How to take care of your drip coffee maker

If you, like most people, are the type of person that drinks coffee every day and cannot imagine starting their day without it, then you need to make sure that your coffee maker is kept in perfect condition. Making sure the coffee maker is clean of any old coffee residues will ensure that you are tasting the best coffee possible every time.

The coffee maker cleaning process consists of two stages: cleaning the machine itself and cleaning the glass coffee pot.

Coffee maker cleaning

Each part of your coffee maker that can be removed should be washed by hand or in the dishwasher regularly to ensure that they are free of any grinds or oil residues. It is recommended to do this after every brew.

Once a month you should also deep-clean the coffee maker. To thoroughly clean your coffee maker it is best to brew a pot with no coffee beans but with some cleaning solvents.

First, get rid of any leftover coffee and coffee beans from the machine and empty the filter. Pour a mixture of white vinegar and water (1 to 2 ratio) into the coffee maker’s reservoir. Brew a pot but don’t let it out into the pot yet. You should leave it inside the machine for at least 30 minutes to give the vinegar time to work its magic. If your coffee maker doesn’t have the ability to stop the brewed liquid from pouring out, then brew the mixture halfway, turn the machine off for 30 minutes and only then finish the brew. Once the cleaning process has been completed, brew another pot but this time with just water to rinse out the leftover vinegar. This process not only cleans but also decalcifies your machine.

Coffee pot cleaning

The glass coffee pot, also called a carafe, gets dirtier with each brew and the glass surface makes it very visible. Without proper cleaning, the coffee pot is a hotbed for germs and bacteria. Cleaning the coffee pot with dish soap after each use will largely take care of the problem. However, if you haven’t cleaned it for a long time or your glass coffee pot has worn down with use, it might be impossible to wash it with just soap. Fortunately, you can get rid of most stains with ingredients easily found in most homes.

One method involves using vinegar and baking soda. Make a paste-like mixture from baking soda and water. Start by pouring small amounts of water into the soda until you get the right consistency. Put the mixture on the stubborn stains on the pot and then pour vinegar in until it covers the baking soda. The baking soda will react with vinegar creating a powerful cleaning solution that should take care of most stains.

If your problem isn’t stains but rather an overall worn-down look of the glass coffee pot you can try rice to make it look new again. Just put some rice in the pot and fill it with warm water. Swirl the mixture and scrub the insides of the coffee pot with a sponge. Rinse with water and enjoy the new look of your coffee pot.

Museum Shooter Apparently White Supremacist, Anti Semitic

Networks are now reporting that the suspect in the Holocaust Museum shooting is 89-year-old James von Brunn. Let me tell you, there’s a treasure trove of information for Brunn on the internet.

First of all, he’s entirely convinced that Jews control the media and America’s money source. In the same article, he denies that Hitler ever gassed the Jews and says that the dictator’s biggest mistake was not doing so.

Second, here’s a profile matching his description on Wikipedia. Brunn claims he attempted to arrest the “Federal Resrve (sic) Board of Governors” for treason. He writes that he was tried and convicted in a “kangaroo” court in Washington, was sentenced to federal prison, and that his conviction was “confirmed by a racially motivated Appeals Court”. He served 6.5 years in prison. From his page:

Von Brunn champions Western Culture,and the practice of Eugenics. He states that Marxism-Multiculturalism-Judaism is the Enemy of Mankind.citing Talmudic quotes to “Kill the Best Gentiles !”

Third, here’s his personal website. A sample of his writings on that page:

Here are 350pp of FACTS condensing libraries of information about the Talmud, Democracy, Marx, Genetics, Money, Aryans, Negroes, Khazars, The Holy Bible, Treason, Mass-media, Mendelism, Race, the “Holocaust” and a host of suppressed “bigoted” subjects, all supported by quotations from many of history’s greatest personages. Learn who is responsible for the millions of Aryan crosses covering the world’s battlefields. Why our sons and daughters died bravely but in vain. Learn why the “browning of America will alter everything in society from politics and education to industry, values and culture.” (TIME 4-9-90).

This carefully documented treatise exposes the JEWS and explains what you must do to protect your White family. Kill the Best Gentiles! Is a must for every concerned parent and a manual for every student of World History.

Finally, there’s this. Brunn appears to be as anti-neoconservative as he is antisemitic. Fox is reporting that Brunn had an exchange with novelist Tom Clancy a few years ago, in which Brunn called Colin Powell a certain derogatory term. Clancy reportedly responded by a term of his own to describe Brunn.

Update: Brunn was arrested in 1981 after he walked into the Federal Reserve building with a satchell containing a bomb and carrying a shotgun, angry over interest rates and what he viewed as the Jews controlling the money supply. He was arrested and sentenced to 6.5 years in prison.

