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  • Christmas message lands Boston worker in hot water

    12/28/2011 9:33:48 AM PST · by Enchante · 5 replies · 1+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 12/28/2011 | AP staff
    Travelers seemed to get a chuckle out of the holiday levity. But Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officials weren't amused and initially said the dispatcher could be strongly disciplined.
  • An unusual Christmas decoration

    12/27/2011 11:00:12 AM PST · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    Various | 2009?
  • Obama Skips Christmas Statement But Issues Statement for Fake Holiday Kwanzaa

    12/27/2011 10:30:10 PM PST · by Nachum · 60 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 12/27/11 | Jim Hoft
    Barack Obama did not release a special statement for Christmas this year. From the White House website: Posted by Jim Hoft on Tuesday, December 27, 2011, 4:20 PM Barack Obama did not release a special statement for Christmas this year. From the White House website: But, Barack Obama did issue a statement in celebration of the fake holiday Kwanzaa on Monday December 26. From the White House website: Michelle and I send our warmest wishes to all those celebrating Kwanzaa this holiday season. Today marks the beginning of the week-long celebration honoring African American heritage and culture through the seven...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-28-11, Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs

    12/27/2011 7:08:31 PM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-28-11 | Revised New American Bible
    December 28, 2011 Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs   Reading 1 1 Jn 1:5-2:2 Beloved:This is the message that we have heard from Jesus Christand proclaim to you:God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all.If we say, "We have fellowship with him,"while we continue to walk in darkness,we lie and do not act in truth.But if we walk in the light as he is in the light,then we have fellowship with one another,and the Blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin.If we say, "We are without sin,"we deceive ourselves, and the...
  • Islamic Honor Killing In Texas: "Santa Killer" Was Muslim Who Hated Daughter Dating A Non-Muslim

    12/27/2011 1:30:07 PM PST · by Windflier · 149 replies · 1+ views
    The mainstream media has reported this as the "Santa killer." No mention that it was an Islamic honor killing until this Dallas Morning News story. Our daughters and granddaughters are going to be the ones who will suffer because of for this obfuscation and excusal of barbarism. This has been going on for years. When Amina and Sarah Said were brutally murdered by their father, also in Texas, on New Year’s Day 2008 for the same reason -- having non-Muslim boyfriends -- I thought, this is it. This is going to break the dam wide open. America would not, could...
  • How Best Buy Stole Christmas

    12/27/2011 10:24:34 AM PST · by Hunton Peck · 78 replies
    TechCrunch/AOL ^ | Friday, December 23rd, 2011 | Matt Burns
    “I wouldn’t touch you with a thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole.” There’s a bit of inherent risk when shopping online. You’re handing over your credit card to a retailer that promises to ship you something in return. Most of the time transactions are completed without issue and orders are fulfilled as promised. Sometimes things go awry, though. And sometimes Best Buy ruins Christmas. Best Buy started reaching out to customers earlier this week — you know, mere days before Christmas — that the retailer was unable to fulfill orders placed as far back as November. Big Blue was sorry but they were...
  • Couple marries as Mr. and Mrs. Claus in Huntington Mall (W.Va)

    BARBOURSVILLE - There are a lot of things to see at the mall in the days leading up to Christmas. There are last minute deals and last minute gifts. But Friday night, at the Huntington Mall, Mr. and Mrs. Claus made it official, tying the knot in front of family, friends and curious mall onlookers. Their story goes like this: Ralph Grimm met Debbie Knapp a year ago at the Huntington Mall at the Santa display. They decided the spot where they met would make the perfect spot to get married, and decided tying the knot dressed as Mr. and...
  • HOW TIMES CHANGE

