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Tuesday, March 30, 2004

For those of you who think that I am biased towards Republicans and liberty loving representatives, well you're right. Believe it or not however, every now and then a democrat utters something that is incontrovertibly true. Such is the case with the following excerpt from a speech delivered on the floor of the United States Senate today by Senator Zell Miller, D-Georgia. I think he puts the furor over opportunist Richard Clarke into perspective. Please read what Senator Miller said today and think about what he's saying....there is a lot of truth in there....

Every administration from Jimmy Carter to George W. Bush bears some of the blame. Dick Clarke bears a big heap of it because it was he who was in the catbird’s seat to do something about it for more than a decade. Tragically, it was the decade in which we did the least.

We did nothing after terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in 1993, killing six and injuring more than 1,000 Americans.

We did nothing in 1996 when sixteen U.S. servicemen were killed in the bombing of the Khobar Towers.

When our embassies were attacked in 1998, killing 263 people, our only response was to fire a few missiles on an empty tent.

Is it any wonder? Is it any wonder that after that decade of weak-willed responses to that murderous terror, our enemies thought we would never fight back?

In the 1990's is when Dick Clarke should have resigned. In the 1990's is when he should have apologized. That is when he should have written his book. That is, if he really had America’s best interest at heart.

Some will say, “We owe it to the families” to get more information about what happened in the past and I can understand that. But no amount of finger-pointing will bring our victims back.

So, now we owe it to future families and all of America now in jeopardy not to encourage more terrorists, resulting in even more grieving families, perhaps many more over the ones of 9/11.

It’s obvious to me that this country is rapidly dividing itself into two camps: the wimps and the warriors.

The ones who want to argue and assess and appease, and the ones who want to carry this fight to our enemies and kill him them before they kill us. And, in case you haven’t figured it out, I proudly belong to the latter.

This is a time like no other in the history of this country, and this country is being crippled with petty partisan politics of the worst possible kind. In time of war, it is not just unpatriotic; it is stupid, and it is criminal.

So, I pray that all this time, all this energy, all this talk and all this attention could be focused on the future instead of the past.

I pray we would stop pointing fingers, assigning blame and wringing our hands about what happened on that day David McCullogh has called “the worst day in our history” more than two years ago.

And instead, pour all of our energy into how we can kill these terrorists before they kill us - again.

For make no mistake about it. They watch these hearings. They are scheming and smiling about the distraction and the divisiveness they see in America. And while they may not know who said it years ago in America, they know instinctively that a house divided cannot stand.

There is one other group that we should remember is listening to all of this - our troops. I was in Iraq in January and one day when I was meeting with the 1st Armored Division, a unit with a proud history known as Old Ironsides, we were discussing troop morale, and the Commanding General said it was top notch.

And I turned to the Division’s Sergeant Major, the top enlisted man in the division, a big, burly, 6-foot-3, 240 pound African American and I said, “That’s good, but how do you sustain that kind of morale?”

Without hesitation he narrowed his eyes, and he looked at me and said “The morale will stay high just as long as these troops know the people back home support us.”

Just as long as the people back home support us. What kind of message are these hearings and the outrageously political speeches on the floor of the Senate yesterday sending to those marvelous young Americans in the uniform of our country?

I say Unite America! Before it is too late! Put aside these petty partisan differences when it comes to the protection of our people.

Argue and argue and argue and debate and debate and debate over all the other things – jobs and education and the deficit and the environment – but please, please do not use the lives of Americans and the security of this country as a cheap-shot political talking point.

There is a man who can bring a crowd to it's feet. There is a democrat like they used to make them. Proud to be American and loving his country above and beyond internationalist movements and partisan politics. They certainly don't make them like that anymore....

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

Monday, March 29, 2004

Some of you might have noticed a few changes around here. Notably I changed the format of the blog because well I wanted a change for one and for two, I thought the header looked a little cleaner now. Let me know what you think. I also think that the links look a little better and are a little more managable offset left. I'll be playing around with it a bit today so we'll see what else comes this way. I have posted a link to Blogs for Bush where you can see hundreds of bloggers/kindred spirits and get a bit of wit and wisdom on those days when I've been too damn lazy to post anew. Now then, I want to get this week's recipe up because frankly, I've got to get busy on it.

