Monday December 24th – Open Thread

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen †

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189 Responses to Monday December 24th – Open Thread

  1. “The Night Before Christmas” by Henry Livingston, to the music of The Trail Band

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    • I began researching the authorship of “Night Before Christmas” in 1999, and pulled Vassar professor Don Foster into the attribution quest. Don came out for Henry in 2000 to massive publicity with Bryant Gumbel and in People Magazine and The New York Times. But there was a gentleman trying to sell a manuscript copy of the poem from Moore and our research made the value of his document drop, so he hired a paranormal investigator to challenge us.

      About a decade later, one of the preeminent names in attribution research, Emeritus Professor Mac Jackson, contacted me to say that he believed he could prove the issue with statistical analysis, if I’d help him. That turned into three solid years of analysis and yet another book on the topic. Mac’s work was strong and definitive. Henry Livingston WAS the author of “Night Before Christmas.” There are still Moore scholars who dispute Mac – their fundamental argument being that Moore said he wrote it and they are unwilling to call Moore a liar.

      My position? Moore lied.

      Original publication in the Troy Sentinel of December 23, 1823

      December 30, 1773
      When Don Foster looked for the first publication of Happy Christmas, he found that it was in the first publication of that very poem in 1823. And yet here is Henry, fifty years earlier, wishing a Happy Christmas to his dear Sally Welles.

      Moore, if you’re curious, says “Merry Christmas,” as well as “mother”. Henry says “papa” and “mama”.

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      • TheLastDemocrat says:

        At this time of year, the Unitarians like to point out that Moore was a Unitarian.

        Well, back before this authorship kerfuffle became pretty well known.


        • Clement Moore was the only child of Bishop Benjamin Moore, who ran Trinity Church in NYC and was president of Columbia. Clement was a professor at the General Theological seminary of the Episcopal church. While Moore was running Trinity, Henry Livingston’s brother, Rev Dr John Henry Livingston, was running the Fulton Street Reformed Dutch church, and was instrumental in settling the dispute in the church between the Coetus and Conferentie parties. The vast majority of Moore’s poetry is HEAVILY moralistic.

          But, speaking of crying, I’m sorry to say
          Your screeches and screams, so loud ev’ry day,
          Were near driving me and my goodies away.
          Good children I always give good things in plenty;
          How sad to have left your stocking quite empty:

          For if, regardless of my friendly voice,
          In Fashion’s gaudy scenes your heart rejoice,
          Dire punishments shall fall upon your head:
          Disgust, and fretfulness, and secret dread.

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    • millwright says:

      I wonder how many can still relate to “kerchiefs and bed caps ” ” mice as usual ( if unwanted ) housemates, or working fireplaces and thistledown ? Can anyone here cook over a open hearth fire ?

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  2. Lucille says:


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  3. DanDeplorable says:

    Appreciation and Love. Dan
    * * * * * * *
    DAILY DEVOTIONAL, December 24, 2018

    “Immersed Into The Ark”

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  4. citizen817 says:


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  5. Merry Christmas, CTH!

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  6. citizen817 says:


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  7. citizen817 says:

    Gary Sinise Foundation Releases End-of-Year Video That Will Make You Smile

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  8. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Be Ye Reconciled to God

    “Why does Paul beseech the Corinthians to be reconciled to God (2 Cor. 5:20) if they were already justified ‘saints’ (1 Cor. 1:2; 6:11)?”

    “…be ye reconciled to God” (2 Cor. 5:20).

    In this verse, Paul is not telling the Corinthians to be reconciled to God, he is telling them what to tell unbelievers.

    If we back up to verse 18, we see Paul tell the believers in Corinth that God “hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.” He then goes on to define the ministry of reconciliation when he begins the very next verse with the words “to wit.” Those words mean “namely” or “that is to say.” So Paul is telling believers what to say to unsaved people when they go forth with the ministry of reconciliation. We might paraphrase him to say:

    “God has given us the ministry of reconciliation, so go out and tell the lost, ‘God was in Christ as He hung on the cross, imputing your trespasses to Him and not to you. He then committed this message of reconciliation to us believers, and now we are His ambassadors. If He were here, He’d be begging you to be reconciled to Him, but He’s not, we’re here in His stead.’”

