Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

AIDS, HIV, and Condoms

20 Cent Condoms in France to be used to combat AIDS.
The French government said it would make 10 million cut-priced condoms available in high schools, night clubs, cinemas and hospitals to try to combat the spread of HIV- AIDS.

AIDS to be the 3rd leadind cause of death.
LONDON - Within the next 25 years, AIDS is set to join heart disease and stroke as the top three causes of death worldwide, according to a study published online Monday

The Governments keep passing out condoms thinking that this will solve the problem. This is a perfect example of insanity: they keep doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. If condoms are not working (it is clear from the two articles above that they aren't) in reducing the spread of AIDS and HIV then something new must be tried. When are we going to start learning from each other's mistakes?

Strange that the African countries that promote national chastity and abstinence programs over the condom usage and sex ed programs have declining rates of HIV and AIDS, while the other countries that pass out condoms have an increasing HIV and AIDS rate.

AIDS Declines in Zimbabwe, Linked to Behavior Changes

The decline appears to be linked to increasing levels of safe sex, says study author Simon Gregson of Imperial College London.

Most important, researchers say, is the substantial decrease in casual sex partners reported by Manicaland residents.

This, combined with increased abstinence by teenagers, may be contributing to the region's HIV decline.

In God We Trust

In God We Trust: are the new $1 coins hiding the the national motto?

Not to bring up an old argument, because I am persoanlly tired of it, but I thought people might like to know that in Verse 4 of the National Anthem (Yes there is more than the one verse we sing at baseball games) it reads: And this be our motto, "In God is our trust".

To see all four verses go here: The Full National Anthem of the United States of America

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays: Who is Saying What.

Which Companies are Allowing a "Merry Christmas"

Does this really matter? I much prefer Merry Christmas, but If we remember the word "Holiday" comes from the phrase "Holy Day". Looking at the word with its original meaning is ok, and it is a way to stick it to the corporate machine who is afraid of offending customers without them knowing. After all, Advent and Christmas are a holy time of year and Christmas is a Holiday/Holy day.

Freedom, Vices, Self Control

On those days when you know you just can't do it on your own. It sometimes helps to have a little mantra.

Monday, November 27, 2006

God In My Pocket

I can see how people unknowingly fall into idolatry. Is it really their fault, especially if the idol can be described in the same manner as God:

He is always with me. Everywhere I go he is there: omnipresent. He is with my neighbors and my enemies, sinners and saints, lovers and haters. At anytime I can reach him, and at anytime I need to talk he is there. He sends me messages and even guides me on my way in life. If I am lost he corrects me. He knows where I am, and what I say to other people. I have whispered some of my darkest confessions to him at night.


One might assume I am talking about God, but I am not. Let us look at the same passage but a little differently.

It is always with me. Everywhere I go it is there: omnipresent. It is with my neighbors and my enemies, sinners and saints, lovers and haters. At anytime I can reach it, and at anytime I need to talk it is there. It sends me messages and even guides me on my way in life. If I am lost it corrects me. It knows where I am, and what I say to other people. I have whispered some of my darkest confessions to it at night.


What am I talking about? The almighty cell phone. A tool meant for convenience but now seem to be turing into nuisances -- ever wondered why Coffee Shops now have signs asking you not to talk on the cell while placing your order. Imagine if we people gave God half or even a third of that attention.

Why is it that the description of my cell phone is remarkably similar to the description of God? Are cell phones really the god in my pocket? Do I control it, or has it finally gained control over me?

I'm so vain. About Me.

From my Profile:

As my picture suggests, I was made in the womb. After residing approximately 9 months there, I noticed that my domicile was shrinking, and if I didn't act quick I was going to be without room. So out I went, and for 25 years I resided in South Louisiana with shorts stays in North Carolina and West Virginia. I did my Undergrad at Louisiana State University in General Studies, which means I can speak about most things generally or about general things in an knowledgeable manner. I am also a founding Memeber of the LSU-Parousians. Check us out at http://parousians-lsu.blogspot.com/. I am the EAST COAST representative for the group. Currently, I am working on an MA in Theology from University of Notre Dame through a program called ECHO. The program took me to Wilmington, Delaware to work in a church as a DRE Apprentice.

On my spare time: I help old ladies cross the street, leap tall building in a single bound, wrestle bears and other woodland creatures. Make the world safe for democracy and justice. I program VCR for free, rescue endangered mountain climbers from the top of Mt. Mckinley, reroute rivers to drought ridden plains in Africa. Last Monday I read the entire "SUMMA THEOLOGICA", "BIBLE", and the "Collected works of GK Chesterton" and still had time to go to the store, walk the dog, and remodel the bathroom. I discovered the meaning of life, but forgot to write it down. I solved the energy crisis, but this time I was without a pen and could not write it down -- shortly after, I forgot it.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Mary the Mother of God: Ninja of the Catholic Church

This is something I did for the youth group. Oh the the pains of finding creative ways to educate the youths today.

Padre Pio often referred to the Rosary as "THE WEAPON". If the Rosary is the weapon then that makes Mary the one who wields the Weapon; in other words, Mary is Ninja.




Mary:
-Kept all things in her heart. (remained silent)
-Crushes the head of the serpent.
-was assumed into heaven (it looks like she flew).
-says "yes" to a mission impossible to everyone else except herself.
-prays all the time. (She is in Heaven. What do you expect?)

Ninja:
-is Silent. Stealth
-Can crush your head.
-can fly (or at least jump really high)
-says "yes" the those missions impossible to everyone else except ninja.
-Fights all the time.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Murder, Mayhem, Theft: The Real Thanksgiving as Taught to 3rd Graders

Teacher Bill Morgan walks into his third-grade class wearing a black Pilgrim hat made of construction paper and begins snatching up pencils, backpacks and glue sticks from his pupils. He tells them the items now belong to him because he "discovered" them.

I understand that the teacher wants to teach the truth to his students, but this is a little extreme. I personally have issues with it because my family had nothing do to with the settling of America, nor did they have anything to do with removing the Native Americans from their own land. I would be willing to bet that most of this teacher's students' families had little to do with it also. Is this lesson going to turn a kid into an anti-american bigot? I hope not, and I doubted. Might it give a person undue guilt about something they have no control over and can do nothing about?

It is important to teach the truth, but it is not always necessary to teach the entirety of the truth at one time. There are some truths the human mind cannot comprehend properly until after a certain level of maturity has been reached. Try teaching third graders about the metaphysics of the Eucharist; mostly likely they will stare at you like zombies because they don't understand.

Friday, November 24, 2006

I Think I Kant






I Think I Kant:
A Brief Discussion of Kant’s Categorical Imperative
In Comparison to Christ’s Categorical Imperative

A German thinker by the name of Immanuel Kant developed an ethics based around what he called his categorical imperative. The categorical imperative went something like this: Act only according to that maxim by which you can at the same time will that it would become a universal law. His maxim is often summed up in words similar to those found in the New Testament said by Christ: do unto others as you would do unto yourself.

The problem with Kant’s categorical imperative is that it is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Many people are fooled into believing Kant’s categorical imperative is a good thing. In other words, what they see is that it resembles a maxim found in their own faith. Instead of saying “A” is like “B” and “A” is also unlike “B”, they assume that “A” is the same as “B” by the fact that it merely resembles something they know. When it is clear that “A” might equal “B”, it is not to say that “A” is the same as “B”.

Although it resembles the Christian maxim, it is really nothing like the Christian maxim as set by Christ. You see, Kant never really expands beyond the categorical imperative. He never gives any qualification for any maxim. That is, Kant never gives the person any idea on how to act. When compared to Christ we see that Christ is truly the superior thinker, for he knew that something like the categorical imperative could not stand-alone.

Christ not only gave us Kant’s categorical imperative some 1800 years earlier, he also qualified it by saying don’t hate, don’t kill, love your neighbor, love God, help the needy, and the list can continue. Where as Kant was afraid to challenge the person into loving other people who are most unlovable, Christ was bold enough to challenge the person even unto death. That is, Christ laid the foundation and built upon it. Kant gave a good foundation, but never bothered building upon it -- as if a person can live on foundation alone, Kant erred.

Moreover, Kant deals nothing with the person who is an asshole. That is, Kant’s categorical imperative sucks if you happen to be an asshole because as the same time you are willing into existence the universal law of assholeness. All asshole never really realize that they themselves are asshole. Therefore by treating others as asshole, they are willing into existence the maxim of assholeness as how the people of the word are to act towards one another. Kant does nothing in trying to make humanity better.

