“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”
Linc Chafee should have heeded Honest Abe’s advice before returning Bill O’Reilly’s producer’s phone call. Chafee appeared on THE O’REILLY FACTOR Thursday night (taped Wednesday) to defend his decision to once again officially call the tree in the State House and “holiday tree.” The debate was a spirited one with O’Reilly saying “guys like you come in, and previous governors. Come in and say we don’t want the Christmas tree tradition anymore, That’s what tees people off.” Chafee pulled one out of the history books likening his decision to that of the Supreme Court’s ruling 50 years ago that outlawed prayer in public schools. O’Reilly accused Chafee of stirring the controversial cauldron saying “all I’m trying to do is keep the traditions of Christmas that make most Americans happy. You’re imposing your will and making people unhappy in this season of joy. Chafee ended the back and forth by wishing O’Reilly a “Merry Christmas.” I guess what’s ok to say on FOX is taboo at the RI State House.
Chafee just doesn’t know when to let it go, does he?
Bishop Tobin says Chafee’s not with the majority of people on the issue. Well, he did only garner 36% of the vote to get elected. The bishop accuses Chafee of trying to impose his own view on others. He also likens Chafee to The Wizard of Oz. Unfortunately for Rhode Islanders, it’s a tad tough to not pay attention to the man behind THIS curtain.
Shooting The Holiday Bird
No, not the one in the center of the Griswald’s dinner table. The Louisiana ACLU is calling out local police saying they violated a woman’s First Amendment rights by threatening her with sanctions after she erected a Christmas light display depicting an extended middle finger. Sarah Henderson decorated the roof of her home with the illuminated, one gun salute shortly after Thanksgiving. Henderson put up the display after a conflict with her neighbors. I guess it’s easier than teaching a cockatoo to drop the F-bomb.
After neighbors complained, the cops came a callin’ and she soon removed the offending display from her rooftop. The ACLU got involved after an article ran in the Baton Rouge Advocate. The organization then wrote an open letter to the chief of police in Denham Springs.
Coal In Your Stocking
Someone’s not convinced Santa sees you when you’re sleeping. Security cameras have gone up and a locked drop box replaced the old bucket after someone stole cash donations at a Warwick Christmas display to help Make-A-Wish. Frank Picozzi’s been putting up quite an elaborate outdoor display for the past 25 years and when his wife emptied the donation box the other night, a measly 2-bucks fell out. Pocizzi says his display usually generates about 50 bucks in donations nightly and as much as 300 smackers as Christmas draws closer. Now, things are locked up tightly as you’re all snuggled tight in your bed.
Picozzi’s display features 103,000 lights.
Sleep Tight, America
The First Family is reportedly set to take a 21 day vacation in Hawaii on January 2nd. That’s the date billions in spending cuts and untold consequences for the economy will kick in if the “fiscal cliff” isn’t avoided.
According to the Hawaii Reporter, the estimated total cost of the vacation, paid for by taxpayers’ dollars, including funding for travel, staff and security, totals $4 million bucks.
Hopefully Mr. Obama’s time off will help him recharge his batteries giving him the energy he needs as the great fighter for the middle class.
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