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  • From Magi to Wise Men – A Homily For Epiphany

    01/05/2014 1:50:54 AM PST · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 1/4/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    There are so many wonderful details in the Epiphany story: the call of the Gentiles, the nations, and their enthusiastic response, the significance of the star they see, and the gifts they bring, the dramatic interaction with Herod and their ultimate rejection of him in favor Christ.In this meditation I would like especially to follow these Magi, in their journey of faith to become wise men. As Magi, they followed the faint stars, distant points of light; as Wise Men they follow Jesus who is the ever Glorious Light from Light, true God from true God.We can observe how they...
  • Rodman Brings Bread and Circuses to Pyongyang(breaks UN sanction)

    01/08/2014 1:39:06 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Jan 7, 2014 | DENNIS P. HALPIN
    Rodman Brings Bread and Circuses to Pyongyang 8:16 AM, Jan 7, 2014 • By DENNIS P. HALPIN .... The bread being brought by Rodman to accompany the circus is allegedly in the form of luxury birthday gifts for the North Korean dictator and his wife. Rodman seems oblivous to North Korea’s near starvation of its people, human rights atrocities, gulags, and nuclear and missile adventurism, and appears equally unconcerned that providing Pyongyang with any luxury goods is a violation of the sanctions imposed by United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution 2094, adopted on March 7, 2013, and previous resolutions .....
  • History, The Heart, and The Gift That Changes Both: A Christmas Message

    12/25/2013 10:07:16 PM PST · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case] · 1 replies
    PODBEAN ^ | December 25, 2013 | Rob W. Case
    There are two things that never change on their own, and that is history and the human heart. It is due to the nature of the human heart that history is comprised of bad and destructive decisions. But Jesus Christ came to change all of this, and still does to this day, especially with those who are willing to seek him. Are you one of them?
  • Merry Christmas, 1913

    12/14/2013 4:06:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 15, 2013 | Bill O' Reilly
    One hundred years ago in America, Christmas was a mighty different situation. Based on newspaper reports, MyHeritage.com recently put together a list of the most-asked-for gifts by children who lived back then. Here are the top five requests: --Candy. --Nuts. --Rocking Horse. --Doll. --Mittens. It's a modest list, to say the least, but reflective of a time that was far less complicated than society is today. Now, kids rule in many homes. And Santa is under siege. This year, the top five kid-wants according to retailers are: --Furby Boom. --Teksta Robotic Puppy. --LeapPad Ultra. --Flutterbye Flying Fairy. --Big Hugs...
  • Weird Stocking Stuffer: Bacon Deodorant

    12/12/2013 7:19:13 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    WRAL ^ | 12/12/13 | Tara Whitfield
    Chocolates, fruit, nuts, tiny toys: these are all your typical stocking stuffers but if you are looking to mix things up this year we have a couple suggestions. J&D's, the Seattle-based company that brought you Bacon Salt (which makes everything taste like bacon) and Baconnaise (bacon-flavored mayonnaise), has two new products just in time for the holidays. We became aware of these in a press release and when we saw the words "bacon deodorant" we knew we had to try it out. Here is our take on their new products: J&D’s Bacon Deodorant: Bacon used to be just a simple...
  • Top 10 gifts to give the liberals in your life...

    12/12/2013 12:25:25 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 6 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 12-12-13 | The Looking Spoon
  • BAD Christmas Gifts-

    12/10/2013 9:35:40 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 23 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 10 December 2013 | Reaganite Republican
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  • Distinguishing Knowledge from Wisdom and Understanding

    05/22/2013 1:56:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | May 21, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In this post I am trying to continue our celebration of the lost “Octave” of Pentecost. Today I want to consider three gifts of the Holy Spirit.As you may recall, there are seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, Counsel, Piety, Fortitude and Fear of the Lord. Most Catholics cannot define them well in any sort of articulate way. This is due to poor catechesis but also to the fact that modern English has tended to use several of these terms interchangeably, almost as synonyms, though they are distinct theologically.There are also secular usages of these terms that...
  • The Perfect Gift