I've got two slabs of beautiful pork ribs marinating in a dry rub since last night. The rub I applied to these two racks of spares is Emeril's Bayou Blast Essence. This is primarily a blend of Cayenne and Paprika with garlic and some other stuff. Now those of you who know me, know that I am never at a loss for new bbq recipes and I have in the past played around with making my own rubs. I tend to like a lot of pepper and garlic in my rubs and Emeril's Bayou Blast supplies that in spades. Now if you like your ribs on the sweeter side, may I recommend North Main BBQ's Secret Spice produced by the Sweet Meat Cooking Team in Euless, Texas. Now then, I took these two slabs of ribs and cut them in half. I then pried up the membrane on the back of the rib rack and pulled it off. This is optional, some folks like the extra chewy texture but to bbq artisans like myself and Mike "Pointman" Edwards, it is nothing short of heretical to leave the membrane on. Now coat the ribs generously with the Bayou Blast and rub it into the meat. Then transfer the meat to ziploc bags or wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Throw in the refrigerator over night.

Now then, if you followed my instructions on a smoker last week, you should be able to plug that baby in and get it going. Once it has a chance to warm up the clay pots, remove the upper and take out the bbq rack. Now transfer the meat to the rack and place some soaked hardwood chunks or smoking pellets in the pie tin. If you're using pellets, fold them into a foil pouch and puncture it before placing it in the pie tin. Lately I've been having great success with pecan pellets and maple chips soaked in whiskey. Once the smoke source is in the pie tin, place the rack with the ribs back in the flower pot and place the other one back on top. Wait about 5 hrs and check the meat. When the rib meat starts to pull back from the bone, about 1/4" you know it's done and that rib would tear away with little effort. Now I like to transfer the ribs to real low heat in my bbq grill so I can baste them with sauce for the last 15 minutes or so. This is really just to add another dimension of flavor and a little sauce as the meat is already done. Since we're all counting carbs these days, might I recommend that you serve these up with some Ranch Beans and Egg Salad to replace BBQ Beans and Potato Salad? Try it you'll be surprised. Next week we'll be discussing an American Luncheon icon, the best way to whip up Tuna Salad, until then, good eating on ya's!!!

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

Saturday, March 27, 2004

Once again I have to apologize to my readers who patiently await each week the unveiling of the Friday Featurette. I'm having computer troubles again and I tellya, it's got me mad enough to call Dell and buy a new one. For now though I seem to have the problem beaten back and so before I broke out the ol' Mastercard on the Dell website, I decided to come here and opine about a few things. First off, yesterday was another brutal sports day, jeez, I actually had to watch as both Texas and Nevada got bounced from the Sweet 16. Mercifully there was some good sporting news over the past week and that was the news that the A's inked a long term deal with Eric Chavez. While I'm happy as hell that he won't be a gawdamnyankee after the season and I'm happy about the pressure this will put on the Big 3 pitchers to take reasonable deals in Oakland, I just wish Chavez was a little more clutch player. He's young though and maybe, just maybe we will have atoned for our sins sufficiently that the Good Lord might smile on Oakland this year.

Speaking of sin, I had a bit of an epiphany tonight while leaving the Saturday evening services. The recessional hymn at the end of mass was "America the Beautiful". Now that is a perfectly lovely song I'm certain we're all agreed. In fact it was that song that members of Congress came together to sing in the aftermath of the attacks on September 11, 2001. Now frequently when we leave church, it is to the tune of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic". I have even told Padre King that I would kick in an extra sawbuck a week if we could keep that as the recessional hymn every week. Kinda like a request list for church. Imagine what a message that would have sent to the world if members of Congress had been out on the steps of the Capitol after 9/11 singing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic"...."He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword...." Now that might have gotten the attention of some of the heathen we are now forced to smite.

Now then, this week's featurette...another Hollywood Republican (OK she lives in Montana now) who campaigned for President Bush in 2000 and is expected to do so again this year. Obviously this perfect 10 is someone who understands that the most pressing issue of our times is defeating terrorism.....Bo Derek...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, March 25, 2004

Well if ever there was a tempest in a teapot it is the testimony from newly minted author Richard Clarke about the preparadness of the Bush Administration for dealing with terrorism and the process of decision making in the wake of September 11, 2001 which ultimately led us to war in Iraq. Mr. Clarke comes across as a profiteer. His story and his highly trumpeted book not exactly meshing with the course of his career or his conduct in office. Clarke's pathetic attempt to assign blame to the Bush Administration is only partially absolved by his acknowledgement that for 8 long years the Administration of IMPEACHED ex-president Clinton did little too nothing about terrorism.

