Good King Wenceslaus looked out
On the Feast of Stephen,
When the snow lay round about,
Deep and crisp and even.
Brightly shown the moon that night,
Though the frost was cruel,
When a poor man came in sight,
Gathering winter fuel.
Hither, page, and stand by me.
If thou know it telling:
Yonder peasant, who is he?
Where and what his dwelling?
Sire, he lives a good league hence,
Underneath the mountain,
Right against the forest fence
By Saint Agnes Fountain.
Bring me flesh, and bring me wine.
Bring me pine logs hither.
Thou and I will see him dine
When we bear the thither.
Page and monarch, forth they went,
Forth they went together
Through the rude wind's wild lament
And the bitter weather.
Sire, the night is darker now,
And the wind blows stronger.
Fails my heart, I know not how.
I can go no longer.
Ark my footsteps my good page,
Tread thou in them boldly:
Thou shalt find the winter's rage
Freeze thy blood less coldly.
In his master's step he trod,
Where the snow lay dented.
Heat was in the very sod
Which the saint had printed.
Therefore, Christian men, be sure,
Wealth or rank possessing,
Ye who now will bless the poor
Shall yourselves find blessing
Here is one of the funniest dialogue sequences ever filmed. Just pay attention to what they're talking about. Patrick Stewart (playing himself, haha) on the Ricky Gervais series "Xtras.". How does he keep a straight face? Amazing.
Christopher Marlowe: I wanted to go for a walk, as I was just in for my yearly physical and told to lose weight and get more exercise (those people are like a broken record--I need more exotic directions to disobey.) But it's been raining steadily here. Need compelling reading? I've always found Dean Koontz unable to put down; he constructs book in that manner. My latest, though, are Nelson DeMille terrorism and other thrillers.
Christopher Marlowe: Well, chat SHOULD be conducted in a kind of shorthand or it is tiresome.
I strung around 5 sets of multicolored lights around the two large (they've grown) evergreen trees in my front yard, and they look spectacular at night. I usually leave them up most of January because they look even better in the snow.
valMichael: I'll have to bookmark the Leonhard Euler video for later viewing. A Swiss Mathematician? Where were the Jews? Actually according to Brian Greene in Part 2 (of 3) of "The Elegant Universe" (Did you see it? It was on PBS.) he said that an Italian Gabriele Veneziano found a Euler equation and thought it perfectly described the Strong Nuclear Force and Leonard Susskind (okay hand-off to the Jews) somehow saw it as describing String Theory. Then John H. Schwarz and Michael B. Green united electromagnetism, the weak force and the strong force AND gravity into a single theory. Meanwhile in Part 3 Ed Witten unites the 5 string theories into one (M-Theory,) and so Einstein's theories of matter/energy AND quantum theories are closer to being understood in the context of String Theory.
I"LL TAKE CHRISTMAS SONG REQUESTS, if there are any.
Trivia Girl: When the Wise Men visited the new-born baby, who was laid out in a manger in a barn, they entered slowly due to cramped conditions, and they had to duck to avoid a low crossbeam and the first "king" bringing gold ducked under the beam, then the second "king" bringing frankincense ducked, but the third "king" bringing myrrh was distracted and didn't duck low enough and rammed his head into the beam and his hand came up rubbing the tender spot and he said, "Jesus Christ," and Mary said, "Interesting. Joseph, Maybe I like that even better than Moishe."
BTW, I previously provided a link to the YouTube movie "Fatherland," which is based on the alternate history book about a different ending to WWII. FORGET IT. It's a horribly clichéd movie that stars Rutger Hauer (who played the head vampire in the "Buffy" movie,) who is still a nice-looking guy with great hair but he has gotten so fat that when he wears his SS uniform with the leather trenchcoat he looks like a walking Weber barbeque grill. The movie is so very predictable and the script so deadly that the experience is a complete waste of time. cc: Agent Cooper
I'll Be Home For Christmas. Was written, supposedly, from the standpoint of a soldier during WWII in Europe and away from home and in dangerous circumstances but remembering home. Very sad when considered in that light.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas This was sung by Judy Garland to Margaret O'Brien in the movie "Meet Me in St. Louis."
