America the Right Way -Staying Vigilant- December 23 – December 27, 2013 Remember 9/11

Welcome to Christmas Week!

What about jobs? Las Vegas Review Journal

0’s Accidental lesson for America John Podhoretz

The End of Ethics in the Age of 0bama…Victor Davis Hanson

We are living in a world gone mad Powerline….another take on the present state of affairs….

Stories of Survival

Another Survival story from 40+ years ago…

What to do when 0Care unravels …completely WSJ

Merry Christmas from Jerusalem Nice.

Fuss and Feathers NRO

Dems will pay for 0Care in 2014 Byron York

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87 Responses to America the Right Way -Staying Vigilant- December 23 – December 27, 2013 Remember 9/11

  1. The Raven says:

    Whoa!! It is Friday !!!.. Are we there yet?
    Can I start early?

  2. Molly Pitcher says:

    Stirred some memories Yep…hadn’t thought of this guy in years…and what do you know he wasn’t that much older than I am….

    Jemian, Jemian where are you…time to celebrate the longer days….past time, in fact..

    • lysie says:

      Blasts from the past. Nice.

      Yes, Jem where are you?

      Molly, I didn’t cook Prime Rib. We had turkey. This time it was oven roasted not smoked. The melted butter injected under the skin is definitely a winner. Moist and tasty. Yum.

    • Jemian says:

      Ah, yes, longer days and warmer temps. Well, the warmer temps won’t come for a while, but the longer days are very much welcome.

      School just about did me in. It takes a while to recover from the energies put out during the term. I wasn’t doing badly until around Thanksgiving. Then, a sweet student gave me her cold.

      Very wonderful picture to celebrate Christmas. I become very grumpy when I hear phrases like “… the magic of Christmas” or “Christmas is about family and the joy of being together and [the whole generic, sloppy, gooey] love”. I turn all scroogey and want to shout, “No it isn’t you fools! It is about God becoming man and paying the debt for our sins.”

      But then, I realize that yelling won’t win people so I just avoid the subject.

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  3. lysie says:

    Good morning everyone.

  4. The Raven says:

    So…the Dems use their new nuke option to rush through Alejandro Mayorkas (currently head of Citizenship and Immigration Services) to be Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security … trouble is — he is under investtigation by the same Homeland Security’s Inspector General for expediting controversial visa applications. Hah!!! Corruption on full display.

  5. The Raven says:

    ’twas the day after Christmas and all over the rug
    Are tinker toy & Lincoln log parts and some plastic bug
    Grandma in her rollers and I with a book
    Heard a noise outside so we had a look
    My neighbor’s son had died and gone to heaven
    For under his tree was an ak-47
    He was trying it out by shooting in the lake
    Or maybe to see if it might be a fake
    I sai to my wife what’s good about that
    Is we have nary a neighbor who’s a Democrat

  6. lysie says:

    Benjamin Netanyahu’s Christmas greeting….. sincere and very touching. Thanks, Molly.

  7. lysie says:

    Good morning everyone.

    Hey there, Bit.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Good morning lysie Glad that Sarah arrived in a timely way. I’m sure she won’t get any spoiling from you, right??!!

    • lysie says:

      Good morning, Molly. Spoil Sarah? Who me? BTW, she made the Dean’s list again.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Oh my! That is great, and not surprising!

    • lysie says:

      Did you have a nice day? Christmas eve night we got at least 8 inches of snow. Thank goodness it was light and fluffy.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Well, it was a quiet day…the worst part was the turkey. Not very tasty and very disappointing.

      Did you do the standing rib??

    • Bitwhacker says:

      I did 11 lbs. worth of Standing Rib with an Au Jus. It went so fast that it looks like it’s going to be a tradition from now on. Ironically, it was a Paula Deen recipe, the one in which you get it to room temp, then rub it with salt/garlic powder/pepper, then put it in the oven for ~1 hour then turn the oven off and let it sit for 3 hrs. and NEVER OPEN THE OVEN DOOR. (Ha!) Comes out just around rare, then you finish it off at 375 for 45 mins to get it to medium rare, and then longer as you need it.

      And then, since I was at Costco, I bought the full Beef Tenderloin and also did Marinated Filet Mignon with Roquefort Cheese with a Cabernet Reduction Sauce. I did this because I thought the women wouldn’t go near all the fat on the prime rib. WRONG! Anyway, the marinade was a rosemary/olive oil/balsamic vinegar/smashed garlic cloves, and the reduction sauce had a CIA-style mirepoix (onion/carrot/celery with the tomato paste), then reduced first with red wine vinegar and balsamic vinegar, then reduced again with cabernet wine. People were going crazy over the aroma after only the first reduction. Was out of this world. Got it from a cookbook from a N.C. restaurant couple called Not Afraid of Flavor. And this one will be a tradition, too. I went home with nothing in the way of leftovers, only requests to make more of it next year. Sheesh… 🙂

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Oh my gosh! I’d forgotten about all your cooking skills….that sounds so good!

