By Paul Courson, CNN
Washington (CNN) – The official Christmas tree of the U.S. Capitol arrived Monday and will be illuminated at a ceremony on December 4.
Dozens of tourists, Capitol Hill staffers and news crews watched the tree's arrival along with Stephen Ayers, the Capitol architect. "My job is to officially accept the Capitol Christmas Tree on behalf of the Congress," he said.
U.S. Capitol crews using a crane hoisted the 73-foot Englemann spruce from a flatbed truck and prepared it for display on the West Lawn.
Once the tree is mounted, U.S. Capitol workers will place ornaments crafted and donated by Coloradans and will string energy-conserving LED-type lights on it.
Ah yes, the blatent endorsement of a particular religion by the government. I pay taxes (a lot of taxes) and while conservatives go on about cutting social welfare, they seem to have no issue with the waste involved in acknowledging a particular religion that nearly a quarter of the US population does not follow. Ironically the evergreen was not a Christian invention anyway. The Pagans, and even Ancient Egyptians decorated their homes with evergreens, wreathes and garlands long before you revisioning and recycling Christians came along. Stop government waste. Cut spending on uneccessary items.....like decorations.
I don't think the tree can be both an endorsement of Christianity and a pagan symbol. At this point, it's just a tradition, and one that few Christians believe has anything to do with Christianity – heck, many, many Christian sects ban the tree altogether. We all own these traditions, and should take of them and and enjoy what we can share. If you can't enjoy the beauty of a lit Christmas (solstice, Saturnalia...whatever) tree, you have probably squelched your ability to enjoy life with your cynicism. Enjoyment of life isn't an "unnecessary expense", beauty, tradition and shared experiences are not a surplus cost. This is exactly what life is.
Yeah cuz cutting those decorations out are going to pay for the wars, right? And deprive the 3/4 that do celebrate it, right? Thanks, grinch.
@Saraswati – I enjoy my life just fine. I live well. My two points are simple and accurate. 1) it is an endorsement of religious tradition (even the solstice was a religious tradition of praying for the sun to be reborn) 2) It is a waste of tax payers money during a time when people are struggling, and complaining about government spending. The government's purpose is to govern, not provide celebratory traditions with collective funds.
@Jeez – every penny adds up. It's not just the cost of a tree. In current times, just as many families are having to do, things have to be cut out. IMO spending collective funds on anything related to "tradition" is wrong. People are free to celebrate how they choose. I celebrate humanity as well, but I don't expect the government to recognize, or spend YOUR tax dollars on my choice of celebration.
Where were you when your repub president was STARTING those wars???
And where do you get the numbers that say most Americans celebrate Xmas?
Xmas now is just about how much money one spends at Malwart on cheap shiney cra_p, so cancelling it would be a good thing.
1) The tree, because it does not have any inherent religious meaning, is not an endorsement of religion. 2) It is your opinion that the role of government does not include providing festivities. If you take that position there would be no police provided for city festivals, no decorations or lights at any time of year, no entertainment laid on at retirement homes. I can't know whether you are happy in your dry, anti-social little world, but few humans would enjoy such an existence, and few societies will last long without something to share. Certainly it should not be a state religion, but we need shared festivals and culture to hold a people together; that's simply how human cultures work.
Freeking waste of Tax $$$ . Get a artificial tree and reuse it Please !
They bought it somewhere, that money goes back to some small business owner, jeez. It MAY have cost you personally what about a quarter of a quarter percent of a penny???
That sounds just like the arguement we say all the time to your repubs about PBS.
It only costs you less then a dollar a year to provide quality programming, (free of adverstizing from Mickie and Mikkie Ds to you impressionable kids), and yet you repubs say the same thing- "It all adds up so lets start cutting."
Some history to go along with said tree:
Jesus like many was in the right place at the right time. There was a lot of economic-driven assistance and "necessary accessories" without which Jesus would have been just another forgotten Jewish radical.
Paul of Taurus was first of the "necessary accessories". He recognized early on the great wealth of Roman and Greek Gentiles so he wrote his epistles raising Jesus and his embellished life from the dead and the Gentiles "ate it up". His promise of the imminent second coming was shear brilliance in gathering much silver and gold (the prime necessary accessory). The Romans got jealous ending the life of the first necessay accessory.
Pilate, although not the founder of Christianity, was another "necessary accessory i.e. he could have easily sent Jesus to the salt mines.
Constantine and his swords finished the "necessary accessory" scenario.
Conclusion: Said tree should be called The Tree of Necessary Accessories".
Too long, too boring.
