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  • Dogs are Santa's favorites, poll shows

    12/09/2010 9:32:25 AM PST · by Immerito · 72 replies · 8+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 12/08/2010 | Sue Manning
    LOS ANGELES — Dogs have more to look for under the tree this Christmas than cats do. Fifty-six percent of dog owners say they'll buy their pets a gift this Christmas, but only 48 percent of cat owners plan a gift. A majority of all pet owners — 53 percent — said in an Associated poll that they plan to get their animals a present this holiday season.
  • Macy's Santa fired for telling joke accepts new gig at Lefty O'Doul's

    12/08/2010 3:58:26 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 23 replies
    A man who reportedly lost his job playing Santa at Macy's Union Square in San Francisco for telling dirty jokes to adult visitors is taking his act to Lefty O'Doul's restaurant. Beginning Saturday, John Toomey will appear on a specially constructed North Pole Winter Wonderland stage at the restaurant from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. until Christmas Eve, Lefty's spokesman Lee Houskeeper said. His four-point contract stipulates that he is allowed to tell jokes, according to Houskeeper. He will also make more money than he did at Macy's.
  • At least 18 Santa Cruz businesses suffered damage during May Day riot

    05/03/2010 9:11:39 AM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies · 927+ views
    mercury news ^ | 5/3/10 | Shanna McCord
    SANTA CRUZ — Downtown business owners spent Sunday repairing shattered windows and doors after a May Day rally Saturday night turned into a riot with approximately 250 people marching along Pacific Avenue, some carrying makeshift torches, throwing large rocks and paint bombs, and spray-painting walls with graffiti. At least 18 businesses suffered damage during the rally in honor of international workers that began at 9 p.m. and escalated into mayhem around 10:30 p.m., police said. Investigators estimated damage at $100,000, though some business owners said it could be more. No injuries were reported.
  • Yes, Jenny, There Was A Saint Nicholas

    12/25/2009 5:44:36 AM PST · by joeclarke · 3 replies · 498+ views
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 12/25/2009 | JoeClarke.Net
    In 1897, a cute little girl, Virginia O'Hanlon - age eight - wrote to the New York Sun, a now defunct newspaper owned by two men who were sons of a Baptist minister. Needless to say, newspaper publishers made more of a religious impact back then than the NY Times - the Atheists Bible - does today. Virginia simply asked the NY Sun's editors to tell her if there was "really a Santa Claus?" The Sun's answer is not bad, but mine, I think, is better: Dear Jenny, I know that you have been wondering whether there is a Santa...
  • The Conscience of Kansas radio program- interview Carney, Weber, Halloran

    12/24/2009 4:31:56 PM PST · by ibbetsonusa · 225+ views
    The Conscience of Kansas radio program ^ | 12-22-09 | Paul A. Ibbetson
    Paul A. Ibbetson Here is the 12-22-09 epsiode of the Conscience of Kansas radio program with Tim Carney, author of Obamanomics, political mind and song writer, Roger Weber, and Larry Halloran of the 912 project. Enjoy the political reading of "The Night Before Christmas."
  • Santa's 'sleigh' receives fuel from Mildenhall tanker

    12/24/2009 4:25:32 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 854+ views
    Air Force ^ | Tech. Sgt. Kevin Wallace, USAF
    12/24/2009 - ROYAL AIR FORCE MILDENHALL, England (AFNS) -- 'Twas two weeks before Christmas in the European sky ... I witnessed a KC-135 Stratotanker pumping fuel so a fighter could fly. A 100th Air Refueling Wing KC-135 aircrew airborne over Denmark refueled 30 Royal Danish Air Force F-16s Dec. 8. Royal Air Force Mildenhall Airmen were all busy at work ... not realizing in the sky arose such a quirk. I was taking photos of a formation of four Danish F-16s flying of the right wing of the KC-135 when the most peculiar thing happened. When out of the boom...
  • Airmen, ‘Soldier Santas’ Conduct Toy Drop

