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{Thursday, September 30, 2004  }

.:{The felicity of unbounded domesticity }:.

Let's talk about love, that wonderful thing,
Let's blend the scent of Venice with Paris in spring,
Let's try to be explicit on licit domesticity --
My dear let's talk about love.

~Let's Talk About Love by Cole Porter

Old Oligarch and Zorak absolutely crack me up. I find their conversation very similar to what I have said/something I might say ("that's it, I'm blogging you on this").

Furthermore, thank you for the most enlightening comments on the icon, O.O!
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{Tuesday, September 28, 2004  }

.:{#1: Bats = Bugs}:.

Lauren of Cnytr and Matthew of Whapper collaborating:

Since linking to the Shrine is terrible, I'm posting the whole thing with some slight tweaks (I did half-write it!) here:

I am the Very Model of a Modern Vicar-General
from the Penzance Codex of St. Gilbertus of Sullivan

translated by Matthew of the Holy Whapping and Lauren of Cnytr

I am the very model of a modern vicar-general,
I've information liturgical, ecclesial and clerical,
I quote the Popes of Latium and councils ecumenical,
From Chalcedon to Vatican, with subjects esoterical.

I'm very well aquainted too in matters sacramentical,
I know the sin occasions both the distant and proximical:
About the Nicene Credo, I'm teeming with a lot of views:


With many complex facts about the substance Homoousios!

Chorus of Seminarians: With many complex facts about the substance Homoousios,
With many complex facts about the substance Homoousios,
With many complex facts about the substance Homoousi-ousios!

I've very good recessional, antiphonical canticles,
I know the secret names of all the Jesuit conventicles,
In short in matters liturgical, ecclesial and clerical
I am the very model of a modern vicar-general!

Chorus of Seminarians: In short in matters liturgical, ecclesial and clerical
He is the very model of a modern vicar-general!

I know salvation history, King David's and the Sampson locks,
I answer hard sed contras, and own a pair of scarlet socks.
Respondeo dicendum every Vatican concilius
All liturgics I can celebrate in Romanist basilicas.

I can tell undoubted Augustines from Bossuets and Zwinglians,
I know a Sarum Epiklesis and excommunicate the Arians,
Then I can hum the Sanctus if I've heard the mode ex nihilo,
And sing in tono recto Pax Domini cum spiritu tuo

Chorus of Seminarians: And sing in tono recto Pax Domini cum spiritu tuo,
And sing in tono recto Pax Domini cum spiritu tuo,
And sing in tono recto Pax Domini cum spiritu tuo!

Then I can write encyclicals in a monastical scriptorium,
And pontificate the meaning of St. Paddy's grand loriculum,
In short in matters liturgical, ecclesial and clerical
I am the very model of a modern vicar-general!

Chorus of Seminarians: In short in matters liturgical, ecclesial and clerical
He is the very model of a modern vicar-general!
In short in matters liturgical, ecclesial and clerical
He is the very model of a modern vicar-general!


The next thing to come as a collaboration of the two sites:
Army Airborne Chaplains Cathoic Cadence. Hooah!


Update: Jeff Miller, the Razor Wit of the Curt Jester, calls it the greatest Catholic parody song ever.
posted by Lauren, 8:16 PM | link | 0 comments

.:{What does it all mean? }:.

This Saturday, I went to Spoleto, Italy -- the birth place of St. Rita of Cascia, and an hour bus ride from Cascia itself. In it, there was a ginormous church -- Santa Maria dell' something, as they all seem to be -- and in it, I found a most interesting and possibly troubling image. That is thus:

Apologies for the bad quality, but as you see, the skull at the feet of Christ -- usually denoting Golgotha, death and mortality in general, is deliberately rolled upon its side and is drinking the blood of Christ.

