Thursday, September 29, 2005

How Rex Harrison saved my bacon



Well, we had the opening, and I see that I am still not really recovered. We had two shows today, and I was a sweating wreck for both of them; and NOT out of nervousness. I simply do not have my energy back yet. The director pretty much ORDERED me home to bed at the end of the day. . .so it's evident not only to me that more rest is in order here.

My songs went OK as far as that goes, knowing that I have a fairly problematic upper respiratory infection. The biggest problems came about from 1) being betrayed by my voice into cracking uncontrollably on occasion, particularly on long-held notes, and more troubling is 2) having to take HUGE, GASPING BREATHS with each measure. Microphones pick these up really well. . .and there is nothing to be done about it. The audience simply has to hear me gasp.


But, there IS a partial solution.


The gentleman up pictured above is Rex Harrison, a noted screen actor from the '50s through the '80s. He is pictured with his co-star -the incomparable Audrey Hepburn- from his likely most famous film, My Fair Lady.

Anyone who has watched Mr. Harrison at work recognizes the following: He is a very good dresser; he has excellent command and diction of the English language; he physically commands every scene he is in, but not in an overpowering fashion; and he speaks his way through all of his songs that he performs in musicals, most notably the abovementioned Lady and Dr. Doolittle.

WHY he does this is beyond me. I've always suspected that he would have been a fine singer if he'd had some training, but he always insisted on sing-speaking.

And here's the thing, he does an absolutely awesome job of it. Watch him perform "Talk to the Animals" from Doolittle or "A Bachelor's Life" from Lady and you know what I am talking about. While it might not be as pleasant aurally as listening to Sinatra, he still tells a helluva story with the songs he speaks; and in some ways makes them even better in the telling.

So, when presented with those occasional notes and stanzas that present too much of a challenge for me either due their complexity, my greenness or my current infirmity, I have the comforting example of Mr. Harrison, whom I can attempt to emulate but can never truly recreate.

Thank you, Sir Rex. I shall create a new verb tomorrow night, when I tell the director that we are "Rex-Harrisoning" my song for the real opening.

See also:

Crime of the Scene
Audition Update
Theater Teaching Parenting
Beauty Opens Tomorrow

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Yeah, tell me again how science is objective

The UK Journal Times Online published this fantastically irresponsible story about how we Christians actually degrade society by adding to abortion, violence and so on.

Here is the key quote:

“In general, higher rates of belief in and worship of a creator correlate with higher rates of homicide, juvenile and early adult mortality, STD infection rates, teen pregnancy and abortion in the prosperous democracies.


I already went off here on how the Left will twist science to its own agenda. They're doing it again here.

Note the bold word; "CORRELATE". This does NOT prove anything scientifically. They may have a point, they may not. There is no way that this "study" has controlled all other possible contaminating factors. For all they know, they have simply uncovered a convenient (for them) coincidence.

All they are doing is comparing demographic data, noting some negative correlations, then claiming we Christians are in essence causing the downfall of society.

But they are marketing this to ignorant dingbats throughout the West as "science."


The next time some MoonBat tells me they have science on their side, they are going to be sent to this post, here and over to bloghogger where we also find that the American Psychological Association decertified homosexuality as a mental disorder due to popular demand, NOT due to "science."


Don't let your Lefty friends deceive you. They don't use science to prove anything. They wield science in the name of their own religion.

"Beauty" "Opens" tomorrow

Sort of. What we do is we perform two shows in front of local schoolchildren. They are paying customers (at a discount), and the house is full, so it can be viewed as an "opening", when in fact what we are doing is working out the last of the technical bugs for the REAL opening Friday night.

But, Sunday AM I came down with a sore throat. . .that has now transmogrified into bronchitis. My voice has dropped an octave, I am short of breath and a serious cough, not to mention seriously tired. (The only reason I am writing this is because I am bored out of my mind having been flat on my back now for two days. Stir-craziness is a real possibility).

So, we shall see how THAT goes.

My singing has proceeded apace. The song is workable. I do probably as well as Tom Bosley did on Broadway (and he is no singer); between hitting my notes and occasionally Rex-Harrisoning some of the more drawn out notes, I think I will make my debut tomorrow as a singer well enough.

