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Monday, August 31, 2009

Congrats to Park View Little League All Star Team

...who yesterday won the Little League World series, beating out Chinese Taipei 6-3. 6500 little league teams from the US and around the world vied to get a spot in this 63rd classic played in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. They are from Chula Vista, Ca. - a bedroom community of San Diego.

Last time the county (El Cajon) took the title was in 1961.

Well done, guys. There will be a parade and rally for them this Friday in Chula Vista, and both the Padres and Chargers will honor the team in front of the home town fans.

Please pray for two firefighters who lost their lives

in the last few hours while fighting the huge fire 15 miles north of Los Angeles. Fire broke out Wed. and has been burning out of control. 2,800 firefighters, some from as far away as Montana and Wyoming, are working to put out the conflagration in the Angeles National Forest which is north of the city. The Flintridge-LaCrescenta area is most effected, and in the last few hours Mt. Wilson, where most of the city's television and communication towers are located is under threat, along with some 10,000 homes in the area. At least 6 towns were under evacuation orders.

Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord,

And let perpetual light shine upon them.

May their souls, through the mercy of God,

Rest in Peace.

[The picture above is one I took 3 years ago. The statue is one of two which sit on the grounds of the state capitol in Sacramento in honor of firefighters.]

Saturday, August 29, 2009

A little viewed Scene from Teddy's Funeral

The dope with the change brought along one of his minions to give Teddy a dirge for his send off below ground. How appropriate.
Vikings and Mary Jo Kopechne were unavailable for comment.

Kicking off the Weekend (unfortunately, not in the Country)

I'm too exhausted to bitch about zero trying to shut down the internet in time of emergency. Too bad he can't meet up with "someone brandishing a sword." The devil's companions know not whom they serve.

Friday, August 28, 2009

7 things I'd like to see happen

Mac tagged me on this:

"What are the seven things that we, as Catholics, want or would like to see happen?"

Here goes:

1) If someone like, oh, say a Kennedy should die, their entire horrid pro-abortion clan doesn't trot up to Communion. If they disagree with the church they should have the guts and integrity to admit they've lost the faith. If a priest knowingly gives Communion to someone like B. Hussein Obama or Nancy Pelosi or the entire horrid pro-abortion Kennedy clan, the bishop MUST suspend faculties of the priest. IF the bishop doesn't do HIS job, the pope retires the bishop to count the holes in the accoustical tile of the lowest catacomb. It's a scandal, and high time it stopped.

2) Just once, I'd like to see some priest who does the EF form of Mass give a girl or woman a shot at serving the Mass to prove to me that the EF isn't a museum piece locked into 1962. Minor orders are gone, and frankly, it was a silly term for the functions they performed. Holy Orders are actual sacraments, those 4 functions weren't -- and east/west couldn't make up their minds regards the sub-deacon, then playing "All boys club" for serving should stop. There's ONE set of canon law rules, and they should apply to the EF form too, frankly. If the server represents "the people" it's high time to realize that 50% of "the people" are women and a woman/or girl can represent the body of pew sitters as well as a guy can. Why should the boys be taught the latin with great care, when the girls get invited to iron the altar cloths? Feh. Who wants to do "holy housework" at 9? Ironing the cloths is important, and necessary, but not something you want to do at age 9.

3) Oh, and can we quit with the "silent canon." I want to hear what the priest says. Might be nice in preference to: barking dogs, lawn mowers, fog horns, crying children, and ice-cream trucks that go "ding-a-ling-a-ling." And the choir should SHADDUP too. These singing yahoos over the centuries were one of the reasons the priests became mute during the canon. Do your bit, and stop riding over every thing. I'm following what the priest is doing, not listening to a concert. And in a high mass: Face us for the epistle and gospel, Okay? Not to some mythical barbarian to the north. If you want to face barbarians, look at the people, or SOUTH for that matter, those Muslims hordes are out to overrun us all.

4) Re: Catholic education. Revamp the whole thing so students have a clue other than simple simon stuff. They have NO idea how to defend the faith.