Clarke's tale of Condoleeza Rice not knowing who Al Qaeda was in the days preceeding the Sept. 11 attacks has already been debunked by videotape of her discussing both the problem of Al Qaeda and what to do about Bin Laden a full year before the attacks, when she was only an advisor to the Bush Campaign. In short, Mr. Clarke is a disgruntled ex-employee who didn't progress as he would have liked. Now he sees fit to publish a tell all book billed as an insider account when he whas access to neither all of the necessary information nor the inside in the Bush White House. Clarke is obviously self aggrandizing and possessed of a remarkably large ego. Which of course makes him the perfect useful idiot for the Party of Sedition to use against the President as this campaign heats up.

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

Monday, March 22, 2004

In case some of you missed it, below is an absolutely stunning indictment of squishy liberalism. It seems that prison guards in our socialist neighbor to the north are now prohibited from wearing protective vests. Politcal Correctness now extends to putting law enforcement officers lives at risk in order to facilitate some mush-headed social workers idea of inmate self esteem. From

Canada's corrections department will not be letting guards at its highest security prisons wear stab-proof vests because, spokesman Tim Krause says, "If you have that kind of presence symbolized by [a stab-proof vest], you're sending a signal to the prisoner that you consider him to be a dangerous person."

In other words, simply by donning protective gear, you might hurt the feelings of a potentially dangerous criminal locked up in a maximum security facility, and therefore guards are not allowed to do so, reports the Calgary Sun.

Oh, and also, according to Krause, "It interferes with what we call 'dynamic security.' We want staff to talk to prisoners, to see how they're doing."

It's obviously better to talk to a convict than to assess their potential for violence or capacity to do you personal harm. No we can't have that. First we must hear the convict, er...ahem, I mean incarcerated person's complaints. How was breakfast is to be asked before any movement to defend yourself should the incarcerated person decide to attack the guard because the eggs were runny. Don't like the cable access? No problem Mr. Inmate, we will happily provide you and your cellie with a dish so that you have an alternative to that terrible state provided 130 channel limited cable. When o when does this elevation of criminals to equal status as the rest of society end? Why the continual race to treat prisoners as victims? They made poor choices and they must pay the price. It is that simple. Trying to divine some excuse from their upbringing is to make the law esoteric and subjective. These are two conditions which the law cannot survive.

Lord help us as we slide further and further towards socialism. Well you all know what you can do to help arrest the slide. Vote Republican. While there has been far too much compromise with the left for precious little gain by this administration, a Kerry White House is a nightmare for liberty. Now then, although I produced two perfectly grilled ribeyes last night, accompanied by ranch beans and artichokes, I won't mention them. Nope, barbecue season is rapidly approaching and I told you all last week that I would provide a recipe for you all to build a budget smoker. So here it is. This smoker was displayed on FoodTV's Good Eats program once. I was intrigued by the concept although I already had two smokers and so I rushed out to buy the parts and see if it works. It does and most of the parts can be purchased at at any large hardware store.

Find an electric hotplate. This was the hardest part on the list of items needed. I found one online for about 12 bucks and ordered two. You can probably find one at a hardware or even grocery store. Hell check your basement, you probably have one there.

Two large terra cotta flower pots. I used 17" pots.
One barbecue grill fitted to the flower pots, I found a 15" grill fit into the pots perfectly resting on the bevel
One thermometer inserted into the hole at the bottom of one of the flower pots which you invert
aluminum foil
a pie tin
wood chunks
olive oil

