“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

That Ancient Yuletide

1924 Vision of Christmas Yuletide.


Yule celebrations at the winter solstice predate the conversion to Christianity. It was, in pre-conversion times, the name of a feast celebrated by sacrifice on mid-winter night of January 12th according to the Norwegian historian Olav Bø. [3] Though there are numerous references to Yule in the Icelandic sagas, there are few accounts of how Yule was actually celebrated, beyond the fact that it was a time for feasting.

According to Adam of Bremen, the Swedish kings sacrificed male slaves every ninth year during the Yule sacrifices at the Temple at Uppsala. 'Yule-Joy', with dancing, continued through the Middle Ages in Iceland, but was frowned upon when the Reformation arrived.

The custom of ritually slaughtering a boar on Yule survives in the modern tradition of the Christmas ham and the Boar's Head Carol.

"On Yule Eve, the best boar in the herd was brought into the hall where the assembled company laid their hands upon the animal and made their unbreakable oaths. Heard by the boar, these oaths were thought to go straight to the ears of Freyr himself. Once the oaths had been sworn, the boar was sacrificed in the name of Freyr and the feast of boar flesh began. The most commonly recognised remnants of the sacred boar traditions once common at Yule has to be the serving of the boar's head at later Christmas feasts".

According to the medieval English writer the Venerable Bede, Christian missionaries sent to proselytize among the Germanic peoples of northern Europe were instructed to superimpose Christian themes upon existing pagan holidays of the area, to ease the conversion of the people to Christianity by allowing them to retain their traditional celebrations. Thus, Christmas was created by associating stories of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, the central figure of Christianity, with the existing pagan Yule celebrations, similar to the formation of Halloween and All Saint's Day via Christianization of existing pagan traditions.

The confraternities of artisans of the 9th century, which developed into the medieval guilds, were denounced by Catholic clergy for their "conjurations" when they swore to support one another in coming adversity and in business ventures. The occasions were annual banquets on December 26,"feast day of the pagan god Jul, when it was possible to couple with the spirits of the dead and with demons that returned to the surface of the earth... Many clerics denounced these conjurations as being not only a threat to public order but also, more serious in their eyes, satanic and immoral. Hincmar, in 858, sought in vain to Christianize them."


  1. Beautiful, Charles.
    Where was that taken?

  2. The Nativity Story

    Hewitt: Hour 3 - Pastor and theologian Mark D. Roberts dives into the Nativity Story with Hugh on this special podcast only Christmas Eve edition of the Hugh Hewitt Show.
    Mark D. Roberts

  3. Just the Gift Everyone Needs:

    Young and proudly pro-Putin

    A wave of Russian student groups ardently supportive of Kremlin policies has sprung up and taken to the streets.
    As one of the leaders of a new wave of youth groups that are loudly rallying around President Vladimir V. Putin, he's already met with the Russian leader two times, he said.

    "So what?" he added defensively. "Let me ask you a philosophical question: What's bad about supporting the authorities?"
    "My boyfriend was a member, and I joined him for one of the actions and I thought it was cool," said a teenage girl with a pierced lip, tarry mascara and blond hair that kept sliding into her eyes. Another protest, at the Georgian Embassy, had just broken up.

    "What are you talking about? You should say you're worried about the fate of the country," hissed the young man at her side, who'd slipped the headphones off his ears to join the conversation.

  4. So it is not cool to worry about the future of ones' country?

    Monument Valley, south of the Utah/Arizona border, in the Navajo Lands, is certainly interesting geology.

    John Ford used it as a backdrop whenever he could.

    Santa Claus has come to town!
    He saw me in the morning
    He saw I was awake

  5. Recommended reading: "Christmas For Baldies" by Yule Brynner and "Playing with the Christmas Fire" by Yule B. Sari.

  6. The 3rd Armored Cavalry,
    in Mosul, Iraq

    Highest incidence of married couples seving together as soldiers, in the Army.

    One Big Happy Family

  7. The Israeli army on Monday said it will not press charges against officers who ordered the use of cluster bombs during last year's war in Lebanon, brushing off international criticism that the weapons unnecessarily put Lebanese civilians at risk.

    Announcing the results of a more than year-long probe, the army said investigators determined Israel's use of cluster bombs was a "concrete military necessity" and did not violate international humanitarian law. Lebanese officials accused the army of covering up war crimes.

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  9. what is "occupation" said...

    The Israeli army on Monday said it will not press charges against officers who ordered the use of cluster bombs during last year's war in Lebanon, brushing off international criticism that the weapons unnecessarily put Lebanese civilians at risk.

    Announcing the results of a more than year-long probe, the army said investigators determined Israel's use of cluster bombs was a "concrete military necessity" and did not violate international humanitarian law. Lebanese officials accused the army of covering up war crimes.

    Using clusterbombs should be used on active mobile artillery, as it was. However in order not to harm civilians those dam israelis LET many civilians leave the areas 1st. When those who hide their mobile rocket launchers within civilian areas those areas are (by the geneva conventions) no longer civilian and are quite legally targets, no matter the civilian deaths that may occur...

    thus israel violated the geneva convention by NOT using the clusterbombs on the areas in question WITHOUT DELAY. Thus allowing many mobile rocket launchers to fire for days on end into the civilian areas of northern israel.

    Only when the true meaning of the geneva conventions are explained to those who seek it's misuse can real progress be made in modern warfare.

    for all to long the arab world (including hamas, hezbollah & iran) have used terror or Asymmetric warfare to fight the west. Maybe we should explain the rules...

    Use a civilian area, a hospital, a school, it will be leveled and charges of war crimes are yours............

  10. No arabs attacking in AZ so it's not a World Wide problem.
    Our challenge is just Indians, pissed off that they were made refugees in their own land. By decisions first made in London in 1585 then ratified, forty years ago, in Washington DC.

    : "Now you're entering third world country. Bennett Freeze."

