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How George Washington Celebrated Christmas
Daily Beast, by John Avlon    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/25/2013 9:32:29 AM     Post Reply
America´s first president threw lavish parties full of pies and whiskey for friends and servants alike. The Founding Father had good reason to splurge after many Christmases that were lean on cheer. The father of our nation knew how to throw a Christmas party. I’m talking thousands of pounds of bacon, gallons of homemade rye whiskey, a massive “great cake” and what he called an “attack of Christmas pies.” Everyone got four days off to celebrate at his Mount Vernon plantation and while there was no regular scheduled appearance by Santa, there was at least one recorded visit by a camel. But the abundant Christmas feasts of Washington’s

How Karl Rove went from GOP
mastermind to the right´s
political punching bag
The Week, by Jon Terbush    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/25/2013 9:23:24 AM     Post Reply
A decade ago, Karl Rove was President George W. Bush´s right-hand man and one of the most powerful political figures in America. And even after his fortunes briefly dipped at the end of the Bush era, Rove roared to life again, tapping into and fueling the Tea Party movement through his massive super PAC, American Crossroads. But today, with a GOP civil war raging between establishment types and upstart conservatives in the mold of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R), Rove´s once-strong influence has begun to wane. An embodiment of the Bush-era Republicans who have fallen out of favor of late, Rove, too, has begun to come

Most Jews Wish You a Merry Christmas
FrontPage Magazine, by Dennis Prager    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/25/2013 9:18:42 AM     Post Reply
As a Jew, and a religious one at that, I want to wish my fellow Americans a Merry Christmas. Not “Happy Holidays.” Merry Christmas. I write, “my fellow Americans” because, as reported by the Pew Research poll released just last Wednesday, nine in 10 Americans say they celebrate Christmas. Apparently, many Americans have forgotten that Christmas is not only a Christian holy day, but also an American national holiday. Just as we wish one another a “Happy Thanksgiving” or a “Happy Fourth,” so, too, we should wish fellow Americans a “Merry Christmas.” It doesn’t matter with which religion or ethnic group you identify;



Ronald Reagan´s Christmas Address
Will Take You Back to the Good Ole Days
Independent Journal Review, by Bubba Atkinson    Original Article
Posted By: JoElla Bee- 12/25/2013 9:14:47 AM     Post Reply
[video] President Ronald Reagan Christmas address (12/23/81). From all of us here at IJ Review, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! [the only text]

Disposable: Paul Ryan´s Budget Epitomizes
How Washington Actually Sees Veterans
Business Insider, by Tony Carr & John Q. Public    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/25/2013 8:59:07 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) wants to look tough on budget issues. In an editorial published in USA Today explaining his decision to lead the passage of a budget that reduced vested veteran pensions by an average of $84,000 to $120,000, Mr. Ryan founded his message on the urgent need to “do the right thing.” In doing so, he created a painful irony; Ryan’s budget seeks to save $6B over the next 10 years – equivalent to less than six-tenths of one percent of projected federal spending over that period — by extracting it from compensation already guaranteed to people who earned it risking their lives and defending their country. In other words, despite

Thanks, Duck Dynasty, for the Christmas Gift
American Thinker, by Lloyd Marcus    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/25/2013 7:28:14 AM     Post Reply
Duck Dynasty gave me an unexpected wonderful gift for Christmas: a renewed hope in America. Polling on various social issues confirm that liberals have made significant inroads towards secularizing America into a culture in which anything goes. The norm on TV is disrespectful kids scolding their parents, cussing, youths sleeping around, the promotion of homosexuality, and poking fun at Christians. Traditional principles and values are on the chopping block. Several months ago, I heard about this cable show, Duck Dynasty, that was kicking American Idol´s butt in the ratings on Wednesday nights. Since the recent controversy

Warming Grinches See A
New White Christmas Record
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/25/2013 7:27:07 AM     Post Reply
Climate: Those humming the words to "White Christmas" got their wish big-time as snow covered more than half the lower 48 states as of mid-December, putting snowless winters on the pile of failed climate predictions. More than half of the continental U.S. had snow cover as of Dec. 15, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the most in 11 years. That exposes as worthless the predictions of the climate scammers of snowless winters as far as the eye can see. In 2006, by comparison, snow covered just 12% of these states. There are many reasons for this, but climate change is not one of them,



