Monday, 12/14/09, Public Square

You’re not gonna believe this one…

So apparently today is Monkey Day, and what exactly does that mean? It’s an annual celebration of all things simian, a festival of primates, a chance to scream like a monkey and throw feces at whomever you choose.  According to wikiMonkey Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated internationally on December 14. The holiday is primarily celebrated with costume parties intended to help draw attention to issues related to simians, including medical research, animal rights, and evolution.  The holiday also cuts across religious boundaries and provides opportunities to share monkey stories.  🙂

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21 responses to “Monday, 12/14/09, Public Square

  1. MonkeyHawk posts are mandatory reading today…

    • That should be true every day, but today does seem a special day for MonkeyHawk!

      Sometimes when I see what is honored, celebrated, noted on a given day I just have to laugh out loud. Not much has been left out, and some of it should have been in my opinion! This one made me laugh in a happy way.

    • Monkeyhawk

      I’ve become an economic stimulus.

      Every time I post, “okobserver” has to “go shopping.”

      • Good for you!

        Isn’t there some saying that goes along the lines of, “Everyone is good for something even if it’s as a bad example”?

        I haven’t read there in such a long time I feel like a new woman! I think I can say I’m cured of the place, although I’m going to treat it like any other addiction and not partake even once just in case that would restart the bad habit!

    • Monkeyhawk

      I’m bummed.

      I was hoping there’d be a parade.

  2. lilacluvr

    Has anyone heard about the controversy brewing on the WE Opinion Line regarding Best Buy wishing people Happy Eid Day? I guess Best Buy had some sign or a marketing campaign – I don’t know for sure because I don’t look at the Best Buy ads nor do I go to their stores.

    I did not realize what Eid Day was until I did some research. It seems Eid Day is the celebration on the last day of Ramadan.

    Oh……now I get it. It is a Muslim celebration and that is why the original Opinion Line poster was upset about it.

    Really, folks, this is America and freedom of religion means the freedom to embrace your religion – not JUST the Christian religion.

    • Cool! If those complainers aren’t going to Best Buy I might go this year just because there will be a much happier crowd of people present! I say take those who so badly want something to complain about out of every store!

      The made-up war on Christmas. Some folks try every year to convince others about this. Problem seems to be the complainers can’t ever convince anyone else there is a reason to be concerned.

      I’ve decided to be happy, and they can decide to be whatever rocks their world!

      • Monkeyhawk

        I regularly do business with a local merchant who does what he does well and I respect him for that.

        But every month he asks me to buy tickets to the monthly gospel concert. I’ve told him that’s just not my kind of music and we’ve come up to the brink of him asking me if I’ve been saved.

        (My stock answer to that question: “For what?)

        But when I was leaving his store this month he wished me “Merry Christmas.” I could answer only, “And happy holidays to you.”

        I hope that pissed him off.

  3. tosmarttobegop

    Did anyone else watch “The people speak” last night? It was actors reading the words of people through the ages. One was the accounting of a Spanish monk during the quest for Gold in the new world.

    History had sanitized the adventures of Columbus and the aftermath, the Monk was commenting on the brutality and how the natives were treated. When finally the natives tried to drive the Spaniards out, there was a blood bath. This is not word for word but is the jest:

    When we came here there were I would estimate 2 million natives, now there is about 2 hundred.
    I witnessed a native being put to death by being burnt alive.

    Tied to the stake and the wood being lit, a Spanish missionary was not wanting to waste the little time left.
    Spoke to the native telling him of his fate of an eternity in Hell and by renouncing his pagan Gods and accepting the Christian God he would receive Heaven.

    The native as the flames rises asked, “Do all Christians go to Heaven?”.

    The missionary assured him that they do, to which the native replied “Then I would rather be in Hell!”.

    • lilacluvr

      That’s what I told my mother-in-law (the Holier Than Thou Queen).!

      My mother-in-law is one of those churchy types who are at the church every time there is a service. Not to worship, mind you, but to see who was NOT there at the service – so then she could go back home and gossip on her direct line to the other cackle hens.

      I finally got fed up with her one day and said that dreaded word – ‘shit’. Well, I got the usual lecture that day but she threw in this little tidbit – all sinners go to Hell.

      That’s when I broke in and said ‘then I’ll be seeing you there?’.

      The woman did not speak to me for a month but the cackle hens let me know exactly what she had told them. To my surprise (I don’t know why I am surprised they were two-faced), some of the cackle hens were laughing about me telling the old witch off.

      Then people wonder why I am so cynical about these churchy people???

  4. David B

    Hot Monkey Love!

  5. lilacluvr

    MH – Whenever some churchy-type asks me if I have been looking for God – I reply ‘I didn’t know he was missing’.

  6. tosmarttobegop

    Perhaps that is the paradox we all see in religion, so much has been done in the name of it.
    That is so totally against the teachings of it, in the end it is the human failings not that of the religion it’s self though.

  7. lilacluvr

    Religion is man-made and will always be divisive – IMHO.

    But, I must ask, do some groups just like to bicker more than others?

    Take the supposed war on Christmas rhetoric….I don’t hear of of any other groups kicking up a ruckus about Hannuka (sp?) or Ramadan not being recognized or in danger of extinction.

    Is it just Christians that like to bicker or is it more than that – maybe it is more of the Evangelical Christians that like to bicker?

    I was raised Baptist – so I KNOW bickering……LOL.

    I married a Southern Baptist and my Evangelical Baptist church family started a feud with the Southern Baptists – so I KNOW feuding….LOL

    Seriously, why is it that some people can ‘live and let live’ while others just cannot stand to do the same.

    • lilacluvr

      For the record, I was raised Baptist but I am not now a practicing Baptist.

      Rather, I saw the light and just decided to try to be as spiritual as I can. To me, God is more than some supreme being on some golden throne somewhere.

      I see God’s imprint on the beauty of nature and in my grand-daughter’s laughter.

      I am truly blessed when I have family and friends that care about me. And I am lucky enough to have a nice home, a good job, enough food and health insurance!!!!

    • tosmarttobegop

      Martyr envy is what I call it, they will not be thrown to the Lions and their church is not being burnt to the ground. So what is a poor Christian to do to show God how devote they are? How they are willing to suffer for the faith?

      The War on Christmas! The banning of the name of Christ on TV! I get those e-mail forwarded to me by a friend.

      LOL I attended the Southern Baptist church in Rush Springs and every Sunday school was talking trash about the Assembly of God, the Church of Christ and any other that was in town. The poor teacher would be at his wits end. He would try to direct the conversation away from it and to the lesson plan.
      But it was funny how something he would say could be associated back to slamming another church in town. The Southern Baptist was the second most powerful in town after the Ass of God as I came to refer to them. That is the way they acted, a bunch of asses!

  8. Missing Bush-Era E-Mail Is Found

    Computer technicians have found 22 million missing White House e-mail messages from 94 days in the administration of President George W. Bush, and the Obama administration is searching for more potentially lost e-mail from the Bush years, according to two groups that filed suit over the failure by the Bush White House to install an electronic record-keeping system. The groups, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the National Security Archive, said they were settling the lawsuits they filed in 2007. It will be 2014 at the earliest before the public sees any of the messages because they must go through the National Archives’ process for releasing presidential and agency records.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/15/us/politics/15brfs-MISSINGBUSHE_BRF.html