Obama: U.S., Canada ‘Coordinating Very Closely’ On Ottawa Shootings   Leave a comment


Thoughts, condolences and prayers to the victims in today’s shooting. :(

Originally posted on The Fifth Column:


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“We don’t yet have all the information about what motivated the shooting. We don’t yet have all the information about whether this was part of a broader network or a plan or whether this was an individual or series of individuals who decided to take these actions,” he continued.

The President said that the national security teams in the U.S. and…

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Posted October 22, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

Senator Releases Final Wastebook List Of Govt. Spending   Leave a comment

For what its’ worth, it’ll be sad to see Oklahoma’s Tom Coburn retiring…though I’ve long disagreed with him politically, on issues such as wasteful government spending, I think he’s right to call out Washington on it and for that, Washington will be a slightly smaller place after he leaves.

Posted October 22, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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Liverpool-Real Madrid Preview: Reds Must Use Elements, Surprise To Advantage   Leave a comment


…all together now: C’mon, you Reds!

Originally posted on NESN.com:

Mario Balotelli, Raheem Sterling and Philippe CoutinhoLiverpool isn’t yet in a place where an opponent knows how the Reds will play but is powerless to stop them from winning.

Liverpool still is developing as a team, but the 2014-15 season waits for no one. Liverpool now faces the toughest of tests, as Real Madrid comes to Anfield for a UEFA Champions League game Wednesday.

The marquee game pits two of the most successful and prestigious clubs world soccer has ever seen against one another. Real Madrid has won the competition 10 times, and Liverpool has five European Cups in its trophy case.

However, the teams only have met three times in competitive games. Liverpool prevailed in the 1981 European Cup final. The Reds also won both legs of the their 2009 series in the Champions League Round of 16. In fact, Real Madrid suffered its worst-ever away loss in European play when it last visited Anfield, losing…

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Posted October 22, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

Beef and Bell Pepper Rice Noodles   Leave a comment


…this is interesting; bookmarked for later… :)

Originally posted on Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide:

Ramen is my kind of junk food

Ramen is my kind of junk food

To cook rice noodles just pour boiling water over them in a large bowl and let soak until soft. Drain and toss with whatever spices, sauces and ingredients.

Beef and Bell Pepper Rice Noodles

  • 1 lb rice noodles cooked
  • 1/2 lb hanger steak cut into small cubes
  • 2 carrots julienned
  • 1-2 green bell peppers julienned
  • 6-8 large mushrooms quartered
  • 2 cayenne peppers julienned
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion
  • 2 ribs celery chopped bite size
  • 1 tbsp miso paste
  • 1 tbsp red curry paste
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1/8 cup soy sauce
  • 1/8 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp sesame oil

Mix pastes, fish sauce, soy sauce and brown sugar. Add lime juice and mix well. Add steak and marinate 30 minutes. In a large wok heat vegetable oil mixed with…

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Posted October 21, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

CMB Music: Emerson, Lake & Palmer – “Lucky Man”   Leave a comment

…simply a great song. :)

Posted October 20, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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Obama: ‘I Think The Equal Protection Clause Does Guarantee Same-Sex Marriage’ In All States   Leave a comment

Originally posted on The Fifth Column:

He nailed it!

The Constitutional scholar and Commander-In-Chief nails it…

The same Equal Protection Clause that helped desegregate the south applies to same sex marriage.  Their advocates have been saying this all along…their right to equal protection under the law was being violated for decades in our country.

The Huffington Post

President Barack Obama seems to have changed his tune on gay marriage, telling The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin he believes same-sex couples in all 50 states should be allowed to marry under the equal protection clause of the Constitution.

Obama first publicly backed gay marriage in May 2012, but noted he thought the issue should be left to the states. Speaking with Toobin for the Oct. 27 issue of The New Yorker, Obama said the best Supreme Court decision since he took office was the recent rejection of gay marriage appeals from five states, a move the president…

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Posted October 20, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

With Friends Like The Hill…   Leave a comment

…who needs enemies?

The Hill has just been unrelenting in its predictions of doom for the Democrats in this election cycle, to the point where they are now reporting that self-proclaimed “Clinton Democrats” like Mark Pryor and Alison Lundergan Grimes are “falling flat” in their efforts to get elected.

Maybe the Clinton Democrats (whether self-proclaimed or not) will fall flat on November 4th, but it does seem a bit premature to make that characterization. The polls have not been encouraging for the Democrats over the last few weeks, but they show dead heats in southern states like Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Kentucky. Considering that all of those states except Florida voted for Mitt Romney, and considering that this is a midterm election cycle that favors the Republicans, and considering that this is the sixth year of an incumbent president’s term, and considering that the president’s approval numbers are weak, the proper conclusion should be that the Republicans are struggling somewhat inexplicably to put away campaigns in their own strongholds.

But the spin we get is that it is the Democrats that are struggling.

My answer to that is, “We’ll see, won’t we?”(Booman Tribune)

Booman makes a good point above and that point is that in this electoral environment (second Presidential midterm election, midterm election, a political environment favoring the GPO, etc.), Republicans should be running away with the polls in those states mentioned above yet they’re not, which points more towards how batshit crazy some of their candidates are (AR’s Tom Cotton comes to mind, for instance)…in the past two election cycles, that came back in the end to bite the Republicans hard in the ass come Election Night.

Could lightning strike a third time for Democrats and save their Senate majority? We’ll know 15 days from now.

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