December 31, 2006

Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2007!

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December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas To All

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Enjoy the holiday weekend!

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December 12, 2006

Christmas: 1, PC Bullsh*t: 0

Two cheers for the Port of Seattle commission who pulled their heads out of their asses and put those beeyooteefull Christmas trees back up at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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I don't blame Rabbi Bogomilsky for requesting a lighted Menorah. I just can't stand the fact that we live in such a litigious, knee-jerk, CYA, politically-correct age that the commission's first reaction was to take them down in the first place (which is why they only get two cheers).

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November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving

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Best wishes to you and yours. The author is busy eating, drinking and watching football. There will probably be no other posting to...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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November 22, 2006

Stress Management For The Holidays

Last year, on the day before Thanksgiving, I posted some advice for those folks who have to face a holiday feast among the politically diverse. What follows is a reprint of that post (with a post-election update):

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November 23, 2005

Or "Being Surrounded By Donkeys On Thanksgiving".

Many of us who are Conservatives and/or Republicans and live in "Blue States" will be going to visit relatives tomorrow. And many of us will come into contact with relatives who are Liberals and/or Democrats openly hostile to President Bush, the war or the GOP in general. more...

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July 01, 2006

Happy Independence Day!

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No posting this weekend. Celebrating the 4th! Enjoy!

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February 22, 2006

Happy Birthday, George!

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Today is George Washington's actual birthday, at least according to the modern Gregorian calendar (under the Julian calendar that was observed in 1732, his birthday was February 11th).

Washington ensured that we won independence, presided over the writing of our Constitution and mid-wifed the birth of a new nation as its first President. And, depite his overwhelming popularity, he volunteered to relinquish his office at the end of his second term establishing the long tradition of a peaceful transfer of power that was unheard of at that time.

He was our anchor and our rock and we owe him a great debt.

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February 14, 2006

Happy Valentine's Day!

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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!

** Sticky post through December 25th - Scroll for updates! **

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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 Lights.com.

Enjoy!

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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November 27, 2005

What A Day

Well, the day got off to a rousing start when the family and I loaded up the Tactical Urban Assault Vehicle minivan and headed across the state to my in-laws' neck of the woods. Our mission: to go out and get our Festivus Pole Christmas Tree.

After canvassing the entire tree farm we finally stalked and killed our very own tree, as seen here with Ryan (holding the saw) and Justin (in the background).

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We stopped at my brother-in-law's place for hot chocolate all around. Then we hauled it back to the homestead where I proceeded to wrestle with said tree until I could get it to stand up on its own while still looking somewhat straight from at least one side. The needles of a Blue Spruce are not to be taken lightly and my hands and arms are covered in red dots from where I was stuck by those little sap-laden buggers.

To make the day complete, I got a call from my sister-in-law in Atlanta who informed me that, if I wasn't watching the Giants game, I should turn on the TV as it had just gone into overtime. She warned me that being as the game was in the hands (and feet) of our kicker Jay Feely, the Giants didn't have a prayer because, well, he SUCKS. She should know because Feely used to be on the Falcons. Sure enough, he blew it and the Giants choked it in almost exactly the same fashion as the Cowboys had only three days before.

Now next week's game is basically for the division. With Dallas and New York both tied at 7-4 (and Dallas having won the first meeting), if the Giants lose next week they can pretty much hand the division title to the Cowboys right then and there.

Now I need to go pick dead fallen needles out of my living room carpet. Grrrrrr.

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November 24, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving

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Best wishes to you and yours. The author is busy eating, drinking and watching football. There will probably be no other posting to...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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WTF?

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I woke up this morning to the sound of $30 bucks going out the window. You know what that sounds like? Like a pick-up truck with a plow attached to the front weaving in and out of my driveway.

The last time it snowed on Thanksgiving was the winter of 1995-96. And that winter was a BITCH. They're saying that this year will be just as bad.

Super.

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