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December 24, 2021

Merry Christmas

In my corner of the earth Christmas celebration starts on the eve of the day before Christmas (Heiligabend = holy evening). With small kids the gifts that the Christkind (Christ child = Jesus) brought will usually appear between 4 pm and 6 pm followed by a family meal.

I will not be with my extended family this year as I am still recovering from my recent medical procedure. But I will soon join them virtually.

To all of you a Merry Christmas. Have some happy time.

- b.

Posted by b on December 24, 2021 at 15:03 UTC | Permalink


Merry Christmas to you, b, and thank you for your great efforts to create a space for thinking and articulating.

And a Happy New Year to the commentariat that explores and examines the issues of the day with such care.

Let us hope 2022 surprises us all in a good way.


Posted by: gottlieb | Dec 24 2021 15:12 utc | 1

Merry Christmas mate thanks vm for the hard work this year!

Posted by: Jerome | Dec 24 2021 15:16 utc | 2

Merry Christmas to all.

Posted by: Down South | Dec 24 2021 15:19 utc | 3

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate in December.
Traditional Christmas Orthodox chant: В темную нічку над Вифлеємом /In the dark night over Bethlehem

Posted by: Per/Norway | Dec 24 2021 15:25 utc | 4

For those who love the truth, truth is the very light of life that falsehoods try to obscure. And in the mysterious circular way of the Universe, the light is the Love.

May Truth prevail and bring love and life to us all.

Posted by: Moses | Dec 24 2021 15:27 utc | 5

Merry Christmas Every One

T'was the day before Christmas
I left it too late
the shelves are all bare
oh why did I wait
I swore I'd shop early
I clearly remember
and be done with it all
by the first of December
but now here I am
with picked over stock
the boxes are crumpled
on the Marvel knockoffs
sweaters too big
slippers too small
the pushing the grabbing
get me out of this mall
I will stop at the drug store
and purchase a card
and fill it with money
why make life hard
it always fits
and suits everyone's taste
no need to wrap it
that's just a waste
but should you not like it
dear, have no fear
if you'd like to return it
my pocket's right here

Posted by: ld | Dec 24 2021 15:30 utc | 6

Merry Christmas to all!

Here it is the other way around. The meal first, then the gifts afterwards. The "kids" are here so all is well.

Posted by: Norwegian | Dec 24 2021 15:33 utc | 7

A merry Christmas to ALL

May this New Year bring some much needed cheer.

Signed NATO.

Ho ho ho

Posted by: WTFUD | Dec 24 2021 15:35 utc | 8

Merry Christmas to you and yours keep safe and well, thank you for your interesting articles.

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Dec 24 2021 15:48 utc | 9

‘Twas the night before Reset,
And that villainous Klaus.
Had ushered in the great culling,
Oh, what a louse!

Event 201,
Their intentions laid bare.
To conquer the world,
And poison the air.

A frenzied control,
Of the weather had led.
To a bio collapse,
The dying, the dead.

Our home world in bondage,
Whose resources they sap.
Those rapacious elites,
Who live in the lap.

Skies of haze, grids, and swirls,
An aerial tatter.
Earth’s mercurial rags,
A global Mad Hatter.

Using toxins for decades,
They plundered for cash.
Then burrowed below,
To hoard up their stash.

Such minions of evil,
They’ll keep up this show.
They’ve no traffic with reason,
Or reap what you sow.

The media lackeys,
Have made it quite clear.
These parasite puppets,
Are merchants of fear.

Poisoned soil and air,
Has made everything sick.
So, to hide their misdeeds,
Well, they got a new schtick!

COVID they called it,
Pandemic’s the game.
Humanity’s death knell,
Our free spirit to tame.

From masking to lockdowns,
All manner submission.
No business, no income,
Without their permission!

Then it drug on and on,
And oh, what a haul!
For corporate purveyors,
While we took the fall.

Along came big pharma,
Extorting nations to buy.
All of their pseudo elixir,
No choice, just comply.

These billionaire bandits,
Reaping profits beaucoup.
In the last marketplace,
All our lands, me, and you.

They’re paving the way,
To remain bulletproof.
The road to enslavement,
Ere fiat goes poof!

To keep things afloat,
While their hustle abounds.
They need all our bodies,
For medical rounds.

They’ve hijacked our healthcare,
Cause, all else is Kaput!
The last vested interest,
Save the ground underfoot.

Yes, they’ll have that too,
They’re so making tracks!
As they ruin our bodies,
For bucks with the vax.

Complete – usurpation!
The great many unwary,
That few were awake,
Was just a little bit scary.

