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  • Obama tees off in Hawaii with Malaysian leader

    12/25/2014 4:50:59 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    UT San Diego ^ | 12/24/14 | JOSH LEDERMAN and CATHY BUSSEWITZ
    .....vacationing this week in Oahu, Obama and Najib teed off Wednesday on a cloudy but balmy afternoon at a Marine Corps base, not far from where Obama is renting a home for his two-week stay. The two leaders seemed at ease together, smiling and laughing in casual clothes as they sized up their shots.
  • Rural Retreat, VA, Train 42, December 24, 1957 [Christmas Eve Vanity]

    12/24/2015 6:30:10 PM PST · by Rodamala · 20 replies ^ | 12/27/1954 | O. Winston Link / Corky Zider
    Train 42, 'The Pelican', headed by N&W 4-8-4 Class J 603 arrives at Rural Retreat, VA eastbound from New Orleans to Washington shortly before 10pm Dec. 27th, 1957, and thunders off into the night. The Norfolk & Western Railway's own Class J was perhaps the finest of all express steam engines, and 603 is heard here in its last days of main line service with a consist of 17 cars. The photograph is of Train 17, 'The Birmingham Special' westbound arriving later that same night at 11:37pm, being waved through by Agent J.L. Akers. The photograph and sound recording were...
  • "Born for You a Savior" (Sermon for Christmas Eve, on Luke 2:1-20)

    12/24/2015 8:15:25 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies ^ | December 24, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "Born for You a Savior" (Luke 2:1-20) "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." So the angel brought the good news of great joy to the shepherds. And so the good news comes to us tonight: "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." Let's consider now, and let us rejoice in, this glorious announcement, under the theme, "Born for You a Savior." In particular, I want us to zero in on three terms the angel uses...
  • Anyone else spending Christmas Eve alone?

    12/24/2014 5:33:35 PM PST · by Skooz · 506 replies
    The bizarro world of brother skooz | 12/24/2014 | Skooz
    Hello all. Sitting here at home and wondering if anyone else out there is spending this evening alone. On this night of all nights when families gather and friends share gifts and time, some of us are, for various reasons, spending Christmas Eve solo. Not necessarily a bad thing - alone doesn't always mean lonely. But, it does mean alone. Check in if that includes any of you, my fellow Freepers.
  • Now, have some Christmas Eve old-time radio!

    12/24/2014 12:44:07 PM PST · by BluesDuke · 5 replies
    Kallman's Alley | December 24 2014 | Yours Truly
    I’m not convinced that I can possibly improve upon this particular entry from Christmas Eves past, so I’ll continue this journal’s little tradition. For all who celebrate, and for anyone sorely in need of extra cheer this and any such season, today’s offerings are dedicated, as always. Columbia Workshop: The Plot to Overthrow Christmas (CBS, 24 December 1942) Set in hell, delivered in verse (some of it, admittedly, is a little on the awkward side but the archness of the delivery and the quality of the bulk makes up for it), some of history’s most notorious villains to that point...
  • President Obama Didn't Go To Church For Christmas

    12/27/2013 3:37:52 PM PST · by george76 · 103 replies
    CNS News ^ | December 27, 2013 | Michael W. Chapman
    Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and their two daughters did not go to church on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, according to press pool reports. The Obamas are in Kailua, Hawaii for a 17-day Christmas vacation. Although the Obamas did not go to church for Christmas, President Obama did play golf
  • NASA Celebrates 45th Anniversary of Apollo 8 'Earthrise' Photo (New Video Released From NASA)

    12/24/2013 8:12:55 PM PST · by lbryce · 40 replies
    UPI ^ | December 24, 2013 | Ananth Baliga
    The Apollo 8 astronauts were the first to orbit the moon, and captured the iconic photograph during the first manned space mission after the ill-fated Apollo 1. NASA astronauts became the first men to orbit the moon on the Apollo 8 mission, and in the process captured the historic "Earthrise" photograph. Astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders were the first humans to see the Earth rise over the moon's horizon Christmas eve 1968. You Tube:NASA EarthRise:The 45th AnniversaryTo commemorate the event, NASA has released a new video, with actual audio from the mission and visualizations telling the story...
  • A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (Live from Cambridge England - 7AM Pacific Time)

