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There's So Much Right About This Story

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Christian Bucks

Perhaps what makes this particular story so uplifting and full of youth, innocence and promise. It's the antithesis of how our Capitol Hill clowns do things. This isn't a liberal or a conservative politician in this tale, but rather by a regular kid -- a second grader in Pennsylvania, Christian Bucks.

He doesn't care about obstructionist politics or denial of civil responsibilities, or even raising the minimum wage. He thinks about school, recess and friends. His peers. Too bad his Governor doesn't feel the same way as he denies Medicaid coverage in his state. But Christian's just a kid and shouldn't have to worry about partisan politics. And taking sides out of the equation, he shows the importance of just caring to do something good for others.

Though a popular elementary school student himself, Christian's recognized the proliferation of some of those not so fortunate in his school. He thinks about many of his schoolmates who suffered through loneliness, being excluded and just plain not having a friend. During a trip to Germany where he saw something called a buddy bench. The concept stuck with him and he brought the idea back home. He may have shared the wonders of a European vacation with his friends, but with his school principal, Matthew Miller, he shared a more important vision.

And good ideas are hard to keep down. Thus, this week his school, Roundtown Elementary School in York Pennsylvania, unveiled the Christian Bucks Buddy Bench. And like a whisper in the wind, this story caught on, not just in the local area, but in other cities across the country as well. He's gone viral. And his idea of the buddy bench is growing exponentially.

Shunned kids, unpopular students, the shy, the awkward or just different are being given a safe haven on the buddy bench. It's an opportunity to make new friends, a place where they can get sit until they find someone or something to lift their spirits or give them added confidence. Sometimes all a kid needs is someone to play with. And now the students at Roundtown Elementary know where they can go to find that person. Shyness often can be overcome with just a kind word or a simple invitation, "Hey, you wanna play or wanna do somethin'?" from a peer. A new friend can emerge from the crowded void of inclusion.

Watch this uplifting NBC video and make your day a meaningful one. If you have school age kids, think about raising this idea at their playground. And if you don't have kids, or your children are older, consider donating a bench like this to a school. In these days of bullying and youth suicide, this may even be a life saver. It's just a thought, but a good one that should be passed on.

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It's Christnukkah Time And We're Here To Help

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christmas gifts

For the past couple years The Political Carnival has been lucky enough for people to want us to check out their stuff– books, art work, soaps, charitable groups, good causes, you name it– that they are proudly looking to promote. If there’s a site that we like or think others will like, we’re more than happy to add that in, or even a photo of what you produce. Note- If you have a promo copy or sample to send, that helps. Caveat emptor, we rec not guarantee!

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.

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’

Send them in, plenty of time and we'll be adding every day.

Cheers

TPC

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Video- Ted Cruz Says He Doesn't Need Friends in Senate

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Then he's doing everything right. Via.

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Video Mid Day Distraction- Dog determined to make friends with boy with down syndrome

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Awwww. His mom says he has a problem with physical contact, but the dog doesn't care. Via. Longer version here.

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Video Overnight Thread- The One With The Holiday Armadillo

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A Heaktfelt Thank You, Part Two

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I'm not wont to big expressions of emotion, but even in my grouchy soul, I have things I want to acknowledge as well.

I'm thankful Jeff only lost a finger not a hand, slightly less thankful that the Cancer Troll came to visit, but VERY thankful that it left so fast. Thankful for my friends old and new that have made this past year one of the best I've had in ages. Thankful every day for such an easy and seamless partnership with GottaLaff

And finally, I'm grateful for each and every one of you guys who drop by to check out what we think is important, and are always ready with a snarky retort or cutting dig. You make me smile, and that's a good thing.

In the (semi) words of my idol Lou Grant, "Yeah, I'm thankful for allayouse buns, so gettoutta here and don't tell anyone I said that!"

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Video Mid Day Distraction- Cheetah cub and puppy are BFFs!

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Awww. Too cute. Via Boing Boing.

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