Saturday, December 31, 2011

The History Of New Year's Eve/Day

New Year's Day is observed on January 1, the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar used in ancient Rome. With most countries using the Gregorian calendar as their main calendar, New Year's Day is the closest thing to being the world's only truly global public holiday, often celebrated with fireworks at the stroke of midnight as the new year starts. January 1 on the Julian calendar currently corresponds to January 14 on the Gregorian calendar, and it is on that date that followers of some of the Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate the New Year.


History


The Romans dedicated this day to Janus, the god of gates, doors, and beginnings. After Julius Caesar reformed the calendar in 46 BC and was subsequently murdered, the Roman Senate voted to deify him on the 1st January 42 BC in honour of his life and his institution of the new rationalised calendar. The month originally owes its name to the deity Janus, who had two faces, one looking forward and the other looking backward. This suggests that New Year's celebrations are founded on pagan traditions. Some have suggested this occurred in 153 BC, when it was stipulated that the two annual consuls (after whose names the years were identified) entered into office on that day, though no consensus exists on the matter.  Dates in March, coinciding with the spring equinox, or commemorating the Annunciation of Jesus, along with a variety of Christian feast dates were used throughout the Middle Ages, though calendars often continued to display the months in columns running from January to December.
Among the 7th century pagans of Flanders and the Netherlands, it was the custom to exchange gifts at the New Year. This was a pagan custom deplored by Saint Eligius (died 659 or 660), who warned the Flemings and Dutchmen, "(Do not) make vetulas, [little figures of the Old Woman], little deer or iotticos or set tables [for the house-elf] at night or exchange New Year gifts or supply superfluous drinks [another Yule custom]." The quote is from the vita of Eligius written by his companion, Ouen [Companion?  Hmmm...].
Most countries in Western Europe officially adopted January 1 as New Year's Day somewhat before they adopted the Gregorian calendar. In England, the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25, was the first day of the new year until the adoption of the Gregorian Calendar in 1752. The March 25 date was known as Annunciation Style; the January 1 date was known as Circumcision Style, because this was the date of the Feast of the Circumcision, being the eighth day counting from December 25 when Christ was believed to be born. This day was christened as the beginning of the New Year by Pope Gregory as he designed the Liturgical Calendar.

Traditional and modern celebrations and customs

January 1 represents the fresh start of a new year after a period of remembrance of the passing year, including on radio, television and in newspapers, which starts in early December in countries around the world. Publications have year-end articles that review the changes during the previous year. There are also articles on planned or expected changes in the coming year.

This day is traditionally a religious feast, but since the1900s has also become an occasion to celebrate the night of December 31, called New Year's Eve. There are fireworks at midnight at the moment the new year arrives; watchnight services are also still observed by many.

Regional celebrations
  • In European countries, the New Year is greeted with private fireworks. This day is also the occasion to make bonfires of discarded Christmas trees in some countries.

National celebrations

  • In the United Kingdom there are many celebrations across the towns and cities, particularly in Scotland.
  • In Greece and Cyprus, families and relatives switch off the lights at midnight, then celebrate by cutting the "vassilopita" (Basil's pie) which usually contains one coin or equivalent. Whoever wins expects luck for the whole year. After the pie, a traditional game of cards called "triantaena" follows.
  • In Russia and the other 14 former republics of the Soviet Union, the celebration of Old New Year or Novi God is greeted by fireworks and drinking champagne. The New Year is considered a family celebration, with a lavish dinner tables and gifts. In Moscow, the president of Russia normally counts down the final seconds of the "old year", as it is called in Russia. The Kremlin's landmark Spassky Clock Tower chimes in the new year and then the anthem starts. It is customary to make a wish while the Clock chimes, so you are anxious to do it in time!
  • In DavosSwitzerland, the final match of the Spengler Cup ice hockey Tournament is usually held on this day by tradition.
  • In the United States, it is traditional to spend this occasion together with loved ones. A toast is made to the new year, with kisses, fireworks and parties among the customs. It is popular to make a New Year's resolution, although that is optional. In the country's most famous New Year celebration in New York City, the 11,875-pound (5,386-kg), 12-foot-diameter (3.7-m) Times Square Ball located high above Times Square is lowered starting at 11:59 p.m., with a countdown from :10 seconds until :01, when it reaches the bottom of its tower. The arrival of the new year is announced at the stroke of midnight with fireworks, music and a live celebration that is broadcast worldwide.
  • In France, people are concerned about the weather that day. They regard the weather as the prediction of that year: wind blowing east, fruit will yield; wind blowing west, fish and livestock will be bumper; wind blowing south, there will be good weather all year round and wind blowing north, there will be crop failure. People like to toast the new year and drink till January 3. They think that they can't gain a beautiful year if they don't drink up all the wine left last year.