    12/25/2011 10:27:52 PM PST · by mamelukesabre · 39 replies · 1+ views
    My christmas presents from my mother today got me thinking about how times have changed. I have never grown up on a farm but many of my relatives did. A few of the old holdouts still do. Family reunions were almost always on a farm somewhere. I spent summers as a kid on farms owned by relatives. What did my mother give me? Well before I talk about that I need to explain a few things. The hard lessons learned during the great depression stuck a little more permanently in my family tree than most. I grew up saving rubber...
  • Following The Truth: The Feast Of St. Stephen – A Case Of Bad Timing? (Catholic or Open)

    12/27/2011 8:49:55 AM PST · by Salvation · 17 replies
    FollowingtheTruth.com ^ | Dec 26th, 2011 | Gary Zimak
    The Feast Of St. Stephen – A Case Of Bad Timing? Dec 26th, 2011by Gary Zimak. “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23)One day after the beautiful celebration of Christmas, the Church honors the first Christian martyr, St. Stephen.  Talk about bad timing!  Isn’t this supposed to be the season of joy and peace?  Is the Church calendar so crowded that we had to squeeze Stephen in this week?  Wouldn’t he be a better fit during the season of Lent?In reality, the Church knows exactly...
  • Feds' War on Religion (Part 2 of 2)

    12/27/2011 4:48:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 27, 2011 | Chuck Norris
    Last week, I documented more than a dozen ways in which, in just the past six months, the Obama administration is trampling on the religious liberties of America's finest military service members. (If you haven't read Part 1, you can find it at creators.com.) I am very disappointed by the dissolution of religious liberties in the U.S. military. Times have sadly and radically changed since my father served in World War II, since I served four years in the Air Force and since my two brothers, Wieland and Aaron, served in the Army in Vietnam. (My brother Wieland paid the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-27-11, Feast, St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

    12/26/2011 8:28:43 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-27-11 | Revised New American Bible
    December 27, 2011 Feast of Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist   Reading 1 1 Jn 1:1-4 Beloved:What was from the beginning,what we have heard,what we have seen with our eyes,what we looked uponand touched with our handsconcerns the Word of life ?for the life was made visible;we have seen it and testify to itand proclaim to you the eternal lifethat was with the Father and was made visible to us? what we have seen and heardwe proclaim now to you,so that you too may have fellowship with us;for our fellowship is with the Fatherand with his Son, Jesus Christ.We...
  • Gunman dressed as Santa fatally shoots 7 people in Texas home

    Grapevine police investigate the scene where they found seven people dead outside Dallas in Grapevine, Texas, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. Four women and three men who police believe to be related were found apparently shot to death, and authorities said they believe the shooter is among the dead. Six members of a Texas family apparently opened Christmas presents just before a relative dressed as Santa Claus showed up, opened fire and killed them before killing himself, police said Monday. Grapevine police spokesman Sgt. Robert Eberling said the shooter showed up in the Santa outfit shortly before gunfire erupted and was...
  • Chesterton on Christmas

    12/26/2011 2:52:13 PM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies
    CatholicEducation.org ^ | December 29, 2009 | GEORGE MARLIN
    Chesterton on Christmas   GEORGE MARLIN For a quarter of a century, my wife, Barbara, and I have printed special Christmas cards that contained an excerpt of Chesterton's reflections on the season. Reading through them I was, once again, awed by Chesterton's vision. For those of us who love and admire the British Catholic journalist, Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), he lives still in his Inverness cape, with sword cane and pince-nez. And he lives because his words are timeless. His commentaries and views on the continuing dehumanization of man, the so-called social sciences, the idealistic movements and totalitarian ideologies, and...
  • Humor Alert! A Christmas Cookie Recipe in the Style of the Revised Translation

    12/26/2011 2:16:39 PM PST · by Salvation · 47 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 26, 2011 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Christmas Cookie Recipe in the Style of the Revised TranslationBy: Msgr. Charles Pope Please accept a light-hearted post on Christmas Monday wherein we ponder a Christmas Cookie Recipe in the fine and polished style of the Revised Translation of the Mass.Please also understand, as most of you know, I am a big fan of the new translation we are using. I like it! But this little recipe that came my way was too much fun not to share.I do not know the source of this recipe (it’s kicking around the Internet) and some of you will have seen...
  • How to argue with right-wing relatives (You're about to lose yesterday's supper)

