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By now some of y’all who are lucky enough to live in Texas have heard of the Greg Abbott vs. Eurotrash kerfuffle. It all started when the members of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) informed Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott of their intentions to monitor voting at polling places around the country on Election Day. Now, this is not new, nor did it alarm those of us familiar with the practice much, except the members were going to be monitoring for fraudulent conservative practices and doing so inside the polling stations. This came about due to a petition from liberal voting rights groups, including the NAACP and ACLU, that suggested the OSCE’s presence could help combat what they fear will be a “concerted effort to suppress votes from supporters of President Barack Obama”. Texas law prohibits any international observers from being inside the polling station, requiring them to be outside the 100 ft. perimeter. Well, our Attorney General was just NOT going to take that sitting down, and proceeded to inform the OSCE of their limitations:
“If OSCE members want to learn more about our election processes so they can improve their own democratic systems, we welcome the opportunity to discuss the measures Texas has implemented to protect the integrity of elections. However, groups and individuals from outside the United States are not allowed to influence or interfere with the election process in Texas. This State has robust election laws that were carefully crafted to protect the integrity of our election system. All persons — including persons connected with OSCE — are required to comply with these laws.”
Well, the OSCE got their thongs in a tight wad, and they in turn fired off a letter to the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, whining about Abbott. Ms. Clinton fired off a letter to Abbott, whining to him, and he replied that he was only enforcing existing laws, and that if she didn’t like it, tough shit*. Not backing down, and reiterating to the whole fucking world that he has bigger balls than all of European weenies put together and weighed in Jupiter, Mr. Abbott made sure to send out missives to ALL polling stations that they would also be responsible for obeying and adhering to current Texas laws. Translation: “I catch any of y’all letting them inside, and y’all will also be charged with a felony.” And what did that get him? Well, only the highest compliment evah! Possible banning from Europe!!
A senior State Duma deputy has called on Europe to ban Texas’ top prosecutor for refusing to allow election observers from Russia and other OSCE member states to monitor the presidential vote next week.
Sergei Zheleznyak, a Duma deputy speaker and United Russia member, said Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott should face sanctions on a “position of principle.”
Because Russia has such a great track record on elections, or something. I imagine a conversation between the Euroweenies and Abbott would have gone like this:
OSCE Weenie: We are going to make sure your illiterate commoners do not rig this election for Romney, henceforth He-Who-Should-Not-Win.
Abbott: Y’all will obey the laws in this great state, or I will sling your asses in jail. Diplomatic Immunity my ass!
OSCE Weenie: Madame Secretary!! He called us names and threatened us, and hurt our feewings!!!
Secretary Clinton: You have to abide by international law, We are the WORLD!!
Abbott: Ma’am, rules are rules, and even your village’s idiot can figure that out.
Duma Dumbass: You will not obey international law?? Then you will be banned from Europe. BANNED, I SAY!!
Abbott: Oh, yeah? Like I give a shit! If I wanted to see bonfires, I would go to Aggieland, so kiss my ass!!
I’m telling y’all, Abbott has balls of adamantium.
First up is Hurricane Sandy, and I have been sending prayers up to my East Coast friends. Next, we have Halloween, and my girls just informed me this past weekend what they wish me to do for their costumes. After that, we have Día de los Muertos which coincides with All Saints Day, which means I have a cake to make for the feast of All Saints and prepare a few gifts for friends to take to their loved ones’ graves. Though I don’t observe Day of the Dead, I help my friends with decorations. Oh, and lest I forget, after that it’s All Souls Day, which means going to Mass and praying for those departed as well and honoring their resting place.
By the time those three days are over, I will feel like one of these.
- 1 oz pineapple juice
- 1 oz. orange juice
- 1 oz. lime juice
- 2 oz. light rum
- 1 oz. dark rum
- ½ oz. apricot brandy
- 1 tsp. sugar
- ½ oz. Bacardi 151, or other strong rum
Pour all ingredients except the Bacardi 151 into a shaker with ice. Shake well, and pour into an old fashioned glass with ice. Pour the Bacardi 151 to float on top, and garnish with orange slice, mint and cherry.
