Bacon-Wrapped Corn Update

We tried it last night and it worked well – very well, in fact. Mrs22 loved it and wants it again soon. After reading the comments from the ones who tried it before us this is what we did:

Peel back the shucks but don’t tear them off.

Wrap three slices of thin-sliced bacon around the ear. Overlap the layers about half an inch.

Replace the shucks and use a couple of them to tie the others on.

Rinse under cold water to wet shucks.

Put on Propane grill with burners set at low.

Brush the shucks each time you turn them with water and a basting brush to try to keep them from burning.

After about 15 minutes pull back the shucks to let the bacon brown. The corn kernels that are exposed will darken but the heat apparently turns some of the carbos into sugar so it seems to make the corn sweeter.

Take off the grill when the bacon is how you like it.

Mmmmm

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“What Else Are They Lying About?”

This could start to work. I especially like the lines from Mika Bryzinzsukioyea: “They New…they knew”

Would you buy a used car from someone who smirks like Stephanie Cutter?

Update: Politico:

Obama camp acknowledges knowing man’s story

Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki acknowledged Thursday that the campaign was no longer pleading ignorance about the story of a man who has appeared in both a super PAC ad and a campaign ad.

“No one is denying he was in one of our campaign ads. He was on a conference call telling his story,” Psaki told reporters on Air Force One.

Missouri steelworker Joe Soptic starred in an Obama campaign ad and participated in a conference call with the campaign in May, as POLITICO reported Wednesday. He resurfaced this week in a Priorities USA Action super PAC ad, charging that his wife died of cancer after Mitt Romney’s former private equity firm laid him off.”

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“He is a turn-around artist, and this country desperately needs turning around.”

There is an uplifting piece over at Ricochet by Paul Rahe. It’s called “Landslide On The Horizon“. Rahe believes that pundits and pollsters are deluding themselves like they did before the 1980 election. None saw the Reagan landslide coming.

The question that everyone will pose to himself on the first Tuesday in November is this: “Do I want four more years of this?” And Romney can drive it home: “Do you want four more years of massive unemployment? Do you want four more years of food stamps? Do you want to lose the job that you have? Do you want to be out of work when you get out of college? Or do you want to see this country get moving again? Barack Obama took his shot – the stimulus bill, Obamacare, and Dodd-Frank. And where has it left us? With the most anemic recovery in the history of this country!”

Romney can go on to speak of Obamacare. He can point to the corruption that Barack Obama brought from Chicago to Washington. He need only mention Solyndra and sound the theme of crony capitalism. Romney can also point to the President’s systematic misuse of the executive power – to defraud the salaried employees of Delphi and the bondholders of General Motors and Chrysler, to gut the welfare reform passed by New Gingrich and adopted by Bill Clinton, to let school systems out of No Child Left Behind, to sick the IRS on political enemies, to force people into unions, to encourage voter fraud, to deprive Catholics and other Christians of the free exercise of their religion. The list is long.

When the American people pause to pay attention, they will not vote for four more years of misery, four more years of corruption, four more years of lawlessness, four more years of race-baiting, and they will certainly not vote to embrace Obamacare.”

He then advises Romney about how to win with three pieces of advice:

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The Obama Campaign Summarized

“Look, we tried our plan and it worked and the private sector is doing just fine. If you have a successful business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. I want to do the same thing, not just in the auto industry, but in every industry.”

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These people vote…

…and they base their votes on irrational emotionalism and a burning desire to get free swag from the state.

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Parasite vs Producer

Sandra is a parasite. Rachel is a producer.

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Freaky Friday Caption Contest

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Why Would The Congress Give This Authority To POTUS?

Hat-tip to BigJimTX. I can understand some of them, but the Treasury Secretary? The act itself is neither unconstitutional, nor is it really that controversial, but why would they allow the appointment of the Treasury Secretary, without confirmation?

One of the most basic and brilliant facets of the founding document bequeathed to us by men wise beyond their years is a system of checks and balances designed to prevent any one of the three branches of government from acquiring too much power.

We’re familiar with many of these. Vetoes and their override is a well known example. Another is Presidential appointments wherein the President appoints a person to a position but the Senate must confirm the appointment.

While the Senate’s ability to deny a President his choice is a power that often frustrates those in the Oval Office, and while it is often abused – particularly, but not exclusively, by Democrats – it remains a powerful check on Presidential power.

