Sunday

June 2009



He claimed a black man carjacked him and his pregnant wife. The carjacker then shot his wife and almost killed him.

His name is Charles Stuart and while he might be unknown today, several years ago he had the entire country in the grip of his terrifying story.

Only it was all a lie.

Here's a book review of Stuart's story by Joe Sharkey..."Deadly Greed".
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It's coming upon the TV doldrums of summer and America's Got Talent steps up to fill the void.

Can a guy whose claim to fame is his ability to put a drill of his nose really win this thing?

Also, the new BravoTV cooking contest doesn't quite meet the standards of its cousin "Top Chef". For the "Top Chef Masters" cook up stuff way too heady for the humble home cook.

All with pics and video you'll find nowhere else on the Internet.

It's a whimsical collection of oddities, pics and smiles in this week's Thoughts. To include pics of the Obamas doing tasteless things, a story of a big star trying to reach his dead pig and an X-rated Burger King ad you gotta see.

"Bachelorette" Jillian's down to 5 fellows vying for her hand. She will soon visit their home towns and meet their parents.

There's lots of scripted drama going on in this reality series including some live stripping and one fellow out for no one but himself.

All with pics and video you'll find nowhere else on the Internet.

While BravoTV's "Top Chef Masters" disappoints, Food Network's "The Next Food Network Star" churns on. We've got drama between the contenders, all sorts of believable food, the ones you'll hate, the ones you'll love, liars and charletons.

All with pics of food AND people you'll find nowhere else on the Internet.

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W/E 6/21/09



Here's a well-written book by Edward Humes titled "Mean Justice".

The author tries to make a case that Pat Dunn was wrongfully convicted of killing his wife Sandy via a "mean justice" that includes lying witnesses, runaway prosecutors and a right-wing public with little patience to get at the truth.

Only there's gaping holes in the author's arguments and I take them on in this book review.
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Bachelorette Jillian keeps looking for a "connection" in The Bachelorette series now with 7 contenders left vying for her heart.

The Wise I tells Jillian what she really needs to look for in these contenders and first she needs to find out what the hell a "pizza entrepreneur" is.

With pics and video you'll find nowhere else on the Internet.

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Two would-be Food Network Stars have been sent packing and in this update based on the episode aired 6/14/09-we review the remaining contenders, who looks promising, who desperately needs to go and the foods they serve get a close eyeball.

Brussels Sprouts Hash?

All with pics and video you'll find nowhere else on the Internet.

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Two fine, fine liberal ladies show us their stuff to the innocent who mistakenly call them…LIZ or MA'AM.

Nasty names them.

In this THOUGHTS post we have the whole story of Elizabeth who shall destroy those who call her Liz and Barbara Boxer must NOT be called Ma'am.

Plus a letter that sums up the tea parties and the feelings of us peons across the fruited plains.

Good Guys of the Week, Bad Buys of the Week, Quips of the Week and it all Ends With a Smile.

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The gardens of 2009 grow well here in Serendipity Shore.

A native plant helps to create a living fence and a flower that had always refused to grow adds stunning vertical interest to the gardens.

With pics, of course.
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Blog Posts of Note:

Deviled Eggs-the Definitive Way to Prepare These Gems

A Brain Infection? A Medical Odyssey of Sheer Terror.

Those Celebrity Chefs-Who Cooks With Her Boobs and Who Is Disliked by All.

The Harmony Document Database Translations

Rush Limbaugh-What He Does Wrong; What He Does Right

Those Radio Talk Show Hosts-The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
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W/E 6/14/09


In this TV post we take a look at NBC's newest summer offering-"The Listener". The main character's cute and has ESP. But does this make a hit show?

Also, HGTV's $250,000 challenge where families win even if they lose. It's fun and on a subject ALL females are concerned about.

BravoTV's The Fashion Show reality contest continues on and it intrigues. But a "jock" look with fringes on stockings?

Finally, Dancing With Stars sexy Marini has new role and how did Kris Allen really win American Idol 2009?
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"The Pursuit of Something Better" is a story of a small cellular service company that rockets from the bottom of the pile when a new and visionary CEO joins the team.

Read this story by David Esler and Myra Kruger about how paying attention to ALL employees and good leadership brings results in both employee morale and the bottom line.

Plus, how could my local Walmart benefit by a lesson from Rooney's "Dynamic Organization"?
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The protagonist of this story "Can of Peas" grew up believing that a humble can of peas saved her parents from certain death on the rocky immigrant boat of their passage from Italy to America.

But was it a can of peas or something that sounds like a can of peas that saved the lives on that vote and changed the fortunes of the believers soon to be born of the survivors?

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Food Network begins its annual foodie contest "The Next Food Network Star" and it began with a bang and intrigue.

Plus some boring dishes, some lying contenders, some awful desserts and questionable personalities introduced to an eager public looking for the next Guy Fieri.

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So okay Michelle Obama wears an outfit obviously created by a bedazzler and a handy glue gun. What the hell was she thinking? We've got pics, natch.

Also, Bad Guy of the Week, David Letterman, and his hilarious liberal talkinig points and Republican Good Guy of the Week, Sen. Grassley, who didn't let President Obama get away with protecting his child pervert California political patron.

We've got it all in Thoughts of the past week.

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It's the final episode in Guest Writer Michelle's sad story of Bounty's oddyssey.

It's bittersweet as Bounty awaits Michelle and her husband at the foot of Rainbow Bridge where pets wait to meet their former owners in a heaven with no pain or sorrow.


ABOVE POST HERE


W/E 6/8/09



We've got some serious thoughts on the fine, fine
Watson fellow who killed his bride on their honeymoon, all in front of many witnesses! Guy got manslaughter, maybe he'll serve a year.

Plus the coming tax on health care benefits, selling books in beauty shops and Sonia Sotomayor, what she REALLY needs if she's going to get nominated. It will surprise you.

And speaking of getting away with crime, how about those Black Panthers being let loose for voter intimidation that would have any white person thrown in jail toot de sweet?
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A quick catch-up on Jillian of "Bachelorette" fame. As of this writing she's got 16 guys still vying for her, we all should be so lucky.

The show is building the drama in that there's one fellow all the contenders love to hate and throw in a weirdo or two.

Does Jillian appear to be honing in on any one of her handsome choices yet?
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Here's a movie that is a 2009 "must-see".

Pixar's "UP" has everything, charm, adventure, laughs, insight, truth and an appeal to all ages. Scratch that. "UP" does seem to be missing curse words and sex scenes and still it entertains.

Check out who this movie's protagonist is based on in terms of resemblance. Hint-he's a famous journalist and "UP's" elderly adventurer looks exactly like him.
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A guest post that brings new meaning to “engineering” as we know it.
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Kaitlyn paid a visit to Mom-Mom in late May 09 and she too loved the movie "UP".

She's learning pinball and enjoyed an evening on Delaware Rehoboth Beach's famed boardwalk.

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ABOVE POST HERE

Saturday

Food Network Star; Book Review: Thoughts: America's Got Talent; Bachelorette

He claimed a black man carjacked him and his pregnant wife. The carjacker then shot his wife and almost killed him.

His name is Charles Stuart and while he might be unknown today, several years ago he had the entire country in the grip of his terrifying story.

Only it was all a lie.

Here's a book review of Stuart's story by Joe Sharkey..."Deadly Greed".
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It's coming upon the TV doldrums of summer and America's Got Talent steps up to fill the void.

Can a guy whose claim to fame is his ability to put a drill of his nose really win this thing?

Also, the new BravoTV cooking contest doesn't quite meet the standards of its cousin "Top Chef". For the "Top Chef Masters" cook up stuff way too heady for the humble home cook.

All with pics and video you'll find nowhere else on the Internet.

It's a whimsical collection of oddities, pics and smiles in this week's Thoughts. To include pics of the Obamas doing tasteless things, a story of a big star trying to reach his dead pig and an X-rated Burger King ad you gotta see.

