Thursday, March 31, 2011

April Fools' joke?

Why not? These guys and gals are fools are year long. PETA wants a translation of the Bible that is non-discriminatory towards animals. Bill Muehlenberg at MercatorNet.

PETA Vice President Bruce Friedrich: ‘Jesus taught us the importance of mercy and compassion, and this update would encourage mercy and compassion for all God's creatures - including those who have feathers, fins, and fur’.”


Bill Muehlenberg: I am reminded of another animal rights’ activist, Peter Singer, who has claimed that while it is in bad taste to eat animals, there is no morally compelling reason why we cannot have sex with them.


So Peter Singer thinks it's in "bad taste" to eat animals? Surely he puns! He's obviously never tasted bacon. Mmmmmmm...crispy, smokey bacon.

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On hero worship

...and the inherent dangers thereof, especially when the hero is a priest, by Fr. Dwight Longenecker. The dustup over Fr. Corapi's haitus has been quite predictable, and predictably discouraging. Folks weighing in and inevitably bashing/defending each other online for being (prematurely) too supportive/not supportive enough of the accused priest. Just read Fr. Dwight's combox on the linked post for proof. Really sad.

He tried to make the point that, always and everywhere, we should be investing in Christ, not his servants on earth. This "I am for Paul; I am for Appollos" stuff almost always ends badly. The inimitable Mark Shea also has some wisdom to share. (That's why I think he's pretty much the smartest, most grounded Catholic writer out there. I worship the ground he walks on and take to heart every word that comes out of his mouth...)

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Do beautiful churches inspire vocations?

Yes, according to Fr. Dwight. And why wouldn't they? Every little bit helps.
The modern churches we deem 'ugly' are usually designed from a utilitarian point of view. Modern architecture has taken as its creed Frank Lloyd Wright's dictum, "Form follows function." Therefore most modern architechts, when considering the building of a church will ask, "Where will everyone sit. What kind of an artificial sound system should we install? Where will the heating, air conditioning and toilets go? Where will the Sunday School rooms go? What about disabled access? Do we need elevators?" All these practical and utilitarian questions must, of course, be answered, but if they are the only considerations you will end up with a practical, inexpensive and ugly building. You'll end up with a building that is simply an auditorium.


Fr. Longenecker makes a distinction between beautiful churches (that cost a lot, but are worth the sacrifice), and ugly churches that are cheaply built. Far, far worse, is when you spend too much money building an ugly church.
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You're Liberal if ya do, and Liberal if ya don't

SDA's shocking expose of BIAS AT THE CBC. Who could have imagined?
This poll is rigged: it comes up "Liberal" no matter how you answer the questions.
It would be hilarious if these asshats weren't eye-ball deep in our pockets. DEFUND THE CBC NOW!

How long is this likely to last?

Arizona moves to ban abortions based on race and gender. Predictably, the pro-aborts are howling.
You gotta wonder where the logic breaks down here: abortions for race and gender = bad; abortion "just because" = OK. If it's just a cluster of cells, why does it matter what gender or race the cluster is? How can a human preborn non-person be worthy of protection based on race or gender, but not on the basis of mere humanity?

I hope this legislation saves a few babies and gets a few people to start thinking before it's inevitably struck down. I'm sure the Almighty (Obama) will find a way.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I need a laugh

And how, after that last post. I haven't visited the blog below in a long time, but I'll have to start going there more often. It's the "Cake Wrecks" of the ecclesiastical world. It's laugh-out-loud funny. It's BAD VESTMENTS.

Here's just a taste:

THEMES TO AVOID














"1970's shower curtains"

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Oh wow. Just...wow.

Either they think we are really, really stupid, or they are just more evil than I ever, ever could have possibly, remotely imagined.

Development and Peace invites leader of pro-abortion partner group to speak in Canada



Just...wow.

Share Lent. Peace Out. Don't buy bottled water!

Link: You Know Who (God bless them; they are totally getting money from me now, and more than I had originally planned to give.)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

New article up on MercatorNet

It's about bullying, and YouTube's role. (Hey, I made it to the Main Page this time...woohoo!)


