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Terrorism

Terrorism is defined as the unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons. Because the term terrorism is politically and emotionally charged, it is difficult to accurately describe it. Terrorism has been around for centuries, but has recently been brought much more attention than ever before.

In one of my college courses, we were asked to do an assignment. The assignment was, “If you were going to commit a terrorist act, what would you do?” I will not go into detail of my assignment, due to the sensitivity of the material, but I have a reason to mention it. My reasoning is to explain how the average citizen thinks when they view the world around them. The views of the average citizen only go as far as their “own back yard” which means trouble and shows complacency. Every student in the class, except myself, had the same ideas, almost verbatim. They were concerned with a person attacking an elementary school or college campus.

My paper, however, was shocking to my professor. He questioned me about the paper after reading what I handed in. He was wondering if he had reason to be concerned about me because what I wrote scared him to death. I told him absolutely not and explained why. It took me a few times of explaining my paper before it sunk in. I merely put myself in the shoes of terrorists from what I researched and what has been shown. Then I put the details in place on how it would go down; if all went according to plan. I had been able to obtain information that the general public should not have been able to obtain, but this information is out in the open for all to see. In my opinion, it is government complacency which is a threat to national security.

Terrorists are not concerned with small acts that would barely show as a “blip” on the radar. Terrorists want to effect masses, sending the masses into a chaotic state. A terrorist want his/her acts to be grand enough to gain attention so it spreads like wildfire amongst the masses and gains worldwide media attention.

My professor askedme if I would have any objections to him sending my paper in to a government official he knew. I told him absolutely not. The government should be aware of what can potentially happen so they can protect us from these attacks. If I obtained this information then surely terrorists already have. Look at it this way, if you have a Microsoft® Operating System with holes for hackers to gain entry, would you sit idly by and do nothing? Absolutely not. You want those fixes and patches to correct the problem so your system is protected.

Administrations have used the term “We are declaring war against terrorism.” There is no such thing. You cannot declare was on an idealism. War can only be declared agaisnt a country or entity. Terrorism is a growing concern in this world. Just enough to breed fear until the next bout of complacency is done. This is also why I question the intelligence of the administration when it comes to the release of suspected terrorists and the closing of Gitmo. Another problem to consider is the release of the Lockerbie Bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, receiving a compasion release from imprisonment due to failing health. Where was his compassion for the 270 people he murdered? To add salt into the wound of that release, he received a hero’s welcome when he de-boarded the plane in Libya.

The most recent arrests of 3 suspected terrorists in New York City; now 9 arrests with possibly 24 or more suspects still being sought after, which has been covered in the news, is also creating a stir of re-emerging terrorist attack threats in our country. They had been questioned by the FBI and denied any ties to terrorism only to be found to be lying later. When the text message “The wedding cake is ready” was intercepted, law enforcement realized that was the code for an attack being imminent. Not only was a text message intercepted, but hand-written plans for making explosives and detonators was also found. My concern is for the exposed agents and their families as well as a possible terror attack rising. I have only listed a few incidents in this topic even though much more is occurring.

One thing I can say on terrorist attacks is that if even one more attack occurs on our soil, vigilanteism will emerge. If the Government will not defend the people, then the people will step up to the plate. There are numbers of groups already active and on the move. They will not care or see if the people who “fit the profile” are innocent or not. The old saying “if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, then it must be a duck” is how they will see and react.

Country Patriots

Jennifer

September 23, 2009 Posted by | Political, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Wednesday’s “Soup of the Week 2

Welcome to our second Wednesday’s “Soup of the Week.” Today, we will get back into an older time.
Home-made items are becoming a thing of the past as people become too busy in their lives to devote
the time our Grandmother’s did to fresh home-made foods. Many of us enjoy fresh-out-of-the-oven baked
goods. The smells that wafted from the kitchens that made your mouth water can be relived in your own
kitchen. It is much more fun to do this as a family, a couple, or friends just hanging out-more of that darn
spending time together lol.

It is very important to have things in common with the people you surround yourself with. It is the “stuff”
memories are made of. In this day and age, we even have video and cameras to catch the mayhem!
Without further ado, here is this weeks’ recipe.

