See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sic transit mundi... reflections on a snowy Sunday morning.

The irony of it all.
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The irony of it all. The Franken/Coleman hold-up... big expense. I can't say I like either one of these guys, although Coleman now looks better with his daVinci veneers, and I have to admit I did vote for him. Although I haven't been following the recount that closely, I listen to the coverage... like a faint voice in the background. At first I agreed with Coleman: Franken should have conceded - that was immediately after the elections and before the recount. After the recount - Franken it turns out, is the winner (voters are dumb, aren't we?) - so wouldn't you think Coleman would concede?
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But noooooo - even though he said in the beginning that if he were in Franken's shoes - he would have conceded. The tables are turned now, and the Republicans are insisting Franken stole the election. It is so 8 years ago when Bush beat Gore... and Dems complained for all those years how George stole the presidency. I'm not saying there shouldn't be contests and recounts and all that stuff - but there should be limits to the length of time spent in litigation, don't you think. Oh, oh, and when candidates are campaigning and embroiled in litigation, is that the work we elected them to do?
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Bless my Jewish heart.
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Call me crazy, but I will always side with Israel in the defense of their people against the chorus of Hamas terrorists, radical Islam, Persians and other Mohammedans whose main goal in life is to blow Israel off the face of the earth and impose their medieval religion upon the world. Of course I am not a hard-hearted Hannah when it comes to the Palestinians struggling for existence in Gaza either - it is terrible and horrible and awful. But I believe Israel when they insist that Hamas buries its defenses in civilian neighborhoods - in effect, holding Palestinian people as hostages. They do that stuff all of the time. Once in NYC Islamic terrorists targeted civilian office buildings and blew 'em up good. They tell me Islam is a religion of peace however.
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SNM - Saturday Night Mass.
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I can't leave this alone - I just have to comment on the music from the Mass of the Baptism of the Lord last evening. You like that heading? SNM - like SNL? I thought you would. So anyway, it was very entertaining. The cantor happens to have a magnificent voice - I'm not at all kidding - she sings as well as a young Julie Andrews, trouble is, she kind of looks like her too - from Sound of Music that is. You know the look, kind of nun-without-a-habit drab. But that girl can really hold her notes. The organist/pianist is also top-drawer-professional - his piano playing has a certain... flourish... think of Joanne Castle from Lawrence Welk. One of the hymns (I hate hymns - it sounds so churchy) was "Wade In the Water" and did they do it well. I really mean that - no sarcasm intended. When I was in high school, Ramsey Lewis Trio did the same song, I loved it and bought the album. As I listened to it, smoking my cigarette, sipping something. I day-dreamed I was in LA, watching sequined mini-skirted go-go dancers, writhing on the bar in Whiskey A-Go-Go, while I drank scotch and sodas looking all Steve McQueen like. But I am getting distracted. Anyway, the joint was rockin' last night. And I didn't even care - I decided it didn't matter.

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There is so much more I could reflect upon... but I've caused enough trouble this weekend, so I'll end it here.

15 comments:

  1. Anonymous12:54 PM

    And allah will help the muslims. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA. The Best mohammed T-shirt art is from Sweden. Watch and read the info at,
    http://www.mohammedt-shirt.com

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  2. Re: SNM. How did we ever get from latria (remember that from catechism, Terry?) to performance?

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  3. "But I believe Israel when they insist that Hamas buries its defenses in civilian neighborhoods - in effect, holding Palestinian people as hostages."

    Gaza is an area about the size of two Washington DCs. Everything is close together.

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  4. Fr. Mark - I 'm not the person to ask.

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  5. Anon - I don't like making fun of Mohammedans and their religion.

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  6. I really do know that Thom - like I said, I feel badly about it. I think I understand your point of view as well.

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  7. I am through - THROUGH - with politics. This is especially true when neither candidate is worth a warm bucket of spit (to paraphrase somebody). I’m also bothered by the fact that Al Franken - one of the most tiresome comedians around - actually made it this far in politics. This can only be another clear indication of the desperate measures voters have taken as a result of the Bush presidency. (This same exasperation got Obama elected).

    I agree with your assessment of the situation in Gaza.

    As far as Church hymns go, I, too, dislike some of those traditional favorites: “Onward Christian Soldier”, “How great Thou Art”, and to a lesser extent, “The Old Rugged Cross” (some of these are Protestant hymns). I have a NEED for the Mystery our faith imparts, so my preferences are for Gregorian Chant as well as for the sacred Renaissance music of Allegri, Palestrina, Victoria, and Tallis, to mention only a few. I think you like these, too.

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  8. Then we are agreed Tom.

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  9. Anonymous2:49 PM

    Gaza is an area about the size of two Washington DCs. Everything is close together.

    But there are still open areas in both. Small land size and large population doesn't equal no empty space. I live a few miles from DC. DC has a 2,000+ acre park and there are other parks and open space as well. Check out Google Earth. Gaza has plenty of open space; it also has a beach Hamas could use for a firing range. There are a lot of people, no doubt, but they aren't spread evenly.

    Hamas purposely fires their missles from civilian areas. For a simple reason: they don't care. Hamas actually thinks they are doing the people a favor. I'll link to an article from the NY Times; but, if you don't want to read it, I'll leave you will a quote from a wounded Hamas fighter. When asked if he sees the wounded (Palestinian) people in the hospital, he says "They should be happy."

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/09/world/09fighter.html?_r=2&scp=2&sq=islamic%20jihad&st=cse

    I'm not interested or wanting to start a combox argument, but to imply that Hamas has no choice but to fire missles from civilian areas because they have no choice is wrong on so many levels. Arab fighters have historically used civilian populations as shields.

    Steve

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  10. Thanks Steve - my thoughts exactly.

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  11. Oh. I like "How Great Thou Art." Even thought it is prot. *sigh* (It's got to be better than anything in the Gather hymnal!!!)

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  12. Angle-ah, I like Leon Russell's "Roll Away the Stone"

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  13. Steve, I don't pretend to support Hamas- or Israel, either. Both states are corrupt and evil. It's the civilians- on both sides- whose pain and anguish moves me.

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  14. Joanne Castle? Your such a dork. Oh, wait I watch her too- :)nevermind.
    She use to shoot sparks at that piano. Paul wanted to see these people in Branson. We stayed in their hotel , but that was where I drew the line. Paul likes to watch that show, remember he still thinks that we are living in the 1960's I should tell him that the shows are re-runs. :0

    BTW. I am back to visit until I get myself in trouble. I hope that you don't mind. If you do mind- would you please tell me.

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  15. Belinda - Ms. Castle was good though, don't you think? LOL!

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