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Dear Friend and Reader:
The year seems to be ending on a positive note. Kenahorah! There are still two weeks to go, which include a rockin’ winter solstice, the Capricorn New Moon and a sign change of Saturn.
Before I get into Cuba, New York’s ban on fracking and the solstice, in case you’re not aware, tonight is the final episode of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central [airing 11:30 pm EST]. I know many in my reading audience are TV-averse, though I would recommend watching this — it’s a moment of history, and Stephen Colbert deserves the biggest sendoff he can get.
He will be leaving behind his faux-conservative persona and taking over The Late Show when David Letterman retires sometime in 2015.
It was Colbert, I believe, who personally turned the tide on the endless stream of glum news and the feeling of total disempowerment of the Cheney-Bush years.
That is a big statement, I know. Comedians and their extremely talented writing teams have been one of the few rays of light in these benighted times. But Colbert kind of cleaned up. He demonstrated that comedy can not only be relevant, but that in a media-dominated world, it can be a political weapon.