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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2009-04-12 under , ,

"The joyful news that He is risen does not change the contemporary world. Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice. But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice." -- Henry Knox Sherrill

To my brothers and sisters in Faith: Χριστος Ανεστη! Happy Easter!

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2007-07-15 under ,

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2005-08-14:

"I have been born again. I have been through a psychiatric experience which has completely changed me....The moment when your conscious meets your subconscious is a hell of a wrench." -- Cary Grant, actor, on having taken LSD under medical supervision, from an interview with reporter Joe Hyams.
(submitted to the mailing list by Mike Krawchuk)

[To those who celebrate it, have a delightfully random Confuflux!]

[And to everyone in the US who can eat dairy products, happy National Ice Cream Day!]

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I have a clutter problem, partly from having too many activities with associated stuff that I want to have all "on top" at once for easy access when I switch gears, partly from just running out of spoons before I accomplish enough any straightening-up, and partly because I say too often, "but I might need this later".

Folks who know me personally may be relieved to hear that I noticed a probably useful thinking-shift this afternoon. While sorting through a box of papers, dividing them into stacks for "trash", "maybe read later", "file", "whoops that's months late now", and "oh that's where that got to", I caught myself repeatedly thinking, "I want to scan and OCR this, and throw away the paper."

Alas, I'm not yet set up to do that (I need to upgrade the nearly-full hard drive in my file server and make sure one of the scanners I've got will talk to Linux happily), but the mental shift here is probably way overdue. Of course, I need to get better about keeping my computer files organized too, but being able to have the same file appear in two different places at once without making another copy of it can be a big help there.

I still need to get my hands on a music-OCR program. Or get around to writing one.

And I want a pony librarian. (To help me work out the most useful organization scheme for my data.)


My plans for last night got rained out, but for a while, watching out the back window upstairs, I could see lightning bolts and fireworks in the same quadrant of the sky at the same time. (The weather pulled the Baltimore fireworks below the tree line for me, but the various displays to the south, southwest, and west seemed to be launching 'em up nice and high.)

dglenn: Photo of clouds shaped like an eye and arched eyebrow (sky-eye)

I have a clutter problem, partly from having too many activities with associated stuff that I want to have all "on top" at once for easy access when I switch gears, partly from just running out of spoons before I accomplish enough any straightening-up, and partly because I say too often, "but I might need this later".

Folks who know me personally may be relieved to hear that I noticed a probably useful thinking-shift this afternoon. While sorting through a box of papers, dividing them into stacks for "trash", "maybe read later", "file", "whoops that's months late now", and "oh that's where that got to", I caught myself repeatedly thinking, "I want to scan and OCR this, and throw away the paper."

Alas, I'm not yet set up to do that (I need to upgrade the nearly-full hard drive in my file server and make sure one of the scanners I've got will talk to Linux happily), but the mental shift here is probably way overdue. Of course, I need to get better about keeping my computer files organized too, but being able to have the same file appear in two different places at once without making another copy of it can be a big help there.

I still need to get my hands on a music-OCR program. Or get around to writing one.

And I want a pony librarian. (To help me work out the most useful organization scheme for my data.)


My plans for last night got rained out, but for a while, watching out the back window upstairs, I could see lightning bolts and fireworks in the same quadrant of the sky at the same time. (The weather pulled the Baltimore fireworks below the tree line for me, but the various displays to the south, southwest, and west seemed to be launching 'em up nice and high.)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:28am on 2007-07-04 under , ,

"I confidently trust that the American people will prove themselves ... too wise not to detect the false pride or the dangerous ambitions or the selfish schemes which so often hide themselves under that deceptive cry of mock patriotism: 'Our country, right or wrong!' They will not fail to recognize that our dignity, our free institutions and the peace and welfare of this and coming generations of Americans will be secure only as we cling to the watchword of true patriotism: 'Our country-when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right.'" -- Senator Carl Schurz, "The Policy of Imperialism," Speeches, Correspondence and Political Papers of Carl Schurz, vol. 6, pp. 119-20 (1913). ( thanks to [info] bunnyjadwiga, from whom I copied this entry)

