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Sunday, November 30, 2003

Right off we're going to get a jump on this week by posting one of the two turkey recipes that were tried out here at the ol' rancho over Thanksgiving. Although I hate to do it, I have to give props to Martha Stewart of all people. She is a foul democrat crone and soon to be felon but my wife and I saw her make this turkey roll and my better half decided to try for Thanksgiving. I'm glad she did because I polished off another slice of it for breakfast and it just seems to get even better. This is a lengthy recipe so stick with me kids, I assure you it's well worth it.

1 12-14 lb turkey
3 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion coarsely chopped
3 medium cloves of garlic finely chopped
3 tbsp chopped rosemary leaves plus 3 large sprigs of rosemary
1 tbsp chopped sage leaves
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1 lb ground turkey
1 lb ground pork
1 cup of dry bread crumbs
3 large eggs
1 cup heavy cream
3 1/2 tsp coarse salt
1 3/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup maple syrup

First you need to bone the turkey. Now Martha did this in about 6 minutes on her show. (Of course the small army of assistants probably did it for her) My wife took about an hour so plan ahead for it. To bone the bird, slice skin along the backbone from neck to tail. Cut and pull flesh and skin away from the carcass. Cut flesh from saber shaped bone near the wing and remove the bone. Sever ball and socket joints so that they are separated from carcass but still attached to the skin. Continue cutting breast meat away from bone until reaching the ridge of breastbone. Now turn the turkey around and repeat the process on the other side. Pull gently to separate breastbone and carcass flesh. Cut off wing tip and middle section, leaving the largest wing bone. Holding outside of wing bone, cut through the tendons and scrape meat from bone. Pull out the bone, using knife to free it. Holding inside end of leg bone, cut through tendons attaching the flesh to the bone. Use knife to scrape meat from bone, pushing it away from end of bone. Cut bone free of skin. Cut out any sinews still remaining on leg. Repeat on other side, then push leg and wing skin inside out. Butterfly the breast so that meat completely covers sking. Cover with plastic wrap and lightly pound the meat until even.

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

Place a large skillet over medium heat, when it is hot, add 1 tbsp olive oil. Add onion, garlic, 1 tbsp chopped rosemary, sage and mustard. Cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent but not brown. About 10 mins. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and set aside to cool. Add the ground turkey and pork, bread crumbs, eggs, cream, 1 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Stir to combine.

Lay the turkey breast on a work surface and season with 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper and remaining 2 tbsps chopped rosemary. Place the stuffing in the middle of the turkey. Roll the turkey up over the stuffing so that it forms a long tube. Use tooth picks to hold it in place. Now tie every two inches or so with kitchen twine. Drizzle remaining two tbsp of olive oil over the turkey. Season with remaining tsp of salt and 1/2 tsp pepper. Tuck rosemary branches along top of roll under the twine. Place on rack over a large baking sheet. Now roast it until an instant read thermometer registers 150 degrees, 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Remove from oven and brush with maple syrup. (This step is optional we didn't use maple syrup.) Return to oven and continue roasting until the thermometer reads 160-165 degrees, usually another half hour. Just keep an eye on it. When done, remove it from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board, remove the twine and cut cross wise into slices about 1 inch thick. Place the slices on a platter and serve with plenty of cranberry sauce or gravy as you like it...enjoy, I know we did....

Next week I'll post the recipe for our other turkey which I brined and roasted...until then I remain...

Smilin' Paul Villa U.S. Senate 2004
cyber-Congressman, R-Reno
Proud Member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and 2 SUV Family

Friday, November 28, 2003

What a glorious Holiday! Driving across a misty, gray Autumn Nevada landscape. Last minute rush to the store for some things for Thanksgiving supper when the news alert came through. President Bush had secretly gone to Baghdad, into the viper's pit in order to visit the troops. I just stopped for a moment while my eyes teared up. I'm not even going to try to win over any Bush haters reading this. Accept it, you're wrong about this man, and he just delivered a size 12 pointed toe cowboy boot to the left's solar plexus with this trip. Americans will appreciate the gesture and no amount of leftist handwringing and sniveling, grousing and carping about this trip is going to diminish the impact to Joe Sixpack. Already the media is trying it's level best to paint this trip as nothing more than a desparate campaign ploy. Why didn't he meet with Iraqi's in the street they want to know. My lord, can the democrats get any more sophomoric? They would find fault with the man if he were canonized by the Pope. (Not that that's likely to happen.)

