Something Nice: Community Honors Its Fallen Hero [Y-not]

The other cobloggers will be along shortly, I'm sure, but in the meantime here's a fresh thread.

One (stupid, imho) theory is that the Islamic terrorists in San Bernardino were triggered to violence by a Christmas holiday party. Well, if that's the case I'm in big trouble because I'm finding that my fellow Kentuckians celebrate Christmas in a big -- and unapologetic -- way. Seems like every small town around here has a Christmas parade this weekend.

Meanwhile, in the town of Richmond, Kentucky (a town of 32,000 near Lexington) they're using this year's parade to honor a fallen officer who was killed in the line of duty last month:

Katie and Luke Ellis, the wife and son of Officer Ellis, are going to be the grand marshals of the Christmas parade tonight. The two will be riding in a horse drawn carriage with Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock.

Officers said that people in the community decorated a Christmas Tree with all the officers' names and badge numbers, Officer Ellis' name being at the top.

Nice.

How do the communities where you live celebrate the Christmas season?


Open thread.

Posted by: Open Blogger at 09:30 AM




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1 Maybe first.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at December 05, 2015 09:29 AM (hy5nE)

2 >>>Kentuckians celebrate Christmas in a big -- and unapologetic -- way.

Welcome to the US. Enjoy your stay.

Posted by: Herr Morgenholz at December 05, 2015 09:29 AM (EUMr7)

3 >>Posted by: Herr Morgenholz at December 05, 2015 09:29 AM

You aren't the first to say that to me! ;-)

Seems like every little town around here (and they're pretty much ALL little!) has a cute town square and every one of those squares is hosting a parade today. Very nice.

Posted by: Y-not at December 05, 2015 09:31 AM (t5zYU)

4 Christmas parties?

You're willowing me for that?

Posted by: Bandersnatch at December 05, 2015 09:31 AM (1xUj/)

5 Cookies!!

Posted by: Lizzy at December 05, 2015 09:32 AM (NOIQH)

6 There's a lighted boat parade here and this year my sisters and I decided to make a "glory days of the space program" theme and we will have a badass model of a Saturn V rocket (that my sister made in about 2 days!) on the back of the boat. We're gonna play stuff like the I Dream of Jeannie theme, Space Truckin, etc.
Can't wait.

Posted by: Cathy at December 05, 2015 09:33 AM (Va9Q4)

7 Merry Christmas

(Just saying it today to pass off lefties)

Posted by: @votermom at December 05, 2015 09:33 AM (cbfNE)

8
So the commies and mohammedans hate to hear the word "Christmas".....

Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas

Fuck you, assholes. Merry Christmas.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at December 05, 2015 09:33 AM (o98Jz)

9 >>>Posted by: Y-not at December 05, 2015 09:31 AM (t5zYU)

I'm a southern Ohioan, but it's the same culture for the most part.

Posted by: Herr Morgenholz at December 05, 2015 09:34 AM (EUMr7)

10
and we will have a badass model of a Saturn V rocket (that my sister made in about 2 days!)









Does it actually blast off?

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at December 05, 2015 09:35 AM (o98Jz)

11 >>>
Fuck you, assholes. Merry Christmas.

Gospel of ITC (9:16)

Posted by: Herr Morgenholz at December 05, 2015 09:36 AM (EUMr7)

12 10) God that would be awesome. No, but yesterday my sis texted me "hey, good news! Publix sells dry ice!"

Posted by: Cathy at December 05, 2015 09:36 AM (Va9Q4)

13 Our Zoo has "Zoo Lights" where they decorate the whole place and you can walk around there at night. Very festive, better if you get tickets for a night that isn't too freakin' cold.

I'm a sucker for traditional events like Nutcracker ballet, Handel's Messiah, but I don't always attend one of these (especially w/hubby and kid who are not into it).

Posted by: Lizzy at December 05, 2015 09:36 AM (NOIQH)

14
Listen to me and you shall hear, news hath not been this thousand year:
Since Herod, Caesar, and many more, you never heard the like before.
Holy-dayes are despis'd, new fashions are devis'd.
Old Christmas is kicked out of Town
Yet let's be content, and the times lament, you see the world turn'd upside down.

The wise men did rejoyce to see our Savior Christs Nativity:
The Angels did good tidings bring, the Sheepheards did rejoyce and sing.
Let all honest men, take example by them.
Why should we from good Laws be bound?
Yet let's be content, and the times lament, you see the world turn'd upside down.

Command is given, we must obey, and quite forget old Christmas day:
Kill a thousand men, or a Town regain, we will give thanks and praise amain.
The wine pot shall clinke, we will feast and drinke.
And then strange motions will abound.
Yet let's be content, and the times lament, you see the world turn'd upside down.

Our Lords and Knights, and Gentry too, doe mean old fashions to forgoe:
They set a porter at the gate, that none must enter in thereat.
They count it a sin, when poor people come in.
Hospitality it selfe is drown'd.
Yet let's be content, and the times lament, you see the world turn'd upside down.

The serving men doe sit and whine, and thinke it long ere dinner time:
The Butler's still out of the way, or else my Lady keeps the key,
The poor old cook, in the larder doth look,
Where is no goodnesse to be found,
Yet let's be content, and the times lament, you see the world turn'd upside down.

To conclude, I'le tell you news that's right, Christmas was kil'd at Naseby fight:
Charity was slain at that same time, Jack Tell troth too, a friend of mine,
Likewise then did die, rost beef and shred pie,
Pig, Goose and Capon no quarter found.
Yet let's be content, and the times lament, you see the world turn'd upside down

Posted by: Brother Cavil, hither and yon at December 05, 2015 09:37 AM (m9V0o)

15 Who are these people who judge my Christ centric culture as inferior to theirs?

I thought that under the Diversity Diktat, all cultures were equal and worthy of respect?

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at December 05, 2015 09:37 AM (ptqRm)

16 Kinda OT but I got willowed.
Loretta Lynch seems to bring out the best in people, including former
congressman from Illinois Joe Walsh, who dares her to prosecute him for
his views on muslims. Made my morning.

http://tinyurl.com/jb85a6a

Posted by: dartist at December 05, 2015 09:38 AM (/tTDo)

17
In the old neighborhood, which "transitioned" to barrio over the years, they started doing Posadas:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Posadas

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at December 05, 2015 09:38 AM (kdS6q)

18 Our downtown is decorated and the merchants sponsor a parade on the Friday after Tday. They also have a Santa house with one of his helpers there to see you on Saturdays and Sundays.
One of the big 40 foot pines has lights on it and it's all looks very nice.
A reminder: If you can't get into the Christmas/holiday whatever season mood, look around for some local concerts given by your schools, churches, semi pro band/orchestras, sing along Messiahs (even if you can't sing) and the like. You'll be surprised at the quality of the music or at the very least, impressed with the effort.

Posted by: Bruce at December 05, 2015 09:38 AM (8ikIW)

19 "Christmas Christmas Christmas "


I'm not a very religious sort, but.......bang that drum. It is Christmas, call it that, and, don't apologize.


They can't take it. Their problem.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at December 05, 2015 09:39 AM (iPLlj)

20 Well, Y-not, in my little town, Santa arrives this afternoon (via fishing boat), just before the town Christmas Tree (yes, they call it that) is lit. He makes a repeat visit later in the month somewhere down by the water. First time, he rides away from the dock on the back of the town's 1940 fire truck. Second visit, he hands out candy to teh kidlets.

On the religious front, there is no town nativity scene, but all the local churches get into the act with observances according to their own ways.

As a Jew, I should be Outrageously Outraged that all this stuff is so blatant. I should demand that some court or other order that it should be suppressed.

Funny thing: Christmas doesn't bug me at all. Never has. Do your thing, Christians!

Posted by: MrScribbler at December 05, 2015 09:39 AM (ykopX)

21 Funny that an assault on a Christmas Party is called the result of 'triggering' by the same people who would call it 'xenophobia' if it were an assault on some minority event.

It's almost like they have pre-selected saints and sinners and apply the critiques selectively or something.