Finding My Way to the Incarnation
American Thinker, by Glenn Fairman    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/25/2013 7:23:58 AM     Post Reply
Ah, it is Christmastime once more in the vast wasteland of the Inland Empire. The bell-ringer at our local Wal-Mart is wearing a t-shirt and shorts as he sings of warm fires and snow-covered rhapsodies in a beautiful baritone -- hoping to persuade the rushed and harried passing by to cough up a bit of Christmas cheer for the less fortunate. But in a rough town teeming with so many who exist on the edge of solvency, his words and presence only seem to stir their guilt, and they steer a wide berth around that large African-American Santa. such is Christmas in San Bernardino: a bankrupt city composed of threadbare dreams on an 81 degree

Home for the holidays is a D.C. shelter
Washington Post, by Brigid Schulte    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/25/2013 7:23:54 AM     Post Reply
Christmas Diamond Haynesworth, an 11-year-old girl named for the jewel her mother thinks every girl should be given for the holiday, doesn’t expect to be given much this year. “My second year without presents,” she says softly as she sits on one of the two single beds covered with worn blankets in the spare room she shares with her mother at D.C. General, the old hospital that was turned into a family homeless shelter. (Snip) This Christmas, as songs about being home for the holidays fill the air, D.C. General is filled to capacity with 950 homeless people, a population that has quadrupled since 2007 and continues to grow.

Mideast ´New Beginning´
Features Al-Qaida Fundraising
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/25/2013 7:22:26 AM     Post Reply
Terrorism: A charity fundraiser helping conduct the U.S.-backed transition in Yemen is exposed as an al-Qaida financier. Just another bump in the road of our "New Beginning" with Islam. There was much in President Obama´s inexcusably naive 2009 Cairo University speech seeking "a new beginning between the U.S. and Muslims around the world" that planted the seeds of destabilization in the Middle East. His demeaning apology for the CIA´s 1953 "overthrow of a democratically elected Iranian government" — saving Iran from the Soviets — topped the list. But Obama´s remarks on democracy were a gift-wrapped invitation to

Obama Boosts Income
Inequality With Federal Pay Raise
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/25/2013 7:13:48 AM     Post Reply
Inequality: Federal workers are getting a pay raise for Christmas. It´s not a big one. But we have to wonder why workers in the country´s highest-income metropolitan area need to be paid more at the rest of America´s expense. Earlier this month, in one of his many pivots, President Obama made a speech lamenting income inequality in America. He called it the "defining challenge of our time." "This increasing inequality is most pronounced in our country," he said. "And it challenges the very essence of who we are as a people." Nearly three weeks later, Obama contributed to that inequality by signing an executive order hiking civilian



The President who stole Christmas
Detroit News, by Robert Laurie    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/25/2013 6:45:30 AM     Post Reply
Today, while you’re singing about Santa Claus, celebrating the end of the year and opening gifts with your family, you should know: You might be ignoring your presidential homework assignment.[Snip] Christmas is the perfect time to discuss Obamacare with your family. Rather than simply letting you plan a Yuletide get together you hope will devolve into a nightmare of political arguments, the caring folks at Organizing for Action have put together a handy guide that will let you cut to the chase. Follow their simple plan and you can rest assured that your day will be as miserable as possible.

Obama lauds returning troops
in holiday broadcast
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/25/2013 6:37:58 AM     Post Reply
Honolulu - President Barack Obama lauded the "service and sacrifice" of U.S. troops and military families in a holiday radio and Internet address on Wednesday, and he highlighted the service men and women who have returned home over the past year. [Snip] "For families like ours, that service is a chance to celebrate the birth of Christ and live out what He taught us - to love our neighbors as we would ourselves; to feed the hungry and look after the sick; to be our brother´s keeper and our sister´s keeper." The President and first lady Michelle Obama recorded the greeting at the White House before departing on Friday for a