What in the wide wide world of sports could this mean? Does anybody have any idea? It's highly unusual in iconography -- I asked my Art professor and my English P (who is primarily a Medievalist) and both were surprised and shocked by this image. I can't figure it out at all. I have to go study history, or I would post more of my thoughts. But this from a letter I wrote to a friend:

the image – a very kind of shocking image of the Eucharist – oftentimes, we take for granted the Reality of the Real Presence. We think it intellectually, but it only “hits” us every so often with such graphic reminders. But the thing that troubles me about that image is the skull drinking Christ’s blood. That makes it seem almost like a kind of triumph of death; the Body and Blood of Christ in the Sacrament is for those still I the flesh – us, the Church Militant. The skull is itself the very image of death – why is it drinking the blood of Christ? This depiction was certainly purposeful – the skull was deliberately rolled on its side (first I have ever seen of this) with its mouth opened to receive it. I find this troubling.
posted by Lauren, 10:13 AM | link | 4 comments

.:{Need more media members like this}:.

Toby Keith!!!
posted by Lauren, 3:33 AM | link | 0 comments

.:{Using my 5 min. theology class break well... }:.

For the Advent season, I recommend St. Athanasius' On The Incarnation.

I'm typing up my notes on my laptop (keeps me awake) and at the break, all my classmates crowd around me and ask me to go to espn.com. [L] Unfortunately, the Cowboys beat the Redskins last night. :P Most my classmates, being Texans and our campus literally a stone's throw from the stadium, are overjoyed ... but being Virginian through and through, I say go Skins! (And in the land near Washington they're roontin' for the Skins ... fight for old DC!)

.... that's funny, being in Rome, the notion of "DC" being "old" is ludicrous.

Now ... Stuff!

Speaking of DC, we're getting a baseball team!!! The Expos ARE coming! Wheee! See... can't trust the Canadians with anything, not with a baseball team, nothin ... not even with fellow Americans, though "Americans" in name-only; they're building a monument to draft-dodgers? Yes, let's build monuments to cowardice, hatred, sloth, gluttony ... what kind of Babylon is Canada??? :P

Now for some more Good American Values -- Evan Hunsberger, 19, from Orange, Calif., took the special prayer book his grandfather used during World War II and had it republished for local military bases.

Also, Uniform Military Voting Standards ... man ... they have uniforms for everything else, now they have one for voting????

Hahahaa! Small joke.

Class is starting again!
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{Sunday, September 26, 2004  }

.:{My Brother}:.

(All the lyrics to "Oh My Brother" here)

Lauren (11:24:10 AM): I see OMB [Oh My Brother] as one of the themes of my life
Jon (11:24:31 AM): I've never really thought about the words before, come to think of it
Lauren (11:25:15 AM): I don't really think of the verses so much (they make me think of Mr. McClellan -- Oh My Brother was originally an Appilachian folk song done at funerals, EfO [Eddie from Ohio] brilliantly captures this in their own EfOian way in the verses)
Lauren (11:25:38 AM): I focus on the refrain as theme
Jon (11:26:58 AM): Reminds me of the Boystown image
Jon (11:27:09 AM): "He ain't heavy, he's my brother"
posted by Lauren, 11:27 AM | link | 0 comments

.:{To commenter}:.

To heeebeejeebew: what? why don't you email me and we'll talk that way.
posted by Lauren, 9:27 AM | link | 0 comments

{Friday, September 24, 2004  }

.:{A mind torn from its natural innocence }:.

I wish I hadn't seen
All of the realness
And all the real people
Are really not real at all
The more I look
The more I look
The more I cry
The more I cry
As I say goodbye to a way of life
I thought I had designed for me

~Try by Nelli Furtado
posted by Lauren, 1:22 PM | link | 1 comments

.:{Army Airborne Chaplains Lead The Way!!!}:.

*stars singing cadence*
When I get to heaven (when I get to heaven)
St. Peter's gonna say-ay (St. Peter's gonna say-ay)
"How'd you earn your livin', boy, (how'd you earn your livin', boy,)
how'd you earn your pay-ay?" (how'd you earn your pay-ay?)
I reply with a whole lotta anger
"I made my livin' as an Airborne Ranger"
Airborne! (Airborne)
Ranger! (Ranger!)
Oh Airborne! (Airborne!)
Ranger! (Ranger!)

When I get to Hell
Satan's gonna say
"How'd you earn your livin', boy,
how'd you earn your pay?"
I reply with a boot to his chest
"I made my livin' puttin' souls to rest"
Airborne! (Airborne!)
Ranger! (Ranger!)
Oh Airborne! (Airborne!)
Ranger! (Ranger!)