"Bachelorette" Jillian's down to 5 fellows vying for her hand. She will soon visit their home towns and meet their parents.

There's lots of scripted drama going on in this reality series including some live stripping and one fellow out for no one but himself.

All with pics and video you'll find nowhere else on the Internet.

While BravoTV's "Top Chef Masters" disappoints, Food Network's "The Next Food Network Star" churns on. We've got drama between the contenders, all sorts of believable food, the ones you'll hate, the ones you'll love, liars and charletons.

All with pics of food AND people you'll find nowhere else on the Internet.

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Pic of the Day
three baby cougar cubs







Sublimal Burger King Ad

It’s not that I don’t appreciate a bit of cleverness, x-rated or otherwise. So the new Burger King advertisement makes me smile with the whimsy.

What about our children and grandchildren I must ask? Do we really want a society where an advertisement for such a simple thing as a fast-food hamburger is filled with sexual connotation? Will it soon be that everything that we sell is advertised with double-entrendres that the children will understand as well as we do? Isn’t a society based on the notion, defacto, that it is a-okay to see our goods using sex as a lure, isn’t this a society sliding down to a depth where maybe we don’t want to go?

I mean it’s not like we can keep such double-entrendre advertisements away from the youngsters. Yon reader may smile but Burger King, may favorite hamburger joint by the way, alleges that this ad will only be shown overseas.

Heh.

Note that this “overseas” advertisement uses American dollars in the ad.



Should any reader desire to contact Burger King about this ad, and this Blogger is not espousing such an action one way or the other, contact information is provided below:

Burger King Corporation
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Miami, Florida 33126

Corporate Headquarters - 305-378-3000
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Chubby People Live Longer

While I quite like this study I am a bit skeptical. Bearing in mind, also, that the study was taken in Japan and Japanese people are, as a rule, on the smallish side.

From Breitbart.com

Health experts have long warned of the risk of obesity, but a new Japanese study warns that being very skinny is even more dangerous, and that slightly chubby people live longer.
People who are a little overweight at age 40 live six to seven years longer than very thin people, whose average life expectancy was shorter by some five years than that of obese people, the study found.

I do think that a bit of pudge, using common sense here, is better for us than an obsession with an ideal weight that has many of us over-exercising and stressing out over one point in our body indices.

For all I know, “chubby” to a Japanese person is around what? 125 pounds?

Heh.

Iran and Obama At the Ice Cream Parlor

I don’t begrudge President Obama his day on the golf course this past weekend even though the beleaguered citizens of Iran were being slaughtered by their own government. I don’t even begrudge Obama and his family their trip to the ice cream parlor, also this past weekend when Iran was boiling over. Let us recall please that if George W. Bush even took a crap while Katrina’s wind blew the media and fine, fine fair Democrats trashed him up one side and down the other.

Double standard aside did he have to make it a photo-op? Because that’s what it was. Those photographers knew the Obamas were making a trip to the ice cream parlor and there were plenty of them onhand to photograph the event.

Isn’t this just the poorest of taste? Why couldn’t the Obamas have sent someone out for a cone, complete with sprinkles, fudge, and waffle cones, and have that person bring it back for the enjoyment of Sasha and Melia? Surely the big deal was pre-arranged that all of America see the Obamas as just your average American family, complete with a love of ice cream.

Couldn’t they have did this photo-op maybe another day, perhaps a day when citizens aren’t dying for their right to have their vote properly counted?



More Obama Photo-Ops

Again, I give Michelle Obama credit for serving up grub at a soup kitchen in D.C. But you can’t blame us fools out here in la-la land for being amused at one such soup recipient all involved taking a picture of the First Lady with his $300 Blackberry.



Heh.

George Clooney Tries to Contact Dead Pig

Speaking of talentless goofballs. And they make fun of the creative contenders on “America’s Got Talent”!



From All Headlinenews.com:
Los Angeles, CA (BANG) - George Clooney has hired to psychic to help him contact his dead pig. The "Leatherheads" star is still mourning the loss of his beloved potbellied pet Max, who died in 2006, and asked a medium to get in touch with the swine.

George reportedly told a friend: "The psychic told me Max had a great life with me. He is very happy in spirit and still hangs out with me sometimes."


O.J.’s Girlfriend Says He’s An Awful Man

Heh. So everyone who is surprised by this, please raise your hand.

From the NYPOST:
A dump-all book by O.J.'s last lady friend is making the rounds. Chris tine Prody, the nubile blond wait ress who took up where his murdered blond wife, Nicole, left off, is now looking to rat on 13 years of cocaine, pregnancy, abuse, jealousy, possessiveness, manipulation, rage. And those are just her nicer topics.


Well I don’t suppose she’s got much else going for her but being a dimbulb and the chance to write a book about it.

O.J. is where he belongs. For if America’s learned anything from the very tragic saga of O.J. Simpson, it’s that even if you do get away with the crime with tricks and shenanigans, people NEVER forget.

Shameless Bragging About Garden

They’re Stargazer lilies and the blooms are as big as my head. Here they are in my kitchen window, all happy and making the entire house smell like a funeral parlor.



Ending With a Smile



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”Deadly Greed”-Joe Sharkey

Amazon code for this book



If one were to utter the name Charles Stuart most of us would likely shrug in non-recognition. Yet a few years back Charles Stuart was on the national news almost 24/7. For Charles Stuart had just attended a birthing class with his expectant wife Carol and as they were driving home their car was hijacked and his wife was shot dead by a bullet to her head.

Charles too was shot and almost mortally wounded but he managed to survive. The infant of Charles and Carol Stuart was removed from his dead mother’s womb but he too died from lack of oxygen via the placenta of his dying mother.

Even though the incident happened in Massachusetts, the nation was shocked. It was the nightmare of all of middle-class white America, the fear that a ride through the bad part of town would have the dark-skinned criminals come out from the shadows to rob and kill us without mercy.

Charles Stuart’s wounds were deadly, so deadly that the cops dismissed the notion that Charles had killed his own wife and set up this criminal scenario. For the word out in the ghetto where the Stuarts were attacked was that no self-respecting robber would shoot the woman BEFORE killing the man. The Boston police too questioned this sequence of events, indeed the entire manner in which the crime went down. Carjackings like this just weren’t normal in the ghetto. And the small time hood who Charles identified as the killer, one Willie Bennett, was considered too shrewd to attempt what was basically a small time robbery in such a dramatic way.

But Charles Stuart almost died from his wounds. If Stuart himself shot his wife and then shot himself to make it all look believable, would he damn near kill himself in the process?

Except Charles didn’t mean to harm himself so badly. In fact he’d read about the proper way to shoot oneself in the gut that would cause the bullet to enter basically the fat area and exit another skin and fat area without causing much damange.

Carol Stuart died shortly after the bullet hit her head. She did not, however, die immediately. It was death thrashings that caused Chuck to shoot himself in the gut in the wrong place and at the wrong angle.

“Deadly Greed” is the behind-the-scenes story of Charles Stuart, a man who wanted more out of life, indeed who rightfully DESERVED more out of life. He wanted the most bucks. He wanted the prettiest girl. He wanted to go on the best vacations, to dine in the best restaurants, to drink in the swankiest clubs and he for damn sure didn’t want a bunch of kids around using up all his funds.

Chuck Stuart was not smart enough by half to carry off this crime. In fact it was only his miscalculation of his shot to his own torso that had him half getting away with this crime. Otherwise he’d have been caught right away. For Chuck Stuart also included two of his brothers in his dirty deeds and how dumb is this?

If Chuck Stuart is to be respected for one thing during his sorry life, it is the fact that he was brave enough to climb to the top of a tall bridge known across the state of Massachusetts for the execution of successful suicides. Chuck Stuart climbed this bridge and threw himself off to his death after his brothers came forth and told the police the truth about that fateful night.

Chuck Stuart saved the country the expense of a trial, the cost of housing him the rest of his life, who knows, maybe God will forgive Chuck Stuart at some point during the expanse of all eternity.

