Video: Priest Sings Hallelujah For Wedding Couple

I’ve been waiting until Easter to post this heart-warming video of an Irish priest singing  Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah  for newly married couple, Chris and Leah O’Kane.

Father Ray Kelly, the parish priest of Oldcastle, Meath told couple Chris and Leah O’Kane he had a small surprise them during the ceremony.
At their wedding last Saturday, Fr Kelly began a note perfect rendition of Leonard Cohen’s/Jeff Buckleys Hallelujah. The talented priest is no stranger to singing and is currently working on his third album he told Evoke.ie.
Fr Kelly had no trouble hitting any of the high notes, even having time to have a little joke with the bride and groom. He received a rapturous applause following the song and received a standing ovation from some of the congregation.

The song was originally released in 1984 on Leonard Cohen’s album Various Positions  but achieved little initial success.  

The song found greater popular acclaim through a cover by John Cale, which later formed the basis for a cover by Jeff Buckley. It is the subject of the book The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley & the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah” (2012) by Alan Light. In a New York Times review of the book, Janet Maslin praises the book and the song, noting that “Cohen spent years struggling with his song ‘Hallelujah.’ . . . He wrote perhaps as many as 80 verses before paring the song down.”

Many cover versions have been performed by many and various singers, both in recordings and in concert, with over 300 versions known.  The song has been used in film and television soundtracks, and televised talent contests. It is often called one of the greatest songs of all time

Father Kelly customized the lyrics for the happy couple. Here is the wonderful result. (The video starts off with the tail ending of a gorgeous duet of “Be Now My Vision”.)

Kelly was later interviewed on the radio about the video that went viral.

Father Ray’s Lyrics:

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Bobby Jindal on a Tear

Governor Bobby Jindal caused great confusion and consternation and mayhaps a bit of pearl clutching amongst Washington wags, Monday morning, when he boisterously strode to the microphone after the National Governors’ Association meeting, and proceeded to let the president have it.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal launched into a repeated assault on President Barack Obama’s leadership in the shadow of the West Wing, in defiance of established bipartisan protocol. Speaking after a meeting of the NGA at the White House, Jindal, the vice chair of the Republican Governors Association, said Obama is “waving a white flag” by focusing on executive actions with three years left in his term. “The Obama economy is now the minimum wage economy,” Jindal added.

The trembling Democrat who followed Jindal was Dan Malloy, the governor of Connecticut. When he was through repudiating Jindal, Jindal returned to the mike and blasted the president some more..

“The National Governors Association is supposed to bring Democrats and Republicans together to discuss policy and share ideas for mutual success”, whimpered Zeke Miller of Time’s Swampland. “But after a meeting at the White House Monday, all pretense at bipartisan comity was shattered as a press conference with lawmakers descended into a partisan fracas.”

How dare he!!!

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“Shattered”

The Governor of Louisiana was DEFIANT of established bipartisan protocol. Goodness gracious… No Democrat has ever ever ever been defiant of established bipartisan protocols like this  before. What a ruckus Bobby Jindal caused in Washington DC today with his shocking, rough defiance of established protocols.

Monday evening, Jindal went on Fox News’ Special Report with Brett Baier  and doubled down on the “white flag of surrender” talk that had so upset Malloy.

Can we see a little more “defiance of established protocols” from republicans please? The president hasn’t been shy about showing his defiance of the Constitution, the rule of law, or the TRUTH for the past five years, for crying out loud. it’s the very least they can do.

See Also: The Hayride:  JINDAL: 10 Ways Obama’s Phone And Pen Could Jumpstart The Economy

Federal judge rules against NSA spying (Video)

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As  Obama’s policies continue to fail epicly both domestically and on the world stage, the Regime faces yet another blow to its credibility –   a federal judge ruled Monday that the National Security Agency’s controversial surveillance program that collects millions of Americans’ telephone records may be unconstitutional.

US News reports:

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon ruled in a lawsuit brought by conservative activist Larry Klayman that the legal challenge to the massive surveillance program — disclosed in full earlier this year by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden — would likely succeed.

