Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Zman Filling in For Tim's Musical Mix on Friday

Posted by Zman

Hello,  First, sorry there was not a Candidradio Live show last night.  A few tech issues with our winamp player but they are fixed so our regular show will be back on Tuesday night.  Also would like to let you know that I'll be filling in for DJ Tim on Tim's Musical Mix this Friday April 18th from 4PMEDT-8PMEDT so hope you will tune in to www.sky106.net 

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Archive link for Candidradio Live from Tuesday April 8th, 2014

Here's the link to download and listen.

Mike Rowe supports OHS Ottawa High School IL building trades

http://chicagowoodworker.com/2014/03/28/mike-rowe-goes-to-bat-for-students-of-axed-building-trades-program-in-ottawa-il/

No More Windows XP?????

myth: windows xp will not disappear from your computer because MS is no longer supporting it.  I hear that daily from customers.  They think they will go turn on their computer and POOF! no OS aka operating system.  Many think they have to go to Windows 8.1.  This is not true. Ubuntu/linux is a free OS that works great from a bootable USB or CD.  Also you can upgrade to Windows 7 if you are not fond of windows (8) 8.1.  I have a macbook and I can even use Ubuntu from a usb stick flash drive.  My mac OS X still works fine but it is a free option to use linux.  Great website for How To Linux is http://www.pendrivelinux.com/tag/usb-ubuntu/

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Archive Link for the all night 80's Party with Zman

Due to the length of the show it is in three files.  Just a note the files are listed as Candidradio Live because I forgot to change the show name in the encoder we use for logging in to the station server.

link to file number one,

link to file number two

link to file number three

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Zman hosts and all night 80's party Friday Night (Saturday morning) on www.sky106.net

Posted by Zman

This note that if you love or just like 80's music I'll be hosing a special all night 80's party beginning at 1 AM EDT Saturday Morning on www.sky106.net.. Nine hours of nothing but great 80's music right after Buffy's Train Wreck so make sure to join me for the fun.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Pat Robertson, Do Christianity a favor and Please get off the Air

Posted by Zman

Recently on the 700 Club TV nut job preacher Pat Robertson commented about how gays used to be stoned to death and how Satan is responsible for the gay rights movement.  (Video and article below) It is people like this guy that give Christians a bad name. Now as most of you know I'm an atheist  but I know not all Christians or religious people think like this nut job. I know many people of many different faiths who are not at all like this.  They are open minded, caring people who treat others with respect and are all for marriage equality.  The problem is I know many who do think that all religious people are this closed minded. Pat, you're not doing anything to help your cause when you continually say nutty and outrageous things like this. Do your religion a favor and get off the air. You're actually making this Satan you talk about seem like the better person and god seem like the closed minded judgmental being that I'd want nothing to do with. . I mean if he is so bad then why would he be for tolerance and treating others equally. You're making this Jesus guy seem like the bad person. Does not sound like the message you should be sending. You're not making this god of yours seem all that appealing. So again. do your religion a favor and get off the air.   You are a very ignorant man who hides behind your religion to spread bigotry and hate.  

Article here 


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Archive Link and show notes for Candidradio Live for Tuesday March 25, 2014

We gave our thoughts on "Divergent" Also talked about School zero tolerance policies gone haywire recently, the usual tech talk segment, What you go to school for you may not wind up doing or using in some other way than you had planned, and a whole lot more and of course played great music from the 80's though today.  

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Did You Know Most Hotels and Motels in the U S do not allow Direct Access to 911?

I heard this on the news this morning and I was not aware of this.  It just escapes me as to why they would even set up these systems this way.  Sadly it took a woman's death to bring this to light and to get something done about it.  My niece is on a band trip out of state and I hope the people over seeing the trip are aware of how the hotel they are staying at handles 911 calls.

From the article.

"DALLAS — Tens of thousands of hotels don't allow guests to directly reach emergency services when they dial 911, according to a national survey taken after a 9-year-old girl couldn't call for help while her mother was being stabbed to death in a Texas motel.
The killing of Kari Hunt Dunn in an East Texas hotel room spurred a petition that has garnered more than 440,000 signatures demanding hotels and motels be required to enable the direct dialing of 911. Many hotels require callers to dial "9'' before 911 or have some other system, such as calling first to the front desk, which advocates say can lead to panic and confusion in an emergency."