Priest Jumps From Planes

NEWARK -- The Rev. Carl Subler, 29, barely has had his feet on the ground since arriving at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, but he doesn't plan on staying all that long.

Subler, currently an associate pastor, will serve at St. Francis for two years, with the possibility of a one-time renewal, for a maximum of four years. He will then go into the U.S. Army as a chaplain.

Subler took his basic airborne training at Fort Benning, Ga., this summer, completing five of the five required jumps. They equipped him with his Catholic Mass Kit, with which he can hold mass anywhere, from the hood of a Humvee to the farthest outpost.

"I wanted to be a priest to celebrate the sacraments for the salvation of the soul," Subler said. "I want to go where the soldiers have the toughest time. I would like to go to Iraq and Afghanistan so they know there is a priest out there with them."

Subler was one of six men ordained from the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus in June. That number is up from the usual one or two who are ordained. But next year, only two will graduate.

"More men are entering the seminary and the average age is decreasing," Subler said. "I think young men are entering for they see the possibility of helping Christ, and they want to be a part of that."

Originally from the small town of Versailles, Ohio, north of Dayton, Subler was 18 when he decided to be a priest. He had attended college and drifted away from the church. A girl he was dating at the time got him back into the faith and Subler started going back to Mass.

"One day I was walking back from class, and I suddenly decided I wanted to be a priest," Subler recalls. "It was a shock to my parents, but they were supportive."

He then began a 10-year quest to become a priest. But during that time, he spent four years in the Navy before deciding that he didn't want to be in that branch of the service.

"I get seasick," Subler said. "There is no way I'm going to spend 20 years getting sick. That is why I chose the Army. Besides, they have great need for chaplains. There are only 100 active duty priests for all the troops."

The books on the shelf in his office at the St. Francis Rectory reflect Subler's character. In amongst the religious books are found Stephen Ambrose's "Citizen Soldier," Tom Clancy's "Shadow Warrior," as well as "Homebrewing for Dummies." His collection also reflects his strong sense of humor.

"There is never a dull moment in Father Subler's life," he said. "I try not to take myself too seriously."

Subler will serve as an associate pastor under the Rev. Bob Penhallurick at St. Francis. Subler wanted to be involved with a big parish that has a lot going on.

"I hope to learn how to be a better priest and a good administrator," Subler said. "There are not a lot of business courses in the seminary and very little administrative training."


posted by Lauren, 1:16 PM | link | 3 comments

.:{Can you take me to *guitar riff* Pope-town! }:.

LONDON (AP) - The British Broadcasting Corp. has scrapped a cartoon featuring Pope John Paul II on a pogo stick, following a wave of protests by Roman Catholics.

``Popetown,'' featuring the voices of comedienne Ruby Wax as the pontiff and model Jerry Hall as a fame-hungry nun, was commissioned for the digital channel BBC3. The animation featured corrupt cardinals and an infantile pope who bounced around the Vatican on a pogo stick.

BBC chiefs said Thursday it was too offensive to broadcast.


Okay, yes, it would probably be mocking... but I think that has cute-potential if it were in the hands of non-British Catholics! Pogo-stick ... awwww....
posted by Lauren, 3:23 AM | link | 0 comments

.:{ Fla. Court Nixes Law Keeping Woman Alive}:.

from AOL news today:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Dealing a defeat to Gov. Jeb Bush, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a law that was rushed through the Legislature last fall to keep a severely brain-damaged woman hooked to a feeding tube.

The seven-member court unanimously said Bush and lawmakers improperly tried to pull an end run around the court system in the case of Terri Schiavo, who has been at the center of a long and bitter right-to-die dispute that pits her husband against his in-laws.

As early as 2000, lower courts had ruled that Michael Schiavo could have his wife's feeding tube removed. But last October, the Legislature passed ``Terri's Law'' to override the courts, and Bush quickly invoked it to order the tube reinserted, six days after it had been withdrawn.

George Felos, Michael Schiavo's attorney, said no attempt to remove the tube would be made until the ruling becomes final. That could be weeks if Bush's attorneys asks the court for a rehearing.

Felos said Michael Schiavo was happy with the ruling and is determined to carry out his wife's wishes.

``Mr. Schiavo made a promise to his wife like many of us do,'' Felos said. ``He promised he would not keep her alive artificially and he's going to keep his promise.''

