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'm not sure if it's good or bad luck to start talking about the holiday season before Halloween, but this morning's announcement that Stephen Colbert and team will be releasing a holiday special (and DVD) actually made me kinda excited for the season of tinsel and fruitcake.
Willie Nelson helped found Farm Aid in 1985 and has raised millions of dollars to help farmers from losing their homes, invested in his own line of biodiesel (called BioWillie and which his own tour bus uses), headlined a concert that raised over $100,000 for victims of the 2004 tsunami, and has spoken out against animal cruelty and for peace. To me, that is far more patriotic and inspirational than empty lip service and an infinite number of yellow magnets on the trunks of minivans.