With new petty tyrants,
Building camps as they go.
To quell the dissenters,
They deploy Gestapo.

These weasel enforcers,
Sustain unrest and grief.
Pernicious colluders,
Set loose in the fief!

Is there no stopping them now?
It’s so Machiavelli.
How many lives will be lost?
If we don’t cry, “Whoa Nellie!”

Those horsemen, those four,
Their arrival so stealth.
It’s a war for the world,
And the hour nears twelfth.

It’s time to get ready,
Pray, your spirit be led.
To prepare for what’s coming
Did you hear what I said?

Beyond sycophants,
Where the enemy lurks.
Behind that thin veil,
Evil lives in the murk.

Unleashed on the world,
Untold dangers impose!
While heavenly hosts,
Bring this age to a close.

I bid you take comfort,
In Paul’s Ephesians epistle.
Put on ALL of that armor,
To confront the abyssal.

And never forget, that Jesus,
Wins this great fight.
Then, in your faith ride it out,
With our Lord God in His might!

Posted by: YT | Dec 24 2021 15:59 utc | 10

Season's Greetings.

Posted by: IronForge | Dec 24 2021 16:01 utc | 11

Vey best wishes of the season to and comnentators. Very much appreciated that we have such a place to converse and participate.

Posted by: Jo | Dec 24 2021 16:02 utc | 12

Best wishes!

Chwała na wysokości, chwała na wysokości,
a pokój na Ziemi.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Dec 24 2021 16:15 utc | 13

Peace on Earth
Goodwill towards all

Posted by: librul | Dec 24 2021 16:25 utc | 14

Max @10
Nailed it
May I share with attribution?

Posted by: ld | Dec 24 2021 16:37 utc | 15

YT @ 10
I might add it rang in my ears more like the Grinch played by George Galloway

Posted by: ld | Dec 24 2021 16:40 utc | 16

Merry Christmas to you and your family. Wishing you good health and happiness. Thanks for all you do.

Posted by: charles shamey | Dec 24 2021 17:04 utc | 17

Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Posted by: urblintz | Dec 24 2021 17:18 utc | 18

merry christmas and happy new year 2022 to all the people who frequent moa, b especially!

Posted by: james | Dec 24 2021 17:27 utc | 19

Merry Christmas b, and good health in the New Year!

I went out in the rain and hung my red Christmas towel and big spangly Walmart star on my gate - they'll stay up till after Orthodox Christmas so don't want to do it too far in advance. Christmases in my New Zealand childhood were spent at the beach, a big bonfire on New Year's Eve and everyone dressed up in fancy dress costumes -- I suppose that was a pagan influence but it all goes with Christmas. I love having the quieter one later, still near Western Epiphany and the wise men, but more for church.

Can't do without lovely western carol singing -- peace on earth !

Posted by: juliania | Dec 24 2021 17:28 utc | 20

Merry Christmas and thanks for the good blog and to the commenters.

Posted by: Passer by | Dec 24 2021 17:29 utc | 21

Merry Christmas b, and to all those celebrating among the barflies! (And best wishes for a continued speedy recovery.)

This holiday season, I am reading Harry Potter for the first time. Given the current geopolitical situation, I thought I’d add this quote, pgs 476-7 of HP and the Half-Blood Prince: “Harry, Harry, only because Voldemort made a grave error, and acted on Professor Trelawney’s words! If Voldemort had never murdered your father, would he have imparted in you a furious desire for revenge? Of course not! If he had not forced your mother to die for you, would he have given you a magical protection he could not penetrate? Of course not, Harry! Don’t you see? Voldemort himself created his worst enemy, just as tyrants everywhere do!”

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Dec 24 2021 17:32 utc | 22

Merry Christmas!

Posted by: Midville | Dec 24 2021 17:57 utc | 23

Here's the great Swedish tenor Jussi Björling with my favorite Christmas carol:

O Holy Night

Posted by: waynorinorway | Dec 24 2021 17:59 utc | 24

Happy holidays, heal well, and thank you!

You are a gift to the world!

Immensely valuable work.

Posted by: Powerandpeople | Dec 24 2021 18:28 utc | 25

@14 librul - agreed!

merry christmas, happy holidays, and best wishes to all!

Posted by: ptb | Dec 24 2021 18:38 utc | 26

Happy Holidays to all my friends here @ MOA.

b, you're much valued, and each of the commentators as well.

I'm all set for the holidays: fridge is stocked, all home for the holidays. Ready for some down-time.

Hope all's well with you and yours!


Posted by: Tom Pfotzer | Dec 24 2021 18:42 utc | 27


Merry Christmas & best wishes for the New Year. I pray for peace both here and abroad.

