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Saturday, January 6th, A.D. 2007

Christmas & Epiphany

~ RATZ FAN CLUB: Christmas 2007 …. (ratzingerfanclub)

~ STEYN: SEASONAL STOCKHOLM SYNDROME— Recovering from the trauma of a two-week Christmas …. (steynonline)

~ PONTIFF: Christmas a Feast of Restored Creation …. (zenit)

~ CAN A Christian Deny the Virgin Birth? “If This Were Not the Case, We Would Not Be Saved” …. (albertmohler)

~ FROM desert to oasis: the miracle of Christmas in Japan …. (

~ A STAR, a star . . . What kind of star? …. (getreligion)

~ SCROOGLED! — Communist China Says Merry Christmas, But Capitalist Google Won’t …. (newsbusters)

~ GOD DOES NOT allow himself to be shut out …. (amywelborn)

~ PROTESTS follow Christmas attacks on Indian Christians …. (religiousintelligence)

~ THE BLESSED and Holy Nativity of our Lord God and Savior Jesus the Christ …. (benedictseraphim)

~ +CANTUAR, +York Offer Holiday Banalities. Mankind is more than the janitor of planet Earth! I am avowedly atheist. But listening to the bishops’ drab, eco-pious Christmas sermons, I couldn’t help thinking: ‘Bring back God!’ …. (sf, spiked-online)

~ DISHONEST REPORTING: Pallywood Xmas Special– Wire service photos demonstrate the distortions of the media …. (honestreporting)

~ PATRIARCHAL Declaration for Christmas 2007. The Nativity of Christ 2007 – Archbishop Demetrios …. (

~ CHURCH BELLS go silent; Christians in Gaza keep Christmas celebrations quiet …. (jihadwatch)

~ ZENIT— Patriarch: Holy-Land Christians Should Stay Put …. (

Merry Christmas from Notre Dame

~ THE CRECHE by the Side of the Road …. (americandigest)

~ BETHLEHEM: David’s City – once a Jewish city – now not open to Jews …. (irenelancaster)

~ TRANSMIT the message of Jesus Christ: “Sandro Magister comments on and posts in full Pope Benedict’s pre-Christmas address to the Roman curia three day” …. (curtjester)

~ AQUILINA: The Senses of Christmas …. (fathersofthechurch)

~ HAPPY NEW YEAR! with a song for the stroke of midnight. Films for New Year’s Eve …. (steynonline)

~ IS THERE Too Much Christianity in Christmas? …. (reformedpastor)

~ HANNUKAH Candles on Christmas Eve …. (americandigest)

~ ON THE MASSACRE of the Holy Innocents, By Zach Wendling …. (intheagora)

~ KREEFT— Scholars, seeing angels, say, “Let us interpret this.” Shepherds, seeing angels, say, “Let us go.” …. (anglican-mainstream)

~ DO THEY KNOW It’s Christmas? Not in Burma and Eritrea …. (weeklystandard)

~ ALL THESE THINGS: “Giving Precious Gifts” …. (allthesethings)

~ WRAPPING PAPER RAPTURE— The whole panoply of Christmas coverings …. (weeklystandard)

~ O LOVELESS Town of Bethlehem. WWJD? Not this. A NatGeo backgrounder …. (merecomments, senseofevents, ng)

~ REFORMED PASTOR: “Congress Speaks! The Sky is Falling!” …. (reformedpastor)

~ NATIONAL POST: You cannot but live by faith of one kind or another. But does it require the Virgin Birth? The divinity of Jesus? Any religion at all? …. (

~ FROM THE JAWS OF VICTORY— “Bottom line it, Johnson. Do you expect to die as some sort of Anglican? Nope” …. (

~ A HOLY WHAPPING NEW YEAR’S— Not the Bat of Saint Sylvester …. (

~ TOUCHSTONE: As the Calendar Turns. Approaching the end of 2007 …. (merecomments)

~ APOSTOLICITY BLOG on Blessed Holy Innocents’ Day; Happy Saint John’s Day …. (

~ AMERICAN DIGEST: OK, Presents Opened. Now What? …. (americandigest)

