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Annual New Year’s Day prep 31 Dec 2012 @ 17:00

Posted by Supreme General Rayegun in : Americana, Life in the Southern Command HQ , comments closed

Okay all you Southern Command constituents, it’s that time of year to make preparations for the annual New Year’s Day tradition of black-eyed peas.

Here’s a good recipe for the peas.

Now remember, the tradition is

The practice of eating black-eyed peas for luck is generally believed to date back to the Civil War. At first planted as food for livestock, and later a food staple for slaves in the South, the fields of black-eyed peas were ignored as Sherman’s troops destroyed or stole other crops, thereby giving the humble, but nourishing, black-eyed pea an important role as a major food source for surviving Confederates.

Today, the tradition of eating black-eyed peas for the New Year has evolved into a number of variations and embellishments of the luck and prosperity theme including:

•Served with greens (collards, mustard or turnip greens, which varies regionally), the peas represent coins and the greens represent paper money. In some areas cabbage is used in place of the greens.

•Cornbread, often served with black-eyed peas and greens, represents gold.

And finally, some things to remember whilst you go about your celebrating:

•For the best chance of luck every day in the year ahead, one must eat at least 365 black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day.

•Black-eyed peas eaten with stewed tomatoes represent wealth and health.

•In some areas, actual values are assigned with the black-eyed peas representing pennies or up to a dollar each and the greens representing anywhere from one to a thousand dollars.

•Adding a shiny penny or dime to the pot just before serving is another tradition practiced by some. When served, the person whose bowl contains the penny or dime receives the best luck for the New Year, unless of course, the recipient swallows the coin, which would be a rather unlucky way to start off the year.

The catch to all of these superstitious traditions is that the black-eyed peas are the essential element and eating only the greens without the peas, for example, will not do the trick.

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And enjoy your celebration responsibly. You are hereby ordered to return to duty promptly on January 2nd. Do I make myself clear, soldier?

Yes? Then DISMISSED!&$153

Annual Christmas decree 25 Dec 2012 @ 00:00

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Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city.

Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child.

While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”

When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.” So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger.

When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.

The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.

—Luke 2:1-20 (NASB)

And may God add His blessings to the reading of His holy Word.

Merry Christmas, soldiers.  This season, more than any other – remember why.

Humpty dumpty 29 Nov 2010 @ 16:56

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Except this time the egg was something north of 250k State Department documents. And Humpty is Wikileaks. The dumping is still the same.

Normally I would agree (within reason mind you) with the argument that releasing classified intelligence information is REALLY not good for the folks “in country”, but something strikes me different about this documentus dumpicus. Now given that the loudest shrilling is coming from a progressive-lite Republican by the name of Peter King and he’s calling for the Secretary of Frump and Eric “I employ illegal aliens as housekeepers” Holder to designate Wikileaks as a domestic terror organization, I get the unabated sense that something is wrong.

And I have an idea what it could be. Once again, the “most ethical and transparent administration in the history of the U.S” (Nancy SanFran Piglousy’s words, not mine) got caught with their pants down fornicating away with those at the center of all these documents. Namely which is Al Queda and those nation-states that support it. Now OF COURSE each and every member of the House Homeland Security Committee has read EVERY word of all 250,000+ documents released and can say with 100% assurance that “it’s not us”.

I say BULLSHIT and I’m calling global shenanigans on this one.

Al-Obambi’s foreign policy ain’t worth the paper the documents are printed on. Then again, the domestic policy ain’t in much better shape either!

So I say, let’s see all 250,000+ documents and we prosecute the REAL criminals and let Wikileaks do it’s job. Because no other REAL news organization (yes I’m glaring straight at you CNN, (P)MSNBC, New York Times, Washington Post, and Politico) seems to be able to do their job.

Let the purge begin…..and a Veteran’s Day note 11 Nov 2010 @ 22:54

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Seeing that some sort of tribble has crawled waaaaayyyyyy too far up Darth’s arse butt backside, and I really don’t have much else to put up then here goes….

Don’t know how many of you out there have AT&T u-Verse for your television viewing service (or any of their bundles), but they recently pulled one on all of their TV subscribers that pissed off the Generalette so much that I had to put in the calls the very next day to make other arrangements.

Here’s the jist of the story. Seems last week that the broadcast rights contract between AT&T and Scripps Networks LLC reached its conclusion and negotiations that had been ongoing had reached an impasse (gee, where have we heard THAT shtick before???). The usual mud-slinging commenced. AT&T claimed that Scripps was demanding too much in royalties and fees. Scripps countered that AT&T was demanding that they basically be given all-out total ownership rights to the Scripps footage.

