Archive for January, 2011

Charlotte Kemp Muhl

January 31, 2011

Coconut-Spiked Pork with Quinoa, I found this online somewhere, freaking delicious!

January 30, 2011
Coconut Spiked Pork with Quinoa

Ingredients

  • 1½ (375 mL) cups reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable stock or water
  • ½ cup (125 mL) coconut milk
  • ¼ cup (50 mL) dry-roasted peanuts
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
  • 12 oz (375 g) pork tenderloin, thinly sliced
  • 2 leeks, white part only, cleaned and sliced (see Notes)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 chile pepper, minced (see Notes)
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) ground cumin
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 can (14 oz/398 mL) no-salt-added diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 cup (250 mL) quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup (250 mL) sliced green beans

Directions

Great punchline!

January 29, 2011

Must read- WARNING……..Globe Brand CFL Light Bulb from china !!!!

January 29, 2011
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Received this email.

Below is a picture of a CFL light bulb from my 
bathroom.  I turned it on the other day and 
then smelled smoke after a few minutes.
Four inch flames were spewing out of the side of
the ballast like a blow torch!  I 
immediately turned off the lights.  But I’m 
sure it would have caused a fire if I was not 
right there.  Imagine if the kids had left 
the lights on as usual when they were not in the 
room.I took the bulb to the Fire Department
to report the incident.  The Fireman wasn’t
at all surprised and said that it was not an
uncommon occurrence.   Apparently,
sometimes when the bulb burns out there is a 
chance that the ballast can start a fire.  
He told me that the Fire Marshall had issued 
reports about the dangers of these bulbs. 
Upon doing some Internet research,

itseems that bulbs made by “Globe” in China seem 
to have the lion’s share ofproblems.  

Lots of fires have been blamed on misuse of CFL 
bulbs, like using them in recessed lighting, pot 
lights, dimmers or in track lighting.  Mine 
was installed in a normal light socket.
I bought these at Wal-Mart.  I will 
be removing all the Globe bulbs from my house.
CFL bulbs are a great energy saver but make sure 
you buy a name brand like Sylvania, Phillips or 
GE and not the ones from China .  



  PASS 

THIS ON TO YOUR 

FRIENDS…………

 

 

Preying on students

January 27, 2011
Dear friends,

Hundreds of thousands of people go into debt every year enrolling in for-profit higher education programs like DeVry and Argosy — sold on the idea that they’ll graduate with skills that will lead to opportunity and a better life. In reality, many come out with a mountain of debt they can’t pay back and no better prospects at employment.[1]

Thankfully, the Obama administration is trying to rein in the industry that preys on low-income Americans. Their plan is to stop federal financial aid from going to higher ed programs that don’t actually help students get jobs and pay off their debt.[2] Not surprisingly, the industry is fighting back hard, despite its atrocious record: their students make up 10% of those in higher ed but 40% of students who stop making payments on their loans.[3]

The Department of Education will make a decision soon on how to regulate this industry — and they’re under huge pressure from industry lobbyists. Will you join me in calling on Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Congress to stand strong and protect the interests and futures of low-income students — It only takes a moment:

http://act.colorofchange.org/sign/studentdebt/?referring_akid=1868.1173786.NN…

Taking time away from work to get a traditional college education can feel like an impossible proposition for many Americans, and for-profit colleges seem like a quick, flexible way to get ahead. They promise low-income folks the job training it takes to escape poverty.

There’s a catch with these so-called career education programs. Recruiters say the certificates they offer will prepare students for good jobs if they’ll take on huge student loans to enroll. But the schools often leave people deep in debt and with credentials that employers don’t take seriously.[4] Students think they’re doing what it takes to escape minimum wage jobs. They’re actually getting deeper into financial trouble.

