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  • Malaysian prime minister cleared of corruption over $681m Saudi 'gift'

    01/26/2016 2:30:25 PM PST · by Theoria · 6 replies
    the Guardian ^ | 26 Jan 2016 | Oliver Holmes
    Attorney general says huge sum in Najib Razak’s personal bank account was donation from Saudi royal family and not linked to troubled state fund 1MDB Malaysia's attorney general said on Tuesday that $681m transferred into prime minister Najib Razak's personal bank account was a gift from the royal family in Saudi Arabia, and there were no criminal offences or corruption involved. Scandal-hit Malaysian PM Najib Razak says conscience is 'absolutely clear' Read more The involvement of the Saudi royal family is an unexpected twist in a scandal over the mysterious funds transfer and the troubles of indebted state fund 1Malaysia...
  • The top ten gifts to give a liberal

    12/15/2015 3:50:42 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 39 replies
    American Irony ^ | 12-15-15 | The Looking Spoon
  • The Truer Gift at Christmas – As Seen in a Commercial

    11/28/2015 1:08:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-27-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Truer Gift at Christmas – As Seen in a Commercial Msgr. Charles Pope • November 27, 2015 • There is an old saying that the greatest things in life aren't things. Our greatest gifts are those we love, beginning with God and extending to one another.One of the great dangers at Christmastime (and with life in general) is that we maximize the minimum and minimize the maximum, or, as Jesus puts it, we strain out gnats and swallow camels (Matt 23:24). He said this about the religiously observant of His day, who meticulously followed small, technical rules about cleanliness...
  • A "Gift" That Keeps On Taking

    05/05/2015 1:05:16 PM PDT · by Ohioan · 10 replies ^ | May 1, 2015 | William Flax
    Almost everyone has heard the phrase, "a gift that keeps on giving"; a reference to a charitable undertaking that encourages beneficiaries in the direction of self-reliance & personal responsibility. Such a gift is likely to involve recognition of important aspects of human nature--a concept or concepts that encourage individuals to identify & employ actual talents--that inspire beneficiaries to solve real problems, rather than look to others to solve those problems for them.
  • All is Calm, All is BrightReally? Maybe This Video Will Help

    12/06/2014 6:52:20 AM PST · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-05-0-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    All is Calm, All is Bright…Really? Maybe This Video Will Help By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe video below was produced by the Archdiocese of Washington for our “Find the Perfect Gift” Christmas outreach. It is an attempt to refocus Catholics and non-Catholics on the truest and most perfect gift of Christmas, Jesus Christ. It also invites each of us to give the perfect gift, the gift of our very self to God and to one another.The video illustrates well a problem that we can all have at Christmas: hectic, hurried lives, made even busier by “holiday” requirements and traditions. These traditions,...
  • Sex, romance would be a conflict of interest under NC General Assembly proposal

    03/18/2015 7:47:36 AM PDT · by csvset · 6 replies
    The News & Observer ^ | 03/17/2015 | Colin Campbell
    One month after the State Ethics Commission ruled that sex between lobbyists and government officials doesnt constitute a gift, a bipartisan group of N.C. House members filed legislation Tuesday to make it clear that sexual and romantic relationships are indeed a conflict of interest. House Bill 252 would require legislators and other government officials to recuse themselves if theyre in a current dating relationship or current sexual relationship with a lobbyist who stands to benefit from the issue at hand. While the legislation doesnt offer a definition of a current sexual relationship, it does provide one for a current dating...
  • Taylor Swift overwhelms fan with $1,989 for student loans, amazing gifts

    01/14/2015 5:00:46 PM PST · by Hugin · 37 replies
    msn ^ | 13 Jan 2015 | Daniel Gates
    Rebekah filmed herself opening the package, in which she found a handwritten note from Swift. I was thinking about you today, and how you have been there cheering me on in the most thoughtful and creative ways, Swift wrote to Rebekah, mentioning a video and other posts Rebekah made. Swift continued, I got out my paints for the first time in a while today and made you something. I really, really, really hope you like it. Im not a good painter, but youre so beautiful and positive, even though youre dealing with the stress life brings, so I wanted to...
  • Cops: Mass. man killed wife in argument over Christmas gift

