Category: Holidays


Progressive Christmas Carols

 

 

 

This video hits the PC nail on the head .

Published on Dec 9, 2014

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God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
We wish you happy holidays, whoever you may be
So merry Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chanukah, or heck all three
We’ve modernized these jingles for the massive bourgeoisie
Love, The Updated Christmas Carol Team

Santa Clause is Coming to Town
You better not judge, you better not hate
Better not bully or discriminate
Progressive Santa’s coming to town
He’s making a list of gluten free foods
He won’t take a peek at J-Law’s nudes
Progressive Santa’s coming to town
He’s 50 different races
And all for tax reform
He’ll protect all your children
Well, as long as they’ve been born

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Rudolph the red nosed reindeer (reindeer)
Had an advantageous nose (he outlived his friends)
He passed his bright red traits on (traits on)
Darwin said that’s how it goes (evolution’s not a theory)

Mary Did You Know
Mary did you know that your baby boy supports the NRA
Mary did you know that your baby boy is white

Deck the Halls
Deck the halls with kujichagulia
Kwa wa wa wa wa wa wa wanza
Give zawadi, hang benderas
Kwa wa wa wa wa wa wa wanza
Throw your hands up in the air-uh
Kwa wa wa wa wa wa wa wanza

You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
You’re a green one, Mr. Grinch
You’re lacking in finesse
That greenish epidermis determines your success
Mr. Grinch
Racist Whos constrain you to the issues they continue to suppress
You’re an outlier, Mr. Grinch
You give the Whos a fright
They say your heart is 3/5ths normal,
You’re either wrong or white
Mr. Grinch
Don’t walk the streets of Whoville you might fight a cop the Whos will not indict

White Christmas
I’m dreaming of a racially ambiguous holiday

Away In A Manger
Away in a manger with Jesus and crew
His schmeckle got cut cause hey Christ was a Jew

O Holy Night
O holy night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night Jesus did something holy
Joseph watched golf, his leather chair reclining
As Mary birthed a child, I think a donkey was involved
Three wise men came, with GPS they found him
Christ lied in a barn, as his omniscient baby-daddy looked down
Jesus crawled on his knees
His mom shared it on snapchat
O bright device!
O night, when Christ celebrated Christmas “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Freshpet Holiday Feast – 13 Dogs And 1 Cat Eating Christmas Dinner

 

 

 

    We all love our dogs , some more than others , and this video shows that love taken to a Christmas extreme … bon appetit

Published on Dec 15, 2014

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The Ultimate Christmas Gun Video | 511 Tactical Contest

 

 

 

Published on Dec 5, 2014

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HT/Laura Ingraham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All I Want For Christmas Is You – Marist Remake

 

 

 

Published on Dec 4, 2014

” Happy Holidays from the Leo Hall Ground Floor!

  I do not own the rights to this song
All credit goes to Mariah Carey

Watch the original here!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXQVi… 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gift Wrapping Hack

 

 

 

Published on Dec 9, 2014

” Cool gift wrapping hack from Takashimaya Department Store in Japan.”

 

 

 

   For those viewers who would prefer to see the method from a more relaxed perspective , BuzzFeed offers screenshot gifs of the wrapping process , step by step .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Guide To This Year’s Holiday Season Filled With Fishing Apparel, Tackle, Electronics And More

 

 

   This ROV from Deep Trekker would make a great gift to the mariner on your list but beware of the $4000 price tag … and this is the starter model . The flagship model , DTG2 Turbo Worker , lists for $10,000 . 

