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Video Overnight Thread- 2000 Running Santas For Charity

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Over 2,000 people dressed as Santa Claus raced through Belgrade, Serbia, today to raise money for children who suffer from epidermolysis bullosa, a rare skin disease. The first 1,000 runners received full costumes, all others got a hat and a few days' extension on Christmas spirit.

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Video Overnight Thread- Scientifically Accurate Santa Claus

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Slightly NSFW, but hysterical. Via.

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Cartoons of the Day- Christmas Eve

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Cartoons of the Day- Christmas Time Is Here!

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This Holiday Season Megyn Kelly Wears Ignorance On Her Sleeve And It Suits Her Well -- No Joke

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Oh, so it was just a joke, claims Megan Kelly. Normally, when you tell a joke, when it's over you know the person telling it was not serious. Sadly, comedienne Kelly who's never been known for her comedy stylings, pulled one over on all of us -- or so she'd have us believe. It took her two days to come up with that one?

It's such a relief to know that Fox News' Megyn Kelly is not backing down -- she's staring facts right in the eye and refuses to blink. God, isnt' that the true test of a really strong comic. Make it seem so real. It's reassuring to find someone who sticks to their guns (how appropriate on the 1st anniversary of Sandy Hook's massacre), even when facts seem to be opposing her views. But why let those pesky little morsels of truth or even anthropology get in the way of a good joke.

After Kelly's controversial (though she claims are tongue-in-cheek) statements on Wednesday night, which included two subjects, both relating to race, she was bounced from the air until the firestorm of criticism died down. It only took a day, but it gave her the time to reflect on her outrageous statements and compose a response. The first of her gaffs was a two-fold issue. She claimed as gospel, that Santa Claus was not only a real person, but that he was white. Her second tenet of contention was that Jesus too was unquestionably white.

Well, the second one is easiest to debate. She's probably wrong. Christians are taught that Jesus was the son of God. If we humans were made in His image, Jesus too would be all races and nationalities. But even more anthropomorphically speaking, the population of Bethlehem (the accepted Jesus birthplace - that little manger down near 5th and Main) was not composed of white  people, at least as American consider white people today.

Judas Iscariot had to indicate to the soldiers whom Jesus was because they could not tell him apart from his disciples. That would mean he looked like the "natives" of that area. They were much more Arabic in their features -- perhaps even African ethnic would be more appropriate.

Now unless Jesus's mother Mary was knocked up by a Roman and not the immaculate conception that we've all been told was the "cause" of this event, then Jesus most likely didn't look like Meagan Kelly's brother or cousin -- that kind of white.

So, let's say that Jesus's skin color is very much open for discussion, that has not silenced by Megyn's ignorant spouting. Here is what Jesus most likely looked like, according to ScienceMechanics:

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Next we get to Santa Claus. Well, our fearless hostess with the leastess stands by her earlier statement that Santa is real.

Flesh and blood, a real dude. From everything I have ever read he's a created character. Not the surest of sources, but certainly in sync with everything else I can find, here's the story behind the "creation" of Santa Claus according to Wikipedia:

The modern figure of Santa Claus is derived from the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas, which, in turn, has part of its basis in hagiographical tales concerning the historical figure of Christian bishop and gift giver Saint Nicholas. During the Christianization of Germanic Europe, this figure may have absorbed elements of the god Odin, who was associated with the Germanic pagan midwinter event of Yule and led the Wild Hunt, a ghostly procession through the sky. Over time, traits of this character and the British folklore character Father Christmas merged to form the modern Santa Claus known today.

The truth, which Megyn constantly is a stranger to, is that Santa is a composite of characters, real and fictional. But some people can't separate fact from fiction. Ms. Kelly is one of them.

Now with a last name like Kelly, I'm going to to out on the limb and guess she celebrates Christmas. She has three children. At one point or another, didn't she confess to her kids that there really isn't a Santa Claus? Or worse yet, that he's dead.

