Man: I think it was, "Blessed are the cheesemakers"!
Gregory's wife: What's so special about the cheesemakers?
Gregory: Well, obviously it's not meant to be taken literally. It refers to any manufacturer of dairy products
Drinking hot chocolateTalking about health insurance
What are you wearing when you do these things?
Pink panties. What are you wearing?
I would tell you, but you'd blow a gasket.
Falling:through the air,through the day,through my time here,and catching the unseen, unexpected thermals that can lift you, overpower your control, and take you away where you never expected to go. I'm not sure if you fall in love, or that's riding a thermal, but you are certainly out of control.
Deborah's got the hots for Pajamaboy?
Did the date go well, bags :)John, oh hell no. Yuk.
It's a terrible economy.
How about drinking shots of Fireball and swearing about Obamacare? I am trying to get into the spirit of things.
I guess so, Deb, because I'm entirely helpless right now. I don't know what hit me, and I can hear the ref counting me out.
Wow, bags, this is big! Rage at the night, Evi :)
Hey, Crack gave me post! I'm like a famous racist or something now, and all you need is fame to make it big time, so I'm "moving on up, to the east side, to a deluxe apartment in the skyyyyy"
Lem? Why say you that?
Being happy that I'm in a household where Barack Obama's childhood, gay marriage, feminism and anti-religious drivel is not part of Christmas Day.Being at last night's family party and demonstrating that a 60-is man who has had too much wine can still do calculus in his head faster than relatives who are sophomores attending pricey universities.Having fire in the fireplace, figuratively, literally and metaphorically
One of my favorite things is poor spelling, but I'm kind of byassed.
" but I'm kind of byassed."There's surgery for that now.Glad to hear, Michael :)
... the smell of napalm [in the morning]...
Whew, I'm glad it's you, Deb, for at first horrifying superficial glance I thought it was Lem transmogrifying into Pajama-Boy..
I love the generosity and kindness I find in real life and among those who gather here - that is real wealth.
I had 10 am Mass (and Midnight before that) and no one has bothered me since.
Whatever happened to raindrops on roses?john said...Deborah's got the hots for Pajamaboy?Maybe she means on her.PS Is that one of those TOP bottomless blogging things?
Okay, who is Pajamaboy?
The real Barack Obama.
Among my Favorite Things:Windows
PHX - We are all pajamaboy.. hot cocoa and chains excluded.
When I typed plaid flannel pajamas (for me to wear), I promise you that Pajamaboy didn't cross my mind :)So true, ricpic.
MamaM, do you mean the kind you look out of, or the computer kind?
We're all wearing pink panties, right?Favorite things:GrapefruitSimple acts of kindnessCuticle scissorsot: XM radio has the worst comedy. All the black comedians repeat "nigger" over and over as if it's its own punch line. Then they mock and laugh at crimes and their lack of education.(thanks government schools! nice job! Really funny!) Many other comedians spew embarrassing lowculture/ideocracy type foulness. I'd be embarrassed to listen with my parents or a child in the car.(yes I know I drop F bombs occasionally and I'm working on it, ok. Sorry.)I hope everyone had a nice Christmas.
Good conversation.A hot mug of Earl Grey tea with Half & Half and sugar.At this time of year, I confess, the Vince Guaraldi "Peanuts Christmas" soundtrack or the George Winston version.
I like carbohydrates.
Once you lower your expectations, Christmases become pleasantly low key and tolerable.
I hear ya, April, about the satellite radio comedy. 80% of the jokes are really just setups to use insulting language. Of course that's long been part of comedy, but just a seasoning in it, not the entire dish. For some comedians, it is all they really do: say words you never hear in public. OK fine, but that's really just one joke. What else you got?
Yes, Peanuts music by Guaraldi is quintessential holiday music.Now the half and half and sugar with Earl Grey sounds very unusual. I'll have to try that.Bags, carbs are my downfall.
April, no wonder phx stalks you, you little tease.
yep. George Carlin used to use a lot of profanity, but the guy was funny. His concepts and topics were funny.This stuff on XM that I heard was just gross.
I stalk him. He's the one in pink panties. In any case - This is pleasing.I love to listen to the Nutcracker every Christmas. Didn't this year. :(
"Once you lower your expectations, Christmases become pleasantly low key and tolerable."That was beautiful Deborah.
