Watch: The Star Wars Christmas Special Everyone Really Wanted

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This is awesome! Enjoy.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP


The good folks at gamervision cut this together:

"It's Christmas time, and while today that means people grinching about whether or not you should say 'Happy Holidays' instead of 'Merry Christmas,' there was a time when the biggest issue people had was which televised Christmas special they were going to watch. We've all seen the one with Rudolph and that one with the Heat Miser, and I'm sure the amount of hours spent watching the adventures of Frosty the Snowman would be shameful. Though those were all enjoyable when we were kids, we haven't had a real grown-up Christmas special in a long time. That's where this video comes in."


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Send us your old (or new) Christmas photos for the blog

Hannukah works too. Just send us a great photo of your holidays, and we’ll post it in the box in the upper right corner of the blog. If you’re photo-savvy, send a jpg or gif that’s at most 500px wide. I can resize them (so send them anyway if you don’t know how to shrink them down), but it’s easier if you do.

So send your Christmas (and Hannukah, and/or “holiday”) photos to:
photos AT americablog DOT com
And it goes without saying, feel free to add some context to the photo, explaining the circumstances, the time, a funny story (or a sad one), and old photos are always welcome too.

NOTE: By sending us your photos you are granting us permission to publish them on the blog, and you are attesting to the fact that you have rights to the photos. Please only send us YOUR photos. Thanks, JOHN




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Christmas, hot guys and a safe sex message

It’s not often you can combine high-quality production values with a PSA about safe sex. Even rarer that the song that goes along with it has seasonal significance. Unheard of that the lyrics are laugh-out-loud hysterical. And a cherry-on-top delight that the boys are smokin’! Here, then, a Japanese video. Listen carefully. And enjoy over and over.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

On the third day of Christmas, my obsessive straight adversary gave to me…

For the third time in three months, Peter LaBarbera of the SPLC-designated hate group Americans For Truth has used this writer and his husband as a stand-in for gay “perversion.” And again, he’s done so in a post that has nothing to do with anything I’ve actually said or written or provoked in any way — it’s just because Andrew and I exist that we get to see a screen grab from our wedding publicly defaced:

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[Find the link yourself -- not giving this person any more undeserved credence or traffic]

And he wasn’t even nice enough to send a gift receipt for this thoroughly thoughtless present. Bad form, Petey.

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*The earlier ones: Elsewhere on this Sat. night, a grown man is doing this to a gay couple’s wedding photo [G-A-Y]

Dammit Pete, I told you to let me send you a hi-res photo before your next attack… [G-A-Y]

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*Here Pete, for next time: Some hi res shots:

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*Or if you want to go after us, some of our guests, and Jewish wedding customs, then you can use this:

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Have fun, big guy.




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Christmas With Doctor Who

Beyond silly.

Joe. My. God.

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Wendy Walsh: Seth’s mother says stop the bullying now

I have two sons. I like to say I inherited them when their mother and I began our relationship.

They make me crazy sometimes, like when I have to tell them 12 times to pick up their dirty socks off the floor, or not to leave their empty water bottles or candy wrappers on the couch.

They make me crazy sometimes. But I love them more than life — all the time. Even when they make me crazy.

In one week and one day, I will get to celebrate my 10th Christmas with my sons. I am willing to bet I am looking forward to Christmas morning as much as — maybe even more than — they are. The looks on their faces when they see the gifts from Santa, when they open those brightly-wrapped packages under the tree — that joy is worth all the crazy times. It’s worth the world.

In one week and one day I get to celebrate Christmas morning with my sons. Wendy Walsh will never have that chance again. Her son, Seth, was one of the several LGBT teens who committed suicide this fall after facing years of bullying. I can’t even begin to imagine what she must be feeling right now. I think I might just close myself off in my house and never want to see anyone else again.

But Wendy Walsh isn’t doing that. She is putting her grief and her pain and, yes, her anger to work, joining with the ACLU to call on all schools everywhere to protect all children from the kind of bullying and harassment that left her son feeling he had no way of escape except dying, and to call on the federal government to enact legislation to fight bullying.

