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Squawk of the day - Nov. 28, 2012

"If WG&L plans to light up an old-fashioned Christmas tree, it should have Merry Christmas on it, not Holiday Greetings. Old-fashioned does not mean Holiday Greetings."

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Amazed2 1 year, 9 months ago

Darn that is exactly why Lori Farkass needs to stick to reading meters. She started putting Happy Holiday crap up on everything several years ago. Heck now she has got Obama doing that crap at the Whitehouse.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

Don't forget Kwanzaa y'all. And Ramalamadingdong.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 9 months ago

Sis, as Lincoln told his law partner Wm. Herndon, " you never don't cheer me up!"

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 9 months ago

My company directs its employees not to say Merry Christmas, but rather to say Happy Holidays as well. While I celebrate Christmas, I understand that others do not. The company isn't a person. It does not celebrate Christmas or Chanaka or Kwanza because it is not a person. If the CEO were to be Jewish he or she could have plastered Chanaka decorations everywhere but it would have offended you all who are calling for Christmas decorations. I respect their decision to stay neutral since a number of their employees celebrate a number of different holidays as do their customers.

Let's just worry about celebrating our respective holiday and let others celebrate their own. 'Tis the season...

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FryarTuk 1 year, 9 months ago

bible schooler, if you are going to use the Romanized term for Hanukkah spell it correctly you ignoramus - Chanukah. Is that some more of that private education you bleat about?

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 9 months ago

Care to weigh in on the content of what I said, or would you prefer to troll on the proper spelling of the Jewish holiday, Chanukah.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 9 months ago

Oh, and calling me out on Chanukah? Really? I thought we were past that, FT?

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FryarTuk 1 year, 9 months ago

What do you mean "we" paleface?

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Effetecorpseofimpudentsnobs 1 year, 9 months ago

Sherwood, I don't see much content for the good Fryar to respond to. You might have read a bit further down where he has entered a few remarks which by the way are, well, sarcastic but pithy. Maybe you wouldn't understand as you appear to be intellectually hamstrung with the siginificance of misspelling Hanukkah. How profoundly disrespectful. By the way, why do you use a modified version of a beer commercial as your signature avatar? You are such a sophisticant. But that is what you want us to believe isn't it with your receiving a high school diploma from a Southern Baptist church school. Impressive!

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 9 months ago

The content is as follows:

  1. Most large companies direct their employees to use the phrase, "happy holidays"
  2. Happy Holidays isn't an attempt to remove Christ from Christmas
  3. The company has many employees and customers who celebrate a variety of seasonal holidays
  4. If a company takes a side then it risks alienating those whose beliefs are different
  5. Let's stop worrying about who celebrates which holiday and focus on making this time of year pleasant

Are you posing as an intellectual with your moniker/screen name?

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FryarTuk 1 year, 9 months ago

bibleschooler, weak very weak. You're trying too hard here.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 9 months ago

You have to spell things out for Mr. Agnew apparently. His readin' comprehension skillz aint too gud.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 9 months ago

bibleschooler, this doesn't work.

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stc1993 1 year, 9 months ago

I thought the supreme court said that corps. were people?

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chinaberry25 1 year, 9 months ago

Just do away with it altogether. If you still take Christmas day off and say Happy Holidays, then you are not what you say. I see Orientals putting up Christmas trees and celebrate to the gills. Why not put up for the Chinese New Year. Christ is no longer in Christmas, it is just a day to get more things. And this is the really saddest thing of all. People have lost their way. There is a song that said, You have to stand for something or you will fall for anything. 51% fell for anything. This country is no longer a Christian nation and we will have the very same riots that they are having in Egypt soon! Hope you are ready!

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billybob 1 year, 9 months ago

Orientals? Really? I haven't heard someone refer to Asians as Orientals in years and years.

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FlunkyMonkey 1 year, 9 months ago

The Christmas decorations around the Civic Center are the tackiest. There are two in front of the civic center where half the lights are out. The train by Ray Charles Memorial has only one-third of its lights burning. Gonna look real good for those coming into Albany for the parade. Just like everything else in Albany, worn out and needs replacing.

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Jimboob 1 year, 9 months ago

And we thought the budget was already strained... Higher taxes for new decorations?

