December 24, 2012

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 11:59 pm

SantaAndSleighMerry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

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This post is a BizzyBlog Christmas Eve tradition.

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
by Clement Clarke Moore

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
while visions of sugar plums danced in their heads.
And Mama in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the roof there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
tore open the shutter, and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
gave the lustre of midday to objects below,
when, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
but a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer.
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Wesley Pruden’s Christmas Classic: The amazing grace on Christmas morn

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 9:05 pm

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

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This post is a BizzyBlog Christmas Eve tradition. The video (“Amazing Grace and Taps – For Veterans”) was first added in 2011 (HT to Dan Bloom).

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The malls and the Main Streets will soon fall silent. The ringing cash registers, the happy cries of children, the hearty greetings of a thousand fraudulent Santas will soon be ghostly echoes in shuttered shops and across silent streets.

But the Christ born in a manger 2,000 years ago yet lives. The story of Christmas continues to quicken the hearts of sinners and transform the lives of the wicked, and nothing illustrates the redeeming power of the authentic message of Christmas with greater clarity than the story of a wastrel English slaver named John Newton.
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Making Lists — and Publishing Them: Earth First (‘Prank’ Hit List), Gannett’s Journal News (Pistol Permit Holders); See Update

What similarities are there between a domestic terrorist organization and the alleged journalists at the Journal News headquartered in White Plains, New York? At least two biggies: total lack of respect for privacy and complete disregard for others’ safety. The domestic terror group Earth First has an “EAT(IT) “Eco Assassin Team (in Training),” which has tired of “the stale old debate about adopting nonviolence as a movement principle.” Accordingly, the Earth First Journal (HT to J. Christian Adams at PJ Media; those wishing to go to the original need to go there first, as I would rather not directly link) has published a top ten “‘Eco-F***ers Prank-Hit List,’ at least until we come up with something more creative.”

The Journal News has published its own (conveniently unbylined) list, complete with interactive maps. The maps contain “the addresses (and names) of all pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties.” Really:

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AP Cites Only 2.7 Percent Black Friday Weekend Rise After Trumpeting 7 Percent Weeks Ago; Still Calls It ‘Strong’

A post-Black Friday weekend dispatch at the Associated Press on November 26 reported that “The holiday shopping season got off to a strong start on Black Friday, with retail sales up 7 percent over last year, according to one survey. Now stores just have to keep buyers coming back without the promise of door-buster savings.”

It turns out that the originally reported number was far too rosy. Nevertheless, in both late Sunday and early Monday reports, AP retail writers Mae Anderson and Anne D’Innocenzio treated the actual result, which came in 60 percent lower, as “strong.” Each report contained the following paragraph (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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Breaking: Syria Allegedly Uses Chem Weapons in Attack Which Killed Seven

The original report comes from Al Jazeera (HT Gateway Pundit via frequent home blog commenter dscott), so caution is advised. But the related video appears to be from an independent source, and the IB Times in the UK is reporting the related attack as an actual event.

According to IBT: “The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been accused of resorting to chemical weapons after seven people died from poisonous gas fumes in an assault on Homs.” From what I could tell, as of shortly before 10 a.m. ET, the U.S. establishment press had not filed a story. More from IBT after the jump:

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Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (122412)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.

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Positivity: A Soldier’s Christmas, and a Call to Action

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:01 am

Note: This post is a BizzyBlog Christmas Eve morning tradition.

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Posted by kmunchausen at YouTube (also at his National Institute of Prevarication), narrated by Bill Osborne (Merry Christmas, Bill):

Full text:

The embers glowed softly and in their dim light,
I gazed ’round the room and I cherished the sight.

My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
transforming the yard to a wintry delight.
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