Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Merry Usmas and a Happy Me Year!

Nigel Farage has assured His Grace:


Blogger Nicodemus said...

Yes, infatuation with themselves ... but also it seems with the monogamous one man - one woman marriage, and the nuclear family of 2.something children, which they have been keen to destroy.

These images must rile the homosexuals activists who declared in their 1971 Gay Liberation front manifesto,

"The oppression of gay people starts in the most basic unit of society, the family, consisting of the man in charge, a slave as his wife, and their children on whom they force themselves as the ideal models. The very form of the family works against homosexuality."

Most of us however have found the family unit to be the greatest blessing on earth, and it seems this includes our national leaders.

10 December 2013 at 11:44  
Blogger john in cheshire said...

Activist = Troublemaker

10 December 2013 at 12:20  
Blogger Theo said...

Moreover, understand this: in the acharit-hayamim will come trying times. 2 People will be self-loving, money-loving, proud, arrogant, insulting, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, uncontrolled, brutal, hateful of good, 4 traitorous, headstrong, swollen with conceit, loving pleasure rather than God, 5 as they retain the outer form of religion but deny its power. Stay away from these people!

2 Tim 3: 1-5 Complete Jewish Bible

10 December 2013 at 13:05  
Blogger David Hussell said...

A topic well identified, Archbishop.

Little things are often revealing. Smug lot aren't they, our established party leaders ?

The cards are so similar, does that tell us something? It says cartel, to me.

Those of a certain age will recall the phrase, "dedicated follower of fashion". Says it all I think, all appearance, but no substance.

Happy Christmas Nigel.

10 December 2013 at 13:20  
Blogger Marie1797 said...

Are those supposed to be Christmas cards then? They are cute family photos for the album nothing else.

10 December 2013 at 13:37  
Blogger graham wood said...

Marie. Not so much of the "cute" please!

These men are utter hypocrites. They are of course quite happy to use the name of Christ for their "Christmas Greeting" on one hand, whilst on the other they are either atheist in their beliefs or apostate.
So, they give an impression of normality for the gullible, whilst at the same time passing as many anti-Christian laws in as short a time as possible.
All genuine? "By their fruits you shall know them"

10 December 2013 at 14:05  
Blogger richardhj said...


Cute? Even if the first two could be said to be "cute" because they involve children, the third is just unbelievably appalling by any standards.

Unless of course they are just a modern version of a well loved Christmas card.
Perhaps they are meant to be the "Three Wise Men"

10 December 2013 at 14:06  
Blogger Len said...

A picture says a thousand words?.

Man has placed himself at the forefront instead of Christ.

10 December 2013 at 14:14  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Jesus ... who?

10 December 2013 at 15:09  
Blogger ___________ said...

It seems pretty obvious to me that these cards are not overtly Christian because overt religious belief just turns the majority of people off. Why would politicians take that chance?

10 December 2013 at 15:31  
Blogger David Anderson said...

It's a coded message for suckers: look, we love the traditional family at this traditional time of year!

Vote for us (so that we can destroy everything vaguely traditional).

I suppose we should at least be grateful that their Christmas cards are not more consistent with their policies. Thinking about politicians' attempts to project their self-image to you would spoil Christian lunch, but thinking about mass abortion, fatherlessness or sodomy would pretty much kill the entire year.

10 December 2013 at 15:50  
Blogger graham wood said...

HJ. "Why should politicians take that chance?




And of course the ever present motive for much of their thinking - vanity.

10 December 2013 at 15:53  
Blogger richardhj said...

Unnamed person. (15:31)

You may well be right in what you say. Two out of the three are avowed atheists anyway and the other is pretty close. If they sent cards out with robins or snowmen or even the Palace of Westminster as my (Jewish) MP used to send to me then there would be little comment. Surely you can see the difference between what are traditional Christmas images, religious or not, and sending out these self aggrandising "power" statements.

10 December 2013 at 15:56  
Blogger richardhj said...

David Anderson 15:50

Is there anyone so stupid as to fall for that. Personally I can't imagine it, but you are probably right.

10 December 2013 at 15:58  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Happy Jack says these cards wrong for a multicultural, diverse, plural liberal democracy. Where's the same sex couple with their children? And what's all this using the word 'Christ'? What's he got to with it all?