Monday, March 24, 2014

Besides The Hunger Games and Divergent, These Five Dystopias Should Also Get Film Adaptations.

Posted by Zman

As promised on the show the last two weeks, here's a blog post.  Now most of us know unless you've been living in a cave somewhere deep in the Rocky Mountains and even then you may know that Dystopian Societies are the big thing right now in young adult lit. Although both the Hunger Games and Divergent have much wider appeal to many different age groups from young adults to grandparents.  I have grandmothers I work with who are hooked on both series.  And if you listen to our radio show or know me in person you know I'm hooked on both series.  The success of The Hunger Games and Divergent has led many more young adults and teens to read more and that is always a good thing.    For those who don't know what Dystopia is  the opposite of a utopia, a time and place in which humanity is in some capacity repressed, held back, and lacking liberty in some capacity.  And with both series being adapted to film and getting rave reviews it is getting more people turned on to the genera.  We just sw Divergent today infact and it was very well done.  We'll talk about it more on tomorrows Candidradio Live on www.sky106.net at 7 PM EDT.  Anyway, the folowing article talks about five other Dystopian books that should be adapted to film and these are books I'll be adding to my reading list.  

Article here

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Archive and Show Notes for Candidradio Live for Tuesday March 11, 2014

On this show we played all twofers,  Double shots of many of your favorite artists.  Plus talked about "Divergent" which opens in theaters in just under two weeks and how we'll be going to se it. Also taked about which celebrities we'd love to have dinner with.   "Catching Fire now out on Blue Ray and Zman is very happy about that. Also talked some Mocking Jay,  The usual tech talk,  More  weather talk,  and much more.

The show is in three files as the server disconnected a couple times.

File Number One

Here's file Number Two

Here's File Number Three

Also a note that the last two songs of the show that I announced did not play as the server disconnected again. When  Littleflurry's phone tries to connect to the wifi it messes up the streaming. She turns it off before every show but it sometimes tries to connect on its own.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Here are the archive link and show notes for Candidradio Live from Tuesday March 4th, 2014

On this show we played  some new music plus music from 1980-82.  Also we talked about an update on a story we read last week, More zero tolerance gone mad,  More on the unusual winter we are having, Fun ways to annoy a teenager, and much more.

Here is the link to download and listen. 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

After threats and harassment, NC teen abandons atheist group

From the article,  "The whole episode is a sad and painful reminder of the formal and informal persecution, intimidation and harassment that atheists, agnostics and other freethinkers often must face.
It is also a stinging indictment of the hypocrisy, the arrogance, and the cruelty of the Christian community at large. One can only wonder, where were the so called “good Christians” while this teen was being threatened and harassed?"   Also the one girl who called her satin is not all that smart,  We atheists don't believe in a satin.  Just shows how ignorant some of these people are.  

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

10 Things Never to Say to a New Midlife Mother

As we have some friends who have not had their first child until they were in their forties we've heard all the comments they have heard.  One friend who had her first at 39 had a waitress in a shocked voice ask our friend "How Old Are You"? The waitress was about seventeen and seemed to be utterly shocked that a woman in her thirties would dare have a child.   Seems that when you do something other perceive as "not normal"  there is always some rude moron that will make some dumb comment on it.  I cane across this article that goes over the 10 things you should never say to a new midlife mother and some good responses to give if you are a midlife mother and some idiot feels the need to say any of this crap to you.

From the article.

"1. "Are you the grandmother?"
Unless you need to ask this to determine whether an AARP card is applicable, or to somehow confirm lineage, don't even ask. Not only is this a painful question for any woman/mother over 40, but if applied incorrectly, it's an insult to the children who are usually listening. Think about the overall cost/benefit of asking this question, especially if little ones are in tow.
2. "How old were you when you had/adopted your child?"
Is this your business?
3. "Do you know how selfish you are?"
This references the fact that I may die long before I get to experience my children's milestones and leave my children motherless. However, people die at every age. Long life is not a sure bet for anyone.
4. "Why would you have/adopt a child at your age?"
Why not?"

Archive and Show Notes for Candidradio Live for Tuesday February 25th, 2014

On this show we played songs relating to sex.  Also we had the usual tech talk, Here's your sign moments at work, Some snow related stories, the new object coming to the house, our snow dogs, silly parents we knew growing up, and much much more.