In any event, joyous news to start off the day and then my lovely bride and I entertained my in-laws at supper. We prepared two small turkeys. One was brined and roasted, the other boned, stuffed with dressing and ground pork, rolled and roasted. They both came out wonderful. Add to that some sweet potatoes, cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, homemade cranberry sauce, gravy, salad, biscuits and for dessert, sweet potato pie and apple pie. The meal was as wonderful as the news. To top it all off, I had to visit the kool-aid drinkers over at democratic underground where of course, they were suffering much angst over the President's trip to Iraq. The most gratifying part of the visit there was the number of lefties sniveling about how their holiday supper was ruined. Too bad, I'm certain that those tofu slices with organic bean sprout gravy would've been fabulous. Of course, after visiting democratic underground I always feel a need for a shower.

Then today, the icing on the cake as my beloved Longhorns opened the proverbial can of whup ass on the Aggies down at College Station. It was such a wonderful Holiday I can't wipe the grin off my face. (Except of course to stuff some more turkey and dressing in my mouth.) Now if the Niners can just pull one out this weekend and if the democrats just come out firing about the President's trip on Monday, we should be able to keep the good news coming. Hopefully I can find some time to squeeze in a little Aces High too. I've been getting that ol' itch again and I'm dying to take back to the unfriendly cyber-skies at the controls of my trusty Thunderbolt. Come to think of it, we could probably use a few Jugs in Iraq. Especially if Shrillary visits again. I'll just finish this post off with the best photo to come out of the President's visit yesterday....

And lest I forget, this week's Republicandy, actress Shannen Doherty. She's Hollywood's bad girl but even this bad girl has enough sense to vote Republican.

Smilin' Paul Villa U.S. Senate 2004
cyber-Congressman, R-Reno
Proud Member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and 2 SUV Family

Tuesday, November 25, 2003

What a week. Sheesh, with all the democrat sniveling about the economy and an exit strategy for Iraq, I'm still compelled to wonder what in hell is going on in the Bay? First off the A's make two questionable trades IMHO. Giving up your best pitcher down the stretch for some 2nd rate outfielder and then to give up your All Star catcher for a punch and judy hitting outfielder, what are they trying to corner the market on outfielders? What is Billy Beane drinking? Then theres the Niners. Granted they haven't won a game at Lambeau field since Ronald Reagan was president but still, I thought we might have a chance. But no, apparently Erickson got to the corn squeezin's before the game. He is an absolute disaster as coach. I say lose him and give defensive coordinator Mora a try. At least when his defense is allowed to blitz, they accomplish something.

Speaking of defense, seems like the Thanksgiving Holiday can't be miserable enough for our troops deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq. As if they don't have enough misery in their lives, Hillary Clinton has announced plans to spend Thanksgiving with the troops. Poor bastiges...Of course this is nothing more than show for Shrillary. She despises the troops and they know it. Deep in her dark socialist elitist heart, she knows that while she has to play the part of concerned matron, in reality the only concern is keeping her electable and the money flowing to her PAC. Shrillary is part of that annoying crowd which insists that the War in Iraq, not yet even a year old, and with better than 80% of the countryside pacified is a quagmire. Shrillary would love nothing better than for America to turn tail and cut and run. She and her elitist cronies at the UN (the same organization that with a straight face, gave Libya a chair on the Human Rights Commission) want a return to power and a humbled and prostrate America before the UN. If you believe that Shrillary has moderated her Maoist views from college, you are sadly mistaken. She has only become more skillful at hiding them while she pursues her accumulation of power.

