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Halloween Display Offends Nosy Neighbor
Human Events ^ | October 18, 2007 | Katie O'Malley

Posted on 10/18/2007 6:14:28 AM PDT by hilaryrhymeswithrich

Thanks to nosy neighbor Millie Hazelwood, Madison, New Jersey has its own Gladys Kravitz to make sure that delicate sensibilities are not offended. Millie spotted a hanging figure amongst the Maines family Halloween display and found an opportunity for relevance and her 15 minutes of fame.

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Thanks to nosy neighbor Millie Hazelwood, Madison, New Jersey has its own Gladys Kravitz to make sure that delicate sensibilities are not offended. Millie spotted a hanging figure amongst the Maines family Halloween display and found an opportunity for relevance and her 15 minutes of fame.
1 posted on 10/18/2007 6:14:30 AM PDT by hilaryrhymeswithrich
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To: hilaryrhymeswithrich

I’m offended by gourds that are slashed and mutilated and turned into hideous expressions of ghoulish, macabre humor.......


2 posted on 10/18/2007 6:17:27 AM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we have consensus.......)
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To: hilaryrhymeswithrich

Offensive.


3 posted on 10/18/2007 6:19:32 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Welcome To FR!!..........Try The Search Feature!!)
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To: Red Badger

>>I’m offended by gourds that are slashed and mutilated and turned into hideous expressions of ghoulish, macabre humor.......<<

I’m sure you can get some money for that!


4 posted on 10/18/2007 6:20:42 AM PDT by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: ishabibble

Just wait til some Wiccan gets upset over the “Witch flying into tree” displays........


5 posted on 10/18/2007 6:22:16 AM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we have consensus.......)
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To: Red Badger
I’m offended by gourds that are slashed and mutilated and turned into hideous expressions of ghoulish, macabre humor.......

I'm offended that you're offended by that.
6 posted on 10/18/2007 6:22:22 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Ron Paul put the cuckoo in my Cocoa Puffs)
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To: reagan_fanatic

And I’m offended that your offended at his offense!


7 posted on 10/18/2007 6:24:18 AM PDT by diamond6 (Everyone who is for abortion has been born. Ronald Reagan)
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To: reagan_fanatic; ishabibble

8 posted on 10/18/2007 6:24:25 AM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we have consensus.......)
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To: diamond6

I’m not offended at all that you are offended that he’s offended. You may find that offensive.


9 posted on 10/18/2007 6:26:32 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Red Badger

I got your gourds right here.............;-)

10 posted on 10/18/2007 6:26:40 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (Support Duncan Hunter for the 2008 GOP presidential nominee. He is THE conservative candidate!!)
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To: 1rudeboy

Okay you are too funny. I almost fell out of my chair laughing!!!


11 posted on 10/18/2007 6:28:23 AM PDT by diamond6 (Everyone who is for abortion has been born. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Red Badger

I was going to post that.


12 posted on 10/18/2007 6:28:50 AM PDT by magslinger (I will not submit.)
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To: magslinger

Just goooogle “pumpkin puking pic” and select images. There’s hundreds of them.........


13 posted on 10/18/2007 6:30:10 AM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we have consensus.......)
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To: 1rudeboy; diamond6; reagan_fanatic; Red Badger

Where exactly is our right not to be offended enumerated in the Constitution?


14 posted on 10/18/2007 6:31:45 AM PDT by magslinger (I will not submit.)
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To: magslinger

15 posted on 10/18/2007 6:32:37 AM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we have consensus.......)
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To: diamond6

I’m offended by offenses in general...


16 posted on 10/18/2007 6:33:37 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: Red Badger

You posted before I did the search.


17 posted on 10/18/2007 6:34:03 AM PDT by magslinger (I will not submit.)
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To: Red Badger

I got your gourds right here.............;-)

18 posted on 10/18/2007 6:40:23 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (Support Duncan Hunter for the 2008 GOP presidential nominee. He is THE conservative candidate!!)
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To: hilaryrhymeswithrich

Now the left has made an incursion into Halloween, a set of bizarre superstitions practiced by many people in October. The left just wants to eliminate another aspect of our culture.
I have no use at all for this aspect of our culture, but damn the left for trying to eliminate it.


19 posted on 10/18/2007 6:46:51 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: hilaryrhymeswithrich
Being the vengeful pr*ck I am, if Millie had done this to me, in the 1st place the dummy would still be hanging - AND I would have immediately searched for every Lawn Jockey I could find and place them prominently on my front lawn. And if possible have them all face her house.

That'd give Millie and the NAACP something else to be offended by.

20 posted on 10/18/2007 6:48:56 AM PDT by Condor51 (Rudy makes John Kerry look like a Right Wing 'Gun Nut' Extremist)
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To: hilaryrhymeswithrich
This isn't nearly as bad as an actual Halloween hate crime, like hanging a fake witch from a tree -- right next door to a real witch.
21 posted on 10/18/2007 6:52:07 AM PDT by WrightOnTarget
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To: hilaryrhymeswithrich
I am deeply offended by people who are so easily offended and am even more offended that they are offended when I am offended.

