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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Friend, May the Good Lord Bless You

For History: An Iraqi Translator was Held at JFK Airport Upon Arriving to the US

An Iraqi translator who have helped the American troops fighting in Iraq as an interpreter was denied entry to the US upon arrival on Saturday, January 28, 2017 to JFK Airport (New York). This was because of the ban that the USA had issued a few hours earlier the same day. This Iraqi interpreter had two assassination attempts on his life and his family in the last 10 years because he was helping the Americans. He was finally allowed entry to the US later that evening after a Federal Judge issued an order of his release.

For History: Canada Announced that it Will Welcome All Refugees

Canada announced that it welcomed all refugees to its territory. This announcement came amid a decision from the United States to ban entry of all citizens from 7 countries (Syria, Libya, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Iran, and Yemen), including those who were seeking refugee status. The US decision was made citing security concerns.

For History: The United States Banned Entry to Citizens of 7 Countries for 3 Months

The United States announced that it was banning citizens of 7 countries from entering the United States for a period of 3 months, subject for renewal. These countries are Yemen, Sudan, Libya, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, and Syria. The executive order also stated that "green card" holders from these states cannot re-enter the US if they traveled abroad. The executive order was issued citing security concerns.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Who Is My Neighbor?

One of the central messages of Jesus Christ was how to treat others. The Good Samaritan parable is still true today as Jesus said it. The Good Samaritan did not care who the injured on the road was. The injured on the road was really in bad shape. He could have been a thief, a murderer, or anything else, but that was not the Good Samaritan's concern. He did not ask who the injured was. He asked what the injured needed and how he could help him. This parable applies to individuals and nations alike. The United States has been a Good Samaritan since its inception. It is not good for us to abandon this role. As a Christian nation, are we following Jesus commandment of being Good Samaritans? By not welcoming those who are injured, homeless, and hungry not of the fault of their own, but rather due to a civil war, we are abandoning our Christian values. I do not think the Good Lord would approve such a thing. Just my two cents.

Hiring Freeze

I remember when my company decided to have a hiring freeze one year, the work that needed to be done was filled by contractors. My company spent more money on contractors than if it would have hired employees. The answer to this issue is not hiring freeze but rather who is going to do the work needed to keep things going.

Sunday, January 22, 2017


Jerusalem is Al-Quds in Arabic. For the Arabs, it is a sacred land. It is a holy land. Prophet Mohammed ascended to heaven from Al-Quds and was given by God the commandment that every Muslim must pray five times daily. The United States has maintained its embassy outside Al-Quds out of respect to the Muslim religion and to the Arab countries. This might change during the current administration. Of course, the Israelis have a say into this too. They probably do not want to "rock the boat". This can be complicated for many reasons. First, the Iranians have troops in Syria (north of Israel) fighting along side the Syrian government. Second, the Lebanese "The Party of God" is backed by both Iran and Syria and they have fought Israel in the past. Third, to the Palestinians, Al-Quds is considered their Capital, at least in their minds and hearts for now. Forth, this would antagonize the American allies in the region (Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf countries). Fifth, the presence of the Russian troops in Syria adds a level of complication that is not needed now between the two superpowers. Sixth, all peace negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel would seize immediately. Simply stated, this is number one priority, and everything else depends on it. Seventh, the civil war in Syria might spread south to Israel as the rebels and the Syrian government share the same belief toward Al-Quds. Eighth, the terrorists in the region also share the same belief as the "good guys". Ninth, Al-Quds is perhaps the only thing that unites the World with the Arab world. The Europeans would not appreciate it if it happens. Tenth, this would place pressure on Jordan and Egypt to reconsider their peace pacts with Israel. And, just this last one is by itself a huge disaster. 


