Britain: Almost Half Say Jesus Is ‘Irrelevant’ to Christmas

Almost half of Britain’s adults don’t find any need for Christ in Christmas, according to a new survey by theology think tank Theos. Christian Today  reports that 49% percent agreed with the statement that the birth of Jesus is “irrelevant” to their celebration of Christmas, while 51 percent said the event is still relevant to them. Only 36 percent, however, plan to attend a Christmas church service this year. Theos director Paul Woolley said, “It’s clear that society is split right down the middle regarding the religious significance of Christmas.” The study yielded other surprises, as young adults ages 18 to 24 were more likely than any other age group to disagree with the statement that Jesus’s birth is irrelevant. “It will surprise people that young people are most likely to believe that Jesus is relevant to their Christmas.”

  • · Calling Christ irrelevant to Christ-mas is outright lunacy. But as deep darkness continues to spread over the earth, such illogical and idiotic sentiments grow steadily. The secularization of all things Christian is one of Satan’s primary end-time strategies.

H1N1 vaccine linked to 700 percent increase in miscarriages

NaturalNews reports that recent data presented to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Children’s Vaccines has revealed some shocking information about the effects of the H1N1 / swine flu vaccine on pregnant women. According to the report, the rate of miscarriage among pregnant women during the 2009 H1N1 / swine flu pandemic soared by over 700 percent compared to previous years, pointing directly to the vaccine as the culprit — but the CDC denies the truth and continues to insist nobody has been harmed. According to the CDC, nearly 50 percent of all pregnant women were vaccinated with the H1N1 vaccine during the 2009 / 2010 influenza season. Those whose physicians instructed them to get a seasonal flu shot were three times more likely to get it, while those instructed specifically to get the H1N1 shot were ten times more likely to get it. And the numbers clearly show that along with the rise in vaccinations due to the H1N1 scare came the sharp increase in miscarriages, including a slew of actual reported adverse events. But the CDC does not seem to care about the facts, as numerous reports indicate the agency has failed to report any of this vital information to vaccine suppliers.

ObamaCare Lawsuit on Fast Track to Higher Court

A district court judge’s ruling has put Liberty Counsel’s case against ObamaCare on a fast track to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia. Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel says, “District Court Judge Norman Moon’s ruling on our lawsuit against the ObamaCare healthcare “reform” law has propelled our case forward to the court of appeals level faster than any of the other lawsuits against this unconstitutional legislation. And what initially appeared to be an adverse ruling at this first level of the federal judicial process actually gave us several advantages as the case goes forward! On the plus side of his ruling, Judge Moon found that our corporate plaintiff, Liberty University, and two private individual plaintiffs, had standing to bring this lawsuit against ObamaCare.  He also ruled that there was no bar to bringing the suit, as the government had argued. Both of those holdings will be very advantageous to our case at higher levels in the court system.”

House Approves DREAM Act, but Passage Unlikely in Senate

In what may be a short-lived victory for young immigrants, the House voted Wednesday to approve a bill to allow illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children to earn legal status if they attend college or serve in the U.S. military. It was the first time in the 10-year legislative history of the DREAM Act that the House has passed the bill. The vote was 216-198. But Republicans are expected to block a vote on the bill in the Senate on Thursday, ending hopes by immigrants’ rights groups and their Democratic allies to pass the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act in the final days of the 111th Congress. Under Senate rules, Democratic leaders need 60 votes to stop an expected GOP filibuster of the bill. With little or no GOP support, Democrats are expected to fall short.

Republicans Block ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal

Republicans stopped an attempt in the Senate on Thursday to repeal a law that prohibits gays from serving openly in the military. Supporters were unable to muster the 60 votes needed to move ahead with a bill that would have allowed repeal, falling short in a 57-40 vote. President Obama expressed disappointment that “yet another filibuster has prevented the Senate from moving forward” with defense spending. Congress is scheduled to return home for Christmas next week, so time is running out. It has been 48 years since Congress failed to pass a military spending bill. Advocates of retaining “don’t ask, don’t tell,” led by Sen..John McCain, R-Ariz., say abandoning the law would be too disruptive to the military while the nation is engaged in two wars.