Thursday's ruling gives the governor 10 days to ask for a rehearing, and an attorney for Bush said he may appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Either action could stop, at least temporarily, any attempt to remove the tube.

Bush disagreed with the outcome.

``I'm disappointed for the moral reasons of the taking of innocent life without having - I don't think - a full hearing on the facts of what her intent was,'' the governor said. He noted that it can take the courts 20 or 25 years to review death sentences.

The woman's brother, Robert Schindler Jr., said the family found the court's ruling ``disappointing and troubling.'' But he added: ``We're motivated by our love for Terri, and we're going to try to stay strong and find some way to save my sister.''

Terri Schiavo suffered brain damage 14 years ago when her heart temporarily stopped beating because of an eating disorder. Now 40, she lives in a Clearwater nursing home, breathing on her own but relying on the feeding tube for water and nutrients. Courts have concluded she is in a ``persistent vegetative state,'' with almost no chance of recovery.

She left no written instructions about what she want in such circumstances, but in Florida a person's wishes must be honored even if they are expressed orally.

Michael Schiavo has argued that his wife had made it clear that she would not have wanted to be kept alive artificially. But his in-laws, Bob and Mary Schindler, dispute that, and contend she could someday regain some of her faculties with therapy.

Courts have generally sided with Michael Schiavo, who had the tube pulled twice - last year, and in 2001 for two days - before the Schindlers had it reinserted.

It was the Schindlers who got the Legislature and the governor to push through a law narrowly drawn to empower the governor to order Schiavo's tube to be reinserted.

Michael Schiavo's attorneys argued that the law not only encroached on the court's authority but violated Terri Schiavo's privacy rights and freedom to determine her own fate. The high court did not address the privacy issue.

Instead, it found that the law violated the fundamental doctrine of separation of powers.

``It is without question an invasion of the authority of the judicial branch for the Legislature to pass a law that allows the executive branch to interfere with the final judicial determination in a case,'' Chief Justice Barbara Pariente wrote.

The court also faulted the law for delegating legislative power to the governor. ``This absolute unfettered discretion ... makes the governor's decision virtually unreviewable,'' Pariente wrote.

House Speaker Johnnie Byrd, the Republican who pushed for the law last fall, called the decision ``tragic but not unexpected.''

An attorney for the Schindlers, Pat Anderson, said the couple will continue to press to have Michael Schiavo removed as his wife's guardian.

The case is being watched closely around the country.

A California attorney who represented 55 bioethicists supporting Michael Schiavo called the ruling ``a stinging rebuke'' to Bush. ``The court is saying Terri's Law isn't about Terri - it's about Gov. Bush,'' Jon Eisenberg of Oakland said. ``And that's not how things work in America.''

On the other side of the issue, the head of a disabled rights group called Not Dead Yet said the decision elevated the rights of the courts above the well-being of Terri Schiavo and thousands of other people with disabilities.

``If this can happen, it means really that people with cognitive disabilities are in terrible danger in our health care system,'' Diane Coleman said from Forest Park, Ill.
posted by Lauren, 3:15 AM | link | 0 comments

{Thursday, September 23, 2004  }

.:{My brother...? }:.

Oh my brother, won't you stand here beside me?
We shall carry each other home
And should your soul grow weary
Or the strength leave your bones,
Oh my brother, I will carry you home
posted by Lauren, 4:53 PM | link | 1 comments

{Tuesday, September 21, 2004  }

.:{Go Army Football!!! }:.

posted by Lauren, 3:29 PM | link | 0 comments

.:{The new cool thing to say. }:.

Lauren (2:22:58 PM): ooooh! ooooh! Oh that's so cool
Matt (2:23:01 PM): oh yeah. All over my shoes.

(that's Matt from Shrine of the Holy Whapping. Can one have an internet homie? If so, Matt's totally mah homie)

So now when something's cool -- how cool IS it? -- it's so cool it's "all over my shoes!"

Actually we were talking about Cool Things that happened to Matt today -- his feast day, happy feast of St. Matthew the Apostle -- which included serving mass for a Cardinal,
Lauren (2:22:20 PM): Like -- not the bird?
Matt 2:22:38 PM): Not that I'm aware of...otherwise they'd have to put newspaper down in the chancel

Furthermore, this is cool but doesn't really work: Militia of Christ.

