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  • A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Real Story

    12/24/2012 6:32:37 PM PST · by Bratch · 17 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | 24 Dec 2012 | Ron Futrell
    Every year at this time, the topic comes up around our house: "What is your favorite Christmas show?" Every year I give the same answer. That little ol' half hour special that first aired in 1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas.Oh, the scene with the sad looking Christmas tree is nice, the kids singing "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing" is touching, but the most daring moment of any Christmas special is when Linus teaches Charlie Brown the real meaning of Christmas and he recites Luke Chapter 2 from the King James Version of the Bible.The Linus monologue lasts about a minute,...
  • Scientists 'Surprised' to Discover Very Early Ancestors Survived On Tropical Plants, New Study...

    12/24/2012 6:20:36 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Science News ^ | Friday, December 14, 2012 | University of Oxford
    An international research team extracted information from the fossilised teeth of three Australopithecus bahrelghazali individuals -- the first early hominins excavated at two sites in Chad. Professor Julia Lee-Thorp from Oxford University with researchers from Chad, France and the US analysed the carbon isotope ratios in the teeth and found the signature of a diet rich in foods derived from C4 plants. Professor Lee-Thorp, a specialist in isotopic analyses of fossil tooth enamel, from the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, said: "We found evidence suggesting that early hominins, in central Africa at least, ate a diet...
  • Santa in a Jeep - 1941 at Camp Lee, Virginia, Quartermaster Replacement Center

    12/24/2012 6:20:25 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies
    Retronaut ^ | December 1941 | Retronaut
    1941: Santa in a Jeep “The panzer “Santa”, with well-filled sack of radios, books, cookies, and other gifts dear to soldiers hearts, glides up to the door of the barracks in Camp Lee’s Quartermaster Corps and it isn’t hampered by lack of snow in Virginia. Camp Lee, Virginia, Quartermaster Replacement Center” - US Army Center of Military History
  • Anxiety Rises As Americans Face Start of Obamacare

    12/24/2012 6:14:33 PM PST · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2012 | Byron York
    This March will mark three years since Obamacare became law, and it still has not had any serious effect on most Americans' lives. That's the way President Obama and the law's Democratic authors planned it; they conveniently pushed the dislocations and unhappy consequences of national health care well past their re-election campaigns. But Obamacare will be here soon, with an Oct. 1, 2013, start of enrollment in insurance exchanges and a Jan. 1, 2014, deadline for full implementation. The political results could be deeply painful for Democrats. During the campaign for Obamacare, President Obama pledged repeatedly that his health care...
  • Newtown, and a New America

    12/24/2012 6:08:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2012 | Armstrong Williams
    An entire country is in shock as we continue to watch the funerals of these innocent children and adults in Connecticut. It's not merely shock, but horror and revulsion, at the second-bloodiest school shooting in our history. It is sickening even to rank them in this way, to admit that there have been so many as to require it, but it is true: yet another child has killed yet more children in cold blood. We don't have to worry about foreign terrorists coming to our country: we are better at hurting ourselves than they are at hurting us, and we...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Merry Christmas!! ~ 25 DEC 2012

    12/24/2012 6:06:10 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 114 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | laurenmarlowe
            LUKE 2:1-20 King James Version (KJV) 1And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. 2(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife,...
  • Japan Threatens Takeover of BoJ

    12/24/2012 5:59:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    A very serious question that investors face today regards whether Japan is or isn't serious about politicians taking over Japan's central bank. Personally, I think the politicians are serious, as well as "seriously wrong". If you think that I am wrong, please consider Yen Declines After Abe Says He May Change BOJ Law. The yen declined versus its peers after incoming Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe said he will consider changing the law on the central bank unless it boosts its inflation target to 2 percent next month. Abe said on Japan’s Fuji Television yesterday that he will consider revising...
  • Tree of Life

    12/24/2012 5:49:54 PM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2012 | Mark Baisley
    My son, Allan, and I set out on a perfect Colorado winter day to secure this year’s Christmas tree.  We ventured deep into Pike National Forest in the Rocky Mountains as we have every December for the past 22 years, this time near Kenosha Pass.  A 16’ Douglas fir now offers a stately welcome for holiday visitors to our home. While I love this tradition, the idea of bringing a tree into your house and covering it with decorations does seem a bit disconnected from the origins of the holiday recognition.  I recalled having a book in my personal library,...
  • Can we really stop mass shootings?

