Dear Readers: This will probably be the last post of the week, as I will be focused on Halloween activities for the next several days. I wanted to share with everyone a little Halloween spirit, by having the Young Prince show you the pumpkins we carved yesterday:
People have been making jack o’lanterns at Halloween for centuries. The practice originated from an Irish myth about a man nicknamed “Stingy Jack.” According to the story, Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him. True to his name, Stingy Jack didn’t want to pay for his drink, so he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin that Jack could use to buy their drinks. Once the Devil did so, Jack decided to keep the money and put it into his pocket next to a silver cross, which prevented the Devil from changing back into his original form. Jack eventually freed the Devil, under the condition that he would not bother Jack for one year and that, should Jack die, he would not claim his soul. The next year, Jack again tricked the Devil into climbing into a tree to pick a piece of fruit. While he was up in the tree, Jack carved a sign of the cross into the tree’s bark so that the Devil could not come down until the Devil promised Jack not to bother him for ten more years.
Soon after, Jack died. As the legend goes, God would not allow such an unsavory figure into heaven. The Devil, upset by the trick Jack had played on him and keeping his word not to claim his soul, would not allow Jack into hell. He sent Jack off into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the Earth with ever since. The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as Jack of the Lantern,” and then, simply “Jack O’Lantern.”
My blogging patroness, the Anchoress, as a few thoughts on Halloween, with which I thoroughly agree (even though I must live vicariously through my more northern friends, living in Southern California as I do): the biting air, the crunchy leaves beneath my feet, the pumpkins and the sense of harvest and closing, of bursting into autumn until you cannot be autumn anymore, and must slide into winter.
A news round-up today, that focuses on the elite media:
Bernard Goldberg questions the enthusiasm of the network TV stations when retaliated against White House efforts to isolate Fox News during use of the news pool:
The more I think about it, the more I believe the Chicago mob is looking more and more like the gang that couldn’t shoot straight. But not simply for overplaying their hand against FOX. The mistake Emanuel, Axelrod and company made, I believe, was merely tactical. They offered the “pay czar” interview to the pool – and the pool had no choice but to do what it did. Members of the pool have to stick together. Those are the rules.
But consider this: What if the White House had offered up the “pay czar” to each of the networks individually – and not as members of the pool. What if the Obama administration had asked NBC News if it wanted the inerview, then CBS, then ABC and CNN – seperately. Do we really think any of them would have said, “Are you offering the interview to FOX? If FOX is excluded, we won’t do the interview either.” Two words on that: NO WAY!
Our compatriot site, the Tea Well, is running a “counter-poll” to demonstrate the public’s skepticism over the accuracy or honesty of any poll generated by the government-run NPR: Click HERE to take the poll.
The AP is massaging headlines, to make the jobless claim numbers less hideous for the Obama Administration. (MUT Note: Professor Athena has promised us a pithy essay on the real meaning of the 3rd quarter rise in GDP by 3.5%).
Voting Female Speaks has this story: Valerie Jarrett Get’s Punked on CNN for attacking FOX News.
Finally, the ultimate in media horror: CBS anchor-nitwit Katie Couric has an opinion she deems worth sharing with us little people (via Gateway Pundit): Couric Advises GOP: Stay Away From Fringe Players Like Palin & Rush (Video).