 

 

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DTG2 from Deep Trekker

 

” The DTG2 from Deep Trekker comes complete with a standard 50 meters of tether that connects you to the Superbright LCD Screen Controller and offers the first completely portable, remotely operated vehicle (ROV). Built to last, the DTG2 is constructed of a cast-aluminum body that encases a 360-degree window and allows the user to have an unprecedented field of view, whether checking out the bottom of the boat or exploring the ocean floor. Typical battery life ranges from six to eight hours. “

 

 

Watch this video of the DTG2 and see just how cool it is …

 

 

 

 

 

    As cool as an underwater ROV might be we personally can see ourselves having much more fun from a gift of the V2 , state of the art , waterproof , floating drone from SeaHex which is a steal at $8,000 … (sarc off) 

 

 

 

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SeaHex V2

 

” The SeaHex V2 changes the stakes for the ever-growing market of quadcopter drones. The big brother of the V1, which allows for safe water recovery, the V2 provides the impressive ability for both water landings and takeoffs. When coupled with the offshore fishing package, the SeaHex V2 lets you create a program to search a half-mile grid in front of you while sending a live feed back to an iPad or a smartphone onboard. That’s a huge advantage when looking for baitballs or a feeding frenzy.”

 

 

And here is a video of the SeaHex V2 in action …

 

 

 

 

 

    While we have highlighted a couple of the most expensive items on the list , do not be deterred . There is something for all budgets among the great gift ideas for the fisherman/boater you love at Marlin Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duff’s Sweet Spot: Chocolate Yule Log Tree Stump

 

 

 

Published on Dec 1, 2014

” Duff Goldman creates the yule log chocolate tree stump, a visually stunning dessert inspired by the Holiday Baking Championship.

  Get the recipe: http://www.FoodNetwork.com/ChocolateY…

  For more recipes, videos and photos from Holiday Baking Championship, go to:http://www.FoodNetwork.com/BakingCham…

  For more Holiday Baking ideas from Food Network, check out http://www.FoodNetwork.com/HolidayBaking “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Creepy Santa Decoration Is Your Worst Nightmare

 

 

 

” While Christmas time usually means stores and homes filled with rosy-cheek, joyful Santa Claus decorations, some shoppers were rather scared by this Santa spotted in the Macy’s Department Store in New York. The pale-faced St. Nick sounds like he may be having a spot of bother on the toilet as he tries out his signature, “ho, ho, ho!” Credit: YouTube/Mr. Crumples “

In This Season Of Love And Fellowship The Democrats Feel The Need To Preach Hate And Make Money At The Same Time

 

Here is the latest Tweet from @TheDemocrats , hawking their Christmas wares …

 

 

Dems Hate Tea Parties

 

 

 

 

 The responding tweets are wonderfully instructive of the public’s feeling towards an official political party’s embrace of hatred as a “party value” and must be read . It would appear that there are much more right thinking people visiting the page than hate-filled dems , and rightly so . 

 

 

 

Dem Twits

 

 

 

    The “hate is not a family value” crowd has once again demonstrated their hypocrisy for all the world to see . The “Christmas gift” in question is pictured below :

 

 

I Hate Tea Parties

 

 

 

    And it can be yours for the low , low price of just $30 plus shipping , handling and sales tax , where applicable . Only the Kool-Aid gulping Dems would be foolish enough to spend 30+ dollars on a $6 made in China plastic travel tumbler .

 

 

HT/Daily Caller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Popular Mechanics Gift Guide For The Season’s Best Toys

Holiday Gift Guide 2014: The 36 Best Toys

 

 

 

” Sweaters and skis are great, but there’s nothing better than opening up a present and finding a fun new toy inside, whether you’re six or sixty-five.”

” Da Vinci’s Trebuchet

Age 8+ / $30

  Make sure to glue the gear on in the right direction—that’s step one, by the way—and an hour later you end up with a working medieval war machine inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s sketches. With the proper counterweight, it’ll launch a barrge of marbles right into an approaching phalanx of green army men.

Image credit: Andrew B. Myers “
Read about the rest of their selections at PopularMechanics.com

A “Soldier’s Christmas” Song From Madison Rising

Soldier’s Christmas

 

 

” We hope you’ll enjoy and share our best video yet as we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for this nation. Let’s make it a Christmas to remember — and to never forget that our freedom comes at a very high price.

  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this song will be donated to Operation 300 which hosts adventure camps for the children of our fallen heroes. Thank you to all who have served.

