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Friday, September 5, 2014

Thoughts for our time: The way to being a man

“A Man does what he must in spite of person consequences, in spite of obstacles, and dangers and pressures- and that is the basis of all human morality”
Winston Churchill

“ We do not admire the man of timid peace. We admire the man who embodies victorious effort; the man who never wrongs his neghbour, who is prompt to help a friend, but who has those virile qualities necessary to win in the stern strife of actual life.”
Theodore Roosevelt

“The greatest thing a man can possibly do in this world is to make the most possible out of the stuff that has been given him. This is success, and there is no other. It is not a question of what someone else can do or become which every youth should ask himself, but what can I do? How can I develop myself into the grandest possible manhood?”
Orison Swett Marden

“A man must stand erect, not be kept erect by others.”
Marcus Aurelius

“ It is not what he has, or even what he does which expresses the worth of a man, but what he is.”
Henri –Frederic Amiel

“ The way of a superior man is three fold: Virtuous- he is free from anxieties; wise- he is free from perplexities; bold- he is free from fear”

“This is the test of your manhood: How much is there left in you after you have lost everything outside of your self?”
Orison Swett Marden

“ To be as a man you must life as a lion or die like a sheep.”

Viking proverb

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Photo Minute: Over and under the water

Beware Of A Muslim Ireland

There are 65,000 Muslims in Ireland today and growing, that does not include those that left here on vacation to go to fight in Iraq and Syria in order to create an extreme Muslim State ruled by fear and bloodshed and murder. Now, Dr Ali Salem, a Muslim and lecturer at the Mater Dei Institute and Trinity College, spoke to the media yesterday to outline his wishes of wanting to create a “revolution of inclusivity" in Irish schools and "an upheaval" in Irish educational perspectives.”

His choice of words like “revolution” and “upheaval” give pause as to wonder what is the sub-text of his thoughts of what he is really thinking. He also opines that “Muslim festivals are neither celebrated or marked in the calendar of Irish schools” going on to suggest that they be days off for Muslim children. He also points out that during the month of Ramadan, the month of fasting, Muslims give to charity and schools could co-operate by ‘raising funds for the poor and needy." Now, I wonder where will those funds be going? I think ISIS and a lot more.

Salem adds that any form of raffle or lottery is "strictly forbidden" in Islam yet omitting all the other evil actions that is permitted against women and children. Salem then goes on to set out the differences that need to be addressed between the two faiths of Catholicism and Islam in Ireland starting with the towels around the head rules in the gym, and that Muslims should be allowed to keep their towels on at all times. Also, "The girls should not be visible to the boys either while playing school sports and the girls should resist changing clothes in a communal area."

“Music, performed using non-tunable percussion instruments such as drums, most Muslims will have no problem” Salem adds. Ah yes, the drums of war.

There is more: “At school plays, physical contact between members of the opposite sex who can be legally married is forbidden in Islam and that gender role reversal is not permissible or acting in a way that may arouse sexual feeling or give sexual hints causes objection to Muslims.” I bet it does not cause objection to the one aroused.

Please note: The legal age of Muslim girls allowed to marry is anything between 10 or 14 years old or puberty, otherwise known to be children still here in Ireland and the western world.

Aside from the towels around the head bit, it seems there are a lot more similarities between the Catholic church of recent times and that of the Muslim church of present times, with the only differences being that the RC church know they cannot get away with that anymore and that the Muslims know they can.

The only reason Salem, with his religious degrees and decrees, that are in essence about nothing except the merits of brainwashing, is allowed to spout his nonsense is because the ones that spouted it before him now want to appear Fr Trendy like on a public platform and seen to be inclusive, which is why he is allowed to preach at the Mater Dei Institute and Trinity College.

The reality is that the Catholic Church in Ireland is as inclusive as having a lion in the same bed as a hyena which is about the same level of inclusivity and tolerance that the Muslims have.

In closing, there are no Catholic or Muslim children but only the transfer of thoughts from their parents and peers to make them think that they are. It is only when they think for themselves and are taught to do just that, will freedom of mind be more than just a cliché.

Beware of a Muslim Ireland !!

By Barry Clifford 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Photo Minute: Oughterard Galway in days gone by


Aesop's thoughts Born: 620 BC - Died: 564 BC

A false tale often betrays itself.

A fine appearance is a poor substitute for inward worth.

A man is known by the company he keeps.

A villain may disguise himself, but he will not deceive the wise.

Acquaintance softens prejudices.

An act of kindness is a good investment.

Avoid a remedy that is worse than the disease.

Be on guard against men who can strike from a distance.

Be reasonable in your criticism.

Benefits bestowed upon the evil-disposed increase their means of injuring you.

