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BART ERHAMAN, in the final edition of Newsweek, which will come out this month, addresses several Christmas legends (some of which really are just legends) and challenges the veracity and validity of the New Testament. At the end of January, New Testaments will still be in print.

IT’S FUNNY HOW Chris­ti­an­ity can be mocked and ridiculed without reprisals. However, this country lives in fear of radical Islam, and it’s almost a crime to speak out against Islam or the prophet. In the land of the free and home of the brave, only Christians are not tolerated.

REP. JOHN BARROW’S “holiday” letter nowhere mentions Jesus or even the word “Christmas.” He does brag that he’s helped constituents “navigate the maze of the federal government”; but he carefully omits that a lot of that maze – and expense – became a maze on Barrow’s watch.

AUGUSTA YOUTH Development Campus keeps hiring and then firing new leaders, but the chaos continues. Clearly, the inmates have taken over the lunatic asylum.

ONE HOUR OF church on Sunday cannot balance two hours per day, five days a week of talk radio hate.

RAVE FOR GREG, one of our most valued members at CSRA Happy Tails Rescue. On his own time and out of his own kind heart, Greg has decorated our dog housing buildings with beautiful Christmas lights. Thank you, Greg!

IF WE CONSIDER outlawing guns, shouldn’t we outlaw cars, too?

NORTH AUGUSTA’S mayor says a new ball stadium there will “pay for itself.” How does he know?

ARE PEOPLE STILL not aware that the North had the righteous side in the Civil War? I thought it would have been a moot point by now.

RAVE FOR THE sweet lady working at the Circle K right off the interstate in North Augusta on Dec. 21 around 2:30 a.m. I came in and bought nachos when the machine went down. You were very sweet and made my night. Thank you!

I HEAR ABOUT it happening all the time, and for the first time I experienced it. Thank you to the wonderful lady at Starbucks on Robert C. Daniel Parkway. You paid for my coffee, and I will definitely pass it on. What a joyous feeling!

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Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 12/25/12 - 08:33 pm
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Huh?...Ranter #5...

...."talk radio hate...?".....It's called the First Amendment..
Get used to it....or better yet a reminder. There is this thing on your radio called a "knob"...use it to change the channel...

Rant #2...case in point...after 61 years we still say "the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor"....but we cannot bring ourselves to identify 9/11 for what it was...."A Muslim attack on America".....

Rant #3 RE: Barrah...If he's so interested in helping his constituents ,how about making that maze smaller?...(not holding my breath on THAT one)...

Rant #7.....and baseball bats, matches, french fries, airplanes, trains AND automobiles....

Rant #8....a ball stadium will pay for itself. But at the rate of attendance at most Greenjackets games, it will take about 75 years....

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 12/25/12 - 10:40 pm
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#5

I bet you can't even define hate, or racism either for that matter. ( I bring that up because I bet a gold coin you toss that word around very easily too).

omnomnom
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omnomnom 12/26/12 - 12:46 am
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the only thing i have to say about talk radio

"Too often we... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." - John F. Kennedy

omnomnom
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omnomnom 12/26/12 - 02:35 am
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I like Barrow. Whats

I like Barrow. Whats Christmas got to do with government?

GGpap
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GGpap 12/26/12 - 04:52 am
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I like Barrow. What's....

I would only add to onnomnom's comment...

What's Jesus got to do with governmentt?

Thankfully, there IS the separation of church and state in America...although... it would appear that there are apparently stiil a few that fail to understand the concept.

GGpap

GGpap
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GGpap 12/26/12 - 04:58 am
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The New Testament...

Even though the New Testament will still be in print it doesn't prove that it is valid.

Heck, even Grimm's "Fairy Tales" are still in print and so far none have proved that they aren't valid.

GGpap

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/26/12 - 06:14 am
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Newsweek going away...

That sounds so strange.....going away....
Why....I'm tired of hearing that.....everything printed will go away someday....I dread that..
Now when I talk to Drs office or a business they tell me I can put all the information on line....but i say no.....I don't want to put everything online....the banks---huge political machines can't keep their info safe online...who am I to think I can....I'm not a nerd....

I'm looking at one of the last newsweek magazines on this table....sigh....
Oh how the next generation will miss that feel of a good book......that turned back page.....& just reading some parts again just for the fun of it.....

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/26/12 - 06:20 am
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mayor says a new ball stadium there will “pay for itself.”

hahah

Well tell Gwinnett county because they didn't get that memo...LOL

A righteous side of war.....do we have just one side....will the day come when we won't have war at all.....just computer shoot outs......& the smartest nerd will win..

