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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why were Megyn Kelly's comments on Santa so controversial? on: December 21, 2014, 07:24:53 pm

I never understood why anyone needs a Santa that looks vaguely like them. I thought that he was supposed to represent all of mankind.


Why do you need a Santa that looks vaguely like you?

He doesn't look like me aside from being male and I don't care.

What are you getting at?
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: "Holiday tree" on: December 21, 2014, 05:01:06 pm
Is it too much to ask people to refer to a Christmas tree as a Christmas tree and Christmas cookies as Christmas cookies and so on and so forth? We're too worried about offending people these days.

Why do you care what people call things?  Call it whatever you want, and let others do the same.

Normally, I don't care what people call things, but it feels like the word "Christmas" is being censored out.

Despite what Bill O'Reilly says (not that I watch his show), there isn't a 'War on Christmas', but there might as well be.

I remember some time ago I checked the official webpage of the City of Las Vegas. On the events section, they called one of the events the "holiday tree lighting". On the same webpage, one of the other events was the Chanukkah Menorah Lighting with the mayor. The City of Las Vegas didn't have a problem referring to a menorah as a menorah, but they couldn't be arsed to refer to the tree as a Christmas tree or even mention the word "Christmas" on the same page?! At least show a little consistency.

By the way, I managed to enjoy my time in Las Vegas with family even though it was only for one night.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: "Holiday tree" on: December 21, 2014, 01:18:18 pm
Is it too much to ask people to refer to a Christmas tree as a Christmas tree and Christmas cookies as Christmas cookies and so on and so forth? We're too worried about offending people these days.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why were Megyn Kelly's comments on Santa so controversial? on: December 21, 2014, 01:16:49 pm
Ebowed, I'm not saying that minorities shouldn't dress up as Santa. This is a free country and you should be free to dress up as whichever fictional character you want. I don't care. If I went to the mall tomorrow and it was full of black Santas, I wouldn't care.

What I do care about is someone tampering with a fictional character's backstory by, say, changing him into a penguin for a petty reason.

Is it that hard to create a new character instead of tampering with an existing one?

You must hate the New Testament, then.

Look, I don't know how it's supposed to be controversial that people are rewriting fictional backstories for characters.  My parents didn't even say anything about Santa Claus, Christmas was a religious / family day.  So maybe I'm missing something.  Perhaps, if I had thought that Santa Claus was real for a time, I would be disappointed to hear that other people were giving their children a slightly different version of Santa Claus, but even that scenario actually makes no sense either.  So I'd give you the benefit of the doubt and say that you just have a weird thing for lame traditions, but as a brief look through your posting shows, you have a fixation on racial issues, especially "unfair" accusations of racism.  A word to the wise: people who don't say racist things don't get constantly "unfairly" called racist.

Ultimately, though, if the reason for changing Santa's origins is petty, as you say, isn't it just as petty to care about the change?

I'll admit I had a weird fixation on racial issues in the past, but decided to ignore racial issues from now on.

I never understood why anyone needs a Santa that looks vaguely like them. I thought that he was supposed to represent all of mankind.

You do have a point that it's petty to care about any changes to Santa. If they changed Santa into a bearded giant made out of bronze (think a bronze, bearded version of Colossus) or something else that's badass, I might actually get behind it.
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: "Holiday tree" on: December 18, 2014, 01:53:35 am
Whenever someone wishes me a "Happy Holidays," I always make sure I tell them MERRY CHRISTMAS in a stern voice.  I do not wish for them to inflict their political correctness agenda on me and my country and my culture. It's offensive to me. I don't even take Happy Holidays folks seriously, because it's done to try to intimidate Christians or even secular Christmas celebrants.

I have seen the term "holiday tree," "holiday cookies,"  GAG---I mean really??   It's political correctness run amok. OP has it right.

I definitely agree with you regarding the second paragraph. Political correctness has gone berserk.

As for the first paragraph, it's best to use "happy holidays" as the default greeting if you work in customer service or if you're in public because you might not actually know what the person celebrates.

If you're in a room full of people that celebrate Christmas or if you're greeting a bunch of relatives who celebrate it, don't be afraid of saying "Merry Christmas".

What is annoying are people that insist on always saying "happy holidays" even if you're saying "Merry Christmas" to your own mother in, say, New York City.

