December 21, 2014

Franklin’s Balls


My take on Russian Teacakes.

Franklin’s Balls
(makes about 5 dozen)

1/2 cup confectioner sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup softened butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 cup flour
2 tsp cocoa powder
2 Tablespoons finely ground American Pride Roaster’s Franklin coffee

1/4 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In bowl, combine flour, salt, cocoa, and coffee.
Cream together butter and sugar in mixer; add vanilla.
Add half of the flour mixture until combined.
Add rest of flour mixture.

Roll into 1″ balls, and place 1″ apart on cookie sheets.
Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Allow to cool; place on parchment or wax paper.

Microwave chocolate chips until melted; drizzle over cookies.

April 18, 2013

More Soon, I Promise

Sorry for not being here, but been working on projects; most personal one: dog has been at kennel an hour away, since November. Had meth lab neighbors move in, with two pits bulls which jumped over our 6′ tall security fence, and tried to attack him & my wife. Ground is finally thawed out, & I am digging new holes to construct an 8′ tall fence.


January 30, 2013


I don’t see “fairness” there.


January 28, 2013

Rah! Rah! Goooo, Brotherhood of United Collegiate Athletes!

That Guy:  “Professional football players are grown men;  they have a union.  College athletes don’t have anything to fall back on.”

Is pro football safer than College?

He has no care about their safety; he simply wants unions to infiltrate college football.

Now:  Craig James (former ESPM/ former Senate candidate)- “College football should have the right to unionize.”

January 23, 2013



They’ve reappeared. Someone brought a pack of these cookies in two years ago; they were so nasty, no one even wanted to touch the package. I finally put on gloves, and threw them away a month or two ago. But they rose from the grave!

Morning at work; almost missed seeing it.

January 18, 2013


Part 1.

Heard on local radio news in the car:  Doctor found falsifying records to get more money from Medicare.

Part 2.

Obamacare, to make it easier for you to (and for them to extract money, in case you don’t) pay your bills, and to make sure your records at one doctor don’t interfere with what happens at another, will be tying together your bank and or credit records, your tax records, your medical records, your pharmaceutical records, and possibly now, your gun records.

Part 3.

My sister in law teaches nursing at a vocational center, to mainly equal opportunity / rehabilitation students.  Many of them can’t even read (she has changed most of her lessons to Powerpoint drawings, so all they have to do is point and grunt).   Three have been arrested in her classroom.  ONE passed her last class (The head of the school is trying to force her to pass more, so they don’t lose government funding).

These aren’t just the ones who will be in care of your health.

These are the people who will have access to your records.

Have a nice day.

January 18, 2013

Facebook Suggestion

Forced tags on all posts, so I can block things such as:

1. What many complain about- game requests (instead of having to block each game individually).
2. Illogical political comments by Socialists.
3. Illogical Socialists.
4. Socialists.
5. “If you don’t repost this, you have no heart” stories.
6. The daily- DAILY- “cute photo of my baby sleeping” by my relatives. (followed soon by a photo from the spouse from a slightly different angle & height, both of which are immediately changed to their respective profile photos, so you CONSTANTLY HAVE TO LOOK AT IT).
7. Daily stories about the above babies pooping.
8. Daily stories about the above babies peeing on the relatives’ spouses.
9. Weekly stories about suctioning snot out of the above babies’ clogged noses.
10. The weekly Saturday morning posting of “PLEASE RESCUE THIS DOG FROM BEING PUT DOWN AT A POUND, 1000 MILES AWAY FROM WHERE YOU LIVE” photos from people who have one dog they bought.


Update:  sleeping baby photos posted a 9am;  story of baby exploding its poo & the following washing of everything in the house posted at 6:45pm. In same post, told other cousin that, when she has HER baby in a few months, she needs to post HER stories of exploding poo.   WONDERFUL.

January 11, 2013

Galt’s Gulch

I’ve been reading a lot of the comments on Independence, U.S.A. article at The Blaze.

I can, and I can’t understand a lot of the opinions.

I can see how many people may feel let down. Very trying times, and a lot of fighting to do against the regulations and bureaucracy being forced upon us.  Freedom is getting harder to obtain, keep, and grow; let alone our money.  And Glenn is saying he is tired of reporting on it.

However, Glenn has been saying this for a long time:  He (as do I) hates politics; yet, that is what we have had to focus on, and he does not want to have that as his life.  That is the main reason I have been lax on the blog.

There are only so many times you can say the same things over, and over, and over.  If you want to hear it again, listen to one of the old shows.

It is not giving up.  It is reality.  We can focus on fighting as much as we can.  But there is more to life.  There is family.  There are friends.  There is the soul.

I can’t see how the posters say Glenn, one of the most charitable men around, has given up, and is only in it for the money.  Nor can I see how people who claim to be Libertarians or Capitalists complain about it.   Yes, he is doing it for money.  I see no problem with that.  If you have big plans, you need money.  If you have big charity, you need something with which to be charitable.  Something which drives me nuts about a Socialist niece of mine is:  she collects money from other people for charities, then brags about all the good SHE is doing.

He is also doing it for the future.  He is doing it for independence.    I don’t know if the complainers are becoming the sheeple he complains about and critics mock; that is up to them to decide.

