"I'm not gonna hit chya, no I'm not gonna hit chya" (winds back) "the hell I won't!" (throws punch!) -- John Wayne in "McClintock" "Out here, due process is a bullet." -- John Wayne "Green Berets"
Monday, February 28, 2005
The Dukes Ride Again
So, tonight is the 7:00p.m. debut of the Dukes on CMT (for those paying attention, the Dukes were on all weekend on CMT as a kickoff to running the show at 7:00 p.m. beginning today.) Words can't express how delighted I am to hear Dixie blazing on my t.v. My 2 year old is getting into it too. With every car leap, crash, turnover, spill, he cheers and makes the sound effects. My little Redneck in the making ;) My weekend was complete after 4 Hendrick cars bit the dust in the Sonoma California Nascar Race too!
From Ogre, I found this States Meme which says to: bold the states you've been to, underline the states you've lived in and italicize the state you're in now... Alabama / Alaska / Arizona / Arkansas / California / Colorado / Connecticut / Delaware / Florida / Georgia / Hawaii / Idaho / Illinois / Indiana / Iowa / Kansas / Kentucky / Louisiana / Maine / Maryland / Massachusetts / Michigan / Minnesota / Mississippi / Missouri / Montana / Nebraska / Nevada / New Hampshire / New Jersey / New Mexico / New York / North Carolina / North Dakota / Ohio / Oklahoma / Oregon / Pennsylvania / Rhode Island / South Carolina / South Dakota / Tennessee / Texas / Utah / Vermont / Virginia / Washington / West Virginia / Wisconsin / Wyoming / Washington D.C / Go HERE to have a form generate the HTML for you. Gee, I'ze been around a bit!
Sunday, February 27, 2005
New Carnival of Cats is up
The New Cat Carnival resides at Mind of Mog go there and look at kittys! I command ye.
Friday, February 25, 2005
You might be a Redneck . . .
So, I took all the quizzes over at Ogre's place and each quiz pegged me as a Redneck 100%, certified, carebear redneck. Ok, so I did some soul searching and a review of my site to try and figure out why these quizzes think I am a Redneck. I found these things out: 1. One of my favorite tv. shows is the Dukes of Hazzard replaying on CMT starting today; 2. Some of my favorite songs are ( in no particular order, and in no way complete): Simple Man, Was I Right or Wrong, Red White & Blue (all Skynyrd); Redneck Woman (gender hint here); My Hero's have always been Cowboys; Ramblin Man; 3. I watch Bull Riding on TV every Saturday night and when I can I watch in person; 4. I drive an F-350 full-sized, 4-Wheel drive Diesel, flaming red pickup; 5. I was born in South Carolina; 6. I have said ya'll since birth; 7. I drink beer and bourbon; 8. I eat bbq at every opportunity; 9. I had a pet pig once (named porkchop, ate him for dinner when he was big enough); 10. I live for Nascar, can recite almost every driver's name and most of their stats, I know the terminology, I time drivers while they are in the pits and I have checkered flag jammies; 11. Have a motorcycle; 12. Have a fishin boat; 13. Watch fishin shows on Sundays with the Better Half; 14. Taught 2 year old to say "Git R Done!" Which he does well; 15. Eat pancakes at firehall; 16. Have urge to post redneck pictures; 17. My favorite attire is t-shirts and jeans; 18. I burn stuff; and 19. I have guns, lots! Does the above mean I am a redneck? Can it be true? Can a 1/2 asian be a redneck? hmmm. Help me out here, please.
posted at Beltway Traffic Jam
Dukes of Hazzard Update
Friday, February 25, that's today folks!!! There will be an Inside Fame on the Dukes on CMT at 8:00 p.m. and repeats of episodes beginning with #1 will follow shortly thereafter at 9:00 p.m. Yeeeeee-Hawwww!
Job descriptions: We all have them. Its so we can fit into a neatly worded little package and when someone says to us "well, what do you do?" We can answer with little effort. For example, my job description is to "be a zealous advocate for my client" usually one of those evil big corporations out to steal lunch money from small children . . . Anyway, why is it then that once we have learned our job description someone seeks to change it. Take for instance a young man who works at my firm. He does a bang-up job as a paralegal. His job description is to do paralegal stuff, that does not include secretarial stuff for which we have assistants, nor does it include clerical stuff for which we have clericals. . . Well, the recent hire of serveral new attorneys has caused paralegal-boy to have to do secretarial tasks, not fair because as I said, we have secretaries for those tasks. So, when he dared to ask his supervisor about this sudden change in his job description he was told not to rock the boat, not to complain, just to do the work or expect the worst. Nothing like a good threat to get your juices jumpin. So I ask again, why do others always seek to change our job descriptions? Is it laziness? Ineptness? My advice to paralegal-boy was to don his paralegal cape and scoff at secretarial work, after all, we can't mix with the lesser beings right? ;) Not to over do it on this ranty post, but here is another thing I hate, interviewers who don't read resumes or applications before conducting interviews, in which circumstance said interviewer then asks stupid questions of the interviewee . . . Just an observation folks, nothing else to see, move along, oh and paralegal-boy, take off that silly cape!
Redneck Birthday Cake
28th Carnival of the Recipes
Thursday, February 24, 2005
A Little Lunchtime "Haven't I seen you before?"
