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  • The real reason you get grumpy over the holidays — and 5 things you can do about it

    12/21/2016 1:38:50 PM PST · by heterosupremacist · 38 replies
    http://aleteia.org ^ | 12/21/2016 | Zoe Romanowsky
    Long lines everywhere, too much on the to-do list, the obligatory Christmas dinner with relatives who get on your nerves, and another Advent come and gone that you never quite got around to observing the way you hoped. It’s enough to trigger grumpiness and zap anyone’s Christmas spirit. But there’s a deeper reason why many of us don’t experience the Christmas cheer we long for and it’s this: our focus isn’t on the manger. In all the busyness and preparations, we forget what the feast of Christmas is really about and about how to tap into the joy and peace...
  • Salon: “No proof that Jesus even existed”; Muhammad’s “established beyond the shadow of a doubt”

    12/24/2014 8:12:24 PM PST · by OneLoyalAmerican · 95 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | December 24, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    In October, Jeffrey Tayler wrote in Salon that the Qur’an “backs up jihad, suicide attacks (“martyrdom”), beheadings, even taking captive women as sex slaves.” This was singular for Salon, which usually whitewashes the truth about Islam and jihad and excoriates those who expose it as “racists” and “bigots,” but now it is clear why Tayler was able to get away with it: he is supremely hostile to Christianity. Here, he gives a characteristic Salon Christmas greeting: Jesus likely never existed, but Muhammad’s existence is well established. “Let’s make Bill O’Reilly’s head explode: We desperately need a war on Christmas lies,”...
  • Passenger tossed after flipping out over staff’s ‘Merry Christmas’

    12/25/2014 5:18:25 AM PST · by Labyrinthos · 79 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 25, 2014 | Michael Liss, Daniel Prendergast and Philip Messing
    Bah, humbug! A passenger was tossed off a plane at La Guardia Airport on Tuesday after flipping out — because airline workers wished him a merry Christmas. The man was waiting to board American Airlines Flight 1140 to Dallas when a cheerful gate agent began welcoming everyone with the Yuletide greeting while checking boarding passes. The grumpy passenger, who appeared to be traveling alone, barked at the woman, “You shouldn’t say that because not everyone celebrates Christmas.” ...
  • Top 10 Real-Life Grinches (check out #1)

    12/10/2009 10:37:58 PM PST · by DemforBush · 16 replies · 1,309+ views
    Smithsonian.com ^ | 12/7/09 | T.A. Frail
    These historical humbugs rival Ebenezer Scrooge and the Grinch in their lack of Christmas spirit...
  • Bah! Humbug!: Town outlaws Merry Christmas sign

    12/01/2009 10:57:14 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies · 732+ views
    Lawrence Eagle Tribune ^ | December 2, 2009 | Crystal Bozek
    NORTH ANDOVER — First it was the menorah on the town common. Now it's the Merry Christmas sign on the fire station. The town has put an end to a longtime holiday tradition ordering firefighters to take down their homemade Merry Christmas sign from outside the fire station after people complained. The sign had been up for a week before it was taken down Friday. Fire Chief William Martineau said the sign was made by firefighters some 50 years ago and was never an issue before. "I think Christmas is officially a religious holiday. But to all of us, it...
  • Popular Santa letter program ends in Alaska

    11/19/2009 2:07:18 AM PST · by This_far · 10 replies · 534+ views
    Helena Independent Record ^ | November 19, 2009 | RACHEL D'ORO
    Starry eyed children around the world are writing letters to the jolly man at the North Pole, but this holiday season they'll not likely to get a response from Santa or his helpers. The U.S. Postal Service is dropping a popular effort begun in 1954 in the small town of North Pole, in Alaska's interior, where volunteers tackle up to 150,000 letters addressed to Santa. Postal Service officials cite privacy concerns loomed last winter when a postal worker in Maryland recognized a volunteer in the agency's Operation Santa program as a registered sex offender. The postal worker interceded before the...
  • Episcopal Church joins holiday postcard campaign for immigration reform

    11/16/2009 12:36:27 PM PST · by meandog · 18 replies · 745+ views
    [Episcopal News Service] ^ | November 16, 2009 | By ENS staff
    The Episcopal Church is joining the Interfaith Immigration Coalition postcard campaign, aimed at sending a holiday message to members of the U.S. Congress. The message: "Help keep immigrant families together by supporting comprehensive immigration reform now." An action alert from the Episcopal Public Policy Network (EPPN) said its goal is to collect 10,000 signed postcards "and send a strong message to Congress that people of faith want to see action on comprehensive immigration reform." "Your participation in the Holiday Postcard campaign will help us remind Members of Congress that our broken immigration system is hurting immigrant families, and needs to...
  • A Few Reasons to Hate Christmas

    12/17/2008 8:14:14 AM PST · by Jibaholic · 64 replies · 1,321+ views
    12/16/08 | Jibaholic
    Christmas is really a pagan holiday to celebrate the winter solstice and the end of the harvast. Jesus was probably born in late September. Even if Jesus was born on December 25th, an orgy of materialism showing friends and family how much you love them is not an appropriate way to celebrate his birth. Many Christians recognize this paradox, hence the emphasis to "put Christ in Christmas." This means evening devotionals about the birth of Christ, special candles, and other rituals. Yet this has the effect of elevating Jesus' birth above his death and resurrection. Most Christians do not...
  • Primary school teacher who told children: 'Santa does not exist' is fired

    12/11/2008 11:13:35 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 64 replies · 1,226+ views
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | December 11, 2008 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A primary school teacher who left a class of 25 pupils in tears after she told told them Santa Claus did not exist has been fired.. When excited youngsters became rowdy as they talked about Santa, the supply teacher blurted out: 'It's your parents who leave out presents on Christmas Day.' The class of seven-year-olds at Blackshaw Lane Primary School, Royton, near Oldham, Greater Manchester burst into tears and told their parents when they arrived home. Mothers and fathers then complained about the incident and were sent a letter by the school saying the substitute teacher, who only worked at...
  • 'Jesus was born in June', astronomers claim

    12/09/2008 11:28:16 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 102 replies · 2,253+ views
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | December 9, 2008
    Astronomers have calculated that Christmas should be in June, by charting the appearance of the 'Christmas star' which the Bible says led the three Wise Men to Jesus. They found that a bright star which appeared over Bethlehem 2,000 years ago pinpointed the date of Christ's birth as June 17 rather than December 25. The researchers claim the 'Christmas star' was most likely a magnificent conjunction of the planets Venus and Jupiter, which were so close together they would have shone unusually brightly as a single "beacon of light" which appeared suddenly. If the team is correct, it would mean...
  • Black Friday bargains may not be after all

    12/28/2007 8:22:54 AM PST · by GQuagmire · 40 replies · 252+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | December 28, 2007 | Jenn Abelson and Rebecca A. Fitzgerald
    Merchants long have tried to lure shoppers into rising at ungodly hours to snare blockbuster bargains on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. But are the deals actually better? Turns out that often they are not.
  • How the Christmas cookie crumbles - College chides worker for ordering "Christmas" Cookies

    12/17/2007 9:29:57 AM PST · by XR7 · 72 replies · 445+ views
    Crosscut ^ | 12/17/2007 | Lisa Albers
    An e-mail fracas at North Seattle Community College hits on why "the most wonderful season of all" causes us so much angst. Here in Seattle, the phrase "Merry Christmas" has been largely expunged from public discourse. Haltingly and awkwardly, we wish each other happy holiday; we talk vaguely about a holiday season; we plan parties that by all appearances look like Christmas parties, but we never call them such. This despite every indication that Christmas, at least the consumerist trappings of it, is alive and well. Every Starbucks sign hawks a peppermint latte; the sound of Barbra Streisand belting out...
  • Bay Area wealthy are less giving - Study finds affluent of L.A. donate nearly twice as much

    12/26/2006 7:48:52 AM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies · 733+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/26/6 | George Raine
    Los Angelenos are the most generous people in California when it comes to giving to charities. Affluent people in the Southern California metropolis gave almost twice as much as their counterparts in the Bay Area and other parts of the state in 2004, according to a new report. The study was conducted by the San Francisco philanthropic research organization NewTithing Group, based on 2004 tax data, the most recent available. It found that of Californians earning $200,000 or more, the median income tax filer in Los Angeles County gave most generously, donating nearly $5,000. That was roughly 1 percent of...
  • Freeper confesses there is no Ping List

    12/24/2006 5:57:11 PM PST · by sodpoodle · 149 replies · 2,173+ views
    Ping Listing | 12/24/2006 | Sodpoodle
    Sodpoodle found to have falsified Ping List credentials
  • Bah-humbug! say some holiday shoppers

    11/22/2006 6:13:43 AM PST · by Hydroshock · 26 replies · 543+ views
    CNN ^ | 11-21-06
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Almost a third of Americans plan to spend less on the holidays this year, mainly because they need to use their money for daily expenses, according to a survey released Tuesday. The Consumer Federation of America and the Credit Union National Association found 32 percent of shoppers want to spend less than they did during the 2005 holidays. About half of the survey's roughly 1,000 respondents said they would like to spend about the same. Only 15 percent intended to spend more. Video More video CNNMoney.com shows you how to properly tip for the holidays. Play video...
  • What is a "ping" list and how does one get on it?

    08/11/2006 9:16:40 PM PDT · by silentknight · 95 replies · 2,010+ views
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  • What does "Ping" mean?

    07/02/2006 7:57:20 AM PDT · by maineman · 405 replies · 15,758+ views
    I see so many people asking to be put on the 'ping list', what does that mean? I also see that you can be 'pinged' if something you are interested in is posted. Are you notified someway? Thanks
  • Hi - I'm new here and like to post random items I receive in email, please don't ZOT me.

    06/10/2006 4:25:12 PM PDT · by concernedcitizenusa · 95 replies · 6,860+ views
    snopes ^ | 6-10-2006 | ConcernedCitizenUSA
    THESE ARE THE SENATORS WHO VOTED TO GIVE SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS TO ILLEGAL ALIENS REGARDLESS OF POLITICAL PARTY, THESE POLITICIANS NEED TO BE DEFEATED IN 2006, 2008 OR 2010, WHENEVER THEY NEXT COME UP FOR OFFICE. SEND THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW; THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF THE UNITED STATES NEEDS TO KNOW THIS INFORMATION -- THAT IS, UNLESS THEY DO NOT MIND SHARING THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY WITH FOREIGN WORKERS WHO NEVER PAID INTO IT AND AMERICAN CITIZENS ARE BEING LEFT OUT. Grouped by Home State Alabama: Alaska: Stevens (R-AK), Yea Arizona: McCain (R-AZ), Yea Arkansas: Lincoln (D-AR), Yea Pryor (D-AR),...
  • Malvo and the War Debate (ZOT!!! Why not to go off antipsychotic meds without a doctor’s guidance)

    05/29/2006 6:48:25 AM PDT · by DanPride · 80 replies · 4,217+ views
    Me | Today | Dan Pride
    I am curious why none of the media covers the most important aspect of the Malvo shootings. If you look at Newspapers on the dates when the shootings are underway you discover something I find quite interesting. The shootings begin to dominate the news the day before the debate on the Iraq war starts and they catch them the day after the declaration of war??? If you ask most people "do you remember the debate about starting the second Iraq war", they will all answer "yes of course". But if you followup with the question "name one point in the...
  • What is a FReeper? (zot)

    05/30/2006 12:41:24 PM PDT · by Uddercha0s · 183 replies · 7,024+ views
    5/30/06 | Uddercha0s
    I recently received a reply to a post that stated: "This should be beneath a "freeper". Sad." So I asked.. what is it that makes a FReeper? My reply (and I will admit was tasteless) was also questioning. It stirred controversy and was removed? Why Moderators? Can you not tell me? Did it not meet with your "FReeper" mentality? According to all posted guidelines it should be listed but no, you chose to delete it. Yes.. I'm the first one IBTZ, I'm sure you'll nick me for speaking up..