It’s an issue that disproportionately affects cash-strapped Black folks who work long hours and for whom higher education at public universities or private, non-profit colleges feels impossible. A quarter of Black Americans with associate degrees get them from for-profit colleges, and 40% of these schools’ alumni are people of color.[5]

When Black folks decide to pursue post-secondary schooling, we’re often the first in our families to do so. And we typically have to navigate a complex process on our own and with limited information. For-profit colleges have bee caught preying on this fact — misleading students, using deceptive practices, and even encouraging applicants to enter false information on their financial aid forms.[6] Statistics show that people who enroll at for-profit schools are much less able to manage their debt than those who go to non-profit schools.[7]

The Obama administration’s proposed “gainful employment” rule would make sure that students who use federal financial aid to pay for school are able to get jobs after graduating that will allow them to repay their debt. In practice, it would force many for-profit institutions to either lower their tuition or improve their programs. But industry lobbyists are trying to kill the Obama administration’s proposed rule. They argue that for-profit colleges will be unfairly targeted by the regulation — a position that doesn’t hold water. The truth is that certificate programs at both for- and non-profit colleges will be subject to the rule.[8]

Some legislators, including members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) are backing up the industry’s claims.[9] They put forth a blame-the-victim argument that says the problem isn’t the programs, its students’ impoverished backgrounds and inability to manage their finances. It’s infuriating, and thankfully that logic is being called out by CBC members Reps. Gwen Moore (D-WI) and Maxine Waters (D-CA) and civil rights organizations including the NAACP, Rainbow PUSH Coalition, the United Negro College Fund, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, LULAC, National Council of La Raza and United States Hispanic Leadership Institute.[10]

Please join me in calling on the Obama administration and members of Congress to resist industry pressures and regulate higher education programs that don’t serve our communities.

You can add your voice here: http://act.colorofchange.org/sign/studentdebt?referring_akid=1868.1173786.NNjTxn&source=taf

Thanks.

References:

1. http://bit.ly/9I2K0x
2. http://protectstudentsandtaxpayers.org/?page_id=24
3. See reference 2.
4. http://nyti.ms/eanmf5
5. http://diverseeducation.com/article/14154/ (NB: Rainbow PUSH has reversed its position and now supports the DOE’s proposed rule)
6. http://bit.ly/gyJJXi
7. See reference 2.
8. http://bit.ly/fiYn1m
9. http://bit.ly/brG3jT
10. http://protectstudentsandtaxpayers.org/?page_id=215

Additional resources:
http://bit.ly/hdEKJw
http://bit.ly/eBKrU8

Football Cheerleaders – Must be from a Steelers fan!

January 24, 2011
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Fender skirts Blasts from the past!

