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President Obama nibbles on baby’s hand during visit to Marines

President Obama, who spent part of Christmas visiting Marines stationed in Hawai’i, got a bit of a surprise as the baby he was holding reached directly for the presidential teeth. Obama, who developed a bit of a reputation for his indulgence of curious children over the last few years, nommed…

Anti-capitalist vandals do $30,000 in damage to Albany holiday display

Less than two days after police cracked down on Occupy Albany in a violent raid, apparently anti-capitalist vandals went after a holiday display in Washington Park put together by the Albany Police Athletic League and sponsored by a variety of local corporations. Graffiti on the signage read “The commons are…

Woman leaves ex’s engagement ring in Salvation Army kettle

One Salvation Army bell-ringer got a surprise this holiday season: an unknown donor left an engagement ring, wrapped in a note and a 20 dollar bill in her kettle. The note, written on a scrap of flowered paper, read: I haven’t used this in over 7 years. Hope it does…

Bah, humbug! — Scrooge (1935)

This is the 1935 British film version of Dickens’ “Christmas Carol,” and though the special effects may be a bit creaky, it’s probably richer than any other version in the atmosphere of 19th century London. I’ve also got to admit that Marley’s ghost appearing as a face on the door…

Vincent Price retells ‘The Christmas Carol’

The special effects aren’t much, but you have to admire the way the phrase “Marley was dead” rolls off Price’s tongue. This video is from the Moving Image Archive.…

Holiday music from The Year Without a Santa Claus

Snow Miser and Heat Miser strut their stuff in the 1974 stop-motion animated TV special.…

Holiday Movie: ‘Santa Claus Conquers the Martians’

There are b-movies and c-movies and then there’s this holiday confection, “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.” The title alone should tell you everything you need to know about how seriously this 1964 release takes itself. We file this one under “So bad, it’s good.” Actually, make that under “So bad,…

Retro Holiday Pleasure: ‘Your Hit Parade’ from Christmas Eve, 1955

Originally broadcast on Saturday, December 24 of 1955, this Christmas Eve edition of NBC’s “Your Hit Parade” features the top tunes of the day performed by the show’s cast and brought to you by Lucky Strike and Richard Hudnut, the makers of Quick, “the new home permanent with a ten-minute…

Brutal police raid brings Occupy Albany to an end

A violent police raid on the Occupy Albany encampment on Thursday night ended with multiple injuries and arrests. According to Crooks and Liars, the attack was the culmination of an effort by the city of Albany to oust the protesters by obtaining an eviction order from a New York Supreme…

The Story of Festivus (from ‘Seinfeld’)

And now, a “Know Your Meme” moment. If hearing your friends talking at this time of year about the annual “Airing of the Grievances” and the “Feats of Strength” leaves you confused, you should watch this video from the “Strike” episode of the sitcom “Seinfeld” which tells “The Story of…

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