How I spent my Christmas vacation: Not blogging (much)

It’s Dec. 20, and so far the amount of Christmas shopping I have accomplished is … zero.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that I have taken this week off as vacation, so I can get some things done.

Which, in turn, means I won’t be posting here on the blog very often. I’ll pop on to post if something important occurs, or if something occurs to me worth tossing out there. And I’ll have something for Friday afternoon, Christmas Eve. But for the most part I’ll be doing what people do on vacation, which is not work.

I’ll try to keep commenting open, but if things get too wild and hairy here and people start complaining to the AJC, they’ll shut it down, so keep that in mind. Thanks for caring enough to come here and post here, and Merry Christmas everyone.

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N-GA

December 20th, 2010
7:48 am

Jay…I hope you and your family (and all the bloggers here) have a very Marry Christmas!

N-GA

December 20th, 2010
7:49 am

That would be MERRY Christmas!

Southern Comfort

December 20th, 2010
7:49 am

Enjoy your time off Jay. I’ll probably follow your model this week myself. Merry Christmas to you!!

TnGelding

December 20th, 2010
7:51 am

Merry Christmas, Jay. Enjoy your vacation You deserve one just for maintaining this modern marvel.

Merry Christmas to everyone else, too. Remember the children.

Peadawg

December 20th, 2010
8:03 am

Jay and everyone on here, enjoy your CHRISTmas vacation. When you’re shopping, eating with your families, opening presents, etc…please don’t forget for CHRISTmas is all about!

barking frog

December 20th, 2010
8:03 am

Happy Holidays. Pagans need love too.

stands for decibels

December 20th, 2010
8:03 am

Thanks for caring enough to come here and post here, and Merry Christmas everyone.

well, thanks for keeping a steady, but not-too-firm, hand on the goings-on here, Jay.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

ByteMe

December 20th, 2010
8:10 am

Peadawg continues the “War on Hanukkah”. http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-december-14-2006/daily-colbert—war-on-hanukkah

Happy Winter Solstice everyone! Spring is just around the corner.

RW-(the original)

December 20th, 2010
8:11 am

…and people start Paul starts complaining to the AJC, they’ll shut it down…

Sorry Paul, but you just know that gauntlet Jay B just threw down is going to get blamed on you anyway once it happens. :-)

Mary Elizabeth

December 20th, 2010
8:12 am

Wishing Jay and his family, all of the bloggers, and all of the readers of this blog, a joyous Christmas. May the Spirit of Christmas evelope our hearts in the love and grace that the Father has given us all.

Doggone/GA

December 20th, 2010
8:18 am

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone and their families

Tommy Maddox

December 20th, 2010
8:27 am

Merry Christmas!

Granny Godzilla

December 20th, 2010
8:29 am

Merry Christmas everybody……

Anybody got a recipe for “Beacon Hill Cookies” – a chocolate meringue
with nuts…..I had it on a scrap of paper in the cookie book and it’s gone! EEEK!

The Leg Lamp is a "major award".....

December 20th, 2010
8:31 am

“How I spent my Christmas vacation”

Watch out, Jay, you used the “Christmas” word. Some on the left may accuse you of trying to indoctrinate your readers and force your religious beliefs down their throats. :lol:

Anyway, Merry Christmas to you and your family. Remember, it’s just not Christmas without the Leg Lamp.

josef nix

December 20th, 2010
8:33 am

JAY

And a merry ho ho ho to your and yours as well…we’ll try and be nice in case you are keeping a list and checking it twice…so, don we now our gay apparel… :-)

larry

December 20th, 2010
8:37 am

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all the bloggers. And Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you Jay.

Granny Godzilla

December 20th, 2010
8:39 am

Hey Leg Lamp

Though of you yesterday…got the cutest jigsaw puzzle from Barnes and Nobles that is the leg lamp! Perfect gift for a special old goat
who’s a close friend of our family.