    12/26/2011 9:49:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    Salon ^ | December 25, 2011 | Alex Pareene
    There comes a time at most large family gatherings when a heated political argument breaks out. And by “heated political argument” what I mean is “someone just repeats something they heard on Hannity’s radio show that you know to be completely untrue.” You may be the lone liberal in a conservative family, or you may have one right-wing uncle in your left-wing family, but this will happen. What to do? If you have a “smart phone,” just bookmark Snopes now. That’ll take care of the really weird stuff. (Well, not this level of weird, but “I read that airlines don’t...
  • Embattled Indonesian Church Forced to Celebrate Christmas in Private Home

    12/26/2011 6:07:55 AM PST · by george76 · 4 replies
    Jakarta Globe ^ | December 26, 2011 | Vento Saudale |
    The congregation of the embattled GKI Yasmin church in Bogor was forced to move its Christmas prayers to a member’s house after Islamic groups assembled at the disputed site and threatened to challenge the sermon on Sunday. The service was slated to start at 9 a.m. in the sealed church on Jalan Abdullah bin Nuh, but the congregants went elsewhere after members of the Indonesian Muslim Communication Forum (Forkami), the Islamic Reform Movement (Garis) and the Bogor Muslim Community (KMB) objected to that plan. The opposition protestors came to the church in the morning and shouted to guarding police officers...
  • Obama's Faith Problem

    12/26/2011 5:18:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2011 | Lurita Doan
    Christmas is a time when many Americans reflect on the many blessings enjoyed by each of us in this great nation. Churches and synagogues are full as Americans, of all faiths, take time to pause and consider the meaning of our lives and our responsibilities to others. What a pity that our President does not participate in these simple acts of faith! Our nation would be better if he did. There has been much ink spilled over President Obama's belief in God (or lack thereof), in the strength of his faith, in questioning what his faith is ( Christian, Muslim,...
  • Christmas in Brooklyn (Dyker Lights)

    12/26/2011 1:47:00 AM PST · by OddLane · 4 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | December 26, 2011 | Gerard
    A belated Merry Christmas to my fellow FReepers.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-26-11, Feast, St. Stephen, First Martyr

    12/25/2011 8:04:14 PM PST · by Salvation · 45 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-26-11 | Revised New American Bible
    December 26, 2011 Feast of Saint Stephen, First Martyr   Reading 1 Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59 Stephen, filled with grace and power,was working great wonders and signs among the people.Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen,Cyrenians, and Alexandrians,and people from Cilicia and Asia,came forward and debated with Stephen,but they could not withstand the wisdom and the spirit with which he spoke. When they heard this, they were infuriated,and they ground their teeth at him.But he, filled with the Holy Spirit,looked up intently to heavenand saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,and he...
  • Seven People Found Dead in Dallas-Area Apartment [Amid Christmas Gifts And Wrapping Paper]

    12/25/2011 6:44:33 PM PST · by Steelfish · 104 replies · 7+ views
    FoxNews ^ | December 25, 2011
    Seven People Found Dead in Dallas-Area Apartment Published December 25, 2011 GRAPEVINE, Texas – Seven people believed to be related had opened their Christmas gifts and started cleaning up the wrapping paper when they were shot to death in a suburban Texas apartment, police said Sunday. Authorities said they believe the shooter is among the dead, but got a warrant before doing a full search on the small chance that it was otherwise. Four women and three men, aged 18 to 60, were found in an adjoining kitchen and living room area when police entered the apartment around midday, said...
  • More Politically Correct Carols, but Where Are the Real Ones?

