Delayed Deliveries Are Not a Crisis

By: Sunday January 5, 2014 6:40 pm

A short shopping season of less than 30 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, combined with extraordinary numbers of deliveries and extreme weather problems caused thousands of packages not to be delivered by Christmas. For some media, this was the top story.

But that’s not a crisis.

 

Wishing You a Very Merry Christmas—And Here’s Some Music for the Holiday

By: Thursday December 26, 2013 2:03 pm

Think of all the people in the world today. What values do we live by and how do we fail to create a world where love can win out. On this one day when many of us can abandon fear, why is it that we cannot do this throughout the whole year?

While Americans Were Celebrating Christmas, Obama Administration Launched Drone Strike in Pakistan

By: Thursday December 26, 2013 8:12 am

For the first time since the United States began to launch drone attacks, a strike was launched late on Christmas Day in Pakistan. Four people who could not be identified but who were allegedly from Afghanistan were killed.

VIDEO: Santa Shot With Pellet Gun At Toy Giveaway

By: Wednesday December 25, 2013 12:34 pm

Xavier Hawkins dressed up as Santa Claus to give toys away in Southeast Washington, instead he was shot in the back with a pellet gun. The incident was caught on camera by the local ABC News affiliate.

Edward Snowden’s Christmas Message

By: Wednesday December 25, 2013 8:32 am

British Channel 4 in the UK gave NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden the opportunity to deliver a Christmas Message. In the message Snowden compared the surveillance state to British novelist George Orwell’s 1984 saying a child born today will “never know what it means to have a private moment to themselves, an unrecorded, unanalyzed thought.”

FDL Movie Night: Discussing the Reason for the Season

By: Monday December 23, 2013 4:59 pm

Tonight we’re discussing what’s known as the reason for the season: The virgin birth of Jesus in the manger at Bethlehem, the star in the east, the three wise men, the flight into Egypt…and hopefully we can get all the way through how Jesus got to be so darn popular.

The War on Marriage on Christmas

By: Saturday December 21, 2013 7:52 am

Very rarely does our government ask us what to have a war on. The proposal for missile strikes into Syria was a rare occasion when public pressure and other factors compelled Congress to demand a say. Public pressure then compelled Congress to say No.

But daily drone buzzings over various nations aren’t occasions for public debate. We aren’t being asked about another decade in Afghanistan or cooking up a future war on Iran. And our current president and his predecessor combined have wiped out eight wedding parties.

Pull Up a Chair: Holiday Movies

By: Saturday December 7, 2013 4:00 am

Of course not everyone celebrates Christmas, but year-end is always a good time for reflection nonetheless, I think that’s universal. What movies do you watch at the end of the year for fun or inspiration, or memories? Obscure is good, too. Any promising new ones? And please include Hanukkah-themed ones as well, even though this year it has already been and gone.

Thanksgiving Should Be Earlier

By: Saturday November 30, 2013 1:00 pm

Spending this weekend with my family I’ve realized the timing of Thanksgiving is very awkward. As a country we have basically two big family holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas, and they are only a month apart.

An MBA In The House Of Love

By: Thursday December 27, 2012 3:21 pm

So how was your Christmas?

Really?

Are you sure?

Because our girl McMegan is here to tell you that your Christmas actually sucked harder than a Hard Sucking Machine (Hammacher Schlemmer, Christmas 2012 catalog – page 37 – bottom right corner) and wasn’t near as winter wonderland wonderful as hers was. Ready to be diminished by being told that your family and friends are a bunch of hapless but well-meaning doofuses who wouldn’t know a béchamel from a sauce foyot?

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