Sunday, January 24, 2016

BREAKING: Flint, Michigan Water Woes Increase!




 Residents of Flint, Michigan have been receiving FREE cases of water, water filtration devices, and replacement filters using State, Federal, and private donations of money and labor to help them cope with the contaminated water problems caused by the temporary switch to Flint River water supply.

As bad as this situation appears, it has now been discovered that Flint residents are taking their FREE filters, water, etc. to area stores and receiving refunds in ca$h or $tore credits instead of using these products to make their water intake safer.

Residents have also been seen trading their filter systems and cases of water to local liquor and convenience stores for booze and cigarettes. The filter systems and cases of water are then resold by these unscrupulous store owners at other locations.



Despite the outpouring of financial help from all over the world, including at least 65 GoFundMe accounts being set up to help them in their darkest hour, Flint residents have showed the world that their greed and ignorance is unmatched in modern history!

FEMA, Genesee County Emergency Management, National Guard, and volunteers have been instructed to black out UPC codes, using black Sharpie markers, on all water, filter, and replacement filter packages before being handed out to the Flint residents to prevent them from being returned to stores for cash.


Flint City council members refuse to comment on this situation.

See also - Flint voters elect two convicted felons, two others with bankruptcies to city council

City of Flint residents are acquiring armies of lawyers to aid them in lawsuits against anyone they can pin the blame on for this disaster.

See also - Area Lawyers Cash In On Flint's Water Woes

GM expects sales of Cadillac Escalades to soar in the Flint area.

The Main$tream Media viciously attack anyone who tells the truth on this "Water Crisis" - Truthers beware!



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Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Strange History of Corn Flakes

Some weird trivia from the Daily Kos:

By Lenny Flank

Corn flakes cereal is a staple on breakfast tables all over the world. Today it is marketed as a healthy part of a balanced breakfast. But corn flakes were originally invented by a fanatically religious doctor as a way to stop people from masturbating.

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The country's most popular anti-sex food.


In 1894, two brothers, Dr John Harvey Kellogg and Will Keith "WK" Kellogg, were running a sanitarium and health spa in the town of Battle Creek, Michigan.
John was the Superintendent, and WK was the bookkeeper. Among the treatments offered at the sanitarium/hospital for various ailments were hot and cold water baths, hydro-therapy with water enemas, electric-current therapy, light therapy using both sunlight and artificial lamps, and a regimen of exercise and massage. Among the more famous of the hospital's clients through the 1910's and 1920's were President Warren G Harding, actor Johnny Weissmuller, Henry Ford, Amelia Earhart, Sojourner Truth, and Mary Todd Lincoln.

Both of the Kellogg brothers were Seventh-Day Adventists, a fundamentalist church emphasizing strict Biblical literalism and clean living, and their religious beliefs had a huge influence on many of their "treatments". The Adventists believed in maintaining the purity of the "body's temple", and forbade the use of caffeine, alcohol and nicotine. They were also strict vegetarians.

Dr John Kellogg, however, took the Adventist faith in the purity of the body to an even further extreme. He was firmly convinced that sex itself was impure and harmful--and most especially the "solitary vice", the "self-pollution" of masturbation. Kellogg married, but never consummated the union--he and his wife had separate bedrooms, and they adopted all their children. Kellogg became famous across the country for his books condemning sex, promoting celibacy, and luridly describing the evil health effects of "onanism", which included everything from epilepsy to mood swings to dementia. "Neither plague, nor war, nor small-pox," he thundered in one of his anti-sex books, "have produced results so disastrous to humanity as the pernicious habit of onanism. Such a victim dies literally by his own hand." Among the "treatments" that Kellogg proposed for masturbation were piercing the foreskin with silver wires to prevent erections, and using carbolic acid to burn the clitoris so it wouldn't be touched.

