Or, rather, a sad commentary on the United States...
The following excellent and entertaining piece by Hadley, who is always excellent and entertaining, reveals (like we didn’t already know!) the absurdity, biases, and evil of people (pundits, columnists, politicians, idiots, etc.).
For most, today is Christmas, so Merry Christmas. For Germans, this is the first Christmas, even though last night was the time of gift-giving. Tomorrow is the second Christmas, which no one understands. For Orthodox Christians, Christmas is not until January 6. It’s all very confusing.
As a treat, I want to give you an impression of my Christmas, past and present. This is a study in contrasts. 2013 vs, 1973. See if you can spot the difference and guess which is which...
In case you’re stumped, I had to provide my own Christmas decorations with a grease pencil and the windshield of a UH-1 helicopter. The hills in the distance lie to west of Qui Nhon, Vietnam. I was playing at real war...not a fake one, like Fox News and rightwing idiots imagine, resurrect, and promote each year. (Because not enough people are jumping on their bandwagon, race has been added to the tree decoration.**) Although not religious, Christmas was and always will be Christmas.
Gifts in Germany are brought by das Cristkind, (German Word of the Day Christmas Editon: the christ child) not Santa Claus. Niklaus (St. Nicolas) drops by on December 6th to leave small gifts, fruit, and cookies. I do not know and will not bother to research the origins of a small child bringing presents to German children on or around the old pagan feast day, but there must be some connection to the birth of some fictional character, which has evolved over generations to inspire delusional and gullible fools and to be exploited by charlatans for their own benefit.
Merry Christmas. (See, Sarah, I wrote that word again! Are you happy? No, probably not, because this brings you no financial benefit.)
Finding the truth about branded goods is surprising, but to find this in a mainstream newspaper is even more surprising.
Hadley tells it like I know it is...and have been trying to convince my children.
Finally, someone (the Guardian, as is often the case) has enlightened me on a subject about which care nothing, but was a bit curious. I could not understand why this showed up every day in certain news media. This is the first and last article I will read on this subject, because my curiosity has been killed (as was the kat). That said, I would like to understand why any falls for such garbage...
I beat everyone to the punch on this story, but Hadley and Simon do it more justice in today’s Guardian.
Hadley Freeman covers the (un)historic event with more detail and more humor.
And Simon Jenkins, as always, is more erudite and compelling:
Once again, Hadley has hit a few nails on their heads.
An excerpt from one sentence illustrates the hypocrisy, which is only interested in money...
“Since Mitt Romney makes $600,000 a year investing in companies that manufacture the contraceptives he now seems to abhor, I'll leave it up to you to decide which camp he falls into.”
It will be interesting to learn how effective stupid old men will be in dictating to American women.
And, if that’s not weird enough for you, try this:
Which was written by a nice Catholic girl...
Entertaining look at how people waste money to make more money:
_ Once again, Hadley hits the nail on the head. I wish that she could hit someone on the head.
This quote from her piece summarizes the idiocy of the current election squabble and the leading idiot of the Republican stable (defined as where one keeps animals, not steady, consistent, sure, unwavering).
...he's the perfect embodiment of the Republican party, distilled down to its essence; namely hypocrisy, shamelessness, arrogance and Sarah Palin.
If you have a strong stomach, you can read the full commentary from the Guardian.
_ I am not in the business of giving fashion advice, nor do I read much about fashion. (My fashion tastes are mired in a previous—I won’t mention which one—and my closet contains samples from several.) But, I do enjoy reading anything that Hadley writes. Since she writes about fashion for the Guardian, I read about what she has to say/write.
Below is the latest installment for Christmas, with the second part being applicable to both sexes and all ages. (I prefer sweat pants to pajamas).
_ Here is Hadley’s take of Thanksgiving. It’s an American woman’s view, as presented in an English newspaper to a global audience. She makes some good points...
I will give my view on the day...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.