Wednesday, December 5, 2012

You Can Have Your Gingerbread and EAT IT Too

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Michelle Obama has officially unveiled the 2012 Christmas decorations at the Whitehouse, including 54 different designer-decorated trees and a 300-pound gingerbread replica of the Whitehouse to commemorate this year's holiday theme of "austerity."

No, just kidding! It's the same wretched excess as usual, but the official holiday theme is "Joy To All." They would have included "...And Peace On Earth" in the theme, but didn't want to discourage anyone from celebrating the holidays by firing rockets at Israel.

In the first lady's official comments, she mentions the "many joys of the holiday seasons" and then defines those joys as "giving and service to others," and "sharing our blessings with one another." Which are lovely sentiments when contained in scripture, but are considerably less so when turned into hundreds of pages of new tax codes.

With so many Christmas trees festooning the Whitehouse (every one of which will be abandoned December 17th, when the Obamas leave on their $4 million Hawaiian vacation), we can't help but wonder if there's one in the Situation Room...where Barack Obama may have given the order not to send aid to the four Americans murdered by terrorists in Benghazi.

With a stink that bad, you definitely need to add some pine fresh scent to the air.


Mike aka Proof said...

I was wondering if any of those trees had the Chairman Mao, Obama on Mt. Rushmore and transvestite decorations they used in 2009?

Grafton Cheddar said...

@Anonymous - Have you ever tried to wrap up a can of Spam as a Christmas present (for your poorer relatives)? Difficult and tricky, at best. Those rounded corners...

SusieBee said...

I'm sure the present occupants of the Whitehouse think they are being tolerant of those pesky Christians by putting up all those trees, but they are not fooling anyone. Their sullen faces say it all. May God bless and comfort the families of those needlessly killed in Benghazi, who won't be having such a merry Christmas this year.

Irene Peduto said...

SJ - 54 trees? I really do get my news from your blog & a bit of Rush (if I'm able to tune in) - else it's all music, and real life for me. I haven't given up - just need a real sabbatical from all of the news babble - the thought of the inauguration in Jan. really brings the reality of four more years home! @ Proof - I know, I know. Such socialists running the country & the MSM says there's nothing to see here! Whew!

Colby said...

Well, it's only fitting that Santa Clause have 54 Christmas trees in his house. I can't wait to see Carney's elf suit!

I heard that the manger scene in the WH has Mary buried up to her chin, while Joseph, the shepherds and wise men throw stones at her for getting pregnant out of wedlock.

Colby said...

@anonymous (3 times),
I'm all for capitalism and all, but one post for free advertising was sufficient.

Grafton Cheddar said...

@Colby said, "Well, it's only fitting that Santa Clause have 54 Christmas trees in his house."

I'm racking my brains as to why not 57 trees - seems to be the magic number!

Goldenrod said...

Judging by the look on their faces maybe they do share in our pain...NOT.

Chuck said...

"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference."

One of the worst things in all of this has been, and continues to be, the feelings of total and utter helplessness. We see the issues, and even a solution or two, but the masses vote to continue on the road of destruction.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Readers- Another spam outbreak this morning. I've erased the messages and will keep doing so. For now, I'll suggest that you don't even mention any spam comments you see. The spammers don't wait around to see what we've said. Although there are certainly a few choice words I'd like to share with them.

@Proof- In various descriptions of the decorations this year, ornaments in the image of Bo the dog are frequently mentioned.

@Grafton Cheddar- Sorry for the spam (now erased, at least temporarily).

@SusieBee- As I've said here before, I have my doubts that Barry is a Muslim, but he definitely has more affection for Islam than Christianity. And as I not very subtly said in the cartoon, I'm angry about the first family throwing honors parties for celebrities and making giant gingerbread houses while refusing to answer the real questions about Benghazi (and anything else of substance).

@Irene Peduto- Listening to the relentless news babble (as you accurately put it) can really be dispiriting, and I try to avoid it myself these days. However, let me remind folks that in the left sidebar you can always find links to current stories in the Wall Street Journal, Newsbusters, Heritage.Org, and Fox News.

@Colby- I got a pained laugh out of your description of the WH manger scene. I picture Barry giving visiting children souvenir golf balls to throw at Mary for the stoning.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Grafton Cheddar- There are 54 trees because Obama wanted one from each of the 57 states, but 3 states are still undecided.

@Goldenrod- The picture of the Obama family looking miserable about Christmas is a year or two old, but was too good not to share again. This is an official Whitehouse photo, but they're not even trying to look happy. Although in fairness, they're good about breaking out the party hats and noisemakers for Ramadan.

@Chuck- Amen, brother. Right now, I don't know if I'm accurately seeing the difference between what can be changed and what can't...because I'm still hoping the path we're on can be changed. If God grants me the wisdom to see that we're lost, it would be a pretty painful gift.

John the Econ said...

