Friday, February 27, 2004
via Our Favorite Elderly Oppressor
The Complete Works of John Henry Cardinal Newman are now online!!
Hosanna! Gloria in Excelsis Deo!
Bookmark and refer back to it often. I haven't been this happy since I found the Summa at New Advent!
Thursday, February 26, 2004
Posted my thought on The Passion of the Christ over at Popcorn Critics.
Tuesday, February 24, 2004
In a quest to get Terry to drink ALL of her Diet Cokes before lent, I am posting another quiz result (Check Sancta Sanctis for details of the rather tame soda drinking game).
And so, we see what a life of sin will get you:
How Far Would You Have Come Still Bearing the Ring?
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Took a What-Book-are-You kinda quiz that I got from my new favorite priest blog (sorry Father S), Catholic Ragemonkey.
My result was:
You're Fahrenheit 451!
by Ray Bradbury
Having wanted to be a firefighter much of your life, you've recently
discovered the job wasn't exactly what you were looking for. While ignorance seems like
the result of oppression, it all began with people just wanting to be ignorant. As you
realize more about the sordid world around you, you decide to watch less TV and work on
your memorization skills. Though your memory will save you in the end, don't forget to
practice running from dogs as well.
Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.
I LOVE this book, and Bradbury in general. I love his bio, never went to college. Educated himself at the LA public library. Super, thoughtful writer.
Here's the line that hooked me when I first read F 451, and then came home to roost later in my life:
Go home and think of your first husband divorced and your second husband killed in a jet and your third husband blowing his brains out, go home and think of the dozen abortions you've had, go home and think of that and your damn Caesarian sections, too, and your children who hate your guts! Go home and think how it all happened and what did you ever do to stop it?
It was the first time in my good, Northeastern educated life that I thought about abortion not as a political question, but as a moral question.
Fast forward to my first semester of Philosophy at the College of Saint Thomas More in Fort Worth. We were studying the Aristotelian concept of poteniality and actuality. I remember the whole thing hitting me in a flash. The connections were made in my mind and I saw the issue clearly:
Abortion and Contraception are evil. Not just objectionable, but evil. They actively take the potential and stop it from becoming actual, each in a different way. But they are the same thing fundamentally. And all this before I believed a single word of the Gospel.
So, I give thanks all the time for Mr. Bradbury and his remarkable little story.
It is quite obvious that columnist Ezra Levant of the Calgary Sun has completely lost his mind.
Totally gone off the tracks. How else could you explain this review of "The Passion of the Christ" where he ABSOLVES THE MOVIE OF CHARGES OF ANTI-SEMITISM. I mean, the guy went to Hebrew school, for crying out loud! And he says the rendition of the Seder is accurate! Man, this guy must be a self-hating Jew.
No other possible explanation.
Of course, there is the possibility he's being fair and unbiased, but if that were so, he'd be condemning it! Yup, the man has lost his mind.
Gratias tibi ago to Imperator Marcus Sheaus for the link
Apparently, President Bush's polling now shows that the Federal Marriage Amendment is a winner.
That sounds a little cynical, I know. And I know he assured Deal Hudson and Peggy Noonan and K-Lo and everybody last month that he was on board. But it is an election year, and so I imagine that Karl Rove is vetting everything past the polls these days.
But, regardless of political motives, I am happy that he is now going to back the amendment. Let the representatives of the republic vote on it.
By the way, it just slipped past me that Bush appointed Pickering and Pryor to the bench as recess appointments. If anyone knows, is that something that Presidents don't do because it's a political taboo? It seems an excellent answer to the problem. Why didn't Bubba do that when his guys couldn't get out of committee? Or does the nominee have to make it out of committee first?
Monday, February 23, 2004
I found this quiz over at The Old Oligarch. I took it twice (as the answers were not always very satisfying), with two different results:
You are Martin Heidegger! Your reputation is
stained a bit by the fact that you were a
member of the Nazi party, but your
groundbreaking Being and Time is still
read by a whole lot of people. You overuse the
hyphen, and make up a lot of words. You died in
What 20th Century Theorist are you?
