Odds & Ends: May 2004 Archives

The first principle: a thing cannot be and not be at the same time.

"Those who deny the first principle should be flogged or burned until they admit that it is not the same thing to be burned and not burned, or whipped and not whipped."

Ancient Muslim philosopher

Apropos of nothing: Googlewar

From the Googlewar site, comparing the raw number of results from two Google queries:

"catholic" vs. "protestant"
results: 14,600,000 to 1,870,000

eucharist" vs. "communion"
632,000 to 2,260,000

"orthodox" vs. "heretical"
3,240,000 to 235,000

"eric" vs. "johnson"
24,400,000 to 32,300,000

"catholic light" vs. "catholic darkness"
13,500 to 41

"folk music" vs. "good music"
2,570,000 to 1,640,000

"Linux" vs. "Microsoft"
108,000,000 to 101,000,000

"folk music" vs. "plainchant"
2,570,000 to 13,400

"weak soldier" vs. "strong marine"
199 to 3,650

I'm still alive!

Hi folks, although I haven't been blogging much lately, I'm still alive! Sonya and the girls are back in Canada now, so I wanted to spend as much time with them as I could before they went back. I'm scheduled to drive back in another five weeks with all our stuff...

On another note, I've now finished two of three book I have coming out in the fall. So between packing and watching vampire movies (more on that later), I've been doing a lot of writing and editing. The first book I have coming out this fall is co-authored with Patrick Madrid, and concerns the SSPX schism. Our Sunday Visitor is publishing it.

The second, which was also a lot of fun, is called Surprised by Canon Law. My buddy Michael Trueman (another lay canonist) and I slapped together 150 of the most common questions we receive from fellow laity concerning canon law. So it is very much a canon law Q&A for the Catholic working man. It was a lot of fun to do so nobody, to our knowledge, has ever set out to write a canon law book for Catholic laity before, except on the topic of annulments. (We covered it, but we also cover a heck of a lot of other areas of interest to the laity as well).

Anyway, about the vampire movies. I'm thinking of doing another Catholic horror novel. Basically, one concerning the culture of death. Since vampires are an ancient literary metaphor for sexual immorality, I figured I would start there.

Consumerism watch

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Doesn't every sports fan need a home vending machine to help recreate the stadium atmosphere?

Well, not really.

However, if you are so inclined as to buy one through the linked image to the right, stblogs.org will get a kickback. :-)


Scottish Total Badasses

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A collective Catholic Light Total Badass award goes to the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, for eliminating 35 obstacles to peace on Earth:

OUTNUMBERED British soldiers killed 35 Iraqi attackers in the Army’s first bayonet charge since the Falklands War 22 years ago.

The fearless Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders stormed rebel positions after being ambushed and pinned down.

Despite being outnumbered five to one, they suffered only three minor wounds in the hand-to-hand fighting near the city of Amara.

Bad news for Michael Moore: scummy trial lawyers are suing Krispy Kreme for bad management.

This is another sign of moral decay. (As opposed to tooth decay, to be sure.) If the management was imprudent in their stewardship of the company, they will be punished by declining sales and, ultimately, by losing their jobs. That's a much more effective way to handle imprudence than involving Federal courts.

According to the story, it does not appear that the management was guilty of anything other than misjudging a market trend. Such things happen every day. They did not "cook the books," or steal company money for their personal use, or trade stock based on "insider information," or any other crime. They just didn't do a good job calibrating their business strategy to the low-carb diet fad.

That might be dumb, but is it wrong? Is it even illegal? Don't we all believe that "you can't legislate morality"? Apparently it's possible to litigate morality, or at least scummy trial lawyers think they should, for a decent cut of the settlement money.


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Photos from Mark Shea's visit to Michigan and Indiana, courtesy of Fr. Rob. More....

Bill White has announced a new blog about homeschooling, and a strange new goal in his personal life.



It's gotta be tough for some of these fringe devotional movements: sometimes a little twist in the story can bring it all to an end. Sometimes all it takes is the exposure of a misdeed, a heresy, a disobedience, and the group's following may evaporate very quickly.

How fragile is it all when the devotion is centered around a physical object: a rainbow-colored window in a bank building?

The era of Our Lady of Clearwater seems to have ended the night of February 29:

What? Who?

On life and living in communion with the Catholic Church.

Richard Chonak

John Schultz

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