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The American Outlaws – “Where You Go, We Follow”   Leave a comment

….whenever the U.S. National Team plays, regardless of whether it is the USMNT or the USWNT, you can sure the Outlaws will follow…..GO USA!


Posted January 31, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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What does “Conservative” mean anyway?   Leave a comment

Quoting: “Believe it or not there are some Conservatives – – – I know there are because I have seen them and heard them – – – who are sane – stable – knowledgeable – compassionate – giving – caring – sharing – understanding – tolerant – loving – longsuffering – worthy – it just seems to me that in today’s climate of political craziness these are either gone underground or have been shoved aside by their less stable contemporaries or have gone over to the Liberal side.”
That is oh-so-true, my friend; conservatism has moved so far off-the-rails that one almost suspects that some of history’s most-regarded conservatives would almost fail today’s definition….which is a sad definition of where American politics have gone in this day and age.

Posted January 31, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

CMB Music: War – “Low Rider”   Leave a comment

…a little 70’s music can go a long way, don’tcha’ think? 😉

Posted January 30, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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Democrats Considering Ceding House To Preserve Senate Majority   1 comment

There’s no way to spin this other than “not good at all”….

With Democrats’ grasp on the Senate increasingly tenuous — and the House all but beyond reach — some top party donors and strategists are moving to do something in the midterm election as painful as it is coldblooded: Admit the House can’t be won and go all in to save the Senate.

Their calculation is uncomplicated. With only so much money to go around in an election year that is tilting the GOP’s way, Democrats need to concentrate resources on preserving the chamber they have now. Losing the Senate, they know, could doom whatever hopes Barack Obama has of salvaging the final years of his presidency.(Politico)

In the words of one major Democratic operative,

“There is no question that Democratic donors are shifting towards the Senate in 2014. They will continue to support Nancy, but everyone agrees that the emphasis is going to be on the Senate,” said Joe Cotchett, a prominent San Francisco trial attorney and friend of Pelosi’s who has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Democratic Party candidates and causes. “When you see people like [longtime California Democratic Rep.] George Miller announcing that they are not running again, you know where the money will be going.”

“…[U]nless we have a George Washington Bridge fiasco in the House,” he added, referring to the traffic scandal that has engulfed Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, “control is not going to change.”(Politico)

The more I read this, the more I’m of two minds here. On the one hand, this makes sense from a strategic standpoint: marshaling one’s resources towards defending things that are achievable (such as holding the Senate vs. fighting tooth-and-nail for House seats) makes sense as it ensures resources aren’t wasted on fool’s expeditions. On the other hand, this decision to potentially cede the House to Republicans could begin a self-defeating cycle of not fighting for winnable seats due to being in the minority. Don’t believe me? Go ask former House Republican leader Bob Michel, who served as House Minority Leader for 14 years and could never seem to get Republican leaders to fight for seats in the lower chamber, eventually retiring in 1994…just as Republicans finally regained control of that chamber. My hope, if Democrats actually do decide to do this, that they don’t fall into the same self-defeating trap.

Posted January 30, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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Sour Cream Blueberry Banana Cheesecake   Leave a comment

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Sour Cream Blueberry Banana Cheesecake

This cheesecake is touch and go. As we noted in our article “Cheesecake Tips” you cannot open and close the door during the baking process as it lowers the temperature and the oven has to spend time to reheat and this affects the cake or actually the cooking and setting of the eggs. So make sure the cake has baked at least 45 minutes before removing from the oven to add the blueberry sour cream topping. If the water-bath container you are using has handles, remove gently from oven place on stove top and quickly top with the sour cream mixture and return to oven.


1 ½ cups quick-cooking oats, processed
½ cup walnuts, processed
½ cup packed brown sugar
8 tbsp. butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees

Mix together the processed oats and nuts. Stir in brown sugar and butter until well combined. Press firmly…

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Posted January 30, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

Utah kids in tears after school seizes and tosses out 40 lunches over debt   Leave a comment

What…the….hell? Someone’s head needs to roll over this….seriously, have the bean-counters no shame whatsoever?

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Utah kids in tears after school seizes and tosses out 40 lunches over debt (via Raw Story )

Children at a Utah elementary school were in tears on Wednesday after a district nutrition manager seized the lunches of up to 40 students over negative account balances. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, the children had already received their lunches…

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Posted January 30, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

CMB Music: Rod Stewart – “Passion”   Leave a comment

….just an all-around, damn good song. Enough said. 🙂

Posted January 29, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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