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  • Christmas tree salesman with cancer sells out lot before last romantic trip

    12/05/2016 4:55:55 PM PST · by LouieFisk · 9 replies
    Yahoo ^ | December 5, 2016 | CBC
    The dream of one last romantic Hawaiian vacation is now closer to reality after a Calgary Christmas tree salesperson — diagnosed with blood and bone cancer — sold out of trees on Saturday night, almost one month ahead of schedule.
  • YOUTUBE: DFU CHRISTMAS 2016 SING-ALONG - Deck the Halls

    12/05/2016 3:32:10 PM PST · by doug from upland
    youtube ^ | 12-5-16 | DFU
    PREVIOUS SONGS: IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS UP ON THE HOUSETOP Click on the source link and enjoy the mocking. Robby Mook is probably not going to like this.
  • Christmas trees are now going for $1K in NYC

    12/05/2016 7:53:26 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 44 replies
    Yuletide capitalism is running rampant this year — with the cost of a Christmas tree topping $1,000 in one Manhattan neighborhood. Longtime Greenwich Village tree seller Heather Neville said Sunday that her tallest — and priciest — offering will command an astonishing $77 per foot from any buyer who can’t haul it home. “This 13-foot tree — a beautiful fir — is $750, and with delivery, installation with a stand and tip would be $1,000,” said Neville, who bills herself as the NYC Tree Lady. Neville, 40, broke down the add-ons as $200 for the stand, $25 for delivery and...
  • RAF on high alert due to heightened Arctic activity

    12/04/2016 9:22:57 AM PST · by AdmSmith · 24 replies
    UK Defence Journal ^ | 02DEC2016 | George Allison
    The Royal Air Force will reportedly be on high alert in the coming days in order to intercept and track flights from the Arctic region. The move has been prompted by an incident around a year ago in which Typhoon aircraft escorted a Lapland registered aircraft (flying from the Arctic region) over the UK’s major cities, the pilot of the craft was said to be under the influence of alcohol and very “festive”, this is especially dangerous due to the sheer volume of cargo the aircraft was carrying. This is expected to happen again. An MoD spokesman had this to...
  • Not Afraid To Say “Christmas”

    12/04/2016 8:25:07 AM PST · by rhett october · 14 replies
    Grace Centered Magazine ^ | 12-4-2016 | Steven Hutson
    Another Christmas is quickly approaching and with it yet another round of insults to the Christian faith. Increasingly we are afraid to utter the “C” word in public places, or in seasonal advertising. We wouldn’t want to offend those people of other faiths, you know. Before I go any further, let me explain: I’m not one of those self-righteous fire-breathing religious types who reflexively seek vengeance over the smallest slight. I don’t argue endlessly over subjects like school prayer, or a cross on a government building. I refuse to accept the notion, held by so many, that my religion entitles...
  • Atheists' billboards urge people to skip church for the holidays

    12/04/2016 7:57:35 AM PST · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    WBTV ^ | December 2, 2016 | Marie Waxel
    American Atheists has unveiled its holiday billboards, including 2 in the Shreveport area. They encourage people to "Skip church for a merrier Christmas." The group is trying to stir the pot. "And part of stirring the pot is getting that conversation going," explained Nick Fish, American Atheists' national program director. "There are atheists in the community, there are people who don't believe in God." One of the billboards parodies President-elect Donald Trump's campaign slogan. "Make Christmas Great Again. ... skip church." [Snip] American Atheists has its holiday messages on display from Louisiana, to Colorado, even down in Georgia.
  • What's your least favorite Christmas song?

