Thursday, April 24, 2014

Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland being sued for negligence in molestation of child

Boozebag, child-molesting priest, caught in his underwear chasing victim down the street, not named in suit. Your Sunday donations to the world's largest organized crime syndicate are paying for this travesty to go unpunished. Disgraceful!

Suit: Oregon church at fault for underwear-clad priest who chased boy fleeing molestation (via Raw Story )
A lawsuit claims church officials were sufficiently aware of sexual abuse by clergymen to have prevented an Oregon priest from molesting a boy and chasing him down the street in his underwear. Father Angel Armando Perez pleaded guilty April 1, 2013…

#TBT Throwback Thursday

My attorney is on call, if needed.

Bunnie getting ready to go to the supermarket, c 1987

Nick Zappia, Steven Sluiter,Tyrone (I can't remember his last name), and me having dinner in my 'cucina microscopico' on Federal Hill, c 1984(?). P.S. I'm still using that enameled tin-topped table in my kitchen)

Joanne Miller, Tobin, Kevin Nolan and me at my 40th birthday party at Bunnie Brennan's house, 1994

Can anyone guess this location??

Linda Watson, The Undisputed Queen of Barbecue (retired).

Daniel, Anne Marie, Bob, Tobin and MaryKaye Maxwell at Contrast (now Pecorino Romano) in Dennis, MA

Happy Birthday Anthony Trollope!

Barbara Murray as Madame Max Goesler
My Number One favorite author is Anthony Trollope (4/24/1815-12/6/1882). Trollope was one of the most successful, prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era. Some of his best-loved works, collectively known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire, revolve around the imaginary county of Barsetshire. He also wrote perceptive novels on political, social, and gender issues, and on other topical matters. My favorite series of books written by Trollope, are derived from characters created in the Chronicles of Barsetshire and were made into a BBC series called The Pallisers. It was a terrific story of the upper classes in the political world in Great Britain of the mid 19th century. It featured one of my favorite, albeit obscure, characters in literature, Madame Max (Marie) Goesler later Mrs. Phineas Finn. She is a smart, self-confident, selfless, dedicated and strong woman who always took the bull by the horns and never said 'die'. In the TV series she was played to perfection by Barbara Murray. I've always loved her portrayal of the character and after reading the Palliser Novels (as they are called) I can see that Trollope felt that she was a terrific woman as well. 

The Pallisers DVD collection is available via the 'CLAMS' system on Cape Cod. I highly recommend it if you don't want to read the books. The DVD series is a great way to get introduced to the characters of the novels and if you decide to read them be prepared for a long read. The six novels span several thousand pages.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

I detest cheap sentiment: Puppies!

Diet Pizza Production

Just finished my Diet Pizza Snack Production. I make 2 of these with a low-fat pizza dough (1/2 tablespoon olive oil each pizza), fat-free cheese, low-fat pizza sauce (I make it, so it's very low in fat, 1-1/2 teaspoons olive oil) and a bunch of 'free' veggies. They get cut up into 10 pieces each and frozen, and one slice makes a nice evening snack that so far has had little or no impact on my diet and satisfies my 'pizza pangs'.

This is discussed more here

Friday, April 18, 2014

Jenny Craig Diet Update: Week 3

Good bye old friend!
Week 3... wow! It's getting to be a little more interesting in the diet scene. I have decided to pitch the 'Jenny food and' and try a little progressive Jenny-style diet. 

As I have said before I am a 'platinum' member there and as such I can go back to the program whenever I want and that includes for simple support, menu planning and dieting tips. I did that for the first time this week. I went out on Saturday and bought 4-'Healthy Choice' meals (@4/$10 at Stop & Shop) and 5-'Healthy Choice' lunches (@5/$10). Now this and a few assorted snacks purchased at Jenny Craig would go for about $80-$90 at the Jenny store so $60-$70 bucks saved right off the bat, I was enjoying it. I did just the same as I did on the Jenny program, ie. supplementing my meals with snacks, dairy products, vegetables and salads. It turns out that it is only slightly more trouble buying the sale priced diet foods (Healthy Choice, Lean Cuisine, Weight Watchers...) at the market and using a little creativity with the required snacks. I'm giving this a try, at least for a while to see if it works. I'll keep you all posted. 

Anyway... the grand total of weight lost: 21.8 pounds! Check in again next week for my update.

Saturday, April 12, 2014


This is why we loves us some Andy Cooper:

From Towleroad:

"Last week in his revealing interview with Howard Stern, Anderson Cooper told Stern that occasionally he's tempted to fire back at someone who irks him on Twitter (often against his best judgment).
Anderson did so last night after Damian Goddard, anti-gay Canadian sportswriter-turned-NOM-spokesman attacked Anderson for posting a supportive tweet about out NCAA basketball player Derrick Gordon.

