Winter Solstice, 2004

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 21 Dec 2004 13:00:00 GMT
# From The Federalist:
"In case anyone would like to know, we have now entered the Christmas season. Christmas as in Jesus Christ. This is not the 'happy holidays' season. It isn't even Ramadan, which until recently I thought was a hotel chain. ...[D]on't 'Happy Holidays' me because I will 'Merry Christmas' you in return. And, please, don't bother to send me cards wishing me 'Happy Holidays' or that other euphemism, 'Season's Greetings.' To these I say, 'Bah! Humbug!' This 'Happy Holidays' business is just a further effort by the nation's militant atheists and non-Christians to take the real meaning out of Christmas and unfortunately too many people who call themselves Christians are willing to go along with the anti-Christmas gang, either because they are just a little bit ashamed of being identified as Christians or else it's too much trouble to stand up for what it is they believe. ... If Christians will not stand up for their God, their religion, their beliefs, how can we count on them to stand up for anything else, including their country and their liberty?" -- Lyn Nofziger
and (a classic):
"Meaning no disrespect to the religious convictions of others, I still can't help wondering how we can explain away what to me is the greatest miracle of all and which is recorded in history. No one denies there was such a man, that he lived and that he was put to death by crucifixion. the miracle I spoke of? Well consider this and let your imagination translate the story into our own time -- possibly to your own hometown. A young man whose father is a carpenter grows up working in his father's shop. One day he puts down his tools and walks out of his father's shop. He starts preaching on street corners and in the nearby countryside, walking from place to place, preaching all the while, even though he is not an ordained minister. He never gets farther than an area perhaps 100 miles wide at the most. He does this for three years. Then he is arrested, tried and convicted. There is no court of appeal, so he is executed at age 33 along with two common thieves. Those in charge of his execution roll dice to see who gets his clothing -- the only possessions he has. His family cannot afford a burial place for him so he is interred in a borrowed tomb. End of story? No, this uneducated, propertyless young man who...left no written word has, for 2,000 years, had a greater effect on the world than all the rulers, kings, emperors; all the conquerors, generals and admirals; all the scholars, scientists and philosophers who have ever lived -- all of them put together. How do we explain that? ...[U]nless he really was what he said he was." -- Ronald Reagan

# - Comrade Santa's Coming to Town - lyrics and mp3 for an updated version of an old classic. Hehe. [trt-ny]

You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not speak out
I'm telling you why
Comrade Santa's coming to town

He's got a database
He's updating it twice
And in every home
There's a bugging device
Comrade Santa's coming to town

He knows what you are thinking
And you better watch what you say
You better make sure you're politically correct
Or the elves will take you away

# My copy of L. Neil Smith and Scott Bieser's The Probability Broach: The Graphic Novel arrived on Friday at my office, but I didn't get it until yesterday since I was working at home on Friday. Yay! Read a few pages last night. Laughed out loud at least three times. Looking forward to the rest.

# Ron Paul at Armed Females of America - Congressman Too Truthful - Dr. No has gotten lots of flack from his the oath-breakers who sit next to him in Congress. But he continues to fight for the American liberty. Four years old, but still relevant. [kaba]

The other day, I made a huge "gaffe" on national TV: I told the truth about the crimes of the U.S. Government. As you can imagine, the ceiling fell in, and a couple of walls too. Congressmen are supposed to support the government, I was told. Oh, it's okay to criticize around edges, but there are certain subjects a member of the House of Representatives is not supposed to bring up. But I touched the real "third rail" of American politics, and the sparks sure flew.

I was interviewed on C-SPAN's morning "Washington Journal," and I used the opportunity, as I do all such media appearances, to point out how many of our liberties have been stolen by the federal government. We must take them back. The Constitution, after all, has a very limited role for Washington, D.C.

If we stuck to the Constitution as written, we would have: no federal meddling in our schools; no Federal Reserve; no U. S. membership in the U.N.; no gun control; and no foreign aid. We would have no welfare for big corporations, or the "poor"; No American troops in 100 foreign countries; no Nafta, GATT, or "fast-track"; no arrogant federal judges usurping states rights; no attacks on private property; and no income tax. We can get rid of most of the cabinet departments, most of the agencies, and most of the budget. The government would be small, frugal, and limited.

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