New Year’s eve and a 2014 are looming on the horizon, and as you know all talk is about reflection, resolutions and renewal. I learned a very long time ago, this is what we wordsmiths call sentimental hooey, if you need to set a date to reflect or to become a better or healthier you, likely you will be committing yourself to failure. It is a day like every other, different only as we use it to record our history as people, unless you consciously and with conviction make it otherwise. Any moment in time the year round is the best time for introspection and right now is the best time to set goals, not 12 or 24 hours from now after you’ve had one more go at that which you want to leave behind. This kind of thinking is wrong on so many levels, and it does not teach the full lesson to be learned by the rewards of sacrifice. So celebrate the New Year, ring it in with good friends and family, look forward to making it a better year than its predecessor in every way within your power. Continue reading
The main problem with the Phil Robertson vs. A&E issue is that it is really not a constitutional freedom of speech issue, but it certainly is a free speech issue. These free market corporations are so afraid of the threats and extortion by the radical special interest groups that claim representation and leadership of any who cry victimhood or disenfranchisement from the rest of society.
The only way to end this is to maintain consistency with regards to all speech, Including that which we find most repugnant. We can allow no taboos or restricted speech, to do so may protect the feelings of some, but it does nothing to promote our continuance as a free people. When faced with these corporations, their cowardly execs,high priced lawyers, and knee jerk pandering reactions in response to the manufactured outrage of a few, the answer is boycott. We must take the time out of our busy lives to make phone calls, write letters and emails, making them aware of our intentions, if folks like Phil Robertson and countless other Americans are persecuted for their opinions. A show of commitment and a wielding of righteous power to show them we mean business. The necessity to protect all speech and expression regardless of how it makes us feel is one of the most important duties that we as Americans must shoulder, for if we do not, all freedoms will surely be lost.
~ Nick Pensabene
I celebrate Christmas, and I abhor those that claim it’s both offensive and in violation of the separation of Church & State to allow public celebration or representation of Christian holidays. This sentiment of anti Christian behavior has developed amongst those who simply have no faith, full blown militant Atheists and legal interpreters alike. This isn’t a search for equality of treatment or parity in the eyes of the state, it reverberates of retribution for America’s foundation of Christianity.
That being said, I have noticed what appears to be quite the militant push back from those who celebrate Christmas, many of whom claim to be devout Catholics and good Christians, and I am very dismayed by the wording of this movement. It is no longer, keep Christ in Christmas or we celebrate Christmas so we say Merry Christmas, it’s now such vitriol as I hope I offend you all with my Merry Christmas, I don’t care what you celebrate, it’s Merry Christmas not happy holidays idiot and my latest favorite, I’ll Merry Christmas the shit out of you, if you don’t like it. Can you Christians really be proud of this behavior
, is this the type of behavior what you would like to be associated with one of your most holy days. You denegrate your own holiday with such crass proclamations and in the end you will not win the war you sincerely believe is being waged on your faith. So if you choose to say Merry Christmas, say it with the love, cheer and spirit of the season or really why say it at all.
~ Nick Pensabene