10 December 2013 at 16:09  
Blogger Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

Goodness! The last card is clearly designed for the bestiality market - is there no end to Liberal diversity (and if there is, where do they stick it?)

10 December 2013 at 16:24  
Blogger Mr Integrity said...

Your Grace,
Three Wise Men? I don't think so.

Did you hear the one about the three men? One was a Jew, another an Athiest and the third, well he was all things to everyone!

10 December 2013 at 16:31  
Blogger Marie1797 said...

Apologies Graham and Richard, I'm with you about the hypocrite label for the politicians. Surely whether one is religious or not Christmas is about the birth of Christ the most influential man in the world and we celebrate it in this country despite what our vain political party leaders think. People are waking up and are seeing through Cameron, Clegg and Milliband.

10 December 2013 at 16:36  
Blogger Marie1797 said...

As it is also the feasting season why don't the leaders and those politicians who are not Christians send out instead of a boring card, a sample mini finger box of delicious British made chocolates, Thorntons maybe? with a best wishes note attached to all their contacts. They can afford it but knowing this greedy lot they would want to claim it from the taxpayer

10 December 2013 at 16:42  
Blogger Nick said...

There is a tendency for modern Christmas cards to be bland, anodyne, generally very dull. Glad to see our "leaders" following the trend

10 December 2013 at 17:41  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Bloody nauseating. These blighters don’t miss a trick when it comes to self publicity…

Good for you Farage – you’re a welcome blast of fresh air, don’t you know…

10 December 2013 at 17:47  
Blogger Uncle Brian said...

It can't be long before they officially change the name to "Xmas". Then nobody will have an excuse any longer for surreptitiously smuggling Christian content into a thoroughly secularised, religion-free two-day bank holiday.

10 December 2013 at 18:00  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Happy Jack has copied His Grace and gone festive for this Holy Season of Advent! Jack says, if the Archbishop can look all silly, then so can Jack. *chuckle"

(Jack's not too good with his paint programme and expects no laughing!)

10 December 2013 at 18:00  
Blogger ___________ said...

I'm sure many here will disagree, but I must admit, part of me is glad they haven't chosen religious cards. It's generally considered bad form/rude to be too forward about one's religion, and I'm not really interested in politicians' religious beliefs anyway. Faith is essentially a private matter, and evangelism of any kind strikes me as a bit insecure and desperate. Far better for politicians to practice their faith at home!

10 December 2013 at 18:06  
Blogger The Explorer said...

Blue line:

Aren't you evangelising that one ought not to evangelise?

A bit like proving that there are no proofs.

10 December 2013 at 18:21  
Blogger ___________ said...


Aren't you evangelising that one ought not to evangelise?

No. Unless you consider "mentioning something in passing" and "evangelising" as synonymous terms, in which case - yes.

10 December 2013 at 18:30  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

Happy holidays, everyone. :)

I'm officially on Winterval myth watch at the moment.

10 December 2013 at 18:33  
Blogger The Explorer said...

Blue Line:

Surely if religion is a private matter one ought to keep quiet about it; rather than making it a public matter by referring to it on a public forum?

Another definition of to 'evangelise' (now that so many religious words have been secularised) would be to try and persuade others towards one's own opinion: the act itself, rather than the necessary frequency. That, surely,was what you were doing? Otherwise, what was your motive?

10 December 2013 at 18:39  
Blogger The Explorer said...

Happy Winterval, DanJ0.

Light a yule log for me in defiance of the weather, won't you?

10 December 2013 at 18:40  
Blogger Phil Roberts said...

Forget Winterval

I prefer

Exmas by CS Lewis



10 December 2013 at 18:52  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...


Thanks for the link, so true but ever more so than when penned.

What on earth would Jack make of the current climate for Exmas in Niatirb.



10 December 2013 at 19:11  
Blogger Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

I admit this is naughty...very naughty...but here's a Christmas game for you...

Look carefully at the three Christmas cards heading this post: how many bastards can you see?

I know, I know, totally wicked, but hey...

10 December 2013 at 19:45  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

...and having visited the baby Jesus, and given him gifts of health, safety, and political correctness, the three bastards made their way to Herod’s palace in Brussels where they ratted on the holy family. And lo, weren't they smug after that. It being ‘the right thing to do’...

