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Christmas Open Thread!

Merry Christmas, everyone. May the day bring you joy, inspiration, and possibly some presents.

Keith

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  1. Thank you Keith. Merry Christmas everyone. Have a wonderful day. Enjoy the time with your family today. Cherish the memories past.
    God Bless everyone and be safe.

    • x2. God bless everyone on his special day.

      Did ya get your coffee pot? From reading your posts, easy guess which list you are on. ;o)

      • Thanks, I did get my new coffe pot. :)
        I just got back from Walgreens, had to run for last min. item.
        I was not alone 5:45 in the a.m., several other people were X-mas shopping on Christmas morning.
        My husband and I bought a small gift while it was on sale last week for each other to share. This morning I noticed there was a gift under the tree for me. So I ran and got a box of dark chocolate for him. :)

  2. In the words of a dear friend:
    “My wish for all of us
    is that the love of His Holy Spirit
    Will fill our hearts as He intended,
    So that a joyful Spirit
    Will be a common emotion among us,
    This season and throughout the year.”
    Merry Christmas!

  3. I miss the years when my son believed in Santa. We’d put out cookies and milk for Santa, and then spread an oat-and-glitter mix across the lawn to make a reflective landing strip for Rudolph. Then, we’d put carrots and lettuce out for the reindeer to eat.

    When he went to bed, I’d eat the cookies and drink the milk. Then I’d nibble on the carrots and lettuce, and spit out some bits to make it look as if the reindeer had eaten.

    Then, I’d write a note from Santa, thanking my son for the food, with a few smears from the ashes in the fireplace.

  4. ‘……remember not the presents, but what Christmas truly means’.
    Merry Christmas all. And please don’t forget the troops that who through their strength, secure our peace:
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  5. Charlie Brown: Isn’t there anyone, who knows what Christmas is all about?!

    Linus: Sure Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about. Lights please?

    And there were in the same country shepherds, abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them! And they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, “Fear not! For, behold, I bring you tidings o great joy, which shall be to all my people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ, the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the Heavenly Host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the Highest, and on Earth peace, and good will toward men.”

    That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.

  6. *sigh* I could just throttle my father. My son’s been wanting a mini-fridge for his room–er, man-cave–for ages. I told him, “No way!” I’d never see him if it weren’t for his runs down to the kitchen to get yogurt or cheese or Dr Pepper. Well, my dad got him one for Christmas, and it’s not little. It comes up to my hip, and has an ice-box inside. They got it upstairs and installed long before he set up his Xbox One. *sigh*

    • I hear tell that such behavior is one of joys of grandparenting. Either that or parental revenge on own child. :)

      It’s always nice to have spare fridge.Merry Merry.

      • One good effect is that my son cleaned his room this morning without my telling him to do it.

        He mentioned putting the old microwave in his room, but I put my foot down firmly.

      • It’s both, Grace. Give the kid what he/she REALLY wants, and let your kid (the mom/dad) suffer through teh aftermath. Then say goodbye after a nice visit and laugh all the way home. The secret is out. LOL.

          • ;o). Uncle GG used to give out life saver story books for those moments when the neices and nephews started to slow down. One sister asked me to stop and I kept my promise. The next year her kids got 1/2 pound hershey bars.

            Yes, that was when the story book had “two chapters”.

          • When I was about 7, my grandparents gave me a concertina, which I played for hours on end (it seemed). One day it disappeared. Can’t imagine where it went. ;+} But I really liked it, so in my late teens I actually bought my own concertina, and learned to play it pretty well–was in a little polka band for a while. I still play one today, but not in a band. Funny hiow things turn out.

          • My husband loves the polka. There’s nowhere here to do it so we’ve signed up for square dancing in January. Quite a different kettle of fish. I hope he likes it.

  7. What kind of a jerk pulls a gun on someone to get his Nike Air Jordan shoes? A dead jerk. The victim whipped out his own gun and shot the 16-year-old boy.

          • Star, I love ya, dahling, but don’t get squeamish on me. You know I’m right about this.

            Some numbers from the Bureau of Justice Statistics:

            Within three years of release, about two-thirds (67.8 percent) of released prisoners were rearrested.

            Within five years of release, about three-quarters (76.6 percent) of released prisoners were rearrested.

            Of those prisoners who were rearrested, more than half (56.7 percent) were arrested by the end of the first year.

            Property offenders were the most likely to be rearrested, with 82.1 percent of released property offenders arrested for a new crime compared with 76.9 percent of drug offenders, 73.6 percent of public order offenders and 71.3 percent of violent offenders. (Emphasis added–DA)

            Look at that again. More than 7 out of 10 violent criminals will get arrested again for a new crime, once they’re released.

