Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Der Tommissar totally pwns you!

Der Tommissar comes up with the perfect headline for the Alito confirmation story.

And I make a shameless attempt to capitalize on it. All profits will go to putting my kids through law school as we look to stocking a full bench!

Friday, January 27, 2006

Happy Amadeus Day!

Things to do on Mozart's 250th Birthday!

Learn a little bit about Mozart

Learn a little bit about Mozart's sacred music

Listen to commentary on Mozart's B-day

Laugh about Mozart

Listen to some Mozart

Listen to some of a Mozart Mass

I also recommend going out and buying or renting this version of The Magic Flute. It's just an all around fun opera and the Queen of the Night is totally hot! In an operatic way, of course.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

12 Byzantine Rulers

Someone up there is looking out for my continuing effort to become unlapped by knowing more about the history of the world and the Church. Looking for Stanford University lectures on iTunes (which I didn't find) I stumbled across this interesting podcast lecture series which covers the history of the Byzantine Empire by looking at 12 of it's rulers. I have yet to listen to it but I'll keep everyone (all two of you) updated on how smart it makes me feel once I do.

And if you want to subscribe to the podcast, site unseen (unheard?), here is the 12 Byzantine Rulers RSS Feed.

UPDATE: I've listened to the first set of lectures that are available and I've got to give them very high marks. They are easy to listen to and I'm apparently learning something because now when I hear or read things about Rome and Constantinople and other such things they actually make sense.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

As in "thinker"!

Why I consider myself an independent.

The test subjects on both sides of the political aisle reached totally biased conclusions by ignoring information that could not rationally be discounted, Westen and his colleagues say.

Then, with their minds made up, brain activity ceased in the areas that deal with negative emotions such as disgust. But activity spiked in the circuits involved in reward, a response similar to what addicts experience when they get a fix, Westen explained.

The study points to a total lack of reason in political decision-making.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Excommunicatin' Butt and Takin' Names

One read through the The Popes Dreadful Curse at The Lion and The Cardinal and you'll be asking "where do I repent and make satisfaction", whether you've been excommunicated or not.

Here's how it starts:

BY THE AUTHORITY of God Almighty, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; and of the undefiled Virgin Mary, mother and patroness of our Saviour; and of all the celestial virtues, angels, archangels, thrones, dominions, powers, cherubins and seraphins; and of all the holy patriarchs and prophets; and of all the apostles and evangelists; and of the holy innocents who in the sight of the holy Lamb are found worthy to sing the new song; of the holy martyrs and holy confessors; and of the holy virgins; and of all the saints together, with the holy and elect of God:

We excommunicate and anathematise him, and from the thresholds of the Holy Church of God Almighty we sequester him, that he may be tormented, disposed and delivered over with Dathan and Abiram, and with those who say unto the Lord God, ‘depart from us, we desire none of thy ways’. And as fire is quenched with water, so let the light of him be put out for evermore, unless it shall repent him and make satisfaction. Amen.

And it only gets worse with all the citizens of heaven called upon to curse the excommunicated. Read it and see if it doesn't put the "Fear of God" into you!

Monday, January 23, 2006

An Evil Plot

My wife and I went on a date this weekend and saw King Kong. Other than the woman behind us emoting loudly at the demise of every poor seaman, prehistoric creature, and ultimately the big ape himself (that's not really a spoiler, is it?) we generally enjoyed it.

Before the movie began, right after the preview of The Davinci Code The Movie (TDCTM) I thought up a devious plan that would allow me to see TDCTM without supporting Dan Brown's Minions (TM) any more than I already have (yes, I read the book).

The plan, would be to purchase tickets to a different movie playing at approximately the same time as TDCTM and then going into the theater that is showing TDCTM instead of the one I bought the ticket to. This way I get to satisfy my curiosity at how the movie handles the story and yet I don't support it's creators.

Okay, I know this is wrong. I should probably just pay my admission and see the movie. But wouldn't it be interesting if a lot of people did this. Sure, they'd have to pick times when the movie was less likely to be sold out to avoid taking seats from paying customers and they couldn't do it in large groups, but it would be a kind of cool, clandestine, grass roots kind of protest movement.