It’s a good read. Author Sharkey was a Massachusetts newspaper reporter at the time. The book is not a big read; it is, after all, a short and very pathetic story. But it’s written well and all facts are presented without prejudice.

Good for a quiet afternoon’s reading enjoyment.

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The Next Food Network Star Sets Up the Drama



Food Network Star Web Site HERE

Reality shows all need a bit of drama that will keep the viewers interested and returning. So while The Next Food Network Star is a “foodie” show, in order to keep the rest of us intrigued we must see some drama unfold before our very eyes.

Contender Teddy comes to mind. Here’s a guy who’s a lying snake and he is handily depicted as same as the program unfolds. The producers could, just throwing it out there, remove those program parts that have the contenders looking bad. EXCEPT, perhaps, if they WANT the contenders to look bad. In the first episode, Debbie lied about the cost of the groceries she’d purchased. In the past two episodes, Teddy’s lied about his relationship with other contenders. In this last episode Teddy really overplayed his hand.

The elimination challenge had contenders forming 2-person teams. Each team was charged with creating one dish from each team member and also creating a dish that would be a collaberation between both team members. The contenders had already been sent on a shopping trip with a $60.00 budget. They thought, at the time of the shopping trip, that they would each singularly be preparing a guest meal for 12 people on that $60.00 budget. It wasn’t until AFTER the shopping trip that the contenders were told that they would be teamed up and the terms of the dishes they would be preparing.

The teams consisted of:
Michael and Jeffrey
Melissa and Eddie
Teddie and Debbie
Jamika and Kate

Some of these team combinations amuse. Jamika is a cook with an emphasis on down-home, earthy soul food. Katie is a health food nut who irritates with her constant lecturing on the good-for-us-food that we should be eating.

Debbie, in a solo camera vignette, expressed reservations about being teamed with Teddy because she didn’t trust the snake. Last week Teddie lied that he’d been a major factor in helping Melissa prepare her elimination challenge dish when all he did was help her plate the dish. Indeed the fine, fine Teddy did do the dirty on Debbie so her fears were well-placed.

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Florence Tyler hosted this episode’s mini-challenge. His job was to help each contender tape a short segment that had each giving a food tip for viewers. Melissa gave a great tip involving green onions and how to keep them on hand at all times. She didn’t win this mini-challenge, however. That honor went to Jeffrey, whose tip involved the creation of a quick dessert and how he enjoyed preparing it with his daughter.

Ina, the Food Network’s “Barefoot Contessa”, was to be the host of the dinner party that would have the contenders’ entrees featured.

Jamika prepared a good salmon appetizer and gave a great presentation. I look for this contender to be part of the final three.

Eddie, who got kicked off this past week, spent his cooking time with his team mate Melissa rolling his eyes in mockery of this woman who is this year’s only entrant who does not have a job in food service. Eddie should talk, his fine self. He revealed during the elimination challenge’s critique session, that his dish, a watermelon/onion concoction that was considered overwhelmed by the onion, was copied from a Paula Deen cookbook. This revelation caused the judges to chastise Eddie as evidently they should be cooking their own recipes and not copying those of other Food Network Stars. Well damn, we can watch Paula Deen if we want HER recipes.

The team of Jeff and Mike won this elimination challenge with their fine presentations. Mike did not do well in the presentation. Mike is not headed for the finals as his personality seems to be missing.

It was the Debbie and Teddy team that gave the drama in this past episode. Debbie and Teddy collaborated on a meatloaf concoction that received great praise from the judges. At the presentation Debbie and Teddy both offered this meatloaf as their collaborative effort. Debbie prepared an appetizer as her sole contribution and Teddy offered a rather lackluster dessert as his sole contribution.

However, at the judge’s critique session, when Teddy heard that his dessert offering was so badly received, Teddy shouted out that it was the meatloaf that was his sole dish and NOT the dessert.

Heh.

Damn, they had the man on tape offering this meatloaf as a collaborative effort of Teddy and Debbie and here he up and lies like a rug. I thought HE should have been sent home but I suspect that the producers allowed Teddy to sneak through for another week because hey, next week we will all tune in to see Teddy finally get his comeuppance.

Below a remix of some of the more shocking bits in the Next Food Network Star aired 6/21/09.



”America’s Got Talent”-2009-Looking for the Next Susan Boyle

I tuned in to the premiere episode of America’s Got Talent, the 2009 edition, with a lackluster enthusiasm. First, we are entering the dog days of summer when most TV shows are afterthoughts at any rate. Second, early on in these types of reality contest shows, even the vaunted American Idol, the shows are mostly contrived affairs, filled with ridiculous froufrou to attract the curious who might not tune into this show during its more serious moments. The guy running an electric drill into this nose won’t make it to the final rounds more than likely so the early shows feature this “act” to attract viewers more interested in serious contenders.

To my surprise, a local yokel radio talk show host, Don Geronimo in fact, part of the famous radio “Mike and Don” pair who just got an afternoon gig here in the swamps of Delaware-WGMD, started talking about America’s Got Talent. He wanted the opinions of us minions out here in the swamps so I called him up. Don specifically mentioned Susan Boyle, that famed middle-aged singer from “Britain’s Got Talent” who rocketed to fame via a Youtube clip of her pretty voice.

At any rate I had a polite on-air discussion with Don Geronimo but more than anything, this incident picqued my interest and stoked my enthusiasm for this series.

Like I told radio guy Don, who had been too complaining about America’s Got Talent, how it’s pale compared to its British cousin, you got to approach AGT with a sense of humor, with a bit of whimsical curiousity.



My husband asked who on earth would want to watch a man run an electric drill in his nose? I told husband I have more respect for a man who has spent yay many hours (who knows how many hours you have to practice to drill in your nose without jamming into your brain?) practicing such a weird task than half of those jokes in congress who have nothing going for them, not even a brain to damage.

Consider that Mark Sanford guy, and yeah he’s a Republican. I’d rather watch a man run a drill into his nose than listen to that crazy Sanford going on and on about the love of his life and his need to leave his job behind, as well as his wife and sons, to run off to Argentina. Today this fool compared himself to King David.

An honest man spending endless hours perfecting the trick of drilling up his nose has my respect way more than this goofball Governor who is evidently controlled by his dangling male parts than any sort of brain matter.

America’s Got Talent is amusing to watch, way more amusing than American Idol in so many ways. Like all of these shows, there’s always jokers applying to win that have not a chance. The audience is left wondering if these people really think they can win a million dollars by dressing up like a robot and making fart noises.

It’s a hoot. And in the midst of a long, hot summer, what else could so capture our fancy?

Below a remix of the good, the bad and the ugly of the America’s Got Talent Contenders from the premier show of 2009. With my wise commentary inserted, of course.



BravoTV’s “Top Chef Masters”

So I really like BravoTV’s “Top Chef” series and of course I tune into this new offering titled “Top Chef Masters”. These are the vaunted Chefs who judge the culinary offerings of the Top Chef contenders and this contest brings the cream of the cream in this reality show competition to compete for a prize of their own.

The stakes, as should be obvious, are very high. For the winner of the “Top Chef Masters” might be considered the best culinary artist of them all.

I’ve by now watched two episodes of this series and nothing these culinary gurus make appeals to my appetite. In fact, even the dishes presented by Top Chef contenders is not normally a meal the likes of me normally eats. BUT I do see plenty of dishes I’d give a try. These Top Chef Masters, hey, I guess I’m too much of a culinary Rube to be eating such as wild boar and banana mustard.





What’s even more surprising is how the judges wax rhapsodic about these Godforesaken foods hatched up by these masters of the meal. Every judge raved over wild boar and hey, if wild boar was so damn good, first, why don’t these chefs serve it up in their own eateries? Second, why isn’t wild boar more widely available in this country if such experts as these judges consider it such a treat? I obviously didn’t taste the stuff but I thought the meat looked perfectly awful.