    The Corinthians were already righteous (1 Cor. 1:30), so we know Paul was telling them to tell unsaved people that they “might” be made righteous (2 Cor. 5:20) by believing the gospel.

    By Pastor Ricky Kurth

    2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

    1 Corinthians 1:2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

    1 Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

    2Corinthians 5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
    19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

    1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

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  9. bakocarl says:

    Mogul and Muse

    tigsmom says: Dec 20, 2018 at 1:37 am
    Our Mogul and Muse are our power . . .

    And a hat tip to millwright – Dec 20, 2018 at 2:00 am

    ‘Tis the night before Christmas as a red, glowing fire
    Burns softly in the White House – a scene to inspire.
    Mogul and Muse, getting ready for bed,
    With visions of MAGA dancing in their heads.

    Our economy, now, has come roaring back,
    Our ledgers all turning from the red to the black.
    Jobs, once scarce after leaving our towns,
    Now need more workers as openings abound.

    Progress in the world, with intransigent regimes
    Seeing glimmerings of peace, former distant dreams.
    Our old policies, sowing discord and strife,
    Now discarded as trash, leaving hope and life.

    ISIS is crushed, as a dog crushes a bone,
    And our troops from Syria are now ordered home.
    Their loved ones await, sending prayers on a wing,
    Thankful and hopeful for what this blessing brings.

    In Afghanistan too, troop cuts start to arrive,
    7,000 of our best now coming home alive.
    It’s just a start, but a very good beginning
    To bolster our homefront – MAGA is winning!

    Catch and release have now gone by the way,
    Since catch and return is the process today.
    No border, no country . . . security starts here
    With America First. Hear Deplorables cheer!

    Our Gubmint shuts down. Deplorables all yawn.
    The Dimms act together as Globalist pawns.
    They just don’t want a big, effective wall
    Stopping future voters for the Dimm’s cabal.

    The media, fully exposed as agenda driven hacks,
    Spreading their lies, talking nothing but smack.
    Their influence, now waning, as readers now turn
    To trustworthy sources, never to return.

    The UniParty shows where their allegiance lies;
    Dimms or GOPe, we see through their disguise.
    They’ll admit gangs, disease, murder, drugs and more;
    Endanger our people, send our kids off to war.

    Our Congress, both houses, full of turncoats galore,
    Spurn honest voters, and the oaths that they swore.
    They all stand in line for big perks and fat bribes,
    All driven by their greed and their egos and pride.

    With his Muse by his side, our Mogul soldiers on;
    Working, never tiring, toward our country’s new dawn.
    Promises made and kept, we see freedom grow,
    With many more to keep, but difficult and slow.

    Now, on this Eve, their thoughts focus above,
    To our blessed Christmas, full of God’s love.
    The birth of our Savior, shining with God’s Light,
    Heralded by angels on this Holy Night.

    Given by God to reconcile us with Him,
    Though we are unworthy and riddled with sin.
    Our only salvation, God’s gift through His grace,
    Our promise for the future, to look on His face.

    So now, to us, from the Mogul and his Muse,
    Merry Christmas blessings to keep and never lose;
    God’s Peace to our hearts and His warmth to our homes,
    His cheer to our spirits, and His joy for our own.

    Then in the stillness after all has been said,
    Our Mogul and Muse turn again to their beds.
    Our Mogul turns slowly, before leaving our sight,
    And with a wink and a smile says “MAGA. Good night.”

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  10. andyocoregon says:

    This guy is 72 years old and loves to fish.

    He was sitting in his boat the other day when he heard a voice say, ‘Pick me up.’

    He looked around and couldn’t see anyone.

    He thought he was dreaming when he heard the voice say again,’Pick me up.’

    He looked in the water and there, floating on the top, was a frog.

    The man said, ‘Are you talking to me?’

    The frog said, ‘Yes, I’m talking to you.’ Pick me up, then kiss me;
    and I’ll turn into the most beautiful woman you have ever seen.

