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  • Bureaucrat Scrooge’s Seek to Wrap Christmas Season in Red Tape

    12/23/2014 7:18:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 23, 2014 | Justin Sykes
    Hide your Santa’s, hide your reindeer, and take down your wreaths …because big government is regulating everything! That’s right, the government is now turning all its nanny state hate towards the holiday season – and in a move that would make even the Grinch blush, President Obama’s bureaucracy is proposing new regulations on the use of traditional Christmas lights and other holiday decorations. This month the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) un-wrapped new proposed federal regulations that if enacted, would categorize certain Christmas lights and other “seasonal decorative lighting products” as posing a “substantial product hazard” to the public at...
  • Scrooge Was A Liberal, Studies Show

    12/22/2014 4:22:36 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 16 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/22/2014 | John Merline
    Just about every year at this time, "A Christmas Carol' shows up somewhere on TV, as do headlines about how one Republican or another is the modern equivalent of the tale's greedy miser, Ebenezer Scrooge. "The GOP's sad Scrooge agenda." "GOP Protecting Ebenezer Scrooge." "Maher Likens Republicans to Ebenezer Scrooge." "Republicans play the role of the stingy Scrooge." You have to wonder if these folks have actually read "A Christmas Carol" or spent any time pondering what Scrooge actually says and does. Because if you do, you come to realize that Scrooge more closely resembles a modern liberal than a...
  • The FRiday Night Movie - A Christmas Carol (1984)

    12/19/2014 10:27:01 PM PST · by DemforBush · 10 replies
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    Tis this season! George C. Scott stars in this superb version of Charles Dickens' classic tale of redemption and second chances. In English with Greek subtitles.
  • Is the Swiss Guard Also Too Self-Absorbed, Promethean and Neopelagian?

    12/06/2014 7:34:00 AM PST · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | December 5, 2014 | Vincent Chiarello
    As readers of The Remnant may recall, while in Rome last summer I wrote an article which focused on the traditions and history of the Swiss Guard, and centered around the "giuramento," or swearing in, ceremony of the new Guardsmen. Few, if any, who have come in contact with the Guardsmen are not impressed with their courtesy, their military discipline, and their devotion to the Church. Along with these very distinctive young men, I had the good fortune of attending a press conference in which the Commander of the Swiss Guard, Colonel Daniel Anrig, impressed the gaggle of reporters by...
  • "Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales"(1979)

    12/25/2013 8:43:28 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 14 replies
    Daily Motion ^ | 1979 | Friz Freleng and Chuck Jones
  • Charles Dickens' Ebenezer Scrooge Was The Ultimate Job Creator

    07/18/2013 7:58:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Forbes ^ | 07/18/2013 | Fred Smith
    There is probably no figure more emblematic of the greedy, penny-pinching capitalist than Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. Dickens is often seen as the chronicler of the injustices of the Industrial Revolution, including businessmens’ cavalier attitude toward the welfare of their employees. Yet, Scrooge, like many of Dickens’ other archetypal characters, was a product of an earlier era, and in that context merits some defense. By the tale’s account, Scrooge was honest and frugal—perhaps excessively so. But there’s something missing from Dickens’ picture. The Scrooges of the world were the stewards of the scarce capital—the seed corn...
  • Christmas Fights Back

    12/23/2011 1:48:39 PM PST · by IbJensen · 12 replies
    TFP ^ | 12/19/2011 | Gary Isbell
    We hear about the famous War on Christmas that our secular society wages with great intensity. However, the latest news from the front is not encouraging for those who would worship around a holiday tree. According to a recent Rasmussen report, 88% of Americans will celebrate Christmas this year and 81% of that group will celebrate it as a religious holiday. From these statistics, we can clearly deduce that Christianity and Christmas have yet to disappear as of 2011. The ferocious onslaught of secular humanism rages as it pushes its agenda through the media, the political world and our...
  • Scrooge: The First 1 Percenter (Did Ebenezer do more good as a businessman than an altruist?)

