The Watering Hole; Th/Fr December 8-9 2016; “Make Christmas Great Again;” HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

This is a photo of a billboard designed and displayed by the “American Atheists”:

As a result, Fox Friends Are Outraged Over Atheists ‘Making Christmas Great Again’. Here’s a sample of their “discussion” on the matter:

STEVE DOOCY: One of the country’s largest atheist organizations is using his slogan to target Christmas!

AINSLEY EARHARDT: The organizers claim that their message is not anti-Christian!

BRIAN KILMEADE: I’m scratching my head right now.

DOOCY: Why is it making America great skipping church?

EARHARDT: Why do you care if people go to church and why are you offended if people go to church? Why are you telling people to skip church?

Why do you care if Christians find hope and love and peace when they go to church? Why do you spend all your time worrying about them?

Meanwhile,

The program director for the group American Atheists, Mr. Nick Fish, did his best to explain the billboard pictured above. He seeks to take the religious aspect out of the Christmas holiday and stress the other positives that a non-religious person can appreciate as well. One of the reasons he ascribes to the billboard is the increase in the number of self-professed atheists. Their numbers have grown in the last few years from 15% to 25% of Americans. Fish estimates that 40% of college-aged Americans are irreligious.

Think of it; Mr. Nick Fish is attempting to bring ALL people, even non-Christers, to have them come forward and celebrate the Holiday regardless of their beliefs or their non-beliefs. One might think that, in the spirit of the birth of their ‘savior’ Jesus Christ, that all Christians everywhere would welcome any and all to participate in their Holiday Season, that they might recall their Savior’s admonition to “Love they neighbor as thyself.” Apparently that’s way too tall of an order for American Christers these days; apparently they’d rather stick to hating and fearing non-Christians, and to take offense at any of ‘them’ attempting to ‘celebrate’ their Happy Holidays. Oh, the horror.

Then there’s this:

Corey Lewandowski: ‘You Can Say Merry Christmas’ Cause ‘Trump Is Now The President’

Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager and CNN pundit, jumped on the ‘war on Christmas” nonsense that’s been promoted for over a decade on Fox News and told Sean Hannity, “…which you can say again, ‘Merry Christmas’ because Donald Trump is now the president. You can say it again.”

YeeHaw! Thank all gods for the (s)election of Trump as our next “president”! Now we can say Merry Christmas instead of Happy Holidays, or Happy Chanukah, or Happy Kwanzaa, or Happy Saturnalia, or happy-any-other-blasphemous-day! With Trump as our Führer, we no longer have to fear being imprisoned for saying Merry Christmas! The War on Christmas endete (oops) is over, it’s ended! Thank you Donald!

But always remember this: SANTA IS NOT BLACK, HE’S WHITE!!!

Racists Freak Out Over Black Santa At Mall Of America

Oh how awful. How un-Christer. How un-White Supremacist. How un-Neo-Nazi. Thank god for Trump! He can fix it! Cuz he’s gonna

Make Christmas White Again!

Yeah!

I’ll not hold my breath in anticipation of such nonsense ever being imposed, however. Instead I’ll celebrate the idea, the fact, and the reality that each and every day — holiday or not — belongs to EVERYONE! (Even Republicans. blah). No exceptions!

There remains one thing I’ll never understand, though: why are so many of my fellow Amurkkkans so possessed by fear, by hate, by phobias of every imaginable sort? It makes absolutely no sense, no sense at all. Especially now, during the Holiday Season. Myself, I have NEVER felt that Christmas was a time to express and/or practice hate and fear, and when I see evidences all around, everywhere I look, I really have to wonder if National Sanity has finally fallen off the edge, that it’s gone for good. One thing I do know for certain, however, is that Sanity will NOT return just because Trump is president. The opposite will, much to the delight of wingnuts everywhere (and to the pain of functioning gray matter), prevail.

Meanwhile, to any and all regardless of belief, race, color, nationality, etc. etc. —

Happy Holidays!
Happy Chanukah!
Happy Kwanzaa!
Happy Saturnalia!

Oh, and

Merry Christmas!

