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  • 'Price tag'? Palestinians burn down Christmas tree

    12/25/2015 2:19:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    INN ^ | 12/25/2015, 12:46 PM | (Arutz Sheva Staff)
    Two Palestinian Arabs have been arrested by Palestinian Authority (PA) Security Forces, after they set a Christmas tree on fire in the Arab Christian majority town of Zababdeh near Jenin in Samaria. A PA security officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, revealed the arson that took place on Wednesday in statements made Friday in time for Christmas, the Associated Press reports. While alleged Jewish "price tag" vandalism attacks have been widely decried by the PA, in Israel and on the international scene, Wednesday's attack on a Christian symbol has been met with a deafening lack of condemnation. ...
  • Peddlers flock to New York City for 'coniferous tree' season (new PC term for Christmas tree)

    12/12/2015 9:06:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 12, 2015 8:52 AM EST | Verena Dobnik
    In New York City, even sidewalk space is coveted real estate. Street vendors sometimes spend a fortune or languish for years on waiting lists to acquire one of the permits that allow them to sell goods in tightly regulated locations. But once a year, there's an exception, laid out in an artfully worded city ordinance: During the month of December, anyone may sell "coniferous trees" just about anywhere - no license required. It's a rare tree-for-all. Peddlers flock in from across North America. Big trucks carrying huge loads of trees arrive in the dead of night. Stands selling coniferous trees...
  • Oregon: Muslim teen arrested after attempted car bomb attack at Christmas tree lighting ceremony

    11/28/2010 2:57:34 PM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | November 27, 2010
    Mohamed Osman Mohamud: Misunderstander of Islam He yelled "Allahu akbar" and tried to kick agents as they swooped in to arrest him. DoJ press release here. "Feds Arrest Somali-Born Teen in Car Bomb Plot," from the Associated Press, November 27 (thanks to Markus): PORTLAND, Ore. -- A Somali-born teenager plotted to carry out a car bomb attack at a crowded Christmas tree lighting ceremony in downtown Portland on Friday, but the bomb turned out to be a dud supplied by undercover agents as part of a sting, federal prosecutors said. Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, was arrested at 5:40 p.m. just...
  • What Alaska’s Christmas Tree Tells Us about Government Overreach and Hypocrisy

    12/06/2015 6:34:21 PM PST · by Twotone · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | Dec. 3, 2015 | Cathy Giessel
    As an Alaskan, I am flattered that this year's Capitol Christmas tree comes from our own Chugach National Forest. Selected by the U.S. Forest Service for its perfect, conical shape and evenly dispersed branches, the 74-foot Lutz spruce is a statuesque symbol, for sure. But it symbolizes much more than holiday cheer.
  • Roselle Park councilwoman quits over 'Christmas' tree lighting

    12/05/2015 9:42:03 AM PST · by lowbridge · 74 replies ^ | december 4, 2015 | tom haydon
    It came down to the addition of a single word for the a tree lighting ceremony, but that word carried enough significance for borough Councilwoman Charlene Storey to resign. Minutes after the council voted 4-2 Thursday night to change the name of the ceremony from A Tree Lighting to A Christmas Tree Lighting, the councilwoman-at-large, left the meeting. She later submitted her letter of resignation with the municipal clerk's office. "I cannot in good conscience continue to be part of a council that is exclusionary or to work with a Mayor who is such," Storey said in her letter. When...
  • Chicago Protesters Caught on Video Vandalizing City Holiday Display: ‘F*** Your Christmas Tree!’

