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Originally published on December 11, 2009 at Yo Mama For Obama

Okay, okay.   Life and politics are not totally negative, bereft of any situations that deserve kudos.  Being a constant Gloomy Gus is just not that attractive.

So I bring you Chanukah cheer tonight with a comical video of a great Jewish wedding:

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Also, I could not help laughing out loud on this play of words meant for Noam Chomsky, the linguist whom I wrote about in my post "Language and Syntax: Loretta and Sarah" on December 3, 2009.  The deep academic respect I have for Chomsky still stands, but I do think even he would get a chuckle from this photo and the linguistic double entendre:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

Finally, I erred in my post yesterday.  I was unable to find any event worthy of kudos.  I take that back.  My friend Chrisetta and her long-standing Honey announced their engagement on Monday and I am thrilled for them.  Even though the world is often too much with us, it is these personal moments of happiness that make the journey so worthwhile.  Much love, happiness and loyalty to the lucky couple.

The first night of Chanukah is tonight.  The lore handed down through the ages celebrates this holiday as a reminder of our freedom.  Just like the metaphor of life in general, Chanukah’s real story has been altered a bit to fit the occasion:

http://www.nytimes.com/...

David Brooks’ last sentence says it all, whether referring to Chanukah, health care reform, capitalism in its corrupt form, political bargain-making and endless wars:

The lesson of Hanukkah is that even the struggles that saved a people are dappled with tragic irony, complexity and unattractive choices.

Andrew Sullivan today, in addressing President Obama's acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize, nailed life's philosophy in a nutshell.  Being wracked with disappointment over man's inhumanity to his fellow man, irritated over the self-interested governments, fed up with the snail's pace of actual change and downright disgusted with the constant criticism of our current President, I am appreciating the state of our world with a much deeper understanding.  I extend kudos to President Obama in celebration of his Peace Prize.  Sure: the rationale for bestowing that prize on President Obama was for his aspirations.  Solidifying actions will occur later in his career.  But who the hell else is even talking about the hope and change we so desperately need?  No one.  Please read Sullivan's article:

http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.co...

And now ..... fry up the latkes, light that first candle and be ever so grateful for our freedom.  Happy Chanukah!

POSTSCRIPT:

Apparently great minds think alike.  Robert Reich had the exact same thought as I did on the death of the public option.  Our lawmakers either have no balls or are opting to continue to line their own golden pockets with $ from the private insurance industry.  Probably both.  And it is the great American temperament to sit by and let this havoc and mayhem continue, all for the false premise that "we passed a health care bill":

http://robertreich.blogspot.com/

Originally posted to yomamaforobama on Fri Dec 11, 2009 at 09:50 AM PST.

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  •  Here's something worthy of kudos (1+ / 0-)
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    slowbutsure

    And simultaneously, deep reflection:

    An article in today's San Jose Mercury News describes the latest effort of the Palestinian Children's Relief Fund, bringing 15-year-old Mariam Al Shafei here to the Bay Area to fit her with an artificial eye. Mariam lost her eye in January, when an Israeli tank that was part of the assault on Gaza fired shells at her neighborhood as she was eating breakfast. Mariam was "lucky"; her 4-year-old neighbor was killed.

    Unsurprisingly, Mariam wasn't the first member of her family to be a victim of Israeli war crimes. "Her father, Hassan, 45, was working in the family's strawberry field four years ago, when he was killed, along with six other civilians, by an Israelis tank shell."

    But of all the atrocities described in the article, this is the one that really struck me:

    She marvels at how few American children are missing arms or legs.

    Just let that sink in.

    Eli Stephens
    Left I on the News
    "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

    by elishastephens on Fri Dec 11, 2009 at 10:29:00 AM PST

  •  That YouTube was hilarious! (0+ / 0-)

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