    12/24/2013 6:00:27 AM PST · by mojito · 8 replies
    All Classical 89.9 ^ | 12/24/2013 | n/a
    Once again, All Classical broadcasts A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, recorded in the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge. The worship service was first introduced in 1918 and is broadcast to millions around the world. Tune in promptly so you don’t miss the opening carol, Once in Royal David’s City. The program airs at 7 a.m. Pacific, 10 a.m. Eastern on December 24.
  • "Where Is God? Answer: Immanuel" (Sermon for Christmas Eve, on Matthew 1:18-25)

    12/23/2013 8:17:34 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 12 replies ^ | December 24, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Where Is God? Answer: Immanuel” (Matthew 1:18-25)Where is God in the midst of all of this? You hear this question all the time these days. Whenever there is a tragedy in the news, you hear people asking this question. “Where is God,” and then fill in the blank. Where is God when a tornado levels Moore, Oklahoma, or a typhoon devastates the Philippines? Where is God when there is a terrible school shooting--in Connecticut, in Colorado--and innocent children die? Where are you, God? Why did you let this happen? Or let’s bring it closer to home. Where is God when...
  • 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...
  • "The Gift, the Announcement, and the Exclamation Mark" (Sermon for Christmas Eve, on Luke 2:1-14)

    12/24/2012 9:56:53 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies ^ | December 24, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Gift, the Announcement, and the Exclamation Mark” (Luke 2:1-14)Suppose I got a Christmas present for you, but I didn’t tell you about it. I didn’t tell you that I had something for you, and I didn’t tell you where you could find it. Well, it could be the greatest Christmas present in the world, but if you never find out what it is or where you can find it, it won’t do you much good. You need me to tell you about it. Well, that’s the way it is with Christmas. God has given us the greatest Christmas present...
  • Bali bomber Umar Patek helped lead world to Osama bin Laden's hideaway

    05/05/2011 4:47:58 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies
    The Australian ^ | 5th May 2011 | Amanda Hodge in Abbottabad and Peter Alford
    BALI bomber Umar Patek was seeking a meeting with Osama bin Laden when he was arrested a few kilometres from the al-Qa'ida chief's hideout. The arrest in Abbottabad of Patek, the last major figure who was still at large for the 2002 Bali attacks that killed 202 people, including 88 Australians, has raised a critical question: did Patek give vital information to the mission to kill bin Laden, or did his arrest by Pakistani intelligence risk upsetting the American operation? Patek was arrested on January 25, nine days after stopping in the mountain garrison town on his way to meet...
  • Unofficial Christmas Eve Culinary Traditions Thread

    12/24/2011 12:03:05 PM PST · by traderrob6 · 127 replies
    12/24/11 | traderrob
    If you're one of the many families that has a Christmas Eve eating tradition please give us your best. Personally my wifes family had one when we got married....Oyster stew and rice with raisins, it was vile! Thankfully I got her off that and for 20 years we've had Super Jumbo Atlantic wild caught Shrimp and Jumbo Stone Crab claws MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM gooooooood. Please post what you'll be having
  • "Home for the Holidays" (Sermon for Christmas Eve, on Luke 2:1-20)

    12/23/2011 7:21:39 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies ^ | December 24, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Home for the Holidays” (Luke 2:1-20)“Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays.” So goes the familiar Christmas song. And it is good to be home, with family, at Christmas time. Renewed relations, good food, smiles on all the faces. There’s a fire in the fireplace, and you’re sitting in the living room, opening presents by the Christmas tree. Perry Como is singing in the background. Como, cocoa, cookies, and kids--a Christmas right out of Norman Rockwell. Very nice. But tonight I want to tell you about something even better than that. What it really means to be home...
  • The little-known Jewish holiday of Christmas Eve. Seriously.

    12/23/2011 11:52:47 AM PST · by Mandingo Conservative · 27 replies
    slate ^ | Benyamin Cohen
    The Talmud, with its share of rabbinic repudiations against Jesus, was never a big fan of Christmas. Call it the Grinch. Indeed, the rabbis looked at it as a day of mourning—perhaps due to the suffering that Jews encountered in Jesus' name throughout history. And Christmas Eve—named "Nittel Nacht" by Jewish scholars in the 17th century—took on a life of its own. The Jewish community has long had a tense relationship with Christmas. You wouldn't know it by the two main customs observed by many 21st-century Jews on Dec. 25: eating Chinese food and being the first to see the...
  • Charles Spurgeon's evening devotional: December 24th

