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February 2017

Safe Fracking: Good for America

Many veterans of war, including myself, have concerns with foreign products being purchased from countries at war, namely those in the Middle East. We have come a long way in recent years to obtain our own oil and natural gas within the U.S., however we can’t lift our feet off of the pedal.

Our country must use all forms of energy to become energy independent for the good of all. There is a direct correlation between energy reliability on the Middle East affecting matters of national security. Many American veterans agree in order to improve our quality of life at home, it’s imperative we continue safely improving all energy infrastructure on our home land.
One safe and viable option for domestic oil and natural gas production is through hydraulic fracturing. Contrary to popular belief, this process has been used in the United States for nearly 70 years. It’s not a new technology; the practice has been tested and refined for decades. Another important point to remember is fracking falls under at least eight different federal regulations, not to mention state and local laws.


Kurt Busch makes last-lap pass to win Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Decked in Monster gear, chugging a tall boy of the energy drink as he was flanked by scantily clad models, Kurt Busch celebrated the biggest race win of his career.

Busch used a last-lap pass to win the crash-filled Daytona 500 on Sunday in the opening race of Monster Energy's new role as the title sponsor of NASCAR's top series. Busch, it just so happens, is also sponsored by Monster, and the company has strongly stood by him throughout his rocky career.

So this was a victory of redemption for Busch, who was suspended by NASCAR two days before the 2015 Daytona 500 for his off-track behavior, and for Monster, which has promised to pump new life into NASCAR's sagging sport.


EPA set to ax Obama policies

U.S. environmental chief Scott Pruitt has unveiled plans to roll back at least three Obama-era rules at the EPA while vowing to give businesses “regulatory certainty.”

Those policy reversals, set to start this week, will empower the Environmental Protection Agency to focus on its core mission of protecting the air and water, Pruitt said Saturday in a speech and question-and-answer session on the final day of the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland.


“The previous administration was so focused on climate change and so focused on CO2, some of those other priorities were left behind,” Pruitt said in his first detailed remarks since being sworn in to lead the EPA on Feb. 17. “I really believe that at the end of eight years, we’re going to have better air quality, we’re going to have better water quality because it’s going to be vested in a partnership” with states.


GOP Congress back to work with mandate: end ObamaCare, use majority to fulfill promises | Fox News

Congressional lawmakers begin returning to Washington on Monday after a tense week-long recess in which Republicans got an earful about ObamaCare and other issues and ahead of President Trump’s first speech to a joint session of Congress.

With the GOP controlling both chambers of Congress and now the White House, Republican lawmakers’ first trip home this session could have been a victory lap. They were instead accused in the media of having done little in roughly their first three weeks. And several were confronted at town hall meetings about plans to replace ObamaCare if and when it’s dismantled.    

The president will have his say Tuesday night. Majority Republicans in the House and Senate will be closely watching the prime-time address for guidance, marching orders or any specifics Trump might embrace on health care or taxes, areas where some of his preferences remain a mystery.


Baer has evolved into Hawkeyes' top shot-blocker

IOWA CITY — His victims include towering centers such as Purdue’s Isaac Haas, Minnesota’s Reggie Lynch, Ohio State’s Trevor Thompson, Indiana’s Thomas Bryant and Seton Hall’s Angel Delgado.

But he also has done it to quick, little guards such as Michigan’s Derrick Walton, Illinois’ Te’Jon Lucas and Maryland’s Anthony Cowan and Melo Trimble. Nebraska’s Tai Webster has had it done to him three times.

Iowa sophomore Nicholas Baer hasn’t discriminated at all in whose shots he has blocked this season. He’s done it to players of all shapes and sizes.

Despite being far from the Hawkeyes’ biggest or most athletic player, the former Bettendorf High School star has been by far their best shot blocker. His 39 blocks are the third most ever by a Hawkeye sophomore and there still are two games to go in the regular season.


Here's how the worst flub in Oscar history went down

Oscar got it wrong, wrong, soooo wrong. The presenters announced the wrong Best Picture; Moonlight was the winner, not La La Land.

It was the biggest, most embarrassing, most awkward mistake in the history of the Academy Awards, played out before an audience of millions watching on TV and a theater full of stars standing, stunned, mouths agape, as a chaotic scene unfolded on stage at the Dolby Theater after midnight ET.


Carb-Check Diet: Eat any kind of fish you want, just not breaded or battered

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

I used to look up carb counts on the internet or read the packaging for each and every food item I prepared and ate.    When putting something on the grill or in a frying pan for example, I would read the packaging or look on the internet for the serving size and carb count.  Writing those numbers down, I would then do some math to get a carb count total for all foods consumed at meal time.  That carb count research got tedious at times, but now I've got some great data to share!

You don't have to look up carb counts one-at-a-time, I've done all that work for you!

Find carb counts for meat, fish, dairy, veggies, fruits, right here on

And if you don't see the carb count for a food you want to eat listed here, it's not listed for a reason - the carb count is too high, don't eat it!

