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Always fascinated by the paradox presented in Hesse's Magister Ludi between the worlds of the spirt and of the flesh, I left academia after completing the coursework for a Ph.D. in English Literature for a career in Information Technology consulting, foresaking Shakespeare, Byron, and Fitzgerald for Turing, Iverson, and Date. Soon thereafter, I, like Tom and Laura's father, the telephone lineman, fell in love with long distance. In the years that followed, I plied my craft in places strange and far, including Riyadh, London, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Sarajevo, and (most pleasantly) Nice. Returning to my native America after many years abroad, I have found it dramatically changed, not necessarily for the better. Now I practice my trade more sedately, traveling to such exotic places as St. Louis, Atlanta, and Hartford. But, as Mr. Buffett reminds us, "there's still so much to be done." So hearkening back to Tom's absent father... if the phone doesn't ring, it's me.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Back by Popular Demand: Faux's War on Christmas

On days I work from home, I attempt to watch at least an hour of Faux News daily (I leave the TV on CNN for background the rest of the day) as I have been criticized in the past for my negative opinion of the network. This morning I watched the (weekday) Fox and Friends show for the first time in ages. While the two guys are the same, including Steve Doocey for whom my barbuddy Lionel has a particular penchant (although he can never seem to spell "Doocey" correctly), as well as the Italian guy, they've evidently replaced the Breeder Blonde with an Uptight Blonde.

This morning, while CNN was doing stories on Blagojevich, the Obama/Gore meeting, etc, Fox was running Christmas stories, including the Washington State Christmas display controversy, and a story about some women who had launched yet another campaign to enforce "Merry Christmas" rather than "Happy Holidays."

The former caught my eye (and ear) as I expected it to be about the Atheists' sign that was stolen, put back, taken down, whatever. But no! It turned out to be about Festivus (for the rest of us)! It turns out that Washington has approved the display of a Festivus commemoration along side of the Nativity scene...

Coming to Capitol: 'Festivus' display
By KOMO Staff

OLYMPIA, Wash. -
State officials, besieged by requests for more seasonal displays at the state Capitol, have approved several more - including a "Festivus" display honoring a faux holiday popularized by TV comedian Jerry Seinfeld.

The new display requests come on top of an anti-religion placard, a Christmas tree and a Christian nativity scene erected earlier this week and a pro-religion sign added Friday.

The state General Administration, which runs the state Capitol building, have OK'd four of the requests so far:


Now, for the record, I think the kerfuffle regarding the Atheists' sign was both legal and probably "fair," in the current perverse meaning of that word, but also certainly in bad taste upon the atheists' part. However, the "Festivus Controversy" seems to me to be only amusing, not offensive.

But no! The Blonde starts a heartfelt invective against the sacred holiday of Festivus, moaning that if she should take her 2 (or 5 or 10) tots to the Washington State display, they would be traumatized for life!! Oh, the horror!! And, at the end of all this, she has the actual audacity to say that she has "as good of a sense of humor as anybody!!!!" My God woman, take the stick out of your a** and lighten up! It's Festivus for the Rest of Us!

And so, the Faux War Christmas has begun. Happy Holidays everyone!


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