Better a certain enemy than a doubtful friend.

Beware of flatterers.

Beware of hypocrites.

Beware of the counsel of the unfortunate.

Change of habit cannot alter Nature.

Children are not to be blamed for the faults of their parents.

Choose the lesser of two evils.

Clothes do not make the man.

Contentment with our lot is an element of happiness.

Counsel without help is useless.

Count the cost before you commit yourselves.

Do not attempt to hide things which cannot be hid.

Photo Minute: Beautiful England

Monday, September 1, 2014

Barry Clifford: Apostasy

An apostate, or persons who embraces apostasy, is where they abandon one set of beliefs for another or none at all. In many countries you can be put to death just for that change of mind. Afghanistan, Brunei, Iran, Mauritania, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, have and will put you to death for denying whatever religion had been forced on you as a child, which is mainly Muslim in these desert and sand flea ridden countries with a bit of oil thrown in.

In other countries there are lesser penalties for it too, prison (up to 30 years in some cases) flogging, and being denied custody rights for your child. It has, for the most part, carried some measure of penalties in many other democratic countries including Ireland, though to a more tolerable and humane degree that at times is comical. But it is there hiding in open view.

Like the Muslims, there is a trail of blood spilled by the Christians that has covered the centuries in those who practiced apostasy right into the early 20th century. Perhaps tired of the blood letting, they do things differently now. Apostasy is not just embraced by denying your religion, but by behavior that contradicts it. In Ireland this is self -evident.

Take the blasphemy laws. It is a crime to blaspheme the Lord here, though it depends on whose version you refer the insult; yet the law is very vague or non- existent to what exactly the penalty for blasphemy is. Of course you have to prove that God exists first, as any good lawyer will tell you, as his spirited and robust defense will demand.

Here also, if you want to teach in the almost 100% Catholic schools, hospitals and universities, though it is fully funded inclusively by the government, it carries very exclusive penalties in what it classes as apostate behavior.

That apostate behavior means being gay, having a child out of wedlock, divorce and re-marriage while a formerly married partner still breathes, getting married only in a registered office or living as an un-married couple, and publishing or distributing material that are contrary to the Catholic gospel. Though penalties here are not terminal as in death, they are life changing such as losing your job that will ensure your inability to provide for your family.

It also advises miscreants or apostates that ‘Failure to abide by the rules could affect the ability to govern or to lead model Catholic lives and faith and that ecclesial integrity may cease to exist.’ It is, if you believe this decree, a fate worse than death for there is no life promised for afterwards and makes being beheaded seem kind. Pretty much damned if you do and damned if you don’t. 

