter and basically apeshit over this story.

My question is: WTF?  Why does anyone care if A-Rod, or any of these other athletes take performance enhancing drugs?  Who does it impact if this ass-clown decides he wants his testicles to shrivel up along with his heart?  Oh…that’s right.  Congress had hearings on this issue in 2005 and again in 2008 because in their wise estimation while our ecomomy was slowly melting around them and people were getting killed in Bush’s war, nothing was more important to get to the bottom of than “steroids in baseball.”  Rep. Henry Waxman (D) said in a self-serving soliloquy. “over the past century, baseball has been part of our social fabric.”

With all due respect, that may have been the fact 60 years ago when men wore Fedoras, Homburgs and Bowlers.  Kids went to the games with their pants pulled up and women wore smart dresses.  Give me a break.  It is a game…an amusement.  If someone wants to ruin their body to hit extra homeruns then that’s their business.  It is NOT the business of our government to waste our money regulating it, nor is it the biggest story in the world.  If baseball disappeared, i’m sure we would survive.  Maybe put all that energy into “making things” by inspiring our kids with science fairs and academic excellence rather than the pipe dream of becoming a ballplayer.

The Grammys

Well the fiasco known as the Grammys did not disappoint this year.  I think the Grammy governing body is taking a cue from our government by trying to appeal to the fringes instead of the mainstream.  And they wonder why they can’t sell records anymore.  Carrie Underwood was spectacular as one of the very few graduates of the horrid American Idol to make good.  Coldplay was great as well.  You have to get into the mind of a musical genius like Chris Martin to understand Coldplay.  Very eccentric, manic and individualistic.  Yes it can be tiresome at times, but I’ve weeded through their discography to store some gems close to my heart.  U2 was also their usual greatness.

Without going into the Miley Cyrus nonsense and the MIA/RAP union headache mashup, the disaster really was Plant & Krauss winning Record and Album of the year.  Not sure what the difference is, but WTF?  Who is listening to this ?  I am not belittling them as artists, but if the industry wants to survive, you need to reward the group/artist that scored some modicum of commercial success during the year.  I guess Bluegrass is like baseball where the powers that be deems integral to the survival of our union to be saved.  It was just stupifying.

Ok whatever.  Now the last Grammy screwup was putting Kid Rock on stage.  for the sake of our union, I hope Congress has hearings on him never appearing in public again.  In fact, ANYONE with Rock in their name–this goes for you “The Rock.”  If I have to see him in a video at a movie theatre singing about “the troops”  or being proud to be American before watching a  movie, I will vomit in my mouth, move to Mozambique and never go to a theatre again.  Ok…maybe being dramatic, but the last movie I saw (in a theatre) featured a video of him yelling about patriotism.  Made me ill and some Swedish Fish came up a bit.

Finally…Whitney.  Lay off the pipe!  Please ?  Where’s your bodyguard?

Stimulus Bill

Alright…the most important topic will be getting the least space in this article.  Bottom line:  In my increasingly jaded view of our government I have lots of theories.  One of them is that there is little reason for these idiots to do anything positive.  We elect people based on the fact that they can initially lie to us saying they can help.  Then we keep them in office cause they can appear on TV “pretending” they are working hard for us and no one else can do what they do.

They are a very self-serving, narcassistic group of people.  Have you ever watched a news conference with these clowns?  They are all in the background trying to get their mugs on TV?  They love hearing themselves talk and do a great job of it.  That sounds hypocritical coming from someone blogging for his voice to be heard.  However, I am blogging to a select few.

Members of Congress already have money.  There is no reason for them to act.  All they do is jump on each other in an endless morass of political symbioticism.  They pat each other on the back for no reason while at the same time attack each other for reasons unknown.  But each have their “ideals” and they are sticking to them.  For once I would like a Congressperson to just say someone is full of shit because of reasons x, y and z.  But they speak in tongues and circle around the runway endlessly.

Let’s hold out elected officials to account.  No more steroid hearings, peanut butter hearings (people get sick…things happen), or whatever else hearings you can think of in the future.  ESPECIALLY now the bank rescue hearings.  You old, idiot cronies are yelling at the banks for spending money without letting Congress know how you are spending it?  Uhm….it doesn’t take a scholar to know that you get what you give.  Congress gave money to the banks without stipulation.  Now they are going back and acting hysterical about it.  How about IN UNISON all fessing up to the fact that you crafted a horrible bailout bill that had no monitoring provision.  It is your fault House and Senate.  OWN UP TO IT!

That’s all….      : )

There are two camps in the US.  Those who call this a “casserole” and those (like in the Midwest) who call this a “hotdish.”  I call this recipe  a “Spectasserole.”  It is a southwest-style, chicken cassarole/hotdish which doesn’t involve cream of (insert item here) soup.  Me thinks you will enjoy!


Chicken/Rice Casserole Chicken/Rice Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken, or cut-up frier
  • 2 pkg Vigo Spanish rice (about 3 cups cooked)
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 1 Tbs salt
  • Chopped cilantro (optional)

Steps

  1. Cover chicken with water in stockpot and bring to a boil.  Simmer for 20 min.  Remove chicken from water and allow to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare spanish rice and allow to cool.
  3. After chicken has cooled, shred/break apart chicken into small chunks.
  4. Mix all ingredients together except chips and cilantro.
  5. Fill rectangular baking dish with mixture.  Cover dish with foil.
  6. Bake in preheated 400º oven for 30min.  Uncover and top with broken chips.  Cook uncovered for an additional 15 minutes, or until top begins to brown.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes until set.

Here is a quick tutorial on how to fix an overexposed sunset in Photoshop using a mask with adjustment layers.  Super easy and will help improve your photos.  Enjoy!



Masking adjustment layers – Photoshop – KEVIN P. ADAMS

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