Friday, October 10, 2008

Jaba Challah

One of my most treasured memories as a kid was helping my mother bake. She made Challah (pronounced: hall ah with a ick sound over the hall) and she also made piroshkis, this amazing cheesy bread, calzones, and bear claws for all the big holidays. I couldn't wait when these amazing items came hot and savory out of the oven.

This year for Yom Kippur which ended last night I attempted to mimic this tradition and made challah from scratch using my mothers recipe.

I neglected to get a grip on the amount of bread this recipe made and so created a bread turkey this challah was named jaba challah by everyone at our house for Yom. It was magnificent in its enormity, it nearly covered a sheet pan 11x17"and rose off the pan almost 6 inches tall. The shot above was taken mere minutes before it was pulled from the oven to be devoured. It was so good. I will be making French toast this Saturday with the leftovers.

It was so tasty, there is nothing more divine in this life than fresh homemade bread hot from the oven.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Homecoming 1993

My friend Monica we have known each other since Junior high. This is on my face book. Im the one with the Brooke Shields eyebrows....OMG

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1) As mayor of Wasilla, Palin made rape victims pay for their own forensic evidence kits (VIDEO)

2) Palin is opposed to abortion in cases of rape and incest (even if victims are children)

3) Palin believes creationism should be taught in public schools

4) Palin believes that man coexisted with dinosaurs only 6,000 years ago

5) While mayor of Wasilla Palin tried to fire the librarian because she refused to censor books (VIDEO)

6) Palin has no international experience and only obtained her first passport in 2007 (VIDEO)

7) Palin supports the Alaskan Independence Party which seeks independence from the USA (VIDEO)

8) Palin is presently under investigation in Alaska for abuse of power

9) Palin offered a bounty of $150 for each left front leg of freshly killed wolves

10) Palin promotes aerial hunting of wolves even though Alaskans voted twice to ban it (VIDEO)

11) Palin used $400,000 of state money to fund a propaganda campaign in support of aerial hunting

12) Palin believes man-made global warming is a farce

13) Palin strongly supports drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

14) Palin is a champion for big oil and her campaign slogan has become "Drill, baby, drill!"

15) Palin is suing the federal government to prevent listing the polar bear as an endangered species

16) Palin is opposed to listing the unique Cook Inlet beluga whale as an endangered species

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Sarah Palin's parents surrounded by all their dead animals

We have no issue with subsistence hunting (eating what you kill). Our issue is with trophy and sport hunting.

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NEWS UPDATE (9/13/08): Huge anti-Palin rally draws 1,500 people in Alaska

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Sarah Palin - Worse for the Planet Than Even Bush

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Sarah Palin proudly displaying a grizzly bear her father killed

Sarah Palin spent $400,000 of state money to "educate" Alaskans about aerial hunting of wolves and bears. State tax money was used to directly influence the outcome of proposition 2 which would have limited aerial shooting of predators. Since Alaskans had previously voted twice to ban aerial shooting of predators, Palin used state tax money to buy support for aerial shooting. Buying votes with tax money worked - proposition two was voted down on 8/26/08.

Read more about Governor Palin's "predator control" policies and the use of state money to slaughter bears and wolves. This year the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game will exterminate 1,400 bears out of a population of 2,000 in an area west of Anchorage. The Alaskan Board of Game even approved the hunting of black bear mothers and cubs with the goal of killing 60 percent of the black bear population. Although biologists have known since the 60's that predators actually keep prey populations healthy, Alaskan wolves and bears are being exterminated (using cruel practices such as baiting, trapping, and aerial shooting) to boost dwindling moose populations. Do we really want a vice president who doesn't believe in science?

Sarah Palin sues the federal government over listing polar bears as a threatened species. Why? Because it could restrict the oil industry that fills her pockets. This is the same reason she wants to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling. Read Governor Palin's ignorant op-ed piece here. Palin believes that global warming is a myth.

Sarah Palin's voting record supports development of the Pebble Mine - the largest open pit mine in North America. Pebble mine jeopardizes the entire Bristol bay ecosystem which contains the largest sockeye salmon run in the world. The mine could pollute an unprecedented number or rivers, lakes, and bays. Although Palin claims that the mine would create jobs for Alaskans, it may effectively destroy the commercial and sport fishing industry in Bristol Bay - the main source of income for Alaskans in Bristol bay. Pebble Mine's potential for pollution makes the Exxon Valdez oil spill look like a tiny grease stain. Click here to watch the NY Times video story about the environmental destruction this mine would create.

The Alaska Board of Game makes most wildlife decisions in Alaska. The board is comprised entirely of trophy hunters, and not a single wildlife biologist or scientist is a member. Also lacking is any representation from Alaska's wildlife viewing and tourism industry. The most important decisions about wildlife in Alaska are decided by ignorant hunters with a total disregard for science. Palin even appointed her former middle school basketball coach to the board.

Are there too many wolves in Alaska?

