Merry Christmas Eve Open Thread

I'm off to buy Christmas gifts for the family. Karter already opened the one I got her -- she's sitting in it in the picture.

Please let us know how you are celebrating, and I'll be back later this evening.

A happy holiday eve to all!

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    That gift is a big hit. (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by oculus on Mon Dec 24, 2018 at 03:28:02 PM EST

    That is one cute kid. (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by desertswine on Mon Dec 24, 2018 at 03:57:47 PM EST

    Happy Christmas to All (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by Peter G on Mon Dec 24, 2018 at 04:35:55 PM EST
    And to all, a good night!

    Lovely grandchild (5.00 / 4) (#7)
    by Dadler on Mon Dec 24, 2018 at 07:05:23 PM EST
    She's got a nana who adores her, I'm sure. Here on the northern SF peninsula it's our first Christmas without my son living in the house. He moved into an apartment with two friends of his last week. Lives very close, but still...sigh. As such, our house feels empty. But my mother-in-law and wife and I are cozying it up. They are roasting a chicken for the Christmas Eve dinner, doing baby red potatoes with it. Christmas Day dinner is always a roast. Son will be by in a few minutes for eating and then gifts. Our 16 year-old marvel of a is dog napping soundly. Hoping for family viewing of Warriors-Lakers on Christmas Day, that son will stick around for it IOW. And here's the mostly final cover of my book, to be published on New Year's Day by Dr. Cicero Books. Oh the vanity...and shameless plugging.

    Peace & Love to all.

    And to you as well, D. (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by Zorba on Mon Dec 24, 2018 at 08:11:59 PM EST
    Congratulations on your book!

    Thank you, Z (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by Dadler on Tue Dec 25, 2018 at 01:43:55 PM EST
    Knock on wood it'll be ready to order on January 1st, the whole industry is having a print backlog right now. We shall see. Peace out.

    16 year-old marvel of a DOG (none / 0) (#11)
    by Dadler on Tue Dec 25, 2018 at 08:35:40 AM EST
    Typos. Oy.

    Adorable grandbaby! (5.00 / 1) (#16)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Dec 26, 2018 at 05:52:19 PM EST
    I bought one of those for my youngest but it was a couch not a chair and this couch pulled out into a little bed. He used it so much he ended up destroying it and I had to put it in the trash. Just the other day we were talking about the little couch and how popular it was with him. I hope your grand enjoys it as much as my youngest did!

    Mele Kalikimaka, Jeralyn! (none / 0) (#2)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Dec 24, 2018 at 03:32:58 PM EST
    I've been doing some light yard work, raking leaves and trimming bushes, etc., and getting the place ready for the houseful of guests who arriving tonight. Elder Daughter and family fly in at 6:00 p.m., and my mother arrives three hours later. Having the grandkids, who are 3 and 1 years of age, respectively, for a few days will be fun. They both just had birthdays.

    It's been a wet morning here in Hilo, but the sun's now trying to break through, and both Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea are snowcapped -- which is as close to a white Christmas as we're going to see. Hopefully, if we have a clear day, we'll head up to Mauna Kea for a day in the snow. (Here's what it looked like last Christmas.)

    Have a blessed day, everyone.

    I can't believe (none / 0) (#5)
    by Zorba on Mon Dec 24, 2018 at 05:48:23 PM EST
    How big she is already!

    Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year to all!

    Probably great to have a chair your size (none / 0) (#6)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Dec 24, 2018 at 06:48:37 PM EST
    Merry whatever doesn't offend you!

    I filled up today and regular was 1.90

    That was a nice surprise

    That's not the price in Vermont (none / 0) (#17)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Dec 26, 2018 at 09:47:50 PM EST
    That's all I'm sayin :)

    Mystery subpoena (none / 0) (#8)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Dec 24, 2018 at 07:19:53 PM EST
    It's the first time that the Supreme Court has had an opportunity to weigh in on Mueller's special counsel probe, CNN also notes. However, they haven't exactly leaped at the opportunity. They didn't turn it down cold, but they didn't rush to grant cert either. That decision will come sometime after the DoJ files its brief in response to the appeal on December 31 -- probably very soon after, if the history of this case gives any hint as to its future.

    Someone won't have a very happy New Year, in other words. If the Supreme Court follows the lead of the lower courts or its thin precedent, don't bet on that someone being Robert Mueller.


    It seems that the issue may be (none / 0) (#10)
    by Peter G on Mon Dec 24, 2018 at 10:33:43 PM EST
    Whether Mueller can subpoena records to the grand jury from a corporation that is owned by a foreign government. What corporation and what government are unknown.

    Any guesses? (none / 0) (#12)
    by smott on Tue Dec 25, 2018 at 08:48:28 AM EST
    Marcy Wheeler wonders if it's a bank or some finance co, I.e, Alfa Bank which was apparently in comms  w Trump campaign.

    Deutschbank would be....interesting.


    No basis for guessing (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by Peter G on Tue Dec 25, 2018 at 11:06:10 AM EST
    But it would be fun if it were a Russian bank, wouldn't it? I was surprised to see that even their lawyers' names are redacted off the Supreme Court's public on-line docket.

    Could be wrong but I was thinking (none / 0) (#13)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Dec 25, 2018 at 10:25:47 AM EST
    Deutschbank was already subpoenaed.

    Saw a bobble head speculating it might be one of the Russian "V" banks.  VTE?  VTB?