Tuesday, December 28, 2004

FOXNews.com - Politics - Kentucky Governor's Execution Order Draws Fire

This doctor is in trouble because people are alleging that signing death warrants as governor violates the tenets of the hippocratic oath to which he is pledged as a physician. The governor says that he's just doing his duty as governor. I believe both sides are right. It is reasonable for certain classes of people to relinquish their right to the performance of certain acts when they undertake other duties. The judge or other law enforcer who agrees to follow the law in his rulings doesn't rule contrary to the law when he finds the law unjust, rather he resigns the bench. This is because he is pledged to uphold the law. The military chaplain agrees to not bear arms to preserve access and immunity as a noncombatant under the laws of war, though he does not believe bearing arms is morally wrong. If, in extremis, he finds it neccesary to take up arms, he loses his clerical immunity. The physician is pledged to uphold life above other ends and therefore shouldn't participate in its deliberate taking. If the governor believes it is neccesary for him to take up governance of this sort, he must resign his license. If he views his practice of medicine vocationally, he must resign his governorship and allow someone to take over who can execute the laws.

Saturday, December 25, 2004

Sam: where did you go?
Jeanetta: well... the power button is next to the enter key....

Thursday, December 23, 2004

W. Thomas Smith Jr. on Christmas & War on National Review Online:

"On December 22nd, German officers, under a flag of truce, delivered a rather long-winded message from Lt. Gen. Heinrich von Luttwitz to General McAuliffe at Bastogne. The message, demanding the Americans surrender, appealed to the 'well-known American humanity' to save the citizens of Bastogne from further suffering. McAuliffe was given two hours to reply.

Having no intention of surrendering, McAuliffe was initially at a loss for words. One of his aides remarked that the general's first comment upon receiving the surrender demand might be wholly appropriate. McAuliffe agreed and penned his now-famous response to the Germans. It simply read, 'NUTS.'

The message was then delivered by American Col. Joseph Harper to a group of German officers waiting in nearby woods. Harper handed the note to one of the Germans who read it and then looked at Harper in confusion.

'What does that mean?' the German asked. 'Is this affirmative or negative?'

Harper responded, 'It means you can all go to hell.'"
Salon.com Arts & Entertainment | "The Phantom of the Opera":

"Now it can be told: Although the press has connivingly led us to believe otherwise, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Joel Schumacher are really pseudonyms for two 11-year-old girls from Allentown, Pa., who, disgruntled because their parents wouldn't buy them canopy beds, decided to sit down and write themselves a musical, darn it. And they'd make a movie out of it, too, just you wait and see. 'The Phantom of the Opera' is the long-awaited result."

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Biting your tongue is bad, especially when you do it really hard and employ a lower canine.

Thursday, December 09, 2004

The American Spectator:

Protesting the secularization of Christmas in Colorado:

"The December 4 Post story noted that local resident 'Steve Schweitzberger carried a basket with a tiny baby Jesus doll inside that had a paper teardrop falling from its eye. The baby came with a sign that read, 'It's my party, and I'll cry if I want to.''"

Monday, December 06, 2004

James Taranto:

The Committee to Preserve What?
Lawyer Lawrence Teeter represents Palestinian terrorist Sirhan Sirhan, who murdered Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in 1968. Teeter "has gone to court to stop the demolition of the hotel where the late senator was shot dead, saying that there is evidence in its walls that can prove his client innocent," Reuters reports from Los Angeles. "Attorney Lawrence Teeter claims the 60-year-old Sirhan was set up as a dupe in the 1968 assassination, despite shooting at Kennedy in front of witnesses."

It's this next part that really got our attention: "Joining Teeter in the suit are the Assassination Archives and Research Center and the newly-formed Committee to Preserve Assassination Sites." They've got a committee for everything these days.

Friday, December 03, 2004

Man Bites Fox

"Performance artist Mark McGowan, who counts among his feats pushing a peanut along the road to Tony Blair's Downing street home with his nose, has eaten a fox, in protest at the public fixation with a government ban on fox hunting," Reuters reports from London:

He described the roast fox, which he ate in public, as quite tasty, although he admitted to nearly vomiting at times. "It was a bit like rack of lamb," he told Reuters on Wednesday. "The trouble was the retching noises from the other people in the room."

There's nothing more annoying than people who can't stop coughing during a performance.

Noting that the fox hunting ban in England is only a ban on hunting foxes with hounds, it is still legal to hunt (and eat if one is so inclined) them with guns. The ban is sillyness to appease TB's back benchers, but I doubt the country people really have the power to resist it.

(Hit tip to James Taranto).
Still looking for a permanent job, because I didn't have one before. My current one is an internship which ends in mid-january (and only pays 50 dollars a day).

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Still looking for a permanent job. :(
So here's a return post for y'all. I've simplified the template post-election and post-baseball season and for simplicity's sake as well.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Red Sox going to the World Series.

::does a little dance::

Tuesday, October 19, 2004


Jed Babbin is right that there will now have to be punishment for the good of the force as a whole. But what is amazing about this story is that the Army tried to keep it quiet. That, I surmise, was an attempt by the commanders to not have to arrest people and send them to jail. However, the seeming mutineers made thier refusal public and have kept focus on it. In so doing, they have made punishment more likely and more important. Really, bad choice.

Monday, October 18, 2004

The New USA Today/ESPN poll ranks Notre Dame at 25. The AP Poll now ranks us 24. The New York Times Computer Ranking puts Notre Dame at 13. Whoo hoo!

(Add to all this that the BoSox won last night and Gallup has Bush up 8 and you can imagine my mood.)

Sunday, October 10, 2004

I'm in Washington. Just woke up. In the light of the new day, things are looking pretty good.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Hey all--

I've been knocked down for a couple of days with food poisoning, but am doing better now. I even got to experience my first ambulance ride as I got way too dehydrated. More later perhaps.

Saturday, October 02, 2004

The Straight Dope: Can you walk on hot coals in bare feet and not get burned?:

"But fire-walking in some parking lot is for wimps. If you're hard core there are more challenging methods. I've just spoken to my bud Jearl Walker, the former Scientific American columnist and, it turns out, the G. Gordon Liddy of physics.

"As a classroom demo of the Leidenfrost effect, Jearl not only walked on hot coals (he gave it up after getting badly burned once--he was so cool his feet didn't get sufficiently damp), he also dips his bare hand in water and then plunges it momentarily into a vat of molten lead, 700 degrees Celsius. Says Jearl, who's even done this on Johnny Carson, 'there is no classroom demonstration so riveting as one in which the teacher may die.' It'd definitely penetrate my ennui, I'll tell you. Just don't volunteer in Jearl's class when he asks someone to give him a hand."

Friday, October 01, 2004

<a href="http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/ret/44213444.html">INDUSTRIAL DESIGN STORE SEEKS RUNNER.

This sounds like a neat and potentially interesting job, but it pays only $450 per week for fulltime in Manhattan! That's not really adequete...
The Corner on National Review Online:
"ON THEIR KNEES [Tim Graham]
An old friend nailed it for me:

Plain and simple. The conservative eggheads are overanalyzing and the liberals are praying.

The president knows what he is doing and believes in it. Kerry will say anything he thinks is different than Bush.

Bottom line is that Kerry says: I would have done what the president did but better.

"Posted at 11:48 PM"

Tuesday, September 28, 2004


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Amusingly, I don't use Chamomile because it's related to ragweed and people allergic to ragweed, as I am, are usually allergic to Chamomile as well.

Sunday, September 26, 2004

FOXSports.com - Polls

Notre Dame has the most votes of any non-ranked team in both polls!
Boston.com / News / Boston Globe / Opinion / Op-ed / Why the 9/11 fund was a mistake

Of course, the reason for the 9-11 fund wasn't to compensate people, it was to get people to waive their right to sue the airlines and the Port Authority to bail out the airline and insurance industries.

Friday, September 24, 2004

Mixed Blessings - Are secular life ceremonies the wave of the future? By Michael Kress

Ann Keeler Evans represents the second approach—insisting that rituals have some basis in her clients' spiritual lives or family heritage. For a wedding between a Sikh man and an Irish-Catholic woman, for instance, the ceremony included the lighting of a Catholic unity candle (slightly modified: The couple didn't extinguish their individual candles after lighting the joint flame, as is the tradition) and a Sikh ritual in which everyone is given cooked grain as a sign that the temple feeds and blesses all.

