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  • Georgia Woman Arrested For Threatening To shoot White Cops "In The Head"

    04/30/2015 10:09:27 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 33 replies ^ | April 30,2015 | Awr Hawkins
    Georgia Police and federal agents have arrested Ebony Monique Dickens over a Facebook post in which she allegedly proclaimed her plans to shoot “every white cop” she can find.
  • Little Jimmy Dickens, Oldest Opry Member, Dies at 94

    01/02/2015 5:13:30 PM PST · by John W · 48 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | January 2, 2015 | AP
    Little Jimmy Dickens, a diminutive singer-songwriter known for his sense of humor and as the oldest cast member of the Grand Ole Opry, has died. He was 94. Dickens died Friday at a Nashville-area hospital of cardiac arrest after suffering a stroke on Christmas Day, Opry spokeswoman Jessie Schmidt said. Dickens, who stood 4-foot-11, had performed on the Opry almost continuously since 1948. His last performance was Dec. 20 as part of his birthday celebration. He sang "Out Behind The Barn" and delivered his trademark comedy. He had turned 94 a day earlier. "The Grand Ole Opry did not have...
  • The FRiday Night Movie - A Christmas Carol (1984)

    12/19/2014 10:27:01 PM PST · by DemforBush · 11 replies
    youtube ^ | n/a | n/a
    Tis this season! George C. Scott stars in this superb version of Charles Dickens' classic tale of redemption and second chances. In English with Greek subtitles.
  • What Was Charles Dickens Really Doing When He Wrote 'A Christmas Carol'?

    12/19/2013 7:00:34 PM PST · by Perdogg · 24 replies
    Since you ask me what I wish, gentlemen, that is my answer. I don’t make merry myself at Christmas and I can’t afford to make idle people merry. I help to support the establishments I have mentioned: they cost enough: and those who are badly off must go there.” “Many can’t go there; and many would rather die.” “If they would rather die,” said Scrooge, “they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.”
  • A Christmas Carol (1984) with George C. Scott

    12/11/2013 11:13:15 AM PST · by Kartographer · 24 replies
    I favorite portrayal of old Scrooge! Full Movie and FREE!
  • Busted Again: Charlie Rangel Fails to Report $200k in Political Donations

    09/15/2013 3:06:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    Gateway ^ | September 15, 2013 | Rachel Pulaski
    Tax cheat and crook Charlie Rangel is back in the news again for not disclosing funds. In 2010, Rangel lost his chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee because of an investigation into 2 corporate-funded trips to the Caribbean. Later that year, the House of Representatives formally censured him after he was found guilty of 11 ethics violations. Violations included failure to disclose over $600,000 in assets on a financial disclosure report as well as short changing the IRS for 17 years on rental income from his villa in the Dominican Republic. He also raided his PAC for $393,000 to...
  • How Charles Dickens Put Holly Branch Through The Heart Of The Worst Economics Ever

    12/25/2012 1:21:19 PM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | December 25, 2012 | Jerry Bowyer
    Since you ask me what I wish, gentlemen, that is my answer. I don’t make merry myself at Christmas and I can’t afford to make idle people merry. I help to support the establishments I have mentioned: they cost enough: and those who are badly off must go there.” “Many can’t go there; and many would rather die.” “If they would rather die,” said Scrooge, “they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.”That phrase–surplus population–is what first tipped me off to Dickens’ philosophical agenda. He’s taking aim at the father of the zero-growth philosophy, Thomas Malthus. Malthus’ ideas...
  • Tortured and haggard: Helena Bonham Carter is a convincing Miss Havisham

    08/15/2012 6:01:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 15, 2012 | Sarah Fitzmaurice and Lara Gould
    At 46 she's considerably younger than her character, the decrepit Miss Havisham. But Helena Bonham Carter can be seen looking haggard and tortured as the heiress locked in the past in the new trailer for the latest adaptation of Charles Dickens’s novel Great Expectations. The English actress is seen sporting huge bags under her eyes, a grey pallor and a wretched look on her face.
  • What would the Twitterati have made of this Fiennes romance? (Dickens affair with Nelly Ternan)

