Confessional Box


Here is a popular rhetorical question -- "Does a bear poop in the woods?" Whether we see it or not, we know it does. World events, whether you are aware of it or not, will affect you eventually. If you depend on the news media for current events, your understanding is limited to their bias --- what they deem as information they want you to know rather than what you need to know.

I'm thinking about the unfolding drama in the Middle East that is not being covered. A wise Biblical scholar told me that we should look at what's happening in Jerusalem and not in America for news that really matter.

Ever since 9-11, political tension has been growing and we have all been less secure of our safety. Perhaps that's a warning of things yet to come. Interpretations may vary but Biblical prophecy has been 100% accurate (at least in my understanding). Nostradamus and the Mayans don't even come close. The location is known but the date and time are the only variables; and if the Bible says we're headed to an apocalyptic battle that will center around Israel. what are the chances of it coming to pass? So why even pray that it won't happen? No need to be afraid of it; unless of course you aren't ready. Pray for peace with God instead.

We have 2 choices: pretend that it's business as usual or prepare for the inevitable. And I don't mean prepare for war (although that's certainly important) but prepare for the after life which is far more permanent. And if you don't believe in an after life, ask yourself what will happen if there really is one. You can brainwash yourself into believing you can fly, but the pavement below will always hurt.

So does a bear poop in the woods? Of course it does. And will Biblical prophecy come to pass? What do you think?

Erratum: Sorry for the delay in last week's TGIF edition. I put it together on time but failed to schedule it to blast off at midnight like I normally do. Did you miss me? Aw shucks!

Wisdom from Tom of Pasadena, California
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The Will of God never takes you to where the Grace of God will not protect you.

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Art and Tom of Pasadena, CA, Don of Kelowna, B.C., Mike and Charlie of New York.

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"While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape." --- 1 Thesalonians 5:3

" For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away." --- Matthew 24:38

The Confessional Box
sent by Charlie of New York

I went into the confessional box after years of being away from the Church.

Inside I found a fully equipped bar with Guinness on tap.

On one wall, there's a row of decanters with fine Irish whiskey and Waterford crystal glasses.

On the other wall is a dazzling array of the finest cigars and chocolates.

Then the priest comes in. I say to him, "Father, forgive me, for it's
been a very long time since I've been to confession, but I must first
admit that the confessional box is much more inviting than it used to be."

He replies:
"Get out, you moron, you're on my side!"

The Middle East Explained
sent by Tom of Pasadena. CA

Are you confused by what is going on in the Middle East?

Let me explain.
We support the Iraqi government in the fight against ISIS.
We don’t like ISIS, but ISIS is supported by Saudi Arabia who we do like.
We don’t like Assad in Syria. We support the fight against him, but ISIS is also fighting against him.

We don’t like Iran, but Iran supports the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIS.

So some of our friends support our enemies, some enemies are now our friends, and some of our enemies are fighting against our other enemies, who we want to lose, but we don’t want our enemies who are fighting our enemies to win.

If the people we want to defeat are defeated, they could be replaced by people we like even less. And all this was started by us invading a country to drive out terrorists who were not actually there until we went in to drive them out.

It's quite simple, really. Do you understand now?

Videos of the week: (click on the picture)

Contributed by Charlie of New York


A short clip of a man and his dog.

How Many Days Old are You?
Contributed by Mike of New York

How many days old are you?

This is a link to a website that calculates the answer to the question. When I tried it out, I was surprised that I had wasted so many days. Time is a real gift that many of us take for granted. Perhaps the real question should be "How many days have you used wisely?"

Cats that Live Like Kings
Contributed by Mike of New York

Cat Jungle

Cats live like kings in this sprawling 6 acre home.

Green Energy Car
Contributed by Don of Kelowna. B.C.
Warning: Brown Humor

Flatula Car

Every now and then, I like to send something that has a little class.

This is about as little as I could find.

Philippine Call Centers
Contributed by Art of Pasadena, CA

Philippine Call Centers

Art sent me several video links about the changing economic landscape of call centers where the Philippines has overtaken India as the Call Center Capital of the World. Art's other links:
Australian Call Centers
CNN's take on Philippine Call Centers

Weird Things All Couples Fight About
Contributed by Charlie of New York

Young Couples FIghting

This is so typical. If you've ever been married you'll see yourself in these situations.
Early in our marriage my wife and I would make mountains out of mole hills of our differing preferences. When we shared our fights with older couples they just laughed and that's when we realized they were right.

Joan Rivers Audio Clip
Contributed by Tom of Pasadena, CA
Warning: Strong Language

Joan Rivers

Since Joan Rivers' recent death, everyone seems to be talking about her. If you're too young to remember her, here's a sample of her wit and how she's not P.C.. It's a bit long, sorry.
I actually saw her at the LAX airport years ago waiting for her baggage. Her little poodle was poking out its head from her bag.

They Put Their Dog In A Tarantula Costume ...
And Let It Chase People
Contributed by Tom of Pasadena, CA

Tarantula Dog

This an early Halloween video treat.
I started laughing when I read the title of this prank.

Have a good TGIF weekend.


Thanks Raoul great selection and I did miss you last Friday, I wondered if you were OK
Loved your comments on the Bible and the Scripture it contains. We are Blessed by your efforts in our behalf and appreciate the smiles you cause.

I found the call center videos fascinating and I am glad that Filipinos have a niche there. Bagay to the pinoy personality.


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