Celebrating the Feast of Saint Nicholas


Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Clause and he is a Republican (a real one, not one of those tea party fakes).  Thursday was the Feast Day of Saint Nicholas.

Born in 270 AD, Nikolas of Myrna was a Bishop, who died on December 6, 343.  His life is celebrated by we evil Episcopalians, the entire Anglican Communion, Catholics, Greek & Russian Orthodox, and even Baptists, Lutherans, Methodists, and Presbyterians.

He was a kind, goodly man who was devoted to helping the poor and those less fortunate.  He is the patron saint of children, sailors, fisherman, merchants, broadcasters, the falsely accused, and… repentant thieves!

He was also one of the bishops who signed the Nicene Creed.

“...In his most famous exploit, a poor man had three daughters but could not afford a proper dowry for them. This meant that they would remain unmarried and probably, in absence of any other possible employment, would have to become prostitutes. Hearing of the poor man’s plight, Nicholas decided to help him, but being too modest to help the man in public (or to save the man the humiliation of accepting charity), he went to his house under the cover of night and threw three purses (one for each daughter) filled with gold coins through the window opening into the man’s house. One version has him throwing one purse for three consecutive nights. Another has him throw the purses over a period of three years, each time the night before one of the daughters comes of age. Invariably, the third time the father lies in wait, trying to discover the identity of their benefactor. In one version the father confronts the saint, only to have Saint Nicholas say it is not him he should thank, but God alone. In another version, Nicholas learns of the poor man’s plan and drops the third bag down the chimney instead; a variant holds that the daughter had washed her stockings that evening and hung them over the embers to dry, and that the bag of gold fell into the stocking.The legends with the most likely historical basis are the stories of Nicholas helping three girls and stories of Nicholas helping sailors…”

It just seems terribly apropos and terribly ironic that on this of all saint days, the Republican Party would get one of its greatest gifts – the resignation of Jim DeMint.

If The Pink Flamingo were to list the politicians I dislike in order, well, the list would look something like what I have listed below.  You should also note that I don’t include Mitt Romney, who is now a has-been.  They are all of the extreme right tea party variety.  It dawns upon me, that, thanks to Saint Nicholas, several of these uniquely dishonest, pandering, prostituting embarrassments to the GOP are either on their way out or surviving on borrowed time.

  1. Jim DeMint
  2. Joe Arpaio
  3. Michele Bachmann
  4. Paul Ryan
  5. Rand Paul
  6. Mark Sanford
  7. Nikki Haley
  8. Rick Santorum
  9. Jan Brewer
  10. Allen West

Let The Pink Flamingo count the ways I’m glad Jim DeMint is leaving the Senate! It is a veritable Christmas List!

  1. The Tea Parties get screwed
  2. He gets his just rewards for destroying our chances in the Senate
  3. I Am Not A Witch
  4. There’s no such thing as a illegitimate rape
  5. Mike Lee
  6. Sharon Angle
  7.  Makes the Koch Brothers Squirm
  8. Proves how discredited the Heritage Foundation is
  9. Allows for the comic relief of an alleged Mark Sanford redemption
  10. Exposes Jennifer Rubin as the idiotic fake that she is
  11. Makes Rush Limbaugh’s life just a little more difficult
  12. Will make a nice addition to the FOX Tabloid News Team
  13. It makes Erick Erickson’s life more difficult
  14. Grover Norquist loses his biggest rat fink supporter
  15. No more crap candidates
  16. Americans for Prosperity lose
  17. The Senate Conservative Fund dies an ignoble death
  18. No more idiots to primary decent Republicans
  19. The end of the tea parties?
  20. Lindsey wins!

Let’s just think about the Naughty Stocking.  It looks like the extreme right  has been given a great big fat lump of bituminous coal.  Grover Norquist received his Christmas Goose (verb) early this year (as in a good stiff you know what in the you know where – which is what (noun) Norquist truly is.  For those who aren’t quite sure of the etymology, let’s just say that the word we’re using for what Norquist is is also another word for the mascot of the Democratic party!)  Rand Paul is hanging on by his fingernails.  He’ll probably make a graceful exit claiming to run for POTUS.  Mitch McConnell is another recipient of an early Christmas Goose. There are normal Republicans in the Senate who are standing in line to administer that one.  Harry Reid will need to wait his turn.

Today’s big losers:

  1. Jim DeMint
  2. Grover Norquist
  3. Erick Erickson
  4. Rand Paul
  5. Nikki Haley
  6. Charles & David Koch
  7. Americans for Prosperity
  8. Tea Partiers everywhere
  9. Paul Ryan
  10. Mitch McConnell

The Pink Flamingo would put the Heritage Foundation on that list, but they’ve been big losers before this!

The winners today are (in order):

  1. The American People
  2. Lindsey Graham
  3. Tom Coburn
  4. Barack Obama
  5. The women of the GOP Senate
  6. Bill Toomey
  7. John Boehner
  8. Tim Scott
  9. South Carolina
  10. The Republican Party

Not only did Christmas come early for the GOP, but we are already drunk blogging for New Year’s Eve, with the news that Mark Sanford, as in don’t cry for me while I’m in Argentina, is thinking about a run for DeMint’s seat!

And so, boys and girls, The Pink Flamingo will end this piece with a great holiday gift, expressing the full glory of the season!

Dear Mr. DeMint, don’t let the door hit you on the way out!

There, The Pink Flamingo thinks I handled things well, with just a modicum of gloating.  Oh, what the heck, I haven’t had this much fun since Mark Sanford went to Argentina and got caught with well, don’t cry for me Argentina!

Merry Christmas!


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3 thoughts on “Celebrating the Feast of Saint Nicholas

  1. This is too funny! I spent yesterday laughing most of the day as more and more came out. Started with a call DeMint was resigning and ended with Ann Coulter schooling Hananity that the GOP lost and time to approve the middle class tax cuts.

    Some Republicans are starting to understand that pandering to the hard right of DeMint is destroying the GOP and why they lost the election. The obstructionist tactics of the GOP in Congress has taken a heavy toll on the Party. Looks like Boehner saw the light that the only way to negotiate about the fiscal cliff was to send the House out of town for a long weekend. Boehner understands what is at stake and how Republicans will be blamed. His problem is the hard right in the House who believe ‘compromise’ is a dirty word.

    Have more confidence today that the GOP ship is slowly starting to right itself but the jury is still out if they can accomplish the monumental task of taking back the GOP from the hard right financed by the Koch Brothers.

  2. I read somewhere that Jim DeMint is the most hated member of the US Senate, so I guess many senators are celebrating. The truth of the matter is that I wouldn’t trust DeMint anymore than I’d trust a poisonous adder getting ready to strike. When I heard the news of his retirement, my first thought was that like the poltergist – he’ll be baaack. I thought, oh, my gosh, he’s going to come back and run against Lindsey in 2014. I wouldn’t put anything past the Tea Party in SC. They want Lindsey gone so bad they will resort to anything to get him out of the Senate. DeMint, I reasoned, would be the only candidate that could defeat him. Perhaps my thinking is far fetched because it is unlikely he would give up that million dollar pay. At least the voters in SC ought to know where DeMint stands with them. He accepted the office to represent them, but he put his greed before the people of his state. That, in itself, ought to have something to say. It’ll be interesting to see who little Haley is going to pick to replace him.

  3. There were a couple nasty comments from several members of the Senate as he resigned. Just remember, when one is no longer a member of the US Senate, all ethics investigations are sealed and terminated – allegedly.

    Don’t worry, he’s like the undead or a zombie.


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