From ‘Bah, humbug!’ to ‘God bless us, every one’

Scrooge, from Disney's "A Christmas Carol"

Scrooge, from Disney's "A Christmas Carol"

from “A Christmas Carol”
By Charles Dickens

“At this festive season of the year, Mr. Scrooge,” said the gentleman, taking up a pen, “it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. Many thousands are in want of common necessaries; hundreds of thousands are in want of common comforts, sir.”

“Are there no prisons?” asked Scrooge.

“Plenty of prisons,” said the gentleman, laying down the pen again.

“And the Union workhouses?” demanded Scrooge. “Are they still in operation?”

“They are. Still,” returned the gentleman, “I wish I could say they were not.”

“The Treadmill and the Poor Law are in full vigour, then?” said Scrooge.

“Both very busy, sir.”

“Oh! I was afraid, from what you said at first, that something had occurred to stop them in their useful course,” said Scrooge. “I’m very glad to hear it.”

“Under the impression that they scarcely furnish Christian cheer of mind or body to the multitude,” returned the gentleman, “a few of us are endeavouring to raise a fund to buy the Poor some meat and drink, and means of warmth. We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices. What shall I put you down for?”

“Nothing!” Scrooge replied.

“You wish to be anonymous?”

“I wish to be left alone,” said Scrooge. “Since you ask me what I wish, gentlemen, that is my answer. I don’t make merry myself at Christmas, and I can’t afford to make idle people merry. I help to support the establishments I have mentioned: they cost enough: and those who are badly off must go there.”

“Many can’t go there; and many would rather die.”

“If they would rather die,” said Scrooge, “they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population. Besides—excuse me—I don’t know that.”

“But you might know it,” observed the gentleman.

“It’s not my business,” Scrooge returned. “It’s enough for a man to understand his own business, and not to interfere with other people’s. Mine occupies me constantly. Good afternoon, gentlemen!”

235 comments Add your comment

Rightwing Troll

December 24th, 2009
6:52 am

Was this conversation overheard in Andy’s mom’s basement?

I kid…

Happy Festivus to you all!!!

Rightwing Troll

December 24th, 2009
7:09 am

Oh, and Jay B is really Redneck Convert… And I’m pretty sure he’s Captain America as well… (where is Captain America when you need him???)

DoggoneGA

December 24th, 2009
7:11 am

Best version of “A Christmas Carol” = “The Muppets Christmas Carol” with Michael Caine. I’ve probably seen a dozen or more versions over the years and this is the one I enjoyed the most.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm!

December 24th, 2009
7:18 am

We all know that Lord Help Us obsession with Andy has survived all these years.

Doggone/GA

December 24th, 2009
7:22 am

Oh, yes! and Happy Holidays to everyone!

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm!

December 24th, 2009
7:23 am

This, ladies and gentlemen, is what nowadays passes for actual results-

WASHINGTON (AP) – Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says he believes it’s reasonable to expect “positive job growth” by spring and that people should have confidence about an improving economic climate.

Even as the job killing Senate abomination is drug under the Christmas Tree of the Nation and left there to rot, and the trolls go back up the chimey clutching all of your hard earned money.

Bah humbug, indeed.

Rightwing Troll

December 24th, 2009
7:29 am

“and the trolls go back up the chimey clutching all of your hard earned money.”

Well then give it back Troll…

ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm!

December 24th, 2009
7:29 am

So now these warriors, who regularly faced a barbaric foe to defend our country, will face courts-martial and possible ruin. General Cleveland had it in his power to tell lower-level commanders simply to lecture these soldiers on avoiding bloody lips in the future, but he set a process in motion that is destructive to these men and to the morale of our finest fighters in the war on terror. Secretary Gates can end this abuse of power by simply doing what Cleveland failed to do. Send these men back to their officers for a chewing out.-AmSpec

God Bless those who fight evil in the world and the PC scrooges now dominating the US military.

The day will come when you are once again rightfully honored, instead of spat upon.

Normal

December 24th, 2009
7:34 am

Let’s really take the humbug away, starting now…

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Dear Normal, (I changed this)

Below is a message from Congressman Eric Massa, a strong ally on ending the war in Afghanistan.

