Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2019.
Ali’s Christmassy answers to questions about Christmas subjects.
Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World.
What traditional Christmas decoration is actually a parasitic plant?
Tinsel. It eats away at your very soul even as it beautifies your tree.
No, that doesn’t sound right. Mistletoe, then.
Name something about this holiday season (whatever version you may celebrate) that most people like, but you dislike?
Mince pies. They’re full of mincemeat. I like mince. I like meat. Mincemeat is neither of those things. Mince pies promise both but don’t deliver. Damn you, stupid lying Christmas snacks.
What’s your favourite – or least favourite – song sung traditionally at this time of year?
On the radio and in supermarkets you can’t escape Jona Lewie’s “Stop the Cavalry”, from December 1980. It’s not Christmas until Jona Lewie fires up. It’s a real traditional Christmas song, all about being stuck in the trenches during the war and not being able…
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Is Trump’s wall a white elephant?
Back in June 2017, the BBC did an excellent, in-depth and well-researched report about the problems associated with Trump’s proposed ‘big, beautiful wall’ that Mexico isn’t going to pay for. It is worth visiting at this time, when Trump’s demands that his wall be funded have caused a partial shutdown of our government and have contributed to a tumbling stock market. What is the reality about building the wall? What is the likely cost? What are some of the hurdles?
I want to share some of the more salient points, and you can read the entire report using the link (above). The report breaks it down into six areas:
1. The geography is pretty unfriendly
In fact, the actual border is, in many places, defined as the deepest channel of the river. Building a wall in the middle of the Rio Grande would be challenging for obvious reasons, but there are…
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A wish for the world in this Holiday Season.
Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk
Our US allies have got to be devastated about the US Defense Secretary General James Mattis abruptly quitting on December 20, 2018, right after the president arbitrarily ordered the immediate evacuation of all US troops from Syria, as he wouldn’t have taken this step if he didn’t have serious concerns about our president’s unilateral actions taken without any serious consultation.
The US #1 envoy in the Middle East dealing with the eradication of ISIS with leaders in the region, has quit abruptly as well. He had been going around advising Middle Eastern officials that the US had made decision that US military would remain in Syria to insure that ISIS did not raise its ugly head again, only to have the president pull the rug from under him without any notice.
It’s a sad day when the leader of the world is paying more attention…
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Don Lemon on Gen. Mattis leaving.
Don Lemon is a respected journalist, author and an award-winning news anchor for CNN. I find him to be possessed of a great deal of common sense, and able to sum up situations in a clear, concise manner. On hearing of the resignation of General James Mattis two days ago, Mr. Lemon had this to say …
News and pictures of bluebirds at the spa in the Holler to wish all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! From Cindy Knoke to all of you.
Western Bluebirds live at The Holler, but basically never visit The Holler Spa.
So you can imagine how thrilled I was when these beauties showed up in force!
I am convinced they came,
as bluebirds of happiness,
to wish you a very Merry Christmas and even Happier New Year!
To you and yours this season,
and into the New Year,
Cheers from The Holler~
Even some Republicans are disagreeing with Trumps pulling out troops.
December 20, 2018 was D-day where it has become patently obvious that the republican President Donald Trump has become a ‘Clear and Present Danger’ to the best interests of the US national security interests. He has developed a pattern of making unilateral foreign policy decisions either without consulting his top intelligence, military, and national security advisers, or against their advice. He has become too reliant on right wing pundits on FOX TV for direction.
There is a question in the minds of foreign policy experts, as to whether the president is considering his own personal well being and financial interests with foreign countries as a priority over what’s in the best interests of this country and its peoples.
There is only one reason that the president’s Defense Secretary James Mattis finally gave up on working constructively with him, General Mattis figured out that he no longer had any influence on the…
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Our nation is already billions of dollars in debt and now this. It seems President Trump has gone into hiding after the showing of a silly old video clip. of himself in a comedy skit. What are we supposed to think?
When I wrote Chaos yesterday, I had no intention of it becoming Part I of a series, but as the day progressed into evening, I knew I wasn’t finished, so here is Part II, and Part III seems likely.
Okay, I know you are all sick and tired of hearing about ‘the wall’, and so am I. But, since the child sitting in the Oval Office is throwing spoons again demanding his fribbin’ wall, we are not done hearing about it, much as it is giving us all ulcers. The latest …
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, after vacillating between determination to shut the government down if he doesn’t get initial funding for his wall, and willingness to sign a short-term spending bill and delay this argument until next February, he finally gave his final word before leaving for a ‘vacation’ at his bloody estate in Florida:
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