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  • We Weren’t 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, it’s this: you HAVE to try it homemade. It’s 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 isn’t 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 there’s 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 I’m shopping, someone else is working and not spending time with their family. Everyone deserves a holiday.” Well, how about this: if I’m 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 university’s 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 shoppers—about 20% of the U.S. adult population—will 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 events—be it Passover, graduation, first communion, you name it—stand 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. That’s why we can all use a coach like etiquette expert, Marie Dubuque—an unparalleled guru in interpersonal relationships and a wellspring of common-sensibility advice for all of us humans who can’t 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...
  • You too can own the wristwatches worn by Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and Gov Chris Christie

    12/18/2011 12:44:09 PM PST · by newjerseynewsroom · 18 replies
    Chicago Now ^ | 12/18/2011 | Celebritymagnet
    Tom Murro shares his celebrity inspired gift giving ideas for the holiday's on FOX CT. You too can own artwork owned by Snooki and the watches worn by notables like Buzz Aldrin, Gov Chris Christie, David Paterson, Angelina Jolie, 1st Lady Michelle Obama and even President Obama.
  • The TRUTH About Kwanzaa

    12/13/2011 4:10:24 AM PST · by txradioguy · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | Dec. 31, 1999 | Tony Snow
    BLACKS IN AMERICA have suffered an endless series of insults and degradations, the latest of which goes by the name of Kwanzaa. Ron Karenga (aka Dr. Maulana Ron Karenga) invented the seven-day feast (Dec. 26-Jan. 1) in 1966, branding it a black alternative to Christmas. The idea was to celebrate the end of what he considered the Christmas-season exploitation of African Americans. According to the official Kwanzaa Web site -- as opposed, say, to the Hallmark Cards Kwanzaa site -- the celebration was designed to foster "conditions that would enhance the revolutionary social change for the masses of Black Americans"...
  • The 8.6% Unemployment Rate vs. Santa Claus

    12/02/2011 11:56:30 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 8 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 12-2-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
    As liberals breathlessly report the drop in unemployment during the holiday shopping season is a sign the economy is roaring back...
  • Double standard for religious expression

    11/28/2011 8:07:16 AM PST · by SmileRight · 5 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 11/28/2011 | Alan Bergstein
    We're about to enter the "holiday season," and rather than the old-fashioned joy of it, we are surely going to enter into another litigious time of year. I'm a little confused over this "separation of church and state" issue that keeps popping up every “holiday season.” The word "holiday" is derived from the words “holy day,” so it's clear there is something religious lurking around in there. I'm also hearing a lot about a semi-public area, New York City’s Zuccotti Park, which a mob is being encouraged by public officials to take over and use as a live-in campground to...
  • GOProud to hold "Ho Ho HOMOCON" Just In Time For Christmas (Thanks CPAC)

    11/09/2011 2:45:18 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 49 replies
    GOPROUD ^ | 11/9/11 | GOProud
    Celebrate the holidays GOProud style at our Ho Ho HOMOCON party on Capitol Hill! Join us at 8 pm on Monday, December 5 at Sonoma Restaurant, 223 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC. More details coming soon.
  • Political Correctness

    11/09/2011 12:26:44 AM PST · by gabriellah · 15 replies
    The Washington Times Communities ^ | 11/08/2011 | Gabriella Hoffman
    There is an all-pervading problem going unnoticed by many in the United States. Although wasteful spending, big government policies, and corruption have exhausted and equally crippled our economy, this problem poses a greater threat to our livelihood. That problem is political correctness. A recent Rasmussen Report poll revealed that 79 percent of Americans think political correctness is problematic in America. What is political correctness, and who is responsible for it?
  • Christmas Tree for US Capitol on way from California

    11/06/2011 12:59:07 AM PDT · by blueplum · 19 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 05 Nov 11 | AP Staff
    SONORA, Calif. -- A 65-foot white fir tree selected as the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree was cut down and removed from a picturesque setting in the Sierra Nevada mountains on Saturday, then loaded on a truck for a 4,500-mile journey from Northern California to Washington, D.C. When crews arrived at the tree Saturday morning they found it covered in snow, said Jeff Crider, a spokesman for U.S Capitol Christmas Tree Tour, a nonprofit project overseen by the U.S. Forest Service. [snip] Work crews will box it up on Sunday, with a portion encased in Plexiglas so that people can view...
  • George Bailey for President

