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Blessed be the Rhododendron and alligators.....

Church uses crop duster plane to spray holy water upon Louisiana faithful
The Rev Matthew Barzare blessed 100 gallons of water to deliver a low-flying benediction on his 200-family parish

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/26/church-uses-crop-duster-plane-to-spray-holy-water-upon-louisiana-faithful

A Louisiana church took to the heavens to bring a Christmas service to the masses – spraying vast amounts of holy water over its rural parish from a low-flying crop duster airplane.

The Rev Matthew Barzare blessed 100 gallons of water that members of his congregation loaded on to the small plane at an airstrip near St Anne church in Abbeville, checking first that all pesticides had been flushed through.

“It’s an isolated parish and this was a way of bringing people together at the holidays,” Barzaere told the Guardian. “I have a large area to cover, we measure it by the numbers of families rather than square footage.”
Barzare said the flight was so popular he intends to make it a Christmas tradition for his 200-family parish, next year with three times the amount of water.

“We weren’t expecting it to get the publicity it did. It was just a small thing we were doing in the parish, then the diocese posted the photographs on Facebook. We’ll be planning to do it again next year. We can bless a larger area with 300 gallons of water than we can with 100,” he added.

May as well preach his sermon over loudspeakers from the plane and save heat and lights at the church.....

Country boy loves him some Chet for Christmas...

Full album of 14 songs transcribed from vinyl.

Chet Atkins – guitar
The Anita Kerr Singers - background chorus

As a young boy in TN in the 60s, I remember hearing these tunes on the country radio stations and in the Harvey's Dept. Store in Nashville during our annual Christmas shopping trip with Mom.


Crumpet The Corgi sneaking up on a white strawberry

To see video, go to: https://i.imgur.com/rzmimDl.mp4

And, for those very special Christmas dinner guests, why not bake a batch of corgi butt bread?


Interesting statement by UK Labor MP Starmer relating to the UK's future.

This is part of an article for Labour List (not certain what that means) by Keir Starmer:

From Guardian UK live blog: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2019/dec/20/brexit-withdrawal-agreement-boris-johnson-mps-labour-leader-live-news?page=with:block-5dfc97788f08c3972263ddf4#liveblog-navigation

(snips - emphasis is mine)
Starmer writes:

My case file, and that of most Labour MPs, is filled with the cases of people suffering stress, anxiety and hunger because of universal credit.

I want to transform our party into a movement that empowers them to speak for themselves. To do that, we must open up power like never before. An inequality of power underpins the inequalities of wealth and opportunity that scar our country. The trade unions were founded to give power and a voice to working class people. They founded the Labour Party, and by winning power we built the NHS, free state education and the welfare state.

The rich and privileged have always had the power they need to shape their lives and to shape world in their own interests. Labour’s historic task is to open up power to everyone else so we can build the fairer world we believe in. We call it socialism because we believe in the transformative power of society and communities. That historic mission remains our mission today.

But we can’t do it on our own. The point about a movement is it brings everyone together in a common cause. Labour must learn from the social movements that people create to fight injustice: renters’ unions, delivery drivers’ unions, movements to prevent social cleansing of estates. We need to embed this party deep into the everyday lives of people in areas that feel hopeless and abandoned.

(Starmer then calls for Labour to broaden its appeal and widen its ideological stance)

The Labour tradition has never drawn from a single ideology: at its best, it is an alliance of different traditions. The challenge of leadership is to draw out the best from them, and get them working towards the single goal of an electoral majority.

We have so much more in common than that which divides us, and each of us has something to teach and something to learn. With the whole party and whole movement pulling together rather than pulling apart, we can, and we will, win.

Starmer bio from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keir_Starmer (he's a child of working class folks)

I've always believed one of our biggest challenges for restoring our democracy to balance and fairness is in lending proper voice to all citizens on an equal basis, rather than organizations and media giving preference to the wealthy. It will require far more than just this periodic back-and-forth exchanging of power with the Rethugs.

All bright ideas are welcome!

Happy holidays to all..........

Headlines from around the world on impeachment.....

Headlines from around the world on impeachment vote (excluding U.S., Canada or Mexico):


UK (Guardian):

Donald Trump impeached by House of Representatives in historic vote
Trump becomes third American president to be impeached as two articles approved, mostly along party lines

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/18/trump-impeachment-house-vote-nancy-pelosi-latest

Ireland (The Irish Times):

Donald Trump impeached in historic House vote in US
Republican becomes only third US president to be impeached and now faces trial in Senate

Link: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/us/donald-trump-impeached-in-historic-house-vote-in-us-1.4119627

Germany (DW):

US lawmakers vote to impeach President Donald Trump
House lawmakers have voted to impeach US President Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. A trial in the Republican-held Senate will decide if he will be removed from office.

