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A Christmas Carol

This version with Alistair Sim is the best one ever made and is faithful to the original story by Charles Dickens.  The tale is more than just an entertaining story of one man’s redemption, it is an indictment of 19th Century industrial capitalism.  Modern corporatists have taken the lesson to heart and eschewed somberness and sobriety in favor of hedonism and  conspicuous consumption (for themselves – the poor can take an old cold tater and wait.)

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  1. I just watched this on BBCA

    I am now sure that JK Rowling got her Hagrid idea from it (she asked for Coltrane by name).

    (Edge: dkat here, edited that last little bit for the cause of peace on earth and good will towards all sentient beings!)

  2. Help! I am in moderation and I can’t get up!

  3. Cool! I’ve seen snippets of this, but never the whole thing.

    I’ll have to watch later, though – am currently introducing an almost-3-year-old to the joys of Play Dough – chief of which is mushing it all together to make a nasty brown color. Keeping a wary eye out as I type, lest it end up all over my kitchen….

  4. Thats a wonderful movie. I can relate a little to the old guy in there this year. Feelin grouchy as I see this stuff:

  5. Merry Christmas!

  6. Merry Christmas!

  7. We own this version and watch it every year.
    Merry Christmas!

  8. Just a quick “Hi” between running the dishwasher and trying to find containers for all the left overs. I don’t think the missus would like the gravy in a food storage bag.

  9. Our menu:
    mushrooms stuffed with lump crabmeat, topped with bacon and baked in cream (not kosher)
    roast beef, Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, Brussel sprouts with garlic and olive oil with black truffle, apple raspberry compote
    cheese course
    dessert of layered white cake
    the BFF is pairing the wines
    there’s a really nice single malt scotch for after.
    Everything is marinated, peeled and chopped. The table is laid with all the nice china and pointsettas and baby’s breath.

  10. This has always been my favorite version too.

  11. Everything Dickens wrote was an indictment of 19th century capitalism. He was the first muckraker.

    He’d be appalled that we’ve gone back to that hateful way of treating people 150 years later.

    Carolyn Kay

  12. OT, but dakinikat, if you are around, I’d like your take on Denninger’s latest. Some numbers were released that make no sense whatsoever, and it appears as if there is some serious undisclosed intervention going on in the Treasury markets.


    • Just went over and read that. I would say that it’s possible the HRH Elizabeth, some oil sheiks or extremely wealthy individuals (one from Mexico comes to mind) could be propping up the market at the request of treasury at the moment. There are a lot of people moving over to Treasuries and sitting out the stock market run up because it looks so contrived by the large brokers like GS. That’s a huge amount. I’d want to do some analysis to see if any markets lost that kind of money. I know that many of my wealthier friends and family got out of their money market funds and stashed stuff in treasuries last year. But that wouldn’t account for that kind of volume. It’s very curious.

    • did you read this? A lot is in a category called residuals which is like saying it was a statistical discrepancy.


      • Half a trillion is a BIG fecking “statistical discrepancy”!! It’s stuff like this that confirms my gut sense that our economy is still teetering on a precipice, no matter how much “happy talk” gets put out to the public. They are still scrambling behind the scenes.

        My biggest problem is that I don’t trust the effers to be scrambling on our behalf, on behalf of the public, the nation, the economy. I can’t say for certain that they aren’t just looting while the looting is good, before it all comes crashing down. The fact that there are likely still a few good, honest people in there gives me little comfort, because they are in a catch 22 – revealing what they know would result in the same outcome, only sooner.

        I’ve always had a jaundiced eye re: our govt and TBTB. I’ve never been a Pollyanna. But I can honestly say that I have never had the complete absence of any trust at ALL, until now. There is nothing I would put past them at this point. Nothing.

        • no, I’m still convinced the economy is really rocky despite the recovery of paper profits in Wall Street. The basics still look really bad and it’s possible we’re at an inflection point right now, but I don’t see where the upward momentum will come from at this point.

          • It sure as hell isn’t going to come from us. We pulled out of the last 2 recessions via expanding consumer credit – via credit cards, home equity loans, etc.

            No way that will work this time. Even if the banks start lending, there is no one to borrow it. The average American has hit a wall. There is no way in hell you are getting any more blood from that turnip. It’s the end of the line.

            This is my beef with the response to the crisis. I realize that one had to keep the system from crashing. That was a given. But all the subsequent efforts have been so off the mark it’s scary. It’s like they are trying to inflate another bubble, and it won’t work. There is no easy solution this time. There needed to be an isolating and writing down of bad debt, not a shuffling around of it. Losses needed to be taken – maybe in some sort of cushioned manner, but still done. Housing prices NEED TO FALL, not be propped up artificially so that no bankster takes a loss. The Wall Street swamp needed to be drained in order to be restored to health, even if that meant amputating some gangrenous limbs. Instead we got lipstick on a zombie, and decided generous spritzes of perfume would take care of that gangrene smell.

            They had a window of opportunity to do the right thing. To level with the People, tell them the truth, cushion the worst after effects via govt spending, and INVEST some of that money into things that will give us jobs and growth. Instead, all we’ve seen is lies, and futile attempts to reinflate via pouring money down the black hole of the banks’ maw. Endless pumping of the stock market, and NO attention paid to the real economy.

