After 1940, this system allowed charitable organizations, non-public companies, and laypeople to “undertake” the letters of children dwelling in poverty and fulfill their Christmas needs. The movie Miracle on thirty fourth Road references the endeavor, and Johnny Carson made a behavior of studying a few of the letters on The Tonight Present. This system has grown to the purpose the place it related 13,000 youngsters to donors, a complete that might be doubled in 2020. This yr, the letters have been digitized, and in the event you’re fascinated about adopting a letter, you possibly can go to the Operation Santa website and flick through the hopes and needs of 1000’s of kids throughout the nation.

However what these letters display, much better than any PSA or statistical mannequin, is how violent American poverty actually is. Additionally they present a counterbalance to the methods childhood poverty is depicted in standard media, the place poor youngsters typically function a method for a protagonist to display their generosity, from Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol to the demented poverty porn of the vacation pop hit “Christmas Shoes.”  […]


  • Neocons want us to belly up for one more round of war, by Andrew J. Bacevich. An essential debate awaits the incoming Biden administration, centered on the query of whether or not navy activism knowledgeable by ideological narcissism can type the idea for sound coverage — or whether or not the time has come for a wholesale reorientation of fundamental U.S. coverage, abandoning self-destructive militarism in favor of pragmatism, prudence, and navy restraint, mixed with loads of diplomatic, financial, and cultural engagement.
  • Trump’s last gasp of authoritarianism tries to make US federal buildings classically “beautiful,” by Anne QuitoTrump’s 203rd government order, titled “Promoting Beautiful Federal Civic Architecture,” seeks to determine “conventional structure,” exemplified in Greek and Roman antiquity, as America’s official architectural model. Backed by the Nationwide Civic Arts Society, a Washington-based group that promotes classical arts and structure, government order  is a rebuke of modernism.
  • What the Antebellum Abolitionists Can Teach Us about AOC and Medicare for All, by Corey Brooks. Ought to left-wing Home members attempt to drive motion on Medicare for All by threatening to withhold their votes for Nancy Pelosi as Home speaker? The thought has sparked controversy, however it’s nothing new. Within the many years earlier than the Civil Conflict, it was a key tactic for antislavery radicals as they struggled to maintain the slavery problem on the nationwide agenda.




“Our favourite amusement throughout that winter was tobogganing. In locations the shore of the lake rises abruptly from the water’s edge. Down these steep slopes we used to coast. We’d get on our toboggan, a boy would give us a shove, and off we went! Plunging via drifts, leaping hollows, swooping down upon the lake, we might shoot throughout its gleaming floor to the other financial institution. What pleasure! What exhilarating insanity! For one wild, glad second we snapped the chain that binds us to earth, and becoming a member of palms with the winds we felt ourselves divine!”
            ~~Helen Keller, The Story of My Life, 1903



At Each day Kos on this date in 2008:

The provocative Nobel laureate Harold Pinter died December 24. Though his work within the theater over the course of 32 performs was broadly praised, his political beliefs drew savage assaults, together with one from fellow Brit and neo-conservative Christopher Hitchens, who wrote in 2005 that giving the Swedish award “to somebody who gave up literature for politics many years in the past, and whose politics are primitive and hysterically anti-American and pro-dictatorial, is a part of the virtually full degradation of the Nobel racket.”

Matt Schudel at The Washington Publish writes:

Mr. Pinter’s works, which bore the affect of the existential dramatist Samuel Beckett and the modernist poet T.S. Eliot, explored such themes as sexual frustration, jealousy, loneliness and an overriding if vague sense of worry. The social or psychological stability of his characters — and, by extension, society as a complete — was typically undercut by a biting, sardonic humor.

“Phrases are weapons that the characters use to discomfort or destroy one another,” Peter Corridor, who incessantly directed Mr. Pinter’s performs, as soon as stated. …

… “I’ve by no means been capable of sit down and say, ‘Now I’ll write a play,’ ” he stated in 1976. “I simply haven’t any different however to attend for the factor to be launched inside me.”