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I run past Dan’s store and see his Christmas trees for sale and hear “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” on the large speakers above his storefront. Each time this happens, I feel as if it has always happened, and always will. More here.

Rockaway

Nicki Jean:

Fox is not a news organization

That’s why they lie, all the time.

First Christmas away from home

The late Stan Rogers:

Mary had a baby

Bruce Cockburn:

Deregulating

You wouldn’t want to upset the job creators, now, would you?

WAYNESBURG, Pa. – Through the hilly fields here in southwestern Pennsylvania, crews worked for months this year, cutting a trench through woods and past farms for a new natural gas pipeline.

Like many other lines crisscrossing the state’s Marcellus Shale regions, this pipe was big – a high-pressure steel line, 20 inches in diameter, large enough to help move a buried ocean of natural gas out of this corner of the state. It was also plenty big enough to set off a sizable explosion if something went wrong.

There was trouble on the job. Far too many of the welds that tied the pipe sections together were failing inspection and had to be done over.
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Here’s to life

I spent the other day with my friend who’s dying of cancer, and we talked about how being sick makes you live completely in the moment — because it’s all you have. Life seems very precious these days, and this Shirley Horn song really does say it all:

No complaints and no regrets
I still believe in chasing dreams and placing bets
For I have learned that all you give is all you get
So give it all you’ve got
I had my share, I drank my fill
And even though I’m satisfied,
I’m hungry still
To see what’s down another road beyond the hill
And do it all again
So here’s to life,
And all the joy it brings.
Yes, here’s to life
The dreamers and their dreams

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Senator Robert P. Casey Jr. is a coward, a phoney, and an enemy of the US Constitution. He voted to throw one of our most basic and sacred rights -the right to habeas corpus, to face your accuser and hear the charges against you, and to enjoy the services of a lawyer- right down the toilet.

If it was 1776, Casey would stand solidly with King George. That’s why he doesn’t deserve your support in any way, shape, or form when he runs for re-election. And boy oh boy, does he WANT that support: if your inbox is anything like mine, you get at least an email a week from Blob’s campaign, begging for cash to fight off Karl Rove.

I’m not big on revolutions (too many of them end up making things worse for everyone, as Stalin’s victims would tell you). But when I read shit like this, it makes me want to roll out the guillotine.

I suppose that makes me, and probably you, a terrorist in Bob Casey’s eyes.

Have yourself a merry little Christmas

Judy Garland with my favorite Christmas song:

Living on borrowed time

If only more voters realized that tax cuts are simply stealing money from the things we really need, we might not have so many situations like this.

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