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at December 05, 2015 09:39 AM (oVJmc)

22 So what's this Beyonce Visa I keep hearing about?

Posted by: Bandersnatch at December 05, 2015 09:40 AM (1xUj/)

23
I was thinking of getting the tires on the car checked out, but I figured -- hey -- it can wait until after Christmas.

Posted by: Batman - Hey, what's that smell?

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at December 05, 2015 09:43 AM (kdS6q)

24 Dang. That weren't no Lazaruth puthy.

Posted by: Syed Farook at December 05, 2015 09:44 AM (EUMr7)

25 Tonight is our Christmas Parade, down Main Street, with Santa at the end, as per tradition.

Half the town marches in it and the other half watches.

I haven't gone the last few years but I'm going tonight.

Posted by: Who Knows at December 05, 2015 09:44 AM (W+Itt)

26 Anyone who is feeling bored, visit my blog (link) in nic and give me some feedback on the layout, content, etc.
I'm in the mood for some withering criticism.

Posted by: @votermom at December 05, 2015 09:44 AM (cbfNE)

27 >>4 Christmas parties?
You're willowing me for that?
Posted by: Bandersnatch at December 05, 2015 09:31 AM (1xUj/)

And I wanted to comment too that lots of people could kill me with their bare hands so I don't really get this whole 'guns could kill me' thing. It's so illogical. People get killed by fists and knives and cars and pipe bombs too...

I have work and friend Christmas parties next week! I bought a pretty dress (for the friend one-don't care about work and now I have to get a dirty Santa gift.

Posted by: Lea at December 05, 2015 09:44 AM (vmMMi)

28 Liberals know that guns don't kill people and that people kill people, and that is why they rage against the gun. There is no risk or danger for them to rage against an inanimate object.

Posted by: Dang at December 05, 2015 09:45 AM (2oWD2)

29 I bought a pretty dress ... a dirty Santa gift.

go on...

Posted by: AltonJackson at December 05, 2015 09:46 AM (KCxzN)

30 >>I'm not a very religious sort, but.......bang that drum. It is Christmas, call it that, and, don't apologize.


Hmmmm....Maybe I need to purchase some big ol' cross pendants for me and loved ones to wear openly? Never been an in-your-face type, but I'm having second thoughts...



Posted by: Lizzy at December 05, 2015 09:47 AM (NOIQH)

31 We will go out Sunday and put a wreath on my mom and dads grave. They were veterans and in the veterans section. About 5 years ago we noticed that there were a few graves nearby to them, that never have flowers on them. We have chosen 2 to put flowers or wreaths on when we go out.

Posted by: Bruce at December 05, 2015 09:47 AM (8ikIW)

32 Here in Otisburg we celebrate Christmas by hiding delectable nuts in our underwear for the Great Christmas Bear to find.

Posted by: Ned Beatty, Mayor of Otisburg at December 05, 2015 09:48 AM (Jdgwe)

33 Hmmmm....Maybe I need to purchase some big ol' cross pendants for me and loved ones to wear openly? Never been an in-your-face type, but I'm having second thoughts...

--

Lizzy, good idea. I need to wear a big cross and a flag pin for jury duty next month. Maybe bring a rosary too.

Posted by: @votermom at December 05, 2015 09:49 AM (cbfNE)

34 " There is no risk or danger for them to rage against an inanimate object."


Good point. The inanimate object has no race, religion, or, politically correct cause.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at December 05, 2015 09:49 AM (XmGwH)

35 How do the communities where you live celebrate the Christmas season?

=====

Country and Western covers of Nico songs.

Posted by: Bigby's Knuckle Sandwich at December 05, 2015 09:51 AM (Cq0oW)

36 San Antonio has a river parade, the Riverwalk trees are all it up, and a posada.

I'm in Port Aransas for the weekend but have never been here in December. One of the biggest charter fishing boats, the Wharf Cat, is covered with lights. It's like a Christmas tree in the water. That was a nice surprise last night.

Posted by: stace at December 05, 2015 09:51 AM (pmhkb)

37 Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at December 05, 2015 09:37 AM (ptqRm)

Maybe we need to respond to such people wirh "Respect mah diversitah"?

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at December 05, 2015 09:51 AM (GDulk)

38 Posted by: Bruce at December 05, 2015 09:47 AM (8ikIW)

God bless you.

Posted by: @votermom at December 05, 2015 09:51 AM (cbfNE)

39 "Maybe we need to respond to such people wirh "Respect mah diversity"?


I actually do that in real life, if the situation warrants it.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at December 05, 2015 09:53 AM (ptqRm)

40 Officer Swayse's memorial service and motorcade were last night here in the Springs. My 20-minute commute was an hour an a half. Small price to pay.

Dunno if this will work, but here's a video of something they did called End of Watch. The dispatcher repeatedly calls for him, then calls end of watch when there is no answer.

Forgive me if my poor formatting skills lead to the barrel.

http://tinyurl.com/pva36qw


Posted by: Bob's House of Flannel Shirts and Wallet Chains at December 05, 2015 09:55 AM (yxw0r)

41 I also have been known to rely with "Who the fcuk gives you the right to determine what culture is superior to another culture?"

But, that's when I'm having a bad day.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at December 05, 2015 09:55 AM (ptqRm)

42 33 Hmmmm....Maybe I need to purchase some big ol' cross pendants for me and loved ones to wear openly? Never been an in-your-face type, but I'm having second thoughts...

--
When I'm in a mood about that latest Muslim atrocity I wear a cross AND a Star of David, even though I'm not Jewish, and not very devout in my church going either. Is it wrong to use religious symbols to say FU to certain people? I think not.

Posted by: stace at December 05, 2015 09:55 AM (pmhkb)

43 I like this:

https://___0.etsystatic.com/076/0/5803806/il_570xN.817890430_41tn.jpg

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at December 05, 2015 09:55 AM (XmGwH)

44 I thought that under the Diversity Diktat, all cultures were equal and worthy of respect?

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at December 05, 2015 09:37 AM



Some cultures are more equal than others.

Posted by: huerfano at December 05, 2015 09:56 AM (NSb9d)

45 Hope I didn't fark up the blog.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at December 05, 2015 09:56 AM (ph7Gd)

46 "I'm in the mood for some withering criticism."

No, no you are not.

I made that mistake once; said to a wait person at the diner, "I'm feeling a little homesick. Could you give me a little verbal abuse?"

Which unloaded a torrent! After several long minutes I was able to say, "Thank You. You can stop now. I'm feeling much better."

Posted by: Roscoe P. Panmite at December 05, 2015 09:57 AM (GcsN0)

47 You did.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at December 05, 2015 09:57 AM (GDulk)

48 These jihadists were destroying their digital footprint (or trying) the day before their assault. They are "triggered" by all infidels, especially those that live so freely and abundantly in the US and Europe.

As with college kids, they are way too "trigger happy", and they don't get to control other people's lives so as not to be "triggered". Their "safe zone" is back in the Middle East, in the terrorist run countries.

But the Islamist's method is to infiltrate and conquer, the world. The mosque this guy was at had the imam that said it was justified to kill Jews. If AG Lynch is going after those that provoke violence, perhaps she should start there.

Posted by: Illiniwek at December 05, 2015 09:58 AM (wtkzU)

49 Does Trump write his tweets?

Nice
Fantastic
Amazing
Really

Posted by: the littl shyning man at December 05, 2015 09:58 AM (U6f54)

50 >>Is it wrong to use religious symbols to say FU to certain people? I think not.

Kinda like the cross AND star of david.

Posted by: Lizzy at December 05, 2015 09:58 AM (NOIQH)

51 Posted by: Roscoe P. Panmite at December 05, 2015 09:57 AM (GcsN0)

LOL
Are you still friends?

Posted by: @votermom at December 05, 2015 09:58 AM (cbfNE)

52 I recommend that with Global Warming altering our climate, that we recognize the need for a Winter Burka (Dark color), and a Summer White Burka.

