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Under the Bus: Obama Forces Sec. of Defense Chuck Hagel Out for Being Too Critical of His Decisions, for Speaking the Truth about Obama’s Incoherent Foreign Policy in Syria (video)

Posted By on November 24, 2014

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Political analyst Charles Krauthammer nails it — Pres. Barack Obama can’t tolerate criticism, so it makes perfect sense that his administration is throwing Sec. of Defense Chuck Hagel, the only Republican in the president’s cabinet, under the bus for speaking the truth.

Hagel had the audacity to disagree with the president that the Muslim terrorist group ISIS is dangerous. Hagel also said that Team Obama’s U.S. foreign policy in Syria is incoherent.

As Krauthammer pointed out this evening in a special report with Bret Baier at Fox News, “Obama can tolerate a lot: cluelessness, incompetence, laziness. But not criticism. He had to go.”

From Breitbart Big Government, John McCain: Chuck Hagel Was ‘Very Very Frustrated’ with Obama:

Sen. John McCain says: “I thank Chuck Hagel for his service, and I know that he was very, very frustrated.” McCain, expected to become chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee in January, was reacting to news that President Obama is forcing Secretary of Defense Hagel to resign.

In an radio interview with KFYI radio in Phoenix, McCain said that he just spoke with Hagel on the phone and had met with him recently. McCain was a vocal opponent of Hagel’s nomination in 2013, but pointed out that the former Republican senator was unfairly characterized as not being able to handle the job.

“Already White House people are leaking ‘well he wasn’t up to the job,’ well believe me he was up to the job it was the job he was given where he really was never really brought into that real tight circle inside the White House that makes all the decisions which has put us into the incredible debacle that we’re in today throughout the world,” McCain said.

McCain praised Hagel for characterizing ISIS as the greatest threat in the Middle East, while Obama was calling them members of a JV team.

From PJ Tatler, Hagel Unchained: Departing Defense Secretary Fires Parting Shots in Interview Last Week:

Departing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel may have sealed his exit in this interview with Charlie Rose last week. Rose conducted the interview at the Pentagon.

In the interview, Hagel made two key points that serve as accusations that President Barack Obama is mismanaging the United States military and the ISIS threat.

Rose asked Hagel to elaborate on comments that he made in a speech at the Reagan Library last weekend. In that speech, Hagel said that America’s military capability, while still the best in the world, is being threatened.

Hagel re-iterated that to Rose, but also left viewers to wonder about the direction that President Obama is taking the military.

“I am worried about it, I am concerned about it, Chairman Dempsey is, the chiefs are, every leader of this institution,” Hagel said, including Pentagon leadership but leaving both President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden’s names out of his list of officials who are worried about the U.S. military’s declining capability. Hagel said that the Congress and the American people need to know what while the U.S. military remains the strongest, best trained and most motivated in the world, its lead is being threatened because of policies being implemented now.

Hagel went on to note that a good leader prepares their institution for future success, saying that “the main responsibility of any leader is to prepare your institution for the future. If you don’t do that, you’ve failed. I don’t care how good you are, how smart you are, any part of your job. If you don’t prepare your institution, you’ve failed.”

Associated Press: Obama Announces Hagel Resignation from Pentagon

 

From Fox News, Ugly ouster: ‘Frustrated’ Hagel faces unfair sniping on way out, says McCain:

Ousted Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had become “very, very frustrated” in the post before President Obama sought his resignation, according to a key lawmaker, who blasted the White House for a whispering campaign that accompanied the Pentagon boss’ abrupt ouster Monday morning.

“I thank Chuck Hagel for his service, and I know that he was very, very frustrated,” Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican who is expected to take control of the Senate Armed Services Committee in January, said in a radio interview with KFYI.

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[Hagel] criticized Obama for failing in areas like the Middle East, Ukraine, and responding to a newly aggressive China.

“We’ve had our disagreements but Chuck Hagel is an honorable man,” McCain added.

At the news conference, Obama said Hagel concluded it’s an “appropriate time” for him to complete his service. Hagel has had a rocky tenure of nearly two years in which he’s struggled to break through the White House’s insular foreign policy team. He stepped down under pressure amid multiple foreign policy crises, including the rise of the Islamic State group.

But in remarks at the White House, Obama praised Hagel as “an exemplary defense secretary” and steady hand for strategy and budget. Obama said he’ll always be grateful that Hagel has always “given it to me straight.”

The Vietnam veteran and former Republican senator took office less than two years ago, and was charged with overseeing the winding down of decade-long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Hagel, 68, also steered the military during sweeping changes involving gays and women in the military. But in recent months, the Pentagon has taken on new challenges, including fighting Islamic State in Syria and Iraq and deploying military personnel to Africa to fight Ebola.