Here is the link to download and listen. 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

31 Puns That Are So Bad They Are Good and A Note The Tech Issues with Sky 106

First, I wanted to give an update as to why we and sky 106 has not been on the air this week.  The company that provides the server "Skynet Communications" has been having some issues so that station is looking for another more reliable server company so hopefully we'll be back on in our regular slot on Tuesday Nights this week.  We'll keep you updated.

Also wanted to share this link my cousin posted to Facebook.  I love bad puns so here are thirty one of them.  Enjoy

Here's the link

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sorry, No Archive Link For Last Nights Show

Hey guys,  Due to technical issues with the server there is no archive link available for last nights Candidradio Live show.  We do apologize.

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Employee Confronts Amputee Vet Over Service Dog

People need to educate themselves and realize that not just blind people use service animals.  Clearly Starbucks management did a poor job of training in this case.   This employee should be fired.

article here.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Archive link and Show Notes for Candidradio Live From Tuesday February 4th, 2014

On this show along with the usual great music we talked about. Zman's Eye Surgery, The passing of another great actor due to drug use, Littleflurry talks about J C Dugaurd's book and we talk about another woman who was held under similar circumstances,  Zman talks about the latest book he's reading, the usual tech talk, and much more.

Due to our winamp player freezing up the show is in two separate links.

Here's the link to download the first part of the show.

Here's the link to download the second part of the show. 

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Archive and Show Notes For Candidradio Live from Tuesday January 28th 2014

On this show the usual great music plus we talked about I Phone six rumors and other tech stuff,  Zman has an emergency eye check up next Monday, A headline and story you just can't make up and a song to go with it, Our thoughts on legalizing pot, and much more.

Here is the link to download and listen to the show.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Illinois Innkeeper: There Will Never Be A Gay Wedding Here

Now the inn keeper says he's running a "Christian bed and breakfast" and will not host same sex couples because of what the "bible says about it"  Now I do wonder if he won't host a same sex couple because the bible says homosexuality is wrong, if he also makes sure every straight couple who stays there is married,  Also he better not be serving shell fish, he also should not allow any guests in who have tattoos,  He'd better not have his place of business open on Sunday's, and none of his bed sheets, towels, or other linens, made of mixed fabrics.  I mean the bible says those things are wrong too.  Funny how those who like to use the bible to say same sex marriage should be legal forget to read the rest of Leviticus.  If they did they'd see just how silly trying to use the bible to argue weather we should or should not be doing things is just plain silly.  Also teh inn keeper says that homosexuality is not natural which science has proven to be false.  It appears in many other species besides humans.  Who you going to believe.  A book that has been translated so many times the original translations have been lost or the science of today.  I'll pick the science of today and if god support discrimination then that is not the kind of god I'd want any part of.

Here is the article 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Archive Link and Show Notes for Candidradio Live for Tuesday January 21st 2014

On this show, as well as the usual great music  Things no one wants to see in public, the usual music trivia, The biggest misconception about Tourette Syndrome, another one of those, "They had to do a study to figure this out" stories, and much more.

Here is the link to download and listen. 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Archive Link and Show Notes for Zman Filling in on the Musical Array

On the show as well as great music I talk about things no one wants to see on Facebook, things no one wants tohear in the break room, plus music trivia about Lorde, Ms. Mr., and more.

Here is the link to download and listen. 

The 9 Types Of Special Snowflake Children Who Aren’t Special At All

We all know parents like this and they are far more annoying then their "special" children.  

From the article.

Most of us just have average kids. They get decent grades, they are somewhat attractive, they have good days and days where we consider leaving them on the side of the road. On occasion they act in exceptional ways, and they surprise us by how insightful, caring, or funny small humans can be. I’m cool with that, you’re probably cool with that, but do you know who isn’t cool with that? Any parent that you dare suggest that their kid is “average” to. And most of us don’t, because as soon as one of the special snowflakes’ moms goes on their diatribe about how special their little spawn actually is, our eyes sort of glaze over and we start calculating the price of buy-one-get-one-free butter on sale this week, and whether or not you can actually freeze butter or if it gets weird. These special snowflake children are nowhere near as annoying as their parents are. What are the most common types of special snowflake kids? Why, I’m so glad you asked.