Leon, appointed to the bench by President George W. Bush, issued a preliminary injunction against the program but suspended the order to allow an appeal by the Justice Department.

“The court concludes that plaintiffs have standing to challenge the constitutionality of the government’s bulk collection and querying of phone record metadata, that they have demonstrated a substantial likelihood of success on the merits of their Fourth Amendment claim and that they will suffer irreparable harm absent…relief,” Leon wrote.

During oral arguments in the case last month, Klayman, a former Reagan administration lawyer who leads the advocacy group Freedom Watch, called the judge “the last guard … the last sentry to the tyranny in this country.”

Justice Department lawyer James Gilligan argued that Klayman lacked standing to bring the case because he could not prove the NSA examined his phone or Internet records.

Via Zero Hedge, Judge Leon blasted, “I cannot imagine a more ‘indiscriminate’ and ‘arbitrary invasion’ than this systematic and high-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every single citizen for purposes of querying it and analyzing it without judicial approval.”

CNN video added:

Father Dowling’s Mystery – The Case Of The Disappearing Priest (Video)

The good father really had us going there. People all over the world heard the inspiring story about the otherworldly priest who came out of no where to a crash scene and prayed over the  critically injured girl…..a sense of calm came over the workers and the girl. A mysterious voice was heard saying the tools would now work and the girl would be rescued. Almost 70 pictures were taken at the crash site and Father Dowling is in none of them. And no one remembers seeing him leave.

Rescue workers on the scene were almost certain they had witnessed a miracle. Even the Sheriff who let the priest enter the crash site, and shook his hand on the way out thought there was something uncanny about him. No one recognized him, no one knew how he got there….

Now the man himself speaks.

Father Patrick Dowling, a priest in the Jefferson City Missouri Diocese, stepped forward this week. He was travelling Highway 19 between mass assignments two weeks ago when he stopped at a crash site. The Missouri priest got out and prayed with 19-year-old crash victim Katie Lentz and first responders. Then he disappeared.

The humble Father told the KHQA reporter that he was pleased to be able to help and that he was only one of many who responded to help the victim.

“You must remember, there were many people praying there, many, many people … and they were all praying obviously for healing and for her safety,” Dowling told Carl Bunderson with Catholic News Agency. “I was probably part of the answer to their prayers, I came by and Anointed and absolved, (but) I didn’t say another word … I did not say anything  like the machinery would begin to work or they would succeed in getting her out of the car.”

Surely goodness and loving kindness shall follow Father Dowling all the days of his life.

Race-Baiting Joan Walsh Beclowns Herself At Salon

Bloggers like Matthew Boyle and Daniel Halper have noticed that the Obama family’s been on an extravagant vacation binge since the beginning of the year. Last year, the Obamas avoided going on  their usual exorbitant vacations for the good of the country because it was an election year. But now, they’re making up for lost time.

“In the first three months of the year, members of the first family have been on three vacations, averaging a vacation a month. And now it’s being reported that the first daughters are on a spring break vacation in the Bahamas,” Daniel Halper reported at the Weekly Standard.

The Obamas began the new year in Hawaii. Then Michelle and the First daughters vacationed in Aspen over President’s Day weekend. While the rest of the family was in Colorado, Obama flew to Florida for a golf weekend with Tiger Woods.

And now it’s being reported that the first daughters are on Spring Break in the Bahamas. “Sasha and Malia Obama are quietly vacationing at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, Breitbart News has learned,” a report reads.

At Big Government, Boyle noted;

Earlier this month, the White House canceled public tours as a result of the recent budget sequester, citing Secret Service staffing costs.

According to Judicial Watch, Malia Obama’s trip to Mexico last spring break, during which she was apparently accompanied by Secret Service protection, cost taxpayers $115,500.87. Sasha did not accompany Malia on that trip.

