Saturday, December 03, 2005

Another (holi)day, another wingnut

You would think that a blog with a name like Merry Christmas would be happy and festive and joyous, like the holiday itself. Unfortunately, it's the rantings and ravings of another rightwingnut, not only perpetuating the myth that Christmas is under attack by the satanic minions of the left, but also getting really into the holiday spirit by rooting for Tookie's execution. She also celebrates the birth of Jesus with a heaping helping of cheerleading for Bush's war in Iraq and attacking those of us who don't think it's a particularly good idea for us to be in that war (you know, the majority of Americans at this point, not to mention the rest of the world). I can't wait to put on a Santa hat, throw on Elvis' Blue Christmas album, roast myself some chestnuts, pour a nice tall glass of eggnog, and settle in for more of this extra special holiday reading to get myself all whipped up into super Christmas spirit!

9 Comments:

Blogger Miz BoheMia said...

Great! Makes me wanna visit now! (To be read voice dripping with sarcasm... puking optional)

12/04/2005 12:28:00 AM  
Blogger Arlen Crawford said...

You have a point LT. But to be fair, though most Americans oppose the war in Iraq, most polls that I have seen also oppose an immediate withdrawal of our troops, favoring a gradual withdrawal approach in order to give the perception of not "cutting and running." Myself, I think that's reasonable.

Tookie's impending execution doesn't make for very pleasant Christmas wishes, now, doest it? My wish for him would be hard labor for the rest of his life and much of that time spent alone in reflection of his deed.

I will say this: Merry Christmas needs to take a step back and really figure out the true meaning of Christmas.

And with regards to George Bush, God, through His writings in the Bible, implores us to pray for our leaders. I can think of no leader in need of prayer more than ours.

Have a great Sunday (which is more than can be said for the 49ers fate)

12/04/2005 06:44:00 AM  
Blogger Liberal Traitor said...

Arlen, I have to agree with you that a full withdrawal right now probably isn't a great idea. Bush went and made a big mess that unfortunately needs some major cleanup now. If I was the praying type, I'd probably pray for him to get himself a clue. My Sunday is already going pretty well (see my next post), and a little later we're going to be picking up a small live Christmas tree!

12/04/2005 02:59:00 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Well, I just left a comment here and it disappeared. I won't re-write it and just see if this one does the same.

12/05/2005 02:36:00 PM  
Blogger Liberal Traitor said...

Beth, I don't delete comments, but blogger and blogspot were having some serious technical difficulities yesterday. So have you gotten yourself into the spirit, or are you still using this holiday to bash others?

12/06/2005 07:10:00 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

Liberal Traitor,

I didn't think you deleted it, it just disappeared into cyberspace and I didn't feel like re-writing it. I couldn't get on blogger most of the day that day, so I assumed blogger was having problems.

Which I hated because it was very clever! (I can say that since it disappeared :) )

Anyway, I'm doing just fine thank you for your concern. And I'm glad you are in the Christmas spirit as well.

I have responded to your comment on my blog and am fixin' to put up another post with an animation of us as new best friends (g). I know you'll love that.

Seriously, I have enjoyed reading your blog and am glad you brought it to my attention. Viva la difference. That's what I love about our country - we can agree to disagree and don't have to cut off each other's heads over it. (Yes, I know there are other countries that one can express an opinion - but I'm talking about USA right now).

BTW - I am not a religious fanatic. I can see how one would draw that conclusion with my ranting about the Merry Christmas issue. But people who know me personally would find that conclusion funny.

I do have beliefs - but my primary outrage is the eroding of our societial values and what makes us American. I don't think we have to throw that out to be acceptable. Making fun of cowboys is just as irritating to me. There's nothing wrong with cowboys! ye-haw!

As you said - thanks for the controversy, it makes life more interesting :)

Merry Christmas to you and to mz bohemia, arlen, and all the others who visit here :)

12/06/2005 11:11:00 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

oh - and another thing. I don't have any particular interest in the Tookie Williams-thug-gangster-punk issue. I did wonder what it was about him that is causing the media stir and did a little bit or research.

What I found interesting is that no one had much at all to say about his victims. I had to actually do some digging to find out what crimes he had been convicted of. And on top of that, his supporters have declared that disclosing his crimes is 'prejudicial'. I thought that was appalling.

I wanted to draw attention to his victims and to what he had done to be where he is - as opposed to how he is being portrayed - as a victim.

I would not want to be the one to have to make a decision about whether he or anyone else lived or died. Unfortunately, he made that decision for some innocent bystanders, as per his convictions, no telling if there are others.

I think it would be just as effective for him to do hard labor for the rest of his life - but only if he is not celebrated for it.

For the sake of those children he claims to want to help, his consequences need to be severe. The reason being that his current level of media attention is glamorizing gang life.

His point, if it's sincere, is that he wants to show children the consequences of gang life.

If that is true - the consequences would be death or life imprisonment in obscurity, not being surrounded by semi-celebrities and large bank accounts.

That's my only point with that.

12/06/2005 11:23:00 AM  
Blogger Liberal Traitor said...

Beth I hear you calling, but I can't come home right now... oh wait, that's Kiss. But seriously, I do appreciate this dialogue. Like I said, I don't particularly take issue with you having a different opinion, and I don't typically go and find blogs I disagree with and go flame them (that Machinery of death guy is so much of a freak that he's an exception to that - and as you mentioned I really hope it's a parody but I've heard that it's not). It was the fact that this stuff is on a blog called "Merry Christmas."

As for Tookie, I don't think anyone is saying that he's innocent of his crimes. But I think that given what he has done since then is enough reason not to kill him. Is our criminal justice system supposed to be about rehabilitating criminals or just punishing them? This man seems to have gone through great lengths to atone for his crimes and to keep future generations from making the same mistakes that he made. Killing him isn't going to bring those people back, but keeping him alive could help keep more people from needlessly dying from gang related bullshit. I tend to be against the death penalty anyway, but I find this case particularly fascinating given Tookie's post-prison actions.

12/06/2005 04:26:00 PM  
Blogger JBL said...

Dear San Francisco Liberal, I am "Beth's" cousin and you better watch it! You don't want to rile up us rednect southerners, we might just whoop up on you!!
Merry Christmas and God Bless you as we celebrate the reason for the day--the birth of Jesus.(I had to let you know what side of the fence I am on!)

12/09/2005 08:50:00 AM  

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