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Video of NY 22nd Congressional District exploratory committee announcement

By Michael Vass | April 24, 2013

The following is video of the full speech, as well as Q&A, for Michael “Vass” Vasquez. Mr. Vasquez has stated he will be launching an exploratory committee to evaluate a run for the 22nd Congressional District – currently held by fellow Republican Rep. Richard Hanna.

Mr. Vasquez is the president of M V Consulting Inc. and a writer to this blog. Due to the conflict of interest, Mr. Vasquez will no longer be providing his political commentary or reporting while pursuing a path to elected office. In addition, Mr. Vasquez will be ceasing his work for the Binghamton Political Buzz Examiner.com.

Speech given outside of the Broome County Courthouse

Q & A with Peter Quinn of WBGH

Q & A with YNN

Further information about the exploratory committee and the efforts of Mr. Vasquez to pursue elected office can be found at http://exploratory.electmichaelvasquez.com

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Transcript: Michael “Vass” Vasquez announces exploratory committee

By Michael Vass | April 24, 2013

Michael "Vass" Vasquez - President of M V Consulting, Inc.

Michael ‘Vass’ Vasquez – President of M V Consulting, Inc.

Hello and thank you all for joining me today.

Many of you may know me as Michael Vass, my business name found on the thousands of articles and political commentary I have written over the past 7 years, found in virtually all search engines. But today I want to introduce myself with my actual name of Michael Vasquez. Because now is the time for full disclosure and forthright answers. Because now we must expect more, and deserve to get more.

Back when I was a stockbroker in the 1990′s, I registered Michael Vass as my business name with the SEC. Since that time I have continued to used it in all my business ventures, including my political commentary. Writing about politics can often stir many emotions, and the internet is a vast place where some react in less than savory ways. Sometimes these negative reactions can even lead to real world extremes and danger. But as of today I am giving up this layer of protection, because voters in the NY 22nd District deserve to know who is speaking to them.

Over nearly a decade I have been actively reporting and following issues from the local to the international level. I have written literally tens of thousands of words, conveying both the problems facing the nation as well as the efforts of our elected officials to resolve these issues. Often, like many of us all, I have felt the frustration as political gridlock stalled efforts and legislation after legislation either went unread or was altered such that it became ineffective. For more than a decade Congress has garnered ever lower approval ratings. The net result is a Government that is failing the populace.

Like others in the news media and over the internet, I have made great effort to convert the polispeak that is common in Government, and delved into more than just the 30 second soundbites that pass for explanations of what is being done on behalf of constituents. I have interviewed elected officials and candidates of both Parties, and presented unedited video so a complete record is available to the public.

The hope was that this added attention could help to promote a renewed accountability among elected officials – but even with the full weight of the internet and news media, Government continues to act without connection to the average American.

It’s because of this lack of connection, this inaction, this ineptitude if we want to be really honest, that I first considered running for elected office. The fact that 47% of Congress, which includes members of both Parties, are millionaires, and more than a 1/3 are career politicians, added to my thoughts. The fact that some 59% of the public (according to recent polls) feel the nation is on the wrong path, solidified my conviction and confirmed my feelings. As this day approached, I drew inspiration from the past.

103 years ago today, President Theodore Roosevelt made a historic speech. That speech conveyed an important message – the man in the arena. He said,

“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

I take from that speech the need for average Americans to be directly involved with how Government is run. To ensure that Government, at all levels, is accountable and responsive to the needs of the public. Because career politicians and millionaires, good people that they are, are not the average American living day-to-day with the concerns of the masses. They do not feel the impact of their decisions in the same way that your family and friends and children feel it. That does not make them bad people as some insist, but it does make them out of touch and unconnected to the needs of the voters they represent.

Congress needs to reconnect to the public it serves. Government must be reminded that its purpose is to provide only what the public cannot. Those in elected office, and those that would seek it, must raise the bar on what is to be expected, strived for, and achieved.

Thus it is in the spirit of one of the great American Presidents, on the anniversary of his speech praising the sweat and labor of the average American, that I am launching my exploratory committee for the 2014 NY 22nd Congressional seat.

In the coming weeks and months I look forward to meeting with the constituents of the NY 22nd District. I look forward to sharing my views and making sure that the 2014 election is about the concerns of voters and their needs. That the election will be about getting these things done, improving the quality of life for this generation and those to come.

For those interested in learning more about me, I suggest my website http://exploratory.electmichaelvasquez.com or come see me speaking across the 22nd District.

As voters we expect more, and in 2014 let’s get it.

Thank you

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Welcome to March…Spring is Coming!!!!

