Thank you, thank you, thank you!

“Thank you” to you and the tens of thousands of people who have taken the time to visit my website, view my blog, comment on it and share it!

My website was viewed over 60,000 times in 2020!

Over the course of my first three plus years of “Mr. Erickson Rules!  How I (the correct way to) Perceive the World!” I have produced over 900 blogs along with fifteen volumes of my greatest hits books from my blog, of which I am very proud.

The viewership of my website has more than tripled each year, and went up by over 600% this last year, in 2020!

I am truly amazed that people have visited my website from all around the world…, from 110 countries to be exact!  Wow!

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Are you kidding me, San Francisco?!

This is a joke, right?

Apparently not.

According to the KUSI Newsroom (a local San Diego TV station), “San Francisco may remove President Abraham Lincoln’s name from a high school because some in the district say Abraham Lincoln did not demonstrate that “black lives mattered to him.”

Wait, what?!

“If you did not know, the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, abolished slavery.”

I think we all know that, unless you went to school in California, apparently.

“Lincoln was also assassinated for it.”

Again, I think we all know that, unless you went to school in California, apparently.

Are these people in San Francisco all on drugs, or are they all just idiots?

The answer, I believe, is “yes.”

“The San Francisco Chronicle reported, ‘Lincoln is one of dozens of historical figures who the city school district’s renaming committee argued led lives so rife with racism, oppression or abuse that their names should not grace its buildings.’”

“Their names should not grace their buildings?!”

I would vote to have Abraham Lincoln’s name removed because he doesn’t deserve to be associated with this embarrassment of a city!

“The SFUSD [San Francisco Unified School District] School Names Advisory Committee’s discussion on the name was made public on YouTube.”

Jill Tucker, of the San Francisco Chronicle, reports that, “Abraham Lincoln, once a hero, is now a bad guy in some S.F. education circles.”

“Abraham Lincoln, an iconic American hero, could soon be an outcast in San Francisco, his legacy called into question and his name ripped off a high school.”

“Lincoln is one of dozens of historical figures who, according to a school district renaming committee, lived a life so stained with racism, oppression or human rights violations, they do not deserve to have their name on a school building.”

“The debate reflects a nation in turmoil, a reckoning with a racist past that lingers today, toppling Confederate statues from town squares and eliminating a large number of Robert E. Lee street signs.”

Confederate statues and Robert E. Lee street signs are one thing…, and President Abraham Lincoln is a complete other thing.

‘“Uprooting the problematic names and symbols that currently clutter buildings, streets, throughout the city is a worthy endeavor,’ said Jeremiah Jeffries, chairman of the renaming committee and a first-grade teacher in San Francisco. ‘Only good can come from the public being reflective and intentional about the power of our words, names and rhetoric within our public institutions.’”

Again, apparently not.

The only “problematic” name I see here is “Jeremiah Jeffries.”

He should be dismissed and allowed to find work teaching in a fascist country elsewhere.

“But history is not always clear. People are complicated. Heroism and bravery can be obscured by beliefs and behaviors deemed abhorrent when viewed through a modern lens.”

Is “modern” a synonym for “neo-fascist” now?

“Was Lincoln one of the greatest presidents of all time who ended the country’s great shame or a whitewashed historic character with a questionable record related to Native Americans not worthy of memorials, school names and street signs?”

Let’s please recall that the Native Americans were a conquered people in America.  Keeping that in mind, I feel they have been given ample consideration they would not have received from any other country.

“When the committee released the 44 school sites to be renamed, many made sense. Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe were slave owners, and Vasco Nunez Balboa was a murderous conquistador.”

I really don’t care about Balboa one way or the other…, San Francisco is the place that chose to name a school after him for some reason, but Jefferson and Monroe?  Two of the founding fathers of our nation?  And, yes, they may have owned slaves back then, but it was legal then, and over 200 years ago.

“But perhaps the most controversial name on the list was Lincoln. Honest Abe. The Great Emancipator.”

I would say having George Washington on that list is just as disgraceful, if not more so.  

“His inclusion exemplifies the struggle in San Francisco and across the country to balance the good and the bad, in this case, the hero and the 19th century man with many faults.”

Please don’t try and pull the rest of the country into your liberal insanity.

And please, give me names of some people who don’t have any faults.

I’ll wait.

‘“I have so many reactions in the sense of looking at his entire record and the fact of what (Lincoln) did for Africans and slavery and the Emancipation Proclamation,’ said Sherry Black, who worked for more than 40 years in Native American economic and community development. ‘Considering the time period, it’s so difficult to understand how things were at the time. How do you make these decisions?’”

Pulling your head out of your backside would be a good start, Sherry.

“To many, Abraham Lincoln was one of the country’s greatest presidents, the Great Emancipator, a beloved historic figure as well as political mentor to his successors, including Barack Obama, who used the Lincoln Bible for his inauguration.”

Uh…, yeah.

I knew Obama was a closet racist!  He’s half white you know!

“Yet the renaming of Lincoln High School was a slam dunk for the committee, which didn’t even discuss it, according to video of the meetings.”

A “slam dunk,” and they “didn’t even discuss it?!”

Okay…, that’s it!  I’m officially requesting that California be thrown out of the union of states.

California should not be allowed to fly the American flag, and its citizens should not be considered “Americans.”

I mean, either you want to be a part of America or you don’t…, and California obviously doesn’t…, so, just get out then.  

“The members of the committee, appointed by the school board, deemed whether a person’s actions or beliefs met the criteria for renaming, and moved on. The committee’s spreadsheet with notes on their research listed the federal treatment of Native Americans during his administration as the reason.”

Let’s take a look at this disgrace of a school board!

Mark Sanchez, School Board President

Gabriela Lopez, School Board VP

Alison Collins, Commissioner

Stevon Cook, Commissioner

Jenny Lam, Commissioner

Faauuga Moliga, Commissioner

Rachael Norton, Commissioner

These people were all elected by the city of San Francisco.

“The discussion for Lincoln centered around his treatment of First Nation peoples, because that was offered first,’ Jeffries said. ‘Once he met criteria in that way, we did not belabor the point.’”

Again, let’s please recall that the Native Americans were a conquered people in America.  Keeping that in mind, I feel they have been given more than ample consideration that they would not have received from any other country.

“Jeffries, however, said the narrative of Lincoln’s legacy is false.”

Jeremiah Jeffries…, judge, jury and executioner.

