Always did like Phil. Him (and Bubba Watson) are the only top pros who use lefty clubs like I do.
Funny thing is, I'm right-handed. Dad taught me to bat lefty when I was little, because of the relative competitive advantage - not as many lefty hitters at that age, one step closer to 1st base, etc. But always throw and write right handed.
When I started playing golf in my teens, I preferred the lefty stance.
**** New WA Resolution Notification *****
There is currently a new General Assembly Resolution at vote. When expressing your opinion, please note which Resolution it is for. And remember Texans, your individual vote does count!
The new Resolution is called:
"Protecting Personal Data
A resolution to enact uniform standards that protect workers, consumers, and the general public.
Category: Regulation Area of Effect: Consumer Protection Proposed by: Marxist Germany
The World Assembly,
Appalled by the lack of a resolution regarding data protection"...
<see the General Assembly for full text and to vote>
Commentary: The General Assembly wants to try and protect you and your data and your industries. Do you know what would happen if this passes on a WA-wide scale? It would virtually be a class-action lawsuit by all the WA nations versus just the peeps in your nation. Um, no. Do you want to give the World Assembly that much power? NewTexas will go on record as AGAINST on this Resolution. This is only the opinion of NewTexas. We look forward to other Texans' opinions and comments on this Resolution. If good arguments to the contrary are made, we will reconsider our position.
The Texas response was still low, but out of the gutter on the last GA vote -- Drug Abuse Amelioration Act -- which was defeated after gaining only 24.1% of the vote. As a reminder, all we are looking for is a simple 10% of Texans to say one way or another. We are a force for change in the WA. Every vote counts! There were 3 publicly-expressed opinions on the last Resolution with the final Texas tally running 0 FOR and 3 AGAINST and 0 ABSTAIN and 0 UNDECIDED. Texans were unanimous! Yay!
If you would like to take part in shaping the world you live in, please vote. Voting is a right and a privilege, please consider using it. And, if you are not a member of the World Assembly, we strongly encourage you to join.
All Texas WA Member nations please vote. Please make your Texan opinions known in Texas by 11:00 PM Saturday and in the World Assembly voting booth by 11:00 PM Texas Time on Sunday the 14th. Current voting in The World is running - Votes FOR: 7776 Votes AGAINST: 4917
PS: Remember, be sure to vote at the World Assembly too!
Seeker Alpha, we are not convinced that it is an unwelcome invasion. The Founder has been awake and active while those actions occurred. They could and still can stop it at any time. It is not unheard of for a region to invite invaders to "liven up" their dead or dying region. We do not really know the whole story here Dale the Honorable Skeptic. Like you, we are skeptical. The immortal words of Admiral Ackbar always must be considered in such situations. Rest assured, the Texas Defense Forces will certainly keep an eye on it. Thank you for the heads up.
***** Texas Saturday Breakfast *****
Whoop, whoop! Saturday breakfast time! Today will be Breakfast Quesadillas Saturday! We are whipping up some of our award-winning breakfast quesadillas for Texas this weekend! We will start it off with The Basic - just plain ol' cheddar cheese, grated, placed in a small flour tortilla and toasted up in a lightly greased skillet until golden and crispy on the outside. Perfect in its simplicity. Want a little spiciness to your Quesadilla, we have you covered with the Mexican Especial Quesadilla - a regular corn tortilla loaded with a blend of Mexican cheeses - Oaxaca, Monterey Jack, Mild Cheddar, and Asadero imported from Sinaloa - topped with diced pickled jalapeños and diced raw onions then folded and fried up in a little Manteca. Arriba! We cannot leave out our friends from Canada, so get you the Canadian Quesadilla made with Canada's finest, and favorite cheese, Cheddar, grated up over half a large flour tortilla topped with two slices of lightly-browned Canadian Bacon and topped with gently-scrambled eggs, folded and crisped up in butter. Good eats, eh? Quesadillas are all about the cheese and we will present you with a Belgian surprise, The Camembert Quesadilla! The star of this beauty is a triple cream Camembert cheese with the rind removed, and sliced thinly and placed on a flour tortilla, topped with caramelized sweet onions and lightly browned in a touch of sunflower oil. Oo-la-la! Uno Mas! Our final offering will be a simple Pepper Jack Cheese Quesadilla made with a mild Monterey Jack cheese infused with jalapeño and serrano peppers, shredded and tossed lightly with Texas Grade A scrambled eggs and cooked, crumbled chorizo and then placed in a large flour tortilla (made fresh daily by a small cadre of