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Posted by: Helen Philpot | December 1, 2009

Going Nuts

Hi Margaret.  Thanksgiving went better than expected.  Please tell your nephew that I want  another visit soon.  It was so good to have him with us this year.  He and Harold had a good time talking about the game, and his friend was such a help in the kitchen.  I am so sorry to hear that your sister-in-law’s turkey was not as tender and moist as mine.  Did she try the brine this year like I suggested?  And the butter and bacon in the dressing instead of nuts?  Butter and bacon.  Remember that.  You can make almost anything taste better with one or the other.  Honestly, Margaret, I have never understood her insistence on cornbread stuffing with nuts in it.  That combination would suck the moisture out of a Kleenex.   I just don’t know about you Yankees sometimes.  Stubborn as the day is long.  Nuts in your dressing.  I never…

Speaking of nuts, that dumb ass son-in-law of mine really did give me Sarah Palin’s book to review just like he said he would.  The very idea that somehow a gift to me actually put money in her pocket… well I just don’t know how I feel about that.  The only way I can stomach it at all is knowing that maybe my reviewing it here might prevent a few of our visitors from deciding to buy it to read themselves.

I’ll start reading it this week after I get my holiday cards out.  Surely it couldn’t be as bad as that Coulter crap I read a few months ago.  After all, it has all the makings of a fine novel:  a rags to riches story filled with heartwarming musings  about drilling for oil, raising your children’s children, and getting even with the world.  I even hear the main character is really a vampire.  A page turner for sure…

Tell Howard not to bother buying a copy for himself.  I’ll send him this one when I am done.  Maybe your sister-in-law could use it to stuff her turkey at Christmas!  I mean it. Really.

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  6. Craig-your village called-they want their idiot back-

    You also are off your meds again, aren’t you, old fella!

  7. Are you OK Helen? I’m worried we haven’t heard from you for so long. It’s not precisely apt, but you and your readership might enjoy this blast from the past which makes me think about what you might be struggling through while trying to read The Mouth that Bored…


    Hope to hear from you soon, as I’m sure your loyal readership would agree.


  8. Good Grief, Craig with the triangle…I didn’t know W was re-elected!!!!!

  9. “I Wouldn’t Know” – The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan

    “I Wouldn’t Know”
    John McCain ran one of the most cynical and – surprise! – doomed presidential campaigns in memory. His soul is now on eBay somewhere (Mark Salter got a cut of the proceeds). He foisted on the country a person whom he had barely met and whom his campaign had barely vetted as presidential material if he, a 72 year-old survivor of torture and cancer, were to kick the bucket in office. And when asked perfectly legitimate questions about how he committed this act of supreme recklessness, he won’t say. Matt Lauer asked the obvious question and McCain bridled:

    Lauer: From page 363, it says, and I’m combining two quotes here, in judging Palin, ‘was relying on vetting so hasty and haphazard it barely merited the name.’ ‘No one had interviewed her husband, no one had spoken to her political enemies, no vetters had descended on Alaska.’ Is it a fair assessment?

    McCain: I wouldn’t know.

    The fact is that I’m proud of Sarah Palin, I’m proud of the campaign we waged, she energized our party, she will be a major factor in American politics in the future, and I’m proud of our campaign–

    This crap is a formula he has adopted to avoid taking responsibility for his criminal negligence as a presidential candidate and contempt for the office of the presidency. Lauer, to his enormous credit, kept pushing:

    worth a read http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2010/01/i-wouldnt-know.html#more

    and a PS…here, realy HAD tried hard to fanthom an respectful explanation regarding Mac and his decision to latch on with Palin (who , was clear early on, was NOT a dream team-maker and it did indeed showed , just like that ridiculous embrace of Mac and Bush in 2004–that showed he was doing “duty” to promote an agenda as well, most figured it was for a future Presidential bidding but thought too, he would in meantime wonk for THE PEOPLE, NOT just GOPheads/etc–, there remained “hope” which proved errant at best…Think the float of he and Kerry is what prompted he and Lieberman and that actually could have been a game changer for the country as “independents” proved to be crucial to deciding a winner in ’08..that actually was far more viable than the Palin pick which was tragic , she was(and remains) an incompetentent in far too many critical areas and had NO PLACE on a “proper” ticket that WOULD serve OUR best intersts…It is frightenting that Mac allowed such to arise and at best , did attempt to figure perhaps it was his way of scuttling the GOP “chance” for the GOP clearing was not fully embracing him despite him being their nominee. Tried to figure it was his way of showing what dirty deeds/deeder’s were out and a out ma ipulating the strings of power/powerful and hard to fight and let it play out in our faces for all to grasp –the surprise was that due to other , yes indeed , innate and racist factorings, the race was closer than most reasonable folks would imagine -ossible …In all the aftermathing, even realizing he is in a fierce struggle to hold onto his Senate seat , think it abominible and contemptible of Mac to have been so evidently reckless with the nations well being at stake. Imagine for a moment IF Mac and P HAD succeeded…, even imagine if Mac and Joe had…any who think things are not all THAT with Obama and his crew, think how truly wretched things would have become with the “others” helming at this juncture–give it serious thought for we are heading into another election for later this year and the tenuous balance the Dems have as a majority does indeed need BOLSTERING in order to get much of anything done –60 in the Senate is NOT sufficient. Think truly that if there was indeed a greater “majority” in Dem numbers, there would be debate as well as effort to reach more across the aisle with the those on that other side perhaps grasping it would wonk best for all to truly wonk together FOR THE GOOD OF THE NATION and benefit from such all the way around. The present situation SUCKS BIGTIME and thensome with the fracturous obstructionismaticals damaging to us all. Am torn to whether Mac SHOULD lose or not his latest bid…his opponent is not a hidden gem for sure so am inclined to suppoirt Mac’s re-election , just find pitiful the groveling and etc’s he IS willing to do to hold onto it all–sure hope it is for a good reason, not just ego based/etc’d !)

  10. http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/heather/michele-bachmann-welfare-queen

    Anon: Merry Christmas!

    Michele Bachmann – WELFARE QUEEN!!

    Anon: Please ask Michelle about her $250,000 check from the government. Ask her why it is OK to accept that money but then vote NO on unemployment compensation for those out of work. Ask her why it is OK to accept her wellfare but deny poor folks health care.

    I would love for Helen or Margaret to be my grandma. Helen is like my mother actually. (Wish my mom were still with us.)

  11. Not necessarily in the spirit of the day, but I thought it so sensible and humorous, I have to share it with you guys.

    If you believe the massive snowstorm proves that global warming isn’t real, then by your logic, you are immortal because you didn’t die last weekend. So, I’m calling all wingnuts to prove that theory and jump off a tall building. (Ref: August J. Pollack).

  12. Sounds like no grandmother of mine the way she talks and acts!! But I could see her coming from the local trailer park family!

  13. Palin did come to Minnesota and had a book signing at the Mall of America. 1500 fools showed up and 1 normal person. The normal person threw 2 tomatoes at the bitch and got arrested. The fools continued to mindlessly stand in line to bow to their princess and had never noticed that tomato’s were lobbed at their goddess.

  14. Helen, you’re as funny and honest as ever. I too hate that you are wasting even a second of your precious time reading this drivel. Thanks for the laughs though!

  15. “This scandal obviously calls into question the proposals being pushed in Copenhagen,” added Palin in The Washington Post. “Our representatives in Copenhagen should remember that good environmental policymaking is about weighing real-world costs and benefits — not pursuing a political agenda.”

    Speck and the beam???

  16. In an amazing breakthrough, scientists discover a way to extract energy from a seemingly limitless resource…


    This crowd gathered for the Snowbilly Grifter could power a small city for a month from just one book signing.
    Fairness, Realness, Truthiness!
    ;) ~ Δ

  17. Good Morning M&H Family. Here’s your morning moment of :


  18. Bacon and butter!!! You’re right add either one and it makes it all perfect!

    HRH Sofie, regarding the date/almond/bacon appetizer, we also stuffed the dates with the same ingredients plus a little goat cheese. Yummy!

    Great posts, thanks everyone for the laughs, links, and insights.

    Healthy, safe, happy, joyous holidays to you all. Life is too short to be angry!

  19. Whirled:

    Thanks for checking it out. That is important information.

  20. Sorry to burst your bubble JJΔ ,

    Chuck@Papa John’s Pizza


    Hey Fans — Thanks for the outpouring of goodwill sent our way regarding the fundraiser for families of the four fallen police officers in Lakewood, WA. We want to clarify that the fundraiser is valid and that the 42 Papa John’s restaurants in the Puget Sound area are donating 100% of profits on Dec. 8 & Dec. 9 to the Lakewood Police Independent Guild (LPIG) Benevolent Fund. Thanks for your support of the cause.

    Nice thought though ~ Δ ~ PEACE

  21. Helen — You are the best. You are spunky, witty and right on the money. Love your blogs. “May you live long and prosper,” as Spock said. You are a citizen of the 21st c.: enlightened, tolerant and worldly. You go, girl.

  22. Please spread the word to everyone you know. On Tues & Wed, Dec.8th and 9th, every Papa John’s Pizza in the ENTIRE US (not just Northwest) will donate 100% of all profits to the four families of the slain Lakewood, Washington Police Officers. PLEASE CUT AND PASTE TO YOUR WALL. Thank you and…… please consider buying… a pizza either day!!!