And can we address how some people are trying to replace "snowman" with "snowperson" in the English language? The English language wasn't built to be politically correct. Get over it.
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: "Holiday tree" on: December 13, 2014, 09:49:46 pm
Who says this?

I've never heard anyone say it.  I think it's a strawman.

Governor Chafee (D-RI) actually called it a "holiday tree".
Ok. Why do you care? Even leaving aside the issue of non-Christians, what kind of person is that obsessive about language? In my family (which includes a number of practicing Christians) we mostly just call it "the tree." It really doesn't matter.

I don't really have an issue with the word itself. A Christmas tree should be called a Christmas tree or just a tree if you don't want to deal with pesky modifiers at all. It's just that I'm kind of tired of "Christmas" being treated like some kind of cuss word.

On another note, Governor Chafee was unfairly singled out by Bill O'Reilly. He should've went after Lincoln Almond and Donald Carcieri when they were in office and called it a "holiday tree" if he wanted to be consistent, but I guess that Bill O'Reilly only goes after liberals and Democrats.
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: "Holiday tree" on: December 13, 2014, 07:15:08 pm
Who says this?

I've never heard anyone say it.  I think it's a strawman.

Governor Chafee (D-RI) actually called it a "holiday tree".
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / "Holiday tree" on: December 13, 2014, 06:59:15 pm
Why does the word "holiday tree" even exist when there's already a word to describe a decorated pine tree? Phrases like "holiday season" and "happy holidays" are acceptable because at least they serve a purpose and you can use them when you are trying to be inclusive.

It's called a Christmas tree. You don't call a menorah "holiday candles" or a "holiday candelabra".

Language is getting ridiculous these days.
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why were Megyn Kelly's comments on Santa so controversial? on: December 03, 2014, 07:11:11 pm
Ebowed, I'm not saying that minorities shouldn't dress up as Santa. This is a free country and you should be free to dress up as whichever fictional character you want. I don't care. If I went to the mall tomorrow and it was full of black Santas, I wouldn't care.

What I do care about is someone tampering with a fictional character's backstory by, say, changing him into a penguin for a petty reason.

Is it that hard to create a new character instead of tampering with an existing one?
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why were Megyn Kelly's comments on Santa so controversial? on: December 02, 2014, 10:09:27 pm
Why were Fox New's Megyn Kelly's comments about Santa so freaking controversial? On some level I agree with her. You don't mess with a fictional character's canon just for the sake of political correctness. You can still celebrate Christmas in whichever way is best for you.

On another note, when she said Jesus was a white guy, it's a completely different story because Jesus was in all probability, a brown Middle Eastern man and she's just ignoring history.

Faux outrage  is growing increasingly irrational on the left.  Every word that comes out of someones mouth now that isn't PC is considered some secret systemic racism or something.

Your view here is common sense. 

It is refreshing to read a post like this. I'm so sick of political correctness that has gone berserk nowadays and the occasional accusations of racism.
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Why were Megyn Kelly's comments on Santa so controversial? on: December 02, 2014, 10:02:50 am
Why were Fox New's Megyn Kelly's comments about Santa so freaking controversial? On some level I agree with her. You don't mess with a fictional character's canon just for the sake of political correctness. You can still celebrate Christmas in whichever way is best for you.

On another note, when she said Jesus was a white guy, it's a completely different story because Jesus was in all probability, a brown Middle Eastern man and she's just ignoring history.
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Why did Paul Davis lose? on: November 27, 2014, 12:35:45 am
Why did Paul Davis lose? Kansas was really hurting under Governor Brownback and several Republican politicians endorsed Paul Davis.

And did picking Jill Docking as a running mate hurt Paul Davis?
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Would Heather Mizeur have won Maryland? on: November 26, 2014, 11:27:34 am
I think she had a shot of winning the gubernatorial election.

However, I have a gut feeling that she would've lost. This year has been a Republican year which would've made it harder for Mizeur. Also, there is a glass ceiling that still exists. Kathleen Kennedy and Ellen Sauerbrey both lost their bids for governor.
14  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Online-only BS in Diablo III on: September 22, 2014, 11:16:49 pm
Someone needs to get kicked in the balls for this online-only crap, preferably, some guy at Activision or Blizzard Entertainment.
15  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Online-only BS in Diablo III on: September 18, 2014, 09:09:46 am
Why are they allowed to get away with this BS?