(From ‘Acts of the Bastards’)

10 December 2013 at 19:57  
Blogger The Explorer said...

Greetings of the festive season to you, Inspector and Mrs P, since you've set the mood so perfectly.

Don't forget to wish DanJ0 a Happy Winterval.

10 December 2013 at 20:08  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Salutations, Explorer. Your mentioning of lavender boy begs this question – how the hell have male homosexuals escaped censure by the Health and safety people ?

10 December 2013 at 20:12  
Blogger Nick said...

Mrs Proudie

"Look carefully at the three Christmas cards heading this post: how many bastards can you see?"

Goodness Mrs Proudie, whatever next!

As to how many "bastards" I see, well I think it is six - one for each face

10 December 2013 at 20:18  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Hello Blowers, Happy Jack says that man Lewis sure was aware what was going on.

Jack remembers a minister once explaining all the pagan bits of Christmas and where they all came from. He asked people to say "Have a Blessed Christmas" to each other and not to lose the meaning of celebrating baby Jesus' birthday in all their merry making. Have a party but remember who's birthday it is.

This time of year Jack doesn't get out to busk much. Too windy and cold. When he does he always let's little children pick a small sweet from a tin he has marked a: 'Present from Jesus'. He asks them to save it for Christmas day and to promise Jack they will think of Jesus when they eat it. Jack doubts they do and their parent's always give Jack an odd look. Still, even if one does what Jack asks then it's worth it.

Mrs Proudie, Happy Jack says that was very naughty and from a Lady too! What will your good Lord the Bishop think? Mr Slope will surely grass you up if he sees it. *chuckle*

10 December 2013 at 20:21  
Blogger Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

Dear Inspector, Nick, Explorer and Happy Jack, I know...it was rather skittish of me, but an afternoon sampling mulled wine with the Grantlys at Plumstead Episcopi is to blame. My Lord Bishop had to be carried home and put to bed by Mr. Harding (Mr. Slope was too busy hanging his baubles up). Alas, I do not have your private addresses (and one mustn't display them on a public site in any case), so let me take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry and Happy Christmas! Should you be passing Barchester on Christmas Eve it is open-house at the Palace. His Grace the Duke of Omnium is gracing us with his presence, and Signora Neroni will favour us with some Italian ditties - indeed, her ditties are the talk of the town. The mistletoe is hung, the holly is affixed, so come one come all...

10 December 2013 at 21:04  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Inspector, If Happy Jack may, he would like your permission to change the ending of your little tale:

... and having visited the baby Jesus, and given him gifts of health, safety, and political correctness, the three bastards ... summoned the mental health and social services, where upon Mary was detained against her will in hospital, Joseph arrested and baby Jesus was removed and placed with a 'diverse' couple for adoption ...

10 December 2013 at 21:25  
Blogger Rambling Steve Appleseed said...

Yes CSL's essays on Exmas versus Crissmas should be better know. As he wrote 'I much approve of merrymaking' but objected to 'the racket' of enforced shopping frenzy and compulsory reciprocal Exmas cards.

Support the St Martins radio 4 appeal and/or Salvation Army instead.

10 December 2013 at 21:45  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

Blueline, I hear what you're saying....but. Me, I'm Orthodox and I don't do Christmas or any other religious holidays in any form, even to attend company Christmas parties...we're fairly strict over such stuff... but what's the big deal over respectfully recognizing a holiday for what it is? Either don't mention it at all...which the pols know would be weird and rude... and if you do, call it what it is: Christmas in this case, which is first and foremost a religious festival for Christians, not just a generic, universal Winter break, a shopping spree or a Coca Cola-inspired red-garbed "Santa" performance.

Our Prime Minister's office, my MP and our provincial Premier (I'm in Canada) all place prominent holiday greeting ads in our Jewish papers and mags and wish us well on the festivals by name; Passover, Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah, etc., and the ads show religious imagery as well as the usual cute kids. They don't call them Spring, Fall or Winter Holidays and put on silly costumes or caricatures.

