Via Elder of Ziyon the PM of Christmas message is sure to outrage many.

Not because he is attacking Christians like this

On Christmas Eve Muslims attacked Christians attending a Catholic Christmas celebration in the German city of Mönchengladbach-Rheydt. The five Muslims forced their way into the St. Mary’s Church shouting, “F*cking Christians.”

but because he is telling a truth that a lot of people would like to forget.

They will never forgive him for this.

By A.P. Dillon

Kalá Christoúgenna!  That’s Greek for Merry Christmas, Da Tech Guy Readers. I’m half-Greek and the holidays seem to pull that side of me onto center stage for some reason. Memories of my ya-ya (grandmother) and her delicious homemade Greek holiday bread and  the tantalizing smell of the seasoned rack of lamb slowly roasting that wafts around the downstairs jump into my mind’s eye at least a dozen times during this time of year. I miss the way ya-ya made the holidays feel but it’s those memories; the sights and smells. It’s those things that have embedded meaning in Christmas just as strongly as any religious significance. I hope I’m creating similar memories for my own children.

As a writer, one hopes their articles are read by a large number of people and are passed around and shared. Since this article falls on Christmas day, the odds many will see this decidedly drop.  That’s alright with me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy if you are out there reading this, but it would make me just as happy today if you are not. In fact, the point of this article is to make you go grab an eggnog and chill with your loved ones.

I’d like to think, or at very least hope, that folks have better things to do today of all days. I know I do — no offense to my boss here. Christmas is about family, it’s about the Lord it’s about a great number of things to a great number of people. For me, it’s about watching my kids eagerly rip into presents and then spending the rest of the day lazily constructing whatever LEGO contraption (or 10) they’ve received while taking breaks to graze on the multitude of delectable tidbits and snacks I’ve lined up for the occasion.

LEGO’s, tales of Curious George and a variety of Wii games are beckoning.  So is a cup of cocoa or glass of something smooth and sparkling.

Go. Now.

Kalá Christoúgenna!

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AP DillonA.P. Dillon (Lady Liberty 1885), is a Conservative minded wife and mother living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. A.P. Dillon founded the blog in 2009. After the 2012 election, she added an Instapundit style blog called The ConMom Blog. Mrs. Dillon recently participated in Glenn Beck’sWe Will Not Conform. Mrs. Dillon’s writing, in addition to Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent 7, can also be found at, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang. Non-political writing projects include science fiction novellas that are, as of yet, unpublished. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.

It’s Christmas eve, you hate, hate, going to the mall, and you have readers on your list who don’t like fiction. I strongly recommend you buy them The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels on Kindle edition, which they can also read on line and in their tablets and cell phone apps.

Epstein created the Center for Industrial Progress (emphasis added),

Center for Industrial Progress (CIP) is a for-profit think-tank seeking to bring about a new industrial revolution. We believe that human beings have the untapped potential to radically improve our lives by using technology to improve the planet across a multitude of industries: mining, manufacturing, agriculture, chemistry, and energy. Every individual has the potential for a longer, happier, healthier, safer, more comfortable, more meaningful, more opportunity-filled life.

The keys to a new industrial revolution are a new industrial philosophy, a new industrial policy, and a new approach to communication.

The emphasis on using technology for an anti-pollution but pro-development approach to improve our lives is key to The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels.

Epstein convincingly makes the case that “fossil fuel power [is] cheap, plentiful, reliable, scaleable – indispensable.” He discusses the greenhouse effect and the fertilizer effect (and global greening), the energy effect, and climate mastery.

Climate mastery, you ask? Yes,

There are two elements to mastering climate. One is control over the climate you’re in. Two is the ability to make the most of the climate you’re in. [page 122]

Epstein goes on to discuss how fossil fuel energy contributes to climate livability and climate justice.

This is only one example of the topics he discusses throughout the book. He makes a convincing case that fossil fuels are the only way to develop cheap, reliable, plentiful energy for seven billion people, and that it’s immoral to deny it to the developing world.

