Advent is Here and a Friendly Reminder

The Anchoress has a great post on the Advent season. Read

…why I am inspired, this year, this Advent, this very night -O Holy Night- to keep Advent at the fore, and the World of Illusions and Easy Forgettings somewhere at bay, where I can not so easily reference it, or be so quickly distracted.

My favorite Advent devotional is at Following The Star. The music is especially moving. The site also has devotionals for other times of the year.

Now for the, ahem, Friendly Reminder. This site has a Comments Policy. Please read it. In fact, if you’re prone to invective discourse, perhaps you should read it aloud. While Stacy & Co. love a flame-war as much as the next, and in fact encourage vigorous debate as “Rule 4” in How to Get a Million Hit on Your Blog in Less Than a Year. While they relish the schoolyard skirmishes, I don’t. Nothing gets people into a “Bah, Humbug” mood than being subjected to other’s bad form and/or acting out, especially during the holidays. So behave yourselves, or be banned.

Merry Christmas.

Ah, Sweet Victory

Just think, if the Dawgs had played that well (yes, I know there were mistakes and missteps) all season, we’d be in a completely different spot, wouldn’t we?

Indeed.

Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Vampires

20 bad lessons girls learn from Twilight (h/t Fausta). As if our girls aren’t confused enough by the mixed messages from media vs school vs parents vs peers, along comes Twilight to make it worse. Samples:

4. If a boy tells you to stay away from him because he is dangerous and may even kill you, he must be the love of your life. You should stay with him since he will keep you safe forever.
7. It is extremely romantic to put yourself in dangerous situations in order to see your ex-boyfriend again. It’s even more romantic to remember the sound of his voice when he yelled at you.
9. Because they come back, you should hold out, waiting for them for months, even when completely acceptable and less-abusive alternative males present themselves.
14. If the boy you are in love with causes you (even indirectly) to be so badly beaten you end up in the hospital, you should tell the doctors and your family that you “fell down the steps” because you are such a silly, clumsy girl. That false explanation always works well for abused women.
20. Vampires — once among the great villains of literature and motion pictures — are no longer scary. In fact, they’re every bit as whiny, self-absorbed and impotent as any human being.

Climate Change “Hockey Stick” Data Cooked

Well lookie, lookie here. (h/t Gerard) Code head that I am, my eyes saw the code before the post and I still knew immediately what it was.

From the CRU code file osborn-tree6/briffa_sep98_d.pro , used to prepare a graph purported to be of Northern Hemisphere temperatures and reconstructions.

;
; Apply a VERY ARTIFICAL correction for decline!!
;
yrloc=[1400,findgen(19)*5.+1904]
valadj=[0.,0.,0.,0.,0.,-0.1,-0.25,-0.3,0.,- 0.1,0.3,0.8,1.2,1.7,2.5,2.6,2.6,$
2.6,2.6,2.6]*0.75 ; fudge factor
if n_elements(yrloc) ne n_elements(valadj) then message,’Oooops!’
;
yearlyadj=interpol(valadj,yrloc,timey)

This, people, is blatant data-cooking, with no pretense otherwise. It flattens a period of warm temperatures in the 1940s — see those negative coefficients? Then, later on, it applies a positive multiplier so you get a nice dramatic hockey stick at the end of the century.

All you apologists weakly protesting that this is research business as usual and there are plausible explanations for everything in the emails? Sackcloth and ashes time for you. This isn’t just a smoking gun, it’s a siege cannon with the barrel still hot.

Click on over, Eric shows his work. And I like his flair for hyperbole.

And guess what, the LameStreamMedia is still TOTALLY MUM on all the hacked emails that exposed the “Climate Change Collusion” amongst global warming co-dependents in the first place. Might be time to start selling-short all those carbon shares, huh?

But never fear, The Light Bringer is on his way to Copenhagen (in his house-shoes) for the global climate talks to apologize for America’s part in killing the polar bears, or something. America is in the best of hands, really.

This Is Wrong On So Many Levels

Our beloved UGA VII is barely cold in the ground and PETA asks UGA to stop using live bulldogs as mascots.

Oh, PUUUUUUHHHHLLLEEEEZZZZZ.

PETA suggests a robot, or something. They should stick to throwing paint on fur-bedecked celebrities. The next thing you know, they will be weighing in on the BCS vs Playoffs controversy.

At least Mark Bradley sees this nonsense for what it is. More trickery from the Trade School.

