Originally posted Dec 27th 2008 and reposted Christmas Eve 2011

Woke up on the couch on the 3rd day of Christmas finding myself watching the 1938 version of A Christmas Carol with Reginald Owen.

It is not the best version of the story, Alistair Sim holds that honor helped by first-rate writing.

There was an animated version I watched every year as a kid that was pretty good.

Update: (I didn’t realize it at the first writing that Alastair Sim was Scrooge in this version too.)

The George C. Scott version should be watched at least once as he makes a really first-rate Scrooge (Dr. Who fans will recognize Mark Strickson as young Scrooge)

My wife prefers A Muppet Christmas Carol with Michael Caine

and also Scrooged although we haven’t seen it on TV this year.

My Friend Vinnie from Georgia sent us Rich Little’s Christmas Carol which I haven’t seen in 20 or 30 years as a gift

The Musical version with Albert Finney is just wonderful but I haven’t seen that on the TV either this year

and who can forget Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol made the year before I was born

According to IMDB there have been as of today (12/27/08) 71 versions made or in production starting in 1910 the latest being an animated version due out next year staring Jim Carey in the title role and all of the Ghosts too!

And there is the Patrick Stewart version that I somehow missed from the post back in 2008

It is the classic story that always brings Christmas into my heart, but for some reason Owen always brings the largest smile maybe because it was I knew the most as a child, or maybe because I loved the Lockhearts as the Cratchits or maybe I just love the old Shillings and Pence and all the sliding.

You will read a lot of hemming and hawing on this site concerning politics, religion, my current unemployment and the RedSox but like Ebenezer Scrooge at the end I’ll try to keep Christmas all throughout the year. Life is very good and we all have more to be thankful for than we realize. Keep that in mind you can always produce a smile.

So on this 3rd day of Christmas, God bless us every one!

Is anyone really surprised about this:

They said Obama, who pledged during the campaign to overturn the law, does not want to ask lawmakers to do so until the military has completed a comprehensive assessment of the impact that such a move would have on military discipline. Then, the president hopes to be able to make a case to members of both parties that overturning the 1993 law would be in the best interest of national security.

After all nobody who has advocated repeal has studied this for 15 years. This is so phony but not as phony as the issue itself. With control of congress the Democrats could have repealed this two years ago if they choose, but they were afraid of the elections and they and colleges loved the issue as a club to use against ROTC. Via Glenn and yes the lack of speed is deliberate.

Since thousands have found me for the first time in the last 24 hours (thanks Glenn) one point to mention concerning my remote tech services.

All of them are currently offered on eBay via the link to the right. You can save a few buck by using that link if you end up winning the bid. Full descriptions of what and how I do things are listed there. I’ll be putting up posts explaining them off and on over the next few weeks.

Last week I was working on a customer’s system and was showing them on of the most useful sites on the net. www.sysinfo.org.

You can use sysinfo to look up items in MSCONFIG and determine if there are items that you don’t need. Even more importantly these days it can tell you if the item with the right sounding name is the real thing or no.

A lot of virus’ put items in your MSCONFIG that have identical or near identical names to legit apps (ccApp comes to mind). It will give you the hints to tell you if you have the real thing or no.

This remains one of the 10 most useful sites on the web. Bookmark and use it.

6:57 a.m. Blago going on Letterman Mika taking out the gun

6:58 a.m. Oh Lets laugh at Joe the Plumber speaking to a republican group, after all why would any batch of Pols need to hear from a normal average person who will have to pay the Obama taxes?

7:00 a.m. Hey there may not be such a thing as a free lunch but apparently till 2 p.m. there is a free breakfast.

7:01 a.m. I’ve said it before, Harold Ford is to Barak Obama as Satchel Page is to Pumpsie Green.

(The sound just cut of of my Cable)

Oh and the Pumpsie green interview that I linked to is from Oct 2004. In it he says the Sox and Cubbies have it equally bad, what a difference a few weeks would make.

7:06 a.m. The NYT wants Dashcle under the bus, I have to agree with this.

7:07 a.m. Oh my God Joe has just come down on Rangle on this.

7:08 a.m. Where is the Times, Post, Daily News and Washington Post on Rangel. This is why this is the best show on MSNBC. A low bar to be sure.

7:09 a.m. “I like Rangel and Dashcle.” , “I’d like them better if they paid his taxes.”

7:11 a.m. Cohen at the post is read by Mika says that the message the new broom of the administration sweeps like the old one. How many Tax Cheats did the president Bush name to cabinet positions?

7:14 a.m. Mika mentions that the Iraq elections went well. Gives it 30 seconds. I woke up late so I can’t say if she gave it any attention in the first hour.

7:19 a.m. I agree with Joe on the Clinton marriage, it would have been very easy for both to walk away. The fact that they stuck with it, particularly Mrs Clinton who could have left with her head held high says something very positive about her.

7:24 a.m. There is never a better time to leave the set then when Andrea Mitchell comes onto it.

