Monday, December 5, 2016

Thrills and Agonies

Sore Loser Update

"Your rules and laws mean nothing to me, meat-sacks!"
The presidential election was November 8, but we're still being plagued by sore loser and black- eyed skank Hillary Clinton, who is using her meat-puppet Jill Stein to press forward with recount efforts in three states (apparently only states where Trump won are worthy of having their election results called into question).

So, how is that going so far?

We're a few days in on the Wisconsin recount, and so far Trump is actually gaining votes. Oops!

The recount process is about to begin in Michigan, but even if the recounts there and
in Wisconsin flip those states, it would not change the result of the election. To do that, Pennsylvania would also have to flip.

The recount efforts in the Keystone State have been a mess, but even if the Federal courts step in no one really expects Clinton (who lost by over 46,000 votes) to prevail.

"The progressives really aren't taking their defeat very well."

No, no they are not...but they're famous for that...

Berry, Berry Good

My beloved Kansas City Chiefs were on the road for the second straight Sunday yesterday, beating the Atlanta Falcons 29-28 in the Georgia Dome. It was a hard-fought game the Chiefs led for most of the way...

Chiefs QB Alex Smith was efficient, going 21-for-25 on pass attempts, for 270 yards.
He was only sacked once, and threw a short touchdown pass to RB Spencer Ware.

His primary target on the day was Pro Bowl TE Travis Kelce, who caught 8 passes for 140 yards and kept several scoring drives alive.

For all of that, it took the heroics
of S Eric Berry, playing in his home town for the first time since being diagnosed with cancer two seasons ago, for the Chiefs to prevail.

Eric's interception return for a touchdown in the first half gave the Chiefs the lead at 20-13, and was
a huge momentum shift.

When the Falcons took a one-point lead with a TD late in the 4th quarter they tried
a two-point conversion, but Eric intercepted that pass also and returned it 100 yards
for two points for the Chiefs, which proved to be the decisive score.

"Say, didn't you predict that they'd lose this game a couple of weeks ago?"

They had just lost at home to Tampa Bay, so yeah...and they almost DID lose the game, by the way...

That Time of Year

For someone like me who has very little resistance to sentimental advertising appeals, the Christmas season is especially hazardous. Not a day goes by it seems without some heartwarming new commercial popping up on my TV. Some of them are so effective
at turning on my tear ducts that I have to mute the sound and go into the kitchen whenever they come on (the NFL has been showing "Frankie's Holiday" quite a bit during games lately, for instance).

A couple of days ago some folks I follow on Twitter began sharing a commercial made by the Polish auction website Allegro that has been released with an English translation. It doesn't run on American TV, of course, for which I am grateful. Loving language as
I do, this one pushes several of my emotional buttons...

Don't get me started, old friend...

Thanks, Utah!

On December 5, 1933 Utah became
the 36th state to ratify the Twenty-First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

That ratification repealed the infamous Eighteenth Amendment and ended Prohibition in the United States.

One would think that that failed experiment in social control would have discouraged the progressives whose crave nothing more than to manage every private decision, but that hasn't proven to be the case...

Down for the (Re)count

From the incisive pen of Michael Ramirez, whose editorial cartoons you should read often, as I do.

Until Next Time...

Thanks to the frequent TV showings of that Apple "Frankie's Holiday" commercial,
I've had difficulty getting the Christmas song it features out of my head...

"(There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays" is almost as old as I am. It was written in 1954 by composer Robert Allen and lyricist Al Stillman, and was recorded and released as a Christmas single by popular crooner Perry Como that November. That release was
a Top 10 Billboard hit, and eventually Como re-recorded the song in 1959 in stereo and with a different musical arrangement. The second version proved even more popular, and has been included on many Christmas music compilations ever since.

When I went looking for a version of the song to include in this section I wanted something different from the overly-familiar Como hit, and in The Barefoot Movement
I certainly found what I was looking for.

"We're not kidding about the 'barefoot' part!"
A Nashville-based bluegrass group, they formed seven years ago and have since released five recordings, including a Christmas EP which was just released last Friday and is this week's

During that time they have gotten attention for their live shows (which they really do perform in their bare feet, by the way). After watching some of their videos it is certainly easy to see why.

Today's send-off is the group's lively rendition of "(There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays," with a very different vibe from Como's original. Enjoy...

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