Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Jews And Chinese Food - THIS Will Surprise You!

YapYapYap - What She's REALLY All About

With Chris Christie Is It Just Sanguicolous?

Call it sanguicolous.
That's probably the only way we can explain it.
And you say "what?"
Yeah, we know it's an unusual word. So unusual that spell check doesn't even recognize it.
But we're using it in reference to Chris Christie's penchant for verbal jibes. And we're thinking, maybe his capacity for loquacious sparring is just sanguicolous -- which means, maybe it's just in his blood,. You know, sorta like a wayward cell, lurking, lurking and then -- Kaboom!
Because sometimes we're at a loss to explain it any other way. We really are.
We thought this the other night during the GOP debate when Chris Christie came at Marco Rubio in a manner that could only be described as ferocious, even by North Jersey standards. Christie's relentless attack was just this side of chilling.
Yes, Rubio was rattled. He basically folded. He was like Mack without the knife. And Christie's assault might not have succeeded quite so much if it was reciprocated. But that's another story.
What struck us was not just Christie's tenacity but also his delight in the blows he seemed to have landed. He did everything but jump up and down and raise his hands over his head Rocky style.
Sure, it's Christie's nature to turn bellicose now and then, especially when he thinks it might suit his purposes -- and even sometimes when he doesn't seem to think about it at all. Saturday night 's salvo was quite calculated, to be sure. But other attacks have seemed far more spontaneous.
And yes, we all know that Christie's mom was an adept arguer who could unleash zingers faster than you can say "Newark." We know because Christie has told us about it many, many times. She was sharp, she was verbose, she raised her voice, she had her wits about her. In short, you didn't wanna tangle with her.
So, there's definitely a learned factor here. But heredity cannot be discounted. And with Christie we think a good part of it is just in the corpuscles.
The plus side of this is that he's a passionate person. No question about that. There's a blood rush that drives Christie onward --  super protoplasms that generate the competitiveness; the will to succeed and even a winning human quality that can touch your heart when you least expect it. It's all there. We know because we've seen it up close and it's quite convincing.
But like a bigger-than-life brawler who seeks to dominate every ring he enters, Christie can pounce with a Richter scale impact that The Terminator would envy.
That's what happened Saturday night.
And that's what led us to the realm of sanguicolousness.

First Returns Now In From New Hampshire!

Yes, we do have early election returns from New Hampshire.
All of the residents of three towns have already voted so those towns are able to report their full returns.
Here's how it stacks up.


Ted Ctuz............9
John Kasich.......9
Donald Trump...9



For the rest of the state, polls will close at 7 PM tonight. Stay tuned . . .

Monday, February 8, 2016

Giuliani Blasts Beyonce For 'Anti-Police' Show

New Hampshire: The Race Right Now, Video

What The Church Says About Lent: Surprising!

This Wednesday, February 10, is Ash Wednesday, marking the start of the penitential season of Lent for 2016.  Here, Philadelphia Archbishop Chaput offers responses to a series of questions posed by CatholicPhilly and Catholic News Agency (CNA).

CatholicPhilly/CNA:  How could Catholics live this Lenten season as a really special time and not just as a "Catholic tradition?"
Archbishop Chaput:  We need to understand that the materialism of modern life, the constant modern emphasis on buying and consuming, is based on the falsehood that we "deserve" convenience and comfort; that our opinions and desires really matter.  Of course, in the most important sense, we do matter.  We're infinitely precious in the eyes of God.  But the world will forget us very quickly when we're gone, and all of us will be gone sooner than we think.  There are no exceptions.  So the healthiest way for each of us to live Lent is to reflect on our mortality and take a hard, clear look at the behavior and choices that guide our typical day.  If we don't like some of what we see -- and that should include every one of us, if we're honest -- then Lent is the time to begin changing our direction.

CatholicPhilly/CNA:  How can Catholics be "creative" in the way they live their Lent as a time for conversion?
Archbishop Chaput:  We need to think past the obvious things to "give up" -- desserts, wine, the movies -- and concentrate on those things we cling to that we don't really need but like to indulge.  It's different for every person: shopping, restaurants, coffee, etc.  But even better is when we select some positive service to perform for another person, or volunteer where our time is needed by our parish or charity.  The corporal and spiritual works of mercy are a great place to begin our Lenten reflections.  We should adapt them to our circumstances and make a real effort to live them actively as we prepare for Easter.  And of course, some daily time spent reading Scripture is always very fruitful.

