The Christmas Truce of 1914

During the first year of the Great War on Christmas Day 1914 both sides of the trenches called an impromptu truce from the fighting.

Have you heard of this historic event?


Let me educate you about this Tuce….

The Christmas Truce occurred on and around Christmas Day 1914, when the sounds of rifles firing and shells exploding faded in a number of places along the Western Front during World War I in favor of holiday celebrations. During the unofficial ceasefire, soldiers on both sides of the conflict emerged from the trenches and shared gestures of goodwill.

Starting on Christmas Eve, many German and British troops fighting in World War I sang Christmas carols to each other across the lines, and at certain points the Allied soldiers even heard brass bands joining the Germans in their joyous singing.

At the first light of dawn on Christmas Day, some German soldiers emerged from their trenches and approached the Allied lines across no-man’s-land, calling out “Merry Christmas” in their enemies’ native tongues. At first, the Allied soldiers feared it was a trick, but seeing the Germans unarmed they climbed out of their trenches and shook hands with the enemy soldiers. The men exchanged presents of cigarettes and plum puddings and sang carols and songs. Some Germans lit Christmas trees around their trenches, and there was even a documented case of soldiers from opposing sides playing a good-natured game of soccer.

I bring this up because the question has been asked…what did the world learn from this action?

The answer is….not much.

I say thins by looking back since those days….

After the Berlin Wall fell in November 1989 and the death of the Soviet Union was confirmed two years later when Boris Yeltsin courageously stood down the Red Army tanks in front of Moscow’s White House, a dark era in human history came to an end.

The world had descended into a 77-Year War, incepting with the mobilization of the armies of old Europe in August 1914. If you want to count bodies, 150 million were killed by all the depredations that germinated in the Great War, its foolish aftermath at Versailles, and the march of history into World War II and the Cold War that followed inexorably thereupon.

Upwards of 8% of the human race was wiped out during that span. The toll encompassed the madness of trench warfare during 1914-1918; the murderous regimes of Soviet and Nazi totalitarianism that rose from the ashes of the Great War and Versailles; and then the carnage of WWII and all the lesser (unnecessary) wars and invasions of the Cold War including Korea and Vietnam.

The Christmas Truce of 1914 – Why There Is Still No Peace On Earth

Truly sad that since that war humanity was only learned to make big, better and more lethality.

We could have learned so much from those brave individuals…..but instead we learned just how much profit there was in modern warfare.

Truly sad.

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Today is my only post for once again I will be spending time with my family…..My job is to cook the ham and the mac and cheese…..all else will be for my daughter and son-in-law.

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It has been a helluva year…..I just hope that my readers can have a great safe day with family and friends….enjoy the food, fun and family.

Try not eat eat too much!

Be Well and Be Safe……

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good day.

Peace out my friends.

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In closing I leave you with my favorite Christmas song…..

Peace out my friends.

Closing Thought–24Dec20

The big day is coming…..

Tomorrow is a big day….you decide in what way…….and there has been a food warning issued for those that participate in a holiday tradition….the delicious sounding ‘cannibal sandwich’.

“Cannibal sandwiches” are a holiday tradition in Wisconsin, and if the name alarms you, the state’s health authorities say you’re on the right track. The sandwiches involve raw ground beef, and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Saturday issued its “annual reminder” that eating raw meat is never a good idea. Indulging in the sandwiches, also sometimes called “Tiger Meat,” “poses a threat for Salmonella, E. coli O157:H7, Campylobacter, and Listeria bacteria that can make you sick. (And, no, it doesn’t matter where you buy your beef!)” the department warns. A Milwaukee historian has previously explained to Fox 6 that German, Polish, and other ethnic communities in that area have been indulging in the sandwiches at festive gatherings since the 19th century.

USA Today reports eight outbreaks in the state have been linked to eating raw ground beef since 1986, and the USDA said in 2018 that hundreds in the Midwest get sick each year after eating the sandwiches. Versions are also made with raw venison, lamb, or bacon, and are sometimes topped with raw egg yolk. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that same year took a look at the, er, delicacy, in which “freshly ground raw beef and raw onions” is sandwiched between slices of rye bread. “We want 100% lean beef, super fresh, no injections, no chemicals in it,” said the owner of one restaurant that brings someone in to grind the beef as sandwiches are ordered. “We let people season their own. Usually they’ll get the onion and the salt and pepper and a nice beer.” The USDA suggests people use the same spices and onion and simply cook the beef: “You may be surprised to find that it tastes better.”

Sorry but it sounds like something I would avoid even without the warning issued.

Please enjoy your day tomorrow

May you enjoy all the joys of the season.