~ MERRY CHRISTMAS from The Seattle Times …. (newsbusters)

~ THE IRISH TIMES gives a ‘willfully false interpretation’ of the facts on the ground in the Holy Land …. (irenelancaster)

~ GERMAN POWs’ nativity still in use…. (

~ BETHLEHEM: The Milk Grotto …. (

~ DAWN EDEN— New Year’s prayin’ eve …. (dawneden)

~ GOOD KING WENCESLAUS on the Feast of Stephen: Thoughts on God and Government …. (scriptoriumdaily)

~ WASHINGTON — Christmas is over, and fortunately no one was hurt. Every year it seems the holiday becomes more divisive, which seems odd. More than 80% of our fellow Americans consider the holiday a holy day, the day on which Jesus was born. It is supposed to be a time of peace. Yet for many years now it has become a time for wrangling over what decorative symbols are allowed in what public settings …. (spectator)

~ ALGERIA: The Dangers of Christianity …. (

~ IN THE NAME Of The Ozone, The Rainforest and the Holy Carbon Credits …. (llamabutchers)

~ DIOGENES: “it is difficult to think aloud about Christmas as an event of more than commercial significance” …. (offtherecord)

~ ALTHOUSE— “The 10 Most Anti-Christian Movies of All Time.” …. (

~ SANTA DIED FOR US? A mixed up Christmas …. (luke2219)

~ WHAT YOU NEED to know about Kwanzaa …. (

~ OH THOSE Hurtful Christmas Wishes again …. (

~ MATTINGLY— Religion ’07: Huck’s Christmas story …. (tmatt)

~ SPIKED— The drab, eco-pious Christmas sermons of the Archbishop of Canterbury tend to put Brendan O’Neill in mind of breaking one of the Ten Commandments …. (

~ SANTA’S Nightstand, via New Criterion …. (newcriterion)

~ WASHINGTON — The ugly sweater with the tags missing. The book you already have. The digital camcorder you couldn’t figure out how to use. Each holiday season, we relegate our unwanted gifts to the return bins of retailers across the country and never think of them again. But these items have a second life. Third-party businesses known as liquidators swoop in and rescue truckloads of returned, damaged and unsold merchandise from retailers and resell it to other merchants, who in turn sell it back to consumers …. (detnews)

~ SO HAVE YOU written your thank-you letters yet? Mother’s words continue to dog most of us for life. As well they should …. (timesonline)

~ PEOPLE’S CUBE— Christmas in History: First Media Reports of Nativity Story. Big version …. (thepeoplescube)

Current Religious News….

~ PRAY FOR DAWN EDEN— Lump in my throat …. (dawneden)

~ BACK TO BASICS: Vatican II’s Declaration on religious freedom – Dignitatis humanae (primarily written by Pope JPII) …. (

~ IRAQI CHURCH older than Islam
awaits restoration ….

~ SERGE’S BLOG— Two on the C of E– Nothing to do with the Anglican row …. (sergesblog)

~ LAWYERS and church problem solving …. (sameo416)

~ WILFRED M. MCCLAY— Birthday of a preacher man: Elmer Gantry turns 80 …. (opinionjournal)

~ DAWKINS and Hitchens are Wimps! …. (GHunter)

~ 07/07/07: the Church changed forever …. (holysmoke)

~ THE NATIONAL Church of Socialism …. (frontpagemag)

~ POPE BENEDICT: Martyrdom is “an act of love” …. (magicstatistics)

~ CHRISTIAN WEEK: Canada’s Anglicans begin “divorce” proceedings …. (cw)

~ JULIA DUIN— ‘Prayer patrols’ for Baghdad.. Here’s an intriguing thought: Could prayer have anything to do with the significantly improved security situation in Iraq? …. (WaTi)

~ ACTON BLOG: ‘Liberty Theology’ — WSJ article by Rev. Sirico …. (

~ INDIA: Hundreds of Christians flee to jungle to escape violence …. (magicstatistics)