Except of course that there's no such thing as a "Catholic unity candle".
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Thursday, September 23, 2004

New York Post Online Edition: gossip

AS if Dan Rather didn't have enough problems, a new off-Broadway play is dredging up one of the strangest episodes in the CBS anchor's life. Playwright Paul Allman's dark comedy "Kenneth — What Is the Frequency?" is based on the 1986 mystery in which two well-dressed men beat Rather up outside his Upper East Side home while repeating that phrase. (The bizarre beat-down inspired R.E.M.'s song, "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?") Fresh from a critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the play debuts here Oct. 21 at 78th Street Theatre Lab.

Man, wierd stuff like that makes me want to live in NY (the play not the beating itself).

Saturday, September 18, 2004

The Catholic Key: Online Edition Newspaper of the Diocese of Kansas City - St.Joseph:

"The church has long said that celiac sufferers may fully receive the Eucharist in the form of wine, but even the small bit of host a celebrant drops into the wine can be harmful to many. "

It's real easy folks, you just use 2 chalices! Doh!

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

The Corner on National Review Online

ACTION ITEM [Ramesh Ponnuru]
NRO readers have been very generous in contributing to our post-defense defense fund. But we could use more help! Please give whatever you can. (And by "whatever you can," I do not mean sonnets.)
Posted at 11:07 AM

Darn it Ramesh, my plan is foiled!

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

CBS News | CBS Defends Bush Memos | September 14, 2004�16:52:46: "

(CBS/AP) CBS News is mounting a steadfast defense of the authenticity of documents that questioned President Bush's service in the Air National Guard, as newspapers and the White House continued to raise doubts.

CBS reports the story, about itself, in the third person. Very odd.
local6.com - Entertainment - Britney's Mom Upset With Media's Image Of Daughter:

"Britney Spears' mother has had enough with the media trying to paint her daughter as trashy."

Now, I usually have no problem with people criticizing the media, but I don't think this one is really their fault.
The New Republic Online: Retorting 101:

"CBS's Jonathan Klein even went so far as to say the following: 'Bloggers have no checks and balances. ... [It's] a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas.' Actually, I'm in sweatpants and a tanktop."

That image was also cringe-inducing.
The New Republic Online: Reporting 101

Oooh, media fakery criticism in The New Republic is still cringe-inducing.

That's for the writers on Judging Amy where a priest has to "pretend to care about the liturgy committee".
Google Groups: View Thread "ATR FAQ (part 2: outside Britain)"

HM Juan Carlos I, King of Spain (according to the 1978 Constitution; however, the titles borne by previous Kings of Spain have not been abolished; thus: His Catholic Majesty Juan Carlos, By the Grace of God, King of Spain, Castile, Leon, Aragon, the Two Sicilies, of Jerusalem, Navarre, Granada, Toledo, Valencia, Galicia, Mallorca, Menorca, Seville, Cardeña, Cordoba, Cocega, Murcia, Jaen, Algeria, Algernon, Gibraltar, the East and West Indies, the Canary Islands, and the Oceanic Colonies, Archduke of Austria, Duke of Burgundy, Brabant and Milan, Count of Habsburg, Flanders, Tirol and Barcelona, Lord of Vizcaya and Molina)

Note the bolded section. Very interesting. Anyone up for a crusade?

Sunday, September 12, 2004

AMC's been playing a lot of westerns this weekend. Finally one, Joe Kidd, with C. Eastwood and R. Duvall looks worth watching. The opening soundtrack is really neat too.

Monday, September 06, 2004

Salon.com News | Can John Kerry climb back?:

"Donna Brazile, who ran Al Gore's campaign in 2000, told Salon Monday"

Is that really a recomendation for an expert?
Rich Lowry's on Hannity and Colmes, he has squirrel cheeks, it's very strange. I don't think Thomas really needs to worry about the competition. (Sorry Rich).

Sunday, September 05, 2004

Salon.com News | Pope denounces gay marriage in Canada

That headline should've read "Pope denounces Canadian gay marraiges". He was in Vatican City when he did it.

Friday, September 03, 2004

Oh man, Jenneane Garafolo is such a loser/idiot/talking points spouter/trying way too hard.

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Addendum to the below, that might also break the pro-life coalition and make it a requirement for the Republicans or their succesor conservative party to nominate a social moderate.
A search for GOP's heirs apparent | csmonitor.com

A solid article from the Christian Science Monitor, making the interesting point that it might be OK to elect a social moderate (e.g. Guiliani) next time around if Bush has already nominated 4 conservative justices to the Supreme Court.

Sunday, August 29, 2004

Mark Steyn:

"Why did John Kerry cross the road? "I crossed the road to volunteer for Vietnam. Some of us know something about what it means to cross the road."
My dog seems to have developed allergies recently, she sneezes a lot. Currently she's trying to hack up a lung.
An UPDATE on the official who said he was ashamed to help Bush get into the Air National Guard.

Here's an email from a list I subscribe to:
Date: Sat, 28 Aug 2004 18:54:06 -0400
From: "Tamsey"
Subject: Barnes says he's ashamed for getting Bush into Texas Guard (WHOOPS! Bush entered the Guard a year BEFORE Barnes was elected into office)

Per Associated Press, "I got a young man named George W. Bush into the National Guard when I was lieutenant governor of Texas," - former Democrat TX Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes

Just one TEENY problem with Barnes' claim for the Kerry campaign..... George Bush joined the Texas Air National Guard in May, 1968 and Barnes was not elected Lt. Governor until 1969. Bush's enlistment in 1968 per MSNBC and here is Barnes' bio (Barnes is coincidentally a long-time Dem activist and one of Kerry's top fund-raisers)

And per CNN there were waiting lists for some positions in the TANG, but no waiting list for F-102 pilots, only "a handful of applicants willing and qualified" for those slots...

"...while Bush's unit in Texas had a waiting list for many spots, he was accepted because he was one of a handful of applicants willing and qualified to spend more than a year in active training flying F-102 jets."

Saturday, August 28, 2004

Almost Famous - The "celebrities" who love the GOP. By Rob Long

Umm, you might be familiar with:

Dennis Miller, Charlton Heston, Mel Gibson, Arnold Schwarzennegar, Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Tom Osborne, Arnold Palmer, Joe Paterno, Mike Ditka, John Elway, Frank Gifford, Franco Harris, Lou Holtz, Tom Landry, Karl Malone, Dan Marino, Rick Dees, Troy Aikman, Bill Belichick, Jerome Bettis, Bobby Bowden, Al Michaels, Phil Mickelson, Jim Nantz, Nolan Ryan, Don Shula, Roger Staubach, Pat Summerall, Tom Clancy, Catherine Coulter, Drew Carey, Dean Cain, Robert Duvall, Jamie Farr, Chuck Norris, Kevin Sorbo, Sylvester Stallone, Ben Stein, James Woods, Wayne Newton, Jaclyn Smith, Dr. Phil (McGraw), Maury Povich, Pat Sajak, Alex Trebek, Nancy Cartwright, Amy Grant, Lee Greenwood, Sammy Hagar, Loretta Lynn, Ted Nugent, Randy Travis, Lou Dobbs, Anderson Cooper, Kelsey Grammer, Patricia Heaton, Bo Derek, Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod), Tom Sellick, James Woods, Emma Caulfield, Adam Sandler, Shannon Doherty, Freddie Prinz Jr., Bruce Willis, Bo Derek, Danny Aiello, Rick Schroder, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Jeff Foxworthy, Vincent Gallo, Kid Rock, James Caviezel, Gary Cherone, Larry miller, Wayne Gretzky, Nick Lachey, Robert Duvall, Rob Lowe, Dennis Franz, Rachel Hunter, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Tony Danza, Dennis Hopper, Jackie Mason, Jimmy "JJ" Walker, Mario Lemieux, Dixie Carter, Michael W. Smith, Daize Shayne, Ron Silver, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Sara Evans, Dana Glover, Vince Vaughn, Steve Young, Chaka Khan, Jon Secada, Marilyn Manson, David Robinson, Dennis Quaid, Roger Clemens, Gene Simmons, James Earl Jones, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Jason Priestley, Wayne Newton, JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME, SHIRLEY JONES, Johnny Ramone, Heather Locklear, Metallica, Godsmack, ZZ Top, Ricky Martin, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Jessica Simpson, David Spade, Meat Loaf, Lyle Lovett, Clint Black, Craig Biggio, Jeff Kent, Van Morrison, Norm MacDonald, Greg Anthony, Charles Barkley, John Malkovich, Stephen Baldwin, Alice Cooper, Cheryl Ladd, Debbie BRANNIGAN, Kim Alexis, Rachel Hunter, Audra Lynn, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kim Komando, Kennedy (MTV VJ), Martina McBride, Reggie White, Denzel Washington.

