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  • Amazon Pulls Access to Purchased Christmas Videos During Christmas [can't watch what you paid for]

    12/21/2013 12:40:45 PM PST · by grundle · 33 replies
    torrentfreak.com ^ | December 16, 2013
    Disney has decided to pull access to several purchased Christmas videos from Amazon during the holiday season, as the movie studio wants its TV-channel to have the content exclusively. Affected customers have seen their videos disappear from their online libraries, showing once again that not everything you buy is actually yours to keep. One of the best ways to deal with online piracy is to make content available legally. This is common knowledge by now, but copyright holders still believe that exclusivity can earn them more in the long run, even when it hurts legitimate customers. A good example of...
  • Google thinks today is "Holidays"

    12/25/2012 6:44:24 AM PST · by duckworth · 22 replies
    google ^ | 12-25-12 | duckworth
    Today is Christmas Day. Hanukkah ended nine days ago. New Years Day is seven days from now. Yet... for some explicable reason, Google thinks today is "Holidays." In their description of their Christmas day graphic, Google writes "Happy Holidays from Google." Well thanks, Google that's very nice of you. Very inclusive.
  • Occupy protests discourage Black Friday shopping

    11/25/2011 6:03:13 PM PST · by Enosh · 51 replies
    <p>SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Anti-Wall Street protesters took their message about corporate greed to Black Friday shoppers, staging demonstrations in commercial areas around California on one of the busiest days of the year for retailers and bargain-hunters.</p> <p>In San Francisco, a few dozen people in tony and touristy Union Square used signs to spread an anti-consumerism message. One, 9-year-old Jacob Hamilton, held a sign that read, “What is in your bag that’s more important than my education?”</p>
  • Atheist’s Lego Bible Banned By Sam’s Club Over Sexual Images

    11/25/2011 8:17:14 PM PST · by Just4Him · 12 replies
    Pat Dollard ^ | 11/25/2011 | Pat Dollard
    For more than 10 years, Brendan Smith has been telling the story of the Bible in a very unusual way: with Legos. Through his hit Web site and three popular books, Smith has spread the gospel of “The Brick Testament.” But now, because of what it says are concerns about “mature content,” Sam’s Club, one of the nation’s largest retailers, has banned in-store sales of the fourth book in the series, “The Brick Bible.” On his Web site, Smith’s Brick Testament contains a series of interpretations of sexually suggestive passages of the Bible, but in the latest book version, those...
  • Now We Know Which "Holiday" They Meant (Retailers Start "After Holiday Sales" on Dec 26)

    12/26/2010 9:12:42 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Hanukkah may have ended over 2 weeks ago, Kwanzaa week may have just begun, and New Years may still be 6 days away, but major retailers have once again started their "After Holiday" sales on December 26. Retailers that went to great lengths to avoid using the word Christmas, in favor of the more inclusive term "Holidays", now seem to not care that many holidays are still to come while others ended long ago. Companies such as Barnes and Nobel as well as Old navy/Gap went to such extremes to avoid using the term Christmas that they ended up being...
  • Secularists Assault on Christmas and Christianity

    12/21/2010 7:59:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 2+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2010 | Armstrong Williams
    One of the most effective ways to overturn a culture is not to take it on directly, but to undermine it gradually. If you carry out a full-frontal assault on majority opinion, people become alarmed and fight back. But when you do it slowly, step-by-step, you can make your destruction look harmless... even reasonable. That's exactly what's happening in this country. For the past half century, there has been a slow but unrelenting attack on the Christian foundations of the United States. The evidence is beyond dispute. First, secularists took prayer out of the public schools, because it "promoted religion...
  • Muslim Immigrants Get Santa Cancelled in Minnesota

    12/20/2010 11:01:28 AM PST · by American Dream 246 · 179 replies · 6+ views
    Getway Pundit ^ | 12/20/10 | Jim Hoft
    (CathNews) Santa will not be visiting students in St. Peter, Minnesota this year. Muslim immigrants got him cancelled. The MinnPost reported, via Pat Dollard: Santa Claus, as portrayed by Dennis Jackson, won’t be visiting students at the Head Start classes in St. Peter this year. Jackson has made appearances the past four years at the classes for students who need help preparing for school, but this year officials said, “No, no, no.” The reason: The classes have many immigrant children who don’t celebrate Christmas, says the Mankato Free Press. Santa’s a little frosted, the paper says. It kind of burnt...
  • Christmas trees 'make non-Christians feel excluded'