    I’ll make sure that all your friends are envious and jealous, because

    I will be your bride!’

    The man looked at the frog for a short time, reached over, picked

    it up carefully and placed it in his shirt pocket.

    The frog said, ‘What, are you nuts? Didn’t you hear what I said?’

    I said, ‘Kiss me, and I will be your beautiful bride.’

    He opened his pocket, looked at the frog and said,

    ‘Nah. At my age, I’d rather have a talking frog.’

    With age comes wisdom.

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  11. Garrison Hall says:

    We can all be home for Christmas. 🙂

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    • Garrison Hall says:

      There’s a restaurant just across from our house where we often eat. We’ve been eating there for so many years we’re friends with the entire staff and management. This afternoon I stopped by for some soup and to pick up one of their apple pies for us to have for Christmas (got some vanilla ice-creme too). The manager and I are friends. She has small children who are firm believers in Santa Claus. She told me she made some cookies especially for Santa and got him some skim milk, “because” she said with a wink, “he really needs to watch his weight” . . . Kids aren’t the only ones who need Santa. Merry Christmas, Treepers!

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      • Patrick healy says:

        Happy Christmas to all the wonderful commentators at the Tree house.
        Garrison, I find your little fable sad.
        As a lover of proper food (ie good protein like full fat real milk, cheese butter etc)
        It is sad that your friend has bought into the second biggest scientific fraud after man made global warming i.e. low/no fat diets.
        Enjoy your healthy Christmas.

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        • Sepp says:

          The late Julia Child would gladly encourage people have some real butter and whole milk.

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        • amwick says:

          The nice thing is that she is doing something that she believes will be helping “Santa” which I think is very sweet. TY. Santa will be coming to our house tonight, I have a surprise for my husband, even though we will exchange some small gifts tonight.. He has walking issues, and I got him a pair of those hiking sticks, that ones that look like ski poles. Santa will be leaving them under our tree… besides, they are hard to wrap… 🙂
          TY GH, Merry Christmas!

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          • Deplorable_Infidel says:

            “they are hard to wrap…”

            Good morning.You could have probably found a mailing tube, but kind of late now. U Haul rental places also sell different shaped boxes and packing supplies, but I don’t know how close you have one of those. I have cut down cardboard in the past to make custom boxes, you could probably sandwich the item between 2 flat pieces. Or another option is to wrap them in aluminum foil from the kitchen! that could be covered by wrapping paper.

            MERRY CHRISTMAS Treepers!

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  12. citizen817 says:

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  13. Lucille says:

    “My Favourite Time of Year” – The Florin Street Band

    After struggling to gain record company support for his Victorian-themed idea, British singer-songwriter, Leigh Haggerwood, decided to make it happen himself by gathering together his musician friends and writing, producing and singing this Christmas song. The accompanying Christmas video was filmed at the fantastic Blists Hill Victorian Town at Ironbridge in Shropshire and it features the skills of top director Nick Bartleet and Cinematographer John Perez. Published on Nov 12, 2010

    Verse 1

    Lanterns lighting up the town,
    Peace on earth is all around,
    Everything is calm on Christmas Eve.
    There’s goodwill in the air tonight,
    Angels sing by candle light,
    Their voices carried on the wind.
    When carol singers gather round,
    When I hear that festive sound,
    I wanna join with them and sing!


    They sing a merry song and we all sing along,
    A festive melody that tells us Christmas time is here.
    See the stars tonight; they’re shining bright,
    ‘Cause it’s Christmas time and it’s my favourite time of year.

    Verse 2

    Deck the halls with boughs of holly,
    Give me mistletoe; it’s the season to be jolly,
    Wrapping presents, writing cards, helping decorate the tree,
    But there’s one thing that makes it all for me.
    When carol singers gather round,
    Angel voices fill the town,
    It’s like the world is joining in!
    (Noel, Noel, Noel)


    They sing a merry song and we all sing along,
    A festive melody that tells us Christmas time is here.
    See the stars tonight; they’re shining bright,
    ‘Cause it’s Christmas time and it’s my favourite time of year.