Madison Rising: Music With Meaning. “

Published on Dec 2, 2014

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To book the band, please contact: booking@madisonrising.com “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Videos Of The Spectacular Fireworks On Display For UAE National Day

The first video is of the fireworks display itself in it’s entirety …

Burj Al Arab 15th Anniversary / UAE National Day Fireworks 2014

 

 

     … while the second video offers a view of the stage pageantry leading up to the fireworks as well as a closer view of the fireworks display itself … Enjoy .

UAE 43rd National Day, Burj Al Arab Firework 2014, Full HD

 

 

 

Cards Against Humanity Protests Black Friday By Selling 30k Boxes Of Poop

30,000 Bought ‘Literal Poop’ On Black Friday

 

 

 

 

 

” Popular game Cards Against Humanity pulled all products from its website for Black Friday, instead offering boxes of “literal poop” that quickly sold out.

  The protest — which follows last year’s action of raising prices on all Cards Against Humanity products on its website and Amazon for Black Friday — saw the website pull all products from its store in favor of a single available item in a box labeled “Bull [expletive].”

  The Black Friday special, which the website promised is “literal poop from an actual bull,” quickly sold out of 30,000 units, company founder Max Temkin tweeted.

” If you buy the poop expecting it to be something else that’s not poop, you’re actually buying a valuable life lesson for $6,” he tweeted.

  The card game and its expansion packs returned to the website Saturday along with a new promotion: “The Ten Days or Whatever of Kwanzaa.” The website said customers who pay $15 will receive 10 mystery gifts in the mail during the month of December. “

 

Thanks to UPI Odd News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fresno Hell’s Angels Wait In Walmart Line Five Days To Buy 200 Bikes For Toy Drive

Hells Angels Set For 16th Annual Toy Run To Poverello House

 

 

 

” Fresno County Hells Angels member Merl Hefferman was busy Monday collecting bicycles at the Walmart on Herndon Avenue in northwest Fresno for Saturday’s 16th annual Toy Run to Poverello House.

  Last year, Poverello House in downtown Fresno gave away more than 3,500 toys on Christmas morning. “Without generous donors, it would be hard to gather enough toys to distribute to those in need,” says Cruz Avila, executive director of Poverello House.

  The Hells Angels Toy Run helps meet Poverello’s need. Hefferman said it’s an all-day event that’s fun and allows the chapter to give back to the community.

  Poverello House is a nonprofit, nondenominational organization that has been serving the hungry, homeless and destitute in the Fresno area since 1973. It depends on in-kind and monetary donations as well as community members volunteering for various jobs. Today, Poverello House sees more families than ever before, and serves about 1,500 meals every day.”

Read more at the Fresno Bee and a tip of the hat to The Blaze 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australian Man Sets Guinness Record With 1.2 Million Bulb Christmas Display

Australian Lawyer Breaks World Record For Christmas Light Display

 

 

 

 

 

” They say everything’s bigger in America. Bigger, maybe, but not biggest — at least when it comes to Christmas lights. That superlative belongs to Australian lawyer David Richards, who recently assembled a holiday light display featuring more than 1.2 million bulbs at a shopping mall in Canberra.

  Richards didn’t hang the entire installation himself; he had plenty of volunteers. The massive Christmas light display was assembled as a way to raise money for SIDS and Kids ACT (Australian Capital Territory), a local charity offering sudden infant death syndrome counseling and support services.

  Though visitors to the display will be welcomed free of charge through the New Year, donations will be encouraged. The lights will be powered using electricity donated from a local energy company.

  Richards is no stranger to outdoing the competition when it comes to holiday decorations. Last year, he set the Guinness World Record for largest residential Christmas light display, outfitting his house and yard with more than half a million bulbs.

  This year, Richards took his talents to a commercial space. “I couldn’t do it again to my neighbours or my family,” he told The Guardian. “

 

Thanks to UPI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Collection Of Black Friday Shopping Video Idiocy … LOL

Black Friday Is Here, And You All Look Like Morons

 

 

black friday fights

Click pic for Vines Video

 

 

” It’s Friday 28th November, a day that most people consider as ‘the start of Christmas shopping’. But in the States , they call it Black Friday.

