posted on December 26, 2012 at 8:04 pm
                wanna watch

wanna watch

watch christmas become ritual

the incessant demand for gifts

the glittery tinsel goes up earlier n earlier

the food the pressure the argy bargy

didnt hear jesus name mentioned once or any other god

did not observe merriness on the streets just drunken idiots

we are losing touch with our traditions

a celebration with no reason is emptiness itself

all those pissed morons yelling and guffawing…..about what…?

christmas was some other celebration before it was christmas

messiahs returning after darkest days of northern winter

we celebrate christmas presumably because we are so happy JC was born

yes i know its not his real birthday even….

but what a fuckin’ hodgepodge christmas is now without JCs ostensible presence

pine trees (which get chucked out a few days later) fairies baubles candy canes

in australia it all seems even stupider

in this summer weather n all

it makes me uneasy

it brings out the worst side of a lotta people too

we give gifts to celebrate the birth of JC

because (presumably) he gave us a new and better philosophy

(which in a nutshell is ) be nice to everyone( seems obvious but it isnt!)

for saying this he was killed by the same types who killed MLK JFK and Lennon

and Gandhi

you know the guys who dont like the peace n love thing

the guys who organised WW1 for us peasants

but when it was over and a lotta people killed

they never explained why

but sure enough we give our lives over n over

in all these wars like Vietnam..did anybody ever say sorry we were wrong?

all those people died in vietnam…all that pain n blood n horror

all those children were napalmed for what…? to stop “communism”

communism is so bad it must be stopped by tearing life apart

then drugs are so bad it must be stopped by tearing life apart

if i was the king of the world i would reverse the order

i would make having one little gun or bullet

as illegal as having one kilo of smack

give the whole world one week to give EVERY gun back

and then start

the way they started in on drugs about a hundred years ago

“These drugs are so bad for you youre better off in jail” (we have decided)

(this was really done not to protect you, if they wanted to protect you howcome

you can buy a gun any kinda gun let alone these “assault weapons”)

bust everyone with a gun the way they were busting everyone with a drug

i reckon guns are more of a priority than drugs somehow in “protecting” us

so i’d let all drug police become gun police

ruthlessly hunting down dealers shooters any mother with a gun

IT WOULD BE ILLEGAL TO KILL ANYTHING!

unless blah blah (like it is now with doctors n drugs)

let all the potsmokers outta jail…they never hurt anyone

give em compensation for ignorantly ruining their lives

and hunt down guns

a war on guns…imagine that

and we took every single stupid useless gun and we melted em into ploughshares

and we looked after each other

we fed the hungry

we gave shelter to refugees and the homeless

we looked after our children and our aged and our infirm

we stopped caring about wealth and politics and all this maya

and listened for once to a few of JCs good ideas

the deep cosmic law of life and love which he understood

the paradox of giving it away to get it back

his love for his fellow man which blew everyones mind

his compassion his ahimsa his fucking grooviness

he would not own or use a gun

he would not see people starve

he would hate to see the dumb beasts cruelly penned in misery and filth

he would hate the vietnam war oh god how he would have wept

and the people perpetrating that useless rape touting themselves as “christians”

oh sweet irony

just like the celebration of his birthday

becoming about status and shopping and avarice

and drunk blokes in pubs wearing santa fucking hats

this is a sick n twisted world

this is a bullshit world

those same old alpha male types

that bad bad thinking

theyre always in charge

they eliminate the competition one way or another

gee they never can solve those murders though

all those mad geezas shooting our heroes like johnny wilkes booth

and lee harvey ostrich and marky chapman and sirhan sirhan duran

christ!

this is a stupid world

we are capable of such great things and such repulsive knavery

like vietnam for example

why werent the people behind that war that hopeless evil war

why werent they tried for the crimes against humanity?

when will we peasants stop following this “same old crowd”

and tell em to fuck off n fight the wars themselves!

they are never held accountable . WHY?

merry christmas yeah

but i dont think christ would be digging it much

seriously, do you…?

 

 

 

 

 

73 Responses to “ritual”

  1. avatar
    You | 26 December 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    The never ending questions are born out of the answers we already have.The end of problems is the end of you.When the fear comes to an end there won’t e anybody left to comment on the solutions to non existent problems.You are the fear.

  2. avatar
    bernadettekeys | 26 December 2012 at 9:04 pm #

    Steve, you live in an area where there are alot of drunken idiots, backpackers etc…. not everywhere….

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    Kohl Ette | 26 December 2012 at 9:08 pm #

    My favourite part of Christmas was definitely midnight mass. I have become one of those people who go to church these days at Easter, Christmas, christenings, funerals or end of year school things. I never thought I would become like that and I remember when a parish priest told off some parents one time for trying to palm off their religious responsibilities to teachers. I felt a bit smug at the time. Now I think, even if I don’t go as regularly, I go when I truly want to. Recently I heard a priest say, you’re really only here because you wanted to give something up for God. Though I suppose God knows all the sacrifices people make whenever, wherever… The eyes of a child a few pews in front of me and my own child inspired this –

    Midnight Child:
    Eyes wide yet mild
    head on mother’s shoulder
    being rocked gently.
    Eyes glazing
    but taking in the essence of things.
    Feeling our faces
    are pleasing and mildly fascinating
    to him though
    then again
    he could take or leave them.
    Drenched in acoustic
    organic ecstatic music,
    surrounding sound,
    inwardly lit by flickering tapers,
    communing with heavenly hosts,
    memories to soon blend with sleep
    eluding consciousness
    in the universe’s nest
    yet eternally blessing.

    I’m happy for Christmas to become more and more simple each year, personally. Unfortunately, it’s a bit like mothers’ and fathers’ day in that I think, wouldn’t it be nice if families enjoyed togetherness more often for no reason in particular? Although I guess we can literally thank Christ for at least giving some families this excuse, strange and strained as that togetherness may feel :/ … something to ‘work’ on? Yep it’s a stupid world.

