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{Thursday, May 27, 2004  }


Wow. I've been getting a lot of hits lately on my sitemeter. Hi to the ROTC people who have found this blog, and people who used to date one of my sisters. Dang.

I have absolutely nothing of significance to post.

Things of little or significance: I'm taking classes at Piedmont (local community college) purely for West Point prep (Western Civ and Pre-Calculus). Also, I am taking a summer course through UVA. Chemistry. I'm going to die. I'm looking for a tutor right now.

Speaking of tutoring, I have no job. My schedule won't allow for a regular 9-5, and mom has yet to teach me some of the stuff she wanteed me to do for her (payroll, etc). I'm wondering if I can advertise myself as a Latin tutor (low-level, of course, for kids who don't want to memorize the first declention and whatnot. I am definitely going to brush up on my Latin over the summer, maybe read some Ovid. I have been meaning to read -- and not translate, read; that is to say, not labor over -- the Metamorphoses for a while).

Eek, the idea of tutoring makes me nervous. I'm too dumb to teach people stuff. This is why I don't want to be a teacher.

I was at Rob's house (Rob = Jon's older brother, former youth minister and teacher at my jr highschool), and when I told Rob that I'm currently majoring in classics, he got all excited and said I'd be able to find a job anywhere? "What, teaching?" asked his wife Robin. "Yeah," he replied. Augh. I do NOT want to teach.

In more interesting news, "American Idol" is over. Finally. I have never watched an episode of those things, not that or "Survivor" or whatever else they've had on. Oh wait, I take it back -- I did watch "Joe Millionaire". I was disgusted by that show. So disgusted, I felt compelled to watch it every week. ;) It's my sister Steph's fault. It became a weekly thing, Steph, her (then) fiancee Matt (now her husband, obviously), and I would all go over to Colleen (my other sister)'s house and watch it with her and her husband Eric. It turned into family bonding time, we would heckle it mostly, and ooh and aaah over the jewelry the girls got.

I love my sisters.

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I haven't read this article all the way through, but it is helping to convince me that the music industry is evil. Like Al Gore:



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Bullying at school or stalking or threatening or sexual harassment at schools are horrible. This is why I homeschooled (partially). That poor girl ....

Alright. I'm going to class now. I'll have something significant to post, I hope, later.

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{Thursday, May 20, 2004  }


Dear any members of the Society of St. Pius X who claim the Pope doesn't care to admonish those erring in faith:

(from a nypost article): In excerpts printed by Il Giornale newspaper yesterday, ahead of the book's publication tomorrow, the pope says church leaders must admonish people as well as lead them in faith. "I think that in this aspect, maybe I have done too little. There is always this problem of how to balance authority and service. Perhaps I need to criticize myself for not having tried hard enough to lead," the pope writes in the book, titled "Get Up! Let Us Go!"

For any Louisiana Catholics: from Fr. Bryce Sibley.

Florida Bishop Rebukes Pro-Abortion, Communion Receiving Catholics:

Another US bishop has stepped up to the front lines of the battle in the US Catholic Church over the reception of communion by pro-abortion, dissenting Catholics. The coadjutor bishop of Orlando Florida, Thomas Wenski, has published a pastoral statement in which he calls pro-abortion Catholics who demand to receive communion "boorish and sacrilegious." He suggests that they are in a worse moral position than Pontius Pilate after his condemnation of Christ.

Wo-hooooow... there we go! That's what we need!

Also, here is a list of the 48 congressmen who signed the letter to Cardinal McCarrick. Fortunately no one to whom I am applying for a nomination (senators Warner or Allen, or congressman Virgil Goode) is on that list. Yay Virginia!
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Yes, it was a day or two ago but ... Randy Johnson pitched a perfect gaaaame! 27 up, 27 down!!! That rocked so much.

The UK's "Mirror" posted hoax Abu Ghirab abuse photos, I wonder how many others are fake? (I don't deny that abuse has taken place...)

And speaking of the abuse scandals, it has become, like everything else, a witch-hunt. And some Iraqui-born Swede idiot is suing.

Also, highschool essays are being graded by computer. Computers are stupid. People are smart. Computers understand 1s and 0s. People understand Shakespeare. Until we come up with real AI (which is a complete fiction), and maybe not even then, I will assert that this is a Bad Idea and these kids are missing out.

Giuliani heckled at 9/11 hearing. People keep blaming this "command and communications problem". I wonder if they have ever been in anything quite as confusing as the fog of war. In our training simulations, when you're attacked -- ambused out of the blue, especially after having grown complacent after a long road march or something -- everything just goes straight to heck. There's noise and everybody's yelling at everyone else, and the PLs try to call higher up on their radio, but sometimes the radios get turned off in the confusion and the jumping around. 3rd platoon tried to call us (2nd platoon) when they though we had been engaged, but our PLs radio had gotten turned off or switched to another channel on accident. CDT Bombassaro had the option of either waiting and letting us get torn to bits, or attempting to come in as reinforcements. Coming to our aid might not be beneficial to anybody ... I forget the exact scenario. She walked the line, waited a few minutes to see if we would respond, but didn't want to leave us totally on our own, so they came up behind us. We had just disengaged, and they got jumped as we started to march on, so they didn't really do us much good.

But yes, command and communication are the first two things to be sacrificed in a battle scenario, pretty much. And it's worse when it's actually real. There were times, if I shut up and kept my eyes open, I could sort of figure out what was going on, and that my squad leader (SQL) and PSG were going somewhere and hey, I think I'd better follow them and attack-through. It would have been worse if the minute they had stood up to charge, or even before that in the initial attack, they had been shot dead out from under us, and it would be just up to the grunts to figure out what to do. That stuff happens.

There is no way to prevent the fog of war.

And I would like to call attention to a quote of Giuliani's that would be good for the liberals to take to heart:

"Our enemy is not each other but the terrorists who attacked us, murdered our loved ones and continue to offer a threat to our security, safety and survival."

And now for the kicker ... 48 "Catholic" congressmen warn bishops on bigotry:

WASHINGTON -- Forty-eight Roman Catholic members of Congress have warned in a letter to Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington, D.C., that US bishops will revive anti-Catholic bigotry and severely harm the church if they deny Communion to politicians who support abortion rights.

Oh dear ... congressmen ... or the pope? Dear dear dear ... I wonder who will win out? When will people learn that the Catholic Church is not a democracy, and it doesn't matter how many people vote for gravity to go up?

The letter's signers, all Democrats, include at least three House members with strong antiabortion voting records.

"For many years Catholics were denied public office by voters who feared that they would take direction from the pope," they wrote. "While that type of paranoid anti-Catholicism seems to be a thing of the past, attempts by church leaders today to influence votes by the threat of withholding a sacrament will revive latent anti-Catholic prejudice, which so many of us have worked so hard to overcome."


Wah. You can't, with one hand, wave the Vatican flag and call yourself a mackrel-snapper while with the other hand you undermine everything for which we snap those mackerels. It's a total contradiction. To be Catholic and to support abortion is hypocritical, and ... well, you can't. Code of Canon Law 1398: A person who procures a completed abortion incurs a latae sententiae excommunication.. Even "formal cooperation in an abortion" (says the Catechism of the Catholic Church para 2272) "constitutes a grave offense". "The inalienable rights of the person must be recognized and respected by civil society and the political authority. These human rights depend neither on single individuals nor on parents; nor do they represent a concession made by society and the state; they belong to human nature and are inherent in the person by virtue of the creative act from which the person took his origin. Among such fundamental rights one should mention in this regard every human being's right to life and physical integrity from the moment of conception until death." (paragraph 2273) The CCC means nothing to non-Catholics, ignore it if you wish. But to Catholics, it means SHUTUP cos you're WRONG. [G]

The three-page letter, dated May 10, was sent to McCarrick because he heads a task force of US bishops that is considering whether and how the church should take action against Catholic politicians whose public positions are at odds with Catholic doctrine.

McCarrick's spokesman, Susan Gibbs, said he would not comment on the letter. She said the seven-member task force is "listening to many different voices" and will grant the 48 House members' request for a meeting. "They will be heard; it just hasn't been arranged yet," she said.

A few of the nation's 300 Catholic bishops have caused a political furor this year by threatening to withhold the Eucharist, which Catholics believe is the body and blood of Christ, from presidential candidate Senator John F. Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts, and other Catholic officials who vote for abortion rights.

On May 5, Bishop Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs issued a letter saying that ordinary parishioners should not receive Communion if they vote for politicians who support abortion, euthanasia, stem-cell research, or gay marriage.

McCarrick made clear last week in the Catholic Standard, the Washington archdiocese's newspaper, that he does not agree. "As a priest and bishop, I do not favor a confrontation at the altar rail with the Sacred Body of the Lord Jesus in my hand," he wrote. "There are apparently those who would welcome such a conflict, for good reasons, I am sure, or for political ones, but I would not."


I will say he does have a point here.

Representative Rosa DeLauro, Democrat of Connecticut, and Representative Nick Lampson, Democrat of Texas, circulated the letter among the 73 Catholic Democrats in the House. It was not circulated among Republicans or in the Senate, because it arose from meetings that began last year among a small number of Catholic Democrats in the House who wanted to talk privately about faith and public service, DeLauro said. "This was not about politics. It was about us and our church and our own faith," she said.

I don't know what that faith is, because it certainly ain't Catholic...

There was this one annoying guy who was hitting on me once. I got him to leave me alone because he claimed he was Catholic, and when I tried to discuss Catholic things with him, he was like "yeah, I don't believe in the Pope or the magisterium or the Eucharist or purgatory or ...", well, then, foo', you aren't Catholic! You can't say you're Catholic and then don't believe in anything the Catholic Church teaches. In that case, I am Jewish, Hindu, Shi'ite, Muslim, Shinto, Athiest, Episcopalean, Christian Scientist, Mormon, and Mason. You can't tell me that I'm not, because I say I am. It's my right to impede upon yours.

In their letter, the Democratic House members said they "firmly believe that it would be wrong for a bishop to deny the sacrament of Holy Communion to an individual on the basis of a voting record. We believe that such an action . . . would bring great harm to the church."

You "firmly" believe... well, that makes all the difference, then!

Noting that the Supreme Court has ruled that women have a constitutional right to choose an abortion, they said that members of Congress "who vote for legislation consistent with that mandate are not acting contrary to our positions as faithful members of the Catholic Church."

