After 1940, this system allowed charitable organizations, personal corporations, and laypeople to “undertake” the letters of youngsters residing in poverty and fulfill their Christmas needs. The movie Miracle on thirty fourth Avenue references the endeavor, and Johnny Carson made a behavior of studying among the letters on The Tonight Present. This system has grown to the purpose the place it linked 13,000 kids to donors, a complete that could be doubled in 2020. This yr, the letters have been digitized, and should you’re taken with adopting a letter, you may go to the Operation Santa website and flick through the hopes and wishes of hundreds of kids throughout the nation.

However what these letters exhibit, 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 widespread media, the place poor youngsters usually function a manner for a protagonist to exhibit 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 necessary debate awaits the incoming Biden administration, centered on the query of whether or not navy activism knowledgeable by ideological narcissism can type the premise for sound coverage — or whether or not the time has come for a wholesale reorientation of primary 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, nevertheless it’s nothing new. Within the many years earlier than the Civil Warfare, it was a key tactic for antislavery radicals as they struggled to maintain the slavery situation 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 by means of 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 fingers with the winds we felt ourselves divine!”
            ~~Helen Keller, The Story of My Life, 1903



At Every 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 Submit 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 steadiness of his characters — and, by extension, society as an entire — was usually undercut by a biting, sardonic humor.

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

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