Archive for November, 2009

A Message To Senator Roland W. Burris

November 25, 2009 Comments off

I received an e-mail from my distinguished Senator, Roland Burris, touting his newfangled website and declaring his love for a health care reform public option. Read the e-mail.

I love the picture of Roland with the “medical professionals”. They look straight out of med-school if not still in it. Real professionals that have been involved with health care for a long time would probably disagree with the distinguished Senator.

Well I decided to respond to the e-mail and here is what I wrote:

In an e-mail sent to me you said “I would like to hear from you” concerning Healthcare. In the very next sentence you claim to be convinced of the need for a public option. Mr. Burris, you obviously do not want to hear from me since you have already made up your mind on the subject.

Be informed that voting for the Reid/Pelosi/Obama Healthcare reform bill in its current form will NOT endear you to your constituents since a majority of people in this country OPPOSE it.

Please reconsider your decision to support this bill and I will reconsider being convinced to vote against you in the next election.

I’m sure Roland will never read it.


Why unions must be reformed

November 17, 2009 Comments off

SEIU Considering Legal Action Against City For Allowing Eagle Scout to Clear Walking Path

“there’s to be no volunteers.” No one except union members may pick up a hoe or shovel, plant a flower or clear a walking path.

Is this the communist utopia we’ve all been waiting for?

Categories: Liberals, Politics

Scary creature of the day

November 4, 2009 Comments off

bald bear

Its El Chupacabra!

No, its a hairless bear, but scary as heck. Look at the claws on that thing!

Its sort of like a hairless cat. Cats are furry and cute normally, but the Siamese variety are just plain ugly and scary.

Categories: Weird

Stuck in the past

November 4, 2009 5 comments

I have Windows 7 installed and its REALLY nice. So much faster and better than XP. But my home machine’s main use is for gaming and net surfing. I’ve been slacking on the PC gaming front for the last few years. New games just cost way too much. Marriage and children will make you sensible and thrifty like that.

I have spent the last week installing and updating (taking up most of my 5GB Verizon wireless monthly limit – which stinks) and the last 3 nights installing old DOS games like Wing Commander, Master of Orion, Space Quest (1-5) and my all time favorite Starflight.

Wing Commander MOO Space Quest Starflight

And they all work surprisingly well in Windows 7 with the help of DOS Box.

There really aren’t many new games that appeal to me. I like sci-fi, RPG, Adventure or a mix of all 3. I also enjoy Civ style games.

Anyone have any new game suggestions for a pc game old-timer stuck in the past?

Categories: Gaming, Windows

Saturday mornings were made for doughnuts

November 2, 2009 2 comments

On Saturday mornings I sometimes like to make a special treat for the kids. They really like biscuit doughnuts, which are made with a can of biscuits, hot grease and glazing (or cinnamon). Even I can’t mess those up. But we were out of biscuits.

So I got online and found a doughnut recipe at that looked easy and quick. (Note to self: This should be an early warning sign.)

I mixed up all the ingredients according to the website and the dough was way too sticky and runny. I had to add at least an additional cup of floor before the dough was kneed-able. I think instead of oil (I used Canola oil), shortening might have worked better. I got the dough ready and let the nuts sit for a while to rise. The recipe said 10 minutes, but mine weren’t rising (maybe the yeast I used?). I let them go another 10 minutes and very little if any rising occurred.

My grease was ready so I cooked a few then glazed a couple and cinnamonized a couple…

The kids hated them.
They were bland and too heavy.

Another failed experiment in the kitchen for yours truly.

Categories: Cooking, Family