On a Monday Twister

How was your weekend? Believe it or not, this is the first weekend in a long time that we didn’t take to the ballroom floor … but we ate well and drank well! We join about a dozen neighbors at a winery where you cook your own steak and have good fellowship.

Saturday we hosted our dinner group with the theme of Scarborough Fare. Believe me, this group eats well (and has good wine). Below is what came together … and all were very good!

Appetizers: Grilled beef with parsley and a chimichurri sause; Tuscan Bean Dip with cream cheese, parsley, green onions, garlic, black olives

Salad: Asparagus salad with fried age drizzled with lemon juice and oil

Entrée: Marinated rosemary pork roast served with 5 ravioli filled with goat cheese and herbs (parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme) topped with an orange zest and fennel fronds butter sauce

Dessert: Lemon curd topped with raspberries and thyme-infused simple syrup.

Meanwhile, how a good week and enjoy this intriguing video courtesy of Fasab.

On a Chickenhawk

Today’s honoree is a classic cartoon character. Instead of a featured character, today we honor a member of the supporting cast … a feisty character with an attitude – Henery Hawk. For those wanting more than a clip, a full cartoon is at the end of this post.

Tidbits about Henery

  • Lives a sheltered live at home with his parents, thus doesn’t know what a chicken looks like
  • Speaks as tough guy and has an angry temperament
  • Created by Chuck Jones and mainly voiced by Mel Blanc
  • 14 cartoons over 4 decades: 1940s (7), 1950s (5), 1960s (1), 2011 (1)
  • Most commonly appeared with Foghorn Leghorn and Barnyard Dog
  • Many cartoons end with him capturing tormenters
  • More successful in comics than in cartoons, but never had a comic of his own and never appeared on a cover
  • Appeared in Space Jam
  • Appeared with Foghorn Leghorn in a GEICO commercial

Memorable Quotes
I’m a chickenhawk, and you’re my victim.
Well, I’m not after schnooks, I’m after a chicken.
Ooooooh, dat’s the biggest chicken I’ve ever seen!
I’m a chickenhawk, and I’m gonna take you home.

Click to hear more quotes with audio

For those wanting a 7-minute cartoon

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 145

On Politics
“The private sector is doing fine.” President Obama, that was a poor, poor, poor downright pathetic choice of words.

Mr. Romney’s responded to the above of saying President Obama “is out of touch”. So here we are today, unemployment is still high, yet corporate profits have returned to pre-crash levels. Mr. Romney, it’s reality check time!

If Ron Paul said he has a difficult time differentiating Republicans and Democrats, I ask this question: Then why are you a Republican?

Very soon, the U.S. Supreme Court will announce its decision regarding health care. This USA Today article provides some possible outcomes.  Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal provides a look at the potential Republican fallout of a ruling.

Regarding the upcoming decision, given this court is an activist court, I only see it going in one direction with the question being how far.

On Headlines from The Onion
Eco-Conscious Marketing Firm Developing Alternative Source of Synergy
U.S. Improves Infrastructure with Transnational Power Strip
Group of Hunky Cardinals Appeals to Pope to Relax Celibacy Requirement
Weather Channel Opens Las Vegas Casino
Breaking Story So New, Reporter has No Information
Nation’s Cotton Candy Crop Ravaged by Carnival Weevils
Teen who Cleaned-up Party Before Parents’ Arrival Totally Forgot about Overdosed Kid on Dining Table

Interesting Reads
Ruth Marcus on two faces of Republicans
E-readers in Africa
Tax Exceptions and religious organizations
Some berry recipes for dinner
The wine blends from Paso Robles
Fossilized Turtle Sex

On Potpourri
Lately, my stats resemble a downward staircase. 😦 … which is pathetic for someone approaching 1,000 posts in almost four years.

Sorry some of you didn’t see me as much this week. Simply said, I’ve got an important presentation to lead very soon.

This weekend we host our dinner group for a night of Scarborough Fare: parsley (appetizer), sage (soup/salad), rosemary (entrée), and thyme (dessert). Because we host, we have the entrée, so it will be interesting to see what the others bring.

Cincinnati is in final preparation for being the first U.S. city to host the World Choir Games, July4-14.

A classic cartoon post will go up for your Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, here’s a classic quirky musical video to send you into the weekend. Have a safe weekend everyone. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

On 35

My wife and I celebrated our 35th anniversary this past April.  Here’s a toast to more than you ever wanted to know about 35.

