Message from the Greatest Generation

There is something about this election cycle that seems to compel Liberals to make creepy or offensive videos. The latest case features a group of foul mouthed old people, purporting to represent the “Greatest Generation“, describing the violent or distasteful things they will do if the Republicans use voter suppression to steal the coming election.

They’re our grandmothers and grandfathers, great-aunts and uncles, beloved counselors, kindly neighbors. They are the Greatest Generation. And, this election season, they’ve got some knowledge to drop. (NSFW)

Follow your elders’ advice: visit VotersRising.org

It certainly isn’t safe for work, or around small children. Watch if you dare.

This gem was produced by Michael Moore for moveon.org. I don’t know if this is their idea of humor or if these cretins simply cannot express their thoughts without resorting to foul language. It is a wonder that the ones who most preach about civility come up with garbage like this. I also notice that comments and ratings are disabled for this video. I don’t suppose Michael Moore and moveon.org much care for criticism.

As for the charges of GOP voter suppression, in most democratic countries the idea that voters should be able to prove that they are who they say they are is not controversial. It is only in corrupt, backwards banana republics like the US that a political party can almost openly endorse voter fraud to maintain power.

 

Halloween

Jack-o-lantern
Jack-o-lantern (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

It’s Halloween today and in a few hours the children will be out trick or treating. I think I will use my post from last year to write about Halloween.

 

The name “Halloween” is actually derived from “All Hallow’s Eve“, that is the day before “All Hallow’s Day” or All Saint’s Day. All Saint’s Day was and is a Christian, primarily Roman Catholic, holy day which celebrates all the saints in Heaven and includes prayers for those in Purgatory.

 

Halloween, however, is not a Christian holiday. It seems to have come from the Celtic festival of Samhain, which was a summer’s end or harvest festival. The Celts celebrated Samhain with bonfires to ward off evil spirits and sacrificed animals and sometimes humans to their gods. This pagan heritage has made Halloween controversial among Christians at times. The Protestant Reformers in England did not like the holiday and tried to suppress it because of its pagan and Roman Catholic origins. The Scots were more lenient and Halloween is celebrated there more than in England. The Irish, of course, still celebrated it as they remained Catholic and true to their Celtic Heritage. Halloween was not much celebrated in America until large numbers of Scots and Irish immigrated here during the nineteenth century.

 

As for the customs which have grown up around Halloween, it would seem that carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns is an American innovation. The Scots and Irish used turnips. Pumpkins, which are native to North American, turned out to be larger and easier to carve. Trick or treating seems to be derived from the Scottish custom of guising. Guising is the custom in which children would go from door to door in costume begging for treats and performing a trick or song in return. This custom was first noted in America in the early twentieth century. Trick or treating became the custom by the 1930’s. Haunted houses have also become popular since the 1970’s.

 

So, Happy Halloween, or Samhain.