Archive for the ‘Political Correctness’ 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.

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“I was at – forgive the expression – a Christmas party…”

December 21, 2010

Nina Totenberg, who is a – forgive the expression – NPR reporter/journalist, interjected on Inside Washington in the oddest cautionary separation from a common description for a common event, seemingly embarrassed to invoke any reference to Christmas.

Two lumps of coal for you this year, Nina….just don’t tell any of your Leftist friends that you have coal in your possession.

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…

What’s in a Name?

December 3, 2009

Christmas Vacation versus “Winter Break/Holiday”; Easter Vacation versus “Spring Break”…having homeschooled our children and, therefore, having little exposure to the public indoctrination system (aka public schools), we were unaware of the Left’s assault on the terms Christmas Vacation and Easter Vacation over the last 10 years.  Anti-theist crusaders have threatened milquetoast school board members across this nation that referring to Christmas and Easter Vacations as such violates the Constitution (written by men with Judeo-Christian beliefs) and is otherwise insensitive.

Historically, the only reason these two vacation periods have existed was to allow sufficient time off from school to celebrate the Birth and the Resurrection of Christ.  Now, the Left would have us believe that an en masse departure has suddenly occurred and these simple terms must replaced.  There’s no longer any need to recognize Christmas or Easter.  in its place, a universal desire to have a vacation in the middle of winter for no apparent reason (other than maybe to celebrate the winter solstice), followed by another vacation in spring so heathen college kids can take over resort destinations to get drunk and hold wet t-shirt contests.

The Petoskey News gives us an example of a successful return to sanity taken by the Petoskey Board of Education.  Board member Jack Waldvogel proposed, and the board voted unanimously, to rename the “winter holiday break” in the Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District calendar to "Christmas break."

Daniel Dankoff wrote to the Petoskey News-Review to criticize Waldvogel saying,"We’re a nation of many faiths, and he’s jamming it down the throats of everyone who’s not a Christian."  Of course, it’s perfectly acceptable in Dankoff’s eyes for the 5% of the U.S. population that does not celebrate Christmas to jam their hatred of Christmas down everyone else’s throats.

Be sure to email Jack Waldvogel to express your support and encouragement to help him endure the assault of the Grinches.

Rasmussen: ‘Merry Christmas’ vs ‘Happy Holidays’

November 30, 2009

Sunday, November 29, 2009

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds:

  • 72% of adults prefer "Merry Christmas," while 22% like "Happy Holidays”
  • Older Americans favor "Merry Christmas" more than younger adults
  • Married adults fancy the traditional greeting a lot more than unmarrieds, although there is virtually no difference in the views of those with children in the home and those who don’t have children living with them
  • 91% of Republicans and 70% of adults not affiliated with either major political party like store signs that wish them a "Merry Christmas," compared to just 58% of Democrats
  • Last year, 68% of all adults wanted holiday signs to read "Merry Christmas," while 25% preferred "Happy Holidays"

 

Christmas Makes a Comeback in Patchogue

November 3, 2009

Due to our support here at Where’s Christmas?  I received this email from Phil Butler just this morning:

from: Phil Butler
date: Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 8:08 AM
subject: Christmas Holiday Boat Parade 

Christmas

Great News – No more holiday boat parade in Patchogue–it has been agreed and accepted that this year and for ever more the boat parade will be called the: 

Christmas Holiday Boat Parade

So please spread the word to your family, friends and neighbors to come to the 16th Annual Christmas Boat Parade on Sunday, November 22nd and join the fun and excitement as big and small boats parade from Shorefront Park to head of the Harbor fully decorated in lights, colors and the spirit of Christmas.  The Grucci Family will again donate the fireworks with the arrival of Santa Claus.

