It may be a little early to celebrate, but country stars have taken to Twitter to mock the Mayan calendar after waking up in one piece on Friday morning. December 21 (12/21/12) is the day the calendar ends, but it’s not clear if the apocalypse is supposed to take place at daybreak, lunchtime, sunset or after the stock market closes. Is it possible the Mayans wanted to shore up their portfolio before the death and destruction begins?
Brad Paisley, RaeLynn and Thompson Square were celebrating on Friday morning after pinching themselves to be sure they were alive. Charlie Daniels had some advice for those who still anticipate a world with no tomorrow, and Natalie Maines says the actual Mayan end won’t be until next May, although her prediction seems suspiciously tied to another big event.
Twas the month before Christmas
When all through our land, Not a Christian was praying
Nor taking a stand.Why the PC Police had taken away
The reason for Christmas – no one could say.
The children were told by their schools not to sing
About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.
It might hurt people’s feelings, the teachers would say
December 25th is just a ‘ Holiday ‘.
Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit
Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!
CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-Pod
Something was changing, something quite odd!
Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa
In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.
As Targets were hanging their trees upside down
At Lowe’s the word Christmas – was no where to be found.
At K-Mart and Staples and Penny’s and Sears
You won’t hear the word Christmas; it won’t touch your ears. Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-is-ty
Are words that were used to intimidate me.
Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen
On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton !
At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter
To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.
And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith
Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace
The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded
The reason for the season, stopped before it started.
So as you celebrate ‘Winter Break’ under your ‘Dream Tree’
Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.
Choose your words carefully, choose what you say
Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS, not Happy Holiday!
Please, all Christians join together and wish everyone you meet
Kathmandu – Nepalese officials said on Wednesday a lovesick elephant which has trampled several people to death was captured a month ago – but set free to kill again.
Park rangers told AFP the male tusker, named Dhrube by locals, is targeting humans on a killing spree in southern Nepal after being kept from potential mates, including a female called Chanchalkali.
“It has killed another male elephant and was upset after it was denied the chance to mate with Chanchalkali,” Chitwan National Park ranger Bishnu Thapaliya told AFP.
The elephant is suspected of killing at least nine people inside the park over four years, Thapaliya said, and up to six who have been trampled after it was captured and then released a month ago.
Rangers removed its tusks after it was suspected of killing two people in separate incidents in mid-November – but they then attached a tracking device and set it free.
“We were monitoring but could not locate it. But when we downloaded the data and analysed it, we were shocked because it had wandered into places where people had been killed,” Thapaliya said.
“It had walked over 150km away from the park. It had even gone to India. In Bara district, two people were killed by an elephant on 26 November, which we assumed was by another elephant. But it turned out that Dhrube was there during that period.
“Similarly, two Indians were killed by an elephant on the India border on 28 November and again the data suggested that it was there too.”
The Nepalese army launched a shoot-to-kill hunt after the animal dragged a couple in their 60s out of their hut and trampled them on Saturday. But 55 soldiers and park staff have been unable to track it down despite its tag.