Brunel´s Eighth Wonder of the World restored:
Grand entrance to world´s first underwater
tunnel will return to glory after 145 years
Daily Mail [UK], by Dan Bloom    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/25/2013 6:24:32 AM     Post Reply
For more than a century this grand chamber lay neglected and damp under the streets of south east London, echoing only to the sound of passing trains. [Snip] Touted as the birthplace of the modern Metro system, the first underwater tunnel in the world--built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and his father Marc--is one of the most important sites in engineering history. The double foot tunnel alleviated crisis congestion on the Thames, which merchants claimed could take longer to cross than the Atlantic. In its heyday it hosted market stalls, fire-eaters, an infamous fundraising banquet when still part-finished, and later, unwanted

2013: the year when the ugliest political
emotion – pity –made its comeback
Telegraph [UK], by Brendan O´Neill    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/25/2013 5:41:20 AM     Post Reply
One of my abiding memories from childhood is of the time my dad told the local priest to sling his hook. A newbie in our parish in a rough-ish part of north-west London, the priest was knocking on the doors of the most churchgoing families and introducing himself. [Snip] "We don´t need people like that feeling sorry for us", he told me and my brothers, "especially when there´s nothing to be sorry for!" The priest was all enthusiastic smiles and handshakes when we arrived at Mass the following Sunday. Maybe this is one of the reasons I have always hated pity. In my view, there's no uglier emotion in the pantheon of political feelings than pity,



Drug maker investigated by
Chinese authorities following the
deaths of several babies that
had received hepatitis B vaccine
Daily Mail [UK], by Emma Thomas    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/25/2013 5:28:45 AM     Post Reply
A drug manufacturer is being investigated by health experts in China who are looking into a possible link between the death of several babies and Government vaccines. A team of government investigators has been sent to Biokangtai, a drug maker based in the southern city of Shenzhen, state broadcaster China Central Television said, amid growing public concern about the safety of its products. The probe was launched after provincial and health authorities separately reported that since November, around a half-dozen babies died shortly after they received hepatitis B vaccines made by Biokangtai. One case has been ruled out while the

This Classic Commercial Thanks Our
Troops For Their Service To Our Country
Independent Journal Review, by Mike Miller    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/25/2013 5:27:00 AM     Post Reply
This Anhauser Bush commercial from 2007 says it best: we owe a debt of gratitude to our men and women in uniform for their service to our country. The ad aired just once – during the Super Bowl. Merry Christmas to the members of the United States Armed Forces.

US healthcare insurance help
offered in run-up to deadline
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/25/2013 5:24:40 AM     Post Reply
The US government has offered help to anyone who missed the 24 December deadline to enrol for the new health insurance - known as "Obamacare". It said anyone who failed to finish their application through a dedicated website - HealthCare.gov - could still obtain a policy for the new year. On Monday, the government extended the original deadline by a day amid high demand and technical issues. HealthCare.gov has been plagued by glitches since its 1 October rollout. The problems with President Barack Obama´s signature bill have hit his popularity ratings hard. The website was set up under a 2010 healthcare law that seeks to cover

A Complex Issue and a Simplistic Snowden
Commentary Magazine, by Seth Mandel    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/25/2013 5:21:25 AM     Post Reply
The Washington Post’s interview with Edward Snowden is bound to evoke complicated, on-the-one-hand-but-on-the-other responses–a complexity that contrasts sharply with Snowden’s own simplistic, shallow conception of the issues at play. And it is this contrast that leaves those skeptical of massive government programs ultimately still in search of an advocate worthy of the cause of transparency, for Edward Snowden is not that advocate. On the one hand, those seeking to defend the NSA’s domestic digital intelligence collection point out that, as Michael Mukasey notes today, the members of the president’s intel review board

British troops spend last
Christmas in Helmand
Telegraph [UK], by Ben Farmer    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/25/2013 5:21:15 AM     Post Reply
British troops spent their eighth and perhaps last Christmas in Helmand this year as the UK prepares to end its combat mission to Afghanistan at the end of 2014. Around 5,200 servicemen and women spent Christmas day in Afghanistan, with most of them in the southern province which has seen heavy fighting between British forces and the Taliban since 2006. Almost all Britain’s remaining troops are scheduled to be withdrawn over 2014 before the Nato combat mission finishes at the end of the year. The Government currently has no plans to keep military trainers or advisers in the province where nearly 450 British


