Pentagon Xmas Party Off; Will Contractors Step Up?
The Federal Government has begun cutting back already! The Times reports that the Pentagon's annual holiday party has been cancelled. Even after 1,000 of the 1,500 invitations had gone out, a spokesman for the host and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen said the Admiral and his wife "felt it would be more appropriate to focus their time this year on the wounded" and their loved ones, but we suspect some awareness of the general budget disaster played a part.
It may not be a big loss in these abstemious times: A poster from the Department of Defense told the Washington Post's Federal Diary last year that "the best part of our holiday party is talking to the older staffers about what parties at DoD used to be like -- margarita machines and antics that should have led to DUIs and divorces." But according to the DoD's Holiday Guidance for Federal Personnel, Pentagonians can still party with "prohibited sources including contractors" so long as the event is public or "widely attended" and their boss says it's cool. If Halliburton can't at least throw these kids a Christmas party, then we don't know what.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Village Voice's biggest stories.
- Meet the Woman Who Uses Cosplay and Comic Cons to Lift the Spirits of Sick Children
- Here Are Ten (Or So) Graphic Novels to Watch Out For at NYCC
- The Man Behind 'Modern Seinfeld,' Focuses on His Own Neuroses in New Book