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calendar   Wednesday - November 27, 2013

Getting Ready For Tomorrow

Looks like the terrible snow and blizzard and cold has passed us by here. Yay! It’s wet, rainy, and hovering right around freezing ... it ain’t no afternoon in the Bahamas.

So I’ve got my somewhat famous Kitchen Sink Stuffing going in the oven ... a meal unto itself, with breading enough for a 20lb turkey, nearly 2 pounds of sausage, onion both raw and caramelized, celery, turkey stock, Craisins, walnuts, Bell’s seasoning, and a diced Granny Smith apple. For the first hour of baking it goes in the lobster pot, then after that I spread it out into glass pans or great-granny’s Savory Roaster for the final 30-40 minutes of top crisping, depending on how damp it comes out. Hoping and praying that it doesn’t come out too salty. I added no salt, but with seasoned stuffing cubes and various kinds of sausage, it could be a lot. I added some raw onion, the sweet Craisins, and the apple at the last minute, figuring they’d suck up some salt or at least hide it in the sweet.

I have no idea how big an event we’re going to tomorrow, but I’m going to make sure I leave at least a meatloaf pan full of stuffing home for me.

1 14oz bag Arnold stuffing
1/3 13oz bag Pepperidge Farms Country Style stuffing
1 1/4 sticks unsalted butter
1 26oz box Swanson Turkey stock
3 yellow onions
5 tsp (1 slightly heaping Tbs) Bell’s poultry seasoning in the little yellow box
6 celery heart stalks, trimmed and diced
12oz sliced white mushrooms
1 Jones Farm sausage log, 12oz I think
1 1lb Italian fennel & basil sausage. the long skinny spiral kind
1 5oz package Craisins
1 small bag Diamond brand crushed walnuts
1 Granny Smith Apple, cored and diced.

Boil the Italian sausage in 1” of water in a pan, drain, rinse, and brown both sides
Slice the Jones sausage into 1/2” thick slices, cook gently until both sides browned.
Dice 2 1/2 yellow onion, and brown them slightly over high heat. Dice the remaining half and set aside
Dice celery and cook it for 10 minutes to soften up a bit
Slightly chop the sliced mushrooms and heat them in a pan until they wither and slightly brown
Put the turkey stock in a small pan along with the butter and Bell’s seasoning and heat it until it boils

When the sausages are cooked, let them cool and then slice and dice them and mix them together

In a large bowl hand mix together all the onions, the softened celery, the craisins, walnuts, diced apple, and mushrooms
In a giant pot mix together both bags of stuffing cubes. Then mix in the bowl of onions and stuff. Lastly, mix in the stock a little at a time while turning over the stuffing vigorously with a big cooking spoon.
Cover the top of the pot and put it in a 350° oven for an hour. When cool, ladle a large portion into an oven safe dish for reheating at your relative’s tomorrow. Transfer remaining stuffing to a meatloaf pan or two, cover, and refrigerate.




Meanwhile I have to run up to the grocery store and buy something. I don’t know what, I just have to spend $7.85. Then we qualify for a free turkey or a ham or somesuch, which we throw in the freezer and usually have around Christmas. (I got a 12lb ham this time. Free)

So happy pre-Thanksgiving to everyone. In case I don’t get back to you for a couple days.

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Fresh from Africa, the “wild” Atlantic crashes ashore just west of Love Beach, Stella Maris.
2 foot waves will tumble you on this sharp limestone shelving.




UPDATE: I am used to a reduced salt diet, so this tastes a little bit salty to me. Just a little. My wife is a “halophobe” but she didn’t think it was too salty. Go figure. Both the Pepperidge Farms and the Arnold stuffing cubes are around the 400mg/30gm level, even the unseasoned ones!, whereas the plain jane Stroehman’s bread cubes are down at the 280mg level. And while the Swanson turkey stock only has a little bit more salt than the reduced sodium College Inn chicken broth, I could have used less stock and substituted a cup of water instead. Together with a plain cubes (and another spoonful of Bell’s to compensate) that would have been a significant salt reduction. The tartness of the Granny Smith apple makes for a nice balance. A dozen or so grinds of fresh black pepper wouldn’t have hurt things either. Other than that, this is darned good stuffing. And it’s got enough pork in it to be a meal all by itself.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/27/2013 at 12:55 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - July 03, 2013

Crowder For The Fourth of July


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/03/2013 at 12:16 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - March 31, 2013

Easter Sunday

Happy Easter to one and all.

