Sunday, February 28, 2010

More apocalyptic Democratic hijinks

Fresh off the Fox News site Robert Kennedy's grandson has decided not to run for the US Congress.  Could it be that the Kennedy political apparatus has determined his chances of success are as good as Uncle Ted explaining how Catholics can be pro choice whilst standing outside the Pearly Gates?
Up next in the batting order, Charlie Rangel.  Stay tuned for the continued unravelling.

Al Gore still drinking Kool Aid

From the Sunday NY Times OpEd page, ladies and gentlemen.....the shameless Al Gore.

From the standpoint of governance, what is at stake is our ability to use the rule of law as an instrument of human redemption. After all has been said and so little done, the truth about the climate crisis — inconvenient as ever — must still be faced.

The science has been proven false.  Apparently in the face of being marginalized in the history books Al is now going to lecture us about using law for human redemption.  If he is even slightly serious about this new pursuit, how about coming out against Roe v. Wade?  You can read the NY Times article here without giving them any money to support their shamelessly slanted newspaper.

Pelosi is donning her suicide vest

Honestly, after the drubbing conservatives took at the polls in the last national election I was in a very dark place.  It seemed clear to me that the political tides were solidly against almost everything I look for in my government.  While soccer moms and liberals everywhere were celebrating hope, politically, I saw none.

Who would have thought just a year ago that I would be able to gleefully read the headlines almost daily and see the Democratic machine slowly consume itself.  One would think that having control of both houses and the Presidency, the Dems would have been able to cause more damage to our Republic than all enemies, both foreign and domestic could have imagined over the last two hundred years.  Yet despite having every political advantage, it looks as though they are about to experience their most monumental failure.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged her colleagues to back a major overhaul of U.S. health care even if it threatens their political careers, a call to arms that underscores the issue's massive role in this election year.
Lawmakers sometimes must enact policies that, even if unpopular at the moment, will help the public, Pelosi said in an interview being broadcast Sunday the ABC News program "This Week."
"We're not here just to self-perpetuate our service in Congress," she said. "We're here to do the job for the American people."

Basically, Nancy Pelosi is hoping that the representatives of her party will ignore the will of the public in order to enact her socialist agenda.  In essence she is asking them to strap on their political suicide vests in the hopes of receiving their promised 72 socialist virgins at a later date.

It's unclear whether Pelosi's remarks will embolden or chill dozens of moderate House Democrats who face withering criticisms of the health care proposal in visits with constituents and in national polls.

Is it really that unclear?  It does not take a PHD in Political Science to rightly assume that 2010 will be a political blood bath for liberals in this country.  Yet Pelosi and Reid continue to resist the will of the people.  Apparently she and Harry really believe they are smarter than the rest of us.

It took courage for Congress to pass Social Security and Medicare, which eventually became highly popular, she said, "and many of the same forces that were at work decades ago are at work again against this bill."

No Nancy.  Things are different.  The American voter is smarter.  They realize that sometime in the future the bill will come due for your view of Utopia.  And we are not willing to mortgage the future of our children and grandchildren to finance your pipe dream.  You lost Ted Kennedy's seat.  How much more convincing do you need?

Read the entire article here at Fox News.

Smelling the coffee

One of the things that I try to do while reading the various blogs that I visit is to learn.  It is easy to fall in to a trap of just wanting to be entertained all of the time.  There is a very fine blog written by a very orthodox Priest that I like to read.  Father Know It All has a very nice explanation of the need for reform of the reform from a personal perspective.

