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November 18, 2012

Not So Fast Newt

TRENDING: Gingrich: Romney ‘gifts’ comment ‘nuts’


Newt Gingrich claims that “more people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any president in American history.” He’s wrong. More were added under Bush than under Obama, according to the most recent figures.

November 16, 2012

The Staggering Cost of Israel to Americans

Israel has a population of approximately 7.8 million, or a million fewer than the state of New Jersey.

It is among the world's most affluent nations, with a per capita income similar to that of the European Union.[1] Israel's unemployment rate of 5.6% is much better than America's 9.1%,[2] and Israel's net trade, earnings, and payments is ranked 48th in the world while the US sits at a dismal 198th.[3]

Yet Israel receives approximately 10% of America's foreign aid budget every year.

Israel's cost to American taxpayers has remained high since Stauffer's 2003 study.

The US currently gives Israel an average of $3 billion a year in military aid, under an agreement signed by the Bush administration to transfer $30 billion to Israel over ten years, starting in 2009.

So now we are back to the question of why America continues to pour money into a state that commits daily human rights violations, defies US strategic interests, provokes rage and resentment among billions of people, competes with and crowds out US interests using technology subsidized by US taxpayers, and sells America's military secrets to its enemies.

AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, is consistently ranked in the top two most powerful lobbies in Washington.  And it is only one arm of the much larger, multi-faceted, and well-financed Israel lobby.

Please, read the entire article here:

The gist of the site is not to sway you one way or the other, merely to inform you as the taxpayers providing this money of the reality of the situation so that you can make an informed decision.  There is an excellent video here: that explains the problem with the information you are not getting. 

November 15, 2012

The Pictures Tell the Story

President Obama raised more money from more contributors without taking any PAC funds. I believe that means more votes. The top contributors to his campaign were schools and tech companies while Former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney's top contributors list reads like a who's who from the banking scandal that plunged the globe into recession. Speaking of the great state of Massachusetts, it was the 4th top state contributor to a campaign, but it wasn't Romney's. 

The sectors that topped the list of contributors to Mitt Romney's campaign?  Agribiz, construction, defense, energy (oil) and finance/insurance.

 Mortgage Banking
Finance and Credit                              

   Oil and Gas

59 of 95 top individual contributors sent their funds to the conservative party.
The top 100 individual donors to super PACs, along with their spouses, represent just 1.0% of all individual donors to super PACs, but 73% of the money they delivered.
The top 100 donors give 57% of the money, the top 1% of donors give 62% of the money.
My guess is that next election cycle the right will be all over eliminating the electoral college. To that I say tit for tat, no more outside money and to that end corporations are not people much less citizens so one human citizen, one human vote.

Thanks to for making this info gathering so easy!

November 14, 2012

Fiscal Cliff Scare Scripted

Fiscal Cliff Scare Talk Follows Shock Doctrine Script

"Again, the very people screaming loudest about deficits are the people who passed tax cut after tax cut, and military spending increase after military spending increase, and started war after war. Then these same “serious people” terrify the public, telling them that budget deficits will lead to the destruction of the country — and soon. After a decade of screaming “9/11,” “9/11,” noun verb “9/11,” they screamed “deficit, deficit, deficit.” Now they scream, “fiscal cliff, fiscal cliff, fiscal cliff.”
"We need to invest in our economy, restoring and modernizing our infrastructure, retrofitting our homes and buildings to be more energy efficient, upgrading our public schools and universities, and fighting to create the manufacturing ecosystems for the new industries of the future,. All of these investments create jobs while they are underway, and pay off by improving our economy for the long term.
Inoculate yourself by reading The Shock Doctrine. Inoculate your friends by telling them about the book, and how this game works, over and over again."

Read the article at Alternet

October 10, 2012

2012 Veg Garden October Magic

There are two dozen or so fruits on the full size plants and dozens more on the cherry size plants left ripening after today's harvest and we are scheduled to get one inch of rain over several days this week so it looks like this season's tomatoes will give us at least one more magical basket of goodness. The hose water is just no match to our rain water and with this drought I am surprised they have done so well and think the rain will be just what they need to finish out the season with a mid October harvest!

October 7, 2012

2012 Veg Garden Winding Down

There may be one more basket like this one before the 2012 Veg Garden offers up it's last morsel. This fall has proven a little too busy to try for a late planting not to mention too dry, the driest since they started keeping track. A fairly wet spring and early summer means we are technically still a few inches above average on the year but since it's been 70+ days without more than .03 of an inch of rain that's little consolation.

