Merry Christmas!

First, I’d like to wish everyone who celebrates Christmas to have a warm and wonderful holiday.  For those who don’t celebrate Christmas, Happy Holidays!  Each year that goes by that I post here at SUFA, the more I think of everyone as part of my extended family.  Whether we agree on political issues or not, we are all still Americans, and Americans take care of one another when times dictate.  We all want Peace!  That is the one common thing that brings people together.  This is still an open mic, so bring forward any subject you like.  PEACE to ALL of YOU’S  :)

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  1. :)

  2. @Mathius, You cannot demand people accept people that are “different”. 45% of Christians believe that homosexuality is a sin. That’s just the way it is. It doesn’t mean anything in the real world. Will kids bully kids who are homosexual? I’d guess that YES they will. Sadly, it’s part of being human. The weak and the different will always be picked on in school. Parents can sure help, but families with two parents are far from the norm these days. Instead of calling people names because you don’t agree with their religious beliefs, maybe you should focus on the really big problems, like black on black violence, reducing AIDs within the gay community. Discover a way to help gay’s to cope with the issues that are going to happen to them, that would go much farther to helping the gay community than trying to change 40 million Christians and their views. Your battling an unwinnable battle. I have better chance of beating the Feds than you do of beating Christians. PEACE!

    • PeterB in Indianapolis says:

      Mathius actually can “demand” anything that he wants… we just don’t have to comply with his demands! :)

    • You cannot demand people accept people that are “different”.

      I can and will demand it.

      If they ignore me, that’s their prerogative, but then they run the risk of the (non-violent) ire of myself and those who agree with me.

      45% of Christians believe that homosexuality is a sin.

      And they’re all wrong.

      I’m sure 45% of Christians once thought the Earth was flat.

      Will kids bully kids who are homosexual? I’d guess that YES they will. Sadly, it’s part of being human.

      So we should just accept it?

      I’d guess that “might makes right” is also part of being human. So are the occasional rape, massacre, blood feud, et cetera. Should we just go ahead and accept these as well.

      The weak and the different will always be picked on in school.

      So we should just accept it?

      Parents can sure help, but families with two parents are far from the norm these days.

      It’s not the number or gender of the parents. It’s the fact that too many of the parents still AGREE and tacitly condone the mindset.

      Instead of calling people names because you don’t agree with their religious beliefs

      I’m not calling them names because I don’t agree with their religious beliefs. I’m calling them names because they’re bigots who just so happen to couch their bigotry in religious terms, and hide behind their weak understanding of their holy books.

      Where are these people when we talk about the other “sins” in the bible? Oh yea, SILENT.

      black on black violence, reducing AIDs within the gay community

      Why can’t I focus on ALL OF THE ABOVE? Why to I have to pick and choose? I have enough hellfire and brimstone to go around, trust me.

      Discover a way to help gay’s to cope with the issues that are going to happen to them, that would go much farther to helping the gay community than trying to change 40 million Christians and their views.

      Right. And we should work harder on helping potential rape victims cope with what’s going to happen to them rather than work to change the minds of the millions of men in this country.

      Are you hearing yourself?

      Yes, we should help people who are victimized by this blight of bigotry to deal with it as best we can, but we should ALSO stamp out the evil itself. (and, just to be extra special clear, the evil is not homosexuality, it’s bigotry and hate).

      I have better chance of beating the Feds than you do of beating Christians.

      We will win.

      We just need to wait for you all to die and we’ll be all set. Two generations, three at the most.

      History is on my side. You can’t hold the tide back forever. Tick tock, tick tock.

      PEACE!

      Back at ya.

      And Merry Christmas happy non-denominational holiday winter season.

      PS: Happy FESTIVUS!

      • If they ignore me, that’s their prerogative, but then they run the risk of the (non-violent) ire of myself and those who agree with me. OK, SO WHAT? BWAHAHAHA!

        And they’re all wrong. Well, unless you have talked to GOD, that’s hard to state as a fact. It’s your opinion, which you are entitled too.

        So we should just accept it? On all subjects, no, we shouldn’t ever accept any form of violence or intimidation, nor did I say that. We educate people to deal with it, because it will happen.

        Mathius, stating that homosexuality is not bigotry, it is a religious belief (which by the way all billion or so Muslims agree). Just because it’s believed to be a sin, doesn’t mean that a homosexual will be treated any less than anyone else. I think your assuming that it will, when the facts don’t support your assumption. So, let me ask. Why is it bigotry for this religious belief if it harms no one? It seems that the only actions that have been taken are from those who are intolerant, aka, bigots.