Santa as a character has been the source for many movies, plays and books. But evidently, Kelly has never heard of fiction. I can't wait until she see's Saving Mr. Banks and proclaims Mary Poppins was real and could actually fly. She even sights a movie "Miracle on 34th Street" as her source to clear up any Santa conjecture.

Does Santa really come every Christmas and deliver gifts to Megyn's kids? She's so lucky she doesn't have to go shopping like the rest of us parent for our kids gifts. Please Megyn, drop Santa my name so  next year I don't have to fight Black Friday shopping and can just sit back and wait for presents to appear under the tree. Oh, the money I'll be saving.

Now it's to watch Ms. Kelly in action and judge for yourself. Was she joking or was she just demonstrating how ignorant she can be. I'm gonna guess you'll pick the latter.

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"Rare black Santa... our children can relate to." Oh, and Megyn Kelly "would not have been considered 'white.'"

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Melissa Harris-Perry wrote an astute, thought-provoking letter to Santa Claus in response to the ongoing mind-boggling controversy that is still all too prevalent in the year 2013:

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Additionally, the Los Angeles Times devoted quite a bit of well-deserved print space to a heartwarming piece about a beloved Los Angeles mall Santa Claus, a 77-year-old man named Langston Patterson:

For nearly a decade, Patterson has been the main attraction at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza during Christmastime: a rare black Santa Claus in a sea of white ones.

The mall, located in the heart of black Los Angeles, is one of the few in the country with a black Santa Claus. Some say Patterson is the only black shopping-mall Santa Claus in the Los Angeles area.

As visitors approached him on a recent afternoon, it was hard to tell who was more excited: the youngsters or the adults. The parents are the most loyal. They return with grandchildren, passing on a family tradition with a deep personal meaning.

Better not tell Fox's Megyn Kelly; she might "jest" about it.

Speaking of the Megster, check out this Moment of Must Read from Juan Cole:

So while St. Nikolaos would probably be considered “white” in today’s America, he would not necessarily have been in the early twentieth century.

Likewise, a Jew from Nazareth would definitely not have been considered “white” by many Protestant Americans in the early twentieth century. There would have been social clubs he couldn’t have gotten into.

But here’s the kicker. Megyn Kelly has an Irish name, and if she is Irish-American, then she would not have been considered “white” by many Protestant northerners in the nineteenth century.

So let's get a few things straight:

Everyone is born covered with skin whose function it is to keep our blood, bones, and organs in place, and that skin has pigment, sometimes more, sometimes less. More pigment means more protection from the sun and inexplicably, more contempt and inequality. Less pigment means more vulnerability and requires a higher SPF, and inexplicably, less ridicule and torment and more privilege.

Religion is "belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, esp. a personal God or gods." Belief in a god or some other higher power is not innate, it is taught. We are raised a certain way, trained, and eventually accept or reject our religious/non-religious upbringing.

Prejudice, bigotry, racism, discrimination are also learned and cultivated; toddlers are not racists. Babies do not shun other babies based on their skin tone, nor are they repulsed by anyone's sexual orientation.

People are different. Their world views are different. Their colors, languages, appearances, physical, and psychological configurations are different. Their experiences are different.

We are a huge and diverse crowd that shares one planet, we always have been, we always will be.

Get over it, people. We are woefully-- painfully-- overdue to finally accept and embrace all of those myriad traits, characteristics, beliefs, non-beliefs, hues, heights, weights, and varieties of human beings that inhabit Earth. We live together in one enormous place, and not one of us is better than the other because of where we were born, who we love, what we do or don't believe in, or our genetic make-up. Not. One.

That discussions like these still consume so much media space, debate time, and human energy is bewildering. Then again, that Fox calls itself a news station and continues to draw viewers is equally bewildering.

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Video- The Daily Show: War on Christmas - S#@t's Getting Weird Edition

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