The World Is A Poached Egg 7

Ludicrous, huh? It certainly is. The world is not a poached egg, it is a scrambled egg, all messed up and in need of some good breakfast meat to make it palatable. Hash brown potatoes would be good, too.

No, this article is really about poached eggs, which in the cooked egg family I rank highly.

Poached eggs are great unless you try to poach an egg. In my house I am the great breakfast cooker, which means that two or three times per week, I will masterfully cook eggs, bacon, and toast or English muffins. I will scramble the eggs, or fry them in bacon drippin’s. Yummm!

When it comes to poaching eggs, I have tried the boiling water, raw egg approach. This works OK, but you lose about half the egg white. Recently, I bought some egg rings through Amazon for less that ten dollars, and it turns out they are a pain to use, and almost impossible to clean.

Finally, I ordered one of those multiple cup fixtures that you use in a pan over boiling water, and it does a good job of poaching three eggs at once. I thought, “The best egg poacher, ever!”, until I tried to clean it.

Egg white makes a very good glue, especially when heated to poaching temperatures. No matter how well I lubricate the cups with olive oil, coconut oil, or vegetable oil the cups stubbornly cling to the egg white, and it is very difficult to clean that stuff from the poaching cups.

How many people like poached eggs enough to have them regularly? How does McDonalds make their perfectly round eggs for the Egg McMuffin? What is the best way to poach eggs?

Inquiring minds and hungry souls want to know.

 

The World Held Hostage 6

graphic from Charlie Hebdo web page

Graphic From Charlie Hebdo Web Page

For two days this week the world was held hostage by three terrorists weilding assault rifles in Paris, France. The French police are denied the right to carry fire arms, and were sitting ducks for the terrorists, as were the journalists and cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo,  a magazine that specializes in publishing satirical articles and cartoons.

Thirteen people were murdered, including an unarmed French policeman. The terrorist spotted the wounded policeman, and walked up to him and killed him with his rifle. The terrorists, as of this morning, are dead. The French police stormed the terrorists who were hiding in a large printing plant, and they also killed an allied terrorist in a Jewish deli where there were hostages.

One of favorite targets of Charlie Hebdo is Mohammed, the self proclaimed prophet of Islam. Another target of Charlie Hebdo is Jesus Christ, the embodiment of God for Christians. Christians don’t like the defilement of Jesus, but instead of beheading those who do, Christians pray for those who blaspheme.

Muslims treat Mohammed like a god, and in their eyes it is more than a sin to criticize Muhammad. Indeed, our backward Islamic friends consider any slight of Mohammed to be a crime punishable by death.

Islam is steeped in ancient tribal traditions, like cutting off the hand of a thief; executing a woman for adultery while the equally guilty man goes free; and its priesthood (Imams) issuing death warrants for perceived slights by anyone who does not agree with their world view. Islam is all about death, and a dead prophet.

Islam cannot exist in a world of competing ideas and religions without resorting to violence. Christianity has prospered for over two thousand years in this kind of world, even with physical persecution.  There is no negotiating with Muslims, and any words contrary to their belief system are not to be tolerated.

Charlie Hebdo Cartoon

Charlie Hebdo Cartoon

To make matters worse, there is an entire class of people in the Western world who excuse the actions of the misguided world of Islam. Included in this portion of our population is our very own President, Barack Obama. If you remember when he started his presidential campaign, many of us noted that Obama had no professional record of any note, and that his childhood was spent in households where the dominant talk and thought were alternately socialistic and Islamic.

President Obama may be a very smart man, but he has been deluded by the bankrupt ideas of his parents. Now, we see the hypocrisy of the media in not vetting the lackluster man who would become our President.

We can vote out the liberal, politically correct and intellectually dishonest Democrats, but we can do very little about the world wide problem of Islamic terrorism without a leader in our country prepared to meet the challenge. The United States has been fulfilling a leadership role in the protection of democracy and freedom around the world since World War I in the early twentieth century. Backing down from this very important responsibility is exactly the wrong thing to do.

President Barack Obama does not get it.

Hail, Hail, The Gang’s All Here 4

Hail, hail the gang’s all here
What the heck do we care
What the heck do we care

That’s what the old song says. The strange thing is that the lyrics reflect my attitude of the current US Congress as they return from vacation, and the power goes from a do-nothing Democrat controlled Senate to a Congress entirely controlled by the Republicans.

