Saturday, July 7, 2012

Signs Of The Times

Pro-anorexia website Skinny Gossip is slamming model Kate Upton for her look in a series of Carl's Jr. adds, saying she looks fat and likening her to a cow by making the joke that they thought cannibalism was illegal.You can see exactly how moonumentally overweight Upton looks in this picture and it is an obviously stupid claim, but my whole issue is... Pro-anorexia?

 The site has a starving tip of the day section, how colossally screwed up are we as a society that we have people coming out in favor of starving yourself to the point of malnutrion in the quest to attain some sort of body that hides what you are, namely a woman.

Let's be honest folks, Keira Knightley has a gorgeous face but when it comes to bodies 99% of guys are going to show a whole lot more interest in Christina Hendricks. Then there are the health issues. Anorexia leads to skin conditions, joint pain, loss of muscle mass, and a whole host of other issues. If anyone who reads this is actually considering going on some form of radical diet I would seriously suggest looking it up, for a start I would say go to McCallum Place's website to get an excellent overview, they are an eating disorder treatment center.

The plain fact of the matter is there is no one perfect weight, everyone has slightly different body types, but when it comes to society's feminine ideal Kate Upton is pretty damn close to it and the fact that the writer for Skinny Gossip called her a cow is kind of disturbing, so I am writing this, calling out to all curvy girls to celebrate their bodies... after all, I celebrate them plenty.

Cuteness overload

Li'l Bub is a (born, not bred) dwarf cat, polydactyl, with no teeth, a shortened lower jaw and a degree of cuteness that is frankly... disturbing.... Take a look at the site yourself, it has links to Li'l Bub's youtube channel and twitter feed.

We Now Return You To Your Regularly Scheduled Bitching

I had a combination of computer issues and a crazy schedule yesterday, so I missed my first day of posting so far, mea culpa. Between job interviews, interviews for articles I plan to write, and helping my friends with shit I did not have time to fix my connection till I was too tired to give a damn. Today I'm returning to bitching as usual.

A Good Cause

So here is the long and short of it, a great local bar has some legal trouble. One of the owners of Captain Steamers, a pirate themed bar that made the news earlier this year when an employee defended the bar from being robbed with a sword that hangs behind the bar, is being sued. The worst part of it is they are being railroaded. I'm not in possession of all the facts, but as an outside party I know the trouble originated from a civil suit by Charles Cameron, the owner of Central Signs in Daytona Beach over failure to pay for signage put up at another property. Attempts were made in good faith to pay the balance for work done but were rebuffed each time.

Mr. Cameron has filed suit against more than 100 individuals and businesses in the last year alone and is well known for his predatory practices, unfortunately he has done business with several of the Circuit Court Judges for Daytona Beach and has been able to consistently secure himself a friendly court when the judge should have recused their self for a conflict of interests. The case is currently working it's way through appeals but the defendants need to raise money for competent legal defense that can push for a change of venue, flat out they will not get a fair trial from the Circuit Court Judges that serve this area and so they are planning to reach out to the community for donations. Early next week they will be putting together a donation site, they also plan events and to reach out to local groups.

On a personal level I plan to watch how things develop, report on it, and forward the information as possible. I hope anyone that reads this follows their conscience and donates when the site is up. Thanks for reading folks, and keep an eye out for updates.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Some Really Old Crow

Bryan Fite, a Missouri man, recently found thirteen bottles of Old Crow bourbon whiskey in his attic while doing some wiring to save money on the installation of central air conditioning in the house he moved in to with his wife in 2011. Fite plans to open the bottles in 2017 when they will have officially hit the one century mark, as the whiskey was bottled in 1917 after being distilled in 1912 and 1913 and then barrel aged.

Unfortunately for Fite whiskey in general has too high of an alcohol content to support micro-organisms that could have processed sugars in the whiskey to alter it's flavor profile like what happens with wines, in fact if their was a defect in the corking or capping of the bottles the alcohol could have easily evaporated over the 95 years it has been sitting around, so the bottles are essentially a curiosity and could never fetch the sort of prices truly old wine does.

Still.. pre-Prohibition whiskeys do have the historical curiosity going for them and sometimes do sell well at auction. An extremely rare single malt once sold for $100,000. The problem is these particular examples are from a common maker. Old Crow is bottled by Jim Beam, between that and a down market a lot of antiquities and historical curiosities, more than at any other point in recent history, fail to even meet their reserve price when put up for auction.

