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  • Valentines Day A Kabbalistic Analysis

    02/09/2015 4:34:06 PM PST · by Jeremiah Jr · 2 replies
    Free Republic (update) ^ | 20th of Sh'vat, 5775 | Mordechi ben Avram
    Valentines Day A Kabbalistic Analysis There is a very real link between Soul Mates and Valentines Day. First, some foundation. Every week in the synagogues a section of the Torah and Prophets are read. There are special readings for festivals and special Sabbaths. Shabbat Shekalim (from Wikipedia) Shabbat Shekalim ("Sabbath [of] shekels" שבת שקלים) read in preparation for Purim, requests each adult male Jew contribute half of a Biblical shekel for the upkeep of the Tabernacle, or mishkan (משכן). The Torah portion Exodus 30:11-16 (the beginning of Parasha Ki Tisa) is read. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Shabbat Notice Half! Torah Portion for Shabbat Shekalim...
  • Liberals Zany Logic on Holiday Pay

    01/25/2015 8:03:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2015 | Bruce Bialosky
    While reading the Washington Post I ran across a column about a proposal by one of my home states (CA) legislators regarding people working on Thanksgiving and Christmas. The proposal so appealed to the Left that the proposal (not even a bill yet) was covered on the other side of the country by one of the nations most prestigious newspapers. It commanded me to read on to find out what this was about. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez was bemoaning the fact that more and more stores were opening on Thanksgiving and Christmas. When it comes to shopping I agree with Ms....
  • American to the Core

    01/20/2015 4:58:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 19, 2015 | Jeff Jacoby
    THE FINAL words of his final speech, delivered from the pulpit of the Mason Temple Church of God in Memphis on April 3, 1968, eerily foreshadowed the next day's catastrophe."Like anybody, I would like to live a long life," the Rev. Martin Luther King told his listeners, who had braved a thunderstorm to be there. "Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain…. I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to...
  • Kwanzaa -- A Made-up Holiday

    12/27/2014 10:36:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/272014 | Warren Beatty
    Did you know that "Kwanzaa," that made-up holiday celebrated from December 26 through January 1, was invented by Ron N. Everett, known today as Dr. Maulana (Swahili for "master teacher") Karenga? About Kwanzaa, Karenga said: People think its African. But its not. I wanted to give black people a holiday of their own. So I came up with Kwanzaa. I said it was African because you know black people in this country wouldnt celebrate it if they knew it was American. Also, I put it around Christmas because I knew thats when a lot of bloods [blacks] would be partying!...
  • At Christmastime, George W. Bush was Santa, Obama is Scrooge

    12/26/2014 11:06:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 25, 2014 | Joseph Curl
    Every year, in the week between Christmas and New Years, I think about George W. Bush. It was in that week each year for the eight years I covered him as a reporter that he gave me a spectacular gift and he knew it. I started covering the newly elected president in 2000, when I was in my 30s. Back then, as a reporter for The Washington Times, we went everywhere the president went. If he went to Charlotte, North Carolina, to give a 30-minute speech on an airport tarmac, we went. Up at 4 a.m., an hourlong commute...
  • EPA: Get Merry With a Smoke-Free Fire This Christmas

    12/24/2014 5:36:36 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | December 23, 2014 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire..." But WAIT! Stop the music -- What is the moisture content of those logs? Before burning the logs, did you knock them together to see if they sounded hollow? You really should go dashing through the snow to your local hardware store in search of a "moisture meter," the perfect gift for that environmentally paranoid person on your Christmas list. Those people are so hard to please, aren't they? And be sure to check your local air quality forecast on airnow.gov before lighting a fire. Alas, the Environmental Protection Agency recognizes that,...
  • Christophobes March On

    12/16/2014 5:22:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 16, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    America's Christophobes have been plenty busy lately. Maybe the Christmas season makes them especially nervous. A few weeks ago, Atlanta Fire Rescue Department Chief Kelvin Cochran was suspended for a month without pay for the unforgivable sin of self-publishing a Christian book in which he expressed his disapproving views about homosexual behavior, among other things. City spokeswoman Anne Torres said: "We understand that (Cochran) was distributing the book to other employees. We are still not sure yet what the circumstances surrounding that are. ... The bottom line is that the (Mayor Kasim) Reed administration does not tolerate discrimination of any...
  • OPEN LETTER TO WALMART PRESIDENT AND CEO MR. C. DOUGLAS MCMILLON RE: CUSTOMER SERVICE AND CHRISTMAS

