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  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/25/12)[Prayer]

    12/25/2012 5:30:06 AM PST · by left that other site · 19 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/25/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures The LightIsaiah 9:2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”
  • Greek prosecutor orders investigation into shortage of medicines in Greece

    12/25/2012 5:29:12 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 15 replies
    ekathimerini.com ^ | Monday December 24, 2012 (09:52)
    Supreme Court prosecutor Yiannis Tentes has ordered an investigation into whether pharmaceutical companies or pharmacists have been complicit in creating a shortage of medicines in Greece on purpose. Tentes has asked all of Greece’s appeals court prosecutors to probe the allegations after SYRIZA MP Panayiotis Kouroublis brought up the matter in Parliament. Tentes wants to know if patients have been unduly exposed to illnesses as a result of market players creating shortages of drugs. Meanwhile, the Athens Medical Association (ISA) has filed an appeal with the Council of State, Greece’s top administrative court, against the government’s decision in November to...
  • European Bison Return to Wild in Germany

    12/25/2012 5:19:47 AM PST · by Renfield · 8 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 12-24-2012 | Marco Evers
    For the first time since the 18th century, the European bison is returning to Germany to live in the wild. The wisent, as it is also known, has been brought to the country by a famous prince. Although the creatures' survival is uncertain, the project has already attracted considerable attention. Info With nothing but spruce trees for entire square kilometers at a time, this managed forest isn't exactly what you would call a wilderness. Nevertheless, the forest, together with its ponds and meadows, provides shelter to many a rare species. In the forest surrounding the town of Bad Berleburg, on...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. & Wife Sandi Jackson, Accused of ‘Double Dippin’

    12/25/2012 5:17:21 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Eurweb ^ | 12/23/12 | Brittney M. Walker
    Jesse Jackson Jr. & Wife Sandi Jackson, Accused of ‘Double Dippin’By Brittney M. Walker December 23, 2012 *Oops, Jesse Jackson, Jr. did it again. Just five days after the politician resigned from Congress, his lovely wife and fellow politician, Alderwoman Sandi Jackson, filed a series of interesting amendments to her ward committee’s campaign fund, revealing dozens of previously undisclosed transactions that date back three years. One of the records includes a hefty $13,000 from her hubby’s congressional account into her ward organization account, according to the Chicago Sun Times. So far, these two aren’t looking so good.
  • Actor Jack Klugman Dies at Age 90

    12/25/2012 5:16:33 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | Dec 24, 2012 | Karin Halperin
    Actor Jack Klugman Dies at Age 90 By KARIN HALPERIN Dec. 24, 2012 Jack Klugman, one of television's most-loved actors, died today at the age of 90. He died peacefully at his home in Northridge, Calif., with his wife, Peggy, by his side, according to an announcement by his attorney.
  • Florida Senate president's hire seems at odds with push for ethics reform

    12/25/2012 5:11:34 AM PST · by IbJensen · 6 replies
    Jacksonville.Com ^ | 12/24/2012 | Matt Dixon
    Jim Rimes racked up $2 million on his GOP credit card. TALLAHASSEE - While using his first term as Senate president to push an aggressive ethics reform package, Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, has hired longtime lobbyist and political consultant Jim Rimes to a top-tier post. The practice of lobbyists working inside state government, or — more prominently — state employees taking lucrative lobbying gigs is not new. It’s often referred to as the “revolving door.” The Rimes hire, though, comes as Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, have set up committees to examine ways to toughen state ethics laws....
  • Allah Akbar and Ho Ho Ho

    12/25/2012 5:03:19 AM PST · by expat1000 · 8 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | December 24, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    "A flag bearing a crescent and star flies from a flagpole in front of the World Trade Center, next to a Christmas tree and a menorah." New York Times, 1997 In 1997, Mohammed T. Mehdi, the head of the Arab-American Committee and the National Council on Islamic Affairs, lobbied to have a crescent and star go up at the World Trade Center during the holiday season. His wish was granted, despite the fact that Mehdi had been an adviser to Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman. In the name of diversity and political correctness, an adviser to the religious leader behind the...
  • Christmas in an Anti-Christian Age

