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  • 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 Ive enjoyed in recent years, and Im 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 Agencys 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, Mohamuds 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
    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, 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-05-16, M, St. John Neumann, Bishop

    01/04/2016 8:14:44 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 01-05-16 | Revised New American Bible
    January 5, 2016 Memorial of Saint John Neumann, Bishop Reading 1 1 Jn 4:7-10 Beloved, let us love one another,because love is of God;everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.In this way the love of God was revealed to us:God sent his only-begotten Son into the worldso that we might have life through him.In this is love:not that we have loved God, but that he loved usand sent his Son as expiation for our sins. Responsorial Psalm PS 72:1-2, 3-4, 7-8 R. (see 11) Lord,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-04-16, M, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious

    01/03/2016 8:19:13 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 01-04-16 | Revised New American Bible
    January 4, 2016 Memorial of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious Reading 1 1 Jn 3:22-4:6 Beloved:We receive from him whatever we ask,because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.And his commandment is this:we should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ,and love one another just as he commanded us.Those who keep his commandments remain in him, and he in them,and the way we know that he remains in usis from the Spirit whom he gave us. Beloved, do not trust every spiritbut test the spirits to see whether they belong to God,because many false prophets have...
  • "The Things of My Father" (Sermon for the Second Sunday after Christmas, on Luke 2:40-52)

    01/02/2016 6:09:05 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies ^ | January 3, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "The Things of My Father" (Luke 2:40-52) Maybe you've seen the GEICO commercial of Peter Pan going to a class reunion. Peter Pan is portrayed as a twelve-year-old boy who has never grown up. His classmates, though, have aged naturally, and now they're all in their upper sixties. As a twelve-year-old boy, Peter is still young and immature and kind of smart-alecky. He tricks one man into going for a high-five, but then Peter pokes him in the stomach. And to a woman who presumably is about 67 or 68, he says, "You don't look a day over seventy, am...
  • Catholic Caucus:Daily Mass Readings, 01-02-16,M, Sts. Basil/Great &Gregory Nazianzen,Doctors/Church

    01/01/2016 8:04:47 PM PST · by Salvation · 41 replies ^ | 01-02-16 | Revised New American Bible
    January 2, 2016 Memorial of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church Reading 1 1 Jn 2:22-28 Beloved:Who is the liar? Whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Whoever denies the Father and the Son, this is the antichrist. Anyone who denies the Son does not have the Father,but whoever confesses the Son has the Father as well. Let what you heard from the beginning remain in you. If what you heard from the beginning remains in you,then you will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise...
  • Puerto Rico Governor's Mansion Will Celebrate the Epiphany on January 5

    01/01/2016 5:26:13 PM PST · by rrstar96 · 8 replies (Spanish) ^ | January 1, 2016 | Ayeza Diaz
    (English translation) While the [Puerto Rico] government is bracing for the consequences of partial non-payment of its debt with creditors, the Governor's Mansion is preparing to celebrate an Epiphany festivity on January 5. It was announced in an invitation released to the general public that the activity will begin with visits to the grounds of the Santa Catalina Palace [the Governor's Mansion] from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The Executive Mansion will later present a musical performance by the Puerto Rico State Band under director and composer Angel "Cucco" Pena. According to the provided information, the concert is scheduled to...
  • Merry (Western) Christmas from Siberia (where Santa is not always red!)

    01/01/2016 7:03:55 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    The Siberian Times ^ | 24 December 2015
    Merry (Western) Christmas from Siberia (where Santa is not always red!) By The Siberian Times reporter 24 December 2015 Seasonal greetings from the east of Russia where there are no less than seven different Father Christmas figures to bring joy to children in winter. Best known across Russia is Grandfather Frost - or Ded Moroz - often carries a magical staff.Picture:Anna Permyakova All of them look old, with flowing white beards, and mostly have long histories, possibly reaching back to pagan times, but each is distinct, covering their own territory. Intriguingly, most are accompanied by glamorous snow maidens. Quite...
  • Catholics Protest Oklahoma Satanic Sacrilege

