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Operation Chili Tonight

got all the basic ingredients ready, mixed up, and slow cook’n…

had to run back out to the store to pickup some shredded cheese, sour cream, and of course… cornbread :)

also cut up and deseeded some jalapeños for a little extra kick, so will see how it turns out later tonight.

#thumbsup  #hungry

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Happy National Chili Day

that’s right folks, in case you didn’t know today is national chili day! there’s a “day” for everything, i know, but this is one of a handfoo that i don’t really mind since i figure it’s just a good excuse to make up a batch of chili, mang ;)

stopped at the grocery store yesterday and picked up a few things…

usually like to slow cook it all day long, but might have to cook it on ‘high’ for 4 hours and see how that comes out… also saw a recipe for white chili with chicken, which sounds pretty damn awesome and might have to give that one a try one day.

#yummy  #delicious

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Movies

John Wick Kill Count

got home last night and flipping through the channels, saw ‘John Wick’ playing, so naturally i sat down and watched it… good stuff, and right before the latest episode of ‘The Expanse’ on Syfy which was fucking awesome… anywho, had me once again starting to count all the guys he kills in that movie, which then had me wondering what the kill count was like in the latest one that i saw in the theater recently…

holy shit.

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Humpday

Happy Hump Day

oh man, what a long day huh? at the same time, almost can’t believe it’s already wednesday… damn time really flies by, unreal… anywho, think it’s time for a quick booty break around here.

happy hump day!

PS. time for a late afternoon beer, i think ;)

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News Political WTF?

MSNBC: Our Job Is To Control What People Think

Brzezinski: ‘Our Job’ Is to Control ‘Exactly What People Think’

Controlling “exactly what people think” is the job of the media, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski boldly declared Wednesday morning.

While discussing President Trump’s entreaties to the American people to remain skeptical of the press, Bzezinski worried that if the economy turns south, Americans may end up trusting him over the media.

“And it could be that while unemployment and the economy worsens, he could have undermined the messaging so much that he can actually control exactly what people think,” Brzezinski said. “And that, that is our job.”

SCARBOROUGH: “Exactly. That is exactly what I hear. What Yamiche said is what I hear from all the Trump supporters that I talk to who were Trump voters and are still Trump supporters. They go, ‘Yeah you guys are going crazy. He’s doing — what are you so surprised about? He is doing exactly what he said he is going to do.'”

BRZEZINSKI: “Well, I think that the dangerous, you know, edges here are that he is trying to undermine the media and trying to make up his own facts. And it could be that while unemployment and the economy worsens, he could have undermined the messaging so much that he can actually control exactly what people think. And that, that is our job.”

The comment failed to raise any eyebrows from her co-panelists. Instead, her co-host, Joe Scarborough, said that Trump’s media antagonism puts him on par with Mussolini and Lenin.

SCARBOROUGH: “It’s the — it’s the ground noise that he is throwing out there also, whether he is questioning, Mark, the legitimacy of federal judges to do what they have done since Marbury v. Madison. It’s when he says the media is the, quote –“

BRZEZINSKI: “Enemy.”

SCARBOROUGH: “– ‘enemy of the people’, where he sounds like Mussolini or Lenin which obviously causes concern that phrase right there makes him sound more like a dictator in training, when he sends Stephen Miller out and says, basically the president has absolute power, he shall not be questioned.”

Scarborough also accused Trump’s base of having a “blind spot” on the issue of illegal immigration.

speaking of information warfare and fake news… at least for a brief moment, she was completely honest.

g’damn.

#chuckle

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Russian Military Continues Massive Upgrade

Russia military acknowledges new branch: info warfare troops

MOSCOW (AP) — Along with a steady flow of new missiles, planes and tanks, Russia’s defense minister said Wednesday his nation also has built up its muscle by forming a new branch of the military — information warfare troops.