            Call them repeat offenders or career criminals, whatever you please. But repeat offenders are a MAJOR source of crime in the US.

            And in this particular case, hey, if you’re morally bankrupt enough to try to rob someone of their sneakers–their SNEAKERS!–at gunpoint, and you’re not even old enough to vote yet, how likely are you to be reformed?

            Not very, I should think.

            So, a future career gang-banger gets his ticket punched early, before he can commit a bunch of repeat offenses.

            That’s a bad thing because…?

          • Look, I know quite well what day it is.

            That said? Please spare us the sanctimonious BS.

            You’re not walking away from this discussion because of some.sense of Christmas charity.

            You’re copping out because you’ve got no counter-argument to offer, you know you’ve got no counter-argument, and you think appealing to the calendar is a sufficient argument to save your logical bacon.

            It’s not.

          • Obviously the statistics support more crimes per head by black men. This is common knowledge, is it not? But I prefer not to write off a life on Christmas with some offhand remark and I said so.

          • If someone is too young to get into an R-rated movie on their own, and they’re getting gunned down in self-defense by the intended victim of their armed robbery, then they’ve pretty much written their own life off already.

            N’est ce pas?

  8. Just cruising headlines before I take off for my Christmas beach stroll — saw this thing about Obama and oh what to do, what to do about making public pronouncements about the recent police shootings. Sending Biden. But Obama can leave–at great expense the Vineyard vacation — to come back to the WH for undetermined reason and then again or perhaps same trip to attend Cook Sam’s wedding. HA!

    By the way, does anyone know if the First Family of Christendom make it to church services? Or was everyone receiving it on their iphones and blackberrys around the pool?

  9. Christmas talk:
    My darling Granddaughter bought me picture puzzles with a puzzle on both sides of the pieces. Oh boy, now that’s a project to keep my little gray cells active.
    Daughter bought me big, fuzzy winter socks to keep my toes from chillin’.
    Nice and thoughtful.
    My favorite specialty coffee, a smelly candle, and a bottle of something fizzy and alcoholic.
    All in all, a great haul for an old fogey.
    I hope everyone got that gift they wanted, that someone worried about their chilly toes, and everyone is happy.
    Now for the feast!. …..

    • That was wonderful-thanks for the link. I love the MTC-I have two of their CD’s in my car I play often…their music and signing is so uplifting and it makes you feel good.

  10. What kind of assholes attack Xbox and PSN on Christmas day? My son (and millions of others) is frustrated beyond belief? I’d like to find the people in the Lizard Squad and wring those pencil-necked geeks.

  11. News item on Yahoo–

    Apparently, the White House has posted a picture on Instagram of Obama with a bunch of Girl Scouts…in which he’s wearing, I kid you not, a TIARA.

    Of course, when the Naval Academy football team brought him a custom-fit football helmet, POTUS took a flyer.

    The takeaway: Obama would rather be seen in a tiara than in a football helmet.

    No WONDER people question his gender preference…even people who wouldn’t recognize the name “Larry Sinclair.”

    But that’s another discussion…

        • I saw the photograph early today. It cracked me up. I thought he was being a good sport with some Girl Scouts.

          I am not ready to entertain ideas about his allegedly being on the “low-down” at this time. Maybe my Google Fu’s screwed up, but I didn’t find reliable links about Larry Sinclair when I Googled him.

      • Why not. Youth organizations around the country are fast becoming little leftist learning centers — little boys are encouraged to wear tiaras, pick their own agendas, not chew pop tarts into guns etc. How quaint to think that this is just some silly moment by Barack Obama. Barack Obama does not have errant silly moments without political purpose. And if there was no political purpose, sycophants staff will make sure there is one by the beginning of the next day. Period.

        This comment is heavily influenced by an hour or two or driving to watch mindless, neutral , no political messaging tv not followed by even more politcal advertising. Unpossible. Just watched two hours of Bones when they hit a home run from harmless leaning left to full out propaganda.

        So, I am not going with silly moments when it is involves anything associated with the current political ideology. It’s just creepy.

        • I don’t know where you live*, grace. Where I live, we teach our boys to become men, and we teach our girls to become women.

          None of this bullshit we see elsewhere from time-to-time is allowed to germinate, let alone sprout and grow here.

          I honestly don’t get why parents are suddenly cropping up and protesting. Didn’t they read their kids’ curricula?

          *Except that you have a beach warm enough for a stroll today.

          • I am glad to hear that is how things are where you live* — I don’t, thankfully from a societal point of view, have children to raise in today’s world But when I look at all the cultural ideological and political correctness influences on the organizations and institutions that surround the children, I ask the same question — why don’t parents speak up where are the parents ,etc. I realize it is more complicated than that. But that accounts for my reaction to the tiara thing — or anything that seemingly would have been “good” or “normal” in the pre the Obama era,

            So good to know that you have a full handle on this, which doesn’t surprise me. And good that , if I remember correctly, you have your son in private school. Tough stuff parenting on any given day — but in these times.

