We posted this video last year and just really like it. We hope you do as well.
Starting with a single cellist on the floor of the National Air and Space Museum’s “Milestones of Flight” gallery, and swelling to 120 musicians, The U.S. Air Force Band exhilarated museum visitors with its first-ever flash mob. The four-minute performance featured an original arrangement of “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring/Joy to the World,” led by the band’s commander and conductor, Col. Larry H. Lang. Unsuspecting museum visitors
There is something about this version of Little Drummer Boy that we really like. Maybe it is the way it slowly starts out and builds to a crescendo. Maybe it is the vocals of Rick Florian. Maybe it is the power chords. We don’t know. But the end result is one of our favorite versions of the song.
As you may be aware, there is a movement on college campuses where students are upset with having to deal with ideas and thoughts that are contrary to their own. In some cases, colleges have told students to report these evil contrarian thoughts to school officials. Some schools have set up counselors and allocated faculty to counsel students on how to deal with the horrific idea that someone might “offend” you by something they say.
The President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University found himself facing a student who was upset at something that was said. His response to them and later expanded in an email and open letter on the school’s website is epic and should be required reading for everyone – students, faculty, and administration – in education.
Dr. Everett Piper, President
Oklahoma Wesleyan University
This past week, I actually had a student come forward after a university chapel service and complain because he felt “victimized” by a sermon on the topic of 1 Corinthians 13. It appears that this young scholar felt offended because a homily on love made him feel bad for not showing love! In his mind, the speaker was wrong for making him, and his peers, feel uncomfortable.
I’m not making this up. Our culture has actually taught our kids to be this self-absorbed and narcissistic! Any time their feelings are hurt, they are the victims! Anyone who dares challenge them and, thus, makes them “feel bad” about themselves, is a “hater,” a “bigot,” an “oppressor,” and a “victimizer.”
I have a message for this young man and all others who care to listen. That feeling of discomfort you have after listening to a sermon is called a conscience! An altar call is supposed to make you feel bad! It is supposed to make you feel guilty! The goal of many a good sermon is to get you to confess your sins—not coddle you in your selfishness. The primary objective of the Church and the Christian faith is your confession, not your self-actualization!
Over the past few years, from Thanksgiving until Christmas, we have posted a Christmas themed song, video, or something like that each and every day.
This year, we wanted to start out with something in keeping with that tradition, but with a little more of a special meaning.
One of our contributors has been dealing with the issue of their mother being cooped up in hospitals, nursing homes and rehab centers for the last year or so. As you can imagine, it was draining on her as well as our friend. It was always the goal to get her home by the holidays. Many people said she would not make it, but the woman is a fighter and last week, she left a rehab center to return to her home of over 60 years.
Apparently, she always liked Bing Crosby, so this is for her.
We were going to post this one before Thanksgiving, but decided to save it.
Once again, this is from AF Branco at Comically Correct who, in case you like his work, has a coffee table book out now. It would make a nice gift for someone on you list. (And for the record, we have not received or expect to receive anything for mentioning Branco or his book.)
You may remember the story of Ahmed Mohamed, the 14 year old kid back in September who, while attending school in Irving, Texas brought a clock to school in a pencil case that looked like a small briefcase.
Mohamed showed the clock to a science teacher who seems to have understood the problem of clock in a briefcase into a school. The teacher told Mohamed to put the clock in his locker and take it home.
Mohamed did not do that. Instead he took the clock into another class where he the alarm either went off or like many digital clocks, began flashing after a power disruption. The teacher of that class freaked out as did some of the students.
Mohamed was taken to the principal’s office. Police were called. According to the police, Mohamed became combative and needed to be handcuffed. When he was asked about the clock, he couldn’t say how he made it or where the parts came from. The police took him out of school and arrested him on the charge of a “bomb hoax.”
After everyone had calmed down. people began to scream that the kid was a victim of racial profiling. “He was just a bright kid,” they claimed.
His celebrity got him visits to the White House. He met with astronauts. He met with heads of state and appeared on television.
Through it all, Mohamed claimed he built the clock. Him building the clock is an important part of the narrative in the story. If he built it, he is a pretty darn smart kid. If he didn’t build it, other issues arise.
What in the world happened to the liberal arts? A degree in the humanities used to transmit the knowledge and wisdom imbued in the works of great Western artists, writers, musicians and thinkers like Shakespeare and Mozart. But today, that same degree stresses Western racism, sexism, imperialism, and other ills and sins that reinforce a sense of victimhood and narcissism. So, what happened? Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute explains.