Obama: We Can’t Drive Our SUVs, Expect Other Countries Are Going to Say OK

So I’m assuming that Obama won’t use an SUV as president, correct? And Congressional Democrats, including the chauffeured Nancy Pelosi, are all prepared to drive around in Priuses, right? Or are only certain people required to give stuff up?

Pitching his message to Oregon’s environmentally-conscious voters, Obama called on the United States to “lead by example” on global warming, and develop new technologies at home which could be exported to developing countries.

“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK,” Obama said.

“That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen,” he added.

Obama, for the record, drives an SUV hybrid. His previous car of choice was the Chrysler 300, but he gave that up when his eco-hypocrisy was exposed. Speaker Pelosi, another global warming alarmist, immediately demanded a large plane capable of a non-stop trip to California when she took office. She’s been known to get around town in a 2005 Chevy Tahoe.

Perhaps Obama should concentrate on his own habits, as well as those of his dear friends, before telling Americans they can’t keep their homes at 72 degrees.

Team Obama Flattered By Hamas’ Remarks

As I posted yesterday, the terror group Hamas has endorsed Barack Obama. They compare Obama to JFK, say they believe he can change America, and believe he has great principles. For most normal people, the endorsement by a terrorist group isn’t something one would tout.

Team Obama, on the other hand, is flattered.

“I like John Kennedy too,” Axelrod said. “That’s about the only thing we have in common with this gentleman from Hamas. We all agree that John Kennedy was a great president, and it’s flattering when anybody says that Barack Obama would follow in his footsteps.”

Er, “gentleman from Hamas”? It’s a terror group, Mr. Axelrod. Michael Goldfarb notes Axelrod’s attempt to tread safely:

Note the slipperiness. Axelrod first distances himself from the “gentleman from Hamas,” but in the next breath he embraces the gentleman/terrorists’ comparison to Kennedy, pronouncing it “flattering.” Only recently Obama declared that “nobody has spoken out more fiercely on the issue of anti-Semitism than I have.” Apparently there’s an exception for when anti-Semites compare Obama to Kennedy. Then all bets are off!

Obama’s church also happened to reprint an article by Hamas on the Mid-East crisis.

By the way, NiceDeb looks into the disturbing trend of terrorist and dictator endorsements of the Messiah. It includes everyone from Castro to FARC. Just think: Our next president may be Castro-approved!

Senate Democrats Kill John Doe Measure, Too

Well, it’s official. Both houses of Congress can’t get enough damn nerve together to protect citizens who report suspicious activity. Hesitation, in fear of consequences, by citizens can prove disastrous. Audrey Hudson of the Washington Times reports:

The Senate just rejected an amendment that would have added the “John Doe” protection provision to an education bill. The vote was 57 for and 39 against, but the vote involved a Senate procedural rule that required a three-fifths majority for approval.

Michelle also has the roll. All Republicans, along with 7 Democrats, voted for the measure. All “Nays” were from donkeys. Brownback, Feinstein, Johnson, and Obama weren’t voting. Michelle writes:

Bottom line: The Dems believe that if you see something, you should just shut up.

This fight is not over. There still is a final conference report to be hashed out. Keep your phones lit. The Senate Dems need to hear from you.

Interesting to note: Hillary voted for the measure. All other major Democrats (Reid, Kennedy, Kerry, Leahy, Biden, Boxer, Dodd, and company) voted against protecting Americans.

Bizarre: UN to Appoint Ambassador to Aliens

If aliens ever land on Earth, Mazlan Othman will be the first person to officially hold talks with them. Or at least she’ll be the first United Nations official to do so. That’s because the global body has decided to appoint the obscure Malaysian physicist to the post of ambassador to aliens.

Mazlan Othman, the head of the UN’s little-known Office for Outer Space Affairs (Unoosa), is to describe her potential new role next week at a scientific conference at the Royal Society’s Kavli conference centre in Buckinghamshire.

She is scheduled to tell delegates that the recent discovery of hundreds of planets around other stars has made the detection of extraterrestrial life more likely than ever before – and that means the UN must be ready to coordinate humanity’s response to any “first contact”.

During a talk Othman gave recently to fellow scientists, she said: “The continued search for extraterrestrial communication, by several entities, sustains the hope that some day humankind will receive signals from extraterrestrials.

“When we do, we should have in place a coordinated response that takes into account all the sensitivities related to the subject. The UN is a ready-made mechanism for such coordination.”

A couple of things.

First of all, we’re assuming the extraterrestrial life would be capable of communicating with mankind. That is a major assumption considering we’re not even sure extraterrestrials would be anything more than microbes.

But let’s assume they are more intelligent and developed than simple microbes. Let’s assume they’re capable of walking and fly in space ships. What makes the UN think these individuals will come in peace and be willing to sit down for tea?

If they can land here, and assuming they don’t carry some disease that immediately wipes out the human race, why would they sit down with inferior life forms? After all, they’re the ones capable of reaching other planets with life — not us.

