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  1. JSF

    Wine of the week.

    xSTLx, the "Barefoot" line of wines was introduced in California under the name "La Feet". The company was sued by La Fite Rothschild, so they changed their name. I have often purchased their wines because they offer good value as well as quality. I will look for the Shiraz. Thanks, Joe
  2. I forgot to mention red wine, which is added with other juices. For spices I use salt, pepper, chilli pepper, oregano, rosemary, thyme and bay leaves. Optionally, I like to saute and puree chicken livers, as they do in Bologna. Add to the sauce. Joe.
  3. I forgot to mention red wine, which is added with other juices. For spices I use salt, pepper, chilli pepper, oregano, rosemary, thyme and bay leaves. Optionally, I like to saute and puree chicken livers, as they do in Bologna. Add to the sauce. Joe.
  4. Rarely will an Italian peel and seed tomatoes before preparing the sauce. If a smooth, seedless sauce is desired, the sauce is processed through a mechanical food mill after it is cooked. If you prefer to start with peeled and seeded tomatoes, flash boil one or two at a time; otherwise, they will cool before you can peel them and will no longer be easy to peel. After you have peeled all the tomatoes, cut them in half crosswise and hand-squeeze each half to remove the water and seeds. Chop coarsely. In olive oil saute your meat (usually pork spareribes, but I also like beef short ribs) until nicely browned on both sides. This is the most important step in preparing a good sauce, since the browned meat imparts a rich, nutty flavor to the sauce. Do not burn or over-saute. Set meat in the stewing pot to await other ingredients. In remaining oil in your skillet (add oil if necessary), saute your onions until golden brown. If desired you can also saute finely sliced carrots and celery. Add finely diced garlic near the end of the process to develop the best flavor. To the meat add onions, garlic, tomatoes, carrots, celery, and the juice of any ripe olives and canned mushrooms that you intend to use. Add spices. Simmer uncovered and barely bubbling. Remove meat just before it starts to drop off the bones and set aside in a covered casserole. The meat will be reheated when ready to serve. Refrigerate if necessary. Continue simmering the sauce to reduce to desired thickness. Do not over-simmer or you will destroy the fresh flavor of the tomatoes. Skim the fat from the sauce. Correct seasoning. Stir in grated parmesan cheese, olive quarters, chopped mushrooms, chopped parsley. Simmer until ready to serve. I hope that this helps. If you want a more detailed recipe, let me know. Joe.
  5. JSF

    Muslim intensions in Europe

    Francois, thank you for your response. Tracker, the lengthy article you submitted provides a view of France that few North American tourists have ever encountered. It provides insight as to why France refused to help the U.S. in its war against terror. I think that France fears that any open hostility toward militant Islam will foment her own destruction from within. All multi-cultural societies should heed what is happening in France. Full integration of minorities into society is absolutely essential if self-destruction is to be avoided. This is the main reason why I strongly favor a single national language. Joe
  6. JSF