  23. vgmanΔ, It’s very cold outside! The only good news was the ground wasn’t frozen so the 8 inches of snow that fell didn’t stay. On the other hand, the moon shining on the new fallen snow was awesome.
    Puppies romped and rolled and ponies bucked and snorted. Beautiful!

  24. Poolman, I often say “there but for the grace of God, go I”. I am reminded of a time in the sixties when I was working in a bank in the International Dept. Two of my coworkers were Cuban, one was a lawyer and one was a doctor. I don’t think I need to say more.

    I don’t often take the time to download You Tube being on dial-up but your link was worth the time. Thanks.

    As the holiday season approaches, let us join in the promise of peace on earth, goodwill to all.

  25. Poolman,
    Thanks for the link to that spectacular speech!
    The Wisdom of our Youth–We like to think that we get wiser with age and that video turns it all upside down.

    I’m using that video as a teaching tool with my students. Message, speaking skills, and overall commitment to a greater purpose.

    It’s cold outside today.

  26. Poolman, thanks for the link. Don’t you wish our leaders were as smart and wise as this young girl. Beautiful speaker. This should be seen by our congressmen.

  27. Wisdom of our Youth

  28. Ragi, thanks for that link. I pray we all have more compassion and acknowledge the suffering of our fellow humans that we often discard and ignore, even in our midst. Often we force them out of the public view like sweeping dirt under a rug, to give the impression we live in a nicer and more appealing society. “If we don’t see it, it doesn’t exist” mentality. Such a hypocritical and delusional civilization we are for the most part, me thinks.

    CJC, I followed your link and enjoyed your blog entries that I read. God bless you and may He cause His face to shine upon you, I pray.

    To all who visit Helen and Margaret’s parlor, I pray that all your relationships are blessed and that love will rule your heart and warm your soul during this season. May peace be with you amid the turmoil in this world. Happy Sunday everyone!

  29. Hey, Craig:

    Is your last name Cheney?

  30. Witty and insightful post, as always, Helen!

    So glad you enjoyed your Thanksgiving! Wishing you and Margaret and hubbies all the best this holiday season!

  31. Good story, worth taking the time to read

    In a moving diary about the homeless, Middlelines tells the story of a night he spent with a cop helping people to get out of the freezing cold and into a mission for the night in I’m Freezing my Ass Off: Mission to the Mission. (vcmvo2)

    “This is a dangerous and beautiful city. It’s not supposed to be a cold city. Tonight is a “freeze” night. I’ve learned a lot in the 6 hours since I decided that I was going to save the homeless population from certain death by giving them jackets. This is not how my night went at all.”


  32. Oh, don’t even have to wait until December 7th, Pearl Harbor day.

    She is no longer chief executive of Alaska, but Sarah Palin should still be called “governor”. And in English only, please.

    That was the message from officials at the Mall of America shopping mall, who told reporters planning to cover the Minneapolis stop on Palin’s Going Rogue book tour they must address the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate by her former title.

    The guidelines also banned foreign reporters, allowing “only English-speaking press”. Mall officials said it was a mistake and apologised today to Palin for the mix-up, which they called “an internal miscommunication”

    I’d wish for negative degree weather, but that would only encourage her.

  33. I hear Caribou Barbie is planning on making an appearance in Minnesota soon… if she hasn’t already.

    please PLEASE let her say something that will allow Franken to harpoon her. PLEASE. Although he’s been pretty serious…. but hopefully he will make an exception for something and someone SOOOOO ridiculous.

  34. Grandmothers are beatifull, fabulous….
    Aqui no Brasil as idosas não são tão animadas…
    O aumento da expectativa de vida no Brasil se deve, entre outros fatores, ao progresso da ciência, a melhores condições sociais e econômicas e a um maior controle demográfico que tem levado à diminuição da taxa de fecundidade nos últimos anos. É de se desejar que a longevidade fosse acompanhada de melhor qualidade de vida para os idosos. No Brasil, porém, a média de vida é de cerca de 68 anos, e a média de idade com qualidade de vida é de 60 anos.
    Ainda há muita desinformação sobre as particularidades do envelhecimento.

  35. Dee-NJ Have you heard about


  36. Whirled Peas, I haven’t had such a good laugh in a long time. Never thought Palin would be the source of my evening amusement. Yeah, I really got a kick out of those comments also. :-) but the Slate contest was the best.

  37. the anonymous was gramma rock

  38. speaking of homegrown terra-wrists

    the i.r.s. is auctioning off sioux land for back taxes that the b.i.a. told the tribe they didn’t need to pay.

    can someone please tell me, is there a bottom to this federal indian policy shaft ??

    this cherokee gramma in chippewa country needs some hopeful news for her grandchildren.
    IRS to Auction Land on Indian Reservation

    By Jeff Martin
    Dec. 02, 2009

    The Internal Revenue Service plans to auction land on one of America’s poorest Indian reservations today, after efforts Wednesday to block the sale in U.S. District Court failed.According to a federal lawsuit filed by the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, the IRS intends to auction the land to settle delinquent federal employment taxes it maintains are owed by the tribe……

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2009- 12-02-irs- indian-reservation-auction_

  39. new jersey dee — thanks for chipping the guano off the d.c. perch and spot-lighting the 545. you’re absolutely correct.

    btw….. there are no more jubliant beavers: the dept. of interior has auctioned off all the trees & herbicided all the saplings, and corporate america/canada is dumping all their toxic tailings into the nearest pristine ponds. the beavers got nothing to be jubliant about anymore.

  40. Helen, I beg you, do not read that book!!! It will kill off more braincells than you can spare! We all know how it goes, “I was born dumb, borderline retarded, I stabbed everyone in the back that I could, then I went on to kindergarten. Once I got an education, I decided to further it, so I went on to High School. After that, I attended 6 colleges in 5 years, so I could securely cement my racist opinions about people who don’t speak with an accent, like I do, dontcha know! Then I was a sports reporter on a teenie tiny TV station in Lick yer Ass Ahlaskha. After failing there, I moved on to politics. So I ran for mayor in a town smaller than Gilligans Island. Then I ran for VP of the US, and I won!!!!”

  41. “The Snow Machine Pummeled Through the White-Dusted Plain Like a Jubilant Beaver”

    The results of Slate’s “write like Sarah Palin” contest.


  42. You’re welcome Raji,

    I was just having too much fun reading the comments. I had to share. You betcha! ;)

    ALSO…..have you seen the
    NEW face of the Republican Party?

    8) ~ Δ

  43. President Obama’s
    Weekly Address 12/05/09

    Concentrating on Jobs


  44. Whirled Peas, :lol: Thanks I needed that as a break from watching the snow fall.

  45. My final depressing article for 2009: I PROMISE !

    545 PEOPLE
    By Charlie Reese

    Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

    Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

    Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

    You and I don’t propose a federal budget.. The president does.

    You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

    You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.

    You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.

    You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

    One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

    I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

    I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason.. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it.. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

    Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.
    What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits.. The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

    The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? Nancy Pelosi. She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

    It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

    If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.

    If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red ..

    If the Army & Marines are in IRAQ , it’s because they want them in IRAQ

    If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.

    There are no insoluble government problems.

    Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

    Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

    They, and they alone, have the power.

    They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.

    We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

    This might be funny if it weren’t so darned true.

  46. Gen. JC Christian, patriot, has a great 5 star review voted firmly to the top of the Amazon customer review list.

    ‘There are many kinds of truth. There are truths based on facts, truths based on faith, and truths based on something that sounds as if it should be true (truthiness). Then there’s the kind of truth we find in Sarah’s book: stories and concepts that become truths simply because she states them. She’s a lot like our Lord and Savior, Glen Beck, in that respect.
    ;) ALSO, the comments are very entertaining too.


  47. Gramma Helen, you rock as usual! :D Tho’ I think to call the “main character” of the book a vampire may be a disservice to those poor cursed souls doomed to live forever without sunlight…
    Glad your holiday went well & that ya’ll are hanging in there! Harold too!
    Much love & blessings…
    xoxo ~ Dy

  48. Thanks, OceanGypsi, for taking one for the team and keeping your cool while doing it.

  49. K2inSR, well said!

  50. OceanGyspi, glad you made your voice heard! Wish I could have been there with you! Buttons44, welcome to the porch! I like the way you think. You expressed this blog’s vibes beautifully.

  51. [...] Going Nuts Hi Margaret.  Thanksgiving went better than expected.  Please tell your nephew that I want  another visit soon.  [...] [...]

  52. Creamed, I too, am a yankee. An ancestor left Ct in about 1700 to move up to NH and then to Canada, came back to US in 1919. I’ve been using nuts in my stuffing since 1972. Along with mushrooms, cranberries, sometimes chestnuts and other veges as well. New England Thrifties would always use up whatever was at hand, especially in stuffing or in red flannel hash. I would never put nuts in a corn bread stuffing, I think of cornbread stuffing as a southern thing and I’m a purist when it comes to that. Used to get it from Joe’s BBQ as a side, with gravy. He also made an awsome sweet potato pie and pretty decent collards. I put the nuts in the Bell’s “New England Style Stuffing” and added extra cranberries. Along with mucho butter. Makes for a moister stuffing. Don’t know what Helen’s issue with nuts is. Perhaps it’s all the nuts out there in TV land and in Texas. I spent 4 hours in Houston once. It changed me.