    12/25/2012 4:48:13 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | December 25, 2012 | Cal Thomas
    Most people who haven't finished their shopping are starting to worry about what gifts to give a friend, relative or spouse. Quick, what did you give or receive last year? How about two years ago? Most of us can't remember, unless it was a big-ticket item. What if you could give a gift that mattered; one that literally kept on giving and improved the life of another person? Would you buy that gift? Two years ago I bought two gifts for people I have never met. One was a goat and the other a sewing class. Both went to people...
  • REALLY Bad Christmas Gifts

    12/18/2012 9:41:55 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 12 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 18 December 2012 | Reaganite Republican
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  • Mitt Wasn't All Wrong About "Gifts"

    11/20/2012 6:09:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 20, 2012 | Pat Buchanan
    Set aside the idealized Hispanic of the Republican consultants' vision. What does the real Hispanic community look like today? Let us consider only native-born Hispanics, U.S. citizens. According to Steve Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies, which analyzed Census Bureau statistics from 2012: -- More than one in five Hispanic citizens lives in poverty. -- One in four Hispanic-American men 25 to 55 is out of work. -- More than half of all Hispanic women 25-55 are unmarried. -- Half of all Hispanic households with children are headed by an unmarried woman, and 55 percent depend on welfare programs....
  • 6 Ultimate Gifts for Millionaires

    11/19/2012 6:11:52 PM PST · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    Restraint is way overrated.
  • Gingrich on Romney’s ‘gifts’ comments: ‘It’s nuts’

    11/18/2012 12:15:36 PM PST · by Windy City Conservative · 124 replies
    "It's nuts," Gingrich told guest host Martha Raddatz on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. "First of all, it's insulting. This would be like Wal-Mart having a bad week and going, 'The customers have really been unruly.' I mean, the job of a political leader in part is to understand the people. If we can't offer a better future that is believable to more people, we're not going to win."
  • GOP returns Mitt Romney "gifts"

    11/15/2012 10:03:20 PM PST · by TrueStarSpangled · 58 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/15/12 | Ginger Gibson
    A handful of prominent Republicans criticized Mitt Romney for his disparaging remarks about President Barack Obama’s “gifts” to core constituencies, saying that it was the wrong message to send voters as the party tries to rebuild itself after a bruising defeat. “I don’t think it’s helpful,” Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad told POLITICO at the Republican Governors Association conference on Thursday. “I guess my feeling is that we need to turn the page, and we need to focus on the future and not make excuses for the past.”
  • Jindal slams Romney for 'gifts' comment about minorities, young voters

    11/14/2012 7:38:11 PM PST · by tobyhill · 76 replies
    cnn ^ | 11/14/2012 | Ashley Killough and Kevin Bohn
    Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana fiercely shot back at Mitt Romney’s claim Wednesday that President Barack Obama outmatched the 2012 Republican presidential nominee by offering "gifts" to African-Americans, Hispanics and young voters. “I absolutely reject that notion,” Jindal, who was a surrogate for Romney’s campaign, said at the Republican Governors Association conference in Las Vegas. “I think that's absolutely wrong.” “I don't think that represents where we are as a party and where we're going as a party,” he continued. “That has got to be one of the most fundamental takeaways from this election.” Romney made the comments on...
  • Romney Dings Obama for 'Gifts' to Minority Voters

    11/14/2012 5:19:58 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 17 replies
    Romney Dings Obama for 'Gifts' to Minority Voters By Devin Dwyer | ABC OTUS News – 2 hrs 21 mins ago President Obama today heaped praise on his defeated rival, GOP nominee Mitt Romney, saying the former governor's record and ideas "could be very helpful" in shaping policy over the next four years "My hope is, before the end of the year… that we have a chance to sit down and talk," Obama told reporters in his first post-election press conference. But even as Obama extended something of an olive branch - which some skeptics saw as disingenuous - Romney...
  • FOIA docs reveal Treasury officials cited for soliciting prostitutes, accepting gifts

