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  • Should we ban Christmas? Telling children the myth of Santa Claus could damage them, claims...

    06/06/2014 3:33:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 71 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/4/2014 | Ellie Zolfagharifard
    Fairy tales and believing in Father Christmas could cause children harm.This is according to controversial biologist Richard Dawkins who warned an audience at the Cheltenham Science Festival about the dangers of make-believe. In typically incendiary style, Dawkins suggested it was 'pernicious to instil in a child the view that the world is shaped by supernaturalism.'The 73-year-old acknowledged that the appeal of fairytales lay in their magic but believes they may be causing more harm than we think.He also questioned whether we should let children believe in the myth of Father Christmas at all.'Is it a good thing to go along...
  • Turkey requests Santa Claus’ bones from Pope

    12/25/2013 10:30:44 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 69 replies
    The Turkey-based Santa Claus Peace Council has said it has written a letter to Pope Francis, requesting the return of the bones of Saint Nicholas. Council Chairman Muammer Karabulut said they were expecting Pope Francis to give a positive response to their request to have a meeting on the bones, which are currently in Bari, Italy. “We have been struggling for the return of the bones since 1995. State institutions have also been involved in this struggle,” Karabulut said. “So far, we have not reached a conclusion.” Saint Nicholas, a historic Christian saint, died in 343 at the age of...
  • Santa Claus Lives In Your Heart, Not in Washington, D.C.

    12/25/2013 9:47:40 AM PST · by massmike · 3 replies
    grasstopsusa.com ^ | 12/25/2013 | Don Feder
    Old St Nick has taken a few hits this holiday season. Over at Slate.com, Aisha Harris (part of the racial grievance industry) wrote a cri de coeur titled "Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore." Never mind that St. Nicholas, the third century monk who was the source of the legend, was white – as was every visual representation of him over the past 150 years. History is so insensitive. Why can't Santa be a Polynesian surfer anyway? "America is less and less white, but a melanin-deficient Santa remains the default in commercials, mall casting calls, and movies,"...
  • Father Christmas granted a walk-on part in the Bible (Santa Claus)

    12/21/2013 12:33:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:00AM GMT 21 Dec 2013 | John Bingham
    For centuries Christians have been taught that wise men from the east brought gifts for the baby Jesus, but according to polling, one in 10 young adults in Britain now believe that Father Christmas also makes an appearance in the Biblical account of the nativity. Significant numbers also think that Mary and Joseph might have brightened up the stable with a Christmas tree. Over a third of the public think that the Bible records December 25 as the date of the Jesus’ birth. …
  • Santa Or ‘Krampus’? Murrieta Christmas Display Sparks Complaints

    12/17/2013 1:33:45 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | December 17, 2013 12:02 PM
    MURRIETA (CBSLA.com) — It’s the time of the year when Christmas decorations adorn houses for blocks in communities throughout the Southland. But one entry in the Annual Holiday Home Decorating Contest in Murrieta that features a mythical creature from European folklore has sparked complaints from residents. The house in the 37000 block of Floral Creek Circle features a large handcrafted Krampus, who is sometimes referred to as “evil Santa” or the “Christmas devil” and dates back to pre-Christian Germanic traditions. With a doll on its back and a broomstick in its hand, the clawed black creature is perched on the...
  • If Santa Claus were scientifically accurate, he'd destroy the world

    12/16/2013 1:22:37 PM PST · by Mike Darancette · 37 replies
    io9 ^ | 12/15/ | io9
    Very Funny Santa Claus Explanation (video).
  • CNN's Stelter: Megyn Kelly Mightn't Have Insisted Santa Was White If Fox Had More Black Viewers

    12/15/2013 5:53:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 75 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | December 15, 2013 | Noel Sheppard
    My nomination for the dumbest comment of the week by a television host on a news channel goes to CNN's Brian Stelter. While talking to Slate's Aisha Harris about the reaction to her article calling for Santa Claus to be a penguin, the new Reliable Sources host wondered if Megyn Kelly wouldn't have been so adamant about Santa being white if Fox News had more black viewers (video follows with transcript and commentary):http://www.mrctv.org/videos/cnns-stelter-megyn-kelly-mightnt-have-insisted-santa-was-white-if-fox-had-more-black-viewers BRIAN STELTER: You know, to tell you what I think for a minute, I kind of wonder if FOX had a different audience demographic, if she would...
  • Naughty is nice as SantaCon invades S.F.