Just pray that my pipes all clear up enough so that I can even talk my way through it.


You know that old adage, "The show must go on"? It's true. It must go on. And it WILL go on. I have to be there unless I am somehow hospitalized.


Links to previous articles on Beauty and the Beast

Crime of the Scene
Audition Update
Theater Teaching Parenting

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Working mothers and the rot in education

Seems that the governor of Georgia cancelled a couple of days of school in anitcipation of a fuel shortage that never materialized. Not that I blame him. Districts all over the country are going to be up against it at the end of the year having paid an average of $2.80/gallon of diesel when even the most pessimistic planners were budgeting for $2.00/gallon. One way to avoid this is to cancel school so that the busses don't run.

But the quote from cnn that kills me is the following:

"It's certainly caused a lot of problems for working parents today, and it causes problems for these kids who need to be learning and not just hanging out, watching the Cartoon Network at home," said mother Randy Faigin David of suburban Atlanta.


And here, ladies and gentlemen, we come to the invidious, odious, putrid soul that is general education (public or otherwise): It is a pain in the ass for working parents to have their children at home.

When you cut it down to its basic nut, we are not talking about missed instruction; only hardcore NEA members believe that serious instruction occurs in the public schools anymore. We are talking about removing state-sponsored daycare so that Mummy and Daddy can go out and pursue that almighty dollar.

The primary service that public education (specifically) and general education (generally) provides is not education, but daycare.

Getting the kids out of the house.

And this is why our knowledge scores compared to other industrialized countries continue to fall. We're not really trying to teach the kids, we're simply trying to watch them. Keep 'em out of trouble. Have them do something, ANYTHING other than drone out in front of the Cartoon Network.

Excuse me, Ms. Faigin-David-Cutthroat: Do you control your kids' access to the Tube when they ARE home from school? My bottom dollar guesses not.

I know whereof I speak. The school I used to administer had parents pushing for all-day Kindergarten. My studies of research indicated that this was a questionable move at best, and observations of the students suggested that we would be asking more of them than they were ready to give in doing so.

But when I asked the parents (in my innocence) why they wanted this, the most common response I got was not more quality instruction (yes, it did come up), but rather the interest in freeing up more time for Mom (usually) to do whatever it was she felt she needed to do on weekdays. That was the almost universally acknowledged benefit that was sought.

So I stonewalled the idea, and it never happened. But I knew the desire was out there, and apparently for the wrong reason.

It was evident in the push for all-day Kindergarten.

It was evident in those who pushed for all-day pre-school.

It was grossly evident in those families who dropped their child at daycare at 6AM, went to preschool from 8-12, and then returned to daycare from 12-6PM. 12 hours of institutionalized care. And then the harassed parents would arrive (late, more often than not), quickloy usher this kid into the car, often with a backhanded slam about how her kid seemed unhappy and angry all the time.

Gee, I wonder why?

I expect that mom got her kid into all-day Kinder just as fast as she could.

Somewhere in the Catechism of the Catholic Church it states that:
Parents are the first educators of their children.

It then goes on to state that homeschooling is the ideal, if achievable, means of doing.

In this self-absorbed culture? I think not.

Yet another instance of the greatness of the Church in standing up to such an entrenched, popular and flat-out wrong position.

Some of my loonie-Leftie connections challenge me, saying that I am an ossified, unwilling-to-change conservative.

When in fact the opposite is true. I am a revolutionary, advocating for the overturning of the entrenched, liberal mindset that all is well in American Education.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Parenting woes

I cannot recall the reference, but I once read a story where the protagonist was recalling his childhood. He had committed some idiot atrocity. As I remember it, he had grossly endangered both his own life and that of his little sister for the sake of a physical thrill. It ended with his sister breaking her leg, when she could easily have died. To his credit, when the game went awry and she became endangered, the boy did everything he could to save her, hence her broken leg instead of an early death.

When his father discovered this, he gently called the boy out to the woodshed (after tending to the daughter), and announced he was going to strap the boy, and that with each strap the boy needed to cry out to God that the sister was OK. The boy willingly complied.

