Archive for November 2007

Wal-Mart ‘Carol of the Bells’ TV Commercial

November 29, 2007

Finally…at long last, here it is!

My contact at Wal-Mart came through, and Where’s Christmas? is the only place you can find this on the Internet (at least at this very moment).

My contact at Wal-Mart tells me that these are all Wal-Mart employees appearing in this comercial.

I had hoped to embed the video here for you, but WordPress.com won’t allow me to post flash, .wmv, or .mov files without paying for additional storage space.  Since this blog is not monetized, I decided to provide you with just the link instead (click and and new window will open for you to view the video).

Have a Merry Christmas…shop at Wal-Mart! (disclaimer: I receive no compensation in any way from this, or anything else on my blog).

My sincere thank you to one particular Wal-Mart corporate employee and to their IT staff for so patiently and diligently working with me to get this video posted.

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Mo. State removes Christmas tree over complaint

November 29, 2007

The grinches strike again!  Read this Associated Press article for the gory details.

Dr. Lorene Stone, dean of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs, was told by the co-chair of the president’s diversity commission that a Jewish faculty member said the tree showed “a lack of sensitivity” to those of other religions.

Diversity commission co-chair Chris Craig said he thought Stone did the right thing by taking the tree down and thinks something positive will come from the Friday meeting.

“This is not about a legal issues. It’s about being more inclusive,” Craig said.

“More inclusive” means exclude Christianity.  Disciples of diversity are the least tolerant sort of folk.

A blogger gets into substantially more detail – don’t miss Life of Jason‘s post.

Sheriff Jim Alderden Replies re: Fort Collins Grinch Squad

November 28, 2007

I just received this email from Sheriff Jim Alderden:

To all of you who responded to my last Bull’s-eye, thank you so much for your support.  To date, I have received close to 400 e-mails and phone calls offering prayers and support (and legal representation if needed), and fewer than a dozen critical replies.  I do believe that this issue of political correctness vs. tradition and Christianity has struck a cord with the silent majority.  I have even been contacted by atheists, agnostics, and pagans who support our right to celebrate Christmas, even if they disagree with the reason for the season.  Due to the large number of e-mails I have received, I regret that I’m not able to personalize my response to each of you.  Just know that in my heart, I am very appreciative.
God bless you and wishing you a very Merry Christmas.

Jim Alderden
Sheriff

It’s not too late to email Sheriff Alderden (AlderdJA@co.larimer.co.us) to express your support, and I’m sure it will bring him much encouragement in the midst of the assault on him by the grinches in the city government.

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Carols from Kings at Christmas

November 28, 2007

You absolutely must see this!

Click over to CantorisDecani‘s site for several wonderful Christmas choral videos he’s put up by English Cathedral and Collegiate Choirs.  Be sure to watch Coventry Carol and Dancing Day, both of these are sung by The Choir of King’s College Cambridge.

Our friend at Music is Groovy posts the lyrics to Coventry Carol along with a brief history of the song.

I’ll try to track down as many of these CD’s as I can find and put them on my Where’s Christmas? online store.

Christmas Gift List for Liberals

November 28, 2007

I ran across this yesterday, and had to share my thoughts with you.

Read Denise Williams’ article What to Buy a Liberal for the, er, ‘The Holidays’.  Not to spoil anything, but “lump of coal” is not on the list.  I think you’ll get a kick out of it.  Be sure to read Brandon’s comment also.

Okay, so here are my thoughts I’ve been working on as I had time throughout the day:

A very clever and witty article…albeit, distressing, when one considers the depths to which the left has sunk. What a contrast Brandon provides in his comment: ad homonym, humorless, hateful, foul, devoid of facts and filled with distortions.

Denise Williams pointedly satirizes the left’s veneration of Che Guevara, Michael Moore, Al Gore, The NY Times, the antics of the leftists running San Francisco, movies like “Redacted”; as well as their hatred for George W. Bush, and all things Christian. (Okay, maybe she crossed the line with her suggestion to give liberals fruitcake for Christmas – that’s just evil).

Leftists proudly and routinely make their thoughts known regarding such things at every opportunity (at awards shows, in interviews, on their websites, while visiting Fidel…). But when a conservative addresses their nutty ideas, leftists like Brandon get offended, sling insults, and run from the truth like Sandy Berger leaving the National Archives reading room (recent example: Rosie v. Elisabeth).

