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Posts Tagged ‘christmas’

Merry Christmas — and if that offends you, too bad

Posted by Richard on December 24, 2015

I’m not a Christian, but I like Christmas anyway. So I wish people a merry Christmas. Apparently, some people are offended by that. I think anyone who gets upset about being wished a merry Christmas really, really needs to rethink their approach to life.

It seems that there are a number of such pathetic individuals around Greeley, Colorado:

GREELEY – Growing up in the restaurant industry, Brandon Bird says he’s seen it all. But for the first time in 40 years, the owner of Bulldog Deli and Pizza in Greeley says he’s never encountered backlash like he has in the past week.

“It didn’t occur to me that folks would take any offense or negativity at all in simply changing my billboard to saying Merry Christmas.” …

Read the whole sorry story. And then have a very merry Christmas. Oh, yeah, and a happy Festivus, too!

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White Christmas in Denver

Posted by Richard on December 25, 2014

It was in the mid-40s at 9 this morning. Then the cold front moved in. We’re in the mid-20s now, and headed near 0° by morning. The snow began around mid-afternoon and is expected to continue until tomorrow afternoon or evening. It’s very lovely and Christmas-y, but I’m glad I don’t have to go anywhere; the roads are a mess.

Historically, Denver has snow on Christmas 14% of the time — a one-in-seven chance. Our last white Christmas was 2007, so this year’s Christmas snowfall is right on schedule. 🙂

Merry Christmas!

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Holiday music

Posted by Richard on December 25, 2010

Some of you no doubt traveled somewhere in the last couple of days, and if it involved an airport, it probably wasn't a particularly pleasant experience. For your Christmas Eve entertainment, here are some ditties that hopefully will evoke a smile — if perhaps a somewhat rueful one. Enjoy, and have a very Merry Christmas!


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A Politically Correct Night Before Christmas

Posted by Richard on December 25, 2009

Clement Moore's "A Visit from St. Nicholas," a.k.a. "The Night Before Christmas," is probably the most parodied poem of all time. I particularly enjoyed this version. I hope you do, too.

'Twas the night before Christmas and Santa's a wreck…
How to live in a world that's politically correct?
His workers no longer would answer to "Elves",
"Vertically Challenged" they were calling themselves.

And labor conditions at the north pole
Were alleged by the union to stifle the soul.
Four reindeer had vanished, without much propriety,
Released to the wilds by the Humane Society.

And equal employment had made it quite clear
That Santa had better not use just reindeer.
So Dancer and Donner, Comet and Cupid,
Were replaced with 4 pigs, and you know that looked stupid!

The runners had been removed from his sleigh;
The ruts were termed dangerous by the E.P.A.
And people had started to call for the cops
When they heard sled noises on their roof-tops.

Second-hand smoke from his pipe had his workers quite frightened.
His fur trimmed red suit was called "Unenlightened."
And to show you the strangeness of life's ebbs and flows,
Rudolf was suing over unauthorized use of his nose

And had gone on Geraldo, in front of the nation,
Demanding millions in over-due compensation.
So, half of the reindeer were gone; and his wife,
Who suddenly said she'd enough of this life,

Joined a self-help group, packed, and left in a whiz,
Demanding from now on her title was Ms.
And as for the gifts, why, he'd ne'er had a notion
That making a choice could cause so much commotion.

Nothing of leather, nothing of fur,
Which meant nothing for him. And nothing for her.
Nothing that might be construed to pollute.
Nothing to aim. Nothing to shoot.

Nothing that clamored or made lots of noise.
Nothing for just girls. Or just for the boys.
Nothing that claimed to be gender specific.
Nothing that's warlike or non-pacific.

No candy or sweets…they were bad for the tooth.
Nothing that seemed to embellish a truth.
And fairy tales, while not yet forbidden,
Were like Ken and Barbie, better off hidden.

For they raised the hackles of those psychological
Who claimed the only good gift was one ecological.
No baseball, no football…someone could get hurt;
Besides, playing sports exposed kids to dirt.

Dolls were said to be sexist, and should be passe;
And Nintendo would rot your entire brain away.
So Santa just stood there, disheveled, perplexed;
He just could not figure out what to do next.

He tried to be merry, tried to be gay,
But you've got to be careful with that word today.
His sack was quite empty, limp to the ground;
Nothing fully acceptable was to be found.

Something special was needed, a gift that he might
Give to all without angering the left or the right.
A gift that would satisfy, with no indecision,
Each group of people, every religion;

Every ethnicity, every hue,
Everyone, everywhere…even you.
So here is that gift, it's price beyond worth…
"May you and your loved ones enjoy peace on earth."

Notice:  This poem is copyright 1992 by Harvey Ehrlich.  It is free to
distribute, without changes, as long as this notice remains intact.
All follow-ups, requests, comments, questions, distribution rights, etc
should be made to  mduhan@husc.harvard.edu .  Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas to you all, dear readers! If you're a non-believer who isn't into Christmas (as opposed to a non-believer who is, like me), belated Happy Solstice! Now, that's an event there's just no disputing, based on solid science and all the empirical data you could ask for. The days have started getting longer (I swear I noticed a difference already) — is there anybody who doesn't think that's worth celebrating? 🙂

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Last-minute letter to Santa

Posted by Richard on December 24, 2009

Dear Santa,

All I want for Christmas is an upset victory Sunday over the Eagles.

