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Great gifts for the holidays...

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Here's a list of books and movies I thought you guys would like that would make good holiday presents for progressive-minded people. Feel free to add anything else...


1. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction by the writers of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart

^ Highly Recommended. Let me put it this way: the book is so good, Wal-Mart BANNED it:

NEW YORK- Jon Stewart's "America (The Book)," the television commentator's million-selling riff on politics and other matters of satire, has been named Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly, the industry trade magazine.

In announcing the award Monday, Publishers Weekly called the book "a serious critique of the two-party system, the corporations that finance it and the 'spineless cowards in the press' who 'aggressively print allegation and rumor independent of accuracy and fairness.'"

Stewart's book was released in September and immediately topped best-seller lists even as Wal-Mart declined to stock the book, citing a page featuring the faces of the nine Supreme Court justices superimposed over naked bodies. The page facing the nude photos has cutouts of the justices' robes, complete with a caption asking readers to "restore their dignity by matching each justice with his or her respective robe."

2. The Regional City: Planning for the End of Sprawl by Peter Calthorpe, William Fulton, Robert Fishman (Foreword)

3. Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream by Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Jeff Speck

4. Twentieth Century Sprawl: Highways and the Reshaping of the American Landscape by Owen D. Gutfreund

5. What's the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America by Thomas Frank

6. Don't Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate--The Essential Guide for Progressives by George Lakoff

7. Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror by Richard A. Clarke


1. Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore - DVD

2. The "Un" Trilogy Series by Robert Greenwald

3. Outfoxed - Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism by Robert Greenwald

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I got my Mom a new "designer" trash can for her kitchen and I got my Dad some steaks from Steaks are wonderful gifts IMO. It's something people can actually USE and benefit from. ;-) Unlike that ugly sweater Aunt Gilda sends you.

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My other half and I are springing for this:


Wow cool. I've always wanted a rope to tow people behind a boat. ;)

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