Too bad I can’t hand these out during Trick-or-Treating
Having lived through more than my share of hurricanes, and coming from the culture that gave y’all the word in the first place, I offer up prayers for y’all’s safety, and hope that y’all are taking plenty of precautions!!
And I really meant it when I say “taking ALL precautions”.
Take care, stay safe, and above all, do NOT become a Rider of the Storm!!
A few thoughts on what I have noticed around my corner of the world.
I have counted about 14 Romney/Ryan signs in my neighborhood. I have not seen an Obama/Biden one as yet. Not even from the ardent supporters from 2008, including my neighbors. As for bumper stickers, I saw two for Obama, and lost count on the Romney ones. The best bumper sticker I saw?
I found that pic at Legal Insurrection. The sticker I saw was on the rear window, above the brake light, and flanked by Gadsden flags. I ♥ Texas.
Unlike a few of you, I have many liberal friends at the social-site-with-faces. With two exceptions, they have refused to post any more political links at that site. The two exceptions? Well, one linked the “ZOMG!! TAGG ROMNEY OWNS VOTING MACHINES!!!ELEVENTY111!!!” story, which was quickly debunked in the comments, numerous times. The other one linked the Obama MTV interview, where he flubs the name of the Defense of Marriage Act, calling it the Defense Against Marriage Act. That link was flooded by plenty of her liberal friends calling Obama not only ignorant about the name, but also accusing him of flip-flopping over the issue, which he did. It was a rather awesome flame war among liberals.
Also, there have been no plugs for the SEAL Team 6 documentary airing on Nat Geo on November 4th. Usually something that makes Prez Obama look good is linked all over that site. So far, not a peep. My guess is, that would invite others to comment about the murders of our countrymen in Benghazi. And that is something that NO LIBERAL in my feed has brought up. NOT ONE!
Another thing I have noticed is the lack of denial coming from the White House as regards the Fox News exposé of the Benghazi emails and the timeline of events. My guess is to deny it is to bring attention to it, and the White House is trying to avoid that like herpes. But they can’t avoid it. Thank you, internet!
Anyway, feel free to add to my tinfoiliness in the comments. I’m sure there is more.
Time is getting short. If you’ve not completed your lists yet for the next round, you need to get your ass over to http://2013.hb-deadpool.com/.
Your existing lists will not carry over to the new round, you have to get over there and re-enter your lists.
We’ll wait and not post anything interesting until you get back.
Some say it’s variety, but I happen to think it’s rosemary.
Ok, so that’s an herb. My mother would have me excommunicated if she knew I preferred it to oregano. But I love to cook with rosemary. If it were up to me, I would put it in every dish I make. Alas, my kids are not as fond of it as I am. I think if it were up to them, salt or soy sauce would do. If it were up to Hubby, balsamic vinegar on EVERYTHING would do. My spice carrousel is pretty well stocked, but I find myself buying rosemary most often. I am also lucky to have a wonderful neighbor who has a rosemary bush three feet in diameter, and needs constant culling of its branches. I even put it to simmer in water with some lemon slices and a bit of vanilla to scent the house. It’s that awesome!!
And what is y’all’s preferred method of adding flavor to your food?
Ok, so last week’s offering was horrible. Even I can make a mistake once in a while.
It doesn’t happen often, so enjoy it while you can.
Today’s offering features Maker’s Mark, which is a favorite around here. By “here” I mean the blog and Casa de Aggie. I even use it for cooking. It’s that good!! Anyway, I figured I would feature a drink that wasn’t too sweet, and one that women could also enjoy.
Maker’s Mark Grand Derby Martini
- 2 oz. Maker’s Mark
- 1½ oz. Orange liqueur
- ½ oz. Fresh lemon juice
- ½ oz. Fresh orange juice
Pour ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake, strain and pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with an orange twist. If the amount of liquor is too much for you, just adjust the orange liqueur to your liking, adding orange juice to counter.
Yes, this has been tried and tested before posting. Just be grateful I didn’t find a pumpkin cocktail recipe. Yet