NewTexan Abuelitas working all night for you) and toasted up to a beautiful golden brown and sliced into wedges. That one is the best since the cheese just glues everything together into one oozy-gooey-eggy-spicy mess that tastes oh so good! We have plenty of other cheeses on hand as well as plenty of more ingredients. Feel free to create your own, our waiters are ready to take your order for the Quesadilla of your dreams! Get creative! We will open The Juice Bar is with all the standard juices - Orange, Apple, Grapefruit, and Tomato. The funky one today is the Pommegranite Persimmon Cinnamon Slushy. Try "The Suicide" - we dare you! Start your day off the right way, munch out and go back to sleep. Of course, The Never Ending Urn of Coffee is full and ready to help you wash it all down. Texas coffee doesn't get much better. Enjoy Texas! You know you want to!®
***** Texas Election Reminder *****
In Texas Election News, the First Trimester 2019 Texas Elections Speech & Campaign Week is winding down. This Election is very calm, and, like the last one, is very light on speeches. To say that there are not very many of them would be an overstatement. There are actually none. Kudos goes to Talitha Macer for her brief speech-like statement on the RMB. With No Confidence being the sleeper candidate in every Cabinet race, a speech may be just what is needed to fend them off. We believe that here in NewTexas and are sure that will change soon (* dings Head Speech Writer *). This is just the kind of foothold No Confidence likes. The same goes for the Texas Representative Council nominees, none of whom have made a single speech in the ten-nation race for five positions.
Election Week starts Sunday, April 14, 2019, at High Noon Texas Time (GMT -6). So you only have about 1¼ days if you have any more speeches to make before voting starts for your Texas Cabinet and Texas Representative Council positions. We always enjoy speeches and there is plenty of room for more. Candidates can take it right down to the wire when the polls close but sooner is definitely better than later.
If you would like to make some Constitutional Amendments, Repeals to offer and or would like to propose new Articles, then you also only have until April 14th - Tomorrow! Or, if you just have questions on how this works, there is a link to the forum at the top of this page and a link to more information at the top of the page on the offsite forum!
Just to be clear Texas Elections are here:
Let's go Texas! Election Week begins TOMORROW!, shortly after noon. Get out there and make your Speeches candidates or make changes to the Constitution.
Threads are up and ready!
***** Texas Chat Reminder *****
The Texas Weekly Chat Session will be Saturday (TODAY) at High Noon Texas Time (CDT) ***Saturday***. And, if you can't be there right at Noon, that is Ok, Texas Chat usually runs 3, 4, 5 hours with some Chats running as high as 7 or 8 hours.
The Texas Chat Site is here: http://texasregion.net/blab70/login.php
Please register with your nation name. This is a great opportunity for nations old and new to Texas to find out what is going on! We chat, we debate, we talk about the weather, we talk about stuff we like, stuff we hate, random stuff and more stuff. But, it is never stuffy. Usually, it is about meeting your fellow Texans and talking about the latest and most interesting stuff in NationStates at the moment. But then again, sometimes NationStates does not even come up. It is wide-open chatting with peeps from around The World both IRL and NS. It is Texans, EuroTexans, WannabeTexans, ex-Texans, and plenty of Friends of Texans. We have it all and all are welcome. Texas Chat, 734 weeks and running! For the math-challenged, that is over 14½ years! Check it out! Good stuff!
not really unless you draft up a WA resolution freeing the region or by counter raiding and taking back the region and giving it back to its rightful owners.
WA resolutions (SC Liberations) only remove delegate-imposed passwords. They don't do anything to remove the existing delegate.
Somebody already posted one. It's utterly pointless, as no password was set.
Emmett is sad to hear that Verner has suffered a 2nd heart attack and is back in ICU on life support. In addition to my weekly regional prayers for everyone in Texas, I'll be lighting prayer candles and praying for Verner to make a good recovery. :(
Emmett salutes all nominees as requested and wishes them luck but is confused to be nominated too and has no idea why he was nominated. Great Scott! I have never expressed any interest in running for elections. Anyways, I'm busy with my university studies and spending most of my free time getting to know my new fiancée better before I propose marriage to her. Thank you for nominating me but because of time constraints I must repectfully decline this nomination.
Happy Belated Birthday to Vincent and Arian. Emmett hopes you're both wiser now that you're older :)
Good for you!
