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12.03.2010

Random Friday Morning Thoughts



  • Did you see the Fox 4 story of the guy who claims and ear injury due to an "exploding cell phone". The phone now has a cracked screen with blood on it.  Let me be more than skeptical on this one: That man is lying. 
  • They are still doing stories on the Atheist Ad Campaign. Stop it. Stop it now. 
  • I got in the Christmas spirit yesterday: I paid someone to put lights on my house. 
  • The Family Cat demonstrated she actually climb to the very top of the Christmas tree. Greeeaaaaat.
  • The new TV is fantastic but something didn't seem quite right. Everything got better once I found out that I didn't have it in "vivid mode."  Vivid mode? Really? That can't just be the default? 
  • Watched a Seinfeld episode last night and then hit the "Info" button just for grins. Uh, it originally aired in 1990. Twenty years ago? Call Hawkins Funeral Home. I'm done.
  • When I was a kid, I'd watch reruns of The Dick Van Dyke show on Channel 11. (Still a fantastically funny show.) At the time, I assumed they had been created close to the birth-of-man. I guess the kids in my house right now could say the same thing about Jerry/George/Elaine/Kramer.
  • The Texas Rangers made Chuck Norris an honorary member yesterday complete with a ceremony that included Gov. Rick Perry. Idiocracy
  • Two guys from the metroplex that created "Words With Friends" (which I've never played but have friends that beat me down with talk of it), sold the app yesterday to the creator of Farmville (kill me). No price has been disclosed, but I'm guessing they are shopping for miniature giraffes this morning. 
  • Uh, oh: Chase Bank orders a branch in Southlake to take down a Christmas tree in the lobby because it might offend people. Where's national Fox News when you need 'em? They live for this stuff. 
  • Funny line about Qatar beating the U.S. to host the 2022 World Cup: Let's just declare they possess weapons of mass destruction and take care of them. 
  • I would be incredibly excited about the discovery of the new life form by NASA if I had a doctorate in microbiology. 
  • Woodhaven Bank in Rhome doesn't have a security cam image it can release about the robbery yesterday? We're left with a description of, according to the Update, two guys with masks and of "average height"? Good luck with all of that. 



51 comments:

Anonymous said...

OMG!!! You paid someone to put light on your house... Yes call the funeral home, you are done.

Anonymous said...

nice she's not a bimbo just hot!

Anonymous said...

Barry, you think it idiocracy because we honor Chuch Norris as an honorary Texas Ranger? Tell us how asinine was the Nobel Peace Prize for an idiot like Obama?

guinjames said...

I watched the bus ad non story on Fox 4 last night. How many times does the rep for the transit company have to explain- If they take the atheist ad off they have to take church ads off. Are non-believers going to boycott any bus with christian ads on it?? I have never rode a city bus but I believe I'll boycott any with church ads. Fair is fair.
When are they going to quit forcing they're beliefs on everyone??

Anonymous said...

What make you think Fox News lives for defending Christmas is that the liberal networks you enjoy are lacking the guts to stand for anything decent. We are impressed that you now stand by the standard of Fox New and exposed those anti-Christmas nuts. Merry Christmas to you, Barry!

Anonymous said...

Just how many times has that one particular bank been robbed say in the last 20 years?

Anonymous said...

8:49
The difference between Chuck Norris and Obama is "Obama is God"

Anonymous said...

I don't usually get twisted out of shape about issues like this, but the removal of the tree at the bank has hit a raw nerve. Your true definition of Idiocracy is when you start doing things (or not doing them) in case you might possibly offend someone in the future. And how is it that one person who is offended by decorations can make it okay to offend everyone else who is offended that there are no decorations? That's the ACLU and soul-less lawyers at work.
If you're in the minority on a subject like this one, make some concessions, deal with your environment, and get over it!

Happy Festivus!

Anonymous said...

I know the Wells Fargo has been robbed before, but not sure about Woodhaven bank..

Anonymous said...

the fanatical christian groups will never cease to believe they have all the answers. I personally believe the true God is annoyed with them as we are.

Anonymous said...

Chase sure doesn't mind all the Christmas Shopping on their cards. Perhaps christians should not use their cards for their shopping...

Anonymous said...

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Two obese women were arrested for shoplifting after hiding FOUR pairs of boots, THREE pairs of jeans, a wallet, and gloves in the folds of their fat!!!

wordkyle said...