~ THE NEW ATHEISM— Brendan O’Neill: There is more humanity in the ‘superhuman’ delusions of the devout than there is in the realism of the hectoring atheists …. (guardian)

~ FRESH STUPID— The Archbishop of Canterbury has reignited the row over homosexuality in the church after holding a secret communion service for gay clergy …. (thisislondon)

~ THOUGHTS ON Pope Benedict XVI’s Spe Salvi (“Saved in Hope”) …. (ratzingerfanclub)

~ SPLINTERED ‘Anglicans choose Jerusalem for key June conference‘ …. (irenelancaster)

~ UK PARLIAMENT’S inquisition on Roman Catholic education …. (

~ ONE COSMOS— Trippin’ & Clueless in the Mosque & Media …. (

~ POLICE CALLED to worship services at two Harare Anglican churches …. (magicstatistics)

~ DAVID WARREN: “Only God knows” …. (p2bc)

~ MORE LATIN, More Reverence– Author Amy Welborn discusses Pope Benedict, the condition of Catholic education, the tedium of blogging, and Summorum Pontificum …. (

~ LEFTY PBS STAR BILL MOYERS Uses She-God To Raise Funds for Leftists …. (newsbusters)

~ SOCON.CA.. My letter to the Papal Nuncio …. (

~ MARKING THE TIME: “In the Judeo-Christian ethic, time is precious in a very literal sense. Jews may be waiting for the Messiah and Christians may wait for the Second Coming, but in the end, it is in how we live with each other in the here and now that counts. In much of the Islamic world the here and now mean nothing. Everything can be sacrificed (or slaughtered) in the name of the new empire and Caliphate” …. (

~ RELIGIOUS Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know – And Doesn’t …. (pewforum)

~ FLEEING SHEEP— “We don’t want to be seen to be scoring points over the Anglican Church,” said the Catholic Bishop of Portsmouth. What can the Church of England do to win back worshippers? …. (belfasttelegraph,

~ DAWN EDEN: “We are truly made, whether single or married, to have it all — to “choose everything,” as did St. Therese of Lisieux. But the way that we are called to enjoy life’s blessings is through understanding what it is exactly that we have in our storehouse — that is, what we are capable of giving back to God. That means understanding that, as long as we have breath, we are not lacking in any spiritual riches to offer Him. Any perceived lack is from our perspective, not His” …. (dawneden)

~ ENGLAND SLOWLY Returns to Rome …. (merecomments)

~ 10 REASONS Why Pastors Avoid the Culture War …. (p2bc)

~ IN A CORNER of Turkey the persecuted Assyrian Church revives …. (

~ SORRY, TONY: Even opponents of the Church question convert Blair’s positions …. (bettnet)

~ 2007 WAS a time of great change for churches …. (belfasttelegraph)

~ POPE BATTLES Satan with exorcism squads– ‘Too many bishops are not taking this seriously’; Don’t fear the exorcists …. (upi, anchoress)

~ CURT JESTER: The Area Code of the Beast …. (curtjester)

~ THOMAS HIBBS: No film can revive the world’s sense of God, but this gorgeous and deeply counter-cultural film may inspire in patient viewers a hunger for silence and an appreciation of lives devoted to it. “Stunningly Silent” …. (nationalreview)

~ ANTI-LIBERAL RC UK blogger in the crosshairs? …. (

~ NEW CRITERION: The Philharmonic’s Messiah Complex …. (newcriterion)

~ MOHLER— On Discussing Doctrine in Public …. (albertmohler)

~ CHRISTIANITY’S Edge over Islam in Holy Book War …. (

~ AGING LIBERAL RELIGION hits hard times …. (

~ CRIMINAL Justice and Christian Forgiveness …. (

~ DINESH D’Souza’s Comeback, By Alan Roebuck …. (americanthinker)

~ JAILING Victims of Fatwas – For Their Own Good? “Where will this end? With all the ‘moderate’ and dissident Muslims and ex-Muslims in jail?” …. (pajamasmedia)

~ RELIGION OF…. Raped women must abort, says Sunni Islamic council …. (dawneden)

~ MODERNITY as opposed to post-modernity.. Or fundamentalism and atheism are both modernist …. (

~ ACTON BLOG— More Books of Interest: IVP …. (

What if God had a Myspace?