I will likely continue to watch this show for the intrigue but frankly the art is a bit too advanced for my humble tastes and appreciation.

I’m not at all convinced this series will be watched by most of your average America save die-hard foodies.

Zooming In On the Home Town Date

The Bachelorette” episode aired on 6/29/09 was all abuzz for several reasons. First, after three expected eliminations in that episode, the remaining five would all have home town dates that will have Jillian going to the contenders’ home town to meet his parents.

Second, the big drama this year is the dastardly Wes, who says very openly for us na├»ve viewers to hear, that he is here for the career exposure for his singing. Well hell, why don’t the producers just tell Jillian that the lovely Wes said this and damn, they even have it on tape?

So okay, I have a friend or a colleague who is trying to choose between two fellows (or more) and I know that one of them cares not a whit for her save for something she can give him. Well yes, Jillian is not a “friend” to the producers of The Bachelor series but she’s a human being, you think?

But of course this is all scripted drama that leaves us viewers out here in la-la land rooting for Jillian to finally get a clue and razzing the snake Wes. It’s drama, heady stuff, the sort of thing that has us tuning in the following week in the hopes that Wes finally gets discovered.

That goofy Tanner, he of the tighty-whities and the foot fetish, finally got sent home and hey, us viewers were waiting for this event. Not that Tanner kept his love of feet any secret.

One thing that always preceeds the elimination of a contender on the Bachelor/…ette series is when that candidate strips down to underwear or gets naked in some fashion. Bank on it.

It makes the Bachelor/…ette seem so much more refined in that they will laugh at he or she who dares to strip for the group but later the rose is denied for that classless boob. Thus I knew Tanner was gone as soon as he pranced around in his underwear. That foot fetish of his was a sign that he wouldn’t be hanging around for long.





So too will Wes finally be sent packing. That rather blatant assertion by Wes that he’s in the contest for his career betterment is a clue that he will soon be tossed, probably in an episode that will focus on this event and provide appropriate drama.

On this particular episode, the young Robby was sent home, put off the train, literally almost, right on the tracks. Michael is another young one and, indeed, Jillian remarks often on this concern. During this episode’s rose ceremony Jillian even took Michael aside to ask him once again if he was really ready for love and all his commitments. Michael, of course, a 25 year old break dance instructor (I wonder what kind of income THIS occupation brings in), swore heartily that he was very ready to marry Jillian. But of course. Contenders on the Bachelor/…ette are ALWAYS in the love with the star.

Finally, airline pilot Jake, a real catch if you ask me, was sent packing. I could swear that Jillian mentioned that Jake was an “atheist” to Host Chris Harrison and hey, I don’t think I’d go getting involved with anyone who proclaims to be an atheist.

On one of the Bachelor bulletin boards someone asked if Jillian did, indeed, mention that Jake was an Athiest. Another commenter said that Jillian called Jake an “aviast” or one who flies airplanes.

I never heard of such a thing. I think Jake told Jillian he was an atheist and she didn’t like it. Why else would she kick off a real cutie pie with a good career?

Heh.

As of 6/23/09-the remaining contenders are:
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Jesse-27-winemaker
Michael,25-Breakdance Instructor
Wes-country/western singer
Reid,30-realtor
Kiptyn,31-Business Developer
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Reviews-TV-"bachelorette"-6/14/09; Food Network Star-6/14/09; Book-"Mean Justice"; Gardening the Vertical Way; Thoughts-2 of the Meanest Ladies

Here's a well-written book by Edward Humes titled "Mean Justice".

The author tries to make a case that Pat Dunn was wrongfully convicted of killing his wife Sandy via a "mean justice" that includes lying witnesses, runaway prosecutors and a right-wing public with little patience to get at the truth.

Only there's gaping holes in the author's arguments and I take them on in this book review.
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Bachelorette Jillian keeps looking for a "connection" in The Bachelorette series now with 7 contenders left vying for her heart.

The Wise I tells Jillian what she really needs to look for in these contenders and first she needs to find out what the hell a "pizza entrepreneur" is.

With pics and video you'll find nowhere else on the Internet.

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Two would-be Food Network Stars have been sent packing and in this update based on the episode aired 6/14/09-we review the remaining contenders, who looks promising, who desperately needs to go and the foods they serve get a close eyeball.

Brussels Sprouts Hash?

All with pics and video you'll find nowhere else on the Internet.

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Two fine, fine liberal ladies show us their stuff to the innocent who mistakenly call them…LIZ or MA'AM.

Nasty names them.

In this THOUGHTS post we have the whole story of Elizabeth who shall destroy those who call her Liz and Barbara Boxer must NOT be called Ma'am.

Plus a letter that sums up the tea parties and the feelings of us peons across the fruited plains.

Good Guys of the Week, Bad Buys of the Week, Quips of the Week and it all Ends With a Smile.

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The gardens of 2009 grow well here in Serendipity Shore.

A native plant helps to create a living fence and a flower that had always refused to grow adds stunning vertical interest to the gardens.

With pics, of course.
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Pic of the Day
Kitten and parakeet








Republican in House Challenges Pelosi

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We tend to give the pubbies a hard time on this Blog. This is mostly because the pubs have somehow found a haven in the tanning booths of Washington D.C. and have an ingrained desire to be liked by their friends across the aisle. Which leaves America, you understand, without an opposition party.

EVEN PAKISTAN HAS AN OPPOSITION PARTY!

John McCain, the beloved Republican candidate, is nowhere to be seen except to be out and about calling waterboarding torture and lately, to his credit, he’s been pounding Obama about handling that Korean nutcase and his meekness over the Iranian election.

So let’s give Utah representative Rob Bishop a Good Guy of the Week award for introducing a bill that would require an investigation into that lying botaxed sack of zero Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi accused the CIA of lying to congress and hey, these are pretty damn serious charges. As a taxpayer, I get concerned that the Speaker of America’s House of Representative just, boom, willy-nilly announces to the world that this country’s espionage agency takes our taxpayer dollars, spends it doing God knows what, and then LIES TO CONGRESS ABOUT THE RESULTS?

Of course the Democrats defeated Bishop’s proposal :
UPDATE: The House voted on the Bishop resolution, defeating it on a party-line vote. A motion to shelve Bishop’s resolution was passed by a 247-171 vote. Two Republicans sided with the Democrats: Rep. Ron Paul (Texas) and Walter B. Jones (N.C.).

because, well I guess the Democrats think it’s okay for the CIA to lie to congress.

If the Tea Parties Had One Writing…

Her name is Janet Contreras. She wrote a letter to the Glen Beck program and he featured it on his show this past week.

She is a self-professed Democrat. She’s angry at the Democrat party but she doesn’t especially like the Republicans.

This Beck segment’s gotten a lot of play. I read, and heard-video below- her letter and all I could think is that if this year’s infamous tea parties had just one scribbling which pretty much summed it up, this is it.



The letter:
I'm a home grown American citizen, 53, registered Democrat all my life. Before the last presidential election I registered as a Republican because I no longer felt the Democratic Party represents my views or works to pursue issues important to me. Now I no longer feel the Republican Party represents my views or works to pursue issues important to me. The fact is I no longer feel any political party or representative in Washington represents my views or works to pursue the issues important to me. There must be someone. Please tell me who you are. Please stand up and tell me that you are there and that you're willing to fight for our Constitution as it was written. Please stand up now. You might ask yourself what my views and issues are that I would horribly feel so disenfranchised by both major political parties. What kind of nut job am I? Will you please tell me?

Well, these are briefly my views and issues for which I seek representation:

One, illegal immigration. I want you to stop coddling illegal immigrants and secure our borders. Close the underground tunnels. Stop the violence and the trafficking in drugs and people. No amnesty, not again. Been there, done that, no resolution. P.S., I'm not a racist. This isn't to be confused with legal immigration.

Two, the TARP bill, I want it repealed and I want no further funding supplied to it. We told you no, but you did it anyway. I want the remaining unfunded 95% repealed. Freeze, repeal.

