Just minutes ago, PGA Tour golfing star Jason Day continued his effort to regain his #1 status in World Rankings by winning the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Country Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. He finished two strokes ahead of second-place finishers Aaron Wise and Nick Watney. It was Day’s second PGA Tour win this year.   Jason Day started today’s play with a two-shot lead over the field. But uncharacteristically of him, the handsome and fit Australian with… Read more

As I said in my last post, President Donald Trump added his friend and former FBI agent and former New York City major Rudy Giuliani to the president’s legal team. So, Giuliani has been making the rounds this week doing interviews on television defending the president. One of the things he said this week of Donald Trump is this: “This is the best president in my memory.” This statement is reminiscent of President Trump’s statement about himself last July, in… Read more

Rudy Giuliani was the big FBI crime fighter in New York back in the day. Then he became major of New York City, 9/11 happened under his watch, and he became a hero in helping to pull the nations together from such a tragedy. This week, President Donald Trump has added Giuliani, an old friend, to his legal team fighting the Russian probe into possible election campaign indiscretions directed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, himself a past director of the… Read more

As I mentioned in my last post, former FBI Director James Comey is a devout Christian and a former Sunday school teacher in Methodism. He is also a student of the teachings of Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971). Presidents Jimmy Carter and Barak Obama were keen students of Niebuhr’s teachings as well. While Comey has been on his book tour conducting interviews, one result is that he has been described as “a moralist.” I would be critical of Comey if he is… Read more

James Comey is making the rounds in the news media promoting his new book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership. Comey, in case you don’t know, was the Director of the FBI before President Donald Trump fired him a year ago. When Comey was being interviewed on CNN’s Andersen Cooper 360 television broadcast days ago, he mentioned that a student had asked him the question, “Is torture morally acceptable?” Comey answered “no.” The context of the question was the… Read more

This week, Republican Paul Ryan of Wisconsin–the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives–fired Catholic Jesuit Patrick Conroy who had been the Chaplain to the House for the past seven years. What made this announcement particularly surprising was that (1) it was totally unsuspected publicly, (2) Ryan did not personally inform Conroy of it, (3) it was the first time in U.S. Congressional history that a chaplain was fired, Ryan gave no reason for the dismissal, Ryan is a Catholic,… Read more

Jesus’ Hometown People Tried to Kill Him Read Lk 4.16-31. When Jesus had just begun his public ministry by visiting cities, towns, and villages in Galilee, Luke says he “was praised by everyone” (Lk 4.15; Bible quotations are from the NRSV unless otherwise noted). Then Jesus went to his hometown of Nazareth. In the synagogue on the Sabbath, he read aloud from Isaiah 61.1-2 and commented on the text. One thing he said in his remarks was, “no prophet is… Read more

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Justice released to Congress the memos that former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) James Comey had taken during the early months of Donald Trump’s presidency before Trump fired Comey in May, 2017. These rather voluminous notes were a personal recording of Comey’s recollection of interchanges with President Trump in several meetings with him. On multiple occasions, the president voluntarily mentioned allegations in the Steele dossier about Trump and prostitutes in Moscow. Christopher… Read more

Today, Stephanie Clifford, a.k.a. Stormy Daniels, and her lawyer Michael Avenatti released a headshot sketch of the perpetrator who briefly appeared before Daniels when she was getting out of her car in Las Vegas and threatened her, saying, “Leave Trump alone. Forget the story.” The story was about her alleged one-time sexual tryst with Donald Trump at a golf tournament in Lake Tahoe in 2006. She was about to contract with a magazine to publish this “story.” The goon, looking… Read more

The U.S. political atmosphere continues to heat up concerning Donald Trump’s presidency. Last week, the FBI raided materials of Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. It’s because he is now under investigation for criminal activity, including fraud and violation of election laws regarding two women who claimed to have had illicit sexual relations with the president, which Cohen tried to cover up. Then today, a memoirs book was released by fired FBI Director James Comey that is hyper-critical of President Trump…. Read more

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