-Robert

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, an occasion to gather with friends and family to celebrate the good things in life. This year however, Christmas Eve is a day of great irony and conflict as our nation prepares to escalate the war in Afghanistan.

This year, Christmas Eve falls on the 3,000th day that U.S. forces have been in Afghanistan, as well as the 30th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of the very same nation.

As a retired military officer as well as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I know that we cannot turn a blind eye to the lessons of the past. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan was a disaster and they proved that you cannot win the hearts and minds of the Afghan people through troop surges, and continued occupation. It is critical to note that while we do not view this as an occupation of Afghanistan, it is clear that the people of Afghanistan view our presence as just that.

If you have a few moments, I ask you to watch this extraordinary video, and then read my blog post on Huffington Post and DailyKos.com. In these blog posts, I explain further how you can help pressure Congress to end this war of occupation.

Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year – and please keep our service members and their families in your thoughts and prayers, now and always.

-Congressman Eric Massa

P.S. If you agree that we should be taking measures to add real security for our country and our allies, please forward this email to your friends and family.

Peadawg

December 24th, 2009
7:35 am

I saw that movie this past weekend…great movie. I would suggest anyone w/ kids to see it first before you take your kids though…the ghosts might freak them out a little.

Normal

December 24th, 2009
7:39 am

Normal

December 24th, 2009
7:41 am

Good Morning and Happy Christmas Eve…

AmVet

December 24th, 2009
7:50 am

Normal, salute! And Merry Christmas!

So this decade ends on yet another crushing defeat for the Republiconned?

What a wonderful present for the USA!

Man, talk about getting steamrolled for years on end! These guys are the 2000’s political equivalent of Prairie View’s 1990’s football teams.

Somewhere I sense that the ghosts of Republican past (Ronnie, Tailgunner Joe & Tricky Dick) are laughing maniacally at these bumbling frauds and the Party of No (Hope, Ideas or Future).

At this point I’m not sure that all the transfusions in the world are gonna help them.

And the nation rejoices…

Taxpayer

December 24th, 2009
7:51 am

HO HO HO. Merry Christmas Eve or whatever’s in a name these days. Anyway, I see that the house of Scrooge, I mean, the GOP, continues to grumble as it crumbles before our very eyes. Yes, we are one step closer to completing the healthcare legislation and satisfying yet another of Obama’s promises to we the people. Life is getting better with each passing day, for the majority of us. As for the Party of No. Try not to smile. I would not want to see you get all cracked up over nothing of importance to you. HE HE HE

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm!

December 24th, 2009
8:04 am

Hairy Reed washes his hands of the obomination.

Normal

December 24th, 2009
8:09 am

Senate just passed their health bill…

Normal

December 24th, 2009
8:10 am

AmVet, thank you and the same to you. I hope 2010 will be the best yet for us all. Bring our troops home.

Doggone/GA

December 24th, 2009
8:11 am

Taxpayer…shouldn’t that “HE HE HE” be “HO HO HO”?

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm!

December 24th, 2009
8:11 am

This week brought a more troubling incident. Harry Reid’s Senate had just secured its 60th vote for Mr. Obama’s health-care reform. Whatever one’s view, its trillion-dollar-plus cost is an agreed given. Days earlier the public saw Congress vote to raise the debt ceiling by almost $290 billion to make room for the needs of the $800 billion stimulus bill, the unprecedented $3.5 trillion budget, and the House’s approval Dec. 16 of a new $154 billion jobs bill. Amid this President Obama said Monday: “We can’t continue to spend . . . as if the hard-earned tax dollars of the American people can be treated like Monopoly money.”-WSJ

It’s just killing Obozo to give your money to the unions, trial lawyers, ACORNy’s, big drug, big insurance, the bonus giving bankers……………

Taxpayer

December 24th, 2009
8:29 am

Oh NO, DoggoneGA. The HE HE HE, you see, is like a special present under the Party of No’s never to be decorated Charlie Brown Christmas tree. A well earned lump of coal. The HO HO HO at the beginning though is for those of us that enjoy a little Christmas cheer with their holiday snow. For you and yours, DoggoneGA, a most hearty and happy HO HO HO. Of course, it should go without saying that the same goes for all the rest of you out there that are carrying a smile on your face this fine day. Well, I hear the rest of the family rustling so I think it is time to make some vittles. Later.

