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Standing On Tradition

leg lampI'm not keen on decorating for the holidays these days. Years ago I had a huge, beautiful aluminum Xmas tree that twirled regally on its base and was lit with rotating colored lights. It was nicely framed by a huge dining room window at the front of my house and the tree would actually stop traffic. Night after night I'd hear the squealing of tires as people abruptly stopped their cars to gaze upon my tree.

Then I was adopted by my cat.

It didn't take but one Xmas to realize that bright shiny objects and hyperactive animals didn't mix. After a couple of years in storage one lucky eBay-er took it all. Since then the house has been unfestooned for the holidays.

This year, though, I couldn't resist waxing festive. The folks marketing the movie version of Jean Shepherd''s "A Christmas Story" worked overtime this year creating tie-ins to the movie, and the best of the many-and-varied bunch was this huge, transparent image of the movie's singular image.... the infamous leg lamp. I found this one at my local Walgreens. Best $5 I ever spent. (Click for larger image.)

So far my little fuzzballs haven't discovered a way to destroy it but, until they do, it will continue to cast its lascivious lusciousness over the length and breadth of Jonesboro Avenue.


And now our "Chart of the Day":

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Republican Job Creation Update

john boehner"We're going to have a relentless focus on creating jobs." - John Boehner, February 10, 2011.

The following is #124 in a list of Republican job creation activities since they gained control of the House in 2011. None, sad to say, have yet to result in one, single new job.

(124) 12-21-2011: Today the House leadership rejected without vote a Payroll Tax Cut bill that the Senate and House would have overwhelmingly voted for. If you need any further proof that the only thing the GOP cares about is how badly it can ruin the economy, this is it.

Wow. Just... wow.

Addendum: House Democrats today tried to force an up-or-down vote on the Payroll Tax bill but the Republican Speaker Pro-Temp ignored them. When Democrats protested John Boehner had C-SPAN cut the video and audio feed of the proceedings. Video can be seen here.

Double Wow.

NOTE: As a result of an unexpected wave of enthusiasm the Republican Job Creation update now has its own web site. It will remain on the RP but a web site of its own will raise its visibility on the 'net as we progress towards the critical 2012 elections. And I thank you for your support.


Dump Fox News

Fox News Lies!Bill O'Reilly opens his fat yap during an interview with former President Bill Clinton and LIES about George Bush's economic policies.

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Today's Google Chow.

Santa: Ho-ho-ho! And what would you like for Christmas, little boy?

Kid: I honestly don't know, Santa.

I try to be good but I fall prey to questionable notions that no doubt affect my final disposition in the arbitrary void between naughty and nice.
In this regard, what if I ask for more than I deserve? Should I choose long-term investment or momentary pleasure? Will I someday reflect on my gift with nostalgia or embarrassment?
Maybe I'll just leave the decision to you, hoping that what I get isn't made by slave labor and is easily recyclable. Merry Christmas, Santa.

Elf: That was nice.

Santa: Yes, it restores your faith... Hey! Where's my wallet?

Kid: Joy to the worrrrrrrrld...