Friday, August 27, 2004

Salon.com News | "I'm very ashamed"

Another bombshell in the battle over Vietnam service that has been raging in the 2004 presidential race exploded on the Web Friday. In a video originally posted on the Web by a pro-Kerry organization in Austin, Texas, Ben Barnes, a former lieutenant governor of Texas, apologized for his role in getting a young George W. Bush into the Texas Air National Guard while young men who were not from prominent or wealthy families "died in Vietnam."

This is insane! Members of that ANG unit were fighting in Vietnam when Bush joined it. To join a unit already deployed to the combat-zone is a darn foolish way to avoid a war.
Oh man! The Democrat (cough, loser, cough) attacking Bush on Fox just attacked him for "having been a cheerleader in High School becuase he couldn't make the football team".

About Bush, notes the Washington Post when in High School, "'He was kind to the athletically challenged,' said Wofsey, now a Pennsylvania psychiatrist."

Further, "He was considered a solid athlete – he played varsity basketball and baseball his senior year – but he was never among the class stars."
Q-tips are great.
Salon.com News | Italy horrified with hostage killing:

"Berlusconi defied public opinion when he decided to support President Bush by sending about 3,000 troops to Iraq after the ouster of Saddam Hussein."

That't the way republican government is supposed to work.
Entry-Level Loan Officer:

"If you want to be in the mortgage industry, learning about this exciting career, make good money in this billion $ movement. Please contact us asap."

Hmm, I wasn't aware that the mortgage industry was a movement.

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Aye,Surrender! - Dusty Brand T-Shirts

Jeanetta needs this t-shirt.
Fox News tonight. Brit Hume says, "John Kerry speaking at a Martin Luther King day celebration in Virginia last year said, quote, "I remember well April 1968, I was serving in Vietnam. A place of violence. When the news reports brought home to me and my crew mates the violence back home and the tragic news that one of the bullets flying that terrible spring took the life of Dr. King." That date, of Dr. King's death, was April 4, 1968. According to kerry's website, it was not until November 17, 1968, that he reported for duty in Vietnam."

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

The New Republic Online: Remembering Michael Kelly

Another interesting thing about Shattered Glass is that it features a bit on Michael Kelly and his firing as editor of TNR. Which was a mixed thing, it let him go on to greatness at National Journal and Atlantic Monthly, but also sent him eventually back to Iraq, where he died, widowing his wife and orphaning his child.
Shattered Glass (2003)

I'm watching this movie. It's great so far. (Not least cause it batters The New Republic.) Also, it has Chloë Sevigny in it, who was in The Last Days of Disco and is an actress I really like. Melanie Lynskey, who I've never come across before, is good as well.

Monday, August 23, 2004

Rudy Gersten on the NBA and the Olympics on National Review Online:

Several of these players will be in the basketball Hall of Fame one day. But there ought to be an asterisk next to each of their names, to let generations to come know that they decided not to represent our country in the Olympics while America was at war.

To be fair, not all of these guys were cowards. Kobe Bryant has a few legal issues to deal with this summer, and Ray Allen's wife is expecting a baby. They get a pass. But the rest of the players who abandoned Team U.S.A should be ashamed of themselves (not that Kobe shouldn't be, for other reasons).

That bit about Kobe cracked me up.

Sunday, August 22, 2004

Victor Davis Hanson on Europe and Troop Withdrawal on National Review Online

This is fairly frightening.
Jeanetta is still alive if anyone was wondering. Her computer, however, is broken. She says it should be fixed and she'll be back soon.

Saturday, August 21, 2004

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles on The Da Vinci Code:

What grabs Jews is the return to history.... If you look at adult education classes being offered all over town, you see people in the Jewish community are very hungry for history, for learning. That is where The Da Vinci Code is most dangerous... On the one hand, it resonateswith a deep desire for education; on the other hand, you're satisfying that desire with inaccurate information. It's like watching "CSI" and taking it all as scientific fact, or watching "ER" and trying to practice medicine.
The Dating Dearth: A Man's Perspective

This article is older, but still interesting.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

The Corner on National Review Online:

"RECORD TIME --Michael Graham
"K-Lo, on my radio show this morning, we played audio from August 1 of John Kerry suggesting re-deployment of troops currently in South Korea. That means he's changed positions since the convention. This isn't flip-flopping it's intellectual ADHD."

Why are people still suprised by this stuff?
Liberals who think that Foxnews is conservatively biased should take a look at "The 700 Club". That is conservatively biased news. Between Bill Moyers and Pat Robertson is Foxnews, rightly calling itself "Fair and Balanced" I think.

Monday, August 16, 2004

FT June/July 2004: The Public Square:

"By the end of the nineteenth century, after much wrangling, Harvard had dropped Veritas pro Christo et ecclesia from its motto, settling for the one word, Veritas. This March, Columbia University redesigned its symbol, a crown with three crosses, by removing the crosses. Columbia was established 250 years ago as an Anglican college and chartered by King George II. Predictably, some conservatives lamented the change. Others, however, took comfort in the fact that the university, while no longer Christian, is still monarchist. "
FT June/July 2004: Correspondence: "The Virtues of Penance"--Alice von Hildebrand
Well that's a radical call. I'm not sure what to make of it exactly. I'm inclined to think that in our culture whipping too has been sexualized, but hairshirts might work.
Android-USA Official Website

If anyone's looking to get me a watch, I like the blue faced one.

Saturday, August 14, 2004

Bob Sagget reminds me of Thomas.

Thursday, August 12, 2004

They're showing an episode of Homicide on TNT. I wonder if this is a new regular thing. Should relieve the tedium of the Olympics.
I've started reading The Sparrow, a sci-fi novel about Jesuits. I'm not too far into it yet, so I can't really give it a complete thumbs up yet. But it's looking promising.
Yes, this blog is a strange mix of stuff you should care about and stuff you probably really don't care about.
Oh man, my last pair of khakis that we're the right length just wore out. Now I'll have to get those other ones shortened so I have pants to wear.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

I saw a magazine at the library today with a list of places to hold wedding receptions in Richmond. One of them was the Virginia Holocaust Museum. That option struck me as entirely inapropriate as a place to hold one's reception. I understand that this can be a big money maker for museums, but it seemed that even hosting such events would be a dubious thing for the museum to do.
There were some changes to the sidebar, btw. I'll let each discover them for himself.
Sam: you hear from the FBI?
Jeanetta: nopers
Sam: got an email from my ND roomate that they visited him
Jeanetta: do they call first, or just land a black helicopter in your yard and break down the door?

Monday, August 09, 2004

The Corner on National Review Online:

"OBESITY [Ramesh Ponnuru]
"The Public Interest has an interesting article by two economists. It notes that obesity rates have doubled since 1980, and concludes that two factors were primarily responsible: the growth in the number of fast-food and other restaurants (itself, they say, largely driven by increases in female labor force participation) accounted for two-thirds of the increase in obesity; the rise in the price of cigarettes (largely driven by taxes) accounted for another fifth."

Sunday, August 08, 2004

Paul "Red" Adair, 89, R.I.P.

Friday, August 06, 2004

Oh man! From Craigslist (note portion I have italicized and bolded):

"free gerbils:

"Reply to: bethesdavideo@comcast.net
"Date: 2004-08-05, 3:05PM EDT

"2 white and 1 brown 5 weeks old. Another litter of 5 will be ready in 3 weeks-1 black, 1 white, 3 brown. These are pets not food.


I am curious how she will enforce this rule. Will there be followup visits to make sure you haven't snacked on them in the meantime? What if you take a male and a female and only eat the offspring, does that break the rule? Was it really neccesary for Susan to point this out in the first place?

Thursday, August 05, 2004

Text of letter from bishops:

"The Church also recognizes that there is a manifest lack of a proper disposition for Holy Communion in those whose outward conduct is 'seriously, clearly, and steadfastly contrary' to the Church's moral teaching (Ecclesia de Eucharistia, 37b). A manifest lack of proper disposition for Holy Communion is found to be present in those who consistently support pro-abortion legislation. Because support for pro-abortion legislation is gravely sinful, such persons should not be admitted to Holy Communion.

"We also take this opportunity to address all Catholics whose beliefs and conduct do not correspond to the Gospel and to Church teaching. To receive the great gift of God - the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ - we must approach Holy Communion free from mortal sin. Those who are conscious of being in a state of grave sin should avail themselves of the Sacrament of Reconciliation before coming to Holy Communion. To partake of the Eucharist is to partake of Christ Himself, and to enter into sacramental communion with our Lord we must all be properly disposed.

"Because of the influence that Catholics in public life have on the conduct of our daily lives and on the formation of our nation's future, we declare that Catholics serving in public life espousing positions contrary to the teaching of the Church on the sanctity and inviolability of human life, especially those running for or elected to public office, are not to be admitted to Holy Communion in any Catholic church within our jurisdictions: the Archdiocese of Atlanta, the Dioceses of Charleston and Charlotte. Only after reconciliation with the Church has occurred, with the knowledge and consent of the local bishop, and public disavowal of former support for procured abortion, will the individual be permitted to approach the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.

