Sister Mary

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Sister Mary entered the Monastery of Silence

The Priest said, ‘Sister, this is a silent monastery. You are welcome here as long as you like, but you may not speak until directed to do so.

Sister Mary lived in the monastery for 5 years before the Priest said to her, ‘Sister Mary, you have been here for 5 years. You may speak two words.’

Sister Mary said, Hard bed.’

‘I’m sorry to hear that,’ the Priest said, ‘We will get you a better bed.’

After another 5 years, Sister Mary was summoned by the Priest.

‘You may say another two words, Sister Mary.’

‘Cold food,’ said Sister Mary, and the Priest assured her that the food would be better in the future.

On her 15th anniversary at the monastery, the Priest again called Sister Mary in to his office.

‘You may say two words today.’

‘I quit,’ said Sister Mary.

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Our Friend in Cairo


Why does President Barack Obama persist in supporting Mohamed Morsy — and not the protesters?


On Sunday, June 30, millions of Egyptians turned out to protest President Mohamed Morsy and his Muslim Brotherhood-dominated regime. Fed up with his disastrous economic mismanagement and systematic disregard for constitutional freedoms, the Egyptian people took to the streets to demand his resignation. “Leave! Leave!” they chanted in what may have been the largest demonstration in the history of the Middle East — if not the world.

It was a breathtaking scene — and potentially a watershed moment. Unlike the angry, disaffected youth who raged through the Arab Spring in 2011, these crowds, like those in the recent protests in Turkey, were made up of middle-class citizens protesting against a regime with an unpleasant tendency to trample on the rights of women, Christians, and Jews — and to stifle the independence of the press and judiciary…

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The Egyptians Want Freedom Too

PA Pundits - International

caruba_alan20080111By Alan Caruba ~AA - Obama and Egypt

The news from Egypt on the day before Americans celebrate the Fourth of July is that the military has stepped in to remove its Prime Minister, Mohammed Morsi, and have replaced him with the Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court. The Egyptian constitution has been suspended as well. We can only hope this results in a government that Egyptians can accept as a legitimate democracy. The one they’ve had has been a disaster.

Even though Americans had a long period of time to develop self-governance in the thirteen colonies prior to the Revolution that required them to come up with a unified system, the original effort, the Articles of Confederation, failed and had to be replaced by the U.S. Constitution. Americans have celebrated 237 years of its success with an interruption for the Civil War, 1861 to 1865, a terrible slaughter for both sides.

Egyptians, whose history…

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BREAKING: Cyprus swamped and Murdoch cleared as British women call for more 450lb gorilla immigration now

The Slog

The Slog zeros in on the triple problem of diplomatic obesity, Australian humility, and Britain’s gorillaphobic immigration policy

gay gorillaTarquin the sensitive gorilla….good with colours

The entire mediterranean region was put on high ecological alert yesterday when it was announced that new Greek Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos is visiting Cyprus for meetings with the island’s president Nicos Anastasiades, his counterpart Ioannis Kasoulides and other senior political officials today.

Benny Veryzealous was moved over to foreign policy during a Cabinet reshuffle last month, after Prime Minister Samaras expressed concern that the rare antique Cabinet seat being occupied by world’s heaviest fart-powered balloon might soon collapse. Now officials in Nicosia are taking precautions for his arrival there, and will be monitoring the sea level before and after his stay.

“I think very possibly a much bigger danger is that his plane won’t be able to lift off from the runway,” said unnamed airport…

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Egyptian Demonstrations

PA Pundits - International

yak3A Dry Bones Cartoon ~D13707_1

I live in Israel, a tiny island of democracy in the region. Watching the unfolding events in Egypt, not too many miles from where , prompted me to do today’s somewhat sad cartoon.

Read More by Yaakov Kirschen at Dry Bones .

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Anti-Zionism of fools: What Egypt and the Guardian can learn from Israeli democracy

An Egyptian opposition activist named Himda Hamdi was interviewed on Israeli TV last night and, buoyed by the fall of Mohammed Morsi, told citizens of the Jewish state that if her country could overturn the Muslim Brotherhood led regime then surely Israelis can do the same and remove Prime Minister Netanyahu. While the site of this young, progressive Arab woman speaking Hebrew was in many ways exhilarating, she perhaps needed reminding that Israeli voters peacefully decided the fate of their government in free and fair elections earlier in the year.

When the nineteenth Israeli Knesset was sworn in March, it represented merely the latest chapter in a 65 year history of non-violent democratic political transitions in the Jewish state.

Though Israelis of course disagree on any number of domestic and foreign policy issues, extremes within the country remain at the margins, and the centre continues to hold.  And, whilst there are…

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Life, Fortune, and Sacred Honor




Gary Hildrith

Have you ever wondered what happened to the fifty-six men who signed the Declaration of Independence? This is the price they paid:Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons in the revolutionary army, another had two sons captured. Nine of the fifty-six fought and died from wounds or hardships resulting from the Revolutionary War.These men signed, and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor!

What kind of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants. Nine were farmers and large plantation owners. All were men of means, well educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty could be death if they were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw…

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La Paz to the North of England

Notes from Camelid Country

As far as memorable departures go, leaving La Paz by air is as dramatic as any in the world. We were at the airport early, I mean before 3am, to check in and deal with immigration. We’d overstayed our residency visa by several days and although people more experienced at this sort of thing had told us not to worry, we were expecting trouble. In the end we were allowed to leave with a stern ticking-off and a US$45 fine – each.

After sitting around for an eternity in the world’s smallest international departures lounge, we finally boarded our American Airlines flight to Miami and our connection to London. The real joy of this flight all happens minutes after take off: the sun had just risen and from the window of the plane you get a birds-eye-view of the vast, snow-capped Andean peaks of the Cordillera Real. Its a mesmerising…

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