The effort by some cable TV hosts and ministers to force commercial establishments into wishing everyone a "Merry Christmas" might be more objectionable to the One who is the reason for the season than the "Happy Holidays" mantra required by some store managers. I have never understood why so many Christians feel the need to see and hear "Merry Christmas" proclaimed to them at stores by people who may not believe its central message.
For more than a century, many authorities have generally argued against the authenticity of the Kensington Runestone. A Swedish immigrant farmer Olof Ohman discovered the famed runestone in 1898 in a field on his farm near Kensington. The farmer claimed the stone was found as he uprooted a tree. The rock contains carved runic characters.
SAN DIEGO -- The minute I saw the harrowing video of the scaffold caught up in high winds and crashing into a Denver office building 12 stories above the ground -- with two terrified window washers hanging on for dear life -- I just knew that when the time came to get the men's statements, we'd need a translator who spoke Spanish. Maybe it's because Denver is one of those U.S. cities with a substantial immigrant population, both legal and illegal.
The people of rural Minnesota who shop at Wal-Marts puzzle me. At a bare minimum, if you like shopping at "big box" retail stores, could you at least do it at Target, which is a Minnesota-based business? Secondly, when you bypass local stores in your community which already have the same products as the Wal-Mart that's 30 miles away, you are not doing your local community any favors.
Subjecting the newly declassified White House "National Strategy for Victory in Iraq" to a cynically inspired computer search, I find that the name "Donald Rumsfeld" is missing from the document's 35 pages. A reasonable person would be confounded by this. How can we have "Victory in Iraq" if the man in command has already brought us defeat? "Defeat" may be too strong a word, but if so, that's only for the moment. If, in fact, U.S.
WASHINGTON -- In democratic countries, the true mark of a politician's triumph is not whether he transforms his own political party. It's whether he forces the opposition to renovate itself and become tweedledum to mimic his own success as tweedledee. Thus did British Prime Minister Tony Blair this week earn his place in the Politicians' Hall of Fame. In electing the flashy, moderate, bike-riding 39-year-old David Cameron as their leader, the opposition British Conservative Party decided it would draw its slogan in the next election from the venerable rock band The Who: "Meet the new boss.
A Willmar teenager and a Grove City legislator are teaming up in an effort to help fund treatment programs for methamphetamine addictions. Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, Wednesday announced a plan to fund meth treatment through special car license plates, similar to the plates that support natural resource programs. Meth is an addictive stimulant drug that strongly activates certain systems in the brain. Meth releases high levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which stimulates brain cells, enhancing mood and body movement.
Once again our Legislature has forced law enforcement officials to work overtime during the holiday season in order to turn otherwise law-abiding citizens into enemies of the state. What is the crime that must be eliminated? The "crime" of choosing to drive unbuckled. A defining hallmark of freedom is the right to make personal decisions about accepting risk. Government's role in a law-and-order society is to protect person A from harming person B.
It seems that news from Washington is a mixture of dishonesty, corruption and bribery. One is the resignation of Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Calif.) along with his confession of having accepted bribes of $2.4 million from defense contractors. (After his public confession, Minnesota Congressmen John Kline and Mark Kennedy decided to donate to charity the money they received from Cunningham's PAC.) Texas Judge Pat Priest has upheld the charge of money laundering against Tom DeLay (R-Texas). If convicted, DeLay's sentence could be from five years to life.
President George Bush, the hero of the religious right wing, gave a speech, saying, "This economy is strong and people are working." Meanwhile General Motors is laying off workers and Ford Motor Company is closing plants and 9 million people is the figure I heard of people still out of work. Bush also said our involvement in Iraq was done as of May 1, 2003. Since then, over 2,000 Americans have died in Iraq. This guy isn't even a good liar. I always thought God-fearing people told the truth. Maybe I missed something and there are exceptions to the rule.