Archive for February, 2013

I thought this was amazing. According to this new research, the human brain can detect syllables 3 months before birth. This is a six-month fetus the researchers are discussing:

The researchers found, however, that even at a time when the brain hasn’t fully developed, the premature infants were able to tell the difference between female versus male voices, and to distinguish between the syllables “ba” and “ga”. They noted also that the same parts of the brain were used by the infants to process sounds as adults. This, the researchers conclude, shows that linguistic connections in the brain develop before birth and because of that do not need to be acquired afterwards, suggesting that at least some abilities are innate

Read more at: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-02-human-brain-discriminate-syllables-months.html#jCp

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Steve Bashear is supposed to be a moderate Democrat. As far as I can tell, he hadn’t said one word about this liberal PAC Progress Kentucky that supports Democrat candidates. Isn’t Bashear the titular head of the state Democrat party? Shouldn’t he have been the first politician to denounce the blatant racism of this Kentucky group? Didn’t every GOP dog catcher or senator have to renounce Sarah Palin’s crosshair posting or nonexistent Tea Party spitting?

The story attracted national attention but the governor ignored it. I understand he met recently with Ashley Judd, the intended beneficiary of the smear. Ashley gave a generic pushback to the Progress Kentucky attack but she didn’t even mention Elaine Chao’s name or state that Chao was a successful and independent woman. Aww, I thought Ashley was all feminist but I guess she just likes liberal women.

Of course, Bashear hasn’t even issued the generic, don’t-praise-or-mention-the-name-of-Elaine-Chao denunciation.


BTW, it looks like there’s some legal questions about Progress Kentucky; here a letter from the Federal Election Commission: http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/094/13330025094/13330025094.pdf#navpanes=0

Let’s just state the obvious: Using racism to try and take down Mitch McConnell isn’t what I call progress in Kentucky politics. Time for a name change for the very liberal group.

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Wasted energy

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from http://www.legalinsurrection.com

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I took these to my church Lenten Soup Supper and the comments were so positive I thought I’d  share the recipes.IMGP1122 creamy tomato soup

Creamy Tomato Soup

2 T olive oil     1 med onion, chopped     1 carrot, peeled and chopped

1 bay leaf     1 garlic clove, minced     2-3 T brown sugar

pinch ground cloves     3 c veggie broth

2-28 oz cans crushed tomatoes     1/2 tsp salt

freshly ground black pepper

1/2 c half-and-half

1. Heat olive oil in large saucepan. Add onion, carrot and bay leaf. Cook over medium heat about 5 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Add garlic cook 2 minutes. Add brown sugar and cloves. Stir and coat vegetables well.

2. Add broth and tomatoes; bring to simmer. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and cook 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Remove from heat; discard bay leaf. Puree in batches in blender.

4. Season with salt and pepper. Slowly pour in half-and-half. Serves 6.

Note: I like a creamier soup so I used 3/4 c half-and-half. I like kosher salt in cooked soups and lots of black pepper. This makes a thick soup, I used 4 cups broth instead of the 3. This recipe was given to me written on notepad so I don’t have the original but I believe it’s from Relish, the newspaper supplement magazine. I’ve had good luck with recipes of theirs. http://www.relishmag.com

To go with tomato soup, you need cheese.

Southern Living Spicy Cheddar Cheese Straws

1- 10 oz block sharp Cheddar, shredded

1-1/2 c all purpose flour   

1/2 c unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces, softened

1 tsp kosher salt     1/2 tsp dried crushed red pepper

2 T half-and-half

Pulse first 5 ingredients in food processor at 5-second intervals until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add half-and-half and process 10 seconds or until mixture forms soft ball.

Preheat oven to 350°. Turn dough out onto well-floured board; divide in half. Roll each half to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with desired cutters; place 2 inches apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake 16-18 minutes, cool on baking sheets on wire racks 30 minutes. Makes 72 [2-1/2 inch] cookies.

Note: Position cookie cutters closely together to cut into shapes. The dough will be tough if rerolled.

IMGP1121 cheese buttons

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http://wfpl.org/post/liberal-super-pac-goes-after-mitch-mcconnells-chinese-wife  This is awfully soon for a Senate contest to get so nasty, and there’s never anytime for one to get blatantly racial. Some of us aren’t shocked to find the racism coming from the liberal Dems. In this case, liberal Progress Kentucky attacks Mitch McConnell’s wife Elaine Chao for her race. Chao served as DOL Secretary under President George W Bush.

Recently, the group turned its attention to McConnell’s wife, former Secretary of Labor Elaine   Chao, with a focus on her race.

          In a Feb. 14 Twitter message, Progress says: “This woman has the ear of (Sen. McConnell)—she’s his wife. May explain why your job moved to China!”

Ugh. There’s more:

The super PAC has also posted vocal support of their criticism, one of which said “not many know McConnell’s wife is Chinese.”

You might have a point there, buddy. Most of us know McConnell’s wife as a successful, articulate and lovely American woman. The Asian background seemed coincidental.

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Then. Now.



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