Recipe of the Week:

Grandma’s Cinnamon Rolls/Sweet Rolls

5 1/2- 6 cups all-purpose flour, divided       1/2 cup sugar
1 cup milk                                              1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1/3 cup butter, melted                              2 1/4 oz pkgs quick rising active dry yeast
1 1/2 tsp salt                                          1 cup water
2 eggs                                                   no-stick cooking spray (or butter on pans in thin layer or use Crisco®)

**glazing or filling will be discussed at end of recipe.

In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, salt and yeast. Mix well. NOTE: Tip for proper yeast activation-take
1 cup of warm water and empty the yeast pkgs into the warm water. Let the yeast sit until it gets to foaming. The
foaming means the yeast is activated properly and not killed. If the yeast does not activate properly, the dough
will not rise and your end product may come out like “hockey pucks.” Too much whipping may also kill the yeast.

In a small saucepan, heat milk, water, and 1/3 cup of butter until warm-butter does not need to melt entirely. Add milk mixture
to flour mixture. Add eggs. Blend at low speed of electric mixer, or by hand with a spatula, until moistened. Beat 3 minutes on
medium speed, or really fast by hand. By hand only, gradually stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.
NOTE: Soft dough is dough you can knead by hand; not too dry. If it sticks to your fingers too much or looks wet, when
you attempt to knead the dough, add more flour. If it is too dry and crumbly, try adding some warm milk or warm water.
It is best to err on the wet side.

knead soft dough on a floured surface until smooth and elastic- approximately 5-8 minutes. place dough in greased bowl, turning to
grease top -take approximately 1 tablespoon of softened butter and coat the inside of the bowl. You may also use no-stick cooking
spray or Crisco®. Cover; let dough rise in a warm place until it becomes light and double in size, about 30 minutes. NOTE: Timing
varies for this process so this would be a great time to share a beverage and some conversation and prepare any
toppings and grease the pans.

Grease 2 13×9 inch baking pans with no-stick cooking spray or butter or Crisco®. After the dough has risen, punch it down and
divide it in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll or pat each half into a 12×9 inch rectangle. Brush each part with half of the melted
butter and filling over the dough. Starting with the shorter side, roll up tightly and pinch edge to seal. Cut each into 12 slices and
place in prepared baking pans. NOTE: An east solution to clean cutting the rolled filled dough-take 2 sticks or pencils, take a
piece of heavy thread, wrapping both pencils with the ends of the thread. roll excess thread around each pencil. Slide the
thread under the rolled dough and cross the thread until the dough is cut using the thread like a pair of scissors.

Cover the trays or just stick them in the oven with the oven light on; and let the dough rise until almost doubled; about 15 minutes
-again timing will vary.

Once the buns have almost doubled, remove the trays from the oven and pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees F. (I find 350 works just as
well with my oven). Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden. Remove from oven and drizzle glazing over hot rolls or leave them without
the glazing. Cool slightly and remove from pans.

Filling and glazing:

There are quite a few fillings and glazes you can use. Before baking your rolls/buns, you can sprinkle sugar over the tops or leave them
plain if you do not wish to use glazing after cooking. Here are a few ideas.

Glazing:

1) Plain icing glaze:
1/4 cup whole milk, 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract, 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
Combine milk and vanilla in a medium saucepan and heat over low heat until warm. Sift confectioners’ sugar into milk mixture. Whisk
slowly, until well combined. Remove the glaze from the heat and set over a bowl of warm water. Drizzle over rolls/buns.

2) Orange glaze:
1 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 cup cornstarch, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1 cup fresh orange juice, 2 tablespoons finely grated orange peel
1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons butter
Combine sugar and cornstarch in saucepan. Add lemon and orange juices slowly and stir until smooth. Add remaining ingredients. Cook,
stirring frequently, over low heat until thick and glossy. Cool; drizzle on rolls/buns. Recipe can be doubled.

3) Lemon glaze:
2/3 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh, 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
Put the sugar in a small bowl. Add lemon juice and rind. Whisk together until smooth and well blended. Drizzle over rolls/buns.

Fillings:

1) Prune/peach/apple/pineapple/or any fruit you like:
Approximately 4 cups of chopped/diced fruit, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup water-more if necessary to make a spreadable paste
Cook over low heat so you do not caramelize the mixture until it becomes a paste. Cool.

2) Cinnamon nut:
1 cup packed brown sugar, 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 4 tablespoons butter, softened
In a bowl, combine the brown sugar, walnuts and cinnamon.

3) Poppy seed:
1 cup ground poppy seeds, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup milk, 1/3 cup raisins, 1 tsp Vanilla extract
Cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Cool. You can add crushed graham crackers after this mixture is cooked and cooled.

Today’s Topic: Finding inspiration and sticking to your dreams is the topic. This video sums it up. The cute animals add to everything. This was a very well done compilation by you2byou2byou2b on YouTube.

Country Patriots

Jennifer

September 23, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment