Date: Dec 21, 2006 6:58 PM
Subject Christmas Greetings!

Imagine you receive a Christmas card with this message: “Your houses, your homes, your family, your friends/May they live in misery that never ends./I curse you all. May you all rot in hell./To each of you…I send this spell.”

Well, that’s exactly what Susette Kelo sent city officials and members of New London, Connecticut’s Development Agency. This year will mark Ms. Kelo’s last Christmas at her current address – thanks to the Supreme Court eminent domain ruling, allowing her property to be seized and turned over to riverfront condo developers. She admits the card was a bit “over the top,” and says it shouldn’t be taken literally – it was meant in humor as well as frustration.

Another Christmas story is a bit happier. The world will soon witness another “virgin birth.” Actually, seven births. The Chester Zoo in northern England is home to Flora, a Komodo dragon. She has managed to become pregnant … without the participation of a male. “We were blown away when we realized what she’d done,” says Kevin Buley, a reptile expert at the Zoo, ”but we certainly won’t be naming any of the hatchlings Jesus.”

Virgin Births are known to occur in about 70 animal species – it’s called “parthenogenesis” – where eggs become embryos without male fertilization. But this is the first known for a Komodo dragon.

So, my friends. We have a dragon – albeit not a fire-breathing dragon – who can reproduce without a male. I think radical feminists finally have a perfect mascot!