At this point I’m betting you’re going, “So who the heck is Scripps Networks LLC”? Well, they are the media service that owns the channels like HGTV, DIY channel, The Food Network, The Cooking Channel, and GAC. Well four of the five networks consist of about 70% of the viewing time here in the General’s household. So that can sort of clearly explain why the Generalette was boiling. We’ve also been dealing with a 3 month long episode of flaky system freeze ups that affected all of the services we were getting through AT&T. Needless to say, we both felt this latest annoyance was the last straw.

AT&T doesn’t know it yet, but they are being purged from the Southern Command. Completely. As in 100% hasta la vista, baby. As of 1700 hours today, the ISP and telephone services have been replaced with other providers. The ISP service was replaced with one that for just pennies more a day we have now increased our download speeds by 150%. The telephone service cost was reduced by 20%. The television service will be replaced tomorrow with a new provider who will have a package that has 5% more channels than the u-Verse package, while reducing our costs by nearly 50%.

Ain’t the free market just grand!!!!!

And not to trivialize the day with small things, lest we forget how we as Americans are afforded the ability to have such a free market society. With all proper pomp and circumstance, with strict concordence to protocol and etiquette all of us here at the Southern Command salute each and every man and woman who have served, or are currently serving in the Army, Army National Guard, Army Reserves, Navy, Naval Reserves, Marines, Air Force, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserves, or Coast Guard. Without the sacrifice and blood, sweat, and tears that each of you have given to this great country of ours — we the citizens of this land would not enjoy the freedoms we our offered each and every day of our lives, not over the past 230+ years, not today, nor into tomorrow.

The Southern Command also offers up a special salute to our brothers and sisters of the United States Marine Corps as they continue to celebrate their 235th year of protecting these United States of America. All of us here are certainly proud of their service and vigilance to this country and the Constitution.

God Bless America!

I did, have you? 25 Oct 2010 @ 20:44

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Both the Generalette and myself did, just today no less.

It only took 5 minutes from the time we got out of the Official Southern Command Staff Conveyance until we once again re-entered it. For both of us!

What is this you ask?

We did the one thing that makes our individual voices be heard and recognized in our great republic.

We VOTED!

You are hereby summarily ordered to do likewise, unless you’re a sick, twisted freak that really enjoys the “fundamental transformation” that Al Obambi and George Soros Inc. are currently in-progress with. We here at the Southern Command are thoroughly sick of the utter thrashing these people are doing to the Constitution (that they SWORE TO PROTECT AND HONOR) let alone the almost irreparable damage they are doing to this great land. Just looking out for Mother Earth my big, fat ass. These nimrods are pouring out slop that no respectable farm animal would come within THREE MILES of. Even if they were upwind of it!!!!

Let the pigsty that D.C. has become know that WE THE PEOPLE are here now to plow over the manure and replant our nation with the seeds of LIFE, LIBERTY, and the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. And yes, IN GOD WE TRUST is something more than just a phrase printed on our money.

Who still uses the hardcopy version of the phone book? 14 Oct 2010 @ 17:47

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If you don’t and don’t want them delivered, check out this Lifehacker article.

Might want to consider bookmarking the site, they’ve got tons of really useful Windows, Mac, and Linux tips….as well as the occasional time-saving household tidbit.

That’s all for now….it’s been a rough week. Maybe some more tomorrow since it’s a down day for the Command Staff.

Southern Command update 26 Sep 2010 @ 21:15

Posted by Supreme General Rayegun in : In Memoriam, Life in the Southern Command HQ , comments closed

All, sorry for the absence but we here at the Southern Command are still in mourning and the base flag is at half-staff for the remainder of the month as we all but primarily the Generalette deals with the loss of her father just over a week ago. His passing did not come as a surprise, rather it was a welcome release to a worldly disease that has no known cure…Alzheimer’s. Actually that wasn’t the primary cause, a case of double pneumonia was.

Her father was 79 years young, yet carried the burden of Alzheimer’s for well over five years…not being able to speak for the last 18 months or so of his life. He was a Christian, and a devout one at that. From a Sunday School teacher to serving as a deacon until he was diagnosed with the disease. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, their three children (which includes the Generalette) as well as five grandchildren. God has welcomed a great man back home and now that man can celebrate along with all the other saints in Christ for the remainder of eternity.

Now, on to other Command business.

Folks, start doing your research on a bill that has been introduced to committee with the audacious name of the “Debt Free America Act”. Also known as HR-4646, the bill on the surface will attempt to do such things as eliminate the national individual income tax, refundable and nonrefundable personal tax credits, and even the alternative minimum tax and replace it with a “transaction tax”. The initial level is set at 1%.