That is until Friday, August 3, 2012 when the US House in a “roll call” vote chose to reduce the number of Presidential appointments subject to Senate confirmation. The vote was the House vote on S679 from 2011 where the US Senate voted 79-20 to do the same thing.

The original Senate bill was introduced by NY’s Chuck Schumer and TN’s Lamar Alexander was a co-sponsor. TN Senator Bob Corker, while not a co-sponsor, was one of the disappointing 79 “Yea” votes last year. Other GOP Senators of note supporting the bill were Scott Brown, Dick Lugar, John McCain, Rob Portman, Jeff Sessions, John Thune and Pat Toomey. No Senate Democrat opposed the bill and among GOP Senators opposing the bill were Tom Coburn, Jim DeMint, Dean Heller, James Inhofe, Mike Lee, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio.

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Obama: Let’s repeat the auto bailout with every industry!

You remember the auto bailout…

The government propped up $33 IPO that is now trading or $20? The blatant theft of bond holder funds? The use of tax payer funds to prop up a failed business plan at the expense of its successful competitors? The Administration directed firing of thousands of dealership employees? The Administration directed termination of the pensions of 20,000 salaried retirees at the Delphi auto parts manufacturing company? The loss of billions of tax payer funds? The creation of a zombie company that survives only through government economic voodoo? The massive transfer of wealth to Obama’s union allies? The abortion of a thousand healthy start-ups that would have been formed and forged in the fires of creative destruction?

Yeah, let’s do that for the entire economy.

That is such a glorious idea, I feel like a little bit of inspirational music, don’t you?

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Guys: If you prefer the version of Jessica Simpson on the right…

…you might be stressed out.

Men under stress find overweight and obese women to be more attractive than do guys in a relaxed state of mind, new research finds.

The findings complement previous studies that have shown when resources are scarce, people prefer heavier partners, presumably because fatness is a sign that the person has access to food and is healthy. In women, for example, being underweight can make it more difficult to get and stay pregnant.

Hey, it’s science!

In any case, are you okay Sorta?

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Retro-Rocket Back Blast on Mars

I just love saying stuff like that.

In any case, it looks like Curiosity got a little bit of earth mars on it from the sky crane rocket blast. The damned thing was washed and waxed right before it left home, too.

Click to enlarge.

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Obama That I Used To Know

Caution: Moonbattery warning.

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The latest revelation on Operation Fast & Furious

The latest revelation comes from a Federal Prisoner who is awaiting trial. He was in a position to know the details of the information he attests to. If this is proven to be true, should we expect large numbers of Federal Agents to come under indictment? In a Country that has a Justice Department that isn’t run by criminals, we could have such an expectation.

How much of this story seems unbelievable?

Blaze Exclusive – Operation Fast & Furious was about a LOT more than Guns – Find it HERE

Years from now, should we survive the reign of the Public Menace, we will still be discovering their criminal activity worthy of prosecution.

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Hey, remember the anti-war movement?

Whatever happened to those guys?

Mr. Obama has used drones to kill members of al Qaeda, its supporters and those who simply happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, including American citizens. The Obama administration’s penchant for leaking details about its kill/capture campaign shows reliance on a program members of the counterterrorism community expected to be suspended his first day on the job. In the past, Mr. Obama’s attorney general portrayed CIA agents as criminals for employing controversial interrogation tactics on known terrorists. This same man now defends killing suspected terrorists rather than capturing them and assessing their guilt in court.

Well, that must have the peace movement pretty worked up, huh? Below the fold you will find audio of the peace movement in 2012.

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The Wiki Weapon – Printable Gun Project

This idea is about creating a CAD file that can be put on the internet for anyone to download. That file would allow anyone, anywhere, with a 3-D printer to use it to print a firearm. As they say, they expect the file to be improved upon by others who were not part of the original team.

The video is fairly long but it addresses some powerful points. Those points include the question, “How can a treaty ban something that’s intellectual property?”

The WikiWep project is to produce a CAD file for distribution and sharing across the internet. This CAD file will be a schematic for a modest, 3D printable plastic firearm. In a world where 3D printing becomes more ubiquitous and economical, defense systems and opposition to tyranny may be but a click away… Let’s pull the world toward this future together.

By designing and testing concepts for a 3D printable defense system, and by then sharing that information with the world, WikiWep will serve to protect and ensure political processes and human rights.”

Watch it.

