Holiday Season Charitable Giving!

The end of the year I find to be a great time to focus on charitable giving and supporting those companies doing good work.

In addition, giving before the calendar rolls over to 2014, allows you to deduct what you give on your taxes.

So something of a win-win. Here are this year’s companies that I think are deserving of my dollars, and you might think the same. Check them out, you never know when the liberties they are called to defend… will be your own.

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Holidays in December! or ‘Santa you gonna Pay what you owe!!!’

Rosa Parks Day Dec 1

National Day – United Arab Emirates Dec 2  – I have problems with Dubai, located in the United Arab Emirates. Mostly being that much of American tax dollars is funneled into this pleasure palace of the ultra rich. I think the rich are robbing from America, to set up a deluxe retreat from which they can sit out America’s fall. The fall they are pushing us to.

Anna’s Day Dec 9 – A Swedish holiday, celebrating people with the name Anna? That appears to be a good amount of the population. 🙂 .

Human Rights Day                                        Dec 10
Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe             Dec 12
Winter Solstice & Yule Festival                Dec 21
Boxing Day Dec 26
Kwanzaa                                                            December 26 – January 1
Jose Rizal Day                                                 Dec 30

Wait— did I forget one? Oh yes—Christmas. The Mass of Christ- Dec 25

Here’s the thing about the Mass of Christ.

There is no evidence of the month or year of the birth of the person referred to as Christ. And indeed the modern construct of Christmas, is very much that… a construct. A product of crass commercialism, the date 25 December, having historically nothing to do with the figure of Christ.

What we do know is there was a celebration the Roman’s performed, on December 25th, to their pagan gods. That holiday would seem to be what we are, with television’s help, still celebrating, but have simply renamed their pagan god, with a christian appellation.

The truth of this, you can take, or you can leave alone.

If the holiday brings you a moment of true brotherhood that’s fine. But largely it’s not. Bombings and invasions of other countries by America’s Industrial War Complex tends to ramp up around the holiday seasons, while Americans are sidetracked stuffing their faces, and trying to buy things they can’t afford, and generally making lip service to a man of peace, while following men of war, into spreading blood and gore and death around the globe.

Merry Christmas. :).

My friend who is a huge Christmas fan could not disagree with me more. And that’s her right. If Christmas or anything brings you true joy, that’s fine. I’m all for it. I have no problem with ritual and myth.

I enjoy a midnight mass as well as a Buddhist temple or a Mosque or a Synagogue or a Vodun Temple. I enjoy anyplace where people genuinely seek something higher, something better, something sincerely sacred.

But make it something sincerely sacred.

Something without too much hypocrisy, and not built on mountains of lies and greed.

Don’t lose the meaning in the merchandising.

Happy Holidays, however you choose to meet the end of the year.

Thanksgiving, Day of Mourning, Christmas, The Cross and bringing the Sword

Thanksgiving is a very Western holiday.

And I am increasingly… not western.

I’ll take the day off. Sure. But I’ll take it in my way.

The United American Indians of New England since 1970 have called Thanksgiving by perhaps a more apt name, ‘A Day of Mourning’ and have observed it as such. And being myself a son of colonial horror, I see clearly their stance. My aboriginal blood, always pulling toward aboriginal people. Be they Zulu or Wampanoags.

I find myself, somewhere between those two disparate camps of celebration and mourning.

I find for me, the day is one of rumination. A day of reflection.

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More on Holidays.

I refuse to be dictated to, regarding what I should celebrate. I refuse to bury truths, beneath money making lies. The general purpose of holidays.

Be it Thanksgiving or Christmas, a pagan Roman Holiday to debauchery that became retrofitted to celebrating the Roman’s killing of, what they considered, a so-called Christ, and retrofitted again in the 20th century as a marketing tool, a tool for big business to get bigger. Selling toys, and cards, and trees and crosses.

And a word on the cross.

The cross long before Christianity was a Greek, then Roman, symbol of torture and terror, the very word has its roots as a device of torture.

And was perfected by the great Roman empire, going up and down, and to and fro the entire world, the sign of you crossing yourself, it is also how the devil is described. The cross was a symbol of terror before the coming of Christ, and remains so. Only it has become slightly more horrible, as they have added a crucified man to that symbol.

The cross is not celebrating Christ’s life, it is celebrating Rome’s victory. Who but the lyncher makes the lynching and the lynch rope their symbol? Who but the crucifier makes the crucifixtion their symbol?

Think.

The tiny cult of Christianity a long time ago was usurped, like everything else, by those who loved it not. They want to sell you the idea of a meek martyr and salvation paid by submission to the state.

But the man we wrongly call Jesus Christ (that is a Romanized name, surely not a name this dark man, with hair like lambs wool, ever heard in his life, more accurate would be Rome altering this African martyr’s name to their purpose, and labeling him with a play on their JC, Julius Caesar), he came not to bring peace but a sword. And if the idea of a Black Christ changes your relation to that Christ, or your comfort or belief in that Christ, then I say to you… your religion is a fucking sham.

And you should call yourself what you truly are… a son of the new Rome and proud eater of Christ.

“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.”
–Mathew 10:34-36

It’s the standing up of a man you want to make a symbol, not the falling down.

Think.

And you may realize, everything America does stinks of lies.

“And if you heard I was celebrating, it’s a world wide lie” – Public Enemy