Posts Tagged ‘kids’

CDC: Halloween Has Been Canceled.

September 29, 2020

CDC: Halloween Has Been Canceled.

Kids, candy manufacturers, and sugar addicts across the country are feeling cursed. First, due to COVID-19, we had an Easter without jellybeans, Peeps, or chocolate bunnies. Now, thanks to the pandemic, the CDC has canceled Halloween parties, indoor haunted houses, and trick-or-treating. Scary. Las fiestas del Día de los Muertos también. ¡Ay, caramba!

Another frightening thought: Halloween is a big, boozy, binge-drinking holiday, and alcohol sales are up already due to the pandemic. That’s not conducive to responsible social distancing.

More:

“CDC’s Halloween Guidelines Warn Against Typical Trick-Or-Treating,” Laurel Wamsley, NPR

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Mr. Tambourine Man

April 25, 2020

“Mr. Tambourine Man,” written by Bob Dylan, recorded by The Starbugs, 2011. Jessie Hillel, Rebecca Jenkins, Sarah Whitaker, Ben Anderson, and Roisin Anderson, aged seven to 15.

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From the North Pole Fulfillment Office

December 25, 2016

From the North Pole Fulfillment Office

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We have reviewed your Naughty/Nice Statement for calendar 2016. A coal-filled stocking will serve as your Notice of Naughtiness. If you are not in receipt of same, enjoy your gifts and have a happy holiday.

Sincerely,

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I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

December 7, 2016

10-year-old Gayla Peevey of Ponca City, Oklahoma sings her big hit “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas,” written by John J. Rox (John Herring). Ms. Peevey’s 1953 recording of the song reached number 24 on Billboard. The clip above is from “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

Gayla Peevey official website.

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El Descendiente

August 20, 2016

Sister and brother Yaxeni and Ricardo Rivera, the Houston-based Los Luzeros de Rioverde, denounce deportation and call for immigration reform in the song “El Descendiente.” Ricardo (6 years old in the video) sings and plays the bajo sexto, and his 9-year-old sister Yaxeni harmonizes and plays button accordion.

The band is named after Rioverde in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, where the kids’ father Ricardo was born (the kids were born Texans).

“Sometimes I feel sad because children are separated from their parents and I do not want that to happen,” Yaxeni told Efe, “it’s something we want to change and with the song we mean we are proud that our parents were undocumented and we are their descendants.” The song, based on their Dad’s idea, was written by Leo Olmos.

There’s a nice video of the tune by Miguel Godinez:

 

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From the North Pole Fulfillment Office

December 24, 2015

From the North Pole Fulfillment Office

From the North Pole Fulfillment Office

Greetings Occupant:

We have reviewed your Naughty/Nice Statement for calendar 2014. A coal-filled stocking will serve as your Notice of Naughtiness. If you are not in receipt of same, enjoy your gifts and have a happy holiday.

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Capitol Hill: Small Victory for the People

March 5, 2015

Capitol Hill: Small Victory for the People
Kids have a snow day and want to sled on their neighborhood’s only hill. That’s winter in America, right? Wrong, if you’re one of the 600,000 American citizens who lives in the District of Columbia, and the the hill in question is Capitol Hill.

One Capitol Hill neighbor, Eleanor Holmes Norton, asked the Capitol Hill Police to let the kids go sledding on The Hill. You’d think that would count for something, since Ms. Norton is a duly-elected member of the U.S. House of Representatives, elected to 13 terms by DC voters whose federal income taxes help pay the Capitol Police. Nope. But then again the U.S. House of Representatives doesn’t let Ms. Norton vote on behalf of those taxpayers, either.

So sledding on Capitol Hill remains officially forbidden. But do you want to tell that to the neighborhood kids? Neither did the Capitol Hill Police. Kids: “Wheee!

More:

“Children bravely defy sledding ban on Capitol Hill, because freedom,” German Lopez, Vox

“Heroes Defy Cops, Sled on Capitol Hill,” Daily Beast

“Children Defy Police, Sled On Capitol Hill Grounds,” Matt Cohen, DCist

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From the North Pole Fulfillment Office

December 25, 2014

From the North Pole Fulfillment Office
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We have reviewed your Naughty/Nice Statement for calendar 2014. A coal-filled stocking will serve as your Notice of Naughtiness. If you are not in receipt of same, enjoy your gifts and have a happy holiday.

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Security Firm Lobbyist Runs NRA School Gun Program

January 10, 2013

Security Firm Lobbyist Runs NRA School Gun Program

When 26 school children and educators were murdered in Connecticut last month, the National Rifle Association’s response called for government to spend billions putting armed guards in every American school, putting kids in the crossfire. Heading the NRA’s “National School Shield Program“: Asa Hutchinson, who sits on the board of Pinkerton Government Services, which stands to reap huge profits from such a program. Mr. Hutchinson’s law firm has also represented the trigger-happy Blackwater mercenary army, shadowy Iraq war engineers SAIC, and Point Blank Body Armor.

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From the North Pole Fulfillment Office

December 25, 2012

From the North Pole Fulfillment Office

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We have reviewed your Naughty/Nice Statement for calendar year 2012. A coal-filled stocking will serve as your Notice of Naughtiness. If you are not in receipt of same, enjoy your gifts and have a happy holiday.

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