Yet Christ challenges the person to become better. By qualifying certain maxims in His categorical imperative, he challenges the believer to go from asshole to lover. I don’t see how Kant has tricked so much of our society when really he does nothing for society. Kant’s philosophy helps you to think you good, but his philosophy fails in telling us what is good. However, Christ’s actually makes you good, and He tells us what is good. Personally, the world is filled with enough assholes and needs no more. Let us not follow Kant’s categorical imperative.

New Orleanian Family Sells House that was Given to Them After Katrina

Katrina House

This makes me embarrassed to tell people I am from New Orleans.

Returning Civility to the Classroom

"During lectures, they answer their cell phones, text message their friends and play games on their laptop computers.

Are college students really that rude?

Yes, says Delaney Kirk, a professor of management at Drake University in Des Moines.

But, she adds, it's not their fault.

"It's the same behavior we're seeing in the rest of society," Kirk says. "There's a general lack of social skills."



A lack of social skills. I guess that is expected when socializing with others is slowly diminishing in the society. A few examples: MP3 players, Cell Phones, Digital TV, Internet. None of these are bad things when used properly, but when students have withdrawal symptoms from their cellphones after a couple of hours, that is a problem. It is called addiction. Don't believe me? Walk on to any college campus and watch as any class empties. You will see students go right for their cell phone and MP3 player because they can't deal with themselves for the 3 minute walk to their next class. In other words students now socialize on a very limited bases in a very limited way. I don't see my neighbor face-to-face.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The Word Made Fresh: Flava Flav on the Resurrection

Yeeeeeeaaaaah, Booooooyyyyyeeeee! The resurrection. It’s so dramatical. My boy JC, that’s Jesus Christ, He rose from the dead. Can you believe that? A dead man rising from his grave! Ain’t that something!

This ain’t no joke. G like died on the cross for your stupid sins, I mean “G” as in God, and he even had a gang too – with like 12 members: one of them even backed stabbed him and gave him over to the po-lice. He had G assassinated. Like he was Biggie Smalls or 2-Pac or sum'in. You can’t kill God. Them be stupids thinking they could kill God.

If G hadn’t risen from the dead, do you think that his gang would have went around pub-bliss-i-sizing the resurrection like they did? Well, they wouldn’t have, cause they be lyin’ if they did that. And that would make them bad Jews. I ain’t scared to say this, and you should be dither, because it is the Truth.

Don’t think that someone jacked his body. Nobody came and stole his body. There’s no 5-finger discount at the resurrection. That’s just made up stuff so some punk guard could keep his job, fo' sho'. The tomb was empty cause JC rose and walked out. Not cause someone stole his body. Where is his body now? Not here. It’s in Heaven you corn-hole fool. Stop looking and start prayin’.

After He rose, He was seen all over the place. It was like JC was A-listed everywhere. The Rock, Peter, saw him before the gang. Some brothas on the road to Emmaus say Him. He was even in a room and let this dude put his hand in his wounds. Shoot, JC even ate fish. Dead people don’t eat fish, only living people eat. He wasn’t just some ghost trying to spook people. Ghosts don’t eat. They don’t even have stomachs. Don’t believe me? It’s in the Bible. Look it up.

Yeah Boye! The resurrection. It’s fo’ real yo. You can’t make up something this dramatical.

Interview With Dawn Eden

Radiant Newsletter/Magazine interviews Dawn about her new book. It is worth reading, for it give some background to the book.

Granny's Got a Gun

92 yearold woman shot to death after shootout with police.

Jesus Says...

"Amen, Amen I say to you. I am hip, and I am cool."

Whatever happen to Jesus being the WAY the TRUTH and the LIGHT, The Water of life, the Bread of life, etc...? Granted, Jesus might be my friend, but he is also my God. Let us not forget about His divinity and forsake it on account of his humanity.

The Hobbit

The Hobbit

It has been confirmed. The Hobbit is being made into a movie, but Peter Jackson (director of the Lord of the Rings movies) will not be the director. New Line Cinema is seeking other talent.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

I'm Not a Moron: Today's Oxymoron

Progressive people stuck in their ways.

Dating is Good for the Soul

Dating is Good for the Soul

I don't agree with her totally. I don't know many people who think of marriage whenever they go on a date -- then again, I am a guy. To be honest, I don't think I agee with most of the article. But it is worth a read if you want to see what an "eccuminical" view on dating might be.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Lok Ma. I git and "A": Grade Inflation in High Schools

Maybe We do need to have an English/Grammar Nazi in every High School across America.

Grade Inflation for High School Students

Why are High School Students making better grades? Here is a list of reasons:
1. High School teachers aren't educated enough to know the fine distinctions between an "A" Paper and a "B" paper. That is, the teachers did not learn what they needed to learn while in college. When I was in High School, I remember losing an entire letter grade for having a typo, misspelled word, or even a comma error. When I taught in the top scoring public school in Louisiana, the administration and my mentor teacher thought my grading system (which was the same system I was graded by in High School) was too tough.

2. No uniform grading systems in high school English classes. Grades are more easily fudged if there is no standard by which to grade. That is, if I like a student who is struggling in my class and he or she happens to be a good kid, then I could fudge a little on the grade and no one will know -- except God.

3. Many teachers are no longer giving tests in the usual way. I remember being told not to give the standard pen and paper test to my students. Instead, it was suggested to me that I find more creative and entertaining means to check assessment: like have my students make posters and do class presentations. I didn't mind having my students give presentations, but you can't deny the fact that when a person has learned something by heart (or memorization) they are less likely to forget a particular grammar or punctuation rule and misuse said rule. I found that the only student that would learn from the presentations were the ones giving the presentation.

4. I was told not to teach grammar because it was too basic and rudimentary; in other words, it was boring. I couldn't teach literature because every good story or book was considered offensive by some family or organization. I felt like an overly paid and overly educated babysitter. Why the Bad Grammar Read this article for why grammar is taught in few schools.

5. Interpreting literature was to be emphasized because that is what the High School Administration and English department thought was important for college preparation. Yet, when I interviewed several college English professors about what they wanted incoming students to know and do, it was a 100% consensus in that they all wanted their students to be able to express an idea in writing -- something which was taught on a very limited basis in my school.

6. Students (who could afford tutors) were getting their tutors to do their homework for them. If I gave my students an in class writing assignment the work I received was atrocious: over half could not punctuate properly -- I mean they couldn't use a period or capital letters properly. Forget a complete thought, that was right out. But if I gave them an writing assignment to be completed over a period of a couple days, I received papers that looked beautiful: like they were done not by Freshmen in High School but by Seniors in College.

7. Teachers don't want to be the bad guy (or girl). It is easier to give a student a "D" who deserves an "F".

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Midterm Elections

Leave it to John Stewart and The Daily Show team to do some tongue in cheek, cynical, inappropriate look at the American electoral system delivered in a "School House Rocks" cartoon style. Congressman Bob must have taken lessons from the politicians in Louisiana.

Advisory: Lord's name is taken in vain. Sexual references and innuendo are in video.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Nietzsche a Fool for Fools

Lately people have been asking me about Nietzsche. Here are a couple of brief points about some of his philosophy.

1. Nietzsche calls humanity to be the animal that he or she is, while the church calls humanity to be more than just the animal that he or she is; yet, I do not see how humanity can be come a superman (as is what Nietzsche wants) when humanity, according to Nietzsche, is nothing more than an animal. To be super means to be more than or above its root word – in this case, it is to be above man. So how can the animal-man be super if it is natural for humanity to be nothing more than an animal? It also appears to be true that in order to become greater then what one actually is one needs help. For instance, for a pile of wood to become better then being just a pile of wood needs help from a carpenter. I cannot elevate myself in the business world unless there is first someone there to elevate me to manager, CEO, then to President.

2. Nietzsche's telos of humanity, if it can be called that, is that humanity is to be super: a superman. But he gives no suggestion on how to get there. He might as well have said humanity is to be a circus of clows -- that at least is achievable. Really, Nietzsche gives no end, no goal at which humanity is to aim. If there is no end of humanity then there is no target at which to aim. There is only man shooting blindly in the wildnight.

3. Freeing one's self of morality, as Nietzsche advocates, is much like freeing one's self of clothes at a cocktail party: it's not recomended.