What escapes the democrats is the simple logic of fighting "over there". Since the tragedy of September 11, 2001, we have not suffered another assault of that magnitude. I am sure that in the future we will be struck again but it makes sense to me to fight the terrorists in their own countries. Each one killed or captured is one less to make the martyr's trip to America. The same socialists and fellow travellers that inhabit the UN and the Party of Sedition, aka the democrat party, pray for failure of American policy under George Bush. These same appeaseniks want more engagement of American money and diplomacy and less of force. What they forget and what I will continually remind you of, is that their policies have been tried before and shown to be failures. The antecedents of these socialist demagogues once ruled Britain and France in the days before WW2. Their refusal to entertain the judicious use of force in stopping a dictator resulted in WW2. Now comes George Bush and he readily accepts that the judicious use of force now, applied to the rise of islamofascism, can result in saved lives later.

Now if you honestly believe that Howie Dean is better suited to defend the American people then I have some kool aid for you to drink...

Smilin' Paul Villa U.S. Senate 2004
cyber-Congressman, R-Reno
Proud Member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and 2 SUV Family

Monday, November 24, 2003

Ok...straight off to this week's recipe. This recipe is for those who want something a little different besides the usual Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. Of course, around here we'll be serving sweet potato pie and this wonderful recipe for cherry pie. Those of you who want a turkey recipe are going to have to wait until next week because my lovely wife and I are trying out two new turkey recipes this week. So until then, here is Smilin' Paul's Cherry Pie:

Make a pastry, (Or you can cheat and use a store bought premade pastry)

2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
2/3 cup shortening
6-8 tbsp of ice water

Mix the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. With pastry blender, blend in shortening until it resembles coarse crumbs. Mix in the ice water 1 tbsp at a time until dough forms a ball. Do not overmix. Divide dough into two balls. Using a well floured surface and rolling pin, roll each pastry ball from the centerto the edges with a long smooth strokes. Roll each pastry into a circle large enough to to fit in a 9 inch pie plate.

Next for the filling you'll need
1 1/2 cups of sugar
3 tbsp cornstarch
2 cans of Oregon red Tart pie cherries
1 tbsp butter
2 crusts for 9 inch pie plate

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drain the cherries and reserve the juice from one can. In a suacepan stir the cherry juice into the combined mixture of the cornstarch and half the sugar. Cook over med. heat stirring constantly until thickened. Remove from heat and gently stir in remaining sugar and the cherries. Pour the filling into a pastry lined pie pan. Dot with butter. Adjust the crust, seal and vent it. Bake it for 40-45 minutes or until it browns and the filling begins to bubble. If necessary, cover teh edges with foil during the last 15 mins to prevent over browning. Cool the pie for several hours before slicing. This promotes nice thickening of the filling. Enjoy it folks. Remember, cherry pie is just as American as apple pie, it just doesn't have an agent...

Smilin' Paul Villa U.S. Senate 2004
cyber-Congressman, R-Reno
Proud Member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and 2 SUV Family

Friday, November 21, 2003

Now that I've had a chance to read the full text of the Presidents' speech at Whitehall, I must confess to being completely impressed. I only wish that I had been able to watch the address. The impact of the words on me was profound enough. I encourage all of you to read the full text of the speech and then tell me that this man is shallow, that he is a warmonger or that he doesn't have the best interests of the American people at heart. That speech was Churchillian and I can think of no higher compliment to pay a speaker.

Now then it's Friday which means that most of you are here to check out this week's Republicandy. This week's treat, Conservative Lobbyist and Political Columnist, Kirsten Andersen. Enjoy...

Smilin' Paul Villa U.S. Senate 2004
cyber-Congressman, R-Reno
Proud Member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and 2 SUV Family

Thursday, November 20, 2003

Allow me to wax rhapsodic momentarily for this is truly the most beautiful time of year around here. The days are short, the mornings brisk, the colors of the leaves still brilliant. The drive to work is colored by the dawn, the hard purples and earthtones of the mountains giving way to the whites of snowcapped peaks and the soft grays, pinks and blues of the sky. It really is beautiful, so much nicer than summertime and of course to drive home to a house lit up for the holidays, makes me think that for a moment, I'm in a Thomas Kincaid painting.