Three: Czars, I want the circumvention of our checks and balances stopped immediately. Fire the czars. No more czars. Government officials answer to the process, not to the president. Stop trampling on our Constitution and honor it.

Four, cap and trade. The debate on global warming is not over. There is more to say.

Five, universal healthcare. I will not be rushed into another expensive decision. Don't you dare try to pass this in the middle of the night and then go on break. Slow down!

Six, growing government control. I want states rights and sovereignty fully restored. I want less government in my life, not more. Shrink it down. Mind your own business. You have enough to take care of with your real obligations. Why don't you start there.

Seven, ACORN. I do not want ACORN and its affiliates in charge of our 2010 census. I want them investigated. I also do not want mandatory escrow fees contributed to them every time on every real estate deal that closes. Stop the funding to ACORN and its affiliates pending impartial audits and investigations. I do not trust them with taking the census over with our taxpayer money. I don't trust them with our taxpayer money. Face up to the allegations against them and get it resolved before taxpayers get any more involved with them. If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, hello. Stop protecting your political buddies. You work for us, the people. Investigate.

Eight, redistribution of wealth. No, no, no. I work for my money. It is mine. I have always worked for people with more money than I have because they gave me jobs. That is the only redistribution of wealth that I will support. I never got a job from a poor person. Why do you want me to hate my employers? Why ‑‑ what do you have against shareholders making a profit?

Nine, charitable contributions. Although I never got a job from a poor person, I have helped many in need. Charity belongs in our local communities, where we know our needs best and can use our local talent and our local resources. Butt out, please. We want to do it ourselves.

Ten, corporate bailouts. Knock it off. Sink or swim like the rest of us. If there are hard times ahead, we'll be better off just getting into it and letting the strong survive. Quick and painful. Have you ever ripped off a Band‑Aid? We will pull together. Great things happen in America under great hardship. Give us the chance to innovate. We cannot disappoint you more than you have disappointed us.

Eleven, transparency and accountability. How about it? No, really, how about it? Let's have it. Let's say we give the buzzwords a rest and have some straight honest talk. Please try ‑‑ please stop manipulating and trying to appease me with clever wording. I am not the idiot you obviously take me for. Stop sneaking around and meeting in back rooms making deals with your friends. It will only be a prelude to your criminal investigation. Stop hiding things from me.

Twelve, unprecedented quick spending. Stop it now.

Take a breath. Listen to the people. Let's just slow down and get some input from some nonpoliticians on the subject. Stop making everything an emergency. Stop speed reading our bills into law. I am not an activist. I am not a community organizer. Nor am I a terrorist, a militant or a violent person. I am a parent and a grandparent. I work. I'm busy. I'm busy. I am busy, and I am tired. I thought we elected competent people to take care of the business of government so that we could work, raise our families, pay our bills, have a little recreation, complain about taxes, endure our hardships, pursue our personal goals, cut our lawn, wash our cars on the weekends and be responsible contributing members of society and teach our children to be the same all while living in the home of the free and land of the brave.

I entrusted you with upholding the Constitution. I believed in the checks and balances to keep from getting far off course. What happened? You are very far off course. Do you really think I find humor in the hiring of a speed reader to unintelligently ramble all through a bill that you signed into law without knowing what it contained? I do not. It is a mockery of the responsibility I have entrusted to you. It is a slap in the face. I am not laughing at your arrogance. Why is it that I feel as if you would not trust me to make a single decision about my own life and how I would live it but you should expect that I should trust you with the debt that you have laid on all of us and our children. We did not want the TARP bill. We said no. We would repeal it if we could. I am sure that we still cannot. There is such urgency and recklessness in all of the recent spending.

From my perspective, it seems that all of you have gone insane. I also know that I am far from alone in these feelings. Do you honestly feel that your current pursuits have merit to patriotic Americans? We want it to stop. We want to put the brakes on everything that is being rushed by us and forced upon us. We want our voice back. You have forced us to put our lives on hold to straighten out the mess that you are making. We will have to give up our vacations, our time spent with our children, any relaxation time we may have had and money we cannot afford to spend on you to bring our concerns to Washington. Our president often knows all the right buzzword is unsustainable. Well, no kidding. How many tens of thousands of dollars did the focus group cost to come up with that word? We don't want your overpriced words. Stop treating us like we're morons.

We want all of you to stop focusing on your reelection and do the job we want done, not the job you want done or the job your party wants done. You work for us and at this rate I guarantee you not for long because we are coming. We will be heard and we will be represented. You think we're so busy with our lives that we will never come for you? We are the formerly silent majority, all of us who quietly work , pay taxes, obey the law, vote, save money, keep our noses to the grindstone and we are now looking up at you. You have awakened us, the patriotic spirit so strong and so powerful that it had been sleeping too long. You have pushed us too far. Our numbers are great. They may surprise you. For every one of us who will be there, there will be hundreds more that could not come. Unlike you, we have their trust. We will represent them honestly, rest assured. They will be at the polls on voting day to usher you out of office. We have cancelled vacations. We will use our last few dollars saved. We will find the representation among us and a grassroots campaign will flourish. We didn't ask for this fight. But the gloves are coming off. We do not come in violence, but we are angry. You will represent us or you will be replaced with someone who will. There are candidates among us when hewill rise like a Phoenix from the ashes that you have made of our constitution.

Democrat, Republican, independent, libertarian. Understand this. We don't care. Political parties are meaningless to us. Patriotic Americans are willing to do right by us and our Constitution and that is all that matters to us now. We are going to fire all of you who abuse power and seek more. It is not your power. It is ours and we want it back. We entrusted you with it and you abused it. You are dishonorable. You are dishonest. As Americans we are ashamed of you. You have brought shame to us. If you are not representing the wants and needs of your constituency loudly and consistently, in spite of the objections of your party, you will be fired. Did you hear? We no longer care about your political parties. You need to be loyal to us, not to them. Because we will get you fired and they will not save you. If you do or can represent me, my issues, my views, please stand up. Make your identity known. You need to make some noise about it. Speak up. I need to know who you are. If you do not speak up, you will be herded out with the rest of the sheep and we will replace the whole damn congress if need be one by one. We are coming. Are we coming for you? Who do you represent? What do you represent? Listen. Because we are coming. We the people are coming.


SIGN THE PETITION TO SEND JANET’S LETTER TO OUR CONGRESS HERE

Bad Guy of the Week Is a Gal

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Actually there are TWO gals, both liberals of course, who could win the Bad Guy of the Week award. One is this Elizabeth woman, an assistant of Washington state’s Senator Jim McDermott. McDermott…heh, a liberal Communist who hob-nobbed with Saddam Hussein, fine, fine fellow. Figures his assistant would be a mean, unhappy, angry witch.

Dear Lord may this woman be shamed forever and a day for the nastiness she lives with inside of day by day. In fact I think we should all bow our head in prayer for this human being so troubled that she would send NINETEEN EMAILS to a constituent excoriating the poor man for calling her LIZ! Her name, ahem, is Elizabeth. She doesn’t like to be called Lis.

The man kept responding with sincere, pleading apologies but hey, Liz is one mean one, yes she is.

What’s really cool is how this…scuse but BITCH comes to mind, got her nasty assed self exposed for all the world to see her shame.

From: XXX
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2009 11:38 AM
To: Becton, Elizabeth
Subject: JPMC Meeting Request


Elizabeth,

Attached is a meeting request for JP Morgan Chase who will be in DC June 3rd-4th and would like to request a brief meeting with the Congressman.

Let me know if you need any additional information.

Thank you!

Best,
XXX

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From: XXX
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 5:05 PM
To: Becton, Elizabeth
Subject: RE: JPMC Meeting Request


Hi Liz,

just checking in on whether the Congressman is available next week. [REDACTED] can confirm a meeting time for you - she is available at [REDACTED].

Thank you!

