The Madness Chronicles – Episode 5

In this, our fifth episode of the Madness Chronicles, let’s remember madness is a state of being mentally ill, especially severely, extremely foolish behavior, and a state of frenzied or chaotic activity. Let’s take a look at our world today, amidst the wars on Christmas we just experienced.

Market Watch reports that Starbucks, who continues to jump through hoops to never mention the C word, has their ‘seasonal cups’ adorned with Merry Holidays and Merry Coffee, whatever that is? In other madness Variety magazine reports that Hallmark Channel is in big trouble. Seems they rejected an ad that featured two women getting married. Good for them. That is until the madness reached them and they capitulated and ran the ads.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported that the beginning of October, Charleston Mayor Amy Goodwin tweaked the name of Charleston’s annual Christmas parade to something a bit more inclusive, the Winter Parade. She said the name was initially changed to show that Charleston is an inclusive and welcoming city with the desire to include everyone. However, once citizens around the area caught word of the change, debate and backlash began to surface. Complaints about taking Christmas out of the holidays or something equally as ridiculous began to surface, causing the city to revert the parade’s name back to Christmas Parade. Good for the Mayor to cut the madness.

Fortune Magazine reports that a new holiday ad for Pelaton, the technologically advanced exercise bike that cost much more than your first car, has created quite a controversy and caused the companies stock to drop. Many report the ad is sexist. It must be. The ad depicts a guy buying his wife the super duper exercise bike for Christmas and she loves it falling exhausted into his lap. Extremely foolish behavior… on the part of those complaining.

And finally, Breitbart London reports a gang of seven, peace loving Muslims, hanging around outside a Christmas Market in Augsburg, Germany, beat a firefighter so severely he died on the way to the hospital. The day following the attacks Breitbart reports 3 more fireman were killed by a remote controlled bomb in Milan, Italy. Islamists have a charming way of celebrating Christian holidays. Oh look at me, what am I saying? They blow themselves up on Ramadan.

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and until next time… have fun, enjoy life, and watch out for the madness amongst us.