In any event, seems like the President has given a rousing speech at Whitehall. This shouldn't surprise. President Bush has consistently demonstrated for 2.5 years now the ability to rise to the occasion and deliver important speeches when called upon. The rest of the time he may play the part of the laconic cowpoke and he may even enjoy a malapropism or outright mispronunciation but funny how he always seems to get it right in the clutch. (The left's apoplexy over the President's pronunciation of nuclear as nucular always amuses me. It's enough to make me want to pronounce it that way as well.) Sadly, Euros who are indulging in one of their perpetual episodes of infighting don't seem to understand or care about the import of the President's speech at Whitehall.

Already the stateside press, (no enablers of a Republican President) are hailing this speech as one which will stand the test of time. While I have yet to read the speech in it's entirety, from the snippets I've heard there are certainly memorable lines in there. Blasphemer that I am, more and more I can draw parallels between President Bush and Prime Minister Churchill during England's dark days in 1940-1941. Once again the President, expected by many to go to England and grovel for European assistance in the ongoing war, has instead come out swinging. While duplicitous, conniving frenchmen may sniff haughtily and effeminate leftist Brits may sneer, what they will never understand is the simple appeal that Bush holds for most Americans. Most Americans do not suffer from post-Colonial withdrawals and consequently we are not beset with the pretensions that so many Europeans suffer from. The need to constantly atone for perceived wrongs is something Catholics can appreciate as self-flagellation. However in the Euro psyche it translates to atonement for anything America does which might offend a former colony. The Euros must view us as a wayward teen who they constantly have to apologize to polite company for. What the Euros forget is that we already have the keys to the car and there's a new sheriff in town. Oooops there I go talking like George Bush. The beauty of having your own blog.

As I write this, reports coming out of Turkey indicate that Al Qaeda is claiming responsibility for bombing the British Consulate in Istanbul. I wonder, will this act of terror solidify British resolve now as it would have in 1940? Or has the fundamental makeup of English character been altered by the socialist experiment of the last 50 years. I choose to believe that the Brits resolve will only be hardened by this outrage. Perhaps now the President can reissue a call to the civilized West to unite in this fight, lest the threat of Islamofascism stop the spread of freedom and democracy. Here is a suggestion for a new campaign poster for just such a proclamation...

Smilin' Paul Villa U.S. Senate 2004
cyber-Congressman, R-Reno
Proud Member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and 2 SUV Family

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

What a glorious week for the Republic. First off Rush returns to the airwaves and sounds better than ever. Then the democrat celebration over the electoral hiccup in Louisiana over the weekend is brought to a screetching halt by Arnold's inauguration. Can't understand them Cajuns electing a democrat running on a typical scare platform. On the other hand, now that I think on it, it makes perfect sense. Louisiana is kind of the California of the South and there is an overabundance of french blood down there. The upside being that Cajun jokes will probably be in much demand again and that's good news for the likes of Spider and L-Train who spent many a night entertaining us with Cajun jokes, Aggie jokes and political commentary.

Then of course we have the spectacle of democrats like Teddy "Breaststroke" Kennedy and his leaked memos wherein he outlines democrat obstructionist tactics for President Bushes judicial nominees. This in a week where Massachusetts legalizes gay marriage. Teddy is now free to marry John Kerry. They could be the first husband-wife team to serve in the Senate together. As if that wasn't enough, Kennedy, who feels the pain of the little man has announced his opposition to the newly crafted, bi-partisan prescription drug benefit that even the AARP supports. Why? Power politics and nothing more. Kennedy doesn't want the President to benefit in any way from the passage of a prescription drug plan in order to keep those precious senior voters scared and ensconced on the democrat plantation.

Once again, Teddy "The Swimmer" Kennedy has demonstrated to any American willing to objectively look at the facts that he isn't interested in serving either his constituents or the interests of America and Americans. Kennedy is only interested in placating the shrill left of his party and by so doing, keep the activist base and union monies flowing into democrat coffers. He knows that he never has to worry about a serious challenge for his Senate seat and so he can make the most heinous decisions without fear of that most basic of democratic reprisals....the ballot box. Now I know why I wear a fedora...but thats another story....

