It's crazy to think that it's almost the end of 2004. Hanukkah is well underway. Christmas is less than two weeks away, and Kwanza begins soon after that. Sometimes living in the insensitive, capitalist theocracy of the United States, we forget how our emphasis on Christmas from a commercial and religious standpoint has gotten completely ridiculous. It's Jesus's birthday, so let's all play nice and remember to be EXTRA good during this time. If you're so happy about Jesus being born, be a nicer person all the time like the guy asked you to be.
And anyone who has worked in retail during the holidays can tell you that customers are complete assholes during the holidays. I used to work in a record store, and people would come in the day before Christmas and expect you to have the new Shitney Spears or the Backdoor Buddies's entire collection because their kid will certainly need more therapy and medication, if they don't get the CD in their stocking. I'm fairly certain this is exactly how Jesus wants us to celebrate his birthday: by being materialistic cock gobblers who will trample one another to get the $39 DVD player that was made in a sweatshop in China by 4 year-olds who work 12 hour days and make 50 cents a year (plus a generous 401k, of course).
In honor of this consumeristic tradition, I want you all to check out this web site. It lists the retailers who supported Bush with contributions during the last election, and will help you to identify retailers to avoid. As long as we're spending thousands of dollars on worthless crap that we really don't need, we might as well avoid those retailers who care more about their profits than about the general welfare and health of their customers. Thanks to JC for sending me the link.