You mean that under that plaid onesy PHX wears pink panties? That is so predictable. Like a dike with a tattoo.
deborah said...Once you lower your expectations, Christmases become pleasantly low key and tolerable.It depends.A Christmas based on the people who are important in one's life, an understanding that all the loot in the world won't make you happy, and the realization that the holiday is about the most important human being who ever walked the earth and the revolutionary idea He brought can make any Christmas a joy.The Blonde and I spent Christmas alone together and I can say we had a very good time.
I couldn't find my Christmas CDs, which I keep in a separate CD album, but I love the Peanuts album and I have a highlights of Handel's Messiah I love. Plus lots of others.April, just be gentle with him when it goes down.
Nicely said, Ed. Yes, I can imagine you two snugglebirds having a cozy Christmas :) Please give her my warm regards.
ooo I don't like onessies. That's a turn off. Thanks for saving me, Bagoh. That was close.
Well the roof is now all shiny and clean. I'm starting to wind down a bit and am sipping some good bourbon.Fr. Fox, I can only imagine what your Christmas season work schedule must be like! Having some quiet time after Mass today must be very welcome.
Comedy has always had its rude and crude, but these days the R&C drowns much of the rest out. I've been fond of Maria Bamford for ten years now. She's smart, weird, versatile and never R&C. Her comedy is based on characters and stories backed up by her fabulous vocal mimicry. I've wondered why she never broke through to the front ranks, but she truly is weird and just-the-teensiest-bit mentally ill. Here's a quick Bamford sampler: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCliYhFqC0gShe's another of my favorite things.
I've liked Bamford for a long time too. She's the poster girl for quirky, and in a good way. It doesn't hurt that she's very cute too.
It's 364 days until next Christmas and people have their decorations up already. Unbelievable.
Yeah, pretty tacky...I assume you took yours down when you were clearing the roof :)
Yes. The Old Testament requires that all Christmas decorations be taken down by sunset on Christmas Day. You can look it up.
:) You are a godly man.
bagoh20: Geez. What a weird interaction with Crack. True, you did tell him to pull up his socks, so I guess you got what you deserved.I don't imagine race relations will improve in the next few decades. Mostly likely they will worsen. Sad.
Doing something unexpectedly nice or generous, the feeling both the recipient and I get. I do it year round but the Christmas spirit brings it out. I gave a real nice cab driver in Italy a ten euro tip, and he got teary w/ the "Prego." Hopefully it made up for a few ugly Americans.
Haz, Obviously no one in trailer parks read the Old Testament.
Michael:Thanks!Actually, my schedule wasn't too bad; other priests had it worse. But I had Midnight Mass, and I'm always keyed up until past 2 am; this time, till 3 am.I was with family on Christmas Eve; so being left alone on Christmas Day was rather nice. I was invited to an event, and was planning to go; but it was a 3-hour round trip and I was a little too weary for it. Today I feel great!
What is up with Crack? Did I miss something? Why the crack-pot cheap-shot racist attack on Bagoh?
Anything that's advert free.
Crack posted a topic the other night titled:What's More Important Than Racism To Conservatives?Lem's Comment Home led off Crack's Christmas list of naughty conservatives on account of the "Caramel vs Toffee" topic. Sounds nuts to me.Apparently conservatives are allowed no other use of our time and attention until racism is dealt with to Crack's satisfaction.Bagoh took Crack to task here.Crack's post is an example of why I don't care anymore about blacks' special pleading about racism. There's no end to it. As far as I'm concerned, it weakens blacks and weakens America when such pleading is catered to. If this means Crack or anyone else will call me a racist, so be it.Not one of my favorite things.
Crack, you don't want to talk about race, you want to howl in rage. You have yet to answer my two questions:Why did act, all that time, as if you didn't mind racist jokes at Trooper's?Are you racist?
Thanks, Creeley. When it needs to be said, Bagoh does it right.@Creeley"Crack's post is an example of why I don't care anymore about blacks' special pleading about racism. There's no end to it. As far as I'm concerned, it weakens blacks and weakens America when such pleading is catered to."After reading how the eternal grievance race-bating hate-mongering fraud of man, Jesse Jackson, is once again blowing context out of proportion to mobilized the angry mob... I was thinking exactly that. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have done more to destroy the black family and the black man than any other person or group in modern history. Of course the hack media are all too happy to assist.