    12/24/2009 3:00:35 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 333+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Capt. Lauri Turpin, USAF
    POPE AIR FORCE BASE, N.C., Dec. 24, 2009 – You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen. But on Dec. 6, it was not a team of reindeer, but Air Force Maj. Jeff Dasher, a navigator in the 95th Airlift Squadron here, who guided the mission for the 440th Airlift Wing's C-130 Hercules that flew a group of “Soldier Santas” across the morning sky. The first paratrooper to jump waits for the "green light" on board a C-130 Hercules Dec. 6, 2009, above Fort Bragg, N.C.. Crews from the National Guard's 145th Airlift Wing from Charlotte, N.C., and the...
  • Tracking Santa - next stop Baghdad for out troops.

    12/24/2009 12:51:51 PM PST · by edcoil · 8 replies · 417+ views ^ | 12/24/09 | edcoil
    Norad it tracking Santa. Next stop is Iraq for our troops right now.
  • Mail clerks: ‘Santa's Christmas helpers’

    12/24/2009 10:52:09 AM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 241+ views
    Multi-National Force-Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Jeff Hansen, USA
    Spc. Krystal Juarez, a mail clerk assigned to Company A, Division Special Troops Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, sorts letters during the holiday rush in the division mail room on Camp Liberty, Dec. 23. According to Juarez, daily mail has nearly doubled since the end of November. Photo by: Staff Sgt. Jeff Hansen, MND-B. BAGHDAD — Troops here receive more mail around the holidays than any other time of year, and U.S. Army mail clerks take pride in serving as a liaison between the service members and their loved ones. Spc. Krystal Juarez, a mail clerk assigned to Company B, Division...
  • Christmas Carols from the White House

    12/24/2009 9:45:56 AM PST · by Stoutcat · 1 replies · 307+ views
    Grand Rants ^ | 12-24-09 | Gerry Ashley
    Including "The First Nobel", "Health Care Bells", and "Obamacare Is Coming To Town".
  • Welcome to NORAD Tracks Santa

    12/24/2009 2:29:34 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 78 replies · 3,721+ views ^ | December 24, 2009 | NORAD
    Welcome to NORAD Tracks Santa
  • DEVELOPING...Court Grounds Reindeer Flight

    12/24/2009 5:46:26 AM PST · by LikeLight · 18 replies · 788+ views
    Is There a Lawyer in the Church? ^ | 12/24/2009 | Stephen Bloom
    December 24, 2009 Santa’s Village, North Pole - Handing victory to a coalition of environmental groups, a judge in the Northern District today issued an emergency injunction against the traditional Christmas Eve flight of Santa’s reindeer herd. The temporary restraining order cites a “substantial likelihood of irreparable atmospheric harm” arising from “high altitude carbon emissions” and bans further reindeer flights until full environmental impact studies can be completed, a process that could take up to five years. Green leaders praised the ruling off the record, but few were willing to make public statements. “We understand the potential backlash,” said one...
  • How to Accept a Poorly Wrapped Present

    12/23/2009 5:38:53 PM PST · by ibbetsonusa · 8 replies · 737+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12-23-09 | Paul A. Ibbetson
    If it has been a while since you were a child waiting for Christmas morning, or whatever time of day the parental green light was given for the opening of presents, you may be a little out of touch with the true magnitude of this event. For most kids, Christmas is a magical time of both gift giving and gift receiving. This holiday event has its own magic that supersedes every other day of the year. While children perceive much more than they are given credit for, they have the tendency to have a somewhat flawed reality of their parents’...
  • 'Twas The Night Before Christmas- the Conscience of Kansas radio program

    12/23/2009 5:32:16 PM PST · by ibbetsonusa · 254+ views
    The Conscience of Kansas radio program ^ | 12-22-09 | Paul A. Ibbetson
    The Conscience of Kansas radio program invites to listen to the political reading of "The Night Before Christmas" by host Paul A. Ibbetson.
  • Merry Christmas Dog Lovers! (Video)

    12/23/2009 12:39:48 PM PST · by LucyJo · 57 replies · 1,478+ views
    email ^ | 12/23/09 | na
    Waiting for Santa
  • Military Christmas Cartoon - Santa's New HC-130