Sure, and now you are saying, why do you want to see it anyway? At the worst TDC is damaging to the Church and at it's best it is a poorly written book of schlock that can't be that much better of a movie. Well, curiosity for one and to be able to speak about it intelligently when railing against it to those who think it genius. Those are pretty good reasons, aren't they? Well, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!

So, I'm not telling anyone to do anything illegal or anything, I'm just sharing a thought I had that I thought others would find interesting in a hypothetical way, of course (wink wink, nudge nudge). And if you get caught, I never heard of you and this cockamamie scheme.

Meme Heaven or Heaven Meme?

The Happy Catholic tagged me to answer ...

What five things would you ask Jesus should you get to Heaven?


Who are the first five people you'd like to see in Heaven?

(For purposes of this tag, disregard the fact that when one gets to Heaven, it's generally accepted that one will know the answers to all the questions one ever had, and all those other caveats that spring to mind.)

Because the Happy Catholic answered both questions, I will do the same.

Who are the first five people you'd like to see in Heaven?

  • The baby we lost to a miscarriage
  • St. Francis of Assisi
  • My grandfather on my mother's side (he died when my mom was a child)
  • William Shakespeare
  • The heavenly choir director to see if he needs another baritone

What five things would you ask Jesus should you get to Heaven?
(And with most of these I'm really hoping Jesus has a sense of humor or that the line is long enough that I'll have time to think of some really deep questions while I'm waiting for my turn.)

  • I know that when it comes to creation you don't make junk, but come on, be honest, there were some problems in the quality control department, weren't there?

  • Is there a heavenly web site or something where I can confirm my suspicions of who sold their soul to the devil?

  • Was the woman who you saved from being stoned Mary Magdalene?

  • Shakespeare, he was a closet Catholic, wasn't he?

  • Please tell me there's a special level of hell for spammers?

I am tagging...whoever stops by this blog and sees this post. Email me when you do it and I'll link back to you.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Standing Up and Speaking Out

A post about the use of abortion pictures at Stand Up and Speak Out inspired me to post a couple of lengthy comments. Go on over and join in the debate.

Another stolen meme

This time from The Happy Catholic

Four Jobs I've Had in My Life:

1) Roller Rink DJ and floor guard
2) Stockboy at the Limited
3) Editor of a Division level Army newspaper
4) Truck driver

Four Movies I Could Watch Over and Over:

1) Oklahoma
2) It's a Wonderful Life
3) Full Metal Jacket
4) Monty Phyton's The Meaning of Life

Four Places I Have Lived:

1) Cincinnati, Ohio
2) Bad Krueznach, Germany (West Germany at the time)
3) Hoboken, New Jersey
4) Crown Heights (Brooklyn), New York

Four TV Shows I Love To Watch:

1) Scrubs
2) Nova
3) This Old House
4) Iron Chef

Four Places I Have Been On Vacation:

1) Costa Brava, Spain
2) Munich, Germany
3) Bermuda
4) Paris, France

Four Websites I Visit Daily:

1) The Happy Catholic
2) Open Book
3) Shrine of the Holy Whapping
4) Slashdot

Four Favorite Foods:

1) Roast leg of lamb
2) Lamb kidneys
3) Cincinnati Chili - Skyline 4-way with onions and two cheese coneys with onions.
4) Chocolate

Four Places I Would Rather Be Right Now:

1) Cincinnati eating Skyline chili
2) Ireland drinking ale
3) Crete, Greece drinking Uzo
4) Germany drinking beer

Monday, January 16, 2006

The Sky Is Falling, So Buy My Book!

Even environmentalists (emphasis on "mental") have an End Times Scenario! Or is it just a twisted strategy to sell dead trees? This quote seems to be the biggest clue:

My new book The Revenge of Gaia expands these thoughts...

Friday, January 13, 2006

Stolen meme

Stealing memes is my new strategy for coming up with more posts. Stolen from Scrutinies.

Create a post with these directions as your text. Comment on the post by creating an acronym for your blog from the "type this secret code to be allowed to comment" letters.

I won't tag anyone. Just steal it if you like.