4. What good is a watch that cannot keep time accurately? Likewise, what good is a person who cannot make judgements accurately (specifically, what good is a person who cannot live morally?). That is, what good is he/she/it if he/she/it does not do what he/she/it ought to do? (I think I got this from a book by Aldisar McIntyre, I don't recall if it is a direct quote)

Two Posts I did for the LSU-Parousians on Nietzsche:
F-Bomb Nietzsche

Freeing Morality: A Brief Case for Moral Humanity

Friday, November 17, 2006

Playstation 3 Violence

Hmmm, what a coincidence to my previous post. I guess video games really DO cause violence. It's happening nationwide.

Playstation Pandemonium

Watch Stampede in Wisconsin for PS3: people hurt

PS3 and the risks to get one

Mayham Surrounds PS3 Scant Supply

3 robed in Oregon for PS3

Boston Mall cleared over PS3

PS3 Gone Wild in California as Police intervene

3 men held up in Oregon for PS3
1 Man shot in Conn.
Stampede in Wisconsin
People in Kentucky Shot by BB gun while waiting in line for store to open.
1 boy robed at gun point in parking lot in a Penn. Mall
Mall in Boston Closed due to PS3 Release.

The list continues.....

Shoot em Up, Shoot em up, Pow! Pow!

When Games get Gory
Maybe games don't have an effect on society, a statement that is left unqualified and wanting, but there certainly seems to be a correlation between the violence in video games and the violence in the country. I do recall playing Grand Turismo on PS2 with a roommate for a couple of hours a day, several days in a row then getting in my car and wanting to drive 200 mph down the road, run red lights, and drive recklessly (luckily my truck only goes to 95 mph before the governor kicks in). It is no wonder mothers won't let their kids play in the yard anymore?

In the 80s we had shoot em up games like Duck Hunt. If you weren't shooting ducks you were killing space aliens trying to make the word a better place. If there was a game where people killed people. Well, the people didn't look like people, so there could be no association with what was in the game to what can be done out of the game.








But killing aliens and shooting birds just wasn't enough for Americans. Now we have to kill one another in Video games where the enemy looks more real than pixilated -- and people wonder why the world is becoming dangerous.


Grand Theft Auto. Remind anyone of a texas sniper or even the gas station sniper. I guarantee this guy isn't killing aliens or ducks.






I don't see any ducks










It doesn't take a Stephen Hawking to figure this out.

Moms Should Stay Home

A Mothers Place is in the Home

An article considering why mothers (not all women) should raise their kids at home and not from the office.

From Article:
There is no compelling case that the world would be a better place if more women were lawyers, bankers, soldiers or engineers. There are many such arguments, however, that the world would be a far better place if more women were mothers. Which means more than the mere act of procreation. It means devotion, sacrifice and time. Not quality time, just time. Lots of it. It means refusing to accept that self-esteem can only come through a boss, water cooler gossip and a generous pension scheme...

Nobody is forcing women to become moms, but if they do they should take their new job seriously and not pretend it is some hobby or part-time occupation. Instead, we have created a situation where many women are embarrassed to admit that they are at home with their kids.

The Word Made Fresh: An Icon on Icons

During the Month of November we have at my church Icons of the saints and angels hanging in my church. I called up my good friend and heiress to the Hilton family, Paris and asked her to say a few words on Icons for my youth group kids. This is what she said:
Icons, that's hot. I know about Icons, because like, I am one. Everyone should have Icons in their life. An Icon in the house, an Icon at work, and many Icons at church. Like, don't you know what Icons are? Snap, don't you know that an Icon isn't just a normal picture? They are, like, these windows into Heaven. Heaven, that's hot. It's where we all need to go. It's like a party all the time there. Icons like let us see the Saints and Angels. They are totally holy images.

Like, a long time ago these guys, who would like live out in the desert and stuff, and they would not eat and only pray for a whole week before painting, that's hot. With every stroke the painter would say a prayer. So like, you are really looking at a prayer and not at some regular picture.

Icons don't really always look nice, but you try expressing the Gospel without words and see if you can do better. Icons are totally a different kind of language. You need to learn the language or have, like, some guy translate it for you so that you can, like, understand.

And it is like John Damascene said, "The beauty of the images move me to contemplation, as a meadow delights the eyes and subtly infuses the soul with the glory of God." That is totally what Icons do and that is what makes them so hot.

I think that Icons are hot, hot and everyone needs to learn about them.

I had no idea that Paris was so well read on Icons. I didn't even know she knew words like "contemplation." Guess you learn something everyday.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

A Review of The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On.

I recently had the pleasure of reading Dawn Eden's new book The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On. Below is my review of the book. Even though the target audience is women in their 20s-40s, I highly recommend it for both Men and Women. She has the ability to connect with the reader in a personal way not found in most writers.

Dawn Patrol: Dawn's Blog

The Thrill of the Chaste Official Website Go here to read reviews by Christopher West, Maggie Gallagher, and Publishers Weekly

Pre Order The Thrill of the Chaste from Amazon. Available from Amazon NOW and in Stores December 5, 2006.

In her new book, The Thrill of the Chaste, Dawn Eden writes with a naked truth and passion seen in few writers since Augustine and Pascal. Sprinkled with wit and quips, Dawn tackles a serious subject in a sometimes light-hearted Chestertonian manner by flipping the world upside down, removing the spin on life, and calling a thing what it really is. Yet, she remains bold enough to open her heart to the reader as she shares her own personal experiences in a manner that is anything but preachy. Having been part of the crowd disinterested in the pursuits of chastity and learning most often by trial and error, Dawn digs deep into the Sex and the City lifestyle and writes about it as is and the dangers that lifestyle holds for the modern woman.

Her book is rich with compassion and hope of renewal for those singles who have been misdirected by the Sex in the City message. Dawn provides not just an alternative view on life, but THE view of life as intended by delivering a message that is truly a counter-cultural remedy aimed at ending the woes found in today’s relationships. Through most of the book, she makes the case that the modern person is settling for too little pleasure by holding tightly to the Desperate Housewives mentality; clearly, we are meant for more than the whims and fads for which we too often settle.

The Thrill of the Chaste is a book that has been needed for many years to fill an absence in the chastity literature genre: the target audience is not teens but mature adults and young adults. In her book, Dawn also manages to bridge the gap between the secular and religious reasons for chastity as it calls us to rethink the meaning of sexuality. Staunch secularists will call it too religious. Conservative Christians will call it too secular, but what the text cannot be called is wrong. She speaks the truth, for she has “been there and done that”.

In brief, this is not your typical Christian self-help book or dating guide -- neither is Dawn your typical Christian. With ease, Dawn blows John Eldredge out of the water and kisses Joshua Harris goodbye. Dawn makes the case for chastity, and she proves it.

Neighbors


Here is a little video/slide show I did for my 5th grade CCD class. The topic that Sunday was Community and Neighbors. Since I feel as if I am competing with a flickering image, I figured I better learn to flicker myself or start to educate differently. The audio is about 4 seconds slow. As of now, YouTube does not propperly support the file format used in iTunes. This seems to be the root of the problem and since all my music is in iTunes, well, it won't work properly. However you can sort of get the gist of the video from what is there. Personally, I think it is trash without the audio and video matching.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Loyal Daughters:Sexuality and Sexual Assault as told by Notre Dame Students

In many ways, it was "The Vagina Monologues" tailored to the Notre Dame community, as a professor mentioned in a panel discussion after the play. (And, in a play about sexuality, there was not a shortage of characters who were Catholic and waiting until marriage.)

How does a person decided where to draw the line? When a message needs to be spoken how does one person witness to a heinous action while remaining true to his or her faith? That is how does a person, using a message that is against her faith, build up her faith?

This play sounds well intentioned, as it tries to portray the realities found on a university campus. But we all know that well intentioned people are not always doing the right thing.

ReflectionnoitcefleR on LOUD MUSAK

For those who don't know, I live in a renovated convent on the grounds of a local catholic high school about 30 feet from the parking lot. The last few days I have been waking up an hour and a half earlier than normal -- not by any fault of my own. Turns out one of the students (a senior) just received a new car from his parents equipped with the latest trunk rattlin' stereo system. As I type, my sleeping problem is being solved. The last couple of days has allowed me to reflect upon music -- especially the kind that rattles my windows in the morning.

