Archive for December 24, 2011
Thinking of Baby Jesus tonight? Picturing him cuddled up to Joseph and Mary in Bethlehem, surrounded by the Three Wise Men and wide open spaces with cattle and sheep lazily eating grass outside?
This is Bethlehem today:
Google Bethlehem and you get the usual fluff. Google Walls of Bethlehem and you get the pics above, and more.
I wonder what the Prince of Peace is thinking tonight.
OMG, the music and the dancing here are spectacular. If you’ve having trouble getting in the Christmas spirit, this should do it.
DISCLAIMER: Those appearing in this video are not necessarily of the gay persuasion, (not that there’s anything wrong with that), they just play one on TV…
Tribute to The Rockettes and those who live at the Hallowed Hall for 3 months a year during The Christmas Craptacular!
Basically, what we do on a 4 show day in between PT, Booca, and The Fashion Shows…
The folks over at AddictingInfo.org put together: 33 Quotes About Conservatives/Republicans That Liberals Should Know About, and holy moly, are they ever good.
— “Latins for Republicans – it’s like roaches for Raid.” ~John Leguizamo
— “In the United States I have always believed that there was a big difference between Conservative and stupid. Boy is it getting harder to prove that one by the minute.” ~Rick Mercer
— “I wonder how many times you have to be hit on the head before you find out who’s hitting you? It’s about time that the people of America realized what the Republicans have been doing to them.” ~Harry Truman
This next one is particularly apropos right now:
— “Herbert Hoover once ran on the slogan, “Two cars in every garage”. Apparently, the Republican candidate this year is running on the slogan, “Two families in every garage”.” ~Harry Truman
Gotta remember that one.
— “The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work and then get elected and prove it.” ~P.J. O’Rourke
Another indication of just how screwed up our political system is:
National security advisers to the Republican presidential candidates have ties to defense, homeland security and energy companies that have received at least $40 billion in federal contracts since 2008.
Five of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s 41 national security and foreign policy advisers have links to companies that last year alone received at least $7.9 billion in federal contracts, according to data compiled by Bloomberg Government analyst Christopher Flavelle. Of that, $7.3 billion came from the Department of Defense.
Romney and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia, who are leading in the polls, have advisers who sit on the board of directors of BAE Systems Inc., which has received at least $37 billion in U.S. government contracts since 2008, the most of any of the companies with ties to Republican national security advisers.
William Schneider, an adviser to Gingrich, and Michael Chertoff, who counsels Romney, serve on the board of the U.S. subsidiary of BAE Systems Plc, Europe’s largest defense contractor. The American company makes the Army’s Bradley Fighting Vehicle and provides information technology systems to American intelligence agencies and repair services to the U.S. Navy.
This is crazy. A “national security adviser” who works for a defense, homeland security or energy company can’t possibly provide objective advice. They’re going to “advise” their candidate to go the route that sends the maximum amount of our tax dollars their way. I mean, if you make weapons and security devices, all you see are threats.
This is my favorite Christmas song ever — the Hallelujah Chorus from the Messiah. I have memories surrounding this song that go back as far as I can remember. Listening to it brings tears to my eyes. (Turn your volume way up!)
Messiah is an English-language oratorio composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel, with a scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible and the Book of Common Prayer. It was first performed in Dublin on 13 April 1742, and received its London premiere nearly a year later. After an initially modest public reception the oratorio gained in popularity, eventually becoming one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music.