Archive for November, 2010

Ho, Ho, Humbug? Share Merry Christmas or Declare Happy Holidays?

November 28, 2010

Living up here in Canada I was beginning to worry.  It was closing in on the last week of November and it hadn’t snowed yet.  Three years ago I flew up here and the snow was as deep and cold as I expected but now I lamented, “Where’s the snow?”  But be careful what you pine over because Old Man Winter has some big ears. 

It snowed Thursday and through the night it snowed again.  We awoke this morning to more snow.

My BB says now it appears like snow has always been here and it is true, we live in the Great White North.  Brrr… it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. 

So imagine my interest when I discovered this on the Internet…  http://action.afa.net/Detail.aspx?id=2147486887  I didn’t know there were actually stores out there that refused to promote or minimized the approach of Christmas.  I had to stop and wonder about that…

Victoria’s Secret?  What do they have against the pagan sun-god worshippers ritual?  You’d think that they’d want to promote the sale of their sexy lingerie at all costs, wouldn’t you? http://www.spike.com/video/victorias-secret/2807705

Barnes and Noble?  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/Barnes-and-Noble-Classics-for-Christmas/379000267/   Seems like they’d want to cash in on the Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men sales motto.  So I had to look deeper…

There you go, lots of Christmas language in that video.

And they mention Radio Shack?  How about this?

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x88qhi_radio-shack-christmas-play_music 

or this?

Okay, so now I’m confused.  Either stores promote the day erroneously marked as Christ’s birth or they don’t.  Personally I don’t care and God bless ’em if they choose not to, but where does the AFA get their information?  From readers like you.

So I had to go back and view the Victoria’s Secret ads again and pay more than the usual (!) attention and guess what?  They left the word Christmas to the imagination (and little else) so, hmmm… does that really portray or betray the spirit of giving?  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp=40387119&#40387119

Now with a keener eye (ha!) I looked back at Barnes and Nobles then the Radio Shack ads.  B&N’s online ad merely mentioned Holiday gifts but their B&N Tags video seemed to balance Christmas in amongst their segments.  Both Radio Shack videos did the same.  So here’s the rub…

The American Family Association puts this list together implying retailers either support Christmas minimally, profoundly or not at all.  But does this aid us in discovering the true meaning of the holiday?  Or does it just boycott the notion that this spirit we are supposed to develop comes from within regardless of where we shop?  If I’m filled with the ghosts of Christmas! At last!  does it really matter if my retailer joins in that sentiment?  And what about their employees and their families, don’t they deserve the benefit of Christmas charity and prosperity?

Our 11-year-old is anxiously awaiting Christmas.  You’d think it would be because of the gifts he is anticipating and that is a  reasonable assumption.   Most 11 year olds can hardly wait for the new video game, new electronic gadgetry or music machine that is flooding the want lists of kids around the world and he’s no exception.

But lately, there is something more… he wants to give gifts.  A gift for his younger brother and one for his older sister.  A gift for his mother and even one for me!  Gifts all around.  And he’s worried time will run out before he is able to earn enough money to buy them all.  He doesn’t realize it, but he has already given me the grandest gift a child can give.  He has shown his willingness to share.  Not to say he hasn’t felt that spirit in the past but this holiday season it has had an impact on me.

These days it is hard to cultivate sharing.  Usually it is all about what you will get that matters.  That is probably the biggest turn off the Christmas holiday brings to me.  I don’t like the fact that a date on the calendar dictates whether I will be generous or not.  I feel that it means more when a gift is offered “out of the blue” with no strings attached.

Now seeing our young man get excited for the gifts he is about to present to others puts a warm feeling in my heart.  It is the feeling that perhaps all your parenting efforts have not gone un-noticed, perhaps through all your hits and misses, the joy of sharing has taken root and blossoms forth.

And that is a good thing. 