    12/10/2014 9:38:21 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 19 replies
    December 10, 2014 | Aleksandra Rebic
    Mr. C. Douglas McMillon President and Chief Executive Officer Walmart Corporate Office Headquarters 702 SW 8th Street Bentonville, AR 72716 Dear Mr. McMillon, This is a happy letter that I'm so pleased to be writing, because it's about a very positive experience I had at one of your stores in the Chicago suburban area on Saturday December 6, 2014, and the experience left me very hopeful about the future of Christmas in America. Like many others, I had been under the impression for a number of years now that Walmart customer service associates were "not allowed" to wish their customers...
  • 5 free things to see and do in NYC at Christmastime, from trees to windows

    12/04/2014 7:02:27 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12-4-2014
    5 free things to see and do in NYC at Christmastime, from trees to windows NEW YORK The Christmas season is one of New York City's busiest times of year. Tickets for Broadway shows and hotel rooms go for premium prices and lines for top attractions are long. But some of the best and most beautiful things to see and do around the city during the holidays are free. Here are five of them. STORE WINDOWS
  • The Power of a Pause

    12/04/2014 4:03:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 4, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    December, a time for choral concerts, band performances, orchestra recitals, cocktail parties, holiday markets, family gatherings and final exams. Almost everyone is overbooked and overworked, exhausted and running on empty. Busy schedules lead to being away from home one night after the other, to the detriment of family dinners, early bedtimes and balanced meals. The temptations of food and drink are too enticing to ignore. Rich food, sweet succulent desserts and holiday cocktails tantalize our taste buds and lead us into temptation and indulgence -- and then to nights of unsound sleep. In my case, I often awaken the next...
  • Holiday Handy-Dandy Helpful Household Hints

    11/29/2014 8:18:45 AM PST · by CaptainPhilFan · 20 replies
    11/29/14 | Me, in Real Life
    Full article from my personal FB account, that I wrote. I sometimes publish these under my old radio-persona name, with the catch-phrase 'Handy-Dandy Helpful Household Hints'. Yes, very cheesy and entirely hokey. 8-) I wrote this one this morning - lots of you probably know most of this already but on the off-chance someone learns something I am sharing. Be blessed, y'all. "Getting your decorations out of storage can mean putting dust, mold and dust mites into your atmosphere; flaring up allergies, sinus problems, sore throats, AND contribute to low energy! Aint nobody got time for that! (Summary: Clean your...
  • This Thanksgiving, Have an Attitude of Gratitude

    11/27/2014 10:20:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    If Thomas Jefferson could be faulted for one thing in composing the Declaration of Independence, it might be his inclusion of the words "the pursuit of happiness" in the text. Happiness is a vapor that cannot be grasped; a temporary feeling based on transitory circumstances akin to the euphoria of a full-on sugar rush. Happiness is good for a time, but it cannot last. Life invariably intervenes. So many seem so unthankful about so much these days. Turn on the TV or read a newspaper and you will find complainers. Democrats complain about Republicans and the reverse. The poor complain...
  • For Thanksgiving - Pass the Civility

    11/24/2014 4:03:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2014 | Tom Purcell
    It's bound to happen at Thanksgiving tables across America: A progressive liberal Democrat discovers he's sitting next to a conservative Republican. There's no need for mashed potatoes to fly. Harry Stein, an author, columnist and contributing editor to the political magazine City Journal, offers advice on how to navigate the situation. Stein, an erstwhile '60's radical who evolved into a conservative, faced a similar dilemma at a dinner party a few years ago. When the guest next to him discovered his conservative/libertarian thinking, the fellow said loudly, "I can't believe I'm sitting next to a Republican!" "It was," says Stein,...
  • Michelle will guide you through Christmas this year