Read more: http://www.mommyish.com/2013/11/18/special-snowflake-children/#ixzz2qgeeN9KX

Zman filling in for Geno J tonight at 6 EST on www.sky106.net

Hey guys, just wanted to let you know that I'll be doing a fill in show tonight on www.sky106.net.  I'll be filling in for Geno J from six till eight Eastern time tonight so tune in and if you cannot listen live, the archive link to the show will be posted here on Candidradio dot com later tonight.

Zman

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Uptick in Births Nine Months After a Blizzard or Power Outage Nothing More than an Urban Legend.

With the recent super cold temps we had here a couple weeks ago I've already heard this one going around our area about what will supposedly happen nine months from now.  I do wonder if the people who actually believe this myth really think people stop using birth control just because they are  snowed in or the power is out.  Sorry, it does not work that way despite what maternity ward nurses want to believe.

Article here. 

Archive Link and Show Notes for Candidradio Live for Tuesday January 14th, 2014

On the show along with great music we talked about Littleflurry's CSI/Anti Terrorist  dream, five types of people on FAcebook you should never friend, How to keep family from embarassing you on Facebook, What is all over one in six cell phones, Another victory for Marriage Equality, A little about "Divergent" Rihanna's song "Diamonds" has an error, How you can tell wind speeds at home if the internet is not good enough for you, Promos for a couple upcoming Candidradio Live theme shows,  and much more.

Here is the link to download and listen to the show.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Growing Up Unvaccinated I had the healthiest childhood imaginable. And yet I was sick all the time. By Amy Parker

Great article written by a woman who grew up unvaccinated and all the heath problems she had due to it.  This illestrates how much crap the anti vaccination people are trying to spread.  This woman is lucky to be alive.

Full article here. 

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Walmart puts attendance over Safety during the Dangerous Weather this Past Weekend.

I really hate it when companies put attendance over safety. We had some pretty bad and cold weather move though our area Sunday though Tuesday. Now for those who don't know I work at Walmart and Saturday at the ten PM meeting the shift manager said if people call off Sunday when the bad weather moves though it will be held against them and those in danger of being over the allotted absences may find themselves unemployed the next time they come in. Walmart allows three call offs for a six month rolling period, Now Sunday authorities were telling people not to travel due to the blowing and drifting snow and the dangerous wind chills. I do know most people still called off and on third shift which I work seven people made it in. One woman did say she came in simply because she did not want to lose her job. Sad when a company expects people to come in even when authorities are telling people not to travel. Obviously an attendance policy is acceptable. Most companies have them but let's use some common sense. If the authorities are telling people to stay off the roads and in many cases Sunday and Monday nights in our area ticketing people for being on the roads expecting people to risk their lives to get to work is a little stupid.  I've been told other Walmart's i the area that was hit with the bad weather did the same thing. 

Friday, January 03, 2014

Non 24 Hour Sleep Wake Disorder

Talked about this on our show Tuesday Night and finally posting the link that talks about it.  This sleep disorder affects totally blind people.

Here's the info. 

Antivaccinationists abuse reporting algorithms to silence pro-vaccine skeptics on Facebook

Facebook needs to fix this bug.  The flaw is all you have to do is say you're name was used in a post and Facebook bans the person for twelve hours.  As the article points out, the people being banned are making normal pasts.   These antivaccination groups know their arguments are false so their only tactic is to either attack their critics or try and silence them.

Here is the article that talks about this problem. 

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Archive Link and Show Notes for Candidradio Live from Tesday December 31st 2013

Sorry this is a couple days late in being posted.  Been fighting off a sinus infection   On this show lots of dance music to ring in the new year.  We did a six hours show.  We also talked about a ton of stuff including  Zman's worst New Years hangover, Another dangerous New Year activity besides drinking and driving,  Asleep disorder that effects mainly blind people, We had a couple silly arguments, Littleflurry's weird customer stories, Just when you thought Phil Robertson could not say anything more disgusting, he does,  The controversy over when MTV added Micheal Jackson's "Billy Jean" video,  and a whole lot more.  

Monday, December 30, 2013

The Worst Movies of 2013

Reading the plots of the movies on this list I can see why we don't go to or rent movies hardly at all anymore.  If this is what Hollywood thinks is entertaining, no thanks,  I'll pass.  Not to sound like my grandparents but I can't believe people actually pay money to see this stuff.  Most of the movies on this list I would not go see if someone paid me.

