It’s Christmas Eve, and I just don’t want to talk about another innocent black urban youth shot dead while innocently pointing a gun at a cop, so… let’s watch this instead:
Between work and the unwelcome presence of future in-laws, my time is limited and my stress is infinite. So, consider this a thread with some nice transgender Christmas Music for accompaniment. Take it away, Steve…
Pretty much sums it up…
Below the fold, Christmas music for Liz Warren voters…
Roger Simon: A non-veteran laments not serving, and allowing better men to die in his place.
LA Times: An idiot leftist wonders why we “celebrate” war on Memorial Day; recommends a day to celebrate Peace.
Google: Still regards Memorial Day as unworthy of commemoration.
Bing: Not afraid to show a little patriotism.
In the past twenty-four hours, Facebook has become increasingly fun, with friends reducing their political commentary and focusing instead on holiday preparation. It’s as if people made a pact to avoid contentious issues and focus on family, holiday baking, travel stories and the fact that this year the first day of Chanuka falls on Thanksgiving Day.
Like many Americans, I’ll be hitting the road to spend the day with family, in my case, with a sister who holds political views different from my own. And that does not prevent me from loving her and looking forward to sharing this day with her, her husband and her sons. I’m grateful that our relationship remains strong despite our political differences — and am thankful that I have many other such family members and friends.
It’s been nice to turn to Facebook in idle moments these past twenty-four hours — and to see erstwhile ideological adversaries posting on things we both enjoy. This may not last, so let’s be thankful for it while we can!
- The Colossus of Rhodey – Just Don’t Repeat What They Say …
- The Noisy Room – Year of the Political Snake
- Simply Jews – Bibis’ conundrum: a forecast attempted
- Joshuapundit-White House On Benghazi: ‘ No More Questions!! ‘
- The Political Commentator – If WWII ended today, would it still be called a ‘Surrender Table’?
- GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD – Drones Gone Wild!
- Rhymes With Right – The Problem With The ObamaCare Birth Control Regulation
- The Right Planet – I Want My Machine Guns Back
- The Glittering Eye -The Irony, It Burns
- The Razor – Pope Benedict XVI Resigns
- Bookworm Room – Explosive new book: Obama administration up to its neck in covert acts that caused Benghazi deaths
- VA Right! - The Commonalities Between Cop Killer Christopher Dorner Worship and Obama Worship
- Gay Patriot – Why doesn’t City of LA attend to its uneven sidewalks?
- The Mellow Jihadi – A Bigger Feminist: Beyoncé or Maggie Parker? (more…)
In making the case for civil rights for black Americans in the 1960s, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. often cited not just the founding (and other defining) documents of our country, but also its patriotic hymns.
In his “I Have a Dream” speech spoken almost fifty years ago on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, he referenced the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution as well as the Emancipation Proclamation. He recited verses from “My country ‘Tis of Thee.” He did not fault the American ideal, instead wanted to make that ideal real for all citizens of this great republic.
In that great address, he spoke the word, “free” or “freedom” twenty-five times. He knew the word defined as aspect of the American ideal. And he was ever the optimist:
I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. (more…)
Like many of those who are more supportive than critical of the National Rifle Association, I have struggled mightily this weekend not to respond to friend’s Facebook posts holding the organization responsible for Friday’s shooting in Connecticut.
Horrified, as we all are, by what happened, they want to pin the blame on someone and choose an outfit of which they have long been critical. Perhaps, it makes them feel better. Or perhaps, it helps them make sense of actions which transcend the understanding of rational, civilized people.
As the ancient Greeks so well understood, we will never fully understand the irrational.
What makes this one so particularly painful was the murder of twenty children, none older than 7. And that they were killed in a season where most of us celebrate with our families. Twenty-seven families will have less to celebrate this year, feeling the loss of a child, a girlfriend, a wife, a sister, an aunt or a mother.
It is those murdered individuals and the families we should be thinking about right now. As a nation, we are united in grief. Yes, there is political rhetoric to criticize and media behavior to condemn, but in criticizing it, we lose sight of what really matters.
Some people get it. I have seen numerous Facebook posts from friends on both sides of the political aisle and those about whose political leanings I know nothing who have offered touching tributes to the fallen as well as gentle reminders to cherish our family and friends. (more…)
I began my holiday shopping yesterday in Westwood Village, the shopping/dining district immediately adjacent to UCLA; was struck by the amount of vacant retail space. On Westwood Blvd itself, I counted five empty storefronts on each side of the street just on one block (between Kinross and Weyburn). And that’s not counting the signs on the second floor.
And I could see signs advertising “Space available” on other buildings beyond this block.
When I mentioned this in one store where I bought some gifts, a clerk commented that someone had just said the same thing about Beverly Hills. He noted that Westwood Blvd had been particularly hard hit, with a Mexican restaurant that had served the area for twenty-five years, recently vacating its Westwood premises.
I believe this the space that restaurant once occupied:
Note these two storefronts, immediately adjacent to one another: (more…)
Are they having second thoughts about the election? According “to a lighthearted new survey released Monday by Public Policy Polling (PPP)“:
More Americans put Romney than Obama on Kris Kringle’s “nice” list: 63 percent said the former Massachusetts governor would get presents, versus just 51 percent for the president, PPP found.
Mr. Obama won just under 51% of the vote last month.
Assuming all those who voted for Mr. Romney put him on the “nice” list, then over one-quarter of those who voted for Mr. Obama also would put the Republican on the list.