Where I live, we are now having [and anticipate] a series of winter storms, something that was perfectly normal 30 years ago is now dreaded by northward migrating transplants. Me and the dog have enough food/water for a month so long as an earthquake doesn't accompany the weather.


And speaking of self-sufficiency, [applied at the national level], Aesops grasshopper vs ant writ large, or more correctly, Imperial Britain's "free-trade" vs American Mercantilism [1865-1977 RIP]. I found this article and it's associated links quite interesting:

I think it helps in understanding how the dunderheads of DC came to have their irrational obsession with Russia.

A prayer for the new year: please Lord, intervene on our behalf, halt the repository of sociopaths in the 3LAs lairs [and their willing unwell minions] from creating strife...whether be it foreign or, domestic.

Posted by: S Brennan | Dec 24 2021 18:43 utc | 28

Take care, b

And to everybodu a pleasant Christmas !

Posted by: Featherless | Dec 24 2021 18:47 utc | 29

Be well b while reveling in being alive!!

Perhaps this will be THE CHRISTMAS when the message it presents to humanity will finally sink into the brains of the several thousand Scrooges that make life miserable for all of us. IMO, that would truly be a Miracle as astounding as a virgin giving birth.

Posted by: karlof1 | Dec 24 2021 19:14 utc | 30

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all MoA barflies and readers!

To B, have a good rest and recuperation and do take a break from blogging and researching. I hope your squirrel friends are doing well, helping you with your articles and keeping you company!

Posted by: Jen | Dec 24 2021 19:40 utc | 31

May you b and all those names I have become familiar with, enjoy the next year more than you anticipate.

Posted by: JohninMK | Dec 24 2021 19:49 utc | 32

Merry Christmas and peace and goodwill to all. (No matter what their pronouns are).
Christmas is a time of hope and happiness, particularly for the smallest among us. May they not be deceived by us.
All the best b, and keep warm and comfortable.

Posted by: Stonebird | Dec 24 2021 20:02 utc | 33

Merry Xmas, wish you all peaceful and happy holidays with your loved ones

Posted by: Ze | Dec 24 2021 20:35 utc | 34

Merry Xmas to you as well. In my birth country, Hungary we have the same customs as well. Szenteste (Hungarian) means Heiligabend or Holy evening. OT, but being a language fanatic (I should have gone to linguistics or maths instead of accounting), every 'ei' in German became an 'o' in English. Eg. Kleidung = Clothing, thus Heilig = Holy.
Love reading the comments, the quality of the comments are top notch. Despite being university educated in Australia, growing up in Eastern Europe (Hungary) in the 70s, I cannot add anything extra.
That shows how much smarter most of you are.

Posted by: Peter Schmidt | Dec 24 2021 20:39 utc | 35

Buon Natale e Buon Nuovo Anno dall'Italia!

Posted by: Lucky | Dec 24 2021 20:41 utc | 36

Merry Christmas from Melbourne.

Posted by: HossCara | Dec 24 2021 21:20 utc | 37

Jen @ 31

I hope your squirrel friends are doing well, helping you with your articles and keeping you company

Yeah, me too, but keep your distance!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Posted by: john | Dec 24 2021 21:33 utc | 38

Thank God that Russia have pulled all their Forces from their 900 + Foreign Military Bases around the Globe and stacked them on their border. Lol.

Posted by: WTFUD | Dec 24 2021 21:42 utc | 39

Merry Christmas and a speedy recovery!

Posted by: Erast Fandorin | Dec 24 2021 21:49 utc | 40

Love and Peace to all and rest well b.

Posted by: Lbanu | Dec 24 2021 22:05 utc | 41

b, thank you from the bottom of my heart for providing all of us barflies a forum to try to figure out what the heck is going on in this sad and beautiful world.
merry christmas everone!

Posted by: lex talionis | Dec 24 2021 23:30 utc | 42


Posted by: FNORD | Dec 24 2021 23:59 utc | 43

feliz feliz, b!!!

and to all the ....uh......mooners


Posted by: michaelj72 | Dec 24 2021 23:59 utc | 44

Thank you for all your work. Wishing you a good Christmas and that you make a good recovery

Posted by: RZ | Dec 25 2021 0:14 utc | 45

And you too Mr b MoA.

And all, Merry seasonal greetings.

The rebirth and turning of the World.

There is daily more light from now on
upon us on in the North hopefully.
And with bars such as this.