Later, the boy crept down the stairs of his house, to see his father weeping by the fire while being embraced by his mother, the belt used for the strapping burning in the fireplace.

Among the points I think the author was trying to make was that there are times parents have to use severe consequences to correct the behavior of their children, and that the parents don't like using the methods, may even outright abhor them, but the need to teach overrides all other considerations.

The infliction of pain, oddly enough, is one of those morally neutral behaviors. The intent determines its moral validity. When my son has a splinter in his foot, I must dig it out, which increases his pain. Yet, this is morally valid, in that I am subjecting him to some pain now in exchange for freedom from future pain. But, if I slap my son because I want him to know who is in charge, that is an act of domination, not one of love, and the infliction of pain is sinful. Sadism is clearly sinful.

But the pain associated with learning, so long as the teacher is doing it out of a genuine desire to teach, to discipline (from dictionary.com:
dis·ci·pline Audio pronunciation of "discipline" ( P ) Pronunciation Key (ds-pln)
n.

1. Training expected to produce a specific character or pattern of behavior, especially training that produces moral or mental improvement.)(we might call this high discipline),
there the intent is one of loving correction, even if the methods are painful for the teacher. No truly loving parent or teacher enjoys seeing their children in pain, but sometimes that pain must take place for the child to learn whatever minor disciplines are required to achieve the high discipline defined above.


There are times I really dislike my job as a father. There are times when the stubbornness, defiance or foolishness of my children demands severe consequences, and I so want to not hurt them further, yet I know that if I do not discipline, the future hurt will be even worse. So I do apply the discipline, in the hopes that they will become disciplined themselves.

But there is absolutely no satisfaction in punishment. Right now, I fervently wish I would never have to punish again.

Sadly, my kids are still young. Now, after just having passed my 40th birthday, I understand the appeal of grandaparenting.



There, you are considered a good role player if you DON'T discipline!

MoonBat Left needs to calm down and even listen to the MSM for once

CNN reports here responsible scientists saying (for once) that global warming has nothing to do with the recent onset of monster Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.


More telling is the following excerpt:



In the September's issue of the journal Science, Peter Webster and Judith Curry documented a 60 percent global jump in major hurricanes with winds of 131 mph or more and a 1-degree increase in the tropical ocean surface temperature.

But Webster warned on Georgia Tech's Web site that more study was needed before blaming global warming.

"We need a longer data record of hurricane statistics," he said, "and we need to understand more about the role hurricanes play in regulating the heat balance and circulation in the atmosphere and oceans."

Willoughby said he is keeping an open mind about the role of global warming but believes it won't be a factor for at least another 100 years.

"The answer I give everybody, because it has all been so politicized, is I don't know," he said.

Gray was more direct. "There are all these medicine men out there who want to capitalize on general ignorance on this subject," he said.


(Italics are mine)

One can easily see the more unstable elements of the Left spouting that Bush's rejection of the Kyoto accord (let us not forget, defeated in the Senate by a vote of 99-0) claiming that the above article supports their position;global warming causes killer hurricanes.

But let's look at this quote again:
In the September's issue of the journal Science, Peter Webster and Judith Curry documented a 60 percent global jump in major hurricanes with winds of 131 mph or more and a 1-degree increase in the tropical ocean surface temperature.


The LoonLeft would have us believe that with the current rise in world temperatures CAUSE this increase in hurricane strength.

But, as I teach in psychology, all we have here is a correlation, and correlations do not prove causation. If the causation were true, how do you explain the killer hurricanes of 1915 that smacked both NO and Galveston, during a period of decided cold in North America?

Then there is this requote:
Gray was more direct. "There are all these medicine men out there who want to capitalize on general ignorance on this subject," he said.


Global warming is in fact becoming a religion for the more unstable Left. Just as all the world's ills in the ancient, pagan world were attributed to unpredictable gods, so now all our ills are blamed on the god of Global Warming.

Someone needs to alert the ACLU. We need judicial activists to act NOW and stop the spread of this nefarious religion that already has hold of many goverment institutions.