Idiocracy - when the United Nations summit on climate change in Cancun opens with a prayer to the Mayan jaguar goddess and banks take down Christmas trees because they might be considered offensive.

Anonymous said...

I wish all the a-holes in my area had silencers! They target shoot all hours of the day and night. the only thing I dislike about country living.

I am just plain tired of all the glitter of Christmas, so I don't go all out anymore. But, I respect the right of others to do as they please. Chase bank should be ashamed of taking the tree down. I would move my account if I had one.

Anonymous said...

9:06 The Woodhaven Bank hasn't BEEN THERE for 20 years. Probably less than 10!

Anonymous said...

Chase bank should have left the tree up and fired the employee who did not know the rules and accepted the tree. Some businesses have rules in place that you cannot put out Christmas decorations; and that is their right to do so.

Anonymous said...

Was the cell phone strapped to the chest of a really small sand nigger?

Anonymous said...

9:09, Then I agree with the ads on the Ft. Worth buses.

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Anonymous said...

Does Southlake have a town tree?

Rick Stacey said...

They cut down all the trees to make way for the Town Center.

Anonymous said...

Chase should do whatever the hell they want to do. It's their business, folks. Stop getting bent about trivia.You are aware that you can enjoy a Xmas tree and not be a Christian, right? You don't have the monopoly on the holidays....even tho you act like it.

AnObiter said...

I'm with WordKyle on this one. Pathetic. Bet if the bank had had a Menorah or Kinara displayed, they'd have left it.

Sad.

Ah well, Merry CHRISTmas!

wordkyle said...

1145 - You're absolutely right, a business should do whatever it wants to increase business. My comment was about the wretchedness of a society in which said business considers a traditional Christmas symbol potentially offensive.

As for the last part of your comments, Christians are apparently the only group in America it's okay to offend. (Although nearly 80% of Americans identify their religious affiliation as "Christian." Maybe they need to get a little more militant to get the same respect accorded other groups.)

mzchief said...

* I hate cats. What makes a presumably sane person encourage/allow an animal to poop and piss in a box of gravel, INDOORS?

* I wonder how REAL Texas Rangers feel about some celebrity becoming an "Honorary" member of their elite group of highly trained professionals? What is next, making Tom Hanks and honorary astronaut and Jamie Foxx an honorary Marine? What about making Tom Cruise an honorary Navy Fighter Pilot because he played one in Top Gun?

* Christians cannot have it both ways and demand everyone buy into their bogus claim that "Jesus is the reason for the season." and then be surprised that people, who do not believe in Jesus, are offended by expressions of "the season." It is out of ignorance that people are offended by "Christmas" trees and/or believe that a "Christmas" tree is Christian expression of Christmas.

What Christians and the majority of the general public need to realize is that countless civilizations, for thousands of years, before the arrival of the mythical martyr, Jesus, have celebrated "the season" during the middle of winter, by bringing fir trees and/or pine bows into their homes and decorating them with lights and ornaments. Early civilizations feasted during the middle of winter because of the abundance of freshly slaughtered meat and newly harvested food.

Even though apocryphal evidence indicates, Jesus was born in the spring. Shepherds, herd in the spring, not winter, and the Egyptian and Roman governments conducted their annual tax census in the spring which is why Mary and Joseph were required to return to Joseph's village, even though Mary was VERY late in her pregnancy. However, sometime around 420 ACE, Pope Julius I chose December 25 as the birth date of Jesus. Imagine that, an organization that wants control of the public goes ahead and hi-jacks a celebration as a means to impose its will on the public. By the 1300's Christianity had eradicated the majority of all other religions and had fully incorporated the Christian spin on major, ancient holidays like Easter and Christmas. No matter how desperate The Holy Roman Church was to get rid of the raucous festivals and week long drunken orgies associated with the winter celebration, the public just would not give it up so The Church decided to accept the festivals as part of "the season." However, in the 1600's The Puritans did away with the bawdy festivals of over-indulgence. The "Christmas" tree, again, became vogue in the UK during the late 1830's. It took until the 1870's for it to become common place for families in the US to decorate a Christmas tree. Leave it to greed and avorace for the majority of people who claim "Jesus is the reason for the season." to bastardize the true meaning of the season, of giving as much as you can to those less fortunate, to mean giving more than you can to people they know and want to have more.