Maybe with a pillow case shaped hood.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at December 05, 2015 09:58 AM (ptqRm)

53 26 @votermom

Well, for starters, the link in your nick throws a 404 error

Posted by: cool breeze at December 05, 2015 09:59 AM (6Cu7i)

54 Oh, a waiter? Huh.

Posted by: @votermom at December 05, 2015 09:59 AM (cbfNE)

55 Y'all need to do something about your irrational negative views of Islam. Say thank you to delegates from Northern Virginia.

Posted by: Edmund Burke's Shade at December 05, 2015 10:00 AM (cmBvC)

56 I thought that under the Diversity Diktat, all cultures were equal and worthy of respect?


Don't be silly.

Ours is always worse.



Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at December 05, 2015 10:02 AM (oVJmc)

57 This afternoon, Santa and Mrs Santa arrive by boat at the town landing. He then sits with the kids and takes them on hayrides around downtown.Then there is a crafts fair at the grammar school where local artists sell their stuff, some of it surprisingly good. All of the local stores, all 7 or 8 of them do the shop local thing. And the grand finally is the lighting of the town Christmas, unashamedly Christmas, tree down by the harbor with the kids orchestra and choir doing carols and they also have cider, hot chocolate and cookies.

Small town Christmas stuff is pretty cool.

Posted by: JackStraw at December 05, 2015 10:03 AM (/tuJf)

58 The little bedroom community here that includes Casa Backwardio will put Santa in a fire truck and drive him around the neighborhood. I've caught it several times coming home from gigs. Traffic stops and people honk and wave.

I love it.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at December 05, 2015 10:04 AM (LUgeY)

59 That's sounds like fun, JackStraw!

Posted by: Lizzy at December 05, 2015 10:05 AM (NOIQH)

60
I got a rocket in my pocket
finger in the socket
there aint no way for you to stop it
I said Rocket!

Today 5:10 pm EST

BE THERE OR BE SQUARE!

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at December 05, 2015 10:06 AM (iQIUe)

61 Votermom, went to your blog. Some weirdness commenting. Is there a direct messaging thing?

Posted by: Roscoe P. Panmite at December 05, 2015 10:06 AM (GcsN0)

62 I was going to tell you how Vegas celebrates the holidays, but every example I could come up with ends with "The Aristocrats!"

Posted by: jwpaine,what happens in my van stays in my van at December 05, 2015 10:07 AM (wKcQA)

63 votermom. Same here, got a 404 error.

Posted by: DJ Jazzy Mel at December 05, 2015 10:07 AM (22uju)

64 Later this month, our community will be blessed with Santa visiting some of the smaller children in their homes.

Santa may need something for his nerves, cause guess who is driving him around?

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at December 05, 2015 10:08 AM (ptqRm)

65 " I was going to tell you how Vegas celebrates the holidays,"



No coke and hookers....?

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at December 05, 2015 10:09 AM (VwRKB)

66 Here the HOG club puts on a toy run at noon, lead by Santa. Tonight is the downtown Parade of Lights on Main Street. Always a lot of fun. Huge Christmas Tree downtown. There is one business that usually wins best "float" and then they have it in their parking lot every nite and you can drive thru and see it. It really is cool.

Posted by: Infidel at December 05, 2015 10:10 AM (teE+5)

67 >>That's sounds like fun, JackStraw!

It's great. With all the crazy stuff going on in the world it's nice to have some good old fashion Christmas stuff with no PC bull.

Posted by: JackStraw at December 05, 2015 10:10 AM (/tuJf)

68 "Santa may need something for his nerves, cause guess who is driving him around?"

Bring a 5th.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at December 05, 2015 10:11 AM (VwRKB)

69 I get a lot of weirdness from Google Chrome.

Posted by: Roscoe P. Panmite at December 05, 2015 10:11 AM (GcsN0)

70 As it's an open thread,

one could almost develop a plan for reducing gun violence based on this chart.

But, I wouldn't suggest it.

http://www.weaselzippers.us/?p=243664

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at December 05, 2015 10:14 AM (ptqRm)

71 I used to have a blog on livejournal.
and wordpress
and blogger

End all ended with a whimper

Posted by: Roscoe P. Panmite at December 05, 2015 10:14 AM (GcsN0)

72
Look at this little chocolate head!

https://goo.gl/BTfiZ3

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at December 05, 2015 10:14 AM (iQIUe)

73 I have work and friend Christmas parties next week! I bought a pretty dress (for the friend one-don't care about work and now I have to get a dirty Santa gift.





Posted by: Lea at December 05, 2015 09:44 AM (vmMMi)
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Lea - I am looking for a pretty dress, I guess what you'd call a cocktail dress. All I can find is black. Who wants black for a festive event?. Clue: Not me. May I ask where you found your dress? I'm dreading the thought that I might have to go into Chicago to find what I'm looking for.

Posted by: grammie winger, watching the fig tree at December 05, 2015 10:14 AM (dFi94)

74 Hmmmm....Maybe I need to purchase some big ol' cross pendants for me and loved ones to wear openly? Never been an in-your-face type, but I'm having second thoughts...


I had never given any thought to self-identifying as a Christian up until about ten years ago when a fellow axed me if I was Christian. Mysteriously, it took me a minute to answer and I had to think about it. Don't know why.

Now I wear a Christian cross ear stud that B'Gal gave me. All. The. Time. Got mistaken for a preacher with it about two months ago. In addition to a testament to my faith, I wear it so's to piss off muzzies, as there are several who live around here (that weren't here five years ago). I alternate between it and my dad's Catholic crucifix, which I always wear to gigs. Never both, though.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at December 05, 2015 10:14 AM (LUgeY)

75 And the grand finally is the lighting of the town
Christmas, unashamedly Christmas, tree down by the harbor with the kids
orchestra and choir doing carols and they also have cider, hot
chocolate and cookies.



Small town Christmas stuff is pretty cool.

Posted by: JackStraw at December 05, 2015 10:03 AM (/tuJf=============================================

I'm pretty sure at least 13 people are going to get the vapors over that. It sounds way too fun to be allowed.

Posted by: grammie winger, watching the fig tree at December 05, 2015 10:17 AM (dFi94)

76 Usually around here it's a Christmas parade, lots of drinking, telling the SA bell ringer to go screw themselves, more drinking, some dumbass I don't like inviting me to a Christmas party, more drinking, a visit to my favorite gun shop, more drinking, telling all my relatives that no gifts this year they are only getting a card, more drinking, light an advent candle or three...mohrr drunkikin....eat somethunk good....mere drunken....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at December 05, 2015 10:18 AM (ej1L0)

77 No, but yesterday my sis texted me "hey, good news! Publix sells dry ice!"

There's a place on Aurora Rd in Melbourne where you can get more than retail quantities of dry ice.

Posted by: Fox2! at December 05, 2015 10:18 AM (brIR5)

78 Ban selfie sticks not boom sticks.

http://tinyurl.com/nccsr8n

Posted by: The Great White Snark at December 05, 2015 10:18 AM (Nwg0u)

79 Well, we just rang in #320.

Stabbing

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at December 05, 2015 10:18 AM (ptqRm)

80 >>Now I wear a Christian cross ear stud that B'Gal gave me. All. The. Time.

That is cool.

Posted by: Lizzy at December 05, 2015 10:18 AM (NOIQH)

81 Our volunteer fire & rescue began their Santa runs last night. Brings me good childhood memories, but since we lived elsewhere when my kids were growing up, they weren't so lucky.

Posted by: OldDominionMom at December 05, 2015 10:19 AM (GzDYP)

82 >>>Posted by: grammie winger, watching the fig tree at December 05, 2015 10:14 AM (dFi94)

I found a gold dress! The store is called altered states and I don't know how big a store it is? I never buy anything there usually I just liked this.

Good luck! I agree black is sort of boring for the holidays.

Posted by: Lea at December 05, 2015 10:20 AM (vX2Z7)

83 61 Votermom, went to your blog. Some weirdness commenting. Is there a direct messaging thing?

--

I think it's blogger - Google did some kind of upgrade last weekend that screwed up a bunch of stuff.

They say "turn on 3rd party cookies" which is stupid.

