Closet Cooking: Buffalo Chicken Chowder

Buffalo Chicken Chowder

Buffalo Chicken Chowder

With the weather cooling down, soup season is here and I have certainly been taking advantage of it! During the warmer summer days, making a hot soup is one of the last things that I want to do but that does not mean that I stopped dreaming up new ideas for soups to try and I now have quite the list. On the top of that list of soup ideas was a buffalo chicken chowder!

Mix a Large Batch of Margaritas With an Igloo Cooler and a Garbage Disposal

Mix a Large Batch of Margaritas With an Igloo Cooler and a Garbage DisposalWith $300 and about 10 hours, you can build a frozen drink mixing machine that makes four gallons of your favorite frozen concoction that could be well worth the investment in the long run. Do-it-yourselfer Paul Degenkolb decided to do just that with an igloo cooler, garbage disposal, some PVC pipe, and other odd parts.

The result is this masterpiece that creates lots of conversation at his parties. And this mixer is fast, too, as he indicates that he can stir up a margarita batch in under 3 minutes. Although he has not tried other drinks, Paul notes that you can probably mix up just about any frozen drink in this baby.

If you like to party and want to supply the whole block with your favorite frozen beverage, this could be the project for you.

The Margarita Machine | via Hack A Day

DOJ Drops FOIA Rule To Permit Lying

“The Department of Justice has canceled a controversial revision to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) rules that opponents said would have allowed federal agencies to lie about the existence of records. In a letter to Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley on Thursday, the DOJ wrote that the proposed rule ‘falls short’ of its commitment to transparency, and it ‘will not include that provision when the Department issues final regulations.’ The concern now is that the DOJ has been lying for some time and this rule was an attempt to provide cover for past denials concerning the existence of documents.”


DOJ Drops FOIA Rule To Permit Lying

Exactly. I believe this is precisely what is happening right now with the “Operation Fast and Furious” scandal. It seems that the House Oversight Committee has the nasty habit of asking the right questions of the right people and knowing precisely what documents to look for. They already know the answers, most of them anyway, since there have been numerous agents within BATFE and Border Patrol that have come forward and fed them information on the gun walking operation.

It seems that numerous people in Congress are giving the DOJ just enough rope to hang themselves. The DOJ is really getting beat up over this. It seems that people in State and Homeland Security were involved as well. The DOJ coming up with this rule to allow them to keep documents secret seems to be an attempt to contain the damage.

I just have to wonder, do they really think they they have the authority to deny these documents to Congress? Can they “lie” to the House Oversight Committee about the existence of documents? I would imagine that they can keep certain information from the public but they cannot keep the documents from Congress for long. These departments exist because of an act of Congress, if they get too far out of line then Congress can make them disappear. I believe that DOJ was reminded of this at some point since they backed off on this suicidal policy change.