Friday, September 23, 2005

A public appeal to the GodofBiscuits

While I may well be inviting tremendous fire upon my head from Frisco, so be it. It is worth the risk in hopes that you will actually hear words that we have been trying to say here over and over. Go here and here to read two very moving essays on subjects that you regularly comment upon.

Testimony from a strong Catholic woman that could have been your sister.

Food for thought only. No malice, no sarcasm. Please, just give the words a chance.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

A worthwhile site

I know he's in my friends and neighbors bar to the right, but you need to check out Mark Shea right away. His site is chock full of interesting goodies, not to mention cogent and intelligent commentary, and he is a subtle yet fierce apologist. . .even if he doesn't think he is (actually, I have little idea on what he thinks of himself). Much of what I often wish to say or have said Mark seems to have said first.

Check him out and make a donation. Voices like his are too valuable.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Prime comparisonse between 9/11 and Katrina

Mercy me.

Check this out. Provides a wonderful comparison re: nature of the disaster and relative responses for both 9/11 and Katrina.

Makes for sobering and vindicating reading.

And it really ought to put Michael Moore and his sententious Letter to Republicans in the shade.

Tips to Chet over at Seek Truth for the link.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Racist demogoguery debunked.

I am getting REALLY TIRED of left-bent Maison de Lune (See Beauty and the Beast [the Broadway version] for the reference) refugees babbling about how Katrina response is racist in nature.

Michelle Malkin offers a link to an essay that just completely blows this sinister nonsense out of the fetid water.

The reality is that when idiots like Louis Farrakhan claim that white people blew up the levee to drown out the blacks and keep the white neighboorhoods dry, they are engaging in racism, pure and simple.

From dictionary.com: Racism: Discrimination or prejudice based on race.

How is Farrakhan's vitriolic babble and the rest of the MoonBat Left's claims that this is all race-related not racism in itself??


Though I seemingly joke that when Michael Moore is projecting when he keeps using the word "hate" in relation to conservatives, I am in fact being serious.

The Left is consumed with hatred: hatred for Republicans, for Christians, for family values. Truly, they hate the West, and to a greater extent, even themselves. They then are projecting their hatred onto Conservatives, blaming them for the very sins they hold deep in their Blue-State heart-of-hearts.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Spoofing rich, fat, unkempt "documentary" filmmak. . .oops, I mean, Michael Moore

Since this guy had so much fun smacking around Moore's utterly pretentious and disingenuous "letter to Bush voters", I thought I'd take a crack at it as well.

A Letter to All Who Voted for George W. Bush from Michael Moore

To All My Fellow Americans Who Voted for George W. Bush:

On this, the fourth anniversary of 9/11, I'm just curious, how does it feel?

Um, in relation to what? Stop using indefinite pronouns BEFORE you've identified your main subject.


How does it feel to know that the man you elected to lead us after we were attacked went ahead and put a guy in charge of FEMA whose main qualification was that he ran horse shows?

Well, far better than electing any president that might appoint a fat, self-centered freakbat such as you in charge of White House communications. Fortunately, that day is not yet upon us so overall, I'm feeling just fine. Thanks.


That's right. Horse shows.

Excuse me. Are you being condescending? Or do you simply think I'm hard of hearing?


I really want to know -- and I ask you this in all sincerity and with all due respect --

ALERT: LOADED QUESTION ALERT!!!


how do you feel about the utter contempt Mr. Bush has shown for your safety?

Oh, I get it. He only wanted to get into the White House to menace my safety.


C'mon, give me just a moment of honesty.

It's starting to look like you're condescending.


Don't start ranting on about how this disaster in New Orleans was the fault of one of the poorest cities in America.

You're right. It's poorness had nothing to do with it. But I WILL mention that it is one of the most crooked cities in America, with entrenched corruption of a type only to be found in '30s Chicago.


Put aside your hatred of Democrats and liberals and anyone with the last name of Clinton.

No problem. I already have. Once I see you put aside your hatred for all things family and faith oriented as well, I expect we can actually have a conversation.


Just look me in the eye and tell me our President did the right thing after 9/11 by naming a horse show runner as the top man to protect us in case of an emergency or catastrophe.

