Posted by: johnhourihan | June 5, 2016

Jesus is My Frickin’ Savior


JESUS IS MY FRICKIN’ SAVIOR

When did class go out of style?
I was just wonderin’
When did mothers start telling kids to “frickin’ shut up” in the parking lot on the way to church?
And when did fathers start wearing in public T-shirts that say, “Fuck you.”
When did TV decide a good show on the air waves should be about how the devil is just a good guy with baggage?
When did it become accepted that our politicians tell whatever lies they want because it is “election season?”
When did every religion have its own Bible; each saying something different? Who changed the wording in them? And why do people still call it the “word of God,” if it says so many differing things?
When did the middle finger become the only gesture we use when driving?
When did people become so inconsiderate of each other as to not even pay attention on a highway, driving 70 mph, weaving between cars, driving a plastic and steel missile too fast to be controlled and then texting, or phoning, or applying makeup, or drinking and not even caring that we are putting everyone else on the road in jeopardy of being killed?
When did your political party become the yardstick by which you are judged to be good or evil?
When did men and boys begin showing their ass to everyone by wearing their pants as if they just got out of prison, and when did parents allow their kids to leave the house looking as they do?
When did teenage boys decide the right thing to do is make the old lady move out of the way when you want to walk down the sidewalk, and when did the strongest get to take the seat on a bus?
When did it become weak to negotiate rather than bomb a city?
When did it become acceptable to do nothing about hungry children because “I work my ass off and don’t feel I should give to the lazy and stupid?”
And when did Christians decide greed was good, brown people were rapists, black people were thugs, Asians are our enemies, starving children are not our concern, only our religion is true, homosexual is bad, abortion is bad, birth control is bad, rendering to Caesar is bad, blessing the meek is bad, it is OK to lie, cheat , steal, disrespect everyone including your parents, violence is good, as long as we say out loud in public at least once a week that, “Jesus is my frickin’ savior.”
When did enough people in this country become so classless that they would elect Donald Trump to run for president?

Posted by: johnhourihan | February 3, 2016

If you are a Christian Republican please read this.


Read these things the Bible says are the words of the leader of the Christian churches, then tell me how you are a Christian and a Republican.
“But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?”
~Jesus in 1 John 3:17
“Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.”
~Jesus in Matthew 7:1-2
“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”
~Jesus in Matthew 5:9
“For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
~Jesus in Matthew 25:34-40
“When someone hits you on the cheek offer the other as well. When someone takes your coat let him have your shirt too.” – Luke 6:29
“Love your enemies. And pray for those who persecute”. Matthew 5:44
“Forgive and you will be forgiven.” – Luke 6:37

If you say you are a Christian and a Republican, tell me again how that figures.

Posted by: johnhourihan | December 27, 2015

ISIS vs. ISIL


I recently saw on facebook a Republican supporter chastising the president for two things.
First: For trying to make people think ISIS was less of a problem than it was, and, second for using the acronym ISIL rather than ISIS.
“The two acronyms refer to the same group. ISIS stands for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria because the group’s territory straddles the border between the two countries. ISIL stands for Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. The Levant is the historic name given to the entire region east of the Mediterranean from Egypt, east to Iran and to Turkey. U.S. officials use ISIL instead of ISIS to emphasize the group’s goal to expand its influence beyond the borders of Syria and Iraq.” – NBC/News Center/Chanel 6, Portland
This leads me to believe that those who are chastising the president will even criticize him for two perfectly opposite ideas. One that he is making ISIS appear too small and one that he is making it look too big. This leaves me to believe most Republican supporters would oppose him no matter what he said, as long as he looks the way he does.

Posted by: johnhourihan | December 16, 2015

Veterans need to know this


To those of you who are being told, and are believing, that it is the president who is against veterans, here are some facts: Please follow this progression of how veterans are being hurt and by whom.

