London 1927 in living color

This is delightful, really, and sad, too, in a way -a travelogue film of London, in 1927. Found at New Advent, who notes that this film was taken "five years after Chesterton's conversion and thirteen years before the blitz."Fascinating, and a little melancholy to consider. Wonderful to see how London had recovered from "the war to end all wars," and to see the promise inherent in all of those new forms of travel and communication. Melancholy because "promise" seems all used up, and all we … [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...]

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...]

Lib Blog: Afghan support was a political tactic

It's refreshing to hear the truth, even if the truth is a shameful one that played with the lives of our service people while politicians and pundits postured.An astonishingly honest assessment — one that I fear is accurate — from the lefty blog Hullabaloo:Escalation is a bad idea. The Democrats backed themselves into defending the idea of Afghanistan being The Good War because they felt they needed to prove their macho bonafides they called for withdrawal from Iraq. Nobody asked too many que … [Read more...]

"They're my nukes…" Let's eat cake.

Remember the Irishman in Braveheart who declared that Ireland, "is my island!"Seems President Obama thinks our nuclear arsenal is his weaponry.Thank Ace for the boldface:Obama has rejected the Pentagon's first draft of the "nuclear posture review" as being too timid, and has called for a range of more far-reaching options consistent with his goal of eventually abolishing nuclear weapons altogether, according to European officials. ... The review is due to be completed by the end of this … [Read more...]

Ok, concedo; the world is nuts

Reading the news today, I feel a little like Roberto Duran, blocking the blows and shouting, "no mas, no mas!"Let's start here:Pop’s parents, both 24, made a decision when their baby was born to keep Pop’s sex a secret. Aside from a select few...nobody knows Pop’s gender; if anyone enquires, Pop’s parents simply say they don’t disclose this information.In an interview with newspaper Svenska Dagbladet in March, the parents were quoted saying their decision was rooted in the feminist … [Read more...]

Miranda Rights for Terrorists & President Opposite

Over breakfast, my husband and I were discussing President Obama's Cairo speech, wherein he lectured the West about the freedom of Muslim women to wear the hijab (Obama called it a hajib; is either correct?), but said nothing about Muslim nations giving them the freedom to not wear the covering, if they choose."He speaks here about nations not having the right to tell other nations what to do," my husband mused, "but does precisely the opposite with regards to Israel; he's always telling … [Read more...]

Huge Friday Linkaround

I so much wanted to do a podcast of morning prayer, but time got away from me. Will try to get a podcast up for Vespers, this afternoon. Meanwhile, this may keep you reading into tomorrow.For your linkaround, first let me talk about me, me, me; Yesterday's Daily article on the murder of George Tiller, and the musings of some Christians as to whether Bonehoeffer made a case for such a terrible killing, garnered many comments, a few of which suggested the commenter had not read the thing, a … [Read more...]

Hail Colombia & other things

So, from 2006 onward, President George W. Bush tried to push a free trade agreement through Congress, and Mrs. Pelosi and her crew resisted and obstructed and vowed "no way" would it be allowed to happen. And Candidate Obama decried it. Mostly because Bush wanted it, you understand.Thankfully, President Obama - who, since his candidacy, has reversed himself with stunning frequency - has - as in the song "Simple Gifts" 'turned, turned to come 'round right' on this issue, and he is now … [Read more...]

Don't prosecute assaults, thefts & burglaries?

Reader misogynist - who is a libertarian sort - sends this along with the note, "this is some scary stuff, right here..."Misdemeanor crimes such as assaults, thefts and burglaries will no longer be prosecuted in Contra Costa County because of budget cuts, the county's top prosecutor said Tuesday.District Attorney Robert Kochly also said that beginning May 4, his office will no longer prosecute felony drug cases involving smaller amounts of narcotics. That means anyone caught with less than a … [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X