Ok, so, I am sitting in this deposition today and the guy across from me looks exactly like Beavis from Beavis and Butthead. he is asking all the questions and is literally transforming before my very eyes into a snickering cartoon idiot. I am not lying this guy has the look completely, only difference is his hair doesn't stand up as much. His chin juts out, his nose is long and his shoulders slump inward. He is asking questions and all I can hear is "huh huh, he said butt!" Seriously, I can't keep myself from laughing. I keep coughing so as not to draw any attention to myself. I don't know what I am going to do at trial. "Your Honor, opposing counsel Mr. Rod, "huh huh, *rod*" . . . blah blah, begin laughing hysterically . . . Your Honor, I have to ask for a mistrial because opposing counsel is a tool and looks like Beavis, I can't go on!" Then my client will file a malpractice suit against me, I will be disbarred, poor, homeless . . . all because some guy looks like Beavis. Damn! Have you ever had the sensation that you have seen someone before? I will give you another example, that guy on American Idol, Mario Vasquez - looks exactly like Wilder Valderama from that 70's show. Give me your examples in the comments.
I love couscous. Especially the Israeli or Pearl variety (also called Osem in some Middle Eastern Markets) here is how I prepare it: 1 bag couscous (Israeli variety) 1 Tbspn. Oil 1 finely chopped onion 1 teaspoon chicken soup base salt and pepper to taste Optional Ingredients: mushroom pieces, red or green peppers, squash, chickpeas, or green peas. Heat oil in saucepan, saute onions until soft, add optional ingredient of choice and saute until softened. Add couscous to pan, mix with veggie of choice, add a bit more oil if required. Saute briefly, add soup base and water to cover (plus one cup). Bring to a boil, stirring occassionaly reduce heat (or shut off heat), cover and simmer until water is absorbed and couscous is tender. Taste and season with salt and pepper to your tasts, fluff with a fork and serve. This can be made ahead and kept in a warm oven (or simply reheated), just fluff and serve! Yummy.
The Dukes of Hazzard
Ok, showing my age here. I am a huge, huge fan of the Duke boys, Bo and Luke not Coy and Vance. The show had everything, mystery, intrigue, sexuality, morality, fast cars, car chases, occassional explosions and/or shoot outs, singing, racing, gambling (see episode 1 of season 1), bootlegging, half-nekkid Catherine Bach (who really wasn't all that pretty, but no one was actually looking at her face), and over indulgences at every turn. The premise was simple: Two good ol' boys "never meanin' no harm, beats all you've ever saw, been in trouble with the law since the day they was born." Oh wait, that's the theme song. Ok anyway, There's Bo and Luke, trying to make their way, but always seeming to get into a scrap o'trouble. But, they are good hearted and try to do good for others (sometimes to get into the pants of others, see episode 1 of season 1 with Bo and the orphanage lady) but hey, no bother. Plus they had the best stunt car on the planet! Which they occassionaly raced, and which they always got chased in. They are simply trying to expose the corruption of Boss Hogg's political system and get what they can out of it. There is no better time-honored story than the outlaw hero. There's Daisy, she is the cute one, the brains behind the boys and she can shoot a bow and arrow like nobody's business. Not afraid to use her sexuality and hot pants to get what she wants (see shot-gun wedding episode) and also not afraid to bust heads when she had too, oh yeah did I mention she was a great driver too? There's Uncle Jesse, he is the moral rock and foundation of the Duke clan, but has been known to let loose and get those juices jumping every once and a while as well. I like that about Uncle Jesse. (cannot wait to see Willie Nelson as Uncle Jesse). Afterall he is a lawbreaker, a moonshiner, but he objects to obscenity, gambling and the like, and keeps his family close. There's Cooter, he's the You Can Lean on Me friend, there when you need him, and mighty handy with a wrench. Then there is Boss Hogg, he is the absence of moralality, the slovenly over indulgent a-moral center of the Duke world. But, like Uncle Jesse, he has been known to act out of character (he tends to have a soft spot for Daisy, and his Missus). he has a soft spot for Uncle Jesse too cause they used to run shine together, but he wants the Dukes out of the picture so they can't foil his dastardly plans. And last, we have the bumblin idiot Roscoe P. Coltrane and his pleasant pup Flash. He is the idiot with a heart. Every town needs one. (his deputy Enos ( and later Cletus) is just an idiot, but sweet and honest.) he used to be straight until he lost his pension and took up with Boss Hogg Ok, I love the show for all these things and more, but mostly because it reminds me of coming home from school, gettin a snack and watching it every weekday with my little sister, and singing the song, and hooting and hollerin for the Duke Boys to get away from whichever sherrif Roscoe or Little happens to be a chasing them. Which brings me to the reason I am posting this. CMT is going to be showing the Dukes every night at 7.p.m beginning on a date yet to be announced, and there is a contest wherein you can become the VP of the Dukes Institute for $100,000.00. I am going to apply because I love the Dukes of Hazzard, but also because I love money . . . he he he.
Posted at the Beltway Traffic Jam
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Who The Hell Do I Think I Am?
