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Did you have a happy Kwanzaa? ^ | Joesph Farah

Posted on 12/24/2003 5:17:43 PM PST by FlyLow

I'm a little late in asking, forgive me.

But, did you have a happy Kwanzaa?

I know the celebration officially ended 10 days ago, but the news has kept me busy until now.

President Bush was quicker to the trigger than I was.

Back on Dec. 20 – a full six days before onset of this very spiritual weeklong rite – he sent "warm greetings to all who are celebrating Kwanzaa." It gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling all over – even though I don't personally celebrate this sacred event.

Why did Bush issue a proclamation on Kwanzaa? Well, he explained that this important holiday was established in 1966 as an African-American celebration of "family, community and culture. The seven-day observance, beginning Dec. 26 and ending Jan. 1, serves as a special time to recognize and reaffirm the Nguzo Saba, or Seven Principles, of African culture. These are unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith."

Bush continued: "Kwanzaa provides an opportunity for people of African heritage regardless of their religious background or faith, to come together and to show reverence for their Creator and creation, to commemorate the past, to recommit to high ideals, and to celebrate the good life. These life-affirming traditions take on particular resonance this year, as the United States and the world face new challenges to peace. As individuals, families and communities take part in this celebration of unity and enduring values, I extend best wishes to people throughout the globe for a wonderful and memorable Kwanzaa."

Touching, moving, multi-cultural.

Bush was correct in pointing out that this new high holy day is a very recent invention. There are few holidays we can actually attribute to one man's vision. Kwanzaa is such a holiday – coined by Ron Karenga in 1966.

Who was Ron Karenga?

Glad you asked.

He is a convicted felon – sentenced five years after inventing Kwanzaa for torturing two black women by whipping them with electrical cords and beating them with a karate baton after stripping them naked. He placed in the mouth of one of the victims a hot soldering iron, also scarring her face with the device. He put one of her big toes in a vise, and detergent and running water in both of their mouths.

But that wasn't the beginning of the bizarre and violent behavior of Karenga, the patron saint of Kwanzaa – not by a long shot.

Just about the time he was dreaming up this new holiday, he was also inventing a new political movement on the campus of UCLA. That movement was called "black cultural nationalism." His group was called United Slaves. And it was defined mainly by violent confrontations with the Black Panthers at UCLA. Two of his followers shot dead two members of the Panthers in 1969.

But no sooner did Karenga get out of prison on the torture charges in 1975 than all was forgotten about his criminal and violent past. He was proclaimed Saint Karenga. Four years later, he was running the Black Studies Department at California State University in Long Beach.

How did he get that job in academia with his record?

Glad you asked again.

Paul Mulshine, who has done an admirable job of chronicling Karenga's history for, has a theory.

Karenga had a jailhouse conversion.

No, he did not become a born-again Christian. He did not renounce violence. He did not even repudiate his past. But he did become a Marxist.

And, while becoming a Christian might have disqualified him for a role in the world of the modern U.S. university, a conversion to Marxism was perceived as a sign of rehabilitation. The one-time psychopath had seen the light.

In conclusion, I hope this little cultural and history lesson helps you see the light – about Kwanzaa. It's being taught to your kids in your government schools. It's become a commercial bonanza in black communities through the United States. And, now, even the president of the United States is praising it as a legitimate holiday.

Good grief. What's wrong with America?

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To: Sir_Humphrey
?Aw lighten up and have a holly jolly Kwanzaa

I'm on my third or sixth Rum & Coke. I don't know if I want to get any lighter...not with the wife's family in the house. But thanks for suggesting it.

61 posted on 12/24/2003 7:58:18 PM PST by South40 (My vote helped defeat cruz bustamante; did yours?)
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To: Texas Eagle
That's why God created FreeRepublic.

JimRob is God?

62 posted on 12/24/2003 8:06:02 PM PST by South40 (My vote helped defeat cruz bustamante; did yours?)
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To: Beck_isright
I always carry small plastic bags with me when I take my dog for a walk so I can pick up his Kwanzaa. I hate stepping in dog Kwanzaa.
63 posted on 12/24/2003 8:27:20 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: FlyLow
Newer Than Kwanzaa

Recently, a number of Americans have come forth with interesting ideas for new holidays. Inspired by Maulana Karenga and his invention of Kwanzaa in 1966, these holidays hope to bring joy to those of us less than satisfied with the current crop of bullshit. The holidays listed below are all Newer Than Kwanzaa!

Esperantas, The Universal Holiday – Dr. Ludovic L. Zamenhof, Inventor of Esperanto
Much like its artificial language counterpart Esperanto, Esperantas has yet to catch on anywhere. Dr. Zamenhof’s hope is that those attracted to the invention of this universal holiday will also take an interest in his useless universal language. Zamenhof, who insists on being addressed as Lord Esperanto, claims that Esperantas will serve as a “bridge holiday” that will “enable inter-celebration between the numerous peoples of this planet that celebrate dissimilar holidays.”

Schwinza, The First Bicycle Celebration – Schwinn Bicycle Company
Each year dozens of Americans celebrate Schwinza, the first bicycle celebration. Good children can expect a visit from the jolly Mr. Schwinter Claus, whose promise to leave a shiny new Schwinn Bicycle at the bottom of every in-ground swimming pool keeps visions of handle bars dancing in tiny heads across the country.

