Saturday Open Thread | Christmas Jams 2017

beautiful-christmas-candles-5Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree is a Christmas song written by Johnny Marks and recorded by Brenda Lee in 1958 on Decca9-30776.

Although Decca released it in both 1958 and again in 1959, it did not sell well until Lee became a popular star in 1960; that Christmas season, it hit #14 on the Billboard pop chart and turned into a perennial holiday favorite. It continued to sell well during the holiday season, hitting #5 on the Christmas chart as late as 1984. Brenda Lee’s recording still receives a great deal of airplay. Despite the song’s title, its instrumentation also fits the Country genre which Brenda Lee more fully embraced as her career evolved. Despite her mature-sounding voice, she recorded this song when she was only 14 years old. The recording featured Hank Garland’s ringing guitar.

For decades, Brenda Lee’s recording was the only notable version of the song. Radio stations ranging from Top 40 to Adult Contemporary to Country Music to Oldies to even Adult Standards played this version.

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67 Responses to Saturday Open Thread | Christmas Jams 2017

  1. rikyrah says:

    Andy Slavitt‏Verified account @ASlavitt

    BREAKING: On Tuesday, Congress will propose to fund CHIP through the end of December.

    Yes, of this year.
    7:46 AM – 2 Dec 2017

  2. rikyrah says:

    Danez Smith‏ @Danez_Smif

    Maybe, just maybe, this tax heist almost enough to make some white ppl realize how whiteness hates them too. Cause whiteness convinced them to put these crooks in office and whiteness just said fuck they sick grandma and they niece n nem too.
    7:45 AM – 2 Dec 2017

    • Liza says:

      The Democrats could win Nevada. But I look at this list and wonder where else they might win. Arizona looks like a possibility but I wouldn’t count on it.

  3. rikyrah says:

    On Dec. 29, a transition adviser to Mr. Trump, K. T. McFarland, wrote in an email to a colleague that sanctions announced hours before by the Obama administration in retaliation for Russian election meddling were aimed at discrediting Mr. Trump’s victory. The sanctions could also make it much harder for Mr. Trump to ease tensions with Russia, “which has just thrown the U.S.A. election to him,” she wrote in the emails obtained by The Times.
    It is not clear whether Ms. McFarland was saying she believed that the election had in fact been thrown. A White House lawyer said on Friday that she meant only that the Democrats were portraying it that way.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Lawrence O’Donnell‏Verified account @ Lawrence

    -The tax bill must now pass the House again. A tough vote for Republican House members from CA who can kill the bill & are ignoring the tax increases for CA. They’re counting on opponents to mistake half time for the end of the game and quit now.
    If you’re tweeting your despair & defeatism instead of calling your House member, why?
    -This guy knows the tax fight is still on. Do you? (Hint: House has to vote next.)

    Lawrence O’Donnell Retweeted Grover Norquist
    We must defend the new lower tax rates.
    Particularly the 20% corporate rate as politicians will view raising it to 21 or 22 as a piggy bank to rob to pay for their favorite special interest.…

  5. rikyrah says:

    Tax receipts? Source:

    Senators that voted for the tax bill represent voters that contribute $1,207,000,000 to federal revenue

    Senators that voted against the tax bill represent voters that contribute $2,051,000,000 to federal revenue.

    In other words, senators representing people who contribute about 37% of the federal income determining tax policy for those who contribute the remaining 63%.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Based on official Census Bureau estimates of 2016 populations:

    Senators voting for the tax bill represent: 140,776,049 people.
    Senators voting against the tax bill represent: 181,670,294 people.

    In other words, about 44% of the population determining tax policy for the other 56%.

  7. rikyrah says:


    Note to Self: This is your reminder:

    * 178.4 million people are represented by the 48 senators who caucus with the Democrats.
    * 144.1 million people are represented by the 52 senators who caucus with the Republicans.
    * 65.9 million people voted for Hillary Rodham Clinton and Tim Kaine to be their president and vice president
    * 63.0 million people voted for Donald Trump and Mike Pence to be their president and vice president

  8. rikyrah says:

    Democrats in Washington plan to enact a series of progressive policies now that they control the state legislature and governor’s office, including legislation on climate change, immigration, women’s reproductive rights, and a State Voting Rights Act.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 2, 2017

  9. rikyrah says:

    My theory is Trump is so freaked out about what Mueller could find in his company finances he keeps confessing to obstruction because that’s just not what he’s worried about.— Schooley (@Rschooley) December 2, 2017

    • Liza says:

      Ha ha. My theory is that Trump is wingin’ it. He doesn’t know if he’s afoot or on horseback. It’s gotten him this far…

  10. rikyrah says:

    It makes very little sense to think #Flynn lied to #Pence if he was acting on instructions from #Kushner to speak to the Russians. #OccamsRazor— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) December 2, 2017

    This. Almost no chance Flynn lies to Pence. Far likelier that he was honest with Pence and everyone else, and they all agreed to lie about it.— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) December 2, 2017

  11. rikyrah says:

    The House and Senate have now passed very different versions of the tax bill. They have to meet next week, reconcile the differences, and revote on the new compromise bill. Won’t be easy. Especially if opposition massively grows while they’re at it… *hint hint*— 5 Calls 🇺🇸 (@make5calls) December 2, 2017

  12. rikyrah says:

    They begged him not to tweet.
    I know that they did.
    What he tweets confirms obstruction?

    BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA 😄😄😄😎

    • rikyrah says:

      Matthew Miller Retweeted Donald J. Trump
      Oh my god, he just admitted to obstruction of justice. If Trump knew Flynn lied to the FBI when he asked Comey to let it go, then there is your case.
      Matthew Miller added,0

      Donald J. TrumpVerified account @realDonaldTrump
      I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!
      9:24 AM – 2 Dec 2017

  13. Liza says:

    And the looting just doesn’t stop, there are no limitations, no boundaries, and most of all, no shame.

  14. Liza says:

    In your face corruption. These people really don’t care. Their arrogance is unprecedented.

  15. Liza says:

    Yeah, and this is just what we know so far. Even the Senators who voted on it didn’t have time to read it, so bet the farm there are plenty more devils in the details.

    The storm clouds are gathering…

  16. Liza says:

    Flake won’t flip. Don’t hope for it.

  17. I finished my tree….

  18. Liza says:

    POLITICS 12/02/2017 01:01 am ET Updated 29 minutes ago
    Sen. Chuck Schumer Shames GOP Tax Bill: It’s A ‘Stunning Deception’
    “If it creates jobs or loses them ― who knows? Certainly no one here.”

    By Carla Herreria

    Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) shamed Republicans on the Senate floor hours before lawmakers voted on their nearly 500-page tax bill, which included handwritten notes and crossed-out pages.

    “Historians will mark this day as one of the darkest black-letter days in the long history of this Senate,” Schumer said during his request to delay voting on the bill until Monday.

    “Once hailed as the world’s greatest deliberative body, as a beacon of American democracy and the envy of representative governments around the world, the Senate seems to have abandoned those qualities in a rush to pass a bill that no one is proud of.”

    Schumer and other Democratic senators said it would be impossible for Democrats to vote accurately on the bill because they weren’t given enough time to read it.

    “It was chock-full of special-interest giveaways before tonight, but under the cover of darkness and with the aid of haste, a flurry of last-minute changes will stuff even more money into the pockets of the wealthy and the biggest corporations while raising taxes on millions in the middle class.”

    Schumer pleaded with the GOP to push back voting on the bill so that lawmakers could “clean” it up.

    “I would make one final plea,” he said. “Because this bill is so slanted toward the wealthy and powerful … because the bill was given to lobbyists to read and change before senators saw it, and because the bill was given to us on a few hours notice and has not been read fully or considered fully by a single senator, I move we adjourn until Monday, so we can first read and then clean up this awful piece of legislation.”

    Senate Republicans voted against Schumer’s push to stall the GOP tax bill 48-52.

    Democrats were outraged when they received a draft of the Republican’s tax bill late in the day on Friday and many lawmakers rushed to read through its 479 pages.

    “Real bipartisan tax reform isn’t handwritten behind closed doors,” the Senate Democrats tweeted Friday night, including the hashtag #GOPTaxScam.

  19. Ametia says:

    C-span airing Tuesday’s opioid epidemic hearings now. Chris Christie said the solution is “folks need to march. They don’t march like they used to, to demand the government do something.”


    No one asked this POS why Americans need to march in the first place, to get the lazy ass folks they voted for to do their fucking jobs.

    It’s the same thing with the 2 political parties, begging for money, ON THE REGULAR from constituents to do their fucking jobs.

    • Liza says:

      I was thinking… Maybe I’ve missed something but I haven’t seen too many Democratic senators raising hell about this GOP tax scam. A few have been speaking out. Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and Kamala Harris are the ones I’ve seen. And, of course, Bernie Sanders has been raising hell.

      But it seems to me that Democrats have been mostly silent and I fear they think that allowing the GOP enough rope to hang itself helps them win in 2018 without having to take potentially controversial positions.

      I don’t know.

    • Liza says:

      Trump’s bullshit so far…

      Donald J. Trump‏Verified account
      4m4 minutes ago

      Biggest Tax Bill and Tax Cuts in history just passed in the Senate. Now these great Republicans will be going for final passage. Thank you to House and Senate Republicans for your hard work and commitment!

      Donald J. Trump‏Verified account
      5h5 hours ago

      We are one step closer to delivering MASSIVE tax cuts for working families across America. Special thanks to @SenateMajLdr Mitch McConnell and Chairman @SenOrrinHatch for shepherding our bill through the Senate. Look forward to signing a final bill before Christmas!

      Donald J. Trump‏Verified account
      15h15 hours ago

      Economists on the TAX CUTS and JOBS ACT:

      “The enactment of a comprehensive overhaul – complete with a lower corporate tax rate – will IGNITE our ECONOMY with levels of GROWTH not SEEN IN GENERATIONS…”

    • Liza says:

      My head hurts. I am so angry.

      I am literally at a point where I cannot comprehend what is happening to this country or why.

  20. Liza says:

    Because corrupt, dishonest, crooked, greedy, and reckless GOP legislators are so disconnected from the American people they do not know or care how we live.

  21. Liza says:

    Indeed. How in the blazing hell did we get here? 63 million people did this us? That leaves 257 million!!!!!

  22. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😐😐😐

  23. Liza says:

    This. What they are robbing is the future and God only knows how this plays out when all that “economic growth” fails to happen.

  24. Liza says:

    Good morning, y’all. Isn’t often I get here first.

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