    12/20/2010 7:52:19 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 113 replies · 2+ views
    Christmas trees 'make non-Christians feel excluded' Christmas trees should be removed from public places to avoid making non-Christians feel “excluded”, scientists have suggested By Andy Bloxham 11:43AM GMT 20 Dec 2010 Researchers at Simon Fraser University in Canada, found non-Christians feel less self-assured and have fewer positive feelings if a Christmas tree was in the room. The scientists conducted the study using 77 Christians and 57 non-believers, including Buddhists and Sikhs. The participants did not know the survey was about Christmas, and were asked to fill in questions about themselves both when a 12-inch Christmas tree was in the room...
  • Florida School Bans Christmas… And Christmas Colors

    12/02/2010 8:12:46 AM PST · by massmike · 66 replies · 3+ views
    gatewaypundit.rightnetwork.com ^ | 12/02/2012 | Jim Hoft
    It begins… A Florida school not only banned Christmas but banned everything associated with Christmas including Christmas colors… Because someone might be offended.
  • Catholics and Atheists Wage Billboard War Over Christmas

    12/01/2010 1:17:50 PM PST · by NYer · 32 replies · 2+ views
    DNA Info ^ | November 30, 2010 | Jordan Heller
    Prompted by a billboard calling Christmas a myth, the Catholic League erected a pro-Jesus billboard Tuesday. MANHATTAN — The Catholic League, upset over an anti-Christmas billboard at the New Jersey entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel, threw a "counterpunch" at atheists Tuesday with a billboard of their own on the New York side of the tunnel.The new 26-by-24-foot billboard at Dyer Avenue and West 31st Street features a depiction of Joseph and Mary looking adoringly at baby Jesus, with the message: "You know it's real. This season, celebrate Jesus. Merry Christmas from the Catholic League," according to the Catholic League's website....
  • Let's call it the German 'Holiday' Village ("Christmas" out)

    11/30/2010 10:00:10 AM PST · by Bulldawg Fan · 15 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | unknown | Catherine Lucey
    It's that season again, which means that for the third year in a row, the German Christmas Village has set up a cozy collection of wooden booths and tree vendors in Dilworth Plaza on the west side of City Hall. But a few shoppers noticed something amiss yesterday on the tall metal archways signaling the entrances to the shops. The archways had just one word on top - "Village." Sounds festive, eh? Read more: http://www.philly.com/dailynews/local/20101130_Let_s_call_it_the_German__Holiday__Village.html?111029469=Y&submit=Vote&oid=2&mr=1&cid=8500281&pid=111029469#ixzz16mxvBYNI Watch sports videos you won't find anywhere else
  • Barack Obama’s Latest Crackpot Claim: “Islam Has Always Been a Part of America”

    08/13/2010 10:40:50 AM PDT · by Justaham · 102 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 8-13-10 | Jim Hoft
    In his annual Ramadan statement released yesterday Barack Obama claimed that, “Islam has always been a a part of America.” From the White House website: On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I want to extend our best wishes to Muslims in America and around the world. Ramadan Kareem. Ramadan is a time when Muslims around the world reflect upon the wisdom and guidance that comes with faith, and the responsibility that human beings have to one another, and to God. This is a time when families gather, friends host iftars, and meals are shared. But Ramadan is also...
  • South Brunswick schools to close for two Muslim holy days

    08/10/2010 10:24:08 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 18 replies
    nj.com ^ | August 10, 2010 | Tom Haydon
    SOUTH BRUNSWICK — As a Muslim growing up in East Brunswick, Atiya Aftab missed classes and had to make up school work to be with her family on two important holidays: Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, and Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice. As a mother of three in South Brunswick, Aftab has seen her children go through the same thing. Until now. In a decision that sent ripples of hope across the Muslim community well beyond New Jersey, the South Brunswick Board of Education has approved school closings in the...
  • Britains Gay War on Christians

