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Archive for the 'Holidays' Category

Christmas Greetings

by @ Saturday, December 25th, 2010. Filed under Holiday Time, Holidays

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit our best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions […]

The Pagan Roots Of Christmas

by @ Friday, December 24th, 2010. Filed under Holidays, Religion

David Hume notes the extent to which, despite it’s religious overtones, much of what we know about Christmas is decidedly non-Christian: Though Christians assert “Jesus is the reason for the season,” a more precise formulation might be that “Jesus became the reason for the season in the minds of some.” This is important. It is […]

Jed Bartlet Calls The Butterball Hotline

by @ Wednesday, November 24th, 2010. Filed under Holidays

If you’re a fan of The West Wing, you’ll remember the time that President Jed Bartlet called the Butterball Hotline: A few years earlier, President Bartlet pardoned a turkey: Happy Thanksgiving. I’ll be back in a day or two. In the meantime, you can catch me on Twitter.

Turkeys On The Jersey Turnpike

by @ Tuesday, November 17th, 2009. Filed under Holidays, Humor, In The News

Just In Time To Plan For Thanksgiving Day Excess

by @ Sunday, November 15th, 2009. Filed under Holidays

It’s the Turbaconducken That’s right it’s a Chicken, stuffed inside a Duck, which is itself stuffed inside a Turkey.Wrapped in Bacon. Just like the Pilgrims had.

For The Jedi Warrior Who Has Everything

by @ Friday, November 13th, 2009. Filed under Holidays

Want: Light Saber Chopsticks H/T: Pajama Pundit

Veterans Day 2009: “Every Day Is A Bonus”

by @ Wednesday, November 11th, 2009. Filed under Holidays, In The News

I met a few of the representatives from Honor Flight and the veterans they were taking to the D.C. Memorials the last time Kellie and I were downtown with family giving “the tour.” It was sort of cool to see the look in these older guys’ eyes as they saw the sights. One of the […]

Happy Halloween

by @ Saturday, October 31st, 2009. Filed under Holidays

Just Say No To Trick Or Treating

by @ Saturday, October 31st, 2009. Filed under Holidays

I’m with Mark Jaquith: Halloween is my least favorite holiday (or rather, holiday eve). At its very best, it can be a celebration of the season and a diverse display of clever costumes. But more often than not, it’s about store-bought licensed character costumes, more candy than a person should ever eat in a year, […]

Another Crazy Christian Attacks Halloween As “Satanic”

by @ Saturday, October 31st, 2009. Filed under Dumbasses, Holidays, In The News, Religion

In an article that originally appeared at, but was subsequently removed, and which also appears at, Kimberly Daniels joins Pope Benedict in raving about the alleged evils of Halloween: The key word in discussing Halloween is “dedicated.” It is dedicated to darkness and is an accursed season. During Halloween, time-released curses are always […]

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