Quotes of the day

posted at 6:01 pm on December 24, 2012 by Allahpundit

Parishioners at a church that lost eight children and two adults in the shootings in Newtown are being told to embrace the Christmas holiday.

The message came at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, where a standing room crowd attended Mass on Sunday morning. The priest told those gathered to be like the character Natalie Wood played in the film “Miracle on 34th Street,” who said, “It’s silly, but I believe.”

He said in the wake of the tragedy it is important to believe in Christmas and that God, like Santa Claus in the movie, will ultimately provide what he has promised — a life without death.

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Last year, a blizzard derailed the annual Halloween festivities that bring hundreds of trick-or-treaters onto Main Street. This year, Superstorm Sandy also ruined Halloween. And then came the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre Dec. 14, when a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six employees. The tragedy seemed sure to steal Christmas from a town that for generations has embraced it with caroling, tree-lighting ceremonies, pageants and a pancake breakfast…

Everyone agreed that it wouldn’t be easy, not this year and not for many years to come, and reminders of the tragedy are everywhere. As people ate their free pie outside Town Hall, another funeral procession passed, bringing the happy moment to a temporary halt. A huge Christmas tree in the heart of Sandy Hook is covered with decorations, but many carry the names of victims. Small children gaze in wonder at the toys, cards and candles heaped beneath the tree, too young to realize they are gazing at a memorial, as the adults holding their hands fight back tears…

But on the Friday night before Christmas, hours after the town observed a moment of silence and the church bells rang 26 times to remember the victims, the smell of popcorn filled the Town Hall lobby, and children settled into the theater’s seats to watch a movie.

“They’ve been robbed of Halloween. They’ve lost their friends,” said Joe Tarshis, a Newtown resident. “They’re not going to miss Christmas.”

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Shannon Doherty, who owns the Wishing Well Gift Shop blocks away from Sandy Hook school, said he usually sells a lot of ornaments this time of year, but now people are buying teddy bears for the shrine. After every sale, “I have to pick my wife up off the floor from crying,” Doherty said.

His children attended Sandy Hook elementary. His 12-year-old son Eamon’s best friend lost a brother, Jack Pinto, in the shooting. His landlord’s wife was a teacher there who survived. He and his wife have cried so much, that Dec. 14 “feels like a century ago,” he said.

He thought traffic to the shrine would slow down by the weekend, but instead it’s picked up with visitors from across Connecticut and nearby states.

“I think they’re starting to bring their Christmas presents,” Doherty said. “Someone put stockings on the bridge and people are filling them up.”

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“We can’t lose Christmas too,” said Lisa Terifay, who has two children at Sandy Hook Elementary who survived. Her son is in first grade. “The class he sat next to at lunch,” she said through tears, “they’re all gone.”…

Others saw an immeasurable gift to the surviving schoolchildren and their families in the painstaking recreation of the Sandy Hook school at a previously mothballed school in the neighboring town of Monroe.

Hundreds of people were involved in the replication effort. Photographs of the old classrooms were used to determine wall paint colors, placement of bookshelves and cubby holes, and the configuration of desks for reassembly as exactly as possible to how they were before. If a box of crayons was left on a desk, it should be there when the students enter the new classrooms after the holiday break, Monroe First Selectman Stephen Vavrek said.

“A miracle,” he called the effort.

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The holidays have been rough for the Newtown Police Department, which is why officers from across Connecticut joining forces, so that not a single Newtown officer has to work on Christmas Day. The plan has been kept on the down low for the past few days, since the various police departments are making the effort not for the press but as a gesture of solidarity with their fellow officers. After whispers of the touching gesture from local law enforcement emerged on Twitter over the weekend, however, the Newtown Police Department confirmed the news in an interview with The Atlantic Wire on Monday. “They’ve been actually non-stop with their aid. It’s pretty amazing,” said Newtown police spokesperson Sergeant Steve Santucci said of his fellow Connecticut officers. “And tomorrow, they’ll be at our assistance so that Newtown [officers] can be home with their families.”