Read my lips: HE DID THE RIGHT THING. And when it was no longer the right thing, he pulled the plug on the man.


I want you to put aside your self-affixed label of Republican/conservative/born-again/capitalist/ditto-head/right-winger and just talk to me as an American, on the common ground we both call America.

Sure. I already have. Once you put aside your self-affixed label of Democrat/socialist/I-hate-nothing-but-Republicans/social re-engineer, I expect we can sit down and have a real conversation.


Are we safer now than before 9/11?

I'm not positive. But I DO know that I feel MUCH SAFER than I would if Clinton/Gore/Kerry were in charge.


When you learn that behind the horse show runner, the #2 and #3 men in charge of emergency preparedness have zero experience in emergency preparedness, do you think we are safer?

Well, I suppose as I would feel just as confident in education when they appoint a former military man superintendant (as they did in Seattle in the '90s, and had a rousing success). I'm not gonna second guess the Man here. I leave that to self-appointed critics such as you. Ever notice how hindsight is always 20/20, yet how is it you never notice the smell, because 20/20 vision is located right on your ass?


When you look at Michael Chertoff, the head of Homeland Security, a man with little experience in national security, do you feel secure?

See above.


When men who never served in the military and have never seen young men die in battle send our young people off to war, do you think they know how to conduct a war? Do they know what it means to have your legs blown off for a threat that was never there?

Oh, you mean like Clinton? Or Roosevelt? Or Wilson? Like those "good" democrats?


Do you really believe that turning over important government services to private corporations has resulted in better services for the people?

OH YEAH. I've worked for the government. You have no idea (actually you do, but you don't care) how much worse it can get.


Why do you hate our federal government so much?

I don't hate it. You really have a thing for that word, don't you? In psychology, this phenomenom is called "projection", where the feelings within the subject are seen by the subject in people around him.
Have you seen a therapist lately?


You have voted for politicians for the past 25 years whose main goal has been to de-fund the federal government. Do you think that cutting federal programs like FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers has been good or bad for America? GOOD OR BAD?

Overall, VERY, VERY GOOD!!! I suggest you consult Mr. Jefferson on this point.


With the nation's debt at an all-time high, do you think tax cuts for the rich are still a good idea?

Debt is nothing like it was in the CARTER years, when adjusted for inflation. HELLO!!!


Will you give yours back so hundreds of thousands of homeless in New Orleans can have a home?

Will you give all your earnings from your hopelessly fraudulent films for the same purpose? Near as I can see, I am committing the smaller sin here, if there is one at all.


Do you believe in Jesus?

Yes.


Really?

I was right earlier. You really are a seriously condescending little excrement, aren't you?


Didn't he say that we would be judged by how we treat the least among us? Hurricane Katrina came in and blew off the facade that we were a nation with liberty and justice for all.

That's a capital "He." Seems you have no idea who or what you are talking ahout. I DO know that He would frown heavily on self-appointed critics filling the air with hot nothingness as opposed to going out and actually helping those in need, rather than spouting self-righteous finger-pointing at those they feel are "guilty."


The wind howled and the water rose and what was revealed was that the poor in America shall be left to suffer and die while the President of the United States fiddles and tells them to eat cake.

Um, that's fiddle while Rome burns. It was a flood, not a fire. You're mixing your metaphors. I suggest that you leave both the theology and the literature to professionals, and stick to what you know.

Which, near as I can figure, is eating. Nothing else.


That's not a joke. The day the hurricane hit and the levees broke, Mr. Bush, John McCain and their rich pals were stuffing themselves with cake.

Oh, I get it. Cake. Your projecting again, seeing yourself engaged in your lone skill.

And for the record, I'd rather have Bush respond here than McCain.

A full day after the levees broke (the same levees whose repair funding he had cut), Mr. Bush was playing a guitar some country singer gave him. All this while New Orleans sank under water.

Apparently, the funding was cut because the people of Louisiana were unwilling to match the funds.

Oh., but that's right. You're not interested in having people help themselves, at all, in any way. Just make the government pay for everything. Sorry. My bad.