January 24, 2011
>             *FENDER SKIRTS*
>             I know some of you will not understand this message, but I
>             bet you know someone who might. I came across this phrase
>             yesterday. *_’FENDER SKIRTS._*_’_
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>             A term I haven’t heard in a long time, and thinking about
>             ‘fender skirts’ started me thinking about other words that
>             quietly disappear from our language with hardly a notice
>             like *_’curb feelers.’
>             _**
>             *
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>             And ‘steering knobs.’ (AKA) ?~*_suicide knob_*,? ~*_neckers
>             knobs_*.?
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>             Since I’d been thinking of cars, my mind naturally went that
>             direction first.
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>             Any kids will probably have to find some older person over
>             50 to explain some of these terms to you.
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>             Remember *_’Continental kits_*? ‘They were rear bumper
>             extenders and spare tire covers that were supposed to make
>             any car as cool as a Lincoln Continental.
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>             When did we quit calling them *’emergency brakes?’ *At some
>             point ‘parking brake’ became the proper term. But I miss the
>             hint of drama that went with ’emergency brake.’
>
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>             I’m sad, too, that almost all the old folks are gone who
>             would call the accelerator the ‘foot feed.’ Many today do
>             not even know what a *clutch** *is or that the *dimmer
>             switch** *used to be on the floor.
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>             Didn’t you ever wait at the street for your daddy to come
>             home, so you could ride the *’running board’** *up to the house?
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>             Here’s a phrase I heard all the time in my youth but never
>             anymore -*’store-bought.’** *Of course, just about
>             everything is store-bought these days. But once it was
>             bragging material to have a store-bought dress or a
>             store-bought bag of candy.
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>             ‘Coast to coast’ is a phrase that once held all sorts of
>             excitement and now means almost nothing. Now we take the
>             term ‘world wide’ for granted. This floors me.
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>             On a smaller scale, *’wall-to-wall’** *was once a magical
>             term in our homes. In the ’50s, everyone covered his or her
>             hardwood floors with, wow, wall-to-wall carpeting! Today,
>             everyone replaces their wall-to-wall carpeting with hardwood
>             floors. Go figure.
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>             When was the last time you heard the quaint phrase *’in a
>             family way*? ‘It’s hard to imagine that the word ‘pregnant’
>             was once considered a little too graphic, a little too
>             clinical for use in polite company, so we had all that talk
>             about stork visits and ‘being in a family way’ or simply
>             ‘expecting.’
>
>             Apparently *’brassiere’** *is a word no longer in usage. I
>             said it the other day and my daughter cracked up. I guess
>             it’s just ‘bra’ now. ‘Unmentionables’ probably wouldn’t be
>             understood at all.
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>             I always loved going to the *’picture show,’** *but I
>             considered ‘movie’ an affectation.
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>             Most of these words go back to the ’50s, but here’s a pure
>             ’60s word I came across the other day *’rat fink.** **’*Ooh,
>             what a nasty put-down!
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>             Here’s a word I miss -*’percolator.’** *That was just a fun
>             word to say. And what was it replaced with ‘Coffee maker.’
>             How dull… Mr. Coffee, I blame you for this.
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>             I miss those made-up marketing words that were meant to
>             sound so modern and now sound so retro. Words like
>             *’DynaFlow’** *and *’Electrolux.’ *Introducing the 1963
>             Admiral TV, now with *’SpectraVision!’
>             *
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>             Food for thought. Was there a telethon that wiped out
>             *lumbago*? Nobody complains of that anymore. Maybe that’s
>             what *castor oil** *cured, because I never hear mothers
>             threatening kids with castor oil anymore.
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>             Some words aren’t gone, but are definitely on the endangered
>             list. The one that grieves me most is *’supper.’** *Now
>             everybody says ‘dinner.’ Save a great word. Invite someone
>             to supper. Discuss fender skirts.
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>
>             Someone forwarded this to me. I thought some of us of a
>             ‘certain age’ would remember most of these.
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>             Just for fun, pass it along to others of ‘a certain age.’
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>             IF YOU AREN’T OF A CERTAIN AGE, YOU MUST KNOW SOMEONE
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Stop secret holds

January 22, 2011
Dear Friend,

Right now we are facing one of the biggest threats to Senate progress, and, frankly, to democratic Senate elections we’ve ever faced: Secrecy.

In the next few weeks, the Senate will likely vote on its rules, and whether to stop secret holds. And, as you can imagine, there are many who want to see it fail — especially all of those who have benefited from the clandestine sabotage we’re trying to stop.

Those senators who are still undecided need a push — and we need you to help us give it to them. And we don’t have any time to lose.

Add your name to our call to pass the “Stop Secret Holds” bill. If we can demonstrate overwhelming grassroots support for this bill, we can overcome those who are aligned against us.

The use of “anonymous holds,” the arcane procedure that allows a single senator to secretly torpedo any piece of legislation, has skyrocketed in the last few years. And with its rise, our ability to pass strong legislation — and hold senators accountable for their actions — has nosedived.

The bill would end this practice by taking the “secret” out of secret holds by requiring every senator who puts a hold on legislation to come out in the open and identify themselves.

Senators who want to hide something are using secret holds at an unprecedented rate. And it is costing us all in very concrete and specific ways.

