Teena Marie, 54.
Just talked to my friend Cos, who was driving to Maine to see family. She said there’s a long section of I-95 that hasn’t even been plowed yet, so they got off the road and into a hotel in Connecticut.
To someone who has been a big part of so many of our lives, profound thanks and best wishes this holiday season.
Just came back from South Philly, where my friend and I had some Vietnamese food and got home before the real storm hit. It’s finally here; the snow is much heavier and the wind is really kicking up.
From Time for Change at Democratic Underground, part of a very long piece:
Obama’s supporters note that many of us don’t even get excited about such victories as the repeal of DADT, and they ask “what has happened to DU?” What has happened is that we have a Democratic president whom many or most of us have come to believe is very bad for our country. More specifically, we believe that his actions have repeatedly supported the wrong side in the ongoing class war. We cannot get excited about small victories because they don’t seem to us to matter that much in the context of today’s overall picture.
What do I mean by small victories, and why would I describe the repeal of DADT as a small victory? Well, to be blunt about it, many of us believe that the class war is the defining issue of our time because so much else depends on it. The result of this class war will determine how the necessities of life are distributed in our society. It will determine the status or even the existence of long-standing social safety net programs such as Medicare and Social Security. It will determine whether the corporatocracy is allowed to maintain and extend their control over systems of communication in our country. It will determine how many people are able to find jobs and obtain adequate health care, shelter, and food for themselves and their families. And it will determine whether or not any restraints will be put on the ability of the corporatocracy to destroy our planet.
With all that at stake, we can’t get too excited about victories not related to the class war. DADT was repealed because the corporatocracy didn’t care to fight against repeal. That did not threaten their profits in the least. They were probably happy to let it be repealed because it gives the appearance to some degree that we are a progressive nation. If DADT repeal threatened their profits or their power they would have fought tooth and nail against it, and it would not have been repealed.
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It hasn’t started yet, although the teevee informs me it’s just south of the city and should be here any minute. I have an almost overwhelming compulsion to go to the supermarket, even though I don’t actually need anything.
UPDATE: Okay, I gave in. Although the parking lot was more packed than I’d ever seen it, the Shop-Rite had every cashier lane open and things moved pretty quickly. I decided I’d make some Blizzard Beef Stew for dinner — perfect for blizzard force winds, yes? “I thought if I got here early, no one would be up yet,” the lady behind me in line good-naturedly complained. Hah.
As my nana used to say, “I couldn’t plan to move that piece of paper from here to there without something happening.”
J.C. Duffy’s much-loved retelling of “A Christmas Carol.”
This is a beautiful Austrian carol the choir sang at last night’s Midnight Mass. I can’t believe I never heard of it until now:
Still, still, still, one can hear the falling snow. For all is hushed, the world is sleeping. Holy Star, its vigil keeping. Still, still, still, one can hear the falling snow.
Sleep, sleep, sleep, ’tis the eve of our Savior’s birth. The night is peaceful all around you, close your eyes, let sleep surround you. Sleep, sleep, sleep, ’tis the eve of our Savior’s birth.
Dream, dream, dream, of the joyous day to come. While guardian angels without number watch you as you sweetly slumber. Dream, dream, dream, of the joyous day to come.
I knew as soon as I washed the salt off the car, we’d get hit by a blizzard.
It seems like we were digging out of the last snowpocalypse just yesterday…. Well, I have bread, soup, eggs, milk and toilet paper, so I’m set.