Wednesday, August 3, 2016

10 New Year's Resolution Suggestions for President Bush

1. Give up on the idea of a democratic Iraq. While the Democratic cries for troop withdrawals may be premature (and a little too far to the left), the notion that the troops should stay until a democratically elected and U.S. friendly government is in place in Iraq is a lost, hopeless dream. Meet Congress halfway and decide what success should look like, and then make that happen.

2. Take a less hostile approach to Iraq, Syria and North Korea. All of the rhetoric isn’t working. Largely due to an overstretched American military, these rogue nations are feeling empowered, and it’s time for the U.S. to humble itself, sit down with our enemies, hear their gripes and then figure out how we can find common ground. IT’s the only way that true world peace is possible.

3. Don’t just reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Act; fully fund it! This was one of your more progressive, ambitious and non-partisan maneuvers of your entire presidency. Holding school systems to high performance standards is something that no one would disagree with. By making sure there is adequate funding to make higher standards achievable, the mismanagement of Iraq may be mitigated by one of the most significant domestic initiatives by the White House since The Great Society.

4. Ditto the faith-based initiative. By now, everyone should know that your faith-based initiative didn’t make any new federal funds available for faith-based groups. It did make access to existing federal funds easier for faith-based groups, which is a step in the right direction, but supporting these groups in their efforts to serve communities will only achieve an impact with significant funding. At this point, a token amount of funding would be adequate. It would set a precedent for your successor.

5. Reconsider your view on tax cuts. I know that tax cuts is one of the defining philosophies of the Republican Party, but the new Congress will have none of it. Try to see their point of view that giving tax relief to the nation’s wealthiest businesses and individuals may not be the best way to go.

6. Stop listening to whatever Dick Cheyney is telling you. His advice is bad, it’s wrong, and he’s a big part of the reason why your approval rating is in the toilet. The best thing about the Vice Presidency is that it is a no lose position. History will credit – or blame – you and you alone for whatever happens during your eight years in office. Don’t spend the last two years being guided by misguided.

7. Commit yourself to developing alternative fuels. Your 2006 state of the union address about the country being addicted to oil was right on target. But what have you done since then? You’re an oil guy so this will be really hard, but tax the record profits of the Exxons and Mobils and use the funds to launch some meaningful research and study into freeing us from the whims of OPEC.

8. Be less arrogant and more humble. If any of these things are to come to fruition, you will need to make an effort to understand that the way you see things is not always the best way. Arrogance had as much to do with Donald Rumsfeld’s fall as much as incompetence. Learn from his lesson and try to listen to other points of view.

9. Bring Laura into the limelight. Her tenure as First Lady has been mostly nondescript. Give her a chance to shine during your last two years in office!

10. Stop relying on the spin doctors and just speak from the heart for a change. You spend too much time regurgitating words and phrases that are not your own, and the transparency is not just ineffective, it’s downright insulting. Whether they voted for you or not, the American people love their country and want to believe in their leader. Do something, ANYTHING, to make us believe that that is a possibility.

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100 Best Movies of All Time Review: 'Fargo'

It’s really hard to believe that ‘Fargo’ didn’t win the 1996 Academy Award for Best Picture, losing out to ‘The English Patient’. Joel and Ethan Coen did at least win the well-deserved award for Best Original Screenplay, but the movie’s loss is still one of greatest Best Picture Oscar snubs of all time.

This film is definitely the Coen brother’s tour de force, but I would absolutely love to see them try to top it. Set against the bleak, snowy backdrop of Minnesota and North Dakota, the darkly colorful cast of characters partake in a kidnapping scheme going horribly wrong. A disclaimer at the beginning of the film stating that the events you are about to witness all really happened set you up to take a very engaging and emotional journey; by stating that the movie is based on a true story, the Coen brothers ensure that the viewer will feel more involved with what they are seeing on screen.

Francis McDormand’s pregnant, matter-of-fact police chief character is perhaps the best the Coens have ever created, although Javier Bardem as a serial killer with a bad haircut in ‘No Country for Old Men’ is a very close second. And the Coens are exceptionally good at creating and developing characters, from the scheming, money-hungry car salesman portrayed by William H. Macy to Steve Buscemi’s funny-looking crook and his psychotic partner, portrayed perfectly by Peter Stomare.

The ridiculous accents are slightly overdone, and plenty of ‘yahs’ are thrown in for comedic effect. Many of the simple folk with small parts in the film will also give you an occasional good, warm belly laugh, like the police chief’s ex-boyfriend, one of the few characters that actually shake her up a little, and the two hookers she questions about the crooks she spends the whole film hunting down. Then you are occasionally hit in the face with some very icy, uncomfortable blasts of dark humor; there are the moments in the film that will either make you laugh uneasily or simply shock you (you’ll never look at a wood chipper the same ever again). But moments like these, along with the great characters and unique setting, are what make this movie a modern-day masterpiece.

Dark comedies are the best kind, because that’s really what life is; a comedy with a dark ending. And since this movie blends the dark side and the funny side of life together so seamlessly, it definitely deserves a spot on my list of the 100 Best Movies of All Time.


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100 Best Movies of All Time Review: 'Psycho'

Censors in the 1960’s probably didn’t know what to make of ‘Psycho’. And after public outcry over another horror film, Michael Powell’s disturbing Technicolor portrait of a serial killer, ‘Peeping Tom’, director Alfred Hitchcock believed his greatest masterpiece could spell the end of his career. But instead ‘Psycho’ became what is considered by many to be the greatest horror film of all time, and one that changed the way movies were made.

It’s a horror film that made the monster believable. There was no vampire or a monster created by a mad scientist in this film, but simply a seemingly normal human being, someone we could meet at any point in our lives and not see as frightening in any way. Part of what makes this film so terrifying is that a “psycho” like Norman Bates could exist, and many similar to his character actually have and still do.

