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This is an Open Thread / Coffee Hour and all topics of conversation are welcome. Consider these four paintings by Norman Rockwell depicting Franklin D. Roosevelt's Four Freedoms.

This is an Open Thread / Coffee Hour and all topics of conversation are welcome. What is for dinner? How are you doing? What is on your mind. If you are new to Street Prophets please introduce yourself below in a comment. Today's Coffee Hour is brought to you by The Four Freedoms.

The Four Freedoms were goals articulated by US President Franklin D. Roosevelt on January 6, 1941. In an address known as the Four Freedoms speech (technically the 1941 State of the Union address), he proposed four fundamental freedoms that people "everywhere in the world" ought to enjoy:

   1. Freedom of speech
   2. Freedom of worship
   3. Freedom from want
   4. Freedom from fear

His inclusion of the latter two freedoms went beyond the traditional US Constitutional values protected by its First Amendment, and endorsed a right to economic security and an internationalist view of foreign policy that have come to be central tenets of modern American liberalism. They also anticipated what would become known decades later as the "human security" paradigm in social science and economic development.

From Wikipedia: The Four Freedoms.

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  •  Cookie Jar - N/T (12+ / 0-)

    "Upward, not Northward" - Flatland, by EA Abbott

    by linkage on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 11:48:40 AM PST

  •  Old Testament is Dark side of the Moon. (3+ / 0-)
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    krwada, vgranucci, arizonablue

    New Testament is Amused to Death.

    John looks out for me . . .

  •  Wrapped Out (4+ / 0-)
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    Sychotic1, vgranucci, arizonablue, DJ Rix

    I just finished wrapping my niece's gifts for her family. She buys all year long and had at least 100 gifts. She has been sick so I volunteered to wrap them since they are coming over here tomorrow. Right now I am stiff and sore from sitting on the floor since 11 this morning and 4 hours last night. I'm going to take a hot shower, grab some supper, get a glass of wine, and find a movie to watch.

    "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

    by michelewln on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 02:31:23 PM PST

  •  Still at work (3+ / 0-)
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    vgranucci, arizonablue, DJ Rix

    everyone else got let go early, but someone came in late and I can't leave until she puts in as many hours as everyone else.  Fairness is fair to everyone but the boss who has to enforce it.

    Merry X-Mas.

    "I watch Fox News for my comedy, and Comedy Central for my news." - Facebook Group

    by Sychotic1 on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 03:10:11 PM PST

  •  Happy Holidays! (2+ / 0-)
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    slksfca, DJ Rix

    Just pulled the pumpkin custard from the oven and have it cooling on a rack.

    We walked our 2.5 miles this morning wearing our Santa hats, which caused several people to honk horns, smile and some even shouted 'Merry Christmas!'

    Cleaned the house and can now relax.
    Have 6 cinnamon candles ready to light.

    Just finishing up the movie - 'The Family Stone' and am shedding a few tears.
    It's a sentimental and comedic movie, and perfect for tonight.
    Will watch 'Polar Express' after this and that one always makes me cry, too!

    Wishing everyone a joyous holiday and the freedom from fear.

    Blessed be.

  •  Just finished wrestling with my finances. (1+ / 0-)
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    DJ Rix

    I know how to calculate interest, and, having just revamped my arrangements, I wanted to know how long till payoff.

    Three years, max.  Yesterday it was four and a half.

    And this leaves me with all the money I will need for Netroots Nation and the few other things I want to do.

    Now I get to go wrestle with some plastic.  I'm covering my windows for the winter, and I have the four big windows to do still.

    Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

    by loggersbrat on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 04:03:58 PM PST

  •  I never liked the "freedom from" wording. (1+ / 0-)
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    DJ Rix

    "Freedom from fear" is not a function of freedom; it's a function of safety.  Arguably, so is "freedom from want", although that might be better described as security.

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