    07/19/2010 4:52:06 PM PDT · by aSeattleConservative · 1 replies
    Americans for Truth About Homosexuality ^ | 7-19-10 | aSeattleConservative
    Will Obama, like U.K.’s Tony Blair, usher in ‘gay’ tyranny in the United States? Former British P.M. Tony Blair used state power to promote the acceptance of homosexuality in the U.K. He is now working to make Christianity "gay"-affirming. By Peter LaBarbera I was sent this must-watch CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network) video by my friend Gary Glenn, head of the American Family Association of Michigan. Glenn is backing a civil rights lawsuit by the Thomas More Law Center against Attorney Gen. Eric Holder over the new homosexuality/transsexuality–inclusive “hate crimes” law. This video deserves wide circulation as a warning to America....
  • 19 Depressing, Crazy and Downright Awful Nativity Scenes (Photos + Videos)

    01/03/2010 2:55:25 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 34 replies · 2,359+ views
    Urlesque ^ | 12/17/09 | Michael Jordan
    You guys, whose fault is this? Seriously, who built these 19 hideous nativity scenes? Hmmm? No one is going to step forward? Babes and dude-babes, this is soooo not cool. We here at Urlesque have been bringing you nothing but nonstop kick-ass ultra good holiday coverage and now you go and do this. Did we do something to hurt your feelings? Talk to us! Someone please explain the 19 depressing, crazy and downright awful nativity scenes below!
  • Bomb plotter: 'More like me'

    12/28/2009 7:40:20 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 14 replies · 615+ views
    The Sun UK ^ | Dec. 28, 2009 | Staff Reporters
    FAILED plane bomber Umar Abdulmutallab has bragged to FBI agents that there are more young men plotting to launch attacks on the West. The 23-year-old Nigerian has told security chiefs of a sinister network in Yemen who are ready and waiting to strike. The reports come after The Sun revealed that cops fear that 25 British-born Muslims are plotting to bomb Western airliners. The fanatics, in five groups, are now training at secret terror camps in Yemen. It was there London-educated Abdulmutallab prepared for his Christmas Day bid to blow up a US jet. The British extremists in Yemen are...
  • After Complaint About a Star, an Order to Remove Religious Symbols

    12/23/2009 9:10:48 AM PST · by markomalley · 57 replies · 1,875+ views
    El Paso Inc ^ | 12/23/2009
    SAN FRANCISCO — It was the week before Christmas when Irv Sutley, a former warehouse worker, first saw the offending ornament in a government building in Sonoma County, just north of here. “I was turning around in the lobby, and I noticed the tree,” Mr. Sutley said. “And then, I noticed the angel.” Mr. Sutley, an atheist, said he then went to the office of the county Board of Supervisors. “And there was a star,” he said. Technically, neither stars nor angels belong to any particular religion. But to the mind of Mr. Sutley, 65, a veteran who has fought...
  • Obama's "Christ"mas (Obamacare) gift to the masses (Xmas Eve Vote A Conspiracy?)

    12/21/2009 1:13:23 PM PST · by WmShirerAdmirer · 18 replies · 761+ views
    Gabrielle Cusumano via Townhall Blogs ^ | December 21, 2009 | Gabrielle Cusumano
    Obama's "Christ"mas (Obamacare) gift to the masses (Xmas Eve Vote A Conspiracy?) Could there be with some narcissistic irony, that on the night of the Christ Child's birth, Barack Hussein Obama (and who knows what faith he really espouses?) gives the gift of Obamacare to the masses of our (last time I looked) constitutional republic, one nation under God and indivisible (?)... Could this Xmas Eve Vote be the mother of all conspiracies?
  • Meet Chicago's secret Santa ... Steve Albini