By supreme Order of Frank J (worship him!) He has commanded that these questions be answered and I am hereby obeying him! THE "WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?" BLOGGER QUIZ 1. Who the hell do you think you are? Why I am Oddybobo, Master of my domain and all that lives in it, I look like this and sometimes like this and I deliver sharp rants on whatever I like, whenever I like. 2. So, other than blogging, what's your job? Do you work at some fast food joint, dumbass? No, oh common ones, I am an elitist snob (no not a liberal, just a snob) I am a lawyer in a high-priced high-rise. I take money from the little people to line the pockets of evil corporations at the expense of fast-food workers. Ha. 3. Do you have like any experience in journalism, idiot? Why yes, I was on my highschool journalism staff where I wrote whimsical tid-bits for my newspaper and highschool year book, often titled "remember when" or "last week at lunch." 4. Do you even read newspapers? Never. I can't because I can't keep myself from cringing at the bad grammer and the poor fact-checking capabilities of newspapers with the possible exception of my local paper which I read simply for the police reports. 5. Do you watch any other news than FOX News propaganda, you ignorant fool? I do not watch "Fox News propaganda", rather, I watch a "fair and balanced" news organization which publically donates more money to the dems than to the republicans and which delivers the facts sans lefty-bias! 6. I bet you're some moron talk radio listener too, huh? Sure as shootin! My favorite is the Quinn in the Morning Show which regularly martyrs callers ala palestinian suicide bombers. 7. So, do you get a fax from the GOP each day for what to say, you @#$% Republican parrot? I'm with Frank J here, can't figure out how to make the printer "be" a fax machine, after all it is nurture over nature, perhaps I just don't have it in me. 8. Why do you and your blogger friends want to silence and fire everyone who disagrees with you, fascist? Because they are Lefty-Pinko B#$%ards trying to rob me of my money, gun and home (shakes fist at them) and we must smite them! 9. Are you completely ignorant of other countries, or do you actually own a passport? I have a passport. I like to travel only when the dollar is higher than other currency that way I can be assured of ripping off stupid little peasants by paying pennies for their wares . . . Seriously, why travel to any other country, we have it all, Mountains, Deserts, Beaches, Prairies, campy theme parks and natural wonders within our very borders, no need to spend my cash for someone else's tourism industry. 10. Have you even been to another country, you dumb hick? Yep, actually several but my most important trip was not really a trip but rather a beginning. See I was "made" in Korea but born in the U.S. of A! Oh yeah and my redneck ass could kick your pansy ass anyday! 11. If you're so keen on the war, why haven't you signed up, chickenhawk? Cause my momma says I'm too old. 12. Do you have any idea of the horrors of war? Have you ever reached into a pile of goo that was your best friend's face? No but once I reached into a pile of goo that turned out not be playdough but to be kitty poo. That was gross, but I was five. Since you asked, however, have you? 13. Have you ever reached into any pile of goo? Didn't you read the above, dumbass? 14. Once again, who the hell do you think you are?! As I said before, which apparently needs repeating because your attention span only lasts for 13 questions, I am Oddybobo, master of my domain and all that is in it. Did I mention I like quizzes? You can find more here.
The 127th Carnival of the Vanities is Up
Some Wednesday Quizzy Fun
Want to waste some time at work today? Try out some of these fun little quizzes! Duane at Pennsylvanian in Exile links to this great quiz on what kind of dog are you? I'm an Australian Cattle Dog! Orge of Ogre's Politics and Views has a link to this llama quiz by brought to you by Quizilla! I'm a friendly llama, protector of sheep and kind to friends. But if anyone tries to hurt mr or my sheep, I'll spit. Basil of Basil's Blog has this interesting Gender Genie which will tell us which sex we really are. Hmmm . . . my entry says I am a male. Interesting! Also according to Basil, a Yankee From Mississippi has a What Gender is Your Brain quiz (Hat tip A Typical Joe) which says I have a total boy brain! 40% female, 60% male. Well, that too is interesting! I love Quizzilla Quizes! Try this one Which Greek God are You? I'm Poseidon. Ok, enough wasting precious morning time! Must work. Arghhh!
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
New Blog Carnival Is Up
Check out the Carnival of New Blogs over at Celebrity Cola. Lucas Brachish did a wonderful job and he even included me and quite a group of great new blogs! Check them out, especially Haiku for You cause you can get a new Haiku for just about any occassion! Also if you are interested in biological timing, check out Circadiana. I especially liked the blip about night eating syndrome maybe that's my problem! Anyway, if you are new here, and just looking around, I really am not off my rocker completely, and sometimes I even have interesting things to say! Comment liberally, but don't be mean, I'm having a bad month. :)
Monday, February 21, 2005
I love NASCAR!
I am doing a happy dance now that Nascar is back. My house is filled with beer and chips, and we have the tv on really loud watching the in depth analysis of yesterday's race on the SPEED Network. See, there is just something about the race that I love. I think it is that you get to road trip to your favorite track, meet new people who don't have an air of superiority about them, people who share their beer and their hotdogs with you, people who give gifts for flashes (did I just write that?), people who are cool no matter who your driver (unless that driver is Gordon, we hate him!). Race fans rock. So, why am I so pumped about Nascar? Cause my other loves, are not in season, well Football is over and Hockey is dead in the water this year. So, my sport of choice this season is Nascar. I know that my Sundays will be full from now until next February as the season runs from now until November and Football is on then so it is all good. Ah how I love Nascar. Oh, and I love the looks I get when I'm cleaning my tires off by weaving in and out of traffic during rush hour . . . he he he. . .