  For many years, the day following Thanksgiving in America is known as Black Friday, a day where chaos ensues all over the country. Why? Because most items in most shops are about 1 dollar cheaper than the day before.

  Fast forward to 2014, and obviously, the UK has decided to adopt this tradition. Why? I don’t know. There seems to be a sale on everywhere nowadays, in most shops. Couches are pretty much free for the first decade and every high street clothing shop has a maze of rails full of price cut shite. “

 

    UniLad provides a host of video idiocy taking place as we speak . Watch shoppers battle it out and display a decidedly unchristian side of the holiday season .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK Women Start Black Friday With A Brawl As They Tussle Over Discount Lingerie

Black Friday 2014 Girls Fight Over Underwear & Lingerie

 

 

 

Published on Nov 27, 2014

” Black Friday Girls Fight In Victoria Secret Over Underwear & Lingerie”

 

 

    We must say that it is encouraging to know that Black Friday violence is not a uniquely American embarrassment . HT/Gateway Pundit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surviving That “Progressive” Thanksgiving Dinner Table Conversation

A Progressive Guide To Thanksgiving Conversation

 

 

 

” In the great progressive spirit, here are a few tips on how to talk to — and morally improve — your family this Thanksgiving:

1. Your crazy uncle complains in passing that the construction on Redlands Avenue is limiting the flow of traffic to his hardware store, and wonders if the job could be completed more quickly.

  This must not be allowed to stand. Ask your uncle if he’s an anarchist and if he has heard of Somalia. If you missed Politics 101 at Oberlin, refer to the Fact Cards that you have printed out from Vox.com and explain patiently that the government is the one thing that we all belong to and that the worry that it is “too big” or “too centralized” or “too slow to achieve basic tasks” has a long association with neo-Confederate causes.

Remind him also that:

the state has a monopoly on legitimate violence.
Europe is doing really well.
The Koch Brothers.
“Obstruction.”

   Should all that fail, insist sadly that if he doesn’t fully apologize for his opinions you will have to conclude that he hates gay people. Ask why your family has to talk about politics all the time. 

 

2. Your younger sister asks you to pass her the turkey from your end of the table; your older brother asks if you will pour him another glass of the wine you brought to the meal.

  Explain to your siblings that you are not a maid just because you have a vagina. Ask them if they have even considered the gender binary lately.

  Refuse to hand anything over until you have been given verbal acknowledgement that the person requesting service understands the health consequences of his/her/it/oi/er/im/yown choices. A particularly effective way of keeping the attention of those who ask for alcohol at family gatherings is to pull a couple charts from the latest NIH studies on substance abuse. Given that the topic has now come up, make sure to ask your interlocutors whether they consider themselves to be “evangelists for Obamacare.” (Should they call it Obamacare, again, see your Fact Cards for a neo-Confederate connection.) If they admit that they do not, inquire as to why they are so indifferent to women of color. At this point, it is acceptable to start screaming.

  Those asking for more meat should be informed as politely as possible that they are no better than murderers and that the production of non-vegan foodstuffs is extremely harmful to the environment. Note that those who compliment the turkey essentially wish Indonesian children to drown. Remind those at the table that you are a fruitarian and that you have been gluten free for 47 days straight now.

  To avoid having to repeat these steps during each and every course, sneak out on the perfectly normal and socially acceptable pretext that you are going to have a late-term abortion and throw all the sugary desserts into the garbage. Goodbye transfats. “

 

   Charles C W Cooke has more Thanksgiving conversation tips at NRO , while Vox has their own Thanksgiving Day cheat sheet .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World’s Largest Natural Christmas Tree Stands In Germany

World’s Biggest Christmas Tree Stands In Dortmund, Germany

 

 

 

 

Published on Nov 24, 2014

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At a massive 45 metres high, the world’s biggest Christmas tree lights up in Dortmund, Germany. Report by Sarah Kerr. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recipe Of The Day: Thanksgiving Turkey Treats

Thanksgiving Turkeys From Giada De Laurentiis

 