    11/24/2014 9:19:48 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/24/14 | Judi McLeod
    Jonathan Gruber dimwits: Michelle Obama has been strangely quiet since her husband King Obama I delivered Executive Amnesty on November 20. I wonder where Michelle is? talk show radio supremo Mark Levin asked on Friday. Where are the girls? I dont know. Only the school children of America know for sure where Michelle Obama isnt: In the school cafeteria where she has been given the proverbial bums rush for her scanty and even gross school day lunches, with which she has abysmally failed to replace Moms lovingly packed paper bag lunch.
  • The Cure for Whats Ailing Americans: Thanksgiving

    11/23/2014 7:00:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 23, 2014 | Robert Jeffress
    The on-line retailer Amazon recently revealed the most popular verse in the Bible for Americans. No, its not the ubiquitous John 3:16 displayed on posters at sporting events everywhere. Instead, Americans are increasingly turning to Philippians 4:6-7 which the apostle Paul begins with these words: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Be anxious for nothing? Thats a lot easier said than done these days. Just read the headlines, and youll quickly discover plenty of reasons to worry: 4 Jihad Attacks in 4 Days, Ukraine Could...
  • My Holiday Wishes for Obama (What an excellent list)

    11/21/2014 5:08:39 PM PST · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 21, 2014 | Wayne Allyn Root
    It's almost Thanksgiving and the Christmas season is upon us. Many of us are already shopping for holiday gifts. So that inspired me to think up a holiday gift list that I hope and pray Obama receives for Christmas! Here are 15 perfect holiday gifts for Obama. *Obama's Secret Service disarmed- since he doesn't think rest of us need guns for protection. *Remove the fence around the White House- since Obama doesn't think we need a fence at our Southern border. *A Christmas dinner at White House prepared and served by illegal immigrants who just arrived from the Ebola Zone-...
  • Thanks and Giving

    11/20/2014 4:08:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 20, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. A chance to be grateful instead of focusing on gift-giving and gift-receiving. Family, friends, bountiful feasts and football are at the forefront of our minds rather than cocktail parties and gifts. Think of it as a time to pause and give thanks before the whirlwind of December. Thanksgiving began in 1621. The pilgrims invited the Wampanoag Native Americans to join them in celebration of the fall harvest. The Native Americans traveled for several days, created their own camp and stayed with the pilgrims for three days of feasting and celebration. This first Thanksgiving...
  • Neutering Religious Holidays

    11/18/2014 3:40:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 18, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    Folks, our country is heading down a slippery slope. We have to stop it before it is too late. We haven't even hit Thanksgiving, and already the war on Christmas is underway. This time, one of the largest public school systems in the U.S. is eliminating every mention of religious holidays on its official calendar. The Montgomery County Board of Education in Maryland has cut Christmas and Easter, as well as Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashana, from next year's school calendar. No religious holiday will be mentioned by name. NPR reported on the origin of the decision: "The path to...
  • "La Puente" to Hit Christmas and New Year

    10/13/2014 10:42:17 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 14 replies
    Self | October 13, 2014 | PJ-Comix
    Mexicans have an expression for a certain holiday event called "La Puente." La Puente means "The Bridge" and when used in connection to holidays it refers to when a holiday falls on either a Thursday or a Tuesday. The Fridays and Mondays in between such a holiday and the weekend is known as "La Puente" or the bridge to the weekend. Basically it means most folks take those "La Puente" days off so they have a four day weekend. Here in the States, most of our Holidays with notable exceptions fall on Mondays for automatic 3 day weekends. However this...
  • Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples Day

    10/10/2014 8:29:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 10, 2014 | Jerry Newcombe
    Political correctness infects virtually every aspect of our culture, our thinking, our heritage. When I grew up (and Im only 58), Christopher Columbus was a great hero. Now, to some, he has become a villain. He is blamed for many unjustifiable things, most of which followed in the wake of his voyage. Meanwhile, the Christian side of Columbus has been lost to most of us. Just days ago, the Seattle School Board voted unanimously to replace Columbus Day, a federal holiday, with Indigenous Peoples Day to be celebrated on the same day in support of the people allegedly plundered and...
  • Industrial output collapse blamed on holidays (Germany)