    Those nasty Brits, taking things that were not theirs, giving them to other people, regardless of what the local residents wanted.
    No votes allowed
    Throughout the history of their Imperialism.

    The remnants of those Imperialistic dreams still haunt the world. From TransJordon to Rhodesia. Kashmir to the Americas

    Some say it's all because of the Freemasons, their desire to rebuild the Solomon's Temple.

    Some say Israel itself a product of the Freemasons. Proof being in the Supreme Court Building and on the road from Egypt, in Eilat. There are Jews that see further proof of the Illuminati (or freemasons) are in control

    All roads lead to an Obelisk
    Seventeen of them just happen to stand in Rome.

  11. Where did
    Defeat defeat in 2008 go?

  12. No arabs attacking in AZ so it's not a World Wide problem.


    COCHISE COUNTY, Ariz. -- The U.S.-Mexican border here is the most heavily used corridor for illegal alien traffic on America's southern boundary. With its difficult topography that is folded, creased and convoluted, it is a land that yields well to smuggling. The Huachuca, Chiricahua, Dragoon and Whetstone Mountains are riddled with hundreds of deep canyons, caves and arroyos that offer superb concealment for the hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens that annually cross here.
    The numbers of unauthorized immigrants smuggled across this porous border dumbfound the imagination. To date, the U.S. Border Patrol has apprehended 158,782 illegals in 2001. By the Border Patrol's own admission, it catches one alien in five, and admits that around 800,000 have slipped across the U.S. line this year. The local ranchers, who have been watching the border for several generations, strongly disagree. They contend the agency only nets one in 10, and estimate that in 2001 over 1.5 million unlawful immigrants have crossed into America in what the Border Patrol calls the Tucson Sector.

    Many border ranch-owners are validly apprehensive of speaking about their desperate situations because of likely retribution by narco-militarists (drug runners) and coyotes (smugglers of humans). Unsolved murders and arsons are alarmingly ordinary in Cochise County, so pure fear keeps locals from speaking on the record.

    Line of illegals moving across a ranch on the Cochise County, Ariz.-Mexican border. Photo by Donald Barnett, Bisbee, Ariz.
    The foot traffic is so heavy that the backcountry has the ambience of a garbage dump and smells like an outdoor privy. In places, the land is littered a foot deep with bottles, cans, soiled disposable diapers, sanitary napkins, panties, clothes, backpacks, human feces, used toilet paper, pharmacy bottles and syringes (the drug runners inject stimulants to keep their energy up).

    U.S. Border Patrol agents are doing the best they can, considering their sparse numbers and the impossible terrain they patrol in four-wheel-drive vehicles, quad-runners and on foot. Agents of the Border Patrol have their other fears besides being ambushed by rock-chucking illegals and confrontations with assault-rifle-armed narcos: They are not allowed to speak about what they cope with each day.

    As one agent who spoke anonymously said, "Look, I can tell you a lot of stories, but I have to remain unnamed or I will be blackballed and might lose my job." Then, worriedly, he added, "I have a family depending on me."

    Another agent, of supervisory rank, stated, "The smuggling traffic of Mexicans has really slowed. We are experiencing a tremendous increase in OTMs" – border lingo for "other than Mexicans." When queried about the ethnic make up of the OTMs, he answered, "Central and South Americans, Orientals and Middle-Easterners." Middle-Easterners? "Yeah, it varies, but about one in every 10 that we catch, is from a country like Yemen or Egypt."

    Border Patrol spokesperson Rene Noriega stated that the number of other-than-Mexican detentions has grown by 42 percent. Most of the non-Mexican migrants are from El Salvador and other parts of Central America, she said, but added that agents have picked up people from all over the world, including the former Soviet Union, Asia and the Middle East.

    Pick-up truck load of mixed-nationality illegals destined for Tucson or Phoenix, Ariz. Once in those cities, an organized pipeline disburses them across America. The "trucking" is generally handled by street gangs. Photo by Donald Barnett, Bisbee, Ariz.
    Arabs have been reported crossing the Arizona border for an unknown period. Border rancher George Morgan encounters thousands of illegals crossing his ranch on a well-used trail. He relates a holiday event: "It was Thanksgiving 1998, and I stepped outside my house and there were over a hundred 'crossers' in my yard. Damnedest bunch of illegals I ever saw. All of them were wearing black pants, white shirts and string ties. Maybe they were hoping to blend in," he chuckled. "They took off, I called the Border Patrol, and a while later, an agent, Dan Green, let me know that they had caught them. He said that they were all Iranians."

    According to Border Patrol spokesperson Rob Daniels, "Ten Egyptians were arrested recently near Douglas, Arizona. Each had paid $7,000 to be brought from Guatemala into Mexico and then across the border."

    According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, hours after the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, an anonymous caller led Mexican immigration agents to 41 undocumented Iraqis waiting to cross into the United States.

    The Associated Press reported that Mexican immigration police detained 13 citizens of Yemen on Sept. 24, 2001, who were reportedly waiting to cross the border into Arizona. The Yemenis were arrested Sunday in Agua Prieta, across the border from Douglas. Luis Teran Balaguer, assistant head of immigration in the northern state of Sonora, said, "The evidence indicates that they have nothing to do with terrorist activities."

    Group of unauthorized immigrants take a rest break on a trail that winds across the Barnett ranch near Douglas, Ariz. Amateur photographer Donald Barnett alerted the Border Patrol and was there for the bust. He noted, "There were people in this batch from Brazil, Salvador, Costa Rica and some Arab countries."
    The Agua Prieta, Mexico newspaper, El Ciarin, clearly did not agree with Balaguer's assessment. The editor, Jose Noriega Durazo, claimed in a front-page El Ciarin headline, "ESTUVIERON AQUI TERRORISTAS ARABES!" (The Arab terrorists were here!) El Ciarin quoted Agua Prieta police officials as identifying the 13 Yemenis as terrorists. Reportedly, the Mexican immigration police returned the Yemenis to a federal detention center near Mexico City, but new information would indicate that they were "released" and returned to Agua Prieta.