All that said, damn would I love one of those bottles falling in my lap.

More From My Inner Gourmand


 Below is a fairly simple recipe I have used for years for pork and chicken roulade. The dish isn't hard to make, this recipe actually nets you multiple servings, and it makes you look really good if you whip it up for a date. Enjoy!

Ingredients

    4 garlic cloves, peeled
    1 teaspoon pepper
    2 cups minced fresh parsley
    1/2 cup minced fresh basil
    4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
    1 pork tenderloin (1 pound)
    2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
    3 ounces prosciutto or thinly sliced deli ham
    Salt and additional pepper
    3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
    3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
    1 tablespoon butter, softened
    1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
                                      
Directions

    In a food processor, finely chop garlic. Add the pepper, parsley and basil; cover and process until finely chopped. While processing, gradually add 3 tablespoons oil in a steady stream. Set aside.
    Starting about a third in from one side, make a lengthwise slit in the tenderloin to within 1/2 in. of bottom. Turn tenderloin over and make another lengthwise slit, starting from about a third in from the opposite side. Open tenderloin so it lies flat; flatten to about 1/3 in. thickness. Cut chicken breast halves horizontally in half; flatten to 1/4-in. thickness.
    Spread 3 tablespoons garlic mixture over one side of pork. Arrange chicken over pork. Spread with 3 tablespoons garlic mixture. Top with prosciutto; spread with remaining garlic mixture. Roll up tightly jelly-roll style, starting with a long side. Tie at 2-in. intervals with kitchen string. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
    Place a large piece of heavy-duty foil (18 in. x 16 in.) on a baking sheet. Lightly sprinkle tenderloin with salt and additional pepper. In a large skillet, brown tenderloin on all sides in remaining oil. Transfer to prepared pan; wrap foil around pork, keeping the seam side of foil up. Bake at 400° for 40-45 minutes or until meat thermometer reads 170°.
    Meanwhile, discard drippings from skillet. Add broth and cream. Bring to a boil, scraping up browned bits. Boil until sauce is reduced to 1-1/2 cups, about 20 minutes. Let pork stand for 10 minutes; carefully remove foil. Add any juices to sauce. Mix butter and flour until blended; whisk into sauce. Bring to boil; cook and whisk until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Strain sauce; season with pepper. Serve with pork. Yield: 3-4 servings.


Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 542 calories, 40 g fat (16 g saturated fat), 167 mg cholesterol, 996 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 39 g protein.

Hangovers

I don't really get bad hangovers, when I do it is because of some truly epic drinking the night before. That said I've exhaustively tested a few cures and found that what works best and About.com has a great article on the biology of a hangover, but the core issues to deal with are low blood sugar, loss of electrolytes, and dehydration, hence the old standby of aspirin and a glass of water before bed. My best hangover cure is a fairly straightforward adaptation of that, I'll pop a couple of aspirin, drink a 32 ounce Gatorade (my favorite is the arctic blue cherry but I believe it was a limited time only flavor) and apply tiger balm to my major joints as a bit of preventative care. I'll keep another 32 ounce bottle on my bedside for drinking when I wake up throughout the night (hooray insomnia).

Usually that is enough to ward off any symptoms, but if that doesn't work I usually make myself an omelet and bacon, with black coffee, the mix of proteins, carbohydrates and caffeine takes care of any lingering doubts my body is voicing about this whole "being alive" business and I get to go on with my day. Just a little tip from me to you, dear readers, after the 4th, hopefully plenty of you find it works out well for you this upcoming weekend!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

America, F**K Ya!

 All I'm posting for today, because it is the 4th and I have some serious drinking and beach bumming to do with my friends later. The picture is by SharpWriter at deviantART.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Great Communicator

John Hawkins, the proprietor of Right Wing News and political writer has a great article up at Townhall.com, his favorite 40 quotes by Ronald Reagan, it won't surprise anyone but I am a huge fan of Reagan, despite not really remembering his presidency. Reading or listening to his speeches and researching what he did for our country... the man had a vision and gift for oratory that is breath taking, and even today his speeches on the "shining city on the hill" still stir something in me. I would suggest reading the article to any of my readers.

The Fallacy of Free Stuff

Alexis de Tocqueville once said “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years.” It seems our current leaders are determined to prove him correct by pandering to a slim majority who want ever increasing free handouts.