World War IV — The Jihad, Part XXXVIII….

~ A SUICIDAL DECISION— The murder of Benazir Bhutto. Extremists 1, Democracy 0. Al Qaeda claims credit for the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. Benazir “Mandala” Bhutto: Blood Sacrifice of the New York Times …. (Various)

~ ISRAEL WARNED: Al-Qaida coming! …. (wnd,

~ THE PRINCESS DIANA-IZATION of Benazir Bhutto– Pass the dramamine, says PajamasXpress blogger Roger Kimball and asks: “As the pious cataract of eulogies for Benazir Bhutto accumulate… which of these cringe-making hagiographical exercises is the worst?” David Warren: Bhutto “the most spoiled brat I ever met” …. (pajamasmedia, fivefeetoffury)

~ GENERAL PETRAEUS— The Sunday Telegraph’s Person of the Year, a new annual accolade to recognise outstanding individual achievement …. (smalldeadanimals)

~ 400 MORE Polish troops for Afstan …. (

DON’T LOOK AWAY– Jihad, Up Close & Personal

~ BENAZIR: ‘I am not afraid of death’; Gun-wielding assassin blasts Bhutto on tape. Released images show man firing point-blank from only feet away. One Clear Message of Benazir Bhutto’s Assassination …. (Various)

~ BRITISH Islamists Call For Global Caliphate At London Conference …. (gatewaypundit)

~ THE PLEASURES of Assassination, by Theodore Dalrymple …. (newenglishreview)

~ LET’S PLAY Kiss the Corpse! “From the IICC: The Hate Industry: children and adolescents in the Gaza Strip kiss the corpses of terrorist-operative martyrs (shaheeds). It is part of the indoctrination to hate Israel and of the shaheed cult popular in Palestinian Authority-administered territories.” …. (

~ MEANWHILE, in North Korea… “brilliant reality” …. (pajamasmedia)

~ DHIMMITUDE and Freedom Status 2007, by Henrik Ræder Clausen …. (

~ THE ASSASSINATION of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto means that the nuclear-armed Islamic Republic of Pakistan is now a battleground just as important as those in Iraq and Afghanistan in the global war against the radical Islamists …. (americanthinker)

~ PAKISTANI Punditry, by Victor Davis Hanson …. (victorhanson)

~ ARE 180,000 German Muslims Potential Time Bombs? …. (pajamasmedia)

~ BRITISH ISLAMISTS Celebrate Bhutto Murder (UPDATE: American Islamists celebrate too) …. (mypetjawa)

~ NAIVE ABOUT Terrorism? Examing Huckabee’s Positions and Priorities on the GWOT …. (evangelicaloutpost)

~ BACKGROUND On Pakistan:”Why Bhutto and the Elites Hate Musharaf”; Deconstructing The Myth Of Benazir Bhutto …. (

~ MORE HAMAS KIDDIE-TV Video: Martyr Bee and Singing Child Stars on a Sea of Blood …. (solomonia)

~ WHEN PRINCIPLE Trumped Partisanship– Why Charlie Wilson’s war couldn’t happen today. How Joanne Herring won Charlie Wilson’s War …. (Various)

~ GO FIGURE— Insane Jew Posse. Says SandMonkey: “They don’t rape palestinian women because they are racist. So, in order to show they are not racist, they should rape them a couple of palestinian women every couple of months” …. (kraalspace, sandmonkey)

~ WILL GEERT WILDERS Show His Film on the Koran? …. (danielpipes)

~ BRITAIN’S LESSONS In Cultural Suicide …. (canadafreepress)

~ THE PEOPLE’S CUBE Pwns Iranian Propaganda. How dumb are Iran’s propagandists? …. (thepeoplescube)

Can You Recognize a Terrorist?

LifeWatch ….