For those who e-mailed us last year, thank you very much and please be assured that your support and encouragement greatly helped and was most appreciated and if you wish to help us make this the biggest and best Christmas Boat Parade on all of Long Island, you can again help; to do so, simply mail a donation as follows:

Sponsorship of the Best Boat Christmas Decorations $500.00
Sponsorship of the Best Boat Theme …………………..$250.00
To donate any amount from…………………$25.00 to $100.00

Simply mail us sponsorship or donation to:
Christmas ‘n Patchogue Committee
38 West 1st Street
Patchogue, NY 11772

Philip Butler
Chairman
Christmas ‘n Patchogue Committee

Thanks to all of you who called and wrote in last year to express your support for the Christmas Parade.  This is just one of several examples I’m planning to post this year of success stories I’ve witnessed since last year.  The Grinchs are feeling the push back, so be encouraged and continue to speak out in support of Christmas!

Take a moment to email your support to Phil Butler: PButler@grucci.com

Recommended Reading: The War on Christmas

December 13, 2008

Since I couldn’t have said it better, I’ll urge you to read The War on Christmas by John Eidsmoe rather than try to summarize it for you here.  But just to get you started, here’s an excerpt:

Imagine, if you will, a gala birthday party given in your honor. The guests will sing, dance, give presents, eat, drink, and have the merriest of times.  The hitch: your name will not be mentioned, the gifts will not be for you, the celebrants won’t be thinking about you, and everyone would sort of prefer that you not come.

That’s all that will be left of Christmas if various groups have their way.  All across the country, this year as in the past several years, there has been a concerted drive to remove all vestiges of Christianity from the celebration of Christ’s birthday.  For example:

• Public schools increasingly call Christmas vacation something like “winter break.”

• Students and teachers are discouraged or prohibited from wishing each other “Merry Christmas,” preferring “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons Greetings” instead.

• Christmas trees are either banned or called “winter trees.”

• Public-school Christmas programs, er, pardon me, “winter programs,” go heavy on “Frosty the Snowman” and “Deck the Halls,” but the traditional Christmas carols are censored.

• Retail store employees are instructed to wish their customers “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons Greetings” rather than “Merry Christmas.”

• Retail catalogs tout their goods as perfect for “the season” but avoid mentioning Christ or Christmas.

• Christmas cards, if I may call them that, wish our friends the “joys of the season” but commonly omit the “Reason for the season.”

• Public buildings such as city halls, fire and police departments, etc., feature holiday displays with holly, reindeer, and candy canes, but no manger scenes and no Baby Jesus.

These practices are far from universal. But they are increasing, and they are part of a concerted drive to cleanse the public arena from any and all vestiges of America’s Judeo-Christian heritage.

John Eidsmoe is a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, is a professor at the Oak Brook College of Law & Government Policy and serves as legal counsel for the Foundation for Moral Law.

Oldie…But Goodie

December 7, 2008

In case you missed it last year, I decided to re-publish one of my personal favorite posts about a very fascinating man with great insight, Theodor Geisel: 20th Century Prophet.  I hope you enjoy it…

If Nobel Prizes were awarded for prophets, I might be persuaded to nominate Theodor Geisel as the 20th Century’s greatest prophet.  Any of you who have children – or were a child yourself at one time – are very familiar with this lifelong, politically active Democrat.  If you can’t quite place his name, perhaps you know him better by his pen name, Dr. Seuss.

Among his many popular and critically acclaimed children’s books, perhaps his most endearing is the 1957 classic entitled, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”  Adapted for television in 1966, it aired on the CBS network for 22 years, and has become one of many endearing traditions enjoyed each December by millions the world over, both young and old.  The cartoon has taken-up permanent residence on the Internet Movie Database’s list of the top 250 films each December.  As further testament to its popularity, I can safely assume no one reading this needs me to refresh their memory of the storyline of this American classic.

Aside from Geisel’s trademark style of rhyme combined with a uniquely creative vocabulary, perhaps the most significant factor contributing to the enduring success of this story for over half a century, was the preposterous notion Geisel contrived for the story’s premise that anyone would actually wish to rid the world of Christmas.  Christmas!  For centuries, the single greatest annual celebration throughout Western civilization.  Christmas!  A time of joy, peace, goodwill, faith, hope, charity.  Christmas!  When small tokens shared among family, friends, neighbors, even strangers, create bridges over wide relational chasms, and feed and cloth those in need.  Christmas!  A holiday so widely enjoyed and celebrated, it is embraced equally by Christians and non-Christians alike to the point that, for many, it transcends its religious foundation.

