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Joplin, Mo. and church devastated by 2011
tornado celebrate Christmas Eve of hope
Fox News, by George Kindel    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/24/2013 10:32:17 PM     Post Reply
"Why was I saved?" It´s a question the Rev. Justin Monaghan asks often of himself - and of God. On Tuesday night, as he celebrates Christmas Eve Mass in what once was a hardware store, and that now serves as the makeshift home of Saint Mary´s Roman Catholic Church, it´s a question he´ll silently share with hundreds of parishioners and everyone living in Joplin, Mo., for whom Sunday, May 22, 2011, will forever be a day of sadness - and hope. It's the second Christmas since a monstrous and deadly EF5 tornado ripped a mile-wide, six-mile long gash through the residential heart of the city - at 5:41 p.m. - leaving more than 160 dead in its wake.

Crowds throng Bethlehem for Christmas
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/24/2013 10:00:46 PM     Post Reply
Bethlehem, West Bank - Thousands of Christian pilgrims from around the world packed the West Bank town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations on Tuesday, bringing warm holiday cheer to the biblical birthplace of Jesus on a cool, clear night. The heavy turnout, its highest in years, helped lift spirits in Bethlehem as leaders expressed hope that the coming year would finally bring the Palestinians an independent state of their own. "The message of Christmas is a message of peace, love and brotherhood. We have to be brothers with each other," said Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal, the top Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land,

It’s a Very Merry Christmas for
Washington’s Parasite Class
Town Hall, by Daniel J. Mitchell    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/24/2013 9:51:48 PM     Post Reply
Last year, while writing about the sleazy and self-serving behavior at the IRS, I came up with a Theorem that explains day-to-day behavior in Washington. It might not be as pithy as Mitchell’s Law, and it doesn’t contain an important policy prescription like Mitchell’s Golden Rule, but it could be the motto of the federal government. Simply stated, government is a racket that benefits the DC political elite by taking money from average people in America. I realize this is an unhappy topic to be discussing during the Christmas season, but the American people need to realize that they are being raped and pillaged by the corrupt



Scott Walker Signs Bill Making
it Harder to Change Native
American Mascots
Townhall, by Kevin Glass    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/24/2013 9:50:47 PM     Post Reply
As pressure mounts from activists nationwide on schools that use Native American mascots for their sports teams, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed legislation last week that would make it harder for Wisconsin public schools to change their name. The Republican measure requires a petition to trigger a state review of a nickname — a departure from current law, which states a single complaint is enough to prompt an evaluation. It also wipes out all previous state orders for schools to drop race-based mascots. Walker, a Republican, signed the measure privately Thursday afternoon. He released a statement saying he´s worried current

Researchers Investigate If Peanuts During
Pregnancy Curb Nut Allergies in Offspring
ABC News, by Gillian Mohney    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/24/2013 9:38:22 PM     Post Reply
Could a peanut-heavy diet for pregnant women help keep their children from suffering dangerous nut allergies? Researchers are investigating the possibility in a new study. Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics, the study found that when pregnant women ate more peanuts and tree nuts they tended to have children with fewer nut allergies. Peanut allergies in children have gone up from 0.4 percent in 1997 to 1.4 percent in 2010, according to the study. Researchers examined more than 8,000 children and their mothers to understand how diet during pregnancy might affect allergies in children.

´Duck Dynasty:´ A&E brass know
they ducked up suspension
New York Daily News, by Bill Hutchinson    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/24/2013 9:33:50 PM     Post Reply
The suits at A&E are realizing the fix to their “Duck Dynasty” scandal is going to require more than extension cords and duct tape. Executives at the cable channel are privately acknowledging they could have better camouflaged the indefinite suspension of the hit reality show’s head redneck, Phil Robertson, an insider told RadarOnline. A&E’s brass also conceded they goofed by continuing to air its No. 1 program amid the controversy sparked by Robertson’s homophobic and racially insensitive remarks to GQ magazine. “Network bosses now recognize they should have just taken the show off the air for two weeks, since reruns

Price to go up on first-class stamps
Associated Press, by Bradley Klapper    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/24/2013 9:28:43 PM     Post Reply
Regulators on Tuesday approved a temporary price hike of 3 cents for a first-class stamp, bringing the charge to 49 cents a letter in an effort to help the Postal Service recover from severe mail decreases brought on after the 2008 economic downturn. (Snip) Forever stamps, good for first-class postage whatever the rate, can be purchased at the lower price until the new rate is effective Jan. 26. The higher rate will last no more than two years, allowing the Postal Service to recoup $2.8 billion in losses. By a 2-1 vote, the independent Postal Regulatory Commission rejected a request to make the price hike permanent, though inflation



