Carnival of Recipes

This is a particualrly good week, it seems. I can't wait to try the hummus recipe. … [Read more...]

Yes, I am this pathetic…

You know what that is?Yeah, it's a keychain. With a T on it. T for Terfel.Yeah, it's made from Welsh slate taken from some quarry near The Terfel's home in Wales.Yeah...I blush to say it is purchased from an official fan is, at this moment, attached to my keyring.Yeah...I'm that far gone.But deep down you have always known, you must have always known, that I am this pathetic.I'm kind of creeping myself out. I'm like some craven little deviate, a shrunken … [Read more...]

Cleanse your visual palate and move on!

Hop over to Bennings' place for a very nice appreciation of John William Waterhouse.After you've done that, take a turn over at Richard Lawrence Cohen's establishment. He's caught in one of those "where am I" loops. And he's got some nice pictures of Greece here.And now for something you weren't expecting:I have trod the upward and the downward slope; I have endured and done in days before; I have longed for all, and bid farewell to hope; And I have lived and loved and closed the door.. … [Read more...]

A workable immigration solution?

AJ Strata has posted an idea he has for a workable solution to the illegal immigration impasse that is tearing up the right. I like it. I don't know if hardline, "ship 'em all back, no matter what" folks can see their way to this, but it sounds good to me.The House can fix this problem by adding this necessary package to the Senate Bill. We should deport hard criminals (felonies) who are immigrants because they have shown themselves unworthy of our largess. The anger on the right is … [Read more...]

al-Zarqawi Dead UPDATED

The story is everywhere and being written on by better writers than I, so I'll just link around, adding to the roundup throughout the day, so check back if you like - after directing you to a few must-reads, I'll look for some unusual reaction.One thing, before linking to the Zarqawi stories: DO scroll down over at Captains Quarters, because you don't want to miss his postings on the two terrorists arrested at Heathrow and oh yes, HELLO...another key text has been translated in those Iraqi … [Read more...]

Anti-Warists on the Normany Invasion

Via Instapundit:Top 11 Things That Anti-War Protesters Would Have Said At the Normandy Invasion on D-Day (Had There Been Anti-War Protesters At Normandy11. No blood for French Wine!10. It’s been two and a half years since Pearl Harbor and they still haven’t brought Admiral Nagumo to justice9. In 62 years, the date will be 6/6/6. A coincidence? I think not.8. All this death and destruction is because the neo-cons are in the pocket of Israel7. The soldiers are still on the beach, this i … [Read more...]

Surber nails: if the NY Times covered baseball

Specifically if the Times covered this week's Yankees 13-5 Victory over the BoSox.Yankee batters lacked the proper body armor to face Boston pitchers as Jorge Posada would discover when he was hit with a pitch later, in the bottom of the third. It was a near-fatal blow that the trainer admitted could have been deadly if the pitch had been thrown faster and at his temple, and he had his helmet off.It's delicious. Satire and parody only work when they originate from places of truth. This … [Read more...]

L’il Bro Kinda Likes Brownback

My L'il Bro Thom sent me this interesting piece in the WaPo about Sen. Sam Brownback with these observations: I kinda like this guy, he bears watching. He sounds kind of Deacon-y to me. Seems promising."As you know, L'il Bro Thom is rather left of center, so I was a little surprised to see him liking Brownback, but then again, Thom is very faithful, so perhaps I should not be surprised.From the article:Everything has its season, and now is the time when presidential aspirants sprout … [Read more...]

Brooks Robinson & Norman Rockwell

A nice story about baseball and Americana, with no political hoohah at all. Written by the always terrific Jonathan Pitts of the Baltimore Sun - one of the most consistently great feature writers I've ever read.For many, Brooks Robinson's most lasting achievement seems less the 16 Gold Gloves and two World Series titles he won as a player than the unshakable courtesy with which he won them. The O's legend displayed a rock-solid decency that seemed, somehow, as quintessentially American as … [Read more...]

Bush’s victories receive scant attention

Gasp! Do ya think?Hey, at least someone, somewhere acknowledges it!Last week, there was much less media coverage of a Rose Garden ceremony in which Bush presided over the swearing-in of Kavanaugh, who had been confirmed by a 57-36 vote.Bush has quietly been racking up small victories like these that seem at odds with the media’s conventional wisdom of a presidency on the skids. [...] In addition to success with his nominations, Bush also is presiding over a booming economy and is even s … [Read more...]

“Is Coulter missing a humanity gene?” UPDATED

:::Scroll down for update:::My brother Thom asked that question after reading this piece about Ann Coulter's latest over-reach.She's never been my cuppa, as I have written before. While she is whip-smart, I've never liked her because Coulter tends to overdo - she routinely loses sight of boundaries of common decency. She goes too far and discredits herself and the values she says she espouses.I must say, my skin crawled to read some of her statements. To me she is embodying everything I … [Read more...]

Teens, Technology and CBS

CBS is going to be running a three-day series on Teenagers and Technology - I frankly feel that Buster's generation came out of the womb hard-wired and ready for interaction with diodes and such - and they're looking for interested parents who would be willing to participate by submitting questions and concerns to the shows panel of experts, as explained here.Through the use of multimedia, we will examine how teens are using technology and what that technology is doing to them.We also want … [Read more...]

Help Sr. Greta choose her new name!

I believe this blog has been following the progress of Sr. Greta since her entrance to a Dominican monastery in New Jersey. Now, she is preparing to be recieved as a novice and clothed in the habit of that order. If she likes, she may choose a new name as part of her new life in God.There is precedent of course, for this in scripture - Abram became Abraham, Noe became Noah, Simon became Peter, etc.Yes, to set one's tent in a monastery - to spend a whole lifetime in one spot - might seem … [Read more...]

My eventual waking

Some of you have written to me expressing your hopes that I will re-consider what I have written about my eventual death and waking.You will be happy to know that my husband has decided the issue for me.He's decided that since he can pretty much do what he wants once I'm dead, he'll subject me to a ten day public wake and then launch me off the Great South Bay of Long Island, Viking style, with all of my Bryn Terfel CD's and DVD's and Kiefer Sutherland DVD's in tow...then he'll toss a torch … [Read more...]