When you've assembled these pieces, place the hotplate into the bottom of one of the flower pots and drop the cord through the bottom drain hole. I elevated my smoker on bricks so as to have some room. Coat the lower pot lightly with olive oil. Now take a strip of foil and fold it in half lengthwise. Now tear it along the fold and use this to line the bottom of the pot. Place the pie tin atop the hotplate and put some soaked woodchunks in it. I like apple or pecan or oak. Now take the other flower pot, the one in which you inserted the thermometer, wipe it done inside with olive oil and put it gently atop the lower half. Plug it in and let it smoke just enough to season the grill, about 1 hr or so. This isn't really necessary but I do it with all my barbecue surfaces. This smoker will generate about 190-275 degrees. The heat can be adjusted by altering the depth to which you line the lower pot with foil. Of course you can really generate some plate melting heat if you cover the whole interior with foil. This is not recommended! In any event you can play with heat any way you like by adjusting the foil. The recipe I give here will produce a steady 200-205 degrees after about 2 hours and is ideal for smoking ribs or pork butt over the course of a day. For brisket I might use a bit more foil so as to speed to melting of the fat cap. Try it! Mine only cost about $60 bucks all together and just try to buy an insulated electric smoker for that price. I know because I have one, and it cost over $400. Save money, buy meat and beer, bbq and enjoy...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, March 19, 2004

Ok folks, don't getcher chones in a twist...I'm here in time for the Friday Featurette and this week's was selected by none other than reader Chris Banks, Reno, Nv. who pointed out to me that among her many other obvious qualities, this former Playboy Playmate is a Republican. As always, beauty and brains... Now before I actually get around to posting her pics, I just wanted to take a moment to sing the praises of Professor Victor Davis Hanson. For those of you unfamiliar with him, he is a Professor of Classical History at Fresno State and is often sought out by the Bush Administration for consultation. Dr. Hanson has published several books and writes a weekly article for National Review Online. Did I mention that he's a democrat? Yes...but if you stop by here and read the interview with him, you'll see that he is one member of the democratic party that actually gets it.

Ok, on to Ms. Audra Lynn, this weeks honoree. Once again, the readers request and I try my best to make it work....

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

Thursday, March 18, 2004

Well the Quiet Man was as usual excellent. Then again, besides "The Conqueror" did Duke Wayne ever make a bad movie? Even that one is watchable if you're sick and compared to most of what passes for entertainment today. Speaking of entertainment, let's have some fun with Jean "Effing" Kerry today. Yes Le Fop d' Boston today came out with a statement asking foreign leaders not to endorse him for the Presidency. Good move Jean. There are two reasons for making this announcement. First he can disavow his statement from last week where in he claimed that several foreign leaders had privately told him that they hoped he would win the election. Of course we had to accept his word on the content here as Monsieur Kerry Antoinette refused to name names. Secondly, Senor Ketchup can now make the specious claim to middle America that he never solicited support from overseas.

Why do I use the term specious? It is just that. Without foreign funding there would be no DNC or DLC. Between contributions from Buddhist monks, Chinese Peoples Army front corporations and the Palestine Liberation Organization, there would be no democrats able to run. The leftists here in America are either too busy collecting welfare or spending their money on the trendiest imported teas, clothing and Swiss Boarding Schools for their kids. Ooops...did I say Swiss Boarding Schools? As in the type where le gran pouf Kerry was educated? I must have let that slip out. Back to my point which is foreign influence in American elections. My crack team of researchers here at WKWR has already put together a list of foreign leaders who support Jean "Effing" Kerry for President. Here is a photo montage of them....

Another laughable thing about Senator Le Switch is his ability to rationalize his constant flip flops on votes and issues. Kerry comes across as a typical patrician crook pol who can easily speak out of both sides of his mouth but then again he is a member of the Party of Sedition. The same party who today voted against a resolution on the anniversay of the opening of the Iraq War whose sole purpose was to praise our troops and the Iraqi people. Of the democrats in the House, 93 voted against, and 7 more abstained. Fully half of their delegation voted against a simple message of support for our troops and the Iraqi people. Laughable. All because the wording of the resolution included a phrase asserting that the world is a better, safer place since we have liberated Iraq. Obviously the Party of Sedition is not going to provide President Bush with any credit in the ongoing war because they realize that the American People will support the Commander in Chief in time of war. That is why the seditious ones scurry about like rats trying to downplay the war and claiming that they had it right for 8 years under IMPEACHED ex-president Clinton when terrorists were indicted and oh by the way, arrest warrants issued. This elitist piece of work known as the democratic presidential candidate actually thinks he can make inroads in the South. Electorally, the democrats must or they lose again. If President Bush just picks up the same states he won in 2000 he will gain 8 additional electoral votes due to redistricting. Sorry Mr. Kerry but the only thing your peculiar brand of vaccillation has in common with Dixie is this:

See y'all tomorrow for the Friday Featurette....

