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    Archive for March, 2005

    Thursday, March 31st, 2005

    The SuccessorJohn Paul II has received last rites. Who will be the successor? We’ve heard three theories:1. The next Pope will be malevolent and cause great harm to the Church. This is an unacknowledged prophecy from at least one purported mystic.2. The next Pope is going to be harshly conservative, forcing dissident Catholics to fall [...]

    Thursday, March 31st, 2005

    Rodrigo RevisitedIt appears we may have been duped with respect to the Maradiago story (see below). We asked for comments, and we got ‘em. A reader wrote to us earlier this afternoon: “You got played. The canadafreepress story about Maradiaga copied most of its ‘quotes’ from an article that appeared in The Onion a few [...]

    Thursday, March 31st, 2005

    Fat and PoorAccording to the Child Well-Being Index, America’s children are fat but sober, poor but safe. Basically, everything seems to be going well for them, except they’re poorer and getting big as whales. It’s probably because they’re spending all their money on food. LINK

    Thursday, March 31st, 2005

    On ComicsInteresting article about society’s attitude toward comics. For the first half of the century, the article says comics were condemned as “intellectual marijuana” and contributors to juvenile delinquency. In the last half of the century, they were accepted, thanks in large part to Marshall McLuhan and Walter Ong. Here are two excerpts:“The careers of [...]

    Thursday, March 31st, 2005

    Debt Culture is Dangerous Culture“The sheer scale of consumer debt has made millions of households extremely vulnerable to shocks in the economy, both from fiscal mismanagement and external factors such as oil price rises, acts of terrorism and wars. A downturn in the economy would create serious economic and social problems for the fifteen million [...]

    Thursday, March 31st, 2005

    What’s the Standard in Bath Houses?We doubt many in our reading crowd need it, but Slate’s “Dear Prudence” column has provided guidance on homosexual public display of affection. We like the underlying assumption that such displays are fine overall. More normalizing:“Prudie’s opinion about the ongoing head-butting is that anybody’s PDA (hetero and gay) should be [...]

    Thursday, March 31st, 2005

    Dying BabiesAccording to The Telegraph, the number of babies who die during or soon after birth is rising in the UK.The pre-birth mortality rate is also high. No wonder they have a labor shortage.

    Thursday, March 31st, 2005

    Rodrigo Revisited?Note: The following post turned out to be false (see explanation above)With the Holy Father failing, one Cardinal has apparently made it known that he’s the man for the job:”’When the Sacred College of Cardinals names me pope, I’m gonna shake things up,’ [Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez] Maradiaga said. ‘And I’m not just talking [...]

    Thursday, March 31st, 2005

    Prom to PornWe’ve been knocking sororities lately, but fraternities aren’t any better. There are all sort of stories out there, this one being the most recent: California State University has suspended the charter of Phi Kappa Tau after it hosted a porn party. Students participated in risqué games for a chance to have sex with [...]

    Thursday, March 31st, 2005

    More Whistling at Construction SitesA report in England says girls are discouraged from pursuing non-traditional female jobs (e.g., construction). LINK. That’s surprising. Back in our school days, we recall girls being pushed to non-traditional jobs all the time. Mrs. Scheske was one time prohibited (in a Catholic parochial school) from drawing a picture of a [...]

    Thursday, March 31st, 2005

    That’s a Tiny Mannequin!”Police are looking for two women who stole a ‘plastinated’ 13-week old fetus from the Body Worlds 2 exhibit in Los Angeles. Surveillance tape showed the two thieves lingering at the exhibit, then taking the specimen from its case.” LINKOne of our readers speculates: “They are women with hungry wombs who want [...]

    Thursday, March 31st, 2005

    More from Those Crazy Courts!From the Wall Street Journal:”The U.S. Supreme Court may cite precedent from Jamaica and Zimbabwe, but jurors cannot rely on the Bible for wisdom, the Colorado Supreme Court has ruled. The latter high court threw out the death sentence of Robert Harlan, who murdered a cocktail waitress in 1995, because ‘jurors [...]

     


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