    12/24/2012 5:45:24 PM PST · by umgud · 33 replies
    Self ^ | 12/24/12 | umgud
    According to the FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2011, there were 12.664 total homicides. 8,583 of those murders were committed with firearms, a number that has been trending down for years. In 2011 there were 3 mass shootings that produced 19 deaths and many more injured. The FBI defines mass murder as four or more murders occurring during a particular event with no cooling-off period between the murders. We have had 61 mass murders in the last 30 years (since 1982). In 2012, we have had a banner year with 6 mass murder events totaling 63 deaths. Our latest mass...
  • Why Did NORAD Start Tracking Santa?

    12/24/2012 5:43:19 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 27 replies
    MentalFloss ^ | 12-24-2012 | Matt Soniak
    December 24, 2012 Why Did NORAD Start Tracking Santa? Matt Soniak On December 24, 1955, the red telephone at the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Operations Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado began ringing.The red phone meant it was either the Pentagon or CONAD commander in chief General Earle Partridge on the other end, and their reason for calling would probably not be pleasant.U.S. Air Force Col. Harry Shoup, director of operations at the center, rushed over to the phone and grabbed it.“Yes Sir, this is Colonel Shoup,” he barked.Nothing but silence in response.“Sir?” This is Colonel Shoup,” he said.Silence again.“Sir?...
  • Obama, Holder Push to Loosen Gun Sale Restrictions—for Legal Immigrants

    12/24/2012 5:25:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/24/12 | Matthew Boyle
    While the shooting at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School has prompted a national gun control debate, President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder will still push to allow immigrants to purchase firearms more easily. Normally, the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) requires legal aliens to live in a state for 90 days before buying a gun. The ATF does this through a rule attached to the Gun Control Act of 1968. In June, Holder’s DOJ proposed to eliminate that 90-day residency requirement rule. “This rule would finalize the interim final rule published on...
  • Mr.L: Mitt Romney Wasted America's Time Running for President in 2012 (defends Palin).

    12/24/2012 5:22:51 PM PST · by Kolath · 87 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12/24/2012 | Mr L
    n an article in the Boston Globe, Tagg Romney reveals that his father Mitt Romney had very little desire to run for president and really wasn't interested in the job. Therefore, Mitt Romney wasted millions of dollars in donations and everyone's time by running for president. Did this shock us conservatives? No. Tagg Romney's comments in this article confirms what most of us conservatives knew about Romney already. A important prerequisite for running for president is simple—you must want the job and also play to win. If the republican party does not clean up its act in the near future...
  • ‘Dystextia': Gibberish texts sound stroke alarm

    12/24/2012 5:10:37 PM PST · by null and void · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Dec 24, 2012 4:22pm EST | Ivan Oransky
    Imagine you were a devoted husband, waiting to hear from your wife ... after a visit to the obstetrician, and you saw these on your phone:"every where thinging days nighing""Some is where!" ... You'd probably be tempted to make sure your wife got to the emergency room... A[n] MRI - revealed that part of the woman's brain wasn't getting enough blood, clinching the diagnosis. Fortunately, her symptoms went away quickly, and the rest of the pregnancy went just fine after she went home from the hospital on low-dose blood thinners. The case, say three doctors from Boston's Harvard Medical...
  • With Election Over, Americans Find They Were Duped By Democrats And Obama

    12/24/2012 5:08:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 94 replies
    IBD ^ | 12/24/12 | editorial
    Politics 2012: It hasn´t been two months since Barack Obama won re-election, but already we´re finding out things that were kept from us during the campaign. Expect to hear more in the coming months. lElections are clarifying events, we´re told. But sometimes what they clarify is merely the gap between what we were told during the campaign and the reality on the ground. Often, the two don´t match. That´s certainly true with Obama. How often in recent weeks have we learned that what we heard on the campaign trail from the Obama camp, and which were echoed by
  • Bad care is inevitable in the NHS