    11/26/2015 8:13:50 AM PST · by redreno · 35 replies ^ | Nov. 26, 2015 12:17am | Dave Urbanski
    Chicago protesters pulled down barricades and tore light strands off the city Christmas tree Wednesday night in Millennium Park, WGN-TV reported. It was the second night of protests over the death of Laquan McDonald, a black 17-year-old who was fatally shot by a white police officer.
  • North Korea blasts Christmas tree near border as despicable psychological warfare

    12/07/2014 12:26:59 PM PST · by Zakeet · 54 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 6, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    North Korea is irate at its neighbor to the south for its decision to allow Christians to erect a 30-foot Christmas tree roughly two miles form the border, saying it will escalate confrontation and cause a war. The KCNA news agency, North Koreas state-run media apparatus, described the Christmas tree as an intolerable insult and an act of despicable psychological warfare by South Korea that will fan up the confrontation with the fellow countrymen in the north and bring a war disaster.
  • Parents offended by "Nutcracker" Christmas tree

    11/25/2014 4:32:32 PM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 25, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    We havent even had time to hang the mistletoe and would you believe there are already skirmishes breaking out in the war on Christmas? The latest yuletide battleground is Butler Elementary School in Belmont, Mass. Over the years Ive covered my fair share of anti-Christmas school house shenanigans. There was the dimwit who confiscated a childs candy canes and the dunderheads who banned the colors red and green. And how can we forget about the simpletons who outlawed classroom poinsettias or the Junior League communists who rewrote the lyrics to "Silent Night"? But those are junior varsity skirmishes compared to...
  • USDA Christmas Tree Tax Takes Effect

    11/15/2014 5:42:24 PM PST · by PROCON · 87 replies
    breitbart ^ | Nov. 15, 2014 | Rich Tucker
    This year, your real Christmas tree will be more expensive than it needs to be. Thats because the Department of Agriculture is imposing a fee on each fresh-cut tree sold. A few months ago, the federal government created a national marketing program to advertise the virtues of real Christmas trees. Its funded by a 15-cent surcharge that will be added to the cost of each tree sold. Its not a tax, Washington insists -- merely a fee that you have to pay. The Christmas tree industry requested this initiative to fund Christmas tree research and marketing, the program will be...
  • Did A Lone Rabbi Mean to Ban Christmas Trees?

    12/11/2006 8:14:08 AM PST · by beaversmom · 492 replies · 7,506+ views ^ | December 10, 2006 | Michael Medved
    Theres an outrageous story out of Seattle (my home base) that shows the way that good intentions can occasionally produce disgusting results. Because of the prevailing climate of political correctness, a decent guy and honorable clergyman looks like a horses rear end and has provoked appropriate indignation from millions of people. According to misleading news stories featured prominently in newspapers and on TV (including KING 5 TV News): All 15 Christmas trees inside the main terminal at Sea Tac Airport (Seattle-Tacoma International) have been removed in response to a complaint by a rabbi. A rabbi wanted to install an eight-foot...
  • Atheist display added to holiday town hall scene in West Milford

    12/21/2012 4:56:10 PM PST · by Coleus · 30 replies ^ | 12.17.12 | ANN GENADER
    It seems that those who favor the all or nothing inclusion of December symbols in the annual display in front of the municipal building have been successful in making that happen. Over the weekend - with it still unclear if the lighted tree is to be called a "Christmas tree" or a "Holiday tree" - a crche and an atheist sign were added to the display. Meanwhile the official name for the lighted tree in the display remains an issue for some. Resident Tim Wagner and others said they will continue to press for administrative action to call the "Holiday...
  • Confirmed: MSNBC pretty darned ignorant about Christianity and Scripture

    12/28/2013 5:31:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 28, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    The best part of this jaw-dropping display of ignorance from MSNBCs Joy Reid on Christianity? It comes in a segment called wait for it Pretenders! Reid argues that Sarah Palin, whose latest book celebrates Christmas, was a hypocrite and a bad Christian because she put up a Christmas tree! Why, the noted Biblical scholar Reid smirked, thats a violation of Scripture:(VIDEO-AT-LINK)JOY REID, SUBSTITUTE HOST: In Pretenders tonight, a merry Palin Christmas. Sarah Palin dropped by Fox & Friends to promote her manifesto on Christmas purity. She brought a treat better than Christmas cookies family photos. (BEGIN...
  • Father Christmas granted a walk-on part in the Bible (Santa Claus)

