Bacon Bleu Cheese Tornado Burger: Happy Memorial Day!

Cooked1Bacon Bleu Cheese Tornado Burger: Gluttons Unite!

I loved this week’s episode of Guy’s Grocery Games Burger challenge. Aaron May is always one of my favorite chefs on the show. And sure enough, he won!

I am going to steal one of his burger techniques, by using my square egg ring to shape the burger. I agree with using butter-side down, on a burger as well.

I got so many fresh ideas for my Memorial Day burger from that episode. I was going to grill it outside yesterday, but the heavy rain, thunderstorms and tornado warning said otherwise.

Aaron1So, instead, I had to take cover in the basement for about an hour until the weather cleared up. I remembered to grab a battery-operated candle, but forgot to bring a can of beer! Do’h!

So me and my loyal cat stayed in the dusty, wet basement, dreaming of the burger I had planned to make.

Oh well, the storms made me miss the Dynasty finale and Agents of Shield too. Boo Bad weather!

Cooked2Hopefully Saturday will be a great Do-Over day to get back on track with my favorite TV shows.

And I can use my grill pan, instead of my new George Foreman grill. I was looking forward to soaking hickory chips for one hour, then adding them to a foil packet with holes, for the outside grill.

I think I can make this burger just as good inside!

This burger was referenced in The Vampire Dancer Saga, Part 2, Chapter 7: Dancing Back to our Past (the 1950s). Go to page 27 in the soft cover book. Or, do a search in the audio or Kindle version.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Aaron2Ground chuck beef, 1 pound
  2. Bleu cheese crumbles, ½ to ¼ cup, to your taste
  3. Bacon Pieces or Bits, ½ to ¼ cup, to your taste
  4. Diced onions (or slice a raw onion), ½ to ¼ cup, to your taste
  5. Worcestershire sauce, ½ teaspoon, to your taste
  6. Liquid Smoke, ½ teaspoon, to your taste
  7. Montreal Steak seasoning, ½ teaspoon, to your tasteCooked3
  8. Brioche Buns (or your favorite bun), 4
  9. Aioli, Mustard and Mayo (use one on the top and one on the bottom bun)
  10. Horseradish, dash (bring some heat!)
  11. Butter, 4 pats
  12. Swiss Cheese, I am using Aged, 2 per burger
  13. Tomato, I am going to use 1/3 of a Roma
  14. Barbecue sauce or Ketchup, what you like the best, or none
  15. Pickles, optional
  16. Lettuce, optional (I am having a salad, so I am skipping the lettuce on the burger tonight)
  17. Poppy seeds (why pay more for Chicago-style buns, when you can DIY it yourself?)
  18. Water

SUGGESTIONS:

  1. Get beef to room temperature, then together mix with Bleu cheese, bacon pieces, diced onions,Cooked4 Worcestershire sauce, Liquid Smoke and Montreal Steak seasoning. Plastic disposal gloves are your best friend for this. Form into 4 patties, with a butter pan indent on the bottom side
  2. Chef tip, you can use an Egg Ring to shape the burger round or square. I fried the bottom side with the egg ring in the pan, then removed the egg ring for the top side
  3. Heat the grill pan for 2-3 minutes on low (or get your grill nice and hot!)
  4. Burger, butter-side down on the grill pan, cook until 145°F for medium-rare or, if using commercial ground beef, cook it to at least medium, 160°F, this usually takes about 5 minutes per side in my grill pan. I crank the heat up a bit after I put the burgers in.
  5. Now it is time to grill the buns and let the cheese melt. I experimented using butter to glue the poppy seeds, but that was too oily. So now I prefer to use water. So you may want to water the top side and make sure the poppyCooked5 seeds stick, then grill the top and bottom bun for a few minutes. The cheese can be melting at the same time.
  6. Remove the buns and let the burgers rest for a few minutes.
  7. I like to put Mayo on the bottom-grilled bun and Mustard on the top bun.
  8. The tomato and pickle add moisture to the bun, so I put the pickle on the bottom, the burger, and then the tomato on the top.