It would take ANOTHER day before the President would do a flyover in his jumbo jet, peeking out the window at the misery 2500 feet below him as he flew back to his second home in DC. It would then be TWO MORE DAYS before a trickle of federal aid and troops would arrive. This was no seven minutes in a sitting trance while children read "My Pet Goat" to him.

I've always suspected that the "My Pet Goat" book actually has a slight bit of truth to it, unlike your films. Or, perhaps he was taking a moment to not alarm a child? Or maybe simply to gather his thoughts before embarking on effectively meeting the greatest threat to this country since Pearl Harbor.

Oh. I forgot again. You're engaging in your 20/20 hindsight. My bad again.


This was FOUR DAYS of doing nothing other than saying "Brownie (FEMA director Michael Brown), you're doing a heck of a job!"

Like YOU'VE never put your foot in it. Such as being from Flint, for example?


My Republican friends, does it bother you that we are the laughing stock of the world?

Uh, no. What the French and Muslims think of us causes no loss of sleep here.


And on this sacred day of remembrance, do you think we honor or shame those who died on 9/11/01? If we learned nothing and find ourselves today every bit as vulnerable and unprepared as we were on that bright sunny morning, then did the 3,000 die in vain?

Funny, I thought we were talking about New Orleans. But, since you mention it, I still believe we are much better prepared than we would be under Clinton/Gore/Kerry/Boxer/Pelosi.

AND THEY WILL HAVE DIED IN VAIN IF WE ACCEPT YOUR INSANE RED CRESCENT HONORING THEM!!!!


Our vulnerability is not just about dealing with terrorists or natural disasters. We are vulnerable and unsafe because we allow one in eight Americans to live in horrible poverty.

Brought to you by Johnson's (D, Texas) Great Society Entitlement (make that, enablement) programs.


We accept an education system where one in six children never graduate and most of those who do can't string a coherent sentence together.

Brought to you by the National Education Association, noted supporters of the Democrats for over 50 years.


The middle class can't pay the mortgage or the hospital bills and 45 million have no health coverage whatsoever.

Brought to you by the regressive tax system, first instituted by Wilson (D-New Jersey)


Are we safe? Do you really feel safe? You can only move so far out and build so many gated communities before the fruit of what you've sown will be crashing through your walls and demanding retribution.

HELLO!!! Gated communities? Let's just see how many gated commnuities per capita vote Democratic. Hollywood, anyone?


Do you really want to wait until that happens? Or is it your hope that if they are left alone long enough to soil themselves and shoot themselves and drown in the filth that fills the street that maybe the problem will somehow go away?

Until what happens? I lost track again. Oh. This is from the same thread that said people were cannibalizing each other in NO, and that was Bush's fault. What's next? Bush caused Katrina by neglecting the Kyoto accords?


I know you know better.

That may be the first thing you've said that is correct, even if it does smack of more condescension.

But this reflection on condescension gives me insight into your films. You loathe your viewers and feel they have no intelligence, so they must be entertained rather than told the truth.


You gave the country and the world a man who wasn't up for the job and all he does is hire people who aren't up for the job.

While Clinton/Gore/Kerry/Boxer/Pelosi would be better? I think I'll stick with what I have, rather than Door #2, Monte.


You did this to us, to the world, to the people of New Orleans.

Um, wow. I caused the flood? I had no IDEA I had so much power.


Please fix it. Bush is yours. And you know, for our peace and safety and security, this has to be fixed. What do you propose?

WELL, since you asked, I suggest we begin with loading up all the fat, unkempt Monday morning quarterbacks second guessing this madness into barges, sail them on down the Big Muddy, and they put their money where their (prodigious) mouths are by actually DOING something, as opposed to second guessing. That would do for a start.


I have an idea, and it isn't a horse show.

God help us!! PLEASE tell us it's NOT ANOTHER FILM!!!!!!


Yours,

Michael Moore

Really? Mine? Can I take it back to the store for a refund?





Sadly, the FreakBat is apparently going to make a film on this. Heaven help us on its objectivity.

UPDATE: Great essay entitled THE GREATEST POLITICAL APPOINTEE IN HISTORY that supports the idea that Bush was right (or at least not wrong) at the time to appoint Brown head of FEMA.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Poltical Correctness at our Catholic Universities

Yuck. Check this depressing article out.

