You Know It Makes Sense
It’s the political season again, so here’s a word from the British group ideally suited for our times, the Official (mind you) Monster Raving Loony Party. To start with, they’ll refuse to join the Euro, but instead offer to let everyone else join the Pound.
We’ll continue to trade with Europe, but we’ll keep our British way of life. We will Close the Channel Tunnel, Recall all our Euro MPs, reinstate the Gallon and dispose of the Kilogram. We like our Loony weights which aren’t divisible by ten. If the Europeans can’t cope with anything other than decimal, then let them stay in Europe. In keeping with the European position on everyone carrying Identity cards, it’s proposed that a law be introduced compelling everyone to carry very small mirrors so that when asked they can look in the mirror and identify themselves.
Spoken like a true Loony. Send back the Europop MP3s, while we’re at it.
Why can’t we have something this sensible on our side of the Atlantic? I could count the Canadian Rhinos, devoted to “putting the Party back in Political Party”, though I think they’re more about drinking and throwing up than the Loonies are.
Here in Massachusetts, we already have many unofficial loony politicians, of course.
The Hall of Infamy reveals what John Schultz is up to when not blogging or rehearsing: a crime spree with Furious George. His score: 5853 points from 61 offenses in 11 states. And that doesn’t even include his Anti-Globalization Anarchist Crime Points.
VOTF wants “democracy”, except when it doesn’t
Greg spotted this one over at HMS: the vote at a Worcester, Mass., meeting proposing a new VOTF chapter fell short of the required two-thirds majority. Under the rules, the proposal did not pass. So the supporters said: to H— with the vote, and started their chapter anyway. Sure, give us power; trust us.
Study finds youth holding more “conservative” views than parents’
The survey says: the moral compass of young adults and teenagers is turning a little differently than their parents’ did. Sometimes it’s more in a pro-life and pro-religion direction:
Political science professors Merrill Shanks and Henry Brady of the University of California, Berkeley, found the generation gap was most pronounced on issues such as school prayer – on which 69 percent of teenagers surveyed said it should be allowed, compared to 59 percent of adults 27 to 59.
When it came to federal funding of faith-based charities, 59 percent of college-aged adults supported it along with 67 percent of younger teenagers. That compares to 40 percent of adults in the older age bracket.
On the issue of abortion, 44 percent of those 15 to 22 supported restrictions while 34 percent of adults over 26 shared that feeling.
Livin’ on the Fringe
Amy Welborn, not usually a part of the More Traditionalist Than Thou Dept., suggests breviary.net to those who like to say the Office “in traditional language”. Unfortunately, the site also comes with some untraditional resistance to papal authority. The so-called Confraternity behind the site rejects both Pope Paul VI’s and Pope Pius XII’s liturgical reforms and all the saints’ days added after Pius XII (see para. 4.3 and 4.4).
That puts them in an odd position: they agree that Pope Pius had the authority to add saints’ days to the calendar, but they reject his authority to move feasts or otherwise modify the rites. Maybe this is a variation on RadTrad thinking that I haven’t seen before.