Monthly Archives: November 2015

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80 songs from the '80s to rock leading up to National Metal Day
Yes, '80s heavy metal was Motley Crue, Ratt, Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne, but it was also Living Colour, Rush, Motorhead and Metallica. The music was more diverse than it's often been credited for. Of course, '80s metal was also highly saturated with …
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80's rock legends take to the Germain Arena stage
Let your hair down and flashback to the 80's with us. Get ready to sing and dance to some of the decades top hits with famed musicians John Payne, Mickey Thomas, Bobby Kimball, Steve Walsh, Robin Zander, and Fee Waybill at Germain Arena on Thursday, …
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Converse Pays Tribute to Brazilian '80s Rock Star for Latest 'Made by You' Effort
Converse brings its "Made By You" campaign to Brazil by paying tribute to Brazilian singer and composer Cazuza, who died in 1990. Cazuza was the first public figure in Brazil to come out publicly as HIV positive in 1989. His charismatic persona and …
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My Election Musings

America was the big winner in the mid-term election of 2006. The Dem’s’ control both houses of Congress. So now what? We have Nancy Pelosi as Leader of the House starting in ’07. She said she wants to clean up the ethics problem that has plagued us for eons in Congress, especially for the last 12 years, all 12 of which have been controlled by the neo­ cons with their corrupt values. Not all Republicans have ethics problems, or are representing only the rich and the huge corporations. It was a Republican named Eisenhower who warned us about the Military Industrial Complex in the early 50’s and there are still some Eisenhower Republicans around. Ms. Pelosi wanted an anti Iraq War Democrat to become the speaker of the House who had been caught on tape accepting a bribe. That happened years ago but it happened. What does this say to the voting public about Nancy’s ethical values? Dennis Hastert may be moral and ethical enough now and do just a fine job as majority whip and I like him but he has an unethical past, on film. Fortunately a majority of the Democrats were wise enough and prevailed. Now Nancy Pelosi has a cloud over her head, right out of the chute. What’s her next act? I like her values but she needs to give more thought to her decisions before she makes them.

The whole thing reminds me that things are not going to be all rosy now that the Democrats control Congress. There are Dem’s who have voted along with the Republicans on issues like torture, preemptive war, homeland security and the list goes on.. They have the same ethics and corruption problems as the Republicans, just not to the same degree. I feel better about the people that will be in charge in Congress for now, not much better, but we still have two branches of Government that are controlled by the neo­ cons who insist on enacting outrageous laws. They’ not supposed to do that but they do, and get away with it, so far. I’m looking foreword to seeing how the new Congress reacts to those attempts in the future.

Yes, America was the big winner and could be an even bigger winner in 2008 if the Democrats don’t squander their winnings. They need to show that they don’t hate every one of a different religion, political leaning, sexual orientation, etc. and they need to be clean, which has become a novel idea of late. Also of great importance, they need to continue to pursue those in the Government who have committed crimes, regardless of which party the criminals align themselves with. They need to counter the fabrications of the extreme right with gusto and they need to read the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and all the Amendments.

I suggest that the Supreme Court be required to read it weekly and those who can’t or don’t want to follow the laws laid down in those works need to be replaced. They should be required to read what Jefferson wrote in explanation of the Constitution, especially his “Letter of Separation” explaining that the very first amendment, the “Separation Amendment” to the Constitution states that Church and State are to remain separate, not meddle in one another’s affairs. Those who can’t understand that don’t belong in any branch of government. They were our founding fathers who first came up with the Separation idea and it worked. Governments around the world that didn’t follow suit have failed. The framers had had enough of the churches that controlled governments ­ the Catholic Church, the Church of England, the Puritans. Adams was the only one of the framers who wanted America to become an oligarchy, run by a few rich Christians. Let’s be thankful he was overruled. I have been told by many people that God is mentioned in the Constitution a number of times and the number is always different. I have searched the Constitution and find no mention of God, not once.