    12/23/2009 8:03:28 AM PST · by myfreepress · 2 replies · 630+ views
    MyFreePress ^ | 12/22/2009 | Damon_Bryan_Shackelford
    We have a regular cartoon artist who does Military Cartoons. I thought this cartoon was pretty funny.
  • Everybody knows that Santa is a paratrooper

    12/22/2009 5:57:04 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 732+ views
    Air Force ^ | Capt. Lauri Turpin, USAF
    12/22/2009 - POPE AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. (AFNS) -- You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen. But on Dec. 6 at Pope Air Force Base, it was not a team of reindeer, but Maj. Jeff Dasher, a navigator in the 95th Airlift Squadron who guided the mission for the 440th Airlift Wing's C-130 Hercules that flew a group of Soldier Santas across the morning sky. One might say he was born for this mission. "It's the name," Major Dasher chuckled. "I had to be on this flight." His flight was part of the 12th annual Randy Oler Memorial...
  • Colombia to Chavez: Maybe 'spy plane' was Santa

    12/21/2009 10:10:22 PM PST · by pissant · 8 replies · 587+ views
    Google/AP ^ | 12/21/09 | staff
    BOGOTA — Colombia's defense chief joked Monday that Venezuelan troops might have mistaken Santa's sleigh for a spy plane, dismissing accusations by President Hugo Chavez about drones flying over Venezuela. Chavez on Sunday accused the United States of violating Venezuela's airspace with an unmanned spy plane and ordered his military to be on alert and shoot down any such aircraft. The Pentagon has declined to comment on Chavez's accusations. Colombian Defense Minister Gabriel Silva and armed forces commander Freddy Padilla told reporters Monday that Colombian aircraft couldn't fly the kind of espionage mission described by Chavez. "Colombia doesn't have that...
  • Santa makes early appearance for Cannon family

    12/21/2009 4:24:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 620+ views
    Air Force ^ | Greg Allen
    12/21/2009 - CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFNS) -- Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, but at the 27th Special Operations Wing here he is not the jolly fat man dressed in red. All one shopper at the base exchange knows is that someone who retired from the military made her family holidays a lot brighter. Charlotte Riojas said she was patiently waiting at the BX checkout line with a cartful of presents for her children. Their move from Hurlburt Field in Florida had, like virtually everybody else who makes a permanent change of station, been stressful. She, her...
  • Bishop's final Christmas message to the diocese

    12/21/2009 6:46:33 AM PST · by mshoffner · 1 replies · 268+ views
    Huntington Political Examiner ^ | 12/21/2009 | Mark Shoffner
    Bishop D'Arcy's final Christmas message for the Ft. Wayne/South Bend Diocese. Published in the Dec. 20th, 2009 issue of Today's Catholic. “My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
  • Wish comes true for (ill) kids on flight to the North Pole

    12/20/2009 7:19:20 PM PST · by Winstons Julia · 2 replies · 281+ views
    Buckled up and ready for takeoff, the 47 “wish kids” and their families erupted in deafening screams and applause as the Air Transat flight started to taxi down the runway. The festive, 90-minute flight was sponsored by Air Transat and organized by the Children’s Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.
  • Eight Reason's Santa Must Be a Conservative Republican

    12/20/2009 8:15:19 AM PST · by OneVike · 15 replies · 808+ views
    Back in May I wrote an article that asked the question, "Was Jesus A Socialist?" As I wrote in the article it is my understanding of the Scriptures, and of God's many rules and regulations to the Israelites, that Jesus was a capitalist. Thus I believe if He were walking among us and actually voting in our elections today, He would most certainly be a conservative capitalist. Ok, so now we find ourselves at the doorstep of Christmas and unfortunately more children have probably heard of Santa than have heard of Jesus. So in the spirit of the season, and...
  • Seeing is Believing! [picture]

    12/19/2009 1:58:27 PM PST · by DecoyJames · 5 replies · 1,017+ views
    I found Santa!!!
  • (Video) Jack Bauer Interrogates Santa

