New Year’s Eve


We are all getting ready to wind down the decade and cash it in tonight. It is hard to believe another year let alone another decade has spun by but so it has. If I don’t catch you tomorrow, I wish you all the best for the New Year.

Many thanks to all who stop by my little spot here in the ether!

May we have much Peace and Joy.

Enya adds to the season.


Happy New Year!



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New York to Allow Accused Criminals to Look at Own Crime Scenes, Quickly Obtain Witness Names


If we thought the New York law that goes into effect on January 1 was just a get out of jail  free card, think again. Talk about giving the criminals the keys to the city and all its treasures this is sure one. Who is going to be willing to testify either as a victim or a witness? Here it is:

The state of New York will soon allow accused criminals to inspect their own crime scenes and will quickly provide them with a complete list of named witnesses testifying against them as part of a series of new jailbreak laws.

As Breitbart News reported, New York’s bail reforms, set to go into effect January 2020, will ensure that suspects accused of crimes deemed “non-violent” are not jailed before their trial dates and do not have to post bail. Instead, these suspects are released directly back into the public and expected to show up for their court dates. Roughly 125,000 accused criminals are expected to be released from prison every year in the state.

Those so-called non-violent crimes include second-degree manslaughter, aggravated vehicular assault, promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child, possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child, criminally negligent homicide, and aggravated vehicular homicide.

Another portion of the law will more quickly give defendants a full list of named witnesses testifying against them in the criminal trial. Starting in January, the prosecution will be forced to hand over to defendants a list of named witnesses within 15 days of the defendants’ arraignment.

In June, the Manhattan Institute’s Seth Barron and Ralf Mangual wrote that such a provision will make it impossible for prosecutors to ensure witnesses are protected through the criminal trial process:

Prosecutors will no longer be able to assure witnesses that their identity will be protected, even in the case of grand jury testimony, which the new law will now require be disclosed. (While there’s a provision to ask a judge for a protective order to shield a name, that would come after cops and prosecutors talk to witnesses to make an arrest and build a case.) [Emphasis added]

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Sunday Respite – What Child is This?


I have selected two songs including a very unique rendition of “Little Drummer Boy” I posted previously for today’s Sunday Respite.

‘What Child Is This’, a traditional Christmas Carol by William Dix and arranged by John Stainer, live recording by Sunday 7pm Choir.


Little Drummer Boy by students at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway. I suggest watching it in full screen.

Wishing everyone a joyous day.




Saturday’s Passel of Potpourri



It’s Saturday and time for a break and maybe a smile or two. Page down for politics and/or check out the top posts listed on the right side of the page.

Lots of animals today and the usual construction problems and general mayhem conducted by our fellow travelers.


A start with a couple of Christmas pics with our favorite friends.

Yes, true love and total devotion.

Here we go with the usual problem solvers

A reminder that we are not on this earth ship alone.


More on this planet that have thoughts and plans.

Now that was a surprise.

Will he make it? That is always the question.

Nope. I am coming with you.

This cat is extending the 9 lives idea.

This is what I call going fishing.

All in a day’s work.

That’s it folks. Have a wonderful day!


Trip down memory lane: MSNBC worst of 2019, Hillary voters, the Magic Wand


First from  the  Washington Free Beacon

as it presents its seventh annual look at the worst MSNBC had to offer over the past year. Let’s take a trip down memory lane.



The reason for Russia Russia Russia and all this impeachment nonsense. Those liberal tears taste delicious. From the 2016 election:



The stock market is booming with record highs again and again. The reason?

A post would not be complete without the “Magic Wand” – how lucky we are!


Other than this, all is well in the swamp.

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Christmas Candlelight.


Charlie Chaplin’s Limelight Theme is my selection for today as I am taking a bit of a break, enjoying the leftovers of a wonderful day with friends and family.

I suggest full screen… enjoy.


Have a wonderful day.

Merry Christmas!


Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas! Have a wonderful day

Handel’s Messiah: For Unto us a Child is Born, Mormon Tabernacle Choir.



Wishing you many blessings.

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Christmas Eve


Christmas Eve is upon us.  Here is one of my favorite pieces this time of year. O Holy Night.

