Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Some sobering church thought

Weasel Watchers discussed the change to the Catechism of the Catholic Church and what it says now about the death penalty.

Meanwhile, John Zmirak keeps heretical comments by a papal adviser from being flushed down the memory hole.

I'd like to file both stories under the "theology" label, but the truth is that if I regularly used a "politics" label, that might be more accurate.

In times like these, the following quote by 20th-century Catholic apologist Frank Sheed is worth remembering:

"We are not baptized into the hierarchy; do not receive the cardinals sacramentally; will not spend an eternity in the beatific vision of the pope. Christ is the point." 

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Answering a pessimist

An assistant professor of English at the University of Notre Dame insists on walking around with a cloud over his head, it seems. The New York Times trades in pessimism of that kind, but I don't. Ergo, a new essay at American Spectator Online -- "Even Sunset is a Harbinger of Doom" (for progressives)

Note: An algorithm at the Spectator website might confuse my essay with this fine piece by H.W. Crocker III on why America's next Civil War will be worse than its previous one. I liked that essay, which features a cameo appearance by none other than George Armstrong Custer, but it's not mine.

Postscript: WoW magazine now has the essay, also.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Messing with my childhood

From the Karen Grassle archive at IMDB
Well, that tears it...

It turns out that Leftists don't like Little House on the Prairie.

I believe it's time I finally read those books by Laura Ingalls Wilder on which the fondly-remembered TV show of my youth was based.

Wilder was not a bigot.

Some thoughts on Voter ID laws

I have another essay out for a local think tank. This one looks at Voter ID laws and the ideologues who insist that anyone who wants to safeguard elections is a tool of the patriarchy.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Summer-ish fun


The Blue Dash dragonfly above is one symbol of warm weather. Late last night, I had a few others: I played frisbee catch with a German Shepherd while fireflies drifted erratically through the humid darkness around us like yellow-green embers and distant lightning strobed the sky to the southwest. Good times!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Two movies I liked

Both seen on video recently--

The bigger-budget movie with known actors: New In Town (2009). My favorite characters were actors in supporting roles: Siobhan Fallon Hogan as warmhearted secretary Blanche Gunderson, and J.K. Simmons as factory foreman Stu Kopenhafer.

The smaller-budget movie with unknown actors: Until Forever: The Michael Boyum Story (2016). It starts slow and improves over time.

Still haven't seen, but plan to: A Quiet Place (2018)

Friend Bookworm is talking movies, also, albeit in an intelligent metaphorical sense, with a salute to Scott Adams of Dilbert fame.