Video: Jackie Evancho Sings Silent Night

I usually find child singers annoying – not this one. Jackie Evancho‘s voice is ridiculously mature and simply amazing for her age :

She’s a natural.

Evancho was born to Lisa (née Brand) and Michael Evancho, who married in 1997.[2] Her father operated a video security business until Evancho’s singing and recording career required her parents’ full-time attention.[3] She has an older brother Jacob,[4] a younger brother Zachary, and a younger sister Rachel.[3] She was raised Catholic, attended Eden Hall Upper Elementary School,[5] and resides in Richland Township, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her family and numerous pets, including dogs, cats, ducks, frogs, guinea pigs and others.[6][7][8] In addition to singing, Evancho plays the violin and piano and sews.[3]

Although Evancho’s parents thought she had a nice voice, they did not recognize that it was unusual until her first talent competition.[9][10] Her dedicated singing began just before her 8th birthday,[11] after she saw the film version of the musical The Phantom of the Opera. Her mother purchased the DVD, and Evancho began to sing the songs around the family home.[12] That April, her mother allowed her to enter the 2008 Kean Idol, a local talent contest.[13] She sang “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” from Phantom, finishing as first runner-up;[14][15] the winner was 20 years old. She began taking vocal lessons after her success in the 2008 Kean Idol contest, and her parents began receiving requests for her to sing at various events.[16][17] She was also a member of the Children’s Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh during its 2008–09 season.[14] Evancho began traveling around the country to sing in talent contests[18] and started a YouTube channel. She entered the 2009 Kean Idol contest and was again runner-up to an adult.[13][a]

In January 2009, Evancho competed in Las Vegas in the 15th annual U.S.A. World Showcase Talent Competition, in which the winner was to receive $100,000 and the chance to create a demo CD. She sang “Ave Maria”, “River of Dreams” and “O Mio Babbino Caro”.[14] Subsequently, she entered other talent contests, winning the Golden Ribby Award – WonderworldTV in April 2009[19] and the Talent Quest TV Show in June 2009 (both in Massachusetts).[20][21] Also in 2009, she sang “Ave Maria” in composer and conductor Tim Janis‘s PBS television special “Celebrate America”[22][23] and performed in other concerts and TV shows with Janis,[5][17] who sought her out after seeing her on YouTube.[24] She also made various singing appearances around Pennsylvania in 2009 and 2010.[25][26]

More of her performances that can be seen on YouTube: To Believe, O Holy Night – Christmas Tree Lighting 2010, The Lord’s Prayerand Ave Maria.

Hat tip: Brian B.


VA Republican Rebels Against House Christmas and Hanukkah Greetings Ban

Last week, many of us were shocked to hear that  Congressmen have been  banned from wishing constituents “Merry Christmas” from congressional offices. In a YouTube video that has gone viral, Virginia Republican, Rep. Scott Rigell, took a stand against the order, telling his constituents, “It’s good and proper and right and constitutional for me to look into the camera and say to all of our friends and family across the second district and across the great Commonwealth of Virginia and the country Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah.”

Video via HotAirPundit:


Hat tip: Brian B.


Friday Free-For All

Cartoon by Nate Beeler via Townhall

Just a few quick links, this Friday because I’ve REALLY got to get those cookies going.

First, some great Fast and Furious news that got short shrift because of all the focus on the stupid payroll tax showdown in Washington.

Matthew Boyle at The Daily Caller:

RNC chairman promises to make Fast and Furious a 2012 election theme:

“Obama’s leadership deficit in holding the members of his administration accountable demonstrates yet again that the president is taking Washington in the wrong direction and only making things worse,” said Preibus.

“If Obama won’t fire Holder, we will,” Priebus added. “We’ll fire the whole team in just 11 months.”

Priebus considers Obama’s continued support for Holder a sign of a consistent lack of competence in the administration. He said that although Holder is ultimately responsible for Fast and Furious, the president refuses to hold him accountable.

Another House hearing has been set up for Holder on January 24th, but it remains to be seen whether or not he comes. If he refuses to cooperate, I expect two things to happen. Either Obama cuts him lose (which I doubt) – or impeachment proceedings begin. From what I gleaned from Dec. 8th hearing, the House Republicans are through dinking around with this.

Connecticut independent Sen. Joe Lieberman has directed the staff of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, which he chairs, to investigate miscommunication between law enforcement agencies related to the Justice Department’s Operation Fast and Furious. A spokesperson told The Daily Caller Wednesday that Lieberman “believe[s] that the lack of interagency coordination along the border merits further examination, and as Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, he has directed his staff to follow up with the relevant federal agencies on that topic.”

Some reports suggest that the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency and Immigration and Customs Enforcement were also involved in some manner or another with the operation.

For instance, Pajamas Media reported that the night Terry was killed, an FBI informant was in the drug cartel rip crew that used Fast and Furious weapons to murder him. Rip crews are armed groups of bandits who work for specific drug cartels and try to rob rival cartel shipments and illegal immigrants as they’re crossing the border.

