Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
The annual Chula Vista holiday celebration showcased an abundance of diversity this year: There was a Christmas tree lighting, Hawaiian prayer dancers, and Christmas songs, including "Little Drummer Boy" and a local rabbi lit a menorah. But one group was left out of the festivities. The "Jesus Christ Dancers" — a Christian hip-hop dance troupe composed of adolescent girls — were barred from performing because of the religious message they conveyed.
The dancer's shirts had the words "Jesus Christ" and a large silver cross across the front. The dance group's leaders have yet to file suit against the city but have sought legal counsel. A lawyer for the girls says of the event, "The only person who wasn't invited was Jesus."
A North Carolina woman has filed a formal complaint with the McDonald's corporate office in Atlanta because she says a holiday message posted at a franchise in Raleigh is offensive. The greeting reads, "Merry Christmas, Jesus is the Reason for the Season." The woman, who is Jewish, has asked the fast-food chain to change the sign to the politically correct “Happy Holidays.”
McDonald's has refused to take down the sign, and managers say it's actually been good for business, with many church groups showing up for a Big Mac because of it.
Nowhere To Go
For most people entering a public restroom is a simple choice: it's either the men's room or the ladies' room. But people in Brazil may soon have another option. The city council in Nova Iguacu has passed a bill that, if accepted by the mayor, would require night clubs, shopping malls, movie theaters and large restaurants to provide a third restroom for transvestites.
A city councilman proposed the idea of "alternative restrooms" after dozens of transvestites attended a local samba show where both male and female patron's felt uncomfortable sharing bathroom facilities with them. Gay groups say this would be a victory for transvestites, who often avoid going to public places because there's always confusion about which bathroom to use.
Surprise for Evans
In a recent trip to Russia former Commerce secretary Don Evans was surprised by an unexpected business proposition from Russian President Vladimir Putin. Rumors have recently swirled about the future of Evans' career, but now there's word that Evans is seriously considering the proposal from Putin to serve as board chairman at Russian state-owned oil company Rosneft.
— FOX News' Aaron Bruns contributed to this report