 

Candy Turkeys

 

 

 

Ingredients

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
30 candy corn candies, plus 6 white tips of candy corn
6 chocolate sandwich cookies
6 mini peanut butter cups
6 malt balls
1 cup Red Frosting, recipe follows
6 chocolate sandwich cookies with top cookies removed

Red Frosting

1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons whole milk
Red food coloring, as needed

Directions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gary Varvel , One Of Our Favorite Cartoonists , Is Under Attack By The “PC Police”

Political Correctness At The Indianapolis Star

” Cue the Perpetually Offended Brigade.  A group on Twitter called the Latino Rebels freaked out, crying “RACISM!” and “THIS IS OFFENSIVE.”  They weren’t the only ones.  Plenty of people who enjoy playing the race card whenever possible, and who enjoy silencing anyone with whom they disagree in the name of political correctness jumped on the bandwagon to feign outrage over Varvel’s cartoon.

  So, on Saturday, the executive editor of the Star, Jeff Taylor, took down the cartoon altogether, and wrote an editorial apologizing for putting it up.  He said, “On Friday, we posted a Gary Varvel cartoon at indystar.com that offended a wide group of readers. Many of them labeled it as racist. Gary did not intend to be racially insensitive in his attempt to express his strong views about President Barack Obama’s decision to temporarily prevent the deportation of millions of immigrants living and working illegally in the United States. But we erred in publishing it.

  The cartoon depicted an immigrant family climbing through a window of a white family’s home as Thanksgiving dinner was served. I was uncomfortable with the depiction when I saw it after it was posted. We initially decided to leave the cartoon posted to allow readers to comment and because material can never truly be eliminated once it is circulating on the web. But we are removing the cartoon from the opinion section of our website, as well as an earlier version posted on Facebook that showed one character with a mustache.” 

Feel free to tweet the Star or respond to their editorial to let them know that they shouldn’t allow themselves to be bullied. And while you’re at it, let Gary know that you think race-baiters suck, and that his cartoon was great. “

Read the rest at Chicks On The Right

How To Maximize Your Food Bank Donations: What They Need & What They Get

What Food Banks Need Most (And What They Get Too Much Of)

 

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” Is there a food drive going on near you? Every day for the last week, our kindergartener has loaded up her purple backpack with groceries for her class’s food drive. Boxes of whole-grain pasta and jars of tomato sauce, brownie mix and canola oil, all easier-to-make versions of meals I regularly fix for our family. But I got to thinking, are these really the most useful things to donate?

  When we lived in Rome, there was an immigrant woman who used to sit on a plastic crate outside the grocery store. She wore a shawl around her shoulders and scarf on her head. Sometimes her daughter would be there too, a girl about eight years old with long dark hair. Almost always I’d be pushing our big blue double stroller, two apple-cheeked American toddlers in tow. Almost the woman or child would ask for food, pleading in Italian.

  Yes, I’d nod. I’ll help. At least I’ll try. 

  Not speaking Italian well enough to understand the details of their situation, not to mention the complexities of the Italian social system, I’d do what I thought was best. Pick up a few things they could eat right then, plus a few dinner items to take home. Ready-made sandwiches, bottles of milk, string cheeses and fruit. For later, pasta (it was Italy after all), tomatoes, maybe a sliver of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, the good stuff. It was the best I could do without knowing anything about them. Did they have electricity? Any food allergies? I’ll never know.

  But now we’re in North Carolina and I can do more. A lot more. Today I spoke with two sources, the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina plus two staffers at The Salvation Army food bank in Durham. Here’s what I learned.

 

WHO GOES TO A FOOD BANK

  Picture a homeless man, an elderly woman or a single mom with three kids but not just babies: a toddler, a second grader and a fourteen-year-old. Maybe they live in an apartment and receive food stamps on a monthly basis, maybe it’s about $200 worth. With food stamps, there are restrictions on what they can buy at the store and almost always, they’ll run out anyway. That’s why they’re at the food bank. The electricity may have just been turned off. There might not be water. Or maybe there’s no apartment at all. Many are in crisis, living in hotels or on the street.