In Aug. of 2011 President Barrack Obama promised the American Legion he would not “balance the budget on the backs of veterans.”
This being a promise by the democratic president, the GOP leaders who had vowed on the night of his first inauguration to not allow the president to get anything done no matter what, took notice.
* Nov., 2011 – Automatic cuts were triggered through sequestration, cuts that would take place in 2013. This sequestration was a demand by Republicans when the debt ceiling had to be raised in 2011. The GOP promised to shut down the government without the sequestration being Okd.
* Oct., 2012 – The national commander of the American Legion wrote an editorial explaining how those sequestration cuts would have a devastating effect on national security.
* Sept., 2013 – The American Legion told Congress about concerns over the maintenance of veterans benefits.
*Sept., 2013 – The Legion called of the protection of veterans benefits.
* Oct., 2013 – Failure to enact legislation to fund the federal government leads to a shutdown of the government, led by tea party stalwart Ted Cruz. Tea party members take credit for the shutdown and say they are “happy” with how they made it come about. During the shutdown 800,000 people are furloughed without pay and benefits for veterans and military retirees are threatened.
*Oct., 2013 – President Obama signs a bill that temporarily ends the shutdown and raises the U.S. debt ceiling only days before veterans disability compensation would have been stopped.
* Dec., 2013, The Legion hand delivers a letter to every senator demanding that reduced cost of living adjustments (COLA) for military retirees be removed from the budget bill.
* Jan. 15, 2014 – The Republican led House passes a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill the removes COLA reduction only for the medically disabled military retirees. About only 96,000 of 903,000 military retirees would be affected.
Jan. 21, 2014 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduces an omnibus bill that includes the repeal of the COLA reduction provision .
Feb. 2014 – Senate Republicans stopped Democrats from advancing a bill that would have expanded healthcare and education programs for veterans.
In a 56-41 vote, the motion to waive a budget point of order against the bill failed. Democrats didn’t have the 60 votes needed to overcome the Republican roadblock.
Only two of the Senate’s 45 Republicans – Sens. Dean Heller (Nev.) and Jerry Moran (Kan.) – voted with the Democratic majority. That was obviously not enough to end the GOP’s obstruction.
The bill, the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Pay Restoration Act, was quite expansive. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), a co-sponsor, posted an overview of the legislation, highlighting its expanded VA health care access, tuition assistance, and job training. These certainly sound like the sort of things GOP lawmakers could go for.
So why did Senate Republicans block it?
Some GOP senators said there were unsure of the pay-for provisions – helping veterans matters, but making sure the deficit isn’t slightly larger really matters – but perhaps the biggest complaint had to do with Iran.
Senate Republicans demanded a vote on their own alternative legislation, which included a provision to impose new sanctions on Iran, and which would imperil the delicate international nuclear talks.vets and
GOP senators want a vote on the sanctions, regardless of the consequences; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) won’t go along; so the Republican minority blocked the bill on veterans’ benefits.
Yes, the president promised, and no he didn’t come through, but after reading this do you really think it is his fault that it didn‘t happen.
(All facts here came from the American Legion, who has not reason to lie about this.)?

Posted by: johnhourihan | December 8, 2015

A meaningful Christmas present


There is a perversion of the American Dream that says greed is good, and that we should live, love, work, and advance inside the fences drawn by politics, religion, and laws. It is wrong. Through senseless inner-city death, the My Lai massacre, the taking of the USS Pueblo, a drug-addled return from Vietnam, and a trip across the United States with a Frisbee, the authors tell how The American Dream is still reachable, but you have to get out beyond the fences to find it. This book shows how two people did it.

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Posted by: johnhourihan | November 30, 2015

Why don’t they come here the way our ancesters did?


With Donald Trump leading the way, the question is still being thrown around as if it is a logical question and not what it is – Nonsense.

Let’s talk immigration.
The question is, “Why can’t these newcomers enter the country legally, like our ancestors did?”
The answer: The newcomers would love to come here the way our ancestors did.
In the beginning, when immigrants arrived here, say from England, Holland, Sweden, Spain or France you had to register with the government.
Right.
That’s it.
You had to register, and you were legal. It was damn near impossible to be illegal.
They didn’t need to ask if they could come or where they could live. They had to get here and then register. There was nothing to keep them out.
Of course that was back when it took a month or two to get here aboard wooden ships so the incoming hoards were a trickle compared to what happened next.
Steamships.
In the early 1800s steamships started pouring the huddled masses on our shores and those already living here got a little anxious. In poured the Irish, running from British oppression and a famine.
You’ll never guess what made the natives restless enough to change the laws. In 1882, that anxiety led to a law that ended unrestricted immigration.
That’s pretty good. We decided to have a systematic way in which people could arrive in the United States.
No, we didn’t.
What we did was say, “We don’t want the Chinese.” Why? Because they look too different and would have too much trouble being assimilated.
The Chinese Exclusion Act excluded Chinese. They were not allowed in, and while those already here could stay, they couldn’t become citizens. Even their kids born here to Chinese parents weren’t granted citizenship.
So any of our people who came to this country before 1917 didn’t need any papers, no tests, no proof of background, no proof of profession, no waiting period, no nothing. They had to get here and register, and of course not be Chinese.
Then everything changed in 1917.
Well, not everything. The Chinese exclusion was extended to the “Asiatic Barred Zone,” so that nobody from China, Japan, India, and most Arab countries could enter the U.S. legally. That law also barred a long list of undesirables, and required immigrants over 16 to be literate.
So it didn’t change much at all. You still had only to get here, not be Chinese or look “funny,” be 16 and be literate, and of course register.
Immigration law really changed in 1921 and 1924, with quotas that limited the annual number of immigrants allowed from each country. For example, where about 200,000 Italians had been coming to America each year before 1924, after that the number dropped to about 4,000 annually.
European imigration was pretty much free. Before 1921 it would be a difficult thing to be here, to be from Europe and be illegal. It was unheard of.
No quotas at all had been set for immigration from Mexico and South America since it was so difficult to get here anyways. There were no roads.
The only people who were deported south were done so because of violations of registration or literacy requirements.
So pretty much all the way to 1965 immigration rules in the U.S. weren’t much more than fit into the quota of that year, be 16, be literate, be here, and register.
In 1965 the old quota system was replaced with new limits designed to equalize immigration from around the world.
Asian immigration increased, and limits on immigration from Mexico and South America were imposed for the first time.
Today, we have some regulations.
There are quotas and lotteries, and nearly incomprehensible rules about what relatives, professions, and refugees we will let in. With more hoops to jump through, there are more ways to be denied entry into the U.S, and more ways to be illegal.
Since 1965, seven amnesties have legalized illegal immigrants. The first and biggest, in 1986, under President Reagan, legalized 2.7 million people. The last, in 2000, under President Clinton, covered 900,000.
So when you ask why these newcomers don’t come here legally the way our ancestors did, I answer, “They would love to.”
Most of our ancestors never would have made it in with the restrictive rules we now have. So when we pompously say, “Sure we are a nation of immigrants, but they have to come here legally or they are criminals,” look in your own closet. According to today’s rules we are all the offspring of those we want to deport.

