Excommunicating John Walsh
Excommunication is like a glass of fine Irish Whiskey with Water. An abomination! Excommunication is an utterly useless waste of time, words and effort if you ask me. I understand the Biblical meaning and purpose of it, and that frock wearing nancy that did it to you was nowhere near the mark.
Mar 9, 2014 - 12:12:10 AM
President Obama's "If not now, when?!"
President Obama expects Israel to trade high-ground topography for high-tech military systems and security arrangements, devised by American generals, who led the failed efforts to snatch Iraq and Afghanistan out of the jaws of Islamic terrorism and Iranian radicalism. Israel is expected to entrust its own national security to the goodwill of its Arab neighbors and international guarantees, at a time when both are exposed as non-viable.
Mar 8, 2014 - 3:37:16 AM
Still Unwanted like Struma's Jews
On December 12, 1941, the rickety vessel chugged out to sea. After four hair-raising days (instead of the routine 14 hours) the Struma unsteadily dragged itself into Istanbul Harbor. It couldn't continue. Its makeshift motor had sputtered its last. There was no fuel, food or water...Britain pressured Turkey not to let anyone off the crippled boat. Turkish premier argued that "Turkey cannot be expected to serve as a refuge or surrogate homeland for people unwanted anywhere else." The government ordered the condemned Struma tugged out to the Black Sea. Hundreds of truncheon-wielding Turkish policemen were dispatched to the Struma on February 23. They viciously clubbed passengers below deck. On February 24, an explosion ripped it apart.
Mar 6, 2014 - 4:51:47 AM
It's Official: the Palestinians are a modern fiction
Palestine and the Palestinians are a modern invention, a fiction created with the aim of dismantling Israel and undermining its claim to its ancient patrimony. "I say to those who distort the Koran: from where did you bring the name Palestine, you liars, you accursed, when Allah has already named it 'the Holy Land' and bequeathed it to the Children of Israel until the Day of Judgment? There is no such thing as 'Palestine' in the Koran. Your demand for the Land of Israel is a falsehood and it constitutes an attack on the Koran, on the Jews and their land," -- Sheikh Ahmad Adwan
Mar 4, 2014 - 12:24:03 AM
Can Israel Defy a Second Term President?
One of the causes of the inherently weaker second term is the different political life expectancy of House Members (unlimited two-year terms), Senators (unlimited six- year terms) and presidents (limited two four-year terms). Therefore, second term presidents are handicapped by a pressing timetable, pursue relatively quick results/solutions and are anxious to establish (overly) ambitious legacies. On the other hand, the legislators who benefit from long-term continuity, attempt to minimize swift action, which might upset their constituents, thus jeopardizing their re-election prospects. Legislators are more loyal to district and state constituents than they are to presidents. Consequently, they rarely sacrifice their political lives on the altar of a presidential vision.
Mar 4, 2014 - 12:07:31 AM
Americans: Israel is the MVP
The Gallup data highlights the fact that Americans in general, rather than US Jewry, are the main source of intense identification with the Jewish State. That is also the case on Capitol Hill, where the key US-Israel initiatives have been conceived/led by Christian legislators (most notably, the late Senator Daniel Inouye). In fact, the vast majority of Americans has embraced the idea of a Jewish State since the 17th century Pilgrims -- long before the integration of the Jewish community into American society, and many years before the founding of AIPAC.
Feb 23, 2014 - 12:15:00 AM
The Stark Reality of the Iranian Nuclear Deal
The apparent basis for Obama's groveling toward Iran is the newly fashionable mythology that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is at long-last the "moderate" Iranian leader that we have all been waiting for. This is wishful thinking at best because, even after the Obama administration announced the Iranian nuclear deal, Rouhani emphasized, in direct contradiction to statements by John Kerry, that Iran could and would continue uranium enrichment under the deal.
Feb 21, 2014 - 6:25:19 AM
A definition of advice is difficult to define
My daughter is not the only person that asks for advice. My wife does it in an odd way. I know she knows the answer to her question but she wants to combine mine with hers. Sometimes when I give her advice she takes it in and basically makes her own decisions. Other times she gives me that odd look that asks, "What planet were you born on?" Either way I do my best.
