Tag Archives: Thomas Nast

save the mountain for them

The origins of anti-Catholicism are lurking at the depths of American consciousness, gnawing away like a conspiracy theory and feeding a sense of paranoia and tribal urges that have little basis in fact, but are convenient valves of release when … Continue reading

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lets drink to that

The narcissism of small differences. When religion meets politics the poetics of demagoguery can launch a thousand careers. Anti-Catholic sentiment in the New World was an almost original sin of the founding settlers. All that was missing was a blood … Continue reading

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SANTA SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER: Listening to the Still Small Voice

The relation of Christmas, Santa Claus, Saint Nick and Fascism was ambiguous; as unsettling as Santa squeezing down the chimney and spreading soot on the wall to wall carpeting. Nazi Germany celebrated Christmas without Christ with the help of swastika … Continue reading

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WHEN SANTA COMES CALLING: Ask for I.D

Certificate of Origin. And proof of birth.And a valid driver’s license.And if the gifts were not made by slave and child labor.  A designated driver? Everyone wants a piece of Santa; to rub the belly that spits the golden coins.  … Continue reading

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SANTA ON THE BUBBLE: When He Was Fab

Santa on Parole. In the early 1800’s, a man by the name of Washington Irving described the image he had of Santa Claus in a satire of New York. Legend has it that the Dutch had a figure of Saint … Continue reading

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BAD SANTA & THE ROUGH NIGHT

Santa is a monopoly. Many are called, but few are chosen.The evolution of the species of Santas has resulted in a survival of the fittest. Whether a case of perfect creation, the quantum leap, or evolution, only more time will … Continue reading

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