Relenting Rabbi, Returning Trees, and Cats on Fire Camp Update
The rabbi who so injudiciously threatened to sue the Seattle airport to force them to display a giant menorah has recanted his threat. Finally, a story with a happy ending. Sort of, at least the trees are going back up for now. On the other hand, the airport has pledged to put up a display next year that doesn’t offend anyone’s religious sensibilities. Of course no one should have been offended by a few plastic trees in the first place, but power whining is all the rage in America now. When people were offended back in the old days, they shook their heads and muttered something. And they most certainly didn’t expect the civil authorities to cater to their every single whim or threaten lawsuits. Sigh. Enough ranting on this unpleasant but now improving subject.
Speaking of Christmas trees, oh, wait, Holiday Trees, people have had to take extraordinary measures to keep them safe from theft. Live trees are back in fashion now, and stealing has never been out of fashion in this great land of ours. Some places have resorted to spraying their trees with an ugly florescent dye that makes the tree unattractive at best. (It wears off after a month or so.) My favorite though is spraying trees with a mixture of fox urine. It doesn’t smell too bad outside in the cold, but bring the tree inside and “Oh My God.” I am wondering where the heck all the fox urine comes from though, are thousands of foxes hooked up to bizarre urine extraction devices in China somewhere? Should the animal rights people be looking into this?
In other seasonal news, a mother in South Carolina had her 12 year old son arrested for opening his Christmas presents early. Yes, as my foreign readers have long suspected, everyone in America is insane. What can I say, America is Disneyland with guns, it takes a special sort of person to live here. Being nuts helps a great deal. The mother in question wanted to teach her son a lesson. I’m sure he learned some sort of lesson, and now both of them can go on Oprah and exploit the situation further. For their part, I’m sure the police are just thrilled to be used as an instrument of parental discipline.
OK, I think I’ve milked Christmas news as much as I am able. There’s been exciting new developments in smell research and ancient computers, but that will have to wait for tomorrow. I was going to post a picture of one of the Holiday Trees being returned to Seatac Airport amidst joyous throngs, but alas image uploading isn’t working this morning. So a retread pic of the now famous Rabbi is once again displayed.
Let’s see, cat news. The situation has improved and I am cautiously optimistic at this point. My orange cat had gone over to the dark side, and was attacking my other two cats. His sister just slapped him silly when he tried anything with her (she’s not known as calicozilla for nothing,) but his poor dad just isn’t a fighter. The situation seems to have improved, likely because the black and white cat that was invading our yard doesn’t seem to be coming around anymore. SnowBee was going out and fighting with him every night. About two weeks back, there was a horrific fight as usual, soon thereafter SnowBee returned and leaped onto my lap, with a smug “Well, that’s dealt with now” expression on his face. He was covered with blood and mud, it was nasty. However, careful inspection showed that it wasn’t his blood. I haven’t heard a fight since, and he has been associating with his dad again without attacking him. Thank God for small favors.
As always, “Iraq est res pessum ire.” Happy Effin Holidays All. :)
(The above image of the re-esteemed rabbi is so famous it hardly needs to be claimed as Fair Use anymore, nonetheless I am so claiming. It’s also not being used for profit. In fact practically nothing in my life has ever been used for profit, it’s a family tradition.)