The War on Christmas

Lately there have been a lot of goings on about a so called “war on Christmas” because in one Southern town a nativity setting was banned from a public park upon request from atheists. 

Let me start by saying this is COMPLETE bulls***. There is no war on Christmas, Christmas is likely the most publicly accepted holiday over all and by far the most accepted winter holiday. 

Everywhere you go you hear about Christmas! 

There was outrage last year because the White House holiday card did not feature a Christmas tree…this year they said there were too many Christmas trees, I mean, come on, give me a break. 

You simply cannot win with these types of people. The Daily show did a wonderful segment which noted all the ways in which Christmas is not neglected. 

One of my favorites was a clip from the Flinstones Christmas special. The Flinstones, of course, occurring in a time frame before Jesus was even born…and they STILL have a Christmas special.

Bill O’Reilly interviewed an atheist. He questioned him saying, “What religion is associated with Christmas?” the interviewee responded with “Christianity, of course.” and Bill quipped, “Christianity is not a religion, it’s a philosophy.”

That was a joke right?

No? He’s actually serious?

Jesus Christ.

Don’t blaspheme!

Moving on, Bill has just made a tragic mistake, the atheist, astounded by Bill’s claim, cannot believe his ears…just one more thing he cannot believe.

 

There’s no war on most holidays. This is certainly no war on Christmas. 

There are plenty of beliefs and atheism deserves as much a place as any other! That being said, I could give a damn if there were a nativity scene in my front yard, let alone a local park. Don’t be so sensitive! S**t happens

 

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Defeat in the 2012 Presidential Election

As we all know President Barack Obama emerged victorious and Governor Romney faced defeat. If ever there were a time for Governor Romney to be humble, that was election night on November 2012. Yet, Romney failed to be as such, Governor Romney did not even write a concession speech, only a victory speech…overly confident?

But the votes do not lie. After all the poles had closed President Obama won the popular vote as well as receiving the appropriate amount of electoral votes to win the election.

Still, Governor Romney could not simply accept defeat. In an interview with the New York Times, following the election of President Obama, Romney stated that “With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest was a big gift,” Mr. Romney said. “Free contraceptives were very big with young, college-aged women. And then, finally, Obamacare also made a difference for them, because as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents’ plan, and that was a big gift to young people. They turned out in large numbers, a larger share in this election even than in 2008.”

Romney went on to say he was “troubled” by the victory, saying that President Obama only one because of his big policy “gifts” to the minority and lower class community. Romney acted as if Obama played dirty by catering to the minorities and lower class during the election. Saying that he used the “old playbook.” Did Governor Romney not realize how great the population of minorities is? and how many people are sinking lower and lower into monetary depression?

The fact remains, the President Obama was the best man for the job. You may or may not believe in what the President stands for but you cannot dispute that he is a better man for the job (as the country stands currently)…or can you? Perhaps, there is no reasoning with some. However, I stand by the conviction that whoever is the best man should get the job. Republicans just do not like the fact that their ideas are antiquated and do not suit this ever changing world. If Republicans do not begin to accept more Liberal ideas than they will not succeed in this country’s presidential race…

I hear a lot of people saying, “Oh, now that Obama is President, we are all f**ked. I am moving to Canada.” Please do! They are more liberal in Canada than we are.

“Well, fine, I am moving to Australia because their President cares about his people and his God!”

Nope. Their Prime Minister is a woman and she’s an atheist. Suck it up and wait 4 more years. We had to put up with 8 years of Bush. 

Defeat in Sports

For thousands of years sports have existed as a healthy competition between two parties, a sort of peaceful war. Sports, as in any competition require planning and strategy to best your opponent. While there are often ties in sports, there are more often winners and, in turn, losers. Being defeated is a difficult thing to deal with, a big pill to swallow, if you will. Many do not take defeat well and respond to it with hatred. Some even cheat to avoid defeat, or cheat to obtain defeat (as we saw with the White Socks in the black box scandal in the 1919 world series).File:1906 Athens stadium.jpg

Pictured above is one of the first olympic games. Though it was an unofficial olympics, over twenty countries participated, including the United States, Great Britain, France and Germany. France officially one the tournament with 40 medals total (15 Gold), the United States took second with 24 medals (12 gold) and Greece took third with 35 medals (8 Gold). 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1906_Intercalated_Games 

Blues Music

My favorite genre of music is blues. There is no more honest an expression of music than blues. can sit on a stool with my guitar and sing pretty songs about flowers and how in love I am or I can tell the truth and weep for all that I have lost–I’ll take the latter, the honest route. Straight forward honesty, that is what the blues is all about. The blues is not looking for sympathy or comfort, just a way of letting out all that angst, anger and sadness.

The Beatles have established themselves (in the eyes of many) as the best band ever, while I would not give them such a title, they were a fabulous band. However, I can honestly say that I only truly enjoy about 50% of the music put out by The Beatles. Their early work was all about love and sunshine and it disgusts me. The Beatles peak was (in my opinion) during the White Album. They stopped caring about making pop crap and focused on being true musicians.

My favorite Beatles song is “Yer Blues”–the opening line being, “Yes, I’m lonely…wanna die”

Though, The Beatles are like children when it comes to playing the blues. The true blues power lies in the hands of many men. Men like Eric Clapton, Gary Moore, Jeff Beck, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jeff Healey, Jimi Hendrix and so many more.

One of my favorite blues songs is an Otis Redding tune called “Groaning the Blues” a song best performed by Eric Clapton.

The lyrics are pure sadness, the guitar is crying and the rhythm is heavy and slow.

Lyrics to “Groanin’ the Blues” :

I’m so tired of moaning,
tryin’ to groan away my blues
I’m so tired of moaning,
tryin’ to groan away my blues
I keep weepin’ and cryin’
every time I think of you

I would rather die of starvation,
perish out in the desert sun
I would rather die of starvation,
perish out in the desert sun
Than to think of some other man,
holdin’ you in his arms

My heart gets so heavy,
Lord I shakes down in my bones
My heart gets so heavy,
Lord I shakes down in my bones
I can’t hurt a murderer,
oh Lord but I’m forced to weep and moan

Defeat as a Function of War

One of the most common words associated with war is defeat. It has been said that in war, there is no victor. For blood is always shed by both sides, and I find this to be true. To measure victory as account of who has spilled less blood seems a wonderfully Neanderthal practice. Still, such is the duality of man that we can crusade for “peace” by route of its reciprocal. Yet, war is a seemingly endless practice, whether it be hard right republicans or terrorist extremists…there is no end in sight. So the question is no longer, “How can we win?”, rather, “How can we lose the least?”…puzzling. 

 

Anatomy of Defeat

We begin with Dedication to our cause.
We soon become Exasperated by failure.
We begin to feel Foolish at our attempts.
We once again become Earnest to achieve.
We become Aroused with our new found drive.
We stride for Triumph as we previously did.

Defeat

Defeat initially embodies a negative connotation but it does not always have to be as such.   Defeat can be the driving force behind success and it often is. Still, defeat is often as it is assumed, negative. There are two definitions of defeat and they have highly contradictory implications. The noun implies that you have been defeated, that you have lost, but, the verb implies a victory over someone in a form of contest–it is entirely up to you…verb or noun.