I think there should be special battallions of priests, consecrated laity and tertiaries. This came up because Matt and self began to discuss reviving the Knights Templar; I'm certain that's one of the only way it can be revivified; perhaps there can be a brotherhood of those in the military, the military chaplains, tertiaries, and people could start being consecrated religious who give their lives up to God and country. Now THAT would be cool. Eventually the fraternity -- under Dominican rule -- would grow so large, specialized battalions wouldn't be necessary, there would be several in every platoon, at least one in every squad, and boom! There you have it -- what a conversion tool, and what a military!

No they are NOT going to reinstate the draft.
posted by Lauren, 2:39 PM | link | 0 comments

{Wednesday, September 15, 2004  }

.:{Headline Implications}:.

The title of this AOL newsstory is Americans Accused of Torture Sentenced ...

...the Iraqis, on the other hand, still have yet to be confronted.
posted by Lauren, 8:58 AM | link | 0 comments

{Tuesday, September 14, 2004  }

.:{Please teacher, teach me something}:.

Apologies for the lateness of this article which I found on Cacciaguida ... remember the Planned Parenthood crap they built across from Albemarle highschool? Well here is an article about a teacher from the school standing up against it.
posted by Lauren, 10:16 AM | link | 0 comments

{Monday, September 13, 2004  }

.:{How punny!!!}:.

Funniest thing ever ever from Matt at Shrine of the Holy Whapping,

St. Dominic to his puppy: Anathema, sit!

HAHAHAAA! *wheezes and slaps her knee*
posted by Lauren, 9:19 AM | link | 0 comments

{Sunday, September 12, 2004  }

.:{Random random stuff}:.

A song I like to sing after I go on marches; thanks to the other Cnytr (Miss SarahMc) for her composition.

Furthermore, I have a new friend flying around somewhere in Rome. His name is Manny. He is Manny the PRAYING MANTIS!!!

Some random guy brought him in to scare one of the girls here in the capp bar. Usually I hate bugs, but this was a REALLY CUTE praying mantis! Behold... the Manny... on my knee:

Yes, it's blurry. He wasn't far enough away. Alas. But here he is looking at the camera!!!

Awwww! He's just SO CUTE!

(we here at Cnytr are not above bringing you blurred pics of Praying Mantises. Mantii?)

Me and Manny in my post-soccer t-shirt and cadette hair.

Now go ... with Manny's blessing.

Et cum spiritu tuo

My friends ... we can learn from Manny ... to pray always. Manny is a praying mantis. Praying is what he does. Pray, Manny, pray. Rock on.

posted by Lauren, 4:39 PM | link | 0 comments

.:{Something inane and something serious}:.

Girls -- you're in luck! I said it here long ago, the '30s and '40s and '50s "sexy librarian" look is coming back in.

*sings* Maaaaaaarian, madame libraaaaarian.

Yes, Grace Kelley, Lauren Bacall, and all those ladies of *class* are what's in now. Fox news said so, and I said so here a while back. Ha!


And in more sober news, here is more evidence that Europeans are depraved. I wrote a very long and controversial email to one of my friends lately in which I outlined this view, but I'm not sure if it's something I could post on my blog or not.
posted by Lauren, 4:25 PM | link | 0 comments

{Tuesday, September 07, 2004  }

.:{If being cool were logical, I'd be way logical. Uhh... }:.

You're a Vulcan!
You're a Vulcan! Cool and collected, you represent
the epitome of self control.

What Star Trek Race Are You?
brought to you by Quizilla

Furthermore, be sure to check out Our Lady of Kazaa
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{Thursday, September 02, 2004  }

.:{If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for everything}:.

Friends, Americans, countrymen,

Lend me your eyes!

I come to bury pornography, not to praise it!

I received an email today from Patrick McGrath of Morality in Media, Inc. based in NYC, introducing me more extensively to their websites, saying that "both of our sites have other resources on treatment and healing. We are also extensively linked on Dads.org."

Excellent! I have great faith in Dads.org, and looking at their website makes me very happy.

Obscenitycrimes.org -- "A resource for educating the public and for reporting possible violations of obscenity laws"

Notice the link between pornography and violent sex crimes. Many many examples from actual police reports -- concrete evidence, not made-up psycholgy stuff.