He sure wields a lot of power for someone who teaches 6 year olds.

“Regardless of the pop culture myths of Lincoln and his motivations, the Civil War was not fought over slavery or the liberation of Black people, he said.”

Without President Lincoln, Jeffries would be in no position to even utter his “stupidness” at this point.

Just sayin’.

“The San Francisco School Names Advisory Committee used the following criteria to identify school names to be changed:

Anyone directly involved in the colonization of people

Slave owners or participants in enslavement

Perpetrators of genocide or slavery

Those who exploit workers/people

Those who directly oppressed or abused women, children, queer or transgender people [Does this include Joe Biden?]

Those connected to any human rights or environmental abuses

Those who are known racists and/or white supremacists and/or espoused racist beliefs.” [This would historically include most democrat politicians.]

“San Francisco’s district is considering changing the name of schools honoring the following people [this is really only about half of the school names being considered]:

Abraham Lincoln High School, U.S. president

George Washington High School, first U.S. president

Herbert Hoover Middle School, U.S. president

Roosevelt Middle School, Theodore or F.D., both U.S. presidents

Paul Revere K-8, American Revolution patriot

Alamo Elementary, the site of Texas Revolution battle

Garfield Elementary, James Garfield, U.S. president

Jefferson Elementary, Thomas Jefferson, U.S. president

Francis Scott Key Elementary, composer of ‘Star Spangled Banner’

Monroe Elementary, James Monroe, U.S. president

An unwritten criteria for this ignorant list, and the most important factor, apparently, is being a white male.

Just sayin’.

“For the renaming committee, [otherwise known as the “woke” Nazi propaganda ministry], one decision that met the criteria was enough.”

‘“We asked ourselves, did the name under consideration meet one or more of our criteria?  If that name met criteria, they were put on the list,’ Jeffries said.”

“At the same time, labor leader Cesar Chavez didn’t make the list {He was not white.], despite his feelings toward undocumented immigrants, who he called ‘wetbacks’ and other derogatory names. He encouraged his supporters to report them to the authorities for deportation.”

And he was against illegal immigrants too!!!

How did he possibly survive their hit list?!

I’m telling you…, the white male criteria is the overriding factor.

“Jeffries said no one on the committee offered evidence that Chavez met the criteria. He did not say whether anyone on the committee looked for any.”

Alrighty then!

“The committee is expected to formally recommend renaming the 44 school sites in January, which will also include an alternative name chosen by Jeffries and the other members.”

“School communities have an opportunity to suggest a new name this month.”

Ooooh, I can’t wait to see what names they come up with!

Fidel Castro?

Karl Marx?

Vladimir Lenin?

Joseph Stalin?

Mao Zedong?

Don’t laugh…, I’m serious!

I’m sure Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Maxine Waters, and Eric Swalwell are high on their list of replacement names.

Oh, wait…, Schiff and Swalwell are white…, we need to take them off the list!   

“The school board is expected to vote on the recommendations early next year.”

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Congress should be ashamed of themselves.

But they’re not.

They’re actually patting themselves on the back today. 

While unemployed people and small businesses, representing primarily the food and restaurant related businesses, have been waiting months and months for Congress to agree on a China virus “emergency” relief package…, this is what they came up with?!  

And what kind of “emergency” relief package takes 6 months to pass?

I really don’t think you get to use the word “emergency” anymore.

Just sayin’.

According to Megan Henney of Fox News, “Congressional leaders on Sunday reached a deal on a roughly $900 billion coronavirus relief package after a half-year of stalemate, securing another tranche [portion] of aid as a surge in COVID-19 infections threatens to further derail the nation’s sputtering economy.”

Please don’t come around here with this “tranche” garbage.  It’s okay to speak English…, it really is.

“If passed by the House and Senate on Monday as expected, the legislation would extend aid to millions of Americans still reeling from the pandemic by providing a fresh round of stimulus checks [Individuals making up to $75,000 a year will receive a direct cash payment of $600, while couples making up to $150,000 will receive $1,200, on top of $600 for dependents under the age of 17.], enhanced unemployment benefits and money for small businesses, as well as new funding for struggling industries, tax breaks, vaccine distribution and education and health care.”

Nancy Pelosi calls these $600 stimulus checks “significant,” but please recall that she said the $1,000 tax cut bonuses, pushed by President Trump in 2018 were “crumbs.”

Getting back to this recent legislation…, it all sounds pretty good…, but that’s not the whole story, is it Megan?

Who exactly determines what a “struggling industry” is?

What small businesses have been hit the hardest by China virus lockdowns?

I’ll give you a hint, Congress…, LOCALLY OWNED RESTAURANTS!!!

Is there any aid in your package targeted to help out all of these restaurants?  

NO!!!

But you did manage to carve out a provision to expand the checks to “mixed-status households,” allowing American citizens who are married to foreign nationals without Social Security numbers to receive the aid.

Well, isn’t that special? 

Let’s see what other “special” funding Congress dreamed up that was so critical in dealing with the China virus. 

In addition, Brittany De Lea of FOXBusiness reports that, “The lengthy coronavirus relief bill lawmakers agreed upon over the weekend – and are hoping to approve this week – includes a number of lesser-known provisions that have raised some eyebrows.”

“Raised some eyebrows?”

It should raise some peoples’ blood pressure!

“Among them are a pair of assistance programs in Pakistan, whereby $15 million will be put toward ‘democracy programs’ and $10 million will be distributed to ‘gender programs.’”

Are you kidding me?

Are you people all insane?

“While it is not made explicitly clear what is meant by ‘gender programs’ in the legislation, gender equality is a central component to development in the country, according to the United Nations Population Fund.”

And what about these “democracy programs?”

If they’re anything like the “democracy programs” here in the states, they’re isn’t much “democracy” involved.

“The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) website also states that it works with Pakistan to improve women’s access to economic opportunities, increase girls’ access to education, improve maternal and child health, combat gender-based violence, and increase women’s political and civic participation in Pakistan.”

Again…, isn’t that special.

Congratulations Pakistan!

Hey…, how are the restaurants doing over there in Pakistan?

Just wondering.

The “Young Americans for Liberty” group also pointed out that $700 million was gifted to Sudan, and that $300 million was set aside for “fisheries.”

Obviously, more critical programs required to help with the China virus relief package.

I’m only surprised that no funding was earmarked for China to help them in their battle against the China virus!

