Archive for April, 2012

An Arabic Lesson About a Dog

April 30, 2012

I may no longer need to say anything bad about politicians I don’t like.

Thanks to YouTube and the fact most every American keeps a movie studio in their pocket, the things my ideological opposites say are uploaded instantly for the world to see.

I can simply share them here and let you decide.

Some talks are not as easy to interpret and what I find shocking might not offend the average American.

I’m fairly confident what I’m about to show you won’t confuse.

Bad humor is always just that.

In fact, this joke made me want to “yiqfoo.”

That’s the Lebanese/Arabic word for “vomit.”

Another useful Lebanese/Arabic word is “kelb”–which means “dog.”

If you ever hear me call you, or anyone else, “ib’n kelb,” don’t take it as a term of endearment.

O.K. folks, are you ready to learn about what one “ib’n kelb,” thinks is a funny joke about a dog?

Here you go…get ready to “yiqfoo.”

This wisecrack was so bad it’s almost un-American.

Hmmm…

PS…When I said I wouldn’t say anything bad, I meant “in English.”

Verizon’s Susie and Jesus vs the 99%

April 29, 2012

Bumper stickers, slogans and themes, have the power to inspire and also enrage.

Last night, when out to dinner with a friend, we saw a bumper sticker on a car that just said “99%”.

It enraged me.

Without saying much, I asked my friend Andy, “what does that mean to you?”

He replied–“that person is a Communist.”

Good answer Andy.

Not only is the owner of this car a complete idiot, they think that demonizing entrepreneurs is the best way to get a certain socialist President re-elected.

How wrong they are and by the end of this blog post you’ll see that even young children are smarter than a person promoting the 99% slogan.

Today’s Gospel reading makes an amazing comparison between the Good Shepherd and a hired hand who has no skin in the game.

The small business owner puts everything they possess on the line to open a company.

The big-mouth complainer, like that person with the 99% sticker on their car, who probably never hired anybody but a cab driver, runs away and whines about it when the wolf is at the door.

The entrepreneur and the Good Shepherd stand and fight.

Check this out from John 10–emphasis mine.

I am the good shepherd.
A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
A hired man, who is not a shepherd
and whose sheep are not his own,
sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away,
and the wolf catches and scatters them.
This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep.

Now, before you think I’m misusing Scripture, just remember, it was the Gospel that made the analogy first, that a hired worker just wants pay and does not lay down his life.

A person with a 99% sticker on their car cannot possibly understand what it takes to operate a business in a climate filled with more anti-commerce regulations than ever.

There are two great sets of heroes in a free society…the service men and women who risk their lives to defend us (that includes police and fire) and the small business owners who play by the rules (that does not include drug dealers).

I’m proud to be a Verizon customer, not just because of their great signal coverage, but because of a “customer first” attitude every time I call for help or information.

On top of that, I’m head-over-heals with their advertising campaign that includes a young lady named Susie and her dream to open a lemonade stand.

They’ve made several commercials with this storyline, but the latest one below is the best yet.

Watch how Verizon uses the “entrepreneurial spirit” to promote their brand.

Out of the mouth of babes, Susie slaps down the cowards of the world who call themselves the 99%.

One could write a college thesis on micro-economics, using the nucleus of this ad, especially when it shows how Susie’s dream impacts businesses around her, like the strawberry farmer and the body shop owner.

The last thing Susie’s employees say in this video, as they’re standing by the water cooler, is the climax of the ad and of all great success stories in America…Bravo Verizon!

Good News about Pittsfield Newspaper

April 28, 2012

For those of you who think I’m about to say something complementary about the newspaper I’ve lambasted every chance I get, for their radical left-wing agenda, don’t panic.

The local paper I’m about to complement is one that comes out weekly, called the Pittsfield Gazette.

http://pittsfieldgazette.com/index1.htm

I’ve included its online version, but, to be sure, it’s the print version that one most subscribe to, in order to get the facts straight–without spin–about the City of Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

For those outside this community who don’t really care, please permit me to make this one point about how to differentiate a news gathering organization from a spin machine.

This week both papers reported a story about how the widow of Senator Edward  (Ted) Kennedy, would be the keynote speaker at Berkshire Community College’s graduation ceremony.

The Gazette simply reported that story with a brief bio about the speaker.

The Berkshire Eagle, the paper that Jesus spoke about when He told St. Peter “the gates of Hell would not prevail against you,” reported the story as headline news.

Not necessarily because they love Victoria Kennedy.

But because they love to attack the Catholic Church.

It seems the Bishop of Worcester,  just a few weeks ago, recommended to Anna Maria College, a small Catholic College in his diocese, that choosing Ms. Kennedy as keynote speaker was a bad idea for their commencement.

After much grinding of teeth, the school board summarily and rightfully uninvited her.

