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So what did they do again? The Easter Bunny and the Easter Basket. Yep, the same guys who brought us the Christmas tree gave us the bunny and the basket for Easter. Even the name Easter isn't Christian in origin but started life as a celebration of Spring by pagans. So, oops, they did it again.
Easter celebrations, long favored by pagans, were incorporated into Christianity by early Christians who celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ at the same time pagan worshipers were celebrating the bounty of spring and fertility in general. The pagan traditions became intermingled with Christian beliefs from that point, and various additions to the holiday were made through the centuries--including that of the familiar and calorie-laden Easter basket.
   

Now if you want to read more from a guy who's trying to unravel myth, mythology and religion around Easter and Spring celebration click on this link. You'll have to read it several times, I think he confuses himself at times, but he does admit that many Christian celebration dates are made up or fused with pagan celebrations.

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Welcome to the March 27. 2015 Post Game Show for Mojo Friday!

 

Poor TexDem, he's sad about March Madness, as his beloved Tar Heels didn't make the sweet 16.  Me, well, I don't really care!  My alma mater played Division 3 sports (except for Hockey) ... so I never became a fan of big-time college sports. Which makes the annual rush around a football championship humorous, and march madness, well, march silliness.

Actually it's march annoying as well, as restaurants and bars get overpacked and aren't a place to have a pleasant meal while those silly games are going on.  We end up at slightly upscale places when we each out (or really down scale!) ... but we survive.

How 'bout you? What's your take on March Madness. Take our poll below and let us know.

Meanwhile, for fun ...

Today's Mojo Friday diary is Mojo Friday - March Sadness - Edition.  

The Mojo Friday Postgame is a statistical analysis of the Mojo Friday diary that is posted every Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. ET. For further info please check out  Jez's 'Official' "Mojo Friday Snecktionary"  MKinTN posted a diary to help everyone achieve greater success called How to Succeed at Mojo Friday Without Really Trying.

Congratulations to:


Participation-est: bjedward
Chattiest: chimene
Generous-est: bjedward
Snecksiest (1):   chimene, kenwards

Thanks to our most excellent host, TexDem!

Stats will be updated Sunday afternoon. Final stats will be published a week later.

Poll

How mad are you about March Madness?

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Fri Mar 27, 2015 at 07:30 AM PDT

Mojo Friday - March Sadness - Edition

by TexDem

Well it is a more appropriate name for it isn't it? I mean ultimately there's only one team that ends up happy. Out of 68 teams that enter the tournament only one ends on a winning note the rest of go home with a loss. My Heels were sent home and of course I think the game was called close on Carolina and only the most obvious of fouls were called on Wisconsin and even then they got away with a bunch.

Of course unless your team is loaded with a bunch of seniors or high draft pick you're thinking;

OH MY GOD! Wait til next year! Everybody's coming back! We're gonna kick everyone's ass.
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Fri Mar 20, 2015 at 07:30 AM PDT

Mojo Friday - Morning Bloom - Edition

by TexDem

How many of you would prefer to see Lisa Bloom's face in the Morning in place of Joe Scaborough? Me too.

Back in December The Daily Caller was attempting to give Ms Bloom a hard time for ripping into Scarborough overnight (because it was assumed Joe was fast asleep in preparation for his "Morning Blow(hard)" show. I must have responded somewhere (maybe here) that MSNBC should replace Joe and his lap buddies with Lisa Bloom because the morning audience would be better informed. Well somebody( @flitedocnm) loved it. He enjoyed it so much he tweeted the idea to Joe, MSNBC and Lisa. Obviously nothing came of it but I thought I'd give it another airing just for fun.

We can talk about it seriously or just for fun. Either way we can create just a little internet buzz. Even if it's just a tiny buzz. Just for the annoyance factor for Scaborough if nothing else.

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Welcome to the Friday the 13th of March 2015 Post Game Show for Mojo Friday!

 

So today is Friday the 13th, hence the theme of today's Mojo Friday Diary: Triskaidekaphobia.  After the adventures of the Republican Party last week, I set out to discover what the Fear of 47 might be.  Boy, was that fun!

First up was a verse from the Bible ... Lamentations 3:47 captured best by the New Living Translation, I thought:

We are filled with fear, for we are trapped, devastated, and ruined.
 If that doesn't describe the Republican party today, I don't know what else does. For they are clearly filled with fear ... of bloody everything as far as I can tell.  They clearly feel trapped, devastated and ruined, for why else would they flail around so wildly, trying to hit and hurt everything they can.  Even, seemingly, those they love?