It took about ten years to hammer out the Constitution and The Bill of Rights and get it all ratified by the states. The last to sign were Jefferson and Washington’s Virginia. Virginians didn’t want the new government telling them they had to free their slaves…something Jefferson, Washington, and some of the others wanted. In the end, the only slaves Jefferson freed where his own children and only after his death. Washington freed his slaves in his will. The Constitution was ratified only after the emancipation clause was removed from the document.

So we don’t always get what we want, that’s democracy. ‘Ignoring the Constitution is not a moral value.’, as proclaimed by the present government. A Democracy is what this country is supposed to be. This country was not intended to be controlled by the churches, corporations or those with money, which is the present situation. Remember “We the people”? The corporations even got a law passed that makes a corporation a person, with all the protections and freedoms afforded a person.

So where are these next two years going to take us if the Dems ignore the wishes so loudly heard in our most recent election. It wasn’t the Democrats who turned the voting public to their party. It was the Bush administration and the Republican Party, with all the corruption and immoral displays that caused so many people to leave their party in disgust. Now it’s up to the Democrats to keep the voters. They’re not going to do that by showing a tolerance for failed ethics and dishonesty. It’s Nancy Peloci’s job to lead the Democrats in the House. She has a “hard job” and I hope she’s up to the task.

Then there’s the Senate that will be controlled by the deciding vote of an Independent named Joe Leiberman. Oh crap!

Marlow B email: marlowb@verizon.net

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“Songs have new life breathed into them every time they are sung,” says Natalie Merchant. “Time has changed them as much as it has changed me.” That is the premise behind her rerecording of her 20-year-old debut album, Tigerlily. While a recording is a …
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Album review: FOUND | Natalie Merchant | Jeffrey Lewis
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tix on sale: Baio, Natalie Merchant, Metric, Muse, Eleanor Friedberger, King
The Dixie Chicks, who haven't released an album since 2006, will tour in 2016. Dates include two in the NYC area: June 8 at PNC Bank Arts Center and June 13 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets go on Citi cardmember presale today at 10 AM with a Live …
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Hot Peppers – My Top Ten Favorites

Whether you are growing pepper seeds, or just buying hot peppers, here are ten types of hot peppers you may want to try. They vary in size, shape, color and in the amount of heat they have. The heat, size, and color can vary even in the types of hot peppers, so you my want to check the amount of heat before you try them. The heat index is measured in Scovilles units. A higher number means a hotter pepper. Since there is so much variation in heat in even the type of pepper I won’t list the Scoville units, but just give a rating of mild to very hot.

1. Chile Peppers: Chile is a very generic term and can can be almost any kind of pepper. I’ll be talking about the ones that are usually referred to as Chile Peppers in the USA. Chile Peppers range in size from about one inch long and as wide as a pencil, to four or more inches long, and three or four inches wide. They are an elongated cone shape, and can be picked green or red. Their heat varies greatly from mild to very hot, as there are so many different types.

2. Cayenne Peppers: Cayenne Peppers are long and thin with a slightly crinkled shape. They are about the the thickness of a pencil and get to three to five inches in length. They are bright red in color when ripe and very hot. These are the peppers commonly used in Cajun cooking.

3. Jalapeno Peppers: Jalapeno Peppers are the ones most often used pickled for Nachos, or fresh in Salsas. They are generally picked green but can be picked red. They are about one inch wide and three or four inches long, and have a blunt cone shape. Their heat ranges from very mild to very hot depending on the variety.

4. Hungarian Yellow Wax or Hot Banana: Hungarian Yellow Wax Peppers are sweet peppers with a medium heat. They are great for adding a little spice to soups and stews. They are two to four inches wide and four to eight inches in length. They are normally picked yellow, but can be picked red.

5. Hot Cherry Peppers: Hot Cherry Peppers are commonly pickled and served with salads. They are medium heat, round in shape, and about two or three inches in diameter. Pick them both green and red for a beautiful jar of pickled peppers.

6. Pablano Peppers: Pablano Peppers are the pepper most often used for Chili Relanos. They are medium hot and very dark green or red. They have a flattened cone shape, and are about four inches wide, and five or six inches long.