    12/15/2013 5:23:55 PM PST · by thecodont · 14 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 11:15 am, Sunday, December 15, 2013 | Vivian Ho
    Santa Claus came early to San Francisco this year, but he forgot his long pants. As did quite a few of the hundreds of other Santas, and several of their helpers, who gathered by the Christmas tree in Union Square on Saturday. The Santas were kicking off the start of this year's SantaCon, a worldwide event that features a daylong bar crawl that sends many of its participants to the naughty list. The jingling bells, holiday-colored sequins, mistletoe and fake, cottony beards met in Union Square before heading off to the bars in various other neighborhoods throughout the city. Many...
  • Why does Santa need a fighter escort? Children's groups outraged as NORAD militarises Christmas Eve

    12/04/2013 7:12:52 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 53 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 4 December 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Why does Santa need a fighter escort? Children's groups outraged as NORAD militarises Christmas Eve tracker • NORAD officials say the inclusion of jet fighters is a nod to the true mission of the agency - which is to track and intercept airborne threats Outraged child advocates are blasting NORAD's new 3D Santa Tracker program because it includes a fighter jet escort for jolly old Saint Nick. Some say the new online portrait could give kids the wrong impression about Santa Claus - associating him with the military and violence. But Pentagon officials argue the North American Aerospace Defense Command...
  • Baracko Claus

    12/01/2013 5:11:00 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 2 replies
    Earl of Taint ^ | 12/1/13 | Earl of Taint
  • 'Black Pete' Makes Some See Red ... Racism Controversy Dampens Holland's Sinterklaas Tradition

    11/22/2013 11:39:38 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 24 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11/18/2013 | Rebecca Farivar
    • Racism controversy dampens Holland's Sinterklaas tradition Children across Europe eagerly await the arrival of St. Nicholas on December 6. But in Holland, the tradition has racist implications that the Dutch aren't quite willing to give up. For the Dutch, Sinterklaasavond (St. Nicholas Eve) on December 5 is the biggest celebration of the year - bigger than Christmas. That evening, families gather and exchange presents, and children leave out their shoes in the hopes that Sinterklaas will have fill them with candy by the next morning. What seems like a harmless holiday devoted to gifts, candy, and children, has a...
  • The end of America: Why Romney lost

    01/02/2013 9:42:14 AM PST · by Perseverando · 62 replies
    WND ^ | January 1, 2013 | Pamela Geller
    Exclusive: Pamela Geller traces death of the republic to 2 short words The United States of America was created as an independent nation whose founding ideal was the principle of individual rights. Freedom. Ayn Rand said that “freedom, in a political context, means freedom from government coercion.” America was the first moral government based on individual rights, the nation of the Enlightenment. In this age of Obama, that ideal has been tossed aside for … “free stuff.” I have, for some time, struggled with the new reality: America void of her reason, existing without the reason for her existence, her...
  • Believing in Christmas from Santa to Christ

    12/25/2012 7:59:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Pajama Media ^ | 12/25/2012 | Walter Hudson
    I lost the argument with my wife. Should we encourage our childrenÂ’s faith in Santa Claus? I was concerned that doing so might later undermine both our credibility as parents and our childrenÂ’s belief in God. It may not be a conversation that most couples have. Then again, must couples donÂ’t include a former JehovahÂ’s Witness who was raised without holidays. As a child, I absorbed the cold hard truth dispensed from my parents. There was no Santa Claus. Other childrenÂ’s parents cruelly lied to them. The privilege of knowing the truth served as consolation for receiving no presents.Though...
  • Modern Santa Has Little in Common With 'Original' One, Scholar Says