    12/23/2011 6:55:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/23/2011 | Jim Lacey
    I have no idea whether Charles Dickens, if he were alive today, would have joined the Occupy Wall Street movement. Given the revulsion he expressed when America’s riff-raff had the temerity to become overly familiar on his two visits to this country, one may doubt his commitment to overthrowing society’s class structure. Despite this, he may still be considered among the movement’s intellectual forerunners. For it was he, in the person of his literary creation Ebenezer Scrooge, who gave the world a character who embodied all of the evil traits the Occupiers attribute to today’s 1 percent. In fact, Scrooge...
  • A Christmas Miracle for A Single Mother (MN)

    12/23/2010 5:53:10 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 13 replies · 1+ views
    KSAX.com ^ | 12/23/10 | Laurie Stribling
    A single mother received countless gifts from people across Minnesota after someone broke into her home and stole Christmas gifts for her 8-year-old son. Diane Lecy came home to a broken front door window on December 14 and found all the Christmas gifts gone from underneath her tree, but now she comes home to a different scenario. “I’ve come home to boxes sitting on my step, mailbox full of cards,” Lecy said. “There are few scrooges, but there are a lot of people that care.” Lecy couldn’t begin to count the number of cards, packages and gifts she received, but...
  • Ann Coulter: SCROOGE WAS A LIBERAL (Libs: Bleeding-Heart Tightwads)

    12/22/2010 3:03:39 PM PST · by Syncro · 32 replies · 2+ views
    AnnCoulter.Com ^ | December 22, 2010 | Ann Coulter
    SCROOGE WAS A LIBERALDecember 22, 2010It's the Christmas season, so godless liberals are citing the Bible to demand the redistribution of income by government force. Didn't Jesus say, "Blessed are the Health and Human Services bureaucrats, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven"? Liberals are always indignantly accusing conservatives of claiming God is on our side. What we actually say is: We're on God's side, particularly when liberals are demanding God's banishment from the public schools, abortion on demand, and taxpayer money being spent on Jesus submerged in a jar of urine and pictures of the Virgin Mary covered...
  • Harry 'Scrooge' Reid blasts GOP over Christmas work schedule

    12/16/2010 6:32:16 AM PST · by FredJake · 90 replies · 1+ views
    examiner.com ^ | 12/15/2010 | Joe Nebwy
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) adopted the role of Ebenezer Scrooge and scheduled the Senate to work through the Christmas holiday. Two Republicans - Jon Kyl of Arizona and Jim DeMint of South Carolina - objected, and that became political fodder for Reid, proving that nothing is off limits if a political point can be made. Reid then took to the floor of the Senate to blast the GOP. “I don’t need to hear the sanctimonious lectures of Sens. Kyl and DeMint to remind me of what Christmas means,” he said Wednesday afternoon. He also blamed Republicans - who...
  • Sears to be open Thanksgiving for first time

    11/10/2010 10:22:53 AM PST · by South Hawthorne · 37 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 11.10.10 | Sandra Guy
    Sears will open on Thanksgiving Day for the first time in its 124-year history. The Hoffman Estates-based retailer will open stores from 7 a.m. to noon on Thanksgiving Day.
  • (Chris) Coons asking workers to take unpaid days off (At Christmas)- Archive

    09/18/2010 10:46:04 AM PDT · by mnehring · 6 replies
    WDEL Archive ^ | December 2008
    Nearly 15 hundred county workers are being encouraged to take some extra time off around the holidays....at their expense. County Executive Chris Coons is asking employees to take voluntary days off on Christmas Eve, the day after Christmas, and the day after New Year's. Coons says while the county isn't "saving" money exactly, it won't be spending the estimated 70 grand it would otherwise, if for instance, workers were given a full day off instead of a half day for Christmas Eve as they have in the past.
  • US voters give Barack Obama an F