The coverage seems to have been immediately helpful to Casey: he is less likely to be bullied from now on—unless of course, it backfires at some future point, “revenge fantasies” being inherently self-perpetuating. The media coverage of this story certainly hasn’t been helpful to teachers and schools—I’m probably not the only one asking where the school staff was during the altercation in question. (Perhaps at a union meeting discussing their demands not to have to do playground supervision outside of classroom hours.) Not that teachers are entirely (or even mostly) responsible for solving this huge problem. I agree with NY Times columnist Lisa Belkin, when she asks: “Where were the parents?”

"Pushing Deviancy Up": Steyn on the Rising Tide

 Mark Steyn is wonderful to read. Here are his observations on certain hallmarks of the culture of death:

...we're unmanned drones in a more basic sense: we believe in nothing except the most transitory and dreary self-gratification, an endless adolescence that begins with a push-up bra at eight and continues through free government condoms for 30-year olds. Not only do the surging Muslim populations in European cities have no wish to "assimilate" with such a culture, they do not believe they will have to - for they have bet that such a society cannot survive.

This is where the battle lines fall for us. We have to teach our children how to navigate a culture that more and more seeks to deny them all freedoms, except for the freedom to indulge themselves, and encourages them to evade all responsibility except that which pertains to recycling or tolerating various evils in the name of "diversity". Not only must we teach them to navigate it, but we must help them become the men and women who will work to defeat such a culture and replace it with a true culture of life.

Do follow all the links. You'll want to boycott Tide after you watch the ad where Mom and her favorite detergent team up to scuttle Dad's efforts to keep his daughter from dressing like a prostitute. As Mark Shea says, "Show me a culture that despises virginity and I'll show you a culture that despises children."
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The End of the Line

Hugh Martin died on March 11. God rest his soul and bless him for  all  the  beauty  he brought into this world.

Here's Mr. Steyn (who is also wonderful to listen to) with another excellent podcast.
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Spring is...Here?

I wanted to post "Spring, Spring, Spring" from "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers", but that's all about sunshine and warm weather and new life. I think this melancholy tune from Nat King Cole is more appropriate.





Spring is here!? Why is the ice advancing?
Spring is here, why are we still ski-pantsing?
No desire, no ambition leads me,
Maybe it's because it's minus 23.

Spring is here, why does the cold breeze blight me?
Stars appear, why does the night frostbite me?
Maybe we should all move to Hawaii?
Spring is here, I hear.
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Monday, March 28, 2011

Snoopy's Lent

Dear DOH readers, this is what  you get when you try to raise good Catholic children and expose them to popular culture at the same time. This story was dictated by the youngest Miss Pinkerton (6).


Snoopy's Lent

Once upon a time there was a little dog and his name was Snoopy. It was Snoopy's first Lent. He wanted to wear something special. So he found a hat in Charlie’s closet. Then he found a jacket in the closet. Of course everything was green because he thought it was a Lent colour. Then he started going outside for a walk. Then he bumped into his friend Birdie. He was starting to get ready for Lent too. Then they started picking flowers together. They didn’t get along with each other.

Then Charlie looked into his closet. He was going to wear the hat and jacket that Snoopy was wearing. He got mad at Snoopy. Then he started looking for Snoopy. Right when he saw him he called “Snoopy!” He ran as fast as he could but Snoopy ran faster ‘cause Snoopy was a dog.

Then Snoopy and Bird reached a flower garden. Then they started picking flowers. They picked too many flowers. The flowers filled up their whole house. Since they had too many flowers they gave some to the church. Then they gave some to a charity. They selled all the flowers to churches and charities. They made a lot of money. They decided they didn’t want to keep it all so they gave some to the poor. Charlie was very proud. But they kept a little bit of money. Then Charlie gave both of them a present. He gave the bird a little nest and he gave Snoopy a squeaky bone toy. They were all happy!

The End


Just one question: where does a 6-year-old kid get the idea that she’s on first-name terms with Charlie Brown?

