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Saturday, December 31, 2016

A History of New Year's

Original Post @ Cojoweb

January 1st is considered New Years Day in today's society. But this is a fairly new concept because up until the time of Julius Caesar, the Romans celebrated the New Year in March because it was the first month in the Roman calendar. However, January 1 marked the time when the Romans changed their governmental figures and new consuls were inducted into office. And, they had games and feasting to help celebrate the new officials. But, they still used March 1 as their official mark of the new year and had a festival to their god, Mars (God of War).

It was Caesar who changed the Roman New Year's Day to January 1 in honor of Janus, (God of all beginnings and gate keeper of heaven and earth). Janus was always depicted with two faces: One looking back to the old year (past) and one looking ahead to the new year (future). One of the customs in the festival honoring Janus was to exchange gifts and then make resolutions to be friendly and good to one another.

When Constantine ruled the Romans and accepted Christianity as their new faith, they kept the Festival of Janus as the New Years Day ( Not March as before) and turned it into a day of prayer and fasting and not parties etc. It was a day for all good Christians to turn over a new leaf. However, the Romans may have accepted January 1 and Janus as the New Year, but many did not accept the turning over a new leaf, prayer and fasting part of it.

However, even in 1582, Great Britian and the English colonies in America still kept March for the beginning of the year. (Spring as a beginning?) It wasn't until 1752 that Britian (and it's colonies) adopted the new Gregorian calendar and January 1 as the beginning of the year. But many Puritans in New England felt Janus was an offensive pagan god and chose to simply ignore January 1 as a New Years Day. Instead they just made the entire month of January as "The First Month" of the months.

And, today no one really considers January 1 a fasting day. Ironically, for many it is a major day of feasting on junk food and watching football games on television.

How did New Year's Resolutions all begin?
Once again, we go back to the wild and crazy parties of the ancient Romans. :) They indulged themselves in alcoholic and sexual excess as a way of acting out all the chaos that they hoped a new year would get rid of. So, the New Year's festival was a way to start over. By purging yourself of all this so-called excess energy and confessing your sins, there was a hope that you would be much better in the next year ahead.

Now, the Puritans never did approve of all this New Year's hoopla. So of course they went for this religious renewal of cleanse, purge, fast, confess idea. So they encouraged young people not to waste the new year on foolish things but to use it as an opportunity to make a good change in their lives for the good. So, like some Christians, they made New Year's vows or pledges focused on overcoming their own weaknesses, to enhance their god-given talents and to make them better citizens to others.
The custom of making New Year's Resolutions came into vogue in the 20th century. But most of it was done with jest and an understanding that they would not be kept (for long anyway) since humans were naturally backsliders by nature to their naughty habits and ways.

The resolutions today are simply a secular version of the religious vows made in the past toward spiritual perfection. They are often made with good intentions and broken with a sense of humor and renewed annually.
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AULD LANG SYNE

The song, 'Auld Lang Syne,' is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the New Year. At least partially written by Robert Burns in the 1700's, it was first published in 1796 after Burns' death. Early variations of the song were sung prior to 1700 and inspired Burns to produce the modern rendition. An old Scotch tune, 'Auld Lang Syne' literally means "old long ago," or simply, "the good old days."

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'Auld Lang Syne'

Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?
And here's a hand, my trusty friend
And gie's a hand o' thine
We'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne


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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Jeff - RIP (Dec. 29-30)

It's hard to believe it's been six years since Jeff passed away!  Time has truly flown by.

It may sound strange, but the place I think of Jeff most is while I'm at work - because of this plant.


The back part of the plant is the last remains of the one thing I took from Jeff's funeral...I have recently supplemented the pot with another small plant, but the tall one in the back continues to thrive.  It truly is amazing, because I've killed many other plants in my office during this time, but this one keeps churning along.

Those who know me well, know I'm not a traditional religious person, but I do believe in the power of positive thinking, and  am very much a person who believes in strange things...This plant is one of those strange things.  This plant is my gateway to my brother.

It is something I see every day at work, something I tend to by clipping dead leaves and watering every Monday and Friday morning...It is something I care for very much.

I have not forgotten you, Jeff.  I think about and talk of you often...I miss and I love you, Brother.


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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Greeting Cards for My Friends

To My Liberal Friends:  Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2017, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishes.

To My Conservative Friends:  Merry Christmas! And a Happy New Year!
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**I don't know where these 'Greeting Cards' originated, but not even Hallmark has made two that are more appropriate.

Have a great Christmas...Or 'whatever-it-is' Liberals want to call it.
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Last, a warning - from our always on-point C-in-C.