People seem to be going nuts lately. Some secularists and even some of my coreligionist friends (usually of the secular or religion-light persuasion) just about have kittens every time someone wishes them a merry Christmas. Oy vavoy, the fershtinkene nerve! You'd think they were being told to eff-off or that they're about to be dragged to the baptismal font at the point of a Kalashnikov. So, I tell them to relax, smile and thank the fellow for the well-meant wishes and if it makes them feel better about themselves, to wish them good health and prosperity, a Shabbat shalom, or to bless them in Hebrew. Folks need to chill; life's hard enough as it is.

10 December 2013 at 23:14  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Avi, Happy Jack wishes you, your family and all your friends a Blessed Christmas and a Blessed Hanukkah too and a very Happy New Year.

Happy Jack has dressed up for Advent in case you didn't recognise him.

10 December 2013 at 23:41  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

Thank you, Happy Jack, a merry Christmas and a great New Year to you! Alas, Hanukkah was earlier than usual this year and was over last week (a lunar calendar thing), and our New Year, well the main one at least, was in the Fall, on Rosh Hashanah. No Christmas for us, of course, but the Sabbath dinners and luncheons every week can be just as fancy and festive as Christmas feasts whenever we have guests. No presents, though, that's usually for Rosh Hashanah due to the custom to buy something new.

I did notice your Paint job and clicked on your avatar for a close-up view; nice! You have an artist's hand, the way you easily sketched in the beard and hat with a basic app and a mouse.

11 December 2013 at 00:54  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Avi Happy Jack thanks you for your greetings. Jack has been an artist many times! *chuckle*

Here's a funny joke Avi that made Jack laugh.

It's just before Christmas and two beggars are sitting on a street bench in Dublin. One is holding a cross and the other a Star of David. Father O'Malley, a Catholic priest, sees that both are holding hats to collect money.

People walk by, lift their noses at the man with the Star of David and drop money into the hat of the man with the cross. Soon, the hat of the man with the cross is filled and the hat of the man with the Star of David is empty.

Father O'Malley goes over to the beggars and says to the man with the Star of David, "Don't you realize that this is a Catholic country? You'll never get any contributions holding a Star of David."

The man turns to the one with the cross and says, "Moishe, Oy vavoy, the fershtinkene nerve, can you imagine, this goy is trying to tell us how to run our business?"

11 December 2013 at 01:25  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

typing error
"called an artist many times"

11 December 2013 at 01:26  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Who are you and what have you done with Happy Jack?

Happy Jack has dressed up for Advent in case you didn't recognise him. "

Ooh Goodness, you got old Ernst my boy.

You truly are the Clouseau (a suave master of deduction and disguises) of the Cranny blog.

Wanted to wear a festive beard too but much to itchy for old me.

"Hello Blowers, Happy Jack says that man Lewis sure was aware what was going on."Indeed Lad. He knew his Niatirbians, past, present and future .


11 December 2013 at 01:30  
Blogger Manfarang said...

The Wise Men were Zoroastrian priests( Christianity was and is a minority religion in the Middle East)

11 December 2013 at 04:27  
Blogger Manfarang said...

Suk San Wan Christmas to you all.

11 December 2013 at 04:39  
Blogger Johnny Monro said...

Yeah - I'm disappointed their cards aren't more Christian. I'm also disappointed some of the comments aren't more Christian towards them. Last time I checked, we were all sinful, not just politicians.

11 December 2013 at 08:02  
Blogger David Hussell said...

Happy Jack,

Congratulations on making your Christmas costume, very fetching !

Now would you enlighten me ? Are these your street clothes or only your blogging gear ? Durham may appreciate a bit of cheering up when the skies are leaden grey.

11 December 2013 at 08:36  
Blogger bluedog said...

Mrs Proudie @ 19.45 asks, ' how many bastards can you see?'


11 December 2013 at 10:17  
Blogger Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

Bluedog you win! Clearly we are on the same wavelength!

11 December 2013 at 10:38  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

*Atheists Face Death Penalty In 13 Countries, Discrimination Around The World According To Freethought Report...*Get in line No Godders and join the queue.

We are all the same, religionists, anyway, are we not?

What a bunch of cry babies, when the boot is on the other foot.

"In these and all other EU countries, with the exception of the Netherlands and Belgium which the report classed as "free and equal," there was systemic discrimination across society favoring religions and religious believers."