Tom Elliott, @tomselliott, adds that. “The Covid relief bill lays the groundwork for a ‘Climate Security Advisory Council,’ whatever that is.

Then we have desperately needed Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Act.

Yes, you read that right.

Bill Finley, for The Thoroughbred Daily News [I have to admit, I didn’t even know there was such a thing.], reports that, “The $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill that was expected to pass Monday includes a provision that calls for the passage of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act. The legislation that would bring sweeping change to how the sport is regulated and policed appears to have cleared its final hurdle.”

‘“It’s a great day,’ said Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY), a longtime proponent of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act. ‘It’s going to save a sport, provide additional jobs and will be so respectful of the equine athletes, the jockeys and others who are involved. It begins and ends there. I am thrilled about it.’”

‘“It’s a great day,’ said Arthur Hancock, who, along with his wife Staci, has been fighting for industry reform for nearly 30 years…”

Well, it’s obviously a “great day” ladies and gentlemen!

‘“It’s hard to believe. I’m still sort of pinching myself that it is done. Leader McConnell of Kentucky has done a wonderful job and so has Andy Barr and Paul Tonko. Senator McConnell, they threw him the pass and he ran a 75-yard touchdown. I think now the horse business has a future.’”

Absolutely!

What would all of the people affected by the China virus do, knowing that the horse racing business was experiencing difficulties?!

And Senator Mitch McConnell is our hero!

Lastly, according to Jason Lemon for NEWSWEEK, “The 5,593-page government funding bill that includes the COVID-19 stimulus legislation also includes a section outlining the reincarnation and succession of the Dalai Lama.”

What?!

With all due respect to the Dali Lama, why in THEE hell would this be in the bill…, and who wanted it in the bill?!

Again…, are you kidding me?

Again…, are these people all insane?

You just can’t make this stuff up.

Senator Mike Lee, of Utah, tweeted, “This is the spending bill under consideration in Congress today.  I received it just moments ago, and will likely be asked to vote on it late tonight.  It’s 5,593 pages long. I know there are some good things in it.  I’m equally confident that there are bad things in it.”

You may or may not agree with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez on many topics, but you have to agree with her on this when she tweeted, “Members of Congress have not read this bill. It’s over 5000 pages, arrived at 2pm today, and we are told to expect a vote on it in 2 hours.”

“This isn’t governance. It’s hostage-taking.”

“And by the way, it’s not just members who need to see the bill ahead of time – YOU do.”

“The PUBLIC needs to see these bills w [with] enough time to contact their rep to let them know how they feel.”

“Members are reeling right now bc [because] they don’t have time to consult w/ their communities.”

The republican and democrat leaders don’t want you to read it.

They just want you to shut up and vote for it.

They’ll determine what’s best for you and all of us peons, Ms. Ocasio Cortez!

They don’t want to hear how any of us feel about it.

They don’t care.

Really, they don’t.

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Christmas 101: Christmas! It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Christmas IS the most wonderful time of the year! 

It’s wonderful in many different ways for many different cultures and many different people.   

Let’s take a look at the history, the traditions and the spirit of Christmas.  

Christmas (“Christ’s Mass”) is a Christian holiday honoring the birth of Jesus, although it has evolved into a worldwide religious and secular celebration, incorporating many different traditions.

For over two thousand years, people around the world have been observing Christmas with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature.  

Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of our Savior, Jesus of Nazareth.  The actual date of Jesus’ birth is not known.   

Popular Christmas customs include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive with presents for everyone!

December 25th, Christmas Day, has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1870, but winter and “Christmas” celebrations go back hundreds and thousands of years.

Centuries before the birth of Jesus, early Europeans celebrated light and birth in the darkest days of winter.  Many people rejoiced during the winter solstice, when the worst of the winter was behind them and they could look forward to longer days and extended hours of sunlight.

In Scandinavia, the Norse celebrated “Yule” from December 21, the winter solstice, through January. In recognition of the return of the sun, fathers and sons would bring home large logs, which they would set on fire. The people would feast until the log burned out, which could take as many as 12 days.

In the early years of Christianity, Easter was the main holiday.  The birth of Jesus was not even celebrated.  It wasn’t until the fourth century (the 300’s AD), that church officials decided to institute the birth of Jesus as a holiday.

Unfortunately, the Bible does not mention the date of Jesus’ birth.  Pope Julius chose December 25 as the day The Church would celebrate Jesus’ birth.  It is commonly believed that the church chose this date in an effort to adopt and absorb the traditions of the pagan Saturnalia festival.  First called the Feast of the Nativity, the custom spread to Egypt by 432 and to England by the end of the sixth century.  By the end of the eighth century (the 700’s), the celebration of Christmas had spread all the way to Scandinavia.

By holding Christmas at the same time as traditional winter solstice festivals, church leaders increased the chances that Christmas would be popularly embraced, but gave up the ability to dictate how it was celebrated.  By the Middle Ages, Christianity had, for the most part, replaced most pagan religion.  On “Christmas,” believers attended church, then celebrated raucously in a drunken, carnival-like atmosphere similar to today’s Mardi Gras.  Each year, a beggar or student would be crowned the “lord of misrule” and eager celebrants played the part of his subjects. The poor would go to the houses of the rich and demand their best food and drink.  If owners failed to comply, their visitors would most likely terrorize them with mischief.  Christmas became the time of year when the upper classes could repay their real or imagined “debt” to society by entertaining less fortunate citizens.

In the early 17th century (the early 1600’s), a wave of religious reform changed the way Christmas was celebrated in Europe. When Oliver Cromwell and his Puritan forces took over England in 1645, they vowed to rid England of decadence and, as part of their effort, cancelled Christmas.  By popular demand, Charles II was restored to the throne and, with him, came the return of the popular holiday.

Christmas was not a holiday in early America, due to the Puritan nature of the Pilgrims.  From 1659 to 1681, the celebration of Christmas was actually outlawed in Boston.  Anyone exhibiting the Christmas spirit was fined five shillings (They must have been democrats!).  

After the American Revolution (The American Revolution took place between 1765 and 1783), English customs fell out of favor, including Christmas.  

It wasn’t until the 19th century (the 1800’s) that Americans began to embrace Christmas.  Americans re-invented Christmas, and changed it from a raucous carnival holiday into a family-centered day of peace and nostalgia.  

