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Monday, December 19, 2005

War on Christmas Update: Santarchy!

Those engaged in the GWOX (Global War on Christmas) have their own uniformed army, as it turns out. It's all about Santarchy, it seems:
Every December, for the last 12 years, Cacophonous Santas have been visiting cities around the world and generating a bit of naughty Christmas fun as part of the annual Santacon events. It all started back in 1994 when several dozen Cheap Suit Santas paid a visit to downtown San Francisco for a night of Kringle Kaos. Things have reached Critical Xmas and Santarchy is now a global phenomenon.
In fact, over the weekend, these merry soldiers launched a massive offensive in New Zealand:
A group of 40 people dressed in Santa Claus outfits, many of them drunk, went on a rampage through Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, robbing stores, assaulting security guards and urinating from highway overpasses, police said Sunday.

The rampage, dubbed "Santarchy," began early Saturday afternoon when the men, wearing ill-fitting Santa costumes, threw beer bottles and urinated on cars from an overpass, said Auckland Central Police spokesman Noreen Hegarty.
And there's more--but only read it if you think you can stomach the atrocities. (And read how it was probably overblown in the media.)

And that's not even considering that New Zealand can't even celebrate Christmas right; the forecast for Auckland today says that those Kiwis are expecting Thunderstorms and a high of 73 degrees. You can't celebrate Christmas in weather like that! Heathens!

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