Bless Her Heart!

She threw them OUT.

They seem momentarily stunned and then a smidge of Tantrum City ensues. Waaah. (Seems silly from 60-somethings, but there ya go.) We already know who the adult in her own restaurant is.

Happy New Year, to Amy Brehm ~ a great American!

How’s That “Goodwill Towards Men” Bit Working Out?

There may be no finer example of our condition as fallen beings

Riot police were forced to restore order inside the basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem after rival groups of Orthodox and Armenian clerics clashed in a dispute over the boundaries of their respective jurisdictions inside the church.

About 100 clergymen from the Greek Orthodox and Armenian Apostolic churches, armed with brooms, came to blows during the cleaning of the church in preparation for Orthodox Christmas celebrations.

Palestinian riot police…breaking up fights between Christian clergy.

The mind reels.

First In The Hearts Of His Countrymen…

Writes a letter to the self-ranked Fourth

Dear Mr. President:

Although it is two hundred years, and more, since I laid down the cares of an eventful temporal existence and took up residence in my long home, Our Gracious Lord has seen fit to bestow upon my spirit the gift of perpetual cognition, and He has granted the further boon of permitting me, for a few moments, to assume sufficient corporeality to pen this letter, which I place before Your Excellency as the cri de coeur of a patriot whose efforts on behalf of his country have been deemed by its citizens to possess no little significance.

I beseech thee to go henceforth and read the rest, as one must do in all things Paco.

Yikekaterinburns!

Luckily they’re Putin it out

MOSCOW — Firefighters extinguished a massive fire aboard a docked Russian nuclear submarine Friday as some crew members remained inside, officials said, assuring that there was no radiation leak and that the vessel’s nuclear-tipped missiles were not on board.

Military prosecutors have launched an investigation into whether safety regulations were breached, and President Dmitry Medvedev summoned top Cabinet officials to report on the situation and demanded punishment for anyone found responsible.

The fire broke out Thursday at an Arctic shipyard outside the northwestern Russian city of Murmansk where the submarine Yekaterinburg was in dry-dock. The blaze, which shot orange flames high into the air through the night, was put out Friday afternoon and firefighters continued to spray the vessel with water to cool it down, Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu said.

I Thought This Was A Basketball Score

What a shootout

…No. 15 Baylor still pulled out an incredible Alamo Bowl victory in the highest-scoring regulation bowl game in history, beating Washington 67-56 in the wildest shootout of this bowl season or any other in memory.

This is exactly why I thought RG3 earned the Heisman this year: Baylor’s defense basically doesn’t exist. When your team gives up on average nearly 36 points per game yet you still end up 9-3 (now 10-3) and beat several ranked teams…well then whoever is scoring those points for you is probably having one hell of a better year than somebody on a team whose defense only gives up 12 or so points a game.

Oh, and Baylor’s basketball team, ranked #6 in the nation, only scored 54 points Wednesday night.

Stella!

I might have to make me some gorgonzola/apple mac cheese tomorrow, for comfort food reasons and all

Yes indeedy, that just may re-appear.

Happy Rasputin Day!

Of course, it wasn’t such a great day for him

The group led him down to the cellar, where they served him cakes and red wine laced with a massive amount of cyanide. According to legend, Rasputin was unaffected, although Vasily Maklakov had supplied enough poison to kill five men.

…Determined to finish the job, Prince Yusupov became anxious about the possibility that Rasputin might live until the morning, leaving the conspirators no time to conceal his body. Yusupov ran upstairs to consult the others and then came back down to shoot Rasputin through the back with a revolver. Rasputin fell, and the company left the palace for a while. Yusupov, who had left without a coat, decided to return to get one, and while at the palace, he went to check on the body. Suddenly, Rasputin opened his eyes and lunged at Yusupov. He grabbed Yusupov and attempted to strangle him. At that moment, however, the other conspirators arrived and fired at Rasputin. After being hit three times in the back, he fell once more. As they neared his body, the party found that, remarkably, he was still alive, struggling to get up. They clubbed him into submission. Some accounts say that his killers also severed his penis (subsequently resulting in urban legends and claims that certain third parties were in possession of the organ).[23][24][25] After binding his body and wrapping him in a carpet, they threw him into the icy Neva River. He broke out of his bonds and the carpet wrapping him, but drowned in the river.

Three days later, Rasputin’s body, poisoned, shot four times, badly beaten, and drowned, was recovered from the river. An autopsy established that the cause of death was drowning. It was found that he had indeed been poisoned, and that the poison alone should have been enough to kill him. There is a report that after his body was recovered, water was found in the lungs, supporting the idea that he was still alive before submersion into the partially frozen river.

Even if that’s not quite how things happened it sure makes an interesting tale.

Euro’s Getting Beat Up A Little Today

Down under 1.29, mostly it seems on news that European banks are hoarding cash.

