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Sat Dec 8, 2012, 04:34 PM

'Festivus' pole of beer cans next to Nativity scene on city property





http://www.sun-sentinel.com/fl-festivus-pole-in-deerfield-20121207,0,6990575.story

Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus have graced the corner of Hillsboro Boulevard and Federal Highway every December for more than 20 years.

This year, they're joined by an 8-foot-tall aluminum Festivus Pole, symbol of a Dec. 23 atheist "holiday" that became a pop culture hit after being featured in a "Seinfeld" episode.

"It's just 23 beer cans stacked 8 feet high and conveniently located 6 feet from Baby Jesus," said activist blogger Chaz Stevens, who installed it Thursday with the city's permission.

Stevens said he has been trying unsuccessfully for five years to get the city to take down the Nativity scene. So this year he asked for space to express his own unreligious beliefs.

"Think of how many people have died over the years to give us our freedoms," Stevens said. "So I've got to push back a little."


http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/pulp/2012/12/how_an_85-foot-tall_festivus_p.php


His beef? A nativity scene and Menorah placed on the front lawn of a city firehouse at the corner of Hillsboro Boulevard and Federal Highway.

"I would like permission to place an 'anti-religious' display this coming holiday season, on the fire department's property," Stevens wrote in an email to Deerfield Mayor Peggy Noland, who didn't return numerous calls for comment, and a handful of other city officials. "I wish for my display to be located next to the (ever present) manger and menorah."

Stevens had the ACLU and the city attorney on speed dial. Much to his surprise, the city acquiesced.

Then came the hard part: figuring out what holiday icon to erect.

Waist-high block letters reading "WTF" in candy-cane stripes would be hard to sell as being in the holiday spirit and could be deemed offensive. A Flying Spaghetti Monster was too esoteric and not the easiest thing to build. Stevens found his answer in a case of Pabst Blue Ribbon.

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Reply 'Festivus' pole of beer cans next to Nativity scene on city property (Original post)
superpatriotman Dec 2012 OP
PoliticAverse Dec 2012 #1
Initech Dec 2012 #21
progressoid Dec 2012 #30
dlwickham Dec 2012 #2
Earth_First Dec 2012 #4
Progressive dog Dec 2012 #3
JustABozoOnThisBus Dec 2012 #6
Warren DeMontague Dec 2012 #18
Capt. Obvious Dec 2012 #5
WhoIsNumberNone Dec 2012 #20
Earth_First Dec 2012 #7
PoliticAverse Dec 2012 #9
Earth_First Dec 2012 #10
PoliticAverse Dec 2012 #12
Earth_First Dec 2012 #13
Iggy Dec 2012 #8
Robb Dec 2012 #11
mopinko Dec 2012 #15
99th_Monkey Dec 2012 #14
AlbertCat Dec 2012 #16
Berlum Dec 2012 #17
silhouete2 Dec 2012 #19
Initech Dec 2012 #22
Jim Lane Dec 2012 #23
ChazStevens Dec 2012 #35
Jim Lane Dec 2012 #39
hrmjustin Dec 2012 #41
Mel Content Dec 2012 #24
progressoid Dec 2012 #32
Panasonic Dec 2012 #25
ChisolmTrailDem Dec 2012 #26
BlueJazz Dec 2012 #27
Quantess Dec 2012 #28
xmas74 Dec 2012 #31
RobertEarl Dec 2012 #29
longship Dec 2012 #33
Blue Owl Dec 2012 #34
ChazStevens Dec 2012 #36
Union Scribe Dec 2012 #37
Brother Buzz Dec 2012 #38
slackmaster Dec 2012 #40

Response to superpatriotman (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 04:56 PM

1. Let the airing of grievances begin! n/t

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 06:51 PM

21. I'VE GOT A LOT OF PROBLEMS WITH YOU PEOPLE!!!!

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 11:18 PM

30. Stop crying and fight your father!

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Response to superpatriotman (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 04:59 PM

2. PBR?

so it's a hipster Festivus

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Response to dlwickham (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 05:02 PM

4. The noticeable lack of Parliment ciggarette butts is a dead giveaway...

not a hipster.

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Response to superpatriotman (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 05:02 PM

3. Could have chosen a better beer

So, did he have to drink it first?

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Response to Progressive dog (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 05:05 PM

6. +1 ... my first thought: "Pabst? Really" nt

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Response to Progressive dog (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 06:30 PM

18. Apparently its all the rage with hipster millennials.

Thank Scrod I got on the wagon well before that edict came down. Between that and the skinny jeans, I don't think I could handle being that cool.

