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VIDEO: Dancing Nana: "I could dance all f***ing day."

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There's novel, there's funny, there's totes adorbs, there's charming, there's smile-inducing, and there's loveable. Dancing Nana is all of the above. She's not your typical granny.

Nana Feole:

Cheers to my 88 year old Nana. Do yourselves a favor and watch this until the very last second (don't miss the ending!). Life is good, dance on-

I love this woman!

In fact, I love this woman so much that I hope many younger women grow up to be just like her. And by "just like her," I mean able to benefit from Medicare and Social Security in the future the same way Nana can right now.

Here's an idea that could help make that happen: Raise Social Security and Medicare Taxes on the Rich, Don’t Feed the Cat Food of Austerity to the Elderly.

H/t: @Knishette

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VIDEO: Why can't it be like this more often? Sadly, that was rhetorical.

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Many of you may have already seen this, but I hadn't. I actually teared up, because this video proved that once in awhile, perfect strangers can actually come together as one in the most beautiful way. I mean, passengers actually smiled genuinely at each other, they actually shared an experience that bonded them for two minutes straight.

Music does that. Politics, on the other hand...

To see such expressions of gentle surprise and sheer joy from people is so unusual in these times of extreme polarization. They were utterly enchanted. You could tell, because out came the iPod buds.

And that music, so inspiring, as was the entire video. Why can't it be like that more often? Rhetorical.

In April 2012 Copenhagen Phil (Sjællands Symfoniorkester) surprised the passengers in the Copenhagen Metro by playing Griegs Peer Gynt. The flash mob was created in collaboration with Radio Klassisk http://radioklassisk.dk/. All music was performed and recorded in the metro.

Visit our website: http://copenhagenphil.dk/ and facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SjaellandsSymfoniorkester.CopenhagenPhil

Produced by http://makropol.dk/

The sound: The Copenhagen Metro is very quiet and the recording you hear is where the train is standing still. That's why the recording you hear is so clean and crisp - and the sound is actually surprisingly good in the Copenhagen metro.

Follow the link for more tech information.

Via @Knishette

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Best New Thing of the Day: "Cash mobs" boost small businesses

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There's nothing more heartening than seeing people come together with a great idea to solve huge problems with effective, creative, simple solutions in a positive way.

If you replace the first two letters of "flash mobs" with a "C" for "cash mobs," you have the makings of strangers helping strangers by way of social media, big hearts, and the desire to accomplish what elected officials can't: Inject quick cash into local economies.

Small biz, meet Awesome.

The L.A. Times:

[T]he purpose is serious: to support locally owned businesses with a quick injection of cash.

The trend is part of a larger "buy local" movement that has emerged in response to the rise of big-box national chains that are putting the squeeze on mom and pop stores.

Los Angeles activists, for example, are mobilizing to challenge building permits issued to Wal-Mart. The world's largest retailer is planning to construct a 33,000-square-foot grocery store in Chinatown that critics worry will hurt small, local merchants.

The way it works is, participants meet up on a specified day, at a specified time, at a specified intersection with at least twenty dollars to spend at local businesses. Nobody knows the name of the business until just prior to the event "to add a sense of adventure to the outing."

Another added benefit is that the "mobsters" find one-of-a-kind items that they'd never be able to find at big chains or box stores.

Then, after the shopping spree is over, everyone goes to a local bar to hang out, make new friends, socialize, and celebrate. Another major plus is that it's a twofer, because...

The business owner (and the bar) get a windfall. [...]

[T]he outings also create a sense of community.

What's not to love?

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Look what President Obama did

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Just. Go.

Here's how The Virginian-Pilot reported the precedent-shattering event of the post "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" era:

Her girlfriend of two years, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell, was waiting when she crossed the brow. They kissed. The crowd cheered. And with that, another vestige of the policy that forced gays to serve in secrecy vanished.

Big thank you to reader Nellcote for the headline and the link. And thank you to President Obama for ending DADT and understanding that love is, you know, a good thing.

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Obama camp raising money off birther conspiracy with "Made in the USA" merchandise

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Fighting fire with fire can be so dee-lish. Tee shirt: $25. Mug: $15. "Made in the USA" slogan: Priceless. Via an email:

2012

Let me introduce you to Jerome Corsi.

This week he released a new book that the publisher says will be a bestseller "of historic proportions."

The title is "Where's the Birth Certificate?" -- yes, really.

Corsi's work is a greatest-hits reel of delusions, ranging from 9/11 conspiracies to claiming that there is an infinite supply of oil in the Earth's core. In 2008, he published a book about Barack Obama claiming, among other things, that he (a) is a secret Muslim; (b) is secretly anti-military; (c) secretly dealt drugs; and (d) secretly supported terrorist actions when he was eight years old. So many secrets!

FactCheck.org called Corsi's work "a mishmash of unsupported conjecture, half-truths, logical fallacies and outright falsehoods."

There's really no way to make this stuff completely go away. The only thing we can do is laugh at it -- and make sure as many other people as possible are in on the joke.

So let's just do this -- get your Obama birth certificate mug here.

Last year, the President said, "I can't spend all of my time with my birth certificate plastered on my forehead."

This is about as close as we can get.

If the facts can't make these ridiculous smears go away, we can at least have a little fun with it.

And then we'll get back to the important work of supporting the President as he tackles real problems like high gas prices, the deficit, and unemployment.

P.S. -- Mug not your thing? How about a T-shirt?

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Sen. Tom Coburn hearts President Obama: ""I love the man. I think he's a neat man."

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Via Taegan (more at the link):

Said [Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK)]: "I love the man. I think he's a neat man. I don't want him to be president, but I still love him. He is our President. He's my President. And I disagree with him adamantly on 95% of the issues, but that doesn't mean I can't have a great relationship. And that's a model people ought to follow."

I sincerely appreciate this quote, despite my feelings about Coburn. If I met him without knowing his politics, maybe I'd even like him. In fact, if more political opponents could appreciate each other for who they are, what they have to offer as people instead of politicians, maybe, perhaps, possibly, real change could maybe, perhaps happen.

Maybe.

I'm friendly with a couple of prominent conservatives on Twitter whose politics I just despise, but on a purely personal level, to my utter shock, they've often been more supportive and kind than some progressives have.

A little love couldn't hurt, right?

Okay, enough of that. End of mushy post. Back to snarkitude.

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Donny Deutsch Lands a New Show… As a Love Guru

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Oh my. Wonder what makes them think he's qualified for this kind of gig?

Ad executive Donny Deutsch has long been a regular on NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC.

He used to host “The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch” on CNBC, and even filled in as an anchor on MSNBC last April… before being pulled after he criticized Keith Olbermann.

Now Deutsch has landed a new gig with another NBCU network… as a dating expert. Deutsch will host “Love Calling” on Bravo January 27 at 11 PM ET.

Deutsch will respond to questions posed by viewers via Twitter, Facebook, videochat and phone calls about love and dating.

“Women make the mistake of going to other women when they need advice about the men in their life,” said Deutsch in a statement. “They really need to go to a guy. I’m going to take women inside the mind of a man and give them the honest, tough but loving relationship advice they really need.”

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