Sunday, December 21, 2003

"That's right folks, Ralph Nader's Exploratory Committee is running a
online survey to ask people if they want Ralph Nader to run in 2004."

"Now I don't know about you, but with a few exceptions, I have been
disappointed with the entertainment value of the 9 morons running for the chance to
get their rear-end handed to them next November by Bush. So I, for one, went and
voted for Ralph to Run! The more the merrier!"

You can vote here.

"Make sure you get as many people as you can to vote, as it will be
surly entertaining to watch Nader and Dean fight over a splintered Far Left.

"S.A. Miller"

Friday, December 19, 2003

Hit & Run: Comment on Pope: Irony Is Dead:

"I'd pay $5 to see those guards sing 'We Represent the Lolipop Guild'. Posted by Dan at February 20, 2003 08:18 PM "
Slate Magazine:

"Time says Adnan Pachachi, acting president of the Iraqi Governing Council, was so intent on hectoring the deposed dictator face to face that he put a congratulatory phone call from President Bush on hold. In a Web-only item, Time reports that when offered a drink by his captors, Saddam responded, "If I drink water I will have to go to the bathroom and how can I use the bathroom when my people are in bondage?"
The Era of Bill Clinton Is Over - Howard Dean triangulates the triangulator. By William Saletan:

"Dean advocates a 'New Social Contract.' "

The language and the policies suggest Dean is the first Rawlsian presidential candidate.
Everyone should read Pope Pius XII's awesome magisterial cry for peace in the Encyclical Letter on the Function of the State in the Modern World. It was written in 1939 as the world stood on the edge of fire. News | Wesley Clark says jobs aren't coming back

"I keep hearing about recovery," Clark said during an interview with radio station WMOU. "You don't see the signs of recovery. People are very concerned with holding onto their jobs and keeping their lives together."

Wow, his economic sense is apparently about zero.
Media Research Center: Quote of the Year

"If she had lived, Mary Jo Kopechne would be 62 years old. Through his tireless work as a legislator, Edward Kennedy would have brought comfort to her in her old age."
--Charles Pierce in a January 5 Boston Globe Magazine article. Kopechne drowned while trapped in Kennedy's submerged car off Chappaquiddick Island in July 1969, an accident Kennedy did not report for several hours.

Thursday, December 18, 2003

Newhouse A1:

"Item! Dean, talking to Diane Rehm -- the Mother Teresa of Beltway radio -- excoriated Bush for undue privacy in the Sept. 11 investigation. It produced some 'interesting' theories, Dean said, such as the idea that the Saudis warned Bush of the imminent attack. Very clever, this; it allowed Dean to move the charge from the fever swamps of Internet forums to the national spotlight. Did he believe it? Oh, no -- but it's interesting, he said, and can't be disproved. OK, then: Dr. Dean sealed his gubernatorial records, and this makes some suspect he was an abortionist who sold the sundered remains to Satanists for Black Mass rituals. Hey, it's an interesting theory. Until we see the records, who knows?"

Tuesday, December 16, 2003 Listmania! books for those on the path

Just to show that people can rip off my spiritual path just like they do others.
William Saletan on Slate today reminds us that there will be debates between Bush and Dean if Dean wins the nomination.
The Corner on National Review Online:
"The front-runner for the Democratic nomination yesterday gave a speech outlining what he calls his 'foreign policy plan.' But his speech didn’t really deal with foreign policy and he certainly doesn’t have a plan. At most, what he has is a series of New Year’s resolutions regarding exotic places.

"He says he wants to 'establish a global alliance against terrorism.' Brilliant. Can’t imagine how he came up with that. But on what basis would he would seek agreement with, for example, the French who want no part of a War on Terrorism, just as previous French governments wanted no part of a Cold War and no part of a war to stop the march of Nazism? He neglects to say.

"He says he wants to find Osama bin Laden and eliminate 'sleeper cells of nuclear, chemical, and biological terror.' Yes, fine -- but how?

"He says he wants a '10-year, $60 billion international effort to prevent terrorists from obtaining weapons of mass destruction.' But what would happen over those ten years and for that $60 billion? He provides not a clue

"He says he will 'work to narrow the now-widening gap between rich and poor.' Actually, we know how he’d accomplish that one – if he can help make Americans poorer, that nasty old gap should start narrowing very quickly.