Friday, February 18, 2005
Our Cat Cool Hand Cat
The Social Security Debate
Since I haven't really posted about this topic, I thought I would post some of my thoughts today. The leftists are trying to turn this debate into a "Bush wants to steal your social security check" debate. They are off-base. Here are some of the facts of the plan to privatize some of social security: 1. We will still contribute to the General Fund (For those of you who are unaware, there is no social security trust fund. The Democraps tore those walls down long ago. Your FICA dollars go into the General Fund, think of it this way: your broker steals your money and buys a vacation home, but he still sends you "interest" checks on your investment. He is able to do this using another clients money, and he proceeds to pay that other client with yet another's money. This is what our government is doing with social security. Because the money goes into the General Fund, lawmakers have spent it. Yes, they still send Grandma her check, but they are doing it with the money you just sent in. Sound like sound policy to you?); 2. A mere 2% of our contributions can voluntarily (meaning you don't hafta if you don't wanta) be placed in a private fund; 3. The private fund can thereafter be willed, or gifted to our family members should we meet our maker; 4. When we reach retirement age, we will still get our guaranteed Social Security check and we will also get to keep our private fund (its a BOGO); 5. Federal lawmakers do not pay into social security. They have a plan similar to this only they get to put 100% of their taxes into private funds! 6. This plan works, it has been proven to work in other countries and in small local communities in the U.S. Now, why is there opposition to this plan? It is simple really, if the American public realizes that there is a ponzi scheme going on in Washington with their Social Security money there will be a revolt. In addition, the lawmakers don't want us illiterate, uneducated, red-state country bumpkins to have any say over our money, see this keeps us dependent upon the gubment. We all know that while the gubment professes to be looking out for us, they are not, they are in reality lining their pockets with our hard-earned cash, and they don't want their cash flow to end. That is all.
Posted at the Beltway Traffic Jam
New Carnival of the Recipes
The Carnival of the Recipes #27 is up at Inside Allan's Mind and it is an award show theme. Since there are only two recipes in my category can we call it a tie and both get an award?
Thursday, February 17, 2005
That's how the cookie crumbles
Some of you may not have heard about the case of the two teens who decided to stay home from a school dance (because they thought there might be sexual behavior and cussing there) to bake cookies for their neighbors. They flitted around their neighborhood under the cover of darkness leaving packages of goodies on the porches of their neighbors. As that old saying goes, no good deed goes unpunished, and these two young ladies found that out the hard way. After a neighbor complained about being afraid for her life, and having to go to the hospital (over cookies) the girls were sued, and subsequently ordered to pay over $900.00 in medical bills to the neighbor. The families of the girls had previously offered to settle and pay the medical bills, but the neighbor insisted on Court because well, she apparently had principles, or something. Anyway, shortly thereafter, the husband of the neighbor allegedly made harassing telephone calls to one of the girls families, which prompted a request for a restraining order. Now the "victim" of the cookie package says that her family has been receiving hate mail and no one has heard their side of the story, boo friggin hoo. I have their side of the story right here: She did this, not those girls. She took them to court, when she could have quietly settled the matter. Her husband called the family of one of the girls and made a veiled threat. I have no sympathy for this woman. I think she took those girls to court (publically) so that she would get her 5 minutes of fame. Well, infamy is still fame in some respect. But really, her side of the story is simple, she didn't like sugar cookies and chocolate chip. Woman's all about the oatmeal! After all, it lowers the cholesterol. She's pissed cause she can't go around knocking on random doors saying "Hi! I lowered my cholesterol" cause those pesky kids sent her chocolate chips. Now for the lawyer in me: The girls should never have been ordered to pay up. You take the public as you find them, persons who have "egg-shell" sensitivities are to be treated no differently. Liability in these types of cases should be doled out according to how the average/general public would react to the gift of cookies. Seeing as how the Youngs are the only ones who complained, my thoughts are that they are not "average" but rather have heightened sensitivities. The Court isn't to take these sensitivities into account, and therefore, the girls, while they should possibly have declared who they were when dropping their cookie bombs, didn't have to. The Young's whining about being harassed is falling on deaf ears because they brought it on themselves, by not agreeing to take the money when offered out of court. Seriously, they got the same amount in court as they would have out of court but catapoulted these girls into the national spotlight. So, the moral of this kerfuffle is that stupid people file stupid lawsuits, oh no, where was I, oh yes, the moral is that the courts are not here so disgruntled neighbors can file suits about cookies, it is a waste of everyone's time. But, good on the public for supporting the girls, they are going to get a cookie dedicated to them, and they haven't been deterred from being anonymously kind to others. Now, my biggest question is: Where are my cookies? I haven't benefited from the kindness of strangers with cookie gifts this year, I have to steal from those cute little girly-scouts to get my cookie fix (I don't really, I pay them, with funny money ;0)
Posted at the Beltway Traffic Jam
Fire-In-The-Hole French Fries
I love potatoes (I spell it with an e!), any kind will do.
