Dan Kurt: Add this classic to your list: Eartha Kitt, Santa Baby.
Grasspunk: Yeah, on the surface it seems such an oddball. Even though it was from before I was born, it was a huge hit with my kids a couple of years back.
Slovenian Guest: Maybe they knew about the psychedelic origins. It’s all less Perry Como and more like Akasa Happy song. And we even blamed drugs on rock music, while it was Christmas all along. Oh, the irony. Merry, I mean groovy, Christmas!
G.K. Chesterton: Not true. See doctor of history Bill Tighe’s article here.
Cassander: Cromwell’s commonwealth also worked quite hard to banish Christmas, at one point making it illegal not to work on December 25th. They accomplished little besides giving Charles the Second something popular to do upon his restoration.
Dan Kurt: All American wars since WW2 have been “lost” because of dithering instead of conquering, vanquishing. They are true Lost Victories or (unlikely) are Machivalian games played by our rulers for reasons hidden.
Old Coyote: I worked with WWII vets on the floor of a Navy Shipyard machine shop. If a large piece of plate metal accidentally dropped to the floor, those old fellows fell to the floor as well, trembling almost in a fit. It was explained to me that they had experienced inland naval bombardments. Vietnam vets who called in close support aerial bombing often are ruined for life as well.
Rollory: Mr. Adams: I believe Mr. Johnson’s point is that large majorities of the public supporting or opposing a policy has no impact on what policies actually get implemented, because the people implementing policies are never affected by democratic processes; with the implication that the government of the USA is representative of the people and responsive to their preferences in pretense only.
Steve Johnson: You could be making the point that there’s so much paralysis that the government can’t openly do even popular things, but at the same time there is no shortage of actual overt action on unpopular things like — just to pick one example — TARP. That doesn’t worry politicians?
Steve Johnson: You’d think that 80% of voters being in favor of something would mean that politicians wouldn’t fear their potential opponents exploiting that issue against them.