Friday Open Thread | Holiday Music

Christmas Candles 55God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (also known as God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen) is an English traditional Christmas carol. The melody is in Aeolian mode. It was published by William B. Sandys in 1833, although the author is unknown.[1]

Like so many early Christmas songs, this carol was written as a direct reaction to the music of the fifteenth century church, in Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas. However, in the as-yet earliest known publication of the carol on a circa 1760 broadsheet, it is described as a “new Christmas carol,”[2] suggesting its origin is actually in the mid-18th century. It appeared again among “new carols for Christmas” in another 18th-century source, a chapbook believed to be printed between 1780-1800.[3]

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94 Responses to Friday Open Thread | Holiday Music

  1. rikyrah says:

    from LGM about Jeb

    Murc says:

    December 4, 2015 at 12:27 pm
    I think Jeb! wanted to (still wants) to be President, but he’s completely unwilling to walk the walk and talk the talk you’re required to do to win a Republican primary these days, resents it in fact, and his palpable unhappiness and desultory campaign stem from that.

    Jeb has been running as himself ever since he was running. He stands on his Florida record, which is pretty conservative but fails a number of litmus tests these days. He does it old-school, like his Pappy did.

    Thing is, it isn’t 1988 anymore. Jeb Bush can’t recline inside the country club with the other respectable members of the Republican aristocracy, only needing to occasionally venture out onto the balcony, hurl some red meat to the mad dogs, listen to them bark with a fond smile on his face for a bit, and then go back inside for another round of whiskies and maybe some pool.

    The mad dogs are inside the club now, upending the tables, taking huge chunks out of the patrons, smashing all the best booze. They have to be taken seriously now, placated, dealt with, or they’ll destroy you. Indeed, they seem intent on destroying the club altogether.

    Jeb resents that. You can tell he resents that. He hates those people. He’d use the word “proles” if he were smart enough. He paid his dues, dammit. He’s a fully made member of the Bush Crime Family, grandson of a Senator, son of a President and brother to another. He deserves respect and will not kowtow to people who are beneath him in an effort to get it.

    So he goes through the motions, but it’s just that; the motions.

    Thing is, he can’t just quit. He still has to deal with his various and sundry relations, including his dad (who won’t be around much longer but man, Bush pere is hangin’ in there, right?) and his brother.

    He can be beaten. That’s okay. Poppy got beaten a lot, there’s no shame in that. But he can’t quit.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Idris Elba talks ‘dark’ BBC series, says ‘Luther is Bond

  3. rikyrah says:

    Ain’t nobody here for his foolishness

    Rahm Emanuel op-ed: I own the problem of police brutality, and I’ll fix it

    • Liza says:

      You are actually PART of the problem, Mr. Emanuel, and if you had the will and the ability to fix it you would have done it by now. Bye now, call in some favors and get your consulting gig and face it that you are a lousy mayor.

  4. Ametia says:

    Thank you SG2, for always DELIVERING THAT TRUTH.

    Media thread is up calling out MSNBC, CNN & CBS SMGDH

  5. rikyrah says:


    TELL IT!!!!

  6. Liza says:

    On a lighter note:

    SG2, noting that you collect eagles, have you ever heard of Matt Yellowman, a Navajo folk artist? I have two road runners that he carved and painted. I can tell you the pictures do not do justice to his work. Prices seem kind of high on this website, but I thought I would tell you about him.

    • Thank you, Liza! A lot of my Eagles burned in the fire. My beautiful Eagles.

      • Liza says:

        So sorry to hear you lost your collection. I have a small collection of Navajo folk art that I love, mostly chickens. Matt Yellowman would not disappoint.

        • Liza, it hurt me so bad. It took years to get a good size collection. People would visit and ask if they could buy my Eagles. I had a set with 6 little baby Eagles that would sit inside a shelf. So beautiful. Now all gone.

      • Liza says:

        I remember the fire. I’m sorry you lost so much. Collections that we accrue over a lifetime have such sentimental value and cannot be replaced. Almost like pictures. I’m really sorry.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Iran Barkley and Pamela Graham: A Boxer Marries His Champ
    DEC. 4, 2015

    The comeback of Iran Barkley began five years ago at a nightclub in the South Bronx, a short jog from the gang-infested neighborhood where he first learned to use his fists. It was a skill that would eventually help him earn three world boxing titles and what he estimated to be more than $5 million.

