Archive for ‘Politics’

June 3, 2011

Drop Cupcakes, Not Bombs

“Make Love, Not War”,  “War is expensive, Peace is priceless”, Drop Beats, Not Bombs”, “Go Solar, not Ballistic”…..As clever has these anti-war slogans are, I think they’ve been trumped….

Hackers working for U.K. intelligence agency MI6 recently modified an online al-Qaeda magazine and replaced the bomb recipes inside with cake recipes.When followers went to download 67 pages of instructions for how to “Make a bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom” from Inspire Magazine, al-Qaeda’s first English-language magazine, the terrorists were instead greeted with garbled code that was a page of recipes from the Ellen Degeneres Show’s Best Cupcakes in America. MI6 dubbed the cyberattack operation “Operation Cupcake”. – Source


I may not have been interested before, but knowing that file is loaded with delicious cupcake recipes makes me want to go download it right this instant. Unfortunately for me the file is no longer available, but fortunately for you I took the time to scour the net for some of the most “Yuuummm” inducing cupcake recipes.

You can thank me later:

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April 7, 2011

House Passes One-Week Stop Gap Bill

The House of Representatives has once again passed a temporary funding bill to ward off a government shut down. The bill includes $12 billion worth of cuts, and was supported mostly by Republicans.

Most House Democrats oppose the bill and President Obama has stated he would veto the bill if it reached his desk.

An agreement must be reached by midnight Friday to avoid a government shutdown.

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March 21, 2011

TSA, Tea, & Kimchi

Last week representatives from the Transportation Security Administration – more commonly known as the TSA – testified in front of a House Oversight subcommittee hearing on body imaging technology. Other witnesses included health and security experts, and first-hand accounts from travelers. The goal of the hearing was to help lawmakers assess the effectiveness, health risks, and privacy issues involved with the full body scanners, which have caused quite a stir from travelers. (source)(source)

While some travelers were testifying about their less than comfortable experiences with the TSA, I was gallivanting about Philadelphia and Boston, having left my full body scan on some unknown computer at the Orlando International Airport (my philosophy being I just won’t think about the fact that a picture of me is out there floating around in some computer and rather I’ll just act like I’m going through a regular ol’ metal detector. Whatever helps me sleep at night, man).

I had delicious vegetarian food and flavor packed Korean cuisine, and of course I documented every last bite. Along the way I also ran into some political signs and statements….Here you go!

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March 3, 2011

Autotune the News and the 2012 Presidential Election

Analysts are still trying to figure out which Republican candidates are going to run in the 2012 Presidential election. We’ve heard speculation about the big names such as Pawlenty, Gingrich, & Palin, but nobody has come out for sure quite yet. Even so, I’m already excited. Election season is my favorite sports season.

As much as I love election season, I also appreciate its special quirks. The business of Politics is serious, but also hilarious – and Charlie Brooker points out just that. It’s from a British perspective, but it rings just as true here in the states.

And while we’re on the topic of Political Parties and their unique brand of strange, without further adieu, the standout in last fall’s New York Gubernatorial race – The Rent is Too Damn High Party. Courtesy of Autotune the News.

Excited yet? 😉

March 2, 2011

City Commissioner Tom Hawkins

Earlier this month I sat down with Gainesville City Commissioner Tom Hawkins to chat about local pocourtesy of http://cityofgainesville.orglitical issues and, my favorite topic, food. I met him at a downtown Starbucks and conversation commenced over Tea, Coffee, and Starbucks pastries.

Top Political Issue Right now: More economic development in city. New businesses bring new jobs and new tax rolls.Bring in commuters so they become Gainesville residents. Make Gainesville a competitive place to live.
Make sure we have great public services.

#1 Goal: Transportation. . No longer underfund road maintenance!

Strategies: Bus rapid transit (higher capacity bus, own dedicated lane). Build bus stations. Broaden desirability of the bus system to reach a larger demographic.


Favorite food?: Burritos. Favorite place in Gainesville is Burrito Brothers. Favorite all time place is called Willy’s in Atlanta. “Imagine if Moe’s burritos didn’t suck!”