The perfect side dish?

Stay tuned for my Bacon, Bacon Cowboy Beans!

  1. Bacon Hickory Thick-slided, 1 pound
  2. Polish Sausage, diced
  3. Diced onions, I use frozen to save time, about 1 ¼ cupsCooked6
  4. Garlic, I use the bag of raw with the peel off, to save time, about 2 to 3 heads
  5. Spinach, frozen, 12 oz. bag
  6. Butter Beans, 15.5 oz., 2 cans
  7. Bush’s Grillin’ Beans, Bourbon & Brown Sugar, 22 Oz, 1 can
  8. Stubb’s Hickory Bourbon Bar-B-Q Sauce, 6 oz
  9. Beef Consommé condensed, 10.5 oz.
  10. Cream of Bacon Soup condensed, 10.5 oz. 1 can
  11. Cream of Celery Soup condensed, 10.5 oz. 1 can
  12. Ice, 4-5 cubes (to prevent the slow cooker from burning the food)

Get the slow cooker ready to go

  1. Cut and fry the bacon thick pieces, remove
  2. Dice and fry the polish sausageBeans1
  3. Cook 1 cup of onions and 2 heads diced garlic
  4. I put ice in the bottom of the slow cooker, then the uncooked onion, garlic and frozen spinach
  5. Drain the Butter Beans and add to crock pot
  6. Polish sausage and cooked onions and garlic
  7. Cooked bacon next
  8. Grillin’ Beans (or your favorite Baked Beans) is next
  9. Stir in the Bacon and Celery soup
  10. Add some Barbecue sauce next
  11. The Beef Consommé is last
  12. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours

Have a safe and Happy Memorial Day!Beans3

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Chapter 3: Granny time travels to slavery

Granny breathed in the warm and humid Louisiana air. It smelled clean and full of life. The air anywhere in the rural United States in 1858 was clean, free of the toxic pollutants that would build up over the course of the next century and a half. She knew some of the major industrial cities, filled with coal-powered machinery, would be different.

But for now, she was just walking the Louisiana road, and her sense of purpose made her walk tall and look straight ahead. The road itself was dirt of course, a bit moist, but not muddy today. It wasn’t hurricane season just yet. Granny’s boot-clad feet made soft indents into the rich soil. Tall, thick, and willowy trees grew up from the rich soil on either side of the road, forming a curtain around the elderly black woman’s path. Birds chirped and cawed from all-around. Bullfrogs and crickets started up their chorus as late afternoon began to turn to early evening. It wasn’t much farther, Granny knew, she would be to her destination before dark.

Scorpion QueenThe trees thinned and then faded away as she reached the large clearing of property that formed the plantation where Granny’s slave family worked for the profit of their white owners. Granny could see the lights from the windows of the great and luxurious plantation house, with its white columns. Rice, cotton, and tobacco fields stretched far around the area. Granny looked around cautiously: she needed desperately to avoid detection by any overseers, guards, or even just wandering normal white folk. Southern American society at this time embraced racial slavery as the absolute law of the land, almost like a religion. Even if most white Southerners didn’t own slaves, they sure as hell didn’t want blacks living free, upsetting the “natural” order of things. But it seemed quiet on the plantation tonight. No sound but the crickets, and the bullfrogs back behind her.

Witch - ColorThe tall wet grass, and the slave cabins that Granny approached from the dirt plantation path, looked grayish-blue through the advancing twilight. Granny’s mobile phone had a flashlight app, but she wanted to avoid using such modern technology as much as possible, even if she thought no one would be around to see it. You could never be too careful with time travel. Well, Granny was messing with the time stream, she thought, but it was for a damn good reason! Slavery, and the Civil War fought over it, had had horrible consequences for all Americans. It had been particularly cruel to Granny’s family. And besides, she wouldn’t have to worry too much about messing up the past, because she would be good at blending in anyway. She’d studied from the encyclopedia on her phone how to dress like a slave from this era, and how to talk like one. Besides, she was from the Deep South herself, and African-American dialects from that region had in many ways not changed too much!