If you have any kiddies around or you are feeling like one yourself at this time of year, I am adding a wonderful video that can be sent to your flat screen or on your computer. The kids will be fascinated about Santa’s helpers as little avatars. I keep it on as a background music just for the enjoyment.


“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” Micah 5:2

Matthew 2:5
“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

Matthew 2:6
But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah, for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of My people Israel.'”

Josh Groban – O Holy Night



Santa´s Castle with Christmas Music – full screen for sure!



Wishing everyone a blessed and happy Christmas.


Fat people contribute to Global Warming



by Mustang

Obese people contribute to global warming as they emit more carbon dioxide than those of a normal weight, according to research.” This from the Daily Mail

“The study, published in the journal ‘Obesity,’ also points out that by consuming more, they increase their impact on the planet.”
“Obesity is estimated to be responsible for 700 megatons of carbon dioxide, or about 1.6 per cent of all man-made emissions.”
  • Obesity Society calculated environmental impact of increased food intake
  • Overweight people are responsible for 20 per cent more greenhouse gas emissions compared with a lean person 
  • Transporting obese people also causes an excess of carbon dioxide emissions
“Researchers compared a larger body mass index with one considered normal and calculated the extra emission of greenhouse gasses.  They found an obese person produces an extra 81kg of carbon dioxide a year.  They are also responsible for an extra 593kg from increased food and drink consumption and an extra 476kg from car and air travel each year.”
“Author Faidon Magkos, of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, said, “In addition to beneficial effects on morbidity, mortality and healthcare costs, managing obesity can favorably affect the environment.”
“The authors said it was important not to stigmatize people because of their weight, and noted exercise also contributes to carbon emissions.”
This is NOT a joke, so to repeat the title, I kid you not.  
If we pretend that these statistics are bona fide scientific findings, does anyone have any ideas how to solve the problem? 
I mean, suppose an obese person doesn’t want to cut back on carbs or join Planet Fitness?  What solutions would socialists most likely come up with?  Come on, help us out. 

Leave us your suggestions (or likely outcomes of heavily socialist programs) for solving the problem.  Regale us with your best ideas, or better yet, send an email to Faidon Magkos at  He could probably use the support.

Sunday Respite – Advent and the Winter Solstice


On Saturday, December 21, we are given the return of longer days with the celebration of the Winter Solstice. Soon to follow we celebrate the gift of Jesus and his wonderful light.

Many of our customs today have a basis in those early traditions including Yule logs, mistletoe and Christmas trees – having their roots in the pagan celebrations of the Winter Solstice.

Long before the birth of Christ, our stone age ancestors had their own theologies.  They were dependent upon the seasons. As such, they followed the wheel of the year. How anxious they must have been as the days kept growing shorter and wondering if the sun would again return, reborn, gifting longer days once more.

This is Advent  — when, as sleepers, we awaken to our own light of love, deep within us, waiting to be reborn again in the dark stables of our own souls.

Lindsey Mead speaks to the nascent light of her own inner longing as Solstice approached, and offers a meditation by author Meg Casey that captures the hushed beauty of December here

December is a holy month. Maybe it is the dark, silky silence that descends so early that speaks to me of reverence. Maybe it is the promise that December holds — that no matter how dark, how cold, how empty it can get, the light is coming back. Something always shifts in me when December arrives — I embrace the darkness, and am eager for the coming solstice when the whole world is still and holds its breath, waiting to be reborn again.

What a not-to-be-missed treasure the natural season of Advent can be then, when the “nascent light” inside each of us can turn to, and answer, the promises of light surrounding us everywhere in the December dark — the whisper of candlelight from darkened windows, the blue-black light of dusk against the silhouetted trees of winter.

O come, O come, Emmanuel – The Piano Guys

What if we could see the Solstice and the Sun/Son as “the light of the world” as did the ancients for thousands of years before us.

It’s a beautiful video that captures the essence of the season perfectly. Enya singing Silent Night in Gaelic in the background, setting the mood.


Wishing everyone a happy and blessed day this fourth Sunday of Advent.

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