"How long do you have to get hit in the head before you start asking who's hitting you in the head?"

Monday, April 30, 2007

Yipes! Stripes!

I’ve been on my ass with a particularly nasty cold-flu hybrid, so I took the opportunity to test Ernest Angley’s magical healing prayer:
Lord, I bring the sick and afflicted to you today: the cancer victims, the heart patients, those with diabetes and all manner of sicknesses and diseases, the little ones that are afflicted. Healin the holy, all-powerful name of Jesus! Heal, in the blood name of Jesus! And we know, Jesus, with your blood stripes they're being healed right now. Heal! Heal, I pray! Amen and amen.
After repeating the prayer, all I had to do was “just watch all improvements daily and get well.” That’s it. No doctor, no medicine, nothing.

Now, I’m not sure if this is the same prayer that Angley uses to cure AIDS, but it works pretty darned good on colds:
I’m beginning to feel better already, and it’s only been two weeks!

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Monday, April 16, 2007


From October 2006 through last month, 532 American soldiers were killed, the most during any six-month period of the war. March also marked the first time that the U.S. military suffered four straight months of 80 or more fatalities. April, with at least 58 service members killed through Monday, is on pace to be one of the deadliest months of the conflict for American forces.

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On Monday, the military announced the deaths of seven more American troops - three soldiers in Baghdad and two Marines in Anbar province on Monday and two soldiers in Fallujah on Saturday. The deaths brought the total number of American military fatalities in Iraq to 3,305, according to icasualties.org.


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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Easy Easter Bible Quiz

How many people came to the sepulcher the morning of Jesus’s resurrection?

A) 1

B) 2

C) 3

Was the stone still in place when they arrived?

A) Yes

B) No

Who did they see there?

A) the angel of the Lord, sitting on top of the stone

B) a young man, sitting inside the sepulcher

C) two men, standing next to them

D) two angels, sitting where the body had been

Congratulations—you scored 100%!

Answer Key:

  1. A, B, C
  2. Yes, No
  3. A, B, C, D

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Thursday, April 05, 2007

The Godless Gourmet

What a week! I usually post a YouTube whenever I’m too busy to blog, but this time I thought I’d try posting something different—one of my recipes.

Chili a la olio

3 tablespoons oil

½ pound sirloin, cubed (I buy stir-fry beef then cut the strips into small cubes with kitchen scissors)

2 tablespoons McCormick Montreal Steak seasoning

¾ box button mushrooms, coarsely chopped

¾ box cremini mushrooms (aka baby portobello), coarsely chopped

1 medium yellow onion, coarsely chopped

3 stalks celery, coarsely chopped (use some of the leafy tops, too)

1 large red bell pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped

4 cloves garlic (6 if they’re small), finely chopped

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 chipotle pepper in adobo, finely chopped (you can remove

some/all of the seeds if you prefer milder chili)

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 bottle beer (any lager)

1 16-ounce can black beans (don’t drain)

1 16-ounce can crushed tomatoes (don’t drain)

1 cup beef stock

2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves

Garnish (optional):

½ cup mild yellow cheese (Gouda is a good choice), grated

1 small white onion, finely chopped

Heat a large, deep skillet over high heat.

Add 2 tablespoons oil, the meat, and the grill seasoning.

Sear the meat for 2-3 minutes, then reduce heat to medium and push meat to one side.

On the “clean” side of the skillet, add another tablespoon of oil, then the mushrooms. When the mushrooms begin to brown and shrink (about 2-3 minutes), stir them once quickly then push them off to the side with the meat.

Add the remaining vegetables (onion, celery, red pepper, and garlic) to the clean side of the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes, then mix the meat, mushrooms, and vegetables together.

Add the Worcestershire, chipotle, and cumin. Stir quickly to mix, then add the beer.

Stir/scrape the bottom of the skillet well to deglaze. Simmer until the beer has reduced by half (about 2 minutes).

Taste, and if you want it spicier, you can add a little more (¼ teaspoon or so) adobo sauce from the can of peppers.

Add the beans, tomatoes, beef stock, and thyme and simmer for 10 minutes.

This dish only takes about 30 minutes to make (for me, stripping the thyme leaves from their stalks is the most time-consuming step). Try it—it’s good!

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