Feb 14, 2014 - 12:15:37 AM
The Zionist Lobby: What's the big deal? by Steve Apfel
The boycotters won that battle without having to draw weapons. Given the non-too subtle backing of the European Union, the outcome was inevitable. Indeed taxpayers' money helps to oil the wheels of the anti-Zionist lobby. And why not? The Muslim component of Europe is massive and vocal; trade with the Arab world is gigantic; the threat of terrorism hovers over Europe like the sword of Damocles.
Feb 13, 2014 - 5:35:02 AM
U.S. nuclear negotiator admits 'we've not shut down' Iran's nuclear weapon efforts
Obama administration realizes that despite their deal with Iran, the mullah's are still marching towards a nuclear weapon capability..... Under pressure from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), U.S. negotiator Wendy Sherman conceded that the U.S. failed to "shut down" Iran's ongoing development of ballistic missiles, which have long range capabilities and are the preferred weapon for delivering a nuclear payload.
Feb 12, 2014 - 12:07:05 AM
Afghanistan's Economy Post-2014
Politically, we may have a vague idea of what exactly will happen in Afghanistan after 2014. Economically, however, we can quite accurately predict that Afghanistan will return to its former life of poverty. Even the riches that supposedly rained on Afghanistan between 2002 and 2013 didn't ease its agony. Most of the money never reached it. According to estimates, out of each dollar assigned earmarked for that country, only 14 cents reached it.
Feb 9, 2014 - 12:20:30 AM
Appeasement and Economic Sanctions
The US Administration is leading the easing of economic sanctions against -- and the legitimization of -- the regime of Iran's apocalyptic, almost-nuclear Ayatollahs and Mullahs, the allies of North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba and other anti-US rogue regimes. They are the chief sponsors of anti-US Islamic terrorism, the role model of anti-US incitement and non-compliance with agreements, double-talk, repression, public executions, state-sponsored terrorism and subversion against the pro-US oil-producing Arab states.
Feb 9, 2014 - 12:15:12 AM
When is a Saint not a Saint?
I don't know if the Sainted Mary Mackillop did or did not do any miracles, but I sure as hell am going to try and find out. I'm off to find a statue of her, and beg her indulgence to intercede with Jesus to provide me with an answer to the question.
Feb 9, 2014 - 12:10:30 AM
The Birth of Becoming
My mission became simple. I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to change the world. How do you do that? The answer is simple. You change the world one person at a time. If I can change a person's core values to foster understanding, acceptance, tolerance and love, I will have changed how they see the world and for them I would have changed the world.
Feb 7, 2014 - 12:15:13 AM
The United Nations: Caring for Children or Caring for Culture Warriors
Sexual abuse of a minor is a sin and a crime and no organization can become complacent about addressing it. The Catholic Church has certainly done more than any other international organization to face the problem and it will continue to lead in doing so.
Feb 7, 2014 - 12:13:04 AM
Uniting Christians with the Holy Trinity
I hope my book will help you to find faith in Jesus and what he came to accomplish for His Father and the Holy Spirit, with Whom He makes the Holy Trinity, and to accomplish for each of us who choose to obey and rejoice in him eternally.
Feb 7, 2014 - 12:10:03 AM
The Cart before the Horse
All ye heard from the clergy was; Be good, say the Rosary every day, go to confession every Saturday, go to Mass every Sunday, be kind to animals, don't use profanity, and don't nick anything.
Feb 6, 2014 - 12:20:02 AM
The Kerry Plan -- Can Israel Say No?
Notwithstanding Arab talk -- but based on the Arab walk - the Palestinian issue does not preoccupy the attention of Arab policy-makers, does not significantly impact vital US interests, and does not play a key role in destabilizing the Middle East, as reaffirmed by the tectonic Arab Tsunami, which is unrelated to Israel or the Palestinian issue.
Feb 2, 2014 - 12:25:31 AM
Israel Foils Al Qaeda Plot Against US Embassy By Brigitte Gabriel
Last week we saw the latest example of Israel's dedication to America as an ally when Israel's Shin Bet security service announced that it had arrested Al Qaeda terrorists who were part of a cell plotting to launch an attack on the US embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel. Israel seems to have done a better job of looking out for the security of our diplomatic personnel and facilities than we have ourselves. It's too bad that Israel's security services weren't in charge of security in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, instead of Hillary Clinton, Obama's then-secretary of state!
