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  • Tsunami-Hit Japanese Town Gets Huge Christmas Gift

    12/25/2012 11:04:26 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    The West Australian ^ | http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/world/15709685/tsunami-hit-japanese-town-gets-huge-christmas-gi
    A small Japanese town devastated by last year's quake-sparked tsunami will receive a huge Christmas present after a ship arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday carrying a six-ton statue destined for the community. The giant present crossed the ocean from Chile which had pledged to supply a new statue -- modelled on the mysterious carvings at Easter Island -- to Minami Sanriku's tiny fishing community after the town's original was destroyed in last year's quake-sparked tsunami disaster.
  • Yes, Columbine Had Armed Guards—And They Saved Lives

    12/25/2012 11:01:02 AM PST · by raptor22 · 57 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | December 25, 2012
    School Safety: Critics of the National Rifle Association's call for armed security guards at our schools respond that one famous school did have a sheriff's deputy on scene. But without him, the toll would have been much worse. After remaining silent on the mass shooting at Sandy Hook, the NRA's Wayne LaPierre held a press conference Friday to condemn another tragedy in a gun-free zone and to advocate the placement of armed security guards at our schools as is done at airports, banks and other public venues. "It's now time for us to assume responsibility for our schools," he said....
  • Ohio deputy helps deliver baby in back of car

    12/25/2012 11:00:35 AM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    WOWK ^ | 12.25.2012 | WOWK
    TRENTON, Ohio (AP) - This Christmas will be particularly memorable for a southwestern Ohio woman and the sheriff's deputy who helped deliver her baby in the back of a car at a gas station. Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said that Heather Fitzgerald of Trenton, about half-way between Cincinnati and Dayton, was unable to make it to a hospital on time after going into labor on Christmas Eve. So she pulled into a Speedway gas station and dialed 911 around 4 a.m. Deputy David Runnells arrived to find Fitzgerald in heavy labor in the back seat of her car. Runnells...
  • Homeless man in mocked Justin Timberlake wedding video holds press conference with lawyer Glori

    12/25/2012 10:49:44 AM PST · by ColdOne · 27 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 12/25/12 | Damian Ghigliotty and Daily Mail Reporter
    full title....Homeless man in mocked Justin Timberlake wedding video holds press conference with lawyer Gloria Allred asking star to visit him on Skid RowThe homeless man who was mocked in a video produced by one of Justin Timberlake's friends as a joke leading up to the singer's marriage to actress Jessica Biel says he wants Timberlake to come visit him on Skid Row. The man, who identified himself as 'Eddie,' held a press conference on Monday, Christmas Eve, with his lawyer, feminist attorney Gloria Allred.
  • Opening+Christmas in Eurabia

    12/25/2012 10:42:49 AM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    youtube ^ | 12/25/11 | Latma TV
    LatmaTV from last year
  • "The Ripple Effect of Christmas" (Sermon for Christmas Day, on Luke 2:15-20)

    12/25/2012 10:41:02 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 25, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Ripple Effect of Christmas” (Luke 2:15-20)Our text this morning is the second part of the Christmas Gospel we heard last night, that is, Luke 2, reading now verses 15 through 20: “When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.’ And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them...
  • And the Word was made flesh

    12/25/2012 10:36:38 AM PST · by PanzerKardinal · 5 replies
    The Holy Bible ^ | St. John the Apostle
    And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as it were of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. Gospel of St. John 1, 14 ............... Today we celebrate a creator choosing to become creation. Wishing everyone a blessed Christmas.
  • Florida Mayor Trades In His Pimpmobile

    12/25/2012 10:10:04 AM PST · by shove_it · 15 replies
    Jalopnik via Yahoo ^ | 24 Dec 2012 | Raphael Orlove
    The mayor of Tampa, Bob Buckhorn, has traded in his GMC Yukon Denali, seized from a local pimp. What's Buckhorn's new ride? It's a brand-new Suburban, bought with money from the Republican National Convention. From pimps to pork, then. The old Denali was a 2005 model taken from infamous local pimp Melvin Fox, who was charged with sex trafficking, sexual battery, and allegedly forcing someone's daughter into prostitution. Buckhorn thought the SUV would be perfect for his kids, right after he took off the chrome spinners. Buckhorn gave the Denali back to the Tampa police department, and it is now...
  • Radical Muslims Take Anti-Christian Protest to St Paul's Cathedral on Christmas Eve [UK]

    12/25/2012 10:07:05 AM PST · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 12/24/12 | Dominic Gover
    A group of radical Muslims is planning to use St Paul's Cathedral to protest against the sins of British society and the fallacy of the Bible. The protesters were due to gather outside the cathedral at 1pm, while a Christmas Eve Eucharist takes place inside. Ahead of the protest, radical preacher Anjem Choudary claimed that Jesus belonged to Islam and that British society was riddled with "sin". "We say Jesus is a Muslim prophet and not the Son of God," he said in a leaflet. Choudary, a former solicitor, has previously been linked to raidical groups including Al Gruabba and...
  • New York newspaper faces backlash after publishing map of gun permit holders

    12/25/2012 10:04:27 AM PST · by Nachum · 93 replies
    fox news ^ | 12/25/12 | staff
    A local New York newspaper is drawing the ire of its readers after publishing an interactive map that shows the names and addresses of thousands of residents who have handgun permits. The online map was published by The Journal News along with an article under the headline: "The gun owner next door: What you don't know about the weapons in your neighborhood." The newspaper obtained, and then published, the names and addresses of pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties through a Freedom of Information Act request. The article, in explaining the decision to publish the information, pointed to...
  • Roman Catholic Bishop Links Push for Gay Marriage to Nazi Attack on Religion in Christmas Sermon