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LIES AND SCAPEGOATS: Mothers feeding their children, Part 2

LiesStill ranting about the lie, so some of this is repeat stuff about highways, food sources, kids not having food and actress boycotts. Sometimes a liar makes up bullshit that makes you say WTF?

Did you hear the one about: I don’t like highways? That one was so ridiculous because I have travelled more than anyone in the history of my family. By plane, trains, car or bus. I can get anywhere I want to be.

I can’t remember all of the locations from 1978 to 2001. But to name a few: Montreal Canada, New York, California (5 times, so lots of highways there), Georgia, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Washington, Texas, Illinois, Ohio, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Iowa, Arkansas, Kansas and many cities in Missouri such as Columbia, Sedalia and St Louis, maybe 30 times?

ALiarst my last show there, I found out my sister was ill. And it was torture to have to wait for the train to leave the next day. But the show must go on, until it needs a break.

It was time to enroll my grandson in school. I made sure he got to the bus stop every day. The same was true with my granddaughters, until I lost custody.

Then the roommate moved to the next state over. By then the kids had stopped going to school and later was booted from home school, since the roommate could not be bothered with checking their home work.

I got calls with lots of fighting, screaming and cursing at the children. She asked me to pick up the girls. So I made arrangements, but then she changed her mind.

Lies2It happened again. So I asked my brother and his wife to pick them up. She almost changed her mind, but let them go. By that time, they lost interest in learning. There was no paperwork to enroll them in a traditional school, so I paid for home schooling.

She moved to the South and since my state is to the right of her state, she literally had to drive past her daughters. If she had cared, she could have picked them up and took her kids with her. Then 6 or 8 months later, there was an argument between the roommate, me and the babies’ daddy.

So she lied and said they did have any food. Liars should come up with better lies, because my refrigerator and freezer were full of food. Also, since she was in the South, how would she know? Lies and scapegoats had a drastic impact on their future. But without legal custody, what can you do?

ScapegoatThe other family liar made the highway travel statement after they showed up unexpectedly on Thanksgiving. They thought we were being mean, but the reality was that the roommate did indeed only buy food for her kids and had no idea they were going to show up.

What motivates a person to lie and scapegoat? Guilt for abandoning their kids and being such a horrible parent that you try to blame someone else?

Or guilt because your mom loves to cook Thanksgiving meals, but you did not visit her because you thought her house was messy.

Anyone can have a messy house or infestation. Bad things happen to good people. Messes can be prevented. My brother told his nephews to stop smearing food on the game controllers. No one complained or said a word. If me or my sister made that request, we would not be taken seriously. In fact people get pissed off. Only men can make that request because the womenfolk are supposed to clean up after scapegoat2menfolk.

My grandfather was very neat, but because we were messy kids, he got a roach infestation. After he moved to a different house on 42nd street, I never saw any roaches.

My 2nd apartment had roaches and mice from the neighbors. Also fleas from the cat. I remember catching the bus with fleas on my clothes. I had to bomb to get rid of them and the bugs.

My first house had hella mice. I did not have a cat so I used rat poison. One day “Lance” took me to the scapegoat3grocery store and there was a big, dead mouse in the middle of the floor when I got home. I turned around and said I’m leaving. He was sweet enough to dispose of it for me. That made me sell the house to get away from the mice. That house also had ants, so I paid my brother to paint, to get rid of them. That house was clean when I moved there, but got infested so bad due a food source, that it forced me to move out.

My 2nd house did not have any pests, except for a lot of spiders.

My 3rd house had a fly infestation followed by a wasp infestation in my sunroom. This was the dance room, Antswhich made it impossible to teach there. Then after the granddaughters moved in, we saw a mouse. Mind you, after they moved out, I found a lot food in their room. They blamed a bed bug infestation on their friend. And finally, that house had at least 5 bats and an ant infestation. So actually, that house may have been messier than his mother’s house, but just in a different way. They may have thought it was cleaner because it did not have a lot of bugs and mice. When you add up files, wasps, bed bugs, ants, bats and a mouse, it made my house the nastiest one. But since they did not see it, they thought the house was clean.

