Will Dur$t's 2009 Xma$ Wish Li$t - Will Durst

It's the most wonderful time of the year. Just ask anybody. Oh, they'll tell you. Over and over and over again. On the radio, they started pounding it into our heads on Nov. 1. That's when a lot of stations went 24/7 Christmas. And every single one of them went 24/7 Christmas ad nauseam.

The problem is, this particular, most wonderful time of the year is proving to be a bit less than. More like the most semi-wonderful time of the year, or the most not-too-bad time of the year. Mainly because people like you and me (mostly you) selfishly refused to stop whining and go out there and do their patriotic duty by sinking deeply into debt by buying more stuff than anybody in their right mind really needs.

It is fair to say that a great many of us did not find everything we wanted under the tree. So, making sure that we don't throw a perfectly good premise out with the financial bath water, here again is my annual, scathingly incisive, yet curiously refreshing, WILL DUR$T'$ 2009 XMA$ GIFT WI$H LI$T. These were the presents that folks may not have received wrapped up with bows this year, but they were gifts they certainly deserve:

* For Bernie Madoff. A sudden illness that causes him to die peacefully in his sleep.

* For Joe Biden. Since his foot spends so much time in his mouth, mint-flavored shoelaces.

* For Tiger Woods. A marriage mulligan.

* For Hall & Oates. Another 500 or so casinos in Las Vegas, so Cirque du Soleil finally gets around to doing a show based on them.

* For Barack Obama. A reset switch for his presidency.

* For Sarah Palin's Publisher. More best sellers targeted to people who don't read. Maybe an "audio book for the deaf" division. Cookbooks for Supermodels.

* For the U.S. Economy. A bit more stimulus to goose that whole stimulus thing into action.

* For the Mitt Romney and the Rest of the Republican National Committee Looking at 2012. Something else on Sarah. Then again, maybe the Mayans were right.

* For Newspaper Headline Writers Everywhere. Something else to write other than "Recession Appears to be Over."

* For Mexican President Calderon. A wall on the border to control our immigration.

* For the Imposters Who Crashed the White House. An endorsement deal with Butterfingers.

* For the Democrats in Congress. A year's supply of whole milk to put a little calcium into their spine.

* For Medical Science to Study. Dick Cheney's heart. George Bush's brain. And Howard Dean's mouth.

* For Granny. Someone to ask, if maybe she might not like her plug to be pulled.

* For Those Three Hikers Facing Trial in Iran. Bill Clinton's attention.

* For Glenn Beck. A one-way ticket on the clue train.

* For South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford. See Tiger Woods.

* For Joe Lieberman. A diamond-studded collar to befit his position as GOP lap dog

* The State of Texas. A time out, so they stop executing people with IQs of 62. And stop electing them governor as well.

Will Durst is a San Francisco-based political comic, who writes sometimes; this being a sterling example. Durst is a political comedian who has performed around the world. He is a familiar pundit on television and radio. E-mail Will at durst@caglecartoons.com.