Saturday, May 26, 2007

Bad habits

Some nuns I have known were incredibly happy that the old habits were modernized, especially since the coifs went from starched linen to a type of plastic material, probably Bakelite or something, to keep the cone head, or umbrella look the habit evolved to. Pius XII ordered the modification of the habit to accommodate modern life - like nuns driving cars.

Nursing sisters really appreciated the freedom of the pared down habits, their sleeves and headgear no longer got in the way. No wonder some of the old nuns were cranky. Interestingly enough, cloistered nuns usually had soft coifs and veils, which were not uncomfortable or constraining, neither were they weird.

Friday, May 25, 2007

I knew it!

Rosie quit The View!
I really did know Rosie was going to do something passive aggressive after Elizabeth stood up to her. I told a friend, after the stuff hit the fan between her and Elizabeth, that she wouldn't be on the air the next day - she'd call in sick or something. Sure enough, she did take off, for her "wife's" birthday - as Barbara said, covering for her. I'd say sweet little Elizabeth can hold her own, huh? She won the cat fight. (Little sweeties have a tough side, they just don't bully people.)
Yes, I will admit it - Rosie is a bully. We all went to school with her type; loud mouthed, tom-boy. Kind of homely and fat. They liked to pick on the femme girls who were smarter and prettier than themselves. With dykes, that attitude doesn't go away - they channel it by becoming bull-dykes. Rosey femmes up for TV, but she's a beer joint lesbian, to be sure.
I kind of feel sorry for her. She demonstrates, by her aggressive and argumentative behavior how utterly unhappy she is. She transfers all this onto whatever issue happens to piss her off at the moment. Getting "married" and having kids didn't help much - oh, maybe for awhile, but she's on some good anti-depressants - and I think she drinks. Success doesn't make any difference for her, although she uses her money for various charities, even that doesn't make her happy. She's an angry woman.
Was it her mom dying when she was young? Was she abused in some way? Or was it she just didn't fit in with her peer group? Who knows, but that anger simply indicates some very deep wound. And yes, as one blogger put it she is jealous of Elizabeth, the pretty girl, all pregnant, in a wonderful normal marriage, invited to the White House, and lunch with the Queen. I believe Rosie always wanted something like that. I'm pretty sure, deep down, most gays do as well, to some degree - that being a normal, love-filled life.
For some gays, accepting them as they are will probably never really make them happy, even if they get everything they want. I believe they know this deep down. There is always that wound in their soul, that hole, in spite of which, even if they got all they think they want and need, will never be filled; there is a sorrow that will never be assuaged. No matter how normal they try to be, homosexuality will never be normative. This fact alone is what should move us to compassion - not pity - but rather a deeper understanding of that interior suffering.
Anyway - good for Elizabeth. I've now changed my opinion about her, I believe she may have spoken for many normal American women that day, and a tyrant backed down. (Maybe Elizabeth should be negotiating with some of our Nation's enemies.)
I still like Rosie though - it's fun to see someone stir the pot like she does. (She's still the nicest dyke I've ever met.) Just watch however - she will be going into rehab next.

Cathy the "Star Wars" lady, may like this upcoming event...

Photo: Actual alien abductees. Note; Cathy is in the center, with Adoro to the right - this was taken when Adoro was a cop. Ray is the one with the shaved head.

Attendees to this groundbreaking event will enjoy:
Classic "flying saucer" sci-fi films and new UFO movies.
Lectures and panel discussions by renowned scientists, investigators, witnesses, authors and abductees.
Live music inspired by UFO's and sci-fi.
Theater, standup and readings.
A gallery of UFO art by abductees and enthusiasts.

Earlier this year, Crescat was taking donations to send herself to Rome. (I wonder how that went.) Maybe I should start taking donations to send Cathy to NYC for the event? It happens next month so there isn't much time. (Cash donations only please - I will see that she gets them.)

I'm killing myself...