Her stance on issues, which are in direct conflict with Church teaching, was the Eagle’s focus and Catholic ideology, which they implied on the front page, was too archaic, became the protagonist of their overly dramatized tale.

Enough about toilet paper.

Dear folks from the central Berkshire area, please consider subscribing to the Pittsfield Gazette.

I just renewed my subscription for two years and I know the one-man show that runs this paper, Jonathan Levine, has more integrity in his little finger than the entire body of editors with whom he competes at the Berkshire Eagle.

Good work should always be commended.

If Bill O’Reilly were writing this blog, Jonathan would be the patriot and the Eagle editors would be the pin-heads.

Politically Damaging Vacations

April 27, 2012

I get a real kick out of the left-wing media when they try to say that George W. Bush went on more vacations than the Obamas.

It’s really all in the way you describe what a vacation is.

The Bush’s liked to travel home to their ranch in Crawford, TX. 

When I visualize W. on vacation, all I can see is a pick axe and a wooden fence, along with that famous crooked smile of his.

No Hotel bills there.

Fast forward to today’s Presidential vacations and I can’t help but see the Obamas posing for the camera in front of the seven wonders of the world.

I wonder why they’re not doing home improvement at their place in Chicago?

Someone recently said the first family is acting like they won the lottery.

If they had won the lottery, what they’re doing wouldn’t be so offensive, because they’d be spending their own dollars, not the taxpayer’s.

Here’s a link to an article about how even real live Democrats are starting to resent the lavish lifestyle of the Demander in Chief.

It also mentions that the folks in general don’t hate Romney.

Hmmm…could there be a pattern here?

Maybe wealthy Americans like the Romneys, who are spending their own money, not the taxpayer’s, are rubbing the masses a bit less than the President and the left-wing media want you to believe.

Tough for Obama to run a campaign without someone to hate–isn’t it–especially with such a stellar record of fiscal success.

Oh…wait…am I allowed to be sarcastic without being called a racist?

Here’s another evil thought of mine, maybe the Obamas know their time is short…that might explain the revolving door of vacations.

I’m just sayin’.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/politics/washington-secrets/2012/04/vacation-backlash-blue-collar-dems-jealous-angry-obamas/538141

Wrong Approach to Prostitute Scandal

April 26, 2012

The scandal that’s dogging the Secret Service in Colombia and now the Marines in Brazil, surrounding prostitutes, is one that can easily be handled in a better way, but for the militant Atheists trying to take over our culture.

Permit me to digress.

It seems as though a 91-year-old monument in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, at a Fire Station, has made some Atheists upset.

Why?

Because there’s a Cross on the monument.

If they win their law suit, stating that religious symbols cannot be part of public land, then I guess there are going to be a lot of Crosses and Stars of David removed from the Arlington National Cemetery too–that’s public land.

They have no reason to object to such symbols, especially since they can’t prove they’re Atheists.

Even a lie detector test can’t help them because of Romans 1:19-21.

19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.

Here’s my advice to men who confront prostitutes in foreign countries.

Tell them “God loves you and that your sins are forgiven.”

I know, this sounds a bit self-righteous and corny, but, we believers know, this approach worked very well for Jesus when He first met Mary Magdalene, as His love for her made her a disciple.

Too bad Atheists won’t allow this Holy approach to be taught at public institutions.

Yesterday I poked fun at a few Atheists who were commenting on the story in Rhode Island. 

Not sure my methods were all that Biblical, but I couldn’t pass up the joke.

One casually replied the following online to someone who said his behavior could land him in hell–“sorry, I don’t believe in hell.”

My readers can probably guess what my reply was–you know me by now.

That’s right…I said–“You will when you get there.”

On November 6’th Obama Must Bow to You

April 25, 2012

Those of us appalled by this President’s penchant for bowing to foreign leaders, especially those who were once, or still are–enemies–can look forward to that one day every four years when he must bow to you–the voter.

When he does bow, it won’t be willingly either.

Why?

Because never before has a President so trampled on freedoms he feels you never deserved to have in the first place.

Never before has a President globe trotted the world apologizing for our founding fathers.

Never before has a President steered more payback money, through cronyism, to bundlers and huge campaign contributors.

I like what Romney said about the American people last night.  “We never gave up on America.”

Here’s a link to the entire transcript and/or video of Governor Romney’s acceptance speech after sweeping five primaries last night.

Our local left-wing paper, who I lambasted when Romney swept three primaries a few weeks ago, after they put a photo of Obama into the headline, have smartened up.

This morning I can’t criticize them for doing the same thing as the last time–they simply didn’t report the story–the Red Communists would be so proud.

http://foxnewsinsider.com/2012/04/24/transcript-of-mitt-romneys-speech-a-better-america-begins-tonight/

The People’s White House–Real Transparency

April 24, 2012

In case any of the people reading this blog are wondering how you can gain access to the White House, I believe I have the answer.