Bob Newhart and the Narrowing of Freedom
National Review Online, by Kathryn Jean Lopez    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/24/2013 9:25:07 PM     Post Reply
Humor “makes us free.” That was Bob Newhart’s observation during a commencement address at my alma mater, the Catholic University of America in 1997. “As long as the tyrant cannot control the minds of free men, they remain free,” the comedian continued. “Humor abounded behind the Iron Curtain and in POW camps. Humor is also our way of dealing with the inexplicable. We had an earthquake a couple of years ago in Los Angeles, and it wasn’t more than three or four days later that I heard the first earthquake joke. Someone said, ‘The traffic is stopped, but the freeways are moving.’” “Laughter gives us distance,” he went on

Duke Ellington and the
Great Christmas Secret
National Review Online, by Elizabeth Scalia    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/24/2013 8:37:00 PM     Post Reply
The story goes that if the legendary composer and orchestrator Duke Ellington had met you, and gotten his hands on your mailing address, you’d have gotten a Christmas card from him. It may not come at Christmas, but at some point during the year, his personally written and signed greetings would grace your mailbox. “Duke Ellington and I exchanged Christmas greetings each year,” wrote Joe Delaney of the Las Vegas Sun. “Mine were sent in mid-December. Duke sent his when the spirit moved him.” A reformed Ebenezer Scrooge may have pledged to “honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year,”

Churchgoers: Remember that
adage about doing unto others
CBS News, by Bill Flanagan    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/24/2013 8:18:48 PM     Post Reply
Christmas is one of two times a year when you have to get to church early to get a seat. At the Midnight Mass in my hometown, you better be in your pew by 11, or you´ll be sent to the overflow Eucharist in the basement to welcome the Messiah in a metal folding chair, kneel on the linoleum floor, and sing along to an out-of-tune guitar, while the faithful upstairs enjoy a full choir and a pipe organ. Now I know the Holy Family spent the first Christmas in a manger. They´d have loved some linoleum! But I'm always impressed at how folks who miss church all year adopt the devotional intensity of the Third Crusade when it comes to getting a prime spot

At first Christmas as pope,
Francis urges openness to God
Reuters, by Philip Pullella    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/24/2013 7:56:53 PM     Post Reply
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis, celebrating his first Christmas as leader of the world´s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, on Tuesday urged people to shun pride and selfishness and open up their hearts to God and their fellow man. Francis, who last March became the first non-European pope in 1,300 years, celebrated a solemn Christmas Eve Mass for some 10,000 people in a packed St. Peter´s Basilica as hundreds of others watched on mega-screens in the square outside. [snip] Francis delivered a short homily that was as simple as his white vestments: Man can choose between darkness and light.



Amid Declining Popularity, The
Tea Party Prepares To Fight
National Public Radio, by Don Gonyea    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/24/2013 6:43:45 PM     Post Reply
It´s easy to forget that the tea party movement is still less than 5 years old. Its successes include the 2010 midterm elections, when it helped the GOP win back the U.S. House. It was once again a noisy and resurgent player in American politics in 2013. But that doesn´t mean it was a year of victories: The movement´s campaign to repeal Obamacare failed, and public approval hit near-record lows after the tea party forced a partial government shutdown. Even tea party events aren´t as large as they once were. Even so, the movement had a great influence on both the debate and on the direction of the Republican Party this year.

Ex-Clinton aide secretly met with
Iranian officials in summer 2012
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Rebecca Shabad    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/24/2013 6:42:29 PM     Post Reply
Vice President Biden’s national security adviser met with Iranian officials as far back as the summer of 2012, a new report reveals. Jake Sullivan secretly traveled to Oman in July 2012 to meet with Iranian officials, The Associated Press reported Tuesday. This would mark one of the earliest in-person meetings the U.S. held with Iran in recent years. Sullivan joined the State Department in 2009 and served under then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as deputy chief of staff for policy. Although he moved to the White House in February, he continued to partake in backchannel discussions with Iran. The AP reported just after the

