*Editors note: The official news release of the IEA stated that a helicopter was shot down in Kandahar province on 2/14. The image attached to the official news feed cannot be confirmed as related to the news release. I merely post it as a reminder that those who hate us love nothing better than posting images of our wounded and dead.
It has been a wonderful Valentine's Day for me. Sweet hubby got us tickets to see Billy Joel in concert. I can't wait. My hubby is such a sweet man, I love him so.
We saw Elton John in concert a few years ago and it was a fantastic performance. I expect that the Billy Joel concert will be equally entertaining.
Billy Joel was recently recognized, along with Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, opera star Martina Arroyo and actress Shirley MacLaine, at the Kennedy Center Honors in a wonderful display of his musical talents.
Tony Bennett opened the tribute to Joel's long career and his songs written so often about ordinary people.
"Billy Joel is no less than the poet, performer, philosopher of today's American songbook," Bennett said.
Don Henley sang "She's Got a Way" and Garth Brooks sang a medley of "Only the Good Die Young," ''Allentown," and "Goodnight Saigon," joined by a choir of Vietnam veterans. Joel has explained he wrote "Saigon" because he wanted to write a song about the soldiers' experience.
Rufus Wainright sang "New York State of Mind" and led the audience in a finale of Joel's original hit, "Piano Man."
Not to make a Resolution. As Da Tech Guy explains:
The way I always figured, why start the new year by setting yourself up for failure? I mean, if you haven’t reached a particular goal in your life already, how is a new digit going to make it happen? I can’t even remember to write the new year on my checks until April or so. It is highly doubtful that I will have remembered to keep a resolution in the meantime.
So let’s all do our part to bring rugged individualism back to our culture, by ignoring the experts and worrying less. Do what your own conscience–guided by God if you are so inclined–tells you. And have a great 2014.
Enjoy life, food, and all the things that bring you joy. Love those that are important to you. Live a life that will honor God and is Jesus-approved.
HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone from all of us at Right Truth, our contributors, our readers, and all who take time to stop and visit here during the year.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."
God gave His Son, and His Son gave His life.
Enjoy the decorations, family, food, gifts, ... but never forget why we celebrate. Jesus Christ.
To all our friends, readers, contributors here at Right Truth we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!
“No one supports me against all these except Michael, your prince.” Daniel 10:21 New American Bible
During a brief chat the other day, my parish priest, who probably knows me better than any other living human being, mentioned that I might possess the personal support of none other than Saint Michael, the archangel, in addition to my always-present guardian angel. I shrugged off the suggestion, feeling fully inadequate to contemplate the presence of so powerful a benefactor. After all, it was Michael and his angels who defeated Lucifer and the demons, casting them out of Heaven for eternity. Michael is also regarded as the angel, in the liturgy of the Holy Mass, who leads the souls of the dead into Heaven, protecting them from Satan and his minions. Michael also served as the national guardian of the Israelites before the creation of Christ’s Church. Who, then, am I to warrant such protection and service?
We humans often devalue ourselves, either preferring to remain omnipotent in our earthly dealings or, conversely, failing to consider that out of the billions of galaxies in outer space consisting of untold billions of stars each, our Creator still knows the precise number of our body hairs. In the context of the latter, the power of angelic servitude rests within Scripture, “…for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.” When Christ speaks, people listen. And Christ said that humans – every individual on earth (or in space for that matter) – possesses an individual guardian spirit who “looks upon the face of God” during each microsecond of our lives. Such represents the tremendous value that even the “lowliest” human person inherits from God.
Britain had Its Darkest Hour. Is this America’s Darkest Hour?
Recently there have been many comparisons between the 1938 appeasement of Germany by the Munich Pact and the signing of an agreement with Iran which is an appeasement document that resolves nothing for our side but gives the Iranians time to create a nuclear bomb. British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain was the British appeaser and fortunately in 1940 he was followed in office by Winston Churchill. Back in 1938 Churchill had said, “Britain and France had to choose between war and dishonor. They chose dishonor. They will have war.” Munich was the first step towards WWII. Will the green-lighting of Iran to continue creating nuclear materials lead to WWIII?
