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The REAL War on Christmas has a theme song: "Ka-CHINGle Bells" + bonus Daily Show VIDEO!

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If you're not familiar with Stan Freberg (a comedy genius), then watch the video above and then please do yourself a huge favor and get to know him better. He was a huge influence on me personally, and is rarely mentioned any more. His satirical talents and wicked sense of humor were unprecedented back in the 1950s and '60s.

Which leads me to the Los Angeles Times an op-ed by Jonathan Zimmerman (who teaches history and education at New York University). He chronicles the deteriorating meaning of Christmas as it devolved into blatant commercialization to satisfy corporate greed and the insatiable global obsession with profit.

He starts out by mentioning everyone's favorite former Alaskan Half-Gov, Exploita McSellBooks, by noting her rage at "angry atheists"... as she hawks her own commercial Christmas products for all the personal gain she can wring out of them.

Take it away, Jonathan:

Despite what Palin and Wildmon would have you believe, the first war on Christmas was waged by devout Christians. The holiday wasn't a reflection of their religious heritage; instead, Christmas was a sin against it.

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Start with our Puritan forebears in Massachusetts, who between 1659 and 1681 made it illegal to celebrate Christmas. (Lawbreakers were fined 5 shillings.) As the Puritans correctly argued, there was no historical or biblical reason to think that Christ was born on Dec. 25. The date was chosen because of its proximity to the winter solstice, making Christmas a pagan holiday in Christian garb.

But there was more.

Yes, there was much more. Please follow the link to learn all about it. Read it and weep, Sarah Palin. Zimmerman ends with this:

The most important war over Christmas was fought between God and Mammon, and it ended long ago. I don't have to tell you who won.

Now because you've been good, fake Santa brought you all a special treat:

The inimitable and brilliant Jon Stewart manages to sum it all up in one sentence:

By the way-- You're upset with a department store, because in their effort to get you to buy a Swarovski crystal Hello Kitty snowman figurine, they're not invoking Christ's name enough.

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VIDEO: Wait-- if lawmakers agree the government shutdown won't happen, then STFU, stop playing games, get back to work

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Here's an excerpt from an op-ed by Doyle McManus in today's Los Angeles Times:

A visit to the House side of Capitol Hill these days feels a bit like an excursion to an alternate universe, where the voters are all conservative, the will of the American people is crystal clear and the only mystery is how that Obama fellow ever got reelected.

"This is all a result of redistricting," a Republican strategist told me. "The only election these guys have to worry about is the Republican primary. The only danger they face is from the right."

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Now watch this short clip:

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That happened this morning on Meet the Press:

David Gregory: I want to start with a question for all of you which is really a yes or no question. Senator Lee, is the government going to shut down?

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah): No. we all know that the government is going to be funded. The question is whether it will be funded with Obamacare or without.

Gregory: Senator Klobuchar, do you think there will be a shutdown?

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)No, because I believe in the end the people of good will will come together and do the right thing and stop this political brinkmanship.

Gregory: Barbara Lee, what do you say?

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA):  No, and we're not going to allow the defunding of the Affordable Care Act.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN): No. As much as the president wants a shutdown, he's not going to get it.

Gregory: ... You all think somehow this is going to be avoided.

If that's the consensus, then stop playing with our lives, stop playing games, stop creating phony crisis after phony crisis to score political points and win primaries, get back to work [sic], and do something-- anything-- constructive for a change.

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The Romneys "are clueless as to how financially-strapped families are dealing with today's crisis."

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Via cartoonaday.com

Today's L.A. Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:

Calling all moms

Re "Romney is facing larger problem with female voters," April 13

We need to get real about Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen's comment that Ann Romney "never worked a day in her life." [Ed. Note: I did, here]

Rosen wasn't saying anything derogatory about stay-at-home moms; she was speaking the truth that Ann Romney has never had to worry about paying the bills, putting food on the table, buying clothes and the cost and quality of her kids' day care.

Mitt and Ann Romney are in the lucky percentage of Americans who don't know how hard many in the working class have it. They are clueless as to how financially-strapped families are dealing with today's crisis.

