Saturday, December 31, 2011

Almost 2012!

***Hard to believe...how time flies! The only thing I can think of when I see "2012" is "Send Obama Home!"

***We can learn a lot from Lady Margaret Thatcher. What a great lady! Here's a great piece by Rich Lowry on her inexhaustible spirit and unwillingness to let Britain die. That's the kind of spirit we need in the White House. Obama and the Democrats have nearly run this country into the ground, our next President and Congress are going to have a big job on their hands turning this mess around. However, I have no doubt it can be done.

***Occupy Charlotte idiots burn the flag.  Detestable parasites.

***Ever hear of "feederism?" It's when people enjoy buying you enormous amounts of food and then watching you eat it. That's bizarre! Here's a story about a 600 lb woman to whom people would send money to buy food, then watch her eat it on the Internet. She has decided to stop that and try to get healthy, but at one point she was earning $1000 a month just to let people watch her eat.  That's one of the weirdest things I've ever heard.


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***Now that's chutzpah:


Speaking from her paradisical $4 million Hawaii vacation, Mrs. Obama wants to know: Do any of President Obama’s supporters have $3 to spare for his reelection?
This is approximately like coming upon Warren Buffett on a street corner with a McDonald’s cup asking if he can have 15 cents.
Michelle’s request was part of an email sent to the Obama 2012 list today.
Over the next 11 months we’ve got an organization to grow, voters to register, and people to get fired up.
I hope you’ll close out this year by donating $3 or more now to help make sure we’re ready for the next one . . .
Thank you so much, and happy new year,
Michelle
The obscene juxtaposition of the first lady on a $4 million vacation while asking what would have to be middle to low income earners for three bucks – who else would they be targeting with such an appeal? – is yet another example of lack of perspective the Obamas seem to be gaining while in power.

***Chris Christie at a Romney rally:

"Let's be real clear. Let's be real clear. President Barack Obama came out to Iowa three years ago, and he talked to you about hope and change. Well, let me tell you, after three years of Obama, we are hopeless and changeless, and we need Mitt Romney to bring us back, to bring America back," Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) said in Iowa today at a Romney rally.

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***An acquaintance of mine who is a physician told this story about
her then-four-year-old daughter. On the way to preschool, the
doctor had left her stethoscope on the car seat, and her little
girl picked it up and began playing with it. "Be still, my
heart," thought my friend, "my daughter wants to follow in my
footsteps!" Then the child spoke into the instrument, "Welcome to McDonald's. May I take your order?" 


***Inhalable caffeine??


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May Saturday  evening, December 31, find you seated around the dinner table, together with your beloved family and cherished friends, ushering in the new year ahead. You will find the food better, the environment quieter, the cost much cheaper, and the pleasure much more fulfilling than anything else you might ordinarily do that night. 
 
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***Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
~Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1850
 
***Have a great day!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Finally!

***Finally got my Christmas decorations down and in the attic yesterday. Now to clean up the tinsel and needles and put my house back together. That probably won't happen until this weekend from the looks of my workload today.

***Romney 45%, Obama 39% in latest Rasmussen poll.
Mitt Romney has now jumped to his biggest lead ever over President Obama in a hypothetical Election 2012 matchup. It’s also the biggest lead a named Republican candidate has held over the incumbent in Rasmussen Reports surveying to date.
The latest national telephone survey finds that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters favor the former Massachusetts governor, while 39% prefer the president. Ten percent (10%) like some other candidate in the race, and six percent (6%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

Well, Romney certainly isn't my favorite, but he's better than Obama.

***Now THIS I welcome. Rick Santorum seems to be gaining support.

***Technology then and now:


Pictured: Martin Cooper (left), cell phone inventor next to Steve Jobs (right), cell phone re-inventor.


Remember the first Nintendo?


Remember Pong?


I'm sure you remember these. Heck, I've still got a bunch of 'em.



Not so long ago, this was cutting edge technology.  Check out the monitor.

More of this trip down memory lane tomorrow!

***The year in Obama scandals, and scandal deniers.

Take the time to read this article. It'll blow you away.

***Well, Nancy certainly doesn't live like her beloved 99%, does she?

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, who served as Speaker of the House and is now head of the House minority, is once again spending her Christmas at the exotic Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu in Kona on the island of Hawaii.
Pelosi spent the last two Christmas holidays in Kona at the same hotel in an elaborate suite that rents for $10,000 a night.
[...]
Pelosi has been escorted by local police during her last two holiday visits to Hawaii Island at a cost of $34,000 to local taxpayers.