[And to all of my countrymen, a glorious Independence Day!]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2007-07-04 under , ,

"I confidently trust that the American people will prove themselves ... too wise not to detect the false pride or the dangerous ambitions or the selfish schemes which so often hide themselves under that deceptive cry of mock patriotism: 'Our country, right or wrong!' They will not fail to recognize that our dignity, our free institutions and the peace and welfare of this and coming generations of Americans will be secure only as we cling to the watchword of true patriotism: 'Our country-when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right.'" -- Senator Carl Schurz, "The Policy of Imperialism," Speeches, Correspondence and Political Papers of Carl Schurz, vol. 6, pp. 119-20 (1913). ( thanks to [info] bunnyjadwiga, from whom I copied this entry)

[And to all of my countrymen, a glorious Independence Day!]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:28am on 2007-07-02 under , ,

"Authority under law must, I know, be respected as the foundation of society and as the protection of peace. The extension of state power, however, into every phase of man's life and thought is the abuse of authority, the destroyer of freedom, and the enemy of real peace." -- Lester Bowles Pearson (b. 1897-04-23, d. 1972-12-27), 14th Prime Minister of Canada (1963-1968), in his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, 1957

[And a happy Canada Day to my Canadian readers! I actually stumbled across this quote while searching for something QotD-worthy about the phrase "Peace, Order, and Good Government". I was about to use:

"Indeed, the phrase 'peace, order and good government' has become meaningful to Canadians and defines Canadian values in a way that is comparable to 'liberté, égalité, fraternité' in France or 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness' in the United States. It is a phrase that truly articulates the journey toward peaceful accommodation throughout Canada's evolution as a nation." -- from "Canadians and Their Government: A Resource Guide"

until I read a little farther down the page and saw the Pearson quote.]

[Also, a happy birthday to a beloved college friend who I know sometimes reads this -- hello, Barbara!]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2007-07-02 under , ,

"Authority under law must, I know, be respected as the foundation of society and as the protection of peace. The extension of state power, however, into every phase of man's life and thought is the abuse of authority, the destroyer of freedom, and the enemy of real peace." -- Lester Bowles Pearson (b. 1897-04-23, d. 1972-12-27), 14th Prime Minister of Canada (1963-1968), in his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, 1957

[And a happy Canada Day to my Canadian readers! I actually stumbled across this quote while searching for something QotD-worthy about the phrase "Peace, Order, and Good Government". I was about to use:

"Indeed, the phrase 'peace, order and good government' has become meaningful to Canadians and defines Canadian values in a way that is comparable to 'liberté, égalité, fraternité' in France or 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness' in the United States. It is a phrase that truly articulates the journey toward peaceful accommodation throughout Canada's evolution as a nation." -- from "Canadians and Their Government: A Resource Guide"

until I read a little farther down the page and saw the Pearson quote.]

[Also, a happy birthday to a beloved college friend who I know sometimes reads this -- hello, Barbara!]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:28am on 2007-07-01 under ,

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2005-06-06:

"The U.K. is a European Quebec, and France is like Ontario in Canada. It is quite an irony, isn't it?" -- John Erik Fossum, a political theorist at the Centre for European Studies in Oslo. Quoted in "Europe's suddenly a lot like Canada", The Globe and Mail, 31 May, 2005.
(submitted to the mailing list by Duffy O'Craven)

[And a very happy 140th anniversary to my friends up north! Have I got it right, that the holiday celebrating the anniversary is tomorrow 'cause today's a Sunday?]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2007-07-01 under ,

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2005-06-06:

"The U.K. is a European Quebec, and France is like Ontario in Canada. It is quite an irony, isn't it?" -- John Erik Fossum, a political theorist at the Centre for European Studies in Oslo. Quoted in "Europe's suddenly a lot like Canada", The Globe and Mail, 31 May, 2005.
(submitted to the mailing list by Duffy O'Craven)

[And a very happy 140th anniversary to my friends up north! Have I got it right, that the holiday celebrating the anniversary is tomorrow 'cause today's a Sunday?]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 09:47am on 2007-04-11 under , , ,

This just arrived in my mailbox via the Clan MacAthair[*] mailing list. ("Louie, Louie" is the official MacAthair clan song, which I didn't know until just now.) It somehow seems an appropriate finish to a night when I have not slept a wink because leg cramps & twitches kept me awake the whole time... But it's too bad I didn't know in time to pick a related QotD.