But another part of his anti-sex and anti-masturbation "treatment" came from his traditional Adventist reliance on vegetarianism. Kellogg convinced himself that eating meats and spicy foods increased the desire for sex, and forbade any of them at his sanitarium. Instead, he prescribed a bland tasteless diet containing mostly whole grains and nuts. In this, he was following the earlier lead of Presbyterian religious fanatic Sylvester Graham, who had invented the whole-wheat graham cracker as part of a diet that would reduce people's sexual desire and stop them from both copulating and masturbating. Kellogg now attempted to make his own anti-sex food, by mixing corn meal and oatmeal into dough, adding nuts, and baking them into biscuits which were then crumbled into pieces. He called it "granula". Unfortunately for Kellogg, that name was already being used by another health food fanatic with a similar product, and he threatened to sue--so Kellogg changed the name of his concoction to "granola".

The Kellogg brothers also experimented with different types of bread, and with using whole-grain dough to make thin rolled sheets of toasted crackers. One day, after just having cooked some wheat for rolling, they were unexpectedly called away. When they got back, they ran the cooled wheat through the rollers, and each grain was flattened into an individual flake. It was, they thought, a wonderful health food. In 1898 they tried the same process using corn instead of wheat, and "corn flakes" were born.

John Kellogg immediately began serving corn flakes to his patients at the sanitarium, as a method of cleansing their bodies and reducing their sex drive. His bookkeeper brother WK, meanwhile, had less religious fervor and more business sense than John did, and thought they should add sugar to the mixture to eliminate the cardboard taste (a heretical thought to John) and sell it to the public as a breakfast cereal. After some arguing, the two patented their flake cereals and formed the Sanitas Food Company to sell them through mail-order, mostly to former patients of the sanitarium. After a time, the wheat flakes were dropped. But corn flake sales remained low, mostly because John Kellogg still refused to add sugar to the recipe to make it more palatable. Finally in 1906, in frustration, WK Kellogg purchased the rights to make "corn flakes" from his brother, changed the recipe, and set up the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company. After a long legal battle with his brother over the use of the name "Kellogg", this became the Kellogg Cereal Company, adding Bran Flakes to its product list in 1915 and Rice Krispies in 1927.

By 1930, the Kellogg Cereal Company was the largest breakfast cereal maker in the world. Its primary competition, the Post Cereal Company, had been founded by CW Post--a former patient at the Kellogg Sanitarium, who, WK Kellogg always claimed, had stolen the recipe for corn flakes from the hospital's safe. Today, Kellogg's Corn Flakes are the best-selling breakfast cereal in the US.





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Saturday, January 9, 2016

32 Questions for Hillary


 

The 32 questions that Hillary needs to answer:



1. When did she know her husband was a serial abuser, and does she feel guilty for destroying his accusers?

2. Explain precisely the trades made in the Cattle Futures scandal where $1,000 was turned into $99,000 in a matter of weeks?

3. Why didn't she do anything to protect the Americans in Benghazi?

4. Who is Saul Alinsky and why was he her mentor?

5. When she was working on Watergate, why did her boss Zeifman, a lifelong Democrat, call Hillary a “liar” and “an unethical, dishonest lawyer” and have her fired?

6. What really happened with Travelgate?

7. What really happened with the Rose Law Firm?

8. What really happened with Whitewater?

9. What gave Hillary the right to see private FBI files of her political enemies in File Gate?

10. Why won't she turn over her illegal server with State Department e-mails to Congress?

11. Why does your foundation accept money from avowed terror states?

12. What is her take on the Vince Foster "Suicide"?

13. Why did she think she was entitled to steal the White House furniture when she left?

14. Why do you lie even about things that mean nothing: lying about being under sniper fire in Bosnia, lying about being named after Sir Edmund Hillary, or lying that your grandparents were immigrants?

15. Should America be concerned that in "Chinagate", the 22 people that were convicted of fraud or for funneling Asian funds into the DNC were associates of Bill Clinton?

16. Did selling stays at the Lincoln Bedroom to political donors make you feel like a wh)o(re?

17. Does Hillary think Juanita Broadrick lied when she said on national news that Bill Clinton raped her?

18. Is she still okay that Bill goes to pedophile island with Jeff Epstein?

19. Why are there so many murdered and suicided people in the Clinton's immediate circle?

20. Doesn't the fact that the Clinton Foundation has to amend 5 years of its tax returns for improper reporting imply that you were involved in an illegal RICO enterprise?