Alfred Hitchcock definitely changed the rules with this film. His “heroine” is a beautiful woman who we’re supposed to be slightly repulsed by at the beginning of the film, after we see she has slept with a married man. Janet Leigh’s Marion Crane is not a damsel in distress, but a desperate woman who soon becomes a criminal on the run. She’s not a calculating criminal, however; she simply sees an opportunity; seizes it; and heads out on a lonely road in the rain, driving to the tune of one of the most haunting violin scores in cinema. It’s to these same violins she will later die, but this time they will be screeching in an unforgettable, terrifying manner that has since been so often copied. By killing a central character halfway into the film, Alfred Hitchcock once again breaks the rules.

Norman Bates’ character was loosely based on serial killer Ed Gein, and it’s amazing Hitchcock got away with releasing a film that contained so many elements that audiences at the time had never seen before and would find deeply disturbing, like Bates’ attempt to preserve his dead mother’s corpse, cross-dressing, voyeurism, and so closely combining sex and murder. Elements from this film, like the “bad girl” starring in a sexy scene and soon meeting a violent end, would be widely used in many horror films following this one. But no one has ever blended sex and horror together like Hitchcock did here, and it’s amazing that he managed to really push the envelope while still coming out with a box office success.

‘Psycho’ is a horror film that doesn’t scare us with blood and gore and monsters, but with the human psyche. We find ourselves feeling disturbed by the range of emotions that we feel throughout the film, feeling disgusted with and then sympathetic toward the characters. And it is this ability of ‘Psycho’ to make us feel a little mad ourselves that makes it one of the 100 Best Movies of All Time.

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100 Best Songs of the 90s

The artist of the 90s may have needed help with their fashion choices (Overalls, crazy hats and jackets around the waist), but their music was hip and made us want to jam. Here is a look at the top songs of the 90s.

1. “U Can’t Touch This” by M.C Hammer

2. “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston

3. “Freedom” by George Michael

4. “I’ll Be Missing You” by Puff Daddy(now known as Diddy) feat. Faith Evans and 112

5. “One” by U2

6. “Hero” by Mariah Carey

7. “Say My Name” by Destiny’s Child

8. “Genie In A Bottle Baby” by Christina Aguilera

9. “Tearin’ up My Heart” by NSYNC

10. “Nuthin’ but a G Thang” by Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg

11. “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice

12. “I’m Too Sexy” by Right Fred Said

13. “One In A Million” by Aaliya

14. “Are You That Somebody” by Aaliya

15. “All I Wanna Do” by Sheryl Crow

16. “Believe” by Cher

17. “It was A Good Day” by Ice Cube

18. “Vogue” by Madonna

19. “I Want It That Way” by Backstreet Boys

20. “Hit Me Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears

21. “Bring It All Back” by S. Club 7 (Interesting Fact: S. Club 7 had a T.V Series)

22. “Mamma Said Knock You Out” by L. L. Cool J

23. “Wannabe” by Spice Girls

24. “I Believe I can Fly” by R. Kelly (Interesting Fact: Song was featured in Space Jam)

25. “My Name Is” by Eminem

26. “MMMBop” by Hanson

27. “Killing Me Softly With His Song” by The Fugees

28. “Bills, Bills, Bills” by Destiny’s Child

29. “No, No, No” by Destiny’s Child

30. “No Diggity” by Blackstreet

31. “Good Vibrations” by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch

32. ” The Humpty Dance” by Digital Underground

33. “California Love” by 2Pac feat. Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman

34. “O.P.P” by Naughty by Nature

35. “Getting Jiggy With It” by Will Smith

36. “Jump Around” by House of Pain (Interesting Fact: Song was in Mrs. Doubtfire)

37. “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-A-Lot

38. “Mo Money, Mo Problems” by Notorious B.I.G feat. Mase and Puff Daddy

39. “My Lovin’(Never Gonna Get It) by En Vogue

40. “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion

41. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana

42. “Loosing My Religion” by R.E.M

43. “Jump” by Kris Kross

44. “Whatta Man” by Salt-N-Pepa

45. “Waterfalls” by TLC

46. “The One” by Shania Twain

47. “Building A Mystery” by Sara McLachlan

48. “Fly” by Sugar Ray

49. “Sabotage” by Beastie Boys

50. “Who Will Save Your Soul” by Jewel

51. “Graduation” by Vitamin C

52. “Creep” by TLC

53. “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Green Day

54. “Only Wanna Be With You” by Hootie & The Blowfish

55. “The Boy Is Mine” by Brandy & Monica

56. “Livin’ La Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin

57. “Black or White” by Michael Jackson

58. “Crossroads” by Bone Thugs N Harmony

59. “All My Life” by K. Ci & JoJo

60. “Waiting For Tonight” by Jennifer Lopez

61. “Under The Bridge” by Red Hot Chili Peppers

62 “Remember The Time” by Michael Jackson

63. “Enter Sandman” by Metallica

64. “Tennessee” by Arrested Development

65. “Poison” by Bell Biv Devoe

66. “My Way” by Usher

67. “This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan

68. “Freak On A Leash” by Korn

69. “Achy Breaky Heart” by Billy Ray Cyrus

70. “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette

71. “Nothing Compares 2 U” by Sinead O’Conner

72. “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” by Missy Elliott

73. “Get Off” by Prince & The New Power Generation

74. “You Get What You Give” by New Radicals

75. “Groove Is In The Heart” by Deee-Lite

76. “Can I Get A…” by Jay-Z feat. Amil and Ja Rule

77. “Insane In The Brain” by Cypress Hill

78. “Rico Suave” by Gerardo

79. “Mind Playing Tricks On Me” by Geto Boys

80. “Motown Philly” by Boyz II Men (interesting fact: Song was featured on Full House)