But wait there’s more. One of the only perks about working on Christmas Day is overtime and holiday pay. Just as they’re not doing it for the press, though, many of the officers filling in at Newtown aren’t interested in the money, so they’re reportedly donating their paychecks to Newtown and Sandy Hill Elementary School charities.

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Dennis Stratford, who works for the school district, happened to be making a delivery to Sandy Hook Elementary when the gunman attacked. He saw dead children. He saw the remains of dead children on those who survived. He waited agonizing minutes for his own child to emerge unharmed from the school. Two of his neighbors’ children did not.

“I go home and cry every night, and I cry every morning,” Stratford said.

He went to one counseling session, but the horrific images remain. What helps more is work: sorting through the warehouses full of gifts, delivering them where they need to go or doing whatever else needs to be done for his town.

“There were nine minutes of evil, and an infinity of goodness after that,” Stratford said, sitting on a forklift loaded with gifts. “This is therapy for me.”

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Millions of dollars have poured into Newton in the aftermath of the tragedy. The United Way of Western Connecticut said the official fund for donations had $2.8 million in it on Saturday. Others sent envelopes stuffed with cash to pay for coffee at the general store, and a shipment of cupcakes arrived from a gourmet bakery in Beverly Hills, California.

The Postal Service reported a six-fold increase in mail in the town and set up a unique post office box to handle it. Some letters were addressed to the “First Responders” or just “The People of Newtown.” One card arrived from Georgia addressed to “The families of 6 amazing women and 20 beloved angels.” Many contained checks.

“This is just the proof of the love that’s in this country,” Postmaster Cathy Zieff said…

The basement of the town hall building resembled a toy store, with piles of stuffed animals, dolls, games, and other gifts. They all were inspected and examined by bomb-sniffing dogs. The children could choose whatever they wanted.

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The town has been so inundated with donations for children that Pierce said she has redistributed some to other children dropping off their own notes and donations, saying that with their acts of kindness they too have qualified to be children of Newtown.

On Monday, she gave each of the children dropping off cards a golden stuffed monkey. She chose gold, she said, because it symbolizes a new dawn that everyone needs.

“At the same time we have this outpouring and we want to make sure we give respect for every phone call, every card, every gift, every flower, every kind word,” she said. “And so that’s one of the things that everyone in the community is trying to do is make sure while people are honoring us, that’s the big question, how do you say to the world ‘Thank you?’”

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I just put my babies’ presents under the tree…I cannot fathom (and barely can try without breaking) what those parents are enduring. God help them.

Merry Christmas, everyone.

Bee on December 25, 2012 at 12:00 AM

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That puts you in good company with many other Americans, Bee (such as, most of us here).
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May the Almighty God of Heaven and Earth minister Life, Light, And Love to the broken-hearted friends and families of the slain, in Newtown, CT.

listens2glenn on December 25, 2012 at 12:24 AM

This editorial was written in 1949 by the late Vermont Royster and has been published annually since.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704782304574541923094045380.html

davidk on December 25, 2012 at 12:59 AM

The lyrics of “Thou Who Wast Rich Beyond All Splendour” were written in China by Frank Houghton, an Englishman. The words, the music and the story behind the writing of this hymn make this song one of my favorite Christmas carols.

…This hymn was written at a particularly difficult time in the history of the missions to China. Missionaries had been captured by the communist Red Army and released in poor health after over a year of suffering. Others had been captured never to be heard from again. In 1934 the young missionaries John and Betty Stam (my great aunt and uncle) were captured in Anhwei and beheaded.

The news of these sorrows had reached the mission’s headquarters in Shanghai. Though this was a very dangerous time for both the Chinese Christians and the foreign missionaries, Frank Houghton [Editorial Secretary for the China Inland Mission] decided he needed to begin a tour through the country to visit various missionary outposts. While traveling over the mountains of Szechwan, the powerful and comforting words of 2 Corinthians 8:9, “though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor,” were transformed into this beautiful Christmas hymn….