    12/31/2015 1:36:24 PM PST · by Morgana · 22 replies ^ | December 31, 2015 | Joseph Gonzalez
    "The satanists all had blood on their hands" OKLAHOMA CITY ( - On Christmas Eve, the Oklahoma satanists who planned to pour blood on a staute of the Blessed Virgin in front of St. Joseph's Old Cathedral were met with a counter-protest: a group of Catholics with Rosaries and Gregorian chant bearing a statue of Our Lady on a litre (pictured above). Many of the Catholics represented the traditional Catholic international group Tradition, Family and Property (TFP). The leader of the Satanic Church of Ahriman, Adam Daniels, a registered sex offender who has used the alias "Adam Smith," obtained a...
  • Santa Claus: Not Just His Suit is Red

    12/31/2015 11:59:07 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/31/15 | Dr. Alexander Nussbaum
    Say “Merry Christmas” all you want, there is no need to give Santa Claus any credit. You worked hard to pay for those gifts, and against all the obstacles the socialist state levied agaist you Another season has passed in which Santa Claus promised big but actually delivered nothing. It is thus obvious that he is a progressive socialist. Imagine my surprise then in reading an online article entitled “5 Signs That Santa Claus Is Actually a Puppet for the 1%”. Clear slander of Santa Claus, beyond all doubt a beacon of progressive liberalism. Let me state the case. Reindeer...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-31-15, OM, St. Sylvester I, Pope

    12/30/2015 9:01:37 PM PST · by Salvation · 41 replies ^ | 12-31-15 | Revised New American Bible
    December 31, 2015 The Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas Reading 1 1 Jn 2:18-21 Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that the antichrist was coming,so now many antichrists have appeared. Thus we know this is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not really of our number;if they had been, they would have remained with us. Their desertion shows that none of them was of our number. But you have the anointing that comes from the Holy One,and you all have knowledge. I write to you not because you...
  • 3 Hour Christmas Jazz Piano Instrumental Smooth Songs Music: Holiday Continuos Playlist by JaBig

    12/30/2015 1:15:28 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | Dec 9, 2013 | JaBig
    This 3-hour Christmas mix is a Piano Jazz (and some Classical Music) compilation that features songs in medley form of the best 2013 Holiday songs in instrumental form. Enjoy!
  • Orthodox Rabbis Bring Jesus Home for Christmas

    12/30/2015 1:10:20 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 60 replies
    Israel Today ^ | 12/24/2015 | David Lazarus
    More than 25 prominent rabbis from Israel and abroad recently issued a statement calling for a renewed look at Jesus, Christians and the New Testament faith. Quoting from their own sages, these outstanding Orthodox rabbis are not ashamed to exalt the name of Jesus, welcoming the carpenter from Nazareth back into the Jewish fold.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-30-15, The Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas

    12/29/2015 8:29:25 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 12-30-15 | Revised New American Bible
    December 30, 2015 The Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas Reading 1 1 Jn 2:12-17 I am writing to you, children,because your sins have been forgiven for his name's sake. I am writing to you, fathers,because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men,because you have conquered the Evil One. I write to you, children,because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers,because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men,because you are strong and the word of God remains in you,and you have...
  • University: Your holiday party cannot be a Christmas party in disguise

    12/03/2015 2:57:27 PM PST · by DFG · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/03/2015 | Todd Starnes
    If you plan on having a Christmas party at the University of Tennessee be sure to leave the Baby Jesus and Santa Claus at home. The taxpayer-funded university’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion recently released an “unofficial” edict calling for the campus to host holiday parties that do not emphasize religion or culture. “Ensure your holiday party is not a Christmas party in disguise,” the organization warned in an online document titled, “Best Practices for Inclusive Holiday Celebrations in the Workplace.”
  • In Case You Don't Believe There's a Government War on Christmas

    12/29/2015 5:49:17 PM PST · by Coleus · 12 replies
    charisma news ^ | 12.22.15 | Todd Starnes
    A manger and a banner reading "Merry Christmas" were removed from a public area of a VA hospital in Texas after someone complained about "overly religious and offensive" decorations. "They ruined our decorations,"Vietnam veteran Ethel Holloway told television station KENS."They threw them out." Holloway said she had been putting up decorations at the Audi Murphy VA Hospital for 33 years—without any problems. This year, her yuletide banner turned out to be problematic."They literally took pieces from the middle of a whole train set, because the middle said 'Merry Christmas,'" helper Grace Martinez told the television station. The South Texas Veterans...
  • There is a War on Christmas—In the History Books

    12/29/2015 5:41:12 PM PST · by Coleus · 22 replies
    A war on Christmas? Has nobody seen Arthur Christmas? The North Pole has stealth technology and fanatical commando elves—you screw with that at your own peril. But there was a time in America when celebrating Christmas was illegal. For 22 years in the 17th century, from 1659-1681, celebrating Christmas carried a hefty fine imposed by Puritans who viewed the holiday as a borrowing from pagan Roman celebrations. “Whosoever shall be found observing any such day as Christmas or the like, either by forbearing of labor, feasting, or any other way, upon any such account as aforesaid, every such person so...
  • Almost every language has a word for 'Christmas.' Few reference Christ.