    12/25/2012 7:54:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/25/2012 | Anugrah Kumar
    No Christmas passes by without depictions of Santa Claus, and yet we know little about St. Nicholas, the real man behind the red-suited, white-bearded legend. A U.S. scholar, who discovered the truth about him, offers insights on what the "original" Santa was known for. While the vast majority of saint stories that circulated in the early church involved extraordinary miracles and healings or dramatic martyrdoms and confessions of Christ, the story of Nicholas was about a regular family facing a familiar crisis to which ordinary people could relate, writes Adam C. English, author of The Saint Who Would Be Santa...
  • Santa in a Jeep - 1941 at Camp Lee, Virginia, Quartermaster Replacement Center

    12/24/2012 6:20:25 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies
    Retronaut ^ | December 1941 | Retronaut
    1941: Santa in a Jeep “The panzer “Santa”, with well-filled sack of radios, books, cookies, and other gifts dear to soldiers hearts, glides up to the door of the barracks in Camp Lee’s Quartermaster Corps and it isn’t hampered by lack of snow in Virginia. Camp Lee, Virginia, Quartermaster Replacement Center” - US Army Center of Military History
  • A Carolina Christmas Carol

    12/24/2012 11:53:51 AM PST · by Windflier · 6 replies
    CNS News.com ^ | December 24, 2012 | Charlie Daniels
    Every year during the Christmas season I replace my regular column with a story I wrote years ago. It’s totally fictitious, but there are bits and pieces of autobiographical material here and there that reflect on my earliest remembrances of Christmas time in North Carolina. We always have a get together with family and friends at our house on Christmas Eve night. We share some food and drink and then sit around the den in a circle and everybody gets a turn to say whatever is on their minds followed by me reading Luke's version of the Christmas story. Several...
  • St. Nick The Grinch: Nasty Santa Fired From Mall After Parents Complained On Facebook

    12/09/2012 9:13:30 AM PST · by lowbridge · 7 replies
    http://www.mediaite.com ^ | december 8, 2012 | Anjali Sareen
    Turns out, everyone’s susceptible to the holiday blues: a mall Santa was fired in Maine for being a downright grinch. Parents complained and fa-la-la-la-la, he lost his job. Taking to Facebook, the angry parents voiced their irritation with the Scrooge Santa. The mother of 6-year-old Chantel Mailhiot told WGME 13 that the Santa wouldn’t allow her daughter to sit on his lap simply because she didn’t purchase a $20 photo package. Apparently, though, it gets worse: even after little Chantel told Santa she wanted an American girl doll, he told her that instead, she’d get an “American football.” After Chantel’s...
  • Even Santa Can't Find a Job

    12/08/2012 9:59:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Smart Money ^ | 12/08/2012 | QUENTIN FOTTRELL
    He's making a LinkedIn profile. He's checking it twice. He's gonna find out which employers are naughty or nice. Santa Claus is coming to town -- and he needs a job. While the unemployment rate dropped to 7.7% last month, as the Labor Department reported today, more and more Santa Clauses around the country are going without work this holiday season. There's no official Kris Kringle employment index, but agencies that place Santas at gigs around the country say the prospects for many of the men in red suits is Ho-ho-hopeless. "There's no question about it, the number of Santas...
  • The Real St. Nicholas – Not Fat and Not Very Jolly Either

    12/06/2012 3:35:21 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 5, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Today (Dec 6) is the Feast of St. Nicholas. The real St. Nicholas was nothing close to the St. Nick (Santa Claus) of the modern age. He was a thin curmudgeonly man with a zeal for the Lord that caused flairs of anger. Compromise was unknown to him. The slow transformation of him into “Jolly ole’ Saint Nicholas is a remarkable recasting of him centuries in the making. Some years ago the Washington Post featured an article entitled Poles Apart: Nicholas of Myra; How a 4th-Century Bishop Achieved Fame 1,500 Years Later, With a Whole New Attitude.On this feast of...
  • Boy asks Santa for his daddy to come home for Christmas (video)

    11/29/2012 10:00:26 AM PST · by lowbridge · 2 replies
    youtube ^ | december 23, 2011
    video here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erDCrUgfSfQ
  • Jindal slams Romney for 'gifts' comment about minorities, young voters