Remember, the President’s number one goal is to be fair to the people across this great land, so that everyone has a chance.

One particular person who only has the best interest of America at heart and to whom the President has thrown open the doors of the White House, is a humble gentleman named Richard Trumka.

Just like the majority of Americans he represents, he is a fair and honest member of the AFL-CIO, who only earned $264,827 in 2010 as their President.

Where did he get that money, without having a product to sell, you might be wondering?

From the teachers and firefighters and carpenters who make on average 8-times less than he does–that’s where.

He even put out an email demanding that CEO pay be investigated, while all the while, his own is a bit questionable.

And as far access to the White House, so that he could handover a couple of dollars to the President, try and guess how many times he found his way to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave?

Not 5 times, not 10 times, not even 25 times, but 70 times.

How many times have you been invited?

Those few bucks I was talking about, that he personally delivered…over a $1 million–and, with no product to sell…that’s right–it’s money from the teachers again…

So, now you see how you can gain access to the White House.

The same White House that said it would be the most transparent administration in History.

They’re right–in a way–you can see right through them.

http://freebeacon.com/trumkas-big-bucks/

Faux Praying in Public

April 23, 2012

When I was a student at U Mass, way back in the 70’s, some of the young men I hung around with were very bold about saying grace before diving into their dining commons chow.

I remember one friend in particular, Paul, who bowed his head and silently prayed a blessing every time we ate together…it didn’t matter that there were 1,000 other kids around.

It was admirable, but not our tradition.

In our home, my father would say a blessing over the meal, on cue, when my mother put the last side dish on the table. 

“Bless us Oh Lord”….and on it went.

You Catholics know the rest.

When visiting my son over the weekend, we had gone out for lunch at a great Thai Restaurant in Winooski, Vermont.

When the meal was served, I suggested we quietly ask God’s blessing over the food and we held hands under the table, my wife, son and I, while we prayed.

We weren’t trying to show off, we were just letting God know and whoever else that may see, how important He is to our daily lifestyle.

Speaking of lifestyle, a few minutes later, like a dunce, I whispered to my family…”look, they’re praying over at that table too.”

My son responded, “Dad, those two women holding hands under the table, are not praying…I’m pretty sure they’re a couple of …”

“O.K. son I’ve heard enough.”

I’m not really sure why I shared this story today.

What I am sure about is that God loves us all, no matter what our behavior might be and He’s calling us to a better life–Heaven.

Holiness is a journey we must all eventually take in order to be redeemed.

Sure, God can pardon the sinner, even at his last hour, like the Good Thief on the Cross, but, at some point, he still repented.

It’s far better to walk toward the light to find Holiness early in life than to plan on a last-ditch effort to get right with God.

You never know when the check will come, but when it does–the bill is definitely due.

Tolkien Would be Proud

April 22, 2012

I appreciate the many visitors that come to my blog each day for inspiration.

Like you, I too visit sites that uplift me.

This particular video, about the connection between The Lord of the Rings and the Church, by Real Catholic TV, was one of the best I’ve ever seen.

Words I come up with today would pale in comparison to this amazing insight to the Shire.

“Walking on Water” is So Cliche’

April 21, 2012

Today’s Gospel reading has a little twist that’s often missed because of the greater miracle that overshadows it.

Check this out from John 6:16-21;

When it was evening, the disciples of Jesus went down to the sea,
embarked in a boat, and went across the sea to Capernaum.
It had already grown dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.
The sea was stirred up because a strong wind was blowing.
When they had rowed about three or four miles,
they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat,
and they began to be afraid.
But he said to them, “It is I. Do not be afraid.”
They wanted to take him into the boat,
but the boat immediately arrived at the shore
to which they were heading.

Permit me to break this down.

First, much of what we do, when Christ is not around, seems to be in the dark, without His direction.

Worthy causes, whether it be something as simple as our dating relationship, or working career, will experience the “strong winds” of challenge, like the disciples did when they tried to reach their destination.

Many with motor boats know how far 3 or 4 nautical miles is, even with horsepower, imagine how exhausted the disciples were, rowing that far in a stirred up sea with strong winds.

Most of what we’re dedicated to achieving can be scary. 

The fear of losing our job, or our relationship, because of our failures, can be daunting.

The more obvious miracle in this story is Christ walking on the water.

It’s even cliche’–that someone can “walk on water.”

Watch what happens–again–as they invite this “miracle man” into their boat.

They wanted to take him into the boat,
but the boat immediately arrived at the shore
to which they were heading.

When Christ is brought into our inner life-circle, our objectives are immediately reached.

Not because we’ve earned a promotion at work, or gotten engaged to the woman we love, but because we’ve included Truth in that which is our earthly struggle.

There is no better way to live than with Him in our life raft, as our life raft.

 Remember it was Christ who said;

I come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.

Another great cliche’.