Monday, March 03, 2008

Animal Kingdom, Unusual Punishment, -and- Homeland Insecurity

Animal Kingdom - Spokane monkey goes wild, bites three
Unusual Punishment - prisoners get LCD TVs, mountain views
Homeland Insecurity - deal soon on eavesdropping law

On this day in history: March 3, 1934 - John Dillinger escapes from an escape-proof jail in Crown Point Indiana, using a wooden pistol he carved himself. It's his second escape.

Born on this day in history: March 3, 1962 - Jackie Joyner-Kersee (1962– ) Born in East St Louis, Mo., track and field athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee is considered one of the greatest female athletes in history. She has won numerous Olympic medals from 1984 to 1992.

Scripture of the Day: You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? - 1 Corinthians 3:3

Video of the Day: Need a new flashlight? - submitted by Frank

"I put a spell on you!" BEWARE! Do not fall under his thrall! Click to enlarge.

Hillary is fighting the spell! Click to enlarge.

The weather was beautiful over the weekend—sunny and warm. Yesterday morning, there was an unwelcome wind, but it did not last long. This morning, the sun continues to shine, the sky is blue, there is no wind, and birds are singing loudly.

One of my brothers came to dinner last evening. I made a marinade (extra-virgin olive oil, rice wine vinegar, minced garlic, lime juice, Tony Chachere's More Spice, and ground black pepper) Saturday. Laura placed 7 large Tyson boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a zip-lock bag, covered with the marinade, and placed in the refrigerator. She turned the chicken over several times throughout Saturday and Sunday.

Laura sings with the worship group at Harvest Christian Center every other month, and this is one of the months she sings. We went to church separately yesterday, and I departed following the early service. I produced a pasta salad with Barilla large shells (cooked al denté, of course), garbanzo beans, kidney beans, sweet peas, sliced red onion, sliced celery, grape tomatoes, sliced red bell pepper, Tony Chachere's More Spice, Italian seasoning, ground black pepper, lime juice, mayonnaise, and wasabi paste.

Laura grilled the chicken perfectly (nice char marks on the outside and moist throughout). I made a quantity of toasted garlic bread. The meal was delightful. Laura had Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon, my brother had Almaden Chardonnay, and I had Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale.

Following dinner, we watched "Next." [Las Vegas magician Cris Johnson (Nicolas Cage) can see a few minutes into the future, an ability he uses to enhance his shows -- and to win at blackjack. But when FBI counterterror agent (Julianne Moore) wants his help in thwarting a nuclear attack on Los Angeles, Cris finds his psychic skills put to the ultimate test. Based on Philip K. Dick's short story "The Golden Man," this sci-fi thriller co-stars Jessica Biel and Peter Falk.] The movie had excellent special effects, was well-produced, well-acted, and entertaining. I highly recommend it.