BatsThe wasps followed me to my current house. They must have been in some boxes. For the first year, they were in the living room. Then they nested outside. Earlier this year, I had to pay $1,300 to get rid of raccoons in the attic. It sounded like they had a loud party with lots of heavy thumping. Since they don’t pay rent, they had to go.

There should be no shame in protecting your home against unwanted pests. But I know that people are sensitive about it. It is not a reflection of you, or confirms that you are good or bad. Shit happens. The raccoons chewed through the mesh wires on the roof. I’m not ashamed of that, nor should it make anyone think less of me. When the weather is cold, mice can come in. I should have got a cat at my 1st house, or a better trash can with a sturdy lid to slow down my infestation. I was too cheap to get a better trash can and ended up paying the ultimate price. Nature happens. There will Bats2always be a pest seeking food or shelter. A homeowner or renter should not be shunned if they are doing their best to get rid of them.

In a real world, family should stick together and support one another. My family was that way until my sister had a stroke. Then she was ghosted by the majority of the family. Even when we change on the outside, we remain that same person on the inside. Many stopped visiting her. They finally saw her again at the funeral. But where were you when she needed your love and support the most? Hell, she might have lived with more love and support. I never gave up hope that she could pull through. I keep “Gia’s” memory Bed bugsalive in the Vampire Dancer Saga.

Then my brother got cancer. So one person took that as a sign of weakness. He cussed out my brother and scapegoated him, when his kid burned a mattress. Was the cursing supposed to turn the attention away from the fire?

I had surgery 4 years ago and was disrespected. One person’s joke was in essence to die slowly. When you are facing death, despair and darkness, the last thing you need to be around is negativity, even if done out of ignorance. Get sick and expect to be disrespected and ghosted.

FleasThere is still some good and love in my family. But there are still some sheep following the ones who lie and scapegoat.

I have always been a social activist. Back in February 1995 I was offended by an episode of Chicago Hope. It was that National Geographic moment when you can publish black African women naked, like we were animals. So I mailed protest letter to the show producer David E. Kelley to complain about that episode. I was shocked when he wrote back with an apology. Back then, I knew a lot of apathetic blacks that did not recognize racism. Now they do, after Black Lives Matter in 2013. Anyhoo, being a social activist, I also complained about Monster’s Ball in 2001. When the Academy Awards gives a lead actress award to a white actress having sex with a black man, I might Fliesstop complaining a little bit. The ship has sailed because the first white actress to win was not having sex with a black man. But like slavery, a black woman has to sexually service a white man. A person was mad about the Halle Berry boycott, but if we talked about why? They would have known this was not a personal grudge, but rather speaking up about how Hollywood portrays a negative image of black women. I stand behind and respect the 3 actresses that demanded they change those scenes.

The bottom line is that the truth needs to be known about why I boycott certain actresses, why I don’t like providing a food source for pests, why we did not buy extra food for unexpected guests, why I don’t care about highways and why your kids had a freezer and food that they picked out. If you cared that much about Waspstheir food, would have sent the food stamp card 8 times, instead of just once.

And when I complain about the “roommate” everyone agrees. But the other liars get away with this because they are perfect strangers.

Did they get away with the lies and scapegoats? Well, if the goal was to separate our family, I guess they did. The people spreading the lies need to just stop it. Or come up with better lies. Or do more research before saying the lie. Maybe they did not know how much I had traveled? All this does is keep us as a family of strangers.

For the record, I still love to travel. I can apply for a job rotation that lasts 6 months in California, with my current job. I will miss my house and cat, but there is still time to apply for it.

There are some people in my family that I don’t get along with. And with my former best friend, it was because she did not accept me after my car accident.

So be it! I can accept that. But if you don’t like me because you believe some bullshit lie, on behalf of myself, Vance and Gina – Fuck you!

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Mothers like to cook for their children

Dinner1Truth or fiction? Lies can spread and fester for years and years.

