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Friday, October 15, 2004


Baseball-Reference.com - Major League Baseball Statistics and History
One of my favorite websites. Worth taking a look at. Essentially an online encyclopedia.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004


Quote-a-palooza
"I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious." --Thomas Jefferson

"When pro-Kerry commentators solemnly pronounce Debate Round 2 to have been 'a draw' -- you know George Bush won that round."--William Safire

"Congratulations to the people of Afghanistan, who have just held the first free election in their history. As in Australia, the Afghan election was a defeat for al-Qa'ida -- in this case simply by virtue of taking place." --James Taranto

"I have been involved in the war on terrorism for two decades, and in my view no world leader has better understood the stakes in this global war than President Bush. Mr. Kerry is free to quote my comments about Iraq. But for the sake of honesty he should also point out that I have repeatedly said, including in all my speeches in recent weeks, that President Bush made a correct and courageous decision to liberate Iraq from Saddam Hussein's brutality, and that the president is correct to see the war in Iraq as a central front in the war on terrorism." --Paul Bremer

How the Real Presence Became Real for a Convert
Good article. I do recommend his book on the subject which is available for purchase here.
If the physical is unimportant, why did the Word become flesh? If we are saved by the shed blood of Jesus Christ, then what is so silly about the idea of receiving that blood -- and not just a symbol of it -- in Communion? If ritual is always bad, then why have we practiced the ritual of daily Bible study?

Tuesday, October 12, 2004


The Year of the Eucharist
Not only did Christ have to rise from the dead, He also had to ascend to the time-transcendent heavenly sanctuary, where His sacrifice culminated in everlasting glory. In other words, offering the Mass today doesn't imply that Christ's sacrifice was limited, insufficient and therefore in need of ongoing supplementation. To the contrary, it shows the infinite, never-ending nature of His sacrifice, which we are able to participate in at every Mass!

The Truth About the Crusades
The 2nd part of the interview I posted yesterday.

Yahoo! News - Nobel laureate calls for steeper tax cuts in US
Edward Prescott, who picked up the Nobel Prize for Economics, said President George W. Bush (news - web sites)'s tax rate cuts were 'pretty small' and should have been bigger.
'What Bush has done has been not very big, it's pretty small,' Prescott told CNBC financial news television.
'Tax rates were not cut enough,' he said.
Lower tax rates provided an incentive to work, Prescott said.

Patron Saints Index: Saint Christina the Astonishing
Really interesting saint.

Link via Mark Shea.

Monday, October 11, 2004


Catholic World News : Even ending poverty cannot justify one abortion, says bishop
In a column in Friday's edition of the diocesan newspaper, Sheridan writes that it is 'virtually inconceivable' that an evil greater than abortion could exist that would justify voting for a politician who supports it. He says that even the elimination of poverty, an issue often compared to abortion as being proportionate, cannot justify 'the direct murder of just one human being.'

MSNBC - Restaurant serves $100 Philly cheesesteak
The traditional Philly cheesesteak has gone precipitously upscale at one new restaurant, where the chopped steak and melted cheese standard includes goose liver and truffles - and costs $100."
At least the guy admits it's a ploy.

No decent cheesesteak should cost more than about $10, depending on how large it is.

And I'll say this again: Delaware makes better cheesesteaks than Philly. We're smart enough not to use Cheeze Whiz.

Quote-a-palooza
"Once again we are witnessing the imperious judiciary blatantly ignoring the will of the voters. These tyrannical judges continue to show an eagerness to legislate from the bench, imposing their own agendas, and those of their activist allies, upon American families. The will of the people of Louisiana could not be clearer -- this amendment passed with the support of nearly eighty percent of the votes. Yet this judge saw fit to disenfranchise those voters in favor of a radical social agenda. This attack only confirms the need for an amendment to the federal constitution defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Without this protection, individual courts and rogue local officials are allowed to classify marriage however they see fit. Only a federal amendment is adequate to shield America from the undermining of its moral foundation." --Dr. James Dobson

"When you look out at the world from Vienna or Stockholm or Manchester and search for something to deplore, what do you see? You see Russia spiraling down into dictatorship after a brief interlude of struggling democracy. You see North Korea, arms salesman to the world's criminals, boasting of nuclear capability. You see genocide in Darfur. And of course, you see the ghastly face of terrorism in Madrid, Bali, New York, Washington, Tel Aviv and most especially Baghdad, where terrorists grab and behead innocent Americans and Europeans, and proudly videotape their savagery. But where do many Europeans focus their wrath? On the United States. ... There is something sickly about the European approach to the world." --Mona Charen