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/26/12 - 06:42 am
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About guards in school..

Harley said this .....think about it....good for some ....

...Sidwell Friends (the school the Obama girls attend along with lots of Washington D.C. liberals' kids) currently employ eleven armed guards and they're trying to hire number thirteen. These are, of course, the very same people that argue against having armed guards in schools the rest of our children/grandchildren attend.

Now tell me ....why not protect all kids....harley is right...(again :)

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RoadkiII 12/26/12 - 07:41 am
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I think elected officials

I think elected officials should be required to send their children to public schools. At least then there would be a few armed guards in the schools.

Which brings up the question, if the Emperors' kids can have an armed escort every where they go why can't mine?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/26/12 - 08:00 am
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Article about Sidwell

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/12/23/School-Obama-s-Daught...

Even the tv well known have children there....I guess their kids need the protection too.....our kids...nahhhh not in their eyes..

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/26/12 - 08:38 am
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The winner in a war is always

The winner in a war is always described as the righteous side.

Newsweek will still be online.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/26/12 - 09:11 am
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justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/26/12 - 09:26 am
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River

Saw your post on Clemson/LSU. I wouldn't be shocked if Clemson won. But I wouldn't bet on it. I am, however, certain that it will be a good game vs last years fiasco. Also, I think UGA will get back "up" for the Capital One Bowl. I think it will be a high scoring affair. UGA can't stop the run and the Cornhuskers have trouble stopping anything. Both games will be among the best games to watch over the Holidays. Hope you had a great Christmas.

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dichotomy 12/26/12 - 09:32 am
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Ranter #2....."it’s almost a

Ranter #2....."it’s almost a crime to speak out against Islam or the prophet. In the land of the free and home of the brave, only Christians are not tolerated."

That's because liberals are always selective about which "evils" they attack.....just as they are selective about which "good causes" THEY choose to give our money to.

The can bring themselves to stand quietly and allow a prayer at a governmental meeting but they see no problem at all with spending taxpayer money to install "foot washing" facilities at state colleges in Michigan. They attack smokers, legal gun owners, and people who prosper in our economic system but they support partial birth abortions, legalizing drug use, and refuse to even talk about actually cutting spending to match revenue and requiring people to work for a living. Basically they are hypocrites and cowards who selectively demonize certain groups while giving a pass to the people and policies that are REALLY causing our problems.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 12/26/12 - 11:23 am
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ARE PEOPLE STILL not aware that the North had the righteous side

The only thing the North had in mind was since they controlled all of the manufacturing they wanted to control all of the cotton and the slaves that came along with the deal. Slaves were set free but they had nowhere to go so they stayed put and I am sure some were still mistreated!

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 12/26/12 - 11:33 am
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Follow the money

All this gun control talk does is raise the price of guns and ammo. We won't lose our rights. Quit running up the price of ammo. Dang, can't find any on the shelf. Only 324 days til Christmas.

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 12/26/12 - 11:38 am
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YDC

You can properly discipline those kids and they know it.

Bantana
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Bantana 12/26/12 - 04:04 pm
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dichotomy

in a statement regarding the two footwashing stations at it's dearborn campus, the university of michigan has made it clear to all that care to understand this issue that the total cost will be covered by student fees and NOT tax dollars. the retro-fitting of two bathrooms for an estimated cost not to exceed $25,000, was at the request of students concerned about sanitation and safety. why can't people learn the facts rather than posting opinion as fact?

Bantana
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Bantana 12/26/12 - 04:13 pm
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really ?

you folks crack me up. thumbs down for quoting from the official university press release on the issue and correcting an incorrect statement. but as a high ranking staffer for the 2012 republican presidential candidate once said, our campaign will not be dictated to by fact checkers. :-)))

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 12/26/12 - 12:10 pm
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Drivers please!

Drivers please pay attention to the road! When you make a turn don't accelerate and or try to pass on the right without paying any attention to what the driver in front of you is doing!! And don't switch lanes without using your blinker BEFORE you switch lanes! It doesn't do a bit of good to start using it after you've already switched lanes. Also, when it is foggy and overcast, use your lights!

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 12/26/12 - 01:21 pm
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What was "righteous" about

What was "righteous" about the North's involvement in the Civil War?
Do they think it was fought to free African's from slavery? Surely not.