Finn McCool

December 24th, 2009
8:39 am

that’s Santa Reid to you…

Mrs. Godzilla

December 24th, 2009
8:43 am

Merry Christmas Eve y’all

Be merry!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_TTUBJxtok

Taxpayer,

Can I get 2 sunnyside up?

Normal

December 24th, 2009
8:44 am

david wayne osedach

December 24th, 2009
8:47 am

How true this rings! Merry Christmas to all the Scrooges out there.

getalife

December 24th, 2009
8:56 am

“A tired Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) set the tone for the event. When the clerk called out his name, Byrd broke with protocol. Instead of calling out his vote, Byrd shouted “Mr. President, this is for my friend, Ted Kennedy. Aye.”

Happy Holidays!

Now, go buy that crappy insurance or else………………….

USinUK

December 24th, 2009
8:59 am

sorry, Jay … but I’ve gotta post a little christmas tunage for my peeps …

USinUK

December 24th, 2009
9:00 am

everyone sing along …

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCr30OVMjHA&feature=related

It was Christmas Eve …. in the drunk tank …

Scooter

December 24th, 2009
9:02 am

Great video Normal,thanks. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL- Normal,I was hoping you could explain something to me.I got home late last night and took a look at Jay’s blog only to see combat vets sniping each other.You know that I am not a combat vet and there are things I don’t understand about it.What would make those guys go at each other like that.

USinUK

December 24th, 2009
9:05 am

doggone I like muppet christmas carol, but my favorite version is the one with capt. jean luc picard

Doggone/GA

December 24th, 2009
9:08 am

USinUk – I haven’t seen that one yet.

USinUK

December 24th, 2009
9:08 am

Normal … madonna??? sorry, my friend, but when it comes to that song, only Catwoman will do

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfqZmlfQEto

Jenifer

December 24th, 2009
9:09 am

Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanzaa and Yuletide Tidings!

Yes, we did!

We’ll tweak later.

TGT

December 24th, 2009
9:09 am

Something to put a smile on your face this Christmas Eve. Keep an eye on the kid to his right.

USinUK

December 24th, 2009
9:09 am

Doggona … NO!!! RUN!!! don’t walk – RUN and rent it!!! too good to be missed. (and the rest of the cast is pretty fab, too)

USinUK

December 24th, 2009
9:10 am

okay … starting round 2 of baking (if only to get the smell of wet dog out of the living room) … be back in a few

Dave R.

December 24th, 2009
9:11 am

You have a bill that is passed, but not signed, which still must go through reconciliation with a rabid U.S. House leadership which wants a public option. A bill that is littered with Constitutional challenges for years to come. A bill that is widely denounced by 60+% of Americans as something they don’t want and would rather have nothing in it’s place.

You have Harry Reid’s national poll numbers below Nancy Pelosi’s, both of which are even below Sarah Palin’s. You have generic ballot polls showing at least a 5% margin favoring Republicans over Democrats, and state specific polls showing Reid, Dodd and other Democrat senators behind relatively unknown GOP candidates by double digits.

Meanwhile, Hope & Change is hemorrhaging support from the left and center with every failed promise or policy he’s enabled and taking his fellow Democrats down with him. His fiscal policies have produced a momentary blip on the economic front while sending unemployment 2 full percentage points below his worst case scenario, all the while piling on more debt in one year than his predecessor did in 8 years – all of that debt being permanent.

And the clueless such as AmVet and TaxCheat continue to think that the GOP is going to somehow be negatively viewed for being against this utter failure of leadership, ethics and performance by the Democrat “leadership”?

In what reality?

It is amazing that the people who rely so heavily on polls to justify their beliefs seem to ignore them when they don’t agree with their fantasy positions.

When unemployment stays above 10% through the first quarter, when health care reform is either derailed by reconciliation or legal action, when body bags start piling up at Dover AFB from Afghanistan, and when the economy takes a second dip in the third quarter when all the temporary stimulus funds run out, and the elections of 2010 are behind us, then talk about the death of the party of no.

If it becomes a reality, not a fantasy.

Mr. Snarky

December 24th, 2009
9:11 am

If Christmas means caring for your fellow man, then everyday should be Christmas. If it means shop ’till you drop for stuff you don’t need, then bah humbug!

