by Darryl, 12/25/2013, 8:22 AM

Here’s wishing everyone a joyous Christmas.*

*And/or year-end holiday of your choice.

25 Responses to “Christmas open thread”

1. Zotz sez: Are you sure we can't just kill 'em? spews:

Happy Solstice!

Here’s hoping that you and yours are enjoying someplace warm with your favorite people, pagan derived diversions, and intoxicants if indicated.

2. Ten Years After - Roger Rabbit is just a liberal progressive troll. spews:

Obama is a nice giuy.

3. czechsaaz spews:

“A merry Christmas, Bob!” said Scrooge, with an earnestness that could not be mistaken, as he clapped him on the back. “A merrier Christmas, Bob, my good fellow, than I have given you for many a year! I’ll raise your salary, and endeavour to assist your struggling family, and we will discuss your affairs this very afternoon, over a Christmas bowl of smoking bishop, Bob!”

4. Ten Years After - Roger Rabbit is just a liberal progressive troll. spews:

Al-Jazeera is reporting an attack against Christians by Al Qaeda elements in Baghdad. Looks like we didn’t get much out of the war in Iraq. Maybe it’s time to stop messing around in Middle Eastern countries and deal at arm’s length with all countries in the area.

5. Roger Rabbit spews:

@2 What’s a “giuy”?

6. Roger Rabbit spews:

@4 If we just shut up and pay for their oil, instead of trying to take it, we’ll get along with them just fine. Cash register jingle is the universal language.

7. Ten Years After - Roger Rabbit is just a liberal progressive troll. spews:

From 5,

Misspelling – should be “guy.”

8. Ten Years After - Roger Rabbit is just a liberal progressive troll. spews:

From 6,

Most important point is to mind our own business.

9. Ten Years After - Roger Rabbit is just a liberal progressive troll. spews:

I saw a report on how education for girls will come to a screeching halt soon in Afghanistan. Once we finally out of that quagmire, the Taliban will return, and they’ll start business as usual again. I’m sorry they’re the way they are, but there is little any Western nation can do to change Islamic countries. We should just stay out of them and mind our own business. We’ve got enough problems without looking to get involved in other nations’ problems.

10. Steve spews:

Merry Christmas!

11. Roger Rabbit spews:

@8 They don’t want us to mind our own business. They want our business. They want money like everyone else.

12. Roger Rabbit spews:

Mass Shooting Of The Day (TM)

A Christmas in America wouldn’t be complete without gunfire. Three people were killed and two wounded when a bouncer tried to stop a man with a gun from entering a New Jersey go-go bar just 45 minutes after midnight.

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/25/22046212-new-jersey-go-go-bar-shooting-3-dead-2-hurt?lite

Roger Rabbit Commentary: I heard Santa used a stealth sleigh and equipped his reindeers with body armor this year because there’s so much triple-A when flying over the States.

13. ekim spews:

Ten @9,

There was a window of opportunity to actually do something effective in Afghanistan, but it was wasted. *Cheney was much more interested in making a profit for himself and his corrupt buddies than in doing good. In that he was successful.

*Bush was not much involved in this because he was still reading his up side down copy of My Pet Goat.

14. Ten Years After - Roger Rabbit is just a liberal progressive troll. spews:

As far as I can tell, the only business we can conduct with Afghanistan is buying opium. Since we’ve got las against the product in the US, there really isn’t anything we need to trade for with the Afghanistan folks. Oh sure, there are some products people in the US would like from Afghanistan, and it’s nice to buy them, but there isn’t anything we HAVE to have. After all,they have no major oil reserves, so there really isn’t much we need from them.

So, what it looks like to me is that Afghanistan has just turned into a cash outflow for the US without any benefit whatsoever. Let’s just leave and let them live their lives as they choose without Western interference,

15. EvergreenRailfan spews:

Merry Christmas, everyone.

16. Ten Years After - Roger Rabbit is just a liberal progressive troll. spews:

Merry Christmas, Evergreen Rail Fan!

17. Geoduck spews:

13: That’s a lie. The story’s actual title is The Pet Goat.

18. dutch spews:

Merry Christmas

SOLEMNITY OF THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD
HOMILY OF POPE FRANCIS
Vatican Basilica
Tuesday, 24 December 2013

1. “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light” (Is 9:1).
This prophecy of Isaiah never ceases to touch us, especially when we hear it proclaimed in the liturgy of Christmas Night. This is not simply an emotional or sentimental matter. It moves us because it states the deep reality of what we are: a people who walk, and all around us – and within us as well – there is darkness and light. In this night, as the spirit of darkness enfolds the world, there takes place anew the event which always amazes and surprises us: the people who walk see a great light. A light which makes us reflect on this mystery: the mystery of walking and seeing.

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19. Roger Rabbit spews:

@14 “they have no major oil reserves”

Man, are you ever ignorant! Afghanistan already supplies oil to China, and gas exports to Russia once constituted most of Afghanistan’s foreign trade. But more importantly, the Caspian Sea’s huge oil reserves may not be in Afghanistan, but their route to foreign markets crosses Afghanistan.

Apart from oil, gas, and coal, Afghanistan holds a mother lode of undeveloped mineral resources worth trillions of dollars, including some of the world’s largest copper and iron deposits, and possibly the world’s largest lithium deposits (you know, lithium car batteries, for electric cars?) plus major deposits of gold and rare earth minerals. The problem is how to tap all this wealth without destroying the country and its people.

http://www.internationalpolicydigest.org/2012/06/27/damned-by-riches-how-afghanistans-mineral-wealth-undermines-nato-mission/

20. Roger Rabbit spews:

@18 You’ve been gone so long we thought you were dead. When were you granted parole?

21. dutch spews:

glad you missed me
Always good to be in someone’s head.
:-)

22. EvergreenRailfan spews:

Earlier this month, looked like Cincinnati was going to leave Cleveland all alone as the only city in Ohio with Rail Transit. The new Mayor and City Council followed through on plans to cancel the streetcar project there. Last week, constriction crews resumed work. Both a group from the private sector, and the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority stepped up to takeover the operating costs. Tracks were already being laid, and the vehicles ordered.
http://urbanrailtoday.com/2013/12/23/merry-christmas-cincinnati-streetcar-project-resumes-work/

Kansas City is piggybacking on Cincinnati’s order from Spanish builder CAF(which has a plant in New York).

23. Deathfrogg spews:

Still the best christmas song ever.

24. Roger Rabbit spews:

@21 Flatter yourself much? We didn’t miss you. Trolls are replaceable.

25. dutch spews:

So are rabbits :-)

Congrats to the genius who deleted or shortened the copy of Pope Francis homily. Well done and yes, you wouldn’t want that message propagated on this board. No one would understand it anyway.

Ah well…you miss out.