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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.

Violent fight, unholy sight, Machine gun fire lights the night…

screams of the wounded men, writhing in pain. Details work day and night burying the slain.. all their murders done in Christ's Holy Name, Jesus looks down, and He weeps... Jesus looks down and He weeps. Ok, so that story bugs me every year, they tell it ad nauseum, about the British and Germans taking a couple of hours break from slaughtering each other, in the name of God, at the battle of the Somme. From the German trenches comes the melody "Stillich Nacht, Heilig nacht" Then some Tommies in their trenches start singing it in English, more Germans and more Englischers join in... An impromptu Christmas party just congeals in the middle of No Man's Land. They sing songs, exchange gifts, show pictures of their families to one another... And then go right back to slaughtering each other. As you may have guessed, it's time for my annual Christmas on War uncelebration. I go to fetch my e-mail, there's a flash animation of a black Jeep SUK involved in a battle, a dual advertisement because they're also hawking a video "game" called Call of Duty - BlackOps. where the mission apparently is to go in and assassinate as many locals as possible and kidnap their leaders to take them to a CIA dungeon for torture. It's made into a Triple Offense because they're hawking the SUV and the game, As Christmas Presents Happy birthday to the Prince of Peace. Other war toys and Murder Fantasy movies and video games dominate the Must-have list for the Red-suit Elf and his flying reindeer to bring to your kids. The money changers have bought out the Temple and have reduced Christ to just another sales gimmick. What next, have that lizard from the car insurance commercial lying in a manger? and the DumFox Noose Nutwerx is still piling on their bullshit about a "War on Christmas". While following the marketing trend of having soldiers, in foreign countries to kill the citizens of those lands and take the resources of those lands, send "home" video Christmas greetings from Outer VietRaquiStan, as part of the heartwarming Christmas commercials showing people engaged in Traditional Christmas activities like unwrapping the Monster-Huge Screen TeeVee and other gifts too expensive for the regular American to buy. Merry freakin' Cashmas Christless Crassness

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. So, to fact check them ONCE MORE... The Founding Fathers never instituted either Christmas or Thanksgiving as national holidays. Nor did the Pilgrims. Nor the Puritans. Abraham Lincoln did recognize both, but with the emphasis on Thanksgiving. Some of Lincolns closest friends and advisers were rabid anti-Catholics. King James First was crowned king because he was, at least in name, a Protestant. King James invited the Puritans and the Pilgrims, not very courteously, to get out of England. Because they said he was too Catholic. Their major sticking point was Christmas. He was for it. They were against it. The Hate Radio people insist that we're supposed to rule America and just by consequential extension, the entire world, by the several bickering groups of Late Medieval Feudal Warlords who were killing each other and a whole bunch of civilians in Europe at the time, and had just begun to tear up America, over different interpretations of the Christian faith. As usual in these Battles of (nit)Wits, the primary victims were Other Christians. Because in England at the time there were few openly Non-Christians to be had. Jews maybe. Jews who were burned at the stake, hanged, tortured etc etc right along with people suspected of Witchcraft. Or Christian Blasphemy. Which brings it to the central theme of the Hate Speech Radio Talkmongers. Why, you might ask, did the "founding fathers" NOT establish a natoinal religion? Well, I might answer, the slaughter of Christians by Christians was fresh in their memories. Washington had participated in an extremely bloody extension of an ongoing European "holy" war between Catholics and Protestants. In America the casualty count was comparatively low, mostly because the White Population was relatively low. Which brings up that ugly business of the Founding Fathers being Anti-American, as in, anti-Indian. In the mad rush to cast the Puritans especially but also the Pilgrims as Pure Saints who get to make our daily decisions and run our Government from Beyond The Grave, they have to omit details. Lots of Details. The scene replayed in countless Thanksgiving pageants of Racial Harmony between English Invaders and Americans has many dark corners that the Haters don't want to illuminate. It complicates the simplicity of their "war on christmas" ranting. And if they encouraged their listeners to actually think it would be bad for their bottom line. For instance many Puritans wrestled with the question of Where Did The Indians Originate? Because we're not mentioned in Genesis. Some, like the witch-hunter Cotten Mather,often quoted by the Hate-mongers on Fox News and Clear Channel as being a "Founding Father" whose original intent is Holy and Beyond Question, not only hated Christmas but also many of the toys which are now given for Christmas, meaning Dolls, were declared by him an his contemporaries as being Agents of the Devil. And that Indians have no souls, since we're not