    12/19/2009 9:20:44 AM PST · by Patrick Madrid · 6 replies · 604+ views
    Patrick Madrid ^ | 12-19-09 | Patrick Madrid
    I know this isn't a "religious" issue, but since most of us here celebrate Christmas, I thought you might find this clever video clip ( amusing. Merry Christmas!
  • Why Santa Is A Conservative

    12/18/2009 2:02:27 PM PST · by mountn man · 20 replies · 810+ views
    I've got a whiney Liberal (OK redundant) friend, who attacks conservatives and Republicans every chance he can. So we got into a discussion once (If there is such a thing as a "discussion" with a liberal) and I made the comment "that if conservatives were so bad, why doesn't he hate Santa Claus?"His response is what I always expect right away from him, until he can think about something for awhile, "F**K You". So then he asked me how I knew that Santa was a conservative. I thought I'd share some of my thoughts.1-Santa waits till everyones asleep and no...
  • Drunk Santa scares kids while looking for his reindeer

    12/18/2009 12:17:51 AM PST · by Thirteen · 10 replies · 1,447+ views
    WEAU-TV 13 ^ | Dec 14, 2009 | Mary Rinzel
    VideoA drunken Santa Claus prompts a mom to call 911 after he stumbles into her yard apparently looking for his reindeer and scaring her kids. Officers ticketed 55-year-old Thomas Arnold of Sparta for having an open beer in a car. The man driving that car, 47-year-old Kevin Arnold, was arrested for OWI. But, the kids say they knew right away this Santa was a hoax. "He smelled like alcohol. So I knew it wasn't the real Santa because Santa doesn't drink alcohol," says 9-year-old Katie Dockerty. Katie says the Santa that ended up in her lawn was loud and had...
  • Doctor: Santa's a bad influence

    12/17/2009 5:43:55 PM PST · by TaxPayer2000 · 10 replies · 358+ views ^ | 12-17-09 | AAP
    Santa Claus has been accused of acting in ways that could "damage millions of lives". As the man in red zooms around the planet delivering gifts, he is an unwitting promoter of obesity, unhealthy products, disease and even drink driving, according to an Australian academic. "Other dangerous activities that Santa could be accused of promoting include speeding, disregard for road rules and extreme sports such as roof surfing and chimney jumping," says Dr Nathan Grills, public health fellow at Monash University's Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine. "Despite the risks of high speed air travel, Santa is never depicted wearing...
  • Monash University public health expert says Santa Claus promotes obesity, speeding, drink-driving

    12/17/2009 1:33:18 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 50 replies · 1,268+ views
    The Hearld Sun ^ | 12-18-09 | Lucie van den Berg
    With his portly belly and a fondness for a brandy-fuelled spin on the sleigh, Santa Claus is hardly the picture of health or safety. Now his wild ways are catching up with him, with calls for a radical overhaul of his bad boy image. A study by Monash University public health expert Dr Nathan Grills found Santa could be promoting obesity, speeding and drink-driving, and damaging millions of lives.
  • NORAD Santa Tracker

    12/17/2009 12:08:28 PM PST · by stylecouncilor · 12 replies · 639+ views ^ | 2009 | NORAD
    For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s Christmas Eve flight. The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement for children to call Santa misprinted the telephone number. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief's operations "hotline." The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition...
  • New CNN Poll Shows Elves Overwhelmingly Support Government Run Healthcare

    12/15/2009 6:19:55 AM PST · by writer33 · 29 replies · 608+ views
    Elective Decisions ^ | 12/15/09 | Chris Davis
    North Pole—In a stunning revelation, a new CNN poll revealed that elves overwhelmingly support government run healthcare. The results showed that 88% of workers gave the public option a big thumbs up while 10% were opposed to the public option, leaving 2% undecided. The problem, according to the U.T.W. (United Toy Workers), was that benefits had been slashed because of a recessing economy. The U.T. W. feels that Santa has been less than forgiving when it comes to their Constitutional right to healthcare, saying that “he better step up to the plate or a lot of kids are going to...
  • For America's Santas, It's Hard to Be Jolly With the Tales They're Hearing