I am even more deeply offended by the easily offended when they frivolously waste my tax dollars to shield them from being offended.

In other words, Millie Hazelwood - Get A Freaking Life!
22 posted on 10/18/2007 6:53:25 AM PDT by Caramelgal (Rely on the spirit and meaning of the teachings, not on the words or superficial interpretations)
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To: Caramelgal

Well said!!

The guy probably had the same decorations for years without anyone making a mention...until now. ‘PC’ is offensive to me...now who can I sue?/sarc


23 posted on 10/18/2007 6:57:35 AM PDT by SueRae
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To: Leftism is Mentally Deranged

God can use quite unlikely actors for His purposes.

There was undoubtedly nothing to the notion that the hanging figure had any reference to the lynchings of yesteryear.

However the damn ‘holiday’ (arising largely out of a mockery of the Christian church’s “All Saints Day” on November 1, hence its October 31 date) seems to be increasing in the gruesomeness of its displays every time it comes around. The whole popular idea of it seems to be to get some kind of thrill out of frightening and shocking things.


24 posted on 10/18/2007 6:58:04 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Beat a better path, and the world will build a mousetrap at your door.)
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To: hilaryrhymeswithrich
I would have just painted the face white and put a cowboy hat on it along with a sign that read:

Horse Thief


Let's see them try to make that hanging about Jim Crow
25 posted on 10/18/2007 6:58:49 AM PDT by IronKros (The pig put foot. Grunt. Foot in what? ketchup)
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To: WrightOnTarget

Oddly enough the witch involved is named Lynch.


26 posted on 10/18/2007 7:01:21 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Beat a better path, and the world will build a mousetrap at your door.)
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To: diamond6

Some people need to be offended.


27 posted on 10/18/2007 7:18:47 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: hilaryrhymeswithrich

Those who haven’t read this whole piece are missing a treat (Halloween or not). Katie O’Malley did a terrific job of analysis and writing, and I hope Millie Hazelwood and the whole town of Madison,N.J., reads it.

Thanks for posting it...glad I got to read it.


28 posted on 10/18/2007 7:35:31 AM PDT by LucyJo
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To: SueRae

That same figure has been hanging up there for at least the last 5 years. I have been driving past it for the last 3, literally dozens of times as it is on my path to the office, and I never once associated it with lynchings. If it disturbed me at all, it was simply the discomfort with little kids seeing it and getting stupid ideas, but I got over it.

THe house is totally barren now, not a thing on display, and it used to be one of the collest houses in town. This poor family has been tortured.


29 posted on 10/18/2007 7:37:04 AM PDT by hilaryrhymeswithrich (Gathering of Eagles....its our turn.....)
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To: LucyJo

Thanks!

I am going to send it to all my friends in Madison, but then I will officially be outing myself as a conservative....but I suppose the Reagan tattoo already did that!


30 posted on 10/18/2007 7:38:17 AM PDT by hilaryrhymeswithrich (Gathering of Eagles....its our turn.....)
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To: hilaryrhymeswithrich

HEY, MILLIE!! BITE ME!!!

http://www.extremepumpkins.com/index.html


31 posted on 10/18/2007 7:44:26 AM PDT by The Ghost of Rudy McRomney ("Vote Hillary - the unanimous choice of vacuous Liberal newsreaders!")
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To: hilaryrhymeswithrich

There has been a number of these halloween deco complaints in our Soviet Jersey as of late.

I always hear the remarks about how rude Jersey people are. Pretty much because we are a sarcastic bunch by nature. But, I must say, I’m really impressed with how tolerant we have been. I really wonder what the tipping point will be.


32 posted on 10/18/2007 7:45:20 AM PDT by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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To: magslinger
Where exactly is our right not to be offended enumerated in the Constitution?

I'm offended that you would ask that question.

Now, where's the number for my lawyer...
33 posted on 10/18/2007 7:47:42 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Ron Paul put the cuckoo in my Cocoa Puffs)
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To: Calpernia

I think we are snarky as a bunch, and usually willing to be confrontationally snarky, but not in a hateful way.

And Madison is such a nice little bubblewrapped town. These folks were attacked by someone with too much time on her hands and too much hate in her own heart....


34 posted on 10/18/2007 7:55:28 AM PDT by hilaryrhymeswithrich (Gathering of Eagles....its our turn.....)
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To: Red Badger
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35 posted on 10/18/2007 7:55:38 AM PDT by dragonblustar (Once abolish the God, and the government becomes the God - G. K. Chesterton)
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To: hilaryrhymeswithrich

I’m proud to be snarky.

The November’s election is going to be very telling.


36 posted on 10/18/2007 8:06:14 AM PDT by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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To: hilaryrhymeswithrich

LOL. Yep, I think that might be a giveaway!


37 posted on 10/18/2007 8:10:06 AM PDT by LucyJo
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To: Calpernia

It should be interesting....lots of little local races not really on the big radar but will make some powerful statements.