El Jefe

December 20th, 2010
8:43 am

The Leg Lamp is a “major award”…..,

This is Jay, not Cynthia.

paleo-neo-Carlinist a/k/a Joe the Plutocrat

December 20th, 2010
8:45 am

just a quick ironic observation. for all the talk of “the reason for the season” and “the war on Christmas” is it not odd that self-proclaimed Christians demand non-Christians and non-believer genulfect in the presence (or is it presents?) of a “holiday” they stole from Northern European pagans? don’t get me wrong; if you believe in god, and believe Jesus was his son, celebrating Christ’s birth is OK by me. but leave the holly, wreaths, mistletoe, Santa, elves, and Yule log to those of us who really don’t care how the earth came to be, and are just “Happy” the sun has come up every December 22 since we started marking time. truth be told, I don’t know George Carlin’s birthday, and I would never put any pressure on him to rise from the dead to save me. Peace!

Russ555

December 20th, 2010
8:46 am

Merry Christmas to you. Enjoy your column. One question though. Are Christmas shopping and getting some things done the same thing. Just wondering.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

December 20th, 2010
8:46 am

Well, while you’re out there look around for electric frying pans or crock pots or something like that I can get for the missus. It’s awful hard to shop for things a woman would like. They don’t go for stuff that would drive a manly man wild, like chainsaws or table saws or maybe sanders. I’m plumb stuck for what to get her. Come back on here and let me know if you find something.

Anyhow, I finished putting up the Christmas lights outside and my legs sure are sore from climbing up and down that ladder to reach the high points of the trailer. I think I’ll do what most people here at Simpsons Trailer Park do and just leave the lights up year-round. Just not turned on till Christmas.

Merry Christmas everybody and be sure and lay in a few cases of beer for the holidays. It’s good for what ails you and my job and 401k. I’ll be checking back in here but I’m mighty scared a bunch of people will get on here and start cussing and fussing at each other again. Like this RW and Hillbilly and even josef nix. Then the paper will shut the blog down and we’ll be shut out over Christmas like we never paid the power bill and they left us in the dark.

josef nix

December 20th, 2010
8:48 am

sfd

Left you a message downstairs per JohnnyReb’s post…he did the same here…he’s one of my personal “heroes…” It didn’t really surprise me that much. I’ve found him to be a pretty nice feller all the way around. I don’t always agree with him, but he’s always been a gentleman with me…

paleo-neo-Carlinist a/k/a Joe the Plutocrat

December 20th, 2010
8:51 am

Granny, I have always found just “winging it” to work when baking cookies. I do have an old family recipie for Italian sugar cookies (”biscottini”). I say, live on the edge, what is there to loose? a bad cookie is better than a “good” potted meat on a cracker

josef nix

December 20th, 2010
8:52 am

paleo

Just passed by the Paki convenience store…they were playing carols…if the Muslims can be tolerant and wish the Jew boy a Merry Christmas, why can’t you? :-)

@@

December 20th, 2010
8:58 am

People complain to the AJC about a blog!!??!! As if….

Best of luck to ‘ya, jay. I’ve got two more gifts to purchase. Unfortunately I’ll have to place myself among the joyless to purchase them. Believe me when I say they’ll get as good as they give.

The women at my church got together and made up some boxes for Samaritan’s Purse. It was the highlight of the season…loads of fun. We then contacted three agencies looking to assist three separate families with Christmas. At the last minute, the agencies contacted us and pulled the plug on our efforts. We weren’t told why nor did we ask. Disappointing to say the least. All of the toys I purchased were dropped of at our local Toys for Tots.

Thank goodness my local drop-off wasn’t in Massachusetts.

Thieves pilfer Mass. Toys for Tots program

Bah humbug!

Granny Godzilla

December 20th, 2010
9:02 am

paleo

if you wing it with a meringue cookie you get a hockey puck.

paleo-neo-Carlinist a/k/a Joe the Plutocrat

December 20th, 2010
9:15 am

josef, excuse me, Merry Christmas! my better half – actually, probably closer to 75% – is Jewish, though she considers it a cultutal/ethnic distinction, as she is an atheist. one of the neat things about a holiday like Christmas, like the Constitution (in theory), it is something of an amalgam of many different ideas, cultural rituals and ethnic influences. again, is it not ironic that per the Biblical narrative, there were only Jews and Muslims (one fo the wisemen) in the stable that night? so, I am OK with people coming together at the end/begining/end/begining of every year to “celebrate” the circle of life (which is why pagans hang wreaths; they’re evergreens, which means they never die, and they are circular, which means they have no begining or end). as a quick Judeo-sidebar, ever see the old SNL skit about Haunukuh? check it out. after the “miracle” of the burning lamp is acknowledged; one of the elders says to the others; “…this is truly the work of God. our people must celebrate this miracle for generations to come. Haunakuh, why don’t you think of a name?”

