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It’s that time again, people. The fire is lit, the logs are merrily blazing, the lights are low and the couches are comfy. More importantly, the drinks are flowing….and so is the food.

Junk food, that is.

For tonight, in honor of Hostess’ impending demise, we are celebrating those sweet treats that are so bad, they’re good! Whether it’s Twinkies, Ho Hos, Zingers or some other goodie, we are officially serving Nothing But Sugary Crap all night. Be prepared to indulge!

As for me, I’m going to both eat, and drink, my empty calories. Here’s tonight’s special:

Chocolate Covered Candy Cane


  • 3/4 oz Godiva® chocolate  liqueur
  • 1/4  oz Rumple Minze® peppermint  liqueur


  • Pour the Godiva milk chocolate liqueur into a shot glass.
  • Float the Rumple Minze on top.
  • Tastes just like a chocolate covered candy cane.

Whew, I’m getting a toothache just thinking about it! Maybe I’ll have a wee dram of The Balvenie instead. As you know, the bar is fully stocked here at TW.

And tonight’s song….well, I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. Never has a Twinkie sounded so good. 😉

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Evening, Widdershins! It seems the press is finally starting to figure out that yes, women are going to be extremely important in the 2012 election – and not just the Presidential one.

Democrats, as they aggressively seek to turn women’s concerns into a rallying call of the presidential election, are leaning heavily on female candidates to retain control of the Senate.

From Massachusetts to Hawaii, a record number of Democratic women – six incumbents and at least five challengers – are running for seats this year. That eclipses 1992’s vaunted “Year of the Woman,’’ when 10 women sought entry into the country’s most exclusive political chamber.

The race in Massachusetts pitting Senator Scott Brown, a Republican, against his presumed Democratic opponent, Elizabeth Warren, has captured the most headlines nationwide, but others could be just as crucial for Democrats.

Now you all know that I am a huge fan of advancing women in politics, but I realized fairly early on in my advocacy that it really does matter WHICH women. Electing Republican women to the Senate and House simply does not work. Look at the way the Paycheck Fairness Act, which was passed by the House but not the Senate in 2009, continues to languish – and with good reason: Not one Republican woman will vote for it, not even the “moderates” Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins. Imagine the power that would come from real sisterhood amongst these Senators of the female persuasion – but alas, despite the claims of some, “social issues” (aka abortion and same-sex marriage) are NOT the only issues that divide liberal from conservative women. And so it goes.

The fact is that Republicans have been alienating women to an unprecedented degree in the past couple of years, mainly because they have stopped lying about their intentions and just gone for it – let all their inhibitions go, and jumped on the Train to Insane. Yes, they think that women who want abortions deserve to be raped by a medical instrument beforehand! Yes, they think that an unfertilized egg is the same as a person! Yes, they think that a miscarriage should be the same, legally, as an abortion. Hell, YES THEY DO, and they’re proud of it, so you’ll just have to lie back and think of Clooney, women of America!

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Katniss faces her moment of truth

Seen any good movies lately, all? Now that I live in the semi-suburbs, I am actually able to go to movies on their opening weekend without standing in line overnight. 😆 Last weekend, I went to see “The Hunger Games.”

I did read all three books in the series by Suzanne Collins, and found them imaginative, wonderfully written, and rather feminist in orientation. The story of a young girl who holds on to her humanity in the face of a brutal, unfeeling dystopia that is trying to kill her (literally in this case)…well, what could be more evocative of the modern War On Women? The books could be interpreted in many ways, but I did think that at the core, it was about the idea of the traditionally “feminine” values of nesting, community and peace, combating with the traditionally “masculine” values of travel, self-promotion and conflict. (I also saw some hommages to Ray Bradbury in the series, which made me appreciate it even more.)

All this is to say that the movie more than did justice to the books. The female protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, is played by the young actress Jennifer Lawrence (best known for the well-beloved indie “Winter’s Bone,”) who truly seems to fathom the depth of the character she is playing. Memorable appearance are made by Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Smart and Wes Bentley (of “American Beauty”). The boys warring for Katniss’ heart are played by young hunks I am far too old to appreciate. 😉

In any case, in honor of the triumphant screen arrival of a new young feminist character, let’s serve some drinks and munch some popcorn and other movie snacks. Don’t be mad, Widdershins, but hubby and I are going on a date tonight, so I won’t be around much. You have my permission to play nicely without “Mommie,” as Fredster called me. Just don’t stain the carpets too much, especially if Uppity stops by with her famous chicken marsala! 😆

This is an open thread…and may the odds be ever in your favor.

Somehow I have failed to mention the fact that the team from my adopted home state, Noo Yawk, has somehow limped its way into the SuperBowl. This was obviously a huge error on my part. Mea culpa!