And so I repented for my sin of the sixties. We thought we were better than those who had gone before. We were not. We, like they, were sinners in need of grace. That arrogant spirit still infects the society and the Church. It is the belief that I know better, that I am part of a generation that is smarter, more technically advanced, and more powerful than all that’s gone before. Because of our superiority, God and the Church should accommodate themselves to us.  Above all, the Sacrifice of the Mass should accommodate itself to our more enlightened tastes. I have come to think differently. Those, who so radically changed the liturgy, among whom I count myself, succeeded only in emptying the churches. They made what was mysterious and unique into something commonplace. They replaced incense with air conditioning and silk with polyester. They replaced Calvary with a stage performance. They did all this in defiance of the Second Vatican Council, and while they did it, they prattled endlessly on about “the spirit of Vatican II.” We were lied to and in consequence we lied to you. We have replaced the truth with what we wanted to be true.

You should stop by and read this entire post.

Unhappy with the Priest at your church?  Father Z has an interesting suggestion about how to stimulate change here.

Flattery to justify thievery

One of the blogs I try to visit often is John Sonnen's Orbis Catholicus Secundus, a tremendous repository of Catholic Rome.  More specifically Traditional Catholic Rome.  John always manages to post tremendous photos of historically significant structures and traditions that might otherwise be lost to those of us living more pedestrian existences.  As a graduate student in Rome, and while conducting tours to finance his education, John takes time to share his growing knowledge of our common heritage with all of us.  Visit his blog and enjoy the picture I shamelessly stole from it this morning.  You never know who will pop up in an old photo.

Request for funny

I have really been neglecting this space.  It seems that when the news is teeming with inspiration, I have no time to write.  And when I have time to write, no inspiration.  On top of all of that I was informed by one of my faithful readers that I haven't posted anything funny in a while.  Courtesy of the Admiral I will now attempt to rectify the absence of humor.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Hot Dog Johnny's

The nice thing about getting out and about in New Jersey is the opportunity to stop at some old style roadside eateries.  On the way back the other day from a quick overnight to the Pocono Mountains I was inspired to stop at a little place I had not been to in over thirty years, Hot Dog Johnny's.  This roadside icon is on the roadside of Route 46 in Buttzville (no I am not making that name up) just a short trip from the Delaware Water Gap.  Founded in the early forties by a man who worked in the mines in and around Dover it has been a standard stop for travellers in this rural part of the state who were coming from or going to hunting trips, rafting adventures, or in my case Boy Scout Camp.

Johnny's is a typical drive in but its claim to fame is a fried hot dog served with diced onions, mustard, and a sliver of dill pickle.  For purists, Johnny's still serves chilled buttermilk, though I don't imaging the demand for something that tastes like a sour cream milkshake is what it once was.  It was nice to take a brief trip back in time and introduce my youngest to a blast from my past. (Sorry about the dark picture, it was overcast and my phone does not have a flash)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Trooper Philip Lamonaco

Today I packed up the family and headed to the Great Wolf Lodge in the Pocono Mountains. Its nice to be able to enjoy 84 degree pool water while there is still a pile of snow on the ground. While travelling on I 80 near milepost 8 on the way out of New Jersey I told my wife I needed to make a short stop on the shoulder. It was the spot where back in the early days of my career that Trooper Lamonaco lost his life in a roadside gun battle with two scumbags. Thousands of people drive by this sign every week. It is important to remember those who gave up weekends like this with their families and so much more. Eternal life grant unto him O Lord. Let us never forget his sacrifice.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


If you are looking for the missing E it is at Robert Wood Johnson.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

How far we have gone

Today a co-worker was cleaning out his locker in preparation for his retirement next week. It is somewhat like an archeological dig when you rifle through 25 years of police gear. While this may appear to be a kit for artificially inseminating dairy cows it was actually my departments response to the AIDS epidemic circa 1987. I wish I was kidding. Extraordinary, isn't it?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Screaching tweens

What Dad's do for their daughters. I may never hear properly again.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Asian Phonetics

Happy Chinese New Year

Especially to my daughter, born Long Xi Hua, in the year of the dragon.  This year is the year of the Tiger.  To deduce the relevance of the following clip you can forward to the 59 second mark.  gōng xǐ fā cái

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


It would seem that the high regard I have felt for Ivy League Universities might be for naught.  After all, this is what one of their Princeton University graduates offers to us from her intellectual prowess.