CatholicPhilly/CNA:  From your pastoral experience, what do you think U.S. Catholics need the most to make of Lent a genuine time of conversion?
Archbishop Chaput:  The single most important thing we can do, especially in this Year of Mercy, is to seek out the Sacrament of Penance on a regular basis; every other week would be ideal.  Nearly everyone can do that if they try.  Nothing has a more powerful and positive effect on the soul, other than the Eucharist itself.  And we also need silence.  If people can create some time every day -- even just half an hour -- when they eliminate all the distracting noise of American life, their spirit will naturally begin to grow.  Daily life in the United States is so filled with appetites and tensions stimulated by the mass media that turning the media off almost automatically results in deeper and clearer thinking.  And that interior quiet can very easily lead us to God.

CatholicPhilly/CNA:  Do you find any relationship between living a good Lent and how Catholics live in the public square?

Archbishop Chaput:  If you want to know how hard it can be to live a Christian life, just try overcoming one or two of your own worst faults.  That takes self-knowledge, persistence, honesty, humility, courage -- and this is exactly the task of conversion that all of us are called to every Lent.  All of these virtues also underpin effective public witness.  If you take your faith seriously enough to conform your own life to it, you'll have very little trouble living and witnessing your faith in the presence of others, including the wider public square.  In an election year – especially one that’s already so complicated – authentic Catholic witness is something the nation needs more than ever.  That witness begins with each of us individually.

Sour, Post-Game Cam Newton Jilts Media, Walks

A, childish, sore-losing (formerly boastful) quarterback is just another reason why we don't watch the Super Bowl. Cam Newton's post-game demeanor was disgraceful.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Why We DON'T Watch The Super Bowl

We don't watch the Super Bowl.
We're not particularly interested. Never were.
Here's why:

1) The entire event is hopelessly over-hyped. In the end, it's dreadfully anti-climactic.

2) The game is never really very interesting. Except for a few years, astoundingly it hasn't been very competitive.*

3) The halftime show often stinks and is formulaic.

4) The whole thing reeks of NFL worship. It's like one big commercial for the league.

5) Since Joe Namath and Troy Aikman, football players just haven't been that interesting or that classy.

6) It's a dirty game that's now replete with cheating, and well all know about the concussions. It's dangerous and reeks of bloodlust.

7) The actual game often begins too late and always lasts too long.

8) The whole thing is so over-produced that the actual meaning of the game -- its essence -- is totally lost.

9) Super Bowl parties are Pig Cities and the fans in the stands aren't much better.

10) January and February are boring and forgettable no matter how the game turns out.

Oh, and one more: You can now watch the commercials at your leisure online. So you don't have to tune in for them anymore. Ditto, the halftime show.

*OK, so this year and last year it actually was competitive. But all that meant was that you only had to watch a few minutes of it to catch the real excitement.

Carnivale In Aruba - A Feast For The Senses!

We've just returned from beautiful Aruba where we've witnessed the festive celebration known as Carnivale -- a multi-day feast of music, dance and dazzling costumes leading up to the eve of Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of Lent.
In this largely-Catholic, beautiful island nation Carnivale is a time of high spirits and daily and nightly celebration that leads to the crowing of a Queen of Carnivale. All ages and races participate in Aruba Carnivale in a country that blends many cultures and traditions.
Caribbean-style Carnivale is a not-to-be-missed event and we enjoyed it thoroughly!
Photos copyright 2016 by Dan Cirucci.

More Philly Parishes May Partner Or Merge

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced today the continuation of the Parish Area Pastoral Planning Initiative with three parishes from the City of Philadelphia and two parishes from Delaware County entering the process.

Delaware County parishes preparing to take part in this process include Sacred Heart Parish in Clifton Heights and Saint Charles Borromeo Parish in Drexel Hill.

City of Philadelphia parishes preparing to take part in this process include Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Saint Nicholas of Tolentine Parish, and Saint Rita Cascia Parish. All three are located in South Philadelphia.

Information regarding the Pastoral Planning Initiative was shared with the above listed parish communities through announcements at Masses during the weekend of February 6th and 7th.

Background on the Parish Area Pastoral Planning Process
In the Fall of 2010, a pastoral letter was issued to parishioners throughout the Archdiocese.  It outlined the necessity of an in-depth examination of all parishes in order to gauge whether they possessed the necessary resources to remain vibrant and sustainable faith communities.  This process, known as Parish Area Pastoral Planning, is designed to be as collaborative and consultative as possible. 

