welcome! jeremy freese is a professor in sociology at northwestern university. he finds blogging to be a good diversion from insomnia and a far better use of time than television.
Yay!Sounds like the pity party's over.Way to get into the Xmas spirit.
Oh, I never bit onto it. He likes to jerk folks around.
Why does he have to bring Christmas/Xmas into it though?I'm no O'Reilly but why fall back on the "nah nah nah nah nah nah" gift-getting secular part if you reject the underlying message?
Just as a logical matter, if you reject the underlying message, then the gift exchange portion would seem like it should loom even larger, because there's not the sense of it really being a contaminant of some true "reason for the season."
Just send gifts. The message is clear.
"Just as a logical matter, if you reject the underlying message, then the gift exchange portion would seem like it should loom even larger..."Or, you could be truly complete in your rejection. True independence = just another day. Course you'd miss out on the fun of needling Xian simpleness. And the fun of making Xmas just about the loot.
All right, I am tired of everyone hating on shopping. I love shopping, and I enjoy getting gifts for people, and I even like--gasp--receiving gifts.I also like Christmas trees and getting drunk. As far as I am concerned, that is a perfectly legitimate holiday: stuff, trees covered in things that glitter, and alcohol. Happy Saturnalia. Even if one "rejects the underlying message" of X-mas, it's not like the Christians came up with partying to welcome back the sun. Come on.
I'm sure you got lots for Christmas and gave stuff too. Put the armor away for another year.
Put away the armor? Christmas is over. Nobody believes that peace and love shit. It's about what you got.Gird your loins. We're back at war.
See what JF has started with all his so-called logic.
Damn, I'm jealous! Would the super-awesome gift giver reveal where this can be found? It's not in the Stata giftshop.
I don't think it's something StataCorp has made publicly available, although perhaps they will eventually.
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