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Posted:Dec 15, 2017 5:43 pm
Last Updated:Dec 15, 2017 6:02 pm

Somewhere in college administrative offices there are a bunch of don't-have-anything-better-to-do jerks whose entire purpose in life is to spoil everything for every.
They have successfully invaded the University of Minnesota.

Their message this time? Have fun at Christmas, but you can't mention Christmas. This is from a story by Caleb Park, a FOX news contributor. You can verify his story at the University website and at College Fix.

Santa Claus, Christmas trees and the colors red and green are examples of inappropriate “religious iconography” during the holiday season, according to a paper distributed during a “Respecting Religious Diversity” event at the University of Minnesota.
"Jewish Hanukkah" is targeted, too, with menorahs and the colors blue and white also deribed as being "not appropriate."
“Consider neutral-themed parties such as a ‘winter celebration,’” the handout read. “Decorations, music, and food should be general and not specific to any religion.”

It was part of a Dean’s Dialogues “Religious Diversity and Holidays” event within the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource iences earlier this month, and was first reported on by the College Fix.
“Our religious/spiritual beliefs and practices can a key role in our identity but can be ‘off limits’ for diussion especially in public spaces,” part of the event’s deription read.
The controversial handout listed about a dozen items “not appropriate for gatherings and diss at this time of year since they typiy represent specific religious iconography.”
Those items include bows, angels, Christmas trees, dreidels, Nativity enes, wrapped gifts, menorahs, bells, doves, Santa Claus, and the Star of Bethlehem. It also listed avoiding the colors red and green for their connection to “Christian tradition” and blue and white for their connection to “Jewish Hanukkah.”
Students were encouraged to report a bias incident of “inappropriate religious celebrations in your work or learning environment” to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action.

The memo even points readers to lodge a complaint using the “Bias Incident Website.”

So what's left? Decorations in taupe, black and brown ? What kind of decorations ? Stripes? Polka dots? What the hell holiday is that?

The University of Minnesota is not the first public university to establish directives regarding Christmas celebrations. In 2015, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Tennessee developed a list of “best practices” that to community members to “ensure your holiday party is not a Christmas party in disguise.”

So let me get this straight. Once a year, Christians and Jews have had coinciding holidays. And have had those holidays for a couple of thousand , Jews thousands before that.
There are no other world holidays this time of year, celebrated in as great numbers , as are Christmas and Hanukah . According to the memo, if you celebrate Saturnalia, you cant mention that either. Nor any pagan celebration, wiccan , or anything that even remotely celebrates any religion, however non-mainstream it is.
Not only that- every single SECULAR expression of this time of year is forbidden .

No Clement Moore poems, no Dickens's story ( sorry rooge ) , no presents , no reindeer, no Elf on a Shelf.

Lots of luck students. Try and figure out how to have a Christmas Party without any trappings of Christmas- secular or religious. Meanwhile, those who wrote the memo are out Christmas shopping, putting up their Christmas tree, and taking their grand kids to see Santa.
Posted:Dec 12, 2017 6:41 pm
Last Updated:Dec 15, 2017 6:00 pm

Just after changing channels on the XM this morning, from news on Roy Moore, to the 1950's station, a song by the Poni-Tails came on. I was struck by the lyrics. When you listen to the lyrics in the con of the recent hysteria over Roy Moore and his accused past penchant for underage females , the lyrics seem very odd .

Born too late for you to notice me
To you, I'm just a kid that you won't date
Why was I born too late?
Born too late to have a chance to win your love
Oh why, oh why was it my fate
To be born too late?
I see you walk with another
I wish it could be me
I long to hold you and kiss you
But I know it never can be

We have a teenage girl pining over an older man. She isn't lamenting, specifiy , she is too young for him, but that he has another woman because he met her first. The Poni-tails had other songs entitled:
" It's just my luck to be 15" . I can't find the lyrics.
" minutes in heaven " Can't find those lyrics either.
minutes in heaven is a teenagers' party game first recorded as being ed in Cincinnati in the early 1950s. people are selected to go into a closet or other dark enclosed space and do whatever they like for minutes. The Poni-Tails were from Ohio.

Given the rather repressive climate of the 50's , these are rather racy titles, if not entire songs. The 50's were considered an innocent time. Kids went to dances at the High hool with chapers present. You didn't have a baby without getting married, if you didn't want the shame attached. It was normality, suburbia, and tradition.
So here is why it struck me today. A teen age girl having a crush on an older man, was not something odd or perverted, but something they wrote songs about .
No thought farther than the words of the song. They didn't extend the thinking into what would happen if the man was in his 30's, or even over 18 . Or would the listener be rooting for the girl- that she would get the attention she desired ?

