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Saturday, June 03, 2006


Remember when America had a Real President?

I'll try not to get hurt...
...patting myself on the back, but I passed my Ghostbusters post on to the author who wrote the article that inspired it. He thanked me for sending it and called it "great stuff." I assumed he was being polite, but then I got an email from an associate of his who read my blog and called it "very charming."

I da man!

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Here's an amusing thing: I just ran Blogger's spellcheck on this post. (I know; I should do it more often. I just never noticed it before. I'll try to remember to use it more often.) Blogger's spellcheck doesn't recognize the word "blog." You'd think they, of all people, should know that word.... (They also don't recognize "Blogger's" or "spellcheck." Hmmm....)

delawareonline ¦ The News Journal ¦ Yard-waste bill would trump planned DNREC ban
I can't offer an opinion on the bill discussed in this article since it's a bit of a technical discussion that I am in no way qualified to discuss, but I wanted to commend DNREC Secretary John A Hughes for his following remark about House Majority Leader Wayne Smith:
I know Wayne Smith, and he's a true believer. He's not introducing this bill out of some effort to restrain DNREC, he's doing it because he believes in it. I don't think he's right, but he's sincere.
Our politics would be a lot less poisonous if more people followed Hughes' lead and accepted the sincerity of the views of those with whom they disagree. Rather than assuming that Democrats are selling out to the abortion lobby or unions, etc or that Republicans are selling out to conservative Christians or big business, why not assume that they actually support the policies they are defending. You'll get less angry. You're more likely to be able to work with them to accomplish something, since no one wants to work with someone who insults them. I think you'll also be right more often than not. I think people really overestimate the corruption present in politics. People run for public opffice because they believe in something. Should we then expect them to abondon the principles that got them involved in the first place? Of course not.

Disagreement with someone is not prima facie evidence of their corruption, and politics will be a much better activity once we start acting on that principle.

Friday, June 02, 2006


Sexual attraction: the magic formula - Newspaper Edition - Times Online
The message here is: trust your instincts — except that there is an alarming exception. For women taking hormone contraceptives, the reverse is true: they prefer men whose MHC genes are similar to their own. Thus, women on the pill risk choosing a mate who is not genetically suitable (best to smell him first and go on the pill afterwards).
Once again, we see that birth control can have harmful, unexpected consequences.
Having sex can also complicate the way you perceive a potential partner. After sex, the brain releases oxytocin, which results in the warm, companionable feeling of love and the creation of the social bonds that facilitate co-operative child-rearing. Watch out: sex on a whim can lead to feelings of love for a person who is entirely wrong for you.
It's funny how it seems that modern scientists spend time and effort on proving what is common sense: people bond with sexual partners, even those who they think are meaningless. They may have been meaningless at the beginning of the night, but they aren't come morning. Premartial sex can lead to unfortuante choices in marriage. (I think divorce is 3 times as likely for couples who engaged in premarital sex than those who didn't. Neither is a guarantee, but the odds of a successful marriage are higher with abstinence before marriage.)

The more science researches, the more it defends traditional Christian morality; premarital sex is harmful to happiness and is contraception.

Link via Dappled Things.

From Way Out in Right Field
And the story ends, at least for now, with a phone call Orioles owner Peter Angelos received a few days ago. You'll never guess, the caller said, who is a pretty good college baseball player now, the all-time hits leader at Wesleyan (Conn.) University, an outfielder-third baseman with a decent chance of being drafted during next week's Major League Baseball amateur draft.

"Who?"

Jeffrey Maier. Yes, that Jeffrey Maier.

"You're kidding," Angelos said.

Nope.
...
"Some people are still very bitter towards him," said Tony Pente, who operates the Orioles fan Web site, http://orioleshangout.com/ . "I hate to say it, but for some people, there's almost a hatred of him -- to this day."
I admit to being one of those who still hate Jeffrey Maier. He interefered with a ball in play, which should get you kicked out of the stadium. He instead became a celebrity. He caused a bad call on a ball that should ahve been an out that became a home run. He cost the orioles a chance at the World Series.

I hope they keep him A ball for his entire career if they do draft him.

Thursday, June 01, 2006


What Would the Founders Do?: Our Questions, Their Answers: Books: Richard Brookhiser
Last night (Wednesday), I met up with Anonymous Opinion and Anna Venger to listen to Richard Brookhiser discuss his new book What Would the Founders Do? he explained that the idea for the book came from people he spoke to about the Founders of America, whenever he spoke somewhere people would ask him what the Founding Fathers would think of a current situation and what they would do about it. Eventually he took the hint, and started this book. He also discussed why the Founders are so meaingful to us, among others, we're closer to them than most countries are to their founders. (Brookhiser traced hiumself back to the Founders in five steps. Take that, Kevin Bacon!)

