OPINION Mullen’s Surefire Holiday Recipes By JIM MULLEN Universal Uclick Syndicate Tired of trying to please everyone during the holidays? Are you working harder at home than you are at work, but still want that perfect, old-timey, Norman Rockwell look for your table? Then these simple recipes are for you! They making feeding a crowd a snap, and the Mullen cleanup couldn’t be simpler. Here’s a complete holiday meal you can put together in minutes. • Homemade Turkey with Stuffing: Drive to a big box store and buy a turkey that’s already been cooked and stuffed. Put it in the oven, reheat it, put it on your fanciest platter and serve. That delicious turkey smell will fill the whole house. If anyone asks how you cooked it, simply say, “It’s a secret family recipe. I could tell you, but I’d have to kill you.” • Homemade Cranberry Sauce: Buy some cranberry sauce. Dump it in a pretty dish and stir it up to make it look lumpy. Don’t let anyone see the jar. Go back out and watch a little TV with the family — maybe a movie like “It’s a Wonderful Life.” When anyone asks what they can do to help, say, “Pour me another glass of wine.” • Scalloped Potatoes: Buy some frozen scalloped potatoes. Cook them in the microwave. Scoop them into a fancy serving dish. Tell the kids to set the table. • Homemade Green Salad: Buy some fancy lettuce, already washed. Put it in a large salad bowl. Throw in some stuff like olives and artichoke hearts that you bought at the grocery store salad bar. Stir it up with your fingers. Put your favorite store-bought dressing in a plain bottle. Play a few rounds of Candy Crush on your tablet. • Homemade Cornbread: Buy some cornbread. Tell your sister to go see how the children are doing with setting the table. Try to ignore her screaming at them. Throw away the cornbread packaging while everyone’s in the other room. Slide cornbread into the oven to warm it up. • Homemade Dinner Rolls: They’ve already got cornbread, what’s the matter with you? OK, if you really want them, buy some from that fancy bakery department down at the grocery store. But make it look like you did something special. Take three sticks of soft WAYCROSS JOURNAL-HERALD ROGER L. WILLIAMS Publisher • JACK WILLIAMS III Editor Founded 1875 400 Isabella St. Waycross, Ga. 31501 butter, put them in a small bowl and stir them up so it no longer looks like sticks of butter. Tell people you churned it yourself. No one really cares what the food tastes like; they just want to know that you worked your tush off. • Homemade Gravy: Buy some gravy. Put it in a microwavable gravy boat. Microwave it until it’s hot. Don’t let anyone see the jar. Dust some flour on your hands. • Homemade Sweet Potatoes: Oh, come on. There’s enough food out there for 30 people. Forget the sweet potatoes. What do you think, that no one will show up next year because you didn’t have sweet potatoes? Give it a rest. • Homemade Pumpkin Pie: This is the one thing you absolutely must make by hand. Just kidding. All pumpkin pies taste pretty much the same. Buy it from a store, warm it up, smother it in whipped cream. Oh yeah, do the same trick as we did with the butter: Squirt a bottle of whipped cream into a bowl, then whip it up a few times to look like it’s homemade. People will say it’s so much better than store-bought. • Homemade Holiday Cookies: Buy a bunch of different holiday cookies. The kind that look homemade. Chip a few of the edges so they don’t look perfect. Unless you really enjoy cooking, don’t let the holiday spoil your holiday. The only way this could possibly be easier is if you’re invited to someone else’s house for dinner. Then, do the right thing: Ask what you can bring. Then go out and buy it. Just hope they haven’t read this first. EDITOR’S NOTE: Contact Jim Mullen at JimMullenBooks.com. GARY GRIFFIN Managing Editor • DONNIE L. CARTER Business Manager JACK WILLIAMS, JR., Publisher (1957-1992) JACK WILLIAMS, Editor & Publisher (1914-1957) P-5 Waycross Journal-Herald, Tuesday, December 2, 2014 Blacks Used By Liberals Thought for Today “And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem. To be taxed with Mary, his espoused wife.” Luke 2:4-5 The Augusta Chronicle You might not have heard of Elbert Guillory. But if you happened to see any of the Louisiana politician’s advertisements on the Internet this past election season, you’ll likely never forget him. In a series of videos produced by his FreeAtLast PAC, the black Republican state legislator urges African-Americans to so something many conservatives have long urged them to do: seriously rethink their monolithic loyalty to the Democratic Party. Liberal politicians, Guillory says convincingly against a backdrop of impoverished black neighborhoods, are getting rich and powerful off AfricanAmerican voters while giving back policies that only promote poverty and dependence in their communities. “You see, black people are just being used by limousine liberals who have become our new overseers,” Guillory said in one ad that ran in North Carolina, where voters ousted incumbent Democrat U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan. “We’ve only traded one plantation for another.” His message to his home state, where Democrat U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu now faces a Dec. 6 runoff, was equally sober: “You’re not Mary’s cause — and you’re certainly not her charity. You are just a