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Let’s all celebrate Mithra’s birthday!

I get to feeling kind of Puritanical at this time of year.... so 'Why didn't Puritans like Christmas? ...They had several reasons, including the fact that it did not originate as a Christian holiday.'   'The upper classes in ancient Rome celebrated Dec. 25 as the birthday of the sun god Mithra. The date fell right in the middle of Saturnalia, a month-long holiday dedicated to food, drink, and revelry, and Pope Julius I is said to have chosen that day to celebrate Christ's birth as a way of co-opting the pagan rituals.' See When Americans banned Christmas--- The first 'War on Christmas' was declared almost 400 years ago, courtesy of our Puritan forefathers. Have a Merry Mithraday!

If you don’t see Merry Christmas in the window, no, you don’t go in that store! The Star of David used to do that trick.

This season's War-On-Christmas email is pushing a holiday ditty whose refrain goes "If you don't see Merry Christmas in the window, then you don't go in that store." Seems like it might be easier to mark those stores with a Star of David on the window, or would that be too obviously Nazi? On the other hand, it is refreshing to see even Dumbfox recognize the imperative of targeting commerce to make your point heard. So, boycotts do work? 29370

John B. Spencer’s lost Christmas lyric for Will Your House Be Blessed?

Gathering songs for a Christmas compilation, I went looking through different versions of "Will This House be Blessed?" by John B. Spencer. While the forgiveness spirit is in keeping with the season, everyone else's cover lacked whatever it was I remembered tied the song literally to Christmas. I finally found Spencer's original recording and there it was, an Easter reference actually, but too much irreligious specificity apparently for subsequent renditions. 21142

A 1930 Spirit of Christmas Past

Black Agenda Report revisited this Christmas poem by Langston Hughes: "Merry Christmas": Published in New Masses (Dec. 1930), p. 4. 13294

Who is that on the back of the poor?

Here's a Christmas gift for your favorite First Worlder. Let them affix their mug behind the face of "Justitia," the Western Goddess of Justice, carried by the laboring poor as she seeks to right inequity without relinquishing her station of privilege. Who is the bloated First World hypocrite -- but you! This statue by Danish artist Jen Galschiot is also known as Survival of the Fattest. Global elitists can celebrate their face on this 8-inch cardboard cutout as it depicts their naked supremacy.   For COP15, Galschiot installed this life-sized statue in the water next to Hans Christian Anderson's Little Mermaid. Climate talk delegates who ventured to see Copenhagen harbor's famous tourist attraction saw a grotesque figure straddling her carrier, whose head struggled to stay above the water.   Picture frames are popular Christmas gifts for those of us who lack nothing, except more frames to decorate pictures of ourselves and our stuff. How's this for framing an emergent identity?

Oh. my… my my my my my…

This is from Craigslist, on the Free Stuff.   The giver says "...would make a great Christmas gift, tell me what you'd like to do with it..."   Ummmm.... I think that what it makes me want to do would be censored.   Happy Birthday to the Prince of Peace. 12749

The war on Christmas they worry about

What it's going to take to revisit 350ppm, to reverse climate change, is not carbon trading, wind turbines, miraculous scientific leaps, or a COP15 conference. The anti-technology has been known to us since sustainable times, when mankind didn't have to transcend his wants, because it was challenge enough to seek for his needs. Conservation.

Tis the season once more….

for the Talk Radio Hate Speech about a "war on Christmas." I don't actually think they're stupid, mind you, they know full well that they're lying... and omitting a HUGE amount of data. 11685

No. 1 domestic terrorist Daniel McGowan

The Huffington Post published a letter by ELF/ALF political prisoner Daniel McGowan, who is allowed to send one letter per week from CMU36, the controversial "Communication Management Unit" whose cover-name is USP Marion. According to McGowan, prison guards call it the "I Unit," which probably does not stand for illegal. 8096

Santa bought little; Barack to throw paper dollars into air

The Christmas shopping season was the worst in four decades with sales slumping everywhere. Wal-Mart and other retailers warn after weak December So our new fearless leader, Barack, plans to continue Bush's program of throwing deficit dollars into the wind towards the rich. Everybody's on board the road to bankrupting the US government! 5965

Harold Pinter on drama and US banditry

"What has happened to our moral sensibility? Did we ever have any? What do these words mean? Do they refer to a term very rarely employed these days - conscience? A conscience to do not only with our own acts but to do with our shared responsibility in the acts of others? Is all this dead?" -Harold Pinter (1930-2008) 5861

Alternative Christmas Message of Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to the British people

Maybe it's of interest to have this Translation of the Alternative Christmas Message, 24 December 2008 on hand, since there is sure to be a lot of hateful propaganda in the US and British press about it. Yes, there already has been. Here you can read the translation of the Alternative Christmas Message, delivered by the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. 5847

Merry Christmas, Santa has a new ride

Season's Felicitations from Not My Tribe COLORADO, 2008- A Manitou family in Crystal Hills opted to hang Christmas lights on their old truck in lieu of their home. Was it to economize, to conserve, or to commemorate 2008 as the year of the pickup? 5843

Mexico’s headless Drug War soldiers

Mexico's current Right Wing government has been duped into fighting a US 'war on drugs' inside Mexico. Actually it has been paid money big time to do so. Mexico also is fighting D.Cs war on immigrants, too, as its own treatment of Central American immigrants entering Mexican territory is abysmal, and yes it too is mainly being paid for by US dollars. The daily casualties in Mexico just yesterday from this war were 33 nationwide, 14 of them in Ciudad Juarez alone, the city right across from El Paso, Texas. And then there were Mexico's headless Drug War soldiers. 5835

America’s Biblical fairy tale- The President’s caring capitalism

It's that time of year again, where fairy tales abound. Ho-Ho-Ho!   America's fairy fairytale of Biblical proportions is the one about the President guiding a caring capitalism forward to the little American kids. On, Dancer! On, Torturer! On, Sniper! On, Bomber! We've got presents of democracy, liberty, and freedom to deliver to you all! 5816

North Pole-tergeists from Christmas Passed

A highlight of the Christmas season every year is gathering my big family together under one roof -- my children, my parents, five siblings and their spouses, and twelve (thirteen by year's end!) nieces and nephews. Everyone is married now, save me and the kids, but I can recall many holidays when new boy- or girlfriends were part of the celebration. 5810

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