Glad to see the Pope looking so good at Midnight Mass from St. Paul's Basilica. It's Roman Catholicism on a grand scale; they say it took 100 years to build that Church. I pray that the Pope will gain much knowledge about political systems and economics this year, as he seems to be a closet communist.
Agent Cooper: If you are like me, you have enough trouble keeping historical facts straight, much less throwing into the mix the confusion of alternate histories. [I often have the experience that I wonder Did that really happen or did I just dream it.] I've never seen it (but I WILL now watch THIS) but Robert Harris wrote a novel with an alternate ending to World War II called "Fatherland" (I've got the book--have never read it) and HERE is the HBO movie of it. See below for Secret of Christmas.
Bronzers: Secret of Christmas Spoiler Santa loves it and give special treatment to families that, in addition to cookies and/or various shots of booze, put out fresh carrots for his reindeer.
My yearly checkup. I'm doing okay for an old guy. Turns out, I'm a professional (old guy) as I have my own pill cutter.
Christopher Marlowe: No, Ann Coulter is so very perceptive, and the only fault I find with her is that she may just be too funny, like Dave Barry funny. The larger theme of her UVa/"Rolling Stone" rape column, though, was that, like a vampire, liberal lies must be killed by a stake through the heart, otherwise, once proven WRONG, they are yet resurrected later and widely spread as part of the Progressive Mythology, things like "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" (as actually happening), and "I Can't Breathe" (as being choked was the reason for Garner's death), Mitt Romney saying "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt" (as though Romney didn't care), the Duke LaCrosse Team non-existent "rape", etc. Do you want a list? Coulter's books are better and her research is impressive. She disproved a favorite Liberal myth, for instance, "that Joe McCarthy was dead wrong about his allegations in front of the House on Un-American Activites that Communists were rampant in the State Department" in her book "Treason."
R.I.P. Joe Cocker
Comma, valMichael, Christopher Marlowe: Further to my Cuba dissertation: American Workers are Big Losers in Cuba Thaw. I love what Rubio says about Obama being the worst negotiator we have ever had in the U.S. Presidency. (But that's only because Obama real Agenda is to rehabilitate our opinion of Communism in Cuba.) AND Castro to Pocket 92% of Worker Salaries from Foreign Companies. Note that Raul Castro has stated in a speech that he made NO concessions to Obama. So, if you think what Obama has done (without consulting congress) here will somehow help the Cuban man in the street, it will not do much (it will hurt US more than it helps them.) Keep in mind, here, folks, that American baseballs are hand-sewn in Costa Rica (used to be Haiti) and the workers work 10 hours a day and earn a base salary of $1.60 per hour (but if they make more than 156 balls per week, they get a bonus of $.52 cents per ball.) I'm hoping (guessing) they only work 5 days a week. This work is finger cramping and carpal tunnel syndrome producing but not compensated for.
Christopher Marlowe: My computer had been giving me "lack of proxy" messages and I had to take it in to Staples. They said I had like 46 viruses on it which were removed by my Norton Program but which had also taken bits and pieces of my Firefox browser with it. In time it finally affected my Internet connection. But it's okay, now. Dr. Donna Beegle has an inspirational story, but I'm not sure how relevant it IS to most of the poverty we see. Her family was, like, migrant workers and she had little exposure to schools and TV, etc. What will really hurt people who grow up with HER type of poverty is Obama's Open Southern Border which just entices the whole world here and those people will in time get dumped onto Christian poverty programs and will overwhelm them. The enticees just will further result in reduced wages for everyone trying to make it. I like Star Parker better who came off of entrenched Welfare. Lots of the blacks in poverty rejected an education and refused the Mainstream culture (wanting the thug culture) but still want to be supported by it. I had to laugh as I finally saw "A Christmas Story" for the first time (about the kid Ralphie who wanted a BB gun and whose father and mother were the wonderful Darren McGavin and lovely Melinda Dillon) and in his class in school were a few black kids and that was the way I remember grade school. The only problem was that by high school other blacks had beat them down so miserably for "acting white" or being an "Uncle Tom" that few had the intellectual curiosity to power through.
Agent Cooper: To make an Internet link . . . you have to want to make an Internet link. If I remember correctly, I learned how on Leather Jacket's old website.