Saturday, February 25, 2012

Homemade Bread

I love me some homemade bread. I love the smell while it's baking, the taste of it after it's done. The fact that it's not that expensive to make and it's pretty healthy for me since it doesn't have all that extra crap in it. I recently started making more of it but my bread always dries out or gets moldy before I can finish all of it. So I decided to do some research on the topic, and share my findings with my readers :]

Romney, Santorum, Or Suicide?

Motivated In Ohio: Euthanasia in The Netherlands: Rick Santorum Claim...

Motivated In Ohio: Euthanasia in The Netherlands: Rick Santorum Claim...

"The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs" How One Artist Is Pushing Apple to Change

"The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs" How One Artist Is Pushing Apple to Change: "Mike Daisey's one-man show has galvanized public opinion against the electronic giant's labor practices.

If you would seek proof of that famous Margaret Mead adage: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has,” look at what’s happening as more and more people protest Apple Inc.’s labor practices in China.

Take it one step further: if you should ever doubt the impact a solitary artist can have against injustice, meet Mike Daisey...."

Real Time With Bill Maher: Overtime - Episode #238

The Republican War on Women

Republicans Have Awoken A Sleeping Giant And She Is Furious

Republicans Have Awoken A Sleeping Giant And She Is Furious: "The true motivation for a war is not always clear in spite of proclamations by a nation or its leaders. The war in Iraq’s purpose is still a mystery to many Americans because of the ever-changing goals proffered by the Bush administration and there are parallels with the current conservative war on women. On the surface, it appears that evangelicals are on a tear to restrict women’s right to choose their reproductive health, and although that is one of their primary goals, there is another pernicious motivation many Americans ignore even though it is obvious to women. Over the past couple of weeks, there have been important clues to what the conservative’s endgame is and although contraception, abortion rights, and women’s health issues are at the forefront, it is male dominance that drives the assaults...."

Obama's Republican Oil Plan and Gas Prices

Rise of the Livestreamer: Telling the Truth About Occupy in Real Time

Rise of the Livestreamer: Telling the Truth About Occupy in Real Time: "Livestreamers are armed with a smart phone, an app and an audience of people at home watching every frame.

The first Occupy camp I went to was in Los Angeles at City Hall. On the corner there were communists standing next to Ron Paul supporters next to vegan activists next to those LaRouche people (who always seem to show up) — hanging out with some union guys all carrying signs saying they were the 99 percent. Yes, it sounds like the set-up to a political joke. I asked my guide, Cheryl Aichele (they had guided tours for the first couple of weeks at Occupy LA), to explain how this was possible. She said, “We’re not going to fight over what’s not the problem.”

But that was then. Now as Occupy has evolved, there seems to be lots of fighting over what’s not the problem. “It's frustrating,” says DC occupier Rob Wohl. “We're having the wrong discussion. Everyone wants to talk about whether or not to fight cops.”..."

Anonymous Message To NSA

Anonymous, NSA Square Off On Power Grid Attacks

Thomas Jefferson On Corporations

Pull the Trigger

A Young Man's Common Sense: A Question of Ethics Alone?

A Young Man's Common Sense: A Question of Ethics Alone?: ""We've walked away from the high ethics we had during World War II..." That is what Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Shaffer recently said on the Dylan Ratigan Show. Think about that statement, "the high ethics we had..." This was during a discussion on the callousness of our soldiers when engaging targets when civilians are present, what we call: "collateral damage".

This begs me to ask a question: do any of these people actually get their World War II history from anywhere but Saving Private Ryan...? For as much completely justified condemnation that’s been leveled at Germany for its bombing campaigns against Warsaw and London and other major European cities, those were as nothing compared to the sheer devastation the US and Great Britain wrought back on the cities of Germany and Japan. Hamburg, Dresden and Tokyo were largely wiped out with fire bombings. Indeed, in one night's firebombing of Tokyo more civilians were killed than in either of the atomic bombings. Those shattered towns in Normandy that our soldiers were fighting the Germans through in Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers? It was the British Royal Air Force and the US Army Air Forces that destroyed those towns in the effort to end a war, and drive the Nazi forces out of Europe altogether...."

Big Time Banker Leaves 1% Tip for Waitress & "Tip" She Should "GET A REAL JOB" [UPDATED]

Big Time Banker Leaves 1% Tip for Waitress & "Tip" She Should "GET A REAL JOB" [UPDATED]: "In the food service industry, bad tippers sometimes live on in infamy. Entire books have been written about the plight of the waitstaff working stiff who gets left pennies that don't come near the standard 15-20%. One diner at a Newport Beach restaurant, however, used a recent $133.54 tab to express his disdain for his server's line of work by leaving a 1% tip and a note: "GET A REAL JOB."