I am going to allow anonymous commenting and see if that fixes it.
Give me a minute

Posted by: @votermom at December 05, 2015 10:20 AM (cbfNE)

84 I have a huge very big cross that I usually wear only in December because it is gilded in gold with red accents. I love this cross. There is a little glass compartment which holds sand said to be from the city of Jerusalem. Normally I would be suspicious of that claim, but it's made by Lenox, so I have decided to believe in its authenticity.

Posted by: grammie winger, watching the fig tree at December 05, 2015 10:21 AM (dFi94)

85 and we will have a badass model of a Saturn V rocket (that my sister made in about 2 days!)

Does it actually blast off?


The 'blasting' part is the contribution we were talking about.

Posted by: NASA at December 05, 2015 10:21 AM (mxCgt)

86 "Well, we just rang in #320. "



Come on, B'more!

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at December 05, 2015 10:22 AM (E6gfB)

87 Ok I turned on Anonymous comments - refresh and see if it lets you comment now.

Thanks for checking it out!

Posted by: @votermom at December 05, 2015 10:22 AM (cbfNE)

88 I found a gold dress! The store is called altered
states and I don't know how big a store it is? I never buy anything
there usually I just liked this.



Good luck! I agree black is sort of boring for the holidays.

Posted by: Lea at December 05, 2015 10:20 AM (vX2Z7)
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Thanks Lea! I will look around and see if we have that store within driving distance. I appreciate the suggestion and it sounds like you are going to look wonderful! Have fun!

Posted by: grammie winger, watching the fig tree at December 05, 2015 10:22 AM (dFi94)

89 That is cool.

I was untangling a bunch of her jewelry chains the other night and I gave her the gold cross I bought years ago that would've been a good match to the stud. The flimsy chain is broken, but, hey, it's gold! For some reason, she got a real kick out of that.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at December 05, 2015 10:23 AM (LUgeY)

90 >>I'm pretty sure at least 13 people are going to get the vapors over that. It sounds way too fun to be allowed.

I forgot, the Boy Scouts also have a nice bonfire down by the water. I live in dark blue RI but this little spot is immune from a lot of the liberal PC crap. We are in sort of a time warp.

Posted by: JackStraw at December 05, 2015 10:23 AM (/tuJf)

91 Downtown park has a "Festival of Lights." Lots of displays, some animated, created entirely with twinkle lights. Santa stuck in the chimney, Santa in a bi-plane (local history big on aviation, eg Wiley Post), melting snowman, deer leaping over the roadway, and, yes, a creche. Hosted by a local church.

Christmas parade is tonight. Haven't attended since our kids were kids, usually too cold for me, but the weather's been tolerable and I've been thinking about going.

Performance of Handel's The Messiah on Sunday at the Community Center.

Downtown isn't quite as decked-out as it was in its heyday, seems t'me, but still festively bewreathed and lit. Same for homes, depending on neighborhood. Some just haven't got their lights up yet.

(And while it's not a serious concern, if some muslin atrocity types show up at the parade, I'm confident there's many a citizen prepared to exercise 2A rights in response.)

Merry Christmas!

Posted by: mindful webworker - praise the Lord! at December 05, 2015 10:23 AM (5/lDN)

92 "I have to get a dirty Santa gift"
">>4 Christmas parties?"

Get For Christmas panties!

Posted by: dyslexia at December 05, 2015 10:24 AM (PGh+Q)

93 We live in a very liberal college town, so we have "Winter" Market where we can light the "holiday" tree and buy "holiday" gifts.

F them. I politely tell all retailers, etc., who send me catalogs that I am not going to spend my Christmas money at a place that won't say the word.

Posted by: PJ at December 05, 2015 10:25 AM (cHuNI)

94 IDK about Christmas, but my new hometown went all out for Hallowe'en.

Posted by: V the K at December 05, 2015 10:26 AM (G/+Ma)

95 http://www.altardstate.com/stores/

This is the store. There is at least one in il but I have no idea where things are lol so it may be a million miles from you!

Posted by: Lea at December 05, 2015 10:27 AM (vX2Z7)

96 We mostly just yell "CHRISS-MASSS, CHRISS-MASS, CHRISS-MASSS" over and over at local Muslims.

Posted by: Funkotron at December 05, 2015 10:27 AM (PChw/)

97 Oh well, I may have been too serious. Sorry.



Poopy.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at December 05, 2015 10:27 AM (91DWK)

98 I used to have a blog on livejournal.
and wordpress
and blogger

End all ended with a whimper
Posted by: Roscoe P. Panmite at December 05, 2015 10:14 AM (GcsN0)

--

Me too. LiveJournal - everyone else moved to FB plus that was back when I was a lefty.

I like WordPress but I can't afford self hosted yet so I moved back to blogger for now. It's a frustrating platform in many ways.

Posted by: @votermom at December 05, 2015 10:27 AM (cbfNE)

99 We live in a very liberal college town, so we have
"Winter" Market where we can light the "holiday" tree and buy "holiday"
gifts.



Posted by: PJ at December 05, 2015 10:25 AM (cHuNI)
===============================================

I usually ask "What holiday are we celebrating?" all dumb like, as if I just came off the boat. I usually get mumble mumble.

Posted by: grammie winger, watching the fig tree at December 05, 2015 10:28 AM (dFi94)

100 Dead blogs? I has one.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at December 05, 2015 10:29 AM (LUgeY)

101 And good for the town that is honoring their heroes.

Isn't it sad the way that the heroism of the White, male, evangelical Christian off-duty cop, Garrett Swasey, who saved people at the PP clinic in Co is just ignored by the media?

Posted by: PJ at December 05, 2015 10:30 AM (cHuNI)

102 http://www.altardstate.com/stores/



This is the store. There is at least one in il but I have no idea where things are lol so it may be a million miles from you!

Posted by: Lea at December 05, 2015 10:27 AM (vX2Z7)
==============================================

Oh! Oh! I can get there in 45 minutes ! Yay - Thanks Lea!

Posted by: grammie winger, watching the fig tree at December 05, 2015 10:31 AM (dFi94)

103 I'm in a semi-rural suburbia area so there is no real sense of community. Consequently, not much going on. The neighbors have put up a few lights. I'm alone this year so damned if I'll put up a light. Perhaps a few hot buttered rums and church.

Posted by: Diogenes at December 05, 2015 10:31 AM (r65B3)

104 "I usually ask "What holiday are we celebrating?" all dumb like,"

Kwanza.

On the plus side, it seems that every year, the Kwanza card selection in the card racks gets a little bit smaller.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at December 05, 2015 10:31 AM (ptqRm)

105 There is no weak end, it's work all the time.

Posted by: Roscoe P. Panmite at December 05, 2015 10:31 AM (GcsN0)

106 http://www.altardstate.com/stores/



This is the store. There is at least one in il but I have no idea where things are lol so it may be a million miles from you!

Posted by: Lea at December 05, 2015 10:27 AM (vX2Z7)
============================================

Very. Very sad indeed.

Posted by: grammie winger, watching the fig tree at December 05, 2015 10:32 AM (dFi94)

107 100 Dead blogs? I has one.

--

I see dead blogs.

Posted by: sixth site at December 05, 2015 10:32 AM (cbfNE)

108 Our town (Thornton Wilder? I forget.) has a Christmas tree lighting that's pretty well-attended. Pretty much everyone on our block has lights up. Now I have to put up our usual lights in the fir tree out front without ending up in the ER with a broken back.

Posted by: Skookumchuk at December 05, 2015 10:32 AM (/WPPJ)

109
Do you hear these idiots on TV?
They're all asking why the jihadists chose his workplace for a target. because the jihadists couldve killed a lot more people by choosing another locale.

Way to give them ideas, Media.

Posted by: Soothsayer, ho ho ho at December 05, 2015 10:32 AM (aErmE)

110 >>Oh! Oh! I can get there in 45 minutes ! Yay - Thanks Lea!

Good luck! It's not usually my style as I said so I hope you find something you like. If nothing else maybe there are other stores nearby

Posted by: Lea at December 05, 2015 10:33 AM (vX2Z7)

111 local fire dept hosts a parade that goes through our neighborhood, and they take the trucks through on Christmas morning with a Santa atop.