    Muslim intensions in Europe

    Francois, you have acquired an article that should inspire all non-Muslims to support anti-terror efforts around the world. We get little or no support from non-militant Muslims because, in their hearts, this article exposes their agenda and sympathies. Do you know anything about Mohammed Sabaoui? Who is he? The article is old so I am curious to know what has happened, or is happening in the town of Roubaix. Do you have any information? Joe
  7. Here is an article I received by email. I apologize for its length but It registers for me. I hope it registers for most of the members of this web-site, but I have my doubts. Joe. Two amazing things about the events in New Orleans this past week were 1) why would people in such misery just sit there and wait for help - why didn't they do anything to help themselves; and 2) not so much how long it took to get help to them, but how massive the help was when it got there. Can you imagine what all goes into an operation that size, moving troops, choppers, buses, food, water, medevac units, ice, etc., in just 4 days. The following is rather long, but the last three paragraphs directly answer the first question. An Unnatural Disaster: A Hurricane Exposes the Man-Made Disaster of the Welfare State by Robert Tracinski It has taken four long days for state and federal officials to figure out how to deal with the disaster in New Orleans. I can't blame them, because it has also taken me four long days to figure out what is going on there. The reason is that the events there make no sense if you think that we are confronting a natural disaster. If this is just a natural disaster, the response for public officials is obvious: you bring in food, water, and doctors; you send transportation to evacuate refugees to temporary shelters; you send engineers to stop the flooding and rebuild the city's infrastructure. For journalists, natural disasters also have a familiar pattern: the heroism of ordinary people pulling together to survive; the hard work and dedication of doctors, nurses, and rescue workers; the steps being taken to clean up and rebuild. Public officials did not expect that the first thing they would have to do is to send thousands of armed troops in armored vehicle, as if they are suppressing an enemy insurgency. And journalists--myself included--did not expect that the story would not be about rain, wind, and flooding, but about rape, murder, and looting. But this is not a natural disaster. It is a man-made disaster. The man-made disaster is not an inadequate or incompetent response by federal relief agencies, and it was not directly caused by Hurricane Katrina. This is where just about every newspaper and television channel has gotten the story wrong. The man-made disaster we are now witnessing in New Orleans did not happen over the past four days. It happened over the past four decades. Hurricane Katrina merely exposed it to public view. The man-made disaster is the welfare state. For the past few days, I have found the news from New Orleans to be confusing. People were not behaving as you would expect them to behave in an emergency--indeed, they were not behaving as they have behaved in other emergencies. That is what has shocked so many people: they have been saying that this is not what we expect from America. In fact, it is not even what we expect from a Third World country. When confronted with a disaster, people usually rise to the occasion. They work together to rescue people in danger, and they spontaneously organize to keep order and solve problems. This is especially true in America. We are an enterprising people, used to relying on our own initiative rather than waiting around for the government to take care of us. I have seen this a hundred times, in small examples (a small town whose main traffic light had gone out, causing ordinary citizens to get out of their cars and serve as impromptu traffic cops, directing cars through the intersection) and large ones (the spontaneous response of New Yorkers to September 11). So what explains the chaos in New Orleans? To give you an idea of the magnitude of what is going on, here is a description from a Washington Times story: "Storm victims are raped and beaten; fights erupt with flying fists, knives and guns; fires are breaking out; corpses litter the streets; and police and rescue helicopters are repeatedly fired on. "The plea from Mayor C. Ray Nagin came even as National Guardsmen poured in to restore order and stop the looting, carjackings and gunfire.... "Last night, Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco said 300 Iraq-hardened Arkansas National Guard members were inside New Orleans with shoot-to-kill orders. " 'These troops are...under my orders to restore order in the streets,' she said. 'They have M-16s, and they are locked and loaded. These troops know how to shoot and kill and they are more than willing to do so if necessary and I expect they will.' " The reference to Iraq is eerie. The photo that accompanies this article shows National Guard troops, with rifles and armored vests, riding on an armored vehicle through trash-strewn streets lined by a rabble of squalid, listless people, one of whom appears to be yelling at them. It looks exactly like a scene from Sadr City in Baghdad. What explains bands of thugs using a natural disaster as an excuse for an orgy of looting, armed robbery, and rape? What causes unruly mobs to storm the very buses that have arrived to evacuate them, causing the drivers to drive away, frightened for their lives? What causes people to attack the doctors trying to treat patients at the Super Dome? Why are people responding to natural destruction by causing further destruction? Why are they attacking the people who are trying to help them? My wife, Sherri, figured it out first, and she figured it out on a sense-of-life level. While watching the coverage last night on Fox News Channel, she told me that she was getting a familiar feeling. She studied architecture at the Illinois Institute of Chicago, which is located in the South Side of Chicago just blocks away from the Robert Taylor Homes, one of the largest high-rise public housing projects in America. "The projects," as they were known, were infamous for uncontrollable crime and irremediable squalor. (They have since, mercifully, been demolished.) What Sherri was getting from last night's television coverage was a whiff of the sense of life of "the projects." Then the "crawl"--the informational phrases flashed at the bottom of the screen on most news channels--gave some vital statistics to confirm this sense: 75% of the residents of New Orleans had already evacuated before the hurricane, and of the 300,000 or so who remained, a large number were from the city's public housing projects. Jack Wakeland then gave me an additional, crucial fact: early reports from CNN and Fox indicated that the city had no plan for evacuating all of the prisoners in the city's jails--so they just let many of them loose. There is no doubt a significant overlap between these two populations--that is, a large number of people in the jails used to live in the housing projects, and vice versa. There were many decent, innocent people trapped in New Orleans when the deluge hit--but they were trapped alongside large numbers of people from two groups: criminals--and wards of the welfare state, people selected, over decades, for their lack of initiative and self-induced helplessness. The welfare wards were a mass of sheep--on whom the incompetent administration of New Orleans unleashed a pack of wolves. All of this is related, incidentally, to the apparent incompetence of the city government, which failed to plan for a total evacuation of the city, despite the knowledge that this might be necessary. But in a city corrupted by the welfare state, the job of city officials is to ensure the flow of handouts to welfare recipients and patronage to political supporters--not to ensure a lawful, orderly evacuation in case of emergency. No one has really reported this story, as far as I can tell. In fact, some are already actively distorting it, blaming President Bush, for example, for failing to personally ensure that the Mayor of New Orleans had drafted an adequate evacuation plan. The worst example is an execrable piece from the Toronto Globe and Mail, by a supercilious Canadian who blames the chaos on American "individualism." But the truth is precisely the opposite: the chaos was caused by a system that was the exact opposite of individualism. What Hurricane Katrina exposed was the psychological consequences of the welfare state. What we consider "normal" behavior in an emergency is behavior that is normal for people who have values and take the responsibility to pursue and protect them. People with values respond to a disaster by fighting against it and doing whatever it takes to overcome the difficulties they face. They don't sit around and complain that the government hasn't taken care of them. They don't use the chaos of a disaster as an opportunity to prey on their fellow men. But what about criminals and welfare parasites? Do they worry about saving their houses and property? They don't, because they don't own anything. Do they worry about what is going to happen to their businesses or how they are going to make a living? They never worried about those things before. Do they worry about crime and looting? But living off of stolen wealth is a way of life for them. The welfare state--and the brutish, uncivilized mentality it sustains and encourages--is the man-made disaster that explains the moral ugliness that has swamped New Orleans. And that is the story that no one is reporting. Source: TIA Daily -- September 2, 2005
  8. JSF