New Year's Day



The celebrations held world-wide on January 1 as part of New Year's Day commonly include the following:
  • Parades
  • American football: In the United States, January 1 is the traditional date for many post-season college football bowl games, which are usually accompanied by parades and other activities to celebrate the events.
  • Football (Soccer): In Europe, Association Football, where a Full Fixture program is usually played throughout the Premier League and the rest of the League/Non League system in England.
  • Ice hockey, most famously the Winter Classic in North America, a National Hockey League game that is played outdoors.
  • Concerts
  • Entertainment, usually enjoyed from the comfort of home.
  • Family time
  • Traditional meals
  • Church services
  • An annual dip in ice-cold water by hearty individuals, most famously by members of the Polar Bear Club.
  • Fireworks

New Year's babies



In Brittany, a common image used is that of an incarnation of Father Time (or the "Old Year") wearing a sash across his chest with the previous year printed on it passing on his duties to the Baby New Year (or the "New Year"), an infant wearing a sash with the new year printed on it.
In modern time and world-wide, the association of parenthood is with a baby's arrival, with New Year's Eve a father and mother together presenting their newborn child as the new year arrives and is celebrated.
People born on New Year's Day are commonly called New Year babies. Hospitals, such as the Dyersburg Regional Medical Center in the U.S., give out prizes to the first baby born in that hospital in the new year. These prizes are often donated by local businesses. Prizes may include various baby related items such as baby formulababy blanketsdiapers, and gift certificates to stores which specialize in baby related merchandise.

Other celebrations on January 1

Some churches celebrate the Feast of the Circumcision of Christ on January 1, based on the belief that if Jesus was born on December 25, then according to Jewish tradition, his circumcision would have taken place on the eighth day of his life (January 1). The Catholic Church, trying to distance itself from Judaism, now calls this holy day of obligation the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.

Comment:
Comrades, as I said last week, let's all have a safe New Year's Eve/Day.  If you have any more than one or two drinks in a one or two hour period, you are probably impaired, driving-wise.  Use designated drivers, or the AAA's free ride home program.  I don't want to be a wet blanket, but a DUI or an accident are really lousy ways to start off the New Year.  Remember, as National Socialists, you and you alone are responsible for your own actions.
If you're going to a party only a block or two away, let's not be lazy.  If you walk, you can't get a DUI.  Sure, you could get busted for walking down the sidewalk drunk, but that's a slap on the wrist compared to what could happen if you drive in that condition.
Have a safe and happy New Year's celebration.
Dan  88!