Can't we hold them accountable or something? They need to get bent.
16  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Online-only BS in Diablo III on: September 17, 2014, 10:32:30 pm
I've installed this game a number of times because I've had had a number of laptops over the years and it takes forever to download all of the crap. If this game didn't have online-only BS, the installation would take only a few minutes.

I've had times when I lost my connection with the server because my connection sucked.

More and more computer games are online-only just because they are worried about pirating. Whatever happened to consumer sovereignty?

Any computer game that is not WoW or any other MMORPG should not be afflicted with this crap. Can you imagine if GM or Ford pulled something like this?

I just want to walk into Activision's office and give them an earful as loud as possible for this BS.
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Why is the lieutenant governor roster so diverse? on: September 06, 2014, 07:10:15 am
Anthony Brown picked a Jewish guy, so that could be tokenism. It might be more for balance though.
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Why is the lieutenant governor roster so diverse? on: September 04, 2014, 05:03:36 pm
Why is it hard for women to get elected governor?
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Well, does the Florida Democratic Party blow another one (through Crist?) on: September 01, 2014, 01:16:14 pm
I wouldn't be surprised if Crist lost because the Florida Democratic Party blew it with the 2010 Gubernatorial Election. I mean, the Republicans held onto the seat even though the nominee was a convicted felon.
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Why is the lieutenant governor roster so diverse? on: August 26, 2014, 12:55:05 am
So, the tokenism explains why Branstad, Kasich, Beshear, Abercrombie, Malloy, Pence, Scott, etc. all picked their running mates. I think I've noticed the same with the running mates of candidates like Davis (Kansas), Peters (Michigan), Brown (Maryland), Crist (Florida), Cuomo (New York), etc.
21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Why is the lieutenant governor roster so diverse? on: August 17, 2014, 07:35:57 pm
All I know about Annette Taddeo is that she ran against Ros-Lehtinen in 2008, was Columbian, and converted to Judaism.
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Why is the lieutenant governor roster so diverse? on: August 03, 2014, 09:34:50 am
Why can't the governor roster be as diverse as the lieutenant governor roster?
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Why is the lieutenant governor roster so diverse? on: August 02, 2014, 02:57:04 pm
If you look at all of the current lieutenant governors in the United States, you'll notice that there are more women and minorities compared to the governor roster. For example, Minnesota, Iowa, and Rhode Island have female lieutenant governors while they've never had female governors. Why is that? Is the office of lieutenant governor merely a symbolic position and people don't really care who they vote into that office?
24  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Lincoln Day Dinner in Kitsap County on: March 04, 2014, 02:58:57 pm
Is anyone else going to the Lincoln Day Dinner in Bremerton on March 6th? Secretary of State Kim Wyman and Michael Medved (?) are going to be among the special guests.
25  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Saint Valentine's Day on: March 02, 2014, 03:25:15 am
Why in the hell would a single person hate Valentines day?  It's people with SO's that should be hating the stupid day.  Especailly dudes with chicks that expect a LOT on the day.  Your only reason so far for hating it is that you didn't get anything and you didn't get a day off.  Why would you expect a day off?  Nobody else gets a day off.  You'd rather sit at home all day and think about how lonely you are?  Yeah, you didn't get anything, but you didn't have to wait inline with the other dudes to spend way too much money on overpriced roses either.

I understand that it reminds you that you're single, but if you're this bitter and single minded in real life as you are here I think I know why you are single.

Uh, did you actually read my post?

I have reasons for hating the holiday aside from not getting anything and not getting a day off. The holiday is such a huge slap to the face and it always seems to fall on a weekday, a work day or a duty day. The last time it fell on a day when I didn't have work, duty, or class was 2008 or 2009.

I can remember the exact date during my 2011-2012 deployment that we crossed the international dateline when we were heading back to the States after deployment because it was the fourteenth, meaning that I had to live the same day twice that year in 2012.

You point out how the silver lining in all of this is that I don't have to pay for overpriced roses (or anything like that). I think I'd prefer to buy some overpriced roses over the predicament that I'm in.

The ironic thing is that I used to like the holiday in elementary school mostly because it was an excuse to eat candy in class.

I think I might cut the Roman Saint Valentine some slack, but the companies that promote the everloving s*** out this holiday should be shot.

Life is so frustrating (especially when the Navy and your chain of command screws you over but it's a rant for another time).
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