Tuesday, December 7, 2010

I'm so glad I didn't see this yesterday

Kids, this is what happens when you have amateurs handling your holiday parades

Talk about your holiday traumas. The kids watching this parade are never going get over this.

Seriously, isn't Hanukkah over yet. It's the seventh night of Hanukkah.

Give The Jew Girl Toys Sarah Silverman -

Jesus Was A Dreidel Spinner Jill Sobule -

Happy Hanukkah To You 2 Live Jews -

That oil is getting a tad rancid

December 7, 1958:
Tim Butler, bass player and co-founder of the Psychedelic Furs was born on this date.

We'll let him serenade Joan, the birthday girl. (It would be very rude to ask how old she is?)

OK kids, PNC bank has reported that there is a 9.2% increase in the price of the items needed for the 12 days of Christmas. In the 27th year of the survey PNC has found that the 12 items come out to a grand total of $23,439 which is a $1,974 increase from last year.

The jump from 2009 to 2010 marks the second highest increase in the history of the survey behind the 2002 to 2003 rise of 16%. So I hope you put that money away in your Christmas club accounts.

Today in History:
December 7, 43 BC -
Marcus Tullius Cicero, famous Roman writer and orator, literally gets his head handed to him on this date, when soldier in Marc Antony's army chops off his head & right hand then display them in the Roman Forum.

Now there's a holiday display you don't see that often.

December 7, 1907 -
Christmas seals first went on sale in the United States went to raise funds to treat tuberculosis, after Emily Bissell, a social worker and activist, read about the program in an article by Jacob Riis.

In 1903, Einar Holbøll, a Danish postal clerk developed the idea of adding an extra charitable stamp on mailed holiday greetings during Christmas. The money raised could be used to help children sick with tuberculosis.

It was on this day in 1941 that Japanese bombers attacked Pearl Harbor. The attack came after the United States had frozen Japanese assets and declared an embargo on shipments of petroleum to Japan.

On the morning of December 7, soldiers at Pearl Harbor were learning how to use a new device called radar, and they detected a large number of planes heading toward them. They telephoned an officer to ask him what to do. The officer said they must be American B-17s on their way to the base, and he told the soldiers not to worry about it.

A sailor named James Jones, who would go on to write the novel From Here to Eternity, was in the mess hall that morning.

There were ultimately 2,390 Americans killed at Pearl Harbor and 1,178 wounded. Two days after the attack, the Navy passed out postcards to the survivors and told them to write to their families, but not to describe what had happened. Some families did not get their postcards until February.

December 7, 1949 -
It's Tom Waits' birthday.

Waltzing Matilda

I'll Shoot The Moon

The Piano Has Been Drinking

Jersey girl

Let's all get drunk and sing really sad songs in a raspy voice in his honor.

18 more shopping days until Christmas.

And so it goes.

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