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Greetings from New York, where the snow is falling faster than an Upper East Side Ponzi scheme. The city is like a scene from a holiday post card; a veritable winter wonderland of Christmas decorations, a frosty storm and a guy in a Santa suit who meanders between subway cars announcing: “My name is Forever and I am a poet.”
In Chicago, President-elect Obama continues to feel heat for inviting controversial Pastor Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inauguration. Said the exasperated president-elect: “Fine, we’ll go back to the original plan. No invocation, just Rod and Patty Blagojevich singing their profanity-laden version of ‘Love Lifts Up Where We Belong.’”
For his part, Rick Warren is defending his opposition to same-sex marriage. He tells NBC - not joking here, people - , “I’m naturally inclined to have sex with every beautiful woman I see, but that doesn’t make it right.” I'm guessing he added something like, “Not that I couldn’t, you know, because chicks totally dig my billowy Hawaiian shirts.”
The big story here in New York continues to be Caroline Kennedy’s push to get herself appointed to the United States Senate. There remain those who question her qualifications, but her supporters are quick to highlight her resume: Education advocate, civil liberties author and Al Sharpton dining companion.
Meanwhile, it looks like Al Franken might pull out a win in that disputed Minnesota Senate election. I think I speak for everyone when I say: “That thing is still going on?”
Many of you have asked what I’m getting my dog, Sammy, for Christmas. Well, as is tradition I’ll be filling her stocking with packs of Benson & Hedges 100s. Then, under the tree, she’ll be getting some Peach Schnapps and fireworks. And, if there’s money left over, that Amy Winehouse wig she wanted.
Speaking of Sammy, she and I were bummed out we didn’t get invited to the premiere of the soon-to-be-released movie Marley and Me, based on the best-selling book of the same name by John Grogan. So, as a sign of protest, we’re making our own competing albeit low budget movie: Sammy and Me But instead of a lovable Labrador Retriever who gets into hilarious situations with his family, our movie will be about a foul-mouthed Labrador Retriever who gets into fights with cab drivers and shoplifts diet pills.
This is my last blog before Christmas. I’m off next week to spend some quality time with my family, assuming they can pull themselves away from the bowl of eggnog. So, here’s wishing you and yours a happy and safe holiday.
And now, I have to run. I’m late for my sleigh ride with Caroline Kennedy and Al Sharpton.
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