A Ohio radio station this week decided to ban a very popular Christmas song called “Baby, it’s cold outside” because a few listeners were upset with some of the lyrics of the song. In their minds, the song promotes date rape and should not be ever played on the station. The station general manager seemed to agree after reviewing the lyrics and banned the song from playing. Chalk one up for the PC police! Never mind that this song once won an academy award and has been a very popular Christmas song for over 70 years. Nobody seemed to have an issue with the song’s lyrics for so many years until now. Isn’t that something? The #metoo movement is now really flexing its muscles and who knows where this will end. What other songs do they have an eye on?
I was rather curious about this sudden controversy so I decided to check out the song lyrics. It seemed to contain a typical conversation between a couple who faced the very common dilemma of wrapping up a date. The man in the song does not want his woman to leave and venture outside in the storm while the woman keeps repeating that she must go. It seems to be nothing more than a gentlemen feeling sad that his date will be leaving soon and he wants the evening to continue. Nowhere in the song does it contain any mention of him forcing himself on her. He even asked politely if he could come closer. About the only controversial thing in the song is when she asks him “What is in that drink?” That could actually mean a number of things. Implying that it promotes date rape is rushing to judgement. Maybe she is wondering if that drink contains her favorite beverage which might persuade her to stay a little longer.
What I find so amusing about this whole controversy is the lengths that people go to promote trouble these days. Do these same self-righteous people who call the radio station and complain about the lyrics of the song ever listen to today’s music? I wonder if they put as much time and energy at other times of the year in promoting their righteousness. Today’s music is filled with songs and lyrics that do not even compare in their degrading tone towards women. You could nitpick many seemingly innocent love songs and find many lyrics that would be offensive to some. News flash, songs about interactions between men and women are the base of what many love songs are about. In most cases these lyrics are not even close to being harmful towards women.
I think it is totally ridiculous for people to complain about the lyrics of this classic Christmas song and demand that it not be played anymore. I seem to be in the majority on this one. The #metoo movement has really stepped out of bounds on this one. There is nothing in this song that is even remotely harmful to women or the future of women. Here is a simple suggestion, if you do not like the song, simply turn the dial on the radio. It is as simple as that! Do not ruin it for the rest of us who enjoy listening to great oldies Christmas music.
This is the time of year when many people spend countless sleepless nights thinking about what Christmas gifts to buy for people. It could be that you are a special aunt to some wonderful nieces and nephews and you greatly want them to have much happiness and joy when they open your gift. Or maybe you want to impress that guy who you have been dating for several months with a surprise gift. The problem lies in what to get them. Most people automatically think of clothes as a great gift. I personally think it is a very bad idea for many reasons.
I cannot tell you the number of times that I have received some bogus clothing gift for Christmas. I have often had to put on my best fake appreciation facial look when I opened a gift and saw that it was some ugly colored sweater or polo shirt. I would not get caught dead wearing this piece of crap! Another favorite or should I say least favorite of mine is getting underwear or socks as a gift. When I was a teenager, I would frequently get those tidy whitey Fruit of the Loom underwear as a Christmas gift! We all probably have many horror stories about receiving some horrible piece of clothing as a Christmas gift.
Another issue with buying clothes for someone is doing the guessing game with the size. Anyone who is buying for young children probably have that problem. Whenever I buy clothing, I make darn sure it fits me before I purchase the item. Just because you know your size doesn’t necessarily mean that it will fit well. How would someone know exactly how well that sweater will fit you without having you there to try it on?
I know that clothes are a very popular item to buy for people as a gift for Christmas. Maybe your nephew is a huge football fan and would love to get a Dallas Cowboys jersey as a gift. You know his size so everything should be okay. But if you are unsure and just guessing what that special person might like, it might be a better idea to skip the clothing option. A better option might be to give them a gift card. Instead of buying your husband some awful looking tie or dress shirt, give him a gift card so he can go shopping at his favorite men’s clothing store.
Most people are very picky about the clothing they wear and assuming their likes in clothing can be very risky. You can never go wrong by getting them a gift card as an alternative. Just maybe that look of appreciation on their faces will be real this time around.
It was a cold January night several years ago when yours truly felt a little uneasy about what was going in the Middle East. The United States was on the brink of war with Iraq that evening in 1991 and I joined many in feeling this great anxiety about what was going to happen. Would this erupt into a much bigger war and involve more countries? My feelings of anxiety were greatly diminished when I turned on the television and saw our president, George H.W. Bush address the American people. He had this demeanor about him that brimmed with confidence and gave me assurance that we had the right guy as commander-in-chief. He gained my utmost respect for his very efficient handling of a potentially toxic world crisis. Many others felt the same way as his approval rating skyrocketed. Unfortunately, that popularity was short lived as the economy began to tank and a young upstart politician named Bill Clinton stopped Bush from winning a second term in office.
