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The Worst Christmas Song Ever

Every year I dread it….

I know no matter how hard I try, there is no avoiding it…

At some point, this song will be played on the radio and it will stick in my head all day.

Today was the day….

I can’t tell you how much I hate this song.  It’s like someone set out to write the worst Christmas song ever…

Manipulative, full of cheap sentiment, leveraging religion, children and Mothers….


This song just brings out the worst in me.

I start getting catty and snarky.

I start wondering..

“Is he really a budding cross-dresser and trying to get some man to buy the shoes for himself?”

” Is Moma meeting Jesus or some man named Jesus (pronounced: Hay-Sus) later tonight?”

” I bet they are really hooker heels…”

“His Mother is dying and he goes shopping?  Has to be a little gay boy….”

I detest cheap sentiment and this song just reeks of of it….

It suffocates you in it….

I am past due for making a list of people I currently believe are going to hell and the people who wrote and sing this song will be on the next one….

Along with the radio stations that play it…..

And now you probably can’t get it out of your head either and are cursing me for that!

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Workers Lose Thanksgiving As Stores Extend Black Friday Shopping

This just infuriates me….

Let me qualify my comments by saying that, even though I do consider recreational shopping a legitimate sport, there are limits.   It does seem we should be able to stop for a couple of days a year…

Hell would freeze over before I would leave my house to join this fracas. It’s always struck me as a kind of like Christians vs Lions in the Roman Coliseum type thing.  But there is nothing Christian about this…And I’m sure these shoppers probably see themselves more as gladiators.

This is the height of inconsideration.  These poor workers, who aren’t making any money to begin with, will have to give up their Thanksgiving so Americans can buy more crap they don’t need so stores can make more money to pay a few top executives ridiculous salaries for failing…

I always thought Thanksgiving was a day to stop and spend time with people you care about and reflect on your blessings…and eat a lot of things you really shouldn’t eat.

Not a day to run over some stranger for a DVD  player or TV you could probably order just as cheaply, or cheaper, on-line….

Get a grip, people…..

Come join my Black Friday Boycott…..

From ThinkProgress.org:

In the race for holiday season profits, stores are moving up their hours for the biggest shopping day of the year to cut into the Thanksgiving holiday. One of the more aggressive companies is Kmart, which will keep its stores open at 6 a.m on Thanksgiving, although Macy’s, Kohl’s, and others have also bumped up their hours.

Kmart and its defenders point to the fact that no one is being forced to work on Thanksgiving and stores will be staffed mostly with seasonal hires. However, the reality is that few workers have much of an option when it comes to holiday scheduling, both because the U.S. lacks benefits like guaranteed paid vacation and the reliance on a temp or part-time workforce is growing.

via Workers Lose Thanksgiving As Stores Extend Black Friday Shopping | ThinkProgress.

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Online Ads More Likely To Deliver Malware Than Surfing Porn Sites

Sounds like porn sites have been getting an undeservedly bad rep…

At least as far as being a source of computer viruses….

Not that I would know anything about this, of course….

Sounds like the real spyware danger may come from Google shopping!

Which I know entirely too much about….

Interesting story from ThinkProgress.com:


Your online habits may be less dangerous than you think if they involve the less savory aspects of the web: According to Cisco’s annual 2013 Security Report internet users are 182 times more likely to get malware from clicking on online ads than visiting a porn site. It turns out, the site on the gray or black market edges of the web most of us traditionally think of as dangerous aren’t the biggest threats to your online security, instead:

“The dangers […] are often hidden in plain sight through exploit-laden online ads that are distributed to legitimate websites, or hackers targeting the user community on the common sites they use most.”

Those common sites include online shopping and search engines, which were 21 and 27 times more likely respectively to deliver malicious content than counterfeit software sites according to Cisco. Unsurprisingly, the Pew Internet & American Life Project reports of the 81% of American adults who use the internet some 91 percent report using search engines to find information and 71 percent buy products online.

via Clicking Online Ads More Likely To Deliver Malware Than Surfing Porn Sites, Report Finds | ThinkProgress.