Renew your faith. Enjoy the holiday. Ignore small minded little leftist minds like Google, who diddled their logo, as usual, to note that today is Cesar Chavez’z 86th birthday. And the lettuce hasn’t even been planted yet!

We’re going to her dad’s today, so we made one of our famous cheesecakes last night so we’d have something to bring. We make them using the water bath method, and this time the spring form pan leaked. Dagnabbit. The solution of how to waterproof your spring form pan is simple: first, get the 18” heavy aluminum foil so you can wrap it in one piece. I always forget something; this time it was the foil so I had to make do with 3 pieces the regular width stuff. And that doesn’t work. Worse, I’m tired of getting the pan bottom scratched up, or left at somebody’s house for 3 months with the leftover, so I put a piece of parchment paper in there. And tucked it under the edges of the pan. Leaker!

So when I unbound the pan it was quite drippy. Carefully turning it over with another parchment paper and a plate, it went back into the spring form upside down and into the oven for half an hour at 400 to dry out the graham cracker base crust. We’ll see. And if it turns out to be a disaster, oh well. At least we baked. I’m sure her sister will bring cookies from the local Italian bakery, and they’ll be just fine.

You’ve seen those molded silicon muffin pans? I would like to see something like it for a spring form pan. Pretty much a rubber cover, watertight. Because the water bath method makes the most awesome cheesecakes.

Enjoy the day. Now I have to finish my coffee and get down to SP and do my work, quick like a bunny.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/31/2013 at 06:35 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - January 01, 2013

SHOOOOOWMETHEWAYTAGOHOOOOOME. MORNING AFTER THE NIGHT BEFORE

JEESH.  Those yanks are soooo uncouth.

Erm ... hang on.

Never mind.

clappy ru year. where aammmmm i?

LINK TO MORE JOYOUS CELEBRANTS

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/01/2013 at 07:46 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - December 26, 2012

Xmas Presents, From Us To Us

A Gift Of Personal Luxury

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It’s getting tough to get a good shower in these days. Many municipalities have lowered the water pressure in an effort to make their aging system of pipes last longer. In an effort to conserve water, the government has decreed that no new shower head can be sold that flows more than 2.5 gallons per minute. Up until this year most manufacturers have complied with that law by inserting a flow restricting washer in their shower heads, which you can remove. I hear that such rebellious non-compliance will no longer be tolerated by our masters at the EPA, and that starting next year the flow restrictors will be built in. Which means we might need to buy some drill bits ...

All new toilets use less than 2 gallons per flush too, and new faucets are also limited to the 2.5gpm amount. Many of the modern, stylish, water saving loos actually do a very poor job of flushing, aroma control, and, um, targeting. You wind up flushing twice or more.

A “water saver” shower head can save even more water, but nearly always does such a poor job of washing away the soap that you’re left feeling a bit sticky. I can’t stand them.

When we moved into this condo the installed shower head was “OEM”, one of those simple old 70s heads that flowed a whole lot of water, but sprayed it out in a great wide ring. Huge blobby streams, but you could almost put your face right up to it and stay dry, because all the water was shooting out above you, around you, and down at your feet. No good. In the closet we found a brand new Moen brand head, a plastic thing shaped a bit like a flattened mushroom. It had 3 settings, so we gave it a try. The settings turned out to be Weak, Mist, and Tickle. There had to be something better.

We found a thing at Amazon called a Thunderhead. It’s a shower head that seems to be a cross between a power shower and one of those fancy rain shower heads, but at a fraction of their very spendy prices. For only $90 you get a plastic head on a plastic arm extension, and the jets are some kind of flexible synthetic rubber. The reviews were mostly very positive, but many people noted that they had to rub the jets all the time to clean them so they wouldn’t clog. And $90 for a hunk of plastic? Phooey. There has to be a better way.

Enter highpressureshowerheads.com. This is a little company that has looked at the entire shower head market, actually gone and tested most models, and elected to carry only shower heads that really work. But what if you don’t want a shower so strong that it feels like it could be used to strip paint? What if you want something fairly potent but also a bit luxuriously voluminous? They have that one covered as well.

Finally, a Rain shower head that delivers superb pressure!

Brass, fully-skirted body with individual solid brass nozzles that deliver near-laminar flow for outstanding pressure. Face is 5.5 inches in diameter, just large enough to look great but small enough to deliver much more pressure than larger rain shower heads with 8” or 10” heads. This is the only true Rain-style shower head we’ve found that meets our requirements for pressure and quality construction. Water flows through individual cast brass precision nozzles, not just dimples or holes like many inferior models. Be sure to click on the photo to get a better view! It’s a really attractive shower head.