It’s quite presumptuous to think they just can’t wait to talk with us when they could enslave us all and take over the planet. Not everything in the universe takes diplomacy to the level of pansy-ass, UN.

I’m ending this post now. Because we’ve officially reached the point of absurdity.

Half of Households Pay No Income Taxes

Unless something changes to even out the financial load, we’re witnessing the beginning of the end of the republic. You simply can’t maintain this country with a majority able to vote for the minority to pay for everything. You can’t have a majority with no financial interest in the federal government and who runs it.

Imagine a future where a minority of Americans have to pay all of the taxes but don’t have enough political power to determine who runs the nation. The majority, with no financial interest in maintaining limited government or smaller budgets, would keep electing leaders who promise to take even more money from the minority to give to the majority.

The tax-free majority would, effectively, keep voting itself free services and in general more money from the minority. The minority would be locked into funding everything the majority wants, unable to overcome the political power of the majority moocher class.

The result is a tax system that exempts almost half the country from paying for programs that benefit everyone, including national defense, public safety, infrastructure and education. It is a system in which the top 10 percent of earners — households making an average of $366,400 in 2006 — paid about 73 percent of the income taxes collected by the federal government.

Until, of course, the minority decides to stop making enough money to qualify for a tax burden, decides to stop being a class of suckers. At which time the tax revenue for the government will completely collapse.

Update: Allahpundit asks:

Isn’t the inequity of the income tax a good argument for a consumption tax? The VAT’s as close to a flat tax as we’re ever likely to get.

I’m all for the VAT if it replaces the current income tax scheme. But as nothing more than an add-on it? It suppresses economic activity and hands over more of our money to Washington to waste.

The ultimate solution would be a flat tax. You pay a steady, certain amount and you’re done. No million pages of tax code or penalization for success. If you make $50,000 per year you pay the same percentage of your income as you would pay if you made $1 million.

Libyan Justice Minister Al-Jleil says Gaddafi ordered Lockerbie bombing

LONDON (BNO NEWS) — Libyan Justice Minister Mustafa Mohamed Abud Al Jeleil on Wednesday told a Swedish newspaper that Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi ordered the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, which killed 270 people.

Al-Jleil told Stockholm-based newspaper Expressen that Gaddafi was the person who gave the order to bomb Pan Am Flight 103, a daily scheduled transatlantic flight from London Heathrow Airport to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

“I have evidence that Gaddafi ordered the Lockerbie bombing,” Al-Jleil was cited as saying by Expressen. “To hide this, he did everything in his power to get Megrahi back from Scotland.”

Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was convicted of being behind the Lockerbie bombing, but was released in 2009 on compassionate grounds and returned to Libya.

Kathleen Parker Throws Fit, Walks Off Set?

What happened, she ran out of Sarah Palin stories to talk about? Seriously, can’t you picture this drama queen walking off the set in a huff? She’s an attention whore and she’s clearly upstaged by Elliot Spitzer, who really runs the show.

Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker actually stormed off the set of the “Parker Spitzer” show during a pre-taping a few weeks ago — furious that her co-host is continually allowed to take charge of their nightly CNN chat-fest, the insiders said.

Although still fuming, Parker did return to wrap up the segment, they said.

But she’s angry that the show’s producers are allegedly doing nothing to play up her strengths on the ailing show, the sources said.

What “strengths” would those be? I’ve seen the show. She can’t even manage what little she does now. She’s boring. She’s annoying. You end up wondering why she’s there to begin with. I’m not Spitzer fan but he’s far better at his job than she is at hers. The show is just bad. And she’s the worst of two bad hosts on a bad show.

Jane’s Editor: Yeah, That Was A Missile

Despite the new common wisdom about jet contrails, an editor for Jane’s Defence Weekly says that missile-like objected spotted off the coast of California was definitely a missile.

But Doug Richardson, the editor of Jane’s Missiles and Rockets, examined the video for the Times of London and said he was left with little doubt.

“It’s a solid propellant missile,” he told the Times. “You can tell from the efflux [smoke].”

Richardson said it could have been a ballistic missile launched from a submarine or an interceptor, the defensive anti-missile weapon used by Navy surface ships.

For its part, the military says the object wasn’t a missile but, contrary to speculation elsewhere, isn’t ready to conclude that it was just a jet’s contrail. So…what else could it be? Well, it may have been a private missile. Although the FAA, which issues licenses for commercial launches, says no launch was scheduled for that day.

I honestly don’t have a clue what this was. You have the military denying it was a missile but then they would do that if it was supposed to be a secret launch, right? Then you have some people say it’s a jet’s contrail. And then you have an editor for Jane‘s saying it was definitely a missile.

Here’s what I do know: More than 24 hours after this thing was spotted, there’s no definitive explanation. And that’s a little worrisome.