5) Stop waiting so long to give confirmation. DO NOT MAKE THEM JUMP THROUGH HOOPS! NO SERVICE PROJECTS. It's a sacrament. Let the grace work. [Pet peeve. They WAIT until the kids are old enough to get "busy-busy." 16-18 is TOO LATE.]

6) In any parish church (I'm not speaking of places like St. Peter's those are special cases) if you can't find the tabernacle within 5 seconds of entering, the place should be razed or put to rights. Whichever liturgical "team" approved the hide-and-go-seek tabernacle placement shall be immediately be put in the stockades so people can throw rotten fruit at them. And after that they will be stripped naked, tarred and feathered, and ridden out of town on a rail.

7. NO TERRYCLOTH bathtowel "things" for the lavabo. Ever. I mean it. It's T*A*C*K*Y. And I want BELLS, dammit. I don't give a flying hoot what Todd Brown and his little sychophants say.

8. Remove almost all "options" from the NO Mass. EP 2 or 3 should NEVER be used on a Sunday. Any priest who tries to "improve" by adding things shall be shot. Immediately. No questions. Not necessarily shoot to kill. A kneecapping will be adequate on the first offense. EP I must be used at least 2 Sundays out of 4.

9. EMs and Lectors (and deacons and servers for that matter) SHALL.KNOW.WHAT.IN.HELL.THEY.ARE.DOING or they don't get the gig. Anyone leaving an unconsummed chalice on the credence table at the side until after Mass like an unfinished cocktail will be summarily executed. Deacons need to learn the right way to purify vessels because too many don't have a clue. I've seen it, it's nasty.

10. Any cantor who uses the phrase "gathering song" will get ONE "warning shot" over his/her head. If they do it again. Tarred and feathered and sent over to the unitarian church where they are all aging hippies and don't know any better. And I'm with Mac re: a lot of the newer songs from the hippy days. 86 them or at least get rid of the ones that are questionable or outright heretical. The guitars need to go too. As a nice gesture IF Silent night is sung ON Christmas a single acoustic guitar may be used, otherwise forget it. I've always hated that song anyway.

11. The USCCB should stop prattling about economics. They know next to nothing. Ditto re: illegal aliens. We are NOT obligated to give a free ride for life to every Tom, Dick and Harry who makes it over the border. (There are exceptions for people who would be religiously persecuted, etc. But I'm talking about 99% of them.) Bernardin's "seemless garment" is a crock of crap, it just gives pro-aborts license to vote for liberals.

12. Shut down any purple palace seminaries. You know what I mean.

13. Every parish should have weekly benediction available at least once a week.

14. Frisbee Hosts. Gone. For. Good. Immediately. Instantly if not sooner. This one might even be number one.

This is more than 7, but I was on a roll and I might think up more. Gotta run. Project Runway's on.

And if you want to do this meme, go for it. It's too much fun to tag only seven people. So if you see yourself on my blogroll consider yourself tagged if you think it will be fun to do. Besides, notifying everyone they've been tagged is a pain in the kazoo.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Congressman Moran('Rat-VA) asks for ID

Any bets this 'rat consistently votes against requiring anyone to show ID before voting?

Any bets he wouldn't have asked for a union thug's ID?

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Ted is Dead

I can't wait NOT to watch the funeral and will probably be avoiding TV for the next 2 weeks. I don't think I can bear the media caterwauling over him like 15 year old girls over a rock star who died of an overdose.

Mary Jo Kopechne could not be reached for comment.

I am delighted to note that Teddy's shuffling off the mortal coil puts a bigger roadblock in Zero's quest to foist on us a socialist health care system. Dear, Manipulative, Narcissistic Ted would not resign and let another fill his seat. He'd also finagled the Massachusetts state assembly to pass a law in 2004 that if a Mass. Senate seat becomes vacant, that it would NOT be the perogative of the governor (as is customary in most states) to appoint someone to fill the seat. In 2004 Teddykins thought Kerry had a hope in hell of beating Bush, and as Mitt Romney (Republican) was then governor, Teddykins was going to cry if Romney got to put a fellow republican in the senate seat (as would have been his right.)