UPDATE: Hahahaha, NOT funny, not really.

UPDATE:
Georgia Sports Blog has a good idea, especially if it’s bigger than Grant Field, literally.

Be Thankful

Here’s a repost of my Thanksgiving thoughts from two years ago. Read it thoughtfully and note how “The Light Bringer” and his minions have improved our lot considerably both at home and abroad.

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Shouldn’t Every Day be Thanksgiving?, November 19, 2007

As expected, the sermons this weekend were on gratitude, sprinkled with funny anecdotes about kids saying blessings, burnt birds and bittersweet memories. Some call these days the Holidays from Hell, and yes, sometimes they can be. Think of girlfriends meeting the-parents-of-the-object-of-desire for the first time, or a young bride making her first Thanksgiving feast for the extended family, or those who are suddenly alone and sometimes lost due to sickness and/or death. No pressure here, buck up sweetie, and be cheerful and thankful, or else! And let’s not forget the 400 football games on all day – which to watch, when? We really need one of those big split screen TVs! In like what Christmas has become; Thanksgiving puts us on the never-ending hamster wheel of obnoxious, over-achieving, forced festivity.

A few days ago, The Anchoress wrote about the press’ gloom and doom:

Unfortunately, it is still true that until a new president is installed in the WH, preferably one with a D after the name, only the downsides are newsworthy, and that holds true in every subject. Every subject. My elderly family members are convinced that everything, everywhere, is going to hell, and they are fretful and terrified. They think everyone is out of work, the economy is in a recession, the war in Iraq is lost and there are no real terrorist threats – that’s just made-up stuff. They’re sure America is dying. They are sure the world is headed for famine. They are depressed and do not want to send out Christmas cards, because how can you do that when so much is bad in the world?

If you ask them to look around and wonder how people are buying tiny houses in Queens for a million dollars – while everyone is working, their neighbors are expanding their homes, new businesses are being constructed – if you point out that the the stores and restaurants are crowded – if you ask them how it is that France and Germany have elected America-friendly leaders who are making it a point to work with the unanimously hated President Bush…it does not compute; everything is bad. “All I know,” they say, “is what I hear, and it sounds like the world is going to come to an end soon, because how can it keep going? There is going to be a depression and nuclear war! The oceans are going to cover the whole coast! Everything is going to be lost! Little children are being allowed to get sick and die! Here! In America!” And of course, “everything about Iraq is bad. There is nothing good.”

All they know, you see, is what they hear.

The table this year will be fraught with frightened elders – who trusted the media for years to bring them the truth – believing the end is near.

Along the same vein, Fausta notes that as more and more scientists stand against the Global Warming Hooey Scam of All Time, the collusive press turns up the heat (no pun intended!). Still not enough mindless lemmings in the believer’s queue? Let’s scare them even more!

Also at Fausta, in the latest Carnival of Latin America are many instances of the same dark shadow. Even there people fight against oppression and genocide. But you’ll never hear about it in the media. But at least they reported that another world leader told Chavez to SHUT UP. Maybe this little bug is reaching his expiration date.

It’s sooo easy to be distracted by tin cup dictators and all the world’s woes. That’s what the business of scare-mongering is all about. The press has lost it’s way when it’s only function is to serve as a mouthpiece for power-hungry politicos and blood-thirsty dogmas determined to overthrow America. No wonder our seniors are so worried…they faced down Hitler with a steel-spined resolve bolstered by their faith that fighting evil was the right thing to do; not only for the good of America, but for the good of the world. Freedom has always had a price.

A story from last night’s sermon illustrates perfectly the entitlement mindset that Democrats and liberals have hoodwinked many into believing, and thus hang their election hopes on.

A neighbor (say her name is Mary) sees her other neighbor (say her name is Nancy) and decides to make her a pie. She bakes a lovely pie the next day and takes it next door. Nancy is overwhelmed that her neighbor would be so thoughtful and thanks her profusely. The next week, Mary makes her another pie. When she takes it over, Nancy thanks her again, but with less enthusiasm. The next week, Mary makes her another pie. When she takes it over, Nancy just says “Thanks.” The next week, Mary makes her another pie. When she takes it over, Nancy says, “Thanks, and you’re a day late this time.” The next week, Mary makes her another pie. When she takes it over, Nancy says “Thanks, but next time, can you make a cherry pie instead of apple? I’m getting tired of apple.” The next week, Mary makes her another pie. When she takes it over, Nancy says “You know, if you put a little less sugar in the crust and didn’t handle it so long, the crust wouldn’t be tough.” The next week, Mary has lots to do and forgets to make her pie. When she walked by Nancy’s house, she stuck her head out the door and yelled, “Hey! Where’s my pie?”

