Happy St. Patrick’s Day to those who celebrate it.
And to all my cat lover friends and followers.
And I can’t imagine my life without you, buddy!
Happy Valentine Day, everyone!
Question remaining: Which person (or persons) inside the Trump campaign knew the Russians were interfering from the start, and may have assisted them?
Regimented Saint Nick can’t help himself. He can’t stop checking his list or walking around his sleigh exactly three times before he gets onto it.
The Liberty Counsel, the right-wing hate group responsible for many of the anti-LGBT court cases around the country, has put out its annual wingnutty naughty-or-nice list:
Liberty Counsel has launched its fourteenth annual Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign, pledging to be a “Friend” to those who recognize Christmas and a “Foe” to those who censor it. The campaign educates, and if necessary litigates, to make sure that Christmas and Christian themes are not censored.
Liberty Counsel is actively monitoring cases across the country where there is intimidation by officials and groups to remove the celebration of Christmas in public and private sectors. These threats include atheist groups seeking to ban nativity scenes from public property, senior living centers that prohibit residents from singing Christmas carols, public schools that ban students from wearing the Christmas colors of red and green, school officials who censor religious words from Christmas carols and retailers which profit from Christmas while pretending it does not exist. In all of these situations, Liberty Counsel has successfully educated and reversed these anti-Christmas actions.
Except, of course, many of the issues cited by the group are either overblown or don’t exist at all. Take the case of schools banning red and green colors: if you Google this issue it turns out that the “news” stories about it are either opinion pieces from right-wing sources, or stories which actually debunk the idea in the first place.
Since well before Halloween, stores have had entire sections devoted to Christmas, with a large assortment of angels and other religious icons.
The idea that everyone around the planet is not already aware that Christmas is linked with Christianity is so laughable it’s hard to take anyone seriously if they argue otherwise.
The entire controversy surrounding whether people say “Merry Christmas” vs. “Happy Holidays”has long ago been proven to be a campaign devised by Fox News to inflame its right-wing viewership and increase ratings.
Stores which made the Liberty Counsel’s naughty list (PDF here) include:
Dick’s Sporting Goods
With no reference to “Christmas” and less than a handful of “holiday” references within product associations and advertisements, this sporting goods store remains on our Naughty List. For the second year, Dick’s Sporting Goods is on the Naughty List. Usage of generic Christmas colors in design yet lacks any reference to the reason for the season. This sports store ignores the most important gift of Christmas. Contact Dick’s to encourage the organization to include Christ in their “Christmas” Seasonal marketing plan.
There are no references to “Christmas” or any biblical elements within products associations and advertisements. Only “holiday” is used to refer to the upcoming season. Gap has oscillated over the years, but this year it is back on the Naughty List. In 2013, after nine years of “naughty”, Bill Chandler, executive vice president for global corporate affairs at GAP Incorporated, issued a letter in which he referenced “Christmas” nine times and wrote that “every Gap outlet window will have signs that say ‘Merry Christmas,’ along with Christmas trees and wreathes throughout their stores.” Chandler concluded “. . . we hope you’ll agree that our Gap Inc. family of brands, including Gap and Old Navy, are Christmas friendly this holiday season.” In the years since the announcement, GAP has shown a decline in Christmas friendliness with reduced references on their website and in stores.
J. Crew Outfitters
There are no references to “Christmas” or any biblical elements within products associations and advertisements. The term “holiday,” however, is used more frequently. J. Crew’s home page remains void of any mention of “Christmas.” The Gift Giving page doesn’t even use traditional Christmas colors. Contact J Crew to let them know that consumers buy their products during the “Christmas” Season specifically for “Christmas” gifts.
Stores which made the nice list include such right-wing favorites as Menards, Home Depot and Hobby Lobby.
If Christians wanted to put the Christ back in Christmas they might start by trying to make the holiday less about “things” and more about goodwill toward humanity, as it is claimed to be about.
After all, Jesus Christ (a man who appears to have had not much more than a robe and some sandals to his name) was about feeding the poor and not Black Friday.
I wonder if Christians will ever get around to boycotting Black Friday because it is so un-Jesus-like? Don’t hold your breath on that one.
Some busybodies have too much time on their hands:
A massive, multi-colored penis made of Christmas lights adorning the penthouse window of a luxury rental building overlooking a busy corner has neighbors fuming.
The phallus went up [in the neighborhood] last weekend and has been raising eyebrows, inspiring chuckles and inciting annoyance in people who don’t know what to tell their children.
“It’s rude and vulgar, it’s definitely wildly inappropriate,” said Justin Abenchuchan, 28, who walked by the lights Thursday afternoon and snapped a photo, admitting he was going to share it with all his friends.
“I don’t think it’s right for a family-friendly neighborhood,” said Alyson Redinger, 32, who lives around the corner and recently had a child of her own. “Are you 18? How old are you? It makes me mad.”
A man who lived in the apartment with the massive phallus said that his roommate had strung up the lights last weekend. “It’s a joke,” he said, declining to give his name. When asked about the concerns of neighbors with young children he said: “It hasn’t come up. I haven’t thought about it.”
Good for you “man who lived in the apartment with the massive phallus,” which sounds like quite the responsibility when you take it out of context.
Every holiday season this graphic makes its way across my screen in some way and every year I love it more.
“Hail Satan!” has never been so cute.
Beware satanic snowmen.
Holiday’s over. Happy Monday.
I spent it away from social media as much as possible. I needed a break.
Hope you had a fun time if you were in this country and celebrated Independence Day in some form.
I noticed something interesting the day of the observed holiday. It wasn’t so terribly long ago that you would find that most stores were not open on Christmas, Thanksgiving or the Fourth of July,
July 4th was one of those days where most everyone had it off because it made sense to not do business that day. Why open any store that didn’t primarily sell booze, junk food or fireworks on a day when everyone is at the beach, picnics and cookouts and nobody wants to shop anyway?
Not only that, but the People Who Ran Things Then, often business people and considerate human beings occupying the same body, also thought it was nice that their employees could celebrate a day that, more so than any other major holiday, means being active with friends or family because it’s in the middle of chronological summer.
Yay! A reason to not work and to get out in the warm outdoors for a while
I called my local Target and Sears stores July 3 to ask what days over the holiday weekend they were open. The nice but clearly younger employees who answered the phones at both places acted as if it was a stupid consideration that their store would not be open the entire weekend. Nor would their hours be truncated on any of the three days.
It didn’t use to be a silly question to ask. But I guess is it now.
They’ll force you to work every major holiday, but won’t give you enough hours at shitty pay to make up for that fact.