Why is it that the latest rap, hip-hop, rock, metal song needs to be played at such ear bursting levels? Why does it seem to loses its impact when it is played softly? My conclusion: it is the desire to be heard and to make a statement. If I wanted to be heard -- which all people do, for it is a natural human desire to be heard and listened to by other people -- by people who are not paying me attention, clearly the best way to do it is to speak/yell/sing over them. This isn't really a matter of being taken seriously, but it is a matter of being listened to and heard. For example, I don't take much of the messages from rap and other music genera seriously -- in fact, it is often comical. However, I can't help but listen to said music because it is being played loud enough to wake the deaf.

Still, if a person is not speaking (or yelling) loud enough there is no possible way they will be heard over the crowd, so they stack the cards in their favor. Maybe they get a new stereo system they can crank to 11 when they need that extra something. Perhaps they will dress differently -- after all, if I want to stand out of the crowd I have to do something different from the crowd. Other things that fall into this category: certain kinds of language, unusual number of piercings, unhealthy obsession with self mortification, and the list can continue.

Every villain in nearly every movie exhibits this desire to be heard by first formulating a plan to take over the world. If people won't voluntarily listen to him then he is going to make them listen to him (much like the high school student). It even runs so deep that he even spills his guts to his arch rival (maybe James Bond) to the extent that he reveals every detail about his plan for world domination. All because he has a desire that needs to be fulfilled, and instead of seeking out a healthy means of fulfillment, he does something foolish: like build a laser on the moon or construct an under water city.

I propose that much of the silly antics of our world might end if people learned to listen to one another. If someone is listening to me, I don't have to shout. I don't have to do some strange action to draw attention to my self so that people will listen. All I have to do is speak, and I will be heard.

Stalking: Taking it to a Whole New Level

Stalkers going Hi-Tech

Stalkers are now using internet, cell phones, text messages, and GPS to stalk their prey.

Read about some of the silly mistakes people did to get into their situation, and read about how some made smart moves in moving on past their stalkers.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Loyal Daughter (Followup)

Theater project about sexuality appears at ND

Note: University President, Jenkins, does not give his full support to the play do to its neutral stance on consensual sex outside of marriage and other questionable themes. In other words, the play does not promote Catholic virtues and morals.

Being neutral is a sure fire way to produce an apathetic culture. Don't be for nothing. Be for something, or be against something. By being for or against something, people can actually learn from the two actions, but not being for anything is a way to promote indifference in life. Exactly why should the child care if the parent doesn't care?

The Unseriousness of Life

From an Email from a friend:

1. At Lunch Time, Sit In Your Parked Car With Sunglasses on and point a Hair Dryer At Passing Cars. See If They Slow Down.

2. Page Yourself Over The Intercom. Don't Disguise Your Voice.

3. Every Time Someone Asks You To Do Something, Ask If They Want Fries with that.

4. Put Your Garbage Can On Your Desk And Label It "In." (I am actually doing this one as I write this post. My out box is my "IN's" cousin.)

5. Put Decaf In The Coffee Maker For 3 Weeks. Once Everyone has Gotten Over Their Caffeine Addictions, Switch to Espresso.

6. In The Memo Field Of All Your Checks, Write "For Smuggling Diamonds"

7. Finish All Your sentences with "In Accordance With The Prophecy."

8. Dont use any punctuation

9. As Often As Possible, Skip Rather Than Walk.

10. Order a Diet Water whenever you go out to eat, with a serious face.

11. Specify That Your Drive-through Order Is "To Go."

12. Sing Along At The Opera.

13. Go To A Poetry Recital And Ask Why The Poems Don't Rhyme?

14. Put Mosquito Netting Around Your Work Area And Play tropical Sounds All Day.

15. Five Days In Advance, Tell Your Friends You Can't Attend Their Party Because You're Not In The Mood.

16. Have Your Co-workers Address You By Your Wrestling Name, Rock Bottom.

17. When The Money Comes Out The ATM, Scream "I Won!, I Won!"

18. When Leaving The Zoo, Start Running Towards The Parking lot, Yelling "Run For Your Lives, They're Loose!!"

19. Tell Your Children Over Dinner. "Due To The Economy, We Are Going To Have To Let One Of You Go."

Office Proposal

Here is a copy of a proposal I am submitting for the upcoming staff meeting. I hope it goes well and is accepted.





My proposal:
I would like to bring to the table at this week’s staff meeting the proposal of getting fresh, warm, perfectly glazed donuts for the donut ministry table after the Liturgies on Sunday. I do believe this will entice the congregation to do more fellowshipping after the weekend celebration. Just imagine the fresh delectable sent the donuts with produce. How can a person resist such a pleasurable odor and rush out of the church without first inquiring into where the baked smell of goodness is originating? By having the fresh, warm, perfectly glazed donuts, it will also supply the opportunity for parishioners to further minister to those who are in need ministering, and it will also provide the opportunity to promote said ministries. Not only should we feed the body, but also the soul.

I propose that by focusing on feeding the body first, it will only make it easier to feed the person’s soul. Where there is good food there will be good people. Where there is good people there will be good company. Where there is good company there will be good food.

I am Paul Cat, and I approve this message.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Loyal Daughters

Play about sexuality, sexual assault starts tonight at ND

It's not The Vagina Monologues but is it similiar? Loyal Daughters is a play written by a Notre Dame student who organized the on campus productions of The Vagina Monologues last year. The play is based off a series of interviews that the ND student conducted with other students, staff and employees after The Vagina Monologues production. The interviews revolved around the "topics of sexuality, sexual experiences and sexual assault."

More on this Tomorrow.

My Business. Your Business. Whose Business? Our Business.

There are those people who insist that there are somethings that are not my business -- or other people's business for that matter. So I ask, what is my business, and what is not my business?

I would imagine that anything that does not effect me is not my business and everything that does have an effect upon me is my business.

After much mental work I think it is safe to say that the following things are none of my business: What people name their children; how people wear their hair; how people walk, jog, and run; whether a person eats beans on Monday as opposed to Tuesday; there can be more, but they only get sillier.

These are the things that do seem to be my business: My country, My religion (and other religions too), The state of the world in which I live, Life, Liberty, Happiness, the well being of my neighbor, my family, what is shown on TV, what is reported in the news, truth, reason, lies, health, medicine, the things people believe, government, big business, and the list can continue.

My exercise was to try and find ways that I am not connected to my neighbor: I seem to have found few. The truth is that humanity is interdependent upon one another and connected -- to a certain degree, even if unknown -- to one another, and each person can affect one another depending upon what actions he or she makes. This is similar to Newton's Law of motion: for every action there is a reaction.

If it is true that all of humanity is connected and each person to the other, then it only makes sense that what my neighbor decides and how he or she acts concerns me, for I am connected to him or her and either can, and more likely will, have an effect on me. The question then becomes to what degree is a person’s actions and decisions my business?

It is clear that the actions a person takes will have varying degrees of reactions upon a person (and community) depending upon the act which follows the decision: i.e. if I wear a blue shit as opposed to a purple shirt will produce a different kind of reaction in my community (and very much one of little importance and significance of note) then if my neighbor decides to eat himself or herself to death. Both actions are my business but to different degrees. It is no interest to me how my neighbor dresses, so the degree of it being my business is only a slight one. It is of great interest to me a person’s life. For a person has much more influence upon the world than the dress of a person can ever have. Because life has much more influence upon the world then a shirt will ever have, life is of great importance and is very much everyone’s business to high degree.

So I ask again: what is my business? The World is my business.
The real question people should be asking is: to what degree are your actions and decisions my business?

Fratties SUE Borat

Humiliated S.C. Frat Boys Sue 'Borat'

Over their appearance in the recent blockbuster mockumentery, two Chi Psi fraternity members are sueing Borat.

The article reads:
Two fraternity members from a South Carolina university are suing over their appearance in the hit movie "Borat," saying they were duped into making racist and sexist remarks.

For anyone who has seen the movie realizes how inebreated these frat brothers were. There was no need for them to be duped into anything. Besides, if the old maxim is true that in wine there is truth, I would be hard press to believe that these individuals were not speaking their true feelings. After all, I am from the deep South and have had many encounters with these kinds of Fraternity members.

Besides, they should be happy that they have had the opportunity to make an entire nation laugh, and in doing so they have added to the general happiness of the country.

Burrito is NOT a Sandwich

Mass. Judge says that Burrito is not a Sandwich: Stop holding your berath, the debate has been settled. The Burrito is officialy and leagely not a sandwich.

From Story:
Cambridge chef Chris Schlesinger, who said in an affidavit: "I know of no chef or culinary historian who would call a burrito a sandwich. Indeed, the notion would be absurd to any credible chef or culinary historian."

