Archive for December 24th, 2012

Merry Christmyths

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Christmyth #1: DECEMBER 25TH WAS THE BIRTHDAY OF JESUS.

Nah. Although I’m sure His reps on earth are happy to take gifts that day, no one actually knows when Christ was born – neither the date nor the year. Late December wasn’t even a contender until the 4th Century when holy men hooked it up with the Winter Solstice. The year? Many theologians put it between 4 and 6 – “BC”!

Christmyth #2: EATING POINSETTIA LEAVES WILL KILL YOUR PETS.

No. Nor you, your kids, nor your spouse. Poison centers are so overwhelmed with frantic calls around Christmas, many have ‘They’re Safe!’ ads on their web sites.

Christmyth #3: SUICIDES RISE AROUND CHRISTMAS.

You may have felt you WANTED to kill yourself to escape holiday stress – but few people do. A 35-year study from a research group in Minnesota conclusively determined that there is no correlation between suicides and holidays.

Christmyth #4: THERE IS A SANTA CLAUS.

TRUE. Don’t let anyone tell you anything different.

Pull Over Or We’ll Blow Up Your Car

Monday, December 24th, 2012

ATF suggesting a religious cult leave it's compound.

Washington has a lot of bad ideas but one of the worst is the Pentagon offering free military hardware to every police department in the country.

The “1033 Program” was passed by Congress in 1997 to help law-enforcement fight terrorism and drugs.  This year it gave away over $500-million in military robots, M-16 assault rifles, helicopters, armored vehicles, and grenade launchers.  The requests for next year are up over 400 per cent! Despite a 40-year low in violent crime, police are grabbing for the free toys like hungry pigeons scarfing down a box of sidewalk popcorn.

This idea sucks at so many different levels but let me throw out just one:  training.  At the police academy, do they give courses on launching grenades?  Uh, probably not.

For a burning example of ineptitude plus high-tech war machines, all we have to do is remember Waco, Texas and a crowd of bumbling ATF agents with itchy fingers under pressure from Washington.