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and . .
You are an undergraduate! Your mind has not yet
warped into the utter oddness of contemporary
theory. If you put down the beer bong, and
start reading dreadfully weird theory, you'll
probably have a better chance of not getting
the answer designed to make fun of you.
What 20th Century Theorist are you?
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Nice dichotomy, that.
I have no military chops with which to criticize John Kerry. Never served. Wouldn't be right for me to presume to call into question anyone's service.
This guy, however, does have the chops.
I don't like John Kerry. If he was a Republican, I wouldn't like him. If he was pro-life, I wouldn't like him.
Massachusetts is heaped full of negative stories about John Kerry. I doubt you'll hear a lot of them, but they are there.
Howie Carr, a Boston columnist/radio host (who I think gave Kerry the nickname "Live Shot") says that the best way to get the phones ringing on a slow day is to ask people to call in with their favorite John Kerry stories.
Love the gold digger line.
And this from Dave Barry in the Miami Herald (who is apparently running for President as an independent, focusing on the issue of harmonica safety and harmonica-related deaths):
In conclusion, I want to extend my sincere best wishes to all of my opponents, Republican and Democrat, and to state that, in the unlikely event I am not elected, I will support whoever is, even if it is Sen. John Kerry, who once came, with his entourage, into a ski-rental shop in Ketchum, Idaho, where I was waiting patiently with my family to rent snowboards, and Sen. Kerry used one of his lackeys to flagrantly barge in line ahead of us and everybody else, as if he had some urgent senatorial need for a snowboard, like there was about to be an emergency meeting, out on the slopes, of the Joint Halfpipe Committee. I say it's time for us, as a nation, to put this unpleasant incident behind us. I know that I, for one, have forgotten all about it. That is how fair and balanced I am.
My father says he knows of shady dealing by Kerry in MA. He won't name names, though. He is the soul of discretion.
As I said, I just don't like the guy. He makes me feel, well, icky. Not deep analysis, I know, but that's how he makes me feel. A tragedy if he gets himself elected.
Some thoughts from Barbara Nicolosi on preparing oneself to see the "Passion of the Christ".
Very good thoughts, here. Warnky and I are going to see it after mass Wednesday night. Lizzie is not going to go until after the baby is born. Wise decision, I think.
I'll let y'all know what I think of it. Or not. I'll make that call after the movie.
But if it is everything I think it is, I will DEFINITELY be going to confession on Thursday.
Thursday, February 19, 2004
Well, all the praying and wacky exercises worked. The princess has turned! I went in yesterday to check and sure enough she'd wriggled down to the right position. Now I'm just praying for her to stay right where she is. Only four more weeks to go. Whoo Hoo!
Wednesday, February 18, 2004
We've referred to the baby as "Peanut" since the beginning. She is definitely proving to be a princess. We tried the ice trick last night on the top of my uterus and she hated it! She was rolling around and then I wasn't sure if it was her little rear or head that was under the ice.
Anyway, I'm going to go in this afternoon and see what her position is this week. Say a prayer for us when you think of it. If she hasn't turned, I'm off to the Chiropractor and will get more aggressive with the ice.
Friday, February 13, 2004
People say all the time that children reveal their personalities early. In this case I can tell you already that I have a strong willed child. She's not due to make her entrance into the world for 5 more weeks and she's already giving me trouble.
I last saw my Midwife two weeks ago and we did a quick sonogram to confirm that the baby was in a "head down" position. She was and I was happy. Well, I went again yesterday and she kept running from the Doppler so we decided to do another quick sono and we found out why the heartbeat was hard to find. She's turned back to a Breech position.
So I am now to commence the odd sometimes comical exercises and techniques to get this little person to decide she'd much rather be upside down for the duration of her stay in the womb.
Here are a couple things I am to try:
Ice packs on the top of my tummy
The theory being if you try to give your child an "Ice cream headache" they will turn their body in the opposite direction to flee the cold spot.