After the brief introduction, he took audience questions where we could ask either the opinion of the Founders in general or a specific Founder. Topics discussed included spearation of church and state, searching Congressional offices, the Supreme Counrts power, national debt, immigration, and a bizarre about the size of the Catholic Church's employment in America. (Anna and AO were looking at me for my reaction during that one.) I was impressed by Brookhiser's ability to answer all those questions immediately and fairly, presenting differeing points of views among the Foudners when they existed. He is a conservative, but he fairly presented the views of those with whom he likely disagreed.

I read his biography of Alexander Hamilton last year and didn't enjoy it all that much, so I didn't have high expectations, but I did buy the book. I started it while waiting for Hube to see X-Men 3. (I headed to the theater straight from work since I probably wouldn't ahve had time to go home first. I read n the lobby while waiting for Hube and Co.) I'm about 30 pages in, and it's mostly setup: why we care about the Founders and why he wrote the book, essentially the beginning of his talk last night. So far, it's an interesting read and I'm looking forward to the meat of the book which should begin next chapter.

Afterwards, Anna, AO and I talked in the Border's cafeteria until they kicked us out. (As Anna said, "What does it say about us that we close down a bookstore?" I wonder about that myself.) I had a good time talking to the ladies and look forward to the next time we get together.

See Anonymous Opinion's review of the night.

X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
I got back a little while ago from seeing X3 with Hube, his wife and daughter and a coworker of his.

My brief review: I got a fever, and the only prescription is more Rogue. I know guys love Halle Berry and Famke Janssen, but give me Anna Paquin.

A little more detail: I think the setup of the conflict seemed to drag. Getting us there took longer than I think it should have the whole Jean Grey/Phoenix subplot seemed tagged on to little purpose. The climactic battle was incredible though, even finding time to throw some great comic lines. (Best line of the movie: "I'm the Juggernaut, bitch!" Juggernaut did get the best lines: "I don't swim.")

I also thought the subplot of Rogue dealing with the implications of the cure and whether or not to get it was handled well, but could perhaps have been better developed. (Honest, I'm not just saying that because it would give Anna Paquin more screen time. That's just an additional benefit.) You could see her turmoil and understand how hard it must be for her not to be able to hold hands with her boyfriend since just that little touch from her could kill him. Spoiler about her final decision is hidden, highlight text to reveal:
(Personally, I thought she made the wrong choice to take the cure, but I can't imagine how hard it must be for Rogue to live like that.)
(end spoiler)

I also enjoyed the obvious respect and friendship Magneto felt for Dr Xavier, despite their strong differences. Spoiler about another Magneto moment is hidden, highlight text to reveal:
He felt genuine loss and sadness at the death of Xavier, calling him a great man later in the movie..)
(end spoiler)

Definitely worth seeing.

One of the recurrent and obvious themes of the X-Men is prejudice against those who different in some way. But this movie, I thought, more than the others really played up the difference in approaches taken by the opposite sides of the mutants: Dr Xavier and his supporters urging patience and conciliation with society at large versus Magneto and his supporters essentially saying "I gotta be me." This was really played up in the Jean Grey/Phoenix subplot about whether or not she should restrain her powers or let them run free.

Essentially, what the Magneto line is that they need to be free to act on their impulses without restraint, that their will alone should determine how they act and that their power must be allowed to run free. Meanwhile Xavier teaches mutants how to restrain and control their powers while using them in limited situations for good. Wolverine, as is his tendency, runs between these two poles, but he comes accept the wisdom of Xavier's position before the final battle. (Magneto ultimately does as well: "What have I done?" he's heard to utter.)

The movie ultimately shows that self-restraint and concern for the norms of society are important is society is to remain stable. Magneto's allies are so concerned for their right to act as they wish that they think little of killing by the hundreds to get their way. That's the inevitable result of those who are insistent on doing whatever they wish whenever they wish regardless of the consequences. As Ronald Reagan once said, and I paraphrase, "If it feels good, do it is a great motto until someone wants to feel good by hitting you over the head." Magneto and his supporters were well past the hit them over the head stage.

Restraint of our natural, hurtful urges is the only thing that keeps society going and this movie showed that well.