    12/25/2011 6:42:57 PM PST · by stolinsky · 1 replies
    www.stolinsky.com ^ | 12-26-11 | stolinsky
      More Politically Correct Carols, but Where Are the Real Ones? David C. Stolinsky Dec. 26, 2011 http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_G-aof4zoffk/TPkhsECvywI/AAAAAAAABuk/wY1a1eiwaaU/s400/choice-on-earth-herod.jpg What Child Was This? Planned Parenthood, which receives taxpayer funds, offered gift certificates for its birth-control services, including abortion. Mark Steyn suggested including a greeting card showing an empty manger − which may be the real purpose. What child was this who, laid to rest,In the trash is sleeping, Whom angels greet with anthems sweet To cover up their weeping? This, this is no one now, While only to ourselves we bow. Haste, haste to turn away, We may have a...
  • Green Bay Packers Football vs. Christmas (WI)

    12/21/2005 1:21:27 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 51 replies · 1,120+ views
    Madison.com via AP Wire ^ | December 21, 2005 | Robert Imrie
    (Demand for tickets down for Bears game Sunday...) With the Green Bay Packers coming off a woeful loss to Baltimore and about to play their first-ever Christmas Day game at Lambeau Field, some fans and brokers report declining demand for tickets - even though Sunday's opponent is the archrival Chicago Bears. Longtime season ticket-holder William Swetlik of Green Bay has two tickets for sale - at face value - for a Bears game he hates to miss. "Christmas Day is for Christ, not for football, and for my family," he said. "I want to be home with the kids. We...
  • Joseph's letter home

    12/25/2011 11:40:47 AM PST · by knarf · 11 replies
    This was read today in church
  • We Know More About Jesus's Birth Than Obama's

    12/25/2011 5:02:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/25/2011 | Jack Cashill
    A few years back, the Harvard-educated Paul Mirecki, then head of the Religious Studies Department at Kansas University, proposed a new class. His goal, as he told his cohorts in an atheist and agnostic chat room, was to give "fundies" -- i.e., orthodox Christians -- "a nice slap in their big fat face by teaching [intelligent design] as a religious studies class under the category 'mythology.'" Mirecki did not expect any pushback from KU. "The majority of my colleagues here in the dept [sic] are agnostics or atheists, or they just don't care," wrote Mirecki. "If any of them are...
  • Five myths about Christmas (BARF ALERT)

    12/25/2011 12:40:30 PM PST · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Washington comPost ^ | 12/25/11 | James Martin, SJ
    5. Midnight Mass is at midnight. One of the hoariest Catholic jokes — “What time is midnight Mass?” — is no longer so funny. Midnight Mass, traditionally the first celebration of the Christmas liturgy, is also when Saint Luke’s account of the birth of Jesus is read aloud. Recently, however, many churches have moved up their celebrations — first to 10 p.m., then to 8 p.m., and now as early as 4 p.m. Why? For one thing, churches are packed on Christmas Day. Second, the elderly and families with children may find it easier to attend services on the 24th,...
  • Police: 9 shot at Tenn. nightclub Christmas party

    12/25/2011 11:44:56 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 66 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | 25 Dec 2011 | None
    <p>CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Authorities say nine people were shot when a fight broke out at a Chattanooga nightclub, where some 400 teens and adults were attending a Christmas party. Police say all those shot are expected to survive.</p> <p>Chattanooga police said in a press release Sunday morning that an off-duty officer who had been working at Club Fathom fired shots at a suspect who pointed a gun at him, but the gunman got away. The officer was not wounded.</p>
  • Awkward Christmas family photos (Part II

    12/25/2011 11:18:46 AM PST · by illiac · 3 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 12/25/11 | MailOnline
    It's the most wonderful time of the year, so the song goes. But it can also be oddest, when families find themselves suddenly jammed into close proximity - with the pubs shut and nowhere to go. As a result, it can lead to some pretty embarrassing moments, particularly when the time comes for the inevitable family photos.
  • Christmas: A History of U. S. Presidential Celebrations