81. “Another Sad Love Song” by Toni Braxton

82. “Is There Life Out There” by Reba McIntire (Interesting Fact: Reba had her own TV show)

83. “The Dance” by Garth Brooks

84. “Mr. Boombastic” by Shaggy

85. “Real Love” By Mary J. Blige

86. “Macarena” by Los Del Rio

87. “Unbelievable” by EMF

88. “Barely Breathing” by Duncan Sheik

89. “I Don’t Want To Wait” by Paula Cole

90. “Shine” by Collective Soul

91. “One Of Us” by Joan Osborne

92. “Criminal” by Fionna Apple

93. “You Make Me Wanna” by Usher

94. “Save The Best For Last” by Vanessa Williams

95. “Have You Ever” by Brandy (Interesting Fact: Brady is also an actress who had her own TV show)

96. “A Song For Mamma” Boyz II Men

97. “Informer” by Snow

98. “Wonderwall” by Oasis

99. “Iris” by Goo Goo Dolls

100. “Kiss From A Rose” by Seal

Please Note: The way in which the songs have appeared were determined from a volunteer survey (administered by Vanessa Rochea). The Survey had about 300 songs on the list with no set genre. The number of votes per song were then calculated and placed accordingly on the list. The ages of the people involved in this particular survey were between 18 and 35.

If you would like to be a part of an upcoming survey, please send a direct message to Vanessa via e-mail.

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100 Bottles of Beer - Failure is Not an Option

So far we have chronicled 17 of the 100 bottles of beer including unlucky number 13, my first failure. Failure is NOT an option, so we continue on fearlessly into the next 83 brews.

The next brew on our path is my first wheat or weizen beer. You may recall from part 3 of this epic, my friend Mike’s distaste for the style. Wheat beers are usually pale yellow to orange and most are unfiltered and cloudy. This cloudiness comes from the specific strain of yeast used which generally does not flocculate or settle out well and stays suspended in the beer. This is typically called a Hefeweizen, meaning wheat with yeast. Hefeweizens are traditionally served with a slice of lemon.

There are many subcategories to the basic weizen style:

Weizenbier or Weissbier is a Southern German style which is light in body and hops, yeasty, effervescent, and slightly sour with the aroma and flavor of clove and banana. These flavors are referred to as esters and are produced by the yeast. ABV is 4-5%

Dunkelweiss is a darker version of Weizenbier with a chocolaty maltiness that tones down the esters. ABV is 5-6%

Weizenbock is a stronger, more robust wheat which can be either light (helles) or dark (dunkel) ABV is 6-8%

Berliner-weisse can contain 75% or more malted wheat and undergoes a combination of yeast and lactic bacterial fermentations which produces a unique tart sourness. ABV is around 3%

For all styles to be truly considered weizen they must contain at least 50% wheat malt. I prefer to say at least 55% or over half the extracts or grain bill. Less than that may still be a wheat beer but not a weizen. They must also use a specific hefe or yeast. Most are cloudy and are true hefeweizens or they can be filtered which is known as a kristalweiss or kristalweizen.

So, back to my first weizen, Earl Duck’s Weizen, which comes from Homebrew Favorites, and is credited to Thomas J. O’Connor, III, MD of Rockport, ME. This is a six gallon recipe.

Earl Duck’s Weizen

6.6 lbs Irek’s wheat LME

3 lbs M&F light DME

9 oz German 5.5L crystal malt

9 oz British pale malt

10 oz clover honey

2 oz Hallertau Hersbruker hop plugs (60 min)

1 oz Hallertau Hersbruker hop plugs (10 min)

¼ tsp gypsum

1 tsp Irish Moss (15 min)

1 ½ tsp yeast nutrient

Wyeast 3068 Weihenstephan Wheat

Priming: 1 cup corn sugar & 1/3 cup light DME

As usual, some of the extracts and malts are changed from the original recipe due to availability and the yeast was changed from 3056 Bavarian Wheat to the 3068. I also added the honey just to bump up the fermentable content a bit and increased both hop additions by ½ oz each.

As I recall, the Irek’s LME was a 100% wheat malt extract. I do not know if it is still available. Most wheat LME or DME is 55/45 or 60/40 wheat/barley.

Hop plugs are the same as pellets just in ½ oz size plugs, one big pellet. I haven’t seen these in a while and do not know if they are still available either.

Brought milled grains to boil in 2 gallons cold water; strained out and sparged grains; added extracts, honey, and gypsum and returned to boil; adding hops and moss at times indicated. 60 minutes total boil time.

This recipe is for 6 gallons as opposed to 5 gallons as all have been up to this point. Because of that, this will be the first time I did the primary fermentation in a glass carboy instead of a plastic bucket. Now, while you can pour hot wort directly into a plastic bucket, you cannot do that in a carboy. The thermal shock may shatter the glass. To prevent this, fill the carboy with at least half the final volume of cold water. This will absorb the thermal shock of the hot wort and protect the carboy. Then top the carboy to the desired volume with more cold water, in this case, the total volume should be 6 ½ gallons.

Carboys are available in various sizes. I have 3 gallon, 5 gallon, and 7 gallon carboys. I use the 3 gallon for small specialty or experimental brews. The 7 gallon is the workhorse carboy used for primary fermentation due to the extra head space for the fermentation activity. The five gallon is used as the secondary fermenter where activity should be minimal as the yeast and trub settle out and the beer clears.

Obviously, for this beer, we are using the 7 gallon for the primary. In this case, I did not use a secondary and did only a single stage fermentation in the primary.

You probably noticed the increased priming sugars; this is due to the larger volume of beer. This also leads us into a little lesson in mathematics, physics, and volumes of liquid. I thought far enough ahead to realize I cannot ferment 6 gallons of beer in a fermentation bucket designed for 5 gallon brews; thus, the 7 gallon carboy. Unfortunately, it did not occur to me that I cannot bottle 6 gallons with a 5 gallon bottling bucket.

