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Tossed Salad Friday

~~ I wrote most of this blog in advance of the non-ruling in the Eric Garner homicide. I have a gazillion things to vent and rant about it — and our generally unequal system of justice— but as I find myself more angry and raw as time passes, I’ll let my tweets of Wednesday and Thursday speak for me now (they read from the bottom up in case you’re Twitter-oblivious, and are time-stamped from when I took the screen shots yesterday):

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~~ Overheard half of a phone conversation: “I know, right? They should change the clocks again to give us more daylight hours to shop.”

~~ Tuesday was the National Day of Giving on social media. One of the organizations I promoted on Twitter was NPR. Do you know someone called me a “socialist” for supporting public radio?

~~ I have nada against the holiday season, and I am certainly not waging a “war on Christmas,” but do I have to sit in a waiting room and listen to Christmas songs for 20 minutes on December-freaking-1st? Both a woman near me and the receptionist broke into a rousing rendition of “O, Holy Night,” with hearty emphasis on the words, “Fall on your knees” and soaring ecstatically on “the night when Christ was born.” If you have an establishment catering to the public, it’s no big deal if you start playing “Santa Baby” and “Rudolph” around mid-December, but how about you reserve the holy numbers for church, Christmas parties, and your home?   file1651260567342

~~ Now, don’t call me Scrooge (or do — whatever). Love your holiday! Love your deity! Say 'Merry Christmas' all you like! Just remember your right to express your beliefs does not extend to making others feel uncomfortable (or worse). Substitute some other religion’s songs into the play list piped into a secular establishment, and see if you’d be completely comfortable listening to another deity revered and proclaimed as the one-and-only over and over again. If you can do so without getting tetchy, you’re a better person than I am — or you don’t have a blog on which to bitch.

~~ I came across the materials from a seminar I attended almost 11 years ago. I laughed as loudly now as I did in 2004: photo

Have a terrific weekend!
LET’S GO RANGERS!
GO, NY KNICKS, GO!
J!-E!-T!-S! JETS! JETS! JETS!

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(Anonymous)
Dec. 5th, 2014 09:23 pm (UTC)
Religious songs
I agree, and I am a gospel-loving, choir-singing Christian! I never play religious music in my massage office, thought I love it, because A) It cheapens the meaning, and B) Faith comes when and if it's needed, not just in December.

My clients can choose whatever they want to listen to anywhere else, but in my office it's the sounds of nature all year round.
real_lawyer
Dec. 8th, 2014 12:02 am (UTC)
Re: Religious songs
Nature is the mother of many religions...
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