12/26/2005 03:10 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

News Update For Dec. 25

President Bush says he’ll continue exercising presidential power to allow domestic wiretapping despite laws barring it. His attitude is, L’etat, C’est moi! Or would be if he knew what that meant.

Revelation of domestic wiretapping gives whole new meaning to that recorded telephone message, “Your call may be monitored or recorded for quality assurance purposes.”

Bush to special court overseeing U.S. intelligence operations: Warrrants? We don’t need no stinkin’ warrants! (With thanks to Arkieology).

President finally drops opposition to anti-torture bill in Senate. Note that Vice President Cheney was out of the country at the time.

News not all bad for Bush. Reggie won the Heisman Trophy.

Columnist Robert Novak says he knew there were no WMD in Iraq because that’s what his sources told him. Bet they didn’t include Judith Miller

Novak also says he thinks President Bush knows who leaked the name of Valerie Plame as a CIA agent. Maybe Bush heard it from Bob Woodward?

In first Christmas address, Pope Benedict XVI prays for peace around the world. Too bad he doesn’t have a few divisions to back him up.

DA Jeannine Pirro drops out of US Senate race against Hillary Clinton to run for State Attorney General. Where’s Rick Lazio when we need him?

Transit Workers in New York City stage illegal strike during Christmas week. Where’s Ronald Reagan when we need him?

Union leader compares strike to Rosa Parks’ refusing to give up seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. More likely comparison would be 9/11.

Controversy over so-called “War on Christmas” continues to rage. Well, he wasn’t named Jesus Holiday, now was he?

Federal judge in Pennsylvania bans teaching of “intelligent design” theory of evolution in school classroom, calling it creationism in the guise of science. Good thing that guy has a lifetime appointment.

U.S. Catholic magazine America embarrassed by publishing ad for statue of Virgin Mary covered with a condom. Maybe those Catholic priests just didn’t recognize a condom?

Anti-American, pro-cocoa-leaf-production politician elected President of Bolivia. Price of cocaine futures plunges. Hugo Chavez snickers

Hurricane Katrina downgraded to Category 3 instead of Category 4. Well, that’s a relief.

Rebuilding of gambling casinos in New Orleans races ahead while thousands remain homeless. Glad to see they got their priorities straight.

King Kong opens to less than box office frenzy. Movie goers monkey around instead of going ape?

Oprah appears on David Letterman show after 16-year absence. Who cares? She’s still got a show of her own, doesn’t she?

Merry Christmas! North Pole survives another year of global warming and Santa still refuses to outsource.