My grandparents on my father side are Antoine and Jaleeleh. My grandparents on my mother side are Saleem and Hikouwi. My great-grandparents on my mother side are Lian and Roujina (on her father side). My mom's grandparents on her mom's side were Armenians who lived in Turkey. They were mascaraed by the Islamist riots in Turkey that occurred earlier during the 20th Century. They murdered them and took their land from them. My grandmother, Hikouwi, was a little girl that fled to Syria with relatives/neighbors and made Damascus her home. (The Christian Armenians massacre killed over one million of them by the Muslim Turks, among them my great grandparents.) My grandmother got married to grandpa at age 14, and lived with him until he passed way. They loved each other to the end. My mom told me that Roujina was a great cook. My grandfather, Saleem, was a baker. He made the best Syrian cookies ever, like Mamool with pistachios. He was the original inventor what is called now Marshmallow spread (his full name is Saleem Nassif Tadrous). He also invented the Mamool, the Karabeej (filled with almond and eaten with Marshmallow spread.)  My grandmother Hikouwi was fluent in Armenian, Turkish, Arabic, and spoke some French. My grandfather, Antoine, was a train conductor. He was from Lebanon and immigrated to Syria. My mom (Rene) had three sisters (Mary, Isabel, and Roujine). My dad had two sisters (Alice and Souad) and three brothers (George, Fouad, and Milad). Fouad and Milad were twin. Mary had seven children (Nabil, Kamil, and Tony, the boys) and (Meray, Marlene, Samia, and Roueda, the girls). Samia is a physician practicing internal medicine in Pennsylvania. Samia is one year younger than I am. She is married with kids. Kamil died a few years ago, but never married. The girls never got married. Nabil got married and had two girls. Fouad had two girls and Milad had four boys (Fadi, Johnny, Hanny, and Naji). All boys have been married with several kids. Fouad's two girls are also married with kids. Alice had George, Terese, Joseph, Najat, and Antoun (Tony). Souad had two boys (I think). Souad was married to an Egyptian man Sami Hakim. She lived with Sami in Cairo, Egypt. One of her boys married one of Fouad's daughters. I think they live now in the Gulf area. George, my dad's brother, had one girl (her picture is on BMP blog somewhere) and two boys (Zafer and Maher). Zafer has an MBA from the MIT (Cambridge, MA). George also is a very successful finance/banking person in his own right in Lebanon (his picture is also in BMP blog somewhere.) Hanny, Milad's son, is a very successful restaurant owner and film producer. Johnny (his picture is somewhere on BMP blog) is also a successful businessman. Their oldest brother, Fadi, is an IT guy. Antoun (Tony), the youngest among Alice's children, is a pharmacist. He has two girls, one is a physician and the other is a pharmacist. George, the eldest of Alice's children, has a doctorate degree in economic from the Sorbonne (France). He became the Minister of Planning during President Hafez Al-Assad administration. Terese, Alice's daughter, was married to Elie Stanum. Elie was my math teacher in high school. My aunts, Isabel and Roujine, never got married. This has been a very quick description of my family. More information is found in BMP blog among the 3334 blog posts.

This is Blog Post 3333

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Hozan Alin - Peshmerga Song 2014


The United States has had 45 presidents up until now. I am not bragging, but Syria had one of its rulers King David himself. The US has a long way to catch up! 😊


Cancer is not a single disease. It depends on the location, type of tissues affected, age of patients, general conditions of the patient, stage of the cancer, the rate by which the cancer grows (slow or fast), type of the cancerous cells (small cells, large cells, keratenized, non-keratenized, hormone-sensitivity, etc.), gender, etc. As a general rule, the earliest it is caught and treated the better the prognosis. Treatment includes surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. In special cases, surgery on its own may be sufficient. The newer agents are much more powerful as they target specifically the cancer cells and not the normal ones.

Mars Photos (NASA Images)

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Naturopathic Treatment

If you were sick, naturopaths advise bed rest, no solid foods, drink plenty of fluids, and keep your body core warm. Of course, also consult your health care provider.

Wine and Rest

A "biblical" advice was to drink some red wine and get some rest if you are not feeling well.

Sinus Infections

I was surprised that allopathic medical practitioners do not check for sinus infections if you are experiencing sinus symptoms. Most likely if you have symptoms you are going to end up taking some type of antibiotics. No wonder we have so many antibiotics resistance!


If your cold or sinus infection/inflammation does not go away by itself in seven days, go and get something for it from your doctor, or just check it out. If it is viral, you will need something to improve your immunity. Check with your naturopathic physician, if you have one in town, to guide you through it. Naturopathic physicians are trained in getting your immune system stronger to fight infections. Commonly, infections show up when you are under stress (physical or emotional). Be careful during the period of stress. Make sure you keep your immune system at its best by taking dietary supplements suggested by a naturopathic physician.