Emmett is continuing to pray for the wellbeing of everyone in Texas in church every Sunday. :)
Hey United Vinceland, how's your dad doing?
:P :P :P
Gnarly for either choice.
It is my opinion as well.
If you like, I can provide a spectacular and widely varied collection of colorful insults, ranging from diplomatic to wildly incorrect and obscene, that you may employ against the invading force.
From the Kitchens of Cajun Winterfell, a delightfully mouth watering aroma saturated the atmosphere as Cajun Winterfellian cooks labored to prepare a sumptious buffet for everyone in Texas. To celebrate the birthday of our fellow Texans, the twins Arian and Vincent and because their Dad Verner is a heart attack survivor, today's special is a Heart Healthy Birthday Party Lunch. Eat all you can!
We reinvented your favorite veggie dish in salad form and topped it all off with fresh mozzarella.
1 red pepper, quartered
1 small eggplant (about 12 oz.), sliced into 1/4"-thick rounds
1 medium zucchini (about 6 oz.), sliced lengthwise into 1/4"-thick strips
1 small summer squash (about 6 oz.), sliced lengthwise into 1/4"-thick strips
1 lb. Campari or plum tomatoes, halved
2 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
Kosher salt and pepper
2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1/4 c. fresh basil, leaves torn
4 c. baby arugula
2 large thick slices sourdough or country bread
1 clove garlic, halved
4 oz. fresh mozzarella, torn
1. Heat grill to medium-high.
2. In a large bowl, toss the vegetables with 1 1/2 tablespoons oil and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper.
3. Grill until lightly charred and tender, 3 to 4 minutes per side for the pepper, eggplant, zucchini, and squash, and 1 to 2 minutes on the cut side only for the tomatoes. Transfer the eggplant and tomatoes back to the bowl and the rest of the vegetables to a cutting board.
4. Slice the peppers, zucchini, and squash and add to the bowl. Gently toss with the vinegar, basil, and arugula.
5. Brush the bread slices with remaining tablespoon oil and grill until lightly toasted, 1 to 2 minutes per side, then rub both sides with the cut side of the garlic clove.
6. Cut each slice of bread in half and transfer to plates. Spoon the salad and any juices over the bread, then top with the mozzarella.
This recipe taken from here.
COOK'S TIP: To make strips, angle the carrot on the cutting board and use a vegetable peeler to shave ribbons from top to bottom. Rotate every few peels.
3 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. honey
1 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
8 small lamb loin chops (3/4-inch thick, about 2 pounds), well trimmed
1 lb. large carrots (about 3 carrots)
6 large radishes
1/4 c. fresh mint leaves
1. In a large bowl, whisk 2 tablespoons oil, vinegar, honey, 1/4 teaspoon cumin, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper to combine.
2. Heat the remaining tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season the lamb with the remaining teaspoon cumin and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Cook the lamb to desired doneness, 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare.
3. Meanwhile, using a vegetable peeler, shave the carrots into thin strips and very thinly slice the radishes. Add to the dressing and toss to coat. Fold in the mint leaves and serve with the lamb.
This recipe taken from here.
3 tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 tbsp. honey
Kosher salt and pepper
8 oz. savoy cabbage, cored and thinly sliced
1 Granny Smith apple, cut into matchsticks
1 jalapeño, seeded and thinly sliced
SWEET POTATO CHIPS AND MAYONNAISE:
4 c. sweet potato chips
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1/2 c. mayonnaise
1 tbsp. Sriracha
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tbsp. chili paste (like sambal oelek)
1 tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp. fresh grated ginger
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
1 lb. ground turkey
2 tbsp. olive oil, for skillet
4 buns, split and lightly toasted
1. Heat oven to 400°F. In a large bowl, whisk together the lime juice, vinegar, honey, and a pinch each salt and pepper. Add the cabbage, apple, and jalapeño and toss to coat. Let sit, tossing occasionally, until ready to serve.
2. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil and spread the potato chips in an even layer. Bake just until warm (this releases the oils and helps the spice stick), about 5 minutes. Toss with the paprika.
3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl,whisk together the mayonnaise, Sriracha, and lemon juice; set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the chili paste, soy sauce, and ginger; stir in the onion, then add the turkey and mix to combine. Form the mixture into four 3⁄4-inch-thick patties.
