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image from hosted.ap.orgNIMRUD, Iraq (AP) -- The chilly December wind whipped rain across the strewn wreckage of a city that, nearly 3,000 years ago, ruled almost the entire Middle East. Rivulets of water ran through the dirt, washing away chunks of ancient stone.

The city of Nimrud in northern Iraq is in pieces, victim of the Islamic State group's fervor to erase history. The remains of its palaces and temples, once lined in brilliant reliefs of gods and kings, have been blown up. The statues of winged bulls that once guarded the site are hacked to bits. Its towering ziggurat, or step pyramid, has been bulldozed.



Debbie Reynolds dies aged 84 after suffering a stroke

Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds, who sang and danced her way into the hearts of millions of moviegoers around the world in musicals like 'Singin' in the Rain,' died on Wednesday at age 84, her son said. Reynolds, one of the most enduring and endearing Hollywood actresses, died hours after being rushed to the hospital in Los Angeles after suffering a stroke, her son, Todd Fisher said. Her death came just one day after her daughter, the actress Carrie Fisher, died of a heart attack. Reynolds, who rose to stardom in the film 'Singin' In the Rain,' appeared in dozens of films.


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Here's what 'free trade' really does to U.S.

image from www.wnd.comAuthor and fund manager at Janus Capital Bill Gross says that Brexit marks “the end of globalization as we’ve known it.”

If he’s right, that’s a good thing, and a strong wake-up call to Thomas Freidman and his ardent free trade supporters who are “flatists” and resist those who question their orthodoxy.

A July edition of Bloomberg BusinessWeek says Bill Gross is right about the end of globalization, in a sense. Many Americans have been predicting the same thing for years. After all, the United States ushered in globalization on the thinking that trade inter-dependence would result in greater peace and partnership among nations, giving us greater influence around the world. I guess that means if only we had bought more Yugos in the 1980s, we would have had better ties and foreign influence with Yugoslavia. I doubt it.

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Evidence backs claim that Hillary armed ISIS

image from www.wnd.comNEW YORK – Documents made public by the Washington watchdog group Judicial Watch and separately by Wikileaks Julian Assange back up Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s assertion on Tuesday that U.S.-led coalition forces have given support to terror groups, including ISIS in Syria.

In an interview with Democracy Now’s Juan González on July 25, Assange said the thousands of documents released by Wikileaks through its “Hillary Clinton Email Archive” contain some 1,700 emails that connect Clinton to al-Qaida and ISIS in both Libya and Syria, demonstrating Clinton supplied weapons to ISIS via Syria.

“So, those Hillary Clinton emails, they connect together with the cables that we have published of Hillary Clinton, creating a rich picture of how Hillary Clinton performs in office, but, more broadly, how the U.S. Department of State operates,” Assange said in the interview.

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Trump Won 2623 Counties - Hillary won 438!

image from www.silentbull.comThe Landslide the Media ignores

WGN reported, “It’s official, Clinton swamps Trump in popular vote,” and while the “swamps” to describe a 2.9 million difference among some some 130 million voters easily could be challenged, the bare numbers show Clinton got 65,844,954 votes to Trump’s 62,979,879.

But those are not the only numbers Americans need to know about the heated race that left a leftist movement stunned and disoriented.

For example, Clinton won California by 4.2 million votes and New York by 1.6 million, meaning that across 48 of the 50 states, Trump was the victor by about 3 million votes in the popular vote. Including New York, he was the popular vote winner by more than a million votes.



How December 25 Became Christmas


Andrew McGowan   •  12/07/2012

A blanket of snow covers the little town of Bethlehem, in Pieter Bruegel’s oil painting from 1566. Although Jesus’ birth is celebrated every year on December 25, Luke and the other gospel writers offer no hint about the specific time of year he was born. Scala/Art Resource, NY

On December 25, Christians around the world will gather to celebrate Jesus’ birth. Joyful carols, special liturgies, brightly wrapped gifts, festive foods—these all characterize the feast today, at least in the northern hemisphere. But just how did the Christmas festival originate? How did December 25 come to be associated with Jesus’ birthday?

The Bible offers few clues: Celebrations of Jesus’ Nativity are not mentioned in the Gospels or Acts; the date is not given, not even the time of year. The biblical reference to shepherds tending their flocks at night when they hear the news of Jesus’ birth (Luke 2:8) might suggest the spring lambing season; in the cold month of December, on the other hand, sheep might well have been corralled. Yet most scholars would urge caution about extracting such a precise but incidental detail from a narrative whose focus is theological rather than calendrical.