Posted by: D.G. | Dec 25 2021 0:26 utc | 46

Merry Christmas to all, friend and foe, Thanks to b, and his persistence to combat fake news and propaganda, and the contributors who defended the stance by logic and rational reasoning !
Here is something about non-imperial Christians persecuted and went extinct.

Posted by: Grishak | Dec 25 2021 0:31 utc | 47

Wishing all a healthy and happy holiday season!!!!

Posted by: vetinLA | Dec 25 2021 0:38 utc | 48

don't let secondhand smoke destroy your native American traditions! - PSA from US CDC.

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Dec 25 2021 1:15 utc | 49

Heilige Weihnachten!

Posted by: Choderlos de Laclos | Dec 25 2021 1:43 utc | 50

Long time reader that never posted here.]
Merry christmas!

Posted by: alex | Dec 25 2021 2:10 utc | 51

Eedokh Breeka as we Assyrians say

Posted by: Anunnaki | Dec 25 2021 2:48 utc | 52

Bernhard, Merry Christmas. I have massive respect for you, though I disagree about Covid, but so what, I think you are an honest man.

A lot of people the same age as me, Old Age Pensioners, have only a little money left to put food on the table in England for Christmas Day…

And we are all so Proud, and never let anyone know…

They turn up the heating a bit for Christmas Day – just in case a friend comes round.

So far this Winter, we have been Really Lucky with Very Mild Temperatures (Thank God for a little bit of Global Warming)

And if it gets really cold, as some times it does like in the Winter of 1963, an exceedingly large number of people in Europe are Going To FREEZE To Death.

The Pipelines are There Built and Ready To Go.

To Supply Gas From Russia to Europe.

And The New GREEN Government in Germany, is sending The Russian Gas, back to Russia.

So I reckon, The UK Government should Threaten to Bomb Germany, if These GERMAN GREEN LUNATICS, don’t come to some Agreement with The Russians, who will Provide Europe with as much gas as we want.

Just turn on The Taps, You Stupid German Bastards

The Pipleline is Built and Ready to Go.

Tell The Americans to Fuck Off,

And Turn The Gas On

Wtf is Wrong with You Germans?

You make even Boris seem sane

You Green Germans are the Main Problem.

Still NAZI’s????

I am not a judear


Posted by: Tony_0pmoc | Dec 25 2021 3:24 utc | 53

Merry xmas b and big thanks for your huge effort and immense patience in the past year :))

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Dec 25 2021 5:58 utc | 54

Thanks b, for putting this nonsense up, as a sixth generation Australian, half British by decent passport holder, I am amazed by the ignorance of my British kameraden.


Posted by: Tony_0pmoc | Dec 25 2021 3:24 utc | 53

Posted by: Paul | Dec 25 2021 7:02 utc | 55

I hope your gender reassignment surgery was a success.

Posted by: Helen | Dec 25 2021 7:42 utc | 56

much love to the MoA community!
b, please take it easy.
i don't know what I would do without this place.
merry christmas everyone.

Posted by: lex talionis | Dec 25 2021 8:05 utc | 57

@ Posted by: Tony_0pmoc | Dec 25 2021 3:24 utc | 53

Hesus effing cry’s Compo - what the eff are you blathering on about polluting a very simple Xmas greetings thread? There is an open one for your nonsense.

So now you are a poor oap? What about your great career and pension? What about your yachting and rich son? What about your London mansion? Must be worth a million?

Answers and replies to the other thread otherwise I will complain that you are a troll come stalking here from Off-G - finished your business there?

Let me know about how dire it gets you old fantasist and how you liked the 1 in 10 infections in London you and your fellow bunch of deniers.

Happy Grimple you old tart.
(In case you didn’t know)

Posted by: D.G. | Dec 25 2021 8:46 utc | 58

ld @ 15 & 16,

Ho, ho, ho!

By all means!

(Am I glad you loved it.)

Merry Christmas.

May the Year ahead bring Joy & Good Tidings both to you and your Kinsmen.

Posted by: YT | Dec 25 2021 9:59 utc | 59

merry xmas one and all. season greetings. have a good one B

Posted by: slippery | Dec 25 2021 12:19 utc | 60

( I mistakenly posted this on the open thread)

Merry Christmas

Here is a classic from here, “”Oh Happy Day”

Written by Philip Doddridge
Arranged by Edwin Hawkins
Edwin Hawkins was a pianist at Ephesian Church of God in Christ in Berkeley, California when he came up with the popular Latin/Soul version of the song “Oh Happy Day” in 1968...Buddah Records signed Hawkins to a record deal, rechristening the Northern California State Youth Choir "The Edwin Hawkins Singers" for their reissue of the album, which became a huge hit.

