Palin: Bad Mother, Bad Woman

What in the world has happened to liberal/Democrat values in the last 48 hours? It seems like the appearance of Sarah Palin on the GOP ticket has caused an immediate disintegration of all of the hard-fast rules and values that have been preached at us 'lo these many years.Palin was not a half hour in the ring, when a male reporter wondered, "Shouldn't she be home raising" that Down Syndrome baby. He needed to be reminded by a female reporter that a male politician would not be asked that … [Read more...]

Feast of St. Augustine/Morning Prayer

Good Morning!St. Augustine by Nancy OliphantLate have I loved you, O Beauty so ancient, and so new. Late have I loved you! You were within me but I was outside myself, and there I sought you! In my weakness I ran after the beauty of the things you have made — the things which would have no being unless they existed in you! You have called, you have cried, and you have pierced my deafness. You have radiated forth, you have shined out brightly, and you have dispelled my blindness. You have s … [Read more...]

Pelosi to Bishops: drill your brains?

Wait, that can't be right. Nancy Pelosi cannot have respond to the rather heavy dose of correction she received from various and sundry Bishops and Cardinals, some of her colleagues in Congress and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops with an offer to drill their brains, right?Oh, wait! I see! She asked some of the "Drill here, drill now" people chanting in Colorado if she could drill their brains. Which seems like a strange remark - what does it mean, actually? Is she saying these … [Read more...]

Pelosi, Abortion & St. Augustine – UPDATED

I was just out driving, had the radio on and heard this Meet the Press sound bite by Nancy Pelosi, on Limbaugh's show:REP. PELOSI: I would say that as an ardent, practicing Catholic, this is an issue that I have studied for a long time. And what I know is, over the centuries, the doctors of the church have not been able to make that definition. And Senator–St. Augustine said at three months. We don’t know. The point is, is that it shouldn’t have an impact on the woman’s right to choose. Ro … [Read more...]

Glassy-eyed & Bored on the NJ Turnpike

We dropped Buster off at school on Saturday - felt rather badly for him; his usual roomie - a close friend - will be out for a semester having surgery, and while the new guy seems chill, I think it suddenly struck him, full force, that he'd be missing his friend. Otherwise it was interesting to watch him become happier and more excited as we drove into "his" neighborhood. I think all-in-all he's glad to be back at school. I was surprised at all the kids hauling flat-screen tv's and all manner … [Read more...]

Welcome to Retreat!

:NOTE::::Check this post (below photo) for links to latest retreat posts::::END:Welcome to our first Online Retreat!Each day of the retreat (from now until sundown, August 16) will be found on its own page, and this notice will remain at the top of the "blog proper" until the retreat ends. In the interest of promoting interior silence, comments will be turned off.RETREAT START, beginning at Sundown, August 10, may be found here. -- First meditation (Sunday Night) is here.MONDAY … [Read more...]

Down, down, down

My site has been going down intermittently, and here at home we seem to be battling a fatiguing bug in the household. Will be back in biz tonight, hopefully.Meanwhile, another little excerpt from Why We Hate just part of the landscape. On very basic civic and political values, there is a vast common ground hidden by a few stands of towering pines. The exceptions always get the attention; the negative often wins campaigns. Moderate, independent and eclectic citizens … [Read more...]

Meyer: Why We Hate Us

Through his columns, first at CBS and now at NPR, Dick Meyer has provided this site with so many interesting jumping-off points that I've given him his own category. I believe he is the only writer besides Chesterton to gain that dubious distinction, but, I digress.Several times over the past few weeks, I have mentioned the upcoming release of his book, Why We Hate Us; American Discontent in the New Millennium; it was released yesterday, and good for all of us that it was.In his recent … [Read more...]

Obama: "President of the World?" – UPDATED

"The Ambiguously American Candidate." That's what I thought yesterday when I saw this photo.It is striking to note that Obama's plane flys around the world sporting an iiiiittty bitty American flag (out of camera range when he walks down to tarmacs) and many prominent O symbols. I wrote to a pal yesterday:"A tiny little flag near the serial numbers, the big Obama symbol everywhere - including, apparently, on HIS seat in first class.It's starting to really make me uncomfortable. Obama … [Read more...]

Scanning the Sphere: quick hits

Found in the mailbox: No One Sees God; The Dark Night of Atheists and Believers by Michael Novak.Which reminds me, this is the best book I've read this year, reviewed here and here.We're painting another bedroom (I love it when my husband takes some vacation time) so here are some quick hits - follow the links, they're all good:From the Dept. of Obama's gotta learn to lighten up!: I can't believe the brouhaha over the New Yorker cover! Remember when Kilborn put the "Snipers Wanted" logo on … [Read more...]