    Carlos X. Carrillo, assistant chief U. S. Border Patrol, Tucson Sector, told WorldNetDaily in a telephone interview Monday that nine Yemenis were reportedly holed up in a hotel in the border town of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, across the border from Douglas, Ariz.

    "We have passed this tip to the FBI," said Carrillo.

    When pressed for more information, he said he could not confirm the number of OTMs or Middle-Easterners apprehended while crossing the American/Mexican border. "We are under OP/SEC and cannot divulge this," the chief said. (OP/SEC is a counter-intelligence acronym for operations security.)

    A Border Patrol field patrol agent, who spoke anonymously, confirmed the presence of the nine Yemenis. The agent said, "They can't get a coyote to transport them and they are offering $30,000 per person with no takers."

    On Oct. 12, a Mexican national, associated with the hotel in Agua Prieta, abandoned it and moved to Arizona -- to hide out. Speaking on condition of anonymity, he told WND: "There were 13 Arabs there when I left. They were paying the coyotes 30 to 50,000 bucks, apiece, to transport them safely into the U.S. I became so frightened I left. They are genuinely bad hombres." Since Carrillo had reported only nine Arabs at the hotel, it is unclear if the missing five Yemenis made it into the U.S. as reported.

    Like most ranching families on the Arizona-Mexico border, the Winklers live behind protective bars. "We are having steel gates like this made for all our doors." says Doris Winkler as she peers through an armored entrance. "We never know what kinda people will try to bust in our home." Photo provided by the Paragon Foundation.
    Potential terrorists, stealing across the border, had been predicted well in advance of the World Trade Center disaster. In a May 1, 2000, Report to Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, the General Accounting Office reported, "Alien smuggling is a significant and growing problem. Some are smuggled as part of a criminal or terrorist enterprise that can pose a serious threat to U.S. national security."

    Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., in an Oct. 9 speech to the House of Representatives, stated, "It's almost incredible to recognize, as part of the overall strategy this government is going to employ to deal with the issue of terrorism, that we would not concentrate heavily on securing our borders and try to do everything humanly possible to stop people, who have evil intent, from coming into the United States."

    Terrorists are well aware that the 4,000-mile border between the U.S. and Mexico is easy to cross, with its vast unmonitored stretches. Their crossing directly into Arizona is of special concern. Arizona appears to have been the home of a "sleeper cell" of Osama bin Laden's worldwide terrorist organization, with a select group of operatives living quietly in bland apartment complexes and obtaining flight training, in preparation for the Sept. 11 attack. The organization's known history in the state goes back nine years. Terror experts say the activities of at least three part-time Arizona residents fit the pattern of the al-Qaida terrorist network.

    Sealing the border is a daunting task. Perhaps the most valuable asset that the Border Patrol has is the aid of rural Cochise County citizens. Many have attempted to help, in accordance with Arizona law. Through that legal process, landowners may execute a citizen's arrest for individuals or groups trespassing on their property. However, even that has been nullified. The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, backed by the American and Mexican media, have characterized citizens who have legally detained aliens as "racist xenophobic vigilantes."

    Not a cattle or game trail, but a well-defined human path across the IGO ranch. Photo provided by the Paragon Foundation.
    Rural citizens here have met with savage recriminations for exerting their legal rights. Immigration advocacy groups howl in protest, as does the Mexican government. Their lawyers have demanded that the ranchers be prosecuted for false arrest, kidnapping, intimidation, criminal assault and violation of civil rights – anything lawyers can come up with to advance their clients' interests. Illegal immigrants have now sued some Cochise County citizens in American courts.

    Ben Anderson, a retired U.S. Army colonel who lives in Sierra Vista, Ariz., has made a detailed study of the border danger since the flood of illegals began through Cochise County in 1997.

    "There is only one way to handle this," the colonel says firmly. "In a world now filled with biowarfare agents, backpack nuclear devices and chemical weapons like Sarin gas, we must militarize the border. There is no other way to stop the flow."

    Reporter's personal note: "I do not see how the folks living along this border keep going. I am a former U.S. Marine sergeant, and yet the presence of so much apparent violence spooked me. In researching this story, I went backcountry on quad-runners with a goodly couple, Larry and Toni Vance. The first thing they asked me was if I brought a sidearm. When I said, 'no,' they promptly gave me a wheel-gun to strap on. To tell you the truth, that lump of metal was comforting. It's not wise to travel unarmed in a war zone."

    J. Zane Walley is a spokesman for the Paragon Foundation, Alamogordo, N.M., which made this article possible. The Paragon Foundation is "dedicated to preserving the constitutional principles established by the Founding Fathers." Citing Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution, Paragon notes: "The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union, a republican form of government, and shall protect each of them against invasion." The Paragon Foundation can also be reached at 1-877-847-3443.

    Dr I never thought you were an ostrich...

    maybe i was wrong...

    Here in Ohio we have ALL kinds of Mohammeds causing problems

  13. Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth:

  14. or this:

    Arizona Muslim Voice and Arab Voice Watch
    Arizona Islamist Media- (Issue No. 1.7)-- "Local Muslim Voice defends Hamas, Abu Ali, and global boycotts of Denmark"

    May 10, 2006
    Arizona Muslim Voice (English, February and March 2006)
    The following appeared in the English language Muslim voice February 2006 and March 2006 issues and is distributed widely here locally in Arizona.

    Hamas and Western Policies: by Marwan Ahmed
    (Muslim Voice, February 2006, page 1- interestingly this piece is not linked on the Muslim Voice website)

    "When democracy brings pro-West parties favorable to big business it's a victory, yet when it brings so-called terrorists groups chosen by people at the voting ballots then they threaten to isolate and reverse financial support they pledged for the Palestinian economy? What kind of message is the west sending people of the Middle East? Vote for pro-Western parties or suffer the consequences? What options do they leave them?"