  4. avatar
    davem | 26 December 2012 at 9:22 pm #

    What a brilliant post.
    Love you
    x

  5. avatar
    Chris | 26 December 2012 at 9:57 pm #

    Right on Mahatma…you nail it as usual and have the guts to say the hard stuff that no one in the West seems to want to say or hear anymore….keep being prophetic. The world needs it.

  6. avatar
    marcos | 26 December 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    I agree with you Steve, the people lost, what means de Christmans, which is the felling true

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    narelle | 26 December 2012 at 10:22 pm #

    well thanks for that Steve…yes, Vietnam and Afghanistan
    I was old enough to be terrified that my brother might win the lucky draw to Vietnam…or at least thats what I can recall
    can handle a few ritual things, but only a few!…if I was home…my mums pudd. is amazing
    actually the whole thing makes me feel physically ill
    then there’s news story of the HUGH buy-up of firearms in the US a few days ago
    its just devastating…just when I thought that some sense might come out of the recent tragic event
    oh forgot…christmas is good…my neighborhood is so quiet this time of year

  8. avatar
    Boriah | 26 December 2012 at 11:25 pm #

    YouΒ΄re damn right, but Merry Christmas/Krishnas, just in case.

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    Richard | 26 December 2012 at 11:26 pm #

    I agree
    jc’d be rolling in his grave
    (if he were dead)

    what tends to sum it up for me
    is Boxing Day

    an annual orgy
    at which people who’ve just been given a whole lot of new stuff
    get to buy more new stuff

    seems christmas is just not enough any more

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    robertmadore | 27 December 2012 at 1:56 am #

    Agreed Steve. I was saying similar things in a conversation a few day’s ago. I was called “jaded” and “negative”. The same old people proliferating the same old ideas. Obliviousness.

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      Admin | 27 December 2012 at 6:42 am #

      jaded n negative…..? cos we want this evil world to change?

  11. avatar
    John Garratt | 27 December 2012 at 2:26 am #

    Does it help you to know that on Decebmer 25, 1992 I unwrapped a copy of “Priest = Aura”?

    Probably not. Still, that was a interesting winter. Somewhere, in the middle of snowy Ohio, you and three others were altering a teenage boy’s brain.

  12. avatar
    Tanya | 27 December 2012 at 3:43 am #

    Again, you’re on point SK!

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    hippy | 27 December 2012 at 4:23 am #

    A scathing post and you are dead on. That comment about “(Christmas) brings out the worst” is so true. A family member who is deceased would routinely get pissed off about something just days before X-mas, cause a scene, and make things uncomfortable for all. This went on for years.

    This year I requested my friends/relatives donate to charity in my name instead of give me useless presents that will just make my closet junk pile pile up even higher.

    Re: wars–they have all been orchestrated by the illuminati, in collusion with the World banks. Since they control the production of money and have their hands on more money than they know what to do with, it’s very difficult to bring these devils to justice.

    Bah Humbug, and Happy New Year. Love, Hippy

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 27 December 2012 at 4:34 am #

    I love guns , I own 6 of them….

    If an intruder enters my home to harm my wife or children….

    I fuckn shoot them dead and I’m proud that I can ….

    I live just streets away from ‘difficult’ neighborhoods here in
    Chicago…..I will not leave my home because I was born and
    raised here , as do my children….they too will protect their civil
    liberties against all the bad and evil…right outside almost
    every doorstep in the entire world….if the ‘right ‘ to protect my
    family is ATTEMPTED to b taken from me , than they too are
    intruders and will b dealt with swiftly and accordingly…..

    If there ‘were ‘ no guns, the ‘evil and bad’ will just burn they’re way
    in …or come with enough force that I , alone , would die trying to
    protect the ones I love…I was raised in a ‘difficult’ social setting – in
    a most wonderful city on earth…mostly civil citizens of 2.7 million here
    at my address with up to 4 more million in surrounding suburbs wrapped
    vastly from North to South along our wonderous waters edge….that’s a
    whole lot of people , within miles of each other…

    Do the math !!!

    I hav , and always will, own guns….not hunting rifles , shotguns or
    assult weapons…..just plain GUNS …even a dillinger, tucked neatly below
    my very , vest….if u lived here, lovingly I would protect any and all…
    just like the rest…

    Daz

    • avatar
      Admin | 27 December 2012 at 6:40 am #

      yawn

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        BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 27 December 2012 at 7:41 am #

        So ur the ONLY person capable of opinions ???

        that’s more boring (yawn) than any argument ever…

        I won’t ridicule u or ur beliefs…are u even capable of hearing
        someone else’s ??? Or do I hav to email u the local crime reports
        within blocks of my own home…occupied by a small beautiful child
        and a caring family ???
        The police ,in all their many shapes and forms , across every land…
        RESPOND to crimes AFTER they hav happened….how will u feel when
        a friend of urs was unable to rightfully protect the ones they love ?????
        Or is that just ‘natural selection’ in someone else’s eyes………
        U live in paradise, but others found paradise – so now its
        a tourist attraction …I really feel for u …my entire city is a tourist
        attraction and brings in people from everywhere…and they all celebrate
        the same way….for every and any holiday known and some unknown….
        Drunk and stupid…..

        I do feel for ur situation , as i do for many others….but do u lay in bed ….
        nearly ever night listening to sirens in the distance and a cap cap sound
        of bullets being flung outward…from bad guys with crooked intentions….
        and pray to whatever god of ur chosing , that it doesn’t end up on ur front
        porch…it has for mine ….more than once….

        Do u ???

