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Special Christmas Moments For Special Needs People

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Fortunately for most parents and families, the greatest challenge they have at Christmas holiday time is deciding whether to venture out on Black Friday, Small Store Saturday or if the new XBox or PlayStation 4 is going to be in stock when they make it to the mall.

But for other families, thankfully a much smaller number, the challenges are much greater. They're sometimes even heart breaking. It's predicated on the challenges of a special needs member of the clan. It could be a child, a brother or perhaps aunt or uncle. Being a special needs person doesn't mean you should be hidden away.

Sure, there are times when their uncontrollable outbursts or actions, involuntary as they are, cause for a bit of commotion or embarrassment for their attendants. It's not as much fun as taking a fully healthy person with you and facing the dauntlessness of crowds and distractions. It's tough enough to keep your eyes on your charge, let alone not become a bit wistful if only they could live that "normal" life that surrounds them and you. If only your special one could find a moment of normal happiness. It's elusive, and so cherished.

This year a number of malls across Canada (and a paltry few down here) are doing something rather unique -- they're setting aside blocks of time for the traditional store Santa to give a moment to scores of special needs children. And when you think of it, isn't the holiday season the time of year where we all should take notice of those blessings we all have and give back, or at least acknowledge those who face life-long challenges?

It's heartbreaking to the caregivers who see so few opportunities for our young ones to be as welcomed into the world the rest of us take for granted. Even if only for a fleeting moment, the thrill it is to see the challenged given their special moment.

Take a look and you'll see how little it takes to truly give. I applaud these Canadian malls, and hope that mall merchants down here in the states and across the ponds in Europe and Asia will demand this act of kindness opportunity. If I'm going to face the crowds to purchase my gifts, I'm going to patronize with my purchasing power stores that stand for something more than pure commercialism. Shops that sponsor a heart and allow the Christmas dreams of those less fortunate to come true will be getting my almighty dollar.

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Thanksgiving 2013: A political comic's list of thank-yous

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Today’s guest post by the one, the only, Will Durst:

THANKSGIVING 2013

Ahh. Thanksgiving. Best Holiday Ever! Love it all. The fact that a national holiday falls not on a Monday but a Thursday. How wacky is that? A regular Thursday in dead solid center fall. Where the weather could be 80 and sunny or 20 and snowing. Or, in certain parts of the Midwest, both.

Love the fact that its all about food, family, friends and football. 4 of the 5 Fs. Remain seriously amused by the winking obsessive conspiracy that binds an entire nation together concerning the specifics of the ritual burning of a large flightless bird. Free range. Brine. Air chill. To stuff or not to stuff. Seriously, is that the question?

You’d have to be a third stage tertiary Grinch not to love a parade featuring 80-foot helium filled balloons. Snoopy bouncing off a light pole. Ending with the season’s first appearance of the corpulent bearded one in the scarlet suit.

Don’t forget the silly creeping madness of Black Friday, which now begins early Thursday and threatens to encompass the entire week. People camping out for days. To save, what… six bucks? But for those tented hours, they are adventurous pioneers. Marvel Super Consumers.

And love the way that though this pageant of greed and gluttony lasts 4 whole days, when all is said and done, even amidst the drunken family brawling, sometimes moments for reflection can still be found. And you can bet that this round- headed political comic has much to be thankful for. Among them being:

--The 113th Congress, which has the unique ability to make hysterical lunacy seem so ordinary.
--Barack Obama for finally making the Presidency mock-worthy again.
--Sarah Palin who refuses to shut up no matter how tightly irrelevancy embraces her.
--Vice President Joe Biden for gaining immeasurable respect just by shutting up.
--The Cheney family who apparently feel about each other the same way the rest of us do.
--Ted Cruz for not only grabbing the national right- wing nut job baton from Michele Bachmann but waving it high.
--Pope Benedict for his inability to hide a scowl whenever Pope Francis does… anything.
--Chris Christie for so generously providing such a large target rich environment.
--The Tea Party for waving their arms in the air like they just don’t care.
--Alec Baldwin for truly embodying the phrase… “he who lives by the sword, dies swallowing the sword.”
--Mitt Romney for disappearing so completely, we’re left to wonder if he really ever existed at all.
--John Boehner, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell for their strict adherence to the musical advice, “don’t go changing.”
--ObamaCare because who can’t appreciate a website rollout that “could have gone smoother.” An anvil studded with titanium spikes could have rolled smoother.
--Walter White for altering the calculus of what it means to go out on your own terms.
--The NRA and the NSA for just being themselves.
--Anthony Weiner for his series of continuing comebacks. May he experience many more.
--Rob Ford for proving that California is not the source of all political wackiness in the world.
--The GOP, waging an internal war for it’s very soul. GOP Soul. Short book. Put it on the shelf right next to Barack Obama Leadership Skills. Paula Deen at the Apollo.
--Vladimir Putin for proving that Toronto is not the source of all political wackiness in the world.

Will Durst’s new one- man show “BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG” in its final 3 Tuesdays at the Marsh. San Francisco. Through December 17th. themarsh.org Or willdurst.com to find his calendar.
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So GOP, are you now going to repeal Fry's Electronics?