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Unveiling

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PuffHo: Alcee Hastings Complains That Allen West Served Chik-fil-A To Black Caucus – Six Months Ago

The far-left Huffington Post has posted an article that describes how LTC Allen West fulfilled his responsibility to the Congressional Black Caucus. Each member is required, in turn, to provide chow for their meetings. Six months ago West chose to but a big bag of Chik-fil-A chiken and waffle fries.

How in-your-face is that? Of course he must have known that the company would, six months later, be involved in a phoney fight because it’s owner has religious principles.

A Democratic lawmaker says Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) offended the entire Congressional Black Caucus by delivering Chick-fil-A chicken and biscuits to their weekly meeting — and then walking out — when it was his turn to provide the group with a formal lunch.

Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) told The Huffington Post that the incident happened about six months ago but is now fresh in his mind given West’s recent comments in support of the fast food chain, which is run by a well-known Christian and backer of anti-gay religious organizations. Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy last week sparked a nationwide response from gay rights activists after publicly denouncing marriage equality.

“We have a rotation in the Congressional Black Caucus where every member provides the lunch one of the weeks when we meet,” Hastings said in a Monday interview. The lunches, he said, are often quite delicious.

“We have fried chicken. And we have catfish and BBQ. We do not have watermelon, although sometimes people will have fruit. We serve a full course meal with collard greens. We have Jamaican beans and rice,” Hastings said. But West “sent Chick-fil-A with biscuits. Ok?”

“That was an ‘in your face.’ Every member of the Congressional Black Caucus that was there was offended,” he said.

Asked more specifically why lawmakers were insulted, Hastings said it was because they saw West’s actions as making a statement in support of the conservative views held by Chick-fil-A leaders.”

Alcee Hastings is an interesting guy. He’s one of only eight feds ever successfully impeached.

In 1981, Hastings was charged with accepting a $150,000 bribe in exchange for a lenient sentence and a return of seized assets for 21 counts of racketeering by Frank and Thomas Romano, and of perjury in his testimony about the case. In 1983, he was acquitted by a jury after his alleged co-conspirator, William Borders, refused to testify in court (resulting in a jail sentence for Borders).[1]

In 1988, the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives took up the case, and Hastings was impeached for bribery and perjury by a vote of 413-3. He was then convicted in 1989 by the United States Senate, becoming the sixth federal judge in the history of the United States to be removed from office by the Senate.”

And West responds, “They ate it all”.

So, naturally, he gravitated to the U.S. House of Representatives.

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$9 Corn Soon

This summer’s drought, ethanol mandates and subsidies, and the Fed’s money printing are conspiring to make our lives miserable, and will drive businesses that depend on lower corn prices out of business.  Here’s a monthly chart of corn monthly futures prices spanning 10 years.  We’re already above eight bucks.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/9-corn-could-big-problem-181743383.html

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The rules of political correctness are not intuitive

Here we have a video of a group of young, white men ganging up on a much older, African American minister. They mock him. They verbally abuse him. They ridicule him. It is a scene straight out of 1963, Selma Alabama.

Normally, this sort of thing would be the stuff of blazing cable news channel headlines and page one coverage on the New York Times. It would result in soul searching opinion pieces regarding racism in America. It would cause throngs of college students to stage sit-ins, marches and occupations. Normally this would result in a media feeding frenzy and a huge culture war escalation.

For some reason, however, this is of little or no interest to the media. See if you can figure out why the presstitutes of the running dog media have no interest in this video.

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Oh, what a tangled web we weave…

…when first we practice to deceive!

Oops? President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign washed its hands Wednesday of an independent group’s vicious (and misleading) ad effectively blaming Mitt Romney for the death of a laid-off steelworker’s wife from cancer. Campaign officials flatly denied any knowledge of the facts in the case—but it turns out the widower told the same story on an Obama campaign conference call in mid-May.

That’s right. They flatly deny knowledge of the story they themselves told three months ago.

A lie from Obama is really a dog-bites-man story, isn’t it? I mean, he lies every day. Sometimes I wonder if it even makes sense to waste the bandwidth reporting it. A post about Obama lying is like a post reporting the sun rose in the east this morning.

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Everybody panic! July was hot and dry in the U.S.

Drought and heat! You are going to be hearing a lot about the weather in this particular spot on the globe.

Federal scientists say July was the hottest month ever recorded in the Lower 48 states, breaking a record set during the Dust Bowl era in the 1930s.