Sources told FoxNews.com that Obama’s dissatisfaction with Hagel, as well as a desire to shake up the cabinet following the devastating midterm elections, played a role in the president seeking Hagel’s ouster.

“Make no mistake, Secretary Hagel was fired,” a senior U.S. official with close knowledge of the situation told Fox News.

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Fab Food Friday Fotos: Sweet Dreams Were Made of This… Holiday Desserts & Treats Recipes Spectacular!

Posted By on November 21, 2014

“A cherry pie is… ephemeral. From the moment it emerges from the oven it begins a steep decline: from too hot to edible to cold to stale to mouldy, and finally to a post-pie state where only history can tell you that it was once considered food. The pie is a parable of human life.”

~ Author Nick Harkaway, from “The Gone-Away World”

FOOD. GLORIOUS HOLIDAY FOOD.

Pies, cakes, cookies, puddings, cobblers… most of us love desserts year ’round. But even those who aren’t big dessert eaters will indulge a bit more than usual during the holidays. If it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, the Super Bowl, or any other holiday or festivity, desserts can top off a delicious meal, or is a quick boost to snack on when energy lags during the day. Scroll through this week’s “sweet dreams” compilation for ideas or for recipes for some sefab holiday dessert-making.

When they’re available, recipes and recipe links will accompany select “Fab Food Friday Fotos,” with a guarantee that at least one thrifty recipe will always be included.

 

Sour Cherry Blueberry Pie | Photo credit: Alicia, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Sour Cherry Blueberry Pie | Photo credit: Alicia, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Sadly, the link to the recipe that photographer/cook Alicia used for her sour cherry blueberry pie is no longer active — however, there are some excellent recipes posted at Sassy Radish, Sew a Fine Seam, and Taste of Home.

 

 

Oats & Chocolate Shortbread | Photo credit: jazzijava, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Oats & Chocolate Shortbread | Photo credit: jazzijava, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Photographer/cook jazzijava provided this shortbread cookie recipe link, and wrote:

These slice-and-bake cookies are tender, crumbly and rich – their tiny size is misleading! Rolled oats and dark brown sugar bring a great earthiness to the dough, and the bittersweet chocolate is a refreshing change to your usual cookie!

 

 

Totoro Icebox Cookies | Photo credit: Jasline @ Foodie Baker, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Totoro Icebox Cookies | Photo credit: Jasline @ Foodie Baker, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

When my daughter was young, I bought a VHS tape of the charming Japanese animated films “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Kiki’s Delivery Service.” She was so passionate about them, we nearly wore out the tapes. These cute icebox cookies remind me of that wondrous time during my daughter’s childhood, and so, I may make these to surprise her during the holidays. The recipe is posted at Foodie Baker, and cook/webmistress Jasline provided this background info:

Have you heard of Totoro? Totoro is a cartoon character in a popular Japanese movie Tonari no Totoro / My Neighbour Totoro. The movie is produced by Studio Ghibli and I’ve always been a fan of Studio Ghibli’s works, such as Spirited Away, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, etc. Recently my colleague has been posting lots of Totoro photos on my Facebook, which tempted me to create a Totoro cookie.

I Googled for recipes online and could only find recipes for Totoro cut-out cookies. I didn’t want to go through the trouble of finding a Totoro cookie cutter (maybe I’ll go get it from eBay in the future), so I thought of an icebox cookie. Icebox cookies, also known as refrigerator cookies, are made by making a batch of cookie dough which is shaped, chilled until firm, then sliced and baked. I have made several icebox cookies before, my favourites being the spiral cookies and the Domo-kun cookies. I planned the design by adapting Diamond from Dessert’s Penguin Cookies (I must say those cookies are damn adorable!)

Unfortunately, they didn’t turn out the way I want it to be (I lack artistic talent, seriously) but I’m very surprised that many of my friends could guess what the cookie is by the shape of it. …Looks aside, even though they don’t look like Totoro at all in the end, I’m still glad the cookies turned out to be buttery, rich, fragrant and chocolatey – my mom asked me not to bring it to office to give away to my colleagues because she wants to snack on them! If you are feeling creative, do give these cookies a go and let me know how your Totoro cookies turned out! I’m sure you all are a lot more creative than me :) If not, just roll them up into spiral cookies and bake away, they will still be very yummy!

 

 

Peanut Butter & Jelly (PB & J) Cupcakes | Photo credit: Miki's Kitchen, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Peanut Butter & Jelly (PB & J) Cupcakes | Photo credit: Miki’s Kitchen, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

The recipe for these fun cupcakes is posted at Miki’s Kitchen, with this intro:

Today I am sharing with you these peanut butter and jelly cupcakes. They are most definitely the dessert version of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It really is like eating a sweetened up and more decadent version of a PB&J!