        Than u cannot accept my situation…but urs I can……..I too….live in paradise
        ….just a bit lost than the rest…don’t ever think u only can c things one
        way as,u strap on ur pulpit…til u walk in anothers shoes…………

        (…yawn)

        • avatar
          narelle | 27 December 2012 at 11:12 pm #

          seriously Daz…you must know to ignore this type of distasteful comment…i.e. ‘yawn’
          I can get your humanistic comment about guns and I am certain you are not about to commit an evil act
          ‘humans’, including self, are not very good at hearing other opinions without making terse comment or having negative opinions/thoughts of that persons ideas…lets all keep working on that
          thanks for sharing
          from the I Ching something I learned long ago…if you brand evil it thinks of weapons…and the worst weapon is probably in our heads
          best wishes from Narelle xox

        • Kraig
          Kraig | 28 December 2012 at 7:14 pm #

          Daz,

          I’m completely with you bro! It’s simple, whether people want guns or not, it’s simple, you have control over your freedom to live, and the other jackoff who “tries” to force or alter your freedom (breaking into your home, car, dark corner of a tree, etc) gets a swift bullet in the brain. That’s not war, that’s defending your property and freedom of what you’ve “earned” vs. some knucklehead trying to take those virues away from you. I have a Magnum and Shotgun and if any of those lowlifes break into my place or mess with my family, bang bang your dead. Too damn bad! Never mess with a Man’s family! Happy Holiday’s LOL. Besides you get idiost ANYWHERE you go in this world. Get rid of war and guns and the idiots will run this planet. Sorry if anyone disagrees. Happy New Year & just thankful we all survived the Apocalypse of 12-21-12! The Mayan Calendar ended but life goes on…

          • Kraig
            Kraig | 28 December 2012 at 7:22 pm #

            P.S. I’m all for legalization of drugs and regulating them. But they’d probably fuck that up too! I think it would get the US Economy out of debt and crime would definately cese to exist vs. drug lords owning the Mexican/United States border if this were regulated but don’t see that happening anytime soon due to politics and money/corruption/Mexican Drug Cartels…besides, i’d like to smoke a BIG doobie myself right now but cannot because of my job, now that’s injustice fo show! It’s either bring home the bacon or not, i choose to eat vs. pot i guess or get a different job i think not because i love my job…truly wish it was like the good ole days of Priest=Aura, acid and dope, gawd i love that album reminds me of them good ole times! LOL

          • avatar
            Admin | 29 December 2012 at 11:10 am #

            theres 1984 right there
            testing for drugs!

          • avatar
            Admin | 29 December 2012 at 11:14 am #

            bang bang!

      • avatar
        Boriah | 27 December 2012 at 7:30 pm #

        Steve, you two should stay friends, come on!

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 28 December 2012 at 1:31 am #

      violent crime is down in the US by 70 percent (at a 47 year low) since other than violent criminals own guns/states eased their own gun laws… We’re just a violent society, I guess. (remember: with 24 hr news, everything is reported everywhere more… but gun violence has gone down here cuz citizens other than crooks own arms.) Hate guns yet I would have been dead at 12 had not my father always brought a gun on our advetures into the wilderness – maybe even worse, then killed. There has never been a time in US history when criminals/gangs/crazies have been sufficiently kept from having firearms as other countries have seemed to accomplish – I think the ‘not going to be a sitting duck’ theory applies here to all of the others that own them – until the government takes them away first from the evil ones. that’s not happening.

      now, if they’d quit prosecuting/putting people in jail for minor things; i.e. – pot, there’d be more resources avail to actually lock up the thugs/gangs/etc. and then everyone might feel safer and let go of their firearms. but we’re not there yet and w/a govt that’s about ready to go bankrupt and cut social payments, don’t think violence is going to go down.

      as far as Christmas – if everyone singularly that is so critical of Christmas itself – and is sensitive enough to see how so many turn it into a drunk free for all shopping spree, instead just remembered its beauty, their combined switch to a more positive energy might help turn the day into what it was meant to be: good/giving of heart/time… gifts – I always thought parents used “he sees you when you’re sleeping…” for their own control to keep their children behaved for a month or so each year – the child’s reward? they get gifts to unwrap. Next generation… they remember and do same.

  15. avatar
    plumlady | 27 December 2012 at 4:47 am #

    I don’t think Christ would be digging it anyplace on earth. And I totally agree about the guns and the weed; let’s get going on that people!

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    surrealeskimo | 27 December 2012 at 10:09 am #

    Imagine celebrating someone’s birthday on the wrong day, doing stuff totally contrary to their values, inviting everyone but them, giving gifts to everyone but them..That’d be like celebrating your birth day Steve on the first day of hunting season with a massive BBQ..Really offensive. There’s no way Jesus would be happy about Christmas. Good post. Takes guts to say this sort of thing about such a cherished tradition.

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    Kohl Ette | 27 December 2012 at 10:47 am #

    Funny the perception of Australia as a paradise. We do have some relatively positive things in our society, but on closer inspection… there are certain negative things about living here that only those who’ve been here long term can appreciate. It’s difficult to explain. The sense of sk’s displeasure at that shiela and blokey type culture and herd mentality, I understand. It’s quite predominant I’d say. I find it very narrow. Hopefully changing for the better. Parts of Sydney are relatively open minded places. We still need to keep in mind that differences are very individual. That is a huge thing for some to accept, in my experience.
    BTW, I hope any church/sk related gifts are given the sk stamp of approval. My son liked his P=A t shirt and my daughter liked her Images of Nature paint your postcard book I bought at Futura. I’m enjoying BWTB and ULTC lots. I want to start reading No Certainty Attached soon. Yes I know I should have read it already but I felt dubious about it, with all respect to the author. I like to reserve my own opinion about people (and let it evolve, as I guess they will). But as the title says… ambiguity. Feel like I’m in the mood for it, apart from a touch of exhaustion.
    Should we dwell too long on negatives? I want to remember Christ’s death was that kind of paying forward idea. He suffered for us. Our sufferings are therefore less. Mightn’t feel like it, but surely they must be. There are some severe jerks on earth. Would Christ want us to sacrifice our own sense of peace because of them?