Even though for the last several years the Senate was run by the very definition of an empty suit, Sen Harry Reid of Nevada, things will probably not get much better for the next two years. The reason is because our President is just as negligent to do his duty as was Harry Reid.

Because of this, things are not looking good for our Republic. The best we can hope for is grid-lock, but that is not likely to happen. In spite of Congress President Obama will continue to thumb his nose at the Constitution by issuing executive orders to anything that tickles his fancy.

On the Congressional front, he will veto any Keystone XL pipeline bill that is put on his desk, Secondly, he will veto anything that does not meet his standard of socialistic government. He will also oppose and veto any attempt to make Obama Care into a workable system, which it is not as of the present.

What can the nation do to maintain security, economy, and industry with a belligerent executive in power? There are few remedies. One is impeachment, and nobody in their right mind would want to give Vice-President Joe Biden a promotion. Biden is a famous foot-in-mouth dullard who cannot seem to distinguish a public podium from a bar stool.

So, the gang is all back in Washington, D.C. and I don’t care.

All I can do is to keep expressing my opinion and to pray. There’s enough trouble on the horizon for everybody to join in.

Blah Football Reply

 

Here it is the third of January, and there is nothing left to do or see for the year. The earth is off its axis, and has spun out of control. The evil spirits are dominating the spirit world, and we are huddling in the dark and cold like our cave man ancestors of old.

Alabama lost. Inconceivable, but true, and probably deserved. All my life, Alabama has been the strongest and most prestigious football team in the South, and now our heroes have feet of clay. Oh, woe is me. Ohio State certainly deserved the win. They were and area awesome.

Just who are those Ducks, anyway? Who gave them permission to whip up on our little brother team, Florida State, like that? Once again, awesome.

Now, it’s the Ducks and the Bucks.

The Oregon Ducks against the Ohio State Buckeyes. What is a Buckeye, anyway? Who cares besides some inconsequential Ohio person? Well, I guess we all do. I am spouting some pretty sour grapes, now. The luster has gone out of SEC football. Maybe some air has gone out of the programs, too.

The media sports gurus are really touting the new playoff system, and the great success it has been. Actually, it has been little different from the regular football bowl system. The only difference has been… Well, I’m not sure. Just what is the difference?

The money stays the same, or gets better for the Big Ten, SEC, and PAC Ten schools. All the other schools are outside, again. In particular, a great time like TCU which demolished a good Ole Miss team in a bowl was locked out, and could have beaten any other team in the country that day.

What this new system looks like is a beginning of the end of traditional college football. There’s talk about paying student athletes, and the players should have something for of their efforts. The whole system is a financial hoax, and college football has devolved into a big farm system for the NFL, paid for by tax payers, students, and college fans.

I think it is time to recognize reality. Before we get into salary bidding wars between colleges, somehow we have to get the NFL to pay their part. Not even I can figure out a way to do this, but it is so obvious that money is the only motivation for a kid to play at any given school.

Maybe the system is beyond fixing.

A New Year 5

After a loser of a year that was 2014 we are ready for a better time. I think most people will look upon the New Year holiday with a little relief that we have survived another year with Barack Obama as President.

Pretty much everything Barack Obama has done has been the equivalent of a body-blow to America. From the phony trillion dollar stimulus program, to Obama Care, to Cash For Clunkers, to the Keystone XL pipeline, to immigration, to Iran, to normalizing relations with Cuba, not one of these positions or actions were calculated to improve life in America, or keep Americans safer. That’s just the kind of President we have.

With the new year, the economy has been getting better in spite of the President. Fracking on private lands has reconfigured the face and direction of the oil markets. Oil is now so cheap, that we fear there will be a recession among oil companies. No kidding!

So, now we could relax if we had jobs, knowing there would be enough gas to get to work while we worry about Iran lobbing a nuclear bomb at Israel, or another unlucky but intelligent anti-Islamic country. Or, we will spend our time trying to figure out how much money to give Raoul Castro to keep the Cuban beaches clean for the gringo tourists who will appear by the tens of thousands with hundreds of millions of yankee dollars. Look for rich Cuban government bureaucrats.

We can certainly look forward to Vladimir Putin thumbing his nose at Barry Baby, who always looks like a panty waist next to the bare chested Russian bear. Ukraine will go the way of pre-world war two countries that were absorbed by the Soviet Union, another name for Russia. Who else will Putin absorb?

