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Is Christmas too commercial or not commercial enough?  In what's become a seasonal argument, we hear from a priest, a libertarian, an economist and advocate of a buy-nothing Christmas.  Plus, charges filed against several marines in the deaths of 24 civilians in Iraqi city of Haditha.

Producers:
Dan Konecky
Vanessa Romo

Making News Marine Charged in Haditha Killings 4 MIN, 50 SEC

At Camp Pendleton today, four Marines were charged with un-premeditated murder in the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians last year in the town of Haditha.  Four officers, who were not at the scene, were accused of failures in investigating and reporting the deaths.

Guests:
Mark Walker, Reporter for San Diego's North County Times

Main Topic The Commercialization of Christmas 20 MIN, 23 SEC

With Christmas less than a week away, a lot of people are thinking about the hype, the commercialization and the consequent loss of Christian meaning. There are campaigns afoot to discourage Christmas shopping altogether.  In this week's New Yorker magazine, James Surowiecki suggests a kind of compromise: "We might actually be happier--and we'd certainly be wealthier--if we exchanged small, well-considered gifts rather than haunting the malls."  Is it more about material expectations and competition than good fellowship or Christian love?  If we bought nothing at Christmas would spirituality be restored?  Is Christmas too commercial or not commercial enough? We hear several shades of a familiar argument.

Guests:
Jack Kyser, Founding Economist, LAEDC's Kyser Center for Economic Research
Chris Probert, Social Marketing Manager for Adbusters magazine
Yaron Brook, Executive Editor of the Ayn Rand Institute
Willy Raymond, Priest at Holy Cross Family Ministry

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