"Again, what Dean presented Monday can’t be appraised as a foreign policy plan because it’s simply not a foreign policy plan. It’s a wish list. It’s like a CEO saying to his Board of Directors: 'Next year, we’re going to produce a better product, sell more of them, rake in huge profits and make our customers, employees and investors very happy.'

"To which the Board of Director should say: 'Great, Howard. But where's the plan?'"
OpinionJournal - Extra

I guess we'll have to start calling it the Zell Miller/Orson Scott Card wing of the Democratic party.

Cosmo's probably in their too since he's a Scoop Jackson Democrat.

Monday, December 15, 2003

ABC 7 News - Saddam Tells Troops He Wants to Negotiate:

"Adwar, Iraq (AP) - 'My name is Saddam Hussein,' the fallen Iraqi leader told U.S. troops in English as they pulled him out of a dank hole that had become his home. 'I am the president of Iraq and I want to negotiate.'

"U.S. Special Forces replied: 'Regards from President Bush.'"

Sunday, December 14, 2003

So...I'm posting to the comments of the Dean for America Blog. Instant feedback, it's amusing me.
Telegraph | News | Terrorist behind September 11 strike was trained by Saddam

So not only did we get Saddam, but it turns out he was partly responsible for 9/11 and he was buying Uranium for Niger. Wow. But of course, the Bush administration all along stood behind the intelligence that Saddam was linked to Al-Quaeda and Blair's government behind the Niger intelligence.
There's a new conservative newspaper at ND, The Irish Rover, best headline: "Margaret Sanger: Women's dream or racist scheme".

Saturday, December 13, 2003

More Jack: "My daughter is 13. Lately, all I've been thinking about is, "Would you please get a pair of pants that's not, you know, down below your navel?"

"I don't know if this is a true statistic, but I heard somewhere that there are three times as many single women over 40 as single men. That's what we got from the women's movement. The chickens have come home to roost"

"I'm a pretty liberal Democrat, but I'm not after Bush the way all the rest of them are. I was alive in WWII we turned off all the lights, as if people might come running up the beach. In that climate what else were you going to do? We didn't have a choice then. And we don't really have one now. I don't know what else Bush can do. We just have to see how it goes."

"I respect the social graces enormously. How to pass the food. Don't yell from one room to another. Don't go through a closed door without a knock. Open the doors for the ladies. All these millions o simple household behaviors make for a better life. We can't be in constant rebellion against our parents--it's just silly. I'm very well mannered. It's not an abstract thing. It's a shared language of expectations.

"I'm of the age where we didn't have television as kids. So when I saw my nieces and nephews watching Howdy Doody, Kukla, Fran and Ollie, and so forth I thought the world had gone mad. If you think about those old shows, they all had puppets. And somehow I think, symbolically speaking, that has contributed to a generational lack of personal responsibility. It's why baby boomers are such conspiracy theorists and I'm not. It's why everybody thinks we went to Iraq to get the oil and I don't. I see that as a minor, symbolic generational difference that all adds up to mass movements. People are so frustrated. They don't want to take responsibility for their failures. There's always an excuse, you know? It's always, "I'm this and that's why" or "This happened to me and that's why" Everyone has the impulse to point their fingers elsewhere. They point at the puppet: He did it! Not me!"

Jeanetta: He only thinks he's a liberal!

He also read Treason and didn't diss it in the interview.

I think he's a Zell Miller
Jack Nicholson: "I would never want to vilify someone who considered abortion murder. I was an illegitimate child myself. I may not have existed today."
Bob Lutz: "I always look for the absurd in situations, especially on warning labels. When I was CEO of Exide batteries we were suddenly confronted by this California law that said all car batteries have to carry a sticker that says, WARNING: THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS LEAD, A SUBSTANCE KNOWN TO THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA TO CAUSE CANCER AND/OR REPRODUCTIVE HARM. Now lead is an inert substance. It doesn't give off fumes or anything. I can't imagine anybody getting cancer from lead, and especially from the lead in a battery that's stowed away under the hood of a car. So I said, Let's add a supplementary label for California only that says, DO NOT PERMIT SMALL CHILDREN TO SUCK ON BATTERY POSTS."
Muhammad Ali: "I came back to Louisville after the Olympics with my shiny gold medal. Went into a luncheonette where the black folks couldn't eat. Thought I'd put them on the spot. I sat down and asked for a meal. The Olympic champion wearing his gold medal. They said, "We don't serve niggers here." I said, "That's okay, I don't eat 'em." But they put me out in the street. So I went down to the river, the Ohio River, and threw my gold medal in it. ... Since that day, things in America have changed 100 percent."

