Christmas Eve, 2012: Peace



2012 has been an intensely stressful year, from the exponentially-increasing insanity of the Republicans during the Presidential campaign, to the escalation of mass shootings by madmen. It is a year that will forever be marked by the gut-wrenching horror of the slaughter of the children in Newtown, Connecticut. All civilized humans around the world mourn the loss of those bright young lives, as well as the loss of their teachers, those heroines of the classrooms. And all of us share at least a part of the overwhelming grief of the families of those lost.

Here at The Zoo as well, many of our own community have suffered the loss of a loved one this year. Sadly, our number has now increased with Zooey’s loss of her father.

I hope that each of us, Critters, Zoosters, and all who have been touched by sorrow this year, finds some measure of Peace this Christmas; whether in the company of relatives and loved ones, or in the sympathy and great affection of our extended family.

81 thoughts on “Christmas Eve, 2012: Peace

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  2. Sen. Michael Crapo arrested on DUI in Virginia

    Sen. Michael Crapo, R.-Idaho, was arrested in Virginia early Sunday morning and charged with driving under the influence, Alexandria police say.

    Police spokesman Craig T. Fifer said an officer was on routine patrol when he saw Sen. Crapo’s vehicle run a red light. It was stopped at Hume Avenue and Mount Vernon at 12:45 a.m.

    Crapo then underwent several field sobriety tests, which he failed, Fifer said in a statement. He was then taken into custody without incident.

  3. Nice post, Jane. We all could use some peace. It has been a stressful year, one that has stirred up many emotions. Let us all take a deep breath and let it out slowly. Congress went home for Christmas and we can take a break.

  4. A gunman shot and killed at least two firefighters responding to a house fire at a Rochester suburb early Monday.

    Two other firefighters were in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital with gunshot wounds, according to a hospital spokeswoman, The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported.

    The gunman was still at large at mid-morning. Fire Marshal Rob Boutillier said the blaze was allowed to spread to two other houses until the area is secured.

    WHEC-TV reported that by mid-morning firefighters were attacking the blaze, which had spread to three homes and a vehicle.

    yep…..we need more guns in the hands of the insane

    • You have to be f**king kidding me….

      Obviously they didn’t lay down enough covering fire before they approached with the hoses….

      Those poor families…

    • That’s not an article you’d like to see – especially when your son in so near graduation from the academy!

      (what the hell is wrong with people? — guns, guns and more effen guns)

      • How did Wayne LaPierre put it? Something like, “It takes a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun”?? My thesis remains, instead: what if there were NO GUNS available to ANYONE, bad guy, good guy, whatever?

        Ah, yes, the Russians or Chinese, or maybe the Muslims, would invade and take over. Or someone equally bad (outer space aliens maybe?) would attack/invade and take over.


        Guns. Guns are the enemy; guns are BAD NEWS, no matter how or where they’re used. They are, in virtually every context, useless for anything other than killing. KILLING, make that.

        Is that what “we” are about? Killing something?

        Well, ok, yes, I guess we are, seems that way indeed, sadly; no argument.

        Can we — are we WILLING — to change?


        I’ll leave it there, mainly because where else is there to go?

  5. Jane,

    I hope that each of us, Critters, Zoosters, and all who have been touched by sorrow this year, finds some measure of Peace this Christmas; whether in the company of relatives and loved ones, or in the sympathy and great affection of our extended family.

    Beautifully stated. Thank you.

  6. Just checked in and read the sad news. So sorry to hear this, Zooey. Hugs and well wishes to you, dear friend. Please take care of yourself.

    Peace to everyone here and especially those of us who have to include such sad memories in a holiday season.

  7. It has been a tough year for so many and especially in Newtown.
    From our family to yours….We hope everyone here finds peace and warmth over the Holidays.

  8. The holiday season has, for many years, been something I just endure and then put behind me. This one has been better than many in recent memory. Some friends and I are also resurrecting our tradition of celebrating the New Year with prime rib and home brewed beer. That will be a good day.

  9. The only way to ensure better regulation of ineligible gun owners is to increase scrutiny on legitimate gun sales. Unfortunately, one of the two political parties in this country throws a full-blown tantrum at the mere mention of increased scrutiny of gun sales to anyone under any circumstances. And that’s why the discussion always devolves to banning types of firearms rather than types of firearm owners. The only response that should be offered to the NRA freaks is: “We’ve tried your way. It failed miserably. It’s your fault and we are no longer going to seek your input because it’s been proven wrong”. Period!