But seriously….I have no idea how this happened. I truly thought it was not going to be the Giants’ year. The injuries they suffered were debilitating; in one game they had no running backs at all. (That’s why they lost to the Redskins.) Amazingly, hubby had a Miss Cleo moment: He predicted in September that they were going to go to Indianapolis this year. And so they are. Woot Woot!

By contrast, I was pretty sure the Patriots were going to be one of the top two. Tom Brady (whom I call “Ding!” because he looks like a guy in a toothpaste commercial with the sparkle on his teeth) has never looked so focused and determined. He wants it really badly, and what he wants, he usually gets. I have to say, from that first opening drive versus Tim “Help Me Jesus” Tebow’s Broncos, I saw an aura of inevitability around him. He had that ice-cold “Oh yeah? Let me show you what a REAL quarterback can do in the NFL, Tim!” look in his eye. I knew right then a blowout was in the wind. It was just the reality check Tebow deserved. He is a talented young man, no question, but he has some growing up to do. And Tom Brady is already grown.

I will freely admit to Pat and all the other Massachusetts Widdershins, that it will be really, REALLY hard for the Giants to beat the Patriots. It may be impossible. I’m leaning towards a Patriots win, myself. But no matter what happens, it should be a very exciting game indeed!

But till then, I think a drink in honor of Big Blue is in order! So tonight’s drink is a martini made with Blue Curacao– one of my favorite liqueurs.

Wait, what team am I rooting for again?

Blue-on-Blue Martini Recipe

  • 6 parts vodka
  • 1 part blue curacao
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • Cocktail olive

Combine liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker with cracked ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with olive.

What are YOUR plans for the Super Bowl? Do you plan on watching it with friends, with a significant other, with a pet or seven? Will there be copious amounts of mind-altering substances involved? Are you going to actually be there in person? (GASP! Sooooo lucky!!!) Or, are you going to be curling up with a good book (or a Kindle, or an iPad), blissfully ignoring the game – as I would be as well, had I not married a football fan? (Seriously, I used to never watch the Super Bowl. Those were the days! :lol:)

I plan to be cuddled on the sofa with Mr. MB, eating soy cheese pizza and crossing my fingers and toes. And yes, I believe a few drams of The Glenlivet may be consumed. 😉

This is an open thread. (I hope you’ll enjoy tonight’s “music.” I found it hilarious!)

Hey, there, hi there, ho there. The temperature’s dropping, the wind is a-blowin’, and it’s the perfect night to chill out in the lounge in front of a warm fire with friends, talking about nothing in particular.

Speaking of nothing in particular, it’s awards season again. Ah yes: the SAGs, the People’s Choices, the Golden Globes, the Oscars, the Critics’ Circle…Hollywood does have a rather high opinion of itself, does it not? This year I am rather annoyed that most of the films or artists to be celebrated, have barely had a chance to be seen by the public.  “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy;” “The Iron Lady;” “The Artist;” even “The Descendants.” I think the only ones I’ve seen that might have a shot, are “Win Win” and “Midnight in Paris,” both of which may get nods for Best Original Screenplay. (Loved them both, by the way.)

I certainly have a lot of viewing to do before those little golden statuettes are given out to the breathless, Botoxed and bored! Which movies haven’t you seen that you want to see, and which don’t you care about? Here’s my list so far:

  1. “Moneyball” (yup, I STILL haven’t seen it. Sheesh.)
  2. “The Iron Lady”
  3. “The Artist”
  4. “The Descendants”
  5. “War Horse”
  6. “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”
  7. “Hugo” (maybe, sounds a little twee)
  8. “J. Edgar” (maybe, sounds a little OverDiToprio)
  9. “The Help” (maybe, sounds a little treacly)
  10. “My Week with Marilyn” (maybe, sounds a little wispy in the plot department)

In honor of award season, tonight’s drink is a Black and Gold Martini. It’s exotic and expensive, just like those treatments Joan Rivers gets before her red carpet special on “E!”.

A Black & Gold is a super easy cocktail that makes a dramatic statement, both in taste and look. It features Blavod Vodka, which is black, and Goldschlager, that luxury cinammon liqueur with the gold flake floating around inside. The result is a beautiful, black and gold cocktail with the flavor of cinnamon.


  • 2 oz Blavod vodka
  • 1 oz Goldschlager


  1. Pour the Blavod into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Top with Goldschlager.

Yum! And our song is…the great Shirley Bassey in “Goldfinger.” These celebs want that Oscar Gold – don’t let ’em tell you any differently!