marky mark

December 20th, 2010
9:17 am

Jay, if you dont blog, that just leaves us with CT…that aint much of a merry christmas for those of us who have to work this week…..please, dont go….lol

paleo-neo-Carlinist a/k/a Joe the Plutocrat

December 20th, 2010
9:17 am

Granny, agreed, but as I said, it’s probably the tastiest hockey puck you’ll ever eat!

Road Scholar

December 20th, 2010
9:18 am

Redneck: Get ‘er a beermeister! That way you buy kegs of beer, go green by eliminating the empty cans, and it gives her a holiday by not having to pick up yer empties! That and yer President Obama chia planter should wow her!PS have a 12 pack as back up!

Granny, can’t help you this time. Don’t do meringue. But my french pastry coffee cake turned out the best I’ve made since I began making it (38 years!) Some traditions get better with time!

To the rest…Merry Christmas!

Normal

December 20th, 2010
9:19 am

Geeze, don’t you guys ever work? :D

josef nix

December 20th, 2010
9:21 am

paleo

The good thing about being a Jew is that you can have a dozen or so opinions on any given topic and still be a Jew! Love that Hannuka story! BTW, though, how did one of the Magi get to be a Muslim 600 some odd years before Muhammad? :-) ‘Sides, I think there’s still a few Zoroastrians about who might take umbrage, eh?

Okay, Christians, what were the names of the the Magi…?

josef nix

December 20th, 2010
9:23 am

Normal…
You just hush. Some of us are grateful to the good Christian taxpayers of Georgia for the two weeks off!

@@

December 20th, 2010
9:26 am

Gaspar, Melchior (sp?) and Balthasar

paleo-neo-Carlinist a/k/a Joe the Plutocrat

December 20th, 2010
9:29 am

josef, Curly, Mo and Larry? Jack Daniels, Jose Cuervo and Johnny Walker (black, of course)? seriously, I think your clever response reveals the “fact/fiction” aspect of most “faiths” in general, and the narratives drafted to support them in particular. I would say that Balthsazar (I believe he was the Moorish King) was a Muslim; he just didn’t know it a the time. much like the child, who was a “Christian” born of two Jews.

Bosch

December 20th, 2010
9:31 am

The whole fam is off, oldest home from college, life is good. Happy Christmas, Hannakah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice to all — whatever you celebrate we Bosches hope it is well and happy.

Read through the blog some last night it seems that a couple of regulars here are having bad times, and my positive thoughts are sent their way.

Mrs. G — check Foodtv.com or just the google for your cookies. Or Better Homes and Garden — one of the best wedding gifts we received 21 years ago was that iconic red and white cookbook and ours now is coated with old flour and goo from us using it.

marky mark

December 20th, 2010
9:31 am

to all my blogging friends and associates…..Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy (fill in the blank)……

To Redneck…

A great gift for her is to remove the wheels and “skirt” the trailer. This will tell her you have settled down and are now stable. It also makes a nice impression on the rest of the trailer park….

Granny, not sure if this is “the” one, but its one recipe I found for you on the web….

http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/beacon-hill-cookies/Detail.aspx

josef nix

December 20th, 2010
9:31 am

@@

And move to the front of the class! I find it interesting that our latinos still give them as the Christian names…I’ve got several kids with these names on my roster this year…

josef nix

December 20th, 2010
9:34 am

paleo

Moorish? Uh, they came along a lot later, too! And if they came from the east, did this Moroccan go around the world some 1400 years before Magellan? Hmmm…

On the other hand, I have always found it a wonderful thing that the Christians would have a dark-skinned feller there, too…

josef nix

December 20th, 2010
9:37 am

And thank you all for the Happy Hannukah, but it ain’t “Jewish Christmas.” It’s already done, over with, the menorah put back in the knick-knack shelf, the griddle put away, the dreidl laid to rest and the wreath hung out on the verandah with the twinkling lights switched on…

Lil' Barry Bailout

December 20th, 2010
9:40 am

Remember when you libbtards would have complained about this? That was so two years ago.