When I was asked if I would review the book I said yes but clarified that I could not promise you favorable review. Now that I read it, I highly recommend it.

And you’re on time for Christmas!

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

Ebenezer Scrooge:  I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!”

Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol 1843

Today is January 6th the feast Epiphany also known as Little Christmas.

This means two things, first of all my headgear goes back to normal so if my engineer Tim takes photos like this during the show:

the Santa Hat will disappear, the holy family tie will be retired likely till next advent (with the exception of a few feast days). It also means that when I go to channel 541 on Comcast that the Christmas music will be all gone.

But the Challenge of Christmas will still be there as personified by the climatic scene in every movie adaption of Dickens Tale no better no matter if played by George C Scott

or Alastair Sim

Michael Caine:

or all of them together

If we can keep the spirit of Christmas for the entire year then the 10 1/2 months before the season returns will pass easier for us and all those who we meet.

Good luck!


Christmas in my native Puerto Rico is an extended party. It starts around Thanksgiving week and ends after the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6th. Of all the countries I’ve visited, only France has more work holidays than Puerto Rico.

In-between there are a lot of parties, and an endless array of delicious foods, most of which would be banned by Mike Bloomberg for their fat, sugar, and salt content.

First, the drink of choice for the entire season is coquito, the “very yummy creamy tropical coconut eggnog made with spices and white rum.” While all the men drink their rum straight, ladies disguise it in coquito. Salud!

Most people celebrate Christmas Eve with a huge dinner: lechón asado (roast pig) or pernil (pork shoulder), which must be marinated at least 24 hours in advance; arroz con gandules (rice with pigeon peas), red beans, tostones (fried plaintains), and pasteles.

Oh, pasteles! Delicious, but such hard work that my mom once commandeered my sister and me for a full day of preparation (which included peeling and grinding yuca, a thankless task if ever there was one), wrapping the pasteles in plantain leaves, cooking, and clean-up (you must wash down the whole kitchen afterwards because of the lingering odor). It was such hard work, mom bought them from an acquaintance for many years after. “Lesson learned!” mom said.

Some may also include bacalao, salted cod fish with tubers.

All these foods are served at the same time, and washed down with rum, beer, wine, or soda.

A couple of hours later, it’s time for dessert: The table is cleared, and out come arroz con dulce (rice pudding – I like mine with raisins), flan, plátanos en almibar (ripe plantains in syrup), tembleque, majarete, and pineapple upside-down cake, which must have a perfect maraschino cherry in the center of each pineapple. Someone always brings cookies and pies, too.

Of course, high-octane fully caffeinated Puerto Rican coffee goes with the dessert, served in expresso cups.

By then it’s midnight Mass (if you go to church), and after that, you open your presents.

Merry Christmas!

It’s Christmas Day I wish all of my readers and their families a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year.

In the spirit of the Season if you didn’t hear this week’s DaTechguy on DaRadio with Daniel Reilly Bishop Emeritus of Worcester you can hear it here.

And of course if you want even more Christmas Religious stuff you can hear DaMagnificent Panel with Rosemary Reynolds, Little Miss Attila, The Anchoress and Dominic Nanni and of course Joe Mangiacotti & Me, here.


Today on DaTechGuy on DaRadio we continue our Christmas Tradition with our annual Christmas all Religion show.

We’ll spend our first hour with Bishop Emeritus Daniel Reilly of Worcester. We’ll talk about Pope Francis, the Church, the Meaning of Christmas and his 60th year in the Priesthood.

In the second hour we’ll talk to Peter Healey the State Treasurer of the Knights of Columbus. He’ll talk about the things the Knights do all across the state and country.

