Merry Christmas 2009

Feliz Navidad,  Buone Feste Natalizie,  Joyeux Noel, Fröhliche Weihnachten, Gledelig Jul, Nollaig Shona Dhuit,  Kurisumasu Omedeto, Sung Tan Chuk Ha, souksan van Christmas, Natale hilare et Annum Faustum, Boze Narodzenie, Feliz Natal, Milad Majid, Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan,  Glædelig Jul, Zalig Kerstfeast,  Nadolig Llawen, Gajan Kristnaskon, Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad, Hyvaa joulua, Nollaig chridheil agus Bliadhna mhath ùr, Kala Christouyenna, Mele Kalikimaka, Yukpa, Nitak Hollo Chito, Merry Keshmish, Ojenyunyat Sungwiyadeson honungradon nagwutut,  Mitho Makosi Kesikansi, La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou, Jutdlime pivdluarit ukiortame pivdluaritlo.

No matter how you say it.  Merry Christmas.  And a healthy, happy and prosperous  new year.



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54 responses to “Merry Christmas 2009

  1. Weekly Address: Celebrating Christmas and Honoring Those Who Serve

    For the first time in a weekly address, the President is joined by the First Lady as they celebrate Christmas.

  2. Back at ya d, and a ho ho ho to one and all!

  3. tonyb39

    Merry Christmas to all!

    “Health Care Changes Wouldn’t Have Big Effect for Many”

    “But what about the roughly 160 million workers and their dependents who already have health insurance through an employer? For many people, the result of the long, angry health care debate in Washington may be little more than more of the same.

    As President Obama once promised, “If you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan.”

    That may be true even if you don’t like your health plan. And no one seems to agree on whether the legislation will do much to reduce workers’ continually rising out-of-pocket costs.”

    We need a Public Option people!Medicare for all,ha, silly me maybe if i say it enough it will happen,nope.

  4. tonyb39

    “Tidings of Comfort” P.Krugman scores big here!

    “Finally, there has been opposition from some progressives who are unhappy with the bill’s limitations. Some would settle for nothing less than a full, Medicare-type, single-payer system. Others had their hearts set on the creation of a public option to compete with private insurers. And there are complaints that the subsidies are inadequate, that many families will still have trouble paying for medical care.

    Unlike the tea partiers and the humbuggers, disappointed progressives have valid complaints. But those complaints don’t add up to a reason to reject the bill. Yes, it’s a hackneyed phrase, but politics is the art of the possible.

    The truth is that there isn’t a Congressional majority in favor of anything like single-payer. There is a narrow majority in favor of a plan with a moderately strong public option. The House has passed such a plan. But given the way the Senate rules work, it takes 60 votes to do almost anything. And that fact, combined with total Republican opposition, has placed sharp limits on what can be enacted.

    If progressives want more, they’ll have to make changing those Senate rules a priority. They’ll also have to work long term on electing a more progressive Congress. But, meanwhile, the bill the Senate has just passed, with a few tweaks — I’d especially like to move the start date up from 2014, if that’s at all possible — is more or less what the Democratic leadership can get.”

    Krugman validates some of what I feel! Yes, elect more progressives and change the Senate rules! I hear Jane Hamshir calling…

  5. tonyb39


    “Love it or hate it, it is historic, Vice Pres. Biden presiding.

    In a humorous moment, when Sen. Reid was called to vote he mistakenly said “no,” but then was allowed to change his vote, with laughter breaking out, as he threw his hands up to say “AYE!” That moment is at about 1 minute into the video shown here.

    Can you just imagine what the traditional media would have done if the Senate had failed? Republicans would be dancing.

    Now Pres. Obama says he’ll get involved.

    MR. LEHRER: Are you going to be involved in the reconciliation?

    PRESIDENT OBAMA: Absolutely.

    MR. LEHRER: I mean, on a hands-on way?

    PRESIDENT OBAMA: Absolutely.

    MR. LEHRER: Are you going to actually participate with –

    PRESIDENT OBAMA: We are – we are – we hope to have a whole bunch of folks over here in the West Wing, and I’ll be rolling up my sleeves and spending some time before the full Congress even gets into session, because the American people need it now.

    Pres. Obama to “roll up his sleeves.” Swell.

    Let me add a thought about where we stand and the mess this debacle has left in its wake, regardless of the history made, which is a fact and not in doubt. Driving to a goal is not the same as truly inspired leadership, which we have not seen yet on health care.”

  6. To all Backchannel Bloggers and Friends…

    May you all have a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

    God Bless.

