What is the Point of Christmas?
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Dec 18, 2018 - 6:59am
What is the Point of Christmas?

Christmas in Western culture is a Christian observance. So is Easter. Some people go to church, sing some songs, spend time with family, have a meal. Everyone buys lots of merchandise.   But what's really the point? It can add up to a lot of emptiness. Is Christmas really about hearing Mariah Carey playing in the shop while you do Christmas shopping?   I think the point is to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Jesus showed us a better way to live. He was a peaceful man. An approachable man. A kind man. He's someone we can relate to and not be afraid of.   Whether or not you're a believer, it's interesting in the story of Exodus (also dramatized in the movie '10 Commandments'): When Moses went up the mountain to receive the 10 Commandments, there were flashes of lightening. There was thunder and a dense cloud that descended onto …

 
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An Extremely Polite Request to Mogg Tsur

By the Darn-Poor Rhymer   (To be sung to “While shepherds watched their flocks by night”)   There is a pond not far away, Where lived a small white shark; And he resolved to have his way, And give the world some snark.   He picked a place called WriterBeat, And avatar righ…

Dec 17, 2018 - 7:08pm
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  • - Dec 18, 2018 - 6:02am
  • - by Leroy
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Venezuela citizens now regret giving up their arms

Statistics first:    Venezuela murders stand now at 90 per 100,000.    The USA stands right now at 4.9 per 100,000, and most of those are in gun-controlled cities.  Remove those cities from the equation, and the percentage drops by more than half!…

Dec 17, 2018 - 8:36am
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China is now quite capable of economic war

Trump's war with China is not about trade but to destroy China's power. But Trump is the latest President to take up this issue. It began in 2000 when the four major Auditing firms in China were American and back then they saw what China is going to become.   America would have stopped China's …

Dec 14, 2018 - 2:12pm
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The Conclusion of the Car Culture

How to succeed in business in the twenty-first century: Outsource as much as you can, to the point that the CEO makes over four-thousand times what the poor schlub doing the grunt work is paid. Ask the government for bailouts, and then make sure you have an excuse for not paying back all that you we…

Dec 15, 2018 - 8:00am
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The Addiciton of Professional Sports

As a child/teenager, I used to follow a lot of professional sports. It was one of the few ways of connecting with my father, plus it put me in a lot of social circles with “the guys” as a teenager. As an adult I drifted away. I was living in Edmonton in the heydays of the Oilers hockey d…

Dec 17, 2018 - 5:36pm
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How Long Halong? Halong Bay – Vietnam &ndash…

We slipped out of Hong Kong late at night, slid between the dark hills and out to sea. The next day we were entering the Hainan Straits heading for Vietnam. The Hainan Straits had been built up as an event. I was eager to see this interesting spectacle. However the Chinese had plans to th…

Dec 16, 2018 - 8:04am
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Sanctuary for Gun Owners - Washington Police Chief…

Police Chief Loren Culp of Republic, Washington is saying he will refuse to enforce the onerous measure passed on election night by the state at large. On an interview with News, Culp explains how the law is offensive and contrary to his oath of office and in violation of the Washington State and …

Dec 16, 2018 - 11:48am
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An excerpt from

In the service of shameless self-promotion I decided to throw out a little excerpt from Chapter Three of our humor book, Hoosier Hysterical. (Actually, I do feel a little ashamed when I self-promote, but I'm trying to get over it.)   Hoosier Hysterical: How the West Became the Midwest Without M…

Dec 16, 2018 - 5:05am
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DID YOU BUY YOUR YELLOW VEST ALREADY ?

