...three things to never discuss at Thanksgiving or any other holiday dinner. 

Over the years here on Our Salon and back on Open Salon, I have been accused of being an anti-Semitic, pro-Israeli, unconscious racist, ignorant sexist, privileged old white dude by a variety of people.  On occasion I've taken the time to try to set those folks straight on where I'm coming from which is pretty much: Life is too short to get wrapped up around the axle about what folks say or the agenda that goes with it.  When in doubt about what to do, remember the words of Hillel the Elder when challenged by the Gentile who asked that the Torah be explained to him while standing on one foot.  Hillel raised his left foot from the ground and said: "What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow: this is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn."

Enjoy the Holidays with your family, friends or whoever shows up at the beggars banquet and remember those who find themselves alone: Merry Christmas - Chag Urim Sameach!


And now for something completely different, Amanda Palmer:

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Comment by Claudia Darling on December 19, 2016 at 9:27am

Enjoy the holidays as well, JMac. Bless you.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on December 19, 2016 at 9:33am

Thanks Claudia, this year it will be me and my older brother Bill doing microwaved turkey dinners.  Thanks to his advanced dementia, he won't even know what day it is.  Hope the holiday finds you in good company with those you love.

Comment by Foolish Monkey on December 19, 2016 at 9:37am

M, there's a great advantage to being an old whatever...some water rolls off the back.  OTOH, sometimes it gets caught in the wrinkles.  

(hows that for disgusting?  hahahah)

my concern is this -

this isn't the first time people have been called racists and antisemites and anti american but it's becoming a bit like Open was...where blogs are dedicated to "certain" individuals - which of course escalates bad feelings.

I don't like being told I'm a racist or a traitor to my sex.  I didn't like having a blog dedicated to me but shit like this happens.  I found myself answering, then answering again and again and again.  if you didn't want to get me, you didn't.  if you were looking for a good neener neener, well there you go!

I've decided either the people reading know you or they don't.  in a place like this where we have a very very rarified environment...we know who's who and what's what.  unless you're a complete dolt, you know who likes you and you learn pretty fast who would spit in your coffee if they could.

so I've come to the conclusion - what's the point?  you know what I'm saying or you don't. 

but I do know this shit will kill this site as surely as it killed OS before they ever pulled the plug. OS was dead in the water and while we didn't want to see it end and see certain people go away (some were never going to come here they said) - this isn't REALLY about being moderated.  it's about self moderation.  I can be as provocative as they come, but I try to be .....moderately so.  for me anyway.  I hope that comes across.  bottomline: I don't wince when I read what I write.   I'd let my grandkids read my blogs.  

they don't because I'm old and boring, but they could. 

Comment by tr ig on December 19, 2016 at 9:41am

That spread lacks booze. I suspect the old man has a hidden flask though, and ma been hitting the vermouth bottle on the sly. The teenager at top left sports wood for his sister across the table, his sack of weed secure in his pocket next to his boner where he squeezes each under the table. The uncles right and left bottom showed up drunk already and will soon start the supper discussion on race, religion, and politics.

Happy holidays JMac. You are a decent human sir.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on December 19, 2016 at 9:49am

FM & trig, Thanks for reading and commenting... I'm surprised that no one has commented on Amanda Palmer, one of my favorites.

Comment by nerd cred on December 19, 2016 at 9:58am

Just fyi, I often don't play the videos because it interrupts my flow and I often (always) have background noise going on. AND if I really like it I'll be lost on youtube for god only knows  how long. No judgement on good or bad intended.

AND whatever your brother perceives, you could make - or even buy -  a special dinner for you - you deserve it. Or at least a good dessert!

Comment by JMac1949 Today on December 19, 2016 at 10:07am

NC, If you haven't listened to Amanda, she's an absolute hoot.  Perhaps the only "Pop" singer other than Nina Simone and Judy Collins who ever covered this Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht song and she did it in German:

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Comment by JMac1949 Today on December 19, 2016 at 10:14am

Thanks Jon, Chag Urim Sameach to you and yours.

Comment by Myriad on December 19, 2016 at 11:02am

Why can't we fight like cats and dogs - at least like mine:


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