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September 6, 2018

About 2 Million Low-Income Americans Would Lose Benefits Under House Farm Bill, Study Says

Filed under: Children, Family, Food, Harm, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 14:40


September 1, 2018

Chicken Parmesan

Filed under: Family, Food, Love, My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 19:04

  For a while I wanted to try my hand at making Chicken Parmesan.   Now I can make a pretty good spaghetti tomato red sauce.     I had talked to Ron and he wanted me to do it also, and he would help me.  So I made the sauce like this.  Also I rarely measure anything I go by instinct, taste, and what amounts in the palm of my hand have worked well in the past.

  • In a large pot I put two cans of good rich tomato sauce.
  • Two thin sliced mild Italian sausage.
  • 1.50 pounds of ground beef. ( you can use less ) 
  • Three pepper mix of green, yellow, and red peppers, unmeasured (chopped) 
  •  Yellow onion, unmeasured ( chopped )
  • Celery unmeasured ( chopped )
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • Two teaspoons of minced garlic.
  • Oregano poured in palm of hand.
  • Basil poured in the palm of hand.
  • Small amount of rubbed sage measured by palm of hand.
  • Small amount of thyme measured by palm of hand.
  • Salt sprinkled over top and stirred in. 

I add everything into the pot and then start cooking,  including meatballs if we are having them.   I like the taste of the combined seasonings / items when they are cooked together.  I simmer this for about an hour or so, until the meat is fully cooked.  The fat in the ground beef will add flavor and thin the sauce as it starts out rather thick.   Next I set aside a few spoon fulls to cool and taste.  I then added more of the items above as needed.  Today case I add more oregano, basil, garlic, and salt.  Below is the sauce after I used half of the pot for the chicken Parmesan. 


Next I took a baking dish such as something like 13 X 9.  I put a layer of the sauce on the bottom of the dish.  I next took 6 breaded chicken patties and placed them in the dish.  Next I put one thick slice of mozzarella cheese on top of each patty.  I covered the entire thing in another layer of sauce.  Then on the top I put shredded Parmesan cheese.   ( I would recommend not doing this step until you cooked the dish for like half the cooking time so the Parmesan doesn’t burn .  I pulled mine out just as the Parmesan was starting to turn to a brown color. )  You want to bake this at 400 for about 20 minutes.   I was using our large convection toaster oven instead of the big stove oven and it tends to cook faster so I cooked it for about 17 minutes, checking the Parmesan to make sure it was not burning.    As the chicken was precooked all I really needed to do was heat it all up enough to melt the cheeses and get the chicken hot.  So your times will vary.

I cooked up some angel hair pasta and put out some warmed up rolls.   I tend to cook a pound of pasta at a time as we tend to eat most of it with little left over.    We had three chicken patties and a small amount of both spaghetti and sauce left over. 

That was my morning project while Ron worked on getting the inside plywood put up on the new walls he made enclosing the front room.  Ron gave me many complements and some kisses saying the meal was very good.  I admit I glowed, and enjoyed that he was so happy with the meal. 

Ron is making me a new large kitchen which he has maybe a third done as he loves it when I cook.  I also enjoy cooking and making meals he enjoys.  Best wishes to everyone.  Hugs 



August 28, 2018

Federal government files new regulations that will impact way migrant families are treated

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Criminal, Family, Harm, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 09:38

The proposal to end a judge’s oversight of the Flores agreement, as it’s known, comes as federal officials report that more than 500 immigrant children remain separated from their parents in the wake of President Donald Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy.

In a news conference on Friday, child detention experts and a lawyer from the Flores legal team raised concerns that the administration’s new regulations could overturn fundamental standards of care required in the federal agreement.

“The administration is planning its next step, which we believe will result in even more suffering and trauma for children,” said Ai-jen Poo, a leader of the Families Belong Together Coalition. “By dismantling long-standing child protection under the Flores settlement agreement and implementing regulations in its place, the Trump administration is seeking to expand its power to jail families for longer in worse conditions and lock children indefinitely.”

August 18, 2018

Not all Christians are bad, here is a church group I could love.

Filed under: Family, Love, News, Religion — Scottie @ 19:35



August 12, 2018

This is what makes America great.

Filed under: Facts, Family, History, Ideas, Love, Magic, Memes, News, Reason — Scottie @ 17:27


August 10, 2018

tRump land, a land of crimes

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Children, Criminal, Family, Harm, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 07:50

(story here) .. (cartoon by Andy Marlette)

(cartoon by Nate Beeler)

(cartoon by Dave Brown)



August 9, 2018

What have we become. No one can sanction or forgive this. Z

July 30, 2018

Studies Say Gay Parents Raise Good Kids, So Why Are Taxpayers Funding Bigotry?