    07/17/2012 3:53:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/15/12 | Bob Cusack
    FOIA docs reveal Treasury officials cited for soliciting prostitutes, accepting giftsBy Bob Cusack - 07/15/12 08:19 PM ET Treasury Department officials have been cited for soliciting prostitutes, breaking conflict-of-interest rules and accepting gifts from corporate executives, according to the findings of official government investigations. The revelations of unethical behavior at Treasury are detailed in little-noticed documents posted this month on governmentattic.org, which publishes agency responses to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. While it is not uncommon for departments within the executive branch to have personnel issues, it is unusual for these types of documents to become public. They provide...
  • Jimmy Kimmel mocks Obama wedding registry

    06/26/2012 8:34:46 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    Via the Washington Free Beacon, Jimmy Kimmel mocks the Obama wedding registry fundraising idea with a spoof ad. “On the campaign website, it says, “a campaign donation goes a lot farther than a gravy bowel (sic),” Kimmel said. “Not if you love gravy it doesn’t. Without a gravy bowl where else am I going to keep my gravy?”
  • Following the Truth: 7 Reasons To Be Thankful For The Holy Spirit [Catholic Caucus]

    05/25/2012 6:36:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    FollowingtheTruth.com ^ | May 17th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    7 Reasons To Be Thankful For The Holy Spirit May 17th, 2012by Gary Zimak.  If we were to poll Catholics and ask which of the 3 Persons of the Trinity they LEAST understood, the odds are good that the Holy Spirit would be the most popular answer. While most of know something about God the Father and God the Son, the mysterious God the Holy Spirit can be rather vague. As we prepare for the great solemnity of Pentecost, let’s take a look at the Holy Spirit and examine 7 reasons to be thankful for His presence in our lives.Before...
  • Top 10 Gifts To Give A Liberal

    12/24/2011 12:20:14 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 14 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 12-24-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
    Share this with your liberal friends and see what they think!
  • In Utilizing the Ultimate Gift: A Christmas Message

    12/24/2011 6:20:46 AM PST · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case] · 2 replies
    MSMB ^ | December 24, 2011 | Rob W. Case
    If someone were to ask you what you got for Christmas last year, what would you say? Would you even remember everything you got last year, or would you only remember the things that still serve you use today? It’s also interesting how we can recall that certain people gave us certain things for Christmas. For example, when I look in my personal movie collection, and I see certain titles, I remember (and may even think briefly about) the person who gave that title to me as a gift. And so, these things got me thinking about something deeper. How...
  • The best Christmas gifts ever from Santa?

    12/22/2011 6:28:43 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 8 replies
    galesburg.com ^ | 22 Dec 2011 | Jay Redfern
    It's Christmas morning, anytime in the 1960s. And by morning, I'm talking 2 or 3 a.m. My brother Jeff and I know Santa Claus has arrived at Grandma and Granddad Hodges' house in rural Rushville and we can't wait until daybreak when we can charge downstairs to see what toys he delivered. Unable to sleep, full of anticipation, we sneak out of the bedroom, edge down a couple of steps, taking turns peeking between the staircase spindles -- hoping to get a glimpse of a new bike, an electric train or a drum set. Mom and Dad finally give the...
  • Springfield Secret Santas Pay Off Layaway Bills for Needy Families (Check out these headlines!)

    12/21/2011 7:38:04 AM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    KSPR ^ | 12/17/11 | Mary Moloney
    Springfield Secret Santas Pay Off Layaway Bills for Needy FamiliesDecember 17, 2011 | Mary Moloney, KSPR News Reporter SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Good Samaritans have found a way to help needy Springfield families this holiday season. About a dozen people walked into the South Campbell Kmart and paid for the presents of strangers whose gifts sat on layaway. "One young man came in who had gotten a $500 bonus from work. He just thought it was a great thing. He's even posted it online challenging his friends to do the same thing and he's come in and paid off several people's...
  • Vanity: Need gift ideas for the 15 year old boy who has everything

    12/14/2011 10:09:57 PM PST · by Huntress · 100 replies
    12/14/11 | Huntress
    Dear FReepers, Can you help me? I'm wracking my brain trying to come up with a Christmas gift for my 15-year-old nephew. He's a great kid, but he doesn't lack for material things. He's into sports, martial arts, weapons, and video games. He's also an enthusiastic reader. Does anyone have any ideas for a unique gift that might appeal to him. I'm looking to spend around $50. If you've got any suggestions for books, I'm always on the lookout for those. But I typically buy him books whenever I come across something in my own reading I think he'd like....
  • State Department buys $70,000 worth of Obama memoir (Huh??)