 

Blueberries in Gin Syrup | Photo credit: TheBittenWord, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Blueberries in Gin Syrup | Photo credit: TheBittenWord, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Something different for dessert… The recipe is posted at TheBittenWord, with this overview:

On the evening when we served Grilled Herbed Poussins, our friends E & G were over, and we wanted to also serve a dessert.

But it needed to be something quick and easy, since this was a weeknight meal. We are working boys, after all.

Blueberries in Gin Syrup was the exact thing we were looking for.

For this recipe, you simply make a simple syrup using rosemary, sugar and water. (The recipe also calls for including juniper berries in the syrup, but we omitted them because we just didn’t have time to go out and find them.)

While the syrup is still hot, pour it over the blueberries and add a shot of gin. Let the berries cool, garnish with mint and serve!

Easy enough, right?

The resulting blueberries are absolutely gorgeous. Soaking in the syrup, they plump up and get this beautifully shiny, glassy sheen. They taste deliciously sweet, but there are also faint herbal notes, thanks to the mint and rosemary.

The gin was only faintly apparent, adding its slight but welcome spice. The recipe says that it can be omitted. On the flip side, if you really like gin, we think you could add more and it would still be a great dessert.

Either way, this makes for a delicious, light way to end a meal.

 

Chocolate and peppermint in a trifle… what’s not to love?

Webmistress Heidi has the recipe posted at One Creative Mommy, and wrote, “If you love chocolate and peppermint, you’re going to love Chocolate Peppermint trifle! Be sure to serve this for company, because it’s so easy and delicious that you won’t be able to quit eating it!” She also provides a link to a gluten-free version.

 

Holiday Bread Pudding | Photo credit: Melanie Cook, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Holiday Bread Pudding | Photo credit: Melanie Cook, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Photographer/cook Melanie Cook didn’t name this “holiday” bread pudding. I tacked on the “holiday” because her photo of it looked so festive, so holiday-ish. Bread pudding is one of those cheap and easy desserts that can be enjoyed year ’round, and for families with a sweet tooth, it won’t break the bank to make. Here is Melanie’s recipe, which was handed down to her from her mother:

This was really a make-it-up-as-you-go-along deal, so quantities are guesstimates. Just use your imagination.

I used 3 (or 3, I can’t remember) few day old bread rolls, which I sliced vertically and buttered the slices of 2 (or 3). The last one I spread with jam instead. (This is because if you ever buy some of the really yummy bakery bread puddings they use all the left overs of things like jam scrolls, and croissants, and so on, giving a really nice mix of stuff.)

Cut or break the bread up into bite sized(ish) pieces in a large bowl. Add a pile of fruit (I used just sultanas) to the bowl. Add 3 tablespoons brown sugar (adjust to taste), a teaspoon full of mixed spice (I only had cinnamon, but really, anything at all works here), and enough milk to moisten it all. Stir it all up well, so that it starts to be able to stick together. You don’t want it sloppy, but you don’t want dry bread either.

Spoon into patty cases (quite a lot, this doesn’t rise, and doesn’t sink either, so what you see, is what you get). Dredge castor sugar over them all.

Bake in a slow oven for an hour or so, until they’re nicely cooked. You’ll know if they’re too soggy. You could probably stick a skewer in to see if it comes out clean, but I didn’t. I probably should have, there were still a bit moist, but still quite yummy to eat!

I didn’t look up what “slow” was, I baked them at about 180°c. My mum’s old recipe that I based this on said “slow.”

 

 

White Chocolate Pudding with Berry Sauce | Photo credit: Danube66, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

White Chocolate Pudding with Berry Sauce | Photo credit: Danube66, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Photographer/cook Danube66 shared the recipe for this beautiful dessert:

White Chocolate Pudding with Berry Sauce

* 1 package sugar free white chocolate pudding, prepared according to directions
* 6 oz fresh or defrosted blackberries
* 6 oz fresh or defrosted raspberries
* 1/2 cup low sugar raspberry jelly
* 1/2 cup water
* 2 tbsp cornstarch
* 1 tbsp sugar

In a small saucepan heat blackberries, raspberries, jelly, water, cornstarch and sugar. Stir continuously until bubbly. Continue to cook over low heat until sauce thickens. Cool to room temperature.

Layer pudding, then berry sauce, another layer of pudding and another layer of berry sauce. Cool in refrigerator about an hour. Add hazelnut wafer to each cup.

