"Away In A Manger" (opens in separate window)

the first christmas

friday, december 25th, 2020

The people were being heavily-taxed, and faced every prospect of a sharp increase to cover military expansion.

The threat of world domination by a cruel, ungodly, power-intoxicated band of men was ever just below the threshold of consciousness.

Moral deterioration had corrupted the upper levels of society and was moving rapidly into the broad base of the populace.

Peace propaganda was heard everywhere in the midst of preparation for war.

The latest rulers were covering the landscape with their statues and images, invoking a subtle form of state-worship. Intense nationalistic feeling was clashing openly with new and sinister forms of imperialism.

Conformity was the spirit of the age.

Government handouts were being used with increasing lavishness to keep the population from rising up and throwing out the leaders. Interest rates were spiraling upward in the midst of an inflated economy.

An abnormal emphasis was being placed upon sports and athletic competitions.

External religious observance was considered a political asset. Social life revolved around the banquet and pool. Racial tension was at the breaking point.

In such a time and amid such a people, a child was born to a migrant couple who had just signed up for a fresh round of taxation, and who were soon to become political exiles.

The child was called, among other things, The Prince of Peace.

When he had grown up and had entered upon his ministry, he said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you...let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”


© By Fr. William Wentink, Rockford, IL (former Police Chaplain, Rockford IL PD). [H/T PastorTom]

A Day In The Life.

Up at 6a on Friday, it was a cold 25° outside – had a couple smokes in the garage while the coffee brewed, did my DR (Type 1 Diabetic Routine - Blood Sugar Level Test and Sliding-Scale Insulin Shot), applied the CBD Hemp Ointment to my neck, shoulder and lower back, had Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast for breakfast, and checked the weather and news.

I had some errands to get done, and after those, went for a quick food shopping trip at Weis Market, cam home and unloaded. Lee stopped by for a visit, as did a couple neighbors in the Complex, I took a 3hr nap and had dinner. The "American Pickers" Marathon was on until 11, but I only made it until 10p. Lights out.

A bitter 8° outside, on Saturday, and I fired-up the furnace immediately after getting-up at 9a. I had people to see, places to go and things to do, so I did the morning DR, had breakfast and coffee and left around 10:45. Back by 1:30p, I was really tired, but did the midday DR, and went back out to finish-up the last 2 errands. Back home by 5, I had a small dinner, watched the news, checked the weather and watched some really old episodes of "American Pickers", until 10, and bagged it for the night.

I slept-in until 10:30a on Sunday, and could have stayed there another 3-4hrs. I hate to waste a half-day, though. I had laundry to do, paperwork and filing, some light condo chores and the cleaning ladies called to let me know that they and their families had tested negative for the Murderous Red Chinese CCP Wuhan Death Virus, so I OK'd their coming-in tomorrow. I tired quickly, laid down on the couch for a few hours, after lunch and the midday DR. I watched "Expedition Unkn9own" until 9p, and quit for the day.

Awake and up at 4a, with light rain/sleet falling on the skylights, I couldn't get back to sleep. I did the morning DR, had coffee and a light breakfast, checked the news and weather. I wound-up washing/drying my two MyPillows before the cleaning ladies would arrive at 8:30, and just enjoyed some peace, quiet and superb Hawaiian Kona 'Volcanic Estate' Coffee. After they left at 10:30, with their homemade Christmas cards (by me) and $50 each inside, I started nodding-off for 2-3-4hrs at a time. All day. I laid down on the couch after lunch, and woke at 4:30p in the dark; it was dark when I got up and dark when I re-woke in the afternoon. Weird that I can't shake this tiredness.

I stayed-up until 11p, watching Fox News Shows, took an Ambien 12.5 CR, and crashed. Maybe I can get my sleeping rythmn back if I cut down on all the afternoon naps.

Didn't work. I was awake at 4:30a and up at 5, did the DR, made coffee and had a sunny-side-up egg and rye toast. Damn. After firing-up the super-computer (Win-7 Pro x64 Industrial, not that Win-10 dogshit), I ran the Back-Up To Cloud program to finish-up some previous work. Meanwhile, I shut-off the lights and laid down on the couch for a short nap, until it became light at 7:30a. I had some errands to run, did them, and came home. I had some light condo chores, lunch and decided to forgo the nap, so I could sleep later in the morning, and some Allen Bros Steak Burgers to grill on the 2001 Char-Broil® Patio Grill.

Soon enough, it was 6:30p, time for the evening DR, dinner and some TV, except that everything on CATV was shit. I went back to working on the computer until 10p, and quit for the night.

Up at 8:15a on Wednesday, it was a mere 19° outside, until the sun rose, and thing began to warm. I did the morning DR, had coffee and breakfast, picked-up the mail, and got ready to meet Sherry at the nearby Galleria, to do a little walking. After lunch, I started a load of dishes and left for the massive mall. It was busier than we'd seen it since last Christmas, my lower back and hip started hurting, after a partial lap around the mezzanine, so we left for my condo, to relax and talk. After many Holiday Hugs & Kisses, Sherry left at 4:30p, and I grabbed a couple hours on the couch.

