75 thoughts on “Not A Creature Was Stirring

  1. What are the savages doing now? You know.

    More than 1,000 anti-cop protesters defied Mayor de Blasio and flooded Manhattan Tuesday evening, marching through the Fifth Avenue shopping district before heading uptown.

    “The mayor says stop that, we say f–k that!” the mob chanted at one point.

    Other slogans were of the sort that Hizzoner has denounced as “hateful” and “inappropriate” in the wake of Saturday’s assassinations of two city cops.

    “NYPD, KKK, how many kids did you kill today?” the protesters shouted.

    The demonstrators, some carry­ing a banner that read “Stop Racist Police Terror,” started marching south from 59th Street on the sidewalks, but later blocked traffic on Fifth and Madison Avenues.

    They then turned around and started marching toward Harlem to demonstrate in front of a police station house.

    “We’re protesting tonight because the mayor specifically said not to,” said marcher Tarik Grand, 25, of Brooklyn.

    There were no arrests as of 8 p.m.

  2. Test your grammar.
    I got all 15! 😉
    You got
    15 out of 15: You have phenomenal grammar knowledge!

    Those weren’t even difficult for you, were they? Either you’re a professional linguistic researcher at the Institute for English Language or you had a little bit of luck with a couple of your answers… We congratulate you – when it comes to English grammar you really are the best.

  3. Misusing they, they’re, there and your/you’re drives me crazy, and English was my very worse subject in school, just ask Ms Adee, I’m sure that she catches our mistakes often. In school they always said “when you get out in the real world, you’ll need all that you learned in school.” Well when is the last time you diagramed a sentence?

  4. 7 Super Dave

    I diagram sentences all the time in my head as I’m writing. As a kid, taking apart a sentence was like taking apart an engine to see how it worked.

  5. Almost from the beginning of his papacy, there has been a lot of nonsense written about Pope Francis. On the Left, there has been much wishful thinking about how the former Cardinal Bergoglio is really a man of progressive sympathies, while on the Right, there is a deep suspicion that the first Jesuit pope is basically a “liberation theologian” who is not a particular fan of capitalism and may in fact be a sneak commie symp. Much of what the pope is said to have said turns out to be either a mistranslation or completely imaginary, the result of having reporters either ignorant of Catholicism or openly hostile to it reporting or commenting on the pope and the Church. So who is he?

    I think Walsh gets it about right here. I have very contradictory opinions within myself over how the government of Cuba should be treated. Maybe Francis is right, or wrong, but it looks as if we’ll find out now.

  6. #3 – 14 of 15 (darn it they did not display the one incorrect response!) That’s still a 93!

    We ALL want to be Texpat when we grow up! 🙂

  7. The last few weeks I have read so many truly ridiculous news stories. Many of them so bizarre it requires all of one’s faculties to comprehend them. The idiotic plot of the Sony movie could never compare to this.

    That, as they say, is too good to check. A defector—whose relatives at home may have been harshly punished by the regime because of his actions—offering to lend money to the sad-sack representatives of that same regime because they’ve been left broke. It’s like something out of old dissident lit from Eastern Europe. Czech writers like Ludvik Vaculik (A Cup of Coffee with My Interrogator) or Bohumil Hrabal or Josef Skvorecky would have recognized the interplay of tyranny and pathos. We can hang the burlesque on either.

    Why these diplomats are penniless is the subject of another, overlapping Colin Freeman story that appears in the same issue of the Telegraph. Pyongyang, he writes, expects all North Korean embassies to be “self-financing.” The result is that North Korean officials in other countries have been “arrested for using their diplomatic status to run bootlegging and drug-dealing rackets.” An impressive case occurred in 1976, when the North Korean embassy in Denmark tried to import 2.5 million cigarettes “for personal consumption.”

  8. I really felt burned by all the math classes I took and never needed in real life. The last time I used geometry for anything was to figure an approximate angle that Venus could appear above the horizon. That was about 40 years ago.

  9. I just now got the gumption up to read and watch M42’s #49 from 22Dec. Lurch is a raving lunatic. He tries to quote Scripture and fails miserably, he is a disgrace to the State Department and an insult to humanity in general.

    I don’t much care for the man.

  10. Good Christmas Eve morning Hamsters. Downright chilly 39 with a light wind at 6 with the wind picking up as daylight progresses.

    #7 Super Dave

    All that’s missing in the diagram is a flying folding chair somewhere, but I don’t know where you’d put it. 🙂

  11. These people don’t even have the skills to conduct corruption properly.

    The Obama administration’s nominee for a senior legal position at the Pentagon is one of the congressional staffers accused by Republicans and intelligence officials of stealing classified documents from the Central Intelligence Agency, Fox News has learned — and the controversy could imperil her shot at a major career promotion.

    Sources on Capitol Hill and in the intelligence community say Alissa Starzak, a majority staffer on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) who has been nominated for the position of general counsel to the U.S. Army, is one of two SSCI employees accused by the panel’s Republicans, and by career intelligence officers, of having “stolen” the so-called Panetta Review: a classified study of the agency’s treatment of detainees prepared by former CIA Director Leon Panetta.

  12. Do both.

    Roast it sloooooowwwwwwwllllllyyy to rare. Then cut steaks off it and give em a quick grillin’ to med rare.