INGREDIENTS 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground chipotle 1/2 teaspoon kosher (coarse) salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper Favorite prepared french fries or fresh potato wedges
INSTRUCTIONS Place all ingredients in dry small skillet. Cook over medium heat 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until spices are fragrant and darken slightly. Prepare your favorite french fries and while hot, toss fries with spice mixture. Or, for more of a kick, take potato wedges, coat lightly with olive oil, toss with spice mixture, and bake at 350 degrees until crisp and cooked through (about 25 minutes you may need to adjust the time in the oven until the potatoes are done the way you like them). Yummy.
A Picture of Me at the Beach
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Ok, Lawyer Time Again
The first of the asinine Tsunami lawsuits is being filed in New York. (hat tip Drudge) The suit by some Austrian and German victims of the Tsunami will file against Thailand, the French Hotel Accor and US forecasters in order to prove whether they reacted adequately to the impending disaster. Lets break this down: Thailand, devestated by the Tsunami was going to do what? Send some ridiculous little government official out onto a jetty to call upon the Gods to avert the disaster? "Oh mighty Thai God, in the name of all that is peanutty, please divert the Tsunami from our shores!" Or better yet, was going to send the police out to round people up off the beachs? I have the reaction here: "Get the @#$$^% away from me, I paid ____ Euros for this @$%#$^ing holiday, and I am going to @$#^%ing enjoy it right here on this here beach, bee-yotch!" Accor (employees), a hotel people, were suppossed to take time out of their busy schedule catering to rich and pampered Euroweenies and cleaning bathrooms to do what? Well to gather each Euroweenie by the hand and guide them to higher ground. But really the argument is that the Accor hotel should not have built their hotel on the fault line (should this have happened, the Hilton would likely have built in their place, but I'm just saying . . .) Seriously, last I checked, hotel employees don't have extensive backgrounds in geological and meterological occurances, enough to forecast a major earthquake and killer tsunami. So, what lapses might this hotel have made? Well I have an answer for you, allowing Euroweenies to vacation in their hotels. (the hotel is also being lambasted because it did not properly inform relatives about the status of guests could that be because hotel personnell were as dead as the guests? Perhaps they were supposed to phone from Pergatory in order to give a complete tally of the guests floating with them?) And lastly the U.S., and why not? we get blamed for everything why not this? Because the U.S. as we all know is situated smack dab in the middle of the indian ocean from which vantage point its agencies should have detected the problems. Again, without sounding too condescending, we are bordered by the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and owe no allegience, nor responsibility the Eurotourists on Holiday in Thailand! "We have evidence that they did not warn us." Ok, so the U.S., busy with its own problems is supposed to call up the front desk at the Accor Hotel and say, yo, there was an earthquake in Sumatra and the waves are killer dude, grab a board - let's shoot the tunnel! Whoa . . . Not likely, and seeing as how the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and its Hawaii-based tsunami warning centre are government agencies (that's the U.S. government not Europe people) their attentions are likley focused on U.S. occurences. Don't they have weathermen in Europe? And for the lawyer part, the Plaintiffs in the matter have admitted that this is a "fishing expedition" to determine if blame can be placed upon these entities for this NATURAL disaster. The law is clear, that one cannot engage in litigation for the purpose of a fishing expedition. Why any court would entertain such a suit is quite beyond me, and jurisdiction anyone? Last I checked, neither Accor (french) nor Thailand were domiciled in New York, oh yeah and the NOAA is in DC, someone needs to do a quick dismissal of this drivel, but knowing the courts in this land, it'll probably hang around for a while costing tax payers money! Oh how I hate Euroweenies!
Posted at the Beltway Traffic Jam
Oddybobo Unmasked, Sorta
Ok, I am going to follow Basil's lead and tell you that while no one will likely want to "take me down" cause quite frankly, who the hell cares about whittle ole' me, I am going to tell you that I operate under the assumed name of oddybobo because my real name is none of your business, and because oddybobo is my dog's name and I love my dog. In addition, while some of you may have made assumptions about my sex (or lack thereof . . .) that is on you, as I have neither stated affirmatively nor denied what my sex is. What I have told you is that I am ambiguously asian (which is sorta like Diana Degarmo on last season's American Idol, who was ambiguously ethnic). Anyway, let me explain. I am 1/2 caucasian, and 1/2 Korean. I look more white than asian, except for that slanty eye thing going on. I am versed in both cultures and self-identify as AmerAsian. Now, all that aside, when I went to college and tried to take advantage of minority programs, I was told I was not Asian (tell that to me mum) and therefore did not qualify. Now, I am thinking to myself, what happened to Jim Crow, when even if you had a drop of African blood, that made you black? (Kidding!) Really though, seeing as how I look amibiguously asian, self-identify as such and in fact have the pedigree to back it up, that makes me Asian. But, not Asian enough, it seems, to qualify for some of that free money, advice, help, etc. . . the government and their schools are always throwing at minorities. Well, it didn't stop there, I was shunned by the campus Korean group because I was a Hapa (hawaiian for 1/2 and 1/2) and well, there just aren't any caucasian groups on campus that could qualify as non-nazi or non-supremicist. So, me and my pals, started a multi-cultural/multi-racial group on campus (which is still going strong today). Back to the premise of my post . . . (and Basil's) this is simply a preemptive strike so that I don't get hate mail or blog-attacked to reveal my identity. I'm really not that worth it, and when, and if i ever am, well I will simply stop blogging so that those chomping at the bit to do me in, will have to pull a Dan Rather and make stuff up! Oh, and I am not being completely secretive here, some people know who I am, it isn't like I posted a fake picture of myself here to throw everyone off the trail ala Libertarian Girl. He He He. Besides, who really wants to see a picture of a slightly chunky, ambiguously asian she/he at this site anyway? Really? Well then I will have to invent me one of those pics shortly . . .
