Found While Looking for Something Else
Something for those days which, frankly, could have gone a lot better.
"[A] man . . .the other day pointed out that I was never bored. I hadn’t thought of that before, but it’s true: I’m never bored. I’m appalled, horrified, angered, but never bored. The world appears to me so infinite in its variety that many lifetimes could not exhaust its interest. So long as you can still be surprised, you have something to be thankful for." -Theodore Dalrymple
Found While Looking for Something Else
St Catherine Laboure
"And so, as all eyes turn toward Turkey on the eve of the pope's arrival here, the presence of the Orthodox Christian community seems to be like a flickering candle on the verge of going out." -Dr Robert Moynihan
Ireland’s rapid decline in birth rates was the net result of dramatic changes in social mores. Marriages and marital fertility rates are collapsing, with over a third of all Irish babies born out of wedlock. The Church, having grown stale and complacent after decades of state patronage, is unable or unwilling to address the challenge of multiculturalist mammonism. When Pope Jon Paul II died, even Castro declared three days of mourning—but Ireland had none. The business community opposed it because of the cost of a day’s idleness, while the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) opposed it on cultural grounds, declaring that Ireland was no longer a Catholic but a multicultural society.
Yes, Ireland is just another postmodern country now, and that includes high-speed internet in my room (so you get these musings in real-time), as well as collapsing birth rates, dysfunctional families, rising crime, ubiquity of global mass-cultural uniformity. The number of unassimilable immigrants and “asylum seekers” is rising rapidly—their influx inevitably coupled with the imposition of ideological and legal mandates of “diversity,” multiculturalism and anti-discriminationism by the elite class. In the meantime, Irish culture is fast becoming a relic, either neutered à la “Riverdance” and relegated to heritage, or else condemned as retrograde.
Stir Up Sunday
The Perfect Left-over Turkey Sandwich
BUILDING THE PERFECT SANDWICH: On days like this, when we're too lazy to do anything other than watch the Lions play their peculiar brand of football on TV, but are nevertheless summoned to the plant to write a column, we do what all overworked columnists do when it's time for a breather: open our mail and see if anyone's sent us an insta-column, or, even better, a request for a recipe:
"Dear What's Hot!," starts today's letter grabbed at random. "I'm thinking about making a leftover Thanksgiving turkey sandwich using pita bread and gouda cheese. How does that grab you?"
We can perhaps answer that best by giving you our life's story: In our youth, our favorite meal was the day-after-Thanksgiving sandwich.
Later, when we began a tradition of traveling to our mother-in-law's house, we turned stupid and would regularly turn down offerings of leftover turkey and accessory food, because we were so stuffed we wrongly (grievously wrongly) thought we would never want to look at turkey meat until next year, only to spend the following day whining bitterly about our idiocy.
Nowadays, we have the presence of mind to, no matter how much we beg ourselves not to do it, drag an oversized Glad Bag full of fixings home with us.
Now, someone had a question about how to make a leftover turkey sandwich?
Browsing the Web or your own vast collection of cookbooks, you will find no shortage of incorrect ways to build a leftover turkey sandwich. In even a cursory romp through the canon of work regarding leftover Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches, you will come upon such ingredients as the above-cited gouda cheese and pita bread, as well as cream cheese, lettuce, alfalfa sprouts, Dijon mustard, canned pineapple, tomato, thinly sliced Granny Smith apples, canned capers and the phrase "to die for."
In fact (and we know a lot of you are already aware of this, so those people are free to go back to the football game), there is only one way to make a leftover Thanksgiving turkey sandwich, and everything in it's available in every trailer park larder.
1 fistful of leftover Thanksgiving turkey (white meat)
1 fistful turkey stuffing
1 tablespoon cranberry sauce (or one slice, if you use the canned stuff, and we're not mad at you if you do)
Two slices Wonder brand white bread
Spread mayonnaise fairly liberally (damn the cost!), and salt and pepper to taste. Toss on the fistful of turkey meat, followed by the cranberry sauce and stuffing.
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11 November -- St Martin
He summoned his brethren and told them he was dying. All who heard this were overcome with grief. In their sorrow they cried to him with one voice: “Father, why are you deserting us? Who will care for us when you are gone? Savage wolves will attack your flock, and who will save us from their bite when our shepherd is struck down? We know you long to be with Christ, but your reward is certain and will not be any less for being delayed. You will do better to show pity for us, rather than forsake us”.
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