"I believe that history shows that every great civilization that has ended up in history's dustbin did so after forsaking their God or gods. At the same time, I believe in every American's right to worship whatever God or gods he or she chooses or not God at all. I also believe, however, that the God of Moses and His Son admonished us to go into all the world and spread their word. But those who hear must decide for themselves as to accepting that word." --Ronald Reagan

"A lot of Reagan conservatives are threatening to cut off their noses to spite their faces. They think that because President Bush hasn't done every single thing they want, or has done some things they didn't want, they should punish him by staying home on Election Day or voting for some third party candidate who hasn't got a chance to win in November. It should be obvious to them that they will therefore help elect the Kerry-Edwards team that will do nothing they want and everything they don't. Somehow this idiocy seems to make sense to them -- dump a conservative president for a pair of socialists who, given four years in the White House, will wreck this country's economy and in the process probably lose the War on Terrorism, as well. What bothers me is the insistence of these dissident conservatives that they are devoted to the legacy of Ronald Reagan, who understood the truth of the old adage, 'Politics is the art of the possible.' In other words, you get what you can and wait for a chance to get the rest. These people think that if they don't get everything they want they are willing to accept nothing, but that's not what my father stood for. My father would say, 'If I can get 80 percent, or 60 percent, or 50 percent of what I'm looking for, I'll take that and I'll go back later on for the rest of it'." --Michael Reagan

"Bush and 'But'-Head: John Kerry made some strong and sensible statements during the debate last [Thursday], but did you notice what the next word usually was? Here are some Kerry quotes: 'I'll never give a veto to any country over our security. But...'; 'I believe in being strong and resolute and determined. And I will hunt down and kill the terrorists, wherever they are. But...'; 'We have to be steadfast and resolved, and I am. And I will succeed for those troops, now that we're there. We have to succeed. We can't leave a failed Iraq. But...'; 'I believe that we have to win this. The president and I have always agreed on that. And from the beginning, I did vote to give the authority, because I thought Saddam Hussein was a threat, and I did accept that intelligence. But...'; 'I have nothing but respect for the British, Tony Blair, and for what they've been willing to do. But...'; 'I couldn't agree more that the Iraqis want to be free and that they could be free. But...'; 'No president, through all of American history, has ever ceded, and nor would I, the right to pre-empt in any way necessary to protect the United States of America. But...'; 'I've never wavered in my life. I know exactly what we need to do in Iraq, and my position has been consistent: Saddam Hussein is a threat. He needed to be disarmed. We needed to go to the UN. The president needed the authority to use force in order to be able to get him to do something, because he never did it without the threat of force. But...'; Maybe Kerry misunderstood when someone told him he needed to have the 'qualifications' to be president. But it'd inspire a lot more confidence if he had followed any of these remarks with a 'therefore' clause instead of a 'but' one." --James Taranto

Sinclair plans to air anti-Kerry film without commercials - Oct. 11, 2004
'Sinclair's plan to air anti-Kerry propaganda before the election is an abuse of the public airwaves for what appears to be partisan political purposes,' Media Matters CEO David Brock said in the letter."
What about the big three network's plans to air nightly broadcasts for partisan political purposes? They call it the Nightly News.

What the Crusades were really like - Part I
I read the interviewee's book this summer, and found it to be excellent.

Exactly

I think we can tell who Johnny Hart is voting for

Why America Leans Right (washingtonpost.com)
Liberalism's apogee came with Lyndon Johnson, who while campaigning against Goldwater proclaimed, 'We're in favor of a lot of things, and we're against mighty few.' Johnson's landslide win produced a ruinous opportunity -- a large liberal majority in Congress and incontinent legislating. Forty years later, only one-third of Democrats call themselves liberal, whereas two-thirds of Republicans call themselves conservative. Which explains this Micklethwait and Wooldridge observation on the Clinton presidency:
'Left-wing America was given the answer to all its prayers -- the most talented politician in a generation, a long period of peace and prosperity, and a series of Republican blunders -- and the agenda was still set by the right. Clinton's big achievements -- welfare reform, a balanced budget, a booming stock market and cutting 350,000 people from the federal payroll -- would have delighted Ronald Reagan. Whenever Clinton veered to the left -- over gays in the military, over health care -- he was slapped down.' "






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