September 28, 2012

2012 Veg Garden Naughty By Nature

Two tomatoes, one stem! These tiny jewels (title reference pun intended) are even sweeter than the slightly larger but still small gold nuggets, I didn't think that was possible! We're nearly at the end of the season here in our little pacific northwest microclimate, with no real rainfall for well over 60 days now it's a textbook indian summer. A stroll to the garden today sent dozens of crickets jumping in a wave in front of me like I haven't seen since I was a kid in Connecticut. The rain and humidity usually keep their numbers very low in these parts but not this year. Friday, the bizarrely large orange morris the cat doppelganger, couldn't be happier. He brings several a day to the patio for playtime, holding a giant paw on them with just enough pressure not to squish, letting them go and chasing them down again. Until another kitty shows up that is, then it's gobbled up.

September 21, 2012

2012 Veg Garden Ghostly Visitation

I've never seen a white furry caterpillar before so was very surprised to see this one in a very wet predicament on a rock in the fountain. It was fairly large, and still probably due to the cold and wet location. Since we don't see many except gypsy moth caterpillars here my first thought was to destroy it in case it turned into something that would eat my veggies next spring. Then I thought it was so pretty perhaps it was a butterfly? So, you know what happened next. Drop in aerial rescue and relocation to a safe and hopefully food filled blackberry bramble in the sun. I have to wonder if this odd sighting is an indication of things to come. We are over 50 days without rain here in the pacific northwest, a record for us, leading many to speculate on the insect implications. My home is surrounded by maple and fir trees and I noticed what seemed to be many more monarch (? Large, pale yellow and black?) butterflies flitting through the leaves this summer.

September 14, 2012

2012 Veg Garden Great Pumpkin Disaster

The lone pumpkin this year has come under attack. From the looks of the wound, and the two squirrels the cats have brought into the house in varying stages of death, I'd say the culprit is no mystery.  Bummer.

September 12, 2012

2012 Veg Garden Tomato Bounty

From one tomato last week to glorious bounty this week. We're going to break out the dehydrator and see how well it works for making sun dried tomatoes. In the meantime those sweet gold nuggets are addictive and don't last long once they ripen.

September 3, 2012

2012 Veg Garden Perfection

This red jewel is the first of the heirlooms to ripen. Finally the carrots are big enough to harvest. I'm not sure what happened but it's taken from the spring planting until now. This little guy is a mini and is so very sweet! Despite what turned out to be a devastating case of powdery mildew the on the winter squash side of the garden the summer squashes are still coming.

August 28, 2012

2012 Veg Garden Late Summer Harvest

Purple broccoli, yellow and zucchini squash, green beans, cherry and early girl tomatoes make up this basket. The purple broccoli has a smaller, looser crown than typical green varieties and the green bean bush is performing very well considering it was planted in July. Despite the numerous flowers in the winter squash patch there is only one pumpkin and no sign at all of a butternut. Better luck next year I guess.

August 25, 2012

2012 Veg Garden Hiatus

County fair time again. These little piggies were taken off early this week to strut their stuff. One of them has already won champion market hog and another's FFA handler won champion fitting and showing. All are at the fair market auction as I type and will be gracing some lucky bidders dinner plate very soon. Bacon, Hammy and Barbecue would be their names if I had my way. I love fair, a spell seems cast so that strangers all nod and say hello, lost items are found and returned and worries are checked at the gate. Of course the cowboys are always nice... 8-)

August 20, 2012

2012 Veg Garden Tomayto Tomahto

Either way they're here! These yellow sweeties along with similar sized gold nuggets are the smallest and first to ripen. Both bushes, comprised of 2-3 seedling plants shown in a blog posting in May, are just packed with fruits. The larger early girls, siletz and heirloom plants are also full of green beauties and all are still flowering. These yellow sweeties are very sweet with delicate skins while the gold nuggets are a bit more acidic with a more sturdy skin.

August 16, 2012

2012 Veg Garden Apple Futures

Visions of apple pie dance in my head. Last year every apple, those still on branches and every one on the ground, disappeared. The neighbor says he saw several deer munching on them. Impressive considering the 6ft chainlink fence. These are pretty tart and on the small side.

August 15, 2012

2012 Veg Garden Oddities

These two (four?) yellow straight neck squash grew on one plant from some of the first blossoms of the season. They were in fact four separate squashes and joined rather quickly. At first they were all about the same size but as time went by you can see that each pair had it's dominate member. I had intended to let these go to see how they would progress but the smaller of each set began to go soft.

