Aloha Friday December 25, 2015 Mele Kalikimaka

Mele Kalikimaka [Merry Christmas], everyone, and also Hau’oli Makahiki Hou [Happy New Year]. For those who don’t celebrate Christmas, Hau’oli Lanui [Happy Holidays]. It was 67 degrees this morning when I awoke, making me almost feel like I was back in Hawai’i for an instant.

Here are a couple videos for a Hawai’ian Christmas.

First, the classic:

Next, a more updated version:

What would you like to talk about today?



  1. Merry Christmas Al.

    1. Thanks, Pat, and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  2. Aloha and Merry Xmas, Al. I loved the turtle with the Santa hat, as well as all those lovely views of that little paradise on earth.

    Just finished Killing Lincoln and wondered what you thought of the Lafayette Baker and Stanton issue. As I’m sure you know, there were some connections there that proved convenient for conspiracy fans, but Stanton was almost certainly not involved. Still, there’s the 18 missing pages from Booth’s diary, and Baker’s death from poisoning. Your thoughts?

    1. Thanks, Bert. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

      My first thought is that I hope you didn’t pay money for that book. I would not consider what Bill O’Reilly writes as in any way accurate history.

      Booth didn’t really have a diary. He had an appointment book he used as a diary on occasion. In addition, he would tear out pages to write notes to people. There are actually more than eighteen pages torn out of the diary, and the most probable explanation is Booth himself tore out at least some of the pages to use them to write notes to people.

      When it comes to the Lincoln Assassination, my Number One go-to source is Edward Steers. He devotes an entire chapter of his book, Lincoln Legends: Myths, Hoaxes, and Confabulations Associated With Our Greatest President, to this issue. See pages 177-202.

      See also:

      1. Thanks, Al. I knew you’d have a definitive answer and good sources to share. And not to worry, I borrow most of my civil war reading from the library, especially books I suspect might not be worth paying for. Although, Carhart’s book about Lee and Gettysburg was so bad that I even resented that the library had paid for it. 😉

        I may have given the wrong impression. I think O’Reilly pretty much disagrees with the conspiracy theorists. His take on Stanton was pretty much in line with Hanchett’s nice analysis – that Stanton inadvertently set himself up to look bad for entirely pure reasons (not wanting the diary to contribute to making Booth a sympathetic character).

        Although it seems pretty clear who did it and how, do we know why Baker was poisoned?

        1. Thanks, Bert. I haven’t really looked at Baker’s poisoning so I can’t help on that one. If it’s connected to Lincoln’s Assassination, I’d go to Steers first, then possibly Swanson.

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