21. Doesn't approving the Russian-owned Uranium One deal as secretary of state--because of illegal contributions to your foundation--in fact make you a traitor to this country?

22. Was it wise to have at least four Clinton Foundation board of directors that have either been convicted or charged of the financial crimes of bribery and fraud?

23. Why, Hillary, did you pay your female Senate staffers 72% of what you paid your male staffers?

24. When you represented an accused pedophile rapist, why did you laugh when you got him off even though you believed him to be guilty?

25. She said she had one e-mail address, it came out that she had two; She said she had one device, it came out that she had two: She said none of her e-mails on her private server was classified, but when the State Dept handed over 300 e-mails the FBI redacted large sections of one, proving again she was wrong. Thus, Ms. Clinton, are you incompetent or just a congenital liar?

26. In a CNN interview you said your records were not under subpoena, when in fact the Congress of The United States of America had issued two subpoenas before you destroyed your server. Do you think it's impossible that you will ever go to jail, or are you just psychopathic?

27. There were over 600 e-mail requests for additional security before the Benghazi attack--you said you saw none of them. Are you so grossly incompetent that an ambassador--who you appointed and knew personally--can't get assistance in the most dangerous part of the world? 600 requests?

28. Within hours of the attack you promoted a false narrative that a video was responsible for the attacks, yet you sent e-mails to Chelsea, the President of Egypt and others that you knew it was a planned terror attack. Do you routinely lie to the families of fallen heroes and the American public?

29. Why did Chelsea even get an update on Benghazi? Does she have Top Secret clearance?

30. Marc Rich, was to be indicted on 65 criminal counts, including tax evasion, fraud and working with Iran during the hostage crisis, was granted a pardon by your husband during his last day in office. Do you think it's a coincidence that Rich’s wife contributed $450,000 to the foundation for the Clinton Presidential Library and $100,000 to Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaign?

31. Wasn't it an outright lie when you claimed to have tried to join the Marines at age 27 when it a matter of record that you were an outspoken critic of the Vietnam War?

32. In the recently released Huma Abedin e-mail--your closest aid-- she described you as "Often Confused." Should the "Often Confused" be running the country?

The one important question she WAS asked concerned her accomplishments as Secretary of State. This is the gem we got:

“My accomplishments as Secretary of State? Well, I'm glad you asked! My proudest accomplishment in which I take the most pride, mostly because of the opposition it faced early on, you know… the remnants of prior situations and mindsets that were too narrowly focused in a manner whereby they may have overlooked the bigger picture and we didn’t do that and I’m proud of that. Very proud. I would say that’s a major accomplishment.”
- Hillary Clinton, March 11, 2014

So the Clinton's weren't so bad, eh?

If you're under 50 you really need to read this. If you’re over 50, you lived through it, so share it with those under 50. Amazing to me how much I had forgotten!

When Bill Clinton was president, he allowed Hillary to assume authority over a health care reform. Even after threats and intimidation, she couldn’t even get a vote in a democratic controlled congress. This fiasco cost the American taxpayers about $13 million in cost for studies, promotion, and other efforts.

Then President Clinton gave Hillary authority over selecting a female attorney general. Her first two selections were Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood – both were forced to withdraw their names from consideration. Next she chose Janet Reno – husband Bill described her selection as "my worst mistake." Some may not remember that Reno made the decision to gas David Koresh and the Branch Davidian religious sect in Waco, Texas resulting in dozens of deaths of women and children from the gassing and subsequent fire.

Husband Bill allowed Hillary to make recommendations for the head of the Civil Rights Commission. Lani Guanier was her selection. When a little probing led to the discovered of Ms. Guanier’s radical views, her name had to be withdrawn from consideration.

Apparently a slow learner, husband Bill allowed Hillary to make some more recommendations. She chose former law partners Web Hubbel for the Justice Department, Vince Foster for the White House staff, and William Kennedy for the Treasury Department. Her selections also went predictably well: Hubbel went to prison, Foster (presumably) committed suicide, and Kennedy was forced to resign.