    12/25/2012 4:59:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 25, 2012 | Pat Buchanan
    For two millennia, the birth of Christ has been seen as the greatest event in world history. The moment Jesus was born in a stable in Bethlehem, God became man, and eternal salvation became possible. This date has been the separation point of mankind's time on earth, with B.C. designating the era before Christ, and A.D., anno domino, in the Year of the Lord, the years after. And how stands Christianity today? "Christianity is in danger off being wiped out in its biblical heartlands," says the British think tank Civitas. In Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Ethiopia and Nigeria, Christians face persecution...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 25, 2012 [Devotional]

    12/25/2012 4:58:39 AM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 12/25/12 | Joel Osteen
    God with Us Today's Scripture “Behold, the virgin shall become pregnant and give birth to a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel — which, when translated, means, God with us.” (Matthew 1:23, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In the Bible, Jesus has many names that identify His character. One of those names is Emmanuel, which means “God with us.” Before Jesus came to earth, the Spirit of God resided in the temple. The people had to go through all kinds of rituals to become clean enough to go near to Him. Today, as believers, we...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 25, 2012]

    12/25/2012 4:56:11 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    His Birth and Our New Birth "’Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,’ which is translated, ’God with us’" —Matthew 1:23 His Birth in History. “. . . that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35). Jesus Christ was born into this world, not from it. He did not emerge out of history; He came into history from the outside. Jesus Christ is not the best human being the human race can boast of— He is a Being for...
  • The Perfect Gift

    12/25/2012 4:48:13 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | December 25, 2012 | Cal Thomas
    Most people who haven't finished their shopping are starting to worry about what gifts to give a friend, relative or spouse. Quick, what did you give or receive last year? How about two years ago? Most of us can't remember, unless it was a big-ticket item. What if you could give a gift that mattered; one that literally kept on giving and improved the life of another person? Would you buy that gift? Two years ago I bought two gifts for people I have never met. One was a goat and the other a sewing class. Both went to people...
  • First lady answers children's calls for NORAD Santa-tracking program [Evita Saves Them Alert!]

    12/25/2012 4:40:42 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    THE HILL ^ | 12/24/12 | Kyle Balluck
    First lady Michelle Obama spent about 30 minutes answering calls from children on Monday as part of NORAD’s Santa-tracking program, according to a White House official. The Obamas are in Hawaii for their annual Christmas vacation. The NORAD program, which began in 1955, attracts millions of visitors to its website from hundreds of countries and territories. More than 1,200 volunteers staff an operation center that responds to hundreds of thousands of phone calls and emails from around the world...
  • Today's Toons 12/25/12

    12/25/2012 4:24:31 AM PST · by pookie18 · 16 replies
    The Briefing Room ^ | 12/25/12 | pookie18
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  • Christmas Eve in Bethlehem:So near, yet so far

    12/25/2012 4:15:09 AM PST · by jerusalemjudy
    Times of Israel ^ | December 24 2012 | judy lash balint
    Every Christmas I make the 15-minute drive from my Jerusalem home to Bethlehem for a reality check on the beleaguered town five miles away. This year, contrary to the customary gloomy reports from the international media, things were bustling in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve. Bright blue skies and comfortable temperatures help make things more pleasant than in previous years when a cold, grey drizzle dampened spirits. Driving up to the Rachel’s Passage checkpoint in my car with Israeli plates, a quick check of my press credentials is all that’s needed to get waved through. Tour buses and private cars get...
  • Film star Charles Durning dies aged 89

    12/25/2012 4:02:19 AM PST · by the scotsman · 25 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 25th December 2012 | Belfast Telegraph
    'Two-time Oscar nominee Charles Durning - dubbed the king of the character actors - has died aged 89. He died on Christmas Eve of natural causes at his New York City home. Durning portrayed everyone from blustery public officials to put-upon everymen to Big Daddy in a Broadway revival of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. It won him a Tony award in 1990. He was nominated for an Oscar for his over-the-top performance as a corrupt governor in 1982's The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas. Just a year later, he got another nomination for Mel Brooks's To Be Or...
  • Iraq’s Northern Kurdish Region Stops Oil Exports