( – At a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama announced the launch of the ‘Let’s Move’ campaign to end childhood obesity in the United States, an epidemic she said is costly and a threat to national security.

“A recent study put the health care cost of obesity-related diseases at $147 billion a year,” Mrs. Obama said. “This epidemic also impacts the nation’s security, as obesity is now one of the most common disqualifiers for military service.”

I wish I was making it up.  Is she that out of touch or is this just her cerebral attempt at some Sarah Palin like folksy charm?  Maybe we should let the people who matriculated at the Sally Struthers School of locksmithing take a crack at things.  The rest here.

Live fast, die young

I don't get to watch a great deal of television.  But one of my guilty pleasures over the last five years or so has been stealing an hour a week to live vicariously through others while watching the Deadliest Catch.  Sadly Captain Phil Harris of the Cornelia Marie died of what was reported to be a massive stroke, he was only 53.  Not surprising.  Last season he was almost taken out by a massive pulmonary embolism and did little or nothing to alter the bad habits that brought him to an early end.  Captain Phil was unique and alas one of a dying breed.  The last of the true American adventurers. May he rest in peace.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

It's only just begun

A seemingly grassroots organization that's mounted an online campaign to counter the tea party movement is actually the front end of an elaborate scheme that funnels funds -- including sizable labor union contributions -- through the offices of a prominent Democratic party lawyer.

A Web site popped up in January dedicated to preventing the tea party's "radical" and "dangerous" ideas from "gaining legislative traction," targeting GOP candidates in Illinois for the firing squad.

You can almost taste the fear.  The panic is bubbling over.  The people that feared the loss of McCain-Feingold the most are certainly jumping in with both feet.  You can read the story here.  And might I propose this as our theme song of the month?

Twitter post of the week

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) on Tuesday used the D.C. snowstorm to make a political jab, saying that it provides evidence for global warming skeptics.

Apparently he twittered "it will continue to snow until Al Gore cries Uncle."  Priceless.  The story here.

I can do without the visual

Recent reports regarding the new body scan x ray machines being used to counter terrorism indicate that certain celebrity images have been saved and circulated publicly instead of deleted.  I mean really, who needs a near naked image of John Goodman?

More false scientific data

If it were only true.

LONDON (Reuters) - Intelligence comes second only to smoking as a predictor of heart disease, scientists said on Wednesday, suggesting public health campaigns may need to be designed for people with lower IQs if they are to work.

Research by Britain's Medical Research Council (MRC) found that lower intelligence quotient (IQ) scores were associated with higher rates of heart disease and death, and were more important indicators than any other risk factors except smoking.

Liberals would have gone the way of the dinosaur.  The rest of the article here.

Homeland Insecurity

You might remember my post about the clown who is charged with the Obama Administration's anti terror strategy.  Well, he is at it again.  Apparently, exercising free speech about an ineffective President is tantamount to supporting terror.

In an oped in USA Today, John Brennan -- Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism -- responds to critics of the Obama administration's counterterrorism policies by saying "Politically motivated criticism and unfounded fear-mongering only serve the goals of al-Qaeda."

Well, at least it is a new spin.  The rest is here.

Where medical and political humor collide

Found over at the Digital Hairshirt.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Polar Bear Attack

Horrifying pictures of a man being attacked by a polar bear.  Click here for the pictures.  Not for those readers with weak constitutions.  Twirl of the nightstick to my favorite Friar for this one.

Small hate, Big Problem

With thanks to Oscar the Grouch.......

Thursday, February 4, 2010

New Blog I am following

I recently stumbled upon a great blog worthy of your attention, the Mudville Gazette.  You can click the link in this post or find it in my blog roll in the sidebar.  Good stuff!

More ranting about guitars in church

For you fellow Catholics out there who wonder how they ever managed to sneak guitars and the like in to Holy Mass.  I offer you a perspective from the extremely knowledgeable Reverend Know it all.