    AIFD Comment: The publisher of this newspaper again demonstrates an affinity for a radical ideology. In this brief front page missive the newspaper takes the position that the Palestinians had no other options than to elect the radicalism and intransigence represented by Hamas. Does this represent the opinion of the majority of American Muslims here in the Valley? The big business theory is a common Middle East conspiracy theory about how American policies are set, and yet the newspaper's position conveniently avoids any discussion or discontent with Hamas' extreme radical ideology.


    it seems AZ is actually on the list...

    it is world wide rat...

    no matter all your claiming it aint

  15. desert rat writes:

    "Some say it's all because of the Freemasons, their desire to rebuild the Solomon's Temple.

    Some say Israel itself a product of the Freemasons. Proof being in the Supreme Court Building.."

    You need help.

  16. Defending Hamas is part of the US system, as long as they do not get violent.

    We astill have freedom of expression, here. Even the illegals get to march unmolested, long as they do not get violent.

    Then Sheriff Joe and his Posses can handle 'em, if they do.

    No worries there.
    If it's to much for Sherrif Joe, he can call for help. There is plenty around.

    You are fear mongering, wi"o",
    and there is no fear here.

  17. Not me mat, I just been reading those Israel websites.

    That monument is not there, in Eliot?

    Or ypu think the symbiolism meaningless, in the Supreme Court building the Rothchilds had built?

    Could well be.

    But those Israel that published the website, they disagree.

    The anti-Masonic historians have their persepctive of Zionist history, and the Holocaust.

  18. ok Dr you win!

    you live in paradise...

    we live in fear...

    please enjoy your island of peace

  19. Dear All...

    DR has pulled the blanket off my eyes...

    You see I am an AMerican! (yes a jew but who gives a fuck)

    On this great and glorious day I have seen the errors of my ways..

    I have called the armed security guards that guard our local temples and fired them

    i have called our local police that send cruisers to protect us every sunday (plus monday, tuesday, wednesdays and thursdays) and told them that Hamas & Hezbollah supporters (in hilliard,ohio) are all legal american just seeking their opinions.

    yep let us all sing KUMBYA together...

    /off sarcasm

  20. I do, wi"o"
    Enjoy it everyday.
    Peace and Prosperity.

    We killed off the indigs, or left 'em in abject poverty until we let 'em build casinos.

    This fellow, Barry Chamish, tells US, mat:

    Without British Freemasonry there would be no modern state of Israel. In the 1860s, the British-Israelite movement was initiated from within Freemasonry. Its goal was to establish a Jewish-Masonic state in the Turkish province of Palestine. Of course, that would mean dealing with the Turks at some point down the line, but first the country would have to be repopulated with Jews. And the idea wasn't to bring in more of the same religious Jews who already were the majority in Jerusalem and elsewhere, but the kind of Jews who would eventually accept the Masonic view of history.

    Initially, British Jewish Masonic families like the Rothschilds and Montefiores provided the capital to build the infrastructure for the anticipated wave of immigration. However, luring the Jews to Israel was proving difficult. They, simply, liked European life too much to abandon it. So Europe was to be turned into a nightmare for the Jews.

    Then he goes on to say:

    This led to the rise of pogroms and Zionism. The leader of Zionism, Theodore Herzl certainly had some British support but he apparently was not thinking in terms of a Masonic state. He died mysteriously in 1905 at the tender age of 43, and the movement fell into British hands under the immoral leadership of one Chaim Weizmann.

    Then things began moving quickly. British Masons like Arthur Balfour and Herbert Samuel led the campaign for official British recognition of a Jewish homeland during World War One. At the same time, a million British troops, badly needed in the trenches of Europe, were sent marching to Palestine to oust the Ottomans.

    Which is an interesting peception of the history. You may well deny it, have your version of history.

    But the Rothchilds did have that Supreme Court Building designed and built. If that previously linked story is accurate, certainly is are a lot of coincidental Masonic imagrey built into it.

    Perhaps it's just make believe.

  21. Hire all the guards you think you need. That is your right.

    It was not Hamas or HB that attacked that Christian Church, last week.

    Disgruntled Christian did it.
    We should make war on them?
    Or just hold them in camps without trial, for generations.
    Like Palis or American Indians?

    If those local Hamas fellows have threaten your temple, wi"o", in published word or deed, hire a lawyer and take their stuff.
    That's the American way.

  22. yes all the problems started in england in 1860

    shhh... dont read any real history, those comic books you are reading are SO much more interesting!

    yes... the world LOVED the Jewish people and all of this middle east problems all started because the freemasons (jewish to boot (btw that is REAL FUNNY, JEWISH FREEMASONS?) excuse while i change my wet jockeys) wanted to give israel to the jews

    yep the temple is fiction, jews are a fraud...

    moses a liar....

    but then you have no jesus or mohammed either...

    just like a john lennon song....


    please pass some of that LEGAL weed ya got....

  23. The current Supreme Court complex was built in the 90's. For that idiotic assertion to be even remotely entertained (i.e. Israel itself a product of the Freemasons), you would need to look at structures built between the 1800's and 1948, because that's when modern Israel came into existence.

  24. The secular, socialist Jews that rule Israel today, that's who Mr Chamish links to Freemasonry.

    Interesting idea, heaven only knows if it's true.

  25. DR: If those local Hamas fellows have threaten your temple, wi"o", in published word or deed, hire a lawyer and take their stuff.
    That's the American way.


    Yuur a tired old record rat.... but the beuaty for someone like you? i dont have to a dam thing...

    the beasts that are unleashed that seek my blood will go after you in short turn...

    and in the end, you will be too stupid, blind or dumb to see the threat until it's too late...

    so nothing i will say will change your pov, and fine, but hear my words, once...

    you are in danger...

    ignore it at your peril, choose not to?

    your american choice to be stupid!

    see how easy that is?

    now go back to your comic books, elmer fudd and masonic secret handshakes

  26. Calling Mr Chamish names ...

    Sure is a convincing argument.

    Not a mention of the counter symbolism built into the Rothchilds' Court House.

