Rev. Austin Miles, a chaplain in Northern California is a writer and historian. He is the author of Santa's Surprising Origins, a story that received worldwide circulation and resulted in him being cast in the 2004 Hallmark Christmas Movie titled, Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus. He played the mall Santa who magically received the gift of sign language.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

MilesTones • News After Lunch

Another day….more opportunity to serve God….someone new to meet. There is a seed of greatness in every human being, without exception. The only reason it has not flourished in many is because it has not been watered or harvested…or…maybe one has believed some misinformation that was tossed out…“You’ll never amount to anything,”...“You’re dumb,” “I knew you would never get it right.” Such words have frozen many people into that moment and it is time to thaw out that freeze with a word of encouragment that will put them back on that path to greatness that every person is destined for.  Meanwhile, lets look over some After Lunch News…The Beauty and the Priests…Pastor on Obama’s Secret Enemies List….and Proper Etiquette in an Irish Pub.

As described in, the pub is the center of the Irish social universe. It’s much more than just a drinking place (every place is a proper drinking place for an Irishman). The pub is where families mark births, deaths, birthdays and Christenings, and where sports fans come to cheer on their teams. Many an Irish couple first met one another in the pub.

However, there are some rules to observe. While in the pub, you’ll certainly be offered a drink as one person usually goes to the bar to buy a drink for everyone, which is called, “getting your round in.”  However, it is a strict unspoken law that you return the favor. And the fallout for a violation of this rule is severe ostracism. And if you go in as a couple, each of you is expected to buy a round.

The moral of the story?  Probably the worst thing you can do in a pub in Ireland (aside from singing a few bars of “God Save the Queen”) is shirking from the responsibility of rounds.

A complete listing of the Pub Rules (Irish Pubs for Dummies) can be found by going to;
According to the Bastion of Journalism, Globe Magazine, Obama has a Secret Enemies List, which bares 25 names along with information as to how the White House intends to shut them up. Number 23 on the enemies list is the well known Pastor Wiley Drake. He once prayed an “imprecatory prayer” against Obama as well as being a plaintiff in a lawsuit demanding proof that The One is eligible to be President since the place of his birth has never been provided.

Pastor Wiley Drake did violate the rules of protocol in this situation by praying to God rather than praying directly to Obama. Then the problem would have been solved. And by the way, your Scribe had the honor of being on the late J. Edgar Hoover’s enemies list.

Listen to “The Wiley Drake Show” at:
This could be called, The Beauty and the Priests (depending on your idea of beauty.). A trio of Irish priests is set to…now listen to this…challenge Susan Boyle for the number one Christmas album.  Ms. Boyle, a single church lady who lives with a cat, became an over-night sensation when she appeared on American Idol and sent the audience and judges, including Simon, into a frenzy. It was the most surprising and sensational debut in history. In the great Christmas Album Competition, the priests may learn that yes, it does take more than a pretty face. As they say, “It’s not over until the fat lady sings.” Ms. Boyle is not fat but she is pleasingly plump, and when she sings for that album…..well….we’ll see.




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