    12/25/2010 2:35:12 AM PST · by U of IL Conservative
    TCCC weblog ^ | December 24 | Charles Spurgeon
    “December 24th: Spurgeon’s Evening Devotional” “‘The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.’ –Isaiah 40:5“We anticipate the happy day when the whole world shall be converted to Christ; when the gods of the heathen shall be cast to the moles and the bats; when Romanism shall be exploded, and the crescent of Mohammed shall wane, never again to cast its baleful rays upon the nations; when kings shall bow down before the Prince of Peace, and all nations shall call their Redeemer blessed. Some despair of this. They look upon the world as...
  • Anyone else spending Christmas Eve alone?

    12/24/2010 5:31:05 PM PST · by Skooz · 532 replies · 5+ views
    Christmas Eve 2010 | Skooz
    Just wondering if anyone else out there is spending the evening alone. Not necessarily a bad thing. I'm sipping a cappuccino and taking in "A Christmas Story" in the old man cave. I'll be with family tomorrow, but as of tonight, it's my faithful Boxer and me. And Ralphie.
  • "December 24th: Spurgeon's Evening Devotional" (CHRISTmas Eve!)

    12/25/2010 1:59:05 AM PST · by U of IL Conservative
    From Pieter Friedrich’s Christmas Eve 2003 entry, at the now-retired ‘Deux Ego’ weblog: 12/24/2003: “December 24th: Spurgeon’s Evening Devotional”“‘The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.’ –Isaiah 40:5------------------ “We anticipate the happy day when the whole world shall be converted to Christ; when... =====> Read the Christmas Eve evening devotional, from Charles Spurgeon...
  • "The Era of Big Government Is Just Beginning" (Sermon for Christmas Eve, on Isaiah 9:2-7)

    12/24/2010 10:14:10 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 8 replies ^ | December 24, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Era of Big Government Is Just Beginning” (Isaiah 9:2-7)“The era of big government is over.” So declared President Bill Clinton in his State of the Union address in January of 1996. Of course, in the fifteen years since then, our big government has gotten even bigger. The size and scope of the federal government, its power, its spending, its intrusion into our lives--way beyond the limits set for it by the Constitution--big government is bigger than ever. “The era of big government is over”? Really? I must have missed it. As you may have guessed, and as anybody who...
  • Today in American History (APOLLO 8's CHRISTMAS EVE BROADCAST)

    12/24/2010 9:52:05 AM PST · by NEWwoman · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Political Chips ^ | December 23, 2010 | Leslie Schmidt
    The year 1968 was one of the mst discouraging in modern US history. The Vietnam War dragged on. Despite major civil rights bills, many people feared the country was turning "increasingly seperate and unequal." The nation grieved over the assassinations of Martin Luther King JR. and Robert Kennedy. Riots filled the streets.

    12/28/2009 7:19:54 PM PST · by TheFreedomPoster · 1 replies · 347+ views
    THE FREEDOM POST ^ | December 27, 2009 | Matthew Burke
    While most of us on Christmas Eve were enjoying time with our families, buying last minute Christmas gifts or going to church, our federal government was busy trying to wrap up three shenanigans (Think: "The Grinch" before his conversion to generosity.) just in time for the big day. Hoping that no one was noticing, our government gave us these three lumps of coal...
  • (Sad story): Manhunt for Killers of Salvation Army Major

    12/27/2009 5:04:18 PM PST · by Publius804 · 25 replies · 1,257+ views
    Fox News ^ | December 27, 2009 | N/A
    Arkansas police continue to search for two suspects in the shooting death of a Salvation Army major on Christmas Eve. Salvation Army Major Philip Wise was killed outside the organization’s community center in North Little Rock, Arkansas as his three young children looked on. Wise had worked for the Salvation Army for 16 years and had been at the Little Rock location for 3 years. "He was so important to that community," said North Little Rock Police Department spokesman Terry Kuykendahl told "This has been a tremendous blow to (them)." Thanks to private citizens' donations, police are offering a...
  • Police: ‘Relentless search’ for Wise’s killer