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Friday, December 23, 2016

A Different Christmas Poem

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.

Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.

My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know,
Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.

My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.

A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

"What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"

For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts.
To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
Then he sighed and he said "Its really alright,
I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."
"It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.
No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me."

"My Gramps died at Pearl on a day in December,"
Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram' always remembers."
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of 'Nam,'
And now it is my turn and so, here I am."

"I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile."

Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue...an American flag.

"I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.
I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother.
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."

"So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."

"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son."

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."


CDR Jeff Giles, USN

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

'The Christmas Truce'

Think Christmas isn't special?  Well, what else could stop a World War?  Even if for only a day.

"On Christmas Eve, the soldiers in the field agreed not to fire on one another.  That night, on a front where five days earlier there had been savage fighting the guns fell silent."

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

The 'Real' Election Day!

"Anyone not willing to accept the results of an election is a danger to democracy." - Hillary Clinton (October 2016)

Most Americans have no idea that they don't vote for President of the United States on Election Day (this past November 8)...Generally it isn't their fault, because our education system (K-College) has done an absolutely piss-poor job of explaining the matter - by design.

On November 8th, the American people went to the polls and voted for the 'Electors' who have pledged to vote for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton - as determined by the vote of the people on November 8.  As it turned out on Election Day, the people voted for 306 Electors for Trump and 232 Electors for Hillary...The Electoral College is scheduled to cast its votes on December 19.  This is the 'Real Election Day,' and the results of this vote will determine who is President of the United States.

"Democracy survives because we recognize that there is something more important than any individual campaign, and that is making sure the integrity and trust in our institutions sustains itself. Because democracy works by consent, not by force...Every expert regardless of political party...who has ever examined these issues in a serious way will tell you that instances of significant voter fraud are not to be found. Keep in mind elections are run by state and local officials." - President Barack Obama (October 2016)

It doesn't happen often, so I have to say it very loud and clear:  Hillary and Obama are correct! (above)  

The basic point of America's 'democratic republican' form of government is the "will of the people," and the people accepting the outcome of elections...The only other way of sorting things out is through civil war and tyranny - usually going hand-in-hand.

Which leads us to these lunatics - lunatics who do not believe in "the will of the people", nor "accept the results of an election" (HRC), nor believes that "democracy works by consent" (BO).


Each and every one of theses douchebags DOES NOT HAVE MY RESPECT!  Nor should they have yours.  They are asshats of the highest order.  Everyone knows that to be true, so lets move on to 'the Russians.'

Did Putin play around in our election?  Of course he did!  The Russians (Soviets) have been playing various propaganda games in our elections for decades.  It's like sport for them.

That said, we really shouldn't get too up-in-arms about the Ruskies doing this, BECAUSE OUR GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN DOING IT FOR JUST AS LONG AS THE RUSSIANS!

The CIA is famous (infamous) for foreign political assassinations, getting involved in elections, and setting up puppet governments.  The recent Ukraine spat is the result of Hillary Clinton and her clown show at the State Department playing around in Ukrainian politics, and Obama put millions of taxpayer dollars towards defeating Benjamin Netanyahu in the most recent Israeli election - neither worked out well for HRC or BO...Par for the course for both.

Are we really stupid enough to think the rest of the world is going to perpetually put up with our BS, and not expect them to shoot back?  Especially when they can do it with the simple clicks of a keyboard?  Give me a break.  We reap what we sow.  And the sooner we think that through the better off we will be as a nation.

That said, the Russians didn't tilt the election to Donald Trump.  In fact it's hard to believe they didn't think Hillary was going to win (like all the geniuses in the punditocracy told everyone), and were simply setting Hillary up for massive problems as President.  What better way to take advantage of and abuse a national leader than to have terabytes of data to use against them - if nothing else than as political blackmail?

It is also hard to believe the same punditocracy, who were dead certain Hillary was going to crush Trump, screaming and crying that the Russians and Putin wanted Trump to win...Vlad is a very smart guy (probably playing the weakest geopolitical hand better than anyone ever has), and he knows Trump is a total wild card.  No one knows what Trump is going to do, but no one doubts that Trump is going to put American interests first.  No one other than those blinded by Liberalism and pure Trump hatred that is.  

Two people beat Hillary Clinton, and neither are named Vlad.  Those two people are Donald Trump and HILLARY CLINTON!    