Frank Houghton was consecrated as Bishop of East Szechwan in 1937. For the difficult years of 1940 to 1951 he served as General Director of the China Inland Mission, a time when most missionaries were either interred or evacuated. Although some would return after War II, by 1953 there were no more foreign missionaries in China. What Hudson Taylor had begun almost 100 years earlier would be left to the Chinese Christians to continue….
~Chip Stam

“Thou Who Wast Rich Beyond All Splendour”

Thou who wast rich beyond all splendour,
All for love’s sake becamest poor;
Thrones for a manger didst surrender,
Sapphire-paved courts for stable floor.
Thou who wast rich beyond all splendour,
All for love’s sake becamest poor.

Thou who art God beyond all praising,
All for love’s sake becamest man;
Stooping so low, but sinners raising
Heavenwards by thine eternal plan.
Thou who art God beyond all praising,
All for love’s sake becamest man.

Thou who art love beyond all telling,
Saviour and King, we worship thee.
Emmanuel, within us dwelling,
Make us what thou wouldst have us be.
Thou who art love beyond all telling,
Saviour and King, we worship thee.

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might
become rich.
2 Corinthians 8:9

Merry Christmas! May God bless all of you.

INC on December 25, 2012 at 1:49 AM

davidk on December 25, 2012 at 12:59 AM

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That’s a new one to me, david’, and it’s absolutely excellent.

1949 is right about when our country began it’s slide towards “godlessness”.

Thanks for posting.

listens2glenn on December 25, 2012 at 1:50 AM

Merry Christmas! May God bless all of you.

INC on December 25, 2012 at 1:49 AM

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God bless you INC, and a blessed, merry Christ-Mass.

listens2glenn on December 25, 2012 at 1:53 AM

Merry Christmas Everybody!
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God Bless Us…….Everyone!

KOOLAID2 on December 25, 2012 at 2:19 AM

KOOLAID2 on December 25, 2012 at 2:19 AM

Merry Christmas to you and everyone at Hot Air..:)

Dire Straits on December 25, 2012 at 2:21 AM

Little arnold says Merry Christmas to everyone on HA and I love most of you and good night.

arnold ziffel on December 25, 2012 at 2:28 AM

arnold ziffel on December 25, 2012 at 2:28 AM

Merry Christmas..:)

Dire Straits on December 25, 2012 at 2:32 AM

Well I just got my gift list finished. Now all I have to do is go buy them and get them wrapped. Then I’ll get the decorations out of the attic and wire up the house and plug in my plastic Santa. No sense waiting till the last minute.

SparkPlug on December 25, 2012 at 3:38 AM

Weather is not the same as climate. Do you want to insult an atmospheric physicist? Call him a weatherman.

HeIsSailing on December 24, 2012 at 9:47 PM

These dudes need Porches too…

..oh and Misogynist!!

BigWyo on December 25, 2012 at 6:01 AM

whant to insult a weterman? call him a climate scientist

Slade73 on December 25, 2012 at 6:39 AM

Chuck Norris desn’t have to worry about more intense Global Warming. Istead Global warming is advised to stay away from crazy insane!!1
intense roundhouse kicks – straight to the face!

Slade73 on December 25, 2012 at 7:13 AM

A very merry Christmas to all.
Stay safe, all of you in the way of the strong storms in the South.
A 65-mph hailstorm just tore through our town, but the air is so unstable that the edge just missed me by a mile or so and left the air creepy calm and ugly green – not a leaf moving at my house. Tornado weather. I pray these storms hit the Atchafalaya Basin and it soaks them up.

cane_loader on December 25, 2012 at 7:51 AM

Got up early to bake my iron-skillet Pineapple Upside-Down Cake and sherried walnuts for the family gathering later. Dang I love Christmas food :)

cane_loader on December 25, 2012 at 7:53 AM

cane_loader on December 25, 2012 at 7:53 AM

Prepping the ham for the oven and about to start peeling potatoes.

Daughter got us up at five. Followed closely by the thunder. Looks like the bad stuff will stay north so the gathering will be okay. For us, anyway.

cozmo on December 25, 2012 at 7:57 AM

have a very merry, happy, laughing, smiling, drunk dialiiiiing Chriiiiiiistmas thiiiiiis Yeeeeeeeaaaaaaar!

