Saturday, July 25, 2009

Another devestated genration?

I can't help but think about the attitude my grandfather had towards his military decorations. He never came out and said it, he just let you know that nothing pinned to his chest or written about him in the paper would make up for the horror he endured or the friends he lost. It took him at least 25 years before he would talk about his war experience openly. Death is a known, understandable consequence of war. PTSD is becoming more well accepted and understood.

The opportunity cost is never given a thought. The lives of the men and women that are now devastated and may never live up to the potential due to death, PTSD or simply years lost to war.  The impact on the soldier's children. There was a photo essay at this site, but it seems to be down at the moment.

The war is still going on. American's are still dying. Others are coming home with less of themselves than they took into battle. Please don't forget.

White House: Soldier to receive Medal of Honor posthumously -
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- An Army staff sergeant will posthumously receive the Medal of Honor after he sacrificed his own life in an effort to save another soldier in Afghanistan, the White House said Friday.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Dear Dr. Phil:

Dear Dr. Phil,


When I retired, I could hardly wait to spend time enjoying my favorite pastime -- bass fishing. I got my own little fishing boat and tried to get my wife to join me, but she just never liked fishing.

Finally, one day at the Bait & Tackle Shop, I got to talking to Sam, the shop owner, who it turned out loves bass fishing as much as I do. We quickly became fishing buddies. As I said, the wife doesn't care about fishing. She not only refuses to join us, but she always complains that I spend too much time fishing.

A few weeks ago, Sam and I had the best fishing trip ever. Not only did I catch the most beautiful bass you've ever seen, only a few minutes later Sam must have caught his twin brother!

So I took a picture of Sam holding up the two nice bass that we caught and showed the picture to the wife hoping that maybe she'd get interested. Instead she says she doesn't want me to go fishing at all anymore! And she wants me to sell the boat! I think she just doesn't like to see me enjoying myself. What would you do? Tell the wife to forget it and continue my hobby or quit fishing and sell the boat as she insists?


Fishing Fool

P.S. Enclosed is a picture of Sam with the two bass we caught.











Dear Fishing Fool,

Get rid of that narrow-minded wife.
That's a couple of really nice bass!

Dr. Phil

Blueberry Pie

I have been spending some time with cheap, in season blueberries.  I have been eating them raw, making pie, making muffins, putting them in and on pancakes, waffles, ice cream.  The blueberry has long been my favorite fruit.  Here is a pie recipe that I have been working on. I was inspired by this recipe, but it didn't quite cut it for me.

  • 3/4 cup white sugar for 4 cups blueberries, add 1/8 cup if you go to 5 cup BB.
  •  1 TBS cornstarch for each cup BB. Plus 1 tbs if you use a full cover in lieu of lattice top.
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt for every 2 cups BB
  •  1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon for every cup BB
  •   5+ cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie. I use two Pillsbury refrigerated crusts (1 package). Make sure its fresh, only buy what you need at the time, this doesn't keep well. (My preferred pie pan is a 9.5 inch glass)
  • 1 tablespoon butter (or a bit more)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  2. Mix sugar, cornstarch, salt, and cinnamon, (i use a sifter a couple of times to combine) and dump over blueberries. To combine dry mix a bb's, pour the mixture from bowl to bowl until all BB's are evenly coated.
  3. Line pie dish with one pie crust. Pour berry mixture into the crust and scrape the remaining goop out of your bowls onto the berries.
  4. Dot berries with butter.
  5. Cut remaining pastry into 1/2 - 3/4 inch wide strips, and make lattice top. Crimp and flute edges.(or cover with crust and add vents).
  6. Bake pie on middle shelf of oven for about 50 minutes covered loosely with foil
  7. Remove foil and cook until crust is brown and pie is bubbling throughout, about another 10-15 minutes.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Douchbags eat pizza

She doesn't have on pants, just his dress shirt. He is a white boy with his pants hanging below his ass. Fun in the CWE.
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