Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A New Breakfast Favorite

I like bacon, in fact I love it. I have been known to eat over a pound (weight prior to cooking)of it at once with sides of eggs and toast slathered with butter. Yummy.

I also like other pork products for breakfast like smoked and fresh link sausages, quick browning frozen sausages and sausage patties. I've also been known to eat a steak or two for breakfast. I almost always have my breakfast meats with eggs and buttered toast and coffee - a heart attack waiting to happen. Of course if I eliminated just the toast (not necessarily the butter), it would be a healthy breakfast, at least as per the late Robert Atkins and his Atkins' Diet. I have, at times, lost weight when doing so - even when eating like a pig (or eating lots of pig or beef or lamb) so long as I cut out junk food and some other carbohydrates, like cutting back on beer and bread. I am on a similar diet right now and while I have not lost substantial weight yet,  I have ceased gaining (I had been gaining about 1-2 pound(s) per week for the past couple of months right before I started my diet. soon I will cut even more carbs and adjust portion sizes to just a little less (and I need to exercise probably at least twice a week, the only thing missing from my current diet as opposed to previous ones that worked before).

Along the lines of my current cutting back on the carbs diet, I tried a new breakfast combo today. I was trying to think of something that would be a change from the usual couple to three eggs and some toast, or oatmeal, and bacon and coffee. I came up with a new ingredient to combine with the old to make a tasty mouthful. While I was looking through the fridge, I realized no one had even touched the Kassler liverwurst I bought on Sunday even though the Hildeshcheimer and Goose liverwursts were almost completely decimated. So, I grabbed hold of it and was about to cut some pieces and throw them on slices of Bauernbrot when I thunk - whoa - slow down - do something really different. I decided to fry those slices of wurst in some butter, throw a couple of eggs in the same pan before the slices of Kassler liverwurst (contains bacon and slices nicely for the pan) were quite done, all while the bauernbrot was in the toaster. All I can tell you is that you need to try it yourself if you want to taste something truly worth risking a heart attack over. Now if only I had cut out the bread, it would have been heart healthy or so I believe. Anyway, the bread was the perfect accompaniment to the eggs which were likewise to the Kassler liverwurst. The coffee (hot, black and nasty) was the perfect thing to wash it all down. Then again, a good hefe Weiss might have tasted better with it but I am on a diet.

All the best,


Election Day - Only A Weeek Away - Take Heed Before Then

Before you vote next Tuesday (November 4th) - and I imagine if you read this blog then you will be voting - make sure to read the fable below because there is a moral in it, one that Americans had better learn before it is I too late and too late may be the day of this election. Read, digest it, understand it and make sure to apply it to how you vote because we surely don't need to reelect any assholes like the guy in this older but not outdated tale.

While walking down the street one day a corrupt Senator was hit by an automobile and tragically died.

His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.

"Welcome to heaven," says St. Peter. "Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you." 

"No problem, just let me in," says the Senator.

"Well, I'd like to, but I have orders from the higher ups. What we'll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity."

"Really?, I've made up my mind. I want to be in heaven," says the Senator.

"I'm sorry, but we have our rules."

And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell. 

The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.

Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people. They played a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and the finest champagne. 

Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly guy who is having a good time dancing and telling jokes. 

They are all having such a good time that before the Senator realizes it, it is time to go. 

Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises. The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens in heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him, "Now it's time to visit heaven... 

So, 24 hours passed with the Senator joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns. 

"Well, then, you've spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity." 

The Senator reflects for a minute, then he answers: "Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell." 

So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell... 

Now the doors of the elevator open and he's in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above. The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulders. 

"I don't understand," stammers the Senator. "Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now there's just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened?" 

The devil smiles at him and says,

"Yesterday we were campaigning, Today, you voted.." 

And therein, my friends, lies a lesson to be learned before you vote next Tuesday.

A hat tip and my thanks to Jim McK for that one.

All the best,
Glenn B

Whatever Happened To Amber Vinson - Part 2

Just 4 days ago, I wrote a blog post asking: Whatever Happened To Amber Vinson". The answer was that if nothing else, she - a nurse from Dallas and the second victim to contract Ebola here in the USA - was almost entirely, but not quite completely, forgotten by the media. The media did manage to report that she was Ebola free after her struggle with that disease but only buried deep down in an article mainly about Nina Pham who was the first nurse diagnosed with it. One would have thought that the second nurse to be stricken with Ebola would have made the headlines as much as the first one did but alas that has not been the case, as I said. it seems she was almost forgotten by the media.

That changed a bit today when Amber Vinson was the headliner, well sort of. Actually, a small link to an article about her appeared under the headlined article which was about nurse rotten crotch Kaci Hockox - you know her - she is the one reportedly threatening to sue if she was not released from mandatory quarantine in NJ and now that se is out she is going to Maine (maybe so if she has Ebola she can share it with more of us, who knows). Well, back to Amber Vinson lest I really start ranting about what I opine are the lack of ethics on the part of that bitch other nurse.

Amber Vinson, as reported in this article today, is to be released from the hospital today. Wait a minute, let me correct that a bit. It suppose it was Amber Vinson who was reported as about to be released because all the article mentions is Vinson - it makes no mention of her first name. This should be big news just as it was when Nina Pham was released from the hospital. This should be great and happy news too. Above anything though, it should be Journalism 101 news and should be reported just as you would report about any other person. The reporter, the editor, the media outlet all should have assured that the who (as in who, what, when, where, why and how) should have been reported on correctly and respectfully. So why in Hades is the media apparently treating her as a second class citizen with apparent second rate articles in which they don't even bother to include her first name when naming her.

This woman deserves better than that. She deserves the thanks of America for having helped to combat this deadly disease within our borders and for following all the protocols that the CDC told her to follow. And she deserves our thanks, for in essence, taking a bullet for her country. With that in mind, allow me to express mine:


All the best,
Glenn B