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crazy much? October 4, 2007

Filed under: politics — sp @ 7:54 pm

Ann Coulter, in a New York Observer interview, being her usual offensive self:

If we took away women’s right to vote, we’d never have to worry about another Democrat president. It’s kind of a pipe dream, it’s a personal fantasy of mine, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. And it is a good way of making the point that women are voting so stupidly, at least single women.

It also makes the point, it is kind of embarrassing, the Democratic Party ought to be hanging its head in shame, that it has so much difficulty getting men to vote for it. I mean, you do see it’s the party of women and ‘We’ll pay for health care and tuition and day care — and here, what else can we give you, soccer moms?’

and yet, her book is #5 on Amazon as of this writing.  i’m not sure what’s more frightening – that she spouts such irrationality and prejudice to sell books, or that people out there actually agree with her.


and next: the war on easter December 29, 2006

Filed under: politics — sp @ 1:22 am

‘War on Christmas’ has a new jingle: money

Christian groups raise funds as they sell items to counter a perceived assault on the holiday.

By Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
4:16 AM PST, December 23, 2006

The “War on Christmas” has never been so profitable.

For the fourth year running, conservative Christian groups have spent much of December mobilizing against what they see as a liberal plot to censor Christmas.

But this year, it’s more than a cause. It’s a heck of a fundraiser.

why didn’t i think of these when i was doing my xmas shopping?

The American Family Assn., a conservative activist group, has rung up more than $550,000 in sales of buttons and magnets stamped with the slogan “Merry Christmas: It’s Worth Saying.”

Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit law firm affiliated with the religious right, has taken in more than $300,000 with its Help Save Christmas Action Packs. The kits include two buttons, two bumper stickers and “The Memo that Saved Christmas,” a guide to defending overt religious expression, such as a Nativity scene in a public school classroom.

Also for sale through conservative websites: Christmas bracelets, tree ornaments and lapel pins intended to send a defiant message to those who would turn December into a multicultural mush of “winter parties,” “seasonal sales” and “Happy Holidays” greetings.

and since the good fight against the war on Christmas has been so successful (and profitable), the next target will be the war on Easter.

In fact, the fundraising went so well that the religious right plans to branch out. Next up: the War on Easter.

Scouts for the American Family Assn., which is based in Tupelo, Miss., will keep a keen eye out for stores that promote “spring baskets” or “spring bonnets” instead of celebrating the Resurrection. The group already has laid in a stash of Easter buttons, featuring three gold crosses and the words “He Lives.” They’ll go on sale in early January.


if you elect a muslim to congress… December 22, 2006

Filed under: politics — sp @ 8:33 pm

…then he will swear allegiance to the Koran and not the Bible.

And then he will write legislation allowing a sudden massive influx of more of those Muslim immigrants.

And more and more Muslims will be elected to the government, all swearing upon the Koran.

And then they will control EVERYTHING.

And then all of us God-fearing, good Christian American citizens will be doomed.

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from the LA Times:

Lawmaker affirms Muslim remarks

A Virginia congressman defends his call for an immigration crackdown to thwart Koran’s use in swearing-in ceremonies.

By Joel Havemann, Times Staff Writer
December 22, 2006

WASHINGTON — Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr. (R-Va.) on Thursday stood by his demand for strict immigration controls that he said would prevent Muslims from being elected to Congress and using the Koran during swearing-in ceremonies.

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It’s nice to know that while the rest of America is preoccupied with their holiday – excuse me, Christmas – shopping, there’s someone looking out for us and warning us of the very real threat of Muslims taking over America and defiling everything we stand for.  Since, you know, our war against terrorism is sooo effective that the only way they can achieve their endpoint of world domination is through the infiltration of our free-speech-free-religion-equal-rights-guaranteed democracy.


Freedom of speech? December 9, 2005

Filed under: blogspot,politics — sp @ 12:12 am

Student suspended for speaking Spanish:

Didn’t you know? English is the ONLY language that’s allowed to be spoken in America, land of the free. We cannot allow bilingual students to speak in a different language during their own free time, for that would undermine the homogeneous nature of American culture.