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

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Home sick today. Sinuses plugged up tighter than a bull's butt in fly season. It being St. Paddy's Day and all I wish I was somewhere in the Bay Area, hoisting a pint and listening to that fine Irishman Earl Braten blow on the goatskin. Instead I'll have to make do blowing green into kleenex while watching a tape of "The Quiet Man". However I did find this lovely limerick penned by noted Irishmen Ed Gillispie, Chairman of the Republican National Commitee.

There once was a man from Nantucket
Whose misstatements could fill up a bucket.
Oft the truth he has bent,
Like his "Irish descent."
Of his record he says, "I'll just duck it."

Ok then, back to the rack...Maybe after a rest I can get back here and add some thoughts...

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

Monday, March 15, 2004

The blood of Spain runs in my veins. Today it runs cold. It has been 512 years since the last days of the Reconquista and apparently, that is how long it takes to rid the Spaniards memory of life under the heel of Islamofascism. The Islamists remember, they believe in their hearts that Andalusia, the Iberian peninsula, once cornerstones of a far flung Islamic empire, will once again be theirs. If today the Spanish people are celebrating the socialist victory, they are delusional. They worship before the false gods of appeasement and internationalism. Mankind may represent a species, but within that species there are the numerous fractures of tribalism. It has always been so and will remain. No matter the fondest hopes and desires of transnationalists and socialists and yes, even Monsieur Kerry. Sadly, there was no El Cid to guide the voting hands of the Spanish public this weekend. No warrior leader to assure them that this fight is right, necessary and for the salvation of Western Civilization.

Last week, reader Dan Lynch wrote to me: Ya know, I have always been fascinated with European history in the 1930s. I never dreamed I would have the chance to literally live through it. On Saturday Spanairds proved the prescience of Mr. Lynch. It has taken a mere two days in the aftermath of the election to show us the course of leftist politicians in Europe. We are too lazy and craven to shoulder the burden of defending Western Civilization and our secular ways. We condemn the United States for liberating 50 million people and causing continued terrorism around the world. Of course, there are so many intellectual holes in the left's thinking, so many contradictions and so much hypocrisy I can't detail it all here. Suffice it to say that Spain has sent a message to the terrorists. You win. Terrorism is bad when it is homegrown and only kills a few people a year. Then we will fight it with determination. When you commit terrorist attacks on a grand scale, we bow before you and accede to your demands. As I replied to reader Dan Lynch:

It looks increasingly to me as though it is falling to the English speaking peoples of the world to defend Western Civilization and of those, perhaps only half are willing. The other half are on their way to Munich to
greet herr Hitler.

What is most horrifying to me is the thought that America might itself be on the road to Munich should our stupidity prevail and we elect Jean "le condiment" Kerry. Can we really abandon the lessons of history so readily? Have we like the Europeans already forgotten that freedom for Europe is often secured by the barrels of American musketry? I must believe that we are more realistic than our dreamer cousins across the Atlantic. The local parallel to what happened in Spain is so easily understood that I can only assume that the deeply intellectual and progressive euros missed the point. Let explain it in terms even the most dimwitted dem can understand. What transpired in Spain is really nothing more than a shakedown, an extortion scam like the kind run by gangsters all over the world. In our scenario, you are a shopkeeper in Los Angeles. The local Crip (or Blood, we're equal opportunity around here) gang leader comes by and makes you an offer you can't refuse. Pay them $1,000 a month or your store becomes an inviting target for robbery or arson. You accede to the demand and what happens? Soon the price for protection becomes 2 thousand or more. What do you do?

You have three options. You can continue to pay. You can take matters into your own hands, arm yourself, resist the gang and perhaps pay with your livelihood or maybe your life or you can call the police in to handle it. None of the choices are particularly savory but Spain this weekend past elected choice number 1. Freedom loving people the world over would select option #2 and it will be only a matter of time before Europe either capitulates to the twin spectres of unchecked Muslim immigration and terror or they pick option 3 and dial 1-800-USA-HELP.

