Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Bloody carol singers again. Shhh! Pretend we’re not in…

As the pre-Christmas shopping days diminish and the gloomy prospect of spending time with our real-life family and friends (as opposed to our imaginary online enemies) looms large, things have been getting rather fractious here at the Daily Duck.

So in an attempt to foster a Yuletide spirit of brotherhood and good fellowship, I appeal to you all, my fellow Duckians, anti-Duckians, uber-Duckians and bomb-throwing mavericks, to join metaphorical hands and find comfort and festive cheer in a communal Christmas sing-a-long.

All together now…

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

(She gave me) Twelve bats a-mooning
Eleven maudlin croonings
(ho hum)
Ten Danes cartooning (scribble scribble)

Nine Muslims bleating (Allah Akbar!)
Eight Judds deleting (chop chop!)

Seven “Darwinism-is-trivial”s
Six Himpeldorpher’s

(Oh fi-ive feedback loops)

Four sideways caps

Three French riots

Two ad hominem attacks

....And a dollar forty seven from Google ads!


Blogger Oroborous said...

Nice! Very clever.

December 19, 2006 3:38 AM  
Blogger Peter Burnet said...

Very good, but I'm holding back on the standing ovation until I see you set this to dance.

December 19, 2006 5:42 AM  
Blogger Duck said...

Sure, Brit, lighten the mood while I have all these RAGE issues to work through! Grrrr!!!!

December 19, 2006 7:42 AM  
Blogger Brit said...

Hey, it's just sauce for my petty aggression, apparently.

December 19, 2006 7:59 AM  
Blogger Duck said...

Duck Dollar update: account receivables now total $11.52.

December 19, 2006 8:01 AM  
Blogger Brit said...

Buy $11 worth of lottery tickets and we'll split the resulting millions.

December 19, 2006 8:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very funny, Brit.

I certainly hope that nobody here at the DailyDuck thinks of me as an enemy, though I may be fractious and/or imaginary. If you do, then I have clearly missed the tone that I intended to bring to the party. I certainly think of you all as friends and, if any of you ever come to western Mass., I will fete you as you deserve.

December 19, 2006 10:07 AM  
Blogger Brit said...

Just British irony, David. We're all chums together, even grumpy old Shropshire, G-d bless him.

December 19, 2006 10:13 AM  
Blogger Duck said...

Speaking of western Massachusetts, I am planning a road trip for sometime next spring from Minneapolis to Rhode Island, stopping in Ohio to visit my sister. I wouldn't mind stopping by on the way back to visit, and may even swing through Canada to drop in on Peter. I'll post more details later.

Peter, what's your home town again? Ottawa or Toronto?

December 19, 2006 10:18 AM  
Blogger Hey Skipper said...


Keep me posted on your road trip details.

I can easily rendezvous in Ottawa (or, for that matter, Mass), given just a few weeks (and, calling on just a bit of luck, even less) advance notice.


Next time you cause me another coffee spew without advance warning, I'm sending you the bill for a new keyboard.

December 19, 2006 1:27 PM  
Blogger Susan's Husband said...

I'm not visiting with any of you lot until your weblogs have previous / next post links. It is almost as annoying to have to go back to the main page to get the next post as those CAPTCHA's the paranoid people use.

December 19, 2006 3:36 PM  
Blogger Duck said...

There's a new Blogger in the works, but I can't convert the DD to the Beta, something about too many posts. We're a victim of our own success.

December 19, 2006 5:13 PM  
Blogger Brit said...


Have you considered the advantages of reading these blogs without a large mouthful of coffee permanently held in your mouth?

December 20, 2006 1:24 AM  
Blogger Peter Burnet said...


Yes, talk about a feedback loop!

December 20, 2006 3:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brit: So by "enemy" you mean "chum?"

December 20, 2006 1:19 PM  
Blogger Peter Burnet said...


Ottawa. Love to see you. Is Skipper planning to fly the whole Duckian gang in? I gotta know soon so I can arrange the band and dancing girls at the airport.

December 21, 2006 4:53 AM  
Blogger Duck said...

I guess he will if they are ok flying in a crate. I'm just planning my own logistics, which is hard enough as it is.

I will send updates as my vacation situation develops. Is a passport needed now to drive into Canada?

December 21, 2006 7:45 AM  
Blogger Harry Eagar said...

Speaking of Christmas, there was a long and somewhat turgid thread about religious displays on public property at Christmas over at Volokh.

I offered a factoid: That in my county, where there are so few Jews that when my friend's son died he had to fly in two adult men in order to have a minyan for kaddish, there was a menorah and an inflatable dreidl in front of the county building. Nothing else.

My comment: 'Is this a great country or what?'

I now wish to withdraw that remark, because the ACLU demanded that the menorah (erected by private money) be secularized by adding a 'holiday' item, to wit, a publicly-funded tree.

December 22, 2006 9:37 AM  
Blogger Hey Skipper said...


Have you considered the advantages of reading these blogs without a large mouthful of coffee permanently held in your mouth?

Yes. But oatmeal is really difficult to scrape off.

December 23, 2006 8:49 AM  

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