Tuesday, February 14, 2006

The War on Saint Valentine's Day

Wow, I didn't see this one coming. These Catholic teens are, like, totally into abstinence. And totally into putting the "Saint" back into "Saint Valentine's Day."
Is it War?

Ask yourself:

What are you going to buy for your loved ones on February 14? A Valentine’s Day card? Or a Saint Valentine’s Day card?

There IS a war on Saint Valentine’s Day. Our commercialized, secularized, hyper-sexualized culture has successfully fought to drive the “Saint” from February 14 and it’s time to fight back. Join us as we call on See's Candies and Hallmark to stop leaving the Saint out!

It is war! But we are only now fighting back! Is it war?

I think this is for real. Click HERE to go read "What We Want."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scalia Calls Philosophical Foes 'Idiots'
Conservative Justice Dismisses Proponents of 'Living Constitution'

PONCE, Puerto Rico (Feb. 14) - People who believe the Constitution would break if it didn't change with society are "idiots," U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says.

In a speech Monday sponsored by the Federalist Society, Scalia defended his long-held belief in sticking to the plain text of the Constitution "as it was originally written and intended."

"Scalia does have a philosophy, it's called originalism," he said. "That's what prevents him from doing the things he would like to do," he told more than 100 politicians and lawyers from this U.S. island territory.

According to his judicial philosophy, he said, there can be no room for personal, political or religious beliefs.

Scalia criticized those who believe in what he called the "living Constitution."

"That's the argument of flexibility and it goes something like this: The Constitution is over 200 years old and societies change. It has to change with society, like a living organism, or it will become brittle and break."

"But you would have to be an idiot to believe that," Scalia said. "The Constitution is not a living organism, it is a legal document. It says something and doesn't say other things."

Proponents of the living constitution want matters to be decided "not by the people, but by the justices of the Supreme Court."

"They are not looking for legal flexibility, they are looking for rigidity, whether it's the right to abortion or the right to homosexual activity, they want that right to be embedded from coast to coast and to be unchangeable," he said.

Scalia was invited to Puerto Rico by the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies. The organization was founded in 1982 as a debating society by students who believed professors at the top law schools were too liberal. It has 35,000 members.

February 15, 2006 10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...





It's wonderful how everything works out in the end.

February 15, 2006 10:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


So the twenty-seven Amendments to the US Constitution, including but not limited to

the Bill of Rights

the abolition of slavery

the right of all races of men to vote

the right of women to vote

are idiotic because they were not part of the "original" Constitution.

Tell us Anon, does the Federalist yada yada group of 35,000 include any minorities and/or women?

February 15, 2006 2:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there's a legitimate process for amendment

that's not the Justice is talking about

he's talking about reading into the Constitution things that aren't there in order to accomodate perceived societal changes

if an amendment is necessary, it needs to be supported by a consensus of our society, as allowed by the Constitution not by "loose cannon" judges

February 15, 2006 3:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Tell us Anon, does the Federalist yada yada group of 35,000 include any minorities and/or women?"

Might include Clarence Thomas and Harriet Miers but Democrats usually resist appointment of women and minorities to the Supreme Court

February 15, 2006 3:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"People who believe the Constitution would break if it didn't change with society are "idiots," U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says."

American society got over its prejudice against African Americans and expanded the Constitution to free them and to give them the right to vote. Then American society got over its prejudice against women and gave them the right to vote too.

Per Scalia, what a bunch of "idiots!"

February 15, 2006 5:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess you really are an idiot. Those things were changed by legitimate Constitutional amendment or legislation. It's amazing how often TTF tries to play the racism card to stop all discussion. Jaded group of individuals.

February 15, 2006 5:32 PM  
Blogger JimK said...

The "racism card?" That's crazy -- nobody ever played any racism card that I can remember. You mean somebody called somebody a racist? I just did a Google search for the words "racist" and "racism" here, and most were quotes from someplace. None were TTF members calling anybody a racist. I don't think anybody here has called anybody a racist.

