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111449 No. 111449 ID: d7e6b8
Merry Christmas my fellow weirdos.
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>> No. 111450 ID: a083c4
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Io Saturnalia!
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Meri Kurisumasu mina-san~!

>> No. 111453 ID: e834ca
May your mead bowl be overflowing, and may Freyr smile upon your offering.
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It's Festivus time!
>> No. 111459 ID: e266a3
I'm gonna Air my only real Grievance with any of the members here, which was you being incommunicado as the date for our dove hunt passed.
>> No. 111465 ID: e4b53d
The wife got me a fancy pressure cooker and a cook book. It is greatly appreciated. She likes her new briefcase.
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Got a dog (mutt) and a Keurig 2.0.
>> No. 111468 ID: c47c4b
  Merry Christmas, everybody.
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>> No. 111471 ID: 128ea0
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Spent two days with family, including my brother (artist/stagetechnician) and his girlfriend (gender studies student/aspiring artist/model) who both live in the Netherlands.

As often ends up being the case in our family meetings, there was a fairly big political discussion, with talking points being:
- Wanting to have lower taxes and a smaller government to allow more people to be actually productive and help support our social security system that is in danger of collapsing due to an aging population and the influx of help dependent immigrants is misguided because "all those government people are productive too and offer value to the citizens, trying to get rid of that is merely neo-liberal rhetoric".
- Opposing universal basic income is "denying the value of the unemployed who do unpaid volunteer work".
- Wanting to ensure that people are freely allowed to address genderqueer people by normal pronouns (based on their looks, rather than their feels) is literally the same as supporting people saying "nigger" during apartheid.
- Wanting to solve gender related issues before even talking about abolishing the use of physical sex as a legal discriminant is "fascistic", and any problems which should arise from abolishing it (sports competitions, prisoner segregation, bathroom issue, etc) are "all irrelevant and will be taken care of after we switch to a gender based system".

I'm center-right with a libertarian streak, but goddamn if they didn't make me feel like a fucking nazi by the end of the debate.

Merry Christmas, y'all.
>> No. 111472 ID: 41441c
The so-called "war on Christmas" is a false flag started by puritans during the English civil war under Cromwell's rule, and perpetuated by people who listen to enough AM radio that they believe Christians are a minority and are persecuted.
>> No. 111473 ID: a70f4c
The weird thing is that Puritans and Pilgrims who emigrated to America strictly forbade the celebrating of Christmas. They did not oppose the holiday because it was so commercialized or associated with irrelevant things like Santa Claus. They probably were so opposed to it because the Catholics (whom they hated) loved it and there was no Biblical reference to the actual date of Jesus' birth. The Pilgrims probably thought it was sacrilegious that the early Catholic Church had decided to place Christmas on the very same date of an already popular Roman pagan holiday in order to replace one holiday celebration for another. The above-mentioned Saturnalia was a Roman public holiday celebrated around December 25th in the family home. A time for feasting, goodwill, generosity to the poor, the exchange of gifts and the decoration of trees.

But the reactionary white aggrievement movement of triggered crybaby snowflakes is still flogging this notion of a "war on Christmas" championed by the stupidest right-wing news pundits like the profligate office molester, Bill O'Reilly, and squirrel-headed morons like Sean Hannity and Jesse Watters. Trump campaigned on bringing Merry Christmas back (I never noticed it was banished) and some imbecilic group was wasting a million dollars on a TV ad campaign ending in "thank you, Donald Trump, for letting us say 'Merry Christmas' again". Trump has often accused Obama of not saying "Merry Christmas" during the holiday season. But Obama did wish the American public a Merry Christmas every year of his presidency.

How ‘the war on Christmas’ became a political rallying cry https://youtu.be/tR5K5UuoGHI
President Trump wrote on Twitter Monday that he was proud to have led the charge against the "assault" on the phrase "Merry Christmas." Why do some feel that there is a "war on Christmas"? William Brangham discusses how Christmas, politics and American culture intersect with Amy Sullivan, author of "The Party Faithful," and Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.
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There is actually a section in the Bible that forbids decorating holiday trees in the house:
Jeremiah 10 NIV - 1 Hear what the LORD says to you, O house of Israel. 2 This is what the LORD says: “Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the sky, though the nations are terrified by them. 3 For the customs of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel. 4 They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter.
>> No. 111475 ID: 85023b
Ha! Holy shit!
>> No. 111476 ID: e266a3
The President placing an emphasis on saying Merry Christmas would probably be a lot easier to dismiss in my mind, if it weren't for seeing pictures of folks parading in Santa suits in Syria while assorted countries in yurop having to put barriers and guards around open markets and trees.