Plus, I’m still trying to see if I can find some kind of metaphor in this story about Share Lent and Development and Peace. The comments are open for readers’ suggestions. Note that this story actually has nothing to do with Lent. Not unlike a lot of things we see happening in the church today.

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Ye gods of global warming, smite us with thy wrath!

Puhlease!!!! Treacherous, icy roads, cold, wind, blowing snow, and freezling your giblets off when you go outside for any length of time (courtesty of wind chill). You would never know that April is just days away.














This is not our car, but it could have been. There's been an epidemic of folks hitting the ditch lately. I vow, this moment, NOT to complain about the heat this summer (if there is one), no matter how hot it gets.

Caption Contest!

Remember how much fun it was to rename the Fifty Worst Album Covers, Mrs. P.?

Photos: Awkward moments in Canadian politics


Prizes will be awarded as follows:

1st Prize - A lifetime subscription to DOH
2nd Prize - Firm handshake and expired Burger King coupons
3rd Prize - Leadership of the NDP

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Naming names

Did you have your lights on? The Star-si was watching.

“I understand (the lights) were on for about 15 or 20 minutes while delivery food came, but were off for the remainder of the time, including when the Star reporter knocked on the door,”... 
A Star reporter saw the lights on from 8:30 until shortly after 9 p.m., that evening, but didn’t see a delivery vehicle pull up.
At the home of Miller, who was known for promoting a green agenda while Toronto mayor, two porch lights were on Saturday, in addition to the lights for the front hallway.
In the living room the overhead lights and a small lamp were also on.
Next year let's have "Watch 'The Lives of Others' Hour" instead.

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So anyway, I missed it.

I missed Earth Hour...sort of. I thought about it Saturday morning, but then forgot about it when 8:30 p.m. rolled around. So, while I am happy and proud to say that on Saturday evening between 8:30 and 9:30, I was using my electric mega-mixer to mix up 8 dozen buns, and using my electric oven to bake them, and my electric clothes dryer to dry clothes, and my electric washing machine to wash clothes, and my electrically-run laptop to blog and write and surf, and the kids were watching a movie on our big screen TV, and Mr. Pinkerton was listening to the stereo when he wasn't vacuuming with the electric central vac, and the elder Misses Pinkerton were all using their laptops, and running on the electric treadmill, and listening to music, and we had most of the lights on in the house, we did not have all of them on. Nor did I open up all my blinds and curtains to let forth my light into the streets of town.
Mea culpa.
If it makes Gaia feel any better, one of the Miss Pinkertons cut her hand very badly while washing a stupid tin can, which we are supposed to wash before we recycle them. I threw the can in the garbage. I do that a lot.

Anyway, if you hate Earth Hour as much as I do, you can always read these:

Steyn Earth Hour in London
Ross McKitrick, Vancouver Sun: Earth Hour: Why I will leave my lights on
Doug Powers (no pun intended): Lighten Up for Earth Hour
Ed Driscoll

Logo courtesy SDA. Next year, I'll be ready...

David Warren sums up the war in Libya

This is a very old story: the ability of the liberal mind to delude itself by confusing appearances with realities; by embracing the comfortably plausible in preference to the uncomfortably true. And finally, expressing genuine surprise when the whole effort blows up in our faces.
Read it all.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Some trivia for FOTR fans

I have loved Fiddler on the Roof forever, but I'd never really done much reading up on the cast (except for Paul Michael Glaser, who played Starsky in a later incarnation. He was an early crush, but I digress). We recently acquired a DVD of FOTR, and of course with DVDs come Special Features. While watching the movie with the 'commentary' turned on (featuring star Topol, who played Tevye, and director Norman Jewison), I made an interesting discovery about Topol's age. Guess what it was when he played the iconic "Papa." Go on, guess.
(DOH readers who know the answer, don't spoil it for the other two!)

When I was a little kid, I thought, "Yah, that guy must be about 70." But as I got older, Tevye got younger. At one point, I thought he must be 50ish. Now that I'm nearing that age myself, I'm thinking, "OK, he could be 45."

Guess, dear reader(s).