So, if  in your travels you notice… “Hey! They’re putting out Christmas decorations already!”  and you are trying to decide whether it fits in your politics or not to succumb to all the hype, remember this…

There really can be “Joy to the World”, even if it is only one giving heart at a time.

Have a safe and warm (!) holiday season.

http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/naughty-and-nice-companies-this-holiday-season/q9n2vz7p?q=Christmas+Shopping&rel=msn&from=en-us_msnhp&form=MSNHED&gt1=42007

Peace.

P.S.  This was sent to me by an alert reader, thought it fit in perfectly with our topic…

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

  

 




 

 

 

 

 

 



Cleverly done!!!   http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb001_ZSYYYYYYMNUS 

 Twas the Month before Christmas 

 


Twas the month before Christmas

 

When all through our land,

 

Not a Christian was praying

 

Nor taking a stand.

 

See the PC Police had taken away

 

The reason for Christmas – no one could say.

 

The children were told by their schools not to sing

 

About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.

 

It might hurt people’s feelings, the teachers would say

 

 December 25th is just a ‘ Holiday ‘.

 

Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit

 

Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!

 

CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-Pod

 

Something was changing, something quite odd! 

 

Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa

 

In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.

 

As Targets were hanging their trees upside down

 

At Lowe’s the word Christmas – was no where to be found.

 

At K-Mart and Staples and Penny’s and Sears

 

You won’t hear the word Christmas; it won’t touch your ears.

 

Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty

 

Are words that were used to intimidate me.

 

Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen

 

On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton !

 

At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter

 

To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.

 

And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith

 

 Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace

 

The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded

 

The reason for the season, stopped before it started.

 

So as you celebrate ‘Winter Break’ under your ‘Dream Tree’

 

Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.

 

Choose your words carefully, choose what you say

 

Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS ,

 

not Happy Holiday !

 

Please, all Christians join together and

 

wish everyone you meet

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS

 

Christ is The Reason’ for the Christ-mas Season!

a little T&A for the TSA?

November 21, 2010

Uh-oh, I’m exasperating. 

This morning my BB and I were discussing an article I found on the Internet and we enlarged upon the public outcry over TSA methods in airports.  Here’s an interesting snippet on the subject…

http://www.slate.com/id/2275448/?GT1=38001

You’d think that if the program was working, TSA officials would want to let the public know, you know… toot their little horn?  So far… zip.

Now we are reading horror stories like this one…

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40278427/ns/travel-news

or watching videos like this one…

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/40288608#40288608

and envisioning ourselves in predicaments of public humiliation like this one…

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40291856/ns/travel-news

So how did my fair one and I get off into this subject on an otherwise perfectly perfect Sunday morning coming down?  I read this:

http://moms.today.com/_news/2010/11/19/5495281-allergic-teens-mom-wants-to-ban-perfume-in-school?gt1=43001

More on that later.

First of all, I have no problem with security cameras placed on public streets, in buildings or special events.  I am out in public and therefore I am being seen by the masses and don’t mind it being recorded.  I’m not about to break any law and if it means that other people will behave themselves; i.e. refrain from theft, violence or public indecency I am all for it.  Some view this as an invasion of their privacy but I say no.  You are out in public, you are not in private.  A camera being concealed in your bathroom, bedroom, hotel room, etc. would be an invasion of your privacy because you are no longer in public and carrying on in a private manner.  While you are shopping in a mall you will be notified that there are security cameras in place and these are for your protection as well as deterring crime.  To me that is acceptable.

Okay, now for a little T&A for the TSA.

People are in a quandary about the security measures placed in airports.  While there has been no recorded instances of these security checkpoints actually catching terrorists, they may act as a deterrent.  If it means getting felt up to ensure I take off and land as scheduled, then I think that is a small price to pay.  Imagine having your plane hijacked by terrorists.  Would you feel better knowing that even though you are about to go down in flames at least your dignity is intact?  I don’t think so.

