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Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Christmas Canon (Twice!)

While we were looking around for Christmas music we came upon the song “Christmas Canon” being performed by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

What is interesting to us is that the same “group” performed the same song in two different versions – one in a very traditional manner and the second on in a more “rock and roll” manner.

Great song and an interesting contrast, especially given that it is being performed by the same group.

Traditional:

Rock version (and lyrics!) below:
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Irony Alert!

Erin Schrode made an appearance on the Tucker Carlson show the other night to discuss Donald Trump and Trump being named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year.” Schrode is a environmental activist who ran and lost a bid for the US Congress from California’s second Congressional District.

What happens right off the bat in the interview is almost unbelievable:

(Video of the complete interview can be found here.)

Here’s the transcript:

TUCKER CARLSON: Time magazine just reminded us it exists by naming President-elect Donald Trump as the Person of the Year. Fair enough. Hard to think of anyone more newsworthy this year than Donald Trump. But to many on the left Time’s cover was a reminder that Trump is indeed going to be president, and was therefore a trigger. Here is one person who felt that way, Erin Schrode, she’s a Democrat, a former congressional Democrat from California. Erin, thanks a lot for joining us tonight.

ERIN SCHRODE: Thanks for having me.

TUCKER: So, the reason I want to talk with you is a tweet you sent out after seeing the cover I think on the Today show this morning and you wrote this “Adolf Hitler was Time’s Man of the Year in 1938. Donald Trump is Time’s Man of the Year in 2016. Discuss.” And I just saw the irony there, because comparing someone to Hitler, of course, is not an invitation to discuss. It’s the end of the discussion, isn’t it?

. . .

SCHRODE: Name-calling and hate speech and toxic rhetoric is how we have arrived at this point. We have a President-elect who has built a whole campaign cycle around it.

TUCKER: You just compared this guy to Hitler and then with a straight face you’re going to accuse him of engaging in hate speech?!! I’m sorry. I can barely hear. The irony alarm is so loud in the background. I don’t mean to be cruel to you. But I’m just saying, if you don’t recognize that.

Godwin’s Law anyone?

In other news, a new video has come out with celebrities and others saying “Trump will never be President.”
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Christmas Christian (W)Rap.

Although the album Yo Ho Ho! from which all three songs below came from was released in the late 1980’s, we still love these songs.

It’s just fun stuff that you can hum and whistle while out and about.

D.C. Talk – Yo Ho Ho!


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This Baby – Steven Curtis Chapman.

This is a song that people will say is a Christmas song and perhaps it is. But Steven Curtis Chapman focuses more on what happens after the birth of Christ. In other words, instead of focusing on the events leading up to and surround the birth of Christ, Chapman takes the birth as a starting point and moves forward.




Has It Really Come To This?

buildthewall-tee-shirtSome guy named Nathan Morton was chillin’ out in the clubhouse of his apartment community. He doesn’t seem to be doing anyone any harm and the building seems to be rather deserted.

Morton happens to be wearing a “#buildthewall” tee shirt. The shirt appears to infuriate some people who start to harass and arguably bully him. While Morton has the tremendous self control not to respond in kind to anything the people say, it is clear that they are not interest in a dialog or discussion about the shirt, what he believes or why.

The couple starts out with “why are you a racist?” and it goes downhill from there. There are sexual taunts, family taunts, educational taunts and just general stupidity from the people who supposedly believe in “tolerance.” One of the more humorous moments comes when the guy threatens Morton for filming the couples’ attack and said that if he sees Morton’s video on YouTube, he’ll “subpoena” it.

Good luck with that.

First, the man and his girlfriend are in a public area so they can be filmed as there is by law no expectation of privacy. But what appears to be lost on these people is that they want to film Morton and his responses, but don’t want him filming them and their aggressive behavior.

It is sad that it has come to this, but as we have said before, there are people who in the name of “tolerance” will only tolerate you and your beliefs if they agree with you.

Huge props to Morton for not going off on the couple, but as that is probably what they wanted, they eventually go away unsatisfied and being shown to be fools.



Pearl Harbor Day.

wheeler_field_pearl_harbor-2Today is the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor which launched the United States into World War II. It is not that we like remembering the devastation, the death and injuries that this attack caused, but rather we remember the sacrifices of the men and women during that period of time to keep us a free nation.

Even more importantly, we remember that there are people and countries who seek to end the United States and the freedoms we enjoy. It can be argued that in many ways, the US was caught with its pants down on December 7, 1941, but it is never the getting knocked down that matters.

What matters is how you get back up.

Today there are enemies of the US who seek to kill our nation, our freedoms, and our people. We should meet them with the same resolve that came out of the attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago today.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt:

Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation, and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our secretary of state a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday the Japanese government also launched as attack against Malaya.
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Merry Christmas Polka – Jim Reeves.

Admit it.

You are tapping your feet as you listen to this song.



2000 Miles – The Pretenders.

Certainly not a religious Christmas song, but 2000 Miles by the Pretenders is about family and loved ones separated by distance this time of year.





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