How quickly gratitude turns into a jaded sense of entitlement.

Ok, what’s the point of this rant? Thanksgiving is one of our only truly American traditions. Sure, some people call it “the hateful, racist, you-stole-our-country holiday”, because after all the First Amendment protects everyone’s axe and their right to grind it. And sure, the holiday has been bent and twisted to suit marketeers and cooking shows. I can really do without the mini-bundt cakes with festive fall nosegays at each place setting that tie into the theme of….

Why don’t we go back to the original idea? Simple people, pioneers really, expressing their pure and heartfelt gratitude for not starving to death over the harsh winter, not being killed by hostiles (regardless of their native inhabitant status – remember other European countries coveted this land and were willing to kill in God’s name to take it) or mysterious disease, and sharing what food they had with those that would share it with them. A humble heartfelt thanksgiving. Not a holiday, but a state of mind.

Shouldn’t that be our prayer every day?

Quote of the Day

Victor Davis Hanson:

…I think not merely the thrill is gone, but a righteous anger about an Obama trifecta— of serial apologies and bows abroad, massive borrowing and deficit spending, and government-take overs of private spheres of life—is swelling up in the electorate. I haven’t seen in my lifetime anything quite like it. And this furor of being had has the potential not just to take Obama down, but also his ideology and supporters along with him for a generation.

Too Good to Check

Pictures tell stories, don’t they?

Sarah Palin’s Uterus, Really

Finally, the object of Andrew Sullivan’s affection SPEAKS. (h/t Joy)

Never is the uterus so popular as when it can be wielded as a partisan tool.

The Unfit President v32.5.78.03

As they say in radio, “Stay tuned folks; ’cause those hits, they just keep a’comin’!”

Some days I feel like a broken record. Obama this; Obama that. Simple protocol skills. Simple geography. Simple American history. Simple manners. All lacking. What remains clear is that the man is truly UNFIT for the office he holds.

It’s all about HIM, not the country. He CANNOT keep himself off the airways. He accepts yet another empty award. His first judicial nominee, David Hamilton, is a far left, radical abortion ACORN thug. He sees the religion of non-science of global warming as another tool to enslave the country he wants to destroy.

He is currently highest ranking sociopath in the world, if you don’t count bin Laden. Remember, sociopaths only see others as tools, a means to their personal end. Fighting for liberty, whether its ours or theirs, is so overrated when he considers soldiers as mere props for personal “photo-ops”. He won’t support them, but he’ll use them.

When investigators get too close to the truth, they’re fired and then smeared by his personal Obama-media.

Billions of dollars have been squandered, unaccounted for, in order to advance his radical agenda. Even my own little county, $23,433,243 was blown to “create” .54 jobs. Let’s see, the county unemployment is around 9% and the current population is around 92,174, so approximately 8295.66 are presently without a job. So alllllll that money supposedly reduced the number of unemployed in this sleepy Atlanta suburb to 8295.12. In reality, it probably went to line the pockets of his local minions “supporters”. A county is certainly cheaper than an entire state, along with their senator.

However his arrogance forgot to tell him that there are some wounds best left alone.

Dear Leader and his Attorney General Eric Holder intend, by bringing Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to New York for a civilian trial, to abdicate the defense of American citizens. When Obama uses the slaughter of innocent people to advance a so-called political cause, at that point the political cause becomes immoral and unjust.

Krauthammer powerfully reminds us that “by the time Barack Obama came to office, KSM was ready to go before a military commission, plead guilty and be executed. It’s Obama who blocked a process that would have yielded the swiftest and most certain justice.” [Ephasis Admin.]

Rather than doing the right thing, the hard thing, he punts. Even his own AG can’t admit that Obama’s reasoning is unsound on this travesty. Every American with half a brain knows Holder is LYING as hard as Obama is. The trial is not so much about a buddy terrorist, but about putting his predecessors on trial. More whining from the Teenager in Chief, “This job is sooo hard, because HE left it in such a mess….WAAAAAA.” Then right on cue, as the issue heats up, he 180’s and throws Holder under the bus. Boy, it must be getting crowded under there!