You won't, so I'll tell you.
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He was 35. Yes, Thirty. Five. They no doubt coloured his beard and hair, but as for his eyebrows, the makeup artists plucked greying hairs from Norman Jewison's beard and inserted them into Topol's eyebrows. They also put fake skin under his eyes to make them look wrinkly and baggy. I just thought you'd all want to know that. Amazing actor.

And now, enjoy:
(I don't get the subtitle thing: I guess it's for folks who want to sing along... All day long, I'd biddy biddy bum... But it loses some of the spontaneous charm, wouldn't you say?)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Agreed: "Pornography is Slavery".

Read this.  Especially the comments where real people describe how pornography has destroyed their lives.

h/t Big Blue Wave

The brilliant Mark Shea

...explains the heresy of Consequentialism (believing that the end justifies the means).

As a general rule, the way we assuage our consciences when we do evil for a good end is to pretend that the good end cancels out the sin that we do. If the good end we are seeking to achieve actually occurs, then we tell ourselves it was all for the best.
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When [Truly Evil People] commit some sin (we tell ourselves), they don't have some good end in mind like us. So our sins are (perhaps, in some technical sense) "sins," but they are easily excused because we meant well. Meanwhile, the sins of Truly Evil People are sins because they had no good end in view.

Because of this, we can easily tend to make Manichaean divisions between Truly Evil People (those whom we assume pursue evil ends by evil means) and charming rogues like ourselves (who pursue good ends by evil means).
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All sin, great and small, is an attempt to gain some Good (power, happiness, release from pain, etc.) by some disordered means, either colossally so or trivially so. That's because the desire for happiness is not optional for us. It is built into our nature by God Himself. And so, as St. Thomas points out, we can't not desire our happiness, which is to say, we can't not desire some good end. The implications of this are startling -- but only to people unfamiliar with the Catholic conception of sin. Hitler and Stalin both sought happiness.

Read it all.

I'm a fan

Of Kathleen Gilbert. This LSN article/essay is sobering, thoughtful, brilliant ...and dead-on. (Well, everything except hailing the 'Lying for Jesus' tactics as an answer to prayer...)

"Killing babies: it’s what humans do"

In all the stories I can ever recall hearing, there have been two reasons healing took place: the forgiveness of Christ, and the grieving of their baby; a person met, a person bidden farewell. It’s no coincidence that for these women, the two recognitions became one, forming the only path out of darkness. We would do well to follow their example.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Exactly.

Read John Robson. (A good idea no matter what the topic.)

h/t Sobering Thoughts

I want the Foo Mart Sign.




It makes me think of "Hank's  onv ni nce S ore" in my prairie home town. I would also take the Liquor/Insurance store sign, if there is one. In our town you could not get your booze and driver's license from the same guy, but our liquor store and insurance office were neighboring tenants in the same building.

What piece of Corner Gas would you like to take home?

Monday, March 21, 2011

"Strip us, Lord Jesus, of our former selves...."

That is from the  Lenten meditation for the Tenth Station in The Way of the Cross by Clemens Schmidt. This man has been stripped of his former self, in a most violent and painful way, and yet he apparently remains hopeful, ready to let God mold him anew. He declares that it was "worth it" to gain "a joy he never knew before".

Last week he underwent surgery to further his healing. Whatever face they have put on him, it will be a brave one.

True Coen

I went to see "True Grit" on Saturday. To loosely quote my esteemed brother-in-law, run, don't walk, to your nearest theater and see it for yourself. You won't be sorry, except for when you think about how neither Jeff Bridges nor Hailee Steinfeld won Oscars for their performances.

Why can't more movies be like "True Grit"? Why are so many of them like "Hot Tub Time Machine"?

Here's what Greydanus thought.

A voice of sanity amid moral and intellectual meltdown

David Warren. "Fukushima"
Ideologues (environmentalist and other) prey on human credulity by comparing real things, not with alternative real things, but with absolute conditions in some paradise of their imagination. That is why, incidentally, religion is so important in politics. It provides a buttress to sanity, against utopian dreaming. For those who recognize a kingdom not of this world are less apt to confuse earth with heaven. Or hell, for that matter.