I realized since I stopped working, I'm starting to look like Ted Kennedy.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

JPII and Bob Dylan

Who would have ever predicted this?

Bob Dylan's birthday...

Today is Bob Dylan's birthday. Not that I'm one of those die hard fans who keeps track of that stuff. It was on the local News. He is from Minnesota, the Iron Range. He's so famous, the State likes to claim him as their own - and the News, which is celebrity driven anyway, will feature an item like this. Time was however, when people sneered at the mention of his name, and mocked his music.

I liked Dylan. As an artist wannabe, he appealed to my sense of non-conformity. I was enthralled with his lyrics and translated them into the paintings I produced in art class. He left home in High School and went to New York - I left home mid senior year. I stayed in St. Paul and finished school, while supporting myself in a job. (It was such a Holden Caufield thing to do at the time, but of course, Dylan was kind of a hero to me then as well.)
Dylan's lyrics spoke against the so-called establishment and status quo of the time, so it's interesting the same types he railed against then, happen to be the same types who now embrace him for his fame. Oh certainly, today's establishment happens to be grown up baby-boomers. But it's the same game being played. As they approach their golden years, the rebel is simply a nostalgic memory. Money and fame trumps everything, so he's a respectable guy now. Just like Prince, a later musical antagonist.
"The Ballad of a Thin Man" was sort of the anthem for my life then - until the Beatles came along with "Abbey-Roads" - don't ask me why - I expect it was the combination of the lyrics and music. For his birthday - here are the beginning lyrics for the "Thin Man":
You walk into the room
With your pencil in your hand
You see somebody naked
And you say, "Who is that man?"
You try so hard
But you don't understand
Just what you'll say
When you get home
Because something is happening here
But you don't know what it is
Do you, Mister Jones?
You raise up your head
And you ask, "Is this where it is?"
And somebody points to you and says"It's his"
And you say, "What's mine?"
And somebody else says, "Where what is?"
And you say, "Oh my God
Am I here all alone?"
Because something is happening here
But you don't know what it is
Do you, Mister Jones?

That's all.

I never promised you a rose garden...

The Rose Garden Press Conference.
Since it was raining this morning, I was hoping to watch "The View" with the anticipation of another cat fight on the program, instead it was pre-empted for the President's press conference. He did well, as he usually does.
One thing he said was, "The Iraqi people are safer now than when Saddam was in power." That seems rather optimistic. He insisted that we are there at the invitation of the Iraqi government and that we would leave if they asked us to. He stressed the point that they are a sovereign nation, and we must respect their rights. Wasn't Iraq a sovereign nation under Saddam as well?

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Cat Fight!!!!!

Crap! I love a good cat fight! I missed "The View" this morning. (Not that I watch it.) I guess Elizabeth and Rosie went nuts on each other. (Go here for the video.)

Proper attire for Mass...

Dress up - not down for Mass.

Remember, it's summertime - one should be properly dressed for Mass. Cathy at Recovering Dissident Catholic has a terrific post on the subject. (Seriously.) It's a follow-up to her internationally acclaimed post on what some people wear to Mass on Pentecost - I can't even say what that is. (Her previous post, "Gang Colors At Holy Mass" garnered a spot on Fr. Z's blog!)

[Photo: John Paul II after receiving the Offertory gifts from a semi-naked woman in Papua, New Guinea, 1984.]

Flying Pope

Wind beneath my wings.

Dance, dance, dance...

Just an old photo I came across...
Many bloggers have expressed disdain for liturgical dance, I have been one of them, but if it was okay for John Paul II, it's okay. This is a photo from World Youth Day 2000.
“The new Ordo was promulgated in order to replace the old one”. - Paul VI

New in a series...

Funny Pope stories...

Did you know that in the 1970's there were spurious apparitions which claimed Paul VI was replaced by an imposter? There are still people who believe this stuff. They claim these pictures prove it...
Supposedly the noses are the real give away. Perhaps these people do not take into consideration that noses have a tendency to change as we age...although did you notice the ears?