    12/22/2009 4:34:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies · 2,276+ views
    The London Telegraph ^ | December 23, 2009 | Nile Gardiner
    Barack Obama gave himself a B+ on Oprah Winfrey’s White House Christmas Special on ABC, but the American public is far less generous. The latest influential Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll of likely US voters gives Obama a thumping 56 percent disapproval rating – an F grade by any measure. 46 percent strongly disapprove of the president’s job performance, while just 25 percent strongly approve. That’s a Presidential Approval Index rating of -21 percentage points, a staggering figure for a president just 11 months into his term of office. These are historically low approval ratings for a US president, that...
  • A 21st Century Christmas Carol

    12/20/2009 10:56:47 PM PST · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case] · 1 replies · 350+ views
    MSMB ^ | December 21, 2009 | Rob W. Case
    Just about everybody is in some way or another acquainted with the classic Charles Dickens story “A Christmas Carol”. A Christmas Carol was released in 1843 and it was essentially a story about the coldness of the human heart and the greed affiliated with it. The story’s character, Ebenezer Scrooge is so greedy and yet so wealthy, that he holds contempt for those who need money for charity, those who need money to survive, and those who want to spend money on gifts for other people. To Scrooge, everybody is more or less a being of consumption in the sense...
  • Obama Turned Me into Scrooge. Donations to Charity Are Out

    12/16/2009 7:22:05 AM PST · by stillafreemind · 43 replies · 1,281+ views
    Associated Content ^ | Dec. 16, 09 | Sherry Tomfeld
    Obama has shown me the errors of my ways. As a middle class family we always thanked God for having enough. And part of that thanks was giving to charity. We still thank God for what we have and know that charity may well have to start at home while Obama is in office. Am I Scrooge? Unfortunately I am. Who does it hurt? The very poor that Obama says he is helping.
  • Eleven Reasons Why Scrooge Is A Progressive

    12/14/2009 4:36:09 AM PST · by SvenWaring · 425+ views
    DotPenn.com ^ | 12-14-2009 | Sven Waring
    Ebenezer Scrooge, or just Scrooge, has often been portrayed as a miserly Conservative. However, a closer examination of the skinflint character from Charles Dickens's Christmas classic, A Christmas Carol, reveals that, on the contrary, Scrooge is a progressive. Here are eleven reasons why Scrooge is a progressive. 1) Scrooge relies on government programs to handle poverty. And the Union workhouses demanded Scrooge Are they still in operation? The Treadmill and the Poor Law are in full then? said Scrooge. 2.) He ignores private charities as the most effective way to help people in need. I help to support the establishments...
  • Top 10 Real-Life Grinches (check out #1)

    12/10/2009 10:37:58 PM PST · by DemforBush · 16 replies · 1,309+ views
    Smithsonian.com ^ | 12/7/09 | T.A. Frail
    These historical humbugs rival Ebenezer Scrooge and the Grinch in their lack of Christmas spirit...
  • Bah! Humbug!: Town outlaws Merry Christmas sign

    12/01/2009 10:57:14 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies · 732+ views
    Lawrence Eagle Tribune ^ | December 2, 2009 | Crystal Bozek
    NORTH ANDOVER — First it was the menorah on the town common. Now it's the Merry Christmas sign on the fire station. The town has put an end to a longtime holiday tradition ordering firefighters to take down their homemade Merry Christmas sign from outside the fire station after people complained. The sign had been up for a week before it was taken down Friday. Fire Chief William Martineau said the sign was made by firefighters some 50 years ago and was never an issue before. "I think Christmas is officially a religious holiday. But to all of us, it...
  • Scrooge police ban Christmas carol singers because of stranger dangers

    11/12/2009 5:25:00 PM PST · by MamaDearest · 6 replies · 576+ views
    MailOnline ^ | November 12, 2009 | Jaya Narain
    The sound of carol singers at the door at Christmas is as traditional as mince pies, mulled wine and roast turkey. But one town could be dispiritingly silent this festive season after householders were urged to turn Scrooge and ban carollers.The sound of carol singers at the door at Christmas is as traditional as mince pies, mulled wine and roast turkey. But one town could be dispiritingly silent this festive season after householders were urged to turn Scrooge and ban carollers.Householders are being handed postcards that warn carol singers will not be welcome this Christmas because many residents are 'uncomfortable'...
  • A Few Reasons to Hate Christmas

