Tuesday, December 21, 2004

A blog of Christmas cheer! Ho!

Does victory cause insanity in Republicans?
This is Peggy Noonan, from a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece:

“… I know something the Democratic Party can do right now that will improve its standing and increase its popularity. It can be done this week. Its impact will be quick and measurable.

“It is this: Stop the war on religious expression in America. Have Terry McAuliffe come forward and announce that the Democratic Party knows that a small group of radicals continue to try to "scrub" such holidays as Christmas from the public square. They do this while citing the Constitution, but the Constitution does not say it is wrong or impolite to say "Merry Christmas" or illegal to have a crèche in the public square. The Constitution says we have freedom of religion, not from religion. Have Terry McAuliffe announce that from here on in the Democratic Party is on the side of those who want religion in the public square, and the Ten Commandments on the courthouse wall for that matter. Then he should put up a big sign that says "Merry Christmas" on the sidewalk in front of the Democratic National Committee Headquarters on South Capitol Street. The Democratic Party should put itself on the side of Christmas, and Hanukkah, and the fact of transcendent faith.”

Um, what the hell is she talking about? The fact of transcendent faith? Faith is not contingent upon fact. Isn’t that why they call it faith?

And I’ll bet that Democrats spend just as much time decorating trees as holier-than-thou Peggy Noonan.

Have Peggy Noonan open her ears. What does she hear? Christmas carols everywhere, Christmas songs in every store. Open her eyes, what does she see? Clerks in Santa hats. A Santa in every front yard. Sad men with tattoos selling Christmas trees in vacant lots.

There’s no assault on Christmas. On the contrary, Ms. Noonan, Christmas assaults us. Maybe if I could get “Frosty the Snowman” out of my head I might feel differently.

Then there’s the O’Reilly Factor…
In his “The Memo” feature, O’Reilly also is worried about the future of Christmas and Christianity. But he seems to be even more worried - obsessed I would say- about Canada:

“The fall of religion in Canada has corresponded to the rise in progressive public policy. Most Canadians now favor gay marriage. The age of consent for sex is 14 years. That means if you're an adult and you have sex with a 15-year-old, that's fine.Welfare's double what it is in the USA. And the Canadian military is almost non-existent. Drug decriminalization is a reality, as is any kind of abortion. The Canadian model is what progressive Americans are shooting for. Thus, Christian displays like Christmas must be scaled back because the connection with Judeo-Christian beliefs is bad for the secular agenda.”

I never thought that a strong military presence was necessarily Christ-centered, but then again I don’t have the subtlety of thought that Bill O’Reilly possesses.

Take the above syllogism, for instance.

(A) Drug decriminalization is a reality, as is any kind of abortion (Any kind; Canadians aren’t very picky apparently when it comes to abortions.)

(A) The Canadian model is what progressive Americans are shooting for. (You know, health care, back bacon….)

Therefore...?

(A) Thus, Christian displays like Christmas must be scaled back because the connection with Judeo-Christian beliefs is bad for the secular agenda.

Aha! Progressives are scaling back Christmas because they want to be Canadian! Q.E.D.

The REAL secular agenda
The Washington Post has bought Slate from Microsoft.

This just in!
Just in time for Christmas, there’s a new internet worm, called “Perl Santy A,” or “Santy.” It uses Google to search for hosts, which are servers rather than individual computers. Once a server is infected, the worm finds and overwrites files with extensions. Merry Christmas!

Duck’s Breath DVD
It’s too late to get it for Christmas, my friends, but you can still get it. There are no elves, no Santa Claus, no Mel Gibson-y tortured Christ, no melting snowmen - there was a Christmas song, but it got deleted. If you’re anything like me, that’s a selling point in itself. It is, however, very funny. Order it here, please: http://www.drscience.com/store.htm#dvd



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