What an asshole. :|

There Is Nothing More Objectifying Than Poverty

"I tried to live on food service wages and failed. I was constantly exhausted, humiliated, and terrified of getting sick, because getting sick might mean losing my apartment. One bad month stood between me and desperate poverty. And, as any person who's ever been in similar straits knows, there's nothing that makes you feel less powerful than the constant daily fear of not having enough money to live on. When I wasn't able to afford the things I needed to live, I didn't feel like a feminist. I didn't feel strong and proud -- a sister in struggle to the kind of college-educated white-collar women who would run me ragged and then sail out of the restaurant without tipping me. I didn't even feel human. There is nothing more objectifying than poverty."
~Sarah Katherine Lewis

One of the few new quotes that I have added to my Favorite Quotes page.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Maher on Santorum

Romney Vs Obama


Why I'm hunger striking at UVA

Why I'm hunger striking at UVA: "I am a third year studying Political and Social Thought, and a student-athlete at the University of Virginia. Last Friday, 12 University students began a hunger strike to protest the economic and social injustices perpetrated by the UVa administration against the vast majority of the University’s service-sector employees. I joined two days later; since then, 5 more students have joined the hunger strike, which is now closing in on in its 7th day. Although the University of Virginia - Thomas Jefferson’s brainchild and the only US university designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site - has the prestige and high moral traditions of other top institutions, levels of inequality exist here today that are reminiscent of Jefferson’s days as a slave-master and plantation owner - with one anonymous employee even referring to the University’s Grounds as “the plantation”.

Our University seeks to distinguish itself as a caring community and prides itself on traditions of honor and student self-governance. However, in our “caring community,” hundreds of contract employees may make as little as $7.25/hour while six out of the top ten highest paid state employees in Virginia hold administrative positions at the University. Many employees, mostly women and African Americans, do not receive enough pay for their basic necessities to exist in Charlottesville, where the cost of living is nearly 10% higher than the national average. This extreme inequality has disturbed and disillusioned students for decades, many of whom have tried to grapple with issues of race, class, and poverty in and out of the classroom. We have taken every conventional route towards this goal, garnered wide student, faculty and community support - yet our pleas have been consistently ignored and workers are still paid unjust wages...."

How to Be a Good Guy on the Sidewalk

How to Be a Good Guy on the Sidewalk: "A number of men have asked us the same question recently: if you're walking on a dark street near a lady, how can you let her know you're not a threat? So this week, we offer some tips for dudes who'd like to help women feel more comfortable in public spaces.

Act normal."

I Am 26

Is Congress Going to Double the Interest on Your Student Loan?

Is Congress Going to Double the Interest on Your Student Loan?: "Millions of young people may have a much harder time paying for an education.

Unless Congress acts soon, millions of college students could see the interest rate on their federal student loans double this summer—adding $5,000 to the cost of an education for students who pay off their loans in 10 years, and around $11,000 over 20 years.

Yet Republicans are claiming that keeping those rates low costs too much and isn't the federal government's job. Rep. Virginia Foxx, chair of the Higher Education Subcommittee, even argued that it's unnecessary for any student to borrow money to go to college in the first place....."

For my story of how bad things got while I was in college, click here. It explains why this is such a bad idea. Things aren't as bad as they were, but things still aren't great. I can only hope that once I start my new job in my field, things will finally turn around.

What Will Be the Impact of Rising Gas Prices?

Reforming a Recalcitrant Military

Reforming a Recalcitrant Military: " At a time when too many of our institutions have let us down, they [the Armed Forces] exceed all expectations. They're not consumed with personal ambition. They don't obsess over their differences. They focus on the mission at hand. They work together ... When you put on that uniform, it doesn't matter if you're black or white; Asian, Latino, Native American; conservative, liberal; rich, poor; gay, straight. When you're marching into battle, you look out for the person next to you, or the mission fails ... you know that there's someone behind you, watching your back.
-President Barack Obama, State of the Union Address, January 24, 2012.

During my first few months in Iraq, my sergeant assaulted and harassed me so much I couldn't take it any more. So I decided to report him. But when I turned him in, they said, "The one common factor in all these problems is you. Don't see this as a punishment, but we're going to have you transferred." Then that same sergeant was promoted right away. I didn't get my promotion for six months ... Everybody's supposed to have a battle buddy in the army, and females are supposed to have one to go to the latrines with, or to the showers - that's so you don't get raped by one of the men on your own side. But because I was the only female there, I didn't have a battle buddy. My battle buddy was my gun and my knife.
-Army Specialist Chantelle Henneberry, 172 Stryker Brigade

Bill Maher on the Tea Party & Founding Fathers

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The GOP Laws of Power by Cletis Stump

The GOP Laws of Power by Cletis Stump

~ The 1st GOP Law of Power: "The reduction of government services will be met with an
equivalent increase of corporate control."