UDPATED (6/2 9:04 AM): Added spoiler tags. Sorry, RickJ. I knew both of those spoilers going in, so I thought everyone who really cared would as well, even if they hadn't seen it. Apologies.

The Cafeteria Is Closed: Great Quote
At an ordination during which a group of women, some nuns, were seen to hold out their hands at the consecration, the provincial of the men ordained was heard to say: 'Girls, you can hold out your hands all you want but it's still bread.'
Laugh out loud funny.

Delavoice
Looks like DelaVoice is back!

Quote of the Day
"Liberty is a word which, according as it is used, comprehends the most good and the most evil of any in the world. Justly understood it is sacred next to those which we appropriate in divine adoration; but in the mouths of some it means anything, which enervate a necessary government; excite a jealousy of the rulers who are our own choice, and keep society in confusion for want of a power sufficiently concentered to promote good."

-- Oliver Ellsworth (A Landholder, No. III, 19 November 1787)

This Day in Delaware History
1940 Never to have so many inhabitants again, Wilmington's population
reached 112,054.

And who's suprised we're not that high any more? For the privilege of living in the City, you get higher taxes, higher crime, parking problems, more noise, and a host of other problems.

I say this as a City resident for most of the last 26 years. One thing I do enjoy about the City is the sense of community I get. I know most of my neighbor and talk to them fairly often, especially sharing a porch with my next door neighbors. It's a nice feeling, but I'm not sure it's worth the problem the rest of the City brings.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006


Good Quote
[T]he Republican party habitually proclaims its fervent wish to put government "on a businesslike basis." Democrats usually favor putting business on a government-like basis. The difference between the two programs is this: the second is possible and it could go forward, up to the point that social cooperations and amrkets collapse; the former is literally impossible.

--Joseph R. Stromberg, "On Misplaced Concreteness in Social Theory"
May 2006 issue of The Freeman

What Ghostbusters Can Teach Us About Small Government
Aside from just being a great movie, Ghostbusters also teaches a great conservative message: big government is inefficient, wasteful and overbearing.
Personally, I liked the university. They gave us money and facilities, we didn't have to produce anything! You've never been out of college! You don't know what it's like out there! I've *worked* in the private sector. They expect *results*.
Universities, with their massive government funding are essentially extensions of the government. As the quote above indicates and most people can attest, government is not results-oriented. In the private sector, if you don't produce you're out. Universities and government offices don't enforce the same requirement.

Now, it can easily be objected that the whole reason the Ghostbusters business was opened was because the University did, in fact, throw them out. But if you listen to the Dean, it seems clear that he's driven more by personal animosity than concern over their productivity. After all, his criticisms are as follows: "Your theories are the worst kind of popular tripe, your methods are sloppy, and your conclusions are highly questionable. You are a poor scientist, Dr. Venkman!" When did that ever get someone in trouble at a University?

Further, check out "Dickless," the EPA guy, also known as Walter Peck. He was clearly driven in his actions by an animosity towards our heroes. He never really examined anything, just came in barking orders and really just made a mess of things, leaving them worse than when he started. In a deleted scene available on the DVD, he's shown trying to get a police officer to arrest the Ghostbusters even as they're having their showdown on the rooftop with Gozer. Had the government had its way, we'd all be slaves to Gozer the Gozerian!

Meanwhile, the only people able to solve the problem and save the world are the privately operating Ghostbusters. In their University days, before results were expected of them, they were ne'er-do-wells and accomplishing little. Once forced by circumstance on their own, they become celebrities, presumably wealthy, expanding their business and hiring new people.

Not only is the free market more effective than the government, it makes those in more effective than they otherwise would be!

(Posting inspired by an article in the latest issue of The Freeman.)

Would You Like an Army Tank?
The Polish-American VFW Post 3257, 106 Seventh Avenue, (off Maryland Avenue in Browntown), Wilmington, DE 19805 Tel 302 654 8522 has an US Army tank in front of their Post that they would be happy to donate to anyone who could use it.

If you are interested, or if you know someone who might be interested, contact Al SOSIENSKI, Tel: 302 427 8980
Please note: this is actually serious. This is not a joke.

