Archive for the ‘Holiday Gift Guide’ Category

Macy’s Defends LGBT More Than Christmas

December 6, 2011

 

"Christmas" is Back in Vogue with many retailers that have begun to realize on which side their bread has always been buttered.  For some, like Macy’s, the reality that Christmas keeps them in business was denied as long as possible before agreeing this year that “Christmas” was okay to mention now and then.

How is it, though, that Macy’s is so quick to defend male cross-dressers using the ladies’ changing room?  Answer: political correctness run amok.

In their efforts to avoid offending anyone, Macy’s concludes, in its infinite wisdom, that men should be able to change in the ladies’ room and that “Christmas” is an unutterably offensive word.

Political correctness is batty, berserk, bonkers, chaotic, confused, cracked, crazed, defective, disordered, disorganized, erratic, flipped, a mess,  insane, mad, messy, nuts, out of order, out of whack, out to lunch, psycho, schizophrenic, screwball, screwy, touched, unbalanced, unglued, unhinged, wacky, and leaves everything it touches in pieces.  Choke the beast…avoid PC-ism at all costs, and in all its ugly forms.

Spend your Christmas dollars elsewhere and let’s see if the cross-dressers can keep Macy’s from going out-of-business.

The True Saint Nicholas

December 20, 2009

The True Saint Nicholas by William J. Bennett: Book Cover

If you’ve ever been asked, "Who is Saint Nicholas?"…

If you’ve ever wondered if he is just a commercial invention…

If you’ve ever thought there is no such person…

You may be surprised to know the true Saint Nicholas.

You’ll never again think of Santa Claus in quite the same way.

An instant classic by one of America’s most respected thinkers, The True Saint Nicholas is a book to be shared with family and friends every year to evoke the true spirit of Christmas.

Listen to a 5 minute audio clip of Laura Ingraham’s interview of Bill Bennett about this new book (opens in Windows Media Player).

Click on the image above to read the first chapter…and order the book.

Best Buy hates Christmas and America

December 7, 2009

happy_eid This retail giant has long led the way in eschewing Christmas.  But this year, they took a giant offensive step to bite off the hands that feed them: capitalism, and Christmas.

In their Thanksgiving Day ad, Best Buy wishes their shoppers a “Happy Eid al-Adha”.  A completely unknown holiday in the West, Best Buy puts up considerable money to bet that it’s on par with Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Lenin said, “The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.”  Reagan’s defense build-up forced the collapse of the Soviet Union, sparing us from completing the transaction Lenin predicted.  Best Buy seems eager to fulfill Lenin’s prophecy, only with Islam instead of Communism.

Capitalism allows Best Buy to advertise and sell to whomever they wish…and it also provides consumers with a choice on where to spend their hard-earned money.  Vote with your dollars – every dime you spend at Best Buy strengthens Islam’s growing influence on the world economy and brings President Obama’s vision for America that much closer to reality…

Micro Center Reveals Their Religious Bias

December 22, 2007

Here’s a quick follow-up to two previous posts.

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I received another email notification from Micro Center.  For some odd reason, they seem to think there is something special about this time of year that might stir some desire in me to want to spend my hard-earned money at their store.  Here’s the header from the email Micro Center sent to me on 12-21-07.

Their “After the Holidays Sale Preview” begins…why (coincidentally I’m sure) the day right after the holiday.  Not the day after New Year’s Day, or Winter Solstice.  Not after Kwanzaa, and well after Hannukah, Diwali, Ramadan, etc., etc., ad infinitum, ad nauseum that so many people in this country supposedly celebrate in such a way that involves an unusual amount of retail consumption.  Turns out that all those holidays that, according to Micro Center, are equally important to Micro Center’s existence don’t really matter to them after all!  I, for one, am shocked!

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Included in that email was a handy calendar to inform me of Micro Center’s “Special Holiday Store Hours”.  Let’s see, the only day they are closed is, let’s see…awe shucks…there’s no day for me to do my last minute Kwanzaa shopping?!

Note: They are open every day during Kwanzaa, and they are also open on New Year’s Day…very strange.  Of course, that must be because there is only one legal holiday in the month of December recognized by all fifty states and the federal government, and so they would likely have a rebellion on their hands if they forced their employees to work on that day – and they would have no customers that day either.

Let’s refresh our memories by reviewing Micro Center’s email response to my inquiry about why they made no mention of Christmas in their advertising:

Hello Todd,

We apologize if our advertising has caused you any undue frustration as it was not our intent.  We do advertise Holiday shopping to be fairer to people of all beliefs. (emphasis mine)

Respectfully,
Customer Service
Micro Center Online
4119 Leap Rd
Hilliard, OH 43026
800-634-3478 

How fair (or, for that matter, sane) is Micro Center, really, when they obviously pay no attention to these lesser holidays, and completely ignore the one holiday that matters most to their economic survival?

Wouldn’t it be great if, next year, no one bought any Christmas presents from Micro Center?  I’m sure they would start singing a different tune then…and, probably, a Christmas one at that.

Holiday Gift Guide (CTW) Ignores Christmas

November 23, 2007

I opened my local newspaper this morning, the day after Thanksgiving, to find a stand-alone publication inside titled, Holiday Gift Guide, produced by a company called Content That Works (CTW).  Local papers contract with them to produce content that supposedly adds value to their paper in order to increase readership.

This 60-page publication is primarily used to sell advertising space to local merchants, and from the title you might expect its purpose is to get you to spend your Christmas dollars with these merchants.

While there are a handful of ads that do use the word Christmas, most opt for the euphemism “holiday”, or make no references at all.

Meanwhile, the content generated by CTW, consisting of various platitudinous articles offering advice on how to have an environmentally-green “holiday”; a holistically-healthy holiday; making organic pumpkin pies; etc. virtually ignores that fact that the biggest holiday of the year is fast approaching.

So, I emailed them just now:

Hello CTW,

I just received your Holiday Gift Guide this morning in my local newspaper, The Press Enterprise.  I operate a blog called “Where’s Christmas” where I review retailers, commercial advertisements, etc. regarding their use, or non-use, of references to Christmas. 

I was very disappointed by the lack of the word Christmas in your publication.  Other than a handful of individual advertisers that used “Christmas” in their ads throughout your publication, I found the word Christmas used only twice in your 60 pages of content: once in the title of your article “10 Steps to YOUR Perfect Christmas Tree” on page 23, and once in the title of your article “Stop Dreaming of a Red-and-Green Christmas” on page 58.  Neither article referred to Christmas in their content.

Please explain why your publication all but ignores the biggest holiday of the year.  I will post your response on my for my readers.

Thank you, and Merry Christmas.

Todd

I’ll post their reply as soon as I receive it.  In the meantime, check to see if your local paper uses CTW content.  If it does, express your dismay to your paper and to CTW (feedback@contentthatworks.com). 

Whether in CTW publications or not, make an extra effort to patronize those merchants that advertise to attract Christmas shoppers, and pass on those that chose not to acknowledge it.