    12/03/2016 9:38:15 AM PST · by Artemis Webb · 274 replies
    Me ^ | 12/02/12016 | Me
    I'm just curious about what songs at Christmas time make you change the station or jump the track on that cd.
  • Hilarious Trump Christmas Parody “It’s The Most Wonderful Time in 8 Years”

    12/02/2016 9:27:35 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 10 replies
    You Tube ^ | Truth Seeker
    Goodbye Obama! Songwriter Dana Kamide performs vocals on This wonderful, hilarious Christmas song parody which says it all! - - Based on the song Andy Williams made popular in the 60's... This version also parodies the movie "It's a Wonderful Life" When George Baily begs God (through his guardian angel Clarence) to let him live again... This time he begs God to help Donald Trump "Make America Great Again" Hillary makes an appearance as the Abominable Snowman in the end... Singer, songwriter and Entertainer Dana Kamide wrote the lyrics and performed the lead vocals and produced the video. Democrats got...
  • Mall of America Gets Its First Black Santa

    12/02/2016 7:45:46 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 12/2 | Ben Feuerherd and Asher Klein
    The Mall of America is celebrating diversity this holiday season. For the first time since it opened in the early 1990s, a black Santa will hear children's wishes at the Minnesota mall. "It's pretty historic," Landon Luther, co-owner of The Santa Experience, which runs a small photo studio in the mall, told NBC. "We want Santa to be for everyone." Luther said he wanted a diverse bunch to pose for photos with visitors this year, so he sent staff members to a Santa convention in Bronson, Missouri. There was a single black Santa at the convention, Texas resident Larry Jefferson....
  • Annual holiday party for fashion industry canceled because Donald Trump won the election

    12/02/2016 2:58:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | December 2, 2016 | Roxanne Robinson, Women's Wear Daily
    Publicist James La Force and husband-writer Stephen Henderson have decided to forgo their annual holiday party known for it’s somewhat raucous atmosphere, due to the outcome of the presidential election. In an interesting approach to this years’ election drama, the couple went ahead and printed their invitation pre-Trump victory with an illustration of Hillary in a Santa suit waving a flag with the caption “Make America Merry Again.” Alas when she did not win the duo, who wrote, “So confident we were of her victory, we designed and printed the attached invitation before Nov. 8th,” were presumably in that “liberal...
  • YouTube: DFU CHRISTMAS 2016 SING-ALONG: Up on the Housetop

    12/02/2016 8:10:09 AM PST · by doug from upland · 4 replies
    dfu via youtube ^ | 12-2-16 | DFU
    CLICK THE LINK AND ENJOY SINGING AND MOCKING. PREVIOUS SONGS: IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS
  • Hilarious Christmas Video: “It’s the Most Wonderful Time in 8 Years”

    12/02/2016 7:07:29 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 7 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | Dec 1, 2016 | Joe Hoft
    Hilarious Christmas Video: “It’s the Most Wonderful Time in 8 Years” Jim Hoft Dec 1st, 2016 6:18 pm 52 Comments Guest post by Joe Hoft This Christmas video is guaranteed to make your holiday season bright – “It’s the Most Wonderful Time in 8 Years!”
  • First family kicks off the holiday season with the National Christmas Tree ceremony

    12/02/2016 2:31:57 AM PST · by C19fan · 7 replies
    CBS news ^ | December 1, 2016 | Staff
    President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their youngest daughter, Sasha, kicked off the holiday season by lighting up National Christmas Tree for the last time on Thursday evening. President Obama and the crowd in President’s Park counted down from five before the first family--minus Malia--pressed the button that lights the tree, which is located on the Ellipse south of the White House.
  • Some Classrooms Ditch Santa Decorations

    12/01/2016 7:19:14 PM PST · by ErikJohnsky · 23 replies
    ABC ^ | 12/1/2016
    A school district in Oregon is joining many others around the country in a controversial decision to refrain from using religious-themed decorations during the holidays, including images like Santa Claus. KATU reports Santa Claus decorations are no longer welcome in Hillsboro Schools, outside Portland. The district sent this memo to staff: "You may still decorate your door or office if you like, but we ask that you be respectful and sensitive to the diverse perspectives and beliefs of our community and refrain from using religious-themed decorations or images like Santa Claus."
  • Beaver wrecks Dollar General

    12/01/2016 3:50:03 PM PST · by Wills_Dad · 22 replies
    CHARLOTTE HALL, MD (RNN) - If 2016 has its way, Christmas tree fires will be the least of your worries this holiday season. A beaver found its way into a Dollar General store in Maryland, tearing apart store shelves in its search for the last box of tinsel. After the beaver had caused enough damage to warrant an emergency response, Corporal Yingling from St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office and Animal Control were called to the store. Officials said that the animal tried to escape once Yingling arrived, but the animal was safely apprehended and released to a wildlife rehabilitator.
  • Christmas Video: “It’s the most wonderful time in eight years”….