Many younger votes will have no knowledge of "Travelgate." Hillary wanted to award unfettered travel contracts to Clinton friend Harry Thompson – and the White House Travel Office refused to comply. She managed to have them reported to the FBI and fired. This ruined their reputations, cost them their jobs, and caused a thirty-six month investigation. Only one employee, Billy Dale was charged with a crime, and that of the enormous crime of mixing personal and White House funds. A jury acquitted him of any crime in less than two hours.
Still not convinced of her ineptness, Hillary was allowed to recommend a close Clinton friend, Craig Livingstone, for the position of Director of White House security. When Livingstone was investigated for the improper access of about 900 FBI files of Clinton enemies (Filegate) and the widespread use of drugs by White House staff, suddenly Hillary and the president denied even knowing Livingstone, and of course, denied knowledge of drug use in the White House.

Following this debacle, the FBI, out of embarrassment, closed its White House Liaison Office after more than thirty years of service to seven presidents.
Next, when women started coming forward with allegations of sexual harassment and rape by Bill Clinton, Hillary was put in charge of the #$%$ eruption" and scandal defense. Some of her more notable decisions in the debacle were:

She urged her husband not to settle the Paula Jones lawsuit. After the Starr investigation they settled with Ms. Jones.

She refused to release the Whitewater documents, which led to the appointment of Ken Starr as Special Prosecutor. After $80 million dollars of taxpayer money was spent, Starr's investigation led to Monica Lewinsky, which led to Bill lying about and later admitting his affairs.

Hillary’s devious game plan resulted in Bill losing his license to practice law for "Lying under Oath" to a grand jury and then his subsequent impeachment by the House of Representatives.

Hillary avoided indictment for perjury and obstruction of justice during the Starr investigation by repeating, "I do not recall," "I have no recollection," and "I don’t know" a total of 56 times while under oath.

After leaving the White House, Hillary was forced to return an estimated $200,000 in White House furniture, china, and artwork that she had stolen on the way out.

What a swell party – ready for another four or eight year of this type low-life mess?

Now we are exposed to the destruction of possibly incriminating emails while Hillary was Secretary of State and the "pay to play" schemes of the Clinton Foundation – we have no idea what shoe will fall next. But to her loyal fans - "what difference does it make?"

Electing Hillary Clinton president would be like granting Satan absolution and giving him the keys to heaven!

In addition to various consensual relationships with women not his wife, some going on for years, the Governor of Arkansas found it necessary to have his security detail escort a total stranger who was at the same state employee convention in Little Rock up to his room upon which he dropped his pants and requested sex. In an amazing ruling, a friendly judge ruled there was no criminal act in the Governor of Arkansas' actions even though it violated various laws regarding abuse of authority and sexual harassment. The woman sued.

The Governor went on to be elected President and went all the way to the SCOTUS to get the lawsuit quashed while he was President, and he lost 9-0 before the SCOTUS. While being deposed in the lawsuit, he deliberately lied under oath and got caught by a certain blue dress, and he also was guilty of obstruction of justice in his efforts to affect the testimony of the owner of that blue dress. He was impeached, and in an act of total disregard for the law, his political Party circled the wagons and made the case about his dalliance with an intern when they knew it was not the underlying case in which he perjured himself and obstructed justice.

To this day, the President's political Party is successful at covering up what he actually did to get sued and to this date most people incorrectly identify his offense as having been his consensual dalliance with the intern. His political Party and their supporters completely destroyed the reputation of the women, calling them liars, b...bos, sl...ts, Carville had his famous quote about dragging a hundred dollar bill through a trailer park, and the whole thing was declared a political witch hunt even though the President was guilty as Hades and had to pay off his accuser.

The President is revered by his Party for treating women like garbage and their true feelings about women are evident in their defending the indefensible

This is what Trump is Warning Hillary about......and you know he will use it.

From Britain’s Daily Mail:

Bill Clinton And The Pedophile: The Sex Scandal That Could Destroy Hillary’s Presidential Ambitions

Long history of American people willing to overlook his sexual promiscuity....but not this.