Smilin' Paul Villa U.S. Senate 2004
cyber-Congressman, R-Reno
Proud Member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and 2 SUV Family

Monday, November 17, 2003

That sucks, I just posted the weeks recipe and then lost it because my session timed out. we go again. Admin changes in these parts. Seems like no matter what I do I can't get the recipe posted on Sundays so we're going to change the recipe postings to Mondays. Mondays are cooking days when I cook for the week and right now I've got some chili verde going in the slow cooker and a chicken vegetable soup on the stove. So since Sundays I always manage to get derailed we're going to change it up. This Sunday I got a jump on the neighbors and the season and put up my Christmas lights just beating an incoming storm in the process. And now that I've got your mouths all set for chili verde or chicken veggie soup, I'm going to post this week's recipe, 9 Vegetable Beef Stew.

2 lbs. cubed stewing beef
2 14 oz cans of Swanson beef broth
2 5.5 oz cans of V8 vegetable juice
1 can no salt added kernel corn
1 can no salt added green beans
1 package frozen peas
2 carrots sliced about 1/8"
2 white potatoes quartered and sliced about 1/4"
2 stalks of celery sliced about 1/4"
2 zuchinni sliced about 1/4"
1/2 head of cauliflower, florettes removed
1/2 head of brocolli, florettes removed
Olive oil

Lightly dredge the beef cubes in flour and then in a large pot, brown them in the olive oil over medium high heat. Once the beef is browned, add the beef broth and vegetable juice. Stir the mixture and reduce the heat to low. Now add the vegetables except the peas. If you're cooking in a slow cooker, let it set all day, about 8 hours. After about 7 hrs. add the frozen peas and thicken the stew to taste with flour. If you're cooking in a large pot, let the stew simmer for about 1 1/2 hours and then add the peas and stir thoroughly. Now is a good time to check for tenderness of the vegetables and thicken the mixture to taste with flour. Let it simmer another 1/2 hour or so to tenderize the peas. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Since I've got blood pressure issues, I use lower sodium beef broth, V8 and no salt added canned vegetables.) This is a stew that would make your mama proud to see you eat it. Nothing in there bad for you. Absolutely wonderful served up with some crusty bread and butter. Enjoy.

Also, a HUUUUUUUUGE welcome back to Rush Limbaugh whose show I am enjoying immensely as I cook today. It's good to have him back. Funny thing is, even on drugs Rush was right....

Smilin' Paul Villa U.S. Senate 2004
cyber-Congressman, R-Reno
Proud Member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and 2 SUV Family

Friday, November 14, 2003

Kinda sparse in the postings this week and so much to cover. First off we have the spectacle on the Senate floor wherein Republican Senators appear to have finally found a spine and are delaying business (always a good thing in Washington) while they spent 30 hrs dedicated to demonstrating the obstructionist tactics of the democrats on judicial appointments.

Article 2, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution:

He shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, judges of the Supreme Court, and all other officers of the United States, whose appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by law: but the Congress may by law vest the appointment of such inferior officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the courts of law, or in the heads of departments

I'm sorry lefties, I don't see in that paragraph, a requirement for 60 votes to affirm a judicial appointment. Advice and consent and past practice require a mere majority. By filibustering appointments that the democrats find too in touch with American mainstream opinions the party of sedition is effectively gutting the Constitution. Of course that is nothing new for the PoS party. (PoS having another meaning entirely but I kind of like Party of Sedition as an aka)

In other news yesterday, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (Texas) affirmed the right of the State to display the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the Supreme Court. This coming on the same day that Alabama removed the Ten Commandments from their Supreme Court building and moved to oust Judge Roy Moore. As my beautiful bride said last night on hearing the news, Texas is looking better and better as a retirement option. Speaking of beautiful here is this week's Republicandy: Belly Girl in deference to the 22 European statesmen who rebuked France yesterday for denying any reference to the Christian foundations of Europe in the drafting of the new European Union Constitution.

Lastly we hear yesterday that a Chinese clothing firm is negotiating with IMPEACHED ex-president Clinton about representing their firm for a paltry 2 million a year. No doubt it's the same clothing firm that brought us these outfits:

Yes sir, he sold America out to the Chicoms and now he can sell his soul to them. Blood money Mr. IMPEACHED ex-president. You accepted untold thousands and perhaps millions of dollars in campaign contributions from the Lippo Group, a demonstrated front organization of the Peoples Liberation Army. Now you can wear their clothes and get paid too. Only in America, another shining example of the Party of Sedition. Be back atcha over the weekend enjoy folks and keep them referals coming as we spread the conservative word....