Yeeess... women have a constitutional right to murder. Not even soldiers have that. (Redrum! Redrum!) By voting for a candidate who supports abortion, a Catholic is perpetrating evil. For more on the matter, see Tom at Disputations.

Sorry I'm being so nasty and snappy ... but some people deserve it.
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{Tuesday, May 18, 2004  }


Little known facts about my dad:

My dad applied to West Point. He got in, but didn't go because he wanted to marry my mother, and you can't be married while you're at West Point.

He was drafted, but enlisted before the draft thing took effect, so he had a 3 instead of 4 year enlistment period, where he was a dental x-ray technician, which is why he is now a dentist.

Anyway, my dad had really icky platoon leaders (PLs) in Basic (BCT). The first one came and went, and the second, and after my dad's very organized effort to get everyone in his platoon to pitch in time and money to repaint the bathroom, they made HIM the PL! My dad was in BCT, he hadn't even finished. He was an E-1, a PV-1. They don't even wear rank on their uniforms. They're known as the sh*theads. Absolute bottom of the ... thing, above cadets only, because cadets don't really hold real rank.

So... my father was BCT PL. Go figure! And he had a big room all to himself. He also had a typewriter, and for some reason he needed to type and do stuff later on in BCT when they had off-post priviliges (OPPs) on weekends. Dad realized the only way to avoid the Drill Sergeants (DSs) was to lock his room... from the outside. Thus he had two loyal platoon leaders bolt and lock (via combination lock) dad's door from the outside. The DSs would pass by his room thinking no one was in, and dad could stay and get stuff done on the weekends.

One stinky thing about being a PL was that one time they were to have this massive inspection. Dad, as PL, had to show all his subordinates how to get ready and prepare their footlockers and their spaces, while he himself had no time to prepare his own stuff. It stunk, but dad went through with it. His platoon sergeant (PSG) told him not to worry about it and just focus on getting the other guys ready.

When it was time for the inspection, dad was bracing himself to have a bad room, but when they went inside it was *sparkling*. Apparently, his PSG had gone through and done it all for him, even to the point of taking a sheet of paper and rolling it up with his shirts to make them extremely crisp and cleanly folded.

They got an *excellent* report. Their platoon always had the best-cleaned weapons, the best barracks, the best everything. They had a really REALLY high-speed platoon, and they held this award (can't remember name) every time ... except once, when at an accountability formation, they could not come up with accountability for 5 of the platoon members. As it turned out, they were KP (kitchen police -- cooking, cleaning, dishes, etc). And another platoon got it.

But still... that totally rocks. I didn't know that about my dad. Until today at dinner.

A PL as an E-1!!! I still can't believe that. That just boggles the mind.
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From the Journal News and from Students for Life at NYU comes this photo of my long-lost friend Jenni Logan, the her caption:

"Isn't it too funny that out of 401 NYU Students (400 of whom were supposedly "Voices for Choice") the one Student for Life gets to be in the paper?"



Thanks for commenting in my blog, Jenni!

And I'll ... think about that. If someone is really looking for p0rn ... er... porn, there would definitely a million other sites that came up on a search before my blog. And if I were writing for people like that, I would take a different approach, a little less of "EW EW EW EW that's disGUSting" and more like "Hi. What you're doing is wrong for these reasons, but that's okay beCAUSE we can help you." (See, the "but that's okay" gets the person's attention and they're like "what, that's okay?" and I can say "no, it's not really, it's not at all in fact, but there is help for that.)

In fact, if you or someone you know is in to pornography and are willing to change, this software called "Covenant Eyes" works as a deterrant to them. It acknowledges free will -- the person is free to look at such images on the internet or on KazAa or something -- but a report of their websurfing will be sent to an accountability partner. It's not free, but it's not expensive, and any amount of money is worth helping someone rid themselves of pornography, I think.

Here are some links from dads.org, including some very good articles by Steve Wood of What is pornography doing to fathers and their families?

Also an EXTREMELY GOOD ARTICLE purely about the psychological aspect of pornography and the conditioning of such is Treatment and Healing of Sexual and Pornographic Addictions; this also contains some steps to ridding yourself of it. An important thing to remember if you have a friend, spouse, sibling, boyfriend/girlfriend (girls, while is it even more discordant to their nature, are not impervious to it, either), YOU cannot cure them, no matter how much you love them or they love you or how much you try, they have to want to cure themselves, and then they have to do it.

Also, if someone has told you of a pornography problem they have, they will assume that you know they have a problem with self-stimulation (the "m" word which I cannot say). This is, in fact, the way a pornography problem becomes a problem, and it is conditioned into them by this. I will say that I have yet to learn how these problems (both of them) start.

A word to wives whose husbands have a pornography habit. -- Note the word "habit". While the person has been conditioned to the point where they may think they have lost their free agency, they have not, no matter how strong the urge is. Otherwise there would be no cure, ever. And there definitely is a cure. Therefore, pornography is not an addiction per se, but a habit, a very strong one.
Resources for wives whose husbands are addicted to pornogaphy.
Treating Sexual and Pornographic Addictions -- (their word, not mine)
12 Steps to Freedom from Pornography -- this link is down, but I'm putting it here in hopes that it will go back up. a

Also, find a very good, very tough priest. Go to confession often -- once a week, if not more, depending on how many times you give in to temptation. Get on a massive prayer schedule. But do not neglect psychological help. Do not scorn going to a counselor or joining Sexaholics Anonymous, scary as that name is. And if you have a problem, it's bad. Even if you give in once every other month, don't do hard-core, it is still very bad and it will RUIN your relationships with people, especially with members of the opposite sex, especially if you love them.

If anything, do it for them. Think of that person and do it for them.

There. Well. I've written a much more lengthy post than I intended. This is actually a pet thing of mine, pornography. I'm convinced it is the source of all the world's evils. If not all of them, then a lot of them. Don't believe me? Some hard facts.

I used the word "pornography" a lot. If someone stumbles across this in a search, then ... I hope they get some help. Good luck, and God bless.
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{Monday, May 17, 2004  }


SarahMc's away message:

And I said, I don't care if they lay me off either, because I told, I told Bill that if they move my desk one more time, then, then I'm, I'm quitting, I'm going to quit. And, and I told Don too, because they've moved my desk four times already this year, and I used to be over by the window, and I could see the squirrels, and they were merry, but then, they switched from the Swingline to the Boston stapler, but I kept my Swingline stapler because it didn't bind up as much, and I kept the staples for the Swingline stapler and it's not okay because if they take my stapler then I'll set the building on fire.
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Like the Star Wars Kid ...

Why you should never put your picture on the internet.
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I'm mean...

MOHAMMED.

HAHAA. I didn't say "pbuh". Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed Mohammed ...

("Look, all I said was that this halibut was good enough for Jehovah!")
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AMEN

HANNITY AIRS UNCUT AUDIO OF BEHEADING

May 14, 2004 -- SEAN Hannity bucked the rest of the media yesterday and played the horrifying audio from the videotaped beheading of Nick Berg on his radio show.

The 33-second audio clip contained at least nine blood-chilling screams from Berg, heard over continuous terrorist chanting.

His final scream appeared to end with a gurgling sound.

"I think people need to know what we're dealing with - it's evil right before your eyes," said Hannity, the Fox News Channel personality whose syndicated radio show is based at WABC (770 AM).

"These people want to kill all Americans, not just this poor kid, Nick Berg," Hannity told The Post.

The high-rated talker said he gave listeners "ample time to tune out with a full and complete disclaimer.

"I counted down from 10 and said I didn't want to hear any complaints," he said.

TV newscasts, including FNC's, have screened only portions of the video, stopping short of showing the actual beheading.

WABC and its owner, Disney/ABC, got "very few complaints" after Hannity and another program aired audio of Berg's death, according to station exec Phil Boyce.

"Only a few left-wing wackos got through to me, and most of them had no problem displaying the Iraqi prisoners getting abused," Boyce said.

"That is an interesting double standard."


Hannity said he wouldn't show the video in full on his FNC show, "Hannity & Colmes."

"On TV, kids could look at it," he said.

Fox News Channel and The Post are owned by News Corp.



The link for the Islamic website which originally posted the video is no longer on Sean Hannity's site. Does anyone else have it?

UPDATE: I found it, it's http://www.al-ansar.biz/vb/showthread.php?threadid=5516 or just http://www.al-ansar.biz/, however it is still not working. I wonder if it is permanently down.
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Vatican Warns Catholics Against Marrying Muslims

I dated a Mormon, once... back in early highschool when I was an idiot.
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It's a news day!!!

Mother most pure, pray for us

Teen Sent Home From Ceremony For 'Revealing' Dress

"I was crying until I got home, and I was still crying when I got home," Fuqua said.

Just go home and change, ya crybaby. For goodness sake, you go to a Catholic school, you ought to know the dress code. Ironic that the event was not only graduation, but a May crowning. I think it was quite appropriate that she was sent home. Maybe I'm mean, but all she had to do was change. Maybe into a turtleneck and ankle-length skirt. Or maybe a burqa.

Yet on the other hand, John Kerry's daughter showed up at Cannes in a completely see-through dress. Says the UK's "The Sun" :

THE dishy daughter of US Presidential candidate John Kerry certainly gets our vote.

Brunette Alexandra Kerry left movie fans gasping at the Cannes Film Festival in her daring see-through dress.

Film director Alexandra, 30, showed at least two reasons why Americans should vote her dad into the White House in November.

Democrat Mr Kerry is hoping for a good showing at the polls. His girl is content with just a good showing.


Ugh. Someone should have sent her home....

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Sarin, Mustard Gas Discovered Separately in Iraq

...It was the first announcement of the discovery of such a weapon on which Washington made its case for war. Washington officials say the significance of the find is that some chemical shells do still exist in Iraq, and it's thought that fighters there may be upping their attacks on U.S. forces by using such weapons...

"Everybody knew Saddam had chemical weapons, the question was, where did they go. Unfortunately, everybody jumped on the offramp and said 'well, because we didn't find them, he didn't have them,'" said Fox News military analyst Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney.


(Oddly enough, McInerny is the surname of some well-known Thomists... Ralph and a Thomas, I believe).