    Seated across the bar that February evening in 2010 was Pamela Graham, a widow from Brooklyn with five children whose interests did not include sports.

    “A friend of mine said, ‘Hey, the champ is staring at you,’” Ms. Graham, 47, said of the incident. “I was like, ‘The champ? The champ of what? Who’s the champ?’”

    She looked up and made brief eye contact with Mr. Barkley.

    “I saw this handsome guy staring at me, but he wasn’t smiling,” Ms. Graham said. “He seemed very, very angry.”

    Indeed, Mr. Barkley had little reason to smile. Twice divorced, he had squandered his fortune on lavish parties, fancy cars and bad investments.

    After a bruising 19-year career in which he finished with a record of 43 victories — 28 by knockouts — 19 losses and 1 draw, Mr. Barkley also suffered from symptoms associated with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease found in athletes and others with a history of repetitive brain trauma. “I go out sometimes and forget what it is I was going out to do,” he said. “I get kind of confused.”

    Yet he was focused enough that night to notice how pretty Ms. Graham looked. “But I was in a bad way, and I couldn’t wipe the scowl off my face,” he said. “I wasn’t capable of loving.”

    Ms. Graham, whose husband died of cancer three years earlier and who had just ended a one-year relationship she described as filled with verbal and psychological abuse, said she was “not exactly in the mood to give love another try.”

    But she was in a playful mood that night as she celebrated a friend’s birthday, and decided to walk up to Mr. Barkley and introduce herself. (“I think the alcohol gave me the courage,” she said jokingly.)

    When his response came in the form of a meanspirited grunt, his scowl still intact, Ms. Graham blindsided the former champ with a clever combination of humor and sarcasm.

    “Don’t you ever smile?” she said. “Come on, punk, are you going to take me out on that dance floor, or is the champ afraid to tell me that he doesn’t know how to dance?”

    The scowl was replaced, albeit temporarily, by a quizzical smile.

    “I was like, who the heck is this?” Mr. Barkley said. “She definitely got my attention.”

  8. rikyrah says:

    they violated what HAS TO BE A CRIME SCENE?

    Have my years of watching Law and Order been for naught?

    WHEN, less than a WEEK after the incident..



  9. sunshine616 says:

    The damn irony that this country’s own laws helped to ensure that two people had enough weapons to carry out this act of terrorism.

  10. Liza says:

    Y’all this is crazy. I want to be done with this for now, but this is just crazy. Media are being allowed to paw their way around in the home of the San Bernardino shooters. Have they lost their damn minds?

    How are @MSNBC and @CNN just in the suspect's house? Like, is this the investigation? What is happening?— deray mckesson (@deray) December 4, 2015


    • Liza, you should see the fuckery. Read the tweets on the blog. I just can’t with this bullshit. WTF is wrong w/ msnbc cnn cbs?

    • Ametia says:

      The MEDIA is COMPLICIT in this SHADY ASS REPORTING of FAKE CRIMES and other sundries against POC.


  11. Ametia says:

    I’m going to see Chi-RAQ this weekend

  12. Ametia says:

    Ya’ll know the media ain’t worth shit. That includes print as well.

    they throw the masses crumbs. They wouldn’t print or report the WHOLE TRUTH if their lives depended on it.

    I’m sitting these San Bernadino killings out for a while.

  13. Liza says:

    Here we go. Now everyone is reporting this:

    Tashfeen Malik, Mother in San Bernardino Massacre, Pledged Allegiance to ISIS Leader: Sources

    Tashfeen Malik pledged allegiance to the leader of ISIS just before she and her husband carried out the San Bernardino massacre, law enforcement sources told NBC News.

    Malik posted a statement of support for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Facebook “just before the attack,” one official familiar with the issue said.

  14. My youngest called. Checking on my eye. When he calls, might as well get yourself a cup of coffee. He’ll be on the phone awhile.

  15. Liza says:

    Pakistani intelligence… Well, it won’t be long now. If there’s anything to know, they’ll find it.

    BREAKING: Female shooter's family contacted by Pakistani intelligence as part of San Bernardino investigation – family member.— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) December 4, 2015


  16. rikyrah says:

    Their hands weren’t tired with John Crawford and Tamir Rice.


