“If you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?” - RuPaul - - - - - - - - - - - “if by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people -- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties -- someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal," then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal.” - John F. Kennedy - - - - - - - - - - - - “Imagine finding someone you love more than anything in the world, who you would risk your life for but couldn’t marry. And you couldn’t have that special day the way your friends do – you know, wear the ring on your finger and have it mean the same thing as everybody else. Just put yourself in that person’s shoes. It makes me feel sick to my stomach …. When I shared a picture of my tattoo on my Twitter page and said, ‘ALL LOVE is equal,’ a lot of people mocked me – they said, ‘What happened to you? You used to be a Christian girl!’ And I said, ‘Well, if you were a true Christian, you would have your facts straight. Christianity is about love.’ The debate resulted in a lot of threats and hate mail to people who agreed and disagreed with me. At one point I had to say, ‘Dude, everyone lay off.’ Can’t people have friendly debates about sensitive topics without it turning into unnecessary threats?” - Pop star Miley Cyrus on her marriage equality tattoo - - - - - - - - - - -

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Extra Lean Beef Taco Meat

Please make sure to check out my new recipe at Cocina De Don Pedro!  Click on the picture to find out how to add this healthy recipe to your list.

The Wonder Woman Trailer You'll Want To See

Don't lie.  All you gay boys are hungry for some Wonder Woman.  Even you straight folks who are into superheroes or superheroines.
Check out this awesome Wonder Woman trailer my partner Ryan shared with me last night.  You'd almost think that if a fan can make a trailer, why can't Hollywood get their act together and make our damn movie?!?!

Cyanide and Happiness: LMAO

Some Pretty Cool Stuff - Issue No. 008

I'm eager to share "Some Pretty Cool Stuff" I found on the internet this week.  One of the items can even help you in the event you're held captive in another country or your own home.

For those with limited space, the other two items - the bucket and the hanger are definite must-haves.  I have always wanted a hanger for my gym bag so that I can easily store it away after I put on my dress shirt for work.  And the bucket? Well, I don't really need one, but it would be very convenient to have in my garage for washing my car.

Let's start off with this pretty cool bucket.

Pack-Away Bucket
Once in a while we all need a bucket. No need for cheap plastic or heavy, galvanized metal versions that are cumbersome and awkward to store. Enter the award-winning Pack-Away bucket: another of life's little problems solved by Wacky Practicals. Buy $31

SOLO Collapsible Hanger
Don’t let your closet slow you down. SOLO is a collapsible hanger that makes it easy to hang and remove clothes in one swift motion. Its unique design allows you to insert into a wide array of shirts, and then grab and go with just one hand!
-4 hangers in each set
-Collapsible design for grabbing clothes in a single motion
-Slim shape for easy insertion into button-up shirts and turtlenecks
-Folds for travel and storage
-Smooth polypropylene plastic in choice of white or charcoal
Buy $10.99

Titanium Escape Ring
It's a simple but elegant-looking ring made of titanium, cut from solid barstock and polished to a mirror finish.
But unlike all other rings, this one contains a saw and handcuff shim pick combination tool which is completely hidden from view when worn.
Located on a finger, its always in the exact area needed to quickly access and deploy, even when handcuffed.
The shim can be used to open single-locked handcuffs, while the saw can cut zip-ties, disposable handcuffs, duct tape, rope, and other non-metallic materials. Currently out of stock, but when available it will cost you $79.95

Want "Some Pretty Cool Stuff"?  Click to see more.

Not All Cops Are Jerks

It's no secret that cops have a bad rep, but not all cops are jerks.  Some of you might even have friends or family that are in the profession.  

I wanted to share these images courtesy of pleated-jeans.  Because we all know there's a good side of the law.

The Woes of Being a Bad Parent - The Chocolate Egg

God bless this poor kid's heart.  He trusted his daddy would give him a delicious chocolate candy called an OVO, made by Kinder.  


He didn't get a chocolate egg.  Ohhh, "The Woes of Being a Bad Parent." Or not?