Democrats: Fascist hypocrites.
——————

Washington Post: Govt ‘creating vast domestic snooping machine’

The government is creating a vast domestic spying network to collect information about Americans in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks and subsequent terror plots, The Washington Post reported Monday.

eLBB

December 20th, 2010
9:41 am

on a happier note -

SHANGHAI — Communities in central and northern China are facing power cuts and rationing as winter coal supplies fall short of surging demand.

.Cold weather and transport disruptions typically cause shortages most years, but the problem has been complicated by coal producers’ unhappiness over price controls that are crimping their profits
——————-

Seems like we are like the Chinese in more ways than one.

josef nix

December 20th, 2010
9:46 am

L’il Barry…

Oh, good! You’re here and we can lay the season of good will aside!

“Creating” you say? It’s been there quite a while. They’re just updating the process to utilize the latest technology…

@@

December 20th, 2010
9:50 am

Looks like the lefties have found something to celebrate this season.

Left bows down to false WikiLeaks prophet

We are witnessing the “secular crucifixion of Julian Assange”, says one blogger.

A contributor to the Huffington Post in the US says, “For our sake, he’s being crucified to satisfy right-wingers’ bloodlust.”

Talk about drama queens!!!!!

jewcowboy

December 20th, 2010
9:54 am

Screw xmas or holidays…Happy Vacation…

jewcowboy

December 20th, 2010
9:56 am

hi josef nix,

“It’s already done, over with, the menorah put back in the knick-knack shelf”

How about this one for next year?

http://www.simonpearce.com/product/stratton+menorah.do?sortby=ourPicks

josef nix

December 20th, 2010
10:01 am

jewcowboy

Ouch! You could feed latkes to a third world country at that price!

The one I use now was given to me by Lil Princess who found it in an antique shop in Costa Rica…

godless heathen

December 20th, 2010
10:01 am

The Wise Men were Alabama firemen. That’s right, you can look it up. The story says they came from a far.

josef nix

December 20th, 2010
10:04 am

heathen

Best in show! :-)

jewcowboy

December 20th, 2010
10:05 am

@@,

“Talk about drama queens!!!!!”

I mean really..that is normally the exclusive domain of the GOP…make sure the incoming Speaker doesn’t see any kids on a playground.

marky mark

December 20th, 2010
10:05 am

Granny, I just remembered a website me and Mrs Marky use….Recipe Lion. they not only have tons of recipes, but they have a special listing of reverse engineered versions of popular restaurant dishes…(for example, Red Lobsters’ Cheddar Bay Biscuits) It may be up there….

marky mark

December 20th, 2010
10:06 am

Josef, in honor of our teachers…..

“Mrs. Markey and I”…

Del

December 20th, 2010
10:06 am

Merry Christmas Jay to you and yours. Merry Christmas to all on the blog… enjoy this time of peace and fellowship with your families and friends.

jewcowboy

December 20th, 2010
10:10 am

marky mark,

“or example, Red Lobsters’ Cheddar Bay Biscuits”

Good lard those things are pure condensed evil…nothing should taste that good.

josef nix

December 20th, 2010
10:10 am

markey
Was on vaction from “teaching,” but actuall the use of “me” here is correct insofar as the linguistic development of the English language is concerned…it is the intensive and equivalent to the French “moi” or the German “mir” used in this context…Madame Markey et moi, Madame Markey und mir…but you should have said Mrs. Markey and me…put the third and second persons before the first… class dismissed! :-)

md

December 20th, 2010
10:11 am

Just remember that Christmas starts with a “C”………..for commercialism.