    Ohio community lives in fear as rifle-toting white man stalks black neighborhoods with impunity
    04 DEC 2015 AT 09:30 ET

    A 25-year-old white man got into an altercation with the black owner of a barbershop on Thursday who objected to him stalking predominantly black neighborhoods carrying a rifle slung across his back, reports

    Saying he has a right under Ohio’s open carry laws to parade about town carrying his gun, Daniel Kovacevic, 25, has been stopped by police multiple times — includingnear the University of Akron — but police say the state’s gun laws have tied their hands despite citizen complaints.

    Kovacevic’s actions have roiled the black community in a state where Tamir Rice and John Crawford were recently shot by police while holding toy weapons.

    On Thursday, police were called to break up a confrontation between Kovacevic and local barbershop owner Deone Slater who did not want the man with his rifle hanging out in front of his shop.

    “He was a threat to my community,” Slater said. “If I can prevent him from shooting up the city, I would. I won’t condone it. Somebody’s got to stand up.”

    Slater said he was yelling profanities at Kovacevic when police arrived, and that Kovacevic said little during the confrontation other than to ask him if he was a Christian.

    “I told him to take his guns off. I told him let me have five or 10 minutes with him without his weapons,” Slater said before adding that the police seemed more concerned with him than the man carrying the gun, and that he believes race plays a part in it.

    “They (police) were more concerned about me than him, as if I were the threat,” Slater explained. “If it were me with a gun, they would have shut the whole block down.”

    “He’s a threat to me and my people. He’s a threat to me.”

    Police have been monitoring Kovacevic for days after receiving calls from security at University of Akron that he was seen near the school carrying his rifle.

    Social media has been up in arms over Kovacevic after his picture was posted to Twitter (see below) when he was seen near one of Akron’s predominately black high schools.

    According to police there is nothing they can do, saying they can ask the open carrier who they are, what they are doing and why they are there — however gun carriers are not required by law to respond.

  17. Ametia says:

    just gonna drop this right here.

  18. Ametia says:

    Mellie in da HOUSE. I want those BOOTS!


    “Scandal” star Bellamy Young, who was also there, met Bo Obama

  19. Ok, yesterday law enforcement says Farook was radicalized, today he self radicalized. Now law enforcement says the woman posted on facebook pledging to ISIS after the attacks…..under a different name. I’m not buying this.

    • rikyrah says:


      I think his wife turned him out.

      ordinarily, I wouldn’t think like this. But, we’ve been joking too much about the ISIS social media presence, and the way they look to recruit online. And, her being from Saudi Arabia. And, the fact that he couldn’t find a girl here in America. He wasn’t living in Idaho, he lived in California – plenty of Arabs there. The power of the ‘ nectar’…we know it..
      Plus….I’m trying to wrap my mind around a woman who would leave a six-month old child to go shoot up people. I hate being ‘blame the woman’, but in this case, I’m suspicious.

    • Liza says:

      I didn’t hear the part about her posting allegiance to ISIS after the attacks under a different name. We have to wait and see if that’s true. I have noticed that some right wingers seem to really be stretching for an ISIS connection so they can blame PBO for this.

    • Liza says:

      Reuter’s article:

      “CNN reported on Friday that one U.S. official said Malik had pledged allegiance to al-Baghdadi in a posting on Facebook made on Wednesday, the day of the attack, under an account that used a different name. The attack appeared to be inspired by, but not necessarily directed by Islamic State, CNN reported, citing unnamed sources.”

      Female California massacre shooter pledged allegiance to Islamic State: government sources.— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) December 4, 2015


  20. rikyrah says:

    Without EVER Presenting an alternative


    The Phony Obamacare Repeal

    The GOP will finally pass a bill repealing Obamacare. It will be a charade.

    By Jim Newell

    The meticulously plotted Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and have that repeal vetoed by President Obama culminates this week. The House of Representatives has voted to eliminate the law dozens of times over the last few Congresses, but either Democratic control of the Senate or Democrats’ use of the filibuster has kept the repeal from going any further. So after last year’s midterm elections, in which the GOP gained control of the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agreed to use the reconciliation process to get the repeal over the finish line. (Reconciliation is the one-off parliamentary maneuver that only requires a 51-vote majority.) After an expected marathon of votes on dumb amendments heading into Thursday, the bill should pass, paving the way for Obama to veto the dickens out of it.

