Buffalohair: Sitt Nyein Aye Thanksgiving

Sitt Nyein Aye Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving in Amarillo Texas with Sitt Nyein Aye was as rewarding as it was tumultuous. He was up to his high jinks since his return from the ISCP New York Art festival. After painting a beautiful Buddhist mural inside the home of U Kyaing & wife Daw Khin earlier this month he decided to transform the front of their home into yet another Sitt Nyein Aye creation. As usual, he was ultra energized as he described his latest project. Not meaning to be a stick in the mud my only concerns focused on building codes, but what do I know, I’m just a crusty journalist and turkey chef. more »


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Extreme Makeover Home Edition We hope you’re ready for tomorrow! Be sure to remind your friends and family

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We hope you’re ready for tomorrow! Be sure to remind your friends and family to tune into a very special Extreme Makeover Home Edition with Ty Pennington, Jillian Harris, Paul DiMeo, Tracy Hutson, Johnny Littlefield and special guest Jenny McCarthy!

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The First Lady Michelle Obamas has a big announcement New School Lunches Taste Test / First Lady Michelle Obama teaches Dr. Oz her do-it-anywhere jump-rope routine.

Dr. Oz Interviews First Lady Michelle Obama

Plus, Michelle Obama has a big announcement that you won’t want to miss! Now Playing: Michelle Obama’s School Lunch Taste-Test,




The First Lady Jumps Rope | The Dr. Oz Show


First Lady Michelle Obama reveals her campaign-trail fitness secret: jump rope! Watch as she teaches Dr. Oz her do-it-anywhere jumprope routine.




Recipes: Side Dishes/ Maple-Roasted Sweet Potatoes / Broccoli With Caramelized Onions and Pine Nuts

Two Healthy Sides !

 Whip up these irresistible sides that will have your friends and family reaching for seconds and thirds! The sweet potatoes are a healthy alternative to rich, mashed potatoes. Add broccoli to the mix to boast some impressive cancer-fighting properties with sulforaphane. Get your plates ready!

Maple-Roasted Sweet Potatoes


  • 2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces (about 8 cups)
  • 1/3 cup organic pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ground black pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 400°F.

Arrange sweet potatoes in an even layer in a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish. In small bowl, combine maple syrup, butter, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pour the mixture over the sweet potatoes and toss to coat.

Cover and bake the sweet potatoes for 15 minutes. Uncover, stir and cook, stirring every 15 minutes, until tender and starting to brown, 45 to 50 minutes more.

Makes 12 servings

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 5 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins

Nutrition Facts
Number of Servings: 12
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 96
Total Fat: 2 g
Saturated Fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 5 mg
Sodium: 118 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 19 g
Dietary Fiber: 2 g
Protein: 1 g

Recipe Source: EatingWell.com

Broccoli With Caramelized Onions and Pine Nuts


  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts, or chopped slivered almonds
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • freshly ground pepper to taste


Toast pine nuts (or almonds) in a medium, dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until lightly browned and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl to cool.

Add oil to the pan and heat over medium heat. Add onion and salt; cook, stirring occasionally and adjusting heat as necessary, until soft and golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, steam broccoli until just tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the nuts, onion, vinegar, and pepper; toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings

Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins

Nutrition Facts
Number of Servings: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 102
Total Fat: 7 g
Saturated Fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 166 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 9 g
Dietary Fiber: 3 g
Protein: 3 g

Recipe Source: EatingWell.com

Buffalohair: President Barack Obama Shows His Mettle & Stands Tall for American Values in Burma

President Barack Obama Shows His Mettle & Stands Tall for American Values in Burma

In a dynamic speech President Barack Hussein Obama broke the media’s code of silence, acknowledged Burma’s Secret War in Kachin State and urged Burma to stop the violence, allow freedom of religion and begin humanitarian aid. He also addressed the need for all ethnic groups to live in harmony that was reflective of the Panglong agreement. Truly this was a monumental speech and I am happy to say that I was truly smitten.



Admittedly I was pessimistic about his Asian Tour and expected the worst, thankfully and gleefully I was wrong. The fact President Barack Obama addressed Burma’s most pressing issues has made him stand taller than other American Presidents who failed to address Burma’s plight in earnest, if at all. Now the world does not have an excuse for ignoring the atrocitious activities being perpetrated against Burma’s ethnic minorities. At this juncture President Barack Obama is a trailblazer who is forging a true path for democracy in Burma. I pray the momentum he fostered continues. Granted, no sooner did his plane touched down in Burma the Tatmadaw continued their campaign of terror in Kachin State and revelations arose the Burmese Army was killing the Rohingya people during the same time period.



It must be noted that President Thein Sein did try in vane to order a ceasefire in Kachin State several times only to be rebuffed by direct orders from the Tatmadaw who mandated that troops to ignore his orders. This isolates the true root of the ethnic violence that has haunted Burma for so many years and that lays in Naypyidaw and not the will of the Bamar people. Now the ball is in the Tatmadaw’s court and if they truly want to rebuild Burma they will need to correct their policy of ‘Four Cuts & Burmanization’ against the ethnic minorities and embrace the future as a truly United Burma. Naypyidaw has a golden opportunity to stand along side President Barack Obama and be a part of this positive historic time in Burma’s history.