So, I boiled up the priming sugars, poured them into the bucket, and began racking the beer into the bucket. What a surprise! It won’t all fit! I did not lose a whole gallon but it was close. The more important problem; I now have priming sugars intended for 6 gallons in a 5 gallon batch. It will very likely be over-carbonated.

The beer turned out quite good. It was over-carbonated but had a nice champagne-like mouth feel. It had an estery citrus-clove flavor with no banana ester. What was really odd; while most where over-carbed, some even gushers; there were some bottles completely flat. I can only guess that they were not securely capped and the increased CO2 pressure leaked out. There was no obvious sign of leakage but do not know what else it could be.

I did not take any gravity readings so do not know the ABV. The original recipe indicated the OG 1.053 an FG 1.020 which would be about 4.3% ABV.

The next beer on our journey is Orange Blossom Amber and comes from an on-line beer recipe database which was known as Cat’s Meow. As of this writing I can no longer find this on the internet. It appears to have last existed at, but that site will no longer open or perhaps was just down at the time I was trying to find it. If anyone out there knows if or where Cats’ Meow still exists, send a comment with the info. There were hundreds of beer recipes on this site which were all user contributed. Some were very detailed and some were a bit sketchy, but all were a good source for ideas.

In searching for the web site I found there to be a commercially brewed beer available by the same name, Orange Blossom Amber, made by Indian Wells Brewing Co. in California. Their web site states it to be an American Lager made with fresh orange peels. Sounds good to me but I have not had the opportunity to try it. The following recipe is not that beer.

Orange Blossom Amber

6.6 lbs Northwestern Amber LME

2 cups Orange Blossom Honey

½ lb crystal malt 40L

1 ½ oz Hallertau Hersbrucker hop plugs (47 min)

½ oz Hallertau Hersbrucker hop plugs (2 min)

1 tsp Irish Moss (17 min)

2 pkg M&F ale yeast

Priming: 1 ½ cups light DME

There was nothing special about the process for this one. Milled the crystal myself with my new hand crank grain mill, slow but works well. The odd boil times for the hops come from intending a total 45 minute boil but forgetting the second addition of hops until the end so just let it boil two extra minutes.

I was out of corn sugar for priming so used straight DME. However, this was a mistake as the recipe called for using more orange blossom honey for priming. I just forgot until it was too late.

Beer was good with a lingering bitterness that would have been better balanced with the residual sweetness priming with honey would have added. Did not take any gravity readings and the original recipe did not provide gravity or ABV information.

Hey, I just learned something! When I pulled out the printed copy of this recipe to check for ABV, I noticed that Cat’s Meow was edited by Karl Lutzen and Mark Stevens. The same Karl and Mark who were responsible for compiling the recipes found in Homebrew Favorites from which our last several recipes were taken. Orange Blossom Amber was credited to Dave Fortner.Thanks, guys!

Our next brew also comes from Cat’s Meow. It is credited to Gene Schultz and is stated to be a clone of Full Sail Ale from Full Sail Brewing in Hood River OR. A clone of which Full Sail Ale it is not too clear, but I would guess it to be the Full Sail Pale Ale.

Full Sail Ale

7 ½ lbs Cooper’s plain light LME

¾ lbs German crystal malt 5.5L

2 oz Nugget pellet hops (60 min)

½ oz Nugget pellet hops (15 min)

2 tsp gypsum

2 oz Dextrin Malt

1 ½ tsp Irish Moss (15 min)

Wyeast 1098 British Ale Yeast

Priming: ¾ cup corn sugar & ¼ cup DME

Of course, some of the ingredients are changed from the original due to availability and my own personal twist on things.

Steep only the milled crystal malt in ½ gallon water for 45 minutes at 160-165 F. Strain into kettle with 2 gallons cold water and sparge with ½ gallon hot water. Add LME and gypsum and milled Dextrin malt in a hop bag. Bring to boil adding hops and moss at indicated times.

Transfer to primary fermenter with cold water and pitch yeast when wort has cooled. The beer was ready to rack to a secondary after three days but I didn’t get to it until after six days. After seven days in secondary the beer had cleared very well and was ready to bottle.

Full Sail Ale proved to be very good with a beautiful amber color, very clear, nice head, and the flavor was wonderfully balanced between malt sweetness at the front and hop bitterness in the finish. I did not take any gravity readings. Per the original recipe OG was to be 1.045 and FG 1.020. This would give an ABV of about 3.3%

We now return to our original source of inspiration, Charlie Papazian’s The New Complete Joy of Home Brewing, for our next brew. In flipping through the pages again after all this time, I realize there are still many great recipes in here that I have not yet tried. Although I have continually used it for reference, I have not brewed anything new from it in a long time. I am overdue!

This beer is a Belgian Wit or White and is a clone of the quintessential example of this style; Belgium’s Hoegaarden Grand Cru. Another popular example is Blue Moon brewed by Coors Brewing. Belgian Wit is cloudy like a weizen and uses a similar but different strain of yeast. Wit beers are traditionally flavored with coriander and either bitter or sweet orange peel and are served with a slice of orange. In a play on the original Hoegaarden name, Charlie calls this one: Who’s In the Garden Grand Cru.

Who’s In the Garden Grand Cru

5 lbs M&F light DME

2 ¾ lbs light clover honey

1 oz Hallertau Hersbruker whole cone hops (60 min)

½ oz Hallertau Hersbruker whole cone hops (15 min)

½ oz Hallertau Hersbruker whole cone hops (2 min)

1 ½ oz fresh crushed coriander seed

1 oz ground dried orange peel

Wyeast 3944 Belgian White

Priming: ½ cup Orange Blossom Honey & ¼ cup DME

I used a little more hops and orange peel than Charlie specified. He did not specify whether he uses bitter or sweet orange peel and I did not record which I used. It was whatever the natural food store had at the time. He also did not specify what yeast to use but this was an obvious choice. My choice of using the orange blossom honey for priming was just because I still had it left over from forgetting to prime the amber with it.