    Just name calling

    And, yeah, we have allow Islamic illegals to enter the US, along with the Mexicans, but that is US Government Policy.
    As long as they do not break the law, once they are here, they've been welcomed by our Federal Government.

    Islam is Religion of Peace.
    Our President and Congress have told US so.

    No Worries.

  27. "This fellow, Barry Chamish, tells US, mat:"

    Who fsck cares? Is this an opinion you share? Is this something you think normal people aught to give serious consideration? Why would you post that?

  28. I'm pretty secure, wi"o".

    Don't depend on others for my personal security.

    Don't complain that others have let me down.

    That they do not see things my way.

    Don't call them names when they disagree with my perspective.

    Don't have much respect for those that do.

  29. Dr continues:

    Or just hold them in camps without trial, for generations.
    Like Palis or American Indians?

    the fake national movement of "palestine" that has created CITIES, has it's own UN department and billions in budgets and you call this a "camp without trial?"

    wow you are eating those mushrooms are you not?

  30. Don't depend on others for my personal security.

    Yes, you do.

    Don't complain that others have let me down.
    Yes, you do.


That they do not see things my way.
    Yes, you do.


Don't call them names when they disagree with my perspective.
    Yes, you do.

    Don't have much respect for those that do.
    Yes, you do.

  31. Over cards last night we came up with a twist on Secret Santa: We're going to exchange names and choose one another's candidates in the primaries.

    Ho ho ho.

    Merry Christmas (and a belated Happy Yarmulke) you fargin' bastidges!

  32. just a small fact...

    there are more arab citizens of israel today than were displaced by the creation of israel in 1948 and the war in 1967....

    From a few hundred thousand local arabs who fled/drivenout for whatever reason they now number in the millions.

    the arab world occupies many peoples lands.. the berbers, coptics, jews, kurds to name a few.. this occupation of course covers 649.99/650th of the middle east

    currently 99.99% of all disputed lands that israel and the arabs have disputed have been already returned, the final deal of course is the giving of historic jewish lands in an appeasement to the occupying arabs for peace. Historic JEWISH towns that have been stolen by christians, turks and arabs are now considered "arab" yes even Jesus was a palestinian in this new arab centric pov...

    the root problem is islam... there is the house of islam and the house of war...

    ignore it at your own peril

  33. I glad you see it that way, mat.

    Makes my heart soar to new hieghts

    Yep, I call 'em camps, or reservations. As does the UN, they are the Decider in that situation.
    Supported by US funding.

    I'm all for "Right of Return"

    Those Israeli that are of European descent, ought to be able to go back. If they want to

    Just as I think that the children of Mexican nationals ought to be able to move to Mexico, if they want.

    I extend that to the Palistinians, too.

    I live in a place that was so barren, no body lived here, prior to water pipes and electricity.

    Same can't be said of TransJordan.

  34. Really? And why would anyone give a fsck what you think?

  35. Lets' see:

    You're a liar. A provocateur. A Freemason troother. A swagger, and a swine. And that's the short list.

    Why would anyone take you seriously?

  36. You keep answering, so you must care, amigo mio.

    But what of the monument in Eliot, what of the 33 steps in the Rothchild's Courthouse?

    You ignore all the questions and call me names.

    Means that Israeli website may just be on the right track.

    I'm not goin there, so I'll never see it, for myself. Only depend on Israelis that have the courage of their convictions to tell the tale.

    Islamists have all the "Rights of Man", just like everyone else.

    Life, Liberty, Pursuit of Happiness

    Until the individual mussulman crosses the line, violating the "rights" of others.

    Then it is an individual criminal matter.

    That is US policy,
    my country, right or wrong.

  37. You can always go home,
    to yours.

  38. "You keep answering, so you must care, amigo mio."

    I was courteous. But that era is over.

  39. right of return?

    what bullshit...

    all blacks BACK to africa?

    all arabs back to arabia?

    no? just jews back to europe..

    how quaint,,,

    how about jews about to the arab world?

    what about all Indian's (from india) back to india...

    the arab's have 649.99/650th of the middle east and stole everyone else lands in the process, but you support palios overflowing into israel?

    fuck you with all undue respect....

    your a squatter in your home MORE than any jew in Israel...

    and you can sit there all pious and great thinking how your immune to all....

    newsflash dessert rat, you talk out of both sides your mouth...

    you give credit to the policy of the USA and the UN and yet those same bodies created israel..

    the same israel that the arab world attacked numerous times and rejected the creation of the state of israel.

    you do not seem to respect the fact that a sovereign nation of Israel has the right to be...

    and if LANDS were captured in defensive wars they have as a part of the UN a right to keep them...

    there IS no sovereign country called PALESTINE as per the UN..

    there is disputed lands....

    and the hard truth? no nation has to commit suicide to please others...

    no the palios have no rights to Israel, period. they have refused statehood numerous times and seek genocide of israel, as per their democratic elected government states.

    there is no home for more arabs in .3/650th middle east, there is already 20% population of arabs there and conversely the arab world has expelled it's historic population of jews that predates any free mason you care to invent. and now the 649.77/650th of the arab world is juden free... population exchanges do happen... its a fact...

    the indians of america are not going to throw out the spanish and anglos

    the palestinians are not going to take over israel

    the jews of the arab world are never going home

    the blacks of african descent are not going home to mother africa

    get over it..

    but you may see AZ become mexican again, before it goes islamic, after all all the world belongs to islam, just a matter of when

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  41. "You can always go home,
    to yours."

    LOL. Classic!
    Go home, Jew!
    Btw, which one?

  42. let's see..