Dave R.

December 24th, 2009
9:14 am

USinUK, the Patrick Stewart version of “A Christmas Carol” was on just last night on TNT.

Not bad.

But Mr. Magoo’s version was the best! Haven’t seen that one in years. :(

Southern Comfort

December 24th, 2009
9:14 am

G’morning all and a MerryChristmas Eve too.

AmV

My freshman year in college, we beat that Prairie View team 92-0. That’s a bit much to compare them to the current Republicans, because even Prairie View was positive during that time. May everyone’s holidays be full of cheer, even if you’re not.

USinUK

December 24th, 2009
9:17 am

Dave R – are you my husband??? that’s his favorite version of Christmas Carol, as well!!! :lol:

hey SoCo – merry christmas!!

Doggone/GA

December 24th, 2009
9:18 am

“But Mr. Magoo’s version was the best! Haven’t seen that one in years”

I had forgotten all about that one! Do they even show the Mr Magoo cartoons anymore?

Southern Comfort

December 24th, 2009
9:20 am

U-n-U

Merry Christmaas to you too!! What’cha baking?

Southern Comfort

December 24th, 2009
9:21 am

If you have Boomerang, they show the old cartoons. May be able to catch it on that channel.

Mrs. Godzilla

December 24th, 2009
9:26 am

Iloved the music in the Magoo Christmas Carol…

it’s all available on you tube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42STDxJUXyk

and razzleberry dressing….

jconservative

December 24th, 2009
9:29 am

In August when the first health care bill came out of a House committee, the CBO trashed the bill and every Republican in the US said what a great organization the CBO was. Four months later the CBO said the Senate bill would reduce the deficit by $132 Billion over the next ten years and every Republican trashed the CBO.

I am sure there are worse places to work than the CBO, but offhand I can’t think of one.

Dave R.

December 24th, 2009
9:30 am

Thanks, Mrs. G! Now I have something to watch tonight.:D

Soothsayer

December 24th, 2009
9:31 am

Dave R.

December 24th, 2009
9:33 am

And one day before final passage of the Senate bill, the CBO said that Democrats were double-counting the Medicare savings.

Remember that the “C” in CBO stands for “Congressional”. Is there anything more dysfunctional than Congress? ’nuff said!

Doggone/GA

December 24th, 2009
9:33 am

Thanks Mrs G! I’ll see if I can watch it tonight

Southern Comfort

December 24th, 2009
9:33 am

jconservative

I have to agree on that.

Gale

December 24th, 2009
9:34 am

In case folks depart from here early, Merry Christmas to all.

Carmine

December 24th, 2009
9:35 am

The headlines these days belie Christmas. The balloon boy’s dad apologizes. Jimmy Carter apologizes. The Pope apologizes.

Others just want the pope to apologize for the Singing Nun.

Dave R.

December 24th, 2009
9:35 am

Off to serve humanity on the day before Christmas.

Southern Comfort

December 24th, 2009
9:35 am

Catch y’all later. The lil sidekick and I are going out for a while…

The Nerve

December 24th, 2009
9:36 am

I believe in the scene above, Mr. Scrogge is turning down a request from a private charity, not a government entity. The charity can then move on to the next, hopefully more respectful and giving individual, rather than use the threat of force to take Mr. Scrooges money.

The lesson in “A Christmas Carol” is to take a personal stake in improving the lives of those around you. Take it upon yourself to feed someone who is hungry, help a fellow co-worker who is in trouble, donate and volunteer to worthy causes in your neighborhood and community. Do it because you want to help your fellow man (and woman and child and even pets). Having individuals and families and neighborhoods work to improve their communities is the hard way, but the right way.

Secret back room meetings, promising full access and transparancy with no intent to fulfill the obligation, the continued fleecing of the taxpayers with pork and bribes, purposefully complex and confusing legislation and putting “victory” ahead of what needs to be done, that’s the easy way out.

TnGelding

December 24th, 2009
9:42 am

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm!