        Right. And we should work harder on helping potential rape victims cope with what’s going to happen to them rather than work to change the minds of the millions of men in this country. I promote self defense by exercising their 2nd Amendment rights, to all women. Yes, even the lesbians. Just what is being done to stop rapists otherwise?

        We will win. No, you will however turn a forgiving group into a pissed off group who are tired of your demands. Next step, war. You can’t win that. If you don’t want war, don’t demand of others any more than you want them demanding of you.

        I have already expressed my Happy Hanukah wishes to you and your fellow Jewish folks!
        PEACE

      • ….thinking…. I think the heterosexuals will be around for more generations.

      • Matt,

        “45% of Christians believe that homosexuality is a sin.” I think that’s supposed to be 45% of Americans polled…But where or how is saying you think homosexuality is a sin is bullying? What’s next, calling a thief a thief wrong & hurtful. Will we be forced to condone adultery? (Phil mentioned that as a sin also) I think it’s wrong for people to “cheat” on their tax returns. Me saying that doesn’t make me a hater. I’m not intending to report them. That doesn’t mean I condone their illegal activity.

        Are Anti-Bullying Programs Having An Opposite Effect?
        October 8, 2013 10:00 PM

        NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A lot of schools spend countless hours trying to stop bullying. But some question if they are sending the right message.

        It started as a simple look at bullying. University of Texas at Arlington criminologist Seokjin Jeong analyzed data collected from 7,000 students from all 50 states.

        He thought the results would be predictable and would show that anti-bullying programs curb bullying. Instead — he found the opposite.

        Jeong said it was, “A very disappointing and a very surprising thing. Our anti-bullying programs, either intervention or prevention does not work.”

        The study concluded that students at schools with anti-bullying programs might actually be more likely to become a victim of bullying. It also found that students at schools with no bullying programs were less likely to become victims.

        The results were stunning for Jeong. “Usually people expect an anti-bullying program to have some impact — some positive impact.”

        The student videos used in many campaigns show examples of bullying and how to intervene. But Jeong says they may actually teach students different bullying techniques — and even educate about new ways to bully through social media and texting.

        Jeong said students with ill intentions “…are able to learn, there are new techniques [and gain] new skills.” He says students might see examples in videos and then want to try it.

        According to Jeong, some programs even teach students how to bully without leaving evidence behind. “This study raises an alarm,” he said. “There is a possibility of negative impact from anti-bullying programs.”

        Jeong and others like him believe that until the message delivered by anti-bullying programs improves — some programs may be doing more harm than good.

  3. PeterB in Indianapolis says:

    Merry Christmas! By the way, anyone that thinks I should be “politically correct” and say “happy holidays” instead can friggin shove it!

    It’s CHRISTMAS!

    • Dale A. Albrecht says:

      Merry Christmas to one and all. 75+ degrees the past 3 days here in Eastern NC. Shorts and sandals and t-shirts are the norm. For those north of the Mason Dixon line enjoy the snow and your winter garb. I DO NOT miss it.

    • Can you say “happy Hanukkah” also?

      I happen to know for a fact that there are at least two Jews in this asylum.

      • Jews, always demanding shit :lol:

      • It’s already past Hanukka for this year. Care to join us in Celebrating Christmas now?

        • Fair enough.

          How about Festivus?

          I’m going to go ahead and pass on Cristmas, but you go ahead and enjoy yourself.

          • PeterB in Indianapolis says:

            Do you really “pass on Christmas” or do your family exchange gifts anyway like the Capitalists want you to?

            Just curious :-)

            • We pass on Christmas because were Jews.

              We celebrate Hanukkah in the true Capitalist tradition of gift exchange, but also sharing family time and such. There’s also a bit in there about lighting some candles and chanting in Hebrew and eating latkes.

              And that last part is weird to me because my dog is named Latke. I could swear she looked around nervously when we talked about eating them.

      • Dale A. Albrecht says:

        Absolutely, my oversight. Jesus was Jewish not Christian. Happy Hanukkah.

        • It warms my heart to read that.

          You’d be shocked (or perhaps you wouldn’t) at how many people do not know this.

          ———-

          I once, in the heart of Pensylvania, had an young woman ask my wife and me, in all sincerity, “what, exactly, is a Jew?”

          We were at a wedding, and I guess the bride with whom we are friends had mentioned it to the people at our table. And, apparently, it was a very good question because all conversation stopped and everyone at the table turned to look to us for an answer.

