Outrage Over Obamacare Is Nothing Compared with FDR’s New Deal

Outrage Over Obamacare Is Nothing Compared with FDR’s New Deal (via Moyers & Company)

Every baby step toward guaranteeing American working people a minimum of economic security with new social insurance programs has been greeted with howls of horror and outrage — and predictions that the end of the Republic is near. Every new addition…

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Electronic Frontier Foundation Praises the Tea Party, FreedomWorks and Birther Larry Klayman

Electronic Frontier Foundation Praises the Tea Party, FreedomWorks and Birther Larry Klayman (via Liberaland)

Yesterday, tax day, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) posted an article titled “Tea Party, Taxes and Why the Original Patriots Would’ve Revolted Against the Surveillance State,” and it wouldn’t surprise me if the authors were wearing…

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Sunday Links

Sunday Links (via The Political Carnival)

The 13 Best Steinbeck Books (Note: today’s ‘Book Booth’ also linked to this article.) Facebook app revealed to be cause of iPhone battery woes Tampa Bay Times: Scott worst Florida governor in modern times Don’t Worry, Greg Abbott Cited a White Nationalist…

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‘Persecuted:’ Christian Conservatism Is Now A Movement Of Querulants

‘Persecuted:’ Christian Conservatism Is Now A Movement Of Querulants (via Breitbart Unmasked)

Hollywood conservatives offer something new every year at CPAC. This year’s hot new film stars Fred Thompson, Dean Stockwell, Bruce Davison, and Natalie Grant. According to Peter Montgomery of Right Wing Watch, who endured the film so that we do not…

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WATCH: Target corporate video urging workers to ‘protect themselves’ from unions

WATCH: Target corporate video urging workers to ‘protect themselves’ from unions (via Raw Story )

A new training video for Target workers repeatedly warns them about the supposed dangers of forming a union by framing it as friendly advice from co-workers, Salon reported on Wednesday. The video, “Think Hard: Protect Your Signature,” was posted…

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Can We Safeguard Our Democracy After McCutcheon?

Can We Safeguard Our Democracy After McCutcheon? (via Moyers & Company)

The Supreme Court’s evisceration of our campaign finance rules is a powerful argument for the cleansing properties of sunlight. We should respond to McCutcheon by pushing for the full and timely disclosure of every penny donated to advance a political…

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Keith Ellison: Birth control haters back ‘corporate personhood’ over ‘individual liberty’

Keith Ellison: Birth control haters back ‘corporate personhood’ over ‘individual liberty’ (via Raw Story )

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) on Sunday warned Republicans that allowing the “corporate personhood” of Hobby Lobby to trump the the right of people who want to use birth control would set a dangerous precedent for individual liberties in the United…

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Study: Polarization and Gridlock Work Well for Rich Americans

Study: Polarization and Gridlock Work Well for Rich Americans (via Moyers & Company)

At the end of 2013, only 12 percent of Americans held a positive view of Congress – three points above the all-time low set earlier in the year, according to Gallup. Two out of three respondents to a CNN/ORC poll said this was the worst functioning…


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God Jul 2013

santa lucia at ASI december 1960

The year was 1960.  My sister had the honor of being a Lucia at the American Swedish Institute that year.  That’s me, one of her pine-wreathed acolytes, standing next to her.   She was 12, I was 8.

My sister always says that the main thing she remembers about her Lucia gig is how heavy that crown was.

No, those weren’t actual lit candles on her head.  The Lucia crown was a metal frame with about a dozen flashlights welded onto it. Each flashlight held at least 2 batteries and had a C7 bulb for a “flame”.

No wonder the thing was so heavy.  Uff da!

Jag önskar er alla och envar en GOD JUL och ett GOTT NYTT ÅR!