In a strange news story I completely missed, Santa Claus was busted in Austin over the holidays. Occupy Austin held a rally where a man dressed as Santa was arrested for writing on the sidewalk in chalk. The man was writing words like “peace” and “community” when state troopers arrived, wrestled him to the ground and handcuffed him.

I have included a link below to the video. The quality is terrible, but if you move your curser over the timeline you can see the pictures. You also see a picture where one of Santa’s elves wrote “Free Santa” before being arrested on the same charge of chalking the sidewalk.

It’s a silly little story, but consider this: In America as it now is, a corporation buying an election is considered free speech, but chalking one’s ideas on the sidewalk is not.

Strange times.