Oh, yeah — and it would be nice if the Phillies fans gave Brian Dawkins a warm welcome before the game. He's a class act. I hope that Dan Leone enjoys the game, but not the outcome. 🙂

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A couple of gift ideas for liberty lovers

Posted by Richard on December 16, 2009

If you're looking for a last-minute gift for a liberty lover (maybe yourself?), the Independence Institute, Colorado's free-market think tank, offers a couple of interesting options.

For someone in this area, there's the upcoming winter seminar, Free People, Free Markets: The Foundations of Liberty. It's two Saturdays (Jan. 30 and Feb. 13) at the Independence Institute offices in Golden, eight hours each, and costs $75 (non-credit; college credit is available at a higher cost). Previous attendees of this seminar have lavished praise on it. 

For that potentially special someone anywhere (hopefully with a sense of humor), there's the "Noble" Prize for their future accomplishments, a lovely medallion that will set you back only $25. But hurry on that one — "Quantities are EXTREMELY limited!"

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How the Goreinch Stole Christmas

Posted by Richard on December 25, 2008

Courtesy of TheChillingEffect.org and GoredEarth.com, here's this week's climate cartoon:

How the Goreinch Stole Christmas

Merry Christmas, everybody!

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A day to celebrate

Posted by Richard on December 25, 2007

If you're an American — or just a lover of Liberty — please join me today in celebrating the 231st anniversary of the Battle of Trenton. 

 George Washington crossing the Delaware at the Battle of Trenton, by Emmanuel Leutze

From BritishBattles.com:

After being driven out of New York by the British and forced to retreat to the West bank of the Delaware during the late summer of 1776, the American cause was at a low ebb. In the harsh winter Washington was faced with the annual crisis of the expiry of the Continental Army’s period of enlistment. He resolved to attack the Hessian position at Trenton on the extreme southern end of the over extended British line along the Delaware, before his army dispersed.

Washington’s plan was to cross the Delaware at three points with a force commanded by Lt Col Cadwallader with a Rhode Island regiment, some Pennsylvanians, Delaware militia and two guns, a second force under Brigadier Ewing of militia and the third commanded by himself which would cross the river above Trenton and attack the Hessian garrison in the town. Washington had as his subordinates, Major Generals Nathaniel Greene and John Sullivan.

It was a cold dark night and the river was running with flowing ice. At about 11pm a heavy snow and sleet storm broke. Washington’s force did not reach the east bank until around 3am. His soldiers were badly clothed and many did not have shoes.

Washington’s men then marched to Trenton, some of the men leaving traces of blood on the snow.

The Hessians attempted to form in the town but were under artillery fire and attack from front and rear. The Americans occupied the houses and shot down the German gunners and foot soldiers during which Colonel Rahl was fatally wounded. Rahl’s troops retreated to an orchard in the South East of the town where they surrendered.

Ewing and Cadwallader failed to make the river crossing and took no part in the attack.
Casualties: The Americans suffered 4 wounded casualties. It is said that in addition two American soldiers froze to death. The Hessians suffered 20 killed and around 100 wounded. 1,000 were captured.

Follow-up:
The effect of the battle of Trenton was out of all proportion to the numbers involved and the casualties. The American effort across the colonies was galvanized and the psychological dominance achieved by the British in the preceding year overturned. Howe was stunned that a strong German contingent could be surprised in such a manner and put up so little resistance. Washington’s constant problem was to maintain the enthusiasm of his army for the war, particularly with the system of one year recruitment and Trenton proved a much needed encouragement.

Tradition:
• Washington’s army crossing the Delaware in the freezing conditions has become an important national image for the United States as can be seen in Emmanuel Leutze’s picture.
• Present at the battle were: two other future presidents James Madison and James Monroe, the future Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Marshall, Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton
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Truly a glorious event worthy of celebration.

Oh, yes, and I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas, too! I'm not a Christian, but I love Christmas. Christians have long had the best music, from classics like Ave Maria and Missa Solemnis, to anything ever sung by George Beverly Shea, to countless wonderful Christmas songs. But no Christmas song is better than Mel Tormé's The Christmas Song, sung by the Velvet Fog himself. Enjoy!

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Yee haw! We got us a dang fine tree!

Posted by Richard on December 21, 2007

Doug Ross shows you how to construct the quintessential hillbilly Christmas tree. Caution: be prepared to "tickle your innards" a whole bunch. Actually, you should probably have started collecting the materials months ago to avoid kidney damage and a huge caffeine and sugar overdose.

I hate to admit it, but I think the finished, lighted tree looks pretty damn cool. Nice tree-topper, too. 🙂 

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Funniest Christmas greeting ever

Posted by Richard on December 19, 2007

Besides being bright, articulate, and consistently pro-freedom, John Caldara, the president of Colorado's Independence Institute, is one heck of a funny guy. He's the one who came up with the idea for the most politically incorrect event you can imagine, the annual Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms bash.

This year's Independence Institute Christmas card cracked me up. The front shows a snowman and snow-woman in Hawaiian shirts on a beach. The message inside is: 

Promoting global climate change
by wishing you the warmest holiday wishes.
And may your carbon footprint grow in 2008.

Merry Christmas from your
Freedom Fighters at the Independence Institute

 

I'm guessing either Caldara came up with that, or his wicked sense of humor has rubbed off on those around him. And I love having someone wish me a bigger carbon footprint — what a nice thought!

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