Vespers – October 01

Well, that was an adventure - got almost to the end of the recording and the dog went beserk at the UPS guy. Hence, a re-do. Here is the podcast for Vespers of the day, once again, the psalms speak eloquently of all we're reading and experiencing elsewhere. Hope they help. If you're using the breviary, the page directives are included. If you're still looking for it, morning prayer. … [Read more...]

Pelosi-Reid Olive Branch to Dubya

Mr. President, as my dog would tell you, don't be a chump. You gotta pull some of those knives out your back. I know Bush honors and respects the Office of the presidency; I know he doesn't want to dishonor it. But to my way of thinking, dealing in "good faith" with those two - this Pelosi, this egregious Reid - is now doing dishonor to that office. It's casting the pearl of the American Presidency before swines. They shove a shiv under your ribs while they smile and smile and be villains. … [Read more...]

Wall Street Woes, Media Meltdown & More – UPDATED

:::Scroll Down for some very cranky updates::: Reducing everything down to base politics: it's what we do! James Pethokoukis, at US News and World Report wonders who Wall Street's woes helps and hurts. I say hurts McCain. Obama is "blaming the government" which is vague and easy for him to do, and also vague and easy for everyone to believe. It's not the smart answer, but it's the savvy one, especially if you've been in DC for only 4 years and have managed to acquire $126,000 from Fan & … [Read more...]

Linking around…

A 9 minute video is usually not my speed, but this one's clever and fast-moving. The light sabers and "Kentucky Fried Analogy" cracked me up. (H/T Bookworm, who features another - succinct and entertaining - vid by one of the players, here.) I don't know who this guy is, but he's smart, charismatic as hell, and has beautiful eyes and a great smile. Bookworm is also calling olly-olly-oxen-free to "secret conservatives" in Marin County and elsewhere. It's a sad thing, isn't it, when … [Read more...]

Astrologers and scary Bush

A reader sent me this story: Forget about Tuesday's votes in Oregon and Kentucky. Barack Obama has won the Cosmic Primary and is destined to be the next president of the United States. Seven leading astrologers consulted their charts and came to the unanimous conclusion, which they shared Tuesday at the United Astrology Conference in Denver...the seven panelists shared a sense of foreboding. No kidding, did they really? I would venture to say that many, many Americans have a shared sense of … [Read more...]

200,000 Condoms & some comments

Write a letter, save a life! The easiest task you'll have all day! Priorities in order, the UN sends 200,000 condoms to Myanmar, which the government has accepted. Perhaps those poor people can inflate them, tie them together and float out of there on them. (Margaret Cabaniss gives helpful links to Caritas International and Catholic Relief Services.) Demilitarizing America: it's the Smart-Obama thing to do. He's sounding dumber and dumber to me, and I'm sorry but doesn't he seem almost as … [Read more...]

Kennedy, Obama & Palin; Hillary's screams – UPDATED

My L'il Bro Thom sent me the word on Ted Kennedy's brain tumor which appears to be malignant. Obviously this is news that brings up a great many feelings for those of us who lived through the whole Kennedy mythology of Camelot through the 1960's. My first thought was "I feel badly for Caroline; when Ted goes it is the last real connection to her mother and father. I don't get the sense that she is close to her cousins." We all sort of feel like we own a piece of the Kennedy's don't we? I … [Read more...]

Will 2008 finish what 1968 began?

The new year is barely a week old and already it is fraught with drama - and tears. (Hello - I predicted the tears): What I dread most in this political season is the “genuine” moment - and it is coming, soon, sometime between today and tomorrow, or tomorrow and New Hampshire - when Mrs. Clinton, in her ongoing effort to turn herself into whatever the polls says she must be, cries in public. It’s going to be genuinely ghastly. Political crying never used to work - ask Ed Muskie and Pat … [Read more...]

Shameless Hill Shill on NBC

Lucianne highlights this video at her home page, and I think it's a pretty interesting one, for several reasons, first because the woman sitting next to Matt Lauer (I don't watch the show - who is that?) is all but wearing a "Vote for Hillary" button on her breast - there is a most unseemly gushing going on there that sets off all my antennae and makes me want to buy a pair of waders. The video is interesting, secondly, because at almost the same time Eric at Classical Values is noting … [Read more...]

Predictions for 2006

BUMPED TO TOP Last year, I let Buster make the year-end predictions, and since precious few of his predictions came true, I'm going to try it on my own, this time, just for fun. 1) After a few off-years, due to A-Rod's disingenuity (I still say he broke the curse when he slapped a ball out of the first baseman's glove and then tried to lie about it - Fie on A-Rod!) The NY Yankees will reclaim their rightful spot as World Champions. 2) Directly after the '06 elections, the press will be forced … [Read more...]