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No! Boosting the moose population is the official justification for aggressive predator control policies such as aerial shooting. However, in 2005 124 biologists contacted then Governor Murkowski expressing multiple concerns over predator control in Alaska, and that it was not based on sound science. These unscientific practices still continue under Governor Palin. There has never been a documented case of a wolf attacking a human in Alaska� ever. Alleged �large� numbers of wolves are never a threat to human safety. Click here to read wildlife biologist Dr. Steven Stringham's articles on why predator control is junk science.


Sarah Palin claims that aerial hunting is necessary to help poor Alaskans who need to hunt moose for food. But it costs $500/hr. to charter a bush plane, and more than double that to charter a helicopter. Let's do the math - with over 800 wolves killed to date by aerial shooting, with an average of four hours to kill them (a very low estimate), times $500/hr. to charter a plane (another low estimate, since helicopters cost more), that's at least $1.6 MILLION dollars spent on air travel to kill wolves! Wouldn't it be easier to spend that money giving the poor food vouchers? Add the nearly half a million dollars that Palin spent to "educate" Alaskans about aerial hunting, and you could probably feed the whole state. I think it's obvious that aerial hunting of wolves is not about helping to feed the poor.

For more information about Sarah Palin and Alaska's wildlife policies visit the Alaska Wildlife Alliance

Sarah Palin Wants Grizzly Bears Dead

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I think its obvious from the pictures on our website how Alaska Governor Sarah Palin feels about wildlife conservation. Like many Alaskans, Palin believes that bears � and all wildlife, exist for the sole purpose of human exploitation. Sarah Palin and the Alaska Board of Game whose members make decisions about most wildlife, are actively trying to cripple the bear viewing/eco-tourism industry in Alaska. Photographs of Palin with her bear rug were published in the Anchorage Daily News amidst great controversy over the hunting of habituated bears around Katmai National Park and the McNeil River Sanctuary. Several weeks before the controversial 2007 Katmai Preserve hunt (where bears habituated to bear viewers were shot) Palin posed deliberately next to a dead bear to a make a point � that she will do everything in her power to make sure bears and other wildlife are mercilessly shot for pleasure in Alaska. This is another example of how conservative Palin really is. Palin supports shooting habituated bears even though the majority of Alaskans (even sport hunters) are opposed to hunting them.

In the past two years, bears habituated to bear viewing have reportedly been shot at bear viewing sites around the state � as a statement to bear advocates that Alaska is about shooting animals, not understanding them. Palin supports mining and oil drilling as a way to create jobs in Alaska - yet she tries to destroy the bear viewing industry which generated $100,000,000 this year! Palin cares most about preserving an outdated way of life based on the consumption of the natural world.

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Photographers from all around the world travel to Alaska to photograph wild grizzly bears

This year the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game plans to exterminate 1,400 bears out of a population of 2,000 in an area west of Anchorage. The Alaskan government consistently ignores decades of scientific research that has proven that predators actually keep prey populations healthy. Alaska fish and game is wiping out entire populations of predators -using cruel practices such as baiting, trapping, and aerial shooting, in the name of boosting dwindling moose populations. This is just plain ignorant, since biologists have known since the 60�s that wolves and bears do not negatively impact prey species such as moose and caribou. Anyone who has taken ecology or biology 101 knows this is established fact. What is threatening moose and other prey species is over hunting by humans, and a large number of yearly road-kill fatalities. The impact of habitat destruction, climate change, and a decrease in predation also contributes. Limiting trophy hunting of moose, however, is never considered an alternative. Alaska is also the only state that prohibits wildlife rescue and rehabilitation (which would help boost moose numbers).

The majority of people who visit Alaska do not support sport hunting and the destruction of wildlife. Most tourists come to Alaska to view wildlife, not to slaughter it. Seeing a grizzly in the wild is the highlight of every tourist's trip! The best hope for Alaskan wildlife is for the tourists who fund the economy to make their wishes known loud and clear � that they do not support archaic policies which destroy the Alaskan ecosystem.

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This year thousands of Alaskan bears and wolves will be shot for pleasure in Alaska

Alaska is the last place in the U.S. where humans have not gobbled up and destroyed the natural world. This unique place on the planet needs to be protected, and not allowed to continue to be nothing but a place where animals are trapped, and shot and skinned, and stuffed, and hung on a wall, or used as a rug to wipe your dirty feet.

Watch graphic videos here showing the trophy hunting that Sarah Palin supports so strongly

Contact Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and tell her you oppose the slaughter of bears, wolves and other predators. Mention that you oppose the hunting of habituated grizzly bears in the Katmai Preserve. Tell her you support the abolishment of the Board of Game, which is comprised entirely of trophy hunters. These ignorant trophy hunters set most wildlife policies in Alaska.

Cubs, cubs, and more cubs!

Are grizzly bears really dangerous?

Do grizzly bears eat people?

Where can I safely view grizzly bears in Alaska?

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Bears have learned to trust humans, and vice versa, in places like Katmai National Park where sport hunting is banned.

Read more about this grizzly mother by clicking here.