4. Heat a grill, or the oil in a large cast-iron skillet, to medium-high heat. Grill or cook the burgers until an instant-read thermometer registers 165°F, 7 to 8 minutes per side on the grill or 4 to 5 minutes per side in the skillet.
5. Spread the buns with a touch of the Sriracha mayonnaise, then top with the burgers and slaw. Serve with the potato chips and remaining mayonnaise.
This recipe taken from here.
1 c. long-grain white rice
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
6 oz. thick-cut sliced ham
1 lb. pineapple
1 large red pepper
1 medium Red Onion
1 piece fresh ginger
2 clove garlic
chopped fresh cilantro
1. Cook the rice according to package directions.
2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the ham and cook, tossing occasionally, until beginning to brown, about 3 minutes. Add the pineapple and cook until beginning to brown around the edges, 3 to 4 minutes.
3. Add the pepper and cook, tossing, for 2 minutes. Add the onion and cook, tossing, for 3 minutes. Add the jalapeño, ginger, and garlic and cook, tossing occasionally, until the vegetables are just tender, 2 to 3 minutes more.
4. Add the cooked rice to the skillet and toss to combine. Serve with cilantro and lime wedges, if desired.
This recipe taken from here.
Soup of the Day:
1/4 lb red split lentils
2 cloves garlic
1 red pepper
1 tblsp tomato puree
1 can plum totatoes
1 tsp dried basil
1 tspn dried oregano
2 oz spaghetti
1 1/2 pints vegetable stock
1. Chop onion, crush garlic and cook gently in enough water to cover the bottom of your pan.
2. Puree (or chop to a pulp) the tinned tomatoes and add to the onion and garlic.
3. Thinly slice the courgette, carrot and red pepper and add to the pan.
4. Add the dried herbs, lentils and tomato puree and mix well.
5. Turn the heat up until bubbling and add the stock.
6. Simmer for 30 mins.
7. Break the spaghetti into tiny pieces and add to the soup. Cook for a further 15 mins
8. Season and serve!
This recipe taken from here.
And for dessert we’ll have a very special multi layered Rainbow Cake with each layer a different flavor:
Makes: 1 rainbow layer cake
700g butter, room temperature
700g caster sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
700g self raising flour
food colouring (preferably gel) in 6 colours (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple)
400g butter, room temperature
800g icing sugar
1. Preheat the oven to 170 C / Gas 3. Grease six round 20cm cake tins and line with baking parchment.
2. For the cake, beat together the butter, sugar and vanilla until pale and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually add the flour, mixing well until smooth.
3. Divide the milk between six mixing bowls. Add one food colouring to each bowl and stir well. Start with just a little colour, adding more if needed to reach your desired hue.
4. Divide the cake mixture into six equal portions, weighing into the six bowls with the food colouring. Mix the cake mixture with the food colouring, using a a clean spoon or whisk each time.
5. Place the mixtures into the prepared cake tins and level the top.
6. Bake the cakes for 20 minutes, or till a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Let the cakes cool completely.
7. Once cakes are cool, use a sharp serrated knife to cut the tops off of the cakes so that each layer is of the same height.
8. For the icing, beat the butter for 5 minutes till light and fluffy. Add the icing sugar gradually, mixing well. Finally mix in the milk.
9. Spread a bit of icing on the bottom of a serving platter or cake stand. Place the purple cake on top, then spread the top of the cake with icing. Top with the blue cake and repeat. Continue in this order: green, yellow, orange, red.
10. Spread the entire cake, top and sides, with a thin layer of buttercream. Place in the fridge or freezer for 30 minutes, or till the icing sets.
11. Remove cake from fridge and spread remaining icing over all sides of the cake. Decorate as desired, and serve!
Note on baking:
If you don't have six 20cm cake tins, bake as many layers as you can at a time. Remove from the oven, then remove cakes from tins and repeat with any remaining unbaked layers.
This recipe taken from here.
Mmm...Mmm...Finger Lickin' Good! <3
Vincent, I’ve been praying for your Dad and I hope Verner gets well soon. Please keep us informed about his condition and please give him a get well hug from me. <3
Arian and Vincent, Happy Belated Birthday to the two of you and hopefully you’ll both become more mature and aren’t pranksters anymore. <3
It’s an honor just to be nominated and I’d like to thank everyone who nominated me. Y'all are awesome! <3
Unfortunately, I can’t accept this nomination since I don’t feel qualified or believe I have the time to do a good job in the post I've been nominated for.
