A to Z and Turkey Too . . .

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Today was a nice sleep-in, lay-about day, while we waited to be whipsawed by the 83° high – 33° low temps today, a 50 degree swing. Then it’s 43° – 29° day tomorrow.

Jan’s finished up with all the cookies she’s been doing, getting ready to pass them out to local friends.

Candy Cane Cookies

Rolo-Pretzel Bites

Then after a quiet nap-inclusive afternoon Jan heated up the Hodgepodge Beef Soup again, which along with toasted Hawaiian Rolls, made for a delicious meal.

Hodgepodge Beef Soup

Tomorrow of course being Sunday, it’s back to Barth’s for their Turkey and Dressing/Fried Chicken Buffet. Mmmm. Mmmm. Always Good!

Landon started receiving some of his Christmas presents today. Between Brandi and us, we bought him A thru M of the A to Z Mysteries for Kids. Written for 6 – 9 year olds, they should be right up Landon’s alley.

A to Z Mysteries

Often when I buy something from Amazon, I will check out the reviews, and usually make a point of reading the 1 wlEmoticon-star[2]reviews for a good laugh. Here’s one from these kid books.

1.0 out of 5 stars Silly me

By Emberon December 25, 2011

Verified Purchase

I am very fond of mysteries and psychological dramas, and was very disappointed when I read this purchase, as it took me 10 minutes to do so. Somewhere in the listing there should be a word or two about the age appropriateness of the book being offered. (It IS listed under Children’s Books) I may have liked it if I was in 2nd.grade. This experience has caused me to re-consider looking at the Daily Deals.
I guess I should have realized the title indicated a juvenile selection, but I thought of Agatha Christies ABC Murders , not a kids book, so took a chance at this one.
Now I know my ABC’s.

Landon, Brandi, Lowell, and friends, Chantelle, Eric, and Maddox Nugent, went on the Pecan Grove Lights Hayride, the same one we took with them last year. Looks like a good time was had by all.

Brandi et al on Hayride

Yesterday, while I was talking to my good friend Nick Russell on the phone, I looked up at the TV screen and saw Guy on Diner’s, Drive-Ins, and Dives, doing a story on a place we’ve all been, Joe’s Farm Grill, out in Gilbert, AZ, right down the road from Apache Junction.

You can see the episode here.

Great place to eat if you’re in the area.

Regular readers will remember my recent articles about the Electoral College and the recent election.

The Electoral College – Why?

The 1960 World Series and the Electoral College

Frederick Douglass, The 3/5 Compromise,
and Our ‘Racist’ Constitution

Posted under Greg’s Musings, with these articles, I talk about the reasoning behind Electoral College and why the Founding Fathers set things up that way. and more importantly, why the concept is still valid today.

Of course there’s been a number of calls for the elimination of the Electoral College, but seeing that it’s part of the original Constitution, it would take a new Constitutional Amendment to eliminate it.

Well now we’ve got a novel idea about the Electoral College from an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law. He thinks the Electoral College can just be ignored because it’s, get this, ‘unconstitutional.’

To get to this point he has to talk himself around in circles, pretty much saying that the Founding Fathers shouldn’t have put it in the Constitution, thus it shouldn’t be in the Constitution, therefore it’s ‘unconstitutional.’

Of course as I said before, I wonder he would have been writing this article if the results of the election had gone the other way.

Or it could just be that, as a commenter said on a legal blog, an ‘adjunct professor’ is the lowest of the low, just one step above a grad student.

Thought for the Day:

In another of my recentMusings, What If We Erase Our Past?, I talked about we’re losing our past by trying to cover up our past mistakes, hiding them from the future. Well as it turns out, it looks like Winston Churchill had the same thought.

“If the present tries to sit in judgment on the past, it will lose the future.” Winston Churchill



2 Responses to A to Z and Turkey Too . . .

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Interesting thoughts on the electoral college…what amazes me is that somehow the other side did not beat the system as they so successfully have before…suppose having the internet makes it a bit harder??  One wonders…I well remember my dad talking about how JFK did not really win…heh…maybe his family wishes he had not, considering all things…I have no idea how the next few years are going to go…but I think we pretty well knew how it would go if the other side won.

    • gregwhite says:


      There were some very suspicious things that went on in the 1960 election.

      JFK won the popular vote by just 0.1%, and came from behind to win several states due to absentee ballots.

      But the big kicker was Texas and Illinois. Here’s what one source says:

      So, why was it suspicious? Well, like I said, Texas and Illinois were the two most important states. Texas, of course, was the home state of Kennedy’s Vice Presidential candidate, Senator Lyndon B. Johnson. LBJ’s place on the ticket ensured Kennedy’s victory in Texas. There were widespread allegations of voter fraud in Texas directed at LBJ’s political organization. Kennedy’s margin of victory in Texas was fairly large (about 46,000 votes), but JFK dominated counties with large Mexican-American populations and, in some counties that Kennedy won by big margins there were more votes cast than people who lived in that county.

      Illinois was much closer. Nixon lost the state by less than 9,000 votes despite the fact that he won all but nine of the state’s 101 counties. Kennedy won a huge victory in Chicago, which was dominated by Richard Daley’s Democratic political machine and Sam Giancana’s Mafia (Kennedy had numerous direct and indirect ties to Giancana throughout his life). The biggest anomaly is the fact that Kennedy only won Illinois because he won the city of Chicago by a margin of over 450,000 votes and those vote totals weren’t released by Richard Daley – Chicago’s Mayor – until the day after the election. The Chicago Tribune found numerous examples of voter fraud, including votes cast by dead people, and concluded that “the election of November 8 was characterized by such gross and palpable fraud as to justify the conclusion that Nixon was deprived of victory.”

      Nixon was told by many Republican leaders to contest the election and call for an investigation. But he refused, not wanting to put the country through the trauma.

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