Best,
XXX


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From: Becton, Elizabeth
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 5:07 PM
To: XXX
Subject: RE: JPMC Meeting Request
Importance: High


Who is Liz?

Elizabeth Becton
Executive Assistant/Office Manager
Office of Congressman Jim McDermott
XXXX Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
XXX phone
XXX fax
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From: XXX
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 5:07 PM
To: Becton, Elizabeth
Subject: RE: JPMC Meeting Request


Hi Elizabeth, I thought you went by Liz - apologies if that is incorrect. Best, XXX



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From: Becton, Elizabeth
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 5:08 PM
To: XXX
Subject: RE: JPMC Meeting Request



I do not go by Liz. Where did you get your information?
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Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 5:10 PM
To: Becton, Elizabeth
Subject: RE: JPMC Meeting Request


Hi Elizabeth, I'm so sorry if I offended you! I thought you had gone by Liz at Potlatch, this was my mistake. Best, XXX

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From: Becton, Elizabeth
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 5:11 PM
To: XXX
Subject: RE: JPMC Meeting Request


NEVER. I hate that name.


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From: XXX
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 5:13 PM
To: Becton, Elizabeth
Subject: RE: JPMC Meeting Request


Hi Elizabeth, I'm so sorry if I offended you! I must have mis-heard. My mistake! Best, XX

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From: Becton, Elizabeth
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 5:20 PM
To: XXX
Subject: RE: JPMC Meeting Request
Importance: High

XXX:

If I wanted you to call me by any other name, I would have offered that to you. I think it's rude when people don't even ask permission and take all sorts of liberties with your name. This is a real sore spot with me. My name has a lot of "nicknames" which I don't use. I use either my first name or my last name because I row with a lot of other women who share the same first name. Now, please do not ever call me by a nickname again.

As for your meeting request, who is the point of contact for this meeting? If it's not you, then I need to know who because it's very time-consuming to deal with a lot of people for one meeting.

Thanks,

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From: XXX
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 5:23 PM
To: Becton, Elizabeth
Subject: RE: JPMC Meeting Request


Hi Elizabeth, I'm so sorry I offended you! My mistake!

XXX can confirm a meeting time for you - she is available at XXX XXXX.

Thank you!

Best, XXX


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From: XXX
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 5:33 PM
To: Becton, Elizabeth
Subject: RE: JPMC Meeting Request


Of course! Again, I am sincerely sorry for offending you. I must have mis-heard and it was in no way my intention to make you upset. I always enjoy working with you and seeing you at the WSS events J

Best,
XXX


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From: Becton, Elizabeth
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 5:37 PM
To: XXX
Subject: RE: JPMC Meeting Request


Sounds like you got played by someone who KNOWS I hate that name and that it's a fast way to TICK me off. Who told you that I go by that name? They are not your friend...


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From: XXX
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 5:38 PM
To: Becton, Elizabeth
Subject: RE: JPMC Meeting Request


Hi Elizabeth,

Again, I am sincerely sorry for offending you. I don't want to cause trouble as I clearly must have mis-heard the person at Potlatch. It was in no way my intention to make you upset.

Best,
XXX

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From: Becton, Elizabeth
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 5:41 PM
To: XXX
Subject: RE: JPMC Meeting Request
Importance: High


I REALLY want to know who told you to call me that.



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From:XXX
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 5:44 PM
To: Becton, Elizabeth
Subject: RE: JPMC Meeting Request


Hi Elizabeth,
Again, I am sincerely sorry for offending you. I don't recall who I overheard. It was in no way my intention to make you upset.
Best,
XXX

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From: Becton, Elizabeth
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 6:04 PM
To: XXX
Subject: RE: JPMC Meeting Request

Let me put it this way, they don't know me and perhaps they were PRETENDING to know me better than they do and pretended that I go by Liz. They did YOU a disservice.

In the future, you should be VERY careful about such things. People like to brag about their connections in DC. It's a past time for some. It's also dangerous to eaves drop, as you have just found out.

Quit apologizing and never call me anything but Elizabeth again. Also, make sure you correct anyone who attempts to call me by any other name but Elizabeth. Are we clear on this? Like I said, it's a hot button for me.

And please don't call the office and not leave a message. My colleague told me you called while I was away at the Ladies' room. I do sometimes leave my desk.



AND IT GETS WORSE! Below, Bloggers, not the Lamestream Media never, never…found more nastiness eminating from this poor soul’s every pore.

MORE MEANNESS FROM LIZ

I say the whole world should call her Liz for the rest of her pathetic damn life.

Quip of the Week

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Another BITCH but we decided to award the very nice, kind, kind Barbara Boxer of California, with this week’s Quip of the Week.

For it was poor, poor General Walsh, a military man with a long record of working his way through the ranks, having served in Iraq to his current command of a division of the Army Corps of Engineers, who called Barbara Boxer…hold your breath…

MA’AM!

The man must be crucified immediately.

The fine, fine Ms. Boxer, now too exposed for all the world to see what a nasty witch she is, snippily ordered General Walsh to call her SENATOR.

It’s military protocol to refer to all males as “sir” and concurrently, females as “ma’am”. The man was being very polite, testifying before the bitchy witch Boxer.

Watch for yourself:



Hey Barbara Babe, we got your number out here in la-la land. That widely played clip makes you look like the sack of shit that you are.

We got eyeballs and we got ears. Your true self came shining through.

Proving that liberals are the meanest most unhappy people on this whole damn planet.

For Those of You Who Think That the UN Might Help With the North Korea Problem…

Heh.


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Gardens Bloom Fine Despite Neglect

I didn’t expect much from my gardens this year in that 2008 was a horrific year here in Serendipity Shore. Husband came down with a terrifying brain infection and I had a quadruple coronary bypass. It wasn’t that working the gardens was forbidden to me as it was, indeed, encouraged for the exercise.

But husband needed intravenous IV’s some six times a day and was so sick that I had to carry the full domestic load. It was enough that I was able to get Fall’s leafage gathered to the compost pile in early spring 2009.

I had transplanted some bushes that were growing lackluster in various places on the lot. A native plant, a Swamp Rose, was moved from the center lawn garden to a spot alongside the driveway where I am creating my “living fence”. I have mixed emotions about this plant. First, it was sold at a plant sale featuring plants indigenous to Delaware and these plants always do better as one might expect. Problem is, the things grow a bit too well. In the first year of its planting the thing was sprouting everywhere as it turns out that it throws out underground tendrils and takes over the world. This would not do in a contained garden environment. So I spiked out all the annoying tendrils and put it in a spot where it can grow bejeesus to create a living, green wall alongside my driveway. Way I figure, it can give the huge hedge rose some competition.





My container garden looks great at street’s edge. The clemantis have grown better than I dared to hope. I’ve tried for years to grow these things and never could do it. I understand that they like their roots shaded and my logic was that the handsome obelisk lawn decoration I have would help to shade the roots of the vine.

In fact it is the leaves and blooms of the clemantis itself that provides shade for its own roots. The obelisk gives it a place to grow vertical and from now on this gardener will tout a vertical gardening feature as a must-have in all happening gardens of our era.

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”Mean Justice” by Edward Humes-an A+ True Crime Read

Amazon URL for this book.

Before writing a word re my opinions, thoughts and fine analysis on this book, let me say that Humes, a Pulitzer Prize winner according to the book jacket, is an excellent writer and that this book kept me involved and intrigued from page to page-turning page.

Humes managed to coordinate all the parts and pieces of this somewhat complicated story of a man, Pat Dunn, who was charged and convicted of killing his wife, Sandy Dunn.

But did Humes convince this reader of Pat Dunn’s guilt?

Not really.

In the interest of fair and balanced, I consider myself a True Crime buff but hardly any expert. I have, however, read many true crime books, watched every Dateline and 48 Hours crime documentary and monitor ongoing crimes and investigations as they occur. I even have a Blog devoted to True Crime.