Obama, Lawmakers Clear Way for Passage of Tax Cut Bill

The White House and key lawmakers cleared the way Thursday night for swift Senate action to avert a Jan. 1 spike in income taxes for nearly all Americans, agreeing to extend breaks for ethanol and other forms of alternative energy as part of the deal. Tax provisions aimed at increasing production of hybrid automobiles, biodiesel fuel, energy-efficient homes, coal and energy-efficient household appliances would be extended through the end of 2011 under the bill. While there is no precise timetable for passage, a test vote was set for Monday afternoon that appears likely to demonstrate overwhelmingly support for the legislation, which supporters say would help accelerate a sluggish recovery from recession.

WikiLeaks Cyberattacks Show Growing Threat

A cyberattack by supporters of WikiLeaks against the MasterCard and Visa websites foreshadows a new generation of increasingly dangerous assaults on the Internet, security experts say. The attacks Wednesday were part of a recent series by supporters and enemies of WikiLeaks. Last week, WikiLeaks servers were knocked offline by people angry over its release of diplomatic and military information that critics said could embarrass the government and even risk lives. Wednesday’s attacks were run by “hacktivist” groups, including Operation Payback and Anonymous. They distributed software that swamps a website to thousands of participants. They coordinated the action onTwitter. Operation Payback has attacked organizations that its participants believe are involved in Internet censorship, including recording and media companies that were trying to shut down illegal file-sharing sites. Anonymous has attacked Australian government sites to protest a firewall around the country that inspects incoming Internet traffic for threats. Internet-security experts say the action Wednesday should be a wake-up call to act before larger and more damaging assaults.

States Take On Sharia Law

Last week a federal judge temporarily blocked a law in Oklahoma from taking effect that bars judges from considering Islamic Sharia or international law in state, courts while she determines whether it violates the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits establishment of a state religion. Although Oklahoma’s law is the first to come under court scrutiny, legislators in at least seven states, including Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah, have proposed similar laws, the National Conference of State Legislatures says. Tennessee and Louisiana have enacted versions of the law banning use of foreign law under certain circumstances. Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the U.S. House, is pushing for a federal law that “clearly and unequivocally states that we’re not going to tolerate any imported law.” Islamic law or sharia, which means “path” in Arabic, is a code of conduct governing all aspects of Muslim life, including family relationships, business dealings and religious obligations. Islamic countries operating under the guidance of sharia may have varying interpretations of the code. Earlier this year an appeals court in New Jersey overturned a state court judge’s refusal to issue a restraining order against a Muslim man who forced his wife to engage in sexual intercourse. The judge found that the man did not intend to rape his wife because he believed his religion permitted him to have sex with her whenever he desired.

Ambassador Singled Put for TSA Pat-Down

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed concern Thursday over the pat-down of India’s sari-clad ambassador to the U.S. at the airport here over the weekend, an incident that has prompted calls for an apology from Washington. Ambassador Meera Shankar, 60, was selected for a pat-down Saturday by a Transportation Security Administration screener. Indian Ambassador Meera Shankar, 60, was selected for a pat-down Saturday by a Transportation Security Administration screener at the airport in Jackson, Mississippi. Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna called the pat-down “unacceptable” and said his nation would complain to the U.S. government.

  • · So, it’s okay to pat-down us ordinary citizens but not such high-profile people such as ambassadors? Greater control over the “masses” is a key New World Order goal.

Survey: 31 Million Drove Drunk; 10M Drove High

Nearly one in eight drivers 16 and older drove under the influence of alcohol in the past year, and more than 4% drove under the influence of illicit drugs, says a federal government report that sheds alarming light on the problem of impaired driving in the USA. An estimated 30.6 million people drove under the influence of alcohol, and an estimated 10.1 million drove under the influence of illicit drugs in the past year, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The estimates are based on surveys of 213,350 people 16 and older from 2006 through 2009 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA). The survey did find some good news: Alcohol-impaired driving rates for the period 2006-09 compared with 2002-05 fell from 14.6% to 13.2%. Drugged-driving rates over the same periods fell from 4.8% to 4.3%. The survey found that younger drivers were more likely to admit getting behind the wheel after drinking or taking illicit drugs.