 

Caramel-Bottomed Guinness Chocolate Pie | Photo credit: Dennis Wilkinson, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Caramel-Bottomed Guinness Chocolate Pie | Photo credit: Dennis Wilkinson, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Photographer/cook Dennis Wilkinson’s recipe for his drool-worthy pie is posted on his Flickr account — he also wrote this summary:

I like the pairing of chocolate and stout, and I think the orange-spiked caramel layer really fills out the flavor of the pie. The pudding itself is based on a recipe from the folks at Cooks Illustrated, tweaked quite a bit, the pie crust is basically a 1:2:3 ratio pie dough but with extra liquid in the form of vodka (which helps make the dough workable, but keeps it from getting tough by providing alcohol to interfere with gluten production), and the caramel and whipped cream are pretty stock recipes (I use variants of both all the time).

 

 

German Chocolate Cake (gluten-free) | Photo credit: Elana Amsterdam @ Elana's Pantry, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

German Chocolate Cake (gluten-free) | Photo credit: Elana Amsterdam @ Elana’s Pantry, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

German chocolate cake… and it’s gluten-free! Photographer/cook/author Elana Amsterdam wrote, “Here’s a Gluten Free German Chocolate Cake with Vegan Frosting for the holidays!”

 

 

Pavlova | Photo credit: James Allenspach, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Pavlova | Photo credit: James Allenspach, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Some historical info about Pavlova, from Joy of Baking — there’s a recipe and video demo on the site for making this lovely dessert:

Pavlova (Pav) is a meringue cake that has a light and delicate crisp crust and a soft sweet marshmallow center. This lovely dessert is typically served with softly whipped cream and fresh fruit. There is a long standing debate about whether New Zealand or Australia invented this dessert, which has yet to be resolved. What we do know is that the name, Pavlova, was chosen in honor of the Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova, who toured both New Zealand and Australia in 1926.

A Pavlova is a meringue, and it is important when making any meringue that the egg whites reach maximum volume, so make sure your mixing bowl and whisk are clean and free of grease.

 

 

Sour Cream Coffee Cake | Photo credit: Kimberly Vardeman, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Sour Cream Coffee Cake | Photo credit: Kimberly Vardeman, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Photographer/cook Kimberly Vardeman’s sour cream coffee cake, with its gorgeous streusel, was made using a recipe created by Food Network’s Ina Garten.

 

 

Mousse with Kiwi Slice & Caramel Custards with Fig Slices | Photo credit: Kirti Poddar, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Mousse with Kiwi Slice & Caramel Custards with Fig Slices | Photo credit: Kirti Poddar, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

 

 

1962 Christmas Treats Ad, Karo Syrup Holiday Candy Fantasies, with Recipes (2-page advert) | Photo credit: Vicki McClure Davidson, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

1962 Christmas Treats Ad, Karo Syrup Holiday Candy Fantasies, with Recipes (2-page advert) | Photo credit: Vicki McClure Davidson, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

 

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Past two months of Fab Food Friday Fotos posts:

Dazzling Thanksgiving Edition, with Holiday Food, Drink, Recipes, & Beautiful DIY Thanksgiving Centerpieces & Table Displays

Chilly Days, Chillier Nights… Recipes for Tasty, Frugal Soups & Stews from Around the World to Warm Up You & Your Loved Ones

Pecan-Peach Cornmeal Cake, Cod Burgers, Bean & Leek Soup, Corn Dodgers, Baked Spicy Korean Salmon, Sage-Scented Butternut Squash Ravioli, Grilled Lamb & Pistachio Kebabs, Super Quick Chili, Oreo Cookie Balls, Hot Chicken Dip, More Easy, Thrifty Recipes

Chicken Breast & Tarragon-Mustard Cream Sauce, Crock Pot Chili, Fresh Bamboo Soup, Roast Beef Sirloin, Durian Cheesecake, Pai Gu Fan, Pan Gravy, Salads & Casseroles, Chocolate Beet Cake, More Frugal Recipes

Round-up of Fabulously Creepy & Frugal Halloween Foods, Drinks, & Recipes

Homemade Cultured Butter, Shiitake Kale Salad, Baked Falafel & Tzatziki Sauce, Bacon & Onion Pizza, Smoked Salmon & Bagel Breakfast Casserole, Stir-Fried Cod & Veggies, French Toast, Sunchoke & Fried Halloumi Salad, More Thrifty Recipes

Florentine Bars, Chinese Chicken, Savory Spinach Ricotta Crepes, Autumn Salmon, Chilli Crab Pasta, Sweet Potato Hash, Spaghetti Squash Carbonara, Chocolate Coconut Cherry Balls, Vegan Mapo Tofu, GF Orange Cake, More Frugal Recipes

Braised Goat Shoulder with Mirepoix-Rosé Sauce, GF Mounds Bars, Moong Dal, Chocolate Cookies, Baked Spaghetti with Italian Sausage, Maple Pumpkin Muffins, Spicy Rice & Egg, Jersey Royal Potato Salad, More Recipes

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