Smilin' Paul Villa U.S. Senate 2004
cyber-Congressman, R-Reno
Proud Member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and 2 SUV Family

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Hoping you all had a wonderful Veteran's Day. We managed to visit with the in-laws and do some cooking around here. I whipped up a vegetable beef stew and homemade cherry pie. Y'all can look forward to those recipes in coming weeks. We'll be using the slow cooker now that winter is here and my wife and I can take turns pluggin' it in before we leave in the mornings. I have some great recipes to try out and look forward to posting them.

I've gotten some great e-mail from several of you this week and I just want to thank you all for continuing to visit. Keep passing the word! This site is still young and I'm having a blast playing with it but more importantly, I enjoy trying to shed light on the right and bringing the conservative gospel to the heathen. Of course most of you dropping by here are probably of the same political persuasion although I have it on good authority that there may have been a lefty or two drop by. If so, I say good for them, at least they are open minded enough to try on opposing views. It never ceases to amaze me how the left silences it's own when I'm on one of my frequent forays into enemy territory at democratic underground. God help you if you express any idea which doesn't tow the party line. Great bunch over there. I love to watch them eat their young whenever a dispute erupts. Stalin would have loved the apparatchiks and party bosses that while away their days there.

If you haven't ever visited democratic underground and you think you can stomach it, drop on by and read some of the twisted posts over there. Pardon the vulgarity, it's apparent that most of the posters there are absolutely immature at best. Once you visit there you have to ask yourself if any thinking American would really place the fate of our nation in the hands of those folks at DU.

Smilin' Paul Villa U.S. Senate 2004
cyber-Congressman, R-Reno
Proud Member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and 2 SUV Family

Today we celebrate Veteran's Day. I hope each and every one of you will take a few moments to salute our vets who time and again throughout our history have been prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedoms. Lot of links today. I am going to include links to the USO and to the Disabled American Veterans. I hope you will all consider making a donation to one of these fine organizations who do so much good work on behalf of our troops currently forward deployed and those veterans who have returned home having sacrificed so much. Please go and contribute what you can.

Next up, a link to the Freeper Foxhole. This is a site on freerepublic which each day highlights a different item of military history, a poignant daily reminder of what is at stake as our Nation once again finds itself in conflict.

Obligatory shot at liberals who can't understand that Freedom isn't free and that some things are worth fighting for.

Now then I'd like to close out today's post with a poem from Charles M. Province who wrote long ago:

It is the soldier, not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the soldier,
who salutes the flag,
who serves under the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
who allows the protester to burn the flag.


Smilin' Paul Villa U.S. Senate 2004
cyber-Congressman, R-Reno
Proud Member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and 2 SUV Family

Monday, November 10, 2003

Once again folks I have to apologize for getting behind schedule around these parts. Yesterday our ISP went out so I couldn't get at the blog and today I spend the better part of the day reconfiguring our home network to get things back to running. In any event, let's get straight off to the recipe which I meant to post yesterday. In deference to the bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase we'll continue our culinary adventure with another taste of New Orleans and jambalaya. Like last week's bread pudding recipe, I picked this recipe up several years ago in New Orleans while visiting the New Orleans School of Cooking. This makes a wonderful jambalaya.

1/4 cup oil
1 cooked chicken, cut up or boned
1 1/2 lbs of sausage (andouille or smoked sausage if you can find it)
4 cups of chopped onions
2 cups chopped celery
2 cups chopped green pepper
1 Tbsp chopped garlic
4 cups long grain rice
5 cups stock or flavored water
2 heaping tsps of Joe's Stuff seasoning
2 cups chopped green onions or tomatoes

Season and brown chicken in large pot in oil (lard or bacon drippin's are even better) over med high heat. Add sausage to pot and saute with the chicken. Remove both from the pot. For brown jambalaya, either add tbsp of brown sugar to the hot oil and caramelize it, make a roux by stirring in flour or use kitchen bouquet. For red jamabalaya, add paprika for color.