    • avatar
      Admin | 27 December 2012 at 11:35 am #

      christs sufferings for us is meaningless if we dont actualise it with real love
      hope the church gifts bring some joy!
      bwtb is my fave church record
      sk

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        Kohl Ette | 27 December 2012 at 11:46 am #

        Of course. It is one of the paradoxes of my life – fighting for real love. I think that has to do with trying to be the person you really are. Maybe trying is the wrong word. As said above, in a society like this, where as you mention, ‘pressure’… it takes a long time to unlearn certain things and then try to recondition people. I believe my god is not petty like me and more forgiving than I can imagine. You wrote once about him looking on sadly but understanding. And of course the church gifts bring joy! Yep I feel quite passionate about BWTB. I think it’s because of Night Sequence πŸ™‚ Thank y’all – you and the church!

  18. avatar
    davem | 27 December 2012 at 5:19 pm #

    Interesting article over here last Sunday in “The Independent” on America’s gun laws. I will try to find a link as the stats were alarming when compared to Europe.

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    davem | 27 December 2012 at 7:46 pm #

    In the nine days since 27 people – 20 of them young children – were killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, at least 500 are believed to died in the US because of the America’s lax gun laws. Hardly surprising, given there are almost 10,000 homicides (and 20,000 more suicides and accidents) every year because of a nation’s zealous faith in the right to bear arms, and its absurd interpretation of how to apply today a constitutional amendment framed more than 200 years ago.

    Among them was three-year-old Ryder Rozier from Guthrie, Oklahoma, who found a gun in his uncle’s house and shot himself in the head. Demetrius Cruz, 15, was shot twice in the back while riding in his cousin’s car in Denver, and three men were found slaughtered at a mobile home in Cleburne County, Alabama: their suspected murderer, Romero Moya, 33, was shot dead by police.

    Support for stricter gun control laws is at its highest for a decade. A poll by CBS News found that 57 per cent of Americans now support tighter control over weapons – a surge of 18 percentage points since the spring. President Obama seized the moment to signal change, and White House petitions have 320,000 people backing greater restrictions on gun ownership. But there’s no guarantee these will follow.

    In a darkly ironic twist, the immediate effect of the Newtown shooting may be a rise in firearms sales. The demand for guns tends to increase following a mass shooting, according to analysis of US government data on background checks run on prospective gun buyers in the past 13 years. The analysis, by the news agency Reuters, also shows anecdotal evidence of a rise in arms sales since 14 December across the US.

    Jonathan Lowy of Washington DC’s Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said: “We’re the only industrialised country in the world that has collectively stood by while hundreds of thousands of citizens are gunned down and done nothing about it. The death toll at Sandy Hook is less than the national death toll [from guns] in America every day.”

    America’s lax laws continue to be a cause of international incredulity. In 2009, firearms deaths – including suicides – were an astonishing 31,347 in the US. Homicides made up about 11,500 of those: in comparison, 39 were killed in England and Wales in the same period.

    The outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, used his final broadcast on Radio 4’s Thought for the Day yesterday to lobby for greater control of weapons. He said: “People use guns. But in a sense guns use people, too. When we have the technology for violence easily to hand, our choices are skewed and we are more vulnerable to being manipulated into violent action.”

    As the leaders of the National Rifle Association prepared for their first post-Newtown public appearance in Washington on Friday, in Blair County, Pennsylvania, a man identified as Jeffrey Lee Michael shot and killed three people, before being killed by state troopers.

    A running tally of all those killed by firearms in the US since the Sandy Hook massacre has been kept by the online magazine Slate, working with an anonymous Twitter account called @gundeaths. Last night the total was at 120, though the true number is likely to be much higher as they are recording only reported deaths.

    A study published this week suggested shootings would likely surpass road traffic accidents as America’s number one non-medical cause of death by 2015. Speaking at his organisation’s press conference on Friday, NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre offered a solution: more guns – specifically, armed police officers in every US school. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun,” Mr LaPierre claimed, “is a good guy with a gun.”

    And with that, the NRA answered resoundingly the question of whether it would ever compromise on gun control. Perhaps the more relevant question now, however, is whether it matters. For years, members of Congress have lived in fear of the NRA, which awards each of them a grade ranging from A to F, based on their voting record on gun legislation. Yet even before Newtown, the organisation was beginning to lose support among previously loyal lawmakers.

    Democrats increasingly see the NRA and second amendment activism as being affiliated with the GOP. “I worry the NRA has become a captive of the Republican Party at a time that it needs Democratic votes,” congressman Gene Green, a Texas Democrat rated A- by the NRA, recently told The Washington Post.

    Following the shootings in Newtown, many of Mr Green’s fellow Democrats have distanced themselves from the gun lobby. Some, according to the Post, are emboldened by demographic shifts, as once gun-friendly rural districts become increasingly suburban. For example, Tennessee congressman Jim Cooper, whom the NRA has long considered a fellow-traveller, said last week he was “willing to consider any proposal that will keep our children safe, regardless of politics”.

    Senate majority leader Harry Reid of Nevada, a long-standing supporter of gun rights, pledged to “engage in a meaningful conversation and thoughtful debate about how to change laws in a culture that allows this violence to continue to grow”. Senator Joe Manchin, a conservative Democrat from West Virginia and lifelong NRA member, said: “Everything has to be on the table.” California senator Dianne Feinstein has promised to introduce a bill to ban assault weapons on the opening day of the new Congress next month. It will, she said, be a “perfected” version of the 1994 federal assault weapons ban, which expired in 2004.

    President Obama says he expects Congress to vote on at least three new items of legislation, all of which are opposed by the NRA: bans on assault weapons and on magazines that carry more than 10 bullets, as well as criminal background checks for all gun purchases. On Wednesday Mr Obama also announced he was setting up a commission to gather substantial recommendations.

    During his first term, Mr Obama shied away from the issue of gun control, but now he may seize the moment to act. Bill Clinton did so in 1994, cajoling members of Congress to ease the passage of the assault weapons ban. Mr Clinton claims in his memoir that the NRA punished Democrats, campaigning against them so vigorously in certain seats that, at the congressional elections the same year, the House of Representatives was turned over to the Republicans for the first time since 1955.