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

    11/14/2012 1:21:27 PM PST · by Rebel_Ace · 6 replies
    my own feeble mind | 11/14/2012 | Rebel_Ace
    'Bama Claus Is Spreadin' It Roundoriginal music and lyrics by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie, updated lyrics by Rebel_Ace You better vote "D" And never vote "R" To Get Stuff for Free From the Welfare Czar 'Bama Claus is spreadin' it round 'Bama Claus is spreadin' it round 'Bama Claus is spreadin' it round The Union's got a list, Who voted twice; Show it to the press they put it on ice. 'Bama Claus is spreadin' it round 'Bama Claus is spreadin' it round 'Bama Claus is spreadin' it round The Rich they are not Paying We know how...
  • Gunman dressed as Santa fatally shoots 7 people in Texas home

    Grapevine police investigate the scene where they found seven people dead outside Dallas in Grapevine, Texas, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. Four women and three men who police believe to be related were found apparently shot to death, and authorities said they believe the shooter is among the dead. Six members of a Texas family apparently opened Christmas presents just before a relative dressed as Santa Claus showed up, opened fire and killed them before killing himself, police said Monday. Grapevine police spokesman Sgt. Robert Eberling said the shooter showed up in the Santa outfit shortly before gunfire erupted and was...
  • Seven People Found Dead in Dallas-Area Apartment [Amid Christmas Gifts And Wrapping Paper]

    12/25/2011 6:44:33 PM PST · by Steelfish · 104 replies · 7+ views
    FoxNews ^ | December 25, 2011
    Seven People Found Dead in Dallas-Area Apartment Published December 25, 2011 GRAPEVINE, Texas – Seven people believed to be related had opened their Christmas gifts and started cleaning up the wrapping paper when they were shot to death in a suburban Texas apartment, police said Sunday. Authorities said they believe the shooter is among the dead, but got a warrant before doing a full search on the small chance that it was otherwise. Four women and three men, aged 18 to 60, were found in an adjoining kitchen and living room area when police entered the apartment around midday, said...
  • Santa's Not Pagan

    12/23/2011 4:03:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 23, 2011 | Jonah Goldberg
    As a non-Christian with a deep affection for Christmastime, I've always felt a little left out around this time of year, but not in the way you might think. I've always felt a bit out of place with the venerable conservative tradition of denouncing the "war on Christmas." I should offer some background. When I was a kid, my parents cut out a jokey headline from a local newspaper that read "Santa Knows We're Jewish" and put it on a cardboard Christmas tree ornament. My father insisted I be raised Jewish. (I went to a Jewish day school and was...
  • In Service Bold as a Lion (Meet the REAL Saint Nicholas)

    12/23/2011 7:01:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/23/2011 | William Bennett
    The reign of Constantine proved to be a turning point in history. The Edict of Milan helped transform Christianity from a persecuted religion into a popular faith. Christianity spread faster than ever before. Jesus’s message offered comfort in a world full of peril and suffering. His call to love God and neighbor gave meaning to hard lives.Constantine’s own enthusiasm for Christianity helped promote it through all classes of society. The emperor bestowed presents and property upon Christian congregations. He funded the construction of churches and basilicas, including St. Peter’s in Rome. He declared Sunday a day of rest, placed Christian...
  • Editorial: Is there a Santa Claus?

    12/24/2010 11:11:37 AM PST · by Saint Reagan · 11 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | September 21, 1897 | Francis Pharcellus Church
        Dear Editor—     I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?     Virginia O'Hanlon     115 West Ninety Fifth Street Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's...
  • The Best Editorial Ever

    12/24/2004 11:07:29 PM PST · by Old Sarge · 36 replies · 1,592+ views
    NOBLENet ^ | 01/24/2002 | Boston Library
    IS THERE A SANTA CLAUS? We take pleasure in answering at once and thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of "The Sun": Dear Editor: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says "If you see it in "The Sun" it's so." Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus? Virginia O'Hanlon 115 West 95th Street Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age....
  • The Most Famous Editorial