Slade73 on December 25, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Sorry to hear about the bad weather down South. We have a white Christmas in our area. Merry Christmas to all. May all with eyes to see and ears to hear receive the good news and spread it far and wide.

Kissmygrits on December 25, 2012 at 8:39 AM

It’s a snowin here in Possum Holler.

Makin Bing Crosby proud.

PappyD61 on December 25, 2012 at 8:57 AM

We got snow too…and my cowgirl boots ain’t been ‘minked’ yet!

annoyinglittletwerp on December 25, 2012 at 8:59 AM

I went to Mass last night-but the Aspie in me doesn’t get into soppy Christmas post. Thanks to Jesus for being born..but today is still just my normal Tuesday of…except that most of the stores are closed. Bummer.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 25, 2012 at 9:01 AM

We got snow too…and my cowgirl boots ain’t been ‘minked’ yet!

annoyinglittletwerp on December 25, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Meh… Leave it to a Chi-Town girl in Texas to go out and buy her Mink coat a set of Cowgirl boots… ;p o_O

SWalker on December 25, 2012 at 9:02 AM

WHACK!

Lanceman on December 25, 2012 at 9:06 AM

WHACK!

Lanceman on December 25, 2012 at 9:06 AM

FLINK!

annoyinglittletwerp on December 25, 2012 at 9:08 AM

SWalker on December 25, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Furr is EVIL-unless it’s on the aminal. I don’t like using mink oil on my boots-but it works well.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 25, 2012 at 9:09 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on December 25, 2012 at 9:09 AM

I take it you’ve never played on a bearskin rug?

Or a mink rabbit coat?

cozmo on December 25, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Merry Christmas, AP. Hope your year is prosperous and joyous.

spmat on December 25, 2012 at 9:31 AM

I went to Mass last night-but the Aspie in me doesn’t get into soppy Christmas post. Thanks to Jesus for being born..but today is still just my normal Tuesday of…except that most of the stores are closed. Bummer.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 25, 2012 at 9:01 AM

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Blasphemy ! . . . . . ( Hello … Spanish Inquisition ? )

listens2glenn on December 25, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Meh… Leave it to a Chi-Town girl in Texas to go out and buy her Mink coat a set of Cowgirl boots… ;p o_O

SWalker on December 25, 2012 at 9:02 AM

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Furr is EVIL-unless it’s on the aminal. I don’t like using mink oil on my boots-but it works well.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 25, 2012 at 9:09 AM

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The original “skinner” is the Almighty Heavenly Father. [Gen 2:20]

That was a thousand years before he ordained a “carnivorous” diet. [Gen 9:3]

listens2glenn on December 25, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Furr is EVIL-unless it’s on the aminal. I don’t like using mink oil on my boots-but it works well.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 25, 2012 at 9:09 AM

There is nothing quite as attractive as a woman in a full-length Russian Sable coat.

Solaratov on December 25, 2012 at 12:29 PM

There is nothing quite as attractive as a woman in **nothing but** a full-length Russian Sable coat.

Solaratov on December 25, 2012 at 12:29 PM

There we go.

Tim_CA on December 25, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Pic of the Day: Christmas Comrades in Arms http://tinyurl.com/cxrxum8

Resist We Much on December 25, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Resist We Much on December 25, 2012 at 10:07 AM

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unclesmrgol on December 25, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Furr is EVIL-unless it’s on the aminal. I don’t like using mink oil on my boots-but it works well.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 25, 2012 at 9:09 AM
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There is nothing quite as attractive as a woman in a full-length Russian Sable coat.

Solaratov
on December 25, 2012 at 12:29 PM

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Now you’re talking … : )
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There is nothing quite as attractive as a woman in **nothing but** a full-length Russian Sable coat.

Solaratov on December 25, 2012 at 12:29 PM

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There we go.

Tim_CA on December 25, 2012 at 12:41 PM

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What are you tryin’ to do to us, Tim’ ?

I’m trying to keep a “pure” mind, here … : )

listens2glenn on December 25, 2012 at 5:57 PM

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