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Thursday night, Nelson 'Madiba' Mandela—South Africa's first black presidentdied at the age of 95, prompting an outpouring of grief and tributes from around the world.

Prior to his election in 1994, Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years as a result of his anti-Apartheid activism (or, as some would say, terrorism).

Apparently, neither he nor his jailer were aware that Rosa Parks had ended racism back in 1955.

When that news finally reached them in 1990, Mandela was promptly released from prison and awarded the Nobel Peace Prize; and all was forgiven.

Bottom line: You people (you know who you are) need to get over it already—whatever it may be.

Morning lineup:

Meet the Press: Tribute to Nelson Mandela.

Face the Nation: Author/Poet Dr. Maya Angelou; Former Secretary of State James Baker; Randall Robinson (TransAfrica); Roundtable: Gwen Ifill (PBS), Lorraine Miller (NAACP), Michelle Norris (NPR), Author Richard Stengel and Gayle King (CBS News).

This Week: Former US Ambassador to South Africa Jendayi Frazer; Former Pollster for Nelson Mandela Stan Greenberg; Mandela Biographer/Former New York Times Johannesburg Bureau Chief Bill Keller; Former Member of the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa Dr. Gay McDougall; Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL); Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH); Roundtable: Republican Strategist Matthew Dowd, Georgetown University Prof. Michael Eric Dyson, Democratic Strategist James Carville and Republican Strategist Mary Matalin.

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY); Former Health Care Adviser to President Obama Dr. Ezekial Emanuel; Roundtable: Brit Hume (Fox News), Julie Pace (Associated Press), George Will (Washington Post) and Juan Williams (Fox News).

State of the Union: Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TC); Rep.Adam Schiff (D-CA); Economist Mark Zandi; Annie Lowrey (New York Times); Kevin Hassett (American Enterprise Institute); Roundtable: DNC Communications Director Mo Elleithee, Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell (R) and Susan Page (USA Today).

Evening lineup:
60 Minutes will feature: a tribute to Nelson Mandela (preview); and, an interview with former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell (preview).

On Comedy Central...

Jon Stewart weighed in on the GOP's black people problems.

The Daily Show

Monday: Actor Idris Elba

Tuesday: Actress Amy Adams

Wednesday: Author/Academic Reza Aslan

Thursday: Actress Evangeline Lilly

And Stephen Colbert catalogued their lady troubles.

The Colbert Report

Monday: Author David Keith

Tuesday: Alex Blumberg (NPR)

Wednesday: Author Elizabeth Gilbert

Thursday: Author George Packer


Sarah Palin expressed confidence that Thomas Jefferson would've had her back in the War on Christmas.

Palin said Jefferson would likely agree that secularists had set their sights on destroying the religious themes in Christmas celebrations.

"He would recognize those who would want to try to ignore that Jesus is the reason for the season, those who would want to try to abort Christ from Christmas," she said. "He would recognize that, for the most part, these are angry atheists armed with an attorney. They are not the majority of Americans."

Palin said there was a double standard that protected atheists at the expense of the religious.

"Why is it they get to claim some offense taken when they see a plastic Jewish family on somebody’s lawn — a nativity scene, that’s basically what it is right?” she said. "Oh, they take such offense, though. They say that it physically even can hurt them and mentally it distresses them so they sue, right?"


Scott Walker's re-election campaign urged its supporters to get into the Christmas $pirit.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's re-election campaign has the cure for your holiday shopping fatigue: Take the money meant for children's toys and send it to the Walker campaign.

In a Black Friday fundraising email to supporters, the Walker campaign asked supporters for a holiday contribution to his re-election bid that will last another four years.

"This year, we are celebrating the Holiday Season with a Black Friday special that is better than any deal found in stores," Friends of Scott Walker's Taylor Palmisano wrote in an email.

According to Walker's campaign, toys are temporary, but political contributions are forever.

"Instead of electronics or toys that will undoubtedly be outdated, broken, or lost by the next Holiday Season, help give your children the gift of a Wisconsin that we can all be proud of," Palmisano continued.

And, speaking of giving...

Bill O'Reilly knows that Jesus didn't really give a damn about the poors.

No one knows what Jesus would do to feed today's poor, hungry Americans — but Fox News host Bill O'Reilly is pretty sure the Christian savior wouldn't be "down with" giving them food stamps because it's "their fault." [...]

The Fox News host acknowledged that Christ would have fed the poor, but objected to the idea that he would have "hurt" richer Americans to help feed them.

"The problem I have, as I stated is that you're helping one group by hurting another group and a bigger group, and so I don't know if Jesus is going to be down with that," O'Reilly told Pentecostal Pastor Joshua Dubois.

Christ, what an asshole!

- Trix

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