    10/25/2011 2:11:57 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 45 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10-25-11 | Jim McElhatton
    The U.S. Department of State has bought more than $70,000 worth of books authored by President Obama, sending out copies as Christmas gratuities and stocking “key libraries” around the world with “Dreams from My Father” more than a decade after its release. The U.S. embassy in Egypt, for instance, spent $28,636 in August 2009 for copies of Mr. Obama’s bestselling 1995 memoir. Six weeks earlier, the embassy had placed another order with the same book seller, Kalemat Arabia, for more than $9,000 for copies of the same book, federal purchasing records show. Around the same time, halfway around the world,...
  • Surprise! Legislators vote NOT to ban gifts to legislators

    05/27/2011 10:12:46 AM PDT · by landsbaum · 1 replies
    Stop the presses! (Yeah, no one’s said that in any newsroom I’ve worked in four decades in the business.) A major surprise. (Yeah, more sarcasm.) The Los Angeles Times reports that “California lawmakers kill measure banning gifts to themselves” And the sun rose in the east . . .
  • Palm Beach County ethics rules would impact thousands by extending to dating, weddings

    05/16/2011 10:06:09 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 22 replies
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | May 16, 2011 | Adam Playford
    Boy meets girl. They like each other. They go out three times. He picks up the tab. Perfectly innocent — and in some cases it could soon be perfectly illegal, if the girl works for Palm Beach County or one of its cities. It's an accidental side-effect of a simple idea: Put a hard limit on the gifts businesses can give government workers and kill Palm Beach County's reputation for corruption. The county's proposed new gift law would extend the rules to thousands of government workers — down to the people who pick up your trash and answer the telephones....
  • Saudi King showers $300,000 in gifts to Obamas

    01/20/2011 9:07:44 AM PST · by FromLori · 40 replies
    indian express ^ | 1/20/2011
    Foreign leaders showered President Barack Obama and his family with hundreds of thousands of dollars in art, jewellery, rare books and other presents during their first year in the White House. Saudi Arabia's king was the most generous gift-giver, according to documents released by the State Department on Tuesday. Saudi King Abdullah gave Obama, his wife and daughters nearly $190,000 in luxury baubles in 2009, including the single most valuable gift reported to have been given to U.S. officials that year: a ruby and diamond jewellery set, including earrings, a ring, a bracelet and necklace, for the first lady worth...
  • Gordon Brown presented Ł10,000 worth of gifts to Barack Obama (in exchange for DVDs)

    01/19/2011 5:13:33 PM PST · by markomalley · 21 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/19/11
    Gordon Brown gave Barack Obama $16,500 (Ł10,000) worth of gifts during a US visit, in return for a selection of DVDs. The value of Mr Brown's gifts, a pen and holder made from the wood of an anti-slavery ship, along with two biographies of Winston Churchill, was disclosed by the US State Department on Tuesday. Mr Obama, by comparison, gave him a boxset of 25 classic US films such as Citizen Kane and ET.
  • Foreign gifts piled up for Obamas in first year

    01/19/2011 11:29:20 AM PST · by Huntress · 2 replies
    AP via MSN.com ^ | 1/18/11 | Matthew Lee
    WASHINGTON — Foreign leaders showered President Barack Obama and his family with hundreds of thousands of dollars in art, jewelry, rare books and other presents during their first year in the White House. Saudi Arabia's king was the most generous gift-giver, according to documents released by the State Department on Tuesday. Saudi King Abdullah gave Obama, his wife and daughters nearly $190,000 in luxury baubles in 2009, including the single most valuable gift reported to have been given to U.S. officials that year: a ruby and diamond jewelry set, including earrings, a ring, a bracelet and necklace, for the first...
  • Playboy mansion? More like a squalid prison

