We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The ad is so politically incorrect, it is priceless. The old ads are classic.
Cilla Mitchell, Galveston Texas
Santa is a creation of the Coca Cola company (at least in his current incarnation).
That of course makes him a product of EVIL BIG CORPORATIONS.
St. Nicholas is certainly a Christian saint, but he has nothing to do at all with Christmas, elves, or the north pole.
His saint day is 6 December, usually celebrated with candy and gifts (especially for children) on the evening of the 5th (or some other day near that if more convenient these days).
The custom is alive in Turkey (yes...), Germany (mostly among Turks), Belgium, and the Netherlands mostly (and maybe in former colonies).
Both Santa Claus and Ronald Reagan were corporate shills. Reagan was hawking Chesterfield cigarettes and all things General Electric. Oftentimes both Claus and Reagan used to say "Ho Ho Ho" and were maniacally optimistic that ALL will prosper when, really, the corporations were the true recipients of the general largess of the public.
It seems to me that Santa Claus (AKA "Father Christmas," or Kris Kringle, derived from the Dutch figure of "Sinter klaas") is just an attempt to cover up any mention of the "Virgin Birth" of Jesus. The whole improbable and miraculous story is itself somewhat isolated from the other events concerning Jesus in the Christian Gospels.
Since no one can be sure what time of year Jesus was actually born, this is a bald-faced attempt to replace the Roman Saturnalia, and other pagan winter solstice celebrations, with a Christian holiday. The Early Christian Church never emphasized "Christ-mass," until this substitution was attempted; Easter, celebrating the passion of Jesus, was the main holiday for them; it was also easier to locate on the Church calendar, being tied to Passover…
I believe some of the more prevalent symbols of fertility (Decorated Evergreen --> Christmas tree, Easter Bunny with Eggs) from the Germanic tribes were also incorporated to make these Christian holidays more palatable to new “barbarian" (gentile?) converts…
Bird Dog ... The Liberals, and their Alinsky-loving spokesman Obama, deliberately ignore the fact that stocks like IBM, Exxon-Mobil, General Electric and other large-corporation stocks have traditionally been called "widows and orphans stocks" because millions and millions of their stockholders have been not "the rich" that Mr. Obama hates, but modest income folks who bought the stocks for some kind of financial stability in a hostile world.
But then, the fact that Grandma survives in a modest way because of small investments over the years is not a meme that Liberals believe in. They'd rather have Grandma living 'on the dole' from a beneficent Big Government that can give and withhold at will.
Thanks for the pre-WWII picture of Luckies. The green color was dropped to conserve materials (I think the ink used some "rare earth" metals, among other things) during the war, with a large ad campaign.