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Friday, November 21, 2008

WSJ Op-Ed: The "War on Christmas" Caused the Financial Crisis

Notwithstanding the cardboard Santas who seem to have arrived in stores this year near Halloween, the holiday season starts in seven days with Thanksgiving. And so it will come to pass once again that many people will spend four weeks biting on tongues lest they say "Merry Christmas" and perchance, give offense. Christmas, the holiday that dare not speak its name.

This year we celebrate the desacralized "holidays" amid what is for many unprecedented economic ruin -- fortunes halved, jobs lost, homes foreclosed. People wonder, What happened? One man's theory: A nation whose people can't say "Merry Christmas" is a nation capable of ruining its own economy.

This is from the Wall Street Journal, not World Nut Daily.

I don't think we should have many rules here on The Raytractors, but I'm making an exception in this case and requiring that all comments about this post must contain at least one use of a variation on the phrase "dumb fuck." Anything like "fucking idiocy," "friggity, fraggity, fuckitty dimwittery," and the like is acceptable.

I picked up a "left behind" copy of the paper on the train this morning and read this in astonishment. I don't read the WSJ much. To any regular readers, has the paper really plunged this deep into the right wing cess pool?

Original story: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122714101083742715.html


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  2. Jebus what a fucking dumbfuck moron.

    Yes the collapse of the economy is all about the made up war on Christmas.

  3. I make it a point to say 'Happy Holidays' to people if I have to give them a seasonal salutation and not try to guess as to what it is they celebrate. Mainly because I don't care what people celebrate or if they celebrate anything at all.

    I can't figure how this dumb fuck came up with this fucking idiocy that anyone can 'desacralize' a holiday that stole from another group anyway.

    And what kind of friggity non sequitur crap is this that somehow not saying the words "Merry Christmas" is somehow going to ruin the economy? Are they magic words? Are they magic like Da Jebus?? Nah, did fraggity think so.

    The dimwittery of even publishing such tripe as this is inexcusable, but they know that crap like this sells papers. I think a lot of the time the media creates drama where there isn't any just so they can up their revenue.

    Oh, and let's not forget this is the season for Bill Bullshit O' Reilly so start his fuckitty nonsense about some stupid war on Christmas.

    There, I said what I felt and followed the rules. Mail me my cookie, please.

  4. LAOF,

    Sorry, rules are rules. Your post saying:

    "Sorry - I guess I'm the rule-breaker in this bunch."

    ...has been deleted. If you'd like to repost, phrases like "dumb fudge" are acceptable.

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  6. LAOF,

    Sorry, dumb fucking rules are still rules, even if they are frickin' idiotic. Your post saying:

    "Uh oh, 'censorship' comes to the Ratreactors!"

    ...has been deleted. If you'd like to repost, phrases like "dumb fudge" are acceptable.

  7. I read through it, and for the most part it seemed to be clinical economic analysis.

    But then I found the nugget of fuckloonery, and it made me wince. Does it represent political sentiment? I can't tell - but it sure as hell appears (to me) to represent Christian conservatism hiding under the guise of secular economic editorialism.

    Fuck him. This country indeed has problems, possibly due in part to unethical self-centeredness (for lack of a better phrase). He's ignoring the fact that we're finishing up 8 years of what that Christian Conservatism had envisioned for this country.

    He's intellectually handicapped, unable to blame himself for his own ideological failings.


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  9. Gee, It's quite rational around here without that fucktard Laof perstering us.

    War on Christmas?

  10. Ha! The thread was locked after 2 pages.

    Fucking idiot(s)

  11. LAOF,

    Sorry, rules are rules. Your post saying the following has been deleted:

    Sorry Geof, this is just a quick direct to you.

    I can't consider being told what I HAVE to say any different than what I CAN'T say.

    I'd 'IM' you on this but this is the only way to get to you at this time. Delete it if you must but I'm just showing my civil disobedience.


    I understand. This is just an editorial decision, as the purpose of the post is to collect condemnations of this twittering twaddle of schtuppoisty, and the only was to do it properly is by calling him a dumb fuck.

    And I am reposting everything you say, because I wouldn't want to actually censor you...just having some fun.