Click here to visit StopSecretHolds.com, and see half a dozen real-world examples where secret holds have cost us in the last decade. When you see these, you’ll see why we need to take action.

These anonymous holds are endangering our ability to get urgently needed legislation through the Senate. But, even more importantly, the practice endangers the very basis of our representative democracy.

In politics, your record is the report card voters use to choose their representatives. If senators are allowed to continue to avoid public scrutiny, we can’t hold them accountable. And without accountability, democracy fails.

The era of Senate secret holds must end — and end now. The American people simply can’t wait any longer to know which of their representatives are holding up pieces of legislation.

Join us, and thousands of grassroots supporters: Join the call to pass the “Stop Secret Holds” bill — sign your name now.

Thank you for your help. Together we can make our democracy stronger, break through the logjam that is blocking progress, and start insisting on transparent accountability.

We’re glad you’re with us in this fight.

Sincerely,


Claire McCaskill
U.S. Senator

Dick Durbin
U.S. Senator

Sheldon Whitehouse
U.S. Senator

Paid for by McCaskill for Missouri 2012

Paid for by Friends of Dick Durbin

Paid for by Whitehouse for Senate

The following is a telephone exchange between a hotel guest and room-service somewhere in the good old U S A today……..

January 20, 2011
The following is a  telephone exchange between a hotel  guest
and room-service somewhere in the  good old U S A today…….. 
>
> Room Service :  “Morrin. Roon sirbees.”
>
> Guest : “Sorry, I  thought I dialed  room-service.”
>
> Room Service: ”   Rye . Roon sirbees…morrin! Joowish to oddor
sunteen???”
>
> Guest: “Uh…..  Yes, I’d like to order  bacon  and eggs..”
>
> Room Service: “Ow  July den?”
>
> Guest:  “……What??”
>
> Room Service: “Ow  July den?!?… Pryed, boyud, poochd?” 
>
> Guest: “Oh, the  eggs! How do I like them? Sorry.. Scrambled,  please.”
>
> Room Service: “Ow  July dee baykem? Crease?”
>
> Guest: “Crisp will  be fine.”
>
> Room Service:  “Hokay. An Sahn toes?”
>
> Guest:  “What?”
>
> Room Service: “An  toes. July Sahn toes?”
>
> Guest: “I…. Don’t  think so.”
>
> RoomService: “No?  Judo wan sahn toes???”
>
> Guest: “I feel  really bad about this, but I don’t know what  ‘judo wan
sahn toes’ means.” 
>
> RoomService:  “Toes! Toes!…Why Joo don Juan toes? Ow bow  Anglish moppin
we  bodder?”
>
> Guest: “Oh,  English muffin!!! I’ve got it! You were saying  ‘toast’…
  Fine…Yes, an English muffin  will be fine.”
>
> RoomService: “We  bodder?”
>
> Guest: “No, just  put the bodder on the  side.”
>
> RoomService:  “Wad?!?”
>
> Guest: “I mean  butter… Just put the butter on the side.” 
>
> RoomService:  “Copy?”
>
> Guest: “Excuse  me?”
>
> RoomService:  “Copy…tea..meel?”
>
> Guest: “Yes.  Coffee, please… And that’s  everything.”
>
> RoomService: “One  Minnie. Scramah egg, crease baykem, Anglish  moppin, we
bodder on sigh and copy …. Rye ??” 
>
> Guest: “Whatever  you say..”
>
> RoomService:  “Tenjooberrymuds.”
>
> Guest: “You’re  welcome”
>

Protect Prop C and the Renewable Energy Standard

January 19, 2011
Did you know that the Renewable Energy Standard is being threatened? Despite being supported by the 66% of Missouri voters who voted for Proposition C in November 2008, certain legislators are attempting to used administrative maneuverings in order to protect utility companies from complying with the standards that we already voted on.

I urge you to let your State Senator and Representative know that they should protect, not destroy, Prop C and the Renewable Energy Standard.

To take action on this issue, click on the link below:
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