After President Bush left office and as I grew older, I became even fonder of this man. He had a certain level of class to him that was unmatched by most political figures. President Bush left a note behind wishing incoming President Bill Clinton the best of luck and saying that he was rooting for him to succeed. How many losing presidential candidates could have done such a thing? He went beyond his own personal ambitions in wishing his opponent the best of luck. That right there speaks volumes of the type of character Bush had.
Not only was former President Bush a great public servant for his country, he also was a man who greatly loved his family and especially his wife. Barbara Bush and him defined what growing old as couple really meant. They seem to be inseparable and I know how hard it must have been on him to lose her a few years ago. I also know how proud he must have been when his son became President in 2000. Younger Bush also was a very classy man much like his father.
I don’t know where Bush Sr. ranks up with other presidents. but I can honestly say that for pure class and love for this country, there was not anyone better, at least in my lifetime. Wouldn’t it be nice to have more politicians who showed that type of class in today’s political climate? President George H.W. Bush was a great American and he leaves behind a legacy that is filled with class and honor. The world needs more leaders like him.
For so many people in this country, the Thanksgiving holiday this coming Thursday will be about gathering together as a family, indulging in some great food and perhaps start thinking about all those Black Friday sales. A number of people also like to gather around the table and discuss what they are most thankful for. You probably will get a variety of answers for what people are most thankful for; it could be family, friends, jobs, freedoms that we experience in this great country and so forth. How often does a perfectly healthy person come up that they are most grateful for their own good health? It is an often overlooked thing to be most thankful for and many people take their own good health for granted.
About a year ago, a good friend of mine was diagnosed with an advanced form of cancer. The doctors gave him a 50/50 chance of survival. Here was a man who was extremely healthy, was in great shape, did not smoke, was not overweight and only in his mid 40’s. All of sudden out of nowhere, he gets this shocking diagnosis that totally changes his life. In the ensuing months, I witnessed the harmful effects that this disease can have on a person. My friend lost nearly 50 pounds and looked like a shell of his former self. I saw him near the end of his 6 month treatment program and he looked very frail and weak. The good news is that he is gradually progressing for the better and getting much stronger. The cancer is in remission and he has resumed his active lifestyle.
Just watching him go through what he did had a tremendous impact on myself as well. Cancer does not discriminate against anyone. There is not a single person in the world that is immune from this horrible disease. It has devastated countless number of people as well as many families. You can be the healthiest person at any age and still get cancer. Anyone who has not had to endure this awful disease can be extremely thankful.
There are several other health issues that can strike just about anyone at anytime. Some people are just born with a certain medical condition that prevents them from enjoying life to the fullest like most people. How would you like to be one of those poor people?
We tend to worry and be very ungrateful for many things in our lives. If you have ever had to go through a disease like cancer, your perspective on life will totally change. Those things that you used to take for granted will never again be taken for granted. It is very unfortunate that people have to go through something as emotionally and physically difficult as fighting cancer to learn to appreciate how important good health really is. If you are very healthy this Thanksgiving, take a few seconds to thank the good Lord for giving you something that is so important for living a good life.
In case you are living under some rock, today is Veteran’s Day when we honor the many men and women who are currently serving or have served in our military. I personally know a few veterans who gave up several years of their lives to serve and protect this country. I hold these people in extremely high regard for their personal sacrifices. Many of those veterans serve, come back home and resume their lives in a perfectly normal fashion. They are able to go back to their jobs and resume their lifestyles much like they did before. However, numerous veterans are not so lucky. They are part of thousands of men and women who are part of the Wounded Warrior program. While serving this great country, they have had their lives completely changed and life will never be the same for these brave people. Many have lost limbs, some will never be able to walk again. But if you ask them if it was worth it, they would strongly say that it was.
I recently saw a story on television about a soldier who served over in Iraq. On day, his convoy was hit by an IED. He lost both legs. The soldier was probably in his early 20’s. Imagine losing both legs at that age and the thought of being disabled for the rest of your life? I doubt many people could handle the emotional trauma of going through an event like that. You would think that this young man would want to just go back home, feel sorry for himself and just live out the rest of his life. No that was not the case. He said that after he got out of the hospital, he wanted to go back and help out his fellow soldiers in any way possible. How remarkable is that?! This is not just some isolated story. Many of our wounded veterans are among the toughest people we have living in this country. They are a huge inspiration to so many of us.
The next time you are having a bad day and feeling sorry for yourself, think about these people who come back from service missing a limb or maybe it could be that they are suffering from serious post traumatic syndrome as a result of combat duty. They may not have paid the ultimate sacrifice for this country, but being crippled for life for the task of protecting our freedoms ranks right up there for bravery. These men and women are our real heroes and deserve our fullest support and thoughts, not only on Veteran’s Day, but every day of the year.