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Sunday, December 31, 2017

I don't know if Donald Trump is going to be making any New Year's resolutions for 2018, but here's a thought: How about not threatening to start a nuclear war with North Korea? It seems likely that Trump officials are, in fact, talking about a military strike in which the United States would target a symbolic location in North Korea to retaliate for a missile test, much as the administration targeted an airfield in Syria following a chemical weapons use. Still, I think the Trumpkins are bluffing. They are, to borrow a Soviet phrase, just trying to "rattle the pots and pans," hoping to frighten North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and China's Xi Jinping. Of course, they may still get us all killed. read more


Friday, December 29, 2017

But that still might get us all killed. I don't know if Donald Trump is going to be making any New Year's resolutions for 2018, but here's a thought: How about not threatening to start a nuclear war with North Korea? read more


Thursday, December 28, 2017

Vietnam veteran Merrill McPeak: We dropped two million tons of bombs on Laos -- something like our total tonnage during all of World War II in both the European and Pacific theaters. We seeded clouds to induce flooding, sprayed Agent Orange, mined the road, installed sensors along the electronic-monitoring McNamara Line. No doubt about it, we extracted a heavy price. In time, the North filled 72 military cemeteries with the remains of those who built, manned and moved over the trail. read more


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

When the Republican Party's current coalition falls apart, those who stood up to bigotry will be the only ones with the credibility to rebuild. read more


Monday, December 25, 2017

A Pennsylvania utility customer got the shock of her life after checking on her monthly electric bill and seeing that she owed $284 billion. "My eyes just about popped out of my head," Erie homeowner Mary Horomanski, 58, told the Erie Times-News. "We had put up Christmas lights and I wondered if we had put them up wrong." read more


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The reply:

Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! How dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias.

There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal life with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there iwww.drudge.com no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You may tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world, which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernatural beauty and glory beyond.

Is it all real?

Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! He lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

Theresa May Calls Trump's Anti-Muslim Retweets ‘Wrong'
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British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday condemned President Donald Trump as "wrong" for retweeting of anti-Muslim videos, reviving tensions between the two governments.

"It is wrong for the President to have done this," May's office said in response to the retweeted videos, initially posted by British far-right leader Jayda Fransen of Britain First.

"Britain First seeks to divide communities through their use of hateful narratives which peddle lies and stoke tensions," May said in a statement obtained by the Independent. "They cause anxiety to law-abiding people."

She continues: "British people overwhelmingly reject the prejudiced rhetoric of the far right which is the antithesis of the values that this country represents ― decency, tolerance and respect."

May's rebuke adds strain to what had been one of the world's strongest modern alliances and reignited calls from British politicians to cancel Trump's planned visit to the U.K. Several members of the British Parliament spoke out against Trump for spreading the videos, with several calling his actions "disgraceful."

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