    12/01/2016 2:28:30 PM PST · by jobim · 17 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 12/1/16 | Dana Kamide
    A Dana Kamide 4 minute video using It's A Wonderful Life to launch a very polished, heartwarming, yet hardhitting look at the election.
  • Christmas Party May Have Triggered San Bernardino Terror Attack: Police

    12/01/2016 10:10:38 AM PST · by PROCON · 61 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | Dec.1, 2016 | MEGAN CHRISTIE, RHONDA SCHWARTZ, JOSH MARGOLIN and BRIAN ROSS
    Authorities believe the terror attack on Dec. 2, 2015 in San Bernardino may have been triggered by a mandatory training session and lunch replete with holiday decorations including a Christmas tree which shooter Syed Farook was forced to attend. Emails discovered by the FBI and police reveal Farook’s wife, Pakistani native Tashfeen Malik, objected to the Christmas setting and was upset her husband had to go.Just before the attack, Farook had posed with four fellow county employees in front of a Christmas tree in the conference room. A short time later, 14 people were killed and 22 others injured when...
  • Black Santa Coming to Mall of America for 1st Time

    12/01/2016 7:19:35 AM PST · by No_More_Harkin · 53 replies
    CBS Minnesota ^ | 11/30/16 | Reg Chapman
    The Santa Experience inside the Mall of America is bringing a unique experience to Twin Cities families this year. For the first time since it opened, a black Santa Claus will help spread the Christmas cheer.
  • The White House debuts its Christmas decorations for Obama's last holiday season - complete with[tr]

    12/01/2016 5:30:39 AM PST · by kevcol · 66 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | November 30, 2016 | Associated Press and Dailymail.com Reporter
    The White House debuts its Christmas decorations for Obama's last holiday season - complete with a 300lb gingerbread house and Hillary Clinton's 'frosty' friends That's also where visitors will find the hefty, 300-pound gingerbread White House, made this year from 150 pounds of gingerbread covered in 100 pounds of bread dough. The Lower Cross Hall, where Hillary Clinton's portrait hangs, has been decorated with snowmen lining the corridor. . . . The first lady's 'Let's Move' anti-childhood obesity campaign is represented by the fruits, a nod to healthy eating, and laid out in the Green and Red Rooms upstairs on...
  • Holiday Display Has Waconia Neighbors At Odds (Christmas hate)

    11/30/2016 9:13:09 AM PST · by Paleo Pete · 18 replies
    CBS Minnesota ^ | November 29, 2016 | Jeff Wagner
    WACONIA, Minn. (WCCO) — What some might consider a home covered in an extreme amount of Christmas decorations is more like a lit-up landmark for neighbor Kari Cedersund. “Every time I try and describe to someone where I live, they would go, ‘Oh, you live across from the Christmas House,'” Kari said. It is a name that has lost its luster this season. “Seeing these lights dark for the first time since we’ve moved here is really hard,” said Bob Zajac, owner of the now dim Christmas House. “My kids are disappointed and our community is disappointed and I struggle...
  • The Cave of the Snow Goons

    11/30/2016 4:42:06 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 5 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 11-30-2016 | MOTUS
    I have a minor surgery this morning so I’m turning the whole thing over to you guys. Mind your manners, don’t forget the MOTUS Rule Book (sidebar) and clean up after yourselves.To get things rolling, what do you say we all contemplate the awesomeness of our Great Presidential Christmas Hall of the Snow Goons.Try to focus on the impermanence of the snow goons; that should make the fundamental transformation of the Central Hall into a third rate mall a bit easier to deal with.Then imagine them all committing hari kari. That should be fun.Snow Goon Shrine of the First Jilted...
  • Navarro-Vals: “Here’s How Wojtyla Convinced Fidel to Celebrate Christmas”