Violence flares between Israeli
military and Palestinians in Gaza
Los Angeles Times, by Batsheva Sobelman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/24/2013 6:39:10 PM     Post Reply
JERUSALEM-- Israeli military forces launched a series of attacks in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday in response to suspected Palestinian sniper fire that killed an Israeli civilian doing repair work on the border fence, military authorities said. A 3-year-old Palestinian girl was killed and members of her family were injured in an airstrike on the Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza, according to local reports. They were some of the heaviest strikes in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip since a weeklong Israeli military campaign ended with a November 2012 cease-fire. Israeli aircraft, tanks and infantry targeted a series of sites across the

Kwanzaa: The Holiday
Brought To You By the FBI
Townhall Magazine, by Ann Coulter    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/24/2013 6:30:28 PM     Post Reply
I had hoped to write about "Duck Dynasty" this week, but that will have to wait. I have too much Kwanzaa shopping left to do. (Is it just me, or is Kwanzaa getting way too commercialized?) Contrary to pundits sniping about Ted Cruz´s campaign to repeal Obamacare, even the most boneheaded liberal ideas never "collapse on their own," which is why we still have public schools and President Obama. If nothing is done, Kwanza will join these horrors in the firmament of American life. It is a fact that Kwanzaa was invented in 1966 by a black radical FBI stooge, Ron Karenga -- aka Dr. Maulana Karenga -- founder of United



With Friends Like Obama´s Strike Team,
Obamacare Doesn´t Need Enemies
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/24/2013 6:22:20 PM     Post Reply
ObamaCare: After a public relations blitz targeting America´s youth, the results are in: The kids aren´t signing up. It´s not just the bad deal on offer that´s keeping them away. It´s also the White House´s tone of contempt. At a Dec. 6 event, one of Obama´s staunchest allies, Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., looked over a group of about 200 young, mostly Hispanic students at California State University, Los Angeles, and asked how many of them had signed up for ObamaCare. After no hands went up, he proceeded browbeat them about being potential burdens to "the rest of us taxpayers," adding: "You want to be invincible! And you're thinking you'll stay so.

This Day in Health-Care History
Commentary Magazine, by Rick Richman    Original Article
Posted By: jpundit- 12/24/2013 5:50:58 PM     Post Reply
Lest we forget: exactly four years ago today, Senate Democrats rammed through what would later be called ObamaCare, on a purely partisan vote, ignoring warnings it would be a BFD (big future disaster). On Thursday, December 24, 2009, the New York Times reported on the week: The vote on Monday, in the dead of night, was 60 to 40. The vote on Tuesday, just after daybreak, was 60 to 39. And the vote on Wednesday afternoon, at a civil hour but after less-than-civil debate, was 60 to 39 again -- an immutable tally that showed Democrats unwavering in the march in the march to adopt a far-reaching overhaul of the health care in the

Obamacare May Make It
´Literally Impossible´ in US
Territories to Buy Insurance
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/24/2013 5:12:58 PM     Post Reply
Obamacare was drafted so poorly that residents in America´s territories like the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam may literally be unable to purchase health insurance on the private market next year, even if they are healthy and want to voluntarily do so. Though Obamacare requires insurance companies in the territories to accept all applicants regardless of preexisting conditions, the law "does not mandate that all territorial residents buy plans nor does it provide subsidies to make coverage more affordable--as it does in the 50 states and the District of Columbia." The Washington Post simply noted that "this is, to put it

They´ve called in the flying
squad! Police calm furious crowds
of Christmas travellers as 90
flights are cancelled at Gatwick
while 70,000 homes remain without*
Daily Mail (UK), by Rob Cooper and Wills Robinson**    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/24/2013 4:49:32 PM     Post Reply
Thousands of passengers were stuck at Gatwick tonight as they battled to get home for Christmas after 90 flights to and from the airport were cancelled. EasyJet has been forced to cancel 53 flights while British Airways had to axe 22 services because of power cuts following last night´s storm. Problems at the North Terminal of the London airport caused by the failure of two substations also saw six easyJet flights postponed until tomorrow. Both airlines were scrambling to swap passengers onto alternative flights with empty seats to get as many people as possible to their destination.