I'll be honest, I laughed at the video, but then stopped as I saw the kid crying and crying.  I can't count the number of times I grew up facing these type of scenarios.  Especially from most of my male cousins.  It's hard to say once a bully, always a bully, because I believe people can change. But there's a limit to what we can do.  We grow up trusting our moms and dads, look to them for nourishment and guidance, and never expect them to betray us.

What do you think? Should you troll your child? Do you think it's okay if it's only done once?

I think if you do it once, then leave it at that and explain to the child what you just did.  But if you continuously do it throughout their life, I truly believe deep scars will be made, that you wish you hadn't inflicted upon them.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Special Poster of the Week: The Cookie Monsters Are Out!

I suppose it's their time of the year to collect.  Those damn little cookie monsters are out and about.  Everywhere I turn I see a little monster!

I was at Home Depot last Saturday, and I shit you not, I looked across the way at Lowe's and saw those little monsters trying to sell cookies to some poor old couple.  So what did I do?  I got in my car and drove from Home Depot to Lowe's across the street to stop those little evil beings from hurting those lovely folks.  But the moment I got out of my vehicle I could smell the delightful aroma of caramel and coconut.  Then I saw a familiar green box with a picture of some thin, dark-chocolate mint cookie. And I had to grab one.  And then the lemonades and the peanut butter; Do i need to go on?  I couldn't help it - I BOUGHT 8 BOXES!  I hate them!  Ugh! This isn't right!

But surely I don't want this to happen to Ryan and I...

Are People Really This Stupid? Issue No. 30 - The Habanero Challenge

You see this little beauty right here >>>

That is the 4th hottest pepper in the world.  And yes, it will burn the hell out of your mouth.  It is called the Habanero Chili Pepper.

Some people, including the infamous YouTuber, GloZell decided to take the habanero-eating challenge and the consequence wasn't too great. Are people really this stupid?  YES!  LOL.  I'm one of them.

I told myself I would never eat one by itself ever again, and I haven't.  But boy are they are great for making salsas. :-)

The following guy made a bet for 20 bucks.  And boy, did it cost him.  Absolutely hilarious! 
Oh, and by the way, drinking coke or water does not make it feel any better, it only intensifies it.

Catch GloZell eating a Habanero after the jump, it's even more hilarious! LOL.

Cyanide and Happiness: Keep Away

Regardless of what you think, this is not how we gays have babies dammit!  LMAO.

Creepy But True

To some this image might make them sick, but to others it's part of the human anatomy.  If you're in the medical field there's definitely more difficult things to look at.

This is what a child's skull looks like before losing its baby teeth.

Things I Would Do if I Were a Cop

LOL.  This list is courtesy of Jeff Wysaki at pleated-jeans, too funny.

Hit By A Bus

You may or may not have 12 minutes to watch movie characters getting hit by buses.  Then again, maybe you do; I certainly did not.  LOL.

This just made me realize there are so many movies I haven't seen.

When You Lose Fat...

Yesterday, Facebook friend, Tim Arquette posted a photo on his wall that honestly, made me really sad to look at.  Probably because it's a disheartening reality and I can attest to it -- I've lived it.
A majority of Americans today are obese, and the statistics are not getting any better.  While fast food restaurants are now offering healthier choices, it's not always about what you eat, but how much.  If you order a healthy salad with ranch dressing and cheese sprinkled on it, you might as well order a Big Mac.  Please be attentive to your choices.

I look at this picture and I see myself over a year ago.  Seriously.  I wasn't depressed, but I definitely had Degenerative Joint Disease, Hypertension, Hypercholesterolemia, Pre-diabetes, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and my Quality of Life wasn't too great.  When I go see my doctor in May, he's in for a surprise.  My knees are healthy as ever, I no longer have sleep apnea, pre-diabetes, and my quality of life has never been better!  I'm hoping when he checks my blood pressure and cholesterol this will also be resolved.

So please share this image or blog post, because it truly is important and it could help save a life.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Movies To Watch: Olympus Has Fallen

It's no secret I'm a sucker for Presidential politics, or politics in general.  But political movies are my weakness!  

