Hi folks. Just a quick notice, here, to cover a few things:
1) I really appreciated reading your good wishes, etc. I am not sure how I gave the impression that I was returning to Eire – that was my LAST vacation, three years ago – this time we went on our first cruise. Sorry that I seemed to muddle that up.
2) Cruises are very nice but no amount of level 70 sunscreen will make it safe for a pasty-faced Irishwoman to sit under an umbrella, fully covered, in the Bahamas.
3) I am only slightly less delicate than Buster, and contracted pnuemonia while at sea. Yes, I am the only person on board to have gotten sick. I’m lucky that way. I still managed – in a different-than-expected way – to enjoy the cruise, but I am still really under the weather, sleeping a lot and heading to the doc’s on Monday. So blogging will continue to be light. I haven’t much energy for news reading, or commenting. Frankly, I’m feeling too punk to work up a head of steam about anything, much.
4) I used to think that if everyone in the world got a foot massage, everyday, there would be no war or crime, or abuse or unkindness in the world. It now occurs to me that if everyone would just get pneumonia, the results would be the same. When you are gasping for air and hacking up multi-colored stuff on the hour, you just have nothing left for interaction.
5) As Arnold said: I’ll be back.
Just not today. Today, I’m mostly going to sleep, wheeze and moan. Have a better one!
One minute and 52 seconds is the time it might take an employee to remove his coat and begin booting up his computer, or maybe to dart off for a trip to the water cooler. In France this year, it is the additional time that staff at the national railroad company were asked to work each day as their contribution to a “solidarity fund” for the handicapped and elderly.
The rail workers’ response: not unless we get paid for it.
“One minute and 52 seconds doesn’t seem like much but it still adds up to 7 or 8 hours a year that would not be paid,” said Grégory Roux, secretary of the railroad workers division of the CGT, one of France’s largest unions.
Ms. Newmark reminds us that the purpose of this whole proposal is to avoid another August catastrophe like the one in 2003 where over 10,000 grandmas and grandpas died from heat and lack of services as the whole country essentially went on vacation.
They also don’t want to have to work on Pentecost Monday. Not because the French plan on commemorating the day after the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles and the Mother of Christ…the day itself is meaningless to this very secular nation. They just don’t want to have to work an extra shift, even if it could boost their stagnant economy.
I’m sick as a dog, but even still I can tell that if the French don’t get busy hoisting up their bloomers and putting a little more effort into firming up their tax base, they’re going to have to increase their reliance upon “imported workers.”
If Europe ever becomes Eurabia, France will lead the way. Idiots.
Oh, And another so-called “Catholic” college is being kicked into the “NOT CATHOLIC” column.
“The decision to honor one of Congress’ most outspoken and strident advocates of abortion rights was just the latest episode in a long history of secularization at Marymount Manhattan College,” said Patrick J. Reilly, President of the Cardinal Newman Society (CNS), a national organization dedicated to the renewal of Catholic identity at America’s 220–now 219–Catholic colleges and universities.
H/T to Roman Catholic Blogs I’m glad to see this happening. Marymount Manhattan College has been un-officially “non-Catholic” for a very long time – it’s good to see clarity. Parents and students who are considering a school partly because of its religious affiliation have every right to expect that school to either conform to the ideals of that religion or to be up-front about its dissent. Buster is considering Catholic University – he likes the music program there – but I’m still waiting to see their mandatum. Not holding my breath.
I wonder when the Catholic schools will wake up and understand that while they may have “attracted” students 25 years ago by “loosening up”, they’re facing a generation of students who are repelled by lukewarm, “Catholic-wink-wink-but-only-just-wink-wink” attitude of some institutions. Which explains why these schools are consistently experiencing increased admissions.
Whew. Now I am really tired. Goodnight.