Sergei Shoigu’s statement — which came amid Western allegations of Russian hacking — marked the first official acknowledgement of the existence of such forces.

Speaking to parliament, Shoigu said that the military received a sweeping array of new weapons last year, including 41 intercontinental ballistic missiles. He added that the wide-ranging military modernization will continue this year, with the air force set to receive 170 new aircraft. The army will receive 905 tanks and other armored vehicles, and the navy will receive 17 new ships. Also this year, three regiments of Russia’s strategic nuclear forces will receive new intercontinental ballistic missiles, Shoigu said. Each regiment has up to 10 launchers. […]

U.S. intelligence agencies have accused Russia of hacking Democratic emails to meddle in the U.S. election, a claim Moscow has denied. Some EU officials also voiced concern that the Kremlin could seek to influence this year’s elections in the Netherlands, France and Germany.

Retired Col. Gen. Leonid Ivashov, the former head of the Defense Ministry’s international cooperation department, said that Russia should rely on information warfare troops to fight back against what he described as Western propaganda.

“We must stop offering excuses and force the West into the defensive by conducting operations to expose its lies,” Ivashov said in remarks carried by RIA Novosti news agency.

sure does feel like russia is leaning ever closer and closer to the old “USSR”, doesn’t it? i’m sure not very many in the intelligence field are in the least bit surprised by this… more like russia just made it official, if nothing else.

kind of makes me wonder if russia/china has had an active hand in all this “fake news” talk — and if so, how much so? hmmmmm.

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Winter Freak 2017

WINTER FREAK: 2,805 record high temps in month…

The weather this February keeps getting weirder. At a time when Arctic blasts usually sweep across the nation and Northern states are covered in snow and ice, historically warm air has flooded the eastern two-thirds of the nation.

All-time February record high temperatures are falling and the air feels more like early May.

Wednesday’s average high temperature over the Lower 48 was forecast to soar to a balmy 59 degrees – “the near warmest February day during the last three decades”, said Ryan Maue, a meteorologist for WeatherBell Analytics.

A stunning 2,805 record high temperatures have occurred across the nation this month compared with just 27 record lows.

The warmest air with respect to normal has focused on the Midwest and, in some areas, it’s unlike anything they’ve ever witnessed.

feel like i keep finding myself saying this, especially over the past week or two… but damn, i’ve never seen it this warm in february around here! at least as long as i’ve lived here in virginia, which is probably going on 20 years now… we’ve had some weird and freaky warm weather in december a couple times, but it’s usually cold as shit come february… but it’s been up in the 70s quite a few times just in the past week or so.

i love it… but yeah, pretty damn weird all the same.

#hmmmmmmmm

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Titty Tuesday

Titty Tuesday

nothing wrong with a little summer tease, right? ;)

speaking of teases, it was sunny and in the low 70’s yesterday… and holy shit, it was gorgeous outside!

#thumbsup

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xDrive vs. Quattro

BMW xDrive vs Audi Quattro — Which is better?

All-wheel drive in performance and luxury sedans has been around for some time but it was really made famous by the Audi UR Quattro of the 1980’s. The original Audi Quattro dominated the World Rally Championship during its time and put the four-ringed brand on the performance map. However, since then, BMW has been hard at work with its own all-wheel drive system, now known as xDrive, ever since the original E30 BMW 325ix. Both systems are incredibly popular nowadays and purchased on almost all vehicles from each brand in the US. But which system is better?

just found the distinction / differences between the two AWD systems kinda fascinating… didn’t realize that Audi’s quattro was more mechanical, while the BMW’s was more sensor/software driven… if you’d asked me the other day, i probably would’ve said the opposite.

PS. gotta luv AWD in general.

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Bill Gates & Bioterrorism

BILL GATES: A new kind of terrorism could wipe out 30 million people in less than a year — and we are not prepared

When I decided 20 years ago to make global health the focus of my philanthropic work, I didn’t imagine that I’d be speaking at a conference on international security policy. But I’m speaking here at the Munich Security Conference because I believe our worlds are more tightly linked than most people realize.