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Response to superpatriotman (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 05:04 PM

5. I've got Pabst Blue Ribbon on my mind

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Response to Capt. Obvious (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 06:47 PM

20. ...said the guy pouring beer over his head...







very old joke

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Response to superpatriotman (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 05:06 PM

7. As an aside: go to Google and search Festivus

Look to the sidebar image on the left, scroll down.

Has it always been this way?!

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Response to Earth_First (Reply #7)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 05:22 PM

9. lol n/t

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #9)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 05:24 PM

10. I feel like this is the most important find of the 21st century!

Granted, the 21st century is young...but STILL!

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #12)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 05:30 PM

13. +1

Thanks for the link!

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Response to superpatriotman (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 05:21 PM

8. Does the Festivus Beer Can Pole Have

 

LESS legitimacy than the manger scene?

No.

But numerous people are about to be enraged by this "blasephemy" when they stop driving/texting and happen to look over at the display. They're going to whine and complain to the city authorities and demand the Festivus pole be removed.

This is why NOTHING, no religious or anti-religious display should be allowed on the Commons.

You can't allow the Christian symbology, and ban everything else.

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Response to superpatriotman (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 05:26 PM

11. "Stevens found his answer in a case of Pabst Blue Ribbon."

Funny, I remember looking there before.

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Response to Robb (Reply #11)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 06:04 PM

15. i found a lot of stuff there.

no REALLY good ideas, tho.

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Response to superpatriotman (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 05:58 PM

14. Who knew that the War on Christmas is being waged by Pabst?

This puts Joe Six-pack in a very sticky wicket, having to choose
one or the other.

Maybe he'll light up a doobie and discover that it's all good.

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Response to superpatriotman (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 06:25 PM

16. How about...

.... a Coors Creche?

.... a Natural Lite Nativity?

....a Dos Exes Epiphany?

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Response to superpatriotman (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 06:29 PM

17. Feets of Strength

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Response to superpatriotman (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 06:47 PM

19. Excellent

Festivus for the rest of us.

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Response to superpatriotman (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 06:53 PM

22. Have a Human Fund card:



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Response to superpatriotman (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 10:43 PM

23. Thanks! I've added this vital information to the Wikipedia article about Festivus.

It's in the "In popular culture" section.

I like the photo at the New Times, juxtaposing the pole with the manger, but it's copyrighted. If anyone in the area can take a picture, PM me about getting it into Wikipedia.

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Response to Jim Lane (Reply #23)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 05:24 PM

35. The photo

Jim;

Actually, the photo is mine.

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Response to ChazStevens (Reply #35)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 05:51 PM

39. Cool! If you're willing to license it, I'll PM you with the legal gobbledegook. (n/t)

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Response to ChazStevens (Reply #35)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 09:53 PM

41. Welcome to DU!

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Response to superpatriotman (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 10:46 PM

24. a true festivus pole isn't made from beer cans.

 

especially not PBR.

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Response to Mel Content (Reply #24)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 11:21 PM

32. Right - it requires no decoration.

"tinsel is distracting"

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Response to superpatriotman (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 10:48 PM

25. Praise the $DIETY and pass me the damn Pabst!

 

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Response to superpatriotman (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 10:53 PM

26. I was afraid I'd be persecuted for my beliefs. They drove my family out of Bayside, sir!

That beer can Festivus pole wouldn't stand up to the Feat of Strength.

Merry Christmas to all! And a Festivus for the rest of us!

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Response to superpatriotman (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 11:00 PM

27. Somebody is going to steal that/our pole. You can count on it.

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Response to BlueJazz (Reply #27)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 11:04 PM

28. If those are full cans, I'm all over it!



Or someone desperate might see a handful of change, as they go turn them in for a deposit.

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Response to Quantess (Reply #28)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 11:20 PM

31. It'll be stolen long before someone desperate needs it.

Perfect for a local frat house.

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Response to superpatriotman (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 11:10 PM

29. Funny thing is

There have been more taxes collected from that pole than by any church.

The city is cash supported more by beer than any church.

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Response to superpatriotman (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 11:49 PM

33. Love it!

In Michigan it might have been Stroh's cans (sadly, the brewery is gone from both Detroit and Michigan. Keep it safe Wisconsin.)

I would have preferred Hobgoblin:

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Response to superpatriotman (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 12:55 AM

34. Aluminum because of its high strength-to-weight ratio

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Response to superpatriotman (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 05:28 PM

37. Odd, I've seen that Seinfeld many times

I never got from it that Festivus was an "atheist holiday" or an "anti-religious" thing. Chaz sounds like a hipster doofus (I'm sure he'd appreciate another Seinfeld reference).

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Response to superpatriotman (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 05:31 PM

38. My city didn't even respond to my petition to install my Nativity scene on city property


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Response to superpatriotman (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 05:52 PM

40. Festivus For The Rest Of Us

 

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