Friday, December 30, 2011

Permit Extended For "Occupy Congress"


WASHINGTON — A Washington offshoot of Occupy Wall Street has won a green light to keep occupying until February 28, officials said Thursday, so long as it shares its space with a conservative group.
Occupy Washington DC in Freedom Plaza, which grew out of an anti-war protest in early October, had previously held a permit from the National Park Service -- which owns the square near the White House -- to remain until New Year's Eve.
"We will plan to go and speak to people and do actions, stuff like that," Sarah Hines of Occupation Washington DC told AFP, confirming the permit extension and the encampment's plans to widen the reach of its protests.
But the tent city, housing several dozen activists, will be rubbing shoulders with the free-market National Center for Public Policy Research, which has a permit for lunchtime rallies in Freedom Plaza from February 12.
"They have to share space, or make space, when others want to use Freedom Plaza," said National Park Service spokesman Bill Line, adding that Occupy Washington DC has done just that on previous occasions.
Spokesmen for the conservative center -- which campaigns for "a strong national defense (and) free market solutions to today's public policy problems" -- could not be reached for comment.
Washington's other open-ended protest, Occupy DC, pitched camp on October 1 in McPherson Square, in the heart of the K Street lobbying district, where by federal law no permit is needed for gatherings of fewer than 500 people.
A third group, Occupy Congress, has meanwhile applied for a permit to demonstrate in conjunction with Occupy DC on the National Mall on January 17, the day Congress returns from its winter break.
Washington is host to the longest-running occupations in the United States after police shut down protests in other cities, including the original Occupy Wall Street in New York City on November 15.
In a year-end interview, Mayor Vincent Gray -- a veteran activist who was himself arrested in April at a Capitol Hill protest demanding statehood for the District of Columbia -- expressed frustration with the Occupy movement.
"What is the desired outcome here? Where are you trying to get to?" Gray asked in The Washington Post. "You see signs that read, 'End corporate rule.' Well, how do you do that?"
Neighborhood shops, restaurants and office building tenants have also voiced impatience.
The most serious incident in Washington came on December 7, when police arrested 62 occupiers for blocking a K Street intersection during a labor union protest in the US capital.
Three days earlier, police raided McPherson Square and pulled down an "occubarn" that went up the day before with no prior notice. The wood-frame structure was meant to be a meeting place during the winter months.
Comment
The "Occupy" movement is right in ZOG's hometown!  I love it!
However, Mayor Gray said that the movement lacks direction.  They want immediate change, but have no idea how to achieve it,  That's a load of crock.  
OWS knows exactly what it wants.  Here are their Seven Core Demands.  Take note that NONE of them deals with racial issues.  It's all economic.  I mention this because another organization has accused the ANP of siding with OWS when its Core Demands include racial equality for all.  Besides, the ANP does not oppose racial equality.  We are for racial separatism.  I'm all for equality - as long as I'm not forced to live with non-Whites.
1) End the Collusion Between Government and Large Corporations/Banks, So That Our Elected Leaders Are Actually Representing the Interests of the People (the 99%) and Not Just Their Rich Donors (the 1%).
2) Investigate Wall Street and Hold Senior Executives Accountable for the Destruction in Wealth that has Devastated Millions of People.
3) Return the Power of Coining Money to the U.S. Treasury and Return to Sound Money
4) Limit the Size, Scope and Power of Banks so that None are Ever Again “Too Big to Fail” and in Need to Taxpayer Bailouts
5) Eliminate “Personhood” Legal Status for Corporations
6) Repeal the Patriot Act, End the War on Drugs and Protect Civil Liberties
7) End the Imperial Wars of Aggression, Bring the Troops Home from All Countries, Cut the Military Budget and Limit The Military Role to Protection of the Homeland
HOW do we do this?  Good question.  ZOG will NEVER meet these demands, which is why the entire system MUST GO!  We need a new system.  Under National Socialism, these demands would be met thusly:
1.  All National Socialist leaders will work FOR the White working and Middle classes, not the elite.  
2.  We would invesitagate Wall Street big wigs and hold them 100% accountable for their greed.
3.  We would nationalize the Federal Reserve Bank, and hold its current officers accountable for their part 
     in our economic disaster.

4.  We would nationalize "mega-corporations".  Small, medium, and even large companies are part of the 
     free enterprise system that built this country.  It's the "corporate monsters" that have to go.

5.  When companies incorporate, the company itself attains "legal personhood".  The company is treated
     as if it were an actual person for tax purposes.  That way, if the company goes bankrupt, the private 
     assets of the comany's operating officers (such as the CEO and board of directors) cannot be touched 
     by its creditors or the IRS.  Under National Socialism, this would end.  Corporate officers would be held 
     completely responsible for their actions.

6.  The Patriot Act IS one of the greatest affronts to our freedom.  There's no question that that must go.
7.  The ANP has been saying for years that Imperialist wars of aggression MUST end and our troops 
      brought home (and deployed along our borders).

Comrades, the government has the power to do ALL of this NOW.  Yet they won't.  Because they are in collusion with the Judeo-Capitalists.  Both sides are partners in bleeding the people dry, and crushing their spirits.  
That's why the system CANNOT be fixed.  National Socialism is the only change we have of escaping from an abyss of poverty, slavery, and racial extinction.
Dan  88!


Thursday, December 29, 2011

200 undocumented Pacific Steel workers lose their jobs


 by Frances Dinkelspiel

In March, workers briefly went out on strike against Pacific Steel
This is not going to be a Merry Christmas for many of the workers at Pacific Steel.
After a recent crackdown by the Department of Homeland Security, 200 workers who could not provide a valid social security number are being laid off.
Those let go from the third largest foundry in the United States include many highly skilled workers who have been at the company for decades.
“It’s very sad,” said spokeswoman Elisabeth Jewel from the firm Aroner, Jewel & Ellis Partners. “The employees who are being terminated now have the most seniority. Many have been there 20 to 30 years. They have kids in the public school. They pay taxes. They are fully invested in American life. It’s been a really wrenching situation – obviously for the workers – but also for the company.”
In February, Pacific Steel, which was founded in Berkeley in 1934 by the Genger family and is still family-owned, got a request by ICE, the US Immigration and Customs Authority, an agency within Homeland Security, to examine I-9 documents, said Jewel. The department came back and reported that the social security numbers of 200 of the company’s 600 workers didn’t match up.
The employees were given a chance to provide new documentation to prove they were legally working in the US. Only a few were able to do that, said Jewel.
Pacific Steel has been doing rolling layoffs, keeping those with the most seniority working the longest. The last workers will be let go in January, she said.
The crackdown comes at an interesting time for Pacific Steel. Demand for its steel parts dropped considerably when the economy sank in 2008, but has been picking up rapidly in recent months, said Jewel. The factory only had about 470 workers in March, but has gone on a hiring spree since then, increasing its work for to 600, said Jewel. It is running three shifts 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The average employee earns about $18 an hour.
The company is replacing those who have been laid off, said Jewel. The company now uses a website called E-Verify, which provides instant electronic verification of an employee’s status.
“It’s not a wonderful situation for anybody,” City Council member Linda Maio said of the layoffs. “It’s terrible, really.”
Comment:
Am I paranoid, or does this article have a very liberal tone to it?  Well, maybe I am paranoid, but the article DOES have a very liberal tone.  Gee, what a surprise, especially if you note the author's name:  Dinkelspiel.  Also, she's from Berkeley - as in University of California, Berkeley - as in the most left-wing college in this country.
Anyway, news like this was the best birthday present I received this year.  That's 200 hundred more good jobs for American citizens.  
BTW, has anyone ever been INSIDE a steel mill?  When I was going to college, I did security work, because it gave me time to do some studying at work.  One place I worked at was a steel mill.  My first time inside it reminded me of a scene from "Dante's Inferno."  I kept looking for the sign that read, "Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here"!  It was hot, and there were sparks flying, and molten metal.  It may pay well, but it doesn't look like a pleasant place to work.  But then again, you gotta do what you gotta do to make a decent living.  It wouldn't be my first choice though!
Dan  88!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Autistic Child Abused By His Teacher


When Sandra Baker was called to pick up her 9-year-old autistic son, Chris, from his Mercer County, Kentucky school, she was stunned by what she found: She says that Chris's teacher had stuffed him in a gym bag and left him in the hallway as punishment.