    12/25/2012 2:36:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 25, 2012 4:36 AM EST
    An Iraqi Kurdish official says the country’s self-ruled northern Kurdish region has suspended oil exports over a payment row with the central government in Baghdad. … In April, the Kurds stopped the exports of around 100,000 barrels a day due to delays in payments. …
  • Charles Durning, king of character actors, dies in NYC

    12/25/2012 2:15:22 AM PST · by Lancey Howard · 44 replies
    Associated Press via TBO.com ^ | December 25, 2012 | BOB THOMAS, Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Charles Durning, the two-time Oscar nominee who was dubbed the king of the character actors for his skill in playing everything from a Nazi colonel to the pope, died Monday at his home in New York City. He was 89. Durning's longtime agent and friend, Judith Moss, told The Associated Press that he died Monday of natural causes in his home in the borough of Manhattan. Although he portrayed everyone from blustery public officials to comic foils to put-upon everymen, Durning may be best remembered by movie audiences for his Oscar-nominated, over-the-top role as a comically...
  • Rusted support system found in Callahan Tunnel (Boston MA)

    12/25/2012 2:15:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    WHDH, NBC Channel 7, Boston ^ | 12/23/12 at 10:25 pm | Ryan Schulteis
    After an overnight inspection of 2,800 panels in the Callahan Tunnel, 117 of them were removed—their support system had rusted through. … On Friday, one of the panels weighing more than 100 pounds came crashing down in the left lane—but no one was hurt. The tunnel is 60 years old. The panels were put in 20 years ago. Officials had done visual inspections in the past, but that didn’t reveal the extent of the corrosion issue. …
  • Dockworkers at Northwest ports reject pact offer

    12/25/2012 1:19:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Dec 24, 2012 10:51pm EST | Laura L. Myers
    Dockworkers at four U.S. Pacific Northwest ports moved closer to a possible labor clash with grain shippers on Monday, as parties in a larger, separate dispute at 15 East and Gulf coast ports agreed to mediation ahead of strike deadline set for December 30. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced nearly 3,000 of its members had voted to reject a contract proposal that management called its “last, best and final” offer. The proposed contract covers six of the nine grain terminals operating in Puget Sound and along the Columbia River that account for more than a quarter of...
  • Stocks tumble as fiscal cliff deadline nears

    12/25/2012 1:13:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    CNN Money ^ | December 24, 2012: 1:41 PM ET | Ben Rooney
    U.S. stocks sank Monday as investors remain concerned that officials in Washington will fail to resolve a looming fiscal crisis. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 0.4%. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq both lost about 0.3%. U.S. markets closed at 1 p.m. ET and will remain dark Tuesday for the Christmas holiday. With time running out, investors are increasingly concerned about the lack of progress in talks over tax hikes and spending cuts set to kick in automatically on Jan. 1, known as the fiscal cliff. …
  • Goodwill to all...and Prosper...It's always been yours~!

    12/25/2012 12:57:15 AM PST · by Navy_Air · 5 replies
    Chuck Nemec
    No matter who you are, what you believe, who you believe in, I love you all!. Thank you from the bottom of...well, the top of my heart. You folks are the most enlightening folks I've ever had a chance to read. 1998 and I've lurked just about all that time, funniest, craziness and off the cliff stuff I've ever read. My hope is you've passed to generations to come all your wisdom, satire and knowledge you can impart. I know that all things will be good... I know things never end. They can't because of folks like you. Your the...
  • Break out Sauerkraut Soup, it’s Christmas

    12/25/2012 12:45:25 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Your West Valley ^ | Sunday, December 23, 2012 | DAN McCARTHY
    Pierogi. Kielbasa. Kapusta. Oplatek. Ah, it wouldn’t be Christmas without them. Hard to believe my last name is McCarthy, huh? Well, my mother’s maiden name was Lajewski. Sounds just like it’s spelled: “Why-es-kee.” For a guy who sheds a tear at every version of “Danny Boy” or enjoys a pint of Guinness or two or ... Christmas for me is a Polish tradition. Though our families today are far flung, from Arizona to New Jersey, New York City, Colorado, Buffalo and Virginia, the memories of those family Christmases in Sayreville, N.J., remain and revisit this time of year. Whether in...
  • 5 Christmas Traditions Stranger Than Yours

