Merry Christmas From Outside The Beltway!

Merry Christmas!

White House Christmas Tree

Merry Christmas to all the OTB regulars and anyone else who may drop by! Nothing political today, at least not from this corner for the Internet. Instead, some Christmas music and consider this an open thread for the day. We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled political ranting soon enough.

To set the mood, here’s the great Nat King Cole:

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Doug Mataconis
About Doug Mataconis
Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Mister Bluster says:

    Silent Night
    Thank You Minnie Riperton RIP

  2. CSK says:

    That pointy gold thing in the foreground must be President Mangolini’s Yuletide dunce cap.

  3. Bob@Youngstown says:

    And a wish for great holidays to all the OTB friends and crew, and my thanks for intriguing conversations.

  4. Rodney dill says:

    Merry Christmas!

  5. Liberal Capitalist says:

    @Mister Bluster:

    In a random connection that can only happen on OTB:

    Minnie Ripperton’s “Loving You” is sampled by an old favorite of mine: The Orb’s “The Orb’s A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From the Centre of the Ultraworld”

    Here it is:

    (I suggest headphones)

  6. Mister Bluster says:

    Orb won’t load.
    Does sound a lot like a gal I spent some quality time with in the ’70s.
    She was an auto mechanic and had a 5 year old boy child named Jedidiah.
    I guess he is closing in on 40 now…yikes!!

    More Minnie

  7. Merry Christmas to you all.

  8. Liberal Capitalist says:

    @Mister Bluster:

    Orb won’t load.

    Looks like a shortened link wont launch from a link that is named the same. Try this:

    or this:

    Caution for the old farts: this is early EDM.

  9. Liberal Capitalist says:

    unblock my comment, please.

  10. al-Ameda says:

    As always, peace and good health to all OTB’ers, and especially OTB management – Doug, Steven, James, et al – who put up with much bulls*** from me and other OTB visitors.

    Be well.

  11. Just 'nutha ig'nint cracker says:

    @Liberal Capitalist: Yeah, it’s pretty tame compared to what I was hearing in Korea 5 years ago.

  12. Barry says:

    Merry Christmas, and a Happier New Year!

    Doug, Steven – thanks for all of the hard work you’ve done this year.

  13. gVOR08 says:

    Now that Trump has won the War on Christmas, and also done an admirable job of keeping elephants off my lawn, I can safely wish that one and all had a Merry Christmas and that you all, except bunge and bob the bustierre, have a safe and prosperous New Year. I also want to thank Doug and Steven for all the effort, entertainment, and enlightenment, and James especially for maintaining the premises. And to all a good night.