Quote-a-palooza
"But if we are to be told by a foreign Power...what we shall do, and what we shall not do, we have Independence yet to seek, and have contended hitherto for very little." —George Washington

"A welfare state is frightened of every poor person who tries to get in and every rich person who tries to get out." —Harry Browne

"Government machinery has been described as a marvelous labor saving device which enables ten men to do the work of one." —John Maynard Keynes

"A society that puts equality...ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom." —Milton Friedman

"Clearly, the greatest threat, the greatest threat to our country is the war on terror. But we also have another threat, and that is out-of-control federal spending. If we are going to buy the guns, we had better get a little lean on the butter, and we had better quit wrapping the butter in the American flag." —Rep. Jeb Hensarling

"By not 'disturbing' us with the visual horror of 9/11, the media made it too easy to forget the nature of the enemy that started this war. Maybe the moral clarity of 9/11 wouldn't have dissipated quite so quickly...if Americans had been confronted with those 'disturbing' images more often. What the jihadis did to 3,000 innocent human beings that morning they would willingly do the rest of us. We will not defeat them by averting our gaze from the truth." —Jeff Jacoby

"The White House announced Friday that we will build a base on the moon from which to launch an exploratory mission to Mars. There's no reason for Americans to fear finding life on the red planet. What's another twenty million aliens at this point?" —Argus Hamilton

"There is something about academic life that seems to encourage a complete detachment from reality." —James Taranto

"John Q. Citizen needs a scorecard to keep up with who's under arrest, who's indicted, who expects to be indicted, who's engaged in plea bargaining, who's on trial and who's already wearing the stripes. The Senate's stubborn insistence on treating illegal aliens to amnesty may be nothing more than professional courtesy." —Wesley Pruden

Jay Leno: [T]he capitol building Washington, DC was on lockdown because someone heard gunshots from the parking lot. When the capitol police heard this they all said the same thing—"Cheney!" ... Police conducted a room-by-room search of the Capitol Building today. And that's just what congressmen want to hear: a knock at the door, "It's the police." They were flushing bribe money. Ted Kennedy was out on the ledge naked. ... The highest gas prices in the nation are in San Diego at an average of $3.40 a gallon. This is especially tough on illegal immigrants. Do you know how hard it is to hide in the trunk of a hybrid car? ... Mexican President Vicente Fox was in the United States last week. He says he came here so he could speak directly to the Mexican people, one on one. ... He's in the U.S. for four days. Well, that's how it always starts. Four days, then three weeks, then four months. ... Former Enron founder Ken Lay and former CEO Jeffrey Skilling were found guilty in the Enron case. Ken Lay is so guilty I'm surprised people aren't calling him Congressman Ken Lay.

Townhall.com :: Columns :: Economics of prices by Walter E. Williams - May 31, 2006
Let's start off with an example. Say you owned a small 10-pound inventory of coffee that you purchased for $3 a pound. Each week you'd sell me a pound for $3.25. Suppose a freeze in Brazil destroyed half of its coffee crop, causing the world price of coffee to immediately rise to $5 a pound. You still have coffee that you purchased before the jump in prices. When I stop by to buy another pound of coffee from you, how much will you charge me? I'm betting that you're going to charge me at least $5 a pound. Why? Because that's today's cost to replace your inventory.

Historical costs do not determine prices; what economists call opportunity costs do. Of course, you'd have every right not to be a "price-gouger" and continue to charge me $3.25 a pound. I'd buy your entire inventory and sell it at today's price of $5 a pound and make a killing.

If you were really enthusiastic about not being a "price-gouger," I'd have another proposition. You might own a house that you purchased for $55,000 in 1960 that you put on the market for a half-million dollars. I'd simply accuse you of price-gouging and demand that you sell me the house for what you paid for it, maybe adding on a bit for inflation since 1960. I'm betting you'd say, "Williams, if I sold you my house for what I paid for it in 1960, how will I be able to pay today's prices for a house to live in?"

Tuesday, May 30, 2006


Confession is Good for the Soul
The Catholic Church (and all apostolic Churches, for that matter) require confession of sins to a priest. Most Protestant churches, who can't trace their history back to the Apostles, believe confessing your sins directly to God is sufficient. While repantance for sins is a requirement, the Catholic Church has always required the confession of sins to a priest for reintegration into the Christian Community. The Catechism teaches us:
1444 In imparting to his apostles his own power to forgive sins the Lord also gives them the authority to reconcile sinners with the Church. This ecclesial dimension of their task is expressed most notably in Christ's solemn words to Simon Peter: "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."45 "The office of binding and loosing which was given to Peter was also assigned to the college of the apostles united to its head."