  10. WTF? The Reichwhiners want to deport Piers Morgan for exercising his rights under the 1st Amendment. Why? For “attacking” the 2nd Amendment. Of course, a sane person would realize that he wasn’t “attacking” the 2nd amendment. He was calling out one of the guys who has made it impossible to even discuss our gun problem; to the ruin of many. Keep in mind that it’s the gun lobby that has prevented the establishment of a national database of those ineligible to possess firearms combined with making all firearm sales subject to federal licensing.

    • What, I wonder, would the petition originator/signers want to do with me? I support TOTAL gun control. And I was born here, in this “country”.

      Hmmm. I suppose some would maybe want to shoot me? Well, yes, that would shut me up, quite possibly. How did Dubsy put it? “Bring ‘em on”, something like that?

      I’m here, buttcakes. All y’all dumbass gun toters. Care to stop by? Coffee maybe? Tea? Name your poison (sotospeak).

      Where in hell did all these IDIOTS come from? Why so many of them? Gotta wonder. Proof of evolution, I’m thinking … humans evolved from the offspring of pasture bulls who mated with monkeys? Wow. Texas explained! Yee haw! Etc.

      • I would propose a very simple test, for prospective assault rifle owners, consisting of these questions.

        1. Do you want an assault rifle?
        2. Are you a member of a police or military organization that would require you to own an assault rifle?

        If the answer to the first is “yes” and/or the answer to the second is “no” then I would direct said applicant to the nearest military recruiter. I would not, under any circumstances, accept “I want one” as a valid reason for ownership.

    • Well Piers Morgan is a twat (I ead a lot of Guardian comments – he’s never been that popular back home – the comments are funny) – but he is right on this.

      The neanderthals who signed that petition are the same ones who are happy to allow people on the terrorist watch list (not my endorsement for the list you understand) to have M4s etc… and Piers Morgan should shut up?

      • I’ve never been a fan of Mr. Morgan but he nailed this one. “You really are an unbelievably stupid man”, delivered in the style of John Cleese, was the perfect response and one of the all time highlights of TV “journalism”.

  11. I’ve come to the conclusion that those who say we can’t discuss gun control after a tragedy are in fact politicizing it since their agenda is to forbid us to ever talk about gun control.

    Also, given how fast we move from one tragedy to the next, when can we ever talk about it?

  12. Peace to all of you. We mostly survive the sorrow in the world because the good stuff in life is so very, very good. Y’all are some of the good stuff.

  13. Wishing all the Zoosters a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season.
    May we count our blessings, be it family or friends, or mayhaps both.
    The New Year will bring many opportunities to spread love, peace and service to our fellow beings.

    And, to America, I wish you a well regulated militia.

  14. Taking pleasure in small things this Christmas – my three minor turtles, 13 1/2, 11 and 6 all holed up in the Big Girl’s bedroom on their 5th consecutive sleepover in her room – staying up until 11pm, reading and yucking it up – it’s almost like they like each other …. they’ll be remembering these nights together for many years…. makes me smile.

    Skyping my dad in a few minutes in the UK.

  15. To all on the Zoo, Merry Christmas for tomorrow – may what the man himself seem to wish for all of us come to pass – “Peace on earth and goodwill to all men”

  16. Jack Klugman has slipped this mortal coil. I ran into him at LAX in 1973 or 1974. I said, “I really enjoy your work, Mr. Klugman” and he gave me a very warm smile, a hearty handshake, and said “that’s why I do what I do”. If James Mason, yes the James Mason, had not recommended a watch (which I still wear) when I ran into him in Bern, Switzerland, ol’ Jack would have been my favorite celebrity.

    I must be getting old because now the only living celebrity I’ve met face to face is Jesse Ventura and he was kinda a dick.

  17. I got an unexpected Christmas present. I stopped by my local liquor store for a bottle of Christmas cheer and had achieved enough points for a $5.00 discount. Well? The owner said “no charge” when I went to pay so I took back the 12-pack of beer and opted for the peppermint schnapps. Christmas Eve isn’t too bad when I have free booze!


  18. Fifty years ago, my mom was about half drunk, trying to assemble this tri-level parking garage thing for little Matchbox cars. She ended up getting instructions by phone from her brother, and by the time I awoke on Christmas morning, all the pieces had managed to fit together properly.

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