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“Peace on Earth” Classic MGM Christmas Cartoon

Peace On Earth. Classic Christmas cartoon. MGM 1939. Anti-war.

Here is my early Christmas gift to all of my friends and visitors to this blog. I hope you take the 8 1/2 minutes to watch this extraordinary classic cartoon. It is distinguished as being the only cartoon to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. I would describe this as a post-apocalyptic, dystopian-yet-utopian tale that presents the true meaning of the peace associated with the Christmas story in a manner that makes it still as relevant today as it was when it was first released, back in 1939. Think of it as an extended meditation on the twin themes of the “peaceable kingdom” and “turning swords into plowshares” that figure so prominently in the Book of Isaiah; two themes which serve as a backdrop to the story of the first Christmas found in the Gospels of Mathhew and Luke. What is ironic and sad is that this cartoon’s powerful anti-war message was largely forgotten or ignored just two years later when the USA entered the throes of WWII.

I post this now as we enter into this year’s Christmas season in hope that perhaps the message of this cartoon may engender in some people a reconsideration of the subversive but much needed message of Christmas: of the power of non-violent love that was incarnated in the coming of the Christ child some 2000 years ago. As we reflect on the sorrow, injustice and violence that plague our world right now, it should be clear that we need this cartoon’s simple message of peace and hope even more today.

I would love to have you post your reactions and thoughts here once you enjoy this heartwarming cartoon and ruminate over its message. And you are certainly encouraged to share or re-post this!

Merry Christmas and “Peace to All People of Good Will!!!”

Tom

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December 23, 2013 · 7:27 am

The Absolutely Most Hilarious Product Reviews You Will Ever Read!!!

Ran across this on Facebook just had to share it! On Amazon, you can buy a sugar-free version of Gummy Bears by a company named Haribo. Now I, for one, will never consume any product that basically falls under the category of “getting something for nothing.” I’m suspicious, therefore, of things like diet soda, sugarless candy, or any product that uses “artificial sweeteners” of any sort bearing a promise of offering health benefits. (Now my mistrust of such products are born out by science, as I am sure that most of my readers will know. But if you aren’t familiar with the research, just read, for instance, this article from Science News on the pitfalls of drinking diet soda to lose weight: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/diet-sodas-may-confuse-brains-calorie-counter.) This is merely one of many such damning studies surrounding sugar substitutes going way back to the days when saccharine was all the rage in the late 60s and early 70s until studies showed the health threat it posed.)

Anyway, I digress… The “star of the show” for this product on Amazon is not really the sugar-free gummy bears but rather the long string of entertaining comments posted as reviews for this product.

Here below is a screen shot containing just one example of the many gloriously funny read awaiting you: (CAUTION: You may not want to read this while sipping soda or milk, at least if don’t want a sullied computer screen! Also, I bear no responsibility for the sometimes colorful language and imagery employed by some of these writers!)

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Here is a direct link to the Amazon page in question where you will find that there are a lot more comments like these guaranteed to bring a smile to your face: http://www.amazon.com/Haribo-Gummy-Candy-Sugarless-5-Pound/dp/B000EVQWKC

Hope you have a fun read!

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