    YEAR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PLACE

    250 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Carthage
    415 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Alexandria
    554 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Diocese of Clement (France)
    561 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Diocese of Uzzes (France)
    612 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Visigoth Spain
    642 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Visigoth Empire
    855 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Italy
    876 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Sens
    1012 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Mainz
    1182 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - France
    1182 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Germany
    1276 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Upper Bavaria
    1290 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - England
    1306 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - France
    1322 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - France (again)
    1348 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Switzerland
    1349 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Hielbronn (Germany)
    1349 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Saxony
    1349 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Hungary
    1360 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Hungary
    1370 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Belgium
    1380 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Slovakia
    1388 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Strasbourg
    1394 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Germany
    1394 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - France
    1420 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Lyons
    1421 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Austria
    1424 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Fribourg
    1424 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Zurich
    1424 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Cologne
    1432 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Savoy
    1438 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Mainz
    1439 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Augsburg
    1442 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Netherlands
    1444 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Netherlands
    1446 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Bavaria
    1453 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - France
    1453 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Breslau
    1454 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Wurzburg
    1462 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Mainz
    1483 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Mainz
    1484 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Warsaw
    1485 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Vincenza (Italy)
    1492 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Spain
    1492 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Italy
    1495 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Lithuania
    1496 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Naples
    1496 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Portugal
    1498 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Nuremberg
    1498 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Navarre
    1510 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Brandenberg
    1510 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Prussia
    1514 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Strasbourg
    1515 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Genoa
    1519 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Regensburg
    1533 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Naples
    1541 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Naples
    1542 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Prague & Bohemia
    1550 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Genoa
    1551 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Bavaria
    1555 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Pesaro
    1557 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Prague
    1559 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Austria
    1561 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Prague
    1567 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Wurzburg
    1569 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Papal States
    1571 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Brandenburg
    1582 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Netherlands
    1582 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Hungary
    1593 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Brandenburg, Austria
    1597 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Cremona, Pavia & Lodi
    1614 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Frankfort
    1615 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Worms
    1619 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Kiev
    1648 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Ukraine
    1648 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Poland
    1649 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Hamburg
    1654 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Little Russia (Beylorus)
    1656 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Lithuania
    1669 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Oran (North Africa)
    1669 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Vienna
    1670 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Vienna
    1712 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Sandomir
    1727 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Russia
    1738 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Wurtemburg
    1740 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Little Russia (Beylorus)
    1744 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Prague, Bohemia
    1744 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Slovakia
    1744 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Livonia
    1745 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Moravia
    1753 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Kovad (Lithuania)
    1761 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Bordeaux
    1772 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Deported to the Pale of Settlement (Poland/Russia)
    1775 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Warsaw
    1789 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Alcace
    1804 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Villages in Russia
    1808 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Villages & Countrysides (Russia)
    1815 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Lubeck & Bremen
    1815 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Franconia, Swabia & Bavaria
    1820 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Bremen
    1843 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Russian Border Austria & Prussia
    1862 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Area in the U.S. under Grant's Jurisdiction
    1866 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Galatz, Romania
    1880s - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Russia
    1891 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Moscow
    1919 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Bavaria (foreign born Jews)
    1938-45 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Nazi Controlled Areas
    1948 -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Arab Countries

  43. Jewish are wlecomed Israel, are they not. You do have a home in Haifa, don't ya mat?

    But you choose to live far away from Zion, as is your right.
    To abandon your Homeland, leaving it to your Barbie Dolls to defend.

    If Blacks want to go back to Africa, we founded Liberia, for them that did.

    The Arab Palistinians are trying to go home.

    The Chinese come and go.
    Talked about that, just the other day.

    Talkin' out your butt.

    Years and places, the meaning of that list is beyond me.

  44. What a greedy world...

    Israel is 20,770 square miles

    some selected other square miles to view as refrence



    United States










    Saudi Arabia












  45. i cant convince DR of anything...

    but most others will see DR for what he is....

    the "palestinians" are home....

    and have been for 60 years, those that live in israel are home and those that live 5 miles away are home...

    as for lists of times and places, too much for a comic book i know.. sorry to confuse you

    as for Haifa? nope that is a palestinian claimed city dont ya know...

  46. 21,000 sq miles, that's not enough for a real country.

    Not nearly viable in the post modern world.

    Better steal some more, we did.
    Proud of it, too.

    Put the survivors in camps, we did

    And never denied it or made excuses. Nor blame it upon indigs themselves.

    Or said those camps were all, or more, than they deserved. That's why they get the casinos, now.

    Laughed all the way to Hegamany, we did.

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  48. If the Jewish land claims are viable after two thousand years, then the Pali still have title rights, after sixty.

  49. desert rat said...
    If the Jewish land claims are viable after two thousand years, then the Pali still have title rights, after sixty.

    dr the palios title rights are JUST as valid as the jewish title rights of 900,000 jews and their homes and businesses stolen in 1948

    want to settle the issue?

    refer to the UN resolution ALL refugees, not just palios

    so settle the claims?

    jews OWE the palios 4 billion in claims, the arabs? owe the jews 120 billion in claims from 60 years ago....

    but also when the arab world rejected the UN mandate for 2 states they also LOST claims...
    Title to lands are meaningless when those who created the war lost...

    it happens when you get greedy

    like the arabs are...


    as for 23k square miles of land too small?

    not hardly...

  50. WiO,

    You don't have any rights to stolen property. Arab claims are on stolen property. Jewish claims are on property purchased. The two are not the same, and should not be equated. Same applies to Art stolen from Jews. It belongs to Jews it was stolen from.

  51. My question is, why does Adam of Bremen refer to nine years? Twelve years is the approximate orbit of Jupiter, a good time to sacrifice slaves, and I am wondering where he gets the nine year figure.

    We all know the land should revert to the Canaanites, thereby ending all this bickering:)

  52. You don't have any rights to stolen property. Arab claims are on stolen property. Jewish claims are on property purchased.

    jewish claims to lands stolen by the arabs in 1948 are exactly they same expect for the fact that the arabs that fled israel helped try to destroy it.

    the jews driven out of the arab world deserve their land, homes and businesses to be "settled" as well..

    as for the small point that the arab world created wars and lost lands, this is the way of the UN, defensive wars that captured lands that did not belong to any country are infact up to be kept by the country attacked (if they win)

    palestinian claims include homes businesses and public lands, most never ever having clear title to anything since the ottomans controlled it

    as for other just claims...

    what of the claims of the jews to hebron that were murdered and driven out 1918 by the arabs?