It boggles the mind that a nation that could produce an El Cid, could now produce a Daladier or Petain. Adios Espana, vaya con dios, we'll see you when you return from Munich. Just don't wave a piece of paper in the air and proclaim peace in our time for like Chamberlain, you have only purchased for yourselves a fraction of time and that at the expense of others who will die in other cities now that you have bowed to terrorist pressure. Spain you will return. You will return to the fold of Western Christendom and Civilization or you will suffer a reverse Reconquista wherein your towns, fields and churches will be overrun by Radical Islam. It is sad to see that we in America remember the lessons of European History better than the progressive euros who lived them. Perhaps the proximity to the events clouds the judgement but that can be no excuse for faltering in the face of a struggle for Civilization. It really is as President Bush stated. You're either with us, or you are with the terrorists. It is beyond comprehension that the "us" seem to be getting fewer in what is so plainly a fight against absolute evil. I'm mad enough to spit or make another donation to the Republican National Commitee. Maybe I'll do both. If you don't believe that terrorism, not the economy is the overriding issue of our times, then you aren't informed enough to vote, for the former directly impacts the latter. If you honestly believe that Jean "Effing" Kerry will do a better job combatting terrorism by issuing subpoenas and arrest warrants instead of combat operations orders and hot lead, then I guess you might as well get that white flag ready.

Now then I promised the lovely and talented Beth Altergott of Sparks, Nv. a dessert recipe this week and so I won't even mention the 3 racks of perfectly crafted, pecan and applewood smoked ribs that I turned out yesterday. Even did one on the flowerpot smoker. If any of you out there yearn for a smoker that works like a champ, retains heat, maintains even cooking temperature and yet can't afford one next week I'll post instructions for building one out of a flower pot. Yes, a flower pot. You'll thank me me. Anyway, without further delay Ms. Beth, here you go, another hit from Terry Thompson's Cajun Creole Cooking, Sweet Potato-Pecan Pie.

One pie crust
2 tbsps unsalted butter or margarine, melted
1 cup cooked, mashed sweet potatoes. (1 lg. sweet potato)
2 eggs slightly beaten
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup of dark corn syrup
1 cup evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups of chopped pecans

Press your chilled pie crust into a 9 inch pie pan and preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, stir butter or margarine into sweet potatos. Add all remaining ingredients except the pecans. Blend well. Pour the filling into the pie crust and then evenly sprinkle the chopped pecans over the top of the pie. Bake the pie in preheated oven until a knife inserted into the middle of the pie comes out clean. 40-45 mins. Cool the pie on a rack until you get it back to room temperature. I like to warm mine back up a little in the microwave before serving with vanilla ice cream. Aiiiiieeee!!! Good eatin' on ya Ms. Beth and if you make this, I'll be expecting a big 'ol slice...

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

Friday, March 12, 2004

Phew!! Back up and firing away at enemies foreign and domestic. I got hammered with a nasty super-herpes computer worm this week and so my computer time, precious already was spent trying to repair my system. In any event this has to be quick as I'm getting ready for work but didn't want to short change anyone waiting for the Friday Featurette. I've been getting a lot of feedback from readers and thats good, thanks. I promise Ms. Beth of Sparks, Nv. that this next week's recipe will be a dessert and to the Chop, who asked that I favor these pages with another jolt of Ann Coulter. Ask and you shall receive......

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

Monday, March 08, 2004

This being the Lenten Season, I will refrain from any attacks on the Party of Sedition today. I'm feeling benevolent after viewing The Passion of the Christ yesterday. If you haven't seen this movie, go. Now, today, tomorrow doesn't matter. Go. If you have any knowledge whatsoever of the Crucifixion of Christ you need to see this movie. If you are completely secular in your beliefs, well then maybe this movie will draw you back. If you are sneering at me for my preachy tone, go see this movie and never forget that America was founded by persons fleeing religious persecution. That our Fore Fathers established this country with an eye towards Freedom of Religion, not freedom FROM religion.

Having gotten that off my chest and honoring my pledge to not attack the seditious ones, aka democrats today, I am going to get straight off to this week's recipe. For those of you scrambling for Lenten dishes in order to observe the meatless Fridays of the season, I give you this recipe. Pan Fried Catfish, Louisiana Style. This comes to us courtesy of Chef Emeril Lagasse. The catfish is wonderful and really goes well with some steamed artichokes and mayonnaise. Enjoy.