1445 The words bind and loose mean: whomever you exclude from your communion, will be excluded from communion with God; whomever you receive anew into your communion, God will welcome back into his. Reconciliation with the Church is inseparable from reconciliation with God.
Christ and his Church are one, so to sin against Christ is to sin against His Church, so to be reconciled with Him you must also be reconciled with His Church.

So why can't we be reconciled with His Church directly through Him? After all, even the Catholic teaching is that the priest is merely there as a standin and that it's throgh Christ we are reconciled, rather than through the priest. An article I was reading in the June 6th issue of Our Sunday Visitor I think gives a very strong reason for this. It's for our benefit. This quote is from their "In Focus" section on "The Effects of War" in an article specificially dealing with the effects of killing on a soldier:
Father [John] Barkemeyer [an Army chaplain] witnessed how "tremendously powerful" the role of Catholic faith, especially the sacrament of reconciliation, is in the lives of the troops.

"'I grant you pardon and peace, and I absolve you of your sins.' That's hugely powerful for guys. Where else can you hear the words that you need to be able to hear so desperately?" he said.
The full formula of absolution used in the sacrament of Confession is:
God, the Father of mercies,
through the death and the resurrection of his Son
has reconciled the world to himself
and sent the Holy Spirit among us
for the forgiveness of sins;
through the ministry of the Church
may God give you pardon and peace,
and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
God knows sometimes, in our weak and fallen state, we need more than just the belief He has forgiven us. So, through his ministers, He tells us in a voice we can hear.

Here's a story I heard that I think illustrates the point:
A young girl is in bed, being scared by a thunderstorm outside and asks to have someone come in her room. Her mother says, "God's in there with you." The daughter says back, "I need someone with skin."
We're the same way. We know God will forgive us anything if we're truly sorry, but we still need to hear it sometimes from someone with skin.

YouTube - Sleepless In Seattle Trailer Redux
Hilarious remix of the Sleepless in Seattle trailer as a horror film.

Hat tip: Catholic and Enjoying It!

Hot Dog! Hungry Fan Gets Bonds' HR Ball - Examiner.com
A fan waiting in line for a hot dog got something extra - and it wasn't mustard and sauerkraut: It was home run ball No. 715 by Barry Bonds.

Andrew Morbitzer was waiting in a concession line Sunday when the souvenir of a lifetime plopped into his hands.
This guy claims to be a Giants and a Bonds fan and he was in line to get a hot dog for the historic home run. Allegedly, he was getting food for his new bride.

On Pardon The Interruption just now, Michael Wilbon called him "an all-time loser." I can't disagree. If you're at that game, there are four or five things you don't miss: Bond's at-bats, to see history. And he went to get a hot dog?

He's the most whipped man in America, with the possible exception of the "Runaway Bride's" now ex-ciancee who took her back even after the truth came out.

Pathetic. We should take away his man card.

More equitable treatment for Charter schools
AnnaVenger passed on the following letter
Dear Parent,

I am asking you to support House Bill 422 by contacting your state representative and state senator ASAP. The House Revenue and Finance Committee will have a hearing on this bill Wednesday, May 31 at 3:00 PM. HB 422 provides $750 per student per year in Delaware’s public charter schools. Charter schools are the only public schools that do not receive this “bricks and mortar” funding. Charters must use operating funds to pay for capital expenses. Presently traditional public schools receive approximately $1410 per student annually.

Call, fax, or e-mail your state legislators to request their support for HB 422. If you do not know your elected officials you can go to www.congress.org and click on “state officials” on the left side of the home page. Select “Delaware”. Click on “My Elected Officials” at the bottom of the page. Enter your street address and city. Your state senator and representative will be displayed at the bottom of the page.

Help us to eliminate this unfairness toward charter schools. Support HB 422.

Sincerely,

Ronald R. Russo
President
This bill is only logical, except that it doesn't treat charter schools the same as other public schools. Unfortunately, logic may not carry the day in the General Assembly. Make your calls.

It's Growing....
With (very great) apologies to the Temptations:
Every day it grows a little more
Than it was the day before
The DCBA just grows and grows
Oh, how it grows and it grows.
And where it's gonna stop I'm sure, nobody knows.
The DCBA has added another member: Mynym. Welcome Mynym!