All I have to say is, in the words of Fr. Tharp, "Neener neener neener"

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U.S. athletes told to cool it at Olympics

It is a sad day when America's reputation is so tarnished that "American athletes have been warned not to wave the U.S. flag during their medal celebrations at this summer's Olympic Games in Athens, for fear of provoking crowd hostility and harming the country's already-battered public image. "

The spectacle of victorious athletes grabbing a national flag and parading it around the stadium is a familiar part of international sporting competition, but U.S. Olympic officials have ordered their 550-strong team to exercise restraint and avoid any jingoistic behavior.

The plan is part of a charm offensive aimed at repairing the country's international reputation after the deepening crisis in Iraq and damaging revelations of the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. forces at the Abu Ghraib prison.


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Jerry Springer Named Democratic Delegate

I used to think the Democrats were morons. Now I know it.

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P0rnography passes as "film"

From UK's "The Guardian":

The most sexually explicit film in the history of mainstream British cinema, containing unsimulated sex scenes ... many in close-up, yesterday had its first screening at Cannes. Michael Winterbottom, the Lancashire-born director of Nine Songs, a love story, said: "I had been thinking for a while about the fact that most cinematic love stories miss out on the physical relationship, and if it is indicated at all everyone knows it is fake.

"Books deal explicitly with sex, as they do with any other subject. Cinema has been extremely conservative and prudish. I wanted to go to the opposite extreme and show a relationship only through sex. Part of the point of making the film was to say, 'What's wrong with showing sex?'"


Nothing, of course. In its proper context and, er, execution.

The film revolves around a young couple in London, Matt and his American girlfriend Lisa. The sex scenes, which occupy more than half of the film, are intercut with scenes of bands playing, including Franz Ferdinand, the Dandy Warhols, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Super Furry Animals. The story is framed by shots of Matt flying over the desolate plains of Antarctica, as he remembers the relationship from afar.

Someone tell me why this is a main-stream and not a p0rn-market film.

...However, the woman playing Lisa has asked that her name not be used in coverage of the movie, although it does appear in the credits. "She's not an actress," said Winterbottom. "She really likes the film but she is going back to university and I think she wants to keep a low profile."

No wonder. Geeze. Sometimes I wonder how p0rn stars live with themselves. Or other people.

...In the film the couple also attend Michael Nyman's 60th birthday concert, with shots of the composer playing the piano at the Hackney Empire in east London. "I'm very pleased to be in the most sexually explicit film in British film history," said Nyman from Berlin yesterday, "especially as I am not doing anything sexual. I can't wait to see it."

Derek Malcolm, the Guardian's veteran film writer, said: "Nine Songs looks like a p0rn movie, but it feels like a love story. The sex is used as a metaphor for the rest of the couple's relationship. And it is shot with Winterbottom's customary sensitivity."


"A metaphor for the rest of the couple's relationship"? Great, filled with mutual, selfless sacrifice and total self-giving? Somehow I doubt it.

And oh, of course, shot with sensitivity. Sensitivity to whom? To what? Not to the actors who, not knowing each other, not loving each other, not married to each other have sex + a bunch of other things on camera in front of everybody a bunch of times, then go away and never see each other again. Sensitive.
Sensitive to the audience? What, is this supposed to be a piece of "art"? I think hormones would get in the way of art here. There's a difference between art that is meant to have you appreciate beauty (i.e. the nudes of the Greco-Roman era [not found in brothels, I mean] and of the Renaissance as opposed to ... the nudes of now; the latter focus on beauty and form and humanity, the latter focuses on sexuality) and stuff that passes as "art" that just arouses. And one can tell that from intent. It is a very sensitive person who has problems with the Venus de Milo, but any fool has an aroused reaction to Y Tu Mama Tambien, more p0rn passing as art/film. People get turned on by visual things, that's how we were made. Otherwise there would be little or no desire for sexual communion and the human race (which is undeniably a beautiful thing and a gift) and I doubt the human race would survive.
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{Sunday, May 16, 2004  }


I am proud to say I know a soldier in Iraq.

(sort of. how I know him doesn't matter)

I emailed him asking if I could post excerpts from some of his emails here, and in the meantime I ended up partially explaining what my blog was all about, which was rather revelatory to me as well.

I started this blog as a way to get Alice to post more in her journal. ;) It then became a way to explain Why I Wasn't Available to Talk all the time to Abe and SarahMc. Then it became a forum to ruminate upon life, the universe, and everything. This past February, I opened it up to the public by adding it to St. Blog's webring. I had previously tried to make a specifically Catholic blog, but it didn't work very well for various reasons, one of which being that I ran out of time, and that I myself am no great writer nor am I a great theologian (lamentible dictu). I wish I could write like Tom from Disputations and update as often with as much substance, but it is not in me.

So I figured I would set this up on a Catholic blog ring to be an example for other Catholic college students.

However I also specifically billed myself as ROTC and Army. I just now realized that I did this because ... my blog is something I rather wish I had, especially when I was beginning to investigate the military in various ways. I would have liked to have known about someone like me (a bit different than your typical Army grunt) who was doing the things I wanted to do, and living the same kind of life. I still do searches for blogs of West Point cadets for this reason.

But my blog is here for anyone. I have no idea if people in the Catholic or military/USMA blogosphere read my blog (the most hits I get seem to be from a West Point blog, Catholic Ragemonkey and the Curt Jester; plus random Google searches), but it's here if anyone wants it.

I hope I can be of use to someone...
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Nevermind, I did a bit of a search and remembered that it's basically pointless to ask about title/words to a traditional song because it gets changed so much.

But FYI here's the WMRA playlist with the album information (Colcannon was the group who did it). The request after that was for "Quick" by Eddie from Ohio. ;) Going to go see Eddie on Saturday! My new mantra is from "Quick", the part about Albert Einstein. Also the whole idea of quick. I wanna be quick, move at lightspeed... I want to run free, I want to run fast, I want to CONQUER MY APFT TIME.

I wanna be quick, move at lightspeed
Never grow up, never come down
I wanna be small, walk with small feet
Tread the space just above ground

Quick I can
Quick as a cat
Quicker than sand
Quicker than that
I wanna be young I wanna beautiful
Making a small beautiful sound

Albert Einstein was never good at math
But he found time down a curving path
The faster you go, the slower you grow
The less that you have to fall
The faster you go, the slower you grow
Until you weigh nothing at all
Nothing at all
Nothing at all

I wanna girth, I wanna have mass
It's the new weightloss plan!
I wanna run free, I wanna run fast
Go on and catch me if you can!

Quick as a shark
Quick as a blink
Quick as a thought
Quicker than you think
I wanna be scarce, out of sight
I am light's biggest fan

Albert Einstein was never good at math
But he found time down a curving path

The faster you go the slower you grow
The less that you have to fall
The faster you go the slower you grow
Until you weigh nothing at all
Nothing at all
Nothing at all

Richard Petty
Richard Petty
Richard Petty
Ain't got nothin on me!

I wanna be quick, move at lightspeed
Never grow up, never come down
I wanna be small, walk with small feet
Tread the space just above ground

Quick I can
Quick as a cat
Quicker than sand
Quicker than that
I wanna be young I wanna beautiful
Making a small beautiful sound

Albert Einstein was never good at math
But he found time down a curving path
The faster you go, the slower you grow
The less that you have to fall
The faster you go, the slower you grow
Until you weigh nothing at all
Nothing at all
Nothing at all


~Quick by Eddie from Ohio
posted by Lauren, 9:38 PM | link | 0 comments

To all trad celtic music lovers:

On WMRA (local radio station) last night, I heard a clever Irish tune, whose title I've learned is "If all the young maidens were blackbirds and thrushes"; the part I heard was

If all the young maidens were ducks on the water
Fol de-dol-dol de-dol-dol de-dol-day
Then all the young lads would jump in and swim after
Fol de-dol-dol de-dol-dol de-dol-day

If all the young maidens were [type of fish 1] and [type of fish 2],
Fol de-dol-dol de-dol-dol de-dol-day
The devil himself would eat fish every Friday
Fol de-dol-dol de-dol-dol de-dol-day."


Cute. Catchy tune.

Anybody know the rest of it?

Irishtune.info has changed since I last used it. (I used to be an Irish fiddler... I'm going to try to pick it up again eventually) Can't always understand it.
posted by Lauren, 9:11 PM | link | 0 comments

Tyler sent me this link, God bless the boy. Read it.

" The odd fact about the American media in this war is that it’s not covering the American military. The most plugged-in nation in the world is receiving virtually no true information about what its warriors are doing..."
posted by Lauren, 3:19 PM | link | 0 comments

Also, I rock:

You are Donatello!
You are Donatello...You are highly intelligent and
industrious, and considered the
"brains" of the operation. You're a
serious nerd, but you're still cool!


Which Ninja Turtle Are You?
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posted by Lauren, 1:36 AM | link | 0 comments

Random thoughts for the night:

I haven't watched TV in a million years. I watch TV maybe once or twice every semester. Last semester I watched one episode of the Simpsons that I had seen already and the Army/Navy football game (GO ARMY ...beat navy ... this year ... please....). This semester I watched 60 minutes once about some @#*@()&#@ soldier who completely deserted his unit, the coward.

But anyway, so I watched Saturday Night Live, and the Olsen twins were hosting it. Talk about strange -- these girls are 17. I'm 19. I remember watching re-runs of "Full House" with them in it (yeah, who doesn't remember that?). Still crazy ... I feel old.

Also, I want to do one of those Saturday Night Live photo shoots. *sniff*

Also, it was Jimmy Fallon's last show? That's a shame, he's the only person I recognize anymore.

So what IS with the Greeks? Are they going to be ready for the Olympics or not? :P Also Fallon hit it right on the nose when he went into his gay routine talking about the movie "Troy" with Brad Pitt. Emphasis on the Brad Pitt. Emphasis on the Pitt. :P I forgot it was opening this weekend, otherwise I would have gone to see it tonight. Oh well, I'll go tomorrow. There's no way it can be very good, but I'd like to see how badly they've mangled Homer.

Also a very un-cool thing: there was a commercial for ... er.... a certain popular means of birth control. I can't bring myself to say their name on my blog. Needless to say, although they were trying to be discreet (sort of), by the very nature of the things, you can't be. Even the name was ... eeeek ...
I really hope that commercial is not played during the daytime. It's embarrassing when commercials for ladies' undergarments and other feminine things come on t.v. -- prompting an immediate channel-change if any men/boyfriends/husbands are in the room -- it's *completely another* thing for this stuff to be the subject of commercials. And what if little kids see them , can you imagine a four-year-old saying "mommy, what's a [name of item]?" Those people ought to be shot. The people who make the commercials, I mean.

