Month: January 2016

Earthquake Relief

A big earthquake with the strength of 8.1 on the Richter scale hits the Middle East.

Two million Muslims die and over a million are injured.

Iraq, Iran and Syria are totally ruined and the governments don’t know where to start with providing help to rebuild.

The rest of the world is in shock.

Britain is sending troops to help keep the peace.

Saudi Arabia is sending oil & monetary assistance.

Latin American countries are sending clothing.

New Zealand and Australia are sending sheep, cattle and food crops.

The Asian countries are sending labor to assist in rebuilding the infrastructure.

Canada is sending medical teams and supplies.

President Trump is sending back two million replacement Muslims.… Read the rest

Meyers

A Brooklyn artist is planning an exhibition this weekend where she will sit naked on a toilet for 10 hours in the middle of a gallery and will invite patrons to sit on a second toilet across from her. The exhibition is called “My Worst Nightmare.”… Read the rest

Conan

Chipotle is now being accused of gender discrimination. A spokesperson for Chipotle said, “That’s not true, we serve both E. coli and She. coli.”

People are very upset because in a new movie Michael Jackson is going to be played by a British white man. The producers said, “We didn’t want to cast a white man, but we’d like to get nominated for an Oscar.”

An analyst for Time magazine says the key to the survival of the Republican Party is bringing in young women. When told this, Bill Clinton said, “Hey man, that’s the key to every party.”… Read the rest

Saturday

Trump

Would I vote for Trump in the Republican primary? Probably not, for the simple reason I don’t plan on voting at all. But if I were to vote, I’d be tempted to vote for the Donald.

Yes, I agree with everything Catholic Vote recently pointed out:

Donald J. Trump left his first wife and married his mistress, only to leave her a few years later for another mistress. Reportedly he left his second wife by leaking the news to a NY newspaper and left the headline on the bed for his wife to find. In his book, The Art of the Deal, Trump bragged about having sex with many women, including some who were married. He has appeared on the cover of Playboy Magazine with a model wearing only his tuxedo jacket. He has mocked the disability of a NY Times reporter. He belittled John McCain for being a prisoner of war. His casino in Atlantic City was the first in the country to open up a strip club. His Twitter account is a running barrage of insults, lies, and personal attacks on anyone who disagrees with him. And did we mention he famously cheats at golf? Now who does that remind you of?

He’s hardly the man you want in office.

But I also agree with this observation from H.L. Mencken, which in 2016 rings true far louder than it did 80 years ago when Mencken wrote it: “…going into politics is as fatal to a gentleman as going into a bordello is fatal to a virgin.”

I mean, let’s face it: If a politician wins the presidency, you know he has the … Read the rest

Friday

monkey47

You’re looking at one of the neater Christmas presents I’ve ever received: Monkey 47 Gin.

An incredibly fun gin that serves the purpose of getting sozzled better than all others. Haling from the Black Forest in Germany, the name comes from the number of botanicals that go into this unique gin, and the fact it’s bottled at bedtime-inducing 47% proof. Palate-wise it’s complex (there are 47 tastes inthere!), woody,spicey, fruity and herby. Pretty much everything a gin can be. Link.

My eldest son, Alex, bought it for me. He learned that a big liquor store in Battle Creek carried it, so Marie stopped in there on one of her holiday shopping trips. She looked and looked. Couldn’t find it. She asked the clerk. He said they didn’t carry it. She insisted that at least one website said they had it. Finally, the manager came out and said, “Oh wait. It’s over here.”

He then took out keys and walked over to a locked cabinet that, Marie learned, holds their rare and exotic bottles. He handed the Monkey 47 to her, remarking it was really expensive gin.

My bottle is about 24 ounces. I haven’t opened it yet. I’m waiting for a really (really, really) special occasion when I can open it with Alex. So how special would the occasion have to be? Here’s a Top Ten list that I quickly cobbled together:

Events that Would Prompt Me to Break the Monkey 47 Seal

10. Fox Sports One finally gets its act together and makes a real bid to overthrow the diehard-leftist ESPN’s hegemony over sports.
9. A true-blue libertarian wins the presidency.
8. Obamacare … Read the rest

Feast Day of St. Thomas

praying-in-the-presence-of-our-lord-aquinas

I’ve read a fair amount writing by St. Thomas Aquinas, at least when compared to what I’ve read of other authors. When compared to how much he wrote, I’ve read only a little. I have, however, read a lot about Aquinas. I’m not sure I have a favorite biography: Chesterton’s Dumb Ox, obviously, ranks up there, as does Ralph McInerny’s excellent St. Thomas Aquinas (unfortunately, I didn’t much care for his A First Glance at St. Thomas Aquinas). Pieper’s Guide to Thomas Aquinas is also great.

I do, however, have a favorite passage from my STA biographical reading. It comes from Pieper’s The Silence of St. Thomas:

The man who does not use his reason will never get to that boundary beyond which reason really fails. In the work of St. Thomas all ways of creaturely knowing have been followed to the very end–to the boundary of mystery. And the more intensely we pursue these ways of knowledge, the more is revealed to us–of the darkness, but also of the reality of mystery.

My recently-acquired skepticism is directed primarily at worldly things: statistics, the credibility of news stories, experts (especially economic), the government, science. But let’s face it, when it comes to matters of the ultimate, we need to be skeptics first.

But humble skeptics. … Read the rest

Fallon

Last night CNN hosted a Democratic forum where Hillary Clinton said that if she’s elected she wants to work together with Republicans and even said she’d give them all bear hugs. By bear hugs she means like the ones you saw in “The Revenant.”… Read the rest