What causes cancer?

No one is really sure! There are a lot of "causes" for cancer found in textbooks of medicine, ingrained in the physician's brain, written in science journals and scientific papers, etc. Among those are life stress, smoking, alcohol drinking, viruses, bacterial, estrogen, androgen, testosterone, hormones, environmental poisons (insecticides, herbicides), eating the wrong foods (meat, fat, butter, etc.), grieve, repeated injury to the same organ, chronic inflammation, obesity, sun exposure, char-coaled foods (barbeque), pharmaceuticals, vitamins, minerals, toxic fume, dietary supplements, herbs, and life. If they knew it, they would have prevented it from occuring by now. If you smoke and you get cancer, they blame it on smoking. If you were obese, they blame it on your weight. If you drink alcohol, they blame it on your six-pack. If you were under stress, they blame it on the thing that is stressing you, and on and on and on. Simply stated, they just don't know.

Quick News: Women's March 2017

Today during the march, singer Madonna said the "F/U" words twice during her speech.

Women's March 2017

It is estimated more that three million people marched today nationwide in the Women's March 2017.

National Prayer Service

A National Prayer Service is held today in Washington, DC at the National Cathedral. Let Us Pray for our nation to be safe, prosperous, great, and serve the Lord. Amen


Enough is Enough

'The View' Wears Women's March 'Pussy Hats'

Pink hats for Women's March

Belly Dancing

Belling dancing is a form of exercise. It is widespread in the Middle-eastern countries. Girls in the Middle-East exercise by learning how to belly dance. It is as old as humanity. It was pictured in the Old Testament where "women danced". CAM modalities include belly dancing. This art is now spreading in Europe and the Americas.

Bob's Burgers - Louise Belcher "You Gotta Make Money for Mommy"

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Autotrader Ad

The ad that Autotrader is running on TV is perhaps the stupidest ever ad I have ever watched. The ad depicts a spoiled girl with her dad that her goal in life is to kick things with her feet. She kicked the back seat of her dad while he was driving. She kicked a mannequin that her dad took out of his car. She kicked a ball at the car that her dad was fixing a flat tire. Are you kidding me? If she was my child she'd be taught how to behave in public.

Curiosity Rover (January 2017)

Friday, January 20, 2017

Bob's Burgers - Linda tries to go to Dinner Theater

Bobs Burgers: Gene dresses up as Bob

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Tina Tuesday: The Quest For Stardom | Season 7 | BOB'S BURGERS

Tina Tuesdays: Tina’s Quest For The Admiral | Season 7 | BOB'S BURGERS

Tina Shares Her Erotic Holiday Fiction | Season 7 Ep. 6 | BOB'S BURGERS

Louise Can't Be Scared | Season 6 Ep. 3 | BOB'S BURGERS



The Ten Commandments

EXODUS 20:1-17 (The Orthodox Study Bible)

"Now the Lord spoke all these words, saying;

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.

You shall not make for yourself an idol or a likeness of anything in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the waters under the earth. You shall not bow down to them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, recompensing the sins of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me; but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: neither you, nor your son, your daughter, your male servant, your female servant, your cattle, nor your stranger who sojourns with you. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath Day and hallowed it.

Honor your father and mother that it may be well with you, and your days may be long upon the good land the Lord your God is giving you.

You shall not murder.

You shall not commit adultery.

You shall not steal.

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

You shall not covet your neighbor's wife or his house, and neither shall you covet his field, nor his male servant, his female servant, his ox, his donkey, any of his cattle, or whatever belongs to your neighbor."