    12/25/2012 12:42:28 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    HLN ^ | Mon December 24, 2012 | AJ Willingham
    Yay, Christmas is here! Time to brace yourself for the full effect of how crazy your family really is. The holiday household can be a bubbling crucible for the very best and most pungent acts of weirdness, all brought on by proximity and eggnog. But no matter what mean things grandma says when she's had a few or how long your sister's kids can run in circles around the fragile -- kids, FRAGILE! -- Christmas tree, your crazy isn't gonna beat the crazy of these classic holiday traditions from around the world. Gather 'round the flaming Yule Goat In certain...
  • A pierogi Christmas tradition goes back generations for Kalamazoo-area family

    12/25/2012 12:36:23 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    M-Live ^ | December 24, 2012 | Nicholas Grenke
    Each Christmas season, the Laskovy family gathers to carry on a tradition started a century ago in Eastern Europe. Up to four generations of the Laskovys come together on or around Christmas Eve to make pierogies -- hundreds of them at a time. "Everything is made from scratch," said Julie Mead, whose grandmother Yulianna Laskovy first started making the dish in the Ukraine before she moved to America in 1910. Yulianna later married her husband, Julius, and settled on a farm in Decatur. "It's one of the things that makes Christmas special," Mead said. "In that way, it's like a...
  • Robert Bork Dies and Rachel Maddow Smears Him With Ancient Slander

    12/25/2012 12:35:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | December 24, 2012 | 17:02 | Jack Coleman
    It’s not enough that liberals sought to destroy a good man’s reputation when he was nominated to the Supreme Court. Their efforts at character assassination continue after his passing. One of the most contemptible examples of this came from Rachel Maddow on her MSNBC show Dec. 19 in talking about the death of Robert Bork and his influence on American jurisprudence and politics over the last four decades. As to be expected, Maddow focused on Bork’s thwarted nomination to the Supreme Court in the fall of 1987, the opening salvo in our decades-long culture war. …
  • Bahrain hosts U.S. Fifth Fleet, but its leaders fear Obama is backing Iran

    12/25/2012 12:18:12 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The World Tribune ^ | December 17, 2012
    Relations between Bahrain and the United States have come under increasing strain amid the Shi’ite revolt in the Gulf Cooperation Council kingdom, a report said. The Washington Institute for Near East Policy said that Bahraini leaders were expressing dismay over what they determined was Washington’s failure to support Manama in the campaign against Shi’ites backed by Iran. The institute cited veiled criticism of the administration of President Barack Obama during the Manama Dialogue in early December. The United States sees political reform as compatible with maintaining the historical security relationship, while the royal family views Shi’ite leaders with suspicion, believing...
  • Does Kerry Still Think Assassination Of The President And V.P. Is Funny?

    12/25/2012 12:13:14 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 24, 2012 | Ken Blackwell
    Sen. John Kerry has a long and dubious record in foreign policy. In the 1970s, he testified against his fellow Vietnam War veterans before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He charged that they were violating the Geneva Conventions every day in Vietnam. Some POWs were outraged at Kerry’s disloyal statements. They said they had been tortured by their Communist captors trying to force them to make such untrue statements. Worse, Kerry went to Paris in 1971. There, he met with North Vietnamese Communists. … Any negotiation between a private U.S. citizen and a foreign power is illegal. It violates the...
  • Pope Benedict’s Midnight Mass Homily

    12/25/2012 12:11:44 AM PST · by iowamark · 3 replies
    Vatican ^ | 12/24/2012 | Pope Benedict XVI
    Dear Brothers and Sisters! Again and again the beauty of this Gospel touches our hearts: a beauty that is the splendor 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...
  • Conservatives urge GOP leaders to be bold, prepare to go over cliff

    12/24/2012 11:52:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/23/12 06:00 AM ET | Erik Wasson
    Conservative activists who helped doom Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) “Plan B” say Republicans must be prepared to go over the fiscal cliff to force President Obama to reach a deal that includes no tax hikes. … “I think Obama is very mindful of his legacy and is horrified of going over the cliff,” said Andy Roth of the Club for Growth. “Going over the cliff might be a signal that needs to be sent to the president, that he needs to play ball.” … “I think it is certainly better to go over the fiscal cliff than to have the...
  • Questions the Press Doesn't Ask