The early 19th century was a period of class conflict and turmoil.  During this time, unemployment was high and gang rioting by the disenchanted classes often occurred during the Christmas season.  In 1828, the New York city council instituted the city’s first police force in response to a Christmas riot.  This was the catalyst for certain members of the upper classes to begin to change the way Christmas was celebrated in America.

In 1819, best-selling author Washington Irving wrote “The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.”  It was a series of stories about the celebration of Christmas in an English manor house. The sketches feature a squire who invited the peasants into his home for the holiday. In contrast to the problems faced in American society, the two groups mingled effortlessly.  In Irving’s mind, Christmas should be a peaceful, warm-hearted holiday bringing groups together across lines of wealth or social status.  Irving’s fictitious celebrants enjoyed “ancient customs,” including the crowning of a “Lord of Misrule.”  Irving’s book, however, was not based on any holiday celebration he had attended, in fact, many historians say that Irving’s account actually “invented” tradition by implying that it described the true customs of the season.

Also around this time, English author Charles Dickens created the classic holiday tale, “A Christmas Carol.”  The story’s message of the importance of charity and good will towards all humankind struck a powerful chord in the United States and England and showed members of Victorian society the benefits of celebrating the holiday.

In my estimation, Charles Dickens was the one who set the tone and established the spirit of Christmas that we know and love today.

A toast to you, Mr. Dickens! The “father” of Christmas as we know it.  

Although the Cratchit family didn’t have a Christmas tree, did they?

All of our Christmas traditions were still in the process of evolving.   

As Americans began to embrace Christmas as a perfect family holiday, old customs were unearthed.  People looked toward recent immigrants and Catholic and Episcopalian churches to see how the day should be celebrated.  In the next 100 years, Americans built a Christmas tradition all their own that included pieces of many other customs, including decorating trees, sending holiday cards and gift-giving.

Although most families quickly bought into the idea that they were celebrating Christmas how it had been done for centuries, Americans had really re-invented a holiday to fill the cultural needs of a growing nation.

The “American” Christmas nowadays does not really align with the “Church’s” Christmas season anymore.  

Americans typically switch into “Christmas mode” right after, or even during the Thanksgiving celebration, a month before Christmas Day.

This really aligns with the season of “Advent” on the Church’s liturgical calendar. 

Advent (from the Latin word adventus, which means “arrival” or “coming”) is the first season of the liturgical year.  It begins four Sundays before Christmas, the Sunday falling on or nearest to November 30, and ends on Christmas Eve. Traditionally observed as a “fasting time,” it focuses on preparation for the coming of Christ.  Advent is “a period for devout and joyful expectation.”

This season is often marked by the Advent Wreath, a garland of evergreens with four candles. Although the main symbolism of the advent wreath is simply marking the progression of time, many churches attach themes to each candle, most often ‘hope,’ ‘faith,’ ‘joy,’ and ‘love.’ Other popular devotions during Advent include the use of the Advent Calendar (counting down to Christmas Day) or the “Tree of Jesse,” also used to count down the days to Christmas.

The “Christmas” season, per The Church calendar, immediately follows Advent. The traditional Twelve Days of Christmas begin with Christmas Eve on the evening of December 24th and continue until the feast of Epiphany. The actual Christmas season continues until the Feast of the Baptism of Christ.

So, in The Church, “Christmas,” and the Christmas season does not actually begin until Christmas Day.

Here are some great Christmas traditions my family has, along with some interesting ones I’ve heard of:

1. Make a list of your favorite Christmas songs, find a great version of these songs and download them.  You can play them over and over again and sing along.  Here are some my favorites:

“Mary did you know?” – CeeLo Green

“The Little Drummer Boy” by Harry Simeone Chorale

“The Christmas Song” sung by Nat King Cole.

“All I Want For Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey

“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Andy Williams

“I’ll be home for Christmas” by Elvis Presley

“White Christmas” by Bing Crosby

“Have a Holly Jolly Christmas” by Burl Ives

“Merry Christmas Darling” by The Carpenters

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Frank Sinatra

“Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!” by Dean Martin

“Baby it’s cold outside” by Dean Martin

“Mistletoe and Holly” by Frank Sinatra

“It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” by Perry Como And The Fontane Sisters

“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” by Judy Garland

“Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano

“Silent Night” by Dinah Washington

“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” by Nat King Cole

“Do You Hear What I Hear?” by Bing Crosby

“O Come, All Ye Faithful”

“Angels We Have Heard On High”

“Away in a Manger”

 “The First Noel”

“Jingle Bells”

“Ave Maria” by Mario Lanza

“I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” by The Beverly Sisters

“We Wish You a Merry Christmas”

“O Little Town of Bethlehem”

“O Christmas Tree” 

“Handel’s Messiah: Hallelujah Chorus” by The London Philharmonic

“Home For The Holidays” by Perry Como

“Carol Of The Bells/Deck The Halls” by Robert Shaw Chorale

“Joy To The World” by Julie Andrews

“O Holy Night” by Luciano Pavarotti

“Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” by Gene Autry

“Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee

As Buddy from the 2003 movie “Elf” explains, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing loud for all to hear!”

Continuing with my list…,

2. Pick out the perfect tree from out in the forest, a local tree lot, or set-up an imitation tree.   

3. Decorate your tree. I really liked setting up an HO scale train track around the tree when the kids were young. It seems like we could watch the train go around and around for hours.     

 

4.  Once your tree is all decked out, turn off the other lights and sit on the couch, to just admire your tree.

5.  Put together a decorative Christmas village, a manger scene, or a Christmas display of some type. I especially like animated and lighted “snow globe” type displays. 

6. Hang lights and decorations outside.

7. Pile into the car at night and drive around looking at all of the Holiday lights and decorations.

8.  Hang a wreath on your door to welcome in the Holiday, as well as visitors.

9.  Hang up the Mistletoe in your house.

10. Hang up Christmas Stockings. 

11. Make a Gingerbread House.

12. Bake some Christmas Cookies. 

13. Get an advent calendar to help you countdown to Christmas.

14. Watch your favorite Holiday movies. Here are some of my favorite Christmas movies:

“It’s a Wonderful Life”

“A Christmas Carol” (Scrooge) (The 1951 version starring Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge is my favorite version.)  