    12/21/2013 12:33:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:00AM GMT 21 Dec 2013 | John Bingham
    For centuries Christians have been taught that wise men from the east brought gifts for the baby Jesus, but according to polling, one in 10 young adults in Britain now believe that Father Christmas also makes an appearance in the Biblical account of the nativity. Significant numbers also think that Mary and Joseph might have brightened up the stable with a Christmas tree. Over a third of the public think that the Bible records December 25 as the date of the Jesus birth.
  • The Christmas Tree

    12/16/2013 5:06:19 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 8 replies
    Virtual Jerusalem ^ | 12/16/2013 | Jonathan Rosenblum
    Rabbi Berel Wein was once invited to a meeting with the editor of the Detroit Free Press. After introductions had been made, the editor told him the following story. His mother, Mary, had immigrated to America from Ireland as an uneducated, 18-year-old peasant girl. She was hired as a domestic maid by an observant family. The head of the house was the president of the neighboring Orthodox shul. Mary knew nothing about Judaism and had probably never met a Jew before arriving in America. The family went on vacation Mary's first December in America, leaving Mary alone in the house....
  • The Jesse Tree

    12/08/2013 2:19:29 PM PST · by Salvation · 23 replies ^ | 2013 | 2013 Loyola Press
     The Jesse Tree  The Jesse Tree helps us connect the custom of decorating Christmas trees to the events leading to Jesus' birth. The Jesse Tree is named from Isaiah 11:1: “A shoot shall come out of the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.” Jesse was the father of King David. We adorn a Jesse Tree with illustrated ornaments that represent the people, prophesies, and events leading up to the birth of Jesus. The ornaments of the Jesse Tree tell the story of God in the Old Testament, connecting the Advent season with the...
  • Mao Tse-tung Ornament Hangs on White House Christmas Tree

    12/05/2013 6:05:30 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 36 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 12/5/2013
    White house officials claim they were unaware that ornaments of Mao Tse-tung were hung upon a Christmas Tree there.
  • Obamas Christmas Tree Tax is Back

    06/04/2013 1:22:37 PM PDT · by opentalk · 16 replies
    Heritage foundation ^ | June 4, 2013 | Daren Bakst
    Its never too early for Washington, D.C., politicians to dampen the holiday spirit. The House Agriculture Committee approved an amendment to its farm bill that would lift the stay blocking implementation of Obamas Christmas tree tax. We should be thankful the Agriculture Committee doesnt have jurisdiction over toys. The Christmas Tree Tax Some in the Christmas tree industry sought to develop a promotional program to assist its industry. After three failed attempts to set up a voluntary system, they turned to the federal government to do what it couldnt: Force Christmas tree producers and importers to pay for a Christmas...
  • New York Leads Race for Ugliest Gubernatorial Christmas Tree

    01/14/2013 8:48:53 PM PST · by Claud · 21 replies
    The Daily Dolt ^ | 12/5/2012
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) and first girlfriend Sandra Lee have made a strong showing this year in the Ugliest Gubernatorial Holiday Decorations Contest, a contest which does not actually exist in reality. Sandra Lee revealed her festive entry via Twitter Tuesday, and HOLY SH** IT INVOLVES A SILVER TIGER:
  • USDA awards researchers $1.3 million grant to study Christmas tree rot

    12/24/2012 2:00:24 PM PST · by oliverdarcy · 9 replies
    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved $1.3 million in funds for research on Christmas tree rot, Campus Reform learned on Monday. According to Chastagner, the top researcher, the size of the grant is unprecedented. Id suspect its one of the largest grants that anyone has been given to work on Christmas trees, Chastagner told Campus Reform on Monday.
  • Senior home Christmas tree ban touches nerve about religious diversity, tolerance