Furthermore, I forgot what I was going to say.

But liberals who want to take religion away from everything also ought to be shot.*

*note to pacifists and non-military long-haired hippie Pax Christi people and people who get offended at such casual jests: note that I did not specify with what they ought to be shot. Nerf is a perfectly viable option.

(*sniggers*)

I'm so terrible.

Also note - I do not hereby condone Saturday Night Live. It's got a lot of Bad Stuff. Fortunately (and this was the only reason I kept watching it) they kept it pretty clean tonight, I'm guessing for the Olson twins but I could be wrong.

Despite the liberalness of the show, I am going to miss Frasier.... sniff, they couldn't even wait a week, they had to cancel it the week before I got home. Alas.

I wish I had something intelligent to say right now. But I don't.

Except more about TV!!!

There's also a new reality show coming up. Like Joe Millionaire (the airheaded show that it was), I shall feel compelled to watch it, and WISH I WERE ON IT. What is it? NEXT ACTION HERO ... all the people train to be ACTION HEROS and be in their own ACTION MOVIE. WOOOOOOW... I TOTALLY dig that.

Speaking of which, I need to go on Monday and sign up for Tae Kwon Do again. Probably sew the patches onto my uniform.

By the way, Tyler, did you have to pop my bubble? What did my bubble ever do to you?

I think the accusative case is my favorite case. I like the idea of motion towards. For a noun, it's a petty action-packed noun-case. There was one night long ago when Abe, SarahMc and I were hanging out on #Cnytr and we randomly named each other after parts of speech. I was Verb. I think SarahMc was Adjective. I don't remember what Abe was. Possibly Participle. I do rather have a fondness for verbs... so long as they're not Greek.

As for the dative case, things just kind of sit around in the dative case. It's the to/for case, but the "to" doesn't really hold much force. It's a kind of half-hearted gesture towards the glories of the accusative case. Dative is kind of thrown around for this and that. Case in point: dative of time at which. When? "On that day." Woot. Just then. Instead of the awesome "accusative of duration of time." How long? "FOR FIVE DAYS." Booyah. Motion. It keeps moving. It keeps grooving. The accusative case swing dances while the dative case does the Macarena to "Who Let The Dogs Out". It's also so very indirect. "She gave the book to me." *shrugs* It's kind of a *shrug* case. Whereas the accusative case -- "he SHOT the INTRUDER". (I don't know what's with shooting things tonight ... I think I'm having M16 withdrawls...) okay let's fix that... "he SHOT the ... very safe ... very inflatable target." (boooo)

"He shot the ROCKET PROPELLED GRENADE which EXPLODED into a FIREY MASS (very harmlessly in a pile of feathers)."

Wooow, I usually don't fantasize about making things explode unless I'm angry. Hmmm... I think it's time to go do some pushups.

Goodnight everybody.
posted by Lauren, 12:59 AM | link | 0 comments

{Saturday, May 15, 2004  }


I love my dear friend Alice!

I went to Mary Baldwin for the VWIL change of command parade. It was great!

Here are some pictures:

GraduatingMa'ams.jpg -- these are the graduating Ma'ams. (I don't know their technical class name, at USMA they'd be firsties) I'll have you know that when I was in 5th grade, our gym teacher who was a former marine used to run us from St. Francis of Assisi on Augusta street aaaaalll the way up academy hill and down that hill to run laps around that track!
VWILBand.jpg -- the VWIL band. Brass needed a little bit of work, but good marching going on there.
3rdPlatoon.jpg -- I didn't know which platoon was Alice's. I remembered that she was either 1st or 3rd (since it's one off from mine and I'm 2nd platoon); fortunately I was standing in front of 3rd platoon most of the time. Here's what they look like.
Eyes Right -- and here's what they look like passing in review on the "eyes right" command.
Alice -- and here's that same picture with Alice pointed out. ;)
PassingInReview.jpg -- and here's the beginning of the whole corps passing in review.
FaintedCadet.jpg -- it was a hot day, and somebody wasn't helping 3rd platoon drink water; two cadets fell out because of this. Tut tut.

And from the makers of The West Point 360degree view (one year and 12 days ago) comes the (much smaller) VWIL panorama!



Here's to my favorite cadet!
posted by Lauren, 9:42 PM | link | 0 comments

{Friday, May 14, 2004  }


I'm hoooome.

Ahhhh... beaaautiful beautiful Virginia. Soft grass, warm sunshine, cool breezes, hummingbirds and flowers and our fishpond ...

Who needs stinky Dallas? Not I! At least if I'll go to a stinky place with a University, I'll go to Catholic U so I can DRIVE to school and back on weekends if I want. Also I won't have the horrific situation with packing up my room that I did yesterday. That was undoubtedly one of the most stressful things ever.

So as I lay on the grass that I didn't know was soft until I did pushups in the bramble-infested Texas grass and in various forms of sawgrass, I saw something that makes for an inspirational story worthy of those cheesy chicken soup books.

There in the grass was this little ant. Like a good ant, he was carrying dead bugs to drag off and feed to his hoarde. But the unusual thing was what kind of bug it was, it was undoubtedly the most horrific spider I have ever seen. I hate spiders. They're frightening alive and disgusting dead. Spiders are natural ememies of ants, bugs, and any good Christian soul.

This spider had to be two or three times the size of this little ant. Go ant! Rock on, Ant.

I want to be that ant. I want to be little and red and leave a trail of folic acid whever I walk.

No wait, that's not what I meant.

I mean I want to be like that little ant, I want to conquer my spiders and drag them off by the butt in triumph to disMANTLE them in PUBlic.

Like the Incas, they would play volleyball with the heads of their conquered enemies, or smash in their skulls for beer-glasses. That's what I'm going to do with my spiders.

What are my spiders? My spiders are ... spiders (heh), math, most science, running, Al-Quaeda and any sons-of-peaches who threaten the peace and security of those I love. (<--- angry reference to Nick Berg incident)

There are the public spiders, the hostes, then there are the private spiders, the inimici.
posted by Lauren, 4:41 PM | link | 0 comments

{Thursday, May 13, 2004  }


After a long and stressful day of finals and packing yesterday, I"m going home today!!! Please pray for a safe journey for me. (<---dative of interest. Aaack! Finals is getting to me!) (<--- dative with special verb) (AAAACK! STOP THAT!)

posted by Lauren, 10:11 AM | link | 0 comments

{Wednesday, May 12, 2004  }


I received this in reply to Stephen's comment in the comment-box:

I didn't want to post this; I don't know 'Mudslogger'; but his comment
demands reply:


[in reply to this 'tantamount to murder' business]


The greatest sin against man is murder; no other offense is 'tantamount' to
murder; no other sin so rejects man in turpitude, renders him base in spite
and contempt, and unforgivably and literally shatters and explodes his
humanity.


Other offenses are also inhuman; the prisoner-abuses are horrifically
inhuman: the matter is grave; indeed the sin and the culpability are
immeasurable, and, according to the formal character of the deeds performed,
compose the second-greatest offense against humanity.


Murder remains and must remain first. The claim that quantity-of-suffering
is directly proportionate to magnitude-of-offense, is manifestly absurd.


Retributive justice may demand capital punishment, as retributive and
commutative justice sometimes require war; and while humanity is never
actually 'forfeit', predicating righteous executability does not in any way
imply denial of the dignity of the person.


The passion of a phrase does not demolish the rectitude of the supposited
deed. Not all anger is evil; nor is it permitted not to be angry when some
evil, violating Caritas, is present. The sin of anger differs from the
passion of anger simpliciter just inasmuch as the one is disordered, and the
other is not, the first responding not to some evil but to its false image,
the second reacting in combat-stance to horror; for the opposite of anger
which is placability, and the end of anger which is peace, are not the same.

--Anonymous

posted by Lauren, 4:41 PM | link | 0 comments

*complete and utter outrage*

What did I say??? These are people who have FORFEITED their humanity! Like Achilles when he dragged Hector's body outside the walls of Troy... these people ought to be killed.

And what's more, the stupid media is going to hang on and hang on to the prison scandals and this is going to fade into the backdrop.

And what's MORE, they'll SHOW the images of the Iraqui prisoners being abused, but will not give the link to this video.

Screw the media!
posted by Lauren, 1:46 AM | link | 2 comments

{Tuesday, May 11, 2004  }


Tyler T rocks. Here is his artistic translation of Pindar Isthmian 7:

O blessed Thebes, which old, indigenous
joys most delight your heart? Was it the time
when you gave birth to long-tressed Dionysus
to sit in state beside Demeter,
whose brazen cymbals clatter 5
or when you lodged the strongest god,
who snowed with gold at midnight,

who stopped before Amphitryon’s front-door,
and wooed his wife to father Hercules?
Or in Teiresias’ well-crafted counsels? 10
Or in the Spartoi’s tireless spear,
or horse-wise Ioláos?
Or when you sent Adrastus forth,
away from mighty battle,

lacking ten-thousand friends, to horse-filled Argos? 15
Or when you stood the Doric colony
of Spartan men on sturdy feet,
so that your seed, the Aigeids, took Amyclae,
as Pythian prophecies foretold?
For ancient radiance 20
sleeps, mortals men forget

what does not reach the highest bloom of skill
yoked to the splendor of a story’s stream.
With sweet-themed song adore Strepsiades:
he brings the Isthmus victory 25
in the Pancration:
a shapely sight, his strength is striking:
both girth and virtue equal.