From: "Louie Report" <lou_report @ louielouie.net>
Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2007 4:25 AM
Subject: Today, April 11 is a day to CELEBRATE!

Today is a very special day of celebration.

Today, April 11 is INTERNATIONAL LOUIE LOUIE Day!

While no country has actually made any kind of official declaration, and there have been no mandated holidays that I know of, that shouldn't stop you from using the time to celebrate this very special day.

Why today, of all days?

  1. Richard Berry, the author of this song, was born on April 11, 1935.
  2. His original recording of LOUIE LOUIE was released during the week of April 13, 1957, which means this song is 50 years old!
  3. The Kingsmen recorded their version of LOUIE LOUIE on April 6, 1963.
  4. On April 10, 1998, The Kingsmen regained their original recordings back from the record companies that refused to pay them ANY royalties, despite the millions of sales.

There's some other great moments in LOUIE LOUIE history attached around this time in April, but I think it's best that you read the rest of this information for yourself at the LOUIE REPORT blog.

[...]

So today - enjoy INTERNATIONAL LOUIE LOUIE DAY!
Dancing is strongly recommended!
. me gotta go now .

ERIC PREDOEHL
http://www.louielouie.net/blog/

Something tells me a bunch of y'all will find amusement, delight, and excuses for mayhem in this. (And some will find it pointlessly silly, and I'm sure a few of you must despise the song or simply fail to understand its appeal -- «chacun à son goût», n'est-ce pas?). At the moment I'm too sleep-fuddled to say whether I'd have found this as amusing after a proper night of sleep as I do now. Perhaps.

[*] Yes, I'm a member of this clan, though I think my dues are overdue. The name translates to "son of a father", and the genealogical requirements for membership are that one must have, or at some point in the past have had, a father. They're a right friendly bunch. Look for their tent at the Southern Maryland Celtic Festival later this month.

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2007-04-08 under , ,

Χριστος Ανεστη! (Christ is risen!) Happy Easter!

"Christianity is not like an ice cream sundae that you can choose to eat with or without fudge topping, depending on your taste! You have to eat it the same way every time. The only acceptable topping is love. Top the Christian message with hatred, and it is no longer Christian. It isn't fit to eat anymore. Its validity, its usefulness, its whole raison d'etre is nullified, and instead of leading people to Heaven, it diverts them to Hell." -- commentor 'adonis1960' at The Huffington Post, 2006-07-17

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2007-04-06 under , , ,

"I like to think the linguistic accident that made 'God's Friday' into 'Good Friday' was no accident at all. It was God's own doing -- a sharp, prophetic jab at a time and a culture obsessed by happiness." -- Chris Armstrong, "The Goodness of Good Friday", Christianity Today, 2003-04-18

second half of the paragraph, for folks wanting a little more context and not put off by a wee bit of preachiness... )

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 03:32pm on 2007-04-03 under

Argh! I can't believe I let myself get so caught up in car stuff (tearing various rooms apart looking for the title to send to the insurance company so they can pay me) and computer stuff (the aforementioned cat-on-the-F1-key matter) that I forgot to wish everyone a happy Cheese Weasel Day!

I hope the Cheese Weasel brought, to those of you who can eat such things, delightful dairy products this morning!

dglenn: Me in poufy shirt, kilt, and Darth Vader mask, playing a bouzouki (vader)

This week's mail included the City of Baltimore 2007 Department of Public Works Calendar. What was once upon a time a simple, one-sheet, tri-fold reminder of trash & recycling pickup days and government holidays, has for the past few years (I don't remember exactly how long) been a hang-on-the-wall, page-per-month with a photo on the facing page, tries-to-be-decorative calendar. And it includes various religious holidays and cultural events and stuff like "boat fishing season begins at Liberty and Prettyboy" and the start and end of DST -- it's a handy calendar to have around. Included among the various ethnic festivals (the persistence of which, by the way, supports the "tossed salad" metaphor over the "melting pot" one for describing cultural diversity as it exists here (but I digress)) and the handful of selected holidays for the Abrahamic religions, was ...

