Mystery Chords and Idols

"Thrummmmmm....""It's been a hard day's night and I been workin' like a dog..."You can hear the chord, of course. But can you play it? Exactly?Many have tried, all have failed, it seems, until now:The opening chord to "A Hard Day’s Night" is also famous because, for 40 years, no one quite knew exactly what chord Harrison was playing. ... Four years ago...Jason Brown of Dalhousie’s Department of Mathematics decided to try and see if he could apply a mathematical calculation known as Fou … [Read more...]

Obama/Ayers: Palin DID handle that well! – UPDATED

Ann Althouse first made the observation, and she linked to a reporter shouting a question and Palin answering. You'll want to go see it before it - like the SNL skit on the sub-prime markets/financial crisis - gets pulled. Because we live in an era where anything that doesn't fit the narrative gets pulled.And let me point out that it is not President George (the "evil nazi who is squashing our civil rights") Bush or anyone in his administration, who keeps doing all this information yanking … [Read more...]

Happy Labor Day!

Deacon Greg has a post I wish I'd written - and a great shot of a young John Paul II, when he was Karol Wojtyła and doing some manual labor.Here's to the people who work with their hands for a living. of the four people running on the national tickets in this presidential race worked with her hands...and is married to a union member!Cool. … [Read more...]

Obama, you're no John Paul II – UPDATED

In pondering the question of whether or not Team Obama released for publication his prayer at the Western Wall, I wondered if any other politician had done the same. John McCain apparently did not.There has been a case where the text of a prayer left at the Western Wall was purposely released, but that was a very specific prayer, released for a specific reason. As part and parcel of a whole acknowledgment of wrongs against the Jewish people, John Paul II's prayer at the Western Wall was made … [Read more...]

Blogger Free Speech, Humanae Vitae – UPDATE

:::UPDATE::: A blogger who is rebuilding finds his Obama-critical posts uncached and unrecoverable. Hmmmmm...:::END UPDATE:::So, these Obama True-Believers are an insecure bunch.It seems to me if you are confident in your candidate, you don't need to run around doing all you can to silence opposition by shutting down blogs that dare to dislike your guy.When you act like a jack-booted silencer of dissent, you do your candidate no favors. You (and by extension your candidate, even if he … [Read more...]

Quick vocation round-up

You'll note the ad for VISION Vocation Match at the right sidebar. They were recently profiled on CBS Evening News (you have to go here and press the "Featured on CBS News" button) as part of a story on late vocations to the priesthood, and on how the church in America is hopeful that the visit of Pope Benedict XVI will help inspire more people to consider the priesthood or religious life.That is not a completely silly hope. If you scroll down a bit at Roman Catholic Vocations (the blog has … [Read more...]

The Last Secret of Fatima

I just finished (and loved) The Last Secret of Fatima by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, which will be coming out in early May but may be pre-ordered.If you followed coverage of Pope Benedict's XVI's recent visit to America, you saw a lot of Cardinal Bertone, the Vatican's SecState; you'll recall he told informed the pope, in St. Patrick's Cathedral, of the moment of the anniversary of his election, at which the pope spoke so eloquently and extemporaneously.The Last Secret of Fatima is actually a … [Read more...]

B16 gets big at Nationals Stadium – UPDATED

Did it seem to you, as it did to me, that we watched Benedict loosen up or break free a little bit at this mass? Watching him exit he seemed bigger and bolder to me, as though he was growing into his part.I was inclined to like him, of course, through his writings, but I didn't know if I would be put off by his manner. After half a lifetime watching the effusive, playful and outgoing John Paul II, I wondered if Benedict, in person, could manage to inspire in the same way. He does.Benedict … [Read more...]

"Deeply Ashamed" B-16 & the priesthood

My L'il Bro Thom and I were remembering that as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith it was evidently part of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger's job to read all of the distressing and detailed reports coming from the US as the church investigated the pederasty scandals which roiled us in 2002. Upon becoming pope one of the first remarks Benedict made pertained to "rid the church of filth". Only Andrew Sullivan seemed not to have understood Benedict's meaning.Today, before he … [Read more...]

Noonan on Popes JPII & B16 – UPDATED

Deacon Greg, and Miss Kelly and Sissy Willis are all writing about Peggy Noonan's very good piece on the upcoming visit of Pope Benedict to the United States (and Sissy has a few words for those who don't appreciate the full genius of Papa Ratzinger, besides).Because so many are discussing Noonan's piece, I don't have to say much about it other than recommend you read it. I like how she notes that Benedict - unlike most "world leaders" - has no problem praising his predecessor and how she … [Read more...]