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39 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Th/Fr December 8-9 2016; “Make Christmas Great Again;” HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

  1. I’m offended!
    I wasn’t offered a “Happy Festivus”
    This will be discussed during the airing of grievances.

  2. I know that soon, people across America may start to look back at the grace, calm and dignity with which Barrack Hussein Obama carried the office of the Presidency, and know that they did not deserve him, with all they did and said about him.

    I have railed against him for a number of things, where he has stoically endured and not lashed out as a partisan Democrat because he stuck to his task as president of all as a non-partisan. But seriously, Mr President, when a foreign power is known to have interfered in the election clearly on one side, a side which is now entering power and denies any such interference – isn’t it your duty as, the President of all the United States – to defend the Constitution against *all* enemies *foreign* and *domestic*?? You still have time.

    Even Peter King (R – IRA sympathizer) agrees with the NIS on this.

  3. STEVE DOOCY: One of the country’s largest atheist organizations is using His slogan to target Christmas!
    There, fixed it. Obviously Doocey is being misquoted if Drumpf’s pronoun is not capitalized to indicate the deification of His Comboverness.

  4. Oh, and don’t forget to empty your wallets buying cheap crap made in China to celebrate the birth of the central figure in Xianity, who, after all, exhibited total whiteness and bigotry during the years he selfishly remained on the planet. That’ll help keep Amurika white.

  5. The existence of a historical Jesus, while more likely than not (and probably not the one that Buybull talks about) and the genetics of the region in question mean that any historical Jesus probably looked more like this guy:

    Than this one:

    • Speaking as a biology/genetics student who got his degree 52 years ago, I confess to having very serious doubts that there were any blue-eyed folks in Israel 2000 years ago. I suppose maybe if a Swede, Norwegian, maybe a German visited there, could be. But weren’t plane tickets really really expensive back then?

  6. Every once in awhile I run across a tidbit of political news that sounds really really good. Like this one:

    Famed Holocaust Attorney Sues Over FBI Electioneering: It Could ‘Lead To Impeachment’

    E. Randol Schoenberg, an attorney renowned for recovering artworks stolen by Nazis during the Holocaust, filed a lawsuit against the FBI this week to get answers about why Director James Comey falsely suggested that Hillary Clinton committed a crime just days before the 2016 election.

    “I filed a lawsuit today against the US Department of Justice seeking immediate disclosure of the FBI search warrant for the e-mails of Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin on Anthony Weiner’s laptop,” Schoenberg wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday. “I think we need to see what ‘probable cause’ was shown for obtaining the search warrant, because whoever thought there was going to be evidence of a crime was obviously mistaken. And that mistake probably changed the outcome of the election.”
    [. . .]
    “This is potentially very serious, something that if traced back to Donald Trump might even lead to impeachment,” Schoenberg wrote on his blog. “It deserves to be investigated fully and openly, and quickly, because if a crime was committed in the course of the FBI investigation, it is the crime of the century.”

    I know it’s a long shot, but I sure hope they move fast, find what they need, and then impeach and toss the Big Orange that stole the election into the nearest sewer!

    • House GOP and Senate GOP will bend over and squeal “more Mr Persident, more and get ready for your reacharound” – as long as they get to kill the ACA, privatized Medicare and Social Sec and get a nice tax break – I don’t trust Eddie Munster and Chinless McTurtle to make a decision for anyone but who pays them.

  7. I came up with a QOTD.

    Trump is More!

    More crooked than President Nixon!
    More detached than President Raygun!!
    More fascist than President Cheney!!!

  8. Alex Jones: ‘Hillary Clinton Has Personally Murdered And Chopped Up And Raped’ Children

    “When I think about all the children Hillary Clinton has personally murdered and chopped up and raped, I have zero fear standing up against her,” Jones said in a YouTube video posted on Nov. 4. “Yeah, you heard me right. Hillary Clinton has personally murdered children. I just can’t hold back the truth anymore.” Jones eventually tied his comments about Clinton to U.S. policy in Syria.

    According to YouTube, that video has been viewed more than 427,000 times.

    Question: are there no limits to speech or to press freedom (is Alex Jones ‘press’? Really?)? I’ve long heard that ‘yelling fire in a crowded theater’ is beyond the scope, but what about obvious lies that are pure vitriol, lies so hate-filled that they can endanger others?

    Interesting how those who support a pathological liar such as Trump — not to mention Trump himself — see absolutely no limits on the vitriol they spew.