    12/24/2012 11:29:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 25, 2012 | Mona Charen
    Merry Christmas to the Fourth Estate! Hope you've enjoyed your goose or turkey or whatever your family tradition includes (latkes for those who are Jewish). When you return to work, there are a few loose ends on which you might want to follow up. "Follow up." It's a term that has gone out of style in the age of Obama. You members of the press have become remarkably uncurious since he's been in the White House. A blanket of benevolent uncuriousness smothers news about Obama administration wrongdoing. The Secretary of State, who took "full responsibility" for the Benghazi debacle, has...
  • On Being a Man

    12/24/2012 11:25:55 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 25, 2012 | John Ransom
    Hi Townhall Readers- Yes, I know I'm on vacation, but even so I can't but help to spout about stuff. This week I will be taking selections from writings I've written elsewhere regarding life and liberty and sharing them with you. Don't you feel special now?Today's selection is a letter I wrote to someone who was coming of age and wanted advice about being a man. It's not that I think I'm an expert. Far from it. But he thought it helpful and it can serve as a point of discussion for Christmas Day.       Dear __________,Before this last century boys your age...
  • To Hell With Charity? (Part 2 of 2)

    12/24/2012 11:15:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 25, 2012 | Chuck Norris
    Imagine it's Christmas Eve in your local church and the offering plate is passed to help a local orphanage build an addition because there's "no room in the inn." But just when you're about to give generously to the cause, you recall that politicians in Washington recently voted to reduce tax deductions for charitable giving.Would you give as much under reduced charitable deductions?Despite the fact that charitable deductions are the 10th-most popular tax break (nearly 40 million Americans claim them annually), those in Washington are willing to gamble that you're going to give as generously in the future without...
  • Man dead in shooting at nightclub packed with 600 people including Aubrey O'Day and Seahawks players

    12/24/2012 10:51:23 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 28 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | December 25, 2012 | Michael Zennie
    A shooting at a VIP nightclub in an upscale Seattle suburb left one man dead and hundreds of parties - including reality star Aubrey O'Day and most of the Seattle Seahawks team - diving for cover. Police say a 19-year-old smuggled a handgun into the Munchbar club in Bellevue, Washington, and opened fire about 1am on Monday - killing a 30-year-old man and shooting a second man in the hand. The suspect, Ja'mari Jones, is on the run and considered armed and dangerous.
  • Michael Moore: Celebrating the Prince of Peace in the Land of Guns

    12/24/2012 10:42:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Michael Moore's website ^ | December 24, 2012 | Michael Moore
    After watching the deranged, delusional National Rifle Association press conference on Friday, it was clear that the Mayan prophecy had come true. Except the only world that was ending was the NRA's. Their bullying power to set gun policy in this country is over. The nation is repulsed by the massacre in Connecticut, and the signs are everywhere: a basketball coach at a post-game press conference; the Republican Joe Scarborough; a pawn shop owner in Florida; a gun buy-back program in New Jersey; a singing contest show on TV, and the conservative gun-owning judge who sentenced Jared Loughner. So here's...
  • A 'dad' is tenth most popular Christmas list request for children

    12/24/2012 10:26:59 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 12 replies
    When it comes to Christmas, it might be safe to assume children will ask Santa for an extensive list of toys, games and treats. But a survey of their typical lists for Father Christmas has shown many have more serious concerns, requesting "a dad" instead. A study of 2,000 British parents found most children will put a new baby brother or sister at the top of their Christmas list, closely followed by a request for a real-life reindeer. A "pet horse" was the third most popular choice, with a "car" making a bizarre entry at number four.
  • Man drives car with make-shift explosives into students in northern China, injuring 13

    12/24/2012 10:19:40 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 25, 2012
    BEIJING – A man in northern China has rammed a car loaded with a gas tank and firecrackers into a group of middle school students, injuring 13. The official Xinhua News Agency says the man attempted to set off an explosion after running down 23 students at Fengning No. 1 Middle School in northern China's Hebei province on Monday. The man is in police custody.
  • Obama, Reid slam brakes on gun control

