Just breathe…

A bit of serenity from the Desert Fathers and Mothers1) Evagrius Ponticus wrote, "A prisoner in chains cannot run. Neither can a mind incarcerated by emotion discover the place of spiritual prayer. Impassioned thoughts abuse it roughly. It cannot be resolute and serene." He also wrote: "When your attention wanders, pray. As Paul wrote, 'pray with fear and trembling' sincerely and carefully. This is the way we should pray, because evil forces are attempting to hold us back."2) Brother … [Read more...]

Michelle Obama deserves Peace Prize, too!

I said Fridays will be devoted to faith (and this one still will) unless there is breaking news, and unfortunately, today there is breaking news that cannot be ignored:U.S. President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for offering the world hope and striving for nuclear disarmament in a surprise award that drew both warm praise and sharp criticism.The bestowal of one of the world's top accolades on a president less than nine months in office, who has yet to score a major … [Read more...]

Does Obama know who we are?

The cruelest, most violent Samurai in Japan decides he wants to become enlightened. He bursts into the home of an esteemed Zen Master and demands that the Master teach him how to become enlightened.The Zen Master looks deeply into his eyes and says, "No. You are a dirty, vicious Samurai. I will not teach you."Enraged, the Samurai yanks out his sword and places it right at the Zen Master's neck. He hollers, "Do you have any idea who I am? I am the cruelest Samurai in the world. I can … [Read more...]

Press fact-checks everyone but Obama

If you have not been paying attention, it's time to start.As you undoubtedly know, last week's episode of Saturday Night Live began with an impression that dared to mock President Obama, which -in the minds of our betters in the media- is simply not done.Tina Fey can (incorrectly) portray Sarah Palin as saying she could "see Russia from my house," and that is considered "spot-on" by CNN (their words) but a comic cannot suggest that President Obama has actually done (or left undone) things he … [Read more...]

Will Tiny Israel Save the World?

“‘The intelligence that we had from the U.S. Olympic Committee and Chicago bid team was that it was very close and therefore well worth our efforts,’ said Valerie Jarrett, a senior White House advisor. ‘The message was that … a personal appeal from the president would make a huge difference.’” -- Source (H/T)Another president brought low by bad intelligence, even with a dazzling presentation.Okay, I'm joking. And for crying out loud, we should be able to joke about not getting the Olympics. … [Read more...]

Catching up on random things…

The US has relinquished control of the internet. Most powerful communication tool out there -potent delivery system for the weapon of ideas. Why should we want to control that? The internet is a pain, the MSM has to keep scrubbing it all the time!Then again we apparently do want to control this?About the Vinegar at Jesus' Crucifixion: We'd talked about it a little here, but Julie at Happy Catholics has been resourceful about it and you'll want to read what she's dug up. It's VERY … [Read more...]

Did the IOC recognise a weak horse? UPDATES

Okay, so Chicago did not get the Olympics.I was certain Obama was going to Copenhagen because it was a done deal, and he'd get a little glory for bringing the Games to his home city, and show everyone how much the world loved him.I was wrong.But this is a big story -and a bit of an embarrassment for the president- for one reason, and one reason only: the excessive, slobbering press created gigantic expectation. Listening to CNN this morning, you thought this was a "done" deal, the IOC was … [Read more...]

Tsunami & Calamity; I miss Bush -UPDATED

The pictures from The Philippines are harrowing.Things sound terrible in Indonesia, so let us pray, particularly since more tremblors are expected and who knows what can happen in the Pacific.I know this is Friday, and therefore a non-political day for this blog, but in reading this report, I can't help but remember President Bush's response to the '04 Tsunami, how he immediately sent aid and naval vessels (and committed to long term relief to that area).And I remember some snotnose from … [Read more...]

Evil & Formation -UPDATED

One of those days where there is too much to read, and all of it wounds either the psyche or the spirit, or one's sense of safety. Bear with me, if you will; I find I'm battling some sort of virus, thingy, which does not help.There are no conclusions I can draw, in any of these links, that you cannot draw yourself.But, overriding all of it is a startlingly strong sense of evil, galloping our way, in battalions.Let's begin on the purely material: This is a shocking graph.But no matter … [Read more...]

Brilliant Artists are Privileged

Now, this is a curious thing. The Rhetoritician makes the valid point that Hollywood wishes to excuse men like Roman Polanski from their wrongdoing, but will work to destroy men like Mark Foley for theirs.Recalling Orwell's Animal Farm The Rhetoritician entitles his piece Some are more Equal than Others.Looking at pictures from U2's big concert in DC last night, I am seeing a pattern emerge.I am a fan -a big fan- of U2's music. I still think Achtung Baby and Zooropa are two of the best … [Read more...]


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