Bring 2 gallons water to a boil and add DME and honey; return to boil. Add the hops at times indicated; also adding ½ the coriander at the second hop addition and the other ½ along with the orange peel at the final hop addition. Transfer wort to primary along with cold water and pitch yeast when cooled.

Fermentation activity in primary continued slowly for six days. Rack to secondary where activity actually increased and continued for 14 days at which time I racked to a tertiary fermenter to separate the beer from the thick layer of sediment or trub. After eight more days, the activity finally subsided to the point where it was ready to bottle.

Charlie had an interesting suggestion for bottling: place one whole coriander seed in each bottle. Briefly microwave the seeds to sanitize. Charlie states the OG should be 1.055 and the FG 1.004. This results in about 6.6% ABV.

Beer was very good with a subtle spiciness and no obvious orange flavor. Carbonation was good although a little low for the style and it was cloudy but less than expected. This makes for a great refreshing beer on a hot day but the ABV makes it definitely not a lawn-mower beer. Wait until after you finish the yard work!

Seems like a good time for a break. That makes 21. We still have 79 bottles of beer on the wall.

Next up: 2 Barleywines (1 intentional, 1 not) and a Lite Beer?

To be continued…


Charlie Papazian, The New Complete Joy of Home Brewing, 2nd edition, October 1991

Karl F. Lutzen & Mark Stevens, Homebrew Favorites, Third printing, February 1995

Karl F. Lutzen & Mark Stevens, Cat’s Meow

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100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream Product Review

It has been said that the eyes are the window to the soul. The eyes are also windows that display signs of stress, aging, and lack of sleep. There are tons of eye cream products out there claiming to make you look younger and more refreshed, but it’s hard to decipher which products are worth the hype. I recently bought 100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream with hopes that it would be an effective addition to my daily beauty routine. Here is what I discovered:

100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream Product Description:

100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream claims to give the skin around your eye a “caffeine buzz”, reducing swelling and increasing circulation. The result is a brighter and smoother eye area.

100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream contains no synthetic chemicals or artificial fragrances. This is important to me, especially when I’m using a product around the delicate eye area. Every ingredient in the ingredient list is something I recognize: organic green tea and coffee, organic rose hip oil, organic rosemary, organic oregano, organic vanilla absolute, organic grapefruit seed, organic thyme, and chamomile and lavender wax.

Review: Use

100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream comes in a one ounce glass pump dispenser. The first time I used this product, I dispensed way too much from the pump, so be careful. A little tap will do.

This organic eye cream can be used morning or night. I use it in the morning. I really like the feeling of the cream. It goes on smoothly, it’s non-greasy, and it soaks into the skin easily. My only complaint is that the vanilla scent is fairly strong. I don’t mind it in the morning- it smells like vanilla cappuccino, but I can see how it may be overbearing to some people.

Review: Price

100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream sells for $19.00 at 100% Pure’s website ( You can also find this product at Bath and Body Works and on QVC.

Review: Effectiveness

100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream offers instant hydration and moisturization. It makes the skin around my eyes much softer and smoother. I haven’t noticed a reduction in puffiness, but my eyes are definitely a bit brighter after applying this eye cream. I haven’t needed to use an under-eye concealer since I started using 100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream. If anything, I add a little mineral powder under my eyes- the cream also acts as a great primer for foundation or powder because it smoothes out the skin. I am extremely satisfied with this eye cream. 100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream will definitely be a product that I continue to use on a regular basis.

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100 Meters: the Men's Sub-10 Club

For most sprinters, ten seconds is the time to beat in the 100 meters. Jim Hines first accomplished the feat on June 20, 1968, clocking a manually timed 9.9 at the US national track and field championships in Sacramento, California. Later that year, on October 14, 1968, he won the 100 meters at the Olympic Games in Mexico City, Mexico in 9.95, the first fully automatically electronic timed performance under 10 seconds.

Since Hines posted the first fully automatically timed 100 meters under 10 seconds, 79 runners have duplicated the feat. With 36, the United States leads the world in the number of sprinters who have beat 10 seconds for 100 meters. Jamaica follows the United States with 11, including Usain Bolt, the current world record holder at 9.58, who joined the club with fastest debut sub-10-second performance of 9.76 in 2008. After Jamaica, Nigeria ranks third with eight men who have completed 100 meters in less than 10 seconds, including Olusoji Fasuba, whose debut sub-10-second performance of 9.85 stands as the African area record, and Francis Obikwelu, the current European record holder (9.86) from Portugal, who first ran under 10 seconds as a Nigerian. Trinidad and Tobago trails Nigeria with five, followed by Great Britain with four sub-10 performers. Canada, France, and Ghana have two each, and Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Namibia, Qatar, St. Kitts & Nevis, and Zimbabwe have one each.

Of the 80 members of the sub-10 second club, 78 (97.5%) are of African descent. Besides those from Africa, all of the North American performers, including those from the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean are of African descent. Samuel Francis, of Qatar, whose debut sub-10-second time of 9.99 stands as the current Asian area record, is Nigerian by birth. All of the Europeans, except Christophe Lemaitre, of France, who joined the sub-10-second club in 2010 with a then national record setting performance of 9.98 in Valence, France, are of African heritage. Patrick Johnson of Australia, whose debut sub-10-second performance of 9.93 seconds has stood as the Australian national and the Oceania area record since 1993 is of European (Irish father) and indigenous Australian descent.