    12/17/2008 8:14:14 AM PST · by Jibaholic · 64 replies · 1,321+ views
    12/16/08 | Jibaholic
    Christmas is really a pagan holiday to celebrate the winter solstice and the end of the harvast. Jesus was probably born in late September. Even if Jesus was born on December 25th, an orgy of materialism showing friends and family how much you love them is not an appropriate way to celebrate his birth. Many Christians recognize this paradox, hence the emphasis to "put Christ in Christmas." This means evening devotionals about the birth of Christ, special candles, and other rituals. Yet this has the effect of elevating Jesus' birth above his death and resurrection. Most Christians do not...
  • Fight Anti-Christianity in Olympia Friday(Hate Speech Against Faith Legal In WA Capitol Rotunda)

    12/04/2008 8:44:25 PM PST · by Seaside · 26 replies · 1,005+ views
    Anmtioch Bible Church | December 4, 2008 | Ken Hutcherson
    Antioch Bible Church: Prayer Warrior Thursday, 04 December 2008 As you are aware, the State of Washington has allowed the Freedom from Religion Foundation to place a plaque, near the nativity scene, in the Capitol Rotunda Building in Olympia denouncing faith in God as "myth and superstition...enslaving minds." Antioch Bible Church will be placing its own sign in the Capitol Rotunda during a press conference on Friday, December 5 at 11:00 west coast time. Please be praying during this time that God will be glorified! Pastor Hutch
  • Primary school teacher who told children: 'Santa does not exist' is fired

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

    12/05/2008 12:57:31 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 28 replies · 875+ views
    NewsBusters.org ^ | 12/5/2008 | Matthew Balan
    Time magazine’s Jeff Israely compared Pope Benedict XVI to the most famous Charles Dickens character in his latest column, which focuses on the “tough line on Church doctrine” the pontiff has taken: “...[T]here is growing proof that the 82-year-old Pope is...quite willing to play the part of Scrooge to defend his often rigid view of Church doctrine.” Israely later put Scrooge’s characteristic anti-Christmas exclamation in the mouth of the Holy Father: “...[O]ne can imagine Benedict flashing that gentle smile, tilting his head ever so slightly and declaring: Bah Humbug!” The correspondent’s Thursday column on Time.com, titled “The Pope’s Christmas Gift:...
  • Barack Obama Does Not Give Birthday Presents To Children

    07/25/2008 4:31:13 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 108 replies · 2,563+ views
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | July 25, 2008 | Alex Spillius
    In a magazine interview Obama and his wife Michelle revealed that one of their steadfast house rules is not giving Christmas or birthday presents to Malia, 10, and Sasha, seven. The couple explained that they spend "hundreds" on birthday slumber parties and want to "teach some limits". Santa Claus is still permitted to deliver seasonal gifts however. The girls are also given an allowance of just $1 (50p) a week for performing household chores, according to People magazine. Those chores include making their own bed, setting and clearing the dinner table and putting themselves to bed by 8.30pm. On the...
  • Caption Hillary

    02/26/2008 9:52:59 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 18 replies · 170+ views
    Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., reacts as she attends a low dollar fundraising reception at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University, in Washington, Monday, Feb. 25, 2008.
  • City Scrooges Challenged on Christmas Ban(Oklahoma City)

    12/23/2007 12:39:38 PM PST · by kellynla · 9 replies · 95+ views
    worldnetdaily.com ^ | December 21, 2007 | Alyssa Farah
    Is Scrooge running the government of Oklahoma City? That's what attorneys at the Alliance Defense Fund are wondering. The group has filed a lawsuit in response to a ban on the celebration of Christmas in the workplace by city employees. The complaint was filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma in response to a memo sent Nov. 15, restricting holiday celebrations. Oklahoma City officials received a memo from the city manager stating holiday decorations with an explicitly religious theme would be banned from the workplace because it posed a legal liability to the city....
  • How the Christmas cookie crumbles - College chides worker for ordering "Christmas" Cookies