    12/13/2009 9:43:51 PM PST · by FromLori · 20 replies · 932+ views
    WSJ ^ | 12/14/09 | STU WOO
    In Hard Times, Kids Ask for Bare Essentials: Shoes, Eyeglasses and a Job for Dad As a longtime Santa Claus at a suburban Chicago mall, Rod Riemersma used to jokingly tell children they would get socks for Christmas if they were naughty. This year, he stopped telling the joke. Too many children were asking for socks. "They've probably heard their parents say, 'Geez, I wish I had some money to get them clothes,' " says Mr. Riemersma, 56 years old. A wintry measure of hard times can be found this holiday season on the knee of white-bearded, red-suited men around...
  • Photog Arrested For Taking Pictures (Santa and Kids)

    12/11/2009 8:51:05 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 103 replies · 2,479+ views
    Fox 5 ^ | 12/11/2009 | FOX 5
    CHARLESTON, WV - A freelance photographer is outraged after being arrested for taking pictures. The dispute revolves around what exactly happened recently at a Charleston, West Virginia mall. Scott Rensberger says when he took some photos of a child on Santa's lap, a man asked him if he could delete the photos. He says he complied, but then moments later, Rensberger says police officers approached asking why he was taking photos of kids.
  • NORAD officials ready to track Santa's flight

    12/08/2009 3:32:46 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 600+ views
    12/8/2009 - PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) -- It's that time of the year again and North American Aerospace Defense Command officials are getting ready to track Santa Claus. The NORAD Tracks Santa Web site,, is now live and features fun holiday games and activities that change daily. The Web site is available in seven languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Chinese. On Dec. 24, the Web site will stream videos, captured by NORAD "Santa Cams," from numerous cities along Santa's journey. This year, children and the young-at-heart are able to track Santa through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and
  • The False God of Christmas.

    12/07/2009 11:45:27 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 64 replies · 2,346+ views
    Parents, often without even realizing it, have been teaching their children the following things about Santa Claus: SANTA IS OMNISCIENT He knows how children behave throughout the year. The familiar song says, "He knows if we've been good or bad." Also he knows exactly what children want for Christmas even if the child does not have an opportunity to tell him personally. SANTA IS OMNIPOTENT No storm is too great to hinder Santa from performing his annual miracle of delivering gifts throughout the world. He also defies the laws of nature by flying and by coming down the narrowest (and...
  • 'Elf' jailed over dynamite hoax on mall Santa

    12/04/2009 8:09:55 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 5 replies · 421+ views
    pmsNBC ^ | 12-4-09 | ap
    MORROW, Ga. - A man dressed as an elf was jailed after he told a mall Santa that he was carrying dynamite, police said. Southlake Mall in suburban Atlanta was evacuated but no explosives were found. Police in Morrow, Ga., arrested 45-year-old William Caldwell, who was being held without bond Thursday in the Clayton County jail. He was not part of the mall's Christmas staff.
  • Elf-Destructive Behavior: Mall Evacuated After Bad Elf Bomb Threat

    12/03/2009 7:25:18 AM PST · by davidlachnicht · 22 replies · 858+ views ^ | 2009.1203 | Tony McNary
    MORROW, Ga. -- A bad elf is going to be on Santa's naughty list. Morrow police and mall security cleared out Southlake Mall after they said a man dressed like an elf told Santa he had a bomb. Police say 45-year-old William C. Caldwell III got in line at Southlake Mall Wednesday evening to have his picture taken with Santa. "He (Caldwell) stood in line with kids and told Santa he wanted like a picture taken with him, at that point he told Santa he had dynamite in his bag," said Morrow police Capt. James Callaway.
  • "Hunky Santa" Performer Falls Three Stories

    11/29/2009 7:09:26 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies · 1,550+ views
    ap ^ | Sunday, 29 November 2009 4:18PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Authorities say an aerialist performing during a holiday show at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles has been hospitalized after falling three stories to the shopping mall floor. Ray Pierce of Hollywood Aerial Arts, the firm putting on the performance, says the 26-year-old woman slipped Saturday night while hanging upside down from a metal hoop during the finale of the show "Hunky Santa and the Candy Cane Girls." Pierce says the performer fell into a video projection cube and injured her wrist and pelvis. She was not wearing a harness and there were no nets to...
  • Postal Service to resume North Pole Santa letters

