Too cute, had to share:
Remember when Martha Stewart used to post mini-recipes in 153 characters or less on her Twitter account? She (or her assistant) don’t do that anymore but here is a collection of her adorable tweeted mini-recipes.

When we were in Tucson in April we came across some very tasty guacaole/cottage cheese dip. I’m going to try it as a nice cool summer dip, but will try replacing jalapeno with my favorite pepper in the whole world, the poblano pepper. Here are two recipie options for this dip.

All right here’s my pet peeve rant now that the hot summer months are upon us. Apparently according to some Facebook posts we are not allowed to complain about the heat because OUR TROOPS ARE SERVING IN A DESERT AND DYING OVERSEAS. For that matter, all celebrity deaths (particularly drug related) are also trivial compared to troop death.

There is a gap in logic here somewhere. I acknowledge and appreciate the sacrifices our troops make overseas, but I’m also allowed to complain about the heat. It’s all I do from June through August in DC after all – what else would I talk about? For that matter when Whitney Houston died a fellow blogger posted some text on Facebook about how sad it was that anyone had the audacity to acknowledge Whitney Houston’s death when we have troops dying overseas. Because apparently we are not allowed to express anything or speak on anything as long as we have troops serving and dying overseas. Plus a person’s struggles with addiction somehow make their deaths less valid than anyone else’s death – PARTICULARLY OUR TROOPS OVERSEAS. For those of you who have had friends who have died after a struggle with an addiction, you know it’s no more or less painful than other deaths. And when you see a celebrity who has passed in a similar way, it hits home a little harder due your personal experience with a friend’s parting. Especially when you tried hard to help them, like I’m sure Whitney’s loved ones tried to do too.

So here are the facts:

  • I am allowed to mourn whoever the fuck I want. I am allowed to complain about whatever I want.
  • Regardless of how pathetic someone’s death was, I reserve the right to acknowlege their impact on myself, m generation or culture. During middle and high school Whitney was THE SHIT and everyone was crimping their hair.
  • No one has touched the epic 1991 performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” since Whitney did it. No. One. And her injection of soul into an American performance classic made it truly American.

Whitney didn’t serve or die in a blistering desert overseas, but she’s still an American and contributed to what America is today despite the sad details of her parting.

6 Comments

  1. brettcajun says:

    Did you just use the “F” word? YAY! :) Congrats… your testicles have descended a little further down. 😉

  2. Sean says:

    You’re right. Also, while it might be 120 degrees there during the day, the nights are pretty cold unlike here. Also, my cousin is stationed there as a chopper mechanic and yes, life is rough but he has ac’d quarters and fairly good food. (so he says)

  3. jimbo says:

    I’m not saying it doesn’t suck in Iraq or Afghanistan. I’m just saying I have the right to complain about or level of heat from time to time. They’re fighting for our right to complain, correct?

  4. TED says:

    I reckon the don’t-complain-it’s-hotter-in-Iraq thing is from the climate change denialists. You know, the same people who say climate change is a myth because Al Gore is fat. Or something. Of course, I don’t use the Facebooks, but the idea that anyone is going to stop you from complaining about something that bugs you strikes me as laughable.

  5. Darth Jersey says:

    Yes you have a right to complain about whatever you want. My point is that it is a sad state we live when the death of a celebrity garners more media attention than necessary. Yes it is sad because didn’t she almost have it all?

    We are living thru the decline of the American Empire, the elites know it and have co-opted the media to distract the middle class that is continuously being hollowed out with such things- you know, the whole idea of bread and circuses. Our freedoms are being eroded right under our noses with such things as the NDAA of 2011 and the Continuity of Government plan and allowing the military, law enforcement and corporations to use drones in our own country.

    While Whitney may have had a major impact on your life to extrapolate that to impacting a whole generation and contributing to society is just your opinion, not analyses. 4 out of 5 dentists surveyed has more analysis. I’d argue the development of the PC during our lives and the people responsible had more impact on our generation and making American society what it is today.

  6. Neil says:

    Ahmen.

    The reaction to Whitney’s death can be summed up in a few words: crack-addicted black woman. There – you’ve got three stereotypes/biases combined that greatly influence many people’s view of Whitney (especially white guys). I find the pissing on Whitney disgusting to the highest degree as I didn’t respect and love her for being any of these things, but for being an unbelievably incredible talent the likes of which we will very likely never know again. The fact that for some the stereotypes her death invokes makes her death less tragic or valid has little to do with a woman none of us really knew but everything to do with people’s ignorance, racisim and general predjudice.

    No singer I have ever, EVER listened to had the power and (significantly) the control of a voice like she did. Control especially is what really seems to be lacking in singers today. She is the Judy Garland of our generation (who coincidentally died at around the same age of a drug-related reasons in a hotel room). Her music will outlast the gossip and obsession with her drug addiction and death.

    My favourite performance:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eGIo_SCrN8

    RIP