    Middle 8

    Christmas Eve,
    Still believe,
    So excited,
    Can’t sleep,
    When the morning comes,
    Church bells ring,
    And he’s been!


    They sing a merry song and we all sing along,
    A festive melody that tells us Christmas time is here.
    See the stars tonight; they’re shining bright,
    ‘Cause it’s Christmas time and it’s my favourite time of year.
    And it’s my favourite time of year
    (Noel, Noel)

    Words & Music by Leigh Haggerwood.

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  14. andyocoregon says:

    Christmas Dinner at the Dunhams.

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  15. Janie M. says:

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  16. Lucille says:

    Seen on a blog post…and just perfect for dealing in an ever-so-smilingly-polite manner with—shall we say–difficult personalities around the Christmas dinner table…



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  17. Sepp says:

    Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia, points the way to the Savior, Jesus Christ, whose Holy Nativity approaches.

    The Saint Nicholas Center helps us to discover the truth about “Santa Claus” with
    stories and liturgical material,
    history and geography,
    a St. Nicholas church gazetteer,
    recipes, craft ideas, and clip art,
    and online activities for kids.

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  18. swampratterrier says:

    Parents are realizing that it’s not just Santa who’s keeping tabs on their kids. Many popular high-tech gadgets that may end up being given as holiday presents can actually track, monitor and re- cord children.. CBS


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  20. Marygrace Powers says:

    Back In The Good Ol’ Days….
    Via The Feral Irishman

    Posted on December 23, 2018

    What a different world/looks like it was lots of FUN.

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  21. millwright says:

    From the Bureaucratic Nonsense files : As 2018 winds down we have this bit of bureaucratic idiocacy headed to SCOTUS . I know the Army has a long-standing reputation for dumb but this seems ‘ over-the-top for even them . The U.S. Corps of Engineers is now claiming permafrost ( you know that peaty stuff that’s permantly frozen – except for its surface – most of the time ) is ” Navigatable Waters of the U.S.” and the 9th Circuit Court agrees with the Army ! BTW the U.S. Army runs exercises on permafrost with tracked vehicles annually so it this their basis for ” navigatable ” ?

    This is just one of many issues the incoming Sec. of Interior will have to deal with !

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  22. smiley says:

    December 1963…The Judy Garland Christmas Special…..with her children Liza Minnelli, Lora Luft and Joey Luft…and guest appearances by Jack Jones and Mel Torme…

    just a few weeks prior…JFK…Dallas…

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  23. smiley says:

    Andrew N. Wyeth (American, 1917-2009) made his own Christmas Cards ..

    ..and those are just a few of them, over the years, sent by him and his wife, Betsy.


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  24. WES says:

    A little off the thread but has anyone heard how Obama’s library in Chicago is going or not going? Last I heard was the neighborhood not being too happy about losing their park and Chicago city granting lots of tax payer money for this project. Would love an up date!


  25. Pointman says:

    Mahler: Adagietto Symphony 5


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    • Lucille says:

      Thanks, Pointman. I had five different cds of this Symphony and narrowed them down to just von Karajan’s version…not too slow and not too fast, in my estimation, and sublime.

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  26. smiley says:

    FIGGY PUDDING ….the What and the How


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  27. Dora says:

    Winter Landscape Caspar David Friedrich 1811

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  28. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.”
    Psalms 18:28 (KJV)

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  29. duchess01 says:

    Journalist threatened with rape and murder after saying Islam should submit to French laws…
    Posted by Kane on December 24, 2018 1:00 am

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    • duchess01 says:

      Canada: 76-year-old woman who was victim of vicious, unprovoked attack by a Muslim dies in the hospital

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      • duchess01 says:

        Shock Video: Muslim Cultural Enrichment Caught On Tape…
        Posted by Kane on December 24, 2018 12:34 am

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        • smiley says:

          didn’t click on that…hoping it’s not the truly disturbing video of the Scandinavian girl…who was recently slaughtered in Morocco…

          I never look at those horrible things…but, unfortunately, I did decide to “watch” that horrifying & wretched thing…as it happened to her..