 

WHAT FOOD BANKS NEED MOST (AND WHAT THEY GET TOO MUCH OF)

  Storage space is often in short supply at food banks, so prioritization is key.

  1. Canned meats: Think beyond tuna & soup, which food banks get tons of. Instead go for canned beef, canned ham, canned chicken, canned salmon. Or hearty ready-to-go meals like beef stew and chili with meat.
  2. Canned vegetables: Everyone donates green beans. Instead, give potatoes, carrots, spinach, peas or any other veggies your family likes.
  3. Canned fruit: Not pineapple. This is the most commonly donated fruit. Any other fruit, particularly those in fruit juice without extra sugar, would be great. Dried fruit works too (raisins, etc.)
  4. Boxes of rice (bags can tear)
  5. Low-sugar cereal like plain Cheerios or Raisin Bran
  6. Peanut butter
  7. Instant oatmeal, instant grits
  8. Cans of beans
  9. Pasta, pasta sauce
  10. Biscuit mix, or any mix you only add water to
  11. Cans, cartons or boxes of powered and evaporated milk
  12. Snack items for kids to take to school: juice boxes, applesauce containers, granola bars
  13. Diapers in sizes above newborn, plus wipes
  14. Toiletries: toothbrushes, soap, toothpaste, lotion, shampoo & conditioner, Chapstick (consider someone living outside this time of year)
  15. Feminine hygiene products: unscented pads will be most universally used, not tampons
  16. Spices like cinnamon, oregano, basil, salt, pepper
  17. Sliced bread. It’s got a long shelf life but always goes immediately.
  18. Bags of apples or potatoes. Ditto.
  19. Chocolate. It’s not a necessity but just a pick-me-up that I would sure appreciate, especially when it comes time to fill stockings.
  20. Consider donating reusable shopping bags. It takes a lot of humility for people to come to a food bank and since they’ll likely be walking home or taking public transportation, it’s nice to at least blend in.

 WHAT I DIDN’T REALIZE ABOUT FOOD BANKS

  • A lot of people have diabetes in this group. Consider low-sugar dietary restrictions.
  • Some food banks have a recording (or a live person) who will explain their top needs of the moment by phone.
  • Cans and boxes are sturdier than bags. By the time families are receiving the food, it’s been handled A LOT and packaging needs to be strong enough to hold up. One food bank said never bring anything in glass, ever.
  • Pop-top cans are ideal; particularly for those living on the streets.
  • Think about weekends and school breaks. Kids who qualify for free lunches typically receive breakfast at school too and when schools are out for holidays or summer, these families need more support.
  • Many families are in crisis at this time in their lives and food banks often work in tandem with churches or other non-profit programs to get them back on their feet. The Salvation Army in Durham, for example, coordinates with First Baptist Church’s “Jobs for Life” program. Recipients get interview training and in some cases, a ride to the mall where they’re coached on asking for job applications.

  These are the top priorities for the food banks I spoke with in my area. But there are still plenty of other things to give–and keep in mind what’s needed here might vary from your area, and definitely from season to season. “

 

Thanks to Foodlets.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dutch: PC Be Damned , We Want Our “Black Pete”

The Dutch Say No To PC And Win

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Last Saturday in Gouda, Holland, the police arrested as many as 90 people, the majority of whom were protesting against “Black Pete”, part of a traditional pre-Christmas children’s street party.

  We don’t normally associate a Santa Claus celebration with police arrests, so this requires a little explanation.

  Black Pete (Zwarte Piet in Dutch) is a blackface character in Dutch and Belgian folklore. He is the clownish helper of St Nicholas (Sinterklaas) in delivering presents to children.

  In the Netherlands, the Sinterklaas festival lasts for weeks culminating on Saint Nicholas Day, 5 December, and starting with the arrival of St Nicholas in a Dutch city by boat with hundreds of jolly Black Petes, amusing kids and giving them treats.

  It’s great fun and a merry occasion for the Dutch, and considered by both children and adults as the highlight of the year.