    12/24/2005 8:27:57 PM PST · by Old Sarge · 33 replies · 3,018+ views
    Newseum.org ^ | Sept. 21, 1897 | Francis P. Church
    Last Christmas, I shared this editorial with all my FRiends here, while I was icebound in West Virginia heading back from leave to report for mobilization. This year, at my station in Ramadi, Iraq, on Christmas morning, as tracer rounds thread the sky southeast of me, I offer this simple story, a very favorite of mine, for all my FRiends again. Take the time to read it - REALLY read it - and understand that Santa has visited your troops, and he left the greatest gift of them all. A Soldier's Merry Christmas to you all!
  • Yes America, There is a Santa Claus

    12/20/2011 3:18:56 PM PST · by amylutz4 · 1 replies
    The College Conservative ^ | December 20, 2011 | Amy Lutz
    Yes America, There is a Santa Claus By: Amy Lutz In 1897, a young girl named Virginia wrote a letter to The New York Sun, asking if Santa Claus did in fact exist. Newsman Francis Pharcellus Church responded with a now-famous editorial entitled “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus.” Virginia worried, since she had neither seen Santa Claus nor did she possess tangible proof of his existence, that the jolly man was not real. Francis Church reminded Virginia, and all of us, that seeing is not believing. We must first have faith and believe in the existence of Santa...
  • Merry Christmas, From Satan Claus

    12/16/2011 7:03:19 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 16, 2011 | MARK STEYN
    Christmas in America is a season of time-honored traditions: The sacred performance of the annual ACLU lawsuit over the presence of an insufficiently secular "holiday" tree. The ritual provocations of the atheist displays licensed by pitifully appeasing municipalities to sit between the menorah and the giant Frosty the Snowman. The familiar strains of every hack columnist's "war on Christmas" column rolling off the keyboard as easily as Richard Clayderman playing "Winter Wonderland" ... This year has been a choice year. A crucified skeleton Santa Claus was erected as part of the "holiday" display outside the Loudoun County courthouse in Virginia...
  • Is There A Santa Claus?

    12/13/2011 4:54:30 AM PST · by iowamark · 7 replies
    New York Sun ^ | Sept. 21, 1897 | Francis P. Church
    Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history's most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps. "DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old. "Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. "Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.' "Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa...
  • San Francisco puts the ‘X’ back in Xmas: Occupying human rights for naked Santas

    12/12/2011 7:14:38 PM PST · by MeNeFrego · 5 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/12/11 | Zombie
    What do the Occupy movement, foreskins, an ice rink, international human rights and the world’s largest gathering of naked Santa Clauses have to do with each other? Under normal circumstances, nothing — but this is San Francisco after all, where anything is possible, so come along on a guided photographic tour of several separate socio-political events that inevitably overlapped and coalesced into an unforgettable political mashup. It’s not often that one must wear a Santa costume as part of one’s job, but on Saturday, December 10 that moment had finally arrived for me: I suited up and made my way...
  • Who Was St. Nicholas? The True Story Of Santa Claus

    12/06/2011 4:10:30 AM PST · by Biggirl · 13 replies
    http://www.romereports.com/ ^ | December 6, 2011 | Rome Reports
    December 5, 2011. (Romereports.com) December 6 is the feast day of St. Nicholas of Bari, otherwise known as Santa Claus. He was bishop of the city of Myra, in present day Turkey, where he died in the fourth century. When the city was conquered by Muslims, his remains were moved to the Italian city of Bari. When his parents died, he divided his fortune among the poor. Because of his generosity, tradition remembers him as Santa Claus, who every year would deliver gifts to everyone. He is also the patron saint of Russia, Greece and Turkey. In Rome, a temple...
  • Help wanted: Multicultural Santas needed in S. Florida

    12/05/2011 11:09:32 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | December 5, 2011 | Georgia East
    Ho, ho, ho is the same in any language. It’s Santa’s other expressions that can pose a challenge in multicultural South Florida. Although St. Nick is known more for listening than his gift of gab, children can better relate to a Santa who talks like them, advocates say.
  • Elementary school teacher tells kids there's no Santa Claus ( NY )

