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Lots of chest puffing these days…

…about something that is really rather trivial considering all else that is going down in the world right now – e.g. world economy in the crapper, homelessness, climate change… that sort of stuff. This particular “something” comes up every year around this time. A school bans a Christmas play, taxi drivers are warned to not display seasonal decorations, a bus ad wishes everyone a Happy Holiday instead of Merry Christmas.

Yes. It’s the “OMG-They-Are-Taking-Away-Our-Traditions!” frantic time of the year!

Watch out boys and girls! Merry Christmas becomes Happy Holidays! Santa is banned because his obesity should not be celebrated! Christmas ties are forbidden in the office!

Arggghhhhh!!! Run away Run away!!!! The sky is falling!


In my ever-so-humble opinion (sounds of distant laughter), all of this hand-wringing is SO beyond trivial that it really should not even come close to registering on the who-gives-a-shit meter! Really.

And I’m not saying this cuz I’m a non-Christian who is just venting off some Atheist steam. Uh-uh. I call it “Christmas” because That’s. What. It. Is. The only difference for folks like me is that I don’t attach any emotional or spiritual importance to the time of year other than the fact that it means a couple of extra days off work! And THAT is good for my emotions and spirits!

Hey! Even I think that the whole political correctness BS gets way outta hand. No need to deny the fact that this is, essentially, a holiday that has its roots in Judeo-Christian history. If you are offended by that, then keep your opinions to yourself.

It’s also a pagan holiday – but I’ll leave that for now.

But do I get my knickers in twist over it like some peeps. No way. Not worth the effort to engage in thinly disguised xenophobic arm-flapping. The so-called “immigrants” aren’t out there plotting ways to steal your little holiday away from you, people! I can’t think of a single first generation Canadian Muslim, Jew or Sikh that I know who doesn’t enjoy the season just as much as the good ol’ 7th generation boys down on the farm.

Besides, there are much, MUCH more important things out there to fret about than whether or not my kids’ teachers call it Christmas, the Holidays, or Festivus! Aren’t there? Aren’t there?


Nanny state and Mark Knopfler

This is the type of thing that gives me fits!

Money for Nothing has been BANNED. Yes, BANNED from Canadian airwaves!

Holy Nanny-state-orino!

I don’t think I have ever used the “f” word in a negative context (it is, of course, used correctly to describe a bundle of sticks) but I do not know a gay or lesbian who are in any way offended by the word used in the context of the song. Mark Knopfler used the song to poke fun at those who despise the music industry – NOT to insult gays and lesbians! The song is a parody of prejudiced people who talk about the rock scene and the rock idols making money while they are stuck in a job they don’t like.

Let’s see – how many words can we come up with to describe this?

  • Nanny statism
  • Censorship
  • Revisionist history
  • Thought police
  • Orwellian
  • Hyper-Political correctness

Any other suggestions?

And man, are those on the right side of the spectrum going to have a field day with this!!!!

Oh, and while we’re at it, I guess 90% of hip hop songs should be banned immediately, right?

And what about stuff like this:

When they kick at your front door
How you gonna come?
With your hands on your head
Or on the trigger of your gun

Guns of Brixton, The Clash

wanna be anarchy
and I wanna be anarchy
Know what I mean
And I wanna be anarchist!

The Sex Pistols, Anarchy in the U.K.

Girlfriend in a coma, I know
I know – it’s serious
Girlfriend in a coma, I know
I know – it’s really serious

There were times when I could
Have “murdered” her
(But you know, I would hate
Anything to happen to her)

The Smiths

What’s the principal doin’ with her who’s that girl
Is she screwing with her
What’s her perfume: tigress by fabergĂ©
She makes me cream my jeans
When she’s coming my way

Rough Trade, High School Confidential


Carleton U. and a distaste for an illness targeting Caucasians?

Wow – now is this political correctness to the max or what?

So the C.U. student council has, in its immense wisdom, to cancel its enormously successful “Shinerama” which raised money for research into Cystic Fibrosis.

Disgusting – and shame on those students!