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No Americans injured in Christmas
Day embassy attack in Kabul
Washington Times (D.C.), by Jacqueline Klimas    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/25/2013 2:42:39 PM     Post Reply
No Americans were hurt when two rounds of indirect fire hit the U.S. Embassy in Kabul on Christmas morning, an embassy official said. “At approximately 06:40 local time in Kabul, approximately two rounds of indirect fire impacted the U.S. Embassy compound,” the official said. “All Americans are accounted for and no injuries were sustained. The embassy continues to investigate the attack.” It was not immediately clear which part of the large embassy complex the rounds hit just before dawn on Wednesday, Fox News reported. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack and said it fired four rockets at the embassy,

Activist group targeting Bob Newhart,
Catholics is funded by George Soros
Daily Caller (Washington, D.C.), by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/25/2013 2:22:13 PM     Post Reply
The gay advocacy group that launched a pressure campaign to block comedian Bob Newhart from speaking at a Catholic summit is funded by progressive billionaire George Soros and has close links to President Obama’s new White House counselor, records reveal. Newhart, 84, pulled out of speaking at a Christmas Week conference in Orlando organized by the Catholic networking group Legatus, which was founded by Republican Domino’s Pizza founder Tom Monaghan in 1987 to provide networking opportunities for Catholic business leaders. Newhart backed out after the gay rights group GLAAD launched a targeted campaign to pressure the

Obama gifts little girl with
presidential autograph
New York Daily News, by Adam Edelman    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 12/25/2013 12:46:32 PM     Post Reply
A lucky little girl´s initial Christmas present this year was truly a first gift. But it didn´t come wrapped with a bow, it came signed with a pen. Kyrstin Lavelle, 10, was at a Marine Corps gym near Honolulu Christmas Eve Day with her uncle and brother when she spotted President Obama, who is vacationing in Hawaii with his family, working out. (Snip)To return the favor, Lavelle said she gave the President a flower. Obama reportedly said he would give it to first lady Michelle Obama.

  


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Edwin A. Shuman III, Former Prisoner of War
Who Defied Hanoi Hilton Guards, Dies at 82
New York Times, by Richard Goldstein    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/25/2013 12:04:20 PM     Post Reply
As Christmas 1970 approached, 43 American prisoners of war in a large holding cell at the North Vietnamese camp known as the Hanoi Hilton sought to hold a brief church service. Their guards stopped them, and so the seeds of rebellion were planted. A few days later, Lt. Cmdr. Edwin A. Shuman III, a downed Navy pilot, orchestrated the resistance, knowing he would be the first to face the consequences: a beating in a torture cell. “Ned stepped forward and said, ‘Are we really committed to having church Sunday? I want to know person by person,’ ” a fellow prisoner, Leo K. Thorsness, recounted in a memoir. “He went around the

North Korea is really no joke
The Scotsman [Edinburgh, Scotland], by Alex Massie    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/25/2013 11:47:33 AM     Post Reply
North Korea: the greatest, oddest, show on earth. What larks. It is tempting to blame Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the South Park creators also responsible for Team America: World Police in which Kim Jong-il featured prominently – and absurdly – for the manner in which North Korea is treated as some kind of gruesome entertainment. The Norks are funny, not terrifying. The press often endorses, indeed reinforces, this attitude. An advertising campaign in New York City promoting the Daily Mail’s website depicts mug shots of Kim Jong-un (the current North Korean leader) and Kim Kardashian (a staple of ‘reality’ TV)

Queen and Royal Family attend
church service at Sandringham
BBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/25/2013 11:25:56 AM     Post Reply
The Queen and other members of the Royal Family have greeted well-wishers outside the Sandringham church which they attended for a Christmas service. A big crowd had gathered to see the family, who were not accompanied by five-month-old Prince George. They listened to the service via loudspeakers and afterwards the Queen was presented with gifts by children. The Royal Family then returned to the Sandringham estate for a traditional Christmas dinner. At 15:00 GMT they will watch the Queen's speech on television, with BBC royal reporter Jenny Hill revealing that Her Majesty likes to view the broadcast alone.

Video - Edward Snowden Christmas
Message: End Mass Surveillance
Breitbart's The Conversation, by Elizabeth Sheld    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/25/2013 11:05:32 AM     Post Reply
Edward Snowden delivered Channel 4´s "Alternative Christmas Message" today, urging the the end of mass surveillance. The message was filmed from Russia, where he has temporary asylum. Below is the transcript: Hi, and Merry Christmas. I´m honored to have the chance to speak with you and your family this year. Recently, we learned that our governments, working in concert, have created a system of worldwide mass surveillance, watching everything we do. Great Britain´s George Orwell warned us of the danger of this kind of information. The types of collection in the book -- microphones and video cameras, TVs that watch us --

  


  

The magic of Christmas at the museum
Telegraph [UK], by Richard Gray    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/25/2013 10:40:43 AM     Post Reply
Ever wondered what goes on behind the closed doors of a museum over Christmas? This, according to the University of Oxford, is what goes on behind closed doors at its museums over Christmas. The statues, paintings, pottery and other objects come alive – with the help of some Pythonesque animation – to deliver a seasonal wishes and a Christmas carol. My favourite moment is about 20 seconds in to this rather sweet video. Would you like to watch another festive video?

A Christmas Song to Soothe Your Soul
Cybercast News Service, by Craig Bannister    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/25/2013 10:38:16 AM     Post Reply
Here´s a song to warm your heart and soothe your soul throughout the Christmas season. It´s "A Hallelujah Christmas," originally written by Leonard Cohen and performed by the Christian musical group Cloverton. Enjoy, and Merry Christmas.

2013 Christmas Quiz
American Thinker, by Lee DeCovnick    Original Article
Posted By: Da Bear- 12/25/2013 10:29:34 AM     Post Reply
This year´s challenging quiz is designed for the entire family. Split everyone into two teams, the bigger the better. No fair using computers, iPhones, tablets, or any other digital devices. Hopefully these mental gymnastics will evoke some wonderful memories, lively discussions, peals of laughter and a short respite from the icy winds of change sweeping our country. "May the Force be with you!"

Multimillionaire Environmentalist
Donor, 86, Throws Himself From
16th Floor Of San Remo
Breitbart's Big Government, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/25/2013 9:52:50 AM     Post Reply
On Monday, 86-year-old multimillionaire Robert W. Wilson, who was best known for his charitable ventures toward the environmentalist movement, threw himself from the sixteenth floor of his Upper West Side apartment building, the famous San Remo. He left a note before jumping. He had a stroke several months back, and had told friends that he “didn’t want to suffer.” In 2000, Wilson’s fortune was estimated at $800 million; he gave away all but $100 million by the time of his death, according to his friends. He gave $100 million to the World Monuments Fund, another $100 million to the Nature Conservancy, $100 million to the

  


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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]

  


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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,

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