    05/18/2012 6:26:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 17, 2012 | Baz Bamigboye
    Ralph Fiennes’s film about the secret love affair between Charles Dickens and a woman more than half his age is finally shooting. It was announced to great fanfare at the Cannes Film Festival a few years ago when Christine Langan, head of BBC Films, joined forces with producer Stewart Mackinnon to get Abi Morgan to adapt Claire Tomalin’s brilliant 1991 book The Invisible Woman. That book told of Dickens’s relationship with actress Nelly Ternan which started when she was 18 and he was 45.
  • Dickens At 200: A Birthday You Can't 'Bah Humbug'

    02/07/2012 7:41:19 AM PST · by Borges · 31 replies
    NPR ^ | 2/7/12 | LINDA WERTHEIMER
    Tuesday marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens — the great 19th century English novelist who gave us stories of pathos and comedy, and colorful portraits of the people of London, from the poor in the back streets, to the rich in the parks and avenues. Lots of Dickens' phrases — like "Bah humbug" and "God bless us, every one!" — have slipped into our minds and our memories. And along with the words, the characters, too — from hungry orphan Oliver Twist to sweet and lonely little Nell to cruel Mr. Murdstone. "After Shakespeare, Dickens is...
  • Vanity: Dickens Google for his 200th Birthday

    02/07/2012 7:23:47 AM PST · by C19fan · 3 replies
    Google ^ | February 7, 2012 | Me
    Nice google script for Charles Dickens' 200th birthday. Happy Birthday Boz!
  • Dickens still inspires, provokes

    02/05/2012 1:58:43 PM PST · by Borges · 28 replies
    Montreal Gazette - REUTERS ^ | 2/4/12 | MIKE COLLETT-WHITE AND SARAH MILLS
    Bicentenary of English novelist's birth will be marked by fans around the world, including by the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Queen Elizabeth is throwing a star-studded party for him at Buckingham Palace, and in Buenos Aires, leading cultural figures will gather in an old orphanage to read from his works. Charles Dickens may have died in 1870, but legions of fans around the world unite on Tuesday and beyond to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of a titan of English fiction. In one sense, the story of the author of familiar classics like A Christmas Carol, Bleak House...
  • Ann Coulter: SCROOGE WAS A LIBERAL (Libs: Bleeding-Heart Tightwads)

    12/22/2010 3:03:39 PM PST · by Syncro · 32 replies · 2+ views
    AnnCoulter.Com ^ | December 22, 2010 | Ann Coulter
    SCROOGE WAS A LIBERALDecember 22, 2010It's the Christmas season, so godless liberals are citing the Bible to demand the redistribution of income by government force. Didn't Jesus say, "Blessed are the Health and Human Services bureaucrats, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven"? Liberals are always indignantly accusing conservatives of claiming God is on our side. What we actually say is: We're on God's side, particularly when liberals are demanding God's banishment from the public schools, abortion on demand, and taxpayer money being spent on Jesus submerged in a jar of urine and pictures of the Virgin Mary covered...
  • Winfrey chooses Dickens classics for her book club

    12/06/2010 1:08:16 PM PST · by Borges · 70 replies
    Yahoo - AP ^ | 12/6/10
    Oprah Winfrey has chosen a pair of Charles Dickens classics, "A Tale of Two Cities" and "Great Expectations," as the latest selections for her popular book club. Winfrey said on Monday's episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" she has never read Dickens before. She said, "It's the best of times, readers," and called the books timeless classics.
  • Tolkien and Dickens descendants collaborate on children’s fantasy