      Now I have a couple of food notes myself!:
      Overheard at the gym this a.m……some man talking about a woman he knows, and everything this woman eats tastes like a cheeseburger, with fries! Really, that’s what he said…and this woman has been to a psychiatrist and a food therapist about this malady…

      The other thing is…in the grocery aisle…cracker dept. to be specific…I passed a display of Ritz crackers coated in fudge. Hurry to get this product as it’s a Limited Edition!

    • Bitwhacker says:

      That must cause some kind of misery to have everything you eat taste like a cheeseburger and fries…unless she actually IS eating that all the time. 🙂 And who’da thunk it that they’d put fudge on a Ritz — I wonder if that could be approximated using Ghirardelli Chocolate and dipping the crackers in it, maybe even adding a little cream to make it a genache so it wouldn’t harden up???

    • The Raven says:

      Bit
      I alos love cooking stories.
      And this year, I was all set to try the turn off the oven cooking method with ribs this year, but I did an about face since, I did ribs last year and for a change, I tried a sirloin roast this year (Sam’s instead of Costco). I read some chef’s blog somewhere that the dried scrapings on the roasting pan from a sirloin roast is one of the finest tastes known to mankind. The last time I made the roast, I followed his recipe for an accompanying sauce made from the scrapings – but the 20 minutes it took was too long, so I skipped that this year. Part of the recipe called for boiling down a substantial amount of red cooking wine which is wha takes so long. I made a gross error discovered when pouring the wine — I realized it was red wine vinegar not red cooking wine — and although I had only put in a small amount of the wrong stuff and quickly go the right stuff, it was enough to throw off the taste.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      RE: the woman with screwed up taste buds…what if she’s a Vegan???

  8. Prairie says:

    Had a nice time at neighbor’s open house last night,, then off to church for a beautiful service. Late supper, watched “A Christmas Carol”, the original with Alistair Sims. Up now, waiting for daughter to get up. Breakfast menu: blueberry pancakes, sausage, eggs, fruit, coffee. Christmas dinner at the rec hall with many friends. Taking sweet potatoes and scalloped potatoes and cheesecake.

    Merry Christmas to all. God bless us, every one.

  9. lysie says:

    Merry Christmas and good morning everyone.

  10. tillacum says:

    Getting ready for church, but wanted to wish everyone A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS.

  11. lysie says:

    Good morning everyone.

  12. lysie says:

    Judy Garland Christmas Special (1963) [incl. commercials] [1 Hour

  13. Prairie says:

    A & E was PRESENT at the interview Phil Robertson did with GQ….

    Said nothing to intervene or prevent his remarks from going public. The article opines A & E was out to get Phil demonized enough so they could remove him from the show and have less of his Christian content.

    Nothing would surprise me, although wouldn’t they have an idea how fans would react??? Never leave it to liberals to have common sense though…..

  14. The Raven says:

    MP—Beautiful picture for Christmas week.

  15. Prairie says:

    I hear y’all about cutting back on food prior to Wednesday. Made a crock pot of beef stew (no potatoes) and Weight Watcher cole slaw for dinner tonight. Also fresh pears from Sams Club which have been wonderful. Tomorrow we do have an open house to drop in at….will try to be good, ……..but no promises 🙂

    Quite the “never mind” from Cracker Barrel on the Duck controversy. I guess at least they came to their senses but people will still be uncertain as to where they actually are on the issue.

  16. lysie says:

    Good morning everyone.

  17. The Raven says:

    Morning quote:

    On Aug. 15, the London Telegraph reported that British retail sales had risen unexpectedly sharply and that American unemployment had fallen to a six-year low. This would usually be promising macroeconomic news, but that day major indexes—the Dow Jones Industrial Index, the S&P 500, the CAC 40, among others—tumbled. Markets, hooked on the Fed’s cheap liquidity cocktail, were terrified that an improving U.S. economy might see the punch bowl removed with a Fed “taper” of quantitative easing.

    A day later, when the results of a U.S. consumer confidence survey came in “far worse than expected,” stock markets rallied. Markets are supposed to be driven by the expectations of a stock’s perceived profitability, not the pursuit of speculative gains caused by the manipulations of central bankers. Now the economy appears to be in a position where the interests of financial markets are precisely at odds with the interests of the rest of the economy.

    J Phelan – WSJ Opinion piece

  18. Molly Pitcher says:

    lysie I saw reports of ice in Rochester….so I got worried about you further east….

    We followed the river north, thru the valley to church this a.m. and saw a river up to its banks in places…over in others…and many swollen creeks and streams which feed in to it. The roads were clear, but surely at points last night were covered in water. The debris and shallow watery places indicated such spots.
    We have a regular routine for this perfect drive thru our valley: I drive going, along the road on the east side of the river, and my husband drives the return trip, but taking the road on the west side.

    So…individually and together our enjoyment is maximized. Today, the theme was definitely water.
    Last week, it was snow…snow covering & coating everything in all different ways.

  19. Molly Pitcher says:

    It should be a slow news week..and that may be a good thing indeed!

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