Now a special election, 6 months from now, will have to be held. I'm delighted Teddykins put a knife in Zero's back by dying. Without Teddykins, Zero doesn't have a fillibuster proof senate for at least six months. By which time Zero's bill should be in hell too stoking the fires for Teddy.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Spot the Error in Today's Mass don't even need to be conversant with the EF form of the Mass, particularly. a kewpie doll.

[Hint: Aug 25 is the Feast of St. Louis]

Marine Vet serves up Mouth Full of Dirt to Congress Critter

Keep the heat up...

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Benediction 08-22-09

I don't know why more people don't go to Benediction. The sound isn't the hotest, but this little ceremony gives such a feeling of peace.

The perfect cruise ship for someone who gets seasick

Right in here in "America's Finest."

Sign Sign Everywhere a Sign

Saw this at the gas station the other day. [Not the Shell Station with the "fountain."] What's amusing is not so much that someone defaced it, but that apparently, this particular pump was right outside the cashier and he/she didn't notice the person altering it? How stoned were THEY?

Also, think about the person pumping the gas. How does their mind work to thing "hey, if I can just take out THESE particular letters....." What did they scratch them out with, a car key? I can't imagine this being something that had long term planning.

Instant Water Fountain

What's this you say? A water fountain next to a Shell station?

Yeah. All it requires is for some dumb bunny to hit the fire hydrant.

Women can do things "manfully" according to Jerome and the Hebrews

I enjoy comparing the propers for the EF form of the Mass. My 1920s missal does not have the "optional Mass to be used in Religious houses of the Visitation [the order St. Jane founded.]" Neither does the '62 Baronius press missal.

BUT the 40s "St. Mary's Missal" does have those Mass propers. (In addition to the usual ones.]

Here's the Offertory prayer for that EF Mass:

"Quia fecisti viriliter et confortatum est cor tuum, eo quod castitatem amavertis, et post virum tuum alterum nescieris: Ideo et manus Domini comfortavit te, it ideo eris benedicta in aeternum."

[Thou hast done manfully and they heart has been strengthened: because thou hast loved chastity and after thy husband hast not known any other: therefore also the hand of the Lord hath strengthened thee, and therefore thous shalt be blessed forever."]

I expect it's likely Jerome more or less transliterated the word.

The passage is from Judith 15, 11.

Gee, "viriliter" referring to something a woman can do. I guess the concept of a woman being able to suck it up and go in for the kill was not around such that they didn't have a similar word to apply to women.

There was also somewhere during lent where St. Jerome's translation of scripture said something about God not bending to the will of a man "vir." [Thereby leaving open the possiblility that God might bend to the will of a woman? Don't think that's what he meant. But there's a case of "vir" meaning mankind and not just males. I was saving that bit for Sept 30th when I can find it again!]

Whatever. It pays to look at ALL my missals. I get tidbits in one that I don't get in another.

Off to Mass. But I was amused this morning when I read it.

Friday, August 21, 2009

JC Is Lord, not a Swear Word

Now this is what I call a commitment.

H/T to Fr. John. Saw his blog post tonight, and forgot I had this one on ice from the other day!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Exhibit "A" of why I believe in applying the Death Penalty

Bleeding heart liberals.

"The terminally-ill Libyan convicted over the 1988 Lockerbie bombing was released on compassionate grounds from jail in Scotland Thursday, sparking joy in Tripoli but fury from the United States."

Full story here. Sure, sure, JPII, "the authorites" will keep these bastards under lock and key. Riiiight. NO ONE should believe those lying government pieces of crap.

I don't care how sick this guy is. He should DIE IN JAIL and not in the comfort of his bed. His victims did not have that option.
[BTW, this wouldn't have anything to do with a trade agreement between BP (British petroleum) and tapping natural gas in Libya would it? Nah.... Any takers that this POS will live longer than 3 months?]

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Bob Hope KNEW all about democrats...

Best laugh I've had in the last week.

(From Ghost Breakers, 1940)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

0ero thinks 1st amendment doesn't exist if you oppose him

From the New York Times: "BELGRADE, Mont. — President Obama on Friday accused some insurance companies of trying to undermine his plans for overhauling health care by “funding in opposition,” a comment that could inflame tensions at a time when Mr. Obama is hoping to keep insurers at the negotiating table."

