Yesterday,President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence met with Democratic leaders Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in the Oval Office.
Their dialogue was constructive. The President and the Democrat leaders agreed to support the passage of historic criminal justice reform, and they discussed significant progress with the Farm Bill, which passed in the Senate today. Major disagreement remains, however, on the crucial issue of border security and transparency.
“The wall will get built,” President Trump said. “A lot of the wall is built. It’s been very effective.” The numbers back him up. It’s time for Congress to step up and finish the job.
The Democrats’ priority is clear, however: They would rather keep the U.S. border open to illegal immigrants than keep the Government open to serve American citizens.
Open borders are dangerous. The Department of Homeland Security reports that it stops an average of 10 known or suspected terrorists each day from entering the United States. And despite claiming to support border security, Democrats in practice have blocked all efforts to secure our southern border and protect our communities.
In 2006, when their base was different, Democrats were singing another tune. Back then, party leaders such as Senators Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and Schumer himself all voted for the Secure Fences Act. Democrats openly admitted that stronger border security was essential for a safer America.
Democrats did the right thingthen. So why won’t they now?
Well, we'd put that nostalgic Barbara Stanwyck classic Christmas In Connecticut (pictured, above) on our list. And we'd also include a number of other old black-and-white movies from Hollywood's golden age, such as the 1951 version of A Christmas Carol with Alistair Sim.
One thing's for sure: The legendary Hollywood studios and the movie moguls of yesteryear knew how to do Christmas. And they did it up right.
But when Entertainment Weekly decided to rank the Top 20 Christmas movies of all time, they also included some that actually originated on TV.
Anyway, with our personal faves in bold, here (from number 20 to Number One) is the list they came up with:
20. The Santa Clause (1994)
19. Gremlins (1984)
18. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) 17. Scrooged (1988)
16. Die Hard (1988)
15. Miracle On 34th Street (1947)
14. White Christmas (1954)
13. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) 12. Trading Places (1983) 11. Home Alone (1990)
10. Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
9. The Year Without A Santa Claus (1974)
8. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
7. Bad Santa (2003) 6. Love Actually (2003)
5. How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
4. Elf (2003) 3. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) 2. A Christmas Story (1983) 1. IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)
I'm not only a student of history but I've lived quite a chunk of it and have done it actively as a fully engaged citizen, thank God.
What I see more and more now are entrenched lifelong politicos connected to a vast, unaccountable bureaucracy that THEY have created -- huge unelected fiefdoms disconnected from the citizens and their everyday concerns.
These are vast agencies that exist to perpetuate the status quo and expand their own size and power. There are no checks and balances on them. They are infinitely unchecked.
Day after day they make rules and regulations that rob us of our liberties and further determine every aspect of our lives. Their power is unending. They can ruin your reputation and your life -- even through you in jail.
While all this is going on, our entrenched elected politicos serve up platitudes, promise us more goodies and escape responsibility. They distract us with a raucous circus of accusations, excuses and empty promises.
Huge global conglomerates, the popular culture and now even the masters of social media play into all of this and basically contribute to locking out the masses -- the ordinary, hard-working people who pay the bills.
THIS is what the Trump revolution was/is all about and THIS is what the upheaval in France and Britain is all about. The is what is fueling a worldwide populist movement in developed nations.
Wake up! It's happening and it's real
And this will not go away anytime soon.
Broadway musicals and Christmas have been going together for a long time. And a good Christmas song is usually a sure way to brighten most any Broadway show. But, not all Broadway Christmas songs are bright and cheery. Some are a bit more gloomy.
Here are ten* of the best:
1) It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas from Here's Love. 2) We Need A Little Christmas from Mame. 3) Be A Santa from Subways Are For Sleeping 4) Hard Candy Christmas from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
5) Turkey Lurkey Time from Promises, Promises 6) Christmas Is My Favorite Time of Year from Catch Me If You Can 7) Lovers on Christmas Eve from I Love My Wife 8) I Don't Remember Christmas from Starting Here, Starting Now 9) A Greenwillow Christmas from Greenwillow 10) Christmas Child from Irma La Douce
*Note that we have not included songs such as White Christmas or Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas as these were written not for Broadway but for movie musicals.
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Hurry out and discover all the wonderful Christmas lights in the area -- many of which are FREE! The following list is provided courtesy of Visit Philadelphia.
• Macy’s Christmas Light Show: An annual Philadelphia tradition since 1956, the Macy’s Christmas Light Show (pictured below) bedazzles visitors daily, on the even hours (from 10 am) every two hours, until New Year’s Eve Day. With more than 100,000 LED lights and the sounds of the legendary Wanamaker organ, the Grand Court atrium becomes adorned with floating snowflakes and flying reindeer. Don’t forget to check out the Dickens Village on the third floor. Nearby, Philadelphia City Hall is all decked out with a magnificent Christmas tree, a carousel in City Hall courtyard, ice skating at Dilworth Park and a great light show projected onto City Hall on the west side of Market Street beginning nightly at dusk.
