My First Confession

A parish priest was being honored at a dinner on the twenty-fifth anniversary of his arrival in that parish. A leading local politician, who was a member of the congregation, was chosen to make the presentation and give a little speech at the dinner, but he was delayed in traffic, so the priest decided to say his own few words while they waited.

“You will understand,” he said, “the seal of the confessional, can never be broken. However, I got my first impressions of the parish from the very first confession I heard here. I can only hint vaguely about this, but when I came here twenty-five years ago I thought I had been assigned to a terrible place.

The very first chap who entered my confessional told me how he had stolen a television set, and when stopped by the police, had almost murdered the officer. Further, he told me he had stolen money from his parents, embezzled money from his place of business, had an affair with his boss’s wife, taken illegal drugs, and given VD to his cousin.

 
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I was appalled, but as the days went on I came to realize that my people were not all like that and I had, indeed, come to a fine parish full of understanding and loving people.”

Just as the priest finished his talk, the politician arrived full of apologies at being late. He immediately began to make the presentation and give his talk…

“I’ll never forget the first day our parish priest arrived in this parish,” said the politician. “In fact, I had the honor of being the first one to go to him in confession.”

 

More Palestinian and Western Mistakes

The Palestinians have taken it upon themselves to sacrifice our younger generation — on the altar of pointlessness — again.

The Palestinians have been sending their children — still in their teens, and intoxicated by hatred and lies as the assassins of old were intoxicated by hashish — to the streets of Israel and the roads of the West Bank to murder Israelis again. And for what? Is Al-Aqsa mosque in danger? It is not. But the cynical, calculating Fatah, Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Hamas — and the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement which has just been banned — are desperate to bring the Palestinian issue back to the headlines. They hope it would displace the true catastrophe of the chaos in Syria and Iraq, which has led to the flood of refugees to Europe.

The Palestinian “victims” — victims of their own credulousness — are known as shuhadaa, martyrs for the sake of Allah, victims of the misconception that Allah wants us to die for him. But Allah forbids us to murder. Muhammad forbids us to murder. The Qur’an forbids us to murder.

The Palestinian terrorists that murder Israelis usually die in the process; the question is, does murder keep the Al-Aqsa mosque out of “danger” — which it is not even in?

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International Hypocrisy

Beyond the Cusp

Paris, France was the scene of a horrific terrorist assaults which targeted people at various locations and disparate functions murdering at least one-hundred-thirty people and wounded over three-hundred more some of which still in questionable serious condition. Almost immediately world leaders met in the French Capital for a climate change convention. Many national leaders, President Obama amongst them, when queried as to what is the greatest challenge facing the world was answered that it was climate change which may cause coastal area flooding as well as stronger, more severe and increased number of such storms. President Obama was amongst those who refused to mention the horrific assault on Parisians by Islamic State terror operatives. Such a response simply boggles one’s mind that the attacks did not even warrant a mention as if the planet was on the brink of disaster from Global Climate Change.

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Morning Briefing – The Telegraph

Good morning.

As Britain carries out initial air strikes on Isil targets in Syria, questions are being raised as to whether more is needed in order to defeat the terrorist. Boris Johnson, writing in today’s paper, suggests that David Cameron may have to leave Vladimir Putin and Bashar Al-Assad to destroy Isil, as the number of moderate ground troops he says are in the country “may be exaggerated”. “This is the time to set aside our Cold War mindset,” Johnson writes. “It is just not true that whatever is good for Putin must automatically be bad for the West. We both have a clear and concrete objective – to remove the threat from Isil. Everything else is secondary.”

Johnson may be touching on a sore spot in Downing Street by expressing public scepticism about the estimated 70,000 “moderate” troops in Syria, as this number has come under scrutiny over recent days. “They may include some jihadists who are not ideologically very different from al-Qaeda,” Johnson adds. No. 10 recently had to admit that the “moderate” fighters are made up of several “disparate” groups after claims that defence officials had expressed concern about claiming that 70,000 fighters were ready to join the fight against Isil. However, it has stood firm behind the number, saying it was approved by the joint intelligence committee.

