Friday, August 29, 2014

TGIF: Girl Dancing With Hula Hoops

Thank G-d it's Friday, and here it is, your moment of whimsy ...

With the Labor Day weekend coming, those of us in the States mark the official unofficial end of the summer. Coral Jade is a street performer who can take on thirty hula hoops at the same time. Some people have the moves for this, and some (like yours truly) don't. Whatever moves you decide to make, enjoy your weekend.

And stay in touch.
 

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Loose Lips in the Loggia (Saint Augustine Edition)

Today the Church remembers the "restless heart" named Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis, aka Augustine, a Roman citizen of north Africa, or what is now modern-day Algeria, who eventually was made Bishop of Hippo (the present-day city of Annaba) in the late fourth and early fifth century.

Meanwhile, here's what's bouncing around the bandwidth of believers lately:

Are we in the midst of the great Chastisement? My dad used to say, “Yes, and it’s called the ‘New Mass.’” Pat Archbold would probably agree, but offers a different explanation nonetheless. [Creative Minority Report]

Speaking of the "New Mass," Jeff Ostrowski attempts to shatter a few myths about the official liturgical reform, for the benefit of those devoted to liturgical studies (which is to say, not most of you). [Views from the Choir Loft]

In light of recent events, it has been made clear that the American bishops remain committed to dialogue with people in faraway lands who want to cut off our heads. Does anyone else see this ending well? [National Catholic Reporter]

A devoted Catholic husband and father says that a Holy Hour can be a "date." Not exactly a trip to the malt shop ... [Seton Magazine]

At some point, it is not enough to apply a bandage to a boil. The only remedy is to lance it. If anyone needed to make a case that the Legionnaires of Christ must be completely dissolved with nary a trace remaining, and its priests compelled to re-evaluate their ministry, they will find it here (as if the malevolence of its founder were not enough). [Pia de Solenni]

UPDATE: A message to the responsible parties in the aforementioned account: SORRY DON'T FEED THE BULLDOG! [National Catholic Reporter]

Finally, and on the other hand, a different and more moderate perspective is offered by canonist and Very Close Personal Friend Pete Vere, as well as how to tell when the same mistake might happen again. [Catholic Light]

Well, that's our story and we're stickin' to it. Remember to attend Holy Mass this Sunday. Until the next chattel of church chat, stay tuned, and stay in touch.
 

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Art-For-Art’s-Sake Theatre: Miranda Lambert “Only Prettier”

Time once again for our usual midweek feature.

Miranda Lambert made her Nashville recording debut in 2005, and when she's not performing with the Pistol Annies, she is making statements on the shifting of Southern culture since the 1960s. The narrator has “a mouth like a sailor and yours is more like a Hallmark card," but at the end of the day, if you're from Dixie, hurrah for Dixie, 'cuz she's from Dixie too.

And so it goes.
 

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Monday, August 25, 2014

“I read the news today, oh boy ...” (Philippine National Heroes Day Edition)

Last Wednesday, New Jersey governor and kinda-sorta-presidential hopeful Chris Christie took on a challenger in a townhall-style meeting, to discuss one of the burning issues of our time. You can agree or disagree with the man on one thing or another, but you can't deny that you know exactly where he stands on an issue, that right or wrong he'll tell you why, and that he could whoop anybody's @$$ in a presidential debate. Now, given that no president is ever able to keep every promise he makes, how bad could that be?

Meanwhile, elsewhere on planet Earth:

Science marches on, as Google's experimental “autonomous car” is programmed to go over the speed limit to make it safer. Obviously it won't hit anybody ... or will it? [Gizmodo]

Moving our science news forward into the past, it was possible back in the 1950s for a kid to purchase an “Atomic Energy Kit” complete with four different types of uranium ore. Oh, and a geiger counter, just to be safe. [Gajitz]

And speaking of trends, here's some great news for all you fellas who miss the pop culture and haute couture of the 80s and 90s. “Mom jeans” are making a comeback. [Answers]