I seriously doubt the sentiments in a song like " Born too Late " would be allowed today. It would smack of sexual harassment, perversion, and be considered quite unseemly. But moreover, the question remains, was this sort of thinking , that of wanting an older man , perfectly fine in the innocent 50's ? And was it so usual and normal, that 40-50 ago, it was no big deal for an older man to a lot of attention to teen age girls ? Perhaps parents in small town Alabama thought it a good thing to have their daughters marry a prominent local man, despite an age difference ? The legal code of the state of Alabama, both in the 1970s and today, the age of consent is 16. And not only did they themselves consent to dating Moore, their families consented to their dating Moore.
Actually, according to , her family withdrew consent, after which Moore ceased to date her. Judge Moore’s wife is teen his junior.
He obviously has a liking for younger women.
My point is this was perhaps not as unusual as the Gloria Alreds of the world are painting it to be. Again, we chose to look at a situation, not in the con of its time, but with current day attitude and bias.
Whether or not we think Moore's particular taste in women is appropriate or not, it was legal at the time, and in the con of 50 ago, perhaps not considered unusual at all.

I am not judging any of this way or the other, but I think more questions should have been asked.
The people of Alabama will decide if Moore's past is important .
Posted:Dec 7, 2017 7:30 am
Last Updated:Dec 14, 2017 8:42 am

When did the Democrats get religion? When was the massive conversion to doing the right thing, instead of setting up hush funds, and glorifying people like Perv Bubba and Murdering Ted Kennedy ?
According to a former Congressional staffer, who was a fellow ( there are fellowships, and interns and they are not offered the same protections as employees, and many are unpaid ) , not an employee, each new attractive woman was warned what offices to stay away from .
Democrats womanizing is nothing new. FDR had his long time mistress , Lucy Mercer. You didn't see that in the press. Jack Kennedy had a secret tunnel to let his affairs into the White House. All of the Kennedy men were taught well, from Joe, who had his dalliances with starlets- most famously Gloria Swanson.
And, of course, Perv Bubba is the poster child for the last of the 20th Century.
The press and the Democrats applauded the above as Great Men. Boys will be boys , they assured everyone.

So what happened? Why did the Democrats turn on the men in Congress? Politics. It has nothing to do with any sense of righting a wrong, but a cold, calculated game of politics. And it is a dangerous one.
The men accused and who will be accused have not much more than the word of a woman or women to end their careers and ruin their reputations. What happened to due process, investigation, and innocent until proving guilty ? This should scare everyone. These are Stalin Purge techniques. All it takes is no proof and a compliant press- and you are gone. This is not the way America works.

So what is the end game ? I see two .

The first is to purge the party of older men , who still may have some conservative leanings because they have memory of what worked in the past ( hint : it isn't socialist policies ) and replace them with far left women. The more women of color the better. Kamala Harris and Michelle Obama's names have been floated around for President.
Kirsten Gillibrand was thrilled to have Bill Clinton help get her elected, now he is pond scum. Political opportunism and hypocrisy , Kirsten ?

The second reason is obvious- make themselves look like actual feminists before the 2018 elections. They will point to Roy Moore and Donald Trump as the evil predators of women, and paint themselves as the good, righteous, and just Party.
They do the right thing, while the Republicans countenance abuse of women, etc. I am sure they will throw in racism, Islamophobia, and a lot of other isms before they are done.

There is another , more insidious , desired result here. It has been going on for a while , starting in grade school, and onto college campuses, and now is making its way into the work place and the Halls of Congress. That is the concept that males are evil. Males are predators, aggressive, violent, abuse women, and are the sum total of all that is wrong with the world. If men were only like women, or if women ran the world, there would be peace, prosperity and fairness for all. The feminization of boys began about a decade ago, at least.
The idea is get rid of men. And that is the Death of Civilization.
Posted:Dec 6, 2017 5:33 am
Last Updated:Dec 15, 2017 6:01 pm

As I have said before, the Democrats hope you are not good at math. " The rich are getting thousands in tax savings, and you are only getting a few hundred ", they say.
They hope you weren't in my 5th grade class where we learned " Everything you wanted to know about percents, but were afraid to ask ".

If Chuck and Nancy had been in my class, they would have learned when the base is different, the percentage is different.
Business Insider has a few scenarios for the proposed tax bill, so see for yourself.

Average salary: $21,680
Current tax: $1,226
Tax under the Senate plan: $971
Percent tax cut: 20.8%

Average salary: $29,900
Current tax: $2,459
Tax under the Senate plan: $1,958
Percent tax cut: 20.4%

Average salary: $36,560
Current tax: $3,458
Tax under the Senate plan: $2,757
Percent tax cut: 20.3%

You see a trend here?

Now the farther up the income scale, things change a bit:
Average salary: $50,520
Current tax: $5,769
Tax under the Senate plan: $4,432
Percent tax cut: 23.2%

Average salary: $53,180
Current tax: $6,434
Tax under the Senate plan: $4,999
Percent tax cut: 22.3%

Average salary: $53,990
Current tax: $6,636
Tax under the Senate plan: $5,177
Percent tax cut: 22%

The middle of the middle, who is now getting really hammered is getting a bigger percent, but as the brackets change, so does the tax relief.

Average salary: $66,540
Current tax: $9,774
Tax under the Senate plan: $7,938
Percent tax cut: 18.8%

Average salary: $89,730
Current tax: $15,571
Tax under the Senate plan: $13,195
Percent tax cut: 15.3%

Average salary: $194,350
Current tax: $44,488
Tax under the Senate plan: $40,092
Percent tax cut: 9.9%

Average salary: $269,600
Current tax: $68,935
Tax under the Senate plan: $65,900
Percent tax cut: 4.4%

The farther up the tax brackets go, the more the dollar amount, but the less the percent saved.

So I have no idea how Chuck and Nancy, who must have been absent that semester in the 5th grade, just like they are absent for meetings with the President, can tell us this bill is a screw job for the middle class . They are so out of touch with the country, they have no idea people actually make 20k a year, or 30k. They have been so rich for so long, have accountants do their taxes , and enjoy all the perks of Congress.

Meanwhile, the rest of the country would just love a few extra hundred or thousands in our pockets.
Posted:Dec 4, 2017 3:16 pm
Last Updated:Dec 5, 2017 5:39 pm
" You stole my line of jokes "
Posted:Nov 30, 2017 9:07 am
Last Updated:Dec 14, 2017 2:02 pm

Why do the well-intentid do-gooders on the Left not understand a damn thing about people?
Why didn't it occur to them that when you tell an employer he had to health insurance for over 50 full time employees, they would only hire 49 or only part time? You can get a lot more out of 2 part times working 30 hours a week than person working 40. It's ed Math.
Or why did it never occur to Michelle Obama that McDonalds does not put parsnips and liver in Happy Meals for a reason? Fast food sells what people will buy.

Just so every doesn't think I only take issue with the US and Canada on the clueless liberals front, let me take the mayor of London to task today.

Mayor " Khan’s plan would prevent any new fast-food restaurant from opening within 400 meters of a primary or secondary hool, fulfilling a campaign pledge he made in 2013. The ban targets “takeaways” that sell food such as fish and chips, pizza, chicken, and other quick bites that are allegedly contributing to London’s childhood-obesity crisis. (Nearly 40 percent of children in London are overw or obese by the time they finish grade hool, and the number of obese eleven-year-olds in the city spiked by 22 percent in the last .) " says Julie Kelley of NRO.

Isn't that a nice thing to do- want to make children healthier . Sure it is. But we all saw how that worked out here. From the same article :

"Michelle Obama made childhood obesity her pet cause for , promoting costly government programs that were supposed to make kids healthier; from 2009 to 2015, the obesity rate among U.S. high hool students jumped 17 percent.

A few ago, I visited a large public hool in Chicago to write a story about the district’s new “healthy” lunch program. (Since 2011, all 400,000 students who attend Chicago public hools have received a federally subsidized breakfast and lunch, courtesy of Mrs. Obama’s Healthy and Hunger-Free Kids Act.) Nearly all the lunch items ended up in the trash, including whole fruit and containers of white milk. (Some kids brought a lunch from home, which was usually a large bag of Hot Cheetos.) "

Why did the obesity rate jump? Hungry kids. They threw out the lunch the hool tried to force on them, and headed for the local store after hool to fill up on junk.
Parents weren't allowed to let the kids bring a lunch the parent knew the kid would eat. And we all read the stories of children's lunches being taken away by teachers.

So you can't have a fish and chips stand 400 meters from a hool ? No problem, we'll just locate 401 meters away. Walmart took a hit on that sort of idea, when building a Neighborhood Market in East Nashville. Turns out , due to compromises with the public on locating the parking lot, they built it 10 feet closer to a hool than allowed. Result? That Walmart doesn't sell beer. Did that result in less underage drinking? Of course not. People just walk across the street to the Kroger, or doors down to the gas station.

