Thoughts of an ETSwatch

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.


Pineapple Zucchini Bread

Posted in Recipes by etswatch on 08/29/2009

1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup margarine, softened
1 cup grated zucchini
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice
2 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour bottom only of a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
2. In large bowl, cream brown sugar and margarine until light and fluffy. Reserve 1 tablespoon pineapple juice. Stir in pineapple, zucchini, and eggs. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and allspice; blend well. Fold in nuts. Spread evenly in prepared pan.
3. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes, and then remove from pan.
3. To Make Glaze: Combine confectioners’ sugar, reserved pineapple juice, corn syrup and 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Mix until smooth, and spoon over warm loaf. Cool completely on wire rack. Wrap and store in refrigerator.

Zucchini Bread

Posted in Recipes by etswatch on 08/29/2009

2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 eggs
1 cup white sugar
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1 1/3 cups grated zucchini
3/4 teaspoon lemon extract
2/3 cup chopped pecans

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
2. In a large bowl, beat eggs with sugar for 10 minutes. Gradually add oil and beat for two more minutes. Mix in lemon extract, zucchini and pecans. Fold in flour mixture until evenly moistened; do not overmix. Pour batter into prepared pan.
3. Bake in preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean.

Chocolate Zucchini Bread I

Posted in Recipes by etswatch on 08/29/2009

2 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened
3 eggs
2 cups white sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups grated zucchini
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease two 9×5 inch loaf pans. In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave chocolate until melted. Stir occasionally until chocolate is smooth.
2. In a large bowl, combine eggs, sugar, oil, grated zucchini, vanilla and chocolate; beat well. Stir in the flour baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Fold in the chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared loaf pans.
3. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a loaf comes out clean.

Slow-Roasted Tomatoes

Posted in Recipes by etswatch on 08/13/2009

If you’ve never made slow-roasted tomatoes before, prepare to have your mind blown because they’ve got very little to do with the aforementioned packaged variety in all of the best ways: they’re so flavorful that you might think you think someone snuck into your oven and doused them in both vinegar and salt, even if you did neither. They also have just the right level of moisture, dry on the outside with some juiciness left within–no rehydrating needed here. They can transform even those freakily perfect supermarket grape tomatoes into heaven on a plate, but if you manage to get your hands on the real deal from a greenmarket, well, I hope you’re sitting down when you pop the first one in your mouth.

I know what you’re going to say: “You want me to turn on my oven in the middle of the summer for three freakin’ hours? Are you insane?” And all I can say is, well, yes, but also the oven is so low that I swear it won’t heat up your apartment in any noticeable or annoying way.

And what to do with them? Namely, anything. I use themas a pasta picker-upper, or stores them in the fridge covered in olive oil, laying them over chicken, salmon, tuna or mixed vegetables. You can put them them in salad, salsa, or mix them with white beans or slivers of basil.

      Cherry, grape or small Roma tomatoes
      Whole gloves of garlic, unpeeled
      Olive oil
      Herbs such as thyme or rosemary (optional)


Preheat oven to 225°F. Halve each cherry or grape tomato crosswise, or Roma tomato lengthwise and arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet along with the cloves of garlic. Drizzle with olive oil, just enough to make the tomatoes glisten. Sprinkle herbs on, if you are using them, and salt and pepper, though go easily on these because the finished product will be so flavorful you’ll need very little to help it along.

Bake the tomatoes in the oven for about three hours. You want the tomatoes to be shriveled and dry, but with a little juice left inside–this could take more or less time depending on the size of your tomatoes.

Either use them right away or let them cool, cover them with some extra olive oil and keep them in the fridge for the best summer condiment, ever. And for snacking.

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.”



Posted in Culture, Humor, Videos by etswatch on 08/11/2009

Shatner just doesn’t climb, he hugs the mountain!!

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.

The Mancession Continues

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

Women are close to representing a majority of the workforce.