  This year it was the medieval city of Gouda that kicked off the festivities on 15 November, with the event broadcast live on Dutch national television.

  Thousands of parents and children gathered in the city’s market square.

  Traditionally the crowds — men, women and kids — as well as the actors portraying the Black Petes coming off the ships, are white people with their faces painted black, frizzy hair, golden earrings, large red lips and gaudy medieval costumes.

  It’s this that has been for some time the subject of acrimonious attacks from self-styled “anti-racism” activists. They claim that Zwarte Piet is a racist stereotype, a throwback to the colonial era in a now diverse, multicultural Holland, a country that must be tolerant of everything except, it seems, its past, culture, traditions, and identity.

  Leftist politicians have called for Black Pete to be abolished.

  The criticisms have polarized the Netherlands. The overwhelming majority of the nation wants Black Pete to carry on as usual, as revealed by a poll showing that more than 90% of the Dutch reject the idea that Zwarte Piet is racist and would not change his appearance.

  Over 2 million people — in a country whose total population is less than 17 million — signed a Facebook petition last year, calling for Black Pete’s appearance to remain the same.

  While the Facebook page “The Dutch ‘Black Pete’ tradition is racism” has a risible number of 198 “Likes”, the Facebook page “Pietitie” in Pete’s support has 2,012,438 “Likes”. It says: “Don’t let the Netherlands’ most beautiful tradition disappear.”

  The latter FB page is Holland’s most popular ever.

  The Dutch say Black Pete is harmless fun, an integral part of their culture that is now under fire from outsiders. As Dutchman Marco put it: “This is how I celebrate, how my grandmother and grandfather and parents celebrated, and I don’t think it’s racist.”

  Holland’s anti-immigration, anti-Islam Freedom Party, led by one of the most popular politicians in Europe, Geert Wilders, has proposed legislation that would enshrine Zwarte Piet’s black colour in law. They want to protect Pete and with him Dutch culture, threatened to be “damaged from on high”.

  Belgium has a similar tradition and faces similar problems.

  Self-described human rights activist Maria Hengeveld, who writes for the Africa is a Country website, claimed: “In general, attacks on Zwarte Piet are widely interpreted as attacks on (white) Dutchness and threats to (white) children’s right to jovially celebrate their ‘cultural heritage'”. She went on to point out that politicians, lawmakers and big businesses “are sensitive to public feeling” on the issue. For example, Albert Heijn, Holland’s largest supermarket chain, went back on its promise to ban Black Pete from its stores after an enormous public uproar.

  Even the country’s Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who may sense a danger in displeasing his electorate, has backed Black Pete.

  Attempted meddling from the UN was revoked:

  The [Facebook] page, attracting over a million likes in just one day, followed a letter from the UN’s human rights body announcing an investigation and warning the Dutch that the [Black Pete] character is a “racist stereotype”. “

 

 

Read the entire piece from Enza Ferreri at American Thinker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Black Friday Deal Roundup

All The Best Black Friday Tech Deals

 

 

 

 

” Get your shopping list in order–the Black Friday deals are popping up already. We’ve scoured them for the most interesting bargains, and we’ll be updating more great deals as we see them.

  Call it 50-inches of entertainment nirvana for less. Best Buy has announced its Black Friday deals, and one of them is a massive Panasonic 50-inch HDTV for only $199. It’s an LED model so it won’t suck up as much power. Other deals include a DigiLand 7-inch tablet that runs Android but won’t deplete your pocketbook—it’s only $40. We also should point out that the iPad Air 2, which almost never gets price cuts, is also on sale. Best Buy is taking $100 off any model. “

   There is much more on tech deals at Popular Mechanics … 

   Meanwhile over at The Verge you can find lots more impending Black Friday deals from Apple , Amazon ,Walmart and more …

” Black Friday is the best time of the year to get great deals on all kinds of electronics, games, and gadgets. We’ve culled through the best deals around to bring you everything that matters and nothing that doesn’t. This stream will be updated all season, so be sure to check back often.”

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