Comments, trackbacks and spam

My apologies to those of you who have been leaving comments or trackbacks and have wondered why they have not appeared.While the site is moderated, I still have not seen fit to "disallow" any comment. Unfortunately, I seem to be getting spam-bombed and my filters for some reason are calling almost everything "spam" at this point - including your comments and trackbacks. I am trying to keep up with it and release comments and trackbacks as I find them, but obviously I haven't the time to sit … [Read more...]

“Begging the question” Correction

My post, Sir, that is not quite what I said, contains an error in usage of which two readers have kindly informed me. It seems "begging the question" does not mean what I (and I think many others) have long-believed it to mean.I wrote:For all Boehlert’s angry writing, this fact remains: The AP has reported that multiple mosques were burned down and multiple human beings were burned alive. Within the report, they quoted a source they’ve used often - so often that a blogger noticed and said, “ … [Read more...]

My Last Book Recommendation of 2006 – UPDATED

Spoiled Rotten America: Outrages of Everyday Life, by Larry MilllerComedian/Actor Larry Miller - you might remember him as the obsequious shop manager in Pretty Woman "you are not only a powerful man, but a handsome man..." - has always been a favorite, and he's got a new book of 17 essays on life in America that is just knocking my socks off. It's funny, yes, but also very insightful.I don't know about you, but I spend half my life looking at people through Norman Rockwell lenses: loving … [Read more...]

Sir, that’s not quite what I said

Regular readers know I generally do not respond to criticisms of this blog by other bloggers - or by anyone, really - I figure people are entitled to their opinions about me, as long as they're quoting me accurately.So I was not inclined to comment when Mr. Eric Boehlert wrote this column on December 11 in which he took several bloggers to task for daring to question the AP and for (gasp) actually minding the fact that the AP seemed disinterested in seeking out whether one of its headlined … [Read more...]

Pat Conroy proves my father right

When I was a little girl, the nightly news was full of young men dying in Vietnam and other young men (usually bearded, long haired "counter-culturalists" wearing the latest trendy "counter-cultural" clothes and listening to the permitted "counter-cultural" music) who were burning their draft cards and chanting "hell no, we won't go," into the cameras for the 6 O' Clock News.I asked my birth-father, a WWII draftee who had served in Okinawa, what the long-haired students were all about, and … [Read more...]

Dreaming of a “New” Christmas?

Fr. James Martin, the Jesuit writer who wrote one of this years several really excellent "Catholic" Books, My Life with the Saints, (the other being Nancy Klein Maguire's An Infinity of Little Hours - both available thru The Bookshelf), has suggested that maybe the Christians ought to call the Battle for a Christ-centered Christmas as lost, and regroup a bit.Writes Martin: Like many people, I find the Christmas season a blessing and, to be honest, a little bit of a curse. On the one hand, I … [Read more...]

Well, Les, I tried to tell you…

Dear Mr. Moonves,It has come to my sad attention that your CBS Evening News broadcast is limping toward irrelevancy, seemingly mired in third place. To date the Great Katie Experiment of 2006 looks to have come a stinker.A shame. You spent a great deal of money hyping your new anchor, and tweaked the show in interesting - at times commendable - fashion. The experiment with freeSpeech, while fraught with all the division and reactionary angst one can expect from viewers in these divided … [Read more...]

A Red One, Please

I'm a Ford Mustang!You're an American classic -- fast, strong, and bold. You're not snobby or pretentious, but you have what it takes to give anyone a run for their money. "Take the Which Sports Car Are You? quiz.I'm quite happy to be a Mustang. Perfect. H/T Fausta who also has an aphrodisiac or two on her mind. I like the way she thinks. … [Read more...]

More on “It’s a Wonderful Life”

A few days ago, while writing about Will Smith's new film The Pursuit of Happyness, I also found myself talking about the classic, "It's a Wonderful Life," starring James Stewart.My L'il Bro Thom added his thoughts, and I wanted to share them:It’s a very deceptive movie – froth and cream on top, but bitter and full of bile underneath. I know now why people were so upset when it was colorized in the 80s – it needs to be told in black and white. The scene when George Bailey returns to his hou … [Read more...]

Vespers for Monday, Dec 18

The Dominican nuns of Summit, New Jersey have made a video of vespers for tonight. Not perfect (they're very apologetic about that) but perfectly lovely, and I hope they share more of this with us. They sounded like angels to me as they sang the second of what are known as the O Antiphons, which we chant in the last week of Advent, as the antiphon just prior to the chanting of the Magnificat. These antiphons are especially beautiful. They started yesterday with the O Sapientia: “O Wisdom, O h … [Read more...]

Hillary respect reaches zero

While I've never been a fan of Hillary Clinton, I have always respected (and expressed respect) for the fact that she didn't do the usual shuck-n-jive dance regarding her vote for the war in Iraq. She seemed to me to be holding on to her own assertion that the intelligence regarding Saddam's dangerous capabilities were (as she said) "consistant with what we saw when we were in the White House," and remaining intellectually honest about the fact that, given the intelligence, the invasion of Iraq … [Read more...]

Pols who talk, YOU and more

Daisy Cutter says we have no press, and asks some interesting questions about how journalists operate these days. You'll want to read it.Roger Simon links to Victor David Hanson who wonders if we have "serious" politicians anymore:Does running for President allow a candidate to freelance at a time of war by talking to our enemies and triangulating against the president? Why is Gov. Richardson talking to North Koreans, or Sen. Kerry trying to talk to the Iranians, or Sen. Bayh to the … [Read more...]

Panis Angelicus and O Holy Night

You must run over - yes, run, immediately - over to Scribal Terror and watch/listen to the exquisite video she's posted of "Panis Angelicus" sung by St. Phillips' Church Boys' Choir of Norbury UK. Haunting and perfect.She also has posted a lovely version of O Holy Night sung by Welshman (and Welshboy) Aled Jones, here.Take a moment from your busy day for something gorgeous, and for the season. Even if you "hate" Christmas you would have to be a philistine to not appreciate these … [Read more...]

Weblog Awards Winners Named

Votes have been tallied and the winners are announced!.I must admit, very few of my personal faves ended up winning, but congrats to all, and to Kevin Aylward and crew, for doing their usual great job.I was saddened to hear from one blogging friend that his site seemed to be under attack during much of the voting time. He never made the accusation that there was a connection, so I won't, either, but the timing of the attacks against him seemed to co-incide with the "voting" time-frame.I … [Read more...]