Friday, December 12, 2003

Meghan Cox Gurdon on National Review Online

mmm lamb sausage... Arts & Entertainment | I Like to Watch:

"But then, maybe I'm nitpicking about a show that's always been custom-made for those who are fixated on tragedy. You know the types. Depressed people who frequently bring up some sadness that they 'never got over.' Moms who clip articles about terrible car wrecks or about the college kid who climbed up a tree to get his Frisbee only to fall to his death. Reformed Catholics. Neurotics. Doomsayers. Chronic worriers.

"Just to be clear, I fall into more than one of these categories, but when that hysterical, bloody procession comes rolling down the 'ER' hallway for the umpteenth time, or the likable dad shouts something to his cute kid about ordering a pizza once he's done with this little clogged artery test, and you know immediately that he's about to die, you really have to step back and ask yourself, 'Why the hell am I watching this?' "
The Dixie Chicks are hereby forbidden from making any more good music so that they will be easier to dislike.
Satanists for Howard Dean
The Vatican of Liberalism - Let's Defend Marriage

I voted and so should you.

Thursday, December 11, 2003

Jay Nordlinger's Impromptus on National Review Online:

"A little more of Dr. Dean: Interviewed by Judy Woodruff on CNN, he talked religion, and his departure from an Episcopal church over a dispute concerning a bike path: 'You know what it really says? [The 'it' refers to public curiosity over this bike-path affair.] It says the Republicans are talking like they're out of the Pharisees. Because if you're a Christian, you're a Christian. I don't believe it ought to matter what kind of a denomination you are. As a matter of fact, if you're a religious person, you're a religious person. I don't think it ought to matter what religion you are.'

"I will keep quoting: Woodruff: 'Was it just over a bike path that you left the Episcopal Church?' (Even Judy Woodruff seems incredulous, doesn't she?) Dean: 'Yes, as a matter of fact it was. I was fighting to have public access to the waterfront, and we were fighting very hard in the citizens group to allow the public to use it. [Notice how these people are always 'fighting'?] And this particular diocese decided to join a property-rights suit [please gasp here] to close it down. I didn't think that was very public-spirited. One thing I feel about religion, you have to be very careful not to be a hypocrite if you're a religious person. It is really tough to preach one thing and do something else. And I don't think you can do that.'"

Wow...that says a lot.
JenniCam goes dark

And there was much rejoicing...

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Beating the Bushes - The Democrats recount the recount in Florida. By William Saletan:

"'Republicans used to be the party of fiscal responsibility. Now they're the party of borrow and spend. … I don't know why they can't manage money. Maybe it's 'cause they never had to earn it.'"

'cause the Dean family isn't old money or anything... Technology | Letters:

"I was struck by the fact that your article didn't once use the words 'cow' or 'pig,' instead repeatedly using the words 'meat,' 'beef' and 'pork.' The reason vegans are against eating meat or wearing leather is that it requires causing an animal fear, pain and death. It is not some abstract ideological belief, but a genuine, progressive movement to end a massive source of very real suffering.

"Unfortunately animal rights seems to be the one issue most commonly absent from the agenda and Web sites of otherwise progressive organizations or news groups. It is also ironic since it is the one injustice that most people could actually affect by taking a personal action.

"Animal rights can also give you an insight into the mentality of mainstream America. If you want to know how the Bush-voting states feel about gay rights or world poverty, think about how you feel about animal rights.
"-- Randy Belknap"

Umm...actually it is an abstract ideological belief, because animals can't communicate suffering beyond the physical.
Big story today about us dropping France, Germany, Russia, Canada, etc. from reconstruction contracts in Iraq, is brilliant diplomacy, a totally under-the-table retaliation for quashing the steel tariffs through the WTO
Derbyshire > NRO Store | CafePress


I have no idea which I should get!!!!!
Assuming Lieberman doesn't win the Democratic party nomination (a pretty safe assumption), Bush should tap him for VP. It would be amazing.
New York Post Online Edition: seven:

"Antiwar comedians raising campaign cash for Democrat Howard Dean last night blasted President Bush as a 'piece of living, breathing s - - -'at an angry X-rated fund-raiser in New York.