Only for the reading challenged:
SAVING 2 BILLION LOST CHRISTIANS (and a lot of xmas trees):
THERE WERE NEVER ANY BODILY RESURRECTIONS AND THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY BODILY RESURRECTIONS I.E. NO EASTER, NO CHRISTIANITY.
Hey, now just hold on! My conservative Christian friends and family all say that Obama is a Muslim! Why is he putting up a Christmas tree?!!?!?
You seriously need to get new friends and shed the family. I hear about these people but have yet to meet one.
Then your conservative Christian friends are lying to you. But, then again, lying is second-nature for them. Whatever they tell you, believe the opposite, and you can't go wrong.
A tree for Congress? I guess we are a pagan nation after all.
Certainly, and tradition enriches life. Even most Christian's I know realize this is a pagan custom and have no issues with it. We should enjoy what's beautiful, and a lighted and decorated tree is just that.
atheists get more vocal around Christmas , not carrolling but athie-yellin
Merely the appropriate reaction to delusional believers flailing their crap in public. If believers behaved more like astrologists, they would attract the same level of attention – virtually none.
Deck my balls with you mouth Holly fa la la la la la la la la
That's because they cannot handle the truth about how their "holy day" was hijacked by the church from another culture's already established holiday. They can'y have their own, so they stole someone else's. Thievery and corruption right from the start, and it only got worse as time wore on.
@Mirosal, If a people want to take a custom from another religion I don't see why that should be criticized. Certainly historically there were other things that went on at the time, but just adopting a tree or "Easter" eggs or whatever is fair game – holidays and festivities are in the free market of ideas. If someone wants to take what they like from the traditions of their youth, or even another tradition, that should be fair game unless you think there's something magical and specially about the "religious" set of ideas and traditions. But since they can't all be true, you really can't make a universal statement that they are all deserving of special treatment. Let people enjoy what holidays they want. Various pre-Christian religions all just stole their ideas from others anyway...that's what "tradition" in a changing world is about.
Prayer changes things.
"Children and living things".
Like what? My lawn? My dog? My ficus tree? Want to explain that? You'd better pray I never meet you, you sound absolutely retarded. I know you're a bot, what I want to know is how I can get a bot to fill up your email with viagra ads and penile extenders! Shut the fvck UP already!!!!
There. I feel better.
Prayer brings out the true nature of atheists
Prayer makes demons angry
You prayed to make people atheist??? Isn't that contrary to what you want??? Idiot.
"Ronald Regonzo" who degenerates to:
"Salvatore" degenerates to:
"Douglas" degenerates to:
"truth be told" degenerates to:
"Thinker23" degenerates to:
"Atheism is not healthy ..." degenerates to:
"another repentant sinner" degenerates to:
"Dodney Rangerfield" degenerates to:
"tina" degenerates to:
"captain america" degenerates to:
"Atheist Hunter" degenerates to:
"Anybody know how to read? " degenerates to:
"just sayin" degenerates to:
"ImLook'nUp" degenerates to:
"Kindness" degenerates to:
"Chad" degenerates to
"Bob" degenerates to
"nope" degenerates to:
"2357" degenerates to:
"WOW" degenerates to:
"fred" degenerates to:
"!" degenerates to:
"John 3:16" degenerates to:
"pervert alert" is the degenerate.
This troll is not a christian
Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.
An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.
The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.
If Christians would just stick to praying atheists wouldn’t be a problem for them and the whole world would be significantly improved
Christmas is historically a non-event. Ditto for the Feast of the Magi and the solemnity of Mary aka New Years day. See p. 1 for added details.
His bloodied hands were a grotesque reminder that he had said more than enough. He had been asked to leave.
I did not know where this gate led, but if it were away from this place it would be fine. If it were the very sea of fire in Hell, it would be better. I crossed through the gate, catching a glimpse of the chipping black paint and patches of gooey tack left by an injured shoulder or bloodied face.
The darkness penetrated my body but I felt safer. Away from the glare of the blog that had witnessed my cruel act, I could neither see the crowd, my victim, nor me. I reached out, almost falling as an unexpected lunge escaped my body. Panic.
My hand found cold keyboard just as lionlylamb's words penetrated my every sense, leaving me with naught but a sour pang of dread.
Hesitating, I balanced myself gingerly on the chair. My mind filled with a torrent of visions. Some black and foreboding, others blinding but no less terrifying. What was lionlylamb meant to do here in this dark place? What unholy message was seeping through that wound?
My hands worked the keyboard without instruction from my failing mind. The sickening sound of typing as rifle retorts in my fading consciences. F U C …..