    10/08/2014 7:45:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 07 Oct 2014 10:24 GMT+02:00 | (AFP/The Local)
    German industrial production dropped at its fastest rate since 2009 in August, weighed down by falling manufacturing and construction output. The latest set of poor economic figures have prompted fears of a recession. [] Manufacturing output fell by 4.8 percent and construction output was down by 2.0 percent while energy construction output edged up by 0.3 percent, the (economy) ministry calculated. It blamed the fall in August on the summer break, saying production output was affected by the late position of the summer holidays.
  • Council postpones vote on Columbus Day renaming [Seattle]

    09/02/2014 6:57:27 PM PDT · by ppaul · 28 replies
    KING 5 News ^ | 09/02/2014 | Michael Konopasek
    SEATTLE The vote to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day in Seattle has been postponed so the Mayor and other elected officials can hold a signing ceremony next month to mark the change. Columbus Day has been celebrated throughout the United States for decades, but the Human Rights Commission pushed for the name change. The proposal is being sponsored by council members Bruce Harrell and Kshama Sawant...
  • Big Labor: Eat only 'union-made' for Labor Day BBQ

    09/01/2014 10:01:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Washington Secrets ^ | September 1, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    Labor Day is no time for a non-union barbecue, says the nations labor movement. To help the shoppers, Big Labor has issued a list of union-made food and drinks that should be served at the backyard feast today. Labor Day is the unofficial end of the summer holiday season. While the day honors the hardworking men and women who make this nation go and grow, the weekend also gives us a chance for one more big backyard barbecue blowout. Heres some union-made food and drink to get your barbecue off to a great start, said the AFL-CIO. They forwarded the...
  • Have Some Fun With Progressives This Independence Day

    07/03/2014 6:20:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 3, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    As you prepare to celebrate Independence Day, I thought Id take this opportunity, while it still exists, to mock our progressive friends. You can spot them at your barbecue. Theyre the ones who brought the tofu hockey pucks they call veggie-burgers, the 6-pack of micro-brew beer they keep in a small cooler that never leaves their side so no one can grab one as if anyone would and smoking American Spirit cigarettes. They also havent showered in a while, so the flies are a dead giveaway. When you come across these tolerant people gleefully judging everyone to...
  • We Werent Always So Secular: Recovering a Sense of the Presence of God

    07/20/2011 4:59:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 7/19/11 | Msgr Charles Pope
    The times in which we live are often described as secular. This word comes from the Latin saecula meaning world. Hence in saying our age is secular is another way of saying our times are worldly. We may think it has always been so but such is not the case. To be sure, it IS the human condition to be a little preoccupied with the world. But previous times have featured a much more religious focus than our own. The Middle Ages were especially known for way in which faith permeated the culture and daily experience. The Rose window to...
  • A miracle for liberals that's not restricted to just the holidays...

    12/17/2013 12:13:58 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 1 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 12-17-13 | The Looking Spoon
    Every time a toilet flushes? EVERY time???One can live optimistically, can't they?
  • You've Had Eggnog With Bourbon, But Have You Tried it With Beer?

    12/11/2013 4:49:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    If there is one thing that eggnog lovers and eggnog haters have in common, its this: you HAVE to try it homemade. Its an entirely new culinary creation once that yellow carton is removed. Once a nog-hater myself, I was hooked after one swig of the homemade version. This stuff is delicious. When you make this from scratch, you get the true impact: this is a glass of drinkable boozed-up ice cream. With a ingredient list like cream, milk, eggs, sugar, booze, there really isnt anything not to fall in love with. As long as take the ten minutes and...
  • Immersed in the Season: Christmas Songs Through the Ages

    12/07/2013 4:11:23 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 3 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | December 7, 2013 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    With plummeting temperatures, the threat and promise of snow, and the turning of pages of the calendar, we are fully into the Christmas season. We hear Christmas hymns and other holiday songs on the radio, in TV commercials, at school and church pageants. But I wonder if we are all sufficiently aware of some of the deep historical meanings behind some of our favorite carols. For example: The Top Five Christmas Songs Associated with Major Historical Events 1: During the long, cold winter of 1979-1980, the Hunt Brothers famously attempted to corner a precious metals market. Remember those days? And...
  • Really? American Retailers At War With The American Family?