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100 Bangladeshi Garment Workers Died In Factory Fire After Walmart Refused To Finance Fire Safety Improvements

I’ll freely admit I have not been in a Walmart in more than a dozen years.

I can’t go there for many reasons-all related to political, economic, social justice and esthetic concerns.

I just wish people would realize that someone is paying the price for all the cheap junk they sell at that place.

Our communities pay the price as we lose local businesses Walmart runs out of business.  We, as a society, pay the price by focusing on quantity and not quality.  But most importantly, workers pay the price- at Walmart stores and most severely at the factories that supply them.

These working conditions would not be allowed in the U.S. for good reason.  We, hopefully, learned our lesson early in the 20th Century with the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Fire….

Someday, hopefully, Walmart will be held accountable and have to pay for this themselves….

From ThinkProgress.com:

More than 100 workers died in a garment factory fire on November 24 in Bangladesh. The Dhaka plant, which was making products for Walmart and Sears, had no emergency exits or emergency evacuation procedures.

But in a meeting last year, Walmart officials decided against agreeing to pay suppliers more so that they could upgrade their manufacturing facilities and pay for the costs of safety improvements. “Specifically to the issue of any corrections on electrical and fire safety, we are talking about 4,500 factories, and in most cases very extensive and costly modifications would need to be undertaken to some factories,” Walmart officials said in documents obtained by Bloomberg News. “It is not financially feasible for the brands to make such investments.”

More than 300 Bangladeshi garment factory workers have died since 2006. Walmart reported a 9 percent increase in third-quarter net income, earning $3.63 billion.

via 100 Bangladeshi Garment Workers Died In Factory Fire After Walmart Refused To Finance Fire Safety Improvements | ThinkProgress.

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$39,000 For a Backpack? Luxury Items Flying Off the Shelves

As Marie Antoinette allegedly said, when told the poor had no bread, “Let them eat cake.”

I bet she would have had one of these bags….

Some kids can’t pay their college tuition without mortgaging their future with student loans and others carry a backpack that costs more than a year’s tuition at an Ivy League College???

Something is very wrong here….

From AlterNet.org:

If you wanted to sum up what people mean when they toss around phrases like “class war” and “the 99 percent”  and “WTF,” you might put it all down to this: $39,000 backpacks. Sold out.

It’s been four years since the entrepreneurial Olsen sisters, Mary-Kate and Ashley, launched their luxury fashion line, the Row, and three months since they debuted their stylish and exorbitantly priced black crocodile bag. But it was the news this week that at the Paris launch of the handbag line, Ashley Olsen bragged that the backpack “was the first thing that sold off the shelf” that really took the let-them-eat-cake. Olsen added that luxury brands do well in hard times, noting that “During our last economic crisis in the U.S., the only thing that went up was Hermès,” before, in the words of Women’s Wear Daily, “returning to sip Champagne with guests including Michelle Harper and Christian Louboutin.” As a commenter on CNN observed of this news, “This is what’s wrong with America. The income inequality in this country is outrageous, we are well on our way to becoming a 3rd world country.” Or, as another more aptly expressed it, “That’s cray cray.”

via $39,000 For a Backpack? Luxury Items Flying Off the Shelves | | AlterNet.

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Chapter 53: Easter: Or How I Became a Fashion Victim | My Southern Gothic Life

New post up on my other blog, MySouthernGothicLife.com….

Here is a brief excerpt and a link to the full post:

I come from a very presentational family. Easter always brought out the best and worst of that trait.

To give you a perspective, my mother was a Cheerleader.  My sister was a dancer and a Majorette.  My niece is following in their footsteps as a Cheerleader and dancer.  I come from a long line of people who stood out in 30 degree temperatures in a sequined swimsuit in front of hundreds of people.

Makes you kind of understand why I always tried for-with varying degrees of success- a more quiet, classically elegant personae –at least until my third drink.  I couldn’t compete in their arena nor did I want to…

MORE:   Chapter 53: Easter: Or How I Became a Fashion Victim | My Southern Gothic Life.

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