    12/30/2010 9:39:11 AM PST · by Niuhuru · 83 replies · 99+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 12:43 PM on 30th December 2010 | By David Leafe
    The marriage proposal was apparently a rather romantic affair. On Christmas Eve, the couple watched a late-night movie together and then exchanged gifts: for him a framed photograph of their King Charles Spaniel, for her an engagement ring. ‘She burst into tears,’ he revealed on Twitter at the weekend. ‘This is the happiest Christmas in memory.’ ‘The most memorable Christmas ever,’ she tweeted in agreement. ‘I love him.’ All of which might be rather more touching if the ­prospective groom was not Playboy tycoon Hugh Hefner who, at 84, is 60 years older than his fiancée, a platinum blonde model...
  • Top 10 Christmas Gifts for Barack Obama (Freeper assistance requested)

    12/22/2010 2:58:29 PM PST · by Zakeet · 38 replies · 2+ views
    Human Events ^ | December 22, 2010 | Jedediah Bila
    It’s that joyous time of the year again. The chestnuts are roasting, the tree is tinseled and lit, and you’re trying to figure out how to seat 10 people at a dining room table made for seven. That’s right, it’s Christmas. In the spirit of giving, I thought I’d share my "Top Ten Christmas Gifts for Barack Obama": (10) A hand-made map of the 57 states he claimed to have visited. That’s right, Mr. President. We’ve added an additional seven states just for you! (9) A brand-spankin’-new TelePrompTer. Yes, I know. Our president has plenty of those already. But this...
  • Politically Incorrect Parenting Presents: Top 5 Games for Christmas

    12/20/2010 1:03:31 PM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 29 replies
    Games are a natural part of life. Think about it. Even in nature, pups, cubs and kittens play, practice and sharpen the skills they will use as adults. Littermates will tumble around, with fake growls and go in for a “kill” with a pretend bite to the neck. The puppy on his back, knows he’s lost the game. Throughout history, there were games that displayed strength, stamina and skills in every culture. Today, those who can play games to display their strength, stamina and skill are given multi-million dollar contracts– and we pay big bucks to watch them. However, though...
  • Story Of Revenge Dog Adoption Now Hilarious Book

    A decision set into motion a revenge dog adoption which 16 years later has become a hilarious dog memoir. It all started in 1993 when a young married couple was celebrating their first Christmas together as man and wife. The husband, Horst, decided it was more important to go watch football than decorate the tree. When he got a phone call from his wife, Lisa, a few days later and heard barking in the background he suspected there was about to be a new four-legged family member.
  • 10 Great Holiday Gifts For Dog Lovers

    It's time to start looking for the perfect gifts for your pup, yourself, or the dog lovers in your life. There are many sites with gifts for dog lovers, but most of them have items that are expensive, not affordable for the average shopper. It's been another tough year financially for almost everyone, so here is a great list with all items priced under $50. There is something on this list for everyone, showing you don't need a lot of money to give a special gift. 1. Dog Treats - Giving treats is a surefire way to be a hit...
  • What are some chidren's Christmas gifts that reinforce learning and good values.

    11/13/2010 1:17:31 PM PST · by cradle of freedom · 82 replies · 1+ views
    Christmas time is coming soon, all of us who are parents, grandparents or other relatives or friends of children will be looking for fun and appropriate gifts for Christmas. What are some gifts that you will be giving to the kids in your life? What are some good books or toys that you think they will enjoy while giving them something of value. I am looking for someplace where I can find books that have good values that I can give to my grandkids. Are there any websites that specialize in books that represent our values, not liberal values? I...
  • Pa. legislators report $67,000 in gifts in 2009