None of this, of course, makes me an expert. I have no law enforcement experience whatsoever. Still I’d argue that one with such a strong interest in a subject tends to get knowledgeable over time.

I also have a tendency to disbelieve assertions of prosecutor misconduct although I have as open a mind as anybody. But common sense creeps into my attitude as I can’t help but think that a prosecutor would just as soon prosecute the REAL criminal as the wrong one. Sure I understand that some suspects are easier than to convict than others but, silly me, I still harbor the notion that prosecutors generally want to see that justice is done and locking up the right guy isn’t much harder than locking up the wrong guy.

In fact, refer to my book review on another book that was based on
a story of runaway prosecution which, interestingly, is also covered in this book. I didn’t believe a word of this Hollingsworth book and Humes presents a similar public hysteria as part of the prosecutorial background which caused Pat Dunn to be wrongfully convicted.

Finally, hey, Pat Dunn was convicted by a jury of his peers. 12 people believed that Pat Dunn killed his wife and, in fact, the author’s main source of data for the book, Laura Lawhon, the defense team’s private investigator, spoke to some of the jurors to gain insight to what she considered their faulty logic. The jury system did its job in this case and if they got the verdict wrong, well it’s how the jury system works. Which is not to suggest that putting a fellow away for the remainder of his life is a thing of fluff but for all the arguments presented by Humes in this book re Pat Dunn’s innocence and prosecutorial misconduct, be reminded that 12 other people bought the argument of the prosecutor and Pat Dunn DID have a defense.

In fact, if the reader is to believe the facts as so artfully organized and presented by Humes, the truth of the matter is that Pat Dunn had a lousy defense team. Or else, I whisper softly, author Humes leaves out major gaps in the story.



It was a penciled in comment by another reader who’d evidently checked out the library book before me that made the lightbulb go on over my head. Until then I’d been reading along, enjoying the fine, no-nonsense writing, almost believing the narrative when I chanced upon a courtroom scene that was supposed to rouse my ire at the unfairness of it all.

Montes was Sandy Dunn’s housekeeper. I quote the text from the book exactly regarding Montes’ testimony: "Montes made this point from the witness stand in a very low voice, so low that the defense team didn't catch what she said"

Montes had been testifying that Sandy went on her early morning walks always wearing her expensive jewelry. Handwritten by a former reader was a note “It is defense job to get this! Ask clerk to repeat the witness statement.”

I was stopped cold in my tracks. The author almost convinced me that the poor hapless defense team, AND the jury, were cheated from the truth yet again; that Sandy Dunn NEVER wore her jewelry on her early morning walks but Montes gave her testimony so low that no one heard what she said. It was important whether or not Sandy Dunn wore her jewelry on her pre-dawn walks as Sandy Dunn’s jewelry was found at home AFTER her murder. But if she always wore her prized jewelry on her morning walk, why was it left at home on the morning she was murdered? Did Pat Dunn remove the valuable trinkets before he put her body in that shallow grave rather than lose the value?

In fact Sandy Dunn did NOT wear her valuable jewelry on her pre-dawn walks, at least as the author’s narrative convinced me. Still, if the housekeeper’s testimony was too low, like the scribbler noted, why the hell didn’t the defense have her repeat her answer? Am I to believe that Pat Dunn’s erroneous conviction was arrived at because witnesses were allowed to testify too low without the defense able to hear the words?

The author spent an inordinate, almost mind-numbing, amount of time on the testimony of one Jerry Coble. Jerry Coble testified that he saw Pat Dunn loading up his wife’s body in the back of his pickup truck on the night she was allegedly murdered.

Jerry Coble was a small time hood in Kern county California. He was looking to help out a prosecutor with damning testimony to avoid another trip back to the slammer where obtaining his cherished heroin fix would be very difficult. The author convinced me almost from the start that Coble was a lying conniver and yes, how prosecutor Jagels believed this guy surely cast aspersions as to where his head was leaning.

In fact, the author lays out a time and era during prosecutor Jagels’ time in power and he is painted as a man proud of his conviction record and who might do anything to keep it. Which is, of course, often the case when criminals and their champions argue as to their innocence. The prosecutor wanted his record to remain stellar, the criminals argue, so he took the easy course, which was to lock up poor innocent me.

Goodness Jerry Coble’s own brother testified that he was lying about what he saw that night, that he’d even told him that he was going to arrange a lie with a prosecutor that would keep him out of jail. AND Coble was caught casing Pat Dunn’s house by a friend of Pat, with Pat’s friend even getting the license plate number of Coble’s mother’s Mustang. Coble was probably trying to get the details on Pat Dunn’s truck for the false testimony he was preparing to give to prosecutor Jagels.

The big problem here is that several members of the jury said they didn’t believe a word of Coble’s testimony. So the author convinced this reader that Jerry Coble was a liar but so what? That jury found Pat Dunn guilty of murdering his wife and would have done so without the testimony of Jerry Coble. Still and so, I accept the argument that prosecutor Jagel’s quickness to believe this lying con man indicates something shady about the prosecutor if nothing else.

The author tells the story of the hysterical witch hunts on child abusers going on across the country at that time, and pointed out that Kern county California was one major suburban area consumed with day care child abuse. The author makes good arguments that the many indictments of innocent people might have created an atmosphere of over-confidence for prosecutors, perhaps a notion that investigations need not be bulky when a quick indictment of the mostly likely perp will do. As I linked earlier, I too thought that the day care child abuse hysteria of that era was bogus and, indeed, has been found so in the rearview mirror of future calm.

There were, however, some very questionable things about the death of Sandy Dunn that I would think worth another look. However, all requests for another trial, and there were many, were turned down.

There was NO physical evidence in the Dunn house that anybody had been brutally murdered. There was a very unusual, almost ceremonial, wound to the anus of Sandy Dunn, a wound not likely to be inflicted by a husband who killed her in an anger flash. Sandy Dunn had signed her will indicating her wish to leave all her worldly goods to her husband, thereby removing any obvious motive.

In summary, I admire Humes for such an organized, well-written book. I think he made a damn good argument for the innocence of Pat Dunn in the murder of his wife. I suspect this author might have, as authors do, tried to hoodwink me or gloss over things a bit too quick.

For now, I think prosecutor Jagel is an asshole, I’m pretty sure that Jerry Koble is a lying con artist, and I do believe that Pat Dunn had one lousy defense team.

None of these things make Pat Dunn an innocently jailed man.
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The Next Food Network Star-Lobster, Shells, Brussel Sprouts Hash



Food Network Star Web Site HERE


The Next Food Network Star, which aired on 6/14/09, had nine remaining contenders beginning with a mini-challenge that consisted of coming up with a recipe within a 45 minute time span. The foods for the recipe were provided and they were all rather odd combinations. Some exmples include lamb chops and cereal, ground beef with pickles, cherries and chicken. The mini-challenge was sponsored by Esquire magazine and the winner would have their impromptu creative recipe printed in that famous monthly magazine for urbane gentlemen.

Contender Eddie came up with a concotion that included “Brussels sprouts hash” and myself, as well as the Food Network Judges, were intrigued. Eddie won this mini-challenge.

There were some strange, very odd presentations as well. Melissa, this year’s home cook with little restaurant experience, made a chicken dish and improbably just placed her cherry on the top of the dish. I’ve seen sweet and sour chicken dishes that had a sauce including cherries and green peppers, that kind of thing. Melissa’s lack of worldly culinary experience was demonstrated amply with this mini-challenge.

Each contender was given one minute to present their concoction. The contenders were also judged closely on their presentations for the elimination challenge. It’s obvious that there’s now an emphasis on the camera presence of these contenders as this skill is as important to a Food Network Star as is their cooking skills.

The guest chef this week was Giada DiLaurentis and please, folks, is this woman beautiful or what? And you ever notice how she always cooks in low cut tops? I would never cook in a low cut top as a)I don’t have an especially pretty bosom to display, b)even if I did I wouldn’t display it in my small, dark kitchen and c)hot liquid might splash on the most awkward of spots.

