Kyle and I saw Lincoln today. We both agreed it was a great piece of cinema. The acting a tour de force especially for Daniel Day Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones. Hal Holbrook also delivered a fine performance. Although sprinkled with Spielberg's usual "fairy dust," asKyle calls it, the film was done with a lighter touch and the expected heart-wrenching, tear duct stressing coda, was toned down.
Both of us agree that we had the irony of the watching the beginning of the end of slavery as SCOTUS was deciding how to the deal with gay and lesbian equality was on our minds.
Today the Supreme Court of the United States was expected to release its decisions to review, or not to review, 10 pending cases on marriage equality. The basic premise of these cases challenge the constitutionality of DOMA (the so called "Defense of Marriage Act), Proposition 8 in California. Indeed no action was announced kicking the can down the road until at least Monday... and perhaps beyond.
Great sources for information are AFER.ORG, the website of the organization that is challenging Proposition 8. This site has many informative videos and links.
If you choose to dig further, I commend to you a four part investigation of how this may be handled by the The Supreme Court at SCOTUSBLOG by Lyle Denniston. Part I tackles the constitution standard, Part II, the arguments for, Part II the argruements against and the final part the court's options.
The last read of interest is a opinion piece which argues that this is the most important decision that these nine justices have faced or will face." Tom Goldstein says,
Our country and societies around the world will read the Justices’ decision(s) not principally as a legal document but instead as a statement by a wise body about whether same-sex marriages are morally right or wrong. The issues are that profound and fraught; they in a sense seem to transcend “law.” Given the inevitability of same-sex marriage, if the Court rules against those claiming a right to have such unions recognized, it will later be judged to be “on the wrong side of history.”
So the real irony of watching Lincoln as the court decides is personified in Justice Clarence Thomas. The only African-American currently on the court (and also in an "inter-racial" marriage) is one that will assuredly come down on the wrong side of history. His position is due completely to people who came down on the correct side, including Abraham Lincoln.
Little spot on the map, hour or so outside of a big city exurbs of the main college town in the state, sound familiar ?
Last week in Ms. Johnson's eight grade preforming arts class at Centennial Middle School a student asked to play this song. " I asked him a few questions about the song. If it was violent, if there was any profanity, and he said no . And I said it sounds like a great song to go ahead and use for the class" said Susan Johnson.
The Song is " SAME LOVE " by underground rapper Ben Maclemore. Here it is, and she did only play the song, not the video.
Ms. Johnson ended her day by being suspended indefinitely with out pay.....
and don't want to put any hate out into the universe.
We have seen these two on the trail before, their dog is some sort of setter. I'm sure pure bread, and seems very sweet, wags his/ her tail at Koda, BUT the troll owner yells at the dog - makes it sit and is very aggressive and downright mean to the poor dog, just because it wants to do dog things with Koda ,do some sniffing etc. She told me she never lets her dog interact with other " strange dogs " . Strongly don't love.....
IF you have posted any comments lately, last week or so, it/they were lost because I got spammed, bombed, what ever the kids are calling it these days with these freaky computer generated comments in Russian, all on a post about Koda and Kiara and some poor young girl being eaten by crocodiles.
Over 1000 , all of which also went to my email...
Back with Scott and Lisa for a couple of days as Neil, Please GOD, finishes up his business in Albany.
We are bears of very little brain and chose to travel the Wednesday before and the Sunday after Thanksgiving.... Thruway was packed last night.
KodA had an early morning free range romp
then watched Neil drive away.....
This will be training, getting the brain accustomed to being with out life giving cable , as Christmas with the always wonderful Lovell-Spencers is just around the corner.....
Let's start off with a fact. Jesus himself could come back to Atlanta this week, and it would be the second story on the six o'clock news. Hype meet world, and welcome to the 2012 SEC play-off.
" Now , Y'all act like you have been here before "
We were here last year, and in 2002, 2003 and 2005, winning in two and five - but not like this. The winner of this game, the SEC champion will go on to face the beloved Irish of Notre Dame in the BCS Championship game in Miami on January 7th. Simple task, beat college footballs two most successful dynasties and get a ring!