"'We have to get this piece of living, breathing s - - - out of the office,' said comedian Judy Gold whose performance - like those of Janeane Garofalo and David Cross - was liberally larded with the F-word.

"Aides said that Dean didn't authorize the X-rated attacks and that the Democratic front-runner found them so 'offensive,' he almost refused to come out and speak at the fund-raiser, one of eight New York events that raised close to $2 million yesterday. "

[Emphasis added.]

"Almost" only counts in horseshoes guvner.
Arrghh to ingrown fingernails.
Wow...whenever I think things have gotten wierd at ND, I can always look at the Campus Times and feel better.

A beer pong tourney in Wilson Commons!!!!

Complaints about the condoms in CPU Boxes, BECAuSE THEY WERE PIERCED BY STAPLES AND USELESS!!!!

and the regular violence and drugs stories...

Tuesday, December 09, 2003

Those night offices getting violent at your monastery? Be prepared with this "night chant" knife.
AKMA's Random Thoughts

How come no one ever gives me a Cappa Nigra?

Monday, December 08, 2003

The Corner on National Review Online:
E-mail: 'The best takedown of the Geneva process was by Jon Stewart on Comedy Central's 'The Daily Show' which devoted a fair amount of time to it, under the headline 'Imaginary Firends'. I can't remember most of it, but it ripped it hard, and ended with a promise from Stewart, something along these lines: 'As long as phony statesmen get together to negotiate pretend agreements, this fake news show will be there to cover it.'"

Sunday, December 07, 2003

Real Live Preacher

He's right...some of these catalogues are scary.

Saturday, December 06, 2003 Arts & Entertainment | "The Last Samurai":

"Later, he explains the nuances of Gen. George Custer to one of his samurai captors, showing a dazzling political correctness that's years ahead of its time: 'He was a murderer who fell in love with his own legend.' "

People did think badly of Custer at the time. Arts & Entertainment | The Fix:

"Viggo Mortensen was heard to say, 'All life is sorrowful. You can't change that. But you can change your attitude toward it. That's what this film is about ...'"

Umm...actually, the movie is about bad stuff happening and the fact that you can do stuff about it...Tolkein is Catholic not Buddhist.
jeanetta (3:30:52 AM): you know what's hilarious
jeanetta (3:31:00 AM): the song "so what" by the cure
SJahaza (3:31:04 AM): ok
SJahaza (3:31:06 AM): i don't know it
jeanetta (3:31:17 AM): it's from their first album

Amazingly, Sam doesn't own the first Cure album...

"The power of prophecy
"Mike Nichols' HBO production of Tony Kushner's 'Angels in America' brings the most glorious, most thrilling and most painful work of contemporary American theater into the living room"

Apparently, they don't know what prophecy is....

Friday, December 05, 2003

Adoremus Bulletin Home Page:

"December 4, 2003 is the Fortieth Anniversay of Sacrosanctum Concilium
An apostolic letter by John Paul II was made public on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the
constitution 'Sacrosanctum Concilium' on sacred liturgy. The document, which is divided into 15 sections and a conclusion, is dated December 4, 2003, the anniversary of the constitution's promulgation. It is only in Italian at this time, we will bring it to you as soon as we have an English translation.

John Paul II released a Letter for the first centenary of the Motu Proprio of Pope Pius X, 'Tra le Sollecitudini' on sacred music (December 3, 2003). It is only in Italian at this time, we will bring it to you as soon as we have an English translation. "

Check out my snowflake.

Thursday, December 04, 2003

Keep the Sex R-Rated, N.Y.U. Tells Film Students

This took months to resolve?!?
Health Beat: The road last traveled:

"He belongs to no particular church, attended several and, until Parkinson’s ended his driving, he regularly received the Eucharist. Now the Eucharist comes to him if one of his visitors is a minister. When asked which faith tradition he would move toward if pressed, he said that with a gun at his back in a choose-or-die situation, he’d become a Roman Catholic."

Of course Pascal points out that there is a gun at our backs.
LHS.FUHSD.ORG Athletics: "71 DeFranco , Elyse 10 Thousand Oaks 23:25"
Interesting stuff on tuning:

An Introduction to Historical Tunings
Wonderful article on cheese in the Spectator.

