A Recovery Party? Random Chills, Thrills & Myths

Comrades, it's difficult to keep up, but the mandatory service requirement requires that you try. The oxymoronic thing passed in the Senate. It passed by a healthy margin.Yesterday a thoughtful young 24 year old whom I have known since he was about 10 or 11 sent along this piece about California regulating car colors, and I wrote back - feeling a little bit like King Arthur in the last scene of Camelot, "someday you will tell your children about the mythical land of America, where people … [Read more...]

Workers: Embrace your mandatory volunteerism!

Comrades, I am out today, but wanted to throw a few links up.On the heels of the very interesting Mike Rowe, of "Dirty Jobs", and his thoughts on work, dignity and AIG rage, some very disturbing reading, much of it thanks to Larwyn:Every American a Volunteer: the incomprehensible legislation that is speeding through Congress and will take away your right to do or not do a thing. So much for Freedom in America, circa 2009.Obama presses for more power, less transparency. What you O-lovers … [Read more...]

Housekeeping / Commercial Interruption

First, I want to shout out a big thank you to all of you who have used the Amazon search button (or any of my amazon links) to purchase goods - I'm especially grateful for whoever it was bought the Amazon Kindle, as it brought a $35 kickback to the site.What I have been doing with Amazon monies is putting 30% of the earnings into a charity (varies between the hospice which helped my brother and the Summit Nuns Capital Campaign, because our good sisters' kitchen cabinets are falling on them as … [Read more...]

Lenten Reading Suggestions

Julie at Happy Catholic has her Lenten reading list up."Wait a minute, what? You guys have "reading lists" for Lent, too?"Yeah. But it's a good thing. It is a tradition that started with the Benedictine Monastics as part of St. Benedicts Rule for his monks:During the days of Lent, they should be free in the morning to read until the third hour. . . . During this time of Lent each one is to receive a book from the library, and is to read the whole of it straight through. These books are … [Read more...]

If you were First Lady…UPDATED

Inauguration is fantasy time!Over at Inside Catholic, Zoe Romanowsky has asked a great question:As a fun Monday exercise, let's pretend for a moment you were becoming First Lady tomorrow (or First Gentleman because you know that's going to happen one of these days.) What would you choose as your cause? (And you're not allowed to say "abortion" because (a) that's too easy, and (b) it's "controversial" so it wouldn't be considered an acceptable First Lady cause.)My issues would be Music … [Read more...]

What's Wrong With the World, II

In a very interesting post that you'll want to ponder, House of Eratosthenes recalls this old post of mine. I think it is a really good question to revisit from time to time:As before: What's Wrong With The World in 100 Words or Less About 100 years ago, a British paper invited many writers to answer the same question, What’s Wrong With the World? They extended the invitation to G. K. Chesterton who wrote back:Dear Sirs; I am. Sincerely, G.K. ChestertonI will take his a … [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...]

The Prez & The Dude

Bush holding Stanley Debshaw before leaving the Peoria Airport (Xinhua/Reuters Photo) (H/T Fausta)How great is that shot? How adorable is that kid? The picture is part of a 4-shot gallery of photos entitled Bush's fun with kids at airport, and all four shots are excellent. I especially liked this one, of the president sharing a laugh with a primary school principal:It is amazing to me that this president, who has a very full plate and carries the stigma of being "the most vilified and … [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...]

Your Daily Chesterton

"There are two ways of dealing with nonsense in this world. One way is to put nonsense in the right place; as when people put nonsense into nursery rhymes. The other is to put nonsense in the wrong place; as when they put it into educational addresses, psychological criticisms, and complaints against nursery rhymes." -- G. K. Chesterton, Illustrated London News 10-15-21 … [Read more...]