We'll be going to the new library next week for tea with Santa in the kid's wing. followed by tree lighting and carols.

today we're attending a Christmas party at a place very similar to what got shot up since the wife does marketing for places of the sort

. I'm making an Indian pudding for after, using a crockpot recipe for the first time. hope it turns out!

Posted by: Bigby's Knuckle Sandwich at December 05, 2015 10:33 AM (Cq0oW)

112 Well crap. What a doofus I am. The sympathetic post about the officer was what I was responding to. Not Lea's dress shop. Gah.

Posted by: grammie winger, watching the fig tree at December 05, 2015 10:33 AM (dFi94)

113 If nothing else maybe there are other stores nearby

Posted by: Lea at December 05, 2015 10:33 AM (vX2Z7)
========================================

Definitely. That mall has something like 150 stores or so. My son-in-law just got done wiring their new movie theater, in fact. I'm sure I'll find something there. I don't know why I didn't think of it before.

Posted by: grammie winger, watching the fig tree at December 05, 2015 10:36 AM (dFi94)

114 We mostly just yell "CHRISS-MASSS, CHRISS-MASS, CHRISS-MASSS" over and over at local Muslims.

Please be careful, you don't want a visit from the FBI...

Posted by: Colin at December 05, 2015 10:36 AM (T3Tpd)

115 I'm in the same area that the guy shot up a few years ago on Christmas, BTW. there'll be a memorial service at the spot, wreaths hung.

Posted by: Bigby's Knuckle Sandwich at December 05, 2015 10:36 AM (Cq0oW)

116 I see dead blogs.


Maybe Ace will put a link up to mine now?

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at December 05, 2015 10:37 AM (LUgeY)

117 I live in dark blue RI but this little spot is immune from a lot of the liberal PC crap. We are in sort of a time warp.

I hope it lasts.

I lived for years in Scituate, MA. There was a July 3rd tradition on Humarock Beach. People would save pallets and chairs and everything else you could make a bonfire out of all year, and a string of giant bonfires would line about 5 miles of beach.

People set off their own fireworks displays. Boats would anchor in close to shore. It was utter mayhem, joyous mayhem.

I used to be amazed that something that unorganized was still allowed and then a couple of years ago they shut it down. It lasted longer than I'd expected.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at December 05, 2015 10:38 AM (1xUj/)

118
The NYT began the new meme: "The Gun Epidemic"

This is another imaginary hoax like global warming, campus rape, police shootings, and racism.

The Left has turned the terrorist attack into their Sandy Hook II.

Posted by: Soothsayer, ho ho ho at December 05, 2015 10:38 AM (aErmE)

119 Kwanza.
On the plus side, it seems that every year, the Kwanza card selection in the card racks gets a little bit smaller.
Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at December 05, 2015 10:31 AM (ptqRm)

I used to work with this black guy named Bob (real name not used to protect the innocent) and I wished him Merry Christmas! one year and he said "back at ya!" and then I said oh, Happy Kwanza! and he said "I don't celebrate that shit".
Made us both laugh.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at December 05, 2015 10:39 AM (ej1L0)

120
Arguing with idiotic and false Leftist memes is dumb and counterproductive. The only response is this: ISIS is here; what are we doing about it?

Or: Why does obama want everyone to be defenseless?

Posted by: Soothsayer, ho ho ho at December 05, 2015 10:41 AM (aErmE)

121 >>They're all asking why the jihadists chose his workplace for a target.
because the jihadists couldve killed a lot more people by choosing
another locale.

*facepalm*

Yeah, that also ignores the whole "leave behind remote detonated pipe bombs and then kill first responders and police" part of the plan, too.

And that they had more bombs in the car, and at home, most likely for *additional* attacks.

Posted by: Lizzy at December 05, 2015 10:41 AM (NOIQH)

122 Oh the link in my big didn't have www.
Fixed it now
http://www.bookhorde.org/

Posted by: votermom at December 05, 2015 10:42 AM (cbfNE)

123 The NYT began the new meme: "The Gun Epidemic"


It should be "The Homicidal Muzlime Epidemic."

Reality just doesn't register with those imbeciles.

#WASTF

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at December 05, 2015 10:42 AM (LUgeY)

124 "The NYT began the new meme: "The Gun Epidemic"
"

I guess it would be too much to ask for them to have a headline reading

The Sudden Jihadi Syndrome (SJS) Epidemic, and the steps you can take to protect yourself, and loved ones.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at December 05, 2015 10:43 AM (ptqRm)

125 General Electric's world headquarters, Nela Park, is here in Cleveland. They always have a big light show that you can drive along the street to see. And of course we have the house from A Christmas Story, which is a museum all year round.

Posted by: Barb the Evil Genius at December 05, 2015 10:43 AM (FQKBL)

126 Autocucumber, nic big

Posted by: votermom at December 05, 2015 10:44 AM (cbfNE)

127 >>The NYT began the new meme: "The Gun Epidemic"

So, uh, how do I catch this gun flu --- and does it come with ammo?
Asking for a friend....

Posted by: Lizzy at December 05, 2015 10:44 AM (NOIQH)

128 109
They're all asking why the jihadists chose his workplace for a target. because the jihadists couldve killed a lot more people by choosing another locale.

Posted by: Soothsayer, ho ho ho at December 05, 2015 10:32 AM (aErmE)



And also, now that the evidence in the apartment was spoiled, the official story is just that this one couple got "radicalized" and committed an act of "workplace violence".

No terrorist cell. No mosques implicated. Nothing further to see here.

Posted by: rickl at December 05, 2015 10:44 AM (sdi6R)

129 Why does obama want everyone to be defenseless?

Help is only some 'concerned' hashtags away!

Posted by: Barack Obama at December 05, 2015 10:44 AM (mxCgt)

130 Maybe Ace will put a link up to mine now?

Posted by:

BackwardsBoy at December 05, 2015 10:37 AM


Nice try. I've been knocking on that door for over ten years.

I should update my "Alton Jackson's Fellow Moron-bloggers" blogroll. It's been a while and there are new blogs to add

Posted by: AltonJackson at December 05, 2015 10:44 AM (KCxzN)

131 The NYT began the new meme: "The Gun Epidemic"





It should be "The Homicidal Muzlime Epidemic."



Reality just doesn't register with those imbeciles.



#WASTF

Posted by: BackwardsBoy


Inanimate objects are an easy and safe target. These people are delusional.

Posted by: Dang at December 05, 2015 10:45 AM (2oWD2)

132 "Why does obama want everyone to be defenseless? "

To ask the question, is to answer the question.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at December 05, 2015 10:45 AM (ptqRm)

133 >>I lived for years in Scituate, MA. There was a July 3rd tradition on Humarock Beach. People would save pallets and chairs and everything else you could make a bonfire out of all year, and a string of giant bonfires would line about 5 miles of beach.

They used to do a big bonfire on Duxbury Beach for the 4th. You were allowed to drive your 4 wheel drive vehicle on the beach and people would be partying and shooting off the occasional fireworks. Good times.

And then came the Piping Plovers.

Posted by: JackStraw at December 05, 2015 10:46 AM (/tuJf)

134 Think I have a case of the Gun Epidemic as I get feverish when I want another gun.

Posted by: DJ Jazzy Mel at December 05, 2015 10:46 AM (22uju)

135 It was returned to the distribution facility, where bomb technicians said it was safe and "posed no threat."

Probably just pipe and plumbers stuff, nothing of any concern to the FBI..probably just had a water leak somewhere, and didn't want to bother the landlord.

Posted by: Colin at December 05, 2015 10:48 AM (T3Tpd)

136 Is it better for a single citizen to own 100 firearms, or for 100 citizens to each own a firearm?


Just one of those thoughts that go blowing through my head.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at December 05, 2015 10:48 AM (ptqRm)

137 The NYT began the new meme: "The Gun Epidemic"

The numbers don't add up. There is a gun epidemic in the country and 160 million people don't commit murder every day. How can anyone explain that?

Posted by: Roscoe P. Panmite at December 05, 2015 10:49 AM (GcsN0)

138 >>Is it better for a single citizen to own 100 firearms, or for 100 citizens to each own a firearm?


