2018 Winter Wonderland Compilation

My 10th annual Christmas/winter compilation is a group of cool songs with no mention of Christmas. It's the 4th secular offering since I began making these compilations. Here's the CD cover and song list. It makes me cold just thinking about these songs.

Winter Wonderland


And Winter Came - Enya

Angels In The Snow - Judy Collins

By The Fireside - Jo Stafford

Cold, Cold Winter - Anita Bryant

Dancing Snowflakes - Charles Dorian And His Orchestra

Frosty The Snowman - Bing Crosby

In The Snow - Vera Lynn

'It's A' Marshmallow World - Ray Anthony

It's Now Winter's Day - Tommy Roe

I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm - Dean Martin

Jingle Bells - Hoosier Hot Shots

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow - Dorothy Provine

Little Snow Girl - John Gary

Long, Lonely Days Of Winter - Duane Eddy With Marty Paich And His Orchestra

Oh Lonely Winter - Four Freshmen

Our Winter Love - Robert Maxwell, His Harp And Orchestra

Sleigh Ride - Carpenters

Snowbound - Ramsey Lewis

Snowfall - Doris Day

Snowflakes - Izumi Tateno

The First Snowfall - Bing Crosby

The Rhythm Of The Snowflakes - Dick Robertson And His Orchestra

Winter Warm - Anita Kerr Singers

Winter's Here Again - Ames Brothers

Winter Wonderland - Buddy Clark With The Girl Friends And The Ted Dale Orchestra

Tell Her It's Snowing - Tony Bennett Arranged And Conducted By Don Costa

Here they are - 26 very cool songs for the very cold winter ahead in the white red meat Jukebox.

Posted by Rick | December 9, 2018 01:48 AM | Just For Fun

Lack Of Intelligence A Bipartisan Affair

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly has granted CNN's request for a temporary restraining order reinstating Jim Acosta's White House press pass.

After a ruling that said Acosta was entitled to due process if the White House wanted to revoke his access to the White House, one wonders how a judge like Kelly ever got a license to practice law, much less an appointment (by President Trump no less) to a district court judgeship.

Regardless of a ruling by another district court judge in 1977 that said the White House must give the reporter notice and the right to rebut a formal written notice, Judge Kelly should have denied the claim that this revocation would infringe on Acosta's freedom of speech rights. Television and radio stations abound, newspapers print daily and weekly editions, and websites and podcasts all provide free speech outlets for anyone inclined to speak their mind. The decision to revoke Acosta's pass didn't limit his access to any of the millions of the aforementioned outlets. Acosta had proven to be a 'bad actor' in and around the White House and his reprehensible performance at the press conference where he refused to surrender the microphone was the final straw that broke the proverbial camel' back. He deserved to have his press pass revoked.

Posted by Rick | November 16, 2018 09:30 AM | Political Science ~ | Social Studies

Macron Needs A History Lesson

It was rich that French President Macron lectured us and the rest of the world during the 100th anniversary celebration of the end of World War I about patriotism and nationalism.

In World War I France had over 4 million casualties and over 1 million deaths. By 1917 thousands of French soldiers were deserting and the French offensives against Germany had basically come to a halt while waiting for American and British troops to come save their bacon.

When Germany invaded France in World War II, the French armed forces folded like a cheap suit in less than a week. Romantic stories about the French underground to the contrary, if it wasn’t for our blood and treasure President Macron would be speaking German, drinking beer, and eating brats.

Posted by Rick | November 12, 2018 05:14 PM | Political Science ~ | Social Studies

Collateral Damage

On October 14, 2018, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), while being interviewed by The New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, famously said:

We have to have total clarity about what we do, when it comes to everything — a woman’s right to choose, gay marriage … whether it’s about immigration, whether it’s about gun safety, whether it’s about climate … I think that we owe the American people to be there for them, for their financial security, respecting the dignity and worth of every person in our country, and if there’s some collateral damage for some others who do not share our view, well, so be it, but it shouldn’t be our original purpose.

I wonder if she puts Congressman Steve Scalise (R-LA), who was shot while practicing for a charity baseball game by a crazy Democrap, in the collateral damage category.