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Can't Keep a Blue Dog Down

Blue Dog Relief

Local Louisiana Painter and creator of the famous BlueDog, George Redrigue, has a site to help raise money for the Katrina and Rita victims of last year. With a donation of a certain specified amount, you receive a Blue Dog painting for your generous donation.

Chesterton on Nietzsche

I emailed Nancy C Brown asking her about Nietzshe and Chesterton. Nancy is one of the Main contributer for The Blog of the American Chesterton Society. Below is a copy of the Email. Notice that she gave me all the references of when Chesterton mentions Nietzsche by name. Nancy did not include the unnamed references and allusions Chesterton makes to Nietzsche's philosophy, so I can only imagine how much longer this list might be if we had those references also. I could not believe the length of the list Nancy emailed with: I was shocked by its size. She briefly explained that at the American Chesterton Society Dale and friends are working on a project call "The AMBER Chesterton". The Amber project's goal is to have all of Chesterton's writings in electronic formate so they can be searched according to words and topics.

Donate to Project Amber and The American Chesterton Society

The sentences are incomplete and are often ripped straight from the text. Don't get confused by the sentence ending and beginning in a strange manner.

Here is the Email from Nancy:

HI Paul,
Someone at a Chesterton conference gave a talk on this, we're looking it up to see who it was. it was a few years ago.

Meanwhile, you can look these things up, if you so desire. They are all of the reference Chesterton made to Nietzsche in any of his writings (as you can see, there are TONS!). Each heading tells you what year the book was published and the title of the book, and down the left side is the page number.

Good luck with what you are thinking and working on,
God bless,
Nancy

NIETZSCHE

1902 George Frederick Watts
17 t Baudelaire is loathsome, or Nietzsche inhuman, because we stand in

1903 Varied Types
122 ws most of the philosophy of Nietzsche, who is in modern times the s
122 oonstruck consistency. Though Nietzsche and Carlyle were in reality p
122 ng a stiff-necked peasant and Nietzsche a very fragile aristocrat, th
122 en and earth. The disciple of Nietzsche, indeed, embraces immorality

1905 Heretics
53 Tolstoy, or spare nobody with Nietzsche; - these are the things about
68 l weakness of his new master, Nietzsche, the strange notion that the
80 e cannot even call him great. Nietzsche summed up all that is interes
82 e human than humanity itself. Nietzsche's Superman is cold and friend
82 that he feels more. And when Nietzsche says, "A new commandment I gi
139 ost unpardonable of virtues. Nietzsche, who represents most prominen
139 we may regard it as pathetic. Nietzsche's aristocracy has about it al
139 a suffocating smell. But when Nietzsche has the incredible lack of hu
146 hical conservatives, not even Nietzsche, let him read the Bow Bells N
146 s Novelettes. Of the case of Nietzsche I am confessedly more doubtfu
146 am confessedly more doubtful. Nietzsche and the Bow Bells Novelettes
147 dislike of hurting the weak. Nietzsche, on the other hand, attribute

1906 Charles Dickens
165 even mild. A modern man like Nietzsche, a modern man like Gorky, a

1906 Illustrated London News - 1906 - CW 27
Jul 21 rifice." Men of the school of Nietzsche or of Mr. Bernard Shaw often
Nov 10 ed by physical weaklings like Nietzsche it is a very serious thing ev

1907 The Man Who Was Thursday
491 e position of those who, like Nietzsche, admire violence - the proud,

1908 All Things Considered
104 ed by physical weaklings like Nietzsche it is a very serious thing ev

1908 Illustrated London News - 1908 - CW 28
Aug 15 re many other instances. Poor Nietzsche had much of the irritation of
Aug 15 vernous brain of the American Nietzsche, a sublime donkey who actuall
Dec 19 m and Breathing Exercises and Nietzsche and Art Nouveau, and plays al
Dec 19 isoned Puritan whose name was Nietzsche started his idea of a Superma
Dec 19 tter still. An Anarchist like Nietzsche has a right to talk of "the S
Dec 19 ame. This, I suppose, is what Nietzsche did. He said: "Throw all crea
Dec 19 pitiful phrase in which poor Nietzsche expressed his hazy intention

1908 Orthodoxy
238 nt, which implies a standard? Nietzsche started a nonsensical idea th
241 . It came, I suppose, through Nietzsche, who preached something that
241 was simple-minded enough; for Nietzsche denied egoism simply by preac
243 ll the will-worshippers, from Nietzsche to Mr. Davidson, are really q
245 principle to be fierce about. Nietzsche had some natural talent for s
245 ng he denounces. But, indeed, Nietzsche will stand very well as the t
246 s not a physical accident. If Nietzsche had not ended in imbecility,
246 had not ended in imbecility, Nietzscheism would end in imbecility. T
246 of law end in the same void. Nietzsche scales staggering mountains,
246 ial actions are evil. But the Nietzscheite's will is quite equally fr
246 of Schopenhauer and Tolstoy, Nietzsche and Shaw, as clearly as an in
247 or by accepting them all like Nietzsche. She chose a path, and went d
247 was true either in Tolstoy or Nietzsche, all that was even tolerable
247 nd proud and pathetic in poor Nietzsche, and his mutiny against the e
247 not afraid of an army, while Nietzsche, for all we know, was afraid
247 peasant; she was the peasant. Nietzsche only praised the warrior; she
309 almost the whole weakness of Nietzsche, whom some are representing a
309 ard, fearless men of thought. Nietzsche always escaped a question by
309 acrobats or alpine climbers. Nietzsche is truly a very timid thinker
312 stablished. It was Karl Marx, Nietzsche, Tolstoy, Cunninghame Grahame
312 s. He is a Marxian one day, a Nietzscheite the next day, a Superman (
318 evolve along the opposite or Nietzschean line of development - super
327 ar Levy, the only intelligent Nietzscheite) who can even manage for a

1909 George Bernard Shaw
449 sure of the presence of some Nietzscheite professor, who will expla
460 think, in Shaw's discovery of Nietzsche. This eloquent sophist has an
460 equately to study. By descent Nietzsche was a Pole, and probably a Po
460 good thing. I do not know if Nietzsche ever used the illustration; b
460 that is credible or sound in Nietzsche could be stated in the deriva
461 so far as he maintained this Nietzsche was only taking part in that
461 since the sixteenth century. Nietzsche imagined he was rebelling aga
461 There are indeed doctrines of Nietzsche that are not Christian, but t
461 ainly a nuisance that the one Nietzsche doctrine which attracted him
461 attracted him was not the one Nietzsche doctrine that is human and re
461 that is human and rectifying. Nietzsche might really have done some g
461 his least convincing phrases, Nietzsche had said that just as the ape
462 been many times asked of the Nietzscheites, and none of the Nietzsch
462 ietzscheites, and none of the Nietzscheites has even attempted to ans
462 this time came to the help of Nietzsche and established the Superman
464 ive realism, the discovery of Nietzsche, and the abandonment of the i

1910 The Ball and the Cross
239 Bartholomew. But your modern Nietzsche will tell you that massacre w

1910 What's Wrong With the World
136 racy, sophists like Burke and Nietzsche, have never claimed for arist

1911 Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens
255 se sign than that a man, even Nietzsche, can be found to say that we

1911 The Future of Religion - Mr. G. K. Chesterton's Reply to Mr. Bernard Shaw
7 eclipsed, for they were not. @Nietzsche Off his Head.@We were living
7 an religion had been revived. Nietzsche, who, although he was entirel

1911 Illustrated London News - 1911 - CW 29
Mar 11 the writer has read too much Nietzsche and Shaw, and too little of l

1911 The Innocence of Father Brown
180 re he was the blonde beast of Nietzsche, but all this animal beauty w

1912 Illustrated London News - 1912 - CW 29
Apr 13 letter about the splendour of Nietzsche and the contemptibility of co
Apr 13 surd." So far, I quite agree. Nietzsche could not have pictured anyth
Apr 13 he had not the imagination. Nietzsche could not have created anybod
Apr 13 more solid and creative than Nietzsche's. Nietzsche could only hazil
Apr 13 nd creative than Nietzsche's. Nietzsche could only hazily describe an
Apr 13 though he had never seen it.@Nietzsche was a great epigrammatist, an
Apr 13 ulptor or a Venetian painter. Nietzsche was no more capable of making
Apr 13 ove mentioned that to compare Nietzsche with Dickens or Carlyle was a