7. Pepperoncini Peppers: Pepperoncini Peppers are the pickled salad peppers of the Greeks and Italians. They are light green, or yellow green in color ripening to red. They are about one inch wide and range from two or three inches to five or six inches in length. They have a very crinkled shape.

8. Thai Hot: Thai Hot Peppers are fairly small, but very hot. These little peppers are the heat in much of Thai cooking. They are about 1/2 inch wide and 1/2 to two inches in length. They are usually picked red, and are used both fresh and dried.

9. Orange Habanero or Scotch Bonnet: Orange Habanero Peppers are some of the hottest peppers. They are about one inch wide and two inches long. They can be picked green or when orange. If you can stand the heat they add great flavor to Salsas.

10. Caribbean Red: Caribbean Red Peppers are closely related to Orange Habaneros. They have the same size and shape but ripen to bright red. They are extremely hot twice as hot as their Orange Habenaro cousins.

These are just ten of the many type of hot peppers, which you can grow in your garden. So if you like it hot, try growing pepper plants with a little heat. Not only do they spice up your cooking, but can be strung into beautiful Ristas, to decorate you kitchen.

Remember if your growing peppers, or buying them, there’s more than just sweet peppers, turn up the heat and enjoy a little spice in your life!

David C Becker is a gardener who loves growing, cooking, and eating hot peppers.
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Justin Bieber closed out the 2015 American Music Awards with a rain-soaked, three-song set, but he opened them with a Grade-A troll move. The Purpose singer strolled onto the red carpet wearing jeans that were torn to shreds and an ugly-as-all-hell …
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It's fall, also known as flannel season. And it's incredibly hard to think about flannel without thinking about grunge; the two are forever associated (sorry, lumberjacks). Fall is grunge weather, and with the heyday of the genre in our distant past …
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Dilly Dally's Sore Grunge and Healing Pop
When Dilly Dally steps on stage their buzzy and melodic guitar riffs instantly slice through your ears. The drums speed up like a pulse. Katie Monks' primal vocals command full attention, with each howl lingering in sweet catharsis. Dilly Dally are …
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Chris Cornell, 'the Architect of Grunge,' Embraces His Past
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Whirlpool Split Ac

When it comes to discussing the popular and most demanded cooling devices in the modern industry, we have the world class Whirlpool Split air conditioners. There are many aspects that have made these air conditioners to stand quite well-liked and admired.

The primary function of air conditioners is to provide a lower degree temperature so as o deliver complete comfort and ease during the hot and humid summer days. With these electronic devices, there are many modern developments as these air conditioners have grown better over the period. Also, customer satisfaction can be derived from these devices. There is a remarkable improvement made with the make and build of these air conditioners.

Although, there are many upcoming electronics brand that has marked their distinct name in manufacturing excellent set of air conditioner models, still the fame and popularity gained by Whirlpool stands untouched. This is due to the fact that whirlpool split ACs are considered as an embodiment of class, style and affordability and all of these three aspects form the core demand of home makers in the present times.

Whirlpool has got to feature two categories of air conditioners namely window air conditioners and split air conditioners. Window ACs are basically adapted by those who have small cooling spaces.

Split ACs endow a little better advantage by splitting air inside the big lawns, dining halls and thus stand perfect to be placed in large size homes. Boasting of a fabulous cooling capacity, these air conditioners are bundled along with the 6th sense MPFI cooling system. The 6th sense enables these air conditioners to operate with full efficiency, consuming low power. They give out an even and powerful cooling all inside the interiors of your homes and office spaces. This feature has also endowed the advantage of energy saving that in turn saves tons of your power units.

Whirlpool Split ACs has some powerful add-ons such as 6th Sense Sleep

and 6th Sense Quick Cool. These are there to add up the worth and value of Whirlpool ACs and such additional make them capable to mark a disguisable name in the international market of electronics.

Else than the technological features, the Whirlpool ACs imbibes Anti freeze thermostat which helps in preventing formation of ice at the evaporator. Checking out the above listed benefits, it can be said without a doubt that Whirlpool Split ACs are the best for your homes.

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