Bernadette Armstrong
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Oh, and let's not forget this: Romney Book: ‘Nonworking Parents’ Produce ‘Indolent And Unproductive’ Children. "If nonworking mothers on welfare produce “indolent and unproductive” children, then why doesn’t the same hold true for other women?"

Video recovered yesterday shows that Romney said in January that he wants to “increase the work requirement” for mothers who receive welfare. “Those parents [need] to go back to work,” he explained.

As we've posted repeatedly, Ann Romney chose, because she was able to choose, to be a full time mom, but so many women (including single moms) are not given that choice, and have to either be the sole earner while managing a family, or take a job to add to what their significant other makes.

Those indolent sloths and their "unproductive" little brats!

And let's not forget that this all started because Willard considers Ann, who has never answered to an employer or had to confront the same economic issues as most Americans, to be the perfect economic adviser. Her input is welcome, but come on, she's no expert on working families.

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VIDEO: "Maid" who "took care of" Ann Romney and her brothers confirms Ann “never worked a day in her life.”

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A caller to the Stephanie Miller Show. claimed to be the maid for Ann Romney's wealthy family who "took care of" Ann and her brothers, and who "cleaned for them and cooked for them."  She confirms that Mrs. Romney "was a child of privilege" who was "very nice" (as was Mitt) and "never worked a day in her life."

As if that needed confirming.

So will everyone be attacking Juanita now, as they did Hillary Rosen?

A longer version of the video can be found at BuzzFeed.

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I've raised twins, and I have a hunch President Obama works harder than I do.

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Via Lalo Alcaraz, creator of La Cucaracha

There is no Mommy War. Everyone loves and respects moms, nobody has disparaged them, and for this Hillary Rosen "controversy" to get this much media attention tells me a few things:

  • Republicans are really good at making something out of nothing, creating their own news, and turning it into a meme that in turn becomes a 24/7 headline.
  • Hillary Rosen's remarks made total sense to me until the "news" [sic] media and punditiots told me, "Be offended, be very offended!" I hadn't misconstrued her words to mean mothers are worthless or less-than, I understood exactly what she meant, and have been stunned to see her intent turned upside down.
  • Democrats are shamefully distancing themselves from Rosen's comments instead of using them to their advantage. She made a good point that was twisted into an unrecognizable attack on moms, who, by the way, do not have the hardest jobs in the world. If they do, then, using that logic, President Obama's killing of Osama bin Laden, foreign policy efforts, economic challenges, health care reforms, et al, are easier tasks than raising kids. I've raised twins, and I have a hunch Pres O works harder than I do/did.
  • More often than not, cable "news" is embarrassingly inept at covering real news. The commercialization of news has led to shoddy coverage, inferior fact checking, and a quest for ratings and profits at the expense of thorough, investigative, objective reporting. It's entertainment enhanced by real information.
  • To spend this much air time on a weak, but persistent, accusation about a CNN commentator's (no she does not work for Team Obama) opinion, ignoring the full context and intent, is destructive.  Rosen's point was clearly that Ann Romney has never had a boss, a paycheck, nor the responsibilities of a job outside the home, and therefore, doesn't have the economic chops to advise a presidential candidate. She was able to choose to stay home, but most of us can't afford to do that. She made that choice. (Although freedom of choice doesn't extend to other women in other ways, does it, Ann and Willard?) To spend days accusing Rosen, and by extension the president (again, she does not work for the DNC or the Obama campaign ), of hating moms is a frivolous waste of time and highly insulting to her, the president, and people who want to be truly informed.
  • News outlets are dying for the actual War On Women that the GOP has waged to morph into a Democratic political hot potato so that they can whip up viewers and add ratings points. Creating phony outrage benefits them, not us.

I don't see the same harrumphing and clucking over the many GOP lies and trumped up smears on the president (which speak volumes about the character of Republican candidates) as I do over this non-issue.

Now, if some of the Sunday talk show hosts were my kids, then maybe I'd have the toughest job in the world.

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VIDEO- Rachel Maddow: Where's the GOP outrage over BP... v. ACORN?

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She is simply the best. Thank you, Rachel.

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