Hey, Skippy, let's say what you are saying is 100% true. (And this time I hope it is.) You are not Hitler, or Stalin, or Fidel Castro. Yet. Pardon us all to hell and begone but people DO have right to spend their money however they want. And if health care insurers want to spend a boat load of money defending the health care industry, it's none of your damn business. So put away your brownshirt for now.

Keep your clown makeup, it suits you.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Assumption - and Change can be Good!

Here is about a 10 minute clip of this morning's Mass for the Assumption at St. Anne's Church, San Diego. St. Anne's is a personal parish which is solely dedicated to offering the Mass in the Extraordinary Form.

The video covers from the incensation just before the Lavabo (washing of the hands) to just before the "Nobis quoque peccatoribus..." in the canon. If you're new to the EF I highly recommend sitting in the same approximate seat I was, because you can see the priest's motions quite well with his blessings over the chalice etc. I have no idea how the people way the heck at the back left are in more than "ballpark." It was a missa Cantata. Half way between a low Mass and a High Mass. No subdeacon or deacon. But singing, and a fairly full completement of servers, incense and singing. The have a very good choir, it was nice to hear O Sanctissima towards the end of Mass.

I did notice one thing in particular, the Propers for the Mass, i.e. changeable parts, were completely different from the 1920s & 1940s to the ones given in the '62 Missal. For instance, the gospel reading in the 1920s was the story of Martha and Mary, and today's Mass had the gospel reading for the Visitation. [Every other proper, save the preface, was different too.] So sometimes these tweaks were for the better.

And WHAT IS WITH THE US Bishops saying today was NOT a Holy Day of Obligation? Either these bozos are serious about holy days, or they're not. Which is it? Then they act surprised when people don't show up for Holy Days. Is it any wonder people don't show up if the bishops take the attitude "oh, deary me, we'd be expecting them to show up for Mass two whole days in a ROW." It was my understanding that they would NOT muck around with Dec. 8th and Aug. 15th. Sucks to them.

The "Amazing Fr. G." [aka Fr. Carl Gismondi], also gave a very nice sermon, saying that the Assumption was the completion of her Conception. From her first moment of existence she was saved in a special way by God from the stain of sin, and her body did not become corrupt in death. She challenges us to keep to our own baptismal purity from stain of sin.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Police state on the Way

How many times in politcal campaigns, etc. do we see signs for this that and the other plastered all over cities? Yes, many cities don't let you post on public property, but do they send the police out after your butt?

They do if you diss "the won." WHO THE HELL DO THESE PEOPLE THINK THEY ARE?
"CLERMONT - Clermont police have interviewed one suspect who is admitting to putting up the dozens of posters pasted around the city depicting President Obama as the Joker character from the Batman film The Dark Knight, city officials confirmed.Assistant City Manager Darren Gray said city officials have an individual "admitting to putting up 500" of the posters.Clermont Police Capt. Eric Jensen said the male individual has admitted to putting up some signs, but investigators suspect others were involved and their investigation is continuing."We have talked to an individual," Jensen said. "He only admitted to some of it...We're still tracking down leads and talking to folks. We have not arrested anybody."
Full story here.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

0ero puts hoof in mouth - not surprising

From the "eloquent" lips of Chairman 0ERo: 'UPS and FedEx are doing just fine. It's the Post Office that's always having problems...'

Well, DUH....

Who the HELL do these people think they are?

And with 0eroCare, of course the 0eroJungen must get a proper start in of course government weenies are going to visit you if you have a newborn or are planning to deliver (if you're not "they're kind of people" on has to wonder if the government will encourage you to abort.)

From page 838 of the 0eroCare Bill, under the heading "home visitation programs for families with young children and families expecting children."

The programs (provided via grants to states) would educate parents on child behavior and parenting skills.

"well-trained and competent staff," would "provide parents with knowledge of age-appropriate child development in cognitive, language, social, emotional, and motor domains ... modeling, consulting, and coaching on parenting practices," and "skills to interact with their child to enhance age-appropriate development."

Again. WHO IN THE HELL do these "people" think they are?

Check out this column.

Just Plain Creepy

Happy Daymare....
Is it my imagination, or are there fewer Obomination bumper stickers seen around town?

