25 Jun 2011 03:50 am


There’s always lots on the menu here at The Wide Awake Cafe. Here’s what’s on the grill today:

Lose a War Soup: A satisfying, filling, tasty, treat.

Cut and Run Soup: a large bowl filled with lots of factual, satisfying lumps of truth.

For those who have a taste for something really spicy try this.

Have some beer with this dish.

Obama Gaffe Flambee: A delicious and gutsy take on another goof of the President. Really could cause one to lose one’s appetite.

An odd tasting Yogurt which I myself would never eat but am compelled to serve.

It may be crying time but it’s not quitting time. Try it with some lasagna with lots of cheese.

Boehner Ragout Stew: Putting his foot down. With a side of crostini.

Served with a merlot.


Never mind the cat on the table. If you choose to sup at The Wide Awake Cafe the sight of cats on the table will not result in any extra charge.

Eggs on faces of the lame stream media. (over easy, scrambled, or coddled)

Some of you may prefer fries but Michelle says you should eat your vegetables.

Vegetables are good for you and the media has been helpful to Obama, Michelle says. Eat some Beets.

We serve pizza here but today it is really snarky pizza. Be warned.

Arugula Salad with a drizzle of oil and vinegar.

Being always wakeful I offer the strongest coffee with cream.

This establishment serves good strong tea with lemon, milk, and hot toasted muffins.

Obama’s Government Chops: So good, you’ll want a shovel instead of a spoon.

White House Attack against Issa causes Acid Reflux. Have a chocolate chip cookie and milk.

For the unschooled palates: Try some jello with jelly beans.

More food for the kiddies. Macaroni and cheese to the Max.

We have lots of desserts on the menu: (if you don’t choose to desert the table)

First, the pies:

Pecan Pie, the kind made by your Southern grandmother, who shelled the pecans while sitting on the porch swing, telling you the story of the Tree of Life.

Lemon Meringue Pie, created lovingly with just the right amount of lemon and sugar, and topped with the best, lightest and highest meringue ever produced, almost high enough to reach Alaska, or, even - Russia.

Have a really big piece of Kentucky Derby Pie. A really big piece before time runs out. Time is running out, you know.

Peaches and cream.

A Feast for the eyes: accompanied by virtual chocolate.

A final toast to Peter Falk, a really good man. Peter starred in so many memorable films and of course there is his wonderful Columbo series but I will never forget him in his role as the Grandfather in The Princess Bride.

31 Oct 2010 04:43 pm


Cell phone photo of my spooky line drawing done on the white board in my art class.

It’s Halloween and in our city the children are observing the actual date on the calendar. It will be a spooky (and fun) evening here in flyover land.

Chills will be running down the spines. Hands will be shaking and twisting in fear. As the night goes up to day what kind of destruction will be left in the wake of the tricksters and treaters?

Oh, I’m not talking about tonight but Tuesday night. November 2nd is Election day in America. Will the witches of the left coast be shrieking in rage at the results or will that spooky “once upon a time witch for a day” be victorious?

We will see.

09 Dec 2008 05:21 pm

I never saw that coming!

So Illinois Dem. Gov. Rod Blagojevich really didn’t care about those fired employees camping out in the Republic Windows and Doors Company?

Meanwhile, in our little red neck part of the country. (who voted for McCain)

This morning I went to the doctor and had a fasting blood test and was really hungry and thirsty afterwards so I went to Chick-fil-A for lunch.

When I drove up to the window to pay, the employee told me that my lunch had already been paid for by the person in the car in front of me so I told him I wanted to pay for the people in the car behind me and I handed him a ten dollar bill.

The guy said there would be money left over so I asked him to pay for the people behind them and the man said they were already paid for so I asked him to just put the rest of the money towards paying for the people farther back in line.

Something is in the air.

Could it be Christmas spirit??????

Oh, yes, the blood work was very good.

Just stay out of politics in Chicago. It gets pretty corrupt I hear.

26 Nov 2008 06:25 pm

Taking a break from cleaning the house before the return of the Charlotte and her Thanksgiving guest, a fellow law school student who is a fascinating young woman, born in Paris on Bastille Day, the very day a year after her older brother had been born in Lebanon in 1982 during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon.

The first birth was premature, brought on by the terror of the bombs in Lebanon, the second birth was also premature, brought on by the noise of the fireworks in Paris. The Christian Lebanese family eventually were able to move to the United States where they brought their children up in Alabama.

Anyway, the shopping is done, the cleaning is ongoing and I need a break.

