Dec 25 2011
This is your morning Open Thread. Pour your favorite beverage and review the past and comment on the future.
Find the past “On This Day in History” here.
December 25 is the 359th day of the year (360th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are six days remaining until the end of the year. This day is commonly known as Christmas Day.
On this day in 1818, the first performance of “Silent Night” takes place in the church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorf, Austria.
The original lyrics of the song Stille Nacht were written in Austria by the priest Father Joseph Mohr and the melody was composed by the Austrian headmaster Franz Xaver Gruber. In 1859, John Freeman Young (second Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Florida) published the English translation that is most frequently sung today. The version of the melody that is generally sung today differs slightly (particularly in the final strain) from Gruber’s original, which was a sprightly, dance-like tune in 6/8, as opposed to the slow, meditative lullaby version generally sung today. Today, the lyrics and melody are in the public domain.
Dec 25 2011
“Punting the Pundits” is an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from around the news medium and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.
Thanks to ek hornbeck, click on the link and you can access all the past “Punting the Pundits”.
The Sunday Talking Heads:
This Week with Christiane Amanpour:This week will look back at 2011. The political roundtable with ABC’s George Will, Cokie Roberts, Jonathan Karl, and former Republican National Committee Chairman and Bush White House counselor Ed Gillespie dissect the political events of 2011 and look forward to the 2012 election year. Also a foreign policy roundtable discusses the ripple effects of the year’s tumultuous international events, with Council on Foreign Relations president Richard Haass and U.S. Institute of Peace fellow Robin Wright, the author of “Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World.”
Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer:CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell, Nancy Cordes, David Martin, Bob Orr, Anthony Mason, Elizabeth Palmer and John Dickerson join Bob Schieffer for a look back at 2011 and to make predictions on 2012.
The Chris Matthews Show:This week’s guests are Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post Columnist, Rick Stengel, TIME Managing Editor, Chuck Todd, NBC News Chief White House Correspondent and Katty Kay, BBC Washington Correspondent who will discuss the best and worst moments of 2011.
Meet the Press with David Gregory:A special Christmas edition with roundtable guests NBC Special Correspondent Tom Brokaw, New York Times columnist and author Thomas Friedman, Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker and former mayor of New Orleans, now president of the National Urban League, Marc Morial. Plus a special Christmas Day reflection from the Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, DC, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
State of the Union with Candy Crowley: Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN) will discuss the future of North Korea, congressional gridlock, and his own re-election struggles with the tea party. The Hill’s A.B. Stoddard and CNN Senior Political Analyst Ron Brownstein will break down this contentious year in Washington and gives an outlook for 2012. A previously unseen portion of our interview with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on the legacy of Iraq, her regrets, and her relationship with Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld will be aired.
Dec 25 2011
Pope calls for worshipers to remember ‘essence’ of Christmas
By the CNN Wire Staff
December 25, 2011
Pope Benedict XVI presided over Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, delivering a homily that focused on the “essence” of the holiday rather than the “commercial celebration” it has become.
“Today Christmas has become a commercial celebration, whose bright lights hide the mystery of God’s humility, which in turn calls us to humility and simplicity,” the pope said after recalling the story of Christmas. “Let us ask the Lord to help us see through the superficial glitter of this season, and to discover behind it the child in the stable in Bethlehem, so as to find true joy and true light.”
Dec 25 2011
Hoopies for those that care, movies and marathons. Minor distractions from the important business of unwrapping presents and eating.
More to come but this will have to do for now. Harvested until 6 pm, updated until 10 am. Now good until 6 pm. Dinner and presents, mostly good until 8 pm.
Yay, another USB 3.0 Drive converter. Now for a hub. Only an extra hour, but I’ll try and do better. Fully harvested, good until 10 pm. Done.