Merry Christmas my friends.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

‘War On Christmas’ Returns

One final thought on this Eve of the Big Day…..some things are constant…..war, taxes and the war on Christmas BS…..(not to worry there is a Closing Thought to come)……

For the most part the last 4 years we have been spared the bullshit about some fictional war on Christmas and those people that have a problem with Happy Holidays or Season’s Greetings…….but now we have a president-elect and it is not the orange idiot and the rhetoric about Christmas will return…..

AS we get closer to the day the morons have started already….this time it is Rep. Gym Jordan, the Trump sycophant with the MAGA knee pads…..Remember Gym…..He is the coach that looked the other way while wrestlers were being abused……

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) attacked Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, on Twitter Friday with a post that many critics mockingly suggested could be a parody.

Fauci has warned that Americans should “avoid travel and avoid congregate settings” over the holidays in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus, which is raging across the country and has killed more than 275,000 Americans.

Jordan’s response: “What will he cancel next? Saying Merry Christmas?”

And so it begins…..

Actually the supposed ‘War on Christmas’ was started many years ago…..almost 400 years ago Christmas was banned in the UK…..

Back in 1647, Christmas was banned in the kingdoms of England (which at the time included Wales), Scotland and Ireland and it didn’t work out very well. Following a total ban on everything festive, from decorations to gatherings, rebellions broke out across the country. While some activity took the form of hanging holly in defiance, other action was far more radical and went on to have historical consequences.

See nothing new…history is always an indicator of the future and the present.

Merry Christmas–2019

It is that time again….time for the credit debt to rise while we spend spend spend to make our acquaintances happy.

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We celebrate the birth of the founder of the Christian faith……so my gift to my readers on this day is the story of Mary and Joseph…they were the parents if you are not so sure…..

Even if you didn’t hear the Nativity story every year, you’re probably familiar with it. A girl named Mary gets pregnant by the Holy Spirit, her fiance decides to be a solid dude and be God’s kid’s stepfather, she and Joseph go to another city to get counted in a census, there’s no room at the inn, and she gives birth to the son of God (Jesus) in a stable surrounded by cute animals. Then three kings from far away, led by a giant star pointing out where Jesus is, show up with expensive gifts (followed by random shepherds with no gifts). Zoom out on a sweet scene of the holy family. They have to flee to Egypt to escape a murderous king later. But all is calm and all is bright for now.

Cool story. But the truth about the two parents at the heart of the story is often brushed aside when talking about Christianity’s main man. But whether or not you’re a person of faith, Mary and Joseph are interesting characters. The historical details and context of their time make them way more interesting than the figures carrying a staff and riding a donkey in the movies.

This will be my only post of the day……hope all my visitors have a great day and spend time with family, fun and food….and if you are religious, faith.

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Thanx for helping make IST a must read blog on international and national politics (at least in certain circles)…..I cannot thank you enough for your participation.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Be safe, be well.

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

‘Twas The Day Before Christmas….

Closing Thought–24Dec19

’twas the day before Christmas

and all through the blog

no one was reading

time for lots of nog.


visions of popularity dance in my head

But stats were something to dread

For little has been read

and I fret

while lying in bed.


That small voice in my head

I heard it say

maybe those readers will return another day

until they do

it must be said

Merry Christmas to all

and to all a good day


Peace Out….my friends.

Merry Christmas–2018

If you prefer Happy Holidays…..or even Seasons Greetings……I do not subscribed to the tacky situation that there is a War On Christmas……there is NO war….just a pile of hate and distrust…..and people trying to be the center of attention….a silly made up story.

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This will be my only post for the day for I am off to my daughter’s house for food and good cheer.

But before I go I would like to drop some history on you (you knew I could not let it go without some history, right?)

So what do you know of Santa Claus?  Wheres did it all begin?

Santa Claus will soon be coming to town, bringing gifts to children.

Santa has several aliases, depending on the part of the world you live in. The English call him Father Christmas, the French know him as Père Noël, and Kris Kringle seems be a version of the Christkind, or Christ Child, who leaves treats for good German Lutherans.

In the Netherlands, he arrives in town on a steamboat or horse from Spain. On the night of Dec. 5, Dutch children put their shoes on the hearth – these days near the central heating duct – hoping that he will fill them with sweet rewards rather than a reprimand for poor behavior. The Dutch call him Sinterklaas – which has come into American English as ‘Santa Claus’ – short for Sint Nicolaas or St. Nicholas.

St. Nicholas and Santa Claus are historically the same man. But unlike the jolly figure who purportedly flies on a sleigh from the North Pole, the saint came originally from the balmy Mediterranean coast.

One of my favorite Christmas songs by John Lennon……a song that you will never hear in public but rather endless versions of Little Drummer Boy or those damn endless Jingle Bells……enjoy a good Christmas song……

And from someone that I am not a fan of…Miley Cyrus but she does this classic justice….kudos……

I wish to thank everyone for their visits and their comments…..I hope everyone has a great day filled with good cheer and good food family.