    You have a new pope....

    lizardking009, no one ever said that being a Catholic is easy. Joe
  9. JSF

    You have a new pope....

    Gilbo, you clearly subscribe to anti-catholic sources for your information. Allow me to correct you: 1. Civil divorce is permitted, but remarriage while the former spouse lives is not. Some divorce is recognized and some marriages are annulled under special circumstances. 2. Wrong! 3. The Church does not claim that non-believers are doomed. In fact, the church expresses no opionion other than God's love encompasses everyone. Many Catholics believe that non-believers have an easier access to knowledge of God than they do. 4. One contraceptive is permitted---abstinence. 5. Artificial Insemination denies Natural Law. 6. Addictive masturbation which precludes procreation is a serious sin. Masturbation in one's twilight years or under circumstances not permitting sacramental union is a minor sin. 7. Oral sex is permitted if it is accompanied by procreative sex. 8. As an intelligent secularist you debase yourself.
  10. JSF

    The Avro Arrow

    Believe it or not, I did review my post and didn't see it
  11. JSF

    The Avro Arrow

    Thanks for the upadate CityK, I didn't pay enough attention to dates. Joe
  12. JSF

    The Avro Arrow

    I know it gives the Canadians amongst us pleasure to postulate that the Avro Arrow would have overwhelmed the U.S. Air Force. Think about how we responded to Sputnik. Do you think the U.S. would have been idle while the Arrow commanded the skies? It never would have been in Canada’s best interest to sell the Arrow to countries unfriendly with the U.S. As far as selling a Canadian nuclear reactor to Iraq is concerned. It probably was impossible at that time. Canada’s reputation in the nuclear reactor business was at a low point. It was just emerging from a nuclear reactor cleanup at Chalk River after having experienced the world’s first major failure of its heavy water reactor. Only quick reaction by the reactor’s control room engineers saved the Ottawa River from nuclear pollution which would have threatened Montreal. While polluted cooling water was in reverse flow into the basement of the reactor building (rather than flowing into the river) the Canadian army was building a pipe-line to drain the basement into a safe, isolated land site---which today is probably like a mini Chernoble. The cushiest summer job for a university student at that time was fishing the Ottawa River. Caught fish were tested for contamination. Joe.
  13. JSF