“How The Grinch Stole Christmas” (the original animated version)

“Home Alone”

“A Christmas Story”

“Miracle on 34th Street”

15.  Watch your favorite Holiday TV specials.  Here are some of my favorite Christmas TV specials:

“The Little Drummer Boy”

“A Charlie Brown Christmas”

“Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer”

“Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”

16. Send out Christmas cards and hang up the ones you receive.  

17. Christmas Eve usually entails an endless selection of favorite hors d’oeuvres, and drinks, while visiting with family and friends.

18. Leave out cookies and milk for Santa Claus.  Don’t forget the reindeer though!  Leave some carrots for them.

19. Have someone dress up as Santa and bring some presents and treats for the little ones. 

20. Go to a midnight mass or church service to “ring in” Christmas Day and Jesus’ birth.

21. I especially like finding an old Christmas movie on TV and watching it alone after everyone has gone to sleep on Christmas Eve. 

22. Christmas Day is usually a casual day with a dinner, much like Thanksgiving, except you may open some more presents in the morning as well. 

23. Read the Christmas Story from the Bible at Christmas dinner (Luke 2:1-20). You can take turns and have each person sitting around the dinner table read a small part.

There are literally hundreds of other Christmas traditions around the US and around the world.  If you have any you’d like to share, please leave me a message. 

Here are some fun facts about Christmas:

Each year, 30-35 million real Christmas trees are sold in the United States alone. There are 21,000 Christmas tree growers in the United States, and trees usually grow for about 15 years before they are sold.

The first eggnog made in the United States was consumed in Captain John Smith’s 1607 Jamestown settlement.

Poinsettia plants are named after Joel R. Poinsett, an American minister to Mexico, who brought the red-and-green plant from Mexico to America in 1828.

The Salvation Army has been sending Santa Claus-clad donation collectors into the streets since the 1890s.

Rudolph, “the most famous reindeer of all,” was the product of Robert L. May’s imagination in 1939.  The copywriter wrote a poem about the reindeer to help lure customers into the Montgomery Ward department store.

Construction workers started the Rockefeller Center “lighting of the Christmas tree” tradition in 1931.

“Santa Claus” originated in a newspaper ad.  Far from being a quaint medieval legend, Santa Claus first appeared as a recognizable entity in a newspaper ad for toys and “gift books” in the mid 1800’s.

Scrooge does not celebrate with the Cratchits. While most cinema versions of “A Christmas Carol” show the reformed miser celebrating with his lower-class employee, in the book, Scrooge celebrates instead with his middle-class nephew only.

It’s a tradition in Japan to eat Kentucky Fried Chicken for Christmas.  Orders must be placed over two months in advance to guarantee you’ll be “doing your chicken right!”

Paul McCartney earns over $400,000 a year from his “Wonderful Christmastime” song, which he regards as the worst song he ever recorded. 

It only took Charles Dickens six weeks to write “A Christmas Carol.”

Ho! Ho! Ho!

The Christmas 101 class is now dismissed!

No running in the hallway!

Please have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!!!

Thank you to the editors at History.com for their contributions to this article.

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From The Bible, Luke 2:1-20

The Birth of Jesus

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

2 (This was the first census that took place while Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.

4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and placed him in a manger, because there was no room available for them at an inn.

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 And the angel said unto them, do not be afraid: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born unto you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

May you and yours have a blessed Christmas season, Christian or not.

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What goes around comes around.

Restaurant owners in Democrat controlled states and Democrat controlled cities should post signs saying democrat politicians are not welcome, just like restaurants did in these cities to conservatives, or has your memory faded regarding these practices?

So, this type of action has precedent.

And then these signs should remain up even after these lockdowns have been lifted.  

The democrats were all silent regarding this discriminant type of treatment of republicans, so, like I said…, “What goes around comes around.” 

You reap what you sow. 

If these governors and mayors want to destroy all of the restaurants in their states and in their cities…, fine…, just don’t come around later looking to be served a meal.

It only seems right, right?

And who are these bar and restaurant owners who allow these hypocritical liberals to break their own rules?!

How many articles has there been about various democrat politicians showing up for drink or a meal after banning this behavior for the rest of us?

We’ve seen the democrat Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, the democrat Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, the democrat Mayor of Austin, Texas, Steve Adler, displaying their hypocritical behavior,

… along with California Senator Diane Feinstein ignoring guidelines in an airport,

… and the latest hypocrite is Governor Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island, who showed up without a mask at a wine bar after tweeting, “It’s week two of our pause. I know it’s been hard, but I want to thank every Rhode Islander who’s following our guidance. Please, stay home except for essential activities & wear a mask anytime you’re with people you don’t live with. Together, we can turn our case numbers around.”

What’s all of this “together” talk? It sure seems like she’s not holding up her end of the bargain.

The governor’s office did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment.

Oh, really?

That’s odd.

And she won’t either, because she, of course, feels that she is above any type of public scrutiny…, just like all of these other democrat fascists in training. 

And it seems like there’s a new article every other day.

It’s ridiculous.

And to all of the police out there enforcing these crazy lockdowns, while we recall the police looking the other way, and kneeling before the rioting organizations, while their rioters burned buildings and looted stores…, and now you are hauling small business owners off to jail, blocking the entrances to their businesses, and ticketing these small business owners with exorbitant fines…, you should really consider what you are doing, or soon you won’t have any supporters or any “friends” left either.

When do law-abiding American citizens get shown any respect or loyalty? 

Saying you are only following orders only goes so far.

This is the same excuse the Nazi “SS’ troops and the Nazi Gestapo used.

Just saying you’re following orders doesn’t get you off the hook…, especially at this point in time.

At this early point in time, you can still stand on your morals, quit your police job, and get into another line of work.

Show some integrity, please. 

Most law-abiding citizens support the police, but this too could change, and it’s on the verge of changing.  

Just sayin’.   

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What you talkin’ ‘bout Minneapolis!

According to David Aaro of Fox News, “Officials in Minneapolis are considering bringing in police from other jurisdictions as the city faces a shortage of officers and a wave of violent crime, according to a report on Monday.”

Bringing police in from other jurisdictions?

Minneapolis?

That’s like CNN or MSNBC inviting FOX news reporters over to help them out! 

“Officers from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and Metro Transit Police would form Joint Enforcement Teams and primarily respond to violent 911 calls, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.”

Wait, what?

What happened to the social workers and counsellors who were going to respond instead of the big, bad, racist and brutal police?

And how are “violent calls” determined?

And what about 911 situations that have the potential to be violent or calls that turn violent? 

Maybe they should hire clairvoyants as 911 operators!  That way they could figure all of this out ahead of time!

