Thoughts of an ETSwatch

Yum Delicious Simple Mashed Potatoes

Posted in Politics by etswatch on 02/26/2010


  • 3 medium sized potatoes
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 T Smart Balance
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 T Fat Free Sour Cream
  • Directions

    Cut potatoes into bite size pieces
    Put potatoes & garlic in pot to boil
    Boil on high until potatoes are soft ready to be mashed
    Drain water
    In bowl mash potatoes (& garlic) with sour cream, Smart Balance, & salt.


    A Judges Become Partisan

    Posted in Politics by etswatch on 01/28/2010

    Last night we saw yet another example how how right wing ideolgy has taken control of the Republican party. During the State of the Union adress both tradition and the Court’s role dictate that the judges sit silent and inexpressive. But the conservative Republican judge Sam Alito allowed ideolgy to depart from protocol and openly criticized the Democratic President. Republicans predictably are circling the wagons to defend him while Democrats do the opposite.

    By behaving in this manner, Altio has demonstrated that he now a political (rather than judicial) hero to Republicans and a political enemy of Democrats. This is exactly the kind of role a Supreme Court Justice should avoid.

    Right Wing About the Law

    Posted in Politics by etswatch on 01/28/2010

    Conservatives are getting way to comfortable with notion that their ideolgy is above the law & therefore they’re justified in breaking the law. That’s what drove O’Keefe, figuring that if what he found played well on Drudge and FOX NO NEWS, he’d get away with committing a mayor felony. We can thank amoung others, Dick Cheney and George W Bush for that kind of reasoning.

    Caramelized Peaches with Lemons and Blueberries

    Posted in Politics, Recipes by etswatch on 08/12/2009

    Serves: 4 to 6
    Prep time:10 minutes
    Grilling time:8 to 12 minutes
    Special Equipment:large disposable foil pan

    4 large peaches, firm but ripe, halved and pitted
    3 TBSP unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
    2 TBSP dark brown sugar
    1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
    6 TBSP lemon curd
    2-4 TBSP heavy cream
    1-1/2 cups fresh blueberries

    1. Arrange the peaches in a single layer, cut side down, in a large disposable foil pan. Scatter the butter pieces and sugar between the peaches. Add the vanilla to the pan.

    2. In a small bowl whisk the lemon curd with enough heavy cream to create a smooth, spoonable sauce.

    3. Place pan of peaches over direct medium heat (3500 to 4500 F) and cook, with lid closed as much as possible, until the peaches are tender, warm, and glazed, 8 to 12 minutes. Gently roll the peaches in the butter mixture once. To keep them warm, slide pan over indirect heat and open cover. When ready to serve, slide the hot pan onto a baking sheet and move to a work surface.

    4. Cut the peaches into quarters or smaller slices. Arrange in bowls with the blueberries. Serve warm with lemon curd mixture spooned over the top.

    Why Is Talk Radio Getting Angrier?

    Posted in Culture, Politics by etswatch on 08/11/2009

    As its Revenues Drop, Talk Radio Gets Angrier

    Conservative talk radio has never been more angry and extreme than today. You might think that’s a response to the Obama presidency. But even more, conservative talkers are responding to a collapse in advertising revenues.

    According to Scott Fybush, the proprietor of North East Radio Watch, talk radio has lost 30-40% of its ad revenues over the past two years.

    Further, in an interview with a talk radio trade publication, Talkers Magazine, late last year, Talk Radio Networks CEO Mark Masters said: “2008 will be known as the year that weak syndicated programs began dying off in droves,” adding that “it has only just begun.”

    In this environment, radio hosts believe that anger is their only path to survival. “If you’re not the most extreme person on the radio or making the most outrageous headlines,” says Fybush, “there is going to be some portion of the base that is going to ignore you and move onto someone who is more extreme.”


    Gitmo NIMBYism

    Posted in Politics by etswatch on 08/11/2009

    Ike Skelton, the Democratic Congressman from the Fourth Congressional District of Missouri, has become the most senior Democrat to openly oppose the transfer of Gitmo detainees to the United States Disciplinary Barracks (USDB) at Fort Leavenworth. He openly recognizes “that the detention facility in Guantanamo, in the minds of many around the world, have tarnished the otherwise sterling reputation of our Armed Forces and our country. Guantanamo has also become a recruiting tool for those who would seek to harm us.”, but argues that the USDB is not a suitable transfer alternative because it will cost millions to outfit the facility to ensure that foreign and domestic prisoners are segregated, as required by military law. But many more millions is what we’ll be spending transferring them anywhere else since the most likely candidates for housing the transfers are at security level(s) below that of the USDB. So, I have to seriously question the validity of this apprehension.

    His second disquietude is in concert with that of Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas and I find it even less comprehensible:

    “I have strong indications that, if detainees from Guantanamo were to be transferred to Fort Leavenworth, a number of Muslim countries would decline to continue to send their students to the Command and General Staff College. This would have a very negative outcome for our military officers, the school, and the health of our relationships with Muslim nations.”

    I find the logic confusing in that if Gitmo has already “tarnished the otherwise sterling reputation of our Armed Forces and our country,” then what haven’t we hear of a single statement from a Muslim student or foreign official expressing such concerns and calls of boycotts? (There’s a good chance that I may have missed these, in which case please point me to it.) Also, since Obama has ended the torture policies of Gitmo, and its closure would erase the stigma of Gitmo, what else is there for the Muslim community to protest?

    What I ready find bothersome is Skelton attempt to hide his NIMBY (not-in-my-backyard) reasoning with a shallow logical argument. I think the menu would be much better served with a dose of honesty and a pinch of consistency; opposing both the Gitmo closure and the transfer for the real reason, he simply doesn’t think that detainees should be in Missouri.

    Fact-Checking Sarah

    Posted in Politics by etswatch on 08/11/2009

    According to the beast the came from Wasilla, Obama’s gonna kill her baby!

    “The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.”

    But Sarah and little Trig are entitled to free federal health care, so they would never appear before any “Death Panel”.


    Posted in Culture, Humor, Politics by etswatch on 08/08/2009

    The Birthers Got “Punk’d” With Fake Certificate

    Blame Canada! Blame Canada!

    Posted in Culture, Health Care, Politics, Videos by etswatch on 08/07/2009

    The Cops And Their Tasers

    Posted in Culture, Politics, Videos by etswatch on 08/07/2009

    Here is yet another story of needless excessive force. This time it’s against a grandfather who is celebrating a baptism in his own backyard. Then they tase a pregnant woman who tries to help him against the police assault: