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  • WHY THE CHURCH OF CHRIST DOES NOT OBSERVE CHRISTMAS (Ecumenical)

    12/25/2012 1:13:09 PM PST · by narses · 29 replies
    WHY THE CHURCH OF CHRIST DOES NOT OBSERVE CHRISTMAS Some years ago I received a letter from a listener to the weekly radio program who asked me to explain why the church of Christ does not observe Christmas. This sermon is the answer I gave to that question. I realize that there are many people in the world who regard members of the church of Christ as being very narrow-minded in our refusal to join with the denominational world in the observance of that holiday which was formerly known as Christ Mass Day, but is now generally abbreviated to Christmas...
  • Neutral/Non Color Festivus Precipitation in North East Texas!

    12/25/2012 1:02:11 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 14 replies
    freerepublic.com ^ | 12/12/2012 | Me
    A White Christmas...First for me.
  • Body found in burned home of killer of 2 firemen

    12/25/2012 1:00:11 PM PST · by JustaCowgirl · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/25/2012 | George M. Walsh
    WEBSTER, N.Y. (AP) — Police have found human remains in the burned-out home of the Webster, N.Y., ex-con who killed two firefighters and believe the victim is the gunman's sister. Police Chief Gerald Pickering said Tuesday the remains were found in the charred house that 62-year-old William Spengler shared with his 67-year-old sister, Cheryl. A medical examiner will need to determine the identity. Police say Willliam Spengler armed himself with a revolver, shotgun and military-style rifle before he set his house afire to lure first responders into a pre-dawn death trap on Christmas Eve. Pickering says Spengler "was equipped to...
  • Old Headstones From 19th Century Cemetery Used To Prevent Erosion (govt worker condones)

    12/25/2012 12:57:08 PM PST · by PghBaldy · 26 replies
    CBS Philly ^ | December 22 | Steve Tawa
    ...Delaware River Port Authority’s Tim Ireland says the bodies of the deceased were moved elsewhere and the grave markers were deliberately left behind. “These are not stones that are looking for loved ones. These are basically just pieces of granite that were left behind,” Ireland explains.
  • Pleasse don't send him back

    12/25/2012 12:55:36 PM PST · by Eurotwit · 29 replies
    Jeremy Clarkson via twitter ^ | December 24th, 2012 | Jeremy Clarkson
    Jeremy Clarkson ‏@JeremyClarkson Americans. It took us 40 years to get rid of Piers Morgan. Pleasse don't send him back. Jonathan Marshall ‏@JonMarshall82 @JeremyClarkson perhaps we should start a petition to keep Piers Morgan in America! #dontsendpiersback Jeremy Clarkson ‏@JeremyClarkson Americans. Was the second amendment not introduced to protect you from the tyranny of the British? Piers Morgan in other words.
  • The Shale Revolution's Shifting Geopolitics

    12/25/2012 12:51:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 25, 2012 | Alan Riley
    The shale energy revolution is likely to shift the tectonic plates of global power in ways that are largely beneficial to the West and reinforce U.S. power and influence during the first half of this century. Yet most public discussion of shale’s potential either focuses on the alleged environmental dangers of fracking or on how shale will affect the market price of natural gas. Both discussions blind policy makers to the true scale of the shale revolution. The real impact stems from its effect on the oil market. Shale gas offers the means to vastly increase the supply of fossil...
  • Gun Restrictions Have Always Bred Defiance, Black Markets

    12/25/2012 12:48:44 PM PST · by neverdem · 24 replies
    Reason ^ | December 22, 2012 | J.D. Tuccille
    For reasons of their own, most people, in many countries, defy anti-gun lawsI doubt I ever would have gone to the black market to purchase an illegal assault weapon if it wasn’t for New York’s annoyingly restrictive gun control laws. Wait. Let me back up a bit. New York State passed the Sullivan Act back in 1911. The law required people to get a government permit to own or carry any weapon small enough to be concealed—handguns, in particular. Issuing the permit would be a matter of official discretion, which is a policy continued to the present day.The motivation for...
  • Anti-Piers Morgan petition tops 60K signers (Deport Piers Morgan)

    12/25/2012 12:39:17 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/25/12 | KATIE GLUECK
    CNN anchor Piers Morgan isn’t benefiting from much Christmas cheer, at least according to one measure: The number of signers on a petition urging the White House to deport Morgan has skyrocketed by Tuesday morning past 60,000 names. The petition, created last week, had 60,080 supporters and is posted on the White House’s official petition site. It slams Morgan for comments he has made regarding gun control in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 children and six adults.
  • Police probe NBC's David Gregory on gun clip (Politico Report...)

