A Christmas tale I have never forgotten

By: Pamela (Hat Tip: Robert Middleton)
Escape from Cubicle Nation

It was Christmas Eve, 1956.

My Dad was leaving the office of his first job as reporter/photographer/sports editor/weatherman at the Roseville Press-Tribune, driving his 1954 Mercury Sedan to his parent’s farm house for dinner.

It was bitter cold outside.

He had a freshly-cut $25 bonus check in his pocket, a fortune for his $57.50 weekly salary.

He was going 40 or 50 miles an hour down the road just outside of Roseville when he saw a couple huddled by the side of the road, hitchhiking. The woman was clutching a small bundle that he realized when he sped past was a baby.

About a thousand yards after passing them, he pulled off the side of the road, hung a u-turn, and went back to get them.

They climbed in his warm car gratefully, and snuggled against the back seat.

“Where are you going?” my Dad asked.

“To Oregon,” the father said. “They are still picking fruit up there, so we are going to get some work.”

My Dad looked out the windshield at the frigid night, and started the car back down the road.

He pulled in the parking lot of a bowling alley where he knew the owner.

“Stay here for a second, I will be right back,” he said.

He went inside and cashed his bonus check at the bar.

He got back in the car, and drove to the Greyhound station, where he purchased two one-way bus tickets to Portland. The tickets came to just about $25.

With some spare bills in his pocket, he got some food at the snack bar and brought it to the couple.

The mother was overwhelmed with emotion.

He waved goodbye, and drove to his parent’s house with a good feeling in his heart.

“Although that $25 was a lot of money at the time, I didn’t really need it,” he told me years later. “I was on my way home to a warm house and big Christmas Eve dinner.”

Merry Christmas from my family to yours! May you receive the help you need just when you need it the most, and may you give help at the moment in which it is most needed.



And check out this heartwarming story: A simple act elevates all


Financial News Update – 12/24/10


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EPA takes over Texas pollution permits (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

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Is FCC Commissioner Michael Copps Trying to Reinstate the Fairness Doctrine? (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

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EPA Moving to Limit Greenhouse Gases

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NHS at the limit: Intensive care units almost full as swine flu takes its toll (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

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UAW Will Cash In on GM Stock Dilution (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Republicans Plot Death Of EPA Climate Rules (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

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Municipal Bond Market Crash 2011: Will Dozens Of State And Local Governments Default On Their Debts? (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Bank of America Loses Key Battle In Mortgage Fraud Fight (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Murkowski Votes For All Obama Lame Duck Items (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Senate Democrats Poised for Power Grab (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Is Germany Preparing To Back A Huge Eurozone Bailout Fund?

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Bill of Federalism (Hat Tip: Nancy Jacques)

State Pension Problems Are Billions Worse Than Advertised

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Christmas Stories

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Oil Tops $90 as Government Says Crude Supplies Shrank

Citigroup Fears Fresh Wave of Sovereign Defaults and Bank Failures in Eurozone

More People Fell Out of Obama Mortgage-Aid Program

The future of America, as seen in California’s Central Valley. Here is a quote: “Many of the rural trailer-house compounds I saw appear to the naked eye no different from what I have seen in the Third World… …The public hears about all sorts of tough California regulations that stymie business — rigid zoning laws, strict building codes, constant inspections — but apparently none of that applies out here. It is almost as if the more California regulates, the more it does not regulate.”

The great bank heist of 2010.

Jobless Americans Wary of Losing Skills

High Unemployment Numbers Fueled New Heinous Job Scams

Moody’s Says 2011 Double Dip Damages US Banks

Holiday Shoppers Sprint to the End; Retail Revenue Up

Investor Bond Retreat the Fastest Pace in Two Years

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Suddenly, barter is hip.


Obama Disappointment Syndrome holiday shopping: Propaganda and apparel for the post-Obama era

By: Zombie
Pajamas Media

Long ago, in an earlier epoch of human existence (Fall 2008), I created some anti-Obama slogans with a mind to manufacturing political ephemera for the purpose of influencing the presidential campaign, however slightly. Alas, in the frenzy of the election season, I never got around to actually making any use of these slogans. Then, shortly after the election, I came up with additional designs, this time catering to the new market of Obama voters with “buyers’ remorse.” But those too fell by the wayside, unused. More recently, in the aftermath of the 2010 midterms, I created yet more anti-Obama slogans, reflecting current attitudes, and was on the verge of once more allowing them to rot on the vine — until now. Rather than let them all go to waste, I have gathered up a selection of my more memorable propaganda slogans from the last 2+ years and finally made them available for purchase by the public, just in time for Christmas Kwanzaa Boxing Day the late-December gift-buying season.

And so I hereby present the Obama Disappointment Syndrome gift shop at CafePress where you can buy bumper stickers, shirts, hats, mugs and more emblazoned with your favorite anti-Obama mantras.

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