    01/03/2015 7:51:55 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 63 replies
    CBS (Boston) ^ | January 1, 2015
    WALTHAM, Mass. - A suburban Boston man is accused of killing his wife during an argument over a Christmas gift, reports CBS Boston. Julio Resto, 51, pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges in Waltham District Court Wednesday afternoon in the death of his wife, 42-year-old Gloria Resto. He was ordered held without bail. Police say Resto first tried to strangle his wife and then stabbed her with a kitchen knife in their apartment in Waltham early Wednesday morning. Julio told police his wife was upset with him because he did not buy her a Christmas gift, reports the...
  • Got a personal drone for Christmas? Use with caution

    12/25/2014 7:10:45 PM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    The Guardian via MSN ^ | 12/25/14 | Alex Hern
    **SNIP** But it could be difficult to make the most of a 2km range without infringing civil aviation regulations, which require UAS pilots to stay within eyesight of their drone, and use of the camera could infringe the privacy of passersby. The Civil Aviation Authority has issued guidance to help drone operators understand airspace regulations. Technically, drone operators must request permission from the CAA if they plan to fly a camera-equipped aircraft within congested areas, or within 50 metres of people or properties that are not under their control. They must also remain in visual line of sight of their...
  • Faithful Crossing Guard Who Had His Car Repossessed While Caring for His Sick Wife Got...(shortened)

    12/19/2014 11:10:24 AM PST · by Utilizer · 8 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Dec. 16, 2014 10:49am | Erica Ritz
    A group of dads in the Dallas area say they wouldnt trade Nathaniel Kendrick, better known as Mr. Kent, for the world. The kindhearted crossing guard who watched over their kids at school for more than a decade, Kendrick recently retired from the Lakewood Elementary School, according to WFAA-TV. But his family has fallen on hard times as his wifes health suffers. Amid their rising expenses, his car was repossessed. My mother told me long before she passed, Take care of your wife. So I try my best, Kendrick said.
  • Transformed crib honors stillborn boy, comforts mother

    05/09/2014 11:29:49 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 7 replies
    Fox 9 ^ | 5/8/2014 | Fox 9
    COKATO, Minn. (KMSP) - Losing a child at birth is a difficult loss on many levels, especially when it leaves a prepared nursery empty as a reminder -- but one grieving Cokato mother got an emotional surprise when her son's crib was re-purposed. For most of Valarie Watt's pregnancy, her son, Noah, was developing just fine. That all changed in the final few days. "All week, I knew," Watts reflected. "He wasn't moving as much. I was very nervous." His umbilical cord had become pinched in the womb, and Noah was stillborn last July. Even so, she wasn't ready to...
  • Sarah Palin: Obama's Relinquishing of America's Internet Control a 'Gift' to Dictators

    03/19/2014 7:53:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/19/14 | Tony Lee
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said even the biased mainstream media cannot justify the ultimate gift that President Barack Obama gave to authoritarian regimes and dictators around the world when he relinquished America's control of the Internet last Friday. Palin said that this "is nothing more than a gift to authoritarian regimes who seek to stifle the freedom the internet gives to voices around the world fighting for basic human rights. No amount of Obama/liberal media spin can justify this." "Evidently relinquishing America's control of the internet via our Icann control of domain names was what Obama meant when he...
  • White Houses Secret Santa gift: Extra day to sign up for Obamacare

    12/23/2013 1:39:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/23/13 | Tom Howell Jr.
    People hoping to gain health insurance through the new health care law by Jan. 1 now have an extra 24 hours to enroll, due to a quiet move by the Obama administration. Government officials and contractors tweaked some software to make sure that anyone who enrolled by 11:59 p.m. on Christmas Eve still would still obtain coverage by the dawn of the new year, and insisted the deadline at least on paper is still today. We recognize that many have chosen to make their final decisions on todays deadline and we are committed to making sure they can...
  • Faith is a Gift of God

    10/13/2013 6:23:35 PM PDT · by jodyel · 5 replies
    FAITH IS A GIFT OF GOD Fall flat before Christ, cast yourself upon him and rest upon him completely. He can support you for ever. Faith looks to Jesus Christ as he is indeed the Son of God, as he is indeed perfect, sinless, and true man. by Geoff Thomas By this phrase "faith in Jesus Christ" we are referring to a saving grace, whereby sinners receive and rest upon Christ alone for salvation, as he is offered to us in the gospel, and we are affirming that that faith is a gift of God. We are talking about a...
  • The Historic Phone Call Was a Hostage Negotiation