What are we supposed to do in this country, positively discriminate in the atheist's favour and have them jump ahead of the islamists. This would be impossible in our multi culti society as deemed correct by a secular state that see's it's established faith as 'symbolic' only! Strewth, you want us christians to build our own pyre and walk up on it ourselves at our humble assertion...Get a grip!

It's called a secular state here that favours one faith only by default and it trumps yours, do enjoy it.



Find it hard to believe HG retweeted Simon Mason's tweet after all the charming things he says to him continually on twitter? and we wonder why we Christians are in a mess by conspiring with those that would quite happily see us go underground.

THe CofE and RC faith schools are doing such a fantaastic job of eveangelising our young that they are falling over themselves to be missionaries and are an offense to atheist sensibilities, NOT .

Merry Winterval..I wonder who thought THAT up?

11 December 2013 at 10:43  
Blogger Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

Dear Avi, how lovely to hear from you! I had not realised you were Orthodox in practice...I was going to tease you by saying an 'Avi Maria' next time I'm in the Cathedral, but I have no wish to offend (and in any case we Evangelicals don't venerate the Virgin in the same way as the transtiberians...). Happy Christmas all the same, and it is good to hear Canadian politicians are a little more savvy than ours. My Lord Bishop and I are visiting Canada next summer for an ecumenical potlatch...should be fun.

11 December 2013 at 10:45  
Blogger bluedog said...

Thank you, Mrs Proudie @ 10.38.

Please leave a packet of hobnobs, seasonally sugar-frosted, outside my kennel.

11 December 2013 at 10:56  
Blogger Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

Dear Bluedog, the hobnobs are dispatched, courtesy of the Penny Post, and Mr. Slope says he'd love to give you a bone.

11 December 2013 at 11:19  
Blogger bluedog said...

Heavens, Mrs Proudie!

Has the choir-school broken up for Christmas?

11 December 2013 at 11:32  
Blogger richardhj said...


I am not sure what re-tweeting you are referring to but you are certainly right about the failure of so-called Faith Schools.
My son was told at his ( RC) school that whilst as Catholics we shouldn't support SSM , it wouldn't be fair if it wasn't allowed. This was during "Diversity Day" which was run under the guidance of teachers from a local state school.
As for the CE Churches, I know the headmaster of one primary. I don't think he has ever attended Church in his life other than at the usual births deaths and marriages.
My view about faith schools at the moment is that they are in fact making it more difficult to teach children any morality. How can a parent tell their child that something is wrong from a RC/CE whatever perspective when they are being told the opposite at school which is supposed to be coming from that same position. Especially when, as in our case, the Headteacher at meetings will go on and on (and on) about it being a Catholic School, and yet there is plenty more proof that it isn't.

11 December 2013 at 11:39  
Blogger Guy Jones said...

And Cromwell was wrong about Christmas because?

11 December 2013 at 12:15  
Blogger The Explorer said...

Tell him to slope arms, Mrs Proudie.

11 December 2013 at 12:17  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

Greetings and felicitations, Mrs Proudie! Yes, Orthodox I am; the funny cap and even fringes stay on as I go about my business and I keep our Sabbath and pack my own snacks and lunches when outside of my neighbourhood and its expensive kosher restaurants. The "reminders" keep me on the straight and narrow and the food restrictions and costs from becoming a blimp, with all those incredible fast-food eateries everywhere.

No offense taken at prayers by anyone whenever and however expressed; the Almighty loves all His children, wants them to do their best and hears genuine prayers by all from any faith and the good and honest hopes and wishes from those without.

11 December 2013 at 12:58  
Blogger Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

Dear dear Avi, I do hope your food restrictions don't include my hobnobs...

11 December 2013 at 15:06  
Blogger Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

Ah, dear Explorer, over the years one has observed that Mr. Slope can come at things from all sorts of angles...

11 December 2013 at 15:08  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

That's a funny one, Happy Jack; never heard it before and I thought I know all the Jewish jokes. Here's one I heard at the scotch and herring table from one of the guys at the shul last week:

Three retired businessmen are chatting over coffee. Dave says, "You know, I had a great hardware store and then had a fire and lost the business."