    Since then, the party has been cowed by the NRA, which claims a membership of more than four million, has an annual budget of $200m, and is described as the US’s most powerful lobby group. Yet there is something of the Wizard of Oz about the organisation, whose power to sway elections has never really been proven. Many Republicans and Democrats are yet to be won over by calls for curbs on gun ownership, but they may be swimming against the tide. Michael Bloomberg, New York’s Mayor and a passionate gun control advocate, has vowed to lend his support to anti-gun political candidates. On Friday, he called the NRA’s press conference, “a shameful evasion of the crisis facing our country”.

    The victims

    Ryder Rozier, 3

    Fatally shot, 15 December

    The toddler was in his aunt and uncle’s house in Guthrie, Oklahoma, when he accidentally shot himself in the head with a gun he found. His uncle, Ian Rozier, 37, is an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper and it was one of his weapons that the three-year-old got hold of. “Nobody should have to go through something like that,” a resident said during a candlelight vigil.

    William Harrison Rhodes Jr, 38

    Fatally shot, 21 December

    Rhodes Jr was the second victim of a lone gunman, who first shot and killed Kimberly Scott, 58, who was decorating the church hall for a children’s Christmas party in Frankstown Township, Pennsylvania. It was the second shooting in a Pennsylvania church this month. The shooter, Jeffrey Lee Michael, 44, then killed Rhodes Jr and his father-in-law, Kenneth Lynn, in a driveway.

    Aydan Perea, 4

    Fatally shot, 15 December

    The four-year-old was shot in the head by a gunman in Kansas City who opened fire on the parked car he was sitting in. The shooting marked the second time the boy had been involved in a gun incident; he was unhurt previously. It is thought the incident could be down to gang crime. His mother said her world has “stopped”.

    Demetrius Cruz, 15

    Fatally shot, 15 December

    The teenager was riding in a car with his cousin in Denver when the driver of a white car began repeatedly bumping into them. The car then began to chase the teenagers and Cruz was so frightened that he called his aunt. While they were on the phone several shots were fired and he was killed after taking two bullets in his back.

    Veronica Soto, 30

    Fatally shot, 20 December

    The mother of two from Richmond, Texas, was shot in the head during an apparent case of road rage. Soto and her husband had been out getting food when they got caught in a traffic altercation, according to investigators. A 20-year-old male driver of another car, who faces murder charges, stopped, ran into his home, grabbed a rifle and started shooting as the couple drove away, according to reports.

    Paul Sampleton Jr, 14

    Fatally shot, 19 December

    The teenager’s body was discovered by his father, Paul Sampleton Sr, in the family’s home in Grayson, Georgia. It is thought the teenager was tied up or restrained and police suspect he might have interrupted a robbery. “He was just always smiling, kind-hearted and everybody loved him. Nobody had problems with him,” said Darius Stephens, who played football with him.

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    davem | 27 December 2012 at 7:48 pm #

    We make no apology for returning to the subject of gun control in America. Not because we can influence the debate in the United States, or because we have any right to do so, but because the murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School nine days ago were so horrible, in a society so like ours, that we still struggle to understand.
    Not the motives of Adam Lanza, the murderer – though these were not easy to grasp either, even if such hatred, nihilism and paranoia is sadly familiar enough. What is really hard to understand is how a nation has allowed itself to get to a situation where guns are so universal that normal people feel they need one to be safe, and legislators cannot keep a ban on semi-automatic weapons on the statute book (a 10-year ban expired in 2004).

    Last week, we were upset, astonished and outraged by the killings in Connecticut, even as we acknowledged the bravery and selflessness of teachers who gave their lives trying to protect the children in their care. This weekend we are numbed by two things. One was the response of Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association (NRA), at a news conference on Friday. The other was the realisation that, in the week after the Sandy Hook shootings, more than 500 more Americans have been killed by guns, most them committing suicide, around 200 murdered and about 20 killed accidentally.

    For a moment, when the NRA said that it wanted to “engage” in the debate about gun law, there was a glimmer of hope. But Mr LaPierre’s argument was that the lesson of the latest mass killing was that more Americans should have more guns. The writers of The Simpsons could not have scripted a more savage parody. Mr LaPierre began his homily by attacking “politicians” for passing laws for Gun-Free School Zones: “In so doing, they tell every insane killer in America that schools are their safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk.” This looks like evidence of unspeakable stupidity on the part of a man who has not noticed that nearly all mass killers end by shooting themselves.

    Yet Mr LaPierre is guilty not of poor reasoning; he is guilty of cynicism. He is prepared to go on television to say anything to make NRA members feel better about owning guns. The fundamental problem is not that the NRA is a highly effective pressure group, although it is, but that it represents the many millions of Americans who feel patronised by liberals such as Barack Obama who four years ago observed how, as they “get bitter, they cling to their guns or religion”.

    That makes the debate in America impervious to facts. Will Sandy Hook make the average American notice that the murder rate in the US is four times what it is in the UK? Will they notice that London, one of the world’s biggest cities, is about to record fewer than 100 homicides a year for the first time in decades? Will they, inured as they are to news reports of shootings, notice the death of a three-year-old in Oklahoma who shot himself in the head last weekend with a gun he found in his aunt and uncle’s house? Or of the 48-year-old woman killed at random in a drive-by shooting in Oakland?

    We can only hope so. President Obama looks as though he understands the problems. If he can get any measure to restrict the availability of semi-automatic weapons through Congress, it will seem inadequate to us. But any restriction means fewer children will die and would therefore be worthwhile.

    • Kraig
      Kraig | 28 December 2012 at 7:33 pm #

      You know if some teacher had a gun on them this tragedy would not have happend, the teacher would have SHOT that jackass dead on site! Then the kids would have survived. There’s not a valley in Hell that’s deep enough for that fucker that killed them kids. Controlling guns is not the solution, but supplying guns to the innocent is the solution because the evil motherfuggers will always try to outwin the innnocent.