August 10, 2012

2012 Veg Garden Grilled Summer Squash

We cooked these on the grill using a woklike pan with holes made just for grilling odd shapes. Green zucchini and yellow straightneck squash from the garden were sliced very thick so they had time to get good carmel color without getting mushy. Adding a sweet onion, also a large chop, along with salt, pepper and a drizzle of olive oil then into the pan over medium high flame got the job done. A dressing to pour over after cooking sounded good so I held out a chunk of onion to dice finely, snipped some thyme and basil from the herb pot and gave that a fine chop, added a quarter cup of pear vinaigrette, a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, a few tablespoons of olive oil, a finely chopped garlic clove, salt and pepper into a bowl and whisked lightly. I let that sit while cooking the veg and dumping it into a bowl, then I just poured the mixture over the still hot veggies and tossed. Skewered
shrimp and grilled top sirloin rounded up the meal, if you don't count the red velvet cake...

August 9, 2012

2012 Veg Garden Summer Squash

The first real summer squash harvest is in! The mildew was kiboshed on this side of the garden with no real damage. Turns out spraying the leaves with water early in the day is enough to keep the nasties away as unlike most mildew this one spreads in dry conditions. We ended up cutting out the most damaged leaves on the winter squash side and that left one pumpkin plant a bit bare, I hope it makes it.

August 4, 2012

2012 Veg Garden Powdery Mildew

About a week after laying down straw the winter squash and volunteer crooked necks developed this hideous case of powdery mildew. It has spread across the entire 15x8ft patch. The soaker hose runs under the plants and straw. I suspect this, combined with the sheer mass of leaves from the volunteers that blocks the light, has created the perfect moist condition for the nasty mildew. We of course went straight to the garden store to pick up an organic solution. However it turns out even organic products have precautionary labels. In this case, don't let it drain into stormwater runoff, don't inhale, wear long sleeves, 72 hours before harvest... So, we'll be searching the books for a more user friendly solution. If you have any wisdom on the subject feel free to let me know.

August 3, 2012

2012 Veg Garden Native Bees

This little bee and it's friends arrived on the patio several weeks ago and began going into and out of the tiny holes on the underside of each metal crossbeam that makes up the patio cabana. They were few and small and didn't buzz around our heads so we left them to it. A week or so later we noticed they were carrying in bits of green leaves. They looked like about 3/4 of an inch of thick bladed grass. I took a closer look and saw a smallish, silver and gray striped fuzzy bee with no real stinger that I could find (not that I was super close). Now we saw that nearly every crossbar had it's own 'busy bee'. They were bringing leaf after leaf. A quick lookup finds we have native leafcutter bees. They say the cuttings are roundish but these really look leaf bladish. The one shown above looks a little waspish unlike the others and is yellow and black but still fuzzy with small or no stinger. We're glad they're here to help pollinate.

July 25, 2012

2012 Veg Garden Romaine Update

Left to grow a bit longer, the romaine tightened up a bit. Still not as tender as I'd like, not sure what to do about that. If you have any ideas let me know.

July 22, 2012

2012 Veg Garden TOMATOES!

These are the earlygirls. All of the varieties have fruits now.
I'm most excited about the heirlooms, their flavor is outstanding.
Just a few weeks now to a garden fresh spinach, basil and tomato salad.

July 20, 2012

2012 Veg Garden Mid-Season

Just entering the warmest part of the season now so we picked up a bale of straw to spread under the plants and over the soaker hose. You can see the bush beans finally decided to grow, we'll see if they produce. Next pic will be all dressed up.

July 18, 2012

2012 Veg Garden Live Art

As noted in an earlier post we decided to leave the volunteer broccoli that popped up en mass amongst the seedlings to act as a living mulch. This beatiful graygreen and purple tapestry is the result. And it was effective! Not only are the weeds practically nonexistant, the soil beneath is cool and moist. As a bonus the younger smaller leaves of the volunteers distracted the munchers from the seedlings.

July 17, 2012

2012 Veg Garden Pumpkin Sighting

We spied this little guy yesterday. We've had limited luck with them in the past but love fresh pumpkin so much we're giving it another try. Last time there were only a few fruits and they were very small. They did manage to come up from leftover seed the next year but with no fruit. We chose a smaller variety this year.

