Must be a great day to live in Minnesota- unless you’re Michele Bachmann.
Why do I celebrate Christmas as a non-religious person? For the same reason Christians celebrate Halloween (a Celtic/Pagan holiday). It’s just plain fun.
Also fun fact: a lot of Christmas traditions we have today were originally Pagan in origin as well.
It’s odd when people who aren’t religious use phrases like “Please pray for me” or “I am so blessed.”
There are other ways of saying these things without the religious connotation.
- : There's some big thing on TV November 6th.
- : Spoiler alert: Obama wins.
You know you’re in trouble when Joss Whedon rallies his troops against you.
In a new Gallup study, 6.4% of Americans between the ages of 18-29 now identify themselves as LGBT.
This is a record high, and it is important to note that this number only reflects the people who PUBLICLY acknowledge to being LGBT. As we know, there are still many in the closet. This is also only one study to consider.
- : Halloween is about candy, costumes, and scary things- right?
- : Actually, Halloween originated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhaim which marked the end of the harvest season on November 1st. On the night before Samhain, it was believed that the veil between life and death was thinnest, and the dead could return. People would leave food/make sacrifices to appease the spirits and wear masks to confuse/ward them off. The Christian church tried to do away with Samhain altogether by designating it All Saint's Day- a time to honor saints and pray for the recently departed. The night before All Saint's Day was named All Hallow's Eve (later shortened to Halloween). Despite their efforts, many Samhain traditions persisted (especially in Ireland and Scottland), and immigrants brought those traditions to North America (including the traditions of 'guising' and 'souling'- which would later evolve into trick or treating).
”Spirituality is an internal path enabling a person to discover the essence of his/her being while religion is an external path focusing on structured rules and rituals within a community. A spiritual person is not necessarily a religious person or vice versa.”
I would like to see the data people are using to say this is going to be a close election. In reality, Obama is 75-85% favored to win by experts and stock market predictions.
Whether you approve of Obama or not, let’s at least get the facts straight. This is about how things are looking currently:
(Source: The New York Times)
Depressing fact of the day: 2167 people have been U.S. senators. Of them, there have been 6 African Americans (5 men, 1 woman), 7 Hispanic Americans (all men), 6 Asian Americans (all men), 39 women in total, and 0 openly LGBT Americans.