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Lights Of The Season, Season 3, Part VIII

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/12/08

Christmas in Thessaloniki, Greece. Unlike my other light shows, this is a slide show. Last Christmas, I gave you my heart…

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Lights Of The Season, Season 3, Part VII

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/12/07

400,000+ light techno show from El Paso, Texas.

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Lights Of The Season, Season 3, Part VI

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/12/06

For you Star Wars fans.

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Lights Of The Season, Season 3, Part V

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/12/05

For the first time in three Seasons, I bring you a video below the fold. It is well worth your time to watch the video. Those who have looked for this sort of thing already know of the Holdman light shows and already rave about them. Those of you who don’t know of the Holdman light show are in for a very pleasant surprise. Below the fold, you will find the entire package, the entire 2010 Holdman light show that ventures from techno to 50s music (40s music maybe?) and from Christian to not-Christian.

Mister Holdman himself has offered to send you a DVD of his 2010 light show, with one small catch. He wants you and a ten-spot to part ways. That’s right, his light show has the added benefit of parting people from their hard-earned cash. Let me quote directly from him.

Uploaded by holdmanchristmas on Dec 23, 2010

The complete Holdman Christmas Light Display for 2010 after a fresh snow storm. By request I am now offering this on DVD when you make a $10 donation to Make-a-Wish. Go to http://www.holdman.com/christmas/dvd

And there you have it. With further research, you’ll find out that the Holdman light show has, for multiple years, had separating you from your greenbacks as a key motivating factor. But there’s more than that, obviously. He wants your money to go to charity (and not to him) and he’s willing to spend a little of his money (on things like electric bills) in order to get a few of you to cough up the money to help oftentimes terminally ill children.

And now, on to the video.
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Lights Of The Season, Season 3, Part IV

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/12/04

Care for a duel?

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Eight Days Of Hannukkah

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/12/03

My Lights of the Season series is never complete without Eight Days of Hannukkah. All three Seasons now, with this publishing, the song has been included. It was very late the first year, but I’ve made up for that. Here’s what I wrote on Common Sense Political Thought (a now archive-only site which is definitely good for research) last year (with a YouTube substitute for a Vimeo video):

I missed out on marking Hannukah last year, posting my article in early January. Well, Hannukah is quickly approaching, December 2 – 9, so I’m putting out my Hannukah article this year on time. (Yes, it’s a reprint of the last one, with a couple minor changes.)

That moonbat Jeff and his Opinions Nobody Asked For site has a wonderful article that I wish I saw during the season but I didn’t so I’m posting it now even though it’s late and is this a long enough run-on sentence for you yet? Okay, Jeff’s article is good, maybe not wonderful, but he leads to a wonderful article and provides a very uplifting song that I quite enjoy.

What else can you say about a song written by a Mormon Senator from Utah with the music written by a Jewish writer of Christian Contemporary music and sung by a Syrian woman from Indiana with backup vocals by Jewish children and the Mormon Senator other than take a listen and be uplifted?

We here at Truth Before Dishonor are Conservative. We are predominantly Christian. That means beyond any shadow of a doubt we are pro-Israel and pro-Jew. This uplifting Hannukkah song is merely a representation of our love for the Jews and for Israel, and a gift to all who visit, Jew or Gentile.

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Lights Of The Season, Season 3, Part III

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/12/03

I would never buy the music, not on a dare, but I have to admit the choreography is first rate.

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Lights Of The Season, Season 3, Part II

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/12/02

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Lights Of The Season, Season 3, Part I

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/12/01

The first video this year contains 25,000+ lights and is choreographed to Hey Soul Sister. Enjoy.

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Talking To A Man About A Horse

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/11/30

I do not know the origination of the well-known quote I ripped off for the title of this. But what that quote means to me is rather direct and obvious. Someone was looking into transportation options. And this article is about someone with transportation issues.

