Who can have a Catholic Funeral & more

That seems to be the question of the hour in my email, and thankfully, Deacon Greg has a helpful post on the subject:Because of its public nature the Church's public intercession for a departed soul is more limited. A funeral Mass can be celebrated for most Catholics, but there are some specific cases in which canon law requires the denial of a funeral Mass.Canons 1184-1185 say:"Canon 1184 §1. Unless they gave some signs of repentance before death, the following must be deprived of … [Read more...]

Sebelius cheers thugs & a GREAT photo essay

There is offensive language on this video, so if that bothers you, you are warned. To my way of thinking the physical violence is more offensive:Source: The indispensable Hot AirThe day after the attack on a fellow selling buttons and "Don't Tread on Me" flags (and which immediately preceded this event), Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius held a conference call to the SEIU, during which she greeted her union "brothers and sisters" and said "keep doing what you're doing!"Culture of … [Read more...]

Our freezing summer makes me gripe

It's freezing here; we can't swim, can't have the windows open. Every day is cold. It just convinces me more than ever that solar flares (or the lack of them) have more to do with the ever-changing climate of planet earth.And more resentful of policies, programs and restrictions put in our way, in service to the hoo-hah of Mr. Gore. And why this ticks me off, too. And this. And why not, anymore?I am most seriously unhappy today.The prescient satirical genius of Paddy ChayefskyIn … [Read more...]

Podcast; Office for the Dead (for Iran)

As I explain in the podcast, after turning alternative media for lack of MSM coverage, and reading tons of material on Iran, and listening to the president's remarks, and reading Twittered Tweets from people in Iran trying to get information and images out of that country, I was already inclined to pray for the people of Iran. Then, after seeing a few horrific videos, and one awful picture (very graphic, you are warned), I have decided to pray the Office for the Dead, for those losing their … [Read more...]

Iraqis get the hang of voting! Obama ignores.

You're looking at Liberty, touching the future... (Essam al-Sudani/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images)"Democracy! Whiskey! Sexy!"Predictably - because this was effected by President Bush - the American press is barely mentioning it (last night I could find exactly one story about it, and that was by the BBC) but 15 million registered Iraqis went to the polls today:One Sunni Arab man strolling through Baghdad, Ali Sabah, 26, told CNN he is looking forward to casting a ballot. "Democracy i … [Read more...]

Longest. Linkaround. Evah.

Settle in for a long 'un, kiddies.Start here (h/t Ann Althouse):Hey, according to the press, wars are challenging, serious and difficult to win. Funny how perceptions change when parties change in the White House, innit? Iraq suddenly looks different, too! Or...actually...maybe the same!President Bush has declared Washington DC a state of emergency to help secure and pay for Obama's inaugural. Most expensive inaugural ever. In a time of (if the left is to be believed) "unprecedented … [Read more...]

Odds and Ends

Sadly, I'm having all sorts of network issues today and don't know when or if I'll lose connection, today, so here are some quick odds-n-ends:I love this video from Fr. Steve's place. From a Catholic perspective it is silly, sweet, and - because it is so true to what we experience within our Catholic culture, even today - inspiring, as well.From the Christophers: A great story for Christmas - a podcast you'll want to hear about a woman who gave a kidney to a little boy she did not … [Read more...]

How did your voting go? – UPDATED

Polling, by William Hogarth Via Cat at Brits at their Best who writes:Polling (1754) by William Hogarth. Long lines then, too, even though not all men and no women could vote. Voting is the only reliable poll - unless voters have been pressured or votes have been stolen.In 1872, PM William Gladstone introduced the secret ballot. Previously men had to mount a platform in full view of their neighbours and announce their choice of candidate to the officer who recorded it in the poll book. … [Read more...]

Predictions for the next 24 hours…

I ain't sly enough to actually make a prediction on the scale of Ed Morrissey's; he calls for a close race with McCain/Palin squeaking out a win.And - while I agree with her prediction - I won't take Kate's rather easy road on this one; of course she is correct.Okay, here's one prediction I'll make: If McCain/Palin wins, the press and the Dems will stroke out and Obama will play The Ultimate Chutzpah Card and say that at least 14 states (the big ACORN states) must be challenged because "the … [Read more...]

No Coal Power, No Questions in Obamaland – UPDATED

I don't know why the McCain camp is not running constant ads - at least in PA and Virginia, highlighting Obama's admission that - given the opportunity - he'll bankrupt any new coal plants.The press, of course, is mum. As we see with the LA Times, which arrogantly will release neither tape nor transcript of Obama speaking at an Israel-bashing event (can you just imagine how quickly they'd deliver same were John McCain speaking instead), they have no interest in actually covering anything … [Read more...]