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  13. Sorry, but this has made me *really* angry, so I'm going to comment one more time:

    Why the fuck do seemingly intelligent people think that, because we don't all have ZOMGJESUS tattooed on our foreheads, the US is going to implode?

    IMHO, the last 15 years has seen a rise in this sort of hysterical theism, and I don't understand why. Maybe it's the Y2K thing - maybe Bill Clinton really was the Anti-Christian. Maybe religious activism is misguidedly trying to trun my country into a theocracy.

    Fuck you. Get the hell out.

    (I'm gonna close my web browser now)

  14. Rocky -

    I LOVE cheeseburgers. Especially with some freakin' onions and mustard.

  15. Mustard is for hot dogs, corned beef, turkey, ham, and pastrami sandwiches.

    Ketchup is for hamburgers, meat loaf, and french fries.

    Mustard on hamburgers is an abomination.

  16. LAOF,

    "I LOVE cheeseburgers. Especially with some freakin' onions and mustard."

    Cheesburgers with mustard? Now that's blasphemy.

    P.S. That WSJ editorial is flippin' idiotic.

  17. Regarding the "War on Christmas"-

    This is a prime example of a completely manufactured controversy, used and abused by Bill Donohue, Bill O'Reilly, and Sean Hannity.

    I'm not sure which of those fuckwits started it, I think it was O'Reilly.

    There is no War on Christmas, and people who think so tend to be the same people who think Obama is Muslem.

  18. Whats up with the administrator deleted comments? Enquiring minds want to know.

  19. Geoff -

    Yes, I would agree that the WSJ article was quite flippin' idiotic.

    True butter-burgers, with mustard and raw or grilled onions are a delight. Ketchup is, of course, allowed but optional.

    And who else likes their fries with mayo?

  20. For how long did the xtians whine about the commercialization of baby J's birthday. Now it's not commercial enough. Oy.

    The Puritans forbade Christmas decorations and celebrations in parts of New England around the time of the country's founding. So for all the "we're founded on christian principles" folks, all this "Merry Christmas" is blasphemous.

    Ass fucking wipery dik lickers.

  21. I can't abide by that method of spud abuse :)

    PS. admin deleted comments were due to the frikkin restrictions placed on posting in this gosh durned thread.

    PPS. word verification = ensit

    Is my girlfriend trying to tell me something?

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  23. LivingAsOneFreed said...
    "And who else likes their fries with mayo?"

    There are very few statements that you have made on this forum that I would absolutely (possibly objectively), totally and unreservedly agree with, but fries and mayo? Oh fuck yeah. I tell you, when you're right, you're not wrong. Oh, and merry Christmas in advance 'cos that's what it's called and I can't be fucked to change now, although I might have to be a bit more careful this year as my daughter's new bezzy is a Jehovah's Witness and I promised that I'd play nice.

  24. (raises hand sheepishly) Former regular WSJ reader here. I stopped years ago when I realized that a) they think Peggy Noonan is a writer, and b) Peggy Noonan needs to retire and go sit in a rocking chair.

    It's still a reasonably good newsrag so long as you pull out the editorial pages and find some better use for them, such as insulating the nests of rabid squirrels. But I don't even bother doing that anymore.

    Weemaryanne Can't Wait to See What the Digital Cuttlefish Says About this Fuckwittery

    Friends, gather 'round and let us cheer
    The war that's fought but once a year --
    Intermittent, halfhearted fray
    Around a known but unnamed day.

    Believers, tremble! Be afraid
    When skeptics man the barricades
    Of Ex-muss! -- There, the word's been said.
    Now let upon our unbowed heads

    Come raging blast and endless nightfall!
    -- Pardon? 'Just weather'? -- Well, it's still frightful....

  25. Weematyanne,

    That was soooo funny! Go girl!

  26. LAOF,

    I would have once thought fries with mayo was a flappin' dimwitted idea, but since I've started going to Belgian-style taverns, I've fallen for the idea. I don't think I'd like it with regular white mayo, but the spicy kind of seasoned mayo goes great with fries.

    And this comment rocked like fries and mayo: "Yes, I would agree that the WSJ article was quite flippin' idiotic."

  27. Well done, Weemaryanne!

    I did go ahead and write one anyway...



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