1912 Manalive
155 ,' I remarked. 'Ibsen, Gorki, Nietzsche, Shaw, would all say rather t
155 conventional in my time! Why, Nietzsche stood in a row of ramrods in

1914 The Flying Inn
318 passion in his eyes. "Doesn't Nietzsche say somewhere that the delig

1914 Illustrated London News - 1914 - CW 30
Mar 21 , it is better to kill logic. Nietzsche was something like an Apostle
Aug 22 original roots were rather in Nietzsche than in Francis of Assisi. "R

1915 The Appetite of Tyranny
258 n; forget not thy whip," said Nietzsche. It will be observed that he
272 must have chaos within" said Nietzsche, "that we may give birth to a

1916 Illustrated London News - 1916 - CW 30
Jun 24 o do so," said their prophet, Nietzsche, when he spoke of the weak pe

1918 Illustrated London News - 1918 - CW 31
May 11 dealism; and from articles on Nietzsche the way to be a Superman who

1919 Irish Impressions
213 that can swallow him. But the Nietzschean nightmare of swallowing the

1920 The Superstition of Divorce
231 this: that if the nonsense of Nietzsche or some such sophist submerge

1921 Illustrated London News - 1921 - CW 32
Jan 15 r a little of the nonsense of Nietzsche. It is true that there has be
Jan 15 e. But for practical purposes Nietzsche was quite as negative as Scho
Jan 15 as Schopenhauer. The optimist Nietzsche would have no more interested
Jan 15 Schopenhauer. The militarist Nietzsche would no more have drawn the
Jan 15 brutal energy at an age when Nietzsche, the northern superman, was a

1921 The New Jerusalem
325 George Moore was anticipating Nietzsche, sailing near, as he said, "t

1922 Eugenics and Other Evils
293 hen the evolutionary fancy of Nietzsche was the new cry among the int
356 ldness for its own sake, like Nietzsche or the anarchic poets, but on
362 esome a fancy as the spawn of Nietzsche suppose to-day. No human bein
417 beian mirth. The very name of Nietzsche, who had held up this hope of

1922 Illustrated London News - 1922 - CW 32
Mar 18 a decadent Roman emperor or a Nietzschean maniac would never have pou
Oct 07 re may be a certain amount of Nietzschean nonsense mixed up with the
Oct 07 erence between D'Annunzio and Nietzsche, both national and personal,
Oct 07 h national and personal, that Nietzsche praised fighting and D'Annunz

1922 What I Saw In America
100 lked more of Macaulay than of Nietzsche, we should probably talk more

1923 Illustrated London News - 1923 - CW 33
Jun 09 material acts of mercy. Some Nietzschean nature-worshippers do not a
Jun 09 t of a Christian Scientist, a Nietzschean, a Conscientious Objector,
Sep 15 y-house. The wilder figure of Nietzsche would cross the traveller's

1924 Illustrated London News - 1924 - CW 33
Mar 08 a quite literal lunatic named Nietzsche. Yet how vivid that utterly u

1924 St. Francis of Assisi
79 hopenhauer scorning life or a Nietzsche living only for scorn. But th

1925 Illustrated London News - 1925 - CW 33
Feb 14 ed like the "dancing star" of Nietzsche. It might turn into a triple

1927 The Catholic Church and Conversion
123 in all natural things; or the Nietzschean theory that nature is evolv

1927 Robert Louis Stevenson
92 ttle inclined to cry with the Nietzschean: 'Greatness is God.' In som

1928 Illustrated London News - 1928 - CW 34
Mar 31 as much as to the opinions of Nietzsche. The Superman of the future m
Mar 31 m as he would differ from me. Nietzsche certainly did appear to inclu
May 26 lution. Some, like the insane Nietzsche, said we must prefer evolutio

1929 G.K.C. as M.C.
17 le to Hume and from Hobbes to Nietzsche. So good a gentleman as Holme

1929 Generally Speaking
270 a decadent Roman emperor or a Nietzschean maniac would never have pou

1929 Illustrated London News - 1929 - CW 35
Jan 12 r in the staggering phrase of Nietzsche: "Your life is intolerable wi
Apr 06 arlatans - were Carlyle and Nietzsche and Ibsen and Tolstoy and Har
Sep 14 for instance, as developed by Nietzsche and other sophists, depends e

1929 The Thing - Why I Am a Catholic
154 e pain of the world. Not only Nietzsche, but many Neo-Pagans working

1930 Illustrated London News - 1930 - CW 35
Jun 14 ll the windy violence of some Nietzschean imitation of the Hammer of
Jun 14 destructive, like his master Nietzsche before him. What I complain o
Aug 02 nity. And everybody knows how Nietzsche uttered this revelation, with
Aug 02 the most lively sceptic. For Nietzsche's views, in his best days, we
Aug 09 or Buddha or Aquinas or even Nietzsche, which are the food of the mi
Aug 30 penhauer to go back to India; Nietzsche to go back to chaos. I do not

1932 All Is Grist
62 ll the windy violence of some Nietzschean imitation of the Hammer of
62 destructive, like his mister Nietzsche before him. What I complain o
72 penhauer to go back to India; Nietzsche to go back to chaos. I do not
149 nity. And everybody knows how Nietzsche uttered this revelation, with
149 the most lively sceptic. For Nietzsche's views, in his best days, we

1932 Chaucer
167 he system of Schopenhauer and Nietzsche and Marx and all the rest. In

1932 Illustrated London News - 1932
Apr 16 ions. From the North come the Nietzsches and the Schopenhauers, and a

1933 Illustrated London News - 1933
Sep 09 ind from modern writers; from Nietzsche, from Carlyle, from George Mo

1933 St. Thomas Aquinas
490 ke Buddha on the one hand or Nietzsche on the other. It is when we s
491 as the Sorrowful Wheel, poor Nietzsche actually managed to describe
491 But as a fact, in the case of Nietzsche, this did not belong to the m

1934 Illustrated London News - 1934
Apr 07 strike. I had head all about Nietzsche and the master Mind and the r
Aug 11 t almost looks as if poor old Nietzsche's notion of an "Inversion of

1935 Illustrated London News - 1935
Jun 29 That is what happened to poor Nietzsche, leading him to write that se

1935 The Well and the Shallows
400 gs. A little while afterwards Nietzsche took the next step by throwin

1936 As I Was Saying
160 That is what happened to poor Nietzsche, leading him to write that se

1936 The Autobiography of G. K. Chesterton
141 ding against the new ethic of Nietzsche the old ethic of Naboth. This
152 ere somebody was lecturing on Nietzsche; and where the debators (by t
152 m the gratifying thought that Nietzsche attacked Christianity to the
152 o got up and pointed out that Nietzsche would be even more opposed to
153 at second or third hand; from Nietzsche or Tolstoy or Ibsen or Shaw;
154 nor occasion of the debate on Nietzsche. All that clique, in praising
154 lready noted in the debate on Nietzsche. It was the farcical curate,
170 tic shadow of the Superman of Nietzsche and Shaw. Their hearts were i

1936 Illustrated London News - 1936
May 16 you with the calm insanity of Nietzsche and say: "Of course, they are

1937 Father Brown on Chesterton
88 of the Superman, about which Nietzsche had done a book or books, and
168 ed to say. It was his copy of Nietzsche's Zarathustra that I read qui

1940 The End of the Armistice
621 of The Struggle for Life, as Nietzsche and Henley preached it in my

1950 The Common Man
23 e and feminine eloquence like Nietzsche, and sometimes of an admirabl
23 nciful and younger theorists. Nietzsche, as every one knows, preached
24 u will find not only all that Nietzsche had to say put into two lines
24 d it put in the very words of Nietzsche. Richard Crookback says to hi
24 n. Shakespeare had thought of Nietzsche and the Master Morality; but
24 man like Richard, a man like Nietzsche. This case alone ought to des
24 t Shakespeare did not see the Nietzsche idea; he saw it, and he saw t

1953 A Handful of Authors - Essays on Books and Writers
138 enemy of the people than poor Nietzsche. To this day those few of the

1966 The Spice of Life
12 opher of force and supremacy, Nietzsche, and he died in a madhouse. T
12 endly and hostile, said about Nietzsche's philosophy, but few so far
12 for the strong man. If any of Nietzsche's followers wish to find the

1968 Chesterton Continued
100 ways and Mr. Mencken admires Nietzsche in all sorts of ways; sometim
100 , Mr. Mencken does not admire Nietzsche in a festive way. He does not
100 es, to celebrate the day when Nietzsche was born; or the day he went
100 pposed to be the sacred date. Nietzsche said he was AntiChrist. But M

1989 Essays on Shaw (From CW 11)
512 is as yet news from nowhere. Nietzsche's appeal to him to be a good
514 says someone (it sounds like Nietzsche), and all that can be said in
601 he time of the earlier play, "Nietzsche is at least right in one sent

1993 Collected Works Volume 14 (Part I c)
376 e been tempted to go mad like Nietzsche or turn peasant like Tolstoy.

Chesterton v. Nietzsche

Last year a read a few books by Nietzsche. After finishing with a few of his books, I resumed reading some of Chesterton's Essay's and books. I have recently come to the conclusion that a significant portion of GKC's essays were spent in response to Nietzscheism, usually coming in the form of indirect allusions -- but for a person familiar in Nietzsche the references stick out like a sore thumb (mostly because Nietzsche is a sore thumb). I know GKC addresses Nietzsche by name in "Orthodoxy".

