Archive for February, 2008

Rodeo Uncorked
February 28, 2008

If you missed the Best Bites event at the rodeo 2 weeks ago…I’m so sorry! It was a blast with amazing food and wine. Thousands and thousands packed the floor of the Astrodome to sample food and wine. Many of us (yep, me included) were like pigs in mud! My favorite food was Joyce’s Ocean Grill’s white chocolate bread pudding. As a member of the Wine Committee I was “working” on the “maintenance” team to keep the tables clean. Yes, we worked but also tasted and sampled a little too.

The next food/wine/rodeo event is Saturday March 8th at the Methodist Training Center. Unfortunately individual tickets are sold out for Rodeo Uncorked but there are tables still available. The event will kick off with a reception with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, featuring more than 200 award-winning wines. At 8 p.m., a sumptuous five-course seated dinner and winning wines will be auctioned to the highest bidders in the live auction. Various wine-related packages will be offered in a silent auction.

In 2008, 1,969 entries from 606 wineries and 16 countries competed in the International Wine Competition. Winners in 70 classes were awarded buckles, chaps and saddles.

And the winners are…

2008 GRAND CHAMPION BEST OF SHOW:
Stags Leap Napa Cabernet, California, Stags’ Leap Winery, 2004

2008 RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION BEST OF SHOW
Orogeny Vineyards Pinot Noir, Green Valley, Orogeny Vineyards, 2005

2008 TOP TEXAS WINE
Brennan Vineyards Viognier, Brennan Vineyards, 2006

2008 TOP ALL AROUND WINERY
d’Arenberg

2008 TOP WINERY OUTFIT
Constellation

2008 TOP RED WINE
6th Sense Syrah, Michael-David Winery, 2004

2008 TOP WHITE WINE
Pacific Rim Chenin Blanc, Pacific Rim Winemakers, 2006

2008 TOP SPARKLING WINE
Forget-Brimont Rose Premier Cru, Forget-Brimont

2008 TOP DESSERT WINE
Oremus Tokaji Aszu 3 Puttonyos, Oremus KFT, 2000

2008 TOP VALUE WINE
Marquis Philips Cabernet, Marquis Philips, 2006

Click here for Rodeo Uncorked! Champion Wine and Auction Dinner tickets and information, or call 832.667.1128, or e-mail wine@rodeohouston.com.

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Correction: Waterboarding is not illegal
February 13, 2008

Tuesday morning, Feb. 12th, we broadcast the story of a group of men charged in connection with the 9/11 attacks. In one case, accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed apparently confessed during an interrogation technique known as “waterboarding.” It simulates drowning. Mohammed wants his confession thrown out of court, arguing that he was tortured to get it. When reporting this story I mistakenly said waterboarding is illegal. It is not. Although there’s been plenty of debate in Washington whether it’s moral or ethical. Opponents want it outlawed. Supporters argue it helps get necessary information to fight the war on terror.

The entire debate is not that simple, as this excerpt from a recent Washington Post article points out: “The government’s defense of the waterboarding episodes, laid out in congressional testimony and administration statements over the past two weeks, relies on a complex legal argument that many scholars and human rights advocates say is at odds with settled law barring conduct that amounts to torture, at any time or for any reason. It also leaves open the possibility that, under the right conditions, the CIA could decide to use the tactic again.”

Read the entire article here.

Opponents like Amnesty International expand on why in this op-ed in the Chicago Tribune.

Supporters, like Fox News CHannel Host Bill O’Reilly, see the benefits of keeping all options open when it comes to interrogating detainees as he writes in this Boston Herald op-ed piece.

A Heavenly Connection
February 12, 2008

From the Daily Mail: “Rio de Janeiro’s world-famous statue of Christ the Redeemer was struck by lightning during a thunderstorm over the Brazilian city on Sunday.”
Now, whether this is a freeze-frame of video or a lucky (ah hem, blessed) photographer is anyone’s guess. Could be photoshop. Let’s just say it is what it is!

Hello world!
February 11, 2008

Welcome to WordPress.com. This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!

Home Alone, Online
February 8, 2008

It’s seems obvious: A child with unsupervised internet access is like a child home alone. Virtually speaking, they can see, do, and say just about anything. Sure, there are internet filters to help protect them. But let’s face it — often times kids are more tech savvy than parents. C’mon, if high school kids can get around school filters to check their myspace in class, they can probably beat the system at home.
So parents, let’s ask you this: What about the old addage, ‘If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em’? What if every mom and dad got a myspace or facebook account? The kid might not put you in the top friends list, but at least you’re connected. And you regain the power to embarrass your child at anytime by posting comments on their personal pages. Imagine the coolest myspace page in the world with a mandate to “be home before dark!” Or “When you’re 18, you can blog where you want!” Or “You better clean your room or you’re grounded!” Even better, posting a picture of the messy room for all their crushes to see!

Do you have an opinion about this? Is there any power gained by “joining them”? Do you think most parents have the tech-know-how to make it work? We’d love to hear from a parent who “myspaces” or “facebooks” alongside their child. Let us know what you think.

Also, you might try this website called myspaceforparents.com which might answer all the questions you have about social networking sites and how your children are using them.

Good luck, take care, and be careful!