But here’s where the nefarious progressive left take something that has the potential to correct things and turns it into something hideously evil. The bill also intends to “tax” ALL financial transactions from both you and I as individuals (things like deposits and withdrawals from checking and savings accounts, ATMs, everything) as well as corporate financial transactions. And, of course Congress can “adjust” the percentage as they see fit.

This bill has corruption written all over it. As if that isn’t a new concept coming out of the boys inside the DC beltway. Do your research folks, if your House rep is FOR this bill then if they are up for re-election it’s time they go find out what the job market is really like. This is one bill this country DOESN’T need.

Southern Command update 31 Jul 2010 @ 19:44

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Well, from the overwhelming amount of mail in the Command Center’s mail bag it would seem that really no one noticed my absence. It was just a few days and all. Even celebrated something of a milestone for the General. An anniversary even!

Yup, back on July 25th the Generalette and I were sweating (and you thought it was hot in the shade up there Venomous???) our way around EPCOT. We tried to keep to the shade and indoors as much as possible, even went so far as to catch the early magic hours in the park and come back to the hotel for a few hours of rest then return to World Showcase. We made a stopover in Morocco at the Restaurant Marrakesh for the anniversary dinner. Afterwords, we finished the day off with the Illuminations: Reflections of Earth fireworks and lasers extravaganza that Disney does so well.

But alas, the vacation ended and the real world beckoned. So here we are, your General is back in the command chair (aka Lazyboy recliner) and the Generalette is preparing to return to filling the young skulls full of mush with new mush. She’ll be returning not to fill Third Grade skulls, but rather Fifth Grade skulls this year. She’s not really pleased, so the command staff has been on pins and needles since our return from Florida. Hopefully I can keep enough chocolate in the house and I’ve put strict orders in at the commissary that they are not to allow the stock levels to drop AT ALL.

Other than a triple digit temps weekend here at the Southern Command, all is well.

ThatIsAll™

Just a quick note 2 Jul 2010 @ 18:31

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The current foul weather patterns here in the area of the Southern Command HQ aren’t even close the disgustingly ill-tempered, and exceedingly…….let’s just say I could spit nails faster than a A-10 Warthog can sling lead from the front nose canon. As a means of trying to calm down I went out searching for some words of wisdom from our third president, Thomas Jefferson. Weird, yes, I know. But I needed to do something while I was waiting on the good home-cooked dinner from the Generalette to cool off a wee bit!!!

As we celebrate our independence as a nation this weekend, when you hear “Land of the free” and “Home of the brave”, please remember that our nation IS the “land of the free” BECAUSE of the brave. Men like Jefferson, Washington, Franklin, Adams, and the rest of the Founding Fathers started this nation down a path that now has unfortunately been side-tracked, kicked to the curb, thrown under the bus, and just plain run roughshod for wayyyyyyyy too long. Spend a few minutes to read and CONTEMPLATE what Jefferson wrote and see how well he has foreshadowed what is now happening.

“When the government fears the people there is liberty;
when the people fear the government there is tyranny.”

“I, however, place economy among the first and most important republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared.”

“The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.”

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”

“When the representative body have lost the confidence of their constituents, when they have notoriously made sale of their most valuable rights, when they have assumed to themselves powers which the people never put into their hands, then indeed their continuing in office becomes dangerous to the State, and calls for an exercise of the power of dissolution.”

ThatIsAll™

Why yes, today was Mother’s Day (CORRECTION) 9 May 2010 @ 22:33

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Just a quick note from the Commanders desk: Yes, the General is still alive and kicking. I’m just having to deal with an oily mess right now. In the meantime though, here’s a little reminder for everyone…..

Yes, today was indeed Mother’s Day. A day to celebrate all those things that mom has done for us. A day where mom get pampered and taken out to lunch or dinner. All that stuff.

But not to overlook the significant other events of May 9, let’s move over to the radar desk and see what else appears on the screen.

- For you sweet tooth dessert folks, today was also Nation Butterscotch Brownie Day.
- In honor of those of Dutch heritage, today was also National Windmill Day.
- Those of you who have a knack for all things tailoring, today was Hurray for Buttons Day.
- We’ve all seen the warnings, but the rebel in you took over…well here’s your day….it was Tear the Tags Off the Mattress Day.

And finally, this last one requires extreme solemnity, nay a full TWENTY-ONE GUN SALUTE!

Room, atten-hut!

For all those who have lost one or more of these over the years, today was:

Lost Sock Memorial Day

At Ease.

Now that mom is safely at home and resting from all the frivolity, be sure to honor the rest of these events appropriately. That’s an order soldier!