    11/28/2016 6:36:57 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 11/27/16 | Andrea Tornielli
    The Polish Pope’s former spokesman said the late Fidel Castro “wanted to know everything there was to know about John Paul II”"Fidel Castro kept me talking for six hours. He was fascinated by John Paul II and although he was jealous of his inner life, I sensed he wanted to delve deeper… I told him he was a lucky man because the Pope prayed for him every day. For once he was silent.” On the occasion of Wojtyla’s visit to Cuba in January 1998, the role of Joaquín Navarro-Valls, John Paul II’s spokesman, went far beyond his official duties as...
  • Christmas Music, Christmas Greetings and Shopping 2016

    11/27/2016 4:31:32 PM PST · by Chickensoup · 36 replies
    chicken brain | 11.27.16 | chickensoup
    I am not much of a shopper. This weekend due to circumstances I did something I rarely ever do, I shopped at several mall stores in several locations. One thing I noticed right away was the change of the music in all the stores I was in. Christian and secular tunes abounded together. Silent Night, O Come O Come Emmanuel, Come Oh Ye Faithful, Whose Child is This all rocked at the mall. The clerks said Merry Christmas. There were Christmas trees and signs saying Merry Christmas. Macy's, Babies are Us, and Wal-Mart were among the stores I shopped. It...
  • Starbucks Will Have Nativity Cups This Christmas

    11/25/2016 4:27:11 AM PST · by markomalley · 90 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | 11/25/16 | John White
    Who saw this coming?(By the way, if years had official questions, the official question of 2016 would be “Who saw this coming?”).Anyway, the latest bit of 2016 shock and awe to come out of nowhere is that Starbucks will have cups featuring the Nativity this Christmas season.  Yes, that Nativity – with Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus.Check it out here.So, just another 2016 crazy almost miracle-type thing to wonder at.Oh tidings.
  • Trump Is Hawking a $149 Gold-Trimmed Christmas Ornament Shaped Like a Hat

    11/23/2016 10:35:15 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Slate ^ | November 23, 2016 | Jeremy Stahl
    Donald Trump’s presidential campaign sent out an email on Wednesday. Here is the body of that email:
  • The Naughty - or - Nice 2016 Retailer List

    11/23/2016 9:13:14 AM PST · by Maudeen · 13 replies
    American Family Association ^ | November 23, 2016 | American Family Association
    Rating the Top Retailers and How They Market to Christmas Shoppers . . .
  • Army Band Not Allowed To Play Holiday Music At Christmas Show By Fox News Because Event Is Religious

    11/19/2016 11:13:53 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/18/16 | KALHAN ROSENBLATT
    Todd Starnes penned an article for Fox News saying he asked an Army band to play as a part of his annual Fox Radio Christmas showStarnes said he asked U.S. Army’s Six-String Soldiers to perform at eventThe band turned him down because the show is a 'religious event' Starnes said the Army should be able to play his show regardless of religious affiliation and blamed the Obama administration Others said they believe a Trump presidency will be less politically correct  A Fox News Corner of the World host has expressed outrage after an Army band said it would be unable to play at his Fox Radio...
  • Snopes says Sweden banned Christmas lights on street poles because of “safety concerns”

    11/16/2016 2:39:54 AM PST · by grundle · 16 replies
    wordpress ^ | November 16, 2016 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Snopes says the reason that Sweden recently banned Christmas lights on street poles is because of “safety concerns” Snopes recently published this article, which addresses claims by other sources which say that Sweden recently banned Christmas lights on street poles in order to avoid offending Muslims. Snopes says that, yes, Sweden did indeed recently ban Christmas lights on street poles, but also says that, no, it was not to avoid offending Muslims, and that, instead, it was for “safety concerns.”I don’t know how long Sweden has been putting Christmas lights on street poles, but I’m guessing that they’ve been doing it...
  • MUSLIMS CELEBRATE CHRISTMASS IN SWEDEN

    11/15/2016 5:16:32 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 8 replies
    Added: 1 day ago Occurred On: Nov-13-2016 By: pologne In: Other Entertainment Tags: muslim, christmass, celebrate, tree, disrespect, sweden
  • Muslims not only refuse to assimilate into their host country's culture, they make every (trunc.)