    12/25/2012 12:36:16 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/25/12 | KATIE GLUECK
    The Washington Metropolitan Police Department is investigating whether any city laws were violated when NBC’s David Gregory displayed what appeared to be a 30-round gun magazine on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, a spokesman confirmed to POLITICO. “The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating this matter,” said police officer and spokesman Araz Alali in an interview Tuesday. When pressed on what the police department was investigating, Alali added, “The ‘Meet the Press’, David Gregory incident.” “There are D.C. code violations, D.C. code restrictions on guns, ammunition. We are investigating this matter. Beyond the scope of that, I can’t comment any...
  • After 7 Years, Cat Reunited With Family

    12/25/2012 12:33:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Monday, Dec 24, 2012 | Lauren Steussy
    A cat named Sophia will be home for Christmas after being missing for seven years, the San Diego Humane Society announced Monday. Sophia went missing from her family in Arizona and ended up in the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA over the weekend. Luckily, a microchip was planted in Sophia and the humane society was able to contact her family. Now a little older and lot wiser, Sophia will be flying back to Phoenix to be reunited with her family. The humane society and SPCA is making her return possible. “I was shocked to hear that she was ok...
  • Newspaper Publishes Gun Owners’ Names and Addresses

    12/25/2012 12:31:16 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/24/12
    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...
  • Stolen Corvette Surfaces From Morena Storage Unit 24 Years Later

    12/25/2012 12:31:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 55 replies
    San Diego Reader ^ | Dec. 24, 2012 | Gary Cornaglia
    A 1989 Chevrolet Corvette that was stolen from a Morena car dealership when new was for sale on an eBay Motors auction this week. The Corvette was reportedly taken off the C&M Chevrolet lot and kept inside a nearby storage locker for 24 years. Still completely original, the car’s odometer reads 67 miles, and the original sales sticker remains affixed to the glass. The thief recently came forward, reportedly through an attorney, and was cleared by the San Diego police to sell the car (whether this was due to a statute of limitations expiring is unclear). The thief allegedly paid...
  • Gun Rights rally in Martinsburg on Saturday

    12/25/2012 12:24:13 PM PST · by cpa4you · 2 replies
    AR-15 Web site ^ | December 25, 2012 | Samson Wright
    Saturday, Dec. 29, 1:00 pm The Eastern Panhandle TEA Party Coalition and WV Campaign for Liberty will host a rally next Saturday, December 29th, 1:00 pm at the office of Shelley Moore Capito, 300 Foxcroft Ave, Maritnsburg, WV. Every Bible and Gun Clinging Patriot concerned with the possibility of losing their Constitutional right to keep and bear arms should make every attempt to attend this rally to insure that Shelley knows where we stand.
  • Agenda 21 Is Being Rammed Down The Throats Of Local Communities All Over America

    12/25/2012 12:12:48 PM PST · by Renfield · 14 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 12-23-2012 | Michael
    So how is this being done? Well, after Agenda 21 was adopted, an international organization known as the "International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives" (ICLEI) was established to help implement the goals of Agenda 21 in local communities. One thing that they learned very quickly was that the "Agenda 21" label was a red flag for a lot of people. It tended to create quite a bit of opposition on the local level.As they try to implement their goals, they very rarely use the term "Agenda 21" anymore. Instead, they use much more harmless sounding labels such as "smart growth",...
  • It's Snowing In Dallas, Y'all! [White Christmas!]

    12/25/2012 11:56:16 AM PST · by Windflier · 143 replies
    Vanity ^ | 25 December 2012 | Windflier
    Didn't think it would happen, but it's actually snowing in Dallas. Maybe someone can post up a pic or two.
  • Policewoman who killed US aide in Kabul 'is Iranian'

    12/25/2012 11:43:23 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | December 25, 2012 | Unattributed
    A policewoman who shot dead a US civilian aide at the police headquarters in Kabul is an Iranian national, Afghan authorities say. The woman, believed to have mental health problems, joined the security forces using an illegally obtained Afghan identity card. Investigators are not ruling out the possibility that she may have been in touch with "terrorist networks". The incident is a major blow to the government's security screening policy. Insider attacks against Afghan police and Nato troops have risen sharply in 2012. It is thought to be the first time such an insider attack was carried out by a...
  • Merry Christmas, everyone!!

    12/25/2012 11:41:27 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 105 replies
    Christmas Day 2012 | Jim Robinson
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our FReeper FRiends!! God bless, Jim, Sheila, John and Chris
  • Chinese man drives car into students, injuring 13

    12/25/2012 11:34:12 AM PST · by null and void · 19 replies
    SFGate ^ | 1:12 am, Tuesday, December 25, 2012
    <p>BEIJING (AP) — A man angered by a court ruling in the murder of his daughter rammed a car loaded with a gas tank and firecrackers into a group of middle schoolers, injuring 13 in the country's latest attack on students.</p>
  • Your Shake Down™ 1 min - Remove Ketchup in Seconds! (FUnnie/Sad Video Featuring Balloon Boy Father)

    12/25/2012 11:08:32 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 16 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 23, 2012 | YourShakeDown
    VIDEO
  • In Pursuit of Recognition: An Undocumented Immigrant's Resilient Fight(NPR)

    12/25/2012 11:07:41 AM PST · by Drango · 17 replies
    NPR ^ | December 25, 2012 | Mandalit del Barco
    Unlike many undocumented immigrants, Sofia Campos is not afraid to give her real name. "It's deliberate, and it's liberating," she says. "It's kind of a shock to hear somebody say, 'I am undocumented' or wear the 'I am undocumented' T-shirt, just in your face." The 22-year-old is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, and heads United We Dream — a national network of youth-led immigrant organizations. She's part of an outspoken generation of activists who've lobbied lawmakers, Democrats and Republicans alike, for changes in immigration policy. This year, their movement scored a victory with President Obama's Deferred...
  • Apostolic Authority and the Selection of the Gospels (Ecumenical)

    12/25/2012 11:07:04 AM PST · by narses · 9 replies
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | December 17, 2010 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    In his fine book Who Chose the Gospels? Probing the Great Gospel Conspiracy, the Protestant New Testament professor C. E. Hill debunks the widespread contemporary myth that the four gospels we know today were imposed by one or more dominant figures in the fourth century, presumably in order to vindicate their own ideas of orthodoxy. Recalling that the fourth gospel, St. John’s, was not written until the end of the first century, we can see that it is a remarkable service for Hill to successfully sift all the evidence which points to the acceptance of exactly four authoritative Christian gospels...
  • “Zero Dark Thirty” plays it down the middle

    12/25/2012 11:05:34 AM PST · by Starman417 · 17 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-25-12 | Wordsmith
    I decided to go check out the movie for myself thanks to the ringing endorsement by Senators Feinstein, Levin, and McCain: “I thought it was terrible,” said Feinstein, one of a handful of lawmakers to see the film ahead of its limited release this week. “It is a combination of fact, fiction and Hollywood in a very dangerous combination.” Despite concerns on the right that the movie was serving as a political propaganda piece for Team Obama, in actuality, the movie is rather apolitical, playing it pretty much straight down the middle. The movie does its best to avoid political...
  • 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...
  • "The Sullivan Act was to protect mobsters and disarm innocent civilians in New York State."

