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Here is some much-needed sanity from Business & Media Institute commentator Dan Kennedy: The first sprouts of the new American economy are already breaking through the snow.

Some associates and I have recently invested capital in forming a new bank.

Chuck E. Cheese's, the arcade/pizza restaurant chain popular for children's birthday parties, has a marketing slogan: "Where a kid can be a kid." It's a nice, simple phrase that punctuates its TV ads. And it's highlighted by contrast when the ads appear on the children's network Nickelodeon.

It's not that that Nick has replaced "Sponge Bob" or "Fairly Odd Parents" with adult programming - Nick's entertainment fare is still fun and silly. It's that Nick has launched "The Big Green Help," a multimedia campaign that encourages the network's young viewers to become junior environmentalists, and major finger-waggers. "Nickelodeon's Big Green Help is all about helping YOU find simple, positive ways to protect the Earth every day," explains the home page on Nick's Web site.

The Big Green Help is filled to the brim with throbbing dance music, bright colors (green most prominent, of course), grinning teen celebrities and feel-good phrases, Nick is indoctrinating kids into the secular cult of environmentalism, and it wants them to indoctrinate you in turn.

Magazine says free market, GOP responsible for financial crisis.

 This is a timely op-ed from Dan Gainor of BMI.

Christmastime is the time of giving. So we can thank Bernie Madoff for giving Americans some special gifts this holiday season.

Yes, I said thank him. OK, maybe not a lot. But the one-time financial wizard's downfall is a morality tale that provides so many lessons it's almost impossible to know where to start.

If you've been living under a rock, the former chairman of the Nasdaq has been charged with securities fraud. Not just ordinary securities fraud, either. Reportedly, Madoff's sons turned in their father, and who could blame them. He had allegedly confessed to them "that his investment business was a giant Ponzi scheme' that cost clients $50 billion, a lawyer for the brothers" told Bloomberg.

Author talks to gay group about Religious Right reaction to her article presenting the religious case for gay marriage.

Front page business profile doesn't mention two-year stint with troubled government sponsored enterprise.

Broadcast journalists marginalize increased turnout, spending; focus on downbeat angles of holiday shopping.

Evening news shows have no room for skepticism when there's an economy to nationalize.

ABC's Brian Ross doesn't let fairness get in the way of good have vs. have-not story.

Systematic green indoctrination ready for primetime, and that's O.K. with Reuters.

Allan Sloan calls a massive federal tax a 'market' solution to energy concerns.

Worried bailout money may go to reward top workers, 'Early Show' story features 'unhappy' Barney Frank.

'Good Morning America' hidden camera caught executives 'living high on the hog' at a junket that wasn't.

Newspaper claims shutting down the same-sex weddings will deepen economic crisis, doesn't mention that 'huge' impact is less than three-tenths of a percent of the state's deficit.

American Morning host again cites Soros' criticism of Paulson, but is silent on anti-free market bent of possible picks.

When they need tax information, America's top news sources often turn left.

Evening News report says his promises don't add up.