Iran? Nobody Did Except For…

June 22, 2009

World War III is coming. We all expect it, sometimes sooner rather than later. Call it destiny, but in a world that’s more connected than ever, travel is faster than ever, and life speeds along faster than ever, the best we can hope for is that it doesn’t happen during our generation. The people of Iran have done their part to prevent WW III in our time.

Great Britain has spoken out against Ahmadinejad, Congress has spoken out, for God’s sakes, even the French spoke out before our President did. In fact, the only person who ran from this situation was President Obama, but not after first trying to take credit citing his speech in Cairo.

No, the weak-kneed President watched the post election drama deteriorate into a full display of tyrant’s iron grip crushing the people. He told the world that he did not want to “Meddle” in Middle Eastern policy… unless it’s hurting the Jews in Israel.

Fair enough, our President doesn’t want to give the people of Iran any assistance. He wanted to lead the world into looking the other way as Ahmadinejad slaughters his people and continues his control over this nation. Thus retaining the ability to interfere in Iraq, influence Hamas, acquire nuclear technology, and bring us one step closer to the inevitable great war.

But if President Obama doesn’t want to “meddle” in post election unrest, then why, as Senator would Barack Obama meddle in Kenya after supporters of Obama’s cousin, Raila Odinga, started to riot in the wake of Odinga’s loss. It was well known that then Senator Obama not only didn’t meddle, he was actively campaigning for Luo Raila Odinga in Kenya. As Senator, Obama also was critical of President Kibaki’s administration, calling him corrupt.

Corrupt or not, Luo Raila Odinga had problems of his own, and with a violent support group who called their selves the Taliban, why on earth would then Senator Obama want to “meddle”? From Newsweek:

The man, who called himself Titus, was a security escort for this group of Luo vigilantes, who have taken to calling themselves “Taliban,” partially in emulation of the draconian tactics of the Afghan tribesmen who enforced law and order through the barrels of their AK-47s.

Imagine that– Our current President campaigned for a President in Kenya who has violent supporters that called their selves the “Taliban”, who also raped and killed women. How can anybody look at Obama’s response to Iran and not look at what he involved himself in as a United States Senator. I suppose somebody would suggest that it’s not meddling if you were born in Kenya, and while that could be true, it’s much more indicative of who Obama is. Forget what he says, for after all, isn’t it true that actions speak much louder than words? His entire foreign policy focus has been relegated to the Middle East. He’s insulted our allies in the process, been against our ally Israel more than any President ever has before, meddled in Kenya- aiding and abetting a violent socialist-Muslim group, but he doesn’t want to meddle in Iran?

If you’re confused, if you were raised by a radical Muslim and spent your formative childhood years in Indonesia, with family ties to socialist Muslim radicals, wouldn’t you too tell the American public one thing, and act the way he has? The best that can be said about this President is that he’s a coward. God only knows just how bad this guy who thinks himself King of the United States really is.

On a side note,

We Saw That posted an email that I sent to him. Though I don’t always agree with him, and on a couple of occasions we at Louisiana Conservative have been in his line of site, it is a true note. How I wish there were more sites like We Saw That. They are definitely an asset of truth and information.

Fruits and grains to go

St. Joseph News-Press July 14, 2010 | Sylvia Anderson photo Photo by Valerie Mosley Totally healthy homemade granola bars.

Just imagine what your day would be like if not for Stanley Mason. You may not know the name, but one of his inventions has become a staple in every soccer mom’s van, office drawer and snack cabinet in America.

Along with the first disposable contoured diaper, heat-proof plastic microwave cookware and dental floss dispensers, Stanley is credited with inventing the first granola bar. And we’ve been eating them ever since, with annual sales in the billions of dollars. There’s no arguing how convenient they are, but if you buy them very often, they can take a huge bite out of your budget. Then there’s the question of how healthy they really are.

“Packaged granola bars can be pricey and are sometimes loaded with excess sugar and fat that may make you wonder how they could be categorized as healthy,” says Sheri Caldwell, Hy-Vee dietitian.

Perhaps the best option is to make them yourself, she suggests. That way you not only know what’s in them, they will also cost less. here homemade granola bars

I put this to the test and made two kinds of granola bars. The first recipe is called “Playgroup Granola Bars,” a five-star recipe I found on allrecipes.com. Reportedly, these are a hit with the younger set. They are a firm, somewhat crumbly bar similar to what you would find in grocery stores. The other is called Totally Healthy Granola Bars, a recipe I got from Ms. Caldwell.

“This is probably the healthiest granola bar recipe I have seen,” she told me.

It’s a moist, fruity bar, more typical of what you would find in health food stores. Both bars have the key ingredient for a granola bar: oatmeal, which is what makes them healthier to eat than, say, a sugar cookie. Then there’s a little flour, eggs and honey for keeping it all together. Other than that, they are quite different.