I'll tell you, Anon, I am getting close to just deleting your irrelevant and insulting lies. You serve a purpose -- we could never dream up a straw man like you -- but your standards have gotten extremely low lately.


February 15, 2006 5:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If that's not a whopper by Jim, I don't know what is.

February 15, 2006 5:53 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

I personally like chocolate and any holiday that can have a close tie to chocolate is fine by me. I don't celebrate Easter but I do love Zitner's double coconut eggs and their butter krak eggs(not available around here- so sorry!). I do not think that should stop anyone from going to church on Easter and recognizing it has nothing to do with candy and rabbits.

February 15, 2006 7:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Catholics trying to protect the memory of their saint is really harmless. Jim is again searching throughout our wide country looking for petty squabbles by which to attack religious believers. He acts like religion threatens him somehow.

February 15, 2006 9:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a crock anonymous. Where has anyone said that much less Jim?


February 15, 2006 9:55 PM  
Blogger JimK said...

These kids pretending that there is "war" on their saint is silly, and is obviously based the kind of stupid thing the religious right tried to pull over Christmas. We can call it "Saint Valentine's Day," who cares, just like people decorate a tree and celebrate an old guy with a beard and flying reindeer, and name it after Christ. There's no "war" on anything.


February 15, 2006 9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's just a harmless metaphor- like the Salvation Army

chill out

February 15, 2006 10:14 PM  
Blogger Orin Ryssman said...

Since I grew up in various parts of Southern California, and was never very far from a See's Candies outlet, could I comment on the original post? LOL!

While I don't know about Hallmark, I know that See's has for years simply referred to St. Valentine's Day as Valentine's Day. And nary a thought was given to the possible religious connotations of this day.

Well, what I mean is that I never really thought of it as a religious day back when I was LDS, and I can't say that that view has changed any now that I am Catholic. So, what is the big deal???

I suspect that it is a pretext for a hyper-religious group to bloviate about the thorough going secularization of religious holidays (you know, part and parcel of the Culture Wars...the struggle to define America in socio-cultural terms). Problem is this: Valentine's Day has to the best of my knowledge never been considered much of a religious holiday in the US.

So, what is my take on this? In a word: silly.

But, if it gets more business for See's because of the publicity, then that is just fine with me. See's, for those of you that have never experienced the taste, is quite possibly the best chocolate for the money (at about $14 a pound now). And while it can be purchased mail order, the best way to experience See's is by visiting a retail outlet where every customer/visitor is greeted with a smile and a sample. Yum, yum.

P.S. Yes, I did read about Justice Scalia's comments...I heard him speak once. It was before a conservative audience in Los Angeles, and while I cannot recall what he spoke on, I can recall that he was not happy that too many others had spoken before him as a way of introducing him, and the Justice made it clear that what we would be getting that nite would be a "truncated" version of the remarks he had prepared. Ouch.

February 16, 2006 6:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Willie Nelson releases homage to gay cowboys

‘Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly (Fond of Each Other)’ available on iTunes

The Associated Press
Updated: 4:16 p.m. ET Feb. 15, 2006

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Country music outlaw Willie Nelson sang “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” and “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” more than 25 years ago.

He released a very different sort of cowboy anthem this Valentine’s Day.

“Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly (Fond of Each Other)” may be the first gay cowboy song by a major recording artist. But it was written long before this year’s Oscar-nominated “Brokeback Mountain” made gay cowboys a hot topic.


February 16, 2006 2:31 PM  
Blogger Orin Ryssman said...

digger (Robert?) writes,

In Plessy v. Ferguson, the Supreme Court ruled that institutions and accomodations could be separate without being unequal (i.e. states could segragate railroad cars by law), without violating the any of the equal rights clauses of the consitution and its amendments. In Brown v. Board, a later court ruled (6 decades later) that separate was intrinsically unequal and violated the constitution.