The extrabiblical evidence from the first and second century is equally spare: There is no mention of birth celebrations in the writings of early Christian writers such as Irenaeus (c. 130–200) or Tertullian (c. 160–225). Origen of Alexandria (c. 165–264) goes so far as to mock Roman celebrations of birth anniversaries, dismissing them as “pagan” practices—a strong indication that Jesus’ birth was not marked with similar festivities at that place and time.1 As far as we can tell, Christmas was not celebrated at all at this point.

This stands in sharp contrast to the very early traditions surrounding Jesus’ last days. Each of the Four Gospels provides detailed information about the time of Jesus’ death. According to John, Jesus is crucified just as the Passover lambs are being sacrificed. This would have occurred on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Nisan, just before the Jewish holiday began at sundown (considered the beginning of the 15th day because in the Hebrew calendar, days begin at sundown). In Matthew, Mark and Luke, however, the Last Supper is held after sundown, on the beginning of the 15th. Jesus is crucified the next morning—still, the 15th.a



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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.

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.


The early Church never celebrated Christmas - Sunday Times

lthouse: Why the early Christians did not celebrate Christmas.

Why Some Christians Don't Celebrate Christmas | United Church of God

Pagan Roots? 5 Surprising Facts About Christmas - Live Science

Did Early Christians Celebrate Birthdays? -

The Plain Truth about Christmas - Jesus is Savior

When Americans banned Christmas

The first 'War on Christmas' was declared almost 400 years ago, courtesy of our Puritan forefathers  

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The Pilgrims who came to America in 1620 were strict Puritans who didn't celebrate Christmas: They spent their first Dec. 25th in Plymouth Colony working in the fields as they would on any other day.

The Pilgrims who came to America in 1620 were strict Puritans who didn't celebrate Christmas: They spent their first Dec. 25th in Plymouth Colony working in the fields as they would on any other day. SEE ALL 12 PHOTOS

How did the first settlers celebrate Christmas? 
They didn't. The Pilgrims who came to America in 1620 were strict Puritans, with firm views on religious holidays such as Christmas and Easter. Scripture did not name any holiday except the Sabbath, they argued, and the very concept of "holy days" implied that some days were not holy. "They for whom all days are holy can have no holiday," was a common Puritan maxim. Puritans were particularly contemptuous of Christmas, nicknaming it "Foolstide" and banning their flock from any celebration of it throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. On the first Dec. 25 the settlers spent in Plymouth Colony, they worked in the fields as they would on any other day. The next year, a group of non-Puritan workmen caught celebrating Christmas with a game of "stoole-ball" — an early precursor of baseball — were punished by Gov. William Bradford. "My conscience cannot let you play while everybody else is out working," he told them. 

Why didn't Puritans like Christmas? 
They had several reasons, including the fact that it did not originate as a Christian holiday. The upper classes in ancient Rome celebrated Dec. 25 as the birthday of the sun god Mithra. The date fell right in the middle of Saturnalia, a monthlong holiday dedicated to food, drink, and revelry, and Pope Julius I is said to have chosen that day to celebrate Christ's birth as a way of co-opting the pagan rituals. Beyond that, the Puritans considered it historically inaccurate to place the Messiah's arrival on Dec. 25. They thought Jesus had been born sometime in September.

So their objections were theological? 
Not exclusively. The main reason Puritans didn't like Christmas was that it was a raucously popular holiday in late medieval England. Each year, rich landowners would throw open their doors to the poor and give them food and drink as an act of charity. The poorest man in the parish was named the "Lord of Misrule," and the rich would wait upon him at feasts that often descended into bawdy drunkenness. Such decadence never impressed religious purists. "Men dishonor Christ more in the 12 days of Christmas," wrote the 16th-century clergyman Hugh Latimer, "than in all the 12 months besides." 

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For Zuzu of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ 70 Years later

image from www.web2carz.comKarolyn Grimes has seen "It's a Wonderful Life" countless times, but it still makes her emotional.

The actress, who played Zuzu in the Christmas classic, told ABC News that even though she attends 20-30 showings each holiday season, the end of the movie still gives her "that tickle in my throat."

It's touching, she added, seeing others feel the movie's impact, too.

"It's an emotional rollercoaster," she noted. "It's quite exciting because I know it affects people. It's wonderful when fans say how this movie has touched their lives. It's a thrill."