    12/24/2012 5:06:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 12/24/12 | Harry Mount
    That´s not to say it´s excusable, just that the appalling neglect of 38 patients at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch is the logical result of the NHS´s untenable management structure. Imagine if everything at Tesco´s was free but rationed, and subject to delivery delays of several months. Then throw in the fact that there are no other free alternatives. You would have a nightmare on your hands--huge queues, attracted by the free goods, then further stretched by the long delays. Imagine how the staff would then behave--harrassed by the limitless demand of customers, but also in a tyrannical position of
  • Newspaper Publishes Gun Owners' Names and Addresses

    12/24/2012 5:01:47 PM PST · by mandaladon · 178 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 24 Dec 2012 | Colleen Curry
    A newspaper in New York has received a wave of criticism from its readers after publishing the names and addresses of all of the individuals with handgun or pistol permits in its coverage area. Hundreds of residents in New York's Westchester and Rockland counties were surprised to find their names and addresses listed on a map posted by The Journal News on Sunday. Users can click any dot on the map to see which of their neighbors has a permit for a gun. The map sparked more than 500 comments from readers within a day of its appearance on the...
  • Election reform: 4 day, Saturday-Election Day voting period

    12/24/2012 5:00:22 PM PST · by chiller · 9 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 12/24/12 | Paul Bedard/Secrets
    In a bid to get voters focused on the critical post-presidential debate period of national campaigns, a leading political advisor is pushing to scale back early voting to just the last four days of the election. "People really shouldn't be voting until the debates are finished. We should concentrate on the campaign and the choice until then," said Larry Sabato, who heads the University of Virginia's Center for Politics. (snip) Other suggestions from Sabato: Email voting for soldiers overseas; federal election standards and deadlines; no fault absentee voting where people don't have to provide an excuse; and printouts from electronic...
  • What Subjects Do You Think Will Be Featured in Next Season's "South Park?"

    12/24/2012 4:58:31 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 25 replies
    Self | December 24, 2012 | PJ-Comix
    What subjects do you think will be covered in next season's "South Park?"Note that I am not asking what SHOULD be featured. "South Park" tends not to cover political subjects much so just post what your predictions are of what will be covered, NOT what you want to be covered. I'll lead off with my predictions: 1. Gangnam Style dancing. How can they not cover this especially since it recently reached a BILLION hits on YouTube? 2. Kim Jong-il. Okay, maybe my mind is on Koreans right now (see above) but I think the chubby little nerd with the bad...
  • Chino PD Investigating Alleged Fight At Park Between ’200-300′ Youth Football Parents

    12/24/2012 4:45:05 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | December 24, 2012 12:56 PM
    CHINO (CBSLA.com) — An alleged weekend fight between parents of youth football players at a San Bernardino County park is under investigation, authorities said Monday. The fight took place Saturday afternoon at Ayala Park during a Pop Warner tournament, Michelle Van Der Linden of the Chino Police Department said. Chino police received several calls reporting a fight at the park around 3 p.m. The fight reportedly involved “as many as 200-300 people,” Van Der Linden said in a statement. However, witnesses said the brawl only involved a handful of men who may have been drinking. When officers arrived, the scene...
  • Sinful Robot developing fully-immersive virtual reality sex game

    12/24/2012 4:43:22 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 79 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 17, 2012
    Sinful Robot is developing "the world's first series of fully-immersive erotic encounters." (Sinful Robot) It was only a matter of time. The world’s first series of “fully-immersive erotic encounters” is being developed by a new California-based startup. In other words, virtual reality sex is finally on its way. The new company, Sinful Robot, is producing the game for the virtual reality headset, the Oculus Rift, which is currently in development. Co-founder and creative director Jeroen Van den Bosch hopes to navigate his way through the uncanny valley and deliver an "erotic adventure game” that feels, well, real.
  • Army teams going to Africa as terror threat grows (35 new wars!)

    12/24/2012 4:41:27 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 40 replies
    AP, via Stras & Stripes ^ | December 24, 2012 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    A U.S. Army brigade will begin sending small teams into as many as 35 African nations early next year, part of an intensifying Pentagon effort to train countries to battle extremists and give the U.S. a ready and trained force to dispatch to Africa if crises requiring the U.S. military emerge.
  • 'Surfing Santa' Not in Immigration Trouble This Year

    12/24/2012 4:40:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    WDAM ^ | Dec 24, 2012
    The Canadian man known as "Surfing Santa" is back again with his holiday tradition. Every year, John Fulton puts on Santa's red suit and windsurfs along the Niagara River between Ontario and New York. Although Surfing Santa has a history of getting in trouble for surfing too close to Buffalo, the U.S. Border Patrol officially sanctioned his trip for this year. Agents also had a boat in the water just in case Fulton had trouble in the water.
  • Pope's Homily at Christmas Midnight Mass

