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Belsnickle
Belsnickle is not Santa Claus. The Pennsylvania Dutch, who were not Dutch at all, but ”Deutsche”, or German, are credited with bringing many of their country’s Christmas customs with them to America. This helped to shape the New World Christmas traditions. As early as the 1820’s, Father Christmas shows up […]

Belsnickle or Pelz-nickle is not Santa Claus


80s Toys : M.U.S.C.L.E. men
I know. I know. There are millions of blog posts about Obscure 80s toys you loved.  There is a reason for that. They make cool posts! So in the interest of doing my part to keep the internet running like the well oiled machine that it is. Here is mine. Boglins […]

Obscure 80s toys you loved



I have empty nestlings. It has really been a long time since I have written anything and I must confess that writing something that does not involve the technical specifications of some piece of computer hardware or assisting someone solve an outstanding problem seems kind of foreign to me. I did […]

Empty Nestlings



I was doing some cyber shopping the other day and stumbled across a figurine of a xmas character I had never heard of before.  Now, I pride myself on being a custodian of REAL xmas lore since it has become such a convoluted and distorted tradition based on both secular / pagan […]

And I thought the Krampus was Creepy


Fall Geekery is upon us.  I have not had much of a penchant for blogging lately but in October the winds change and the temperature drops and my geek blood runs hot with Halloween fever.  I typically try to fill the month of October with all manner of odd and […]

Well, It is October the first.


I was talking with a friend at lunch today.  We were discussing the various marketing strategies employed by restaurants to attract their assumed target customers.  The topic of older McDonald’s marketing in the form of funny characters came up.  They were supposedly intended to attract children.  Based on McDonald’s position […]

Why McDonald’s Really Should have Scared the Hell out of ...


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I have heard it said that what makes a conservative superior to liberals is their religious faith—as if morality is impossible without religion and everything is indeed permitted, as the cliché has it. I wonder whether religious conservatives can spot the atheists among them by their deeds or, for that […]

Conservative Libertarian Atheist



jaunt santa
It’s that time of year again.  The gloriously hedonistic annual jaunt through that labyrinth filled with religious land mines called XMAS.  As I get older I have noticed that I loath xmas more and more each year. I find that as soon as the turkey is all gobbled up, my mind […]

Gloriously Hedonistic Annual Jaunt


cooper
Carving a pumpkin, wearing a costume, and collecting tasty candy are really the only things a child dreams about during the month of October. One of my absolute fondest memories of Halloween growing up was picking out my costume.   I was lucky enough to have been of trick or […]

Cooper Halloween Legacy


witches
October is without question my absolute FAVORITE time of the year.  I have studied all manner of folklore and custom in my quest to better understand my atheism.  None fascinate me more than the true story of witches.  You will find my blog filled with posts like this. HERE Traditionally […]

Witches take the Hat


The summer of June, 1993 was a wonderful time for me. Having finished high school the year before this was the first real summer spent knowing I did not have to go back to school if I didn’t want to. I worked almost my entire high school career so working […]

June 9th 1993