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From the Top Secret Files of Dick Cheney

From Tom the Dancing Bug:

Warren on NPR: "I am not running for president. You want me to put an exclamation point at the end?"

The entire interview with Steve Innskeep of Morning Edition is here:

Near the end, there is this exchange:

Sen. Warren, as you must know, that even as you were fighting over this in the Senate, there was a group called Ready for Warren that wants you to run for president, that released a letter signed by more than 300 people who describe themselves as former Obama campaign workers and staffers and aides. They want you to run. What do you say to them?

I'm, I'm not running for president. That's not what we're doing. We had a really important fight in the United States Congress just this past week. And I'm putting all my energy into that fight and to what happens after this.

Would you tell these independent groups, "Give it up!" You're just never going to run.

I told them, "I'm not running for president."

You're putting that in the present tense, though. Are you never going to run?

I am not running for president.

You're not putting a "never" on that.

I am not running for president. You want me to put an exclamation point at the end?

The best Non-Fiction book I read in 2014:

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
by Malcolm Gladwell

Amazon says:
Three thousand years ago on a battlefield in ancient Palestine, a shepherd boy felled a mighty warrior with nothing more than a stone and a sling, and ever since then the names of David and Goliath have stood for battles between underdogs and giants. David's victory was improbable and miraculous. He shouldn't have won. Or should he have?

In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks.

Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago. From there, David and Goliath examines Northern Ireland's Troubles, the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, murder and the high costs of revenge, and the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms---all to demonstrate how much of what is beautiful and important in the world arises from what looks like suffering and adversity.

In the tradition of Gladwell's previous bestsellers---The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers and What the Dog Saw---David and Goliath draws upon history, psychology, and powerful storytelling to reshape the way we think of the world around us.

Highly recommend, imho.

Need to make a Rum Cake for a Christmas Party.

Never made one before. Anyone have a good recipe?? TIA

Need your best divinity recipe

I'm pretty good at baking and candy-making, but the divinity recipe I try each year always lets me down. I need a good (tried and tested) recipe. TIA

13 Amazing Food and Life Hacks You Need to Know Right Now

1. Keep cake moist by just eating the entire thing in one sitting.

2. How to determine if an egg is fresh: do you remember buying the eggs? If you don’t, they probably aren’t fresh.

3. For perfectly cooked burgers every time, go to a restaurant.

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"Richard Scarry's 21st Century Busy Town Jobs" from Tom the Dancing Bug

Iowa man arrested near White House to appear in D.C. Superior Court

Source: Washington Post

An Iowa man who was arrested near the White House after the Secret Service found a rifle and ammunition in his car, will appear in Superior Court on Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

According to authorities, R.J. “Renae” Kapheim, 41, told a Secret Service officer that someone from his hometown of Davenport told him to go to the White House. Kapheim, who was arrested just before 1 p.m. Wednesday, drove his 2013 VW Passat to Washington and parked it on Constitution Avenue.

Kapheim approached the officer at a checkpoint at 15th and E streets NW, authorities said. They said officers found a .30-30 rifle and more than 40 rounds of ammunition in the trunk of the Passat.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/iowa-man-arrested-near-white-house-to-appear-in-dc-superior-court/2014/11/20/36c8a034-70da-11e4-8808-afaa1e3a33ef_story.html?wpisrc=nl_buzz&wpmm=1

They are coming out of the woodwork these days....

Obama's New Groove

From Cake Wrecks:
One of Mike B.'s friends ordered an Obama cake for another, more politically-inclined friend. You know, something like this:

But what they got was....

Rest of the story here:

Diet Racism

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