Illegal aliens will never again be illegal. Why? Because the Democrats are buying votes to guarantee a welfare socialistic state. We are the proverbial frog in the boiling pot of water. We never noticed that our environment was becoming hostile until it was too late.

There are so many things for which to look for in 2015 that I can guarantee there will be no boredom. There will be higher taxes, worse health care, and lower incomes.

Have fun in 2015.

Absence Of Evidence Is Not Evidence Of Absence? 8

Evidence Of Absence?

Evidence Of Absence?

Several famous people have used this phrase in lots of situations. Recently, Neil deGrasse Tyson used it in the following way : “One of our mantras in science is that the absence of evidence is not the same as evidence of absence.”  This outburst was in defense of a failure of his memory in quoting George W Bush. Tyson got it wrong and after some embarrassing back and forth, finally admitted his error.

In thinking about the meaning of the phrase I realized that the phrase can be nuanced to death. You could spin the phrase to mean pretty much anything.

So, how do you take the meaning?

  • Evidence is evidence, and if there is no evidence to support a theory, there is no evidence. You cannot say that the absence of evidence proves the theory is false. You can only speak of things in the language of uncertainty, i.e., the theory is likely false if there is no empirical evidence to the contrary.
  • If there is no elephant in the room, and if you don’t see any evidence there is an elephant in the room, this lack of evidence means there is no elephant in the room. So, a lack of evidence can be used as evidence of absence.
  • That there is no physical evidence of mental telepathy means that mental telepathy does not exist.
  • There is no evidence mental telepathy does not exist, therefore it exists. This is called an Argument from Ignorance.

Tyson said that the phrase was a scientific mantra. Why would he say that? Maybe his mantra is really, “Everything I say is correct and shame on you for questioning my veracity.”

Everything depends on evidence. In science evidence must be data indicating actual physical parameters. Evidence is measured, counted, photographed, etc.

Of course, there are the ever popular examples as follow:

  1. If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one to hear it, did it make a sound?
  2. If your wife talks to you during a football game, does this mean you are hard of hearing just because you didn’t hear her?

I am guilty of getting into some deep, unfamiliar waters here. This stuff probably comes under the heading of philosophy. I skillfully endeavored to not take philosophy in college. I was more interested in electrons and women, not necessarily in that order.

It is time to stop this article. I have a headache.

Deaths Could Have Been Prevented Reply

I went to bed last night having seen hour after hour of news coverage on the Garner killing in New York City, and more updates on the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. The similarities are striking, and neither was about race.

Both men were giants, and could handle an average man like a your mom swatting a fly. In the convenience store robbery of Michael Brown, we saw on the store video that he was indeed a giant. He swatted the store clerk like he was flicking a fly off his arm. That’s how big this guy was.

Michael Brown was high on marijuana and stole some packages of Swisher Sweets cheap mini-cigars. They don’t get  much cheaper than Swisher Sweets, and they are often one of the most popular smokes for teenagers, homeless people, and other bums. Maybe Michael Brown wanted something sweet in his mouth to assuage his humongous case of the munchies. Who knows why he did what what he did?

Enter the Eric Garner story. Here, too, is a story about tobacco and a giant of a man.

Eric Garner was involved in the crime of selling cigarettes single. He would buy a pack of cigs at a store, and stand outside that store selling the cigarettes one at a time. There’s a law against this in New York City originating from store owners who sell cigarettes by the package and carton.

So, how much did Eric Garner pay for a pack of cigarettes in New York City, and how much was he charging for each cigarette he sold?

Let’s ask Google and Wikipedia.

According to The Awl’s annual cigarette price check, for which they call delis in each state and ask how much a pack of cigarettes costs, New York clocks in with the most expensive, at more than $14 a pack.

The same package of cigarettes cost about $5.00 in North Carolina. See what the power of government is to tax and change the behavior of people?

Yes. Some changes need to be made in how police subdue people for minor crimes. Some people will always fight the police, and we need to know that they will not die for their bad decision.

The government needs to get out of peoples lives, like telling people what they can smoke, and trying to change behavior. There are always downsides to government policies. The death of Eric Garner is one of those.

Addendum: Take a look at this story in Time. http://time.com/3618279/eric-garner-chokehold-crime-staten-island-daniel-pantaleo/

The medical examiner ruled in August that Eric Garner’s cause of death was homicide. This does not mean murder. Homicide can be justified, and many are. However, it must be remembered that Garner was committing a trivial crime, and although there should have been some punishment for breaking the trivial law, he died. This should not have happened. Garner was fighting off the police while they were trying to bring him down, and a choke hold was used. The officer applying the choke hold killed Garner, but the grand jury looked at the evidence and decided to not indict the cop.