Good luck to all the other candidates! <3
***** State of The Region Address *****
April 14, 2019
It is our great pleasure to announce that the nomination process is over and so are the speeches for the 2019 First Trimester Texas Elections. As always, this is going to be an interesting Election. While none of the Cabinet-level races are contested, every Cabinet race will be running against the ever-pesky No Confidence. No Confidence represents "None of the Above" lurking, lurking. They can be a fierce competitor. We wish them all luck, well, except for No Confidence.
The Texas Representative Council race is going to be good too. All 5 incumbents are back to run as well as 4 newcomers to Texas Government! That makes 8 running for the 5 positions open. We have a race, peeps!
In Constitutional actions, we got nothing. That is ok. That simply means we have a stable, quality Constitution.
The following is the slate the new Texas Government. This next week will be a time for each Texan, as of March 31, 2019, to vote on the offsite forum. Voting is open to both those who are registered and those who are not, however, if you are not registered, you will have to post an "Add Reply" to the message to register your vote. There are instructions pinned to the top of the forum (Please read them before voting!). The Polls will close Sunday, April 21, 2019, at 11:59 am (High Noon Texas Time). Shortly after that, we will announce the winners of the 2019 First Trimester Texas Elections!
We encourage Texans to participate in the voting process on the offsite forum:
Or, it can be navigated to by starting at the NationStates Texas Forum->Texas Election Commission->Current Elections.
Congratulations to all the Candidates!
The Big Tex Happy Taco Stands of NewTexas
The Gigantic Frozen Igloo of Studly Penguins
Secretary of Defense
The James Holzhauer of Indian Empire
Secretary of State
The Randomness of Trecdom2
Secretary of WA Affairs
The Serene Compassionate Utopia of Safj
Texas Representative Council (5 to be elected)
The Federation of Boozylvania
The Barnes-Free Conglomerate of Ewing Oil Co
The Eternal Vulcan Jedi Empire of Fort Verden
The Galactic Empire of Gig em Aggies
The Oppressed Peoples of Issues Test Bed
The Kingdom of Shemiki
The Armed Republic of Talitha Macer
The Southeast Texan Republic of United States of Woodward
-- None --
Long Live The Great Region of Texas!
Governor of Texas
Oh my goodness! Folks, that Sunday at Augusta was the most amazing thing I've ever watched! Why? Simple really- TIGER WOODS WON Y'ALL
Before Today, Tiger Woods had not won a major since I was a 6-year old Kindergartner. That changed today when a 43-year old Tiger Woods went out and won by one stroke at -13, winning a 5th Masters and his 15th major. I must say that it is the most amazing thing I have ever seen on Television, and I'll remember that one forever. The win moved Tiger from 12th to 6th in the official world rankings.
Question now is, how many more can he get? At this point, sky's the limit for him.
Thanks for praying for my Dad to get well Emmett and Falcona and everyone in Texas. Your prayers are appreciated by my family and thanks Falcona, I'll give my Dad a get well hug from you. :)
Dude, my Dad's heart condition has been stabilized and he has a steady heartbeat again. He said he hasn't felt himself receive defibrillation shocks from his ICD for the last few days. We hope that means he'll be weaned from ECMO and be moved out of ICU soon. He also said he used to be an endless fountain of energy but now he's feeling extremely tired and wants to rest. Since his 2nd heart attack, my Dad's turned into Rip Van Winkle: He spends most of the day sleeping. We hope he'll regain his energy by next week and can stay awake for much longer. He can't reply to posts cause he hasn't asked us to bring his Mobile AUTOCAD Laptop to him so we didn't bring it to him. But we've passed y'all's messages to him and he appreciated all the get well messages and prayers.
Thanks for wishing me a Happy Belated Birthday Emmett and Falcona. Speaking for myself I'm trying to change my behavior, mend my ways and be more mature. I've stopped being a prankster already. :)
Thanks for hosting a birthday party for me and my brother complete with an awesome multi flavored Rainbow Cake Dudette! :)
Thanks for thinking of our Dad and thoughtfully making the menu heart healthy too. :)
Thanks a lot for your prayers Dude! :)
Please continue to pray for my Dad to get well and hopefully be able to be weaned from ECMO and get out of ICU soon. Thanks in advance for your prayers.
I’m in an art history class and we all cried together lol
Combos win the tie with a random picker selecting them over Cheezits.