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17h39 UTC; SATURDAY, 12 NOVEMBER 2011: To hear certain GOP Presidential wannabes in Indecision 2012 put it (when it's distilled to a Purity of Essence), AmeriKKKa belongs to the AmeriKKKans. AmeriKKKa = The World, and vice versa. Leave other nations alone, let them handle their own problems. 'n Volk red homself ("a people rescues itself"), starting with our "morally superior" AmeriKKKan such. And plenty others in much the same vein, come to think of it.

Which, unfortunately, should call to mind the excesses of nativist xenophobia oft deployed by dictatorial and totalitarian regimes as an article of faith common thereto, among them the Nazi regime's "Germany for the Germans!" appeals to Reclaim German Honour and Glory as was "stabbed in the back" by the Versailles Treaty and its punitive conditions forced upon Germany, largely by "disloyal elements" led by Jews, Social Democrats and "Communists" seen to be "contaminating the greater German gene pool."

Or even Imperial Japan's "Asia for the Asians!" ideal which sought to replace a European-dominated colonialism (as in the British, French, Dutch and Portugese) with a "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere" which was seen to serve the greater Asian good for the benefit of East Asia--only to be manipulated to benefit the zaibatsu cartels in Japan at the expense of Japanese-controlled regions which were viewed as but sources for cheap raw material and equally cheap labour, especially the unskilled, easily-manipulate brand. (Manchukuo, as the Japanese referred to Manchuria during the 1930's and 1940's, is a clear example of this, what with its abundance of iron ore, coal and gas.)


And talk about "it's a small world, after all:" AddictingInfo.org hath it that the AmeriKKKan Christian Right and the forces of Islamic extremism as are the former's whipping boy share much in common ideologically, the fact of which ought serve as a peolefeed Aunt Sally against the Elmer Gantry crowd and its prolefeed about the Clear and Present Threat to Our Dear Lovely Nation from Sharia Law.

What's more, the so-called "REAL AmeriKKKans" (as in white, "Aryan," "Bible-Believing Christians" as probably have an unwitting kinship with Unreconstructed Afrikanerdom down South Africa way) are being urged to do their "Good Christian Duty" all the more in Indecision 2012 lest Our Dear Lovely Nation falls even deeper into the throes of Demonic Possession, which some equally-misguided types insist has been the case with South Africa since abolishing apartheid (or, as the regime preferred to gild the lily, "Christian Nationalism") in 1994. (Come to think of it, how much longer before the AmeriKKKan Christian Right calls upon Good Christians to rally round Die Volkstaat Orania down South Africa way all the more out of the aforementioned common kinship with the Afrikaner as White, Bible-Believing Christians in Clear and Present Danger of Persecution, notwithstanding lack of credible substantiative evidence satisfactory to groups like Amnesty International?)


Such is the byproduct of Divine Wrath and Judgment Upon the Former Confederacy for its Seeking to Reclaim its "Natural Right to Self-Determination" by Claiming That "Confederate Southern Americans" Constitute an Oppressed National Minority So Entitling: Drought, unusually warm temperatures and export demand from the so-called "People's Republic of China" have driven the wholesale price of pecans up from $8 to $12/lb. over recent weeks as the pecan harvest in the main pecan-producing regions from Texas to Georgia gets underway.

Which, in any event, have translated into poor yields and quality, forcing some pecan growers to consider culling wholesale drought-stressed trees through the winter months ... and likely driving some Thanksgiving and Christmas traditionalists to rethink the traditional Karo pie for dessert at their respective holiday dinners and consider instead pumpkin or mincemeat.

Or how about cheesecake?


So much for the Lyndon LaRouchenik delusion that American courts and jurisprudence are under the direct and unconscious control of the British Crown, a common prolefeed meme of theirs in their Luscious Glory of Patriotic Anglophobia: If such be the case, then why aren't American judges wearing powdered horsehair wigs and robes trimmed in ermine (with scarlet such worn in Queen's Bench Division on such occasions designated as "Red Letter Days" per The Book of Common Prayer as much as established tradition via the Council of Niacea in 325 CE)?

(For the record, "Red Letter Days" are such in which the prayers for the day in psalters, hymnals, &c., are to be printed in red ink.)

