FREE Bloggers for Peace T-shirt

Originally posted on everyday gurus:

bannerCONGRATULATIONS! You have completed a year of Blogging for Peace. I hope writing and publishing your peace posts brought you as much peace as it brought me. In gratitude for your heartfelt sincerity, dogged perseverance, and radical honesty, I would like to give you a free Bloggers for Peace T-shirt.

Cat Animation

I’ve decided to use Peace Cat for the 1st Annual Bloggers For Peace T-Shirt. Shout outs to Rarasaur and Grayson Queen for designing and creating Peace Cat.

If you completed all 12 Monthly Peace Challenges, then email me your name, address, blog name, and shirt size (Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, etc.). My email address is

If you did not complete the 12 Challenges, but would like to have a Bloggers For Peace T-shirt, then email me and I will send you an address to send a check or money order. I’m thinking $20/shirt which includes shipping and handling.


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Leftover Lamb Pie

Originally posted on Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide:

It is ok to use prepared dough for a weekday meal

It is ok to use prepared dough for a weekday meal

This is a great way to use up a large amount of leftover lamb. The dish is fairly easy and quick so it works well for a weekday meal also.

Lamb Pie

  • 1 small onion diced medium
  • 2 large turnips diced medium
  • 5 carrots diced medium
  • 1 cup mushrooms quartered
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh sage
  • 3 1/2 cups diced cooked lamb
  • 1 14 oz can beef stock
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 sheet prepared puff pastry dough
  • Salt/pepper
  • 2 tbsp butter

In a 12″ cast iron or oven safe skillet heat butter over medium heat. Saute onion until golden then add carrots and turnips. Saute until carrots begin to brown then add mushrooms, sage and lamb. Season with salt and pepper and add flour and stir to incorporate. Add stock and Worcestershire sauce and mix well…

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Conservatives Claim Rachel Maddow Not Sarah Palin Got Martin Bashir Fired From MSNBC

Originally posted on The Fifth Column:

If conservatives are spreading this conspiracy, then it’s definitely not true


There is new conservative conspiracy floating around that claims Rachel Maddow is really running MSNBC, and that Maddow got Martin Bashir fired.

National Review Online reported,

Few, though, suspect that Harris-Perry will suffer the same fate as her less fortunate colleagues, and MSNBC declined to comment on the matter. That’s because Harris-Perry is part of Maddow’s in-crowd, the liberal, wonkish elite now ascendant at MSNBC. Photo of Rachel Maddow with her dog.

Sources say it is Maddow rather than Phil Griffin who provides MSNBC’s editorial direction, and that she also holds considerable sway over personnel decisions. “I know I’m never going to get freakin’ talking points from Phil,” Maddow told The New Yorker last year. “Can you imagine? Like, what would they be?”

Behind her back, colleagues call her “the queen,” a not so subtle suggestion that Maddow gets what Maddow wants. And what…

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Moms Demand Action Responds To Charges Brought In Christmas Eve Infant Shooting Death


By Jueseppi B.



Moms Demand Action Responds to Charges Brought in Infant Shooting Death


by Moms Demand Action


Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America applauds Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman for bringing charges against the father who shot and killed his two-month-old daughter on Christmas Eve. The father, who admits to negligently handling his newly purchased 9mm handgun, was charged this morning with involuntary manslaughter, a second-degree felony, in addition to reckless endangerment and reckless endangerment of a child.





Originally, Mr. Stedman referred to the shooting death of Kestyn Davis as an “accident” and said he was “not sure if charges would be filed.” As a result, members of Moms Demand Action from across the country sent thousands of emails, calls and Tweets to the D.A. asking that charges be filed in what had already been ruled a homicide.


While we fully support the father being held accountable for this crime, we also acknowledge the horrific grief this family is experiencing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Davis family, and we hope their tragedy can serve as an example that encourages others to be more responsible with their firearms and, in turn, saves the lives of other children.