But that wasn't all! Apparently Californian's passed Proposition #47 last fall:  

The recent voter-approved ballot proposition reduces a handful of nonviolent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, including the simple possession of most drugs for personal use and theft of items valued at less than $950.
[ref: Santa Maria Sun] where this is just one article about law and order types having a hissy fit because their private sector prison friends won't be able to lock up and abuse people for years over small crimes.

Meanwhile, No Fear Shakespeare brings us Sonnet 47.

Betwixt mine eye and heart a league is took,
And each doth good turns now unto the other.
When that mine eye is famished for a look,
Or heart in love with sighs himself doth smother,
With my love’s picture then my eye doth feast
And to the painted banquet bids my heart.
Move on citizens, nothing to fear, nothing here!

And I found something else to not fear (indeed, to drool over), a nice Cape Fear 47 yacht! Courtesy of Yacht World!

So maybe the good in 47 outweighs the fear. What do you think? And now for the fun!

Today's Mojo Friday diary is Mojo Friday - Triskaidekaphobia - Edition

The Mojo Friday Postgame is a statistical analysis of the Mojo Friday diary that is posted every Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. ET. For further info please check out  Jez's 'Official' "Mojo Friday Snecktionary"  MKinTN posted a diary to help everyone achieve greater success called How to Succeed at Mojo Friday Without Really Trying.

Congratulations to:


Participation-est: bjedward, bsegel, NoMoJoe
Chattiest: chimene
Generous-est: TexDem
Snecksiest (2):  4Freedom  

Thanks to our most excellent host, TexDem!

Stats will be updated Sunday afternoon. Final stats will be published a week later.

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tris-kahy-dek-uh-foh-bee-uh
noun
fear or a phobia concerning the number 13.
Didn't we just have a Friday the 13th diary last month? Why yes, yes we did. In fact Friday the 13th will happen three times this year. November 13th will be the third. Friday the 13th trilogies are actually not that uncommon, the last occurring in 2009 and the next will be in 2026, then again in 2037. There is a pattern but it involves calendar math, it's Friday, who has the time or patients for calendar math? If you'd like to learn more try visiting this blog post.

What does this have to do with President Franklin D. Roosevelt? Turns out President Roosevelt suffered from triskaidekaphobia. The President did not like to travel on Friday the 13th.

Journalist and Roosevelt biographer John Gunther wrote, “Like most people with good luck, FDR was moderately—not excessively—superstitious. He hated Friday the thirteenth, he would never start an important trip on a Friday if he could help it, and he disliked sitting down with thirteen at dinner.”
So much for, “let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself..."

Franklin D. Roosevelt died on Thursday, April 12, 1945, so maybe 13 wasn't out to get him after all.

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Welcome to the March 6, 2015 Post Game Show for Mojo Friday!

 

Let's hear it folks! What drives you nuts about other people's writing because we know yours is perfect?
Well, our poll below will ask you to highlight how much you get annoyed with other people's writing skills ...

Except mine of course. Which are perfect.  

Well, most of the time.

Some of the time?

Man, you guys are mean!  

Occasionally?

I tend to be pretty relaxed about grammar and writing skills, as I work for a large multi-national, and the organization I work for has people and teams scattered around the entire globe.  West coast and east coast (and north middle and south middle).  Latin America.  Europe (Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern), and the Asia Pacific region (down under and up above!). For many of my colleagues, English is a second language.  Some learning it early in their lives. Others, well not so early!

Been working for a large multi-national most of my working life, so I'm pretty inured to grammar, to word choice, and quite accustomed to listening for accents.  Which over nearly 40 years has helped me really to try and focus on what they say, what they intend to say, and what I think they mean, and not so much on how they've said it and/or expressed themselves.

Not a bad habit to be in ... most of the time!

What do you think?

And now for the fun!

Today's Mojo Friday diary is Mojo Friday - Mugging For Attention - Edition

The Mojo Friday Postgame is a statistical analysis of the Mojo Friday diary that is posted every Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. ET. For further info please check out  Jez's 'Official' "Mojo Friday Snecktionary"  MKinTN posted a diary to help everyone achieve greater success called How to Succeed at Mojo Friday Without Really Trying.