FYI...Christmas was not a US federal holiday until June 26, 1870.

All you Santa loving Christians should know, Santa is an invention of the RETAIL industry. St. Nick started out as a "jolly old elf" in "Twas the Night Before Christmas," written 1823. In 1863 an American cartoonist created the modern image and associated myths of Santa Claus. It took until 1870 for kids to decide they could send requests for gifts to Santa Claus.

Soooooo...Is Jesus REALLY the "reason for the season" currently celebrated by the majority of Americans. Heck NO! If you have a tree, ornaments and images of Santa, give gifts to your loved ones and fail to give equally to those less fortunate as well as fail to attend services to commemorate, the church sanctioned date of, Jesus's birth, then there is no doubt, Jesus is not the "reason for the season" celebrated by most Americans.

wordkyle said...

mzchief - I respect your energy, but your anti-Christian zeal tends to make you rave a bit.

However, you are incorrect about St. Nick. "Saint Nicholas" is the canonical name for Nikolaos of Myra, a 4th-century Greek bishop and saint who, legend has it, had the reputation for generosity and gift-giving. Wikipedia can provide the evolution from Saint Nicholas to Sinterklass to Santa Claus. So although "Santa Claus" has devolved into a symbol of crass Christmas commercialism, he is based on a Christian who inspired giving in others. (By the way, most Christians readily admit that many Christian holidays and traditions are based on previously existing ones.)

Anonymous said...

Wow 1:11, I agree with you totally.

Anonymous said...

Here's something I was just thinking about a little earlier:

Wordkyle and Mzchief are akin to matter and anti-matter and if the ever get together and touch,they just go poof.

You're both TARDS no Matter what.

mzchief said...

To wordkyle...
You are correct about Saint Nicholas being a derivative of Nikolaos of Myra. However, the modern incarnation of Santa Claus is, as I have explained, the result of the imagination of the RETAIL industry.

The tale of Santa Claus living at the North Pole with a group of toy making elves and delivering toys with the assistance of a "red nosed reindeer" has NOTHING to do with Nikolaos of Myra.

My point is, just because Christians claim that "Jesus is the reason for the season." does not make it true. The ORIGINAL purpose of "the season" is to share bounty with friends, family and those less fortunate. Anytime someone gets their skirt in a twist over a "Christmas" tree it merely means they are ignorant of the REAL meaning of the "Christmas" tree and have bought into the bogus claim of self-important Christians, that "Jesus is the reason for the season." when even MOST Christians have embraced the NON-Christian symbols of "the season."

As much as Christians want to pretend, all things associated with "the season" are Christian, they are WRONG.

Jack Daniels said...

All I want for Christmas is for you two pompous, know it all asses to be in the same car and drive it off the Lake Bridgeport bridge.

HO!HO! (and especially you Mzcrap -Big HO!)

Anonymous said...

Why would anyone in their right mind give to the "less fortunate", screw em, the are "less fortunate" for a reason. If these people would work hard and avoid getting cancer, birth defects, having bad parents, or any other negative cirumstance we would not have to worry about bailing their less fortunate asses out all the time. I say screw em!!!

wordkyle said...

Wow, I never tried to come across as a "know it all." ("Blowhard" I may have to admit to.) To the contrary, I'm just a regular guy, educated in public schools. I don't even have a college degree. And while I usually more or less agree with mzchief, she and I have a major disagreement when it comes to her antagonism toward Christianity. And because she's such a good debater, I feel compelled to dispute her points, so that the "not rabidly anti-Christian" viewpoint is represented. As always, you're free to skip over my comments if you don't like them.

mzchief - As I obliquely mentioned earlier, most Christians understand that Christmas trees are not "Christian," per se, but are associated with Christmas through tradition, not theology. So your real beef is with those who are offended by Christmas trees because they think it's a Christian symbol.

House of York said...

Not sure what all the uproar is about the bank removing the Christmas tree. The bank's policy is to use only decorations supplied by the company.

Anonymous said...

I think somebody is gonna get a lump of coal in her stocking!

Great! Now I'll probably get the complete history of the evolution of stockings...or coal
I'm with Word on this one - a raving zealot it is!

Anonymous said...

The argument isn't just over the removal of the tree. Or that the company supplies all decorations. It's the reason they want only company-supplied ornamentation displayed - to remove any hint of religion for fear of offending customers
The same reason parents get upset with schools that change it from Christmas to "the Winter Celebration" or whatever crap they're calling it

Anonymous said...