    12/09/2012 2:35:53 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 23 replies
    The Willits News ^ | 12/07/2012 | Mariecar Mendoza
    News of Newhall seniors protesting the removal of a Christmas tree from their community room this week because, they said they were told, it was a religious symbol prompted a national outcry -- a collective bah humbug from Christmas defenders. It was, many said, another example of the so-called "war on Christmas" and political correctness run amok. The issue isn't new, but the debate over appropriate public demonstrations of traditionally religious holidays has now spread beyond blatant symbols like the cross and Nativity scenes to the unassuming Christmas tree. Chalk it up to the melting pot, experts say. "The country...
  • Gov. Lincoln Chafee: Its Not Tradition to Call It a Christmas Tree

    12/06/2012 1:31:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 5, 2012 | Jon Street
    Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I-R.I.) told on Wednesday that his administration calls the decorated evergreen tree erected in the Rhode Island State House in December a holiday treerather than a Christmas treebecause that is what the tree is traditionally called. But Rhode Island State Rep. Doreen Costa, who has called Chafee Governor Grinch, told that she doesnt remember Chafees predecessor, Gov. (Donald) Carcieri, calling it a holiday treenor does she recall Carcieris predecessor, Gov. (Lincoln) Almond, calling the tree a holiday tree. But Carcieri also referred to it as a Christmas tree, she said. Governor Chafee,...
  • Seniors decry ban on Christmas tree in their complex in Newhall

    12/06/2012 7:27:42 AM PST · by massmike · 26 replies ^ | 12/06/2012 | Mariecar Mendoza
    Residents in a Newhall senior apartment complex are protesting an order from management to remove their beloved Christmas tree from the community room because, they were told, it's a religious symbol. On Tuesday, Tarzana-based JB Partners Group Inc. sent a memo to staff demanding they take down Christmas trees and menorahs in communal areas. The company has owned The Willows for four years, but this is the first time it's given such a directive to staff. On Wednesday, two dozen residents in the 75-resident complex gathered in the lobby to place a neon green sign that read: "Please Save Our...
  • College: Students Cant Sell Christmas Trees

    11/27/2012 7:53:13 PM PST · by massmike · 31 replies ^ | 11/27/2012 | Todd Starnes
    A North Carolina community college has been accused of violating the First Amendment rights of students after they told a club they could not use the word Christmas to promote a Christmas tree sale. Its ridiculous that anyone would have to think twice about using the word Christmas as part of a Christmas tree sale, said Matt Sharp, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom. ADF sent a letter to officials at Western Piedmont Community College urging them to either reconsider their decision to censor the word Christmas or else face a possible lawsuit. College officials did not return multiple...
  • Rhode Island Outraged Over Holiday Tree

    11/27/2012 9:05:17 PM PST · by doug from upland · 51 replies
    radio fox ^ | Starnes
    By Todd Starnes A Rhode Island lawmaker is calling Gov. Lincoln Chafee Governor Grinch after he defied lawmakers and decided that the state would have a holiday tree instead of a Christmas tree. The governor defended his decision by arguing that it is in keeping with the states founding in 1636 by religious dissident Roger Williams as a haven for tolerance where government and religion were kept separate. Instead of arguing over the tree, the governor called on lawmakers to focus their energy on feeding the poor. I would encourage all those engaged in this discussion whatever their...
  • First Lady Welcomes Christmas Tree (The tree is "perfect".)

    11/23/2012 2:25:39 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/23/12 | ABC OTUS News
    First lady Michelle Obama is kicking off the holiday season by welcoming the White House Christmas tree. Mrs. Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha and first dog Bo greeted the arrival of a 19-foot Fraser fir from Peak Farms in Jefferson, N.C. The tree arrived Friday on a horse-drawn carriage. It will be displayed in the Blue Room of the White House. The first lady says the tree is "perfect."
  • 'Transplant shock' claims life of National Christmas Tree

