Belgium Woman Raped For Not Wearing Veil

2008-06-30

It looks like a Belgium woman was raped in the capital of Europe for not wearing a veil. Wonder how long Europe will remain even semi-free? Will burkas be required dress in America before Barack Hussein Obama leaves office?

Was this rape against the teachings of Islam? Against what the prophet did and taught? Aren’t we told — repeatedly — that Islam is the religion of peace?

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Card Game: 7-Point Cut-Throat Pitch With Phantom

2008-06-30

Another variation of Pitch derived from 7-Point Cut-Throat Pitch, played with 4 players.

Equipment

  • Standard deck of 52 cards with two distinguishable jokers – one considered “high” and one considered “low”.
  • Four (4) people
  • Something to keep score (paper and pen)

Short Version

The short version is take the rules for 7-Point Cut-Throat Pitch and add a “phantom” player.

The phantom is dealt cards like a regular player but [obviously] doesn’t bid nor play. After the four human players bid and play out the hand by the standard cut-throat rules and scoring begins, the phantom hand is turned over for all to see. The phantom is considered to have captured all six cards in the phantom’s hand and is assigned to a team depending on whether or not it holds the high trump or low trump (or both). The phantom’s points are added to its teams points.

Note that it is usually embarrassing to have the phantom beat you.

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Racism on National Public Radio

2008-06-27

I was listening to the National Public Radio station out of Las Vegas tonight and they were interviewing Gustavo Arellano. Gustavo Arellano writes a column in the OC Weekly entitled Ask the Mexican. I must admit that it has been a long time since I’ve heard such a flaming racist on the air as Mr. Arellano. (No, I don’t think I can stomach Don Imus).

Mr. Arellano proudly proclaims that he calls whites “gabacho” which he (and Google) claim is a derogatory Spanish term to describe “foreigners”. He justifies his racism by claiming that people are racist to him by calling him “the Mexican” — please note of course that he calls his column Ask the Mexican. He also proudly claimed that he uses racists epithets for blacks and Asians as well.

If he had been a white espousing racism so freely, I doubt that the National Public Radio would have interviewed him in such a positive light.

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Garlic White Sauce with Ravioli

2008-06-27

I’m not sure where we picked up this recipe … but it’s probably my favorite white sauce recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter (1/4 pound)
  • 25 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 3 cups chopped mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 5 ounces grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 packages of ravioli

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Get Over It

2008-06-25

Newsmax.com is reporting that Obama tells Hillary supporters to ‘get over it’. Caused some Hillary supporters to be offended.  Talk about hypersensitive. Here’s the quote:

“If women take a moment to realize that on every issue important to women, John McCain is not in their corner, that would help them get over it.”

Rep. Diane Watson, D-Calif., a longtime Clinton supporter, did not like those last three words — “Get over it.” Watson said she finds them to be dismissive and off-putting.

If Diane Watson really is so worked up over what Obama said, she should retire from politics and go for binge drinking. Nobody should be that stressed out.


Movie Review: Faith of My Fathers

2008-06-25

We rented Faith of My Fathers – a biography / infomercial for John McCain made back in 2005. The setting is the Viet Nam war starting just before McCain gets shot down and tossed into prison and concludes shortly after he is let out of prison. The credits list McCain as a technical consultant for the movie. What I walked away with from the movie is that John McCain is stubborn and stupid. Unlike his modern persona of being the “great compromiser,” the movie portrays him as one who digs in his heals even when he doesn’t have to. His temper also plays a role in the movie.

On a complete tangent, a show on public radio today (Public Radio International?) ran an interview with the camp commander from when McCain was in prison. He stated that he would vote for his “friend” McCain. He also categorically denied that the prisoners were ever tortured (the reporter indicated that this directly contradicted a number of Americans’ testimony).

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Card Game: 7-Point Cut-Throat Pitch

2008-06-25

This is another variation of the Pitch card game, playable with 5 players.

Equipment

  • Standard deck of 52 cards with two distinguishable jokers – one considered “high” and one considered “low”.
  • Five (5) people
  • Something to keep score (paper and pen)

Short Version

The short version is take the rules for 7-Point Partnership Pitch and keep score for each player individually.

“Teams” are formed on a hand-by-hand basis. The player dealt the high of trump is partnered with the person dealt the low of trump; all other players are on the other team. Until you’ve seen the ace and deuce of trump, you won’t know who is teamed with whom until the last card is played. If the same person has both the high and low of trump, they are a team unto themselves.

All people on the team with the high bidder are responsible for the bid. If the team does not take the required number of points, everyone on the team goes down by the number of points bid. (Bidding 7 just to take as many people down with you as you can is considered poor sportsmanship and is something I discovered that my kids really hate. Not that I’ve done this. Recently anyway).

As in 7-Point Partnership, play continues until someone reaches 21 or more points. In case more than one player goes over 21 then if the bidder was one of the players, they win. If the bidder did not go over 21 then whoever has the highest score wins. If two or more people are tied as the highest over 21 and the bidder did not go over 21, play proceeds until a winner is found (and it may not be one of the people that originally tied).

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