  7. Back at ya AP, hope you’re back is better

  8. dooty

    Feliz Navidad a todos.

  9. TempeBev

    Great post – anyway you say it – have a great day!

  10. nannymm

    Merry Christmas to all my BC’er friends. Have a wonderful day whatever you do and with whomever you spend it.

  11. tonyb39

    “When Intolerance Kills Christmas II: Why Should Gay U.S. Soldiers Still Fear Saluting Barack Obama?”

    “This year, Lady Gaga opened for President Barack Obama who reassured the gay community he was with them. When one person in the audience said “We love you, Barack!”, the President quickly responded, “I love you back.”

    matthew shepard.jpgMatthew Shepard’s amazing but earthy, put-up-with-nothing-but-tolerance parents, Judy and Dennis, were awarded the first Edward M. Kennedy National Leadership Award. The cast of Glee was there.

    But I told my friend that if he did wear his stand-out-in-the-crowd military uniform, full of medals he had earned fighting for this country, he ran the risk of attracting media attention.

    He wanted the president of the United States, Barack Obama, to see that uniformed military were embedded throughout the U.S. military and that they too were calling for the rights of the gay community. My friend wanted Barack Obama to see that gay men and women in the military supported him.

    But by doing so, this brave and very good guy ran the real risk of being discharged from the military and becoming one of the mounting statistics of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, which is another great outfit fighting for the rights of discharged gay military men and women.”

  12. Jeez Tony, the man has been in office less than a year. He saved the economy from going over the cliff, he’s managed to do what no president has done in 50 years and get major health care reform passed. He’s done a lot to repair our relationships overseas, signed into law pay equity, expanded health care for children, aggressively pushing on global warming both here and abroad. All the while dealing with a hostile GOP that makes what happened during the Clinton years look like a day a beach. This petulant unrealistic bitching of yours is getting tedious, he the president of the United States, not the frigging Wizard of Oz.

  13. tonyb39

    “This petulant unrealistic bitching of yours is getting tedious, he the president of the United States, not the frigging Wizard of Oz.”

    I disagree with your assessment obviously!! I call it holding the Dems as well as the President’s feet to the fire.I voted for change and I haven’t seen much,my opinion!! Your cheerleading for a party is tiresome and boring!! I give the President an incomplete so far.If you don’t like it,well to bad.If you want only cheerleader party people here at your sight just say the word.

  14. tonyb39

    I got it! Bye,bye

  15. dog's eye view

    Merry Christmas. I hope 2010 is going to be a wonderful year for all of us, and that we are all with people we care about this week.

    Best Backchannel wishes to all.

  16. Best to you too dog, I’m with Tucker and Ralphie, couldn’t ask for more

  17. dog's eye view

    That sounds like good holiday company.

    Have a good one, Brian. You dug out yet?

  18. AmericanInSURGEnt

    “He saved the economy from going over the cliff”

    Umm no he hasnt..unemployment is still going up ,no jobs have been created,taxes are going up and more are on the way. Its taken you a over a year to pay a $400 debt..get a grip on reality.

    “he’s managed to do what no president has done in 50 years and get major health care reform passed”

    Big deal,lets see how well it works. If cash for clunkers,his credit card bill,his ability to reel in bankers,and Obama’s fondness for lying to us about war is any indication of how great Obamacare will be,Id say we are screwed.

    “He’s done a lot to repair our relationships overseas”

    LOL..umm with who? Delusion runneth over.

    “expanded health care for children”

    And what children would these be? The Crow children in S.Dakota that are freezing to death? The Afghan,Palestinian,Iraqi, and Pakistani children that are bombed by predator drones or microwaved to death? The children that are forced into prostitution by private contractors hired by Obama? You have a lot of balls saying that.

    “aggressively pushing on global warming both here and abroad”

    Pushing what Brian? A carbon tax to be paid directly to a world bank,the I.M.F. Explain to us how that has anything to do with saving the planet. I doubt you have even the slightest idea how carbon taxation will work.

    “This petulant unrealistic bitching of yours is getting tedious”

    Then exercise your Obamaness and ban his free speech,its the newest “liberal” thing to do when someone dosnt agree with you. Wasnt Hitler a liberal ,environmentalist?

    This blind devotion to a political party is an anchor that drags this country down and keeps people divided. The parties do everything in their power to keep that division alive and to keep you distracted,our unity is their greatest fear.

  19. nannymm

    Good morning! Was Santa good to you all?

    • dnd

      I celebrated the birthday of the most famous Jew in history (other than perhaps Barbara Streisand) in the way I always do: I ate too much.