Checking out the non-Turkey news I find this Instapundit link to Ed Driscoll who has a New Silicon Graffiti Video about anger in politics. I like the name “A Bee in the Mouth!”


Ed interviews Peter Wood, writer of the book, “A Bee in the Mouth!”, (hence the name of the video) and gives me a new book to add to my Christmas wish list. Peter examines the anger in politics which has been growing in the past four generations.

I plead guilty to being extremely angry at my fellow Americans when they bought what Bill Clinton was selling. I was appalled, shocked, saddened and yes, angry. But I didn’t take to the road with ugly bumper stickers on my car, nor did I join an outfit like Moveon.org which was started up after the impeachment of Clinton. I did use what opportunities I had as a citizen and wrote one letter to the editor of a newspaper during the 1996 Presidential election arguing against the reelection of Clinton but that was before the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Clinton had done enough in my book to be sent home to Arkansas but the American people didn’t see it my way. Did I experience some bitter moments after that? Yes indeedy. But I still didn’t become a hater because I wasn’t raised that way.

Ed Driscoll linked to this review of Peter Wood’s book by Stanley Kurtz that is very illuminating and has more indepth thoughts that capture what I have been thinking lately.

Peter Wood’s book is about political anger in America but not specifically in the past election and reading Stanley Kurtz’ thought’s about Wood’s book set me off on an inferential jaunt.

I’ve been thinking about why the American people have turned against the Republicans in this election year. It wasn’t a mandate for Obama because in some states in the South, McCain won over Obama with larger percentages than President Bush beat Kerry.

The South is still very traditional but the midwest and Northeast is just about gone in that respect. Midwesterners and the Northeast might be able to take tough winters but they don’t like mean talk. After all these years of polarizing political speech, they’ve had it with politics. Whoever yelled the loudest got their attention.

The Democrats have been yelling loudest with the help of the media. They got the attention. The message was repeated over and over. The Bush Derangement Syndrome of the extreme left of the Democrat Party went mainstream. People who one would think would have been resistant to such delusions bought into that message because there really wasn’t any pushback from the White House or Bush surrogates or heaven forbid, any Republicans in Congress.

The angry message stuck. The American people bought it. Obama arrived and did his Humphrey Bogart-best. The American people bought it. The media whispered that John McCain seemed angry. The American people bought that.

Ronald Reagan was never the angry type. President Bush, God Bless Him has never been the angry type. Barack Obama seems more angry than both of these men in reality but reality matters no more.

Everything is perception which is why the Peggy Noonans of the world are working hard to make Sarah Palin unelectable. She is not an angry person, just extremely successful as a governor.

Gotta go make a pie.

I’m back from the kitchen. My husband has been watching movies in the computer room while I was blogging so I was unaware of the terror attacks in India today. Horrible.

Oh yeah, I probably won’t get back here for a while, so Happy Thanksgiving. May God comfort all the civilians and the families of those killed and injured in the terror attacks.

01 May 2008 11:44 pm

So Barack Obama has finally separated himself from his pastor, Jeremiah Wright. This affair is starting to rival the Richard Burton - Elizabeth Taylor marriage on the love/hate meter. What’s more, it reveals that Obama has an inability to make up his mind. He waited until Wright made his less explosive comments at The National Press Club to condemn him almost utterly or rather, kinda-sorta. I sense fear in the Obama campaign, fear of Reverend Wright and his next media tour.

So what took Obama so long to tell Reverend Wright to get on down the road?

The polls, apparently.

19 Mar 2008 01:04 am

You can’t pick your family but you sure can pick your pastor, Obama.

Barack Obama said this: I can no more disown [Rev. Wright] than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother - a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.

I understand that Barack Obama’s grandmother is still living. To use one’s own grandmother in order to survive politically is crass, low and tacky. There is very little character in the man.

15 Mar 2008 12:58 pm

Wide Awake Cafe has been neglected recently, as the proprietor has been away tending to the living. Noah is seven weeks old and growing and smiling and cooing. I’ve been helping his parents everyday and it is wonderful. But, the keeping of house and Cafe have been put on hold.

Nevertheless, I am not going to give up and will blog when I get a chance.

So, what have I missed since March 2nd?

Hillary and Barrack are still beating each other with feather dusters.

An Obama girl said Hillary is a monster and had to resign from his campaign.

Poor Geraldine Ferraro has been Jimmy the Greeked for her unfortunate choice of words about Obama.