The elimination challenge involved having Eddie pull holiday names from a paper bag. Eddie was allowed to assign the holidays to his fellow contenders. Southern/Korean cook Debbie Lee got Mardi Gras, Brett got April Fools Day, Jamika-New Year’s Day. Each contender was to prepare a meal based on their assigned holiday as well as decorate the table appropriately and present their offerings to the assembled judges.

Jamika won the challenge handily. She prepared a plate of collard greens which she declared brings good luck when eaten on New Year’s Day. Alongside, some fine cornbread. Jamika was also comfortable, likable and believable with her presentation.





Brett offered lobster tails which Bobby Flay declared full of shell. Bad, bad. A cook should never be offering food filled with shells or other items that should be removed before presentation to the diner.

At the judging there was a bit of a dustup involving contender Melissa and a couple of the guys. While Melissa, the home cook with little restaurant experience, was finishing up her meal, a couple of the guys, including the eliminated Brett, offered to help her finish up. They did NOT make any of her meal and their hints that they cooked some of her meal were unfair. I wonder if Brett’s deceiving participation in this ruse didn’t help him get the boot.

Katie is a contender who’s due to go home soon. First, seriously folks, few people watch a cooking show to see the preparation of “healthy” meals. Oh there’s a few but do a perusal of cooking shows, either on Food Network or public tv. You’ll see few shows focusing solely on “healthy” meals. Plus Katie is almost a Gestapo agent about her demand that we all consume healthy meals.

Every year Food Network offers a contender with a concentration on healthy food. And every year that contender is sent home soon. Perhaps someday a contender will appear on the scene with a new idea, a neat and offbeat personality, something that might be able to carry an entire show based on healthy meals.

Believe me, Katie the health food contender, is not this person.

Below, a video remix of a few of the winners from the Next Food Network Star aired on 6/14/09/



The Bachelorette-Time for Jillian To Get Serious

So contender Ed gets a call from his job informing him that he must return or, well he won’t have a job to return to. This jarring bit of reality provides a nice background for my oncoming rant about this reality series and its disconnect from such reality.

But then I always knew this “reality” series was as far removed from romantic reality as most anything, right?

Yes. Then again, I’d argue that reality series, even those scripted down to dotted I’s and crossed T’s, should have some relationship to the real world else the viewers will go elsewhere in their disbelief.

It would turn out that Jillian was quite upset with the notion that Ed would be leaving the series, and his chance as a possible mate for her, so soon after the series’ beginning. At the time of the airing of this episoe-6/15/09-there were nine fellows left, all vying for the hand of lovely Jillian from Canada.

Doing the math, this would thus require Ed to hang around for nine, ten, eleven more weeks as I believe these guys are locked away somewhere with little contact with the outside world save for emergencies. One might deduce that these guys should have made arrangements to be gone for so long but Ed is some sort of IT guru. Computers, electronic files, programs….tend to go awry with little warning. I sure can imagine that Ed’s job might need him back and he’d have to go. And with his very career on the line, why should he remain, this with no commitment from Jillian that she would eventually, 12 weeks down the road, choose him?

Jillian did, in a dramatic manner, give Ed a rose during the group date right after he gave her the news that he would possibly be leaving, that he hadn’t decided as of yet, that he wanted some indicator from her that she might be considering him as a “winner”. Later on in the episode it would seem that Ed decided, despite the rose, that he had to return to his job. This caused Jillian to cry her heartbreak and let’s face it folks, we don’t know if Jillian was playing up the drama for the cameras because if she was really in love with Ed she’d have told him something convincing enough to have him stay.

Scuttlebutt is that Ed will return when the list gets down to the final five or so but that seems unlikely to me. To allow this to happen would be to throw all the rules of this series out the window.



Below a short video of Jillian reacting to Ed’s news that he must return to his job.



After all this, I have some thoughts. For once I was a young, pretty thing like Jillian. I always said that men were like a bus…you miss one and another one comes right along. It’s not that I was exceptional as a young, sweet thing. It’s just that I was a living, breathing female and such things tend to attract males.

I dated all sorts of men, all nationalities, all trades, personalities and educations. Almost always there were a few things I honed in on. And it’s something I don’t see sweet Jillian paying a whit of attention to and soon I’m not going to believe a word of it all.

It might not be true in the case of the Bachelor seeking a Bachelorette, but for sure in the opposite case a young female seeking a mate of the male variety would be looking quite closely at the guy’s finances.

Yes, I know men hate this sort of thing. They gripe that she only loves me for my money, or my car, or my paycheck. Heh. Yet every male with a pair will seek the neatest, hottest car, the most hip and happening wardrobe, tickets to the best and biggest and in general anything or way that will make them look flush with cash and able to deliver the goods.

Every male songbird sits his fine self at the top of the tallest tree and sings wildly about his fine territory he’s got here below, filled with berry bushes and seed-bearing plants. He sings to every passing female bird that she should drop by and allow him to show her around his place, a fine piece of land that would be perfect for building a nest and raising a family.

It’s the nature of the male of the species is what I’m saying here, to display his ability to provide and it’s the nature of the female of the species to closely scrutinize any male’s claims to greatly provide that they be true.

All I hear Jillian mention is that mysterious “connection” that this reality series loves to talk about. Connection being, of course, code word for sexual attraction.

Of course there has to be a sexual attraction and yes it has to be pretty high on the list. Goodness you’d think here on the Bachelor/ette series that it’s all anybody gives thought to. Money, a friendly personality, and an emotional maturity can make most men damn sexy even if they’re bald as a cue ball.

Jillian meanwhile is busy one-on-one dating, two-on-one dating, group-dating these men and worrying about that mysterious connection. Lookit, every one of those guys is good enough looking for any normal human female. That should be ascertained on the first night of the series. They don’t pick ugly guys for this show.

I wonder if Jillian is paying attention to these guys and their jobs. For I rarely hear them talk about their jobs. When I was Jillian’s age, first date I’d be talking about the guy’s job and listening with wide ears. Oh I might try to guise it as the small talk of a new couple getting acquainted. But if a guy was telling me how he was currently unemployed, that he had a grand idea to sell spaghetti on a stick and he has some corporate interest in same, that he almost got General Mills to buy his last invention of cereal that just needed added water to become a morning meal…heh, believe me this would be our last date.

One of these guys is a bartender. A bartender? Hmmmmm. That’d be one strike against. Bartenders aren’t setting the world on fire in terms of income. Another guy is, get this, a pizza entrepreneur. What the hell is a “pizza entrepreneur”? A guy who delivers for Dominos? Another guy is a winemaker. Well I’d have to know more about this. Does he make this wine in his basement as a hobby? Does he make money at it? Finally, another guy is a business developer. So okay, again, what the hell is that?

It would turn out that Jillian did send this so-called “pizza entrepreneur” home. His name was Mark and he was good-looking. So maybe Jillian didn’t want to get too involved with a guy who delivers pizza for a living.

Ongoing to add drama to the show is the charge that one or more of these contenders has a girlfriend back home. Also, Wes, the country-western singer, is disliked by the other fellows. He is considered as a betrayer, a fellow there only to promote his singing career. Wes’ defense is that his sister entered him into this contest and that he’d already cut a CD many months before this. It’s not such a good defense in that for sure Wes’ exposure on this show would be a help to any future singing career, even if minimal.

Jillian mentioned her childhood memory of a young man who wrote her a song and how it impressed and pleased her. Wes too wrote Jillian a song. The rest of the fellows are frustrated in that they believe that Wes is using Jillian and the show for his own nefarious purposes and she is blinded to it by a fading childhood reminisce.

As of 6/16/09-the remaining contenders are:
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Jesse-27-winemaker
Robby,25-Bartender
Michael,25-Breakdance Instructor
Wes-country/western singer
Redi,30-realtor
Tanner,30-Financial analyst
Kiptyn,31-Business Developer
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