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00h UTC; WEDNESDAY, 13 FEBRUARY 2013: As he who's responsible for the morning coffee service at a certain motel here in Winona, Your Correspondent, on a lark (realising that the coffee was starting to run low; said motel prefers to operate on a "just-in-time" model in terms of supply), calculated the unit prices for some whole-bean coffee the motel prefers serving, and some imported ground coffee in bags purchased recently as a stopgap to keep up supplies. And discovered (coffee-drinkers, please note) that whole-bean coffee (even when ground in store) is actually a better value for money than ground. To wit:
  • Cameron's Whole Bean Coffees (the innkeeper thereof preferring their Organic range, largely out of a sense of Social Responsibility) sells at the Hy-Vee here in Winona @ $8.99/lb., which works out to 56 cents/ounce (remember, there are 16 ounces in one avoirdupois pound).
  • Gevalia House Roast Ground Coffee, again at Winona's Hy-Vee, sells @ $7.99 for a 12-oz. pack, which itself works out to 67 cents/ounce. (Which is, in effect, equal to $10.65/lb.)
(Remember, your mileage may vary depending on brand preferences and local market conditions, not to mention where you prefer to shop.)

Mondegreen Alert, and then some:
  • Cimarron's 1971 one-hit wonder "Rings" sounds (at least when I was growing up) like "Rain" ... and as if that weren't enough, the last stanza lines about "We'll stand upon the stand/With the preacher man,/And let the windmills ring" (or should that be "let the wedding bells ring"?)
  • Does Stevie Wonder's "Boogie Reggae Woman" sound like "You're the only woman"?
Memo to the so-called "Confederate Southern AmeriKKKan" community seeking to invoke "cultural heritage and folkways" as an excuse for justifying HFSS (high-fat/sugar/sodium) diets and cuisine prevailing across the Former Confederacy: Have you no shame, no remorse, no guilt even, in recognising that because of said "cultural heritage," your presumed "national home" actually has the worst rates in the United States for heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol and even chronic constipation with hemorroids ensuing? (No wonder Preparation-H and suchlike must have a steady market across the South as much as Dr. Tichenor's Antiseptic, which does yeoman duty as both mouthwash concentrate and wound care).

As for the official "Tea Party" (pseudo)movement mythos
insisting that such is a "spontaneous, grass-roots movement" among "REAL AmeriKKKans" concerned about the "REAL AmeriKKKa" and the dangers posed to it by Obama Administration policies, may I just quote Tony Soprano here: "Fuhgeddaboudit!"

Something worth thinking about next time macaroni and cheese are on your mind for supper: Think about making it, not from some boxed dinner with powdered cheese high in sodium and pasta probably lacking in fiber, but "from scratch" with whole wheat elbow macaroni (yes, such happens to be available, if you just take the time to shop around; I understand Barilla has such available) and using Velveeta or similar process cheese (even better if you use such made with reduced-fat milk), even if cheese powder is available separately. And to make it truly special, slice up half a ring of turkey smoked sausage or kielbasa and add it along with the cheese, butter (or oil) and milk, stirring carefully until the cheese melts.

Isn't it a little too much for National Exceptionalism when a country like North Korea insists on mass public rejoicing and celebration to commemorate a successful nuclear-weapons test such as that which was discerned from without (Vienna, to be exact) yesterday?

Whenever RepubliKKKan politicos and/or prolefeeders insist that the State should have no place in creating socioeconomic stimulus expected to translate into jobs creation, that only the private sector is best equipped to do so in this respect, consider this: Such an agenda is probably right out of the Proceedings of the Eerste Ekonomesie Volkskongres ("First People's Economic Congress") convened at Bloemfontein, South Africa in October 1939 under auspices of the hyper-Freemasonic Afrikaner Broederbond and affiliated Afrikaner Nationalist groups influenced by the awakening of a (manufactured) Afrikaner Identity through the agency of Die Tweede Trek, a symbolic nine-wagon reconstruction of die Voortrek between the Cape and the Highveldt the year prior.

Said Proceedings called for die Volk, in the spirit of Vader J.D. Kestell's clarion-call of 'n Volk red homself ("a people rescuing itself"), to reject State charity in dealing with the "poor whiteism" issue as gripped much of South Africa thanks to the Great Depression's lingering effects and instead unite as a People Under Threat of Persecution (in fact, the British as then controlled South Africa saw the Afrikaner, though white, as something on a par with Freaks and Travesties of Nature) to create a "people-centred" socioeconomic model "born out of the Volk to serve the Volk," per the slogan of the life insurer Sanlam. And to do so through a campaign of Reddingsdaad ("rescue action") based on the leverage of otherwise "idle monies" held by the Volk through a central Reddingsdaadfond ("Rescue Action Fund") into "productive capital" as would serve a "people-centred" Volkskapitalisme ("people's capitalism") expected to place social uplift (as in jobs creation and training) over simple wealth creation at the heart of traditional capitalist models

Said Reddingsdaadfond expected to spawn an investment fund (Federale Volksbeleggings, a/ka FVB; lit., "Federal People's Investments") as would invest in Afrikaner business enterprise for the Greater Luscious Glory of the Afrikaner, creating Afrikaner jobs with Afrikaner capital with the eventual aim of replacing the "pious sentiment" heretofore displayed towards the poor with "jingling coin" translating into purchasing power and, in its turn, fresh "productive capital". All to be reinforced with campaigns calling upon Afrikaners to support Afrikaner-owned businesses and insist on using Afrikaans in business and advertising, in particular through the likes of the Reddingsdaadbond ("Rescue Action League"), the aim of which, during its 1939 to 1957 existance, was to empower especially lower-income Afrikaners into developing a sense of ethno-national, cultural and socioeconomic pride through what was packaged as a Mission From God, with its monthly 6d subscription including a £100 group life insurance plan and a £25 group burial plan.

Which, it turned out, also called for deemphasising labour unions (themselves seen as "Communist-influenced" for "promoting race-mixing," among other things) unless they emphasised "race unity and identity" over collective bargaining, deskilling industry in the hopes of creating Afrikaner jobs all the more, giving employment preference in government and civil-service positions to Afrikaners--in short, apartheid. Which the Afrikaner Nationalist was expected to see as "sovereignty within our own sphere"; i.e., being entitled to establish their own communities, their own institutions, their own schools, &c., &c., and to be given a measure of exclusion in the process (thanks to measures such as the Group Areas Acts and the Separate Amenities Acts).

But the RepubliKKKans won't openly acknowledge as much. Nor, for that matter, their prolefeed enablers.

Something to ponder for once as RepubliKKKans attempt to push vague and ambiguously-phrased concepts (if that) about "helping the poor to help themselves" based on ekonomesie vryheid met Amerikaanse eienskappe being seen as mutually interconnected to AmeriKKKan National Character and Identity as a Sovereign Peculiar Among the Nations (cf. Cuba's Constitution insisting as much vis-a-vis Socialism).

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