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“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”

Gerard van Honthorst, Birth of Christ, 1622
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Thanks as ever to Sacred Sandwich for this…

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And Merry Christmas to all!
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Itzhak Perlman goes improv

Happy Hanukkah!  And this klezmer music featuring Itzhak Perlman is nothing but happy.  He and his fiddle join up with four different groups in this 10-minute film, so watch all or part of it. 

 As one of the comments says, “This makes me want to dance around and break stuff!” 

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“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” is one of my wife Jeri’s favorite carols, probably because it lends itself so well to jazz.

I did have a video of Jerry Garcia and David Grisman scheduled until YouTube deleted it. But I found an adequate substitute.

Mister Bean really gets into the Christmas spirit with his chance to conduct a Salvation Army band. Get a chuckle out of it.
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…but not on Schroeder when he’s around Lucy. 

Happy Birthday, Ludwig.

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Have a listen to Ivo Pogorelich as he plays Für Elise:
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It’s over, for now

It really began in 1991 (or 1990, if we count Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait), but the current phase began in 2003 because we could.  Let this be the end of it. 

 

Timeline:  U.S. Troops in Iraq (source:  BBC News) 

  • March 2003 – Operation Iraqi Freedom begins with a “shock and awe” assault on Baghdad, which falls in under a month
  • May 2003 – President George Bush declares “mission accomplished”
  • Dec 2003 – Saddam Hussein captured in a bunker south of Tikrit
  • April 2004 – Photos emerge showing abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison
  • 2005 – Suicide attacks in Iraq hit all-time high as insurgency spreads
  • January 2007 – US troop “surge” begins, leading to a drop in violence by 2008
  • August 2010 – Last US combat troops leave Iraq

 

 

Ending an earlier war:  Saigon, Vietnam, 1975.  Fleeing the U.S. Embassy.

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