The next few days bring several holidays not only to the US, but to the world. At sundown, Saturday, Dec 24, Jews begin celebrating the liberation of Jerusalem from the occupation of Antiochus IV, king of the Seleucid Empire in 165 BCE, which you know better as Hanukkah. And on Sunday, Dec 25, Christians throughout the world celebrate the birth of Jesus, which you know better as Christmas. Of course, in both cases there are many non-religious observations of the holidays by hundreds of millions of people throughout the world. And there are several billion people, about two-thirds of the world’s population, who observe neither holiday. So people like Bill O’Reilly need to understand that it is no more appropriate to wish strangers a Happy Hanukkah if you don’t know they’re Jewish than it is to wish strangers a Merry Christmas if you don’t know they’re Christian. Either way, there’s a two out of three chance you’re wrong. And since the entire point of saying anything is to tell them you hope they enjoy the upcoming holidays (including the ones that follow over the course of the next week), and not to offend them, it’s completely appropriate to say to them, “Happy Holidays,” and thank them for whatever they wish back at you, even if it doesn’t apply to you. They’re trying to be nice to you even if they loathe you as much as I. So, in the spirit of the holidays and because I just know it pisses you off so much, I want to say to you, Bill O’Reilly, “Happy Holidays.”
And happy and safe holidays to Everyone. May you find joy and happiness in the comfort of friends and/or family, or peace in the solitude of contemplation. And may the world go just one day without people trying to kill each other. Is that really too much to ask?
Happy Holidays. This is our daily open thread. Feel free to discuss any topic you wish. Peace.
Paris implements a partial ban on driving cars. Bus riding is free during pollution event. Seems there are too many cars on the road. Can you imagine a ban on cars here in the good old freedom fighting US of A?
Winners and losers. Seems that are too many buckets at the Texas well and farmers are getting turned away. Rain, rain, don’t go away, pretty please.
Cryogenics works! If you start as moss, you’ll come back as moss.
Divers find 65 foot long crack in Columbia River dam. There’s only one thing to say about this – oh shit!
Baseball season is approaching. Dining during the national pastime: The top ten vegetarian friendly ballparks. Philadelphia may not win the pennant this year, but we’re number 1 in something!
For today’s post I had a piece all ready on longevity when I came across this doozie. Nun Gives Birth to Baby Boy . It is hard being a Pope these days, but Francis is doing a pretty good job of it. More Jesus-like than anybody in the past 2000 years. But Church conspiracy theorists have got to be humming. Having a baby while wearing the cloth is grounds for dismissal (the celibacy clause in the contract). But then we’ve got this clever little Salvadoran nun who names the little brat after Francis, and gives birth to the kid in Italy. Convenient for a whisper campaign for the heavenly right wingers to discredit the Pope? Does Francis (the Elder) whip out Jesus on this one (He who hath not sinned should be looking on the ground for rocks.), or does he order her defrocked like the 400 pedophiles who recently got canned? Oh, and think about the other side of this. She said she didn’t know she was preggers. Did Mary know 2000 years ago? I mean, God can be a sneaky bastard, being everywhere and all knowing and all that. Nowhere in the bible does it describe how God snuck in bed with Mary one night to do the dirty deed. Immaculate Conception is the miracle here, right? Could it happen again, Jesus coming back, I mean? Weren’t we given warning of this in the The Second Coming (no pun intended)? Rapturists also believe that Jesus makes an appearance. Is that on the horizon? Remember about nine months ago a right wing clergy wacko was predicting end times? Maybe he was on to something, and got it right with the conception date. Don’t laugh.
This is our Open Thread. Carry on.
You have to look at Jesus as the boy next door. This is the young man you would want your daughter to marry. This is not the same guy who threw the moneylenders out of the temple. No, he works in the cubicle next to yours, and is not going to make any waves. He who hath not sinned? No problem. This Hollywood Jesus has the assuring look of a young earnest programmer looking to move up the corporate ladder. Feed the poor? Clothe the naked? No, this Jesus is made to comfort the comfortable and afflict no one. The sandal shod, long haired Jesus of your hippie days cannot compete. This is how you get followers. The medium is the message. This flier was left on our door knocker Saturday. What’s not to like? “Cat’s are we doing anything on 3/26?”
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