Manually Timed Sub-10 Second Performances

Before January 1, 1977, the then International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) accepted manually timed results as world records. Beginning with Jim Hines on June 20, 1968, nine athletes posted manually timed sub-10 second world record performances of 9.9. Of these nine men, two would later run fully automatically timed races in less than ten seconds. Hines posted the first fully automatic timed sub-10 second race (9.95) on October 14, 1968, and Silvio Leonard, of Cuba, clocked 9.98 in Guadalajara, Mexico, two years after posting a manual 9.9 in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia.

This is a list of the manually timed sub-10 second performers, including their best fully automatic time:

1. Jim Hines (United States) 9.9 Sacramento, California, 6/20/1968
9.95 (A) Mexico City, Mexico, 10/141968

2. Ronnie Ray Smith (United States) 9.9 Sacramento, California, 6/20/1968
10.14 Sacramento, California, 6/20/1968

3. Charles Greene (United States) 9.9 Sacramento, California, 6/20/1968
10.02 (A) Mexico City, Mexico, 10/13/1968

4. Eddie Hart (United States) 9.9 Eugene, Oregon, 7/1/1972
10.07 (A) Colorado Springs, Colorado, 7/30/1978

5. Reynaud Robinson (United States) 9.9 Eugene, Oregon, 7/1/1972

6. Steve Williams (United States) 9.9 Los Angeles, California, 6/21/1974
10.07 Zurich, Switzerland, 8/16/1978)

7. Silvio Leonard (Cuba) 9.9 Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, 6/5/1975
9.98 (A) Guadalajara, Mexico, 8/11/1979

8. Harvey Glance (United States) 9.9 Columbia, Missouri, 4/3/1976
10.05 Tampa, Florida, 3/30/1985

9. Don Quarrie (Jamaica) 9.9 Modesto, California, 5/22/1976
10.07 Montreal, Quebec, 7/24/1976

The Sub-10 Second 100 Meter Club
Current members of the sub-10 second 100 meter club are listed according to the date of their first 100 meters completed in less than 10 seconds. Career best times are included for those who improved upon their debut times.

1. Jim Hines (United States) 9.95 (A) Mexico City, Mexico, 10/14/1968

2. Silvio Leonard (Cuba) 9.98 (A) Guadalajara, Mexico, 8/11/1977

3. Carl Lewis (United States) 9.97 Modesto, California, 5/14/1983
9.86 Tokyo, Japan, 8/25/1991

4. Calvin Smith (United States) 9.93 (A) Colorado Springs, Colorado, 7/3/1983

5. Melvin Lattany (United States) 9.96 Athens, Georgia, 5/5/1984

6. Obadele Thompson (Barbados) 9.87 (A) Johannesburg, South Africa, 9/11/1988

7. Linford Christie (Great Britain) 9.97 Seoul, South Korea, 9/24/1988
9.87 Stuttgart, Germany, 8/15/1993

8. Raymond Stewart (Jamaica) 9.97 Waco, Texas, 5/20/1989
9.96 Tokyo, Japan, 8/25/1991

9. Leroy Burrell (United States) 9.94 Houston, Texas, 6/16/1989
9.85 Lausanne, Switzerland, 7/6/1994

10. Frank Fredericks (Namibia) 9.95 Tokyo, Japan, 8/25/1991
9.86 Lausanne, Switzerland, 7/3/1986

11. Dennis Mitchell (United States) 9.99 Tokyo, Japan, 8/25/1991

12. Andre Cason (United States) 9.99 Koblenz, Germany, 9/11/1991
9.92 Stuttgart, Germany, 8/15/1993

13. Michael Marsh (United States) 9.93 Walnut, California, 4/18/1992

14. Davidson Ezinwa (Nigeria) 9.96 Walnut, California, 4/18/1992
9.94 Linz, Austria, 7/4/1994

15. Olapede Adeniken (Nigeria) 9.97 Austin, Texas, 6/5/1992
9.95 (A) El Paso, Texas, 4/16/1994

16. Daniel Effiong (Nigeria) 9.99 Odessa, Texas, 5/21/1993
9.98 Stuttgart, Germany, 8/15/1993

17. Jon Drummond (United States) 9.99 Oslo, Norway, 7/22/1994
9.92 Indianapolis, Indiana, 6/12/1997

18. Donovan Bailey (Canada) 9.99 Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 5/22/1995
9.84 Atlanta, Georgia, 7/27/1996