“If the initial proposal is approved by the City Council and Mayor Jacob Frey this week, the teams would form on Sunday and run through the end of the year.”

Personally, I think these Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department is crazy for even wanting to get involved with this bunch of whackos…, but that’s just me.

These apples don’t fall too far the tree I guess. 

Are we talking about the same city council and the same mayor here?  

‘“We’re not gonna be having these people out taking bicycle theft reports. These are going to be people out combating crime issues,’ said John Elder, a spokesman for Minneapolis police.”

Did I miss something?

Isn’t stealing someone’s bike a crime anymore?

And didn’t they have a problem with the police “combating crime?” 

Isn’t “combating crime” code words for terrorizing law-abiding black folk?

Just sayin’.

“The proposal comes as an unusually large number of officers in Minneapolis have left the force following the death of George Floyd in the city on May 25, according to the paper.”

Huh…, that’s odd.

You mean to tell me these police officers didn’t appreciate a total lack of political support, and being outright publicly demeaned on a daily basis?

What the heck do they think they make those exorbitant salaries for?   

“After his [Floyd’s] death, the left-leaning [That’s an understatement!] City Council members pushed to disband the Minneapolis police department, as activists in other cities aimed to defund the police.”

So, just to make this clear…, the Minneapolis City Council didn’t just want to defund the police, they wanted to DISBAND the entire department.

Again…, they wanted to get rid of the entire police force!

I’m sorry, but again…, the elected leadership of a major U.S. city wants to operate without a police force, and they think this is a viable option?

Unbelievable.  

And these people were actually elected by the citizens of Minneapolis?

I guess you get what you deserve.

There must be an awful lot of stupid people in Minneapolis.

Just sayin’.

Anyway, according to the France24.com website, in an article from August 6, 2020, “The council of the US city of Minneapolis voted late Sunday to dismantle and rebuild the police department, after the death in custody of George Floyd sparked nationwide protests about racism in law enforcement, pushing the issue onto the national political agenda.”

‘“We committed to dismantling policing as we know it in the city of Minneapolis and to rebuild with our community a new model of public safety that actually keeps our community safe,’ Council President Lisa Bender told CNN.”

Well, that apparently doesn’t seem to be the case now does it, Ms. Bender?

The police go out of their way to help you out by “dismantling” themselves, and all you want to do now is bring more police in. 

What’s up with that?  

And what does this “new model” look like?  It sure would be nice if you could share this new amazing master plan with us all!

“The vote by a majority of councilors came a day after [Mayor] Frey was booed at and asked to leave a ‘Defund the Police’ rally. He later told AFP [a French news agency] he supported ‘massive structural reform to revise this structurally racist system’ but not ‘abolishing the entire police department.’”

“A massive structural reform?”

I don’t believe you have any idea what that would really look like, Mayor. 

David Aaro of Fox News continues by saying, “The unrest, in addition to the departures, has strained the department’s resources, and some officers have filed PTSD claims, according to the Star Tribune.”

“The city has also seen a wave of violent crime, with 74 homicides recorded this year.”

So, you mean to tell me the criminals are taking advantage of you and your policies of peace and love?

The nerve of these uncooperative criminals!

Who’da thunk it?  

Heather Yourex-West of Global News asks, “What happened to plans to disband the Minneapolis police department?”

Good question, Heather!

“After George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis sparked a worldwide reckoning on police brutality and racial injustice, the city vowed to dismantle its police department. It hasn’t happened yet, and as Heather Yourex-West explains, it likely won’t ever happen.”

Aww, c’mon!

That’s not fair!

We’re all dying to watch Minneapolis completely fall apart! 

“The international conversations surrounding police reform started after the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police on May 25.”

“Two weeks later, on a Sunday in June, nine Minneapolis city council members made a pledge that echoed around the world.”

‘“Our commitment is to end our city’s toxic relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department and end policing as we know it,’ Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender said.”

“The council members vowed on that day to end the Minneapolis Police Department, but six months later, that has not happened — and there’s a good chance it never will.”

“Disbanding the city’s police department requires a change to the Minneapolis city charter and would need to be voted on by residents. The earliest that could happen is next year.”

Well, if the residents were dumb enough to elect these idiots, changing the city charter probably won’t be far behind.

“In the meantime, the Minneapolis police department has already undergone a profound change since the spring — nearly 20 per cent of its officers have left the force.”

‘“Our police department has seen not only an unprecedented number of retirements but also a lot of medical leave and disability kinds of leave, and that has left us tremendously short-staffed,’ said Council member Linea Palmisano.”

Good for them.

And I thought you wanted the police to be “short-staffed,” Ms. Palmisano?

As a matter of fact, you didn’t want any police at all…, so what’s the problem with being “short-staffed?” 

“As a result, response times have increased and violent crime is on the rise.”

And this surprises you?

‘“If you say, “okay there’s a bunch of violence,” but there’s nobody there to reach out to these people who are hurting or in pain because they’re sick and tired of injustice, sick and tired or inequality, that’s what we bring — we bring hope.’”

Your “hope” and a buck will get you a cup of coffee when your life is being threatened or your house is being robbed, Ms. Palmisano.

Good luck with that, Ms. Palmisano.

Well, not really.

I think we need to use Minneapolis as an example of what not to do.

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Have you seen this tree?

Have you seen this missing Christmas tree, or another one that looks just like it?

According to Julia Musto of Fox News, “GOP lawmakers’ second Christmas tree vanishes from Wisconsin Capitol!”

“Vanishes?!”

What?!

Did someone come down the capitol’s chimney in the middle of the night?  

Maybe we should change the capitol of Wisconsin’s name from Madison to Whoville!

“Two Wisconsin Republican lawmakers who put up an artificial Christmas tree in the state’s Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday, just hours after a first tree was removed, found it had vanished on Wednesday morning.”

“The earlier attempt had been thwarted by Democratic Governor Tony [‘The Grinch’] Evers, who said no permit had been provided for the display and that the coronavirus pandemic had closed the building to the public.”

Ahhh, the dreaded government permit.

You’re a mean one, Mr. Evers!

“Reps. Paul Tittl and Shae Sortwell had requested to put up a ‘historical display’ on the rotunda’s ground floor, but their motion was swiftly denied by Evers.”

“The ‘great and powerful’ Evers denies your request!”