    09/30/2013 8:27:15 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9-29-13 | Michael Ledeen
    As advertised, Hassan Rouhani was the star of the week at the Great UN Circus. He knew it, and he treated his American hosts with arrogance and contempt, and was duly hailed as a peace-seeker. He spent hours and hours with diplomats (just not American ones), journalists, academic apologists such as Gary Sick, and anti-American rabble rousers like Louis Farrakhan, but he didnt have time for President Obama. No matter. When the Iranians told the White House that Rouhani could squeeze in a few words on the phone, Obama eagerly called him up, thereby giving the journalists and apologists the...
  • State Department Reveals Hillary Clinton Received $500K Worth of Jewelry from Saudi King

    09/09/2013 8:55:58 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 56 replies ^ | AUGUST 30, 2013 | BILL HUTCHINSON
    Foreign diplomacy doesnt always resolve world-class problems, but it sure does rake in the swag. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was given a half-million bucks worth of diamond and ruby jewelry by Saudi Arabian King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz and received $58,000 worth of bling from Brunei. The lavish gifts were among a treasure trove of keepsakes bestowed upon U.S. leaders in 2012, the State Department disclosed Thursday. ... Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden got a bare-breasted female bust from Liberia. The Constitution prohibits U.S. government employees from keeping presents worth more than $350. But officials at the U.S....
  • Kevin Durant Gives $1 Million To The Red Cross For Oklahoma Tornado Relief

    05/21/2013 9:52:34 AM PDT · by blam · 55 replies
    TBI ^ | Tony Manfred
    Kevin Durant Gives $1 Million To The Red Cross For Oklahoma Tornado Relief Tony Manfred May 21, 2013, 12:38 PM Oklahoma City Thunder player Kevin Durant is donating $1 million to the Red Cross for tornado relief, Royce Young of Daily Thunder reports. Moore, Oklahoma which was hardest hit by the storm is about 11 miles south of Oklahoma City. Durant made ~$17 million in salary this season. He has been the face of the franchise and the city since the Thunder moved there in 2008. He sticks around town in the offseason, and even played flag football...
  • DNC Rejects Christian Gift Baskets

    09/05/2012 4:51:25 PM PDT · by onlylewis · 17 replies ^ | 9/5/12 | By Todd Starnes
    The Democratic National Committee banned dozens of Charlotte churches from distributing gift baskets to delegates because the congregations hold values that are contrary to the party platform, according to local religious leaders. They told us our views on womens rights are contrary to the Democratic party platform, said David Benham, the lead organizer of the Charlotte714 religious movement. Charlotte714 is a group of more than 100 churches across the region that mobilized to pray for the Democratic National Convention. More than 9,000 people gathered last Sunday for a time of worship and prayer in advance of the convention.
  • For grace we are saved through faith and that not of ourselves; it is the gift of GOD.

    07/16/2012 8:38:10 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 6 replies
    faith | God-inspired
    Glory to GOD
  • Saudi Arabian gold coin (Vanity)

    12/21/2011 7:52:38 PM PST · by Cardhu · 23 replies · 4+ views
    The above coin, which I photographed in its plastic container, was sent to me by my daughter who works in Saudi Arabia. She says that this is what Saudis give to each other as gifts. I know some Freepers have lived and worked in Saudi Arabia and may know more about this coin. I believe the inscription says "There is but one God and Allah is his name"
  • When are you actually Zotted? When you are a retread.

    04/16/2011 8:23:06 PM PDT · by wildcarduces · 25 replies
    Legalism and the New Covenant ^ | 4/15/2011 | Sander O'toole
    When are you Saved? Romans 7 is the key to understanding imputed Righteousness It is clear to me that God first imputed sin to man after the sin of symbolic Adam who "ate of the tree ". I won't bore you with the scripture but it is well known . Man then failed at God's laws in the Old testament and he sent his Son to death on the cross for our Sins consistent with the blood sacrifices in the holy of holys (See Hebrews 9:3) and the passover sacrifices for thousands of years. Jesus died for our sins that...
  • Gift of the Holy Spirit an Indwelling?