***Ron Paul is a nut.

Ron Paul has taken flak from some Republicans and his GOP competitors for his stance on Iran. He was asked about the Iranians’ recent threats to close down the Straits of Hormuz.
“I think they’re just doing that to say, ‘Why don’t you be just a little cautious and back off.’ And I think we should not impose sanctions. That is an act of war,“ Paul responded.
He also seemed to take sympathy with the Iranians position. “If I were an Iranian, I’d probably want to have a nuclear weapon too because you gain respect from that.”

***Now THAT'S a cute picture!



***From Inspirational Stories:

Sense of a Goose

Next Autumn, when you see geese heading south for the winter, flying in a “V” formation, you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds at least 71 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.
  • People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily, because they are travelling on the thrust of one another.
When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front.

  • If we have the sense of a goose, we will stay in formation with those people who are heading the same way we are.
When the head goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point.

  • It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs, whether with people or with geese flying south.
Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

  • What message do we give when we honk from behind?
Finally – and this is important – when a goose gets sick or is wounded by gunshot, and falls out of the formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and follow it down to lend help and protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly or until it dies; and only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their own group.

  • If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that.
(Roger Darlington)

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***"Under Reagan, Lifetimes of the Rich and Famous was a show about extreme prosperity. But look at what reality television is now: Extreme Couponing and all these shows about pawn shops! That's what Barack Obama has given us." -Mark Belling

***Have a great day!



Thursday, December 29, 2011

Family Time!

***My cousin and his wife had their annual Elsrod family Christmas dinner last night. It was great, it's the only time of the year I see some of my family from the Elsrod side. We had a really nice time visiting, and eating, of course.

***Saw this over at NRO:


Ain't it the truth? Regulations and red tape.

***Apparently the Obama "boomlet" is over. 

Over the last week or so, there has been a lot of news coverage of Barack Obama’s comeback in the polls. I noted his modest bounce here, and Scott Rasmussen wrote us to say that he thought Obama’s rise was due to increasing optimism about the economy.
After all that hype, it appears that the Obama boomlet may have been overrated. In the Gallup Poll, Obama has dropped back to 44/48. In Rasmussen’s Approval Index, Obama, after a week or so of slightly less gloomy numbers, is back to an ice-cold -18:

Yeah, I'll bet you won't see a lot of news coverage over his numbers now.



***Obama's really bad year.

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***Three survival stories from the franchise world.

***Man caught with 247 animals in his luggage. Sheesh!

A 51-year-old man faces up to 10 years in prison after he was caught in Argentina earlier this month with 247 snakes and other live animals in his suitcase, according to the Agence France-Presse.
Karel Abelovsky, a Czech national, was trying to board a Madrid-bound flight at Ezeiza Airport in Buenos Aires on December 7 when airport personnel discovered "organic substances moving inside," according to the AFP report.
Abelovsky's suitcase reportedly contained nine species of poisonous snakes.

***The $5000 burger. Yep, you read that right. 

“You cannot leave Las Vegas without trying the Fleurburger 5000 right here in the Mandalay Bay.” 
If you are wondering what the 5000 in this combo represents --it is 5,000 bucks. As in, the meal will cost you $5,000. Yes, you read that right.
A far cry from the $5 cheeseburgers most folks are accustomed to. But before you jump to conclusions about the insane pricing of the meal, let’s check out what makes the meal so darn expensive. 
The burger patty is made up of Kobe beef, an expensive cut of beef that can cost hundreds of dollars. The burger is topped off with another pair of delicacies: a seared slice of duck foie gras and truffles from southwest France, which Keller priced at $1,500 a pound. 
Throw in the expensive bottle of Chateau Petrus, a fine wine previously sold at the restaurant for $5,300, and you actually have a deal. Yes, and you read that right, too -- a deal --only if you have $5,000 to spend. 








***I'm going to sing "His Strength is Perfect" by Steven Curtis Chapman this Sunday. The chorus is great, and so true:

His strength is perfect when our strength is gone;
He'll carry us when we can't carry on.
Raised in His power, the weak become strong;
His strength is perfect, His strength is perfect.