    12/25/2009 1:18:51 PM PST · by Sofia · 15 replies · 1,473+ views
    The Sherwood Voice ^ | 12/25/2009 | Jeremy Peppas
    LITTLE ROCK — Salvation Army Maj. Phillip Wise had Christmas plans. All he had to do was drop off the Christmas Eve donations at the Salvation Army headquarters in North Little Rock, pick up his wife, Cindy, who also is a Salvation Army major and was in the building waiting on him, and head home, to West Virginia, for the holidays. His three young children — 4, 6 and 8 — were with him. Then the unthinkable happened. Wise was robbed at gunpoint and as his children watched. He was then shot and bled to death in the parking lot...
  • Christmas Eve Massacre: Salvation Army major shot dead in front of 3 children

    12/24/2009 10:38:09 PM PST · by DCBryan1 · 157 replies · 7,021+ views
    Salvation Army major shot dead in front of 3 children By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette A Salvation Army major was fatally shot in front of his three children Thursday afternoon as he walked into the the organization's community center in North Little Rock, authorities said. Around 4 p.m., two black men dressed in black approached Philip Wise, 40, of Maumelle outside the community center at 1505 W. 18th St., Pulaski County Coroner Garland Camper said. Wise’ children — ages 4, 6, and 8 — were walking with him when the men came up to them, police said. His wife, Cindy, also...
  • How We Make Racists In America

    12/26/2009 9:13:37 AM PST · by bocopar · 53 replies · 2,303+ views
    Bob Parks: Black & Right ^ | 12/26/09 | Bob Parks
    On Christmas Day, a Major with the Salvation Army taking his three children into the organization's community center in North Little Rock, was held up and shot to death (in what appears to be a botched robbery attempt). The Major and his children are white and the two perpetrators were black. Given what we know about how long it takes for racial wounds to heal, what's to say that these three young children (four, six, and eight) who witnessed the murder of their father become personally hostile to every black person they see, and who could really blame them?
  • Wife of Salvation Army pastor speaks of prayer for his killer (On XMAS eve by x2 YBMs)

    12/28/2009 8:44:48 AM PST · by DCBryan1 · 8 replies · 775+ views ^ | 28 DEC 09 | EVIN DEMIREL
    ‘Work is not done,’ widow says Wife of Salvation Army pastor speaks of prayer for his killer EVIN DEMIREL ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE Leading a Sunday service in the building where her husband was shot and killed in a Christmas Eve robbery attempt, Salvation Army Major Cindy Wise said her mission to minister to the people in North Little Rock’s Baring Cross neighborhood has not changed. “I believe I have peace today because I know the work is not done here yet,” Wise told nearly 50 people on Sunday. Standing before the congregation in her navy blue uniform, she said she will...
  • Top Qaeda militants escape Yemen attack

    12/26/2009 9:10:20 PM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 3 replies · 471+ views
    Saudi Gazette ^ | 12/26/09 | Ahmad Al-Shemairi
    Sana’a – A US-born radical cleric is alive and well following reports he may have been killed in a Yemeni airstrike against suspected Al-Qaeda hideouts, friends and relatives said Friday. The government said it targeted a meeting of high-level Al-Qaeda operatives in Thursday’s airstrike in the remote Shabwa region. It claimed at least 30 militants were killed, possibly including Anwar Al-Awlaki, a radical cleric who has been linked to the shooter in last month’s attack at the Fort Hood military base in the US. In addition to Al-Awlaki, the top leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (in Saudi Arabia...
  • Christmas Eve Prayer

    12/24/2009 7:05:02 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 2 replies · 342+ views ^ | 12/24/2009 | Chrissy Sigee
    Bless this night, oh Lord, we pray, Bless our families we love so dear, Bless our friends far and near— Lord, give peace in every way.
  • Man arrested in Christmas Eve church attack

    01/03/2009 3:54:33 AM PST · by Cindy · 20 replies · 1,011+ views News ^ | January 2, 2009 - 4:55pm | Veronica Robinson, WTOP Radio
    COLLEGE PARK, Md. - A man has been arrested in the beating and mugging of an elderly man outside a church on Christmas Eve. Prince George's County Police arrested 28-year-old Shanon Washington of Capitol Heights on New Year's Day. Washington is charged with attempted murder, assault and robbery in the attack on 69-year-old Wayne Williams in the parking lot of the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.
  • Police: Santa Gunman Planned To Flee To Canada [SUIT MELTED ON SKIN]

