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Well I have to say Widdershins this is the most optimistic I have felt since November 2016.  I freely admit that the road ahead will not be easy but with a strong majority in the House, despite not having the Senate, things are looking up and since all revenue bills must originate in the House this is gonna be enjoyable.  Add in the new chairs of committees such as Judiciary and Intelligence, and it is gonna be a fun year to watch.

With that let’s look at some New Years songs.

(1) Bringing In A Brand New Year~Charles (not Charlie) Brown

(2) Funky New Year~Eagles

(3) Happy New Year~Abba

(4) Maybe Baby (New Year’s Day)~Sugarland

(5) It’s Just Another New Year’s Eve)~Barry Manilow (somewhat a downer)

(6) My Dear Acquaintance (A Happy New Year)~Peggy Lee

Okay Widdershins.  If you have any favorite New Year songs share them in the comments below.

Open thread of course.


Hi gang! How’s your holiday starting out? Hope it’s festive. We’re having our Christmas dinner today instead of Tuesday, so I may not be around much. Everyone finally decided to only buy for the smallest kids this year. It was getting really, really over the top. The only problem with that is there are so few presents under the tree, it looks bare! Maybe I’ll wrap some boxes and put ‘fake’ gifts under there. It will be fine when everyone starts piling in and adds their gifts.

So, let’s do a holiday music thread. Here’s a start:

Elvis and Martina McBride – Blue Christmas

Kelly Clarkson – Please Come Home For Christmas

Rod Stewart – Let It Snow

Kenny G – Have Yourself A Very Merry Christmas

Jose Feliciano (and cool kids) – Feliz Navidad

Okay y’all, don’t make me post ‘Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer’ because I will if I have to… Have a wonderful holiday!

Open thread.


This Maccabee is really Santa! THE HORROR. Courtesy of The Forward.

Happy Tuesday, Widdershins. If you hear the rap version of “The Little Drummer Boy” playing faintly in the background, it’s because I am writing from the center of the War on Chanukkah, otherwise known as San Francisco, the “City by the Bay” “City Sans Oy Vey.”

As I promenade through the streets of downtown, I hear only Christmas music. I see only Christmas trees, presents and lights. Wherefore the miraculous menorah? Wherefore the light that burned for eight nights instead of just one, to protect the besieged Maccabees in their temple? It’s enough to make you meshuggeneh!

After so many years in Noo Yawk, where there are roughly as many Jews on the Upper West Side as there are in Israel, this blatant discrimination is a shock to my system. It shall not stand! I will plant my Chanukkah bush on this Widdershin ground, and share some fun holiday music with you. Maybe then all the goyim will realize we’re here, we’re eating schmears, and we’re not giving up till you sing the Dreidel song with us!

Oh by the way, I’m in such a good mood because…it’s #MuellerTime.

Enjoy the day! This is an open thread.




I feel like this waddling around after the T-day meal and leftovers


Happy post-thanksgiving weekend Widdershins

Yes this will be a quick post.  Yes Fredster is still in recovery mode because he’ll be damned if he’s gonna throw any food out from T-day.  There’s more food left than I anticipated because a friend from Birmingham was supposed to come down, so I bought two cooked turkey breasts, many side dishes, and two deserts; a pumpkin pie and bread pudding with rum sauce.  Said friend was under the impression that Friday was an optional day of work.  After picking himself up off the floor from laughing, the friend’s boss informed him that, uh, no, there was no optional about it.  He’s lucky that his train ticket was refundable.  The food, not so much.

So while I’m still drifting in and out of tryptophan coma, here a few Thanksgiving cartoons plus one article that I’m sure is  going to piss off the Women of The Widdershins.  It certainly pissed me off.



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All the women are in the kitchen cleaning up

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This one is for Luna who I believe got chuckles out of it last year.

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I know that this piece is going to piss off everyone here as it should.  Completely sexist and odious decision.


Campaign money can’t be used for child care, Louisiana Ethics Board rules


The Louisiana Ethics Board told a woman running for the state Legislature she cannot use campaign contributions to pay for child care when she attends her own campaign events. The decision Friday (Nov. 16) reversed a ruling the board made 18 years ago, when it allowed a man in elected office to use campaign money for child care.


