All Further Articles for 2013-12-25

Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Many Are In Want of Common Necessaries: We Are Two Nations, But We Do Not Have To Be
From Charles Pierce, eloquent ruminations on a season intended to be "a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time when men and women (open) their shut-up hearts freely and think of people below them as if they were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys"; on a food-stamp-depriving Congress "so soaked in electorally convenient religiosity its members believe other people will be strengthened in their moral character by completely avoidable deprivation"; on "hundreds of thousands of children (who) will watch commercials (of) shiny and happy people at shiny and happy malls and wonder what place it is in which these things happen"; on John Dos Passos' sorrowful, "All right then we are two nations, " and how we do not have to be.
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Boy Scouts. Delivering Pizza. For Gay Marriage. In Utah. Yes, Utah.
Change Happens Dept: A federal judge in Utah has refused to change his mind in ruling that same-sex couples, just like everyone else, have the "fundamental right" to marry the person they love, after which over 900 joyful couples stood in line to get licenses to exercise that same fundamental right, during which long wait they were served pizzas by local Boy Scouts, some wearing rainbow kerchiefs, in honor of the event. 'Nuff said.
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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Santa Is Coming to Town With Two F-18 Fighter Jets
Thanks to the wisdom of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), Santa Claus will be escorted tonight by two jet-fighter planes bristling with missiles, along with online bells and whistles to allow kids to track "The Big Red One" and give his journey “more of an operational feel” - and to develop brand loyalty for the omnipresent U.S. military when they turn 18. Because nothing says the season of peace and joy like military hardware with global-scanning, radar-tracking, jet-scrambling capabilities.
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