The pressure is so strong that this shower head provides far greater pressure than most standard size shower heads on the market. Unusual for rain shower heads, ours can be mounted directly on traditional shower arms.

In accordance with the law, this one comes with a 2.5gpm flow restrictor installed. It also comes with instructions on how to remove the restrictor. And a handy little wrench in case you ever need to remove one of the machined brass nozzles for cleaning, or replace it’s individual O-ring seal. The quality of the head is quite good, and it isn’t even made in China.

After we got home Christmas night and she went right to bed and fell asleep, I swapped in the new head for the disappointing plastic Moen one. After first removing the restrictor washer, bad boy. The whole job took me about 3 minutes, and that’s with applying some new Teflon tape to the threads. I didn’t say anything. She goes in this morning to take a shower. I hear the water start running, and about 4 seconds later I hear “WOW!!” She was done in far less than half the time too. The head projects large individual strong streams of water; plenty enough jet pressure to give you a moderate “blasted clean” sensation, but also plenty enough water to give you that nice soaking downpour feeling you want a rainshower head for. Why choose one or the other when this one gives you both?

Rainshower heads are usually designed to hang from a vertical arm. Not this model. I installed this one on the standard shower arm so that the water projects at the typical downward angle. I’ve read that a completely vertical shower can make it difficult to clean certain nooks and crannies, which the angular spray handles. The can part of the shower head holds a cup or more water, so it drips quite a bit from the lowest nozzle when you’re done. The head comes mounted on a ball joint, so it’s an easy solution to just point the thing down afterwards, and all the water drains out from all the nozzles in just a couple seconds.

Best $60 I’ve spent in a long time. It comes in 4 finishes to match any bathroom decor.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/26/2012 at 10:30 AM   
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Expanding Your Lexicon

Instead of the schoolboy essay on “How I spent my holidays” I’ll give you a new word that encapsulates the day long Christmas Eve festival of food and drink I went to with all of her relatives. New Jersey Italian-Americans are very proud of their heritage, but since they all got here via a few generations living in Brooklyn and Staten Island, those boroughs have had their influence. This bunch, which we sometimes fondly call The Vultures, had it dialed up so much they even had “an Italian Christmas tree” which didn’t feature Neapolitan ornamentation at all, but it was decorated with bands of green, white, and red lights. Paisan! We had a great time. And for folks from odd places like Oregon, I guess I should add that not one person said a word about being Italian, or acting that way, or how the party was based on a formal religious festival. No. They are, so they don’t have to act. They don’t even have to mention. And that’s a huge difference. It ain’t Snooki and her gang of greasy losers. Besides, they’re all from Brooklyn, not from New Jersey. And we know what that means.

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Eeh, now dat’s Italian!




A New Joisey Woid

[a new, New Jersey word]



Proper Italian Word: cafone, noun. Pronounced with a very soft “c” that almost sounds like a “b”: cah-phone. Meaning: a peasant. Someone from the rural countryside.

New Jersey Version: gavone, noun. Pronounced with a sharp “g” and “v”, emphasis on the second syllable: gah-Vone. Meaning: a greedy uncultured slob.

An Italian-American word originally meaning an ill-mannered, unkempt pig-man (or woman). Based on italian cultural concepts like making a good show of yourself and an obsession with cleanliness. The word comes from the Italian “cafone”, which sounds to an english-speaker as ‘Gaw-Vone’ when spoken with a southern Italian accent.

Example: “Joey, he’s such a gavone, he puts ketchup on his lasagna!!” [thanks to our old pal Lucy] In other words, it means almost the same thing as a medeegone [which in NJ Italian sounds almost like “merry-cone"].

Expanding Your Lexicon: gavoning, verb. Pronounced “gavone-ing”. Meaning: duh, waddayou, stupit, you don’t know whadit means? It means, duh, acting like a friggin’ gavone!, but usually in the context of eating. Almost always used with a directional indicator such as up, down, or at. Similar to “scarfing” but with more haste and gusto. See also: “boardinghouse reach”.
Example: “Man, what a party. What a feast! You shoulda seen da vulchas gavoning up the prosciutto and the sfogliatelle!” [Man, what a party. What a feast! You should have seen all the hungry relatives eating the ham ("pra-zhoot") and the shell cookies ("szvoy-a-dell")!]