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        Admin | 29 December 2012 at 9:07 am #

        wrong! escalation of violence leads to more violence

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    davem | 27 December 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    And this sums it up to me:

    ……………..America’s lax laws continue to be a cause of international incredulity. In 2009, firearms deaths – including suicides – were an astonishing 31,347 in the US. Homicides made up about 11,500 of those: in comparison, 39 were killed in England and Wales in the same period………………

    Whenever the topic comes up the anger starts………..America is a wonderful country, but on the topic of guns this just can’t be right.

    • Kraig
      Kraig | 28 December 2012 at 8:36 pm #

      Reason why only 39 killed in England vs the US is not about guns, it’s about geographics…the Us is statistically larger thant the UK by far…shit, Texas is the size of the UK…so to compare the UK gun stats to the US is noncompare…hell, to compare the US stats of anywhere is noncompare…so use ratio’s not math to compare next time…just sayin’ and never BLAME American for anything…if it wasn’t for American many countries would still be Totalitarian and run by Tyrants. We are not the police, but just trying to do justice in the World…what’s wrong with that?

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        Admin | 29 December 2012 at 9:05 am #

        honestly kraig. have a look at the mess the US is making in the middle east

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        eekie | 29 December 2012 at 1:58 pm #

        The population numbers I was able to find for the USA and the UK are as follows:

        USA — 311,591,917
        UK — 62,641,000

        So the USA has approx. five times the population of the UK.

        In 2011 the USA had 16,799 homicides from all causes — 11,493 of them by firearm.

        From Sept. 2010 to Sept 2011 (the UK doesn’t keep these statistics by calendar year, they do it from Sept. to Sept. but it is still a 12 month period) the UK had 638 homicides from all causes — 58 of them by firearm.

        If we multiply both those figures by five (because the US population is approx five time that of the UK) we come up with 3190 homicides from all causes, and 290 by firearm. Based on these figures, the rate of homicide by all causes in the US was 5.266 higher than the rate of homicide by all causes in the UK, and the rate of homicide by firearm is 39.63 times greater in the US than in the UK.

        We are more murderous in general, but clearly a great deal of it is indeed the guns.

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    andy | 27 December 2012 at 8:17 pm #

    more guns = more death.
    no guns,love,compassion and understanding = a better world.
    there is no iogical argument against these simple statements.
    seasons greetins to you all!

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      andy | 28 December 2012 at 1:02 am #

      err….that’s greetings with a ‘g’ on the end!
      hey ..see how easy it is to make mistakes….
      good job i haven’t got gun eh?

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    Kohl Ette | 27 December 2012 at 9:52 pm #

    Wouldn’t it be good if all leaders could set the example through disarmament international? Start at the top, nuclear disarmament. It’s not a new idea but it’s still a radical one. How the hell did the world get into this state? Yes, I know, countries run by nutters. Take glamour out of wealth and power then maybe the world will become sane.

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    bigbopper | 28 December 2012 at 1:24 am #

    If you could magically get rid of every gun tomorrow you would see the sale of swords go off the chart. Human nature cannot be denied. Oh that it weren’t so. The ct shooter happened to be a vegan. No point to be made there, just an interesting observation.

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    Anonymous | 28 December 2012 at 5:09 am #

    1. There’s no way SK can ‘agree to differ’ with daz’s “i love guns” comment. 2. None of us are steve’s ‘friend’.

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      Admin | 28 December 2012 at 6:41 am #

      1. i hate fucking guns
      2. many of the people here are actually real friends
      (you know that i’ve met n everything)
      so youre half right half wrong

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        Anonymous | 28 December 2012 at 12:01 pm #

        Fair do’s

      • Kraig
        Kraig | 28 December 2012 at 7:40 pm #

        Steve, i’ve always loved you as a friend, but getting rid of guns is not a solution but providing more guns to those that do not have them is the solution because punks that hurt innocent people will alway try a way to hurt people…get rid of guns and they will use bombs, get rid of bombs, they will use knives, get rid of knives the will use stones, so it’s just the evolution of evil vs defensive good…no matter what people do they cannot get rid of the internet now that it’s viral vs the same with guns, guns are existent now, just like technology, but now that both exist people need to find a way to cope with and use this technolgy, and i choose to defend myself agains stupid criminals that try to hurt me or my family, but i do not hunt because that is silly. Just defense, not war, defense is what people should focus on with guns or any weapons. Weapons are a means to an end…to end tyranny, violence, ignorance, and injustice. Just my two cents πŸ™‚

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    Chris | 28 December 2012 at 10:41 am #

    Daz, the solution to America’s problems is not possessing guns…it is far deeper than than that. I have just spent 2 weeks in the U.S. in 4 major cities…homeless everywhere, beggars everywhere, frightened people everywhere. America needs 3 things to begin to become the great country it once was: a just taxation system, a just welfare system and strict gun control. The guns fire off at night because people are desperate for cash in a society where the basic wage is $4.00 an hour….immoral. So they turn to drug dealing and theft to feed themselves. Every time I bought food in a major city in the U.S. there was a reasonably well dressed person beside me begging for money. A couple I met on a cold night in Baltimore hadn’t eaten for 2 days. I gave then 20 bucks.

    America needs a just welfare system that provides help for the unemployed, the old and the sick. Health care is immorally expensive. America is a great place if you are not old, sick, black or poor. This can be fixed…by raising taxes and building a just welfare system. Taxation is not legalised theft, as Ayn Rand put it. It is social responsibility, community care and a just use of the resources we all share on this fragile earth….our island home. Corporate tax has fallen by a third over the last 30 years in the States….it should have increased. The Wall Street crowd gambled away the pensions of the NY police and fire officers…immoral. These same people are now buying up the staple foods of the world and manipulating the prices…Occupy Wall Street are the new rebel patriots. The depiction of Obama as a socialist commie by Murdoch, Fox and the rich is immoral and stupid, as it will lead to further social chaos in America. I stayed in a Catholic Church in NY and observed that the churches of NY feed over 1 million people a year. The mayor of NY has said that without the churches of NY, the city would be in a state of social chaos.

