Two parades in One


Islamic woman

Islamic woman

Two parades in One:    Central London was brought to a complete standstill on Wednesday after Shia Muslims held a segregated religious march down London’s main shopping street.

The event was segregated by gender, with men leading the way down Oxford Street with a sea of veiled women following behind.

It was held to mark Ashura day, part of the month of Muharram – the second holiest time in the Islamic calendar when the violent death of the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad is remembered.

According to the Evening Standard,  placards read, “Terrorism has no religion” and “men and women are equal in Islam”.


Firenze Sage:  I remember when an order to go to the back of the bus(parade) was unconstitutional and wrong.

Blacks to back of the bus

Blacks to back of the bus


You can keep your doctor – not


You can keep your doctor

You can keep your doctor

You can keep your doctor — remember Obama said?

President Barack Obama on Thursday decried America’s “wild, wild west” media environment for allowing conspiracy theorists a broad platform and destroying a common basis for debate.

Recalling past days when three television channels delivered fact-based news that most people trusted, Obama said democracy require citizens to be able to sift through lies and distortions.

“We are going to have to rebuild within this wild-wild-west-of-information flow some sort of curating function that people agree to,” Obama said at an innovation conference in Pittsburgh.

“There has to be, I think, some sort of way in which we can sort through information that passes some basic truthiness tests and those that we have to discard, because they just don’t have any basis in anything that’s actually happening in the world,” Obama added.


Firenze Sage:  The biggest liar yet in the presidency lectures again. “I am truth” saeth he. You can keep your health plan too.


I wish I were ….


Stone cutter

I wish I were  …

what I imagine myself to be at times  in my wildest dreams:  totally healthy?  strong as an ox?  able to do whatever I  want?  able to make as much money as I want?   go where ever I want when I want?

 What is it that you want in your wildest dreams?

Here’s a story based on a sermon by Father Ron Shirley 

“There was once a stone cutter who was very happy with his life and work. He had a wonderful family whom he loved; he made a good living cutting and preparing stone for beautiful buildings…..

“Then one day he delivered a piece of stone to a merchant. The merchant owned many lavish possessions. The stone cutter began to feel he was missing out on something in his life. “I wish I were a merchant with such fine things,” the stone cutter thought to himself.
“Amazingly, the stone cutter’s wish came to be.

“Suddenly he was a merchant who wore fancy clothes and lived in a beautiful home. His shop was filled with ornate trinkets and fine goods. The onetime stone cutter thought that life couldn’t get any better – until he saw the prince passing through town.


A prince

He wanted to become a prince

“Then he began thinking that to be of noble birth would be much better than being a simple merchant. And so it came to be: He found himself dressed in royal garb, sitting atop a fine stallion, parading through the village. But under the hot sun and heavy clothing, he grew weary and cranky.
“The stone cutter-merchant-prince thought that if he were the sun, he could have a profound effect on the entire universe. So he became the sun. And it was wonderful – until a cloud blocked his rays from getting to the land.
“So he wished he could be a cloud to bring rain to water the earth.



He wanted to bring rain to water the earth

“And so he became a cloud. He found himself looming over a desolate mountain valley. He showered the area day and night, creating lakes and rivers. In time, springs of life began to sprout up on the landscape. But the mountain itself remained immovable and unchanged. It was solid and more powerful than his cloud.
“So the cloud wanted, instead to be the mountain. And so he became the mountain.


The cloud wanted to become a mountain

“For a while the mountain was happy to be such a powerful presence – until a young stonecutter came along and began to chisel away at him.
And the mountain wished to be a stone cutter again.

Some of us never know that moment of realization experienced by the grateful leper:


only one said thank you

only one said thank you

“We never realize how much we have received from God. Instead, we whine about what we do not have; we are mired in disappointment because they have more than me. We become cynical, distrustful, isolated and self-absorbed.

As the Samaritan leper discovers, as the stone cutter eventually comes to understand, each one of us has been given much by God, and realizing those gifts, that spirit of gratitude, is the beginning of faith.