    11/08/2016 10:12:32 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 17 replies
    Bare Naked Islam ^ | Tuesday, November 8, 2016 | Unk.
    In the British city of Blackburn, with a heavy Muslim population, Trick or Treaters were ordered to avoid being on the streets in that neighborhood on Halloween. The Rebel http://www.therebel.media/_no_treats_for_muslims_multiculturalism_in_blackburn_england The flyer below was placed on public places like lamp posts and so on reveals the uniquely Islamic approach to multiculturalism, which is to say, “we don't like it, so you mustn't do it.” Not only will you not get any candy here, we don't even want to see you in the streets. Other cultures simply politely decline to participate, but rarely tell the host population not to enjoy their own...
  • ‘I’m Not Ashamed’ producer considering suing Google for anti-Christian bias

    10/29/2016 7:59:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 23, 2016 | Tom Quimby
    Politicians in Washington aren’t going to care much right now about a movie depicting the short life of a Christian girl, according to film producer Chuck Howard. But that’s not going to stop the Nashville resident from trying to motivate lawmakers to take on Google and dismantle what he says has become a biased media monopoly. ... faith-based film “I’m Not Ashamed,” .. film’s trailer garnered over 5 million views before YouTube removed the channel nearly a year ago. The channel was recently reinstated after The Hollywood Reporter contacted YouTube about the incident. However, the channel was hit with a...
  • Plantation Family Wins Fight Against City To Keep Up ‘Extreme Christmas’ Display

    10/27/2016 5:38:23 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    CBS MIAMI ^ | 10/27/16
    huge Christmas display that attracts thousands of families to Plantation every holiday season will be back this year. The city lost its lawsuit against the Hyatt family and their “Hyatt Extreme Christmas” display. For years the Hyatts have been putting up more than 200,000 lights at their home on NW 14th Street. The creator of the display, Mark Hyatt, says it brings happiness and smiles to all who see it. But Plantation sued them, claiming the display had become a public nuisance.
  • UPDATE!!!! No Christian Music or Christmas Carols in Shopping Mall

    10/27/2016 8:26:41 AM PDT · by Maudeen · 39 replies
    UPDATE!! Please read! The University Town Center Mall has just released the following statement: "The materials created and distributed by a third party company relating to the hiring of performance groups for UTC were not reviewed by UTC staff in advance of distribution. These materials do not in any way represent an existing center policy or viewpoint. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused within the Sarasota community." . . . .
  • Sweden bans Christmas lights on state-owned poles

    10/26/2016 3:06:33 PM PDT · by Hadean · 44 replies
    Speisa/SVT ^ | Oct. 26, 2016
    Unlike previous years, there will be no Christmas lights in many Swedish towns this Christmas, reports SVT . Formally the new ban is because of "security reasons". The Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) will stop allowing municipalities to put up their Christmas lights on light poles that the authority manages, and in many small towns, it means that the central streets actually do not get any Christmas lights at all. The change is a victory for those who want to tone down the reminder of the country's Christian traditions, but according to the Swedish Transport Administration, the decision for the drastic...
  • Myth: “Xmas” is a non-religious name and spelling for “Christmas”.

    10/26/2016 12:19:03 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 15 replies
    Today I Found Out ^ | December 21, 2011 | Today I Found Out
    Myth: “Xmas” is a non-religious name / spelling for “Christmas”. It turns out, “Xmas” is not a non-religious version of “Christmas”. The “X” is actually indicating the Greek letter “Chi”, which is short for the Greek, meaning “Christ”. So “Xmas” and “Christmas” are equivalent in every way except their lettering. In fact, although writing guides such as those issued by the New York Times; the BBC; The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style; and Oxford Press discourage the use of Xmas in formal writing, at one time, it was a very popular practice, particularly with religious scribes, who are thought to...
  • Swedes up in arms over EU Christmas glögg 'ban'

    10/11/2016 9:36:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 11 Oct 2016 15:33 GMT+02:00 | Lee Roden
    There are few things more precious to Swedes than their traditional drinking habits, and a new EU-wide rule change affecting one of their favorite Christmas drinks has some of the normally tranquil Scandinavians up in arms. A yuletide tradition in Sweden since the 1800s, glögg (a variation of mulled wine) is consumed at parties and gatherings throughout the Christmas period, and is often strengthened with additional spirits to give it an extra kick. But now, some drinks previously labeled as glögg will no longer be allowed to carry that name, with revised EU legislation on the labeling of aromatized wine...
  • Germany: No Christmas for kindergarteners in Kassel

