It's lighter than a paté but heavier than a soufflé. Our brand new Cold Turkey Cookbook recipe (see below) combines elements of cooks.com's "Broccoli and Cheese Soufflé" and a "no-fat, low-calorie" recipe for "Spinach Soufflé" of unknown origin carefully copied onto an index card by new bride Sissy Willis way back when. We're calling it "Spinach Moose" in honor of the woman who transformed the 2008 election into a
"You don't have to be a Christian to be a puritanical zealot, nor from the US," writes [presumably] Brit reader Jack Sprat in the comments of EURSOCs survey of British bemusement over the Palin Phenomenon:
Look at Britain's secular moralist leaders with their smoking ban, force feeding sex education on four-year-olds and imposing recycling on everyone like Nazis.
That's just for starters. This is the age of the secular moralist zealot.
"The UK press, as ever, failed to understand the US electorate, and that part of it labelled as fundamentalist Christians in particular," EURSOC observed:
The British press likes to depict evangelical Christians as a morally uniform inquisition, a white Taliban marching across the South and MidWest browbeating divorcees, burning books and forcing children into creepy virginity pledges.
"A morally uniform inquisition"? Oh, the irony of it all. The holier-than-thou armies of the multi-culti, pc, climate-changist Gramscian marchers through the institutions should take a look in the mirror. Linda Kimball, writing on "Cultural Marxism" in the American Thinker last year, explains:
Gramsci posited that because Christianity had been dominant in the West for over 2000 years, not only was it fused with Western civilization, but it had corrupted the workers' class. The West would have to be de-Christianized, said Gramsci, by means of a "long march through the culture" …
The new battleground, reasoned Gramsci, must become the culture, starting with the traditional family and completely engulfing churches, schools, media, entertainment, civic organizations, literature, science, and history.
Photoshop-enhanced (paint daubs filter) image of our food photo-shoot set-up on the dining room table. We used a sheet of our favorite physical filter, Cut-Rite wax paper, to soften the background beneath the plastic container holding the Spinach Moose, a sentimental party decoration we'd made for a Valentine's Day dinner a few years back.
Barack Obama's South Side Chicago neighbor and former fellow traveler in his community-organizer days, Bill Ayers of "critical pedagogy" fame, comes to mind. As Sol Stern in City Journal —blogged here — has written:
This Ed School stuff is straight from Gramsci's handbook, and it represents a conspiracy to keep the "masses" poor and stupid -- and angry, hopeless and helpless. In other words, ripe for "rescue" by The State…
Instead of planting bombs in public buildings, Ayers now works to indoctrinate America’s future teachers in the revolutionary cause, urging them to pass on the lessons to their public school students.
Closer to home, there was a Gramscian odor about the leftist "Middle School Concept" — blogged here the other day — insidiously incorporated into the public schools of our sister's ultra-liberal bedroom community north of Boston back in the seventies. Too late to benefit her children, the school board eventually realized the touchy-feely, utopianist program wasn't working and threw it into the dustbin of history. But like the wolves waiting just beyond the campfire to move in for the kill when the embers dim, Gramscian totalitarianists are always waiting for us to let our guard down. Recently, climate-changists in that ultra-liberal bedroom community tried to impose a program of spying on people's recycling bins and punishing those who didn't conform. But this time the citizens fought back. We'd imailed our sis about Elizabeth Scalia's PJM post, "Psychologists Want to Purge Your Brain of Un-Green Thoughts," on the 60s generation's transformation from "do whatever feels good" to "do as I say for your own good," a "necessary intrusion, meant to save the planet. For the children you should not have":
She: Yes, we went through that here, in River City. They wanted to inspect our trash.
We: What happened?
She: It was ROUNDLY, SOUNDLY beaten down.
We: Excellent. Did they have a referendum?
She: They didn't even need a referendum. People just said WAH?
Maybe there's hope for democracy and the American Way after all.
Note: We ran out of time for the Spinach Moose recipe promised above. Will post it as soon as possible.
Update: The Anchoress links.