Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Movie Meme from The Crescat

This one is called the IMDB meme.

- Go to and look up 10 of your favourite movies.
- Post five (5) official IMDB "Plot Keywords" for these 10 picks.
- Have your friends guess the movie titles.
- Then tag three people

1. Russian Roulette, God Bless America, Supermarket, Gay Slur, Bingo

2. Female Sniper, Blanket Party, Gay Slur, Mickey Mouse Club, Boot Camp

3. Rise And Fall, Decapitation, Witch, Wife, Ghost

4. Directed By Star, Epic, King, Battlefield, Dauphin Of France

5. Faith, Unhappy Marriage, Costume Drama, Tragic Love, Rape

6. Elvis Presley, Irish, Band, Vulgarity, Independent Film

7. Shoe, Japan, Prison, Coin, Face Slap

8. Father Daughter Relationship, Actor, Daughter, Ex Wife, Father (sorry, those were the only keywords)

9. Butterfly Knife, Organized Crime, Narrative, Piercing Ripped Out, Anti Hero

10. Fall From Height, 16th Century, Blowgun, Heart Ripped Out, Quicksand

Tagging: Kyrie Eleison, Regular Thoughts, and Journey Woman.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

A little early for triumphalism but...

10:26 a.m. ET Wednesday, April 18, 2007

High Court Backs Partial Birth Abortion Ban

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court upheld the nationwide ban on a controversial abortion procedure Wednesday, handing abortion opponents the long-awaited victory they expected from a more conservative bench.

The 5-4 ruling said the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act that Congress passed and President Bush signed into law in 2003 does not violate a woman's constitutional right to an abortion.

The outcome is likely to spur efforts at the state level to place more restrictions on abortions.

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Underestimating children

Why must people continue to deny to their children their cultural heritage!

Below is a comment I left at this article at the Poetry Foundation web site. This kind of thing just makes me mad.

Would we want to return to a time in which infant mortality was high and children were often alone in bed, sick with polio or measles or other diseases that are now mild afflictions or no threat at all? No, of course not.

Though these things don't exist for a majority of American children there are still many things in this world that effect them negatively. Divorce, crime, abuse, war, cancer, accidents, terrorism all effect children in some way. Either directly or indirectly as a source of percieved potential threat.

Candy coating traditional rhymes and stories to protect children's sensibilities only serves to make them cynical as they begin to realize the world their parent's are peddling doesn't match up to the world they see around them. It also keeps them from being able to deal with such things in a safe environment where parent's can answer their questions and calm any fears they may have.

Watering down these poems removes the possibility of parents helping their children deal with the concepts of good and evil and how to deal with it in the real world. What's next, do we update Shakespeare to say that Macduff made Macbeth stand in the corner because our highly sheltered kids turn into teens who can't handle the dramatic turn of events at the end of Macbeth?

Literature should help the reader to make sense of the world around them. These updated poems are merely entertainment, which has it's place, but in the end does no service to children or poetry.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

What we do is secret!

There is a great review of THE SECRET by Rhonda Byrne at The Review Revolution. I agree with Ms. Riess' comments and her final assessment ("This Book Blows"). And no, I don't think I need to read the book to come to that conclusion.

I think however that maybe the Catholic Church has something to learn from THE SECRET and how it has been marketed. Why not repackage "The Catechism of the Catholic Church" under the title "The Truth" with new agey sounding reviews from celebrities. Have the Pope or maybe Cardinal Arinze go on Oprah and have Oprah help peddle "The Truth". Just an idea.

Oh, and extra points to anyone who can tell me where I got the title for this post. Hint: it's a punk thing.

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