    10/07/2016 8:03:57 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 20 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | OCTOBER 7, 2016 | BLAIN TAMARIN
    The Sara-Nussbaum-Haus Kindergarten in Kassel has made it clear: no Christmas tree, no Christmas songs, no Christmas spirit. Kassel is a city in central Germany; approximately 12% of the population of 200,000 are foreign or have foreign roots. Teachers will forgo Christian rituals to accommodate the “diverse cultures” of their students. A city representative announced, “There will be no Christmas celebrations, in the strictest sense. Because the majority of children at this Kindergarten are not Christian, Christmas will not be celebrated in the way that it is at other schools.” The city of Kassel confirmed that there had not been...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    07/19/2016 4:57:16 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 75 replies
    When I was younger and worked part-time, I would always start ‘Creating Christmas’ in July. I made a lot of my gifts back then, and would start work on them and on planning food and decor, in Summer; and by the end of September almost everything except cooking and decorating the house was finished, and many recipes and notes were saved/jotted-down for cooking, decorating and shopping. It made for much more leisurely holidays than I’ve enjoyed in recent years, and I’m trying this year to get back to handling things that way again. A while back I bought a gadget...
  • Christmas bomber case appeal challenges NSA surveillance

    07/06/2016 7:39:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/06/2016 | Kristena Hansen | AP
    Mohamud is appealing his 2013 conviction on grounds that he was entrapped by undercover federal agents posing as al-Qaida members and the warrantless surveillance of his foreign communications violated his constitutional rights. It marks the first time a federal appeals court is considering whether the National Security Agency’s foreign surveillance programs — the same ones that came under scrutiny after the Edward Snowden leaks a few years ago — violate the Fourth Amendment rights of criminal defendants. Stephen Sady, Mohamud’s public defender, and another attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union urged the court for a new trial on grounds...
  • University Of North Carolina: CHRISTMAS VACATION Is A ‘Microagression’ Now

    06/26/2016 6:07:59 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 41 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 06/25/16 | Eric Owens
    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill issued a guide this week which instructs students that Christmas vacations and telling a woman “I love your shoes!” are “microagressions.” The taxpayer-funded guide — entitled “Career corner: Understanding microaggressions” — also identifies golf outings and the words “boyfriend” and “girlfriend” as microagressions. The UNC Chapel Hill guide, published on Thursday, covers a wide range of menacing microaggressions — which are everyday words that radical leftists have decided to be angry or frustrated about. Christmas vacations are a microagression, the public university pontificates, because “academic calendars and encouraged vacations” which “are organized...
  • Christmas in June

    06/24/2016 6:44:37 PM PDT · by Churchillspirit · 20 replies
    Me
    Is any other Angels' fan offended by this crass "Christmas in June" promotion ?
  • “Ridiculous Waste” of Beer Debated

    01/22/2016 5:50:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Iceland Review ^ | January 21, 2016 | VALA HAFSTAD
    The “ridiculous waste” of Christmas beer was the subject of discussion at Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, today, mbl.is reports. Member of Parliament Brynhildur Pétursdóttir, Bright Future, used those words when deploring the fact that regulations require for perfectly good, unsold beer to be discarded right after Christmas or Easter if it’s labeled as Christmas beer or Easter beer. The regulations originate in the Ministry of Finance. Thus, she asked Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson whether those could be changed. Bjarni responded, “Of course these are rules which should be reevaluated, as are rules regarding where liquor can be sold. And it’s...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-10-16, The Baptism of the Lord

    01/09/2016 8:03:04 PM PST · by Salvation · 59 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-10-16 | Revised New American Bible
    January 10, 2016 The Baptism of the Lord Reading 1 Is 42:1-4, 6-7 Thus says the LORD:Here is my servant whom I uphold,my chosen one with whom I am pleased,upon whom I have put my spirit;he shall bring forth justice to the nations,not crying out, not shouting,not making his voice heard in the street.a bruised reed he shall not break,and a smoldering wick he shall not quench,until he establishes justice on the earth;the coastlands will wait for his teaching. I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice,I have grasped you by the hand;I formed you, and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-09-16

