Merry Christmas Virginia, from Jamie Katz, Chicago Tribune :
It’s all right to say Merry Christmas. In fact, it’s lovely.
I happen to be Jewish. And I’ve lived most of my life in New York City, where, on the whole, contrary to rumor, people of every faith, language and hue do a pretty good job of getting along.
Not once, ever, publicly or privately, have I heard anyone â€” Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Cherokee, atheist or Aqua Buddhist â€” say he or she was insulted by a sincere holiday greeting that included the word Christmas.
And I happen to be very agnostic. Merry Christmas to one and all.
Dope from Hope , from Jennifer Epstein, Poltico :
Potential GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says Sarah Palin’s wrong and Michelle Obama’s right, at least when it comes to the first lady’s push to combat childhood obesity.
“With all due respect to my colleague and friend Sarah Palin, I think she’s misunderstood what Michelle Obama is trying to do,” the former Arkansas governor said Tuesday on the “Curtis Sliwa Show.”
The Dope from Hope, Mike Huckabee, shares a few traits with the Fat Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, to wit both are liberal, stupid and too darn fat to lecture anybody as to diet.
Like I said to FLOTUS, I say to Huckabee, lose the weight,or zip the lip.
J-Nap’ national security clown, from Jake Tapper, Politico :
After initially suggesting that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s inability to answer a question from ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer about the arrests of 12 suspected terrorists in London was because her question was too “ambiguous,” the Obama administration acknowledged Wednesday morning that retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Clapper had not been briefed about the arrests at the time of the interview.
“Director Clapper had not yet been briefed on the arrests in the United Kingdom at the time of this interview taping,” said ODNI spokeswoman Jamie Smith in a statement.
WTF Over, from Adam Gabbatt, Guardian  (UK):
The CIA has launched a taskforce to assess the impact of 250,000 leaked US diplomatic cables. Its name? WikiLeaks Task Force, or WTF for short.
The group will scour the released documents to survey damage caused by the disclosures. One of the most embarrassing revelations was that the US state department had drawn up a list of information it would like on key UN figures – it later emerged the CIA had asked for the information.