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of faith and culture, of life and love, of fun and games, of a song and dance man, who is keeping his day job.
“What a long strange trip it’s been ...”
Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) was afraid that if Guam became too over-populated, it might tip over. The one thing this guy has going for him, is that he is an improvement over his predecessor, Cynthia McKinney. That's how we're gonna end the year, and this week's Friday Afternoon Moment of Whimsy.
Pepsi and Doritos will be offering five million dollars to the person who submits the winning commercial for the 2011 Super Bowl. All submissions are reviewed and ten finalists will be selected on January 3. Then the voting is open to the public on USA Today Ad Meter. (mwbh reviews the most popular Super Bowl commercials every year, including those noted by USA Today).
“On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, seven swans a-swimming ...”
When I first moved to Washington, I worked for a man who grew up in Vienna in the 1930s. This wouldn't sound so bad, except that he was Jewish, and one day toward the end of that decade, the Nazis next door decided to take over.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
“On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, six geese a-laying ...”
After several months overseas, Stacia is ecstatic to return home for Christmas. It’s been too long since she’s seen her boyfriend, Luke and she longs to be in his arms again. She even has a seductive and sexy “present” planned for their first night together.
With arrangements to celebrate the holidays with Luke’s family, Stacia soon discovers her plans are going to be quite difficult to carry out. Her first night back is spent getting to know his beloved pet geese. It seems as though their night of passion will have to wait—until, that is, she discovers Luke has plans of his own.
Stacia soon finds herself following the mysterious trail of presents Luke has left her: Christmas-wrapped goose eggs, each one with a clue that will lead her to the next... and, ultimately, to a night she’ll never forget!
Elton John has announced that he and his partner have adopted a baby boy.
Bel Mooney, writing for the Mail, was certainly not pleased. In Accessory children and the question: Who is my mummy? she argued that she had nothing against gay couples raising children, but objected to "the modern phenomenon of babies as a celebrity accessory."
And John Buckeridge argued: "It is cringemaking for the Times to refer to Elton John's husband. Is this the wording of the press release? Is this how they wish to be known? Other than that good luck to them."
Time once again for our midday Wednesday feature. As the year comes to a close, it's time to look at the ones around you, cherish that your friendships have lasted so long, and seriously question them for buying that copy of "Elephunk."
“On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, five gold rings ...”
I just got back from a matinee. Sal took
ad multos, plurimosque annos!
Happy Birthday, oh black-hatted one!
HEY DAVID I AM SHOUTING. I WISH YOU VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODAY HOPE ITS GREAT.
Haaaaaaaaaaaapyyyyyyyyyyy biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiirthdaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay deeeeeeeeeear Daaaaaaaaaaaaaviiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiid. Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaappyyyyyyyyyyy biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiirthdaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay toooooooooooooooooooo yooooooooooouuuuuuuuu! ♫
“On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, four calling birds ...”
“On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, three French hens ...”
“On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, two turtle doves ...”
I called Mom and Dad yesterday. Christmas was a quiet one this year, with no festivities, and Dad napping most of the day. My siblings are all coming to the house today with the grandkids ...
... a 1944 Universal Pictures film, which stars Deanna Durbin and Gene Kelly. In this unusually long Solemn High Mass scene, we are treated to snippets from a real Midnight Mass celebrated at the former Cathedral of Saint Vibiana, built in Los Angeles in 1876. This scene is a vast improvement over the poorly researched cutting-and-pasting of Latin phrases that are common to period pieces of recent years, and dates back to a time when Hollywood showed some respect for the Catholic Church, in the face of Protestant America.
“On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a partridge in a pear tree.”
Twelve Drummers Drumming refers to the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle's Creed
Eleven Pipers Piping refers to the eleven faithful apostles
Ten Lords A-leaping refers to the ten commandments
Nine Ladies Dancing refers to the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
Eight Maids A-milking refers to the eight beatitudes
Seven Swans A-swimming refers to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, and/or the seven sacraments
Six Geese A-laying refers to the six days of creation
Five Golden Rings refers to the first Five Books of the Old Testament, the "Pentateuch", which gives the history of man's fall from grace.
Four Calling Birds refers to the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists.
Three French Hens refers to Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues.
Two Turtle Doves refers to the Old and New Testaments.
One Partridge in a Pear Tree refers to Christ on Earth being crucified upon a tree.
True Love refers to God, who sent his only son to us.
Today I got the car washed, put excess holiday decorations back into storage, had a decent breakfast at IHOP, picked up the specially-made Christmas ham, and finished wrapping presents. Whew! Now it comes, the quieting time.
When I was a boy growing up in Ohio, the town where I lived would put up decorations along the main drag, like every other town. They all said "Seasons Greetings." Not "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays." It wouldn't have occurred to me that Christmas was being downplayed. Not in a town settled in 1787 by Methodists, who still pretty much ran the place nearly two centuries later, and not in a town where Santa Claus rode a fire truck through the streets of town on the Sunday before Christmas, handing out bags of treats to all the children.
[This story originally appeared here in 2007, courtesy of "Rooster Cogburn." It is presented here again, especially to readers new to us. -- DLA]
Today is Festivus, a secular holiday of recent and curious origin. It was the brainchild of writer Dan O'Keefe, as a part of his own family's history, and whose son Daniel worked the idea into an episode of the NBC sitcom "Seinfeld." It is ostensibly designed for the benefit of those who were disillusioned by the commercialism of the Christmas season, and the pressures associated with it.
Frank: "Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son. I reached for the last one they had, but so did another man. As I rained blows upon him, I realized there had to be another way."
Kramer: "What happened to the doll?"
Frank: "It was destroyed. But out of that a new holiday was born: a Festivus for the rest of us!"
Kramer: "That must have been some kind of doll."
Frank: "She was."
For this week's installment, we're leaving you on your own to figure things out, based on what was learned last week. Here we have John Fahey performing a medley of two Christmas classics; "Hark The Herald Angels Sing" and "O Come All Ye Faithful." This medley is featured on his album "The New Possibility" as well as the anthology shown here; "The Best of John Fahey Volume 2: 1964-1983."
Veni, Veni Emmanuel!
We couldn't let the year end without at least one more appearance by New Jersey's favorite son, Chris Christie. This is a segment from the broadcast of CBS' "60 Minutes" on October 31, just before this year's elections. The discussion about pensions for state workers is interesting to this writer, who as a Federal worker is expecting changes to his own pension in the next two years. I've worked for two different state-affiliated universities. If you think incompetence at the Federal level is bad ...
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This little number came from one of my country cousins, a "song" by a duo known as the The Superions, and is dedicated to anybody who gets the idea for baking something like this over the holidays. To think that dozens of contemplative orders manage to support themselves through the production and sale of these is ... well, worth contemplating.
This presentation is the final installment of a series on the Bill Whittle Channel. Bill looks at the relationship between Christianity and freedom, and takes us back to the days of the Sears Catalog and long, loooooong waits until Christmas morning. Not to mention long before that, when these United States were formed as a union. Were we established as a Christian nation? What does that mean? What does that NOT mean?
Time once again for our usual midday Wednesday feature.
Veni, Veni, Rex gentium,
[The following has been presented here twice in the past, but we dusted it off to present to you a third time. -- DLA]
Veni, Veni O Oriens!
Tomorrow is the date of the Winter Solstice; in the northern hemisphere, the day with the least amount of daylight.