Friday, March 18, 2011

And here's Edna, modeling her great personality....

Those words you keep using - I don't think they mean what  you think they mean :
Ms Rajandran said given the "extremely multicultural society of Australia", she was shocked at the response, and hoped that by her speaking out about it, the practice of culling models based solely on their appearance would change.


It's apparently not a direct quote, so maybe that's not exactly what Ms Rajandran said, but in that case, this silliness is coming from a journalist. That makes it worse, I suppose, but not really surprising. Doesn't it literally make your head explode?

h/t Steyn...again. (Hey, I can't help it if they have all the interesting articles over there.)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

And furthermore...

Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff said: “Let’s not play word games with this stuff . . . There’s no such thing as an honour killing, there’s only killing and it’s a crime everywhere,” he said.

Um, except in the womb, Iggy. Just sayin'

(Also wondering how honour-killed women and girls might feel--if they hadn't been barbarically honour-killed--about being called "stuff" by our British-American Canadian PM-in-waiting.)

The Corner.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Everything you need, and so much more.

Buy n' Large!

Why don't they compromise and add, "Not that there's anything wrong with that!"

Or perhaps one could ask why the government of any civilized country should attempt "neutrality" in the way it describes honor killings or female circumcision. It is barbaric - but if you don't like that word, how about evil, horrific or brutal?

I suppose those are not responsibly neutral, either - maybe even totally, completely unacceptable! And we wouldn't want to hurt the delicate feelings of people who murder/mutilate their own relatives, would we?

Via Steyn in The Corner

It Get Better

This story via Steyn's "Ports of Call" was enough of a rib-tickler.

Turns out it goes farther than just hitting up the Fat Cats for free tickets.

Should "Schools are George Costanza" become a new category on DOH?

Mrs. P: Yes, I think so.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

There Ain't No Such Thing as a Ten Cent Dollar Bill

That's a line Mr. Beazly coined. Not only does it express a profound truth about Canadian Tire money, but we both thought it would make a great country music song title. After reading Mr. Steyn's latest, I think Mr. B. should head south and use his line to write a federally funded cowboy poem instead...while he still can.

"The mean-spirited bill, HR 1 ... eliminates the National Endowment of the Humanities, National Endowment of the Arts," said Sen. Reid. "These programs create jobs. The National Endowment of the Humanities is the reason we have in northern Nevada every January a cowboy poetry festival. Had that program not been around, the tens of thousands of people who come there every year would not exist."

 Whoa, pardner! Cowboy poetry must really git yer Cowgal Missus in the mood! Maybe Mark Steyn is looking in all the wrong places for the source of Western demographic woes.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Getting down to raisins

Blogging has been on the back burner lately. Kids' activities, marking, lesson planning, working on a short story. Here's a story about Abe Lincoln, for anyone else with piles of work to get through.

Speaking of Smoking (NOW UPDATED WITH SHOCKING, GRAPHIC PHOTO!)

Cartoon characters lighting up really burns some people's butts. My 12 year old son suggested this post. He thought this story was ridiculous. I agree.

"A lot of kids are going to start smoking because of this movie," said Stanton Glantz, director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California-San Francisco. Youths who frequently see smoking onscreen are two to three times more likely to begin smoking than peers who rarely see it depicted, he said.

By what methodology did they arrive at these statistics? Are there many smoking youths who have meticulously kept track of how often they've seen someone smoking onscreen? When kids see Cruella DeVil puffing away, won't that make them less likely to want to smoke? Or kidnap dogs? 

Don't let's be silly now, anti-smokers.

UPDATE:
Whoops, looks like I spoke too soon. Maybe the kids are being led down the tobacco garden path by ciggy-sporting cartoon animals....

Grace Abounds

Here is an inspiring piece on grace by Mr. Shea. I hope it will be for you, as it is for me, a healthy dose of Pepto Verbal.

Mrs. P's two cents: My fave quot. from this piece:  "the principal way that grace seems to stick to the soul is via personal encounter." It's all about forming relationships. Which is another reason why bureacracy (and most "programs") are evil. Just sayin.

