The recent Beatification of Pope John Paul II brought back my memories of a private audience with the Pope in 1984. It was a very inspirational meeting, led by Congressman Peter Rodino, and came about just a few years after the Pope nearly lost his life at the hands of an assassin’s bullet. It was also a few years before the Berlin Wall was torn down. The “Cold War” was a deep concern.
A few weeks ago, while fishing off the dock at our condo in Florida, my daughter, Karen, caught what we thought was a big fish. As she was reeling it in, and it broke the surface, it turned out to be a stingray – about two and one half pounds in weight. She brought the fish onto the dock and was trying to take the hook out of the fish’s mouth when her leg was pierced by the serrated poisonous spine of the stingray.
In a recent Florida State Court decision, a Judge stated, “1. This case will proceed under ecclesiastical Islamic Law.” Yes, that was the order of the Court in a case involving some trustees of the Islamic Education Center of Tampa, Inc. and the Center. Yes, not the laws of Florida under which the Islamic Center was created but under Sharia Islamic Law?
As I read the opinion, I could not believe what I was reading. The Judge went on and said in the order, “…pursuant to the Qur’an, Islamic brothers should try to resolve a dispute among themselves.”
Each year, I give around 25 lectures to various organizations with my PowerPoint presentations. And I am sure you go to meetings when the speakers use PowerPoints in their presentations or even in classrooms. Hooking up the PowerPoint projector with the laptop, inserting the thumb drive with the presentation on it and gearing up the pointer for the slides can be a challenge.
I have been at meetings where presenters are trying to set up even after they are introduced. It can be very frustrating. Is the set up that complicated?
Was the lead of the United States correct in starting a no-fly zone over Libya? I do not think so, and let me explain.
First, Libya has been a center of controversy for years. From oil issues to the downing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Libya and Moammar Gadhafi have been a challenge.
The other day a friend of mine brought up the film making of Alfred Hitchcock, and the discussion brought back to me a personal meeting I had with Hitchcock back in 1956.
Alfred Hitchcock is probably best remembered for movies such as Vertigo, Dial M for Murder, Psycho, The Birds and The Wrong Man. And this list is a short one, because he directed about 67 different films. Beyond his direction, he was also very creative in the way cameras were used during the filming. In addition, he almost always would appear in each film very briefly. In 1980, he died at the age of 81.
The recent ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States in Snyder v. Phelps et.al. was a terrible decision even though I fully support Free Speech under our Constitution. Let me explain. Albert Snyder is the parent of Matthew Snyder, a U.S. Marine killed in Iraq. Mr. Snyder wanted to bury his son peacefully. But, members of the Westboro Baptist Church actually deprived the father of what most of us would believe is a basic elementary right.
While Wikileak cables have hit all over the world, it was interesting for me to read about cables relating to the expansion of the Panama Canal.
According to the State Department leaks, the President of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli was quoted as saying he was worried about the expansion project while Vice President Juan Carlos Varela called it a “disaster.”
All of this created quite a stir in Panama and even lead to embarrassment in the United States. The Julian Assange Wikileaks leaks directly related to the selection of a Spanish lead coalition to build the third set of locks at a cost of $3.2 billion.
Throughout the world, over 58 countries use English as the official or dominant language. Interestingly, English is not the official language of the United States. But back in 1794, the Congress, by a vote of 42 to 41, failed to pass a law calling for laws in the United States to be printed in English and German. We still do not have an official language as of this date.
After the shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others in early January, the media blamed bitter rhetoric in politics even though the shooter was a “nut job.” From television to radio and from newspapers to magazines, today’s political climate was all to blame. Even the Tea Party was demonized because the members had a different political agenda than President Obama or the mainstream media.
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