See the following video, wherein a private citizen reports being visted by Obama thugs in the middle of the night to harass him after he critized Rep. Dingell in a town hall meeting.

This is how the 3rd Reich started. Why are the Obama forces trying to shove obamacare down our throats when they have already exempted themselves from the plan?

Sunday, August 9, 2009

New Enemies list from the Obominator

Samuel Huntington, Roger Sherman, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott, Thomas McKean, George Read, Caesar Rodney, Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton, Charles Carroll, Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, John Adams, Samuel Adams, Elbridge Gerry, John Hancock, Robert Treat Paine, Josiah Bartlett, Matthew Thornton, William Whipple, Abraham Clark, John Hart, Francis Hopkinson, Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, William Floyd, Francis Lewis, Philip Livingston, Lewis Morris, John Hewes, William Hooper, John Penn, George Clymer, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Morris, John Morton, George Ross, Benjamin Rush, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton, Edward Rutledge, William Ellery, Stephen Hopkins, Carter Braxton, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Jefferson, Francis Lightfoot Lee, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Nelson, Jr., George Wythe.

If you have to ask, you probably graduated from public skul.

0ero puts a spell on O'Reilly

Bill O'Reilly, normally a fairly conservative commentator on Fox News, apparently wrote the following for publication in Sunday's Parade Magazine.

""Barack Obama, a youngster in Hawaii without his parents around, has toughed it out and become one of history’s great stories, no matter what happens going forward,[...] What he has achieved in his 48 years is simply astounding. Consider the odds. The United States is a nation of more than 300 million citizens. Only one person is currently the Commander in Chief. That man had no fatherly guidance, is of mixed race, and had no family connections to guide him into the world of national politics. That adds up to one simple truth that every American child should be told: “If Barack Obama can become the President of the United States, then whatever dream you may have can happen in your life.""

Well, all I could think of when I heard this was:

[Hey, no flames, go yell at Screamin' Jay Hawkins]

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

No Joke -INFORM on your NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS if they Don't like ObamaCare

Here's another reason to despise all those 0ero Robots, the new ObamaFascists Yungen corps. The American Stasi. It's started. If you don't have a gun now, BUY ONE. And the ammo too. These freaks our out to RUIN your life if do not buy the White House's bullshit.

If the following paragraph, taken from THE WHITE HOUSE WEBSITE DOES NOT FRIGHTEN YOU, seriously, you must have had a lobotomy.

"There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to"


This is not a joke. I wish it were. Read the full story here. I'd put a link in here to the WH site, but go to the original story, the link the the Nazi House blog that has the paragraph is there.

How's that Dope with the "change" working out for the dummies?

What does the White House intend to DO with the information?

Shove that paragraph in every liberal's face in the office.

In case you were Living under a Rock or something...

Let's make sure this goes viral....

The whining pansies on the left are saying "Racists" --- thin skinned little milquetoasts were wetting their panties for 8 years depicting Bush as Hitler, a chimp, etc. --- but let their little hamster get the same treatment, they go crying to mommy.

It should have been obvious from the get-go that 0ero was never able to take a punch. The glass jawed Marxist freak of nature should have stayed the hell out of the kitchen if he couldn't take the heat.

He can take his Marxism and shove it right up where the moon don't shine.
And here's the proof that this freak wants to take away your health care that you have:

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mom

If my mother was still living, today would have been her 79th birthday. She died in '95, and truth be told I've never "gotten over it." I don't know if I ever could. I don't know that we're meant to. Last year I wrote a tribute to her virtues, but in reading over it now, I think I may have forgotten to give a picture of what a figure of pure FUN and delight my mother could be.

She grew up in a poor family in the 30s and 40s. Pictures of her from that time period are hard to come by, especially compared to the sheer number of pictures people take today. She's in her mid-teen here, rolled up jeans, posing with a baseball bat. She and her sisters all played softball growing up, in school and on teams. She picked up the love of the game from her immigrant father. For close to 30 years we had full season Padres baseball tickets. Dad and I were both huge fans of the game too -- but mom was the one who was the "go to" who remembered who was traded for whom, and all the statistical details. When each of my parents died, I ensured a ball that was caught at one of the games went in each casket. (Yes, we sat behind home plate, and yes I have a stash of them from over the years. Not a huge number, but more than most people come up with in a lifetime.)