By LSquire | March 5, 2013

Hello All!!
I am excited about Spring and all the lovely things that comes with it!  Like…more and more fresh produce.  Get ready for strawberries, green onions, leeks. peas, beets, asparagus and a whole other array of wonderful, fresh items from the Earth!!  In this issue, I’m sharing my recipe for sausage and peppers.  Tasty, healthy and quick and easy to prepare.  Also, not hard on your wallet.  Where you can, choose fresh herbs and spices over dried (if it’s within your budget).  You will often find the taste is beyond compare!  Enjoy! – Chef Li

FOOD OF THE MONTH

BELL PEPPERS

Peppers While bell peppers are a very popular vegetable, they have not always shared the health research spotlight with other members of the pepper family due to their very small amount of capsaicin, the compound that gives hot peppers their “heat.” Once active in the body, capsaicin can bind onto nerve cell receptors and change pain sensation, and it may also have important anti-cancer and blood-sugar balancing properties. However, the lack of “heat” does not mean that they lack health benefits.

Bell peppers contain very high amounts of vitamin C and Vitamin A. Bell peppers also contain significant amounts of vitamin B 6 and dietary fiber. Bell peppers are a great, low calorie snack.  One red pepper contains only 30-40 calories.
Bell peppers are a great source of antioxidants.

 

RECIPE OF THE MONTH  -

SAUSAGE AND PEPPERS

Sausage and Peppers

 

Ingredients

  • 6 (4 ounce) links sweet (or Spicy, or Turkey) Italian sausage
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Place the sausage in a large skillet over medium heat, and brown on all sides. Remove from skillet, and slice.
  2. Melt butter in the skillet. Stir in the yellow onion, red onion, and garlic, and cook 2 to 3 minutes. Mix in red bell pepper and green bell pepper. Season with basil, oregano, salt and pepper.  Cook and stir until peppers and onions are tender.
  3. Return sausage slices to skillet with the vegetables. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 15 minutes, or until sausage is heated through.
  4. Serve with steamed white (or other) rice.  (If desired).

CULINARY VOCABULARY

AU GRATIN - (pronounced oh-gra-tan) – The term au gratin refers to a dish that is baked with a topping of seasoned breadcrumbs and cheese. The au gratin topping should be golden brown, which can usually be achieved by baking.

See you back in the Springtime!!!

 

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Chef Li’s Corner – Welcome Black History Month and Happy Valentine’s Day to all!!

By LSquire | February 6, 2013

Hello everyone!  I hope this month is finding everyone well!  In honor of Black History Month, I just would like to publicly thank all those who set the bar higher, who sacrificed, and who left a visual on the positive traits of our people as a whole!  Also, to all those who are doing great and wonderful things that encourage and raise up a better generation!  I am blessed to be operating in a time that I am free to become whatever I desire to.  With that said, I share one of my Granny’s favorites with you this month.  Banana nut bread!  Enjoy it, and will see you again in March!

FOOD OF THE MONTH

BANANAS

Bananas

Safe and pure enough for baby’s first solid foodBananas are a terrific, heart-healthy food when included in a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol. May reduce the risk of this disease.
Naturally fat, cholesterol and sodium-free
A good source of potassium, dietary fiber, manganese and vitamins B6 & C

 

 

RECIPE OF THE MONTH – Granny’s Banana Nut Bread

Banana Nut Bread

 

 

 

 

 

INGREDIENTS

2 cups mashed very ripe bananas (3 large)

2/3 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup milk

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon nutmeg

3 eggs

2 2/3 cups Bisquick mix

1/2 cup chopped nuts (your choice. I suggest walnuts or pecans.)

 DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease 9x5x3-inch loaf pan.
  • Stir bananas, sugar, milk, oil, vanilla, nutmeg and eggs in large bowl. Stir in Bisquick mix and nuts. Pour into pan.
  • Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean; cool 10 minutes. Loosen sides of loaf from pan; remove from pan and place top side up on wire rack. Cool completely before slicing.

CULINARY VOCABULARY

 AU SEC (pronouned aw-seck) – In culinary arts, the term au sec refers to a liquid that has been reduced until it is nearly dry. Indeed, au sec means “nearly dry” in French.  Reducing a liquid to au sec is a process most frequently seen in sauce making. It’s often the acid component, such as wine or vinegar, that is reduced to au sec.

 

 

 

 

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Happy New Year – Welcome Back!!!

By LSquire | January 3, 2013

Welcome Back all, and Happy 2013!  I apologize to the readers…last month I did not post due to a sudden prolonged illness and some personal issues that needed resolving.  But, it’s a new year, and all is better now!  Thank you for coming back again to read!  I am planning some great recipes for this year, and starting next month, I will be adding some “smart shopping tips” to help you with culinary equipment, groceries, food condition, etc.  to help you become better consumers.  This will also include information about gadgets or other things that can make your life easier where the kitchen is concerned.  Once again, thank you for your support, and I wish everyone the very best that 2013 has to offer!- Chef Li

Lisa-Column

 

 

 

 

 

FOOD OF THE MONTH- SPINACH

Spinach

Spinach has health promotional and disease prevention properties.

