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" shirt:

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

Sunday, April 25, 2004 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 '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." 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." - 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. News | When puppets pull the strings

Wait, they can't be both puppets and the puppeteers. Salon needs a logic check. 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. / 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 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 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!
Only 2 days until the new document on liturgy.
I'm so sick of ladybugs.

Monday, April 05, 2004

James S. Robbins on Reality TV & Arab world on National Review Online:

"According to the imam of the Grand Mosque of Mecca, Sheikh Abdul Rahman al-Sudais, they are on television. What he calls the 'weapons of mass destruction that kill values and virtue," we call reality TV shows."

Hmm...this is perhaps a fatwa I can buy. Come to think of it, can one buy a fatwa or is that simoniacal? If you can anyone want to go in on a fatwa against Jeanetta?

::just kidding::

Jeanetta, you know we love you.
The Chronicle: 4/9/2004: Who Is Catholic?
OpinionJournal - Featured Article

Christopher Hitchens is writing for the WSJ. The endtimes are clearly upon us. When he publishes in National Review or the Spectator it will be the Apocalypse.
New York Post Online Edition: gossip:

"JENNIFER Lopez isn't exactly revered for her acting ability, but that isn't stopping James Lipton from interviewing her on Bravo's 'Inside the Actors Studio.'"

Yeah, uh that totally rips any remaining shred of crediblity from Inside the Actors Studio.
The website for the new liberal radio network Air America is hard to find because is this link which is not to the radio network.
Bill Bennett's Morning in America

Bennett has a new radio show!

Sunday, April 04, 2004

What Went Wrong?
Are You Loving It?

Chicken McNuggets!

Saturday, April 03, 2004

I'm thinking about buying a half-decent pair of earbud headphones. I'm looking to spend less then 30 dollars and get decent sound quality. Any suggestions?
Check out my friend Ben Jacoby's band.

Thursday, April 01, 2004

Kierkegaard Background:
In summers of 1834 and 1835 Søren Kierkegaard was in a state of violent mental unrest and ferment. For a time he was obliged to break off his studies entirely and retire to Gilleleje, a coastal resort. There he attempted to clarify his thoughts and among other things wrote in his notes: "What I really need is to come to terms with myself about what I am to do, not about what I am to know, except insomuch as knowledge must precede every act. It is a matter of understanding my destiny, of seeing what the Divinity actually wants me to do; what counts is to find a truth, which is true for me, to find that idea for which I will live and die."

When a memorial stone was erected on Gilbjerg Head at Gilleleje in 1935 to commemorate the centenary of the intellectual emergence of the young Kierkegaard, these words from his notebook were inscribed on the stone: "What is truth but to live for an idea."

Your belonging in The Mysteries of Udolpho is quite
evident; a world of intrigue, melancholy,
sublimity and terror. You belong where there
are danger, gloomy edifices, and evil Italian
guardians. Your passion for the passion of the
Mediterranean, the divine contemplation of
nature, and for adventure stories makes you a
prime contender for a spot in a gothic romance.

In Which Classic Novel Do You Belong?
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