Why did a convicted billionaire pedophile named Jeffrey Epstein that pimped out underage girls to powerful men have 21 contact phone numbers for Bill Clinton?
And why did Clinton fly on “multiple occasions” to the private Caribbean island where Epstein regularly held wild sexual orgies? Let me give you a hint: it was not to discuss politics over milk and cookies. Every once in a while, we get a small peek into the twisted sexual world of the global elite. In this case, a Florida lawsuit that alleges that Britain’s Prince Andrew had sex with a 17-year-old “sex slave” provided by Epstein is making headlines all over the planet. But of potentially even greater importance is what this lawsuit is revealing about Bill Clinton. If it can be proven that Bill Clinton had sex with underage girls provided by Jeffrey Epstein that could potentially destroy any chance that Hillary Clinton has of winning the presidency in 2016.

Since that time, approximately 40 other women have accused Epstein of sexual misconduct.

So needless to say, this is one very sick individual.

And right now the mainstream media in the U.S. is largely ignoring the fact that
Bill Clinton flew down to Epstein’s private Caribbean island on “multiple occasions”
Details buried in original court papers filed against pervert Jeffrey Epstein, 61, reveal that he recorded the sordid orgies he threw for VIPs at his luxury homes using cameras hidden in the walls of guest bedrooms.

So if Bill Clinton did commit a crime, somewhere there may actually be video of it.

But wait, there’s even more to this story. The following comes from the Daily Mail…

The lawsuit claims that Clinton was friends with an unnamed woman who ‘kept images of naked underage children on her computer, helped to recruit underage children for Epstein… and photographed underage females in sexually explicit poses‘.

While he cut off ties with Epstein, this woman’s abuses apparently did not end their relationship as she was reportedly one of the 400 guests at Chelsea Clinton’s 2010 wedding.

Though the lawsuit may be bringing up sexual skeletons from Clinton’s past, he has added to the drama of late by posing for a photo with two known prostitutes at a fundraiser in Los Angeles last month.

Obviously Bill Clinton has a lot of hard questions that he needs to answer.
But if Bill Clinton cannot be charged with a crime, will the American people even care what else he did...I think this time they just might.

When Bill Clinton was president, he allowed Hillary to assume authority over a health care reform. Even after threats and intimidation, she couldn’t even get a vote in a democratic controlled congress. This fiasco cost the American taxpayers about $13 million in cost for studies, promotion, and other efforts.

Then President Clinton gave Hillary authority over selecting a female attorney general. Her first two selections were Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood – both were forced to withdraw their names from consideration. Next she chose Janet Reno – husband Bill described her selection as “my worst mistake.” Some may not remember that Reno made the decision to gas David Koresh and the Branch Davidian religious sect in Waco, Texas resulting in dozens of deaths of women and children.

Husband Bill allowed Hillary to make recommendations for the head of the Civil Rights Commission. Lani Guanier was her selection. When a little probing led to the discovery of Ms. Guanier’s radical views, her name had to be withdrawn from consideration. Apparently a slow learner, husband Bill allowed Hillary to make some more recommendations. She chose former law partners Web Hubbel for the Justice Department, Vince Foster for the White House staff, and William Kennedy for the Treasury Department. Her selections went well: Hubbel went to prison, Foster (presumably) committed suicide, and Kennedy was forced to resign.

Many younger voters will have no knowledge of “Travel gate.” Hillary wanted to award unfettered travel contracts to Clinton friend Harry Thompson – and the White House Travel Office refused to comply. She managed to have them reported to the FBI and fired. This ruined their reputations, cost them their jobs, and caused a thirty-six month investigation. Only one employee, Billy Dale, was charged with a crime, and that of the enormous crime of mixing personal and White House funds. A jury acquitted him of any crime in less than two hours.

Still not convinced of her ineptness, Big Bill allowed Hillary to recommend a close Clinton friend, Craig Livingstone, for the position of Director of White House security. When Livingstone was investigated for the improper access of about 900 FBI files of Clinton enemies (Filegate) and the widespread use of drugs by White House staff, suddenly Hillary and the president denied even knowing Livingstone, and of course, denied knowledge of drug use in the White House. Following this debacle, the FBI closed its White House Liaison Office after more than thirty years of service to seven presidents.

