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Three-pic Thursday: 3/19/09

Posted by Lissa on March 19, 2009

Good morning all!  Somewhere along the way I lost my tradition of dumping photos every Thursday.  Since I’m in the grips of a strange fatigue and apathy — I’m just TIRED lately, for no particular reason —  this seems as good a time as any to revive the tradition.

First up, a shot of our lovely Mia, Resident Princess at the Lissaville Animal Shelter:


Doesn’t anyone want to adopt a nice purry white kitty?  She’s lovely-tempered, soft and sweet, and the poor thing shares her cage with the most vicious feline b*tch this side of the Mississippi.  (We all hate her cage-mate, Victoria.  That thing is wicked.)

As an update to my pasta puttanesca post — I really do love my Rachel Ray cookbook!  True, some of her recipes are kind of complicated — to me, anything that requires more than seven ingredients is complicated — but once the basic recipe is mastered, it’s easy to crank out the variations.  Take out the capers and olives, add in crabmeat, mussels and basil, and voila — Frutti di Mare!


And finally . . .  I was walking to Downtown Crossing, enjoying a rare sunny afternoon, when I turned a corner and stopped dead.  Even for a non-religious, Biblically-ignorant young person like myself, a sight like this makes one take notice:


Happy Thursday!

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Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Posted by Lissa on March 17, 2009

 . . . and may you all find the leprechauns you seek . . .

funny pictures of cats with captions

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Hie thee on over to Breda’s . . .

Posted by Lissa on March 16, 2009

 . . . and check out this amazingly awesomely inspiring and beautiful woman. 

Oh, and check out the video she posted, too.  🙂

Look at the gorgeous and functional works of art, below.


I’m seriously artistically-challenged — flat-out art-stupid, really — but even *I* am gobsmacked.  And the shoes that lady wore during her presentation?  WANT!!!!

(I am officially envying the footwear (footware? maybe!) of a woman who wears two prosthetic legs.  WHICH IS F***ING.  AWESOME.)

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Yes, these were actually printed

Posted by Lissa on March 16, 2009

Oh my!!



This and lots more from Criggo.  Got the tip from Robb Allen; thanks for the laugh, Robb!

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Leave Robin Hood alone!

Posted by Lissa on March 16, 2009

Ed Morrissey and Ace are having themselves a little discussion about whether Robin Hood was 1) left-wing; 2) right-wing; 3) capitalist; 4) socialist; 5) evil; 6) pragmatic, etc.


With all due respect to The Altar of Ayn Rand, I think she got this one wrong. Her character Ragnar Danneskjold opines that we must rid the world of the memory of this “hero” who stole from the productive rich and gave to the undeserving poor.  But even he admits that Robin Hood’s “rich” were rich through taxation and exploitation, not production.

Come now, haven’t you all seen the Disney Robin Hood? (“Oodle-lally, oddle-lally, golly what a day!”) We could make that movie the Official Evil Conservative Showcase Movie, it’s got everything!

Powerful state/government figures being corrupted with power? Check!

Those with powers of taxation using them mercilessly to deprive the public of their hard-earned wealth? Check!

Showing that the poorest are hit hardest by greedy government? Check!

Hell, we’ve even got Second Amendment rights — the right of the people to resist tyranny with bows, arrows and swords! Check-checkity-check-check-check!!

If you read the book, it gets even better. The Earl of Locksley, like so many others, was a target of king because his estate was rich; as a result, he was unjustly deprived of his land and station. He refuses to go gently into the good night, instead retiring to Sherwood Forest to live as an outcast and an outlaw. But when he steals from “the rich,” he does not target barons and lords who rule their people well, nor millers, nor tradesmen. He targets what Randians would term “moochers” — sheriffs, monks, abbots, folks who suck money from the helpless but productive people they rule.

What, exactly, is not to like about this?

Hmph.  Ed and Ace must be fox-haters or something.

Full disclosure: I went through a period, some twenty years ago, in which I watched Robin Hood at least once a week. To this day, you can put the movie on mute and I can supply each line, voice by voice, verse by verse. I do a mean Prince John.

and P.S.  Yes, Ed, we can agree that Kevin Costner was the worst Robin Hood EVAH.  In other news, the sky is blue, puppies are cute, and chocolate is delicious.

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Is your screen dirty?

Posted by Lissa on March 13, 2009

Then click here!

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Read of the Day

Posted by Lissa on March 13, 2009

Europeans got what their hearts wanted, but forgot what their heads told them. For 50 years, they have caricatured America as it served as the dumping ground for the export economies of the world. It (often clumsily) defended Europe at no cost, and got snickers and triangulation as its thanks. America’s belching cars and smokestack industries were the object of disdain by the supposedly green Euros, who in fact never met any of the Kyoto guidelines that they preached to everyone else.

