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We Wish You A Merry Christmas … The Alamo Torch

As we approach the close of the year 2018 A.D., we offer this special Christmas edition with a historical look at the origins of the most widely revered solemn lullaby composed over 200 years ago and the origins of Santa Claus traced back to the real historical figure of St. Nicholas who lived in the 4th century. In the New Year we’ll go over the highs and lows of 2018 and map out urgent issues confronting our nation, state, and  city in 2019. We started 2018 reeling from the horrible massacre at the First Baptist Church in  Sutherland Springs that…

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The Loveliest Lullaby

Editor’s Note: The Silent Night Chapel is located in the town of Oberndorf in the Austrian province of Salzburg, Austria. It is built on the site of the former St Nicholas’s Church. In December 24, 1818 the Christmas carol, Silent Night (Stille Nacht), was performed for the first time by librettist, Joseph Mohr, and music composed by Franz Xaver Gruber. + + + Consider the catastrophe. A performance is expected, everything is set, anticipation runs high and then your organ breaks down on Christmas Eve. A mouse nibbling at the bellows was suspected. One might consider some hopeful tinkering, but…

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Before Santa Claus There was St. Nicholas – The Real Father Christmas

The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At the time the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus’ words to “sell what you own and give the money to the poor,” Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while…

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The Real History of Thanksgiving

Early thanksgiving celebrations in America can be traced to the 17th century. The harvest feast at the Plymouth plantation in 1621 celebrated by pilgrim settlers and the Wampanoag Indians who taught the settlers to grow corn and catch eel is ingrained in the popular imagination. The national Thanksgiving celebration observed on the fourth Thursday of November  is a uniquely American national holiday that has a storied, exceptional history. Prager University recently featured a video presentation by Melanie Kirkpatrick, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute – Lincoln and Thanksgiving: The Origin of an American Holiday. Poet, essayist, and magazine editor, Sarah Josepha…

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The Central Domestic Issue of Our Times

The very fact this nation has moved into a state of socialism is no longer even arguable.  That our government has been taken over by socialist bureaucrats demonstrates the forces working to cause it, that is, bring this state of affairs about, were stronger than those working against it.  This movement towards socialism did not happen overnight.  It has occurred over a long fortnight under the cover of deception clothed in the purposeful and crafted propaganda carried out by an establishment ruling class rooted in statism and social control.   It has been an insidious takeover of our nation without…

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