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Oranges in Somis, Dec 2009

Thought for the Minute

A little inaccuracy can save tons of explanation.

Punishment

After considering the menu at a local breakfast place, a woman tells her server that she’d like the eggs benedict.
A short while later the server returns, bearing her meal on an ornate chrome plate.
“What’s up with this plate?” she asks, “it’s so fancy!”
“Well, you know,” replies the server, “there’s no plate like chrome for the hollandaise.”

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How many folk singers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
Two. One to change the bulb, and one to write a song about how good the old light bulb was.

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Poverty is fueled by policy

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Your net worth has tanked. Thank a Republican

Their "Get Obama at any cost" tactics have made our economic position far worse—AFL-CIO

Americans know squat about military spending

Americans are consistently misinformed about the amount we spend on the military--and many don't like the truth when they hear it.—Alternet

It's the Inequality, Stupid

Eleven charts that explain what's wrong with America.—Mother Jones

Whistling Past the Wreckage of Civil Liberties

Watchdogs slept through a decade of civil rights roll-backs—FAIR

Americans Don't Realize Just How Badly We're Getting Screwed by the Top 0.1 Percent Hoarding the Country's Wealth

With an unprecedented sum of wealth held within the top one-tenth of one percent of the US population, we now have the most severe inequality of wealth in US history.—Amped Status

Low wages and high unemployment are paralyzing the global economy

The race to become "competitive" by lowering wages is killing us—The Real News

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Birdhouse in Your Soul

They Might Be Giants

I'm your only friend
I'm not your only friend
But I'm a little glowing friend
But really I'm not actually your friend
But I am
Blue canary in the outlet by the light switch
Who watches over you
Make a little birdhouse in your soul
Not to put too fine a point on it
Say I'm the only bee in your bonnet
Make a little birdhouse in your soul

I have a secret to tell
From my electrical well
It's a simple message and I'm leaving out the whistles and bells
So the room must listen to me
Filibuster vigilantly
My name is blue canary one word spelled l-i-t-e My story's infinite
Like a Longines Symphonette it doesn't rest

Blue canary in the outlet by the light switch
Who watches over you
Make a little birdhouse in your soul
Not to put too fine a point on it
Say I'm the only bee in your bonnet
Make a little birdhouse in your soul

I'm your only friend
I'm not your only friend
But I'm a little glowing friend
But really I'm not actually your friend
But I am

There's a picture opposite me
Of my primitive ancestry
Which stood on rocky shores and kept the beaches shipwreck free
Though I respect that a lot
I'd be fired if that were my job
After killing Jason off and countless screaming argonauts
Bluebird of friendliness
Like guardian angels its always near

Blue canary in the outlet by the light switch
Who watches over you
Make a little birdhouse in your soul
Not to put too fine a point on it
Say I'm the only bee in your bonnet
Make a little birdhouse in your soul

(and while you're at it
Keep the nightlight on inside the
Birdhouse in your soul)

En Espanol

casa del pájaro en tu alma

Yo soy tu único amigo
Yo no soy tu único amigo
Pero estoy un poco brillante amigo
Pero en realidad yo no soy realmente tu amigo
Pero estoy

Canario azul en la salida por el interruptor de la luz
Quién te cuida
Haga un poco birdhouse en su alma
No poner un punto demasiado fino en él
Diga que soy la única abeja en su capo
Haga un poco birdhouse en su alma

Tengo un secreto que contar
Desde mi bien eléctrico
Es un mensaje sencillo y estoy dejando de lado los silbidos y campanas
Así que la habitación que escucharme
Filibuster vigilantly
Mi nombre es la palabra de un azul canario escribe l-i-t-e Mi historia es infinita
Como un Symphonette Longines no descansa

Canario azul en la salida por el interruptor de la luz
Quién te cuida
Haga un poco birdhouse en su alma
No poner un punto demasiado fino en él
Diga que soy la única abeja en su capo
Haga un poco birdhouse en su alma

Yo soy tu único amigo
Yo no soy tu único amigo
Pero estoy un poco brillante amigo
Pero en realidad yo no soy realmente tu amigo
Pero estoy

Hay una foto frente a mí
De mi ancestro primitivo
Que se situó en las costas rocosas y playas mantuvo el naufragio gratis
Aunque yo lo respeto mucho
Yo sería despedido si fuera mi trabajo
Después de matar a Jason y de los argonautas innumerables gritos
Bluebird de la amistad
Como ángeles de la guarda de su siempre cerca

Canario azul en la salida por el interruptor de la luz
Quién te cuida
Haga un poco birdhouse en su alma
No poner un punto demasiado fino en él
Diga que soy la única abeja en su capo
Haga un poco birdhouse en su alma

(y mientras estás en ello
Mantenga la luz de noche en el interior de la
Birdhouse en su alma)

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