    12/25/2011 10:29:25 AM PST · by loveliberty2 · 6 replies
    Wallbuilders | December 25, 2011 | Vanity
    Sean Hannity's use this week of President Reagan's Christmas Message may have noted the stark difference between the content of that message with those of last year and this year.The contrast we may not have been able to draw, however, is the contrast between the current President's messages and the words and celebrations of Presidents throughout the past 200 years.Without reviewing them all, however, and especially for young people who may visit FR, may I suggest that visitors here also visit the web site of Wallbuilders.com where such information has been collected and referenced. Democrats and others who may think...
  • Christmas House Lights Synced to the song "Christmas Wrapping" by the Waitresses

    12/25/2011 11:09:05 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | 12/25/2011 | Youtube
    Video Linky Here
  • 'Sleigh Ride' repeats as most-played holiday songs

    12/25/2011 10:41:49 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | December 24, 2011
    Some might argue that Christmas songs start too early and play too often each season. But others can't get enough of those cheery tunes. ASCAP -- the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers -- has updated its list of most-played songs of the 2011 holiday season. For the second year in a row, "Sleigh Ride" tops the list of songs, which were all written or co-written by members of ASCAP. Since Oct.1, "Sleigh Ride" has aired 154,327 times.
  • Touching New Christmas Song

    12/25/2011 10:25:12 AM PST · by CitizenM · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12/25/11
    This new Christmas song performed by the (British) Military Wives Choir is sure to become a classic. God Bless our troops the world over. At this time, especially, may they be remembered and honored.
  • The birth of Jesus Christ as found in Luke 2:1-20

    12/25/2011 10:10:54 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/25/2011 | Luke
    In 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...
  • Simply Chirstmas

    12/25/2011 9:41:17 AM PST · by keats5 · 2 replies
    Christ Community Chapel, Hudson, Ohio ^ | 12/25/2011 | Pr. Joe Coffey
    This is a DVD video sermon entitled "Simply Christms," meant to be viewed on Christmas day, from my hometown church, Christ Community Chapel in Hudson. Enjoy! http://ccchapel.com/Simply-Christmas
  • Silent Night For Christians In Afghanistan And Iraq

    12/25/2011 9:35:39 AM PST · by raptor22 · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 25, 2011 | IBD staff
    Religious Freedom: As our nation celebrates Christmas, Christians in the nations we shed blood and treasure for to establish democracy face extinction. For Christians in Iraq and Afghanistan, it may be the last Christmas ever. Christianity faces the threat of actual extinction in Iraq and Afghanistan as a consequence of systematic, sustained and sometimes violent persecution, according to the chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. According to USCIRF head Leonard Leo in an interview with CNSNews.com, the Iraqi government has not taken adequate steps to protect Christians or prosecute those who attack them. The precipitate U.S. withdrawal...
  • "Nigerian Taliban" church bombings kill dozens [at Christmas Mass]

    12/25/2011 9:10:47 AM PST · by americanophile · 39 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 25, 2011 | CBS News
    (AP) LAGOS, Nigeria - An explosion ripped through a Catholic church during Christmas Mass near Nigeria's capital Sunday, killing at least 25 people there, officials said. A radical Muslim sect claimed the attack and another bombing near a church in the restive city of Jos, as explosions also struck the nation's northeast. The Christmas Day attacks show the growing national ambition of the sect known as Boko Haram, which is responsible for at least 495 killings this year alone, according to an Associated Press count. The assaults come a year after a series of Christmas Eve bombings in Jos claimed...
  • A Silent Night for Middle East Christians

    12/25/2011 9:00:32 AM PST · by Wolf13 · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12-25-11 | Gary Bauer
    Let's keep the persecuted church in our prayers today. Watch this video to find out why.
  • Merry Christmas JR and Family