    05/04/2012 6:46:59 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 30 replies ^ | May 4, 2012
    This December 1, 2011 file photo shows the 2011 National Christmas Tree after being lit by US President Barack Obama and the First Family during a ceremony on The Ellipse near the White House in Washington, DC. The Colorado blue spruce passed away "due to complications resulting from transplant shock" just 14 months after it was planted in the Ellipse field outside the White House, the National Park Service said May 4, 2012. Born on a tree farm in New Jersey, it replaced a similar tree knocked down in a wind storm after 33 years.
  • Real or fake? Christmas trees, that is

    12/23/2011 9:50:36 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 2 replies
    upi ^ | Dec. 23, 2011
    OTTAWA, - Despite being the second largest land mass in the world after Russia, Canada imports millions of dollars more in fake Christmas trees than real ones it exports. Statistics Canada said Canada exported $28.4 million worth of real conifers last year while it imported $44 million worth of artificial trees. Of the exports, 1.77 million harvested trees, or $26 million worth, went to the United States, with the balance going to Aruba, Bermuda, Netherlands Antilles, Panama and Venezuela, the agency said. China was the source of $42.7 million worth of imported artificial Christmas trees, with the remainder coming from...
  • Feeling under the weather? You've got Christmas Tree Syndrome

    12/18/2011 8:09:50 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 19 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12-18-11 | Jasper Copping
    Christmas trees could be to blame for a range of health complaints over the festive season, according to new research. Don't be too quick to judge those who feel under the weather over the festive period rather than seasonal overindulgence, it could be their Christmas tree making them ill. The traditional centrepiece decoration has been blamed for triggering a range of health complaints, from wheezing and coughing to lethargy and insomnia. The condition "Christmas Tree Syndrome" is caused by mould growing on the trees, whose spores lead to problems when breathed in. It has been discovered by...
  • The North Korean Grinch

    12/18/2011 7:04:14 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    The North Korean Grinch Saturday, December 17, 2011 Looking for a clone of Dr. Seuss' "Grinch Who Stole Christmas"? Meet North Korea's bantam "Dear Leader" Kim Jong-il. While his pompadour haircut and platform shoes are oversized, his latest threat to South Korea suggests that his heart is at least two sizes too small. There is even reason to question whether he has one at all. Witness Mr. Kim's warning that, if the South puts up its traditional display of Christmas lights, he will consider it "psychological warfare." He promises "unexpected consequences."
  • Someone set New Haven's Christmas tree on fire (VIDEO)

    12/12/2011 4:45:30 PM PST · by matt04 · 27 replies
    Police and fire officials are trying to figure out who set the Christmas tree on the New Haven Green on fire on Saturday night Officials said they found Bibles burning under the tree. "It's a wonderful beautiful Christmas tree for families to see," one resident said. The fire department shut down the power which lights up the tree because some of the wires were damaged. The city says fire investigators are looking to see if the Bibles were intentionally set on fire. "It's wrong. They're disrespecting the holidays," another resident said. "There can't be Christmas without lights," someone else said....
  • S.Korea Undeterred by N.Korean Threat Over Border Christmas Trees

    12/12/2011 2:18:30 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 12/12/11
    S.Korea Undeterred by N.Korean Threat Over Border Christmas Trees South Korea will light up three giant Christmas trees along the North Korean border despite vociferous protests from Pyongyang. A government official said on Sunday that at the request of evangelical organizations, the government decided to illuminate steel Christmas structures at Aegibong Peak in Gimpo, Gyeonggi Province and near two observatory platforms on the central and eastern frontlines. The steel Christmas trees, which will be well visible from North Korea, will be lit up from Dec. 23 to Jan. 6. The military switched on the tree on Aegibong Peak last year...
  • Walker says Capitol evergreen is a Christmas, not holiday, tree [Christmas, tree?]