    Australia is paradisiacal because of 3 things: a just taxation system, a just welfare system and strict gun control. Canada is in a similar state for the same reasons and is very close to you geographically and socially. Go watch Bowling for Columbine…Michael Moore gets it right.

    As for Steve saying ‘yawn’, dude it’s because we have all the heard the ‘I need to protect myself from the loonies’ argument a thousand times…the loonies aren’t loonies! They are sad, angry, desperate, poor, lost, starving, needy, without hope, disenfranchised, voiceless, oppressed $4 an hour exploited citizens of America….care for them and they’ll stop shooting each other. I am so embarrassed that an ex-Australian citizen is one of the greatest blockages to these ideas being promoted: the owner of Fox…one Rupert Murdoch.

    As for Steve not being our friend…he may well be one of the most valuable, courageous and principled friends we could ever have…(and indeed we are all friends really as we all share this beautiful fragile earth together)….Steve is a prophetic and courageous voice who speaks for love and justice despite how it may sound to people. History has not liked such people and often moved to silence them…witness Martin Luther King, William Wilberforce, Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Mahatma Gandhi, Elizabeth Fry and Abraham Lincoln. Let’s face it…Jack Nicholson was right….most of us just can’t handle the truth. We would rather settle for simple solutions most of the time, or just denying or ignoring the problem. I know when I say this stuff to my friends I’m called over-serious, too philosophical, idealistic etc. etc. etc. Fucking bullshit! We all have to keep on saying this stuff or nothing will change. Go Occupy Wallstreet I say…go Julian Assange!

    Keep on keeping on, Steve…you are the real deal…and what you did for Jade earlier this year was Christ’s love in music…Christ’s love in action.

    Peace and Love as always.

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      Admin | 28 December 2012 at 11:22 am #

      thanks chris
      i think you hit a few nails on the head there
      as usual….
      sk

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 28 December 2012 at 11:58 am #

      Look – Chris ….iv lived here all my life ….

      and I am an educated man , both by book and
      the street…so EVERYTHING u wrote….I already knowX100’000 clear ???, I hav been
      apart of …..and so on and on…so I found it……. interesting
      that a person , who……….. has only spent a blink of an eye
      in my country – is going to educate …….me….u do kno that –
      that’s absosilly absurd….don’t u ??? :+)

      And u repeatedly reminded me of a wage index …
      Where u are 100% wrong….the min wage in America is
      $7.50 by average – with many states even higher based on
      social standards….so – that’s nearly double what u
      repeatedly used in ur ‘explanation’ to me….and BTW
      the average min wage will probably top out at $8.35
      in 2013……yes its not very much …but a couple of 2
      working 45 hours a week /50weeks a year, with time off not paid ,
      =$ 35, 625 a year and there are many Americans living close
      to these numbers….

      Before taxes and deductions….

      Look….. at each and every country , their unemployment #’s
      and so on….there is STILL a reason that people migrate to
      MY country ….there is still a lifetime of opportunities within reach….

      It’s the Greatest Country on Earth !!!

      ..and min wage is , typically , filled by lower income
      and lower educated citizens…just every
      country on Mother Earth ….

      I cannot put a cost on a human life , but I openly
      welcome everyone and anyone who has thought of
      moving to America, to please visit and give Chicago a
      look before judgement is passed on every major
      municipality…

      …still big love for u Chris…but …really ???

      • Kraig
        Kraig | 28 December 2012 at 7:26 pm #

        Damn Steve Meister I love you man but hafta agree with Daz here…just having a gun doesn’t make you a war-monger or anything. So if someone tries to jack your car with your family don’t tell me you’d love to have a gun or would you talk it out with the carjacker?

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          Admin | 29 December 2012 at 9:08 am #

          never had my car jacked! never had a intruder burst into my house. have you?

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            Anonymous | 30 December 2012 at 4:06 am #

            I have had both (attempted) and attempts at other things; hate guns though I’ve seen them when I was a child be used appropriately, but martial arts has saved me as an adult multiple times… funny, unless the attacker is on parole or something, in a city I previously lived (one that mediatizes it’s un-violent nature), their attempts at attacks on me was somehow misinterpreted by the police as “civil disputes.” Gotta keep tourists from knowing the truth. Heard same from others all the time there too. Cops do nothing. But crime was extremely high… just not documented. Where I live now they do report to the public incidents that are way less than what was attempted on me and others as criminal acts, therefore, this place seems more violent? But in actuality it is the documentation, not what really happened that becomes the truth to those that aren’t in the middle of it on a daily basis. Kind of sad, such a pretty city it was, but corrupt? Yeah it’s turned into a free for all of lies to keep tourism at a peek cuz the violence and taxes to pay for $100,000 a year janitorial jobs in the public sector and $125,000 a year clerk data entry positions – seriously the truth – for other civil employees’ relatives/some depts there are husband/wife/niece/etc. all in supervisoral roles and/or have the most immoral dirt on the others so they all stand together like thieves – you don’t cross them; they get you back… and 15% pay increases to civil employees while everyone else goes broke on the tax increases to pay for civil servant pay increases/etc… and cartel gangs that are illegal to begin with on welfare rolls being placated as they placate back to authorities… there’s an exodus from where I grew up – everyone you talked with whispering so they wouldn’t be labeled … bigot! as they left.

            So everytime someone idealizes without knowing the truth, they’re just giving support/aiding crooks that have come up with using a liberal stage and raped the meaning of what it is to be liberal to get more for themselves. But in theory, your’s is right, and hope continues.

            Thank you for the therapy.