Note: like gavone, gavoning is an insider’s word, used lovingly to bust chops on people you are close to. When used by an outsider, either term will be considered a direct verbal assault and immediate repercussions will be taken. You gotta problem wid dat? You talkin to me wid dat mouth?



Coining credit goes to John E. Not one person around the huge table had ever heard the term before. After everyone got back up in their chairs after ROFLMAO, the new enverbiation was hotly debated over several more drinks and another helping of the excellent baccalà, and it was finally judged acceptable. Marone a mia!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/26/2012 at 08:56 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - December 25, 2012

MERRY CHRISTMAS ONE AND ALL

HOPE THIS DAY IS A SUCCESS FOR ALL ...

All being well fingers crossed, we are off to friends in the village where we will enjoy a great Christmas dinner.  She gets up darn near dawn, well, maybe an hour later, and starts putting things together mostly from scratch. Can’t wait.  Missed it last year as I was in bed with a doozy of a cold.  Even so, they sent a plate over here for me should I have any appetite.  I didn’t til I saw the plate.

We stay for after dinner coffee and conversation, then return home before the Queen’s traditional Christmas day address.  With no disrespect intended, I just can not get it through my head why she has to do that, since she is not free to actually say anything not vetted by whatever party is in power.  I’m not even certain she actually writes all of those addresses herself. She may do. But she does NOT have the freedom to speak her mind publicly, as her subjects do.  And subjects really isn’t the correct term in this world, cos I don’t see anyone subject to anything anymore.  Maybe it’s just me. So we leave before the address, which is a bore to me and again no disrespect there. I just have no interest, having once sat thru one.  Never again. Fingers crossed.

Some hours later if wife still up to it, we host a tea and sherry and whatever else is the norm, for the couple who had us to Christmas dinner. It’s a nice get together and all very civilized, since there are no liberals in attendance. Just a couple of very good friends, possibly their daughter also who might be visiting today.

So that’s it.

A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/25/2012 at 05:00 AM   
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calendar   Monday - December 24, 2012

A Merry Christmas to all

With Best Wishes from BMEWS to all who are surfing through and of course all our regulars.  To you and your loved ones, our hope for a very Happy Christmas, hope you’re stocked up on Tums (for the tummy).

As a public service reminder .... there will be no smoking or flames too close to CenTex at dinner, and no smoking within a mile on New Yrs eve. 

H/T New Jersey Yank

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Posted by peiper   United States  on 12/24/2012 at 08:00 AM   
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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas To All,

And To All A Good Night!



Christmas Eve! A day of driving and celebration for us. 103 miles up and over to the cousin’s house to party all day long. That Italian “7 fishes” thing that usually turns into about 18 fishes, 9 beers, 3 shots, 2 coffees, and about 9 hours of partying with the vultures. Then down to my Mom’s that night for Christmas the next morning. Ham! Pie! Presents!! Then 75 miles back here that evening because work starts up again Wednesday.

So here’s a Christmas Card picture for you from my lovely historic town of Clinton NJ. Featuring - as I often jokingly say is required by law - our world famous Red Mill, and of course WM Cowin and Francis Lowthorp’s great creation in cast iron and wrought iron, our 1870 adjustable Pony Pratt bridge.  All decked out for the holiday. Feel free to copy the image; I give it to one and all.

So now you can not only say you got a pony for Christmas, you got an adjustable one as well. Now, how special is that? LOL


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Somebody said they were sick of one kind of post, after carping a bit about too much of another kind of post just a day or so before that, so why not put up a bridge post instead? Happy to oblige, somebody. And there ain’t no redheads in the picture neither. Clicky piccy, as usual.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/24/2012 at 12:01 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - December 20, 2012

finga ricking goord

Don’t blame me, Rich K sent me this link. Actually, I think it’s pretty goord good. Finga ricking goord!

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It’s Christmas Eve in Japan. Little boys and girls pull on their coats, the twinkle of anticipation in their eyes. Keeping the tradition alive, they will trek with their families to feast at … the popular American fast food chain KFC.

Christmas isn’t a national holiday in Japan—only one percent of the Japanese population is estimated to be Christian—yet a bucket of “Christmas Chicken” (the next best thing to turkey—a meat you can’t find anywhere in Japan) is the go-to meal on the big day. And it’s all thanks to the insanely successful “Kurisumasu ni wa kentakkii!” (Kentucky for Christmas!) marketing campaign in 1974.