The violet-plaited Muses light him up:
he shared his glory with his like-named uncle, 30
with whom bronze-shielded Ares mixed his doom.
And honor waits for noble men.
But let him clearly know,
who in this murk from dearest country
holds back the hail of bloodshed, 35





while bringing doom against the other army,
augments the greatest glory of his people,
of both the living and the dead.
And you, Diodótus’ son, while praising spear-
strong Meleager, Hector too, 40
and Amphiaraus,
expired still young and strong

among the rush of fighters, where the best
with their last hopes had gripped the strife of war.
And they endured a grief unspeakable; 45
but now Poseidon sends me clear-skies:
The winter storms are gone;
I sing and plait my hair with wreathes.
Let no god’s envy worry,

while I pursue whatever day-long pleasure 50
and go to quiet age, my fated life-span.
The same death comes to all, but fate is different:
a man who sets his sights too far
is still too short to reach
the bronze-floored seat of deathless gods, 55
whence winged Pegasus

cast down indeed his lord Bellerophon
the one who longed to reach the doors of heaven
to gain the company of Zeus.
A thing too sweet awaits a bitter end. 60
O Loxias, whose hair flows golden,
present us from your games
a flowering wreath from Pytho.

~~~

"Snowed gold at midnight" is an excellent phrase.

And this is why I can't be a classics major: I STINK. *reverts to something like psychology, Arabic, or engineering*
posted by Lauren, 2:39 PM | link | 0 comments

From my latest exam

(which everyone in Lit Trad II is now finished taking, and thus I have no fear of disclosing anything):

WHEN in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes
I all alone beweep my outcast state,
And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,
And look upon myself, and curse my fate,
Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,
Featur’d like him, like him with friends possess’d,
Desiring this man’s art, and that man’s scope,
With what I most enjoy contented least;
Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,
Haply I think on thee,—and then my state,
Like to the lark at break of day arising
From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven’s gate;
For thy sweet love remember’d such wealth brings
That then I scorn to change my state with kings.
~Sonnet 29 by William Shakespere

It's about a concupiscent soul thinking upon Love his salvation.

I totally see it, can you?
posted by Lauren, 11:50 AM | link | 0 comments

{Sunday, May 09, 2004  }


Ahahaaa.... I have to make fun of Abe ... because this is the most uber-comical real-life situation I've yet heard:

Lauren (1:39:34 PM): Hey , what're you doing here, weirdo?
Abe is idle at 1:40:59 PM.
Abe is no longer idle at 1:45:39 PM.
Abe (1:45:41 PM): Hdy
Abe (1:45:49 PM): I was locked out of my room., sorry
Lauren (1:45:52 PM): HAHAHA
Lauren (1:45:55 PM): *points and laughs*
Abe (1:46:02 PM): Not funny. I was just wearing boxers.
Lauren (1:46:05 PM): Yooou got locked out of your
Lauren (1:46:07 PM): AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Lauren (1:46:07 PM): NO WAY
Abe (1:46:08 PM): And the on duty Sergeant was a female.
Lauren (1:46:10 PM): THAT'S HYSTERICAL
Lauren (1:46:13 PM): OH MY GOSH
Lauren (1:46:18 PM): I'm posting that on my BLOG!!!!
Abe (1:46:19 PM): Not funny
Lauren (1:46:23 PM): HYSTERICAL!!!
Abe (1:46:34 PM): I hate you [G]
Lauren (1:46:40 PM): :-D
posted by Lauren, 2:47 PM | link | 0 comments

I'll always remember my first communion, John Kerry wasn't there.

:P

Coward...
posted by Lauren, 2:24 PM | link | 0 comments

{Saturday, May 08, 2004  }


I am an Army Cadet. Soon I will take an oath and become an Army Officer committed to defending the values which make this nation great. Honor is my touchstone. I understand mission first and people always.

I am the past – the spirit of those warriors who have made the final sacrifice.

I am the present – the scholar and apprentice soldier enhancing my skills in the science of warfare and the art of leadership.

But above all, I am the future – the future warrior leader of the United States Army. May God give me the compassion and judgment to lead and the gallantry in battle to win.

I will do my duty.
posted by Lauren, 11:21 PM | link | 0 comments

Conversation between mom and Lauren:

Lauren (9:55:11 PM): (Dude, Donald Rumsfeld is the speaker at West Point's graduation this year!)
Mom3 (9:55:23 PM): wow..pretty cool
Lauren (10:01:42 PM): New West Point library moves closer to becoming reality
Mom3 (10:01:46 PM): Talk to you tomorrow
Lauren (10:02:19 PM): Okay
Mom3 (10:03:07 PM): Are you sure you want to go a place endoresed by this lady>
Mom3 (10:03:15 PM):

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., who is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the money for West Point would continue to prepare the nation's next generation of leaders.

"West Point is indeed an incredible institution," Clinton said in a statement. "Since the early days of the nation, it has played a prominent role in the Army (and) it continues to be one of the finest learning centers in the country."


Lauren (10:03:42 PM): *shrugs*
Lauren (10:03:44 PM): she's just blabbing
Lauren (10:03:46 PM): she's not doing anyuthing
Mom3 (10:04:21 PM): If she likes it, it can't be that great
Lauren (10:04:36 PM): Oh that's really bad logic
Mom3 (10:04:37 PM): Oh well , tomorrow is another day
Lauren (10:04:41 PM): Hitler liked Catholicism
Mom3 (10:04:44 PM): we'll worry about it then
Lauren (10:04:45 PM): Hitler was Catholic
Lauren (10:04:57 PM): Therefore, the Catholic Church can't be that great
Mom3 (10:05:03 PM): in name only , not deed
Lauren (10:05:05 PM): and Hitler is WAY worse than H.C.
Lauren (10:05:16 PM): Doesn't matter,
Lauren (10:05:23 PM): HC's military ideas stink
Lauren (10:05:29 PM): therefore she's a word-not-deed idiot too
Mom3 (10:05:33 PM): the deeds divorced him from the church
Mom3 (10:05:47 PM): huh"
Mom3 (10:06:02 PM): we'll pick this up tomorrow
Lauren (10:06:03 PM): HC's deeds divorce her from the Military Academy
Lauren (10:06:07 PM): The Army is like the Church.
Mom3 (10:06:15 PM): Come again
Lauren (10:06:17 PM): The Church militant
Lauren (10:06:18 PM): You heard me
Mom3 (10:06:21 PM): can I quote you
Lauren (10:06:24 PM): it has the same kind of structure and order
Lauren (10:06:25 PM): heckyeah,
Mom3 (10:06:27 PM): The army is like the church
Lauren (10:06:27 PM): Jon will back me up
Lauren (10:06:30 PM): Yeah
Lauren (10:06:35 PM): r0x0r
Mom3 (10:06:37 PM): Therefore Rumsfield is like the pope
Mom3 (10:06:47 PM): ooooookkkkkkkk
Lauren (10:06:58 PM): Ooooo
Lauren (10:07:01 PM): Iiiinteresting
Lauren (10:07:15 PM): Tyler says Rumsfeld looks like Hannibal Lecter
Lauren (10:07:19 PM): Actually, Bush would be like the Pope
Lauren (10:07:22 PM): commander-in-chief, eh?
Mom3 (10:07:45 PM): Sorry, this does not hold up
Mom3 (10:07:53 PM): Jesus did not set up the army
Mom3 (10:07:58 PM): can't buy that
Lauren (10:08:00 PM): Heckyeah he did
Mom3 (10:08:13 PM): ok,,,time for me to sign off
Mom3 (10:08:23 PM): my daughter has gone off the deep end
Mom3 (10:08:41 PM): see you thursday
Lauren (10:08:47 PM): :-P
Mom3 (10:08:51 PM): talk to you tomorrow
Mom3 (10:08:54 PM): good night
Mom3 (10:08:57 PM): love yoy
Lauren (10:09:00 PM): Ephesians 6:10-18 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace; 16 besides all these, taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints
Lauren (10:09:39 PM): Crosswalk.com - mt 10:35
Mom3 (10:09:42 PM): what exactly is the army of god
Mom3 (10:09:55 PM): is it tanks and guns and missles
Lauren (10:09:58 PM): Yeah ... it's like a physical manifestation of the Army of God
Lauren (10:09:59 PM): Booyah
Lauren (10:10:01 PM): Tanks = the Mass
Lauren (10:10:04 PM): Missiles = the Rosary
Lauren (10:10:12 PM): MOAB = Mother Of All the Blessed
Lauren (10:10:14 PM): ;-)
Mom3 (10:10:32 PM): like I said....the DEEP end
Mom3 (10:10:35 PM): you are there
Mom3 (10:10:38 PM): goodnight
Mom3 (10:10:43 PM): sleep tight
Lauren (10:10:48 PM): WMD = Weapons of Mass Destruction = SSPX
Lauren (10:10:52 PM): = liberals
Lauren (10:10:53 PM): HAHAHA
Lauren (10:10:55 PM): GET IT?
Mom3 (10:10:56 PM): Maybe it would help if the bed bugs bite
Lauren (10:11:03 PM): MASS destruction
Lauren (10:11:03 PM): HAHA
Lauren (10:11:04 PM): :-D
Lauren (10:11:07 PM): Weakland
Lauren (10:11:08 PM): etc
Mom3 (10:11:22 PM): you need a reality check
Mom3 (10:11:29 PM): bed bugs, spiders
Mom3 (10:11:31 PM): etc
Lauren (10:11:31 PM): Nuh uh
Lauren (10:11:33 PM): Oh you're mean
Lauren (10:11:34 PM): go away
Lauren (10:11:35 PM): *cry*
Mom3 (10:11:53 PM): earth to Lauren
Mom3 (10:11:58 PM): earth to Lauren
Lauren (10:12:23 PM): Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division; 52 for henceforth in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three; 53 they will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against her mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law
Lauren (10:12:36 PM): Onward Christian Soldiers marching off to war,
Lauren (10:12:42 PM): with the cross of Jesus somethingsomethingsomething
Lauren (10:12:49 PM): Vexilla Regis Prodeunt?
Lauren (10:12:55 PM): Come on, the church is full of militant [images]
Mom3 (10:13:00 PM): I knew it...are you saying you are against me
Lauren (10:13:15 PM): My mission is going to be to fight the forces of evil physically (in the Army) and spiritually ... witnessing within the Army, too.
Mom3 (10:13:41 PM): Your name is Lauren
Lauren (10:13:45 PM): Katie had the cool idea of enlisting as a chaplain's assistant. Have your job be doing mission work in the Army.
Mom3 (10:13:49 PM): that is not a warrior nam
Lauren (10:13:52 PM): My name is Cadet Lauren B
Lauren (10:13:57 PM): Lawrence
Lauren (10:14:03 PM): St. Lawrence, deacon and martyr
Mom3 (10:14:15 PM): lauren....peace as in laurel
Mom3 (10:14:38 PM): kimberly means warrior
Mom3 (10:14:47 PM): you are not a kimberly
Lauren (10:15:12 PM): Laurel crowned the poets, minstrels, and athletes and warriors
Lauren (10:15:15 PM): Laurel is a sign of triumph
Mom3 (10:15:22 PM): and peace
Mom3 (10:15:24 PM): not war
Lauren (10:15:24 PM): Laurel was adopted by Apollo as his tree
Lauren (10:15:27 PM): Nay, not so
Lauren (10:15:35 PM): Apollo was a warrior, the great sun-god Archer Apollo
Lauren (10:15:46 PM): his sister Artemis, moon-goddess, was also an archer warioress
Mom3 (10:15:52 PM): ok

(by the way, I realize those scripture quotes don't really support my point ... )
posted by Lauren, 11:20 PM | link

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to Speak At United States Military Academy
posted by Lauren, 10:55 PM | link

Ha, and this definitely is my kind of ecuminism as well... overheard by Fr. Shane Tharp of Catholic Ragemonkey:

Msgr. Richard Malone: "Gentlemen, every heresy lasts only about 500 years. So you will have to be ready to pick up the pieces when the Lutherans and Episcopalians self-destruct."
~~~

Whenever I get frustrated in a dialogue with someone -- most often with my SSPX RA -- I find myself thinking "just you wait ... come a few hundred years and your cult will be veritably unknown, bwaha..."