The real monster is Obama’s hate filled pastor, Jeremiah Wright. If Obama doesn’t agree with him why did he spend so much time sitting in his pew?

Do we want Jeremiah Wright as America’s Pastor?

John McCain issued an ad with the wonderful words of Winston Churchill. I’m liking him more and more. It’s kind of like Johnny is just alright with me.

The state of New York discovered that their governor is a hypocritical and possibly, criminal lech. This news filled me with schadenfreude. We lived in the state of New York for two years when Bill Clinton was elected President and the state helped to elect him. Then they selected Hillary Clinton as their senator. The milk toast, George Pataki was New York’s governor for most of the ninties but when he stepped down the state went full metal Democrat. They got what they paid for.

Of course, there are many wonderful people in New York so I am not condemning the entire state and do sympathize with them.

We had a late winter snow with enough inches to tie a record set in the late 1800s.

I’ve read every book that I know of that is in print about our great founder and second President of the United States, John Adams. David McCullough’s book, John Adams ranks as number one in my estimation. Now his book is on HBO tomorrow night at eight pm central. I will be watching it. The Anchoress has a wonderful review of the book.


John Adams on the election of a President:

I pray Heaven to bestow the best blessings on this house and all that shall hereafter inhabit. May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof.

Source:Letter to Abigail Adams, 11-2-1800

20 Jan 2008 10:40 pm


I’m making this statement today. It doesn’t matter that McCain won the South Carolina primary or that Huckabee came in second place. Guiliani’s hopes to win in Florida won’t matter. Whether or not Fred Thompson withdraws and throws his support to McCain, it will not matter. At the end of all this confusion, Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee for President.

And what’s more, he will win. Mitt Romney will be our next President.

Now, I am not a pollster or a pundit or a volunteer for any campaign. It’s just my hunch that Romney is going to win in the end.

Hide and watch. I am right.

31 May 2006 06:41 am

According to this article Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) said he wants Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III to appear “up here to tell us how they reached the conclusion” to conduct the raid, which Sensenbrenner called “profoundly disturbing” on constitutional grounds.

I find it profoundly disturbing that our lawmakers consider themselves above the law.

The Justice Department yesterday vigorously defended the recent weekend raid of Rep. William J. Jefferson’s Capitol Hill office as part of a bribery investigation, asserting that the Democratic lawmaker attempted to hide documents from FBI agents while they were searching his New Orleans home last August.

The government questioned in a 34-page motion filed in U.S. District Court here whether it could have obtained all the materials it had sought in a subpoena if it had not launched the surprise raid on Jefferson’s congressional office May 20. According to the government filing, an FBI agent caught Jefferson slipping documents into a blue bag in the living room of his New Orleans home during a search.

“It is my belief that when Congressman Jefferson placed documents into the blue bag, he was attempting to conceal documents that were relevant to the investigation,” FBI agent Stacey E. Kent of New Orleans stated in an affidavit that was part of the government’s court submission. The document was filed in response to Jefferson’s lawsuit demanding that the government return to him documents seized during the raid on his Capitol Hill office 11 days ago.

Robert P. Trout, Jefferson’s attorney, said he would refrain from commenting pending further review of the government’s documents. Meanwhile, the recent FBI raid spurred new tensions between Congress and the administration, as a House committee chairman vowed to interrogate top Justice Department officials.

Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) said he wants Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III to appear “up here to tell us how they reached the conclusion” to conduct the raid, which Sensenbrenner called “profoundly disturbing” on constitutional grounds. The chairman also said that his committee “will be working promptly” to draft legislation that would clearly prohibit wide-ranging searches of lawmakers’ offices by federal officials pursuing criminal cases.

26 May 2006 04:20 pm

I’m glad it was just an airhammer that had the Rayburn Building locked down today but the whole situation had me pretty skeptical from the first.

With Congress doing their best to ignore their constituents wishes, ramming amnesty down our throats and putting themselves above the law …..people like Dennis Hastert, Nancy Pelosi, William Jefferson, and Cynthia McKinney are starting to blend together as one despite their opposing political parties……

So, this morning’s news that gunfire was heard in the Rayburn Building had me thinking that it would be very convenient for congress to be under some kind of threat for several hours only to discover that it was nothing hours later.

Now, that’s apparently what’s happened.

It reminds me of a married woman I used to know who would go out and spend a bunch of money and then when her husband found the bills would fake a fainting spell to distract him and the rest of her family so she wouldn’t have to face the music. It always worked for her too.

I wonder if it’s going to work for Denny Hastert and company?

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