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axial tiltIf we lived on a planet that didn't have an axial tilt, a planet that would not have the kind of seasons we currently experience, I'm pretty sure we wouldn't have developed religions whose primary focus is death and rebirth.

Just sayin'.


a wish for wings that workBeloved Girlfriend and I devote the vast bulk of our December TV-watching time in plowing through an ever-burgeoning stack of our favorite holiday movies and TV specials. It's the usual suspects of Charlie Brown, Rudolph, The Grinch, Bruce Willis, etc. plus some niche titles like "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas" and "A Wish For Wings That Work". This year we've added "Arthur Christmas" to the pile. We had a splendid time with this recent flick and know it will endure many subsequent viewings.

We currently have well over 24 hours of seasonal goodies to savor and that doesn't even include "The Pee-Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special", "The Mister Magoo Christmas Carol", Ren & Stimpy's "A Stinky Little Christmas", or "It's A Wonderful Life", none of which BG will abide.

Our entertainment cup obviously sloppeth's over and yet, down deep in my gut, I just knew we were possibly overlooking some obscure holiday gems so I decided to dig deep into the Hollywood movie vaults and see if I could dredge up some overlooked Xmas classics. The result was three titles: "The Bishop's Wife", "The Shop Around the Corner" (both waiting in the queue) plus "Christmas In Connecticut", which we watched this past weekend.

I'd read many positive reviews about this 1945 production but, sad to say, it turned out to be a simple-minded idiot farce with a few moments of snappy repartee', plus a little racy innuendo (circa 1945). Thankfully it featured plenty of Barbara Stanwyck, although her part was limited to doing a bad Katherine Hepburn impression while making "fuck me" eyes at Dennis Morgan. (Wikipedia tells me that Ms. Stanwyck was once the highest-paid woman in America, so here's to you, Babs!)

Addendum: I've been suggested two more titles. The Humphrey Bogart version of "We're No Angles" and a Finnish horror film called "Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale", which Rotten Tomatoes gives a 90%rating. Sounds good to me.


covenenant houseEvery day in this country young adults are forced into the streets with no place to go and little to eat. Luckily for them there's places like Covenant House. It not only meets the immediate needs of homeless kids but also helps guide them to a self-sufficient future.

So if you have a few bucks left over after buying Aunt Thelma that new snood please consider making a small holiday donation to this worthy organization. Thanks!


Uncle Lefty's Saturnalian Shopping Tips

Looking for that special example of commercial excess to impress the jaded kin on your Xmas list? Well, howzabout one of these?

horse head maskForbidden Lego: Build the Models Your Parents Warned You Against!

Is it possible for a child to create a device, using nothing but Legos, which will conceivably result in the loss of an eye?

Apparently yes and, with this book, almost certainly.


Projectile weapons, high-voltage vehicles, catapults, ping-pong cannons, and other potentially hazardous devices right at your fingertips. What are you waiting for?



Republican Job Creation Update

republican job creation12-7-12: The House piddled around waiting to see what the Senate was up to, eventually calling it a day just before lunch. No jobs were created.

For the full list of Republican sloth please visit republicanjobcreation.com.


Puzzling Image of the Day: Republicans Salute Labor Day and Union Ideals.

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