The Christmas spirit December 5, 2005

Filed under: blogspot,politics — sp @ 1:33 pm

Do you find the phrase ‘Happy Holidays’ personally offensive? How about holiday trees? Or holiday shopping?

You may be wondering (and rightfully so): WHO CARES?!!!
Apparently, some people do.
Apparently, some people think ‘Happy Holidays’ is exclusive of Christians, despite the fact that it’s including the many different holidays celebrated this time of year.

Am I Christian? No. Do I sing Christmas carols? Yes. Just on Saturday, in fact. Did I feel uncomfortable as a non-Christian child when we sang songs about Christ our savior, and Satan’s power? Yes. We sang Hanukkah songs, too, though these did seem more secular than many of the Christmas carols. Still, I appreciate the history of the holiday and the beauty of songs such as O Holy Night.

Do I buy Christmas presents? Yes. And I don’t think I’ll ever call them holiday presents. Do I write Christmas cards? Well, not so much lately but that’s only because of laziness, not because of any resentment that they’re called Christmas cards.

Am I offended when people wish me a ‘Merry Christmas’? No. In fact, I’m more offended that Bill O’Reilly and Jerry Falwell and their allies find ‘Happy Holidays’ offensive. That they are so self-centered to think that ‘Happy Holidays’ is an attempt to bring down the Christian right. Honestly, have they even considered that Target and other stores might use ‘Happy Holidays’ in their advertising more out of monetary reasons? (Common sense dictates that the more people you include, the more gifts you sell.) And it’s obvious from their insensitivity to the inclusive nature of the phrase ‘Happy Holidays’ that they have no idea how it feels to grow up as a non-Christian in a predominantly Christian nation.

Moreover, why do they care so much about retailers not incorporating the word ‘Christmas’ into their advertising? Are extremely crowded malls and hundreds of dollars spent on gifts really a part of a Christian Christmas? They seem unable to separate the religious holiday from the secular, American holiday. I am not a Christian, yet I participate in this gift-hunting frenzy because I’ve adopted the secular aspects of the holiday (a time for family, friends, goodwill and cheer) as a part of American culture; the same way Thanksgiving is a part of our culture that my French classmates have accepted (one of them had no clue about the story about the Pilgrims and Native Americans coming together for dinner).

And the campiagn to have ‘Christmas’ trees instead of ‘holiday’ trees? Excuse me, but where in the bible do they talk about chopping up a tree and decorating it with fake snow and shiny metal balls in honor of Christ’s birth? (I still call them Christmas trees anyway, but still, why so much anger over holiday trees?)

Some have even argued that saying ‘Happy Holidays’ is un-American. Because obviously not saying ‘Christmas’ = un-Christian = un-American.

And so I have spent the last half-hour writing an entry about this issue that shouldn’t even be an issue. I guess on the bright side, I can thank Bill O’Reilly and Jerry Falwell for making me see how inanely idiotic they are.
I hope the O’Reillys and Falwells out there realize that they’re the ones killing the Christmas spirit. And I hope the American public realizes it too.


some links (courtesy of Josh, so yes, these are liberal-leaning):

Apparently, Fox News was selling an O’Reilly Factor Holiday ornament:

A great quote from a debate on Fox News Watch about the alleged Christmas vs. Holiday Controversy:

Neal: We’re at war, there’s Darfur, there’s an AIDS crisis and you’re worried about whether people should say Merry Christmas? What world do you live in?

And finally, a New York Times Editorial on this great controversy of our times:

P.S. And if you have the Pax channel, you may be lucky enough to see Jerry Falwell’s infomercial urging citizens to call up the Liberty Counsel for some free representation in anti-Christmas discrimination cases… I kid you not, I was flipping through the channels and came across this infomercial informing viewers that they “have the constitutional right to send Christmas cards” and they also “have the constitutional right to sing Christmas carols” and so on and so forth.

P.P.S. If you don’t care whether stores say ‘Happy Holidays’ or ‘Merry Christmas’, vote Yes in Bill O’Reilly’s poll: