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'Christmas' Returns to the Capitol (CA) (Schwarzenegger)
Sacramento Union ^ | Dec. 3, 2004 | Ryan Rose

Posted on 12/11/2004 11:23:14 PM PST by FairOpinion

Ending a five-year tradition started by his predecessor, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger brought the word “Christmas” back to Sacramento.

Known for breaking the mold, the Republican governor is calling the 56-foot white fir outside the Capitol a “Christmas tree.” Former Democratic Gov. Gray Davis had renamed the display a “Holiday tree” in 1999. Schwarzenegger said the Capitol would have a “Christmas tree” as long as he’s in office.

Sticking to his promise, Schwarzenegger frequently used the word “Christmas” during Thursday’s annual tree lighting ceremony.

(Excerpt) Read more at sacunion.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; christmas; christmastree; government; schwarzenegger

Merry Christmas, Arnold. :)

1 posted on 12/11/2004 11:23:15 PM PST by FairOpinion
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2 posted on 12/11/2004 11:27:43 PM PST by Echo Talon
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To: FairOpinion
And another article to go with it (with lots of sarcasm -- it's a good editorial, about how ridiculous it is the way schools and government offices ban Christmas):

Unhappily misguided holidays

Schwarzenegger is a (shudder) Catholic. His spokesman tells me, "Well, it is a Christmas tree. ...But somebody did ask us whether the governor misspoke. " Former Gov. Gray Davis had bowed to special-interest groups, dubbing the huge conifer a "holiday tree."

In recent years, various California schools have banned the hideous "Silent Night" (in Sacramento's San Juan School District), banned "Jingle Bells" because of offensive religiousness (in Fresno, where outraged parents quickly overturned the ban) and removed red-and-green lights that were seen as a "provocation" (in a Newport Beach school). One pundit questioned whether upscale Newport Beach should also take down traffic signals.

3 posted on 12/11/2004 11:29:09 PM PST by FairOpinion
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4 posted on 12/11/2004 11:30:40 PM PST by Echo Talon
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Rabbi Boruch Sholomo Cunin presents Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger with a menorah yesterday during ceremonies to honor the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah at the Capitol. AP photo/Rich Pedroncelli

Schwarzenegger celebrates Hanukkah

Saying December is a time to "celebrate, celebrate, celebrate," Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger took part yeterday in a menorah lighting on the Capitol steps, just a week removed from his role in a Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

The ceremony was the 11th menorah lighting at the Capitol, sponsored by the Chabad of California. The governor lit the center light of the menorah, a symbol of freedom. Schwarzenegger also took part in ceremonial songs and the tradition of gift giving.

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Interesting that this is just the 11th time there was a Menorah lighting at the CA Capitol. Arnold is bringing back Judeo Christian traditions to the CA government.

5 posted on 12/11/2004 11:34:47 PM PST by FairOpinion
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To: FairOpinion

This alone made it worth getting rid of Gray Davis.


6 posted on 12/11/2004 11:34:52 PM PST by mhx
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"This alone made it worth getting rid of Gray Davis."

That's exactly how I felt.

I didn't even know Davis banned Christmas from the CA Capitol.


7 posted on 12/11/2004 11:35:48 PM PST by FairOpinion
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To: NormsRevenge; doodlelady

Arnold bringing back Christmas to CA.


8 posted on 12/11/2004 11:36:46 PM PST by FairOpinion
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Way to go Arnold!


9 posted on 12/11/2004 11:37:43 PM PST by BJungNan (Stop Spam - Do NOT buy from junk email.)
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To: FairOpinion
If Arnold runs for re-election in '06, one can hope it will be a landslide victory. because the Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and Treasurer positions will be open races.

His coattails could give Republicans a slate of Republicans capable of winning state-wide offices and that includes Tom McClintock as California's next Lt. Governor.

10 posted on 12/11/2004 11:49:31 PM PST by LdSentinal
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Go Arnie!


11 posted on 12/12/2004 12:00:31 AM PST by GVnana (If I had a Buckhead moment would I know it?)
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To: FairOpinion

Gray Davis called it a Holiday Tree?...Jeez Louise...How P.C. can you get?


12 posted on 12/12/2004 12:26:07 AM PST by Route101
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To: FairOpinion

Kudos to the Governator!


13 posted on 12/12/2004 12:28:19 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: FairOpinion
Let there be peace on earth,
and let it begin with
MErry Christmas

Thanks for the face lift :-)

14 posted on 12/12/2004 12:51:01 AM PST by b9 (Who needs S&M when you've got the MSM?)
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To: FairOpinion

Excellent!


15 posted on 12/12/2004 1:51:41 AM PST by Free_at_last_-2001 (is clinton in jail yet?)
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To: FairOpinion
Amazing that this should even make the news.

Especially at CHRISTmas time!

Get rid of PC NOW!

16 posted on 12/12/2004 3:10:57 AM PST by Budge (<><)
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Arnold's roots are showing. You know he came from a place that didn't allow a lot of the freedoms you and I take for granted. I think why I am so moved by this man is he really knows, appreciates, and practices his rights without apology to anybody. As we all should be able to do...

Merry Christmas Arnold and have a Blessed Yuletide Season.


17 posted on 12/12/2004 3:53:12 AM PST by EBH (A very proud Aunt of a US Marine in Fallujah)
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To: EBH
Arnold does indeed know what freedom is!

A pity he can't run for president. I think he'd make a good one, despite being married to a Kennedy.

18 posted on 12/12/2004 4:22:51 AM PST by Budge (<><)
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To: FairOpinion
This is the best news I've heard all day. ACLU types really, really, really need to get a life. Teach Marxism in class, teach X-rated stuff in class, but don't you dare mention Christmas or you might traumatize someone. Yeesh.
19 posted on 12/12/2004 4:29:05 AM PST by Nataku X (For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?)
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To: FairOpinion
To a Girlie Man, this is a Holiday Tree.

To a Real Man, it is a Christmas Tree.

20 posted on 12/12/2004 4:30:02 AM PST by AmericaUnited
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To: FairOpinion

There's no such thing as a "holiday tree". It's always been a Christmas tree, duh. Anyone not celebrating Christmas: I expect you'll be working instead of taking a couple days off, ya?

Odd that they bend over backwards for everything the Mexicans want, except Christmas. Guess "religion" trumps "minority". Is there a list of what trumps what in the lefty handbook?


21 posted on 12/12/2004 4:30:27 AM PST by AmericanChef
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Just call it a Jesus's Birthday Tree.


22 posted on 12/12/2004 6:30:32 AM PST by Chewbacca (Just because Social Security was set up as a Ponzi Scheme doesn't mean I have to support it!)
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Jingle that girlie men!


23 posted on 12/12/2004 7:04:30 AM PST by Rockitz (After all these years, it's still rocket science.)
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To: FairOpinion

Good! Merry CHRISTmas Arnold and family!


24 posted on 12/12/2004 7:05:23 AM PST by stopem
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To: FairOpinion
Merry Christmas, Arnold. :)

Ditto Bump

25 posted on 12/12/2004 7:22:13 AM PST by LowOiL (Christian and proud of it !)
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To: FairOpinion

Thanks Auhnold! It's good to know that some politicians recognize Christmas.


26 posted on 12/12/2004 8:37:19 AM PST by Angry Republican (yvan eht nioj!)
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To: EggsAckley

Did you see this?


27 posted on 12/12/2004 12:29:03 PM PST by FairOpinion
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Good for Arnold! Way to go! I've found that I'm getting tired of all the ridiculousness. When co-workers who have known each other for years and are Christians start saying "Happy Holidays" to each other, then it's getting ridiculous. I've started making it a point to say Merry Christmas instead of Happy Holidays.


28 posted on 12/12/2004 12:34:40 PM PST by ContraryMary
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To: Budge
Get rid of PC NOW!

But if I got rid of my PC, I could not read FreeRepublic. :)
29 posted on 12/12/2004 12:36:54 PM PST by Tealc (Mail me if you want on or off my Jaffa, Kree! ping list)
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To: FairOpinion

Been hearing about it on the radio all week.

Huzzah for Arnold!


30 posted on 12/12/2004 12:53:48 PM PST by EggsAckley (...............stop unnecessary excerpting.................)
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To: Budge
I'm liking Arnold better all the time. Still wouldn't want to live in the liberal looney land of California though.
31 posted on 12/12/2004 12:57:34 PM PST by sweetliberty (Just because we CAN do something, doesn't mean we should.)
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To: Tealc
But if I got rid of my PC, I could not read FreeRepublic. :)

Oops, don't do that --- wrong PC, or maybe I should type it "PC" now. :)

32 posted on 12/12/2004 5:34:30 PM PST by Budge (<><)
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Nice place to visit, but ---


33 posted on 12/12/2004 5:35:47 PM PST by Budge (<><)
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