This song was recorded for the Gospel market, and its secular success didn't go over well with everyone at the church: local officials of the denomination circulated a petition asking secular radio stations to stop airing the song. Hawkins had a different take. He told The Chronicle: "I think they thought they were doing the right thing. What confused me about it was they were teaching us all our lives that we were to take the message everywhere.". .

Posted by: suzan | Dec 25 2021 16:51 utc | 61

Tony_OPmoc @53

You are mistaken if you believe the British government want Germany to start Nordstream 2 or for Germany to come to any agreenment with Russia.

Posted by: ADKV | Dec 25 2021 16:57 utc | 62

Happy Holidays to everyone here. B, I hope your recovery goes well.

Posted by: Inkan1969 | Dec 25 2021 17:46 utc | 63

Merry Christmas b and everybody!

And yes the "energy crisis" is certainly part of their silly plan for popular support for a suicidal war, so far I've only heard it (the claim) being pushed in the UK but I'm sure we'll see it spread. I doubt it will work, not even if not everyone knows that it's not the Russians fault at all (hah, a triple negative!).

And by the way: so much for the US nonsense about selling US gas, it was bs from the start.

The evils of the world aside: the best to all!

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | Dec 25 2021 18:06 utc | 64

Merry Christmas and the Happiest New Year ever to you 'b'.

Thanks for the blog, the best informed, timely and uncorrupted with woke, stay the course, the Western world needs you.

Posted by: Baron | Dec 25 2021 18:51 utc | 65

Merry Christmas one and all!

From my little perch here on Howe Sound, to Annie, Dan of Steel, Malooga, dear Rememberinggiap, OkieFromArkansas, Bernhard and all you fellow moonbats: best wishes for the coming year as we see the days get longer as the world continues to wake up and flourish. Let this be a springtime awakening.

Take hope my friends, tell the truth, stay real and take care of one another, we are our own saviors in this life.

And for you all in the antipodes, this is a time of balance for the earth as we experience the swing in the seasons. My family got together last night for a feast, celebrating the marriage of my nephew and his wife and another young couple beginning to show their love. I hope PeterAU you had a bonfire or a quiet drink in celebration.

For you Norskes, Gud Yule and stay warm -- I spent a Christmas in Bamla Norway, near Kragro one year. I promised to dig a live or cut a Christmas tree for our celebration on Christmas Eve, because the tree sellers had all closed at noon the day before.

I went out into the noon-day twilight with a saw and shovel, and discovered that in addition to the 5 or 6 inches of hoarfrost on every tree and telephone wire, the ground was hard as iron as were the frozen trees.

We settled for a big cedar branch which we hung on the wall and decorated with my stepfather's family ornaments. His last Christmas.

For those near the Equator, I'm not sure if Solstice has much impact or meaning. Here in Canada above the 49th parallel, this time of year the sun rises late and sets early, so most of the day is dark and cold. Six months from now the opposite happens and we are in heat and sunshine until 9 pm, in fact it is too warm to have dinner until sunset.

That fact makes Christmas for us a marker of long and warmer days ahead. Please accept my best wishes for a peaceful, fruitful and happy future!

Posted by: jonku | Dec 25 2021 19:03 utc | 66

thank you jonku! Merry Christmas to you too and all the barflies this holiday season(big heartfelt emoji).

special shout out to b, as always thank you for everything, with love.

~ annie

Posted by: annie | Dec 25 2021 19:12 utc | 67

Merry Christmas to the host and the barflies.

It's going to be an interesting gap between this one and the next.

Stay safe.

Posted by: Some Random Passerby | Dec 25 2021 21:01 utc | 68

Merry Christmas, b.
As 2021 winds down, just as the Russians lock and load their nuclear missiles in preparation for the big invasion of geostrategically self-important UkroNazilund, I sit here in my cafe on Christmas afternoon reflecting on how much I appreciate all that you do, and look forward to another year of excellent analysis.
Burnaby BC Canada

Posted by: nwwoods | Dec 25 2021 21:19 utc | 69

for the record - Tony_0pmoc is no troll and has posted at moa for a number of years... a bit of a rant - true, but hey...

merry christmas everyone!

Posted by: james | Dec 26 2021 0:22 utc | 70

Merry Christmas all, and thank you for creating and maintaining this insightful and deeply intelligent blog.

For your ills dear sir b, @ things, one,.... this guy has a pretty good track record of healings,

Two, here's some cures aux naturel, plantas medicinales.pdf
I don't think that worked, lets try this, specifically medicinal plants pdf. GOD BLESS

Posted by: Jay bee | Dec 26 2021 19:25 utc | 71

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