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Tonight's Podcast: The Need for Alito
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Christmas Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Moderates
I'm going to go ahead and take on some of the naysayers in the "War on Christmas." Lets start with Don Surber who has a problem with Jerry Falwell having 1600 lawyers on hand to counter the ACLU on this Christmas stuff. I find that position non-sensical. If the ACLU is going too far with some of its suits as Surber admits, then it makes sense to have lawyers on the side of those who wish to keep Christmas because what's happening is that with the ACLU suing so many people when planning their Christmas celebrations, schools and other groups don't plan in accordance with the findings of the Federal Courts, they want to avoid a lawsuit so they go to the other direction, doing such non-sensical things as forbidding Red and Green napkins and change the names of Christmas breaks lest anyone be offended.
Moving on, Beth at My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy argues that Happy Holidays is a matter of simple politeness. What if someone doesn't believe in Christmas? Beth acknowledges most people who don't celebrate Christmas aren't offended. So, if I'm getting this straight stores, and the 80+% of Americans who Celebrate Christmas + the majority of the rest of those who don't care have to go ahead and play the "Happy Holidays" pretend game for a bunch of easily offended cretins who are still going to find something to be offended about particularly if they ever find out what we are really celebrating. Shhhh. Its a secret, can't let them know.
We live in a world where the word "Christmas" itself has been attacked as offensive because Christ is offensive. There've been cases (documented by David Limbaugh in his book, "Persecution".) of Menorahs standing and Manger scenes coming down. While John Gibson may be making some money off this (and more power to him) that doesn't negate the point. The book idea wasn't based on nothing. Its based on a real effort against Christmas.
I've also got to say this. I don't particularly like Halloween, I don't like Halloween decorations, Halloween candy, or anything. I believe its truly the Devil's day and I would say there are a lot more Americans offended by Halloween then there are Christmas. (I'm not going to boycott or make a stink that's just how I feel.) Yet, the same stores that in the name of politeness go around shouting, "Have a Happy Halloween" and encourage their employees to dress up for Halloween. Why doesn't the fact that I hate Halloween stop it from coming?
Yes, you can cite a few examples of towns cracking down on Halloween for whatever reason, be it safety or concerns about giving offense but compared to Christmas, those are few and far between.
What about the 4th of July and Veterans Day? Those offend a lot of anti-American marxists. We still have Columbus Day despite the fact that a lot of Native Americans don't like it. Indeed, there are people who don't like the flag, who think our country is the source of evil in the world (and they live within our borders.) Even New Years is discriminatory against those who are Jewish, Muslim, or Chinese. Its not THEIR New Year, its what we impose on those who go by different calendars than us. Where are we going to stop in neutering our traditions and culture so we can gloss over our differences? There really is no limit in theory once you accept the argument behind "Happy Holidays."
Maybe, we should get rid of all seasonal greeting for the simple idea, "Have a nice day..." but even that might offend the masochists.
Bloggin' Out Loud
Here's the Deal
Okay, the old blog is down for now. I'm uploading a new version of my blog software that's supposed to be easier on the Database and make it run more efficiently. If that works, my normal blog could be up by the end of the Evening.
I'm quite disconcerted by the conduct of my hosting company in all of this and may be looking to switch companies regardless of the outcome. I basically got some very rude responses about how my database was causing a load on their server. How selfish of me, I'm just paying for 40 GB of bandwith and 2.4 GB of disk space that I've never come close to using. Apparently the words, "I'm paying for this microphone" doesn't mean anything to thme."
They also hurled a bunch of MySQL jargon at me as if they expected me to debug the database I set up to install "B2" the obselete blog software that comes with my hosting company which I then upgraded to b2evolution. As someone who worked in technical support, I know that its a no-no.
Anyway, that brings us to tonight. Tonight I'm going to be uploading a lot of files to my web server to set up the install of the latest "non-beta" version of b2 evolution done, so I'll be at the computer and blogging from here. Once I get the old blog up, I'll discontinue the redirect and repost all the new stuff on the main blog. Thanks for bearing with us. Now, lets blog!
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Brandi Swindell and Limited Government
Well, as my hosting provider decided to go down, I'm blogging here temporarily. Going to do a quick daily response to Brad Cozzens in the Letters to the Editor. Mr. Cozzens who identifies himself as an angry Republican writes:
The Republican Party that I know and love is based upon smaller government and fiscal responsibility, and I don't see how Brandi fits into those concepts.
That's a great question and I've got great answers. Lets start with a simple fact. Brandi will definitely represent a huge change in limited government compared to her opponent Maryanne Jordan.
Ms. Jordan voted 56 times year to date to increase taxes and fees in the City of Boise. 56 times and she's not done yet. They've increased fees on Charitable solicitors, taxi cab rates, dance lessons, and Merry-go-rounds. It doesn't take much to improve on a record of sticking it to the people of Boise time and time again.
Secondly, as a Boise homeowner, I support Brandi for City Council because she'll introduce legislation within her first 2-3 weeks on the Council to make sure that someday the City can't decide they want to take my home by eminent domain to build a big box store or a hotel. My wife and I have wanted a place of our own for years and we finally got it. It was a lot of hassle. First, we had to find the house. We had to get the home inspection, the appraisal, mortgage, grants, but after nearly 2 months from start to finish, we had our own house. In all of my life, even growing up, I'd never had a place my own. Making sure, that government can't capriously come and take my home from me is one of the best things that could be done to limit government.
So, Mr. Cozzens, in short that's what Brandi Swindell has to do with limited government and fiscal responsibility.