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Peace Out!

Be Well, Be Safe!

Christmas Eve–2018

The day before the big day and all through the house not a creature was stirring except for MoMo……Spidey Must Die!

“All I want for Christmas is my job”…….the blues being sung by government employees because the government is in a partial shut-down…..

The partial federal shutdown was expected to drag into Christmas as President Donald Trump and congressional leaders remained stuck in a standoff over his border wall with Mexico with no breakthrough Saturday, the AP reports. Vice President Mike Pence arrived on Capitol Hill with a counter-offer to Democrats after the two sides traded offers in recent days. At the White House, Trump heard mixed messages during a lunch with conservative lawmakers; some wanted him to fight for the wall, others preferred to get the government re-opened. The Senate, which had gaveled in with the House for a rare weekend session, adjourned until Christmas Eve, but won’t return for a full session until Dec. 27. Even a temporary measure to keep government running for a few days while negotiations continued seemed out of reach.

The president jettisoned his Florida holiday getaway to his club Mar-a-Lago, tweeting, “I am in the White House, working hard.”

Today will be a short day as well…..things to do…people to see and food to prepare…..other than that it will be a typical day……plus some of my energy has returned and I feel good for the first time in about a week…..the pups are happy for now that I move around and we go for our romp about town……

My granddaughter called and told me I need to make my famous Mac and Cheese for tomorrow….still have not decided on the wine for the big meal…..

I must shut the post down…..if you are out shopping then please be careful and thanx for all the support and loyalty in the past year.

Do not fret….there will be a post tomorrow…..

That “War On Christmas”

The day before and what is being done?  Darting from store to store looking for that last gift…..shelves are bare and there is one lone box of chocolate that was there when Rome was sacked…..

I have not heard the usual chanting that there is a War of Christmas this year….maybe I was just fortunate to have missed it.  I do not believe that there is some cabal out there trying to crap on Christmas….

Blind consumerism is replacing the religious aspect of the day… it is more about spending money than remembering what the day is suppose to signify.

I will admit that with each passing year there seems to be less and less religion involved in the Christmas celebration…..

It’s not a war on Christmas; Christmas as a yearly event seems robust. But the de-Christianization of Christmas is a real thing. From the Pew Research Center:

Not only are some of the more religious aspects of Christmas less prominent in the public sphere, but there are signs that they are on the wane in Americans’ private lives and personal beliefs as well. For instance, there has been a noticeable decline in the percentage of U.S. adults who say they believe that biblical elements of the Christmas story – that Jesus was born to a virgin, for example – reflect historical events that actually occurred. And although most Americans still say they mark the occasion as a religious holiday, there has been a slight drop in recent years in the share who say they do this.

This may be true….but that still does not mean there is a “war on Christmas”…..

Just a thought for the day before…..

Be well, Be safe

A Toast!

The Saturday before Christmas and some of us have finished our shopping but most are still scrambling around trying to find that perfect gift…..we all know what Uncle Bob wants….a drink….wink wink say no more…..

A usual gift for some on our lists is a bottle of good whisky… I like my Bourbon…..but many look for a good single malt scotch as the perfect gift…..

I truly hate to pee on the parade but there is some disturbing news about that “good scotch”……

A word of warning if you plan to celebrate the holidays by sipping on vintage Scotch whisky: There’s a solid chance the stuff you have is fake. Advanced lab tests on 55 bottles of rare scotch nabbed from auctions, private collections, and retailers revealed 21 were outright fakes or carried the wrong year on the label, reports the BBC, noting age was determined through “residual concentrations of a radioactive isotope of carbon present in the alcohol.” The tests were commissioned by Rare Whisky 101, a broker acknowledging “growing concern surrounding the proliferation of fake whisky” sold as vintage. It estimates almost $52 million worth of rare whisky in the secondary market is fake.

While “the vast majority” of vendors aren’t selling fake scotch on purpose, RW101 co-founder David Robertson says every rare whisky “should be assumed to be fake until proven genuine,” especially the claim is that it’s a single malt. The tests showed 10 single malts said to date from 1900 or earlier were fake. Had the 21 fake bottles—including an Ardbeg 1885 and a Thorne’s Heritage early 20th-century blend—been genuine, they would’ve been valued at $800,000, says Robertson. Per the BBC, his company last year proved a shot of Scotch whisky sold in a Swiss hotel bar was fake, and therefore insanely overpriced at $10,050. The Robb Report shares tips on how to spot fakes. (To improve your whisky, try diluting it.)

Just a little Christmas FYI before you spend your hard earned cash….

Hope all have a good day and if you are out shopping be safe and be careful……chuq

In closing with a bit of a flair…….