Some completely unconnected links:
Ryan Barrett and his girlfriend, Viola Liu left on Saturday, January 16, at 2:00 p.m. to go camping with their three dogs (2 huskies & a lab) in his red 2005 Toyota Tacoma pick up truck (with shell.) They were scheduled to return home on Monday evening, January 18, 2010. We have not heard from them.
Bookworm has pictures at her site and a connection to this missing couple. More information can be found here. And of course, let us pray that everyone is safe, somewhere, and waiting out the snow in an area with no phone reception.
Oakland A’s minor-leaguer Grant Desme is leaving baseball for the priesthood:
“I’m doing well in baseball. But I had to get down to the bottom of things, to what was good in my life, what I wanted to do with my life. Baseball is a good thing, but that felt selfish of me when I felt that God was calling me more. It took awhile to trust that and open up to it and aim full steam toward him … I love the game, but I’m going to aspire to higher things.”
More on that here H/T to reader Frances
Sarah Palin campaigns for John McCain and some conservatives erupt, decrying the “politics as usual”. Considering Palin would still be a relative unknown in Alaska (and not a national player) were it not for McCain, seems to me it is only proper for her to give the man some support. But then I have never liked purity tests for either the right or the left. I’ll write more about that, later.
Realignment? Or, just, you know political expediency and rats running from a ship.
Yesterday was the annual March for Life in Washington DC: Sr. Bernadette Reis has some thoughts on what the prolife movement needs. And here is a personal account of a marcher’s first time marching. Also, check this out.
Jim, a friendly, hardworking, no-nonsense, compassionate and devout Jesuit Brother, has found himself in the midst of the Haitian crisis, and is also working with “Team Rubicon,”a group of “self-deployed” former Marines, soldiers and health care professionals. Here he speaks with BBC Worldwide about the nobility of the Haitian people. To BBC he tells this story of what he said to his home pastor before the earthquake: “I hope at some point I can get to a love for the Haitians that is not based in pity…For the last three days, I no longer have pity for them…I have love and admiration.”
Hillary Clinton: Opportunistic, expedient and less tone deaf than Obama
48-Hour Blog Poll: if 2012 primaries were held today, who would you support?
The aughts were awesome!