19. Bruny Surin (Canada) 9.97 Montreal, Quebec, 6/15/1995
9.84 Seville, Spain, 8/22/1999

20. Ato Boldon (Trinidad & Tobago) 9.93 Walnut, California, 4/21/1996
9.86 Walnut, California, 4/19/1998

21. Maurice Greene (United States) 9.96 Indianapolis, Indiana, 6/12/1997
9.79 Athens, Greece, 6/16/1999

22. Tim Montgomery (United States) 9.96 Indianapolis, Indiana, 6/12/1997
9.92 Indianapolis, Indiana, 6/13/1997

23. Kareem Streete-Thompson (United States) 9.96 Indianapolis, Indiana, 6/12/1997

24. Percival Spencer (Jamaica) 9.98 Kingston, Jamaica, 6/20/1997

25. Seun Ogunkoya (Nigeria) 9.97 Formia, Italy, 7/13/1997
9.92 (A) Johannesburg, South Africa, 9/11/1998

26. Vincent Henderson (United States) 9.95 Leverkusen, Germany, 8/9/1998

27. Leonard Myles-Mills (Ghana) 9.98 Boise, Idaho, 6/5/1999

28. Dwain Chambers (Great Britain) 9.99 Nuremberg, Germany, 6/13/1999
9.97 Seville, Spain, 8/22/1999

29. Jason Gardener (Great Britain) 9.98 Lausanne, Switzerland, 7/2/1999

30. Tim Harden (United States) 9.92 Luzern, Switzerland, 7/5/1999

31. Bernard Williams (United States) 9.99 Durham, North Carolina, 6/2/2000
9.94 Edmonton, Alberta, 8/5/2001

32. Francis Obikwelu (Nigeria) 9.98 Braga, Portugal, 6/21/2000
9.86 Athens, Greece, 8/22/2004

33. Coby Miller (United States) 9.98 Durham, North Carolina, 7/2/2000

35. Mark Lewis-Francis (Great Britain) 9.97 Edmonton, Alberta, 8/4/2001

36. Brian Lewis (United States) 9.99 Cayenne, French Guiana, 5/4/2002 9.99

37. Shawn Crawford (United States) 9.95 Osaka, Japan, 5/11/2002
9.88 Eugene, Oregon, 6/19/2004

38. Joshua J. Johnson (United States) 9.95 Walnut, California, 5/21/2002

39. Kim Collins (St. Kitts & Nevis) 9.98 Manchester, England, 7/27/2002

40. Patrick Johnson (Australia) 9.93 Mito, Japan, 5/5/2003

41. Justin Gatlin (United States) 9.97 Zurich, Switzerland, 8/15/2003
9.85 Athens, Greece, 8/22/2004

42. John Capel (United States) 9.97 Zurich, Switzerland, 8/15/2003
9.95 Eugene, Oregon, 6/19/2004

43. Mickey Grimes (United States) 9.99 Zurich, Switzerland, 8/15/2003

44. Deji Aliu (Nigeria) 9.95 Abuja, Nigeria, 10/12/2003

45. Uchenna Emedolu (Nigeria) 9.97 Abuja, Nigeria, 10/12/2003

46. Asafa Powell (Jamaica) 9.99 Kingston, Jamaica, 6/12/2004
9.72 Lausanne, Switzerland, 9/2/2008

47. Aziz Zakari (Ghana) 9.99 Athens, Greece, 6/14/2005 9.99

48. Marc Burns (Trinidad & Tobago) 9.96 Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, 6/25/2005

49. Darrel Brown (Trinidad & Tobago) 9.99 Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, 6/25/2005

50. Ronald Pognon (France) 9.99 Lausanne, Switzerland, 7/5/2005

51. Leonard Scott (United States) 9.94 London, England, 7/22/2005
9.91 Stuttgart, Germany, 9/9/2006

52. Olusoji A. Fasuba (Nigeria) 9.85 Doha, Qatar, 5/12/2006

53. Tyson Gay (United States) 9.88 Rethymno, Greece, 7/21/2006
9.69 Shanghai, China, 9/20/2009

54. Marcus Brunson (United States) 9.99 Zurich, Switzerland, 8/18/2006

55. Derrick Atkins (Bahamas) 9.98 Berkeley, California, 4/28/2007
9.91 Osaka, Japan, 8/26/2007

56. Walter Dix (United States) 9.93 Sacramento, California, 6/8/2007
9.88 Notwill, Switzerland, 8/8/2010

57. Samuel Francis (Qatar) 9.99 Amman , Jordan, 7/26/2007

58. Wallace Spearmon (United States) 9.96 Shanghai, China, 9/28/2007

59. Usain Bolt (Jamaica) 9.76 Kingston, Jamaica, 5/3/2008
9.58 Berlin, Germany, 8/16/2009

60. Travis Padgett (United States) 9.96 Clemson, South Carolina, 5/10/2008
9.89 Eugene, Oregon, 6/28/2008

61. Richard Thompson (Trinidad & Tobago) 9.93 Auburn, Alabama, 5/18/2008
9.89 Beijing, China, 8/16/2008

62. Darvis Patton (United States) 9.89 Eugene, Oregon, 6/28/2008
9.89 Eugene, Oregon, 6/28/2008

63. Ivory Williams (United States) 9.94 Eugene, Oregon, 6/28/2008
9.93 Rethymno, Greece, 7/20/2009

64. Rodney Martin (United States) 9.95 Eugene, Oregon, 6/28/2008

65. Mark Jelks (United States) 9.99 Eugene, Oregon, 6/28/2008

66. Nesta Carter (Jamaica) 9.98 Stockholm, Sweden, 7/22/2008
9.78 Rieti, Italy, 8/29/2010

66. Churandy Martina (Netherlands Antillies) 9.99 Beijing, China, 8/15/2008
9.93 Beijing, China, 8/16/2008

67. Michael Frater (Jamaica) 9.97 Beijing, China, 8/16/2008
9.94 Eugene, Oregon, 6/4/2011

68. Daniel Bailey (Antigua & Barbuda) 9.98 Bel©m, Brazil, 5/24/2009
9.91 Paris, France, 7/17/2009

69. Mike Rodgers (United States) 9.94 Eugene, Oregon, 6/7/2009
9.85 Eugene, Oregon, 6/4/2011

70. Yohan Blake (Jamaica) 9.96 Rome, Italy, 7/10/2009
9.89 London, England, 8/13/2010

71. Lerone Clarke (Jamaica) 9.99 Zurich, Switzerland, 8/28/2009

72. Christophe Lemaitre (France) 9.98 Valence, France, 7/9/2010
9.96 Montreuil-sous-Bois, France, 6/7/2011

73. Trell Kimmons (United States) 9.95 Zurich, Switzerland, 8/19/2010

74. Ryan Bailey (United States) 9.88 Rieti, Italy, 8/29/2010

75. Mario Forsythe (Jamaica) 9.99 Rieti, Italy, 8/29/2010

76. Steve Mullings (Jamaica) 9.90 Starkville, Mississippi, 4/16/2011
9.80 Eugene, Oregon, 6/4/2011

77. Ngonidzashe Makusha (Zimbabwe) 9.97 Durham, North Carolina, 4/23/2011
9.89 Des Moines, Iowa, 6/10/2011

78. Keston Bledman (Trinidad & Tobago) 9.93 Clermont Florida, 6/4/2011

79. Nickel Ashmeade (Jamaica) 9.96 Clermont Florida, 6/4/2011

80. Rakieem Salaam (United States) 9.97 Des Moines, Iowa, 6/10/2011


IAAF, IAAF Statistical Handbook, 2009 (Part 2)
IAAF, ” 100 Metres All Time,” IAAF Website (Accessed June 15, 2011)
Peter Larsson, ” All-Time Men’s Best 100m ,” Track & Field All-Time Performances Homepage (Accessed June 15, 2011)

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100 Senators Deciding Fate of 1.2 Million Americans-Will Unemployment Extension Vote Pass?