    12/24/2012 9:59:27 PM PST · by Red Steel · 67 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 19, 2012 | 12:38 pm | Byron York
    With President Obama’s announcement of a commission to study and recommend ways to reduce gun violence, the two most important Democrats in government — Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid — have both indicated a desire to slow the momentum toward gun control in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school shootings. The president’s decision to appoint a blue-ribbon panel — the classic Washington ploy to defuse and delay consideration of an issue — along with Reid’s inaction on the gun question will undoubtedly frustrate many in their party who want immediate action. Obama seemed to anticipate that frustration...
  • "The Gift, the Announcement, and the Exclamation Mark" (Sermon for Christmas Eve, on Luke 2:1-14)

    12/24/2012 9:56:53 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 24, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Gift, the Announcement, and the Exclamation Mark” (Luke 2:1-14)Suppose I got a Christmas present for you, but I didn’t tell you about it. I didn’t tell you that I had something for you, and I didn’t tell you where you could find it. Well, it could be the greatest Christmas present in the world, but if you never find out what it is or where you can find it, it won’t do you much good. You need me to tell you about it. Well, that’s the way it is with Christmas. God has given us the greatest Christmas present...
  • A (Borrowed) Christmas Reflection [Francis A. Schaeffer's "What Difference Has Looking Made?"]

    12/24/2012 9:37:43 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies
    Every Square Inch ^ | December 23, 2007 | Nathan Tiemeyer
    Take a moment to consider this short excerpt from Francis Schaeffer's sermon, "What Difference Has Looking Made?" The sermon is an extended reflection on the experience of the shepherds to whom the angels appeared at the birth of Jesus, as well as what that experience has to teach us: Doctrinal clarity matters a great deal; but Luke does not allow his Gospelto end merely with a proper emphasis on the necessity of the great doctrinaltruths, and our study should not end there either. Before his ascension Jesustold the disciples "that repentance and remission of sins should be preached inhis name...
  • UN adds about 5 percent to budget for 2012-2013

    12/24/2012 9:31:55 PM PST · by Rabin · 11 replies
    bigstory.ap ^ | Dec. 24 10:49 PM EST | EDITH M. LEDERER
    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon approved new rates that all U.N. members pay for the regular budget. $5.4 billion. China, Russia, Brazil and other countries with growing economies will have to pay an increased share, European Union contributions will drop, the U.S. ceiling will not. (@ 22 percent). U.S. deputy ambassador Joseph Torsella said the United States "is pleased."
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday, December 25, 2012

    12/24/2012 9:24:19 PM PST · by SoothingDave · 16 replies
    Word For The Day, December 25, 2012 In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". avatar [av-uh-tahr, av-uh-tahr] -n 1. Hindu Mythology . the descent of a deity to the earth in an incarnate form or some manifest shape; the incarnation of a god. 2. an embodiment or personification, as of a principle, attitude, or view of life. 3. Digital Technology. a graphical image that represents a person, as on the Internet. 4. (in science fiction) a hybrid creature, composed of human...
  • 2012: The Reason for the Season

    12/24/2012 9:06:22 PM PST · by jimjohn · 29 replies
    The Holy Bible | As it is Written
    Luke 2:1-21 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And 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:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was,...
  • History Channel program probes Mayan presence in North Georgia

    12/24/2012 8:48:15 PM PST · by Theoria · 40 replies
    Morris News Service ^ | 21 Dec 2012 | Wayne Ford
    On a recent December morning, Mack Jones hiked a trail bordering the lake at Sandy Creek Park in Athens before he ventured off the path and up a forested ridge. There he showed a group following him a series of mysterious stone terrace walls and rock piles. "It's hidden in plain sight, and it's been that way for the 30 years the park has been here," Jones said. "No one has messed with it and maybe they won't." Jones believes those numerous rock piles - and especially the stone wall terraces lacing the hillside - might constitute evidence that the...
  • I wanna be like you: Kanzi, the ape who HAS learned the secret of man's red fire...(title truncated)