... Talk Like a Pirate Day, complete with a cute little cartoonish drawing (which I suppose puts it on equal footing, recognition-wise, with National Estuaries Day, the Baltimore Book Festival, HonFest, and Labor Day, which also get graphics that month. (Some of the religious holidays get graphics, but most don't. The ethnic festivals mostly do.)

Alas, Cheese Weasel Day does not yet enjoy the same level of recognition on the city's published calendar. *sigh* (Nor does No Pants Day.)

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Maybe it's just me, but I think it's kinda cool how the Gregorian and Julian calendars are lined up: no sooner does Catholic and Protestant Christmas end, than Orthodox[*] Christmas begins. What with the twelve days, Epiphany/Theophany, and Christmas Eve, twice each, that's a straight three and a half weeks of Christmas!

(Which, uh, gives me more time to come up with gift ideas and argue that they're "technically not late" ...)

Note that I'm not counting Advent as part of Christmas. If you do, then add on the extra days accordingly. And no, I don't really have an excuse for celebrating Christmas in both calendars -- Mom is Orthodox and Dad was Methodist, but most Greek Orthodox churches are "new calendar"[*], and I just peeked at a web page showing government holidays in Cyprus and they're using the new calendar (I still get to celebrate Easter twice, and that's the more important holiday anyhow) -- but I'm just rather amused by the concept of "nearly a month straight of Christmas", and felt like sharing that amusement. And there are a couple of Russian Orthodox congregations around here (which do celebrate Christmas according to the old calendar), that I can use for cover. :-)

Note also that this alignment works until the end of this Century, after which the two calendars will be one day farther apart. But if you count Christmas Eve as "part of Christmas", you can still call it an uninterrupted not-quite-a-month of Christmas. I'll most likely be dead by then (not that I'd be unhappy about living to 136 years old), so I won't be taking sides in any arguments about that then.

2006-12-24Gregorian Christmas Eve
2006-12-25Gregorian first day of Christmas
2006-12-26Boxing Day
2006-12-27
to 2007-01-04
... third through eleventh days of Christmas
2007-01-05Gregorian Twelfth Night
2007-01-06Gregorian Epiphany (aka Three Kings Day)
also old-calendar-Orthodox[**] (Julian) Christmas Eve
2007-01-07Orthodox (Julian) first day of Christmas
2007-01-08
to 2007-01-17
Orthodox 2nd through 11th days of Christmas
2007-01-18Orthodox Twelfth Night
2007-01-19Orthodox Theophany

And some of you thought you were sick of Christmas carols before ... Heh.


[*] Some Orthodox churches use the Gregorian calendar for fixed holidays while still using the Julian calendar for calculating the dates of Easter/Lent/etc.; other Orthodox churches use the Julian calendar for all holidays. So there are three Christian calendars to keep track of if you want to know who's celebrating what when: straight Julian (old-calendar Orthodox), straight Gregorian (Catholic and Protestant), and Gregorian-except-for-Easter-and-holidays-related-to-it (new-calendar Orthodox). Hmm. I'd assumed that other faiths have one calendar each, but now I'm wondering whether any other religions have a calendar situation like this.

[**] I'm going to get lazy and just write "Orthodox" from here on in this table to refer to specifically old-calendar Orthodox. I'll trust y'all to have read the first footnote already.

dglenn: Me in kilt and poofy shirt, facing away, playing acoustic guitar behind head (cyhmn)

For the past couple of hours, I have had a song stuck in my head that's in a language I don't speak. But that's not the annoying part; it's that I only know the chorus, so it's "sing chorus / hum verse / sing chorus / hum verse / sing chorus / hum jazz variation on verse / sing chorus / hum funk variation on verse / sing chorus / hum newage variation on verse ..." ad nauseum (and yes, the language in question is Latin, and yes, did that on purpose).

