George Bush Continues to Make Me Feel Like Scrooge … but at Least Lends Some Sense of Direction and Purpose to an Otherwise Random News Morning!

What can I say?  Bah Humbug, maybe?  The Compassionate Conservative took back one of his pardons yesterday to avoid the appearance of impropriety.  Who knows what’s really going on with all that … all I can see is yet another example of the sloppiness and ineptitude of this administration.  Still counting the days here.

And the episode reminds me of one of my favorite HollyCornblog sayings …when, in the midst of some childhood argument, someone said to her, “What’s given is given.”  She retorted, “What’s tooken back is tooken back!”  You go girl!

Speaking of things being “tooken back” – Rachel Maddow took the (apparently pretty unprecedented) step of setting the record straight regarding a conflict of interest that had gone undisclosed by one of her “pundits.”  You go girl! 

Love this video sent to me by HollyCornblog – a lovely tribute to the late Israel Kamakawiwo’ole featuring his rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”


And from the Writer’s Almanac

little tree
by E. E. Cummings

little tree
little silent Christmas tree
you are so little
you are more like a flower

who found you in the green forest
and were you very sorry to come away?
see i will comfort you
because you smell so sweetly

i will kiss your cool bark
and hug you safe and tight
just as your mother would,
only don’t be afraid

look the spangles
that sleep all the year in a dark box
dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,
the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads,

put up your little arms
and i’ll give them all to you to hold
every finger shall have its ring
and there won’t be a single place dark or unhappy

then when you’re quite dressed
you’ll stand in the window for everyone to see
and how they’ll stare!
oh but you’ll be very proud

and my little sister and i will take hands
and looking up at our beautiful tree
we’ll dance and sing
“Noel Noel”

Happy Holidays!

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3 Responses to George Bush Continues to Make Me Feel Like Scrooge … but at Least Lends Some Sense of Direction and Purpose to an Otherwise Random News Morning!

  1. Alice NYE says:

    And I love that video. I never knew the singer–wonderful to be introduced in such a lovely and touching manner. And isn’t Hawaii magnificent! As I watched and listened I kept thinking of Obama and his unique life history. Also, of his grandparents–making such a hugh shift from midwest USA to otherworldly (from a New Englander’s perspective of course) Hawaii. I look forward to a biography that captures the personalities and the dynamics of this fascinating family. Aren’t we fortunate to be part of this time.

    Thanks JordanCornblog.


  2. CB says:

    I think I just saw the ghost of little Holly Cornblog saying, “what is tooken back is tooken back.” I’m once again sitting in Havertown, mooching off the Internet service of someone named Barbara. By the way in answer to your Thanksgiving question, the Llanerch Diner is still there looking very much the same. Haven’t checked the menu for snapper soup though.
    Happy Holidays.


  3. Paula Rockwell says:

    great poem, thanks for sharing


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