    01/08/2016 7:33:58 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-09-16 | Revised New American Bible
    January 9, 2016 Saturday after Epiphany Reading 1 1 Jn 5:14-21 Beloved:We have this confidence in himthat if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in regard to whatever we ask,we know that what we have asked him for is ours. If anyone sees his brother sinning, if the sin is not deadly,he should pray to God and he will give him life. This is only for those whose sin is not deadly. There is such a thing as deadly sin,about which I do not say that you should...
  • Government as Santa

    01/08/2016 2:26:11 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/4/2015 | Joseph Lehman
    Why is it that most people eventually abandon the idea of Santa Claus … and yet so many never abandon belief in an omnipotent government? Santa Claus is magic. His toy sack never empties, he traverses the globe faster than lightning, his reindeer never tire, his elves never strike, and he’s never too fat for the chimney. Awed by his powers, young kids approach the Jolly One clutching wish lists that itemize the objects of their “unbridled avarice,” as a popular Christmas movie put it. And why not? Santa’s little supplicants are prodded by plenty of parental encouragement. No toy...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-08-16

    01/07/2016 8:35:53 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-08-16 | Revised New American Bible
    January 8, 2016 Friday after Epiphany Reading 1 1 Jn 5:5-13 Beloved:Who indeed is the victor over the worldbut the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is the one who came through water and Blood, Jesus Christ,not by water alone, but by water and Blood. The Spirit is the one who testifies,and the Spirit is truth. So there are three who testify,the Spirit, the water, and the Blood, and the three are of one accord. If we accept human testimony,the testimony of God is surely greater. Now the testimony of God is this,that he...
  • Christmas tree petrol-bombed in Belgium by youth shouting 'Allahu Akbar' (VIDEO)

    01/07/2016 12:19:07 PM PST · by simpson96 · 15 replies
    RT.com ^ | 1/5/2016 | Staff
    While the city of Brussels was on lockdown on New Year's Eve due to an increased terror threat level, it didn't stop a gang of teenagers from vandalizing a Christmas tree in the Anderlecht area of the city, sparking outrage and fear among locals.A video of the incident, which was posted across a number of social media platforms, shows a group of youths surrounding a Christmas tree before setting it ablaze with what appears to have been a petrol bomb.Decorated with electrical lights, the tree quickly became engulfed in flames, while the arsonists fled. Some shouted "Allahu Akbar" meaning "God...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-07-16, OM, St. Raymond of Penyafort, Priest

    01/06/2016 7:40:08 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-07-16 | Revised New American Bible
    January 7, 2016 Thursday after Epiphany Reading 1 1 Jn 4:19 -- 5:4 Beloved, we love God becausehe first loved us. If anyone says, "I love God,:but hates his brother, he is a liar;for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. This is the commandment we have from him:Whoever loves God must also love his brother. Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God,and everyone who loves the Fatherloves also the one begotten by him. In this way we know that we love the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-06-16, OM, St. Andre Bessette, Religous

    01/05/2016 8:11:17 PM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-06-16 | Revised New American Bible
    January 6, 2016 Wednesday after Epiphany Reading 1 1 Jn 4:11-18 Beloved, if God so loved us,we also must love one another. No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us,and his love is brought to perfection in us. This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us,that he has given us of his Spirit. Moreover, we have seen and testifythat the Father sent his Son as savior of the world. Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God,God remains in him and he in God. We...
  • What is Epiphany? Why do Christians mark this feast day

    01/06/2016 4:25:59 AM PST · by cll · 20 replies
    Express UK ^ | 01/06/16 | Joe Sheppard
    TODAY marks the official end to the Christmas season as Christians across the world celebrate the feast of the Epiphany. The celebration falls on the 12th day of Christmas and marks the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist. Pope Francis will today hold the annual Holy Mass for the Epiphany in St Peter's Basilica in Rome marking a celebration that was first observed by western Christians in the 4th century. The Epiphany also marks the visit of the three Wise Men to baby Jesus.