    08/18/2010 10:03:42 PM PDT · by Immerito · 11 replies
    The One Ring.Net ^ | August 11, 2010 | xoanon
    Tolkien and Dickens descendants collaborate on children’s fantasy August 11th, 2010 by xoanon Poet Michael GR Tolkien’s reworking of classic children’s fantasy is read for audiobook by Charles Dickens’s great-great grandson. It is a match made in publicists’ heaven: the grandson of JRR Tolkien and the great-great grandson of Charles Dickens have collaborated for the first time on a verse retelling of a classic fantasy story. Poet Michael GR Tolkien, the eldest grandson of the Lord of the Rings author, was inspired by Florence Bone’s prose fantasy for children, The Rose-Coloured Wish, first published in 1923. Telling the story of...
  • Revealed: The teenage mistress who mesmerised Charles Dickens

    05/22/2010 6:21:12 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies · 1,123+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | May 21, 2010 | AN Wilson
    On June 9, 1865, the 'tidal train', as the Victorians called the train which picked up cross-Channel passengers, was making its way from Folkestone to London, rattling through Kent at 50 miles per hour. Between Headcorn and Staplehurst, a gang of platelayers was working on the line and had taken up 50 feet of track. Their foreman had miscalculated the time of the approaching train. A crash was inevitable. The train careered over a little bridge into a stream. Ten passengers were killed and 40 injured.
  • From Dickens Himself, Notes On 'A Christmas Carol'

    12/05/2009 2:45:45 PM PST · by BGHater · 10 replies · 754+ views
    NPR ^ | 04 Dec 2009 | Margot Adler
    'Tis the season — every year at this time — for the various renderings of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. This year, the current animated version in the cinema — starring a computer-generated Jim Carrey in multiple roles — has won some plaudits for sticking with the spirit of the Dickens original. So it might come as some surprise to learn that when Dickens himself performed A Christmas Carol, he didn't do it as it's written. And during this holiday season, you can see the proof. In a small glass case at the New York Public Library, there sits...
  • "Are there no prisons?" asked Scrooge.

    11/12/2009 11:26:59 AM PST · by combat_boots · 13 replies · 657+ views
    "A Christmas Carol" via ^ | The 1800s (originally) | Charles Dickens
    In honor of debtors' prisons and other Dickensian revivials: Chapter 1 -- [snip] "Are there no prisons?" asked Scrooge. "Plenty of prisons," said the gentleman, laying down the pen again. "And the Union workhouses?" demanded Scrooge. "Are they still in operation?" "They are. Still," returned the gentleman, "I wish I could say they were not." "The Treadmill and the Poor Law are in full vigour, then?" said Scrooge. "Both very busy, sir." ":Oh! I was afraid, from what you said at first, that something had occurred to stop them in their useful course," said Scrooge. "I'm very glad to hear...
  • Christmas Carol movie (almost unimaginably good)

    11/06/2009 5:49:39 PM PST · by gusopol3 · 33 replies · 1,467+ views
    Ebenezer Scrooge begins the Christmas holiday with his usual miserly contempt, barking at his faithful clerk and his cheery nephew. But when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come take him on an eye-opening journey revealing truths Old Scrooge is reluctant to face, he must open his heart to undo years of ill will before it's too late.
  • Children in modern Britain living like 'times of Dickens'

    09/10/2009 10:11:03 AM PDT · by OldSpice · 20 replies · 1,107+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | Published: 10:51PM BST 09 Sep 2009 | Graeme Paton
    Poverty levels in parts of Britain mirror "the times of Dickens", leaving schools struggling to cope with increasing numbers of children lacking the most basic personal skills, according to a teachers’ leader. Some pupils from the poorest areas arrive at school unable to dress themselves or use a knife and fork, with some even unable to use a toilet properly, she said. Lesley Ward, president of the 160,000-strong Association of Teachers and Lecturers, warned that many children were also being relied upon to raise younger brothers and sisters and lacked stable father figures in the home. “Children who get themselves,...
  • Little Dorrit

