Daily Archives: December 22, 2017

Thinking of Our Warriors at Christmas Time

It’s unusual to post anything in the afternoon, but there’s a lot that needs to be seen this weekend.

Thinking of the Mascots and all the others who cannot be with family this year.  God bless them all and keep them safe. We have your back, now and always.

CtH: Last year, Dearest and I were on our own and didn’t bother to decorate at all.  I got feeling a tad guilty what with the neighbors and all, so I ended up blowing a whole $3 on a big red bow that I stuck to the door. This year, though, HURRAH!!!  We are decorated and excited to be hosting Daughter #2 (aka, Army Princess), with Hubby, Son, Daughter, and Grandchild #7 who is still in the oven.

Daughter #3 (aka, Warrior Princess) is snowed in at the moment, but if the plows get out and they don’t get any more, she’s bringing Grandchild #6 to celebrate Our Lord’s birth and the renewal of the #2s wedding vows (10 years! wow!).

The Warriors aren’t military (any more), but Warrior Prince used up his days off on his sister’s nuptials, so he has to miss out. Daughter #1 (aka, Mama Buzz) is trying to be okay with sharing our joyful time via technology.  My phone had 81 texts on it today!  LOL  Daddy Buzz is active duty and, unlike Army Prince and Army Princess, was not able to get enough time off to make the trip.  This evening, Mama and Bunny did Mother-Daughter Christmas manicures. 🙂

2017_12 22 Mama and Bunny Cmas nails

We are all just super grateful that none of them are deployed!  It’s hard to celebrate Christmas when one’s offspring are in harm’s way.

More than 200,000 Pounds of Turkey, Ham, and Shrimp Headed to U.S. Troops for Christmas
U.S. troops serving in the Middle East will be enjoying a traditional holiday meal this Sunday, thanks to the men and women of the Pentagon’s Defense Logistic Agency Troop Support.

  • 112,092 pounds of turkey
  • 59,430 pounds of beef
  • 38,430 pounds of ham
  • 29,304 pounds of shrimp
  • 690 cases of cookies
  • 16,002 assorted cakes and pies
  • 6,564 pounds of marshmallows
  • 3,743 gallons of juice
  • 2,145 gallons of eggnog

“Our warfighters spend a lot of holidays away from their families and miss out on some of their favorite family traditions,” she said. “We take great pride in ensuring a taste of home is delivered to every warfighter,” said Robin Whaley, who leads a DLA Troop Support Subsistence team in Philadelphia.


Trump awards the Purple Heart to soldier, 25, who was injured in an IED blast in Afghanistan during Walter Reed visit after wishing wounded warriors Merry Christmas

President Donald Trump stopped by Walter Reed on Thursday afternoon to spread Christmas cheer to wounded troops.  While there he awarded the Purple Heart to 1st Lt Victor E. Prato.

Trump conversed and took selfies with several recovering service members. In brief remarks to reporters, Trump said he wanted to ‘to say hello to some of the bravest people anywhere in the world’ and wish them Merry Christmas.


[CtH: Seeing this guy in a neck brace and maybe unable to move … it makes me furious all over again the way that John Kerry manipulated the system to get himself Purple Heart medals for tiny scratches. ::simmer::]


While Most of DC Slept, Sec. Zinke Wandered A Frozen Arlington Cemetery With A Christmas Wreath

Thousands of people lined up at the gates of Arlington Cemetery before dawn Saturday morning. It was a bitterly cold. The temperature was far below freezing. There was snow on the ground. None of it dampened the spirits of those who looked forward to laying a wreath on a gleaming white headstone of an American hero.

Upon entering, the family members line up behind a semi trucks full of wreaths.


Wreaths Across America At Arlington National Cemetery Attracts Thousands

[CtH: Daddy Buzz’s best battle buddy is buried here. I hope he got one!]

Watch the Guys From Black Rifle Coffee Play Christmas Songs With Guns


The small-batch, roast-to-order, veteran-owned coffee company is known for making fun videos of themselves shooting and blowing stuff up, but they just may have out done themselves with this one.

The video opens with the men, wearing Christmas sweaters of course (one of which features Sasquatch in a bikini), playing Jingle Bells by shooting at the musical plinking target. There are also appearances from Santa and a man dressed as Ralphie from the Christmas Story — complete with pink bunny suit.