The Lord is My Shepherd

The Lord is My Shepherd

Rabbi Herald S. Kushner writing in his latest book, The Lord is My Shepherd: Healing Wisdom of the 23rd Psalm, reminds us that gratitude is a conscious and intentional perspective of looking at our lives and our world.

“Each night as I prepare for bed, I put drops in my eyes to fend off the threat of glaucoma that would rob me of my sight and take from me the pleasure of reading. Each morning at breakfast, I take a pill to control by blood pressure, and each evening at dinner I take another to lower my cholesterol level. But instead of lamenting the ailments that come with growing older, instead of wishing that I were as young and fit as I once was, I take my medicine with a prayer of thanks that modern science has found ways to help me cope with these ailments. I think of all my ancestors who didn’t live long enough to develop the complications of old age, and did not have pills to take when they did.”

Gratitude is a conscious and intentional perspective of looking at our lives and our world. Gratitude is the beginning of faith. Let us be a grateful people.

Jesus cured 10 lepers.  One turned back to thank Jesus and God.  The one who turned back was healed.  There is a difference between “cure” and “healing”.   Gratitude is part of   healing.

adapted from a sermon by  Father Ron Shirley


lewd & crude at the White House — Rapper Rick Ross & Hip Hop Beyonce

Hilary's team includes

Hilary’s team includes Beyonce

Lewd and crude music. Performed at the White House.  Part of  Hilary’s team.

Michelle Obama’s response?

  Michelle is “shocked”  she says.   About comments Trump made 11 years ago.    Really?

How about much more recent stuff at the White House.

It’s OK for your husband Obama  and your   children to  listen to Rapper Rick Ross — right there   in the White House?

Read the rapper’s  lyrics.  Find out about Rick Ross’s  rap sheet.

 And now there’s   hip hop  Beyonce   — who has been on Team Hillary for more than a year.  She  was photographed at a Clinton fundraiser in May 2015.

Hillary is a noted fan of the 35-year-old from Houston, saying at an event last year: ‘I want to be as good a president as Beyonce is a performer’.

Some of Beyonce’s ‘controversial’ lyrics:

– ‘When he f*** me good I take his a** to Red Lobster, cause I slay. If he hit it right, I might take him on a flight on my chopper.’ Formation, Lemonade.

– ‘You can watch my fat a** twist boy. As I bounce to the next d*** boy.’ Don’t Hurt Yourelf, Lemonade.

– ‘I don’t give a f***, chucking my deuces up. Suck on my b***s, pause, I had enough.’ Sorry, Lemonade.

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Rapper Rick Ross performs at White House

Rapper Rick Ross performs at White House

Raper Rick Ross performed at the White House with a ankle bracelet.   In 2013,  rapper Rick Ross apologized for using rap lyrics that seemed to endorse slipping a drug into another person’s drink.

Is this an example of lewd?

In his “U.O.E.N.O.” song, he sang, “Put molly all in her champagne/ She ain’t even know it / I took her home and I enjoyed that/ She ain’t even know it.”  Later in 2013, he apologized for the song.

Because of the lyrics, shoemaker Reebok ended its endorsement deal with rapperRick  Ross.


To  Michelle Obama:    Rather than ‘lewd and crude’  top on your mind,  it’s time for serious discussion of the issues that can make or break this nation:  the national debt,  out of control immigration, a middle class that has lost real wages, ObamaCare which cannot sustain itself due to rising costs.  These and many other issues.   It’s time to assess the legacy of Obama at the polling booths.



Pat your dog


pat a dog

Pat your  dog  —  and feel better?

A 2009 study by Miho Nagasawa of Azabu University in Japan found that one’s level of oxytocin (the neurohormone that elicits feelings of happiness) raised intensely after interacting with their dogs. And the only interaction they needed was to stare into their dog’s eyes. Those who looked longer into their dog’s eyes had the bigger dose of oxytocin. Fun fact: A dog’s willingness to meet eyes with humans is one of the things that separates them from wolves.


Aptos Psychologist: Pat your dog. Train your  dog.  Exercise with your dog.  An excellent resource is the K9 Clinic in Watsonville, CA



Actions speak louder than words


Trump and Hilary

Trump and Hilary: crude talk versus enabler 

So which will you choose for President?    Crude male talk 11 years ago  or female enabler so husband   sexually assaults women? Trump or Hilary?


Aptos Psychologist: A pattern of actions over many years shows a person’s character.  There are many reasons why Americans overwhelmingly do not trust Hilary.

Actions speak louder than words

Actions speak louder than words


Those old fashioned Catholic beliefs


Basic beliefs

Basic beliefs

Clinton chairman John Podesta  takes on those old fashioned Catholic beliefs.  For those totally unaware of Catholicism  — try a Dummies book!

The following is from

“For the most part, 1P5 is a politics-free zone. Our mission lies elsewhere — in the restoration of the Catholic Church and its proper place within the world. Sometimes, though, the two areas overlap, and never in recent memory has this been so apparent as in the revelation of an actual leftist conspiracy against the Catholic Church in America.

“The ongoing dump of emails from Wikileaks has laid bare a campaign to infiltrate the Catholic Church here in the United States and to undermine her teachings. A campaign that would make Saul Alinsky (with whom Hillary Clinton had a well-documented relationship) incredibly proud.

From the Wikileaks website, we see this 2012 email exchange between Sandy Newman, President of “Voices for Progress” to John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s current campaign chairman (click the image to enlarge):

The Leftist Conspiracy Against Orthodox Catholicism

From the Wikileaks website, we see this 2012 email exchange between Sandy Newman, President of “Voices for Progress” to John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s current campaign chairman ….


Aptos Psychologist: Hilary wants women re-made in her image of women.   Hilary’s ideas spring from  progressive, leftist ideas.     For  Hilary,  Christianity, Catholicism and  the importance of Mary  are old fashioned, dumb ideas.     Hilary’s chairman, John Podesta, is simply one of Hilary’s many  political operatives.

Mary Mother of God

Mary Mother of God





You think you are so smart eh?

cows eating

cows eating face north or soutCows will face directly north or south while eating, always.

Let’s face it: nobody is sitting around trying to figure out the what direction most animals face while they are eating. For instance, our cat would sit on its head if it meant that it could get a few extra treats.

Fortunately there are scientists out there much smarter than us. Utilizing satellite images pulled from Google Earth, a team of researchers found that cows always stood facing the magnetic poles within the Earth while eating or resting. Always. Spooky, right?


Firenze Sage:  Bet they didn’t cover this at Harvard.




Hear Kitty

cats purr healing sound

 A Cats Purr is one of them.

Is there anything more symbolic of domesticated contentment than the purr of a cat? If there is we haven’t heard of it. If you have a cat then you know just how content your kitty is when they are purring and there is little more rewarding for a cat owner than to bask in the love of an adoring cat.

Yet, this simple act of purring has kept scientists on the edge of pulling out their hair for as long as they’ve been studying our feline friends.

Scientists today cannot figure out how exactly cats manufacture their purring.

Scientists to this day don’t have a solid answer down but the leading hypothesis is that cats use the vocal folds in their larynx in order to create the vibrating sounds we interpret as purrs.

Why do domesticated cats all choose to do this? No idea.


Firenze Sage:  But they can tell you the weather on October 11, 2050.





“I know she has begun to hate everyday Americans” says Hilary’s campaign manager April 2015


everyday Americans

Vote for Hilary —  who hates everyday Americans?  And it’s  her campaign manager  who says so.


Podesta says Hilary hates everyday Americans

Think twice about that.

The email, sent by Podesta on April 19, 2015, was a discussion about what “talking points Hillary should use in framing her candidacy for president in order to get a good head start.”

“I know she has begun to hate everyday Americans, but I think we should use it once the first time she says I’m running for president because you and everyday Americans need a champion,” he wrote. “I think if she doesn’t say it once, people will notice and say we false started in Iowa.”

Her director of communications, Jennifer Palmieri, responded, “Truth.


Aptos Psychologist:  And there’s probably more to come from WikiLeaks about Hilary —  and her vast  sense of entitlement.   Remember the Hilary who took $28,000 of furnishings from the White House  — because she was entitled to what she wanted —  to put  those furnishings into her New York home?   That she orders Secret Service to carry her bags?




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