    02/16/2011 10:11:04 AM PST · by hawkins · 4 replies
    That Christian Website ^ | 01/16/2011 | Travis Main
    The first lesson in this series examined whether or not the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is literal or representational. It was the conclusion of the article the Holy Spirit does not literally indwell anyone, but the term refers to a Christian putting on a Christ like life which matches the Bible given by the Spirit. It is this which allows the individual to indwell all of the Godhead and the Word and vice versa. However, Christians who take the view the indwelling of the Holy Spirit as a literal one also often consider the term gift of the Holy...
  • I'm Saved -- What now?

    01/03/2011 6:03:42 PM PST · by Benchim · 24 replies
    Antinomianism and the New Covenant ^ | 1/3/2011 | Gart O'toole
    After you are saved, why are you still sinning like Paul in Romans 7? Why are you still despicable? Why are you still thinking in the gutter? Because you are living in the human self. Not the "old self". You will never change . But you want to change but you don't know what to do. Now God has GIVEN you eternal life. All he asks is that you believe in his Son. Is that it? Your parents can not separate themselves as your parents and neither can God. Your parents will come to the penitentiary to visit you for...
  • When Santa brings guns for kids

    12/24/2010 4:11:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies · 1+ views
    DC Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 23 December, 2010 | Mike Stollenwerk
    With Christmas only days away, and shopping malls packed, many Americans are scrambling for last minute gift ideas for kids, especially those older children, nephews, and nieces on your list. Heres one idea: Give the gift of freedom and responsibility a gun. Most states allow teenagers to own and possess long guns, and those 18 years of age and older to own, possess, and open carry handguns. Additionally, few states require any registration of guns, or ban private intra-family transfers of guns. Long an American tradition for children to find a Red Ryder BB gun or Winchester rifle under...
  • URGENT: Need last minute gift idea!

    12/23/2010 8:08:44 AM PST · by MarkLevinFan · 98 replies · 1+ views
    Help! I need a gift idea for my wife. She already bought herself an iPod which was meant to be her gift. She has all the accessories for it. So, I can't get her anything expensive. But, I need something small that she can open on Christmas. If I buy something she doesn't like she will think it was a waste of money. I have been agonizing for weeks trying to come up with an idea for a good gift. Maybe some FReepers can give me some good ideas. :-)
  • Pa and the Rifle

    12/12/2010 6:04:58 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 23 replies ^ | 12-8-2010 | Wayne Leeper
    Pa never had much compassion for the lazy or those who squandered their means and then never had enough for the necessities. But for those who were genuinely in need, his heart was as big as all outdoors. It was from him that I learned the greatest joy in life comes from giving, not from receiving. It was Christmas Eve 1881. I was fifteen years old and feeling like the world had caved in on me because there just hadnt been enough money to buy me the rifle that Id wanted for Christmas. We did the chores early that night...
  • The Gift of the Magi

    12/11/2010 10:27:08 AM PST · by ex-snook · 4 replies
    enotes ^ | available now | O Henry
    The Gift of the Magi ONE DOLLAR AND eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until one's cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such close dealing implied. Three times Della counted it. One dollar and eighty-seven cents. And the next day would be Christmas. There was clearly nothing to do but flop down on the shabby little couch and howl. So Della did it. Which instigates the moral reflection that life is...
  • Gift Idea for Those Who Already Have-it-all: Walk-In Medicine Cabinet for the Kitchen!

    12/08/2010 3:30:09 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 9 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | December 08, 2010 | Reaganite Republican
    How obscenely anti-progressive... lol Cures what ails ya... Disease Medication Dosage Allergies Medoc 1 glass Anemia Graves 4 glass Bronchitis Bordeaux (+ sugar/cinammon!) 3 cups Irregularity Anjou Blanc, Vouvray 4 glass Coronary Arteries BrutChampagne 4 glass Diarrhea Beaujolais Nouveau 4 glass Fever Champagne Sec 4 glass Heart Burgundy, Sentanay Rouge 2 glass Uric Acid Gout Sancerre, Pouilly Fume 4 glass Hypertension Alsace 4 glass Menopause Saint Emilion 1 bottle Depression Medoc 2+ bottles Obesity Burgundy Until you don't care anymore... Via e-mail... Gracias Roberto!
  • Culture Challenge of the Week: 'Must-Haves' for Christmas