• Comcast Holiday Spectacular: Through January 1, experience high-definition visions of sugarplums during the fifth year of the Comcast Holiday Spectacular. Shown on the world’s largest 4-mm LED Comcast Experience Video Wall at the Comcast Center, the Holiday Spectacular features scenes from George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker performed by the Pennsylvania Ballet, a magical sleigh ride through the snow-covered Pennsylvania countryside into Center City Philadelphia and performances by some of Broadway’s best-known dancers. Shows are 15 minutes long and run every hour on the hour from 10 a.m.–8 p.m. (no shows at 5 p.m. during the week).
• Holiday Season at Franklin Square: All December long, Franklin Square will be lit with thousands of festive holiday lights and decorations. Get into the holiday spirit by visiting with Santa every Saturday and Sunday from 2-5 p.m. through December 24.
• Rittenhouse Square Christmas Tree: Rittenhouse Square transforms into a holiday wonderland with the flip of a switch, as the park and Philadelphia’s largest Christmas tree (more than 30 feet tall!) become illuminated with 5,000 brilliant, multi-colored globes and lights. After enjoying the beautiful glow of the park, sneak in some holiday shopping at the boutiques of Rittenhouse Row or a bite and a drink from one of the many acclaimed restaurants in the neighborhood.
• Christmas Village at Love Park: The Christmas Village is once again at Love Park complete with more than 50 decorated wooden booths packed with European food, sweets and drinks, international seasonal gifts, traditional German Christmas ornaments and high-quality arts and crafts. As you shop and explore, enjoy live musical performances, hot mulled wine, bratwursts, a Christmas carousel and City Hall’s brightly lit holiday tree. It’s open through December 24. And, new this year, don't miss the expanded village at Dilworth Park outside City Hall along with a great Light Show projected on City Hall, ice skating and the city's official Christmas tree on the north side of City Hall courtyard.
• Boathouse Row: One of Philadelphia’s most memorable nighttime vistas is that of Boathouse Row, made up of a dozen sculling clubs that line the Schuylkill River behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 2009, new full-color, energy-efficient LED light nodes were hung to showcase the intricate architectural details of the clubs. Now a drive or stroll along the river results in an eye-popping lighting marvel that normally glows white but can change to celebrate a holiday or civic celebration, a charity appeal or a significant professional sporting win.
• Longwood Gardens Christmas: No holiday is complete without a visit toLongwood Gardens, where more than 400,000 twinkling lights and spectacular fountain shows compose a brilliant wonderland your family is sure to love. Starting at 3:30 p.m. every day through January 6, gaze upon the large, starry snowflakes and icicles that sparkle throughout the gardens before warming up in heated conservatory with twenty “rooms” featuring festive displays of floral garlands, sparkling trees and more. Timed advance tickets are required and sell out quickly, so get yours here ASAP.
• Christmas in Peddler’s Village: Peddler’s Village will light up your holiday season with a fantastic display of nearly one million holiday lights. While you’re in a festive mood, explore more than 70 specialty shops — perfect for your holiday shopping — and eight restaurants. While you’re there, check out the spectacular Gingerbread House Competition and Display.
• Holiday Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum: A miniature winter wonderland amid the evergreens awaits visitors to Morris Arboretum. The Holiday Garden Railway display is a quarter mile of model train track featuring seven loops and tunnels with 15 different rail lines, two cable cars, nine bridges and trains that cruise past scaled replicas of historic monuments and Philadelphia-area landmarks made from all-natural materials.
• Smedley Street Christmas Light Spectacular: Venture into South Philly, specifically the 2700 Block ofSmedley Street between 16th and 17th Streets and Moyamensing and Oregon Avenues, for a peak at a hidden holiday gem. You’ll see trees covered from head to toe in glowing color-shifting lights, gigantic blow-up Santas and all of the neighborly holiday cheer one could ask for this time of year.
• “Miracle on South 13th Street” in South Philly: Another must-see holiday lights destination in South Philly is the 1600 block of S. 13th Street, known colloquially in Philadelphia as the “Miracle on South 13th Street.” The elaborate illuminations of the neighborhood homes along this stretch of street, which started many years ago, make for a perfect holiday evening outing. Be sure to bring a camera — posing with the digitally animated Santa is always popular.
• Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm: Millions of lights sparkle at Shady Brook Farmduring the incredible Holiday Light Show. Experience the magical drive in your own car or hop on a moonlit hayride or horse and buggy. Monday through Thursday is when the real tractor hayrides will happen, but then Thursdays through Sundays, you’ll ride around the display in a horse-drawn carriage. Also, don’t forget to stop and get your picture taken with Santa at Santa’s Village. Reservations are recommended.
• Christmas Around the Farm at Linvilla Orchards: For the holidays, Linvilla Orchardstransforms into the North Pole — farm style. Get into the holiday spirit by taking a look at the animals in their winter coats and doing a little shopping at the market that’s stocked with tasty holiday treats like hot mulled cider. Santa makes a guest appearance every Saturday and Sunday in December, and on select afternoons, visitors can sing along during Caroling Hayrides, complete with live music and apple cider.
• Herr’s Snack Factory Tour 12 Days of Christmas: Responsible for one of the region’s most celebrated snack foods, the Herr’s Factory is fully decked out for the holidays. They’ll be hosting all manner of Christmas-themed events centered around the light display which has been going on for more than 20 years. The annual light display features more than 400,000 lights arranged throughout the complex. Also, be sure you don’t miss “Big Red,” a 60-foot-tall Norway Spruce decorated with more than 1,500 red lights.