The USA has finally caught up with the UK and made Boxing Day a legal holiday! Well, no: since Christmas fell on a Sunday this year, Monday is a day off for most government and higher wage, non-Walmart employees. No mail delivery means no more holiday cards, no packages, no bills. Sob.
Thanks to everyone for your contributions to the Christmas threads. Meanwhile, what other fun holiday stuff did we miss? Here are a few inspiring yuletide snippets to wreak havoc with your joy bubbles:
It Don't Mean a Thing If You Got Too Much Bling: Pope Benedict, his snowy pate snuggled inside his jewel-encrusted papal mitre, and his feet toasty warm in their red Prada loafers, announced to the world that there is too much commercialism in Christmas. Ya think? I don't know if he actually used the word "bling" in his global address to the globe; the AP translation had it as "glitter."
|The King of Bling|
I did find out that the Catholic Church donated the real deal, the original priceless papal tiara, to the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, where it's on display. This is the same mega-church where Tiffany Princess Callista Gingrich sings in the choir and where, presumably, the crown jewels of Il Papa are within her view and give her inspiration between shopping trips. She and Newt. a Catholic convert, are huge fans of the pope, and their production company even made a DVD of the recently beatified John Paul. Copies of their books are on sale in the Basilica gift shop, along with pope soap on a rope and other trinkets.
|The Papal Tiara|
|Jewels for the Ladies|
|Gold Crucifix Money Clip for the Gents|
Yes Virginia, There Is a Virginia: Santa Claus came early to the Old Dominion, which sensibly dumped both Newt and Rick Perry from its Republican "Super Tuesday" primary ballot, because face it, they just don't have enough fans. The response from Perry, who may have been in a Vicodin haze, was muted. He still respects Virginia, because of its "economic and military strength". But Newt is livid. He has compared himself to the United States being bombed at Pearl Harbor. Election rules blindsided him the same way the Japanese blindsided FDR. Silly old rules, they should not apply to Newt.
Campaign Manager Michael Kroll took to Facebook:
“Newt and I agreed that the analogy is December 1941.We have experienced an unexpected set-back, but we will re-group and re-focus with increased determination, commitment and positive action. Throughout the next months there will be ups and downs; there will be successes and failures; there will be easy victories and difficult days - but in the end we will stand victorious.”Kroll said he and Newt feel the whole process is just "too cumbersome". But guess what -- Newt was not bombed. He did bomb. And he fell right into the Cumberland Gap. But maybe he will take root in his ditch with the help of his grassroots. Don't forget that his entire campaign staff dumped him earlier this year when he and Callista dumped them for a Greek vacation.