Here's the worst part. She does not identify this patently ridiculous school, but it could easily be my alma mater Seattle University.

No, I am not afraid to admit it. I am Catholic in spite of rather than because of my training at that interesting Jesuit institution.

Then there is this quote from another, similar article:

On my first day of college, I received formal instruction in the new religion. The university administrators who managed our freshman orientation thought it would be a good idea to show us a video on the Matthew Shepherd murder, followed by a lecture from a supposed expert on "hate."


I for one am past sick about the gibberish associated with the Shepherd debacle. I have written elsewhere (and no, I can't find the reference) about how that was all a manufactured hoax. Yes, Shepherd was killed by Wyoming rednecks, but they killed him over drug-money, (as reported on 20/20) not over some perception that he was gay and Wyoming is loaded with intolerant homophobes.

Nevertheless, the MoonBat Left has its bludgeon, and they are by God going to use it. Google now shows 41,200 pages related to Shepherd, and you may well bet that 95% or more of those pages are committed to the "hatred" and "homophobia" attached to that particular crime.

And today's colleges keep marching to that good ol' "Let's Hate the West and All It Stands For" dance. The lyrics may be repulsive, but the loony lefties running many of today's colleges are convinced that it has a good beat and you can dance to it.

It just maddens me that colleges claiming to be Catholic are marching to the same relativist beat.

Someone needs to reacquaint these institutions of higher learning with Ex Corde Ecclesiae.

Tips once again to The Anchoress for the original disturbing article.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Pride in my son, redux

I am embarassingly lucky to have him, as I have said earlier. Click here for my latest reasons as to why I am proud of him. Insightful. Incisive. Properly critical, and putting first things first.

And the teachers at this school he is at think he's just wonderful.

Does wonders for my tired ego sometimes, yes it does.

What Saint are you?

Athanasius
You are Athanasius! You are willing to fight a
losing battle, just to make sure that the truth
is told. But don't get discouraged; sometimes
it takes more than one lifetime for truth to
triumph.

(And if THAT doesn't help explain to certain people WHO WILL NOT CATCH A CLUE as to why I won't back down on certain realities. . .well, that would just be maintaining the status quo, wouldn't it?

Though, keep in mind the generational argument. I won't quit, and neither will the generations that follow me.)


Which Saint Are You?
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Tips to The Anchoress for this quiz.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Flood

The Week From Hell continues as my wife comes home this PM to a house with a basement flooded to her kneecaps (and would have been farther had it not been for a conveniently placed shower drain.).

Now, I grant you this is NOTHING compared to the 20' nightmare awaiting citizens of NO, and I thank God that is the case, and I find myself sympathizing with flood victims quite a bit more.

However, there is the ruined carpet, the trashed walls, the shorted-out appliances, the warped and now useless tables and bookcases, soaked couches (and insurance companies ALREADY playing games with me), never mind the now-dead violins, bass drum, picture albums and all of the posters of plays my family has been in the past 4 years, the Pope's blessing on our marriage. . .all ruined, not to mention the incredible pile of junk in our backyard, since we emptied the basement in a furious and high-humidity haste today to save what we could and so that the restorers can get to work as soon as possible.

But it WAS a break in a drinking water pipe, not sewage, that flooded the basement. There is that much. And the break is a funny thing. It happened in a joint in the pipes that I noticed when I first bought the house and thought "Hmmm, that joint is not right." But the inspectors said it was all OK, so I assumed it must be so. . .should have followed my instincts.

And the other two floors of the house (where we spend most of our time) are dry and safe.

And then there are the positives; my boss telling me to GO HOME when he heard of this mini-disaster, the neighbors cooking us dinner, the people I hired to pump the water out TAKING CONTROL and giving us not only far more help than we hired, but also some much, much needed advice on how to go about managing this mess, the entire family pitching in (even the 5 year old) to get some semblance of control over the mess, and we DO have insurance, so much will get replaced, including that ghastly sun-yellow carpet in the unused basement bedroom.