"We undertake this action to safeguard the sacred dignity of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar, to reassure the faithful, and to save sinners.

"Most Reverend John F. Donoghue

"Archbishop of Atlanta

"Most Reverend Robert J. Baker

"Bishop of Charleston

"Most Reverend Peter J. Jugis

"Bishop of Charlotte"

Salon.com News | Danish officer accused in Iraq prison case:

"Aug. 5, 2004 | Copenhagen, Denmark -- A Danish army officer was accused by military prosecutors Thursday of allegedly denying food and water to detainees in Iraq, forcing them to sit in �painful positions� and verbally humiliating them. "

Establishing that it's not just evil Americans.
Don King - Why Blacks Should Vote Republican.

This I find very interesting.

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

I went to Barnes and Noble today, and there was a lot of witty commentary I thought of while I was there. I had failed to bring my notebook with me, however, so I didn't write any of it down; now I have forgotten my witticisms.

Sunday, August 01, 2004

USATODAY.com - Poll: No boost for Kerry after convention

Good news!

I also find it interesting that Kerry and Edwards are campaigning together. Trying to be together one effective candidate, combating Edwards vacuity and Kerry's somnulence. The problem with this is that you only reach half as many voters as you do campaigning apart.

Saturday, July 31, 2004

Vatican document rejects combative feminism, seeks 'active collaboration' for men and women:

"Editor's Note
"Benedictine Sr. Joan Chittister will offer a critique of the Vatican's new document on women. Her article will be posted to NCRonline.org on Monday morning, Aug. 2."

Oh man, I predict that will need a good fisking.
Oh, and I've been on vacation for the past week, which has made blogging extra slow. I'm back in action now. Plans for next week include another job interview (a "call-back") on Tues in DC, so perhaps no Freerepublic meetup for me this week, though I'll try to make it back in time.
The tiffster is burning up the comment boxes. The rest of you need to catch up!

Friday, July 30, 2004

The Kerry Spot on National Review Online: "WHAT HAVE YOU DONE LATELY? [07/29 11:55 PM]

Blogger John Kalb looks at Kerry's constant allusions to his service in Vietnam and observes, 'I don't have any real background in math, and if I applied for a job as a math teacher now, and my main qualification for the job was that I did well on my math SAT in high school, I would be laughed out of the interview.'"

People might also ask the traditional, "What have you done for me lately?" He hasn't made many Senate votes or hearings recently.

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

A night to remember: On Day 2, Democratic convention speakers celebrate America as a nation of immigrants, emphasizing inclusion and legacy.
By Sidney Blumenthal

Perhaps someone should remind Mr. Blumenthal that "A Night to Remember" is the title of a famous book about the sinking of the RMS TITANIC.

Sunday, July 25, 2004

I just registered for my first class of the MS in International Relations, Survey of International Relations.
How did the abuses get started?:

"[RS 60.] In the celebration of Mass, the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist are intimately connected to one another, and form one single act of worship. For this reason it is not licit to separate one of these parts from the other and celebrate them at different times or places. Nor is it licit to carry out the individual parts of Holy Mass at different times of the same day."

"I won't ask how many of us have never celebrated a Liturgy of the Word in one place and a Liturgy of the Eucharist in another place, but I bet there are two or three of us in this room who haven't done that. At Theological College [the seminary at Catholic University of America] last Holy Saturday [2002 or 2003] the liturgy of the fire was celebrated outside in the garden; the Liturgy of the Word was celebrated on the second floor in a big room that's used for the rector's conferences and other big meetings, and the Liturgy of the Eucharist was celebrated upstairs in the chapel. They've been doing that since the 1960's. The 1970 Instruction didn't affect the way that they celebrated. It's still been going on." --Father Jerome Hall, SJ, 'The Impact of Liturgiam Authenticam on Musical Texts'

Man, I thought Theological College wasn't wierd like that.

Friday, July 23, 2004

USATODAY.com - Sister Joan's arc of activism travels true

Oh man...

"The powerhouse sister may come packaged like a powder puff — a powder-blue suit matching her powder-blue eyes."

"Her 148-year-old Erie community follows the Rule of St. Benedict, a sixth-century guidebook for monastic life based on the values 'of work, holy leisure, stewardship, community, humility and peace.'"

Amazing! I didn't know that Benedict said nuns could wear powder-blue suits.

"Chittister, her eyes framed by crinkles from years of laughter, insists, 'My life is a series of jokes!'"

No kidding.

"'I can't not be Catholic!' she exclaims, calling her church a 'treasure house' of culture, history, tradition and discipline that "develops the soul.'"

Hmm, discipline, might that involve obedience, and might that be Tradition, which excludes:

"Chittister and others argue that [the male only priesthood is] a historic, human tradition."


Wednesday, July 21, 2004

The Corner on National Review Online:

"ARCHIVE MISHAPS [Fr. George W. Rutler]

"On a recent visit to the library of Trinity College, Dublin, about seventy pages of the Book of Kells inadvertently fell into my underwear. To my surprise, I later found several major illuminated pages in my socks. If the library wants these pages back, I'll see what I can find, although my desk is always a mess, as everyone knows. I assumed the library had photocopies of the whole Book. So it is no big deal. In fact, when I mentioned this to my friends at the Vatican Library, they all had a good laugh. I do not understand all the fuss. I must say that I find the timing suspicious. Everyone knows that in the late eighth century the Vikings tried to grab these pages, and where were the investigative reporters then? Fortunately, I have entrusted these items to an antiquarian friend in Chappaqua.

"PS Silly me: My dry cleaner tells me that the original Donation of Constantine somehow found its way into the lining of one of my jackets. I have always been neglectful of my dress.
Posted at 03:34 PM"

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

McSweeney's Internet Tendency: Dispatch 8: Certain Gatherings, and a Fetish:

"A word of advice to toddlers in playgrounds: wait until the swing has come to a full and complete stop before falling asleep. "

Monday, July 19, 2004

Off to DC for another interview.

Sunday, July 18, 2004

The New York Times > Magazine > Lives: When One Is Enough

That's one of the most horrible things I've ever read.

Saturday, July 17, 2004

So I've got Bravo on and they're showing Inside the Actors' Studio. But, the person they're interviewing is Billy Joel, who is not an actor. So, have they just given up on the actor concept. Soon it'll be, "Next time on Inside the Actors' Studio Al Gore and the theater of politics".

Friday, July 16, 2004

The Galvin Opinion

Reciprocal Blogrolling
Salon.com Books | A reluctant literary star:

"That may be. But Jones is still sleeping on the floor. Four months after moving in, his new apartment in north-west Washington DC remains bare except for the 100 cartons of unpacked books, the air mattress he cannot be bothered to inflate and the new laptop that is a recent and slightly grudging admission of his status as a full-time writer. "

I thought I was bad with my six boxes of books.
Just saw Senator McCain campaigning for Cheney. It was pretty amazing. McCain either genuinely likes and supports Cheney or he's the world's greatest actor. I think it's the former; it should be obvious to the Democratic dreamers too.

Thursday, July 15, 2004

My computer is back up and running. I lost all my bookmarks and archived emails, but other than that i seem to have everything back.
For a job application that I mayn't name, I had to write a 1,000 character CV (work experience had a seperate section). Here it is in its entirety.

Sharp analyst/researcher
Knowledge of foreign/religious/military/political affairs
Great writer/editor/briefer
Excellent leader
Facility w/computer tech
First aid/outdoor skills/rifle & pistol marksman

MS International Relations w/concentration in National Security Affairs, P/T, Troy St U, expected 12/05
Grad Study in Philosophy 03-04, U of Notre Dame
BA Philosophy (High Distinction) and Religious Studies, U of Rochester, 8/03, clusters in Statistics & Security Studies, undeclared 3rd major History

VA Concealed Handgun Permit
VA Driver's Lic
Qualified Typist, 58 WPM
Construction Safety Cert
NRA Basic Handgun
Red Cross Cert:
Current-Instructor Candidate Training & Waterfront Lifeguard
Expired-Water Safety Instructor, Lifegrd, CPR for Professional Rescuer; First Aid & Safety

Full Schlrshp w/Stipend, U of Notre Dame, 03-04
Inst. for Humane Studies Liberty & Current Issues Seminar Schlrshp
Schrshp U of Rochester 99-03 $10000/year
U of R Dean’s List
AP Scholar w/Distinc
Eagle Scout w/Bronze Palm

Saturday, July 03, 2004

David Brooks is a darn funny man.
Salon.com Life | Anger management

Unlike many Salon.com links, this one is merely very very amusing, not disturbing at all. Check it out.