Then comes our special all Catholic Panel In addition to regulars like Me, Joe Mangiacotti and Dominic Nanni in the Bob Beckel Seat we will bring in Former City Counselor and very active livelong Catholic Rosemary Reynolds, Catholic Convert from the west coast Little Miss Attila (making our first visit to our syndicated edition) and lastly but not least Elizabeth Scalia the Anchoress author of the book Strange Gods Unmasking the Idols in everyday life which would make an EXCELLENT Christmas gift this year.

It all starts Noon EST on DaTechGuy on DaRadio.

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But DaTechGuy, you might say. You went and covered that 2nd Amendment Rally in NH for hours with all those interviews and you’re not going to talk about it today.

We’ll as a matter of fact I am. This morning I’ll be on Conservative speaking during the second hour 7:30 till maybe 8 to discuss the 2nd Amendment protest and Scott Brown in NH on my old station WCRN AM 830 with host Mike Wade.

So if you want your political fix, join me on WCRN this morning and for your Christmas Fix come to DaTechGuy on DaRadio later in the day.



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Call me old-fashioned, but isn’t Christmas meant to be a celebration of the birth of Christ our Savior? A season of fellowship and the sharing of blessings?

Then what the hey are the Unemployed Philosophers thinking?

Grant you, the Unemployed Philosophers are my source for Obamacare Mints (“Take two and call me a socialist in the morning”), and the ever-popular Obama Disappointmints (“Is this change?”) which keep selling out but will be back in stock on 11/18/2013.

So why are the Unemployed Philosophers selling Che Guevara dolls in their “Little Thinkers” series? Che is next to Socrates and Abraham Lincoln, but then, so is the devil, who is closer, much closer, to Che than the other two.

Should the Unemployed Philosophers be known instead as the Ignorant and Callous Philosophers? Let’s take a look at the Cuba Archive on Che Guevara’s Forgotten Victims:

Che played a leading or supporting role in the summary execution of at least 21 persons in the Sierra Maestra; at least one shot by his own hand.

This is the guy who, in January of 1957, wrote to his then-wife, Hilda Gadea, to tell her that he was “Here, in the Cuban jungle, alive and thirsting for blood.” Indeed he was – the Cuba Archive has documented 22 executions ordered by Che over a period of three days in 1959 in Santa Clara, and 88 at La Cabaña Fortress. There are 216 documented murders by Che.

In addition to being a murderer, Che was a racist, a homophobe and an anti-Semite.

Just the guy to bring in Christmas cheer.

But hey, Che is cool to the Unemployed Philosophers (which may explain why they’re unemployed), so let’s have the Che ornament join the 2009 White House Mao ornament. Yes, the Mao Zedong was on a Christmas ornament, too – and at the White House! The same Mao who Che admired and from whom he adapted his formulation of guerilla warfare,

Che published influential manuals Guerrilla Warfare (1961) and Guerrilla Warfare: A Method (1963), which were based on his own experiences and partly chairman Mao Zedong’s writings. Guevara stated that revolution in Latin America must come through insurgent forces developed in rural areas with peasant support. His international legacy of glorifying violence through an erroneous analysis of guerilla warfare, based on his experiences with the Batista army, which was too incompetent and corrupt to fight, and applying Zedong’s writings on the subject led to bloodbaths in Argentina, Chile, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Chiapas, Congo, Angola and decades of military dictatorship and political violence.

Maybe Josef Stalin will drop by and join them to top the Christmas tree with a shiny red star.

(h/t Rare)

Today is our annual all Catholic Christmas show on DaTechGuy on DaRadio.

In the first hour we talk to Linda Binggelli, she was one of three people whose questions the Pope answered in his initial tweets.

In our second hour we have our taped interview with Bishop Reilly on the Church, the Year of faith and his memories of Vatican 2.

It all starts at 10 a.m. EST till noon on WCRN.

If you are outside our 50,000 Watt Range you have a lot of streaming options.

You can listen live using the three different links for the WCRN live stream

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To all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and thanks.

