They are sooo cute, but bacon is sooo good. Via.
This first one doesn't fit into a category, but if you can donate to our friend and radio host Nicole Sandler at RadioOrNot.com, you'll be helping the cause of Progressive radio and one of the best programs on the Internets. She often substitutes for Randi Rhodes, but that's not enough to keep her afloat.
Pet Refuge- My local no kill shelter. They are incredibly dedicated folks who volunteer to save the huge numbers of unwanted, abused and homeless animals. They also sponsor a low cost spay and neuter clinic on donations only. Good people doing good deeds.
FOB IAVA (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America) need your attention every day. They are a non partisan group that lobby for and supports our returning soldiers.
The founder of Trucking Santas was a child that grew up in a single parent,
impoverished house. If it wasn't for donations from others, her family would've never known truly holiday joy. She decided to found a group effort to take the missing presents to the families by having truckers and trucking supporters (yes, she's in the trucking industry) help not with just toys, but necessities; such as clothes, shoes, bedding, towels, dishes, etc. Through three years, they have adopted 5 facilities totalling 300 people, and several dozen families, totalling around 200 people.
Silverwork By Wings is a traditional Pueblo silversmith (as were his father and grandfather before him). He also does other art, too, including photography. I've got to spend some time browsing at this site.
Shawn Shea is an artist by trade and sell prints, note cards, etc. You can check out his stuff at Fine Arts America.
FOB Bob has some exceptional photography at his link WizardPix Photography. I'm rather fond of the Nashville skyline seen above.
Our own David Garber has a delightful read he'd love you to enjoy, Hollywood Huckster. I laughed, I cried, I kvelled.
Um, I think this book looks interesting... Profiles In Courageousness . Reader Jack Kimble has a way with words. (Note: Rep. Kimble is a satirical, fictional conservative Congressman, a character a la Stephen Colbert on the Colbert Report)
FOB Kevin Peddicord has written a delightful children's book based on his experience with his own son, Time To Walk The Frog. I'd be curious to find out where they found a leash!
Gary Lamaster's The Teapublican Book of Lies: 50 Myths and Outright Lies Originated by the Republican Party and their Tea Party Allies (Volume 1) looks like a killer read, with many more volumes to come!
Bubble Genius, a stalwart Progressive supporter, should be a regular stop on your gift shopping trek. Great products for everyone on your list!
Bacon soap. Just bacon soap!
If I thought my SIL would let me bro put these up, they'd so be on the way to his house. From Geeks Are Sexy.
BuyDirectUSA.com was started in 1998 as a way to promote companies
that made their products in the USA. This was well before the scares
about toys made in China that contained lead and toxic ingredients.
I want to note that your charitable organization, book, product or site will get daily promotion to over 168k eyeballs for the holiday month. For free. This is what one of last years looked like. Bribery helps, I still need about 15 interesting Holiday cards.
So send us rec’s about worthy or interesting possibilities for holiday shopping, plus we’ll just add in stuff we like. If you have any suggestions, drop us an email here (subject line- Cool Things), or email me at ‘Paddy AT thepoliticalcarnival DOT net’
I usually post letters that strike me emotionally one way or the other, but today I had to augment these with a screen grab of the images that were included with them. They hit home and deserve a good long look.
And with that, here are today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:
Re "Mahony's sins," Letters, and "He made the world better," Mailbag, Dec. 7
Just imagine if the opinion section had had no words. Imagine if the only pieces on Saturday's page had been those two pictures, which stand in stark, stomach-churning contrast to each other in several ways.
At the bottom of the page was a small, black-and-white picture of Nelson Mandela in his former prison cell; he was captured by the camera with a look of compassion on his face. At the top of the page was a much-larger picture, in full color, of Cardinal Richard M. Mahony sitting outside, free as a bird, with his back to the camera.
Sometimes, pictures tell the story better than words.
I read both articles, and what a contrast they were.
The Mahony letters were all about a person forgetting his ethics and only thinking about aggrandizing himself, while the Mandela letters praised a common man who did the right thing to make a better world by his high ethics. Which one has won the respect of the world?
I am a Catholic, and I wish church leaders would keep Mahony out of the public's view.
Gloria T. Estrada
Here are enlarged versions of the images above:
Respect is paid to people in many ways. Sometimes it's a thank you, or a tip of the hat. And in exceptional cases, those that have earned the greatest respect, there's even a traditional flying of the U.S. flag at half-mast. It might mark the passing of a single person, or in the case of a tragedy like 9-11 or Sandy Hook, the loss of many. The general rule is that this tradition is reserved for the highest degree of reverence. The ultimate acknowledgement.
Recently, with the passing of Nelson Mandela, President Obama ordered the flags on federal buildings to be lowered in recognition of the South African's passing. This Nobel Peace Prize winner, this international diplomat and civil rights crusader was being honored for the impact he had across the world. Not just in his nation. His footprint exceeded South Africa's borders. He was a citizen of the world, so to speak.
Yet this is not good enough for the Republican party here in the states. Now, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) has made it clear that he feels the U.S. should only lower flags to honor American citizens, and not foreign dignitaries like civil rights leader and former South African President Nelson Mandela.
Sadly Sensenbrenner is not alone. It was reported today in Talking Points Memo
Sensenbrenner's assertion was received with "cheers" at the event, which was organized by the Republican Party of Waukesha County, according to Brookfield Now.