    12/24/2012 4:33:59 PM PST · by Steelfish · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 24, 2012
    <p>VATICAN CITY – Here is the English text of Pope Benedict XVI's Christmas Eve homily, delivered in Italian. Spelling and style are the Vatican's. ___ Dear Brothers and Sisters! Again and again the beauty of this Gospel touches our hearts: a beauty that is the splendour of truth. Again and again it astonishes us that God makes himself a child so that we may love him, so that we may dare to love him, and as a child trustingly lets himself be taken into our arms. It is as if God were saying: I know that my glory frightens you, and that you are trying to assert yourself in the face of my grandeur. So now I am coming to you as a child, so that you can accept me and love me.</p>
  • Garbage Worker Finds Man’s Missing Wallet in the Trash

    12/24/2012 4:29:25 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Richard Richmond figured he’d lost his wallet forever. It disappeared Dec. 5,and left Richmond and his wife Vickie in a panic. The billfold contained Richmond’s driver’s license, credit card and, most importantly, his cherished family pictures. “I was bummed,” Richmond said. “I looked everywhere and didn’t know where it was at.” But what happened next amazed the Traverse City couple. The Richmonds called their trash hauler, American Waste, as a last resort to see if the wallet somehow wound up in the garbage. Five workers at American Waste started searching. Sure enough, workers found Richmond’s wallet buried in a 72,000-pound...
  • Ancient city of Troy rebranded itself after war

    12/24/2012 4:27:25 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    New Scientist ^ | Tuesday, December 18, 2012 | derived from Journal of Archaeological Sciences
    Even ancient cities knew about rebranding. Troy was destroyed by war about 3200 years ago -- an event that may have inspired Homer to write the Iliad, 400 years later. But the famous city rose again, reinventing itself to fit a new political landscape. Troy lies in north-west Turkey and has been studied for decades. Pottery made before the war has a distinct Trojan style but after the war its style is typical of the Balkans. This led archaeologists to believe that the locals had been forced out and replaced by populations from overseas. But when Peter Grave at the...
  • 'Unsolved Mysteries' Series Is Combined

    12/24/2012 4:17:06 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Bluefield Daily Telegraph ^ | December 24, 2012 | Mannix Porterfield
    George Bragg might have invested his entire career into capturing on film people and places in his native southern West Virginia, but a trip to purchase some furniture from an estate in Mount Hope altered his life forever. Then in his late 30s, Bragg was examining some articles of furniture in the basement of the house when he accidentally kicked a magazine onto the floor. The periodical was Master Detective and billboarded the infamous “Mad Butcher” mystery that haunted law enforcement agencies over a three-year span in Fayette County. Selling for a mere 35 cents in that era, the magazine...
  • Guilty verdict handed down in Westfield cold case murder trial

    12/24/2012 4:09:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    The Star-Ledger ^ | Julia Terruso
    Thirty-seven years ago Barbara Hill was sitting in her Cranford home six months pregnant when she got a call from her grief-stricken father. Her 57-year-old aunt, Lena Triano, had been found raped, tied up and murdered in the quiet Ripley Place home in Westfield where she lived alone. Hill’s father, Joseph Triano, had just returned from the house where he’d identified his sister’s brutalized body. "He had nightmares for years," Hill said of her now-deceased father. "He hired private detectives. He would have been really gratified to see this day come." Today, nearly four decades since Triano’s death a judge...
  • Merry Christmas!

    12/24/2012 4:08:54 PM PST · by DanMiller · 6 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | December 24, 2012 | Dan Miller
    Every Christmas season some demand that it not be celebrated publicly because they find it offensive. Others find their demands offensive, but there is no significant effort to make them refrain from public comment. Nor should there be. If sincere, however, they should at least consider taking their own advice.Here is an article by Ben Stein on Christmas trees and such. He writes, I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejewelled trees, Christmas trees. I don’t feel...
  • Spike Lee boycotts Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’: ‘Slavery was not a spaghetti western!’