Update: Dropped a “G” in Linda’s name, fixed

“To the angel of the church in Laodicea, write this: ” ‘The Amen, the faithful and true witness, the source of God’s creation, says this: “I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot.  I wish you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, ‘I am rich and affluent and have no need of anything,’ and yet do not realize that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I advise you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may be rich, and white garments to put on so that your shameful nakedness may not be exposed, and buy ointment to smear on your eyes so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and chastise. Be earnest, therefore, and repent.

Revelation 3:14-19

Today I went to the 8 a.m. Mass so I could watch the Sunday shows, it was a pretty good sermon on Love of God and Neighbor but when I was leaving church and saw the Church Bulletin I found myself upset at the second page

You’ll note that the Boxed event at my parish St. Anthony di Padua is our Country Christmas Fair on November 17th, but we also have announcements from three other Catholic Parishes.

St. Cecilia is having a “Holiday” fair

Immaculate Heart of Mary is their “Annual fall festival”

St. Joseph is having their “Holiday Festival & Craft fair”

Holiday? What holiday? Flag Day? Chinese New Year? Yom Kippur?

I’m very proud that my parish did not join in this nonsense.

These are Catholic Churches for God’s sake, this is the same thing that drove me nuts about Anna Maria College and their “Holiday” concert. Either we are Catholic or we are not. If our own Catholics are not willing to say the word “Christmas” during their own events. If we are not respecting Christmas then why should we expect anyone else to?

Either your faith means something or it does not.

In part of the old British Empire it is Boxing day, but in Berkley and places like that today is the start of Kwanzza.

I had no intention of writing about Kwanzza this year, like the slightly older Festivus it is a totally invented holiday and the one time I did write about it concerned it’s growing irrelevance:

Whether it’s gone because nobody knew how to sell it, or because nobody wanted to buy it, Kwanzaa is now nowhere to be found.

That was from a Huff po article I wouldn’t even write about it today but I was tweeted an article about Kwanzaa today by Adisa Banjoko that really is the final stake through the heart:

I did participate in a few Kwanzaa events back when ’89 was the number. I always tried to do observe it. But once I did the history on its founder and some of the deeper elements of its hollow cultural base, it was hard to continue on. For those who do, I promise I’m not mad at you. Not that you would care. But you can’t get your kente cloth all in a bunch because I’m not feeling it.

Look, I love Africa and what it means to be Black. I love almost everything African (aside from the tribal fighting and the needless murder and rape of women across the continent). But Kwanzaa is not African. I never knew an African (from any part of the continent) who was like “Yo Adisa, bro you wanna slide thought to the Kwanzaa fest playa?” It has never happened! They don’t get down like that.

Kwanzaa is like a bad weave. People might kinda like it, but we all know it ain’t real. Now, I live on the West coast, in the Bay Area. The only people I see really on some Kwanzaa “ish” are the hardcore revolutionary types you might find at the Berkeley flea market selling incense and shea butter soap

I remember when the MSM pushed Kwanzza like there was no tomorrow, this piece is the only one I’ve seen on the subject on the net during my regular surfing, and I haven’t seen a single thing on TV concerning it, not one.

The truth is Kwanzza was always about creating a socialist alternative to Christmas the one holiday the secularists would love to co-opt. The failure of that attempt is so huge that I’ll wager there are more people at mass today for the feast of St. Stephen the first martyr than celebrating Kwanzza.

But hey if you want to celebrate Kwanzza go ahead and enjoy it and my best to you.

Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear.

The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Luke 2:8-14

Ever since I was a child Christmas was to some degree the same. My parents had an incredible variety of people over the house on Christmas eve (normally for the traditional Italian Christmas Fish dishes) people would be in and out of the house until all the gifts were opened that evening.

When we got older and my brothers and sisters got married the gifts would wait until they arrived with their kids and the tree became more and more crowded. I never forget the first Christmas when I was dating my wife and she came to my parents house, I was worried the stereo system I got her was too much but she got me so many things that in the end I felt like a cheapskate.