All you folks that want to drop the commerce and proclaim it is the thought that counts, get with the program. Enough folks start thinking like that, and we are done. This is the season that keeps all the retail stores in business for one more year……….go do your part in keeping yourself and your neighbors employed………………

It is the old “pass the $50 bill around the circle” routine……

And Merry Christmas……….especially to those that don’t want to hear it. I’m a heathen, so spare me the bs about words…………..I like the tradition……….

marky mark

December 20th, 2010
10:12 am

whew….I asked for it (sitting in the corner facing the wall, wearing a tall pointed cap)

marky mark

December 20th, 2010
10:15 am

jew, it was that recipe that got me up on that site…..figured if I threw that out, someone would start salivating….I go to Red Lobster for tea and biscuits, and salad. Dont need anything else….My stepson once worked at one….I gained 15 lbs that year ……

jewcowboy

December 20th, 2010
10:15 am

md,

“This is the season that keeps all the retail stores in business for one more year……….go do your part in keeping yourself and your neighbors employed……”

And add to the federal trade deficit…

http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2010/12/15/132085311/why-the-iphone-adds-1-9-billion-to-our-trade-deficit-with-china

josef nix

December 20th, 2010
10:17 am

markey

While we’re at it, it is also “Queen’s English.” Whenever Magdalene College of Oxford University (those charged with such determinations) cannot agree, they forward it to the regent to find out what s/he says. Queen Bessie the Frump was given this one and said she says, “X and me…”

jewcowboy

December 20th, 2010
10:17 am

marky mark,

“I gained 15 lbs that year …”

I have have a good deal of self control…except for those biscuits. They are like heroin…little warm, cheesy pillows of salty heroin…

Granny Godzilla

December 20th, 2010
10:18 am

marky mark

thanks so very much…that’s them!

Old Retired English Professor

December 20th, 2010
10:18 am

Was on vaction from “teaching,” but actuall the use of “me” here is correct insofar as the linguistic development of the English language is concerned…it is the intensive and equivalent to the French “moi” or the German “mir” used in this context…

josef, josef, josef! He had it right the second time. The nominative case is required to serve as the subject of the verb use in the adjectival clause.

RW-(the original)

December 20th, 2010
10:22 am

That’s right, you can look it up

You can also “look it up” and find out Mr. Ed was a zebra, but it doesn’t mean it’s true.

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josef,

In your multilingual English lesson at 10:10 did the old rule I/(me?) was taught in the dark ages about when to use I vs me go away? Back then, right after they whacked you with a ruler, they said to get rid of the other persons and use I/me the same way it would work if it was only the first person, then add back the others. In that case marky would use I as in “the cookbook I use”

Vacation indeed sir :-)

md

December 20th, 2010
10:22 am

Jewco,

Interesting article, especially this part:

“Mr. Lamy said that if trade statistics were adjusted to reflect the actual value contributed to a product by different countries, the size of the U.S. trade deficit with China—$226.88 billion, according to U.S. figures—would be cut in half. That means, he argued, that political tensions over trade deficits are probably larger than they should be.”

@@

December 20th, 2010
10:23 am

Cowboy:

I mean really..that is normally the exclusive domain of the GOP….

Not just. I can recall seeing Bill bite his lip, then cry…or was it the other way around?

(ISH)

Okay, I’ve put it off long enough….those two gifts aren’t lookin’ for me.

Aaarrrghhhh

AmVet

December 20th, 2010
10:25 am

Yes, Happy Holidays to the Bookman family and all the good peeps here.

As far as the Magi, goes, I remembered a couple of the names, but honesty compels me to say, my first thought was Larry, Moe & Curly. And that opening scene from the Life of Brian is the best ever on the topic…(But not so much frankincense and myrrh, next time…)

md, I love that line in Miracle on 34th Street, where the kid says, Ya know, there are a lot of isms out there, but the worst one is commercialism.

Kid, you should see the state of America today! In this post-Reagan reality, greed/money is not just good, it IS the Messiah…

josef nix

December 20th, 2010
10:25 am

OREP

Nope…the nominative is not required in the compound subject using the pronoun…this is another of those fallacies they came up with during the attempt to Latinize English grammar in the 19th Century. It’s up there with the attempt to rid the language of “ain’t I” (contraction of “am not”) and replacing it with “aren’t I.” As Granny would say, “I sure am educated, are I not?” This use conforms to the West Germanic pattern and, for all its Romance and Hellenic vocabulary, English remains grammatically a West Germanic language…

marky mark

December 20th, 2010
10:26 am

@ josef…..down Sparky!