    12/26/2008 3:36:41 PM PST · by BunnySlippers · 40 replies · 2,032+ views
    AP ^ | 12/26/08 | CHRISTINA HOAG
    COVINA, Calif. – Law enforcement officials in Southern California say the gunman who killed nine people in a Christmas Eve bloodbath at his ex-in-laws' Covina home intended to flee to Canada but was severely burned before he killed himself. Police said Friday that after the shooting, 45-year-old Bruce Jeffrey Pardo used a homemade device to spray racing fuel around the home and that the vapor was ignited by a pilot light or candle. He suffered third-degree burns on both arms when it exploded. Authorities say Pardo's Santa suit actually melted onto his body before he fled. After Pardo shot himself...
  • Entries from Today In Category: 'Philippines'

    12/26/2008 2:53:24 AM PST · by Cindy · 3 replies · 505+ views
    LONG WAR JOURNAL ^ | December 25, 2008 | n/a # BLOG ENTRY - QUOTE: Moro Islamic Liberation Front killed nine people during attacks on villagers in the provinces of Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat on Christmas eve, and continued raids on Christmas day. MILF refused to change its negotiating position or representatives, but demanded a cabinet-level official head the peace panel. Find related articles: Philippines Posted by Bill Roggio on December 25, 2008 10:33 PM | Permalink
  • Police: 'Santa' shooting kills at least 6 in LA

    12/25/2008 7:25:38 PM PST · by Callahan · 51 replies · 2,223+ views
    AP ^ | 12/25/08 | Christina Hoag
    COVINA, Calif. (AP) - Stinging from an acrimonious divorce, a man plotting revenge against his ex-wife dressed up like Santa, went to his former in-laws' Christmas Eve party and slaughtered at least six people before killing himself hours later. Three people were listed as missing after Bruce Pardo's rampage - his ex-wife and her parents - and it was feared their remains were among the ashes of the home, which Pardo set ablaze using a bizarre homemade device that sprayed flammable liquid.
  • Woman gets surprise wedding for Xmas (2nd time around for a Christmas Eve wedding, same fella)

    12/25/2007 10:22:20 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 350+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/25/07 | AP
    WATERFORD, Wis. - Some people get surprise birthday parties. Ilda Ruth Southey gets surprise weddings. Twice in her life Southey was surprised with a wedding ceremony on Christmas Eve, both times to Francis Southey. Her future husband planned their original wedding for Christmas Eve 1942 while he was stationed in Sherman, Texas, awaiting orders to ship off to Europe during World War II. "I didn't know I was getting married, I just went to spend Christmas with him and I got down there, he had the wedding all arranged," said Ruth Southey, 85, who lives at the Waterford Senior Living...
  • Full moon near Mars on December 23

    12/23/2007 8:24:07 PM PST · by girlangler · 61 replies · 608+ views
    Earth & Sky Radio Series ^ | December 23, 2007 | Deborah Byrd, Joel Block,
    Full moon near Mars on December 23 Earth & Sky Radio Series with hosts Deborah Byrd, Joel Block, Lindsay Patterson and Jorge Salazar. Sunday, December 23, 2007 For us in the U.S., the full moon is tonight. And if you look outside you’ll see this full moon near a blazing reddish light in our sky. It’s the planet Mars. Flying through space at 18 miles per second, Earth is about to go between the sun and Mars. Earth will pass between Mars and the sun tomorrow. So the distance between us and Mars is now about at its least for...
  • Mars glows, no need for Rudolph's nose

    12/23/2007 7:38:05 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 23 replies · 227+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | December 230, 2007 | Seth Borenstein, Science Writer
    Mars will be unusually bright this Christmas Eve and the moon will be shining full — a development that might make Santa Claus rethink his need for Rudolph's red nose. That idea, from Miami Space Transit Planetarium director Jack Horkheimer, made us wonder if retooling a certain reindeer song is the best way to explain it to the kids: Mars is a red-tinged planet With a very shiny glow And if you look to see it You will find the moon in tow. The red planet will shine brighter because it will be directly opposite the sun, reflecting the most...
  • 12 Signs Your Church is Trying Too Hard to Make Its Christmas_Eve Service Appealing to Visitors

    12/16/2007 7:39:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 274+ views
    Our Church ^ | December 6th, 2007 | Paul Steinbrueck
    1) 50 Cent was hired to rap the sermon and give the service “street cred.” 2) When a recent visitor asked about advent services, a confused volunteer gave her directions to the nearest pharmacy. 3) Thanks to a new title sponsor, the service was renamed “The Starbucks Christmas Eve Extravaganza at Springfield Community Church” 4) Hannah Montana offered to sing in the service but was told she is “too over the hill.” 5) The sign language translator was sacked and replaced by someone who instant messages the sermon text to the PDAs of the hearing impaired. 6) The entire Christmas...
  • You Tube: Christmas Eve broadcast from lunar orbit by the crew of Apollo 8.