Thursday, July 01, 2004

De Fide

They've filed a Libellus against Kerry for heresy, scandel, and sacrilege in the ecclesiastical court of Boston.

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Wow, I'm watching an Evangelical envangelist on TV. He's going crazy about how much he loves the Pope and Cardinal Ratzinger!

Friday, June 25, 2004

U.S. Catholic Bishops - Movie Reviews

If even the USCCB condemns your anti-war movie you know you're in trouble.

Fahrenheit 9/11 -- Scathing indictment of President Bush's domestic and international policies leading up to and following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, which attempts to link his family with prominent Saudi moneymen, including members of the bin Laden clan, and which contends that his administration capitalized on the climate of fear following World Trade Center tragedy in order to hoodwink the American public into an immoral war with Iraq. Director Michael Moore walks a perilous line between documentary filmmaking and partisan propaganda, which, though by turns compellingly sobering and engagingly entertaining, presents an unfairly one-sided blame-Bush-for-everything case that fails to take into account wider geopolitical realities, resulting in a manipulative and at times misleading interpretation of facts. A-III -- adults. (R) 2004

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Haven't been blogging that much...looking for a job.

I am Frylock from Aqua Teen Hunger Force!!

Which Aqua Teen Hunger Force character are you??

Monday, June 21, 2004

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Iran seizes UK navy vessels

In the midst of pissing of the IAEA, Iran, or perhaps a really dumb low-level Iranian Naval Officer decides to tweak noses on the UK Admiralty Board.
Style Weekly in Richmond, Virginia:

"Most annoying infrastructure issue: Potholes Kudos to Richmond City officials who have begun preparing for the Jamestownquadricentennial by allowing our streets to resemble"

Saturday, June 19, 2004

The Saudi foregin minister is speaking on Fox News. He has an Irish accent, which is pretty amusing.

Friday, June 18, 2004

Luck and prayers, off to an interview in Metro-DC.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Welcome to Personal Orchestra

Check out this amazing computer program.

Monday, June 14, 2004

I realized I hadn't read NCReporter in a while and was about to type its address in, then I thought better of it. Also, I got an interview with Northrop Grumman.

Friday, June 11, 2004

That's the food item folks, not a crazy monk.
Having pretty much talked out RR, our Richmond drive-time host is now talking about OJ (the 10th anniversary of the murder is tommorow). For bumper music, they're playing Bryan Adams's "Cuts Like A Knife".

They're talking about whether OJ will be rehabilitated. A caller points out that OJ is the heir-apparent for Ted Kennedy's Senate seat.
I can totally see this happening around me.

Sunday, June 06, 2004

Telegraph | Opinion | How they misjudged the Reagan I knew

"Every now and then when I worked in the Reagan White House, I would look up from my notes at a meeting and look at the faces around the table...or go for a walk in the halls and look into the offices of young men and women with their heads bent over a report or a memo...and I would think: "We are the ones who will walk behind the caisson. Some day when we are older he will die, and there will be a great funeral with a flag-draped coffin and a riderless horse with the boots turned backward, and behind that will be the family and friends, and behind them, us." The television cameras high up near the plywood anchor booths hastily assembled on Pennsylvania Avenue will go to a wide shot, and Dan Rather will say, "And here, the men and women who were the special assistants and the undersecretaries... When you say 'Reagan Administration,' you're talking about them."

"It wouldn't be sad. I could even imagine it as jolly. He would die with his boots on, "having known not...bitterness nor defeat." He would just have turned one hundred... He would have lived to see the Communist world break up, and seen us build the manned space station. An old man exhausted in a great struggle, one of the leaders of the Eighties we now, in the year 2011, acknowledge to have been great. Reagan, Thatcher, John Paul II, perhaps Gorbachev...dead now, and here we are gathered once again, like the end of 'Chariots of Fire', where one of the old running stars, bent and gray, turns to a friend at Harold Abraham's funeral and says, 'We did it, didn't we?' as the stern chords of 'Jerusalem' boom from the Cathedral."

Saturday, June 05, 2004

Ronald Regan as George Gip

"I've got to go, Rock. It's allright. I'm not afraid. Some time, Rock, when the team is up against it, when things are wrong and the breaks are beating the boys, tell them to go in there with all they've got and win just one for the Gipper. I don't know where I'll be then, Rock, but I'll know about it, and I'll be happy."

In paradisum deducant angeli: in tuo adventu suscipiant te martyres, et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Ierusalem.

Chorus angelorum te suscipiat, et cum Lazaro quondam paupere aeternam habeas requium.

May the Angels lead you into paradise; may the martyrs greet you at your arrival and lead you into the holy city, Jerusalem.

May the choir of Angels greet you and like Lazarus, who once was a poor man, may you have eternal rest.

Friday, June 04, 2004

Infidel Apparel - American & Zionist Slogans - In Arabic

This is pretty funny. (Note that I do not neccesarily agree with all the slogans.)

Sunday, May 30, 2004

MSNBC - Boy starts breathing as he's prepared for funeral

He was of course a near drowning victim. Remember folks, "You're not dead until you're warm and dead."

::snaps to maureen::

Thursday, May 27, 2004

Tenderheart Bear
You are thinker, organizer, peacekeeper, and leader all in one. You have a power to command attention and people listen to you. However, you are often so concerned about not hurting others' feelings that you don't tell them what they need to hear and this gets you both into trouble. But you always have loyal friends to help you out.

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Christopher Hitchens on Scarborough Country on MSNBC:

"But speaking here in my capacity as a polished, sophisticated European as well, it seems to me the laugh here is on the polished, sophisticated Europeans. They think Americans are fat, vulgar, greedy, stupid, ambitious and ignorant and so on. And they've taken as their own, as their representative American, someone who actually embodies all of those qualities."

Monday, May 24, 2004

Today I'll be doing more job applications, going to the doctor, applying for my concealed carry permit, registering and retitling my car, getting my driver's license and registering to vote.
I'm applying for press credentials for the Democratic National Convention.

Friday, May 21, 2004

So I signed up at a local gun range for a course on handgun shooting on Saturday.
I may think I am an asshole or a bitch, but the truth is I am a good person at heart. Yeah sure, I can have a mean streak in me, but most of the people I meet like me.

Thursday, May 20, 2004

Salon.com Life | Curve ball

Curve ball

Curves gym, with its no-stress workout for exercise-averse women, is the fastest-growing franchise in the U.S. But revelations that its founder gives millions of dollars to antiabortion groups has its customers divided over just what a "female-friendly" business is.

Strange...doesn't bother me at all.

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Gonna sign up for a Handgunning class and get a concealed carry permit.
8MX64 SDRAM PC133-333-520
64MB, Sync, 133MHz, CL3

Monday, May 17, 2004

Anyone need a 64 mb Ram chip for a laptop? I just upgraded to a 128 giving me 196mb total on my computer! Yeah!
Some changes to the template. Check it out. Applying to jobs.

Saturday, May 15, 2004

I'm home in Virginia. I'm using my Notre Dame email for now, but will be switching over. Email me if you want my postal address.

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Check out this calm reasoned message from California Democratic Congressman Pete Stark.

Saturday, May 08, 2004

FOXNews.com - Business - Is Curves Fitness Chain Funding Pro-Lifers?

Or we might consider sending business their way...

Friday, May 07, 2004


I have no idea what to make of this movie.

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Monica Lewinsky is Lovely

Well that is a frightening website!
Hack Job - How clueless weekend gardeners mistreat their plants. By Bradford McKee

An interesting article on pruning. Ralph Snodsmith calls to me from my childhood.

Cool book Misunderestimated coming out on the president.
Take the quiz: "Which American City Are You?"

You are blue collar and Rock n Roll. You Work hard and party harder.

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

I voted today.
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Monday, May 03, 2004

Joe Wilson is rapidly becoming the Ramsey Clark of his generation.

Thursday, April 29, 2004

You Have Choices I Never Had - The new parenting problem. By Barry Schwartz
Covering the "Quagmire" - Are war correspondents betting on failure in Iraq? By Christopher Hitchens

Hitchens does it again.
Derb Radio on National Review Online

This is the most awesome thing perhaps ever!
Hmmm, shoes has gone over to the darkside.

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

McSweeney's Internet Tendency: Create Your Own Thomas Friedman Op-Ed Column

Hahahahahahah. (Thomas Friedman is an Op-Ed writer for the NYT if you're wondering.)
Don't back gays, bishop tells priests

Bishop Olmstead looks like he's making good progress.