I would have loved to be among that first convent of sisters St. Dominic etablished to *squash* (I love that word) the Albigensian heresy. Squashing heresies is fun. Squash squash squash squash ...
posted by Lauren, 10:41 PM | link | 0 comments

Life savers have a new purple one. It's good.
posted by Lauren, 10:37 PM | link | 0 comments

Here's a question for anybody who bothers to read my blog,

(by the way, who does bother to read my blog? I know a few IP addresses...)

I remember when I was in 5th grade, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", the Disney version, was my favorite movie. I thought it was awesome and sad and I loved the music then, as I do now. Unfortunately, that was around the time of the big controversy and the beginning of the (badly organized) Disney-boycott over the controversial movie by the Disney subsidiary (?) Mirimax; the movie was Priest. I say this was badly organized because very few people actually wrote to Disney and said "hey, you stink, we're boycotting you by doing these things (x, y, z, etc) for these reasons (p, q, r) and we won't stop unles you do a, b, and c. Thus, it didn't really do anything. I also say it was badly organized because shortly after the Disney boycott began, La Vita E Bella a.k.a. Life Is Beautiful was released by *Mirimax* films. Everybody went to see it. The pope liked it, goodness, so everyone wanted to see it. Totally undermined the purpose of the boycott. Very badly organized.

As I say, it was the very beginning of that. At first it hadn't really sunk in yet ... Disney could let something like that go on? So I went to go see The Hunchback of Notre Dame ... and I thought "oh man ... this is a cool movie ... but it sure hits me as anti-Catholic." The movie touched on my favorite things ever. True love as sacrificial, beauty being within and regardless of the external, and a twisted conception of justice (my favorite things at the time were "Phantom of the Opera" and "Les Miserables" -- also written by Victor Hugo containing a Javert-like character [Frollo], and the Redwall series before it got annoyingly repetitive. That actually does not fall into those categories, but I thought I'd mention it. Hmmm, it's been a long time since I've read Mossflower, I wonder if I'd still like it ...)

Thus, I paaainfully painfully kept the Disney boycott for quite a while. I don't remember when I formally dropped it because of the badness of the organization and I see it was ill-directed. However I still think Disney is evil. (<--- sort of)

Yet this semester I subscribed to Netflix, and ... well, I'm not quite sure what prompted it, but randomly I put "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" on my list. I think my thinking was that I wanted to see it and re-evaluate it. And so I did. I watched it the other day.

(I will say one thing -- gypsies have not changed. They WILL steal you blind. Gypsies scare the heck out of me...)

I haven't read the book, but I think my first conception of the movie was wrong. I found the Catholic Life League's article from Catalyst or something on the movie. I'd like to address it:

Catalyst - September 1996

HUNCHBACK DRAWS VARIED RESPONSE

Disney?s summer hopes were pinned on The Hunchback of Notre Dame, but more was at stake than box office receipts. Entertainment Weekly said that Disney is "still smarting from the controversy over Miramax?s Priest" and that is why it "dodged a potential outcry from conservatives by changing Frollo from the cleric he was in Hugo?s novel to a pious judge." Indeed, Disney studio chairman Joe Roth commented that "most of our nun and priest jokes are not in."

None of this is to say that Hunchback fails to offend. Entertainment Weekly remarked of the movie?s "sensual undertones and scary scenes," one of which it labeled "hot and heavy." Then there is the "Hellfire" scene where Frollo "fantasizes about the curvaceous Gypsy Esmeralda belly dancing inside his fireplace. ?Hellfire, hellfire, there?s a fire in my skin,? he moans. `This burning desire is turning me to sin.?" It is no wonder Entertainment Weekly called the movie "the darkest, most adult animated film Disney has ever made."

Our Sunday Visitor, one of the nation?s leading Catholic newspapers, was also leery of Hunchback. Its take on the "Hellfire" segment was that it "is a long prayer to the Blessed Mother, in which he [Frollo] thanks God that he is righteous, unlike the pagans and others. He then describes his lust for the gypsy girl Esmeralda and blames her for being so seductive and tempting him to ?sin.?" Not for nothing, then, does Our Sunday Visitor score Hunchback as "NC-not for Catholics."

What makes this so fascinating is that the New York Times not only did not see any of the objections that Entertainment Weekly and Our Sunday Visitor spotted, it actually issued a flash warning to parents that the movie might be objectionable due to its Christian flavor. Along with the proverbial warnings regarding "Violence," "Sex" and "Profanity," the New York Times did something unprecedented and listed a "Footnote," the contents of which were: "The movie is sprinkled with Christian images, and there are specific references to God."

"Specific references to God"? You got it folks, not only does the New York Times not see what others see as offensive, it now finds it necessary to categorize "references to God" as equally dangerous to children as violence, sex and profanity.

Stay tuned and you?ll soon discover that the Times will endorse a "G" chip, one which would allow viewers to screen for movies that mention God. At least it?s nice to know that the moral relativists and tolerant types at the Times actually find some things objectionable, even if what tests their limits suggests an animus so incredible as to be objectionable itself.


I will admit that the movie, especially the "Hellfire" song, is not for young children. I wouldn't let my kids watch that. But then of course, I probably wouldn't let my kids watch some of the stuff I watched as a kid. The ends of a lot of Disney movies frightened me when I was little, like "The Little Mermaid", "Sleeping Beauty" (<-- that scared me a lot), and heaven's sake... I was allowed to watch "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" when I was probably far too young for it.

However, I would like to contest the anti-Catholic accusations of the movie.

Let's examine the main characters of the movie:

Main Characters:
Judge Claude Frollo: A Catholic official; a judge, and basically on a crusade to "rid the world of vice and sin", and attempt to expell the godless gypsies from Paris. Caretaker of Quasimodo. Basically responsible for the death of Q's mother; lusts after Esmerelda; mentally abuses Quasimodo (basically).
Quasimodo: The title character; basically good at heart. Disobeys Frollo.
Esmerelda: Pagan gypsy, defends Quasimodo, rejects Frollo, falls in love with Phoebus. Somewhat of a sensual character, only slightly moreso than Jasmine from Disney's Aladdin. Not a good role model for young girls but, as I've said, the movie's not for kids.
Phoebus: French Captain recalled from the wars to help Frollo get rid of the gypsies from the city, but eventually realizes that what he's called to do in the line of duty is immoral. Good role model.

Some Telling Minor Characters:
The Archdeacon: Charges Frollo to take care of Quasimodo, makes sure he's not too horrible to him; grants the gypsies sanctuary
[the gargoyles are entirely inconsequential]
[... as is the goat, who, I am told, is actually in the book]

The main problem with the movie is Frollo. Frollo is an official (a judge), and a Catholic, posing as a devout one. He spouts Catholic jargon and uses Catholic phrases ("who knows, our Lord works in mysterious ways") almost completely divorced from any good meaning ("...even this foul creature [i.e. Quasimodo] may yet prove one day to be of use to me.") He sounds Catholic and pretends to be Catholic, but he is painted as entirely evil in the same two-dimensional way as Don John in Much Ado About Nothing ("I cannot be said to be a flattering honest man, it must not be denied but I am a plain-dealing villain...let me be as I am and seek not to alter me." Act 1 scne 3) and Richard III ("I am determined to prove a villain" 1.1.30). While he may not be quite so declarative about his evil, he is clearly not supposed to be the protagonist of the movie. He's even drawn to look evil.

Frollo is very much like a Javert character (seeing as both "Hunchback" and "Les Miz" are written by the same author) inthat he has a twisted sense of justice entirely without mecy.

The "Hellfire" scene lyrics go as follows (and it is bound up with Quasimodo's "Heaven's Light" song):

So many times out there
I've seen a happy pair
Of lovers walking in the night.
They had a kind of glow around them,
It almost looked like Heaven's light.
I knew I'd never know
That warm and loving glow
Though I might wish with all my might.
No face as hideous as my face
Could ever hope for Heaven's light.
But suddenly an angel has smiled at me
And kissed my cheek without a trace of fright.
I dare to dream that she
Might even care for me
And as I ring these bells tonight
My cold dark tower seems so bright --
I swear it must be Heaven's light.

[as the evening Mass is sung, there is a procession with incense as the "Credo" is sung in Latin]
[...Confiteor Deo omnipotenti, beatae Mariae, semper Virgini, beato Michaeli Archangelo, beato Ioanni Baptistae, sanctis Apostolis Petro et Paulo, et omnibus Sanctis...

Frollo:
Beata Maria, you know I am a righteous man
And of my virtue I am justly proud
[... et tibi, Pater....]
Beata Maria, you know I'm so much purer than
The common vulgar weak licentious crowd
[...quia peccavi nimis...]
Then tell me, Maria, why I see her dancing there
Why her smouldering eyes still scorch my soul
I feel her, I see her, the sun caught in her raven hair
Is blazing in me out of all control
Like fire, hellfire, this fire in my skin
This burning desire is turning me to sin.