Yes. Both.

Posted by: Lizzy at December 05, 2015 10:49 AM (NOIQH)

139 "Why does obama want everyone to be defenseless?"


Hey, man, the cops eventually showed up. After seven minutes.

Posted by: Dang at December 05, 2015 10:50 AM (2oWD2)

140 If you own a hundred you can arm all like minded but gun less folks around you if the bad times come...

Posted by: Lea at December 05, 2015 10:50 AM (vX2Z7)

141 Jon Gabriel has a nice response concerning the gun epidemic



http://tinyurl.com/hpnw4yv

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at December 05, 2015 10:50 AM (ptqRm)

142 How do the communities where you live celebrate the Christmas season?

Star showers

Posted by: chemjeff at December 05, 2015 10:51 AM (uZNvH)

143 I live in Central Calif....


Feliz Navidad!

Posted by: BB Wolf at December 05, 2015 10:52 AM (qh617)

144 "How do the communities where you live celebrate the Christmas season?"

Spirit Fingers
Uptwinkles
Generic Happy Holidays

And an insistence on not referencing the birth of Christ.



Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at December 05, 2015 10:53 AM (ptqRm)

145 I just gotta say, it's a perfect gorgeous day today here on the coast. There are dolphins and pelicans feeding below our balcony, and eeeevil crude and chemical tankers passing by keeping America's economy alive. Life is good.

To the NYT, come and take it, mofos.

Posted by: stace at December 05, 2015 10:54 AM (pmhkb)

146 And then came the Piping Plovers.


Oh god. Piping Plovers!

My buddy and I had decided to split an out of town Oversand Permit for Nauset Beach this year. I've had them in the past, but it's been a few years.

Now you're only allowed to caravan out in the daytime at a specific hour, with someone on foot checking for Plover nests, and caravan back at a specific afternoon time.

The whole point of the oversand permit was to fish all night and cover ground that can't be covered on foot. It's dead. They closed access in May and opened it up in late September.

And you know what I read somewhere? There are 27 nesting pairs left. 27.

It's theater.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at December 05, 2015 10:55 AM (1xUj/)

147 How do the communities where you live celebrate the Christmas season?


Like this...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qw-tPF7K6Is

Posted by: Dang at December 05, 2015 10:55 AM (2oWD2)

148 >> The NYT began the new meme: "The Gun Epidemic"

We have a press epidemic. They come for the 2nd I go for the 1st.

Posted by: Herr Morgenholz at December 05, 2015 10:57 AM (RIKJa)

149 Didn't know you were a Kentuckian, Open Blogger. We're blessed in many ways. I hope you're as encouraged by Bevin as I am.

In Louisville, we celebrate Christmas with a bowl game. Not sure how the rest of the state deals with it

Posted by: CardFan at December 05, 2015 11:02 AM (80/Eq)

150 About that whole "triggered by a Christmas party" thingy: what type of twisted person has a problem with celebrating a birth while saying "Peace on Earth" and "Good will towards men?"

Just how sick must one be to become angered at something like that?

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at December 05, 2015 11:02 AM (LUgeY)

151 >>And you know what I read somewhere? There are 27 nesting pairs left. 27.

Duxbury had even fewer if memory serves. It was just silly, they walled off big areas of the beach and even prohibited dogs which really sucked. I used to take my Golden for runs on the beach, him not me, and it was one of his favorite things.

And then a handful of dumb birds took over and changed everything.

Oh well, time to get my butt in gear and do the Christmasie stuff around town. Have a great day all.

Posted by: JackStraw at December 05, 2015 11:02 AM (/tuJf)

152 #ChristmasPartiesAreTriggers

Posted by: Marie Hork and Jen Psocki at December 05, 2015 11:03 AM (Dwehj)

153 This

http://www.southshorecva.com/achristmasstory/

is going on in Hammond Indiana at the visitors center.
There's a statue of Flick licking the flagpole.
Some amusing animatronics and about 40 sponsored decorated Christmas trees.

http://www.goldstarmoms.com/

Has a tree separate from the others. Far too many picture ornaments.

Posted by: DaveA at December 05, 2015 11:03 AM (DL2i+)

154 150 About that whole "triggered by a Christmas party" thingy: what type of twisted person has a problem with celebrating a birth while saying "Peace on Earth" and "Good will towards men?"

Just how sick must one be to become angered at something like that?

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at December 05, 2015 11:02 AM (LUgeY)

Uhhh.... have you read my Book?

Posted by: Moh at December 05, 2015 11:05 AM (qh617)

155

The girls kidnapped by Boko Harem have now been held for 600 days. Hashtag diplomacy doesn't work

Posted by: ThunderB at December 05, 2015 11:05 AM (zOTsN)

156
And you know what I read somewhere? There are 27 nesting pairs left. 27.

It's theater.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at December 05, 2015 10:55 AM (1xUj/)








Funny how commie cocksuckers caterwaul about how conservatives hate science and don't believe in Darwinian evolution/natural selection. And then, when a species FAILS at natural selection.....like you know, dying out down to 27 nesting pairs, all that shit goes out the window.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at December 05, 2015 11:06 AM (o98Jz)

157 Our town has a Christmas Lane. That's the actual name of the street. People who move onto that street are aware that they are expected to produce Christmas displays in their lawn every year. It goes on for blocks. Thousands of people tour it each year. One of the most popular displays every year is this guy who has devoted 25 hours a day to perfecting the ultimate model train experience. People cram themselves in his yard to see this amazing train display. It must take him days to assemble all this stuff outside.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTdzGHxQvMY

Posted by: grammie winger, watching the fig tree at December 05, 2015 11:06 AM (dFi94)

158 VIA, "Spirit fingers"??? Do I want to know?

Posted by: mindful webworker - hally lulu! at December 05, 2015 11:07 AM (5/lDN)

159 It takes a special kind of arrogance to immigrate to another country and then demand everything be just so to suit you.


You knew what the country was like before you chose to immigrate to it, and if you really don't like it, go back to where you came from.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at December 05, 2015 11:08 AM (oKE6c)

160 Obama says ISIS is contained then Paris is attacked

Obama says America is safe, then the San Bernardino attack


I would like him to shut up

Posted by: ThunderB at December 05, 2015 11:08 AM (zOTsN)

161
VIA, "Spirit fingers"??? Do I want to know?

Posted by: mindful webworker - hally lulu! at December 05, 2015 11:07 AM (5/lDN)








I think it's the unholy spawn of Jazz Hands and The Shocker. But I'm not brave enough to bing it.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at December 05, 2015 11:08 AM (o98Jz)

162 Check out these retards.

http://tinyurl.com/hmonnyn

Posted by: steevy at December 05, 2015 11:09 AM (8HTq1)

163
It takes a special kind of arrogance to immigrate to another country and then demand everything be just so to suit you.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at December 05, 2015 11:08 AM (oKE6c)







Kind of like leftists moving to Red states, yes?

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at December 05, 2015 11:10 AM (o98Jz)

164 100 firearms, or for 100 citizens to each own a firearm?

Damnit V.Idiot!!!
Now I'm going to have that going thru my head all day.

Posted by: Diogenes at December 05, 2015 11:10 AM (K8gH+)

165 Back on topic, sorta: The bustling metropolis of Christmas, FL is not far from here. Their Post Office has a big line this time of year for their postmark on Christmas cards.

Not that it's a small town, but there's a sign that says "Welcome to Christmas, FL."

Says the same thing on the back of the sign.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at December 05, 2015 11:10 AM (LUgeY)

166 It takes a special kind of arrogance to immigrate to another country and then demand everything be just so to suit you.

'Sup.

Posted by: Alaric at December 05, 2015 11:11 AM (6FqZa)

167 Massive Christmas tree set up in the middle of the main drag. Trucks diverted. There is also a "Christmas Tree Park" in which a future massive tree is growing.

Christmas Parade was this week. Some little kids march. I have marched with some of them in past years. Plus bands, civic organizations, police and fire departments. Santa gives kids treats afterwards.

Civic organizations, churches and police/fire find out which families need Christmas cheer and deliver boxes. Dinner next week at one church for the needy.

