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Today’s Classic Pick: December 16

A Christmas Carol (1951): Ghosts visit a miser during the holidays to teach him the errors of his ways.  Dir.: Brian Desmond-Hurst  Cast: Alastair Sim, Kathleen Harrison, Jack Warner  86 min./8:30pm CDT/TCM

Simply the best version of Dickens’ short novel.  The additions are seamlessly Dickensian; the ghost story, vivid (and a little terrifying); the redemption, emotional and joyous.  My favorite Christmas movie. And Alastair Sim’s performance is one for the ages.

Sunday Open Thread

Jayne Mansfield and Bob Hope — Christmas USO show — 1957

Sunday Gospel

In the Bleak Midwinter by Gloucester Cathedral Choir

3D Weekend Five: Solace in Song

It’s been a terribly sad & grief-stricken 24 hours.  I’ve put aside my Five thoughts for today, and ask instead that we share our favorite hymns and songs of inspiration and consolation…

How Great Thou Art:  I’ve always thought of this as the most powerful — and the toughest! — hymn to get through.  Elvis does a wonderful version.

Amazing Grace:  The story of how we are all saved.

Jesus Loves Me: I think of those little ones, and I pray that the Lord was with them in those last moments; gathering them to Him as they lifted up their voices in childish wonder: …this I know, for the Bible tells me so/Little ones to him belong/They are weak, but he is strong!

Okay.  I can’t get past that last one.  Take it away.

Saturday Open Thread

Delta Airlines, they love to fly and they are idiots

A double amputee Marine was humiliated and mistreated on his Delta Airlines flight recently…

See this article from The Washington Post for the whole story.

On Dec. 13, 2011, Marine Lance Cpl. Christian Brown was leading his squad on a foot patrol in Afghanistan’s Helmand province when he stepped on an explosive device that blew off both his legs, one above the knee, the other below his hip. He also lost part of his right index finger.
Last Sunday, almost exactly a year since those grievous injuries forced him to learn to walk on two successive pairs of prosthetic legs, Brown was “humiliated” to the point of tears on a Delta flight from Atlanta to Washington after being clumsily wheeled to the back row of the plane, according to a complaint sent to the airline by an outraged fellow passenger.
Worse yet, according to retired Army Col. Nickey Knighton’s detailed “customer care” report to Delta, efforts by several fellow vets to shift Brown from coach to a first class seat offered by another flyer, were rebuffed by the crew. Flight attendants insisted no one could move through the cabin because the doors were being closed for takeoff, she wrote.
Knighton, a former helicopter pilot with nearly 30 years of service, who turned out to be seated in the same back row as Brown, assumed that because he boarded last, he would be seated up front for comfort and ease of exit in case of emergency. Instead, she wrote in a complaint obtained by “She The People,” he was squeezed into a narrow aviation wheelchair that “bumped up against stationary aisle seats as he was wheeled through the aircraft. [He] was obviously humiliated by being paraded through the aircraft and was visibly upset. I touched Brown on his shoulders and asked if he was okay. Tears ran down his face, but he did not cry out loud.”

“I have been flying with Delta for a gazillion years and this crew treated Chris worse than you’d treat any thing, not even any body. I did 27 years in the military. I have seen a lot of things and have seen a lot of guys die, but I have never seen a Marine cry,” said Gafford, who served two tours in Iraq

Friday Night Fight — Tradition

Who am I kidding? You can’t fight tradition.

h/t: The Awesomer.

This Afternoon’s Broadcast is brought to you by…

Al Stewart. On a morning from a Bogart movie…

I Already Have My Two Front Teeth…

Heidy-ho Threedonians. Floyd here still under a blizzard of grading. Due to the Turbo Caribbean Thanksgiving Extravaganza Christmas is a bit more subdued this year… What I’m hoping for under the tree this year then is relatively modest — probably in the form of Amazon gift cards mostly which is fine by me. Here are a few of the things I’m looking for or will get… feel free to share your lists in the comments. I’ll try to provide links in case your wishes inspire folks to buy for their loved ones.

Amazon doesn’t carry the shotgun I’m getting. :-)


Jack Marino’s Warrior Filmmaker show on LA Talk Radio (Channel 2) packing a doozy tonight, so big it got expanded to two hours, so be sure to check it out, 7 PM PST (10 EST).

Tonight’s guest is JACK O’ HALLORAN SON of Mob Boss, ALBERT ANASTASIA, the head of MURDER INC. Heavyweight contender, Actor, and now author! He is on my show to talk about his EXPLOSIVE BOOK – FAMILY LEGACY –

This books talks about the Sicilian mafia, the US Government and the European banks that have control the destiny of the world since the early 1900s.

Jack at the age of 17 was taken under the wing of Meyer Lansky and Frank Costello. He was brought into the world of his late father. He knows where all the bodies are buried and who murdered who and why.

He will talk about the assassination JFK, RFK and Marilyn Monroe … and who really killed them and why. He was there and hear all the power brokers. Who really caused the 1929 crash and how the mafia and the government are partners.

Hear about the author’s life as a professional heavyweight fighter and his career as an actor, playing Moose Malloy in FAREWELL MY LOVELY.

Be sure to visit the BLOG site for the Radio show, too — — to write down your comments on the site.

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