Many Of Your Betters Are In Love With Death

~ LAWLESS EVIL— Canada’s Other Day of Infamy …. (

~ ABORTION SUPPORTER Knocks 69 Yr. Old Pro-Lifer Unconscious, MSM Silent …. (newsbusters, curt jester)

~ “HI, SLUT” – Wendy Shalit …. (catholiceducation)

~ THE WORLD of Designer Babies …. (reformedpastor)

~ SMART PARENTING IX: Talking to Children When a Popular Role Model Falls Short …. (orthodoxytoday)

~ CURT JESTER: “In modern liberalism feelings always trump facts which is why those who have a mental illness and think they are transgendered don’t get treatment, but special treatment as a protected class” …. (curtjester)

~ MOVE ALONG, NOTHING TO SEE HERE: “There was some violence at a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania baby-killing outlet a week ago” …. (mcj)

~ OUTSOURCING Pregnancies to India …. (sandmonkey)

~ NUMBER OF BABIES outside of wedlock increasing in UK …. (religiousintelligence)

~ WHAT YOU NEED to know about “the Pill” …. (

~ PUTTING PRIVACY Over Patient Safety …. (wesleyjsmith)

~ AIDING & ABETTING— Coach impregnates student: covers up with abortion …. (

~ JUDGE HALTS Law Granting Same Sex Couples Marriage Rights …. (stoptheaclu)

THE HORROR! For God’s sake, he’s got a Man Cold

~ ADULT STEM CELL Derived Drugs in Final States of Human Testing …. (wesleyjsmith)

~ ILYA SOMIN ON A CLASH OF VALUES: The debate over radical life extension technologies …. (instapundit)

~ BOYS AND THEIR TOYS— Dylan Evans: The boisterous play that was once an accepted feature of boys’ behaviour is now ruthlessly curbed by a feminist-inspired thought police …. (guardian)

~ A DOCTOR Confronts the Human Drama’s Inevitable Finale …. (kendallharmon)

~ LEARNING from Jamie Lynn and Juno …. (

~ EUGENICS is Eugenics in Whatever Direction it is Aimed …. (wesleyjsmith)

~ WORD FROM ABC News: Heterosexuals Are ‘Perverts’ …. (mypetjawa)

Oh, Canadia ….

Currently Under Less Mafia-Like Management

~ THE BEST HEALTH CARE system in the world… is certainly not Canada’s …. (damianpenny)

~ PRIME MINISTER grumpy about Afstan …. (

~ FUNNY sci-fi anti-Canadian DMCA video …. (boingboing)

~ KATHY SHAIDLE— My first e-book is now available ….

~ KIPLING and the Iron Ring …. (godscopybook)

~ ATLANTIC CANADA cities predominate in quality of life survey …. (magicstatistics)

~ IN OTHER NEWS, “The government of Ontario is paying for Ottawa’s free crack pipe programme, despite the fact that Ottawa police don’t want it and the city cut funding for it” …. (hairyeyeball)

~ DOES MULRONEY take us for fools? It depends on what the meaning of the words “bank account” is. Questions someone really ought to ask Mulroney …. (andrewcoyne)

~ VIA KATE @ SDA: “Hey John, where can I sell my shares?” …. (smalldeadanimals)

~ TORONTO SUN — Land of milk and money …. (torontosun)

~ A GLIMPSE into the minds of visitors …. (p2bc)

~ THE GARBAGE REGIME: Civil disobedience from a thought-criminal …. (

~ LEADER OF THE You’ve Got To Be Kidding Party has the fix: “Urge calm”. Perhaps over tea and buns. …. (proudtobecanadian)

~ HARPER’S priority: keep Cdn economy strong in 2008 …. (

~ LEARNING TO LOVE the lofty loonie …. (andrewcoyne)

~ IT DIDN’T take long for opportunistic Canadian New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Jack Layton to cash in on the assassination of Benazir Bhutto …. (canadafreepress)

~ TODAY’S TOTAL HYPOCRISY update: state-run accepts banner ad for frivolous jet travel, part II …. (p2bc)

~ THE ENN DEE PEE to be tested in the next set of by-elections; Conservative, Liberal, and NDP expense accounts …. (stevejanke)

Teh Blogs, Interwebs, ‘Puters, Media ….