My fingers stopped moving, as a spider extends and then retracts cautious legs, so did my fingers recoil suddenly. What spectre cast invisible lines to my dock? What dusty corner of my mind was being swept now, as hazy memories rose to become an impenetrable fog?
Aching muscles complained as my mind sent messages to disobedient arms and legs. I will not give in to this crushing boredom. I will blog again. I must.
lionlylamb, what have you done?
And so the one known as lionlylamb was found to be supercilious. In the waning days of this dark repressive journey to unfortunate discovery, the painful folly of God’s Oldest Dreamer was made known to all who came to see.
Grave were those final steps, as one suctioned in viscous adobe. Each arresting footfall met with friction as the earth spit forth its disapproval.
Then, as quickly as a hare vanishes into her warren at dawn, he was gone. The astringent stench of night soil soon gave way to the intoxicating redolence of civility.
If only lionlylamb had a thesaurus.
Welcome one and all to G.O.D.s Rocky Mountain Pantry!
We have on our tables the ollowing treats,,,
Apple Bush Pies made with diced rocky mountain oysters! The heavens open their gates with this pie!
Akira water it down please melons! A tasty fruit of choice!
Pepperpot Stew is a newcomers special!
G.O.D.s Rocky Mountain Oysters made from many good bulls! Delightfully good choice!
Reality Bites cow tongues are today's special!
Sorry all you hardned liquidic drinkers of liquor for this is an alcohol free pantry. Sorry.
We do have soda pop fizzes though!
My melons are anything but watered down, lol.
We're talking fruit here not a bust tour,,, LoL,, :-) :-( :-)
Toshi Special Octopus Sashimi
Mongorian free baby octopus. Baby octopus, still alive and cooking in lemon juice and sprinkled with green onion and special hot sauce. Feel the little tentacles grab your mouth, lips and tongue while you chew. Delightful! $29.99.
Yay – now the flying spaghetti monster can meet Santa too!
Now, see, how am I supposed to make a decision where to dine tonight when I have such tantalizing choices?
A virtual taste sensory overload...
The jet is being prepared as we speak.
Your table is ready Madame...
I vote for Quattro Leoni in Florence. On the Altro Arno. Wonderful food, great ambiance.
TT, sounds wonderful.
I'll tell the pilot to file the flight plans.
Toshi, can you top that?
Yes but Tom Tom, do they have an internet presence? I think not.
Akira, if my baby octopus does not impress you then....I will meet you there.
Akira, it really was. *sigh*
@BBmarketing: Why, yes. Yes, they do:http://www.4leoni.com/
Toshi, I am not sure if I am in the mood for something grabbing my tongue...today.
Jet's low on fuel, though, so Italy's out for now too.
I'll see you in a bit.
Just switch up the octopus with some lovely tuna and salmon, and we're all good.
Florence is a lovely place indeed. But I need some spice tonight – I opt for chorizo soft tacos with plenty of cilantro.
Akira, just for you: Fresh Salmon and Avocado sushi. Dash of wasabi and a drizzled with ponzu. Melts in your mouth! Then you can enjoy our delicious Oyster Shooter. Spicy? You bet!
I'm getting hungry and I just ate. I think it was the mention of spicy oyster shooter that did it. Now I'm thinking of salmon smothered in crispy-fried fresh spinach.
Toshi, you're on.
Mama k, the very first day I was on here, this is what I saw...and I got a lot of menu ideas!
Want to join me at Sushi Kanji? I can have the jet make a stop, lol.
mama k, you special V.I.P. Whatever you want, chef Toshi make you special no matter what.
Lol. sure Akira – I'll stop in when I come to and fro from the trenches. lol.
Oh, my in that case, I'll have a few pieces of eel, and some warm sake so I don't bite someone's head off out there. Hmm, I wonder if they make snakehead sushi?
The waiters on the Via Veneto or the Via Flaminia are a lot cuter than in Florence.
We are putting all our "chards" on the table with OUR new tasting menu:
Blah Blah Bacon Cheesburger
Hippy Poet Hashbrowns
Dock your Dong Chili Dog
Lionly Lamb Chops (for a limited time)
Doc Vestibule Victuals
Tallulah13 Tuna Fish Sandwich
Reality Bites – Jalapeno Poppers
Filthy Hindu Hoagie Ism
Gates of Hell Hummus
Yum Yum Yaza Pie
Vic's "Born Again" Martini
Demuth Vermouth Cocktail
Chad Chew Toy
hmm. do you, per chance, have any Christian stir-fry?? hmmm.
damien, check with goddamn mongorian chinese sushi restaraunt selling sushi in chinese goddamn mongorian.