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FryarTuk 1 year, 9 months ago

I don't give a rip what they call the decorations. It won't impact how I celebrate Xmas season. By the way, if you ever have any trouble getting through to WG&L for assistance on a problem, call Lori Farkas. That woman is a good employee and a good public servant. She has this community's best interest at heart.

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Amazed2 1 year, 9 months ago

Whats her direct phone number??h

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FryarTuk 1 year, 9 months ago

If I need to contact her I call the number (229) 883-8330. I always ask for Ms. Farkas' office. I don't think they waste money on direct numbers to staff. If she doesn't answer, I leave a message and she always returns my call. If I have left a message about an issue; I always get a relevant response. They run a pretty good ship down there. Probably will continue to be efficient until Roger, Chris, Tommie and Jr. get their fingers in it.

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43cop 1 year, 9 months ago

Well, guess Sherwood_ Eagle_Alum & FryarTuk have given their opinions. Sorry to say, I agree with nothing either of you said. Take the greeting, Happy Holidays. As a public service group, I suppose that removing Christ out of Christmas is O.K. As for this one thing, this is the greatest problems with this nation today that you and others have removed Christ from everything you touched. And as far as an employee for W, G & L, I have contacted Farkas on two occassions and have been referred to others in this organization as she knew absolutely nothing I was asking about and who she referred me to was not the person that I needed. So to both of you, MERRY CHRISTMAS and Happy Birthday JESUS.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 9 months ago

crop, if Ms. Farkas spoke with you and attempted to assist you should have had the gumption to call her back and explain what happened. She at least addressed the concern with you and offered direction. It sounds like you had a fairly difficult point and you shouldn't have given up which I assume you did as you report no satisfactory resolution. Merry Xmas to you too and I know Jesus is happy you're on his side.

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Effetecorpseofimpudentsnobs 1 year, 9 months ago

Fryar, a practicing theophile I must admonish you for your liberal use of sarcasm with the omission of "Christ" in Christmas. If you are intending to use the Greek letters as a substitute please add rho, hence XPMAS. Then Jax and all of us are sure what you mean realizing that you intend no disrespect.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 9 months ago

If you are going to stay on the Fryar's knob that long you might want to come up for air.

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Effetecorpseofimpudentsnobs 1 year, 9 months ago

Ah, Sherwood, it appearing you have much experience with these things perhaps you will stick closer to a line of discussion that doesn't require you to be rational and consistent. Dealing more with primal urges. You understand what I mean. Good luck.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 9 months ago

Scratch deep enough and that trailor trash just comes out doesn't it, bible schooler? With apologies to you, Snob. I didn't intend to offend your refined sensibilities. XPmas it shall be. Merry XPmas, Snob.

As for the bible schooler I have no explanation other than he is of the ilk of anality as you can well see receiving his diploma, as you say from the church school. What amazing insight you demonstrate.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 9 months ago

You are an authority in these matters I have no doubt.

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billybob 1 year, 9 months ago

Actually, the biggest problem this country as well as the world faces, is religion. All religion. It causes people to abandon reason. We have a US Senator who claims he doesn't know how old the earth is. That is pathetic. Is is shocking that we have people clinging to 2000 year old superstitions for which there is zero evidence. How are we supposed to address the real problems in this world if we still believe in things that are demonstrably false?

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FryarTuk 1 year, 9 months ago

Now billyb, that's some pretty heavy manure to be laying on us during this particular season. I have got a store full of Xmas decorations to sell. Don't go spreading a sinister attitude just yet. I shore do like the subject tho.

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Outtahere 1 year, 9 months ago

I would love to agree with you but you are so getting on my nerves typing XMAS!! Are you just doing it so you don't have to type the word out, or do are you deliberately taking Christ out of Christmas?

By the way, I died laughing at the ignoramous comment!

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Jax 1 year, 9 months ago

The good Fryar, I bet, was trying to get you to go there. X in Greek actually stands for Chi which ultimately equates to Christ. So, you see, Jesus was there all along; you just have to know how to look at it.

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Outtahere 1 year, 9 months ago

Thanks, Jax. I'm comforted to know that He was there all along.

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billybob 1 year, 9 months ago

How dare you remove the first century Palestinian Jewish man who supposedly sacrificed himself to himself so I can live forever from my holiday!!! Outrage!