  53. Thanks, everyone!!! We had a blast!

    Chloe, I had no idea that you were so close. That would have been awesome!!! The Wasilla Quitta left here and went to Norman.

    Happy Friday, all!!

  54. This is hilarious! I was just saying to a friend this afternoon that I hope you would review SP’s book. Great minds… Anyway, great post, again and I so look forward to your reviews. Let the chuckles begin.

  55. Buttons44, I agree and am glad you posted. It seems we used to do the 2 steps forward, 1 step back routine. Now I feel it is 1 step forward and 2 steps back. Most frustrating. It keeps me at the edge of my seat. Not a comfortable way to enjoy this earthly journey for sure. Our pursuit of happiness has become a pursuit for sanity.

  56. I am so pleased to have Buttons44 adding voice here – truth sings with the clarity of reason in her/his writing. Delightful!

  57. Auntie J, beautifully articulated , many align . Tragically find too many similarities repeating ala Gibbons “Fall and RISE” account of the Roman Empire and what we seem in midst of here in the US. Am astounded by our own domestic “TALIBAN” forces that permeate this land and truly wonder was our principled nature of tolerence just but one of the myths we all clung too as find no recollection of such heights of hatefulfulness that seem all too prevelent in so much of the public discourse these days. Am one of those that was fortunate to have come up thru some of the “best” of times and no , never thought it was perfected, always figured we were still working on the perfection of it all and truly DID believe that we were indeed capable of achieving , even if it was slow going getting there. Am NOT so confident these days, almost find us in a seeming perpetual state of self destruction and the vociferous voices seem way too belligerent and find them obnoxiously contemptible for they are indeed impedeing all of our efforts to make some forward progress.
    Think many of those that voice here represent a far saner portion of our naton and cling to the belief we ARE truly THE majority and that indeed, we ALL will indeed overcome those that prefer inserting obstacles to achive our greater common good. Tis a pleasure to visit , to read and take in the view points here. Best of the year ending holidays to you all, thanks for lifting spirts and ability to cling to hope filled desires that we WILL overcome and we WILL achive a far greater common good for all not just the few.

  58. For all you Turkey Nuts :wink:

  59. DElurker Girl -Mooselini -priceless name.
    I have Miss MOna Moose Moss. a stuffed moose with a dress and plaid pants and ruffke around. A gift from my oldest daughter last Christmas.
    Ill have to tell her about the name Mooselini!

  60. I’m looking forward to your review of Palin’s book. The ancient Mayan calendar may be correct – Palin in 2012 really would lead to the end of the world!

    Just a note: I’m a Yankee and damn proud of it. I’ve never put nuts in my stuffing nor have I ever heard of anyone in my sphere doing so.

  61. OceanGypsi,
    Wish I’d known of your plans, I would have driven from Tulsa to join you. Would have been worth burning a vacation day!

  62. happy reading LOL

  63. Mooselini’s already been to my area. Without much local news to work with, it was painful to see the “news” saturated with coverage of the “event”. Live coverage started before dawn, where dozens stood in line waiting for the place to open so they could get a wrist band that would allow them to come back over 12 hours later for a glimpse of the woman and the chance to have their copy of the book signed. Over 12 hours of ‘breaking news’ of people standing in line. Yawn. Then the story ran for a few days after. It was painful, I tell ya!

  64. Bacon/Cheddar Twists for Pups

    1 cup all-purpose flour unbleached
    1 cup whole wheat flour
    1 tsp baking powder
    1/4 cup finely shredded Cheddar Cheese (or 1/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese)
    1/4 cup crumbled bacon (drain well, pat dry, then crumble)
    1 T parsley
    1 T rosemary, crushed
    3 T canola or extra virgin olive oil
    1/2 to 3/4 cup organic lo-sodium chicken broth or bottled water

    1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
    2. Combine the flours & baking powder in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine. Add any flavorings you like and pulse until chopped and blended in with the remaining ingredients. Add the oil and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal. (Alternatively, blend everything together in a bowl with a spatula or whisk.)
    3. With the machine running, pour 1/2 cup of cold water, chicken stock or milk through the feed tube and pulse, adding extra if you need it, until the dough starts to come together. This will depend on your flour and what flavorings you added; I usually need 1/2 cup plus about 2 tbsp of liquid.
    4. Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, gather it into a ball and let it rest for about 10 minutes. Roll the dough out about a quarter-inch thick, sprinkle it with salt (if you like), and roll lightly to help the salt adhere. Cut into quarter- to half-inch-wide strips as long or short as you like, then twist the strips and place them on an ungreased baking sheet, pressing the ends lightly onto the sheet if they start to unravel. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden.

    Humans can eat these too – they’re crunchier than the twists typically found on your grocer’s shelf. If you don’t want to do twists, you can also just cut the batter into 1″x1″ squares (simply score dough with a pizza cutter, then bake. After baking, snap off the pieces)

    I’m experimenting with other flours as I don’t like using the all-purpose.

    Also note – if you have a dog with grain allergies, cornmeal & wheat flours will aggravate the allergy. Substitute the wheat/corn flours for medium grind rye flour. And use more liquid as needed. Just don’t over-do it on the liquids)

  65. I’m am sooo waiting to read your review – I hope you kept a barf bag nearby and sat close to the ladies room ! I’m going to print out your review and give copies as Christmas gifts ! Love ya !

  66. Hi gang and no ones puppet,

    While I have been chasing my tail with holiday preparations, I have had a few days to think about Obama’s decision on Afghanistan. Obviously, he is privy to information that I don’t have. After all, he is the duly elected president and that is his job, not mine. This is pretty weighty stuff and he was wise to deliberate carefully before making such a far-reaching decision. There is no place in either domestic or international policy for knee-jerk judgment.

    Basically I am a pacifist. I don’t see how wars have ever successfully solved problems. The Greeks had it pretty correctly when they talked about the seeds of the next war being planted by the previous one. War is and always has been about death and destruction.

    Foreign armies have tramped back and forth across the lands of the indigenous people of the Afghanistan-Pakistan region for millennia; at least as far back as Alexander the Great, the Persians, the British and Ottoman Empires up to the Russians in more recent times.

    There has been much talk about the national debt that has to be paid by our children and grandchildren, and probably great-grandchildren. There is also the even sadder price of the body bags for our young men and women as well as another generation of soldiers coming home with the lifelong disabilities of broken bodies and shattered spirits. In war, old men send young men off to die.

    At this juncture, we can only hope and watch as yet another drama plays out. Over the long haul, it is up to the regional people to sort out their own affairs and rid themselves of the internal tyranny that continues to plague them. We Americans did, last November! I hope we can help them do that as well. We are certainly not perfect, not by a long shot, however I sincerely believe we are making slow but sure progress in our country.

    No ones puppet, I was impressed by the link you gave us to The Central Asia Institute. In the final analysis, this organization and others like it are the best solution in helping a people get a leg up so they can stand on their own two feet. They deserve all the support we can give them.

    Aloha! :-)

    Auntie Jean

  67. Miss Helen,

    I love your blog. I am gonna be just like you when I am older!


  68. Ooops TRY AGAIN

  69. WTG OceanGypsi! Awesome! Apparently the book bus/plane/suburban tour came here to Arizona and I missed it. A Mudflatter actually braved the crazies and went through the line and actually got a book signed and face to face with the Quitta from Wasilla. It is an interesting account from the =”http://www.themudflats.net/2009/12/03/boots-on-the-ground-goin-rogue-in-tempe/”>Belly of the Beast! :wink:

  70. FRo, the reveiews I have read–Helen deserves a r e stful day in a spap as a reward for reading that trash.

  71. K2–
    Awesome summary of the political parties the the force that drives them both!

    Thanks for the doggie treat recipe. I’m going to try and make them and put them in their stockings.

    Awesome. Just pure awesome. I salute you!

  72. Jean – thanks for your book recommendation.
    AS it h appens I have had it for some time
    My oldest daughter told me about it. Unfrotunat ely I had to quit reading it as it made so much music in my head tht I just about went nuts!!
    Tho I am always glad too get referrals to good reading!!

  73. Tine,
    I think you should go and when you get in front of her–
    just stand and shake your head……

  74. Well done OceanGypsi!

  75. OceanGypsi….Helen would be proud. :-)

  76. Hi gang, donna and OceanGypsi,

    Donna, thank you. If I were thinking about converting, I would certainly consider Judiasm. We have had and do have many Jewish friends that we especially enjoy because of our in-depth meaty conversations. I have great respect and admiration for the faith and those who live what they practice.

    OceanGypsi, I can’t believe you braved walking into such hostile, alien territory. Good for you! You are one corageous gal!!! Maybe, just maybe, you gave some of them something to think about.
    On second thought, probably not. It they could think at all, they wouldn’t have been there to buy that sorry-piece-of-not-very-good-fiction in the first place. Thanks for sharing your eye-witness account.

    Aloha! :-)

    Auntie Jean

  77. OceanGypsi, well done! (*applause*)

  78. http://www.kfsm.com/news/kfsm-news-sarah-palin-visit-nwa,0,1987044.story


  79. Hello, all!!

    Today was the day of Sarah Palin’s book signing at Sam’s Club in Fayetteville, AR. I had an artist friend of mine create me a poster that said, “Palin, Shut up already!” Unfortunately, I could only create it to 8 1/2 by 11 because of the pixels. It got my point across, though.