[CtH: Thanks for this one, Pete!  My offspring are going to get such a kick out of it.]


Military Dad Surprises Girls After They Ask Santa for Christmas Homecoming

Delingpole: Christmas Is Here, Everyone! EPA Officials Are ‘Leaving in Droves’

More than 700 people have left the Environmental Protection Agency since President Trump took office, a wave of departures that puts the administration nearly a quarter of the way toward its goal of shrinking the agency to levels last seen during the Reagan administration.  What marvellous news to ease us all into the festive Christmas spirit, eh readers?


Pope Francis: If You Take Away Jesus, Christmas Is ‘Empty’
Addressing a group of children who came to the Vatican on Sunday for the blessing of the figures of Jesus for their Nativity scenes, the Pope told them that only a Christ-centered celebration is the “real Christmas.”

After his Angelus prayer on Sunday, the pontiff thanked the children for their “joyful presence” in Saint Peter’s Square, and invited them to pray at home in front of the manger scene with their families, allowing themselves to be attracted “by the tenderness of Jesus child, born poor and fragile among us, to give us his love.”


Romans decry “mangy”, city’s threadbare Christmas tree, as symbol of decline

Romans are up in arms over the tree that has been dubbed “Spelacchio.”  Roughly translated as mangy or baldy, the name given to the tree in the capital’s Piazza Venezia has become a symbol of what many see as the eternal city’s eternal decay.

“It’s a disgrace. It hurts even to look at this Christmas tree,” one Roman resident told Reuters Television, using an Italian term suggesting that it looked like a plucked chicken.

[CtH: Sickening!]


What a trashy decoration! Couple buys an ‘ugly misfit’ Christmas tree and then transforms it into Sesame Street’s Oscar the Grouch – complete with its own garbage can and festive lights

Featuring a trash can stand and Oscar’s pet worm, Slimey, the picture of the tree has since gone viral. The couple also opted for an alternative tree in 2015, transforming their fir into a creation named, ‘Rudog the Reintree’.

[CtH: Sad to say, these “mangy” trees are a whole lot nicer than what Rome put up!]



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Breaking: Nation Furious over Giving Government Less of Their Money

From The Babylon Bee.

U.S.—The nation was in an absolute uproar as the GOP tax bill passed Congress Wednesday and made its way to President Trump’s desk, with millions of irate citizens expressing their total fury over the fact that the federal government will now be taking less of their money week in and week out.


Hordes of protesters gathered in the nation’s capital to decry the decrease of government taxation of their incomes, sources confirmed.

“America is dead,” one weeping woman said as she found out she would be giving the government $2,000 less under the new tax plan. “If ever there were a time for Americans to rise up and revolt against government oppression, this is it.”

“George Washington died for our right to give large portions of our paychecks to the federal government, and today Republicans are dancing on his grave,” she added before screaming wildly at the sky in hysterics.

At publishing time, relieved citizens discovered that the new tax rates are merely minimums, and they are free to pay as high a rate as they wish.

Also from The Babylon Bee:

Worship Leader Who Reads Music Arrested on Suspicion of Witchcraft

Local Father Looking Forward to Spending Entire Christmas Holiday Assembling Family’s Gifts

Local Snowflake Resents Being Compared to Fragile College Students

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2017_12 20 Rob Reiner's tweet

People have been blackballed and fired for less than this … but only when it was right-wingers being rude to or about left-wingers. When the shoe is on the other foot, you get 21K+ “hearts” from folks who were outraged and offended by “Pocahontas.”

These are the same people who had nothing to say about Creepy Joe Biden pawing females of all ages, then practically peed themselves laughing about how Pence doesn’t dine with women unless his wife is present.

Flippin’ hypocrites.

On the plus side, it’s Twitter, so everybody who wanted to got to say exactly what they thought of it. My personal faves:

  • Decades in pervy Tinseltown and you can’t even spell “fellatio.”
  • “Trump’s tax cut is working already, and everything I stand for is a lie.” Fixed it for you.

Best of the day!

  • Delete your account, meathead.

For those of you too young to remember, that’s Rob Reiner playing “Meathead” Mike.



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Yes, Virginia, there is a great American in the White House

2017_12 21 Trump visits Walter Reed

2017_12 Trump begins cabinet mtg w prayer by Ben Carson

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The Best Gift I Ever Got

As an adult, it seems your priorities change radically from what they are when you were a child. More work, more stress, more expense, but through it all you need little as far as material things. You just want your children to be as happy as you were at their age. All I need is to see my grandchildren smile and maybe coerce a hug or two to make me happy.

