Dreaming of a Christian Christmas

The CNN.com article that has inspired this begins: “Every Christmas for the past 60 years Nativity scenes have dominated two blocks of a park on bluffs overlooking the ocean in Santa Monica, California.”

By Shamus McConomy

‘Twas months before Christmas and all through the town

 Not a preacher was stirring, not even a church mouse;

The propswere stored in the attic with care,

In hopes that city permits would soon be there;

The congregation were nestled all snug in their pews,

While visions of the annual Nativity danced in their head;

But atheists with their lawyers, and liberals with their flap,

Had just filed paper work to ruin all that

When out at the public park there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from the church to see what was the matter.

Away to City Hall I flew like a flash,

To find atheist activists were on the warpath.

They filed their petitions so everyone would know

Their interpretation of the Constitution we should all follow,

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But the absence of Christianity this time of year!

The CNN.com article that has inspired this begins: “Every Christmas for the past 60 years Nativity scenes have dominated two blocks of a park on bluffs overlooking the ocean in Santa Monica, California.”  Continue reading “Dreaming of a Christian Christmas”

Gifts For The GOP Field

When choosing gifts to give those you care about this holiday season, it’s always best to ask the experts! That’s why FLDemocracy asked some of Florida’s best pundits, professors, and pols for help in picking out the perfect gifts for the candidates ahead of our Jan. 31 primary.

As published on www.FlDemocracy2012.com 

When choosing gifts to give those you care about this holiday season, it’s always best to ask the experts! That’s why FLDemocracy asked some of Florida’s best pundits, professors, and pols for help in picking out the perfect gifts for the candidates ahead of our Jan. 31 primary.

Their suggestions were thoughtful (so nice of Chris Ingram to think of Gary Johnson), hilarious (Thanks, Mark Foley) and perfectly gift-wrapped (Sid Dinerstein composed a candidate-carol).  In honor of the holiday season, here’s what our selection of experts would give the field: Continue reading “Gifts For The GOP Field”

There’s room in Washington for ‘Big Dummy’

Congress’ failure to figure out the budget mess means the hole we’ve been digging for decades isn’t any closer to getting filled in. The mess that has been created by the politicians in Washington reminds me of a recent addition to my household.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published December 13, 2011

Congress’ failure to figure out the budget mess means the hole we’ve been digging for decades isn’t any closer to getting filled in. The mess that has been created by the politicians in Washington reminds me of a recent addition to my household.

Last year my wife had the bright idea to add a second dog to our already crowded house of three kids and a cat. She got me to agree to this by promising to help take care of the dog, including picking up the poop, walking it and taking responsibility for various other things that come with pet ownership.

Since in the previous month she had mentioned something about having another baby, this seemed like a good compromise to help her meet her maternal needs. Continue reading “There’s room in Washington for ‘Big Dummy’”