Saute onions celery, green pepper and garlic to the tenderness you desire. Return chicken and sausage to the pot. Add liquid and Joe's Stuff and bring to a boil.

If using Kitchen Bouquet for brown jambalaya add 1 to 2 tbsp. For red Jambalaya add approx. 1/4 cup paprika and you may want to use 1/2 stock and 1/2 tomato juice or V8 for your liquid. Add rice and return mixture to boil. Cover and reduce heat to simmer. Cook for 25 minutes total. After 10 minutes of cooking, remove cover and quickly turn the rice from top to bottom completely. Add green onions and chopped tomatoes if desired. This makes about 12 servings. I've made it a couple times and it's absolutely delicious. You can substitute seafood such as crawfish, shrimps, oysters and crab for the sausage and chicken or you can mix it all in too. Just be sure to add it after you turn the rice as the seafood will cook quickly and you'll have to check it. Good eatin' on ya!!

Smilin' Paul Villa U.S. Senate 2004
cyber-Congressman, R-Reno
Proud Member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and 2 SUV Family

Friday, November 07, 2003

Allrighty folks, time for this weeks Republicandy. With respect to the just passed Country Music Association awards, we get a double dose of country songstresses whose politics are somewhat more sensible than the Vichy Chicks....First off we have Martina McBride and then we have Dolly Parton. Always a patriot..

Be sure to check back over the weekend for this weeks recipe and other political commentary as my boxers are still in a bunch over the latest democrat activities.

Smilin' Paul Villa U.S. Senate 2004
cyber-Congressman, R-Reno
Proud Member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and 2 SUV Family

Thursday, November 06, 2003

Well the hits just keep on rolling. First more democrat losses in elections around the country on Tuesday and now the information that democrats on the Senate Select Committee for Intelligence have developed a plan to use their position to initiate an investigation aimed at crippling the re-election campaign of the president. If there is one committee which should remain bi-partisan at all costs, it is the Intelligence Committee. Once again the democrats show how craven and beholden to special interests they are. They have no concern for the country and truly view George W. Bush as a greater threat to our Nation than terrorism. Their only concern is recapturing the power they have lost. It'll be interesting to see exactly which Senator's staffer circulated this seditious memo. Strong early indications point to Senator Rockefeller, D-W.Va. we shall see...

Now then to rant. This week my boxers are in a bunch over the higher educational system. College, University, Academic Gulag or whatever you'd like to call it. In her new book Shut Up and Sing, Laura Ingraham talks about academic elites who are yesterdays 60's longhairs. She produces an interesting item. It seems that we force college students to take all sorts of useless courses that will serve them little or none at all in reality depending upon their major. Why is it we can make college English majors or Political Science majors take art appreciation, biology or college math even if they'll have little use for the information later. I ask you. How many of you have had to compute trig problems since graduation? Do you feel better or worse about your job prospects because of the Monet print that hangs in your favorite Starbucks?

We force students to take these courses on topics which will never again cross their minds but what really hacks me off is Ingraham's assertion that of all American colleges and universities, only 3, THREE!! require students to take a course on the United States Constitution to graduate. Any guesses as to which three schools they are? Of course they are West Point, The Air Force Academy and the Naval Academy at Annapolis. The Constitution, bedrock of the Nation, something which serves our citizenry each and every day and does so without need for advanced algorithms or deep appreciation of dead french artists, is left out of the curriculums of nearly every American University. Oh sure the Constitution is mentioned in passing by internationalist professors sneering at the meaning of it or denigrating it as a document which needs to be discarded or improved upon. In depth analysis and appreciation of the contents? It appears that is left to those who actually defend it. In case you want to run down to Barnes and Noble in order to pick up her book, here is a cover shot of the tome so you'll know what you're looking for....

Smilin' Paul Villa U.S. Senate 2004
cyber-Congressman, R-Reno
Proud Member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and 2 SUV Family

Wednesday, November 05, 2003

Another glorious morning for the Republic! Victory over the left in two gubernatorial battles and a shining example of why the left is out of touch with mainstream America. Last night Republicans picked up two statehouses last night in Mississippi and Kentucky. In the old Confederacy, Republicans now hold 8 of 11 governorships. Those fun loving nuts at democratic underground are shaking their heads, gnashing their teeth and suffering general apoplectic fits over more defeats. Of course their explanation is always that Americans are too stupid and insufficiently intellectual to elect progressive candidates. What twaddle. Americans simply don't respond to socialism.