"But we can not fight the Culture of Death with a Culture of Deceit."

Kevin O'Brien on the "lying for Jesus" controversy. It's a long post, and well worth your time.

This makes good sense to me. The more I think about this, the sorrier I am that I posted Lila Rose's video on this blog.

Mrs. P. weighs in: I am grateful to Kevin, Mark Shea, et al. for courageously taking and defending this stand. It hasn't been easy. I agree with them (not that it matters. Truth can stand on its own, thank you). As to posting the vid... I supposed like Pilate, we all (O'Keefe, Rose, too) have only now to say, "What's done is done." It was not done in the correct way, but it's done. God can bring good out of evil--all kinds of evil. And he will. I think we've all learned valuable lessons along the way. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

From our 'beyond satire' files

I don't approve of cruelty to animals (whatever the Spirit of Journalism Past might say), but just as an intellectual and moral exercise, read this story and substitute the words "unborn baby" for "hamster," "animal," or "pet".

Brooklyn teen faces felony charge in death of family hamster

"Sadly, very often, **** find themselves in the middle of these situations," said Pentangelo.
"A family will have a disagreement and unfortunately the ****** is the recipient of misdirected or redirected rage."
The ****** died from blunt force trauma, liver damage and a brain hemorrhage, he said.

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Lent has begun

I love this season.


















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'I became a better mom by leaving my children'

It would be laughable if it weren't so tragic. My latest post on MercatorNet.

Mrs. Beazly says...

As Andrea at PWPL wrote, "That's some redefinition of motherhood."

Or to put it another way,
'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.'

Only in 2011 could this be headline material

Fashion model smokes on runway. (She could have chosen a more tasteful and politically correct accessory, like an aborted baby in a jar, or something. But that would not have garnered her any media attention.)

 WE always knew Kate Moss was one of THE biggest supermodels on the planet, but we didn't think anyone could get away with having a fag on the runway.

Wow. I'm not gonna touch that quotation with a 40-foot pole. (Note to CHRC: This is an actual excerpt from OK's website and NOT hate speech on my part.) Tolerate EVERYTHING...except Christianity and smoking. (I don't like smoking, but I like fascism even less.) I do like humour though...



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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

International Women's Day

Yawn. When was it? Did I miss it? Don't even care enough to google the answer. Brilliant essay by Carolyn Moynihan, MercatorNet.

It’s thanks to this ideological stance that we still have Ministers of Women’s Affairs, their bureaucracies and their international Big Sisters pushing for gender equality policies which assume that husbands and wives -- or domestic partners -- should each do exactly half of both childcare and domestic chores and half of the paid work to support a household. Research has shown that this is not what women with young children want.


If women want to have the choice to be wives and mothers in anything more than a nominal sense, it is time to knock this sort of nonsense on the head. Whatever good feminism was going to do has been done; now it is time to tidy up the house and start living again.

SK still in the deep freeze

This morning, Mr. Pinkerton stood in the kitchen looking befuddled. "It's got to start warming up sooner or later! I thought I saw a zero in the forecast."
I was tempted to reply, "You probably did, but it had a -3 right in front of it."
Al Gore, where are you when we need you?
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Monday, March 7, 2011

A tiny bit of advice for the Conservative Government

Mr. Pinkerton recently informed me that, as part of an attempt to cut costs, the federal government plans to slash Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's budget by a whopping 20%. (AAFC is Mr. Pinkerton's employer)

That makes sense in these desperate economic times, doesn't it? Get rid of funding for peripheral  things like, oh, research into having a better FOOD SUPPLY, but leave the following untouched:

Funding for feminist groups
The CBC
The freakin bunch of Nazi kanagroos that are the Canadian Human Rights Commission
Generous pay and benefits for senators-for-life, most of whom don't show up for work. Ever.

I could go on, but I won't.

The taxpayers of Canada will bless you for it. You just know that when the governement downsizes its civil service, the only ones to lose their jobs are the folks who get paid relatively little and do real work. The brain dead bureaucratic sort who make six figures, but can't actually tell you in plain words what they do for a living will continue to slurp at the public trough.

