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 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 - 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 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. Life | Anger management

Unlike many 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.