December 16th, 2005

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Narnia: The Gush

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*sigh* I want to go see it again, but I don't know who else I could drag with me!

Oh, and someone asked me this in chat, and just to clear it up for anyone else who is wondering: you do not have to have read the books to understand this movie. No doubt it adds a lot of texture and depth, and I highly recommend that you read them whether or not you see the movie, but it is not a must.
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Taken from Right-Thinking, cause while I disagree with him about a lot of stuff, he's dead on with this:

Here at work, on our internal email server, there has been a discussion about the marginalizing of Christmas.  Since this is Los Angeles, the barking moonbat crowd has been writing all morning about how this is a sham, and nothing but an attempt by the Christian right (and their willing allies in Fox News, of course) to “split the electorate” and continue their fascist oppression of America.  After reading a bit of this idiocy, I decided to put finger to keyboard.

Allow me to preface my dissenting remarks by stating for the record that I am in no way, shape, manner, or form a religious person, and that I often times find the actions of the religious right in this country to be as morally repugnant as most of you seem to. That being said, the whole idea that it’s offensive to use the word Christmas at Christmas time is just idiotic.

Right now, in our lobby, we have a Christmas tree.  Everyone knows it’s a Christmas tree.  Despite its pagan origins from the festival of Saturnalia, every one of us grew up knowing that in December, when you cut down a pine tree, bring it inside, and cover it with bling, that thing is called a Christmas tree.  Yet the tree in our lobby is called a “Non-Denominational Holiday Tree.” Since a Christmas tree is not a Christian symbol, and there is no overtly religious connotation to it, why not just call it a Christmas tree?  Is there anyone here who refers to the tree as anything other than a Christmas tree?  It’s not called an “Accepting Jesus Christ as our Personal Lord and Savior Tree,” it’s a Christmas tree.

Last year, when we lit the Non-Denominational Holiday Tree, there was a Menorah next to it.  Why?  A Menorah has a much more overtly religious connotation to it, yet nobody felt the need to refer to it as a Non-Denominational Holiday Candelabra.

Can any of you name a non-Christian holiday that has been secularized to the point where it is actually considered offensive to utter the name of the holiday?  This would be like discussing Veteran’s Day not being able to use the word Veteran.  “Hey Mike, have a great Non-Denominational Soldier Rememberance Day.” We don’t refer to Passover as the “Non-Denominational Freedom from Egyptian Bondage Festival.”

I agree that Christmas has largely become a secular holiday.  I celebrate it as a day of Santa and Frosty and presents and family, not as the birthday of Jesus.  But I also personally find ridiculous the PC notion that it’s somehow inherently offensive to be able to use the word Christmas to describe something, or to wish someone a Merry Christmas. It’s just stupid.  Referring to a Christmas tree as a Christmas tree does not mean that it is an overt endorsement of Christianity, any more than referring to a Menorah as a Menorah is an overt endorsement of Judeism.

I now return you to the frothing rant against George W. Bush,Republicans, Christians, religious people, and Fox News already in progress.

I'll leave out his final comment for the sake of the children ;)
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Time to go to work! To my retail job! Where I continue in my eeeeevil plot to aggravate 6% of the population by wishing them Merry Christmas!
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Well I was going to go around and take pictures of some of the Christmas lights on the street, but it's really really cold and I can't drive cause I had a Mike's Hard Lemonade. So here's a picture of our Christmas tree instead :D

( Follow the fake cut! )
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The Phony War On Christmas

More words of wisdom from Liberal Larry:
We've all heard the horror stories. To uphold the anti-Christian ideals of our Founding Fathers, community leaders across America are finally taking the necessary steps to sterilize their towns of any religious imagery. Nativity scenes are banned from public areas. “Christmas Trees” are changed to more tolerant “Holiday Trees”. Kris Kristofferson is shunned like a topless dancer at an Amish wedding. At last, the normally exclusive holidays are becoming more accessible to everyone, and it’s pushing all the biblethumping Whos in Whoville right off the deep end. “It’s a War on Christmas!” is the desperate cry from the religious right, their hysteria fueled by hate radio and digital brownshirts.

I’ll let you folks in on a little secret: there is no “War on Christmas”. It’s all a lie concocted by the right-wing media to distract attention away from the quagmire in Iraq. Go ahead! Decorate your silly little Christmas tree and guzzle your spiked eggnog in honor of 2000 years of religious genocide. Whatever you do in the privacy of your home is your own damn business, as long you keep it there and away from the eyes of impressionable children. Let’s leave the “Come to Jesus” crap at home and preserve the public arena for anti-war marches and gay pride parades.

And that goes double for any fundamentalist punks who get their Christmas jollies terrorizing hard-working families. Several local cells of the American Taliban have been roaming my neighborhood like packs of wild dogs, singing songs about Baby Jesus and leaving mysterious baskets of fruit and cookies on the doorsteps of their unsuspecting victims. Personally, I’ve found that an ordinary lawn sprinkler provides excellent protection against such unwanted visits from the yodeling God Squad. I had three or four hours of blessed peace and quiet last night before a knuckle-dragging neocon starting pounding on my door and yelling obscenities at me.

“Turn it off, you stupid jackass! Water is leaking through the ceiling five floors down!”

Well, you should have thought of that before you sent your snots up to proselytize at a progressive, you intolerant bastard.

I am constantly amazed by the selfishness and insensitivity of some people, especially so close to the Winter Solstice.
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