@ jewcowboy….good description…

@ Granny….yee ha, I hit a home run via Google…..LOL

josef nix

December 20th, 2010
10:26 am

RW

The good sisters being of the faith of the Bishop of Rome would no doubt have held that line!

Old Retired English Professor

December 20th, 2010
10:27 am

Sorry, josef. In the English language, you lose.

AmVet

December 20th, 2010
10:28 am

And speaking of wise men, greetings of the season to my fellow not real Jews, jcb and jonix!

marky mark

December 20th, 2010
10:29 am

oh god, I have started an English war…..LOL

mom tole me to stay outa european conflicts….

md

December 20th, 2010
10:29 am

“md, I love that line in Miracle on 34th Street, where the kid says, Ya know, there are a lot of isms out there, but the worst one is commercialism.”

Truth be told, it is the “best” ism……..it is what makes the world go around. We all need that “50″ to pass on……….very few every own the 50, it is borrowed……..like drinking alcohol.

md

December 20th, 2010
10:31 am

Don’t worry about the proper English, after a couple more texting generations get done with it, it will be extinct……………….

jewcowboy

December 20th, 2010
10:32 am

md,

Did you check out the WSJ article that was linked:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704828104576021142902413796.html

“So the entire $178.96 estimated wholesale cost of the shipped phone is credited to China, even though the value of the work performed by the Chinese workers at Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. accounts for just 3.6%, or $6.50, of the total, the researchers calculated in a report published this month.”

Adam

December 20th, 2010
10:33 am

Would like to take this moment to point out the original reason for the season is…. the Winter Solstice.

That’s right, back in BC something, the practice of the Winter Solstice was held on December 25. Through the years and a couple of calendar “fixes” Winter Solstice itself has moved up to be closer to Dec 20-21. Christmas was a holiday thought up by the church at some point down the line and then later usurped in this country by rampant consumerism.

In light of all that, I say REMEMBER THE REASON for the season; it’s not Jesus after all.

josef nix

December 20th, 2010
10:33 am

OREP

With all due respect, this time you, usually the master (magister) of such to whom I defer, lose. Check with both the Bard and the King James Version of the Bible and you will see that this is the usage employed there. American English being without a determiner of such things, you and I will have to agree to disagree on this one; but her Royal Highness Queen Bessie the Frump has already settled it at least for her reign for those who use the Mother Language… :-)

Hillbilly Deluxe

December 20th, 2010
10:34 am

It’s Dec. 20, and so far the amount of Christmas shopping I have accomplished is … zero.>

Don’t give up now. You’re almost there. You can make it without doing anything, if you just apply yourself.

josef nix

December 20th, 2010
10:36 am

AmVet..
I’m no longer the “real” Jew…? Oh, noooo!

jewcowboy

December 20th, 2010
10:36 am

Howdy AmVet.

josef nix

December 20th, 2010
10:37 am

Hillbilly

Do you say Mrs. Hillbilly and I, or Mrs. Hillbilly and me? I have a reason for asking you.

Hillbilly Deluxe

December 20th, 2010
10:38 am

I did the Find 5 Challenge in 13 seconds, today. :-)

marky mark

December 20th, 2010
10:39 am

Adam, I am starting to feel all….Druidish……HA….a new reason for eggnog. Now if I can just find those Druid recipes…..

AmVet

December 20th, 2010
10:39 am

Adam, true dat. And for you trivia/numerology types, this month, there will be three Wednesdays, three Thursdays and three Fridays. And that will not occur again until 3015.

Also, tonight there will be a full lunar eclipse. Very, very cool…

md. one, of your great characteristics is that you are a big time contrarian!

But in this case, context rules. Avarice and hyper-commercialism is not what makes the Christmas world go round. At least, not to us old-school types.

Hope you’re enjoying the whole famn damily!