***Oh, here's a surprise: Occupy activists plan disruptions in Iowa. Gotta get back in the news somehow, I guess.

***                                     HALP!! I'M DROWNING IN GHOST POOP!



***An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in.  A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.  ~Bill Vaughan
 
***Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Snow!

***Hey, we got some snow yesterday! Not enough to accumulate, but it sure was pretty to look at.

***Up to 75% off at Amazon. Wow. I'm gonna brave the mall today and take a pair of jeans back for Emily. Wish me luck!

***Good points:

RIOT AT THE MALL OF AMERICA. “I recently read Stephen Hunter’s Soft Target, about a terrorist attack on the Mall of America. While the outcome yesterday was entirely different–no one was seriously hurt, and reportedly no shots were fired–the beginning of the riot, with screaming shoppers fleeing from gangs of ‘youths’ amid the sound of broken glass, and people being herded into the back rooms of stores for safety, was eerily reminiscent of Hunter’s novel. The moral, I suppose, is that civilization faces various threats against which we do not yet have adequate antidotes.”
Actually, we do. If “youths” felt they were at serious risk of being shot when attacking innocents, this sort of thing wouldn’t happen. And, in fact, not so long ago they were, and it didn’t. If these problems become widespread, the antidote will present itself. “Youths,” in general, do what they can get away with, and don’t do what they can’t.
UPDATE: Reader Richard Kaul writes: “Minnesota has a shall-issue concealed carry law that’s worked well, despite the metro DFL’s prediction of street bloodbaths. But the law does allow establishments to ban concealed carry, and the Mall of America does so. Which is one reason I rarely go there. I figure I can go other places that choose not to make me an easy target.”

Actually, I've always wanted to see the Mall of America. However, since Minnesotans feel compelled to send idiots like Keith Ellison, Amy Klobuchar, and Al Franken to Washington to represent them, I don't feel compelled to visit that state and support it with my money. I'll go elsewhere for vacation. The above just reinforces that.

***Amen:

Climategate proved climatology is fraud. If it were true, the proof would be easy picking and scientists would not have to manipulate data and dodge Freedom of Information requests.

***                                                                Wheeeee!!!!



***So much for "the religion of peace."

Truth be told, I quickly discounted my initial reaction that Muslims might be involved because the killer was reported to be in a Santa costume. Stupid me. The ‘Santa’ who massacred his family on Christmas morning was a Muslim who was enraged that his daughter was dating a non-Muslim.

As usual, the media ignored the obvious honor-killing elements of this massacre. Aziz Yazdanpanah had lost control of his family. His wife had left him. His daughter was dating a non-Muslim. And he killed them all. Just as the Ft. Hood Jihadist Massacre was labeled “Workplace Violence,” the Obama-subservient  media are trying to pass off this mass honor killing  as “Holiday Blues.”


***Unborn son's struggle inspires Christian singer.


Told that his unborn son had only half a heart and little chance to survive, the lead singer of the Christian rock band Sanctus Real began pouring his fears and doubts into music.
The songs were meant to comfort his family while they searched for answers and sought to understand God’s role during the months before and after the baby’s birth that were filled with surgeries and life-threatening complications.
It didn’t take long for him to realize his words needed to be shared so that others struggling with life would know they’re not alone.

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"Those who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed."
~ Lloyd Jones

***Have a great day!


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Soggy Tuesday

***Wow, it's raining like crazy this morning. I love that sound - in the summertime I open the front door when it rains so I can hear it when I'm in the living room. Yes, I know that was fascinating...

***Krauthammer's take:

From Fox’s Special Report with Bret Baier, Dec. 23.
On Attorney General Holder saying that those who go after the president and him do so, at least in part, because “we’re both African-American.”
It’s clearly a cheap shot of an attorney general who is in political trouble. The reason he is [in trouble is because] he is one of the most incompetent attorneys general in U.S. history. He is the guy who brought on gratuitously the fiasco of the KSM trial in New York that even the Democrats rebelled against. He has led a department that has been either totally ignorant or disingenuous or worse on the Fast and the Furious scandal. And now he plays the race card.
I think it’s — to use his word — a cowardly use of the race card.
And it’s unbecoming.
It also is dangerous in a country where it can stoke… racial animosity.

No no, Charles, it's only dangerous when a Republican does it. This entire administration, from Barack Obama on down, is incompetent, and we're all paying for it, and are soon to pay even more dearly for it. We've got to send them home in November.

***Occupunk death toll at 9.

Yesterday more than 30 people gathered for a vigil to remember 54-year-old Rich Youngblood of Florence who was murdered at the #Occupy Eugene camp.
Herald.net reported:
More than 30 people gathered for a vigil to remember a man who died after a fight in the Occupy Eugene camp.
Occupy Eugene leader Kristen Carpenter told KVAL-TV, “We’re sorry we couldn’t have stopped the violence in the system sooner.” She said the Friday night vigil was not just for 54-year-old Rich Youngblood of Florence but also for all victims of street violence.
Police said Youngblood was beaten and choked at the camp on Monday. Authorities are still investigating.
The City Council ordered the camp be disbanded.

