Gingrich To Conservatives: Don’t Talk About Iraq, Katrina, Walter Reed, Attorneys, Or Bush

This morning on CBS’s Face the Nation, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich advised fellow conservatives not to talk about President Bush’s record. “President Bush is not the future. He’s not a solution. He doesn’t solve Social Security. He doesn’t solve Medicare. He doesn’t solve the economy. He doesn’t solve the environment. He doesn’t solve education. He’s a current fact” Gingrich said.

What I don’t get is why didn’t the Republicans led Congress deal with these issues while they were in control? They certainly had the opportunity.

Margarita

Ingredients needed:

* 3/4 cup fresh lime juice
* 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
* 1/4 cup water
* 1/4 cup pineapple juice
* 1/4 cup sugar
* 1 tablespoon lime zest
* 1 tablespoon lemon zest
* 8 lime wedges
* 1/2 cup coarse salt
* 1 cup ice
* 1 cup premium 100 percent agave tequila
* 3/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur (recommended: Grand Marnier or triple sec)

In a medium saucepan, combine the lime juice, lemon juice, water, pineapple juice, sugar, lime zest and lemon zest. Bring to a boil over medium heat, and cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat. Cool to room temperature and strain out the zests. (Can be made in advance and keep in a covered container in the refrigerator.)

Chill the margarita glasses in the freezer for 30 minutes. Place the coarse salt in a shall dish or saucer. Wet the rim of each with a lime wedge and dip the glass into the salt to coat.

In a cocktail shaker, combine the cooled citrus syrup with the ice, tequila and orange-flavored liqueur. Shake until frothy and well chilled, at least 1 minute. Strain into the prepared glasses and garnish each with a lime wedge.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Daiquiri

The traditional daiquiri, not the wussy fruit drink.

  • 2 cups crushed ice, plus extra for chilling glass
  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 1-ounce freshly squeezed lime juice, strained of pulp
  • 1/2-ounce Simple Syrup, recipe follows

Put the ice into a cocktail shaker. Pour the syrup, juice and rum over the ice. Cover and shake well. Strain the drink into your service glass and drink immediately.

Republicans Try to Block The Minimum Wage Increase

In a shameful move, one that clearly shows their utter contempt for women and minorities in this country, Republicans in the Senate try to block the minimum wage increase.

Senator Kennedy expressed his disdain toward the other side of the aisle in his statement shown below:

Some of these amendments are in the form of tax breaks for small businesses whom Republicans charge will bear the brunt of the bill for the increase.
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My 2006 Musical Hits and Misses

I’m trying to go back and listen to all the music I’ve bought/acquired during 2006.

It’s more a list for me so that in a few years if an artist comes out with something I can recall whether or not I liked him. So, without further ado.

  • Tom Waits – didn’t like at all. I couldn’t get past his raspy voice.
  • Neko Case – I love her in the New Pornographers, her solo work is nothing like it. It’s country and it’s good.
  • The Decemberists – The Crane Wife. It got past the first listen test. Time will tell if it stays in rotation. It reminds me a bit of Jethro Tull.

M3U File Format

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

M3U (Moving Picture Experts Group Audio Layer 3 Uniform Resource Locator, MP3 URL) is a computer file format that stores multimedia playlists. It was originally implemented in Winamp, although it is now supported by many applications.

An M3U file is a plain text file that contains the locations of one or more media files that the mediaplayer should play. Each location is placed on a new line. The locations can be either absolute or relative local pathnames (e.g., “C:\My Music\Chanson.mp3” or “Chanson.mp3”) or they can be URLs. The file can also include comments, prefaced by the “#” character. In extended M3U, “#” also introduces extended M3U directives.

One common use of the M3U file format is creating a playlist file that contains a single entry pointing to a stream on the Internet. The created file provides easy access to that stream and can be used for things like downloading from a website or for emailing, or for Internet radio listening.

The file is saved with the “M3U” or “m3u” filename extension.

“m3u” files use the Latin-1 charset, the unicode version of “m3u” is “m3u8”, it can include UTF-8 unicode characters.

Ranch Pretzels

I’m posting this here so I won’t forget it.
1 bag broken up pretzels (I use Snyders)
1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch style dressing (mmm MSG)
1/2 tsp. dill weed (or to taste)
1/2 tsp. Chili powder
1/3 olive 1/3 peanut
1tsp minced garlic

Blend all ingredents except the pretzels. Place the pretzel pieces in a large bowl. Pour in the ranch mixture and shake the bowl up to throughly coat the pretzels.

Dump the prezel mixture into a large roasting pan spreading the pretzels out into a single layer.

Place in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes stirring every 5 minutes.

Joe’s Secret Margarita

This is my Margarita mix – purists will use real lemons and limes although I find Nellie and Joe’s to be a more than adequate substitute.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Nellie & Joe’s fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup Nellie & Joe’s fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 8 lime wedges
  • 1/2 cup coarse salt
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 cup premium 100 percent agave tequila – lately I’ve been enjoying Hornitos Plata
  • 3/4 cup Grand Marnier – it’s way better than Triple Sec

Instructions

In a medium saucepan, combine the lime juice, lemon juice, water, 1/4 c sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat, and cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat. Cool to room temperature.(Can be made in advance and keep in a covered container in the refrigerator.)Chill the margarita glasses in the freezer for 30 minutes. Place the coarse salt and remaining sugar in a shall dish or saucer. Wet the rim of each with a lime wedge and dip the glass into the salt to coat.

In a cocktail shaker, 2 shots cooled syrup, 1 shot tequila and 1 shot orange-flavored liqueur per glass. Shake until frothy and well chilled, at least 1 minute. Strain into the prepared glasses and garnish each with a lime wedge.

A little too sweet? Add an extra splash of tequila.