"Ah, that's really too bad," says Jack, "me, I had a great bookstore and then the main pipe burst and the whole shop got flooded. Lost everything."

"That's terrible," says Marvin. "I had a pretty busy restaurant, great clients and then one day a tornado rips through the town and chops the place into matchsticks."

"Wow," exclaims Jack, "how'd you make a tornado, Marv?"

11 December 2013 at 15:51  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Avi, Happy Jack has his sources and is pleased it tickled you. That was a funny joke too.

By the way, Jack met with a very nice Reformed lady Rabbi recently and asked about attending one of those gatherings after worship for herrings and whisky. Jack told her a Canadian Jew named Avi had told him all about them. She was a nice lady but just burst into laughter!

Mrs Proudie, Happy Jack doesn't understand which one of the people in the pictures is not a b*stard? Can you clarify, please? Surely all the ladies are okay as they are not politicians.

Blowers, Happy Jack sends you this little Christmas joke.

A young and inquisitive Ernsty was watching his dad, a Christian Minister, write a sermon for the Christmas service.

"How do you know what to say?" Ernsty asked. "Well son, the Holy Spirit tells me what to say" his dad replied. "Oh, then why do you keep crossing things out?" asked little Ernsty.

11 December 2013 at 16:38  
Blogger Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

Ah dear Happy Jack, of course the ladies are exempt, but you must look much much harder at the photographs and think...

11 December 2013 at 17:03  
Blogger The Explorer said...

Mrs Proudie @ 5:08

I trust the "things" have not included you?

11 December 2013 at 17:03  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

... Jack met with a very nice Reformed lady Rabbi recently and asked about attending one of those gatherings after worship for herrings and whisky. Jack told her a Canadian Jew named Avi had told him all about them. She was a nice lady but just burst into laughter!

Well, Happy Jack, what can I say? You go to a Reform "temple," meet a lady "rabbi" and then you expect tradition? Tradah-boom.

Here's another one:

Two businessmen, Joe and Josh meet at a convention in San Francisco and decide to eat at a kosher Chinese restaurant. They are surprised that the place is right in the middle of Chinatown. The sit down, and can't believe their eyes: Sechuan, Hunan, Cantonese and Mandarin dishes, all authentic, each tastier than the other and all kosher!

But that's not all. The cooks and the servers all speak excellent Yiddish. After the meal the owner, Mordehai Green, comes up to the table and asks them how their dinner was.

"Incredible," says Joe, "never knew you could get such incredibly tasty kosher food."

"That's true," says Josh, "but what's really amazing is that all your staff speak Yiddish!"

"Pshah! Keep it down you two," whispers Mr Green, "they all think they're learning English."

11 December 2013 at 17:29  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

T crewed up the line, Happy Jack. It should end like this:

"...what's really amazing is that all your staff speak Yiddish! That must have cost you a fortune!"

"Pshah! Keep it down you two," whispers Mr Green, "they all work for free because they think they're learning English!"

11 December 2013 at 17:38  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Avi, Happy Jack says that was another good one and made him chuckle. Next joke Jack sends about a Catholic and a Jew he's going to call the priest Father O'Corrigan!

Mrs Proudie, Happy Jack hopes you're not referring to the poor children. Jack would disapprove of this.

11 December 2013 at 17:51  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

Mrs Proudie said, Dear dear Avi, I do hope your food restrictions don't include my hobnobs...

Not a problem, Mrs P, your lovely hobnobs are fine as long as I get to start your fire.

O, stop it, you dirty minds out there! A non-Jew can cook a kosher meal if using kosher ingredients and implements and if a Jew turns on the stove. Gosh.

11 December 2013 at 17:55  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

Blofeld: "Strewth, you want us christians to build our own pyre and walk up on it ourselves at our humble assertion...Get a grip!"

And unfortunate illustration choice, I'd say.

11 December 2013 at 18:39  
Blogger Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

Dear dear Explorer, there are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio...

11 December 2013 at 20:21  
Blogger Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

Goodness dear Happy Jack, now you are cross with me...just because I have an old fashioned view of wedlock...oh well so be it!

11 December 2013 at 20:23  
Blogger Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

Dear dear Avi, you started my fire some time ago when we discussed long johns and flaps...

