Dennis Kucinich: Happy Holidays and Family Photos on the Christmas Tree

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A special message from Congressman Dennis Kucinich of Ohio’s 10th District.

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What Would Jesus Buy?

Commercial Capitalism for Christmas

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An examination of the commercial-ization of Christmas in America while following Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from the Shopocalypse (the end of humankind from consumerism, over-consumption and the fires of eternal debt.)

The film also delves into issues such as the role sweatshops play in America’s mass consumerism and Big-Box Culture. From the humble beginnings of preaching at his portable pulpit on New York City subways, to having a congregation of thousands – Bill Talen (aka Rev. Billy) has become the leader of not just a church, but a national movement.

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Despite Bush Plea, Pope Turns Other Cheek to War On Christmas by R J Shulman (satire)

by R J Shulman
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April 16, 2008

WASHINGTON – During his historic visit to the White House today, Pope Benedict XVI politely rejected President Bush’s request that the Pontiff participate in a troop surge in the War on Christmas. “I tried to explainicate to his highness,” Bush told reporters, “the importance of his supportication of our fight to win the global war on Christmas as America needs Christmas shopping like a dog needs a mouse, like a cat needs a bone and like Rush Limbaugh needs oxycontin. All I asked him to do,” Bush said, “was to say for the American people a few ‘Our Fathers” and ‘Hail Macy’s.'” Continue reading

Christmas & New Year in the UK: Politics & Religion by Michael Faulkner

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by Michael Faulkner

I am submitting this column a little later than I had intended so what is often referred to here as ‘the festive season’ will finally have passed. I say finally because every year the Christmas holiday seems to lengthen, not only to embrace New Year’s Day, but to extend at least to the end of the first week of January. Continue reading

And So This Was Christmas By Eileen Fleming (Vanunu)

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By Eileen Fleming
12/27/07 “ICH

On Christmas Eve evening I picked up my mail and opened up a card from Jerusalem sent to me by Mordechai Vanunu. He made me laugh out loud, for he addressed it to: “Eileen Flaming” not Fleming, which is my actual name.

But, upon reflection, I think Vanunu has renamed me well; for I am flaming over the hypocrisy and injustice of empire and apathy and ignorance of good Christians who have no eyes to see, ears to hear, or hearts that bleed for the poor and oppressed in the Holy land and the entire Middle East. Continue reading

We Are All Prisoners Now By Paul Craig Roberts

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By Paul Craig Roberts
12/26/07 “ICH

“They’re locking them up today
They’re throwing away the key
I wonder who it’ll be tomorrow, you or me?”
The Red Telephone (LOVE, 1967)

At Christmas time it has been my habit to write a column in remembrance of the many innocent people in prisons whose lives have been stolen by the US criminal justice (sic) system that is as inhumane as it is indifferent to justice.  Usually I retell the cases of William Strong and Christophe Gaynor, two men framed in the state of Virginia by prosecutors and judges as wicked and corrupt as any who served Hitler or Stalin. Continue reading

Exclusive: Blair’s chameleonic path to divinity by Trevor Murphy

by Trevor Murphy
Guest Writer
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Dec 26, 2007

Friday 21st December 2007, Tony Blair converted to Catholicism at the private London chapel of Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’ Connor, the head of the Catholic church in England and Wales. Murphy O’ Connor said later “I’m very glad to welcome Tony Blair into the Catholic Church”. Obviously Mr Blair’s stance on genocide, gay issues, abortion haven’t affected his right of passage into the church. Continue reading

Christmas Story: Death of a Torture Victim by R.J. Eskow

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by R.J. Eskow
Atlantic Free Press
Tuesday, 25 December 2007

The citizens of the homeland didn’t hear about it when he died, and many of them wouldn’t have cared. They should be grateful we’re occupying their country, some said. We’re building new roads and bringing them our civilization. And didn’t we let them elect their own representatives?

The Senators spoke fine words, but when push came to shove they yielded authority to their leader to do whatever he wanted. And so it came to pass that one more body was broken and one more life was taken. Continue reading

Good and Evil at the Center of the Earth: A Quechua Christmas Carol by Greg Palast (+ video link)

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by Greg Palast
December 24th, 2007

[Quito] I don’t know what the hell seized me. In the middle of an hour-long interview with the President of Ecuador, I asked him about his father.

I’m not Barbara Walters. It’s not the kind of question I ask.

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There was once a man who didn’t believe in God… (The Goose Story)

Brendan wanting to be a goose

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Merry Christmas everyone! love, Lo

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(From a very good friend of mine, “Boot” via email.)

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Dec. 24, 2007

There was once a man who didn’t believe in God, and he didn’t hesitate to let others know how he felt about religion and religious holidays.

His wife, however, did believe, and she raised their children to also have faith in God and Jesus, despite his disparaging comments. Continue reading

A Christmas Tale: Libertarianism, Paulism, & Fantasy by Fred Stopsky

by Fred Stopsky
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December 24, 2007

A Christmas Tale: Libertarianism, Paulism, and Fantasy

Christmas is a time of fantasy and dreams. It is also a time when humans take pride in their relationship with other people and are proud to be part of the human community. During the past several months writing this blog, I continually encounter the Ron Paul/Libertarianism cohort who believe freedom entails being free of “coercive government” and a return to a time when people controlled their property and were free of nasty intrusions like income taxes and laws that said people had to behave in certain ways. So, this is my Christmas tale. Continue reading

Holiday Season Hypocrisy by Stephen Lendman

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by Stephen Lendman
Global Research, December 20, 2007

Christmas is observed December 25 by Christians and others celebrating the spirit of the season while for those of the Eastern Orthodox faith the holiday falls on January 7. It’s to honor the birth of Jesus Christ even though it’s widely acknowledged not to be his birthday. Along with its religious significance, the season is also for other celebratory events like winter festivals, parties, family get-togethers and Kwanzaa from December 26 – January 1 for Africans Americans to reconnect to their cultural and historical heritage. Jews as well celebrate the season with the Hanukkah Festival of Lights. It’s to commemorate their struggle for survival, but for Jewish children it’s their Christmas with gifts from parents like their Christian friends get. Continue reading

I Am A Jesus Man -Jesus Who Spoke For the Poor! by Fred Stopsky

by Fred Stopsky
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December 17, 2007

Monday Essay: I Am A Jesus Man

I was raised in the Depression when liberals and radicals frequently cited Jesus Christ as a man of the people, not of corporate America. I recall one day, at the age of 12, wandering among used book stores down on 14th Street in Manhattan when I came across a copy of the New Testament. Reading the Sermon on the Mount overwhelmed me, I had been raised as an Orthodox Jew without any learning about Christ. My initial impression was that he was a wonderful Jewish man and why wasn’t I taught about him. I immediately connected Christ with the working class since he appeared most interested in the needs of poor people. Continue reading