    The Avro Arrow

    The Avro Arrow was an aircraft built by Canada without first having established a market. Canadians assumed that such a technological marvel for its time would be bought at any price by the United States. But even Americans baulked at the cost of its titanium wings. Why Premier Diefenbaker ordered the destruction of all existing Arrows is puzzling. Perhaps Canada could not afford to continue the program and maintain existing aircraft on its own. Canadair sent a large contingent of young engineers to the United States for a two-year training program in the design and development of the Arrow’s armament. This was necessitated by the fact that Canada never had a successful flight of its “Velvet Glove†missile, designed for the Arrow by Canadair. This contingent consisted of engineers from both English and French Canada, and from Britain. However, the French Canadians in this group could speak English. The contingent returned to Canada in time to witness cancellation of the program. Canadair then initiated a program to job-shop its engineers to U.S. aerospace companies. Since they were receiving salaries about half that of their U.S. counterparts, most of the Canadian engineers sought and received job offers in the U.S. This was a tremendous brain drain for Canada. It is interesting to note that all French Canadian engineers in this group returned to Canada when they were called to participate in the secessionist movement. Joe
  14. arga, the World Trade Towers collapsed from fire, not impact. In fact, if the 747s hit the top one or two floors, the towers probably would have survived. The heat from the aircraft fuel changed the crystalline state of the supporting steel framework at the impact level. This change of state weakened the steel to the point that it could not support the upper ten floors, so the frame collapsed at the 10th floor. If the lower building only had to support the weight of the falling upper building, the towers would have survived; however, as the upper building fell, it accelerated and developed kinetic energy. When the upper building encountered the next floor the combined effect of the upper building weight and the added kinetic energy exceeded the design limits of the building's construction, so the supporting brackets of the next floor failed. Now eleven floors accelerated down, developing even more kinetic energy. As a consequence the whole building pancaked, as we all saw on TV. Needless to say, we have probably seen the last of construction in the style of the World Trade Towers. Joe.
  15. http://www.newsday.com/news/politics/rnc/n...lnews-headlines A long-time Democrat and still a Democrat, Senator Zell Miller of Georgia was the keynote speaker for President George Bush. Four years ago Senator Zell Miller was the keynote speaker for President Bill Clinton. On Wednesday, September 1, 2004, Zell Miller delivered the following speech to the Republican National Convention: SENATOR ZELL MILLER'S SPEECH Since I last stood in this spot, a whole new generation of the Miller Family has been born: Four great grandchildren. Along with all the other members of our close-knit family, they are my and Shirley's most precious possessions. And I know that's how you feel about your family also. Like you, I think of their future, the promises and the perils they will face. Like you, I believe that the next four years will determine what kind of world they will grow up in. And like you, I ask which leader is it today that has the vision, the willpower and, yes, the backbone to best protect my family? The clear answer to that question has placed me in this hall with you tonight. For my family is more important than my party. There is but one man to whom I am willing to entrust their future and that man's name is George Bush. In the summer of 1940, I was an 8-year-old boy living in a remote little Appalachian valley. Our country was not yet at war, but even we children knew that there were some crazy men across the ocean who would kill us if they could. President Roosevelt, in his speech that summer, told America "all private plans, all private lives, have been in a sense repealed by an overriding public danger." In 1940, Wendell Wilkie was the Republican nominee. And there is no better example of someone repealing their "private plans" than this good man. He gave Roosevelt the critical support he needed for a peacetime draft, an unpopular idea at the time. And he made it clear that he would rather lose the election than make national security a partisan campaign issue. Shortly before Wilkie died, he told a friend, that if he could write his own epitaph and had to choose between "here lies a president" or "here lies one who contributed to saving freedom," he would prefer the latter. Where are such statesmen today? Where is the bipartisanship in this country when we need it most? Now, while young Americans are dying in the sands of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan, our nation is being torn apart and made weaker because of the Democrat's manic obsession to bring down our Commander in Chief. What has happened to the party I've spent my life working in? I can remember when Democrats believed that it was the duty of America to fight for freedom over tyranny. It was Democratic President Harry Truman who pushed the Red Army out of Iran, who came to the aid of Greece when Communists threatened to overthrow it, who stared down the Soviet blockade of West Berlin by flying in supplies and saving the city. Time after time in our history, in the face of great danger, Democrats and Republicans worked together to ensure that freedom would not falter. But not today. Motivated more by partisan politics than by national security, today's Democratic leaders see America as an occupier, not a liberator. And nothing makes this Marine madder than someone calling American troops occupiers rather than liberators. Tell that to the one-half of Europe that was freed because Franklin Roosevelt led an army of liberators, not occupiers. Tell that to the lower half