  • Very low in calories and fats (100g of raw leaves is just about 23 calories)
  • Spinach contains about 25% of daily intake of iron, and is one of the richest among green leafy vegetables.
  • Fresh leaves are rich source of several vital anti-oxidant vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin C, and other powerful antioxidants.
  • Spinach leaves are an excellent source of vitamin K.  Vitamin K plays a role in strengthening the bone mass by promoting osteotrophic (bone building) activity in the bone.

 

Recipe of the Week – “The Kids Will Eat it Spinach Dip”

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Ingredients  (All dairy items can be substituted for low-fat or no-fat versions)

1         1/2 lb. fresh spinach or 1 lb. baby spinach leaves

1/2 lb. softened cream cheese (I like Philadelphia brand)

1        container (16 oz) sour cream.  (Can be substituted for low fat if desired).

 1/2    teaspoon salt                                           
 1/2    teaspoon dried dill weed                                           
 1/2    teaspoonground black pepper                                      
 1/4    cup chopped green onions or 1/2 vidalia onion (diced small)                                             
Crackers or cut-up fresh vegetables or corn chips (I like Tostitos Scoops)
 
Directions
1. Cook Spinach until wilted.  Drain liquid and cool. 

2 Meanwhile, in medium bowl, mix all other ingredients.   Cover; refrigerate at least 2 hours to blend flavors. Top with onions around the edge of serving dish.  Serve dip with crackers.

 

CULINARY VOCABULARY

AL DENTE (pronounced  al-DEN-tay)

The expression “al dent”e refers to the degree of doneness of properly cooked pasta or grains. It comes from an Italian phrase which translates as “to the tooth.” When cooked al dente, pasta should be tender but still firm to the bite.

 

Tune in next month for the first “consumer tip” and more!!!!

 
 

 

 

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Larry Hagman, passes at 81

By Michael Vass | November 24, 2012

While many of the younger generation may not be familiar with Larry Hagman, more than half of America is. Larry Hagman was a familar fixture in television, and likely best known for his work on Dallas as the incredibly watchable J.R. Ewin.

But the actor was more than just an evening soap opera fixture. Hagman was a former Broadway actor of much acclaim. But his big break came after his performance in Fail-Safe, a movie proiduction of a book of the same name. This lead to his starring role in the television show I Dream of Jeanie. For most televison stars a 5 year career in a hit televison show – that garnered more viewers than many of the top 10 of network television shows today – would be a career high. But Hagman had more to do.

Dallas, starting in 1977, was a pinnacle of television acting that few actors can ever hope to attain. The cliff-hanger of who shot J.R. drew more media attention than the combined viewership of many modern successes in a full season. Even now Dallas can be seen in some 90 countries. Hagman appeared in all 357 episodes, 2 television movies, and the 2012 revisioning of the Dallas series – all as the loved and hated J.R. Ewin character.

But there was also another side to Larry Hagman. The man that spent 1 day a week where he would not say a word. In fact he would use whistles to indicate his thoughts and needs. He was a notorious drinker, who received a liver transplant and reformed his ways. He was a heavy smoker, who became an anti-smoking advocate.

Larry Hagman was many things, but an enetertainer was foremost among his attributes. His ability and his unique style will be missed.

We present this small glimpse of Larry Hagman, in a serious role, in Fail-Safe. Perhaps it will help identify the loss that has occured. We wish our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Hagman.

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Black Friday thru Cyber Monday savings

By Michael Vass | November 22, 2012

From mindnite Friday 11/23/12 thru Monday 11/26/12, it’s a shop and save deal at http://www.AlchemyVass.com (our new home for our online store – formerly Alchemy at World of VASS).

Buy any item worth $50 or more and the second item of equal or lesser value gets a 35% rebate.

For example, buy the Time Machine Chronambulator Dial Clock

The beating heart of the pan-dimensional adventurer's retro hi-tech time machine

and get EER Steam-Powered Entropy Calibrator Wristwatch with a 35% rebate!

or

Buy any item worth $50 or more and the second item of equal or lesser value gets a 35% rebate.

Buy the 10,000 Leagues Gladstone

Travel around the World with fortitude and distinction

and get a 35% rebate on the Damned Love Purse.

However you want to do it, it’s up to you! Buy any item worth $50 or more and the second item of equal or lesser value gets a 35% rebate. Find a gift for someone on your list and get something for yourself. Get 2 unique gifts and save money. Shop from the comfort of your home, no lines or weather to deal with. Save gas too!

**Offer does not apply to any other discount or sale. All sales via safe and secure Paypal only. US sales only. Rebate via Paypal upon payment settlement.**

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