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A Brutal, Bloody Image From The War On Christmas

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Fast-track that resolution, Boner! A Hill operative sends us this photo and writes, “The War on Christmas is alive and well in the House of Representatives. This Christmas tree was seen discarded on the 2nd floor of the Longworth House Office Building.” Oh that’s no Christmas tree, just an aborted tree fetus. But why is abortion taking place in Congress? (Maybe because it’s awesome?)

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  • RoscoePColtraine

    Well, as long as they don’t decorate the thing, just call it a potted plant, and leave it.

  • bent1985

    Please tell me that’s outside Cantor’s office.

  • Extemporanus

    …just an aborted tree fetus…

    We in the anti-arbortionist movement prefer the term “treetus”.

  • Suds McKenzie

    The horror, .. the horror

  • Texan Bulldoggette

    What’s the deal with the blue balls on the bottom left side? Did they clash with Boehner’s Tang skin color?

  • Suds McKenzie

    oh, and how many Bothan spies died to …

  • RoscoePColtraine

    Why didn’t the person who posted the sign “Please Remove” go ahead and “Remove”? That’s not efficient use of my tax dollars dammit.

  • progressiveinga

    Today we are all discarded Xmas trees…..

  • SayItWithWookies

    [re=475113]Extemporanus[/re]: Isn’t a tree fetus an acorn? Though I guess in this case it would be pinenuts. Not quite as sinister.

  • Sharkey

    [re=475115]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: TreeNutz!

  • FlownOver

    [re=475115]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: Publicans go right ahead and act out in any sexual manner they choose, whenever they aren’t being watched (unless being watched is, in fact, their thing.) Ergo, no blue balls.

  • grevillea

    Calm down, I’m sure it’s just an old Eid al-Adha tree…

  • FlownOver

    I, for one, welcome our new coniferous overlords.

  • shadowMark

    There is unrest in the forest
    There is trouble with the trees…

  • Extemporanus

    [re=475107]bent1985[/re]: Going just by the picture, it’s difficult to definitively ascertain Cantor’s level of involvement:

    Evidence against: The sign says “PLEASE REMOVE”, not “PLEASE BUY”.

    Evidence for: The pair of blue and white TreeNutz®.

    [re=475125]SayItWithWookies[/re]: All acorns are treetuses, but not all treetuses are acorns.

    One more thing: Holiday tradition or not, this barbaric secular practice of roasting treetuses over an open fire must stop! Think of the treetuses!

  • Darkness

    Really, that’s a tree only Charlie Brown could love.

  • Extemporanus

    [re=475126]Sharkey[/re]: [re=475141]Extemporanus[/re]: Treetus Christ! When did that get there?!

  • dustyrebel

    This photo, along with the acorn cookie, is going set off a massive Caligula style orgy at Fox.

  • Skwerl Nutz

    It must be a Hanukkah Bush, all I see is two blue balls.

  • shortsshortsshorts

    I was fully expecting bloody fetus’ all over the floor and was taken back when I saw a single tree.

  • Sharkey

    I came, I seed, I concorned.

  • WadISay

    [re=475133]grevillea[/re]: That would put it outside Kieth “Teh Moselem” Ellison’s office.

  • Sharkey

    …this barbaric secular practice of roasting treetuses over an open fire must stop!

    But roasted ChestNutz® are so yummy!

  • Serolf Divad

    WTF… for the previous 8 years that same sign hung on the U.S. Constitution and no one gave a shit.

  • Johnny Zhivago

    No, the sign refers to the sign itself – I do this all the time, putting signs that say “PLEASE REMOVE” and then screaming at the person who removed the object the sign was attached to.

  • bfstevie

    [re=475115]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: It deeply saddens me that I can come up with no snarky comment to link to your mention of “blue balls”.

  • combatwombat

    YSL is advertising here?

  • chascates

    So is it better to display a Santa Claus with a crown of thorns or a baby nailed to a cross? I need to get my decorations together.

