But there is a tree in Seoul:
Meanwhile, four days before Christmas, Seoul said it would erect a 100-foot-tall (30-meter-tall) steel Christmas tree near the tense land border with North Korea. The tree will stand less than 2 miles (3 kilometres) from the border, festooned with lights visible to North Koreans living in border cities.
A symbolic gesture appropriate for this time of year.
Meanwhile, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson praised North Korea's "statesmanlike" restraint as he wrapped up a four-day trip to North Korea.
Richardson, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations who has served as an unofficial envoy to North Korea in the past, told Associated Press Television News in Pyongyang that his trip yielded "positive" results.
"It was a good visit — positive results in our discussions with North Korea," he said Tuesday morning before boarding a plane in Pyongyang.
What a total yahoo. South Korea is bracing for another attack and this numbskull is praising the terrorist state of North Korea for not responding to South Korea's show of might. Did Richardson forget the "human shields" callousness or does he even care? Useful idiot.
Great Britain a hotbed of terrorism? Everyone knows that:
Forget Yemen or Somalia. It is Britain and its ignominious record of violent Islamism that should be the focus of security concerns, say critics of Britain's counter-terrorism policies.
Related: Christmas (not holiday) attack foiled in Great Britain.
Sweden courageously deports Iraqi Christians:
Just last week a terrorist explosion tore through Sweden's capital city Stockholm. Luckily the only person killed was the Muslim terrorist. In Sweden, certain Muslim immigrant neighborhoods are considered "no go" by Swedish police as the Muslim newcomers have established their own societies while living off generous Swedish welfare. In Malmo and certain other regions in Sweden police and other political figures are quiet about violence by Swedish Muslims against Swedish Jews or else they join the leftists blaming the Jewish victims.
Well actually Swedish authorities are responding to this Muslim violence in Sweden--they are deporting Iraqi Christians fleeing their 2000 year homeland seeking refuge in Sweden because of murderous attacks against them by Iraqi Muslims in Iraq.
Sweden's migration minister has refused to respond to concerns from the United Nations and the Council of Europe about Sweden's decision to resume the deportation of Iraqis.For these Christians, returning to Iraq might be a death sentence; just last month 52 Iraqi Christians were slaughtered in a Catholic church in Baghdad.
[T]he European Court of Human Rights is currently "inundated" with cases dealing with Iraqis in Sweden.
He urged Sweden to give the court more time to review the cases before resuming the deportation of Iraqis.
"It might transpire that requests of some of the returnees have not yet been dealt by the Court," he concluded," he said.
As Barry Rubin and others, such as Joel Sprayregan here at American Thinker have commented, all over the Muslim world Christians and other religious minorities are persecuted and attacked yet there are few world wide complaints.
As Rubin explained:
Christians are being assaulted, intimidated, and murdered by militant Muslims.Yet virtually never do Christians in any of these countries-perhaps with some occasional exceptions in India--attack Muslims. In the West, there have been no armed terrorist attacks on Muslims or the deliberate killing of Muslims. There does not exist a single group advocating such behavior.
Have you seen any of this in the Western mass media? Have any Christian church groups-some of which find ample time to criticize Israel-even mentioned this systematic assault? Indeed, on the rare occasions that the emigration of Christians is mentioned, somehow it is blamed on Israel, as one American network news show did recently. (snip)
Presumably, much of the Western media and intelligentsia-along with a lot of the church leadership, assumes that it is impossible for a non-Western, "non-white" group to ever be prejudiced. There is also a belief that if one dares report the news about pogroms carried about by Muslims against Christians it will trigger pogroms by Christians against Muslims.
The Catholic Church is quiet because it fears that complaints will increase persecution. Indeed, at a recent high-level Synod for the Middle East, leading Catholic clerics from the region blasted Israel and talked about how wonderfully Christians are treated in Muslim-majority countries. Iraq was singled out as a country where there were no problems in Muslim-Christian relations. Apparently, though, appeasement isn't working.
Why crack down on terrorism? Enjoy the dhimmitude, Sweden.
Atheists are miserable. Just read the comments.
Allegations are surfacing at compensation hearings that students abused fellow pupils at Canada's now-closed residential schools for aboriginal people, CBC News has learned.
The allegations are being made as federal adjudicators work out a compensation package at hearings under the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement, the largest class-action settlement in Canadian history.
Nearly 6,000 people have been identified as abusers at the hearings, according to the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs. Most of those named are former teachers and clergy, many of whom have died, but 20 to 25 per cent of those accused were students.
The government is hiring private investigators to track them down and they'll get a chance to tell their side of the story. But no cases will be referred for criminal investigation.
The good thief (the other one).
Beyond true- a mirror into human behaviour- toddlers and boxes.
A nice story for Christmas involving a dog, puppies and a cat.
|Christmas is greater than Lenin.|