    12/09/2009 8:42:53 AM PST · by AreaMan · 7 replies · 476+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | 9 Dec 2009 | Rosie Swash 9 Dec 2009
    Meet Chicago's secret Santa ... Steve Albini Stories of seasonal goodwill are increasingly rare these days, especially ones that involve the US postal service, Santa Claus and legendary producer Steve Albini. So prepare to have your cold, cold hearts melted by this joyous tale. According to the Chicago Tribune, Albini (best known for his work with Nirvana, PJ Harvey, Will Oldham, Shellac, oh you get the idea) loads a van with money, clothes and toys raised each year in a charity drive and dishes them out to cash-strapped families across the city. "There's so much money that it can literally...
  • From 0.7% Christian Japan, "MERRY CHRISTMAS" To All (It Is Said & Seen EVERYWHERE Here)

    12/02/2009 5:54:36 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 70 replies · 2,302+ views
    AmericanInTokyo ^ | 3 December 2009 | AmericanInTokyo
    CHRISTMAS IN JAPAN can be a little lonely and isolated for the Westerner here. What with the distance from “home” and cultural differences. Little things, here and there. Missing some of the usual things from back home, especially for people like one particular 'American in Tokyo'. This year 2009 is again no different. However, in many respects I must say there is nevertheless one little thing that is so refreshing about being stuck in Japan during Christmas—after a few years—and for the occasions one cannot make it back "home". It is almost like the clock has been refreshingly and...
  • The Worst Kind Of Scheduling Conflict [Obama Address preempts Charlie Brown Christmas]

    12/01/2009 7:23:23 AM PST · by PapaBear3625 · 273 replies · 4,973+ views
    Morning Call ^ | November 30, 2009 | John L. Micek.
    President Barack Obama ... ... is slated to deliver a prime-time address on Tuesday night in which he'll lay out his plans for the American war in Afghanistan. The address before the United States Military Academy at West Point on Tuesday night will not only be used to announce the immediate order to deploy roughly 30,000 more troops, but the administration will also use the occasion to convey how it intends to turn the fight over to the Kabul government, the New York Times reported. But the administration may also face an unforeseen enemy as it lays out its long-awaited...
  • Send the ACLU a Merry Christmas card this year...

    11/23/2009 1:39:33 PM PST · by GulfWar1Vet · 15 replies · 1,282+ views
    N/A | 23 November 2009 | Gulfwar1vet
    Since the ACLU doesn't like the word "Christmas", let's send a Christmas Card to them in New York. Make sure the card is all about the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ! Address: ACLU 125 Broad Street 18th Floor New York, NY 10004 Merry Christmas!
  • Popular Santa letter program ends in Alaska

    11/19/2009 2:07:18 AM PST · by This_far · 10 replies · 534+ views
    Helena Independent Record ^ | November 19, 2009 | RACHEL D'ORO
    Starry eyed children around the world are writing letters to the jolly man at the North Pole, but this holiday season they'll not likely to get a response from Santa or his helpers. The U.S. Postal Service is dropping a popular effort begun in 1954 in the small town of North Pole, in Alaska's interior, where volunteers tackle up to 150,000 letters addressed to Santa. Postal Service officials cite privacy concerns loomed last winter when a postal worker in Maryland recognized a volunteer in the agency's Operation Santa program as a registered sex offender. The postal worker interceded before the...
  • Episcopal Church joins holiday postcard campaign for immigration reform

    11/16/2009 12:36:27 PM PST · by meandog · 18 replies · 745+ views
    [Episcopal News Service] ^ | November 16, 2009 | By ENS staff
    The Episcopal Church is joining the Interfaith Immigration Coalition postcard campaign, aimed at sending a holiday message to members of the U.S. Congress. The message: "Help keep immigrant families together by supporting comprehensive immigration reform now." An action alert from the Episcopal Public Policy Network (EPPN) said its goal is to collect 10,000 signed postcards "and send a strong message to Congress that people of faith want to see action on comprehensive immigration reform." "Your participation in the Holiday Postcard campaign will help us remind Members of Congress that our broken immigration system is hurting immigrant families, and needs to...
  • Grinched!: No Tree at Lincoln Center This Christmas (Annual Tradition Comes to End)

