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Obama cried because the Connecticut schoolchildren were not Pakistani. Is that statement untrue?

So, no, the twenty schoolchildren killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut were not Pakistani. Thatís apparently what everyone is so upset about. Iím rather embarrassed how distraught Americans are about the Connecticut school shooting, considering equivalent child-massacres happen daily in Pakistan, victims of US drones, to no public outcry. In Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and all the far reaches of our multinational corporate empire, child killing is public policy, far from being a subject of public anguish. Now Iím besieged with invitations to join local and statewide protests to ďend gun violence.Ē I say YES, so long as I can ALSO commemorate the thousands of children killed by US drones and US troops. ďDonít politicize this tragedyĒ is the indignant objection. Classic. Might there be a value to hopping aboard this bandwagon opportunity to call for gun control and mental-healthcare reform? Maybe by showing solidarity with this profound revulsion to our cultural violence, a social justice movement can broaden a reciprocal sense of solidarity for the larger pool of its victims? I doubt it. Showing antiwar support for veterans of war, for example, hasnít yet tempered anyoneís senseless enthusiasm for militarism or blind patriotism, or Iíve yet to see it. A disclaimer: my apparent insensitive is helped by the fact that I don't watch television. I'm guessing the media are really cooking this tragedy to an unrelenting boil. Probably my lack of exposure has rendered me unfathomably incapable of addressing the subject with sufficient tact. I've no idea the orchestrated catharsis indulged upon the viewers over dead American children. My profound condolences to the parents, but curses upon the media for exploiting the event to condemn lone crazies and not to curb the culture of violence which breeds them. Frank Lloyd Wright said television was chewing gum for the eyes. Turn it off. You'll quickly see what an emotional maelstrom they've made of the Sandy Hook shootings. Imagine if they created that kind of drama about war's atrocity. We'd have viewers clamoring to end war. This might give you some idea about why the ongoing Sandy Hook fallout leaves such a bad taste. My advice to nearly all Americans parents upset about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting: get a hold of yourselves. These werenít your children. Your schools and schoolchildren are many leagues out of harmís way. Connecticut may as well be Pakistan for all you care.

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? You can see the Christmas-lovers' point of course. They'd prefer that merchants exploiting the Christmas purchasing season at least be paying lip service to Christmas and not the ever-looming Godless "Holiday" eclipse, supposed. This song reminds us "it's all about the little baby Jesus" and goes on to list all the things Christmas wouldn't be without him. Of course, half the list traces back to pagan tradition, but what to Christian Holiday-goers know of that? And the latter half goes back as far as they remember, as their grandmother and her grandmother before might remember, but no more. The commercial Christmas charts its provenance to the industrial revolution, the birth of consumer goods and marketing. Santa Claus as we recognize him stepped right off Coca-cola calendars of the last mid-century. Christmas was the religious Trojan Horse to pitch the shopping holiday to reluctant hedonists. Now the same parishioners who don't have an needle's-eye chance to get to Heaven, feel like the can pay their tithes in Christmas presents. Yes, I do think it's funny that people who abhor the prospect of disruptive economic boycotts are willing to consider it at the drop of Santa's cap. Unless of course they're satisfied that making this video viral is a shot across the bow enough. I doubt their Christmas Spirit has any room for Lenten restraint. Oddly enough, one of their potential boycott targets, and mine, has hung banners in its outlets to announce they will be open for Christmas, introducing a delectable dilemma. Starbucks says Merry Christmas in the window, so it's exempt from this singing email picket, yet it disrespects Christmas by working through it. What do you do? I answer that one unequivocally. Yes, boycott Starbucks. They fund Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories. That may be somewhat directly related to their celebrating Hanukkah not Christmas, but that's NO KIND OF REASON to boycott a business. If you want to boycott a store because it's not Christian, take it up with the Anti-Defamation League. Leave bigotry to the Zionists.

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