Penn and Teller: circumcision episode

penn and teller: circumcision episode
I’m not sure if the link with work as I’m on my phone. If it doesn’t simply google the episode



article about the occupy movement.

I admit I don’t watch much tv or read much news. I read novels and watch movies so I was grossly unaware of what was going on. I knew something was up but until images started popping up all over Facebook I had no clue.
The images and descriptions are things we see happening in other countries… How can this be happening in our own????

Excerpt from article:
“Why this massive mobilisation against these not-yet-fully-articulated, unarmed, inchoate people? After all, protesters against the war in Iraq, Tea Party rallies and others have all proceeded without this coordinated crackdown. Is it really the camping? As I write, two hundred young people, with sleeping bags, suitcases and even folding chairs, are still camping out all night and day outside of NBC on public sidewalks – under the benevolent eye of an NYPD cop – awaiting Saturday Night Live tickets, so surely the camping is not the issue. I was still deeply puzzled as to why OWS, this hapless, hopeful band, would call out a violent federal response.

That is, until I found out what it was that OWS actually wanted.

The mainstream media was declaring continually “OWS has no message”. Frustrated, I simply asked them. I began soliciting online “What is it you want?” answers from Occupy. In the first 15 minutes, I received 100 answers. These were truly eye-opening.

The No 1 agenda item: get the money out of politics. Most often cited was legislation to blunt the effect of the Citizens United ruling, which lets boundless sums enter the campaign process. No 2: reform the banking system to prevent fraud and manipulation, with the most frequent item being to restore the Glass-Steagall Act – the Depression-era law, done away with by President Clinton, that separates investment banks from commercial banks. This law would correct the conditions for the recent crisis, as investment banks could not take risks for profit that create kale derivatives out of thin air, and wipe out the commercial and savings banks.

No 3 was the most clarifying: draft laws against the little-known loophole that currently allows members of Congress to pass legislation affecting Delaware-based corporations in which they themselves are investors.

When I saw this list – and especially the last agenda item – the scales fell from my eyes. Of course, these unarmed people would be having the shit kicked out of them.

For the terrible insight to take away from news that the Department of Homeland Security coordinated a violent crackdown is that the DHS does not freelance. The DHS cannot say, on its own initiative, “we are going after these scruffy hippies”. Rather, DHS is answerable up a chain of command: first, to New York Representative Peter King, head of the House homeland security subcommittee, who naturally is influenced by his fellow congressmen and women’s wishes and interests. And the DHS answers directly, above King, to the president (who was conveniently in Australia at the time).

In other words, for the DHS to be on a call with mayors, the logic of its chain of command and accountability implies that congressional overseers, with the blessing of the White House, told the DHS to authorise mayors to order their police forces – pumped up with millions of dollars of hardware and training from the DHS – to make war on peaceful citizens.

But wait: why on earth would Congress advise violent militarised reactions against its own peaceful constituents? The answer is straightforward: in recent years, members of Congress have started entering the system as members of the middle class (or upper middle class) – but they are leaving DC privy to vast personal wealth, as we see from the “scandal” of presidential contender Newt Gingrich’s having been paid $1.8m for a few hours’ “consulting” to special interests. The inflated fees to lawmakers who turn lobbyists are common knowledge, but the notion that congressmen and women are legislating their own companies’ profitsis less widely known – and if the books were to be opened, they would surely reveal corruption on a Wall Street spectrum. Indeed, we do already know that congresspeople are massively profiting from trading on non-public information they have on companies about which they are legislating – a form of insider trading that sent Martha Stewart to jail…..”

Homemade butter! Awesome!

homemade butter- directions

Follow the link above for step by step directions and pictures!

“Start with high-quality heavy cream. If you can get it from a farm, that’s a big bonus. Basically, the better your cream tastes, the higher quality your butter will be.”
Pour it in mixer…. Beat it until it separates, strain it… Add salt….

I sooo want to try this!

I did it I made butter!

Update: dec 9, 2011
Oh I’m just realizing I never posted my pictures of my butter.
Well my phone crashed so I lost my pictures. Sigh!!! Oh well! I didn’t need a lot of butter for the experiment do I only poured about a cup of less of the heavy cream and then put it in my kitchen aid mixer…
Now if only I could get a hold of unpastuerized heavy cream… I’ve heard that is even more incredible!
I was bummed when I read the “Ingredients” in my heavy whipping cream box… Wth I thought it would just be cream!!!

Here is another webpage make butter from raw milk


Ohhh so full! This yr I cooked the entire thanksgiving feast… From turkey to the whipped cream for the pumpkin pie! It was awesome… I’m exhausted!

My parents and Inlaws came to celebrate thanksgiving with us. First we went to a potluck that was for the seminarians and then had a couple and their daughter over for dinner with us and our family.
I’m a damn good cook!!!!!!!

Halloween was fun

My oldest was a blue power ranger samurai with a replacement Jason mask painted blue because he broke his other mask. My youngest was spider man, he was supposed to be iron man but decided to wear the old ratty spiderman costume instead of the new and muscle padded iron man costume that cost too much!!