Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of January 6, 2017. Southern culture is way different from the culture in Missouri. As Roman Catholics, Susan and I celebrate the formal end of Christmas and the beginning of the Carnival Season with the “Feast of the Epiphany”. “In the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, Epiphany celebrates the revelation that Jesus was the Son of God. It focuses primarily on this revelation to the Three Wise Men, but also in his baptism in the Jordan and at the wedding at Cana. In the Eastern rites of the Catholic Church, Theophany – as Epiphany is known in the East – commemorates the manifestation of Jesus’ divinity at his Baptism in the River Jordan.” Here, in the south, “Carnival” is party time from today until Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday when Lent, begins on March 1, 2017. This is a time for partying, drinking, letting loose … and the reason there is a spike in the birthrate in November.
During Carnival, just about every grocery store and bakery bakes and sells “King Cakes”. “What started out roughly 300 years ago as a dry French bread–type dough with sugar on top and a bean inside now comes in many varieties depending on the country. Some king cakes are made of a sweet brioche dough in the shape of a hollow circle with a glazed topping sprinkled with colored sugar. Hundreds of thousands of King Cakes are eaten in New Orleans during the Carnival season. In other countries, king cakes are made with a puff pastry, filled with one of several fillings (e.g., almond, apple, chocolate/pear, etc.), and have a small figurine hidden inside. The figurine changes from bakery to bakery and often represents a hit movie or other cultural icon. The cake often has a small plastic baby (to represent the Baby Jesus) inside or underneath; and the person who gets the piece of cake with the trinket has various privileges and obligations.” My favorites? “Cheeky Monkey Cake Company” A pulled pork king cake with BBQ Sauce and a bacon filled king cake with a maple-cream cheese filling.
A politicians mind set is universal, isn’t it? (BBC NEWS) — Taiwan politician’s funeral features 50 pole dancers. “A Taiwanese funeral featuring 50 pole dancers has become the talk of the Chinese internet this week. Videos of the funeral procession, which took place on Tuesday, have been circulating online showing skimpily-clad women gyrating on top of jeeps in the southern city of Chiayi. The funeral was for local politician Tung Hsiang, who died last month. His family said they wanted to honor Mr. Tung, who loved “having a lively fun time”, local media reported. The procession, featuring the convoy of colorful jeeps blasting loud music, brought traffic to a standstill in the city centre.” No doubt if Mr. Tung were alive … he would enjoy the company of 50 pole dancers … or perhaps just send the message that he had shafted his constituents at least 50 times.
Some people just need to have their butt kicked!!! (BBC NEWS) — Mums against meme trolls. “The mother of a terminally ill 3-year-old-boy whose image has been turned into a mocking meme, is fighting back against those who have used him as the subject of their jokes on social media. And she’s not the only mum to make this stand. Grayson Smith, from rural Alabama, was born with a number of conditions including epilepsy, apnea, a heart defect, and protrusions of brain tissue through his skull. His mum Jenny says when he was born, doctors gave him just weeks to live … But in November she was horrified when one follower of the page alerted her to a meme featuring a photo of a smiling Grayson, holding a pumpkin. It was captioned “that face you make when your parents are actually cousins” – a reference to Grayson’s appearance. “When I saw it my heart just sank,” Jenny says. “It was Grayson’s first field trip to the pumpkin patch when he’d been able to pick out his very first pumpkin; and I had to fight back because I didn’t want people to take such a special day from Grayson and turn it into something so cruel.” You would have to be a real looser to post stuff ridiculing this child? A “Scumbaggus Americanus.” My heart goes out to the mother!
Medical news: (BBC NEWS) — Doctors confirm 200-year-old diagnosis. “Doctors have confirmed a diagnosis made more than 200 years ago by one of medicine’s most influential surgeons. John Hunter had diagnosed a patient in 1786 with a “tumor as hard as bone”. As well as confirming the diagnosis, the cancer team believe Mr Hunter’s centuries-old samples may give clues as to how cancer is changing over time. Mr. Hunter became surgeon to King George III in 1776 and is one of the surgeons credited with moving the medical discipline from butchery to a science. He’s also rumored to have given himself gonorrhea as an experiment while writing a book about venereal diseases.” He must have been a real hands on guy, if he gave himself gonorrhea. 1776 wasn’t exactly a banner year for King George III either.
Sitting here editing these Ramblings, watching the evening news and waiting for Susan to come home. Another mass shooting at the Ft Lauderdale Airport: 9 shot, 5 dead. In other news, they are calling for a hard freeze tonight and the possibility of a dusting. The last time they had snow here in Pascagoula was in 2006. It is unlikely to stick but will make bridges slick. Something for me to worry about tomorrow because Susan has to drive to work and folks down here have no clue about driving in this type of weather. Sunday Lunch and a Movie? Chicken Stir Fry and Garden Salad. The movie? “The Light Between Oceans ”
Time to post these Ramblings. Later … I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) Be and sleep well, the best we have as a nation are on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is certainly not my intent. As always …
A Warm Brotherly Hug
KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri … now retired and living in Pascagoula, Mississippi … and the Editorial Staff)