  13. Hamous says:
    DECEMBER 24, 2014 AT 11:09 AM
    I thought I would pan fry it. What do ya think?

    Nah. Boil it. And invite Sarge over for some youthful reminiscing.

    Two reasons why I left NH:

    1. Boogers freezing in my nose December-March.

    2. New England food, particularly boiled dinners.

    Boiled. Dinners.

  14. Getting ready to fry a turkey, one more round of turkey and dressin’ works for me since bring home Luby’s Thanksgiving meal was nutten special atall.

    I’ll be over in the morning for rib eye leftovers.

  15. 39 Shannon

    I know, but it just doesn’t taste the same when it’s roasted instead grilled.

    My favorite steak these days is at a Spanish restaurant near here that custom cuts their meat. They make a bone-in ribeye for about $37 that looks as big as the meat Wilma used to bring to Fred Flintstone. Just incredible and there’s not another place in this state that comes close.

  16. A friend called to say her one year old grandson has an “innocent heart murmur”. I looked it up and there seems to be some correlation, if not proven connection, to atral fibrillation.

    I’m reminding Shannon, if he doesn’t remember, that he had an innocent heart murmur.

  17. I just heard a Stevie Nicks version of Silent Night.

    Hold on while I pull over and down a can of Drano.


  18. Back from a late Christmas Eve lunch and Karl’s in Richmond, and that will hold us for the rest of the day other than some dessert around 5 or 6. Still brisk and 51 at 1:30 with plenty of wind gusts swirling through.

    Nothing as exciting as the blizzard warnings for Hawaii though. God has a sense of humor, and He isn’t shy about showing it now and then. And you know who is vacationing in Hawaii. Maybe cold and snow are starting to dog Obama like it shadows AlGore, which is better than a lump of coal in his stocking.

  19. Whenever you roast anything, make sure to give it a long rest after you take it out of the oven.

    Put some foil loosely over it, then a couple folded towels. A large-ish turkey will be hot for at least 45min, a rib roast for at least 30. There will be a lot less juice on your cutting board and a lot more in the food.

  20. I’m cooking the smallest turkey I’ve ever attempted. ~15lb. It’s in the oven, and I’m applying some Hebridean Holy Water to the cook.

  21. Here’s a sincere Christmas wish of joy and happiness for all you sinners, saints, reprobates, apostates and backsliders down there in God’s Country.

  22. I’ve pondered for a day or two – I’d like to share our BACA Creed with Yall as I wish each and every one of Yall the MERRIEST Christmas ever!

    From Chief our founder (emphasis mine):

    I am a member of Bikers Against Child Abuse. The die has been cast. The decision has been made. I have stepped over the line. I wont look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.
    My past has prepared me, my present makes sense, and my future is secure. Im finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap giving, and dwarfed goals.
    I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I dont have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by the faith in my works, and lean on the strength of my brothers and sisters. I love with patience, live by prayer, and labor with power.
    My fate is set, my gait is fast, my goal is the ultimate safety of children. My road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are tried and true, my Guide is reliable, my mission is clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
    I wont give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, and showed up for all wounded children. I must go until I drop, ride until I give out, and work till He stops me. And when He comes for His own, He will have no problem recognizing me, for He will see my BACA backpatch and know that I am one of His.

    I am a member of Bikers Against Child Abuse, and this is my creed.

  23. I think I prefer the original.

    Me too.
    But he’s ugly and she is a red headed indie rock country goddess.

  24. 61
    Any gal that got kicked out of the Grand Ol Opry for removing her shirt because she was having a heatstroke has a special place in my heart.

  25. My in laws are here and we’re enjoying their company. We just got back from a Christmas party at a friend’s house with lots of friends there. Good party. My father-in-law played Santa for a bit. Most of the kids were excited to sit on his leg and get a simple present. He then changed into his regular clothes and ate enchiladas with the rest of us.

    Father-in-law played Santa earlier at our house. All the kids except Aedhun who didn’t care to sit on his lap got to speak to him and open a present. I did too. I got a Taco Bell gift card. Whoohoo, have I been good or what???

    My in laws choose to watch Band of Brothers via Netflix. It’s my first time watching it and thus far what a great series that was. We paused it to do our family scriptures and prayers and watch “The Nativity” as per our traditional Christmas Eve activity before putting Aedhun to bed for the night. All the kids got new pajamas to wear tonight and for tomorrow morning’s present unwrapping. I got Teenage Mutant Ninja turtle sweat pants. I like them since the pictures are based on the 80s cartoon…or so it looks like.

    So, anyway, a Merry Christmas to all here. I don’t know if I’ll post more here tonight so God bless.

  26. Gotta throw this classic in the mix.

    Had a wonderful Christmas Vigil tonight. All the twiced-a-year Catholics showed up so we had a packed house. Our relatively new choir director and his cohorts did an excellent job with the traditional hymns and Gregorian chants.

  27. Santa’s in the neighborhood, and there are small quadruped feet tapping on the roof. Bet something will be in the mares’ stockings tomorrow and in Mariposa’s stocking.

    As for us, we’ve had our presents coming over several months so an exchange of cards is what we did tonight.

    G’night all, and sweet dreams.

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