Have you read these two decisions? Perhaps you have, but it certainly glosses over distinctions that exist in both cases (though in the former case the distinction is understood only by the dissenting Justice, Justice John Marshall Harlan, while in the later case, it is the majority that arrives at the correct result, though via dubious legal reasoning).

The courts read the same language, and interpreted it differently because of changes in social and political thought. The constitution is indeed a living document. Scalia is a dodo-head.


The idea of the US Constitution as a "living document" is merely an excuse by the Progressivist elements in this country to obtain the social results they desire via judicial "legislation" when said results were not possible via the true democratic source, the Legislative Branch.

Scalia might very well have some character defects...intemperate, short of patience, bombastic, etc. But his understanding of the Constitution is clear and he understands that even his job has defined limits, limits that when violated, do damage to the democratic process of "We, the People..."

Oh, and Dana...about the chocolates...the part that most Americans will ignore whilst they stuff their mouths with chocolate is that only dark chocolate that has NOT been processed with alkilines will have the flavinols (sp?) that in turn provide the anti-oxidants. Not to worry though, Americans look for just about any reason (read: excuse) to indulge, and over-indulge.

I am going with the family to attend a wedding on the wife's side of the family in Southern California the first weekend of March. When I stop in at my favorite See's retail outlet (to get my free sample, of course...and a few pounds to take home), trust me, all I am thinking about is satisfying my "sweet tooth" and little else.

My favorite piece of See's? Dark chocolate with a vanilla butter cream center...my runner-up favorite? Oh, that would have to be Dark chocolate with a rasberry cream center. 12 days left...ahhhh.

February 17, 2006 8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


If you ever get to Vegas, I was there in December and these See's outlets are everywhere including the airport. If you ever have an opportunity to layover, here's an excuse.

February 17, 2006 9:32 AM  
Blogger Orin Ryssman said...

anonymous (which one?...who knows) writes,


If you ever get to Vegas, I was there in December and these See's outlets are everywhere including the airport. If you ever have an opportunity to layover, here's an excuse.

Problem is that I seldom get down there unless there is an excuse. I work at Colorado State University, so unlike the Mrs., my work does not require me to travel (I wish it did).

Another tastey thing in Vegas is In-N-Out Burger (started originally in Southern California), the BEST fast-food hamburger around. Sounds like Jim travels (recalling the entry about his travel to behind the "Zion Curtain")...anyone else here? Well, here is a tip for you if you ever fly into LAX. In-N-Out Burger has a location right off the east end of the north runaway. It is so close that for planes landing on that runaway, it is the last thing they see before the runaway. And on a nice day, one can eat outside and take in the site of planes that are about 100 feet off the ground! Way cool.

February 17, 2006 11:35 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

In N Out burger- I bought my family T-shirts from there in Davis, CA but as a vegetarian have not eaten there myself. I went to Greens and got my T-shirt there.

Chocolate - we used to get irregular deliveries from Brussels but now my friend rarely visits there and the cost for Neuhaus or Pierre Marcolini or even Leonidas(fancy here- rather pedestrian there) is too much. When my friend worked there, I visited and we had chocolate from many stores-well known and otherwise. Now when I am looking for a special chocolate treat-I get Lake Champlain. I warn everyone about the Schaffenberger(spelling is off, I know) mocha bar at Whole Foods. I thought the bits in my mouth were sugar or coconut- it was actually coffee grounds- yuck- but it supposed to be that way- like a badly made latte. As Steve Almond, candy chronicler, would say, mistakes were made.

February 17, 2006 7:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was up and down California last summer from Yosemite to La Jolla and saw those In N Out burgers everywhere. Thought it looked like a McDonald's and never went in.

I'm going to have to check with you guys in the future before I go out of town. First the candy then the burgers- I'm missing out on the best of America.

February 18, 2006 1:21 PM  

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