When a group of foreigners couldn’t find turkey on Christmas day and opted for fried chicken instead, the company saw this as a prime commercial opportunity and launched its first Christmas meal that year: Chicken and wine for 834 2,920 yen($10)—pretty pricey for the mid-seventies. Today the christmas chicken dinner (which now boasts cake and champagne) goes for about 3,336 yen ($40).

And the people come in droves. Many order their boxes of ”finger lickin’” holiday cheer months in advance to avoid the lines—some as long as two hours.

For nearly 40 years it’s been the same basic TV ad every time.

‘One of the reasons the campaign lasted so long is that the message is always the same: at Christmas you eat chicken,’ said Yasuyuki Katagi, executive director at Ogilvy and Mather Japan, the advertising agency.”

This year the ad guys are taking things up, up, and away. Literally.

And this year, the company launched a campaign that takes the holiday hype to new heights. From December 1 through February 28 passengers on select trips between Tokyo and eight U.S. and European destinations can enjoy KFC in-flight.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/20/2012 at 02:24 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - December 13, 2012

Stuff And Nonsense

Well, Maybe It’s Fine For England

Maths Formula Calculates Perfect Christmas Tree

Makes Makes for a Perfect Tree: This is truly for the meticulous, most fastidiuos Christmas tree decorator, who really must have just the right mix of lights, ornaments and tinsel distributed perfectly on the ole Tannenbaum.

It is a mathematical formula that one can use to design the most perfect tree. It was created students Nicole Wrightman and Alex Craig of the University of Sheffield in the U.K. Their “treegonometry” takes into the account the height of a tree in order to calculate the ideal number of ornaments, length of tinsel, length of lights and location of the star on top.

< ahref="http://www.shef.ac.uk/news/nr/debenhams-christmas-tree-formula-1.227810">Members of the University’s Maths society, called SUMS, have put an end to bare branches, by calculating the amount of baubles, tinsel and lights needed, as well as the size of the essential star on top.

Department store Debenhams set the University the Christmas themed challenge to create the formulas for the perfectly decorated Christmas tree and it is also available below as a calculator.

If you’ve found your ideal Christmas tree but want to ensure you use the appropriate amount of decorations then the calculator will have the answer.

The formulas – which are being rolled out for use by Debenhams personal shoppers nationwide – are as follows:

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TOTAL BALDERDASH

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BAH HUMBUG!

This formula is frightfully incomplete, not taking into account AT ALL the branch density, nor giving and optimum size of the baubles, nor whether it is using large bulb or small bulb lights. It doesn’t even allow the user to choose whether to have an ornament majority tree or a tinsel one. Maybe in the UK this works, where every tree is probably some EU mandated Charlie Brown™ anemic stick and the country is under trade obligation to buy tinsel by the ship full from Brussels, but it won’t work here.

Not that it couldn’t be improved. You’d need to make an bulb size adjustment feature, and one that carries the number of lights per meter. You’d need another variable to handle branch density, and yet another one to deal with length since some trees are bushier than others. You’d want to work in a scaling factor as well, as we all know that the biggest balls go on the lower parts of the tree, unless you have cats or extra stupid children, in which case the most robust ornaments are the ones put there, well strapped down.

So overall, perhaps these students rate a C+ or a B- for their concept, but the app is far from complete. Personally, I’d write in a secret suicidal back door bit of code for anyone who puts up one of those “quaint” chirping bird ornament things. Hang one of those and the calculations null out, leaving you a real Charlie loser of a holiday bush.

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I named the tree Lance Armstrong


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/13/2012 at 05:24 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - February 12, 2012

Drugs Are Bad

Whitney Houston, 48

Whitney Houston, the iconic American singer whose battles with drugs, alcohol and ex-husband Bobby Brown marred her star power, has died. She was 48.

Houston’s publicist confirmed the singer’s death to ABC News. The cause of death is not yet known.

Representatives from the Beverly Hills Police Department confirmed that the singer died in a hotel room at the Beverly Hilton hotel.

Police got a 911 call from hotel security at 3:43 p.m, P.I.O. Lieutenant Mark Rosen said. Efforts to revive her were unsuccessful and she was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, were among the people that were immediately notified of her death.

Rosen said Houston’s cause of death has not yet been determined and no “obvious signs of foul play” have been seen.

Houston’s death on the eve of the Grammy Awards sent shock waves through the music industry, with many stars expressing shock and sadness.

Brown reportedly broke down back stage before a show with his band New Edition in Southhaven, a few miles south of Memphis.