We had a church party last night. Kids sang with bells and a violin, adults did first-experience chimes to "Jingle Bells" and "Silent Night". Plus dinner with several pies and puddings. Fun.

Posted by: KT at December 05, 2015 11:11 AM (qahv/)

168 And then came the Piping Plovers.

Oh god. Piping Plovers!



The original Darwin awards went to birds that are so stupid that they nest on the ground.

Posted by: cool breeze at December 05, 2015 11:12 AM (6Cu7i)

169 Funny how commie cocksuckers caterwaul about how conservatives hate science and don't believe in Darwinian evolution/natural selection. And then, when a species FAILS at natural selection.....like you know, dying out down to 27 nesting pairs, all that shit goes out the window.



Posted by: IllTemperedCur at December 05, 2015 11:06 AM (o98Jz)


This +1000

It amazes me that the Left believes in Evolution and Darwin's theories... but then also somehow don't believe that WE are part of, or affected by, said theory....

Somehow.... Leftist Darwin theory is 'you have to be nice, even if it is suicide to be nice'.

Posted by: Moh at December 05, 2015 11:13 AM (qh617)

170 The NYT began the new meme: "The Gun Epidemic"

Covered under Obamacare.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot Jr. at December 05, 2015 11:14 AM (FkBIv)

171 Funny how commie cocksuckers caterwaul about how
conservatives hate science and don't believe in Darwinian
evolution/natural selection. And then, when a species FAILS at natural
selection.....like you know, dying out down to 27 nesting pairs, all
that shit goes out the window.





Posted by: IllTemperedCur

Termites build huge nests. Well over 10 feet high and huge underground complexes. People build giant cities with tall buildings and subways. So next time you see a photo of New York City, take a deep breath and say, "Isn't nature wonderful!"

Posted by: Dang at December 05, 2015 11:15 AM (2oWD2)

172 Leftists are nothing more than programed robots, conditioned to respond in a certain way to specific stimuli.

Push button, get response. No thinking required.

Posted by: Roscoe P. Panmite at December 05, 2015 11:15 AM (GcsN0)

173 Back on topic, sorta: The bustling metropolis of
Christmas, FL is not far from here. Their Post Office has a big line
this time of year for their postmark on Christmas cards.



Not that it's a small town, but there's a sign that says "Welcome to Christmas, FL."



Says the same thing on the back of the sign.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at December 05, 2015 11:10 AM (LUgeY)
=================================================
There's a teeny little town not far from our cabin in the U.P. called Christmas. There's a huge giant Santa in the middle of town, which basically consists of a tacky gift shop, a couple of cabins, and a casino run by the Chippewa Indians.

Posted by: grammie winger, watching the fig tree at December 05, 2015 11:16 AM (dFi94)

174
170 The NYT began the new meme: "The Gun Epidemic"

Covered under Obamacare.



Posted by: Bertram Cabot Jr. at December 05, 2015 11:14 AM (FkBIv)

And under Senate bill 1203, which just passed, Veterans MUST get all VA indicated inoculations, or lose all Vet Benefits... (and no, I'm not kidding on this)...

Posted by: BB Wolf at December 05, 2015 11:16 AM (qh617)

175 Last year with all I tried to wish many causal interactions (store clerk etc)with Merry Christmas, if they looked like they need it or not. Will do it this year

Posted by: Skip at December 05, 2015 11:16 AM (k0xxN)

176 I remember Christmas parades in my small hometown. We used to get Friday afternoon off from school. Santa would finally arrive throwing out rock candy to everyone. The whole town would participate.

I hate rock candy.

Posted by: Soona at December 05, 2015 11:18 AM (Fmupd)

177 Let see.... how did I celebrate Christmas??

I crossed a freezing river in the Dark, at Night, to go kill my enemies in their beds...

To give you your country....

Starting to wonder why I bothered...

Posted by: Gen. George Washington at December 05, 2015 11:19 AM (qh617)

178 Last year with all I tried to wish many causal interactions (store clerk etc)with Merry Christmas, if they looked like they need it or not. Will do it this year

That's my mission as well. At the grocery store, the pharmacy and even at the music store. I also try to say it when there are as many other people nearby as possible.

Also to my bandmates, too.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at December 05, 2015 11:23 AM (LUgeY)

179 Time to break out my copy of "A Christmas Carol". I read it every year. I also have a DVD of the Alastair Sim movie (1951), which I make a point of watching.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at December 05, 2015 11:24 AM (9mTYi)

180 >>Welcome to Christmas, FL.

There is a Romance, Arkansas. Apparently their post office gets busy around valentines...

Posted by: Lea at December 05, 2015 11:26 AM (vmMMi)

181 Directions to Hell, Mi 48169.
https://www.google.com/maps/@42.4347498,-84.0025526,14z

when someone tells you to go to Hell, you can say, "I've been there."

Posted by: Roscoe P. Panmite at December 05, 2015 11:26 AM (GcsN0)

182 Diamond and Silk, the African American "Stump for Trump" gals rocked the rally yesterday in NC.

Need a break from all the fresh hell? This will have you laughing. Here are Diamond and Silk virtually taking over Don Lemon's show. This is SO worth a click:

http://preview.tinyurl.com/glo2hnu

Posted by: WhatWhatWhat? at December 05, 2015 11:26 AM (HMt16)

183 Santa Claus, Indiana. Post office gets busy this time of year, because of postmark.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at December 05, 2015 11:27 AM (9mTYi)

184 Kind of like leftists moving to Red states, yes?

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at December 05, 2015 11:10 AM (o98Jz)


Absolutely.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at December 05, 2015 11:29 AM (oKE6c)

185

Irving Texas is having a Christmas parade and treelighting on Dec 12

So the Islamic Center of Irving decided to have a "peace rally" at the same date and time. A local tea party group announced they would be attending as well. The Muslim group canceled their rally

Posted by: ThunderB at December 05, 2015 11:30 AM (zOTsN)

186 Kind of like leftists moving to Red states, yes?

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at December 05, 2015 11:10 AM (o98Jz)


In each case, the immigrant - whether from some Third World hellhole, or some liberal dystopia - has failed to ask the apposite question: "why is where I came from a train wreck?" Because in each case, the answer is "Because it's full of people just like me."

Posted by: Jay Guevara at December 05, 2015 11:31 AM (oKE6c)

187 Story about Irving is on breitbart. I got some facts wrong. The treelighting and parade that Muslims tried to crash is today

Posted by: ThunderB at December 05, 2015 11:32 AM (zOTsN)

188 On the plus side, it seems that every year, the Kwanza card selection in the card racks gets a little bit smaller.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at December 05, 2015 10:31 AM


As long as they keep building those Kwanzaa Huts....

Teh Big City next door to my Quaint Seacoast Village (I added "quaint," but the town's "welcome" sign says this is a "Seacoast Village"....) already had its Santa Parade a day or two ago, and has a large Christmas Tree at the police station. The tree is made from stacked and lighted lobsta traps.

Posted by: MrScribbler at December 05, 2015 11:32 AM (ykopX)

189
North Pole Alaska 99705

a balmy minus 18 degrees on the F scale this morning

https://goo.gl/maps/ui5C8rcSMEK2

I believe they accept mail addressed to Santa Claus.

Posted by: Roscoe P. Panmite at December 05, 2015 11:33 AM (GcsN0)

190 There is a new thread with elbows all over the place.

Posted by: grammie winger, watching the fig tree at December 05, 2015 11:35 AM (dFi94)

191 North Pole Alaska 99705

a balmy minus 18 degrees on the F scale this morning
--------------

That's bullshit. Everyone know's its melting. It's just another Denier's lie. You people should be imprisoned.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at December 05, 2015 11:37 AM (9mTYi)

192 Not exactly off-topic, but related... Should I? Sure, why not? Probably willowed by now, anyway.

Things we know.

Jesus was not born in a lonely, isolated medieval-European-style wooden barn on Dec 25 in the year 1AD.

