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Friday, February 18, 2005

Why would anyone want to move to Baltimore now?

The Blogs Must Be Crazy
Peggy sings the praises of bloggers.

Vatican Cardinal Ends Debate: No Communion for Pro-Abortion Politicians or Rainbow Sashers
The answer is clear. If a person says I am in favour of killing unborn babies whether they be four thousand or five thousand, I have been in favour of killing them. I will be in favour of killing them tomorrow and next week and next year. So, unborn babies, too bad for you. I am in favour that you should be killed, then the person turn around and say I want to receive Holy Communion. Do you need any Cardinal from the Vatican to answer that?
Let's see how some people try to get out of this one? Any predictions?

Link via Open Book.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Shows you how busy I've been....
that it took me until now to shout: "PITCHERS AND CATCHERS REPORT TODAY!!!!!!!!"

The end of The Void is here! Life has purpose again.

"Would it not be better to simplify the system of taxation rather than to spread it over such a variety of subjects and pass through so many new hands." --Thomas Jefferson

"The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else." --Frederic Bastiat

"Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure, when he is really selling himself a slave to it." --Benjamin Franklin

"Often, the surest way to convey misinformation is to tell the strict truth." --Mark Twain

"Too many people -- some of them judges -- seem to think that freedom of speech means freedom from consequences for what you have said. If you believe that, try insulting your boss when you go to work tomorrow. Better yet, try insulting your spouse before going to bed tonight." --Thomas Sowell

"Charity is reaching into one's own pockets to assist his fellow man in need. Reaching into someone else's pocket to assist one's fellow man hardly qualifies as charity. When done privately, we deem it theft, and the individual risks jail time." --Walter Williams

"Letting Americans own some of their Social Security would be too risky, [Democrats] argue -- another way of saying that Americans are too dumb to be entrusted with their own money. Much better to continue entrusting it to Washington, which has managed Social Security so skillfully that workers younger than 50 know they will never get back in benefits what they are paying into the system now." --Jeff Jacoby

Jay Leno.... A lot of American companies are now moving into Iraq. Iraq now has Pizza Hut, Subway, Taco Bell and Popeye's fried chicken. So, great, instead of oil for food, we're giving them oil in food. .... For Valentine's Day, today I understand Bill Clinton sent two dozen red roses to Hillary. Well, Hillary Duff. ....

Year-of-the-Eucharist Indulgence
Question answered about the Year of the Eucharist Indulgence, and lists of other indulgences available.

Catholic World News : Archeologists discover St. Paul's tomb
Still not confirmed, but cool nonetheless.

This is obscene. Look at what they're doing to Bugs. It's blasphemy! It's heresy! As big a Bugs fan as I am, I refuse to ever watch this show.

Jonah Goldberg provides his comments in the Corner.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

My grandma is so cool
My paternal grandmother sent me a card that arrived yesterday. In the card, there was a sheet of the new Ronald Reagan postage stamps. She knows me well.

Boo-yah, Grandma!

The obvious - More valuable than you think
Just as Jesus' injunction to "love thy neighbor as thyself" contains manifold worlds within it, so "he's just not that into you" cuts, with through the whole hideous tangled panoply of bad boyfriend behavior. With that one phrase, authors Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo douse innumerable heated female theories about men having "commitment issues," or "emotional baggage," or "busy schedules." Nope. He's just not that into you.
An important article for women to understand.

Baseball Prospectus | Articles | Prospectus Matchups: Sharing the Love
Weighing in on Canseco
'Look, I haven't read Jose's book, but I already know that putting his words next to Ball Four will be like comparing Olivier as Hamlet to Patrick Swayze in Road House.'
--Martin Fennelly, Tampa Tribune columnist, comparing Canseco's book to Jim Bouton's Ball Four
We have to find a better analogy. There's no need to kick around The Swayzer to make this point.
Let's ask the more important question: could Olivier have carried off Swayze's role in Road House? I think we know the answer to that: no way! Let's forget for a moment that Olivier was something of a ham who could chew scenery like a goat. Was he versatile enough to handle the heavy lifting the role of Dalton required (fighting and brawling and philosophizing on same)? Nope. Not even in his prime, although Olivier, like all classically-trained Shakespearean actors, knew how to sword fight. There's a big difference between dueling in tights and simulating a bar brawl to the strains of Jeff Healey.
Furthermore, could Sir Larry have done the fine job Swayze did as straight man to Chris Farley in the classic Saturday Night Live sketch about the Chippendale's audition? Again, no. Could Olivier have handled the drag chores in To Wong Foo... the way Swayze did? Perhaps, but could he have been both feminine and macho at the same time the way Swayze was in the movie? Not on your life. Swayze can act, folks. Check out Donnie Darko. Olivier was always overrated.
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Catholic World News : Pope asks faithful for prayers
Pope John Paul II reminded the faithful that he needs the help of their prayers, at his public audience on Sunday, February 14.
You heard him; get moving.