    09/03/2009 6:50:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies · 1,163+ views
    The economy is putting a squeeze on the nation's biggest arts complex. The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is canceling its holiday tree lighting ceremony in December. The decorated tree erected in the center's main plaza has become an annual tradition, with a live televised ceremony drawing both New Yorkers and tourists. Lincoln Center blames the cancellation on what it calls "the challenging economic climate" -- and also construction at the entrance to the plaza. “[Construction] will be completed by next year, but it is in no shape to hold the group that the tree attracts," Kate Merlino, a...
  • Muslims Erect Christmas Banner in Nazareth "ALLAH HAS NO SON"

    12/24/2008 4:16:33 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 41 replies · 2,578+ views
    CNSNEWS/Yidwithlid ^ | 12/24/04 | Yidwithlid
    Someone tell me again about how the Religion of Peace is tolerant of other religions. Christians who went to observe their Christmas at Nazareth, the birthplace of Jesus, were greeting with a giant banner announcing that Allah has no son right in front of the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth. Just wait to see what will happen if the gain control of all of the west bank holy sites. Read the full story below:
  • How the secular humanist grinch didn't steal Christmas ; There is NO WAR ON CHRISTMAS (Barf Alert)

    12/24/2008 11:14:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies · 978+ views
    Salon ^ | Michelle Goldberg
    The right-wing crusade against the liberal "war on Christmas" is great for rallying the troops. Too bad the war doesn't exist. In 1959, the recently formed John Birch Society issued an urgent alert: Christmas was under attack. In a JBS pamphlet titled "There Goes Christmas?!" a writer named Hubert Kregeloh warned, "One of the techniques now being applied by the Reds to weaken the pillar of religion in our country is the drive to take Christ out of Christmas -- to denude the event of its religious meaning." The central front in this perfidious assault was American department stores, where...
  • Children's Book Depicts Santa Fighting Global Warming

    12/22/2008 8:43:43 AM PST · by Rufus2007 · 30 replies · 2,092+ views
    cultureandmediainstitute.org ^ | December 22, 2008 | Jeff Poor
    ’Tis the season … to be green. No, not even the traditions of Christmas are immune to the efforts of global warming activism. No, it’s not Al Gore’s, “How Greenhouse Gases Stole Christmas,” but a children’s story is pushing a similar green agenda. The recently published book by Anne Margaret Lewis called “Santa Goes Green” is about a boy who writes Santa and asks him to help raise awareness about global warming so that his adopted polar bear won’t lose its home. “You see, it’s like this Santa,” the book reads. “I’ve adopted a polar bear named Leopold. He is...
  • Wonderful? Sorry, George, It’s a Pitiful, Dreadful Life

    12/22/2008 4:47:10 AM PST · by 7thson · 90 replies · 1,773+ views
    The New York Slimes ^ | December 18, 2008 | WENDELL JAMIESON
    Lots of people love this movie of course. But I’m convinced it’s for the wrong reasons. Because to me “It’s a Wonderful Life” is anything but a cheery holiday tale. Sitting in that dark public high school classroom, I shuddered as the projector whirred and George Bailey’s life unspooled.
  • Climate change could one day doom "white Christmas"

    12/22/2008 6:16:05 AM PST · by PROCON · 87 replies · 1,738+ views
    Reuters ^ | Dec. 22, 2008 | Erik Kirschbaum
    BERLIN (Reuters) - The odds of a "white Christmas" in temperate parts of the northern hemisphere have diminished in the last century due to climate change and will likely decline further by 2100, climate and meteorology experts said. Even though heavy snow this year will guarantee a white Christmas in many parts of Asia, Europe and North America, an 0.7-degree Celsius (1.3 Fahrenheit) rise in world temperatures since 1900 and projected bigger rises by 2100 suggest an inexorable trend. "The probability of snow on the ground at Christmas is already lower than it was even 50 years ago but it...
  • Real-Life 'DaVinci Code' Found on Back of Masterpiece

    12/18/2008 11:51:10 AM PST · by TaraP · 27 replies · 1,796+ views
    Fox News ^ | Dec 18th, 2008
    It is the discovery of three almost invisible drawings on the back of Leonardo da Vinci's Virgin and Child With Saint Anne in the Louvre museum in Paris that has the French art world screaming "Sacre bleu!" Reminiscent of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, the mysterious sketches were found by experts looking into restoring the sixteenth-century masterpiece. They were detected when a curator noticed that some of the gray marks behind Virgin and Child With Saint Anne resembled a horse's head. An infrared photo confirmed his suspicion and revealed two other sketches: a human skull and the infant Jesus with...
  • Mall of America Moves to Accommodate Minnesota Muslims

