Saturday, December 25, 2010
When four of Santa's elves got sick, the trainee elves did not produce toys as fast as the regular ones, and Santa began to feel the pre-Christmas pressure.
When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two others had jumped the fence and were out, Heaven knows where.
Then when he began to load the sleigh, one of the floorboards cracked, the toy bag fell to the ground and all the toys were scattered.
The angel said very cheerfully, 'Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn't this a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to stick it?'
And so began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.
Not a lot of people know this.
[thanks to my friend Mauricio in Rome for sending this...Christmas Day 2010]
Friday, December 24, 2010
December 23, 2010 By MICHAEL D. SHEAR, The New York Times
Let the games begin.
With President Obama on vacation in Hawaii, lawmakers streaming away from Washington and the new year around the corner, there’s no excuse to pretend anymore.
The 2012 presidential campaign is underway. There are some — including many voters — who will refuse to focus on 2012 until, oh, that very year.
But for political deal-makers and junkies, there is already much to consider. In less than six months, for example, as many as a dozen Republicans will crowd onto a stage for the first major debate of the campaign, their eyes on the G.O.P. nomination and the opportunity to face President Obama.Click here to read more about 2012.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Gee, I had to look up "puerile" even though it seems to be one Klein's favorite descriptors for Senator McShame.
By RAYMOND HERNANDEZ
2:46 p.m. | Updated The Senate on Wednesday approved a bill to cover the cost of medical care for rescue workers and others who became sick from breathing in toxic fumes, dust and smoke after the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.
The vote, passed by unanimous consent, came soon after a deal was reached between conservative Republicans and Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. The New York Democrats agreed to changes demanded by the conservative lawmakers, who raised concerns about the measure’s cost and prevented the bill from advancing in the Senate. After drawing criticism in recent days from Democrats and Republicans alike, the Republican senators backed down.Click here to read more.
[We all need to give Jon Stewart enormous credit for so brilliantly and passionately bringing the issue forward on his TV show...thanks!!]
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Do teens at risk hear the message "It Gets Better?"
A friend writes: "A quick Google search for "it gets better" called up a whole bunch of these testimonials from folks in many different areas of public life. Each one is delivered directly to teens, it seems. They're spoken with candor and emotion. I think a kid in trouble or despair who looks up "it gets better" will see some pretty otherwise staid public figures, or even celebrities who don't otherwise discuss such things letting down their guard especially for them. I think it'll reach kids. I hope more and more public figures do this and that word spreads so kids know how to find these messages. Once they find them, I think they'll be touched or at least know where to go for resources." [thanks Anna! for writing this]
from an exchange on Facebook.