An unworthy Deacon, named for the brother of God: James, striving to "work out his salvation with fear and trembling" within the Tradition (paradosis) of the Eastern Orthodox Faith. It is a strange and marvelous journey, and I am accompanied by the fourfold fruit of my fecundity. My wife, the Matushka or Diaconissa Sophia, is my beloved partner in the pursuit of Theosis, and she ranks me in every way.
As if Kwanzaa were not "made up" enough for ya, how about "Festivus" from Seinfeld? (Presently, the blogger spell check is accurate with the former, but not yet the latter). It was a hilarious episode, but if anything demonstrates the retard tax we ought to impose on our legislators (for being retarded and for being legislators) then it is truly this.
No further commentary would do this justice, really. Sorely tempted though I may be, I'll only add this: well, nevermind. On second thought...I just want them to give me a tax break for having to put up with the state government being overtly and blatantly retarded beyond all comprehension.
I'm still shaking my head: I give these people money to function. Much ado was apparently made recently when Jon Stewart asked Mike Huckabee why we should trust the government with nuclear weapons but not with handing out bread to people. Well duh! Blowing stuff up is EASY! Heck you can tell any pimply faced 13 year old boy to "Go blow that up!" and he will do it...and do it well - enjoy it even. But, running an effective charitable organization is at LEAST as complex as deciding on sensible holiday decorations.
Consider this post my little contribution to that venerable tradition of Festivus: "The airing of grievances."
But seriously, this really is getting out of hand. Somewhere out there in the real world of human contact and day to day living, people will STILL simply say "Merry Christmas" and no one will come unglued.
I heard this on the radio the other day and almost had to pull over I was laughing so hard. The insanity of it all! Maybe Orthodox Washingtonians should get together and put up a Nativity icon at the capitol building?!?! The Orthodox churh is under-represented and our voices must be heard!