I hope you had a great Christmas. Mine, well, it could have been worse. Last Wednesday I read about the high number of norovirus outbreaks in Minnesota this season and then, after Cristmas Eve dinner and exchanging gifts, I got to personally experience it. I'll spare you the details, but the good news is that it went almost as quickly as it arrived. Christmas Day found me weak but recovering fast. The really good news is that I somehow didn't infect the rest of the family gathered at Mom's house.
Winter has returned to the Twin Cities. We received about 4" of snow a couple of days ago and, as often happens, a blast of Arctic air has followed behind. It was -6 when I shuffled off to work this morning. It looks like we'll have a brief "warmup" for New Year's and then the subzero lows return this weekend. Oh well, we got spoiled by mild weather for most of December. It shouldn't be a surprise to see things get closer to normal.
I'm not positive, but I think this may be a sign that the Apocalypse is nigh as they say:
You might not expect "health" to be a top priority at the chain that invented "chicken rings" and urges its customers to buy burgers "by the sack," but White Castle sends word that tomorrow, December 30, it will unveil its very own veggie burgers at all of its restaurants.
Wow, veggie sliders. My long deceased grandfather became a big fan of White Castle when it first arrived in Minneapolis in 1926. He introduced them to my siblings and I when we were kids, though if remember correctly we all preferred McDonald's back in those days. When I first read this news I thought "Grampa is probably spinning in his grave," but after a little reflection, maybe not. He always liked to try new things, and my guess is if he was alive today he'd be planning to stop by and check it out today. I don't think I'm going to make any special trip, but I may try a couple of veggie sliders the next time I stop by.
The Gophers take on #16 Missouri on Thursday in the Citrus Bowl. They are five point underdogs as of today. I'm not sure how Minnesota rated a New Year's Day game, but I'll take it. The 23 seniors on the team were freshmen when Jerry Kill arrived to take over as head coach. They won only 3 games that year, but now have won 8 two seasons in a row and this year came close to winning a couple more against some strong teams. The team is losing some key players on the line, but I'm confident that Kill and his staff have that covered and will continue grow the program. Should be a good game.
Got my first food processor as a Christmas gift and tried it out the other day making a salad. It was pretty slick, but there are a few things I need to get the hang of with a little practice. My guess is that it will replace about 90% of what I used to slice by hand or with a mandolin slicer. Fingers included. :)
Word this morning is they have found debris of the missing AirAsia jet in an area where the water is relatively shallow. That makes the retrieval of the flight recorders very likely and we will probably know what caused the tragedy fairly soon. That's no comfort for the survivors, but at least they are not going through the agonizing mystery that continues with Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
Most gasoline is selling for about $2.09/gallon here in the Twin Cities, though a couple of locations have dropped to $1.99. This is great news for the economy overall and now that we finally saw private sector employment surpass 2008 levels this year I am optimistic for 2015. Had Obama paid attention to how high fuel prices were damaging the economy for years I think we could have had a normal recovery. He didn't give a damn though, in fact he thought high gas prices were a good thing. Fool.
The disaster that is the Smart Power!TM gift that keeps on giving, Libya, is a top reason that Hillary Clinton should never get anywhere close to the White House:
For three years, Libya has been without a functioning government, police force, or army. The country has been ripped apart by warring fiefdoms of ex-rebels who helped oust Qaddafi but have since directed politics with AK-47s and anti-aircraft guns. This summer, as the battle lines began to harden, two rival factions emerged to vie for control of Libya: On one side is the newly elected parliament that has been banished to the eastern city of Tobruk — supported by the fractured remains of Qaddafi soldiers who defected during the uprising, as well as regional powers like Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. On the other side is Libya Dawn, a self-described revolutionary coalition of militiamen and Islamist-leaning politicians that originated in the western city of Misrata, allegedly backed by Turkey and Qatar.
2015 will almost certainly bring a full blown and bloody civil war to Libya.
If a Republican president and secretary of state had been party to so much misery and death we would be constantly hammered with gut-wrenching videos every night on the evening news and deluged with articles about America's blunder. But we're not. You want our government and nation to be accountable? Vote for a Republican for president. That's the only way our otherwise incompetent and morally bankrupt news media will do their job.