In his never-ending effort to ruin the season for anyone who prefers "Happy Holidays" to "Merry Christmas," Bill O’Reilly reached a new low tonight with his complaint that Congressmembers can’t say “Merry Christmas” “on the taxpayer dime.” Actually, O’Reilly was fine with most of the Congressional rule, given the deficit and the fact that he doesn’t want to be “picking up the tab for Nancy Pelosi’s holiday card list.” But what he objected to was a loophole saying that when a Congressperson uses their mailing privileges to send other mail to their constituents, they can wish them something like "a happy holiday seaons," but not "Merry Christmas." This, O’Reilly suggested, might justify drastic remedies.
“How dumb is this? INCREDIBLY DUMB!” O’Reilly thundered. In half jest, half seriousness, he added, “If U.S. Grant were alive today, he might well put on a Civil War uniform and invade the mailroom of the U.S. Capitol, freeing the people there from stupidity. Christmas is not a word anyone should be ashamed of. It is the law of the land. Federal workers and most everyone else do not have to labor on that day. For that alone we should all be merry.”
Suggesting military action over saying “Merry Christmas?” What a way to honor Jesus.
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Connect the Billdos:
Lincoln = Greatest American Presidents = Billdo “writes” about Lincoln = Billdo the Hysteric, er, Historian = Did I mention the U.S. Civil war and MY BOOK?
However he would fit into the age group of your demographics of viewers Bill. But since he’s in Grant’s tomb, you lost one.
The real Christmas announces the birth of Jesus to a world of poverty, pain, and sin, and offers the hope of salvation and justice.
The Fox News Christmas heralds the steady promotion of consumerism, the defense of wealth and power, the adulation of money and markets, and the regular belittling or attacking of efforts to overcome poverty.
The real Christmas offers the joyful promise of peace and the hope of reconciliation with God and between humankind.
The Fox News Christmas proffers the constant drumbeat of war, the reliance on military solutions to every conflict, the demonizing of our enemies, and the gospel of American dominance.
The real Christmas lifts up the Virgin Maryâs song of praise for her baby boy: âHe has brought the mighty down from their thrones, and lifted the lowly, he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich empty away.â
The Fox News Christmas would label Maryâs Magnificat as âclass warfare.â
So if there is a war on Christmas it’s the one being waged by Fox News.
General Grant did not believe in the efficacy of prayer. Newman prayed, but it was not because the sick man desired his prayers. Newman was his wife’s pastor; she believed in prayer, and so he was allowed to pray.
Ex-Senator Chaffee of Colorado, whose daughter was married to one of General Grant’s sons, and who was with Grant during his illness, says:
“There has been a good deal of nonsense in the papers about Dr. Newman’s visits. General Grant does not believe that Dr. Newman’s prayers will
save him. He allows the doctor to pray simply because he does not want to hurt his feelings. He is indifferent on his own account to everything.”
Another, writing at the time of General Grant’s death, said:
“His acceptance of the effusive and offensive ministrations of the peripatetic preacher was probably due as much to his regard for the feelings of his family and his tolerance of his ministerial friend as to any faith in religion. All that the press can gather now about his religious belief is filtered through Dr. Newman, and must, therefore, largely be discounted. … As to his regard for the Sabbath and his love of prayer, Dr. Newman has overdone the matter. His anecdotes to show the General’s piety bear very strong internal evidence that they originated with himself.”
There is one thing that Newman does not claim, and that is that Grant acknowledged Christ to be the Son of God, Had Grant accepted Christ he would have avowed it, and this is the claim above all other claims that Newman would have made if true. Grant did not acknowledge Jesus Christ, and this fact proves that he was not a Christian.
The Christian Statesman says: “It is not on record that he [Grant] spoke at any time of the Savior, or expressed his sense of dependence on his atonement and mediation.”
In his published claims Newman went as far as he felt that he could go with safety. To assert that Grant was a Christian in the evangelical sense, that he accepted Jesus Christ as the divinely begotten son of God, would be so manifestly false that he knew it would be denied. In the cunningly devised statements made, which meant one thing to the friends of Grant and another to the world at large he effected as much as he could hope to effect, the general recognition of the claim that Grant was at least a nominal believer in Christianity.
As long as they aren’t Muslim, terrorists and far away, he doesn’t care.
That article, at least, quoted the “Franking Manual” (which is quite funny in its own right, but that’s another story – can you hear people in the office asking “Where’s the ‘Franking Manual’?”).
Here’s the money quote:
“Memberâs Congressional Handbook: GREETINGS-
“Expenses related to the purchase or distribution of greetings, including holiday celebrations, condolences, and congratulations for personal distinctions (wedding anniversaries, birthdays, etc.), are not reimbursable.â
“4(a). Example of Nonfrankable Items
-Birthday, anniversary, wedding, birth, retirement or condolence messages and holiday greetings are prohibited.â
Geez – who wrote this? CONGRESS! News for Bull O’Really? – Congress makes its own rules! Who knew?
Ulysses S. Grant
O’Reilly reminds me of the old ‘Fractured Fairy Tales’ from Rocky and Friends, just not funny.
Stick to what you know, POS borally. Like loofahs and sexual harassment.
If wingnuts like BillO can use the annual re-occurrence of winter snowstorms to justify denial of global warming, why can’t they follow that logic and use the annual re-occurrence of Christmas to justify denial of a War On Christmas?
I donno about you, but I’m kinda curious about what law Bill’s referring to on this one line. Seriously- can he cite the exact statue that says Christmas is law? Can whoever answers the Email I sent to his contact info asking about this do it? I know Koldys and his goons love to try correcting us, maybe they can show me this so-called law?
Oh, wait- I replayed that part and saw the eyes of Bill- he was off in his fantasy world at the time. So scratch that.