Saturday, December 24, 2005

Merry Christmas All

Bethlehem Sees Largest Turnout Since 2000

BETHLEHEM, West Bank - Holiday spirit returned to Bethlehem on Saturday for the first time in six years as thousands of foreigners and local people packed the town of Jesus' birth for Christmas Eve celebrations.

Lining the streets on a crisp, windy day, pilgrims gathered in Manger Square near the Church of the Nativity _ built over the grotto where tradition says Jesus was born _ to watch a procession of marching bands, bagpipe players and boy scout troops.

They also watched Jerusalem's Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah, the top Roman Catholic official in the Holy Land, enter town for the Christmas celebrations.

Whipping winds blew the hats off boy scouts and police officers and knocked down metal security barriers. Yet the streets were packed with visitors excited about spending the holiday in one of Christianity's holiest sites.

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15 comments:

Patrick Flynn said...

Blessed Christmas. Joy, Peace, Encouragement, Zeal, Care and Love to all who see this message.

patrick Flynn said...

This may be a bit unrelated to this post, but american bloggers need to know what gun control has done to civil peace in Australia. Just got this email.

Here's a thought to warm some of your hearts...
From: Ed Chenel, A police officer in Australia
Hi Yanks, I thought you all would like to see the real figures from Down
Under. It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were
forced by a new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be
destroyed by our own government, a program costing Australia taxpayers
more than $500 million dollars.
The first year results are now in: Australia-wide, homicides are up 3.2
percent, Australia-wide, assaults are up 8.6 percent; Australia-wide,
armed robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent)! In the state of
Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent. (Note
that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the criminals did
not! and criminals still possess their guns!)
While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in
armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically upward in the
past 12 months, since the criminals now are guaranteed that their prey
is unarmed. There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and
assaults of the elderly.
Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has
decreased, after such monumental effort and expense was expended in
"successfully ridding Australian society of guns." You won't see this on
the American evening news or hear your governor or members of the State
Assembly disseminating this information.
The Australian experience proves it. Guns in the hands of honest
citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws affect only
the law-abiding citizens.
Take note Americans, before it's too late!
A true story? I don't know, but worth thinking about.

Anonymous said...

Now help me out, I am a bit confused. Who of our candidates have ever wanted to take away our rights to own guns?

I seem to remember Chris Ward and Valde Garcia giving the Island Lake Gun Club some problems over noise. But tell me who are we fighting on this issue?

Is this like the War on Christmas?

Anonymous said...

Maybe I should put it more clearly.
Wake up.. No one is trying to take your guns away.

Wake up... No one wants anyone to have to have an abortion.

Wake up... The War on Christmas is a hoax.

Wake up... No one want to take under God our of the Pledge.

Wake up... Everyone supports our troops, some of us just want to keep them safer.

Wake up.. Affirmative action has done more to help families than tax breaks for our most wealthy citizens.

Wake up... Cutting student loans hurt our families.

Wake up... It's immoral for children in our country to go without healthcare, a can at the pharmacy for treatment is not a health plan.

Wake up... family planing, education and caring for children stops abortion not laws that put women and doctors in jail. You will put our daughters at risk by such foolish laws, we don't need to put more people in prison.

We need to end the need for abortion by reaching the hearts and minds of our people to cherish life and not treat it so cheaply!
We do not need more laws against people. We need to help women find solutions... remember no one wants to have an abortion, they believe they need one. Making laws doesn't stop the need, putting people in prisons doesn't stop the need.
Why do we want to make women in need criminals?

Ms anonymous ( just so you know who I am)

Republican Michigander said...

I don't have time to get to the others, but I'll at least need to post and run on this.

"""""Wake up.. No one is trying to take your guns away."""

I've been hearing this talk for the past 15 years. They took the guns away in New York City, Washington DC, Chicago, and San Francisco. In California, Bill Lockyear, then AG singlehandedly banned some guns. Turn em in. Both Mr. Clinton and the first President Bush banned importation of some firearms by executive order. "Stroke of the pen, law of the land" Clinton also conducted sweeps of public housing since he didn't believe poor people had the right to self defense. That was his comment of a "Radical Constitution and Radical Bill of Rights" was referring to.

Most recently - On the federal level, 34 senators voted to ban nearly all centerfire ammunition. Ted Kennedy wrote that bill and targeted .30-30 ammunition. He called deer ammo "cop killer bullets." That is straight out of Josh Sugarmann's playbook at VPC. That's how a push to ban them is created. They give it a scary name, and it become a "threat to public safety." The .50 caliber becomes a "sniper rifle." An inexpensive pistol becomes a "junk gun". Anything that looks scary is an "assault weapon." Small pistols with large calibers are "pocket rockets." There have been bills to ban every single type of these firearms listed in the past 4 years, most of them in the past two.