The Corner on National Review Online
The word on Capitol Hill this morning is House Republicans are increasingly irritated with Speaker Denny Hastert over his stand in the William Jefferson corruption case. First, they think Hastert is wrong on the law — that the Constitution does not, in fact, give members of Congress a right to use their offices to hide evidence of felonies. Second, they're mad about Hastert's handling of the politics. "We had a chance to even the score on the ethics thing," says one GOP aide, mindful of months of Democratic "culture of corruption" attacks. "There's no way we're going to win it, but we could have fought it to a draw." Now, that chance is gone, thanks to Hastert. "Members are ticked off," says the aide. "There's $90,000 in William Jefferson's freezer, and that's not the story."
Hastert's mishandled the law and the politics of the situation to the detriment of his party. All he needed was a a little common sense.

More evidence that the GOP has become what they campaigned against in 1994.

Dutch pedophiles to launch political party | Reuters.com
Dutch pedophiles are launching a political party to push for a cut in the legal age for sexual relations to 12 from 16 and the legalization of child pornography and sex with animals.
Reuters filed this under "Oddly Enough!" They have a different take on it than I do. I would have caled it "Perverted Enough!"

Make no mistake: this sort of political movement will be coming to America. These activites are obviously already going on, but like other sexual activities once disdained, there will be a push first to tolerate, then to legalize, then to celebrate. Rather than condone or even promote their perversions, we should instead seek to get them the healing they so clearly need.

Catholic and Enjoying It!
Mark Shea makes a good point that had occurred to me, but I never bothered to blog on it:
Protestants of all stripes should be double insulted by the DVC. Not only does it assault their most fundamental beliefs as Christians, but it does so while being too ignorant to even be aware that Protestants exist. For Brown, the only Church in the world is the Catholic Church. No Protestants, Amglicans, Orthodox, or Copts (to name a few of the non-existant Christians). And the Catholic Church *is* the Vatican.

Monday, May 29, 2006


Amazon.com: What Would the Founders Do?: Our Questions, Their Answers: Books: Richard Brookhiser
The author of this book, Richard Brookhiser, will be speaking about it at Border's on Concord Pike this Wednesday (the 31st) from 7 - 8 PM. He'll also be speaking on it at the Contitution Center in Philly next Monday, June 5th at 6:30 PM, but that $12 for members, $15 for non-members.

Babies aborted for not being perfect | the Daily Mail
The ethical storm over abortions has been renewed as it emerged that terminations are being carried out for minor, treatable birth defects.

Late terminations have been performed in recent years because the babies had club feet, official figures show.

Other babies were destroyed because they had webbed fingers or extra digits.
This is the obvious consequence of a worldview that promotes the notion that human life is expendable. Abortion encourages the view that unborn child can be killed at the convenience of the mother; it's a simple step from there to killing children who are imperfect in some way. But aren't we all? (And this is occuring in the United Kingdom which has greater restrictions on abortion. Who knows what's happening in America?)

Hall Of Heroes
A tribute to those who died in combat in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

Meanwhile, Google, which frequently changes it logo to reflect the current holiday (including the wildly popular Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's birthday), has never changed their logo for Memorial Day. Just makes my desire to get off Blogger (owned and operated by Google) even stronger.

Links via The Corner.

When to fly the flag at half mast
5/29/06
Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2006

Throughout our history, the men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States have placed the security of our Nation before their own safety. America will be forever grateful for their service and sacrifice. On Memorial Day, we honor those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom.Those who lost their lives in the defense of freedom helped protect our citizens and lay the foundation of peace for people everywhere. On Memorial Day, a grateful Nation pays tribute to their personal courage, love of country, and dedication to duty.


NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Memorial Day, May 29, 2006, as a day of prayer for permanent peace, and I designate the hour beginning in each locality at 11:00 a.m. of that day as a time to unite in prayer. I also ask all Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3 p.m., local time, on Memorial Day. I also request the people of the United States to display the flag at half staff from their homes for the customary forenoon period.
So, if you read this in time, your flag should be at half-mast until noon. Please join in the hour of prayer at 11 AM and pause at 3 PM to remember those who "more than self their country loved, and mercy more than life."

May the souls of those who gave their lives defending our freedom and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Sunday, May 28, 2006


USCCB - NAB - Deuteronomy 32
Deuteronomy Chapter 32 was the Canticle in yesterday morning's morning prayer. (Or at least the way I did since I may have messed it up due to the confusion voer the scheudling of the feast of the Ascension. It's called Ascension Thursday for a reason! Why would we move it to Sunday?) Anyway, this is the first part of verse 4 of that chapter:
The Rock--how faultless are his deeds, how right all his ways!
I thought how true. But apparently it's not about this Rock:






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