My first thought on posting today was to mention Barry Ritholtz's article at Bloomberg on the subsidizing of corporations, namely Wal-Mart. I hadn't thought of a title yet. Having had enough coffee, my next idea was a discussion of Christmas, namely by way of the Christ myth theory. Then I thought about including several links, such as I have done, and calling the whole post Hodgepodge. And there it is. But what delights me most, loving words as I do, is the citation from the inestimable Etymonline on the origin of this word. Check that out here. Then read Ritholtz's article.