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Okay, I know it’s not New Year’s yet, but I won’t be posting again till next Wednesday, so I’m celebrating early with, bien sur, champagne and all the required New Year’s accoutrements. Oh, and predictions about Ron Paul and Hillary Clinton, who have been the objects of much speculation recently.

First, let’s discuss the perenially self-promoting Mr. Paul. Tell the truth: This guy is only popular among some young, selfish know-nothings for one of two reasons:

  1. They never read “The Fountainhead,” so his “Fuck you, I’ve got mine” philosophy sounds new and interesting to them; and/or
  2. They heard on Twitter or FaceBook that he’s anti-something they don’t like, which is totally cool! (In other words, they know nothing about him.)

In my opinion, it does not matter one teeny tiny bit if this guy wins the Iowa caucuses. There’s a reason Mitt was off in New Hampshire for the past few days: that’s where the important votes take place. The caucuses are a sideshow where the idiots who shout the loudest prevail. They may be Ron’s, Newt’s or Rick’s idiots – but so what? I predict that what happens in Iowa, stays in Iowa, and Paul will disappear into the deep hole of wingnut insanity from whence he came before the end of January. As ALWAYS. Mitt will win New Hempshire, and things will roll his way after that (MAYBE Newt will win South Carolina, but that will be it for him.)  Willard is a done deal. The Powers-That-Be in the GOP only pretended to consider the Bachmanns, Cains, Gingriches, Perrys and Santorums…all the while, ensuring that their scandals would get enough media attention to disqualify them. The Tea Party will grumble, but give in. After all, if they don’t, they might have four more years of a black President in the White House! And ObamaCare! And anchor babies stealing our jobs! And women controlling their own reproductive organs! And people who love each other getting married!!!! OH NOOOOEEESSSSSSS!

And now, for Hillary. She cannot possibly have ignored all the furore that has been raging around her possibly doing, I don’t know, SOMETHING in 2012. Just recently, there were Hillary 2012 robocalls created by the group “Run Hillary 2012,” but those were just the culmination of a frustration and desire that has been brewing since May 31, 2008. (Not that I remember that date for any reason. Snark.)

I looked at the site for “Run Hillary 2012,” which some are saying is a GOP ratf*cking operation. Well, if the GOP has adopted this platform, they’ve earned my vote! Take a look at this list from the petition:

If Hillary Clinton was President:

•The Bush Tax Cuts for millionaires and billionaires would have been eliminated.

•There would have been an official policy to prosecute Wall Street fraud.

•The Senate filibuster rules would have been changed on Day One, so that a right wing clique could not have stalled meaningful investments in job creation.

•A plan to reduce global warming would have passed with investments in upgrading the national electricity transmission grid to deliver wind and solar energy throughout America. And, millions would be employed right now on this critical effort.

•Working men and women would have the protections of the Employee Free Choice Act, and simple card check would be the route to employee representation.

•The 14th Amendment would have been invoked to provide unmistakable assurance that the debts of the United States will always be honored. Our nation’s credit rating would not have been degraded.

•Instead of the cry of Beltway “gridlock” there would be the clarifying call for national progress through strong leadership.

•Instead of academic discussions about “post-partisanship” there would be calls to action. We would not have lost the House in 2010.

Yup, that sounds like what Romney, Gingrich and friends are all saying to whip up their base, no? (Can you imagine – they’d probably be tarred and feathered for advocating any one of those policies, much less all of them!)

But whether this particular site or petition is a GOP ratf*cking effort is neither here nor there. The point is this: these feelings are out there, many people feel them, and Hillary must know about it. So, what is she going to do about it?

I believe she plans to do nothing – yet. Follow below the fold, where I do my very best to channel the brain of a woman far, far more intelligent and politically savvy than I.

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Chestnuts are roasting on an open fire in the Lounge  my friends! Tonight it’s all about music, love and holiday greetings. Oh, and drinks. Did I mention the drinks?

The best thing about Christmas, in my not-so-humble opinion, is the music. Oh, the music! It’s almost enough to make me convert! I’ll share some of my favorite tunes with you, but first, we need to settle into our comfies and have some eggnog. (I’ll have mine with soy milk, unfortunately, but it will still be yummy!)

Eggnog Recipe


  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1 pint whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 ounces bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 4 egg whites*


In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the egg yolks until they lighten in color. Gradually add the 1/3 cup sugar and continue to beat until it is completely dissolved. Add the milk, cream, bourbon and nutmeg and stir to combine.

Place the egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat to soft peaks. With the mixer still running gradually add the 1 tablespoon of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.

Whisk the egg whites into the mixture. Chill and serve.

And now, some Christmas Classics to ease you into the long weekend. I surely don’t need to suggest that you add your own in comments. I know this crowd, after all. 😉

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