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Day # 8 – ANGLE

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Day # 8 – ANGLE

Stacy Alexander – 2012

The theme for today’s challenge is the word, “Angle” and the above photo represents my interpretation.  Admittedly, however, I cannot make a post about the word, “Angle” without mentioning a woman who, in my opinion, is one of the biggest political jokes alive today, Sharron Angle.

 

One simply doesn’t get much dumber than this woman.  Her willful ignorance goes far beyond the bounds of insanity into sheer stupidity.    She is typical dim-witted  tea party fare …and the joke of many political circles…and is it any wonder?  ..Do you know that this insipid  woman actually claimed that Muslim Sharia law  was taking hold in parts of the U.S?   You can’t make this stuff up, folks!   She is an embarrassment to herself and to this country….sort of like idiot Sarah Palin…but worse.

 

sharron angle ugly-1Willful ignorance is one of the things that is really wrong with this country today.  These idiots that refuse to fact check from reliable sources, the ones that rely upon FOX for their “news” and who admire idiots like Angle and Palin.  It boggles the mind, people!    I have zero patience for that kind of stupidity.  There is no excuse for it.

Just how crazy IS  Sharron Angle?    She is jaw-droppingly, insanely removed from reality!  Click HERE to read more.      Even her political ads are racist.      

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Here are ten examples of what makes this woman fall into the idiot category, in my opinion.  One cannot make the claim that these quotes are taken out of context because they are not.  They are made in direct reference to the citations underneath each quote.  The bozo actually said these things!  

The 10 Most Ridiculous Sharron Angle Quotes (So Far)

 
Sharron Angle, in her own words
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Sharron Angle is of the brainlessly stupid variety that evokes belly laughs from educated people.  A great example is when she chastised and berated a reporter for QUOTING HER!!  Isn’t that funny?!    She was questioned about something that she, herself, stated publicly on her website, and then called the reporter that repeated it, an “idiot”!   Again…ya can’t make this stuff up, folks.  They need a whole new word to describe how utterly dumb Sharron Angle is!   Click HERE to read the whole story about this incident.

 

Here are some of her other idiotic statements:

“I hope that’s not where we’re going, but you know if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies and saying my goodness what can we do to turn this country around? I’ll tell you the first thing we need to do is take Harry Reid out.”
–Nevada GOP Senate nominee and Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle, floating the possibility of armed insurrection, interview with right-wing talk radio host Lars Larson in Portland, OR, January 20102.                                      
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“People ask me, ‘What are you going to do to develop jobs in your state?’ Well, that’s not my job as a U.S. senator.”
–Sharron Angle, May 14, 20103.   <—-REALLY???  What a moron!!
“I think that two wrongs don’t make a right. And I have been in the situation of counseling young girls, not 13 but 15, who have had very at risk, difficult pregnancies. And my counsel was to look for some alternatives, which they did. And they found that they had made what was really a lemon situation into lemonade.”
–Sharron Angle, explaining why she is against abortion even in cases of rape or incest, July 8, 20104.  
“We needed to have the press be our friend … We wanted them to ask the questions we want to answer so that they report the news the way we want it to be reported.” <—this by the complete moron who chastised a reporter for quoting HER, calling him an idiot for repeating HER OWN WORDS!!!
–Sharron Angle, during an interview with Fox News Channel’s Carl Cameron, Aug. 2, 20105.
“We’re talking about a militant terrorist situation, which I believe it isn’t a widespread thing, but it is enough that we need to address, and we have been addressing it. My thoughts are these, first of all, Dearborn, Michigan, and Frankford, Texas are on American soil, and under constitutional law. Not Sharia law. And I don’t know how that happened in the United States. It seems to me there is something fundamentally wrong with allowing a foreign system of law to even take hold in any municipality or government situation in our United States.”
–Sharron Angle, claiming that Muslim Sharia law is taking hold in parts of the U.S., Oct. 20106.
 
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“You can make more money on unemployment than you can going down and getting one of those jobs that is an honest job, but it doesn’t pay as much. And so that’s what’s happened to us is that we have put in so much entitlement into our government that we really have spoiled our citizenry and said you don’t want the jobs that are available.”
— Sharron Angle, on unemployment benefits, interview with KRNO, July 14, 20107.
“You know what I’m talking about. You’re paying for things that you don’t even need. They just passed the latest one, is everything that they want to throw at us now is covered under ‘autism.’ So, that’s a mandate that you have to pay for. How about maternity leave? I’m not going to have any more babies, but I sure get to pay for it on my insurance. Those are the kinds of things that we want to get rid of.”
–Sharron Angle, mocking the notion that health care coverage for autism treatment and maternity leave should be mandated, 2009 Tea Party rally.
“So that’s what we want is a secure and sovereign nation and, you know, I don’t know that all of you are Latino. Some of you look a little more Asian to me. I don’t know that. What we know, what we know about ourselves is that we are a melting pot in this country. My grandchildren are evidence of that. I’m evidence of that. I’ve been called the first Asian legislator in our Nevada State Assembly.”
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-Sharron Angle, speaking to a group of Hispanic high school students, Oct. 15, 2009.
 “When I said privatize, that’s what I meant. That I thought we would just have to go to the private sector for a template on how this is supposed to be done. However, I’ve since been studying and Chile has done this.”
–Sharron Angle, explaining why Social Security should be phased out in favor of a system resembling the one created in the 1980s by right-wing Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, Aug. 12, 201010.
“The Second Amendment is the right to keep and bear arms for our citizenry…This is for us…This is for us when our government becomes tyrannical…”
–Sharron Angle
More Sharron Angle Quotes:“The Federal Department of Education should be eliminated. The Department of Education is unconstitutional and should not be involved in education, at any level.” –Sharron Angle, July 12, 2010
“Government shouldn’t be doing that to a private company. And I think you named it clearly: It’s a slush fund.”–Sharron Angle, on the BP escrow account set up at President Obama’s urging to pay out oil spill claims, Alan Stock Show, July 7, 2010″They [Republicans] say, ‘You’re too conservative.’ Was Thomas Jefferson too conservative? I’m tired of some people calling me wacky.” –Sharron Angle, March 21, 2010
                                       
Well, Ms. Angle, if you’re tired of people calling you wacky, you might want to take a look at the ridiculous, dimwitted things that you say.  You and your brainless followers are shooting yourselves in the footsies, doll.