This was really great on the 21st.
Favorite Movies:

I personally have a soft spot for third world journalism movies:

Under Fire
Live from Baghdad
The Year of Living Dangerously
We Were Soldiers...
The Quiet American (Undecided about this one)

Other Old Movies:

The Last Days of Disco
Metropolitan (The above three are Whit Stillman movies, my favorite director)

The Enemy Below
The Battle of New Orleans
Top Gun
An Officer and a Gentleman
Das Boot
Mutiny on the Bounty (the 1935 Clark Gable one)
(Generally a big fan of naval movies)

To Live
Eat Drink Man Woman
Mikan no taikyoku (The Go Masters)
(I like chinese movies)

The Charge of the Light Brigade
Black Hawk Down (war movies)

The Paper Chase
Love Story
With Honors (oddly three Harvard movies)

The Godfather (Only 1 really)
Roman Holiday (also a journalism movie, though set in Italy)

Recent Movies:

Man on the Train
Gods and Generals (which I thought was better than Gettysburg)
Master and Commander (naval movies again)
Mystic River

(I'm not a huge fan of Brendan Frasier despite having two of his movies on the list.)

This is probably an incomplete and idiosyncratic picture of my favorite movies, but the best I can do off the top of my head. I didn't include movies that are really filmed plays. (Though Casablanca was based on an unproduced play.)
The Village Voice: Nation: Mondo Washington: John Kerry Must Go by James Ridgeway

Happy, happy, joy, joy. (Because I don't think there's anyway they'll manage to replace Kerry.)

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Brian Lamb has gotten old.
MSN Slate Magazine

This is hillarious. A guy offers via the messageboard to go to Iraq for Slate.

Monday, April 26, 2004

"God will not suffer man to have the knowledge of things to come; for if he had prescience
of his prosperity he would be careless; and understanding of his adversity he would be senseless."

You are Augustine!

You love to study tough issues and don't mind it if you lose sleep over them.
Everyone loves you and wants to talk to you and hear your views, you even get things like "nice debating
with you." Yep, you are super smart, even if you are still trying to figure it all out. You're also
very honest, something people admire, even when you do stupid things.

What theologian are you?

A creation of Henderson
Bought three new pairs of pants online.
Terry McAuliffe is an ass.
Fox News: "At this hour, Fallujah is blowing up."
The Enemy Below (1957): Robert Mitchum, Curt Jurgens, Theodore Bikel, Dick Powell

German Captain: "It is part of our job to die."

Frankly, I prefer Gen. Patton:

"No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country."

Gen. Patton was a smart guy.

“It is absurd to believe that soldiers who cannot be made to wear the proper uniform can be induced to move forward in battle. Officers who fail to perform their duty by correcting small violations and in enforcing proper conduct are incapable of leading.”

He would have made a good National Review Board member.
My Cafepress shirts arrived today, two of this "Catholics Against Kerry.com" shirt:

and one of this John Derbyshire NRO "I do have some opinions that aren't very respectable" shirt:

Sunday, April 25, 2004

Salon.com News | Kerry takes communion after Vatican edict:

"The Archdiocese of Boston 'does not hold to the practice of publicly refusing Communion to anyone,' said archdiocese spokesman Rev. Christopher Coyne. He said it was up to the individual to decide whether to receive Communion."

It's not up to the Archdiocese!

Saturday, April 24, 2004

Man on the Train (2003): Jean Rochefort, Johnny Hallyday, Jean-Francois Stevenin, Patrice Leconte

This movie is great (and French). Kinda on a French kick today.
Perrier is tasty.
The Corner on National Review Online

"[Rich Lowry]A very nice idea, from MSNBC.com: 'The Republic reported that prominent Arizonans were calling on the Cardinals to name the team’s new stadium, which is currently under construction in Glendale, near Phoenix, in Tillman’s honor.'"

Not a bad idea, though it might become the Nokia Tillman Stadium as soon as they have a bad season and need some cash.

Friday, April 23, 2004

N.M. GOP punishes clerk for issuing marriage licenses:

"'Other than assassination, all we can do is censure her,' said committee chairman Richard Gibbs."
Salon.com News | Second USA Today editor resigns

And that's not the end of it! This is sad.
Ave Maria University Reveals Plans for Giant Church

This is so unfortunate.
Redemptionis Sacramentum:

Here are some of the juicy bits:

"[93.] The Communion-plate for the Communion of the faithful should be retained, so as to avoid the danger of the sacred host or some fragment of it falling."

There was some question about this, it is glad to see it made clear.

"[106.] However, the pouring of the Blood of Christ after the consecration from one vessel to another is completely to be avoided, lest anything should happen that would be to the detriment of so great a mystery. Never to be used for containing the Blood of the Lord are flagons, bowls, or other vessels that are not fully in accord with the established norms."

Very interesting and unexpected.

"[112.]...Except in the case of celebrations of the Mass that are scheduled by the ecclesiastical authorities to take place in the language of the people, Priests are always and everywhere permitted to celebrate Mass in Latin."

This is good, as in some places it has been claimed that a diocesan bishop has "forbidden" the celebration of the Mass in Latin.

"[114.]...While it is permissible that Mass should be celebrated for particular groups according to the norm of law,203 these groups are nevertheless not exempt from the faithful observance of the liturgical norms."

Take that Lifeteen.

The segment on vestments is also interesting. Commending not excercising the option of omitting the dalmatic. Forbidding the omission of the Chausable when there are even white Chausables to be worn. Note the prohibition of not wearing an alb, even when a religious habit is worn. Number 128 notes that priests must wear a cassock and surplice when participating in mass not as celebrant or concelebrant!

The prohibition on lay people homilizing is of course reiterated.

The use of extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion is strictly curtailed.

Also great is the section deliniating that some of these norms are grave matter.

This is especially helpful:

"[183.] In an altogether particular manner, let everyone do all that is in their power to ensure that the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist will be protected from any and every irreverence or distortion and that all abuses be thoroughly corrected. This is a most serious duty incumbent upon each and every one, and all are bound to carry it out without any favoritism."
Flashback: William F. Buckley Jr. at West Point on John Kerry on National Review Online

This is so amazingly farsighted, which is to say universal and true.
Today is Anzac Day. R.I.P.
Christopher Hitchens on Sept. 11: "Now here at least is the enemy in plain view."
RealPlayer 10 is great.
Korea Times

A picture 18 hours! after the train crash in North Korea.
City Journal Winter 2004 | A Great Conserative Filmmaker by Julia Magnet

This guy is my favorite filmaker.
I'm not a huge fan of vibes, but Bobby Hutcherson's playing on Eric Dolphy's Out to Lunch is persuading me otherwise.

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Chicago Tribune: For some clergy, legal abortion is a basic right

"Sister Donna Quinn, a Palos Hills resident, attended the last two and is flying to this one with four other nuns."

"'I'm going because I literally think we're marching for our lives,' Quinn said. 'We need to be there to march with the women in this country. This one issue for women that is so basic. We have to be in control of our mind, spirit and body.'"

Yep, that would be a group of pro-abortion nuns. I think Cardinal George needs to make some phone calls.
Jay Nordlinger's Impromptus on National Review Online:

"Sharon on Bush (from a William Safire column): 'Something in his soul committed him to act with great courage against world terror. Though under constant pressure, the man has not changed his mind.' He may lose the election — Bush, that is. But he was right. The danger we are facing is not eradicable except through worldwide and unusual war. The Bush Doctrine — that there is no difference between a terror-supporting state and terrorists themselves — is imperative."

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

The Corner on National Review Online

Ironic that Rod Dreher calls Orson Scott Card a "Mormon sci-fi demigod" considering that Mormons believe they will become demigods if they are righteous.
Howard Fineman is saying that Colin Powell was "key in the 2000 convention". I have no idea what that could mean; the conventions are scripted events, there isn't any way to be "key".
John Kerry Runs New Pro-Abortion TV Ad Blasting President Bush

There's really no excuse for not excommunicating him now.
The Condensed John Kerry, Cont'd. - The best parts of the Boston Globe's new biography. By Chris Suellentrop

So, he joined the navy to avoid the draft, joined swift boats trying to avoid Vietnam, abandoned his mates with three purple hearts, though two were for very minor wounds, has integrity issues (lieing about career as prosecutor, had a personal Watergate break-in, attempted to evade taxes, recieved benefits for being an officeholder). Remind me again why he's an attractive candidate?

Monday, April 19, 2004

SJ-R.COM - Durbin finds politics, religion at odds:

"Durbin did not comment when told of Vann's stand. But he said in an earlier interview last week that he thinks it is a mistake to require members of the faith who hold public office 'to swear the first loyalty to the teachings of the church and decisions of the Vatican.'"