And how YOU can get involved and do your part to protect men, women and children against the harmful effects of pornography: ask your Representative to support H. Con. Res. 298, which can be read by going to thomas.loc.gov and typing in "H. Con. Res. 298". I think it's a really good resolution, so I shall post it at the end of the post.

But -- write a letter! They *really do* work and help and you're getting involved and standing up for what you believe in. Even if you don't believe in it, or believe in anything, do it for the other people you'll be helping by printing out a form letter, writing, then signing your name and spending 30-howevermany cents on postage. I tell you what, if you do that, I will personally mail you a stamp to make up for the cost of postage that you spent sending that one dinky little letter.

You think I'm kidding. Take a picture, show me it went out, and I'll do it.

I am proud to say that my Representative, Virgil Goode of the 5th district of Virginia, is a supporter of H. Con. Res. 298! I think I'll name my first child H. Con Res. 298...

The President is also in support of this an anti-obscenity whatsits ...

And it just gets better on Obscenitycrimes.org (though, that is a very odd statement...) there is help for parents, help for porn victims and addicts, the porn problem and solutions, and a very very interesting section on Porn and the First Amendment.

Excellent source. I don't have time to go into it too in-depth right now, but I *did* just call (from Italy) my representative and tell him I was in support of H. Con. Res. 298 and thanked him for being a supporter too.

Go to house.gov to find your representatives and get involved today! This is your privilige as an American -- don't throw it away!

And don't forget to register to vote!!!


Expressing the sense of Congress supporting vigorous enforcement of the Federal obscenity laws. (Introduced in House)



1st Session

H. CON. RES. 298

Expressing the sense of Congress supporting vigorous enforcement of the Federal obscenity laws.


October 8, 2003

Mr. SULLIVAN (for himself, Mr. AKIN, Mr. BARTLETT of Maryland, Mr. BOOZMAN, Mr. BRADY of Texas, Mr. CANNON, Mr. CHABOT, Mrs. JO ANN DAVIS of Virginia, Mr. DOOLITTLE, Mr. ENGLISH, Mr. FORBES, Mr. FRANKS of Arizona, Mr. GOODE, Mr. GOODLATTE, Ms. HART, Mr. HAYES, Mr. HOSTETTLER, Mr. HUNTER, Mr. JONES of North Carolina, Mr. MILLER of Florida, Mrs. MYRICK, Mr. OSBORNE, Mr. PENCE, Mr. PICKERING, Mr. PITTS, Mr. RYUN of Kansas, Mr. SESSIONS, Mr. SHIMKUS, Mr. SOUDER, Mr. TERRY, Mr. STEARNS, Mr. TIAHRT, Mr. VITTER, Mr. WELDON of Florida, Mr. WICKER, Mr. WILSON of South Carolina, and Mr. WOLF) submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


Expressing the sense of Congress supporting vigorous enforcement of the Federal obscenity laws.

Whereas the Supreme Court in Miller v. California, 413 U.S. 15 (1973) held that obscene material is `unprotected by the first amendment' (413 U.S. at 23) and that obscenity laws can be enforced against `hardcore pornography' (413 U.S. at 28);

Whereas the Miller Court stated that `to equate the free and robust exchange of ideas and political debate with commercial exploitation of obscene material demeans the grand conception of the first amendment and its high purposes in the historic struggle for freedom.' (413 U.S. at 34);

Whereas the Supreme Court in Paris Adult Theatre I v. Slaton, 413 U.S. 49 (1973) recognized that there are legitimate governmental interests at stake in stemming the tide of obscene materials, which include--

(1) protecting `the quality of life and total community environment' (413 U.S. at 58);

(2) protecting `public safety' (413 U.S. at 58);

(3) maintaining `a decent society' (413 U.S. at 59-60);

(4) protecting `the social interest in order and morality' (413 U.S. at 61); and

(5) protecting `family life' (413 U.S. at 63);

Whereas Congress, in an effort to protect these same legitimate governmental interests, enacted legislation in 1988 to strengthen Federal obscenity laws and in 1996 to clarify that use of an interactive computer service to transport obscene materials in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce is prohibited;