Oh, that the media would cover this as they would a violent Tea Party incident, which of course has never happened.

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***Nicely done, Obama: Al Qaeda front group claims responsibility for Baghdad blasts.

***One of the DeLorean time machines from the "Back to the Future" movies sold at auction for over $540,000.



***Obama after Christmas sale!




Or, how about one of these?? They're marked down to $2.00!





***Thoughts from Steven Hayward:

One of my holiday projects is to finish my rereading of the complete corpus of Whittaker Chambers (with a retrospective essay on his overlooked theological interests to follow eventually), and a couple days ago I read through an article Chambers wrote for The American Mercury in 1944 about the rise of Italian fascism.  Somehow this paragraph reminded me of someone . . . familiar (“let’s see, start’s with ‘O’ I think. . .”):
Civilized countries, like civilized individuals, like to keep their budgets balanced.  For years old-fashioned Italian leaders tried to make income and outgo jibe.  But in 1876 there came to power a modern politician for whom red entries had no terror, but even a certain charm.  Agostino Depretis, Italy’s first Liberal prime minister, started Italy on the road to fascism.  He was a journalist who discovered that the key to modern power politics is the masses and their mouthpieces, the Left politicians.  With their help, he managed to stay in power for eleven years.  He owed this achievement to a technique that seemed inspired then, but is familiar enough now: he had no program.  He simply promised every sort of reform regardless of whether or not his promises were contradictory.  Thus he promised to reduce taxation but increase public works, to restore prosperity but introduce social security.  This catholicity attracted men from all schools of thought.  Oppressed tenants and underpaid workers, reactionary landlords and big employers all sought to collect on the promissory notes which he issued on his way to power.
Seems to me you could easily rewrite this paragraph and apply it to Obama, spanning the range from the Occupy lowlifes to Obama’s Goldman Sachs financiers.

***The Pope and Nancy Pelosi are on stage in front of a huge crowd. The Pope leaned towards Mrs. Pelosi and said, "Do you know that with one little wave of my hand I can make every person in this crowd go wild with joy? This joy will not be a momentary display, like that of your followers, but go deep into their hearts and for the rest of their lives whenever they speak of this day, they will rejoice!"
Pelosi replied, "I seriously doubt that. With one little wave of your hand? Show me!"
So the Pope slapped her.

:-) :-)

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 ***Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.  ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

***Have a great day!



Monday, December 26, 2011

The Day After

***What a wonderful Christmas we had! Here's our tree before we swooped in and attacked!



We had a great day! Emily & Peter were here. We had bacon and cinnamon rolls, opened our presents, then went to my mom's and had Christmas with my family, then to Liberty for Christmas with Mark's side of the family. We are truly blessed.

***Okay, back to our usual business! Here's a great piece by Lurita Doan on Obama's faith - or lack thereof.


Christmas is a time when many Americans reflect on the many blessings enjoyed by each of us in this great nation. Churches and synagogues are full as Americans, of all faiths, take time to pause and consider the meaning of our lives and our responsibilities to others. What a pity that our President does not participate in these simple acts of faith! Our nation would be better if he did.
There has been much ink spilled over President Obama's belief in God (or lack thereof), in the strength of his faith, in questioning what his faith is ( Christian, Muslim, other ?), and wondering what church he attends/ will attend. After almost three years, Americans do not yet have an answer to those questions. Nor are they likely to since Obama's calculating use of the clergy and religion is usually timed to garner a boost in the polls.
In deed and action, Mr Obama has actually projected a thinly disguised contempt towards people of faith, such as when he uttered his iconic "clinging to their guns and religion" speech during the 2008 presidential election campaign.
Our President is much like the fellow Narcissus, who, according to legend, was so in love with himself that he stared endlessly at his own reflection. Obama is a man quite full of himself and recently told Americans that he views himself as fourth on the list of great American Presidents-- a surprising list that doesn't include George Washington.

Read the whole thing.

***Obama's top boners of 2011. Man, there was a lot of competition to get on this list.

***Lots of year-end deals at Amazon. Are any of you going to brave the stores today? I'm not - thankfully, I don't think I have anything that needs to be returned. Even if I did, though, I'd certainly wait a few days.

***10 things trainers wish you knew about your workout.

***                                     WHEW! Geez, what'd you have for dinner?



***Justice Department stomps on SC voter ID law. To heck with states rights! We have GOT to get rid of this administration in 2012.