Ed Asner.

(just to get Stilton animated)

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@John the Econ- Oh yeah?! John Maynard Keynes! (Two can play at this game)

John the Econ said...


Although, I do have a certain respect for Keynes, who was intellectually honest with himself, especially later in his life when he came to the conclusion that many of his theories were seriously flawed, or just wrong. He repudiated much of his own work that today's neo-Keynesians follow as gospel only because it serves as justification for expanded government.

This is a man who said "When my information changes, I alter my conclusions. What do you do, sir?" How many modern liberals can you imagine saying such a thing?

Well, to be fair, Paul Krugman frequently changes conclusions, but it's based less on changes of information than who's currently in the White House & Congress.

Mike Porter said...

Anonymous: Please remain so.

Chuck: Ditto – I believe the outcome of the election was a combination of pervasive idiocy and massive voter fraud. And to be sure, I must, must, MUST lean towards fraud. Otherwise I will consider fifty percent of the people I encounter to be traitorous bastards if not complete idiots. And trust me when I say that my patience with this type of stupidity has been utterly worn through. No longer can I suffer the company of fools - and even at the risk of losing my job, I find myself assertively bitch slapping their retard-speak at every turn.

Goldenrod: I’d like to see at least two of those in that picture holding up number tags.

John/Stilton: Can’t we all just get along and take turns stomping their worthless balls?

All: imagine that this video spans the last one hundred years in America, and it becomes easy to see how the culmination of many interrelated ‘accidents’ could bring us to where we now find ourselves:

Chuck said...

@Mike Porter - fun video. Thanks for sharing!

CenTexTim said...

"It's the same wretched excess as usual..."

I get your point, but actually it's about 50% more wretched excess. Last year the White House 'only' had 37 Christmas trees. (Full story here, including lavish pictures.)

I wonder if they had to file an environmental impact statement before cutting down those 57 trees.

Coon Tasty said...

GNNARRGGH!!! - SJ, you really have to stop putting up pictures of "Those People"(to coin a phrase). - I can't afford the continual replacement of punched laptop screens that inevitably follow.

Colby said...

I pity the unfortunate bastard that owns the tree farm. One day a big, black bus pulls up, a semi-black Grinch pops out and shouts, "You didn't grow that!" and takes 54 of your best damn trees.

I also pity Sasha and Malia growing up thinking 54 Christmas trees and 2 or 3 lavish vacations a year are somehow normal.

What sort of sick-o puts his face on a Mt. Rushmore Christmas ball? Sorry - rhetorical question... I still wonder if he makes Michelle wear a mask of him when they... when they... damn, I can't bring myself to say it; too damn disturbing.

Please feel free to delete my post aimed at the spammer. I'm afraid I don't know how. Also, I'm glad you took the pledge to only post on Fridays; you have been posting more than ever now! We're glad you are caving in to your base desire to jab liberals, but hope your wallet is not suffering for doing so. Please keep it up!

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@John the Econ- I must admit that I, too, admire Keynes pragmatic willingness to change his opinion to fit facts. I wish more would. And Krugman? The man is an angry nitwit.

@Mike Porter- I think the election held a heapin' helpin' of overt fraud, but isn't it also "fraud" when the MSM has told so many people that the candidates, Left and Right, aren't who they really are? That being said, like you, I don't suffer fools gladly these days. Anyone who isn't part of the solution is part of the problem.

@CenTexTim- I have to be honest and fair: all Whitehouses throw huge, extravagant parties. If a President Romney (sigh) had put up 54 Christmas trees, I'd think it was great. The reason I resent it from the Obamas is that I don't think they have an iota of love or sincerity about Christianity (seriously, you can't listen to Reverend Wright saying "God DAY-UM America!" for 20 years otherwise), so this is more theater to fool them God & Gun Clingin' rubes out in the sticks.

@Coon Tasty- But you've got to admit, that was a pretty good picture, right?

@Colby- My heart aches to think about the women Sasha and Malia will grow into, and I'm not lying about that. Although I hope at least ONE of them strikes gold with a tell-all book.

Regarding my publication schedule, it's all pretty confusing right now. I have other things I need to do, but letting the anger over the political insult du jour build just drains me of my creative juices. For what it's worth, my "only on Fridays" pledge wasn't a lie - I was just wrong.

George said...


Colby: "Also, I'm glad you took the pledge to only post on Fridays; you have been posting more than ever now! Please keep it up!


You truly supply us with the dose of reality (and humor) that helps us get through, and are a true breath of fresh air in this stale, polluted country of mis-, ill-, and un-informed. Thank you Stilton.


REM1875 said...