Winston Churchill, whose birth in 1874 we celebrate today, coined the phrase “the darkest hour” to describe the period between the fall of France in June 1940 and the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, a time when an invasion of Britain itself was fully expected. Had it occurred this would have been the first time since the year 1066, a period of nearly 900 years, that the island nation suffered a military invasion.
Although this period of time lasted 11 months and 28 days the darkest moment is general thought to have been May 10, 1941 when over 1,500 civilians died in Luftwaffe bombings of London. In 1938, Winston Churchill, then relegated to the opposition in Parliament, lambasted Chamberlain for the Munich deal. His words might equally have been addressed to Jean-Francoise Kerry or Barack Hussein Obama:
We are in the presence of a disaster of the first magnitude...we have sustained a defeat without a war, the consequences of which will travel far with us along our road... we have passed an awful milestone in our history, when . . . the terrible words have for the time being been pronounced against the Western democracies: "Thou art weighed in the balance and found wanting." And do not suppose that this is the end. This is only the beginning of the reckoning.
As the late President Kennedy said upon confirming honorary American citizenship on Churchill, “Whenever and wherever tyranny threatened, he has always championed liberty. Facing firmly toward the future, he has never forgotten the past.” Churchill was a man who knew history and learned from it. At one point he advised his listeners to “Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.” Alas, his words have been ignored and/or rejected by the current American administration, headed by a feckless man who has not made his hatred of Churchill a secret.
Hardly perfect, as he himself would have readily admitted, Churchill understood that “The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see,” and that “Our past is the key to our future, which I firmly trust and believe will be no less fertile and glorious.” Yet, today America is rejecting its past and as a result might fall, just as Britain rejected its past (and Churchill) after 1945 and today is a shadow of its former self. Britain in 1938, and America in 2013 both appeased tyranny in the name of peace, but tyrants are never appeased as Churchill understood so well.
Winston Churchill was a man ahead of his times, a man much needed in our time, a man who wrote and spoke much about tyranny. He understood, “Tyranny is our foe whatever trappings or disguise it wears, whatever language it speaks, be it external or internal, we must forever be on our guard, ever mobilized, ever vigilant, always ready to spring at its throat.” These words were as relevant then as they are today.
Sadly, the great Churchill who had fearlessly led Britain from 1940 through the end of the Second World War was rejected in the 1946 elections in favor of the siren song of socialism, a socialism that still weighs down the British economy. Churchill said that “socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy.” He also said that “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”
The half-American Churchill would have wept for the Britain and the America of today. The leadership of these two countries and those who elected them seem to have learned nothing from history and are therefore doomed to repeat it. While the leadership usually escapes, it is the man in the street who will feel the full brunt of appeasing tyrants and turning their countries into illusionary “worker’s paradises.”
Churchill was not perfect, but he was a role model for us today in so many ways. Today we needed his type of leadership and courage more than ever, for we are more desperate than ever. Who would have thought five years ago, that things would get worse, that our leadership would be so lacking in the necessary courage and tenacity to think big, bold and to be uncompromising in the face of tyranny. We need another Churchill, we need someone who will not only give us fine words but will live by them. But we also need men and women who willing to do battle on all fronts on behalf of liberty. Will you join the battle? Or will you instead invest your time and energies in trivial pursuits?
What can one man do you ask? Ask that of Lech Walesa. Ask that of Ronald Reagan. Ask that of Churchill.
Churchill spoke these words in 1941 (the war began for the British in 1939) at Harrow School:
Never give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.
Labor Day is also Empty Chair Day, a new holiday created by
the estimable Clint Eastwood at the 2012 Republican National Committee
convention. To honor Mr. Eastwood’s innovation, and to reflect the empty suit he attempted to address, presented
below are a range of chairs. This year there is a theme: “Relaxation and Recreation for the Empty
Adirondack “sailboat” chair designed
in the Adirondack town of Westport. Designed specifically for the purpose of
relaxing. Not only is it empty but there are lots of empty spaces everywhere. This one has a back that has been designed to
resemble a sailboat, so it combines both of this year’s themes.
Beach chair – because life
is a beach for some people
Chicago Bears chair - owning this should prove you are not a
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