The Playgroup Granola bar recipe was a winner with everyone who sampled it. The bars look like a traditional granola bar and have a taste something like oatmeal cookies. The Totally Healthy bars have a citrusy flavor from the orange and lemon zest and are so moist they remind me of a fig pudding. I liked them, but not everyone did. “Too much fruit” was the main complaint.

As I discovered after reading dozens of granola bar recipes, the real plus for making your own bars is you can easily adjust any recipe to your preferences and what you have on hand. Leave out some of the fruit if you want. Add peanut butter or applesauce for some of the oil. Or change the raisins to fresh blueberries or bananas. Make it healthier by switching the flour to whole wheat and add flax seeds or bran. You can also make your bars more or less sweet by changing the amount of sugar and honey, or switching to Splenda, Agave nectar or maple syrup. Peanut allergies? Just leave them out. In fact, if you or your family eat a lot of granola bars, it would be worth your time to experiment with recipes to find the best texture and taste.

They couldn’t be easier to make. Each recipe took all of 15 minutes to mix together. Then you just press into a pan and bake. If you make more than you can eat, store them in airtight containers or refrigerate if they contain perishable ingredients such as wheat germ. Most recipes also can be frozen.

Finally, when you make your own granola bars, there is another reason to feel proud, other than the fact you’re saving money: Even if you wrap them individually with a plastic wrap, you will still be helping reduce your contribution to the landfill by cutting down on all the fancy packaging store-bought granola bars come in. I’m sure Stanley Mason would approve.

Lifestyles reporter Sylvia Anderson may be reached at sylvia.anderson@newspressnow.com.

Tips for making healthy granola bars [bullet] Use nutrient-rich ingredients like whole grains (whole grain flour, oats) nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds), seeds (sesame, ground flax seed, ground chia seeds) and dried fruit. Try different combinations for a variety of flavors and nutrients.

[bullet] Limit added sugars. Avoid high-fructose corn syrup. Use the natural sweetness of dried fruit and fruit juices for sugar where possible. If additional sweetness is desired, use small amounts of sweeteners of your choice (sugar, brown sugar, honey, agave nectar).

[bullet] Use healthy oils. Avoid hydrogenated oils.

[bullet] Use moderation in the portions consumed. web site homemade granola bars

[bullet] Add ground spices like cinnamon and nutmeg for extra flavor and additional antioxidant benefits –Sheri Caldwell, Hy-Vee dietitian Totally healthy granola bars Vegetable oil to coat baking pan 2 cups rolled oats 1/2 cup chopped unsalted nuts, toasted 2/3 cup dark or golden raisins 1/2 cup honey 2/3 cup pineapple juice 1/2 cup chopped dried fruit (figs, apricots, peaches, pears) ripe banana, mashed 2 eggs or 1/2 cup egg substitute 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon allspice 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly coat an 8-inch square baking pan with vegetable oil and set aside. Place all the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and mix together well. Spread the batter evenly in the bottom of the baking pan. Bake the granola for 20 minutes. Remove it from the oven and allow it to cool for 10 minutes before cutting it into 16 bars. Store the bars tightly covered in the refrigerator. Makes 16 bars.

Nutrition information: Calories 165; total fat 3.29 g; carbohydrates 31.85 g; dietary fiber 3.36 g; protein 4.26 g; calcium 1 percent; iron 10 percent; vitamin A 16 percent; vitamin C 5 percent — Sheri Caldwell, Hy-Vee dietitian Playgroup granola bars 2 cups rolled oats 3/4 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup wheat germ 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 cup raisins (optional) 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup honey 1 egg, beaten 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 teaspoons vanilla extract Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease a 9-by-13- inch baking pan. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, raisins and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the honey, egg, oil and vanilla. Mix well using your hands. Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges. Cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars while still warm. Do not allow the bars to cool completely before cutting, or they will be too hard to cut. Makes 24 servings.

Nutrition information: Calories 161; total fat 5.5g; cholesterol 9 mg; total carbs 26.6g; dietary fiber 1.4g; protein 2.4g.

— allrecipes.com Peanut butter granola bars 1 cup granola 1 cup nonfat dry milk powder 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional) 1/2 cup raisins 1/2 cup sunflower seeds 1/2 cup sesame seeds (could also substitute ground chia seeds) 2 1/2 cups natural peanut butter Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, adding peanut butter last and mixing with your hands. Press mixture into a large rectangular cake pan (or 2 smaller pans) and chill in the icebox. When firm, cut into 32 bars or squares and wrap each in plastic wrap. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator. Makes 32 bars. Nutritional information not available.

Note: These bars need to be stored in the refrigerator; otherwise they get too soft.

— Sheri Caldwell, Hy-Vee dietitian Sylvia Anderson


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