    12/13/2008 9:14:39 AM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 77 replies · 2,030+ views
    mshale.com ^ | 12/13/08 | Mohamed Hassan
    BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – On the day Muslims around the world began to celebrate Eid al-Adha, Fatuma Mohamed was at the Mall of America (MOA), far away from where she would normally say her prayers. But she and other Muslims needed to take time from the activities of the mall and find a quiet area to pray as Muslims do during the festival that commemorates Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his only son for God. “I said my prayer right at that corner,” Mohamed said, pointing to the spot. Another Muslim, Amran Ali, did the same. “I had to say my prayer...
  • Primary school teacher who told children: 'Santa does not exist' is fired

    12/11/2008 11:13:35 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 64 replies · 1,226+ views
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | December 11, 2008 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A primary school teacher who left a class of 25 pupils in tears after she told told them Santa Claus did not exist has been fired.. When excited youngsters became rowdy as they talked about Santa, the supply teacher blurted out: 'It's your parents who leave out presents on Christmas Day.' The class of seven-year-olds at Blackshaw Lane Primary School, Royton, near Oldham, Greater Manchester burst into tears and told their parents when they arrived home. Mothers and fathers then complained about the incident and were sent a letter by the school saying the substitute teacher, who only worked at...
  • The War on Christmas

    12/10/2008 9:47:49 PM PST · by Coleus · 34 replies · 1,011+ views
    Because "public life" now entails virtually every part of our lives, erasing references to God entirely from public life means virtually eliminating them from America. Imagine, if you will, a gala birthday party given in your honor. The guests will sing, dance, give presents, eat, drink, and have the merriest of times. The hitch: your name will not be mentioned, the gifts will not be for you, the celebrants won't be thinking about you, and everyone would sort of prefer that you not come. That's all that will be left of Christmas if various groups have their way. All across...
  • Cancel Christmas - Jesus was born June 17, say scientists

    12/10/2008 10:51:09 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 60 replies · 996+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | December 9, 2008
    It may not be too late to send the presents back, as astronomers have calculated that Christmas should not be celebrated on December 25 - but on June 17 instead. Researchers tracked the appearance of the 'Christmas star', which the Bible states three wise men followed to find Jesus. Australian stargazer Dave Reneke used complex computer software to chart the exact positions of all celestial bodies and map the night sky as it would have appeared over the Holy Land more than 2,000 years ago. He discovered that a bright star really did appear over Bethlehem 2,000 years ago -...
  • 'Jesus was born in June', astronomers claim

    12/09/2008 11:28:16 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 102 replies · 2,253+ views
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | December 9, 2008
    Astronomers have calculated that Christmas should be in June, by charting the appearance of the 'Christmas star' which the Bible says led the three Wise Men to Jesus. They found that a bright star which appeared over Bethlehem 2,000 years ago pinpointed the date of Christ's birth as June 17 rather than December 25. The researchers claim the 'Christmas star' was most likely a magnificent conjunction of the planets Venus and Jupiter, which were so close together they would have shone unusually brightly as a single "beacon of light" which appeared suddenly. If the team is correct, it would mean...
  • Jesus Versus the Atheists (Washington State Gov. Gregoire insults Christians Worldwide)

    12/06/2008 6:51:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 185 replies · 2,999+ views
    Townhall ^ | Dec 6, 2008 | Bill O'Reilly
    Just in time for the Christmas season, Washington State Gov. Christine Gregoire has insulted Christians all over the world. Inside the state Capitol building in Olympia there is a traditional holiday display featuring a tree and the Nativity scene; perfectly appropriate since the federal and state Christmas holiday celebrates the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. But this year Gregoire decided to add another item to the display. Standing alongside the baby Jesus is a giant placard designed by atheists that reads: "There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion...
  • “DIVERSITY” IS CODE FOR BIGOTRY ( Taking "Christ" out of Christmas )

