That guy in the neighborhood who has way too many Christmas lights


Weekend America profiles Dominic Luberto, that guy with his house so covered in Christmas lights that you're sure it's a fire hazard or something.

I like how he pulls out the classic argument stopper when challenged that his display is too much. "Whoever comes against me - listen - goes against the kids." There you go. In the United States, all you have to do is accuse your opponent of hating children and you have instantly won the argument.

Comments (20)
  1. nathan_works says:

    Interesting…  From TFA: "…Luberto, an Argentina-born Italian-American … Luberto won’t say how he made his money."

    Wonder if he’s an unemployed stockbroker, or ex-mafioso, or son of a former fascist that fled to Argentina with lots of looted nazi gold.. Who knows..

  2. CGomez says:

    …wins ths argument only against stupid people.  That could be most of the U.S. though.  It is non-sequitur so the argument is still unresolved.

    He could try: "I pay for all the electricity.  There are no rules on how much you consume."  At least it’s related to the actual argument.

  3. john says:

    Boy, nothing captures the spirit of the Nativity like an inflatable Pooh and Tigger.

  4. Frymaster says:

    "an Argentina-born Italian-American"

    If he was born in Argentina and is now a citizen of America, I struggle to see how he could be described in any way as "italian" ;)

  5. Gordon says:

    @frymaster: if his parents are Italian, then he could very easily Italian-American and born in Argentina.

  6. steveshe says:

    There is no such thing as an Italian-American. He would probably be best described as naturalized American Citizen, born in Argentina of Italian parents. This assumes he is a citizen at all…

  7. CGomez says:

    Why not be born to American parents of Italian descent while they are living in Argentina? It’s likely under US Law he would be a natural born US citizen.

    Speculating about the citizenship of someone mentioned in an article over their Christmas display is just as non-sequitur as his pointless argument that the children would suffer or die or have their IQ lowered or whatever.

  8. Barry Leiba says:

    John: Nah, an inflatable Spongebob has it all over Pooh and Tigger, don’t’cha know.

  9. SM says:

    Calling him an Argentina Born Italian-American is neat, concise, and gets the point across perfectly.  There’s no need to turn that into a long, awkward sentence just because a few people are going to stomp their feet get huffy about whether "Italian-American" is technically correct.

  10. steveshe says:

    @SM – OK, I’ll go you one better. What did his lineage, national origin or current citizenship status have to do with this story at all?

  11. MS says:

    Next time someone wants to quibble and nit pick a post, just tell them to think of the children.  "Why couldn’t Windows do this!!!????" "But think of the children!"

  12. Bdoserror says:

    I think this is a corollary to Godwin’s law.

  13. Kzinti says:

    Being born of Italian parents doesn’t make one Italian. WTF.

  14. Joel in Boston says:

    Heh, I was just wondering last night if this guy (a few miles away from me) was going to be doing his thing again this year.  He tends to start in early Nov and I haven’t heard anything this year.  Also, the castle is for sale! http://is.gd/9V8X

    More info: http://www.universalhub.com/taxonomy/term/1736

    And for you idiots who are missing the point of the article, there are plenty of Italians in South America :-p

  15. SM says:

    >> "OK, I’ll go you one better. What did his lineage, national origin or current citizenship status have to do with this story at all? "<<< – steveshe

    Um, well you know how those Argentinian-Italian-Americans like to waste electri-

    Er, nevermind, I really have no idea.  Good point.  But won’t somebody please think of the children?!

  16. Jack says:

    "when challenged that his display is too much" – Its not challenging, its complaining.

  17. davidlmorris says:

    This classic argument stopper has some dangerous implications here in Australia.  

    We are facing the real prospect of internet censorship, which might include everything from information on Euthanasia to gambling, as well as porn. We don’t really know for sure, as the minister (Sen. Conroy) has been evasive, and in any event the final list would be secret! The false positives (and missed negatives), net slow down and the expense makes this a ridiculous proposal.  Made even more so by the technical limitations, security risks (of filtering https), let alone the easy bypasses available.  

    That only China, Iran and a few other countries have compulsory internet filtering seems to be lost on our government.

    Their response is usually something that can be reduced to "Think of the children".

  18. John says:

    I think George Carlin (RIP) said it best:

    **** the children!

  19. Cheong says:

    I know this is against common usage, but logically speaking, Argentina born people can call themselves "American" (Argentina is in South America, and American "should" means people live in America, right?)

  20. JM says:

    @Cheong: "American" means "of or pertaining to America", and if you happen to use "America" to refer to the two continents as opposed to the United States, then there you go.

    Anyone who would actually do this when discussing origins would be smacked, though. Or greeted with nerdy assent, depending on the context.

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