    12/24/2012 8:40:38 PM PST · by fattigermaster · 20 replies
    UK Daily Mail Online ^ | Davy Derbyshire
    Eagerly he collects wood from the ground, snaps the branches into small pieces and carefully balances them in a pile. Then, taking care not to burn himself, he gently strikes a match and gets ready for a fry-up. Like all red-blooded males, Kanzi loves messing around with a barbecue. But then, as these extraordinary pictures show, Kanzi is no man. He is a bonobo -pygmy chimpanzee -and his love of fire is challenging the way that we think about our closest relatives in the animal kingdom. For although bonobo apes and larger chimpanzees use twigs and leaves as tools, none...
  • Sen. Feinstein suggests national buyback of guns

    12/24/2012 8:40:00 PM PST · by neverdem · 302 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 21, 2012 | Joel Gehrke
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said that she and other gun control advocates are considering a law that would create a program to purchase weapons from gun owners, a proposal that could be compulsory. “We are also looking at a buy-back program,” Feinstein said today in a press conference. “Now, again, this is a work in progress so these are ideas in the development.”Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., already discussed the possibility of a buy-back law for his state, but he made clear it would be a forced buyback.“Confiscation could be an option,” Cuomo told The New York Times yesterday when discussing...
  • F.B.I. Counterterrorism Agents Monitored Occupy Movement, Records Show

    12/24/2012 8:22:16 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12/24/12 | MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT, COLIN MOYNIHAN
    F.B.I. Counterterrorism Agents Monitored Occupy Movement, Records ShowBy MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and COLIN MOYNIHAN Published: December 24, 2012 WASHINGTON — The Federal Bureau of Investigation used counterterrorism agents to investigate the Occupy Wall Street movement, including its communications and planning, according to newly disclosed agency records. **SNIP** In the following months, F.B.I. personnel around the country were routinely involved in exchanging information about the movement with businesses, local law-enforcement agencies and universities. An October 2011 memo from the bureau’s Jacksonville, Fla., field office was titled Domain Program Management Domestic Terrorist. The memo said agents discussed “past and upcoming meetings” of...
  • Sam Donaldson Tells Tea Partiers 'It's Not Your Country Anymore - It's Our Country'

    12/24/2012 8:21:31 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 96 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 12/24/2012
    SAM DONALDSON: The minorities re-elected president Obama, but I'm going with Katty. It's the Tea Party and thinking of the Tea Party and people like that that are driving the Republicans out of contention as a national party. You cannot win nationally if you don't know something about the way the country's changed, and the Tea Party seems to think the country can go back 25 or 30 years. The greatest slogan that I hated during this last campaign was “We want to take back our country.” Guys, it's not your country anymore - it's our country and you're part...
  • Lake Superior State University 2012 List of Banished Words

    12/24/2012 8:05:13 PM PST · by equaviator · 40 replies
    LSSU ^ | December, 2012
    AMAZING Received the most nominations. LSSU was surprised at the number of nominations this year for "amazing" and surprised to find that it hadn't been included on the list in the past. Many nominators mentioned over-use on television when they sent their entries, mentioning "reality" TV, Martha Stewart and Anderson Cooper. It seemed to bother people everywhere, as nominations were sent from around the US and Canada and some from overseas, including Israel, England and Scotland. A Facebook page – "Overuse of the Word Amazing" – threatened to change its title to "Occupy LSSU" if 'amazing' escaped banishment this year…...
  • Amazing Tron Dance performed by Wrecking Orchestra

    12/24/2012 7:53:59 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    youtube ^ | Mar 16, 2012 | gogerry
    Not all that "amazing"' reallly but a pleasant diversion
  • Thingiverse Cracks Down on Firearm Parts

    12/24/2012 7:53:12 PM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    blog.makezine.com ^ | 20 December, 2012 | Sean Ragan
    This is the lower receiver of an AR-15 rifle, printed in fused plastic filament from a digital model that was, until this week, freely available for download on Thingiverse. This part is significant because all other parts of the common rifle can be readily purchased in the open market. A person who builds a working lower receiver has, in the eyes of the state, essentially built a working AR-15. It is legal to do so for personal use (at least under US law), but until lately the required tools, time, and talent put the project beyond the reach of most...