            Also, as you know, historically there have been times when the children become the state’s children….

            I live in FL — lots of beaches. And my most favorite stroll is on New Years Day — early — the best! Merry Merry. I hope the Xbox came back online for your son and all the others!Rotten.

    • I had to look that one up. It wasn’t posted by the WH, but by the official photographer, Pete Souza, on his Instagram account:

      http://www.mediaite.com/online/heres-a-picture-of-president-obama-wearing-a-tiara/

      Still editing 2014 Year in Photos. I may include this one even though it’s a posed photo. This is from the annual White House Science Fair. The kids from Girl Scout Troop 2612 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, convinced the President to wear a tiara with them for their group photo. The girls had exhibited a Lego flood proof bridge project.

      I think most here know I despise Obummer with the fiery passion of a thousand burning suns, but I’m not going to get worked up over this one. As a father to two daughters, I’m sure he’s endured his share of tea parties, tiaras, and typical little girl stuff when they were younger. It’s what dads do. No big deal.

      This might just be the first time I’ve ever defended him in any way. It’s either a generous Christmas spirit or I’m drunk. Or both.

      • Or, you missed my point. ;)

        The point was not the tiara per se, but the fact that he wore a tiara AND that he also refused to wear a custom football helmet from the Naval Academy.

        He’s slighting the future officers of the naval forces–of which he is Commander in Chief–by refusing to wear their football helmet. But a tiara for the Girl Scouts, hey, that’s just fine.

        • No, I got your point about his preference and I agree that it is odd and rude to decline the helmet yet wear the tiara. I missed the original story about the Naval Academy football helmet. I guess I’ll need to Google it…

        • The Girl Scout tiara photo is from May of this year. The Naval Academy photo was in April of 2013, when I think I was still in my post-2012 election bad mood and trying to ignore him as much as possible.

          http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/51523163

          Nightly News | April 12, 2013
          Obama resists call to wear football helmet

          While posing for pictures with the Army and Air Force football players on Friday, President Obama was offered a Navy helmet but he was wary of putting “stuff on your head,” especially when one is President. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

          http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/dec/25/obama-breaks-head-gear-rule-girl-scouts-tiara/

          Obama breaks head gear rule for Girl Scouts, agrees to don tiara
          Thursday, December 25, 2014

          The Girl Scouts succeeded in 2014 where the U.S. Navy failed — at getting President Obama to break his rule against wearing head gear.

          Mr. Obama has said that its “politics 101” that the commander in chief never looks good wearing things on his head, but he donned a tiara for the Girl Scouts earlier in the year.

          Well, that settles it…he’s more comfortable in a tiara than he is in a football helmet.

  12. I’m seeing more claims by experts that NK was not behind the SONY hacking, claims which discredit the FBI report. I hope we get to the root of this because, if true, the FBI should not be involved in such hoaxes. Meanwhile, thousands of Gruberite Americans went out today to show their patriotism by watching a mediocre movie. So far, I’ve seen stories on CBS, the liberal Daily Beast, and now Weasel Zippers quoting the Daily Mail.

    • The Daily Beast article is worth a read (it’s linked at Drudge now):

      http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/12/24/no-north-korea-didn-t-hack-sony.html

      All the evidence leads me to believe that the great Sony Pictures hack of 2014 is far more likely to be the work of one disgruntled employee facing a pink slip.

      I may be biased, but, as the director of security operations for DEF CON, the world’s largest hacker conference, and the principal security researcher for the world’s leading mobile security company, Cloudflare, I think I am worth hearing out.

      He goes on to lay out all the evidence against the hackers being North Korea and in favor of it being a disgruntled employee. (My IT expert husband said from the very beginning it was an inside job).

      A proxy was used and anyone can use a proxy to hide/change their IP address and location. The fact that North Korea is known to have used the IP’s that were used in the cyber attack is not enough to conclude that NK is responsible because those same proxies have been used by many cyber criminals.

      Also, we know the BHO administration wants to regulate the internet so this is all very convenient:

      If we turn the debate around, and look at some evidence that the North Koreans might NOT be behind the Sony hack, the picture looks significantly clearer.

      (SNIP)

      4. You don’t need to be a conspiracy theorist to see that blaming North Korea is quite convenient for the FBI and the current U.S. administration. It’s the perfect excuse to push through whatever new, strong, cyber-laws they feel are appropriate, safe in the knowledge that an outraged public is fairly likely to support them.