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Outtahere 1 year, 9 months ago

Merry Christmas Billybob!! I actually feel sorry for you, it must be hard being a jerk all the time!!

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VSU 1 year, 9 months ago

I don't think so, to him it just comes natural.

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billybob 1 year, 9 months ago

How is calling fiction, fiction being a jerk? I'll make you a deal... show me where god has healed one amputee or one child with Down's Syndrome or one person paralyzed with a completely severed spinal cord and I'll be a believer again. Fair enough?

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 9 months ago

Thank you, 43cop! Merry Christmas to you, too!

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Effetecorpseofimpudentsnobs 1 year, 9 months ago

Ah, it seems you have found your soul mate.

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Effetecorpseofimpudentsnobs 1 year, 9 months ago

Good Fryar, you are a person of deep feeling. Thank you for your consideration. The fellow from the church school seems to be unable to get along with any one. Your note that he is of the "anal ilk" seems to be quite accurate given where he takes his comments. In the lab we refer to his type as PPP - piss poor protoplasm. Merry XP-mas to you also.

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alleebrin 1 year, 9 months ago

OH, PLEASE DON'T OFFEND ANYONE - WHILE THEY KICK YOU IN THE BUTT! This is country of religious freedoms, yet we let these people tell us how high to leap! SAD DAY! If they don't like our language and customs, go back home!

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Amazed2 1 year, 9 months ago

Yea we have become a melting pot for all kinds of so called personal religions. Guess when you throw in a bunch of crap all in the same Melting Pot the finished product back in the bowl becomes diluted pot luck crap. Unfortunately that is what is happening and that is not the intention of our founding fathers abd constitution.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 9 months ago

You guys do know that a large number of the founding fathers were not Christians don't you?

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Outtahere 1 year, 9 months ago

I am saying "Merry Christmas" and "Happy Holidays"! I always assumed that people say "Happy Holidays" to include Christmas and New Years, not to exclude Christ. I believe the reason for the season is Jesus, and just because others don't, won't effect my beliefs one bit! HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS!!

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Jax 1 year, 9 months ago

I find it funny that some people react to "Happy Holidays" as if you'd told them to go, um, love themselves.

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Outtahere 1 year, 9 months ago

I know right?! It's not that serious!

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tywebb 1 year, 9 months ago

i prefer the little baby Jesus

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guardian 1 year, 9 months ago

Suppose a Muslim approached you and told you to have a "Blessed Eid!" Would you feel it inconsiderate of this Muslim to presume you celebrate a Muslim holiday? If that is the case, perhaps you can understand why many non-Christians prefer not to be told to have a "Merry Christmas!" If you know someone is a Christian, it is appropriate to say "Merry Christmas!" (Just as it is also appropriate to say "Happy Hanukkah!" to someone you know is Jewish.) If you do not know the religion of the other person, then it really is more considerate to say instead "Happy Holidays!"

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TigerTail 1 year, 9 months ago

I'd be willing to bet that the majority of the anti-Christmas, "Happy Holidays" wishers go home to a decorated Christmas tree and wake up on December 25th to open gifts from Santa. They perhaps also present to their children an Easter basket with eggs and candy on Easter Sunday as well. Can't wait for that one to turn into Spring Holiday so not to offend anyone with the celebration of Christ's birth or resurrection.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 9 months ago

Are you saying that if someone says "happy holidays" then they are anti-Christmas? Or are you saying that someone who is anti-Christmas probably still has a Christmas tree and celebrates Easter with the basket and eggs?

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Jimboob 1 year, 9 months ago

Believing in Santa and the Easter Bunny... That's the same as belief in Jesus? Hummm...

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gladileftalbany 1 year, 9 months ago

I know you all are sheltered in SOWEGA but not everyone is a Christian and celebrates X-Mas...Happy Holidays is more appropriate.

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mr_nobody 1 year, 9 months ago

This is good stuff. Whenever non-religious people go off on this tangent I LOL. "Holiday" literally means "holy day." What makes the "Holidays" holy? Without the "holy" there would be no holiday. Also, for centuries Christians abbreviated the name of Christ with the Greek letter Chi, which looks like our letter "X." So, I'd like to wish all of you a Merry X-mas and Happy Holidays. It all points to Christmas, and what Christmas is really about--whether people realize it or not.