KSL
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KSL 12/26/12 - 03:28 pm
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Slavery

Was going away in the the west. Even American Southerners were gradually freeing theirs. The causes of the civil war were not so simplistic as to be over slavery.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 12/26/12 - 04:35 pm
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It was about control and

It was about control and power, just like every other war. Slavery was an emotional issue used to leverage support for the North; no more, no less.
As stated above, slave owners were already losing their taste for holding another human in bondage.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 12/26/12 - 04:45 pm
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Public arenas

Public arenas/parks rarely ever "make" money in the traditional sense. The direct peripheral economic impact can be extrapolated, but the indirect economic impact from making the area more attractive for business and residents to locate in the area are much harder to quantify.

Let's hypothesize. If Greenville had not had the beautiful Peace Center, and Bi-Lo Center, and BMW had decided to locate elsewhere for lack of amenities, what would have been the long term economic impact? Though I imagine both of those places show break-even to loss, having BMW more than makes up for it in total $$ impact.

My example may or may not be true, but the general theory is.

Jake
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Jake 12/26/12 - 05:22 pm
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Slavery was going away......

.....and so was bondage. That is why the freed slaves were immediately accepted into society and Jim Crow laws were never enacted. I am not sure why the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964 because everyone knows that the freed slaves and their future generations were treated with the utmost dignity and equality.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/26/12 - 06:02 pm
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Jake jake jake

How can you possibly like posting with the good ole boys from the South--I wonder sometimes..I really do...
History....North/South

To see this, start by considering the response of New York City to secession. On January 7, 1861, after the secession of South Carolina but before any other state joined in rebellion, Mayor Fernando Wood delivered his annual message to the New York City Council. Would the mayor of the largest and wealthiest northern city denounce the southern cause? Rally his fellow citizens around the Union and its president-elect, Abraham Lincoln? Perhaps lament the necessity of a bloody moral struggle to abolish slavery?

Both North and South were profoundly complicit in slavery and deeply reluctant to abolish our nation's 'peculiar institution.'
--James Perry and Katrina Browne

U.S. History

Wood did none of these things. Instead, he announced that New York offered "friendly relations and a common sympathy" with the "aggrieved brethren of the slave states." He then offered the bold proposal that New York City secede, as well, forming an independent city-state. This move, he argued, "would have the whole and united support of the southern states" and would allow the city to avoid breaking off its existing relationships with the slave states.

Of course, New York did not secede from the Union. But why did this northern mayor, along with many of his fellow citizens, so dramatically embrace the southern cause?

The first answer is cotton. Cotton -- southern, slave-picked cotton -- was the mainstay of New York City's antebellum economy, and indeed, of the North's. In 1860, the South produced 2.3 billion pounds of cotton, accounting for two-thirds of world production and more than half the value of all U.S. exports. Most of this wealth, however, flowed north and west, as these regions provided the financing, insurance, marketing, transportation, foodstuffs and manufactured goods for southern slave plantations. Even the growing industrialization of the North took the form of cotton textile mills, which were dependent on southern cotton production.

The critical linkage of northern industrialization and southern slavery, while generally ignored or downplayed in the past, has been drawing increasing attention from historians, as brought out at a conference on slavery and the U.S. economy this past week, organized by Seth Rockman of Brown University and Sven Beckert of Harvard University.

No one profited more handsomely from the cotton trade and the textile industry than New York's financial and maritime interests. Yet Wood was not in the pocket of big business; he was a populist supported by the city's working-class immigrants. New York's laborers, bolstered by waves of Irish and other immigrants, were just as dependent for their modest wages on King Cotton, and like other ordinary northerners, they knew it.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/26/12 - 06:04 pm
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PLEASE READ......

Most of this wealth, however, flowed north and west, as these regions provided the financing, insurance, marketing, transportation, foodstuffs and manufactured goods for southern slave plantations.

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harley_52 12/26/12 - 06:10 pm
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"Slavery was going away......and so was bondage."

Jake...I always thought "slavery" was pretty much synonymous with "bondage." I could be wrong, so maybe you can help.

Or were you referring to something a little more kinky and San Francisco-like?

Can you name an ethnic or racial group that hasn't been the subject of discrimination and prejudice, or do you think it was unique to American blacks?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/26/12 - 06:11 pm
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How long will we have to relive it

Naw sur....lets me get my plantation workers together & clean this dang house...yessum...I need a cleaning here...yahere...

GEEZ it does get old when we constantly hear from the SAME folks....especially when WE didn't own slaves...our parents didn't...& as far as I know...we were just as poor as church mice....don't think we benefited from slavery....nope ...sho nuff!

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