            The thing that scares me the most is that I know that the people involved are not stupid. They see what I see. They have to. So if they are not doing the right thing, then WHY NOT? Are they deluding themselves? Possibly. Are they just that politically craven? Likely. Or do they know that it’s “game over”, that nothing they do can stop the looming fall, and thus are grabbing the assets as fast as they can so they can get out while the getting is good? That last one is the one that keeps me up at night.

          • Is it possible that Congresspeople have had this explained to them and that is why they are ignoring everything the American people say in order to bail out the health insurance co’s? To all the balls in the air a little bit longer?

          • Bernanke comes before congress twice a year to explain things like that and he comes any times he’s called to do so … well, actually that would be any Fed Chair that does that. None of them are smart enough to ask the right questions, either that or they know what’s going on already and aren’t saying anything.

            The Fed’s balance sheet and activities are pretty much open by the end of a month and are published publicly.

          • I agree Dak, as I don’t see any major improvements.

    • It’s a house of cards, and we’re the ones holding our collective breaths.

  13. Thanks, myiq! I alternate between the Sim’s version and the George C. Scott version. Both are close to the original story. Magnificent.


  14. Alistair Sim is a wonder in that role.

    One of my presents is to be having a lazy, non-cooking Christmas Day since the two of us are going out for dinner soon at an Italian restaurant. Visions of tiramisù are already dancing through my head. Made oyster stew for dinner last night.

    Merry Christmas/Happy Boxing Day to everyone here.

    • lol- that’s what we made for dinner last night, my parents did too. Where does that little custom originate I wonder? Midwest Norwegian Lutherans?

      • Your guess is as good as mine. 🙂 I’m from Pennsylvania originally–it was very common there and everyone claimed it as traditional. Methodists (my family), Lutherans, Pennsylvania Deutsch (German-American) to my Italian-American Catholic college roommate who was adamant we’d all co-opted it from the Italians. It’s one of those simple dishes that make me feel like I’ve totally splurged.

        • Yep – my family was in Iowa Nebraska, Wyoming, but the earlier generations were pre civil war migrants from PA, WV and Methodist, and maybe Dunkers. I always thought the tradition was from my Dad’s Lutheran side, but maybe it just all melded. I feel the same way about it. Italian?!? Hmm.

          • In a fit of nerdiness I googled and looks like my roommate might have had a point about Italy. For La Vigilia di Natale (Christmas or Christmas Eve Vigil) a traditional dinner of seven different kinds of seafood, often including oysters, is eaten before midnight mass. Also those naughty ancient Romans were eating oysters for their aphrodisiac properties as long ago as the 2nd century. So maybe the custom spread from Italy across Europe to coastal areas in the North like Norway, Germany, etc. Then after the Reformation people probably kept their food traditions which tend to survive a long time.


          • LOL- I don’t know – the northerners had plenty of oysters themselves, as did the first immigrants to the new world. Remember all those oyster shells they found at Jamestown? Plus, dunking things in milk seems pretty northern.

          • Yes, I think Christmas Eve is the best meal of the year for seafood over here in Italy-LOL.

  15. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah everyone. You’ve made my year. The Confluence = Fountain of Truth.

  16. Jill Zarin of the Real Housewives tweeted that she’s opposing the health care bill, for the right reasons, apparently, and what with Bravo being THE Obot demo network, they’re not taking it so well. She keeps defending her position and telling them to read the bill.




  18. What a Grinch! Dodd scolds freshman senators (seems like he’s scolding Al Franken)…

    During his speech on Wednesday, Dodd repeatedly revisited his disappointment with the newest members of the Senate: “It is always the newest members who fail to understand how the Senate has worked for more than two centuries. We need to get back to that sense of civility once again … Even though we have had very strong disagreements, I never once in my life in this chamber ever questioned the patriotic intentions of any member … the idea you challenge another’s patriotism, honesty, their integrity, does a great disservice to this institution, in my view.”

    He later added, “Again, I regret sometimes the newer members who fail to understand the importance of maintaining that which our Founders envisioned when they created this institution.”

    Yeah, real great argument Dodd, when you come from a party that keeps calling people raycist to deflect criticism.

    • the importance of maintaining that which our Founders envisioned when they created this institution.

      Yep-pork, pork and more pork….. And don’t rock the boat by questioning any other member.

      • Maybe that is the BIG problem CHRISSIE—-maybe you should be questioning the integrity of some of your senate colleagues. Heck maybe they should be questioning your integrity!

  19. Danikat, I agree with you that there are some very wealthy entities, such as the Saudis, propping up the market, and it will continue until the mid-term elections, and then all hell will break!

  20. Obama would have been included as one of the new members last year if he’d worked but he learned quickly what’s what and how to get the corporate money in your pocket.

  21. Actually, the Alistair Sim version changed the time-travel rules somewhat. Scrooge doesn’t just visit “Christmas past;” he goes to the non-Christmas past as well. There’s a lot of material about the rise of the industrial revolution that was not in Dickens. Pretty interesting stuff, but don’t presume that Dickens wrote it.

    It’s a good movie in many ways, but not, I think, a great one. There’s something off about the pacing. Certainly, the “Christmas future” scene where the scavengers go after Scrooge’s effects goes on and on WAY too long. It stops the movie as dead as…well, a doornail. Or as Marley.

    Sim is magnificent, of course.

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