of the Korean Peninsula that is free because Dwight Eisenhower commanded an army of liberators, not occupiers. Tell that to the half a billion men, women and children who are free today from the Baltics to the Crimea, from Poland to Siberia, because Ronald Reagan rebuilt a military of liberators, not occupiers. Never in the history of the world has any soldier sacrificed more for the freedom and liberty of total strangers than the American soldier. And, our soldiers don't just give freedom abroad, they preserve it for us here at home. For it has been said so truthfully that it is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the agitator, who has given us the freedom to protest. It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves beneath the flag, whose coffin is draped by the flag, who gives that protester the freedom to abuse and burn that flag. No one should dare to even think about being the Commander in Chief of this country if he doesn't believe with all his heart that our soldiers are liberators abroad and defenders of freedom at home. But don't waste your breath telling that to the leaders of my party today. In their warped way of thinking America is the problem, not the solution. They don't believe there is any real danger in the world except that which America brings upon itself through our clumsy and misguided foreign policy. It is not their patriotism -- it is their judgment that has been so sorely lacking. They claimed Carter's pacifism would lead to peace. They were wrong. They claimed Reagan's defense buildup would lead to war. They were wrong. And, no pair has been more wrong, more loudly, more often than the two Senators from Massachusetts, Ted Kennedy and John Kerry. Together, Kennedy/Kerry have opposed the very weapons system that won the Cold War and that is now winning the War on Terror. Listing all the weapon systems that Senator Kerry tried his best to shut down sounds like an auctioneer selling off our national security but Americans need to know the facts. The B-1 bomber, that Senator Kerry opposed, dropped 40 percent of the bombs in the first six months of Operation Enduring Freedom. The B-2 bomber, that Senator Kerry opposed, delivered air strikes against the Taliban in Afghanistan and Hussein's command post in Iraq. The F-14A Tomcats, that Senator Kerry opposed, shot down Khadifi's Libyan MIGs over the Gulf of Sidra. The modernized F-14D, that Senator Kerry opposed, delivered missile strikes against Tora Bora. The Apache helicopter, that Senator Kerry opposed, took out those Republican Guard tanks in Kuwait in the Gulf War. The F-15 Eagles, that Senator Kerry opposed, flew cover over our Nation's Capital and this very city after 9/11. I could go on and on and on: against the Patriot Missile that shot down Saddam Hussein's scud missiles over Israel; against the Aegis air-defense cruiser; against the Strategic Defense Initiative; against the Trident missile; against, against, against. This is the man who wants to be the Commander in Chief of our U.S. Armed Forces? U.S. forces armed with what? Spitballs? Twenty years of votes can tell you much more about a man than twenty weeks of campaign rhetoric. Campaign talk tells people who you want them to think you are. How you vote tells people who you really are deep inside. Senator Kerry has made it clear that he would use military force only if approved by the United Nations. Kerry would let Paris decide when America needs defending. I want Bush to decide. John Kerry, who says he doesn't like outsourcing, wants to outsource our national security. That's the most dangerous outsourcing of all. This politician wants to be leader of the free world. Free for how long? For more than 20 years, on every one of the great issues of freedom and security, John Kerry has been more wrong, more weak and more wobbly than any other national figure. As a war protester, Kerry blamed our military. As a Senator, he voted to weaken our military. And nothing shows that more sadly and more clearly than his vote this year to deny protective armor for our troops in harms way, far away. George Bush understands that we need new strategies to meet new threats. John Kerry wants to re-fight yesterday's war. George Bush believes we have to fight today's war and be ready for tomorrow's challenges. George Bush is committed to providing the kind of forces it takes to root out terrorists. No matter what spider hole they may hide in or what rock they crawl under. George Bush wants to grab terrorists by the throat and not let them go to get a better grip. From John Kerry, they get a "yes-no-maybe" bowl of mush that can only encourage our enemies and confuse our friends. I first got to know George Bush when we served as governors together. I admire this man. I am moved by the respect he shows the first lady, his unabashed love for his parents and his daughters, and the fact that he is unashamed of his belief that God is not indifferent to America. I can identify with someone who has lived that line in "Amazing Grace," "Was blind, but now I see," and I like the fact that he's the same man on Saturday night that he is on Sunday morning. He is not a slick talker but he is a straight shooter and, where I come from, deeds mean a lot more than words. I have knocked on the door of this man's soul and found someone home, a God-fearing man with a good heart and a spine of tempered steel. The man I trust to protect my most precious possession: my family. This election will change forever the course of history, and that's not any history. It's our family's history. The only question is how. The answer lies with each of us. And, like many generations before us, we've got some hard choosing to do. Right now the world just cannot afford an indecisive America. Fainthearted self-indulgence will put at risk all we care about in this world. In this hour of danger our President has had the courage to stand up. And this Democrat is proud to stand up with him. Thank you. God Bless this great country and God Bless George W. Bush. Copyright © 2004, Newsday, Inc.