          …and I can’t seem to shake it, either.

          she cried out loud for her mother just as the crazed barbaric maniac started to saw at her throat…

          …til she died.

          I would not recommend watching those videos of Muslim attacks…

          ..because seeing the suffering and knowing..or imagining…what the victim is going thru during those final horrifying brutal moments…well…it’s horribly disturbing.

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          • duchess01 says:

            Good Point, smiley – the title alone is disturbing – we know what happens – God Bless You for the warning!


            • smiley says:

              you’re welcome…I was just curious to see if the video was real or not…turns out, it sure was…and the entire thing was shown…happened so fast…the whole thing…tossing the poor girl’s severed head into the corner afterwards..

              it wasn’t so much the blood (bad enough!) but the act itself…I felt sick…I cried real tears..

              ..that a human could do that to someone…to any living thing…while the person was alive and struggling…

              the maniac didn’t hesitate for even a second.

              he treated her like a worm.

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              • duchess01 says:

                I usually scan the article – and if I think it will be horrible – do not watch – and those Dumb Dims want to invite this into our country – no thank you!


                • smiley says:

                  half the time w/ those horrendous disgusting slaughters, I really don’t think it has anything to do w/ their so-called “allah”…just low intelligence pissants driven by criminal psychotic rage & bloodlust…

                  …who love their knives.

                  vile depraved & demonic.

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                • duchess01 says:

                  Demonic for sure – they do not worship the same ‘god’ we do – God does not sanction mutilation and killing – sick ideology – not a religion at all – * Sigh *


  30. Dora says:

    In this Vortex, Michael Voris gives an update on the investigation. It’s appropriately called “The Ever Tightening Noose”. It looks like 2019 is not going to be a good year for the Church.

    This is just my opinion and I have no way to prove it, but I sincerely believe that if Hillary had won the election, this investigation wouldn’t be going on. She and Obama and the Vatican were deep into their plans for a one world religion and this scandal would have been covered up. Just my opinion.

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  31. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  32. JAS says:

    Good morning all and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

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  33. Dora says:

    Remnant Christmas Video Closes in on 1 Million Views

    Whatever you think of President Trump, you’ll search in vain for another world leader today who would dare call Jesus Christ “Lord and Savior”.


    Sometimes I fear that after Nancy and her minions get through destroying this man in a few months, we’ll all look back on the Trump years as something of a last hurrah for Christian Americans. History may well record how President Trump stood as the last American president who tried to do the right thing by patriotic, Christian Americans. Despite his flaws, he tried to be on our side, tried to take us into account, tried to represent us when most of the rest of the world was trying to lock us up—but we told him to go to Hell.

    I’d say, instead of joining in on the flogging of Mr. Trump, let’s pray for him this Christmas.

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  34. JAS says:

    I just watched a show on REELZ titled Titanic: Sinking the Myths. WOW! Highly recommended – it runs 2 hours. It will run again on January 1st at 7:00 and 11:00 PM Eastern.

    It is based on a book by D. E. Bristow. That D is for DIanna, yes a woman, a member of Mensa too. She spent 15 years researching the book! She interviewed with important survivors. You will not believe what she found. Point fingers to the usual suspects – same as we have today.

    For example: The Titanic was “owned” by the British company White Star, which via loophole (because Britt ships could not be owned by non-Britts) was owned by IMM (an American company), which was owned by no other than J.P. Morgan.

    Also a Standard Oil (Exxon-Mobil today) tanker was within visual range when the Titanic was sinking. It did not stop. The reason will blow your mind!

    The book was so explosive and controversial that publishers would not touch it. It was finally published but not given the attention it deserves. Bristow answered all the riddles and myths that surround the sinking. Sadly the book is now out of print.

    The author:

    “Ohio native D.E. Bristow is a retired Eastern Airlines flight attendant who currently resides in Florida. Bristow is a member of the British Titanic Society, Titanic International, Steamship Historical Society, the Antique Wireless Association, Pyrotechnics Guild International, The National Maritime Historical Society, and Mensa. Bristow’s Titanic book is the result of 15 years of hard research on the subject, as well as an intense study of turn-of-the century pre-war politics, pyrotechnics, navigation, metallurgy, and more.”