  • · Be careful out there and expect the unexpected

SpaceX Launches Falcon 9 into Orbit

Aerospace start-up SpaceX made history Wednesday, the first private firm to launch a spacecraft into orbit and guide it back to Earth. The company, Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, launched its Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, and three hours later recovered its Dragon space capsule off the coast of Mexico. The Falcon 9-Dragon combo is being developed for post-shuttle cargo supply runs to the International Space Station. And the company intends to launch astronauts to the outpost. SpaceX of Hawthorne, Calif., and Orbital Sciences of Dulles, Va., are under NASA contract to develop the means to fly cargo safely and reliably to the station. Their spacecraft would join unmanned Russian, European and Japanese freighters hauling supplies.

Economic News

The U.S. trade deficit fell to its lowest level in nine months, as growing demand for American goods overseas pushed exports to their highest level in more than two years. The Commerce Department says the trade deficit narrowed to $38.7 billion in October. The figure was 13.2% below September’s deficit of $44.6 billion. U.S. exports rose 3.2% to $158.7 billion, the highest level since August 2008. Imports dipped 0.5% to $197.4 billion, with lower demand for oil and foreign-made cars.

Applications for unemployment benefits dropped last week to the second-lowest level this year. First-time claims for jobless aid fell 17,000 to a seasonally adjusted 421,000 in the week ending Dec. 4, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average of claims, a less-volatile measure, dropped for the fifth straight week to 427,500. That’s the lowest since August 2008, just before the financial crisis intensified. First-time applications peaked during the recession at 651,000 in March 2009, and then steadily declined to about 470,000 by the beginning of this year. Claims were stuck near that level for most of this year before moving down again in October and November.

The government’s heavily criticized $700 billion financial rescue program has earned nearly $35 billion in income over the past two years, according to data obtained by The Associated Press. The data showed that income from the Troubled Asset Relief Program rose nearly 17 percent through November, compared to where it stood in October. The income was boosted by the government’s ongoing sales of Citigroup stock.

  • · But we’re still $665 billion in debt from a bailout that largely went into corporate pocketbooks and did little for “main street”

House and Senate Republicans on Wednesday thwarted Democratic efforts to award $250 checks to Social Security recipients facing a second consecutive year without a cost-of-living increase. President Obama and Democrats have urged approval of the one-time payment, saying seniors barely getting by on their Social Security checks face undue hardships without the COLA increase. But most Republicans contended that the nation couldn’t afford the estimated $14 billion cost of the payment.

  • · As a retiree receiving Social Security, I agree that it is more important not to add to the critical debt problem facing our country

Middle East

In one of the most startling Wikileaks disclosures of recent weeks, a document released on Wednesday reveals that Syria refused Iranian entreaties to fight alongside Iran against Israel if it were to strike Tehran’s renegade nuclear program. The statements in the document, dated December 20, 2009, were probably made by a Syrian diplomatic source who spoke with American Embassy officials in Damascus. The Assad regime told the Iranians not to expect Syria, Hizbullah or Hamas to take part in this war. According to the source, Syrian officials replied by saying that Iran was strong enough to develop its own nuclear program and fight against Israel.

From the start of his term, President Obama was determined to defy the cynics and doubters and push for peace in the Middle East. But the White House’s efforts to broker a deal in the decades-old dispute between Israelis and Palestinians had faltered — demonstrating once again why it is one of the world’s most intractable conflicts. After months of grueling diplomacy, using a mixture of pressure and promises, the White House abandoned attempts to persuade Israel to slow West Bank settlement activity. The Palestinians had demanded the freeze in exchange for engaging in direct talks that were supposed to lead to a Palestinian state living side-by-side in peace with Israel. That deal, it was hoped, would lead to a broader Middle East peace accord.

  • · It’s “intractable” because this is God’s battle, not mankind’s, and won’t be resolved until Jesus returns and Satan is defeated

Haiti

Haitians prepared for armed clashes and more days of flaming barricades as rival candidates called on supporters to take to streets and tip the balance in a sharply disputed presidential election leading. Gunfire ripped through post-earthquake shanties near the ruins of the national palace on Thursday afternoon, killing at least one man and injuring several more, witnesses said. Third-place candidate and carnival singer Michel “Sweet Micky” Martelly blamed the attack on supporters of government-backed candidate Jude Celestin, who is edging him out by less than 1 percentage point for a spot in a January run-off. The United States reissued a travel warning recommending all U.S. citizens reconsider nonessential trips to Haiti — citing high crime, the cholera outbreak and social unrest. Canada closed its embassy until further notice because of the post-electoral violence. Flights were canceled in and out of the capital’s international airport. Haiti’s electoral council says it will recount the ballots in the country’s disputed presidential election in the presence of international observers.