Seventy years ago, the Frank Capra-directed film hit theaters. The plot centers on George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart), a husband and father who has always made great sacrifices to help others. When he's down on his luck, he decides everyone in his life would be better without him, and he decides to commit suicide. However, his guardian angel, Clarence (Henry Travers), intervenes and, in an effort to save him, shows him what life in his hometown of Bedford Falls would be like if he'd never been born.

Though the movie takes place at Christmastime and its release date coincided with the holiday season, "It's a Wonderful Life" underperformed at the box office. However, it was nominated for five Academy Awards, including a best director nod for Capra, a best actor nomination for Stewart, and best picture.


Leah Remini: Tom Cruise thinks she's 'the devil'

Leah Remini says Tom Cruise thinks she's 'the devil' and claims Hollywood star 'is very

She's an outspoken critic of Scientology after spending most of her teen and adult life as a member of the organization. And in an interview for Larry King Now, Leah Remini pulled no punches when asked about it's most famous adherent Tom Cruise. 'He thinks I'm the devil,' the actress, 46, told the veteran talk show host. She claimed: 'Tom and most Scientologists, all Scientologists, are taught to believe that people like me are literally the devil, that we mean them harm.'

Top Russian Diplomat Was Shot Dead In Moscow Just Hours Before Assassination In Turkey

Official drawing of Standard of the President ...Official drawing of Standard of the President of the Russian Federation The CoA was taken and recolored from Image:Coat of Arms of the Russian Federation.svg, and the rest of the flag was made up by Zscout370. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A top Russian diplomat was found dead in his Moscow apartment Monday, just hours after Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey was shot dead at an art exhibit in Ankara.

Petr Polshikov, 56, was discovered with a bullet wound to the head, according to reports. The announcement came just hours after Ambassador Andrey Karlov was assassinated in Ankara. (RELATED: A Photographer Caught The Exact Moment A Terrorist Gunned Down A Russian Ambassador)

Two empty bullet shells were found in the apartment, and a gun was discovered under the sink in the bathroom, according to the UK’s Evening Standard. His wife was also reportedly home at the time of the killing, but was safe in another room. Police are exploring all possibilities at the time being.

Polshikov was a senior figure in the Latin American department of the Russian foreign ministry. While there are some reports that the career-diplomat had left the Ministry, it was unclear if he was currently working for another branch of the Russian government at the time of his death.

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It's Official- Trump Wins

Donald Trump wins Electoral College

Donald Trump officially crossed the line to 270 electoral votes with electors in Texas casting a ballot for the Republican shortly before 5:30 p.m. EST. Calls for Trump to be voted down by members of the Electoral College were roundly ignored on Monday - with only two 'faithless' Republican electors rejecting him and four deserting Democrat Hillary Clinton.

The Day Niagara Falls Froze Over.


Being both a fan of vintage photos and oddities of nature - I found this very intriguing. These are rare photos of  Niagara Falls... Frozen nearly solid! 


Nobody knows the exact date but experts pin the photo below to 1911 - since that was when the river feeding the falls happen to freeze solid. 
(And yes, those are people walking on the ice - just feet from the edge)  




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Christmas in the Bible

Jeremiah 10: Read it for yourself - NO COMMENT NEEDED!

God and Idols

image from www.thethirdangelsmessage.com1Hear what the Lord says to you, people of Israel. 2This is what the Lord says:

“Do not learn the ways of the nations

or be terrified by signs in the heavens,

though the nations are terrified by them.

3For the practices of the peoples are worthless;

they cut a tree out of the forest,

and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel.

4They adorn it with silver and gold;

they fasten it with hammer and nails

so it will not totter.

5Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field,

their idols cannot speak;

they must be carried

because they cannot walk.

Do not fear them;

they can do no harm

nor can they do any good.”

6No one is like you, Lord;

you are great,

and your name is mighty in power.

7Who should not fear you,

King of the nations?

This is your due.

Among all the wise leaders of the nations

and in all their kingdoms,

there is no one like you.

8They are all senseless and foolish;

they are taught by worthless wooden idols.

9Hammered silver is brought from Tarshish

and gold from Uphaz.

What the craftsman and goldsmith have made

is then dressed in blue and purple—

all made by skilled workers.

10But the Lord is the true God;

he is the living God, the eternal King.

When he is angry, the earth trembles;

the nations cannot endure his wrath.

11“Tell them this: ‘These gods, who did not make the heavens and the earth, will perish from the earth and from under the heavens.’ ”a

12But God made the earth by his power;

he founded the world by his wisdom

and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.

