Random Thoughts for September 2017!

Enima Awards full of vitriol!

bagThe last time I watched the Emmy Awards, I think I was like 15 years old. And even then, it was only because the people I was with wanted to watch. For myself, I have very little respect for the average intellect of men and women who I suspect spend a lot of their time on their knees. Sure, there are a few genuinely good actors and actresses out there in LaLa land, but for the most part very few could think their way out of a paper bag, in my view.

So, it came as no surprise when I learned that the recent Award presentation was full of political barbs and jabs at people like President Trump. Rather than being fun and witty, many of the ‘jokes’ were mean spirited and not really all that funny. Truth be told, I rather go and clean out my toilet rather than waste my time with the sort of drivel Hollywad has to offer up these days…

What viruses will the 2017-2018 flu vaccines protect against?

fluThere are many different flu viruses and they are constantly changing. Recent ‘mild’ flu seasons may have lulled many into some form of complacent coma. Don’t be fooled, however! A new re-assortment of viral genes could result in a pandemic similar to 2005 when supplies of vaccine ran out early on. In the event of a true pandemic, hospital beds would get full early on, leaving many to their own devices!

This fall the composition of U.S. flu vaccines has been reviewed and updated as needed to match currently circulating flu viruses. Flu vaccines protect against the three or four viruses (depending on which type of vaccine you get shot up with) that research suggests might be most common. For 2017-2018, three-component vaccines are recommended to contain:

  • an A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus (updated)
  • an A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus
  • a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus

Quadrivalent (four-component) vaccines, which protect against a second lineage of B viruses, are recommended to be produced using the same viruses recommended for the trivalent vaccines, as well as a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus. Bottom line – Get your shot before the end of October!

BBQ chicken throw down promises to get ugly!

BBQ ChickenForsyth MO. The undisputed champion of BBQ chicken in the Nation, a modest and humble man named DanO has apparently been challenged by a relative unknown woman cook, to a BBQ chicken throw down, that will take place sometime in the spring of 2018. In a gesture of wanting to only be fair, DanO wanted to give the young upstart plenty of time to prepare for what will likely be a slam dunk affair. ‘I just want the young cook to have all the time she needs for practice’, stated the cool and totally collected Master Chef. He opted not to mention the females name, until the month of the contest, so as to allow her some privacy before her eventual public humiliation.

 

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A plot to kill Kim Jong-un?

whisperingJust a few days after North Korea tested its sixth nuclear missile, South Korea announced its plans to create a special military “decapitation unit” with the goal of assassinating Kim Jong-un.

Why make such a plan public? More than likely it is just another form of deterrence that doesn’t involve the threat of using nukes. Still, I do like the concept and am betting that within the upper ranks of Kim’s dictatorship, there are some people close to him who would not mind seeing his head rolling down the capitol steps. I think that the real question, now that very tough sanctions are kicking in, will be just who will throttle Kim first?

In addition, recent UN approved sanctions have accomplished six major goals: cap North Korea’s oil imports, ban textile exports, end additional overseas laborer contracts, suppress smuggling efforts, stop joint ventures with other nations and sanction designated North Korean government entities, according to a US official familiar with negotiations. The effect of these and other moves will reduce imports that the starving masses desperately need by 90%! so, I’m guessing that internal protests may become violent in record time. Were I Kim, I’d be making plans to move to Siberia post haste!

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Atheists are upset over this…

in GodAtheists have filed a federal lawsuit against our National Motto, claiming it’s “extremely offensive,” “bigotry,” and a form of “persecution.”

Sign this petition to defeat this outrageous lawsuit: http://aclj.us/2sHmmxo

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What exactly does a cup of homemade chili weigh?

cupofchiliIt can be frustrating to people, such as myself, when I’m looking up the nutritional information on a recipe like chili only to see that their unit of measure is something called a cup. I decided to find out for myself….

OK, first off a definition on what a US cup measure is defined as;

The cup currently used in the United States for nutrition labeling is defined in United States law as 240 ml.

1 U.S. “legal” cup =

240

milliliters
=

16

international tablespoons
=

12

Australian tablespoons

8.12

U.S. customary fluid ounces

8.45

imperial fluid ounces

In terms of a cup of plain water, I found it to weigh in at about 231 grams. OK then, so what is a cup of my homemade chili? Let’s take a look at the ingredients I use to make a simple bean and meat chili;

1 lb ground beef (80% – 20% mix)

1 onion, chopped (as a topping for when you eat)

1 can petite diced tomatoes, 8 oz

1 can red kidney beans, drained

14 grams of Williams chili mix (per lb ground beef)

1 tsp Olive oil

I weighed a ‘cup’ of this chili using a standard glass measuring cup and came up with 234 grams or just about the same as with using water! As there were about 247 calories in that cup – I then came up with a figure of 1.06 grams per calorie…. Note: This number flies in the face of the more common number of 2 calories per gram…

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BBQ Chicken via the Convection Oven route!

BBQ Chicken
Initial Prep: Rinse, pat dry and throw the chicken onto an ‘elevated’ drip pan (so the grease can drain), and then ‘roast’ them in a preheated convection oven, set to 390 degrees for about twenty four minutes.

 

Da Sauce: Place about a cup of BBQ sauce into a small pan on the stove and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer while the chicken roasts. (It’ll get nice and bubbly and wonderful). When the chicken’s ready, turn off the heat and remove the pan from the burner.

Back to the Chicken: After the chicken has roasted 20 minutes, crank up the broiler to high and broil the chicken for 5 minutes turning once, just to give it a little color. Then, remove the chicken from the oven, and reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees. (Even though the chicken was actually done at this point, I was going to return it with sauce added in just a second).

Setting the sauce: Use tongs to dunk each chicken legs into the sauce, submerging each piece completely. Place the coated chicken back onto the pan, then return the chicken to the oven for five minutes, just to anchor this base of sauce onto the chicken.

Finally, brush or dab plenty of extra sauce all over the legs. Re-anchor this sauce for a few minutes in the oven and then let it all sit for a spell….
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Notes: The concept of ‘doneness’ – Typically you should cook drums or thighs to 175 to 180°F to make very sure no pink meat remains. But, as long as the drumstick or thigh reaches 165°F, it is safe to eat!
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Nutrition: These drums contained the following calories….
Calories per gram = 1.4 (Each drum had about 75 grams of meat = 100 calories)

Cook’s Notes: I used a Breville convection oven with the rack set in the roast or mid position. For broiling I raided the rack and set the heat to 500F. The legs were broiled for about 7 minutes and rotated once.

The legs were then immersed in KC Masterpiece sauce and returned to the oven with the rack set on the center position. The temperature was lowered to 350 degrees and the legs were cooked an additional 7 minutes. The internal temperature, done by probe, registered 168 degrees. The legs were then removed from the oven and placed into a refrigerator to cool..

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Heaven in my eyes..

https://jamesolmos.com/track/675697/heaven-in-my-eyes?autostart=true

A song by James Olmos. On this eve of the celebration of the Independence of a Nation did I see what James was talking about. My eyes did perceive perfection for one brief moment in time, and that gave me great happiness…. Women, especially blond women, are my Achilles tendon…

 

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My very first ever video…. yes! A bit strange….

 

My doctors are still sorting this out…. So, OK, this primitive effort was all about our government, how it became engorged, how it became self important and how it is killing the heart of America… That was true in 2006 and is now a growing horror in 2017….

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