You should probably read the rest of the chapter to get a bit more context.

Also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asherah_pole
>> No. 111477 ID: e266a3
I feel you. My brother has fully mired himself into the socjus and diversity farce and tweets constantly about it; when the Las Vegas shooting happened and he couldn't help but text me about it, I asked him if he just straight up copied and pasted his remarks to me back during San Bernardino. He's apparently forgotten that we've agreed not to discuss these sorts of things due to our nearly opposite political differences, because then he had the gall to ask if I just wasn't paying attention to these sorts of things and it was okay if I was. I almost took the bait but frankly it would only be worth it if I thought he would ever actually change his mind, in which case it would unfortunately also destroy his livelihood in the long run due to his career choices and the sort of company he keeps.
>> No. 111478 ID: 0db3a5
>if it weren't for seeing pictures of folks parading in Santa suits in Syria while assorted countries in yurop having to put barriers and guards around open markets and trees.

The former group is sending the terrorists that necessitate the guards.
>> No. 111481 ID: 093f4b
Eh. Syrian regime is pretty secular for the region. Don't get me wrong, they've done some evil things, but I don't think exporting Jihadis is one of them. We were pretty tight with them prior to the revolution because of how staunchly anti-Al Qaeda they are.
>> No. 111482 ID: 3cf186
we get taught in school as little kids that the puritans left england to escape religious persecution, but when you read the diaries and letters of the pilgrims all that they write is stuff like
>this place is awesome i can farm without paying rent
>no fucking sherrif
>as much free land as the eye can see
they don't talk about their dislike of catholics and they don't come off as terribly religious people, in their own words the the describe themselves as economic refugees
>> No. 111483 ID: 8aeb84
The Mayflower pilgrims nearly had their boat sunk when one of them let their child unattended with access to firearms

The 5th day, we, through God's mercy, escaped a great danger by the foolishness of a boy, one of Francis Billington's sons, who, in his father's absence, had got gunpowder and had shot a piece or two, and made squibs, and there being a fowling-piece charged in his father's cabin, shot her off in the cabin; there being a little barrel of powder half full, scattered in and about the cabin, the fire being within four feed of the bed between the decks, and many flints and iron things about the cabin, and many people about the fire, and yet, by God's mercy, no harm done.

>> No. 111495 ID: c776fc
When you look at the actual historic record, "the pilgrims were persecuted" is as much a myth as "Christians are the most persecuted group in America" or "the Soviet Union was the only country that fought Nazi Germany" is today. They were motivated more by taxes than religion, and found a ready welcome in the Netherlands after leaving England, but refused to learn Dutch or to integrate into the local communities and again didn't want to pay taxes. They thought the Dutch were too liberal and feared that their children would become "overly westernized" (to use a modern term) if they stayed. And once in America, they often violently attacked and even murdered any other Christians who refused to follow their beliefs. (During the revolutionary war, one of Benedict Arnold's reasons for turning traitor was the alliance with Catholic France)
>> No. 111547 ID: 41441c
All the terrorist attacks in Europe and North America in the past decade have happened in countries that oppose Assad. Assad, and Putin, directly benefit from terrorism in Europe because it destabilizes their enemies and terrorizes people who oppose them. The USSR was "officially" anti-racist but they were covertly supporting a good number of KKK groups during the cold war because racial disunity worked in their interests, likewise now it's turned out they're running a bunch of similar groups in the US via facebook, and have likewise tried to co-opt BLM and similar movements (I say "tried" because apparently blacks are better at spotting Russian plants) in the interest of causing political disunity in the US.

Just look at how much the shills on here crow whenever there's a attack. They love it. But if it's in Russia? "oh no, this doesn't represent all Muslims, as an American we need to listen to Putin's speeches about how Islam is a religion of peace"
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