Here's the link to the list.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Archive Link and Show Notes for Candidradio Live for Tuesday December 24th 2013

Sorry the archive is a couple days late in getting posted.  Holidays are busy around here but here it is.  On this show we did quite a bit of holiday stuff.  We tracked Santa, Talked about Christmas at Littleflurry's parents house, We talked about many of the laws Santa breaks, Christmas songs that really are not all that nice, Christmas songs that sound dirty but aren't, We talk a little bit about the passing of radio personality Larry Lujack, Zman says a few words about the Phil Robertson controversy, and much more.  Of course we also played some great music.

Here's the link to download andlisten totheshow.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

My Thoughts on the Guy on Facebook Holding the Poster that says, "My Wife Will Give Me A Baby If I Get So Many Likes.

Posted by Zman

I've seen the picture of the guy holing the poster that reads, "if I get 500,000 likes my wife will give me a baby." on a few friends Facebook walls the last couple days. I really don't think major life decisions like having a baby should be made based on how many Facebook likes you get. I just can't even imagine how some people think that is actually a good idea. The choice weather or not to have kids should be taken a little more seriously.  

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Archive Link and Show Notes for Candidradio Live for Tuesday December 17th, 2013

On this show, Dumb shoplifters, Holiday shoppers are nuts, What artist felt out of place at Catholic School,  We could have snowmageddon part two this weekend and much more.

Here is the link to download and listen. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

From our fearless leader Toonhead this is so cool

Want a dancy xmas song? Here ya go! https://the.wubmachine.com/

sky106.net Candidradio LIVE Tuesday nights!

More Zero Tolerance Stupidity. 6 Year Old Suspended for Kissing Girl on Hand, Charged with Sexual Harassment

Another example of how zero tolerance just does not work. Charging a six year old with sexual harassment for kissing a girl on the hand shows just how stupid school administrators have become. This bonehead move by this "school" probably tramatized this child for life. Full article here.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Archive Link and Show Notes for Candidradio Live from Tuesday December 3rd, 2013

On this show, Worlds most extreme Bathroom, How to really annoy the check out clerk, having fun with retail workers on Black Friday, Reverse Death Hoaxes and much more. Here's the link to download and listen to the show.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Archive and Show Notes for Candidradio Live for Tuesday November 26th,2013

On the show this week, Review of Catching Fire, Some truths about working retail, things not to say to someone in a wheelchair, Everything you know about getting warm may be wrong, Another popular book series going to film, B Sides, and much more. The show is in two segments segment one segment two

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Archive Link and Show Notes for Candidradio Live from Tuesday November 19th, 2013

On this show, Had a little glitch at the beginning as a song stared playing in the middle of the first George Carlin routine, Zman's a little grouchy without his coffee, We talk about the tornadoes that swept though Illinois Sunday and How you can help Tornado relief efforts Zman's eye emergency, Things not to do on Facebook, the weekly tech talk, Walmart stories, and much more. We also played some comedy and funny songs,in the first two hours plus new music and and 80's music. Her's the link to download and listen

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Another couple found guilty of murder for parenting by "To Train Up a Child"

The Pearls are purely sick, evil, twisted individuals who have no business giving parenting advice. From the below article here is some of their parenting, "advice" "Using plastic tubing to beat children, since it hurts a lot but leaves fewer marks to alert authorities Wearing the plastic tubing around the parent's neck as a constant reminder to obey "Swatting" babies as young as six months old with instruments such as "a 12-inch willowy branch," thinner plastic tubing or a wooden spoon "Blanket training" babies by hitting them with an instrument if they try to crawl off a blanket on the floor Beating older children with rulers, paddles, belts and larger tree branches "Training" children with pain before they even disobey, in order to teach total obedience Giving cold water baths, putting children outside in cold weather and withholding meals as discipline Hosing off children who have potty training accidents Inflicting punishment until a child is "without breath to complain." That's not parenting, that is abuse and these sick, evil, child abusers need to be stopped. If the god they believe in supporst this kind of parenting than I cetainly want no part of a god like that. Full article and more info about Micheal and Debbi Pearl here