Among all the things you got for Christmas, there was always that one, special thing that made you the happiest and that you never forgot. That may be part of the reason why A Christmas Story, that holiday institution, is something that so many of that era can relate to. The trials and tribulations of a young boy’s quest for a BB gun. We all lobbied at some point for something we just knew we’d die if we didn’t get.

Granny had a big walk-in closet where she hid things until she wrapped them. It wasn’t much of a secret, though. In 1960,she got me this:
Whenever she’d leave in the car I’d go into the closet and play with it without taking it off the card and had to act surprised when I unwrapped it on Christmas morning.

We didn’t have a lot of money but we always got at least one toy.  There was a little store down the road from our farm that was run by two old sisters. It looked like something right out of a magazine. Wooden floors, a meat counter in the back, complete with sawdust on the floor and a cranky old man named Clyde Schlenk (never forget him), who would cut a piece of meat for you if you didn’t see what you wanted. Soda pop came in glass bottles and cost 10 cents.

Behind the counter were boxes of penny candy and nickel candy bars. A rack with 10-cent comics stood near the door with the Sunbeam Bread door pusher. When grandpa didn’t feel like getting up, he’d write a note and give me a dollar to ride my bicycle to the store to but him a pack of cigarettes. They sold them to me as long as I had the note. And he always wanted the change back from his dollar. He was a hard man when it came to his L&Ms.

They had a wooden shelf that went all the way around the store with some wonderful toys on it. Dolls, doll buggies, steel trucks, games, and, yes, a couple cap guns. (You KNEW that was coming, didn’t you?)  I don’t recall saying anything to anybody, but there was a two gun rig made by Daisy, the BB gun maker, that had a dark finish and fake wooden grips. I thought they were so cool.

Apparently, my lust was obvious. All I can think is that the ladies must have seen how I gazed at them every time I came in, which was often. They had to have told my grandmother because it caught me completely off guard when I opened the package on Christmas morning and there they were. I was about 8 at the time, so it had to have been around 1958.

My own set of Daisy Bullseye cap pistols.

I strapped on those brushed leather holsters and I was the fastest gun in the West. Looking back, I seem to remember the grin on Granny’s face when I opened the box. Now that I’m a grandfather, I know what she was feeling. There’s nothing like a child’s squeal with delight when she gets something she’s been wanting. Sadly, too many kids today want the latest electronic gizmo with the most storage and such. How sad.

I can’t imagine in 40 years them telling their children, ‘I remember the Christmas I got the new I-phone 8 with mega memory and fast download speeds. I cuddled with it every night and dreamed of texting the entire civilized world.’ Meh.



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Bits and Pieces

President Trump asked Ben Carson to open the Cabinet meeting with prayer.

SHAMEFUL! (But not surprising.) “So far there is near silence from the mainstream media about the blockbuster Politico Magazine investigative report on how the Obama administration from the top down interfered with U.S. law enforcement efforts to take down Hezbollah’s drug running of cocaine into the U.S. in order to facilitate the Iran nuclear deal.”


Trump Derangement Syndrome: An American Epidemic

Hell freezes over: Media start admitting that Trump’s first year isn’t a flop


Joelpatrick – White Privilege

LOTS MORE BITS AND PIECES IN COMMENTS!  Dearest installed and fired up a new electric heater in the living room this evening.  Consequently, I am trapped in my office with little else to do while it out-gasses.  You’re welcome. 🙂


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Trump’s Leadership: Generosity of Spirit

Editorial of The New York Sun | December 20, 2017

A glimpse of President Trump’s modus operandi is afforded by his decision to gather the Republican legislators so he could thank them for their role in passing the pro-growth tax cuts that will now going into law with his signature.

Many of the congressmen and women had been working on tax reforms for years.

“I want,” said Mr. Trump, gesturing to the scores who worked on the bill and were gathered on the White House steps, “to have them come up and get the glamor and the glory.”

This generosity of spirit is a feature of Mr. Trump’s leadership that one rarely sees acknowledged in the Democratic Party papers and contrasts with his gruff reputation.

President Trump: Tax Reform Passed

For comparison …

President Obama: Obamacare


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