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Thought for the Day

Recently ran across this line from Rebecca West, written in the late 1940s with reference to the British Labour Party, but which reads just as accurately in the Age of Obama:
“The individualist is being looted by his own country as if it were an enemy.”
Well, Obama did once say that he considered his one experience in the private sector was like being “a spy behind enemy lines.”


***Great story:

--Author Unknown


We were the only family with children in the restaurant. I sat Erik in a high chair and noticed everyone was quietly eating and talking. Suddenly, Erik squealed with glee and said, “Hi there.” He pounded his fat baby hands on the high chair tray. His eyes were crinkled in laughter and his mouth was bared in a toothless grin, as he wriggled and giggled with merriment.
I looked around and saw the source of his merriment. It was a man whose pants were baggy with a zipper at half-mast and his toes poked out of would-be shoes. His shirt was dirty and his hair was uncombed and unwashed. His whiskers were too short to be called a beard and his nose was so varicose it looked like a road map. We were too far from him to smell, but I was sure he smelled.

His hands waved and flapped on loose wrists. Hi there, baby; Hi there, big boy. I see ya, buster,” the man said to Erik. My husband and I exchanged looks, “What do we do?” Erik continued to laugh and answer, “Hi, hi there.” Everyone in the restaurant noticed and looked at us and then at the man. The old geezer was creating a nuisance with my beautiful baby. 

Our meal came and the man began shouting from across the room, “Do ya patty cake? Do you know peek-a-boo? Hey, look, he knows peek-a-boo.” Nobody thought the old man was cute. He was obviously drunk. My husband and I were embarrassed. We ate in silence; all except for Erik, who was running through his repertoire for the admiring skid row bum, who in turn, reciprocated with his cute comments. 
We finally got through the meal and headed for the door. My husband went to pay the check and told me to meet him in the parking lot. The old man sat poised between me and the door.
“Lord, just let me out of here before he speaks to me or Erik,” I prayed. As I drew closer to the man, I turned my back trying to sidestep him and avoid any air he might be breathing. As I did, Erik leaned over my arm, reaching with both arms in a baby’s “pick-me-up” position. Before I could stop him, Erik had propelled himself from my arms to the man’s. Suddenly a very old smelly man and a very young baby consummated their relationship. Erik in an act of total trust, love, and submission laid his tiny head upon the man’s ragged shoulder.

The man’s eyes closed, and I saw tears hover beneath his lashes. His aged hands full of grime, pain, and hard labor, cradled my baby’s bottom and stroked his back. No two beings have ever loved so deeply for so short a time. I stood awestruck. The old man rocked and cradled Erik in his arms and his eyes opened and set squarely on mine. He said in a firm commanding voice, “You take care of this baby.” Somehow I managed, 
“I will,” from a throat that contained a stone.

He pried Erik from his chest unwillingly, longingly, as though he were in pain. I received my baby, and the man said, “God bless you, ma’am, you’ve given me my Christmas gift. You see, m’am, I never saw my child grow up. My wife and son were taken from me in an automobile accident when they were both too young. I was never able to get over it.”

I said nothing more than a muttered thanks and “I’m sorry to hear that.” With Erik in my arms, I ran for the car. My husband was wondering why I was crying and holding Erik so tightly, and why I was saying, “My God, my God, forgive me.” I had just witnessed Christ’s love shown through the innocence of a tiny child who saw no sin, who made no judgment; a child who saw a soul, and a mother who saw a suit of clothes. I was a Christian who was blind, holding a child who was not. I felt it was God asking, “Are you willing to share your son for a moment?” when He shared His for all eternity. The ragged old man, unwittingly, had reminded me...
“I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” -- Matthew 18:3 (NIV)

***The Flying Carpet Sofa. Hmmm...



***A hug is a great gift - one size fits all, and it's easy to exchange.  ~Author Unknown

***Have a great day!


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

***
 14Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.  
Isaiah 7:14

 6For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6
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 1And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
 2(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
 3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
 4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
 5To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
 6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
 7And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
 8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
 9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
 10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
 12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
 14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
 15And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
 16And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
 17And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
 18And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
 19But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
 20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. 

Luke 2:1-20

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***Love Came Down at Christmas

Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, love divine;
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and angels gave the sign.

Worship we the Godhead,
Love incarnate, love divine;
Worship we our Jesus:
But wherewith for sacred sign?

Love shall be our token,
Love be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and all men,
Love for plea and gift and sign.

[ These are Love Came Down At Christmas Lyrics on http://www.lyricsmania.com/ ]

***Not a creature was stirring, not even a... wait...



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***From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another
The warmth and joy of Christmas, brings us closer to each other.