    12/24/2012 4:05:24 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | MONDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2012 | Nancy Dillon
    Spike Lee thinks Quentin Tarantino's new slavery revenge flick "Django Unchained" is the wrong thing. The famed "He Got Game" director says he's boycotting the new movie because he finds it insulting. "American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It Was A Holocaust. My Ancestors Are Slaves. Stolen From Africa. I Will Honor Them," he wrote on Twitter. The tweet came shortly after he told VibeTV he couldn't comment on the movie starring Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio because he decided not to see it. "I can't speak on it 'cause I'm not gonna see it. I'm not...
  • Doc infects patients with hepatitis B during surgery

    12/24/2012 4:02:34 PM PST · by Doogle · 9 replies
    MyHealthNewsDaily ^ | 12/24/12 | Rachael Rettner
    A doctor with hepatitis B who performed joint replacement surgeries unknowingly passed the virus on to at least two of his patients, according to a new report. The report, issued by researchers at the University of Virginia Health System, said the surgeon first became aware that he had hepatitis B after he stuck himself with a needle, and underwent routine testing for blood-borne diseases. The surgeon had emigrated from a country that had a high prevalence of hepatitis B, and likely had had chronic hepatitis B for some time without showing symptoms, such as fever and nausea.
  • Adelson: GOP Should Accept Tax Increases to Avoid Fiscal Cliff

    12/24/2012 3:50:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 24 Dec 2012 10:20 AM | (Newsmax Wires)
    Casino/hotel magnate Sheldon Adelson says Republican congressmen should accept a tax increase to solve the fiscal cliff. “I’m a citizen first and a partisan second,” Adelson, who provided more than $100 million to Republican candidates during the last election cycle, writes on Politico. That sum likely makes him the largest single donor ever. …
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-25-12, Solemnity, Nativity of the Lord [Mass/Day]

    12/24/2012 3:49:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 47 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-25-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 25, 2012 [Mass during the Day]   Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)   Reading 1 Is 52:7-10 How beautiful upon the mountainsare the feet of him who brings glad tidings,announcing peace, bearing good news,announcing salvation, and saying to Zion,"Your God is King!" Hark! Your sentinels raise a cry,together they shout for joy,for they see directly, before their eyes,the LORD restoring Zion.Break out together in song,O ruins of Jerusalem!For the LORD comforts his people,he redeems Jerusalem.The LORD has bared his holy armin the sight of all the nations;all the ends of the earth will beholdthe salvation of our...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Hyades for the Holidays

    12/24/2012 3:46:57 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    NASA ^ | December 24, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Recognized since antiquity and depicted on the shield of Achilles according to Homer, stars of the Hyades cluster form the head of the constellation Taurus the Bull. Their general V-shape is anchored by Aldebaran, the eye of the Bull and by far the constellation's brightest star. Yellowish in appearance, red giant Aldebaran is not a Hyades cluster member, though. Modern astronomy puts the Hyades cluster 151 light-years away making it the nearest established open star cluster, while Aldebaran lies at less than half that distance, along the same line-of-sight. Along with colorful Hyades stars, this stellar holiday portrait locates...
  • Who’s Crazy? Mental-health experts are wrong.

    12/24/2012 3:45:03 PM PST · by neverdem · 52 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 24, 2012 | D. J. Jaffe
    Mental-health experts are wrong. Untreated, the seriously mentally ill are prone to violence. While virtually the entire nation unites around the reasonable proposition that people with serious mental illnesses should not own assault weapons, one group takes umbrage: mental-health experts. In the wake of incidents such as the one at Newtown, the experts immediately issue press releases claiming that people with mental illness are no more violent than others, leading to the conclusion that people with serious mental illness should not be the target of gun-control efforts.How can the chasm be so wide? Who is right? The public that believes...
  • School or Prison? ? Play the New Game!