Monday, February 14, 2005
The UN's Latest Scandal
Not new, really, but Newsmax is reporting today that a top UN official admits that he raped and pillaged his way throught the Congo while on peace-keeping business. (See Michelle Malkin's post this weekend regarding the arrest of these UN morons in Morroco.) This official took lots of pictures which he saved and shared (including one where a tear is visible on the face of one of his victims). He points the finger at the UN's administration saying they tolerated the attacks on children by UN and aid workers. While the world skewers the US in the prison abuse scandal and calls for investigations of women-on-prisoner interrogations at Gitmo, where is the outrage here? The young men and women of the Congo are being victimized by those sent by the UN to guide and help them. The UN is not content to victimize the Iraquis in the Oil for Fraud scandal, but sets out to steal the innocence of young men and women in the Congo as well. The US gets skewered for its treatment of evil persons intent on doing harm to innocents, and here, we have evil persons doing harm to innocents without any outcry! It is time for the UN to get out of the US for good.
Sunday, February 13, 2005
Hell Yeah! (Live Blogging the Grammys, sorta)
I just want to congratulate Gretchen Wilson on her Grammy win yesterday. It is fitting that she won, since she is only the biggest selling artist of 2004 in any genre, even though we didn't get to see her win. And I have to say, seeing the Southern Rock Tribute and a Janis Tribute all in one night, loved it! But Melissa Etheridge tried too hard to channel Janis and Joss Stone just rocks period. And the winner for most wonderful acceptance speech goes to Ray Charles' manager Joe!
Friday, February 11, 2005
Friday Linky Action
Its Friday! Wahoo! (and yes, we watch the Wiggles!) Anyhoo, for your Friday enjoyment: basil at basils blog has a history lesson for us; Rightwingduck asks the questions "do you know where your children are? SarahK at MountineerMusings has some refreshing scripture for this a.m.; If you haven't caught it yet, FrankJ's been a reading the Bible! And La Shawn Barber tells us what Black History Month means to her. Keep a look out for Anywhere but Here who is hosting this weeks Carnival of the Recipes as well! Happy weekend!
Thursday, February 10, 2005
Boy Stabs Sister over Pot Pie
What is this world coming to when you can't even eat your pot-pie in peace? That's right folks, a young man stabbed his sister when she refused to give up her chicken pot-pie, somewhat reminicent of Cartman on Southpark ("no kitty, my pot-pie") but a tad more violent. So, I have devised a pot-pie protection program for those of you who are afraid that your pot-pie will be theived by a sibling or other pot-pie bandit: 1. Nuke pies only when alone with shades drawn and telephone off the hook; 2. Tie up younger brother prior to nuking pie - then eat every morsel in front of him while singing "nanny nanny boo-boo" gleefully; 3. Disguise pot-pie as a peanut butter sandwich; 4. Replace pie wrapper with tin foil marked "mystery", get sibling to dare you to eat it; 5. Take a preemptive strike at the pie-snatcher, disabling him or her prior to nuking pie; 6. Stand guard with taser; 7. Wire pot-pie with electrodes which cause much pain when ever pie is touched by anyone not you (think beer/roommate commercial and dog collar); 8. Replace pie filling with rocks, watch teeth of thief shatter; 9. Try the "look over there" option and make a run for it; and last but not least 10. Perfect the art of speed eating.
Palestinian Peace Falters
So, it has been a whole day after the Israelis and Palestinians shook hands and declared a cease-fire, but it didn't last. Today, Palestinian militants fired mortar shells and homemade rockets at Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip. Admirably, Abbas moved his security forces in to remedy the situation so as not to put the cease-fire in jeopardy, however how long before the cease-fire falls apart? Abbas needs to silence the rhetoric against the U.S. and the Israelis in order to get real cooperation. Young Palestinian men and women have been brainwashed into believing that all Jewish people must die and that the west is evil. This culture of murder will take a very long time to reform. While shaking hands and stating that there is an agreed upon cease-fire is a good thing, it will do nothing to stop the bloodshed perpetrated by those with a jihadist mentality. However, it must be noted, and take this as a warning, here in the U.S. anti-Israel bias is evident on almost every college campus. Pro-fanatical muslim extremism is evident in Hollywood and in the likes of persons like Ward Churchill. This is a global problem, and therefore, while moderate Palestinians may get behind the cease-fire, look for wackos like Churchhill and CAIR and college muslim groups to side with the Jihadiis and look for wahabists and other foreign fanaticals to infiltrate the borders and begin murdering Israelis. These "insurgents" currently in Iraq, will just find another front when they tire of losing the fight in Iraq. To steal a phrase from "Cambodia Kerry," we need a plan to win the peace. My plan is preemptive. Take the fight out of the Wahabists and Jihadiis. Crush them in order to allow those muslim's who value life to peacefully co-exist with Israelis, Americans, Kurds, etc. . .