"No hacker, Russian or otherwise, convinced Clinton to ignore Michigan and completely skip Wisconsin. No outside entity forced Hillary to set up a secret email server while Secretary of State. And no outfit, foreign or domestic, caused any of those emails to be written, any of those discussions to occur or any of those lies to be told. Democrats and members of the Clinton campaign did that all by themselves…No hack made Hillary take millions for paid speeches. No leak set up the sketchy Clinton Foundation deals. Nothing computer related caused Hillary to lie about her mishandling of classified material. And no Russian anything caused Hillary to ignore, even belittle, a large swath of the American public. She did that all on her own…The problem for Clinton and Democrats was the attitude revealed in the content of those emails. Whether they had been hacked and leaked or not, that attitude permeated the campaign and the last eight years, and millions of voters did not want any part of it…If Democrats want to know the true reason they lost they need look no further than the top of their ticket." - Derek Hunter


So, enjoy the 'Real' Election Day.  Trump may end up with a few less than the 302 Electoral Votes he earned, because a few Electors just couldn't do the one and only job they were picked to do, but make no mistake Donald Trump will win this election...A truth made even sweeter because it will also mean Hillary Clinton will lose again!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

My Sweet 16

My youngest daughter, Brooklyn, turns 16! (Dec 18)  She is such an amazing young lady - but she is still my little girl.

Brookie truly is my wife's daughter, getting all of Melissa's best traits:  Beautiful, smart, hard working, conscientious, loyal, strong willed, etc...I'm happy that she also got some of my good ones as well:  Sensitive, flexible, fun loving, serious but not too serious, etc.

The best thing for Brook is she didn't get hardly any of me and my wife's bad traits - especially not mine :)

I last wrote about Brooklyn on her 13th birthday, and she has grown so much - including much of the crazy-train which comes with being a middle-teen girl.  But, in this past three years she hasn't grown too big for her own britches, and continues to be the sweetest child...She is still my baby and I her daddy.  She still plays with me, goes to our yearly Veteran's Day celebrations, cuddles, tells me her stories, sings in the car with the window down (summer or winter), and she's my 'Katy Kat'.

Those with good memories may remember for her 13th birthday I said she was my 'Katy Smash Up Kid'...She hasn't changed, and this is still the perfect song for my 16 year old Brookie.  It's the song we've sang together more than any other.

Here's how I put it when she turned 13:

"Overall, Brooklyn is a Katy Perry song - or even better, she's a 'Smash-Up' of them all...Forget the hyper-sexual nature of Katy's songs (most of our culture, for that matter).  Katy Perry songs are about enjoying life, getting over yourself, spontaneous craziness, adapting to life's stresses and difficulties, having fun, getting along with others, and pushing to succeed.  In other words, they are about my youngest daughter - no longer a 'tweener,' but I'm pretty certain she'll always remain a good kid-at-heart."

She's growing up tremendously, but she's still the same great kid.


Since the time when I was Brooklyn's age, I've had two goals in life (I figured if I could reach these goals everything else would work out fine - I've been right), and one theory for parenting:

Goal 1:  Be a good spouse...Doing so would help assure the second.
Goal 2:  Be a good parent.
1 Theory for Parenting:  Parents should exist for their children.  Not vice versa.

I hope I have been a good parent for Brooklyn...She deserves nothing less.

Happy 16th birthday, Brookie.  I love you so much - Daddy

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Prager University: Just Say "Merry Christmas"

"We teach what isn't taught." - Dennis Prager

This semester of Prager University is presented by:  Dennis Prager

"Is all this elimination of the word Christmas important or not?  The answer is obvious:  It's very important.  That's why so much effort is devoted to substituting other words for Christmas." – D.P.


"The vast majority of Americans who celebrate Christmas, and who treat non-Christians so well deserve better.  So please say 'Merry Christmas.'" - D.P.

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Monday, December 12, 2016

U.S. National Guard's 380th Birthday

Yes, you read that correctly - 379th birthday...The National Guard was in existence before the American Revolution.

I could have put together a post honoring the Guard, or found a wonderful article on its history, but the video below is much better than anything I could have done or found...That said, I do recommend you go to the National Guard Home Page to get a history lesson.

When you play the video, listen to the words (even if it's not your favorite type of music), watch the images, and read the captions (the ones on the video, not the ads.  X-out of the ads)...The song and video give me the chills, and presents the National Guard in all its past, present, and future glory  

"Right here underneath my wing, you can rest your head."

"Hope and pray that you never need me, but rest assured I will not let you down."


"I walk beside you, but you may not see me, the strongest among you may not wear a crown."

"We'll always be ready, because we will always be there."

Sunday, December 11, 2016

A New Take On a Christmas Classic


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Thursday, December 08, 2016

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