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The Twelve Days of Festivus Start Tomorrow!

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 11th 2010 3:00PM
Frank Costanza and his Festivus poleIt's that time of year again... time to break out the metal pole, commence with the airing of grievances, and get limber in preparation to demonstrate the feats of strength. Yes, folks, Festivus is upon us once again!

We've been celebrating Festivus since TV Squad began in 2005; it's the first major TV-created holiday, thanks to 'Seinfeld,' and it seems fitting that a website that's all about TV celebrates a holiday that was born on TV.

Starting tomorrow, we'll be presenting what has become a yearly tradition for us: our own version of The Twelve Days of Festivus.

During each of the twelve days, we'll talk about TV that annoyed or enthralled us this past year, culminating on December 23 (the official day of Festivus, according to Frank Costanza), when we talk about one of the biggest trends on television in 2010, for better or for worse.

We'll also have our staff picks of what we want for Festivus, some best/worst picks for 2010, and some other goodies. We even may have a guest or two air some grievances of their own.

If you're new here and don't know what the heck we're talking about, here are the lists from 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

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I totally understand the historical aspect of the situation. I didn't vote for Obama, but was cautiously optimistic at the time and also very proud of my country that 55 and 45 years removed from great civil rights strife, even through the Boston bussing riots of the 70s, that a man with even 50% black heritage could be elected.

It's kinda all been downhill from that point, however. Oh well. One of these days we'll elect someone not based on emotion and catchy buzz words, but on substance.

Hell, I'd take someone with catchy buzz words AND substance, like Reagan or Kennedy. :-)

December 11 2010 at 11:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow, Joel, I went back and read a bunch of the older lists and the craziest list was the first one for 2008.

Hey, I don't begrudge anyone their personal political beliefs or an ideology if they choose to follow one (I try not to... I've learned the middle ground is where most the answers in life are found)...

... but what's most amazing to me (other than the fact that there actually were people who thought Obama's election was about "issues" other than the Republicans and Bush did a horrible job since about 2004 on), was just how mind-blowingly prescient bitter conservative poster "Franklin" was in the face of the rather, and understandable, unapologetically liberally-biased missive that was that whole post.

I mean... the dude totally nailed it. Two years later, and he nailed it. He saw the libertarians, independents, and non-ideologues who supported Obama in 2008 (because Obama was smart enough to not ever delve into his actual beliefs) run the other way into the arms of the Republicans in 2010 (who were also smart like Obama... don't talk about your beliefs or ideas, just what's wrong with the country).

Those people had the buyer's remorse the guy ranted about, and he was absolutely correct.

I mean Joel, I gotta say... that dude totally hit it out of the park.

Weird how the internet gives us an instant time capsule. :-)

December 11 2010 at 6:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to BugKiller's comment

And please, no flaming.

I did not intend any comment I made to start a political firestorm, just how the one really bitter conservative guy made like Nostradamus.

I understand some people don't like that, I understand most people who post on here are going to be fairly liberal, as are the staff of tvsquad... and I don't really care, as I said... your beliefs are your beliefs and you're welcome to them.

I just thought it was pretty neat to go back and read that post and to see the one dude everyone mocked for being just about 100% correct in his assertions of what would happen in the future regarding the 2008 election.

That's all. No need for conservative or liberal flaming. Not the point. Thank you. :-)

December 11 2010 at 6:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joel Keller

You have to understand, though, that what I was talking about in that post was really more from a perspective of "no matter what your politics, you still have to appreciate what a historic moment it was." I mean, I'm sure many people who hated Obama watched, even if it was to curse at the screen.

I let Franklin rant to an extent, but tried not to let him get too far, mainly because it wasn't the place for that kind of screedism.

Though, I will say... that last comment of his was eerily accurate, as you said.

December 11 2010 at 11:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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