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  35. wtd says:

    Mary, Did You Know? – Pentatonix

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  36. At least in TCTH many still remember when Christmas was a religious holiday. It was a celebration. Presents were not expected. Family and church was first. Everyone went out of their way to call on the elderly and infirm and those alone. I never realized how much it truly meant to “the old people” until I became one. Merry Christmas and God Bless all you Branch Hangers!

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  37. Dora says:

    When Science Ignores Ethics, We Get Not Apollo 8 But Destruction

    When Apollo 8 broadcast the first live television coverage from space, they humbly read Genesis to the world. What happens when God is instead ignored?

    By Helen Raleigh

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  38. F.D.R. in Hell says:

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  39. Beau Geste says:

    One scenario?

    PJDT: Can you build the wall with some of the billion$ of wasted defense funding identified by the failed DOD audit?
    MAD DOG: No.
    PDJT: How much does it cost in lives and money to stay in Syria?
    MAD DOG: Who knows, certainly not the DoD accountants.
    PDJT: How much does it cost in lives and money to stay in Afganistan, with Pakistan helping the Taliban while we pay money to Pakistan?
    MAD DOG: I don’t like where this is going.
    PDJT: There are terrorists, drugs, violent gangs and welfare recipients illegslly crossing our southern border and illegally voting. How much would we save in welfare costs, murders, rapes, and gang violence if we closed the border to illegal border crossings?
    MAD DOG: I’ll resign in two months.
    PDJT: Thank you for your service, clean out your desk.

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  40. RAC says:

    I just put this in the search box and came up with hits that looked to to be genuine.
    ISBN-13 9781365829246
    I’m on yandex, elsewhere YMMD


  41. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    The Saaaaaaafety Exemption(s)
    By Eric Peters
    Eric Peters Autos
    December 24, 2018

    “….The same government which says it’s so very “concerned” about our saaaaafety that it won’t allow us to ride a motorcycle without a helmet – and will threaten us with violence if we don’t wear a seat belt – won’t allow us to disable known-to-be dangerous air bags and is very loosey-goosey about self-driving/automated cars….

    …..Would you board a self-flying airplane without a pilot sitting in the left seat, just in case? How often does your cell phone or laptop do something buggy? Would you like to be riding either at 70 MPH when that happens, without any way to intervene?…”

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  42. @ChicagoBri says:

    “Christmas is also a time to remember the treasures of our own history. We remember one Christmas in particular, 1776, our first year as a nation. The Revolutionary War had been going badly. But George Washington’s faith, courage, and leadership would turn the tide of history our way. On Christmas night he led a band of ragged soldiers across the Delaware River through driving snow to a victory that saved the cause of independence. It’s said that their route of march was stained by bloody footprints, but their spirit never faltered and their will could not be crushed. The image of George Washington kneeling in prayer in the snow is one of the most famous in American history. He personified a people who knew it was not enough to depend on their own courage and goodness; they must also seek help from God, their Father and Preserver.” Ronald Reagan (1983)

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  43. dbethd says:

    My children and I have been enjoying Julie’s Christmas record.


    • Dylan’s voice may have been at his best around the time of Nasville Skyline (1969)?


    • piper567 says:

      RTD, Bob Dylan made an appearance on the Johnny Cash Show the night men walked on the Moon.
      I was living in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and a Teacher I knew was was only person who had TV reception, so she had a LOT of company that night.
      We spent a part of the evening walking out on the deck, looking at the Moon in wonder, while trotting back and forth to one TV or the other, to also not miss Dylan appearing on Johnny’s show.
      good memories. nice talk.


  44. Dora says:

    Those poor people who survived the tsunami might now be facing another serious problem – the islamics.


