We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
An Oklahoma State Universitybans the word "Christmas." Brilliant idea, certain to be popular. Of course, what these morons do not understand is that Advent is the religious time. Christmas is just a party. If you are an angry enough person to hate Jesus, then ban Advent. And Lent.
Old Said Sack was hell of a scatological field investigator.
Once in awhile, he would brave Muslim fields but mostly sat within an Ivory Tower in USA.
Muslim he only aspired to be but apologizing for Islam was his scato career.
"The Bush administration's relentless unilateral march towards war is profoundly disturbing for many reasons, but so far as American citizens are concerned the whole grotesque show is a tremendous failure in democracy. An immensely wealthy and powerful republic has been hijacked by a small cabal of individuals, all of them unelected and therefore unresponsive to public pressure, and simply turned on its head. It is no exaggeration to say that this war is the most unpopular in modern history."
i always wondered if they were named after THE Calvin and Hobbes, as in John Calvin and Thomas Hobbes. Hobbes makes sense for the jungle cat, but can't figure the connect between Calvinism and an eight-year old kid.
Lots of last minute shopping and cooking to do this weekend. Should be fun.
Here is an easy feed for guests.....
This entire meal can be on the table in about 30 minutes. And that means time to set the table, prep the food and still not be rushed.
For this meal go Mediterranean. It's easy to find quality prepared foods. It also helps that many of the items are best served room temperature.
There is no centerpiece dish in this menu. The idea is to fill the table with lots of food and a few bottles of wine.
Begin with a bowl of purchased hummus, and top it with a drizzle of olive oil, a pinch of smoked paprika and a squirt of lemon juice. Accompany with flatbreads and crackers.
For something green, have a bowl of purchased tabbouleh, a flavorful mix of grains, parsley, onion, garlic and tomatoes. If the flavor is a bit dull, liven it up with salt, lemon juice and a bit of olive oil.
Next a feta platter, which is simple to assemble but offers
complex flavors. Just set a block of feta on a platter, drizzle
with olive oil, then sprinkle with pine nuts and fresh oregano. Let the feta cheese come to room temperature as
the flavors are much better. Serve it with slices of baguette.
Finally, arrange a platter full of dolmades, or stuffed grape leaves. These are available in large cans at import and specialty stores. Sprinkle with pepper, fresh dill, lemon zest and lemon juice.
A platter of cured meats and a bowl of mixed, herbed
olives would round out the meal. For drinking, put out a couple bottles of red wine and white wine
Update: No Ban on Christmas
December 21, 2007
After the stories about Christmas were published stating that Southwestern Oklahoma State University banned the word ‘Christmas’ or Christmas decoration, I made inquiries to discover if there was any basis to the reports. The university does not have a policy that bans the word ‘Christmas’ or Christmas decorations. However, some supervisors or department leaders within the university who meant well may have suggested to employees that caution should be taken with respect to Christmas decorations. One thing led to another and the result was that some mistakenly assumed that Christmas decorations were being prohibited. I have met with various staff members to get to the bottom of the matter and have also had a pleasant discussion with Mathew Staver, Founder of Liberty Counsel.
Everybody needs the complete collection of Calvin and Hobbes. I remember when the first book came out ages ago. I saw it in a store, began to read and just stood there, laughing my brains out. A woman came up to me and said something like "that must be a pretty funny book" - in the cautious way you might address a madman - and I remember saying "Yes, it is. It is a very funny book."
Forgive me if this sounds strange. An eerie feeling came over me when I saw Putin's Time Magazine cover picture on Drudge this morning. For some reason the first thing that came to mind was the Antichrist! I'm serious!