2. LeBron James signed a lifetime relationship with Nike. Said James about this new agreement, "I'm very humble. It's been an unbelievable time for myself and my family, and I'm just grateful that Nike just believed in a skinny 18-year old kid from Akron, Ohio and I'm happy to be a part of such a great company." In a time when high paid athletes make self-serving comments, its refreshing to read that despite his fame and fortune, LeBron James is basked in humility.
3. If con is the opposite of pro, then is Congress the opposite of progress?
4. From a recent LNP article: "Former chairwoman of the Republican Committee of Lancaster County Ann Womble is asking Republicans in the state to boycott the real estate mogul’s upcoming appearance at a popular annual fundraiser (Dec 11 Commonwealth Club) in New York City...He stands for suspicion, hatred, antipathy, division, and demonization. He stands against the promises of Lincoln and Reagan. He promotes anti-intellectualism and ignorance. He hopes people will like him for his money, his bombast, and maybe for his very questionable hair-do.” I am also a member of the same local Republican party as Ms. Womble, but I believe that we should listen to all candidates and then come to our own decisions. Her comments are typical of the committee members I've talked to over the past two years who believe that they are the ones to chose the candidates for us.
5. If you want to boycott anything Ms. Womble, why not start by not attending the Commonwealth Club altogether, which is an exclusive club for big money and even bigger political egos. To me, not attending this annual fundraiser because of the influence of big money makes a much bolder statement that complaining about a candidate's hair-do.
6. Today (Dec 08) is national brownie day. Brownies were created in the United States at the end of the 19th century to be a cross between a cookie and a cake. Below is a recipe for Cherry Swirled Brownies:
- 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup chopped well-drained maraschino cherries
- 1 teaspoon maraschino cherry juice
- 1 egg
- 1 box (1 lb 2 oz) Betty Crocker™ ultimate fudge Premium brownie mix
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 egg
- Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease bottom of 9-inch square pan with cooking spray or shortening. In medium bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, cherries, cherry juice and 1 egg with spoon; set aside. In another medium bowl, combine brownie mix, pouch of chocolate fudge, oil, water and 1 egg until well blended. Spread half of the batter in pan. Spread cream cheese mixture over batter. Carefully spoon remaining batter on top; spread gently to cover. Bake 43 to 47 minutes (51 to 55 minutes for dark pan) or until toothpick inserted 1 inch from side of pan comes out almost clean. Cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours, before cutting. Store covered in refrigerator.
8. In a recent poll, 69% of Finns support a soon-to-be introduced plan that will give each adult citizen of Finland - regardless of income, wealth or employment status - $865.00 per month. While this plan will cost $54 billion per year, the proponents of this plan believe that it will encourage people to look for work as well as completely reforming the bloated and expensive welfare system. While I don't know too much about this proposal, I applaud those who came up with the plan as they took an issue of bloated government and came up with new solutions and ideas in order to solve it.
9. From The book Jesus Calliing "Be willing to go out in a limb with Me. If that is where I am leading you, it is the safest place to be. Your desire to live a risk free life is a form of unbelief. In order to follow Me wholeheartedly, you must relinquish your tendency to play it safe."
10. Internet users spent a lot of time in 2015 searching about gay marriage, self expression and Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner. The end result was the word of the year by dictionary.com: identity