Yeah "service to others" -crap weasel and crew's idea of servicing us is the same as a bull servicing a cow and then we will be sent the bill for the bulls service.
But I did learn some good things this week from zero and team (the msm)- like compromise means giving me everything I want and nothing you want. I can't wait to try that on Mrs REM1875. I'll let y'all know how that works out.
The other one I am eager to try is paying down my debt by increasing income and then spending a hell of a lot more than the increase.Crap weasel and the msm say that this works to get ya out of debt in no time.
Yes it appears there really is something to this "leading with your behind" stuff.

REM1875 said...

"let them eat ginger bread" antionette obumbler (Christmas 2012)
Chuck - wearing out the Serenity prayer with constant repetitions, it helps but sometimes people, places and things get me foaming at the mouth. I am working on using it before I get into trouble rather than after :-)

Colby said...

Boehner's gonna cave... Anyone care to make a wager?

I'd like to join you in your experiment, but I have not figured out the "increasing income" part. Other than that, I think I'm ready to roll.

Anonymous said...

I finally figured out what he meant when he made 57 states comment - there are 57 Islamic states when you include Palestine. Now for the 54 trees, The Libyan tree is missing because he upset with the Libyan president because after the murder of 4 Americans the Libyan president called it a terrorist act, and did not back him up with the video story. The second tree missing is Syria, just in case they drop WMD on Turkey, that would not look good removing one tree before the season is over. I am still trying to figure out what country the third missing tree represents. Any suggestions?

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@George- Thank you. I try to offer "fresh air" and not just "hot air" - although it comes out in such a highly-pressurized blast that it might not be easy to tell the difference sometimes.

@REM1875- I'll bet Barry doesn't use his "compromise strategy" on Michelle very often. The first time he ends a command to her with "...and then make me a sandwich, b*tch" he'll get his tiny little nuts kicked in. I just wish that Boehner would react the same way that Michelle would.

@Colby- Considering that Boehner opened negotiations by caving, I don't think I care to take that bet.

And when it comes to "increasing income," I've finally mastered it this year thanks to my innovative two-part system: 1) Set a crappy baseline of extremely low income, 2) Take money out of a KEOGH retirement account- magically, the government declares it "income." Problem solved!

@Anonymous- I think the missing tree will end up representing Hawaii, which Barry claims he's going to visit on December 17, but is actually a cover for him to invade the island and declare it his new kingdom. You read it here first.

Pete D said...

I think Anon's 3rd tree is for Iran - part of the stiffening sanctions...

Colby said...

Hey! Look on the bright side. A year from now, when we find out that revenues actually went DOWN after the tax hike, we can all say "told ya so" to each other while we're waiting in line to get our ration of pain killers and soylent green. Whoopee!!

REM1875 said...

The missing 3rd tree is in protest for Mali because the seem to be adopting such moderate form of Islam.

REM1875 said...

Colby yes as we try to stay warm standing around a 55 gal drum burning parts of abandon houses hoping the EPA nazi's don't find it.
The future so bright I got to wear shades.

Grafton Cheddar said...

@REM1875, concerning ducking the EPA (already difficult to evade), by then there will be one domestic drone assigned to spy on each citizen and an influx of new, and of course, very competent government workers to man the controls. I feel safer and freer already.

Colby said...

@Grafton Cheddar,
Oh c'mon! You think our government would stoop so low as to spy on it's citizens?! This is the USA... never happen here! All those drones are there for our protection.... right?

Grafton Cheddar said...


Yes, they are intended to keep me from myself and any jihadist tendencies I might someday wake up with. Can you see the TSA as taking over "Citizen Watch"? The digital frisking would be right up their alley. What's that whirring sound I hear outside...

Queso Grande, now with nuts! said...

This particular....transgression.....this act of treason..referrenced in the last panel.....was for me the straw that broke the camel's back. I never countenanced fools, far far less os now. It has even opened up a window into feelings of racial animosity that are repugnant to me, almost as much so as the unconscious arguments I am unable to rebutt.

I am trying to think up an appropriate word to describe this offering of yours, SJ.........outstanding is not correct, nor is superb. After a while I came up with "Chilling".
They say the best comedy has the element of truth. This comic hits the 10 ring dead center.

@JohntheEcon, I wrote a paperfreshman year in college sub-titled...."Why Keynes should have been a weatherman, he'd at least have a 50/50 shot at getting it right."

Needless to say I did not graduate.

Thank GOD!!

My best to all, a good night and better weekend.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Pete D- Seems like a good guess to me.

@Colby- I'm not really going to get much satisfaction from the "I Told You So" process unless they're words I've written on a whiffle bat.

@Grafton Cheddar- The eye in the sky is your unblinking friend!

@Queso Grande- "Chilling" is indeed the accurate word for that last panel, as is "pointed." Because I'm still good and pissed off about the Benghazi fiasco - and all the more so because the story is fading right before our eyes (not from lack of substance, but from a lack of media interest).

By the way, a 200-pound gingerbread replica of the Whitehouse probably would have offered Ambassador Stevens more safety from weapons fire than the unsecured "consulate" in Benghazi.