Personally, I don’t have children.  But I do want the freedoms, many of which have already been lost to me, preserved for the children of others.  I will probably never get to visit Glenn’s new community, let alone move there.

I myself rely on others for information.  Glenn does not find all of these things himself; he has people research it, and he directs the flow on what he thinks are the pertinent points.  In the future, it probably simply won’t be Glenn physically saying it.  Stu does a lot of his writing.  When you have free time, watch one of the evening shows where he sat in for Glenn, and imagine it in Glenn’s voice.  It’s the same words. It is why he has added Wilcow, Jay Severin, Real News, and soon, Doc Thompson from 7-9am (not sure why he has forgotten to make an announcement of an announcement on that).

We might have our freedoms back next week, or we may be stuck with Socialism for a hundred years.  Independence will be a way of preserving freedom.  Through recording of history (I’m assuming there will be a giant museum there, with all the things Glenn is collecting); through storytelling history to children (“Man in the Moon”).  It is a way of preparing for the future (possibly and probably not our own), in case current technology and methods fail, or if the U.S. or the world fails.

I can’t wait to see how a lot of things get done.  With the development of new technology, he will need not only the developers, he will either have to have people to comply with regulations, or bypass them (open technology, free to everyone, such as Franklin did with his stove?).  I myself have had something I’ve wanted to do for sometime; however, I would have to jump through more hoops than would make it feasible, OR have it so people could do it themselves, which would be extremely difficult.

 I believe he is trying to show through example how life can be made better.  He never said he could save the world or protect all of us, and I don’t think it is right for others to expect him to do so.  I think he is trying to show, and help us, to do that ourselves.
P.S.  If Glenn says the community will run be DC powered from Tesla Towers, I’ll poop my pants.
January 10, 2013

Orwellian Speak

Jean Shepherd, quoting a speech just given by Nikita Khrushchev:

” ‘I do not believe in God, but those who do have the moral duty to not build nuclear weapons.’  What he’s saying, in other words, is: I am an immoral person; therefore, whatever I do is moral. What you guys do is immoral, because you have morals.”

Sound familiar?

Track 2- 1963 04 25 Atomaniacs

My paternal Grandfather on the left; around 1910.

Update:  I think that’s maternal Grandfather, on the front right.


January 9, 2013


Not sure how many of you know about Jean Shepherd, besides being the author of the stories which became “A Christmas Story.” Jean was a radio DJ, and writer. He hung around in Greenwich Village with Bob Dylan, Jack Kerouak, Alan Ginsberg, etc. He was a real beatnik- not a Dobie Gillis, but a real Dave Brubeck kind of hipster. He often told about his Army life, ham radio, and Americana. Unfortunately (in my eyes,) he also played the Jews Harp and Kazoo on his show.

Until I can embed the audio into WordPress, I am going to give links to some of his radio shows.
In many ways, he was a precursor to Glenn Beck. He stated things. He saw beneath the facade of what was happening, to why it was happening; he pointed out fakes and slobs, including his friends.

Until I get it sorted out: you can get his old radio show streaming on Shoutcast at Insomnia Theater.

Update:  This might get sticky.  Most of the publicly available shows are missing the politically charged shows, which I seek.  Must have been edited by the hippies of which he speaks on 02/14/66- “Hippies like every country in the world, except the United States.”

My family’s farm (circa 1934?)


January 4, 2013

My Life.

May be doing things a little different around here.

Which means actually doing something!


Will try to be more upbeat, not concentrating on the crappy inevitable news as much; at least make it as bearable as possible.


Right now, I’m preparing the floor for a wood burning stove I finally purchased at Menards (while it was on sale, for $100 off!); getting things ready to rebuild the fence once the ground thaws, so I can finally bring my dog home.


And (most exciting for me) my sister scanned all of our old family  photos, so I will be using some of those for the header.  You’ll get to see what rural life was like from the 30’s to the 60’s in my family.  (and I do mean rural- my dad’s school bus was a horse drawn farm cart, with board nailed to the sides for seats.)

December 31, 2012

Done Too Soon

(Still Sucking)
(too many to list, but these, I will miss most)

Neil Armstrong
Ernest Borgnine
Ray Bradbury
Andrew Breitbart
Dave Brubeck
Dick Clark
Doug Dillard
Phyllis Diller
Charles Durning
Jonathon Frid
Jack Klugman
Dale Sommers (Truckin’ Bozo)
Norman Schwarzkopf
Earl Scruggs
Doc Watson
Andy Williams

December 31, 2012

2012 In Review, Part 2

It got warm, and we prayed and reflected and planned.

Then it got colder, and we learned what “it sucked” REALLY means.

Coming: Part 3.

December 30, 2012

2012 In Review, Part 1

It sucked.

December 25, 2012

Thank you

December 24, 2012

Bless You All

An entire playlist for your Christmas Eve listening/ viewing.
King’s College, 2010

December 23, 2012

Brought To You By Pancakes

December 22, 2012

Come, Ye Shepherds!

December 21, 2012

Telling the Story

Beautiful songs, and reading by Perry & his son; from 1953.

December 20, 2012

Big Little Jesus

A second gift post.  I’m feeling good, because we made the weekly hourly trip to visit Ike, and gave him his Christmas presents. Merry Christmas, buddy; we’ll get you home soon!

Playing hard, then soaking up as much water as possible into his mustache, before licking my face.