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Tea Party Return

Rob Rogers

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Charlie Daniel

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Dave Granlund

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Holiday Cool Things 2013

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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.

Charitable Organizations-

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.

iava_logo

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.

Art-

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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.

shawnshea

Shawn Shea is an artist by trade and sell prints, note cards, etc. You can check out his stuff at Fine Arts America.

iriswall

Anna Leahy has some cool jewelry, art and memorable t shirts at her Etsy and Cafe Press stores!

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FOB Bob has some exceptional photography at his link WizardPix Photography. I'm rather fond of the Nashville skyline seen above.

Books-

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Our own David Garber has a delightful read he'd love you to enjoy, Hollywood Huckster. I laughed, I cried, I kvelled.

profiles


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)

TtWtF

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!

teapublican

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!

Stuff-

Bubble Genius, a stalwart Progressive supporter, should be a regular stop on your gift shopping trek. Great products for everyone on your list!

Surprise the kitties this year with the unique herbal blends from The Way of Cats.

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Bacon soap. Just bacon soap!

startrekshower

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.

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Monty Python's Killer Rabbit slippers.

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’

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It's Official -- Jesus And Santa Claus Are White

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Fox News would never steer us wrong. To go along with that gold standard, one of Fox's premier personalities (What, you didn't expect me to call her a journalist, did you?) has declared, without any room for doubt, that these two historical figures, Santa Claus and Jesus of Nazareth were White. Period. End of discussion. Here's Megyn Kelly and her panel to set us all straight.

This entire conversation is based on an article by Aisha Harris in Slate.com. In that piece, Harris suggests that other races could represent Jolly ol' Santa, or maybe even a penguin. Despite Megyn K's assertion to the contrary, Santa isn't real and therefore he doesn't have to actually be White. He could be Asian. He could be Black. He could be... well, even a penguin. That way the racial stigma of Santa wouldn't be ingrained in children of other races, thinking Santa isn't really for them.

Now the argument against all of this by Megyn Kelly and her Fox panel is demonstrative of their shallow thinking. Start first with Santa. According to Kelly, he was real. Sorry Megyn. Santa is a legend. Now historians over the years have said that he was based on a real character - Saint Nicholas. Underline the word 'based,' not he really was Santa Claus. Santa is about as real as Sherlock Holmes or James Bond.

Wikipedia does a pretty good job of giving the genesis of today's legend of Santa Claus:

The modern figure of Santa Claus is derived from the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas, which, in turn, was part of its basis in hagiographical tales concerning the historical figure of Christian bishop and gift giver Saint Nicholas. During the Christianization of Germanic Europe, this figure may have absorbed elements of the god Odin, who was associated with the Germanic pagan midwinter event of Yule and led the Wild Hunt, a ghostly procession through the sky. Over time, traits of this character and the British folklore character Father Christmas merged to form the modern Santa Claus known today.

So if this iconic character is nothing more than legend, why can't he be of another nationality? What harm does that do? Why doe's Megan feel she must promote racial stereotyping UNLESS she herself is racist?

Now for the suggestion by Aisha Harris in her piece that perhaps an answer to the racial issue is to turn Santa into a character that is animal like -- in this case a penguin. That's crazy. We all know that can't be, because as the crack Fox experts pointed out a penguin can't carry all those gifts. C'mon. Let's get real here.

Okay, a penguin can't carry all those gifts but white Santa can? What rationale can you be using to draw that conclusion? And say, how big is that sleigh that he can stow all those gifts? And how strong is that team of flying reindeer led by Rudolf the Red Nose wonder? That sleigh must be much bigger than even Noah's Ark to carry all those toys. That's a lot for 8 reindeer to pull through the sky. I hope Santa's careful who's roof he parks it on because something that size would surely crush my house, and most of my neighborhood.

Let's get real here. Santa is a fictional character and should be treated as fun -- not discriminatory. And he belongs to the imaginations of all people, not just White people. He could be any race, color, nationality or animal species. Who cares just so long as he brings you the gifts you wanted for your holiday.

