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Ben Franklin Introduced TOFU to the USA!

You can thank Ben Franklin for introducing tofu to America In a letter to a friend in Philadelphia, the founding father describes a soybean cheese known as Tau-Fu.

 

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Our tour guide from Ghost Tour of Philadelphia mentioned, “You can’t swing a dead cat without hitting some spot where the ghost of Benjamin Franklin has been spotted.” You also can’t swing a dead cat without seeing some reference to Franklin in the city; his influence and achievements are still obvious everywhere in Philadelphia.

The tour ended at the City Tavern, the oldest continuously run tavern in the country. Our tour guide told us about the ghosts that are frequently seen (or felt) in the tavern before bidding us goodnight.

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One of the night’s specials was Fried Tofu. Fried Tofu at a colonial tavern? That seemed so 1970 not 1770. There was this explanation on the specials board: “Benjamin Franklin introduced tofu to the colonies in a 1770 letter to Philadelphia’s John Bartram.”

The Ben Franklin 300 website has a section dedicated to Franklin’s favorite foods and it gives more information about Franklin’s discovery of tofu.
“The earliest document seen in which an American mentions tofu is a letter written by Benjamin Franklin (who was in London) to John Bartram in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on January 11, 1770. He sent Bartram some soybeans (which he called “Chinese caravances”) and with them he sent “Father Navarrete’s account of the universal use of a cheese made of them in China, which so excited my curiosity, that I caused enquiry to be made of Mr. [James] Flint, who lived many years there, in what manner the cheese was made, and I send you his answer. I have since learned that some runnings of salt (I suppose runnet) is put into water, when the meal is in it, to turn it to curds. [...] These … are what the Tau-fu is made of.”
Tofu wasn’t the only thing Franklin introduced. It seems as if he also sent rhubarb seeds and Scotch cabbage seeds to the colonies.

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With Rugby becoming hotter and hotter, it’s time to show the masses what the rules entire exactly

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Judge quits Trayvon Martin case, cites conflict of interest

Mitt: “This campaign is ultimately going to become about jobs not dogs”

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Well, now we know who financed everything!

(CNS News) – President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus act allocated $10 million to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for a program that traced guns sold to straw purchasers, an operation that was designed to prevent Mexican criminal organizations from obtaining U.S. guns.

The $787-billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the stimulus, was passed by Congress and signed into law in February 2009. From this near-trillion dollar trove, the administration allocated $10 million to the ATF’s“Project Gunrunner” to increase staff by 37 persons, according to a November 2010 Department of Justice Inspector General report.

The phased-in hiring of stimulus-funded staff was almost complete by September 2010, according to the IG report.

Project Gunrunner had begun in 2006 to trace U.S. guns being sold to Mexican criminals. As the program evolved, in some cases the tracing of guns included allowing the sale of guns through straw purchases.

The controversial Operation of Fast and Furious, which allowed nearly 2,000 guns to flow into Mexico, was the Phoenix, Ariz. component of Project Gunrunner, a national program.

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“In a week, the media can find the hooker in Colombia but can’t find college records from Columbia.” — Dapandico

CARTAGENA, Colombia — A Secret Service agent preparing for President Obama’s arrival at an international summit meeting and a single mother from Colombia who makes a living as a high-priced escort faced off in a room at the Hotel Caribe a week ago over how much he owed her for the previous night’s intercourse. “I tell him, ‘Baby, my cash money,’” the woman said in her first public comments on a spat that would soon spiral into a full-blown scandal.

The dispute — he offered $30 for services she thought they had agreed were worth 25 times that — triggered a tense early morning struggle in the hallway of the posh hotel involving the woman, another prostitute, Colombian police officers arguing on the women’s behalf and American federal agents who tried but failed to keep the matter — which has shaken the reputation of the Secret Service — from escalating.

Sitting on a couch in her living room wearing a short jean skirt, high-heeled espadrilles and a tight spandex top with a plunging neckline, the woman described how she and a girlfriend were approached by a group of American men at a discotheque. In an account that tracked with the official version of events coming out of Washington, but could not be independently confirmed, she said the men bought a bottle of Absolut vodka for the table and when that was finished bought a second one.

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You know, except the baby girls her organization sucked from the womb and tossed in the dumpster. Note: Time had Sandra Fluke wrote Cecile Richards profile for its “100 most influential people in the world” story.

The 100 Most Influential People in the World – Time

Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards, 54, is a role model for all of us as she leads women in pursuit of unfettered access to health care and reproductive freedom. She is also my advocate and that of every woman in America, as I learned firsthand when I was publicly disparaged for speaking out on an issue she has been working on every day for years.

Our most basic health care needs — needs that impact our families and our larger economy — are still being questioned. As we look to inspire the next generation of women to join this fight, we’re fortunate to have Cecile as our mentor. There is no better advocate.

Fluke is a law student and women’s-health advocate.

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What are the odds we won’t hear any swift condemnation from the “progressive” left?

(Guardian) — An influential Iranian cleric who is entitled to issue juristic rulings according to the Sharia law, has condemned western lawmakers involved in the decriminalisation of homosexuality, saying those politicians are lower than animals.

Ayatollah Abdollah Javadi-Amoli, an Islamic scholar based in Iran’s holy city of Qom, said in a speech among his followers that homosexuals are inferior to dogs and pigs, according to the news website Khabaronline.

“If a society commits a new sin, it will face a new punishment,” he said while interpreting Qur’anic verses about prophet Lot whose tribe Isalmic scholars say was punished by God for sodomy. “Problems like Aids did not exist before.”

Citing the Qur’an, Javadi-Amoli said politicians who pass laws in favour of homosexuals are lower than animals. “Even animals . . . dogs and pigs don’t engage in this disgusting act [homosexuality] but yet they [western politicians] pass laws in favour of them in their parliaments.”

Homosexuality is punishable by death according to fatwas issued by almost all Iranian clerics. Until recently, Lavat (sodomy for men) was punishable by death for all individuals involved in consensual sexual intercourse.

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A picture is worth 1,086 words:*

What you’re looking at is a view of today’s Senate Budget Committee meeting, at which Chairman Kent Conrad conducted a faux “markup” of his party’s FY 2013 budget resolution.  The near side of the table is where Democrats were supposed to sit.  Granted, this entire exercise was somewhat academic because its resulting product would receive neither a vote in this committee, nor in the Senate at large.  Throughout much of the session, all 11 Republican members were present to do, you know, their jobs.  Of the 12 committee Democrats, no more than 3 or 4 were in attendance at any given time, according to sources inside the meeting.  “[The Democrats] showed absolutely no interest in discussing our big picture problems or offering solutions,” a GOP budget aide tells Townhall. “Those who were there showed up only to make a brief statement for the record, then took off.  The photo speaks for itself.”  That it does.  In fact, in this particular photo, every single Democrat seat is vacant, except for that of Chairman Conrad.  What to make of this?  On one hand, why bother participating in a total farce?  On the other, these Dems could have at least feigned interest in a requirement of their own public service.  Senate Democrats have effectively renounced all pretense of responsible governance.  They have done so in an attempt to avoid losing their precious majority — the very purpose of which, I thought, was to govern.  We face a debt crisis that threatens to obliterate the America we know and love, yet an entire American political team has willfully and deliberately decided to eschew productive solutions in favor of sitting on the sidelines and shouting insults at their opponents.

Read all of this HERE.

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On our family facebook accounts we have a certain person who just joined (hell, most of us did not know he even knew how to use a computer much less turn it on!) and now it is how fast he gets off once he sees the comments and posts! hahahahhaha….

 

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