Don’t they know that everything is wonderful now?

Saw This Yesterday and I Could Just Give Bob Beckel a Big Wet Sloppy Kiss

I really just could.

I Wanna Go Simply

When I go

My Bride better get planning because a procession like this is exactly the tasteful send-off I deserve.

I even wrote a little song to help her

Marines Just Do the Craziest Things

You know. Not to upset the kids and all…

…“I got out of the truck and said, ‘Hey, I’m gonna call the police and we’re gonna have police down here so why don’t we put the necklace down and walk away?’” he said.

The accused thieves took off and Trenker followed.

“When somebody steals something from you, you want to get it back and I did not perceive any danger,” Trenker said.

But then danger showed up. Detectives say Steele started shooting and struck Trenker several times.

Trenker plugged his wounds with his fingers and went back to his kids. A resident heard the commotion and called 911.

I Can’t Imagine Why Anyone Would Find the Politics the Geezers at the AARP

objectionable questionable.

Judging by their lovely ad in our local fishwrap on December 11th, they are still appealing to the finest instincts in only the noblest individuals of our society. You know…

The 99%ers. After their valiant efforts on behalf of ObamaCare cost them the silverbacks, I guess reaching out to the cooly clad, clenched fist, latte-laden-ites was a logical next income derivative step. (And who doesn’t hate the electric company?)

So can’t we all just get along?

Better yet, give ‘em a jingle. Let ‘em know how much you appreciate their new artistic direction.

And With Obama As President?

I’d be hard pressed to argue with the asshole.

Shutting Off Gulf ‘Very Easy’: Iran Navy Chief

Closing off the Gulf to oil tankers will be “easier than drinking a glass of water” for Iran if the Islamic state deems it necessary, Iran’s top naval commander told the country’s state television on Wednesday.

“Closing the Strait of Hormuz for Iran’s armed forces is really easy … or as Iranians say it will be easier than drinking a glass of water,” Habibollah Sayyari told Iran’s English language Press TV.

Grrrr….

RIP: Beloved Old Cheetah Has Sadly Died

While that headline might catch Hillary’s attention I’m actually referring to this handsome star of stage and screen

Cheetah the chimpanzee, who acted in classic Tarzan movies in the early 1930s, died of kidney failure Saturday at Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor, a sanctuary spokeswoman said.

Cheetah was roughly 80 years old, loved fingerpainting and football and was soothed by nondenominational Christian music, said Debbie Cobb, the sanctuary’s outreach director.

(note: Cheetah is between me and my Bride in this photo)

That’s Gonna Help Things

…just a buttload.

Oil Rises as Iran Threatens Strait of Hormuz

How To Ruin Christmas

Simply give to the Gift of Batshit Insane

She sums it up perfectly at the 45 second mark.

(h/t Ace’s sidebar)

Just Great

And I really mean that.

Spam Of The Day

I will immediately take hold of your rss

I love when people grab hold of my rss…

To Help Prevent The Spread Of Lyme Disease

I’d like to check you for ticks

That’s the kind of guy I am.

“We Brought That Sh*t On Our Ownselves”, Better Known as:

Ron Paul explains why Muslims fly airplanes into World Trade Centers.

And the daffy bastard does it on the floor of Congress only two weeks after September 11th, 2001.

ONLY. TWO. WEEKS.

The man is despicable and his Moonie-like cult followers need a good belt in the chops.

It’s After Noon

I’m allowed.

O Holy Night

Cantique De Noel – Enrico Caruso

Peace, Dear Friends.

This Was Always My Favorite Song to Sing to Ebola at Christmas

He’ll be in Tucson, carefully watching the skies for storms, so I have to send it off to him this way.

For the first Christmas ever.

There’s lots of moms and dads, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, daughters and sons whose most precious ones are in uniform…someplace else. They’d love to be home, but duty has other plans, like our Ave’s brave, handsome Marine son (and our nephew) in Afghanistan. And we pray for them all. We are very, very thankful to have our nephew Creature (Kcruella’s brave Army soldier) and our very own Skyler safely home from Afghanistan for THIS Christmas, unlike last year. Crusader’s Marine is home on leave with them in St. Louis and our hearts are full.

Ebola will be home before the New Year. We can’t wait.

Oh, God bless you all…EVERY ONE.

Merry Christmas from casa de major dad.

Joyously Expectant

May all your wishes and dreams be fulfilled this Christmas, and may it find you enveloped in the arms of those you love.

Every Little Bit

…helps

Obama Campaign Returns Cash From MF Global’s Corzine

President Barack Obama’s campaign has returned some $70,000 in contributions made by embattled MF Global chief Jon Corzine and his wife, a campaign official said on Friday.

…although I know it had to have about killed President Greasy Fingers to turn loose the cash.

And…hey ya, chuamp!

What took so long?

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