The story begins at age 5, when we moved in with our granddad. He complained about how messy we were. I remember him saying: Just look at the dirt! His Mississippi accent made it sound like do-it.

We were very messy. There was food everywhere. When parents have to work, sometimes the oldest kids look after the youngest kids. We did not know any better.

Dinner2We all slept in a mattress, and yes, there was food in the mattress. Granddad sprayed bug spray on it, and it looked like thousands of roaches came out of it.

That planted a seed that I did not like bugs. And the thought that I was sleeping with them made me sick to my stomach. Kids may have thought he was nagging, but what he said was true. He did not have roaches before we moved in and provided a food source for the roaches.

By that time, my mom was a great cook, so it was a tradition to eat Thanksgiving dinner at her house every year.

Dinner3As we grew up and started having kids and grandkids, my siblings began hosting Thanksgiving with their kids and grandkids.

I remembered Granddad’s word as I began renting and buying houses. I got to use the “Get out of jail free” card when I rented an apartment. I could truly blame the roaches on my neighbors. After they moved in, the smell outside their door was like doo-doo diapers and dead rats. I dreaded whenever that door opened. Soon enough, I had their roaches and mice. I did a bomb spray to get rid of the roaches and got a cat to take care of the mice.

Dinner4Then I got roaches and mice again after purchasing my first house. A roommate had a habit of taking food to their room and letting the bowls of cereal dry out for a few days. One day we were in the room and noticed a mouse. Soon enough, there were more mice and roaches. Said roommate, moved out, once my house was considered nasty. Even though, they were the one who started the process of feeding the mice and roaches.

Another family member had a same situation where the kids were providing food to feed an infestation.

They liked to cook for their kids too, but like my roommate, did not want to visit, after the house got infested.

Dinner5I learned that lesson the hard way. Moving forward in my next 3 houses, I had a strict policy against people providing a food source for an infestation.

At the second house that I purchased, I had money one year to host Thanksgiving. That was an honor, because usually my mom or everyone’s mom hosted their children. Unexpected people showed up, but I had money that year to buy Church’s Chicken to make sure everyone had enough food.

Then times got hard. So after moving to my 3rd house, I ran out of money and was broke. Of course I was ashamed. And I was not going to call everyone and say that I am broke. However, I did not invite them at all. I was going to skip Thanksgiving that year. But at the last minute, said “roommate” chipped in and used Food Stamps to buy a small dinner for us and her kids.

Then unexpected people showed up. And she was mad because she was cooking food for her children, not grownups that did not chip in or bring anything to the dinner. Awkward!

And let it be mentioned, why were those grownups at my house, instead of their Mom’s house? She loved to cook for them, but they thought her house was too messy.

They still could have taken their Mom to a different location to cook Thanksgiving for them. She used to beg them to come for dinner. So I know her feelings were hurt.

Said grownups got mad at me about that. I think they thought they were turned away for a different reason and the lack of communication festered the bad feelings for a decade.

The bottom line is that we only get a certain amount of time to enjoy our Mom’s home cooking.

I wish I could eat any dinner with my Mom, especially Thanksgiving when she made Turkey, cornbread, Chitlins, greens. I will never have that dinner again.

But it is not too late for those grownups to have a family dinner with their mom.

Happy Easter dinner!

Happy Mother’s day

Happy Thanksgiving dinner!

 

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Secrets of the Vampire Dancer: The neighbors from Hell!

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I am working on Part 5 of this series and wanted to look back on how this all began.

This is a story about my family, so some events in the story are true and some are not.

The critical year is 1973 when both parents, siblings, aunts and uncles were still alive.

My maternal grandmother passed before I was born, so created an imaginary version of her as Granny Ro’Zha

Her character is based in part on my real life Aunt Ethel. She used to baby sit us and we thought that she practiced voodoo.Dog attacks car

My brothers are based on characters from Angel: Wolf Ram and Hart.

The story about Dolf (wolf) sort of happened in real life. I had bad neighbors that let a large German shepherd run loose. Things got worse and worse, as their dog terrorized my family.

