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It's not yet Christmas - so maybe you won't get your panties in a wad

So far - this is my favorite nativity scene this year

My adopted German sister has guts. Here are some of her photos to show it.

She is in her sixties and joined a tour group that went from Germany to Samarkand / Uzbekistan / Turkmenistan / and parts of China in a bus. That bus was also a rolling “Hotel” where the people slept in stacked bins layered three high in the back of the vehicle, and sat in the front during the day as they rolled on…

The bus was parked at night in guarded / fenced yards of hotels and the driver cooked for them in a kitchen area in the very back of the bus.
All this made it a very inexpensive way to travel.

I downloaded her photos in August from a little point and shoot when she came back after we got together when I was in Germany because of my Mom’s illness.
Today I poked through them to make her a surprise calendar for next year with her own photos.

Some of them are precious to me. They speak of her guts, the wide awesome beauty of a different world out there and things we don’t ever get to see up close.
So here are a few for you. Hope you find them interesting.
Let’s start with showing you the bus. after that the photos speak. I can’t - I did not take them.

For the Geographer in us all. Buzz Feed asked the Brits to label our 50 States

Buzz Feed says:

"We Asked Brits To Label The United States Again, Because It’s A Thanksgiving Tradition"

Last Thanksgiving we asked our London office to (try to) label all 50 states. The results were varied at best. A year on we decided to see if they’ve learnt anything since then. Spoiler: They have not.

Be brave, click on it. But have depends and or Kleenex handy. I for one needed both.


The red and blue of it. Also white and brown. Job Creation statistics last 4 Presidents.

Meet Stanley the Airedale. He shows you what missing your Mommy really means.

Stanley the Airedale is missing his mommy something terrible, so his dad called her on the phone. When she says she loves him, his response is absolutely adorable and completely heartfelt. Stanley can really carry on a conversation and he really kicks it into gear one minute in where he has mom and dad both laughing. What a sweet dog!


Colbert says: "Reserve a seat in your living room now" President Obama on with him TONIGHT

here is Stephen announcing his trip to Washington where he is interviewing the President tonight Monday Dec. 9


New Proposal Would Provide Grand Juries with Eyes - Borowitz informs us

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—On the heels of an initiative to provide police departments with body cameras, there is growing support for a plan to supply grand-jury members with eyes, advocates for the plan said on Wednesday.

“Body cameras are an important part of the solution,” said Harland Dorrinson, who is lobbying Washington to equip grand juries with the sense of sight. “But I strongly believe that if you take video evidence and add eyes, the combination would be unstoppable.

Some critics of Dorrinson’s proposal say that it does not go far enough, and that in order to process information sent from their eyes grand juries would also need to be fitted with working brains.

“Yes, in a perfect world, all grand juries would have brains,” Dorrinson said. “But progress is an incremental thing. Let’s start with eyes and eventually work our way up to brains.”


Windows. Can we count them?

Looking out the roof of a brew house restaurant to the facade of a hotel that is part of the complex.
It's not Hundertwasser - but a pretty nice copy cat.


The House of Representatives has filed suit against the President - this is not a joke

even though I'm laughing too hard to find a link at the moment.
It is breaking on MSNBC
It is a suit about Obamacare supposedly - not about immigration reform

I found a link

Republicans Accuse Obama of Treating Immigrants Like Humans as observed by Andy Borowitz

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In a sharp Republican rebuke to President Obama’s proposed actions on immigration, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell accused the President, on Thursday night, of “flagrantly treating immigrants like human beings, in clear defiance of the wishes of Congress.”

McConnell was brutal in his assessment of the President’s speech on immigration, blasting him for “eliminating the fear of deportation, which is the great engine of the American economy.”“Fear is what keeps immigrants working so hard and so fast and so cheap,” McConnell said. “Remove the fear of deportation, and what will immigrants become? Lazy Americans.”

In a dire warning to the President, McConnell said, “If Mr. Obama thinks that, with the stroke of a pen, he can destroy the work ethic of millions of terrified immigrants, he’s in for the fight of his life.”

He added that Obama’s comments about deporting felons were “deeply offensive” to political donors.

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