‘Twas the Day after Christmas…

I wrote this on the day after Christmas.

With apologies to Major Henry Livingston Jr. (1748-1828)
(previously believed to be Clement Clarke Moore).

‘Twas the day after Christmas, and all through the House
The leftovers were eaten, the fire was well doused.
The stockings had been stripped of their goodies and lost
While the pols at the Capitol dreamed of bribes of great cost.

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What’s It All About, This Christmas?

I’ve been drawn into an interesting discussion on a few other blogs. It started the other day while watching the TODAY show as I dressed for work. Matt Lauer had his panel of “experts” addressing controversial topics of the day, and one of them involved “outsourcing” Christmas obligations, like shopping, card sending etc, and the propriety of doing so. In the course of the conversation, Nancy Snyderman said she didn’t like the religious element of Christmas, in effect, it’s what ruins it for her. It was a short exchange, not well fleshed out, but it was clear there was a disagreement between Star Jones, who felt “Jesus is the Reason for the Season” while Snyderman did not.

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I’m Not An Atheist

Well, technically, that’s not true. What I’m trying to say is that atheism is just one small component of what I am, what describes my worldview, my personal philosophy, my attitude towards life and how I now choose to live it.  A better word, one more encompassing, though a bit verbose, would be ASUPERNATURALIST. I don’t believe in the idea, the concept of the supernatural.


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My Christmas Post

If you like Tim Minchin, you’ll love this – and it’s Banned in Britain! Well, not really, but it was cut from the TV show it was recorded for, which is sorta like being banned.

But, he has a good attitude about it. I wish Americans had this kind of response.

It’s 2011. The appropriate reaction to people who think Jesus is a supernatural being is mild embarrassment, sighing tolerance and patient education.

And anger when they’re being bigots.

Oh, and satire. There’s always satire.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

An Open Letter To Christians: Merry Christmas From An Atheist (via Atheist Oasis – A Rational Refuge)

Saw this over at The Friendly Atheist. This is the best and most comprehensive rebuttal of the nonsense they call the “War on Christmas” I’ve read. Enjoy it.

An Open Letter To Christians:  Merry Christmas From An Atheist That’s right, I didn’t say “happy holidays” or “seasons greetings” — I said “merry Christmas.”  And yes, I’m an atheist, one who loves the Christmas season so much that I tend to get into the spirit of the holiday a little earlier than most.  I love the decorations, the music, the gift-giving, the mythology — all of it.  This often surprises people because I tend to have a dark sense of humor and an unsentimental, pragmatic worldview.  But ever … Read More

via Atheist Oasis – A Rational Refuge

Santa vs. Jesus

This is not about a prize fight between two mythical entities. More like a comparison. Let’s start with similarities:


Happy Birthday, Sarge!!!

I know this is supposed to be the birthday of baby Jesus, and I know Bill O’Reilly expects me to wish HIM a Merry Birthday, but dammit, I’d rather wish YOU a Happy Birthday, today, Sarge. So…


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Make Believe Super Santa!

‘Tis the season, and I’ve noticed a definite spike in views of an old post, one of my first, that I wrote way back in April (oh, so long ago!). When I wrote the piece, and posted it, I guess not too many people were paying attention. The first day I had a whopping 18 views, then it dropped into single digits (usually 1) until July when it spiked up to 16, dropping back for a couple of months into the single digits again, occasionally bumping up beyond ten, until asanta-stats.jpg few days ago. On Tuesday, it went to 35, then on Wednesday 213 people viewed the post. Thursday that went to 227, Friday 248, Saturday 262 and so far today 158. Talk about a Christmas spike! Check it out. —->>>

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