Crack has fallen into a deep well of madness and despair. I feel very sorry for him and wish him well.I just don't have the strength to deal with such craziness anymore. I have my own problems that need my attention.I am trying to get the craziness out of my life. Crack and his rants are like TOP and the people who infest it. Something I want to leave alone and let them leave me alone.
Nothing good will come out of engaging it. It is best left alone. YMMV of course. But that is what I am going to try to do from now on going into the new year.
I just want to congratulate Lem and thank him for creating a non-toxic place where we can all gather to talk and swap recipes and gripe without the tsuris that you find in other places.This blog has become an underappreciated gem and I am very grateful for it.
How can anyone read Crack's blog? It's such a mess that getting to the bottom of the point he's trying to make is not worth the effort.And the point is always the same.We all have been given free will, and using our free will can make our lives better or worse. It's a choice. Crack has made his choice.
(Mobilized = mobilize.)Haz -It is a crippling disease. The Jesse Jackson rainbow PUSH shake-down brigade maintain their high paying jobs by keeping everyone angry and sufficiently race-obsessed.
Crack does find some amazing graphics somehow. I used to really respect his courage, and exceptional viewpoint, but now he has just slowed back into the fat part of the peloton, into the mediocrity of so many Blacks who steal the honor of people who suffered long ago and who they share little with other than skin color. You have no right to the respect others have earned through their suffering and toil just because their skin looks like yours, or they share a genetic link ever so slightly more close than others. You have no right to use that to hide behind, or to foul it with your cheap need to justify your own failings. My failures are mine alone. While you can benefit from the work of of your ancestors or appreciate the struggles they endured, you only embarrass yourself by trying to claim theirs for your own as either accomplishment or excuse. Worst of all is that the practice weakens those being challenged now, and diminishes their own ability to add to the world. A cruel, selfish theft.
I consider Crack a friend, but do not sign on to his latest stuff at all. He has his problems and I prefer not to be drawn into it.
It's not just Crack I'm talking about, but the whole genre of Black victimology. It's embarrassing, and not to White people at this point. I mostly feel anger at the cost of it to Blacks now and as long into the future as it is used as a crutch.
I consider Crack a friend, but wonder now if he reciprocates the feeling. I just wish he would drop by here and shoot the breeze. Leave the heavy stuff back at his blog.
Well said bags.Unfortunately it will only serve to have you branded as a racist.Sometimes it is best to stop playing the game. Life is too short to be drawn into insanity.
Crack and I were at loggerheads from the word go. But even though he was often nasty to me, I could never take it seriously. I took it as his persona -- like Hunter S. Thompson exclaiming he wanted to rip my lungs out. I thought Crack was an intelligent guy who had developed a strong, distinct voice combined with a great graphic flair on his website, while underneath lay much heart and woundedness. Lately he seems to have become darker.Whatever he's going through, I doubt I can help. I feel an odd affection for him, though if I were in the same room, I must say I would not turn my back on him.
If your skin happens to be dark, you can heap on the insults without consequence.Listening to the black comedians on XM radio was yet another eye opener to this fact. They can abuse each other and anyone they want... because.... victim.
Excellently stated Bagoh.
"My Republican app doesn't understand me."
"Unfortunately it will only serve to have you branded as a racist."If you haven't been called a racist, you aren't trying hard enough, or asking the tough questions, or challenging the unexamined position. It's rarely an insult in the modern world of ideas. Today it mostly resembles when a loser calls the better opponent a "cheater", because he can't face the truth, and doesn't want to play it out.
Crack's post is an example of why I don't care anymore about blacks' special pleading about racism. There's no end to it. As far as I'm concerned, it weakens blacks and weakens America when such pleading is catered to. If this means Crack or anyone else will call me a racist, so be it.The alternative to bitching nonstop about reparations is to actually work which can suck.
If your skin happens to be dark, you can heap on the insults without consequence.I can see April's point. I'm sure I gave Crack extra slack because he was black. OTOH yesterday on an Insta-link I ended up at Althouse and found the "splooge stooge" mistress threading a delicate needle between supporting free speech and decrying homophobia. Apparently if "homophobes" express themselves crudely they deserve to become pariahs.
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