Tuesday, December 20, 2016

What Childishness Is This?

Done and Done

So yesterday the electors in each of the 50 states (plus the District of Columbia) met and cast their votes to finalize the presidential election.

Despite predictions of significant defections from asshat Donald Trump by "faithless electors," there were only two such votes recorded. On the other hand, black-eyed skank Hillary Clinton lost four votes that way, which is hilarious.

Meanwhile, the reaction among progressives in the mainstream media (but I repeat myself) was entirely predictable.

"You're saying they didn't take it well?"

No, no they did not...


Christmas is just five days away now, and there is still much to do to get ready. I have managed to get a couple of things squared away...

Royal Dansk cookies to nosh on while watching football...check.

Cranberry-enhanced zero calorie soda for a nice, refreshing seasonal beverage...check.

Kansas City-based Russell Stover chocolates to enjoy on Christmas morning...check.

"You're going to bitch about the candy again Christmas morning, aren't you?"

It isn't "bitching" to point out that chocolate-covered coconut doesn't belong in a box advertised as "All Cream Centers"...

Happy Birthday!

December 20, 1946 - December 16, 2005

On December 20, 1946 John Speshock, Jr. was born to working-class parents in New York, and was raised in Totowa, New Jersey.

Adopting the stage name John Spencer,
his professional career began when he appeared in a handful of episodes of  
The Patty Duke Show when he was just 17. He went on to enjoy an award-winning career as a supporting actor in live theatre, motion pictures, and television.

While I enjoyed his work on one of my favorite drama series, L.A. Law, I didn't become a big fan until Spencer took on the role of Leo McGarry on the award-winning political drama The West Wing. I loved that show, as did my late best friend Matt, and Spencer had a lot to do with that affection. Matt liked to say that I was "his" Leo.

Spencer won an Emmy Award for the role in 2002. One of the two Season Three episodes that resulted in the Emmy win was "Bartlet for America," that season's Christmas episode. The conclusion of that episode is one of my favorite memories
of the series, and never fails to bring me to tears...

Now That's Entertainment!

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

Until Next Time...

The closer we get to Christmas day, the likelier I am to be listening to Christmas songs that bring on tears. There are several of those, of course, but one of my absolute favorites is "What Child Is This?" I have fond memories of learning that one in Catholic elementary school choir class, and the United States Air Force Band's flash mob version is one of the greatest bits of show business I've ever seen, one that will remain a seasonal favorite for as long as I draw breath. The song has been recorded hundreds of times in every musical genre, and it remains popular with the finest singers in popular music.

Faith Hill is one such singer, a multi-platinum artist who has won numerous Grammy Awards as well as honors from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association. She has also enjoyed significant appeal in what is nowadays called the Adult Contemporary genre.

In the fall of 2008 Hill released  
Joy To The World, her first Christmas album. Powered by the Adult Contemporary No. 1 hit single "A Baby Changes Everything,"
the album peaked at No. 2 on both Billboard's Top Country Albums
and Top Holiday Albums charts.
It hit No. 13 on the Billboard 200.

The album also includes gorgeous renditions of several traditional favorites, including "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Silent Night." It was the first Christmas album
I acquired following my best friend Matt's death back in May.

To help promote the album, Hill performed it live on an episode of the PBS Series Soundstage. She was accompanied by a full orchestra, and the film of that show was eventually released as a limited edition DVD. It is now available as an Amazon Video.

Today's send-off is her moving performance of "What Child Is This?" from that special, found on her VEVO channel. Enjoy...

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