Alea iacta est
I hope all have a wonderful and meaningful Christmas. May the advent of our Savior bring you peace and joy.
Just five years after his invention, he was convicted of torturing two black women by stripping them naked, beating them with electrical cords, placing a hot iron into the mouth of one and mangling the toe of the other in a vice. During the ordeal, he forced them to drink detergent.
What was his invention? Kwanzaa!
Over at Florida Cracker's new digs, you can find a great story about the Christmas Spirit, alive and well in Femaville.
Go read it. Great pictures. Hurricane Charley isn't over for many people, as this story reminds us.
It's bright and warm here today, and I was out shopping from 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM today. I'm tired!
Another Arctic Blast is headed our way, with temps in the 30's predicted for Sunday night.
Time to hibernate for a while...
My sister received a Christmas Card from the President and First Lady. As she says, no doubt she's way down on their list, but it's nice to get a card.
In what I hope will be a continuing string of posts inspired by the Christmas Spirit, I share with you the following:
If you are trying to think of a good Christmas gift for the slightly-crazed environmentalist in your life, you could do worse than Michael Crichton's new book "State of Fear".
I haven't read it myself, but according to this entertaining review by Ronald Bailey, it might go a way towards steering your friend back towards a more even keel.
(Please excuse the mixed metaphors.)
Jim Geraghty writes about the Anti-Happy-Holidays Backlash:
Is there any force in life that makes us more motivated than some screeching harpies demanding that we stop doing something because it offends them? Could anything spur folks to make publicly-visible expressions of religious faith on private property than some bullying hyper-sensitive litigious folk demanding a holiday-free zone?
Cautious corporations and advertisers may be quickly replacing their Christmas decorations with generic expressions of “Happy Holidays,” but I suspect ordinary citizens, having been challenged by someone with the audacity to issue fatwas on certain phrases, songs, and symbols, are going to defy this with ever-greater and holiday-specific expressions.
What kind of person is offended to the point of legal action from hearing the word “Christmas”? If you wish me “Happy Kwanzaa”, my reaction will be… “Okay. Back at ya, buddy!”
Certain folks are intolerant to the point where hearing others express their faith fills them with outrage and bitterness. But that’s a topic for their therapist, not for our school board meetings and town hall hearings. Thus, I expect more folks will be wishing others a specific and festive Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, Winter Solstice, Diwali (Hindu New Year) when it falls around this time of year, Eid when it falls around this time of year…
This is precisely what I think. I am amused, when shopping, to respond to a salesperson's tentative "Happy Holidays" with a more confident "Merry Christmas!" Inevitably, the poor soul will relax and say it back to me.
Has anyone else experienced this?