The good thing about insomnia: in the wee small hours, you get caught up on your blogging and finally have time to link to all those things you’ve been meaning to. Got some email answered, too. Please forgive me if I have not responded; I try, but lately there is so much of it, that some does slip through the cracks.
Happy 5th Anniversary: to American Digest. Vanderleun seems inclined to his couch for the summer. Not a bad idea as we gear up for what promises to be an eventful autumn political campaign.
Socialized Medicine: it really doesn’t work, if you’re just out to live longer. I’m coming to believe that socialized medicine – particularly as we see it evolving in Europe, into a slow-but-steady “ah, you’ve lived long enough” mentality of utilitarianism – is a soul-killer. I think Thomas Sowell is right to wonder why some want to bring to America what is not really working in Europe. The good news, though, is that in Canada, they’re considering sending very ill children to the US, so they can get treated. Tell me again why we want to socialize healthcare, here?
Getting snarky: Michael Ramirez’ brilliant riff on the Beverly Hillbillies and the 30 + years-long Democrat resistance to drilling.
Getting noticed: Alaska Governor Sarah Palin says drill here, dammit!.
Getting Spun: a big broken campaign promise
Getting Leggy: The Mortgage Scandal.
Getting no hard questions: Dean Barnett has a few
Getting Sickening: Green is “the new patriotism”. Conservation is always laudable, but extremism never is.
Getting Gone: the seal.
“I’ve got a mustard seed, and I’m not afraid to use it”: Spengler continues his look at Pope Benedict and President George W. Bush, and what their respective actions mean to the West. Extremely interesting follow up to this and this and this. As I wrote a while back:
There have only been 43 American Presidents in 230 years. There have only been 267 popes in 2000 years. There have been billions of other people. Greatness is not an illusion. And it is not fomented with easy praise. I worry sometimes that our over-indulged, over-applauded youngsters may not have the requisite strength within themselves to find “greatness” when we will need it.
Katrina and Cedar Rapids: Glenn Reynolds has the quote and he links to all the “good” Katrina stories that the press managed to miss, back then. In building their narrative, the press missed a lot. A lot. But who needs intellectual honesty, anyway?
Walking for Fiscal Health: I love this story, via Deacon Greg, of a 70 year old pastor walking for pledge money as a means to retire his parish debt. I love the idea and am going to send a small donation to this fellow and then approach my own pastor with the notion. Maybe we can make it parish-wide; get the whole crew up and walking!
Bookstuff: Inside Catholic is forming a book-reading group (nothing to join, you just get a copy of the book they’re reading – the terrific-sounding Exiles; a Novel by Ron Hansen – and join in the discussion) and I think it’s a great idea!
Over the course of the week, Amy Welborn, Matthew Lickona, Joseph O’Brien, and Bishop Daniel Flores will be sharing their thoughts on Exiles, the latest novel from Ron Hansen, author of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Mariette in Ecstasy…we’re encouraging any and all interested readers to pick up their own copy of the book and join in the discussion. Where else will you be able to join a book club with distinguished panelists and fellow Catholics from around the globe?
Also, there is this book called The Shack, that is making some waves in Christian circles; sounds intriguing – has anyone read it?
“Cruelly Complex Rubrics!”: My post at Inside Catholic on the looming “civil war” between Novus Ordo and Tridentine Mass Lovin’ Catholics in the UK.
UFO’s in Cardiff, Wales: I’ve read that in Ben Stein’s documentary, “Expelled” Richard Dawkins, suggests that alien beings from outer space may have settled planet Earth. He might like this piece. Hey, I believe in angels and that the Mother of God has visited us on earth. There are more things than are dreamt, Horatio!
I don’t know which of these cakes is more impressive: the party dress or the dresser, but this is remarkable work. I wouldn’t want to eat them, though. It would be like taking a knife to a painting.
Thank heavens for the gatekeepers! As of this writing – 3:45 AM, it’s still uncorrected. As I asked all that time ago, quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
Finally, from Deacon Greg, again - a video of a guy giving free hugs. At first I thought, “no…not my cuppa…” but then I thought…in a way, isn’t that what God offers us? He’s like the guy standing there with a sign saying “Free Hugs” and we’re the wary folk walking by and cutting a wide berth.
If the Free Hugs guy can be analogous to God, maybe Matt’s beautiful dancing trek can be analogous to the Holy Spirit.
As ever, if you purchase stuff at Amazon via this site, a portion of the kickback gets donated to this hospice or to various retreat house “scholarship” funds, which help provide retreat opportunities for folks who otherwise could not afford one. Come to think of it, it’s been a while since I’ve been on one, myself.