11 December 2013 at 20:24  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Mrs Proudie, Happy Jack will not be cross with you for long. Jack just thinks little children should be called rude names as he has bad memories of this.

The term 'bastard' can refer to a second-rate wine or to a real dick head. And remember, it was bastards who killed Kenny!

11 December 2013 at 20:46  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

... another typing error: "little children should not be called rude names"

11 December 2013 at 20:48  
Blogger Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

Dear Jack, the term can be either rude or technical...

11 December 2013 at 20:57  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Mrs Proudie, Happy Jack says true but thinks it best to use the term in one way at a time to avoid misunderstanding.

11 December 2013 at 21:55  
Blogger Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

Dear dear Jack, but that was the point...

11 December 2013 at 22:03  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

My dear Olivia, hobnob queen of the south, then Happy Jack says there are 3 bastards - rude; and 2 children born out of wedlock - technical. Unless we want to go back the full 10 generations and apply the prerogative term in its strict biblical sense!

11 December 2013 at 22:23  
Blogger bluedog said...

Mr Happy Jack, it seems somehow out of character to find you splitting hairs in an orgy of pedantry with regard to bastardry. Mrs Proudie's initial question was open, 'How many bastards'? There was no suggestion of analysing the exact nature of the bastards' bastardry.
As in most competitions, the first correct entry wins and this communicant won, thus feeling entitled to make these comments as a stakeholder in the matter.

11 December 2013 at 22:40  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Bluedog, Happy Jack says yes, you are quite right and he wishes to take nothing away from you.

Jack grew up labelled a "bastard" (technically). Being called "illegitimate" was no better. Jack recognises, being the fine canine specimen that you clearly are, you may not understand these human feelings.

11 December 2013 at 22:56  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

DanJ0 said...

Blofeld: "Strewth, you want us christians to build our own pyre and walk up on it ourselves at our humble assertion...Get a grip!"

And unfortunate illustration choice, I'd say."

Dear boy.

It's one thing being forced by others to burn you on a pyre , it's quite another thing to willingly do a 'selfie' to yourself, to save others the time and bother.? *Kissy/Duck Face*


12 December 2013 at 01:00  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

"Blowers, Happy Jack sends you this little Christmas joke." ;o)

12 December 2013 at 01:02  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

richardhj said...

"My view about faith schools at the moment is that they are in fact making it more difficult to teach children any morality. How can a parent tell their child that something is wrong from a RC/CE whatever perspective when they are being told the opposite at school which is supposed to be coming from that same position. Especially when, as in our case, the Headteacher at meetings will go on and on (and on) about it being a Catholic School, and yet there is plenty more proof that it isn't." Indeed, my fine chap. The atheist would make out that faith schools are sending out christian children like some sweat shop factory line when the exact opposite is true..They merely receive a better quality of education than their unfortunate secular school fellow pupils!

Ernst's point is that atheists are determined to undermine even the faith schools that give some nod towards the faith that established them, whatever their problems, theologically, that gives faith roots.

Why on earth should we allow them to undermine or destroy fully that which could be corrected into a true faith school..but as we have other religionist's children that go to them, we must NOT offend their sensitivities or sensibilities, must we.

We have submitted too much to too many already. Let us stop the rot!



"I am not sure what re-tweeting you are referring to "
HG retitted (pun intended) post by atheist Simon Mason on his twitter account.

12 December 2013 at 01:26  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

"HG retitted (pun intended) post by atheist Simon Mason on his twitter account."

You do make Happy Jack laugh Blowers! May God Bless you for defending the Gospel of Christ and for brightening Jack's life.

12 December 2013 at 01:54  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Guy Jones said...

"And Cromwell was wrong about Christmas because?"

It was not Cromwell that personally banned Christmas or personally played a particularly large or prominent role in formulating or advancing the various pieces of legislation and other documents which restricted the celebration of Christmas, although it is likely that he was sympathetic towards and supported such measures, and as Lord Protector from December 1653 until his death in September 1658 he supported the enforcement of the existing measures.

He argued and reasoned for liberty of conscience and religious toleration.