“An appeal was also shot down on Thursday by Capitol Police Chief [Wisconsin ‘SS’ Police Chief] David Erwin, who said that the Department of Administration did not have the authority to approve displays on the ground floor of the Capitol.”

In this Dec. 7, 2020 file photo, an artificial Christmas tree that two Republican lawmakers set up stands in the Wisconsin Capitol rotunda in Madison, Wis. The tree was removed Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, because the lawmakers did not have a permit.”

“Traditionally, in a year without a pandemic, the Capitol’s tree draws visitors from around the state during the holiday season.”

Wow, the pandemic works as an excuse for everything!

The democrats must be so proud of themselves for coming up with the virus strategy, along with the help from the Chinese, of course.

“Evers has insisted on referring to that tree as a ‘holiday tree,’ citing inclusivity.”

“Inclusivity?”

What about when protesters of former Governor Scott Walker invaded the capitol building there, hung obnoxious posters and banners everywhere, and refused to leave?

That didn’t threaten inclusivity? 

I know I definitely felt excluded.

Although, we should all know by now that only non-democrats are required by the democrats to be “inclusive.”

Democrats are allowed to censor, lie, exclude, and deceive at their leisure.    

“In a letter explaining why their first [Christmas tree] had been removed, the Department of Administration’s Assistant Deputy Secretary Olivia Hwang suggested that the lawmakers reach out to Rep. Amy Loudenbeck.  Loudenbeck, also a Republican, had received a permit to erect an artificial Christmas tree on the first floor.”

Ahhh, Olivia Hwang…, such a good little Nazi in training…, fresh out of indoctrination training at the University of Wisconsin there.

“When Tittl and Sortwell found out that their festive addition would be removed from the Capitol’s ground floor, they acted quickly — applying for a permit with both Loudenbeck and the administration.”

“Then, they set up a second tree on Facebook Live.”

“The lawmakers called the act a peaceful protest of Evers’ administration, pointing to their First Amendment rights.”

“The artificial tree, they argued, does not cost anything.”

Apparently, they think republicans have the right to peacefully protest like rioters, arsonists, vandals, and looters do!

Silly republicans!  

“The ornaments on the fake evergreen were sent in from all over the country and Tittl plans to donate extra ornaments to nursing homes in his district.”

‘“It doesn’t hurt anything,’ he said in an interview with The Associated Press. ‘It’s not using any resources. It doesn’t have to be watered. Kids from all over the country have sent us ornaments to put on the tree.’”

“The next morning, though, the second tree was gone.”

‘“Last night they took our tree down again, with ornaments and all,’ Tittle posted to his Facebook page.”

That sounds like a familiar storyline!

Yes, you truly are a mean one, Mr. [Grinch] Evers!

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The “Fredo” awards!

Yes, welcome ladies and gentlemen to the first annual “Fredo” Awards!

We all know how much liberal elitists like giving each other awards and receiving awards, so I thought I would hand out some awards of my own that these liberal losers have actually earned. 

If you’re not familiar with the term, what exactly does being a “Fredo” refer to?

According to the Urban Dictionary website, “In proper application referring to someone as a ‘Fredo’ means they are just a dumb [a$$] loser like ‘The Godfather’ movie character,” who was the weak and naïve son and brother.

There you have it!

So, without any further adieu…, on to the awards!

First off, the Honorary “Fredo” Awards.

Our first Honorary “Fredo” Awards go to the award’s namesakes, New York Governor Andrew “Fredo Sr.” Cuomo, and his brother, host of the CNN show, “Cuomo Prime Time,” Chris “Fredo Jr.” Cuomo.  

Without these two liberal turds, the “Fredo” awards would not have been possible.  

Our next award, and our first category award, goes to The Worst Liberal Politician in a Leading Role.

This was an extremely tough category to award.  There were so many worthy recipients.  But, in the end, one liberal politician did manage to stand out above the rest…, and that liberal politician is Congresswoman and Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi!

Her incessant lying and obnoxious partisan idiocy seemingly has no limits.

The next award goes to The Worst Liberal Politician in a Supporting Role.

Again, there were so many scumbags worthy of consideration here.  But, the worst liberal, and sleaziest democrat, in a Supporting Role has to go to Congressman Adam Schiff.

Like his fearless leader, Nancy Pelosi, Schiff’s continual ability to lie without any apparent conscious, and his ability to shamelessly drive fictitious narratives are unequalled.   

Our next award goes to The Worst Costume Design for a Liberal Politician.

The winner of this award really didn’t have any serious challengers.

The winner of the worst costume design for a liberal politician goes to Congresswoman Frederica Smith Wilson of Florida!

Our next award goes to The Worst Adapted Testimony for a Liberal Politician.

The winner of this award becomes our first two-time winner.  He wins his second award based on his adaptation of President Trump’s call with Volodymyr Zelensky, the then-newly elected Ukrainian leader.  His “adaptation” was later debunked, however, when it was learned there was an actual transcription of the call.  Ooops!  

So, the winner of the worst adapted testimony by a liberal politician goes to California Congressman, Adam Schiff!

Our next award is the Worst Original Story (hoax) by a liberal politician.

The worst original story (hoax) by a liberal politician has to refer to the whole “Russia collusion” hoax.  This hoax unabashedly proclaimed that President Trump was an actual Russian spy and a puppet for Russian President, Vladimir Putin. We heard nightly, for over two years how everyone had proof of this…, but in the end, there was no proof to be found, and no retractions or apologies either.

There were really too many democrats involved in this hoax to award individual awards.  These included a President, a Vice President, various Cabinet secretaries, various executive branch officers, members of the DOJ and the FBI, and, of course, the co-conspiratorial mainstream media, just to get the party started. 

Accepting this award on behalf of all the treasonous democrat vermin involved in this hoax (and attempted coup), is Rachel Maddow, the clueless MSNBC commentator who willfully and joyfully perpetrated this big lie on a nightly basis.   

The next award is for the Worst Speech and Press Briefing Editing.

During the course of the 2020 presidential election campaign, it became common knowledge that Joe Biden utilized a teleprompter for almost everything he said and, even then, he usually managed to stick his foot in his mouth.  That, coupled with the cherry picking of “friendly” questions, and the outright refusal to even answer other questions, earned these two individuals their awards.

This award for Worst Speech and Press Briefing Editing goes to Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, Biden’s Campaign Manager, and Joe Biden himself.

The next award is for The Worst News Editing, by a liberal organization, in a supporting role.

