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The Patient Ox (aka Hénock Gugsa)

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A personal blog with diverse topicality and multiple interests!

On the menu ... politics, music, poetry, and other good stuff.
There is humor, but there is blunt seriousness here as well!

Parfois, on parle français ici aussi. Je suis un francophile .... Bienvenue à tous!

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Cause of All His Troubles - by Life Lessons

painting by Mincu ... titled "Patient Man"

The Cause of All His Troubles 
- by Life Lessons -

A man woke up one morning deeply repentant after a bitter fight with his wife the previous night.  He noticed with dismay the crate of beer bottles that had caused the fight.

He took it outside and started smashing the empty bottles one by one onto the wall.

He smashed the first bottle swearing, "You are the reason I fight with my wife!"

He smashed the second bottle ... "You are the reason I don't love my children!"

He smashed the third bottle ... "You are the reason I don't have a decent job!"

When he got to the fourth bottle, he realized that the bottle was still full and well sealed .... He hesitated for only a moment and said, "You stand aside, I know you were not involved."

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Replacement Priest - by Unknown

The Replacement Priest
- by Unknown -
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A priest was being summoned temporarily to another town on an emergency. Not wanting to leave the confessional unattended, he called his rabbi friend from across the street and asked him to come and cover for him.

The rabbi pointed out that he wouldn't know what to say in a confessional, but the priest was very persuasive. He convinced the rabbi that he would show him the basics of a priest's work in the confession booth.

The rabbi comes, and he and the priest are in the confessional.

After a few minutes a woman enters and says, "Father forgive me for I have sinned."
The priest asks, "What did you do?" 
The woman says, "I committed adultery."
Priest: "How many times?" 
Woman: "Three times." 
Priest: "Say two Hail Mary's, put $5 in the box and go and sin no more."

A few minutes later a man enters the confessional. He says, "Father forgive me for I have sinned."
Priest: "What did you do?"
Man: "I committed adultery."
Priest: “How many times?" 
Man: "Three times." 
Priest: "Say two Hail Mary's put $5 in the box and go and sin no more."

The rabbi tells the priest that he thinks he's got it, so the priest leaves.

A few minutes later another woman enters and says, "Father forgive me for I have sinned."
Rabbi: "What did you do?"
Woman: "I committed adultery."
Rabbi: "How many times?"
Woman: "Once."
Rabbi: "Go do it two more times. We have a special this week, three for $5."

Saturday, June 25, 2016

BREXIT! ===> You breaks it ... you owns it! - by Hénock Gugsa

Click to enlarge figure

BREXIT! ===> You breaks it ... you owns it! 
- by Hénock Gugsa -
Breaking away?! .... I am wondering if there is or not an universal truth or finality to such a decision in Britain. 

It is indeed a reflection of Britain's isolationist mood.  Furthermore, there are going to be ripple effects both in England and globally.  The big question is:  Could this stupidity be reversed? .... 

On another deeper, local, and demographic level, could there be a more serious rift between the old and the young? 

I stand with the youth.  The old are selfish and think of themselves more than of the youth's future.  

Friday, June 24, 2016

"The Good Old Days!" - according to DT

 take a big gulp !!

"The Good Old Days!" 
- according to Donald Trump -
(thru the good graces of Marianne DeMarco)
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Unnecessary and Pointless Strife - by Hénock Gugsa

Unnecessary and Pointless Strife
- by Hénock Gugsa -

   “It’s not a favorable time to be a black, Muslim, Somali immigrant.”
      -- Jamal Abdulahi, who has lived in Minnesota for more than 20 years. --

** A rather inane,and weaselly thing to say!
Why doesn't he just say "a Somali-American"?  After-all, he knows as well as the rest of us that 99.99% of Somalis in the U.S. are black , Muslim, and immigrants.  We also know that the Somali community is not trying very hard to improve its image.  Sadly, we hear that a Somali undercover terrorist informant had to be paid a six-figure amount to assist in catching terrorist plotters here in Minnesota.  Shameful!  Where is the American patriotism or the simple, unconditional love and appreciation for America?  Where is common decency, where is duty, and where is honor? **

Facebook conversation between MG and Hénock Gugsa follows ....

MG ===> I think I must have missed a conversation somewhere.
Hénock Gugsa ===> Here's the latest info on the court case against 3 Somali youth: www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/03/isis-trial-minnesota-men-verdict 
/// 3 Minnesota men found guilty of plotting to join ISIS [mprnews.org|By Laura Yuen]
MG ===> They have very sad eyes. I don't know what to make of this. What are your thoughts Hénock?
Hénock Gugsa ===> I have lived here in Minnesota a cumulative of over 30 years. There is a diversity of communities and cultures living and prospering in this wonderful, liberal, and most generous State. Most of the communities are law-abiding citizens who meticulously keep a low profile, or if you hear about them, it is mostly in good light. The same cannot be said for the Somalis, and they have not only alienated themselves but have alienated others against them. Living in tight small communities separate from the main (host) society, not assimilating well, and getting in skirmishes with the law does not help. In my opinion, Somalis give immigrants a bad name with their arrogance and their aggressiveness. Am I prejudiced? I don't know, but I have known Somalis a long time even before I came here (back in Ethiopia). But you have to make your own assessment thru the writings and history out there (good and bad).
MG ===> What are you thoughts about the "lost boys"?
Hénock Gugsa ===> That is a totally wonderful and inspiring tale of Sudanese boys who trekked long and arduous miles to safety .... 1-) They were a family or members of an extended family. 2-) They are non-militant, peace-loving Christians. 3-) They have assimilated very well and have deserved all the respect and accolades bestowed upon them.
MG ===> Why are the Somali kids so troubled?
Hénock Gugsa ===> That is a mystery to me.