December 24th, 2009
7:23 am

The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

Eat your heart out:

“Jobless claims fall, durables orders rise”

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods excluding transportation surged in November, and applications for jobless benefits fell last week, pointing to a firmly entrenched economic recovery.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20091224/bs_nm/us_usa_economy_jobs

Road Scholar

December 24th, 2009
9:43 am

Ya’ll know that leadership sometimes means you do things that others don’t want you to do, but you feel that the actions are needed. Leadership is not based on votes. Your decision is based on listening, thought, meditaion, and prayer. For the military veterans out there, I thought that you don’t undercut you commander, even if you don’t support him/her.

Merry Christmas to all! And to all a good night! Peace!

Doggone/GA

December 24th, 2009
9:46 am

“For the military veterans out there, I thought that you don’t undercut you commander, even if you don’t support him/her. ”

There’s a limit though. Soldiers have a duty to NOT obey an illegal command.

Common Sense

December 24th, 2009
10:01 am

…………………….. and as the old Christmas carol says :

“God and sinners reconciled”

Merry Christmas to all !

@@

December 24th, 2009
10:03 am

Whoa ho ho!

“If they would rather die,” said Scrooge, “they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population. Besides—excuse me—I don’t know that.”

“But you might know it,” observed the gentleman.

“It’s not my business,” Scrooge returned. “It’s enough for a man to understand his own business, and not to interfere with other people’s. Mine occupies me constantly. Good afternoon, gentlemen!”

Nancy Pelosi must be Mrs. Scrooge, ’cause that’s basically what she said regarding abortion. It’s good for the bottom line. Planned Parenthood agrees.

Merry Christmas! and Happy HolyDays!

Road Scholar

December 24th, 2009
10:06 am

Doggone: And what has been illegal? And why isn’t their court action?

A little reading mat’l:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/23/opinion/23friedman.html?em

Now back to making a sour cream riccota cheesecake! All I can share is the mental picture that conjours up!

Normal

December 24th, 2009
10:12 am

USinUK, I chose the Madonna one for the “Betty Boop” effect. Betty was my favorite pin up.

Scooter, I wasn’t on the blog last night so I don’t know. But Brothers in arms are like family and sometimes brother quarrel.

Have a great holiday y’all…

Finn McCool

December 24th, 2009
10:15 am

Whatever happened to the war on christmas? Did we win that one?

Balance Our Budget

December 24th, 2009
10:16 am

HO HO HO no public option

RW-(the original)

December 24th, 2009
10:16 am

I see Jay B updated his photo, but why is the old one still up there too?

Merry Christmas Eve everyone!

GreenJeans

December 24th, 2009
10:17 am

We’ve got 4″ of snow this morning, and the truck just read nine degrees on the way in.

Merry Christmas from Colorado, everyone.

I wish you joy the next few days and in the new year to come. Hug your loved ones. Let the elders tell stories on you. Be open to receiving the Peace.

And by all means, take that extra helping, dammit!

Common Sense

December 24th, 2009
10:18 am

“In Nebraska, home to conservative Democrat Ben Nelson, the Democrats’ crucial 60th vote, the federal government will pay 100 percent of the cost of a planned Medicaid expansion in perpetuity, the only state getting that deal.”

This is just “one” provision that I believe will not be able to pass Constitutional muster.

Time will tell ………………………..

Doggone/GA

December 24th, 2009
10:18 am

“Did we win that one?”

Nope, lost again. Until there’s a law FORCING people to stop saying “Happy Holidays” – it’s a losing situation. Right? /VBG

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

December 24th, 2009
10:19 am

Well, seems to me this Dave R. does a pretty fair imitation of this Scrooge. You know, like it ain’t my job to pay for nobody else, I got my own Constitution, I got mine and if you don’t have yours it’s your fault, etc.

Anyhow, just wanted to say Merry Christmas to everybody on this blog. Even the libruls. It ain’t their fault they’re a little touched in the head.

I’m getting ready for a big Christmas. Me and little Sonny Zell George will be around that tree ripping presents open and trying things out. I already told Sonny Zell George that if there’s a big, heavy, kind of square-like box all wrapped up it’s my case of PBR and he can’t touch it. Although I might let him have a taste or two. Later on, my three Wise Men will show up at the trailer with gifts for Sonny Zell George. My buddy Jim Earl, Joe Bill, and maybe the Rev. Jim Bob Buice if the cops ain’t around.