          Now, understand, we had just come from a lengthy church service prior to the celebration. The audience had been asked if they, with Jesus in their hearts, blessed this marriage. There was a reading of psalms, taking of communion, Corinthians, the whole 9 yards. But now the whole table is staring expectantly at my wife and me to tell them what, exactly, is a Jew.

          So I start off: “You know that guy Jesus, right?”

          And they all nod vigorously, yes, yes, we know Jesus – our lord and personal savior. We know who Jesus is, we love Jesus with all our hearts, but what does that have to do with “Jews”?

          “Well you see, Jesus, he was a Jew.”

          My wife nearly hid under the table.

          And they wouldn’t believe me! No, Jesus was a good Christian. And a Catholic, to boot. It didn’t matter that I explained that Christianity and Catholicism didn’t exist at the time. Nor did it matter that I cited wikipedia. Nor did the logic that “how could Christ and have believed in the redemption of the resurrection prior to dying and being resurrected?” have any affect. Nope, he was a born Christian (and blond haired, blue eyed, too, I’m sure – I wish I’d thought to ask).

          Well, I waylayed a passing priest (as there were a handful in the room) and sat him down to back me up. It took a good several minutes for the news to sink in.

          I’ve never seen people look so thunderstruck in all my life.

          We still laugh about it to this day.

          • Dale A. Albrecht says:

            That was very un-christian of you….a lame attempt at humor. Have several personal stories along that line that unfortunately did not turn out to be laughable. Peace be with you and your family.

          • plainlyspoken says:

            Mathius,

            It never ceases to amaze me of the lack of knowledge & understanding Christians have about their own religious faith. I admit to once being just as ignorant as a child growing up Catholic. This strongly influenced my turn away from religion and just believing in God only (which led me in life to have many questions for priest, pastors, ministers, and any number of lay people not only about Jesus, but the Bible too). Usually the discussions ended with me being dissatisfied with the answers I got.

            It wasn’t until I married my wife almost seven years ago that I really began looking at the Bible on my own – without the interpretations of some religious leader. I found so much that didn’t support the interpretations – or was misused outright to support the position of organized religions like Catholicism. It is a huge reason my wife & I both gave up our Catholic beliefs and got away from the ritualistic bombast and began following a simpler understanding of God, Jesus and the Bible.

            So I know much more than I ever did when it was left to the priesthood to tell me what Jesus was teaching. It is with this that I submit to you that many, many Christians are uneducated, or improperly educated, on Christianity simply because they don’t exercise their minds and explore the teachings and Word of God on their own (applying a liberal amount of common sense in doing so).

            Also, I would happily discuss with you those other sins as well, a couple of them I was guilty of myself. But, regardless of which of those sins we are talking about, those who are committing them – well, as I have said before, that’s between them and God. I am not their judge and I will not shun their company, their friendship, or interfere with their rights just because they may be sinning. As BL said, live and let live.

  4. I love Christmas, I got that from my Dad, I also inherited Christmas melancholia from him. There are so many good parts but then there are the memories, some so sad and the longings for things that might have been . Just last week in our little NY-NJ snowstorm, I found myself on another errand of mercy for a friend of my son Stephen. A silly thing to be sure but nonetheless a commitment I had made. So, here I am back in Washington Heights in a snow storm. After I completed my business, I was drawn to take a little drive to 171st Street, between Broadway and Ft. Washington Avenue. The “home” block for me and another 472 families. The snow coming down was the perfect touch. I was flooded with memories of Christmases past, bringing home the tree, taking it off the top of the car or dragging it from around the corner. It was a happy time. The new cars parked on the street were not the ‘50’s and ’60 models I remember but it didn’t matter. The snow made it like it was. Even the gap in the distance, the missing 106 Haven Avenue, recently demolished for a Columbia Project, home of my best buddy in 5th Grade, Peter Geohegan, and his family didn’t matter. Heck, for a little while at least I could vaguely make out the outline of the Palisades. I have to remember to thank Stephen for sending me there on that special day, well worth the eight plus dollars I had to contribute to the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey.

    A few years ago, I received the following message from My son Joseph, stationed as an aircraft maintenance officer for the Air Force’s equivalent of the Triple A in the Mideast. It is about the other side of Christmas. It is also about why we should be happy with the things we have that really matter. In another day, another time, you might have seen a byline on it from someone like Ernie Pyle because it is as good as his writings were. It also asks us to remember…….