Does respect now based on a person's nationality? Is a man or woman deserving of our recognition only if he/she was an American? According to the Wisconsin representative and his GOP party, it does. I don't agree.
Been there. Done that. The Republicans in the Senate seem to never learn. Their antics gain them momentary acknowledgement, then waft off like smoke from a chimney on a windy day.
The latest shenanigans in the Senate is the GOP's plan to talk all day and night to hold up an inevitable vote on Cornelia Pillard, one of President Obama’s picks for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. From THE HILL:
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) started the extended debate Wednesday afternoon by slamming Pillard’s nomination and decrying the Democrats’ unilateral effort to rewrite Senate procedures.
A GOP source said that so far 36 senators have signed up for hour-long speaking slots on the Senate floor, which would tie up business until early Friday morning.
The tactic is similar to all-night talk sessions Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) held on the floor to protest the administration’s drone policy and the Affordable Care Act, respectively.
If anyone's curious about the effectiveness of this type of stunt, just ask Paul and Cruz. How did that work out for them? I think the drone policy and the ACA Law are still viable -- though the "Green Eggs And Ham" recitation was quite amusing. Maybe Cruz will read us "The Grinch That Stole Christmas" if he's back in time from the Mandela funeral.
So what's this really meant to do? Do the GOP senators really think America, tired and hungry with poor jobs opportunities and upcoming cuts to food stamps and unemployment benefits gives a flying "F" about this gaggle of incredulously selfish Republican men (and four women) stunting for attention? Do we care that the Senate might have to stay in session and lose one additional day of paid vacation while we hunger for jobs and food? Guess again. I hope they talk for 40 days and 40 nights -- work through the holidays and New Years. You're not going to get an ounce of compassion from the masses. We've had it with you.
A Senate Democratic leadership aide said the GOP floor protest will not stop the Senate from voting on other nominees Thursday.
"All they're doing is highlighting their own impotence," said the aide. "The Republicans no longer have the tools to delay that they had before."
The only thing Republicans are proving is that the "O" in GOP stands for 'Obstruction.' America's seen enough of that and now they want action. The Democrats are hell bent on providing it, too. The 'nuclear option' is going to be the "spoonful of sugar that helps the medicine go down." So open up wide, GOP, and say, "Ah..."
If it weren't for the inability of either chamber of Congress to get their acts together and actually do something, we might be heading for war. Yup, war.
Just after Obama chose to involve Congress in a decision to take action against Syria for the use of chemical weapons, the elected officials went nutso. Everyone including the shoe-shine guy in the rotunda had an opinion and most were not leaning toward the elected official whose call it really was - President Obama's. The Republicans are a war machine and they wanted to start bombing. The Democrats were timid and were afraid they'd get nailed to the tree like they did when they went along with the phony war in Iraq. So they ran around like the beheaded chickens we've heard so much about.
Finally, in steps a possible diplomatic solution. You'd think everyone in Congress would breath a sigh of relief, even if only temporarily while the plan had a chance to be ironed out. But no, the Republicans were insisting on war. The only thing that kept us from spilling blood, lost lives both American and Syrian was that Congress can't agree on anything.
You'd think that's a bad thing. But there's a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel here. Even that blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes.
The good fortune in this picture is that we have a diplomatic chance to shut down, possibly even remove totally any threat of nuclear armament in Iran. Yes, that country who for over 30 years we had no official contact with. On the cusp of their going nuclear, a possible treaty is in the works. The only thing that could gum it up would be Congress. A warmongering Republican run House of Representatives. All it would take to tip the fragile preliminary diplomacy would be the House and Senate coming up with new economic sanctions against Iran. And the GOP were pushing as hard as they could. If they succeeded, the talks would be called off and probably immediate escalations would have taken place as a possible nuclear flash point could have been reached.
The Republicans in Congress didn't care if this would lead to nuclear war. The simple fact that Obama might go down in history for two huge diplomatic solutions to potential wars, on top of his successes with finishing up Iran's conflict and potentially running down the war in Afghanistan was just too much. How could a Black president be allowed a place like that in history?
So fortunately, the dis-functionality of Congress worked in the American people's favor this time. Watch Rachel Maddow as she lays it out clearly, precisely and accurately for us. We owe our Congresspeople a collective acknowledgement that their inability to work is going to perhaps save our lives.
Republican Senator Lamar Alexander sure knows how to pick 'em. His chief of staff, Ryan Loskarn, someone who has been with Alexander for about six years, is being investigated over his, erm, fascination with child porn... allegedly.
So the senator from Tennessee has wisely placed the (allegedly) child porn fanboy on administrative leave. Without pay.
“I was just informed by the United States Senate legal counsel’s office that law enforcement agents are conducting a search of the personal residence of Ryan Loskarn, the chief of staff of my Washington, D.C., office regarding allegations involving child pornography,” the statement from the Tennessee Republican read.
How's that family values thing workin' for ya, GOP? Oh, but that's not all.
Ironic Twist Alert!
Back in 2011, Roll Call put Loskarn on their Fabulous 50 list of influential staffers. Let's hope the number of people he "influenced" was limited to a very, very, very few. And that Loskarn gets the help he needs.
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