Here is a link to the LSU-Parousian blog. I wrote a paper on Nietzsche for them. Despite the title, it is a good read.Hope you enjoy.

F-bomb Nietzsche: Blah, Blah, Blah

From G.K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy

1. Nietzsche started a nonsensical idea that men had once sought as good what we now call evil; if it were so, we could not talk of surpassing or even falling short of them. How can you overtake Jones if you walk in the other direction? You cannot discuss whether one people has succeeded more in being miserable than another succeeded in being happy. It would be like discussing whether Milton was more puritanical than a pig is fat.


2. I suppose, through Nietzsche, who preached something that is called egoism. That, indeed, was simpleminded enough; for Nietzsche denied egoism simply by preaching it. To preach anything is to give it away. First, the egoist calls life a war without mercy, and then he takes the greatest possible trouble to drill his enemies in war. To preach egoism is to practise altruism. But however it began, the view is common enough in current literature. The main defence of these thinkers is that they are not thinkers; they are makers. They say that choice is itself the divine thing.



3. Nietzsche had some natural talent for sarcasm: he could sneer, though he could not laugh; but there is always something bodiless and without weight in his satire, simply because it has not any mass of common morality behind it. He is himself more preposterous than anything he denounces. But, indeed, Nietzsche will stand very well as the type of the whole of this failure of abstract violence. The softening of the brain which ultimately overtook him was not a physical accident. If Nietzsche had not ended in imbecility, Nietzscheism would end in imbecility. Thinking in isolation and with pride ends in being an idiot. Every man who will not have softening of the heart must at last have softening of the brain.

This last attempt to evade intellectualism ends in intellectualism, and therefore in death. The sortie has failed. The wild worship of lawlessness and the materialist worship of law end in the same void. Nietzsche scales staggering mountains, but he turns up ultimately in Tibet. He sits down beside Tolstoy in the land of nothing and Nirvana. They are both helpless --
one because he must not grasp anything, and the other because he must not let go of anything. The Tolstoyan’s will is frozen by a Buddhist instinct that all special actions are evil. But the Nietzscheite’s will is quite equally frozen by his view that all special actions are good; for if all special actions are good, none of them are special. They stand at the crossroads, and one hates all the roads and the other likes all the roads. The result is -- well, some things are not hard to calculate. They stand at the cross-roads.



4. the philosophies of Schopenhauer and Tolstoy, Nietzsche and Shaw, as clearly as an inevitable raftway smash could be seen from a balloon. They are all on the road to the emptiness of the asylum. For madness may be defined as using mental activity so as to reach mental helplessness; and they have nearly reached it.


5. Nietzsche, whom some are representing as a bold and strong thinker. No one will deny that he was a poetical and suggestive thinker; but he was quite the reverse of strong. He was not at all bold. He never put his own meaning before himself in bald abstract words: as did Aristotle and Calvin, and even Karl Marx, the hard, fearless men of thought. Nietzsche
always escaped a question by a physical metaphor, like a cheery minor poet. He said, “beyond good and evil,” because he had not the courage to say, “more good than good and evil,” or, “more evil than good and evil.” Had he faced his thought without metaphors, he would have seen that it was nonsense. So, when he describes his hero, he does not dare to say, “the purer
man,” or “the happier man,” or “the sadder man,” for all these are ideas; and ideas are alarming. He says “the upper man,” or “over man,” a physical metaphor from acrobats or alpine climbers. Nietzsche is truly a very timid thinker. He does not really know in the least what sort of man he wants evolution to produce. And if he does not know, certainly the ordinary evolutionists, who talk about things being “higher,” do not know either.

Friday, November 10, 2006

An Amazing 6-year old.

Saintly 6-Year Old

From text:
Kissimmee, Nov. 10, 2006 (CNA) - Back in August Catholics and non-Catholics alike were dismayed to hear the story of a priest who was issued a parking ticket while rushing to administer the Sacraments to a hospitalized woman. Several people responded with prayers, donations, and words of support for the priest and his ministry, but none had quite the same effect as 6-year old Brandon Rodriguez.

A Spanking

Rapist to be Spanked in Public

A convicted rapist is set to be slapped/spanked with an open hand 51 times in public. The location of this spanking: India.

Instructing the Congregation

The Priest has been instructed.
The Theologians have been instructed.
The Lecters have been instructed.
The Musicians have been instructed.
The Extraordinary ministers have been instructed.
The Alter Servers have been instructed.
The Ushers have been instructed.

5 points if you can guess who is missing.

It seems that everyone is instructed in Litugry except the congregation. If we asked a memeber of the congregation if he or she knows what was going on, or what it is that that person was doing he or she might reply, "How can I, unless someone instructs me" (Acts 8:31)? When is the congregation going to start being instructed in Liturgy?

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Diving Board Mishap



This is why you should only bounce once on a diving board.

Feminisism, Pelosi, and Speaker of the House

Just Another Speaker

Any moment now the Media will start making a hugh deal out of Pelosi being the first female Speaker of the House. The feminist will gather and toast their accomplishments saying, "Look how far we have come." all the while agreeing simultaneously that they have not gone far enough; yet, none of the feminist dare qualify by stating how far is far enough. Exactly how is an unqualified goal to be reached? What the feminists really have is no goal at which to aim, and what they do is really only progress for the sake of progress. Progress for Progress' sake can and is dangerous for no end has be stated and how can a person begin if there is no end in sight? Where are the feminists headed: to the home, to the car, perhaps their goal is one of love or contrary to love? I don't know, they have never stated.

I don't see why people are going to make such a big deal out of a woman Speaker. Certainly, it is of note that she is the first female Speaker. But the truth of the matter is that she will be the 60th Speaker for the United States. Pelosi will certainly receive a spot in all future American history textbooks, but as of now she deserves little more mention then that she was the first female Speaker. Now if she was the first ever Speaker of the House, there would be no blowing it out of proportion, but the United States already had one of those back in 1789 -- his name is Frederick A.C. Muhlenberg.

I'm a fan of calling a thing what it is. What I see is that at the heart of the reality is that 59 other persons were speakers before Pelosi. Why now should we as Americans take note of the matter and elevate one Speaker above the rest just from the mere fact that the person behind the podium happens to look different than the previous 59?

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Brief Reflection on Gay Marriages, Happiness, and the Family

Gay marriages are justifiable if companionship and sexual gratification are marriage’s ultimate end. However, this goes against what every culture in history has acknowledged to be the center of marriage: the rearing and raising of children.

Happiness is a factor in any relationship, but it has never been the primary reason for marriage. A couple might insist that they have chemistry. Chemistry is neither a good reason for marriage, for chemistry can explode. I feel much safer leaving the chemistry to chemists and not to the lovers, for lovers are not only blind but also deaf and dumb and when working with chemistry it is safer to have a person who can see, hear, and think while working with chemicals. Surely love, happiness, and chemistry all add meaning, value, and beauty to any relationship; however, it is not the definitive reason for marriage.

The survival of our society has always depended upon the survival of the family and we owe our continual survival to the family: more specifically, the relations between a man and a woman in the institute that is marriage. Birthing, marriage, and sexual relations must not be treated in a utilitarian sense, for once this occurs marriage, family, babies, birthing all become things to be outsourced to other people, places, and things.