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Mark Steyn in the Spectator on the organizations to which particular terrorists belong:

"The point is, any answer will do, as in the end they’ll all have to be whacked. "
This one's for the t-force:

The Straight Dope Mailbag: The Straight Dope Mailbag: Is it true many New England cats have extra paws because Boston ships' captains considered them lucky?:

"Turns out there is a polydactyl dog, too. The Lundehund, one of the oldest and rarest breeds of dogs, has six toes on each foot, which apparently helped it climb steep scree slopes. Lundehunds were bred to hunt puffins (lunde = puffin) for Norweigan fishermen on the Lofoten islands. This dog, among other unusual characteristics, has one less tooth on each side of its jaw."

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

"It Was Done," Sr. Lucia Says: "You Can Tell All Your Friends" By STEVE MAHOWALD

Hopefully, this'll put the calumny about the Pope not consecrating Russia properly to bed.
Howard Dean comic relief for America
Jason Steorts on Carol J. Adams on National Review Online

She's spoken at UR at least once.
Michael Novak on George W. Bush on National Review Online:

" it had been like this at his address accepting the nomination of his party the summer before. "

Though Cheney was funnier....

(from memory)

"If Al Gore had been there when we sent men to the moon it would've been a "risky rocket scheme". If Al Gore had been there when they invented the internet..."

Congrats to the folks at Ave Maria School of Law, the best law school in Michigan.
ND Publicity Office & Concert Series:

Handel's Messiah
ND Chorale & Chamber Orchestra


Part I
Comfort ye
And the glory of the Lord
Behold, a virgin shall conceive
O Thou that tellest good tidings
For behold, darkness shall cover
For unto us a Child is born
There were shepherds
Glory to God
Rejoice greatly
Then shall the eyes of the blind
His yoke is easy

Part II
Behold the Lamb of God
Surely He hath borne our griefs
All we like sheep
Thy rebuke hath broken His heart
The Lord gave the word
How beautiful are the feet
Let us break their bonds asunder

Arrghhh...they're not doing so many of the best I probably won't go...

A performance of Messiah without "Every Valley", "The Trumpet Shall Sound", "Amen", and "Pastorale" (among others) shouldn't even count as a performance of Messiah.

Monday, December 01, 2003

President To Drop Tariffs On Steel (

Good riddance to the tariff, but perhaps we should think about federally funded mothballing of steel production facilities and some sort of "reservist" training program for workers so we don't lose the skills, they're important for national defense, if production is falling to that low a level in the US. Also, we must agressively pursue those who dump into our markets.
Jay Nordlinger's Impromptus on National Review Online:

"Don't you think?"

Mr. Nordlinger, you know we love you, but the rhetorical question device is worn. Yea verily, it is begging for a vacation.
Richard W. Garnett (of Notre Dame's Law School) on Federalism & Marriage on National Review Online:

"Still, given recent trends, it is not at all paranoid for those who support a federal marriage amendment to believe the Supreme Court will eventually declare that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. If marriage is going to be federalized, one way or another, it hardly seems hypocritical for conservatives to opt for the constitutionally prescribed method of amendment and for their own preferred definition of marriage. They are not asking judicial elites to revise the Constitution in keeping with their own ideological commitments. Yes, a marriage amendment is an attempt to federalize the resolution of a controversial moral question. And yes, the Constitution would change, but as a result of politics and popular sovereignty, not legislative overreach or judicial fiat. The Constitution should not be amended heedlessly, and it should not be cluttered--as many constitutions are--with ideological baggage and special-interest goodies. That said, whatever the merits of a federal marriage amendment, it is not hypocritical for conservatives to support it."

Good arguments. I think I can get behind the Federal Marriage Amendment.
Anne Morse on Abercrombie and Fitch on National Review Online:

"Four days before the official start of the Christmas shopping season--Abercrombie, known for overpriced clothes and underdressed models--ordered its 651 stores to stop selling 'The Christmas Field Guide,' the latest edition of the company's pornographic quarterly magazine. It's evidently the start of a permanent ban on selling the quarterly in stores, and it's evidence that when enough people get mad--and take action--even the most libertine companies will sometimes back down. "

Score one for the good guys.
Oh yeah...I'm back from Thanksgiving.
National Catholic Register - Education

Great article about young faithful Catholics.