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Posted at 8:00 PM ET, 12/20/2010

Mitched deadline

By Tom Toles



Not the war on Christmas

Or maybe it is, you decide. But let's face it: Everybody wants to celebrate the passing of the winter solstice, the shortest day on the calendar, the most wretched, bleak and inexcusable phenomenon that nature throws at us each year. That day would be today, as it happens. Or yesterday or tomorrow. Nobody seems quite clear on this. But one thing we can be sure of is that we are all brothers and sisters in SAD on this one.

There are lots of great traditions jerry-built onto this time of year, but many of them are just plain creed-specific, in a land of widely diverse beliefs and convictions. It impedes the desire to celebrate with all your friends simultaneously. So, without wanting to take anything away from anyone, it seems to me we need to build up a more encompassing but no less enthusiastic non-sectarian seasonal celebration.

Needs a name, as much as anything, and my suggestion would be "Yuletide." It's already familiar, and people can interpret it anyway they like. Anyone trying to trace the term back to its origins will merely get lost in ancient Germanic forests, but be rewarded by finding a gingerbread house. (Hint: push the witch into her oven.) Anyway, I guess I do not need any permission to proceed with this, and so as its most avid celebrant, I wish you all a Happy Yuletide! --Tom Toles




By Tom Toles  | December 20, 2010; 8:00 PM ET
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Well that's done. 71/99 = 71.9% support.

Posted by: redhead1990 | December 22, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Hell?? Where is Hell??

Posted by: bertzel | December 22, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

the supporters of this no START treaty wants to send USA to hell

Posted by: oldhat | December 22, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I do hope the Republicans will give up their opposition to START and approve it, but I am not ready yet to send them to hell if they don't.
Posted by: rjpal

Personally, I think the Republicans have already condemned themselves to hell for supporting "Shock and Awe" preemptive and "torture" coercive.
I am more concerned that in 2012 the Republicans will again be in control with Shot first and ask later Palin as presidential dictator.

Posted by: OckamsRazor | December 21, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

"Start leaves us vulnerable."

But not having a treaty of any kind magically makes us invulnerable?!?

It seems to me that, the Russians have at least as much to fear from us as we do from them; and maybe more so, since the United States is the ONLY country in the world to have ever actually used nuclear weapons against an enemy, and specifically targeted civilian populations at that.

Without even getting into the morality of it, the fact is that we have demonstrated a capacity to use these things that has only ever been threatened by anyone else.

Is START imperfect? Yes. Does it help the American people in any way for members of a particular faction of any political party to scuttle the treaty for no good reason other than to demonstrate their capacity to do so?

I prefer to think that the voice of reason will triumph, and that some folks can go home after this session knowing they've finally done several somethings they can be very proud of having done IN SPITE OF the fearmongering.

Posted by: jonroesler | December 21, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Gurdulo~~~Possibly, just like here in America, organized crime has sponorship within the government in Russia also. It has been reported that Putin actually rose to power because of his involvement with organized crime in connection with the KGB. No different than the association between the CIA and organized crime her in the US. That association increased tremendously after the JFK assasination.

Posted by: JONAHandtheFISH | December 21, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

In general:

Republicans who have no agenda and just give an opinion on START generally support START.

Republicans who are trying to subvert President Obama with their policy of NO, generally don't support it. This is all about partisan politics and nothing else.

Posted by: hateisnotafamilyvalue | December 21, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

START leaves us vulnerable. Do you actually believe that Putin will pardon you because you came out against Christmas at Winter Soltice? That's what you and your friends think...that because you are liberal that other powerful folks will recognize that in you and give you a pass? How SADD.

Posted by: quiensabe | December 21, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) can affect individuals at various times of the year. Some people are affected, and become depressed, in the summer. I tend to "slow down" in the late fall and winter. Not so much this year, but I never got moving last summer.

Yuletide? It doesn't matter what you call it. It's all humbuggery. Fine for children, but not so fine for adults.

McConnell: "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president." There is no reason to believe that this goal has changed. So there is no reason to give Obama a victory on New START. I admit that I'm very surprised that DADT was repealed. I'm not surprised that 31 Republicans voted to keep in place a policy that had been ruled unconstitutional by every court that looked at it.

Posted by: ptgrunner | December 21, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

"I disagree with you. How many terrorist acts have taken place in Russia over the years? Their government still rules that ccountry with an IRON FIST."

Russia has far more terrorism than the US. I don't think a week goes by that there's not some bomb being set off by Chechen separatists or whatnot. And that IRON FIST has done nothing to prevent the widespread rise of organized crime.

Posted by: Gurduloo | December 21, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Oh TT – how you do go on. Which can be a good thing, I suppose. On some days. Why not just tell it like it is and celebrate retailing? Shopping. Crowded malls and crying kids. And I’m going guess in writing that you have not considered the plethora of songs that would need re-working – with “Yuletide” substituted for –dare I say it, “Christmas.” Judy Garland would need serious dubbing in that old movie of hers where she sings, “Have yourself a merry little…’Yuletide?’” (C’mon.) And “White Christmas,” with old Bingo himself and that dead Clooney woman crooning away together: “I’m dreaming of a white... (again,) ‘Yuletide’?” It’ll never work. Try this, all you Gene Autry fans: “And then one foggy ‘Yuletide’ Eve, Santa came to say, 'Rudolf with your nose so bright...'” It’s madness, I tell you. Pure madness.