Posted by: johnhourihan | November 25, 2015

Why it is wrong to blame the media


Blaming the media is like Dr. Frankenstein blaming the monster.
Let me explain.
I have so many friends and relations who blame the main stream media for everything from taxes to poor health. I want very much for you to understand, but something we found out in the media long ago is I had better keep it short. One of the most shocking things I found when I began working on a newspaper was that studies showed the American public had the reading level of a 5th grader and their attention span only allowed them to read about 14 to 19 column inches in one sitting. We in the media thought that was bad, but then the rest happened.
The beginning of the rest was portrayed in “The Shipping News,” a book of fiction about the state of journalism. In it the editor tells the new reporter he should put a car crash on the front page every day, and if there was no crash that day to use the one from yesterday.
That’s right, long before you began blaming the media for everything, the media knew you would only buy the paper if it had certain stuff on the front page. And that stuff had nothing to do with the in-depth informative and investigative stories we were trying to feed you. If we wanted you to buy the paper we had to tuck that stuff inside.
Many of my friends remember a paper called the Milford Daily News. Everyone in my town complained about it, and now they have a paper of the same name but from all sources it has nothing on its pages but “sensationalist nonsense,” if that.
It seems that even though the paper’s circulation remained at about 14,000 for nearly a hundred years, the population of the town went from 3,000 to about 20,000. New people were getting their “News” elsewhere, if anywhere at all.
Then people stopped buying the paper and publishers scurried to find people who could cost them less but produce more stuff that would make people plunk out a quarter for the news of the day.
But the owners decided enough was enough and sold the paper to a conglomerate. This is a microcosm of what happening all over the country. The conglomerates did a lot of studies and found out that the reader didn’t matter at all.
It was the advertisers they had to pander to. So they did.
But the advertisers wanted high circulation for their ads, so the conglomerates did what they knew would work. They jettisoned the real news and began pumping out just the nonsense you, the general public, would buy, what you demanded.
They dumped most of the top level people in newspapers across the country ( and with them their salaries) and replaced them with reporters like Sparkle Plenty and Joe Just-got-out-of-College.
Quality was no longer a prerequisite for entering the field of journalism, and the big businesses took full advantage of it. They had a model to work from, public education.
To make matters worse, the general public decided why pay anything for news, let’s just get it off the web and from TV.
In its infinite wisdom, the general public began to cancel subscriptions to newspapers because they could get more guts, grief and mayhem on the internet and on the television news.
So, to keep things short so you can read it, now we have this day’s answer to Walter Cronkite – Wolf Blitzer – who recently depicted the work of a fool vandal who threw some green paint at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial as major national news, calling it “An Attack on The Lincoln Memorial.”
Then the fools who turned their backs on the real media years ago have the temerity to blame the media for all the ills of the world.
The ills of the world have multiplied because you were stupid enough to turn your backs on one of the checks and balances of the government so you could save a few bucks and a few hours of time each week.
So something you don’t know as you spout your uninformed nonsense is, you have no idea what is going on in government now and it will get worse, since no one is watching, unless there was a crash.
And your blaming of the media is like Dr. Frankenstein blaming his monster.
Good job you incredibly short sighted people.
You killed real journalism to save a buck. Now you have a monster.
You created it, now deal with it

Posted by: johnhourihan | November 25, 2015

The new book is published


For those of you who asked me to let you know when the new book is published, the one Mandy and I wrote together, here it is. I hope you enjoy it.
http://bookstore.iuniverse.com/Products/SKU-001054636/BEYOND-THE-FENCE-Converging-Memoirs.aspx

Posted by: johnhourihan | July 29, 2015

Thank you


I would like to thank all of you who have ordered one or all of my books to be read on your kindle or kindle app. For those of you who didn’t know about them three of my books Play Fair and Win, Parables for a New Age and Parables for a New Age II are available on Amazon.com to be read on Kindle. They only cost $5.99. I feel funny telling people about this but a lot of people asked about them and I think this is the best way to let you know they are available. Thanks again.

Posted by: johnhourihan | July 21, 2015

New books on kindle


For those of my friends who have access to kindle, I have three books available. Parables for a New Age, Parables for a New Age II, and Play Fair and Win. All you have to do is search for my name or any of those titles and you can get them. Another will soon be available named Beyond the Fence, and a fifth will be available by April or May.Thanks to all of you who have already put down the six bucks and read a book and thanks to all of yo who will do it in the future.

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