Congratulations to:


Participation-est: bjedward, chimene
Chattiest: TexDem
Generous-est: bjedward
Snecksiest (1):   Senor Unoball, ScottyUrb

Thanks to our most excellent host, TexDem!

Stats will be updated Sunday afternoon. Final stats will be published a week later.

Poll

How much does writing or grammar mistakes bother you?

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Grammar Mugs
   

This isn't meant as an advertisement, just poking fun at our own Grammar Police on Daily Kos. Not overlooking our own writing and grammar pet peeves.

That that that that that that. That that that that that that that that that that that. Can we just leave THAT out? I plead guilty too, but I try to leave THAT out as much as I can.

Let's hear it folks! What drives you nuts about other people's writing because we know yours is perfect?

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Welcome to the February 27, 2015 Post Game Show for Mojo Friday!

 

What color is this dress?

What an unusual item for a dialogue, a conversation, a war to break out on the Internet the past 48 hours.  Blue? Black? Gold? White?  ... chartreuse?  

Maybe we needed a break from Washington ... and the debate (?) over DHS funding, and immigration. Health Care and Social Security?  Or, really, the rabid republicans discovering that governing means acting like rationale adults, not acting like 4-year olds throwing a tantrum (my apologies now to all 4 year olds, I don't mean to call you republicans!)

Or a break from the snow.  Anyways, it's been a pretty busy and hectic week here, so I definitely needed that break too.

Meanwhile, in our poll, tell us what you think the color is!

And I can't leave with out a big call out to Mr. Spock - Leonard Nimoy, who passed away today.  I remember watching the original Star Trek Series when it broadcast, junior-high science fiction nut that I was. I couldn't get enough of it then, and my love for science fiction (and fantasy) still lives with me today.  A great loss.

And now for the fun.

Today's Mojo Friday diary is Mojo Friday - A Whiter Shade of Pale - Edition

The Mojo Friday Postgame is a statistical analysis of the Mojo Friday diary that is posted every Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. ET. For further info please check out  Jez's 'Official' "Mojo Friday Snecktionary"  MKinTN posted a diary to help everyone achieve greater success called How to Succeed at Mojo Friday Without Really Trying.

Congratulations to:


Participation-est: bjedward
Chattiest: TexDem
Generous-est: Yasuragi
Snecksiest (1):   Texnance

Thanks to our most excellent host, TexDem!

Stats will be updated Sunday afternoon. Final stats will be published a week later.

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What color is that dress?

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As we come to the close of Black History Month it's interesting to reflect on a what caught the headlines this month among them a Texas high school raising "White Power" signs (and other acts of disrespect) at a home game with an opposing school trying to fuck with their psyche. What these kids fail to realize and they didn't learn from their parents (who taught them to be racists assholes) is their stunts have just the opposite effect. The stunt didn't just galvanize the opposing team they galvanized the whole Dallas/Fort Worth community against them and brought national shame to their school. So to the racist out there I say; "Keep it up! Stunts like this helps to bring you down."

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Fri Feb 20, 2015 at 01:10 PM PST

Birdbrain? Mojo Friday Post Game Show!

by bjedward

 


Welcome to the Feb. 20, 2015 Post Game Show for Mojo Friday!

 

Not much diary today ... too much work to do after travelling much of the last two weeks. But somehow many of the Republican presidential candidates don't seem to be as clever as a crow.  in my opinion.

Oh well.

Today's Mojo Friday diary is Mojo Friday - Birdbrain - Edition

The Mojo Friday Postgame is a statistical analysis of the Mojo Friday diary that is posted every Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. ET. For further info please check out  Jez's 'Official' "Mojo Friday Snecktionary"  MKinTN posted a diary to help everyone achieve greater success called How to Succeed at Mojo Friday Without Really Trying.

Congratulations to:


Participation-est: chimene, bjedward
Chattiest: 4Freedom
Generous-est: Yasuragi
Snecksiest (2):    4Freedom

Thanks to our most excellent host, TexDem!

Stats will be updated Sunday afternoon. Final stats will be published a week later.

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Fri Feb 20, 2015 at 07:30 AM PST

Mojo Friday - Birdbrain - Edition

by TexDem

Or
 

Are You smarter than a crow?
   

I know you've spent countless hours contemplating whether or not a crow could pull off a complex puzzle to access some food, but seeing it does surprise you doesn't it? Seriously, it changes your definition of the term birdbrain?

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