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Parenting 101

March 17, 2015

I2015-03-16_10-38-11’ve heard it said the best way for Washington to create peace in the Middle East is to stop providing U.N. cover for Israel and eliminate the U.S. money that fuels Israel’s defiant behavior (more than $20.5 billion given just during the Obama administration).

In effect, it’s Parenting 101: Make Israel responsible for its actions….
Toward the end of his diatribe to the GOP, Bibi offered up a simple remedy: “If Iran wants to be treated like a normal country, let it act like a normal country.” Presumably, that would include following international law.

Great plan, Bibi.

Heed it.

SOURCE: War, War, and More War | Greg Barrett | Red Letter Christians.

It should be pretty obvious by now that I am not a great fan of the U.S. relations with Israel. I think we let them get away with too much. If we treated the world as they a regional superpower treat the Middle East we would be chastised by the rest of the world and soon driven out of our world power status.  I know the foundation of this unwavering support goes back to the Christian bible and our thoughts that they are the “children of God” and therefore are to be protected at all costs. I simply don’t align with that belief. I think we are ALL children of God and must love, have compassion, and take care of each other no matter what our nationality, creed, or religious beliefs are. Bibi’s actions just don’t align at all with that strategy. With his recent proclamation that there will never be a Palestinian state while he is in office assures us that in order for there to ever be peace in the Middle East the Israeli voters must tell Bibi he no longer represents their views.

Parenting 101 is a very good description of how we should be dealing with Israel. I certainly agree that they have a right to exist but they do not have a right to make their own rules. It always troubles me when some Palestinian rogue manages to kill one of its citizens that Israel takes the lives of dozens for retaliation. I know Israel doesn’t align with the teachings of Jesus Christ and believes much more about vengeance than it does about brotherhood.

I love the way the above article treats Israel as a child throwing a diatribe and we should treat those actions as their parents. I know Bibi faces a tough election today and I hope that the Israeli citizens remove him from power and replace him with someone less belligerent. The Middle East turmoil that has been so ever-present for the last 20+ years is constantly spurred by the lack of a Palestinian state.  Until we tell Israel to get out-of-the-way of that process there will always be a flavor of  “ISIS” in the future.

Guys Bonding….

March 13, 2015

RJ:

I thought I would pull a “golden oldie” from the past here. Nothing much has changed since this post was originally published over two years ago

Originally posted on RJ's Corner:

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bondingI know I have a sizable percentage of women who follow this blog so I thought I would spend this post telling you about how guys bond. At least the guys I know.  I’m sure you all know and that guys bond differently than women.    When a woman feels emotional about something it is usually very obvious.  Not so much for us guys.

I think I am more girly, as Arnold puts it, than most guys. I readily admit that I shed a few tears during some movies and such when something bad or even good happens to a good guy. But I am very much a guy when it comes to male bonding. A grunt here and a grunt there when I am with my best buddy is about all you are going to get from me.  We just take it as an unspoken truth that our best…

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2015-02-01_09-01-58By almost every measure, the Super Bowl is the single most popular sporting event in America today. More than 112 million people tuned in to last year’s game, making it the highest-rated television program of all time….

The National Retail Federation estimates that Americans will spend more than $12 billion on food, drink, game-related merchandise, and electronics — including 7.5 million new televisions — for game day. In all, 1.2 billion chicken wings, 79 million pounds of guacamole, 32 million slices of pizza, and 11.2 million pounds of potato chips will be consumed on Feb. 1, and it will all be washed down with some 50 million cases of beer. As for the aftereffects, antacid sales spike 20 percent the day after the game, and 7 million people call in sick.

SOURCE:How the Super Bowl ate America.

I can most assuredly say that I will be one of the 65% of Americans who will NOT be watching this super-hyped television event today. But I will acknowledge that without a doubt it is the ultimate success for commercial advertisers in the country. They spend millions and rake in billions in purchases. To some  the super bowl and even sports in general have an addictive hold that I just can’t begin to understand…

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With this new year and am starting up yet another blog. This one is about creativity and seeing things not necessarily how they are but how my mind’s eye sees them. If you get a chance take a look over at http://mymindseye.net.

Happy Thanksgiving….

November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

I want to give you the Thanksgiving Prayer that I think sums it all up.

A Thanksgiving Prayer

Samuel F. Pugh


“O God, when I have food, 
help me to remember the hungry; 
When I have work, 
help me to remember the jobless; 
When I have a home, 
help me to remember those who have no home at all; 
When I am without pain, 
help me to remember those who suffer, 
And remembering, 
help me to destroy my complacency; 
bestir my compassion, 
and be concerned enough to help; 
By word and deed, 
those who cry out for what we take for granted. 
Amen.”