    11/09/2010 9:04:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | November 9, 2010 | Rebecca Hagelin
    "He's been asking me for weeks to get him a Nintendo DSi for Christmas," Alicia explained. Her son, Alex, is only nine. Christmas is well over a month away but he's been relentlessly pressing for the "must-have" electronic toy that his classmates already own. Money is tight for Alicia's family these days, and the handheld device starts at 149.99. Games are extra, at $35 a pop. Alicia doesn't indulge in expensive clothes, trendy bags, or "must have" purchases-at least for herself. But when it comes to her son, mom-guilt too easily clouds her perspective. And retailers and advertising gurus wouldn't...
  • How To Wrap A Cat For Christmas

    11/05/2010 10:35:37 AM PDT · by Fawn · 20 replies
    You tube ^ | 2009 | unknown
    Just a cute kitty diversion.....
  • Venezuela govt to nationalize 11 US-owned oil rigs

    06/30/2010 11:44:21 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 83 replies · 3+ views ^ | Jun 30 02:20 AM US/Eastern |
    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (right) alongside Oil and Energy Minister ... Venezuela's legislature has voted to nationalize 11 oil rigs owned by the US firm Helmerich & Payne. The rigs, located in Monagas, Anzoategui and Zulia states, will be taken over by state oil giant Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), the official news agency AVN said. PDVSA had asked the legislature controlled by supporters of leftist President Hugo Chavez to take over the rigs after the US firm declined to negotiate a new service contract, unlike 32 other foreign firms.
  • Soldier Presents Gift to Afghan People

    01/03/2010 7:11:14 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 246+ views
    NEWS RELEASE ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan 2010-01-CA007 For Immediate Release CHAGCHARAN, Afghanistan (Jan. 2) A Lithuanian Army corporal presented a photographic exhibition to the local Department of Culture and Information on behalf of the Lithuanian-led Chagcharan Provincial Reconstruction Team. The exhibition, called "Our Memories," featured images taken by Corporal Vilius Dziavecka during his deployment in support of the PRT here three years ago. Eid Gul Aazim, director of the education department in Ghowr, supported the art exhibit initiative, authorizing its indefinite stay in the department so all visitors could see and enjoy it. During the opening ceremony, community...
  • The Gift of Obama

    12/18/2009 7:37:58 PM PST · by Signalman · 10 replies · 547+ views
    Race42012 ^ | 12/18/2009 | Alex Knepper
    We really have no reason to be winning this health care debate. The Democrats were swept into the Oval Office with a sweeping mandate, they have a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate and a commanding majority in the House, and, at the beginning of the year, they were popular in the eyes of the public and had a plethora of political capital to spend. After spending some of it on the ill-conceived stimulus package, health care was next. One year ago at this time, I would have said: its done for. The public wants reform, they want a public option,...
  • 100 Days: 'Harry, I Have a Gift'

    04/29/2009 8:00:34 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 7 replies · 551+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 04-29-09 | DANIEL HENNINGER
    opinion polls were real life, Barack Obama would be walking with the immortals. In polls taken as he headed to his 100th day, his numbers are high and heavenly, cruising on issue after issue at 70-plus percent. APOne number in last weekend's Washington Post/ABC poll, however, stands out. On whether he is "willing to listen to different points of view," Mr. Obama elevates into hyperspace, hitting 90%. Just behind is "he understands the problems of people like you," at 73%. An argument made repeatedly during the campaign by converts to the Obama movement was that this guy simply "gets it."...
  • Reid says Obama told him, 'I have a gift'

    04/27/2009 12:27:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 58 replies · 2,204+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/27/09 | Kevin Freking - ap
    WASHINGTON Everyone knows President Barack Obama can deliver a great speech, including the president himself, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The paperback version of Reid's book, "The Good Fight," is coming out May 5 with an epilogue called "The Obama Era." Reid said he was impressed when Obama, then a freshman senator from Illinois, delivered a speech about President George W. Bush's war policy. Reid, D-Nev., writes: "'That speech was phenomenal, Barack,' I told him. And I will never forget his response. Without the barest hint of braggadocio or conceit, and with what I would describe as...
  • Hugo Chavez's gift to Obama is a Latin leftist's bible