Posted at the Beltway Traffic Jam
Wednesday, February 09, 2005
Redneck Gingerbread House
Happy New Year!
Gung Hay Fat Choy (Chinese for Happy New Year!) Today is Lunar New Year in the year of the Green Rooster. So good wishes to you all, and if you want, feel free to send me lucky money! Say Hayya Boke Mahnhe pah du sayoh! (Happy New Year in Korean!)
Tsunami Aid Frauds
Something that is not at all a surprise, government officials in Sri Lanka are accussed of plundering the Tsunami Aid and demanding bribes for distributions. I am waiting to hear more about the UN in all of this. Word of the Tsunami relief has subsided for the most part but where the UN is involved there's always a rat!
Oddybobo's Mama's Famous Eggrolls
After you make these (which takes a bit of time folks) and then eat them, you will never eat an eggroll in a chinese restaurant again!
INGREDIENTS 1-2 heads cabbage (not napa) julienned into very thin strips; 1 1/2 pounds ground pork; 1 medium onion chopped; 1/2 inch piece of ginger diced fine; 2-3 green onions chopped; 2 cloves garlic diced fine; 1 teaspoon garlic powder; 1 teaspoon onion powder; 1 teaspoon black pepper; 1/2 cup soy sauce; 1/2 cup sesame oil; 2 tablespoons teriaki sauce (or 1 tablespoon sugar for sweetness) Prep. Ingredients 2 eggs whisked in a small bowl 2 packages of eggroll wrappers deep pan with oil for fryingDIRECTIONS Put the green onions in a large mixing bowl; brown and drain the ground pork with some of the onions, garlic and ginger (reserve the rest for the final steps), while still hot, layer over green onions, this will cook the green onions, allowing the essences to cook into the meat. Saute the cabbage with a little salt and pepper in about 1 tablespoon or oil (I use sesame but be careful it has a low burn point); when the cabbage is clear, drain and add to the meat mixture. Add the remaining ingredients and mix together well. Then roll small amounts (use the package directions to roll the eggrolls into pockets) into the wrappers and seal with the egg wash. Fry until crispy and brown and serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
Redneck Measuring Tape
Accident on the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk
While we have admirably praised the work done by our service men and women on the front lines in the war on terror, please don't forget those that serve in other parts of the armed forces. A couple weeks ago, an F/A 18F Super Hornet was making a landing on the carrier deck of the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk when it was involved in an accident on the deck. The two pilots were recovered but the accident caused serious, but not life threatening injuries to six crew members. Please keep these Navy men/women in your prayers.
Monday, February 07, 2005
I just wanted to say the commercial tribute to our soldiers was moving and memorable. I personally want to send my thanks to the troops as well! May God's hand rest on your shoulder, may God's eyes lead your way and bring you safely home!
Friday, February 04, 2005
Carnival of the Recipes
The Carnival is up over at the Glittering Eye go check it out!
A soldier has had enough
Check out Michelle Malkin's post about a soldier sick of justifying his uniform and his response to his commenters. I feel the same way when someone asks me to justify my (foster)-kid's decision to join the Navy. Usually, I just tell them "not having asked for your opinion, its use to me is worthless." That usually gets a blank stare and then an angry growl. Show this soldier some love and check out his other posts.
Make with the Funny for the New Marine
So, the Alliance has commanded that I make with some funnies, here goes: First soldier: "Pass me the chocolate pudding, would you?"Second soldier: "No way, Jose!"First soldier: "Whyever not?"Second soldier: "It's against regulations to help another soldier to dessert!" Someone sent this to me, but I can't remember who . . . One Brave Man General McKenzie was in charge of the Navy, and he was visiting his colleague General Marshall, who was in charge of the Army. McKenzie arrives at the military camp and is greeted by Marshall. As they both walk around the place, Gen. McKenzie asks, "So how are your men?"Gen. Marshall: "Very well trained sir."Gen. McKenzie: "I hope so. You see, my men over at the Navy are so well trained, you could say that they're the bravest men in the country."Gen. Marshall: "Well, my men are very brave, too."Gen. McKenzie: "Well, I'd like to see just how brave you think they are."So Marshall calls private Cooper and says, "Private Cooper! I want you to stop that tank coming here with your body!""Are you f*&^%ing crazy? It would kill me, you a-hole! I'm out of here!" As private Cooper ran away, Marshall turned to a bewildered McKenzie and said, "You see? You have to be pretty damn brave to talk like that to a general." And last in my lame attempts at being funny: What does ARMY mean? Ain't Ready to be a Marine Yet!
