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    Biden: Imagine what would have happened if Obama had been assassinated It's cute how NBC refers to his nonstop stream of gaffes as "occasional verbal miscues".
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    Thanks for not dinging me on my calling it St. "Paul's" instead of St. "Peter's". I'm old.
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    Did you do the Vatican Museum? Their collection of antiquities is amazing. And that's just counting the stuff they actually show you. And I don't care what one's religious affiliation (or complete lack thereof) is, or opinion of the Catholic church in general...St. Paul's is an absolutely astounding, jaw-dropping piece of architecture and decor. The markings on the floor showing where the outer dimensions of other large churches would fit completely inside the structure really drives home the majesty of the place.
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    Sure...go right ahead... https://www.dailymotion.com/video/xb2i2x
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    You know, I always thought he looked a little different, but I wasn't certain enough to ever draw that conclusion. Great bit of trivia. Thanks.
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    If it makes people puke while riding they should call it the "Hurl Hitler".
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    Oops! I tried to edit my original post to fix a type-o and somehow ended up with a duplicate thread. Oh well, please ignore the previous one. You saw nussing....NUSSING! Anyhow, I think the jokes are going to write themselves on this one. Note how each end of the ride spins around its own Axis? Anne Frankly, I'm deeply offended.
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    The next time someone tells you that Europeans are smarter than Americans, whip this story out and ask them how many Germans and Italians (who built the thing) had to have been involved in the design, review, construction, etc of this thing without even ONE of them stopping and thinking, "Hmmmmmm. You know Hans, zis reminds me of sumzink...." German theme park forced to shut down ride that looked like ‘flying swastikas’
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    The next time someone tells yout that Europeans are smarter than Americans, whip this story out and ask them how many Germans and Italians (who built the thing) had to have been involved in the design, review, construction, etc of this thing without even ONE of them stopping and thinking, "Hmmmmmm. You know Hans, zis reminds me of sumzink...." German theme park forced to shut down ride that looked like ‘flying swastikas’
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    BTW...I've come to the conclusion that I might be the only person in the U.S. who doesn't give a rat's ass whether or not Popeye's chicken sandwich is better than Chick-Fil-A's.
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    3 Days Ago
    Click & Clack?
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    When it comes to erecting a statue to a man in Italy, I'm pretty sure that being a womanizer isn't so much controversial as it is a prerequisite.
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    I'm going with either "Luigi" or "Giuseppe". Did you remember to tell them "sono affamato"?
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    Yeah, I mean....look at the boooooooones!!!
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    Both of my dogs went apoplectic, and were seriously pissed off at me when I refused to let them out.
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    I'm interested strictly for practical self-defense purposes, as the Beast of Caerbannog has taken up residence in my back yard. (Full size: https://i.imgur.com/jdEOhbs.jpg) I nearly soiled my armor.
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    ...on the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch. Film fans get the chance to bid for some of the silver screen's most iconic props at auction The amount of my bid shall be three, no more, no less. Three shall be the amount I shall bid, and amount of my bid shall be three. Four shall I not bid. Neither shall I bid two, excepting that I proceed to bid three. Bidding five is right out! Then after the auction we'll all celebrate by going out for lambs, sloths, carp, anchovies, orangutans, breakfast cereals, and fruit bats.
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    Yeah, that's too much of a target-rich environment not to have already attracted snipers.
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    It's not so much that I could taste the coffee as an individual flavor per se, but I could definitely detect the subtle nutty bitterness that worked along with the mild heat from the ancho powder to balance out the sugars' sweetness. Google "coffee" and "rub" and you'll find a lot of recipes that incorporate it. This is just the first time I've gotten around to doing it myself, and I regret having put it off for so long.
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    My local grocery store often has good sales on St. Louis cut pork ribs (usually being blown out for $1.49/lb vs the regular $3.49 price), so I've been grabbing several every time I can, and have been accumulating a pile of them in my freezer. I finally got an opportunity to pull one out (it was just for the wife and I...and our furry four-legged quality assurance team...so only 1 rack this time) and subject it to a sous vide bath followed by some time in the magic smoke box just to see how that works out. I also took the opportunity to experiment with a change to the usual pork rub I use (a simple mix of white and brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika), as well as adding a bourbon treatment during the smoke...because, bourbon. I was happy as could be with the results of all three, and the only mistake was trying to treat the ribs like a pork shoulder by leaving them in a 165°F bath for a full 24 hours. They were still juicy and delicious, but overly tender to the point that it was all I could do to keep the rack from completely falling apart when I transferred it to the smoker. I think the temp is food, but I need to back the time down to 12 hours instead. Next time. That said, the real success was with the rub tweak and the addition of bourbon to the party. I modified the rub by adding some ancho chile powder, cumin and espresso-ground coffee to the mix, which is exactly what the sugar-based rub needed to balance out the sweetness, as well as adding a lot more depth of flavor. Here's what I ended up with: - 1/4 cup white sugar - 1/4 cup dark brown sugar - 3 Tbsp smoked paprika - 1 Tbsp finely ground Texas Pecan coffee (from Katz Coffee, a local company) - 1 Tbsp ancho powder - 2 tsp onion powder - 2 tsp garlic powder - 1 tsp cumin powder You'll note a total absence of salt in the recipe. This is because I always season the meat with salt before it goes into the sous vide bag as a dry brine, usually a day or two ahead of time to give the salt time to penetrate. The addition of cumin, ancho and coffee completely changed the character of this mixture for the better, and I think it's going to be my go-to rub going forward. In fact I think I'll also try adding the ancho and coffee to my brisket rub (which already contains cumin), I like them so much. As if that weren't enough, I put some bourbon (nothing fancy, just some Even Williams 1783) into a little spray bottle that I used to spritz the ribs every 30 minutes during a 3 hour smoke. This not only keeps the surface moist and ensure that the smoke adheres, but it also adds more depth of flavor in the bargain. I don't like spraying with fruit juice given that the rub is already sweet enough, and plain water doesn't add any flavor, so bourbon does the trick quite nicely. Here's a plate with some of the resulting pig-on-a-stick, plus a deviled avocado (avocado flesh mashed with a chopped hard-boiled egg, garlic salt, a squeeze of lime and chopped scallions, all stuffed back into half an empty avocado skin and dusted with a little paprika on top): Full size: https://i.imgur.com/wVndltP.jpg
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    DParker replied to a thread Friday music vids in Podunk Corner
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    DParker replied to a thread Friday music vids in Podunk Corner
    'Murica.
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    DParker replied to a thread Friday music vids in Podunk Corner
    Brilliant. It manages to be both manly AND gay as hell all at the same time.
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    Did you bring your guitar?
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    DParker replied to a thread Friday music vids in Podunk Corner
    That was below the belt.
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    DParker replied to a thread Friday music vids in Podunk Corner
    I guess someone has to.
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    DParker replied to a thread Friday music vids in Podunk Corner
    I wonder how ancient Pompeiians distributed the band t-shirts before the invention of the t-shirt air cannon. Ballistas? Though it seems like that would have been a bit rough on the fans.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    I'm a bit Jelly. We originally planned on taking a day trip from Rome to Pompeii, but had to cut it while we were there due to unplanned time constraints.
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