Month: May 2017


Miscellaneous Rambling

Ceiling. TrastevereCorrection: Providence College is not Jesuit. It’s Dominican. I guess I just assumed it venerated the black pope: it has a good basketball team and it’s Leftist. My apologies.

Ceiling. TrastevereSpeaking of Dominicans, I guess they’re fond of this joke: The Dominicans were established to fight the Albigensians. The Jesuits were formed to fight the Protestants. How many Albigensians do you see around anymore?

Ceiling. TrastevereI heard that on The Eric Metaxas Show. If you’re not listening to his podcast, you’re missing out. It’s one of the most joyful and enjoyable podcasts out there.

Ceiling. TrastevereIf I have troubles falling back to sleep after waking up in the middle of the night, I stream EWTN Radio Classics. Last night, it was playing a speech by Fr. Larry Richard. Fr. Larry is great. He’s not really my cup of tea, but I agree with almost everything he says. But last night, I think I heard him say that, if one of his parishioners does the Judas Shuffle (leaves Mass after receiving communion but before the final blessing), he tells them not to come back. Did I hear that right? I’m concerned I may have dreamt it, but doggone it, I think that’s what he said. If so, I believe Fr. Larry is over-stepping quite a ways. I’ve talked with a few good priests who definitely condemned the Judas Shuffle, but firmly maintained that it doesn’t negate … Read the rest


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Ceiling. TrastevereThe poster boy for intolerance, Anthony Esolen, is this year’s commencement speaker at Hillsdale College. Good for him. I don’t know him personally, but by all accounts, he’s a real decent guy. What the Leftist robots at Providence did to him is (yet another) permanent black mark on the Jesuits (“[H]ad I been subjected to the things Tony has recently had to endure at Providence College, I’d be locked up in jail or the loony bin.” Brad Miner).

Ceiling. TrasteverePaul Sperry on the real reason Comey was fired: His refusal to get to the bottom of the Obama leaks of highly-classified information.

Ceiling. Trastevere“The filing made Thursday in General Sessions court, states that a permit had been issued to operate a church at 520 Lentz Ave in Madison, but instead the owners have been operating a sex club.” Link. I’m sure there’s some verse in the Bible that supports the operation.

Ceiling. Trastevere“Stuff You Should Know” might be the most popular podcast. I haven’t listened to many episodes, but last weekend I listened to their discussion about the Shroud of Turin. Although they conclude largely in favor of the skeptics, I found their analysis pretty fair overall. I was impressed enough that I have downloaded additional episodes to listen during my long hours of getting the Site ready for planting. … Read the rest



I was absolutely swamped at the office last week, so when Trump fired Comey, I didn’t have time to read anything about it at first. Instead, I simply caught blurbs here and there. I was thinking, “Boy, it really looks like Trump did it this time. This looks terrible. Everyone thinks he did it to cover up the Russian thing.”

And then that evening, I clicked on the Rush Limbaugh analysis and saw he was laughing at “everyone” (as I perceived it from reading the mainstream media):

This has gone beyond mere political posturing. These people on the left — led by the media and the Democrat Party and the political apparatus — I’m telling you, are sick. I have never seen… I wasn’t thinking about it last night. I’m 66 years old. I have been following politics honestly since I was 10. I’m not kidding. I have seen unhinged behavior. I have seen the wild allegations that Democrats make and repeated. I have never seen this degree of collective insanity. I have never seen this degree of so many people literally being out of touch, devoid reality, and unhinged. . . .

They really believe Trump fired Comey because he might have been getting close, under the asinine belief that firing Comey’s gonna stop the investigation? How many investigations are there? The House has one. The Senate has one. The FBI’s got their own.