If you look at every situation- Michelle Obama's hool lunches, the London mayor, the ordinance on beer sales, thing is missing. It is the same thing missing in most every well intentid liberal idea- Personal Responsibility.

Putting broccoli on the hool lunch tray instead of a burger is not going to make the kid eat or like it. Not being able to buy beer in X is not going to keep people from traveling to Y- like just going across the state or county line to buy beer on Sunday in a dry county.
And the mayor is not going to make the childhood obesity rate go down by moving the fish and chips stands. Maybe he thinks having to walk a block farther is a good thing, in the form of forced exercise.

Forcing people into behavior the Government wants is not going to result in people making better decisions. People will find a way around it. Obamacare designers thought every needed to have health insurance. But that didn't make people buy it on their own. They had to cajole, tax, mandate, and people to buy it. And a lot of people still didn't bite.
Incentivizing people to change their behavior is not achieved by force. ( unless we are talking criminal behavior, but that should be obvious ). And is not achieved by blaming everything around the individual, instead of hold the person responsible for their own behavior. Punishing business does not make people thinner.

But it makes politicians feel better to announce they are setting in place policies for the betterment of humanity. Too bad it rarely works. Case in point ? Prohibition.
Posted:Nov 25, 2017 6:20 am
Last Updated:Dec 1, 2017 4:50 pm

Is being petty one of the tenets of atheism? Assuming they have rules, of course.

American Atheists filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Bergen County New Jersey Animal Shelter – claiming the law was broken when a Franciscan bishop conducted a “blessing of the Animals” ceremony.

According to the lawsuit, Candice Yaacobi dropped by the shelter in search of a Chihuahua. Instead, she stumbled upon the Animal blessing ceremony and the bishop dressed “in full religious vestments.”

American Atheists described the event as a “ritual performed by Franciscan clergy annually on October 4th in honor of the Catholic saint, Francis of Assissi.

OMG ( that is Oh my Gosh , of course, unless Gosh is some sort ancient deity ) Or maybe in this case, it should be Oh My Gecko.
What a horrible thing to do !!!! Blessing Animals in honor of a man who is said to have loved Animals and taken care of them. Blessing being a meaningless gesture, by people who believe in a meaningless , imaginary being, who meaninglessly dedicate their lives to the meaningless being aka clergy, since all that is too long to use as job title.

The atheist group claims, in their suit the Animal shelter violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment by forcing a religious viewpoint on people like their client.
Religion is a suspect class and governmental policies which classify individuals based on their religion are subject to strict scrutiny,” the lawsuit states.
Isn't that what they just did? Classify individuals based on their religion? In this case , having one?

But let's look at their former claim, that of forcing a religious viewpoint on the clients of the shelter. Aren't the Animals the REAL clients?
I suspect the atheist group is right on this one. It will be chaos if they keep forcing religion on the shelter Animals
We certainly can't have the woman in the suit taking home a Catholic Chihuahua. It might demand meatless Fridays during Lent. And what would happen if some stray kittens were actually Jewish? Kosher kitty food? Why the Afghan Hounds might be Muslims or even worse, jihadists !! A beagle who was Southern Baptist would demand a covered dish supper on Sundays. What about a Mormon poodle? Would he demand you adopt all his wives ,too ?
Buddhist hamsters would contemplate on the meaning of the wheel and the circle of life, instead of using it.
What would be next? Kitty Crusades? Dogs chewing up Bibles instead of the NY Times? Birds singing " Nearer My God to Thee " if they euthanize the unadoptable ?
It's a good thing the upright citizens of American Atheists stopped the chaos before it started.
Posted:Nov 22, 2017 8:37 pm
Last Updated:Nov 24, 2017 7:43 pm

Interesting people at GQ magazine. I am not sure who reads it, but they sure have some morons writing for it. If it did have a ring of truth to it, I would think was a spoof.

A piece in GQ Magazine calls on readers to make Thanksgiving Day "hell" for any relatives who support President Donald Trump.
"It’s time to ruin your Trump-supporting family’s Thanksgiving—for America!" Joe Berkowitz wrote.
"it’s time to ruin your Trump-supporting family’s Thanksgiving—for America! "

The rude, self centered clown has a few suggestions:

" Don’t show up. For some parents, your absence will speak louder than any sodden arguments over the density of pumpkin pie.

Show up and be kind of an as**le. No hugs; only stiff, formal handshakes. During the football game, talk about police brutality nonstop.