The war on guns is real. It is spearheaded by rich leftists and foundation grants in the billions, mostly from New York City, Chicago, Washington DC, and San Francisco. George Soros, Andrew McKelvey, the Joyce Foundation, Goldman Fund, Tides Foundation, and the Tsunami Fund. This money dwarfs the NRA's money and GOA's money.

I believe that "no one wants to take my guns away". I also believe that they wouldn't make the seatbelt laws a "Primary offense" when it comes to pulling people over, and that the Patriot Act would only refer to "terrorism". Pigs also fly.

Anonymous said...

All Democrats that I know believe in the right to bear arms. Many including myself have wanted safety locks such as we have on our medicine in homes with young children. It's heartbreaking that so many children have died.
I do not wish to make it a criminal offense not to have safety locks though. I am tired of our elected officials dreaming up new ways to make criminals out of people. I do think if there is one thing the right and the left should unite on is our freedoms that are being taken away. We need to stand together against spying and evesdropping on Americans. We need to unite to stop anyone from trying to take away our right to bear arms and we need to unite for affordable healthcare for all!

I will look up all the instances of taking away ones rights to bear arms, I don't like it anymore than you. I think we differ on the cop killing bullets and maybe grenade launchers, I think they may be a bit over the top for public safety.

Patrick Flynn said...

You don't think Planned Parenthood, and the Womens Health Organization want women to have abortions? Don't be naive - it's their bread and butter!

Of course, as a pro-lifer I would want us to get to the point where killing our children is something we would never even consider. In the meantime, while we work on that, our laws need to once again protect the life of the innocent pre-born like they protect yours and mine.

Oh yes, they have Government healthcare in Denmark along with their 50 percent flat tax.

I guess while we're at it, Michael Newdow, all his loud-mouth supporters and the SF 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the ACLU is just a figment of Conservative's imaginations.

Anonymous said...

No it's not their bread and butter in fact you are dead wrong about these organizations. That's like saying doctors want disease!
They are organizations that try their best to provide and educate women and men about birth control. To say anyone wants abortion is just a BID FAT LIE. It makes my blood boil to hear people who should be smart enough to take the time to understand the issues they hold dear to them. People who do not want women and their doctors to be jailed support a womens right to consult with her doctor rather than seeking alternatives which can threaten her life. Planned Parenthood does more to prevent unwanted pregnancies than you or those who support making criminals of women and their doctors. It's also those of your ilk who do not want insurance companies to provide birth control. You can't have it both ways Patrick. You either work to prevent pregnancies or you don't. Wanting to put women and doctors in jail isn't right and will never end the need. Education and family planning is what has worked and is what organizations like Planned Parenthood spend their time and money on. Don't try to spin your lies with me!

Patrick Flynn said...

It's a shame, but with all due respect, you are not dealing with reality.

Anonymous said...

Yes and doctors don't want to find cures for disease as that's their bread and butter! Nice try but you stink at this Patrick. Until you can understand the issues you can just talk in your code with the like minded people you associate with. Mike Rogers will eat you for lunch. You need to show why you feel the way you do. You either want to put people in jail or you don't. Now guns that kill children you are too afraid to say the obvious that child locks are a good thing. What in the world do you have against the ACLU? Really do you know? I was hoping you would have more depth.
Research Patrick you will improve.

Patrick Flynn said...

You said that you didn't want to identify yourself because of your job or something like that. Are you Barbra Streisand?

Anonymous said...

Who is Michael Newdow? And what does he have to do with anything we are discussing? Did he start the War on Christmas? Ever hear of fighting windmills?

Anonymous said...

Oh I wish. Yes I have a job where I don't talk to the press or openly about these issues. I think that's why I like this outlet. I am not trying to be mean, I am sorry if I sound that way. I do think if people could really think about what they stand for and stand for what they believe to be truew the world would be better. Too often we believe horrible things about the other side and don't listen. I really have no idea how pro-life stuck with those who do so much to hurt life. I am truly for life, even those already born. Even for those of other faiths, color and cultures and those of all sexual orientation. You either support life or you don't. I cannot nor can anyone stop a woman from ending her pregnancy. But I will do all I can do to make it very rare, safe and legal. That's more than you do.

patrick Flynn said...

"Too often we believe horrible things about the other side and don't listen." Those are your words.

You can and probably will accuse me of not listening but you'd be wrong.

By the way, don't you realize that in the forum of debate, when you sink to personal insults, it indicates that your viewpoint lacks integrity?

You might solve your need to have more people listen to you if you were a little more pleasant.

Anonymous said...

Well no insult was intended. I will strive to be more pleasant. I am hoping you googled Affirmative Action and now understand how Affirmative Action helped all women and in turn all families.
I am hoping you have had the chance to look uo the gun sweeps in Chicago. And now expect you understand what really happened.
We hopefully will glean some real understanding of what is real and what is made up.

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