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outtabany 1 year, 9 months ago

Thank you so much for this clarification!! I have said this for years. If we really look at Christmas and its origin, this is a paganistic holiday. But we'll take it! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!

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FryarTuk 1 year, 9 months ago

Well said, nobody. Though I am impressed with the Snob's remarks.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 9 months ago

Snob, your rapier wit is too funny. You have put a question to the bible schooler to which I would like a response. Which is: " (bibleschooler,) . . . By the way, why do you use a modified version of a beer commercial as your signature avatar? You are such a sophisticant. But that is what you want us to believe isn't it with your receiving a high school diploma from a Southern Baptist church school. Impressive! "

bible schooler, please do not evade.

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Effetecorpseofimpudentsnobs 1 year, 9 months ago

Thank you, Fryar. I hope to read his response also but alas we probably will be disappointed.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 9 months ago

Are we back to the personal insults, FT? Again, I thought we were past that.

By the way, why do you use a modified version of a beer commercial as your signature avatar? If I used a picture of my car, then what would you call me? Actually, the reason I use that picture is because I hit a hole-in-one while playing at a course in Cancun. I happened to have a Dos Equis in the cart at the time. I also think the commercials are funny.

But that is what you want us to believe isn't it with your receiving a high school diploma from a Southern Baptist church school. Impressive! FT and Mr. Agnew are the only people bringing up my high school. If you are intimidated by my private school education then that is your problem, not mine. I can tell you that my education certainly didn't stop there. I can also tell you that I didn't attend any of the paper-mill colleges or universities in the state of Georgia. The only reason why I used S.E.A. as my screen name is to let you know that I did not attend a school in the DCSS.

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Effetecorpseofimpudentsnobs 1 year, 9 months ago

Ah, so Sherwood, you have come up for air as you say. Well beer being the drink of the common man you are well identified. Awful Mexican beer identifies you even more appropriately. As for your silly claim to a private education, let me disabuse you of that notion. You don't have an education you have a diploma. I doubt that your subtitling of it strikes much of an impression much less intimidation. Curious thing about people with an education, it's obvious to most folks. But here I like your standards of identification bad Mexican beer and a high school diploma from a church school. Congratulations!

The lab analysis would have been right PPP - piss poor protoplasm.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 9 months ago

Ah, so Sherwood, you have come up for air as you say. You have no clue how to use a euphemism, do you?

Well beer being the drink of the common man you are well identified. Awful Mexican beer identifies you even more appropriately. Hmmm, drinking mexican beer while playing golf in Mexico. Yes, your assertion must be correct.

As for your silly claim to a private education, let me disabuse you of that notion. You don't have an education you have a diploma. I doubt that your subtitling of it strikes much of an impression much less intimidation. Curious thing about people with an education, it's obvious to most folks. Your arrogance to think you know enough about me to know if I have been "properly educated" is hilarious. Let me guess. DCSS graduate?

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

Some people really can get several degrees of separation from the topic at hand.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 9 months ago

Snob, how do you come up with these things: " But here I like your standards of identification bad Mexican beer and a high school diploma from a church school. Congratulations! " PPP - piss poor protoplasm. You are absolutely out of sight. He has been eclipsed with his anatomy in his mouth and he doesn't know it yet. I am in the throes of shadenfreude. Just in stitches. He's forever getting in an imbroglio and then whining about somebody being envious of his certificate from bible school and projecting his oafish attempts at insult. Check his use of "euphemism" above. Well, time for my evening scotch and nurture with the haus frau. I'll check back later before sandman comes. Too funny!

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D_Zaster 1 year, 9 months ago

The only person who can take Christ out of Christmas is you! Regardless of who celebrates what during this time of year, you have the right to say "Merry Christmas," and decorate your property in such a manner. Since this tree is being funded by citizens of many faiths, it only makes since to keep the message holiday neutral.

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DaneGlesak 1 year, 9 months ago

It's our family tradition to go eat at the oriental place because everything else is closed, besides, the turkey got ate by the neighbors dogs. Fa ra ra ra ra, ra ra ra... raaaaaa!

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erudite 1 year, 9 months ago

If it were old fashioned, it would be called Festivus.

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