Posted by: dudeupnorth | December 21, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Toles, you don't need an excuse like "SAD" to be unhappy. All you liberals are unhappy all the time. Angry is probably a better description. You go through life miserable and want to project it onto everyone else. I hope you get snowed in somewhere all by your miserable self.

Posted by: Timanddori | December 21, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

rjpal~~~I disagree with you. How many terrorist acts have taken place in Russia over the years? Their government still rules that ccountry with an IRON FIST.

Tom~~~All weapons are a terror. The unseen variety that are spoken of very little are even more dangerous than those that are Nuclear. Just think if there is a technology that does exist, such as HAARP, that could initiate a volcanoe to erupt on the scale, say like maybe Yellowstone. Would that not be the most powerful weapon ever known to mankind? An eruption on such a massive scale would totally destroy much of North America and planet Earth would affected for thousands of years. The question should be. Do we now have that capability? But as the History Channel might report on such a technology and title the program as "That's Impossible". Is it?

To all my fellow Christians I WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS. To those non-believers I WISH YOU A HAPPY HOLIDAYS.

TO ALL~~~DON'T FORGET TO HELP THOSE WHO ARE LESS FORTUNATE. Something we should all consider year round.

THANK YOU CLARENCE!!! For coming to my aid and earning your wings.


Posted by: JONAHandtheFISH | December 21, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Interesting to see some right wingers saying that START doesn't affect nuclear terrorism. START does impact terrorists.

It includes monitoring of Russian nuclear storage sites. These are still the most likely places for people to subversively get fissionable material. These materials are stored there today under protection by guards with minimal pay and questionable commitment to the existing government.

External monitoring provides the best guarantee that these materials don't get "lost" or sold.

Posted by: zpope | December 21, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Yuletide? What happened to Festivus for the restofus?

Posted by: roaxle | December 21, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Yuletide-love it.
Cool Yule even better.

Posted by: lachatmarie | December 21, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Let's take up a collection to buy little Tommy a clue for Christmas. START has absolutely NOTHING to do with nuclear terrorism and does nothing to impede those most likely to engage in or foster it. Please stick to topics you're familiar with like the Metro perhaps. Merry Christmas!

Posted by: jpost1 | December 21, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

That is an absolutely dumb cartoon but a vivid representation of the malignant, leftist thought process.

Posted by: rplat | December 21, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

I have to laugh at the person who wrtoe that, "I suspect that most people who are outraged at McConnell, including Toles, are not in a position to make an intelligent and well informed political judgment.". Mitch McConnell has never had an intelligent and well-informed thought in his entire existence. He would not know the correct intelligent side of an issue if if snuck up and smacked him on the head. He is a intellectual featherweight with the cranal capacity, judgment, and reason of a dried dog turd who, while preaching about the sanctity of the Constitution, would vote in a heartbeat to establish a Christian theocracy on PA Ave if that is what his Republican talking points called for that day.

Posted by: HymanRoth | December 21, 2010 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Senator McConnell should be the poster person for a "do nothing" Congress. He looks like an undertaker in his demeanor.

I do wish he would behave.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | December 21, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

I suspect that McConnell and Kyl are wrong to oppose START, but to be honest I do not actually know. I suspect that most people who are outraged at McConnell, including Toles, are not in a position to make an intelligent and well informed political judgment.

To be sure, the president has made such a judgment, and we ought to trust him. But he has also made a couple of other judgments which turned out to be wrong (e.g. Afghanistan and unemployment rates). So I trust him, but by no means 100%. Maybe only 70%.

Clearly the Russians have as much to fear from nuclear terrorism as we do, and I doubt they are enthusiastic about it. So it is not as if, failing START, Putin is ready to give the keys to the Russian arsenal to some terrorist groups.

I feel that now we have come to a point where every time some liberal says something anti-Republican, immediately the liberal "automatic outrage machine" goes into action. "These nasty Republicans, they are at it again, don't they care about the country and about the world?"

Please give it a rest.

I do hope the Republicans will give up their opposition to START and approve it, but I am not ready yet to send them to hell if they don't.

Posted by: rjpal | December 21, 2010 5:50 AM | Report abuse

The delay on START is absurd. Every GOP Secretary of State since and including Kissinger supports the bill as it is now.

One reason most of the GOP doesn't support it: partisan politics.

Posted by: brian_away | December 20, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Why don't libs just call it Galapagos Fest?

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Posted by: goodlucky82 | December 20, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

As usual. Toles is anti-repulican to the last. Ho-Hum.

Posted by: tonyparreg | December 20, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

"The World Hangs By A Thread"

Tommy Dr. Lueker told me, "I read that the Soviet Union has over 50,000 Nuclear Weapons, and the United States has over 50,000 Nuclear Weapons, "The World he said, "IS HANGING BY A THREAD!

..."As the Republican/fool Mitch McConnell plays politics with his Republican friends, and games with the Lives of 300 Million Americans!

..."To this registered Voter/Vet USAF, is "CRIMINAL at it's worse and "Republicans at their best!

..."Thanks Tom Toles for correctly pointing out, what I've been saying all along...

Sincerely, Tom Birchfield, Voter/Vet USAF,
Graduate Student, Masters Program,
East Tennessee State University

Posted by: ztcb41 | December 20, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Or, in the words of Louis Armstrong, "Have a Yule that's cool!"

Posted by: acquit | December 20, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Hey man what's your problem with witches?

Posted by: jhnnywalkr | December 20, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

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