    11/08/2011 5:06:29 PM PST · by SJackson · 27 replies ^ | 11-8-11 | SCOTT BAUER
    First, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took on public sector unions. Now he's re-igniting the Christmas wars. Walker said Monday that the evergreen decorated with ornaments and adorned with a star in the center of Wisconsin's Capitol Rotunda is a Christmas tree, not a holiday tree as it's been called for the past 25 years. The roughly 30-foot-tall tree was called a Christmas tree from the first display in 1916 until 1985. That's when politicians bowed to concerns about government endorsing religion and started referring to it as a holiday tree. The Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation has opposed the term...
  • Obama administration proposes 15 cent Christmas tree tax

    11/09/2011 6:48:15 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 85 replies
    Obama administration proposes 15 cent Christmas tree tax By Alicia M. Cohn - 11/09/11 09:17 AM ET The Obama administration is proposing a new tax on Christmas trees to fund a board promoting the holiday trees. The Christmas Tree Promotion Board would be funded by a new 15 cent per tree tax on large-scale producers of Christmas trees. A group of Christmas tree producers and importers worried about the skyrocketing use of artificial trees proposed the new board. Under the proposal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the board would seek to revitalize the marketing and image of fresh-cut Christmas...
  • Obama Announces New Tax on Christmas Trees (was on Drudge, link gone)

    11/08/2011 6:52:57 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 78 replies
    The American Pundit (also was on Drudge) ^ | November 8, 2011 | Stephan Tawney
    President Obamas Agriculture Department today announced that it will impose a new 15-cent charge on all fresh Christmas treesthe Christmas Tree Taxto support a new Federal program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees. In the Federal Register of November 8, 2011, Acting Administrator of Agricultural Marketing David R. Shipman announced that the Secretary of Agriculture will appoint a Christmas Tree Promotion Board. The purpose of the Board is to run a program of promotion, research, evaluation, and information designed to strengthen the Christmas tree industrys position in the marketplace; maintain and expend existing markets for Christmas trees;...
  • Obama Couldnt Wait: His New Christmas Tree Tax

    11/08/2011 4:34:44 PM PST · by Driftwood1 · 134 replies · 1+ views
    Heritage ^ | 11-8-11 | David S. Addington
    President Obamas Agriculture Department today announced that it will impose a new 15-cent charge on all fresh Christmas treesthe Christmas Tree Taxto support a new Federal program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees. In the Federal Register of November 8, 2011, Acting Administrator of Agricultural Marketing David R. Shipman announced that the Secretary of Agriculture will appoint a Christmas Tree Promotion Board. The purpose of the Board is to run a program of promotion, research, evaluation, and information designed to strengthen the Christmas tree industrys position in the marketplace; maintain and expend existing markets for Christmas trees;...
  • National Christmas Tree toppled behind the White House

    02/19/2011 8:02:58 PM PST · by jackv · 74 replies ^ | 2-19-11 | Mary Grace Lucas
    The 42-foot tall Colorado blue spruce snapped at its base during high winds Saturday morning in Washington. The spruce had been in its current location for more than 32 years. It came from the Myers family farm outside of York, Pennsylvania, the Park Service said.
  • Winds Knock Down National Christmas Tree

    02/19/2011 10:47:17 AM PST · by advance_copy · 59 replies
    NBC 4 TV ^ | 2/19/2011 | Tim Persinko
    The high winds that have been wreaking havoc around the D.C. region this weekend have toppled a national symbol. The nation's Christmas Tree, a live evergreen which has stood on the Ellipse since 1978, was toppled by gusting winds on Saturday. The 42-foot tall Colorado blue spruce has been lit through five different presidencies in its time on the Ellipse. The tree was specially selected by National Park Service horticulturalists, who, searching the country for the healthiest tree with the right proportions, discovered this one in York, Pennsylvania. Now the tree is laying on its side behind the White House.
  • In Defense Of The Christmas Tree

    12/24/2010 11:38:21 AM PST · by ezfindit · 36 replies · 2+ views
    OrthodoxNet ^ | 12/24/2010 | Fr. Daniel Daly
    Our Christmas tree is derived, not from the pagan yule tree, but from the paradise tree adorned with apples on December 24 in honor of Adam and Eve. The Christmas tree is completely biblical in origin. The use of evergreens at Christmas may date from St. Boniface of the eighth century, who dedicated the fir tree to the Holy Child in order to replace the sacred oak tree of Odin; but the Christmas tree as we know it today does not appear to be so ancient a custom. It appears first in the Christian Mystery play commemorating the biblical story...
  • Christmas tree at centre of Korea dispute