Speaking of socialism, only in San Francisco, two candidates left in the race for mayor, and one of them is a Green Party member. Let's see, one candidate, already a liberal but he is rich, which equates to evil in the liberal mindset and he wants to clean up the panhandlers and bums. The other candidate is a Green. Any takers on who wins this race? I'll post the Harrah's line as soon as it becomes available but San Francisco is one of the few cities in this country that would actually elect a green so beware. I just shake my head. The San Francisco that I grew up with, which was already an aging temptress just continues the downhill slide. The City that gave us the Golden Gate, Cable Cars, Fishermans Wharf, Fort Point, Sam Spade and Martinis will instead be known for panhandling, paying the homeless and any host of other failed liberal giveaway programs. (Hey it's 0530 here, I can't fire on all cylinders this early.)

In any event check back often while I work up this weeks rant and a big ol' celebratory Yeeeehaw for the Republican gains last night.

Smilin' Paul Villa U.S. Senate 2004
cyber-Congressman, R-Reno
Proud Member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and 2 SUV Family

Monday, November 03, 2003

Sorry for the slight delay in getting this week's recipe out. This week we're talkin' bread pudding so good it'll make you want to hit your grandma. This is the first time I can recall that the weekly recipe was a dessert but you can thank the lovely and talented Beth Altergott, Sparks Nevada for the suggestion. Now I picked this recipe up several years ago when I was in New Orleans with my beautiful bride. The recipe is courtesy of the New Orleans School of Cooking and boy is it good...

1 10oz loaf of stale french bread, crumbled (or 6-8 C. of any type of bread)
4 C. milk
2 C. sugar
8 Tbsp. butter, melted
3 eggs
2 Tsp. vanilla
1 C. raisins
1 C. coconut
1 C. chopped pecans
1 Tsp. cinnamon
1 Tsp. nutmeg

Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mixture should be moist but not soupy. Pour it into a buttered 9"x12" baking dish. Place the dish into a non-preheated oven. Bake it at 350 degrees for about 75 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Serve it up hot with whiskey sauce, the recipe for which follows:

8 Tbsp. butter, (1 stick)
1 1/2 C. powdered sugar
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup good Tennessee Whiskey or Kentucky Bourbon

Cream the butter and sugar over medium heat until all the butter is absorbed. Remove from heat and then blend in the egg yolks. Pour in the whiskey gradually to your taste stirring constantly. This sauce will thicken as it cools so serve it warm over the warm bread pudding.

I hope y'all enjoyed this week's recipe and standby for more as I wind up to this week's rant. This week's target is the educational system which has my boxers in a bunch for the incredible misallocation of system priorities...stay tuned and stay Right!!

Smilin' Paul Villa U.S. Senate 2004
cyber-Congressman, R-Reno
Proud Member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and 2 SUV Family

Woooohoooo...hidy folks, sorry it's been awhile since my last update and hopefully thats a thing of the past now that all my training is done. I'm back to a normal schedule now and the weekend was hectic. Huge thanks to fellow Republicans Tom and Scott who assisted me in moving 5 tons of hay on Saturday. That was some workout. Speaking of good workouts on Sat. reader John Cryer, Reno Nevada sent along his congratulations on the heartwarming spectacle of my beloved Texas Longhorns opening a proverbial can of whup ass on the vaunted Nebraska Cornhuskers. Then on Sunday, the computer was down as some upgrades were being implemented around these parts. New monitor and setting up a wireless network have been keeping me from getting to ye olde blog. On the bright side, the Niners absolutely annihilated the hated Rams in Candlestick to make my weekend. However, I know you folks insist on quality and quantity in my posts so let's get last week's Republicandy posted here first off and then we'll get Sunday's recipe up. (This week's Republicandy is none other than President Bush's neice, Lauren followed by the recipe of the week, bread pudding...)

Smilin' Paul Villa U.S. Senate 2004
cyber-Congressman, R-Reno
Proud Member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and 2 SUV Family