Morning Reads – Wednesday, November 21, 2018 – The Day Before

Morning all. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been cooking for the last three days.

Dry brining is the new wet brining.

ICYMI Special Session forestry information.

Jimmy Carter has made the Hall of Fame… in agriculture.

Keeping parents involved is part of school these days.

It’s coming.

What elections are still open? Here is the list.

Have a good Thanksgiving everyone. What’s on your menu?

 

 

 

 

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chefdavid
Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

You’ve chef in your nom de plume, so I’ll take your words for it. Our household already made the decision to go with Honey-baked ham tomorrow.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Spatchcock your bird, people. Use the backbone to make a heartier stock which you can then add to your stuffing.

Also, y’all should have dry brined it last weekend and had it sitting in your fridge the past few days. If you skipped that part, get a time machine or just accept that your skin won’t be crispy.

As for the Pope family menu:
Turkey
Squash casserole
Cornbread stuffing
Butternut squash soup
Mashed potatoes
Corn pudding
Marinated vegetables
Oyster stuffing
Cranberry sauce
Roasted Brussels sprouts
Pecan pie
Pumpkin cheesecake

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

Oh No! Not sweetened cornbread! This is the South — sugar does not go into cornbread. Besides, it’s enough carbs already. 🙂

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The Republicans are going to name the new Court of Appeals building on the site of the former white ice cube building for Governor Deal. That’s apt, since Deal will have well-stocked the building with his cronies.

Will Durant
Will Durant

I maintain my objection to naming any government structure after anyone who is still topside.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Conservative nonprofit with obscure roots and undisclosed funders paid Matthew Whitaker $1.2 million: “In the three years after he arrived in Washington in 2014, Matthew G. Whitaker received more than $1.2 million as the leader of a charity that reported having no other employees, some of the best pay of his career.”

Of course he’s qualified to serve as AG. The swamp needs stocking, and he’s a partisan hack extraordinaire.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/conservative-nonprofit-with-obscure-roots-and-undisclosed-funders-paid-matthew-whitaker-dollar12-million/ar-BBPVxnZ?ocid=spartanntp

bethebalance
bethebalance

Wow, based upon the research reported in the article, there are a lot of things wrong with the nonprofit(s) he was connected to. Some possibly serious violations of IRS law and regs. I expect this will be part of House Dem investigations. And it will look swampy.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Man o man. I’m pretty cynical, but I still am shocked by the amount of money floating around to pay guys like Whitaker, and Manafort and Gates, and Cohen…

I hope we find out who funded this group. Any bets on whether there are Russian connections?

bethebalance
bethebalance

“Excessive” compensation is a legal problem, although many of those rulings are made on an ad hoc basis. I’m sure folks have heard the stories of some CEO of a nonprofit getting paid massive amounts, while only a relatively small % go to the nonprofit’s programs. What is or isn’t excessive depends on market salaries, industry standards, credentials, etc. Whitaker’s salary at least dances on that line if it doesn’t cross it. As for finding out the original funding sources, good luck. This year, c4s were let off the hook of even letting the IRS know their donors. So any… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

This is bizarre:
White House approves use of force, some law enforcement roles for border troops
“The new “cabinet order” was signed by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, not President Donald Trump.”
https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2018/11/21/white-house-approves-use-of-force-some-law-enforcement-roles-for-border-troops/

What the heck is a “cabinet order”? Does the WH CoS have any authority like this? Is Kelly testing his ability to write a cabinet order invoking Article 25? 🙂

Ellynn
Ellynn

Cooking for guy who tells me he likes me even though I’m not a Trump lover (and his family) this year at his house. 17 adults, 9 teenagers, and a toddler. I’s his turn between him and his 4 siblings. Also first time without his late mother doing the heavy lifting for him. So he asked if I would help him out. Rules are if I cook stuff I do it my way (not Southern – I would screw some of it up). He agreed and warned the family. He started to worry after hauling in my cooking gear, 3… Read more »

xdog
xdog

I hope you’ve arranged for a neighbor to come by over the weekend to check that the 17 adults, 9 teenagers, and a toddler are still mobile after that feast.

Ellynn
Ellynn

That’s not in my list of responsibly. The 5 siblings are in charge of all logistics outside of major cooking. They have been doing holiday scheduling between them for almost 25 years. When I stopped to empty out my cooler at the sibling this morning they loaded up my trunk with chairs and Chinette boxes when they found out I was dropping off the deserts (minus the cherry pie, the frozen container of Door County cherries sitting in my office thawing – arrived in the over night from WI) at guys house, and I made him unload it. Last Christmas… Read more »

Ellynn
Ellynn

It should be noted this is like an all day affair with this crowd. eole start bring stuff and setting up around 10:00. Snacking starts @ 11:00 I was told.. Eating is between Detroit and Dallas game. Of the total 30ish items on this list, 14 of these are either made or delivered, Just need to warm or layout. Some one else is making 3 of them. I’m making 4 tonight and prepping the relish trays (I was challenged that the south pickles things better then the north… piff). The only thing I can’t prep to be ready for or… Read more »

chamblee54
chamblee54

https://chamblee54.wordpress.com/2018/11/21/the-problem-with-stacey-2015-edition/
Stacey Abrams has a talent for grandstanding. It went unquestioned in this last election. Apparently, this talent for self promotion was evident in the operations of the New Georgia Project in 2014.
I am so glad that Stacey Abrams was not elected.

xdog
xdog

A sampling from today’s snark: Why is it that when the CDC says to throw out your romaine lettuce everyone takes it as gospel, but when the same agency tells you vaccinations save lives they’re the Illuminati?

Will Durant
Will Durant

We have no business backing any religious strife anywhere, much less taking sides in the centuries long battle between Sunni and Shia. Yet we have. Repeatedly. On top of this the Wahhabi sect of the Sunnis that dominates Saudi Arabia is responsible for many many more human rights violations and generations of extremists than either Shiites or mainstream Sunnis. So near the midterm elections we sanction Iran once again and baffle our allies for nebulous violations while the Saudis act with impunity on Shiites with our blessing and our munitions. Why? Follow the money and/or oil. Today President Donald Trump… Read more »

Ellynn
Ellynn
Sally Forth
Ellynn
Ellynn

Google says… Grassy recall might be a wee bit faulty… First he did not rebuked Alita, he questioned the whole court’s ruling and asked for congress to address the issue with a new law. “With all due deference to separation of powers, last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests – including foreign corporations – to spend without limit in our elections… I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities. They should be decided by the American people,… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

Exactly. Grassley can’t remember it because it never even needed to happen. If Obama had called Alito a partisan hack, we might have needed a response.
I’m looking forward to a real mind-blowing moment when Kav is a deciding vote against a Trump policy, in order to you know, uphold a valid law or something. Kav will be the newest “loyalist” to be thrown under the bus.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Gwinnett recount for the 7th Congressional District is over and Woodall (R) will return to Congress by a margin of 433 votes:

https://www.ajc.com/news/local-govt–politics/bourdeaux-camp-questions-transparency-today-7th-district-recount/Mg3uQweo3l4N6T9QCGRIyJ/
7th District: Bourdeaux concedes following recounts

Fivethirtyeight had already forecast this one for Woodall but still estimates the House elections will result in a D +39 swing; the largest midterm swing in the House since Watergate.

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

BREAKING NEWS: 9th Circuit Blocks Trump Turkey Pardon. States “The president cannot parole a white bird, demonstrates racism.”