Show me one conservative who venerates Hitler, or wants U.S. or Iraqi or any other children to die. And who is really stingy with their money? Conservatives donate a greater portion of their income to charity than do bleeding-heart liberals. Also, Brandon sees himself fit to judge a man who’s had the misfortune of becoming addicted to pain meds following surgery yet, ironically, liberals claim to be so compassionate. Because of his immature reaction, I’m led to conclude that Brandon is manifestly lacking in life experience. My bet is that Brandon is in college or graduate school, single, no children, no career, doesn’t volunteer or donate to charity, and has never read the Bible.

The question I have for Brandon, and those who would agree with his response, is: what are you so offended by that would cause you to react so virulently? If these are examples of issues you believe in and support, then defend yourself with all the reason you can muster to answer the right’s objections; if you believe you were misrepresented, then correct us and clarify your position. The hackneyed reactions of the left – accusing conservatives of being greedy, racist, bigots, hateful, homophobic, child-killers – have grown thin. Stop the name-calling and respond rationally.

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Wal-Mart "Carol of the Bells" Update

November 27, 2007

Be sure to see my recent update to this post: HERE

So many of my readers have shown an interest in my posts regarding Wal-Mart, especially the one on the Wal-Mart “Carol of the Bells” TV Ad.

I haven’t forgotten my promise to make the video of their terrific TV ad available to your here as soon as possible. Well, I got word from my contact at Wal-Mart’s corporate office just this morning that I may be able to embed it sometime this week.  I hope this doesn’t sound like a shameless tease – it isn’t meant to.  I only want to emphasize that they are having a hard time deciding whether to allow someone like me who single-handedly operates a little blog to have the same access they would give to our big brothers in the old media.  I’m not being critical of Wal-Mart here, I’m just admitting that they have no idea if I’m some kind of a kook or what…some of you may be wondering that as well :-).

I have been very diligent in pursuing Wal-Mart on this and they have, at least, been responsive – which is very encouraging.  In case they’re reading my blog to aid them in their decision, you may wish to leave a comment supporting the idea, which might help them decide in our favor. 

As of this moment, I do not believe this commercial can be found any where on the Internet.  If they reverse their decision and authorize me to embed it here, I will be the first source on the net for you to view it, so stay tuned (or sign-up for my RSS for immediate notification).

In the meantime, I am working on several other interesting posts and resources which I hope to have up over the next few days.

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Grinches in Fort Collins Turned Away by the People!

November 27, 2007

Here’s the latest, hot-off-the-press news about the advance of the grinch brigade in Fort Collins.  But thanks to the people of Fort Collins, sheriff Jim Alderden, and the help of the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU), the grinches have been driven back to into their cave.  Too bad their hearts haven’t changed as in Dr. Seuss’ version of the story.

Please don’t miss this exceptionally well-written article from the Blogger News Network (BNN) which provides all the details.  I’d summarize, but I wouldn’t do justice to it.  Then, be sure to email sheriff Jim Alderden to show your support and to thank him for his leadership (email sheriff Jim Alderden).

By the way, you won’t believe who headed-up the city’s “Holiday Display Task Force”.

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‘Twas the Month Before Christmas

November 26, 2007

Oh, I wish I could say I wrote this or, at least, found this first…but, since I can’t claim either distinction, I’ll just have to settle for the honor of telling you to read this poem: ‘Twas the Month Before Christmas posted on TNmomwith3kids’ blog.

It’ll only take a minute to read and you won’t be sorry.

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Great Christmas Gift Ideas!

November 26, 2007

Looking for something different to give this Christmas?  World Vision has some great ideas:

Buy Josh Groban’s top selling NOEL from World Vision for only $25 and feed 12 hungry children in Africa.  Here’s a 6-minute sample of NOEL:

Also, be sure to peruse World Vision’s Christmas Gift Catalog for more creative Christmas gifts to help those in need.

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Where’s Christmas? Readership Continues to Soar

November 25, 2007

Great news!!!  Visits to Where’s Christmas? are up over 535% in the last 7 days. 

Not so great news: Not many comments or linkbacks – I’m sure it’s because readers are so busy with Christmas shopping and planning, etc.  Please do take a moment, though, to make a quick comment so I know what’s helpful and what’s not.  I truly appreciate your input!

I’m very glad so many of you are reading Wal-Mart “Carol of the Bells” TV Ad, and Wal-Mart’s Operation: Deck the Walls; and that so many of you are visiting the Where’s Christmas? online store.

So far, only one criticism: see Wal-Mart “Carol of the Bells” TV Ad (I would like to know Luke’s reaction to It All Comes Down to the Bible).

While I’m at it, I thought I’d mention my personal favorites that seem to be getting overlooked: Theodor Geisel: 20th Century Prophet, Even Liberal Democrats Love Christmas, and It All Comes Down to the Bible.

Thank you for visiting…I hope you return often, and have a very Merry Christmas!

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