As you may recall, I discussed my car issues previously, and requested money. And I got money. And I’m very appreciative of those funds, they were well-spent. If you recall, I regaled you about the money I’ll have to spend to get my Camaro Z-28 (which will be old enough to vote in the upcoming Republican Primaries) up to snuff to pass a Texas inspection. And how, suddenly, I absolutely needed a new tire on top of all that (because one of the old things decided to shred itself on my way to work). Well, you readers came to the rescue. And this is the story of how your Christmas present (in the true spirit of Christmas) was spent.

I checked discounttire.com to see about a tire and found the store in Harker Heights had one in stock. So I drove the 15-20 miles from nowheresville to Harker Heights, getting there in the morning so I would have the afternoon to do various housework. Around 10am, the manager told me he had two tires available, neither of which were in his shop. The one which cost 150 could be there by 1 or 2 that afternoon, or the high performance “best” rated tire could be there a day or two later.

So I decided to go ahead and have the tire shipped over for that afternoon and went to do something I hadn’t done in a couple years: watch a movie in a movie theatre. I watched The Immortals. Nothing to write home about — which is why I’m writing you and not home. Then I went back to the shop around 2 as the manager was on the phone talking to some person about my tire. It was on the truck. His shop was the last visit of the day. It would be there by 3.

So I went back across the highway and went window shopping, stopping in at the local Big Box bookstore. I bought The Road to Serfdom; The Definitive Edition. (I know, I know, but that’s what always happens when I window shop.) And I went back to Discount Tire and pulled into their parking lot. As I was setting myself up to back into a parking space, the manager was out there and directed me into the bay that was just vacated.

I explained I got the tire and jack out at night when I couldn’t see much of anything and didn’t know exactly how to get it all back in (and watch out for that hatch, it will not stay open by itself). They said they’d deal with that (the spare and jack) for me. And my car went up on the jack and my donut came off the front, and my rear tire (which used to be on the front) was put on the front. And then it sat there half naked, its back end hoisted up in the air for all the world to see. How embarrassing for my car. It sat there for a good 20 minutes.

And all of a sudden, people were running around. The manager was rushing from place to place with utmost urgency. A couple other employees were likewise rushing around. And they were all focusing in on getting my car done and out of there. Why couldn’t they have done that when they first put it up on the jack?

Well, the car was done and it was time to pay the man. Just a hair shy of 150, as he had promised. And then I found out. The place where the tire was coming from sent the wrong tire. They sent a tire Discount Tire doesn’t even carry, and wouldn’t fit my car, regardless. When the wrong tire arrived, the manager sent one of his employees 30 minutes away to personally pick up the right tire and come back with it. He was on his way back when I pulled into the shop and they jacked up my car.

When all was said and done, I had spent 6 hours on my day off in town buying a tire, the manager made a special effort to get my tire for me, and I really enjoy my Christmas present from the readers.

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It’s Fast Approaching

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/11/27

It’s just about time to unleash my Third Annual Lights of the Season. Two years ago, I introduced my Lights of the Season series on this site and on Common Sense Political Thought. Last year, I believe it was only on Common Sense Political Thought. This year, it will likely only be on this site.

So, come December 1, be prepared to be amazed at the musical displays of private homes, public buildings, and whatever else tickles my fancy. Expect upwards of 300,000 lights on a single display, all dancing to well-known music — holiday or otherwise. But always remember the Reason for the Season, and that is the Birth of Jesus Christ — the Messiah, the Savior, the Lord of Lords and King of Kings, God the very Son of God, the Sacrificial Lamb, the One who knew no sin.

It is my intention, as in years past, to post a new video daily, so check back in often! And tell your friends! With my new job and its rotating 12-hour (8a/p to 8p/a) shifts, I will not have any set times when they will be posted, but I will do my best to post a display each day for your viewing pleasure.

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Lights Of The Season Finale

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2009/12/28

This is the last of the series for this year (despite what I wrote on the first one). So I hope to end it in style. I hope you enjoyed the series and would like to know whether you wish me to do another series next Christmastime.

This one made me think of the troops away from their families.

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Lights Of The Season, Part XIV

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2009/12/25

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Lights Of The Season, Part XIII

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2009/12/24

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Lights Of The Season, Part XII

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2009/12/23

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