1 cup milk
1/2 cup Creole mustard
1 teaspoon hot sauce
Salt and cayenne
4 catfish fillets, (about 6 ounces each)
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
4 teaspoons Essence, recipe follows
Vegetable oil, for frying

In a mixing bowl, whisk the milk, mustard and Tabasco together. Season the mixture with salt and cayenne. Lay the fish in the milk mixture, cover, refrigerate and marinate for 1 hour. In a pie pan, combine the flour, cornmeal and 2 teaspoons of Essence. Remove the fish from the refrigerator and drain. Dredge each fillet in the cornmeal mixture, coating each side completely. In a large cast-iron skillet, heat the vegetable oil. When the oil is hot, gently lay each fillet in the hot oil. Pan-fry the fillets for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until the fish is golden brown and the meat is flaky. Remove the fillets from the oil and drain on a paper-lined plate. Season the fish with the remaining Essence.

Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme

Combine all ingredients thoroughly. Yield: 2/3 cup

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

Saturday, March 06, 2004

Sorry to delay the Friday feature here folks but work stepped in the way of blogging again. That seems to be a nasty trend but I'm on the case and only a day late this time. I see Jean "Effing" Kerry, secure in the knowledge that he is virtually unbeatable now as the Party of Sedition nominee for President, is giving speeches touting his tough foreign and defense policies. Snort. That would be funny if it weren't such a pathetic display of pandering. So now Monsieur le gran pouf Kerry wants me and you to believe that he is worthy of the mantle of CinC. Yes now he lectures the President on problems of military logistics and how he would be certain that the troops had the requisite firepower and equipment before offering battle. Nice sound bite M'sieur Ketchup but your grim voting record of the past 20 years would indicate otherwise. In point of fact, a review of your voting records by the American people just might convince those who can read (which disqualifies a lot of democrats who are either dead, foreigners or enrolled in ESL classes) that you have never met a defense system you like. So I ask you Monsieur le condiment exactly what firepower and equipment would it be supplying our troops when you do eventually commit them to battle? Oh...I apologize. I meant when you commit them to "peacekeeping". Don't want to offend sensitive Euros and your in-laws now do we?

Well America, you can vote for Kerry come November and once again, we can arm our troops with yellow police tape since the democrat response to international terrorism is either to embrace it on it's face, ala Yasser Arafat (it does keep the money flowing to the campaign coffers after all) or issue a subpoena. It seems the democrats have retooled the old American Foreign Policy battle cry of "Send in the Marines!" and now employ a rather more domestic and friendly "Send in the Firemen and Cops!". Of course these are the same people who can't seem to grasp the simple concept that another massive act of terror just might have been averted by taking the war to the enemy rather than having U.S. Attorneys offices to fire off subpoenas and arrest warrants.

Now then, I don't know that Veronica Lake was Republican but she certainly was an American classic beauty. An honest to gosh blonde bombshell from the 40's and while she may be gone, she lives on here at WKWR!!

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

Wednesday, March 03, 2004

So now it is set. Bush v. Kerry. Bring it on. I for one am not looking forward to 240+ days of Kerry's grating, sleep inducing voice. Perhaps his plan is to bore America into voting for him. I for one refuse to be lulled. I will work tirelessly, blogging for Bush and contribute whatever I can financially. Nothing less than how we confront the future is at stake. You can bury your head in the sand and hope that all will be forgiven overseas if we elect a democrat. You can furtively hope that terrorists and their sponsors will leave us alone if Jean "Effing" Kerry is elected. You could also become rich assisting a needy Nigerian businessman who just wants a little help conducting a delicate financial arrangement if only you'll provide him your bank account number and social security number. I'm sorry Mr. Kerry, you may have served your country once in Vietnam but you have since turned your back on it and the vast majority of it's inhabitants. Instead you elected to align yourself with the worst icons of liberalism run amok and any special interest group with a check that wouldn't bounce. You did all this in the name of political expediency and now you have the unmitigated gall, the NERVE to tell me that your service in Vietnam puts your abysmal voting record on defense issues beyond the scope of examination?

Thats one of the things that so incenses me about the left. Not merely the delusions and ignorance of facts but the incredible arrogance. This must be some genetic character trait of leftists, commies, pinks and democrats in general. Political arrogance is a hallmark of the Party of Sedition aka the democrat party. One need look no further than the so called Lion of the Left, Teddy Kennedy to see utter arrogance at work. Here is a man better given the sobriquet "The Lush of the Left" and who has demonstrably contributed to the death of a young woman, who shamelessly fronts the most left wing organizations and who has the nerve to call himself a defender of women's rights. Again, for the sake of political expediency, the left forsakes any pretense of integrity in order to gain the fruits of political power. What truly boggles the mind is how a person such as Kennedy could possibly look himself in the mirror in the morning. How can he possibly speak out questioning the integrity of the President or make outrageous accusations about the planning for the Iraq War when he himself can't tell the truth about a single evening in Massachusetts.

