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Dreaming Of A Black Christmas

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Well, we survived the War on Christmas, this year, and hopefully, thanks to people like Congressman Doug Lamborn, Representative Candice Miller and others like Bill O'Reilly and Megyn Kelly, the battle will be easier next year.

From The Hill:

Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) on Tuesday vowed to protect Christmas against what he called a “vocal minority” offended by its symbols and traditions.

“There is a vocal minority that is offended at the rest of us who want to celebrate Christmas,” he said Tuesday on “Fox and Friends.” “Just because someone is offended doesn't mean that they can shut down the religious celebration or acknowledgment of every other American.”

He's got a good point. We shouldn't let Christmas be compromised. It's written in stone, book and in movies. We all know the symbols of Yuletide by the time we reach age five. There's Christmas trees, Santa Claus, Rudolph the red nosed reindeer, oh, and electrical light icicles outlining the outside of our houses. It wouldn't be a real Christmas without them.

Two of the most important figures are that of Jesus and Santa. Both white if you listen to Megyn Kelly on Fox News.

Black Santa

Fox News host Megyn Kelly drew strong criticism recently for declaring on air that Santa and Jesus Christ are white. She was reacting to an article by Slate called, “Santa Claus Should Not be a White Man Anymore.”

“When I saw this headline, I kinda laughed and I said, ‘Oh, this is ridiculous. Yet another person claiming it's racist to have a white Santa.’ And by the way, for all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white,” Kelly said on Fox News.

First, from strictly an anthropological study, Jesus was not your traditional white man -- he would have features more natural to the region and parents he was born to.  He was born a Jew and looked like the rest of the Middle Eastern looking Jews of the time. According to Biblical History Daily:

The influences of the artists' cultures and traditions can be profound, observes Carlos F. Cardoza-Orlandi, associate professor of world Christianity at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta. "While Western imagery is dominant, in other parts of the world he is often shown as black, Arab or Hispanic."

But let's go along with the fact that Jesus was a real man -- a God or son of God, who knows? But he was flesh and blood. So an argument can be made over his looks.

Now we come to Santa. He's fictional despite the ever foggy Megyn's protests. Perhaps he's based on a compilation of real people, but that's not known for sure. So how he looked, how he dressed and how he acted are all fiction, the product of imagination and legend -- not doctrine, treatise or tenet. Please Megyn, get this straight, there never was, is and never will be a real Santa Claus. Sorry to break the news to you at this age. Perhaps your parents neglected to explain that to you. But okay. Now you know.

Armed now with the truth, you should know that a fictional character can be interpreted many ways. Look at this list of Broadway shows, Hello Dolly, Streetcar Named Desire, Wizard of Oz (The Wiz), Death of a Salesman, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Cats, Fiddler On The Roof, and Oklahoma. You know what they have in common? They were predominantly White casted plays, with Black cast versions done as revivals. And all were successful. Broadway didn't shut down when Pearl Bailey became Dolly Levi or Blair Underwood as Stanley.

Black Hello Dolly Black Streetcare Named Desire

So chill your jets, Mr. Kelly, with your outrageous claims that a fictional character could only be one color or race. Accept that real characters have definitive images. Fictional ones like Santa have all sorts of incarnations. And Black can be one of them. Even a newsreader like you should know that. Or maybe you don't -- and that's why you're the darling of Fox News. You can say and do anything and a number of people will believe you.

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Video Overnight Thread- Peter Capaldi is Introduced to the World as the Next Doctor Who!

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Who knew? I was rooting for this guy.

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Aneurin Barnard.

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Video Overnight Thread- Tolkien superfan re-creates Bilbo Baggins' hobbit house out of 2,600 BALLOONS

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Video- O'Reilly Ignores Reality To Push "Fantasy" Excuse For Obama Lead In Fox Economic Poll

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Dance monkey, DANCE!!! See ya on election night!! Via MM.

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Video Overnight Thread- "Doctor Who" Cast Performs "Doctor Who" Theme Song

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I think someone smoked their lunches. Via Daily What.

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“Santorum is definitely operating in fantasyland.”

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Via

President Obama's campaign made some tasty mince meat of Rick Santorum's deficit cutting brilliance. They maintain that Ricky's ideas would have to "essentially shut down the government or slash retiree benefits to match the president on deficit reduction," per The Hill.

They also attacked Willard Romney's strategy, saying he and Ricky both love them tax cuts and would spend even more money that nobody has on defense, which would add trillions to the deficit over the next 10 years:

"To match the president on deficit reduction, Santorum would have to eliminate all defense and non-defense discretionary spending," [campaign economist Jeffrey] Liebman said. Non-defense discretionary spending includes government "overhead" — salaries, office space, etc. Without it, the government would essentially shut down.

Lieberman said the only way to avoid that would be for Santorum to make deep cuts to retirement benefits for current seniors.

Santorum has vowed to cut spending by $5 trillion over five years, but these cuts do not make up for the tax cuts he proposes, according to the Obama campaign.

Santorum is definitely operating in fantasyland,” said Liebman, a former deputy director at the Office of Management and Budget. “By far, these are the most unrealistic budget plans I have ever seen.”

Cutting retirement benefits is exactly what they would do, as well as privatizing Medicare, essentially killing it. Just ask Paul Ryan.

Please read the rest here.

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VIDEO- Real Time with Bill Maher: "Who the f*** is Saul Alinsky?"

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Bill Maher nailed it last night. Thank you Mediaite for the video:

Alinksy "died when Obama was ten... was never a communist, or even a socialist..."

And he somehow "controls Barack Obama from the grave."

"Republicans have created this completely fictional president. His name is Barack X, and he's an IslamoSocialist revolutionary who's coming for your guns, raising your taxes, slashing the military, apologizing to other countries, and taking his cues from Europe, or worse yet.. Saul Alinsky!"

"Speaking of Bush... We didn't invent a Bogeyman who tanked the economy, took us to war on false pretenses, and tortured prisoners. That was the actual guy."

"Yes, Obama is anti-work. You remember the bill he championed: The Grab a Corona and Call In Sick Act."

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