Feb 1, 2014 - 2:20:31 AM
Crossing the Corner Office Chasm
Women can be their own worst enemy in the workplace; but they can also be the inspiration for change -- that is, for their own change. And with this cultural shift, more companies in the United States will see a different view from the top, with more women executives leading the way.
Jan 31, 2014 - 12:13:00 AM
Who's the Lazy One, You or Your Child?
At a recent parenting workshops, a mom asked for advice on what to do about her "lazy" teenage son. Not an uncommon issue for parents of teenagers, but I needed more information before I could help. I asked her to describe what his laziness looked like.... No one is born lazy. We come into this world with certain inborn traits that are the basis of "who we are." I call these nine traits the CoreSelf, and I teach parents to look to these nine traits to understand which parts of their child they cannot change.
Jan 29, 2014 - 12:20:23 AM
Secretary Kerry, It's Not the Demography!
Is Secretary of State, John Kerry correct, or incorrect, when exhorting "the demographic time bomb" to scare Israel into a retreat from geography (Judea and Samaria), in order to, supposedly, secure demography? According to Kerry (December 7, 2013 Saban Forum), "There is an existential threat to Israel.... I am referring to the demographic dynamic that makes it impossible for Israel to preserve its future as a democratic, Jewish state without resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a two-state solution."
Jan 26, 2014 - 12:30:29 AM
With All Due Reverence
And sure it is that I am, that more often than not he sits on his Almighty Throne chuckling away at the antics of both the religious and non religious alike. Sure it is that he has a good sense of humor.
Jan 26, 2014 - 12:17:12 AM
Stuck Back on September 10th
Obama even went so far as to infer that Al Qaeda's activities don't always threaten America when he said that "how we think about terrorism has to be defined and specific enough that it doesn't lead us to think that any horrible actions that take place around the world that are motivated in part by an extremist Islamic ideology are a direct threat to us or something that we have to wade into." This shows what can only be described as a "September 10th" mindset from the leader of the most powerful nation on earth.
Jan 24, 2014 - 12:15:11 AM
A 'Dear Abby' Day.
Each person is responsible for their own life, and no matter the purity of our wants and desires, we can never force people to become anything other than what they are. And so it is my dear lady, that no matter what ye might do to foster good relations with ye good relations, they may not respond in like manner.
Jan 22, 2014 - 12:55:20 AM
The 'Two-State Solution' would be Israel and...?
So Arafat, a native of Egypt, could not have been dreaming of Palestine for Palestinians. His dream was more grandiose; and for Israel, more nightmarish. "When the time comes we can get the Arab nations to join us for the final blow against Israel." Arafat was winking at the leaders of Egypt and Jordan and Lebanon and Syria, and who knows what else he was winking at when he signed on the Oslo dotted line.
Jan 19, 2014 - 12:23:10 AM
Christianity In Our Country
We encourage behaviors that are obviously contrary to the very nature of our existence. It is as simple as trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. Our behavior has become so deviant that we find ourselves trying to dictate laws to compensate for the failures of our choices. We refuse to accept we have made mistakes and that only a supreme being can save us from our insanities.
Jan 19, 2014 - 12:12:00 AM
The Irish Jokes
Well I've done it again now haven't I. I wrote that little piece that the Big BenDedek published last week called 'The Luck of the Irish', and within just a few days I had people complaining about what I'd written, and what Mr. Ben had written at the bottom.
Jan 19, 2014 - 12:10:19 AM
Forex Trading Scams Quick Guide
If these were true, everyone would not need to go to work. They could stay home making money trading. You know it is a scam when it sounds too good to be true. If the trading instructor is really good, then he should be on his private beach somewhere instead of collecting your hard-earned money for tuition fees.
Jan 17, 2014 - 7:22:45 AM
The Luck of the Irish
So go ahead Mr. Ben and blame the Irish for all the bad luck ye have, I don't mind at all. I understand that not being one of the 'blessed lucky ones' that ye don't know how to cope with life and all it's twists and turns, and so ye blame everyone else but yeself.