  • shadowMark

    [re=475191]bfstevie[/re]: “Blue balls” is how Christmas trees say “green balloons.” This tree said the safe words too often and now they don’t want to fuck with it any more.

  • grevillea

    [re=475188]Johnny Zhivago[/re]: Yeah, I hate that. People are always misinterpreting the ‘Kick me’ sign taped to my ass. Jesus, people, does ‘autoreferential res-intextual Urkritik’ mean nothing to you?

  • BeWoot

    So … some Congressional office didn’t get the War on Christmas memo until after they bought and schlepped a tree, then started decorating it (from the bottom up?) and then put it out in the hall for removal? And all by Decmber 9? it’s If this is a 2009 photo I call fake. Unless, that is, they decided to turn this tree in for a larger, less pitiful one and figured to lose the balls while they had the chance.

  • BeWoot

    By the way. What happened to my favorite steaming pile of rarely-right, Neilist? Is his typewriter broke?

  • Neilist

    They came for Butterstick. And I said nothing, because I am not a panda.

    They came for Meghan McCain’s brain. And I said nothing, because I am not a useless, fat, spoiled bitch who should be anally raped by the front line of the Green Bay Packers and left tried to a tree beside a lonely country road.

    They came for the treetuses. And I said nothing, because I don’t drink Pinesol and live in a cardboard box.

    Then they came for me. And I gave them a pair of Trucknutz, and they left.

  • Country Club Jihadi

    Just saw a giant Jesus Cross attached to Michelle Bachman’s tree. I’m horrified.

  • Neilist

    [re=475205]BeWoot[/re]: “Rarely”? You’re slipping, Dear Heart. It should be “never,” shouldn’t it?

    (You realize, of course, that if that poor little tree had a gun to DEFEND itself, it would never have been BRUTALLY CUT DOWN and then ABANDONED in some hallway?

    “When guns are outlawed, only outlaw pine trees will have guns!”)

  • Sharkey

    This War will not end until everyone comes to the table and signs the treety.

    [re=475199]BeWoot[/re]: You actually have a point there. Or maybe somebody’s secretary did not know that the Congressperson was jewish.

  • the problem child

    [re=475205]BeWoot[/re]: There’s your answer.

    Funny thing, in Maine some people keep the x-mas decorations up all year long,because they love them so. Perhaps Olympia Snowe is just clearing out space for this year’s edition.

  • Long Form Def Certificate

    The Christmas Tree is German, though. No? In the event, if so, it’s clearly fascist, like health-care refore. Remove posthaste, then.

  • RoscoePColtraine

    [re=475199]BeWoot[/re]: Very astute. This photo is a plant, meant to stir up the war on CHRISTmas. The person responsible could be from either side of the battle, and, when revealed, will leave the audience gasping audibly.

    The plot thickens.

  • RoscoePColtraine

    [re=475212]Neilist[/re]: Your posts are least enjoyable when they’re mundane and predictable. It’s so not like you to “phone it in” like that.

  • GeneralLerong

    [re=475212]Neilist[/re]: It’s a fake tree. So much for the brutal chopping of the weapon-less tree. [And dude, you really do have a peculiar fantasy life, doncha? At least, I’m hoping it’s all daydream and no action…]

  • Texan Bulldoggette

    [re=475217]the problem child[/re]: “Funny thing, in Maine some people keep the x-mas decorations up all year long,because they love them so.”

    Ummm….no, that’s not the reason. It’s because they have been up there for the past 7 years & now the homeowners/trailer park denizens are too damn fat and lazy to get up on a ladder & take them down. It would cut down on their Marlborough smoking time & watching & thinking they are “Smarter than a 5th Grader.” Down here they call that being poor white trash…hate to burst your bubble about that!

  • Lionel Hutz Esq.

    Dearest Martha,

    Once again, General O’Reilly has forced us forward into battle. The secular heathen are well dug in, and so General O’Reilly has told us to shoot on site any one who says “Happy Holidays.” While I miss you loving arms, I know that we fight for what it is right, and it is only once everyone accepts Christmas as the wonderful commercial season that it was to our elders, that this country will finally be everything it was meant to be, and we can turn out intention to all ridding this country of people without birth certificates.