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  • Sudden surge of curious online customers: Check.
  • Deadline precipitates abrupt consumer deluge: Check.
  • Overwhelmed web page that offers a wide range of new products freezes: Check.
  • Users frustrated by slow or frozen page while trying to take advantage of marketplace choices, purchase options: Check.
  • Supply and demand issues create additional glitches: Check.
  • Crashed website: Check.

WhiteHouse.gov?

Nope. Fry's Electronics.

The Los Angeles Times:

Fry's Electronics, which rolled out online-only deals on Thanksgiving, saw its website crash in the morning under the weight of too many eager Internet shoppers. Product pages were slow to load or didn't load at all, and many customers found themselves unable to complete their purchases.

Come on, GOP, repeal the Fry's chain!

No, better yet: Repeal all online holiday sales! Get on it, Republicans, stat! Obsess on it! Make it your life's mission!

now that's snarky

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Pope Francis Condemns Most Republicans, Especially Paul Ryan

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Pope Francis has made all kinds of news since he became the Holy See. Whether it's embracing a boil-covered disfigured man, or speaking out on tolerance for homosexuality or most recently on the economy, a call in trouble brings Papa on the double. There's no doubt this soft-spoken pontiff is using his bully pulpit to inspire and in some cases, enrage his flock. And humanity and humility are being best served.

Of his latest target, the Pope is concerned that Capitalism is out of control. It's breeding contempt for the poor while promoting the enrichment of the elitists. He particularly singles out the turning of the collective backs of the capitalists and budget cutters on the poor. Who are these betrayers of human decency? The Republican party in the United states. And who is the contemporary Judas Iscariot? Paul Ryan.

Take a look at a few of the recent quotes from the man in the big pointed hat in his just-issued Apostolic Exhortation. He addresses the global debate about inequality:

"Today, and it breaks my heart to say it, finding a homeless person who has died of cold, is not news. Today, the news is scandals, that is news, but the many children who don't have food - that's not news. This is grave. We can't rest easy while things are this way."

The "cult of money" is tyrannizing the poor and turning humans into expendable consumer goods.

Now if you want to look at the GOP's recent Pope of capitalism, the corrupt but sanctified hero of the Republicans, Ronald Reagan put forth the policy which became knows as "Trickle Down Economics." It started us on the downward into the death spiral where we find ourselves today. And how does Pope Francis view Reagan's fairy tale plan for economic growth?

"Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system."

Do you hear that Catholics in Congress? This man is your spiritual leader. Do you wish to believe the Gipper who was a sinner or Francis who is the Pope?

He's talking to all of us, Jew and Gentile, in the Apostolic Exhortation but especially to you Republicans who consistently seek to harm and punish the poor, the young, the elderly and those who try, but cannot succeed because of your oppressive ways.

These are not the protests and warnings of some mad, 14th century mind. This pope has actually acclimated to modern ways to reach the world with public appearances, television addresses and even Twitter.

@Pontifex
Pope Francis

How marvelous it would be if, at the end of the day, each of us could say: today I have performed an act of charity towards others!

Well all you GOP mindless zombies who believe the only purpose for a budget is slash it of every social service. Is that how your God teaches you? Not mine.

Now Paul Ryan and your co-horts, remind me again about joining a move to not only blunt a raise in minimum wages, but in some case even proposing doing away with a minimum wage all together. Here's how Francis sees that:

"Not paying fairly, not giving a job because you are only looking at balance sheets, only looking at how to make a profit. That goes against God!"

Here's another tweet that is meant for you:

@Pontifex
Pope Francis

My thoughts turn to all who are unemployed, often as a result of a self-centred mindset bent on profit at any cost.

Ah, but the Pontiff doesn't stop there.

@Pontifex
Pope Francis

Prayer, humility, and charity toward all are essential in the Christian life: they are the way to holiness.

And here's a final tweet that should cause you to wake up and realize you're committing crimes against humanity in the eyes of your holy leader.

@Pontifex
Pope Francis

The measure of the greatness of a society is found in the way it treats those most in need, those who have nothing apart from their poverty.

We here in America want a great society (thanks LBJ and now Pope Francis). That's not what we're getting from our 113th Congress, especially the Tea Party heathens who claim their part of the the religious right but are actually full-blown hypocrites, one and all. I find no fault having beliefs of any kind. I gladly accept atheism which seems void of most established beliefs which is a belief, in and of itself. What I do fault is those who harm others under the name of religion yet who don't even know they're breaking their own tenets. Those are the living lost souls. Those are the Republicans who deny aid to those in need.

Life for most is too short. Yet for a growing number its far too long as they suffer every moment in poverty, sickness, joblessness and GOP-austerity. Their torment seems to never end exacerbated by seeing the stock market rise to record numbers while our the GOP denies aid to our poorest.

Wake up Congress. Join the world's 1.21 Billion Catholics who are being told to stop worshiping false idols of capitalism and let faith and charity lead the way. You may not become richer in money, but you will in humanity. Stop the GOP hate machine and do something positive -- for a change. The party of "no" must become the party of "no longer out of service."

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Cartoons of the Day- Christmas Comes Earlier Every Year

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David Fitzsimmons

Early Christmas

Rob Rogers

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Steve Nease

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Video Overnight Thread- Black Friday Disasters Supercut

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Seriously make me want to stop being a human. Ick a roonie. Via.

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Cartoons of the Day- Black Friday

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Via.

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