As I’m busy organizing a first-night Seder, I will alas not have much time to blog as I had hoped. Instead, let me offer the results of the latest Watcher of Weasels Council considerations. Taking home the Council laurels this week is Joshuapundit for his piece, Silent Scream;The Sudan Ethnically Cleanses Its Christians Meanwhile the non-Council winner is Victor Davis Hanson with The New Anti-Semitism.
Rounding out the Council balloting we have:
- Second place with 2 1/3 votes – The Right Planet Revenge of the ‘Birthers’
- Third place *t* with 1 vote – Bookworm Room-Barack Obama to supporters: Give me the money, dammit!
- Third place *t* with 1 vote – The Razor-The Insidious Nature of Student Loan Debt
- Third place *t* with 1 vote – Gay Patriot-Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, Jury Duty And The Press
- Fourth place *t* with 2/3 vote – The Mellow Jihadi-The Cunning Muslim Bro’s Candidate
- Fourth place *t* with 2/3 vote – The Noisy Room-American Bolsheviks – The Second Act
- Fourth place *t* with 2/3 vote – The Colossus of Rhodey – The Epitome of the “Limousine Liberal”
- Fourth place *t* with 2/3 vote – VA Right! – Upholding Obamacare Would Be the Ultimate and Final Act of Judicial Activism and Render the Constitution Moot
- Fourth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Rhymes With Right –Some Observations On Michael Kinsley’s Column On ObamaCare’s Constitutionality
- Fifth place *t* with 1/3 vote – The Glittering Eye – How Did They Get It So Wrong?
- Fifth place *t* with 1/3 vote – Simply Jews – “Anti-Zionism” and naivety
The remainder of the Non-Council competition are as follows: (more…)
I apologize for the slow blogging of late, but my mind has drifted away from politics these past few days. Do have something to say about Huntsman’s withdrawal basically revolving around the notion that he offered a conservative platform, yet campaigned as a moderate. That, in the end, I believe did him in.
As today is Martin Luther King, Jr. today, let us remember that great man with his greatest speech, indeed, one of the greatest expressions of the American ideal:
In our first year blogging, I wrote a piece on why I, as Jew, wish people a Merry Christmas. Then, as now, I felt it absurd that people try to strip this season of his sacred significance to Christians who celebrate today the birth of their Savior. Knowing how holy this day is to those of that faith, I’ve keeping up my tradition, wishing people a Merry Christmas, wanting to share their joy with them.
Tomorrow, I’ll be doing just that with my brother-in-law, celebrating Christmas with him and my sister in their home as per their tradition.
Below, in slightly revised form, I include (as I did in 2009) my original “Merry Christmas” post.
In 2004, when then-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger lit what most of us (including Jews) know as a Christmas tree. Some reporters sensed a controversy because his Democratic predecessor had called the decorated evergreen a “holiday tree.”
You see, that Democrat, like too many in our society, strove to eliminate all references to religion in public ceremonies and holiday displays. They seem to think that the Constitution has created some sort of wall of separation between church and state. Unfortunately, that expression (“wall of separation“) comes not from the U.S. Constitution, but from a letter of Thomas Jefferson. The actual text of the First Amendment reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” (quoting only the first part of the amendment referencing religion).
And frankly, this Jewish writer just doesn’t see how calling a decorated evergreen tree a “Christmas Tree” represents the establishment of religion. Or why it is so offensive. Indeed, a few of my friends worry that they might be offending me if they wish me a “Merry Christmas.”
Those very individuals, however, some of them devout Christians, are touched when I wish them “Happy New Year” at Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year). When I lit the Chanuka candles with gentile friends on this holiday’s fourth night, they were touched that I would share the festive tradition with them.
Why should non-Christians be offended by a Christian’s sharing his or her joy in celebrating a religious holiday of his faith when delight in sharing our joy in celebrating ours?
If someone wishes us a “Merry Christmas,” they speak from their heart, wanting to share the spirit of this festival (sacred to them) with us. So, let’s welcome their good Christmas wishes, even when expressed to their non-Christian fellows. (more…)
Just a reminder about the brunch for our readers at High Noon in the Mile-High City this coming Friday, November 25, 2011. Drop me an e-mail if you can join us as you take a break from your Black Friday shopping.
At a time when one might think the federal government had better things to do than further meddle is a sour economy, we’ve got bureaucrats imposing a new tax to promote Christmas trees:
President Obama’s Agriculture Department today announced that it will impose a new 15-cent charge on all fresh Christmas trees — the Christmas Tree Tax — to support a new Federal program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees.
In the Federal Register of November 8, 2011, Acting Administrator of Agricultural Marketing David R. Shipman announced that the Secretary of Agriculture will appoint a Christmas Tree Promotion Board. The purpose of the Board is to run a “program of promotion, research, evaluation, and information designed to strengthen the Christmas tree industry’s position in the marketplace; maintain and expend existing markets for Christmas trees; and to carry out programs, plans, and projects designed to provide maximum benefits to the Christmas tree industry” (7 CFR 1214.46(n)).
Although not a Christian, I welcome those, including the Governor of Wisconsin who wish to dub a festive pine tree decorated during the days preceding and immediately followed the Winter Solstice as a Christmas Tree. The First Amendment protects those individuals’ free exercise of religion.
It is, however, none of the federal government’s business to promote this holiday symbol. To be sure, it should protect the rights of those individuals who wish to display it. (And the ACLU who should be opposing this silly measure has yet to get injunctions against private homeowners who proudly decorate their trees.) It’s not just the tax that’s the issue. It’s the waste of federal resources.
And it does seem that whenever governments starts “promoting” an industry, federal officials soon start meddling. Ed Driscoll wonders if “the administration be raiding Christmas tree dealers, a la their raids on an other famous wood-based merchant?” (more…)