The year was more like 8 to 4 BC (Christ born Before Christ always strikes me as funny), and the place was probably a kind of cave-barn close up to the inn. (Apparently, the Euro barn was St. Francis of Assisi's invention, says Milady.) And some guesstimate it was possibly in the early Spring or late Summer - early Autumn, if there were really shepherds around town instead of up in the hills.

And think about it. If Bethlehem was so crowded, because of the tax ruling, that the barn was set up for guests (not that uncommon for folks to sleep with their animals at "inns" of the day), it's also unlikely Joseph & Mary were lonely and isolated. If there were other women travelers around, Mary was very likely assisted in the birth, wouldn'cha think? Women being like that through the ages.

I've known since I was a kid about the parallax effect, you know, where the moon follows you, and how that kind-of debunks how the Wise Men were led, whether star, comet, or meteor. Unless they had some shiny special angel leading them, following the Star is probably a conflation of the visit of the wise guys, whyever they showed up, with memories of spectacular planetary conjunctions which, in recent decades, have been computer-confirmed, such as happened three times in 7BC.

None of which to me detracts at all from Christmas, in all its stars and glories and angels singing. Because. Joy to the world, the Lord is born! Let earth receive her king!

The front-lawn creches with Santa and Rudolph and Frosty and Snoopy kneeling at the manger - now, those are disturbing!

Merry Christmas!

Posted by: mindful webworker - heavenly days at December 05, 2015 11:42 AM (5/lDN)

193
North Pole Alaska 99705

a balmy minus 18 degrees on the F scale this morning

https://goo.gl/maps/ui5C8rcSMEK2

I believe they accept mail addressed to Santa Claus.

Posted by: Roscoe P. Panmite at December 05, 2015 11:33 AM (GcsN0)







Hey! I've been there!

Well, driven through..... at about 25mph.... on the shoulder.... in a Scandi-made Haaglunds Bv206...... on the way to Wainwright.

Driving through counts, right?

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at December 05, 2015 11:42 AM (o98Jz)

194 oh yeah?

click the nic for current conditions

and average this, mofo

Posted by: Roscoe P. Panmite at December 05, 2015 11:46 AM (GcsN0)

195 Yes, cur, driving through couts. At least I count it as having 'been there'.

and I think I've been there myself
which is why I remembered it. sorta
There was a gaily decorated pole, and image seared into my memory.

Posted by: Roscoe P. Panmite at December 05, 2015 11:49 AM (GcsN0)

196 Mindful:

I've linked this site several times. Check it out. An actual date has been proposed: April 17, 6 B.C.

http://www.eclipse.net/~molnar/

Posted by: rickl at December 05, 2015 11:53 AM (sdi6R)

197 Jesus is an Aries? That puts an interesting spin on things.

Posted by: Kindltot at December 05, 2015 12:00 PM (q2o38)

198 Interesting about Irving- somebody just doesn't know when to quit.
Our parish is there, actually.We're trad Catholics, so very strict on Advent- no Christmas celebrations 'til the day.
We have an outdoor Nativity in two plexiglass-fronted cedar structures, which were an Eagle Scout project.

One nice thing in my own suburb is the family with a huge model train layout in their backyard who put it on display in December. Admission is canned goods for the local assistance program.

And even though the elementary school my kids and now the g-kids, attend/ed is now very diverse, they still do the same program they've done since '85.
Each grade does a number for everyone else.
The third grade sings and signs "Silent Night" and tough tatooed dads tear up like little girls.

Posted by: Sal at December 05, 2015 12:00 PM (MRX6w)

199 197 Jesus is an Aries? That puts an interesting spin on things.
Posted by: Kindltot at December 05, 2015 12:00 PM (q2o3


Michael Molnar has published a book about his research. I haven't read it, but his theory sounds fascinating.

He is an astronomer, but his theory is that the "Star" was not a literal apparition in the sky, but rather a horoscope predicting the birth of a great king in Judea.

Today astronomy and astrology are two very different things, and modern astronomers generally have contempt for astrology.

But that wasn't the case 2000 years ago. Back then, astronomy and astrology were one and the same, and Molnar recognizes that. Other professional astronomers have praised him for his insight.

With his theory, a lot of things fall into place. The Magi were astrologers who wanted to check this out for themselves. It also explains why Herod freaked out and ordered the killing of all newborn male children.

Posted by: rickl at December 05, 2015 12:11 PM (sdi6R)

200 Speaking of the piper plover police, some poor guy in Georgia is going to federal prison for the second time for taking some turtle eggs for his party. No threat to the turtle population, but the (EPA) law is the law!

Posted by: PJ at December 05, 2015 12:11 PM (cHuNI)

201 Cold, hard gun statistics by Neil deGrasse Tyson making the rounds on Facebook via Upworthy, which posts stuff under the name of any "friend" who EVER "liked" one of their pieces, even if that "friend" would disagree with the new post.

Sigh.

Posted by: KT at December 05, 2015 12:21 PM (qahv/)

202

I posted in football link by mistake, I guess.

BREAKING!! HOSTAGE AND ACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATION IN NEENAH, WISCONSIN!

something is happening, because fox finally mentioned it

hopefully not too bad

therightscoop

a cop did get hit, but not life threatening

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at December 05, 2015 12:29 PM (qCMvj)

203 On that link in the sidebar link about Muslim reformers planning to stand up to violent jihad, Denver-are Morons might like know that Zuhdi Jasser from that group will be on 710 KNUS's Craig Silverman Show in about fifteen minutes.

Posted by: Prothonotary Warbler... Trump/Camacho 2016! at December 05, 2015 12:42 PM (0OG8D)

204 I'm surprised that Moochelle didn't grace our presence with her pouty bitchface and some lame hashtag.

Posted by: model-1066 at December 05, 2015 12:45 PM (KbSr3)

205 Christmas memories in a small town, 1960s USofA:

Plenty of handmade decorations using fresh greens from the yard, plus cones, berries and ribbon.

Noma lights-- testing the bulbs individually before screwing into the string, so it'll light up on the first try! Fiddling with the circle of wire to get the lights Just So on the tree.

(Grandma still had antique candleholders for the tree, which we used *once* --just to behold the sight-- and then promptly put them out!)

Shopping at the 'general store' for trinkets and treats-- old, old building even back then-- with thick wooden floors that resounded with your bootsteps and would creak in certain spots. The differing aromas as you walked through: scented candles, fresh fruit, harness leather, machine oil....

Playing in the snow! The best hill was a long hike for little kids, so sometimes the neighbor would pull our sleds along the road with her horse.

Nighttime with almost no light pollution--I swear you could see every star and galaxy in the sky from Grandma's back porch-- sipping hot cocoa on the porch swing with a thick snuggly blanket and my siblings.

**sniff** I want to go back!

Posted by: JQ Flyover at December 05, 2015 01:09 PM (044Fx)

206 Everything is garlanded and beribboned to within an inch of its life. One of my twee historic towne's many pubs is having a Glenfiddich whiskey tasting, and last night was Midnight Madness and the shops were open until late at night. Lots of mulled wine and cookies offered to soften up the shoppers.

All the store windows are decorated and there is some fierce competition. The tattoo parlor made a Christmas angel out of an animal skull and a Victorian nightie that is elegant and disturbing.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Michigangsta at December 05, 2015 01:57 PM (jR7Wy)

207
Just returned from our Troop's second Christmas parade (last weekend was the first). This parade was held in our home community and, as always, was way more fun. The Scouts love handing out candy to the spectators and there are dozens of people every one of us knows in one way or another along the route.

We will not kowtow to the barbarians among us.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at December 05, 2015 02:14 PM (BK3ZS)

208 I live in Richmond, where we had the parade mentioned above. That poor woman and her son lost their husband and father to a piece of trash that didn't want to go back to jail after absconding his parole and an armed robbery in broad daylight. This whole place pulled together in support of law enforcement in the area.

It was a beautiful Christmas parade. I hope it gave them some peace to see the community was still there for them.

Posted by: sombrastewart at December 05, 2015 11:20 PM (gP47E)

209 Kentucky is a great place to live, for so many reasons. I've always felt like the people here truly understand what's important in life, and that parade is a great example.

Posted by: Shinypie at December 06, 2015 08:18 AM (3nZXa)

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