    12/17/2007 9:29:57 AM PST · by XR7 · 72 replies · 445+ views
    Crosscut ^ | 12/17/2007 | Lisa Albers
    An e-mail fracas at North Seattle Community College hits on why "the most wonderful season of all" causes us so much angst. Here in Seattle, the phrase "Merry Christmas" has been largely expunged from public discourse. Haltingly and awkwardly, we wish each other happy holiday; we talk vaguely about a holiday season; we plan parties that by all appearances look like Christmas parties, but we never call them such. This despite every indication that Christmas, at least the consumerist trappings of it, is alive and well. Every Starbucks sign hawks a peppermint latte; the sound of Barbra Streisand belting out...
  • Last day for laid-off 'Leno' workers

    11/30/2007 8:11:18 PM PST · by Red Badger · 42 replies · 251+ views
    variety.com ^ | 11/30/2007 | David McNary & Dana Harris
    Today was the last day for most of the 120 staffers on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," who left with an early Christmas bonus check and no guarantee of a job when the strike ended. "Do we have a job when the strike ends? That's what everyone keeps asking," one former staffer said. "They've guaranteed no one a job. They just keep saying, 'The letter explains it." That letter is a notice from NBC's human resources department that says, "If your services are needed, we will contact you." Sources said that while some higher-level executives received severance packages, other...
  • (U.K.) New laws pull plug on Xmas (Health and Safety rules, insurance make decorations too pricey)

    10/14/2007 8:50:20 AM PDT · by Stoat · 10 replies · 257+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | October 13, 2007 | JOHN COLES
      New laws pull plug on Xmas   Humbug ... Amy outside shop  HIGH streets face a Christmas blackout because of health and safety rules, business leaders warned yesterday. The demands of insurers mean festive lights are simply too expensive to put up. They say illuminations should be erected by trained professionals using a hydraulic platform, rather than ladders. Fittings should undergo a rigorous “pull test” to ensure they can secure cables and many councils are even ordered to individually test every bolt with a pressure gauge. The Federation of Small Businesses said costs for towns can hit Ł25,000...
  • Man Sets Self Aflame in Calif. Protest

    12/23/2006 5:55:56 PM PST · by madprof98 · 59 replies · 1,462+ views
    Man sets himself aflame to protest religious names for California school district's breaksAP) A man used flammable liquid to light himself on fire, apparently to protest a San Joaquin Valley school district's decision to change the names of winter and spring breaks to Christmas and Easter vacation. The man, who was not immediately identified, on Friday also set fire to a Christmas tree, an American flag and a revolutionary flag replica, said Fire Captain Garth Milam. Seeing the flames, Sheriff's Deputy Lance Ferguson grabbed a fire extinguisher and ran to the man. Flames were devouring a Christmas tree next to...
  • Scrooge 'was a victim of brain disease'

    12/23/2006 7:22:49 PM PST · by MadIvan · 27 replies · 751+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | December 24, 2006 | John Harlow
    IT WAS the night before Christmas and Ebenezer Scrooge was facing a succession of supernatural terrors; or, as the latest medical thinking would have it, he was succumbing to a brain disease so obscure that doctors would not give it a name for another 150 years.A pair of medico-literary sleuths claimed last week to have tracked down the illness that haunted Scrooge. They concluded that Charles Dickens brilliantly observed the symptoms in A Christmas Carol. Robert Chance Algar, a Californian neurologist, and his aunt Lisa Saunders, a medical writer and physician, believe that the affliction that made Scrooge a byword...
  • Carolers Told To Stop Singing At Event

    "While an Olympic-medal-winning ice skater smiled and listened to Christmas carols, a Riverside city staff member silenced the singing group because she was afraid the skater would be offended because she is Jewish." "The choir had barely launched into "God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman" when a police officer and Michelle Baldwin, a city special-events employee, approached choir director Staci Della-Rocco and told her to stop the choir's performance." "Amber Eyerly, with the New York-based PR firm that helped promote the event, said that Cohen didn't make the request." "I felt so bad for my kids and that whole situation," Della-Rocco...
  • Full-Size Christmas Trees to Return to Seattle Airport [all trees going back up!]

