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Img_7496_1Consider yourselves warned: Embarassing Seasonal Decorating Violations Will Be Reported…like this one at the Bellevue Parking Lot in Montclair. Time to get over it! Only 11 days until Valentine’s Day.

February 3, 2006 in Seasonal Decorating Violation | Permalink


This bugs me, too. Is it laziness, defiance, insanity or what?

Posted by: Miss Martta (8T) | Feb 3, 2006 11:42:28 AM

Aren't red ribbons appropriate for Valentine's Day?

Posted by: Appletony | Feb 3, 2006 11:51:20 AM

Does that mean I have to take down my inflatable Groundhog?

Posted by: Conan the Grammarian | Feb 3, 2006 12:17:34 PM

Well, come on Trent, we are waiting for your valued input.

Posted by: The Iceman (8T) | Feb 3, 2006 12:24:01 PM

Our fake tree, with its festive colored lights, is still twinkling in our living room.

Hey, it's not April yet, is it?

Posted by: latebloomer | Feb 3, 2006 12:30:02 PM

You can do whatever you want with the inflatable groundhog....maybe add a liquorice G-String for V-day

Posted by: Topoff | Feb 3, 2006 12:30:21 PM

I would say laziness combined with a taste deficiency.

Posted by: Kevin Lee Allen | Feb 3, 2006 12:36:25 PM

LOL, Kevin...I am waiting with bated breath for Easter when I can feast my eyes on some oversize blowup bunny or some other such nonsense. Barf.

Posted by: Miss Martta (8T) | Feb 3, 2006 12:37:54 PM

I have a blow up bunny...pmoy 1973!

Posted by: The Iceman (8T) | Feb 3, 2006 12:39:19 PM

WHat's a pmoy?

Posted by: Miss Martta (8T) | Feb 3, 2006 12:40:47 PM

pmoy...playmate of the year...grrrrrrr

Posted by: The Iceman (8T) | Feb 3, 2006 12:44:10 PM

Ice: Excuse me, I am not up on my Playboy lingo. Does your GF know about this? (I prefer Playdog myself!) :-)

Posted by: Miss Martta (8T) | Feb 3, 2006 12:55:34 PM

couldn't find the free-talk zone. but i am extremely concerned about this muslim rage over a political cartoon.

i am not about to throw around blanket statements about muslims, but this controversy is really bringing out the worst in people.

in particular, these two quotes anger the hell out of me.

"Whoever defames our prophet should be executed," said Ismail Hassan, 37...


"Bin Laden our beloved, Denmark must be blown up," protesters in Ramallah chanted.

from this article:

i have a feeling that this is going to make the muslim world look much, much worse in the eyes of the global community. this kind of religious fanaticism and hatred is unacceptable.

thanks, needed to get that off my chest.

Posted by: Left Of Center, like Suzanna Vega | Feb 3, 2006 1:04:37 PM

Woof. "Candy is dandy, but liquorish [sic] is quickerish."

Posted by: Conan the Grammarian | Feb 3, 2006 1:05:36 PM

wouldn't it be odd LOC if this cartoon thing precipitated a global conflict?

(it's been a big week for illustrators)

It seems to be getting out of hand.

Personally I think purposefully denigrating the religious icons of others is not a good thing to do, but you have to have a thick skin if you want to live in the west.

I like what Mark Steyn had to say about it:

"that there aren't a lot of good options when you have a very significant militant minority in your country that is determined, effectively, to demand that its own values be imposed on society at large. You only have to look at, for example, the difference...when a Broadway playwright writes a play about Jesus being gay, and having sex with Judas Iscariot, there are a couple of protests outside the theater, and people write letters. When you attempt to show a representation of Mohammed, you get people threatening to kill you, you get national boycotts, you get people burning down buildings. And at some point, Muslims living in Western Europe have to decide whether or not they're prepared to be offended, because that's what it involves in a free society."

Posted by: Right of Center™ | Feb 3, 2006 1:12:35 PM

I agree completely with your statement:

"...but you have to have a thick skin if you want to live in the west."

this reminds me of the great PC debate. is someone's right to be offended greater than another person's right to offend?

is their own faith so shaky that they cannot even acknowledge or view criticism of it?

i would love to say to these extremists: "grow up and get over it."

i also find it appalling that the State Departments one-liner is being interpreted as "U.S. SIDES WITH MUSLIMS."

Posted by: Left Of Center, like Suzanna Vega | Feb 3, 2006 1:19:25 PM

in fact, i would say that being able to co-exist with such criticism (whether that's an unflattering depiction of your beliefs or whatever) would make you a stronger believer in your ideals and values.

i am an atheist and we often get depicted as heathen, moral-less people. which hurts, yes, but i doubt you could find an atheist organization calling for the extermination of Christians or Jews or Muslims or anyone.

Live and Let Live.

Posted by: Left Of Center, like Suzanna Vega | Feb 3, 2006 1:22:04 PM

or the converse I doubt you could find Christians or Jews calling for the extermination of atheists.

My thing about atheism is that it is just as much an act of faith as deism. Agnosticism is the only scientifically justifiable position.

(not that science has it right)

Posted by: Right of Center™ | Feb 3, 2006 1:27:01 PM

Marilyn Cole

Posted by: Kevin Lee Allen | Feb 3, 2006 1:27:22 PM

I wrote about this on another thread. I applaud the European newspapers who published the cartoon in defiance, in defense of free speech. I am sick and tired of these Islamofascists telling the rest of the world how to live.

Posted by: Miss Martta (8T) | Feb 3, 2006 1:29:27 PM

side stepping politics...my mother kept her Christams wreath up until Patriots Day.

Posted by: caris | Feb 3, 2006 1:32:21 PM

I am torn MM. While (since the issue has been made) I can understand the necessity of proving journalistic freedom. I can't quite bring myself to applaud public denigration of the religious icons of others. Though the violent reaction of many Muslims is clearly wrong.

Posted by: Right of Center™ | Feb 3, 2006 1:33:23 PM

I would like to echo a post from ROC (i think) about a year ago when a similar situation was unfolding (though the details escape me)

Where are the American based Muslim groups? Why aren't they standing up and making statements to decry this kind of murderous talk? The Danes do not deserve bombing? Where are the speakers?

ROC - you probably have me on the atheist thing. Perhaps I am actually an agnostic although I am pretty well convinced that this here round dirt pile we call earth is about all we have. But I do not, as you say, have faith in the unexistence of God, rather I am completely unconvinced by religion and more than a little bit confident in scientific explanations.

Posted by: Left Of Center, like Suzanna Vega | Feb 3, 2006 1:34:59 PM

"I can't quite bring myself to applaud public denigration of the religious icons of others.

And I can't bring myself to applaud the Iranian president's calling for the destruction of the State of Israel or the death of the Jewish people, either.

So, which is worse, a carton in a newspaper or a call to action for murder?

Posted by: Miss Martta (8T) | Feb 3, 2006 1:35:47 PM

I applaud everyone's right to offend everyone else.


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