I know that this isn’t the time of year that most people follow news, particularly political news. If they did, it’d probably be hard to have a happy holiday season. However, that doesn’t mean that governments go to sleep (though they’re about to), and it doesn’t mean that important things don’t happen.
For example, this morning, the extension of the US Patriot Act was successfully filibustered (meaning that it probably won’t pass, certainly not in its current form). While that’s probably the most <I>important</I> news of the week, that hardly makes it the most <I>interesting</I> news of the week.
May I introduce to you <A HREF=“http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c109:H.RES.579:”>HR 579</A>, a resolution presented to the US House of Representatives on Tuesday, December 6th, 2005 by <A HREF=“http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jo_Ann_Davis”>Rep. Jo Ann Davis (R-VA)</A>, <A HREF=“http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roscoe_Bartlett”>Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD)</A>, and <A HREF=“http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgil_Goode”>Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA)</A>, and <A HREF=“http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_B._Jones”>Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC)</A>. This bill states that it “[e]xpress[es] the sense of the House of Representatives that the symbols and traditions of Christmas should be protected.” That’s right, it’s a bill based on Bill O’Reilly’s defense of the fictional “War on Christmas.” At least these four congressmen (and woman) wished to have the United States House of Representatives protect the symbols and traditions of Christmas from secular Americans.
One man stood strong against this complete ridiculousness. <A HREF=“http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Dingell”>Rep. John Dingell (D-MI)</A>, who is the Dean of the House of Representatives (the longest standing member of the House), felt that this resolution was so completely insane, that on the house floor, he read a poem that he wrote about the issue. Here is the poem, in its entirety:
Happy Holidays, everyone. I hope you got a kick out of this, too.