These "catholic" politicians have just completely lost it. Of course first loyalty is too your faith. "God, Country, Notre Dame" or the Marine slogan "God, Country, Corp", Thomas More, "The King's good servant, but God's First", St. Matthew's Gospel (6:33): "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
TheStar.com - Ever onward and upward

Well that explains a lot about Karen Armstrong and her strange babbling.

Sunday, April 18, 2004

The Wolf Portal - Wolf.Com

There really is a webpage for everything.
I've found a cool summer job to apply for, but I'm not telling anyone about what it is, because I don't want you stealing it.
Irish Elk

That's cool, having a googlewhack on your blog!
I've been using "wow" a lot lately.

Wow, police officers really shouldn't be threatening people with violence online.
Wow, Opus Dei is running ads now (there was one at the top of the page when I posted this). There goes the secretiveness allegation.

Saturday, April 17, 2004

Yahoo! News - Priests to Promote Peace in Colombia

"BOGOTA, Colombia - About 100 Roman Catholic priests are planning a pilgrimage through some of Colombia's most dangerous regions to try to heal the scars of the ongoing guerrilla war, organizers announced Thursday."

That's amazing, I wish I could go with them.
Zell Miller is so right.
This Zell Miller Quote: "I find it hard to believe, but these naive nine have managed to combine the worst feature of the McGovern campaign--the president is a liar and we must have peace at any cost--with the worst feature of the Mondale campaign--watch your wallet, we're going to raise your taxes. George McGovern carried one state in 1972. Walter Mondale carried one state in 1984. Not exactly role models when it comes to how to get elected or, for that matter, how to run a country."

From a WSJ Op-ed, which I blogged back in November.

This is just as true of Kerry today as it was of the nine taken together back then.
Schilling keeps A-Rod, Yanks at bay


"Mike Mussina (1-3) struggled, forcing in Boston's first two runs with a bases-loaded walk and hit batter. Mussina, who had been 10-5 in Fenway Park, allowed four runs -- three earned -- seven hits and four walks in just five innings."

That's not a good way to play effective baseball.

With ten games in the books, Boston is tied for first place with Baltimore.
I've seen worse I think.

GetReligion: Communion most foul: How not to use a cellphone in a holy place

A priest had a standing order to have pizza delivered after a mass to feed to the congregants during the fellowship time that followed. He would be alerted to the impending arrival of the deliveryman by his cellphone. He wouldn't answer it, but it would ring and then he would send someone out to meet the deliveryman. This would frequently occur during the Eucharistic prayer.
The window over my desk faces west, so I'm sitting here in the dark watching the thunder storm roll in.
Jock Schools

A cool article about the sporting tradition of Notre Dame.

Friday, April 16, 2004

Red Sox beat the Yankees 6-2 in their first meeting of the year.
It's eighty here, which is just crazy.
The news reader on our local classical music station just audibly yawned!
Washington Notebook April 14, 2004

"Under a volunteer system, the military can reject those unsuited for service — not the case under a compulsory system."

This is part of why National Catholic Reporter is a bad newspaper and not just a bad Catholic newspaper. They have no idea what they are talking about. Of course the draft military rejects those considered unsuitable for service. That's how Howard Dean missed Vietname remember!

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Grey Poupon is made with white wine. I wonder what it would taste like if they made it with red wine?

Strangely, despite it's reputation for snooty elegance and old-timeyness, Grey Poupon became famous because the guy who invented it invented a machine for making mustard where previously it had been made by hand.

A day without learning is a day wasted.
A new membership: Society for a Moratorium on the Music of Marty Haugen and David Haas
The weather here has been insanely glorious the last two days and tommorow will be as well.
I knew Steve wouldn't be able to resist commenting on an Opus Dei post.

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

This letter is very interesting, knowing who Romero was and who his friends and allies were and who tries to claim him today. Romero's anti-fascist credentials are impeccable; I think that this letter would put to rest the whole "Opus Dei is fascist" bit.

On May 17 of this year, Spain's ABC newspaper reprinted the following letter from El Salvador's Archbishop Oscar Romero to the pope, originally written in Santiago de Mara on July 12, 1975:

Most Blessed Father,

I regard the still-recent day of the death of Monsignor Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer as contributing to the greater glory of God and to the well-being of souls, and I am requesting of Your Holiness the quick opening of the cause for beatification and canonization of such an eminent priest.

I had the good fortune of knowing Monsignor Escriva de Balaguer personally and of receiving from him support and fortitude to be faithful to the inalterable doctrine of Christ and to serve with apostolic zeal the Holy Roman Church and this land of Santiago de Maria, which Your Holiness has entrusted to me.

I have known, for several years now, the work of Opus Dei here in El Salvador, and I can testify to the supernatural sense that animates it and to the fidelity to the ecclesiastical magisterium that characterizes the work.

Personally, I owe deep gratitude to the priests involved with the work, to whom I have trusted with much satisfaction the spiritual direction of my life and that of other priests.

People from all social classes find in Opus Dei a secure orientation for living as sons of God in the midst of their daily family and social obligations. And this is doubtless due to the life and doctrine of its founder.

In this stormy world overrun by insecurity and doubt, the superb doctrinal fidelity that characterizes Opus Dei is a sign of special grace from God.

Monsignor Escriva de Balaguer was able to unite in his life a continuous dialogue with Our Lord and a great humanity; one could tell he was a man of God, and his manner was full of sensitivity, kindness, and good humor.

There are many people who since the moment of his death are privately entrusting him with their needs.

Most Blessed Father, I humbly repeat my petition for a quick opening of the cause for the beatification and canonization of Monsignor Escriva de Balaguer, for the greater glory of God and for the edification of the Church.

With filial affection and submission, I kiss Your Ring.

Reprinted from CRISIS magazine - SEPTEMBER 1992, p 3.

(Found here)

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

:: John Kerry for President - Sign Up for a Bumper Sticker! ::

Oooh....go request a bumper sticker. Costs them money to send to you. When it arrives just throw it out.
Philadelphia Inquirer | 04/13/2004 | Poll: Area priests' views orthodox:

"Only the Diocese of Fort Wayne, Ind., polled lower than Philadelphia, with just 34 percent of the responding priests wanting to explore priestly celibacy."

That would be my diocese, South Bend-Fort Wayne.

(Via Ragemonkey through Maureen)
"Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition" is both a famous quote of a Chaplain from Pearl Harbor and a Frank Loesser song written afterwards that became very popular.
Catholics Against Kerry

Monday, April 12, 2004

Monday Quiz via DFO

Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, find line 4. Write down what it says:
"...on certain phrases and on entire ... parts of reality. It is considered not only..." -Ontology Identity and Modality: Essays in Metaphysics by Peter Van Inwagen (and actually that is a quote within the book, not his writing)

Stretch your left arm out as far as you can. What do you touch first?
My fan

What is the last thing you watched on TV?
Law and Order:SVU (I'm trying to quit, really.)

What is on the walls of the room you are in?
Icon of St. Michael the Archangel, JFK poster, Eagle Scout Certificate, watercolor of Spain or Mexico, Engraving of a Cavalry Officer, Print of a Villa, bookshelf, Deerfield Academy Banner, Navy and Notre Dame Pennants, American Flag, Rochester, DA, and Eaglebrook diplomas, Pope Clock, Whiteboard, Cross, Eaglebrook Class Photo

What is the last movie you saw?
In the theater: Mystic River (second time)
On TV: Mississippi Burning (I also saw Ghosts of Mississippi this spring, something of a civil rights movie kick I guess.)

If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy first?
The rest of my philosophy comprehensives books, then some jazz cd's, then i'd pay off my debts

Tell me something about you that I don't know:
I was class president for half the year (we had 2 presidents, each serving for half the year) in fifth grade.
Salon.com News | When puppets pull the strings

Wait, they can't be both puppets and the puppeteers. Salon needs a logic check.
Salon.com News | How Kerry wins

"My journey with John Kerry began in 1972 in the basement of a suburban Boston house he was living in. I had been the press secretary for Robert Drinan, the first Catholic priest elected to Congress in 1970. I had dropped in to do some volunteer work in anticipation of Kerry's run for Congress."

"In 1972, inspired by Drinan's success and poised to capitalize on his national fame, Kerry decided to run for Congress."

Wow...that explains a lot.
ZENIT News Agency--The World Seen from Rome

"Q: I understand that you and your wife are to be received into the Catholic Church at Easter. Did your study of natural law lead to your decision to become Catholic?

"Budziszewski: No, but it had something to do with it. I will always be grateful for what I learned in evangelical Protestantism, among other things its fierce loyalty to the truth and authority of the Bible.