    08/16/2010 5:41:32 PM PDT · by RBW in PA · 1 replies
    Pocono Record ^ | August 16, 2010
    Pennsylvania legislators accepted gifts and hospitality worth at least $67,000 worth from special interests last year, according to a published report. Tickets to the Super Bowl and Philadelphia Phillies games, and travel to destinations as distant as Rwanda are among the freebies that lawmakers listed in statements of financial interest filed with the state Ethics Commission, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Sunday.
  • Chelsea Clinton's wedding gifts arriving in upstate New York

    07/31/2010 9:57:32 AM PDT · by twister881 · 56 replies · 8+ views
    "...[Wedding] presents for Chelsea Clinton have been arriving at Astor Courts in Rhinebeck, New York, according to the Hudson Valley News. "...[P]resents that arrived at Astor Courts were accepted by security away from the house and the gifts that were okay were driven to the site."
  • Rumors abound as to exactly how Mrs. Obama obtains her wardrobe

    07/14/2010 10:24:08 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 190 replies · 5+ views
    The Daliy Caller ^ | 07/14/2010 | Caroline May
    It is no secret that the Obamas are advocates for free handouts, but even in her personal life Michelle Obama does not appear to have shied away from accepting free goodies. Numerous news outlets have reported on the first lady’s proclivity for high fashion. And Mrs. Obama’s pricey tastes have not precluded her ability to wear the outfits over which many women drool. Rumors abound as to exactly how the first family obtains all the pomp and frills associated with Mrs. Obama’s wardrobe. Do the Obamas pay for it all themselves or are the first lady’s outfits given to her...
  • Reggie Bush Could be Running From IRS on Gifts Allegedly Received at USC

    06/21/2010 11:44:57 AM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 7 replies
    FoxNews ^ | June 21, 2010 | Deidre Behar
    Good thing Reggie Bush is a fast runner, because the IRS might be chasing him for back taxes, penalties and interest on the estimated $300,000 worth of luxury gifts he allegedly received while playing football at the University of Southern California. And if they catch him, Bush could end up writing the government agency a check on the high side of $150,000. “If the entire $300,000 is determined to be taxable," Los Angeles-based CPA Mark Greenberg said, "about 50 percent of that would go to the IRS and Franchise Tax Board. And with penalties and interest, it could go up...
  • The 20 Worst Charities In America

    06/09/2010 7:46:49 AM PDT · by blam · 43 replies · 58+ views
    Main Street ^ | 6-1-2010 | Greg Bocquet
    The 20 Worst Charities In America6-1 2020 By Greg Bocquet A favorite saying in business is that you have to spend money to make money. Charitable organizations, on the other hand, have to spend money to give money, and it turns out that some are woefully inefficient at channeling donations to the people they're supposed to help. The non-profit Charity Navigator Web site tracks such expenses via charities’ disclosure statements to the IRS to provide donors with an assessment of how well charities run themselves. Looking only at the supply side for the more than 5,500 charities that it tracks,...
  • Advertising Leads People to View Luxuries as Necessities

    03/09/2010 2:59:33 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 13 replies · 279+ views
    Associated Content ^ | Published March 09, 2010 by: | Alice Winters
    Advertising often results in overspending and over-consumption by creating artificially induced needs. The usual catch phrases are "New", "An exclusive offer", "Everyone has one of these", and/or "You deserve the best." Other fallacious "Protect your children with ..." not to mention lastly "Want to know what women really like?" manipulate the minds of targeted groups and raise/lower self esteem to encourage people to purchase their products.
  • From Italy With Love: Chic Valentine’s Day Gifts

    02/14/2010 8:56:13 AM PST · by Mister Ghost · 3 replies · 235+ views
    The Fashion Time Magazine ^ | Feb 14th, 2010 | Roberta & Giovanna, Italian Designers
    Who is better qualified than Roberta and Giovanna, two sisters and fashion designers from Nettuno in Italy, the land of love, romance and omnipresent style, to select ten must have Valentine’s Day gifts, sure to please the chic tastes of your sweetheart, partner and lover… 2. A Warm Embrace to Discover…What a great idea! A sweet and hidden embrace in a white wax candle. You have to light this candle and “the fire” to find her or his embrace! Such a romantic idea… isn’t it? So let’s “excite” your love with this amorous gift! The bronze sculpture is available in...
  • Yesterday's Timezone

