Atlanta Won the Super Bowl

Atlanta Won the Super Bowl

Don’t get me wrong. I’m a Giants fan. So the idea of beating the Patriots in the Super Bowl has a reassuring feel to it.  Plus my mom’s family is from Decatur, dating back generations before the War Between the States. Atlanta could use a break. Now Belichek (that’s not really an “American” name, is it?) and Brady get to join “Butcher Sherman.” I know you love conspiracies.  See http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2017/2/6/14523088/super-bowl-rigged-patriots-falcons-james-white-donald-trump    And certainly, the lying mainstream media all put out the “fake news” that New England won. That’s what they do, right? But Donald:  Lots of us actually watched the game. Yes, Edelman did an amazing David Tyree imitation. And Brady is, well, Brady, and Belichek is Belichek. Bottom line: championships are won when players make plays. The Patriots make the plays. That’s why they won. So it’s one thing to lie to the American people. You do that shamelessly.  You lost the popular vote because 3-5 million illegals (whom nobody, including Congressional Republicans) can find? The Mexicans are going to pay for a wall (that every national security expert with an iota of expertise and common sense says won’t stop illegal immigrants or drugs)?  Ooops. No. We taxpayers will foot the bill. Regulation needs to be eliminated? (A two-word answer – Wells Fargo). A “travel ban” isn’t a travel ban? (Your words) Our current vetting for admission takes 8 months to two years before entry with everybody including all the “alphabet agencies” getting their cut. That’s why there’s no more than 1 in 3-point something billion odds that any of us are in peril of getting attacked by a...
Canada to Close Its Borders on January 21 to American Political Refugees

Canada to Close Its Borders on January 21 to American Political Refugees

Alert to readers:  Please see note at end.   As a summertime Canadian resident at our vacation home in Nova Scotia, I check out the Globe and Mail after I return to New Jersey, and this story by Globe and Mail reporter Isaac Bickerstaff caught my attention. He cites reputable sources who report on private conversations being held among Canadian Parliamentary leaders. “We Canadians have always looked up to America,” Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau is reported to have said. “Actually,  it’s probably been a lot more like envy.  But as we see Mr. Trump  in action as the president elect, it’s turning to genuine alarm. For people less polite than we Canadians, the proper response might even be disgust.” “Mr. Trump has already established a bizarre approach to dealing with leaders of foreign governments.  He treats us as if we were  potential contestants for “the Apprentice.” I got a call from him at supper time a few days ago. Strange as it was, I took the call. I decided to end it when Mr. Trump suggested that America should just buy Canada in order to get our oil.  The next day, he tweeted this response. “Of course, Mr. Trump is buddy buddy with some foreign leaders, such as Vladimir Putin.  Actually he, and his Secretary of State choice, Exxon Mobil Corp Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson, will make a bundle from cozying up to Russia. Mr. Trump’s answer, ‘I like people who made a fortune.’  “When one looks at how you Americans elect presidents, perhaps it explains the strange people you wind up with: you spend several years and...

A Courageous Christmas Gift from Muslim Women

You won’t see this on Fox News, or hear it mentioned by GOP candidates. But two days ago, some very courageous Kenyan Muslim women risked their lives to save fellow bus passengers who were Christians.  And yes, the dots in the side of the bus are bullet holes. Their bus, with 100 passengers on board,  was stopped by Al-Shabaab terrorists, a group of fanatical murderers responsible for killing 150 innocent people at Keyna’s Garissa University College in April.  But when the terrorists ordered all Christians off the bus to be slaughtered, the Muslim women did something wonderful, and astounding.  They gave the intended victims their hijabs as disguises and hid others behind piles of luggage.  As reported by Annie Rose Ramos of CNN, the women said, “If you want to kill us, then kill us. There are no Christians here.”  The Christians were spared.  For another account, read Harriet Alexander‘s story. Joseph Nkaissery, Kenya’s interior cabinet secretary, said, afterwards, “We are all Kenyans, we are not separated by religion. We are one people as a nation.  And this is a very good message from my brothers and sisters from the Muslim community.” It’s also a good message for us in the United States.  How interesting, and sad, that these Kenyans understand the real meaning of American democracy better than many of us do now. As we celebrate the birthday of the Prince of Peace, let’s remember the example of these women in light of John 15:13: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” As you look forward to the...
Getting Tough on Terror

Getting Tough on Terror

Our world changed on 9/11.  For the first time since the last British troops boarded ships to leave New York City in 1783, our homeland was under attack by a foreign enemy.  The ocean barriers that had protected us for over 200 years had been breached.  The enemy we now face has, with the emergence of ISIL, become stronger in the years since 9/11,  even more mercilessly brutal, and even more determined to destroy not just our country but our way of life.   And unlike our enemies in World War II, Germany, Italy and Japan, whom we successfully defeated (and the North Koreans, North Vietnamese, and insurgents in Iraq whom we didn’t defeat), this enemy is fighting a different kind of 21st-century war.  The Muslim extremists who threaten us are fueled by poverty and unrest in the Middle East and Africa, driven by apocalyptic religious mania, and skilled at using the weapons of asymmetrical warfare like social media.   But Al-Quaeda and ISIL  aren’t the greatest threat to our freedom and way of life. The far greater threat is posed by the presidential candidates and their allies in the media who would drag us into a global religious war against Muslims. It’s not as if this hasn’t happened before.  When dictators want to take people’s minds off the suffering created by their own rapacious greed, they stir up fear against “the enemy” and then fan that fear into the flames of war. “With the terrorists, you have to take out their families. ‘Take out’ means that you have to wipe out their homes where they came from. You...