Little Eichmann Country-Western anthem

Of course, that describes most of the Pseudo-patriotic crap infesting the airwaves now... But there's one I heard "that's the way things were and still ought to be" Like honoring our preachers, leaders, teachers and heroes and believing everything they said Charlie Manson was a preacher. Preached Armageddon really really strong. Cotten Mather was a Preacher who gets quoted a lot by the Reich Wing, (Like Chuck Norris and Dawg the Bounty Hunter, just another couple of Wannabe Pigs) whenever they say that America should be a Religious Dictatorship... Who also said that Native Americans were a construct of Satan because we're not specifically mentioned in Genesis, that we had no souls and should be exterminated. And that the people who allowed their kids to play with dolls were practicing witchcraft and should be killed. And the Kiddoes themselves... Imagine, if you will, somebody offing your rug-rats because you gave them a Teddy Bear or let them watch Mickey Mouse or Bugs Bunny.... And the Good Pastor Mather also owned Slaves. Leaders? McCarthy, for instance, with all the Liars, Murderers and Thieves who were and are his Fellow Travelers, like Reagan, Nixon, Bush (all the Bush Klan), Billy Sunday who was one of Their Crowd and also a Nazi Sympathizer (and, leave us not forget, a Preacher), People who could feel at ease at a Country Club or a Klan Rally? We should believe everything they said or say? Really? We're supposed to (here in Colorado Springs) Revere and Honor "heroes" like Custer and Chivington and Palmer... Racist SCUM who tried to wipe a whole race of Americans from the face of the world. When Custer is quoted in the book (and film) Little Big Man as saying It's more important to kill the women and children, because if we let them breed there wouldn't be any point killing the men It's an accurate representation of what the punk murdering bastard actually DID say. And we've got an Idol of his disciple William Jackson Palmer parked right in the middle of a busy intersection. By the way, Custer and Chivington and Palmer also believed in and quoted Cotten Mather... And the "War on Christmas" loudmouths should remember this, Cotten Mather was a Puritan... whose family had been run out of England for criticizing their Religious Dictatorship and, importantly, pissing off King James by opposing the celebration of CHRISTMAS because it's a Catholic holiday I don't remember the name of the singer, but it's one of those redneck punks who offers to beat up on anybody who disagrees with him. Yep, real Role Model for a working Civilization. The kid who sings the song is (to me) a youngster. Mid twenties, maybe thirties. No way in HELL could this dude remember anything at all about the 70s even. Far Less the 40s, 50s and 60s that's he's so nostalgic about. When Apartheid was the Official Law of the Land in 20 states. People of "color" could be arrested or even hanged for not stepping off the sidewalk to let the Master Race walk past. THAT'S the way things were, and I for one actually

Jesus vs. Santa rivalry is nothing new

A holiday detente: As Easter sprung from fertility celebrations befitting the rebirth of spring, so Christmas originated from offerings of the season's greetings to the winter solstice. And while Christians might have taken over the party, they've had to retain the yule tree and other pagan party favors to ensure converts would still RSVP to the festivities. The struggle between Jesus and Santa is nothing new. The First War on Christmas happened in Oliver Cromwell's England when Christmas idolatry came to be forbidden by law. Popular merriment was deemed to have strayed too far from the Protestant message of the church, the Lord's Day etc, so Lord Protector Cromwell reined things in, for a time, until the reformer's dominance over the parliament and the influence of the Puritans waned. I heard this story on NPR, half of it actually. They described Christmas having been made illegal for a period, but curiously didn't mention which period, and who in England had done it. Puritans you say? Might these have been the same Puritans who came to America's shore? The same. Well, they shared forefathers (Our forefathers, if our WASP history books can be believed, emphasizing as they do our "Christian Nation" while minimizing Jefferson and the other 90% of our settlers). Thus religious intolerance, on the part of the Puritans, drove the rest of England to send them packing, post paid, to take their anti-everybody else's Christmas to New England, where it was thought there were no revelers to be bothered. The Puritans fled religious intolerance to THEIR intolerance basically. What BS to assert that English merry folk did not accord them freedom of religion. England wanted freedom FROM the Puritan's brand of religion. For some reason our historians seem content to leave open the suggestion that the Puritan party-pooper recount being expelled from the party because of his "wild and crazy" ways! Just as in Old England, the American puritanical pin heads every so often revive to prominence, usually in reaction to economic or social catastrophe, to prescribe austerity across the board, from no drinking to unhappy holidays. In their current incarnation they're Fundies aghast at what's become of their Christmas. The "true meaning" having become too commercial, too secular, not enough infant Christ worship, etc. We've got a nation of party-poopers, wanting to repo the universal Xmas holiday and its international message of brotherhood: Peace on Earth, Goodwill To All Mankind. Puritans aren't about being good, they're the fine folk who who accepted the turkey, then thanked the Lord, not the heathens. Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition!

