We are Santa’s elves
Working in Santa’s salt mines
Peuple à genoux, attends ta délivrance.
Noël, Noël, voici le Rédempteur,
Noël, Noël, voici le Rédempteur!
May the blessings and love of our Lord fill you and yours with hope this Christmas time.
Peace, true Peace from our home to yours, Dear Friends.
Ah, retail at Christmas. In our little independent (Yes, HE built it.), two person shop, I am person Number Two, which explains the dearth of ths posts at this time of year. Six days a weeks and balls-to-the-wall while we’re there.
But before I head out into the fray of last minute, “Holy Shitters!”, I wanted to send much love and many kisses all y’alls’ way from casa de major dad for the LOVELIEST, most blessed of days tomorrow and a damn fine start to it this evening if you’ve any sense about you.
And of course you do ~ you’re here.
Love you guys. See you on the backside of the Star.
If Robert Burns were a hacker…
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Keep THAT in mind when he sends out to looksie and prepare appropriately.
Rebels wound US soldiers in South Sudan
KAMPALA, Uganda — Rebel fire hit two U.S. military aircraft responding to the outbreak in violence in South Sudan on Saturday, wounding three U.S. service members and heavily damaging at least one of the aircraft, officials said. South Sudan blamed the attack on renegade troops in control of the breakaway region.
The U.S. military aircraft were heading to Bor, the capital of the state of Jonglei and scene of some of the nation’s worst violence over the last week. One American service member was reported to be in critical condition. Officials said after the aircraft took incoming fire, they turned around and headed to Kampala, Uganda. From there the service members were flown on to Nairobi, Kenya for medical treatment, the officials said.
Plus, he’s on VACATION now, so good luck hearing that “FUGGEDABOUDIT” from anybody at all.
…the usual fourhunnertpounder on his second bowl of cream gravy.
— Chad Capehart (@ChadCapehart) December 21, 2013
According to the CDC “second hand smoke” causes “an estimated 3,400 lung cancer deaths per year.”
In this age of politiczed science and ideological-blinder driven research, we now know that “3,400 deaths” is Nanny State for, well, um “zero” actually
The article describes a large prospective study that “confirmed a strong association between cigarette smoking and lung cancer but found no link between the disease and secondhand smoke.” The study tracked more than 76,000 women, 901 of whom eventually developed lung cancer. Although “the incidence of lung cancer was 13 times higher in current smokers and four times higher in former smokers than in never-smokers,” says the JNCI article, there was no statistically significant association between reported exposure to secondhand smoke and subsequent development of lung cancer.
It’s all about control.
…and I’ll be offering this with no further comment.
Coast Guard rescues man kicked off mountain by goat
A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a 60-year-old man man whose goat sent him falling an estimated 100 feet off the side of a mountain in Puerto Rico Tuesday.
The unidentified man reportedly sustained multiple injuries after being kicked off the mountain in Yauco while handling the animal, the Coast Guard said in a news release.
In a wonderful story, folks have made sure they’ll stay together
A blind man who nearly died after falling onto subway train tracks will get to keep the loyal dog who tried to save him – thanks to New Yorkers who whipped out their checkbooks to help the duo stay together.
Cecil Williams, 61 – whose 11-year-old pooch, Orlando, leaped onto the tracks after his master fainted on Tuesday – said the lovable lab will retire as a seeing-eye dog and become a pet with the help of donation money.
Williams, who will get a new service dog because Orlando is too old, had planned to give up his furry pal because his insurance plan doesn’t cover the living cost of non-working dogs, he said.
Donation cash will now pay for Orlando’s vet bills and food, which Williams said fills him with joy.
“The spirit of giving, Christmas and all that – it exists here. It’s in New York,” he said, in tears, at St. Luke’s hospital on Wednesday.
“Orlando, he’s my best buddy. He’s my pal. He takes me on the train. He takes me on the buses. He takes me everywhere I need to go. He’s a very gentle, gentleman,” he said.
No bureaucrats, no red tape.
There was an existing need and the People addressed it immediately.
If the Government had decided it would “help” Mr. Williams, imagine how much time it would have taken them, and imagine how much it would have cost if it ever actually got done.
In fact, I fear that the government will get their revenge and punish Mr. Williams as I expect them to declare that the monies raised now render him ineligible for whatever public benefits he currently receives…
MegaMillions cruelly disappoints yet again.
A tale of love amongst buddies
Cecil Williams, 60, fainted and fell onto the tracks at the New York station as a train approached.
His dog, Orlando, tried in vain to keep Mr Williams from falling – and ended up tumbling onto the rails with his owner.
Witness Matthew Martin, 54, told the New York Post that the dog never hesitated.
“He went down, and the dog jumped down,” he said. “He wasn’t pulled. He was kissing him, trying to get him to move.”
… Authorities said the train operator managed to slam on his brake, but it was too late, with one and a half cars passing over the man and his dog.
Miraculously, both Mr Williams and Orlando managed to escape serious injury.
“The dog saved my life,” Mr Williams told the Associated Press from his hospital bed.
I’m going to see if I can find a way to help him pay for Orlando.
Friday was a very long day.
Let me ride in that wide open country that I love
North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem filed a legal opinion last week confirming that the state does not recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages, allowing a man married to another man to come to North Dakota and marry a woman without divorcing his husband.
While many wildly speculated that the legalization of same-sex marriage could lead to polygamy, they probably never thought it would be like this.
… The answer to all these questions, essentially, is that a person can legally possess two marriage licenses in North Dakota, because a same-sex marriage license is not recognized.
Love, American Style.
…BIG BADDA BOOM from the double tap when he came through the door. But it’s a GREAT commercial.
George Rodrigue, the Louisiana artist whose Blue Dog paintings made him famous worldwide, has died at age 69 after a long battle with cancer. The news was initially shared Dec. 14 via statements from Gov. Bobby Jindal’s office and the Rodrigue family.
The New Iberia native first began painting as a child while he was bedridden with polio, but it wasn’t until the 1990s when his Blue Dog paintings of the Cajun loup-garou sent him into the spotlight in art circles and beyond.
His 9/11 Blue Dog painting still tears my heart out…
(And ‘loup-garou’ is the word for ‘werewolf’ in these parts.)
Firefighters mistakenly pump jet fuel on fire instead of water
NORTH BEND, Wash. — The Washington State Patrol is investigating a serious mishap that occurred Oct. 25th at its fire training academy in North Bend.
During a training exercise, firefighters mistakenly pumped jet fuel instead of water onto a flaming mock-up of an airplane crash.
KING 5 obtained video that shows an enormous fireball erupted when the fuel hit the flames at the training site.
Yup. Video shows a big ball o’ fire and everybody actin’ all surprised and shit.
Sebelius doesn’t know jack about it.
If YOU have ANY of THESE qualifications AND NO CLUE how to sign, do WE have a GIG for YOU!
— Scott McGee (@ScottMcGee12) December 13, 2013