It’s holiday season, and I’ve been feeling too grumpy to take the news “straight.” So I came up for a ditty for today. You’re welcome to send me yours ( Here’s mine:

The President asked the banks to meet, and the bankers said they might, but the weather was just too awful and the timing was too tight.

The banks are still too big, it seems, and we’ve only watched them grow. Poverty’s up, but what to do? Hell if Geithner knows.

On the healthcare front, there’s Lieberman, whose voter calls him Joe. Every health reform he once approved, well, now the answer’s no.

Fifty votes was once a lot, now Harry says that’s few. So hey ho Joe. Way to go. Here’s to health care just for you!

In Cokenhagen, the climate’s hot. Island nations are on the brink. If we don’t act, and make a pact, that’s it. Millions will sink.

Obama knows, so, back from Oslo, climate’s on his mind. There’s just one hitch. Those corporate folks. They don’t like pacts that bind.

So happy holidays all. Obama’s peace laureate for war.

That’s no mean feat. Some have hit the street. In ’10 will we see more?

The F Word is a regular commentary by Laura Flanders, the host of GRITtv which broadcasts weekdays on satellite TV (Dish Network Ch. 9415 Free Speech TV) on cable, and online at and Follow GRITtv or GRITlaura on

Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders, author, and host of RadioNation on Air America Radio, has built a reputation for courageous investigative journalism coupled with compassion and a sense of humor. In writing her last book, Blue Grit, she traveled the country reporting on grassroots success stories and broadcast live to over 150 radio stations from community centers in places including Helena, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, Miami, Las Vegas, and Milwaukee. In her television appearances (Lou Dobbs, Larry King Live,) on radio and in her many books (including Bushwomen: Tales of a Cynical Species) and articles (The Nation and others,) Flanders calls for a new politics of fairness, equality and citizen action. Articulating the human dimension of American communities in trouble, her programs have become destinations for those seeking the skills and the will to make a difference. Flanders is a regular contributor to the Nation Magazine and CNN. Before joining Air America, where she was part of the original lineup, and hosted “The Laura Flanders Show” for three years, Flanders was the founding host of the award-winning “Your Call” weekday mornings on public radio, KALW in the Bay Area and CounterSpin, the radio show of the mediawatch group, FAIR.

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