100 United States Senators are making a decision on the fate of 1.2 million Americans-if the Unemployment Extension vote ever takes place. Democrats have worked hard to trim a broader bill that includes the 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extension. This jobless aid, or as it typically deemed by national media, has been up for debate for over 3 weeks now in the United States Senate.

The issue passed in the House and moved on to the Senate. The only hitch was the United States Senate took a 10 day holiday before reconvening and getting down to business on June 2. Now, nearly 22 days later, those 100 United States Senators will decide the fate of the growing number of jobless Americans who are suffering because of a complete lack of urgency on the part of our United States Senate. Does that 10 day holiday mean we are still 10 days away from a solution? Or can the 100 United States Senators even figure out a solution to this mess? The political process is horribly failing us at this moment. I have asked the question many times to myself and in stories I have written on Associated Content. How can 100 United States Senators decide the fate of 1.2 million Americans? Those Americans are currently without benefits after reaching a particular Tier of the Unemployment Compensation program.

Now the Senate is stalling once again. The GOP is using a filibuster to currently block the legislation. Even key Democrats are unsure the Unemployment Benefits bill will even pass if it does come to a vote. Even if it did, it would still take another vote in the House to get it through and into effect. What does this mean for jobless Americans who are all in the same horrible sinking boat of a nightmare? It means our political process is failing miserably to allow 100 people, however bright they may be, to make a decision that will affect the lives of 1.2 million people in a direct way. We are not just talking about a little stress and heartbreak for the families involved in this mystifying situation. We are talking about dire consequences and complete devastation for these 1.2 million people-those of whom can not immediately find a job in this horrible job climate. Perhaps the most horrible item to note is that each week more new jobless Americans will be added to the pool. It could be an alarming 300,000 more people without benefits each week. Within one more month-the total number could reach 2 million or more? How much is enough before the Senate finally stops dragging its feet and does something?

The statistics still show–and I know I sound like a broken record-that there are 6 people for every one job available. That means 5 out of every 6 of these 1.2 million people will be up the creek without a paddle. 100 United States Senators have, by not making a decision, made a decision that those 1.2 million people are going to have to live with. There will be major consequences for these actions. People will lose homes, go bankrupt and some will be homeless. The Senate has shown little compassion for their fellow human being as a collective group by not figuring out a way to pass this item individually or in a broader bill. The have failed and turned their back on the American people when times are still tougher than most.

It’s a horrible thought that 100 United States Senators can directly affect the lives of so many people in such an adverse way. It’s amazing that our political process is getting in the way of jobless aid at this hour–three weeks after something should have been done.

There are some Democrats who are working vigorously to get such legislation passed. But it seems like the Democratic plan is to lump everything together with other items in a broader bill. What does this do? It takes away the accountability for the votes or decisions by each member of the United States Senate. That way individual Senators can say they did not vote for the legislation because of this item or that and not directly have to address the painful need for unemployment benefits extensions. It’s an outrage and I am completely dumbfounded that this is acceptable in any way or fashion. This bill should have been passed months ago. People will now be subject to fines on mortgages, homes and credit cards thanks to the lack of urgency in this matter and the role of politics.

It shouldn’t have happened this way. The American people deserve better.

You can read more of my slant on this issue that needs to be addressed here on my blog.

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100 Things to Do Before You Die: Part One

100.Visit each of the seven continents, including Antarctica!

99. Learn a brand new language, like Japanese or Latin. Find a pen pal and practise communicating in your new language through letters.

98. Go camping all alone in the wilderness, somewhere where cell phones don’t even work.

97. Write a letter to someone you deeply admire, like a politician or a celebrity, and tell them how they have influenced your life.

96. Do something risky like hang gliding or parachuting from a plane.

95. Climb to the top of a mountain. It could be a fairly small mountain, or Mount Everest, whatever you think is a challenge for you personally.

94. Go on an African Safari and see lions, elephants, monkeys and tigers in their natural habitat.

93. Rent a castle in England for one week and live like a Queen.

92. Go skating on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Ontario in the winter when it’s frozen.

91. Travel from the east to west coast in Canada by train. Stay in a luxurious sleeper car.

90. Volunteer overseas for one month. You could build houses with Habitat for Humanity, teach English in Korea, or be an aid worker in an area after a natural disaster.

89. Go swimming with sharks.

88. Visit the pyramids of Egypt.

87. Bungee Jump down Victoria Falls in Africa.

86. Go for a swim in the Dead Sea. It’s supposed to have amazing healing powers and have lots of minerals that are great for your skin.

85. Stay in the presidential suite at a fancy hotel.

84. Win money at a casino in Las Vegas.

83. Visit Jim Morrison’s grave in Paris, France.

82. Attend the opera in Vienna, Austria.

81. Be an extra in a film or television show. Even better, be an extra on your favourite television show!

80. Have your portrait painted or sketched by an artist along the River Seine in Paris, France.

79. Learn how to dance. You could try salsa dancing, ballroom dancing, hip hop, modern, jazz, ballet, the opportunities are endless.

78. Go on a road trip across America from coast to coast, and make lots of stops along the way.

77. Attend a workshop on public speaking and practice in front of a real audience

76. Face your biggest fear head on. Think about how courageous you’ll feel after words.

75. Complete and file your own taxes without the assistance of an accountant. No cheating!

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