      Still snowing here…

  20. nannymm

    Have you all seen the new petition at Firedoglake?
    This time Jane Hamsher has gone too far for my taste. This is beyond hardball tactics IMO.

    “Investigate Rahm Emanuel”
    “Join us in calling for the Department of Justice to investigate White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s dealings at Freddie Mac and the subsequent stonewalling of an investigation.”

  21. raining here, with a howling wind.

  22. “Jane Hamsher and Grover Norquist”

    Gag me with a friggin spoon! Memo to Jane, you are judged by the company you keep!

  23. nannymm

    dnd, Hubby and I had a very nontraditional Christmas dinner. We dined on seared scallops, asparagus with mornay sauce, brown and wild rice pilaf, salad, bruschetta, and key lime cheesecake for dessert. Delicious! And like you we ate too much. 🙂

  24. nannymm

    We’re expecting an ice storm here. So it’s a good day to stay inside and do nothing. My favorite kind of day. I think I’ll curl up by the fire with a cup of tea and a good mystery later.

  25. I had a very traditional Jewish christmas dinner, fried pork dumplings and beef with garlic sauce! I always eat too much, like you need an excuse.

  26. nannymm

    “Jane Hamsher and Grover Norquist”

    It is quite sickening, isn’t it? This time, jane Hamsher has gone way too far IMO. It will come back to bite her in the ass.

  27. Disgusting is the word that comes to mind, it’s one thing to be pissed at the president but to hookup with scum like Norquist is quite beyond the pale.

  28. nannymm

    I love beef with garlic sauce. Did you save me some?

  29. No, but have no fear, I can gallons of the stuff here in a matter of minutes, ah the urban life!

  30. nannymm

    Don’t rub it in.

  31. huh? You eat beef with garlic sauce, you don’t rub it in. Silly girl!

  32. dooty

    We bought 4 dozen homemade tamales from a favorite restaurant here and Carol made rice and beans and we heated tortillas and had guacamole also. Homemade cookies for desert. Still got a couple of dozen tamales so that may be my lunch today.

  33. dooty

    oh I forgot the homemade chili also. It is always better the next day for some reason.

  34. nannymm

    Tamales? OMG! I’ll be right over.

  35. dooty

    yup tamales…traditional Mexican Christmas fare. We used to give a couple of dozen tamales to Carol’s mother and father when they were still alive for Christmas presents. One year after they had died Carol and I bought some peanuts (one of her dads favs) and some cooked tamales (big time favorites) and on the “El Día de los Muertos” or Day of the Dead we proceeded to sit on the graves and have a feast. I think I married a Mexican.

    • dnd

      Mom told me that one of her neighbors invited her over for dinner on Christmas eve. They had tamales smothered with green chili. I told mom I wished I had neighbors like that.

  36. nannymm

    Back when I lived in West Texas, Doots, I learned to make tamales from the Mexican women at my church. We all got together at the Parish Hall kitchen in mid December and made tamales by the thousands. Then we sold them for the benefit our Catholic School. It was quite an experience! I learned a lot from those ladies and had fun in the process.

  37. TempeBev

    I’m hungry!

  38. Me too! When are you women folk going to have dinner ready?

  39. dooty

    Brian, you may be interested in this article. Shocking that it comes from the Wall Street Journal but it is a pretty interesting proposition for saving Mexico.

    • dnd

      Interesting WSJ piece on drug trafficking Doots. I saw something on local tv here that these same drug gangs are using remote U.S. state and federal lands to grow their crops, complete with elaborate irrigation systems, and armed guards. Not exactly what you want to run into when you go hiking in a wilderness area. If they legalized it and took away the profit motive, as the WSJ suggests, these guys would go out of business.

      • dnd

        BTW, Happy Kwanzaa everybody!

        Here’s my Kwanzaa story. When President Carter was elected, my brother was in the Peace Corps out in the bush in Senegal. As their main crop was peanuts, they were very excited to hear that a peanut farmer was elected as POTUS.

  40. Doots I’m not surprised, there are many on the right who think the “war on drugs” is just absurd.

  41. I just watched a really good movie on the local PBS station, Levity with Billy Bob Thorton (maybe my favorite actor these days). Really good film.

  42. nannymm

    I think it’s time for Obama to fire McChrystal. This borders on insubordination:

    Civilian, military planners have different views on new approach to Afghanistan

  43. “I think it’s time for Obama to fire McChrystal. This borders on insubordination:”

    I can live with that!

  44. nannymm

    McConnell Hints That GOP Will Campaign On Repealing Health Care Reform

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