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Gavin McInnes’ latest. Just another reason why every racist allegation is now simply a farce. You might as well accuse someone of being an alien in possession of an earthling’s body. Might it be true? Perhaps, but there is no way to know and the allegation is almost always totally bogus and always meaningless because no one knows what “racist” means any more:

Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones claimed people were calling him nigger. What a pile of horseshit. If a fan yelled that word from their seat at a baseball game, the only people not attacking the guy would be busy having a stroke. A quick check-in with people who were at the game confirms our suspicions. Jones is just another social justice warrior feeding off the myth that America is a racist hellhole.

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Wow, full-on life blitz: office, family, garden. Every May, I say, “This May won’t be so brutal like the past.” And every May, I’m wrong. The number of obligations is stunning . . . and wearying. Fortunately, I continue to make time for a few weekday Masses and a few weekday drinks.

Last night, I took the family bowling, with eldest daughter Abbie and her boyfriend. It went well . . . because I won (178, 138, 169). The three Animator drinks from the bar helped, too. It was rum, blue curacao, Midori, sweet and sour mix, and a few other things. I’ll have to write down the ingredients and experiment with the recipe.

I don’t have anything for BYCU today. If you didn’t notice, I’m not even getting this post up until Friday afternoon. I normally have these put together a day or two ahead of time, but it simply wasn’t possible this week.

I hope to start forming beds at the Site this weekend, but a conference track meet and wedding (both out of town a little ways) are making it dubious. The tractor guy pounded up the ground, but it’s going to take a lot of hoeing to make those huge black chunks of soil into pristine ground.

Good thing I have lots of vodka stored up. … Read the rest


From the Gardening Journals

The garden chronicles continue. On Monday, I got a half acre scraped off, which I was stoked to see. I then went out right after work to start churning the soil.

I ran into a phenomenon that locals call “Sturgis top soil.” I guess it’s highly unusual: Incredibly rich soil, but packed hard as a rock. I couldn’t come close to penetrating it with a Johnny’s broadfork (jumping on it, jiggling, swearing). I started hacking at a small section with a peasant hoe. I then went back at it with a broadfork . . . and got stymied. I then hacked it with a peasant hoe, then jumped on the broadfork . . . and got stymied.

After 20 minutes and a sheen of sweat, I had churned up a 3’x3′ area, only four inches deep. I then called the guy who scraped it and asked if he could find me someone with a commercial-grade tiller. I’m still waiting, but I’m told he found someone.

With any luck, I can start forming beds on Saturday morning and planting on Sunday. We’ll see. It’s been quite the parade of setbacks. … Read the rest


Dorothy Day

“Live all you can, as complete and full a life as you can find—do as much as you can for others. Read, work, enjoy—love and help as many souls, do all this. Yes, but remember, be alone, be remote, be away from the world, be desolate. Then you will be near God!” Friedrich Von Hugel. (From Dorothy Day’s Diaries.)… Read the rest


More Miscellaneous Rambling

Ceiling. TrastevereSo, you don’t know much about the Armenian genocide? You might want to consider learning about it. Incredibly sad. It was recently the subject of a Tom Woods Show podcast, which I recommend.

Ceiling. TrastevereThis kind of thing really grates on me: The government is going to counter ‘misinformation’ about GMO foods. The new bill allocates “$3 million to ‘consumer outreach and education regarding agricultural biotechnology,’ which includes genetic engineering of food and commodity crops.” As I’ve explained previously, I have no sweaty ideological horse in the GMO debate. All my annuals are non-GMO, but I do it as a way of diversifying: Everything around me is GMO, so when it comes to stuff I grow, I want non-GMO. My gut tells me the non-GMO advocates have a point, but that’s the extent of my opinion. But for the government to get involved and advocate a particular position? That’s absurd. Simply let the consumer decide what he wants to eat and move on. There’s plenty of free information out there for anyone who wants to read about the debate. There’s no reason to allocate money to providing more information. It’s simply a propaganda campaign on behalf of big-AG (another “Hudge and Gudge” moment).

Ceiling. TrastevereBut here’s one good thing about the government funding a pro-GMO campaign on behalf of big-ag: It pushes me further into the non-GMO camp. If Hudge and Gudge … Read the rest