 
***Have a wonderful, blessed Christmas!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve!

***Yeah, I have to work for a little while this morning, but after that I'll be baking cookies, straightening the house a bit, doing this and that, getting ready for Emily & Peter to get here in the morning, when we all get to have Christmas together! They both got Monday off (no small feat), so they're staying overnight tomorrow night. What a blessing! Tonight they will be with Peter's family, then tomorrow morning they'll head here. Tonight we will go to Liberty for dinner and our family Christmas Eve candlelight service. We each have a candle, Mark reads the Christmas story from Luke 2, we take turns praying, then sing Christmas carols. We've done that since we've been married, 27 years now, and they had been doing it for years and years before that. What a wonderful tradition! Some years there have been so many of us we could hardly fit around the table, Mark & I would have to hold the kids in our laps. This year there will be fewer of us as Emily and Peter now spend Christmas Eve with his family, and Derek and Anne are with her family in California. It will still be a special time, though, as it always is. Mark, Johnny, and I will stop and spend some Christmas Eve time with my mom on our way back home, then we'll order pizza and watch White Christmas! Can't wait! Do you have special traditions that you do every year?

***



***"O Holy Night"

O Holy night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior's birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Til He appeared and the soul felt it's worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn
Fall on your knees

O hear the angel voices
O night divine!
O night when Christ was born
O night divine!
O night, O night divine!

And in His Name, all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we
Let all within us praise his holy name
Christ is the Lord!
Their name forever praise we

Noel, Noel
O night, O night Divine
Noel, Noel
O night, O night Divine
Noel, Noel
O night, O holy Divine

*** George Washington's Christmas 1776.

General Washington and Colonel John Glover beat the Hessians in the Battle of Trenton, giving the best Christmas gift ever to the 13 brand new United States of America.

This is the kind of spirit that formed this country. May we never lose it!

***'A woman went into a post office to buy some stamps for her Christmas cards. What denomination do you want ? asked the lady at the counter. 'Good God!' she replied, Has it come to this? I suppose you'd better give me twenty Catholic and twenty Presbyterian.
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Danny had recently passed his driving test and decided to ask his clergyman father if there was any chance of him getting a car for Christmas, which was yet some months away. 'Okay.' said his father 'I tell you what I'll do. If you can get your 'A' level grades up to 'A's and 'B's, study your bible and get your hair cut, I'll consider the matter very seriously.'

A couple of months later Danny went back to his father who said 'I'm really impressed by your commitment to your studies. Your grades are excellent and the work you have put into your bible studies is very encouraging. However, I have to say I'm very disappointed that you haven't had your hair cut yet. 
Danny was a smart young man who was never lost for an answer. 'Look dad. In the course of my bible studies I've noticed in the illustrations that Moses, John the Baptist, Samson and even Jesus had long hair.' 'Yes. I'm aware of that...' replied his father '... but did you also notice they walked wherever they went?'

***

***Christmas tree at Vietnam Memorial:


***My Heart Returns to Bethlehem

My heart returns to Bethlehem
At Christmastime each year
As earth awaits the manger King
With angels bending near,
I journey with the Wise Men
To worship the King
And wonder as I seek Him
Which gift I should bring.
What shall we give the Christ Child,
Unworthy as we are?
Perhaps a blanket for His bed,
Perhaps a shiny star!
Perhaps I'll read Him poetry
Or sing a lullaby,
Or maybe I'll hold His hand
If He begins to cry,
My heart returns to Bethlehem
At Christmastime each year
And kneels beside a manger
To shed a joyful tear.


***                                  You Want Me to Pull What??



***
He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.  ~Roy L. Smith

***Have a great day!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Unbelievable

***I woke up at 1:45 a.m. and couldn't go back to sleep. I do have a lot to do today, maybe that's on my mind and the reason I can't sleep.  Oh well...I tried to go back to sleep, but gave up about 2:30 and here I am! Well, looking at the bright side, I should get a lot done this morning.

***Actually, today's going to be fun! My brothers bought my mother a new stove. I'm getting her out of the house today so they can get it installed, then surprise her when we get back. I can't wait to see her face! She'll love it, it's one of those smooth top stoves.

***The Republicans have managed to shoot themselves in the foot on this payroll tax debacle. Sheesh.

***The Navy "first kiss" - two lesbians. This is sickening.

***


***History of my favorite Christmas carol - "Joy to the World"

Isaac Watts published the words for this hymn in 1719. He had written his first hymn in 1692 at the age of 18 as a protest against what he thought was the low quality of songs in Anglican hymnals.