Olympus Has Fallen premieres on March 22, and already I cannot wait for this movie to hit my local theater.  The movie revolves around a group of terrorists taking over the White House and a disgraced presidential guard doing whatever he can to rescue the president.  

I'm thinking Die Hard and Independence Day, but 20 times better!  Can't Wait!

The trailer is riveting - check it out.

Yody - The Official Trailer

Leave it to Conan O'Brien to release the first official trailer of the Star Wars franchise.  

I'm sure you've read about the rumors that Disney and team are planning to make spin-offs from the Star Wars movies, right?  Supposedly they are doing this in addition to the continued Star Wars saga.  This is almost humorous in itself.

In either case, here's "Yody"

He may be only 2 feet tall and about 5 pounds, but Yoda's dream is to play Norte Dame football.

Cyanide and Happiness: Baby Shower

The GOP 75

Yep, the GOP 75 stands for the number of Republicans who are changing their tune when it comes to Gay marriage.  Hmmm,  I wonder how many of their flock will leave them come election day.

Some of the REDs are coming out for the first time in support of us gays and others are reversing their previous stances on the issue.

Didn't I just say last week that if the REDs didn't change their attitude toward Gays and Latinos, they will never see the White House again?  I love it when I'm right.  Okay, I'll stop boasting.

Seriously speaking, its only 75 republicans, but there could be more signing on to this very important legal brief being submitted to the Supreme Court prior to the Proposition 8 case next month.

And for those who have no idea who's been winning this case for the gays from court to court, year after year - it is Theodore B. Olson, the former Solicitor General under former President George W. Bush, and David Boise, the lawyer who represented former Vice-President Al Gore in the 2000 Presidential election.  Remember the Bush v. Gore saga?  Mr. Olson presided over Bush in that case as well.

This just goes to show that over time people can learn.  Learn that one cannot judge or hate a certain group of people.  Ted grew to believe in the fundamental and constitutional right for same-sex marriage. 

Want to know more about the GOP 75Read the full article here

The Artist Who Hides In The City

Ever seen a camouflage artist?  If not, meet Liu Bolin.  Liu likes to paint himself to blend into any background imaginable.  See if you can spot him in any of these amazing pieces of art. They are pretty darn impressive.

Next Monday Dallas Will Change Forever!

"Next Monday, Dallas will change forever" is how the TV spot for TNT's Dallas begins.

I know, I know, you're probably thinking Ryan and I are the geekiest of all geeks, but we grew to love J.R. Ewing.  After watching 15 seasons of DALLAS together, we are going to cry our eyes out next week.

"All his schemes - all his double-crossing - all his deceptions - lead to the moment - you can't miss,"  then the phone goes dead.  And just like that our hearts stop.  "DAD!"  John Ross cries out on the other end.  "The end of J.R. Ewing"  and a soft-spoken "Dad" is how the ad ends.

It's amazing how good this show has been.  Ryan and I have watched every episode and each one leaves you with the iconic cliff-hangers Dallas was made popular for.  We are truly going to miss Larry Hagman, the actor.  He survived so much and died playing the character he loved most. Rest in peace, J.R..

Monday, February 25, 2013

Healthy 12-Inch Thin Crust Pizza Extravaganza

Please make sure to check out my new recipe at Cocina De Don Pedro!  Click on the picture to find out how to add this to your healthy recipe list.

Loving One Another - Issue No. 018

Lori is Alive - She Has To Be!

So aside from me, everyone, including Ryan seems to think that Lori is dead in the popular TV show, The Walking Dead.  It's been over a year since I pleaded with everyone to watch this series.  If you've never seen it - well - there's not much else I can say.

Here are the reasons I think Lori is Not Dead, or a Zombie.  She's still out there somewhere!

Little Carl, bless his heart, would never shoot his own mother.  I'm sorry, but as tough as he thinks he is, he doesn't have the cojones to shoot his mother's brains out.  Then there's the bloated zombie, really?  Talk about bad television.  When have you seen a bloated zombie?