So, I am in the elevator this a.m. minding my own, when lo and behold, some dude in a bad suit thinks I want to converse about the fact that "in three weeks it'll be March, can you believe it? I bet the skiiers are not happy this year!" Well, seeing as how I am neither wearing a sign that says "I heart February" nor any skiing apparel, why he thought I would care is beyond me. Plus, I had not yet had any caffeine or food this a.m. and so was in no mood to even smile. So my half-hearted response was "yeah, gee, uh huh, can't believe it. hmmm." What can I say, it is difficult to form full sentences when zombified in an elevator with a lunatic raving about our unusual lack of snow this season and the month following February. I really don't care. If I cared, I would wear a t-shirt that said, "Hey, if I'm in an elevator, talk to me cause I care about everything and I heart strangers." I am being serious. Never rouse a zombie from pre-caffiene stupor, especially if said zombie carries a 22 snub-nose loaded with hollow-points on said zombie's belt! Kablam -Kablam, there's yer ski report.
Thursday, February 03, 2005
Lunar New Year Yummies!
Lunar New Year is February 9, 2005 and it is the Year of the Rooster. The Rooster is a happy animal and is also a family animal, so it should be a good year to spend with one’s family! Anyway, being ambiguously asian, and also since Lunar New Year is my favorite holiday, I am posting a few dishes for everyone to eat. On Wednesday, eat some noodles for long life and some dumplings (mandoo in Korean) for good luck and wealth! Drink some green tea for health and give people younger than you money for luck – oh how I love lucky money! Here are a couple Korean dishes to try with your noodles and dumplings. First and foremost, the most recognizable Korean dish, Kimchi for moehawk! Everyone makes this dish differently, and I have revealed only a couple of my secrets here, if you can stomach the spicy/sour yumminess that is kimchi, try eating my seaweed and sticky rice too! Mmmm . . . Halmoni’s Quick Kimchi (Halmoni is Grandma in Korean!) 1 large head Chinese (napa) Cabbage (4lbs) 3 Tablespoons Coarse Salt 2 Tablespoons (or more) coarse red pepper powder (or good flakes) 3 Tablespoons anchovy essence (or tamarind or fish sauce) 5 garlic cloves, peeled, crushed and finely chopped 3 scallions cut into three-inch pieces 2 scallion sliced very very thin 2 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled, crushed and finely chopped 2 Teaspoons sugar Trim off tough outer leaves and stem of cabbage (peel a few large leaves off and set aside) and slice head of cabbage lengthwise into four pieces then sliced into 2 inch pieces. Place in a large bowl and sprinkle with the salt. Mix with your hands. Leave for 4 hours or more shaking the bowl and mixing with your hands from time to time. Drain off any excess water. During the 4 hours keep checking the cabbage and bend the thicker parts until the cabbage is limp but still crisp when broken. In the meantime in a small bowl, mix the red pepper powder with sufficient water to make a paste. Do this right away to allow the paste time to draw out the color. Once the cabbage is limp, rinse well and drain in a colander for 30 minutes. Mix the fish sauce, garlic, ginger, sugar & red pepper paste. Then add mixture to the drained cabbage mixing well with your hands (wear rubber or plastic gloves!!) Pack tightly into a sterile jar and seal with a few large cabbage leaves which you have set aside, cover with cellophane and lids. Place in a cool dark spot. Let it sit for a day or two if you can wait that long. The longer it ferments, the better it tastes! Ok, since Kimchi takes forever to make, here is a quick and easy Korean dish. Bulgogi (Korean marinated beef) 2 1/2 pounds of thinly sliced (1/8th inch or thinner) rib-eye or sirloin/flank steak marinated in: 5 Tablespoons soy sauce 3 garlic cloves, peeled, crushed, and finely chopped 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled, crushed, and finely chopped 2 Tablespoons sesame oil 2 teaspoons sugar Freshly ground pepper to taste 2 Tablespoons Worschestershire sauce 4 scallions sliced 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds Cover beef with marinade and mix well using your hands. Set aside for at least one hour. Grill the meat for a few minutes on each side under a broiler or on a grill. If using a grill, turn with tongs frequently until cooked through. Serve with steamed white rice. Kimbop (Rice and Seaweed.)
This is a favorite of mine, and now my son's. I used to eat it like white kids eat chips after school. The benefits are that Seaweed detoxifies your body, and cleanses the blood. So, yummy and good for you!
What you need In the Asian aisle at the supermarket get a package of laver (seaweed for sushi). Brush each sheet with a little sesame oil and sprinkle with salt. Run each sheet over a heat source (in a pan or on a grill) until the sheets crisp up. Once done, cut into squares and serve with hot steamed white rice. Place rice on the small squares of seaweed (like a little seaweed taco) and eat! SayHayYay Boke Manhepadusayoh! (Happy New Year.)
Wednesday, February 02, 2005
I woke up this morning . . .
So, I woke up this morning and stumbled to the head to clear mine of what was fast becoming that (so sick you can't stand) feeling. And lo and behold, I saw my shadow in the toilet. Therefore, my prediction is that we will have six more weeks of winter! Ha, and you thought that ole Phil had the lock on weather predictions. Well, you just wait, six more weeks of winter I tell you. Six more weeks of dry and cracking skin, cold toes, shoveling snow, and salty cars. Six more weeks of idiots who can't drive when there is one measly snowflake on their windshield. Six more weeks of the insane people in my office saying "brrr it sure is cold out there isn't it" Duh! When one is wearing a parka reminiscent of the one worn by Cheney in Poland, simply to sit in one's office, it is freaking cold! Get a clue and leave me alone!