We are awarding multiple awards in this category.

Those organizations receiving awards for their anti-American censorship and propaganda by omission are: CNN, MSNBC, Facebook, Twitter and Google.

Congratulations for lowering our news and social media to levels normally seen in Communist China, Russia, North Korea, Venezuela and Cuba.

Our next award is for The Most Clueless Liberal in a supporting role.

Again, there was no shortage of liberals in consideration here, but one individual definitely stood out above the crowd!

This clueless liberal torpedoed thousands of good paying Amazon jobs in her city, wants our country to abandon all civilized progress in the name of climate change, and is campaigning to turn our country into a socialist nightmare.

Taking all of this into consideration, the award for The Most Clueless Liberal in a supporting role can only go to Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

 

As you can see, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is so clueless, she is happy about winning this award!

Our next award is for The Biggest Liberal Meathead in a supporting Role.  

One “Fredo” nominee clearly stood out for this award.  It was actually created especially for him!  

The award for The Biggest Liberal Meathead in a supporting Role goes to Californian Congressman Eric Swalwell!

A member of the “Russian collusion hoax club,” Swalwell, we have now learned, carried on about Russian influences in our government, all while he was cavorting around with his own little China doll spy, Christine Fang! You just can’t make this stuff up. I’m sure it was a big surprise to his wife as well. Ouch!

Swalwell even entered the race for president. His campaign lasted about ten minutes. I’m sure Fang encouraged Swalwell and was his driving force!

I can just hear her now…, “Oh, Eric, I love you…, the people love you…, they need a big strong leader like you, Eric…, you must run for president…, you owe it to the American people…, they need you!”  

A truer “meathead” you just couldn’t find!

And finally, the “Fredos” inaugural Lifetime Achievement award goes to Seth Myers, host of “Late Night with Seth Myers.”

Seth Myers chose to ruin his show and dedicate at least 10 minutes a night to bashing presidential candidate Donald Trump, and then he beat Hillary Clinton anyway!

We have all heard of the term “influencer.”  Seth Myers may now best be known as an “anti-influencer,” since all of his efforts obviously had no effect on the election, and quite possibly the opposite of his desired effect! 

Then, having learned nothing from his “influencer” failure, he continued to bash President Trump for another four years on a nightly basis!    

President Trump then won again, only to have the election stolen from him.   

Well, that wraps-up our award ceremony.

I hope you enjoyed the First Annual “Fredo” Awards! 

I know I enjoyed bringing them to you.

I hope to see you next year for the presentations of the Second Annual “Fredo” Awards! 

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The “fix” was obviously in.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court tossed out President Trump’s election lawsuit on everything BUT the merits of the case.

According to the Associated Press, “The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Monday rejected President Donald Trump’s lawsuit attempting to overturn his loss to Democrat Joe Biden in the battleground state, ending [President] Trump’s legal challenges in state court about an hour before the Electoral College was to meet to cast the state’s 10 votes for Biden.”

“The President sought to have more than 221,000 ballots disqualified in Dane and Milwaukee counties, the state’s two most heavily Democratic [and most heavily populated] counties. In a 4-3 ruling, Justice Brian Hagedorn, a conservative writing for the majority, said the Trump campaign was ‘not entitled to the relief it seeks.’”

Okay…, first of all…, why is it important to note that Justice Hagedorn is supposedly a “conservative?”  Is that supposed to lend some credence to his opinion?

I guess so. 

“Hagedorn used a sports analogy when ruling against Trump, saying he waited too long to raise his complaints.”

‘“Our laws allow the challenge flag to be thrown regarding various aspects of election administration,’ Hagedorn wrote.”

He seems to assume everyone reading his ruling is familiar with American football, and the National Football League. 

Actually, I think that is quite culturalist and even misogynistic.

But that’s okay, as long as it’s a ruling against President Trump and conservatives.    

‘“The challenges raised by the [President’s] Campaign in this case, however, come long after the last play or even the last game; the Campaign is challenging the rulebook adopted before the season began.’”

As I have stated in earlier blogs, is it ever too late for justice to be served?

And you shouldn’t be looking at any “rulebook” adopted by anyone else other that the state’s legislature, which is solely given the rights to create the laws governing a state’s elections by The United States Constitution. 

“[President] Trump wanted to disqualify absentee ballots cast early and in-person, saying there wasn’t a proper written request made for the ballots; absentee ballots cast by people who claimed ‘indefinitely confined’ status; absentee ballots collected by poll workers at Madison parks; and absentee ballots where clerks filled in missing information on ballot envelopes.”

Please note that there is nothing in Wisconsin’s election laws, established by the legislature, allowing for any of this.

“The court ruled that [President] Trump’s challenge to voters who were indefinitely confined was without merit and that the other claims came too late.”

“Liberal justices Rebecca Dallet and Jill Karofsky, who sided with Hagedorn, wrote separately to emphasize that there was no evidence of fraud in Wisconsin’s election.”

‘“Wisconsin voters complied with the election rulebook,’ Dallet and Karofksy said. ‘No penalties were committed and the final score was the result of a free and fair election.’”

Even though these two wrote separately from Hagedorn, they sure seem to be writing from the same “playbook,” if you want to use football terminology.

“Karofsky blasted [President] Trump’s case during Saturday’s hearing, saying it ‘smacks of racism’ and was ‘un-American.’ Conservative justices voiced some concerns about how certain ballots were cast, while also questioning whether they could or should disqualify votes only in two counties.”

“Smacks of racism?!”

“Un-American?!

Please, Justice Karofsky, we don’t need an obviously biased and disingenuous lecture from you on top of your misguided and partisan decision regarding this case. 

Karofsky is the larger pictured justice on the right.

“Biden [supposedly] won Wisconsin by about 20,600 votes, a margin of 0.6% that withstood a Trump-requested recount in Milwaukee and Dane counties, the two with the most Democratic votes. Trump did not challenge any ballots cast in the counties he won.”

Oh really?!

That’s odd.

Why would he challenge the counties he won?

And a recount of the same illegal ballots is, of course, just going to produce the same results.

Yes, folks, the “fix” was obviously in.

It’s a real shame that many of these state supreme courts are now making their judgements based on politics rather than the law.

In many cases, our judicial branch of government has “sold its soul” to the politically corrupt neo-fascist manipulators in our country.   

“Justice” has now become what some liberal perceives it to be, or wants it to be, and not what it actually should be.  

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