    12/25/2011 8:45:54 AM PST · by Vendome · 94 replies
    Vanity | 12/25/2011 | Vendome
    Merry Christmas Jim Robinson and John Robinson!
  • The Manger and the Inn

    12/25/2011 8:27:50 AM PST · by Altariel · 6 replies
    Biblical Archaeology ^ | November 8, 2008 | kennethbailey
    Why would Joseph, “of the lineage of David,” in the city of his family’s origin have to seek shelter in an inn and be turned out into a stable? Recently this question was put to me here in Beirut. This paper presents an answer. In this brief study I will attempt to demonstrate that Jesus was born in a private home and that the “inn” of Luke 2:7 is best understood as the guest room of the family in whose house the birth took place. Recent studies have primarily focused on Luke’s theological interests.1 The concern here is the Palestinian...
  • Merry Christmas from Burger King, Sarah Michelle Gellar video 12/82

    12/25/2011 5:53:54 AM PST · by SMGFan · 19 replies
    Youtube video ^ | December 1982 | Burger King
    You do not see businesses wishing you a Merry Christmas very much anymore.
  • God bless you: Thanking the military at Christmas

    12/25/2011 5:52:56 AM PST · by GrootheWanderer · 5 replies
    The Dalton Daily Citizen ^ | 12-24-2011 | Charles Oliver
    Theresa Payne sent some 2,000 Christmas cards this year, and she made sure that she sent a personal message with each one. “I tried to make each one different. I wanted each one to be special. Most of the time I wrote ‘God bless you,’ and if the card didn’t say Merry Christmas I wrote ‘Merry Christmas,’” she said. Payne, who lives in Cohutta, said she wanted to make sure that each card was special because they were going to some very special people: soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines recuperating from war wounds and other injuries and illnesses at Walter...
  • CHRISTMAS Sunday Funnies (and Rock n Roll Christmas Carols)

    12/25/2011 3:36:38 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 5 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | December 25, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    LMAObama  More toons (+ Xmas rock carols) at Reaganite Repulican A Happy and Blessed Christmas to All!
  • Thousands rally to save Texas nativity

    12/25/2011 1:55:50 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    Beliefnetnews ^ | December 15, 2011 | Rob Kerby
    Thousands of Texans, including the state attorney general and the governor, have sent a clear message to Wisconsin atheists who enjoy intimidating small towns into removing nativity scenes. At least 5,000 showed up at a rally supporting Henderson County officials who have refused to comply with the group’s demand that they remove a nativity scene from the Athens, Texas, courthouse lawn. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said that if the Wisconsin atheists sue as threatened, his office would come to the county’s defense. Texas’ governor, Rick Perry, also said he would fight to support the county, noted the San Antonio...
  • Caption the Royal Pair as he delivers Christmas Greetings to the taxpayers

    12/24/2011 11:07:38 PM PST · by Zakeet · 35 replies
    U.K. Daily Mail ^ | December 25, 2011 | Hannah Roberts
    They both look like they have their hands at work in inappropriate places. In this photo, the Looser is apparently mentioning the J-Word after giving top billing to Bo the Wonder Dog.
  • The Long Rough Awakening of Russia

    12/24/2011 7:44:57 PM PST · by decimon · 18 replies
    Rosett Report ^ | December 24, 2011 | Claudia Rosett
    Twenty years ago this Christmas day, Mikhail Gorbachev gave a speech announcing “I hereby discontinue my activities at the post of President of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.” And with that, the totalitarian and murderous construct of the USSR, already uncoupled earlier that month by Russian President Boris Yeltsin and the presidents of Ukraine and Belarus, was no more. These were monumental events. Yet so tumultuous is the world right now that the 20th anniversary of the Soviet collapse is figuring as little more than a footnote in the news. In Russia itself, the events of the hour are...
  • First lady asked Santa to help get Obama to Hawaii (Christmas barf alert)