Fortunately, it's a very well known song, so Googling the lyrics will be quite easy. But memorizing them will have to wait until I'm not busy shuffling computer equipment around the first floor.

Though it does occur to me that maybe the reason I got the words of the chorus so firmly stuck in my head is that they're pretty darned transparent to an English-speaker who doesn't know Latin (er ... after someone else provides the translation of the one unobvious word, which is also the only word in the title, that is). That's not true of the verses. And by now I figure most of you have already narrowed your guesses down to one song, probably correctly.

Actually, this is better than what was looping through my brain before it. You see, I'd heard one too many commercials using "The Twelve Days of Christmas" as a melody, and some part of my, I dunno, cerebellum or cortex or something, decided to stage a revolt. So I started thinking things like,

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me ...
       Wait a minute, you never came home on the seventh day!
I didn't?
               No, she's right, you didn't.
On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love said to me:
        You're drunk, you're drunk, you silly old fool, as drunk as drunk can be...

Which when I pondered just how evil it was, morphed into:

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love said to me,
"What are these four strange calling-birds where Tweety used to be?"
I said, "You're drunk, you're drunk ..." etc.

So now that I've ruined that for you, I'll show mercy and put that other tune, the one I started off rambling about, back into your heads instead. [Wanders off, singing.]

Gaudete, Gaudete, Christus est natus
Ex Maria Virgine, Gaudete!

Dee dee dee dee da da dum
Da da dee dee dee dum
Dee dee da da do do dum
Da da dee dee dee dum...
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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 02:31pm on 2006-12-25 under ,

I woke up with "Riu Riu Chiu" looping through my brain [note: there seem to be some rests missing from the sheet music PDF I linked to], I'm feeling perky and cheerful despite how much physical pain I'm in ... Yup, it's Christmas and the nastybadevil drugs that I stopped taking a few days ago seem to have cleared out of my brain and stopped screwing with my neurotransmitters in time. I gave Perrine some catnip and a toy mouse. Now I'm just waiting for the pain meds to start working so I can get dressed and go be with family.

I think my Mom will be disappointed that I'm getting there so late, and there's potentially stressful confusion about exactly what the plan is for the day (plus my own frustration at my uncooperative body), but I'm going to keep reminding myself to "go with the flow", not worry about these things (just deal with them as I get to them), and not let any of the obstacles and lurking stressors diminish my current good mood. I can only hope that others who are affected by my limitations (family members waiting for me, pretty much) manage to be similarly mellow about timing so that I don't wind up ruining their moods.

(C'mon, pain-meds, hurry up! Er ... wait, wait, they'll start working soon and I just said I wasn't gonna let myself get stressed over it. Okay.)

And so begin the twelve days.

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I just caught a Christmas-themed commercial on television, with a carol as the soundtrack and images of Christmas trees and Santa. [While writing this, a second one came on.] In case anyone hasn't noticed, or is reading this weeks from now without looking at the timestamp, it is not yet Samhain (All Hallows), much less (US) Thanksgiving. I also note that a friend on the other coast described an in-person sighting of Christmas mall-decorations going up already, a few days ago.

May I please get time to enjoy the holidays ahead of it before we get into full Christmas overload (which also makes it harder, at least for me, to enjoy Christmas itself as much)? Clearly, the not-commercialized Christian holidays are getting not only shortchanged, but in the case of All Hallows (aka All Saints Day) and All Souls they're actually being obscured, papered over (in wrapping paper) by the Christmas-and-no-other-holidays crowd. Or is it that they're not-Protestant rather than not-commercial? The non-church-holiday-but-still-with-religious-overtones Thanksgiving is being denied its proper time in our attention as well, saved from being completely ignored only thanks to its football matches and ... its customary, but now apparently obsolete, role marking the start of the Commercemas Christmas shopping season. And Samhain, the Celtic New Year holiday from which we borrowed some of our older All Saints Eve (Hallow E'en) traditions and use as the inspiration excuse for most of our modern ones is clearly a major target of this War On All Holidays Other Than Christmas -- are the Catholic holidays serious targets as well, or mere "collateral damage" in this war?