When my father died the following year the tradition kept on without him until my mother decided she couldn’t handle the fish anymore. Eventually the number of people coming decreased until it was just her children and grandchildren and eventually great grand children. When she got to her 80’s the real tree was replaced with a fake one but the children, grandchildren and then great grand children kept coming.

My mother turned 87 last month, she is still driving but this year she has been visibly weaker than I’ve ever seen her. I gave her a call this year to inform her that we would be running late this year as my wife is working Christmas Eve and Christmas day when she told me that she and her older sister were invited to one of her Grandchild’s home for Christmas eve and barring sickness she would not be home.

This will be the first Christmas Eve that my children do not spend at their grandmother’s house, and the first Christmas eve since we started dating that my wife will not be there.

With our Christmas open house that began I believe in 2001 my immediate family has its own tradition that will continue this year on the 31st but it’s always a shock when something you have counted on for nearly 50 years is gone.

Change is the natural flow of life, and given my mother age and health once can’t be sure what comes next, but I’d like to thank her and my late father for giving my family and myself all those special Christmas Eves.

May my children remember our Christmas open house the same way.

If you missed DaTechGuy on DaRadio this week with the wonderful Father Z. is now available here.

This week DaTechGuy on DaRadio is preempted for Christmas Music on WCRN but if you need your DaTechGuy fix tonight on Radio Freedom’s the Angel Clark show.

You can find Angel’s show daily on Radio freedom, weekends on 92.7 FM WGMD on weekends and of course on her blog the Sussex County Angel.

So join us on Radio Freedom tonight as Angel as we talk the issues of the day.

Some public displays are more equal than others, at least according to the occupods

This comes from the Misfit Politics guys. I tip my fedora to them.

I’d love to see this repeated in every occupy camp around the nation, once that starts watch the cities that haven’t acted to move the occupods suddenly take action.

4:00 a.m. The 70th guest left at this time and the party officially ended. Wow!

7:44 p.m. 63 and counting

5:40 p.m. 52 the record is broken

4:11 49 people already 3 shy of the record Wow!

42 at it’s not even 4 p.m. !

31 after 90 min holy guacamole!

Up to 28 and it’s only an hour in!


Update 3: 13 down 39 to go

Update: Two guys have come early, current guest count 2

Update 2: count now 11 41 to go for the record

My annual Christmas Open house is today from 2 p.m. till the last person leaves.

The rules are: turn up any time, stay as long as you want, leave any time. The party end when the last person leaves.

There is a VERY limited amount of beer and some booze but there is Lasagna, Ham, braciole, wings, sauce, meatballs, some sausage, deserts etc etc etc.

The only beer is a sixpack of Wachusett Country Ale (even though they aren’t advertising with me HINT HINT) so if you have a favorite you might want to bring it.

One note, due to today’s show I’ll be leaving around 8:15 p.m. to go to the studio, do the show and then come back, likely around 11:15 or so.

Remember the party ends when the last person leaves, the latest its gone is 2 a.m. and the earliest 10:45 but since DaScienceGuy will be in the car the last guest will be here till 11:15 at least.

There will be game systems set up in two rooms and many types of board games to choose from Apples to apples to Cave Troll to the munchkin games to chess.

So eat drink and be Merry and celebrate the 8th day of Christmas with us!

And if you want to know what to bring:

  • Your favorite Booze or beer in case we don’t have it (we have vodka, stoli, Rum and raspberry stoli, a little Lambrusco and some Chivas)
  • Ice
  • Or any dish you wish if you wish.

but mainly bring yourself.

And not to be a party popper but don’t be bringing drugs, if you do we will kick you out and call the cops on you.  And if you are under age I don’t care if your 21st birthday is tomorrow don’t even think of touching a drop of booze here or you will be kicked out and the cops called on you.