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Now moving onto Meagan's other low wattage statement of fact-- Jesus is White? Really? Unlike Santa, Jesus most likely did exist as one person. But look at where he came from? Asia. Yes, Bethlehem is in what is modern day Israel and Israel is technically Asia. Now the inhabitants of that region, from the statues and paintings that still remain indicate the Pharaohs  and his/her followers had African features -- dark skin, larger lips, and bone structure. One thing none of the artifacts indicate is that any of the people of that time, born in that region, have the more modern-day, typical White features, unless they were the Romans. I don't think anyone's claiming Jesus was the love child of Mary and one of the invading troops.

I'm not sure where Meagan went to school, how much anthropology she knows of that era, but it's evident that she's not correct, once again.

So let's stop the stereotyping and the stigmatizing of iconic people, real or fictional, to suit just one self-serving purpose. Leave Jesus and Santa Claus alone. It's what they represent, not the pictures of who they may be that matters. Megyn and panel, try checking your bigotry at the door before you come on camera next time.

You really owe the world an apology. And in the spirit of Jesus and Santa, we're most likely to grant it.

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Holiday Cool Things 2013

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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.

Charitable Organizations-

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.

iava_logo

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.

Art-

aj

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.

shawnshea

Shawn Shea is an artist by trade and sell prints, note cards, etc. You can check out his stuff at Fine Arts America.

iriswall

Anna Leahy has some cool jewelry, art and memorable t shirts at her Etsy and Cafe Press stores!

Books-

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Our own David Garber has a delightful read he'd love you to enjoy, Hollywood Huckster. I laughed, I cried, I kvelled.

profiles


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)

TtWtF

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!

teapublican

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!

Stuff-

Bubble Genius, a stalwart Progressive supporter, should be a regular stop on your gift shopping trek. Great products for everyone on your list!

Surprise the kitties this year with the unique herbal blends from The Way of Cats.

startrekshower

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.

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’

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Check Out Holiday Cool Things 2013

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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.

Charitable Organizations-

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.

iava_logo

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.

Art-

aj

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.

shawnshea

Shawn Shea is an artist by trade and sell prints, note cards, etc. You can check out his stuff at Fine Arts America.

iriswall

Anna Leahy has some cool jewelry, art and memorable t shirts at her Etsy and Cafe Press stores!

Books-

HH_AllMockup

Our own David Garber has a delightful read he'd love you to enjoy, Hollywood Huckster. I laughed, I cried, I kvelled.

TtWtF

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!

teapublican

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!

Stuff-

Bubble Genius, a stalwart Progressive supporter, should be a regular stop on your gift shopping trek. Great products for everyone on your list!

Surprise the kitties this year with the unique herbal blends from The Way of Cats.

startrekshower

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.

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’

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Holiday Cool Things 2013 Is Here!

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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.

Charitable Organizations-

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.

iava_logo

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.

Art-

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.

shawnshea

Shawn Shea is an artist by trade and sell prints, note cards, etc. You can check out his stuff at Fine Arts America.

iriswall

Anna Leahy has some cool jewelry, art and memorable t shirts at her Etsy and Cafe Press stores!

Books-

HH_AllMockup

Our own David Garber has a delightful read he'd love you to enjoy, Hollywood Huckster. I laughed, I cried, I kvelled.

TtWtF

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!

teapublican

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!

Stuff-

Bubble Genius, a stalwart Progressive supporter, should be a regular stop on your gift shopping trek. Great products for everyone on your list!

Surprise the kitties this year with the unique herbal blends from The Way of Cats.

startrekshower

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.

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’

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Holiday Cool Things 2013 Is Here!

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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.

Charitable Organizations-

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.

iava_logo

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.

Art-

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.

shawnshea

Shawn Shea is an artist by trade and sell prints, note cards, etc. You can check out his stuff at Fine Arts America.

iriswall

Anna Leahy has some cool jewelry, art and memorable t shirts at her Etsy and Cafe Press stores!

Books-

HH_AllMockup

Our own David Garber has a delightful read he'd love you to enjoy, Hollywood Huckster. I laughed, I cried, I kvelled.

TtWtF

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!

Stuff-

Bubble Genius, a stalwart Progressive supporter, should be a regular stop on your gift shopping trek. Great products for everyone on your list!

Surprise the kitties this year with the unique herbal blends from The Way of Cats.

startrekshower

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.

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’

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