SHUT THE HELL UP MZCHIEF YOU ARE SO STUPID, YOU MAKE JARHEAD LOOK SMART. AND THAT IS BAD


JUST SAYIN

SHORTY SMALL

King Moonracer said...

Mzchief...you forgot to mention the land of misfit toys, and how this land was created by the retail industry as well!!!

Wordkyle...I disagree about mzchief being a good debater, she is a master debater!!!

Liz said...

The Hanukkah menorah at the Galleria in Dallas is being lighted one candle at sundown for eight days. Would that offend anyone? I think it is a good thing to learn and observe other traditions.

Anonymous said...

Peace on earth; Good will toward men. I love Jesus, I don't care if he was born summer, winter, spring or fall.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Poinsettias only 7.99 at Calloways? Barron should get a cut of the S-T advertising haul for sharing that banner ad. My better half has ordered me to go load up.

My Other Brother Darryl

House of York said...

Are Christmas trees part of religion?

I swear I stay confused.

House of York said...

Well I'll be.....

I learn something new every day.

The Christmas tree is a decorated evergreen coniferous tree, real or artificial, and a tradition associated with the celebration of Christmas. The Christmas tree is often brought into a home, but can also be used in the open, and can be decorated with Christmas lights (originally candles), ornaments, garlands and tinsel during the days around Christmas. An angel or star is often placed at the top of the tree, representing the host of angels or the Star of Bethlehem from the Nativity. The tradition of decorating an evergreen tree at Christmas started in Livonia and Germany in the 16th century.

Anonymous said...

I call "bullshit" on the cell phone exploding!

Anonymous said...

So is there really a Santa Claus? I need to know. I am writing my letter and I have been good all year long. I did not fight with my sister (much), and I tried not to tell a lie. Please someone answer me!

AnObiter said...

CBS-11 reports that Chase Bank has "relented" on the "intrusive" nature of a Christmas tree display and will be reinstating a tree at their own expense.

AnObiter said...

Source (via 570AM): http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2010/12/03/chase-orders-southlake-branch-to-remove-christmas-tree/

Anonymous said...

There is a massive Christmas tree in the Chase Tower, in Chase's bank lobby area, in downtown Dallas.

Anonymous said...

3:08
Is MzChief a master baiter too?

Anonymous said...

Ok, Christians use MANY objects in this world as symbols of OUR belief in what Christ is and means to our faith! If you are not a Christian then you don't need to grip about OUR beliefs or the symbols we use in them! As a Christian, I AM OFFENDED with those who BASH us and our faith! Stick to your own beliefs (if you have any) and shut up about Christianity. You obviously have no idea what our faith is all about and your pissin' and moanin' indicates that lack of knowledge. If you are not Christian, don't talk like you know everything about those of us who are, or about our religion. YOU DON'T!!
We have the right to our symbols just as those of other faiths do. Who cares if the Christmas tree we decorate and use to celebrate the birth of our savior used to be a pagan thing.... WHO CARES? NOW, it is a Christmas tree to those who are Christians. If you don't like the Christmas tree, then turn and walk away from it. I sure as hell don't like the Good without God signs on the bus, but looks like the athiests' rights are being protected there!! So leave our CHRISTIAN rights and beliefs alone and go your own way....wherever it may lead. We happen to know where we are headed and we couldn't care LESS if you don't think we do! Yes, I'm a good bit irritated at my faith being attacked. Let me be one of the first Christians to make clear that we too can become quite angry! Those of you who post that my "attitude" sure isn't very Christian.....just, again, prove your ignorance.
It's time for Christians to take a stand and tell others that we will not be still while we are trampled by nor will we cower to the non believers!! Jesus is the reason for the season!! Don't believe that? Then DON'T CELEBRATE WITH US!

Xanthippas said...

As a liberal secular humanist and soldier in the perpetual war on Christmas, I'm pleased that another Christmas tree has been taken down. Only 175 million more to go. Next mission: convince another Target cashier to say "happy holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" to shoppers! (evil laughter, wringing of hands.)

Jarhead said...

I actually am smarter than Mzchief. I beat her at Words With Friends last week.

This week, unfortunately, it's a much different story.

P.S. these comments make me feel less guilty about revealing the truth to my 7 year old: that liberals don't believe in God.