A nonconformist pastor and prodigious author of theological and philosophical books (about 60) and hymns (about 700), Watts (1674-1748) is most remembered for the extraordinary hymns, "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross," "Our God Our Help in Ages Past," and "Joy to the World!" The renowned nineteenth-century English author Matthew Arnold considered "When I Survey" to be the best hymn in the English language. "Our God" has been described as "England's second national anthem," and "Joy" ranks in the very top level of Christmas songs. 
Though the triumphant words "Joy to the world" exemplify the Christmas feeling, this familiar text is actually a translation based on five verses from Psalm 98 in the Old Testament.  Isaac Watts, the English hymnist and cleric, published his Psalms of David, which contains these verses, in 1719. More than a century later, in 1839, American composer and music educator Lowell Mason decided to set them to music modestly including the phrase "From George Frederick Handel," apparently to honor his idol, the composer of Messiah and many other masterpieces. For nearly l00 years, the world accepted this ascription, until musicologists pointed out that not a single phrase in the music can be said to have come straight from any work of Handel’s.

While the initial stanza announces that "The Lord is come," it is the only stanza that is related to Christmas and the birth of Jesus. The other stanzas could easily be appropriate for any season of the year.

There is no mention of Mary and Joseph, the shepherds, the manger or the wise men. Yet, who would deny this hymn a choice place among the traditional carols?The exuberant joy that permeates the psalm as it lauds the God of the Old Testament is present in the hymn but in praise of Jesus Christ.

Of all the sacred carols, "Joy" is perhaps the most positive and uplifting declaration of the message of Christmas. The exclamation point almost universally inserted by carol editors after the initial line, "Joy to the world!," powerfully punctuates the exhilarating effect that this carol has had for the past century and a half.


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***THE GOLD WRAPPING PAPER - An Inspiring Christmas Story

Once upon a time, there was a man who worked very hard just to keep food on the table for his family. This particular year a few days before Christmas, he punished his little five-year-old daughter after learning that she had used up the family's only roll of expensive gold wrapping paper.

As money was tight, he became even more upset when on Christmas Eve he saw that the child had used all of the expensive gold paper to decorate one shoebox she had put under the Christmas tree. He also was concerned about where she had gotten money to buy what was in the shoebox.

Nevertheless, the next morning the little girl, filled with excitement, brought the gift box to her father and said, "This is for you, Daddy!"

As he opened the box, the father was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, now regretting how he had punished her.

But when he opened the shoebox, he found it was empty and again his anger flared. "Don't you know, young lady," he said harshly, "when you give someone a present, there's supposed to be something inside the package!"

The little girl looked up at him with sad tears rolling from her eyes and whispered: "Daddy, it's not empty. I blew kisses into it until it was all full."

The father was crushed. He fell on his knees and put his arms around his precious little girl. He begged her to forgive him for his unnecessary anger.

An accident took the life of the child only a short time later. It is told that the father kept this little gold box by his bed for all the years of his life. Whenever he was discouraged or faced difficult problems, he would open the box, take out an imaginary kiss, and remember the love of this beautiful child who had put it there.


In a very real sense, each of us has been given an invisible golden box filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children, family, friends and God. There is no more precious possession anyone could hold.


***Merry Christmas!



***In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it 'Christmas' and went to church; the Jews called it 'Hanukkah' and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank.  People passing each other on the street would say 'Merry Christmas!' or 'Happy Hanukkah!'  or (to the atheists) 'Look out for the wall!'  ~Dave Barry, "Christmas Shopping:  A Survivor's Guide"

***God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say "thank you?"  ~William A. Ward

***Have a great day!
 

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Covered Up

***I'm not sure I'll ever emerge from this office!

***The Justice Department condones perjury - again.

A career employee in the Voting Section of Justice’s Civil Rights Division has confessed to committing perjury, sources say.  The employee, Stephanie Celandine Gyamfi, reportedly told investigators from the Inspector General’s Office that she perjured herself during an inquiry into Justice Department leaks during the previous administration. Despite the admission, she has not been fired for criminal malfeasance. Indeed, it appears she has not been disciplined in any meaningful way at all.

Why is she not being disciplined? Why, because she hates Republicans (read the article) and her perjury stemmed from that. In short, she was doing whatever she could from within the department to harm George W. Bush. Therefore - she's a hero to this administration and to the Democrats. It's sickening. Just imagine if the tables were turned and she had perjured herself to make Barack Obama look bad. We'd never hear the end of it - and frankly, that's how it should be. She should be tried and carted off to jail, but I'd be willing to bet she won't even lose her job.