And that’s the deadly part of the report. Obama’s sequester demagoguery – with the closing of the White House tours (ostensibly because of the Secret Service expense) which the Regime desperately wanted to blame on Republicans, (even though they tried to send Obama a bill that would have given him as much flexibility as he needed to make prudent cuts, and it was rejected by Democrats……so they could blame Republicans), is flopping badly. And this story isn’t helpful, especially in light of the fact that the Regime insisted on keeping the White House doors closed to the public, even as families traveled to Washington on Spring break, and many others will be in Washington in April to see the cherry blossoms. It doesn’t look good.

Enter shrill race-baiter, Joan Walsh, shrieking raaaaaacist to anyone who mentions this very inconvenient (to the Regime) narrative.

Arguing that Boyle’s reporting has a racial undercurrent, Walsh’s post is entitled: “How not to seem like a racist: A tip for right-wingers angry about charges of racial bias: Try treating the Obama daughters with decency.”

Walsh’s general theme, and explicit advice she repeats, is: “Try treating his [Obama's] daughters with respect.”

Walsh goes on to decry various recent reports concerning the First Daughters, noting that “[r]eporters don’t write about minor first chidren except when they’re attending ‘official or semi-official events’.” She then quotes the Washington Post‘s Paul Farhi’s writing on the subject last year:

The ban on such coverage has existed through many administrations by informal agreement with the White House Correspondents’ Association, which represents the interests of journalists who cover the president.

“There’s a general feeling among the press corps that it wants to be respectful” of the president’s children, said Caren Bohan, the White House reporter for Reuters who is president of the WHCA.

In the viciously worded article, Walsh not only refers to Boyle as “untalented” but quotes Esquire‘s Charles Pierce’s recent post describing Boyle as “that pudgy little monster.”

And, one might very well walk away agreeing at least with Walsh’s theme that reporters should all treat presidential “daughters with decency.” Fair enough. Except — oh, wait… there’s this:

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Oh snap! Joan Walsh, you just got serrrrved by AJ Delgado of Mediaite.

Keep reading to fully appreciate how vicious the depraved and hypocritical Walsh was in her hit piece on the Bush girls. I remember hearing about it and thinking, good Lord, leave the girls alone. They’re in college!

But here on the right, no one is attacking the Obama daughters, personally. “Sasha and Malia Obama are quietly vacationing at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, Breitbart News has learned” is not a personal attack. Nor is it raaaaacist.

 

We are questioning the First Family’s decision to take these expensive vacations when “we’re all supposed to be sacrificing a little.”

Since no one in the MSM wants to do it.

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Speaking of race-baiters….you’ll love this via Watching the Watchdogs: SPLC — 2013 — Still No Minorities at the Top After 42 Years:

Last week, Watching the Watchdogs examined the Southern Poverty Law Center’s latest “hate map” fundraising tool and broke the amazing, astounding, unprecedented news that for the first time in history the number of alleged “hate groups” designated by the SPLC’s Public Relations chief, Mark Potok, (something even the FBI cannot do…), actually DECLINED!!

While this inconceivable turn of events left many investigators gasping in amazement, a quick head-count of the SPLC’s top executives reveals a caucus as Caucasian as it was the day Morris Dees opened the doors of the company in 1971. There are still some unbroken traditions that one can count on in this mad, mad world.

This seeming incongruity was brought to the attention of Mr. Dees 19 years ago by journalists Dan Morse and Greg Jaffe in their week-long exposé in the SPLC’s hometown newspaper, the Montgomery Advertiser, in 1994.

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers

Video: New Pope Argentinian Cardinal Bergoglio, A Doctrinal Conservative

The white smoke rose from Sistine Chapel about 45 minutes ago indicating: A New Pope Has Been Chosen:

It usually takes about 45 minutes of preparation for the new Pope to be ready to greet the crowd, so literally he will be appearing any moment now.

Vatican watchers say that the decision was made relatively quickly, indicating a strong consensus.

 After an inconclusive first vote on Tuesday night, the 115 cardinal electors prayed for inspiration from God for a choice that can lead the Roman Catholic Church out of crisis.