If you were busy having a life with family and / or friends on Christmas day like most people then you may have missed our excellent Christmas show.

But no worries, thanks to the miracle of uploading the file show 6 with the Curt Jester, Damian Thompson and James Marley is available online right here.

And of course it will be available in the archive on the side as long as the blog is here.

Over at the other McCain the Christmas Present of the day has been given, a post from Smitty.

Remember when the Christmas bills come and that sweater looks a little odd, think of a soft-spoken man 12,000 miles from home who is spending his Christmas serving his country and his friends and the hundreds of thousands just like him, and give thanks.

For the only time so far we have taped our show, but we do have an original DaTechGuy on DaRadio episode.

Our Christmas Special has three Guests, from England Damian Thompson who writes the Holy Smoke column for the London Telegraph, The incredible Curt Jester and Poet, Polymath and Theology Scholar James Marley discuss Christ in Christmas and the Church and the Media.

So when 9 p.m. comes and Christmas dinner has been eaten and all the gifts are opened tune into WCRN 830 AM and give us a listen.

Victor Davis Hanson reminds us that with all the problems we have, we still have a lot to be thankful for:

Could yesteryear’s Great Society have promised nearly all Americans that they would soon have instant information at their fingertips on almost any topic imaginable, from treating migraines to wiring a house to understanding Dante’s Inferno? Surely the kings, corporate magnates, and Wall Street fat-cats of earlier times would have paid fortunes for the knowledge that is now accorded to almost anyone with a computer at home, work, school, or a library, without the need of expensive specialists, scholars, or books.

Today, Americans have cheap GPS navigation systems superior to what jet pilots used 30 years ago. James Bond’s gadgets seem passé compared to the accessories available on today’s iPhones — all made available to us without a government program.

That’s just a start, after a page of examples he concludes with this:

this Christmas we should all at least give ourselves some credit. In the last three decades, the United States — through technological breakthroughs, improved worker productivity, and the importation of globalized production from abroad — has achieved a level of material prosperity for its 300 million citizens unmatched at any time in the history of civilization.

Quite simply, yesterday’s royalty would not make it into today’s middle class.

This BTW was the subject of one of the best articles the web had ever seen a few years ago, if you haven’t read Bill Whittle’s piece from 5 years ago called Sanctuary pt 2 you missed one of the coolest Birthday presents I’ve ever received:

As an exercise in perspective, let’s briefly compare our civilization to another. Let’s compare our supposedly soulless, banal, hum-drum society to the splendors of ancient Egypt.

And let’s tie both hands behind our backs while we do so. Let’s not compare the Great Pyramid to one of our skyscrapers, or airports, or hospitals, or even our shopping malls. Let’s take a moment to compare the Great Pyramid of Cheops with the most common and drab and ordinary structure on the block: The Great Pyramid vs. the 7-11.

Assume that we could transplant a corner 7-11 to the Egyptian desert, with all of the support systems that make it what it is. It is a tiny speck compared to the gleaming white marble sides of the pyramid. It looks small and poorly made. From afar.

Pharaoh comes by barge and litter to inspect the competition, laughing at the mismatch. He and his princes and a retinue of servants approach the plain, unadorned metal doors and step inside.

By the Gods! It is cool inside! As cool as the desert night, here, in the middle of the relentless day! Outside the servants sweat and minor officials fan themselves, but Pharaoh is, for the first time perhaps, comfortable in the middle of the desert sun. He turns to exclaim this wonder to his underlings, and — By the Ghost of Osiris!! The walls! You can see right through them!

Ten seconds into the contest, and already Pharaoh has been rendered mute by miracles.

The full essay is about perspective and continues:

Pharaoh is no longer happy. Like many of that era, he suffers from terrible toothaches. There is so much sand that even the grinding of flour produces bread that erodes the tooth enamel. Pain is a constant companion for him, and like many of his age – like many of every age, before our own – he suffers in silence. That is his life. This, the most powerful man on the planet, suffers just like the poorest. But here, in this bland, ubiquitous convenience store, there is mercy for rich and poor alike. Cold medicine. Medicines to reduce fever. Medicines for toothache, too. And medicine for pain.