While the premise of the story reveals Geisel’s genius; his potential status as a prophet admittedly suffers due to the methods he imagined a Grinch might employ to successfully achieve his devious goal.  As you recall, the fictitious Grinch disguises himself to look like Santa as he slithers through the town stealing every vestige of Christmas: from the Christmas trees, to the decorations; from the presents, to the food.  He scours the town until not one sign of Christmas remains.

But recent years have revealed a very real Grinch loose in our society. Not an odd looking individual with green fur and a soothing, grandfatherly voice.  But, rather, a small yet equally determined army of very ordinary looking people, employing none of the methods Geisel dreamed-up.  If Geisel was truly a prophet, surely he should have seen more clearly into future decades to warn us of these apostles of diversity, preaching in the public square their politically correct gospel of egalitarianism, tolerance, and sensitivity.  He would have warned us that these Grinches would not wind their way down Who chimneys; but would, instead, wield their influence over governments, major retailers, media outlets, and human resources departments throughout the land with threats of lawsuits on behalf of offended victims with irreparably hurt feelings from such diabolical trespasses upon their senses as the mere sight of the colors red and green, or displays of a baby in a manger; the sounds of Christmas Carols, or even a whisper of the word “Christmas”.

Some might conclude that it’s a shame Geisel let us down so, by failing to accurately predict the future.  Though, I imagine it’s possible he only concealed the truth about the coming assault on Christmas for the sake of his young audience, attempting to spare them certain distress while reassuring himself that the adults reading his story to their little ones might decipher his cryptic warning.  But, either way, and no matter how brilliant or well-intentioned he was, his prophetic attempt (as with most prophets) somehow failed to alert future generations.

Whoville withstands the external assault on its culture when the Grinch’s heart miraculously enlarges after the true spirit of Christmas suddenly touches him, causing him to repent and join in the celebration.  It is said that Geisel never really got into the sentimentality of Christmas himself, and that the Grinch may be somewhat of an autobiographical character.  So, perhaps there is hope that today’s antagonists, when they get a small dose of Christmas spirit like Geisel’s Grinch, may also experience heart transformations.  For the sake of our nation, I hope so.  However, British Historian Arnold Toynbee warns us that, “Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.”  By accepting the gospel of the Grinches, we are slowly committing suicide.  For, while Christmas will no doubt survive without America; I fear America will not long survive without Christmas.

For now, while there is yet no law against it, I unabashedly wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas.

Fireworks Won’t Fly in Patchogue Parade

November 20, 2008

Fireworks by Grucci, America’s First Family of Fireworks and the top name in fireworks entertainment since 1850, generously donated over $5,000 worth of fireworks last year to the annual Patchogue Christmas Boat Parade in Long Island, NY.

This year, however, a narrow majority of Grinches on the chamber board voted to change the name to the Patchogue Holiday Boat Parade.  As a result, Grucci vice president Philip Butler said his firm will not provide fireworks for the event because the word “Christmas” is removed from its title.

The Greater Patchogue Foundation, which hosts the event on November 23, 2008 along with the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce, decided in an un-unanimous vote to change the name because the use of the word “Christmas” garnered complaints from people who wanted the event to “be more inclusive,” said Charles Baker, president of the chamber.

Patchogue’s Mayor, Paul Pontieri, said: “When I think about fireworks, I don’t think about Christmas anyway – I think about the Fourth of July.”

Read more of the news story here and watch a video interview with Philip Butler.  Email, write, or phone to express your disappointment with the Patchogue Grinches.

Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce
15 North Ocean Ave.
Patchogue, NY 11772
(631) 475-0121

The Greater Patchogue Foundation
15 North Ocean Ave.
Patchogue, NY 11772
(631) 475-0121

 

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.