    03/30/2009 10:47:39 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 14 replies · 1,567+ views
    Variety ^ | March 26, 2009 | Brian Lowry
    Writer Andrew Davies applied his quill pen to adapting a number of Jane Austen novels before tackling Charles Dickens' "Bleak House," and he's back with another sprawling, impeccably cast PBS miniseries, "Little Dorrit." This Dickens tale includes mystery, romance and dramatically shifting financial fortunes...Slow going at first and rushed near the end, it's nevertheless an absorbing piece of work, reminding us that there are certain things the Brits simply do better...the story exposes harsh class distinctions in the early 19th century, as well as shadowy financial doings, blackmail and even a big heartless bureaucracy,,,, Driving the action is Arthur Clennam...
  • Malthus And Scrooge

    12/26/2008 2:18:47 PM PST · by wagglebee · 15 replies · 650+ views
    Forbes ^ | 12/25/08 | Jerry Bowyer
    That phrase--surplus population--is what first tipped me off to Dickens' philosophical agenda. He's taking aim at the father of the zero-growth philosophy, Thomas Malthus. Malthus' ideas were still current in British intellectual life at the time A Christmas Carol was written. Malthus, himself, had joined the surplus generation only nine years before. But his ideas have proved more durable.~snip~Hitler's hard eugenics and Sanger's (founder of Planned Parenthood) softer one, both owed a great debt of gratitude to Thomas Malthus. So do the zero-growth, sustainable-growth, right-to-die, duty-to-die, life boat bio-ethicists who dominate so much of our intellectual discussion. Malthus turned...
  • Government Approves Scrooge and Marley Bailout (Satire)

    11/28/2008 3:15:02 AM PST · by SvenWaring · 3 replies · 672+ views ^ | 11-28-2008 | Sven Waring
    While Americans are forced to use cheap ballpoint pens, Scrooge & Marley executives use bailout money for fancy-schmancy feather quills. Officials from the Bush administration and members of president-elect Barack Obama's economic team are finishing up a proposal to bail out the world's biggest counting house, Scrooge & Marley. Once a financial powerhouse with a sterling balance sheet, the firm has reportedly fallen into wasteful spending practices, heaping money on extra lumps of coal for the employee's personal heater and providing a luxurious medical plan for the family of Scrooge & Marley's number two man, Bob Cratchit. Scrooge &...
  • Charles Dickens Hearts David Zucker (An American Carol: a Conservative Movie vs. Michael Moore)

    09/24/2008 6:56:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies · 981+ views
    National Review ^ | Sept 22, 2008 | Kathleen Parker
    Americans numbed by the daily barrage of politics-as-usual are about to be awakened by some new fireworks — Hollywood-style. Imagine documentary filmmaker Michael Moore and director David Zucker (Airplane! and The Naked Gun) in the center ring and you begin to get the idea. Zucker’s new movie, An American Carol (due in theaters Oct. 3), is a shot across Hollywood’s bow, aimed directly at Moore. No slouch in self-defense — or self-promotion — Moore will release his own online movie, Slacker Uprising, a few days before Zucker’s to reap the benefit of the backhanded buzz. The release of both films...
  • The Five Best Christmas Stories

    12/22/2007 8:43:09 AM PST · by paul in cape · 27 replies · 756+ views
    Opinion Journal Online ^ | 12-22-07 | MICHAEL DIRDA
    1. "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" (Late 14th century).Full of make-believe and festivity, this wonderful narrative poem possesses a Mozartean lightness and wit. Luckily, several modern versions, particularly those by W.S. Merwin and Simon Armitage, deftly replicate much of the feel and rhythm of the Middle English original. 2. "The Pickwick Papers," by Charles Dickens (1837). No Victorian novel re-creates the cheery holiday spirit better than these bustling misadventures of kindly Mr. Pickwick, his Cockney valet, Sam Weller, and their friends (including the "fat boy" who famously whispers: "I wants to make your flesh creep"). 3. "The Adventure of...
  • 'Christ' Taken Out Of Christmas Festival [BARF Alert!]

