Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Christmas, Y'all!

I hope you enjoy your Christmas weekend! Merry Christmas to you and your family!
We here in Roanoke are looking forward to a very White Christmas with a potential of 6-12 inches of snow coming this weekend. I'd be a little worried about pipes freezing, or getting snowed in, but my sister Steph and I will be celebrating the holiday in a lovely little suite here (a gift from our folks). Because nothing says Christmas like a 5 star hotel, a hot tub, and in-room massages. It may not be a traditional Christmas, but it ain't a bad alternative!


  1. Dang, merry Christmas to you and Steph! : ) Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

  2. I've been reading your posts with moderate annoyance for a while now, but for some reason this post is the one that has finally gotten me to respond. Maybe amenities like a "5 star hotel, a hot tub, and in-room massages" for the holidays just strikes me as amazingly un-Peace Corps-ish. Think of how many Haitian refugees could have had a meal in lieu of you having a masseuse plow her fingers into your flesh for an hour. I know that joining Peace Corps requires an uncommon degree of financial stability (or financial dependency on Mommy and Daddy, as the case may be) and that this will distort a PC cohort per capita in favor of the rich kids (or the kids whose parents are willing and able to buy them opulent vacations) but I sure hope I am not the only one in my cohort for whom joining Peace Corps was a major financial decision made out of pure desire to serve, not job loss. But that aside…

    I can’t help but feel that your post on Barbara Streisand was in pretty bad taste. Of course Barbara Streisand is not a communist, nor has she ever supported a communist group. I don’t have anything in particular against communism as an ideology, but as a matter of simple fact, Streisand isn’t a practitioner. And to anyone who thinks “Democrat” is a synonym for “Communist,” go to college and take a political science class. Easy fix.

    You also make a big deal about how patently unattractive Streisand is. In fact, you argue, the notion that Redford (a total babe?) could be attracted to such a troll strains your imagination. Do you really want to put your name behind that kind of objectification? I mean, is it fair for you to dispense so quickly with her on the basis of her face?
    I ask this because you strongly identify as a single woman. This is a major theme of your blog and the articles posted there. In an article in the paradigm of journalistic excellence that is The Examiner, you draw an intriguing parallel between the plight of a single man or woman in the Mormon Church, and gays. You say here that gays didn’t choose to be gay and “[you] didn’t choose to be single.” Now this is where I am going to break down and say that your article is totally ridiculous to the point of being comical, and mainstream people know it, and that, dear Erin, is why Mormonism is still allowed to be a laughing stock. Lacking a few gold plates, it will be hard for me to prove this to you, so I won’t try. I’ll just return to stupid physical standards of judgment. And since I am trying my very best not to insult you for anything you can’t change, I will just surmise that since you didn’t choose to be single, someone else chose for you. Or maybe a group of someones—maybe single men everywhere. And maybe if physical beauty was not so prized in our society (and your blog) you wouldn’t be single.

    Once more to the gay issue. Just briefly. I promise. Your comments in this article are so outlandish that if you were a more famous individual, they might make it into a history book in about 2050. But I guess they are in line with your LDS tradition of thought, which is not historically tolerant. I bet that one day, gays will be openly accepted (as heaven-bound, I mean. Not the kind of wishy-washy pro-gay but pro-gays-to-hell acceptance you espouse) in the Mormon Church. But it might take a while. It took blacks a while, too. However, since 1978, even black people have been allowed into the LDS priesthood. Can you imagine? Brigham Young said ” You must not think, from what I say, that I am opposed to slavery. No! The negro is damned, and is to serve his master till God chooses to remove the curse of Ham..." (New York Herald, May 4, 1855, as cited in Dialogue, Spring 1973, p.56). I guess you’re in good Mormon company. Happy Christmas.

  3. Poor misguided Bryan. What a dolt.
    First- Barbra Streisand is not the communist supporter. The character in the movie was the head of the Young Communists League. I was making a joke out of the fact that I identified with the character, not the actress.
    One and half- I'm not alone in thinking Barbra S is not attractive. In fact, most of her major film roles have been playing women who feel less worthy because she is unattractive. And seriously? You're mocking that just like millions of other women I find Robert Redford attractive? Hell, even in his 70s he has made sexiest man lists!
    Second, my hotel room is a gift. No, it is not something I would spend my money on.
    Third, no one mocks the "moral integrity" of the Examiner more than I do. I find them ridiculous. But hey, they pay me. And I get paid in page views. So thanks for the nickles and dimes I earned off your page views.
    Fourth, if you have been paying attention you will have noticed by now that I am more than aware of the fact that I am anything but your typical Peace Corps volunteer. And I'm happy to be that way. But really, if you are going to mock me for being atypical, don't forget that I worked for a Republican congressman and presidential candidate, and in the gun industry. Oh, and my dad is a oil lobbyist. I mean, at least pull at the good stuff, and don't make jabs based on the fact that my family isn't poor!
    Next, I didn't realize accepting a hotel room as a gift from parents who couldn't join us for Christmas meant that I didn't care about the less fortunate. Think before you speak. You have no idea how I spend my money. Nor is it any of your business.
    Last, but certainly not least, if you have trouble accepting the gold plates I have some questions for you. Is it really so much harder to believe that prophets kept records on golden plates and an angel revealed their location to a prophet, than it is to believe that Moses spoke to a burning bush and was given commandments on stone tablets? Or that Jonah was in the belly of a whale? Or the most miraculous story of them all, that a virgin conceived the Son of God?
    Merry Christmas, Bryan. If you don't like what you read here, no one is forcing you to. But hey, thanks for reading. After all, I make money off of your page views.


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