    12/24/2011 10:40:14 PM PST · by Zakeet · 60 replies · 2+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution / AP ^ | December 24, 2011 | Julie Pace
    Michelle Obama was looking for help from more than just House Republicans so her husband could make it to Hawaii in time for Christmas. "We were all praying and praying, and asking Santa, and the tooth fairy, and every fairy they could think of," the first lady said Saturday. She said their children prayed as well that the president "would be able to be with us." President Barack Obama eventually made it to Hawaii, about a week late, and only after Congress resolved its stalemate over extending expiring payroll tax cuts. With the tense tax standoff behind him, the president...
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas

    12/24/2011 8:01:17 PM PST · by Conservative Vermont Vet · 16 replies
    Self ^ | December 24, 2011 | Self
    Twas the night before Christmas and all thru the land Not an Lib was stirring, they had taken a stand Their stocking were hung by the solar panels with care With hopes that Karl Marx soon would be there The Occupyers were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of anarchy danced in their heads. And mamma in her Birkenstocks and I with my cap, Had just settled down for a long winter’s rap. When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang forth to see what was the matter. Forgetting Chris Mathews and leaving...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 12-25-11, Solemnity, Nativity of the Lord (During the Day)

    12/24/2011 7:45:49 PM PST · by Salvation · 50 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-25-11 | Revised New American Bible
    December 25, 2011   Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)Mass during the Day   Reading 1 Is 52:7-10 How beautiful upon the mountainsare the feet of him who brings glad tidings,announcing peace, bearing good news,announcing salvation, and saying to Zion,"Your God is King!" Hark! Your sentinels raise a cry,together they shout for joy,for they see directly, before their eyes,the LORD restoring Zion.Break out together in song,O ruins of Jerusalem!For the LORD comforts his people,he redeems Jerusalem.The LORD has bared his holy armin the sight of all the nations;all the ends of the earth will beholdthe salvation of our...
  • California atheists block out nativity scenes

    12/24/2011 7:45:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 24, 2011 | Jazz Shaw
    I don’t like dredging up that whole “war on Christmas” thing, but (with apologies in advance to Allahpundit) this story kind of gets under my skin. In Santa Monica, California, there is apparently one particular stretch of road alongside a park which has traditionally been set aside for Christmas displays. The nativity scenes on display have been popular with residents and tourists. But in order to be fair to everyone, the city used a lottery to allocate space to groups wishing to put up Creche displays and related scenes. Now, a group of atheists are accused of swamping the lottery...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 12-25-11, Solemnity, Nativity of the Lord (Mass at Dawn)

    12/24/2011 7:40:49 PM PST · by Salvation · 43 replies
    USCCB.org?RNAB ^ | 12-25-11 | Revised New American Bible
    December 25, 2011 Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)Mass at Dawn   Reading 1 Is 62:11-12 See, the LORD proclaimsto the ends of the earth:say to daughter Zion,your savior comes!Here is his reward with him,his recompense before him.They shall be called the holy people,the redeemed of the LORD,and you shall be called "Frequented,"a city that is not forsaken. Responsorial Psalm Ps 97:1, 6, 11-12 R. A light will shine on us this day: the Lord is born for us.The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice;let the many isles be glad.The heavens proclaim his justice,and all peoples see his...
  • At last a mention for Christmas... After politically correct card President and First Lady's

    12/24/2011 7:35:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/24/11 | Hannah Robert
    Their politically correct holiday card was ridiculed for avoiding the Christmas theme altogether. But the President and First Lady have finally acknowledged the religious origins of the festival. Giving his weekly address from Hawaii where the first family are on holiday, the President was joined by Michelle Obama, as the couple wished America a Happy Christmas. The Obamas were last week mocked for having sent out a Christmas card, featuring their dog Bo, containing no discernible mention of Christmas itself. They also sent out a secular card in 2009. But sitting next to her husband the