“Internet? Is that thing still around?”

~ A VICTORY for Free Speech: Three Cheers for the Egyptian justice system …. (sandmonkey)

~ “BALANCE”— Wash. Monthly Blog Shows for Left, Name Calling = Political Analysis …. (newsbusters)

~ CEE TEE VEE: there are these crazy new things called blogs!! …. (fivefeetoffury)

~ SENSE OF EVENTS— “So is one reason for the rise of blogging that it gives – or at least potentially gives – a wide interconnectedness? Put another way, is what keeps me and others blogging is not so much that we actually add to the sum of human wisdom than that blogging is just an easily attainable form of social connectedness, and the content does not matter except to shape with whom we are connected?” …. (

~ INCREASINGLY, Google is God …. (buzzmachine)

~ AUSSIE GOOD INTENTIONS— mandatory internet filters to protect children who cannot find someone to circumvent said protection for them …. (

~ GOOGLE CLAIMS Conservative Website ‘May Harm Your Computer’ …. (newsbusters)

~ MORE LAZY REPORTAGE From UPI: Internet ‘Not Ideal’ For Political Ads …. (stoptheaclu)

~ CHECKING E-MAIL before bed “is the equivalent of drinking two espressos” …. (nro)

~ STEAL THIS FILM, Part II: the Internet makes us into copiers …. (boingboing)

~ BRITAIN: How to fix the government’s IT woes …. (telegraph)

~ BLOGGING IS a Low-Cost, High Return Marketing Tool …. (kendallharmon)

~ GERMANS say “Nein” to television …. (

Culture, Odds & Ends ….

You’ll cry. You’ll laugh

~ AMERICAN DIGEST— The “Not Insane” To-Do List …. (americandigest)

~ ONION-TV: Controversial Tell-All Book Reveals Wrestling Fans Are Fake …. (

~ WEB 2.0 is an echo chamber. No debate, no conversation – they’re bloggers just listening to themselves …. (

~ GLOBAL COLDENING? Y2Kyoto: “Shocking” Ice Recovery …. (smalldeadanimals)

~ BOOK REVIEW: Dear Diary, I Think I’m in Love– The confessions of Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., by P.J. O’Rourke …. (weeklystandard)

~ 2007 END OF THE YEAR Listiness …. (rightwingnews)

~ WHEN THE CORPSE TWITCHES, the jaws snap: “Record Industry Goes After Personal Use . . . the industry maintains that it is illegal for someone who has legally purchased a CD to transfer that music into his computer.” The brain’s been dead for a while, though …. (instapundit)

~ A NEW BOOK— The Glenn and Helen Show: Jonah Goldberg on Liberal Fascism …. (pajamasmedia)

~ MIKE ADAMS: “My New Year’s Gun Control Resolution” …. (

~ BURPING IT OLD SCHOOL: Beer From the Bronze Age …. (

~ THE 2007 IOWAHAWK Men of the Year …. (iowahawk)

~ VIDEO FUN— JibJab – In 2007 …. (

~ A MASSIVE HD Image From The Space …. (haha)

~ 6 CLASSICAL Scandals Straight from the Tabloids …. (neatorama)

~ MOMMY DEAREST— Hilary Clinton made it clear that she’s running to be “mommy-in-chief” in a speech at a church in Iowa on Sunday …. (bettnet)

~ THE TOP 25 Stories of Google Earth 2007; Top 10 New Google Earth Features 2007 …. (gearthblog)

The Astonishingly Funny and Strange John Hodgman

~ THOSE BOOKS: Goodbye, Harry? …. (rightwingnews)

~ STATISTICALLY, the global temps in 2007 come out to be the same as 2006 and every year since 2001. Has global warming stopped? Melanie Phillips: “Good news! Earth not flat” …. (newstatesman, spectator)

~ WALLY-WORLD Drops Movie Downloads …. (



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