vote. Nothing less and nothing more. For her, you are just a means to an end so that she remains in power.” Then there was his “We Will Have Nunn” ad in Georgia, in which he noted how Democrats counted on black voters to propel Democrat Michelle Nunn to the U.S. Senate: “Just like always, black folk in Georgia are being herded to the polls by overseers, promising salvation. But who among us have they saved?” Could it be that African-Americans, after more than 50 years of failed anti-poverty programs, are discovering that the real solution to poverty lies in traditional values, personal responsibility and a limited-government? Blacks certainly need no better evidence of big government’s failure than the past six years under President Barack Obama. He received 95 percent of the black vote during his two elections, yet his administration’s policies have done nothing to improve the lives of AfricanAmericans — or most anyone else, for that matter. And how could they? There is no substance to the Democratic Party agenda. There are only empty promises of salvation-through-government and desperate, race-based fear-mongering. Just look at the pathetic pandering Democrats employed this season. There was Landrieu’s insinuation of bigotry in her home state: “The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans;” the Georgia Democratic Party’s “If you want to prevent another Ferguson” mailers to black voters; and the Senate Majority PAC ads that said Hagan’s GOP rival Thom Tillis supports laws “that caused the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.” Democrats also tried to scare women, but fortunately the tired “war on women” ruse didn’t seem to be any more effective than their ploy to alarm blacks. “The lowest common denominator of fear and race-baiting is something that the other party has tried to do, and the voters said ‘no.’ They rejected this,” said U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., the first black senator elected in the South — by either party — since Reconstruction. Besides Scott, the GOP blazed other new trails for African-Americans this election: Utah’s Mia Love became the GOP’s first black woman ever to be elected to Congress; and Texas House candidate Will Hurd became the first black Republican elected in that state since Reconstruction. The Gainesville Times In the great American novel To Kill A Mockingbird, attorney Atticus Finch is explaining to his daughter Scout how to deal with other people amid conflicts at school: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view ... Until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” The novel centers on Finch and his two children growing up in rural Alabama amid a racially inflamed trial involving a black man accused of raping a white girl. As in real life, there is no happy ending in Harper Lee’s masterpiece, but valuable lessons to ponder today. Considering alternative points of view is not America’s strength right now. We have become so insular in our opinions about politics, morality and societal norms we fail to acknowledge that others may think differently. Like the fable of the blind men and the elephant, each of us perceives truths based on our perspectives and prejudices, formed from lifetimes of socialization within our own enclaves. This unfolded previously in the O.J. Simpson trial, then again last year in the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case. One picture offers two different views, like those optional illusion photos with hidden images revealed only by changing one’s focus. Recent incidents in Ferguson, Mo., from the Aug. 9 shooting to last week’s grand jury decision and subsequent violent protests, again point out that white America and black America still aren’t singing out of the same hymnal. To many, the events in Ferguson played out like this: A black teenager who had just shoplifted cigars from a package store attacked a white police officer as he sat in his vehicle. When the officer got out, the teen charged him and the cop shot him dead in self defense. That’s also how the grand jury saw it, electing not to indict police Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown. They examined the evidence and witness testimony and concluded there wasn’t enough there to seek criminal charges against Wilson. Many have expressed the view that it’s cased closed and justice served. The cigar thief was in the wrong, the officer protecting himself and his city. Many African-Americans see it differently. They see a majority white police force with a heavy-handed presence in a majority black town. They see a white officer stopping a black teen with no provocation. They see an angry young man feeling trapped and provoked by a policeman, then shot in cold blood. They see a justice system they believe has failed them again, and believe a different outcome would have resulted had the cop and teen been of different races. One side sees justice done in the legal sense; the other side sees the perpetuation of social injustice. Lost in the argument is the fact the two are not the same thing. The resulting protests are viewed differently as well. People of both races may wonder how looting a store has any relevance to the shooting or in any way rights a perceived wrong. But African-Americans are more likely to understand how frustration and desperation can boil over when hope is taken away. Right or wrong? No, just black and white. And lots of gray. America’s Racial Divide Child Hunger SNAP Program Helps Kids By DONNA BRAZILE Universal Uclick Syndicate A story from almost everyone’s childhood involves being told they should finish eating all of their dinner. After all, the argument went, a child living in Somalia, Indonesia or even down in Honduras, is going without food as you sit there and waste yours. Today in America, parents don’t have to point to a faraway, poor country. Almost anywhere, in rural communities and urban areas, they can point across town or down the street or, in many cases, right next door to someone who is going hungry. Brazile Food insecurity means “the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food.” That’s insufficient food intake, or plainly, hunger. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) details the biological effects of food insecurity: “When individuals are undernourished, they can no longer maintain natural bodily capacities, such as growth, resisting infections and recovering from disease, learning and physical work, and pregnancy and lactation in women.” UNICEF focuses on emergency food, shelter and medical relief to children in poverty-stricken nations. The United States is wealthy. Yet, the statistics on hungry, undernourished or malnourished children in our midst are astounding. In Washington, D.C., 28 percent of the children go without enough food. New Mexico has the highest number of hungry children at 29.5 percent. North Dakota does the best out of 50 states: Only 10 percent of its children are underfed. Thirty-seven states have between 20 to 30 percent of their children going without enough food. In Texas, a whopping 27.4 percent of children go hungry daily. As in the rest of the world, poverty is the cause of hunger in the United States. It doesn’t matter if you’re working two part-time jobs or one full-time job, wages for most of the country have stagnated. There’s a role for government to play in alleviating hunger and ensuring the most vulnerable in our country have supplemental income to pay for food. Derided by opponents as “handouts,” the federal government’s SNAP program provides necessary help for families, veterans, the disabled, and the elderly to deal with food insecurity. In 2012, 45 percent of all SNAP participants were under 18, and 20 percent are elderly or have a disability. The SNAP program has decreased fraud by threefourths in the past 15 years, ensuring that support goes to those who need it. And SNAP is a no-brainer economically: Every $1 in benefits generates $1.73 in economic activity by infusing money into local economies and freeing up cash for other expenses. Krista, of Leawood, Kan., is a teacher (22.5 percent of Kansas children are hungry). She told her story to the anti-hunger organization Feeding America: “I didn’t really think much about what childhood hunger looked like until I began working around it every day. ... Hungry kids look like other kids. Except they aren’t. They eat like no one is watching, they lick their trays clean, they finish quickly and ask others if ‘they are gonna eat that.’ “The noise that you would expect in a busy school cafeteria is absent. These kids are eating. There is no playing or wasting because they know that this may be their best meal of the day.” Krista’s experience is by no means unique. In 2013, more than 21.5 million low-income students received reduced-price or free meals in schools through the federal government’s National School Lunch Program. While the logic of not wasting food might escape many 5-year-olds, the worry about wasted food is a real one. Even with 45.3 million people living in poverty in 2012, food waste topped 35 million tons. Further, food currently comprises 20 percent of what we put into landfills. Orange County, Calif., health officer Dr. Eric Handler saw an opportunity to take the food that large establishments were throwing out and get it to hungry families. Handler, a pediatrician, joined with Mark Lowry, head of the Orange County Food Bank, to found the Waste-Not Orange Coalition. The coalition’s goal is to “reduce hunger and solid waste by facilitating the donation of wholesome surplus food.” Between just July and October of this year, the coalition partnered with restaurants, food vendors, businesses, hospitals and others to recover 28.6 tons of food. They directed that food to people in need. “Our goal is to find out which establishments are currently donating food and which are not. And those who are not donating goods, to educate them to the fact that they are not held liable if food is not correctly prepared,” Handler told PBS for a story earlier this year. Waste-Not Orange’s story is a powerful one for us as we enter the holidays. We are a nation of caring people — as we have proven time and again. There are millions of families with parents working hard every day, children doing their very best in school who simply can’t keep up with the rising costs of food. Connecting them with perfectly good food is smart for all of us. Missing the opportunity to make a vital difference in people’s lives would seem such an unfortunate waste. Read more about Waste Not Orange at wastenotoc.org. EDITOR’S NOTE: Donna Brazile is a senior Democratic strategist, a political commentator and contributor to CNN and ABC News.
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