Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas Week Begins

The Big Day

Simple math

Today the members of the Electoral College will meet and cast their votes, formalizing the outcome the voters decided on November 8.

Progressives, believing as they do that nothing which thwarts their will can possibly be politically legitimate, have been waging 
a campaign to encourage electors to ignore their duty and vote for someone other than the candidate who rightfully won their state's electoral votes. There are even old-school protests being staged.

Never mind that acceding to these whiners would fatally undermine faith in our democratic processes, they just want what they want, and are acting like spoiled children. Tedious.

On the plus side, the internet gives us this cool website where you can watch the progress of the vote in real time (frequent refreshing recommended).

"So, minimal drama today, then?"

That is my expectation, usual, progressive virtue signaling is all sizzle, no steak...


Just six days until Christmas now, and I'm scrambling to finish my holiday decorating and shopping.

They no longer have Christmas trees at my local Hy-Vee, but I am hopeful that I didn't wait too long. Home Depot is my last hope, though...

Get a grip, old friend...we'll figure out a way to have a tree...

Lump of Coal

Yesterday afternoon at a frigid Arrowhead Stadium my beloved Kansas City Chiefs dropped a big lump of coal in their fans' stockings, falling 19-17 to the Tennessee Titans on a 53-yard field goal as time expired. That it was former Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop splitting the uprights just made it that much more painful.

It was the second loss in the team's last three home appearances, both by gut-wrenching 19-17 scores. It was the second straight home game where fans had to shiver through
a brutally cold second half in which the Chiefs offense failed to score.

The loss knocked the Chiefs out of the AFC West lead and a first-round bye in the playoffs. They have two tough games remaining, and have not yet clinched a playoff berth.

"At least they'll be in the featured game on Christmas night..."

The offense is playing miserably, so it wouldn't shock me if the Broncos shut us out...

Give It a Rest, Democrats

From the pen of Lisa Benson, whose editorial cartoons you should read often, as I do.

Until Next Time...

For as far back as I can remember the Christmas season has always brought with it
a certain amount of melancholy for me. Although the reasons for it have evolved as I've grown older and my life has changed, I still experience the season emotionally much the same as when I was a small boy. Tradition.

One of the ways those wistful feelings manifest themselves is in Christmas music.
I have long been fond of the seasonal songs with a tinge of sadness about them, like
"I'll Be Home for Christmas" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Perhaps the most overtly sad of the lot is "Blue Christmas," popularized by Elvis Presley in 1957 on his Elvis' Christmas Album, which remains the best-selling Christmas album of all time in the United States.

Although a variety of artists have recorded the song over the years, the versions sung
by male artists always do a better job for me of evoking the sense of unrequited affection. And with due respect to Elvis, my all-time favorite rendition was recorded by popular country music artist Vince Gill.

In addition to being a world-class guitar slinger (who has even guest-starred on records by my hero Joe Bonamassa), Gill has one of the all-time beautiful singing voices in popular music. It was his voice that propelled his Country Music Hall of Fame career and earned him 20 Grammy Awards, still the record for a male artist in that genre.

In the fall of 1998 Vince released Breath of Heaven: A Christmas Collection, his second album of Christmas music. It reached the Top 40 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and peaked at No. 3 on the Top Holiday Albums chart. It also reached No. 6 on the Top Country Albums chart and received a platinum certification from RIAA.

The album included several traditional secular carols as well as overtly religious songs like "O Little Town of Bethlehem" and "O Come All Ye Faithful."

The album's title track was co-written by Christian music star Amy Grant, who would eventually become Gill's second wife.

And, of course, it had the best-ever version of "Blue Christmas."

Today's send-off is the official music video Vince did for the song, from his VEVO channel. Putting the lyrics in the context of soldiers far from home at Christmas season makes it an even more poignant reminder of what a difficult time of year this can be for many people. Enjoy...

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