  I guess even in the US people have heard that here in Europe we have a movement going on that's called Les Vestes Jaunes, or Yellow Vests. It all started in France (a people which is historically one which does not accept every bullshit by its government endlessly without protest), and meanw…

Dec 15, 2018 - 12:36pm
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Jesus, Please Come Quickly

The sinful humans who talk about human evolution gave us examples of other evolutionary occurrences. Because of their sins in not accepting that God created the first beings, Adam and Eve, we are forced to travel on luxurious airlines instead of traveling on Angel driven chariots.   All that wi…

Dec 17, 2018 - 5:44am
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The ceaseless attempts at character assassination

The party in the White House typically loses some seats in the midterms. Obama lost twice as many and the Republicans got stronger in the Senate in the 2018 midterms. The truth is that Trump's support comes from people sick and tired of the perpetual slime from creeps like Schumer and Pelosi. A…

Dec 17, 2018 - 2:40pm
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Trump is an aberration

I think it's incorrect to think Trump is a natural outflow from Reagan-era conservatism and assume the US conservative movement has been based on "bigotry and bitterness". Trump is an aberration in politics and he hijacked the Republican party with an ugly populism that preys on the worst conspirato…

Dec 16, 2018 - 7:34pm
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The climate extremists

In 1970 Harvard biologist George Wall predicted that civilization would end within 15-30 years.  Well, it's 48 years, and we're still here.  In 1977, the "science Czar" John Holder predicted the deaths of 1 billion starving people by 2020.  Hey, that's only 13 months away!  Bette…

Dec 15, 2018 - 7:18am
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21st Century Feminism

Since it so puzzling to me and many others, this is my impression of the 4th wave feminism (without being negative or wading into emotional language.) There seems to be (homo)sexual element to feminism today which I'll also steer clear of!   The preoccupation with feminism seems to primari…

Dec 15, 2018 - 2:27pm
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Free markets do not know monopolies

Free markets do not know monopolies. Free markets are about voluntary exchanges of products and competition. Please look at ANY so called 'free market' and realize that they are all regulated and monopolized. That's the opposite of free markets. This is monopolism.   And it's monopolism that wi…

Dec 16, 2018 - 8:26am
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To Fight or to Win?

I wonder if some people just like to fight.  I don’t like it but grew up thinking it was necessary.  I don’t like competition of any kind, including competitive sports or games, but I live in a country where it’s anathema to admit it.   I’m an avoider who is mo…

Dec 12, 2018 - 2:24pm
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Tribute and Diplomacy

In ancient times, when a state (like a city) found a horde of invaders at its wall/gate it had a few options.  Often the entire purpose of the wall and gates was so that they could withstand the siege.  Of course, that plan depended greatly on 1) the quality of the wall/gate and 2) the con…

Dec 12, 2018 - 8:22pm
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Predicting doom & gloom for political purposes

First, any new spending tends to increase the growth of the economy unless the spending is offset by a corresponding decrease in spending somewhere else. That is a sudden expense of $2000 may put a family in a bind, but it still increases the economy unless they forego making $2000 of their normal s…

Dec 15, 2018 - 4:42pm
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Free Psychotherapy!!!

Tell me your problems, and I'll have solutions for each and every one of them. I really will, heh heh!

Dec 17, 2018 - 3:56pm
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More reasons why books are the best Christmas gift…

This would seem a good time for a reminder that books are the best Christmas gifts. Yes, even for non-readers: In fact, books owned by people who don’t read are not only great re-gifts, but when not re-gifted they’re the books in the best condition. No dog-ears, no food stains, no bent p…

Dec 18, 2018 - 5:13am
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Liberals - My view of them

In another , I was told (not by its courteous author) that, since that article was about why Liberals can't stand Trump, and my comment referred to another part of the article and failed to bash or defend Trump, I was out of order and should go write my own article.   OK.  Just remember …

Dec 15, 2018 - 5:08pm
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  • - Dec 18, 2018 - 12:48am
  • - by Gerrilea
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QUALITY ON Writer Beat HITS NEW LOW

Glad this isn't the stock market or we would all be broke. WB resembles the parking lot of a drive in theater in Pahrump, but the landscape is not as scenic. It doesn't make much difference reading the comments or the articles, the hurt feelings and retribution interruptus are palpabl…

Dec 17, 2018 - 4:24am
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