What If God Was One of Us, and Drove a Race Car?

Ayrton would not approve of that typo!

Today is the 20th anniversary of the passing on to God of this legendary racing driver. As such, I’m republishing this post.

I would wager that the answer to my title question would be that if this ever happened, it would look a lot like Ayrton Senna da Silva dominating Formula One circuits.

Who is Ayrton Senna? A race car driver who died eighteen years ago. Prepare for a gearhead hagiography post of sorts. [Read more…]

As the Organic Food Craze Runs Its Course…

Here’s something that HHS will never warn women about.

 

The irony of utilizing artificial hormones for birth control is lost on the Sex and the City crowd. They’re too concerned about buying organic veggies at Whole Foods, while putting their brains in neutral when at Walgreens and CVS.

Be weird. Be different. Take “organic” to it’s natural conclusion.

You Don’t Have to be Catholic to Recognize Joe Biden’s Remarkable Incoherence on Abortion

Here at Patheos, there are many different viewpoints from folks from many different faith traditions.  Timothy Dalrymple isn’t a Catholic, for example.  But one doesn’t need to be a Catholic to recognize cognitive dissonance of the magnitude that was displayed by Vice President Biden during the recent debate with candidate Paul Ryan.

Some of the liberal commentators who recognized that Biden came across as an angry and condescending thought that his finest moments were at the end, when he grew earnest and opined on his faith, abortion and religious freedom.  I thought those were his worst. [Read more…]

A Quote for Election Seasons, Past, Present, and Future

 

“It is your duty to vote. To neglect to do so would be a culpable abdication of duty on your part. It is your duty to vote honestly; that is to say, for men worthy of your esteem and trust. It is your duty to vote wisely; that is to say, in such a way as not to waste your votes. It would be better to cast them for candidates who, although not giving complete satisfaction to all our legitimate demands, would lead us to expect from them a line of conduct useful to the country, rather than to keep your votes for others whose program would indeed be more perfect, but whose almost certain defeat might open the door to the enemies of religion and of the social order.”

Fr. John A Ryan, DD, formerly the Professor of Moral Theology at the Catholic University of America, democracy of the dead (requiescat in pace)

Go Buy the Book I Helped Write, And Help a School!

Some of the authors of One Body, Many Blogs *cough*

So today is the official launch of the e-book I mentioned that I was contributing to a fortnight ago. Go buy it now! [Read more…]

A 1,000 Mile Per Hour Car? Let’s Do It!


I’m a sucker for gearhead related stuff like this. Slap four wheels on something that includes a Formula-One engine, a Typhoon fighter plane jet engine AND a rocket motor? I’m definitely interested.

ABC News has the clip (pardon any commercials), [Read more…]

Orgasm: The Alpha and the Omega of Our Politics? UPDATED

“Oh Frank, what’s with that headline? You’re really just too much. Calm yourself down man, and have a beer or something.”

Actually, there isn’t enough room on the headline to say much more. I could have said, “Sex Viewed Through the Lens of Secularism Drives Our Political Policies.” But that might have put you to sleep. [Read more…]

For Something Old and Something New (Thoughts for Thursday)

On Thursdays I serve as lector at the parish near my office. I’ve been the Thursday reader for a couple of years now and these days, I don’t even look ahead at the readings beforehand. There are two reasons for this. A) I like to be surprised and B) I found that I was often surprised anyway, as the readings for the day are often changed by the pastor to reflect the memorials for saints that the Daily Readings I found at the USSCB weren’t picking up on.

So now, I just say a prayer that I will read well, and then I head on up and dive in. Today, I was happily surprised to read aloud the words from my favorite Old Testament book, Ecclesiastes. I hope I wasn’t grinning too much as I launched into the classic beginning of Qoheleth’s riddle of life, [Read more…]

So, remember the original theme song to Gilligan’s Island?


I’m included in the part of the song that goes “and the rest…” for the project below, [Read more…]

J. S. Bach’s Coffee Cantata (Music for Mondays)

Bach knows coffee…

Johann Sebastian Bach loved coffee, before coffee houses were cool. He and his musician friends hung out at a place in Liepzig that was something along the lines of Central Perk in the television series Friends, and they jammed, and penned masterpieces, and stuff.

Being the giant of music knowledge that I am, I found all this out today via a Google search (about 5 minutes ago) because I love books, coffee, and music. [Read more…]