Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Eve Odds and Ends

This guy is the epitome of the high school football coach that all of us hated. Umm, relax, dude.

In an effort to confirm hasty generalizations I'll link to this story that says Kentucky has the highest proportion of those under 65 missing teeth. But, it actually is a serious problem that contributes to the cycle of poverty. Dental pain is the leading cause of children missing school and it can be difficult to get a decent job if you're missing teeth and can't afford dentures. This has led to "denture bootleggers" who practice without a license and sell them at a fraction of the cost. Another shining example of the American health care system. But, hey, why would we want to do anything to fix a system that is this broken? We don't want your European socialized medicine. I mean, you might have to wait a little longer! It's their fault for not getting insurance, right?

Well, except when the insurance company refuses to pay for a liver transplant for a 17 year old until public pressure shames them into agreeing only when it was too late to save her. Murder by spreadsheet. I really wonder how these people can live with themselves sometimes.

OK, I didn't really mean to go off on that rant just then.

If you're outside tonight you should check out the full moon with Mars just off to the side. Maybe you can trick some kid into thinking it's Santa or something. (Update: It looks like you missed it.)

Commercialism of Christmas got you down? Shopdroppers are making a statement.
This week an arts group in Oakland, the Center for Tactical Magic, began shopdropping neatly folded stacks of homemade T-shirts into Wal-Mart and Target stores in the San Francisco Bay Area. The shirts feature radical images and slogans like one with the faces of Karl Marx, Che Guevara and Mikhail Bakunin, a Russian anarchist. It says, “Peace on Earth. After we overthrow capitalism.”

Anyway, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Chanukah, Happy Festivus, Have a nice Tuesday!

FRANK: Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son. I reach for the last one they had - but so did another man. As I rained blows opon him, I realized there had to be another way!

KRAMER: What happened to the doll?

FRANK: It was destroyed. But out of that, a new holiday was born. "A Festivus for the rest of us!"

KRAMER: That musta been some kind of doll.

FRANK: She was.

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