    10/20/2013 4:52:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 86 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 20, 2013 | Austin Hill
    Did you hear the big news? American retailers are carrying out a war on the American family. Seriously. That s how some media hosts and pundits are characterizing the fact that many American retailers are planning to keep stores open on Thanksgiving Day. And then theres social media that all abuzz about the shocking, horrific developments. Because I believe in family, I pledge to NOT shop on Thanksgiving the much-shared Facebook avatar reads. If Im shopping, someone else is working and not spending time with their family. Everyone deserves a holiday. Well, how about this: if Im shopping in...
  • The Sanctity of Human Life [Rosh Hashanah greetings]

    09/04/2013 9:46:19 AM PDT · by hlmencken3 · 21 replies
    Lubavitch International ^ | Summer/Autumn 1991 | Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson
    The Sanctity of Human Life A Message from the Rebbe Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson The month of Tishrei, the first month of the year on the Jewish calendar, is generally a time for introspection when we pause to reflect on how well we have conducted ourselves in the past year, and resolve to improve further in the New Year. Thus, it is interesting to consider why it is that Rosh Hashana, which is the first day of the Jewish year, commemorates not the first day of creation, but rather the sixth--the day that man, Adam was created. The introduction of...
  • It's National Dog Day!

    08/26/2013 11:50:40 AM PDT · by Gefn · 56 replies
    National Dog Day.Com ^ | August 26, 2013
    To raise awareness that dogs and puppies at shelters need homes. To honor and cherish your dogs at home.
  • Today is National Hug Your Cat Day

    06/04/2013 7:50:22 AM PDT · by Gefn · 94 replies
    Examiner ^ | June 4, 2013 | Joseph Kaborsky
    Millions of pet lovers currently have a cat or have owned a cat at some time in their lives. In fact cats are the second most popular pets in America, second only to mans best friend, the dog.
  • Happy Easter! He Is Risen.

    03/31/2013 6:25:40 AM PDT · by sgtyork · 41 replies
    Our Faith | 3/31/2013 | Vanity
    I did n't see a greeting. A blessed joyous Easter to all!
  • Festival of Denial?

    03/26/2013 8:59:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 26, 2013 | Mona Charen
    This week, together with about 13 million Jews worldwide (yes, that's all there are), our family will celebrate the Feast of Passover -- perhaps the oldest continuously celebrated religious holiday in the world. Passover is primarily a holiday of the home, not the synagogue. The preparations take days. We sit down to a table adorned with familiar objects: a silver cup for the Prophet Elijah, candle sticks, a lamb shank representing the sacrifice in Temple days, bitter herbs, matzah, parsley, eggs and salt water. We do the traditional "seder" -- its choreographed rituals burnished by centuries of practice. Everything...
  • University Says No Exams On Wiccan, Pagan Holidays

    02/16/2013 7:59:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 47 replies
    fox ^ | 2/16/13 | staff
    Students at University of Missouri don't need to cram for exams that fall on Wiccan and Pagan holidays, now that the school has put them on par with Christmas, Thanksgiving and Hanukah. The universitys latest Guide to Religions: Major Holidays and Suggested Accommodations designed to help faculty know when and when not to schedule exams and other student activities lists eight Wiccan and Pagan holidays and events right alongside more mainstream occasions. It's all part of the school's effort to include everyone's beliefs, although some critics say listing every holiday associated with fringe belief systems is a bit...
  • Curbside Langer's for National Pastrami Day (1/14 Pastrami Day)

    01/14/2013 1:00:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Zagat ^ | 1/14/2013 | Lesley Balla
    Is there any other way to celebrate such an auspicious holiday as National Pastrami Day than with a #19 from Langer's? Nope. That meat. That bread. The slaw. No doubt there's a line at the MacArthur Park deli right at this moment, so we recommend getting it to go; the wait won't be as bad. Or just call ahead and they'll bring your order out to your car. Yep, curbside pastrami. Nothing better (704 S. Alvarado St.; 213-483-8050).
  • 100 Greatest Christmas Songs of All Time

