Daily Archives: December 19, 2011
Just yesterday with my parents we were discussing this exact issue. My mom, who works at a National bank, can no longer wish people a ‘Merry Christmas‘ in case it offends them. The tree lighting that was referred to as a ‘Holiday Tree Lighting’ was viewed as a way to attack the Christians, their faith and the meaning behind Christmas when in fact it was just a way for everyone to be included in the celebration.
I’m an Atheist so when it comes down to it, I do not believe in Jesus nor do I want to praise and give thanks to something or someone who I feel is about as mythical as Santa Clause. Although, I have grown up celebrating Christmas and come to love it whole-heartedly. For me, Christmas is not about religion, but about being with friends and family, embracing the cold weather and taking time to appreciate the little things like taking joy in giving to others. Sadly I believe that the religious aspect is insignificant seeing as most people either feel the way I do on the Holiday no longer representing Jesus; But I also don’t agree with the greed aspect of corporations trying to capitalize on the Holiday and taking advantage of people during a season that represents love, compassion, selflessness, and respect.
I am an atheist. I love Christmas. I love my friends. I love my family. And instead of getting irritated or feeling attacked because people won’t allow you to say something or you are saying the wrong thing to them, just remember that the fact they acknowledged you at all and extended kindness was a gift in itself. If it wasn’t your birthday, you believed it wasn’t your birthday, and a stranger had just said ‘have a great birthday’ before walking off, you would not feel that they were being malicious and attacking your religious beliefs or intentionally trying to offend you, would you? No. They were trying to be nice without actually knowing your intricate background, including: religion, morality, political views, etc.
It’s the HOLIDAY SEASON…just be happy, be nice, respect and be kind to anyone and everyone. Life’s too short. Especially if you’re an atheist and believe this is your ONE life. Nothing more
- A Few of my Favorite Things #7…What God Wants for Christmas (wondersofhislove.com)
- Ontario MP demands end to ‘ban on Christmas cheer’ (news.nationalpost.com)
- Video: Merry Christmas from Mariah, Madonna and the Muppets (heatworld.com)
- Ask Richard: Should I Help My Parents with the Church Christmas Pageant? (patheos.com)
- Poll of the Week: What Kinda Gifts Do You Buy for Christmas? +94% of Christians, 56% of Non-Christians and 82% of Non-Believers Celebrate! (ginosblog.com)
Instead of packing the bricks of cocaine into a bag or stitching it into some clothing, these guys have gone balls out and simply wrapped their drugs in swastikas. Maybe they were under the impression that no one felt they would be that stupid, but sadly, they obviously are.
Special Counter-Narcotics Police Force (Fuerza Especial de Lucha Contra el Narcotrafico – FELCN) intercepted the van that was carrying this well disguised cocaine and the driver was arrested after the contents were discovered.
Good luck in the future to Bolivian drug smugglers who took a dangerous risk of being open and honest about what they were doing. Point of this bust is that if you’re going to smuggle drugs, you should probably wrap it in something that more people will agree with. At least, that’s what I took out of it.
- Bolivia’s President Says Chewing Coca Is an Indigenous Right (indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com)
- US Indicts Alleged Drug Smuggler Tied to Hezbollah (abcnews.go.com)
- Woman caught smuggling cocaine in dreadlocks (dangerousminds.net)
- Orlando drug-sniffing dog named ‘Tebow’ busts drug smuggler (offthebench.nbcsports.com)
Kim Jong Il, supreme leader of North Korea, died Saturday of an apparent heart attack during a train ride, state television reported Monday. He was 69, according to official sources. Kim, known in his homeland as “The Lodestar of the 21st Century” and by more than 2,000 other titles, is reported to have had a history of serious ailments, including diabetes, stroke and pancreatic cancer. He may have been on dialysis at the time of his death. In North Korea, he was considered a “contemporary god.”
Kim formally assumed power over the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, as North Korea is formally known, in October 1997 by becoming General Secretary of the Korean Workers’ Party. His elevation to supreme leader, a little over three years after the death of father Kim Il Sung, was the first dynastic transfer of power in a communist-bloc state. The younger Kim also ruled the nation as Chairman of the National Defense Commission, the highest state institution in North Korea. His father, whose embalmed body is on display in Pyongyang, remains the country’s president.
It’s nice to see a man like Jong Il pass away after the many years of famine and poverty that he forced upon the people of North Korea. He was a dictator who enjoyed living lavishly, while draining the resources of his country for building a more militant regime focused on nuclear weaponry.
Kim spent a reported 25 percent of his country’s budget on Korea’s nuclear military and ambitions while his people were starving. He showed no apparent remorse for anything.
Today is a good day, although we still have to see what’s next for North Korea. That alone, is a terrifying idea.
- Kim Jong-il Dead at 69 (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Video: North Korea after Kim Jong Il (cbsnews.com)
- Six Ways Kim Jong Il Sucked at Technology [North Korea] (gizmodo.com)
- Kim Jong-il dead: Grief & mass hysteria in North Korea (VIDEO) (rt.com)