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So This is Christmas

Picture of the de-dressing:

Bruce Jeffrey Pardo (Reuters) [1]

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) [2] – A man dressed as Santa Claus showed up at a Christmas Eve party at a suburban Los Angeles house and opened fire with a handgun, killing three people and wounding two, police said on Thursday.

The only suspect in Wednesday night’s shooting in Covina, California, Bruce Jeffrey Pardo, 45, later committed suicide and his body was found at a relative’s house in nearby Sylmar, police said.

Sounds of the upliftting, New York Times [3]:

(Listen [4])AGHDAD – The Cardinal Emmanuel-Karim Delly, patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church, led a Christmas morning mass today at the Virgin Mary convent church in Baghdad’s Karada neighborhood.

The cardinal compared the situation in Iraq to the situation at Jesus’s birth: “Aren’t our hearts as cruel as the hearts of the people of Bethlehem at that time?”

Hope tempered by reality.