In the first of three (slightly) related stories, is the United States of America the most freedom-loving country in the world? It depends on what you mean by “freedom,” or whether you confuse that term with “license.” [Capitalism Is Freedom]

Second, in taking a closer look at America, what are the most corrupt among the several States? [Fortune]

Third, What is the value of, say, one hundred dollars, relative to each state? [The Huffington Post]

Finally, the renowned actor Patrick Stewart officially ends the Ice Bucket Challenge! We can all stop dumping ice water on our heads, as the star of Star Trek and X-Men wins the challenge. No more nominations, no more wet clothes, just one check for an undisclosed amount of money. (Aside from the support of the ALSA for embryonic stem cell research, it was getting a little annoying anyway.) [N/A]

And that's all the news that fits. As the week goes on, stay tuned, and stay in touch.
 

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

As Kingfishers Catch Fire



As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;
As tumbled over rim in roundy wells
Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell's
Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name;
Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:
Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;
Selves — goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,
Crying What I do is me: for that I came.

I say more: the just man justices;
Keeps grace: that keeps all his goings graces;
Acts in God's eye what in God's eye he is —
Christ
— for Christ plays in ten thousand places,
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his
To the Father through the features of men's faces.

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)
 

Friday, August 22, 2014

TGIF: Hashtag “Ducknado”

Thank G-D it's Friday, and here it is, your moment of whimsy.

One of the more popular themes of short video clips in social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc) is that of a mother duck leading her little ducklings through a high-risk area, whether across a six-lane highway, or going up steps. This one is a variation on that theme, one in which the ducks appear to have taken over. This depiction of a mass migration was shot somewhere in Thailand (or perhaps, Indonesia, it's not certain) about two years ago -- a #ducknado, if you will -- where ducks seem to enjoy a certain degree of latitude in stopping traffic.

And so it goes.
 

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Loose Lips in the Loggia (St Jeanne-Françoise de Chantal Edition)

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments released guidelines on the Rite of the Sign of Peace during Mass.

In other words, nothing's going to change because most Catholics are used to the usual back-slapping smackdown right before communion shown twice in this video, and other assorted nonsense listed between 0:55 and 1:06, as opposed to a more dignified approach consistent with its authentic tradition, as seen at the altar between 0:43 and 0:48.

Meanwhile, here's what's bouncing around the bandwidth of believers lately:

People are surprised to discover that Pope Francis is no longer playing Mister Nice Guy. In one case, he has found a way to piss off the Turks. It's safe to say he won't be visiting there soon. [Armenpress]

Speaking of not going anywhere, in an attempt to never have an unpublished or unrecorded thought, Pope Francis says he expects to be on the job for only two or three more years before "I'll be off to the Father's House," a possible reference to the proposed retirement home for Popes at Castel Gandolfo. [Agence France-Presse]

It was not enough to take away the "Mass Of All Time" from Fisher-More College, and forbid them from inviting priests of dubious canonical status. Most recently, the Most Reverend Michael Olson [A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics]

And speaking of the Mass, we were told fifty years ago that the early Church was a total Kumbayah experience, gathering around the table watching some random holy guy split a loaf of bread in half with his bare hands. There may have been a bit more to it than that. [ADW.org]

In recent years (as if it's never been thought of before), the Church is trying to reach out to the young people of today, using the latest of technology, and dumbing down the message to 140 characters or less. When you put it that way, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense, does it? Well, it gets worse. [projectYM]

Finally, and speaking of technology, Pope Francis told a crowd of 50,000 altar servers from Germany to put down their cell phones and learn to actually communicate. They all lined up afterwords to get “selfies” with him. [Aleteia]

Well, that's our story and we're stickin' to it. Remember to attend Holy Mass this Sunday. Until the next chattel of church chat, stay tuned, and stay in touch.
 

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Art-For-Art’s-Sake Theatre: 2Cellos “Thunderstruck”

Time once again for our usual midweek feature.

Remember two weeks ago when we showed those Finnish hillbillies going Appalachian on heavy metal? How could you forget a thing like that? Well, they're not the only ones on the headbanger bandwagon. Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hausar, appearing as the duo 2Cellos, go for Baroque their own rendition of the AC/DC hit “Thunderstruck” in front of an authentic period audience.