I honestly don’t know what all the evidence is, but I do know that a man should not die because of a street confrontation with the police. Period. The police need better ways to subdue a wild man, even if he weighs 360 pounds and has a record of multiple assaults. The guy was dangerous, but supposedly there are ways to handle this situation without people being killed.

Another EPA Dirty Secret: Agency’s hushed-up human experiments debunk ozone health claims 4

Bob:

EPA skulduggery. Nothing legitimate about the EPA’s claims.

Originally posted on JunkScience.com:

EPA has proposed to tighten its standards for ozone in outdoor air. However, ozone in outdoor air, especially at current levels, doesn’t hurt anyone and the EPA knows it… but EPA doesn’t want you to know it. Here is a short exposé based on EPA documents obtained via the Freedom of Information Act.

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Battle Of Kursk

Battle Of Kursk

Oh my goodness! Here I sit enjoying a full belly on a Thanksgiving evening, and what do you think I am watching?

There’s a relatively new cable entertainment channel called, The American Heroes Channel. Today, it is all about tank battles in World War II. The current show I am watching is about the Battle of Kursk. There have always been films, newsreels, and other presentations of World War II battles, but the one on the American Heroes Channel are from a newer genre.

The American Heroes Channel presentations are a mixture of actual films and newsreels, personal interviews with both German and Russian tank commanders, and modern day animation of weapons, tanks, artillery, and battle action similar to popular video games. The AHC makes very good presentations.

Picture of Russian T-34 tank

Soviet T-34 Battle Tank As Used In WWII

The Battle of Kursk lasted for days and days. Almost three million men were committed to this battle, with almost two million sent by the Soviets. There were hundreds of thousands of casualties. Thousands of tanks were destroyed. Thousands of guns were destroyed. It was an epic tank battle, few of its like have ever been seen.

picture of a Tiger Tank

German WWII Tiger Tank

The ferocity of the fighting was one of the hallmarks of the battle, with the Soviets under orders to never retreat. Even when losing, the Soviets never retreated. Horrible casualties were inflicted on the Russians, but they outnumbered the Germans almost two to one. It was this advantage that won the battle for the Soviet Union. The Russians were able to throw more people and tanks into the battle.

The T-34 Russian main battle tank was the primary Russian tank, with the Germans bringing in Tiger tanks and other panzers, many of which were superior in weaponry and armor to the Soviet tanks.

Even though it is entertaining to see these programs about wars past, understanding the hundreds of thousands of casualties makes it a gruesome thing.

Thank God those days are over, and let us pray we will never see world wars, ever again.

Note: All pictures from Wikipedia.

A Happy Thanksgiving Day To You, Too 2

Here it is. It’s another year and another Thanksgiving Day. A lot of people take holidays like this for granted, talking in terms like, “turkey day”, “t-day”, and just “the holidays”. This time of year, and the idea of a Thanksgiving is much deeper than that.

Thanksgiving has its beginnings so long ago that nobody knows just where it came from. For me it is a Biblical thing. For others it is just an ancient fall celebration for a bountiful harvest, and the promise of being able to survive the ensuing winter. Both viewpoints are closely intertwined.

The whole point is to express thanks for our bounty. To whom, or what, is this thanks to be directed? Logic and history tells us that the tradition began and continues as an expression of thanks to God, or for pagans, to whatever god they nominate. It also means that there have been times when harvests have not been bountiful, and the prospect of starvation was a very real thing. This is also a present day concern for many.

In addition to material blessings there is a lot more for which to be thankful. Health is the really big one. Without one’s health, life can be difficult, and for some, painful everyday. We are also thankful for the closeness and love of the people in our lives.

Thanksgiving goes much further than just saying thanks. It is also a time to help people who are not in a position to partake of the bounty. We have a responsibility to feed the poor, and to care for those who cannot take care of themselves.

I thank God for my family, my wonderful wife, my beautiful children, and my warm home.  Even though we lost our son eleven years ago, we are thankful for the twenty-one years we had with that wonderful person.

Today, Thanksgiving Day, be thankful for those things and people you have. God has given us so much, and has taken away the horror of impending starvation, punishment, and sorrow that other people around the world have to endure. It is our responsibility to share our blessings.