Hillbilly Deluxe

December 20th, 2010
10:40 am

josef

I would say “and me”. I ain’t never been accused of being an English major, though.

jewcowboy

December 20th, 2010
10:40 am

md,

“after a couple more texting generations get done with it, it will be extinct”

I’ve noticed those with the new generation of smartphones, which incorporate spellcheck and QWERTY keyboards, pretty much use proper spelling and syntax. My niece went from a T9 phone to a Blackberry and her texts have improved dramatically.

jm

December 20th, 2010
10:41 am

Question: Beverly Hall. Actual conspirator to test score manipulation, or AJC Pulitzer fodder? I’m not sure which. I mean, some of the things look pretty shady for sure. Yet the AJC is obviously gunning for a Pulitzer. Not sure who’s agenda is the most honest….

The plane stalls

December 20th, 2010
10:41 am

Vick was awesome in New York! What a finish. As much as I love Eli, I had to cheer. New York will be alright.

Hillbilly Deluxe

December 20th, 2010
10:41 am

And that will not occur again until 3015.

How ’bout reminding us all of that, a century or two before it happens. We’ll probably forget. ;-)

marky mark

December 20th, 2010
10:44 am

Hillbilly….I think he just did….

Joe

December 20th, 2010
10:45 am

I thought folks might enjoy reading a piece on how Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal blew it with his “response” to the BP oil spill–

“We learned that [Governor Jindal] sent a fraction of the available National Guard troops to the coast to aid in the response, for example. We also learned that the governor rejected bipartisan calls for transparency on spill-related public records, preferring secrecy. There was the unfortunate news that Jindal and his team never actually got around to creating a spill-response plan, and was forced to wing it when disaster struck…And then, there are Jindal’s beloved sand berms,…The bipartisan commission investigating the disaster and the response concluded that the berms weren’t effective at all…Indeed, at Jindal’s behest, BP invested triple the amount of funds on these berms as it did on any other response.”

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2010_12/027168.php

josef nix

December 20th, 2010
10:47 am

hillbilly

Then “and me” it is. Why did I ask you? Back in the 19th Century when the Eastern European nationalists were setting about creating a standard for the minority languages in the Hapsburg, Hohenzollern and Romanov empires, they left the cities and went to the countryside where the language had been less corrupted by the influences of the imperialist languages to find out what “they” said. Appalachian English being the least corrupted of our Southern dialects, then what they say would be the acknowledged form. So, if we down in Dixie are to redeem our culture and its expression in the language, no doubt a Lost Cause, then what you say must take precedence…

Hillbilly Deluxe

December 20th, 2010
10:48 am

jm

December 20th, 2010
10:48 am

Jindal proportionately lacks in judgment and voter base what he has in over-abundance, confidence. The guy isn’t Presidential material. Yet, if ever. McKinsey experience notwithstanding (I actually view it as a liability, but that’s just me).

josef nix

December 20th, 2010
10:49 am

jm

@ 10:41

I’m putting my money on cannon fodder for a Pulitzer.

jm

December 20th, 2010
10:52 am

josef nix – well they’re gunning for one. In that quest, not sure how judicious they are being with respect to the investigation. I mean, why would the committee of folks (the GE guy et al) helping provide massive amounts of money and support to APS, have an interest in covering up the school cheating scandal in a way such that it is a detriment to the school system?

I just don’t get it. But the anonymous tip line stuff in the recent article is pretty damning, even if there could be a personal vendetta / agenda behind it…

Adam

December 20th, 2010
10:53 am

Joe, jm: Jindal played the political game well. Somehow, despite other politicians having zero success in blaming the federal government for Katrina responses (even though most of the public agreed, local officials were still blamed) Jindal has managed to get a good portion of the public on his side. He was crappy at the response, and the sand berms were a crappy idea. But he played it up, and blamed the feds for any hindrance. He played on anti-government feverishness.

jewcowboy

December 20th, 2010
10:53 am

Well this should make the right wingers happy:

“The repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law barring gays and lesbians from serving openly in the armed forces won’t be implemented for a few months yet, but it will immediately lead elite colleges to begin to reconcile with the military training program kicked off college campuses more than four decades ago.”

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2010/12/the-ivy-league-makes-peace-with-rotc/68251/

Normal

December 20th, 2010
10:54 am

HELP!! I’m being held hostage by a Grinch/Boss… ;)