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    Archive for January, 2008

    Pot to Playgrounds

    Thursday, January 31st, 2008

    What could possibly go wrong? The first marijuana vending machines have opened in Los Angeles allowing those with legal medical prescriptions easy access to the drug. The machines can only be used by patients who are prescribed marijuana for health reason. The machine offers six types: Red Bud, Jamaican, Hawaiian Gold, Ditch Weed, Cheech and [...]

    Short Eudemon

    Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

    Jerusalem is blanketed in snow, and we’re sitting on ice and -1 (-21 wind chill). School is cancelled, which disappoints my K-8 children. It’s Catholic Schools Week, and today was supposed to be movie day. They were supposed to go downtown to the movie theater for a show. Oh well, maybe they’ll get to re-schedule. [...]

    The Tuesday Eudemon

    Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

    Saturday night was a perfect snapshot of potential good night life in a small town. Our local Council for the Arts brought in America (“Horse with No Name,” “Sister Golden Hair,” etc.) as part of its 2007-2008 Performing Arts series. My parents are season ticket-holders but were out of town, so I got ‘em. Marie [...]

    Monday Moanin’

    Monday, January 28th, 2008

    A great day: The Memorial of St. Thomas Aquinas. As a non-Catholic, I became intrigued with St. Thomas through Chesterton’s The Dumb Ox, and became an admirer when I read Josef Pieper’s Guide to Thomas Aquinas. A Lutheran with no inclination to become Catholic, I remember I was stunned and even offended when I read [...]

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Sunday, January 27th, 2008

    “The love of the truth seeks out the quiet of contemplation.” St. Augustine

    Saturday Stuff

    Saturday, January 26th, 2008

    I watched Longford with Marie and the older kids last night. Highly recommended, but I wouldn’t let anybody under 14 watch it (disturbing theme). It’s about a devout and sincere Catholic’s efforts to get the notorious Myra Hindley paroled. The movie did a good job of presenting the problem–did Myra really repent? was her conversion [...]

    Looking for a Site

    Friday, January 25th, 2008

    Does anybody know of a Catholic site that acts as a “clearinghouse” of sorts for Catholic charities, a site that says “This charity is good” and/or “This charity is bad”? I thought maybe the USCCB would provide a list of endorsed charities, but it doesn’t (not that I could find, anyway). Also: There are sites [...]

    Brews You Can Use and Other

    Friday, January 25th, 2008

    Beer stimulus package: $1,200 per couple, plus $300 per kid. My rebate: $3,300.00. Earlier versions of the bill capped the number of child rebates at three (which makes no sense; if they’re giving child credits because people with kids have more expenses, why cap it at three?). This version doesn’t cap it at three. I [...]

    Thursday Evil

    Thursday, January 24th, 2008

    Has anyone else noticed a dearth of gay rights and gay marriage talk this election season so far? Does anyone else think maybe the gay rights people are hoping to fly their agenda in under the radar, perhaps pursuant to an understanding–tacit or from a smoke-filled back closet–between gay rights proponents and the Democratic front-runners [...]

    The Wednesday Eudemon

    Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

    Interesting piece at WSJ, which basically makes explicit what most people have known all along: The Clintons will say anything if it’ll help them win–true, false, or in-between. Sometimes they say true things: because it’ll help them win. Sometimes they tell downright lies: because it’ll help them win. Veracity is wholly irrelevant. They only tell [...]

    Tuesday Trifles

    Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

    I had time for blogging this morning, but there’s not much out there. Much of the cyber print is occupied with the economic shakedown: Global markets are falling, and it looks like Wall Street will follow suit in a few hours. So, international stocks are down, and the domestics are going down. Gold has more [...]

    Monday Miscellany

    Monday, January 21st, 2008

    I treated myself to a leisurely day yesterday, in hopes of re-fueling for the office fire: three short naps, a movie with my boys (Cloverfield, not recommended, but not horrible either), practiced baseball hitting with my second son and sports fanatic, watched football, and read whenever the mood struck me. I’m now ready to go [...]

     


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