    HR ON BOARD

    ……….on an even more somber tone, we had an aircraft IFE (in flight emergency)into our base tonight. We were able to fix it in about 45 minutes and then it took off uneventfully. The somber part was that it had HR (human remains) on board. So, we worked as diligently, quietly, and as respectfully as we could through the cold Kuwaiti night. We avoided arguments with the aircrew, stayed out of the cargo compartment and even tried not to cuss. After we ran engines and handed it off to the crew, we all said some prayers to whoever/whatever we believed in looked up into the clear star studded night sky as the aircraft broke ground, and sent a silver box home, just in time for Christmas…..war sucks.

    Captain Joseph P. Trynosky
    386 EMXG, USAF
    Kuwait, 23DEC07

    Merry Christmas to you all!

  5. Something new to do with that Christmas Shotgun you got.

    http://arstechnica.com/business/2013/12/flower-shells-inventor-on-his-need-to-spread-seeds-with-a-shotgun/

    “All we are saying is give peas a chance.”

  6. Canine Weapon says:

    I’ll just leave this here:

  7. You have to be kidding me……announced today, San Francisco has declared “spare the air” evening and day..tomorrow. no one can burn their fireplaces. So, on Christmas Eve nor Christmas day, no fires in personal fireplaces.
    Merry Zieg Heil!!!!

    • Considering it is in the 60s out here, we have not need of a fire. But that said, yes the Gestapo have declared no burn days for the Sacramento area as well. Fortunately, I live in the foothills and do not have to obey these idiots. Although we have no burn days with respect to brush burning which I usually ignore. It is too dry now to burn brush anyway. We are in dire need of rain. I am sure they will be declaring a drought after New Years and water restrictions will begin.

    • Perhaps everyone should send the city officials some coal for Christmas-lots and lots of coal.

  8. Merry Christmas, Happy holidays, Happy belated Hanukkah- Personally I draw the line at Festivus and I absolutely refuse to say Happy winter season :) What’s so great about the winter season-it’s just COLD!

    • We slipped this year V! This one is always a winner. Merry Christmas everyone!

    • Happy Holidays…

      ו א המולד עליזות מאוד

    • Dale A. Albrecht says:

      So you’re the one who sent the 50 degree drop in temperature to eastern NC. Thanks for the Christmas present. At least my heating system got some exercise. Next time who you please include in the Christmas present some snow. I need a good laugh on watching the people down here try and move around in it.
      To all, have a very merry Christmas day and hope everyone is with the ones you love and cherish every moment..

      • Just trying to share the Christmas love, Dale. 19* in SE Michigan this morning. ;)

        • Dale A. Albrecht says:

          To many years in Chicago experiencing the lake affect, northern Vermont just off Lake Champlain also experiencing the lake affect and working in Maine on the Kennebec installing weapons, avionic, comm and radar system on ships in the middle of winter, to to say I wish I was there enjoying your weather. But you all have fun I’ll be thinking of you.

  9. Merry Christmas to ALL! Share the joy and the spirit of giving to those less fortunate. :)

    15 degrees and 3 inches of snow on the ground, a White Christmas indeed ! Tomorrow, in a tree stand with the crossbow.

    For today’s menu: Venison back strap cooked on the grill, buttered potatoes with parsley, green/wax beans. All 100% self provided. :)

    • I wish I could say that I had a venison haunch in the oven since they ate most of my garden but alas it is not so. But I do have corn on the cob, apple cider and apple sauce that were produced 100% on site.

  10. Obmacare in one sentence

  11. Here’s a quote from Kirk Cameron’s autobiography that is appropriate to the whole problem of religious freedom. Though he is speaking of Hollywood – it applies nationwide.

    “In this town you can be a wife-beating, manic-depressive crack-head and everyone opens their arms to you. They say, “Hey, pal, don’t worry about it. We’ll get you into recovery. It’s all part of the journey.” But if you become a born-again Christian and love Jesus Christ and want to share that with other people, they say, “You’ve committed the unpardonable sin.”

    • You’re not foolin me OP. The more I read your story,,the more I shake my head. Big Kudos to you for stepping up, you are surely her hero. ;)

  12. Merry Christmas SUFA! Another beautiful, snowy, cold postcard perfect day here in Wisconsin! Hope you all enjoyed your time with family, friends and loved ones. I’m very fortunate to have all family on both sides close, so we get to spend time with everyone. A “friends” party last night with a tropical theme – pulled out the summer gear for a night of fun. Truly blessed!

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