    04/20/2009 7:05:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies · 669+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | 4/20/09 | Tracy Wilkinson
    Reporting from Mexico City -- The book that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gave his U.S. counterpart, Barack Obama, has long been regarded as a bible for the Latin American left, found on the bookshelves and university reading lists of a generation of students in the region. "Open Veins of Latin America" recounts, as its subtitle says, "Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent" -- the harvesting of the region's cotton, rubber, coffee, fruit and other resources by U.S. and European powers. It argues, from a Marxist viewpoint, that such exploitation is the root cause of Latin American poverty.
  • Barack Obama's gift for the Queen: an iPod, your Majesty

    04/01/2009 2:51:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies · 1,354+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 4/1/09 | Toby Harnden
    Barack Obama met the Queen at Buckingham Palace today and gave her a gift of an iPod loaded with video footage and photographs of her 2007 United States visit to Richmond, Jamestown and Williamsburg in Virginia. In return, the Queen gave the President a silver framed signed photograph of herself and the Duke of Edinburgh - apparently a standard present for visiting dignitaries.
  • MSNBC: Obama's Give Queen I-Pod as Gift

    04/01/2009 11:47:00 AM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 181 replies · 5,694+ views
    Buckingham Palace
    MSNBC just broke the news that the official gift from the Obama's to the Queen was an I-Pod loaded with songs and video of her trip to the U.S.A. back in 2007. The Queen gave a sterling silver frame with a photo autographed by all of the Royal Family. An I-Pod and a DVD set...this is what the Obama's have given to British power.
  • "It's a Gift!" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Lent)

    03/21/2009 4:24:14 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies · 293+ views
    March 22, 2009 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Its a Gift! (Ephesians 2:1-10)You are a Christian. You are saved. You believe in Christ. In your Christian life, you do good works. You are heading for heaven. Now, the question comes up, how did all this come about? To what extent does all of this, or any of this, depend on you? The salvation, the faith, the good works--which parts are a gift, by grace, Gods doing, and which parts are up to us, our doing, our contribution to the equation? Thats what were going to explore this morning. Now these are important questions, and a lot can be...
  • gift food etiquette

    03/20/2009 7:44:07 PM PDT · by franksolich · 21 replies · 897+ views
    conservativecave ^ | March 20, 2009 | self
    I've been dealing with a particular problem that's going to heighten as we get closer and closer to April 15. It's happened every year since I've moved here, and it gets worse and worse, dealing with the unwanted kindness of people. About 40% of those who have me do their income taxes are of Texas derivation; all of them here legally, but not necessarily all of whom have a good grip on the English language. Apparently there is a custom south of Texas, which these Texans brought up with them into Texas, before moving further north, that besides just paying...
  • Iowahawk: Give the Gift of Stuff

    03/09/2009 11:53:23 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 12 replies · 789+ views
    Iowahawk | March 9, 2009 | David Burge
  • Does Obama dislike the British?

    03/07/2009 4:08:31 AM PST · by Askwhy5times · 52 replies · 1,651+ views
    The Intellectual Redneck ^ | March 7, 2009 | The Intellectual Redneck
    Does Obama dislike the British?That could be the interpretation of recent events during British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's visit to the US. After President Obama miffed PM Brown by canceling a scheduled news conference on his arrival, the British press were outraged. But on this side of the Atlantic the whole business looked pretty demeaning. The morning papers and TV last night featured plenty of comment focused on the White House's very odd and, frankly, exceptionally rude treatment of a British PM. Squeezing in a meeting, denying him a full press conference with flags etc. The British press corps, left...
  • Returning the unwanted gift of Christmas

    01/02/2009 6:21:46 PM PST · by ancientart · 20 replies · 1,291+ views
    Aberdeen American News ^ | December 21, 2008 | Donna Marmorstein
    Roy got up at 6:30 the day after Christmas so he could beat the crowds and get to the gift return counter as early as possible. When he arrived at the store parking lot, he was surprised at the number of shoppers with the same idea. He parked, grabbed his unwanted gift and made for the return counter. Quite a few shoppers had arrived ahead of him, but that was OK; standing in line would allow him to think about what to buy with his refund. For Christmas, he'd really wanted the shiatsu massager with iPod dock and mug warmer,...
  • "Why would Santa give me on e of THESE!?!"