    11/21/2009 3:15:49 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 26 replies · 1,592+ views
    hosted ^ | Nov 21 | RACHEL D'ORO
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Wide-eyed children around the world will be hearing from Santa's "elves" at the North Pole after all. During Christmas seasons for decades, these dedicated elves responded to thousands of letters addressed to "Santa Claus, North Pole." All that was ending with a U.S. Postal Service decision to discontinue the program based in the small Alaskan town amid privacy concerns. The elves from Santa's Mailbag vowed to fight the decision, while North Pole residents voiced outrage. A reversal of the Postal Service move was announced Friday. "We never wanted to spoil people's Christmas," said agency spokesman Ernie...
  • Santa Silenced (Letters to Santa Program canceled by US Government -- Mayor Outraged)

    11/20/2009 7:20:14 AM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies · 949+ views
    WSAV TV ^ | 11/20/2009
    The mayor of North Pole, Alaska is calling a recent postal service decision an assault on Christmas. For years, the U.S. Postal Service has delivered thousands of letters to Santa Claus in North Pole, Alaska. Now, in the interest of efficiency and security, the post office has changed its policy. It will no longer deliver letters to Santa here, and requests for a North Pole postmark will be filled through its Anchorage office. The decision has angered many residents, most notably the owner of the area’s primary attraction, the Santa Claus house.
  • Professional Santas want H1N1 shots [The Amalgamated Order of Real Bearded Santas]

    11/19/2009 7:40:55 PM PST · by Daffynition · 7 replies · 519+ views ^ | November 19, 2009 | staff reporter
    A U.S.-based group representing people who portray Santa Claus during the Christmas season wants its members to be designated a priority group to receive the swine flu vaccine. Over the next few weeks, Father Christmases will come into contact with thousands of children at shopping malls and Santa Claus parades. The Amalgamated Order of Real Bearded Santas, a fraternal organization that provides training and resources for people who work or volunteer as Santa Clauses, said the health of its roughly 700 members is a real concern. "Yes, we should be given the needle," said Nicholas Trolli, the organization's president. "Many...
  • Operation Santa gives kids the coal shoulder: U.S. Postal Service cancels program

    11/19/2009 2:23:53 PM PST · by GoldStandard · 16 replies · 558+ views
    The New Jersey Star-Ledger ^ | 11/19/2009 | Eric Ruhalter
    It’s heartwarming that the US Postal Service has a national program, “Operation Letter to Santa,” where they amass volunteers to open and respond to the thousands of letters addressed to Santa Claus each year. Eager children everywhere can correspond with Jolly Old St. Nick, complete with a North Pole postmark. That, my friends, is The Christmas Spirit on a grand scale. Or it was anyway. Because they’re canceling the program. Yes Virginia, you were right the first time. Starting this year, I imagine starry-eyed children will start get their letters to Santa marked: “Return to Sender. No Such Addressee.” A...
  • No more letters from North Pole? Ho ho oh no!

    11/19/2009 12:51:41 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 12 replies · 754+ views
    PMSnbc ^ | 11-19-09 | ap
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Starry-eyed children writing letters to the jolly man at the North Pole this holiday season likely won't get a response from Santa Claus or his helpers. The U.S. Postal Service is dropping a popular national program begun in 1954 in the small Alaska town of North Pole, where volunteers open and respond to thousands of letters addressed to Santa each year. Replies come with North Pole postmarks. Last year, a postal worker in Maryland recognized an Operation Santa volunteer there as a registered sex offender.
  • Popular Santa letter program ends in Alaska