Oliver Cromwell believed in an established, non-Episcopal, Evangelical church with full toleration of dissent and separate congregations. His position was fully supported by the Baptists, Congregationalists and other Independents. The new government was silent on rites, ceremonies and sacraments. How to administer the Lord’s Supper or Baptism was left to each congregation. Church government was to be congregational, allowing for Presbyterian, Independent, Baptist and Episcopal congregations. Any form of Protestant worship was permitted.

Cromwell then invited Jews to return to England. Jews had been officially expelled from England in 1290. The Puritan Protector now launched a campaign for their return. Cromwell did not theologically approve of Jews, Unitarians, or any group that denied the Divinity of Christ, but he favoured freedom of religion and to see the fulfillment of prophesy by Jews being brought to Salvation in Christ.

Cromwell hosted Menasseh Ben Israel at White Hall. This earned Cromwell much opposition, especially from London merchants who foresaw fearsome competition from this close-knit network. On 4 December, 1655, Oliver Cromwell made a speech, sometimes described as one of his best, which smothered the objections of the Council to the re-admittance of Jews to England.

Cromwell’s religious toleration even led to him having talks with George Fox of the Quakers. When a well-known Quaker preacher, James Naylor, rode in triumph into Bristol on a donkey to the cries of “Hosanna!” from his hysterical supporters who changed Naylor’s name to Jesus, the parliamentary authorities arrested Naylor for blasphemy and sentenced him to whipping, branding, and life imprisonment. Cromwell was appalled and sought alleviate the sentence, but was informed that he could not.

Oliver Cromwell has frequently been blamed for many of the excesses of the Commonwealth Parliament. However much of these extremes, such as the banning of Christmas, and closing down of theatres, was done by the Presbyterian Parliament, and rescinded by the Puritan Protector.

Theodore Roosevelt said in his book (Oliver Cromwell by Theodore Roosevelt, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1900) in his opinion, Oliver Cromwell was: “one of the greatest of all Englishmen, and by far the greatest ruler of England itself, …a man who, in times that tried men’s souls, dealt with vast questions and solved tremendous problems; a man who erred…but who strove mightily towards the Light as it was given him to see the Light; a man who had the welfare of his countrymen and the greatness of his country very close to his heart, and who sought to make the great laws of righteousness living forces in the government of the world.”

Blofeld the non Calvinist!

When is the real birthday of Our Lord.

Well it's not 25th December, fella, not is it?

Ernst views the Lord as having two birthdays like Her majesty and remembers his joyous birth as King of Kings and Lord of lords as God the Father's gift to mankind but Ernsty does not celebrate it like the Niatirbians, only as a humble grateful sinner, who gives thanks for the entry of His Saviour into this lost world, whatever date it was.

Just because others treat a marriage as a sham contract to abuse does not mean marriage is wrong or that you cannot celebrate your marriage and act accordingly towards how it was meant to be as Ernst views Christmas


12 December 2013 at 02:50  
Blogger Manfarang said...

To the Lord General Cromwell
By John Milton

Cromwell, our chief of men, who through a cloud,
Not of war only, but detractions rude,
Guided by faith and matchless fortitude,
To peace and truth thy glorious way hast ploughed,
And on the neck of crownèd Fortune proud
Hast reared God’s trophies, and His work pursued,
While Darwen stream, with blood of Scots imbrued,
And Dunbar field, resounds thy praises loud,
And Worchester’s laureate wreath: yet much remains
To conquer still; peace hath her victories
No less renowned than war: new foes arise,
Threatening to bind our souls with secular chains.
Help us to save free conscience from the paw
Of hireling wolves, whose gospel is their maw.

12 December 2013 at 04:00  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

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12 December 2013 at 13:21  
Blogger Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

Dear dear Happy Jack, I am so sorry to read of your dreadful experiences as a young boy, and agree that the man in question was indeed the villain of the piece. There was no intention to offend you - how could there have been -so one will withdraw gracefully...

12 December 2013 at 14:12  
Blogger Guy Jones said...

Thank you Mr Blofeld for your reply. I learned something.

We abstained from Christmas one year and it was a bleak experience. There is much good in Christmas aside from the odious elements.

12 December 2013 at 14:38  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Mrs Proudie, Happy Jack knows that, dear lady, but wanted to explain about his reaction yesterday. Now you know, Jack will remove the comment as it is personal and we will say no more about it.

12 December 2013 at 17:36  

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