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The US fiscal cliff (identifying the enemy) Part II

For those of us with a reasonable amount of comprehensive skills it would be easy to assign not only blame but an insidious conspiracy to the ineffectual actions of a government who is actively ignoring sound economic policy and imposing destructive measures upon the people, the…


Added by Doc Vega on December 24, 2012 at 12:09pm — 1 Comment

Origami Snowflake

I want to wish everyone a happy holiday season, and

peace, love and friendship in the coming year.…


Added by Rosigami on December 24, 2012 at 12:00pm — 9 Comments

The Silver Suit Christmas: A Slice of Christmas 1966



It was a life time ago or maybe it was just yesterday, it depends on how you remember it, where you are when your mind travels time, but the year was 1966 or so.

Christmas Eve was the big night in our home, the only night that my parents kicked up their heels. With a brood of seven…


Added by Rita Shibr on December 24, 2012 at 11:30am — 69 Comments

The US fiscal cliff (the denial) Part I

Much political banter now boils over the current talk of trying to curtail federal spending enough or produce enough federally generated revenue in order to begin the arduous task of taming the debilitating deficit. If current spending continues, we will surely see a monetary crisis of…


Added by Doc Vega on December 24, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Here's To Christmas Cheer!


Added by Dicky Neely on December 24, 2012 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Looking For Christmas?

Maybe the best Christmas story you've never heard. "The Train" By Celestial Navigation.



Added by Chicago Guy on December 24, 2012 at 10:18am — 6 Comments

Stimme über Einsicht, Stimme über Leben (Voice of Knowledge, Voice of Life)


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The Generaldirektor had determined that the presentation should be delivered in English. 

He wasn’t terribly surprised…


Added by Harp on December 24, 2012 at 9:00am — 12 Comments

Gift from Wayward Daughter & Sons

After Thanksgiving my mother played Christmas albums nonstop. She listened to everything from Mahaliah Jackson’s “O Holy Night” to "Jingle Bells" by Alvin and The Chipmunks. We watched every Christmas Special. There were only three channels so that was possible. Mom cut branches…


Added by Mimetalker on December 24, 2012 at 9:00am — 7 Comments

"Shop at Work" Latest Holiday Perk

CHICAGO.  For Joe Klesjko, a trader at Wolf/Ram Associates, December is a hectic time of year, and not because of Christmas shopping.  “Our customers would trade 365 days a year if they could,” he says of a client base that hedges their exposure in world tungsten markets by buying the grey-white heavy high-melting ductile hard polyvalent metallic element under its other name–wolfram.…


Added by Con Chapman on December 24, 2012 at 8:20am — 3 Comments

Runaway Train: being of help to a depressive friend

Listening to Runaway Train by Soul Asylum. Anyone who knows this song knows that it is about the state of depression. It is, by the way, a great song musically and the lyrics are well done. There was a time when I obsessed over that song. My son will remember. Now I think about it as a great song but also a way of understanding folks who are lost in depression. How to help them. Of course, a key point is to be a good listening ear, don't try to talk them out of it,…


Added by Patrick Frank on December 24, 2012 at 8:14am — 1 Comment

My Fourth Year

My Fourth Year

By David Glenn Cox

This is my fourth year with nothing,

I cry no tears.

I no longer believe in God, Jesus or Santa Claus,

I have no illusions.

I believe there is a creator and a plan for me,

I have felt his warmth.

I have walked five miles in the frozen snow,

I relish my…


Added by David Glenn Cox on December 24, 2012 at 8:08am — 4 Comments

It's a Wonderful Life by John Boehner


I do want to be Speaker of the House again...I do love the Republican Party. 

Please change it back! You were right...The Fiscal Cliff is no big deal!


Added by Political Pizza on December 24, 2012 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Love on Christmas

On the Night Before Christmas

He was out on his beat…


Added by Phyllis on December 24, 2012 at 7:36am — 17 Comments

Christmas in the Trenches



Added by Boanerges on December 24, 2012 at 7:30am — 37 Comments

How to survive and thrive your first month at the gym this 2013


         2012 has been called the year of the amateur body builder, there are literally tens of thousands of buff intimidating dudes out there in gyms across the country who lift what seem to you like insanely enormous sums of weight, here are some simple tips to help you survive and thrive in this testosterone driven PUMP FEST we lifters call our lives.



Added by Chuck Priest on December 24, 2012 at 7:05am — 3 Comments

Guest Post: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement More

I was about 7 or 8 years old when she discovered that I could recite the poem from memory...My mother would read the poem to us each Christmas until we were able to read it ourselves...

Our local newspaper , The New Haven Register, had a tradition of printing the poem on the front page every year...The paper has maintained the tradition to this day...…


Added by Ron Powell on December 24, 2012 at 7:00am — 7 Comments

Looking better on paper

Like so many of my articles, this one was can also be begun with "One day at the airport.." The going theory amongst scribblers such as myself is that misery is the greatest motivator for writers and pain is the perfect catalyst for writing. No wonder I am yet to find a muse better than America's TSA and their security counterparts across the globe.But I digress...

A few days ago, I was, once again, headed to Dubai to see the parents. Characteristically, I had…


Added by Pranay Sinha on December 24, 2012 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

Callejon, núm. 1

Guanajuato Run-547

The city of Guanajuato appears abruptly when one descends out of the Sierra Guanajuato via the northern route.

San Antonio Run-034 The people of Guanajuato have their own distinctive taste in exterior color for their houses. It is among those houses on the side of the mountain that the alleys…


Added by Stephen Brassawe on December 24, 2012 at 6:00am — 2 Comments






What light has this soul found among the darkness;

what glimmer of hope for me,

for if I wish upon this star

for peace on earth for all alike

and struggle with my own…


Added by Blinddream on December 24, 2012 at 5:25am — 5 Comments

Insubordinate: Refusing to Smack Kids with Paddles



     In the late '80s we moved from Vermont to Las Vegas to be with Tamar's folks as her dad battled and beat cancer. I also needed work and Clark County Schools were hiring quicker than casinos collect sadsack cash. I taught English and history, earning fine …


Added by Jonathan Wolfman on December 24, 2012 at 4:30am — 6 Comments

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