    12/29/2015 5:30:12 PM PST · by Coleus · 14 replies
    the week ^ | 12.22.15 | james harbeck
    GraphicaArtis/Corbis ¡Feliz Navidad! Joyeux Noël! Frohe Weihnachten! God Jul! Sretan Božić! Crăciun fericit! Priecīgus Ziemassvētkus!How do you keep the Christ in Christmas if your language doesn't have a Christ in it to begin with?The languages of the world have quite a variety of names for Christmas. That's not surprising, what with different languages having different words for things, but it turns out that our Christmas name stocking is stuffed with words that mean quite a few unrelated things. And many of them have nothing to do with Christ.Christmas lands right at the same time as winter solstice festivals that...
  • The true story behind who put the ‘x’ in Xmas!

    12/29/2015 5:23:37 PM PST · by Coleus · 21 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Dec 23, 2015 | Ketakee Gondane
    Whether it's giving gifts or munching on candy canes, everyone loves Christmas traditions, but few people know how or where these customs came from. Find out the surprising, funny and even nothing-to-do with-Jesus roots of these common Christmas traditions. Why's it called Xmas? It's a short form we've all used on greeting cards when we didn't have enough space, but few people know why 'x' is a good substitute for 'Christ' in 'Christmas'. Turns out, the Greek letter 'chi' is written as 'x' and is the first letter of the word 'Christ' in Greek. While the use of the word...
  • Baby Jesus Statues Stolen From 5 NJ Churches

    12/29/2015 4:26:29 PM PST · by Coleus · 8 replies
    nbc ^ | 12.28.15
    Parishioners at several New Jersey churches are distraught about a string of creche crimes: the theft of baby Jesus statues.Statues of the infant have been taken from five churches since Christmas Eve, according to the Archdiocese of Newark. Parishioners at St. Clare Church in Clifton reacted with dismay Sunday after a baby Jesus statue was apparently stolen from the church's outdoors nativity scene overnight. The statue disappeared between 7 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday, according to Father Peter Galbik. The small figure had just been purchased this holiday seaso "We are deeply disturbed that some group or person stole...
  • All I Want For Christmas is to be President (Mariah Parody)

    12/29/2015 6:06:54 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | Dec 18, 2014 | Newsy News
    Hillary Clinton announces her presidential candidacy through song. Happy Holidays! [....] Shot By: Jeff Maksym Edited By: Amy Wieseneck
  • Twisted Christmas

    12/29/2015 5:36:56 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | Bob Rivers
    Twisted Christmas by Bob Rivers
  • The 12 Pains of Christmas

    12/29/2015 5:09:02 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | Weird Al Yankovic
    It`s december and I decided to upload this christmas song by Weird Al Yankovic wich I made some weeks ago. Merry Christmas! Mindless Films Uploaded on Feb 20, 2008
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas — Choir of Wells Cathedral

    12/29/2015 5:08:58 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | Choir of Wells Cathedral
    The Choir of Wells Cathedral, Somerset, under the direction of Malcolm Archer, perform the Christmas carol 'The 12 Days of Christmas'. Lyrics (Condensed): On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... Twelve Drummers Drumming Eleven Pipers Piping Ten Lords-a-Leaping Nine Ladies Dancing Eight Maids-a-Milking Seven Swans-a-Swimming Six Geese-a-Laying Five Gold Rings Four Colly (Calling) Birds Three French Hens Two Turtle Doves And a Partridge in a Pear Tree!
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-29-15, The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas

    12/28/2015 9:02:32 PM PST · by Salvation · 46 replies ^ | 12-29-15 | Revised New American Bible
    December 29, 2015 The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas Reading 1 1 Jn 2:3-11 Beloved:The way we may be sure that we know Jesus is to keep his commandments. Whoever says, "I know him," but does not keep his commandmentsis a liar, and the truth is not in him.But whoever keeps his word,the love of God is truly perfected in him. This is the way we may know that we are in union with him:whoever claims to abide in him ought to walk just as he walked. Beloved, I am writing no new commandment to youbut an...
  • A Knock at Midnight – Christmas, Midnight Homily

    12/25/2015 7:28:27 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Knock at Midnight - Christmas, Midnight Homily Msgr. Charles Pope December 24, 2015 In this reflection, perhaps we can consider but one line in the Gospel which both challenges our love, and is a sign of God's humble and abiding love for us: For there was no room for them in the Inn. I. The Cold - There is a knock at midnight. Joseph, speaking on behalf of both Mary and Jesus (who is in her womb still), seeks entrance to the homes and lodgings of those in Bethlehem. And even though the Jewish people placed a great deal...
  • Family opens fake, wooden PS4 Christmas morning

    12/28/2015 6:26:44 AM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 56 replies
    My Fox Boston ^ | 12/27/2015 | Erica Ricci
    The Lundy family was in shock Christmas morning when their son opened a PS4 box and found a fake console inside. But the joy was quickly ripped away when he opened the box and inside was a wooden model of a PS4. The fake PS4 perfect fit in the packaging that wasn‘t tampered with. On the underside of the fake were scribbles and a profane message. The Lundy‘s went to the Saugus Target to try and make things right. It‘s the store they say Santa‘s elves got the console since they can‘t make electronics in the North Pole. After talking...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-28-15, FEAST, Holy Innocents

    12/27/2015 7:27:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies ^ | 12-28-15 | Revised New American Bible
    December 28, 2015 Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs Reading 1 1 Jn 1:5--2:2 Beloved:This is the message that we have heard from Jesus Christand proclaim to you:God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all.If we say, "We have fellowship with him," while we continue to walk in darkness,we lie and do not act in truth.But if we walk in the light as he is in the light,then we have fellowship with one another,and the Blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin.If we say, "We are without sin,"we deceive ourselves, and the...
  • Video: The new, more honest It's a Wonderful Life trailer

    12/27/2015 3:53:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Hot ^ | December 27, 2015 | ED MORRISEY
    It’s a Christmas classic, perhaps the original Christmas classic — but its original gave few hints about the nature of It’s A Wonderful Life. Those who watched this giant of American cinema over the past week will recognize the scenes in its original theatrical trailer, but not the movie the subtitles and narrator promise: It's A Wonderful Life - Trailer Zena Gray at The Cinefamily agrees. Two years ago, she cut a new trailer for the film, although it didn’t get much attention until Slate picked up on it this week: After all, on his way to the film's happy...
  • The Christmas Album

    12/27/2015 3:38:45 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1997 | Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
    The Christmas Album --- Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 12-27-15, FEAST, The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

    12/26/2015 8:38:44 PM PST · by Salvation · 56 replies ^ | 12-27-15 | Revised New American Bible
    December 27, 2015 The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Reading 1 Sir 3:2-6, 12-14 God sets a father in honor over his children;a mother's authority he confirms over her sons.Whoever honors his father atones for sins,and preserves himself from them.When he prays, he is heard;he stores up riches who reveres his mother.Whoever honors his father is gladdened by children,and, when he prays, is heard.Whoever reveres his father will live a long life;he who obeys his father brings comfort to his mother. My son, take care of your father when he is old;grieve him not as long as...
  • Video Clip Worth Watching: Ralph Kramden’s Christmas Speech

    12/26/2015 10:40:59 AM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    American Catholic ^ | December 25, 2015 | Donald R. McClarey
    I loved watching re-runs of The Honeymooners when I was a kid. I appreciated the fact that they were more broke than my family and, like my parents, they met that circumstance with good humor. In the classic episode above Ralph sold his prized bowling ball to buy a Christmas present wife for his beloved wife Alice.   The late comedian Jackie Gleason when asked his religion would always say "Bad Catholic". He was once asked by a Paulist priest to appear on his television program and talk about religion which he did, stating to the priest that Catholicism...
  • The Jewish Joy of Christmas Services