It began when my daughter and her friend were trying to leave my house to drive their kids. It was very icy that day, so my daughter started the car to warm it up. They were ready to leave; however, the dog came onto my porch and started barking. So they were afraid to leave. We ended up calling the police and they contacted the neighbors from hell.

The next incident was when I was trying to get to the bus to commute to work. The dog ran up behind me and started snarling. I always kept the Animal Control on speed dial. I was so mad because I did not want to miss my bus, so I started yelling and cursing loudly at the dog and their house. She finally came out and got him. That was a close call. Whew!

German ShepherdThe final showdown happened when we were returning home in my daughter’s car with her young children and baby. The dog ran to the car and started barking at us. We were too scared to get out, so I called my brother AKA Dolf. Thank goodness he lived right around the corner.

The dog tried to attack him, so he shot at him. The dog whimpered away and we were never terrorized again. That could have turned out horribly, when you think about how many people are attacked and killed by dogs each year.

Each year, more than 350,000 dog bite victims are seen in emergency rooms, and approximately 750,000 victims receive medical attention

2018 U.S. dog bite-related fatalities are currently being reviewed. In 2017, 39 dog attacks resulted in human death: 15 child victims and 24 adult victims.

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Life is like a Monopoly game!

MonopolyI can fill an entire Monopoly board with the places I have lived.

In my personal board game version, I will only include places that I have rented or owned, and exclude family homes where I lived with my parents or aunt. So some spots on the board will be reserved for family homes.

CHEAP: RENTALS, You get what you pay for!

You know, the Dark Purple and Light Blue:

· Mediterranean: 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath apartment, on a busy street

· Baltic: 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath apartment, in the Village

· Oriental: 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath, apartment, in the Village, moving on up a bit

· Vermont: 2 Bedroom, 1 or 2 Bath duplex on Brush Creek, had cool sliding doors, a front and back deck

· Connecticut: 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Townhouse in the Village (I finally had a 3rd bedroom to practice and teach dance. The backyard had a concrete deck for the patio and my first place with a basement. Woot!

A STEP UP: It costs to the be the bossKentucky

Now we are at the Fuchsia and Orange neighborhoods

· St. Charles: College Dorm, shared, co-ed, had food buffets, pizza delivery and concerts

· States: 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath house that used to be owned by my Grandad. My ex-hubby wanted it for the garage. Eventually, the neighborhood was flooded with drugs and that house was between two crack houses 😦

· Virginia TBA*Pacific

· St. James TBA*

· Tennessee TBA*

· New York TBA*

FANCY: HOME OWNERSHIP on the Red and Yellow side!

· Kentucky: 3 Bedroom , 1 Bath, Killer deck, Jacuzzi tub installed, Gas fireplace, Office

· Indiana TBA*North Carolina

· Illinois TBA*

· Atlantic TBA*

· Ventnor TBA*

· Marvins Gardens TBA*

RITZY: HOME OWNERSHIP on the Green and Dark Blue!

· Pacific: 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath, Jacuzzi tub, Screened Front Porch, Basement dance room

· N. Carolina: 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath, Sunroom, Butler’s Pantry, Porte de Cochere, 2nd Floor deck

· Pennsylvania TBA*

· Park Place: 4 Bedroom, 2 Full/3 Half Bath, Hot Tub, Fence back yard, Suburbs, Pantry Room!

· Boardwalk: Pending repairs for ceiling/basement and upgrades to kitchen will turn Park Place into Boardwalk!Park Place

​*TBA Places lived before 18 or when living with Mom, Dad or my Aunt.

When I rented my first 1 bedroom, 1 bath (Baltic), I never knew that one day, I would own a 4 bedroom house (Park Place) that had the potential to be Boardwalk one day. If I win the lottery, I am going to finish my basement and add tile to the kitchen. I would love to have a range hood and upgrade my gas stove that I have had for over 10 years.

THE VAMPIRE DANCER SAGA 5 IS COMING!

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When did the Devil walk on earth?