Bible Dates (The Orthodox Study Bible)

Genesis (Moses) (During Israel's forty years of wandering in the wilderness-the period between crossing the Red Sea and the entrance into Canaan)

Exodus (Moses) (During Israel's forty years of wandering in the wilderness-the period between crossing the Red Sea and the entrance into Canaan)

Leviticus (Moses) (The period during the sojourn at Mt. Sinai)

Numbers (Moses) (Following the exodus from Egypt)

Deuteronomy (Moses) (Near the end of Moses' life and before the entrance into Canaan)

Joshua (Joshua) (600 BC)

The Book of Judges (Samuel) (Three centuries after Israel entered Canaan and covers the period of these centuries)

Ruth (Unknown) (1300 BC)

The First Book of the Kingdoms (Samuel) (1070-970 BC)

The Second Book of the Kingdoms (Samuel) (971-890 BC)

The Third Book of the Kingdoms (Jeremiah) (600-550 BC)

The Fourth Book of the Kingdoms (Jeremiah and Others) (651-609)

The First Book of the Chronicles (Ezra) (450 BC)

The Second Book of the Chronicles (Ezra) ( 450 BC)

The First Book of Ezra (Uncertain) (150 BC)

The Second Book of Ezra (Ezra) (538-410 BC)

The Book of Nehemiah (Nehemiah) (445-425 BC)

The Book of Tobit (Unknown) (400-200 BC)

The Book of Judith (Unknown) (135-105 BC)

The Book of Esther (Mordecai) (450 BC)

The First Book of the Maccabees (Unknown) (104 BC)

The Second Book of the Maccabees (Unknown) (124 BC)

The Book of Psalms (David) (1000-several centuries thereafter)

The Book of Job (Unknown) (1600 BC)

The Proverbs (Solomon) (970-931 BC)

The Book of Ecclesiastes (Solomon) (935 BC)

The Song of Songs (Solomon) (965-960 BC)

The Wisdom of Solomon (Unknown) (30-10 BC)

The Wisdom of Sirach (Jesus of Sirach) (180 BC)

The Book of Hosea (Hosea) (750 BC)

The Book of Amos (Amos) (754 BC)

The Book of Micah (Micah) (Before 720 BC)

The Book of Joel (Joel) (740 BC)

The Book of Obadiah (Obadiah) (587 BC)

The Book of Jonah (Jonah) (784-772 BC)

The Book of Nahum (Nahum) (663-612 BC)

The Book of Habakkuk (Habakkuk) (605 BC)

The Book of Zephaniah (Zephaniah) (627-625 BC)

The Book of Haggai (520 BC)

The Book of Zachariah (Zechariah) (520-480 BC)

The Book of Malachi (Malachi) (500-350 BC)

The Book of Isaiah (Isaiah) (745-680 BC)

The Book of Jeremiah (Jeremiah) (627-582 BC)

The Book of Baruch (Baruch) (After 586 BC)

The Lamentation of Jeremiah (Jeremiah) (October 587-December 587 BC)

The Epistle of Jeremiah (Jeremiah) (597 BC-Exile to Babylon)

The Book of Ezekiel (Ezekiel) (595-572 BC)

The Book of Daniel (Daniel) (605-530 BC)

The Book of Matthew (Matthew) (50-70 AD)

The Book of Mark (Mark) (70 AD)

The Book of Luke (Luke) (70-80 AD)

The Book of John (John) (96 AD)

The Book of Acts (Luke) (75-85 AD)

The Book of Romans (St. Paul) (55-57 AD)

The First Book of the Corinthians (St. Paul) (55 AD)

The Second Book of the Corinthians (St. Paul) (55 AD)

The Book of Galatians (St. Paul) (Uncertain)

The Book of Ephesians (St. Paul) (61-63 AD)

The Book of Philippians (St. Paul) (61-63 AD)

The Book of Colossians (St. Paul) (61-63 AD)

The First Book of Thessalonians (St. Paul) (50-51 AD)

The Second Book of Thessalonians (St. Paul) (51 AD)

The First Book of Timothy (St. Paul) (64-65 AD)

The Second Book of Timothy (St. Paul) (65-67 AD)

The Book of Titus (St. Paul) (63-65 AD)

The Book of Philemon (St. Paul) (61-63 AD)

The Book of Hebrews (St. Paul) (70 AD)

The Book of James (James) (55-60 AD)

The First Book of Peter (Peter) (50-67 AD)

The Second Book of Peter (Peter) (63-67 AD)

The First Book of John (John) (90-95 AD)

The Second Book of John (John) (90-95 AD)

The Third Book of John (John) (90-95 AD)

The Book of Jude (Jude) (60-80 AD)

The Book of the Revelation (John) (81-96 AD)


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