Boston legal...

I heard a couple of my former co-workers were in Boston this week for a seminar. (Notice the mom - bottom - never drops her beer.)

I'll drink to that...

Bar Exam
A defence lawyer questioning a witness in a drunk-driving case asked, "Officer, you say you are absolutely sure the defendant was intoxicated?"
"Yes, sir," was the answer.
"And how long have you been with the police?"
"Six months," replied the officer.
"After only six months on the force," continued the defence attorney, "you are able to say with certainty that the defendant was intoxicated?"
"Well, before I joined the force," replied the rookie, "I was a bartender for 16 years."

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

I love this story...

Vicious Gossips.
Four women fired from their jobs for gossip. If that rule was in operation at my former workplace, there would be no employees, or bosses. That place thrives on gossip.
Everyone there tells everything they know - and if they don't know for sure, they repeat it anyway.

Bright-eyed and Bush-y-tailed...

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Yet Another Meme...

Adoro tagged me for this meme:

1. What do you hope to accomplish with your blog?
Catharsis. Just write what comes to mind - 'stream of consciousness stuff'. At the beginning I wanted to post things about prayer and the saints that most people don't know, and then Don Marco came along and did it so much better. Nevertheless, I still add my two cents worth - I want a sinner's view of it all, a layman with many faults - that sort of witness. And it is cathartic. I can say what I like, and get feedback - without having been interrupted as one is in live conversation. I've learned a lot from my blogs.

2. Are you a spiritual person?
Decidedly. I always have been. I pray.

3. If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you want to have with you?
A beautiful statue of the Blessed Virgin, a Bible, and the Internet.

4. What’s your favorite childhood memory?
I don't really have one. As a teenager, it would have involved having been a part of my Italian friend's family life - just Sunday mornings in their busy kitchens.

5. Are these your first (tagging) memes?
That would be a no.

Then there is this part:

8 random facts people don't know about me. (This is not a "tell all".)

1. I'm a really good detective. I learned it from my mom who was kind of nuts.

2. Along with that, I have really good intuitive skills. I can read people very well - it's like radar. (I don't do demos.)

3. I am an excellent cook - but I rarely make the effort any longer. (I'm a natural, a cuisine artiste, an original cook, with sensibilities for spices and flavors beyond comprehension, as well as technique - beyond cook books and recipe files. I'm not modest about my gifts...never have been. Oh - no demos on this one either.)

4. I dislike religious people - church people - people who wear their piety on their sleeves or try to shove it down people's throats, you know, the dogmatic, doctrinaire types - the ones who tell people they are going to hell if they don't do this or that. Oh, along with this, nosey, gossipy priests - but I guess they knew that.

5. I've forgiven my parents and other abusers - I just remain apart from family because I can cope with life better that way.

6. Along with that - I actually have friends and do engage in social activities - everyone thinks I'm such a recluse.

7. I don't 'hate' my former employer or their family - I was just hugely disappointed in them. I realize they have their problems too - it is just too bad it affects so many other people. They are not bad people - much to the contrary - perhaps they simply do good things badly - like most of us do. They have tough skins however, as do I.

8. I told off two different Bishops, in two different situations - details will not follow. (I'm not proud of it...confessed it, apologized, apology accepted, etc..) Yet it ties in with something everyone knows about me, I have problems with authority - especially when they are wrong...see, I am so not humble - which everyone knows as well.

Yeah, I'm not tagging anyone. Memes are kinda high school/college, don't ya think?
NOTE: I've re-considered - I tag Jeffrey Smith of Roving Medievalist!

One more guess...

This time I didn't talk to Georg. (Monsignor Ganswein, the Pope's Secretary, for those of you who don't know him.) But I'm guessing that Penetcost would be a good day to release the Motu Proprio.