~ The 2nd Law GOP of Power: "Always praise Jesus as your lord and savior when cameras are
rolling, otherwise kneel before Mammon."

~ The 3d GOP Law of Power: "When beating the war drum, stress the desire to aid those
yearning to be free; never mention their oil."

~ The 4th GOP Law of Power: "Stress patriotism and at all times brand those who oppose our
wars of imperialism as socialist agitators"

~ The 5th GOP Law of Power: "Never credit President Obama; deflect the praise when it is
brought forth and quickly reference his Muslim father."

~ The 6th GOP Law of Power: "In an election year, back off of any aspect of our agenda the
electorate has questioned and change the subject."

~ The 7th GOP Law of Power: "When caught in a lie and all attempts to ignore the public outcry
have failed, speak only to Fox News."

~ The 8t GOP Law of Power: "As the economy improves, and unemployment declines, feign
outrage over social issues & re engage the culture wars."

~ The 9th GOP Law of Power: "When holding a minority of Senate seats, embrace the filibuster
and pass no legislation favorable to the President."

~ The 10th GOP Law of Power: "When President Obama shows grace and courage and refuses
to engage in Brinkmanship, double down."

Deadbeat Dad Joe Walsh Says Debate Over Birth Control Has Nothing To Do With Women (VIDEO)

Deadbeat Dad Joe Walsh Says Debate Over Birth Control Has Nothing To Do With Women (VIDEO): "Deadbeat dad and Tea Party Rep. Joe Walsh is at it again. Involving himself in issues he is woefully unqualified to be involved in, Walsh sat in his chair during the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing on birth control last week and complained about President Obama’s new rules about contraceptives.

As part of Darrell Issa’s inquisition, no women were permitted to testify about birth control. Instead, the Republican head hunter invited a bunch of He-Man woman haters, also known as religious bigots, to speak on the issue of birth control, even though they lack the necessary anatomy to actually qualify to speak at such a hearing...."

What an asshat. This has EVERYTHING to do with women since it's us it's affecting. I don't give a shit if some religious organization doesn't want their insurance company to provide it or not. Every woman is entitled to these medications, especially if they need them to treat Fibroid Tumors or PMDD or any other medical disorder that only affects WOMEN!

Santorum's Policies Would Have Killed My Daughter

Santorum's Policies Would Have Killed My Daughter: "Rather than turning to my local politician for prenatal advice, I followed the guidance of my obstetrician.

Next month, my daughter Ella will turn 11. She’s a beautiful girl, with blond hair and green eyes. She’s an amazing artist, a brilliant writer, and she can do the splits without even warming up.

And if I hadn’t had an amniocentesis, she would have died the day she was born...."

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Corporations Are People

Legislators Who Sign the Anti-Tax "Norquist Pledge" Are Enemies of the People and the Constitution

Legislators Who Sign the Anti-Tax "Norquist Pledge" Are Enemies of the People and the Constitution: "A recent lawsuit mounted by former UCLA chancellor Charles Young and former Ninth Circuit Appellate Justice William A. Norris brings renewed attention to California's 30-year-old Proposition 13.

The Norris/Young suit claims that Proposition 13, requiring a two-thirds vote of both houses of the California Legislature to increase taxes, is unconstitutional. The suit argues that Proposition 13 was a revision of the California Constitution, not a mere amendment...."

The Testimony Chairman Issa Doesn't Want You to Hear

5 Brave Religious Leaders Who Fought Christian Theocracy in America

5 Brave Religious Leaders Who Fought Christian Theocracy in America: "We shouldn’t overlook members of the Christian clergy who have buttressed the church-state wall.

Over the years, atheists, agnostics and skeptics of organized religion have taken a lot of high-profile stands in favor of the separation of church and state. Many Jews have been active in this area as well, and these days the ranks of church-state defenders are being augmented by Pagans, Wiccans, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and other religious minorities.

But we shouldn’t overlook the many members of the Christian clergy who have buttressed the church-state wall and those who still do so today. In fact, we might not have that wall at all if it weren’t for them...."


GOP Kicks Women Out Of Contraception Debate – Says It’s About Religion Not Women (VIDEO)

GOP Kicks Women Out Of Contraception Debate – Says It’s About Religion Not Women (VIDEO): "If you’ve been following the debate on contraception over the last couple of weeks, you might have noticed a fascinating trend. Hormonal contraception is taken solely by women. It is prescribed by medical professionals for a variety of medical conditions, including some that would be very painful without birth control pills and some that could be deadly. Yet, on TV and now in Congress, neither women nor healthcare experts have been allowed to participate in the debate....."

"The poorest and most backward societies are always those that put women down."
~Isabel Allende

Dear Religious People