Next, when women started coming forward with allegations of sexual harassment and rape by Bill Clinton, Hillary was put in charge of the “bimbo eruption” and scandal defense. One of her more notable decisions in the debacle was: She urged her husband not to settle the Paula Jones lawsuit. After the Starr investigation they settled with Ms. Jones. She refused to release the Whitewater documents, which led to the appointment of Ken Starr as Special Prosecutor. After $80 million dollars of taxpayer money was spent, Starr's investigation led to Monica Lewinsky, which led to Bill lying about and later admitting his affairs. Hillary’s devious game plan resulted in Bill losing his license to practice law for 'lying under oath' to a grand jury and then his subsequent impeachment by the House of Representatives. Hillary avoided indictment for perjury and obstruction of justice during the Starr investigation by repeating, “I do not recall,” “I have no recollection,” and “I don’t know” a total of 56 times while under oath.

After leaving the White House, Hillary was forced to return an estimated $200,000 in White House furniture, china, and artwork that she had stolen.
What a swell party – ready for another four or eight years of this type low-life mess? Now we are exposed to the destruction of possibly incriminating emails while Hillary was Secretary of State and the “pay to play” schemes of the Clinton Foundation – we have no idea what shoe will fall next. But to her loyal fans- “what difference does it make?”

Electing Hillary Clinton president would be like granting Satan absolution and giving him the keys to heaven! One more thing... when she was Secretary of State, Bill gave a speech to an enemy country for one million dollars and the next year gave another for one million dollars. What did he say to warrant such a large charge? The money went into their Foundation Group, tax free.... Considered illegal!


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Peace, and KNOW the TRUTH!!




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Monday, August 24, 2015

And It's Gone.........

 Presented with no comment.







Peace,
Avops


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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Does herbicide glyphosate make wheat ‘toxic’? Science, farmers say ‘no’

  | March 24, 2015 |
 

 
There’s been a lot of talk about “toxic wheat” circulating the Internet, and even a lot of denial from farmers on social media about the use of glyphosate for pre-harvesting wheat. Perhaps even more than denial, is the fact that it is not a common practice, but it is a practice used in wheat farming nonetheless. 

 Read the rest here.... 

Or you could read "The Truth About Toxic Wheat"
The Truth About Toxic Wheat

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Some Serious Sandpaper For Your Brain



The amount of progress we’ve made, as humans, in regard to wiping our backsides, is embarrassing. It’s 2015 and the fact that we’re still shoving paper up there to clean out detritus is absurd and laughable. Look at how far technology has come in recent years — everything from computers to automobiles to video games to communication tools have evolved at warp speed.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Pepper Store


So, it's spring. Well, sort of anyway. Maybe just a wee bit late.

Ms. Avops and myself are going out to pick up some pepper plants for the mini garden that replaced our huge sprawling garden from years back. So first we hit the local grocery store... green bell peppers are sold out, sorry. Next, we hit the local greenhouse... same story. Then we head a little farther out of town to the lady who sells plants in front of her house. Now this is a kind of sad statement as to the regulation of small home-based growers. Seems that this gal, who for years has been selling her greenhouse starter plants at very competitive prices has been shut down by the township. Big Brother told her that there were too many cars stopping to buy her products and that it was causing a nuisance to someone and gave her a cease and desist order. Pretty sad, she always had a good selection of very healthy plants at really good prices. I'm guessing she was causing a loss of profit to the well connected “legitimate business” around here.

Anyway, with that option scratched of the list, off we go to the “Big Box” store in the next town over. Yay! They still have some garden vegetable plants! So we make our way through the elbow-to-elbow crowds to the vegetable section.... and.... there are 2, yes, TWO green bell pepper plants left. One looked like a survivor of a drone strike and the other looked like maybe it was coming down with a case of capsicum fever.... so I grabs the flat of feverish looking peppers and am ready to make a quick escape from the hordes in the “Big Box” open air prison complex.

Suddenly, I realize that Ms. Avops is nowhere to be found........ rats.