    12/24/2012 7:49:06 PM PST · by Mozilla · 57 replies
    Digital Dreamdoor ^ | Christmas | WCBS FM
    Here are the 100 Greatest Christmas Songs of all time compiled by WCBS FM. 1 White Christmas Bing Crosby2 The Chipmunk Song The Chipmunks3 Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer Gene Autry4 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus Jimmy Boyd5 Jingle Bell Rock Bobby Helms6 The Christmas Song Nat King Cole7 Snoopy's Christmas The Royal Guardsmen8 Here Comes Santa Claus Gene Autry9 Little Drummer Boy Harry Simeone Chorale10 Donde Esta Santa Claus Augie Rios11 Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree Brenda Lee12 You're All I Want For Christmas Brook Benton13 Baby's First Christmas Connie Francis14 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town Frank...
  • Best Holiday Story Ever

    12/24/2012 5:42:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2012 | Bruce Bialosky
    In 1992, six Jewish people from Los Angeles decided to go to the Republican National Convention in Houston. It was the first such convention for all of us thus we were novices about the whole affair. We went to see the speeches, but these events are more about the parties. One of the gang got a flyer about a group called the National Jewish Coalition (now the Republican Jewish Coalition) which we felt was right up our alley. We went to the event and our story begins. I met the person hosting the event and we became instant friends....
  • Happy Festivus!!!

    12/23/2012 8:45:25 AM PST · by KevinDavis · 22 replies
    12/23/2012 | Kevin Davis
    I hope everyone is having a Happy Festivus!! May your "Airing of Grievances" and "Feats of Strength" go well..
  • Scaling Back, Moving Forward

    11/24/2012 9:35:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2012 | Kathryn Lopez
    For as long as I can remember, I've always thought about waking up obscenely early the morning after Thanksgiving, to check out the goings-on at the toy or department store. Not because I wanted to shop, but to visit the safari -- it's always struck me as quite the exotic mystery, why anyone would want to walk away from a calm morning with family or friends to fight for a parking spot. Of course, now indelibly imprinted in our brains are news images of packed stores on Thanksgiving night itself. For as long as I can remember, my friend...
  • Remembering Thanksgiving, Family, FRiends, and FReedom..

    11/18/2012 8:28:40 AM PST · by carlo3b · 109 replies
    Cooking With Chef Carlo ^ | 11/18/12 | Carlo3b, Dad, Chef, Author
    Remembering Thanksgiving Day The Mayflower 1620- 2002 The voyage of the Mayflower in 1620 from Plymouth England, to Plymouth Rock started as a journey to find peace and justice in a new world. It began as a fervent prayer to give freedom a chance, and remains today as the promise each year for a new beginning. Thanksgiving Day is a celebration of hope, and remembrance. Today, we bring our families and friends together to share our tables and our hearts, and give thanks for all that we have to be grateful for in our new and glorious country. From this...
  • 48 million consumers will engage in showrooming during the holidays

    11/17/2012 1:23:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Internet Retailer ^ | November 14, 2012 | Bill Siwicki, Managing Editor, Mobile Commerce
    This holiday season, 48 million shoppersabout 20% of the U.S. adult populationwill use their smartphones to compare prices and research products while shopping in stores, a practice known as showrooming, IDC Retail Insights finds in a new survey. This represents a 134% increase from 2011 when 20.5 million shoppers engaged in showrooming. IDC forecasts the number of showrooming shoppers will grow to 59 million next year, 69 million in 2014 and 78 million in 2015. This year, according to the new research, showrooming will influence $700 million to $1.7 billion in holiday retail purchases. Big-ticket items, in particular those that...
  • Barrington schools add all religious holidays

    09/17/2012 4:38:29 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies
    AP ^ | September 14, 2012
    BARRINGTON, R.I. (AP) Barrington's school calendar now includes all major Christian, Jewish and Muslim holidays to promote better understanding of different faiths. Students won't be able to get a day off on all the holidays, which now include Eid al-Adha, Kwanzaa, Three Kings Day, Orthodox Easter and the Lunar New Year. But the calendar recognizes each of the holidays.
  • Tyson Plant Drops Labor Day for Muslim Holiday

    08/27/2012 11:54:56 AM PDT · by null and void · 124 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | August 05, 2008
    <p>Workers at a Tyson Foods poultry processing plant in Tennessee have opted to trade a paid Labor Day holiday for the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Fitr.</p> <p>A 5-year contract approved by members of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union at the Shelbyville, Tenn., plant last November includes the change to accommodate Muslim workers.</p>
  • Whatever happened to Camelot? Dishevelled Kennedy clan look less than picture-perfect

    07/06/2012 3:56:21 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 47 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | July 5, 2012
    Complete Headline: Whatever happened to Camelot? Dishevelled Kennedy clan look less than picture-perfect celebrating Fourth of July on Cape Cod The Kennedy clan congregated at their Cape Cod estate for a July Fourth family celebration of patriotic proportions. Participating in a village parade at Hyannisport, where the family's waterfront compound resides, numerous Kennedys dressed up in stars and stripes, wigs and comical presidential-style hats to celebrate Independence Day with vigor. But the golden era of America's great political dynasty seems to be a distant memory; decades on, the family far from resembles the sartorially picture-perfect images of Jackie and JFK...
  • Managing the Stress of Big Family Events

    03/04/2012 2:22:00 PM PST · by geraldmcg · 10 replies
    Special Guests ^ | 3-4-12 | SpecialGuests
    As winter gives way to spring, a number of holiday and other family eventsbe it Passover, graduation, first communion, you name itstand before us. And, with them, comes a certain degree of anxiety for most of us, knowing that it means spending some quality time with our extended family. No matter how much we may love them, bringing all those personalities together is an inevitable recipe for tension. Thats why we can all use a coach like etiquette expert, Marie Dubuquean unparalleled guru in interpersonal relationships and a wellspring of common-sensibility advice for all of us humans who cant help...
  • Valentine's Day sales of pink pistols and other handguns rise

    02/11/2012 5:22:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Oklahoman ^ | February 11, 2012 | Jennifer Palmer
    As women's participation in shooting sports has increased, so have sales at gun shops leading up to February 14. It's a given that restaurants, flower shops and candy stores will be hot spots as Valentine's Day approaches. But another industry sees a somewhat surprising boom in sales before the romantic holiday: gun shops. With women's participation in gun sports on the rise and manufacturers responding with feminine firearms that are even pink and red, many are buying a new gun as a gift for their Valentine. A few years ago, Mike Blackwell, owner of Big Boy's Guns and Ammo in...
  • Politically Correct Carols, and Thoughts on "Happy Holidays"

    12/22/2011 11:24:41 AM PST · by stolinsky · 8 replies
    www.stolinsky.com ^ | 12-22-11 | stolinsky
      Politically Correct Carols And Thoughts on “Happy Holidays” David C. Stolinsky Dec. 22, 2011 http://texasscribbler.com/images/Say-No-Christmas_Tree2.jpg No Christmas Tree Colleges order Christmas trees removed after a few students complain of feeling “excluded.” O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree Though pretty are your leaves, O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree Your presence here me grieves. You make me feel excluded Though I'm quite deluded, O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree You'll wind up in a Dumpster. O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree Your boughs are always green, O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree You irritate the dean. Atheists will all...
  • What to have after your holiday meal.. SPAM Mints...

    12/20/2011 7:33:34 PM PST · by cakid1 · 14 replies
    cbs47 ^ | 12-20-11 | cakid1
    What to have after your holiday meal.. SPAM Mints... Yummo. A holiday gift for the person who has everything? If you don't know what to have after your holiday meal - how about a SPAM mint? " ...Each tin of SPAM Mints looks like a real tin of SPAM. Inside you'll find..meat-shaped, cinnamon-flavored mints. "
  • Leftist Factions Co-opt Rather Than Abolish Holidays

    12/19/2011 9:00:36 AM PST · by Morgana · 8 replies
    For about the past two decades, those to the left side of the sociopolitical spectrum have made such a fuss over their hostility towards traditional American holidays and celebrations that the arising disputations have themselves become an anticipated aspect of the close of each year. It was claimed such festivities promote values so vile that these sentiments must be expunged from the civic calendar and the very names seldom mentioned for fear of irrevocably harming those not participating for whatever the reason. Though not always cognizant of the epic spiritual and philosophical struggle taking place all around them, Americans can...