    12/04/2008 10:32:55 AM PST · by kellynla · 40 replies · 1,342+ views
    Catholic League ^ | December 4, 2008 | staff
    Here is a sample of how diversity is being celebrated this December: · Elementary school students in Plainfield, Illinois are decorating a “Holiday” tree that represents 18 countries. · A “Holiday Revelry” will be performed at the Framingham Civic League in Massachusetts; it is a “multicultural” event that includes “PAC Sword Dancers” and “traditional” Christmas songs such as “Pat-A-Pan.” · “Winter Traditions” will be celebrated at the Fort Collins Museum in Colorado. They include “Celebrations of Light” that highlight “traditions, cultures and celebrations from across the world.” · At a high school in Ocean City, Maryland, the annual “Winter Concert”...
  • Atheist Labels Nativity Scene 'Hate Speech'

    12/04/2008 8:58:09 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 55 replies · 1,891+ views
    Eyeblast.tv ^ | 12/4/2008 | n/a
    Dan Barker of the Freedom from Religion Foundation on December 1, 2008's Fox & Friends stated that the nativity scene represented 'hate speech' and 'a direct attack on good human values.'
  • Primary school cancels nativity play because it interferes with Muslim festival of Eid

    12/03/2008 8:54:50 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 34 replies · 1,562+ views
    Dail Mail ^ | 03rd December 2008 | Chris Johnson
    A primary school infuriated parents after cancelling the traditional Christmas nativity play to make way for the Muslim festival of Eid. Parents at the Nottingham school were told that the planned performance had to be pulled because some of the pupils wanted to celebrate Eid at home with their families. In a letter, sent by the staff at Greenwood Junior School, mothers and fathers were told: 'It is with much regret that we have had to cancel this year's Christmas performances. 'This is due to the Eid celebrations that take place next week and its effect on our performers.' However,...
  • Atheist sign joins nativity scene, tree at Capitol

    12/01/2008 7:42:05 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 77 replies · 1,482+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 1, 2008 | CURT WOODWARD
    OLYMPIA, Wash. -- An atheist group has unveiled an anti-religion placard in the state Capitol, joining a Christian Nativity scene and "holiday tree" on display during December. The atheists' sign was installed Monday by Washington members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national group based in Madison, Wis. With a nod to the winter solstice - the year's shortest day, occurring in late December - the placard reads, in part, "There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds."
  • How can I say no to that face? Parents plead: Stop marketing to our children

    11/30/2008 4:27:02 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 64 replies · 1,433+ views
    AP via Temple Daily Telegram ^ | November 30, 2008 | David Crary
    NEW YORK - In a season that inspires earnest letters about toys, one notable batch is being sent not by kids to Santa’s workshop but by parents to the executive suites of real-world toy makers. The message: Please, cut back on marketing your products directly to our children. The letter-writing initiative was launched by the Boston-based Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, which says roughly 1,400 of its members and supporters have contacted 24 leading toy companies and retailers to express concern about ads aimed at kids. “By bombarding them with advertisements ... you are placing parents like me in the...
  • Obama celebrates Christmas? Tom DeFrank: “Are you planning to hit the malls yourself on Friday?”

    11/26/2008 4:39:34 PM PST · by MikeFrancesa.com · 26 replies · 877+ views
    www.mikefrancesa.com/wordpress ^ | November 26, 2008 | www.mikefrancesa.com/wordpress
    Thank you Tom DeFrank for asking the Idiot Question of the Week: Tom DeFrank: Mr. President-elect, as we all know we’re — as we all know, we’re two — two days away from the biggest shopping day of the year, and a lot of retailers are worrying that this year it could be a disaster that this economy can ill afford. Do you — do you have any shopping advice for nervous consumers? And are you planning to hit the malls yourself on Friday? OBAMA: Well, we are going to do some — some Christmas shopping. And Malia and Sasha...
  • Christmas: Here Is a Gift Certificate To Kill Your Baby