    12/25/2012 10:00:58 AM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12/23/12 | Daniel Martin
    Right Reverend Mark Davies will use his midnight Mass to say marriage can only be between a man and a woman The Bishop of Shrewsbury will say that both Hitler and Stalin challenged Christianity with the notion that what they were doing was ‘progress’A senior Roman Catholic will today use his Christmas sermon to liken plans for the legalisation of gay marriage to the way the Nazis and Communists tried to undermine religion. The Bishop of Shrewsbury will launch a vociferous attack on the Coalition’s decision to fast track a vote on same-sex marriage in the New Year. The Right...
  • The birth of Jesus Christ as found in Luke 2:1-20

    12/25/2012 9:58:10 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/25/12 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    n this time of worry about the future of our nation let us pause to remember the gift God gave us on the first Christmas morning. Here is the story of Christ’s birth as told to us by St. Luke @2: 1-20) 1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled. 2 This was the first enrollment, when Quirin’i-us was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be enrolled, each to his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to...
  • The Bible - 73 or 66 Books? (Ecumenical Thread)

    12/25/2012 9:50:07 AM PST · by narses · 258 replies
    So why does the Catholic Bible have 73 books, while the Protestant Bible has only 66 books? Some protestants believe that the Catholic Church added 7 books to the Bible at the Council of Trent in response to Luther’s Reformation, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. In about 367 AD, St. Athanasius came up with a list of 73 books for the Bible that he believed to be divinely inspired. This list was finally approved by Pope Damasus I in 382 AD, and was formally approved by the Church Council of Rome in that same year. Later Councils...
  • Composer Sir Richard Rodney Bennett dies aged 76

    12/25/2012 9:48:04 AM PST · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    The Guardian ^ | December 25, 2012 | Charlotte Higgins
    Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, one of Britain's most versatile and talented composers and performers, has died peacefully on Christmas Eve in his adopted home city of New York, aged 76.
  • Christmas in California: rejoice, celebrate

    12/25/2012 9:39:31 AM PST · by dragnet2 · 14 replies
    ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER ^ | 12/25/2012 | KAREN KELSO
    Christmas in California: rejoice, celebrate Christmas in California is special. Beaches, mountains, the rich earthy smell of damp eucalyptus. You will see surfing Santas and snow in the mountains for the reindeer. Wherever you are, pause a moment; savor the beauty and wonder of the day and of this place.
  • Lessons From The Bork Debacle

    12/25/2012 9:23:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 25, 2012 | Bill Murchison
    It's always best, I find, not to talk too rapturously about Ye Olde Days: days which, on careful inspection, yield evidence of problems aplenty. I won't assert, therefore, that no public figure ever received in earlier times a public evisceration comparable to that inflicted on the late Robert Bork, presidential nominee in 1987 to a seat on the U. S. Supreme Court. I will make just two claims: 1) The political-journalistic assault on Judge Bork was indecent, slanderous, and hysterical -- a disgrace to ethics and standards all across the board; and 2) it ought to have warned us what...
  • 1 dead, 3 at large in home invasion at apartment complex(NV)

    12/25/2012 9:20:27 AM PST · by marktwain · 36 replies
    lasvegassun.com ^ | 24 December, 2012 | Tovin Lapan
    A suspect is dead and police are seeking three of his cohorts after an apparent home invasion Monday morning at a Las Vegas apartment complex. Metro Police responded about 10:10 a.m. Monday to La Ventana Apartment Homes, 2901 N. Rainbow Blvd., near West Cheyenne Avenue, after a 911 call from neighbors. Metro Lt. Ray Steiber said four suspects – at least one of them carrying a firearm – knocked on the door of a first-floor apartment occupied by a couple and their infant. The assailants barged in when the woman occupant answered the door. The intruders were met with armed...
  • Elliott Management Loses Its Argentinian Warship On UN Orders (Argentina refuses to pay its debts)

    12/25/2012 9:19:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Value Walk ^ | 12/20/2012 | By Tabinda Hussain
    In the tug of war between Argentina and Paul Singer’s Elliott Capital Management, Argentina has scored a goal. A UN court has ordered Ghana to release the military warship that has been detained at Ghanaian shore for more than two months now. The UN International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, located in Hamburg Germany, ruled that military vessels cannot be impounded in debt disputes. Ghana has been ordered to release the ship unconditionally, the court said, “Argentina should not [pay any] bail, bond or security”.The ARA Libertad has been held at Tema harbor in Ghana since the 2nd...
  • Ex-NRA fave Gilly in switch (Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand)

    12/25/2012 9:18:32 AM PST · by lowbridge · 26 replies
    NY Post ^ | december 25, 2012 | GERRY SHIELDS
    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand vigorously championed Americans’ right to carry high-powered guns — before she turned against them. Since the Newtown massacre, the senator has been at the forefront of the national campaign demanding stricter gun-control laws — including her own legislation to prevent gun trafficking. It’s quite the conversion for a former upstate congresswoman who earned an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association. When she represented a more conservative Albany-area district, she boasted of keeping two rifles under her bed. That was before her 2009 Senate appointment.
  • While Much of America Suffers with Stagnation,....

    12/25/2012 9:09:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 25, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    In large part because of an excessive burden of government, the American economy is suffering European-style stagnation, with even the Washington Post now confessing that growth far below the long-run trend. This helps explain why job creation has been so dismal in recent years, with more than twenty million Americans out of work, underemployed, or dropped out of the workforce.But there is one pocket of enormous prosperity in America. It will warm your heart to know that our overlords in Washington are living the life of Riley.Here are some of the highlights of a remarkable Reuters expose about the fat...