Let me summarize. We are supposed to have most of the Mass in Latin. Nothing is said about Mass facing the people. We are supposed to use mostly Gregorian chant. If we use a musical instrument, we are mostly to use the organ. The local language can have some appropriate place, as can local music and other instruments than the organ if they are dignified. I suppose this rules out the banjo, the bagpipes, and the kazoo, all three of which I am personally quite fond. These innovations are to have some place when pastorally appropriate. In fact, they have crowded everything else out, like a fat man on a city bus. In other words, my dear, you have been lied to. What happened to the Roman Catholic Mass that created and sustained Western art and culture for almost two thousand years has been a travesty. When Mass was a thing of mystery and beauty the churches were full. Now they are often empty. We have truly made sows’ ears out of silk purses. Who did this horrible thing? Well, among others, Rembert Weakland.

For some relevant data about Rembert Weakland click here.  And for the rest of this very informative post visit Reverend Know it all.

Schizophrenic Web Design

Compliments of my West Coast colleague the Diginatrix I present for your consideration the Worst Designed Website in the World.  It is incredibly bad.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Voodoo that you do

Max Beauvoir, Haiti's "supreme master" of voodoo, alleged his faith's opponents had deliberately prevented much-needed help from reaching followers of the religion, which blends the traditional beliefs of West African slaves with Roman Catholicism.

"The evangelicals are in control and they take everything for themselves," he claimed. "They have the advantage that they control the airport where everything is stuck. They take everything they get to their own people and that's a shame.

Okay, I have an idea.  Lets shut down the airport in Port au Prince for 4 hours to let all of the aid planes from other Voodoo cultures land and off load their aid.  Okay, four minutes then.  But its only fair.

The rest here.  Yum yum eat em up.

Good for them

I personally think they are a bit daffy but in the interest of Freedom of Religion this is probably a good thing.

DENVER – The Air Force Academy has set aside an outdoor worship area for Pagans, Wiccans, Druids and other Earth-centered believers, school officials said Monday.

A double circle of stones atop a hill on the campus near Colorado Springs has been designated for the group, which previously met indoors.
The stones were moved to the hilltop last year because erosion threatened to make them unstable in their previous location near the visitors center. Crews arranged them in two concentric circles because they thought it would be a pleasant place for cadets to relax, Longcrier said.

When Longcrier and academy chaplains were looking for an outdoor worship space, they discovered one already existed in the form of the circles.

And it will be cheaper than a $600 dollar toilet seat.  The rest here.

Anti Social Medicine

The Obama Administration would have you believe that the "public option" they are pushing in their health care reform will elevate our National Health Care to the level of that in Canada or the UK.  Well, maybe not.

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. -- Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams will undergo heart surgery later this week in the United States.Mr. Williams' decision to leave Canada for the surgery has raised eyebrows over his apparent shunning of Canada's health-care system.

Half logic

Our President's idea of fiscal management is well......half right.

President Obama is catching heat from Nevada lawmakers and business leaders regarding his comments Tuesday criticizing trips to Las Vegas.

During the president's town hall meeting in Nashua, New Hampshire, he discussed the need to curb spending during tough economic times.  "When times are tough, you tighten your belts," the president said. "You don't go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage. You don't blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you're trying to save for college."

But there is another component to this logical thread.  When you face imminent financial peril you do not run up the credit cards at twenty plus percent interest.  That is in effect what his administration has done by funding "economic stimulus" programs with money we don't have.  It is not hard to figure out what is down the road.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Happy Birthday Inkey!

Happy Birthday to the best Newfoundland ever to walk the planet.  Our "youngest" turned two today and enjoyed a homemade cake from her Babcie.  Liver and fat free cream cheese with carob chips.  Maybe I will have a slice with some coffee before work tonight.

Chilly outside, Chili inside

Time for a little one pot delight to warm up the bones before work.