Archive | December 2013

“The internet mystery that has the world baffled”

“The internet mystery that has the world baffled”

Excerpt:

“For the past two years, a mysterious online organisation has been setting the world’s finest code-breakers a series of seemingly unsolveable problems. But to what end? Welcome to the world of Cicada 3301  ”

Cicada 3301

Is it Anonymous? The CIA? The NSA? Hackers? I have no idea of the legitimacy of the code-makers…judge for yourself: the cyber-jury is still out!

ZAZZLE SALE: UP TO 60% OFF ALL PRODUCTS! It’s the Zazzle After Christmas Sale! Ends Tomorrow! Click for Code

UP TO 60% OFF ALL PRODUCTS!  It’s the Zazzle After Christmas Sale!   Ends Tomorrow!  Click for Code

¡Feliz Navidad, Pancho Claus!

Ever heard of “Pancho Claus”?

Pancho Claus: A Tex-Mex Santa from the South Pole

Excerpt:

 

“HOUSTON (AP) — He usually has black hair and a black beard, sometimes just a mustache. Like Santa, he wears a hat — though often it’s a sombrero. He dons a serape or a poncho and, in one case, a red and black zoot suit. And he makes his grand entrance on lowriders or Harleys or led by a pack of burros instead of eight reindeer.

Meet Pancho Claus, the Tex-Mex Santa.

Amid all the talk about Santa Claus’ race, spawned by a Fox News commentator’s remarks that both Santa and Jesus were white, there is, in the Lone Star State, a Hispanic version of Santa in cities from the border to the plains — handing out gifts for low-income and at-risk children.

Born from the Chicano civil rights movement, Pancho Claus is a mostly Texas thing, historians say, though there may be one somewhere in California. Lorenzo Cano, a Mexican-American studies scholar at the University of Houston, says Pancho was apparently conceived north of the border as Mexican-Americans looked to “build a place and a space for themselves” in the 1970s. His rise coincided with a growing interest in Mexican art, Cinco de Mayo, Mexican Independence Day and other cultural events.

Now, Pancho is an adored Christmas fixture in many Texas cities.”

 
Photo By HELEN L. MONTOYA/E-N/File
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Rudy Martinez, aka Pancho Claus, poses with Tamales

Photo By Nick de la Torre/CHRONICLE 32 of 37 Robert Smith, standing in Brown Plaza in Del Rio, may be the only non-Hispanic Pancho Claus in the state. He says tourists from the U.S. and Mexico like to pose with him.

 

 

Photo By Betsy Blaney/AP 33 of 37 In this Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, photo, Julian Perez stands in his Pancho Claus suit in Lubbock, Texas. The retired 71-year-old has donned the Pancho Claus suit for 30 years to hand out gifts for low-income and at-risk children.

Photo By Eric Gay/AP 34 of 37 In this Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, photo, Pancho Claus, Rudy Martinez, right, walks through the halls of Knowlton Elementary School as he visits students, in San Antonio. Pancho Claus, a Tex-Mex Santa borne from the Chicano civil rights movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s, is now an adored Christmas fixture in many Texas cities.

¡Feliz Navidad, ya’ll!

Last Minute Gift Idea – Zazzle Gift Cards!

Actually, I think Zazzle Gift Cards are a great idea…I know people sometimes dislike gift cards, but I do love them! Givers don’t always know what recipients like, but Zazzle is the kind of online marketplace that has something for everybody…

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

http://www.zazzle.com/pd/giftcertificates

“Stores, Restaurants Open On Christmas Eve, Christmas Day 2013 For Last-Minute Holiday Shopping And Dining [LIST]”

Stores, Restaurants Open On Christmas Eve, Christmas Day 2013 For Last-Minute Holiday Shopping And Dining [LIST]

 

Restaurant Chains Open for Christmas 2013

NEW! “Rainbows Are Forever”

The phrase comes from an old shirt I still own –

1982 called, and it wants this shirt back!

Rainbows Are Forever Tshirt
Rainbows Are Forever Tshirt by CousinBelles
Check out more Rainbow T-Shirts at Zazzle

NEW! “Flailing Octopus” Design

Uh, wha?

I know; weird name and weirder design, but here it in on a protective phone case – sweet, yet scary!



NEW! “Apple Polisher” Design

If you’re the teacher’s pet and you know it…



"Apple Polisher" Canvas Bags

“Churches using GPS to keep track of Baby Jesus”

Remember my post last year about Lordnapping? Well, a GPS device embedded within our Lord shall track the sinful thief…I spy with my little eye, a guy who’s going to jail for Jesus…

Churches using GPS to keep track of Baby Jesus

Read more: http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/24277120/churches-using-gps-to-keep-track-of-baby-jesus#ixzz2oD5wtNcS

The Most Viewed Shirt In “Cousin Belle’s” Zazzle Store

I’m not sure why this is the most viewed item in my Zazzle store, but it just is…

Design your own custom t shirts at zazzle.com

Why I Stand With Phil Robertson

Hello dear readers,

Just a posting to let you know that I stand with Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson – and a brief explanation of why.

My bottom line is this: I don’t care, or want to know about, people’s sexuality. Which means, I don’t care if someone is gay or straight. I have plenty of other things to worry about in life other than what people said about homosexuality…that’s not about me, anyway. Yes, I know what the Bible says about it, but as a Christian, I find it entirely invasive to ask or talk to people about their sexuality, and I won’t answer questions about mine.

You may be a different flavor of Christian than I am. You won’t get an argument outta me for that reason alone. Even if you’re not a Christian, think how you’d like.

The show “Duck Dynasty” is realllllly funny, IMHO, so I’d watch it regardless of the family’s religious beliefs.

There’s a hugely supportive Facebook page that someone started:

Boycott A&E Until Phil Robertson Is Put Back On Duck Dynasty

1,389,385 likes
The A&E channel who produces the “Duck Dynasty” show is allowed to suspend anyone they want, but they’ve got to deal with the backlash. The Robertson family, if it wanted, could totally produce their own show – say whatever they want, do whatever they want – and still have a gazillion viewers. A&E isn’t needed at this point.
So…my support is for free speech. Phil Robertson did nothing illegal, and he’s entitled to his own opinion.
Talk on!
Cousin Belle