13When he thunders, the waters in the heavens roar;

he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth.

He sends lightning with the rain

and brings out the wind from his storehouses.

14Everyone is senseless and without knowledge;

every goldsmith is shamed by his idols.

The images he makes are a fraud;

they have no breath in them.

15They are worthless, the objects of mockery;

when their judgment comes, they will perish.

16He who is the Portion of Jacob is not like these,

for he is the Maker of all things,

including Israel, the people of his inheritance—

the Lord Almighty is his name.

Coming Destruction

17Gather up your belongings to leave the land,

you who live under siege.

18For this is what the Lord says:

“At this time I will hurl out

those who live in this land;

I will bring distress on them

so that they may be captured.”

19Woe to me because of my injury!

My wound is incurable!

Yet I said to myself,

“This is my sickness, and I must endure it.”

20My tent is destroyed;

all its ropes are snapped.

My children are gone from me and are no more;

no one is left now to pitch my tent

or to set up my shelter.

21The shepherds are senseless

and do not inquire of the Lord;

so they do not prosper

and all their flock is scattered.

22Listen! The report is coming—

a great commotion from the land of the north!

It will make the towns of Judah desolate,

a haunt of jackals.

Jeremiah’s Prayer

23Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own;

it is not for them to direct their steps.

24Discipline me, Lord, but only in due measure—

not in your anger,

or you will reduce me to nothing.

25Pour out your wrath on the nations

that do not acknowledge you,

on the peoples who do not call on your name.

For they have devoured Jacob;

they have devoured him completely

and destroyed his homeland.

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Is Trump the new Teddy Roosevelt?

President-elect Donald Trump is being compared to another moneyed New Yorker who took on the status quo in Washington – Rough Rider and progressive leader Teddy Roosevelt, although there are plenty of cracks in the analogy. 

'I think Donald Trump sees himself larger than life,' former House Speaker John Boehner said in a radio interview with WCPO in Cincinnati. 

'He kind of reminds me of Teddy Roosevelt, another guy who saw himself larger than life,' Boehner said.

'You look at what Teddy Roosevelt did, he came in to do big things,' Boehner continued, adding: 'Donald Trump isn't there to kind of trim around the edges and occupy the White House.'

Roosevelt was an avid hunter who shot and killed countless animals and collected specimens
Roosevelt dispatched his daughter, Alice, on a world tour, while Trump leans on daughter Ivanka for advice and put her on his transition
Roosevelt dispatched his daughter, Alice, on a world tour

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Last survivors remember Pearl Harbor attack 75 years ago

War is hell, even 75 years later

Charles Hocker wanted to escape Beaver Dam, Ky. Vito Colonna was trying to help out his struggling family in Cleveland. John Gideon followed a friend into the Navy, thinking about what young men think about.

"I pictured hula girls,” said Hocker.

And that’s why they were American military men in what seemed like paradise — in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on a day, 75 years ago, that will live in infamy.

They were so very young then, Gideon the oldest at 21. Today, for anyone who believes that time heals all wounds, that war can be left on the battlefield or even that survivor’s guilt recedes with time, listen to three nonagenarians who will, quietly, set you straight. They are from separate states, were interviewed separately and have little – and everything – in common.


“I lay awake in bed” some nights, said Gideon, now 96 and then a Navy Seaman 1st Class.

“The memories still flash through my mind,” said Hocker, 92, then in the Army only because he falsified his birth certificate.

“Why are you keeping me here?” Colonna, 92, then a Navy medic who was one of the few to survive the sinking of the USS Arizona, said he still asks God. “Did I do something wrong?”

Coming from a family with 16 children, Colonna at age 14 found work at a Cleveland hospital during the Depression and picked up terminology and tips from the medical staff. So when he joined the Navy two years later — lying about his age — he was tapped to be a medic.



Pearl Harbor 75 Years ago Today

The extraordinary minute-by-minute stories of horror behind the Pearl Harbour attack

Almost exactly 75 years ago, fearing America would intervene in its military actions in the Far East, the Japanese targeted the home of the vast and powerful U.S. Fleet at Pearl Harbour in Hawaii. The events of the attack in 1941 represented a turning point that would see Adolf Hitler eventually defeated, as this dramatic minute-by-minute reconstruction reveals. At 2pm on Saturday, December 6, 1941, Dorothy Edgers, a member of the U.S. Navy's Cryptographic Department, intercepted a secret Japanese diplomatic message requesting details about ship movements at Pearl Harbour, Oahu Island, Hawaii. Alarmed, she took the message to her boss, but was told: 'We'll get back to this on Monday.' By then it was too late a vast Japanese attack fleet was already stealthily on its way. The attack was made into a 2001 film directed by Michael Bay which starred Ben Affleck and Kate Beckinsale.