Dammit, I'm giggling uncontrollably again, Toshi!
please add Dari-Satan's specialty, goongum, more you chew filthier it gets in your mouth
Well, that doesn't sound very appetizing, MAD.
One dish I'll have to take a pass on.
* Why do people say "tuna fish"? What other "tuna" is there?.... tuna beef? tuna fowl?
Would you say, "salmon fish"? or "halibut fish"?
Would you have a "chicken bird" or "turkey bird" sandwich?
You can tuna fish, but you can't tune a piano.
Akira, it's a Daristan's specialty, my hinduism friend uses it a lot, very addictive too :-)
Maybe it's that it often became a modifier for something that was usually just "fish". For instance, maybe in certain locales, people often offered "fish" sandwiches, and later introduced tuna and an option. I know it sounds like it still shouldn't be required, but I can imagine a waitress getting tired of telling their patrons – "it's also fish, it's just a certain kind".
*, you beat me to it! :)
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Don't forget OUR drink specials:
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What that hell, let's do this. Sake on the house!
Konnichiwa! Come in prease, Teppan grill is open or sit at sushi bar. No trolls at sushi bar and that means you G.O.D.
Akira Katerpiller Roll (Rice, Avacado, Toro, Sea Eel and Drizzled in Sweet Terriaki) $5.99
Kirin Large $4.99
Troll special hand roll $4.99. Rice, Salmon, Avocado and Sea Eel.
I'll just take mee a table in a corner if it pleases you? I don't drink anymore nor do I have an affinity for raw fish,,, yucky!
lionlylamb, you want Tempura? Terriyaki? You sit at Teppan grill ok? Try fillet and shrimp. It good for you. Don't bother other customer ok?
Mesopotamia Monkey Brain Roll
Inside, crab meat and avocado. Outside, salmon and spicy tuna. Deep fried. Ask for Jalapeno if you want it with a kick...
That's just peachie with me! I love shrimp, crabs,lobsters but no clams or oysters please,,, no!
Akira, if you are there, I wanted to mention Hippy Poet to you. He tends to come on early and he is a class act. He runs his own busniness, I think he is a veterinarian (?). Anyway he loves the weed and loves to write his poetry. He was one of my first friends on here back in the day.
AB, I like Hippy Poet.
I think he's grand...an original free spirit, as I feel you are, also.
Added bonus: you both are original with your poetry; I did that.
I especially started to respect him even more when he told of wearing the colander and his swashbuckling adventures...I miss those days with my kids.
He is assuredly NOT a veterinarian.
TT, doesn't he own a vet or something?
His company sells invisible fencing, and pet care products and services.
Holey Mole', what chaos over a simple tree! Christmas has a lot of meanings to different people! To me it's really the season to be "jolly" & spread "good will" to every1! No society or religious group has monopoly on all these upcoming holidays & all of us have our own family traditions & manners of celebration! None is better than the next or more "right" or worthy! Can't we just put the animosity aside for the month of December & have Fun!? Who cares if it was a pagan holiday or that it's been overly commercialized! It's a beautiful time w/all the lights & decorations, the music & gatherings! My present to y'all is to give yourselves permission to have as much Fun as you possibly can, this holiday season! Celebrate it all; Christmas, Hanukka, Kwanza, Winter Solstice, Festivus etc!!
Why be nice to each other just for one day and be a hindu denier of truth absolute for rest of the year in hindu Judaism, filthy selfishness, Every day of life is precious in way of truth absolute GOD. Be a human for one day and be a Jewish hindu, self centered beast rest of the year, makes no sense.
With all the money be tossed here and there,, higher than normal electric bills due to many lights,,, higher credit card bills due to the buying trends for gifts,,,, and the economy being in dire straits as it so now is,,,,Have a holly jolly pagan season this year!
I agree, people who have issues with a celebration have, well...issues. I'm not a Christian nor do I adhere to any of the many pre-Christian beliefs abut a party is a party and it is good to have times when we remind ourselves and others of what it means to be happy and focus on life rather than work. Festivities aren't owned by a group – those who claim they are need to stop whining as much as those who complain about the celebrations. Stop taking it all so seriously, spend time with those you care about and enjoy the whole series of festivals of lights that fill up the winter.
Looks sorta like a Thai stick.....just sayin.....
Let's all go light it and start a puffin and a huffin away on that Thai sticks rather enormous red glare!