Whereas the 1986 Final Report of the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography found that `increasingly, the most prevalent forms of pornography' fit the description of `sexually violent material' (p. 323) and that `an enormous amount of the most sexually explicit material available' can be categorized as `degrading' to people, `most often women' (p. 331);

Whereas the Internet has become a conduit for hardcore pornography that now reaches directly into tens of millions of American homes, where even small children can be exposed to Internet obscenity and older children can easily find it;

Whereas a national opinion poll conducted in March 2002 by Wirthlin Worldwide marketing research company found that 81 percent of adult Americans say that `Federal laws against Internet obscenity should be vigorously enforced';

Whereas a May 2, 2002, report from the National Academies' National Research Council stated that `aggressive enforcement of existing antiobscenity laws can help reduce children's access to certain kinds of sexually explicit material on the Internet';

Whereas on April 16, 2002, the United States Supreme Court in Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition invalidated a Federal law aimed at `virtual child pornography';

Whereas vigorous enforcement of obscenity laws can help reduce the amount of `virtual child pornography' now readily available to sexual predators; and

Whereas it continues to be the desire of the People of the United States of America and their representatives in Congress to recognize and protect the governmental interests recognized as legitimate by the United States Supreme Court in Paris Adult Theatre I v. Slaton, 413 U.S. 49 (1973): Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of Congress that the Federal obscenity laws should be vigorously enforced throughout the United States.
posted by Lauren, 2:36 PM | link | 0 comments

.:{Score one for Protest Girl!}:.

Huzzah! Apparently much of the cast of the Lysistrata is also upset about the content of the play. Concerns can be voices 8pm at rehearsal tonight, and many cuts are being made. Yaaay!

And furthermore, JohnE in Florence, where the heck are you and why don't you answer your phone!?
posted by Lauren, 12:51 PM | link | 0 comments

.:{More words from cadets}:.

Last weekend, I believe, was Ring Weekend up at West Point. Ring Weekend (one of two formal events, and one of four BIG events for the firsties) is when firsties (the first class, seniors) receive their class ring. The concept of class rings actually originated at West Point, and West Point officers are called "ringers".

Hearing about Ring Weekend from plebes is hysterical. Hearing about Ring Weekend from firsties is cool. I'm very lucky to have at least one friend in both classes.

For plebes, it provides the only opportunity for the fourth class to haze the first class, via the "ring poop". The ring poop (video here) is as follows:

Oh My Gosh, Sir/Ma'am!
What a Beautiful Ring.
What a crass mass of brass and glass.
What a bold mold of rolled gold.
What a cool jewel you got from your school.
See how it sparkles and shines?
It must have cost you a fortune.
May I touch it?
May I touch it please, Sir/Ma'am?

At this point, the plebes can scuff the shoes of the firsties, among other things. ;)

Some words from a firstie:

I was afraid that I wouldn't like my ring, but when I opened up the box I gasped at how beautiful it looked. It felt great putting on the ring, and I still can't help holding up my hand admiring it

After the ceremony I took a bunch of pictures with my family and friends, and then headed back to the barracks. They didn't allow the plebes to do the ring poop outside this year, but there was a 30 minute time span that they could do it in the barracks. I must have been stopped 6 or 7 times just going up the stairs by plebes doing the ring poop.

Ring Weekend is one of those "tradition" things at West Point that's been going on forever. If it's weird, one can chalk it up to "it's tradition!"

In the library, there is a display case with the rings of deceased graduates who have donated them -- I believe they have one from almost every class year since the tradition began.

The next big event for the firsties is branch night, in which they find what branch of the Army (armor, military intelligence, chemical, field artillery, signal, adjutant general, infantry -- a.k.a. "idiot sticks") they will be assigned to for their required 5 years of service. After that and after they return for Military Intercession in early January, they will chose their posts, and then they have 100th night (100 nights until graduation) and then they graduate!!!!