DevilThe 10 Commandments:

(Exodus 20:2-17 ESV) THE HOLY BIBLE[i][ii]

  1. “You shall have no other gods before me.
  2. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
  3. Satan“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
  4. “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
  5. “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
  6. Lucifer2You shall not murder.
  7. “You shall not commit adultery.
  8. “You shall not steal.
  9. “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  10. “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”

During his visits to earth, these things happened:

  • LuciferTrayvon Martin, killed by George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012
  • Sandra Bland, found hanged in a jail cell in Waller County, Texas, on July 13, 2015
  • Emmett Till, lynched in Mississippi in 1955
  • Anne Frank, world famous Jewish diarist who died in the Holocaust
  • Sharon Tate. On August 9, 1969, Tate and four others were murdered by members of the Manson Family in the home she shared with Polanski. At the time of her death, she was eight-and-a-half months pregnant with the couple’s son.

I heard that the Devil may have vacationed in Florida in 2012.

TrayvonDo people who go to church listen and follow the good book? Or does it go into one ear and out the other?

For example, look at where George Zimmerman went to school:

His Alma mater was the: All Saints Catholic School

The Catholic Church Value of Human Life:

The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. This belief is the foundation of all the principles of our social teaching. The intentional targeting of civilGeorge Zimmermanians in war or terrorist attacks is always wrong. Catholic teaching also calls on us to work to avoid war. We believe that every person is precious, that people are more important than things, and that the measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person.

Well, I guess that George Zimmerman did not pay attention to the teaching of the Catholic Church.

Sandra BlandA hypocrite goes to church and then does the exact opposite of what the church teaches.

Why do sinners go to church?

Perhaps out of habit, to dress up and look good or to find a mate?

Sinners allow the devil to visit the earth and do his works.Sharon Tate


[i] Source: Wikipedia https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Commandments

 

 

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Insecurity + Envy = Evil

Naomi CampbellHey cousin! Have not seen you in a few years, and I heard you were in a car accident. You seemed to have picked up more than a few pounds!

“TheMostBeautifulGirlintheWorld” continues. I just returned from my church #The666Beast. They sent me here to spy on you. Today’s sermon was about acceptance and unconditional love.

Do you practice what they preach in your church, or does it go in one ear and out the other, asked Cousin?

Beautiful Girl replies, I heard a rumor that you are still unattractive. And everyone hates fat, ugly people. Even though you have not changed on the inside, the minute you gained weight, I hated you.Alien Beauty

You better get pretty soon, or we will report you to the Ugly Police and ship your ass to Ugly Town!

I am not nearly as attractive as classic beauties like Lena Horne, Naomi Campbell or Diana Ross, nor have I won any national pageants like you did.

Because you won a pageant 30 years ago, you have to stay fit and attractive for the rest of your life!

Remember when your brother Lance got cancer? If he had the surgery early on, that would have left an ugly scar. So I snitched on him to the Ugly Police and they told him to let the cancer spread, so he could die with no body scars,Diana Ross instead of stopping the cancer from spreading. God forbid his body does not look like Isaiah — it’s better to die.

My BeastPastor said he does care if you age 20 years or live to be 80, you have to look the same way forever. If not, we will turn against you.

Lena HorneOur church motto is:

  • Stay pretty
  • Stay slim
  • Die slowly if anything threatens your looks

I can’t stand to look at you, you have aged 20 years!

I’m calling the Ugly Police right now!

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The Best Mother’s Day Gift? Echo!

Pizza Echo 015Happy Mother’s day on Sunday, May 13th.   Not sure what to give Mom?

How about an Amazon Echo device?

I was on the fence about getting an Amazon Echo, since it was released back in 2014.  Saw the hubs being used on some of my favorite shows like Modern Family and The Exes.

Was it really worth all of the hype?

Then Apple released the HomePod, which was appealing, since I have an iPhone 7.  I use IOS 10 on my iPhone (to keep all of the games I purchased that don’t work on IOS 11).  So that ruled out the HomePod.

Pizza Echo 016Amazon had a refurbished Echo Plus with the built-in hub for only $99.00.  So I thought what the heck, give it a chance.