Today bombs were sent to a number of high profile Democraps including HRH Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, ex-CIA chief John Brennan, and the bastion of fake news, CNN. Fortunately, none of them exploded. Next time they may go off, but don't worry, it's only collateral damage.

Is this a case of "you reap what you sow?"

Posted by Rick | October 24, 2018 01:00 PM | Political Science

What the Hell Was That?

So much for egg on the face. That was the most underwhelming, pathetic performance by the attorney hired by the Republicans to question Dr. Ford anyone could possibly imagine.

Here are just a few more probing questions that might have shed a little light on the alleged attack by Judge Kavanaugh on Dr. Ford. Was anyone doing drugs that evening? Were the lights on in the bedroom where you were attacked? How long were you in the bedroom with the two boys? Did you bite him when he put his hand over your mouth? Did you fight back at all when he was on top of you? Were any of your clothes torn or damaged in any way? Why would you talk to Mark Judge at the Safeway store a few weeks after the attack on you when he was one of the perpetrators of said attack?

By the way, I don't believe that a polygraph exam can be completed correctly with only two questions. All questions are answered with a yes or no answer and a baseline for truthfulness is generally established before getting down to the nitty gritty. For instance: Is your name Richard Joseph Rasmusson? Were you born in Watertown, South Dakota? Is your birthday May 16, 1949? Then the rest of the questions can be asked but should be more specific than those asked by Dr. Ford's examiner.

Posted by Rick | September 27, 2018 12:32 PM | Political Science ~ | Social Studies

Egg Anyone?

It is being reported by Fox News and the New York Post that the Senate Judiciary Committee has interviewed two men who claim that they, not Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Mark Judge, were the 'gentlemen' who were with Christine Blasey Ford on the night (nobody knows exactly what night) in question back in 1982. Is it possible that the accuser, Dr. Ford, and all the Democrats who said they ‘believed’ the 'good' doctor will be wearing their breakfast omelets instead of eating them?

Posted by Rick | September 27, 2018 04:57 AM | Political Science ~ | Social Studies

Democratic Attacks Desperate and Despicable

Democratic activist Christine Blasey Ford has come forward to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual assault. She says she thinks it occurred in the summer of 1982 when she was 15, but isn’t sure. She doesn’t remember where it occurred, but says it was at a house party somewhere. She remembers that she was wearing a bathing suit under her clothes. She remembers having ‘one’ beer and says that Judge Kavanaugh, 17 at the time, was drunk. She says that she was pushed into a bedroom where Kavanaugh attempted to remove her clothes while on top of her but was seemingly too drunk to accomplish that task, while another boy watched, I guess. She claims the boys were both laughing “maniacally” while this was occurring and she was able to run out of the room when Kavanaugh’s friend jumped on top of them, twice. (Sounds pretty kinky I thought, laughing maniacally to myself.)

She doesn’t remember how she got home but remembers that she wasn’t raped. She doesn’t indicate that any of her clothing was removed or even torn.

I have just a few questions about the night in question. Who were the other boys and girls at the party? How many beers did the 15-year old really have? Is she sure she only had one beer? What was everyone doing to entertain themselves while they were all drinking their ‘one’ beer? Did she and the two boys have any interaction at the party prior to the alleged “assault?” Were there any drugs involved? Was anyone smoking pot? Were they dancing? Were they kissing? Was she physically harmed in any way, even after being jumped on by Kavanaugh’s friend, twice?

How is it that she can remember Kavanaugh and Judge’s names but not the house where the alleged “assault” took place or even how she got home?

Why didn’t she tell anyone about this alleged “assault” until she told her therapist in 2012 during a marriage counseling session, a mere 30 years after the traumatic experience? Is this just an attempt by Ms. Ford to make excuses for her own inability to have a normal relationship with her husband?

This is an “alleged“ assault. There was no physical injury to anyone supposedly involved. There is no proof that any of this occurred - no friend to corroborate the event, no torn blouse, no bruises, not even a blue dress. (A lie detector test is not proof. I took many lie detector tests while working for a jeweler and was once told I lied about my name.)

This is just another desperate attempt to sully the reputation of a Republican nominee to the Supreme Court. This is despicable.

My message to anyone who is peddling this garbage: Prove it or shut up!

Posted by Rick | September 16, 2018 05:23 PM | Political Science