    Now, my reason for going today was NOT to get a book signed. I wanted to go to let this red state know that Sarah Palin is a negative representation of women in politics. There were two delightful older ladies who are mystery novelists that were there protesting as well. Once we got kicked off of the Sam’s parking lot (they have an anti-protesting policy), we settled to a place across the street where the book signing comers and goers could see us. There were numerous birds flown at us. The most comical was the little old lady who was hunched over her steering wheel that almost hit the parked car beside her while trying to set her bird to flight. Several un-original thinkers shouted that we needed to get a job. Funnily, all of us are employed. I shouted back, “Would that be so we could have health insurance?” One car load of “forward thinkers” told us to go home. This little scene was the one that the local news decided to broadcast. I began laughing when they shouted this. So, the camera got a fabulous shot of me with a huge smile. (I wouldn’t mind that one going viral!) There were also a few people who gave us the thumbs up.

    One lady drove by three times with different comments. But, we threw her off. She wanted us to be combative and argumentative as she was. We were not there to argue or to misrepresent our goal. The goal was to simply let the Arkansans who crawled out of everywhere to get a book signed that there is a differing political opinion. We were polite and responded with intelligent and thought provoking comments. She finally gave up and drove away.

    But the most profound comment was one that I witnessed on the news as I did not go inside where Palin was. They asked a man what he liked best about Palin. He said, “Her looks.”……… Now, I don’t know about anyone else. But, I am not interested in a optically-pleasing person who is unqualified, uninformed, and uneducated in global issues to be my president. We’ve already had one that needed a script and a teleprompter to converse with OUR nation and the world if they wanted to make any sense.

    I had a blast today, you guys. Thanks for letting me share. Really. I mean it!!!

  80. Greytdog, I like the way you think. I wonder if The Rogue would autograph The Rouge? It might be worth the (steep) price of admission (cost to my sanity) to try…. ;)

  81. K2, three cheers, amen and here here!!

  82. Auntie Jean: If you would like to convert to Judaism, we would be honored to have you.

  83. Hi gang and Grandma Katie,

    Speaking of books, I’ve been reading a fascinating one and it made me think of you, Grandma Katie. By the way, your posts are coming through fine. I don’t think you make any more typos than the rest of us.

    The book is ‘Musicophilia – Tales of Music and the Brain’ by Oliver Sacks. He is Professor of Clinical Neurology and Psychiatry at Columbia University in New York. He has written nine books and is obviously an eminent authority.

    Anyway, I am learning all kinds of interesting stuff about how music works in the brain that I never even imagined. He has a chapter on the benefits of music therapy for people who have had brain injuries or strokes. There are some interesting case studies on how anyone can improve, even on their own, by using simple music techniques. For instance, singing or humming music while you work.

    This is the usual time of the year when I go into my annual panic about preparations for the holidays. Yikes!!!! Somehow, I always manage to get it all done though. I will this year too. I have one third of the Christmas candy for family and friends made already and most of the shopping finished.

    One of our sons and his family are coming out for 10 days over Christmas and New Years. We are really looking forward to a great but busy time.

    Aloha! :-)

    Auntie Jean

  84. This is not, repeat Not, the bacon cookie recipe. It’s a pet treat recipe a client at my work made years ago. Real simple.

    Preheat the oven to 350 and oil an 8X8 or 9X9 pan well. In a blender (or, I suppose, a food processor), grind a pound of raw beef liver and a cup of yellow cornmeal. This will look and smell ghastly. Don’t worry, it’s not for you.
    Pour the ghastly mixture into the oiled pan and bake it til it tests ‘done’ with a toothpick (inserted, it comes out dry). Let it cool on a rack, cut it into squares or cubes and store in the refrigerator (or freezer, if you won’t use them quickly).

    Dogs love ‘em. And one of my cats was found standing in the middle of the not-yet-cooled pan, eating hot liver bars regardless of any physical consequences. Ouch. But he was quite happy, until I became unreasonable about it.

  85. Roshni–education is no guarantee. Cheney is purely venal. Regardless of who much or how little education that man had, he’d be the same miserable human being.

  86. Tine & sofia – One of you should take “Going Rouge -An American Nightmare” and the other should take “Going Rouge – A Coloring and Activity Book”. That way you could both be thoroughly entertained without being kicked out of line. And not only that, the WasillaHillbilly is now CHARGING for photos with her – no cell phones or digital cameras allowed.. the monies go to SarahPAC and they get your name and address. . . .sneaky sneaky sneaky. Each person gets 5 seconds with the FancyPageantWalkingDiva. . .oooohhh. Must be like being in the presence of the handmaid of the Lord. . . or not.

  87. Hello Margaret and Helen and hello to all you parlour people!
    I have been reading this blog for some time now but finally summoned up the courage to comment. I too am in awe of the M&H talent and wisdom! I truly bow down to you!! You say it right and you say it so well!
    I come from India and during the ’08 campaign and after, I was horrified and chilled to think that such mean-minded, hurtful people as Palin, Coulter, Cheney etc exist in the most liberal nation in the world! I felt I had made a mistake coming here.
    I am relieved and inspired that Obama became president and I am encouraged by all you people that there are many more decent, broadminded people here than there are nutjobs! I just wish OUR voice was heard louder than theirs!

    Greg Morteson said that the solution to bigotry and hatred was education and he was right in part about places in Pakistan, Afghanistan etc…but Cheney et al had an education too, didn’t they?! I have yet to understand this dichotomy!!

  88. I believe that you have just written a review of Sarah’s book. I agree with you!

  89. Craig, if no one’s said it before, you just explained the difference between the Democrats and the Republicans and the Presidents they elect.

    The Democrats expect to disagree with each other and with the President and Democrat Presidents expect their base to have differences of opinion. Consequently, we engage in debate, civil discourse and sometimes peacefully protest. We tolerate and have both liberals and “conservadems”, those who are both pro- and anti-public option, both pro- and anti-war, pro- and anti-choice, both pro- and anti-gay rights, all in the same party.

    The Republicans of today and Republican Presidents (Bush, Nixon, Reagan) brook no opposition or dissent, bug our phones, read our emails, torture and imprison without trial and make enemy lists. The Republicans encourage opposition, sometimes violent, purely for its own sake, and characterize the lawfully elected President of the United States as a Nazi, a socialist (make up your minds, if you have any) and un-American. The Republicans insist on political purity (although considering Mark Sanford, John Ensign and the other R’s living at C Street, not personal purity). Consequently, thanks to the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sarah “Quitter” Palin and ex-Vice President Cheney, just to name a few, there are no moderate Republicans any more. Just ask Senators Arlen Specter, Olympic Snow or even Lindsay Graham.

    Which is healthier in a democracy?

  90. Δ¥ Tine, I would stand next to you if you brought an INTERESTING book and I had an INTERESTING book. We could be an alternative book signing and maybe read aloud to the line standers. Or maybe we could lure the line standers away with pie? I think they must have very short attention spans.

  91. Tine: they let people have roughly 5 seconds in her presence IF they are the “lucky” ones. Your time and energy are worth more than wasting them in line AND you wouldn’t have time to even get a sentence out before they hustled you away.

  92. My mother-in-law bought her book, and actually showed it around at Thanksgiving like it was an accomplishment to have a copy! And the whole family was excited about it! I usually refrain from talking politics with my in-laws, since they differ from me too much and are way too conservative for me (and my mother-in-law votes how her husband votes, how quaint). But I had to tell her that I would like to see that woman get a kid through college. I’m embarresed by them.

  93. “”Rogue” as defined in Webster’s dictionary…vagrant, tramp, a dishonest or worthless person, scoundrel”
    Pretty accurate, I would say!
    Glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and so glad you are back!

  94. Thank you for always making me laugh!

  95. Lord help me.

    I just found out that The Rogue is coming to my neighborhood next Monday.

    Please, somebody…talk me out of standing in line to give her a piece of my mind!

  96. Buttons44: we do that with regular cherries and vodka. Just like they do limoncello. mmmmm

  97. Have a Xmas Cherry recipe–adults only…Use to go cherry picking in season and use to use an old version but as the years went by, found a simpler way. I purchase a gallon jar of maraschino cherries (so nice and birght red for the season) , I then marinade them in Drambuie…in olden days use to use brandy but was in a pinch and a bottle of Drambuie was on the shelf was semi surprised these turned out fantastic , now a regular “expectation” at holdiay time .They can been easily accomplished even this close to holiday partying time. You can “jar them in mini canning jars, tie a ribbon and “wallah” , easy gifting (again, mark for ADULTS ONLY and so advise!! )When on the table, they disappear rapidimente and requests always come for more !!

  98. Margaret and Helen, you two are true treasures and so are so many of your “followers” !! I print and share with others not hooked up (both yours and the many of the comments) and all become enamored and beg for more shares–many at the SCenter send very HIGH FIVES (and for some , not so easy to do but you folks brings many a smile , many an acknowledgement of saying what many are thinking on the same marks !! LOL, this in OC CA, strong gop terratory at that !!! A bastion of RR supporter still around but many NOT aligning with the current incarnation of the GOP party or its headlners !!
    As for Craig, did YOU have a problem with the time it took Bush/Cheney to dither regarding their snapped judgements and the time it DID take for them to get such activated with further bamaboozlementings ? You pick up the erroneous chant that Obama took too long to make such critical decisions as the present one to send more troops to Afghanistan…MOST of “us ordinaries” are grateful he does deliberate, thoughtfully and check out the various equations involved. BTW, Craig, ROver is out and about claiming that Bushie took less time to WIN against the Taliban when he sent our troops in….IF he WON, why after all these years are we still in the mucked up mire of Afghanistan….we’re still dealing with his administrations leftover garbage and there are no easy solutions besides, clean up is always harder and messier , ask ANY knowledgeable renovator !!!
    Especially enjoyed the DEFINING of “ROGUE” and now think her book aptly titled for sure !!! (and laughing a bit cuz bets are she gave some thoughts to slipping “maverick” in, but was nixed for not only false, but would have been infringment as well as quite a false nomer !!!
    Holiday Cheers to you all, we’ve all had a quite “blessed” year jsut by escaping the likes of Mac and P holding our natons reins –for THAT , great gratefullness for sure !!!!