          • Kraig
            Kraig | 3 January 2013 at 2:30 pm #

            Actually, yes i did have someone break into my apt three times in the same place! It was definately the bad part of town, but my brother and i did not know this moving to a strange new city! If it wasn’t for my 357 Magnum I’d be toast right now, most likely! As for the other guy, i think he had a heart attack just seeing the gun! So no shots wer fired, but he ran like hell! No joke! It freaks me out to this day and still have hard time sleeping because of it. Story goes, my brother and i shared this loft apt on bottom floor in a different city than i live now, but anyway we went out for only 30 minutes to get a bite to eat, came back and the AC unit was torn out of the window, and stereo and everything tv, cds, evertyhing gone! I think we caught them in the act becausse we called the cops and when cops arrived we found most everything in the bushes or trees yards away…except for the remotes. Before that i wasn’t a gun guy, still really am not, but now i am after that shit. I remmember moving my mattress into the living room so if the burglers came back i would hear it and wake up, because the landlords had no alarm and wouldn’t get one, wouldn’t let us have dogs or pets, etc…so only option was a gun! I slept with that fucking gun like it was my baby! Came in handy the 2nd time they tried breaking in (Guess they wanted to come back to claim the goods)…so i whipeed that baby out the porch screen and said hello neighbor…shit, i never seen a jackoff run so fast in my life! Never had a problem since…so yes, if it’s about guns i’m ALL IN for keeping our amendment rights!

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      eekie | 28 December 2012 at 12:01 pm #

      Chris — where did you get the $4.00 per hour figure?

      Federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. For tipped employees (often food servers) the federal minimum wage is $2.13 per hour, but (theoretically anyway) “if that amount plus the tips received equals at least the federal minimum wage, the employee retains all tips and the employee customarily and regularly receives more than $30 a month in tips. If an employee’s tips combined with the employer’s direct wages of at least $2.13 an hour do not equal the federal minimum hourly wage, the employer must make up the difference.” so even tipped employees should be making at least $7.25 an hour (but I don’t think most of us really think that always happens). (info pulled from the US Department of Labor website)

      There are exemptions to this minimum wage: employees under 20 for up to their first 90 days employment, student-learners under certain conditions, the disabled under certain conditions (such as in a sheltered workshop), but most workers are not exempt.

      Several states have set minimum wages above the federal minimum wage.

      I’m not saying $7.25 is a great or even living wage (it isn’t), but I would like to know how you, or whoever gave it to you, arrived at $4.00 as a basic wage in the US. Perhaps the person who gave you that figure deducted Social Security and Medicare taxes (7.45% for those making $97,500 per year or less) and perhaps some average percentage of federal, state and local taxes, but that isn’t usually how wage rates are expressed in the US. Besides, you (or whoever gave you the figure you used) didn’t need to low ball it — $7.25 is already low enough to be shocking for a first world nation, isn’t it?

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        BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 28 December 2012 at 3:21 pm #

        Holy-
        My state, Illinois, has a higher end min wage…

        It’s currently at $8.25 an hour….

        A couple , working the math I ran before , in Illinois…

        is making a good start with a foundation for people to
        start from….that’s closer to 40k before taxes …and we do
        pay our fair share, and them some , of taxes in my great state….

        Chris…I know u meant well…but ur agrument , along with ANYTHING
        that the fake , scripted – doco maker who we constantly ridicule
        cuz he has ZERO concept of reality …but makes window dressing movies
        …lining his pickets because the cost/margin of anything he ‘examines’
        and makes a movie…he has become filthy rich …on the plight of …exactly who ??

        there are specific , REAL , books that dissected every frame he has ever filmed
        and proven that he has created his own ‘scare n snare campaign’ in America…
        We truly laugh at him here, he’s a big joke to many many of us….but for some
        reason…people around the globe find him provokingly honest…that’s plain funny !

        Still big hugs to u Chris !!!

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      narelle | 28 December 2012 at 10:44 pm #

      I do not expect anything from anyone…if you ask in the right way it will be given to you…ask and thee shall receive
      its what WE DID FOR JADE CHRIS…Steve kindly got the ball rolling
      so where did my small contribution come from…it wasn’t out of my arse…nonetheless, glad to hear of your opinion

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    randompan | 28 December 2012 at 10:52 am #

    i hate to highlight this possibility.
    the book, “freakonomics”. shows a pretty solid link
    between “roe vs wade” and the lower violent crime rate.
    i am pro-life and pro-choice. one spiritually and one
    written in law.comes down to poverty, education, anomie,
    and a malevolent gov.

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    Brien Comerford | 28 December 2012 at 11:40 am #

    I want tough new gun laws in America. A complete ban is imperative. If any people are caught with guns they should be sent to a research lab to replace and thereby liberate innocent rats and mice from being animal victims of cruel human research.

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    Anonymous | 28 December 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    In the UK, terminal cancer patients are now forced to work for their benefits or the money is withdrawn, even if they’ve paid National Insurance since they were 16. How civilised is Tory Britain?

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    Lady Di | 28 December 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    Pity this wasn’t the queen’s christmas message, then maybe millions more could hear these words.

    So sad, so true sk.

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    Ingrid | 28 December 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    Brilliant blog xxx

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    Heather daydream | 28 December 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    What a great post today, Steve, and Davem, and Chris, and Steve again for hosting and not editing. True spirit. Peace and Love x

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    eekie | 28 December 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    And now for the truly important stuff — Christmas!

    I’m not big on the religious/spiritual Christmas (or other religious holidays) celebrations, it’s just not my thing, but I absolutely love most of the trappings of secular Christmas (or the holiday season, if you will). I love all the sparkly stuff — often the very things many people say they hate. Of course, I suppose I like it because I don’t “do” Christmas because of any obligation, but because I like it. I enjoy the decorations, the gifts, the food, I can give much of the music a miss, but I like some of it in limited quantities.

    Anyway, I just wanted to give a little shout out to those of us who are shallow, but honest, in regards to Christmas! πŸ˜‰

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 28 December 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    I will help the best way I can…

    Best of luck…still luv u Killer !!!

    Daz

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    Marcos | 30 December 2012 at 12:58 am #

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