Link: https://www.dw.com/en/us-lawmakers-vote-to-impeach-president-donald-trump/a-51729761

France (France 24):

US House of Representatives votes to impeach Trump

Link: https://www.france24.com/en/20191218-usa-house-representatives-congress-impeachment-vote-donald-trump-nancy-pelosi

Russia (The Moscow Times):

Divided U.S. House Impeaches Trump in Historic Vote Over Ukraine Pressure

Link: https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/19/divided-us-house-impeaches-trump-in-historic-vote-over-ukraine-pressure-a68668

(couldn't find hardly even a mention in former Soviet block Eastern Europe sources)

East Asia:

China (Xinhuanet):

U.S. House passes Trump impeachment, trial uncertainty remains
Source: Xinhua

Link: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-12/19/c_138642907.htm

South Korea (Korea Herald):

Trump impeached for abuse of power
(By AFP)

Link: http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20191219000195

North Korea (Daily NK):
(no headlines yet - they probably don't want to piss off Kim's big bro)

Link: https://www.dailynk.com/english/

South-Central Asia:

India (The Times of India):

Impeaching Trump, Democrats aim to thwart his prospective acquittal by Senate

Read more at: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/impeaching-trump-democrats-aim-to-thwart-his-prospective-acquittal-by-senate/articleshow/72879844.cms

Pakistan (The Express Tribune):

Donald Trump impeached in historic vote
(By Reuters)

Link: https://tribune.com.pk/story/2120835/3-donald-trump-impeached-historic-vote/

South-East Asia:

Channel News Asia (good source for the entire area):

US House votes to impeach President Donald Trump

Link: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/president-donald-trump-impeach-us-house-of-representatives-vote-12195754

Indonesia (The Jakarta Post):

Trump impeached for abuse of power
Michael Mathes and Sebastian Smith - Agence France-Presse

Link: https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2019/12/19/trump-impeached-for-abuse-of-power.html

Singapore (Singapore Star):

U.S. House of Representatives votes to impeach Trump

Link: https://www.singaporestar.com/news/263439810/us-house-of-representatives-votes-to-impeach-trump

Middle East:

UAE (The National):

US Congress votes to impeach President Donald Trump in historic day
The president joins Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton as the only American leaders in history to receive such a rebuke

Link: https://www.thenational.ae/world/the-americas/us-congress-votes-to-impeach-president-donald-trump-in-historic-day-1.953334

Israel (Haaretz):

In Historic Step, U.S. House Impeaches Donald Trump for Abuse of Power, Obstruction
Democratic-led House's passage of two articles of impeachment sets the stage for a trial next month in the Republican-controlled

Senate on whether to convict and remove Trump from office

Link: https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/in-historic-step-u-s-house-impeaches-donald-trump-for-abuse-of-power-obstruction-1.8289633

Jordon (The Jordon Times):
(not yet updated on the vote)

US parties close ranks ahead of Trump impeachment

Link: http://www.jordantimes.com/news/world/us-parties-close-ranks-ahead-trump-impeachment

Saudi Arabia (Saudi Gazette):

Trump impeached for abuse of power

Link: http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/article/585296/World/America/Trump-impeached-for-abuse-of-power


Ethiopia (Fana Broadcasting):

Trump impeached after historic vote

Link: https://fanabc.com/english/2019/12/us-house-to-vote-on-trump-impeachment/

South Africa (The South African):

Donald Trump impeached: Here’s what happens next
Trump spent the first part of the day holed up at the White House, tweeting in frustration, but on Wednesday night the president was on friendlier territory.

Link: https://www.thesouthafrican.com/news/donald-trump-impeachment-what-happens-next/

Kenya (The Star):

A simple guide to impeachment: What next for Trump?
Consensus is Senate will start its trial perhaps as early as the second week in January.

Link: https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/world/2019-12-19-a-simple-guide-to-impeachment-what-next-for-trump/

Egypt (Al-Ahram):

Trump impeached for abuse of power
AFP , Thursday 19 Dec 2019

Link: http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/358030/World/International/Trump-impeached-for-abuse-of-power.aspx

South and Central America:


US President Trump Impeached By Democratic-led House of Reps

Link: https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/President-Trump-Impeached-By-Democratic-led-US-House--20191218-0016.html

Venezuela (Caracas Chronicles):
(vote not yet announced, but this interesting article on their perspective on his removal)

Trump’s Impeachment: Status and How It Could Affect Us
By Alejandra Márquez Janse - November 5, 2019

Link: https://www.caracaschronicles.com/2019/11/05/trumps-impeachment-where-it-is-and-how-it-could-affect-us/

Guatemala (Guatemala News.net):

Trump accuses Pelosi of attempted coup, as impeachment goes ahead

Link: https://www.guatemalanews.net/news/263439810/trump-accuses-pelosi-of-attempted-coup-as-impeachment-goes-ahead

Oceania (Australia, NZ):

Australia (Australian Broadcast Corp.):

Is Donald Trump still President? What does his impeachment mean?

Link: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-18/donald-trump-impeachment-explained-questions-answered/11755478


US President Donald Trump impeached by House of Representatives, now facing trial in Senate

Link: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-19/us-president-donald-trump-has-been-impeached/11813626

New Zealand (NZ Herald):

The votes are in and Trump has been impeached. But now his trial is up in the air

Link: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12295417


So, it's getting fairly good exposure. On some sites I scanned, nothing about it was found at all and those typically were small nations with press controls and/or those worried about offending Trump, Putin or some other extremist right-wing politician. Good English-translated news sites are still very difficult to find in many parts of the world such as South and Central America and eastern Europe.

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