    12/21/2010 3:32:43 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies · 3+ views
    AFP ^ | 12/12/10
    Christmas tree at centre of Korea dispute * From: AFP * December 21, 2010 7:04PM SOUTH Korean marines are guarding a Christmas tree, the latest focus of tensions with North Korea following Seoul's artillery drill near the disputed sea border a day earlier. A South Korean church was planning to switch on Christmas lights in the shape of a tree atop a military-controlled hill near the tense land border today - the first such display for seven years. The ceremony will come a day after South Korea staged a live-fire exercise on the border island of Yeonpyeong, which was bombarded...
  • Study: Christmas Trees Make Those Who Dont Celebrate Holiday Feel Excluded

    12/20/2010 12:53:56 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 111 replies · 3+ views
    Fox News New York ^ | 12/20/2010
    (NewsCore) - So much for a holly, jolly Christmas. A newly released study found that Christmas tree displays can harm the emotional well-being of those who do not celebrate the holiday. Researchers at Canadas Simon Fraser University (SFU) studied the psychological effect that Christmas displays have by asking test participants to work in a room that either contained a Christmas tree or did not. The results showed that for those participants who did not celebrate the holiday, being in a room with a Christmas tree made them feel less sure of themselves. The result was the opposite for those who...
  • UAE hotel erects 11-million-dollar Christmas tree

    12/16/2010 7:59:01 AM PST · by jackspyder · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo News/AFP ^ | Dec. 15, 2010 | W.G. Dunlop
    ABU DHABI (AFP) Christmas came in extravagant fashion to the Muslim desert emirate of Abu Dhabi as a glitzy hotel unveiled a bejewelled Christmas tree valued at more than 11 million dollars on Wednesday. It is the "most expensive Christmas tree ever," with a "value of over 11 million dollars," said Hans Olbertz, general manager of Emirates Palace hotel, at its inauguration. The 13-metre (40-foot) faux evergreen, located in the gold leaf-bedecked rotunda of the hotel, is decorated with silver and gold bows, ball-shaped ornaments and small white lights. But the necklaces, earrings and other jewellery draped around the...
  • What Exciting Enemies of America Will Dangle From Obama's Christmas Tree This Year?

    12/08/2010 2:55:53 PM PST · by Trafalgar123 · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 8, 2010 | Stella Paul
    Last year, our beloved president celebrated his first White House Christmas in trademark style: he decorated the tree with shiny images of Chairman Mao, transvestite Hedda Lettuce and his own smiling face, carved into Mt. Rushmore. What special holiday magic will grace the White House tree this year? Here are some suggestions for decorations that glamorously showcase America's worst enemies, flashiest sexual deviants and most over-the-top narcissistic presidential fantasies. How about a silver Christmas ball with a smiling Julian Assange? He looks like a Christmas elf, anyway, so this concept could really deliver. Plus, with that rape charge in Sweden,...
  • Entrapment and the Portland Christmas Tree Bomber (Will Portland jury buy the entrapment defense?)

    12/06/2010 7:21:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/06/2010 | Elise Cooper
    The recent arrest of Mohamed Osman Mohamud on November 26 demonstrates what a tough job the FBI has in keeping America's homeland safe. Mohamud was arrested in Oregon for attempting to detonate a bomb at the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Pioneer Courthouse Square among a crowd of thousands. His attorney is claiming an entrapment defense, which means that the FBI's job is not just about finding radicalized American terrorists, but also being able to cross all the Ts and dot all the Is to ensure a conviction. The entrapment argument is being used possibly to influence the jury...
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank has a change of heart regarding Christmas Tree in Southlake