And even less a surprise: The United States this year keeps setting records for weather extremes, based on the precise calculations that include drought, heavy rainfall, unusual temperatures and storms.

The average temperature last month was 77.6 degrees. That figure breaks the old record from July 1936 by 0.2 degree, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Records go back to 1895.

“It’s a pretty significant increase over the last record,” said climate scientist Jake Crouch of NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C.

Here is what you won’t be hearing much about.

Rain in the U.K. and Ireland that topped records in June have persisted through July, with parts of England receiving a month’s worth of precipitation in a two-week period, according to their national weather forecasters. The barley harvest in Germany, the European Union’s biggest beer producer and consumer, was interrupted last week as rain made some fields inaccessible, farm lobby Deutscher Bauernverband said.

Lack of sun and soggy conditions have slowed the maturation of wheat and barley plants in the U.K. to about 10 days behind the normal pace, said Charlotte Garbutt of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board.

Stockholm had the wettest June on record since 1786 while temperatures across Sweden, Europe’s biggest vodka exporter, were the coldest for the month since 1991, according to the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute in Norrkoping.

“Global” warming isn’t so much global warming as, you know, a hot July in the central and eastern United States.

Look, I don’t doubt we are in a warming trend and you shouldn’t either. The climate is variable and it always has been. It isn’t, however, justification for either panic or state mandated reductions in standards of living.

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A Global Warming Brain Teaser!

Here is the set-up.

When the United Nations wanted to help slow climate change, it established what seemed a sensible system.

Greenhouse gases were rated based on their power to warm the atmosphere. The more dangerous the gas, the more that manufacturers in developing nations would be compensated as they reduced their emissions.

But where the United Nations envisioned environmental reform, some manufacturers of gases used in air-conditioning and refrigeration saw a lucrative business opportunity.

They quickly figured out that they could earn one carbon credit by eliminating one ton of carbon dioxide, but could earn more than 11,000 credits by simply destroying a ton of an obscure waste gas normally released in the manufacturing of a widely used coolant gas. That is because that byproduct has a huge global warming effect.

Guess what happened next. (This is too easy, isn’t it?)

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US debt grows by 20,561 solyndras in one year

That would be $11,000,000,000,000.

Republicans and Democrats spent last summer battling how best to save $2.1 trillion over the next decade. They are spending this summer battling how best to not save $2.1 trillion over the next decade.

In the course of that year, the U.S. government’s fiscal gap — the true measure of the nation’s indebtedness — rose by $11 trillion.

The fiscal gap is the present value difference between projected future spending and revenue. It captures all government liabilities, whether they are official obligations to service Treasury bonds or unofficial commitments, such as paying for food stamps or buying drones.

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Swedish paratroopers invade Belarus

It was a brigade sized element. Diplomats in both countries withdrawn.

A diplomatic row between Belarus and Sweden over teddy bears escalated today when the eastern European country withdrew its embassy staff from Stockholm.

Belarus also told Sweden to take similar action with its diplomats in Minsk.
It all stems from a stunt by a Swedish PR which parachuted 800 teddy bears into

Belarus last month.

The company chartered a light aircraft which invaded Belarussian airspace to drop the bears, all of which highlighted the lack of human rights in the former Soviet state.

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Butt-hurt union hack was offered a buyout

That’s right. Now famous shit-stain Joe Soptic, employee of failing steel company GS Steel was offered a buyout by Bain Capital. How do we know? The clueless ass-hat tells us.

So let’s review…

GS Steel is about to go tits up and initiates first contact with Bain Capital to invest to turn the company around.

Rather than going bankrupt, Bain buys the firm and injects liquidity that gives GS Steel an additional three years of life. The employees of GS Steel get another three years of employment.

In 1999, Mitt Romney leaves Bain to go run the Olympics.

Somewhere along the way, Joe Soptic Bain offers Soptic a buyout which he rejects.

In 2001, Bain – which at this point is being run by a man who would go on to be a major Obama bundler – gives up on the disaster that is GS Steel and shuts it down.

Joe Soptic loses the job for which he was earlier offered a buyout.

He and his wife have health insurance through her employer.

In 2003, she leaves her job and gives up her health insurance.

In 2006, Mrs. Soptic is diagnosed with lung cancer and dies 22 days later.

Somehow, her death, seven years after Romney left Bain but just 22 days after she was diagnosed with cancer, is the fault of Mitt Romney.

WTF?

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