I tend to be a cynic by nature. . .but for whatever reason (my main suspect is Grace), though wearied by this newest idiocy in my life, I cannot help but smile and rely more upon the many silver linings in this particular cloud than focus on the cloud itself.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Simple, yet profound pain

Aside from another serious dose of nausea provided me by nameless cowards (I'll be getting into that in a later post), this day has SUCKED THE BIG ONE.

Setting aside the above nausea as mentioned, today I saw the burial of a child who lived a grand total of 50 hours. He was born with profound birth defects (essentially, no brain) to parents whom I greatly respect, through no fault of their own.

I grieve not for the child; he was blameless, innocent, and in all likelihood beyond suffering. I grieve for his family; for his eldest brother convulsed with sobbing; for his cousin whom I work with and is a tower of courage, otherwise reduced to tears during today's funeral. Most of all I grieve for his mother, the zenith of fortitude and toughness, who carried this baby to term knowing that his life was likely to be short, and certainly doomed in society's terms of "usefulness" and "quality". She made it clear early on in her pregnancy when it appeared the child was in serious trouble that all human life is sacred, and this child would have every chance to see the light of day. When a "well-meaning" doctor approached her about abortion options, she chopped him off at the knees, curtly telling him that termination of the pregnancy was not an option, and it he raised the subject again she would fire him.

I supervised this woman for five years; she is fiery, determined, stubborn and skilled, and I smiled when I found out she took a chunk out of the doctor. Having had my own pound of flesh or two extracted by her in the past (and not without reason), I would have expected no less from her.

By all accounts, she has been a pillar of strength since her son was born, holding him and cooing to him, probably unable to nurse (from what I understand of his condition, I doubt very much the child had a suck reflex), all with the serenity of the Virgin while the rest of her family collapsed in misery around her, including her Naval brother, the fireman brother and her brother who is the priest.

It was at Mass today that she finally showed some tears, and I felt wholly inadequate briefly squeezing her shoulder as I passed her after receiving Communion.


How does one comfort the grieving parent?


At this point, this ramble could easily wander into that tired, philosophical territory starring the age-old questions: "Why does God allow innocents to suffer?", or the classic: "Why does God allow some parents to bury their own children?"

Nevermind all that. Suffice to say this: The family is in grieving, and deserves our prayers. Would they recover quickly and Gracefully.

Matthew John Rodriguez, Requiscat in Pacem

Monday, September 05, 2005

Great essay

On everything from 9/11 to the whinings re: Katrina.

Here

Sunday, September 04, 2005

More proof of the Sympathetic, Loving Left.

This sort of trash turns the stomach.

Pick your most deranged leftist; FDR, Clinton, Stalin. . .NO ONE gets that type of vitriol from me or anyone I know who is a serious Christian.

Yet for the "loving, compassionate, 'hate-is-not-a-family-value'" MoonBat Left, exhortations of hatred are de rigeur.

Tip to Michelle Malkin for the reference.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Ben Stein tells people off

Now, I am not necessarily a GW Bush fan, no matter what GoB thinks. . .but he has been getting the shaft in terms of "responsibility" for Katrina from the MSM and the hooting dingbats of Hollywood. (Kanye West is the pluperfect moron).

Ben Stein puts it all wonderfully in perspective with this little list. Check it out.

Friday, September 02, 2005

The "Tolerant" Left, that hates "hate"

Yeah, the Liberals say that hate is a bad thing, therefore, they do not engage in it.

Feast your addled eyes on THIS:

“This President is never gonna do the right thing. I think somewhere deep down inside him he takes a lot of joy about losing people, if he thinks they vote Democrat or if he thinks they’re poor, or if he thinks they’re in a blue state, whatever his reasons are not to rescue those people…” – Air America’s Randi Rhodes


This is not reasoned analysis or critique. This is a nationally syndicated (for now), LIBERAL radio host spewing her hatred of the President for all to hear.

Now really, tell me again how the Left just loves everyone, and doesn't "hate."

'Cause I know of no other way to parse that little tidbit.



Tips to The Anchoress for this quote and an excellent analysis on MoonBat Left responses to Katrina after 100 hours.
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