Mom also LOVED to travel and was extremely down to earth and never put on airs. And she didn't have much truck with people who did. She loved to garden and had a green thumb I could only dream of having. [I think I got a recessive "kiss of death thumb" from somewhere, because dad also had a green thumb.] My mom was also very good at "fixing things" in the carpentry department. Also a talent she got from her dad. Her ONE, SOLE advice to me as in matters of love and marriage was "don't EVER fall in love with a salesman, because they can't fix squat." [Dad was a saleman, who couldn't fix squat, as you may have guessed.] But mom had "the golden hands." When I was growing up we'd wait for him to go on a business trip before we'd change out the screen doors. Dad would attempt to "help" and the job would take twice as long.

As for traveling she was always ready to go some where. She loved seeing new places and old favorites. She was my favorite companion to go to Europe with, which we did together a number of times. Also Hawaii was a big family favorite. We were always at our best as a family when on vacation.

My favorite travel story with her was this: We'd decided to take the hovercraft from France to England. [Do they still have that?!] She hated small, fine print, and had asked me to fill out her declaration form for her. I asked her (she'd who'd been a housewife ever since she married my father) "what profession do you want me to put down for you?" She said, "oh, 'housewife' is so dull -- just put down 'socialite.'" I snorted, she laughed and said "Well, I'M SOCIAL, why not?"

Why not indeed? So I duly filled it in on the form. An hour or so later we'd finally gotten to the front of the line at customs and stood before a beaming young British lady who was looking at our forms. I'd quite forgotten my mother's exchange with me (we'd been distracted and amused by two travellers trying to elbow their way by everyone -- rather unsuccessfully, I might add.) But almost out of the blue, the Custom's lady looked at my mother (who was wearing non-descript "mom jeans" and a pull over shirt, and she said: "What's it *like* being a socialite?" We all burst out in gales of laughter.

When they called a Spade A Mohammedan!

Meant to post this a few days ago. Readers of my blog know that I've taken to attending the EF form of the Mass on weekdays. It is a) quick b) Latin is fun c) close to work. Over the years, I've aquired a number of handmissals because a) I like history, and seeing how such things as the church calendar changed b) I like Missals c) they often contain lots of bits of interesting information.

Sometimes, it's fun to see how much less PC we were years ago.

Two of the Missals I have are "The New Marian Missal", published mid-1950s, and the 1962 Latin Missal which was recently published by Baronius press that relied heavily on the aforementioned Missal. I also just recently acquired a quite nice leatherbound "New..St. Joseph's Daily Missal and Hymnal" published in 1967, when the Mass was more a less fairly similar to the Mass of 62, with the big change being English, rather than Latin. In other words, most of the prayers were there just as before, save the Judica Me. [The offertory and the canon of which, they SHOULD have kept without "alternate prayer, IMO!]

But here's the fun thing: A lot of these missals have helpful tidbits of information. So before the Mass given they will tell you background information about a Saint re: his feast day, etc. Here is the '62 and '50s Missal introduction to July 31st - the feast day of Ignacious Loyola:

"Ignatius, courtier and knight, was wounded at the siege of Pampeluna ['62 say "Pampelona".] During his long convalesence, the reading of the lives of the saints, revealed to him that the church militant needed an army of glorius in her fight with the forces of Satan: pagan, Mohammedans, Protestants, Jansenists, etc. He founded the Society of Jesus and as first General of the new spiritual chivalry he moved to the attack under the motto: "Ad majorem Dei Gloriam.: - "To the greater glory of God." He died with the Holy Name of Jesus on his lips, A.D. 1556."

How much tamer the '67 St. Joseph's missal is. For the same date:

"St. Ignatius, born in 1491 at the regal castle of Loyola, Spain, became a famous courtier and knight in the court of Ferdinand V. Woulded in the siege of Pampeluna, he retired to Manresa to lead a life of prayer and contemplation. After being ordained a priest, he founded the Society of Jesus to fight the forces of Satan."