Scorched Earth. Not even a handshake; just stare, disgustedly, at their outstretched arms. Build a wall out of mashed potatoes. During the football game, order 10 Papa John’s pizzas—the official foodstuff of the alt right—and use them as pie charts to demonstrate who benefits most from the GOP tax plan. Refuse to be alone in a room with your mom, citing the Mike Pence rule.
Of course, this is about more than just spite—as satisfying as spite can be in these trying times. This is about potentially chipping away at the 35 percent of un-budging Trump supporters. "

I find it very hard to believe the Trump supporters in the family are the ones who are going to be talked bad about for the next 6 months. You will probably get your wish and never have to speak to any of your relatives ever again.

But his actions and what he proposes remind me of how unhinged those who have nothing but Trump hatred have become. How is insulting your family going to change the election results? How is being a total jackass toward people who love you, aka - your parents- an appropriate response to a President you do not like ?

Here in blogland, we see this almost every day. Point out a fact or two- like the Trump economy is booming, as is the stock market, consumer confidence, and unemployment at a 17 year low, and you personally get accused of being everything from a racist to an ax murderer. Don't even try to discuss anything normally with you-know-who-you-are.
Did any of the Conservatives act like this when Obama's policies were defended? No, but if you opposed them, you got called a racist. One cannot write a blog about "the weather and the price of cheese " without one of the insulting unhinged bringing Trump into it.
Gotta give Trump credit for one thing- he sure knows how to out the mean, nasty and vicious.
Posted:Nov 20, 2017 6:48 am
Last Updated:Nov 25, 2017 6:37 am

It has started- the traffic, the crowded stores, the out-of-stocks, the kids in the stores instead of school. It gets dark EARLY. You have to start looking for decorations, the pots and pans you don't use often, cleaning your house extra. You have to plan , organize. Then you start stressing.

And we wonder why some get depressed around the winter holidays.

Some people suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is a seasonal type of depression connected to changes in the weather. With both types of these conditions, symptoms like loss of energy, sluggishness, increased appetite, irritability and unhappiness are common symptoms.

Events trigger memories as well. We can get depressed because we remember lost loved ones, or when we perceive our lives as better in former times.
Add in fatigue of overdoing , and we weaken our immune systems. I can always tell when I am not getting enough rest- I get a sore throat and body aches. Maybe it's Mother Nature's way of slowing us down.

The lack of sunlight during the winter months can be one of the triggers for seasonal affective disorder. In addition to affective chemical balances within the body, longer periods of darkness can also make a person less likely to want to go outside, exercise or spend time with others. It sort of feeds on itself.
On the other hand, nothing feels more comforting than a nice cup of tea, a recliner and blanket on a cold winter day.

So how do we want to react to Holiday Stress, if we have it ? Notice I said " want to ". Most of us aren't assigned , at birth , certain emotions , but we develop how we want to feel over the years.

I remember working with a woman who was really upset she couldn't get all the days off she wanted between now and Christmas. I asked her what was so important. She said she had to get her holiday baking done. She explained that her gifts of holiday sweets, which she used to do willingly, if she had the time, had metastasized into a larger and larger circle of family and now it was expected. She felt guilty if she didn't please everyone. Mind you , she was telling this to someone who had never been formally introduced to Duncan Hines , let alone anything that starts out as a cup of flour.

On the other hand, I talked to a lady yesterday who was hosting dinner for 40. She was thrilled to do it, and happily told me about her plans and all she was doing.
Both of these women were roughly the same age, with the latter a bit older.

Personally, I like the store being busy. It makes the day fly by. I like to have a lot to do . A slow store is more wearing on the psyche than too much to do, in my opinion. " Nothing wears on the soul like waiting ". is a line from a short story whose author escapes me right now.

My best advice is always to have fun, don't sweat the small stuff. So what if you burned the rolls , let them eat something else. The birds can have an extra treat.
Get enough sleep. Naps are God's gift to us.
There is something called a " Happy Light ". It mimics sunlight, and can change your mood, if the dark is getting you down.
And most of all, my personal advice is to not have unrealistic expectations. Norman Rockwell isn't going to show up at your house a paint a portrait. Neither are some wise men and a shepherd going to arrive . ( Although , I assume some wise GUYS will show up at certain family gatherings - never trust a man whose middle name is " The " )

Life is a roller coaster. You can be thrilled or you can hang on for dear life and scream.
Posted:Nov 18, 2017 7:25 pm
Last Updated:Nov 22, 2017 8:12 pm
I knew it was just a matter of time before someone from the media tracked down and interviewed one of the moral arbiters of US politics. Congrats ladies, you are, as always, looking sharp and making perfect sense.

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