Best wishes to everyone celebrating Christmas.

I am in Chicago with the family for Christmas with my 89-year-old mother Angela.

75706_415843048470592_965859015_nThis is my childhood church where I have literally spent every Christmas of my life. It is a gorgeous church and I love the fact that it is now part of the tradition of my four children.

Last night, I made our traditional Cioppino soup — a tradition started by my late father, Jack Turley. I hated the soup as a kid so fate has left this tradition to me. I am now as addicted to the soup as my father was.

I cook the beef as well as the Yorkshire pudding, horseradish. and other traditional dishes for the dinner.  We will have the entire family clan over to the house. A total of 33 (including the two new babies).

Despite the latest loss of the Bears, we are all in good cheer and it is wonderful to be home in Chicago.

The Turley family wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday. I will be toasting our blog family tonight and give thanks for the wonderful community we have created at this site.

Best wishes,

Jonathan Turley

31 thoughts on “MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!”

  1. Merry Christmas!

    Chief was bragging to the Ensign one day. You know, I know everyone there is to know. Just name Someone, Anyone and I know them.

    Tired of his boasting, the Ensign called his bluff, Okay, Chief, how about Tom Cruise.

    Sure, yes, Tom and I are old friends and I can prove it.
    So they fly out to Hollywood and knock on Tom Cruise’s door and sure enough, Tom Cruise, shouts, Chief ! Great to see You! You and your friend come right in and join me for lunch!

    Although impressed, the Ensign is still skeptical. After they leave Cruise’s house, he tells the Chief that he thinks his knowing Cruise was just lucky. No, no, just name anyone else, the Chief says. President Bush, the Ensign quickly retorts.

    Yep I know him, let’s fly out to Washington. So, off they go. At the White House, Bush spots them on the tour and motions them over, saying, Chief, what a surprise. I was just on my way to a meeting, but you and that Ensign come on in and let’s catch up.

    Well, the Ensign is very shaken by now, but still not totally convinced.

    After they leave the White House grounds, he expresses his doubts to the Chief, who again implores him to name anyone else.

    The new Pope, the Ensign replies. Sure, I’ve known the Pope a long time. So, off they fly to Rome. They’re assembled with the masses in Vatican Square when the Chief says, this will never work. I can’t catch the Pope’s eye among all these people. Tell you what, I know all the guards, so let me just go upstairs and I’ll come out on the balcony with the Pope. He disappears into the crowd headed toward St. Peter’s. Sure enough, half an hour later, the Chief emerges with the Pope on the balcony.

    But by the time he returns, he finds that the Ensign has had a heart attack and is surrounded by paramedics.

    Working his way to his side, the Chief asks the Ensign, What Happened to him.

    The Ensign looks up and says, I was doing fine until you and The Pope came out on the balcony and the tourist next to me asked, Who’s that on the balcony next to the Chief.

  2. Merry Christmas, Professor. I hope your family Christmas is the happiest of days. Thank you for this wonderful blog. I enjoy it very much. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all.

  3. Merry Christmas to all the Rabbis in Israel who don’t want us to have Christmas trees. To everyone else, Happy Holidays.

  4. At my church they spell it Mary Christmas. As in Joseph and Mary. Then along came Jesus. In some neighborhoods his name is pronounced Hey Zeus. So to all of you on this morning I say:
    Mary Christmas! Hey Zeus, full of juice, don’t let your meatloaf, and its fried chicken daddy, not Shake N Bake.

  5. New babies are always a blessed addition, particularly at Christmas. JT’s intellect and integrity brought me to this blog. But, his being a great family man is his most impressive quality, IMHO.

    Merry Christmas to all here. Even though this has been a nasty election season, it has been the least acrimonious year since I arrived 5 or so years ago.

  6. Thanks to professor Turley for sharing all of his hiking adventures and providing a great and civil arena to discuss some provocative and crucial ideas.
    Greatest civics class ever!

    Thanks to all of the commentators for providing so many perspectives on each topic.

    An honest politician, a kind lawyer and Santa Claus were talking when they all noticed a $5 bill on the floor. Who picked it up?

  7. Happy Hanukkah & Merry Christmas. On the same day, something most friends can’t remember before.

  8. Merry Christmas and a happy New year, to you and your family! Looking forward to seeing your take on what the coming months will bring.

  9. Wishing you a blessed Christmas. I look forward to learning more 2017 commentaries and your take on news; your insightful posts continue to be a continuing education with humor, pathos and interesting responses.

  10. But my NY Giants are in. Merry Christmas to all especially those politically correct dummies.

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