War zones and other fragile state settings are the most difficult places to eliminate epidemics. They’re also some of the most likely places for them to begin—as we’ve seen with Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia, and with cholera in the Congo Basin and the Horn of Africa.

It’s also true that the next epidemic could originate on the computer screen of a terrorist intent on using genetic engineering to create a synthetic version of the smallpox virus . . . or a super contagious and deadly strain of the flu.

The point is, we ignore the link between health security and international security at our peril. Whether it occurs by a quirk of nature or at the hand of a terrorist, epidemiologists say a fast-moving airborne pathogen could kill more than 30 million people in less than a year. And they say there is a reasonable probability the world will experience such an outbreak in the next 10-15 years.

well damn man… not often you flip through your twitter feed and see “bill gates” and “terrorism” in the headline — naturally i clicked on it out of curiosity… and of course he has a point, though i feel like there’s been plenty of movies out of hollywood over he past few decades dealing with a crazy nasty virus that nearly wipes us out… and to be honest, usually not a huge fan of those movies, unless it has zombies in it, since that shit kinda freaks me out… more so than being annihilated with nukes, that’s for damn sure.

#shudder

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Babe vs. Babe

Babe vs. Babe

well, since i wasn’t around at all on friday, and am finally home for more than a few… figured i’d go ahead and post a quickie… better late than never, and hell, maybe it’ll help get the week started off on the right foot.

Top or Bottom?

** don’t be a dbag, make a choice.

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Personal

Update: My Dad

haven’t been around the house much the last few days or so… hell, this is the first time i’ve turned on my computer here in the past 5 days i think… but just wanted to drop a quick note to say that my dad’s gone through 2 neck/back surgeries in the past 3-4 days and that they went well — at least, that’s what the doctors told us.

he’s in ICU recovering at the hospital and will be staying there for the next few days, while they keep a close eye on him… from there, it’ll probably be rehab and then physical therapy for the next few months… tried to tell him going into this that it’ll be rough, and that he needs to steel himself because it really is going to be one helluva battle recovering from this.

having the surgeon describe everything that they were doing was kinda incredible… made me think of Peyton Manning getting those surgeries done on his neck… fusing & cementing spinal vertebrae’s, then going back in and putting in metal rods to help strengthen his mid-back spinal column.

i was joking around and started calling my dad ‘The Wolverine’, though hard to say if he really appreciated that or not… then again, he’s in so much pain right now it’s really hard to watch and see him like this… speaking of which, my little sister whipped out her phone like she was gonna take a photo of him and my first reaction was wanting to smack her phone outta her hand.

just didn’t seem right, y’know?

sigh.

anywho, just wanted to drop a note and update… and thanks again for all the well wishes and prayers! told my dad, and he even smiled a little… which is a great sign in and of itself.

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Personal WTF?

A Sad & Depressing Valentine’s Evening

i spent lastnight at the hospital with my dad… he went to a doctor’s appointment yesterday afternoon, and from there was rushed over to mary washington hospital… as soon as my sister told me about it, i jumped in the car and drove down.

my dad’s been going to his doctor(s) a lot lately, trying to find out what was going on with his neck… it’s been bowing down further and further the last couple months to the point where his chin is now almost on his chest… so they’re going to do some neck surgery to try and fix that, which is why he was later transferred up to george washington hospital late last night.

while i was there, he also had a lawyer come by, because he wanted to update his Will… intellectually i understood why he might want to go ahead and do that, but lemme tell ya… really kinda hit me in the gut.

on top of all this, they then tell me that my dad has bone cancer.

