Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Southern Superstition: Blackeyed Peas on New Years Day

I can remember when I was a kid my mother and everyone else in East Texas made sure you ate your helping of black eyed peas on New Years day. I asked a couple of young people in Dallas if they were aware of that tradition and they said they had never heard of it. Times do change. Below is the best explanation to this once popular tradition I could find, from Not sure if the Black Eyed Pea Festival in Athens, Texas is still going on each year but it was a very interesting event to say the least.

A staple in the Southern diet for over 300 years, black-eyed peas have long been associated with good luck. A dish of peas is a New Year's tradition in most areas of the South, thought to bring luck and prosperity for the new year. According to Jessica Harris, author of "Welcome Table," some add a dime to the peas for an extra "boost" of luck to the recipient. Greens, thought to symbolize folding money, are often eaten eaten with the peas.

Black-eyed peas with sausage and barbecue sauce.

1 pound dried black-eyed peas
1 pound link sausage, or your favorite
1 small onion, chopped
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup prepared barbecue sauce

Rinse, prepare, soak, and cook peas in about 3 cups water, following directions on the package. Drain and reserve half of the cooking liquid. In a skillet over medium heat, brown sausage and onions; drain off excess fat. Place peas in a 3-quart casserole; add sausage and onions. Stir in reserved liquid, brown sugar, mustard, salt, and barbecue sauce. Bake at 300° for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Serves 6.

Don't forget to add a little rice to the peas and sausage that the above recipe doesn't include. Makes for a great meal!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

A Cowboy's Night Before Christmas

By David Kelley

'Twas just before Santy came,
the story is told.
Cattle weren't stirrin', fact they's
bunched against the cold.

The tack was hung near the
chuckwagon with care.
Why, we didn't know Santy was
close anywhere.

Cowboys on the ground were
wishin' for their beds
While nightmares of wild steers
ran through their heads.

'Tween now and the next gather,
we needed a nap.
Cookie had just finished, and
tied down the flap.

When out past the cavvy, there
rose such a fuss,
I sprang to my feet, leavin'
the bedroll a muss,

And grabbin' my shotgun and my
ragged ol' hat
I run t'ward the racket thinkin'
"...what'n thunder's that?"

When thoughts of amazement
through my head courses,
It was a buckboard teamed up
with draft horses,

A driver in red buckskins, so
spry and dainty,
I know'd in an instant, it
must be ol' Santy.

Quicker than jackrabbits, them
horses they came,
And, he's shoutin' commands to
each one by name...

"Get a step, Joe!. One more, Prince!.
On, Big Ed!
Pick it up, Sam! Tighten up, Lou!
On, Old Ned!

Don't spook the cavvy, back away
from them pens,
You're a pullin' this wagon like a
bunch of ol' hens!

Now, when I haul on these lines
I mean to stop.
Hold up in this cow-camp like a
ton of cow flop!"

They sat down in their riggin',
like I knew they would,
With a wagon of goodies ... made
of leather and wood.

Then, in a twinklin'
with no further delay,
He said, "Back it up, boys, this
here ain't no sleigh".

I couldn't believe my ears,
and lookin' around,
Off that wagon ol' Santy came
with a bound.

He was short, and his chinks
reached near to his toes.
He was happy and fat, with
a little red nose.

There was a ton of packages
and some new tack,
And, ol' Santy was carryin' it
all on his back.

His eyes sort of bloodshot,
much like a cherry,
From 'rastlin' them horses
clean across the prairie.

His lips was plumb puckered,
his mouth drawn and droll,
(Mine got that way, the day I
swallered my Skoal.)

He was holdin' a piggin' string
tight in his teeth,
Not fer' tie down, but for tyin'
'up' a fine wreath.

His head was too big and he
had a round belly,
No doubt derived from eatin'
Texas Chili.

He's chubby and plump all right,
I'd say quite jolly.
I laughed plumb out loud when
I seen him, by golly.

He winked his bloodshot eye,
and spat 'tween his lips,
And, it made me to know we
were all in the chips.

He weren't much for chatter,
just done what was due,
Givin' presents and goodies
to the whole durn crew.

Then, he stuck his finger in
his wee little ear,
Wallered it around and said,
"We're through bein' here".

He fled to the wagon, and his
team called 'em up,
"Come on you swaybacks ... what's
the dad-burn holdup?

We won't be back till next year
'cause we're flat broke.
Merry Christmas, my eye,
I just busted a spoke!"

[Thanks to Sam Canby]

Monday, December 1, 2008

Patricia Said (aka Tissie Said) and Islam Said: Accessory to Commit Murder

As we all know, the daughters of Yaser Said, Sarah and Amina Said, were brutalized all their lives by their father while Patricia and Islam did nothing to protect them for very long. Patricia Said always returned Sarah and Amina to Yaser to be brutalized over and over again through out their lives.

The final week of Sarah and Amina's lives, Patricia lied to them in an effort to bring these two young women back to Yaser after initially taking them out of state for the sole purpose of preventing what she knew would be another session of brutality levied against them. Patricia Said knew she had to lie about where she was taking them or they knew would not have gone with her to Texas, knowing that brutality would follow as has always been the case. Patricia took them back to a brutal situation by returning to Texas and then ensured brutality by showing up where they were staying in Texas to then take them directly to Yaser.

The terrifying brutality that these two women experienced was instant death by point blank gun fire to one and then a period of torture by gun fire and then murder by gun fire inflicted upon the other.

That act on Patricia Said's part was Conspiracy to Murder at the least. When Islam provided the weapon to be used in the commission of the murders of his sisters by their father, that act by Islam Said was an act of Accessory to Murder.

Plain and simple.

Now, after many months it is clear that police agencies both local and federal refuse to inforce laws that would hold Patricia Said and Islam Said accountable for assisting in the brutal deaths of Amina and Sarah Said. Local and federal police agencies are accessories to this murder "after the fact" by refusing to charge and prosecute these individuals for their roles in the murder of these two young women.

As you can see at this link, during the past few days Islam has openly asked anyone who encounters specific relatives and the two former boy friends of Sarah and Amina to GUN THEM DOWN.

If these people are murdered, citizens MUST VIGOROUSLY REQUIRE each and every inept law enforcement official involved in this case who refused to enforce the law to be held accountable to the fullest extent possible.

Accessory (legal term)
From Wikipedia

Criminal law

Actus reus · Causation · Concurrence
Mens rea · Intention · Recklessness
Criminal negligence

An accessory is a person who assists in the commission of a crime, but who does not actually participate in the commission of the crime as a joint principal. The distinction between an accessory and a principal is a question of fact and degree:

The principal is the one whose acts or omissions, accompanied by the relevant mens rea, are the most immediate cause of the actus reus (Latin for "guilty act").
If two or more people are directly responsible for the actus reus, they can be charged as joint principals (see common purpose). The test to distinguish a joint principal from an accessory is whether the defendant independently contributed to causing the actus reus rather than merely giving generalised and/or limited help and encouragement.

United States
The U.S. criminal code makes aiding and abetting a federal crime itself a crime[1]:

(a) Whoever aids, abets, counsels, commands, induces or procures the commission of an offense, is punishable as a principal.
(b) Whoever willfully causes an act to be done which if directly performed by him or another would be an offense, is punishable as a principal.
A person may be convicted of aiding and abetting any act made criminal under the code. The elements of aiding and abetting are, generally:

(1) guilty knowledge on the part of the accused ( the mens rea);
(2) the commission of an offense by someone; and
(3) the defendant assisted or participated in the commission of the offense (the actus reus).