  • Work in Progress

    I signed up to say this. Picture of the Year nominee: That picture right there.

  • shadowMark

    Dearest Martha, Startdate Supplemental:

    As I mentioned earlier, I really miss your loving arms. And, you know, other things. If I promise not to fall in love with anyone, is it okay with you if I get blowjobs from the local girls?

  • AutomaticPilot

    And of course this was done in the least efficient manner possible. Why take two seconds to scibble the sign on a piece of scrap paper, when you can take five minutes to open a new document, type Please Remove, increase the font size to 40 and then print it out?

  • BarackMyWorld

    [re=475199]BeWoot[/re]: Pfft. Logic.

  • Jim89048

    [re=475235]AutomaticPilot[/re]: That’s what interns are for.

  • Jim89048

    [re=475238]Jim89048[/re]: And blowjobs…

  • Radiotherapy

    What about that flag. It could be like the Crucifix/Xmas tree, maybe it’s connected. Please tell me that flag isn’t included with the imperative. OMG, maybe this is a set-up. Don’t you have like have to have a military burial for a flag? This is a War on Christmas and our precious flag too?

  • Flanders

    What’s with the low view/comment count all day long. Don’t tell me the recession is finally over and everyone has elitist JOBS now!


    C’mon Cantor, ya still can make a little camphor, some breathe-mints, a good stew…you just can’t throw out good wood, either, ya know. When I was young….

  • plowman

    There’s nothing quite as sad as a discarded and scorned Festivus tree…

  • thursday

    You know, I’m surprised some Republican member hasn’t put up a life-sized Obama cutout with the same sign on it in front of their office.

  • Rush

    That photo was taken outside Joe Lieberman’s office.

  • zhubajie

    [re=475115]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: It needs more tree secks.

  • zhubajie

    All REAL Christians know that Xmas is HEATHEN!! Worshipping a tree has nothing to do with Jeebus! Instead you should be giving presents (of cash!!) to your preacher! And all the health&wealth preachers on TV, too!

    Seriously, Oliver Cromwell, the Baptist dictator, abolished Christmas in the 1640s.

  • shadowMark

    [re=475258]Flanders[/re]: There’s almost nobody left to comment:

    41% of Wonketeers off having Ambien sex with Tiger Woods.

    30% of Wonketeers sucked up by weird blue light in Norway.

    28% of Wonketeers taken to FEMA re-education camps.

    12% of Wonketeers off having Red Bull sex with Levi Johnston.

    8% of Wonketeers stalking outside Juli’s house without wi-fi.

    3% of Wonketeers stalking outside Meghan’s apartment without wi-fi.

    The rest of us are trying to pick up the slack but there’s only so much typing sixteen people can do.

  • Beef Supreme

    Git dat fucken krizmaz tree outta mah fucken gubmint!!!!

  • predilectrix

    [re=475266]Rush[/re]: I don’t care about that; I’m just happy to see the Rush puppy again.

  • clownshoez

    Isn’t it fair to say plastic Christmas trees are an affront to Jesus?

  • Sharkey

    [re=475275]shadowMark[/re]: Roger that, I’m outside Sara’s house. Wifi is working.

  • Sharkey

    [re=475289]clownshoez[/re]: They are an affront to Treetus, that’s for sure.

  • Smoke Filled Roommate

    [re=475293]Sharkey[/re]: [re=475289]clownshoez[/re]: But definitely not an affront to Cletus.

  • Aflac Shrugged

    How else will our youth remember all those presents the Apostles bought on Black Friday, to stack at the foot of the Norway spruce on which Christ was crucified?

  • S.Luggo

    Difficult decision for John Boehner’s staff about which Christian symbol cluttering Orange Face’s office to toss out, the flag or the plastic pine? The artificial conifer weighs less.

  • the problem child

    [re=475226]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: Whachu got against the fat Mainas? They at least have the snowbanks to wade thru, both ways. Which would be work, sorta.