Brown skipped the first song of the concert, but appeared onstage for the second. He shouted, “I love you, Whitney. The hardest thing for me to do is to come on this stage.” He then blew a kiss to the sky with visibly teary eyes.

Her longtime mentor Clive Davis held his annual concert and dinner Saturday at the hotel where her body was found. Producer Jimmy Jam, who had worked with Houston, said he anticipated the evening would become a tribute to her.

Aretha Franklin, her godmother, also said she was stunned.

“I just can’t talk about it now,” Franklin said in a short statement. “It’s so stunning and unbelievable. I couldn’t believe what I was reading coming across the TV screen.”


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/12/2012 at 08:53 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas to all the BMEWSd!

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Let me also leave you with this: The Prayer of St. Francis. I memorized it years ago and still use it for meditation.

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy!

Oh Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.

I think we will need such sentiments in the coming election year.


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 12/24/2011 at 09:04 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - December 22, 2011

CHRISTMAS FUTURE?  not a good sign if it is.

OK first of all I think those leaders mentioned here are a bit OTT saying the stores are ashamed to sell religious cards.  But they should be for joining the oh so tacky and crude pandering to bad taste.  I might be way off base here. Maybe it’s age.  But I really see nothing witty, or clever or funny about these cards.

Last month I sent what many would think of as a crude birthday card to an old and dear friend in Franklin, Tn.  Since we’re both of an age and both experiencing those damnable things that accompany old age, the card addressed the funny side of aging (there really isn’t any) and although a bit crude it wasn’t vile and addressed head on our experiences.  It was a personal thing between friends. 

Somehow though, I see this in a different light altogether.  There’s something not right about it.  OK, free speech and free expression and some of it would be called art by some ppl. Which naturally makes it all okay.  Really?
I wonder if the ppl who produced this material would be so brave as to do a number on islam and the prophet.
Yeah. Sure.  When pigs learn to fly.


Stores ‘ashamed’ to sell religious cards… but obscene ones litter the High Street

By ANDREW LEVY
Supermarkets have become ‘ashamed’ of selling Christmas cards with religious themes, Christian leaders said yesterday.
They claimed a creeping ‘multicultural indoctrination’ had led to an aversion to Christianity, and that shops were worried about stocking cards that might offend other faiths.
The rebuke to Britain’s big four supermarkets – Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons – came as a snapshot poll by the Daily Mail revealed the tiny number of religious cards on sale.

THE OBSCENE CARDS

Christmas cards emblazoned with obscenities are on sale across Britain’s High Streets.
One card showing a quintessential 50s family inside a wreath reads ‘Merry Christmas W*****’, while another depicts a pair of carol singers with the words ‘Merry F****** Christmas.’ A third says: ‘Merry Christmas You F****** F*****.’
In total, dozens of the explicit cards are on sale in branches of Scribbler. Each costs around £2.50.
Mike Judge, of the Christian Institute, said: ‘You don’t have to be a prude to see this is inappropriate at what is, after all, a special time for families.’
Christian Concern’s Andrea Williams added: ‘Christmas is a time when we remember the birth of Jesus, a message of hope and peace for all people.  It is a great shame if Scribbler use it to promote obscenities.’
In the branch of the store in London’s Kensington High Street, the filth-ridden cards are part of a large display containing other family-orientated festive greetings.
One shows Santa saying: ‘Shh! Nobody knows I’m gay’ while another shows him with a cigarette in hand and the words: ‘F*** off! I’m smoking.’
A third shows a cheery-looking Father Christmas with the phrase ‘YOU ain’t getting s***!’
But Scribbler’s managing director John Procter described the cards as having a ‘schoolboy’ sense of humour.
‘It’s our company policy not to use expletives or such words in a gratuitous way. If we think it makes a joke then we will use one,’ he said.
‘We do group all of these rather rude cards together and keep them at eye level so children can’t see them.
‘I understand why some people might find them offensive. But they really are our best sellers and in reality we get very few complaints.’

LOTS MORE TO SEE HERE

Could someone enlighten me on something please. You’d think at my age and having traveled a few places in the world, I might know every single swear word there is.  I’ve even made a few up induced by computer malfunctions.
But I am stymied by this in the article. Cos I haven’t come across it before.

The second line in the article says Merry Christmas W*****.  Well, I guess I’m way behind the cuss curve on this cos I can’t think of a bad word that starts with a ‘W’ can you?

What the heck. I guess this is the way of this new world. 

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