    12/11/2006 10:13:29 PM PST · by TheBigB · 413 replies · 8,331+ views
    Fox News Online ^ | 12/12/06 | AP
    SEATAC, Wash. — The Christmas trees are going back up at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Port of Seattle officials had ordered the trees taken down over the weekend after a local rabbi threatened a lawsuit if a menorah wasn't also displayed at the airport. Airport officials say they took that action out of concern that if they allowed the addition of a menorah, they would also have to display symbols of other religions and cultures, which was not something airport workers had time for during the busiest travel season of the year. Rabbi Elazar Bogomilsky says he never asked that the...
  • Airport's trees stoking "war on Christmas". (SEATAC Update)

    12/11/2006 7:21:34 AM PST · by NavyCanDo · 258 replies · 5,457+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 12-11-06 | Stuart Eskenazi
    The departure of Christmas tree displays at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport — the Port of Seattle's response to a local rabbi's insistence that an electric menorah also be put up — is accelerating into an international spectacle in the so-called "war on Christmas." And that is not what Rabbi Elazar Bogomilsky wanted. "I am devastated, shocked and appalled at the decision that the Port of Seattle came to," he said Sunday. As news coverage about the airport's trees spread from CNN to ABC to the Paris-based International Herald Tribune, Bogomilsky on Sunday began to receive hateful messages from people holding him...
  • 'Tis not the season at Sea-Tac Airport (Christmas Trees to Come Down at Seattle Airport)

    12/09/2006 10:56:18 PM PST · by Coleus · 107 replies · 3,469+ views
    KOMO-TV ^ | 12.09.06 | April Zepeda
    There will be no more Christmas trees at Sea-Tac Airport this season after the Port of Seattle received at least one complaint about them. For more than 25 years, the airport has celebrated the holidays with Christmas trees over its entrances. But overnight, the Port of Seattle ordered all 15 trees removed. "I think it's very unfortunate. Why lose the Christmas spirit? Christmas is for kids," said passenger Lisa Jones. The Port allowed "holiday" decorations to remain but decided to take down all the Christmas trees after a Jewish religious leader complained they were offensive. "It's a Christmas tree! It's...
  • Holiday Trees Removed From Sea-Tac

    12/09/2006 3:57:21 PM PST · by ECM · 98 replies · 2,931+ views
    KIRO Newsradio 710 ^ | 12-9-06 | NA
    All Holiday trees at Sea-Tac Airport were removed this morning after several community member complaints. They say the trees don't represent all cultures and religions...The trees will not go up again...the airport policy on decorations will be reviewed after the holidays.
  • Xmas trees removed from Sea-Tac Airport [Scrooge barf alert]

    12/09/2006 7:45:53 PM PST · by XR7 · 136 replies · 3,113+ views
    KING 5 News ^ | 12/09/06 | KIM HOLCOMB
    SEA-TAC Airport - All of the Christmas trees inside the terminal at Sea-Tac have been removed in response to a complaint by a rabbi. A local rabbi wanted to install an 8-foot menorah and have a public lighting ceremony. He threatened to sue if the menorah wasn’t put up, and gave a two-day deadline to remove the trees. Sea-Tac public affairs manager Terri-Ann Betancourt said the trees that adorn the Sea-Tac upper and lower levels may not properly represent all cultures. She said that since this is their busiest time of year and they don't have time to add...
  • Why won't Americans sacrifice a little for a just society? (BARF ALERT)