Christmas 2 – Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett
From the power-couple that brought you the short-lived television series Earth 2 comes a brand new holiday that’s out of this world! Captain Devon Adair and her crew are looking for a new holiday for the human race to celebrate. The crew has some initial problems with the development stages of Christmas 2 and ultimately gets trapped in the holiday’s orbit. Things go from bad to worse when the gang crashes into Christmas 2 and is forced to do something.

Christmas Eve-Eve
This is one that I invented. I think that most people celebrate the day before Christmas Eve like it’s Christmas Eve, so I’ve decided to recognize Christmas Eve-Eve as an actual holiday. This means, of course, that I will now celebrate Christmas Eve-Eve-Eve like it’s Christmas Eve-Eve, which, as you know I already celebrate exactly the same way that I celebrate Christmas Eve

Kegmas, College Christmas – Sigma Kappa Epsilon, Pi Zeta Gamma, Beta Mu Omega, Theta Chi Iota and Lambda Xi Omicron
Kegmas is a yearlong celebration of excess and overindulgence. The Kegmas holiday has its roots in Kegizi, the belief system or “religion” that perpetuates the popular “get drunk and screw” values that are prominent on college campuses across the country.

Hanukkah Beyond – Jean MacCurdy and Shaun McLaughlin
From the power-couple that brought you Batman Beyond: The Animated Made- for-TV-Movie comes a brand new holiday that mimics the style of poorly animated cartoon dramas created exclusively for television. The holiday is set in the near future and follows Yukio Suzuki, a headstrong teenager who takes up the cowl after a personal tragedy. Michael Gross, the original Hanukkah is now a lonely old man. Anyone who considers himself or herself a fan of Hanukkah the Dark Knight should definitely think about joining the gloomy Hanukkah Beyond celebration.

Have a Merry Whatever!

Dennis Proctor
64 posted on 12/24/2003 8:29:30 PM PST by SAMWolf (The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul)
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To: FlyLow
Hey, this year I am celebrating "Krazzot"
65 posted on 12/24/2003 8:30:10 PM PST by metalboy (I`m still waiting for the protests against Al Qaida and Saddam)
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To: metalboy
I invented a holiday called "Proctolo". Happy Proctolo everybody.
66 posted on 12/24/2003 8:32:50 PM PST by metalboy (I`m still waiting for the protests against Al Qaida and Saddam)
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I had Kwanzaa once, but I took some Imodium and it stopped.
67 posted on 12/24/2003 8:34:26 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: FlyLow
Kawhat'sa Kawanza ?
68 posted on 12/24/2003 8:39:39 PM PST by Squantos (Support Mental Health !........or........ I'LL KILL YOU !!!!)
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To: metalboy
Do you commune with your proctologist on that day? I'm sure it is a happy time, but I'm not sure how. Moreover, I don't really want to know how you celebrate the "event".
69 posted on 12/24/2003 9:21:04 PM PST by kylaka
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To: FreedomCalls
Really? It worked that good?

If I remember that I'll never forget it.

70 posted on 12/24/2003 10:07:30 PM PST by TLI (...........ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA..........)
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To: FlyLow
Kwaanza is a RACIST fiction - just read the Kwaanza creed...
71 posted on 12/24/2003 10:20:08 PM PST by Wil H
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To: FreedomCalls
Imodium wasn't enough to stop my Kwanzaa. I had to get a script for Librax. It took me a month to get regular.
72 posted on 12/24/2003 10:45:06 PM PST by RatSlayer
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To: FlyLow
Merry Christmas bump
73 posted on 12/25/2003 1:50:47 AM PST by foreverfree
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To: foreverfree
Of course,there are some who will probably never be convinced. Like this caller, "Lawrence in Upper Marlboro" (scroll forward to the 32 minute mark; Lawrence will come on about a minute after that point.)

Or if this link fails, go to, click on "Don Kroah" (near the upper right corner), then click on Archives, then click on December 23, 2003, part 2.


74 posted on 12/25/2003 2:14:49 AM PST by foreverfree
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To: FlyLow
Did you have a happy Kwanzaa?

I had a very nice kwanzaa this morning right after my first cup of coffee.

75 posted on 12/25/2003 4:37:03 AM PST by TigersEye (Dean people sssssssssuck!)
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To: Richard-SIA
Q. Why did Bush issue a proclamation on Kwanzaa?

Dunno. Probably the same reason he wants to merge the country with Mexico - namely, that he is an excedingly shallow man, of limited intellectual ability, and with no core principles - other than knowing that he wants a second term.

76 posted on 12/25/2003 10:16:13 AM PST by dagnabbit (100,000 new muslim aliens per year. Thanks Dubya.)
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To: Beck_isright

77 posted on 12/25/2003 1:58:35 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: dagnabbit
Sadly, I am beginning to agree.

I am SO DAMN SICK of being bludgeoned with the lousy "but the alternative would be so much worse" mantra!

I want a candidate I can wholeheartedly support by 2008
It is probably hopeless to think we could replacer Bush this time around without getting one of the socialist bast**** in his place.

His reelection gives us four years to find a real republican and convince him to take the office in 2008.

This can only work if enough of us get involved with the formal party structure and outflank the "centrist" RINO's who have infested it of late.
78 posted on 12/25/2003 3:29:46 PM PST by Richard-SIA (Nuke the U.N!)
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To: FlyLow


Happy Festivus.

79 posted on 12/25/2003 3:45:32 PM PST by Fintan (Merry Christmas to all...)
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