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beardmel1.jpg“I have battled with the disease of alcoholism for all of my adult life and profoundly regret my horrific relapse.”

This apology is fine and good, but I suppose justice requires that he face the legal consequences of his acts just like everyone else. 

He does not deserve the lambasting from the liberal media and Hollywood secularists who are still angry about THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST.  MSNBC casually labeled the film antisemitic today, something he vehemently denied.  I suppose anyone who found inspiration from the film will now be stamped a hater of Jews. 

Mel made a slur about Jews while under the influence of alcohol.  When the man is sober, he is a gentleman who counts Jews among his friends.  The policeman, himself, is ready to excuse it; cops face and hear a lot worse.

The issue should be drunk driving and the danger it is for both the driver and others who could become quick victims.  He was lucky that no one was hurt.

Gibson is a man of faith, but he also never claimed saintliness.  He is a sinner as we all are.  Justice must be served.  But in terms of the man and faith, we must all witness to mercy.

One television critic blamed his beard, and I suppose sick bloggers could draw attention to it, as if one could be possessed by facial hair:

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Hum…no it can’t be the beard, but it has to go, anyway! 

All silliness aside, Mel needs our prayers.  He is a fellow Catholic (albeit a traditionalist) and as a brother in faith he has a claim upon the family of faith.  He gave us a great gift in THE PASSION, and while some of his movies have seriously questionable content and the man himself is plagued by personal demons, he belives in Christ, the absolution of the priest and the saving efficacy of the Mass.

Associated Press:  Mel Gibson’s Remarks

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How To install a wireless security system:

Go to a second-hand store, buy a pair of men’s used work boots, a really big pair. Put them outside your front door on top of a copy of “Guns and Ammo” magazine. Put a dog dish beside it…a really big dog dish. Leave a note on your front door that says something like “Bubba, big Mike and I have gone to get more ammunition – back in an hour. Don’t disturb the Pit Bulls, they’ve just been wormed.”

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birthd.gifHey, I guess Kenny is the big SIXTEEN!!!

Happy birthday to you,

Happy birthday to you,

Happy birthday, dear Kenny,

Happy birthday to you! 

Here is a pic that I stole from his sister’s Blog.

He always seems happy, lots of smiling, endless teeth.

I hope that he will always know joy. 

He is a good young man, helpful to others, a long-time altar-server, and studious and conscientious about his faith and the moral life.

OUTSTANDING! 

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New Line Cinema will be releasing THE NATIVITY STORY in December.  Keisha Castle-Hughes will play Mary.  You may recall her from a few years ago in WHALE RIDER.  Joseph will be Oscar Isaac.  The director is Catherine Hardwicke and the screenplay is from a devout Christian, Mike Rich.  The screenplay was run by Protestant, Catholic and Jewish authorities to help insure authenticity. 

Take a look at the photo gallery and the movie teaser.

The music is haunting.  Maybe they got it right this time? 

http://www.thenativitystory.com/

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There is something quite funny about these pictures that make an appeal based upon a nostalgic patriotism. 

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There is grounds for serious debate here.  How far can the freedom of the press go before the security of a nation and its armed forces are threatened?  Who makes the final call about what should or should not be printed or aired?

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A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life. Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups – porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite – telling them to help themselves to the coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: “If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is but normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee in most cases, just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink.

What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups… and then began eyeing each other’s cups.

Now consider this: Life is the coffee, and the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain life, and the type of cup we have does not define nor change the quality of life we live. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided us.

God brews the coffee, not the cups…. enjoy your coffee.

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This came in an email marked as SELF-EXPLANATORY. 

I suppose there is some truth to it.  Although, the Israelis certainly outgun the Palestinians and there have been no shortage of victims when bombs are dropped and troops invade.

Are all the civilian victims, including children, in the Palestinian territory really the fault of their own police and militia?  Do Israeli soldiers always take care not to target baby carriages?

Certainly this was not the case with Old Testament Jews where a Psalm asserts that it was God’s will that they claim the land of the Caanites for their own, going so far as to bash the heads of infants upon the ground.

An eye for an eye…a tooth for a tooth…when will we learn?

…we are all to blame.

PRAY FOR PEACE! 

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