Nine reindeer, but not fat guy, given special clearance to enter Georgia

Ladies and gentlemen, the Political Insider and the rest of the AJC family thank you for your kind attention this year. A vacation now looms, and is likely to stretch until after Christmas. And then on to Iowa. We’re shutting down commenting on this blog until I return.

In the meantime, in the spirit of the season, we offer this Monday news release:

Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary W. Black has granted a special 24-hour permit waiving the routine identification and other health requirements for nine flying reindeer slated to visit Georgia on the evening of December 24 into the early morning hours of December 25.

The permit application was filed this week by a North Pole toymaker who signed the paperwork “S. Claus.” The reindeer named on the permit are: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder, Blitzen and Rudolph.

Identification, laboratory testing and certificates of veterinary inspection are part of the state’s health requirements which assist the Georgia Department of Agriculture in protecting the health of animals in the state by preventing the introduction of diseases.

“After consulting with our state veterinarian, I concluded this team of reindeer will not violate any of our biosecurity measures to keep out animal diseases,” said Commissioner Black. “Mr. Claus presented impeccable records. And as it was explained to me, the reindeer will be moving quickly, will only prance and paw on rooftops and will not intermingle with any livestock in Georgia.

“I personally signed this permit because these flying reindeer do not pose a threat to agriculture – and to cut down on paperwork. The only paperwork and red tape this jolly old elf should have to worry with now are the gift wrapping and ribbons used to decorate the gifts he distributes,” said Commissioner Black. “I and the employees of the Georgia Department of Agriculture wish Mr. Claus safe travels as he and his reindeer make deliveries to the good children of Georgia.”

Black makes no mention of it, but we would also advise S. Claus to have the proper passport and driver’s license, and to keep these documents on his person at all times while he remains in Georgia air space.

Claus may have more clout that German-born Mercedes Benz executive swept up by Alabama’s illegal immigration law. But it would be best not to test it.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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61 comments Add your comment

LH

December 6th, 2011
8:56 am

Stop pickin’ on Santa Claus! He’s gonna leave you nuttin’ but coal in your stockings!!!

Bob

December 6th, 2011
9:04 am

Hey G.O.L.M, Santa’s Elves work for the Toy Making Union, Local 1. Fortunately Unions work a bit different outside the United States so Santa is cool with it.

td

December 6th, 2011
9:40 am

PEWTER

December 6th, 2011
12:15 am
td…you’re a biotch. No, literally, you’re a biotch! All you do is whine and complain, and TRY to look smart. When, in fact, all you’re doing is whingin. Get a life you fool. Republicans suck, and are the scum of ther earth!

Who is whinning, crying and pitching fits? You really should re read your own post. Why is OK, funny and determined as fact unfounded allegations on the lefts side of the argument while it is considered out of bounds when it comes from the other side? It is either unfounded allegations on both sides of the argument or it is facts on both sides. You can not have it both ways.

td

December 6th, 2011
9:44 am

Frederick Douglass

December 6th, 2011
6:41 am

I do not know if this is true about Obama or not the same as I do not know if the allegations are true or not about Cain. Anyone can come out and say whatever they want about a politician and the politician really has no recourse because the burden of proof for defamation of a public figure is almost an impossible bar to pass.

liberalefty

December 6th, 2011
9:58 am

CAIN is gone hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha…that shuffling ole fool really thought he had a chance…hahahahahahahahahaha…now u have td making up sheit about OBAMA …hahahahaha these pathetic whiney racist fools, are a joke…whose next?

liberalefty

December 6th, 2011
10:00 am

@td

why hasnt FAUX NEWS checked your lie i mean story out?

liberalefty

December 6th, 2011
10:01 am

OBAMA needs to teach NEWT and HERMIE THE PENETRATOR some family values,lol.

td

December 6th, 2011
10:03 am

Since my hero worshipping was lost on Cain, i will make up a story about Obama, to make myself feel better.

Mark

December 6th, 2011
10:43 am

All this hype about the “Grinch” leading in Iowa. If my memory serves me correctly in 2008 Huckabee won Iowa and then sank like a battle ship! Iowa is irrelevant.

td

December 6th, 2011
11:03 am

td

December 6th, 2011
10:03 am
Since my hero worshipping was lost on Cain, i will make up a story about Obama, to make myself feel better.

I did not make up the story. It was written on the American thinker website. Go check the link attached to my post. Herman is just as innocent as Obama is my book at this time. Nothing has been proven in either case.

David Granger

December 6th, 2011
11:15 am

I rather suspect that old Santa Claus is fine with his paperwork. After all, he’s been delivering presents to children in Mexico for centuries now, and Mexico has much stricter immigration laws than the U.S. And unlike us here in America, they actually ENFORCE them. So I’m sure he’s got all the appropriate paperwork together…probably in the glove compartment of his sleigh.
He’d better watch his butt with those toys, however. The giggle-sissy liberals find out that they were made in a non-union shop, and Eric Holder will have him locked up down in Guantanamo. (You know…the prison that President Obama was going to close.)