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la58

https://hightowerlowdown.org/podcast/special-gifts-for-special-people-3/

Ho-Ho-Ho, wait till you hear about the gifts I gave to some of America’s power elites for Christmas.

To each of our Congress critters, I sent my fondest wish that from now on they receive the exact same income, health care, and pensions that we average citizens get. If they receive only the American average, it might make them a bit more humble – and less cavalier about ignoring the needs of regular folks.

To the stockings of GOP leaders who’ve so eagerly debased themselves to serve the madness of Donald Trump, I added individual spritzer bottles of fragrances like “Essence of Integrity” and “Eau de Self-respect” to help cover up their stench. And in the stockings of Democratic congressional leaders, I put “Spice of Viagra” and “Bouquet du Grassroots” to stiffen their spines and remind them of who they represent.

Read the whole thing for a good laugh!

orlbucfan

🎄😂 I did just that, @la58. 🎄😂

la58

orlbucfan

One of my ABsolutely FABulous favorite 🎄 tunes, and how!👍👍🎶👍 (The Little Drummer Boy)

la58

Me too!

orlbucfan

This gives you an idea of how wrinkled I am. 🙂 LOL

wi62

I’ve got quite a few of the classics down loaded, the most so called modern ones i have is Springsteen’s Santa Claus is coming to town and a few of the trans Siberian orchestra remakes of some classics

polarbear4

Merry Christmas and thank you, jcb. Love the photo.

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Yep, the photo is too cute 😍. You’ve gotten us off to a merry start on Christmas 🎄 eve.

polarbear4

guess it is intentional

polarbear4

polarbear4

In Matthew 1:20, an angel tells Joseph not to be upset that Mary is with child: “Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.” This suggests that Christmas would be a good day not to hassle women about how they got pregnant.

Then, in Luke 1:26, the angel Gabriel tells Mary, “thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age.” Elisabeth was over 60, so again, Christmas should be a time to remember that this is an area of life where pretty much anything can happen, and we shouldn’t get uptight about it.

In Matthew 2:21, we learn that the three wise men “presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.” Thus, on Christmas, we should give presents, but only to newborns, with one-third of the gifts precious metals and two-thirds some kind of resin.

The core of the Jefferson Bible is the Sermon on the Mount. In it, Jesus teaches us: “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” In the United States, 64 percent of people with a diagnosed mental illness say the holidays make their condition somewhat or a lot worse. Another poll found that 22 percent of Americans are somewhat lonely during the holidays, and an additional 19 percent are extremely lonely. Both surveys were conducted in pre-pandemic years. These results should be no surprise since U.S. society is more atomized than any that’s ever existed in human history, with an economy that rips families and communities into shreds and redistributes their members wherever is most profitable.

“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” Certainly this has never been true at any American Christmas. But in 2020, the meek are being actively disinherited just before the holiday. They may receive $600 apiece from a coronavirus relief bill, or $2,000, or there may be no coronavirus relief bill at all — but what’s certain is that the wealth of America’s 10 richest billionaires has risen by $400 billion during the pandemic. Meanwhile, the federal moratorium on evictions is set to expire on December 31, leaving at least 30 million Americans at risk of being thrown out of their homes. The bill that Congress passed, and President Donald Trump may veto, extends the moratorium by one munificent month.

So Christmas is America’s top Opposite Day, when up is down, day is night, and Donald Trump will be named the lead dancer for the New York City Ballet. But it’s by no means our only Opposite Day. Indeed, our Reverse Christmas is only possible because it’s just a modest extension of our standard modus operandi: To a greater or lesser degree, every day is Opposite Day in America.

For instance, George Orwell’s novel “1984” was published in 1949. Orwell thought he was making an exaggerated satirical joke by naming Oceania’s war ministry the Ministry of Peace. That same year, the U.S. Department of War renamed itself the Department of Defense. A good rule of thumb is that a country’s soldiers are generally only defending a country if they’re inside that country. Now, every day, the news media informs us how the Defense Department is defending us by doing things 7,000 miles away from America.

In theory, Christmas should be the perfect time for Americans to sit and think about all of this — all the evidence that we have a propaganda system more enveloping and effective than any country besides North Korea. But that would require taking the theoretical meaning of Christmas seriously. So we won’t. We’re too busy getting ready for the next year of being exactly the opposite of who we say we are.

more at the article. i know birdies DO think about the real meaning of Christmas, so i’m in good company.

Merry Christmas! 🎄🌺🌲🐻🎄🌝🌍☃️❤️⭐️❤️🎄

orlbucfan

Right back at ya, pb4!🎄☮️🎶🎄

la58

la58

You need to listen to it a couple of times to understand where Greg Lake is coming from.

polarbear4

will do. i’ll have some time in the afternoon. ty!

magsview

This song was a must in our house every Christmas Eve. Our house an ELP house and that one is extra-special.

magsview

Wait, was that a Greg Lake single? All I know is we loved that song (and loved ELP)

polarbear4

This is beautiful. ty🎄🕊☮︎☮️🎄❤️

polarbear4

had no idea. santa baby…

polarbear4

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Jamaal Bowman
@JamaalBowmanNY

This is infuriating.

Cancelling student debt will shrink the Black-White wealth gap by 25 points.

It will allow many young people to become home owners.

It will boost college graduation rates.

People need relief from economic oppression especially during a pandemic.

NYCVG

This is a good description of the Virtuous Circle that can save our nation. Andrew and his Yang Gang have been hitting hard on this and I hope more and more people understand it.

Biden and the Austerity Pushers are the Vicious Circle proponents. People with less money spend less. Businesses close.