    12/24/2012 3:44:18 PM PST · by wintertime · 38 replies
    AdamVSTheMan plays "IS IT A SCHOOL, OR IS IT A PRISON" with Alexander McCobin and Sloane Frost of Students for Liberty. Have fun with this one. Here's the link: School or Prison? ( Play the New Game)
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-25-12, Solemnity, Nativity of the Lord [Dawn]

    12/24/2012 3:43:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 46 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-25-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 25, 2012 [Mass at Dawn] Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)   Reading 1 Is 62:11-12 See, the LORD proclaimsto the ends of the earth:say to daughter Zion,your savior comes!Here is his reward with him,his recompense before him.They shall be called the holy people,the redeemed of the LORD,and you shall be called "Frequented,"a city that is not forsaken. Responsorial Psalm Ps 97:1, 6, 11-12. R. A light will shine on us this day: the Lord is born for us.The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice;let the many isles be glad.The heavens proclaim his justice,and all peoples see...
  • Un-merry Christmas to Christians from Islam

    12/24/2012 3:37:10 PM PST · by bayouranger · 10 replies
    politicalislam.com ^ | 23DEC12 | Kenneth Roberts
    Is Islam tolerant of Christianity? Muslims say yes, but what are the facts? Mullahs around the world warn Muslims not to respond to the words 'Merry Christmas'. If Jesus is the 'prince of peace', it makes Mohammed look bad. In the last years of his life, Mohammed led and commanded violent aggression every six weeks. Mohammed was the 'prince of jihad'. Muslims believe angels announced the birth of Jesus, but Muslims do not believe the Gospel where the angels said, "Peace on earth." Peace with Kafirs is not possible. The Christmas greeting to Christians around the world is still the...
  • Conservative Spy Novels...Need New Names...Going Through Withdrawal

    12/24/2012 3:35:29 PM PST · by CincyRichieRich · 64 replies
    Self | 12-24-12 | Self
    I am going through withdrawal...Ya'll have been helpful and have recommended some of the authors I'll name here...I've unfortunately exhausted Ben Coes, Brad Thor, Brad Taylor, Vince Flynn and Barry Eisler's novels...I would appreciate some more names...I was once told to read David Baldacci's novels...I read 2 pages and realized he's an America-hating liberal. Please, none of these. I only like America-supporting, conservative spy novels...many thanks in advance.
  • Are US SCHOOLS more like PRISON? JUVENILE HALLS or Educational Institution?

    12/24/2012 3:33:01 PM PST · by wintertime · 15 replies
    Russia Today Youtube ^ | Published on July 14, 2012
    "Are US SCHOOLS more like PRISON? JUVENILE HALLS or Educational Institution?" Here's the link to the video: Are US Schools more like Prison? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5RaDNHwc_M Several thoughts come to mind in the light of the recent school shooting: 1) Government schools will resemble prison even more so than they do now. 2) With more police presence in the schools, minor school infractions will more often be treated like crimes. 3) The children who attend these schools risk learning to be comfortable with a prison-state government control of their lives, government compulsion, and the government trashing every First Amendment Right ( speech,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-25-12, Solemnity, Nativity of the Lord [Midnight Mass]

    12/24/2012 3:32:05 PM PST · by Salvation · 48 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-25-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 25, 2012 [Midnight Mass]   Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)   Reading 1 Is 9:1-6 The people who walked in darknesshave seen a great light;upon those who dwelt in the land of glooma light has shone.You have brought them abundant joyand great rejoicing,as they rejoice before you as at the harvest,as people make merry when dividing spoils.For the yoke that burdened them,the pole on their shoulder,and the rod of their taskmasteryou have smashed, as on the day of Midian.For every boot that tramped in battle,every cloak rolled in blood,will be burned as fuel for flames.For a child...
  • Ancient Bloodletting Practice Making a Comeback

    12/24/2012 3:25:47 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | http://www.dw.de/ancient-bloodletting-practice-making-a-comeback/a-16416231 | Sonya Angelica Diehn
    Old medical practices, like bloodletting, are typically seen as reminders of a time when the human body was misunderstood. But some of these practices are now being revived – with scientific backing. Scientists at the Charité Hospital in Berlin recently undertook a clinical study to test the benefits that bloodletting can have on obese people suffering from the metabolic syndrome, with symptoms including high blood pressure, high blood-sugar levels and excessive iron in their blood. After withdrawing two vials of blood from patients with the syndrome, scientists compared the samples with patients from a control group, according to head researcher...
  • What Happened to the (NY) Giants?