    12/14/2007 6:16:51 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 15 replies · 296+ views
    YouTube ^ | 12/14/07 | Kevin Davis
    Even though I wasn't born until 1970 I still like to listen this.. You can view the video here: Apollo 8
  • Perk from the president

    12/12/2007 11:51:49 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 83 replies · 191+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | December 12, 2007 | Editorial
    As he did in 2001, President Bush is giving most federal workers Christmas Eve off with pay so they may have a four-day holiday weekend. It was wrong then, and it's wrong now. Yes, Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon and Carter did the same thing when Christmas Eve fell on Monday, but they did it because federal workers at the time were less handsomely paid. That age, however, is a distant memory. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the average federal salary is 48 percent higher than the private-sector average. When the value of fringe benefits (pension, health and life...
  • Bush Issues Executive Order-Federal Employees Off December 24

    12/06/2007 2:42:03 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 228 replies · 3,859+ views
    The White House ^ | 12-06-07 | George Bush
    Executive Order: Closing of Executive Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government on Monday, December 24, 2007 By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. All executive branch departments and agencies of the Federal Government shall be closed and their employees excused from duty on Monday, December 24, 2007, the day before Christmas Day, except as provided in section 2 below. Sec. 2. The heads of executive branch departments and agencies may determine that certain offices and installations of their...
  • Google sees growth slowing, largely organic: report

    02/28/2006 7:55:14 AM PST · by george76 · 26 replies · 1,074+ views
    (Reuters ^ | 2-28 | CNBC
    The chief financial officer of Google Inc... Tuesday said overall growth is slowing ... The company will now have to "find other ways" to boost revenue... The stock was down 11 percent, or more than $42...
  • NORAD Tracks Santa for 50th Christmas Eve

    NORAD Tracks Santa for 50th Christmas Eve COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Radars, satellites, cameras and jet fighters that are normally dedicated to detecting any threats against the United States and Canada instead were tracking the Christmas Eve travels of Santa Claus. In the 50th anniversary of the tradition, soldiers at the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, said by about 10 a.m. EST, Santa had been spotted near Fiji, Japan, traveling about 100 times faster than the 185-mph Bullet Train. By 11 a.m., NORAD said Santa was in the Himalayas. Link:
  • Google Mocks Christ on Christmas Eve

    12/24/2005 9:58:56 PM PST · by george76 · 175 replies · 11,429+ views
    Confederate Yankee ^ | December 24, 2005
    While trying to find a nativity image for my last post before Christmas, I did an search for "baby jesus" on Google. This is the result. Notice that the top search result is for a sex toy that mocks Jesus. Other results on this search results page have more link traffic. A quick review of page's code shows no HTML meta information that should give it a favorable ranking. The page itself has a raw relevance ranking (search word divided by total words) of less than five percent. The only conclusion I can draw is that this page position ranking...
  • Thousands Mark Christmas Eve in Bethlehem

    12/24/2005 9:05:38 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 4 replies · 292+ views
    Thousands Mark Christmas Eve in Bethlehem By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press Writer 7 minutes ago Thousands of tourists and pilgrims gathered in Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations Saturday, bringing a long-missing sense of holiday cheer to Jesus' historic birthplace. The festivities capped the most peaceful year since the outbreak of Israeli-Palestinian fighting in September 2000. But Israel's imposing separation barrier at the entrance to town dampened the Christmas spirit and provided a stark reminder of the unresolved conflict. The gray concrete wall, which Israel erected to keep attackers out of its cities, divides Bethlehem and blocks access to neighboring...
  • Bush Expresses Pride in Servicemembers, Families

    12/24/2005 12:46:12 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 341+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 24, 2005 – President Bush today expressed pride in the nation's servicemembers and their families in his weekly radio address. "During the holiday season and throughout the year, we think with pride of the men and women of our armed forces, who are keeping our nation safe and defending freedom around the world," the president said. "In Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, they are protecting our liberty by spreading liberty to others, and all Americans are grateful to our troops for their courage and commitment." Bush also noted the sacrifices of military families. "Staying behind when a family member...
  • Radio Address by the President to the Nation, 12-24-05