In Mathematics

  • 35 is a tetrahedral number, centered cube number, a pentagonal number, a highly cototient number, Størmer number, and apentatope number
  • Divisible by 1, 5, 7, 35
  • The highest number one can count to on one’s fingers using base 6
  • Squared is 1225, but its square root is 5.92
  • A 35-sided polygon is a triacontakaipentagon (impress your friends with that one)

In Science

  • Atomic number of bromine, whose neutral atom has 35 protons and 35 electrons
  • Messier object M35, a magnitude 5.5 open cluster in the constellation Gemini
  • The New General Catalogue object NGC 35, a galaxy in the constellation Cetus
  • The Saros number of the solar eclipse series which began on -1870 (1871 BC) July 25 and ended on -373 (374 BC) January 9. The duration of Saros series 35 was 1496.5 years, and it contained 84 solar eclipses
  • The Saros number of the lunar eclipse series which began on -1550 (1551 BC) May 14 and ended on -252 (253 BC) July 1. The duration of Saros series 35 was 1298.1 years, and it contained 73 lunar eclipses
  • 35 degrees F = 1.67 degrees C, but 35 degrees C = 95 degrees F
  • During the 35th week of pregnancy, the average human baby weights 6 pounds, measures 12 inches, and has fully developed lungs

In Entertainment

  • 35 c, a song by Jagúar from the album Jagúar
  • XXXV (album), the thirty-fifth anniversary album by folk rock band Fairport Convention
  • 35 is the title of a book written by Casper Schipper
  • Lawrence of Arabia wins Best Picture at the 35th Academy Awards (1963)
  • Cheers and Hill Street Blues win awards at the 35th Primetime Emmy Awards (1983)
  • 80/35 Festival in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Television Channel 35 are in Richmond, Erie, and Orlando

In Sports

  • Retired MLB jerseys: Randy Jones (Padres), Phil Niekro (Braves), Frank Thomas (White Sox)
  • Retired NHL jersey: Tony Esposito (Blackhawks)
  • Retired NBA jerseys: Roger Brown (Pacers), Reggie Lewis (Celtics), and Darryl Griffith (Jazz)
  • Super Bowl XXXV: Held in Tampa, Florida, Baltimore Ravens defeated the NY Giants 34-7
  • In NASCAR, #35 has started 109 races with 0 wins and 6 top five finishes (all by Benny Parsons)

In Business

In Geography
Interstate 35 runs from Texas to Minnesota and the only freeway to have East–West divisions (in two places, the Twin Cities and the DFW Metroplex

U.S. Route 35 (a highway I have been on many times) is a north–south highway running northwest-southeast for approximately 412 miles (663 km) from northern Michigan City, Indiana to the western suburbs of Charleston, West Virginia.


  • The minimum age of candidates for election to the United States Presidency
  • 35th U.S. Congress met from March 4, 1857 to March 3, 1859, during the first two years of James Buchanan’s presidency
  • John F. Kennedy, the 35th US president


  • 35th anniversary gifts are coral (traditional) and jade (modern)
  • Licence Plate code of Izmir/Turkey
  • Highway 35 World Race is a series of Hot Wheels
  • The F-35 Lightning II Aircraft
  • 35 Israeli soldiers died in a convoy during the 1948 war of independence
  • Italy hosted the 35th G8 Summit (2009)
  • 35 mm film is the basic film gauge most commonly used film in photography and motion pictures (for we Americans, 35 mm = 1.377953 inches)
  • 35 Raceway claims to have the fastest 1/5 mile dirt rack in the Midwest
  • Cinema 35 Drive-In in Eaton, Ohio used to show soft porn
  • STS-35 was on the space shuttle Columbia (1990)
  • Smith & Wesson produced a 35-caliber pistol
  • Vera Renczi, allegedly murdered 35 individuals in the 1920s (including husbands, lovers, and a son) with arsenic

In Year 35 AD 

  • A common year starting on Saturday
  • Buddhist calendar year 579, Berber calendar year 985, Korean calendar year 2368
  • Tiridates III becomes king of Parthia

In Year 35 BC

  • Started either on a Thursday or Friday or a leap year starting on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday (sources differ because of what is known as leap year error)
  • Holocene calendar year 9966, Burmese calendar year -672
  • Marcus Titius arrived in Syria with a large army and marched to Asia Minor

On Satire Bits: Vol. 21

Hope you week has gone well so far. The hot and humid days of a Ohio River valley summer has definitely arrived. Fortunately, the breeze helped ease the condition on the golf course. I drank my share of water, but I simply wasn’t on my golf game tonight.

For I forget, thanks for the numerous milk suggestions in yesterday’s post.

Meanwhile, it’s time for a midweek pick-me-up with some satirical headlines from The Onion. Any favorites?

Sculpture of Stereotypical Italian Chef Proof of Pizzeria’s High Standard of Excellence

Fleet of Ambulances on Hand for 41-Year-Olds’ Touch Football Game

Republicans Stalling Obama’s Agenda by Speaking and Moving in Slow motion

Never-Used Bike Still in Pretty Good Shape

Report of Popular Fish’s Death Getting Around the Tank

Secretary of Transportation Flips Out at Pothole

Posthumously-Conceived Children Get No Benefits

Homeowner Surprised He Doesn’t Spend More Time in Hallway

Dire to Ejaculate Motivates Local Christian to Wed

Lutheran Minister Arrested on Charges of Boring Young Children

Friend Who Said Goodbye 10 Minutes Ago Still on Chat

Everybody in Town is King Fu Fighting