Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Harry Reid Accidentally Votes Against His Health Care Bill

December 24, 2009

This was a pretty funny moment from early this morning. I figured I’d share it with you all as a little Christmas present from me.  The following video is a clip from the Senate’s Roll Call vote on the health care bill (H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act). I wasn’t able to set the start time for the clip, so skip ahead to 25:30 (and if that’s not working, the video is also here:

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Apparently Mr. Reid was running on not quite enough sleep there.

The vote ended up being 60-39 (with all Democrats voting AYE, all of the Republicans voting NO, and Jim Bunning (R-KY) not voting).

While I personally would’ve voted against the bill, I don’t think this bill was all that bad considering other possibilities the Senate was looking at, but I really don’t feel like getting into the politics of the bill on Christmas Eve (I’ll save that for when the House and Senate come together to iron out a bill that both chambers agree on).

I just wanted to give everybody a little laugh, and wish everybody a very merry and safe Christmas!

God bless all of you and your families!  If you celebrate Christmas, Merry Christmas!  If you don’t, Happy Holidays!

I wish everybody a safe weekend.

Done Gift-Giving,

Ranting Republican

Should the U.S. Government Be Tracking Santa?

December 26, 2008

noradsantaAlright, I already know that I’m gonna take some heat for this post, but I’ve never been one to back down due to unpopularity.  This year, like they have for the past 53 years, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) tracked Santa as he travelled from the North Pole around the world delivering presents.  Now, NORAD isn’t all U.S. funded, since it’s a joint organization of the Canadian Forces Air Command and the United States Air Force.

So, I began thinking, “Isn’t this kinda wasting government money?”  So, I did some research.  I went to and began looking around.  I found this information about NORAD’s Santa tracking operation:

Since that time, NORAD men, women, family and friends have selflessly volunteered their time to personally respond to Christmas Eve phone calls and emails from children. In addition, we now track Santa using the internet. Last year, millions of people who wanted to know Santa’s whereabouts visited the NORAD Tracks Santa website.

So, from what I understand, the people aren’t getting paid, but that still doesn’t account for the website and actually running the operation on Christmas Eve / Christmas.  I know I must seem like such a Scrooge, but I just can’t justify the government tracking Santa, since he poses absolutely no threat to our air space.

Now, that being said, the nice, loving side of me is hating my fiscally responsible half right now, but I still can’t justify our government spending money on this.  If anybody from NORAD is reading this, could you tell me how much is actually spent on the Santa tracking operation?  Now, if this is all paid for by some fund or volunteers, I have no problem with NORAD being the face of the operation, I just can’t justify government funds going toward tracking Santa.

Alright, now it’s time for your opinion:

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Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2008

Right now I’m in between making 2 batches of Christmas candy (2 more to go), and I just wanted to take a break to say MERRY CHRISTMAS.  It’s been a busy day, from my car breaking down while I went Christmas shopping (apparently killing the power steering, the battery, and overheating the car was God’s way of telling me not to procrastinate anymore), to going to 2 church services (I like my current church, but there’s nothing like going back to my Old Presbyterian Church, singing some classic hymns and Christmas songs, and seeing a bunch of elderly women who love seeing me and my sister every time we visit – and the food’s always good too), to going to K-Mart to buy more sugar for the Christmas candy and overhearing the girl behind me say, “I’m buying cigs for my dad to put in his stocking … I couldn’t think of anything to get him.”

But from church to cigarettes to candy, I just want to remind everybody out there to take a break from your busy lives and think about what really matters today: Christ.  You see God really does put the Christ in Christmas, and more people (including myself) need to stop and ponder this.