    Republicans are going through the Kabuki of passing a doomed bill for a number of reasons. Once it became clear that this Congress wasn’t going to use reconciliation to pass anything that could make its way into law, the GOP decided that it might as well burn the reconciliation tool on a messaging bill. The message here is to clarify to Republican voters, ahead of the presidential election, that all they need to eliminate the ghastly scourge of expanded access to medical care is a new, conservative butt in the Oval Office swivel chair. As useless messaging bills go, you could do worse. (Though, it’s worth pointing out that this bill should also send a message to the Democratic base to show up and vote if they want to save the Affordable Care Act.)

    This reconciliation process has been carried out as the trial run for an actual ACA repeal after the 2016 elections, as Republican legislators have done reconnaissance on all the procedural traps that might occur for the real deal. By those standards it’s been largely successful. Though the bill will not be a total repeal, it does eliminate much of the law’s core infrastructure, its revenues and its outlays, even if it can’t weed out every last regulation under reconciliation, because some don’t directly pertain to the budget.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Why the latest Obamacare repeal vote was worse than the others
    12/04/15 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen
    It’s not exactly a secret that when congressional Republicans vote to repeal all or part of the Affordable Care Act – as they’ve done dozens upon dozens of times – it’s not because they intend to succeed. On the contrary, they already know these bills are doomed to fail, at least so long as President Obama is in the White House, blocking any GOP effort to take Americans’ health benefits away.

    And yet, the Senate Republican majority invested months of effort in yet another “Obamacare” repeal measure, culminating in a close vote last night.
    The Senate narrowly passed a bill Thursday that would repeal key pieces of the Affordable Care Act and strip federal funding of Planned Parenthood for one year.

    The bill, which only needed 51 votes to pass because it was being considered using a procedure allowing it to bypass typical Senate procedures which require 60 votes to advance a piece of legislation, passed 52-47.
    The final roll call is online here. Note that two Senate Republicans – Maine’s Susan Collins and Illinois’ Mark Kirk – broke ranks and opposed the repeal bill. No Democrats voted for it.

    The first instinct is always to evaluate legislation on the merits, and in this case, the Republican repeal package is simply indefensible. It would increase the ranks of the uninsured by at 22 million people over the next three years, while killing Medicaid expansion, scrapping subsidies to working families, and even defunding Planned Parenthood for reasons GOP lawmakers still can’t explain with any coherence.

    But in this case, it’s best not to focus too heavily on the policy details because, as Republicans freely admit, this entire legislative endeavor, months in the making, was nothing but political theater – an elaborate sham.

    The first part of the charade has to do with preventing a government shutdown. By orchestrating this drama, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) believed he can send a repeal bill to the White House, watch it get vetoed, and then pursue a “clean” – or at least, “cleaner” – spending package next week before current federal funding expires, effectively telling his members, “Well, we gave it our best shot.”

    The second part of this gambit is giving the party’s rabid base a symbolic victory. Republicans have somehow convinced themselves that right-wing activists will be impressed by Congress going through the motions and forcing the president to veto a dumb repeal bill that has no real-world implications whatsoever.

    But it’s the final part the charade that’s the most interesting angle.

    This bill was able to pass the Senate thanks to a legislative tactic known as the “budget reconciliation” process, which allows lawmakers to pass budget measures by majority rule – no filibusters allowed. It’s why Democrats weren’t able to block last night’s vote.

    The GOP majority knows the president will veto any repeal measure, but this isn’t about now; it’s about 2017, when Republicans expect to see complete, far-right control over the House, Senate, and White House. In other words, last night’s vote was a dry-run – a proof-of-concept dress rehearsal – for when Republicans are really able to start taking families’ health care benefits away.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Ok, I’m putting on my tinfoil hat, folks. I don’t routinely like to blame the woman, but, in the case of the San Bernadino killing…

    He went overseas to Saudi Arabia to find her.
    Saudi Arabia.
    You know how I feel about the home of the funding of Wahhabbi -‘Death to the West’ brand of Islam.