Having spent the night closeted in a nearby guesthouse, the cardinals attended Mass in the Pauline Chapel in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace and returned to the Renaissance splendor of the Sistine Chapel to hold the two morning ballots.

When the new Pope appears, he will greet the waiting throng outside the Basilica in several languages.

He has yet to appear to the crowd, but his identity has been announced:

Argentinian Cardinal Bergoglio was elected as the new pope elected a new pope to lead the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics on Wednesday, overcoming deep divisions to select the 266th pontiff in a remarkably fast conclave.

Tens of thousands of people who braved cold rain to watch the smokestack atop the Sistine Chapel jumped in joy when white smoke poured out, many shouting “Habemus Papam!” or “We have a pope!” — as the bells of St. Peter’s Basilica and churches across Rome pealed.

The 76 year old Bergoglio is said to be a very humble, spiritual and intelligent man. A true servant of the servants of God.

UPDATE:

According to CNN, Pope Francis is considered “a straight-shooter who calls things as he sees them, and a follower of the church’s most conservative wing”

He has clashed with the government of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner over his opposition to gay marriage and free distribution of contraceptives.

Obama’s Organizing for Action Holds Massive Vigil Outside of NRA Headquarters (Up to 30 People)

We haven’t seen crowds like this since Sandra Fluke went on her Free Contraceptives tour, last Fall.

O the humanity:

Obama’s left-wing agitation group, Organizing for Action, called for a “Day of Action” on Friday to promote stricter gun laws and judging from this picture, about 15 people showed up. The LA Times reported that the protest drew “about 30″, which seems like a high estimate, but maybe some of the throng was off camera.

The protesters, dressed mostly in black, marched silently in front of the NRA’s glass-and-concrete building in a suburban Fairfax neighborhood, the quiet punctuated by the occasional honking of cars passing by. “2050 Gun Deaths Since Newtown,” read one sign. “Don’t Want Background Checks? What Are You Afraid Of?” read another.

“What we want to do is prove we’re not afraid of the NRA,” said Joanna Simon, a retired government consultant who organized the vigil as part of the Reston-Herndon Alliance to End Gun Violence, a group of former Obama campaign volunteers.

The small turnout underscores one of the challenges facing Organizing for Action as it gears up its efforts to promote Obama’s legislative agenda. The group, set up by top advisors to the president, is relying heavily on local volunteers to sustain its work.

Volunteers? They weren’t paid to picket? Oh – well that explains the poor showing, I guess.

Compare the pathetic death march above, organized by the president’s own top advisors,  to the Day of Resistance grass-root rallies that were held all across the nation, on Saturday.

Via Twitchy, this rally took place  in Concord, NH:

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Via Doug Ross,  an even larger crowd attended a Day of Resistance rally  in sunny Phoenix:

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Joplin,  MO:

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Around 1000 rallied in Olean, NY:

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What this guy said:

Don’t laugh too hard at Organizing for Action’s meager showing. I suspect that if we give them enough time, we’ll see larger crowds resembling the Occupy mobs. They’ll be the same people, too, with the same totalitarian goals as their Master.

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Wanna see how popular Obama’s gun agenda is on Twitter?

See Stacy McCain: Hey, Nice Try With the #DemandAVote Spambots #p2! Jacked and Busted! #tcot

OK, so to push their gun-control agenda in Congress, Team Obama started the #DemandAVote hashtag, encouraging the Left to re-Tweet Obama’s message (i.e., demanding that Congress vote on the Democrats’ unconstitutional gun-control legislation).

That hashtag was instantly jacked by #tcot, but then @DefendWallSt discovered that many of the messages in favor of the Obama agenda were from spambots — phony sockpuppet accounts, usually with a blank “egg” avatar, evidently created by some Democrat P.R. operation to give the illusion that this message was more popular than it actually is. In a phrase, Twitter “Astroturf.”

FAILWHALE!

Linked by Doug Ross, The Real REVO and Hogewash, thanks!

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