Remembering Pearl Harbor 75 years later

Tomorrow is the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.   Here is a look back, through photographs, at the surprise attack that killed 2,300 American servicemen and propelled the U.S. into World War II.

Smoke pours from wrecked American warships including (L-R) the battleships USS West Virginia & USS Tennessee which were damaged or sunk during Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.
Here are the other photos:


EU chief mounts fresh call for European army, claiming 'Americans won't protect us forever'

By Bob Barney

World War II was only a foreshadow of the world that is yet to come. Eventually, England will soon be leaving the EU and I think will probably join into another economic group comprised of Great Britain, Canada, Australia, South Africa and the USA! France, The Netherlands, Denmark and Scandinavia may also be in this economic union (read What Modern Nations Makeup the LOST TEN TRIBES of ISRAEL. There are some mistakes in this, but the basic principal is correct)

I will have someother eye-opening stories in the coming months about general trends that we should be watching for. Unlike the scam preachers out there, I don't have any idea when the Kingdom of God is coming to Earth. I do know with certainty that it will happen in the future. Our jobs are not to predict when, but to be watching for the signs.... 

Over 75 years ago, Herbert and Garner Ted Armstrong made astounding predicts about Europe that have all proven to be true.   Europe, under the Papacy is the Beast of Revelation, and we are to look to Europe for prophecy fulfillment - NOT RUSSIA!  

Today in the Daily Mail is this story.  We are seeing the emergences of a militarized Europe that will become this BEAST Government of Revelation.  Always WATCH events in EUROPE!

Some excertps:

Donald Trump's election as US President has sparked fresh call for an EU army, amid a warning that the continent will not always be able to rely on American protection. The president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, voiced his concerns after the Republican's surprise victory was announced. He said a 'community of defence' is required.

Jean-Claude Juncker has mounted a fresh call for a European army, saying the continent cannot always rely on the US to protect it


Juncker said: 'We need more security in Europe, and I do not mean just the anti-terror fight. n 'Talking about security we need a different way of organizing a European defense.'

He said that the French National Assembly prevented a proposed European community of defence being created in 1954 - a move that could have seen an army created, but was rejected amid concerns about national sovereignty.

Juncker said: 'We need it now. The idea that the Americans will eternally see to... European security is not true. 

British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon rubbished the idea of a shared European army last month, stating: 'We continue to oppose any new military structure that would introduce a second layer of command and control. Command and control is a matter for the military, it is a matter for Nato.

‘When it was last discussed by EU defence ministers, there was very strong opposition to any kind of EU military command headquarters from Sweden, Poland, the Baltic states, even from the Netherlands, which is sometimes sympathetic to some of these EU proposals, they very strongly opposed that kind of duplication.

‘So this is not simply Britain, there is widespread EU concern about any duplication.’

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Now Germans Want Out of EU

Nearly half of Germans have indicated they want to follow Britain in holding a referendum on their EU membership.

A survey found 42 percent of citizens want a similar vote that led to Brexit, while two thirds of the population believe the European Union 'is heading in the wrong direction'.

It will be seen as a blow to German Chancellor Angela Merkel who has been criticised for her open-door policy on immigration which saw one million migrants enter the country last year.

It will be seen as a blow to German Chancellor Angela Merkel who has been criticised for her open-door policy on immigration which saw one million migrants enter the country last year

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Why bacteria in the stomach really DO control everything

When we can't lose weight, we tend to want to blame something outside of our control. 

Could it be related to the microbiota – the bacteria and other organisms – that colonise your gut?

Now, two experts from the University of New South Wales reveal exactly the trillions of microorganisms work.

Here, in a piece for The Conversation, they explain how the bacteria in the gut affect our eating habits and weight. 

Microorganisms harvest energy from food, regulating the immune function, and keeping the lining of our gut healthy, two experts from the University of New South Wales say


Our gut harbours some trillion microorganisms. 

These are key in harvesting energy from our food, regulating our immune function, and keeping the lining of our gut healthy.

The composition of our gut microbiota is partly determined by our genes but can also be influenced by lifestyle factors such as our diet, alcohol intake and exercise, as well as medications.

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