(frustrated) Idris Elba

Friday, June 17, 2016

Gun Madness - by G B (on Facebbok)


The madness about AR-15s
- by -
 (Facebook- June 14, 2016 - Portland, OR)

Today I went to my local gun store (US Guns, 9063 SW Barbour Blvd.) to ask about AR-15 guns. I didn't go in to berate, but to try to understand why a store would sell such weapons. The two young guys in the store were understandably jittery but tried to answer my questions.

ME: I'm trying to learn more about the AR-15 and why an ordinary citizen would want one. I already know that the AR does not stand for "assault rifle" or "automatic rifle" but for ArmaLite, the company that developed it.

CLERK at US Guns: Most people use them to shoot cans and stuff.

ME: You'd have to be a very bad shot to need that kind of gun to shoot cans. I did just fine with my BB gun and my dad's 30-06 deer hunting rifle. I didn't need 45 rounds per minute.

CLERK #2: They are good for shooting coyotes and ground hogs because those little suckers really move fast.

ME: It seems that the AR rifles are nearly all you have here, except for the hand guns.

CLERK: Yes, they are our most popular.

ME: But surely everyone isn't buying them to hunt coyotes, ground hogs, and tin cans.

CLERK #2: They are good for wild pigs in Texas. They're a real problem in some parts there.

ME: But we don't have wild pigs in Portland. Why do people in Portland buy these types of guns?

CLERK: Well, some are for protecting their families and property.

ME: Protecting them from whom?

CLERK: I don't know, that's just what they say.

ME: Have you ever had someone you love killed by a gun, and I don't mean while hunting rabbits?


ME: I have. You are young, and the older you get the more likely you are to lose a loved one. Whether you think they are killed by a gun or a person you will discover they are dead. What would happen if you stopped selling AR rifles?

BOTH CLERKS: We'd be out of business.

ME: So it's about the money.

CLERK: Yeah.

ME: I ask you to reconsider and to stop selling these guns. Thank you.
And I left. But wait, there's more ....
Part II
As I headed to my car I was approached by a guy who was in the store and followed me out.
GUY: They are lying. They sell the guns to people to protect themselves when "they" come?

ME: Who is "they," zombies?

GUY: Yeah, that and all the others who might try to steal your food after an earthquake or take your guns or imprison your family members.

ME: Is that something that really concerns you?

GUY: Yeah, with the way the country has been going the last 7 years. . .

ME: You mean since we got a black president?

GUY: Well, not just that but look at all the Muslims and immigrants streaming across the border to get us. I have six ARs, and plenty of ammunition.

ME: But you can only shoot one gun at a time.

GUY: But I bet I feel lots safer than you do.

ME: No, I'm not afraid of hoards of zombies, Blacks, Mexicans, or Muslims coming after me and my family. I'm more afraid of going out dancing, or to church, or the movies, or school.

GUY: Nah, those are pretty safe places.
I drove away proud that I hadn't screamed at anyone, but just asked questions, hoping I would learn something. I did, and it made me cry a bit as I drove home.

I thought of my friend John, a husband and father, who was depressed about school and couldn't buy beer in Utah because it was Sunday, so he bought a gun and shot himself.

I thought of my daughter, who wanted to clean the carpets but was turned away because she was wasn't old enough to rent a Rug Doctor. But she was old enough to have bought a gun if she wanted.

There is something very wrong here and the only way it will get fixed is if we all get off our butts and do something about it. Everyone start by finding your neighborhood gun store and go in and ask questions. Challenge them a bit to think about it and to come clean with the real reasons for these guns. It has nothing to do with the Second Amendment. It has to do with the money they make from paranoid people, made even more paranoid by the NRA. We all have a gun story. Tell them your story and ask them to stop selling AR guns. They probably won't, but you will have made them think about it.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

La compassion et la foi sont suprêmes ici! - par TPO

Père Pedro
La compassion et la foi sont suprêmes ici! 
- par TPO -

Père Pedro et l’Association AKAMASOA à Madagascar ! ==========================================
*** Christianity's main concern is (and always ought to be) the poverty and the destitution of children. Père Pedro is the Lazarist miracle worker whose faith and whose drive has helped the Malagash poor extricate themselves out of misery. Give me one Père Pedro for a hundred Billy Grahams any day!! ***