by Scoobie Davis
Today is the release date of Al Franken's The Truth (with jokes) his follow-up to Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right. I checked it at at Borders and it looks dope.
On the other hand, a really lame book titled The War on Christmas: How the Liberal Plot to Ban the Sacred Christian Holiday Is Worse Than You Thought (I skimmed it at the bookstore) by Fox News propagandist John Gibson is the lame attempt to portray liberals as anti-Christmas grinches (Media Matters has the scoop on this BS). Yesterday, KLSD morning host Stacy Taylor read the following Amazon review (which turns out to have been done by General J. C. Christian):
Although I'm supportive of Gibson's efforts to defend Christmas against the forces of pagan idolatry, I was very disappointed with his failure to examine the war's beginnings. For instance, he ignores the problem of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer completely.
In was a sad day in 1939 when Rudolph made his debut and began pushing aside the more traditional, God-fearing reindeer. Today, if Donner, Blitzen and the rest are mentioned at all it is as Rudolph's persecutors, the bullies who barred him from playing reindeer games.
While many would rise to defend Rudolph by ascribing his popularity to the love Americans have for the underdog, I think there is something more sinister at work here, the siren call of homosexuality.
Think about it. Rudolph is a "flashy" reindeer, a flamboyant reindeer. His fabulously bright red nose flouts the conventions of traditional reindeer notions of propriety, more so than even Prancer's beaded buck-purse. Rudolph obviously uses it to seduce young, inexperienced bucks in the hopes of rutting them raw.
Yes, the story of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was the first shot in the culture wars. It's a shame that Gibson failed to include it in his book.