July 14, 2012

2012 Veg Garden Zucchini Update

This picture was taken 7 days after the first squash blossom was spotted. It is about 3 inches long, at about 6 it will meet thyme, onion and some sliced linguica in a saute pan.

July 11, 2012

2012 Veg Garden Mini Herb Garden

Italian basil, Greek oregeno and common thyme planted in gallon pots recycled from the garden store. These are my favorite herbs so we planted 3 just like this. We will see if they do well together. I suspect the basil will want more water than the other two. There is a rosemary planted in another pot, another staple for me. I added sandy soil from the garden with organic potting soil to boost the drainage in hopes of finding a happy medium for all three.

July 8, 2012

2012 Veg Garden Greens

The salad green patch is filling in nicely with red and green romain, spinach and just out of frame is the volunteer butterleaf. The red romaine is also from last years seed that was missed in the fall cleanup. I think the romaine leaves tends to spread if given room and they don't seem as tender so I'm going to try the next planting closer together to see if that makes for a positive result.

July 7, 2012

2012 Veg Garden First Squash Blossom

I spotted this little guy on the 4th. The squashes took a little while to get going in our cool spring but we are in a bit of a sun belt here so finally they're growing into a little jungle. These are straight green and yellow squash and are on a 5 inch high flat top hill about 4x5 in the center of a larger patch about 10x10. On the other side of the path are the volunteer crooked necks from last year along with pumpkin from seed and a butternut squash I picked up for $.89 from the garden store's sale table. They are not on mounds and are not as vigorous as the summer cousins. This week we are expecting our first stretch of 80 degree weather so that may change soon.

July 4, 2012

July 4th 2012

Safe, Happy, Memorable 4th of July

June 30, 2012

2012 Veg Garden Tomato Update

The tomatoes LOVE the plastic covered cages! After the last two seasons, which we call tomatogeddon, we are thrilled with the progress. We started from seed a bit late so they are still small for the date but there are already flowers so I am sure we will get fruit none the less. Sweety, gold pear, Siletz and an heirloom rainbow blend along with one earlygirl all made the cut to the garden.

June 28, 2012

2012 Veg Garden Raspberries

We didn't clean up or prune these raspberry canes at all but they're covered with ripe and ripening berries. Did you ever notice the berries grow in bunches of 4-5 and one is almost always very ripe, one just a little less ripe and so on so that you harvest one berry from each bunch every few days? We pick just the darkest ruby red berries for the absolute best flavor.

June 19, 2012

2012 Veg Garden Strawberries

Our third big bowl of the season!
The patch is only about 6x8 and there are still tons ripening.

June 16, 2012

2012 Veg Garden Volunteers.

One small piece of summer squash can contain 50-100 seeds. We apparently missed some during fall cleanup as this volunteer squash patch proves. So far we have volunteer broccoli, squash and 2 varieties of lettuce from last year. Fortunately we are going for a 'live green' mulch this year to keep weeds down so a little more chaos won't hurt anything.

June 3, 2012

2012 Veg Garden Tomatoes Are In.

Along with bush beans, pumpkins and yellow cucumbers. This year we're inter-planting with beneficial flowers. Sunflowers line the cucumber bed E to W for shade, marigolds to fend off bad bugs and zinnia to lure in good bugs. Summer temps are still in the wings so thanks to a tip from Cisco we've wrapped the tomato cages with 1mil plastic secured on the side with duct tape, dirt at the bottom and a tie at the top which allows us to drop the whole tube to the ground during the day. The strawberries are ripe!

May 31, 2012

2012 garden beds are ready for planting.

We're trying 'no till' gardening this year so just 'the claw' and our hands doing the work.

May 23, 2012

2012 Veg Garden Starts are Underway

5 different tomato varieties along with summer squashes, lemon cucumber, pumpkin, purple broccoli, carrots, radish, lettuce, spinach, garlic chives, cilantro, basil, thyme and oregeno. I am hoping the end of la nina will equal a good tomato harvest.

January 25, 2012

Burrata Bistro - YUM!

A joy to behold
A dream to breath in
An epiphany to taste

January 20, 2012

City of Port Orchard plow comes by chains on plow up and sander off.

Plow/sand truck came down the road but with plow up and sand off. He backed up the hill and moved on. Not sure why.

City of Port Orchard side roads.

Not much improvement on the road yet. Neighbors dad came to pik up kid in a giant suv, parkd at top of road and walked down to the house and said roads still scary. Mouse still inside and getting bolder.

The Center for Public Integrity

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