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On October 10th, 2010, the date will be 10/10/10.

101010 in binary = 42 decimal.

In other words, October 10th will be the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.

We must celebrate!
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Yet again, this year, we're hearing the right-wingnuts spouting off about how the "secular humanists" and the "liberal elite" are making war on Christmas by saying "Happy Holidays", as if this was some crime. Right wingers are adamant that somewhere, there are "secular humanists" and "ACLU types" who are trying to oppress Christians.

Ignoring the fact that it's hard to oppress a majority that controls most of the wealth and power, I have a message for those right-wing idiots who are still going on about "War on Christmas":

People, please.

We know that you conservatives like to speak in code words, but you're not fooling anyone. You haven't been fooling anyone for some time now.

We know full well that when you say "secular humanists" or "liberal intelligentsia" or "urban elite", you mean "Jews", okay? Give up the pretense already.

And while we're at it, stop saying "welfare mothers" or "illegal immigrants", and just say "blacks" and "Hispanics". We know you hate them too, so stop trying to be coy.
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Well, yesterday's celebrations were...suitably celebratory. I had a good barbecue at the social club, with lots of good food including some things that I helped make, and then helped my neighbors with their Annual Fourth of July Parking Lot Pyrotechnics.

My neighbors are very very fond of their fireworks, you see; every year they will buy large amounts of firecrackers, sparklers, fountains, bottle rockets, Roman candles, fireball launchers, shells, heavy rockets, and various other explosive devices. I helped my new neighbor, a young mother named Amber, set off her $200 worth of explosives, which included four very massive rockets that were mounted on inch-thick dowling and made a VERY big boom.

In short, it was the traditional American celebration of our Independence Day: giving small children access to dangerous explosives! Fun for the whole family, except for those members under the age of four, who generally spent the time crying in distress. Still, the older kids had fun, even if there were several times that I thought they were going to blow themselves or someone else up. These children, of course, thought they were indestructible, so they lit things off with carefree disregard for the dangers involved.

Ironically, the only thing approaching an injury happened to an adult, namely Amber, when a small bottle rocket launched by some tyke down the street landed in her hair and then detonated. She said it didn't hurt, but her ears rang for five minutes.

As I said to the little children gathered around us, while gesturing towards the city fireworks a few blocks away, "Remember, kids: they're trained professionals. WE'RE just trying this at home!"

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