Glad I did.  I LOVED it!

So much, that I decided to get the Echo Show for my bedroom and the Echo Dot for my home office.

I love the integration with the Alexa app, that I can use on my iPhone, iPad, Echo Fire 7 and Fire 6 tablets.

The set up was a breeze.  But I quickly learned the hard way to set it up via the iPhone to save time. That way, I don’t have to manually type in the Wi-Fi details during the setup.

Pizza Echo 014Using the Echo devices for phone calls is amazing!  It synced with all of my existing iPhone contacts and has a video option similar to FaceTime.

So now I plan to wall mount my older Fire Tablet and put it upstairs to use for calls, since I don’t have a phone upstairs.

Still trying to decide where to put my newer Fire Tablet, since the Echo Show replaced it as the alarm clock.  The possibilities are endless with Echo!

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WW3: The Race War against Melanin and DNA

BrothersThe cave tribes came from different lands and settled into different parts of a whole new world.

The various cave tribes were sitting down for dinner and entertainment.

Mr. Soul Man and his wife Sister were listening to Hip Hop and eating a soul food dinner with fried chicken, grits, greens and corn cakes.

Mr. Wong and his partner, Ms. Chin were watching a martial arts movie and eating Shrimp Fried Rice and Beef Lo Mein.

CoupleMr. Gomez and his girlfriend Ms. Latino planned to dance the Salsa and Mambo, after their dinner of Tacos and Tamales.

Mr. Pale and his wife Ms. Light loved Beef Stroganoff for dinner. They planned to watch Scottish dance afterwards.

Mr. Muhammad and Ms. Ali practiced Belly Dancing after their dinner of Gyros, Hummus and Pita.

Mr. Tweety opened a new communications business Pigeon FamilyMessenger service and needed new customers ASAP. So he sent a complimentary pigeon to each family to try free for one week.

The various families sent messages about their ethnic food, dance and music to the others.

This excited all of the tribe families. Mr. Wong wanted to find out what a Taco tastes like. And Ms. Light had a fantasy about hearing Hip Hop music.

PigeonSo everyone planned to get together and have a Cultural Festival to share their food, dance and music with the other tribe members.

The day of the Festival was here. Everyone loved the sample food from the other countries. Ms. Sister was really impressed with the Shrimp Fried Rice.

Mr. Gomez was excited about the music from the other tribe families.

And Mr. Soul Man loved the Gyros!

From ApeThey vowed to have the Cultural Festival again every year and to stay in touch.

New leadership came to their village and he did not like Mr. Gomez and Ms. Latino. I want to build a wall to keep them out of our village.

In LoveThen Mr. Chin overheard a suggestion by Mr. Pale that he wanted to lock up his family in a concentration camp.

Ms. Light was walking home from work and saw Mr. Soul Man. So she clutched her purse and quickly went to the other side of the street.

She called law enforcement and they shot Mr. Soul Man because Mr Palehe was walking down the street, minding his own business.

There was so much hate and racism in the village now. There was distrust from the Pale family, if you had dark skin due to melatonin.

There was mistrust when Ms. Ali wore her hijab.

What was once a peaceful village was now a war zone.

Mr. Tweety sent out an urgent pigeon tweet. Green Aliens had landed in the village and intended to take over the village.

The cave tribes were so busy killing each other that they did not pay attention to the tweet.

SingleAfter all the killing was done, only 2 people remained in the village, Mr. Pale and Ms. Light.

The aliens landed in front of their house.

Just then, another tribe from the neighboring village showed up to help the tribes. This was the tribe of Mr. Redskin and Ms. Pocahontas. Mr. Pale did not like their red skin, so he told them to get off his property.

So they left without fighting against the aliens.

The aliens quickly took over the village and started making plans to invade the entire country.

Soul ManOne alien remarked that if all of the villagers had worked together, they could have easily defended their village.

But there was so much hate based on melatonin and DNA that they basically destroyed their own village.

Mr. Redskin shook his head and wondered: Why can’t we all just get along?

 

 

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