So off I go in search of the missing woman. Quickly scanning the writhing hordes, I spot a waving arm! There's the Ms. right back where I started. So I make my way back, bouncing off a few plant zombies, and meet Ms. A right where I got my green pepper treasures. She has a big smile and a flat of decent looking pepper-like plants in her hand. She says "these are the ones we are going to buy!"

 OK, at this point I'm ready to crawl over the barb wire fence to get out of there. She takes my flat of feverish looking green peppers and puts them back on the shelf and gives me HER flat of decent looking green peppers.

Zoom... we're outta there!

Back a the ranch, I get the planter ready for the green peppers and start removing them from the fancy pot, noticing that the leaves are a little different than what I remember from green peppers, I spy some microscopic writing on the side of the flat. So I go get my magnifying glass (yes, I'm at THAT age) and low and behold.... we are the proud owners of a flat of tomatillos!
Great! Now what the heck are tomatillos? Off to the inter-web to do some research.

 
So, I find out that the tomatillo is:
“a native to Mexico and domesticated by the Aztecs around 800 B.C., tomatillos are one of our most ancient food-bearing plants. Today, you can grow varieties of the same two species the Aztecs grew. Physalis ixocarpa is commonly sold in markets and has large (up to 2 ½-inch-diameter) tart green fruits, which ripen to pale yellow. P. philadelphica produces sweeter, marble-size purple fruits. This species is a common field weed in Mexico, but it is no less delicious. “
Great again! Now, what are we gonna do with 'em? Turns out they are pretty easy to grow (probably has something to do with the field weed thing) and..... they are considered an essential ingredient for authentic salsa (among other things).
Alrighty then, here's a few ways to use these critters if you ever happen to get stuck with some tomatillos.


 Smoky Salsa Verde
Roast a large unpeeled onion, five unpeeled garlic cloves, two to five chile peppers (such as Serrano, poblano, or Anaheim), and 1 pound tomatillos on a charcoal grill or in a heavy, ungreased skillet on top of the stove until charred and soft. Peel the onion, garlic, and peppers and cut into chunks. Pulse all ingredients briefly in a food processor along with sea salt, a handful of cilantro, and a generous squirt of fresh lime juice. Serve with chips or use to smother cheese enchiladas.

Crisp Fried Tomatillos
Halve the fruits. Beat an egg with a ½ cup of milk. Prepare a shallow bowl of seasoned flour and another of cornmeal. Toss the fruits first in flour, then in the egg mixture, then roll in cornmeal. Fry in olive oil in a nonstick skillet until crisp and golden.

Green Rice
Puree 2½ cups raw tomatillos with ten cilantro sprigs. Measure 2 cups of this puree. In a medium saucepan, sautée a finely chopped small onion in 1 tablespoon olive oil until soft. Add 1 cup rice and cook, stirring, five minutes longer. Add the puree and 1 teaspoon salt, cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook 20 to 30 minutes, until all liquid is absorbed.

And... drumroll please....

Terrific Trio
Combine tomatillos, cilantro, and onion for a classic salsa combo!

And there you have it! Enjoy! It's Summertime!!

Peace, Avops




Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Season Of The Blues


Another “The World is Ending” post?

Nah! Nope! Not here, not anymore (hopefully).


Here, it's blueberry season! That time of year that the whole town and township are all about everything blueberry. They have made the humble blueberry into a center of commercial and financial deification. Seriously, they have a blueberry festival, and blueberry parade, a blueberry king and queen, blueberry pancakes, muffins, and probably a dozen other blue things you and I have never even thought of.

It's a little town, about 1000 souls plus another 2000 in the township, so who can blame them for latching on to the blueberry as their savior from the fires of anonymity! I suppose the orchard about a mile outside of the city had a lot to do with this event season. The orchard is a rather smallish operation that has apples, peaches, strawberries, and of course, the venerable blueberry.
They are pretty decent folks, the orchard owners. I've traded some useless (to me) stuff I had laying around the house for 10 lbs of blueberries a few years ago, and have been a steady customer ever since.

The wonders of small town life!

Anyway... I'm going to give you a little blueberry history, just for giggles.