And just by amazing coinkydink, Sipsey Street Irregulars reported yesterday:

Folks, just received this statement by email:

Statement from Alan D. Bersin, Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Earlier today, I notified the President of my intent to resign as Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection effective Dec. 30. I have expressed my deep gratitude and appreciation to President Obama and Secretary Napolitano for the opportunity to have led such an exceptional organization and for the confidence they have shown in me.

Gonna retire to spend more time with the family, no doubt.

Another of the many reasons Holder has to go:

Gateway Pundit: Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Deputies Turn in Federal Credentials As Attacks Continue:

 Yesterday, dozens of Sheriff Joe’s deputies turned in their federal credentials during a press conference in Arizona.

FOX News reported, via Orbusmax:

Dozens of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s jail officers lined up at a news conference in Phoenix Wednesday to ceremoniously hand in their federal credentials a week after they were stripped of the ability to verify the immigration status of inmates.

Arpaio spoke at the same news conference, saying he’s going to hold the federal government to its promise to send 50 federal agents to do such screening in his jail. But he predicted there will be illegal immigrants in jail who won’t be deported and will be put back on streets.

Watch video at GP.

On to politics….
Nearly every candidate now, has had their turn as “flavor of the month”, but the timing has been wrong for most of them. Perry peaked way too early, then had some bad debate performances…. Cain peaked and then flamed out amidst a smear campaign of sexual innuendos….The timing was almost right for Gingrich, but there is so much baggage there – both political and personal it’s hurting him, and Ron Paul, apparently because he has put almost all his eggs in the Iowa basket, has been surging there, but is in the process of flaming out as we speak as folks get to know him better through his racist newsletter.
Who’s left for conservative voters to turn to? (Not Mitt):
Robert Costa, NRO: Santorum, the Dark Horse
On the campaign trail over the past month, Santorum has frequently spoken about his youth. Yes, he served in the United States Senate from 1995 until he lost his 2006 reelection bid. But these days, in the eleventh hour of the primary, it’s his roots and principles, his scrappy persona, that are stirring renewed interest in his candidacy. In the latest Public Policy Polling survey, his Iowa support has risen, hitting 10 percent, a mere four points behind Newt Gingrich with less than two weeks until the caucuses. Those numbers are close to those of other second-tier contenders, but Santorum has something they do not: upward momentum.
Wouldn’t it be nice if Santorum peaked in a big way on January 3?
Points and Figures: Big Payroll Tax Cut:
The press is making this whole tax cut thing to be a big victory for Democrats. But is it? The disorganized Republicans passed a two month extension to the payroll tax cut. Some Republicans didn’t want to vote for a two month extension. They wanted a year long extension, 12 months. Or, you might say those that favored a longer tax cut wanted you to receive a 500% larger tax cut than the Democrats did.
Keep reading…


Brent Bozell: Cultural Winners and Losers, 2011:

The depravity of our popular culture and our eagerness to shred traditional values manifests itself every day. Lady Gaga, the top-earning woman in the music business and deemed by ABCs Barbara Walters to be one of the “most fascinating people,” has a new vocation in mind. She’s announced she wants to become an ordained minister of the Universal Life Church so she can marry two gay male friends.

Lady Gaga is as unattractive, in every sense of the word, as her name is stupid. She welcomed Easter with a single called “Judas” (“I’m still in love with Judas, baby.”) and arrives at Christmas as Reverend Gaga. This is the same “instant online ordination” that TBS late-night host Conan O’Brien used in November in a disgusting scene to “marry” two gay males live on his television show. Gaga and Conan are two of the real cultural losers of 2011. Here are some other winners and losers:

Keep reading…


Bo-Gate may not be among the Obama regime’s biggest scandals, but still, WTF?

Lonely Conservative: How Did Dog Bo Get From Hawaii to DC for Photo Op with Obama?


Doug Ross: O The Irony!

The official public relations journal of the Democrat National Committee (sometimes referred to as The New York Times) offers this hilarious insight into Leftist logic:

A spokesman for President Obama‘s re-election campaign blasted Mr. Romney and questioned whether he had something to hide in his finances.

“Why does Governor Romney feel like he can play by a different set of rules?” said Ben LaBolt, a spokesman for the Obama campaign. “What is it that he doesn’t want the American people to see? Governor Romney, who has favored secrecy over openness time after time, should live up to the same standard of disclosure his father and others set.”

Go right ahead and play that card, Obami – we’re ready for you…


And finally…

Weasel Zippers: Poll: By 2-to-1 Margin Americans Prefer “Merry Christmas” Over “Happy Holidays”…

PC-obsessed libs hardest hit.


Weasel Zippers: BREAKING: Obama’s DOJ Formally Rejects South Carolina’s Voter ID Law, Claim It Will Discriminate Against Minorities…

The Friday afternoon before Christmas weekend, you think they’re trying to keep this out of the news? Especially when you consider polls show 70% support voter ID laws.

Yep, Obama is clearly planning to steal it.

2012 is going to be an interesting year.

Video: Barack Obama Loses the Election & North Korea Goes Into Mourning

Just as I’m wondering what to put on the blog as I begin my day of cookie baking, Granny Jan comes through with another outstanding video!

You see, Jan has looked into the future and it’s not looking too good for America’s Dear Leader. What follows  is her vision of November 7, 2012:

Now if only Republicans would choose the right candidate to make it come true.