In the meantime, David Cameron will be under pressure to show over the coming months that his air strikes are helping defeat the Isil threat. But will this be enough? John McCain, the former Republican presidential nominee, recently gave backhanded praise to Britain’s “token” effort, saying that the RAF will “drop a few bombs, and we’ll say thank you very much”. “The best hope of getting rid of Isil is an agreement between all the powers – America, Russia, France, Britain, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the rest – to take them out, together with a timetable for Assad to step down and a plan for a new Syrian government,” says Johnson.

The London Mayor isn’t alone in suggesting that Russia and the Assad regime may be needed to bring about a decisive end, as Conservative Foreign Affairs Committee member John Baron has said similar over recent days. Military experts are also piling in, with Wes Clark, the former head of NATO Allied Powers in Europe, suggesting that world leaders will need to compromise on how long the Syrian president can stay in power. “Go back to the way we did it in Bosnia in 1990s. We put together a plan, we brought the parties together, and we said we would put ground troops there under certain conditions. And we could do the exact same move here.”

“Am I backing the Assad regime, and the Russians, in their joint enterprise to recapture [Palmyra]? You bet I am.” Boris Johnson

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David Cameron is today expected to be warned that his plans to strip EU migrants of their benefits could be legally problematic, as the European Council makes it first formal response to his demands. Donald Tusk, the European Council president tasked with brokering an agreement between the EU’s 28 states, will issue a letter to national leaders detailing his verdict on the reform demands.

FN Triumphs In France
Marine Le Pen’s far-Right Front National (FN) was on Sunday night on course to make historic gains in regional elections in France, held in a state of emergency just three weeks after terror attacks that killed 130. Anne-Elisabeth Moutet has profiled Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, the FN leader’s niece, who is the new “wonder-girl of France’s far-right”.

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Obama Is Not Delusional; He Is Ideologically And Resolutely Anti-American

Barack Hussein Obama is fond of telling Americans, “that’s not who we are,” when admonishing us about not agreeing with his policies.

It is Obama and his fellow travelers, who are, in fact, “not who we are.”

It is why many mistakenly describe his views as being delusional, basing their conclusion on what mainstream America believes, not on Obama’s Islamo-Marxist proclivities.

Like earlier Nazi and communist propagandists, Obama and his fellow travelers traffic in myths, half-truths and, when necessary, blatant lies. In an Islamic context, it can easily take on the form of taqiyya and tawriya; Islamic doctrines that instruct Muslims to deceive when it is perceived to be in Islam’s interest.

Obama and his fellow travelers intentionally excuse Islamic terrorism by invoking the mantra of moral equivalence; the “we are just as bad or worse as they” argument, by framing it as an unhappy consequence of “Western misdeeds and faults.” It is a form of pathological self-criticism adopted by self-absorbed and morally self-flagellating liberals, but cynically and skillfully used by America’s enemies to undermine our will to resist the onslaught of radical Islam.

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If Loretta Lynch Wants to Ban ‘Violent Talk,’ She Should Ban the Quran

In the wake of the San Bernardino jihad slaughter, Obama’s jihad denial took a malevolent and tyrannical turn. The day after a horrific ISIS rampage, Obama’s Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, pledged to an Islamic supremacist lobbying group that she would prosecute anyone who used “anti-Muslim” rhetoric.

Lynch declared: “When we talk about the First Amendment we [must] make it clear that actions predicated on violent talk are not American. They are not who we are, they are not what we do, and they will be prosecuted. My message not just to the Muslim community but to all Americans is: we cannot give in to the fear that these backlashes are really based on.”

If Lynch is serious in prosecuting hate speech, then she will have to start closing down mosques and banning the Quran. She wants to restrict the First Amendment so as to curb “actions predicated on violent talk?” Then she should ban this “violent talk”:

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