In fifteen minutes, this Great Pharaoh will know a few moments free of pain. His children, whom he loves as we love our own – also free of pain.

What would the most powerful man in the world give for such a thing? How much gold? How much land? How many lives?

The pain subsides. And although perhaps not a good or a wise send off for a man with a toothache, the transcendental look of joy on Pharaoh’s face when he first encounters a Coke and a Snickers bar is a sight that his children will never forget. Even after he is long dead, they will always remember him thus, as they ride toward the river on the dark night of the new moon, the little palace glowing in the dark like a beacon visible for fifty miles and more.

Now, on the other hand, the Great Pyramid of Cheops is a massive, beautifully decorated and cunningly designed pile of stones.

Keep all this in mine and remember that 200 years ago, a sea-captain who had the power of life and death over people on his ship, still had to tap his biscuit on the table so the weevils would crawl out before he ate it.

Merry Christmas and let’s be thankful for what we have.

Is that it answers Max Blumenthal who frankly deserves no answer only scorn.

With all due respect (very little is actually due here) one wonders if Blumenthal is off his proverbial rocker. This claim of anti-Muslim “hysteria”, without which his conspiracy theory unravels, is insanely false. One might even say it’s spastic. More accurately, it’s just another “astonishing act of left-handed legerdemain” of the sort that Blumenthal routinely engages in as he touts the very same falsehoods we are used to seeing from the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). The latest statistics from the FBI tell quite a different story.

Max makes his living the way he makes his living, he frankly isn’t worth the attention but enough well-financed left leaning outlets promote him that it becomes necessary to make sure that voices of sanity are not crowded out by the dollars of the left.

Pay particular attention to the chart on page two, of the piece, it speaks volumes.

Meanwhile there is no comment about this poster from a banned Islamic group concerning the evils of Christmas out of England. I’m sure Max will get around to condemning it as soon as someone pays him a higher wage to do so.

The greatest Christmas display in our area is not flashy; but is hand-made.

Louis Charpentier’s Christmas display began before I was born and will likely continue after I’m dead although the 100-year-old Mr. Charpentier children and grandchildren will be carrying the load.

For those of you not close enough come and see it yourself, here are the photos so you can see it.

If you don’t want to see it piecemeal here is the whole thing together via youtube, at night it is even more impressive:

He actually carves another piece each year to add to the display

The Boston Globe did a story on him last year, and the Catholic Free Press did one today. How you can do this story without photos of the display is beyond me.

As impressive as all this is, it pales before the life-size crucifix he carved for St. Cecilia’s church in Leominster. When I get a chance I’ll swing by and take a shot of it, I can’t believe I can’t find an image of it on the net.

This is what you would call a serious geek alert:

What if Charles Dickens were a Trekkie? The answer runs an hour and 20 minutes and includes three fight scenes, 17 actors with latex ridges glued to their foreheads and a performance delivered entirely in Klingon

Yes this is real!

yItIv QISmaS Daq Hoch ‘ej Daq Hoch Qapla’!

I’ve been pins and needles all day today, a lot of little things going wrong etc.

And today we record the Christmas show all about Christ and Christmas and how the media treats the Church.

It’s almost as if someone wants to keep me wound so the show doesn’t go well. Any suggestions as to who?

Update: We’ve forgotten our story

Today I will be in Worcester taping the Christmas Show (it will not be live but it will be awesome!). The topic will be the Christ in Christmas and the Church and the media. With less than 7 hours before taping of the show it is so nice of the Government and the media to provide me more fodder:

Federal Reserve examiners came to Perkins bank last week to make sure banks are complying with a long list of regulations. The team from Kansas City deemed a Bible verse of the day, crosses on the teller’s counter and buttons that say “Merry Christmas, God With Us,” were inappropriate. The Bible verse of the day on the Internet also had to be taken down.