Fish and shellfish are excellent sources of protein.  You can eat just about any kind of fish and not have to worry about blowing up your carb count.   Most shellfish by the very nature of their diet, tend to carry more carbs than fish.  The only real rule of thumb here, don't eat fish that's been breaded or battered.

Carb Count:  Fish & Shellfish

Item Serving Size Carb Count (in grams)
Anchovies, canned in oil 6 oz. 0
Bass, all varieties 6 oz. 0
Catfish, all varieties 6 oz. 0
Clams, canned or fresh 2 oz. 3
Cod 6 oz. 0
Crab 6 oz. 0
Crawfish 6 oz. 1
Eel 6 oz. 0
Flounder 6 oz. 0
Grouper 6 oz. 0
Halibut 6 oz. 0
Herring, cured 2 oz. 0
Herring, pickled 2 oz. 5.4
Lobster 6 oz. 1.8
Mackerel 6 oz. 0
Mahi-mahi 6 oz. 0
Mussels 2 oz. 4
Oysters 2 oz. 6
Perch 6 oz. 0
Salmon, canned, fresh, smoked 6 oz. 0
Sardines, canned, in oil 6 oz. 0
Sardines, canned in tomato sauce 6 oz. 0.8
Scallops 6 oz. 4
Shrimp 6 oz. 3
Squid 6 oz. 6.5
Tilapia 6 oz. 0
Trout, all varieties 6 oz. 0
Tuna, canned or fresh 6 oz. 0
Walleye 6 oz. 0

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Grilling Good Eats - a better way to enjoy fish

Grilling Good Eats

By Mike Thayer

If fried fish is about the only way you will eat fish, then you'll come to like grilled fish even better than fried after reading this chapter.

That's pretty much the only way I used to eat fish, fried...  Beer batter was preferred and I had absolutely no interest in offerings that were 'baked,' 'poached' or just sauteed in butter.  There just wasn't enough flavor in the fish and the texture wasn't right in those other preparations.

Enter, the grill.

Smoke does A LOT for fish, so does the kind of heat you get from a grill.  The texture of fish changes when placed directly over a fire and it absorbs smoke flavor readily.  Fish and the grill are a perfect pairing because what turns out to be mush in a poached offering, becomes crispy on the outside but tender on the inside deliciousness in a perfect bite delivered from the coals......   What is bland in a baked preparation becomes, "I didn't know salmon could taste this good!" in a grilled preparation.  I don't care how much seasoning and pretty decorative parsley is placed on the fillet, baked fish sucks.

Teriyaki Salmon

Here's a fantastic marinate for about two pounds of salmon:

Marinade ingredients

  • Half cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup teriyaki sauce
  • The juice from half a lime
  • One Tablespoon of dried, minced onion
  • One teaspoon of garlic powder
  • One Tablespoon of light brown sugar
  • Couple dashes of balsamic vinegar

Mix all ingredients for the marinade in a bowl or big measuring cup, set aside. Cut your salmon into four equal pieces (optional), place in a Tupperware bowl or a big zip lock bag, pour in the marinade. Refrigerate for at least one hour.  Fish does not need a lot of time to marinade, don't marinade more than four hours, or your fish will turn to mush.  Salmon is great for the grill, remember to take the fish out of the fridge about 20-30 minutes prior to placing over the coals. You’re doing this to inspect the fish and make sure it‘s well covered in the marinade. It’s not about letting the protein come up to room temperature like you hear some of the cooking show talking heads say, that’s just yada, yada talk to kill air time. The truth is, refrigerated meats and/or fish won’t come up to room temperature in just 30 minutes, not even close. OK, back to the salmon…..

Put the fish over direct heat, fish side down at first (not skin side), let them sizzle for about two minutes to get some nice grill marks, do NOT cover. Flip to the skin side after two minutes, keeping it over direct heat to get that skin crispy.  Now you can put a lid on it, for about another 3-5 minutes to get that nice charcoal flavor.  Remove from the grill and let them rest. This recipe is a real crowd pleaser.   Excellent served with grilled lime wedges, a side of rice pilaf and glazed carrots.


Bohannon and Cook help Hawkeyes maul Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — By the 29th game of the college basketball season, freshmen are supposed to be out of gas. They’re not accustomed to playing that many games in a season so they hit a wall at some point and cease to be as effective.

Someone forgot to tell that to Jordan Bohannon and Tyler Cook.

The two Iowa freshmen each had the best games of their relatively young college careers Saturday night as the Hawkeyes dominated 24th-ranked Maryland nearly every step of the way in an 83-69 victory over the Terrapins at the Xfinity Center.


Truck rams crowd during Mardi Gras parade; many injured -

(CNN) One man is in custody after an accident at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans injured at least 28 people, five seriously, officials said.

Police Chief Michael Harrison said the suspect, who was driving a pickup truck that hit two cars before running into the crowd, appeared to be highly intoxicated. Among the injured, the youngest is 3 and the oldest are in their 40s.
None of the injuries was life-threatening, officials said.