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Michael Mangi (theblackdog)
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Had a blast at the Nintendo Switch event in DC! #NintendoSwitch

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OP: Beacon of Peace
DC-Area XFaction Field Art
February 4, 2017 — 1200-1530 hours

Washington, DC — Agents from both Enlightened and Resistance factions* came together to create field art as a show of solidarity in what many feel are uncertain times. It is our intent to show that respect for each other transcends any political, social, or religious ideology. We hope the art is seen as universal symbols of peace, of hope, and of the light we can bring into this world through love and understanding.

We chose the crescent moon to show our support of our Muslim brothers and sisters worldwide as well as our dissent with the current U.S. administration’s racist and xenophobic policies toward an entire religion, in particular the recent “Muslim Ban.” Similarly, we are disappointed in the current administration’s intentional decision to omit from its recent Holocaust Remembrance Day statement any recognition of the six million Jews that lost their lives during the Holocaust. In other cultures and religions (including paganism, Judaism, Islam, and many others), the emergence of a new moon represents a deliverance from darkness into light. We hope this light illuminates the hearts and minds of those that may disrupt peace and hope that the U.S. will move beyond these dark times to restore our status as a pillar of light, welcoming those who wish to make a better life.

The dove also has been used throughout modern history in many religious and secular instances as a representation of, or a message of, love and peace. We hope our dove’s wings carry this message of love and peace to every agent and person worldwide who feels even the tiniest bit of despair.

* We had originally hoped to make the field art both green and blue, but unfortunately were unable to do so with the personnel available on short notice. We hope to rectify that at some point in the future and re-throw the fields. Though the fields are blue, we truly would not have been successful without the cooperation of both teams in the area allowing us the canvas.

@Antiam (Resistance)
@ArchAngel08 (Resistance) ++Arch Angel
@CliffM (Resistance) +Cliff Martin
@dcseain (Enlightened) +séain Gutridge
@EmpressSudhara (Resistance) +Empress Sudhara
@GlobalWarming (Enlightened) +Helena F
@grinchasaurus2 (Resistance) +Grinch A. Saurus
@HoosierAUEagle (Resistance) +Steven Yates
@JacMacondo (Resistance) +Juan Antonio Casañas
@jadeviolin (Resistance) +jenn denlinger
@kbees1 (Resistance) +Dave Wilson
@LaPalapa (Resistance) +Monica B
@Museclio (Enlightened) +Rivka Gates
@NehowKhan (Resistance) +Edward Hogg
@NotoriousJWC (Enlightened)
@Relinar (Resistance) +Tyler Evilsizer
@RoboCrusher (Enlightened)
@Unikittycat (Resistance)
@vidicon (Resistance) +Alison N
@wickidd (Enlightened) +Brian Kidd
@YoursBluely (Resistance) +Robby L
@yovimi (Resistance) +Victoria Rodríguez-Roldán
[Redacted] (Enlightened)
[Redacted] (Resistance)

/sub (support message of sitrep but couldn't be onsite/cheering section)
(we had many ENL and RES spread the word/recruit and cheer us on before and during this operation -- these are just a few of many)

@bwapmeister (Resistance)
@Grouchosmurf (Resistance) +Niko M
@JaxunShadoweyes (Resistance) +J. Daniel Ashton
@sdwayne (Resistance) +S. Dwayne Bruner
@sparf (Resistance) +Chris Williams
@SyrOtter (Resistance) +Jeff Miller
@theblackdog (Resistance) +Michael Mangi

+Andrew Krug
+John Hanke
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The Affordable Care Act (ACA), yes it has its issues and yes it needs work.  The one thing it definitely doesn't need is to be repealed and we end up going back to the way it was before.  It's amazing how many people seem to conveniently forget how terrible...

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Cheesy Chicken And Broccoli Pasta

Here’s what you will need:

Yields: 4 Servings

* 2 Tbsp. olive oil
* 2 chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
* Salt and pepper to taste
* 1/2 cup diced yellow onion (about half an onion)
* 2 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 Tbsp.)
* 2 cups chicken broth
* 3 cups water
* 1 16oz bag of pasta shells
* 4 cups broccoli (or one head of broccoli)
* 1/2 tsp cayenne powder
* 1/4 tsp nutmeg
* 1 cup milk
* 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Heat olive oil on medium heat in a large pot. Add chicken breasts, season with salt and pepper, and allow the chicken to brown on one side.

Flip chicken, then add onions and garlic as the second side browns. Once the chicken has browned on both sides, add chicken broth, water, and pasta to the pot.

Stir all ingredients, cover the pot with a lid, and bring to a boil. When it begins to boil, uncover and stir. Bring the heat to low, stir, then cover and let simmer for 20 minutes.

After 20 minutes has passed, uncover and add in the broccoli. Stir continually as the broccoli steams until the rest of the liquid evaporates. Add milk and cheddar cheese and stir until the cheese melts and you have a smooth cheese sauce. Add salt and pepper (to taste), cayenne, and nutmeg. Stir once more, then you’re ready to serve. Enjoy!
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Buffalo Chicken Lasagna


3 cups chicken breast, shredded
1 ½ cups Buffalo sauce + extra for the pan
2 celery ribs, diced
½ white onion diced
2 scallions, chopped
15 oz ricotta cheese
5 oz crumbled blue cheese
1 egg
½ cup parsley
12–15 no-boil lasagna noodles
3 cups shredded mozzarella
2 cups shredded cheddar
Chopped scallions, as garnish


In a large mixing bowl, combine shredded chicken, Buffalo sauce, celery, onion and scallions. Set aside.
In another mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese, blue cheese, egg and parsley.
Layer a 9x9 baking dish with extra Buffalo sauce, noodles, ⅓ of the ricotta mix, ⅓ of the mozzarella and a ⅓ of the cheddar. Repeat twice so you have three layers.
Bake for 20 minutes at 350°F. Increase heat to 425ºF, and bake for an additional 25 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.
Serve with chopped scallions. Enjoy!
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This happened in my diocese :-/

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Impressed that I got a notification from my phone about MD's voter registration deadline and tapping on the notification gave me this

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Texas State Fair is gonna be pissed!
If you’re the kind of person who just can’t be bothered to pull out the deep fryer every time you want to eat a Twinkie, well, Hostess thinks maybe it’s got something for you: “deep fried Twinkies” that can be found in the freezer aisle of the grocery…
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