    What is the basis of what you call a title?

    But now you want to open up the idea of a court of justice to settle claims of land ownership?

    excellent idea...

    let's start with the arabs that claimed to loose lands when they started a war for israeli's destruction

    then follow with the claims of the lost lands, businesses and homes in the arab world...

    and let's us not forget the claims of the jews for the lost lands in the arab occupied world for JUST the last 100 years....

    (let's not open up the claims to the lands stolen when jews were thrown out see previous post of europe)

    (let's not open up the vaults of the Vatican to all jewish stolen art, torahs and temple artifacts)

    (let's not open up the claims of the stolen lands of medina by the arabs in 640ce)

    so your concept of a just settlement is great, and for those 250,000 palestinians that fled with promises of greater booty can be compensated, but only within a settlement of what was stolen from the 900,000 jews of the arab world.

  53. Bob,

    Canaan is for the Lebanese and Syrians to sort out. :)

  54. We all know the land should revert to the Canaanites, thereby ending all this bickering:)

    Fine by me...

    destroy all top christian and moslem holy places followed by the jewish temple (oh that already was destroyed 2 times)

    But about the Canaanites? the Jews conquered them 3,000 years ago...

    they exist no more...

    funny thing?

    there was no arabs called palestinians until 1964...

    but without us jews?

    no jesus, no quran, no moses, no mohmmed..

    so i guess it's our fault...

  55. WiO,

    Arabs did not purchase the Land of Israel from the owners who were Jews. Arabs they took it by force from other thieves that took it by force from Jews. This is what I'm trying to explain.

  56. mətušélaḥ said...

    Arabs did not purchase the Land of Israel from the owners who were Jews. Arabs they took it by force from other thieves that took it by force from Jews. This is what I'm trying to explain.


  57. WiO,

    The Canaanites lived mainly in Sidon. It's a misnomer to call the Land of Canaan, the Land of Israel. Israel conquered more than a dozen different peoples who inhabited different cities in the Land of Israel. All of these peoples were Hebrew Semites and became part of the Hebrew/Israel confederation.

  58. I have decided to return to my pagan roots, drink some mead, feast on pork and ravage a virgin when I return from my nap in front of the burning yule log.

  59. Deuce,

    I'm pretty much behind you on that. And I've always been partial to pine trees.

  60. Thanks to the Younger Dryas, the Natufians had to give up relying on the gazelle and go farming, the beginning of endless bickering.

  61. Gazelle roasted over oak wood, with pistachios--not bad.

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  63. The houses of the Natufian are semi-subterranean, often with a dry-stone foundation. The superstructure was probably made of brushwood. No traces of mudbricks have been found that became common in the following Pre-Pottery Neolithic A, abbreviated PPN A. The round houses have a diameter between 3 and 6 m, they contain a central round or subrectangular fireplace. wiki

    What is it, Mat. Thought to be Natufian?

  64. Bob,

    It was some kind of archeological park. I was passing by from the near by parking area towards Haifa University and came by it. Took some snap shots, but didn't read the inscriptions. Thought it might fit with what you saying, a Natufian site on Mt Carmel. The area is very strategic and commands great views. There were several wells there as well.

  65. Interesting.

    Time for dinner here.

  66. It's amazing, the loonie-left's love affair with a religion that would at the minimum subject each and every one of them to forty lashes for their pet behavior. Governor Schwarzenegger would call those congressmen who abstained from the Christmas resolution b but voted for the Ramadan resolution "girlie men". He already came out in favor of Christmas with

  67. Lessons from The Elders of Zion: (National Park)
    The Mormons should give the land back to the Paiutes.
    The Paiutes should give it back to the Anasazi.
    The Anasazi should give it back to the Puma,
    and the Joos should move back to Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and etc.

  68. That'd be the Old Arnold, T.
    The New Arnold Does whatever the Kennedy wife wants him to do.

  69. He should get together with Teddy and W, they could have a foursome.

  70. Found it! Bob,

  71. All I get there is 'This page cannot be found', Mat.

  72. Too late, AlBob:
    Olmert gave it to the Palis.

  73. from the Aloha state

    Until the 1960s, when refrigerated containers started crossing the Pacific in great numbers, such mainland conifers were unavailable. Instead, holiday revelers used Norfolk Island pines, a tree species established in Hawai'i long ago from a South Pacific island "neighbor."

    Although it is no longer as universally popular than in the past, the Norfolk pine is still the Christmas tree of choice for many Island residents. Some visit local nurseries and pick their choice from long, straight rows of a youthful crop. Others buy potted specimens to decorate and illuminate. A few even bootleg them from local forest reserves. Locally, this is called 'douging'.

    Experts advise against later planting Norfolk pines in small yards after the season ends. The tree will become enormous, and even a menace to nearby buildings and walls.

    When it comes to Christmas trees, Hawai'i residents prove themselves to be extremely versatile: Palm trees are frequently decorated for Christmas, especially in outdoor displays and neighborhood yards. They nicely complement displays of Santa riding an outrigger canoe rather than a sleigh, dolphins in place of reindeer, and elves laboring in aloha shirts.

    Christmas celebrations are always a little different in Hawai'i. But hey, where else but the Big Island can a person snowboard down the icy slopes of Mauna Kea in the morning, then paddle out in the warm waters of Hapuna that afternoon?

  74. Bob,

    The Road of the Millennia (Derech Hadorot)

    In 1975, Dr. Reuben Hecht proposed the establishment of an outdoor archaeological museum that which would include authentic reconstructed buildings representing various periods throughout the history of Eretz-Israel. The project suggested by Dr. Hecht was based on locating the remains of ancient buildings facing destruction at sites around Israel, and transporting them to the site allocated to the ground allocated to the outdoor museum, where they would be reconstructed along walking trails surrounded by natural forestation. The site approved was in the Carmel National Park, close to the University.

