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Joe Kovacs title Joe Kovacs

Funniest news stories of 2008

Posted: December 25, 2008
11:40 pm Eastern

© 2008 WorldNetDaily

Hi again, everyone!

It's time to look back at 2008, the year when "billions" and "trillions" became commonplace – not just in news about financial bailouts, but also the amount of times John McCain uttered, "My friends," not to mention the estimated number of plastic plugs in Joe Biden's scalp.

It's shoetime!

Let's get the shoe on the road with a farewell to salute to President George W. Bush.

Just this month, an Iraqi journalist decided to share the love with our nation's leader. He did this with the time-honored tradition of calling the president a "dog," removing his shoes from his own dogs and then socking them at our commander in chief.


Christmas or XMAS - You Decide

by Bob Barney

The following links are articles to inform the reader the true origins of Christmas. You will see that every aspect of Christmas has pagan origins and that there isn't a hint of it mentioned in the Bible. In fact, in Jeremiah there is a reference denouncing anyone that would deck a tree with silver and gold. Unlike other sites, I try to bring our readers the PLAIN TRUTH and let them decide for themselves what they want to do. I also give two viewpoints as well. One, by Garner Ted Armstrong as to why it is wrong to celebrate Christmas, and another by Skylar H. Burris who feels it is OK to have Christmas, pagan symbols and all because God allows it.

The question I think the reader must face and answer is this. Should I follow it or not. If you don't believe in God, then the answer is simple. You can follow it as a secular holiday, as most Americans really do! If there is a God, however, we must determine for ourselves what God wants us to do, and obey as best we can. If you celebrate Christmas or not absolutely doesn't mean you are or are not saved by the blood of Jesus. That goes to your heart and your personal relationship to your Savior. As for me and my family, I do not follow Christmas at all. It doesn't bother me that others do, or hurt my feelings when friends or stranger wish me a Merry Christmas. In my mind I hear God's word to Moses "Learn not the way of the heathen (pagan) or worship their customs in remembrance of me" (my translation of Deu 18:9 AND Jer 10:2). I personally think it hurts God's feelings to worship him on what is probably really Lucifer's birthday, but that is my belief, it need not be yours! I just want you to make an informed decision.


BY Skylar H. Burris

Traditionally, this is the time of year when most Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Over time, Christmas came to incorporate numerous pagan symbols. And of course, the tentacles of American consumerism have woven their way around the holiday ever since the introduction of the first commercial Christmas card in 1846. For these reasons, some Christians believe we should not observe many of the traditional Christmas customs; others think we should not celebrate Christmas at all. How can I, when made fully aware of the pagan origins of many of our treasured Christmas symbols and rituals, still continue to celebrate the holiday, to delight in all it has to offer, and even to post a Christmas issue on the website of Ancient Paths? Some Christians have e-mailed me, clearly concerned by my continued persistence in celebrating this holiday.

Woman Says Church Threatening To Make Sins Public

A divorced Jacksonville woman said her former church has threatened to "go public with her sins" and tell the congregation about her sexual relationship with her new boyfriend.Rebecca Hancock said harassment from Grace Community Church in Mandarin over C73b468e052fd616 her sex life caused her to leave, but she said that didn't put an end to the problem. She said she received a letter from the church's elders telling her the church plans to make her personal life very public."I'm basically run out. I'm the church harlot," Hancock said.

The 49-year-old said she has been dating a man for a while and she said members of the congregation at Grace Community Church haven't been happy about the relationship."Because I have a boyfriend that I'm involved with … to not be married to that person is a sin," Hancock said.She said the issue caused her to leave the church.

However, she said the church has not let go of her.The letter Hancock received from the church states that because she has refused to end her sexual relationship with her boyfriend, "you leave us with no other choice but to carry out the commands of the Lord Jesus Christ" … "In accordance with Matthew 18:17 we intend to 'tell it to the church.'"

"On January 4, my sins will be told to the church, publicly, with my children sitting in the church and my friends," Hancock said.The pastor of Grace Community Church, Dr. T. Scott Christmas, told Channel 4 he had no comment.Pastors with whom Channel 4 spoke on Monday said announcing a sin to a congregation is not abnormal.

 They said it's written in the Bible to punish sinners who continue to sin.The difference in Hancock's case is that she has left the church, and the pastors said that's is usually where punishment ends.Despite the church's letter stating its biblical backing, Hancock said she has backed out of the church and they should leave her alone because she is no longer a member.

"I am a Christian, and that will never change. My relationship with Jesus has to do with me and Jesus, and he knows my heart," Hancock said.The book of Matthew does have three steps that the church talked about in taking action against a member who is in sin.Hancock said she is now attending a different church, and said she is planning to send a letter to Grace Community Church to make sure it's understood that she no longer a member.

Greek Riots worse since WWII! Watch events in Europe!

Costas Karamanlis, Greek prime minister, called an emergency cabinet meeting on Monday night amid escalating violence in central Athens with rioters setting fire to dozens of buildings around the parliament square.

Mr Karamanlis was expected to declare a state of emergency as police struggled to control a third day of riots in half a dozen cities around Greece.

In Athens the situation deteriorated after nightfall when masked youths broke up a peaceful protest march by the leftwing opposition Syriza party, throwing firebombs at two luxury hotels and a bank branch.

Thousands of Greek youths on Monday took part in a third day of violent protests following the killing of a 15-year-old boy by a police officer in a students’ district of Athens.

Earlier as police fired teargas at the rock-throwing demonstrators in central Athens, shoppers fled into a nearby metro station. The central square overlooking the parliament building emptied after police buses blocked access to traffic.

Undeterred by the violence, two leftwing political parties staged separate protest meetings followed by a march to parliament.

Alecos Alavanos, leader of Syriza, which is supported by many young Greeks, called for the resignation of the centre-right government.

“There was no justification for what happened. The conservatives cannot stay in power after this,” he said.

Greek authorities appeared ill-prepared to handle the sustained protests, with many government buildings left unguarded in Athens and other cities.

Several government offices had to be evacuated after fire-bomb attacks. Police said more than 60 shops, banks and dealerships were damaged over the weekend.

Business in the city centre of Athens ground to a halt.

Many shops with smashed windows opened as usual.

“In these times businesses can’t afford to turn any customers away,” said George Sofronos, deputy president of the city’s retailing association.

George Alogoskoufis, finance minister, said the government would pay compensation for damage to property.

Authorities fear more street clashes, with a teachers’ walk-out set for Tuesday, to be followed by a full-fledged public sector strike on Wednesday.

The teenager, Alexandros Gligoropoulos, died after being hit by bullets fired by a police officer on Saturday night.

December 7th 1941 May we never forget the "A date which will live in INFAMY"

FDR Sppech to Congress December 8, 1941

Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with the government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.

Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleagues delivered to the Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time, the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. Very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday, the Japanese government also launched an attack against Malaya.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked Guam.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.

Last night, the Japanese attacked Wake Island.

This morning, the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As commander in chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.

Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us.

No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces - with the unbounding determination of our people - we will gain the inevitable triumph - so help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7, 1941,  a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire.

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