    12/26/2015 5:12:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | December 26, 2015 | Bruce Bialosky
    If you have been a loyal reader, you may remember that I have written previous columns about Jews and Christmas. Two years ago I wrote The Jewish Joy ofChristmas Music; last year it was the Jewish Joy ofChristmas Lights. A Christian friend suggested that I complete the process and attend services. So for my final column on Jews sharing Christmas in this Christian country, I decided that would be fine idea. Then came the dilemma which services to attend. Of course, there are the more traditional Catholic services. I considered the myriad of other Protestant versions of Christianity. I knew...
  • At Christmastime, George W. Bush was Santa, Obama is Scrooge

    12/26/2015 10:04:01 AM PST · by EveningStar · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 25, 2014 | Joseph Curl
    ... In December, we never left Washington, D.C., until the day after Christmas. Never. Mr. Bush and his wife, Laura, would always depart the White House a few days before the holiday and hunker down at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland. After a few years, I asked a low-level White House staffer why. I still remember what she said: "So all of us can be with our families on Christmas." ... By the way, some years, I got holiday duty, which meant I was off to Waco, Texas, the day after Christmas. But once again, the Bush White...
  • Extremist religious leader says there's no place for Christmas in Israel

    12/26/2015 5:32:00 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 23, 2015 | Fox News
    The leader of a far-right organization in Israel reportedly is calling for Christmas celebrations to be banned in the country where, according to the Christian Bible, Jesus lived, sparking outrage from religious groups who are demanding an investigation into his remarks. Benzi Gopstein of Lehava wrote "Christmas has no place in the Holy Land" on an ultra-Orthodox Jewish website earlier this week, according to the Daily Telegraph and other Israeli media outlets. Gopstein also called on Christians to be expelled from Israel. "Let us remove the vampires before they once again drink our blood," Gopstein wrote.
  • Reflections on Christmases Past and Future

    12/26/2015 4:32:43 AM PST · by HomerBohn
    TFP ^ | 12/23/2015 | John Horvat II
    It is Christmas and we all think back on Christmases past not without a bit of nostalgia for what the feast represents. We think back on Christmas trees, manger scenes and midnight Masses. We recall family dinners, marveling children and Christmas carols. Such memories fill us with joys in a brutal world ever more joyless. The celebration of Christmas is part of our long Christian tradition. It is not only the personal memories that so capture the imagination but our participation in this long tradition that spans centuries. We all are part not only of our own celebrations but we...
  • The Candy Bomber - worth watching

    12/26/2015 2:36:26 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    Big Geek Dad ^ | Tom Brokaw
    A tribute by Tom Brokaw and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to Colonel Gail Halverson, "The Candy Bomber". Colonel Halverson acquired the name for his efforts during the Berlin airlift to provide the German children with candy. He called this candy parachute supply effort "Operation Little Vittles" and it was greatly appreciated by the children. To learn more about Colonel Halverson watch The Candy Bomber Interview. For some reason I cannot repost the url for this site. Just go to the link to watch the whole thing. You won't be sorry.
  • The U.S. Uses More Electricity on Christmas Lights Than These Entire Countries Do All Year

    12/26/2015 2:09:53 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 100 replies
    Slate ^ | December 25, 2015 | Elliot Hannon
    Hello there, average American Christmas reveler. Things are looking good for the homestretch: You've got your tree all set, perhaps a few lights strung up around the yard to show the neighbors that life's good, and you're dealing with mild, but totally manageable anxiety about whether Amazon's going to pull through for you today or not. You've got a lot of good things on your plate. With all this #gratitude, it seems like an appropriate time for a quick reminder that beneath the veneer of holiday goodness, we're all still horrible, gluttonous people. Exhibit A: Your Christmas Lights. (via the...
  • George Washington reenactors make Christmas crossing of the Delaware River

    12/26/2015 1:55:17 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12-25-15
    WASHINGTON CROSSING, Pa. - George Washington and his troops have made their annual Christmas Day trip across the Delaware River. The re-enactors crossed the river between Pennsylvania and New Jersey on a 65-degree day Friday, considerably warmer than the actual crossing which took place on an ice-choked river during a snowstorm. The annual Christmas tradition drew families and fans of history to both sides of the Delaware River for the 63rd annual re-enactment. Boats ferried 2,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 18 cannons across the river during the original crossing.Washington's troops marched 8 miles downriver before battling Hessian mercenaries in the...