    12/24/2005 6:29:48 AM PST · by RKV · 85 replies · 1,462+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 24 December 2005 | RALPH MARTIRE
    America has a split personality when it comes to paying for a just, free society. On the one hand, there's almost universal acceptance of the sacrifices needed to defend the nation from military and terrorist threats. This has created a bipartisan consensus to devote $453 billion, well over half of all discretionary federal spending this year, to defense. Most even accept the ultimate sacrifice of our brave military servicemen and women, who give their lives defending the nation. The question is, why accept the costs of defending our country from external threats while turning our backs on domestic programs that...
  • Rosen: Merry Christmas, ACLU

    12/23/2005 5:30:10 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 8 replies · 847+ views
    Rocky Mountain News column ^ | Friday December 23rd, 2005 | Mike Rosen
    The pendulum swings both ways. Last year in Denver, it was Mayor John Hickenlooper proposing to replace the city's traditional "Merry Christmas" sign with one that said "Happy Holidays." The mayor wisely backed off in response to the public outcry, as did the Parade of Lights, this year, reversing its policy barring religious floats. Earlier this month, Speaker of the U.S. House Dennis Hastert, issued a directive instructing the architect of the Capitol to drop the name "Capitol Holiday Tree" - adopted in the late 1990s under the authority of no one who's now willing to admit to it -...
  • That Christmas Story...

    12/22/2005 4:39:12 PM PST · by pickrell · 6 replies · 576+ views
    Free Republic | 25-December-2004 | Ron Pickrell
    I find it necessary to type. It may be that the copious amount of anesthetic that my dentist injected was actually necessary, but now I'll never know for sure. I do know that he voted for Kerry- and he is steamed. Talk about gnashing of teeth- I just didn't realize that it was my teeth to be gnashed. Lesson learned? Never gloat in front of a man with the power to disable your mouth, and the will to do so. I hadn't realized previously that getting your teeth cleaned involved so much pneumatic equipment. I suppose I'll eventually get used...
  • "Bah, Humbug." (Christopher Hitchens' 2005 anti-Christmas rant)

    12/20/2005 3:05:09 PM PST · by churchillbuff · 67 replies · 1,859+ views
    slate ^ | Dec 20 05 | Hitchens
    I used to harbor the quiet but fierce ambition to write just one definitive, annihilating anti-Christmas column and then find an editor sufficiently indulgent to run it every December. ... But I have slowly come to appreciate that this hope was in vain. The thing must be done annually and afresh. ... [W]hat I have always hated about the month of December: the atmosphere of a one-party state. On all media and in all newspapers, endless invocations of the same repetitive theme. In all public places, from train stations to department stores, an insistent din of identical propaganda and identical...
  • Churches closed on Christmas!

    12/16/2005 5:33:00 AM PST · by FerdieMurphy · 61 replies · 1,256+ views
    Sierra Times ^ | 12/16/2005 | Jeff Adams
    I keep reading about churches that are going to be closed on Christmas day, which falls on a Sunday this year. What’s up with that? The word ‘Christmas’ comes from ‘Christ mass,’ which is the Roman Catholic service, or mass, for celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas falling on a Sunday should be viewed as a special occasion, with people excitedly looking forward to going to church that particular day, not using it as an excuse to close the church doors. Churches that are deciding to not hold services on Sunday, December 25th, are making a huge mistake. Now,...
  • Religious McDonald's Sign Draws Attention In Raleigh

    12/14/2005 6:14:18 AM PST · by pangaea6 · 212 replies · 3,738+ views
    WRAL News Raleigh ^ | 7:16 am EST December 14, 2005
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- Everyone celebrates religion and holidays in their own individual ways, but currently there are questions about whether the two should be more connected. One of the latest places involved in the controversy is a McDonald's restaurant in Raleigh.The sign at McDonald's on the corner of Falls of Neuse and Spring Forest Road reads: "Merry Christmas, Jesus is the Reason for the Season." It is a holiday message that Amanda Alpert thinks comes on a little too strongly. "It offends me because it specifically talks about Jesus, Merry Christmas. It doesn't give credit to anyone else," Alpert said....
  • Teenagers admit to threats on yule lights