    11/28/2007 3:22:36 PM PST · by MotleyGirl70 · 23 replies · 123+ views
    WNEM ^ | 11/28/07
    SAGINAW, Mich. -- Tightening budgets have forced Mt. Pleasant to take Christ out of their Christmas.The traditional Dickens Christmas Festival has been re-named the Dickens Holiday Festival so the city can advertise in local schools.In order to get more bang for their buck out of a thinning advertisement budget, the organization wants to put fliers in schools. For that to happen, the word “Christmas” had to be removed.Downtown Development Coordinator Michelle Sponseller said many people are unhappy with the change. “We changed the name this year for the schools because we wanted to advertise in the school brochures and the...
  • Father condemns East Penn's 'filthy' reading list

    08/15/2007 11:16:07 PM PDT · by napscoordinator · 149 replies · 3,020+ views
    The Morning Call ^ | 15 August 2007 | Randy Kraft
    An angry parent has blasted the East Penn School District for requiring its students to read books he said are "full of filthy vulgarity." Richard Jones of Upper Milford confronted the school board Monday about some of the books on his 15-year-old son's 10th-grade summer reading list at Emmaus High School, saying they're trash. Following its standard practice, the board limited Jones to three minutes and didn't respond to his criticism during the meeting. But later, board President Ann Thompson said, "We listened carefully and it is being investigated carefully."
  • Scrooge 'was a victim of brain disease'

    12/23/2006 7:22:49 PM PST · by MadIvan · 27 replies · 751+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | December 24, 2006 | John Harlow
    IT WAS the night before Christmas and Ebenezer Scrooge was facing a succession of supernatural terrors; or, as the latest medical thinking would have it, he was succumbing to a brain disease so obscure that doctors would not give it a name for another 150 years.A pair of medico-literary sleuths claimed last week to have tracked down the illness that haunted Scrooge. They concluded that Charles Dickens brilliantly observed the symptoms in A Christmas Carol. Robert Chance Algar, a Californian neurologist, and his aunt Lisa Saunders, a medical writer and physician, believe that the affliction that made Scrooge a byword...
  • Hey,mon, haunted by the ghost of ... Bob Marley?

    12/11/2005 5:38:20 AM PST · by csvset · 23 replies · 824+ views
    Virginian Pilot ^ | 11 dec 2005 | Peter Moore
  • Theme park to recreate world of Charles Dickens

    04/09/2005 1:03:32 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 101 replies · 1,337+ views
    LONDON A theme park based on the life and work of the author Charles Dickens is to be built in Britain, one of the men behind ‘‘Dickensworld’’ said Thursday. . The £60 million, or $113 million, project will recreate the Victorian era, when children worked in sweatshops, Britain governed a vast empire and Dickens penned such works as ‘‘Bleak House’’
  • And decrease the surplus population [Schiavo now, who's next?]

    03/30/2005 9:07:57 PM PST · by syriacus · 199 replies · 1,866+ views
    Bucks County Courier Times ^ | March 24, 2005 | J. D. Mullane
    It's astounding how many people want Terri Schiavo dead and aren't afraid to say so. I got clobbered by readers who reacted to Tuesday's column about how the "culture of death" has placed its compassionate arms around Terri, the brain-damaged Florida woman who is being starved to death. E-mail and phone calls (more than 150 at last count) are running 2-1 against me. "It's nuts, this 'life at all costs' mentality," a caller said. There was general agreement: Terri should die and starvation ain't so bad. "Her parents are being very selfish by keeping her alive. Your reference to her...
  • Today Repeatedly Hypes Book Which Says Abraham Lincoln Was Gay (Couric OOPS! Clinton for Lincoln)

    01/12/2005 6:27:27 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 35 replies · 2,128+ views
    MRC ^ | Wednesday January 12, 2005 | BrentBaker, Geoff Dickens
    NBC's Today spent much of Tuesday's show incessantly plugging an upcoming story about a book by a gay advocate which claims that President Abraham Lincoln was gay. Katie Couric, for instance, contrasted Lincoln's image of honesty with the new charge: "He's famous, of course, as 'Honest Abe,' but was former President Abraham Lincoln not completely honest when it came to his sexuality?" Ann Curry set up the eventual story: "Now to an interesting question that has surfaced about one of this country's most revered Presidents nearly 150 years later. Was Abraham Lincoln gay?" That story included those who don't buy...
  • The Dangers of Reading: "Dickens and the Social Order"