    The oldest structure there is only 4,700 years old. A dwelling from the Early Canaanite (Bronze) II - III Period, 2200-2700 BCE.

  75. I saw "No Country for Old Men" on Saturday night. For people interested in the US southern border -- this is a helpful movie to go see. But first go rent Orson Wells "Touch of Evil." That movie was done about 1950. The overlap of the two movies will give you a picture of the Border & the USA in time.

    Interestingly both films share a love for repeated motifs McGuffys & icons. Wells is famous for that. His classic Citizen Kane is standard fare for film noir folks.

    I have not seen that in modern movies so much. I don't know the other work of the director for "No Country for Old Men"

  76. btw it seems as if No Country For Old Men's director Director Ethan Coen places the psychotic killer played by Javier Bardem into the role of the UN official played by Charleton Heston in Orson Well's Touch of Evil. Just as Orson Well's sheriff seems to be played by Tommy Lee Jones in No Country For Old Men. (Orson Wells both directs and stars as sheriff in "Touch of Evil"

  77. Thanks, Mat.

    Don't go to No Country For Old Men unless you've got steely nerves and a strong stomach.

  78. Hopefully by the time the torrent is done, I'll summon the nerves. :)

  79. "The tree will become enormous, and even a menace to nearby buildings and walls."
    Folks across the street just got done having about six of them in their front yard cut down.

    The shorter 3, a guy climbed up and cut it down in 1 foot sections, dropping the sections one by one to the ground!

    The taller ones went last weekend:
    Brought a big hydralic arm, saw the guy trimming off the limbs, but forgot to go out and see how he took down the tree.

  80. Doug the picture is from astromomy picture of the day

    I used to post those regularly over at

    This one was posted at
    this particular link

    I don't like the politics at digg but they post some funny interesting & cool stuff regularly.

  81. Dude! (Charles)
    Ethan Coen and his brother made the best film ever, "The Dude."
    Don't go if you get Squirrely about a Weasel in the bathwater, however.

  82. They figured he was a lazy time wasting slacker. They were right.
    Her life was in their hands. Now her toe is in the mail.
    Times like these call for a Big Lebowski.
    It takes guys as simple as the Dude and Walter to make a story this complicated... and they'd really rather be bowling.
    (Israel, translated from Hebrew): Lebowski: Not a man, a way of life

  83. Charles, I've been posting Astronomy Picture of the Day here for some time when it is something spectacular, as it usually is. I'm hoping to be around when the Webb Space Telescope goes aloft. On things astronomical, I'm a beginners beginner. Have at it!

  84. WWII in color!

  85. (12-25) 03:59 PST LOS ANGELES, (AP) --
    Some gifts from Kris Kringle are better kept wrapped.

    A man in a Santa hat was arrested Sunday night for investigation of drunken driving after he was spotted outside Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood wearing a wig, a red lace camisole and a purple G-string, police said.

    "We are pretty sure this is not the Santa Claus," Deputy Chief Ken Garner said.

    The suspect was booked into jail after his blood-alcohol level measured just above the state's legal limit of .08, police said. He was later released on $5,000 bail.

    The man, who is 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 280 pounds, also wore black leg warmers and black shoes. His car was towed to an impound yard, police said.

  86. Bible standards attacked in 'bastardized courts'
    Homosexual advocates claim hurt feelings, demand penalties

    Biblical standards are under attack by the "bastardized courts" of Canada, where activists who claim they have "hurt feelings" are demanding – and getting – penalties imposed against those who oppose the homosexual lifestyle, according to a family organization.

    The description of the courts, also known as the provincial and national Human Rights Commissions, comes from the Canada Family Action Coalition, which has addressed the problem in an alert to its constituents, and warns the United States is not that far from having similar assaults on traditional family values.

  87. Smart Car, Less than Smart Driver:
    'Pensioner kills his wife, dumps her body among Christmas presents, and then kills himself by driving Smart car into tree'

  88. Chuck Norris Quotes Ron Wackjob:
    Others like rival Republican candidate Ron Paul labeled it with these extreme comments to Fox News,

    "It reminds me of what Sinclair Lewis once said. He says, 'when fascism comes to this country, it will be wrapped in the flag, carrying a cross.' Now I don't know whether that's a fair assessment or not, but you wonder about using a cross, like he is the only Christian or implying that subtly. So, I don't think I would ever use anything like that."
    (I think very few Americans would agree with Paul's summary as a "fair assessment" of Mike's heartfelt Christmas salutation.)

    Paul reminds me of Uncle Bob that we had committed, maybe should have run him for POTUS.

  89. Yes, yes, I'd serve you all better in the White House than this damned Nut House I told you soooo...

  90. I'm in the same damned cell where Doug Wilson was housed before he formed Christ Church.

  91. "Where did I put those billing records?"
    "Ah, here they are, on the coffee table all these years!"

  92. Doug, I've figured out why Ash always follows the Canadian line.

    He has too.

  93. Whatever Ash says. Basically that America is filled with rubes, chawbacons, peckerwoods.

  94. I donno, Bob. These fellows look british to me.

  95. I'm uncertain what to make of the Square Banner at the top.

  96. You can get a close up by clicking with the little magnifying glass, not that I recommend it.

  97. Looks like a two chevrons. One male and one female.

  98. According to the Christian Science Monitor, we've got to get over this Sovereignty Infantilism of ours. Gotta join the world.


  99. Yes, G'nite. Me needs to prepare for me early morn Kwanzaa shopping raid on the local electronics stores tomorw.

  100. I think that's the Testicle Snipper, AlBob.

  101. Man, AlBob, I saw that CS headline but did not click:
    You must not have been visited by the snipper.

  102. "Karl F. Inderfurth, a professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, was the US special representative of the president and the secretary of state for global humanitarian demining from 1997-98. "