Favorite local restaurant?: Tim’s Thai on 23rd avenue. Chicken coconut lemongrass soup. Really good duck. Best pad thai I’ve ever had. The service isn’t great, though.

If you could cook anything without worrying about your skill level what would it be?: Barbecue….I’ve never smoked anything.

Current favorite thing to make?: Lately I’ve been doing a lot of baking – particularly banana bread!

February 16, 2011

Rick Scott Budget

President Obama has announced his 2012 Budget Proposal just after Governor Rick Scott of Florida announced his own budget cutting plans.

Here is a nifty spending graph of the President’s budget proposal

As for Florida, I had the opportunity to rush on down to Eustis, Fl, last Monday to cover a Tea Party rally where Rick Scott chose to reveal his own budget proposal. I flew down I-75 and arrived back in the studio just in time to put together a piece for the 6:30 news. Here’s the final product:


And speaking of budgets….

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January 27, 2011

Money! Money! Money!

CBO’s 2011-2021 Forecast Detailed in Hearing | C-SPAN.

The new estimate predicts the federal deficit will reach almost $1.5 trillion in 2011. Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Doug Elmendorf will detail the report when he appears before Congress today for a question and answer session with lawmakers.

So if you aren’t stressed out enough about your own budget, maybe you might want to pop on over to C-Span for this short article on the CBO’s budget hearing! Nothing like some light lunchtime reading, no?

And if you’re interested in the national debt this debt clock is sure to set your head a-spinnin’

US Debt Clock

January 27, 2011

SOTU in a Second

Let’s make a bet. How many times was President Barack Obama interrupted with applause during his State of the Union address? Over/Under 50?

Answer after the jump!


Not! You’re just going to have to wait until the end of this post. I know, patience isn’t my strong suit either.

So if you missed all the action, the thrill, the sleepy eyes of Joe Biden and John Boehner…never you fear. Here’s your SOTU in a Second.

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January 25, 2011

The State of the Macaroni Address

The State of the Union address is tonight! Are you excited? I’m excited.
Unfortunately, I’m going to be at the gym working off this next delicious dish while the president speaks, but after I break a sweat I’ll be back here with an update on all the action! Highlights of President Obama’s speech and the Republican response. These types of annual political events get me excited about America and voting and the whole game that is the political system. It’s like watching a great sports game – it can be passionate, surprising, and sometimes you get angry over bad calls.

So, while we wait for the speeches, let’s play a word association game.

America –> The 4th of July

The 4th of July –> Hamburgers!


Which leads me to this: What do you do with a leftover half a hamburger???

Usually I’d just nuke it in the microwave for a minute until the bread was leathery and the cheese was sizzling, then dip it in what most people would probably believe to be a disgusting amount of barbecue sauce. However, tonight I decided to get fancy…sort of.

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January 20, 2011

Unexpected Harmony

According to the latest Pew Research Center Poll, the majority of Americans want President Barack Obama and Congressional Republicans to work together.

Even among this majority there is a sharp partisan divide. According to the poll, Republicans who agree with the Tea Party believe 3-to-1 that they need to stand up to the president.

But, in lieu of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I’m feeling the need for some unity.

So here is a recipe that combines two ingredients that would seem a very unlikely match…yet can meld together in perfect harmony under the right conditions: Pineapple and….wait for it…Cheddar Cheese.

It’s a recipe courtesy of my abuelita. She makes it for me at every family function and church potluck. It is divine. Trust me. Divine. Sweet and Salty: my favorite flavor combination. To top it all off, it’s quick and requires only 6 ingredients.

Abuelita's Pineapple Casserole

Pineapple Casserole

20 oz can pineapple chunks (in juice)

1/2 c. sugar

3 tbsp flour

half a stick margarine, melted

1 c. Ritz crackers, crushed

1 c. Cheddar cheese, grated

Drain and save 3 tbsp pineapple juice. Mix juice, flour, and sugar. Add pineapple and mix to coat, put in a small baking dish. Spread grated cheese on top. Combine crackers and margarine, spread over cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.

Then Dig in!