***Even liberal Hollywood wacko Matt Damon is disappointed in Obama.

***Man wins, then crashes $380,000 Lamborghini.

***10 celebrity endorsements no politician wants.

***Merry Christmas!



***From A Gift of Inspiration:

The Nails in the Fence

There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His Father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.

Finally the day came when the boy didn't lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence.

He said, 'You've done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won't matter how many times you say I'm sorry, the wound is still there and a verbal wound is just as bad as a physical one.' 

***

***Trailer for The Hobbit, coming next year!

***
Jennifer was a pretty 18 year old girl.  In the week before Christmas she sauntered up to the curtain counter, and was trying to decide which of the many types of tinsel she would buy.  Finally, she made her choice and asked the spotty youth who was manning the fabric section.  'How much is this gold tinsel garland'.
The spotty youth pointed to the Christmas mistletoe above the counter and said, 'This week we have a special offer, just one kiss per metre'.
'Wow, that's great', said Jennifer, 'I'll take 12 metres'.
With expectation and anticipation written all over his face, the boy measured out the tinsel, wrapped up the garland, and gave it to Jennifer.
She then called to an old man who had been browsing through the Christmas trees and said, 'My Grandpa will settle the bill.'

***This is kinda mean, but...



***
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.  ~Norman Vincent Peale


***Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Drawing a Blank

***I can't seem to wake up and get my mind going this morning!

***The tyranny of law: Tea Party Patriots co-founder arrested on felony gun charges. Wait, read on:

While in temporary transit through the state of New York in possession of an unloaded, lawful firearm that was locked in a TSA-approved safe, [Meckler] legally declared his possession of the firearm in his checked baggage at the ticket counter as required by law and in a manner approved by TSA and the airline, yet was arrested by port authority for said possession.

So he didn't break any laws...but he was arrested. Make sense? Think the media will make a big deal out of this because of who he is?

***From David French over at The Corner:

I’m always struck by the core assumptions of many on the Christian Left: First, that America has not done enough — either charitably or through government programs — to improve the plight of the poor; second, that the right kind of governmental investment will make substantial differences in American poverty; and third, that America’s poor are largely victims of the wrong kind of government policies and individual greed.
For these individuals, the $16 trillion we’ve spent on means-tested welfare since the War on Poverty began represents a grossly inadequate expenditure, and the answer (it’s the same answer with public education, by the way) is more, more, more — more money, more programs, and more taxation. Yet after $16 trillion, we have a different kind of more, more, more — more illegitimacy, more citizens in poverty, and more inequality, with growing stickiness at the bottom.

I wonder if they'll ever figure it out.

***Picture from the Hubble telescope. Awesome. Looks like an angel, doesn't it?



***WHY is this woman a U.S. Congress member?

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) said Tuesday that President Obama “absolutely” should use his executive power to continue the unemployment benefits and payroll tax cut extension and said she hoped to discuss the option with the White House later in the day.
“It is extraordinary, don’t get me wrong. But I’m feeling the pain of the constituents I left [at] home,” Jackson Lee said, speaking on the progressive Ed Schultz’s radio show. “I consider this a crisis. I consider leaving Americans without unemployment insurance for January and February a crime. I consider not extending the payroll tax cut … a crime.”

As the writer says, her ignorance of the Constitution is a crime.

***



New Jersey Governor Chris Christie doesn't put up with whining from teacher's unions and he's not putting up with Barack Obama's "blame Republicans for everything," argument either. Christie pointed on Morning Joe today that Obama had two years of a Democratic controlled Congress and has only had to deal with House Republicans for less than a year so he can "cry me [Christie] a river."

***                                                                WHEEEEE!!!!



***Nativity, by John Donne

Immensity cloistered in thy dear womb,
Now leaves His well-belov'd imprisonment,
There He hath made Himself to His intent
Weak enough, now into the world to come;
But O, for thee, for Him, hath the inn no room?
Yet lay Him in this stall, and from the Orient,
Stars and wise men will travel to prevent
The effect of Herod's jealous general doom.
Seest thou, my soul, with thy faith's eyes, how He
Which fills all place, yet none holds Him, doth lie?
Was not His pity towards thee wondrous high,
That would have need to be pitied by thee?
Kiss Him, and with Him into Egypt go,
With His kind mother, who partakes thy woe. 



***Whoopi Goldberg calls Communism a "great concept" that "makes perfect sense." Makes you wonder about the people who actually watch that show.

***Merry Christmas!



***
Being defeated is often a temporary condition.
Giving up is what makes it permanent
 
Marilyn vos Savant


***Have a great day!