For too long, the gun lobby has protected gun owners from being liable for gun-related deaths, including negligent shootings. Shooting and killing a human being due to an unsecured firearm and/or negligent handling of a gun should and must be considered more severe than an “accident.”


Our grassroots movement is working to change laws pertaining to negligent shootings at the state level, and ensuring adults are held accountable for shootings that result from not safely storing their firearms. As such, Moms Demand Action is calling on the Pennsylvania legislature to propose and pass laws that ensure adults will be held accountable if their negligence results in the shooting of a child. In addition, we call on media reporting on this incident and others like it to use the words “criminally negligent” instead of “accidental.”


Moms Demand Action Pennsylvania Chapter: Infant Shooting Death On Christmas Eve


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Barack After Dark-Wake Up Call™….Yeah It’s Better Late Than Never!


By Jueseppi B.




The Year in Pictures


Each January, Pete Souza, Chief Official White House Photographer and Director of the White House Photography Office, pulls together his favorite images from the past 12 months. Check it out for an exclusive perspective of everything from Presidential trips and events, to personal moments between President Obama and his family.


Take a look at 2013 through a unique lens.





White House Schedule – January 6, 2014


In the morning, the President and the Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, and in the afternoon the President will meet with senior advisors. These meetings in the Oval Office are closed press.


All times are Eastern Time (ET)


11:00 AM: The President and the Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing


12:45 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney WATCH LIVE


2:00 PM: The President meets with senior advisors


3:00 PM: The Vice President ceremonially swears-in Mel Watt as Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency



Statements and Releases January 06, 2014


Statement by the President on the Confirmation of Janet Yellen as Chair of the Federal Reserve


Statement by the President on the Confirmation of Janet Yellen as Chair of the Federal Reserve

With the bipartisan confirmation of Janet Yellen as the next Chair of the Federal Reserve, the American people will have a fierce champion who understands that the ultimate goal of economic and financial policymaking is to improve the lives, jobs and standard of living of American workers and their families. As one of our nation’s most respected economists and a leading voice at the Fed for more than a decade – and Vice Chair for the past three years – Janet helped pull our economy out of recession and put us on the path of steady growth.


Janet is committed to the Fed’s dual mandate of keeping inflation in check while also addressing our most important economic challenge by reducing unemployment and creating jobs. And she understands that fostering a stable financial system will help the overall economy and protect consumers. I am confident that Janet will stand up for American workers, protect consumers, foster the stability of our financial system, and help keep our economy growing for years to come.



Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate


Readout of Deputy National Security Advisor Blinken’s Call with Iraqi National Security Advisor Faleh al-Fayyad





January 6th, 2014: Photo of the Day


President Barack Obama reacts after seeing Press Secretary Jay Carney's beard for the first time while greeting senior advisors prior to a meeting in the Oval Office, Jan. 6, 2014. At left is David Simas, Deputy Senior Advisor for Communications and Strategy. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama reacts after seeing Press Secretary Jay Carney’s beard for the first time while greeting senior advisors prior to a meeting in the Oval Office, Jan. 6, 2014. At left is David Simas, Deputy Senior Advisor for Communications and Strategy. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



The White House Blog




Weekly Address: Time to Pass Bipartisan Legislation to Extend Emergency Unemployment Insurance

In this week’s address, President Obama said Congress should act to extend emergency unemployment insurance for more than one million Americans who have lost this vital economic lifeline while looking for a job.




West Wing Week 01/03/14: Best of the West (Wing Week) 2013

As we move into 2014 we’d like to take a quick look back with you at some of our favorite moments, large and small from the 2013 White House video library. There was quite a bit to choose from, but we were able to narrow it down to 10.




New Health Insurance Options, New Consumer Protections in the New Year

January 1st marked a new day for the millions of Americans who finally have the security that comes from quality, affordable health coverage. And those who already have health insurance will have better, more reliable coverage than ever before. From now on, insured Americans won’t be forced to put off a check-up or worry about going broke if they get sick.



