No greater love…

Many have heard the story of the rather newly named saint, Gianna Beretta Molla and the story of how she, diagnosed with cancer and advised to abort, chose to deliver the new life and accept having "run the race and finished [her] course."It is an astonishing story of love in an age where woman are routinely counseled to put themselves first. And now we read this tremendous love has happened again in Vancouver. (Hattip: KJL at NRO's The Corner )Vancouver Woman Chooses Life for Her Baby just … [Read more...]

Modo’s Keep – The Sterile Castle

The more I read Maureen Dowd the more I've come to believe the woman is staggeringly ill-equipped to deal with life. In today's rant - the poor thing can do nothing unless ranting is involved - she is going after men, all men. An entire gender has ticked her off. Why?They don't want to date her, or to marry her.Why?Because she's a strong woman who wants to be treated as an equal! She actually implies that she is the equivalent of Katharine Hepburn, in my beloved old movies of 50 or 70 years ago, … [Read more...]

So, this Buddhist and this Catholic were talking…

Well, not really. Both were musing and sharing their thoughts. And both had a great deal to say that was worthwhile.And I liked what they had to say so much that I figured I would share it with you.First up The Buddhist. An excerpt:There was once a very enlightened Buddhist yogi who had an extraordinary vision. He is a tulku, one of the yogis who comes back regularly to help us, like the Dalai Lama. You can read about his latest manifestation here. But I want to tell you about a vision he had … [Read more...]

A discourse on the distinction between Mercy and Spam

Sent to me by a friend, and kind of cute: Wonderful spam! Lovely spam! Eternal spam! by one Michael McGirr. If you're looking at the clock and needing a little break, here it is.When you think about it, spam is a bit like grace. Nobody knows where it comes from or why. But the minute you make the slightest positive response, you get a whole lot more.The difference is that grace is helpful.A typical morning’s spam for me will include six urgent offers of something financial and another six of s … [Read more...]

A Little Cyber-Retreat You Can Call Your Own

It's rare for a monastery to get written up in a travel magazine, but The Trappist Monastery of the Holy Spirit has had a lovely write up in Travelgirl Magazine. The pictures are lovely. I wish I could go right now. Enjoy.UPDATE: I have only just gotten to read the ruminations of the two retreatants profiled here. I was most taken with the agnostic man's compelling remarks, and thought I'd highlight a bit of his experience and thoughts.The bulletin board in the quiet dining room has a posting to … [Read more...]

Fineman reaches but doesn’t get the brass ring

I'll give Howard Fineman points for trying, mostly because I have a soft spot for Fineman. That schoolboy hair, the studious glasses, you just want to bring him home and give him a bowl of soup with crackers.But the man doesn't get it. Writing about Rathergate, and its effect on the mainstream media, he correctly identifies his industry as a political party in demise, but immediately blows it by reversing the order of this party's destroyers:A political party is dying before our eyes — and I d … [Read more...]

Surplus? Yes. Surplus.

I saw this a few days ago and wish I'd taken the time to post it; I'da scooped the Blogfather! :-)But I didn't, so I'll post it, now and look like the complete lemming that I am! It's news that no one has managed to splay up in a headline, not even "conservative news sources" like Drudge: Pssssst....surplus.What was that formula that the GOP keeps suggesting and the Democrats keep trying to undermine? Oh, yeah. Lower taxes, especially on small businesses...that creates jobs, which creates … [Read more...]

January 12th! Today is the day!

And now is the time! The place to go and contribute is HERE.Aw, now, don't be coy, you know I'm talking about Captain's Quarters World Relief Day.If you really don't remember, I'll remind you in the Captain's own words:CQ readers, fellow bloggers, and friends,We have before us one of the world's greatest natural disasters in terms of lost human life. Over 120,000 now (12/31) have perished, and unless we get immediate and effective assistance to the survivors, many more will die. (1/2: CNN now … [Read more...]

I missed all the news, all the big CBS writing!

Boy, talk about yer bad timing! Unfortunately circumstances over the last few days have been so unusually busy that I simply have had no time to read any news, to read any bloggers, or even to read all of the smart opinions out there regarding the Rathergate Report.Sigh. I did take quick looks and saw that all the big bloggers were writing like mad.I always miss the fun stuff.Okay, now. I'll stop whining and go read. ;-) … [Read more...]

Dan Rather’s rather lame response. Courage.

January 11, 2005TO : All CBS News ColleaguesThe panel report is part of a process – a necessary process to deal with a difficult issue – at the end of which four good people have lost their jobs. My strongest reaction is one of sadness and concern for those individuals whom I know and with whom I have worked. It would be a shame if we let this matter, troubling as it is, obscure their dedication and good work over the years.Yet good can come from this process if CBS News, and the hundreds of abl … [Read more...]

Moonves Memo to CBS – Interesting Reading

TO: All CBS employeesFROM: Leslie MoonvesDATE: January 10, 2005On September ­­22, 2004, we asked an Independent Panel to find out what went wrong in the development, preparation and aftermath of the September 8th broadcast, on 60 Minutes Wednesday, concerning President George W. Bush's service in the Texas Air National Guard. Today, those findings have been issued, and may be found on I would now like to offer CBS's thoughts on the comprehensive report issued today by … [Read more...]

Big bloggers clearly under attack; smaller blogs need to pick up the slack!

Okay, so my immediate suspicion and paranoia was well-founded. Hosting Matters confirms attacks. They'd no sooner gotten back on track then they went down again. Glenn Reynolds backup site, Instabackup also confirms. Affected are all the big guys - LGF, Powerline, Instapundit, Truth Laid Bear, Tim Blair, and even some smaller guys like Varifrank. (Maybe it would be a good thing if our big bloggers used different servers rather than all of them being on one?)One can only assume, since these are … [Read more...]

Washington States’ bad precedent!

DJ Drummond over at has a breaking story that should make you quiver in your chair.Washington State Supreme Court Awards Win To SeahawksEstablishing a trend begun in the Gubernatorial Election, the Washington State Supreme Court reversed the apparent results of the on-field play, and awarded a playoff game victory to the Seattle Seahawks over the St. Louis Rams.The play on the fielded ended with St. Louis ahead on the scoreboard, 27-20. But because the margin was only one score, … [Read more...]

Joe Marshall has some good advice for the Democrats

I rarely link to a left-leaning site, mostly because I seldom peruse them. It's not that I am prejudiced or disinterested in what the other side has to say; it's just that so few of them ever say anything new.Too often, when I do check into a lefty site, like Democratic Underground or Daily Kos, I feel like I've just stepped over a crew of Maureen-Dowd-wannabees, lying in a gutter full of their own vomit, willfully disconnected from anything remotely positive or hopeful, and fully disinterested … [Read more...]