OMFG.

both my sisters were there at the hospital by this point, and they both started crying… his wife broke down pretty hard… and i was trying like hell to keep my shit together and be strong for everybody else — wasn’t easy.

not sure if he’s getting the neck surgery done today or what, i’m still waiting to hear what exactly is going on… but i’ll be going up to visit and spend time with my dad either way, since the last thing i want is for him to be sitting up there in a room all by himself right before something like this… took the next few days off, and by boss was totally understanding, which i appreciated.

sorry man, i usually don’t drop personal stuff like this… but damn, after losing my mom a few years back… and now this?!?

so yeah, rough night… and to be honest, it’ll probably get a lot rougher over the next couple weeks… so say a prayer, mang.

#shock  #surreal  #sad  #depressed

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Humpday

Happy Hump Day

we’ve made it to the mid-week hump, so let’s take a few moments and enjoy the view… afterall, it is rather important to take some time for ourselves — or so i’ve been told ;)

happy hump day!

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Happy Valentine’s Day

you know, i’ll be damned surprised if there’s anybody still around the office after around 3 o’clock or so… which reminds me, i better start heading out since i’m sure traffic will probably be pretty bad on teh way home today.

happy valentine’s day!

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Titty Tuesday

Titty Tuesday

let’s be honest, the world would be a sadder place without ’em ;)

now if the weather would just hurry up and warm up a bit, we might go back to being continuously teased by them…

…right?

#ahem  #youknowit

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Today’s Lunch

one of the reasons i usually don’t mind driving up to work is the catered lunches…

…like boobies, it never really gets old :)

#thumbsup

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Mr. Right Swipe

Man Created A Dating App Where He Is The Only Man Available

It is almost that time of the year again—Valentine’s Day, dreaded by single people everywhere.

For those who have partners, this means a lot of planning—what to get for your significant other, which restaurant to dine in, or perhaps a proposal to seal the deal.

For the singles, there are popular dating apps like Tinder. However, one man has taken drastic action to find his love by creating a new app called Shinder.

Shinder is a ‘Tinder-style’ dating app, where he is the only male option available. Shed Simove developed this app to increase his chances of scoring a date. So far, he already has more than 100 matches.

never would’ve thought of it, but damn… that’s pretty funny.

seriously, gotta give the guy some props!

#chuckle

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TV

‘Firefly’ Reboot?!

Fox is thinking real hard about a “Firefly” reboot, and this is the only thing that matters right now

With Fox rebooting some old favorites like Prison Break, 24, and The X-Files in the past few years could we see a Firefly reboot? Apparently, it’s not completely off the table. The cult show created by Joss Whedon ran for one season (and a movie) in 2002 but has an intense fanbase.

At the TCA Winter panels back in January, Fox Broadcasting President of Entertainment David Madden discussed the recent reboots of several FOX shows and threw out the idea that a reboot of Firefly was under consideration. But the show would only return if Joss Whedon was involved. Which honestly, we’re very happy to hear.

Fans have been trying to get Firefly back on the air ever since it went off the air. That passionate fanbase is what allowed for the 2005 film follow-up film Serenity. But even that wasn’t enough for fans. It’s been more than a decade but they’re still interested.

oh hell yeahhhhh! of course i’d love to see a proper Firefly reboot… who wouldn’t?! though i totally agree that it’ll only be worth a damn if they can somehow convince Joss Whedon to come back — otherwise, don’t even bother.

all that being said, you can’t help but wonder or say to yourself, “those dipshits should’ve never cancelled the show in the first place.”

uh huh.

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Movies

John Wick 2

went to go see “John Wick 2” over the weekend, and was kinda shocked at how effin packed the theater was… i figured everybody was there to see the new batman lego movie (super tempting), but i guess john wick was more popular than i thought.

if you liked the first one — and i know i sure as hell did, cuz it was fucking awesome — then you’ll most definitely like the second one as well… sequels usually don’t live up to the hype, but this one was just as good as the first, and some say even better.

i’ll be picking this one up on bluray when it comes out, for sure.

PS. he’s such a total badass, mang.

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