Too bad they couldn't have played it on authentic period instruments. After all, the violoncello as we know it today did not come into prominence until roughly the mid-18th century. Don't ask me why.
 

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Monday, August 18, 2014

“I read the news today, oh boy …” (Battle of Globe Tavern Edition)

You may remember our Friday feature on Noah “The Apparently Kid” Ritter, who made his debut on live television be telling the world he had never been on live television before -- never, ever. The story, and his precociousness, went totally viral. Here the saga (and his fifteen minutes of fame) continues, shortly before the world forgets about him and moves on to something else.

Speaking of which, here's what's going on elsewhere on planet Earth:

Finally, a diet guaranteed to help you beat jet lag, and it doesn't include a little bag of peanuts. [Lifehacker]

Where will you be when the lights go out? (Read the comments. Some of them are half-way intelligent, and will make the possibility less likely. Thought you'd like to know. [Hot Air]

City councilman, former DC mayor, convicted felon, and Eagle Scout (no kidding!) Marion Barry owes hundreds of dollars in parking tickets, but he's certainly going to pay them when he gets around to it, secure in the knowledge that his car will never be towed until then. Meanwhile, he's here thinking: “The b**** set me up!” [WTTG-TV]

Here it is, the latest entry in the “Dude-Where’s-My-Flying-Car” saga. [Gajitz]

Is there still a place in the world for libraries? Some people seem to think so, and here are ten possibilities. Maybe you can try one of them, if you ever land an old-style phone booth at a public auction. [Oddee]

You may think you understand the Star Wars saga, but you are about to be proven wrong. [Tickld]

Finally, the NFL franchise in Washington is under a lot of pressure to change its name from what is considered a prejorative for Native Americans, although it is not so well known that even Native Americans themselves are divided on the issue. You might also be surprised to learn that the logo itself was designed by a Native American, although that version of the truth is probably not on the table right now. [Hot Air]

And that's all the news that fits. As the week goes on, stay tuned, and stay in touch.
 

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Friday, August 15, 2014

TGIF: Noah Ritter “Songified”

Thank God it's Friday, and here it is, your moment of whimsy.

Noah Ritter of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, stole the show on WNEP-TV News one evening, during an interview with reporter Sofia Ojeda at the Wayne County Fair.

Naturally, this gave The Gregory Brothers an idea. And so Even and Andrew teamed up to cover what would become the kid's smash hit, “Apparently.” This second clip facilitates the process that is called "songifying."

And that's how the job gets done, as only “The Gregsters” can do it. The result is for a kid who had never been on live television, to perform the greatest song ever, about not having ever been on live television. There's your fifteen minutes, kid.

And so it goes.
 

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The Assumption of Mary

Fly, my soul, with Mary fly,
Soar beyond the golden sky,
Mount to Mary's throne on high.

Bright the queenly crown she won,
Sweet the reign she has begun,
As she stands beside her Son.
Fly, my soul, with Mary fly.

How endure this long delay?
Living here how can I stay
From such beauty far away?
Fly, my soul, with Mary fly.

Sad my lot is here below;
Who can hope or life bestow?
Who will help or pity show?
Fly, my soul, with Mary fly.

But though far away from me,
Still our sovereign Queen will be
Full of love and clemency.
Fly, my soul, with Mary fly.

With a mother's loving care
She will lift those hands so fair,
And will save us by her prayer.
Fly, my soul, with Mary fly.

Mother's heart can ne'er forget
That we are her children yet,
By such dangers fierce beset.
Fly, my soul, with Mary fly.

Gently, still, she bends her eyes
On the soul that longs and sighs
For her love, the heavenly prize.
Fly, my soul, with Mary fly.

Blest the soul who, like the dove
Borne upon the wings of love,
Follows her to heaven above.
Fly, my soul, with Mary fly.

St Alphonsus de Liguori (1696-1787). Eugene Grimm, editor. The Glories of Mary. New York: Redemptoris Fathers, 1931.
 

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