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Emancipate Your Christmas!

Hey kids! Are you tired of hanging the same old Christmas tree ornaments year after year? Well, be tired no longer because Macco Industries announces a new gift for the whole family to revile!

In honor of our 16th president, who did so much for 19th century fashion, we proudly present the:


 Act quickly and sic…


Added by Macco on December 18, 2012 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

What We are Missing From the Aunt Jemima Post

OK, I know this is mean .... but it is funny.

First, according to SBA putting up posters is the same as child rape and now Aunt Jemima and Sicilians are black, as KS said, 'one couldn't make this stuff up.'…


Added by The_Traveler on December 18, 2012 at 2:00pm — 25 Comments

One Former Healthcare Professional’s Inside Take on What is NOT Being Seriously Discussed


While the autopsy results on mass-child-murderer, Adam Lanza, may not be published for some time, the most recent, U.S. Department of Justice Report on Alcohol and Crime found that alcohol use was a factor in 40 percent of violent crimes committed in the U.S. and in May, 2012, U.S. crime statistics revealed that illegal drugs play a central role in criminal acts, providing verifiable evidence that tackling drugs as a public health issue could offer a powerful tool for lowering… Continue

Added by Ellen L. Cannon on December 18, 2012 at 10:00am — 19 Comments

Lasting Good-byes

My brother was mad when his son, Bryn, begged to go to a party instead of the Comedy Show he had paid good money for them to see. He had also paid good money to send Bryn to a private high school after he was expelled from the public one. That may have lasted two weeks. My brother signed a no-refund contract because he didn't know what else to do. My nephew was creative, non-conformist and dyslexic. Schools weren’t a good fit. Bryn convinced my brother to let him go to his friend’s…


Added by Mimetalker on December 18, 2012 at 10:00am — 7 Comments

A Profound Silence

Another massacre, another round of blather with no real point.  The media cries on, the pro gun people cry on, the victims though are silent, they can't cry, they can't speak out, they can't even tell their families good bye.  As in all of these blood murder orgies, the victims are forever removed from the equation.  

Sure we have our flags at half staff, we watch tearily as the stories of heroism and pain and disbelief are recounted endless times.  The talk show hosts rush to find a…


Added by Robert McClanahan on December 18, 2012 at 9:42am — 11 Comments

Touching Tribute on "The Voice" Finale

Added by L in the Southeast on December 18, 2012 at 9:30am — 15 Comments

It Takes a Village

I used to have this awesome Nativity set. My daughter, K, at age 2, was enamored with it the moment she first set eyes on it. I told her it was not for playing, just for looking. She was agreeable, but then a few days later I noticed the barn had been robbed of it's cow…


Added by Apachesavage on December 18, 2012 at 9:00am — 44 Comments

When The Lights Are Low

It's hours later now.

The night spent tossing and turning, forming well constructed thoughts and sentences. Theorems, examples, proofs and portions of larger intertwined theorems and proofs.

Finally it all began to make some sort of sense. Enlightenment and hope seemed to be just around the corner.

Sleep, broken and brief.

Then the morning, and not a thought remains. It will be another normal day. Lived in a normal way.

The day starts here;…


Added by alsoknownas on December 18, 2012 at 8:59am — 8 Comments

Gun Control, Violence Prevention, Best Intentions, Old Poetry, Mortality and Our Need for Some Self Examination

With all the posts about Friday's Tragedy and the need to do something to try to prevent this from happening in the future, I've had trouble keeping up with it all.  Yesterday I collected links and comments and put up my own post: Monday Morning, Against my Better Judgment...  Then this…


Added by JMac1949 Today on December 18, 2012 at 8:30am — 11 Comments

Confessions of a Former Gun Nut

This is a repost of a piece written under my pseudonym on Open Salon.  It followed the shooting in Aurora, CO and reflects one person's change over time.

In 2000 I did a really stupid thing.  I voted on a single issue; gun control.  How an otherwise clear thinking person voted for a presidential candidate who many think, myself included, was one of the worst presidents in U.S. History, requires some…


Added by Rodney Roe on December 18, 2012 at 6:07am — 6 Comments

Open Salon Content Bubble for Sale?

   Who the heck would buy Open Salon's stuff sitting on that server that they just put in?  No one.  If I was a screen writer and wanted to get an idea of what happened to Open over the years I would be interested.  I think it would make a fine movie. 

   I can see Salon making the deals with MGM right now.  However I can also see Salon going bankrupt and losing all control of that content.  I can see our bubble of words…


Added by Zanelle on December 18, 2012 at 6:01am — 1 Comment

A Second Amendment Time Line


1791 Second Amendment Ratified

It states, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a  free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be  infringed." See U.S. Constitution.


1871 NRA FoundedNRA

Union soldiers Col. William C. Church…


Added by Ron Powell on December 18, 2012 at 5:00am — No Comments

Poor mental health care and bullying on the far right: No more, I say, no more!

My wife had a panic attack last night and I took her to the ER and what a nightmare. Eight hours, mostly a cold and uncaring response. Severe overcrowding. Lack of understanding of how major a panic attack can be. It took a lot of assertiveness on my part to even get Linda into a private area, away from the crowd. She was weeping uncontrollably. Now, you can defend the ER in various ways, but the fact it that the mental health care system in this country is truly broken. The need for…


Added by Patrick Frank on December 18, 2012 at 4:38am — No Comments

Try To Imagine


Try To Imagine


A quiet night beneath the winter sky

clear view of stars which light the night;

fresh understanding of how small we really are

but peace comes in the knowing God is near,

as some men sigh for want of…


Added by Blinddream on December 18, 2012 at 4:00am — No Comments

Helping Them to Repair Their World

        The other day I wrote of my mother taking gentle hold of me at our front door, having waited for some time, knowing what I'd be like after my miserable, meandering walk home from junior high the day the president was shot. Mom's, and later that evening, my dad's allowing me to share with them how I felt, their honest emotions shared, too, with me, gave me safe passage through that horrid weekend. …


Added by Jonathan Wolfman on December 18, 2012 at 4:00am — 15 Comments

Fiction Weekend Prompt AND Stories List for 12/21-12/23 2012

This week's actually two prompts; go with whichever prompt most strikes your fancy.

Prompt 1: Write a story involving or taking place on Christmas.


 Prompt 2: Write a story about the end of the world.


If neither of these prompts inspires you, you can also write a short story about any subject you like; the only requirement is that it be a FICTION story.  

For more information about that, or about how to participate in…


Added by OS Weekend Fiction Club on December 18, 2012 at 2:56am — 7 Comments

The Yule Log: Christmas Radio Insanity

Most folks have one in their town--a radio station that switches from soft rock to all-Christmas-all-the-effing-time radio. Here in the valley we are spared this seasonal phenomena. I feel fortunate to have KTRT the Root, a world-centered,rockabilly-hippy-blues-locally owned and operated radio station that plays as much Gogol Bordello as they do Mumford and Sons. Yep, I'm here to brag that we don't have Christmas radio in the car....

....then there's Pandora. My daughter,…


Added by Din Mutha on December 17, 2012 at 11:30pm — 9 Comments

Butch Strange

Hamilton Texas 024

I am sweet and dandy now, to steal a lyric from Toots of Toots and the Maytals. Once I get on the road, I stop feeling sorry for myself for having to leave Mexico for a time and get busy being on the road. Is not that a beautiful assortment of collectible bottles? The road has its own rewards, a thing that I well knew but had forgotten.…


Added by Stephen Brassawe on December 17, 2012 at 8:45pm — 23 Comments

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