    10/29/2011 12:23:48 PM PDT · by reformedcrat · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10-29-2011 | Tom Thurlow
    Halloween is nearly here, and the next big holiday is Thanksgiving, followed by Christmas. But in our house, Christmas season has already begun, and our family can't get enough of it. We have already begun watching our Christmas DVDs. And since my last viewing of It's A Wonderful Life, I now have a nominee for our next president: George Bailey. Sure, he is a fictional character, but as a country, we have done worse.
  • Massachusetts Principal Takes Aim at Fall Holidays, Says They're Insensitive

    10/15/2011 4:57:51 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 49 replies · 1+ views
    Massachusetts Principal Takes Aim at Fall Holidays, Says They're Insensitive Published October 15, 2011 | FoxNews.com An elementary school principal in Massachusetts has banned fall holidays, saying they’re insensitive, MyFoxBoston reported Friday. Somerville principal: Fall holidays are insensitive: MyFoxBOSTON.com Anne Foley, the principal at Kennedy School in Somerville, Mass., sent an email to teachers warning them about celebrating Thanksgiving, the Boston Herald reported. "When we were young we might have been able to claim ignorance of the atrocities that Christopher Columbus committed against the indigenous peoples," Kennedy School Principal Anne Foley wrote. "We can no longer do so. For many...
  • Obscene Benefits State of Wisconsin Employees Get

    10/14/2011 7:45:28 AM PDT · by milwguy · 4 replies
    state of wi ^ | 10/14/2011 | m
    VACATION: Vacation is earned from the first day of employment, but cannot be used until the employee has six months classified service. Full-time employees earn vacation based on the following table. Less than full-time employees earn vacation on a pro-rated basis. Employee status under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Years of Service Non-Exempt Hours Earned Each Year Exempt* Hours Earned Each Year During first 5 104 120 5+ to 10 144 160 10+ to 15 160 176 15+ to 20 184 200 20+ to 25 200 216 25 and Over 216 216 * Some Exempt employees do not...
  • Fun takes a holiday in Somerville

    10/14/2011 12:13:42 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | October 14, 2011 | Jessica Heslam
    A Somerville principal has opened fire on cherished American holidays, blasting legendary explorer Christopher Columbus for “atrocities” and saying “we need to be careful” about celebrating Thanksgiving in a scathing email to teachers — who are already under orders not to let the kids dress up for Halloween. “When we were young we might have been able to claim ignorance of the atrocities that Christopher Columbus committed against the indigenous peoples,” wrote Kennedy School Principal Anne Foley. “We can no longer do so. For many of us and our students celebrating this particular person is an insult and a slight...
  • FCAT on Passover causes conflict for some families

    04/13/2011 9:31:52 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | April 13, 2011 | Marc Freeman
    A long-anticipated conflict between the FCAT and Passover starts on Tuesday, but local public schools are accommodating observant students by offering alternative test times and makeup exams. The Jewish holiday begins at sundown on Monday and ends on April 26. In Palm Beach and Broward counties on Tuesday, fifth-grade students are scheduled to take the first of two days of the science portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. Jewish students usually do not miss school throughout Passover, but some may be absent for a couple of days. When the testing schedule was published last year, some parents complained that...
  • This Is What Christmas Is All About......(Vanity)

    12/20/2010 1:48:39 PM PST · by illiac · 3 replies
    personal email ^ | Unknown | Unknown
    An old story that has been around for a while, but worth reading again.....
  • 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...
  • Marines try to make the most of Thanksgiving in Afghanistan

    11/26/2010 4:32:52 AM PST · by Bulldawg Fan · 1 replies
    www.stripes.com ^ | 11/25/2010 | Geoff Ziezulewicz
    Marine Cpl. Adam Powell, 24, of Greenville, S.C., waits for some turkey Thursday night at the Adraskan National Training Center in western Afghanistan. Fifteen Marines celebrated the holiday here in the midst of a deployment where they are training Afghan police. Geoff Ziezulewicz/Stars and Stripes Buy a print Lightbox link Lightbox link Lightbox link Lightbox link Lightbox link Lightbox link Lightbox link ADRASKAN NATIONAL TRAINING CENTER, Afghanistan — If he were back home Thursday, Marine Lance Cpl. Chad Berry would have eaten turkey and ham at the home of one of his sets of grandparents in Tennessee. If it was...
  • 'Christmas' Saviors: We're Winning the War (Boycott of Dick's Sporting Goods)

    11/19/2010 12:29:22 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 43 replies
    Newser ^ | 11/19/10
    Dick's Sporting Goods gets the unlucky honor of being this year's villain in the “War on Christmas” campaign. The American Family Association has singled it out for a boycott this holiday season because the chain is “against” the holiday, reports Advertising Age. One of its offenses is having a "Holiday Shop” section on its website, with no mention of Christmas. All in all, though, the defense of Christmas has been going splendidly for the AFA, says a spokesman; over five years, the percentage of retailers acknowledging Christmas has soared from 20% to 80%, he says. And while Dick's may be...
  • NSU latest university to stay open on religious holidays