    12/06/2010 1:59:04 AM PST · by jackspyder · 13 replies ^ | Dec. 5, 2010 | Rne Girard
    JP Morgan Chase quickly became known as the scrooge of the banking industry when it ordered a Christmas tree removed from the lobby of the Chase bank in Southlake, TX (see article: JPMorgan Chase says Christmas tree offensive) but it appears that someone in corporate has had a change of heart regarding the removal of this holiday icon. The Christmas tree was a gift from local businessman Antonio Morales because, as he told CBS 11 news: "I want the bank that I bank at to always have a beautiful tree." After corporate caught wind of the structure, and claimed people...
  • American Family Association Goes After Chase Over Lack Of Christmas Trees

    12/05/2010 11:09:10 AM PST · by GailA · 23 replies ^ | December 3, 2010 | Chris Morran
    Fresh off its apparent victory to put the "Christmas" back into Dick's, the not at all crazy people at the American Family Association have re-focused their laser beams on JPMorgan Chase. Not because it's a big bank who was recently sued for its alleged part in the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme, but because they don't want Christmas trees in the lobby.
  • Chase orders Southlake bank to remove Christmas tree (because it could offend people)

    12/03/2010 8:04:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Star Telegram ^ | 12/03/2010 | Terry Evans
    SOUTHLAKE -- Chase Bank told a businessman to remove the Christmas tree he donated to a local branch because it could offend people. Antonio Morales, owner of Bellagio Day Spa in Southlake, had assembled and decorated a 9-foot-tall tree in the lobby of the Chase Bank branch at 1700 E. Southlake Boulevard as a favor to the branch manager, who is one of his clients. The tree remained in the lobby from the Monday before Thanksgiving until Tuesday. Morales said his friend called him Wednesday to tell him the tree had to go. She later showed him an e-mail from...
  • Feds Arrest Somali-Born Teen After Car-Bomb Sting at Oregon Christmas Tree Ceremony

    11/26/2010 10:39:29 PM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 149 replies ^ | 11/26/2010 |
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  • Do Most Christians Decorate Christmas Trees With Ornaments of Chairman Mao and Transvestites?

    09/01/2010 2:06:58 AM PDT · by Rashputin · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 01, 2010 | Stella Paul
    Our beloved president has expressed bewilderment at recent polls showing large numbers of Americans doubt his commitment to Christianity. Because we hate to see our president even a wee bit flummoxed, let's help him out. Do most Christians you know choose to decorate their Christmas tree with smiling images of Chairman Mao, who murdered at least 50 million of his countrymen, as well as signed photos of transvestite Hedda Lettuce? Well, that's the very special holiday magic the Obamas decided to hang on their tree for their first White House Christmas, courtesy of famed Barney's designer Simon Doonan. Maybe we're...

    12/26/2009 5:25:31 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 65 replies · 2,733+ views ^ | 12/26/2009 | Staff
    If these reports are true, President Obama has shown a profound disrespect for Christianity and the message of the Christ-child which was heard so loudly on Christmas morning; "Peace on earth, goodwill toward man." Both organizations are calling for the ornament to be removed and an apology to be issued by the White House to all people of faith, Christians and the Chinese people, many of whom are still in prison because of Mao's policies.
  • Is Mao Really on the Obama Christmas Tree?

    12/23/2009 10:07:30 AM PST · by kittykat77 · 15 replies · 1,058+ views
    The Right Perspective ^ | December 23, 2009 | News Guy
    Despite reports that the Obama White House Christmas Tree is festooned with decorations of Chinese Communist leader Mao Tse Tung and a drag queen, those with a knowledge of dendrology believe the story to be Christmas Fools joke on conservatives. News of the Obama Administrations White House Christmas Tree decorated with Communist and alternative-lifestyle ornaments has been carried by conservative media outlets Big Government and Fox News. The fact that Simon Doonan, who has used the famous Christmas window at Barneys New York to make his left-wing political feelings known, was chosen to decorate the White House tree this year...