Mexico

Gunmen blockaded the western Mexican city of Morelia Thursday with cars and buses they stole from motorists and then torched in a second day of violence for the region that has left at least three people dead, including an 8-month-old baby. The gunmen arrived at all five roads leading into Morelia and fired into the air to force drivers and passengers from their vehicles. Such blockades have become a common cartel tactic in Mexico’s raging drug war. The blockades came a day after three people were killed in a shootout between suspected La Familia gunmen and federal police in Apatzingan, another city in the state.

Germany

An Islamic center was firebombed Thursday in Berlin — one of more than half a dozen arson attacks on Islamic institutions in the city this year — prompting a Muslim official to demand police protection for all mosques in Germany. The Sehitlik Mosque, Berlin’s largest, has been attacked four times this year, and the al-Nur mosque in the city’s Neukoelln neighborhood once. Neither attack caused injury or serious damage. Berlin police said in a statement later Thursday that the latest attack was part of a series of more than 10 attacks on Muslim institutions in the city.

Britain

Furious student protesters attacked a car carrying Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, vandalized buildings and battled riot police Thursday as a controversial hike in university fees triggered Britain’s worst political violence in years. Protesters angry at a huge tuition fee hike are fighting with police and smashing windows in London, after legislators in the House of Commons approved a plan to triple university fees to 9,000 pounds ($14,000) a year. Thousands of students staged a peaceful protest but a minority turned violent, hurling sticks and rocks at riot police, smashing store windows and setting on fire a giant Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square.

  • · The end-time spirit of lawlessness is spreading just as prophesied

China

ChinaAid is calling recently attacks on Chinese house churches a “grave and troubling setback” for the country’s religious freedom. The human rights group reported that Chinese officials have begun calling the unregistered church network a “cult,” indicating that a new crackdown is underway. According to classified information obtained by ChinaAid, the Chinese Communist Party launched “Operation Deterrence” on Dec. 1 and will continue through March 2011. A long “blacklist” of church leaders and influential believers reportedly has been drawn up, as the operation narrowly focuses on the church network. Recent government actions against Christians, including official harassment of influential house church leaders, the ordination of a Catholic bishop in defiance of the Vatican’s wishes and even the cyberattacks that brought down ChinaAid’s Chinese and English news websites, appear to have been a prelude signaling the advent of the crackdown.

Weather

Heavy snow in Paris on Wednesday and Thursday shut down the city’s main airport, its bus system and the Eiffel Tower. Travelers in Paris and Frankfurt slept at the airport after snow and ice caused travel chaos. Elsewhere in Europe, bad weather caused travel chaos in Scotland, and a child’s body was found after a flash flood in Spain. In Paris, where heavy snowfall is unusual, the snow reached 4 inches. It quickly turned into a slushy mess, and vehicles skidded on unplowed roads. In Scotland, the first minister said everything possible was being done to keep the country moving in “exceptional conditions.” Road and rail journeys were once again plunged into chaos by the severe cold, and a 20-mile stretch of Scotland’s busiest road, between Edinburgh and Glasgow, was closed.

Meanwhile, in Spain the Interior Ministry said rescuers had found the body of a 9-year-old boy who drowned in a flash flood, as torrential rains lashed parts of central and southern Spain. Elsewhere in Spain, around 100 homes in Cordoba were evacuated out of fear the Guadalquivir River would burst its banks. Another 150 families had to leave their homes in Lora del Rio in neighboring Seville province.

The toll of confirmed deaths in Colombia’s landslide has reached 47, with some 80 people still unaccounted for. Antioquia state emergency management director John Rendon tells The Associated Press there is no chance of finding survivors under the sodden earth, which is up to 26 feet deep. President Juan Manuel Santos has declared a 30-day state of emergency that will allow emergency appopriations to deal with record flooding, which by official count has claimed 223 lives this year.

Arizona is currently the only state in the nation with all of its area considered to be in drought. Texas and Louisiana are not far behind, with mostly southern states experiencing substantial drought conditions while the northern tier is largely drought free.

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