This was a busy week in politics, as the Republicans in the new Congress began a bout of legislating and President Obama ramped up his agenda in preparation for next Tuesday's big speech to Congress and the country.
In a democracy, the people choose their leaders, and those leaders write laws and set policies. Right now in New York City, unelected, unaccountable individuals are making those policies and ignoring the authority of those whom we, the people, elected.
So for those who wish to celebrate the spiritual enlightenment of the Rabbi from Galilee for his embodiment of peace and love, they can comfortably do so. Merry Christmas.
Now that the "War on Christmas" is over -- its publicist, Fox News Bill O'Reilly, announced this finding last week -- we can survey the post-war terrain.
Santa huddled with his legal team, the elves and Mrs. Claus wondering whether to bow to the group's demands. Cancel Christmas? Sure, the holiday had descended into a blur of Labor Day Christmas sales. But foregoing his yearly journey would mean disappointing millions of children.
I may not be offended by Christmas, but I can see why others are. Christmas is aggressively pervasive. I can sympathize with those who feel alienated or marginalized by the holiday.
Fox News has already launched its first counter-offensive on the "War on Christmas." Some people mock Bill O'Reilly and his cohorts for their annual misguided persecution complex. Not me. I look forward to their yearly ranting. It's my Shark Week.
With the same predictability and inevitability of a House vote to abolish Obamacare, Bill O'Reilly yet again has declared his false war on the faux war on Christmas.
Gillian Flynn's hit Gone Girl trades places with Gray Mountain by John Grisham, ending its six-week run at the top of the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List.
It's nothing new to feel like our intelligence is being questioned. There has always been a sense that we're being talked down to and that most of what is said is gibberish to placate and appease us without really saying anything of substance.
I'm no Doogie Howser, but isn't this medically certifiable in the real world? If the guy at the corner bar, or at the table next to you, says such nuttiness, don't you move away? I know I do. Weirdo's bother me. Call me old-fashioned. This is Fox News, 2014, stirring the pot. It's what they do.
On the right, it's not only the rich who seem drawn to this distorted fantasy. This I know from years discussing politics with a conservative audience in my part of Virginia.
People like Bill O'Reilly call upon people to raise themselves up while helping keep a foot on their necks.
This week sees an uptick in the number of titles with price tags higher than $10 on the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List.
Even though Donna Tartt's novel drops off the list this week, Hachette makes a somewhat stronger showing than they have in some time, with two titles of its titles landing within the top ten.
One of these guys is very wrong, and neither one delivered any real context to their analyses. Each view is a kind of cartoony boardwalk caricature of the president, rather than an accurate portrayal of the real-life leader.