´I want to get married again!´:
Dolly Parton reveals plans to
renew vows with her reclusive husband
Carl Dean on 50th wedding anniversary
Daily Mail [UK], by Bobbie Whiteman    Original Article
Posted By: ScarletPimpernel- 12/24/2013 4:40:57 PM     Post Reply
It´s more than two years away, but Dolly Parton is already making plans to celebrate her 50th anniversary with husband Carl Dean. The huge milestone is likely to involve a second ´wedding´ to renew their vows. ´We’ve talked about that — we might do it all over again!´ the 67-year-old told Closer Weekly. ´Another big wedding.´ The country and western singing legend tied the knot with Carl, now 71, on May 30, 1966, at Ringgold, Ga., partly because he lived nearby in his youth and knew the town.


2017 and the End of Ethics
National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/24/2013 4:11:11 PM     Post Reply
Will there be a scandal if the new political appointees at the IRS sic their auditors on Moveon.org? What will the Washington Post say should the new president keep Guantanamo Bay open for five more years, quadruple the number of drone missions, or decide to double renditions? Will it say that he was shredding the Constitution, or that he found the terror threat too great to honor past promises? Will NPR run an exposé on our next president should she tap into Angela Merkel’s cell phone, or monitor the communications of Associated Press reporters — and their parents? Will investigative reporters go after the president should he

Interview: Dana Gioia on Christian
Retreat from the Culture
NewsBusters, by Matthew Sheffield    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/24/2013 4:03:34 PM     Post Reply
For decades, there has been a lot of discussion about a “cultural war,” primarily between people of traditional faith and those who see religion as something of little value. Whether war is quite the right metaphor to describe the phenomenon, there certainly is a lot of pressure on people who adhere to traditionalist opinions, as Phil Robertson of A&E’s Duck Dynasty can certainly attest. Yet while opponents of traditional beliefs and a politically unbalanced media have certainly proved harmful to faith in the public square, those two groups cannot be entirely blamed for the less prominent place that Christians now have in American culture.

Neshaminy student newspaper
to resume ´redskin´ ban
Philadelphia Inquirer [PA], by Chris Palmer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/24/2013 4:02:56 PM     Post Reply
LANGHORNE- What started as a journalistic exercise at Neshaminy High School may end in a courtroom. A law firm representing student newspaper editors has told school officials that the editors plan to resume their ban on printing the word redskin - and that any attempt to stop them would be unconstitutional. "The students will proceed in accordance with their published policy and, if disciplined for doing so, will take action to defend their rights," said the seven-page letter sent Friday by lawyers at Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz. The letter marked the latest volley in a battle unfolding across the country. Neshaminy's started in October,

MSNBC’s Dyson: Men Loving
Jesus More Than Women
‘Sounds Interestingly Homoerotic’
NewsBusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/24/2013 3:59:56 PM     Post Reply
Have you ever wondered what MSNBC president Phil Griffin uses as qualifications to hire on-air personalities for his so-called "news network?" Consider the case of perpetually race-baiting contributor Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson who on Monday’s Ed Show actually said that Christian men claiming to love Jesus more than they love women “sounds interestingly homoerotic” MICHAEL ERIC DYSON: Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity and the rest of those folks ought to be ashamed of themselves. And gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual people ought to speak up and link their own fate to African-American people

13 reasons Santa Claus
is definitely a conservative
Fox News, by Adam Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/24/2013 3:57:56 PM     Post Reply
I’ve been making a list and checking it twice, and although I can’t tell you who’s been naughty or nice, I can say that Santa Claus has all the hallmarks of being a conservative. Could it be true? Could everyone’s favorite Christmas figure be a right-winger? Well, let’s see the evidence: 1. Did you ever hear Santa wishing someone a “Happy Holidays?” No, for the man in red, it’s always “Merry Christmas” – no matter who it offends. 2. He lives in the North Pole – a tax haven with a zero percent tax rate – hardly a sign of someone who believes

21st century bird watching: Drone
guide lets sky gazers spot flying
military robots using their silhouettes
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Sarah Griffiths    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/24/2013 3:53:33 PM     Post Reply
These days drones are used for everything from farming to surveying remote regions to waging war. So it makes sense that one Dutch designer has penned the Drone Survival Guide, which like bird watching charts, shows the various shapes and sizes of flying objects by their silhouettes. Ruben Pater’s guide, however, details the differing kinds of flying robots used at war, as well as survival tips of how to hide from them. The majority of the drones selected for the chart are from NATO member countries, including the UK, France, Germany, U.S. and Canada. This is because these countries have used drones in wars

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