The Hambishop

Time for some more Bad Vestments: Remember those McDonald’s Hamburger commericials from the 1980’s and all those delightful running characters they had?  There was Ronald McDonald, of course, the Hamburglar, Mayor McCheese, Grimace, Officer Big Mac and all the rest.  But not too many people remember this rather obscure McDonaldland character. The Hambishop.  

Sukkot

Sukkot begins at sundown tonight: …On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the  Festival of Sukkot, seven days for the L-RD. – Leviticus 23:34 The Festival of Sukkot begins on Tishri 15, the  fifth day after Yom Kippur. It is quite a  drastic transition, from one of the most solemn holidays in our year to one…

Israel Prepares for Gilad Shalit’s Return

One man for 1000: Israel has agreed to swap 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for a lone soldier captured by Gaza’s Islamist rulers five years ago. The deal to release Gilad Shalit resolves one of the most emotive issues in the Middle-East. Shalit, then 19, was captured by militants who tunnelled their way out of Gaza and…

BlackBerry Useless

I’m beginning to really regret getting rid of my iPhone 4 and that for a BlackBerry! The thing hasn’t been working properly since Monday. In the meantime, I noticed #usesofaBlackberry is trending on Twitter. So here’s something to lighten the mood. You can still use your BlackBerry as: An alarm clock A paperweight A calculator A decoy phone when you’re about to get…

Still No London Church for the Ordinariate. Why?

Damian Thompson asks the question… and proposes another of his typically provocative answers. I was disappointed to miss Cardinal Levada’s visit to London for a fundraising event for the Ordinariate sponsored by the Catholic Herald (I was in America researching a book that, thank God, has absolutely nothing to do with Catholic politics). It would have…

Palestinian Archaeological Revisionism Aims to Nullify Jewish Connection to Land

Ynet News reports: Palestinians are using archeology to advance their statehood bid. Prominent archaeologist Gabriel Barkai called it “cultural Intifada.” The PA will seek World Heritage status for the birthplace of Jesus, Bethlehem, once the UN’s cultural agency (UNESCO) admits them as a full member. Hamdan Taha, the Palestinian Authority minister who deals with antiquities and culture,…