Lay on an incline with the lower part your body higher than your head.
There's also some exercise where you hunch your back like a cat but I don't think I'll be trying that one.
Oh, yeah, the one thing I will be doing a lot is PRAYING! Here is a list of the Patron Saints of Pregnancy, Childbirth and expectant mothers.
I think the funniest one has to be Gerard Majella who became a patron of childbirth, pregnancy and expectant mothers after being falsely accused by a woman of fathering her child.
"she later recanted and cleared him, and thus began his association as patron of all aspects of pregnancy."
Well of course, it makes sense to me.
Wednesday, February 11, 2004
...watch movies where children are pure evil. My husband is at this moment watching "The Omen". Talk about insomnia. I have yet to watch this movie all the way through. If I know a movie is based on an evil kid or childlike character I won't watch it.
Monday, February 09, 2004
Yesterday I went to confession before Mass at our Cathedral downtown. I was in line when a friend sitting next to me pointed out the older man sitting about 6 pews in front of us. He said "that man is clipping his fingernails" I replied with a "no way" but then I heard it, the unmistakable clickety-clack of those fingernail clippers.
EEWWW! In what world does someone say " I better get to Mass early that way I can have time to pray and to clip my fingernails"? It's just gross, not to mention distracting.
Some people are very strange.
Wednesday, February 04, 2004
create your own visited states map
or write about it on the open travel guide
Tuesday, February 03, 2004
Duty, honor, sacrifice. A story that needs to be told more often.
The Four Chaplains
Sunday, February 01, 2004
Ok, I know everyone will be talking about the Super Bowl Halftime show, and with good reason. Kenny, my Mom and I were watching the show just waiting for the game to start again.
So the show was pretty lame and they were getting toward the end when Justin Timberlake sings "gonna have you naked by the end of this song" and then proceeds to rip the right breast cup off of the hideous corset type dominatrix/samauri outfit Janet Jackson was wearing exposing her right breast. Here is a picture and story from the Drudge Report.
We all just looked at each other in amazement at first wondering if it was intentional or not. Of course it was, the show was produced by MTV. The network that brought you the Madonna/Brittany kiss during their Video Music awards show. But that was cable and this is Network T.V. I wouldn't sit down to watch MTV with my kids, but we do watch a lot of football in this house.
It was just so random and bizarre. There is nothing appealing or attractive or "sexy" about it. It was downright disturbing. I wonder what the thought process was leading up to that decision. Let's see, ok Janet, your career is washed up, you haven't made any new music in years, your not even on the radar any more. What can we do to spice up the Halftime show? Oh wait, I know, at the end of the song, have Justin Timberlake rip off one side of your bra and your boob will just hang there and be exposed to the world. Yeah, yeah that sounds great, I'm sure the kids will love it.
Ok, while I'm writing this, I've flipped back to Drudge to find this quote from Timberlake:
"I am sorry that anyone was offended by the wardrobe malfunction during the halftime performance of the Super Bowl," Timberlake said in a statement. "It was not intentional and is regrettable."
Malfunction? What malfunction? It came off exactly the way a detachable snap on piece of clothing should when you know exactly where to rip at it. Not to mention that if there was some accident then you might think the performer would try to strategically cover themself up, not stand and strike a pose for the end of the song.
This is not the first time Janet's tried to spice up her show. This is an excerpt from a story I found when I did a search on Drudge for previous stories on Janet Jackson:
The sexy pop star kicked off the final concert on her All For You world tour - in Honolulu, Hawaii - by getting topless while running through a forest.
Then, as she walked through a waterfall, in the pre-show promo - seen by millions on TV across America, the camera caught her right breast.
What is her deal with her right breast? Michael had the sequined glove, I guess Janet has the right breast. Do women have a favorite breast? I know babies tend to have one they nurse on more than the other. Oh well, I digress.
So what is the moral of this story you might ask. I guess it would be " Always put your best breast forward".