Blueberries, also known as bilberries, whortleberries and hurtleberries, are named for their velvety, deep-blue color, of course. These luscious berries are one of the few fruits native to North America. Native Americans used the berries, leaves, and roots for medicinal purposes. The fruit was used as a fabric dye and combined with meat into a nutritious dried jerky.
The shrub is of the genus Vaccinium, from the Latin vacca for cow since cows love them, a fact first noted by Captain James Cook in the late 1700s.
Blueberries used to be picked by hand until the invention of the blueberry rake by Abijah Tabbutt of Maine in 1822, so it's no wonder that Maine's state berry is the blueberry.
The most popular variety of blueberry is Vaccinium corymbosum, known as the "highbush" blueberry. The wild "lowbush" varieties are a favorite of those who like to pick their own in the wilds.

And... there you have it!

So, now that I've told you everything about blueberries that you never wanted to know, I'll quickly segue into my new hobby of baking! Which is why I've just told you the saga of the blueberry centric area in which I live.

As of late, I've been baking all kinds of breads, cakes and pastries made with...... of course, blueberries! It really is the most excellent way to enjoy the summer months of harvest and stay out of hot sun! I'm really enjoying the new hobby as it seems to be a combination of chemistry and art, along with some really random exercises that combine to make some really tasty comestibles.
I can kill half a day just like that in the kitchen..... no worrying about politics, or world hunger, or killer earthquakes or asteroids or whatever the latest lone wolf killer has been up to! It really is a special world I create when I'm baking the days away.

Today, I will leave you with a couple of recipes for blueberry heaven that I have baked in the last couple of weeks. Enjoy, if you dare!

Blueberry Buttermilk Coffeecake 

 

Blueberry Hand Pies




Peace,
Avops








Friday, May 8, 2015

How To Catch Wild Pigs





LEARNING THE LESSON:

THE PARABLE OF  
"HOW TO CATCH WILD PIGS" 
-Author Anonymous-


AND THE STORY BEGINS...

There was a chemistry professor in a college, who had some exchange students in the class.

One day.......

The Professor noticed one young man (an exchange student) who kept rubbing his back and stretching as if his back hurt.
 

The professor asked the young man what his problem was. The student told him that he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting the Communists in his native country, who were trying to overthrow his country's government and install a new Communist government.

In the midst of his story, the exchange student looked at the professor and asked a strange question. 
He asked him, "Do you know how to catch wild pigs?"
 
The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line.
 
The young man said this was no joke.

                                
You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs discover it, and begin to come everyday to eat the free corn.
 
 
When they are  used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again, and you put up another side of the fence.
 
 
They get used to that and start to eat.
 
And again, you continue until you  have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side.

The  pigs, who are used to eating the free corn, start to come through the gate to  eat.
 
WHEN THEY DO, you slam the gate shut on them and catch the whole herd.



Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom.
 
They run around and  around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it, that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves.

And so they accept their captivity.




 The young man then told the professor that this is exactly what he sees happening to America........ 


Peace, Avops





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Friday, October 17, 2014

Ebola, A Nurse’s Perspective



(Photo: AP Graphics)


So a few months ago the country was enthralled with the idea of a few patients, infected with the Ebola virus, coming to the United States. Up until this point, we had been safe from Ebola due to the fact that bats can’t fly over the Atlantic. Some people were completely indifferent, while others had seen Outbreak one too many times. Most were a healthy mix, somewhere in between, but what bothered me the most was both the lack of education and the poor information that was spreading more virulently than the virus could ever hope to.

Read the rest here....








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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Dr. Ada Igonoh: How Patrick Sawyer gave me Ebola… and how I survived

Dr. Ada Igonoh: How Patrick Sawyer gave me Ebola… and how I survived.

Read more at: http://www.thecable.ng/how-i-survived-ebola-2 | TheCable 


If you don't read anything else today.... read this!


Also, this writer is an ER specialist at a major U.S. Hospital. He has written some hard hitting reports on the Ebola Pandemic about to ravage our country.

Go here to read The Raconteur Report.

UPDATE: ORS is Oral Rehydration Solution.... get some here.

Peace,
Avops



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