The problem, as the french historian and political thinker so stylishly laid out, is that there is no such thing as truly free government handouts, such loose policy inevitably bankrupts the coffers because it relies on an ever shrinking minority of wealthy earners to fund a constantly growing majority of so-called-poor. Forgetting for a moment Jefferson's warning that a government powerful enough to give anything can take anything, this process leads to those with the means skirting the system, either securing their wealth outside of the reach of the state, or leaving the state all together.

Some would call that immoral, I just call it a reasonable result of human nature. It is only reasonable that I secure what I have (hypothetically speaking, I am a blogger after all) to be passed on to my wife and children (also hypothetical, I'm something of a bachelor) when I die, perhaps some will go to my friends as well, in the end a man concerns himself with the people who are concerned with him. I could donate to charity, it is entirely my choice, and in fact when I have spare money I do exactly that, but that comes after taking care of the things that are of immediate importance to me. I am not advocating fleeing taxes, I'm saying it is a natural outcome of taxes becoming punitive towards those who generate wealth. Something to consider the next time Uncle Sam promises a unicorn or jobs, whether he wears a republican or deomocrat hat.

Iranian Idiocy

So Iran is claiming they recently tested several new types of missile systems it is adding to it's arsenal and... it is kind of funny, when Israel is begging for a reason to bomb your ass to the stone age and every spy satellite in orbit  has hours tasked to watching you but you still have to insist you tested new missiles.... I'm going to have to say you're full of manure.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Bronycon....Really?!

I'll be the first to admit I have odd fanboy moments, I still love Star Wars, comic books, and old school pencil and paper rpg's... but a convention solely for the male fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic? Really? I admit I've watched a few shows to figure out why this has become A Thing online and I didn't get it, it's a cutesy show ostensibly for little girls that has decent writing and anime so parents don't want to blow their brains out. Apparently it is such a big Thing however that according to the Wiki for Bronycon it is held multiple times a year.

This really is the sort of thing that makes me think the whole damn world is circling the drain. I'm all for letting your freak flag fly but to be an adult man and be obsessed with a show for little girls just creeps me right the hell out for reasons that would cause me to keep my cousin (significant age gap, she has called me uncle when she wants to tease me about being"old") well away from any bronies found in public.

Why I'm Proud To Be An American

Most people are proud of their ancestries and I'll admit I am as well, I'm not going to go in to all the nationalities my family comes from, what I am most proud of is being an American. I'm proud of that because my ancestors risked so much, gambled so heavily by leaving their homeland, on the promise of what America was and is and what it would allow them to become. The shining city on the hill has treated those who seek out it's shores better than most countries, and I love the fact that it is a country made by those who always strove for more. People that did not ask what could be done for them but what they could do for themselves and for their families, and This July 4th I know what my mind will be on.

Retribution

So, I've liked most of the Resident Evil movies so far, the last one I felt got a bit too far from the source material and suffered for it, but I'm really not sure about the new one, Resident Evil: Retribution.

On one hand it looks like it at least partially returns to the "Milla Jovovich kicking zombie ass" formula, on the other hand putting 3d in the name is usually the death knell for a series and... well, I hate to say it because it sounds chauvinistic and shallow but there is a shelf life on how long an actress can seem to pull off the badass leading lady image.
 I especially  hate admitting that in regards to miss Jovovich, I've been a huge fan and, admittedly I've had a bit of a crush on her since seeing The 5th Element. But that was 15 years ago and as beautiful as she still is she looks... tired. I'm not saying she looks bad, but she definitely doesn't shine like I'm used to seeing her do.

Maybe it's the way the trailer was cut though, trying to make her seem hardened and worn down by Umbrella's mad experiments and the constant struggle to survive over the last few years. Maybe it is just bad makeup in a few scenes, regardless I'm going to cheer if I see her take on a different sort of movie as a project even if I find myself enjoying Retribution. I do plan to see it in theaters, though probably not the first week.

Some People Never Learn

So, me and my friends were hanging out last night, and we had the news on. There was a story on about a man who had gone to jail over a dozen times for robbing the same corner store. None of us could even make a cruel joke about it. Not so today. Doesn't doing the same thing again and again count as insanity? Or did this guy just fry his memory so bad he can't remember the last ten or so times he did this?I have to assume he had some sort of plan, but did he really think the cops were actively becoming less competent to that degree? Do the police keep his cell for him or just a case with his jailhouse hygiene products? And finally, does his not-prison wife know about his prison wife?