Christmas Afternoon Open Thread

Time for a little irreverance: A funny SNL claymation with Darlene Love (hat tip Mediaite)reminding that not everyone celebrates Christmas.

Over at Mother Jones (and Solitary Watch): Santa was in prison and Jesus Gets the Death Penalty.

We send good thoughts and wishes to the 2,284,900 people in our jails and prisons, the children of the incarcerated, and everyone in nursing homes and hospitals.

On a more traditional note, check out CBS and the top world news of 2010 in pictures.

This is another open thread, all topics welcome.

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    We are (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Dec 25, 2010 at 03:33:58 PM EST
    having a white Christmas here in GA. I think it's the first time I ever remember having one here.

    Just talked to my dad in Rome... (none / 0) (#4)
    by Dadler on Sat Dec 25, 2010 at 04:50:53 PM EST
    ...Georgia, that is.  A white Christmas for real. My niece and nephew are thrilled.  

    Your (none / 0) (#5)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Dec 25, 2010 at 05:15:59 PM EST
    dad isn't too far away from me. Probably about 1 1/2 hours I would think.

    Well, I assume you're south of him (none / 0) (#11)
    by Dadler on Sat Dec 25, 2010 at 07:44:04 PM EST
    If it's an hour and a half, since it's always about an hour fifteen if I take my son to Lookout Mtn/Rock City/Ruby Falls, etc.

    So where in GA are you?


    Actually (none / 0) (#12)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Dec 25, 2010 at 08:19:59 PM EST
    looking at the map I am directly east of him. We got our dog in Cave Spring which is right outside of Rome and it took us about 1 1/2 hours to get there. I'm in Cherokee County.

    Are you in TN?


    southern cali (none / 0) (#13)
    by Dadler on Sun Dec 26, 2010 at 12:52:48 AM EST
    he's a new york jew in dixie.  we're all outta whack.  but whenever we go out there, my son always wants to hit rock city and the incline and all the rest up north in TN, so we make the drive at least once every other visit.  

    I'm in GA too (none / 0) (#19)
    by ruffian on Sun Dec 26, 2010 at 01:15:38 PM EST
    Tyrone, just south of Atlanta Hartsfield airport. Spending the weekend with my brother and family. All his wife's family are from around here, so it was a big family Christmas. The snow was a nice touch!

    Relaxing watching the Bears game with my brother as the kids play upstairs. Good times!


    I hope everyone had a great Christmas (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by Militarytracy on Sun Dec 26, 2010 at 07:01:33 AM EST
    Lots of work, but we really did.  Looking forward to the New Year .

    Every year the security dragons (none / 0) (#1)
    by andgarden on Sat Dec 25, 2010 at 01:50:29 PM EST
    get worse. Today I was forced to shove a blazer into my roller bag. I may need to spend some quality time with the iron later. . .

    My holiday song (none / 0) (#2)
    by Dadler on Sat Dec 25, 2010 at 02:05:32 PM EST
    Prediction for snow in Philadelphia (none / 0) (#6)
    by Peter G on Sat Dec 25, 2010 at 05:29:47 PM EST
    fizzled -- about two minutes of light flurries is all we can claim -- but a niece called us this morning from Oxford, Mississippi, to report her white Christmas.  

    Border Patrol agent @ San (none / 0) (#7)
    by oculus on Sat Dec 25, 2010 at 06:29:03 PM EST
    Ysidro gave us brief admonition re no passports and the law changed two years ago. But, he said we are "in the system" so we made it home from Mexico w/o calling kdog! There was a question re Cuban cigars. First time evah!  

    Hope (none / 0) (#8)
    by CoralGables on Sat Dec 25, 2010 at 07:28:15 PM EST
    they aren't Dominican counterfeits. Steer clear of their cigars and crepes. They roll them too tight.

    I always had my doubts about you (none / 0) (#9)
    by Dadler on Sat Dec 25, 2010 at 07:30:00 PM EST
    Now I know. Lol.

    my own true border story (none / 0) (#10)
    by Dadler on Sat Dec 25, 2010 at 07:37:43 PM EST
    Coming back from an Ensenada and La Bufadora trip, we accidentally got into the sentry lane. I knew we'd messed up, and we thought about getting out and pulling a weird u-turn, but decided that would look more suspiscious. So we got to the front of the sentry lane, and the border patrol guy, an American, just rips us a new one, how could we not know we weren't supposed to be in the lane, yap yap, being a total jerk to my wife, who was driving. I finally said, look, yell at me, not my wife, just send us to the back of the regular line, we'll wait all day (I just wanted to get away from this a-hole). He finally sends us to another agent, whom he says may decide to tear our car apart before he send us to the back. Great, we think, just what we need, our already crappy car turned into a thousand piece model kit by La Migra.  So we pull to the next station, where we fully expect to wait hours while our car is ripped rivet to rivet in the search for drugs or human cargo, but instead we get a ridiculously friendly agent, who looked to be of Filipino descent. We gave him our short story, ready to be ripped another new one, when he just smiles and says, I kid you not, in the most innocent and childlike tone you could imagine under the circumstances: "Oh, okay, I haven't even been to Mexico, I bet it's really confusing, huh? You're fine, just go ahead." And he let us through.

    Ah humanity!


    What on earth is (none / 0) (#24)
    by gyrfalcon on Sun Dec 26, 2010 at 03:41:57 PM EST
    a "sentry lane"?

    for people... (none / 0) (#25)
    by Dadler on Sun Dec 26, 2010 at 05:27:37 PM EST
    ...with a kind of special pass, usually those who cross the border regularly and can afford the special permit (and get some kind of security clearance of check, I would assume).

    If I brought back Havana Club (none / 0) (#15)
    by andgarden on Sun Dec 26, 2010 at 08:38:15 AM EST
    from Heathrow when I was under 21, here's how it happened: duty free bag straight through customs.

    Welcome home oculus.


    I'm adjusting my estimate.... (none / 0) (#16)
    by kdog on Sun Dec 26, 2010 at 09:26:03 AM EST
    we're 99.994% criminals...even a.g. is in the club, allegedly:)

    Home?  We ain't got no home...

    I ain't got no home, I'm just a-roamin' 'round,
    Just a wandrin' worker, I go from town to town.
    And the police make it hard wherever I may go
    And I ain't got no home in this world anymore.

    Now as I look around, it's mighty plain to see
    This world is such a great and a funny place to be;
    Oh, the gamblin' man is rich an' the workin' man is poor,
    And I ain't got no home in this world anymore.

    Apparently ICE is impounding (none / 0) (#17)
    by oculus on Sun Dec 26, 2010 at 12:23:33 PM EST
    large amounts of Cuban cigars, which were proudly exhibited on CNN. Our gov't in action.

    Is it JERalyn or JeraLYN? (none / 0) (#18)
    by oculus on Sun Dec 26, 2010 at 01:07:29 PM EST
    kdog and I have differ on this.  Jeralyn, please set out minds at rest!

    From what I remember from seeing (none / 0) (#20)
    by ruffian on Sun Dec 26, 2010 at 01:18:46 PM EST
    her on TV it is JERalyn.

    Like Marilyn (none / 0) (#21)
    by ruffian on Sun Dec 26, 2010 at 01:20:20 PM EST
    That's my "read." (none / 0) (#22)
    by oculus on Sun Dec 26, 2010 at 01:25:50 PM EST
    Yes (none / 0) (#23)
    by Peter G on Sun Dec 26, 2010 at 03:27:36 PM EST
    That's right.