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Thursday Nosh!



Given the #WeekendCocktailMoment, figured out a nosh nod we and a lot of stats out there on the importance of diet and nutrients.

Kabobs are always a hit of a party, and this version looks to follow in those footsteps.


3 (8-oz.) blocks mozzarella cheese
1 (8.5-oz.) jar sun-dried tomatoes, drained and halved
1/2 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Garnish: flat-leaf parsley sprigs or fresh rosemary stems



1. Cut blocks of cheese into 1-inch cubes. Arrange cheese cubes and tomato halves in an 8-inch square baking dish.
2. Whisk together 1/2 cup olive oil, chopped parsley, and next 6 ingredients; pour evenly over cheese cubes. Cover and chill at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours. Transfer mixture to a serving plate. Garnish with fresh flat-leaf parsley sprigs, or spear tomato halves and cheese cubes with short rosemary stems, if desired. Drizzle with marinade, if desired.




Retailer: "If we can minimize the humans in our company, then we prefer that."


retailer caviar vending machine

Unemployment continues to be a problem in this country, despite the recent good news and drop in the jobless rate to 6.1 percent. But there is at least one retailer who is apparently shrugging off and/or disregarding our nation's jobless situation. The retailer in question happens to be from-- le ahem-- Beverly Hills, California.

In today's Los Angeles Times, there's a lengthy article about how U.S. vending machines are on the upswing. And by upswing, they're not just talking quantity, but also quality. Vending machines are movin' on up(scale), and retailer after retailer is reaping the benefits. And the profits.

Even if it means laying off the very consumers who need work so they can, you know, keep consuming.

At first glance, burrito-spewing vending machines didn't seem like a bad idea. Nor did caviar-to-go. Yes, caviar. To go. From vending machines. Pardon moi, "automated boutiques." Food on the run is a convenience that is addicting to those who are short on time. So, sure, why not expand the roll of coin-operated machines that serve fast-food sandwiches, cupcakes, and pizzas? And caviar. All that easy access sounded okay to yours truly... until I read this:

After closing her Beverly Hills store in 2010, Stern began looking into vending machines. Her company typically sells to grocery stores and restaurants but wanted direct access to customers, too. [...]

The machines now pull in 10% of the company's total sales. The boutiques send emails when supplies are low and can also be remotely operated via smartphone to help shoppers who run into problems.

"If we can minimize the humans in our company, then we prefer that," Stern said. "When you have physical employees, you don't have a life. Ask any restaurant or supermarket business."

Let them eat caviar.

pizza vending machine retailer


Bigots: If You Tout The Bible, Live Up To It


fire breathing preacher

There's nothing quite like the person who expounds his belief in God then doesn't live up to His rules or teachings. Especially when they tend to be bigots, haters and fearmongers.

The Bible, as we know, is that book of stories and proverbs and is held out as the ONLY way evangelicals believe the world should be run. Okay, if that's your belief, our Constitution says you can have the belief -- but you can't have it any more than those who believe otherwise.

So for starters, let's get something straight. God did not write the bible.

That's right, God did not write the bible. Men wrote the bible -- and where these fables come from is quite a basis of conjecture. Google "who wrote the bible" and nowhere, not one source attributes the writing of this holy book to God Himself. Most sources agree with Biblica Encyclopedia:

Many people contributed to the writing of the Bible. Actually, the Bible is a collection of writings from about forty contributors, thirty in the Old Testament and ten in the New Testament. 

Okay, so perhaps God spoke to these mortals who did the writing and they took all of His words down verbatim. But if that's the case, why are there so many versions of the Good Book? And if God is the supreme force and ALWAYS RIGHT, why did he cause his writers to compose the New Testament? Is it to correct the mistakes He made in his first draft or is it to correct the mistakes of mortal men, his ghostwriters (pause) whom he had write his edicts and fables?


These books are traditionally assumed to have been written by Moses, though his authorship is not claimed internally. Since Deuteronomy records the death of Moses, it seems unlikely that he wrote it; certainly he didn't write the part that describes his death. Though some scholars would claim a composite authorship for these books starting around 950 BC with them reaching their final form during the time of Ezra around 500 BC...

So this was an ongoing process. God kept correcting himself or recalling new and more exciting stories -- over a thousand years. Did you ever play the game of 'Telephone'? One person whispers a story to another, that gets passed on to the next person and repeated over and over. Finally, the last person who hears the story has a totally different version of the tale than what was originally told.

That would explain a lot -- but it also casts doubt on those who judge others (isn't there something in the Bible about judging lest ye be judged?) who don't take the literal teachings of the bible as their "gospel."

If you want to see how ridiculous taking the bible literally can be, here's a short video with 14 "sins from the bible" that I bet most evangelicals break multiple times a week, let alone in a lifetime. See how many you've broken in the past 24 hours. My bet is you're damned and going to hell. I'll see you there and I'll have a double whiskey "neat" waiting for you!


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