Friday, May 08, 2009

Fighting Back, Homeland Insecurity, -and- Net Result

Fighting Back - hot sauce wards off knife attack
Homeland Insecurity - Louisiana man detained over "Don't Tread on Me" bumper sticker
Net Result - student's Wikipedia hoax fools newspapers

On this day in history: May 8, 1999 - Actress Dana Plato, who played Kimberly Drummond on Diff'rent Strokes, dies in Oklahoma of an overdose of Valium and Loritab. Just the previous day, Plato had appeared on the Howard Stern syndicated radio program claiming to be clean and sober.

Born on this day in history: May 8, 1884 - Harry S Truman (1884 - 1972) Born in Lamar, MO, 33rd President Harry Truman (1945-53) was elected to the U.S. Senate (1935-45), and gained national attention heading "The Truman Committee," which investigated wartime production. That gained him a spot as Franklin D. Roosevelt's new vice-president in 1944. When Roosevelt died, Truman became president, going on to win the close 1948 election. The "everyday American" surprised everyone by dropping the atom bombs on Japan, forming the post-war Marshall Plan and proposing the "Truman Doctrine" of Communist containment.

Scripture of the Day: However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him." - 1 Corinthians 2:9

Video of the Day: Dodge Charger Police Car Burnout

Imagine my surprise when I encountered this scene while driving to my office this morning! Click to enlarge.

For dinner Wednesday evening, I grilled a nice pork tenderloin and made a pot of Cajun black beans. The pork tenderloin came from the market marinated with Italian seasonings and sealed in a vacuum bag. For the beans, I simmered diced Jalapeños, diced white onion, chopped celery, diced cluster tomatoes, and chopped garlic in Merlot. I added ground black pepper, ground Cayenne pepper, Gebhardt's chili powder, ground cumin, and red pepper flakes. This simmered for two hours. I added a can of black beans and a can of red beans. The meal was delightful, and there is a large quantity of leftovers remaining for another meal.

For dinner last evening, I made the filling for chicken wraps. We used green leaf lettuce instead of tortillas. The filling consisted of diced grilled boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped green onions, chopped heart of celery, diced Jalapeños, green peas, quartered seedless green grapes, mayonnaise, ground ginger, ground Cayenne pepper, ground black pepper, adobo seasoning, dried parsley flakes, red pepper flakes, and ground cumin. It was quickly devoured.

Car Shows!

May Madness - the Corning Car Show takes place this Friday and Saturday. For details, visit the May Madness Web site. Friday will feature a Cruise on Solano Street and a Car Show Mixer at Corning Ford. Saturday will feature a Show and Shine, Burnout Competition, Hydraulic Competition, 4X4 Competition, Raffle Prizes, and Trophy Awards.

Sunday, May 17th, C.H.V.A. (Contemporary Historical Vehicle Association) presents the 35th Annual Red Bluff River Park Car Show - Registration at 8 AM - Awards Ceremony at 3 PM. All pre-1984 vehicles welcome. Spectators free admission. Everyone welcome. People's Choice Awards. 50/50 Raffle, Raffle Prizes. Food.