7:28 a.m. Mika says to Andrea Mitchell “We’ll get some republican support”. Considering what she things of the bill the “We’ll” is telling.

7:40 a.m. We need say it is going to hurt and not apply band-aids. Gov Sanford.

7:43 a.m. Moneyparty: “Why not nationalize the Banks?” He is supposed to be an economics expert?

7:50 a.m. Mika and Tina Brown agree that people are only shocked because it’s PC to be shocked about the stupid moves by banks.

7:51 a.m. Crimes of lifestyle? Great term. Our “green” friends know all about this.

7:54 a.m. Does Obama own the economy? Moneyparty says now, Forbes say after Labor Day. He will need an economic surge.

7:55 a.m. “We are going to spend more money on this then we have on Iraq war.”

8:04 a.m. The report that Senate Democrats are lining up behind Daschle means that he likely knows something. He was the majority leader for a while, he knows where the bodies are.

8:12 a.m. Very interesting discussion about incentives for regulators. Generally if a group is given power it will be abused it to some degree. Which abuse do we fear more?

8:15 a.m. One of the great things about this show is they can not only have a serious discussion like they just did, but when it is done they don’t take themselves too seriously.

8:23 a.m. Is it just me or has Robert Gibbs become a lot less relaxed since he’s had to defend an administration rather than a scripted campaign?

8:25 a.m. Richard Shelby is talking filibuster. Politically it might be better to let it pass and let the democrats live with it. For the country it would be better however to fix it.

8:36 a.m. Erin: We don’t want to be killing banks. You want the banks to pay the Gov bank so we need to let them make money.

8:42 a.m. That’s what’s cool about technology, Mika can ask Gibbs questions over her Blackberry while McCaskill is on the show.

8:44 a.m. “If we don’t pass this thing its Armageddon.” Weren’t we told this two months ago? If you believe this you’ll believe anything.

Promoting this from this post’s comments:

Ivan says I am wrong about Rendition and writes:


Read the order:

” “1. No State Party shall expel, return (“refouler”) or extradite a person to another State where there are substantial grounds for believing that he would be in danger of being subjected to torture.

2. For the purpose of determining whether there are such grounds, the competent authorities shall take into account all relevant considerations including, where applicable, the existence in the State concerned of a consistent pattern of gross, flagrant or mass violations of human rights.”

It’s pretty clear. And this is pretty much a 180 from the bush administration when we extradited prisoners to places like Egypt and Jordan to be tortured. Even national review and glenn reynolds has had to backtrack a bit on this:

First: Looking at both NRO and Instapundit, NRO mentions the other article while Instapundit says “possibly” not much of a retraction if any.

Second: Reading what you have it would seem to me that the law mandates things be examined but the people doing the stuff decide what weight to give stuff. Plenty of room for interpretation.

Third: This is an administration made of of ex Bill “depends on what the meaning of the word is is” Clinton people. I’m sure they will interpret words by their clear meaning.

Fourth: You have an administration that in only 3 weeks has appointed a Treasury secretary that doesn’t pay its taxes. Whose answer to another potential cabinet officer with similar issues is “Nobody’s Perfect” and who deliberately disabled fraud prevention measures on contributions. Yeah they’re going to respect the law as written.

Fifth: You already have human rights groups twisting into pretzels to defend him and a protective media. Who is going to pursue this stuff if it happens? Why would this administration have any fear of it?

Sixth: Without such pressure how long will it take such cases even if brought to make it through the courts?

Your interpretation isn’t quite the move the mountain into the sea level but in my opinion it isn’t far off.

Hey he could prove me wrong, we’ll see.

Dissenting Justice has my back:

After reviewing much of the pro-rendition liberal pushback, I have collected my thoughts and written a response. Here’s a summary: the liberal defense is strained, dishonest, surprisingly nuanced, and contrary to true progressive politics because it elevates “party” over principle.

Over to you Ivan.

Update: Talk left agrees with Ivan.

Powerline reports on this rally by Hamas and Fatah members in Minnesota:

They have this to say:

How did Minnesota get to the point where its state capitol can become an outpost of a terrorist organization from the Middle East? Until a few years ago, I wouldn’t have believed it possible.

Powerline is a really good blog but anyone surprised by this just hasn’t been paying attention for the last several years. Or hasn’t been reading Israellycool, or Meryl Yourish, or lgf, or atlas shrugs or Jihad watch or Front Page Mag etc etc etc…

Oh and that chant that Hamas is an elected government…so was the Southern Confederacy. And apparently in the same state of denial.

I told you it was a sucker bet:

“If the pope wants to do some good for the Church, he should leave his job,” eminent liberal Catholic theologian Hermann Haering told the German daily Tageszeitung.

There are plenty of people who don’t know what Excommunication means I’ve discussed this whole thing here, but this guy is a theologian. He has no excuse.

This pope isn’t going anywhere while the heart is still beating. Our liberal theologians however are under no compulsion to stay. They will raise money and become popular with the world in general and the press in particular. It should be a clue to a theologian that something is wrong when their popularity is strongest with the wrong target audience.