"If you do believe that the Bible comes from God, however, then you have to believe that the natural law comes from him, too, because the Bible so plainly presupposes and points to it.

"In particular, it confirms all Four Witnesses: Consider for example its confirmation of the witness of deep conscience in Romans 2:14-15, which I have mentioned already, and its confirmation of the witness of natural consequences in Galatians 6:7. For this reason, I was deeply perplexed that Protestantism did not teach the natural law, and that some influential Protestant writers even condemned belief in natural law as unbiblical and pagan.

"Of course I couldn't help wondering why the only place where this deeply biblical doctrine was preserved in its purity was the Catholic Church. This was especially unsettling because, according to Protestant prejudice, the Catholic Church does not take holy Scripture seriously."

This is amazing great news, that Dr. and Mrs. J. Budziszewski became Catholics at Easter. A hearty welcome to them. He was an important Evangelical scholar, now an important Catholic scholar.
ut unum sint:

"Kerry may go to Paulist Center for mass on Sunday

"Fr. John Ardis, CSP, says 'he is free to receive the Eucharist.'

"Some years ago Cardinal Law made the Paulists at this Center (yards down the hill from the State House) redo dozens of baptisms that were invalid because they were performed 'in the name of the Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier.'"

Wow, I had forgotten that was them. I've actually met Fr. Ardis, he was one of the people who interviewed me for the Archdiocese of Boston. The interview was unremarkable though.
Boston.com / News / Local / Linking evil to feminism:

"In Atlanta, Archbishop John F. Donoghue banned women from participating in traditional Holy Thursday reenactments of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper, their inclusion in the symbolic ritual inappropriate, he said, because women cannot be "called to the priesthood." (O'Malley, too, restricted the ritual to men but issued no edict requiring others to do so.) Donoghue instituted a similar ban 15 years ago when he was the bishop of Charlotte, N.C. To their credit, many Georgia parishes canceled scheduled reenactments rather than restrict participation."

Actually, the ban goes back to the origin of the rite. The rubric calls for "viri selecti" that is "selected men" in the male not the generic sense of "men".

"No surprise there. Didn't O'Malley, his counterpart in Boston, tell the hundreds of priests gathered for Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross last Tuesday that "the breakdown of authority" is one of the great cultural threats to the Catholic faith? That would be male, clerical authority, one presumes."

Nope, it would be ecclesiastical authority, excercised in many instances by women.

Sunday, April 11, 2004

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > Kerry Ignores Reproaches of Some Bishops

"Rejecting the admonitions of several national Roman Catholic leaders, Senator John Kerry received communion at Easter services today at the Paulist Center here, a kind of New Age church that describes itself as "a worship community of Christians in the Roman Catholic tradition" and that attracts people drawn to its dedication to "family religious education and social justice."

Apparently too nervous to go to a real parish.
From Where I Stand by Joan Chittister, April 6, 2004:

"By implication, the rest of the unspoken message is even stronger yet and, worse, more dangerous. To say "down with liberalism" is to imply, as well, "And by the way, down with the Enlightenment, down with the French Revolution, down with the spirit of the U.S. Constitution and down with the entire spectrum of political history that struggled over time to secure the foundations of Western democracy.'"

Heck yeah down with the French Revolution. Joaniekins is crazy, if she fancies herself a nun she should remember that the nuns didn't live through the French Revolution.

My new policy is to only bother to show people one really stupid thing in a column. After that they should know better than to keep reading.
The Pope: Urbi et Orbi: full text [April 12, 2004]
President's Easter Message

This year's Easter message is very strongly Christian and evangelical. Much more so than last years comparatively weak message. Take that Barry Lynn.

Saturday, April 10, 2004

You are Proverbs
You are Proverbs.

Which book of the Bible are you?
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Christus Medicus, miserere nobis
OpinionJournal - Best of the Web Today:

"John Kerry isn't impressed with the March job-creation numbers. In a statement Friday, he declared the month's 308,000 new jobs inadequate: 'I've proposed a strategy that that [sic] revitalizes our manufacturing sector and puts us on track to create 10 million new jobs in the next four years.'

"Ten million new jobs? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are only 8.4 million unemployed people in America. As long as Kerry is promising to create more jobs than there are people to take them, why doesn't he go all the way and promise 'billions and billions'?"
I'm thinking of developing an AvantGo version of the site, but am now wondering if anyone would actually use such a thing. If so tell me and I'll think about implementing it.
New York Post Online Edition: news

That's a brave man.

Thursday, April 08, 2004

The Word From Rome April 9, 2004

Yet even if widespread use of Gregorian chant were somehow possible today, Liberto said, it wouldn’t be enough.

By now the liturgy is in Italian, in French, in German, in all the languages ,” he said. “Certainly a minimum of Gregorian should be conserved, especially for international Masses. But in most other contexts, it won’t work. Music is a language, and we just can’t speak today in the language of the fourth century, or the 14th. Today, the musical language is truly heterogeneous. We have to find a language for celebration that is comprehensible, and practical.

This is total bunk. Chant works just fine in English. Furthermore, Latin works fine in the liturgy and Gregorian Chant works fine in Latin.
The Word From Rome April 9, 2004

Aside from whatever the pope says over Easter, which will make headlines because it’s a slow news period and the Vatican always delivers gorgeous pictures, the next big story from Rome is likely to be a forthcoming document on liturgical abuses. In the works for more than a year, the document’s release is imminent, perhaps by the end of the month. (Though other sources say it will be May, and one Vatican official told me simply, “I’ll believe it when I see it.”)

Well, nevermind the HT release then...
Cornell Catholic (?) Community

Wow, some people created an anti-cornell newman webpage.
Jack Dunphy on Martin Luther King Jr./Charles R. Drew Medical Center on National Review Online:

I'll close with an anecdote: When police officers respond to shootings in Los Angeles, they must advise their watch commanders of the victim's condition so the appropriate detectives can be notified. I was once on the phone with my watch commander as I watched paramedics load a shooting victim into an ambulance. "How's he look?" asked the lieutenant.

"Not that bad," I said, "but they're taking him to King."

"Okay," he said. "I'll call Homicide."

Whoa! That's a bad hostpital.
Wow, I just saw mini-Fr. Peter.
The Corner on National Review Online

Rod Dreher: "By the way, the Absolutely True Adventures of the Cross-Dressing Texas Republican continue. Sam Walls may be a cross-dresser, some Republicans in his rural district say, but he's a pillar of the church and the community, and nobody's seen him liquored up. And dadgummit, he ain't a queer (in fact, he appears to have been the treasurer of a national society for heterosexual cross-dressers). This is one of the most conservative districts in the whole state, and it includes a town where a woman is facing prosecution for selling sex toys. Texas is an interesting place."

This is just far too amusing.
Ultimate Flash Face, via The Corner. Load face "Jahaza" to check me out.

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

"The Gay Club at VT is extremely desperate to get people to their side."
Kerry loves waffles (see sidebar and this blog.)
We get lots of Benny Hinn here on TV.
Bishop Francis Xavier DiLorenzo to Lead Richmond Diocese

The diocese of Richmond where my parents live has a great new bishop. He used to be an auxilliary in Scranton and was previously bishop of Honolulu.
Rush is cracklin' today.
Comments on the template changes?
John O'Sullivan on Fallujah on National Review Online

O'Sullivan has the right idea.

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

Salon.com Life | The priest, his wife, and her girlfriend:

"I am having a hard time dealing with my wife's new lesbian lover."

Hmm...that would be an Episcopalian 'priest', btw, not a Catholic one.

Here's an interesting thing. The Kerry campaign is running ad's sponsoring the Day Pass on Salon.com. These things are done by the impression, so if you don't like Kerry go there and watch the ad, because that will cost them money.
Jonah Goldberg's Goldberg File on National Review Online

Jonah Goldberg comes through again. This time on an article I told Steve was bad, but he wouldn't believe me.
Byron York on Liberal Radio on National Review Online

"For example, there is a growing controversy in New York over the new identity of WLIB. Some listeners who were loyal to the black-oriented message of the station — as well as its Caribbean-music programming — are angry at the ownership for leasing most of WLIB's broadcast day to the mostly-white Air America team. "Air America is in no way offering a satisfactory substitute for local community programming," one activist told the New York Daily News."

Haha...that's hillarious. It's kinda like when NHPR went to a news-talk format from the old news-classical format. But also, you'd think they'd try not to piss off the minority audience. This is typical patronization from the liberal elites.
Kerry Dismisses Critics of Time That He Took Off Campaigning

This article is largely about Kerry's religion. He calls himself a Pius XXIII Catholic! He also invokes church and state as reasons he doesn't have to follow doctrine. Don't vote for this man!