As if you really required any additional examples of the appalling arrogance of the left, here is a quote I found from a Professor at Duke University: "Philosophy Department Chair Robert Brandon publicly claimed in the student newspaper, The Chronicle, that conservatives are scarce in academia because stupid people are likely to be conservative." This from a professor charged with teaching our youth and doing so in an objective fashion!!! As if it wasn't bad enough, this is from a professor at Duke University, a private and supposedly conservative bastion of academia in the Deep South. If Professors at Duke are so arrogant, can you imagine the academic and intellectual wasteland that must greet conservative students at Harvard? Berkeley? (Fill in the blank with the college of your choice) Perhaps the good professor has never heard of Dr. Victor David Hanson, Classical Professor and advisor to the Bush Administration. I would love to see a debate between Dr. Hanson and this mental midget from Duke.

In other news yesterday, the Senate managed to do the right thing despite itself and defeat a bill which would have allowed gun manufacturers to be sued from now until kingdom come. The Senate had wanted to vote to extend the Assault Weapons Ban, a patently outrageous piece of legislation that violated the Second Amendment but not Dianne Feinstein's conscience. Fortunately for freedom loving Americans everywhere, the Senate attached so many poison pill riders to the legislation that it was killed. Now the AWB will sunset and expire in about 200 days and that is good news for those who understand that the Founding Fathers were not concerned with deer hunting when they constructed the 2nd Amendment but rather with the tyranny of government, be it foreign or domestic. Now then, I'd say we're all caught up around here...tune back in later this week for more trenchant commentary....

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

Monday, March 01, 2004

Well I've been pretty busy this past week as most of you can probably tell from the dearth of new posts. Work has got me hopping lately and time at home is of course prioritized with the family. I know I'm backlogged on everyone's favorite Friday feature around here and truth to tell, with the release of the Passion of the Christ, I thought it might be better left alone for a week. However, after some thought, I think it's still permissible to celebrate not only the beauty and brains of a noted Republican woman, but also one who is renowned as a devout Catholic. Therefore I give you Ms. Peggy Noonan.

Now then, in the interests of getting caught up around here, I'll post this week's recipe next. This week I give you a recipe which I've made many times in the past and it's always a nice treat around this time of year. Orange Glazed Pork Roast and let me tellya this recipe will feed some folks so don't plan on serving it up for two. This recipe came my way from one of my favorite cookbooks: Cajun-Creole Cooking by Terry Thompson.

1 3 1/2 to 4 lb boneless pork loin roast
4 large garlic cloves, slivered
1 tbsp dried rosemary
2 tsps rubbed sage
1 tsp salt
1 tsp fresh ground pepper
2 navel oranges thinly sliced

Orange Glaze
1/4 cup orange marmalade
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup stone ground mustard
2 tbsps light brown sugar

Pan Sauce
1/4 cup Grand Marnier or other orange flavored liquor
1 cup orange juice

Now then preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place roast on a cutting board fat side up, make small slits in fat and insert garlic slivers. In a small bowl, combine rosemary, sage, salt and pepper. Rub the mixture onto the roast. Place the meat in a large roasting pan. Roast in preheated oven to an internal temperature of 165F about 1 1/4 hours. Roast is done when juices run clear when pierced. Meanwhile prepare glaze by combining the listed glaze ingredients. About 15 mins before the meat is done, brush the glaze over the meat and roast 15 mins more. Place roast on a carving boardwhile preparing pan sauce. To prepare the sauce, skim the fat from the roasting pan, place pan over medium high heat. Add Grand Marnier and orange juice, scrape up browned bits from bottom of pan and cook it for 5 mins. Slice the roast in 1/2" thick slices and drizzle the sauce over them. Place orange slices around the platter for presentation. This dish is wonderul with mashed or baked sweet potatoes and peas.

Now then, with Haiti going to hell in a handbasket for the umpteenth time and Super Tuesday approaching tomorrow, not to mention the ongoing saga of Jean "Effing" Kerry and his plans for America, I will try mightily to get back on track this week with the scathing political commentary you've come to expect.

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