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Cooking as nesting

Talk about “busy” in the kitchen! The daughter-in-law is amazing.

It's Okay, I Have A Book

I haven’t started scrubbing the grout yet, but I have been busy in the kitchen:

  • Oatmeal pecan cookies (recipe from Joanne Chang’s Flour)
  • Broccoli potato cheddar soup (recipe from Deborah Madison’s Vegetable Soups)
  • Pizza (Trader Joe’s pizza dough for the crust, homemade pesto with basil from our garden, mozzarella, broccoli, grape tomatoes sliced lengthwise and placed face-up so the juice doesn’t make the pizza dough soggy)
  • Oatmeal craisin cookies (recipe from Flour)
  • Sweet potato pumpkin carrot soup (butter, onion, 2 sweet potatoes, 1 can pumpkin, carrots, bay leaf, vegetable broth)
  • Chocolate chip cookies (Tollhouse recipe, with a sprinkle of smoked sea salt on top when they come out of the oven)
  • Chicken Parmesan over orzo
  • Applesauce with three different kinds of apples from the farmers’ market
  • Potato vegetable soup (butter, onion, garlic, 2 potatoes, carrots, broccoli, vegetable broth, bay leaf, salt and pepper to taste, frozen corn…

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USDA wants to import Namibia beef into USA as that African nation fights foot and mouth disease epidemic in cattle herds

Namibia Beef

The Oshakati open market hardly has anyone selling meat. Ndamononghenda Shidinge (right) is one of the few sellers. Foot and mouth disease has meant a drastic shortage of beef.

Namibia has a big problem – foot and mouth disease infecting its cattle herds. Officials are confident they will push back the attack on their beef industry, and have enacted strict controls of movement of animals from one location to another within the country.

On September 1, a local newspaper reported that “the foot and mouth disease broke out in Ohangwena and Oshikoto regions in May and spread to other regions, such as Omusati, Oshana, Kunene and Kavango West.”

Animals can only be moved under strict regulations and permission from the department of veterinary services. This has resulted in farmers failing to sell meat to kapana (grilled beef) sellers at Oshakati, Ondangwa, Ongwediva, Omuthiya, Eenhana, Oshikango, Outapi, Okahao, Onesi, Tsandi and Ruacana.

The suspension of cattle movement has also severely affected traditional gatherings in the North such as weddings, funerals as well as other commemorations and celebrations where cattle, goats or sheep are usually slaughtered.

Many people are now forced to use either fish or chicken, sometimes against tradition.

On the other side of the world we have the USDA, supposed protector of all things agricultural, including beef. These victims of foot in the moth syndrome have a plan for Namibia beef – begin importing it into the USA, and help to put our cattlemen out of Continue reading →

Iran boss says no vote on nuclear pact or it will be legal (enforceable) deal with U.S. – not just a voluntary maybe!

The Winner Is…

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a press conference in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. Rouhani said Saturday he opposed a parliamentary vote on the landmark nuclear deal reached with world powers, saying terms of the agreement will turn into legal obligation if it is passed by the house. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Iran President Hassan Rouhani – he walked all over the USA negotiators

Iran’s wily President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday (August 29) that he opposes any parliamentary vote on the landmark nuclear deal reached with world powers because terms of the agreement would turn into legal obligations if passed by lawmakers.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama is in a frantic fit to convince everyone in America that Congress should vote and approve the one-sided deal, which allows Iran 24 days notice before investigating new sites of nuclear pact violations and turns off centrifuges, but does not destroy them.

Obama believes that we must implement payments of $150 billion or so to the terrorist Iranian regime, probably because he has been assured by advisers – some with Iranian connections – that such a surrender to Iran will somehow prevent war in the Middle East.

J Street, originally funded by billionaire George Soros, has endorsed the Obama Iran capitulation, which follows their past approval of Obama actions since their founding as the President took office in 2008. J Street’s official policy positions, as of March 2015, focus on the following strategies:

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Fed Chairman Blames Banks For Continued High Unemployment


The investment cash is going to China, India, South Korea and Vietnam, where factories are being built by American companies to make products to export to the U.S. and elsewhere. Those countries rebate the local Value Added Tax (around 20%) to exporters because most every country has their own VAT on products coming into their countries – EXCEPT THIS COUNTRY. In addition, most countries have tariffs on incoming goods if their local economy needs to promote manufacturing jobs.

If we introduced a Value Added Tax here to replace the Income Tax, business would pay an additional 20% to import into America, giving us real tax revenue, instead of sodomizing the middle class.

Ask yourself why almost every nation in the world has a VAT and encourages exports and discourages imports. Could it be big business benefits while Americans are the dumb consumers who allow this travesty sold to us as “free trade?”
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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