    The guy comes from a family who has a brother who is a decorated veteran.
    I know two brothers can be different, but, you know…

    This reminds me of that girl from Mississippi who was arrested going with her new hubby to join ISIS…

    Just thinking with the tinfoil hat on…

    • Liza says:

      My husband and I were just talking about this and I agree with you.

      The man was born in the US, had an education, a good job for the last five years, had a wife and an infant child. Friends and family thought he was a regular guy. One of his friends said he was talking about getting his master’s degree.

      So what changed? I’m looking at wifey. She’s been with him for two years. Given how they ended up, just imagine what she’s been talking about all that time.

      • I don’t know, Liza. Trying to wrap my brain around it all. Why would a mother go on attack leaving behind a 6 month old?

      • Liza says:

        I can’t wrap my brain around any of it either and thank God for that. The stockpiling of weapons and ammunition, planning an attack and then opening fire on unarmed humans. They appear to be partners. It seems unlikely, at least right now, that he tore her away from her baby and forced her to do these things. And it looks as though he had no affiliations except online contact with persons of interest, people who are basically sympathizers and far from being active terrorists. If that is the case, then these two were on their own which makes it more likely they were partners.

      • Liza says:

        As for the infant, they seem to have decided that their destiny was to be terrorists, not parents raising children in San Bernardino. So many of the domestic terrorists are losers that it’s difficult to look at these two and wonder why they gave up a good life. The only way we’ll ever know is if they left some kind of statement and I am doubtful that they did.

      • rikyrah says:


        it’s the kid that makes me believe that SHE was the one who recruited him.

  23. rikyrah says:

    There are some youtube videos from The Wiz in that open thread. get over and see it before NBC puts the clampdown.

  24. rikyrah says:

    Latest New Hampshire Polling from PPP

    1. Donald Trump: 27% (was 28% in a PPP poll six weeks ago)

    2. Ted Cruz: 13% (8% last month)

    3. Marco Rubio: 11% (12% last month)

    4. Chris Christie: 10% (3% last month)

    5. Ben Carson: 9% (11% last month)

    6. John Kasich: 8% (10% last month)

    7. Carly Fiorina: 6% (7% last month)

    8. Jeb Bush: 5% (9% last month)

  25. rikyrah says:

    Man’s hoard of nearly 5,000 guns shows ease of amassing arms in U.S.
    As sheriff’s investigators threaded past the battered cars, cast-off tires and rusted farm equipment cluttering Brent Nicholson’s front yard, there was no hint of the sinister stockpile hidden behind his windowless front door.

    Inside, the guns were everywhere: rifles and shotguns piled in the living room, halls and bedrooms; handguns littering tables and countertops. Outside, when they rolled up the door on the pre-fab metal garage, more arms spilled out at their feet.

    “This has completely changed our definition of an ass-load of guns,” said Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks. Six weeks after the discovery, officers are still cataloging the weapons, many of which have proved stolen, and the final tally is expected to be close to 5,000. “I don’t know if there’s ever been (a seizure) this big anywhere before,” Brooks says.

    The question of how one man amassed such a stockpile of guns arises just as there is renewed American soul-searching over the widespread availability of firearms in the wake of a series of mass shootings.

    Read more at Reuters

  26. Ametia says:

    MED is on Murdering Joe WHINING about PBO and how Hillary will do sooooo much more for the BLACKS than Obama!

    Eugene is shucking, and stuttering. I.CAN’T WITH THESE NEGROES.

  27. Ametia says:

    Fappy FRY-day, Everyone!

  28. rikyrah says:

    I just wanted to say thanks for the live blogging of The Wiz. I would have enjoyed the show anyway, but being able to share it with others, and especially get the Black Twitter thoughts, was so much fun and added to the experience last night.

    • Ametia says:

      Good Morning, Riyrah. Thank you for hanging with us doing the Wiz.

      I really needed to chill & take in the majesty of the show. So much fun and powerful images. and it was BLACKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK THROUGH & THROUGH.

  29. sunshine616 says:

    More guns has resulted in more mass casualties by them. Look at the numbers. It’s the truth. Every year more guns are purchased and the number of mass murders increases. The NRA is perpetuating a deadly myth as some sort of gospel truth. Purposely killing others to perpetuate greed is beyond disgusting and they do it everyday. They are the terrorists here.

  30. vitaminlover says:

    Good morning, rikyrah. Loving the snow effects!

  31. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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