What thoughts of worded deeds you doth bequeath upon my finality's once in a lifetime demise and departure! Bring upon my placed ashes nothing of materialism and do not gather the flowers for wisdom sakes but if so should be then so be it. I do so deservedly leave with what I came here with and that is nothing for I want no one to remember me in formal undulations but rather my Word ringing ever on as the bells of liberties tolling the way clear for all who know the Truth of many matters. As my soul of Nothingness becomes unwoven from my physical being, then and only then will the Godly last trumpets; shall ever do blare! I will someday and way be home for the occasions of blissfulness swrapped in swaddlings raments to once more begin again!
Not behind me nor in front of us, nor along side me in either direction and certainly not below nor above us queries ones thoughts regarding the kingdom domains and their families of all the Gods. Inside me and inside you and inside all forms of each and every consortium formations of celestial based Life is where the God's gods and goddesses all do dare live and take residents upon. Small though the Gods really are! Powerful yet still are their ways! We are their building and they are our husbandries! We each do ever labour togetherly with our body's Godliness families who were there and with us before our being celestially yet physically conceived and even at ones birth and even till ones death and eventual returning back to the Godly kingdom domains of our bodies! 1Corinthians 3:9 "For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building!"
Therefore, do not look upon others for Godly endurances sakes but dare to dream the dreamt dreams of a dreamer who sees Gods and Goddesses in their glorious wonders! Love all of mankinds' patented wonderings recognizing their glories in Godliness ideals! The personalized dreamers do gather in their dreamt of day dreaming ways and they do share their dreamt dreams without blinking their eyes! Eaze up upon the weaker in mind's eyeing, plundering not your envisioned moments for eyeingly spying! Give to the Gods all their justified deeds which ever they dare do in keeping all celestialized generations alive and still mobile in earthly times' roots. We who are celestially laced were born of and upon and even within the terrestrially traced! Made from the very dust of the stars all were and are and ever will be to ever be done!
Where is celestial based Life without there being cellularized constrainment issues to contend with? Who really can peer within the confining measures into the atomized divisioning placements of inward superiorities recognitions? What lays celestially attributed without there being a formalized guide from which the Outer Realms Cosmos to witt levies its cosmological being as an allowable emulation of traced servile continuums? Who dares control the outwardness and inwardness issues within the overallness of declarations symphonic emulations duly declared cosmological c o n s t i t u e n c i e s regulatory affirmations?
Beyond any of my doubts does there lay inside all celestial Life formations the kingdom domains of God's sons and daughters and their generationally endowed and the dead of our beings who did pass back toward becoming reborn back into the inward realms of sub-cosmological orders within and beyond many genders who cannot duly fathom the infinite measurings of Godly intentions hardly ever rationalized by humanities cunningly folded and introverted awarenesses.
We "humans" were made perfected in the finite sublimations of candor, or unstained purity leavened by mediocre bastionings from societal minglings throughout our ages till its present days age. We are completed and made whole by that which made our bodies from the innerness sakes of one's being! We do live therefore we are and in deaths coming do we transcend back into our energy's solemn first made originalities.
Keep safe the watered down channels of ones mind-sakes ever taking leisure onto one's mind-walking ways. Searching ones brain-fields is a study-hard rudimentary undertaking that nevertheless should occur on occasional tours. One's body of being the physical is but a biologically diverse cosmological configuration built up by God's sons and daughters; their being the gods and goddesses of ages long ago forgot and ever to be hidden within the grouping of today's ages.1Corinthians 3:9 "For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building!"
Bring upon my placed ashes nothing of materialism and do not gather the flowers for wisdom sakes but if so should be then so be it. I do so deservedly leave with what I came here with and that is nothing for I want no one to remember me in formal undulations but rather my Word ringing ever on as the bells of liberties tolling the way clear for all who know the Truth of many matters. As my soul of Nothingness becomes unwoven from my physical being, then and only then will the Godly last trumpets; shall ever do blare! I will someday and way be home for the occasions of blissfulness wrapped in swaddlings raments to once more begin again!
And see, I didn't even say shit ! I said "night soil".
Apple of someones Bush!
Sometimes you get the bear and sometimes the bear does chew! I am truly sorry about the times when I fall overboard,, Please when I die and am cremated, do not let anyone know I am gone. Let my Word carry on for me,,,,,
Which word would that be you crazy old fuck?
Oh, Apple Bush, you make me crack up.....! This last post has me giggling again...
:-) :-( :-)
Akira & A.B. does both know of Nothingness Seas, as far as I can truly see,,,,, :-) :-( :-)
Ll, good thing I know how to swim.
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