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Jillian Michaels is not the boss of me


Though I must admit that I love her in my own special way (I think she's alternately scary and goofy, but, as she claims in her promotional material, she does get results). I have been joking for some time (mostly in private) about blogging my way through her exercise videos, and yes, I do own some of them. I know that some church ladies don't approve of exercise. As one puritan soul once scolded: "That's just vanity." Well, maybe so. On the other hand, one woman's vanity is another woman's aversion to atrophied muscles or the premature fracturing of bones from osteoporosis--that sort of thing. Exercise does make one healthier, and it certainly allows you to keep up with your kids.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A reader writes...

(My comments in red).

"Just wondering if you know anything about Fr. **** ******, a Redemptorist priest who worked at ******  hospital in ********  for several years?  Just had a bad experience with him on the weekend at a talk he gave in ******** *****.  I have been asked to write my synopsis of his talk after I complained about him to the Archdiocese.  His talk was not taped.

Ha! Are they ever? Clever, that. Leave no evidence...

 I have suggested that all such talks be taped in the future.

I have a better idea. Video, then straight to YouTube. Maybe that would stop some of these folks from undermining church teaching, or at least expose and embarrass them a bit.

His talk was advertised as 'Reality Check - What the Catholic Church Really Teaches about moral issues such as Homosexuality, Euthanasia, Stem-cell research, Abortion, etc."  There were no handouts or outlines,

as I said, no paper trail, no evidence...

he didn't quote the Catechism once,

Really? No, REALLY? After all, the Catechism is, as one heretic nun put it, "just a springboard" for discussion. You know, like those two styrofoam swim-aid flutterboards that Moses brought down from Mt. Sinai, with the Ten Suggestions scratched into them.

he had not a set agenda.

well, that's debatable. (Though I know I'm using agenda in the figurative sense, and you meant the literal.)

 It was like a glorified, obfuscatory liberal homily.  In one word, Yuck.  Actually it was worse than that because he said at one point that he agreed with everything the Church teaches.

That's a sure sign that he doesn't. If he did, he wouldn't have to explicitly claim it--it would have been evident in his presentation.

Half truths and opposition posing as adherance to Church teaching.  Yuck, yuck again.  We were told that he did not want us to come to any conclusions

Riiiiiiiiight. After all, Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Wishy-Washy Noncommittal Opinion

Just like it says in the bible: "How I wish that you were either hot or cold. But because you do not come to any conclusions, I will spew you out of my mouth."

 but just to think as Jesus would think.

Oh wow. Did he hand out some post-consumer biodegradable hypoallergenic WWJT wristbands for everyone to wear home? Where does he think we find out "how Jesus thinks"?

  Crap like that.

Hey, that sounds like a good title for the next left-lib workshop in your parish:


"Guest speaker Fr. W. Washy presents: Crap Like That: How we can call ourselves Catholic, ignore what the Church teaches, and feel all Squishy and Affirmed inside. Small group sharing. Lunch provided."
 
Wish you could have been there.

Yah, so my head could explode.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Are you starting a weight loss program today?

Nothing like a good belly laugh to burn a few calories.

Out like a lion

Or perhaps a six-headed gargoyle from hell? After enduring a blustery blizzard all day yesterday that buried part of the hedge in the front yard (it's about four feet tall), we woke up to -33 C temps this morning. Here's the weather report on the Environment Canada website for our area:

Wind Chill Warning in Effect


Wind chills of minus 40 to minus 45 this morning.


This is a warning that extreme wind chill conditions are imminent or occurring in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..Listen for updated statements.


Cold northerly winds have ushered in cold Arctic air over the province. Temperatures near minus 30 along with wind speeds of 15 to 20 km/h are producing wind chill values near or below minus 40 across Western Saskatchewan this morning. These will moderate above warning criteria this morning as temperatures rise and winds diminish.


At these wind chill values frostbite on exposed skin is possible within 10 minutes.

Come on, weather man! It's MARCH!! Gotta get me some of that there global warming.

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