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The results of the War on Christmas are in. Jesus lost.

Are you at the point where you just can't wait for Christmas to be over? Between Palin's whiny book, Megyn Kelly's Santy Claws Wuz a White Guy thing and the letter we printed where the letter writer can't have a festive Christmas b/c the word Christ isn't painted on all the store windows, I'm ready to have me a good old fashioned Jul or Krampusnacht.

How to mess with your fiance-to-be on 12/25

One of the local jewelers will give you a "free huge cardboard box to wrap it in" with any purchase of an engagement ring between now and Dec. 24.

Rebecca Black opens herself up for another round of abuse

Remember "Friday"?

(Don't click on this. Just don't.)

Now there's "Saturday"!

She's progressed in her career from "atrocity" to "no worse than the rest of the crap on the radio."

It takes a special kind of stupid to commit mail fraud FROM PRISON!


One Mark Anthony Brown, resident of one of Idaho's finer houses of correction for grand theft and burglary, fraudulently entered at least 22 class-action and bankruptcy cases. He submitted claim forms to the cases' administrators, received part of the settlements, and deposited same in his prison account.

"Sir Schreiber Court": Some people take things a bit too literally

There once lived a man named Bob Schreiber. He was the wrestling coach at Wallace (Idaho) High School. And the American Legion baseball coach. And the manager of the swimming pool. And a couple of other sports-coaching jobs, and a high school teacher...and anything else he could do to keep busy 24/7. When you met him, he always introduced himself the same way: "Call me Sir." And they did. People who left Wallace, became doctors and lawyers and returned to Wallace called him Sir. That's just what you did.

He died of cancer about a year ago. They decided to name the gym up there after him, and I just got the first picture of the court: written right on the paint in front of the free throw line is the inscription "In Loving Memory of Sir Schreiber."

Has anyone tried selling art online? Where's the best non-Etsy place?

I'm going to start selling my photos online after the first of the year. There are several attractive looking websites that let you do this; two that catch my eye are Saatchi Online and Artspan.

Anyone got experience with either?

War on Christmas: What's your least favorite Christmas carol?

Why is the Christmas season so renowned for its ability to drive people to suicide? Perhaps because we play song after song that make Red Sovine look bright and cheery, and call them "cherished holiday memories."

And of this month-long depression-fest, I would say my least favorite song of them all is "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas." Sends me straight for the 55-gallon oil drum full of prozac every time I hear it.

Next RW boycott targets: Tide and Downy

They're running a series of commercials featuring a (gasp!) stay-at-home dad who (OMG!) stays at home to raise his child while (blasphemy!) his WIFE goes out to earn the family's daily bread.

Examples of this deviant anti-Christian behavior:

I think I need me a nice big bottle of Tide and some Downy. You?

Weird thought about pharm commercials

They tell us, "don't take this if you're allergic to it or any of its ingredients."

But they don't tell you, at least in the commercial or the website, what is in it, and how are you supposed to know you're allergic to it if you don't take any?

Is there a health insurance company anywhere that never uses computers?

One of the papers I print is the Teabagger Times - all hard right, all the time. These guys have hard-right barbershop ads. They printed 20 pages yesterday, 19 of them had at least one right-wing thing on them, and the 20th page was a tire ad that couldn't have any political content because they use an agency that deals with every paper west of Rapid City and they don't want to piss off either Moses Lake teabaggers or Berkeley granola fans. (The tire store manager runs an ad of his own explaining the government is the evil bunch responsible for making your tire change more expensive if you have tire pressure monitoring. I wonder if they know who wrote that law.)

Yesterday's edition contained a front-page attack on Obamacare from two local insurance agents. One of them said he tried doing a policy on the exchange but stopped just before hitting send because he was worried about the security of the customer's personal information. He decided to do a paper application and mail it in instead.

The rest of it was the standard tea party crap about high deductibles and the like, followed by the standard "repeal is the only way to fix this" line. The part about the paper application was a bit strange: last I checked, any insurance company operating today does everything on computers. If the guy's information is vulnerable to data thieves when input from the exchange it will also be vulnerable when input from the insurance company's document scanner.
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