But I will say that there should be accommodations for persons with the conditions mentioned above.  Perhaps there could be a pre-screening for such individuals.  When they purchase their tickets their condition could be verified.  After doing this they need not go through the rigors and potentially embarrassing screenings that the general public must endure. 

Or you could choose not to fly.  These days it seems the perfect option to me.  The fam and I flew to Florida last spring and while the trip down was uneventful, we were stunned that the airlines insisted we pay for baggage on our return flight even though we had booked months in advance of any levied fees now in force.  It was another $80-90 but that was beside the point, we felt we had no choice and were being gouged.  So, plans for future trips will be based on ground travel.  No lines, no surcharges, no delays and no TSA. 

People think that TSA officers are getting their jollies looking at x-ray images but I don’t think so.  Have you seen these pictures?

or these?

can you identify any person with these images?  Maybe a sense of humor would help…

Now for the later story that got me in hot water…  oh! you haven’t read it yet?  Here it is again, go ahead… I’ll wait.

http://moms.today.com/_news/2010/11/19/5495281-allergic-teens-mom-wants-to-ban-perfume-in-school?gt1=43001

I particularly like the comments on this one.

Our society seems to be so overly sensitive about issues that are best resolved individually.  Why does this mother have to sue the school district?  Why does the majority have to sacrifice for the minority?  It is the same as air travel.  If you cannot abide by the wishes of the government, don’t fly.  If your child has allergies, take the necessary precautions.  But not at the expense or discomfort of others. 

Peanut products have been banned from the area schools where I live.  I can survive without peanuts.  But they are intermingled with other foods that may be harmful to me or others with allergic reations.  Fine.  All products that MAY come in contact with peanuts are hereby banned as well.  That means on airplanes, too.   Bummer.  We protect the rights of better health for some, but what about those of us who love our peanut M&M’s?  Too bad.

I remember reading somewhere that red automobiles are statistically in more accidents and are involved in more moving violations than any other color.  So do we ban the color red?  Rock & Roll might excite young people, classical music might enthrall older persons.  Tight sweaters show off buxom females, tight shirts show off a guy’s bulging muscles.  Are we thinking dirty thoughts?  Billboards are distracting while we drive.  Magazines have alluring covers.  Books have titles drenched in innuendo.  Movies have gratuitous violence.  Yikes!  So much out there that might be harmful to us!

I’m not trying to minimize a persons allergy.  Our daughter has a severe reaction to nuts due to asthma and as a family we have to take the necessary precautions.  But she goes places outside of home or school (ban the peanuts, remember?) and has to be conscious of her surroundings.  We haven’t banned peanuts at the mall… yet.

Airport security is a good thing.  We live in troublesome times and need to address issues pertaining to national security and personal safety.  Food allergies are a very real problem and need to be taken seriously by those who have them.  The general public has the right to choose to fly or not fly.  The general public has the right to decide whether they will wear perfume or eat peanuts or drive a red automobile. 

There is the minority that are afraid of their bodies images being seen or those images stored.  First of all, chances are the images exposed are of bodies supported by brassieres, girdles, slimming pantyhose,  jockey shorts, back supports, toupee’s or waist reducing jeans… 

And secondly, let them imagine… you never looked better.

peace.

Outside Looking In

November 14, 2010

It has been two years since I moved to Canada.

From this vantage point it is interesting how our politics are depicted.  Obama recently has left for a jaunt overseas to less than stellar reviews.http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40145336/  But it is the comments to the reports that I find enlightening.  Average citizens remarking on the functioning of Democracy. http://world-news.newsvine.com/_news/2010/11/12/5454035-obama-claims-strengthened-hand-in-global-dealings

Funny how one administration can get a free pass over the actions of a proceeding one, or from a potential challenger.  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/the-importance-of-seeing-sarah-palin/article1738425/   I thought this comment was noteworthy after someone remarked about Sarah Palin being a “quitter”…

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You think Obama’s bad…..I would hate to see what we get if you people elect a quiting Governor!