    12/29/2004 12:16:43 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 5 replies · 454+ views
    BreakPoint with Chuck Colson ^ | December 28, 2004 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. When you hear the name Charles Dickens, what comes to mind? A Christmas Carol? Sentimental tales of poor but loving families, or helpless orphans saved by wealthy benefactors? All of those impressions are accurate, but there’s a lot more to Dickens than that. In fact, there’s a lot more to this great novelist than even many literary critics have been able to see. Author, editor, and critic Myron Magnet suggests that this is because so many readers and critics bring their own preconceptions to their reading of Dickens (along...
  • Christmas According to Dickens

    12/29/2004 9:48:59 AM PST · by sionnsar · 2 replies · 145+ views ^ | 12/28/2004 | The Rev Dr. Mark D. Roberts
    [The Rev. Roberts finished his series on "Christmas Carol Surprises", posted here earlier, part way through as it turns out, and appears now to have completed a new series of postings titled The Man Who Invented Christmas , A Christmas Carol on the Drawing Board , and Why Did Ebenezer Scrooge Change?. I recommend reading it at the source. --sionnsar]
  • The Dickens Sledgehammer that Forever Changed Christmas

    12/28/2004 11:33:49 AM PST · by restornu · 2 replies · 291+ views
    M E R I D I A N M A G A Z I N E ^ | By James T. Summerhays
    Meridian is pleased to announce new contributors to our magazine from BYU Studies. BYU Studies is the university’s journal of LDS thought and scholarship. BYU Studies is dedicated to the premise that faith is strengthened through the intellectual pursuit of light and truth. Check back regularly to read about the latest LDS scholarship from the journal. To learn more or to subscribe to BYU Studies, go to Christmas wasn’t always such a massive worldwide phenomenon of merriment and conviviality. It once resembled something closer to a quiet Easter Sunday, with fathers and mothers leading children somberly to a...
  • The Dangers of Reading - Dickens and the Social Order

    12/28/2004 8:50:02 AM PST · by UnklGene · 87 replies · 1,725+ views ^ | December 28, 2004 | Mark Earley
    The Dangers of Reading - Dickens and the Social Order BreakPoint with Chuck Colson December 28, 2004 Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. When you hear the name Charles Dickens, what comes to mind? A Christmas Carol? Sentimental tales of poor but loving families, or helpless orphans saved by wealthy benefactors? All of those impressions are accurate, but there’s a lot more to Dickens than that. In fact, there’s a lot more to this great novelist than even many literary critics have been able to see. Author, editor, and critic Myron Magnet suggests that this...
  • A TCS Christmas Carol

    12/23/2004 10:20:33 AM PST · by macbee · 4 replies · 411+ views
    TCS ^ | 12/23/04 | Douglas Kern
    It's Christmas time, and that means it's time to enjoy A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens' melancholy tale of a productive businessman who gets worked over by three meddling supernatural social workers one Christmas Eve, transforming him into a simpering socialist. It's almost as sad as Star Wars, really. A Christmas Carol had someone other than that crypto-commie Dickens written it. So, for your holiday enjoyment, I submit these re-imaginings of A Christmas Carol, as other authors might have depicted it:
  • Dickens classic too religious for school

    12/09/2004 5:48:45 AM PST · by lightman · 59 replies · 1,099+ views
    Worldnet Daily ^ | December 9, 2004 | Worldnet Daily
    A high school principal canceled a dramatic performance of Charles Dicken's classic "A Christmas Carol," partly because he feared it would raise questions about the place of religion in public schools. Mark Robertson, principal of Lake Washington High School near Seattle said his cancellation of a private theater group's Dec. 17 performance on campus primarily was because school policy prohibits charging admission. But he said if admission were free, it would have prompted a "secondary discussion about public school and religion,'' the King County Journal reported. When schools in the Lake Washington School District include religion in their curriculum, they...
  • What is the Best Version of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"?

