Friday, October 29, 2010

Over-rated stuff...

And other stuff people worry about.
The Democratic party.  I think the party is over - it seems to be collapsing.  I could be wrong.  Yeah - I'm probably wrong.  But Bill Clinton just discouraged a black man from running for office in Florida, and in Minnesota the DFL party distributed anti-clerical, anti-Catholic campaign literature.  The party is breaking up.
Halloween.  It is pagan, it's not pagan, it's Christian, it's not Christian.  Whatever, it is over-done.  All my favorite television sit-coms turn into copy-cat costume parties the week before the holiday.  (LOL!  I don't watch TV.  ROFLOL!  What?)  So anyway - aside from being a fun American tradition for kids - it has turned out to be the American version of Carnival and masked-costume-balls for adults.  Although this coming weekend the pastor at my parish encourages the children to come to Mass in their costumes.  Oh, so see - it's Christian... yet the Vatican is against it - should I tell my pastor?
Women in politics.  I know.  This country has been going down hill ever since women got the vote.  Now look at the mess.  Nancy, Sara, Hilary, Anita, Monica, Michelle, Anna Nicole...  But get this:  A candidate for the Broward County School Board in South Florida, Jaemi Levine filed a complaint with the Broward Sheriff's Office claiming David Thomas squeezed her hand so hard during a post-debate handshake Tuesday that it now hurts.  Gosh!  Man up!
Catholic bloggers aim to purge dissenters.  It's a dirty job but someones got to do it - and dirty, filthy, liberal CINOs better run scared.  We're coming for you slime-balls.  What if that was why we blog?  I know...  let them think it.
Scriptural basis for women wearing chapel veils.  It just says - women should cover their heads in church.  So I have to ask - if this passage is so binding, what about the one that says women should be submissive to their husbands?  Oh!  Oh!  What about the one that women should not teach or have authority over men?  [1 Tim. 2:12]  Or the passage that says a woman shouldn't even speak in church?  "Let women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted them to speak, but to be subject, as also the law saith." - 1 Cor. 14:34  Uh?  Uh?  Why not follow those rules just as fervently? 

Trick or treat?  You never really know, do you!


  1. No, Mr. Terry, you really don't.
    Talk about trivial pursuit...
    The dogs here have a better sense of what's important than most idiots out there...
    I'm probably just prejudiced...
    but I DO "listen" to them:-)!
    Naw, just kinddin'!

  2. Weird about Carnival for adults:

    In New Orleans we have Mardi Gras. When I was a kid back in the late 80s/early 90s it was just before it got heavily commericalized. Tourists always came, but now everyone associates it with girls taking off their shirts for beads, rampant decadent homosexuality in the streets, and any other imaginable vice.

    I remember it as a day where everyone wore costumes, barbecued on the "neutral ground" (the median), and maybe grandma or Uncle René had to much to drink. No real New Orleans girl would sell a glimpse at her body for beads.

    Like Halloween (and Cinco de Mayo, and St. Patrick's Day, and Chinese New Year for cryin' out loud), it's now all too often an excuse for debauchery on a mass scale. And I highly doubt all those tourists will be receiving ashes the next day.

    As for your last point, I do believe His Illicitness Bishop Williamson and his devotees do follow all of those quite literally. He also thinks women can't be saved (barring certain exceptions).

  3. Anonymous2:16 PM

    "Why not follow those rules just as fervently?"

    How do you know we don't?

  4. Yeah, how do you know we don't?

  5. Anonymous4:55 PM

    Dear Terry,

    Did you have too much Halloween candy?

    I hope you are enjoying this beautiful fall day here in MN.



  6. Anonymous6:14 PM

    No teal? :)

  7. You come down from that sugar buzz yet, buddy? :-)

  8. Anonymous1:34 PM

    I was thinking JUST YESTERDAY how Halloween has become the national carnival. I was living in India for all those years when this transition was happening, so it slipped past me. Growing up in New Orleans, I did not realize that Mardi Gras was NOT a national holiday until I was in high school. Now, it seems, it is--but at in a different season than we do it down there ;)

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  10. Anonymous1:45 PM

    Hey Mercury, you're from N.O. too :)

    Mardi Gras has been commercialized for as long as I could remember, and I was born in 1960. Since 1984 I had moved away from the city to work up in yankee territory (Dallas and later, Virgina :-P ) and so had missed carnival season for a long while (I always preferred teh Jazz Fest to the touristy Mardi Gras). In 1994 or so, my hubby and our then-baby daughter had gone down for their first Mardi Gras. *I* was in shock! I'm talking the open debauchery, which people would have gotten arrested for in previous years when I was growing up-- all out in the open, all highly exalted -- tourists and Tulane kids leading the way, of course.

    In that year they told me that Metairie was still family-friendly. Now I understand even that is changed. It's Mandeville you need to go to for G rated Mardi Gras, apparently.

  11. Anonymous1:58 PM

    BTW, Mr Terry--

    I also happen to agree with St Paul on what modern folks call "misogynistic" views. I prefer it that women do not talk during Mass. I like headcoverings, but I don't have the courage to wear a veil in the vernacular Mass unless I'm in India. (Yeah, I'm a coward.) And families thrive better when the wife is "submissive" to her husband. It's a womanly art which involves great skills of diplomacy, really. But most women--men, too-- do not understand this.

  12. Anonymous2:00 PM

    wow, three comments of mine to your one post--whatever that means!

    Er, make that four comments.

  13. Georgette: You crack me up~!!LOL!!Thanks!

  14. My own comments are also over rated even in my mind so I removed it. I'm off to chew on some Halloween Kisses and get over myself.

    word verification: horgam - sounds strangely seasonal

  15. Georgette - you may be right. Mardi Gras is of course commericalized, but that doesn't always mean debauched.

    Anyone I know who wants to visit at that time - I always warn them to stay out of the French Quarter. In fact, I hate the French Quarter at night no matter what time of year.

    Metairie I'd say is still pretty family-friendly in most places, and Mandeville is just like a family-friendlier, richer Metairie.

    I just hate how everyone associates Mardi Gras with Girls Gone Wild ... it's upsetting 'cause it was always 'our' day, and the scene of so many happy family memories, and an 'ancient' tradition by US standards at least.


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