CAESAR'S BATH MEME: Mansfield Fox throws me this thing, which I'd seen at various fine blog locales: "List five things that people in your circle of friends or peer group are wild about, but you can't really understand the fuss over. To use the words of Caesar (from History of the World Part I), 'Nice. Nice. Not thrilling . . . but nice.'"Here goes. In order of how fast I thought of them.1. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." I've watched a bunch of scattered episodes, and all of season... three? … [Read more...]

BLOGS FROM AFRICA can be found here and here. … [Read more...]

RANK AND FILE HAVE TAKEN HEAT FOR ABU GHRAIB: From the Boston Globe, via Balkinization.With his job on the line over the shocking revelations of torture at Abu Ghraib prison last year, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told the world to ''watch how democracy deals with wrongdoing and scandal and the pain of acknowledging and correcting our own mistakes and, indeed, our own weaknesses."Now, exactly one year after the photographs from Abu Ghraib became public, the Defense Department has placed … [Read more...]

I watch the blogs go by dressed in their summer clothes;I have to turn my head until my darkness goes!...Lots of must-read stuff out there, people. Why are you here? Go away until you've read these!Balkinization: Report on a debate on torture and the role of a govt lawyer. (More on this later tonight.)Family Scholars: Elizabeth Marquardt on siblings created by donor conception (of sperm or egg); and on donor conception generally: "Intentionally creating people who are forcibly broken from their … [Read more...]

"THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY": I saw it yesterday. Wanted to both praise and rant, so I've posted a spoilerrific reaction here. Short version: It's very pretty and very funny, but it has both plot and theme; neither are good. It was worth my ten bucks, though. … [Read more...]

MINTY: [Note: I actually wrote this over a week ago! Have been too busy to post it.] So a (non-Catholic) friend of mine mentioned that she'd gotten an email from a friend of hers, asking the question, "How do you feel about Pope Benedict XVI?" And I jokingly said that for my part, I felt "minty."But actually, thinking about this, that's closer to the truth than I think people might expect. I feel like I'm supposed to have a strong emotional reaction to the pope, and to Ratzinger as pope, and I … [Read more...]

Sicut cervus desiderat ad fontes aquarum, ita desiderat anima mea ad te Deus.--Ps. 42:1 (As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.) … [Read more...]