(Addressing an imaginary tribunal in red cloaks ... rather Dantean; Italics are sung by them)

It's not my fault!
Mea culpa
I'm not blame!
Mea culpa
It is the gypsy-girl, the witch
who set this flame!
Mea maxima culpa
It's not my fault!
Mea culpa
It's in God's plan,
He made the Devil so much stronger than a man.

Protect me, Maria
Don't let this siren cast her spell
Don't let her fire sear my flesh and bone
Destroy Esmerelda
And let her taste the fires of Hell
Or else let her be mine and mine alone...

Hellfire, dark fire
Now gypsy, it's your turn
Choose me or
Your pyre
Be mine or you will burn.

God have mercy on her (Kyrie eleison)
God have mercy on me (Kyrie eleison)
But she will be mine or she will burn.
~~~

Definitely not for children. Frollo is clearly disgusting like that.

How, after a scene like that, can one not call the movie anti-Catholic? Contrast Frollo's character with the characters, most ostensibly, of the Archdeacon. It was the Archdeacon who saved Quasimodo's life before Frollo threw him down a well as a baby. The archdeacon protected Esmerelda after she claimed sanctuary within the cathedral, he protected Quasimodo after Frollo was going up there to kill him. The Archdeacon is clearly a representative of the Catholic church. He is in no way portrayed negatively: he is not stupid, he is not feeble, as too many Catholic secondary characters are portrayed. He does not deny Frollo communion ;) because Frollo never goes to mass. During Mass, during the confetior during which is the forgiveness of venial sins (by God, obviously), Frollo is attempting to absolve himself of lust, a mortal sin (1) he knows he's lusting, 2) he knows it's wrong, 3) he chooses to do it anyway, all as evidenced by the above song). His prayer to Mary is not really even a prayer more than it is talking to himself, really ("my words fly up but my thoughts remain below; words without thoughts ne'er to heaven go", as Claudius says in Hamlet). The closest part of the above that comes to an actual prayer is the "Protect me, Maria" part; however the latter half of that address rather cancels it out.

Let's also look at Phoebus. Phoebus is not overtly portrayed as either Catholic or pagan (Esmerelda's kind of lost and confused in the cathedral, and out of place). He respects the sanctity of the church, and in that era of France almost everyone was Catholic. So for the sake of argument, let's assume he's Catholic. Phoebus is a good role model. He follows orders like a good soldier, but refuses to follow immoral ones. Because of this he is relieved of his commission, sentenced to death, and becomes a fugitive ("With all due respect, sir, I was not trained to murder the innocent." "But you were trained to follow orders.") because he does what is right.

("The penalty for insubordination is death. Such a pity, you threw away a promising career." "Consider it my highest honor, sir.")

It is true that Catholic are not portrayed as perfect, but the whole of Catholics and Catholicism is not portrayed as entirely evil in any way.

Yet it is dark, it is scary, Frollo is nasty. It is not for kids.

The problem may be that it is marketed for such.

However, the same problem has been addressed when it comes to The Simpsons and most Japanese anime.*

*disclaimer: Most Japanese anime is not for children, despite its animated nature. A lot of anime is not for anybody, and unfortunately there is a lot of the world's evil -- p0rn -- in them, such that there's a category of that in anime form, called "h3nta1". However, there are some good anime which are still not for children.

I can't tell if that defense is any kind of intelligent. I'm wanting to hurry this up and finish my paper. A little late-night pressure is good for me.

Also, Esmerelda is not belly-dancing in that scene. Jasmine's midriff in Aladdin is exposed *way* more than Esmerelda ever is.

Also, Phoebus is voiced by Kevin Kline.

*sings* Foooooooooooor I am a pirate kiiiiiiiiiiiiiing...

Another stupid note on Pinkmonkey.com :

PinkMonkey.com Forums : Frollo's love for Esmeralda
... It wasn't real love between Frollo and Esmeralda; he wanted her ...


DUH.
posted by Lauren, 10:33 PM | link | 2 comments

What with the abuse scandals in Iraq...

...nobody cares what the Iraqis do to us, eh? But that in no way excuses the horrible treatment of the Iraqi prisoners. I'm only recently finding out how bad it is. There is no excuse for that stuff, and who is dumb enough to pose in those kinds of pictures? The girl from WVA, of whom her friends and family said, "She wouldn't pull a dog by its neck, let alone drag a human across a floor," claimed she was "in the wrong place at the wrong time". Others have said "x was told to take pictures so he took pictures."

"I was just following orders" is no excuse.

What makes me angry is not only the way the media covers it (which won't be discussed here), but the way people react to it. Yes, these are horrible things, but that doesn't mean people can wag their heads and say "and this is why the Army/the war in Iraq/Bush/cheese" is evil. Knowing I'm an ROTC cadet applying to West Point -- either way a future officer of the US Military -- people keeep asking me "so what do YOU think of the prison scandals?" in a tone of voice that suggest 1) that I'm going to justify it, 2) that I'm crazy to go into the Army.

Others assert these soldiers should be shot. I say they ought to, like anybody, be prosecuted to the full extent of UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice). Shooting them without a fair trial is unacceptable. More than one person has said they want to see those soldiers shot. I think it's disgraceful -- both the act and the reaction.

I blame this like I blame every other evil in the world: on our desensitization to things of a p0rn0graphic nature. Really, the pictures, for all anyone can tell, were meant to be "humorous", sick humor though it is. One thing that's often made fun of in the same nature, the same kind of sick humor, is sad0-mas0ch1sm (I apologize for the numerals, but I want *none* of these words to show up on my blog in a google search).

People have a weird, weird sense of humor out there. A report from the Washington Post said, "The pictures obtained by The Post include shots of soldiers simulating sexually explicit acts with one another and shots of a cow being skinned and gutted and soldiers posing with its severed head. There are also dozens of pictures of a cat's severed head." Note the word "simulating". To some people, that's really funny because it is so far from the truth. I can understand why *those* pictures would be taken, and I've seen much milder versions of that kind of thing (much, much, much milder). Also, a cow being skinned and gutted would be, in my opinion, cool. In another soldier's opinion who likes to blow things up and enjoys things of a violent nature, same thing. Cool. (I think it's cool because I've never seen a cow skinned before and think it would be interesting, not for the sake of gore and blood) Cat's head, same thing (though I think that would be gross). Also consider these soldiers have been exposed to gore and blood for a while. Whatever the Post's reason for printing that, it is not appreciated that we show our soldiers in a negative light for the sake of a negative light.

But as to the photos of the other kind of nature, if you think of how people in photos p0rn0graph1c in nature are de-humanized by being viewed as a piece of flesh, whether for humor's sake or not, and if you furthermore think of how common that is...
Indeed I am told it is sadly very common in the military.

But my point remains that people are idiots.

Fortunately this is a localized thing among the 372nd MP.

Those people should be prosecuted to the full extent of UCMJ.
posted by Lauren, 12:05 PM | link | 0 comments

It is hard to be an American soldier now for a lot of reasons.

No matter how much I would like to be, I am not yet an American soldier. I look forward to the day when I might have that honor.

But Abe, dear Abe... he knows too many people personally in Iraq.

SSG Petty was a good man. He has a young wife of 28 and two sons, 9 and 4. He was Abe's recruiter, but also a good friend on a personal level. For several months, Abe was in his office almost every day. He went to Abe's farewell party before he went off to Basic Training. He was sent to Iraq a little while ago, and, Abe recently found out, was killed a few days ago.

Let us pray: Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May the Divine Assistance remain always with us,
And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace, amen.

Tribute to American Heroes

Continuing to Support Our Soldiers
posted by Lauren, 10:45 AM | link | 0 comments

I have a Latin professor.

He looks like Edgar Allen Poe.

He thinks he knows things about children.

He doesn't.

Hahahahahaha.

He also snoops around on peoples' blogs and online journals.

Hey Dr. Frat, "olim media maesta notcu..."
posted by Lauren, 2:03 AM | link | 0 comments

(by the way, no offense to non-Catholic readers. You're just stupid, no harm in that.)

(No! I'm kidding. You're not stupid. Seriously. But that kid is. Reactionary comment.)
posted by Lauren, 1:19 AM | link | 0 comments

LOL duh....

So I just did a google search for "Dante vulgar Italian", hoping to find some bit of writing that explains why Dante chose the vulgar Italian instead of scholarly Latin to write his Commedia, and the following is a quote from the third hit I got:

I totally agree that Dante was way advanced for his time ... so rebellious in his unique
beliefs and spoke to the common people in the vernacular or vulgar italian.


Dude, was Dante, like, so way advanced? Sweeeet ...

oh, yes, rebellious in his Catholic beliefs... like the rest of modern Europe, Italy especially?

Well, what do you want. It was from pinkmonkey.com, and the topic of the thread was "Dante was a loser who just criticized people. For exmple. he puts muslims in hell", the first post being:

he had no life. he was a lose. he had to put people wid different believes in hell. i bet u hes burrning in hell rite now. He put ppl in hell fo no reason. Like people born B.C. should not be in hell i think that is stupid this book doesnt make any sense at all.

This, my friends, is evidence to the fallen state of the intellect that is not Catholic. The Catholic intellect is renewed and reformed. We have intellects. I'm wonder if this kid has a brain.

Another post:

Check this out. As a christian, I can say that none of us have the ability to call who is going to hell and who isn't. Having read The Divine Comedy, it's very apparent to me that Dante satirizes both Catholicism and his contemporaries. Perhaps you should note the symbolism and the allegory before you go off on the book. It's very clever, and even though I feel Dante was wrong about A LOT OF STUFF, I don't think the book was meant to be taken as a literal interpretation of hell... Have a lovely day ya'll!

I would highly doubt that Dante would satirize Catholicism ... maybe Catholics... and this goes beyond "clever". Clever is like "The cow is of the bovine ilk: / one end is moo, the other, milk." That's clever (Ogden Nash). And you can feel, fuzzy man, whatever you want. But you're wrong.

That's what I like about the Middle Ages. You were either Catholic, or you were dumb/dead. Also people, anyone who is ever going to read the Divine Comedy ought to read this letter to Can Grande. In highschool in Western Literature to Dante class, we read the letter back-to-back with article 1.1.10 of the Summa Theologica: very, very appropriate.

Good Lord, what DO they teach in school nowadays?

Teenagers are idiots. I'm glad I've only got 272 more days of being one.
posted by Lauren, 1:18 AM | link | 0 comments

Dante, in a letter to his friend and patron Can Grande della Scalla, on comedy and tragedy:

"The title of the book is: `Begins the Comedy of Dante Alighieri, Florentine in birth, not in custom.' In order to understand you need to know that *comedy* comes from *komos* `village' and *oda*, which means `song', whence *comedy* sort of means `country song'. And comedy is sort of a kind of poetic narration, different from all others. It differs, therefore, from the tragedy, in matter by the fact that tragedy in the beginning is admirable and quiet, in the end or final exit it is smelly and horrible; and it gets its name because of this from *tragos*, which means `goat', and *oda*, sort of like `goat-song', that is, smelly like a goat, as can be seen in Seneca's tragedies."

(Nice try, Dante, but not quite.)
posted by Lauren, 1:02 AM | link | 0 comments

NOOOOOOOO, nooooooo, they can't do this to me! They're cancelling Frasier -- they've cancelled it! Tonight was their last night! *weep* Mourn, ye Graces and Loves!
posted by Lauren, 12:26 AM | link | 0 comments

{Friday, May 07, 2004  }


Dr. Frat, are you looking at my blog to see if I mention you any more? ;)

(hee hee, I love this site meter... it tells me the searches that people do which have my page as hits; i.e., "Lauren B." Frat on a yahoo search leads me to believe that Dr. Frat is searching for my blog to see if he is elsewhere mentioned on it. CPT C0leman did a search for my name and his and ROTC, and Fr. Bryce did a search for "Fr. bryce kicks butt". Reading that was the highlight of my night. ;D )
posted by Lauren, 10:06 PM | link | 0 comments

Salve, Regina, mater misericordiae;
vita dulcedo et spes nostra, salve.
Ad te clamamus, exsules filii Evæ.
Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes
in hac lacrimarum valle.
Eia ergo, advocata nostra,
illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte.
Et lesum benedictum fructum ventris tui,
nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.
O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria.

V. Ora pro nobis sancta Dei Genetrix.

R. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.
posted by Lauren, 10:02 PM | link | 0 comments

"Bist Du Bei Mir" as composed by Bach and sung by Kathleen Battle is one of THE most beautiful things you will ever hear. In addition to Faure's Elegie. Sigh. It's a beautiful night ... inside my room. I used to have these kinds of nights in highschool. I'd be working on a paper, cooped up all day and all night (usually finished them around 2 am), and I'd have theeeeee most beautiful music playing. I would light my votive candles and turn off all the lights and just revel in the beautiful sounds of Bacg's Bminor mass, Mozart Cminor mass, Palestrina, Victoria, Faure... no Tschaikovsky, no Chopin ... just calm and temperate, yet heavenward, light floating sounds with the kyrie reflected in the voices, not just words. The kind of music that you hear and can just picture yourself in the beautiful cathedrals of Europe.

*chills down spine*

I remember listening to Palestrina around Christmas made me want to go spend the vigil in the Eucharistic adoration chapel from Christmas Eve to Christmas morning. I wish I had done that, but for several reasons, I was incapable of doing so ...

I love the Tantum Ergo. It is my favorite piece of music ever written, favorite piece of poetry. Whenever I sing it, no matter where I am, it lifts my heart up to the highest worship I could ever hope to attain. And so I love to sing it. I ought to sing it more often.

The Salve Regina is rather like that too, and I am always reminded of the first time I ever heard it, when I was at the St. Cecilia convent with the Dominican sisters in Nashville (I love them), and they were doing night prayer. They dimmed the lights in the chapel, and slowly snuffed the candle lights, as one single voice rose above the reverent silence, "salve..." and then the most beautiful chorus of voices took up the simple tune, and they processed slowly out of the chapel. It was so beautiful...

I'm thinking about doing a retreat there. Stealing Jon's idea of wanting to do a retreat at a monastery. ;) I called mom and said "hey mom! I want to go to Nashville."
"South Carolina?"
"Yeah. Yeah mom, that's right."
"Why would you want to do that?"
"Because I want to go on a retreat with the sisters."
"Oh! Nashville! I thought you said Ashville."
"Oh. No. I didn't."
"Why do you want to go on a retreat with the sisters?"
"Because I think I have a vocation to the married life."

Okay that makes a lot of sense. ;) Well, rather, it does. I haven't had enough exposition to the religious life. I didn't go to a school with nuns when I was young. Heck, I only learned about the religious life when I was 8, and then I wanted to be like St. Rita of Cascia. Haha, St. Rita is one of those awesome saints where you want to imitate her holiness, but you don't want to be like her ...

Mapquest says it's 9 hours from my house and 7 hours from Jon's. I wonder if I could overnight at the Casasceli's one night and then drive to Nashville. Mom says she "wouldn't be comfortable with me making that long drive by myself", but Colleen and Steph drove back and forth from Ohio when they were my age, and I'm a lot more responsible than they are/were. ;)

I want to be there for their Friday night prayer. Maybe a first Friday or something. I'm trying to remember when I went ... it was late March, it was Lent, Holy week was a few weeks away. I think it was in 2001. Wow. That long ago? It's hard to believe it's 2004.
posted by Lauren, 10:01 PM | link

Army Haiku:

I wish I could run
Must pass the APFT:
Asphyxiation.

