"Italian kids hunted out stockings on Thursday ahead of the Epiphany holiday which brings a final round of gifts for children and the knowledge that seasonal festivities are almost over .
According to tradition, a white-haired witch known as the 'Befana' arrives on her broomstick during the night of January 5 and fills the stockings of good children with toys and sweets .
The naughty ones, on the other hand, find a lump of coal ."
I thought this was Condi rice on a visit.
I guess it is just the same old epiphany. It would indeed be a miracle if Rice brought anything but a cold and deadly smile.
The Italians have been trying to arrrest suspicious if not very wise men from the middle east who have been trying to steal their citizens.
Maybe under their Berlusconi leader, they will just hand the CIA men the odd lump of coal.