When Rick finds the body, all he finds is hair in the zombie's mouth.  He also finds a bullet, but it's clean - there's no blood on it.  Furthermore when Rick shoots and stabs the zombie, there are no body parts pulled out of it's stomach.  No bones anywhere! That's kinda strange to me.  

And if you're one to follow the comic books, Hershel, Carl and Glenn are all dead in those books - this also leaves me to wonder whether Lori will return as a Zombie or is Alive!

Cyanide and Happiness: Flat

Each Picture Is Just Like The Other, 200 Calories Each

Here's a beautiful picture of 200 calories.  Yep each of these is just like the other; they each represent 200 calories.  Being that I've lost 57 pounds over the last 7-8 months, I never followed the recommended 2000-2500 daily caloric intake.  Are you kidding me? I probably would have never lost weight, but others seem to have a different opinion on that. 

Click on the picture to see an even bigger picture.

Some foods have significantly more Calories than others but what does the difference actually look like. Each of the photographs below represents 200 Calories of the particular type of food; the images are sorted from low to high calorie density. When you consider that an entire plate of broccoli contains the same number of Calories as a small spoonful of peanut butter, you might think twice the next time you decide what to eat. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average adult needs to consume about 2000 - 2500 Calories to maintain their weight. In other words, you have a fixed amount of Calories to "spend" each day; based on the following pictures, which would you eat? - wiseGeek

A Violation of the Temporal Prime Directive Occurred at the Oscars Last Night

You know I couldn't go without mentioning the long, long, long, long opening segment Seth MacFarlane gave at the Oscars last night.  All the buzz today is the violation of the Temporal Prime Directive by Captain James T. Kirk when he came back to tell Seth he was the worst Academy Awards host ever. LOL.  It was definitely a treat to watch being that I'm a Star Trek fan and all. :-)
Catch the full opening monologue after the jump...

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Cocina De Don Pedro: El Cook Book

It's official.  I have finally started my Cocina De Don Pedro: El Cook Book blog.  It's a work in progress so you'll have to be patient with me. LOL.  I used the same template as my BLADE 7184 blog so that the transition from one blog to the other could be consistent.

I have transferred all the recipes I recently posted on BLADE 7184, along with an old recipe from 2011.  I am also working on a recipe index, where you'll be able to search by a few ingredients or recipe names.
El Cook Book's header consists of an Owl with a Chef's hat, donning an apron and holding a forked sausage.  It's quite humorous.  I have also added a quote very dear to my heart - a dedication to my mother.

I will be placing a "Cocina De Don Pedro: El Cook Book" logo on BLADE 7184, and it is currently accessible by clicking on the tab in this blog's header.

Thank you all for putting up with my ridiculous blogging on BLADE 7184, and hope you enjoy my Cook Book blog as well.  Please feel free to contact me at cocinadedonpedro@gmail with any questions or suggestions you may have.
                                        - Peter a.k.a. Don Pedro or Blade7184

What a Hot Mess: A Curling Iron Disaster

Honestly, I didn't know whether to post this under "Are People Really This Stupid" or "What a Hot Mess".  But since the poor girl had no idea she was going to burn off her hair I'm gonna say its a hot mess.

At first it's just an innocent tutorial on how to curl your hair, but things take a turn for the worse, as the girl realizes her hair is on her iron and not on her head.  What a Hot Mess!  Literally.

Gollum Sings Les Miserables

LMAO.  Ever wonder what it would sound like if Gollum from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit were to sing, "I Dreamed A Dream" from the movie, Les Miserables?  Well, now's your chance to get the exclusive first look and listen.  

Thank you Geeks Are Sexy, for sharing this funny video.  Definitely made me laugh.

I have organized my blogs with 3 days worth of postings, so if you wish to continue reading the days before that, and so forth and so forth, you can click the "Older Posts" button /\ /\ /\ right /\ up there.

There are 3 other ways you can find interesting topics to read as well.

*Clicking on any of the links under my "Favorite Categories" section on the left hand side of your screen

*Using the Google Search bar under the scrolling text.

*By choosing a date from the drop down list on the right hand side of your screen.

Hope you enjoy my daily posts, and hope to hear from you soon.

- Blade 7184 aka Peter