This is the Insurgent Radio Kiosk for Wednesday, December 25th
Ho-Ho-Ho, wait till you hear about the gifts I gave to some of America’s power elites for Christmas.
To each of our Congress critters, I sent my fondest wish that from now on they receive the exact same income, health care, and pensions that we average citizens get. If they receive only the American average, it might make them a bit more humble – and less cavalier about ignoring the needs of regular folks.
To the stockings of GOP leaders who’ve so eagerly debased themselves to serve the madness of Donald Trump, I added individual spritzer bottles of fragrances like “Essence of Integrity” and “Eau de Self-respect” to help cover up their stench. And in the stockings of Democratic congressional leaders, I put “Spice of Viagra” and “Bouquet du Grassroots” to stiffen their spines and remind them of who they represent.
For America’s CEO’s, my gift is a beautifully boxed, brand new set of corporate ethics. It’s called the golden rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Going to pollute someone’s neighborhood? Then you have to live there, too. Going to slash wages and benefits? Then slash yours as well. Going to move your manufacturing to sweatshops in China? Then put your office right inside the worst sweatshop. Executive life won’t be as luxurious, but CEO’s would glow with a new purity of spirit.
To the Wall Street hedge-fund hucksters who’ve conglomerated, plundered, and degraded hundreds of America’s newspapers, I’ve sent copies of “Journalism for Dummies” and offered jobs for each of them in their stripped-down, Dickensian newsrooms. Good luck.
And what better gift to the Trump family – Donald, Ivanka and Jared, Eric, Donnie Jr., and the whole nest of them – than to wish that they live with each other constantly and permanently. No, really, each of you deserve it.
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It’s today’s Action Calendar!
Wisconsin Books to Prisoners is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that fosters a love of reading for those behind bars and encourages the pursuit of knowledge. Volunteers meet weekly on Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Social Justice Center, 1202 Williamson Street. If you’d like to get involved, email email@example.com.
The West Madison Senior Coalition will offer meals to those 60 and older on Thursday, December 26th from noon to 1 p.m. at the Meadowridge Library, 5740 Raymond Road. There is a suggested minimum donation of $4.00, but participants can contribute what’s affordable. Transportation is available. Meal and bus reservations should be made today by calling 238-7368.
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Dane County offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for those 55 and older. Volunteers can make a difference at the Henry Vilas Zoo, The River Food Pantry, Prospect Gardens, the Community Action Coalition, the Wisconsin Historical Museum and elsewhere. Phone 441-7891 for information.
Evening Meals on Wheels needs volunteers to deliver hot, nutritious low-cost meals to older and differently-abled people. Locations are flexible and the time commitment is about one hour per shift. For details call 276-7598.
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This has been the Insurgent Radio Kiosk heard weekdays at 5:00, 6:30 and 9:00 AM and at 2:00 PM. With Engineer Greg, I’m Chali Pittman. Submit announcements at least ten days in advance of the event at wortfm.org/kiosk/announcements.