Now, if you’re not a Christian, then that’s fine too, but don’t give me any of this “Happy Holidays” crap.  Christmas has been recognized as a federal holiday.  If you don’t think that it’s a secular holiday too, then I urge you to show up to work.  If you work in a factory where you need lots of people to make the place run, go in and just clean up.  If you don’t have a key, go around and offer to shovel snow as a job – I’m sure somebody will hire you.  Or offer taxi services – there’ll be lots of drunk people who need it.  Point is, I’m sure you could find a job somewhere, but most of you will enjoy the day off, so call it as it is and say, “Merry Christmas.”

Alright, I’m off to go make more candy.

I wish you all a safe and Merry Christmas.  If you’re travelling and it’s snowing, drive safe – better to get there late than not at all.  The same principle applies to drinking and driving – just don’t do it.  Get a friend to drive or hire a cab.

Merry Christmas folks!

Done Celebrating,

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Wally Bronner, Founder of the World’s Largest Christmas Store, Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, Michigan Passed Away

April 3, 2008

This was a sad story that I just heard.  Wally Bronner, the founder of Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderlandin Frankenmuth, Michigan, the “World’s Largest Christmas Store” passed away on April 1st.  He pretty much made Frankenmuth what it is today – Google “Frankenmuth” and Bronner’s is the 5th link.

Wally had turned 81 this March 9th.

Wally was a man who loved the Lord, evident in the name of his store.  Christ was emphasized in “CHRISTmas” and he lived every day to serve the Lord.  He celebrated the joy of Christmas every day of the year, and that was evident to anybody who ever met him.

Today, he is where he wants to be, with the Lord.

We will all miss you Mr. Bronner.  Rest in peace.

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Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas everybody! I wish all of you, Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Green, Constitution, Communist, Lutheran, Catholic, Presbyterian, etc… a very merry and SAFE Christmas.  I leave for Wisconsin on Thursday (I was planning on leaving Wednesday, but I’ll be with you all another day – that’s my gift to you! 😛  While in Wisconsin I may not have internet access).

Again – Merry Christmas,

Done Christmasing,

Ranting Republican

Congress Votes on Christmas – Another Waste of Time

December 19, 2007

OK, I’m going to go out on somewhat of a limb here and say that I disagree with the Republicans (and some Democrats in the House of Representatives.  So far, the Congress has passed so many non-binding resolutions it’s just getting annoying.

The latest piece of legislature comes from Representative Steve King (R-IA), House Resolution 847: Recognizing the importance of Christmas and the Christian faith.  (Read the details here:  Summed up, it says that Christians and Christmas are important – and I agree – but why is the Congress wasting their time saying this?

So far, a lot of heat has been placed on Jim McDermott (D-WA) for voting no.  He is cited as saying, “While the Republicans are passing a resolution celebrating Christmas, the president was vetoing health care for children. There’s a little bit of irony going on around here.”  No, although I didn’t agree with the health care plan laid out by the Congress, I’ve got to agree here – there are MUCH more important things the Congress could be doing than supporting a holiday.

McDermott went on to say, ” guess I’m the only guy left in Congress who still gets angry, but there are some things that are just not right.”

But Mr. McDermott isn’t as efficient of a representative as I’d have hoped either.  You see, he voted for the following:

House Resolution 635: Recognizing the commencement of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting and spiritual renewal, and commending Muslims in the United States and throughout the world for their faith, proposed by Eddie Johnson (D-TX) ( and H. Res. 747: Recognizing the religious and historical significance of the festival of Diwali, proposed by Addison Wilson (R-SC) (

Personally, I probably would’ve just voted for all of these if they came up (especially Christmas) – because I always have an opinion and I always want that opinion voiced, so I’ll never vote “Present.”  But still – these are wasteful and time consuming.

ON THE OTHER HAND…I am sick and tired of all the anti-Christmas political correctness crap!  If a city wants to put a nativity scene in front of city hall, then so be it!  If a city wants to put whatever in front of city hall, so be it, whether it’s for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve, Boxing Day – whatever – put it up.  If you don’t like it, don’t look at it – nobody’s forcing you.

So, I take this time to tell anybody reading this who think political correctness is the best thing since sliced bread, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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