Posts Tagged 'stupid things people do'

War on Christmas? Bah! Humbug!

It’s that time of year again, when a segment of the population (for example, Bill O’Reilly) starts whining that the rest of us, Christian and non-Christian alike, have declared a war on Christmas. This started a few years ago when some retailers decided not to wish every customer (who might or might not celebrate Christmas) a merry Christmas regardless of whether every customer cared to be wished a merry Christmas. War on Christmas? I like Christmas as much as the next person, but to these people, who obviously don’t get out much and don’t know what REALLY goes on in this country, I say, war on Christmas? Bah! Humbug!

If you must label something a war, then I would say that there’s a segment of the Christian population who is declaring war on the non-Chirstmas population—-Christians who aren’t consumed by Christmas, Jews, Muslims, etc. Although these Christians like to defend their right to preferential treatment in this country by parroting the empty sentence, This is a Christian country, I say, Guess again.

This is a country with a lot of Christians. This is NOT a Christian country. There is a difference. Although in the last 8 years, extreme right-wing conservative Christians have tried, with some assistance, to convince us that this is a Christian country and have tried to make this a Christian country, the fact remains: we are a nation of all religions, all colors, all beliefs, and many of the people who settled this country did so in order, we are taught in school, to flee religious persecution or oppression. While some of the founding fathers were Christians, they provided that religion should not be forced upon us by our government by establishing the separation of church and state.

But back to the War on Anyone Who Doesn’t Celebrate Christmas….. Starting in early November, our homes are invaded by television commercials that have images such as Christmas-wrapped Hershey’s chocolates dancing across the screen, and our senses are further attacked in almost every retail store by twinkling Christmas trees and Christmas decorations of Santas, candy canes, crosses, and nativity scenes. We can’t pick up a bag of M & M’s that isn’t wrapped in Christmas packaging, and starting in December, we are held hostage by incessant Christmas music while we’re waiting in line to pick up our pizza or pay for our trouser socks. And then we even have to hear the Weather Channel talk about christmas weather! It’s just Christmas bomb after Christmas bomb after Christmas bomb, exploding in our ears and in front of our eyes.

We are forced to watch while our country is taken over by ONE DAY that, for some reason, has been turned into an entire SEASON. Why SHOULD I have to be accosted by “merry christmas” every time I go into a store? And what about the people who are alone for the holidays and don’t want to be reminded of how lonely they are by hearing someone chirp “merry christmas” with every “paper or plastic”?

I could go on, but I won’t. The whole war on christmas thing is a joke. You want to see war? Go to Iraq or Afghanistan or Africa, or go to the inner-city streets and watch people suffering there. But don’t tell me that there’s a damn war on Christmas.

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Gas Prices–Not Only Thing Out of Control

It’s time for another critically acclaimed edition of a feature that I like to call Stupid People.

There is a man in local area who drives 14 miles in order to pay 2 cents less per gallon for gasoline. (It was a story in the newspaper.) That’s right, folks. This guy drives 28 miles to pay $2.97 per gallon because, in his overpriced corner of the world, gas is priced at least $2.99 per gallon.

When I see something like this, I turn the hands of time back to the days when I was in junior high school math class. I didn’t like school any more than this guy, but at least I learned a little something. Let’s say that our friend needs 12 gallons of Dick Cheney’s nectar to fill his vehicle. He would spend $35.64 cents in my town and $35.88 in his town, which represents a savings of 24 cents–that’s a quarter if he pulls a penny out of one of the red penny containers that’s at every gas station register in the country. By the way, I hope that he didn’t buy a soda for $1.55 or a candy bar for 75 cents while he was at the register!

But, as our friends on infomercials like to say, “Wait, there’s more.” And there certainly is. We must remember that our frugal friend lives 14 miles away, meaning that he’s driving 28 miles round trip in order to buy his gasoline. If his car averages a fairly decent by U.S. standards (which is sad to say) 28 mpg, then he used a gallon of gas in order to purchase gas.

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, our fair friend spent $2.97 in order to save 24 cents. And that’s not mentioning the time he wasted–he could have been at home doing some financial planning. I heard that Fannie Mae is a great investment.