After dinner, I watched a few episodes of "Expedition Unknown" until 9:30, and quit for the day.

Awake at 7a on Thursday, Christmas Eve Day, I did the DR routine, had coffee, breakfast and picked-up Sister Becky at 10:30, so we could go to Mt Rose Cemetery, to visit Mom & Dad in the "Chapel of Memories" Mausoleum, leave flowers Becky'd bought, and a Christmas Card that I'd made, for them. Afterward, I dropped-off Becky, brought home some food for tomorrow's Christmas Dinner, and Becky will bring the 12 lb, bone-in, spiral-cut, honey-glazed ham.

Did you know that these 53 restaurant chains are on the brink of insolvency, and probably will go under?

I got home around 1p, did the midday DR, had lunch and slept for 2hrs. The rain was unrelenting. By 6p, I'd done the evening DR, had a Chicken Salad Sandwich on Croissant w/ Chips, and was watching History's "Band of Brothers", one of my all-time favor 10-part movies (I have the DVD). By 11p, I was fading, unplugged and called it a day.

Tomorrow's Christmas, and the start of a whole new week, here in the "Journal".

We Got Fucked. Again.

The Senate acted swiftly Monday night, in a 91-7 vote, to approve more than $900 billion for coronavirus assistance, shortly after the House of Representatives passed the package. The aid comes after months of partisan sniping over what elements should be in a relief measure that virtually all lawmakers on Capitol Hill argued was long overdue.

The measure now heads to President Trump’s desk. In order to avoid a shutdown, since federal agencies would have run out of money at midnight Monday, a 7-day stop-gap spending bill was also approved to allow time to process the combined relief and annual funding bills.

The bill is nearly 5,600 pages long, and the Senate has 6hrs to "read it". Fat chance.

The stimulus bill is 5,593 pages long and has to be delivered in a hand cart. Video below:

Link To Video.

So lawmakers aren’t even reading the bill before voting on nearly $1 trillion dollars of spending.

They FINALLY agreed to hand out a $600 dollar check to every American after they ruined the economy and millions of lives.

Family members of illegal aliens are now eligible to get stimulus checks. That eligibility is retroactive, so adults excluded last time could get up to $1800 now.

According to the Wall Street Journal, households will receive $600 for each adult and $600 for each child or dependent, instead of $1,200 and $500, respectively.

Eligible households include individuals with adjusted gross incomes under $75,000 and married couples who earn under $150,000.

The new deal, ironed out by the Democrats, includes direct payments for “mixed households.” Mixed households refers to “ineligible non-citizens” or people who are in the country illegally and were shut out of the $1,200 stimulus payments in the first round.

The new legislation means non-citizens could get $600 checks plus $1,200 checks retroactively. Undocumented immigrants are eligible to receive a minimum of $1,800 before Christmas.

Unemployed workers are eligible for a $300-a-week subsidy in addition to weekly state unemployment benefits.

It also reduces the number of beds ICE can house illegals in. So essentially catch and release.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who was the lead negotiator for congressional Democrats defended the package, which was half of what she had been holding out for over several months, saying “we want to do more.” She pledged that the compromise represented “a first step” and more would be coming after President-elect Joe Biden took office.

In 2018 Pelosi called $1,000+ bonuses being handed out by businesses after tax cuts “crumbs” and “pathetic” but called the $600 stimulus checks “significant.”

Link To Video.

President Trump in October said he would sign a stand-alone bill for $1200 stimulus checks but lawmakers refused to work with him and now we know why.

While Americans are only getting $600, so a huge part of our taxpayer’s money is going abroad!

$135 million to Burma $85.5 million to Cambodia $1.4 billion for “Asia Reassurance Initiative Act” $130 million to Nepal $700 million to Sudan $250 million in Palestinian aid $25 million for “gender programs” in Pakistan.

Not a dime for restaurants or bars, small businesses, but TRILLIONS for foreign "gender studies", "boat repairs", "illegal aliens" and so much more FUCKING BULLSHIT, it makes me puke.

After months of stonewalling and playing politics, they all agreed on the “Stimulus Bill” that will benefit everyone except the American people!

President Trump needs to VETO this bill!

The Biggest Political Blunder in American History.

If courts and state legislatures award Joe Biden the presidency, the anti-Trump cabal, driven by a four-year single-minded obsession to defeat President Trump, will have committed the greatest political blunder in American history -- the unabashed and overt theft of the 2020 presidential election.

This myopic and oblivious group so misunderstood the depth and breadth of support for Donald Trump that their blatant manipulation of the election would fall monumentally short of the planned for and anticipated landslide defeat of the incumbent. A landslide they needed in order to dominate the political arena for the foreseeable future and avoid any backlash from the electorate for their duplicity.

Thus, this cabal, which consists of the Democrat party establishment, Tech and Wall Street billionaires, the mainstream media and left-wing elitists, will find itself in a quagmire of being unable to govern. The Democrat party’s dominant and radicalized left-wing base will revolt over failed promises and expectations while the extent of the fraud will inevitably be fully exposed, resulting in nearly half of the citizenry viewing the government as illegitimate.