    • Jones is no more a journalist than any of us. He does have a First Amendment right of free speech, and when speaking about a celebrity or well-known person, there is a great deal you can get away with. But if there’s malice in your intentions, then your freedom to say whatever you want is curtailed. However, saying things like, “I honestly believe that” makes it harder to prove malice.

      As always, I don’t have any idea what I’m talking about. 🙂

      • I’m pretty sure that Jones would claim to be a ‘journalist’ because his chosen profession is the practice of, as everyone knows, “journalism”, i.e. “the occupation of reporting, writing, editing, photographing, or broadcasting news or of conducting any news organization as a business.” Unfortunately, the words “truth” and “factual” are not in any definition I’ve run across — explains a lot, I guess. But there is a “clarification” out there that can help. Reads like this:

        “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

        Pretty much defines what I’m sure Jones sees both as his relationship and duty to his buddy Donald Trump, the president select of the Amurkkkan “State.”

        Fascinating how words of Herr Dr. Joseph Goebbels from the 1930’s manage to define, even today, the ‘relationship’ between the Amurkkkan “State” and some of its “journalists.” Ah, the irony.

      • I hope they don’t find Jones raped, murdered, chopped up into little bite size bits and found beneath a pizza joint.

  9. I know if we get to a point where people on the right, they’ll claim “we were all duped.” In an absolute sense that’s probably true statement. But it would hide the degree to which each side was duped. I think hate-filled unintelligent were far more likely fall prey to fake news. Even the fake-news masters acknowledge this:

    Fake News: How a Partying Macedonian Teen Earns Thousands Publishing Lies – NBC News

    His main source of cash? Supporters of America’s president-elect.

    “Nothing can beat Trump’s supporters when it comes to social media engagement,” he says. “So that’s why we stick with Trump.”

  10. I see a very consistent theme occurring in the news.
    Factories are hiring, manufacturing is back again, but the wages are considerably lower than they used to be.
    Here’s an example In Trump stronghold, factories are humming but paychecks are thin
    Salient Quote:
    “”We can barely make ends meet and we’re stuck going nowhere,” said auto parts worker Michael Baum, 22, as he smoked a cigarette in the parking lot of a Family Dollar discount store.

    “Even as jobs have returned to Grand Rapids, earnings remain low. At $846 per week, average weekly wages in the region rank 46th among the 50 largest U.S. metropolitan areas, BLS data show.”

    “If he can bring good paying jobs back to America,” he said, “I’ll vote for him again.””

    And the rub is, that automation and robotics are impacting the manufacturing landscape thusly

    “While Trump and others blame global competition for the decline in factory work, automation has played a large role as well, economists say. The U.S. manufacturing sector has more than doubled output over the past 35 years even as it had shed one-third of its work force, according to the nonpartisan Brookings Institution.”

    So, Mr Baum, when he fails to do that, will you vote against him in 2020?

  11. Trump biographer: Stop overestimating him — he’s a cross between a junkie and a hungry chicken

    In a scathing editorial published Friday, The Truth About Trump author Michael D’Antonio said that critics who think President-elect Donald Trump will behave with more maturity and gravitas when he takes office are missing the point.

    “The President-elect probably cannot control himself,” D’Antonio wrote in the New York Daily News. “I interviewed him for six hours when writing a biography, and I mean that literally.”
    [. . .]
    “Long an advocate of responding ’10 times harder’ when his feelings are hurt — and they are very easily hurt — Trump has a tendency to strike with massive force without much concern for the size or vulnerability of the person in his sights,” D’Antonio said. “I suspect this is because the pain he feels when criticized doesn’t depend on the source. No matter who speaks out, he cannot bear disapproval.”

    All who are surprised please try and figure out why.

  12. So the Russians helped advance the fascist movement in Amurkkka — what the hell’s the big deal about that? We should all be yelling HooRah! and YeeHaw! cuz now, finally, the GOP is in complete control of the gubmint! And we have finally got a good solid love affair underway with Russia, too!

    Reminds me of the Germany/Italy thingee back in the 1920’s and 30’s. Hitler and Mussolini. Today it’s Putin and Trump, aka Putitler and Mangolini.

    Top Senate Republican dismisses importance of Russian interference with presidential election

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