    12/24/2012 3:25:47 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 18 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 24, 2012 | David Roth
    Giants quarterback Eli Manning has had plenty of reasons to perfect his pout in the last few weeks. It’s not exactly a rivalry, the thing that exists between the New York Jets and New York Giants. Neither team plays in New York, nor against each other all that often. The fan bases don’t overlap, but don’t exactly clash, either. So all year, Giants fans have been able to stand alongside other neutral NFL observers marveling at the buff, surly telenovela that is the Jets. The Jets, for their part, were at it again on Sunday, with third-stringer-turned-starter Greg McElroy...
  • North Dakota Enjoys Oil Boom—But Girds for Slowdown

    12/24/2012 3:22:28 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 4 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 23, 2012 | RUSSELL GOLD
    The Bakken Shale has put North Dakota in an enviable position—flush with oil, jobs and tax revenue. But some state officials are fretting about an inevitable slowdown. Here, a drill site outside of Watford City. DICKINSON, N.D.—North Dakota officials have a challenge many states would love to face: figuring out how to manage big permanent investments such as roads and bridges for an energy boom that is drawing hordes of newcomers. Already home to some of the fastest-growing towns in the country, according to Census Bureau estimates, the oil-rich western half of North Dakota is likely to experience a population...
  • ALL is not lost...

    12/24/2012 3:19:09 PM PST · by Paisan · 9 replies
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  • Actor Jack Klugman dies at age 90

    12/24/2012 3:14:09 PM PST · by John W · 73 replies
    ABC 13 ^ | December 24, 2012 | ABC 13
    LOS ANGELES, CA (KTRK) -- There's sad news to report from the entertainment world. Actor Jack Klugman has passed away at the age of 90. The actor's attorney made the announcement Monday. Klugman reportedly died peacefully at his home in Northridge, California with his wife, Peggy, at his side.
  • African Driver Insists He Is Filipino

    12/24/2012 3:11:56 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Sunday, December 23, 2012 | Eman Al Baik
    Cameroonian presents forged driving licenceThe Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance sentenced a Cameroonian, who used a forged driving licence that mentioned the driver’s nationality as Filipino, to three months in jail. KTS, 26, was also ordered to be deported after serving his jail term. According to the records, KTS insisted to a policeman who had stopped him to check his driving licence and car’s registration papers that he holds the Philippines nationality. First Corporal Ali Saud testified that on September 28, at around 12.45, while he was managing the traffic at the arrivals area of Dubai Airport, he noticed...
  • Spending to Increase 55 Percent Under Obama's Plan

    12/24/2012 3:08:07 PM PST · by upchuck · 18 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Monday, December 24, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    Spending will increase 55 percent over the next decade, if President Barack Obama's budget plan goes into effect. The finding comes from the Republican-side of the Senate Budget Committee, which notes that Obama's "Proposal Would Spend $880 Billion Over Already Projected Increases." "The President's last fiscal cliff offer once again increased spending rather than reducing it," writes the minority-side of the Senate Budget Committee. "His plan does claim $800 billion in spending reductions over ten years, but these claims are more than offset by new spending increases: increasing spending above BCA limits ($1,200 billion); paying for the doc fix ($400...
  • Mr 'One Pound Fish' to Return to Pakistan

    12/24/2012 3:05:01 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, December 24, 2012
    Fishmonger's visa has expiredPakistan citizen Muhammad Nazir will not have the best of Christmas despite his 'One Pound Fish' song becoming the Christmas chartbuster. Reason? His UK visa seems to have run out and he will be flown back to his home country on December 25. He can return to the UK only after he sorts out his paper, reveals Daily Mail. Nazir was under investigation by the Home Office over a potential breach of the terms of his student visa after he ditched his studies to work as a fishmonger.
  • Police catch Superstorm theft suspect who took advantage of classmate's kindness

    12/24/2012 3:04:49 PM PST · by tflabo · 2 replies
    phillyburbs ^ | Mon Dec 24, 2012 | Jo Ciavaglia
    Lower Southampton police have caught a homeless New Jersey woman who allegedly stole more than $2,000 in items from a former high school classmate who took her in after Hurricane Sandy.
  • The porch life: More than shelter and shade, they're a lifestyle.

    12/24/2012 2:56:49 PM PST · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | December 22, 2012 | Marla Jo Fisher
    For years, I had an old Craftsman bungalow with a big front porch. I'd sit out front every night with a glass in my hand, enjoying my street, greeting the neighbors as they walked their dogs. Friends would see me and stop over, sitting in one of the wicker chairs I provided. Pretty soon, there'd be a gathering. I'd put on some music and a bottle would be opened.