    11/19/2009 2:07:18 AM PST · by This_far · 10 replies · 534+ views
    Helena Independent Record ^ | November 19, 2009 | RACHEL D'ORO
    Starry eyed children around the world are writing letters to the jolly man at the North Pole, but this holiday season they'll not likely to get a response from Santa or his helpers. The U.S. Postal Service is dropping a popular effort begun in 1954 in the small town of North Pole, in Alaska's interior, where volunteers tackle up to 150,000 letters addressed to Santa. Postal Service officials cite privacy concerns loomed last winter when a postal worker in Maryland recognized a volunteer in the agency's Operation Santa program as a registered sex offender. The postal worker interceded before the...
  • Bob Dylan - Must Be Santa (Video)

    11/17/2009 10:13:18 PM PST · by pissant · 9 replies · 496+ views
    Youtube ^ | 11/17/09 | Bob/Santa
    Bob Dylan Must Be Santa (c) (c) 2009 Sony Music Entertainment Category: Music Tags: Bob Dylan Must Be Santa Holiday Music Video
  • Better Not Cough: Santas Lobby for Swine Flu Shots

    11/17/2009 5:19:54 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 2 replies · 224+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 11/17/2009 | Yahoo
    CONCORD, N.H. – Forget cookies and milk. Santa wants the swine flu vaccine. Many of the nation's Santas want to be given priority for the vaccine and not just because of those runny-nosed kids. There's also the not-so-little matter of that round belly. Research has suggested obesity could be a risk factor. Swine flu has become such a concern that the Amalgamated Order of Real Bearded Santas featured a seminar on the illness at a recent conference in Philadelphia. The group also urged its members to use hand sanitizer and take vitamins to boost their immune systems. The president...
  • Freeper song Government Santa makes it to Chicago Tribune

    11/13/2009 7:38:25 AM PST · by Jack Wilson · 5 replies · 372+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11/13/2009 | Meadowman
    Christmas classics are getting stale, so we've put a call out to readers to send us their original holiday tunes. Here are a few of our favorite festive entries. Keep checking back daily for a new song to get you into the holiday spirit.
  • Government Santa

    11/08/2009 7:17:07 PM PST · by Jack Wilson · 5 replies · 395+ views
    Youtube ^ | 11/8/2009 | Meadowman
    Meadowman performs his song Government Santa
  • Going Broke: State officials spread loot like Santa, expert says

    09/21/2009 8:56:13 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 725+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 9/21/09 | Steve Weigand
    The way Dave Doerr sees it, California's elected leaders ran for the wrong offices. "They really ran to be Santa Claus, and made a mistake and filed for the Assembly and the Senate," said Doerr, the senior tax consultant for the California Taxpayers Association. Doerr's reference is to a penchant of lawmakers and governors over the past three decades to spend whatever money they have on hand - and promise even more - then let succeeding budget drafters fend for themselves. "They provide what I call the 'free lunch syndrome,' " said Doerr, who closely observed Capitol life as a...
  • Young OBAMA MAGAZINE - from an alternative universe (vanity)

    02/21/2009 9:47:58 PM PST · by Mandingo Conservative · 3 replies · 384+ views
    SANTA: Hey now little fella, whatcha want fer Christmas? BARRY: I want to one day destroy America, and then Western Civilization, and then I want to have powers to have power over those babies in their mommies tummies and do what I want with them, just because... SANTA: Er, well, er, OK, whatever little guy, sounds like a big order to fill but am sure my elves can come up with something, er, like maybe a James Bond Corgie die cast miniature Aston Martin car or an Apollo moon rocket model kit, or maybe a nice basketball, hey, you like...
  • Bosnia: Blame Santa

    02/21/2009 6:34:41 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 363+ views
    ISN Eth Zurich ^ | December 10, 2008 | Anes Alic
    Yes, Christmas is over, but just found this. The parallels to what the Islamists in Bosnia and the "Political Correctness Police" in America are trying to do is striking. Ravnagora _______________ In a country with plenty of serious problems, from a flailing economy to a dysfunctional government, attacking Santa is probably not the cure-all, Anes Alic writes for ISN Security Watch. By Anes Alic in Sarajevo for ISN Security Watch _____________ Thanks to a rather absurd, and so far unpopular, move by officials in the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, Santa will not being coming down the chimneys of public schools this...