Friday, July 18, 2008

To Serve and Protect, Fill 'er Up!, -and- Life Imitates Art

To Serve and Protect - officer accused of threatening Starbucks manager for free coffee
Fill 'er Up! - man stole $44,000 in gas, police say
Life Imitates Art - balloons carry gun away in "CSI"-like suicide

On this day in history: July 18, 1984 - James Oliver Huberty walks into a crowded McDonald's restaurant in San Ysidro, California and starts shooting. Carrying an Uzi carbine, a 12-gauge shotgun, and a Browning 9mm pistol, Huberty guns down 40 people. 21 of them, mostly children, die from their wounds. A San Diego police sniper finally solves the situation more than an hour later. Ultimately, the McDonald's Corporation opts to bulldoze the franchise and build a community park there.

Born on this day in history: July 18, 1918 - Nelson (Rolihlahla) Mandela (1918 - ) South African statesman and president (1994–99), born in Transkei, SE South Africa. He was a lawyer in Johannesburg, then joined the African National Congress in 1944. For the next 20 years he directed a campaign of defiance against the South African government and its racist policies.

Scripture of the Day: But the saints of the Most High will receive the kingdom and will possess it forever -- yes, for ever and ever. - Daniel 7:18

Video of the Day: Girls Habanero-eating Contest

This was the scene at the local farmers market. Unfortunately, it was only in my dream that this scene existed. Dream photography is a very new scientific technique. I hope this displays well. Click to enlarge.

For dinner last evening, we had the two remaining stuffed mushrooms from an earlier meal and a rice dish. I placed 1 1/2 cups of Calrose rice, 2 cups of water, a large white mushroom (thinly sliced), a handful of frozen corn kernels, a cluster tomato (diced), garlic powder, Tony Chachere's More Spice, Italian seasoning, and ground cumin in an electric rice cooker and pressed the on button. I reheated the stuffed mushrooms. It was a delicious meal.

Tonight, we shall have a Red Baron Supreme pizza. We shall adorn it with sliced white mushrooms, diced Jalapeño, sliced cluster tomatoes, Tony Chachere's More Spice, and provolone cheese.

Tomorrow, we shall cook a rack of baby back ribs on the barbecue—low and slow, mopping each 15 minutes with a mixture of extra-virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar, light rum, honey, Gebhardt's chili powder, Tony Chachere's More Spice, Italian seasoning, ground cumin, garlic powder, and ground ginger. I shall make a batch of spicy Cajun beans.

Sunday will begin a six-day crusade at Harvest Christian Center, featuring evangelist David Woods.