Here is where we are , the final regular season game of 2012. Chaos averted by the much beloved Irish of Notre Dame beating the always over rated USC Trojans.
Kent State ( really, they have a football team ? )
San Jose State
* Texas spends 300 zillion dollars on college football, they have their own private tv network - its as bit as a program gets - and they are out ranked by Kent State.....
The SEC had a good weekend. All three of the SEC / ACC inter state matchups went to the SEC with UGA, SC and the hatedgators all winning. Six of the top 10 teams!
MUCH BIGGER THAN SLICED BREAD
The last time UGA was this close to being #1 in the land was Jan 1 1983, when they were number one. Facing the #2 Penn State Nittney Lions in New Orleans... things did not go well. I was there but it's all a bit of a haze. Don't spend New Years Day eating raw oysters and drinking bloody bulls with Lucretia Roddenberry if you want to remember much of a football game.....
But, on this Monday morning , we are one win away from being that #2 going into the game to face the #1... and we tend to do well against Notre Dame.
This was a heaping massive plate of these Korean ribs that our pals Jim and Betty bought over. I have never had these before OR even seen this cut of meat! It's beef ribs, but they are cut across the rib! Just yummy!
Not just us, but as I have said before, I have always " enjoyed " the Georgia Tech game - even on the dark days. But not just us, I love all the intra state games. It was A VERY GOOD DAY for the BULLDAWG NATION :
42 - 10
( No where near that close, we were playing b-team cheerleaders towards the end
when they got that seven )
The Roll Tide Rolls very much did over a hapless Auburn , in what had to be a beating for the ages. 946 to nothing was , I think, the final score . And so it is set - " The biggest game for UGA in 32 years ", which was #1 UGA losing to #2Penn State in the 1982 Sugar Bowl - and Herschel hit the road to that big Donald Trump money and the NJ Generals. NOT a good Winter for Georgia. Now all these years later the winner of the SEC play-off will face , most likely Notre Dame in Miami for the National Championship.
Gourmet | November 2009
by Gina Marie Miraglia Eriquez
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup mild molasses (not robust or blackstrap)
3/4 cup well-shaken buttermilk (not powdered)
1/2 cup hot water
For pumpkin mousse:
1 (1/4-ounces) envelope unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
1 (15-ounces) can pure pumpkin
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup chilled heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For whipped cream:
1 1/2 cups chilled heavy cream
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Equipment: a 2-quart trifle bowl or other deep serving bowl
Garnish: chopped crystallized ginger
Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle. Butter a 13- by 9-inch baking pan. Line pan with foil, leaving an overhang at both ends, then butter foil.
Whisk together flour, baking soda, spices, and salt.
Beat butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer at medium speed until pale and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Beat in egg until blended, then beat in molasses and buttermilk. At low speed, mix in flour mixture until smooth, then add hot water and beat 1 minute (batter may look curdled).
Spread batter evenly in pan and bake until a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool in pan. Using foil as an aid, transfer gingerbread to a cutting board and cut into 1-inch cubes with a serrated knife.
Yeah, not so much, I used a packaged Gingerbread mix, it was fine - but go right ahead get your Martha on.. BUT , make sure it cools all the way and sort of crumble it, make a flat solid layer...
Make pumpkin mousse:
Sprinkle gelatin over cold water in a small saucepan and let soften 1 minute. Bring to a simmer, stirring until gelatin has dissolved. Whisk together gelatin mixture, pumpkin, brown sugar, spices, and salt in a large bowl until combined well.
Beat cream with vanilla using cleaned beaters until it holds soft peaks, then fold into pumpkin mixture gently but thoroughly.
This stuff is all the good, and would be so on it's own...
Make whipped cream:
Beat cream with sugar and vanilla using mixer until it holds soft peaks
Put half of gingerbread cubes in trifle bowl. Top with half of pumpkin mousse, then half of whipped cream. Repeat layering once more with all of remaining gingerbread, mousse, and cream.
Chill at least 2 hours before serving.
•Gingerbread (uncut) can be made 1 day ahead and kept in pan at cool room temperature (covered once cool).
•Trifle, without top layer of whipped cream, can be made 1 day ahead and chilled; whip half of cream just before serving.