  • assistant/atlas

    Well they’ve certainly already defeated science, so I suppose it’s the next logical thing–logical things of course having been destroyed during the Bush years without anything noticing…

  • assistant/atlas

    [re=475308]assistant/atlas[/re]: Oh I’m drunk and meant to post this on another thread….hooray!

    [re=475275]shadowMark[/re]: Drunk, also, too!

  • S.Luggo

    [re=475205]BeWoot[/re]: Don’t poke the bloated hamster.
    [re=475210]Neilist[/re]: Neilist, you’re no Ken Layne.

    And the trees are all kept equal
    By hatchet, axe and saw

    Libertarian Rush, I mean mush.

  • Tundra Grifter

    It’s a sad, sad day in the history of our Republic when there is no room in the halls of Congress for a Druid fertility symbol. They couldn’t wait another couple of weeeks until the Winter Solstice and then throw it out?

  • bago

    So it seems that I will have to start santarchy at an S&M club? I’ll bring my green balloons.

  • schvitzatura

    O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
    Wie chinesischgemacht sind deine Blätter!

  • S.Luggo

    [re=475317]Tundra Grifter[/re]:
    Koch (pronounced “coke”) Industries, Inc., a privately held corporate conglomerate (petroleum, plastics, chemicals, minerals, fertilizers, pulp and paper, etc.) and major conservative and libertarian cause contributor not likey druid symbols unless they enhance the bottom line.
    That’s the American way, you hippie.

  • glamourdammerung

    [re=475322]S.Luggo[/re]: Their dad was one of the nutjobs that started the Birchers.

  • shortsshortsshorts

    WARE ES YER DIGNITARY? Oh and tomorrow is map day (sshhhh)

  • ElRat

    Its an “undocumented” plastic Yule tree, made in China, & slipped over the border by mules & jackals. Here to take some ‘Murkin plastic tree’s job – but aha! – it was weeded out of Congress by La Migra.

  • LowerdPeninsula

    They can take our lives, but they’ll never take our TREETUS! Spruce up that bitch and send it to Cantor, post-haste and forthwith.

    Thank you, Extemporanus.

  • rottenart


    Deine Blaue Eier sind so wirklich schön…
    Besser als den Grünen Luftballoon…

  • Bearbloke

    Is it possible that this ‘tree’ was ‘planted’ in the WH by Norski spies in the never-ending war between Norway and the US?! SECURITY!!!!11!!

  • Bearbloke

    [re=475358]Bearbloke[/re]: Congress, not the White House, ya silly bastard…

    Apologoies to all – this is what happens when I interrupt my 7-course dinner (four pints of Bitter, 2 pork-pies and a big slice of Christmas Pavlova) to wonkabout…

  • x111e7thst


    Du grünst nicht nur zur Sommerzeit
    nein auch auf dem Müllhaufen
    Es tut mir leid

    The Nazis promoted O Tannenbaum as part of their Weinachts Krieg.

  • Gopherit

    That’s nothing compared to the little baby jesus fetus being aborted from Pelosi’s Nativity Scene.

  • matineeidol

    Has anyone considered that maybe the tree is just damn ugly?

    Perhaps it is not that it is an xmas tree, but that it is THAT xmas tree, wot has caused call for its removal.

  • Rosie Scenario

    Just had a flashback to the noblest warrior in the war against the “War on Christmas.” What ever happened to John Gibson of Fox Noise?

  • rottenart

    [re=475366]x111e7thst[/re]: Krieg gegen Weinacht! Wunderbar. the teabaggers should love it!

  • dkissam

    [re=475317]Tundra Grifter[/re]: I, for one, appreciate these efforts to keep the Old Ways alive. Without Santa Claus and his elves and reindeer, for example, Sinterklaas, Black Pete, and Cernunnos might have been forgotten entirely.

  • Bearbloke

    [re=476211]dkissam[/re]: Sinterklaas, Black Pete, and Cernunnos are my 3 uncles – why on earth would you worry about forgetting them?