Dan Utech
Dan Utech

January 06, 2014
05:10 PM EST


Over the last five years, American inventors and investors have delivered significant progress in developing and deploying key clean energy technologies, supported by Administration policies.  Electricity production from solar and wind has doubled.  Our cars and trucks go further on a gallon of gasoline, saving families money at the pump.  And in 2012, U.S. carbon pollution fell to its lowest level in nearly 20 years. The simple fact is that key clean energy technology costs are continuing to come down, and these technologies are producing more American energy than ever before.


Wind Energy

In 2012, wind was America’s largest source of new electricity generation capacity, accounting for 43 percent of all new installations. Altogether the United States has deployed about 60 gigawatts of wind power — enough to power 15 million homes. This growth in wind deployment has spurred more U.S. manufacturing.  A recent DOE wind market report estimates 72 percent of the wind turbine equipment installed in the United States last year was made by domestic manufacturers, nearly tripling from 25 percent in 2006-2007. And according to theAmerican Wind Energy Association, by 2012 there were well over 80,000 workers employed in wind-related jobs in the U.S.


Supported by Administration investments, generation of electricity from wind and solar has more than doubled, and the costs of solar and wind technologies have come down significantly.


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Mark DeLoura
January 06, 2014
04:37 PM EST


From early personal computers to the World Wide Web to the tablets and smartphones many Americans hold so closely today, we’ve come a long way in the development of technology for computing devices and it’s safe to say it won’t stop here. This week, all eyes in the tech industry will focus on Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show 2014, or CES, where we can peak into the future as new computing breakthroughs will be unveiled and showcased.


In concert with CES, and building on the moment from December’s Computer Science Education Weekjoin us on January 8th at 2pm ET for We the Geeks: Future of Computing, as we explore what possibilities the future of computing may bring – from wearables to Holodecks – and what’s needed to get there! 


Tom Kalil and Cristin Dorgelo from the White House Office of Science and Technology will join Mark Papermaster, Chief Technology Officer at Advanced Micro Devices, Alex Hawkinson, CEO of SmartThingsAlex Kipman of Microsoft Kinect, Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus Rift and actor, author, and blogger Wil Wheaton (and of Star Trek: The Next Generation fame) to discuss to discuss:

  • What new computing advancements might we see in the next few years? What about 10-15 years from now?
  • What are the technological breakthroughs that need to happen to get there?
  • And finally, what might be the impact of the ever growing intelligent connection of people, processes, data and things?


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Jeanne Lambrew
January 06, 2014
04:00 PM EST


For years, health care costs in America skyrocketed, with brutal consequences for our country. Escalating costs hurt our economy, eating into workers’ wages and holding back hiring.  They contributed to our deficits, and crowded out crucial investments like education and maintaining a world-class infrastructure.  And they’ve taken money directly out of consumers’ pockets, with Americans paying far higher health care prices than others around the world for no better outcomes.


The Affordable Care Act, for the first time in decades, has helped to stop that trend.


New data released today by the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today shows that national health expenditures grew by just 3.7 percent in 2012.  That means that the years 2009 to 2012 saw the slowest growth in U.S. health care expenditures since the government started collecting this information in the 1960s.


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Press Briefing

January 06, 2014 | 58:06 |Public Domain


White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.



Weekly Address: Time to Pass Bipartisan Legislation to Extend Emergency Unemployment Insurance


VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: El Congreso debe extender el seguro de desempleo


West Wing Week 01/03/14 or “Best of the West (Wing Week) 2013″


Time to Pass Bipartisan Legislation to Extend Emergency Unemployment Insurance


Must see: The best photos of 2013


The White House Photography Office picked out some of the best photos from the past year to give you an inside look at the presidency — and some of the best moments from 2013.


Here’s what you can expect:

  • President Obama singing Happy Birthday to First Lady Michelle Obama
  • Lots of Sunny and Bo
  • Visiting South Africa to honor Nelson Mandela
  • Some very adorable kids with the President


You’re going to want to see this one.


Click here to check out our best photos from 2013.


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