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Trump day 301
The Trump administration has removed the restriction against bringing
back parts of elephant to the USA. The Trump administration claims
it will provide more money to protect large game animals from pooching.
I suppose we should ignore the fact Trumps family is involved as many
rich people are in big game hunting and obviously want to bring home
Trophies to show off to their friends.

Trump tweeted to bad mouth the senator from Minnisota for his
actions of Kissing and groping a woman. Even to suggest the
senator did more than accused. Likely to create conspiracies
against the democrat. Trump should keep his mouth shut after
20 women accused him of similar or worse attacks during his
campaign. As it says in the Christian bible. "Let those who are
without sin cast the first stone." Perhaps our higly religious vice
president should remind Trump of that.

Our politicians like to claim they are as pure as the driven
snow, but I have a hunch there are many cases of sexual attacks
and harassment with both parties in government. It's been a dirty
little secret of many powerful men down through human history.

Seems people who support men who attack women, want to blame
the women or girls for being seductive. To make the man they support
a victim instead.

The keystone pipe line sprung a leak spilling of over200,000
gallons of tar sand oil. This pipe line was said to be almost
leak proof. Kansas is about to  vote to permit the same pipe
line to cross their state. I wonder if the big leak will
affect their vote? Somehow I think a GOP controlled state
won't even care and will allow it to cross leaks and all.

Trumps son was was found to be in contact with Wikileaks
during the campaign. A site that was involved with Russia. This
pretty much ties The Trump campaign with Russia and it's help
to elect Trump as president.

Puerto Rico is still having power problems, at least 50
percent of the island. After 9 weeks they are still
getting shameful help from the Trump administration even
though Trump claims they are getting great help.

The house passed a tax cut bill with GOP cheers.
A bill that would if put into law would save the
super rich billions. Troub would save millions, and
with the removal of the estate tax his family depending
on how long Trump lives could save billions as well.
All this while the taxes increase for the working poor.
The GOP has often said they are for jobs, but their
"Trickle down economics" hasn't ever worked except
to make the rich even richer, and the rest of us poorer.
They don't believe in the Minimum wage, or Unions. They
claim all government aid creates dependency, and should
be eliminated. They say let local government care for the
disadvantage. Well local governments often don't have the
resources to fill the need.

I think we should work to help people get off government
aid, but when the minimum wage pays less than people get
on welfare. We need to have a system that moves people
to an equal and even greater income. The way it is now if
a person gets even a part time job they are tossed off
welfare. Perhaps we should just reduce welfare by the
amount they earn working. Until their income equals
welfare.  Then stop the aid. We will always have people
that try to live off of others, but I think most want to
make their own living given the chance.

traditional and digital artwork / First Official Fursona Drawing
« Last post by Ty on Today at 08:26:36 am »
I have done a bit of soul searching and I have been doing alot of art in the past. I haven't been very great in working in digital mediums and I wanted to push my skills to see if I could create something that truly represents myself in the furry community. I am glad to say that I like the way this one came out and hope to do more in the future. Hope you enjoy and I would love some feedback on it.
foodie furs / Re: Ice Cream Sundaes
« Last post by cause the rat on Today at 12:11:22 am »
Love me some ice cream. Here's where i really miss not being able to eat chocolate. Love chocolate and peanuts on soft serve vanilla ice cream. It's been almost 30 years but I can still remember the flavor.
Something else I thought I'd through in. Because I'm still on that high protein diet.

Average protein in homemade white bread.
8.7 grams a slice.
Average protein in store bought white bread,
2.7 grams.

Tastes better. Better for you. Really not that hard to make.
foodie furs / Re: Home made bread. From traditional to no knead refrigerator.
« Last post by cause the rat on November 16, 2017, 11:48:19 pm »
Every white bread recipe has these four ingredients. Flour, water, yeast and salt. So why the rest?
Nonfat Dry Milk,
Vegetable oil,
Olive oil,

Each additional ingredient not only effects the taste but the texture of the bread.  The first thing I looked up is eggs. Yep. There are websites out there that have this information. I LOVE the web.  Eggs add protein, structure, water and a "richness" to bread. My favorite bread calls for one egg. Guess it would have to be made with out the egg to tell the difference. OK, thats not going to happen. I really love that bread like it is.

Fats like shortening, lard, butter and cooking oils add texture and moistness to the bread. I recently watched a 'Martha Stewart Bakes' episode where she said that lard is better than shortening. Because lard is 100% fat. Crazy old lady. Shortening is also 100% fat.  :) Shortening has a second advantage. It will never taste like pork. I've also learned that butter cooks differently than other fats. It melts faster so it's structurally weaker. And unlike shortening or lard it adds water.

Sugar. I thought sugar was just there to feed the yeast and sweeten the loaf. As it turns out sugar also changes the texture of bread. Because sugar competes and wins with water it lightens up the gluten content. Just like in cake you have a less structured more crumbly bread.