I too am a proud snarker...


38 posted on 10/18/2007 8:10:07 AM PDT by hilaryrhymeswithrich (Gathering of Eagles....its our turn.....)
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To: hilaryrhymeswithrich

bump to the snarks


39 posted on 10/18/2007 8:26:52 AM PDT by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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To: Gabz

For nanny state consideration


40 posted on 10/18/2007 8:27:42 AM PDT by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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To: hilaryrhymeswithrich

I had to research the story further to verify it wasn’t satire.

I don’t think people like Millie understand that when they jump to conclusions and become overly sensitive about everything, then everyone stops believing the real stories. I had a real encounter with racism once, and no one believed me. There are so many people lying or just imagining racism, that everyone is skeptical now.

Does anyone have a link to the video, btw?


41 posted on 10/18/2007 8:32:28 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: reagan_fanatic
I'm offended that you would ask that question.

OK, You win. Now I'm offended! But let's keep the lawyers out of this and settle this like gentlemen of a kinder, gentler age.

Who are your friends?

42 posted on 10/18/2007 8:48:58 AM PDT by magslinger (I will not submit.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I rather think that God new, even before any of us were born, that there was going to be Halloween celebrations.


43 posted on 10/18/2007 8:57:25 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: magslinger
Who are your friends?

I no longer have any - they've all offended me.
44 posted on 10/18/2007 8:57:54 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Ron Paul put the cuckoo in my Cocoa Puffs)
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To: LucyJo

Her artcile almost had me standing up and applauding here at my desk. A nice large dose of humor..and common sense. Too good not to forward to friends!


45 posted on 10/18/2007 9:02:08 AM PDT by SueRae
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To: reagan_fanatic

LOL


46 posted on 10/18/2007 9:06:36 AM PDT by magslinger (I will not submit.)
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To: SueRae

That’s what I thought. Just now forwarded it!


47 posted on 10/18/2007 9:10:51 AM PDT by LucyJo
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To: hilaryrhymeswithrich

What gives the NAACP or anyone for that matter any right to say you have to take something down on your property because THEY find it offensive??

The people who get these kinds of complaints should stand up and show they are not going to be pushed around. SCOTUS has already ruled no one can make you take down a Christmas decoration which is essentially the same thing here only a figure of hallowen.


48 posted on 10/18/2007 9:11:29 AM PDT by Shots
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To: HiTech RedNeck
God can use quite unlikely actors for His purposes.

So this means you believe that nosey and super tight assed Millie Hazelwood and the NAACP are actually doing God’s work? I would hope that God has more important things to do with His time than harassing Ms. Hazelwood’s neighbor over their Halloween decorations – LOL!

However the damn ‘holiday’ (arising largely out of a mockery of the Christian church’s “All Saints Day” on November 1, hence its October 31 date)

You might be interested to know that Halloween originated from the ancient Pagan festival Samhain, long celebrated in late October by the Celts of Ireland and Great Britain and that it pre-dates Christianity.

It was a day of religious festivities that coincided with ancient harvest festivals in various northern European Pagan traditions until Popes Gregory III and Gregory IV moved the old Christian feast of All Saints' Day from May 13 to November 1.

Meaning that you have it a bit backward; Halloween isn’t on Oct 31st to mock the Christian holiday of All Saints Day, rather the Christian holiday of All Saints Day was moved to November 1st to counter Halloween.

The early Christian church did a similar thing with Christmas. It is widely accepted that Jesus was not born on December 25th but more likely in the spring. But the celebration of Christ’s birth was officially celebrated on December 25th to help the newly converted pagans accept Christianity without having to lose their long honored winter festivals; for the Romans it was winter festival of Saturnalia. Saturnalia was a time of general relaxation, feasting, merry-making, and a cessation of formal rules. It included the making and giving of small presents including small dolls for children and candles for adults. Sound a bit like Christmas?

And the celebration of Christmas also corresponds to more ancient Winter Solstice celebrations long practiced by the newly converted European pagans. Many ancient symbols of earlier pagan religions were incorporated into and reinterpreted as Christian symbols such as the Christmas “Tree”, evergreen wreaths, the “Yule” log, the lighting of candles, gift giving and “feasting”. And many symbols of Easter like the Easter Egg and flowers have very pagan origins related to fertility rites and I hope that as a “good Christian” you don’t engage in any of these evil Pagan rituals.

I hope you have neighbors like Millie who are watching you closely and will express their righteous indignation express their offense at your offensive displays by calling the police on you. (Sarcasm).
49 posted on 10/18/2007 9:58:14 AM PDT by Caramelgal (Rely on the spirit and meaning of the teachings, not on the words or superficial interpretations)
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So this means you believe that nosey and super tight assed Millie Hazelwood and the NAACP are actually doing God’s work?

If even Satan can (even though unwittingly) so can they

50 posted on 10/18/2007 6:23:11 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Beat a better path, and the world will build a mousetrap at your door.)
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