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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. …