December 31, 2005

Happy New Year!

We appreciate the brave men and women in uniform who protect our country and advance freedom around the world. We are grateful to their families for their support and sacrifice, and we pray for all those who have lost loved ones in freedom's cause. Our nation will always remember the heroes who have given their lives to protect us all.

As we celebrate the New Year, we give thanks to God for his blessings and ask for his guidance. We look with hope to the year ahead and the many new opportunities the future will bring.

- President George W. Bush, 12/31/05

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December 26, 2005

Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam...

For Crissakes, even on Christmas I get comment spam.

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December 25, 2005

Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah!

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Christmas Memories

Well, it's been a looooong day. There are two things I am reminded of from all the festivities.

First, the most wonderful sound in this world is the sound of a child who is elated when they open those packages and see magic where I see a piece of mass-produced plastic crap.

Like so:

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And here:

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Even the little one:

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The other thing I've come to realize is that if I ever get my hands on the sumbitch that invented this new trend in packaging where they use wires to harness the toy in the package to the box and twist them into these ghastly knots that wear my fingers down I'm going to hit him upside the head with a Louisville Slugger. Just look at this mess:

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It took me fifteen minutes to pry this Jessie doll free of the package (Justin's obsessed with all things "Toy Story"). And that wasn't the worst part. It took me almost a half an hour to get this dancing Robosapien unpacked:

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Well, hope everyone had a great day. Need some serious sleep. I'll be going to bed soo...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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December 23, 2005

For Those Who Go A Teeny Bit Overboard This Season

You can see the ghastly displays at Ugly Christmas


h/t: NRO's The Corner

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December 22, 2005

Christmas Wars: Episode III Revenge Of Blue's Clues

The attempts by so many politically-correct crusaders and paranoid atheists in this country to dilute the importance and meaning of Christmas these days is often quite easy to spot.

But Robert the Llama-Butcher has discovered it's infiltration into a children's book. If you thought talking salt 'n pepper shakers were peculiar, wait until you see how the Blue's Clues characters introduce you to the holidays of the season.

For the record, here's my take on the "holiday" season. Christmas and Hanukkah are religious holidays with traditions dating back thousands of years. Kwanzaa is - at best - a cultural celebration. So I feel no more compelled to wish anyone a Happy Kwanzaa than I am to wish someone a Happy St. Patrick's Day. And I wish people a Merry Christmas whether they celebrate it or not. I'm wishing them peace and happiness in the spirit of the day. I'm not insisting that they observe its traditions or significance as I see it.

People who are offended at being wished a "Merry Christmas" need to lighten the hell up and have a heavily rum-laden egg nog.

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