    12/01/2005 4:01:10 PM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 6 replies · 590+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 12/1/2005 | Arrin Newton Brunson
    LOGAN - Four Logan teenagers, two boys and two girls, turned themselves in at the police station late Tuesday, confessing that they wrote and delivered threatening letters to 14 homeowners displaying Christmas lights. The teenagers on Saturday allegedly taped threatening notes to the front doors, warning that the homes would be burned down if outdoor-decoration lights were not turned off until Dec. 14. In a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Logan police Lt. Rod Peterson said officers interviewed and released five suspects, including one teenage male whose involvement appeared to be minimal. "I'm impressed that they were willing to come forward,"...
  • Trimming 'Christmas' from trees stirs debate

    12/01/2005 10:17:57 AM PST · by VU4G10 · 23 replies · 1,127+ views
    news.yahoo.com ^ | Dec 1 2005 | Emily Bazar
    In city halls and public parks across the country, stories-high evergreens are being erected and decked with glowing lights and sparkling ornaments. They look - and smell - like Christmas trees. But not so fast. In places as varied as Chicago, Reno and Prairie Village, Kan., they're "holiday" trees. In other spots, such as Atlanta, they have no name at all. This year, the tree-name game has sparked a backlash, with some Americans crying humbug and Christian groups threatening lawsuits over what they say is religious discrimination. Perhaps the most heated debate is brewing in Boston. The city's Parks and...
  • Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas?

    11/22/2005 3:18:10 PM PST · by churchillbuff · 187 replies · 4,500+ views
    ktsm ^ | Nov. 22 05 | ktsm
    If you're expecting a hearty "Merry Christmas" as you're doing your shopping; you might be disappointed. Usual holiday ads say things like Christmas, but you might want get used to hearing and seeing the term holiday. Because some stores are cutting Christmas out and putting a generic phrase in. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, but don't expect to hear someone say it. "I love Christmas, so I don't mind," says Rebecca Reyes. Wal-mart is one of many stores asking its employees to replace Christmas with "Happy Holidays". The company says its trying not to offend anyone, by...
  • Sniveling athiests complain that they don't get benefits for turning in old Christmas trees

    12/29/2004 7:16:59 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 53 replies · 1,240+ views
    Special Report with Brit Hume - The Grapevine ^ | December 29, 2004 | Brit Hume/Michael Levine
    An effort to boost Christmas Tree recycling in Chicago has come under fire by atheists (search), who say it unfairly benefits Christians. Authorities planned to hand out a year's worth of blue recycling bags in exchange for one used tree, but atheist activist Rob Sherman says the program is inherently unfair to those without Christmas trees. Officials told him he could bring someone else's tree but Sherman complained that "Atheists shouldn't have to go begging from home to home for a Christian who will sponsor them." The city will now offer the blue bags to anyone who visits a tree...
  • PC on earth for Santa: Boy Claus booted out of N.H. school dance

    12/23/2004 10:29:09 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies · 970+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | December 24, 2004 | Kevin Rothstein
    A 12-year-old New Hampshire boy who wanted to jolly up his junior high dance by dressing in a Santa suit instead got a lesson in political correctness when his Scroogelike principal turned the student away, fearing he might offend his classmates.
  • A TCS Christmas Carol

    12/23/2004 10:20:33 AM PST · by macbee · 4 replies · 411+ views
    TCS ^ | 12/23/04 | Douglas Kern
    It's Christmas time, and that means it's time to enjoy A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens' melancholy tale of a productive businessman who gets worked over by three meddling supernatural social workers one Christmas Eve, transforming him into a simpering socialist. It's almost as sad as Star Wars, really. A Christmas Carol had someone other than that crypto-commie Dickens written it. So, for your holiday enjoyment, I submit these re-imaginings of A Christmas Carol, as other authors might have depicted it: