Saturday, August 30, 2008

What's your political philosophy?

Found this great link on which shows you in general what your political philosophy is and how you match up with the candidates: Presidential, Senate, House.

I found it interesting: apparently I'm a Conservative-leaning Populist.

Take it with a grain of salt, but it does help you to think about the issues, especially if you use the pop-up links which describe the issues in more detail.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Pelosi Defames Devout Catholics

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi described herself as a "ardent, practicing Catholic" on MSNBC's Meet the Press show on Sunday, and then proceeded to contradict the Catholic Church's constant teaching against procured abortion. Speaker Pelosi dismissed as "maybe 50 years ... of controversy" when reminded of the Church's position by host Tom Brokaw.

Timeline of Pelosi-Gate from American Papist:

* 8/24 - Morning: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi makes numerous uninformed and false claims about the Catholic Church's 2,000-year teaching on abortion in her Meet the Press interview
* 8/24 - Evening: numerous Catholic and conservative blogs criticize Pelosi
* 8/25 - Afternoon: Abp. Chaput is the first U.S. Bishop to publicly correct Pelosi
* 8/25 - Late Afternoon: Ten Catholic members of Congress respond to Pelosi
* 8/25 - Early Evening: The US Bishops respond to Pelosi in a special press release
* 8/25 - Late Evening: Abp. Wuerl of Washington DC also corrects Pelosi
* 8/26 - Early Morning: Associated Press and political blogs note the bishops' statements
* 8/27 - Early Afternoon: Cardinal Egan issues the strongest condemnation yet of Pelosi
* 8/27 - Mid Afternoon: Pelosi's diocese of San Francisco opts to issue a USCCB reprint
* 8/27 - Late Afternoon: Pelosi's spokesman issues a non-apology response

Read Cardinal Egan's stinging (and public) response:



Like many other citizens of this nation, I was shocked to learn that the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States of America would make the kind of statements that were made to Mr. Tom Brokaw of NBC-TV on Sunday, August 24, 2008. What the Speaker had to say about theologians and their positions regarding abortion was not only misinformed; it was also, and especially, utterly incredible in this day and age.

We are blessed in the 21st century with crystal-clear photographs and action films of the living realities within their pregnant mothers. No one with the slightest measure of integrity or honor could fail to know what these marvelous beings manifestly, clearly, and obviously are, as they smile and wave into the world outside the womb. In simplest terms, they are human beings with an inalienable right to live, a right that the Speaker of the House of Representatives is bound to defend at all costs for the most basic of ethical reasons. They are not parts of their mothers, and what they are depends not at all upon the opinions of theologians of any faith. Anyone who dares to defend that they may be legitimately killed because another human being “chooses” to do so or for any other equally ridiculous reason should not be providing leadership in a civilized democracy worthy of the name.

Edward Cardinal Egan

Archbishop of New York

August 26, 2008

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Weird words

English has its share of weird words, borrowed words, rules, counter-rules, exceptions to rules, and outright fakery.

For example: disgruntled. (meaning unhappy or sulkily discontented).  What then does "gruntled" mean? Happy and contented? No. It means "to complain".
Following suit we get this:

gruntled: contended?
irregardless: to regard?
antidisestablishmentarianism: for the establishment? (I just threw that in because I like it).
Floccinaucinihilipilification: not much ;-)
moot: relevant? not relevant?

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Flat on my ...


That's where I've been. Threw my back out playing racquetball, and I've been down for the count for the last 10 days. I even got a 3 day weekend that first Friday and haven't been able to enjoy it.

At first it was mind-numbingly excruciating, then it was terribly painful, and now finally it's mildly debilitating.

Good time to offer it up, do extra prayer, catch up on things, read extra books to the kids, right? Nope. When you don't feel good, NOTHING happens without an heroic effort.

Good thing we get a lot of practice at suffering well (or poorly in my case), because when the Big One hits, I want to be ready. I think.


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