“You have children. It’s your responsibility. It’s your decision to make as to how to balance your priorities,” board member and former state legislator Peppi Bruneau is heard telling the woman candidate, Morgan Lamandre, on an audio recording of the Ethics Board meeting provided to | The Times-Picayune. Bruneau, who represented New Orleans in the state House of Representatives from 1976 to 2007, could not be reached for comment Tuesday.


In 2000, the Ethics Board ruled differently in a request similar to Lamandre’s, made by then-Baton Rouge Metro Council Member Darrell Ourso. He wanted to use campaign money for child care during election fundraisers, other political candidates’ fundraisers and community events he attended as an elected official.

U.S. Sen. John Kennedy also used campaign contributions to pay for $580 worth of child care during a trip to Los Angeles in 2000, when he served as state treasurer. (bolding mine)


Candidates are allowed to use campaign funds for community organization dues, meals, fuel, auction items and flowers for constituents.

Louisiana politicians also spent $310,000 from their campaign accounts to ride in Mardi Gras parades from 2009 to 2012, according to campaign records.

I don’t know if there is an appeal process for this decision by the state Ethics Board but I certainly hope there is and I hope Morgan Lamandre makes use of it.

Open thread, of course.


Happy New Years Widdershins

Is everyone ready to put 2017 behind them?  Nevermind, I already know the answer to that one.  What will 2018 have in store for us?  Will the mid-term elections be a bloodbath for the Republicans?  Lordy, let’s hope so.  Will Mueller finish his investigation or will tRump and the Repubs shut it down?  Right now we don’t know the answers to any of these questions.  What I know the answer to is how I’ll spend my New Years Day:  Football!  There will be lots of college bowl games on and I’ll do my best to watch each and every one of them even if I get carpal tunnel from wearing out the clicker.

So for this post I decided to look for some New Years quotes and I went to Brainy Quotes to find some.  I have put some of what I thought were the better ones below.  Enjoy and if you have a fond New Years quote please include it in the comments.




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The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

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Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.
Hal Borland

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Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.
Benjamin Franklin

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Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.’
Alfred Lord Tennyson

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Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
Helen Keller

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Okay Widdershins, let us hope that 2018 will be a better year than what we experienced in 2017.

Open thread of course.

I’ll end this with a schmaltzy piece of music, Auld Lang Syne, Guy Lombardo edition.  Saxophones:  Warm up those vibratos.


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all! I’ll be out today, so please enjoy a special poem pour vous, to the tune of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

Have yourself a merry Trump-less Christmas,

Turn off your TV,

Call a friend or read a book and you’ll be free!

Have yourself a merry Trump-less Christmas,

Just go see a play,

Soon you’ll find your troubles will be miles away!

All this year we’ve been so depressed,

All enraged and stressed, it’s true,

Since he “won” it’s been rough for us,

Really tough for us, my boo!

So let’s take a break from all the Trump-ness,

Go and find a sale,

Soon that orange schmuck will surely be in jail…

So have yourself a merry Trump-less Christmas, now!

This is an open thread.

Christmas village image
Happy Christmas Eve Widdershins!


Okay I’m copying a previous Christmas musical post because why not?

In the event you’ve happened by here today it means you have very little to do on this normally busy day.  Not to worry.  Uncle Fredster (that’s Fredster and not Fester) has some nice Christmas music for you to enjoy.  So…enjoy.

O Holy Night Kings College

In Dulci Jubilo

Jingle Bell Rock –  Bobby Helms (kind of loud)

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee

Sleigh Ride – Ronettes

Feliz Navidad – Jose Feliciano

Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian Christmas Song) – Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney – Silver Bells

Perhaps some of the “velvet fog” of Mel Torme and The Christmas Song?

and some nice Ella maybe?

and last…but not least:

Silent Night sung by goats

Okay Widdershins, if any of you have happened to come by, puhleeze add some of your own choices below.

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