Filed under: Domestic Policy, Economy, Election 2008, History, Humor, News, Politics, Pop Culture
Filed under: Environment, Freedom, Global Warming | Tags: Environmental Extremism, Global Cooling, Little Ice Age, Snow and Ice
THE sun that brief December day
Rose cheerless over hills of gray,
And, darkly circled, gave at noon
A sadder light than waning moon.
Slow tracing down the thickening sky
its mute and ominous prophecy,
A portent seeming less than threat,
It sank from sight before it set.
A chill no coat, however stout,
Of homespun stuff could quite shut out,
A hard, dull bitterness of cold,
That checked, mid-vein, the circling race
Of life-blood in the sharpened face,
The coming of the snow-storm told.
With compliments to John Greenleaf Whittier, we have been snowbound. Snowed in since the Friday before Christmas. People with four-wheel drive managed to get around gingerly, but the rest of us were just stuck. We had 8 to 10 inches of snow, and here in the hilly Seattle area it quickly turns to ice. In Seattle, the mayor decided that salt was beyond the pale for it might run into the salt waters of Puget Sound, and many streets were to be left undisturbed, to form a nice snowpack. Sigh.
On the Eastside, city road crews plowed, but short neighborhood streets are left till last, and through streets get first attention, which is fair. We have a well-stocked pantry, so were not reduced to eating strange things; a good-sized woodpile (the result of last winter’s storms) and a snow shovel.
The snowplow came by the day after Christmas and, with some vigorous shoveling we escaped to crowded malls and grocery store to get ready for a postponed Christmas celebration. Merry Christmas to all, and a happy New Year.
Filed under: Freedom, Military, Religion | Tags: Christmas, Support the Troops!
Not everyone can be home for Christmas. Why not take a moment to send a Christmas email to our troops! The peace we do enjoy on Earth is due in no small part to their hard work and sacrifice.
Filed under: Blogging, Cool Site of the Day, News of the Weird, Pop Culture | Tags: Christmas, Santa Claus
Thanks to reader Joseph for reminding me! You and kids can track Santa on his trip around the world with satelite maps and embedded YouTube videos, thanks to NORAD (and your tax dollars) here. He and his reindeer have finished their rounds of Asia and Australia (he’s apparently even vistited the International Space Station), and are currently working their way through Africa and Eastern Europe. He is currently in Perin, Slovakia as of this writing.
All this, as well as Christmas crafts, printable cards, games, stories, and recipes can be found at Santa.com.
Filed under: History, Movies, Music, News, Religion | Tags: Christ, Christmas, Holidays
Joy to the World!
(video: The Nativity Story; Music: Josh Groban)
Filed under: Cool Site of the Day, Freedom, History, Military, News | Tags: Arlington National Cemetery, Military Honors, On Hallowed Ground
Wreaths Across America is a voluntary effort started in 1992 by Morrill Worcester of the Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, Maine. Arlington is the largest focus of the commemorative ceremony, but nationwide some 100,000 wreathes are laid at over 300 cemeteries in all 50 states. Its goal is to put a wreath on as many service members’ graves as possible.
James Robbins tells the story of the 17th annual wreath-laying in a lovely article at National Review Online. If you can spare a few minutes during the Christmas rush, do read the whole thing.
Filed under: Conservatism, Environment, Global Warming, Humor, Science/Technology | Tags: Environmental Extremism, Global Warming Crisis, Green Idiocy
This was a letter to the editor at American Thinker by Richard Strimple:
I don’t know if any one else has noticed, but I have detected a new crisis that I have named “the daylight change crisis”. I first noticed it sometime around the end of June this year. I started paying attention and created computer models and sure enough I was right! We are losing daylight at an astonishing rate. Each day we are losing approximately 2 minutes of daylight and my computer models predict total darkness by next July.
I have been able to detect this phenomenon around the entire Northern Hemisphere. And here is the scary part: the daylight appears to be leaking to the Southern Hemisphere.
I thought I should bring it to the attention of great scientists like Al Gore so he can help solve this new crisis.
This is an absolutely brilliant analogy. The global warming “crisis” may never recover. Hopefully!
Filed under: Conservatism, Domestic Policy, Economy, Liberalism, Politics | Tags: American Government, Political Humor, The Economy
The always entertaining and informed Fred Thompson on the economy.
Filed under: Environment, Global Warming | Tags: Climate Change, Seattle, Snow, traffic
About eight inches of fluffy, white global-warming here on the ground in Seattle. More snow than we’ve had since I was a child, earlier in the year than normal, and already a longer sub-freezing spell than we almost ever get. Naturally, liberals are claiming its more evidence of “climate change”. Do they honestly expect the weather to remain constant?
But it sure is beautiful. White Christmases are very rare around here, our norm is cold, gray, drizzly Christmasses. Hopefully it will stick around long enough. *fingers crossed*.
Although, it does make getting around difficult. Seattlites are horrible drivers to begin with, mind you. They not only cannot drive in the snow, but they cant drive in any other weather either — rain, wind — even sunshine seems to addle their brains. Serve up anything other than dreary overcast skies, and Seattle drivers lose complete control of their faculties, not to mention what little driving ability they possessed. But when it snows! Oy! People will abandon their cars, in the middle of the road no less, in two inches of snow. We now have eight. There are accidents everywhere, cars abandoned willy-nilly. It truly is pathetic.
And so, even those of us who can drive in snow try to avoid the roads for fear of what someone else may do. Fortunately, much remains to be done to get ready for Christmas.