    12/25/2012 9:03:43 AM PST · by virgil283 · 15 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 23 Dec 2012 | Kerry Picket
    Bloomberg and Cuomo come from the jurisdiction where major gun control legislation was established by New York State Democratic Senator Timothy “Big Tim” Sullivan. Sullivan became known as a Tammany Hall crook intent on protecting his mobsters from prosecution and disarming innocent civilians in New York State. The Sullivan Act was passed in 1911 after a murder suicide shooting. The law mandated that New York residents must have police issued licenses for concealed handguns, otherwise it would be considered a felony. In 1903, the Battle of Rivington Street pitted a Jewish gang, the Eastmans, against the Italian Five Pointers. When...
  • Christianity 'Close to Extinction' in Middle East

    12/25/2012 9:01:00 AM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12/23/12 | Edward Malnick
    Christianity faces being wiped out of the “biblical heartlands” in the Middle East because of mounting persecution of worshippers, according to a new report.The study warns that Christians suffer greater hostility across the world than any other religious group. And it claims politicians have been “blind” to the extent of violence faced by Christians in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The most common threat to Christians abroad is militant Islam, it says, claiming that oppression in Muslim countries is often ignored because of a fear that criticism will be seen as “racism”. It warns that converts from Islam face...
  • Yes, we can fix Social Security

    12/25/2012 9:00:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    LIFE INC ^ | 12/25/2012 | Allison Linn
    The fiscal cliff negotiations are reviving the debate about that other financial elephant in the room: Social Security.Under current government estimates, Social Security could face funding shortfalls in about two decades if nothing changes. That’s because the U.S. population is aging -- and generally living longer.That sounds like a disheartening scenario for workers who are currently paying into Social Security and worry that they won’t get as much out of it once they retire.  About half of the Americans polled by Pew Research Center earlier this year believe it’s not likely there will be enough money in Social Security and...
  • Have You Been to the Manger?

    12/25/2012 8:59:57 AM PST · by kindred · 3 replies
    The Ignorant Fishermen.com ^ | December 24, 2012 | DJP I.F.
    My dear friend, may I ask you this very personal question since we are in the “Christmas” season? Do you truly comprehend and believe the biblical message of ETERNAL salvation put forth by Almighty God in His infallible Word? Do you fully comprehend without a shadow of a doubt that your ABSOLUTE GREATEST NEED is to be delivered from your fallen humanity and the wrath of your Creator (John 3:36, 1 John 5:12)? My friend are you fully prepared for your ETERNAL abode? Do you have the ABSOLUTE PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS required by Almighty God (Rom. 3:23, 6:23, 10:2-4)? My friend,...
  • Assault-weapons ban no guarantee mass shootings would decrease, data shows

    12/25/2012 8:59:43 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 18 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | December 24 2012 | FoxNews
    Crime stats compiled by a Northeastern University professor, the Census Bureau and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel show the number of mass shootings since the 1980s has fluctuated annually, but without any major upward or downward trend. Data published earlier this year showed that while the ban was in place, from 1994 to 2004, the number of mass shootings actually rose slightly during that period. From 1985-1994, there were 173 mass shootings and 766 victims. From 1995-2004 (starting with 1995 because it was the first full year the law was in effect), there were 182 mass shootings and 830 victims. After...
  • Pope Says Denying God No Path to Peace in Christmas Eve Mass

    12/25/2012 8:55:36 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    France 24 ^ | 11/24/12 | AFP
    AFP - Pope Benedict XVI said in his Christmas Eve mass on Monday that religion can be corrupted, leading to violence and wars, but refuted critics who claim that denying God's existence would lead to peace. "It is true that religion can become corrupted... when people think they have to take God's cause into their own hands, making God into their private property," the pope told thousands gathered in Saint Peter's basilica. "Monotheism, belief in one God, is said to be arrogance, a cause of intolerance, because by its nature, with its claim to possess the sole truth, it seeks...
  • Obama Administration Deported Record 1.5 Million People

    12/25/2012 8:55:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    NPR ^ | 12/25/2012 | by COREY DADE
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    12/25/2012 8:51:16 AM PST · by Nachum · 41 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/25/12 | Neil Snyder
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