~~~

Must go to West Point
Have older cadets haze me:
I am way hooah.

posted by Lauren, 11:34 AM | link | 0 comments

Air Force vrs. Army ...



...Army wins.
posted by Lauren, 2:03 AM | link | 0 comments

{Thursday, May 06, 2004  }


And while I'm here I may as well post this which I stole off Fr. Bryce's website. I haven't been keeping up with baseball lately, but the Astros and the Diamondbacks are definitely my favorite teams. Woooooooooooot!!!
posted by Lauren, 11:18 PM | link | 0 comments

I received the following from John Fallon, who wants to get this on as many blogs as possible:

Urgent! ******* Urgent! ******* Urgent!

Stop the Morning-After Pill! Over-the-Counter approval to be decided by the
FDA May 21.

No age limits, no medical supervision, no parental involvement!

Spread this far and wide! Time is of the essense! Call the White House, contact your Senators and Congressmen!

For instructions on how to email the FDA directly with an email link go to
this page of the PRI Website. More info below.


From the Population Research Institute
Weekly Briefing:

Dear Colleague:

There is still time for pro-lifers to call the White House
(202-456-1414)
and urge the President to assure the American people that
the mega dose "morning after pill" will not be sold "over the counter."

Also contact your U.S. Senator o! r Representative to urge leadership from
Congress that will protect women and babies from this new chemical assault
weapon.

Toll free: 1-800-648-3516 or 1-877-762-8762.

The abortion establishment is going all out to urge their followers to
lobby in favor of making this chemical killer available over the counter.
Their mailings include the lie that so-called "emergency contraception"
does not cause abortion and does not work if a women is already pregnant.
Over the counter approval of the "morning after pill" will be a public
health disaster.

Steven W. Mosher
President

PRI Weekly Briefing
12 May 2004
Vol. 6 / No. 17

Stop the Morning-After Pill!

Press reports suggest that the FDA is teetering on the brink of approving
the so-called morning-after pill. As past PRI Weekly Briefings have made
clear, there are terrible risks in making this powerful drug available
over-the-counter with no age restrictions or parental involvement.

€ The progestin-only hormonal contraceptive in Norplant is the same active
ingredient as Plan B. Norplant is no longer available for use in the
United States because it is so dangerous. Known risks include significant
weight gain, ovarian cyst enlargement, gallbladder disease, high blood
pressure and respiratory disorders.

€ Among teenagers, some of these common side effects could result in
increased rates of bulimia, anorexia, or clinical depression. Also, an
increased risk of ectopic pregnancy has been associated with use of Plan
B-type emergency contraception.

€ Since the drug precludes parental involvement, it is likely that teenage
girls who buy Plan B at the drugstore then experience abdominal pain may not
confide in parents so that a physician could diagnose if a
life-threatening ectopic pregnancy had occurred. Over-the-counter approval
would mean that young people would be free! to purchase and use (abuse) this
powerful hormone without supervision or follow up.

€ The drug was approved for over-the-counter use on January 1 in
Australia. Already there are reports in the Australian press of
13-year-old girls buying the pill several times a week to the alarm of
local pharmacists who are not able to give proper counseling to these
girls on the many risks involved. The Australian Medical Association is
already questioning the wisdom of making this risky drug so easily
available without restriction. (The West Australian, 4/4/04)

€ If over-the-counter availability of this drug is approved, we may also
expect that rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among teens will
skyrocket. Adolescents age 15-19 currently represent 46% of all cases of
Chlamydia in the U.S. 1 in 4 sexually active teenagers contract an STD at
some point. In Washington State and in Sweden, where emergency contraception
has been made wid! ely available, rates of STD infection are skyrocketing.

€ We can also expect an increase in the rates of sexual violence committed
against adolescent girls. The easy availability of this drug
over-the-counter will make it more difficult for teenage girls to resist
pressure to have sex, and will trivialize the act of rape.

€ Over-the-counter availability of the morning after pill will lead to an
increase in the pregnancy rate among teenagers. Studies have shown that
increased rates of pregnancy occur among teens with increased use of
"emergency contraception." Another showed that teenagers whose pregnancies
ended in induced abortion were more likely to have used the drug before
conception, and that teens who use the drug were more willing to engage in
"risk-taking" behavior.

Please take time to call the White House or, better yet, jot a note to
your Senator or Congressman regarding the morning after pill. If it goes
over-the-co! unter as scheduled on May 21, then anything goes. Lives will be
compromised and families further undermined. A sample letter follows:

April 29, 2004

Dear Senator ____________ (or Congressman _____________):

I understand the FDA is set to decide whether or not the
morning-after-pill (MAP) will go over-the-counter on 21 May 2004. I
believe that pressure from you and your colleagues could stop this
dangerous drug from being made available to very young girls without
medical supervision or parental knowledge. Would you please advise the
FDA to cease and desist? If MAP is approved, then it won’t be long before
the FDA makes the birth control pill available over-the-counter. This will
further compromise the sanctity of life and the integrity of the
family.

Thank you.

(Signed)
Your name
Address
City, State. Zip
Phone

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