Taliban attack American embassy
in Kabul on Christmas Day
Telegraph [UK], by Rob Crilly    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/25/2013 5:15:56 AM     Post Reply
Two Taliban rockets landed inside the American embassy compound in Kabul early on Christmas day, in a reminder that Afghanistan remains riddled with insecurity even as foreigners marked the festive season. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which included another strike in the city, but caused no casualties. “At approximately 6:40 local time in Kabul, approximately two rounds of indirect fire impacted the US Embassy compound,” a statement from the embassy said. “All Americans are accounted for and no injuries were sustained. “The Embassy continues to investigate the attack.” Rocket strikes on the capital have been rare in recent years but 2013 has

Here comes the real Obamacare test
Washington Examiner [DC], by Brian Hughes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/25/2013 5:15:51 AM     Post Reply
Obamacare has been defined by delays, broken promises and growing disillusionment with President Obama´s signature domestic achievement. Yet for all the problems and political headaches caused by the health care law, the real test for the White House begins on Jan. 1. That´s when Americans for the first time will visit their doctors with expectations of being enrolled in new health plans. And if the rocky last few months were any indication, that´s hardly guaranteed. The Obamacare rollout was embarrassing enough, but in terms of real-world impact, the implications are still somewhat abstract for much of the public. Now the uninsured and

Christmas Gifts for People Who
Pay More Attention to Politics
than Might Be Good for Them
National Review Online, by Betsy Woodruff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/25/2013 5:11:20 AM     Post Reply
So maybe it’s a little late. But it’s always the perfect time to start thinking about what to buy the would-be Karl Rove/David Axelrod/Todd Palin in your life. Here’s some inspiration. You’re welcome in advance. 1. Ron Paul Christmas Tree Ornament(Snip for graphic)It’s too bad they don’t have a bulk discount on these suckers, because I have trouble thinking of anyone whose Christmas wouldn’t be brightened by the perennial presidential candidate on a sled. Plus, they’re only eight bucks. What?? 2. Adult footie pajamas

President Obama’s empty boast on Syria
Washington Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/25/2013 5:06:30 AM     Post Reply
IT WAS astonishing to hear President Obama, in the preamble to his end-of-year news conference last week, cite Syria as one of his foreign policy successes. “[J]ust as we’re strengthening our position here at home, we’re also standing up for our interests around the world,” Mr. Obama said. “This year we’ve demonstrated that with clear-eyed, principled diplomacy, we can pursue new paths to a world that’s more secure, a future where Iran does not build a nuclear weapon, a future where Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles are destroyed.” Unfortunately, the White House press corps was not as struck by this boast as

Target hackers DID steal encrypted PINs
as well as 40million credit and debit
card numbers, reveal executives
Daily Mail [UK], by Daily Mail Staff and Reuters    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/25/2013 5:05:30 AM     Post Reply
The hackers who attacked Target Corp and compromised more than 40 million credit cards and debit cards also managed to steal encrypted personal identification numbers, according to a senior payments executive familiar with the situation. One major U.S. bank fears that the thieves would be able to crack the encryption code and make fraudulent withdrawals from consumer bank accounts, said the executive, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the data breach is still under investigation. Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder said ´no unencrypted PIN data was accessed´ and there was no evidence that PIN data has been ´compromised´.

Books for Christmas
American Spectator, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/25/2013 5:03:50 AM     Post Reply
Matthew Continetti THE POST-ELECTION HOLIDAYS are a good time for conservatives to lick our wounds, reflect on the recent past, and contemplate new beginnings. My three recommendations describe the complicated realities of ethnic politics in America in the 21st century. Conservatives and Republicans have to grasp that the America of Ronald Reagan no longer exists. First, there’s Tom Wolfe’s Back to Blood. Fans of Wolfe’s prose and sociological insight will not be disappointed as the master turns his gimlet eye to Miami. Second, there’s Joel Kotkin’s The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050. Kotkin argues against American decline. He says

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