  99. Greytdog, I’m sure the humans and dog in my house would love the recipe for the bacon “cookies”. Please share it :)

  100. helen, please don’t do yourself any harm reading Palin’s book — it could be hazardous to your health. And did you hear Palin doesn’t actually ride in the bus from town to town but takes a private jet and the bus picks her up at the town’s airport! Too funny.

    And I solved the cornbread stuffing dilemma by making half with cornbread and half with regular bread. Best of both worlds.

  101. Helen, your review of Wasillabilly Sarah’s magnum opus will be a fantastic Christmas present. I really don’t wory about your sanity since I know you’ll be laughing the whole way through it, and you know what they say about laughter.

    I am starting to have a great fondness for Andrew Sullivan. First he linked to this blog and got me hooked and now he’s put BreePalin on the map. Seems to be the place to go to keep up with the whole book tour hilarity. Enjoy, pie fans! http://breepalin.blogspot.com/

  102. I assume it is the standard edition, and not the Dubya Edition with the line drawing pictures and complimentary set of crayons.

  103. Raji every year our family has given Heifer Intl gifts. my dad often would take us to villages and point out the Heifer animals, and a few time we got to be there when Heifer delivered the livestock. Very very exciting. And very much needed.

  104. Here’s your happy happy joy joy break of the day:
    The Pink Glove Dance

  105. Yummmmm, bacon in the turkey.

  106. Excellent idea Raji, I’ve heard of your organization, I just bought books for my grandson, I told my daughter-in-law to give them to him now, at Christmas he will be overwhelmed with his toys.

  107. Another nice post. Thanks!

  108. Helen, I look forward to reading your version of SP’s expose. I don’t think your SIL did you any favors though. He would have done better with the coloring book.

    no one’s puppetΔ, Thanks for the link. I have just purchased the book, Three Cups of Tea, and Beatrice’s Goat for my Grandson this Christmas. Several years ago I started donating to Heifer International instead of giving gifts to my children. This is another great organization to look into.

  109. Oops LINK

  110. The ANSWER to WAR :wink:

  111. I’m glad you had a good Thanksgiving, Helen, and hope Margaret did as well, despite a turkey that could have been more moist.

    I’m looking forward to reading your review of Palin’s fiction. Your take on Coulter’s missive was hilarious.

    As an Alaskan, I don’t need to waste my money or line her pockets by buying her book. I know all I need to know about her from her record, and she’s both truth and ethics challenged. She should never again be elected to any office, and she should not be allowed to meddle in other people’s elections, either.

    Craig, I may not agree with everything President Obama does, but I respect him, and we’re a darn sight better off with him in the White House than we would be with the quitter Twitter gov.

  112. OT, but had to share. This was posted on FDL describing Erick Erickson’s brand of delusion regarding a post at Redstate:


    GWB ALREADY WON the WAR in Afghanistan?

  113. Grandma Katie-
    I think lots of laughing is good therapy … also, too,
    along with the scrolling.
    We sure don’t miss the gone gov here but most of us do feel badly that we were unable to fence her in in Wasilla and she’s down your way prowling around…
    Keep your eye on your pocketbook. Can’t trust someone who takes a 1.5 mil book advance on a contract written while taking a salary as a public servant…
    She’s a snake. Be watchful…

    Gone… so glad she’s gone,
    Gonety gone, gone, gone…
    Thought we were gonna have to keep her the whole dang 4 years…
    Gone, gone, gone…

  114. What Love all around…

    Sometimes its just too much.

    See ya later……..

    Don’t take that as gone for good.

    Be careful out there, people still searchin for jus the right gift. How about a Palin Book?

  115. Hello Margaret and Helen,

    I am glad you had a wonderful thanksgiving. Give Howard my best and I hope he is doing better.

    I have a product that I use after I read anything written by the Quittinator, its called brain bleach. Pour in your ear, swish, tip your head till it runs out, then repeat.

    And for your son-in-law, may I suggest you make him eat the stuffing with cornbread and nuts, without the gravy!!

    Love your blog, take care,

    “moonbat” shellie

  116. Oh, I am so looking forward to the “Helen Notes” of Going Rogue! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    I read the Mudflats version, but I always like to read at least 2 accounts of any story!

  117. I glad you took the time to look at the site vgman, I hope others will also take the time to visit the site. I am impressed that CAI involves the local community before their school is built and that the school is primarily built by the locals from local materials. Rather than giving my children and grandchildren things they don’t need, might not even want, this year for Christmas, I am taking a new slant and donating in their name to various charities. Another one for everyone to consider donating to this year is Toys for Tots, I hope all of America’s children have something special under their tree this year.

  118. Greydog I agree with the stealth idea.That i9s the way to go but they do need protection also and maybe a distraction.We have done it so many times before and only found out about it years later.

  119. hahaha!! stuffing a turkey with SP’s book, brilliant

    Love you!

    Just dropping by to wish everyone Happy Thanksgiving!


  120. No one’s puppet–

    thanks for putting in the link to Greg Mortenson’s Central Asia Institute (10:24 am today).

    I read his book Three Cups of Tea. He has the right idea. Education shines a light on ignorance and can spread the feeling of goodwill among people of the world like nothing else!

    There are stories from his book of village elders who recognized the pride of having schools for their children and the pride they felt because they helped build them!

    The Taliban does not want schools run by independent villagers. They want control of where schools are located and who attends them.

    If we can support Central Asia Institute’s mission, I know we can make a difference. They have a Pennies for Peace program that our school has looked into.

    Safety and security means that anyone living in the region will look most at where the aid comes from–a manipulating, dictating power like the Taliban’s or a caring, sharing, empathetic, encouraging support from a foundation like Greg Mortenson’s. Our foreign policy should take note.

  121. So, I was wondering why the crazy one’s book was not in all stores. Seems it is privately published. This may explain all the convolution that was not parsed into better phrasing. A vanity press will publish anything.

    Glad you all had great Thanksgivings! (We did, too.)

    Take care and keep well. Do good works and leave it better than you found it.

  122. I am in the presence of blogging genius. Thanks for showing us how real rogues do it. Nothing, not even the world’s cutest grandkid, has made me look forward to the next ten years like you have…finally, a role model I will delightedly emulate.

  123. what a great blog. i look forward to your review.

  124. [...] Going Nuts Hi Margaret.  Thanksgiving went better than expected.  Please tell your nephew that I want  another visit soon.  [...] [...]

  125. HRH sofia EQ, it seems we have much in common today. I love bats too! Not only can they eat 10 mosquitoes per minute, their echolocation and flight skills are incredibly cool.

  126. WE CAN’T WAIT!! Go, Helen, go!

  127. Rick, why not send Ms Palen 10% of your paycheck. It’s such a small thing to do for someone you love soooo much.
    I’m sure she would appreciate it. Oh, right, your paycheck is probably too small to make a difference to the grasping one. She probably wouldn’t notice you. So sorry, so sad.

    And I always liked the term “moonbat.” I can’t imagine why anyone would think of the term as derogatory. I think bats are among the most wonderful animals in the world. They have such cute, scrunched up faces. I’ve saved several over the years by moving them from inside spaces to outside spaces. I envision a moon bat flying across the face of a full moon like the one I saw this morning at 5:30am, over the mountain, setting. What could be more wonderful. (I figure anything that eats bugs that want to bite me is GOOD) Sadly, a lot of the bats in my area are dying from something that gives them a white nose, and I’m almost totally certain it is not cocaine.

  128. Laingirl
    keep clickin those heels together girl
    Ya not in Kansas anymore.

  129. Dear Helen, thanks for previewing Palin’s book, written by someone else, for us. I understand from people who have read it that if all the lies and mistakes were removed, it would only be about 75 pages. So, don’t believe much of what you read there. Hopefully Craig and Rick will find each other and start their own blog or Teabagging party.

  130. In Santa Cruz our book shop is selling her book accompanied by a free bag of “Palin’s nutz”..says it all don’t you think. Can’t wait for your review. But as you read it..breath deeply and remember Obama is our president. We have that to be thankful for. Now stop reading these comments and get on with the book.

  131. Rogue is Sarah and Sarah is rogue, I got it and I agree.

  132. Besides the fact that she was the right wing candidate.

    What crime did she commit to be dammed by every saint and soul on this board?

    Is there one among you, who have been Mayor or Governor?

    Is there one among you who have run for the 2nd highest post in the country?

    She wrote a book or maybe it was ghost written.

    Is that not what most politicians do after they have been thrown out or quit?
    Clinton..Mrs. and Mr.
    Jimmy Carter
    Bush..laura and Mr.

    So she titled it Going Rouge.
    There is also the noun Rogue not used much, except for the clandestine and military terminology. Read any Tom Clancy?

    Grandma ..Keep a scrollin and I’ll keep a writin..

    chloe..Nice looking Terrier by the way.
    I have a herd of Yorkies x 5.

  133. That is what we call truth in advertising. About the only truth to that gal. :grin:

  134. Susan, a very astute observation!

  135. It’s strange that Ms Palin used the word “rogue” for her book title and to describe herself. Below is the definition of rogue from the online American Heritage dictionary.

    Hmm…maybe she DID know what the word mean!

    rogue audio


    1. An unprincipled, deceitful, and unreliable person; a scoundrel or rascal.
    2. One who is playfully mischievous; a scamp.
    3. A wandering beggar; a vagrant.
    4. A vicious and solitary animal, especially an elephant that has separated itself from its herd.
    5. An organism, especially a plant, that shows an undesirable variation from a standard.


    1. Vicious and solitary. Used of an animal, especially an elephant.
    2. Large, destructive, and anomalous or unpredictable: a rogue wave; a rogue tornado.
    3. Operating outside normal or desirable controls: “How could a single rogue trader bring down an otherwise profitable and well-regarded institution?” (Saul Hansell).

    rogued, rogu·ing, rogues

    1. To defraud.
    2. To remove (diseased or abnormal specimens) from a group of plants of the same variety.


    To remove diseased or abnormal plants.

  136. mageen,

    That was awesome! A most excellent description of Palin . . . it’s almost as if Carroll were using her as his model for the Queen.

    On another note . . . one of my favorite pages from my new SP coloring book: “Sarah got her lipstick mixed up with her bullets! Help her find it and color it rouge so she doesn’t load it into her gun!” Below that text are three rows of bullets with a lipstick tube inserted in the second row in place of one of the bullets. I’m thinking every child needs one of these books, as well as all of us who are children at heart! I know I’m having fun with it.

  137. Chloe,
    By your name I can probably assume you are in your mid 20′s to late 30′s ..I think that was a name popular then. So don’t think you were here for the first war probably studying for finals.

    No not happy for war..Chloe..
    Just happy that we had a president that made the right decision rather than to cut and run alla Jimmy Carter and Clinton.

    If you saw most of the troops saw it as a good sign and some parents of soldiers at least wanted to see their children go off to a war that was at least supported by the President.

    He didn’t really have any good choices but I think he made the right one.
    He was smart first for keeping Gates as Sec War.
    Then he is also smart to listen to his Generals in the field.

    The mission was spelled out..but the mission has to always be subject to change. You don’t think the Taliban were watching Lucy re-runs do ya?
    So they will have contribute their fly in the ointment as well.

    And all you whinies keep harping on the cost of the war.. yet you don’t mind mortgaging the future for some Trillion dollar pie in the sky 1500 page Health Care bill, that you Chloe can’t even describe.

    And jsri, The Appalachian Trail is beautiful.
    Would not mind a bit taking that hike.
    Frankly my retirement property is less than five miles from the trail In N. Carolina.

  138. I’m glad you’ll be reading the Palin book so I won’t have to. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

  139. Good grief Craig, please quit using your head for a butt plug. There is just no pleasing you is there? You criticize Pres. O for taking time to make a decision, a decision that will affect the lives of thousands of our military personnel, thousands of lives of Afghan citizens plus continue to cost billions of dollars that we don’t have, yet you would also criticize him had he made a quick decision based on his gut feelings like Shrub did (that always worked out so great)! I appreciate a Pres. that considers all of the ramifications of his decisions whether I agree with his final decision or not. Good lord, I’ve taken longer time deciding on which vehicle to purchase because I do my homework first! You seem pretty happy that we will be continuing this war, are you ready and willing to pay a war tax to fund it or are you going to leave it up to your children and grandchildren to pay that debt?

  140. Meet your son-in-law’s Thanksgiving “gift” of Going Rogue with your Christmas “gift” of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Going_Rouge"Going Rouge.

    Glad you had a good T-day, Helen.

  141. I’m sending you a roll of Charmin, Dearie.

    Season’s Greetings to all you Secular Orcs out there!

  142. Dear M & H and fellow choristers: So glad to see everyone back and in fine fettle! Had the best Thanksgiving Day in years. Family went OUT to eat a great meal that cost less than I could do it from scratch. And I didn’t have to suck oxygen after everyone went home!

    As for SP’s “book”, try this:

    ‘I can’t believe that!’ said Alice.
    ‘Can’t you?’ the Queen said in a pitying tone. `Try again: draw a long breath, and shut your eyes.’
    Alice laughed. ‘There’s no use trying,’ she said ‘one can’t believe impossible things.’
    ‘I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.’
    ~Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass

    Now that was from a book involving a girl with great hair and a bunch of talking animals, none of whom were wolf or moose. I would say that SP fits the role of Queen pretty darn good.

    Really! I mean it!

  143. My scrolling finger getting a workout. Good physical therapy!!

  144. Helen – we appreciate your offer to read thaat book and reivew it. I hope you SIL doesn’t believe that crap.
    I have laughed so hard at theposts that I got a coughing fit and m y caregiver came in to see if I was ok. I soundedlike I was choking I quess.
    ‘AlaskaPi, I loved y our word ——- gone gov and Ode to self etc. Still have tears from laughing so hard!

  145. Greytdog, I too require the cheddar-bacon twist recipe. Pretty please?

    HRH sofia EQ, my sister made something very similar on Thanksgiving. She stuffed the dates with bleu cheese though. Mmmmm.

  146. Craig:

    The Appalachian Trail awaits you. And you might consider taking Rick with you.

  147. Thanks for another good laugh Helen, I am sure your take on Palin’s book will be a hoot.

  148. I for one am thankful someone else with a lot better way with words is going to read that trash .. tho after subjecting yourself to Big Foot’s book, I think you need to get the audio version of Ms Palin’s because I bet its priceless to listen to someone try to speak her convoluted thoughts aloud… or not.

    In any case .. glad you had a good holiday!

  149. Greytdog, I agree with you, building schools in Afghanistan would be very helpful, fortunately a charitable organization is already doing so, check https://www.ikat.org/alima/ to see if you would like to help. I donated this year, a Christmas gift in honor of my youngest daughter, who told me about the group.

  150. Apparently, even Tigers are pigs…

  151. “That would be cruel and unusual punishment even for a dead bird!”

    So funny, LiizzieK8!

    Helen, I’m glad you had a good Thanksgiving. I don’t depend on you to review this book for me. I’ve learned all I need to about it already. However, I’m sure your review will be entertaining and I will read all of it gratefully! Humor is a great antidote to stress and these are stressful times!

    When dealing with people who “think” like those in the video Vinaigrette Girl shared with us, you have to laugh or tear your hair out in frustration. Tearing my hair out would make for some interesting but scary Christmas photos, so I’ll stick with laughing!

    Cheers to my friends here. I enjoy your company.

  152. Helen-
    Looking forward to YOUR take on the gone gov’s Ode to Self and Bile to All Others.
    It has been interesting to watch, from Alaska, what folks think ( I’m stretching the think thingy for some folks’ reactions ) about whatzername’s so-called memoir.
    Since so many of the folks she appeals to do not care what a hash she made of being governor it gets kind of depressing some days.
    It makes me sad people get behind the idea she’s a maverick and all that… she’s a walking, talking poster gal for far too many same-old,same-old ideas with a dash of rapture-days-are-upon-us thrown in. Period.
    It also makes me sad that folks who disagree with her fall off into worrying about hair dos and makeup and all..
    she is such a divisive snot that people of normally good sense sputter on about things which don’t matter because SP makes EVERYTHING messy.

    I know you will you bring your usual humor and good sense to the chore you have taken on…
    And hope you drop the book and run for the brush if it starts to get to you!

    moonbat, eh, Rick?
    Alrighty then, will add to list of greetings I’m called by folks on the “other side of the aisle”- even though SP only drives me nuts cuz she fooled most of us Alaskans, conservative and liberal alike for 18 months…
    and we are RELIEVED she’s gone from state government

    signing off now Helen-
    glad your holiday melee went mostly well-
    Alaskan hippie commie liberal weirdo moonbat Pi

  153. As for Obama’s speech last night I applaud that fact that the troops will be focusing on Kandahar rather than just rotating in and out of Kabul. Kandahar is the epicenter of activity – and needs to be stabilized. We had it almost stabilized when Bush/Cheney went on their revenge rampage in Iraq. . . I’d like to see more work on the humanitarian end – schools, clinics, clean water, medical care, etc. . .but in order to accomplish that the people first must be guaranteed their safety and security. This will probably bonkers up my progressive cred, but I would prefer to use small assassin/sniper squads who can blend in, move swiftly & with greater stealth and just get the job done. And I would have no problem teaming up with Mossad to do it.

  154. Bacon! Stuff each pitted date with a toasted almond, wrap in bacon (we used double smoked from the local pork store), bake at high heat in convection (or other) oven till the bacon is crispy, eat.

  155. Greytdog Girl, you better post that recipe now!!

  156. I put bacon in cookies. Well actually twists rather than cookies. I make bacon-cheddar twists for the dogs and us this time of year. Same recipe but this way we don’t have to share with the dogs they have their own stash. It’s a savory cookie rather than a sweet one. Not a cracker or a crisp though. Just sayin’

  157. Glad to hear that Thanksgiving went well. All that bacon and butter doesn’t seem to have slowed down the circulation to your funny bone ! Love it !
    On a serious note: I’m reaching for any straw to support my president’s troop announcement last night. It’s possible that there are strategies in the works that should NOT be announced to the general public ! I’m just hoping & I mean it !

  158. also!

  159. Helen:

    Please review the book!

    I cannot stomach reading it myself. The thought of my money going into Sarah’s pocket would make me ill too.

  160. That would be cruel and unusual punishment even for a dead bird!

    Happy holidays to you both and keep writing!

  161. just another self satisfying vampire !
    ain’t it the truth : )

    margaret & helen, thanks for the laughs.

  162. I will happily donate to a cause of Helen’s choice and am looking forward to the review – I love this blog.

    @Craig, what are you on about? I have a pair: of arms, eyes, legs, and so on and so forth. If you must be vulgar do try to be amusing as well.

    @Rick: having read the book, can you quote an actual policy she has outlined which you can support? We Moonbats would like to know, because if you go over to this and head to 1 minute 20s in, we think we’d like to associate with people who have some idea of what they’re voting for.

  163. Hahahahahahaha.. Helen, you are a hero. Not too many people would do what you do. I’m very grateful you’re going to read it for all of us. Glad to know you had a good Thanksgiving holiday!

  164. I actually bought Palin’s book just to put money in her pocket. I’m not a big supporter of hers but the fact that she drives moonbats like you nuts is worth a few bucks alone.

  165. I’m so glad that your Thanksgiving went well and especially that Harold was well enought to enjoy it with you all for another year.
    In case you feel that you really can’t dare to turn your brain to mush (even the first para of The Book is already enough to do it), and as already mentioned by another poster, AK Mudflats has already taken one for all of us. AK Mudflats, as a resident of AK, unfortunately has reason to know SP well. It took lots of wine to get her through the reading and remain even semi-sane. So, if you’d ever like to check out another who brooks no nonsense from Ms Quitter Twitter, do stop by and check out the reviews at http://www.themudflats.net/
    Mudflats also has on-the-ground reviews of the Book Tour (where Palin also dismounts from a jet plane to get into the bus just in time to give the impression that she’s actually traveling by bus). It is at moments like these that I am truly mystified by my country, that so many people there who have access to so many resources have so little intellectual curiosity and such low standards of leadership that they would actually believe one word this patent failure says or consider her as a legitimate candidate for higher office.
    Thanks to people like you, AK Mudflats and the overwhelming majority of posters here who help me to realize that not all of my fellow Americans are like the SP followers.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  166. Craig, not a word of that was anything other than the usual factless talking-point gibberish spewed out by the pukefunnel. Either act like you’re not a simplistic AI routine stringing together right-wing trash with Markov chains or stuff a cork in it.

    Speaking of stuffing, I have to disagree that bacon can make anything better – bacon cookies? No thanks. But you did mention butter, and that makes cookies better, so I guess I should shut up now.

  167. (((((((( Helen )))))))
    Happy Holidays..
    Can’t wait for your book review…

  168. I dunno about using the book for stuffing. That turkey would most certainly have died in vain…

  169. oh the heartburn that book would cause as a stuffing – don’t do it. Stick with the cornbread if that’s all there is.

  170. That is one book review I look forward to reading because I sure as hell won’t be reading the book.

    And yes, bacon and/or butter make just about anything better. Especially Christmas cookies which I need to start baking very soon.

  171. Donna,
    Blow it out your potutie.
    Politely of course.

  172. Δ¥ Tine

    Yes I will remember that:
    Helen’s review is going to hilarious.It’s going to be a page turner.

    And not a comment about the brave men who will
    fight and die to make Obama’s dream come true.

    Looking forward to reviewing it.

    I would like to ask..Politely.

    Does Helen ever…ever
    respond directly to a post?
    any post?

    Thank you

  173. Helen, I’m glad your Thanksgiving was enjoyable and hope Margaret’s was as well (not counting the turkey).

    I’m not sure if I’m more looking forward to the book review or horrified that you’re going dumpster diving for us again. I’m sure your take on it will be hilarious, but if it gets too bad, just back off and out. We won’t mind a bit. Better that than to find you in the hospital bed next to the bad roommate.

    I won’t read it myself, but the few excerpts I’ve found seem to be in her unique style. I find this quite confusing, since she had a ghostwriter and, presumably, an editor. I don’t believe the book was a collaboration of equals, since she’s known for the work ethic of a particularly spoiled Pomeranian (Dog, I mean; I don’t know any humans from Pomerania, but I’m sure they’re quite nice and hard-working). One would expect that the professionals that did the work from whatever interview she granted would do better.

    I’m always insulted by the assumption that “Real Amurrcins don’t speak English good. The peepul iz dumb. Play to that and they’ll think you’re one of them.” No, we’re not dumb. We speak English very well indeed. And we know Sarah’s not one of us.

    I said it first and I’m sticking with it. Two. Bit. Grifter.

  174. I lcould not believe I laughed out loud Helen! Thanks! Glad you had a good Thanksgiving and are back in fine form! Wish you did not have to read the crap!

  175. and whiny. He’s back on the “oh, it’s just that you don’t want to hear different viewpoints” shtick. Well, actually, it’s that I don’t want to hear a superficial, self-satisfied, parrot.

  176. Thanks, Helen!
    I’m sure it will be a page turner! As in….
    “not much on that page…not much on that page…and that one…”

    You make “growing a pair” sound like the be all end all of being anyone and someone isn’t anyone without some. You are ridiculous.

  177. Craig again spouts off about things he knows nothing about. He doesn’t know what I believe or what I read or watch or research. All he does know–and I can assure him that he is correct in this regard–is that I think he’s not very bright and very boring. Craig–does your wife seem to, well, avoid you? Can’t blame her if she does since you really are notable for your dullness.

  178. Dear Helen,

    I’m happy to hear that your Thanksgiving went well. It sounded as if your family obeyed the rules!

    Now, now, Helen, you really don’t have to read La Palin’s book and review it for us. We don’t want you to wind up in Harold’s old bed in the hospital with Fox News blarring in the other one.

    I’ll take for granted all the other reviews we are subjected to on various TV shows. Gawd! It’s playing right into her hand and need for attention for her to get so much time and print.

    Instead, please go read the funny papers in the newspaper. There is considerably more wisdom there!

    Aloha! :-)

    Auntie Jean

    So glad your back.. miss you a bunch..

  180. You crack me up Helen!

  181. Oh Helen, you just gave me my laugh for the day. You’re too wonderful.

  182. God, I love you Helen! Who doesn’t love the Pig? I mean really? Bacon in the stuffing all the way! And speaking of Pigs (blood sucking leech was a good one for her too), I’m sorry all those trees had to be felled for such a waste of writing. Thank you for your inspirational dialogue.

  183. Oops, where are *my* manners? Let me rephrase that…

    Craig, please get a grip. And thank you.

  184. Tomgnh, I am cracking the heck up at your comment. Now *I* want to try!

    Thanks for the early Christmas gift, Helen. I. Can’t. Wait. :)

    Craig, get a grip. People are excited about Helen’s latest post because (a) we can laugh at Palin’s joke of a book without giving her any of our money, and (b) Helen’s review is going to be hilarious. Humor…ever heard of it? How about manners? Remember manners?


  185. She was in town last week. My son was driving me to work and there, by the Omni Hotel, was a huge bus with her idiotically smiling face all over it and something about “rogue”. My son asked me “how badly do we need this truck?” because he had a wild desire to smash it into the bus.

    Later I found out she was at a book store at one of the malls, hawking her book. You had to buy the book in advance and you got a bracelet. Then the first 500 with bracelets got to come in and meet her. I understand people waited outside all night. Incomprehensible.

    She was also here during the campaign. In fact, she was speaking just across the street from my office, which I felt gave new meaning to the phrase “I wouldn’t walk across the street to see that.”

    The main thing I noticed though…and Obama has been here twice within a year, and I’ve seen him drive by too. But when Queen Sarah left her speechifying to go to the Stadium Club for a luncheon, they had to close down one of the main downtown streets, because it’s one-way and Sarah wanted to go the wrong way on it. Many cars, almost a parade, going the wrong way down the street.

    Both times I saw Obama, he was in one vehicle with a caution light on top, obeyed traffic laws, went the right way down the street, and was unobtrusive and polite. On one visit he was just a candidate, but the second time he was President.

    I guess “rogue” means “doesn’t have to pay attention to laws.”

  186. Definitely looking forward to the Cliff Notes on Palin’s book so I don’t have to fund her campaign for President by actually purchasing it.

    We appreciate your sacrifice.

  187. Oh, and tomgnh . . . I enjoyed your “Palinesque” sentence that you submitted . . . too funny!

  188. Helen,

    Glad your Thanksgiving went reasonably well, and thank you so much for offering to give us your review of Palin’s book . . . I just couldn’t bear to do it myself. I did, however, get my copy of Going Rouge, and was excited today to come home and find my 2 copies of the Going Rouge coloring and activity book in the mail. I got two so that when my sister from Alaska is back in March, we can have some fun coloring in silly Sarah in countless colors of the rainbow, you betcha.

    I look forward to reading your review as much as I did reading AKM’s version over on Mudflats. Hope Harold continues to improve! Love to you and Margaret!!

  189. [...] [...]

  190. While I would much rather Helen read Going Rouge – An American Nightmare – the comforting thing is knowing that Palin’s book is so insubstantial that Helen will be done in one sitting.

    Glad to hear you & your family had a great Thanksgiving. I almost spewed out my coffee though when I read “I have never understood her insistence on cornbread stuffing with nuts in it. That combination would suck the moisture out of a Kleenex.” SO loves cornbread stuffing with pecans in it. UGH. But I make it for him so he can drown it in gravy. Makes no sense to me either.

    Michael, you’re a funny guy! Woof! :)

  191. Dear Margaret&Helen..thank you dear ladies for being there for us all! We need you.

    Now regarding the book review…. over at themudflats.net it’s been done…hard slog.,,tears and fears!

    Now about the birth of Sarah’s baby….the trek from TX to Alaska. Could it be that Sarah’s healthcare provider would have been revealed. Todd is part Alaska Native Indian and receives free healthcare….you get the picture. The tribes have a deal with the US government re healthcare…not hard for anyone to google.

  192. Helen…taking another one for the team! Can’t wait for the Palin notes. Hugs to all of you. Have a wonderful holiday season.

  193. Poolman wrote on Dec 1 at 5:59PM on Thanksgiving letter to the family

    “Since I believe there is a scorecard, I think it is important to take into captivity every thought and action. And then determine the value of the way we react and respond. We have freewill to choose the high road, or the various other paths that are not the high road. Competition is a two-edged sword. Exercise caution when out of the sheath.”

    Well said, Poolman, and we should all exercise caution in what we post on this blog. Stalkers can use our information for their own personal vendetta. Be very very careful.

  194. From the bottom of my heart, I appreciate you taking one for the team and reading that book.

  195. I LOVE YOU, HELEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  196. I am really looking forward to reading your review of the book. There is no way I could bring myself to read it. You are so very unselfish.

  197. Great Post Helen!!!!!

    (hey Craig….how about congratulating Helen on her latest post before starting in on your usual CRAP…I think you forget why we are all here in the first place…..just saying)

  198. From the responses in many of these posts..
    Reveals that……
    Most everyone is full of it or stuffed already.
    Those so stuffed include Donna, Stacy,
    Mary T.,DeLurker and Michael who is pretty narrow in his thinking”originality” Michael.

    To say that you would literally take someone
    else’s view on a subject rather than research and form your own opinion..well I guess you all miss a lot of movies,books and other recreation just because you put all your faith in “ONE” person.

    Yep..that makes a lot of sense. Good God
    people get a spine and grow a pair..
    excuse me..I realize thats quite physically impossible for most of you.

    I’m just so proud that we finally have a WAR President. Of course to him thats a good game of “Stratego” on a sunday afternoon.

    Sounds as if he possibly has a pair and will make the choices and announce to the world that America will finish the Taliban and Al Queda and give them no safe haven. Of course he had to think about that for two months.

    Can you imagine what he would do with a 4:00am phone call on the red phone…?

    Of course now we will have the same people who got him elected out on the street corners honking their horns and pushin their babies strollers while crying for Peace.

    You guys brought him to the table..a COMMUNITY ORGANIZER from Chicago where anything can be purchased for a price and a Nobel Peace Prize winner..second week into his term…what a farce!

    How unfortunate the Cadets have to listen to him
    mouth off about what “HE” will do for our country while THEY will have to make it come true.

  199. From the responses in many of these posts..
    Reveals that……
    Most everyone is full of it or stuffed already.
    Those so stuffed include Donna, Stacy,
    Mary T.,DeLurker and Michael who is pretty narrow in his thinking”originality” Michael.

    To say that you would literally take someone
    else’s view on a subject rather than research and form your own opinion..well I guess you all miss a lot of movies,books and other recreation just because you put all your faith in “ONE” person.

    Yep..that makes a lot of sense. Good God
    people get a spine and grow a pair..
    excuse me..I realize thats quite physically impossible for most of you.

    I’m just so proud that we finally have a WAR President. Of course to him thats a good game of “Stratego” on a sunday afternoon.

    Sounds as if he possibly has a pair and will make the choices and announce to the world that America will finish the Taliban and Al Queda and give them no safe haven. Of course he had to think about that for two months.

    Can you imagine what he would do with a 4:00am phone call on the red phone…?

    Of course now we will have the same people who got him elected out on the street corners honking their horns and pushin their babies strollers while crying for Peace.

    You guys brought him to the table..a COMMUNITY ORGANIZER from Chicago where anything can be purchased for a price and a Nobel Peace Prize winner..second week into his term…what a farce!

    How unfortunate the Cadets have to listen to him
    mouth off about what “HE” will do for our country while THEY will have to make it come true.

  200. Funny funny post M&H. I’m pleased you had a happy Thanksgivng. I look forward to reading your review!

    Merryilmerrylee I love your blog.. ;-)

  201. I would suggest that you sell it, but the stores are selling it cheaply so that no home will be without it, I suppose. A new chapter in the dumbing down of America. . . and she wants to be put in CHARGE? Holy crap!

  202. Stuff the turkey with it? But you said nuts don’t work well. I’m confused.

  203. The perfect triad of heart-stopping stuffing: butter, bacon and Palin.

  204. We all were so grateful you read and posted about Coutler’s book! You’re right: it meant no one had to buy it and give her money! I’d be real appreciative if you can do the same with Palin’s. Harold, though, needs to realize you’ll need a lot of either coffee or booze to make it through. I do like the idea someone posted earlier: we’ll read and comment on your readings — if you please post your favorite charity we can contribute to. Thank you in advance.

  205. Helen don’t. Honey you are not a spring chicken any more. No offense. You said yourself that you barely survived Coulter’s book. Please have mercy on your sanity. Don’t read that book.

  206. Helen posted her stuffing recipe last year with her letter. Check it out.

  207. Oh Helen,

    You are an incredible person. Too bad your son-in-law couldn’t have found it in a used book store. It is sad to see someone throw good money on something so bad.

    Am looking forward to the Helen Notes.

  208. Glad you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving. Please do give us a review on Palin’s book!

  209. Glad to hear your Thanksgiving went well. Can’t wait to read your chapter-by-chapter review of Going out with Too Much Rouge.


  210. Minor correction:
    She’s a blood-sucking leech, not a vampire.
    Now she wants to charge for photos. What an asshole!

  211. WHile we all wait for Helen’s review, we might want to try to WRITE LIKE SARAH PALIN! THe contest is at http://www.slate.com/id/2236477/

    My modest attempt- “”As a fresh free American breeze carrying the delicious scent of fresh-slain moose unfurled the American flag on my Ski-doo and ruffled my blow-dried mane of rogue hair, I was reminded of the struggle our Teabag friends have fought to keep us as free as that wind to gut a kill on our own terms.””

  212. So glad your Thanksgiving went well. Mine did, too. Mom’s turkey was especially moist, juicy and yummy, and my twice baked potatoes turned out better than they have in years!

    Can’t wait for your notes on Palin’s book. Everyone in it keeps saying what a fabulous work of fiction it is.

  213. Glad your TG was good, or at least tolerable. Please post your stuffing recipe–it sounds delicious. There’s not much that doesn’t go better with butter and bacon!

  214. Damn, Boo
    Slam a yankee why don’t you! :-)

  215. Oh my gosh, you are a braver person than I am, I wouldn’t have it in me to read even one page of that book.

  216. Happy Holidays Margaret & Helen!

  217. Now, now, Helen. I’m with you on the cornbread – it’s better when it’s NOT cooked in a turkey – but nuts in the stuffing are delicious, and used judiciously they complement the butter and bacon quite nicely.

  218. NEWS FLASH: Thanks to Helen’s dumbass son-in-law, the perfect turkey stuffer has been discovered! Finally – an actual use for Palin’s “book.”

  219. Green Apple Books in San Francisco is donating 100% of profits from the sale of Sarah Palin’s book to the Alaska Wildlife Alliance. The Alaska Wildlife Alliance does awesome things like protect wolves from aerial hunting… http://thegreenapplecore.blogspot.com/2009/11/green-apple-going-rogue.html

  220. Team Sarah or Team Helen? :-)

  221. The main character is a vampire…LOL

  222. Greytdog will LOVE this latest blog…that’s if she is still alive.

    Go, Helen, Go!!!!

  223. OK. You read the book for us and we’ll make a donation to your favorite political cause.

    It is the least we could do.

  224. Hello Helen! I am glad your Thanksgiving went better than expected. Too bad about the Palin book. I hope he got it at the 4.98 discounted price. I was going to wait until it was less than TP and maybe save my family some money, but it would probably just chafe our butts and clog the toilet. Please take to reading it in small doses with much ventilation and use rubber gloves. Otherwise it could cause permanent damage. :grin:

  225. Oh I cant wait for this. Palin is a vampire! Now that is very funny.

  226. I love you…PLEASE be my grandmother! :-)

  227. I wouldn’t waste a lot of time on Palin’s book. There have to be better things to do with your time.


  228. DAMN…you are funny!


  230. Bless your heart, Helen…

  231. Helen, I fear for your health, and desperately want the recipe for your stuffing!

  232. you reviewing that book for us is an early Christmas gift!!!! That book should give you loads to blog about. How exciting.

    I am just so sorry that you actually have to read it to be able to give us such a wonderful gift.

    What could we possibly give to you in return?

  233. FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I can’t wait for HELEN NOTES on Palin’s Book!!!!!

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