Ways empty-nesters pass the time:
Got the whole wheat bread all a-kneaded
and now she’s rising for a couple of hours before in to Mr. Dutch Oven she goes
and I’m off to Costco for some flank steak to stuff for dinner.
Okay, so the bread is out and cooling
and the flank steak is pounded out and somewhat flatterer (to roughly 1/4″)
onto which is spread a mix of parsley, mint, garlic, lemon juice, pecorino romano, toasted pine nuts and pepper
and all of which is rather sloppily rolled, tied,
and tossed into a 350º oven for 70 minutes or so.
Much to the dismay of a Certain Person
there were no scraps to be had
after the a fore-mentioned 70 minutes went by out the somewhat sloppy roll came
well, very sloppy really. I just have not figured out how to properly tie up something. Oh well.
On to the plate!
The lemon/mint/parsley/garlic/cheese/pine nut mixture was quite tasty, and the flank steak was done pretty much on point.
Yum all around.
Hey Europe! Nice heat you’ve got there…be a pity if something were to happen to it
Putin mocks the West and threatens to turn off gas supplies
Russian leader says does not want ‘new cold war’ but threatens to disrupt European gas supplies
Vladimir Putin has mocked diplomatic efforts to end the Ukraine crisis as Russia threatened to disrupt European gas supplies by cutting off sales to Kiev over its unpaid debts.
The Russian president said through his official spokesman that, despite deep disagreements with the West, he did not want a confrontation over Ukraine to spiral into a “new cold war”.
Nevertheless Dmitry Peskov ridiculed Western demands for direct talks between the Kremlin and the new Kiev government, claiming that the loss of credibility involved “puts a smile on our face”.
… Earlier, Gazprom, Russia’s state-owned energy giant, said it would start to reduce deliveries to Kiev, a move that would disrupt supplies to Europe. Gazprom said Ukraine had failed to make payments on its £1.2 billion debts.
Ukraine is one of the main transit routes for the continent’s gas and the suspension of Gazprom exports in freezing temperatures in 2006 and in 2009 endangered national grids and caused sharp rises in prices. “We can’t supply gas for free,” Alexey Miller, the head of Gazprom, said. “Either Ukraine settles its debt and pays for current deliveries or the risk arises of a return to the situation we saw at the start of 2009.”
Energy experts said Russia had the power to cause problems in markets across Europe, even though peak winter demand was past. “Europe still relies heavily – in some cases 100 per cent – on Russian gas. And if that was interrupted very suddenly, there would be difficulties all round,” said Lord Howell, the former energy secretary.
So I guess we’re all good then, right?
(Reuters) – Crimea’s parliament voted to join Russia on Thursday and its Moscow-backed government set a referendum within 10 days on the decision in a dramatic escalation of the crisis over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula.
The sudden acceleration of moves to bring Crimea, which has an ethnic Russian majority and has effectively been seized by Russian forces, formally under Moscow’s rule came as European Union leaders gathered for an emergency summit to seek ways to pressure Russia to back down and accept mediation.
The Crimean parliament voted unanimously “to enter into the Russian Federation with the rights of a subject of the Russian Federation”. The vice premier of Crimea, home to Russia’s Black Sea military base in Sevastopol, said a referendum on the status would take place on March 16.
Democracy flowing from the barrel of a gun.
Yes, the bestest Sister evuh has turned 29 yet again!
It’s really amazing how she does it!
…THRASH HIM to within an inch of his LIFE if I ever CAUGHT HIM is also as “protected” in a public space.
Mass. High Court: Subway Upskirt Photos Not Illegal
Massachusetts’ highest court has ruled that a man accused of secretly snapping photos up a woman’s skirt on an MBTA train did not break the law.
The State Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday dismissed charges against Michael Robertson of Andover, who was arrested in August 2010 by transit police.
…“Because the MBTA is a public transit system operating in a public place and uses cameras, the two alleged victims here were not in a place and circumstance where they reasonably would or could have had an expectation of privacy,” a draft of the ruling stated.
So Massachussetts will TAKE YOUR CHILD AWAY, even if you live in a different state, but, God forbid you wear a SKIRT OUTSIDE THE HOUSE.
You’re on your own, bitches.
…River. “A little crazy”. Well, ‘magine that.
The Which Firefly Character Are You? quiz.
“Top Men” are working on the Ukraine crisis
Top diplomats seek Ukraine solution in Paris talks
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is holding talks with counterparts from the US and key EU states to try to resolve the crisis in Ukraine.
The US wants independent observers in the flashpoint region of Crimea and direct talks between Kiev and Moscow.
Russia was expected to call for greater representation for Ukraine’s Russian-speaking areas in the Kiev government.
The EU earlier offered 11bn euros ($15bn; £9bn) of aid to Ukraine and froze the assets of 18 Ukrainians.
ths update: More:
And apparently Pederast Harry Reid has CHANGED his vote vote to “no” as well, supposedly giving him the option to reintroduce the nomination at a later date.
I don’t see that happening. Justice won this round.
And, no doubt, “RACIST” in three…two..one…
…based on the available information at the time.
