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Breaking: Burger King is no longer "the home of the Whopper".

It's now 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

tRump* tweets how great he is. Obama tweets how great others are.

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As we count down to the new year, we get to reflect and prepare for what’s ahead. For all the bad news that seemed to dominate our collective consciousness, there are countless stories from this year that remind us what's best about America.
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Kat Creech, a wedding planner in Houston, turned a postponed wedding into a volunteer opportunity for Hurricane Harvey victims. Thirty wedding guests became an organization of hundreds of volunteers. That’s a story from 2017.
Couple postpones wedding, inspires help for Harvey victims
It's been a little more than a month since one of the most devastating hurricanes in…
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Chris Long gave his paychecks from the first six games of the NFL season to fund scholarships in Charlottesville, VA. He wanted to do more, so he decided to give away an entire season’s salary. That’s a story from 2017.
Chris Long is playing for free, and has never been happier
Chris Long pledged all of his 2017 salary to promote educational equity in Philadelphi…
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Ten-year-old Jahkil Jackson is on a mission to help homeless people in Chicago. He created kits full of socks, toiletries, and food for those in need. Just this week, Jahkil reached his goal to give away 5,000 “blessing bags.” That’s a story from 2017.
10-year-old's 'blessing bags' mission earns him national acclaim
5th grader Jahkil Jackson receives national award for distributing thousands of blessin…
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Trump blames Sessions for Moore.

Donnie Two-Scoops is more insane than I thought.

"To Donald Trump’s numerous gripes with his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions, add this new one: The president apparently now partly blames him for Roy Moore’s electoral loss—because his departure from the U.S. Senate necessitated the Alabama election in the first place, the Associated Press reports."

So...if I'm getting this right...Donnie Two-Scoops is pissed because HE appointed Sessions as HIS AG, thus creating a vacant senatorial seat which was filled by a Democrat (Doug Jones), whose opponent was an accused pedophile (Roy Moore).

It's pretty evident that DTS is totally unhappy with his AG selection and wants a do-over.
Or maybe a mulligan?

Geezer joke:

Charlie and Ralph were watching the Patriot's game while their wives were out in the kitchen preparing some snacks.

Charlie said "We went to a fantastic new restaurant last night."
"What's the name of it?"
"Aw jeez...damn...I can't think of it. Wait a minute. No. OK, what's the name of that flower? It's red. It has thorns."
"THAT'S IT! ROSE! What's the name of that restaurant we went to last night?"

A Christmas Story. Today.

Miz t. and I went grocery shopping this morning and made a stop at the liquor store down the street.

On the way out of the grocery parking lot we encountered a grizzled old guy at the stop sign. He had a bicycle with a few possessions strapped to it. He held a hand lettered sign on a scrap of cardboard "HOMELESS. PLEASE GIVE ANYTHING. FOOD, JOB, MONEY. ANYTHING YOU CAN SPARE. THANK YOU."

Miz t. said "My purse is in the trunk with the groceries."
I only had a twenty in my wallet.
There were cars behind us, waiting to get on the street, so we pressed on.

And cynical old me said "Ah, I think he's a regular. I think I've seen him there before. He's probably found a sweet spot."
And my dear, sweet Miz t. said "I don't care. It's Christmas. After the liquor store I'm going back and give him three bucks. He can at least get a burger or something."
I think I rolled my eyes.

And then she told me about a program she'd heard on NPR about the desperation of our (rich) nation's homeless and how hard it is to climb out of that hole once you're there and I began to feel like the world's worst Scrooge and so I said "Pull into that Arby's. You give him the money, I'll buy him a meal."
And so we did.
Roast beef sandwich, fries, drink.

But that's not all.
Here's the rest of the story.

After we gave our order there were two cars in line ahead of us.
The first car was taking FOREVER.
I began to complain.
"Jeez, if I'd known a small act of kindness would take the rest of my life I wouldn't have bothered."
(I tend to exagerate.)
MIz t. counseled 'patience'.

Eventually we got to the window and the young woman said "The car in front of you paid your tab. The car in front of them paid their tab (the slowpoke) and they paid yours. Merry Christmas."
Well blow me down.
We told her that the meal 'paid forward' was going to a homeless guy.

And I swear I did not make this up.

Roy Moore Theme Song: "She was sixteen, going on seventeen"

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An Alabama rabbi's response to Roy Moore.

Religious lessons from the week's election
By Jonathan Miller, Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Emanu-El, Birmingham, Alabama

Years ago, I heard then Chief Justice Moore give his standard stump speech. Before he was removed from office (the first time), his personal Ten Commandment monument sat in the vestibule of the Alabama Supreme Court building in Montgomery. True to form, Roy Moore was the center of attention. In his speech, Moore quoted amply from our nation's foundational texts to show that American was conceived as a Christian nation. The quotes came, one after another, staccato style, lifted without context or the well-reasoned discussion that accompanied America's founding generation.

I listened carefully, but something didn't sit quite right. Moore's description of America's ideal was in sharp contrast to what I learned in school and experienced in my spiritual life.

When the Q and A came, I stood up and asked Justice Moore, "I appreciate your commitment to faith. I am a pulpit rabbi. In this community, I work with people of faith, Jews and Christians, all my waking hours. Justice Moore, what makes you think that the state of faith and the religious institutions in Alabama are so weak and pitiful that we need the assistance of the Alabama Supreme Court to encourage religious living? Don't you think the synagogues and churches are doing a good enough job that we do not need the Supreme Court to teach us how to live faithfully?"

Moore stopped in his tracks. Not answering my question, he said, "I believe the churches in the state are doing a fine job."

It got me to thinking. True people of faith are safe and secure. Nothing can shake them. To know and experience God is unforgettable and transformational. People of faith do not need a two-and-a-half-ton monument to proclaim what God has planted in their hearts. And people of faith do not need a politician or a judge to impose morality and dogma in the public square. We religious leaders in Alabama are quite able to teach and guide our adherents in the ways of faith.

I am not a deist, but I agree with the rabbi 100%.

Roy Moore: On a mission from God.

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The president has the best aim! Nobody has better aim than he has, and he totally meant to do that!

Purloined from reddit

Re Jones - Moore: A little reality. Sorry.

I'm an Alabamian. Born and raised here. Since 1941, except for about 35 years away in my career.

I worked for the Jones campaign.
Doug is really a terrific guy.
I am delighted that he won.
But please don't get your hopes up that this is a harbinger of some kind of sea change in this state.
And, dammit I hate to rain on your parade.

Doug won because he was running against Roy Moore.
If the repugs had chosen just about any other candidate, he/she would be celebrating today.

Moore has a hardcore, kamikaze, Moore-uber-alles group of way right wing evangelicals that will never desert him.

Those are the ones who turned out in the primary that got him into a runoff with our former state attorney general (Big Luther Strange) who was appointed to fill Sessions' seat in a very corrupt (and obvious) move by a governor who was shortly thereafter forced to resign just ahead of an impeachment posse (for sexual this-and-that) and pretty much hated (Strange) for that, statewide.

Faulkner would have a field day with this one.

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