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Family, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Religion, Twitter — Scottie @ 07:35

This is interesting news, for sure, though it’s unlikely to persuade those predisposed against same-sex parents. It’s not like they’re persuaded by facts. They don’t care about the children’s mental health; they just care about their right to discriminate based on religion. If they truly cared about reality, this evidence might help convince them that opening up all taxpayer-funded adoption clinics to parents regardless of sexual orientation would be good for the kids. That’s not happening.

The more recent study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, couldn’t be more clearer in its findings. The researchers for this longitudinal study that began in 1986 looked at data relating to offspring of sexual-minority parents and found that there was “no significant between-group differences with respect to adaptive functioning” or even behavioral or emotional problems.

The second study, in Italy, went even further. It actually said children of gay fathers and lesbian mothers were reported as having “fewer psychological problems than children of heterosexual parents.”

July 28, 2018

This Valedictorian Was Kicked Out of His Christian Parents’ Home for Being Gay

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Education, Family, Harm, Homosexual, News, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 13:21

When Seth Owen was a high school sophomore, his father found out Seth was gay… and he was quickly sent to a counselor (for conversion therapy).

“They made it clear the intention was to make me straight. (That) was their end goal.”

It didn’t work. Seth was still gay. (Shocking!) For a couple of years, this is what life was like until his parents realized Seth was still gay despite their best efforts to turn him straight. Their church didn’t help either, since the pastor was one of those conservative, anti-women’s rights, anti-gay types. Seth asked if they could attend a different church, but that plea went nowhere.


July 11, 2018

immigrant child still waiting

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Children, Criminal, Family, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 07:30

July 10, 2018

tRump’s agenda

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Family, Harm, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 12:10


July 9, 2018

Another 273,000 children

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Criminal, Family, Harm, My Life and Rants, News, Political, Race, Sad, Twitter — Scottie @ 16:37

1 YR old in court alone rant

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Criminal, Family, Harm, My Life and Rants, News, Political, Questions, Race — Scottie @ 16:04

July 7, 2018

Down a road less traveled again

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Children, Criminal, Family, Harm, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 12:32

(story here) .. (cartoon by Ed Hall)

(cartoon by Rob Rogers)

(story here) .. (cartoon by Dave Granlund)

(Harley Davidson story) .. (cartoon by David Horsey)



Just following orders ?

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Criminal, Family, Harm, News, Political, Questions, Race, Twitter — Scottie @ 12:02

July 6, 2018

Sharia law in the U.S. pushed by… Republicans.


July 5, 2018

to go backwards or forwards. We need an inclusive country, not exclusive.

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Children, Family, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race — Scottie @ 07:32

(cartoon by David Horsey)

(cartoon by Jim Morin)


July 3, 2018

New Trump admin order for separated parents: Leave U.S. with kids or without them

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Criminal, Family, Harm, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 15:02

WASHINGTON — After a court order to reunite more than 2,000 migrant children who were separated from their parents in May and June, the Trump administration has instructed immigration agents to give those parents two options: leave the country with your kids — or leave the country without them, according to a copy of a government form obtained by NBC News.

The new instructions to agents do not allow parents who were separated from their children under President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy to reunite with their children while they await a decision on asylum, a protection sought by thousands of migrant families fleeing violence in Central America.

Advocates say that even migrants who have already passed their initial asylum screenings are being presented with the form. “We are seeing cases where people who have passed credible fear interviews and have pending asylum claims are being given this form,” said Lee Gelernt, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union who is leading a class action lawsuit for family reunification.

Asylum law dictates that immigrants should be allowed to make an asylum claim before a judge even if they have been given an order of deportation. Immigration rights advocates say forcing parents to choose immediately between leaving the country with or without their children means they are effectively prevented from asking for asylum.

“A child should never be held hostage to force a parent to relinquish their legal right to seek asylum,” said Wendy Young, president of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND).

The form U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are directed to read to detained parents instructs them to sign next to one of two lines: “I am requesting to reunite with my child(ren) for the purpose of repatriation to my country of citizenship,” or “I am affirmatively, knowingly, and voluntarily requesting to return to my country of citizenship without my minor child(ren) who I understand will remain in the United States to pursue available claims of relief.”

Remember what July 4th really celebrates. How can we be free when we lock up children just for coming to us for help.

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Children, Criminal, Family, Harm, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 09:37

(cartoon by Monte Wolverton)

(cartoon by Stuart Carlson)

(cartoon by Barry Deutsch)(cartoon by Chris Weyant)

(cartoon by Jim Morin)

(cartoon by Paul Fell)



July 1, 2018

Culture wars, and the cult of tRump

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