    12/29/2008 7:28:29 PM PST · by brycemax · 5 replies · 853+ views
    Christmas is a time for giving, but did you ever wonder what the heck some people were thinking when they gave their gift? See today's "Geeks On Caffeine" for ideas about what NOT to give someone! NOTE: The author of this comic requests that you please visit his web site and refrain from copying the cartoon within this thread. Thank you.
  • What Was the Worst Christmas Gift You Ever Got?

    12/14/2008 6:49:52 AM PST · by yankeedame · 40 replies · 1,320+ views
    AOL ^ | 13/12/08
    Came across this while cruising AOL this a.m. They listed something like 50 examples but here's just s few (in no particular order). Enjoy! P.S. What was your worst? Worst Gift You Ever Got For the second time, we asked AOL users to share their stories of the worst gifts they ever got, and boy, some were doozies. "My husband and I... He set one of mine aside and told me it would be last, as it was really special....It was a very high-tech bathroom scale. ================================ "My grandmother purchased a container made from four emply coffee cans connected...and decorated...
  • wat do i get my mom?

    12/13/2008 5:28:34 PM PST · by Heavan13 · 126 replies · 2,846+ views
    i have 40 $.she is 60. 4 christmas
  • Green gift ideas for an eco-conscious Christmas (Anyone else passing out freshly killed elk, deer?)

    12/05/2008 11:29:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies · 559+ views
    South Coast Today ^ | 12/06/08 | Laura McLean
    Green gift ideas for an eco-conscious ChristmasBy Laura McLean From the Ground Up December 06, 2008 6:00 AM Editor's note: This is part of a continuing series on the strides being made in the green movement by businesses, communities and individuals who want to live in harmony with the Earth. Make your Christmas greener this year! You will have more holiday cheer knowing you are helping in some way to conserve while still enjoying the tradition of giving and celebrating. "Christmas is the season of love, the season of giving, but sadly, it is also the season of waste," write...
  • An Independence Day Gift

    07/04/2008 8:33:21 AM PDT · by Fox_Mulder77 · 8 replies · 246+ views
    LGF/AFP ^ | July 4, 2008
    More than 1,200 soldiers serving in Iraq gave America a precious gift today. BAGHDAD (AFP) - More than 1,200 US troops serving in Iraq signed up for extended service in the military to mark Americas national day on Friday. At least 1,215 troops re-enlisted for periods ranging from two to six years at the ceremony held at the spacious Al-Faw palace of executed dictator Saddam Hussein near Baghdad airport. General David Petraeus, the head of US-led coalition forces in Iraq, said he was proud of their decision to re-enlist and help the people of Iraq win their most important battle...
  • Roman soldier's gift found[UK]

    04/10/2008 11:59:42 AM PDT · by BGHater · 25 replies · 118+ views
    Manchester Evening News ^ | 10 Apr 2008 | David Ottewell
    HE was many miles from home - a Roman soldier posted to Manchester, perhaps feeling cold and lonely, longing for loved ones left behind. He was called Aelius Victor. And now after 2,000 years an altar he built to keep a promise to the goddesses he prayed to has been unearthed in the middle of the city. The altar - described by experts as being in 'fantastic' condition - was discovered during an archaeological dig at a site on Greater Jackson Street earmarked for development. Aelius Victor had dedicated it to two minor goddesses. A Latin inscription on the altar...
  • Face of Defense: Marine Gives Gift of Life to Brother

    02/26/2008 3:19:22 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 77+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Lance Cpl. Robert C. Frenke, USMC
    CAMP FOSTER, Japan, Feb. 26, 2008 Cameron Bonners life was in danger, and his best hope for survival came from a U.S. Marine stationed at this Okinawa base. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Austin Bonner, left, visits with his brother, Cameron Bonner, in Los Angeles. The lieutenant donated a kidney to his brother, who suffers from lupus. Courtesy photo(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Camerons brother, Marine Corps 1st Lt. Austin Bonner, is the training officer for Marine Air Support Squadron 2, Marine Air Group 18, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. He is one of two siblings who were...