Anyhow, have a good day everybody. And I ain’t Bookman. That’s a mighty dirty things for somebody to say.

barbara

December 24th, 2009
10:20 am

Merry Christmas, What are you doing up so early,Santa won’t come till the morning, to-morrow morning. Hope your all thru with your shopping and not on the golf course. Love your family and enjoy them while they are home. merry Christmas to all and a Happy and Healthy New Year

Balance Our Budget

December 24th, 2009
10:21 am

An exhausted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., initially cast a “no” vote by mistake, then quickly corrected himself as fellow senators burst out laughing.HO HO HO You got it right the first time Harry.

barbara

December 24th, 2009
10:21 am

Enter your comments here

electrician

December 24th, 2009
10:25 am

no politics for me today,while my son will not be home for christmas,he is safe and warm at his 101st airborne base in ft. cambell.KY., my nephew is too, at ft.Carson. Mr.President bring their buddies home.

Finn McCool

December 24th, 2009
10:32 am

Cheech and Chong Christmas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWGBeADI_8E

“Santa Clause? Oh yeah, I played with those dudes.”

Normal

December 24th, 2009
10:42 am

USinUK

December 24th, 2009
11:01 am

Finn –

LOVE that Cheech and Chong – C-lassic!!! (MA-MA-MA-cita … donde esta santa pleez … )

okay … the Christmas cake is in the oven and I’ve divided up umpteen dozen cookies and guiness chocolate cupcakes for my neighbors … I’m a-settin for a spell

USinUK

December 24th, 2009
11:06 am

Sorry, Normal … but I gotta trump you on the cheese … (and while I generally think you can’t improve on a classic like Holiday Inn, this remix isn’t so bad!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3k_q_UMI3tQ&feature=PlayList&p=81C01BD21A110FF6&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=26

USinUK

December 24th, 2009
11:12 am

TnG –

the most important part of the new filings story:

And the four-week average for claims, which smooths out fluctuations, fell for the 16th straight week, to its lowest point since September 2008, when the financial crisis hit with full force.

in other words … for 4 straight months, the average for first- time filings have been declining – that, my friend, is a sign that this economy is recovering.

YES. WE. CAN!!!

Kamchak

December 24th, 2009
11:15 am

TnGelding

December 24th, 2009
11:15 am

Bah, humbug indeed! The GOP platform!

Bruno

December 24th, 2009
11:15 am

Had a fun Christmas Party last night, even though everyone kept their clothes on.

TnGelding

December 24th, 2009
11:16 am

USinUK

December 24th, 2009
11:12 am

Shh! Don’t spoil Reporter’s holiday!

TnGelding

December 24th, 2009
11:17 am

Bruno

December 24th, 2009
11:15 am

You’re the lucky one. Many aren’t partying at all this year. Have a great one!

Curious Observer

December 24th, 2009
11:20 am

A Modern Day “Bah, humbug”:

“At this festive season of the year, Mr. Conservative,” said the gentleman, taking up a pen, “it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. Many thousands are in want of common necessaries; hundreds of thousands are in want of common comforts, sir. In fact, millions are without basic medical care, and thousands die every year for want of it. Won’t you support a government provision to allow them to receive this care?”

“Why don’t these people work to provide for their own medical care?” asked Mr. Conservative.

“There are few jobs out there, sir,” said the gentleman. “Even the well educated are unemployed in these hard times.”

“And the hospitals and county clinics?” demanded Scrooge. “Are they still in operation?”

“They are. Still,” returned the gentleman, “But those are the most expensive forms of medical care. Worse, these poor souls tend to wait until an illness has become a life-threatening emergency before they seek this kind of care.”

“The law requiring hospitals to treat the poor regardless of ability to pay is in full vigour, then?” said Mr. Conservative.

“It is, sir. However, as I previously stated, many of the poor refuse to seek hospital care until it is too late.”

“I’m very glad to hear it,” said Mr. Conservative. As far as I’m concerned, that’s enough to have to support with my taxes. Besides, many of these people are here illegally. We need to round them up and ship them back home.”

“Under the impression that they scarcely furnish Christian cheer of mind or body to the multitude,” returned the gentleman, “a few of us are endeavouring to pass a law to provide these poor souls with medical care. We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices. May we count on your support? Would you sign this petition?”