The unleashing of Covid-19 on the world by the Chinese Communists opened the door for massive voter fraud, primarily via mail-in ballots, to be introduced into traditional battleground states. Operating on the four-year premise that the destruction of President Trump justifies any means, the Democrat party establishment extra-constitutionally imposed changes to election laws in a number of states.

At the same time their cadre of co-conspirators were also mobilized. The social media oligarchs and the mainstream media controlled and blatantly censored the flow of information. The self-styled progressive billionaires, in violation of campaign laws, poured untold millions into so-called get out the vote campaigns. And the left-wing elites mobilized their army of foot soldiers to intimidate state and local politicians as well as state and federal judges in addition to being frontline participants in various statewide voter frauds.

These conspirators smugly believed that they had successfully set up a scenario wherein Donald Trump would be defeated in such a massive landslide that a vast majority of the citizenry would never question the results. Further, Donald Trump would be so marginalized that his future as the leader of a growing political movement would be rendered moot as he slunk, tail between his legs, back to Mar-A-Lago. Thus leaving the political playing field in the hands of the established ruling class in near perpetuity.

Instead the worst-case scenario played out. The election came down to four battleground states, Wisconsin, Georgia, Arizona, and Pennsylvania with a total margin for Joe Biden of 120,000 out of 18,600,000 legally or illegally cast votes or 0.6%. The question of fraud, despite the cowardice of the federal and state judiciaries, cannot be swept under the rug particularly as so many illegalities have already been exposed.

Further, nearly half of all likely voters (75% of Republicans and 30% of Democrats) believe there was sufficient fraud in the election to ensure Biden won. Despite the best efforts of both social and mainstream media as well as the Democrat party hierarchy, that perception will never dramatically change, as in a recent poll just 56% of Americans say Biden is their president. Once in office, both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris would be viewed by a significant plurality of Americans as transparent frauds and imposters thanks to an unabashedly fraudulent election. A citizenry already consumed with contempt for the ruling class due to their ham-handed police-state tactics in dealing with the Chinese Coronavirus is now waking up to their duplicity and megalomania.

Without the modicum of a mandate and open hostility towards a Biden/Harris Administration, there is very little the ruling class can do to enact their agenda with the specter of revenge in the 2022 mid-terms hanging over their heads. However, there is a more pressing issue that will impact the nation. The left-wing base of the Democrat party can rightfully claim that it was their grassroots efforts that pushed the Biden/Harris ticket over the top. Had there been the landslide all had anticipated and planned for, then the left would have had no choice but to be satisfied with the crumbs from the executive table as their role in the election fraud would be downplayed.

But there will be no crumbs from the table, as many of the grandiose plans of the ruling class will have to be shelved. This will not sit well with the rank-and-file left-wing radicals as they will realize they were mere pawns in the lawless seizure of power by their nemeses. The billionaire class, the corporatists and the ruling elites and their collective self-interest runs counter to Marxist/socialist ideology of the left. None of the promises made during the campaign season will be kept as these doctrinaire socialists and their leaders will be shunted to the side while their erstwhile allies focus on maintaining their stranglehold on the levers of power in the face of an aroused and determined opposition led by Donald Trump.

In the spring and summer of 2020, the ruling class, in a marriage of convenience, tacitly allied themselves with another anti-Trump faction, the left’s uncontrollable militant militias, Antifa and Black Lives Matter. By their collective silence and capitulation in the face of ongoing riots, violence, intimidation and looting, they conveyed to these self-styled revolutionaries that they are spineless and easily intimidated. When the radical left is ignored and marginalized by a Biden/Harris Administration and the frustration level reaches a boiling point, then these militants will again take to the streets in an even more violent manner.

The bitter harvest of massive election fraud will be a government beset with an inability to govern, as it will have no good will with the bulk of the American people and a political base it cannot placate. The perpetrators of this fraud are predestined to fail as well as hasten the ultimate demise of the Democrat Party. The only issue outstanding is whether this nation will descend into chaos and bitterness as a result

It appears as if this Nation, America as we know it, is over. Unless Trump is able to pull a rabbit out of his hat, there will never be another republican that matters elected in this Country perhaps. The evil scourge of the left will attempt to once and for all “remake” America into their image of heaven on earth, free stuff for everyone at taxpayers expense, taxes through the roof for people who have jobs, zillions of illegals made “legal”, not only free abortions for all but they will brag about it, and the vilification towards anyone who dares speak out against them will know no bounds and reach new heights. Not to mention the perverted evil that will be unleashed here and across the globe because of it.

It bothers me that Donald Trump, while nowhere near perfect, was the first President since Ronald Reagan that truly cared about his Country and the normal people in it. And hands down, he has been the best US President that Israel could have wished for. Yet everything appears now as if evil will win the day and truly begin America’s march towards its doom...we can only hope and pray that this is not the case. Time will tell.

But this little rant attempts to put a spin on current events that is highly unlikely to take place. Once the left gets away with cheating in the last election, there will be no stopping them from any others, and then it is over.

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