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Friday, December 02, 2005

Newsflash: Malkin Full of Shit on Stamps

Very useful article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by the excellent Dennis Roddy, debunking the myth that the Post Office has permanently discontinued religious stamps for Christmas.
The annual brouhaha over whether it's Christmas or "the holidays" spilled over into the U.S. Postal Service this week, with the Internet and public conversation awash with horror that no new religiously themed stamp was printed for the 2005 season.


But patrons looking for a new religiously themed stamp this year are getting leftover Madonna printings from last year, touching off a wave of reports that the Postal Service was planning to discontinue religiously themed Christmas stamps.

"It's absolutely not true," said Diana Svoboda, spokeswoman for the Pittsburgh district. Next year's printing will include a new Madonna and the price stamped over her left shoulder will explain why a new one wasn't printed this year: Rates are going up to 39 cents per letter Jan. 8.


The time being the cyber era, and the culture being skittish, the theory of the vanishing Christmas stamp has taken deep root in the American imagination, alongside complaints about school pageants with new words to "Silent Night," possibly sung under a "unity tree." A story similar to Rev. Murphy's can be found on various Web sites.

One, called "Darleen's Place," carried a vivid account on Nov. 24 in which the author's mother asks for the Madonna stamps, and the clerk pulls out the previous year's issue and tells her, "These are all I have and they'll be the last you ever see."

"Mom asks, 'What do you mean?' He explains the USPS will not be issuing any more 'religious' stamps."

The encounter also has the clerk informing Darleen's mom that he is not permitted to say "Merry Christmas." Darleen did not respond to an e-mail requesting more details.

A similar story turned up on a Web site run by right-wing pundit Michelle Malkin. A reader there reported calling the postal service's public line and being told that religiously themed stamps were being discontinued "to avoid any legal constitutional issues."
As they say, Read the whole thing.


Blogger Steve said...

How about my Festivus Stamps? The secular, progressive, Christian, ACLU-loving neocons are trying to destroy Festivus. They must be stopped.

5:44 PM

Blogger The Kenosha Kid said...

I went to a post office and tried to buy some Festivus stamps, and they sold me some of last year's "Airing of Grievances" stamps. The clerk said the ACLU had stopped the post office from printing any new Festivus stamps.

5:48 PM

Blogger Dave Gibbons said...

Personally, I'm all for the separation of church and stamp.

Fave Malkin pic:

9:30 PM

Blogger JayCee said...

How could the USPS ask these God-Fearing people to sully their tongues licking secular stamps with things like snowmen on them?

What would Jesus put on his water bill?

7:40 AM

Blogger Stacy Rosenbaum said...

There are two kinds of conservatives.

The kind that have interesting things to say, like David Brooks.

And the kind that just trumpet a standard conservative line and never have an original contribution. Michelle Malkin falls under this category.

12:52 PM

Blogger Don Kuhns said...

'"We had an overabundance of religiously based stamps from last year," she said. The Postal Service needed to sell its overstock of Madonna stamps and didn't want a fresh crop of outdated stamps sitting in the drawers for next year.'

---Sounds like the DEMAND is dying up, not the supply.

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