Thursday Evening Owls: ’twas the evening earlier than


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Scott Simon at NPR writes—‘Twas The Night Before Christmas in 2020:

‘Twas the evening earlier than Christmas, and all o’er the home
Stirred the click — most frantic — of each mouse
All of the stockings had been hung by the TV with aptitude
However youngsters performed on apps of their rooms with out care
Sneaking smart-phones and laptops proper into their beds
Whereas visions of going viral danced of their heads
When out on the road there arose such a clatter
I sprang from my mattress to see what was the matter
When what to my wandering eyes did seem
An electrical sleigh, with none reindeer

“Self-driving” mentioned the motive force, so full of life and fast
I knew from his TikToks it should be St. Nick
“I do not strew CO2,” he mentioned, “on glaciers and meadows
So my polar bear associates can dangle onto their ice floes.”
He had a snow-white goatee, and six-pack of a stomach
“I simply could not go on like a bowl filled with jelly.
Now I eat fruits and veggies, meditate, and do yoga
And do not simply watch e-sports — Elf Sports activities — on the couch.” […]

When you’re up for one more, right here’s the primary stanza of Niall O’Dowd’s parody published at Irish Central:

‘Twas the week earlier than Christmas and all by way of the Home,

The Republican Congressmen had been performing like louts.

Stand apart soiled Biden, they shouted, fists pumped,

The winner is Donald, and Biden, he’s trumped!

From right here on, they mentioned, he’s Quantity One,

The person within the White Home, he’s definitely not completed.

We gained Wisconsin, Pennsylvania too,

However Biden, he tried to show one plus one is 2.

However after we add the votes it’s plain to see,

When Republicans depend one plus one is three.

So we’re the outright winners (let the Dems take their lumps),

It’s victory for us and for the nice Donald Trump! […]




“I’ll honor Christmas in my coronary heart, and attempt to preserve it all of the yr. I’ll stay within the Previous, the Current, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall try inside me. I cannot shut out the teachings that they train!” ~~Ebenezer Scrooge, “A Christmas Carol,” 1843.



At Every day Kos on this date in 2018—Small companies more likely to undergo throughout Trump’s shutdown:

Republicans speak a superb sport about loving small companies, however Donald Trump’s authorities shutdown is as soon as once more exhibiting how true that isn’t. Many small businesses stand to suffer from the shutdown. That features these with authorities contracts that may face interruptions, but it surely’s a lot greater than that.

“Retail retailer site visitors fell a mean 7.3 p.c every week of the 2013 shutdown in contrast with the identical interval a yr earlier, in line with ShopperTrak data obtained by CNBC,” an impact that’s a lot bigger in areas like Washington, D.C., and its suburbs, the place many federal staff stay, and close to nationwide parks, the place decreased numbers of tourists meant tourist-oriented companies took a success.

Small companies in search of authorities loans will even face issues, for the reason that Small Enterprise Administration is closed aside from catastrophe companies.

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