Either way, it's clear that the economic weight of Christmas, the 800-pound gorilla of holidays, is being used to crush other holidays, drive them into obscurity, and prevent those of us who value tradition and wish to remember the reason for every season from being permitted to properly celebrate Other Holidays as they are meant to be celebrated -- that is, as holidays in their own right, not merely as landmarks on the road to Christmas!

We who care about any of these other holidays must stand up for our rights! Do not let them diminish the rest of the holidays! We are being oppressed, and if we do not challenge this annual expansion of Christmas, stop the slide down this slippery slope, sooner or later there will be nothing left in the calendar -- no Flag Day, no Independence Day, no Easter, only Christmas, Boxing Day, and three hundred and sixty three days of Christmas Eve! Look at how Lincoln's and Washington's birthdays have already been crushed, smooshed together into a single, unremarkable (except for linen sales) "Presidents Day"! Every holiday you hold dear is at risk if you do not act.

The Jewish major holidays have been poorly represented in public consciousness for a long time, with the minor Channukah elevated to prominence as part of the backdrop for Christmas. And the Muslim calendar is so poorly understood on these shores that most people have no clue when its holidays are -- count the number of times you hear "Happy Ramadan" this December despite the month of Ramadan having ended about a week before the end of October (this year ... it'll be even funnier in years when Ramadan happens in July). I've already mentioned what happened to George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, and to assorted Catholic Holidays that Aren't Christmas. So I say to you: Muslims, you are being oppressed; Catholics, you are being oppressed; Patriots, you are being oppressed; Jews, you are being oppressed (yet again); and Protestants who believe Easter is a more important religious holiday than Christmas (everybody has a birthday -- how many have a rebirth-day, huh?), you too are being oppressed! Old-calendar Orthodox Christians, you are being oppressed (do you think any of these Noelists are going to wish you Merry Christmas in January? But you do get to take advantage of the "after Christmas" sales for your Christmas shopping, which is some compensation...) So it's clearly not simply a "Christians gainst everybody else" thing, as some of the Christmas Over Everything people try to portray it, since even some (many!) Christians get short shrift here -- don't let them get away with this.

Protest to the shopkeepers, those craven servants of "political correctness" who have bowed to the pressure of the Noelists (or have been bribed by their shopping money) to replace these other holidays with ever more Christmas, however they try to Disguise their Christmasism with supposedly innocuous "Happy Holidays" (as if they were paying attention to any holidays not contemporaneous with Christmas -- ha!) and "Season's Greetings" (note how no other season is credited with its own greeting?). Boycott the stores, even entire malls, that start Christmas too early and trample the freedom of those who would celebrate Hallowe'en and Thanksgiving as holidays separate from Christmas, preferring to celebrate Christmas in its own season instead of in other holidays' time! Make certain that the media understand that we are tired of this War Against Holidays Other Than Christmas and that we are equally tired of being dismissed as inconsequential cranks. Remind them that we speak for countless others too cowed by commercial political correctness to give voice to their own dismay at the obscuring of the other holidays -- the lurkers support us in email!. Insist on being greeted with "The Monster Mash" instead of Christmas carols tomorrow and the next day, with "Boo!" or "Happy Hallowe'en" instead of garlands and Christmas trees. Insist that until Thanksgiving we honour the memory of those who settled this great nation , and overeating, with pretty autumnal brown and orange and gold (which make the red and green and tinsel of Christmas seem all the more special when they show up as the transition from the Thanksgiving decorations than when they've been up so long they become background noise -- the Noelists are harming their own favourite holiday in their quest to drive all other holidays down). If you enter a store before Thanksgiving and see a Santa hat, find the manager and insist it be replaced by a hat with a buckle on it. Don't let them crush our holidays!

And if anybody says anything about a so-called "War On Christmas", remind them that Christmas started it!

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2006-09-24 under ,

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2006-08-06:

"It's only in our minds that we are separate from the rest of the world." -- Gay Luce, psychologist.
(submitted to the mailing list by Reddy, Michael)

 

And a blessed Ramadan to my Muslim friends!

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