So Putin now claims that because ethnic-speaking Russians were in supposed peril he can send in the troops.
Think about the implications of that if it is allowed to stand.
Update: and I see that Mr. Smart Power and his Golden Tongue have got Russia threatening to seize US and EU assets.
Did you see what they charge for arugula in Moscow?
Talk about your old man wandering off the proverbial porch…
Warren Buffett: Supposed Increase in Extreme Weather ‘Hasn’t Been True So Far’
Any climate alarmist will tell you that climate change is increasing extreme weather events, but liberal billionaire Warren Buffett easily destroyed that argument.
…Buffett said the supposed increase in extreme weather “hasn’t been true so far, Joe. We always think it’s cold. We always think it’s cold in Omaha. But, it was cold in Omaha 50 years ago.”
…Specifically, Buffett rejected claims that hurricanes have increased due to climate change, citing his experience in hurricane insurance. He said “we’ve been remarkably free of hurricanes in the United States in the last five years.”
He added “If you are writing hurricane insurance, it has been all profit.“
…In that same interview, Buffett rejected two other liberal talking points. He expressed concern over an increased minimum wage, agreeing with the Congressional Budget Office that wage hikes would kill jobs. He also expressed support for the Keystone XL pipeline, calling it “useful.”
… ~ or share the super-secret squirrel recipe for her hair color ~ because of her opposition to gay marriage.
He has REFUSED TO RENDER HER A SERVICE he provides based on HIS FEELINGS.
When I read this, I had a question:
A bakery, a hair dresser…what?
When you lose the WaPo’s editorial board
President Obama’s foreign policy is based on fantasy
By Editorial Board, Published: March 2
FOR FIVE YEARS, President Obama has led a foreign policy based more on how he thinks the world should operate than on reality. It was a world in which “the tide of war is receding” and the United States could, without much risk, radically reduce the size of its armed forces. Other leaders, in this vision, would behave rationally and in the interest of their people and the world. Invasions, brute force, great-power games and shifting alliances — these were things of the past. Secretary of State John F. Kerry displayed this mindset on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday when he said, of Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine, “It’s a 19th century act in the 21st century.”
That’s a nice thought, and we all know what he means. A country’s standing is no longer measured in throw-weight or battalions. The world is too interconnected to break into blocs. A small country that plugs into cyberspace can deliver more prosperity to its people (think Singapore or Estonia) than a giant with natural resources and standing armies.
Unfortunately, Russian President Vladimir Putin has not received the memo on 21st-century behavior. Neither has China’s president, Xi Jinping, who is engaging in gunboat diplomacy against Japan and the weaker nations of Southeast Asia. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is waging a very 20th-century war against his own people, sending helicopters to drop exploding barrels full of screws, nails and other shrapnel onto apartment buildings where families cower in basements. These men will not be deterred by the disapproval of their peers, the weight of world opinion or even disinvestment by Silicon Valley companies. They are concerned primarily with maintaining their holds on power
…check out this fascinating Wind Map Ebola turned us on to this weekend.
They take the wind data readings from all over the counrty, feed them into this program (updating HOURLY) and voila! You have a REAL TIME representation what’s happening over your head and where the clash of the fronts coming together actually occurs, instead of a vaguely drawn line drooping southward.
…Surface wind data comes from the National Digital Forecast Database. These are near-term forecasts, revised once per hour. So what you’re seeing is a living portrait. (See the NDFD site for precise details; our timestamp shows time of download.) And for those of you chasing top wind speed, note that maximum speed may occur over lakes or just offshore.
33 murdered by knives, with something like 130 injured.
The Tea Party is of course responsible.
A White House official emailed some reporters to say that President Obama’s team met today to discuss the ongoing situation on Ukraine. It appears President Obama did not attend.
…According to Time magazine’s Zeke Miller, Obama skipped the meeting. “Obama did not attend the meeting, but WH official says he has been briefed by Susan Rice and his national security team,” says Miller.
Rice went over the Ukrainian YouTube list for her Sunday morning talk show appearances.
We are so boned.
Virginia wins the ACC
A couple of decades of frustration lifted off the shoulders of Virginia fans on Saturday afternoon. That’s how long it’d been — 33 years — since the Cavaliers had celebrated an outright ACC championship. But as the clocked ticked down to the end of the 12th-ranked Cavaliers’ 75-56 upset of No. 4 Syracuse, Virginia fans could embrace an uncommon truth as they stormed the court at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville: These Wahoos are ACC champs.
Coach Tony Bennett’s crew capped a regular season with an outright crown for the first time since Virginia’s 1980-81 campaign. The Orange, which started the year 25-0 and climbed to the top of college basketball’s rankings, came up short for the ACC regular-season crown in their first season in the conference, losing for the third time in four games. Virginia’s top-ranked defense did its job against Syracuse’s attack down the stretch while the Cavaliers capitalized on a dominating rebounding performance on both ends.
Please oh pleasepleaseplease don’t get booted the first weekend in the NCAAs!
Sucks when Dad won’t share dinner!
Except King Cake.
Oh god, whenever one gets delivered to the office I eat nearly all of it.
Help me, please………..