And while the rest of us can never truly understand the depth of Wendy Walsh’s grief, her loss, we need to all understand that Seth Walsh was our son, too, that Wendy Walsh’s loss was our loss, and that her grief should be our grief. And we should all fight just as hard and she is to make sure that no other children, anywhere, ever feel such despair that suicide seems their only option.

If we don’t do something to save our children, who will?

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Query • 12.17.10

What’s your preferred holiday greeting and why?

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John Kroll — “I respond however I’m greeted. ‘Merry Christmas’ gets ‘Merry Christmas;’ ‘Happy Hanukah’ gets ‘Happy Hanukah,’ and so on.”

Terry Don — “A hug. No matter the greeting it gets a hug.”

Tomi Kuczynski — “My preferred is ‘Merry Christmas’ because it is what I grew up with and has many memories attached to it. But I also believe in respecting others’ cultures and beliefs by greeting with happy holidays when with an acquaintance or client.”

Courtney Davis — “I say ‘Happy Holidays’ out of respect for someone’s culture and religion. The nasty right wing gets so upset over this. Really?”

Jason A. Walker — “Depends on what holiday it is and what the cultural/religious tradition of the person I’m speaking to is. If I don’t know the person to whom I’m speaking I generally go with ‘hello.’”
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Have a suggestion for a question you’d like us to ask?
E-mail it to nash@dallasvoice.com
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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 17, 2010.

—  Kevin Thomas

Mmmmm … Meatfest … Dallas Voice full

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Happy Meatfest!

Meatfest is an annual event that takes place at Texas Land & Cattle and is celebrated by everyone at 4145 Travis St., the building that’s home to Dallas Voice.

Our company and the others in the building are lucky because we have the best landlord. The building is owned by … well, we call the landlord Robin Masters, the never-seen owner of the mansion in Honolulu where Magnum P.I. lived. The building is managed by Nancy Blackmoor. We’ve never seen the “landlord,” but Nancy keeps an office in the building. And just as Higgins turned out to be Robin Masters — maybe — we think Nancy is our real landlord (or landlady).

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Nancy always takes care of us. Everything in the building is well maintained. The parking lots are kept secure and the grounds are always well-kept.

And for Christmas, Robin, I mean Nancy, takes everyone out for Meatfest. We ate for more than two hours.

Let me recommend the Jack Daniels Pie with an extra shot of Jack Daniels — and expect my best writing in this week’s Dallas Voice, because after two hours of eating topped off with Jack Daniels Pie (with an extra shot) I’m just sitting down to put everything together right now.

—  David Taffet

A new take on an old holiday classic: Anita Mann’s version of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’

It’s the holiday season, and so today I thought I’d share this video that I found on Mark S. King’s blog, “My Fabulous Disease.”

King is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, not to mention an AIDS activist since the early days of the epidemic, and this video features his alter ego, Anita Mann, reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas” as part of a fundraiser for LGBT people recovering from addiction. As read by Anita, it’s the same old Christmas story we’ve all heard a million times, but her, uh, interpretation can make you see it in a whole new light.

And when you’re done watching the video, go on over to King’s blog and explore. Be sure to read his biographical information, and then read some of his posts, which are all about keeping a stubbornly positive attitude and always looking for the lighter side of life. It might give you a new outlook on life in general, not to mention the holiday season.

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WATCH: Jewish boy saves Christmas for kids impacted by HIV/AIDS in Fort Worth

This story must be the antithesis to First Baptist Church of Dallas’ “Grinch alert” website .

Carter Haber, a 12-year-old Jewish boy from Aledo, saved Christmas for more than 50 children whose families are clients of Samaritan House, which provides housing for low-income people with HIV/AIDS in Tarrant County.

Carter raised $5,000 for the gifts as a service project for his bar mitzvah after the Samaritan House lost a corporate sponsor, according to CBS 11:

And the fact a Jewish rite of passage provides Christmas to children?  “I don’t think it matters,” Haber said. “A good deed is a good deed any day, any time, anywhere.”

Now Carter wants to continue raising money to help Samaritan House clients pay their rent. To contribute, e-mail carter@fdtrainingssystems.com.

—  John Wright