"When I walked in," Sandra told CBS News, "I went down his hallway, and I saw this big green bag laying in the floor beside the [teacher's] aide, and I saw it moving."

Then Sandra heard a voice come from inside the bag:“Momma, is that you?”

Sandra demanded her son be released immediately, but allegedly the bag was tied so tightly the teacher's aide struggled to open it. When Chris finally got out, his mom says he was sweaty and uncommunicative.


At a meeting with school officials last week, Sandra learned this wasn't the first time Chis had been stuffed in the duffel bag as punishment. The teachers allegedly referred to the duffel as a “therapy bag,” but lacking even basic training for working with autistic children, were unable to explain how confining Chris to a drawstring bag constituted “therapy” of any kind.

Here’s the worst part: after her meeting, Sandra says she received no guarantee that this kind of abuse wouldn’t happen again -- either to Chris or to other students in Mercer County schools.

That’s just not acceptable to Sandra, or to the 12,000 people who’ve already signed Lydia’s petition on Change.org. Lydia is hoping to deliver the petition to the Mercer County school board at their next meeting. The school board won’t be able to ignore this issue when they see the thousands of people angry about Chris’s treatment and calling for changes.



Statement From The Child's Mother


While I personally believe that the teacher more than deserves to be fired, the demand stipulates that if she not be fired (which it does request explicitly -- asking that the teacher "be dismissed from position") then she be required to complete extensive education regarding respectful treatment of Autistic students. I do not harbor any illusions that the people who are naturally malicious-minded and inclined to abuse will truly benefit or amend their ways from any amount of education; however, in the event the county Board of Education refuses to fire her, it would be better than simply allowing her to keep her job and stay in the same position where she already is now, maintaining the status quo. 
I firmly believe that the majority of teachers are people with good or decent intentions who genuinely want to support their students and not abuse them; the kind of education demanded in the second and third provisions of the petition ought to provide these people with a better foundation and toolkit for interacting appropriately and respectfully with Autistic students and students with other disabilities. I would much rather focus on what good can be gained of a horrific and disgusting situation than the good that cannot be gained from it, and that is what I hope to accomplish with this petition. 
In response to concerns about misinformation or conflicting information about the type of bag used, it was an Abilitations BagOBalls (not a duffel bag, or a gym ball bag, or a netted bag), which is intended to be used for occupational therapy, specifically sensory integration therapy through application of deep pressure; however, the teacher who told Chris to get inside the bag was NOT a trained clinician using the bag in a therapeutic setting in a manner so that he would have been free to leave of his own initiative. It was instead used inappropriately as a restraint and a punishment, not as a therapy. 
Comment:
I'm sure most of my ANP comrades know just why I posted this story - and it's not because I used to teach.  This story will hit home to our chairman.
As a retired teacher, I firmly believe that many of today's kids are sorely lacking a good dose of corporal punishment.  
When I was teaching, I did not feel it was my job to spend half my day dealing with their petty squabbles nor putting up with their nonsense.  I was there to teach them their academics, not good behaviour and morals.  That's the job of the parents and clergy.
However, standard techniques of discipline - including physical punishment are far less effective against autistic children.  These are special needs kids and deserve to be treated as such.
This teacher should be terminated immediately and her credential revoked.  Only teachers trained to deal with young autistic children should have them in the classroom.  Budget matters must not be allowed to be a factor in this.  Autistic kids are special ed kids and need a special education teacher.
When these kids get to be a little older, they can be mainstreamed with regular ed kids, but first, second, and third graders need special care.  The school district should never use cost as a reason for denying this to kids who need it.
National Socialism recognizes that our children are our most valuable resource.  The children must come first because - to quote the old song, "...the children are our future."  If they turn out badly, we only have ourselves to blame.  Never forget The 14 Words.
Dan  88!