    12/04/2011 11:48:16 AM PST · by george76 · 73 replies
    NEW YORK POST ^ | December 3, 2011 | TODD VENEZIA and JENNIFER BAIN
    Even the Grinch would not be this mean. A sourpuss teacher in Rockland County ruined Christmas for a class full of second-graders this week, when she told them that there is no Santa Claus during a lesson about the North Pole. The evil educator even told the youngsters - mostly 7- and 8-year-olds - that the presents under their trees were put out by their parents, and not St. Nick. The stunning Scrooge-like behavior has caused a blizzard of outrage at the quiet George W. Miller Elementary School in Nanuet, where angry parents would like to see the teacher roasted...
  • 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...
  • Cancer center's Santa gets boot

    11/16/2011 4:47:32 PM PST · by radioone · 14 replies · 1+ views
    The Post and Courier ^ | November 16, 2011 | Renee Dudley
    It's not even December, but Santa has already been fired from Charleston's Hollings Cancer Center. For each of the past two years, hospital volunteer Frank Cloyes spent one day as St. Nick, spreading good cheer and snacks to patients sitting through chemotherapy treatments. The 67-year-old James Island resident, a retired insurance executive who calls himself a "gregarious guy," paid for his own costume rental. On Tuesday morning, a volunteer coordinator told Cloyes his services no longer were needed. "Because of our state affiliation, we decided not to have a Santa presence this year," Hollings spokeswoman Vicky Agnew said. Hollings is...
  • Transcript: Michelle Obama Answers Kids' Calls to NORAD Seeking Santa's Whereabouts

    12/25/2010 6:15:21 AM PST · by ETL · 37 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | December 24, 2010
    The following is a transcript of her conversations. OPERATOR: We have Max. MRS. OBAMA: Hello, this is the First Lady, Michelle Obama, with NORAD, tracking Santa. How can I help you? MAX: Hi. MRS. OBAMA: Hi. What's your name? MAX: Max. MRS. OBAMA: Hi, Max. How old are you? MAX: Eight. MRS. OBAMA: Eight? Okay, well, this is the First Lady. And I'm helping them track Santa tonight, so how can I help you? You want to know where Santa is? [the rest of the transcript, if you can stomach it, is at the link]
  • Jack Bauer Interrogates Santa Claus

    12/24/2010 4:19:53 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 14 replies · 2+ views
    You're on my naughty list this year
  • White House's Christmas Message: "Hoax, hoax, hoax!"

    12/24/2010 8:58:00 AM PST · by Texas Peartree · 3 replies · 2+ views
    The Voice of Reason ^ | December 24, 2010 | Texas Peartree
    What a year it has been. If 2010 is remembered for anything it will be the fact that America started off on January 1st with President Obama and by Christmas we ended up with President Reagan. Or at least that is what the White House wants us to believe. You doubt that this is the message from the White House? Consider the following: 1) President Obama got the US Senate to ratify an awful arms control agreement with Russia called START by claiming that President Reagan would have supported it. Of course, President Reagan believed in negotiating from a position...
  • Who Is Saint Nicholas?

    12/19/2010 4:27:02 PM PST · by Bokababe · 15 replies
    St. Nicholas Center ^ | 2010 | Staff
    The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At the time the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus' words to "sell what you own and give the money to the poor," Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while...
  • YMCA axes Santa Claus for Frosty - (NYC)

    12/12/2010 7:54:58 AM PST · by Beaten Valve · 52 replies
    NY Post ^ | Dec. 12, 2010 | SUSANNAH CAHALAN and CYNTHIA R. FAGEN
    He's a lost Claus. A politically correct West Village YMCA has fired Ol' St. Nick in favor of Frosty. Kids who once thrilled at sitting on Santa's lap at the 14th Street McBurney YMCA's wildly popular annual holiday luncheon will now suffer the icy embrace of a talking snowman and his sidekick, an anonymous penguin, at today's event. Forget about bringing a list or checking it twice -- Frosty doesn't take gift requests, and doesn't care if you're naughty or nice. YMCA officials, who say they are in the midst of "rebranding" the Young Men's Christian Association to "The Y,"...
  • Warren Buffett’s Uncle Sam (billionaire ignores Uncle Sam’s role in the housing collapse)