Also, I find out little historical bits re: the calendar changes. One of the missals I have is from the 1920s. I've been puzzled now, for some time, why the 1920s 99.99% all latin Missal did not have a Mass for "The Immaculate Heart of Mary" which is frequently said at St. Anne's. While the new Baronius press Missal I have is quite good for giving ALL the Latin, I'd dearly love to strangle the editors for having Masses that are "too flippy"(that and too many "instructions and explainations in the Mass text -- put those in a separate section, dummies.) "Too flippy means I have to mark just the propers in more than 3 places. Dudes! I don't have enough ribbons for that, and that much flipping is a, being familiar enough with the Ordinary of the Mass now -- a lot of times I will use just this old 20s missal -- if I've had time to go over the propers before hand so I don't have to do all the flipping. (And the extra commems. are right in there too!) It works quite well as this little hand missal will at most (save the preface) have but two places I have to mark for the propers. THEY seemed to have a clue that some things can be too darn "flippy." But the frustration was in not having that one Immaculate Heart of Mary Mass. Couldn't for the life of me figure out why....UNTIL only this past Saturday.

It had long been staring me in the face that the 20s missal, in the few English pages referred to the "New" Mass of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It had been around since the 1800s, but had only been made "Universal" to the Church not all that long before. That Mass was celebrated as the Octave day to Corpus Christi. Corpus Christi was always on a Thursday, and this Sacred Heart Mass for Jesus was celebrated 8 days later, i.e. the 2nd Friday after Corpus Christi. The Amazing Fr. G. of St. Anne's parish, San Diego, has always announced this Mass -- just before the Mass is said on a Saturday Mass for the BVM. Not, without a little internal groaning, because everyone who attends the Saturday Mass knows it's a "flippy Mass" and scrambles. I'd wondered why this Mass was for "Aug. 22." And suddenly a lightbulb went on. Instead of pouting that there was no complete Mass in the '20s Missal, it occurred to me to look and see what it said for August 22. Sure enough: it didn't have a Mass per se, BUT ding-ding-ding-we-have-a-winner. What it said was "die 22 Augusti - In Octava (Hey!!!!) Assumptionis B. Marie Vir. etc.(and then it had some commems." SOOOOOOOO.... This "new Mass" was in response to Our Lady of Fatima requesting a Mass to her Sacred Heart. And in the early 20s the visionaries were still being examined, etc. So this Mass was something that came about as a universal Votive Mass much later!

I still want to ring the necks of the Baronius press people though. Dudes, if you gotta go to more than 3 places, have the propers for the Mass (save preface) in two places, at most. ESPECIALLY if it's a Mass said frequently, like this one is. You can afford a tissue paper thin page or two extra!

Monday, August 3, 2009

6.9 Quake? Really? Didn't feel a thing.

I'm on my lunch break, and I just popped over to Drudge Report, and they are reporting a 6.9 quake struck in in Mexico quite a bit south (330 miles!) -- but that the west end of our downtown area felt it pretty good. One office reportedly had books fall off the shelves etc.

I guess it all depends where you're standing or sitting because I'm at the east end of downtown and none of us felt squat!

The quake was centered 300 some miles south of Tijuana, and 50 miles north of Santa Isabel in Baja. No reports of damage yet, but the epicenter was in an area in the strip of sea between Baja and the Mainland. So hopefully no loss of life or anything major.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Fr. John Boyle has a New Website

Fr. John Boyle, of St. Simon Stock in Ashford, Kent, now has a new website up:

Be sure to stop by and say "Hey there, hi there, ho there!" We've missed his personal blog - and of course he still maintains his parish blog as well. Fr. John is one of those multi-talented guys. (I was going to say "Renaissance man" but every way I spell "rennnnasssance" looks wrong.)

Priest, above all, seminary professor, canon lawyer, and he's got degrees in electrical engineering (which he's put to practical use!) and computer science. He can also say the Mass in Latin. He's probably too smart for his own good, but he doesn't come off that way. :-D

Glad to have you back in the land of general blogdom, Fr. John! Levate!

Shovel Ready

H/T to this thread on freerepublic for alerting me to this paragraph in the House Bill the Obominator wants to ram down our throats. These paragraphs are from an editorial in Investor's business daily.