  • 2 votes

#2.1 – Sat Nov 13, 2010 5:26 AM EST

You think Obama’s bad…..I would hate to see what we get if you people elect a quiting Governor!

Seems to me that every politician both Republican and Democrat that ran for an office above the one that they currently held and then won that office quit their job, Obama quit the senate to become president, Biden quit his job They all quit their jobs, It does not make any difference whether they were elected or not they still quit their former jobs….I am not a Sara Palin fan and I an not an Obama basher but that quit her job thing is really getting tired

Palin left Alaska with a 18 billion dollar surplus. Her reason for leaving was exemplary. Lawsuits because of taking the position of vice president running made her a target of the liberal media which demonized both Palin and her children. Even the porn community attacked this lady who presented herself as an everyday American mom with mainstream values, concerns and the direction of middle class America. Her reason for leaving the governorship was Alaska would not get anything done with the attacks and lawsuits. Palin then joined with the Tea Party and played a big part in reshaping the candidates who ran for office in the Republican party as well as handing the Democrats their worst political defeat. Palin is family focus person and community as well. Her leadership begins in her home, her husband does not wander like say Hilary Clinton’s does another lady who wants to be president but cannot even control her own husband. Palin has problem solving abilities, when the gulf spill occurred she graciously told Obama which countries had equipment to contain the spill, being a Governor of an oil producing state, she knew instantly what to do and who to connect with. Palin’s advice was ignored by the Obama administration.. When these ships arrived in the Gulf, they were sent home and that decision was in every countries newspaper except the United States, Holland”s was where I read the article at the time and you can check it there. The reason for this decision was only maritime unions workers were allowed to clean up oil spills. Over a month passed before cleanup began by foreign ships that were brought back. Palin is also versed in our National Defense system due to Alaska position on the globe and had a security clearance and unlike say somebody like Eric Holder or Bill Clinton could not get a security clearance because of previous affiliations with radical and anti government groups. Unlike Mr Momus, Palin is qualified to be President in my estimation for reasons listed above and many more which time constraints and space prevent me from listing. Palin indeed represents mainstream America, her concerns are for her fellow Americans and if she were elected we would all have jobs by now. and Capital hill would not be a war zone. . .

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I have a tendency to agree, still it hurts me to see my country in such a quandary.  People divided, loyalties questioned and affiliations splintered.  But there is more interest in politics as of late than any time in recent memory, which is a good thing.  There has been too much apathy in the past.  More people should be involved to where the politicians start paying attention to the concerns of the people… and act accordingly.

I don’t consider myself overly patriotic, but while I am on the outside looking in I hate seeing my country’s image sullied because of some bad policies.  Americans by far are good people; generous, kind and loyal.  I think a little introspection is a good thing.   http://advantagesofmutualrespectandfairplay.com/2010/02/20/have-a-little-cake-with-your-tea-party/

We all need to take that journey…

Let’s start having some accountability starting from within.

From the outside looking in,

peace.

An Invasion of Piracy

November 13, 2010

Yo ho ho and a bottle of root beer!  Okay, pirates come in all shapes and sizes…

But sometimes you just gotta wonder about the legitimacy of some…

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39897648/ns/business-world_business/?gt1=43001

Here’s an instance of a person being pirated because of alleged pirating…

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9134582/Analysis_1.92M_fine_in_music_piracy_case_could_hurt_RIAA

and of course, there is the threat of software piracy…

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40045602/ns/technology_and_science-the_new_york_times

But I think that not all pirates are brandishing cutlass’ and carrying off booty.  Some are just keeping legitimate ideas from surfacing, and I think that is the worst type of pirate, the one that seems to be above such dastardly deeds, but actually causes more harm than good.  Check this out…

http://ourworld.unu.edu/en/plastic-to-oil-fantastic/

Changing plastic to oil would be way cooler than placing it in land fills…

Don’t you think?

Now who could possibly think this could be bad?  Exxon?  Naw…

peace.