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Click here for headlines Jan. 22

Obama on Roe v. Wade Anniversary

Gabi Giffords steps down to focus on recovery

Click here for daily headlines January 18

NJ Gov. Chris Christie calls for across the board tax cuts of 10%

Why are they making a big deal out of Mitt’s tithing to the Mormon Church?

Tortellini with chicken and cheese

From Midwest


  • 1 9 ounce package refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 1 cup frozen peas, corn, or pea pods
  • 1 8 ounce tub cream cheese spread with garden vegetables or chive and onion
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 9 ounce package frozen chopped cooked chicken breast


1. In a large saucepan cook tortellini according to package directions. Place frozen vegetable in colander. Drain the hot pasta over vegetables to thaw; return pasta-vegetable mixture to pan.

2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan combine cream cheese and milk; heat and stir until cheese is melted. Heat chicken according to package directions.

3. Stir cheese sauce into cooked pasta-vegetable mixture. Cook and gently stir until heated through. Spoon into individual serving bowls. Top with chicken. Makes 4 servings.

Tortellini with Chicken and Cheese


The Mom Vivant / Latest polling on whether Americans are ready for a 3rd screwdriver head

Picture and content from The Onion:

WASHINGTON—A CBS/New York Times poll released Tuesday revealed that while an overwhelming majority of Americans are “more than happy” with the two screwdriver heads currently available to them, 64 percent would be willing to entertain the idea of using a third type. “Well, I’ve never had a problem with my Phillips or my flathead, but if the question is would I reject a new screwdriver head outright without even trying it first, then the answer is no, I don’t think I would,” said Tulsa, OK resident Joe Reynolds, adding that when it comes to new ways to tighten and fasten screws, he remains “skeptical but open-minded.” “Now, if the third type of screwdriver head didn’t work as well as the two I’m currently accustomed to, then that would be a different story; if that were the case, then I would not be inclined to use it.” Despite the poll results, numerous hardware manufacturers have confirmed they currently have no plans to manufacture or release a third screwdriver head.


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Romney polling ahead in South Carolina /

Republicans woo African Americans on MLK Day /

Wife slips into madness after husband’s brain tumor

Jon Huntsman’s departure from the 2012 elections … or not?

NPR’s Jon Elving has raised the question of whether the recent news about Jon Huntsman’s departure from the race for the Republican nomination is really the last we’ll see of him. He wonders whether Huntsman could emerge as the nominee for the Americans have spent the last year asking themselves, “who is Jon Huntsman?” Now the question is, “what is Americanselect?” And could Jon Huntsman be on the ballot this November if he is nominated at Americanselect’s convention? That convention is an online effort to get an alternate candidate elected whose nomination will come from real people and not through either of the major parties, Republican or Democrat. Check out the following link: to learn more.

Americanselect is a secure process that will allow voters to use the internet to nominate candidates. It was started by one wealthy investor and has been supported by others whose names have so far not been disclosed. With 40% of voters identifying as Independents this year, this is already shaping up to be an interesting year. But this concept of a digital revolution that circumvents the media and traditional nominating process, could make it a radical one.

NPR on Huntsman’s departure from the race for the Republican nod

40% of voters identify as Independents


Click here for headlines Jan. 13





The French Connection? S’il vous plait!

The Mom Vivant / Debbie Baldwin (who admits she was watching Project Runway instead of the primaries last week :)

            So, I was trolling the internet a couple of weeks ago when I came upon a website where you could take a quiz to see with which Republican primary candidate you were most closely aligned. So I took it. I was 99% sure for whom I was going to vote, but what the hell. Imagine my surprise when the candidate they chose for me was Michelle Bachman. Now I’m sure Ms. Bachman is a lovely person—that’s a lie—but we are not exactly on the same page politically. When I reexamined the quiz I realized there were not any questions about social issues—my more liberal arena—so that might explain the selection. The real question is how much do we really know about these candidates and do we really care?

            It seems to me that republican voters are looking for the candidate who can beat Obama. That’s not an insult or a bias, I’m sure democrats do the same thing. Would I vote for a candidate who differs with me on gay marriage, if they can beat an incumbent who differs with me about bigger things? The answer is absolutely. Moderates almost always get the shaft when it comes to big elections. The obvious reason being malaise. To their credit extreme conservatives and extreme liberals are motivated, and that motivation drives them to vote in the primary. So the moderates, like me, who were watching last week’s Project Runway marathon during the primary have to choose between opposite ends of the political spectrum in the general election.

            I can sit at a table with six friends three of whom voted for Obama and three of whom voted for McCain and yet we are all on pretty much the same page politically. The reason for choosing one or the other was simply a question of priorities. That’s why I am stunned that for the first time since Reagan, a moderate (I don’t want to jinx it) is probably going to win the republican primary. So get up off the couch moderates, there are plenty of candidates that fit the bill. I’ve chosen my candidate. I don’t care what the stupid quiz said.

South Carolina Primary is Jan. 21st

From Wikipedia:

The South Carolina presidential primary has become one of several key early state nominating contests in the process of choosing nominees of the Democratic and Republican parties for the following election for President of the United States.

The South Carolina primary historically has been more important for the Republican Party, being considered a “firewall” to protect frontrunners in the presidential nomination race. It was designed to stop the momentum of insurgent candidates who could have received a boost from strong showings in Iowa and New Hampshire.[1][2] From its inception in 1980 through the election of 2008, the winner of the South Carolina Republican presidential primary has gone on to win the nomination.[3]

As of 2008, the primary has cemented its place as the “First in the South” primary for both parties. The most recent Republican presidential primary was held on January 19, 2008, with the Democratic primary following on January 26, 2008. For the Democrats, the primary took on added significance because it was the first nominating contest in 2008 in which a large percentage (55 percent, according to an exit poll[4]) of primary voters were African Americans. [5] Opening hours for the polls were 7 am to 7 pm Eastern Standard Time in 2008.

The 2012 South Carolina primary is to be held on January 21st.[6]

Hearty Minestrone

Recipe from Whole Foods

Serves 6 to 8

Packed with vegetables, beans and pasta, this soup is a meal in itself. Serve with crusty bread and a green salad.


2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
1 cup thinly sliced Savoy cabbage
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 tablespoon chopped basil
2 large stalks of celery, sliced
2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
1 dried bay leaf
1 (28-ounce) can chopped tomatoes, with their liquid
1 cup canned chickpeas, drained
1 cup dried fusilli pasta
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini or white beans, drained
Salt and pepper to taste
3/4 to 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese


In a large stockpot, heat oil over medium high heat. Add garlic and onions and cook until translucent. Add broth, cabbage, tomato paste, parsley, basil, celery, carrots, bay leaf, and tomatoes with their juice and cook for 30 to 40 minutes, until vegetables are tender. Add chickpeas, pasta, and beans and simmer for another 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
From Whole Foods Market – Who knew? So easy to find a good idea for dinner tonight.

Ladle soup into bowls and serve with Parmesan cheese sprinkled over the top.


Per serving: 280 calories (70 from fat), 8g total fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 10mg cholesterol, 830mg sodium, 41g total carbohydrate (8g dietary fiber, 8g sugar), 12g protein

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