Barry Clifford

Put humanity before extreme beliefs

MICHELLE Mulherin is to be congratulated for her honesty.
One has to conclude that the Mayo TD spoke for many in the so-called pro-life movement when she declared last week that: “Abortion as murder — and therefore sin, which is the religious argument — is no more sinful from a scriptural point of view than all other sins we do not legislate against, such as greed, hate and fornication; the latter — fornication — being probably the single most likely cause of unwanted pregnancies in this country.”
Her comment provoked a gamut of reaction, from outrage to ridicule. Among those who are opposed to any form of abortion, however, it must have been greeted with dismay. These people like to talk about values, and the vulnerability of the unborn, and project themselves as acting in the name of humanity in its purest form. They talk about killing babies. But they studiously avoid mention of their primary motive. Then along comes a kindred spirit and lays it out plain and simple — it’s all about religion, about personal beliefs and interpreting those beliefs in a manner that leaves no room for humanity, and then foisting those extreme interpretations on the whole of society.
Last week, one of the women who travelled to Liverpool to have her unviable pregnancy terminated spoke of her own beliefs: “I believe in a loving, caring, understanding God and I won’t be damned for what I did.”
Those who disagree with how she acted have a different God. Their deity instructs that a 14-year-old who has been raped is obliged to carry the rapist’s child. He commands that a 17-year-old in state care can’t terminate her pregnancy although the foetus will be born without a head. He instructs that a woman suffering painful cancer cannot end her pregnancy, even if that means she has a better chance of survival. He commands that a woman with an unviable pregnancy must carry on, irrespective of the psychological damage and pain being inflicted, until a child is born dead. This deity might give lip service to compassion, but largely he is focused on imposing his will on all before him, if necessary destroying people in order to save them.
The stories publicised last week of the four women who travelled to Liverpool to terminate their pregnancies couldn’t have failed to touch anybody with an ounce of humanity. They and their partners had first been subjected to the devastation that they would not be receiving a child into their world. Then, they had to face the harsh reality of a state which turns away from its citizens just at the point when they need to be comforted and assisted.
Finally, cast out, they had to leave home and fly to a jurisdiction where their condition is accepted in medical rather than moral terms. One woman described how she had “to walk around Birmingham for five hours when you’ve just ended your baby’s life, you’ve had an anaesthetic and are bleeding and cramping”.
This is precisely what some women are obliged to endure as a result of the actions of the pro-life lobby.
How offensive is that term? Labelling yourself pro-life infers that those who disagree with your personal beliefs have less regard for life than you do. It is ironic then, that among the anti-abortion lobby, precious few of them — with a few exceptions — give any thought to advocating for the most vulnerable once they are born into life.
Their other offensive term, “abortion on demand” speaks volumes. The term evokes the image of a confident or angry woman striding into an establishment and demanding that her pregnancy, the result most likely of “fornication”, be terminated. Again, it demonstrates a total removal from the real world. Anybody who knows a woman who has found herself in that position knows that decisions weigh heavily, and that far from being disposed to demand anything, they are often wracked with doubt, and sometimes guilt.
Fear is the key. Just as their God values fear over love, so too do these extremists themselves. Last week’s private members bill by Socialist TD Claire Daly to enact legislation for the X Case was another reminder of how the political establishment is scared stiff of these people.
Twenty years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that abortion was legal in the case where a mother’s life was in danger. Twenty years later the body politic is still stalling. It is inconceivable that in almost any other facet of life, such a situation would be allowed to fester through six different governments.
Last weekend the Labour party voted at its conference to push for legislation, and then its parliamentarians voted against Daly’s bill. It would be reasonable to surmise that, like the majority of people in the country, most in the Oireachtas do not share the extremists’ view, but they know the capacity these people have to instil fear and hatred.
The situation is so demented that even those who are desperate to create life are being held hostage by these people. Assisted human reproduction, principally through IVF, is a norm in Western society. It is a reality that some couples have difficulty in conceiving naturally. Advances in science mean this does not have to condemn couples to a childless future. It is possible to assist nature on its way.
To this end, the government of the day was obliged to have a report prepared on how best to legislate for the area, particularly to protect those seeking the service. The Commission on Assisted Reproduction published its report in May 2005. The extremists were unhappy with conclusions which they felt were not compatible with their personal beliefs. As a result, no government since has had the basic courage to its duty and legislate. As a result, assisted human reproduction remains a grey area, which can at times be brutal, where vulnerable couples are sometimes exploited, and where science has galloped way ahead of the law. And all because these people and their capacity to divide opinion.
Times change. The power that these extremists have wielded in the past may be dissipating. The majority of citizens in the State would most likely be opposed to abortion being widely available. Arguably, it would not be a good thing for universal access, certainly in the short term.
Those who profess allegiance to the majority religion are instinctively opposed to abortion. But opinion polls in recent years suggest that many are moving away from the extreme interpretation that the anti-abortion crowd, and the hierarchy, peddle. Legions of practicing Catholics in this country ignore the Church’s teachings on artificial contraception. They turn a blind eye to the stuff about pre-marital sex. They realise that in the real world, people sometimes divorce.
Some question why their Church appears to be obsessed with sexual matters in general, and women’s bodies in particular. Their brand of Catholicism has room for basic humanity.
And so, it must be hoped, that view will be to the fore in the near future as the issue of abortion in certain circumstances is finally tackled.

It’s long past the time when basic humanity should have precedence over the extreme beliefs of a small, but powerfully vocal, group.

By Michael Clifford

Photo minute: A world of beauty

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Barry Clifford: Accepting unalterable facts is the rocky road to a peaceful mind

Modern humans are around 200,000 years old.

All religion is based on the fear of death and the promise of life afterwards

We are 98% chimpanzee

Most forms of depressions can be altered by choice

Everything passes, everything changes

If you are not in charge, then someone else is

If you have a problem, what are you doing about it?

Average sperm during lovemaking is 300 million making it quite a feat to just being born. If unconventional ejaculation happened instead on the night you were conceived then you would not have been born at all or ever would be.

Religion is geographically related to where you were born and how you were reared. It is is never chosen in childhood.

Male teenage rage is directly related to testosterone level, a natural chemical in the body. Mild mannered middle age or older is directly related to the decreasing levels of testosterone levels.

90% of all decisions is decided by the information gathered by your eyes

Guilt is often a club used by others to control you

Before you blame others, take blame and ownership yourself first

Get busy laughing or fade away crying

The body is largely 80% water, 20% blood, bone and gristle, and all the rest is opinion.

All life is local

Accepting unalterable facts is the rocky road to a peaceful mind

 By Barry Clifford

PN: “….But change is an unalterable law and no amount of pretending will alter the reality. (Socrates 477 BC -399 BC)