    Tsunami-ravaged Aceh in Indonesia now faces rising Islamic fundamentalism

    Tsunami spurred Aceh’s separatists and the Indonesian military to end a 30-year war – but now there are fears the province is falling prey to rising Islamic fundamentalism

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  45. William says:

    This is a very difficult time of the year for many, including me. For the 2nd straight year I will be alone at Christmas. Largely due to mistakes of my own making. I have asked God for forgiveness every single day and yet remain in limbo and entering my 42nd month of unemployment. These are hard words to type. Not looking for sympathy from anyone as I have placed myself into these circumstances with no house, no spouse, no job, no career, no money coming in and so on. I envy those of you who will be gathered around a warm fire with family. I had that situation for many years but these past few have been entirely different. Something has to change but I am uncertain as to what that change will be. Have a Merry Christmas, everyone, wish I could get more into the spirit of the season but life isn’t looking very positive or encouraging for me right now. It is a struggle to remain hopeful.

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    • Sepp says:

      Dear William,
      I am going to assume that you have access to the Internet by a public computer or by a borrowed device and that you might not be able to come back to read any replies. I hope that I am mistaken.

      If you can check back, then will you share what changes have come about for you – whatever they might be? Let us rejoice with you in whatever good will be happening for you.

      You and me and countless others are why the Savior was born.

      And why President Trump – with all of his human flaws – wanted to do something for the Forgotten Man in America.

      Whether this is a consolation for you or not, I only hope, but a verse from the 50th Psalm has meant much to many – “A broken and contrite heart God will not despise.”

      I am looking forward to hearing of something that will be changing for the better for you William.

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    • smiley says:

      William…there are many many people in similar situations at Christmas…you are not alone in that…and even though you are “alone” where you are and disappointed with what probably feels like more than your share of adversity, “Christmas” can be every day…

      …in your heart. 🙂

      the Currier & Ives-Norman Rockwell type of perfect Christmas doesn’t really exist for most people anyway…even tho we all strive so hard for that.

      the nostalgia is sometimes the hardest part to get through when things aren’t going too great this time of year.

      but…try to find the silver lining…there’s always a silver lining.

      and…by going through this kind of pain, you will one day be the perfect person to know exactly how to help someone else who is suffering the same way.

      Wisdom comes from sadness.

      Joy comes in the morning.

      go easy on yourself…no one is perfect.

      do something nice for yourself.

      forgive yourself

      this, too, shall pass.


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    • smiley says:

      😀 ❤

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      • Donna in Oregon says:

        “When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in.” – Kristin Armstrong

        “Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” – Zig Ziglar

        “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – William Arthur Ward

        “The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

        “The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see.” – Mary Davis


  46. MS Idaho says:

    A haunting and beautiful Christmas carol – my recording is by the Robert Shaw Chorale. I have two printed versions – hope its ok the post them here

    Carol of the Birds
    When rose the eastern star
    The birds came from afar
    In that full might of a glory.

    With one melodious voice
    They sweetly did rejoice
    And sang the wondrous story.

    Sang, praising God on high
    Enthroned above the sky
    And his fair mother Mary.

    The eagle left his lair
    Came winging through the air
    His message loud arising.

    And to his joyous cry
    The sparrow made reply
    His answer sweetly voicing.

    Overcome are death and strife
    This night is born new life
    The robin sang rejoicing.

    When rose the eastern star
    The birds came from afar.

    See more at:
    Version 2
    When in the eastern skies
    The wondrous star did rise
    And fill the night with splendor

    Came birds in joyful throng
    To sound their dainty song
    In a carol sweet and tender

    Hosanna to the child
    And to his mother mild
    Full revently to render

    The kingly eagle came
    To praise his holy name
    In mighty proclamation

    The sparrow then replied
    Tonight is Christmas tide
    A night of jubilation

    Then robin red breast sang
    Now death has lost its pang
    In Christ is our salvation

    The nightingale sang sweet
    The holy babe to greet
    In Mary’s arms a-lying

    The cuckoo and the quail
    Flew over over hill and dale
    In admiration vying

    The barn owl’s eyes were dim
    Such radiance blinded him
    And homeward he went flying

    My haunting version is a capella. you will love it

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