Aussiegirl, Helen Schieber, RIP

After a battle with cancer that simply could not be won, our friend Helen Schieber, AKA Aussiegirl, has passed at age 59.Helen was very brilliant - a wonderful writer and a real scholar. Often she simply was too smart for me to fully comprehend, but I always admired her way with a phrase. Her emails and comments were always keenly sophisticated and on the mark; she tended to see just past the edge of the rest of us, and so her conclusions were often uncommon.It was through her blog that … [Read more...]

10 things to think about for 2007

I posted lots of stuff today (scroll down) but blogging will now be light due to travel - in the meantime my Li'l Bro Thom sent this along and I thought I'd share it:TEN THINGS TO PONDER FOR 200710. Life is sexually transmitted. 9. Good health is merely the slowest rate at which one can die 8. Men have two emotions: Horny and Hungry. If he's not chasing you, make him a sandwich. (Is that true?) 7. Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day; teach a person to use the Internet and … [Read more...]

Re-assessing Iraq, Just Wars etc

The day before the president's speech, I got email from some people asking me why I'm such an idiot, how I can reconcile Christianity with war, how I could reconcile the present engagement with the "Just War" musings of Aquinas, etc.The day after the speech, I had a friend urge me to perform an exercise of "reassessment" regarding my views.I found myself writing essentially the same response to several of those folk - the ones worth answering (here's a hint, if you want me to respond to an … [Read more...]

Orthodoxy, Benedict and Stability

Siggy sent this my way, and I thought it was more than worth sharing:In 1935 (to pick a date), the most common pattern in our country was for a local boy to meet and marry a local girl and to settle down and raise their children in the community in which they themselves were born, with relatives and friends forming a network of relationships that surrounded and nurtured (or harrassed) them. Divorce rates and crime rates were relatively low in most places. Stable communities tend to have stable … [Read more...]

So, how’s Katie doing?

By Jon Friedman's lights, Katie Couric is not doing well. He thinks the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric is a quagmire, and cut-and-run should be the order of the day.I don't agree. Yet. But I do think Katie should stop bringing in protective padding whenever there is a big story on the horizon. This time it's Bob Schieffer. I can't remember who she had backing her up during the elections, but I do remember thinking, back then, that whenever she brings on an extra hand it opens her up … [Read more...]

Boxer and the sonless presidents

When I read this story my first thought was: "only super-evangelical freakshows like the Jim Phelps crew turn on a woman for not having children...."Rice appeared before the Senate in defense of President Bush's tactical change in Iraq, and quickly encountered Boxer."Who pays the price? I'm not going to pay a personal price," Boxer said. "My kids are too old, and my grandchild is too young."Then, to Rice: "You're not going to pay a particular price, as I understand it, with an immediate … [Read more...]

Speech and reactions – UPDATES

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face in marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a … [Read more...]

Dems: Bush is for it, so we’re against it UPDATED

(Captain Ed, btw, is liveblogging Bush's speech tonight.):::SEE UPDATE BELOW:::The Democrat philosophy of the past 3-4 years has essentially been, "whatever it is, if Bush is for it, we're against it. If Bush is against it, we're for it!"So, as recently as December 2006, Dems were calling for more troops and acknowledging that we can't afford to lose.Dec. 5. 2006 - In a surprise twist in the debate over Iraq, Rep. Silvestre Reyes, the soon-to-be chairman of the House Intelligence … [Read more...]

Good news for Sen. Johnson and his family

His condition has been upgraded and he's spending time off the ventilator.That's great. The brain injury he suffered was serious and tough on his family to endure. This is hopeful. Were I his wife I would be very grateful.Continued prayers for the Senator and his family. … [Read more...]

5 things you don’t know about me

I'll get Fausta for this, but because I am busy with a project and haven't time to really read news and write, I'll play along:FIVE THINGS YOU DO NOT KNOW ABOUT ME1) The doctor who delivered me was a WWII vet missing a leg. When I was born he held me up to the ceiling like Kunta Kinte holding Kizzy up to the stars, and began to sing "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling." He was not Irish.2) As a kid you couldn't take me for a car ride of longer than ten minutes duration without a bucket. I got … [Read more...]