Monday, February 14, 2005

"But with respect to future debt; would it not be wise and just for that nation to declare in the constitution they are forming that neither the legislature, nor the nation itself can validly contract more debt, than they may pay within their own age, or within the term of 19 years." --Thomas Jefferson

"You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot help small men by tearing down big men. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot lift the wage-earner by pulling down the wage-payer. You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot establish security on borrowed money. You cannot build character and courage by taking away men's initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves." --William Boetcker

"[I]f you serve a child a rotten hamburger in America, federal, state, and local agencies will investigate you, summon you, close you down, whatever. But if you provide a child with a rotten education, nothing happens, except that you're liable to be given more money to do it with. Well, we've discovered that money alone isn't the answer." --Ronald Reagan

There was a very gracious lady who was mailing an old family Bible to her brother in another part of the country. "Is there anything breakable in here?" asked the postal clerk.

"Only the Ten Commandments" answered the lady.
Somebody has said there are only two kinds of people in the world.

There are those who wake up in the morning and say, "Good morning, Lord,"

And there are those who wake up in the morning and say, "Good Lord, it's morning."
A minister parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city because he was short of time and couldn't find a space with a meter. Then he put a note under the windshield wiper that read: "I have circled the block 10 times. If I don't park here, I'll miss my appointment. Forgive us our trespasses."

When he returned, he found a citation from a police officer along with this note "I've circled this block for 10 years. If I don't give you a ticket I'll lose my job. Lead us not into temptation."
There is the story of a pastor who got up one Sunday and announced to his congregation: "I have good news and bad news. The good news is, we have enough money to pay for our new building program. The bad news is, it's still out there in your pockets."
While driving in Pennsylvania, a family caught up to an Amish carriage. The owner of the carriage obviously had a sense of humor, because attached to the back of the carriage was a hand printed sign... "Energy efficient vehicle: Runs on oats and grass. Caution: Do not step in exhaust."
A Sunday School teacher began her lesson with a question, "Boys and girls, what do we know about God?" A hand shot up in the air. "He is an artist!" said the kindergarten boy.

"Really? How do you know?" the teacher asked.

"You know - Our Father, who does art in Heaven... "
A minister waited in line to have his car filled with gas just before a long holiday weekend. The attendant worked quickly, but there were many cars ahead of him. Finally, the attendant motioned him toward a vacant pump.

"Reverend," s! aid the young man, "I'm so sorry about the delay. It seems as if everyone waits until the last minute to get ready for a long trip."

The minister chuckled, "I know what you mean. It's the same in my business."
People want the front of the bus, the back of the church, and thecenter of attention.
A father was approached by his small son who told him proudly, "I know what the Bible means!"

His father smiled and replied, "What do you mean, you 'know' what the Bible means?"

The son replied, "I do know!"

"Okay," said his father. "What does the Bible mean?"

"That's easy, Daddy." the young boy replied excitedly, "It stands for
"Basic Information Before Leaving Earth.'"
Sunday after church, a Mom asked her very young daughter what the lesson was about. The daughter answered, "Don't be scared, you'll get your quilt."

Needless to say, the Mom was perplexed. Later in the day, the pastor stopped by for tea and the Mom asked him what that morning's Sunday school lesson was about. He said "Be not afraid, thy comforter is coming."
The minister was preoccupied with thoughts of how he was going to ask the congregation to come up with more money than they were expecting for repairs to the church building.

Therefore, he was annoyed to find that the regular organist was sick and a substitute had been brought in at the last minute. The substitute wanted to know what to play.

"Here's a copy of the service," he said impatiently. "But, you'll have to think of something to play after I make the announcement about the finances."

During the service, the minister paused and said, "Brothers and Sisters, we are in great difficulty; the roof repairs cost twice as much as we expected and we need $4,000 more. Any of you who can pledge $100 or more, please stand up."

At that moment, the substitute organist played "The Star Spangled Banner." And that is how the substitute became the regular organist!

New genetics study undermines gay gene theory
A study to be published in the March 2005 issue of the journal Human Genetics undermines the commonly promoted view that homosexual orientation is determined by genetic factors.
[A] thorough examination of the report by professors Warren Thockmorton and Ray Durwood of Grove City College reveals no statistically significant findings for any of these DNA regions.

Larkin ends career, takes D.C. job
I'm sad to see him go. It's probably time for him to hang them up, but it's still sad.

You can see is career stats here. (Note the really cool guy who sponsors the page.)

Time to begin the Hall of Fame campaign. He's a no-doubt-about-it Hall of Famer in my book.

CNN.com - Last of 'Fatima�vision' trio dies - Feb 13, 2005
May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

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