How You Can Help the Victims of the Devastating Tornado in Washington Illinois

As you know by now the town of Washington Illinois was devastated by a tornado on Sunday November 17th. If you want to help out the people from Washington, you can donate to the Red Cross by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Massachusetts Just celebrated Ten Years of Marriage Equality, So Where Is All This Bad Stuff that is Supposed to Happen

First we here at Candidradio would like to congratulate Massachusetts on ten years of marriage equality and we are glad our home state of Illinois has finally approved the measure which will be signed in to law by Governor Pat Quinn this week. On the live show and the podcast we have talked about just how silly the anti marriage equality arguments are. They would be laughable if there were not people ignorant enough to believe them. They predict all kinds of dire consequences if we allow couples of the same sex to marry. Some even try to use the bible as an argument to why it should not be allowed but as we've pointed out many times with all the other things banned by the book of Leviticus: tattoos, eating shellfish, working on Sundays, Playing soccer on Sunday, wearing mixed fabric, There is even a requirement that a woman who has been raped has to marry her rapist, parents can kill their disobedient children, and the list goes on, that using the bible is a pretty weak argument. So now with Massachusetts having same sex marriage legal for ten years and many other countries having it for far longer, where are all these bad things that are supposed to happen. They claim it will lead to the "downfall of society as we know it" yet there is no evidence of this happening. They claim it will somehow "cheapen the family unit." again no evidence of this happening. The silly claims by the far religious right go on and on and you've heard us talk and blog about them many times. The one thing all of these silly arguments against marriage equality have in common is none of these homophobes can tell us how this stuff will happen or give any evidence that it is happening anywhere. The reason is because there arguments are false and deep down they know it. Their way of thinking is based on ignorance and fear and is thankfully dying off. Sixteen states in the U S have now approved marriage equality and the number is growing. hopefully in our lifetime marriage equality will be the law of the land and the homophobes like the Illinois Family Institute, Focus on the Family, and the American Family Association who try to hide their hate behind religion will be nothing more than a part of history that people just laugh about how ignorant and hateful those groups are. Granted there will always be homophobic people but hopefully as time goes on and we are seeing it today, that way of thinking becomes less appropriate and people except others for who they are. So congratulations Massachusetts on ten years of Marriage equality. Let's hope the rest of the country catches up very soon.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Archive link and Show Notes for Candidradio Live from Tuesday November 12, 2013

On the show we talked about more stores opening early on Thanksgiving, New device in development to help some blind people see, More dumb comments people give those of us who are Child Free by Choice, Nosy people, The dumb Walmart stories of the week, Zman has a couple observations to really make you groan, Strange shop lifting stories, and much more. Here is the link to download the show.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Archive Link and Show Notes for Candidradio Live for Tuesday November 5th, 2013

On the show we played all 80's music. We also talked about Illinois finally approving same sex marriage, zero tolerance gone a muck again, the isle of trash, five bad effects of daylight savings time, some tech talk, and much more. Here is the archive link

Monday, November 04, 2013

The Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas Debate Part 1458725695123 and One Thrid

Posted by Zman I'm seeing the "say Merry Christmas and not Happy Holidays" posts on my feed. I've never understood why some people get upset over a greeting or think it is somehow, "taking the Christ out of Christmas" Don't these people realize that happy Holidays simply refers to the entire holiday season. Merry Christmas refers to the specific holiday. and despite what these people want you to believe. People have been saying Happy Holidays for years, decades even. and how exactly does what someone calls it have any effect on how you celebrate Christmas? I get the feeling some people are not happy unles they feel persecuted. They call that a persecution complex. It seems in the past ten or fifteen years that some have decided to take offence to it. Trust me, no one is trying to take the Christ outof Christmas. There is no war on Christmas. Look around during the season. You can't breathe without being hit in the face with all kinds of Christmas stuff. If you're getting upset over a greeting then you're missing the whole point of the season. With all the problems going on around the world isn't it a bit silly to get upset over how someone greets you during what is supposed to be a festive season? You'd think if these people are so concerned over what they see as the "true meaning of the holidays" they'd be more upset over the commercialism of the holiday than a greeting. I mean there's something to get upset over. Not how someone greets you. Talk about getting upset over the wrong thing. I'm an atheist and I agree the holidays are way to commercialized. and yet I find the most strident Christmas supporters are the ones spending hundreds of dollars on their kids etc. yep, that's the reason for the season folks - maxing out the credit card, right?