    12/04/2004 11:21:17 AM PST · by Cyropaedia · 138 replies · 4,718+ views
    OK Gang, What is, in your opinion, the finest version of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"? It can be a TV, Movie, or animated version.
  • Dickens' A Christmas Carol

    12/06/2004 1:45:19 AM PST · by paudio · 13 replies · 875+ views ^ | December 5, 2004 | Michael Marriott
    There exist other flaws in this story. Why do these spirits appear when man's prosperity is rising (did they appear when most men were poor as dirt, say in Charlemagne's era)? Were the spirits working their magic in places like mid-nineteenth century Africa or was this strictly a capitalist country phenomenon? Did a rich person such as Queen Victoria receive a nocturnal visit urging her to open up a palace or two to the homeless? Why would a benevolent deity cripple Tiny Tim in the first place? How is justice served by divine punishment of those who employ others, create...
  • Worthy Causes

    12/29/2003 6:25:38 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 9 replies · 251+ views
    King Features Syndicate, Inc. ^ | 12-29-03 | Reese, Charley
    Worthy Causes I grew up in a Protestant church that believed in a literal interpretation of the King James Bible. Since there is no mention in the Bible of Dec. 25, the church refused to make Christmas a religious observance. Baldwin pianos and Hammond organs were verboten for the same reason. In that they are probably right, since Christmas was adapted to a pagan festival. There is no written record of when the Christ child was born. Nevertheless, that didn't stop my family from observing Christmas, since, like most families with small children, Christmas was more about Santa Claus than...
  • The Spirits of Christmas: A New Look at “A Christmas Carol”

    12/23/2003 7:08:33 AM PST · by aynfan · 27 replies · 500+ views
    author | 12-23-03 | Robert Wolf
    Every year at this time, to the distress of some and the delight of others, we are exposed to a number of film versions of “A Christmas Carol”. It was the Christmas stories of Dickens, particularly his 1843 masterpiece “A Christmas Carol”, that rekindled the Christmas spirit in Britain and America, which had all but disappeared under Cromwell and the Puritans. Many of his works include scenes of Christmas. In fact, Dickens' name became so synonymous with Christmas that on hearing of his death in 1870 a little girl in London asked, "Mr. Dickens dead? Then will Father Christmas die...
  • Westcott and Hort part 1

    02/28/2003 3:22:05 PM PST · by Commander8 · 4 replies · 328+ views
    An Understanbable History of The Bible ^ | 1987 | Dr. Samuel C Gipp Th.D
    Brooke Foss Westcott (1825-1903) and Fenton John Anthony Hort (1828-1892) have been highly controversial figures in biblical history.
  • LP member creates an online "Drug War Carol"

    02/19/2003 10:16:20 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 17 replies · 454+ views
    libertarian party ^ | 2/19/03 | libertarian party
    February 19] An LP member has created "A Drug War Carol" --an online graphic novel about the War on Drugs modeled on Charles Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol." The 64-page story, which was funded through the Foundation, was written by Libertarian Susan W. Wells, with artwork by Scott Bieser. It is designed to tell people the truth about the human suffering caused by the War on Drugs, said Wells. "If people were to learn the truth, I’m sure the drug war would be over in months," she said. "Can you imagine the impact this work could have if every drug...
  • An Angry Boy Who Changed the World

    08/21/2002 3:49:42 PM PDT · by NattieShea · 47 replies · 2,406+ views
    NA | 8/21/02 | NattieShea
    An Angry Boy Who Changed the WorldBy NattieShea Charles Dickens was a nineteenth-century English author of fictional novels. His life spanned the mid-to-late Industrial Revolution. During his life, he saw huge changes in society, not all of them to his liking.This paper is about how Dickens' childhood affected his perception of the Industrial Revolution. It analyzes five of his books in sequence; tying the history to his books and the books to his life. After a brief biography, it begins its analysis with A Tale of Two Cities, a novel set in the French Revolution, and discusses in turn: Oliver...