As I’m fond of pointing out Christmas is a FEDERAL HOLIDAY as I’m sure federal regulators should know.

As you might guess this garnered some attention:

the media caught wind of the story and Republican Members of Congress wrote to Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke

and again:

Most grade schools do not produce this level of foolishness. Indeed this form of stupidity is learned at one place, radicalized public universities.

So both Oklahoma Senators wrote a letter to the Federal Reserve and with a new Tea Party controlled House with Ron Paul as the chair of the Banking Committee this was going to mean bad news.

Ya think, and on the legal side:

It seems to me that the Fed action is a pretty clear First Amendment violation. Businesses may indeed be barred from stating that they will not engage in commercial transactions with members of certain groups; that’s a somewhat unusual but well-settled aspect of First Amendment “commercial speech doctrine,” which is more properly thought of “commercial advertising doctrine.” (See Pittsburgh Press Co. v. Pittsburgh Comm’n on Human Rels. (1973), which has been cited favorably by the Court even in more recent commercial speech cases.) But businesses retain a First Amendment right to express their views, including even views that might be actually seen as insults to particular groups, see, e.g., Sambo’s Restaurants, Inc. v. City of Ann Arbor (6th Cir. 1981). And businesses certainly retain a First Amendment right to say things that might simply be seen as expressing endorsement of a particular religion.

As you might guess the outcry caused a reversal

The small-town bank in Oklahoma will be able to restore its Christian signs and symbols after all, thanks in part to public outcry against the Federal Reserve.

The president of Payne County Bank, Lynn Kinder, said he spoke with the second in command at the Federal Reserve late Thursday evening. Both sides agreed to work out the issue.

“The federal reserve immediately took action, ” Kinder said in a statement. “And allowed us to restore our Christian display of items and verses on our television and website until a final determination is made. It appears that the matter will be resolved.”

Final determination means until the heat is off most likely. Don Surber cuts to the chase:


What does that rule have to do with good banking?

Once again some federal governmental bureaucracy is pursuing a political agenda that has nothing to do with its mission — and is falling down on the job.

From the Associated Press: “Regulators on Friday shuttered three small banks in Georgia and one each in Florida, Arkansas and Minnesota, raising to 157 the number of U.S. banks brought down this year by the struggling economy and soured loans.”

If federal regulators had done their job all along instead of Mickey Mousing around over some teller’s button our banks would be more sound and our economy better.

Congress should strike down that rule and in fact go through all the regulations to make sure that the bank examiners are examining the bank’s books and not the teller’s buttons.

I’m sure the GOP congress will have a few things to say about this.

Meanwhile it isn’t just Christ being banned from Christmas:

Santa Claus, as portrayed by Dennis Jackson, won’t be visiting students at the Head Start classes in St. Peter this year.

Jackson has made appearances the past four years at the classes for students who need help preparing for school, but this year officials said, “No, no, no.”

The reason: The classes have many immigrant children who don’t celebrate Christmas, says the Mankato Free Press.

Perhaps we should change the name “St. Peter” too, don’t want to offend anyone:

Chris Marben, who coordinates regional Head Start programs through Mankato-based Minnesota Valley Action Council: “We have Somali families in the program. We’re respecting the wishes of families in the program.”

She didn’t say how many objections were made, but said more than one would be enough to cancel Santa.

Actually since “Chris” might be mistaken for “Christ” I think in the interest of cultural diversity you should change your name to avoid offending anyone. I would suggest: “Dhimmi”

The Advertisers of Christmas continues and outnumbers the days of Christmas.

Considering we will be taping our very Catholic Christmas show tomorrow Mass Citizens for life Fitchburg / Leominster chapter is a perfect fit for this the 4th Sunday of Advent.

Remember when you support life you are re-arming your soul and the souls of others.