    02/04/2010 6:42:36 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 91+ views
    The Cypress Times ^ | 2/4/10 | Chrissy Siggee
    Most of us possess several gifts from our Heavenly Father but are we making the most of them? We start each morning with great ambitions, but reminders of prior faults and inadequacies may cause us to neglect some gifts.
  • California lawmakers fail to report gifts ('Culture of Corruption')

    01/15/2010 2:11:31 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 395+ views
    AP on Mercury News ^ | 1/15/10 | Judy Lin - ap
    SACRAMENTO — A California lawmaker and his wife were treated by the insurance industry to a two-night stay, with spa treatments, at an exclusive Pebble Beach resort. Another received free passes to Sea World San Diego, along with Disneyland tickets. Yet another got a coveted ticket to the 2008 Holiday Bowl college football game. In each case, the lawmaker not only accepted the perks and freebies but also apparently failed to report them as required by state law, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press under the California Public Records Act. In all, 38 current members of California's Assembly...
  • Firefighters help deliver a brighter Christmas for some

    12/21/2009 5:19:20 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 190+ views
    SIERRA VISTA — “I’m here to help the kids who won’t have any toys,” said Anthony Nieuwenhuls, 10. He had a bag at the ready with a couple of hula hoops hung around his neck Sunday morning. He was just one of many kids, folks, firefighters and their families who turned out to pack or deliver the big, blue Santa sack to the homes of families who need a bit of help at Christmastime. “I’ve been helping since I was 6,” Nieuwenhuls said proudly. Annually for the past 38 years, the Sierra Vista and Fry fire departments have joined forces...
  • Retail Therapy: Eco-friendly gifts

    12/20/2009 1:34:54 PM PST · by caveat emptor · 3 replies · 334+ views
    National Post ^ | December 19, 2009 | Editor
    THE BOOB TUBE: .....Sharp introduced the first AQUOS liquid crystal television in 2001 (it came to Canada in 2002). I don’t know this offhand, by the way — I learned it in an information session I attended on Sharp’s new AQUOS LE700 series of LED backlit flatscreen televisions a few months ago......
  • Dave Barry's Gift Guide 2009

    12/19/2009 2:58:38 PM PST · by LongElegantLegs · 3 replies · 599+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 12/19/09 | Dave Barry
    In these troubled economic times, when money is scarce for many people, it's important that we remind ourselves, and our loved ones, that the holiday season is not about buying things. Then we and our loved ones can enjoy a hearty laugh, because, of COURSE the holiday season is about buying things. Now more than ever, the U.S. retail economy depends on consumers spending money they don't actually have on gifts that nobody actually needs. That is the thinking behind the federal government's recently passed $783-billion Emergency Holiday Retail Stimulus Act, which will be used to purchase, among other things,...
  • The Eventual, Perfect Gift

    12/19/2009 10:20:49 AM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 17 replies · 814+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 19 December 2009 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    It was a simple question, posed to us in the Highlands Writers Group. “What was the best Christmas gift you ever received?” That question made me think deeply. I discovered that gifts change as years pass. I don’t mean the obvious, that you get different gifts in different years. I mean that the gifts you did get, even long, long ago, change with time. I was six in 1949, when the first Christmas I clearly remember, came around. We lived at 205 W. College Avenue, in Salisbury, Maryland. On the Eastern Shore, Salisbury was, and mostly still is, a sleepy...
  • Good things come in small packages

    12/18/2009 5:17:18 PM PST · by SandRat · 280+ views
    Air Force ^ | Senior Airman Amanda Dick, USAF
    12/18/2009 - RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS) -- Imagine driving home from the base exchange with your spouse and child. It's Christmastime -- the first away from the rest of your family -- and the thought pops into your mind, "What can I do for others who are away from their families as well?" It was at this moment that Project Rudolph was born, as founder Tawny Archibald Campbell, her husband and their daughter decided to give a "piece" of the holidays to deployed troops in the form of goodie bags. The bags are filled with American and German candy;...