See the exchange below. See photo above for said tie and pocket square. Zing!"


Jenny Craig Diet Update, Week 2

Can't touch this...
I have now been on this program for two weeks and as I predicted the ridiculous weight loss recorded last week was not repeated this week. I stuck to the plan as best I could, the hardest part remembering to eat six times a day. I seem to have the worst time remembering my afternoon snack. When I'm at the office I don't seem to remember that I haven't had my snack until I am leaving the office and then it's too late, dinner being only an hour and a half away. 

As most of you who know me or follow my blog, pizza is my favorite food (see  here, here, here, here and here)  so I have come up with a way to enjoy my pizza "pangs" without doing any damage to my diet. A snack for me is supposed to be 1 starch, the pizza dough, and 1 'good fat'. I can have all of the 'free' vegetables I want. I make up a pizza of my own by preparing a yeast dough with only 1 tablespoon of olive oil (a "good" fat according to Jenny) and make a sauce out of crushed tomatoes, crushed red pepper and garlic and top it with a combination of fat-free mozzarella and cheddar and vegetables that are considered "free" on the program. These include roasted peppers, onions, mushrooms and artichokes.
Homemade pizza sauce, roasted grape tomatoes
and veggies make a pretty good pizza!

The one thing I do that is probably not an idea that Jenny would support is that I also use some oven dried grape tomatoes. I cut a pint of grape tomatoes in half, toss them with a quarter teaspoon of kosher salt and let them drain for an hour or so. I then toss them with 1-1/2 teaspoons of olive oil and arrange them on a parchment lined baking sheet, cut side up. I roast them at about 400-425 degrees until they have released most of their juice but are not dry. The concentrated flavor of these little beauties gives you the glutamates that are missing from the meats, etc. that would normally make the pizza so tasty. 1 pint of grape tomatoes makes enough to top 2 pies. It's a really good idea and makes for a delicious pizza topping. I cut the cooked pizza into 10 pieces and freeze the slices. Reheat in a 385 degree oven for 10 minutes. I will have 1/10th of a pizza for snack in the evening and it really does satisfy craving for something 'naughty'. Make two pies at a time as you already have the oven and pizza stone hot. 

This week, after enjoying a pretty easy week of dieting I have lost 6.8 pounds, for a grand total of 18.2 pounds! More next Saturday. 

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Ex-Centerfold, Ex Senator, Scott-Brown (R-It depends) actually said this

It's not often you hear a candidate express his complete lack of qualifications for an elected office, but to say it in a way that shows what a vacant, fatuous air-head Scott Brown really is, is remarkable. When questioned by reporters in New Hampshire about his qualifications and residency he actually said this:

Now I believe that is one of the stupidest things that have come out of his mouth since he dropped his earlier career as 'stroke material', but with the enormous cache of verbal foolishness that has come from him (with more to come, I'm sure) we'll have to say this is it. For now...

Jenny Craig Diet Update, Week 1

Jenny's delights
Today was the first 'weigh-in' day after my first week back on the Jenny Craig weight loss plan. I must say that the old ghosts are haunting me again about finding the time to eat six times a day and eating nothing but this food. However I have had some progress to report. More on that later.

When I went into the Jenny store today there was a late twenty-something gabbing away on her cell phone about nonsense, that blew in just in front of me. She went right down to the scale and weighed herself and came back looking just disgusted. The nice girl at the front desk asked her what was wrong and she said she had 'gained a pound and a half' and was completely bullshit and frustrated that she had put weight on. She seemed to have a real problem with that because she kept muttering about how she doesn't want to do this anymore, and how sick she was of it. She also didn't seem to have an appointment and was upset that there was no one to consult with her. The girl at the desk kindly gave her a hug and asked if she wanted to reschedule the appointment she missed and I guess perhaps she did but I didn't get to hear any of that. 

After she left I saw the two girls at the front desk whispering, obviously about her, and I chimed in 'What a nut! You win some and you lose some when dieting.' We were giggling about what a nut she was and then my consultant, Lynne, came in. 

She was very nice and cautioned me about eating 'all the food that is on my menu' and to 'keep the furnace burning'... you all know the drill. Anyway we did not use the pre-ordained diet plan this week, I am trying to plan the menu myself using their guidelines and me choosing the food I find least objectionable. 

When I had finished that process we went down and weighed in and sure enough I had lost 11.4 pounds during my first week! Now that will definitely not happen every week but it was a good start and a real boost to me to keep this plan up. I'll be posting my update again next Saturday so check back in then for the update. Wish me luck (and willpower)!