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19h UTC; SATURDAY, 7 DECEMBER 2013: For some reason, Your Correspondent was caught up over much of this past week to exposing the emerging False Doctrine among certain misguided elements of the Christian Right known as Christelike Ekonomesie Vryheid as their (presumed) response to Pope Francis' recent remarks calling out ekonomesie vryheid met Amerikaanse eienskappe at its basest and most blatant (and know, the Christian Right sees the Roman Catholic Church as some class of an Evil Cult Perverting the Pure Saving Gospel of Jesus Christ, same to be seen by the Good Christian--as well as "REAL AmeriKKKan"--as the One True Foundation of Thy Dear and Lovely Nation and Her National and Sovereign Identity as a Peculiar Among the Nations) to the extent that he neglected a number of Other Topics Worthwhile and Interesting from these blog posts.

Hence, by way of compensation therefor:
  • Thursday evening's decease of former South African president (and anti-apartheid protester) Nelson Mandela at 95 following a prolonged illness has no doubt brought about much in the way of grief among South Africans of all nations--as well as reminders of Our Dear and Lovely Nation having Past Known and Notorious Associations with the apartheid regime, with Christian Right leaders in the day calling on the Good Christian to rally round the very apartheid regime as imprisoned Madiba as one with Preempting the Further Spread of International Communism Across Africa, not to mention apartheid proper being regarded as Divinely Ordained.
  • Meanwhile, look no further for evidence clear and compelling of Christian Right sociopathia.
  • Now here's an article which deserves to be redistributed in lower-income or otherwise culturally-deprived communities too dependent, too reliant even, on Walmart for their own good ... and especially such as are unwittingly duped into falling for its low-price mantra, unaware of the "real" cost to the same Good Taxpayers expected to see ekonomesie vryheid, &c., as Essential to Our National Character and Identity (in particular the fact of its rank-and-file Associates expected to go on the same welfare conservative critics insist is one with "enslavement to government dependency" to compensate for its deliberately low pay rates). "Knowledge is Power," remember--never mind conservative prolefeeders insisting that such be qualified by Lord Acton's "power tends to corrupt" maxim.
  • Something for Fox News Channel and other conservative prolefeed conduits pushing a "War on Christmas" trope for largely distractive ends, by way of the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, May 11 (Old Style), 1659, ultimately via the Facebook page of RawStory.com, to ponder: "For preventing disorders, arising in several places within this jurisdiction by reason of some still observing such festivals as were superstitiously kept in other communities, to the great dishonor of God and offense of others: it is therefore ordered by this court and the authority thereof that whosoever shall be found observing any such day as Christmas or the like, either by forbearing of labor, feasting, or any other way, upon any such account as aforesaid, every such person so offending shall pay for every such offence five shilling as a fine to the county." (In today's terms, five shillings would be worth somewhere in the neighbourhood of $250, knowing that there were 12 pence in the shilling and 20 shillings in the pound.)
  • Now It Can Be Told: The Secret History of "Christian Persecution!!" Atrocity Prolefeed as makes the rounds of so-called "REAL AmeriKKKan" prolefeed circles from time to time, without due regard for the facts. (Or, for that matter, consulting Snopes.com.)
  • City officials in El Paso, TX were recently called out for spending $11,000 out of $25,000 budgeted for neighbourhood Christmas decorations on Christmas lighting ... which is enough to wonder whether such displays were purchased at Walmart just to stretch the good taxpayer's dollar. Or, for that matter, just across the Rio Grande in Ciudad Juarez. (The remaining $14,000 was explained as "securing the perimeter" of the display area.)
  • Forget right-wing prolefeeders pushing all manner of "cultural heritage and identity" nonsense reeking of the distractive, with appeals to latent racism and nationalism in the bargain: Archivists with the National Archives and the UCLA Film and Television Archives hath it that some 75% of Hollywood's silent-film releases prior to 1929, when sound gained wide acceptance, is beyond rescue and cannot be preserved by any means whatsoever. Reason: The highly-flammable, highly-corrosive even, nitrate stock as was common in film prior to the introduction of acetate stock around World War II, and the general disregard for sound preservation practices among film archivists vis-a-vis nitrate-stock film, let alone a general unwillingness among the studios to transfer many of these silent releases to acetate stock for archival purposes as it became available.
    (Incidentally, it was about this time back in 1913 that The Count of Monte Cristo was produced in Hollywood--the first such production there; its producers moved thus from Chicago with the onset of winter there essentially ending the outdoor film production season, and Hollywood's mild winters affording year-round outside film production opportunities.)
Finally, an interesting sidelight to a recent post about the introduction of a home mix for making your very own version of Red Lobster's Cheddar Bay Biscuits that I neglected to add for fear of distracting you, dear reader, needlessly: Continental Mills, which is producing Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit Mix under licence, owes its origins to a Seattle bridge club as developed the world's very first "just-add-water" pie crust mix in 1932.

It's name? Krusteaz, a phoneticised portmonteau of "crust ease," as if seeking to encapsulate just how easy it was to make pie crust with limited time. Which, BTW, should not be confused with a certain Krusty the Klown on The Simpsons ... nor, for that matter, Sponge Bob Squarepants' place of employ, The Krusty Krab. Which, by the early part of World War II, would be carried over to the world's first "just-add-water" buttermilk pancake mix as eventually became a Western states standby thanks in large part to the Krusteaz Kourtesy Kitchen, a travelling mobile kitchen as served complimentary breakfasts of Krusteaz pancakes and promoted Krusteaz products generally, which would also extend to buttermilk baking mix and Scone Mix.

In more recent years, Krusteaz acquired the Albers brand of cornmeal and grits from Nestle, which acquired it with their purchase of Carnation in the late 1980's, Carnation itself having acquired Albers Mills in 1929; introduced Alpine Instant Hot Spiced Cider to the market; and signed licencing deals with Ghirardelli and Snoqualmie Falls Lodge to produce baking mixes based on their recipes.

And to think it all started with a bridge foursome trying to make a little extra money in the Great Depression's depths with an eye towards housewives' convenience!

"Another small house is finished in the next block"
(to Engrishfy the closing remarks on every episode of the "slice-of-life"
radio series Vic and Sade through the years)

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