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Snow Day in Portland

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It snows infrequently in Portland.  This morning, when I saw the first flakes drifting from the gray sky, I thought to check the hummingbird feeder.  Sure enough, it was frozen solid, so I brought it indoors, thawed it out and refilled it with nectar concentrate, this time, using warm water.  No sooner had I hung it back out than this little guy discovered it and took a long, thirsty drink.

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When the snow really started to come down, I grabbed the camera and walked around the block to get a few shots. Not all birds fared as gracefully as the hummingbird.

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Some of our plants had been fooled into thinking spring had come early.  Unfortunately for them, it clearly has not.

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I love how the snow instantly transformed the hood into a winter wonderland.   And even in the snow, love still abounds.

 

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The tree branches gently caressed the falling snow which contrasted beautifully with the green moss.

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Even the gargoyles are tucked up tight against the freezing wind.

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And the snow leaves its cryptic messages on the walk….

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Even my little spring-colored mosaic Zen house is shivering!

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It is still snowing as I write this.  Puppy is snug and warm by the fireplace and I am getting ready to enjoy a bowl of homemade Tom Yam coconut soup, firey hot with peppers and kale-stuffed dumplings.

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 Beatrix and I are going to hunker down and be thankful that we are warm and safe.  This is going to be a peaceful evening.

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PORTLANDIA – January 1, 2014

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Happy New Year!

I took a long walk around Portland today and tried to capture the heartbeat of the city in my photos.  I hope you will enjoy these shots that I took in the Clinton/Division and Hawthorne areas.

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You Are the Sunshine of My Life – Portland’s Sunshine Tavern

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“You Are the Sunshine of my Life” is a song that has been cursing through my brain over the last week (for unspeakable reasons), so tonight, I decided to walk down the street to the Sunshine Tavern, a relatively new eating establishment/tavern in the hood. Loved the atmosphere, with books stacked on a shelf and cool art by local artists, hanging on the wall.  I love dining alone.  It is such a treat to take myself out for a nice dinner at the end of a long day of work.  Sunshine Tavern was quick, easy and unassuming.  I really enjoyed my meal there.

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Located at 3111 Division Street here in Portland, everything about this family-friendly pub is casual and “easy” with the exception of the sophisticated food menu.  Their food has been featured in Bon Appétite Magazine, The New York Post, Food and Wine, and they have even received mention in the Wall Street Journal.  I am fortunate to live within walking distance of it.  Sunshine Tavern does offer some well-thought-out fare.  Unfortunately, there are few vegetarian offerings.  I would like to see more, but what they do offer is exquisite!

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I had the  garnet yam and quinoa cakes smothered in  fennel, softly cooked onions  and sliced almonds.  The cakes were soft with  hot and full of rich, delicious flavor.  Each bite was a mixture of interesting texture provided by the nuts and the vegetables.  I had never experienced a taste combination quite like this one, and admittedly, probably would not have thought of this myself, but I feel I have discovered a real treasure in this particular dish, and can’t wait to try it again.

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Also on the menu, is a small selection of toast.  This is not just any toast, mind you.  They offer garlic toast with butter, chicken liver mousse spread thickly on a toasted baguette, a housemade terrine with toast and accoutrements and what I ordered, the chopped egg on toast with créme fraiche and tarragon.  The tarragon accented the flavors of the yam cakes perfectly.  This was an outstanding light dinner.  I had a tall Sierra Nevada ale with it and reveled in the flavors as I slowly enjoyed the food and atmosphere, but after I had finished, I was still a little hungry, so I asked the very nice waiter what was good for dessert.  He recommended the soft serve with Fernet Blanca.    With the first bite, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven!

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Fernet Branca is a bitter, aromatic spirit from Italy.  The marriage of this complex herbal blend with the sweetness of the housemade soft serve was a union that is unsurpassed in harmony.  I freaked out with the goodness of it all, and am already yearning to go back…ah, but alas.  Today is a fasting day.  I shall save my return trip for later, and sleep tonight, dreaming of how good it all was.  Love this place.  I shall return!

 

Day #3 – LINES

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Photo a Day – SEPTEMBER

Day #3 – LINES

© Stacy Alexander – 2013

Day #1 – TOGETHER

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Photo a Day – SEPTEMBER

DAY #1 – TOGETHER

© Stacy Alexander – 2013

Photo A Day – SEPTEMBER

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Grab your camera and play along with a photo a day of your own.  It’s a great way to be artful every single day!

DAY #22 – A ROOM

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Photo a Day – AUGUST

Day #22- A ROOM

© Stacy Alexander – 2013

This is part of the floor mural in (I think) Terminal D …a big room….at the Dallas-FT. Worth Airport (DFW). When I fly in and out of there, I always try to see as much of the art as possible.  That is about the only good thing in this airport for a liberal vegetarian.  🙂  (well…almost….)    I have searched and searched for the name of this mosaic  artist so I could give due credit, but my attempts to find his or her name were unsuccessful.  If any of you know who made this piece, will you please let me know?