"This administration, pledging to cut medical costs and for which "cost-effectiveness" is a new mantra, knows that a quarter of Medicare spending is made in a patient's final year of life. Certainly the British were aware when they nationalized their medical system.
The controlling of medical costs in countries such as Britain through rationing, and the health consequences thereof are legendary. The stories of people dying on a waiting list or being denied altogether read like a horror movie script.

The U.K.'s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) basically figures out who deserves treatment by using a cost-utility analysis based on the "quality adjusted life year."
One year in perfect health gets you one point. Deductions are taken for blindness, for being in a wheelchair and so on.

The more points you have, the more your life is considered worth saving, and the likelier you are to get care.

People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn't have a chance in the U.K., where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless.

The British are praised for spending half as much per capita on medical care. How they do it is another matter. The NICE people say that Britain cannot afford to spend $20,000 to extend a life by six months. So if care will cost $1 more, you get to curl up in a corner and die.

In March, NICE ruled against the use of two drugs, Lapatinib and Sutent, that prolong the life of those with certain forms of breast and stomach cancer.

The British have succeeded in putting a price tag on human life, as we are about to.

Can't happen here, you say? "One troubling provision of the House bill," writes Betsy McCaughey in the New York Post, "compels seniors to submit to a counseling session every five years (and more often if they become sick or go into a nursing home) about alternatives for end-of-life care (House bill, Pages 425-430)."

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Adam and Eve Unredacted

Time: 4 gazillion B.C.
Place: Garden of Eden
Dramatis Personae: Adam, the first dude; and Eve, the first woman - she has one more rib than he does; God - AKA "The Man Upstairs"

Act 1: Scene one [4:30 in the afternoon]

Adam: What's for dinner?
Eve: Liver and onions.
Adam: We just HAD liver and onions 2 days ago!
Eve: It was on sale.
Adam: You KNOW onions give me gas.
Eve: Oh. Phew. Light a match, baby. How about Left over Venison and Chitlins?
Adam: DAMMIT, WOMAN, I am SICK and TIRED of the SAME THING night after NIGHT !
Eve: YOU try coming up with something new every day of the year!
Adam: Look, for ONCE in your life, can you just SUPRISE me?

Act 1: Scene two [same day 6:30 in the evening]

Adam: Where've YOU been?
Eve: Look I went out and brought you back something you've NEVER eaten before, so kwitcherBitchin'!
Adam: But, but THAT's the "forbidden fruit!!!" I KNOW you were there when The Man Upstairs said NOT to eat that.
Eve: Well, you're so damn smart, you know everything, what difference could it possibly make?
Adam: Point taken. [Takes a bite and offers it to Eve, fade to black]

Act 2: Scene 1
[2 nanoseconds later - sound thunder, lightening]

GOD: HEY!!!!!
Adam: [to EVE] GET DRESSED!!!! QUICK!!!
Eve: What's "dressed?"
Adam: [all out of breath] It's where people aren't buck nekkid and they have something covering themselves....
Eve: IT REACHED 110F in the SHADE IN BASRA the OTHER DAY! Why would somebody do something so stupid?!?!
[Eve grabs a fig leaf]
Adam and Eve: [trying to look nonchalant] So what brings You here?
Adam: [feigning ignorance] I dunno what you mean.
Adam: All right, so we're busted!
GOD: Why'd you get dressed like that in a hurry, don't you know it was 110F in Basra the other day? Geez, and Eve thought you "knew everything." Dummy. For your penalty, you both have to remained dressed. Eve, you vixen temptress, you, not only do you have to remained dressed get into this burqua.
GOD: That's YOUR problem. BTW, have fun with the hot flashes, I'm outta here. Keep away from my tree of knowledge!!!
Eve: Hot flashes? What are Hot flashes?
GOD: BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA!!!!!!! [poof, He's gone]*

Act 2, Scene 2

Adam: Hey, good lookin', so what's cookin' now that the Man be gone?
Eve: Liver and onions...don't START with me....

* - proof positive that God is male - no woman, no matter how vindictive, would have dreamed up "hot flashes" and inflicted it on another woman.
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