President Barack Obama made history in Southeast Asia and within Asian culture as a whole, he showed face and stood his ground for American values and the cause of humanity and I am very proud to be an American. The dynamic of what he, my president, just did is hard to measure at this time since violence continues in Kachin and RakhineStates but his speech will resonate throughout Burma and Asia for he planted the seed for National Reconciliation. My only hope is that he sets the pace for true democracy and not the fetid Disciplined Democracy that haunts this ancient empire. It is time for National Reconciliation. It is time to heal this nation.



Surely this will put a kink in China’s expansionism and the multi billion dollar dam projects & pipelines they are proposing with no regard for the people who live in the regions China has earmarked for construction. There is a better way to develop Burma and socio-economic growth should include every citizen of Burma. They must be a part of growth and not be cast aside like they have for so many years in the past. Personally, I know the Kachin people would entertain positive development of their natural resources and I also know they would love to live in harmony with their brothers and sisters throughout Burma, contrary to the flawed conventional wisdom the government has purported in the past. The Kachin do not hate the Bamar or any other culture, all they want is peace, live in harmony with their neighbors and allow commerce to flourish. Surely that is not too much to ask.



It’s time for the people of Burma to enter the 21st century and become a full fledged member of the global community and embrace positive change. The countless benefits are ripe for the picking if the Tatmadaw would only relinquish their iron fisted xenophobic grip on this beleaguered multi cultural society. Let Burma breath the sweet smell of true democracy and achieve the greatness this nation deserves. With an abundance of natural resources there is no excuse as to why this land lived in abject poverty for there is enough wealth within this nation to line all the streets with gold and provide fresh clean drinking water to every citizen in this nation. Economic development must work hand in hand with the rebuilding of infrastructure.



But first things first, we must stop the violence and summon a binding ceasefire in all ethnic regions NOW, not tomorrow or the next time parliament meets. People continue to die needlessly and IDP’s are dying from exposure. Open up the flood gates of international aid to quell the suffering of innocent people. Let’s face Burma’s realities and foster immediate positive change for all Burmese citizens. Let President Barack Obama’s words be the blueprint for true reform and provide justice and equality for all. Pull the troops out of Kachinland and allow the Jinghpaw to heal their wounds and save their people from impending death and disease. Stop the war of attrition being perpetrated in RakhineState and end the needless violence & death. And most important of all, allow President Thein Sein to govern as president should, allow Daw Aung Suu Kyi to be totally free from constraints imposed on her with no stipulations and release ALL the political Prisoners.



May the Land of Alaungpaya rise out of the ashes of tyranny with the second coming of the Konbaung Dynasty!



Thank You President Barack Hussein Obama


President Barack Obama’s Historic Speech in Burma




Your Devil’s Advocate

Buffalohair (Shanhtoi Gam)



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Buffalohair: Will Obama Ignore The Slaughter of Jinghpaw People In Resource Rich Kachin State??

Will Obama Ignore The Slaughter of Jinghpaw People In Resource Rich Kachin State??

Men, women and children have continued to be slaughtered by the Burmese government over the past 1 ½ years with barely a peep from the western media. Thousands of people have been displaced and killed in relative secrecy as government troops murdered, raped and pillaged this region of Burma with no end in sight. The primary reason is the fact Kachin State is a resource rich cornucopia of oil, gas, gold, uranium, gem stones of every kind and the exalted rare earth minerals. Is this trip all about the money Mr. President? Or are you going to make REAL history and make a concerted effort to stop the blood shed in ALL ethnic regions, including Kachin State?


Are natural resources the real reason the world has chosen to ignore the continued genocide of these people? Will US President Barack Obama be the hallowed western leader who will address this Asian Holocaust and put an end to genocide? Or will he be just like the rest of the western world who has chosen to ignore this crime against humanity? Will the America celebrate Obama’s visit and cash in on the death of innocent people simply for the corporate bottom line and curse their nation with yet more blood money from slave labor and genocide as in the case of China and other nations who cater to the affluent and powerful corporations and stock holders.


The Burmese Tatmadaw (Military) continues to flood Kachin State with fresh troops and supplies while killing innocent men, women and children. IDP’s are dying in makeshift shelters while Burmese authorities continue to rob aid money and supplies that were destined for Kachin State. Unfortunately the parent corporations who control most of the mainstream media of the west are also parent corporations of the mining industry that is eager to exploit Kachin State and its bountiful natural resources. Ironically, they are the very same corporations who continue to fill the coffers of Hillary & Bill Clinton’s library in Arkansas or is that just a coincidence? Sadly, if the plight of the China’s, African’s, and Central & South American indigenous people is any indicator about the western corporate agenda, the people of Kachin State are doomed.


President Barack Obama, step up to the plate and make a stand for the Jinghpaw People of Kachin State Burma and stop the genocide. Make real history and alter the course of Burma’s atrocitious acts of genocide being perpetrated at the very time you are visiting Burma. Make a stand for humanities cause and stem wholesale genocide in Burma’s Secret War. Just remember, this is the time of change and what you do this week will reflect on the nation you represent and the blood on your hands will be the blood that will soon curse this nation if you choose to ignore the cries of the Kachin People. The truth will ultimately be known and what will you say then?


Your Devil’s Advocate

Buffalohair (Shanhtoi Gam)


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Keep Fridge Stocked With Quick Easy Meals

No time to cook? Instead of hitting a drive-through or ordering unhealthy takeout, plan ahead! I keep my fridge stocked with snack-sized containers of low-fat Greek yogurt, cheeses, and prepared salads from the supermarket.

Read more of Jillian’s tips for meals-on-the-go