The pastor and three representatives from each parish will comprise the local area pastoral planning committee.   This committee will submit a recommendation concerning the best models for these parishes. The meetings of the committees will begin in the coming weeks.

The goal is to provide pastors, after consulting their lay parish leadership and parishioners, with the opportunity to dialogue with members of the Archdiocesan Strategic Planning Committee in providing joint recommendations for parish growth and sustainability within their respective geographic areas.

During the process additional steps are taken to be as inclusive as possible.  In the majority of cases, the regional bishop and dean meet with pastors as well as their pastoral and finance councils to hear their opinions and receive their recommendations, which are brought before the Archdiocesan Strategic Planning Committee, the Council of Priests and the College of Consultors for their observations and recommendations.  Input and consultation from of all these groups is provided to the Archbishop, who makes the final decisions. 

There are three potential outcomes. First, a parish community could remain free standing with no change. Second, a parish could take part in a merger by which two or more parishes are combined into one newly formed parish with all assets and debts being assumed by the new parish. The third model, a partnership, is newly introduced to the planning process in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, but is being used in other dioceses. Partnership differs from merger in that the partnering parishes each remain open and retain parish status.  What changes with partner parishes is that one pastor, one Pastoral Council, and one staff serve the parishes in the partnership. However, since each parish in the partnership remains a parish, each of the partner parishes retains its own finances and Finance Council. The partnership model is presented to help the involved parishes realize efficiencies in operation, to pool resources for more effective evangelization, and to address the issue of decreasing priest personnel throughout the Archdiocese.

It is expected that the current round of Parish Area Pastoral Planning will conclude later this spring with decisions taking effect by June 2016.

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Last Night's GOP Debate: The Bottom Line

Last night's Republican presidential debate was ugly. Very ugly.
On the 105th birthday anniversary of President Reagan, the candidates broke Reagan's 11th commandment: Thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican. They not only broke it, they repeatedly broke it.
Christie was a real grappler last night and he went at Rubio with a ferocity rarely see in these types of settings. You would have thought that Rubio would be prepared for this as Christie had been attacking him ("The boy in the bubble") all week. But if Rubio was prepared, it certainly didn't show. Rubio's response to Christie's rat-a-tat-tat was feeble, at best. Shockingly poor.
And both Bush and Kasich got in some good shots as well -- largely at the expense of Rubio.
This left Trump and Cruz pretty much untouched, except that Trump turned very ugly at one point, prompting boos from the audience.
Bottom line: Christie, Bush and Kasich came out winners. But, don't forget Cruz. He had a good debate, went untarnished and remains strong.
Will Rubio remain in the top three?
Will Kasich, Christie of Bush emerge instead?
Stay tuned . . . . .

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Play-By-Play Of GOP Debate - Part 2

Trump says Obama is "totally incompetent" . . . and then he swings into an attack on China who he says "has total control of North Korea" so, he suggests, let China solve the North Korea problem . . . Now, the debate settles into a more issue-oriented mode . . .  And Christie does what he does best - He looks straight into the camera and talks to the home audience saying he will "never, never pay ransom for hostages" . . .  In the immigration part of the debate, things are not quite as lively but Cruz has a good ,moment by saying we need to build the wall and then deferring to Trump in an aside as the best person to build it . . . Cruz hits hard on immigration and has some good moments . . . Now, Rubio's about to take heat again on the "gang of Eight" immigration bill . . .  And Rubio answers boldly and definitively with specific points . . . But now here's Christie again and he plays the Governor card again . . . Christie positions himself as a fighter and he's clearly attempting to diminish Rubio -- to repeatedly depict him as a little boy . . . Christie's hoping for a late surge on the heels of this debate; he out to gain primarily at Rubio's expense . . . Will New Hampshire voters be persuaded or will they see Christie as too combative and bellicose? . . . Cruz has a funny, almost smirky, smile. It seems somewhat tentative or vague . . . The soft-spoken Carson seems like an island of rationality and civility tonight . . . Trump shines on eminent domain and makes us scratch our heads again about why he passed on the Iowa debate -- but now, when a person looses his/her property to eminent domain, the person does not necessarily get "a fortune" . . . Now, Bush goes after Trump on that Atlantic City casino eminent domain deal with the "little old lady" who owned the home near his casino . . . But now Trump turns nasty and pissy, pointing fingers and people, shusshing Bush and eliciting boos.