Milk and Nonfat Dry Milk. In my search I found one site that states they are interchangeable and indistinguishable in flavor. I'm guessing someone has never actually drank this stuff. They will not act the same in bread. The milk fat acts like a tenderizer and, like butter, interferes with the production of gluten. A softer loaf of bread.  I want to try a few breads that call for nonfat dry milk. So I bought some. This stuff is not cheap. Hopefully it's worth it. Cuz I aint drinking it. Tastes like soured milk. As far as scalded milk goes? I was right!! it was all about killing things in the milk itself. So if your bread recipe calls for scalded milk use warmed milk instead. it's all good.

It still amazes the heck out of me. Just a slight change in a single ingredient or procedure and you end up with a different flavored bread.
foodie furs / Re: Ice Cream Sundaes
« Last post by Movian on November 16, 2017, 12:54:13 pm »
When this comes to a close I vote someone makes the sundae with the highest voted ingredients and takes pictures!!!
foodie furs / Ice Cream Sundaes
« Last post by Kobuk on November 16, 2017, 12:11:24 pm »
Anybody like ice cream sundaes? I do once in a while. :)  Anyway, what are your favorite toppings? What are your favorite places to go for ice cream sundaes or banana splits?

foodie furs / Re: Home made bread. From traditional to no knead refrigerator.
« Last post by cause the rat on November 16, 2017, 11:54:03 am »
But Kobuk. Think of the new flavor combos you could enjoy before it kills you!  :D

The real secret to making bread. This is the part I see most people having the biggest problem with. The amount of flour to use. The secret? Let the dough decide what it needs. That's it. No complicated weighing or figuring percentages. In each recipe it gives an amount. Say 6 cups. If the dough is still wet you add a bit more flour. If the dough is two dry don't force more flour into it. If your dough ends up two dry add  water a table spoon at a time till it moistens up. It doesn't take take two much to make a dough right. The best part is even if the dough is a bit sticky or dry it will still make bread. Bread is not that complicated. How it's done. If your kneading by hand. Put bread flour on your work surface. As you knead the dough will pick up flour to counteract it's stickiness. If on the other hand the bread dough feels stiff and a tablespoon of water at a time till it become pliable again.

I keep my house between 35 to 50% humidity. This is because of my allergies. So by any standards the air in my house is dryer than most. When I make bread it does effect the amount of flour i use. If the recipe calls for six cups I usually end up only using five and a half. If your house is at a moor natural humidity level you'll use more flour. The air and weather have a lot to do with this. So if you make the same bread all the time you will notice the differences.

In the process of thawing a frozen loaf. According to all the info I've read it should be as good as the fresh one. Will let you know. Still haven't had the time to make and freeze uncooked bread. Will have to try that soon.
news forum / Re: Trump the GOP and Democrats. A new path or more of the same.
« Last post by Old Rabbit on November 16, 2017, 10:48:02 am »
Trump day 300
President Trump made a rambliing speech about his trip to the
far east. He bragged about how many jobs Japan was promising
to the USA. Only thing it's just talk with nothing agreed in
in writing. Seems all Trump gained in with his trip was a
bigger waistline with all the dinners he had with the middle
eastern leaders. It's well known Trump loves rich food with
lots of calories.

Might be miy imagination, but Trump looks fatter than he
was when he was during his campaign. He has a way to
go to be the fattest president. William H Taft who wieghed
364 pounds, holds the record.

The sexual allegations toward ex judge running for US senator
in Alabama continues to grow even though hedenys it saying it's
just politics. It's strange how the religious community is
supporting a man accused of sexual abuse of young girls. I
would think they would think they would stand back calling
this what it is instead of blindly saying he  is a good man.
Many people thought to be good have been found to be very
bad people. The man who shot almost 600 people in Los Vegas
was thought to be a good man before hand.

Trump was asked to comment about this, but hurried out
of the room with no response.

A democrat senator from California is accused of unwanted
kissing of a woman before he was elected over 10 years
ago. Not surprising the GOP is immedeatly opening a
ethics investigation for the senator. This is just politics
since he wasn't a senator at the time. He has apologized
to the woman. If women want to change the bad
habits of men, they best vote to put more women
in office. That way they can punish this kind of
activities instead of just asking men to change it.

Men make comments about women and act like they
understand how women feel. This is ridiculous. Only
women know how women feel. I can only guess, but
men should at least respect their space. Personally
never felt it proper to chase women or push myself
on anywone much less women. Seems a lot of men
think it's something women want them to do. To act
like a master over a woman as they would child or
slave. I consider women as an equal and should be
treated that way.
general non-furry discussion / Re: T G I F What are you doing this weekend?
« Last post by Movian on November 16, 2017, 10:31:07 am »
Driving from NC to VA then VA to MA loading a truck with friends possessions then driving said truck to VA  then driving home to NC

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