“Not at all!” Mr. Conservative replied. “We have wars to fight and fund and a tremendous budget deficit. I want not a penny of my onerous taxes to go to caring for these bums and illegals.”

“You won’t support this bill?” the gentleman asked.

“I wish to be left alone,” said Scrooge. I pay for my own medical expenses and everybody else should pay for his own too. It’s a jungle out there, and only a starry-eyed liberal would consider it otherwise. I pay for my own medical care and too much in taxes besides. If they won’t care for themselves, then let them die. As I say, let them go to the emergency rooms if they’re sick. These thieves take enough of my money in taxes as it is.”

“Many can’t go there; and many would rather die.”

“If they would rather die,” said Mr. Conservative, “they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population. Besides—excuse me—I don’t know that.”

“But you might know it,” observed the gentleman.

“It’s not my business,” Scrooge returned. “It’s enough for a man to understand his own business, and not to interfere with other people’s. Mine occupies me constantly. Good afternoon, sir!”

Bruno

December 24th, 2009
11:22 am

“You’re the lucky one. Many aren’t partying at all this year. Have a great one!”

My family is forgoing exchanging gifts this year and are donating instead. I think it’s a great tradition.

Thanks for the well wishes and same to you!

Bosch

December 24th, 2009
11:23 am

Merry Christmas Eve! I’m getting all psyched for the 24 hours of a Christmas Story.

USinUK

December 24th, 2009
11:23 am

Bruno –

you mean, you didn’t copy any B-dog parts on the Xerox machine??? dude, you let me down!!! ;-)

and where is YOUR yuletide musical contribution, my friend???

Kam – I’ve never heard that cover – well done!!!

Kamchak

December 24th, 2009
11:24 am

RC (R–apoi)

For you and Sonny Zell George–

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTVunY3Vux4

TnGelding

December 24th, 2009
11:24 am

Bruno

December 24th, 2009
11:22 am

We’re doing the same. The need is overwhelming.

josef nix

December 24th, 2009
11:25 am

Merry Christmas to one and all!

USinUK

December 24th, 2009
11:30 am

Bruno

December 24th, 2009
11:33 am

“you mean, you didn’t copy any B-dog parts on the Xerox machine??? dude, you let me down!!! ”

You seem to be forgetting that paper is only 8 1/3″ by 11″.

“and where is YOUR yuletide musical contribution, my friend???”

The Dead rarely played during Christmas week because they always blew it out on New Year’s week. They did play a song called “Run, Run Rudolph” a few times.

USinUK

December 24th, 2009
11:38 am

Bruno –

You seem to be forgetting that paper is only 8 1/3″ by 11″.

omg – I just laughed so loud, I scared the dog.

Bruno

December 24th, 2009
11:40 am

josef–You may appreciate a story my (Jewish) boss told last night about a Jewish ceremony he and his wife were invited to a few years ago which involved the ritualistic washing of hands. Being the guests of honor, they went first. No one had fully explained the protocol to them, so instead of the religiously prescribed splash-splash-shake, they grabbed some soap and started lathering up. He said he knew something was wrong when the friend that invited them got a horrified look on his face and shrunk down about 6 inches in his chair.

AmVet

December 24th, 2009
11:40 am

Bruno, even you? I’m disappointed!

Oh my goodness, SoCo! 92 zip? Ouch.

Explain to Dave R (if you feel like it) the comparison!

(Just having a little fun at the expense of the professional obstructionists and status quo at all cost gang…)

Later all…

therese persaud

December 24th, 2009
11:43 am

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL….NO DOUBT ABOUT IT GOOD FORCES HAVE STRUGGLED TO OVERCOME THE EVIL ONES ….FOR NOW!!

Bruno

December 24th, 2009
11:44 am

Here you go, USinUK, here’s my holiday contribution. These guys opened for the Dead in the legendary 1978 New Year’s Show at Winterland:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geeCTDL4yY4

wet wiccan

December 24th, 2009
11:54 am

For all you little buckeroos . . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1I2WX3vYhis&feature=related

I will be driving up to Atlanta this afternoon, if you see me wave!

Kamchak

December 24th, 2009
11:54 am

josef nix

December 24th, 2009
12:00 pm