In England and Wales at least, there are two categories of Red Letter Days, Holy and Saints' Days and Civil Calendar such; the former comprising:
  • The Conversion of St. Paul
  • The Purification
  • Ash Wednesday
  • The Annunciation
  • The Ascension
  • Feast of St. Mark
  • Feast of SS. Philip and James
  • Feast of St. Matthias
  • Feast of St. Barnabas
  • Feast of St. John the Baptist
  • Feast of St. Peter
  • Feast of St. Thomas
  • Feast of St. James
  • Feast of St. Luke
  • Feast of SS. Simon and Jude
  • All Saints' Day
  • Feast of St. Andrew
And in the latter category:
  • Anniversaries of Her Majesty the Queen's Accession, Coronation, Actual and Official Birthdays
  • The Birthday of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh
  • The Birthday of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
  • Feast of St. David
  • Lord Mayor's Day
In all, no less than 25 occasions on which scarlet robes with ermine trim are the rule among judges in Queen's Bench Division courts. (The Civil Calendar dates will doubtless change once the Prince of Wales ascends the British throne as His Majesty King Charles III, with Prince William likely to be designated as Prince of Wales.)


Something which Mein Innkeeper Friend would like to ask the GOP Presidential field, or even "Tea Party"-deluded politicos, given the opportunity (and which, come to think of it, ought be something for us Real Americans, not so much the Fox News brand, to likewise think about): "Who does more for the economy--one man with $10 million net worth or 50 small businessmen with $100,000 net worth each?"


Thanksgiving in the United States may not be until Thursday the 24th, but then again, there's bound to be plenty of leftover turkey from the dinner on the day and much uncertainty over how to get rid of the ensuing leftovers, especially among those insisting on a 15-lb. turkey at the holiday table out of tradition. (For the record, food safety experts insist that leftover turkey stored properly in the refrigerator needs to be used up within 3-4 days; frozen, over just as many months.)

For starters, something to think about in the recipe department might want to be a healthier, fat-free alternative to cream-stylee soups commonly called for in hot-dish recipes such as one as will follow in due course--as in a Casserole Sauce Mix which serves as an ideal ersatz therefor; prepare such by combining in a blender or food processor:
  • 2 cups instant nonfat dry milk
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup sodium-free chicken or beef bouillon powder
  • 1/2 tsp. each dried, crushed thyme and basil (or 1 tsp. salt-free seasoning blend such as Lawry's Salt-Free 17)
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
Store the ensuing compound in an airtight container or zipper bag until ready to use (this being enough to equal nine 10-1/2 to 10-3/4-oz. cans of condensed cream-stylee soups); to use in recipes calling for one can of condensed cream-stylee soup, whisk together 1/3 cup of the dry mix and 1 cup water in a saucepan, cooking and stirring constantly until thickened. Cover and set aside to cool until recipe time.


In any event, as for an ideal recipe to get rid of leftover holiday turkey, the good people at Hy-Vee have come up with this one for Leftover Turkey and Potato Casserole, with some healthy alternatives in the ingredient arena worth considering noted:
  • 1 10-1/2 oz. can Healthy Request-stylee cream of chicken soup OR one equivalent of Casserole Sauce Mix, prepared as per preceding recipe
  • 1 cup light sour cream OR plain Greek yoghurt
  • 1/3 cup skim milk
  • 3 cups chopped leftover turkey
  • 2 cups shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend, divided
  • Pepper and/or seasoning blends to the taste
  • 1 32-oz. package frozen potatoes O'Brien, thawed
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Stir together the soup, sour cream/yoghurt, milk, turkey, 1 cup cheese blend and seasonings. Spread half the mixture into the bottom of a greased 9" x 13" baking dish. Top with potatoes, remaining turkey mixture and remaining 1 cup cheese. Bake uncovered 45 minutes or until cheese melts and is a nice golden brown. (Enough for 10 x 1-cup servings.)


As for another good recipe for to use up the leftover Thanksgiving turkey, consider this one (also from Hy-Vee) for Individual Turkey Pot Pies:
  • 1 10-3/4-oz. can Healthy Request-stylee cream of chicken soup OR one equivalent Casserole Sauce Mix, prepared as before
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. low-sodium Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 10-oz. package frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
  • 1-1/2 cups leftover turkey, cubed
  • 1 12-oz. tube refrigerated flaky biscuits
  • 1 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large saucepan, combine soup, milk and Worcestershire; stir in mixed vegetables and turkey. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until thick and bubbly. Spoon into four 10-oz. oven-safe casserole dishes. Separate each biscuit into four layers, placing the ensuing rounds, slightly overlapping, atop the turkey mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Place on baking sheet; bake 12-15 minutes or until tops are browned.


Hopefully, the preceding recipes have given some of you readers some worthwhile ideas for helping get the leftover holiday-dinner turkey used up. Not just at Thanksgiving, but also at the Christmas table, which is also another traditional turkey-dinner (and leftovers ensuing) occasion as can leave some of you readers at no end of frustration for wondering how to dispose of it without causing waste, let alone producing no realistic benefit to the family circle.

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