    12/24/2005 8:26:31 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies · 673+ views ^ | 12-24-05 | George W. Bush
    For Immediate ReleaseDecember 24, 2005 President's Radio Address      Audio      THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. On this Christmas Eve, Laura and I send our best wishes to families across America as you gather in your homes to celebrate the holiday. Christmas is a time of joy and peace, and we hope the holiday season brings all of you happy reunions with families and friends, and time to rest and reflect as you look forward to a new year. At Christmas, we give thanks for the gift of the birth of Christ, and for the blessings that surround us every day of...
  • Desperate men turn to diamonds

    12/19/2005 8:52:52 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 84 replies · 1,551+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 20 December 2005 | Stephanie Mansfield
    Call them "Desperate Husbands" -- men who wait until the last minute to go Christmas shopping. Men who wear procrastination as a badge of honor. Girlie men shop online or visit the mall in November, wrap their presents and stash them in the closet. Real men put off shopping until Dec. 24. Because men don't shop. They buy. They are goal-oriented. And what they end up buying is jewelry. Diamond jewelry, to be exact. Square-shaped or pear-shaped, from Harry Winston to Wal-Mart, from Tiffany's to Target, the most dangerous place to be on Christmas Eve is between a desperate husband...
  • The other Bethlehem story

    12/13/2005 5:29:40 AM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies · 407+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12-13-05 | MOSHE DANN
    On Christmas Eve, December 24, thousands of Christians will gather at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem to mark the occasion. Though the town gains prominence anew each Christmas season, the place of Bethlehem in Jewish history is often little remembered. The Church of the Nativity itself was built in the early Byzantine period (fourth century CE) by Queen Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine, and commemorates the birth of Jesus. But in Jewish history, the town itself has significance. When the Patriarch Jacob, his wives and family, returned to the Land of Israel after serving Laben, a tragedy occurred...
  • FBI Files, John Kerry, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, read it here, over 40 links.

    10/26/2004 5:18:15 AM PDT · by stockpirate · 30 replies · 2,238+ views
    FBI Files on Vietnam Veterans Against the War VVAW and John Kerry | Late 1971 - early 1972- November 1971 | FBI files concerning VVAW and John Kerry
    VVAW, FBI files and John Kerry, What I have found 1. “On September 30, 1971, Robert Malone, Chief of Police, University of Nevada, advised Kerry’s speech at the University was sponsored by the Associated Students of the University of Nevada, and that he was paid $1,200.00, including expenses for his appearance.” Kerry is paid for VVAW speeches, pg 25 2. VVAW pickets restaurant because owner refuses to serve long haired, barefoot and dirty veterans in his place of business. It is also noted that the organization encourages the use of narcotics. VVAW pickets restaurant, pg 28-29 3. VVAW distributes literature...

    10/04/2004 5:54:46 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 9 replies · 1,357+ views
    There are many similarities between the fictional Manchurian Candidate, Sergeant Raymond Shaw, who returns to America after the Korean War with a Medal of Honor, and John F Kerry. In the original 1962 movie-THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, starring Frank Sinatra and Laurence Harvey, not the recent politically correct version of the movie, the communists in the Korean War capture an American infantry platoon and subject them to intense brainwashing techniques. One of the patrol members, Sergeant Shaw, played by Harvey, is a carefully programmed sleeper agent, brainwashed to go back to America to kill the future President of the United States....
  • DFU SONG: Green Beret (watch out, Kerry....the SwiftVets say help is on the way)

    08/15/2004 1:24:11 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 2 replies · 732+ views
    DFU SONGS | 8-2004 | Lyrics, Doug from Upland
    MIDI - GREEN BERET John had served in Vietnam...he sent letters home to mom What was real is hard to say...from SwiftVets, help is on the way Scratches get a Purple Heart...his report was a work of art What had been real is hard to say...from the SwiftVets, help is on the way Where was he on Christmas Eve...what he says, we can't believe What was real is hard to say...from SwiftVets, help is on the way Vietnam's his looks like we've all been fleeced 'Cause what was real is hard to say...from the SwiftVets, help is on...