The real war on Christmas

  A rabbi in Seattle wanted to put a menorah in the municipal train station to accompany a display of Christmas trees. Was he thinking the trees were another faith's religious symbols? Did he mean to ask to juxtapose a dreidel instead? The train station administrators backed down and removed the trees altogether, a concession I'd argue they needn't have made, but certainly one that fueled the Christian backlash. A now knee-jerk indignation about a supposed war on Christmas! I've got news for the Christians, there is a war on Christmas, you're fighting it, amongst yourselves. You fundamentalists are wanting Christmas to mean something religious again, but the materialists among you, by my count, every last one of you minus Jesus, already ceded the holiday to commerce long ago. "Happy Holidays" is neither religious nor irreligious. "Merry Christmas" does not belie a believer or non-believer. The international holiday as demarcated by what's believed to have been Jesus of Nazareth's birthday and New Year's (for non-Chinese), is called Christmas. It represents a huge surge in retail sales, for some merchants up to 90% of their yearly gross. Retailers of every denomination celebrate Christmas. Put a menorah next to a manger if you must, but neither of them belong at the North Pole with Santa, Rudolf and Ol' Tannenbaum. Joyeux Noel, Gud Yule, and Boldog Karácsony everyone!

War On Idiocy

The WAR ON expression has come to mean what any more? War On Drugs. What did that mean? Trying to address the drug addiction problem, obviously. Wouldn't it have been better to call it: "addressing the drug addiction problem?" Declaring a war on the noun drugs has meant thousands incarcerated for being victims. Similarly, the War On Terrorism is having a disasterously misguided effect on the world. Horribly hilarious, if the world was made of words. Instead of addressing the problems that lead to terrorism, we are fighting a word. As if there is a culture of people whose highest ideology is terrorism. The WAR ON expression began with President Lyndon Johnson, not with the War On The People Of Vietnam, but with the War On Poverty. That description fit. The problem at base level was poverty. The idiocy-mongers at the helm of our national shipwreck, at their most disingenuous, are inventing other fictional wars against which they hope to rally public support. There was a War On Christmas apparently, and now they are rallying defenders against the War On Christianity. The attack is coming from the godless left, from the culture elites, etc. Was there a War On Christmas? Is there a War On Christianity? I'd add a few more and let you decide. Is there a War On Republicans who vote against their own self interest? Is there a War On Corporations who deny Global Warming? Is there a War On Union Members who continue to vote for free trade and globalization and slave labor? Is there a War On Religious Revelers who believed there was a War On Christmas? There for damn sure is! It's called the WAR ON IDIOCY. It's the effort to make Americans into less mal-informed, less mal-educated global citizens, for everybody's good, especially their own. To paraphrase an early American patriot: it wasn't the idiots who got us our democracy, it won't be the idiots who help us keep it. And you capital "C" Christians who think the end of the world is nigh -and you are trying to hasten it- if you don't want "idiocy" to define "Christianity" it's going to be up to you to behave yourself. The War On Idiocy is a bastard of a fight. It's the front of the class finally having to turn to the back of the class and say "Shut the fuck up you moron, you're holding all of us back with your inanity! Believe what you want to believe, whatever, but kindly leave the curriculum to Miss Hillhoople and sit down, PLEASE!" And then, because this is a war after all, can we help but add: "IDIOT!"

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