Hey plebes, how short is the first class? ;)
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{Wednesday, September 01, 2004  }


Though all plebes everywhere and nULLs and Rats and MSIs whatever they call them at the Citadel suck... If you think your plebes are ate up, third classmen, dig this:

After dinner, we went to Meet Your Calic. It was just like last year; the senior got called down, then her nULLs, with much hugging and pictures. I was standing in a group at the beginning, and one of the nULLs went by us, *waved* at us, and said cheerily, “Hello, ma’ams!” We could only stare after her in dumbfoundment. Forsythe told me that if it was her nULL who had waved, she would give me permission for a private sweat party with her. :-P I’m sure the sophomores say this every year, but it’s really true: the nULLs aren’t getting it hard enough. Even Ms. Spalding told me that they’re a “weak” class. Too many people were dropping at the beginning of Cadre Week, so they toned it down (only 5 push-ups at a time? Puh-lease), only now the nULLs are complacent. After the induction parade, I counted six nULLs who walked right past my table (which had several other ma’ams around it at the time) without stopping or greeting us. *grumble* I’ve seen a few nULLs so far this morning; one didn’t stop as she greeted me, so I just said, “Remember to come to attention,” as we passed. I think that showed restraint on my part. :-P

Walking priviliges to Palisades are nothing...
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.:{Sophomores, Yuks, Corporals}:.

This is my second year at college. It really doesn't feel like it.

Right now, my friends at West Point who are my age are yuks with their own plebes under them (okay ... I only have one friend *my age* at USMA). Alice at VWIL is CDT Corporal Piepenburg. Other friends at West Point are cadet officers. I know the CO of E2. ;)

And here I am, still working on my adolescent fears and attitudes and I-just-wanna-get-along. :P

I was really impressed by what Alice has been writing in her journal -- she is the S-1 in charge of demerits (heheh), and ERS, a peer advisor, and Lord knows what else. But here is her words of wisdom from the other side of the fence:

After waking them up, Trotter, Hinkle and I waited downstairs while the nULLs got ready. Once they got down, I got to march them for the first time. It was awesome. [G] I corrected their alignment, told them to stay on step, asked for cadence...everything that our sophomores used to have to do to us. Everything’s a lot different on the other side of Rites; I understand now why our sophs said the things they said, were tough on us when they were, and behaved the way they did. Things that seemed trivial as a nULL are now major acts of disrespect. It’s amazing. [G]...

[after a screw-up by some other ERS cadets]...

The general gathered all the ERS and chewed us out in his office for ten minutes about the importance of being on ERS; that it wasn’t just another position we had, but the responsibility of the nULLs’ health, safety, and even lives on our hands. I had no problem with being yelled at, because it was irresponsible and looked really bad to the nULLs. My annoyance stemmed from the fact that this particular nULL had been to see me the night before to tell me that she suffered from panic attacks, and she neglected to mention that she had asthma. As a result, even if the ERS had been there, they wouldn’t have been prepared to deal with that *kind* of emergency from her. It made me wonder just how many other nULLs didn’t come tell me about things like asthma or allergies, despite me saying specifically that they were to come see me if they had a medical condition that could conceivably interfere with their participation in PT. *grr*

[after an inspection]
...Once we were done inspecting, we still had a lot of time to fill, so Trotter and I kept them occupied with drill, motivational cheers and jodies, correcting each others’ uniforms, and light quizzing. At one point, all the nULLs took a knee to drink from their canteens. I saw one nULL who looked like she was struggling a bit, so I went to her and asked her what was wrong. She told me wryly that she was sore because they had run 3 miles at PT that morning. I, however, discovered that I have a mean streak when I replied to her, “Ah, the easy run, hmm?” Her jaw dropped, but I smiled at her, so she knew I was teasing.

I wish I had had the opportunity for that kind of close-leadership... and hopefully I shall! Better, if West Point accepts me (*prays*), I shall have the opportunity to have that kind of contact with others under me, when I'm a third classman/yuk/cadet corporal/sophomore (all over again).

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.:{General Reactions}:.

FYI general reactions to the Lysistrata around campus seem to be the following:

"...look how raunchy this is! ... COOL!"
"... *shocked* It's raunchy! Hey, that's hysterical"
"... psst, read this really nasty passage..."

Yeah. Let's discover the mysteries of the universe in this play. :P Nobody cares, we do enough of that in class. Nobody is taking it for whatever other people assert Aristophanes' higher message is.

We're undergraduates. It's not appropriate for us.
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One week in Rome and I'm homesick for a familiar face! If you're on IM, IM me! Especially around, uh, 5-6am and 2-6pm Eastern time. [G]
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