Jan 17, 2014 - 7:20:02 AM
Don't be The Ex Who Won't Go Away
Breakups are excruciatingly painful especially if the break up came out of nowhere. It puts us into total shock and disbelief which are two very difficult emotional states to harness. As sad, confused and upset as we are there is nothing more unattractive then when we are not able to have some modicum of control over our emotions after a breakup when dealing with our ex. Never be that ex, you know the one, who will not let go or go away. You must hide your crazy.
Jan 15, 2014 - 12:23:03 AM
A Palestinian State -- Would it Further US Interests?!
Both Hamas and the PLO follow in the footsteps of Palestinian leaders, who collaborated with Nazi Germany, the Communist Bloc, Khomeini, Saddam Hussein and Bin Laden, and currently with Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba and other rogue regimes. Hence, the proposal to establish a Palestinian state proves that policy-makers are determined to learn from history by repeating -- rather than avoiding -- past dramatic blunders.
Jan 12, 2014 - 12:25:34 AM
Relationships in 2014: Ours Is A Society That Could Use A Hug
Loneliness now carries the same mortality risk as smoking and twice that of obesity. Our whole concept of relationships is changing and not just for the older crowd. Catherine Steiner-Adair, author of The Big Disconnect, laments this is "the first generation to grow up in a culture where being sexually intimate is understood to be disconnected from the context of a relationship." So much for the relational term, "making love." Replaced by the insistently mechanical "hook-up."
Jan 11, 2014 - 2:37:30 AM
Attempting to Rewrite History on Benghazi
Among the true champions on Capitol Hill trying to get to the bottom of the Benghazi attack is South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy (SC-4th). Congressman Gowdy has repeatedly expressed support for his colleague Congressman Frank Wolf's call for a select committee to investigate the Benghazi attack.
Jan 10, 2014 - 12:05:16 AM
8 Guaranteed Ways to Emotionally F-Up Your Kids
Our children are the lights of our lives. We all start off as parents envisioning nothing but success, love and happiness for them. However, these dreams often do not manifest because they are not getting the important things they need to become disciplined, mature and motivated adults. To follow are eight parenting mistakes that will guarantee your child will suffer from depression, anxiety, anger, tense family relationships, problems with friends, low self-esteem, a sense of entitlement and chronic emotional problems throughout their life.
Jan 9, 2014 - 12:12:38 AM
The Science Behind Successful New Year's Resolutions
So, break your resolution into specific behaviors and put them on a timetable. For example, to get to the gym on weekends instead of lounging around drinking mimosas in your pajamas, join a gym and schedule time on your calendar. Before you know it, you'll be going without even thinking about it.
Jan 8, 2014 - 12:20:29 AM
Secretary of State, John Kerry's, Proposal Assessed
On September 3, 2013, Kerry assured his colleagues that "the Syrian opposition has increasingly become more defined by its moderation." However, Assad's opposition consists, mainly, of anti-US, Islamic supremacists, Shariah-driven, anti-democracy, the violently-intolerant Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda, whose subversive vision transcends Syria, encompassing the Abode of Islam as a prelude to the grand assault on the Abode of the Infidel.
Jan 8, 2014 - 12:17:31 AM
Israel can say 'No' to the US
Begin concluded with a paragraph as piercing as it was heartfelt. "Mr. President," he stated, "you and I chose for the last two years to call our countries 'friends and allies.' Such being the case, a friend does not weaken his friend, an ally does not put his ally in jeopardy. This would be the inevitable consequence," Begin asserted, if the president's proposals were to become reality.
Jan 8, 2014 - 12:15:20 AM
Mea Maxima Culpa Me Darlin
Everythin went down hill fer me when I lost me wife in August. The pain and anguish I suffered was sometimes unbearable.
Jan 5, 2014 - 12:13:05 AM
Censorship should be a four-letter word
Recently one of the stars of "Duck Dynasty" made homophobic comments in an interview. By the way, I've never watched the show and have no idea as to why anyone would watch any type of reality show. Soon after the patriarch of the family that makes duck calls was suspended. His comments were not surprising because his image is one of a far right conservative with a Baptist base. The question shouldn't be what the comment was but did he have a right to express his views. Should he have been censored and ultimately censored from his show? I don't agree with what he said but why should other people demand he stop discussing his beliefs. If it offends then the people it upsets should simply stop listening.
Jan 1, 2014 - 1:45:33 AM