    11/26/2008 11:31:32 AM PST · by Jay777 · 12 replies · 683+ views
    Stop the ACLU ^ | 26 Nov 08 | John Stephenson
    Sick, sick, sick, sick, sick! Nothing to dampen the Christmas cheer like a free bloody fetus! “People are making really tough decisions about putting gas in their car and food on their table, so we know that many women especially put healthcare at the bottom of their list to do,” said Chrystal Struben-Hall, Vice President of Planned Parenthood of Indiana… “They can be seen for sexually transmitted disease screenings, HIV tests and general prostate exams and those kinds of things,” said Struben-Hall. Some Hoosiers 24-Hour News 8 talked to asked if the gift certificates could be used towards abortions. The...
  • The Coming Secularist Storm

    11/25/2008 1:37:28 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies · 674+ views
    NCR ^ | November 25, 2008 | Father Alfonso Aguilar, LC
    In the last few years, the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ has been celebrated as “winter holidays” with “holiday trees” and “season’s greetings.” December has become the month of the “Christmas wars”: In some schools and public squares, Nativity scenes and Christmas carols are forbidden or replaced by non-religious displays and songs. By now, we are used to seeing movies, TV shows, novels, papers, magazines, websites, works of modern art and stage plays mock religion, especially Christian symbols and practices. The Catholic Church authorities are often portrayed as criminals involved in different kinds of malicious activities. Anti-Christian legislation isn’t...
  • Prepare For 30% Lower DVD Movie Sales (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    11/20/2008 6:45:05 AM PST · by abb · 166 replies · 2,091+ views
    Deadline Hollywood Daily ^ | November 20, 2008 | Nikki Finke
    Insiders are telling me that end-of-year stats regarding DVD sales of 2008's major movie titles are looking like a disaster areas. The guesstimates are that even blockbuster titles like Iron Man and Hancock will be down 30%. Interesting that studios which earlier claimed their film biz was near-recession proof are now blaming the economy rather than new digital media delivery options.
  • Holiday Sales to Fall; First Decrease in 23 Years

    11/12/2008 5:49:16 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 51 replies · 792+ views
    CNBC ^ | 11/12/2008 | CNBC
    U.S. holiday retail sales will fall 1 percent this year, according to America's Research Group, marking the first time the research firm has forecast a decline in almost a quarter century of surveys. "This year looks so bad that even normally good signs for retail sales, such as more Americans staying home this Christmas, can't save the season for retailers," said C. Britt Beemer, CEO and founder of the research group, in a news release.
  • What 'culture war'?

    08/27/2008 7:08:44 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 12 replies · 338+ views
    www.latimes.com ^ | August 27, 2008 | Dick Meyer
    What 'culture war'? At the conventions, they'll try to stir up red-blue divisions. But most Americans hold un-partisan views. By Dick Meyer August 27, 2008 As the nation's attention reluctantly turns to the political parties' conventions, with their scripted suspense and stage-managed sentiment, it is important to keep in mind that these are phony representations of American political life. But the slick video profiles, the teary appearance of a beloved party elder -- these are not what is most phony about the conventions. This gathering of America's civic tribes -- and the reporters who love them -- in separate cities...
  • Holiday tree farms get the ax

    01/05/2008 7:10:20 PM PST · by Coleus · 5 replies · 234+ views
    star ledger ^ | Saturday, December 15, 2007 | MARYANN SPOTO
    When it came time to decide what to do with his family's Christmas tree farm in Monroe Township, Thomas Allen didn't have a lot of options. His grown children had no interest in the business, and Allen couldn't work the land while holding down his full-time job supervising town recreation. The farm in Middlesex County, where Christmas trees have been sold for 40 years, didn't generate enough profit to provide his sole income. So Allen did what so many farmers in New Jersey before him have done. He sold his land to developers. As farmers like Allen leave the cut-your-own...
  • Black Friday bargains may not be after all

    12/28/2007 8:22:54 AM PST · by GQuagmire · 40 replies · 252+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | December 28, 2007 | Jenn Abelson and Rebecca A. Fitzgerald
    Merchants long have tried to lure shoppers into rising at ungodly hours to snare blockbuster bargains on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. But are the deals actually better? Turns out that often they are not.