Europe talked a great multicultural game, as the antithesis to America’s dirty role as the world’s cop that had to do nasty things like get Saddam out of Kuwait and then Iraq itself, rid the world of Milosevic, and chase the Taliban from Afghanistan.

Europeans gave Nobel Prizes to Jimmy Carter and Al Gore with the idea of poking in the eye the conservative American establishment – not as proof that in their wildest dreams they would wish to see once again Carter’s 1977-80 governance or enact Al Gore’s ideas for shutting down the West’s industrial infrastructure within a decade. (French nuclear plants and Eastern European coal-based production have no place in the Goreist wind-and-solar global paradise.)

Suddenly America has flipped, and Europe is bewildered and afraid that we may be the new, but more powerful and influential, Europe – and thus Europe will be left alone, with no foil. Its intellectuals talk of post-colonialism and post-imperialism, as they brag of their new multicultural fides. Quietly they worry about unassimilated minorities in their cities with names like Hussein. And while they accept that a Barack Obama would never make it to a major European ministry, they cannot accept that he knows that all too well himself – and should have little problem from time to time reminding the world of it as well.


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Come and see the Hate Speech inherent in the system!!

Posted by Lissa on March 13, 2009

Of course, back in my college days I probably would have been one of the protesters standing outside holding a sign like this one —


It’s easy to say “Free speech doesn’t equal hate speech!”  It sounds very nice and pleasing and respectful. 

Unfortunately, sometimes that’s EXACTLY what free speech means — it means that your ideological enemy has the right to say exactly what you hate.

It never occurred to me that when you say, “Free speech doesn’t equal hate speech,” you are also by definition saying, “and *I* decide what hate speech is!”  But that second part of the sentence goes irretrievably with the first.

We hit the same logical disconnect with this quote from another source:

“There’s absolutely no room for hate speech on this campus,” said winter 2008 graduate Natalia Tylim. Her friend, senior Katie Perry, concurred, adding “I think campuses are places for open-mindedness, and this is the opposite of that.”

Because “open-mindedness” means, “Only those opinions which I think are correct are allowed to be heard.”  Right?

I absolutely give those students a right to protest outside the hall — that’s an exercise of free speech.  But to disrupt and derail a speech they find “hateful” — because it deals with “hate speech” in a manner they don’t like! — well, it’d be funny if it weren’t sad.

(h/t to Michelle for both links)

UPDATE: Shoothouse Barbie and Hsoi linked.  Thanks!

UPDATE: Firearms & Freedom linked.  Thanks!

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I totally did, too, Tam

Posted by Lissa on March 12, 2009

And I’m not ashamed of it.


Semper Fi, y’all.

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Lissa’s Recipe File: Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

Posted by Lissa on March 12, 2009

This is the very simplest of Crock Pot recipes, but o-so-tasty:


– 1 whole chicken, giblets removed, washed
– 2 or 3 large onions (vary to taste)
– 40 peeled cloves of garlic (vary to taste)
– 1 can chicken broth (or water)
– Optional: 2 small-ish onions for stuffing, likewise carrots or celery etc., salt, pepper

Slice the onions thickly (about one-inch slices) and lay them across the bottom of the Crock Pot.  Lay the chicken on top of the onions; if you have stuffings for your chicken, shove them in now.  (I like to stuff mine with a few whole onions.)  Place the garlic cloves under, over, and inside the chicken.  Sprinkle with salt/pepper etc. if you like.

I generally do the first part the night before and store it in the fridge.  Come morning, pour the broth over the top.  (You probably don’t need more than half a cup, but I use one can — I like having lots of chicken juice available for dipping and drinking and general yumminess.)  Place in the Crock Pot and cook on Low for 8-12 hours, depending on your size.  (I usually just leave it on till we come home; it’s practically impossible to overcook it.)

Voila!  You’ve got yourself a juicy, moist, tender chicken that practically falls off the bone.  Actually, to be perfectly accurate, the chickeny goodness is so tender the bones fall APART — don’t expect beautifully-carved slices.  I use tongs to grab large pieces and later pick through the remains with my fingers to separate meat from bone.

You can serve with noodles, or rice, or potatoes, but you should definitely have some fresh bread ready; the savory soft delicious cloves of garlic make a perfect spread.

And now, to come to the real reason I posted this recipe . . . Rajah says, “It’s finger-lickin’ good!!”

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