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 Post subject: Happy? Holidays
PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 3:20 am 
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It's the day before Thanksgiving and I'm not so thankful right now. We get a little rain here and the internet goes out. It's intermittent all day. Then my iphoto effed up today and I have a TON of photos to upload and send to my editors. They're in the library, but not showing up. It's a pain and a huge time suck I can't afford to have right now. Tomorrow I have to drive 70 miles to see my boyfriends extended family (yay) :? and eat dinner at the Marie Calendars restaurant. (double yay) :( The following two days I'm at a competition with my girl scouts. (that i'm actually looking forward to.) But it's leaving me no time to get work on my business done.

Stressed? Yes.

So then I hear this. Which really takes my stress and turns it into anger and despise at our stupid idiotic people who run our gov't institutions: some college professor decided to get the wearing of construction paper Pilgrim hats and paper-cut-out feathered Indian Headbands by kindergartners BANNED in a California school district - a 40 year old tradition involving two local schools who meet up to share a "feast." Why you ask? Because it's racist, demeaning, furthering sterotypes , and endorsing - wait for it - genocide. :shock:

Many parents protested and sent their kids in costume anyway. Others local "activists" protested out front, complete with pickets saying "No Thanks, No Giving" and "Don't Celebrate Genocide." Political Correctness has now reached a new pathetic extreme :evil:

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And just to piss me off more, I hear this on the radio today:

After the Peanuts Theme song (think Snoopy Dance) finishes playing on the station who's been playing 100% Holiday music for a few days now, the DJ says "and there was one from the Charlie Brown Holiday Special."

The Charlie Brown Holiday Special???

EXCUSE ME!

It's called A Charlie Brown Christmas! That's the name of the freakin' show!

Christmas, dammit! Let's all say it together: "Christmas!" Your tongue won't fall off, your mouth won't catch on fire. It's not a dirty, 4-letter word. It's CHRISTMAS!

So to each of you, no matter your religion or your customs, Merry Christmas. Feel free to wish me a Happy Hanukkah, I won't be offended. Just spare me the "Happy Holidays," please. (Oh, and you can officially wish me any of those things starting Saturday - give some respect to the bird and let it digest first, please. I like my holidays one at a time).

Rant over.

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 Post subject: Re: Happy? Holidays
PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 4:10 am 
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And a pleasing xmas celebration to you.

No, I actually agree with you as well. There are some pretty interesting political extremes at work right now. I hear a lot of absurd stories of this sort of "political correctness" (e.g. recently a university (Carlton) had a Cystic Fibrosis charity removed from their charity list because it was "not inclusive enough" as one of the student government members had heard a rumour that CF only affects white men, which is completely untrue).

In fact, you can consider me an honorary right-wing nutjob by virtue of the clash between me and some elements of the city I live in now. Every day I glare at the "brewed with chemical-free water, organic fair-trade-coffee, and LImageve!" at some coffee shop or another, or hear people complain about seventh hand cigarette smoke from half a mile away, or watch the absurdity of Lifestyle Pedestrians with their head-to-toe blinking red lights, reflective vests, and bright white safety xenon-torches...

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 Post subject: Re: Happy? Holidays
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walter23 wrote:
recently a university (Carlton) had a Cystic Fibrosis charity removed from their charity list because it was "not inclusive enough" as one of the student government members had heard a rumour that CF only affects white men, which is completely untrue

It's Carleton (my alma mater), and that stupid, idiotic decision has been reversed. The students are holding a rally today to show support for the charity and raise funds for CF.

The event that was canceled (and now reinstated) is called Shinerama. When it started, first year students were sent to the streets to shine shoes for money, which was given to CF. Eventually, the shoe shining was dropped, and now the students just run around intersections during red lights collecting money from drivers.

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 Post subject: Re: Happy? Holidays
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Erin,

I agree with you 100%. Our school holds a different view, thankfully. In fact our lower school dedicates the six weeks prior to Thanksgiving Day as Native American History moduale. They visit local Indian lands . ( not the casinos! :) )create branch huts, help dig out canoes and generally learn more about Native American Indians in elementary school than I did until my college history days.

One project is for the kids to create / construct something depicting early Indian life in the Great Lakes area....this year a fifth grader made a really neat wooden / leather lacrosse stick.

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