    12/01/2010 8:16:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Financial Post ^ | 12/01/2010 | Peter Foster
    Dear Uncle Warren, When I was at school, there used to be an annual picture taken of all the pupils. Since there were quite a lot of us, the remarkable technology employed (at least it seemed remarkable at the time) was that of a still camera that panned from one end of the assembly, which stood in a curved formation, to the other. This produced a long, thin, photograph. On several occasions, I recall, some young prankster, once his image had been captured at one end of the line, would attempt to sprint behind the wall of boys and install...
  • Northeastern Pa. family receives an early Christmas miracle - thanks to Santa Claus

    12/26/2009 5:40:25 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 8 replies · 567+ views
    Citizens Voice (Wilkes Barre PA) ^ | 12/26/2009 | Bobby Maso
    From time to time, an event occurs that makes people believe in Christmas miracles. Ed and Lynn Silliman's miracle came a few weeks ago. The Sheppton, Schuylkill County couple's 5-year-old daughter, Delaney, walked for the first time on her own after receiving a special gift from Santa Claus, according to her mom. Delaney has developmental disabilities that make it hard for her to talk or walk more than a few steps by herself. But like most kids her age, Delaney loves visiting with Santa. Last year, Lynn took Delaney to Country Folk, a shop in Nescopeck where Santa was scheduled...
  • Images of Christmastimes Past

    12/24/2009 11:18:04 AM PST · by jay1949 · 3 replies · 425+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | December 24, 2009 | Jay Henderson
    During the 19th century, improvements in various printing technologies, including lithography, chromolithography, and the rotary press, ushered in an era of popular art. Currier & Ives (and others) produced inexpensive prints; L. Prang & Co. (and more) sold Christmas cards; periodicals such as Harper's New Monthly Magazine included drawings by Thomas Nast and others. Because they were mass-produced by the standards of the time, many of these works have survived to the present day, giving us a kind of window on the past -- images of Christmastime in the 1800s.
  • Welcome to NORAD Tracks Santa

    12/24/2009 2:29:34 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 78 replies · 3,721+ views
    noradsanta.org ^ | December 24, 2009 | NORAD
    Welcome to NORAD Tracks Santa
  • Thief Dressed As Santa Claus Robs Bank - Kris Kringle Look-Alike Armed With 9-Millimeter Handgun

    12/22/2009 5:48:16 PM PST · by Shermy · 21 replies · 612+ views
    WSMW ^ | December 22, 2009
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Police said a man dressed in a full Santa Claus suit robbed a Hermitage bank Tuesday morning. The robbery occurred just after 10 a.m. at SunTrust Bank on Old Hickory Boulevard, just north of Lebanon Road. The thief, described as a white male between 6 feet and 6 feet 4 inches tall, was dressed as Kris Kringle and armed with a 9-millimeter handgun, said police. Witnesses said when two bank managers tried to get him to remove his sunglasses, that's when they said he pulled out the weapon and demanded money. "It was a little unbelievable. He...
  • Suds for Santa: Historically, St. Nick has been linked to drink

    12/21/2009 10:33:51 PM PST · by pissant · 9 replies · 458+ views
    Philly.com ^ | 12/21/09 | Joe Sixpack
    WHAT WOULD Santa drink? Listen, kids, contrary to the tales Mom and Dad told you, Father Christmas did not get that round belly and red nose from gulping down glasses of skim milk. Not to destroy your innocent visions of sugar plums and candy canes, but when it comes to treats on a long winter's night, if it's all the same to you, Santa Claus would rather have a beer. Sacrilege, you say? The very symbol of childhood innocence guzzling alcohol? What's next, Frosty the Snowman doing Jell-O shots? In fact, from the very beginning, Santa Claus was a man...
  • Your Thought-Furious At My Son's Teacher

    12/19/2009 9:12:00 PM PST · by joesbucks · 142 replies · 3,604+ views
    joesbucks
    Found this on a web site I frequent.