Now HIS Congress is on the verge of revolt. I guess even radical lefties can understand these not-so-pretty pictures.

Maybe by Christmas, the KoolAid so many drank will begin to wear off. That is, if he doesn’t pen some Executive Order before then, outlawing Christmas and establishing his new national holiday mandatory service day – Obamamas.

UPDATE: Stellar Steyn:

My radio pal Hugh Hewitt said to me on the air the other day that Barack Obama “doesn’t know how to be president.” It was a low but effective crack and I didn’t pay it much heed. But, after musing on it over the last week or so, it seems to me frighteningly literally true.

Read the whole thing – Mark is outstanding with his pointy pen, as usual.

Abby? Abby Who? Abby-Normal….

Just read it.

You are a dope-smoking, contagion-spreading menace to society, Andrew Sullivan, and you ought to be immediately deported. I think even Tom Tancredo, Pat Buchanan and Peter Brimelow would agree that your deportation is a matter of national security far more important than sending ICE to hassle a few hundred illegal Mexican poultry-plant workers in North Carolina.

All because he’s got this thang about a girl named Sarah

This Lackluster Season Just Got Worse

UGA VII, Loran’s Best, died suddenly this afternoon. Maybe he was mortified by this happening near his dawghouse.

Georgia Sports Blog.

Anti-Orange.

Catfish & Cornbread.

View from 336.

The Nonsensical Ravings of a Lunatic Mind.

WXIA.

Orson, irreverent, as usual:

Georgia fans were stunned at the announcement this afternoon. Speaking on conditions of anonymity, one source close to the program offered the following verdict:

“How we can lose a damn good dawg like this and still have Willie Martinez is…it’s just…it’s just not right.”

Peach Pundit (from whom I swiped this adorable picture).

Now he’s playing with Erk, in that big DawgPound in the sky.

UPDATE: I second Bernie

Yesterday was a thoughtful day for dog lovers, a difficult day for Dawg fans…but a painful day for the Seilers. Everyone else can take their mascot envy and shove it! […]

But when word spread of Uga’s passing…well, to be honest…Kentucky doesn’t stand a chance in hell.

We’ve got an embattled coaching staff, a baseball player going through the fight of his life, enough seniors bringin’ mommas to fill a two-deep and an empty Dawg House with a funeral wreath. The great Bear Bryant could return to the north sideline in a blue leisure suit with Coach Brooks propped on his shoulders and it wouldn’t make a damn bit of difference.

Once You Go Jack, You’ll Never Go Back

Well, this is a surprise – an award that wasn’t immediately coughed up to Barack Obama. People Magazine picks Johnny Depp as their 2009 Sexiest Man Alive.

Actually, no, it’s not really a surprise. Johnny has always been high on “the list” of favored eye candy. If they weren’t going to pick Mark Harmon, then JD is a fine choice indeed. Yes, indeedy, a very fine choice.

Ahem, here he is without the pirate hat, you know, just for comparison purposes, you know –

UPDATE: Evidently, GQ got the memo.

“This war of nerves”

Via Ruby Slippers

What “war of nerves?” Our BHO-besotted media decides that the mumblings of Levi Johnston outranks the outrage of the KSM “criminal” trial, the wholesale heist of the economy via health-care “reform,” the American Apology Tour and the “Stimulus” that ballooned our national debt and killed American jobs? That’s what tweaks MY nerve.

Our media needs to go back to journalism school and learn how to research and report on real issues. Not this idiocy.

The self-absorbed man-child thinks he’s “winning.” Winning what, exactly? He should be trying to be a good dad for his son and repairing the damage he’s inflicted on Bristol, instead of these shenanigans. His 15 minutes is over and now all we see is the pathetic mugging for the cameras.

Levi Johnston is nothing but a tool. A clueless adolescent, adrift in a personal fog created by media pimps. As a parent myself, I wonder if they are proud or ashamed of their son. These days, you never know.

Time to put on your big boy pants, Levi.

UPDATE: Ruby Slippers is hoping is this is the last second of his 15 minutes. Me, too.

Nominate Me!

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If you’ve enjoyed yourself here, please nominate me in one of the categories at this year’s WebLog Awards. Imagine my surprise when, after checking my Technorati authority dujour, that I was in the Large Blog category. Wow. And here I thought no one was paying attention!

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