    06/19/2010 4:29:53 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies · 457+ views
    South Florida Sun Sentinel ^ | June 19, 2010 | Scott Travis
    When Jews start their High Holy Days and Christians pray on Good Friday, Nova Southeastern University will be open for business in the coming academic year, ending a longstanding tradition of shutting down for religious holidays. The Davie-based university is the latest educational body to grapple with a sensitive issue: dealing with the religious needs of students and employees. If a school shuts down for Christmas, Good Friday, Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah, some question whether the same courtesy should given to Eid al-Fitr, the day that follows the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, or Diwali, a holy day for...
  • So what did you have for chow on this Memorial Day?

    05/31/2010 12:37:28 PM PDT · by mylife · 318 replies · 2,100+ views
    5/31/10 | Mylife
    So whats on the BBQ? Share them recipes here! Anyone make a pig pickin cake?
  • (vanity) Memorial Day: Fun home improvement time!

    05/28/2010 7:44:09 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 3 replies · 192+ views
    me | 5/28/10 | raccoonradio
    Heard a radio ad that started "Memorial Day (weekend)--it's a time for fun, and for getting projects done around the house." Then it went into a spiel for some home improvement store. That's right folks, it's only about fun and home improvement. Evidently the bit about honoring the war dead, decorating graves of loved ones (like my mom, taken away by breast cancer when I was 12)-- well, I guess that's so over-rated, eh? Naah, fire up the grille and get some work done around the house. Next they'll change the name of the holiday to Summer Kickoff Weekend. Name...
  • Patrick: Deliverer of the Emerald Isle

    03/15/2010 3:08:03 AM PDT · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case] · 7 replies · 448+ views
    MSMB ^ | March 15, 2010 | Rob W. Case
    What comes to mind when you see or hear about the Holiday known as St. Patrick’s Day? Let me guess; Leprechauns, green clothing, four leaf clovers (Shamrocks), corned beef and cabbage, cheap beer at the bar, Irish (celtic) music, and (for me anyway) Mc Donalds’ delicious, minty Shamrock shakes. But have you ever wondered about the actual history about the man whom the holiday is dedicated to honor? The man behind all of the “green” is far more intriguing, and in this article, we will look at a man who by divine direction transformed the nation of Ireland. Patrick was...
  • No Valentine's: Saudi religious police see red

    02/15/2010 5:12:19 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 564+ views
    One News Now ^ | February 14, 2010 | Associated Press
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia has launched a nationwide crackdown on stores selling items that are red or otherwise allude to the banned celebration of Valentine's Day. A Saudi official says the feared religious police are inspecting shops for red roses, heart-shaped products or gifts wrapped in red, and ordering storeowners to get rid of them. Red-colored or heart-shaped items are legal at other times of the year, but as Feb. 14 nears they become contraband in Saudi Arabia...
  • Valentine: Friend of Lovers

    02/11/2010 2:30:43 AM PST · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case] · 5 replies · 229+ views
    MSMB ^ | February 9, 2010 | Rob W. Case
    Valentines Day is commonly known as a day when a person focuses on his or her honey. Valentines Day is also widely attributed as being a “Hallmark Holiday,” as well as a day in which men would scramble around to buy their woman last minute flowers or chocolates. In essence, Valentines Day is celebrated as a day set aside in which a person makes a sacrifice of time and money to show their appreciation for their spouse or lover. Valentines Day also has an interesting background behind it, as does all widely celebrated Holidays dating back to the Roman Empire....
  • Hawaii considering new holidays, parks to honor Obama

    01/02/2010 6:58:50 PM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 58 replies · 2,694+ views
    01/02/09 | Dan Nakaso
    Rules, link only http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20100102/NEWS01/1020332/Hawaii+considering+new+holidays++parks+to+honor+Obama
  • Military Families Weather Holidays, Deployments

    12/23/2009 3:29:38 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 245+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 23, 2009 – Brandy Flotten is tackling her first holiday season without her deployed husband, but she’s still determined to keep the holiday spirit alive for her two sons, she said. Navy spouse Vivian Greentree created a holiday card to keep her deployed husband part of the family’s holiday festivities. In the card, she and her two boys hold a “Daddy on a Stick” to represent her husband. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “It has been tough,” said Flotten, whose husband, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Flotten, is deployed to Iraq. “We’re just trying to keep...