But in a homosexual marriage, this is exactly how fertility and humanity are treated: as things to be used as a means to an end. The end never justifies the means, regardless of how nice you treat the mean or how well intentioned the party might be. After all, Hitler too was well intentioned.

The Canadian TV show host Michael Coren commented, “If marriage is suddenly fundamentally altered to include people of the same gender, it loses its genuine meaning to the rest of us. We may include the earthworm in the cat family. Does this make worms feline? Of course not. But it destroys the definition of cat.”

Supreme Court is to Consider Abortion Cases


Abortion

When are people going to learn that we are not "Made in Ireland" or "Made in the USA" or even "Made in Japan." Humanity is not a product to be outsourced to the lowest bidder. We are all "Made in the Womb."

Bid to create part human part animal embryos

Bid to create part human part animal embryos

Don't people read books anymore? Haven't they heard of H.G. Wells? He wrote a novel based on this same idea and the end was not a good thing. Scientists really need to stop thinking and start reading.

The Life of the Mind

I just finished reading Father James Schall's new book The Life of the Mind.

In as few words as possible, the book is about the pursuit of knowledge through the course of a lifetime: it deals with the idea of the life long learner. There are chapters on: The lightness in Existence, The Liberals Arts, On the Consolations of Illiteracy, On Knowing Nothing of Intellectual Delights, and The Metaphysics of Walking to name a few. He argues that a bad education lacking in good books and great books can actually be an advantage, for now we have not learned the good/great books badly and have the opportunity of discovering for oneself what makes those books great (Like Chesterton's man who sails from England only to discover England upon returning). That is a bad education give the person the freedom to enjoy a good self education. He also cautions the reader about learning and reading books too soon. No one would give a teenager Aristotle's Metaphysics to read. The danger of learning something too soon or too high can result in burnout and stunt the life of the mind in the person and result in a non-education.

I recommend this book.

Here are some quotes that I liked:

"What is important is what is true, not the mechanics of recording it." pg 3

"We become luminous to ourselves when we know what is not ourselves ... We are the one thing in the variegated universe that we cannot directly know." pg 11

"The adventure of knowing is our avenue to the adventure of being -- to the being of all things that are." pg 11

"The important thing is not to read, but to understand." pg 14

"Indeed, the intellectual refutation of skepticism is almost the first serious step anyone needs to take to test the validity of his own mind and thinking powers." pg 18

"In coming to know, we do not change what it is that we know. We change ourselves." pg 18

Quoting Jacques Maritain "Great poets and thinkers are the foster-fathers of intelligence. Cut off from them, we are simply barbarians." pg39

"No matter how valuable natural virtues are, they do not themselves guarantee supernatural excellence." pg 40

"A man's life is always dealing with permanence -- that the most dangerous kind of irresponsibility is to think of your doings as temporary." pg 54

"Wisdom does not primarily deal with what we wish we might have, but with what we do have." pg 57

"We sometimes think that the highest things ar elearned apart from the ordinary things. Bur it is not true." pg 92

"When it comes to things that really count, there is nothing on TV." pg 114

"Beauty does not add to the usefulness of a tool." pg 127

"secularists are more scandalized when clerics do observe their vows than when they do not. Sin is ultimately less interesting than virtue, let alone grace." pg 130

"For we meet our greatest teachers by reading what they have to tell us, even when, like Plato, they tell us that the very highest experiences cannot be written down." pg 156

"In the end, it is indeed a 'risk' to be a human being." pg 156

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Dodge Caliber Commercial

Parental Advisory: There is a bleeped out swear word in this commercial.
Its anything but cute


If you thinks this is funny. You should hear the radio ads.

Gender Swap Shop: Making Gender a Personal Choice

Gender: A Personal Choice

Those crazy New Yorkers.

I can see the advertisements:
"Men feel like a woman trapped in a man's body? Tired of living a lie and going to work dressed as someone you are not? If you answered yes to either of these two questions then come on down to the Gender Swap Shop where gender is your personal choice."

When will people realize that gender is an apersonal choice.

Notre Dame law professor argues for ban on partial birth abortion

Professor Richard Garnett argues for ban on PBA

From Text:
"Nothing in our constitutional text, history, tradition, or structure supports, let alone compels, the conclusion that the American people may not affirm our commitment to decency and human dignity by rejecting partial-birth abortion.”


"...the doctrine of stare decisis, properly understood, is not an inexorable command of blind, unquestioning adherence to the most recently decided case."

Monday, November 06, 2006

Devils Administer Communion.

Devils at Mass: just what I always wanted to see at the Liturgy.

Missouri Amendment 2: A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

Amendment 2

Above is a link to the Missouri Amendment 2 document that is up for voting tomorrow. I finally took the time to read it. I was shocked! It poses as a beneficial document, but upon closer inspection what it really is is an ill defined document which can easily be interpreted to mean nearly anything a person wants it to mean.

The text states:
(2) No human blastocyst ["blastocyst" is a fancy word for a human embryo before implantation in the uterus] may be produced by fertilization solely for the purpose of stem cell research.

(3) No stem cells may be taken from a human blastocyst more than fourteen days after cell division begins; provided, however, that time during which a blastocyst is frozen does not count against the fourteen-day limit.

(4) No person may, for valuable consideration, purchase or sell human blastocysts or eggs for stem cell research or stem cell therapies and cures.

(5) Human blastocysts and eggs obtained for stem cell research or stem cell therapies and cures must have been donated with voluntary and informed consent, documented in writing.


I cannot figure out why right now, but the above four points bother me. They seem logically inconsistent upon first glance. I will need to think about it further at a later time. I'm not sure how point 2 and 5 are going to fit together.

The document calls for annual reports that cannot contain "private or confidential medical, scientific, or other information." I understand the private and confidential information being not allowed in the report, but how does a person submit a report on health and scientific research and have it contain no scientific information? Also, how is "other information" to be defined exactly? So what can the report contain if it cannot contain information? Clearly, nothing of infomative value can and will be found in the annual reports. Either the sentence is of a poor semantic nature, or there is a snake in the grass.

The document also calls for "ethical requirements" but fails to mention whose ethics and to what degree they will be enfouced.

Lastly, ammendment 2 proposes that it will "prohibit state or local governments from preventing or discouraging lawful stem cell research, therapies and cures". So the government has no authority to govern. What if there are no laws governing the next phase of research does that make it premissible?

How exactly is ES cell research different from abortion? When is humanity going to reach that next great advancement by learning how not to do things?

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Aquinas

I'm busy reading Thomas Aquinas for a graduate class. Reading Aquinas is slow goings for me. I don't think I will be posting as often as I have been until after my paper is turned in, which isn't due till the 18th of November.

I'll try to post maybe a few short things, but I'm not making any promises. In the mean time, here is a prayer by Aquinas that can be used before study.

Prayer Before Study … by St. Thomas Aquinas
Ineffable Creator,
Who, from the treasures of Your wisdom, has established three hierarchies of angels, has arrayed them in marvelous order above the fiery heavens, and has marshaled the regions of the universe with such artful skill,

You are proclaimed the true font of light and wisdom, and the primal origin raised high beyond all things.

Pour forth a ray of Your brightness into the darkened places of my mind; disperse from my soul the twofold darkness into which I was born: sin and ignorance.

You make eloquent the tongues of infants. Refine my speech and pour forth upon my lips the goodness of Your blessing.

Grant to me keenness of mind, capacity to remember, skill in learning, subtlety to interpret, and eloquence in speech.

May You guide the beginning of my work, direct its progress, and bring it to completion.

You Who are true God and true Man, Who live and reign, world without end.
Amen

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

You Don't Own Me. I Do What I Want: Abortion, Freedom, and Relativism

As published in the LSU Reveille in response to the article by Shanelle Matthews on abortion, freedom, and relitivism. I would have written more, but LSU only gives me 400 words.

The writers of the Declaration of Independence once believed that there were “certain unalienable Rights” given to the human person, and among those rights included the rights to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It is an interesting order that the founding fathers used: Life, because without which a person cannot know liberty; liberty, because without liberty a person cannot truly be happy.

It can be argued that America has held so tight to the idea of freedom that it has smothered the definition against the bosom of Lady Liberty. What I see is that many Americans have found real freedom difficult and have left it untried. Freedom once meant “doing what one ought to do”- which validates the need for responsibility. Now freedom means “doing what I want to do” - which validates no responsibility necessary. It is true that a person can do whatever it is he or she wants to do and have it fit a definition of “freedom being the absence of restraints.” It is even further true that a person might not be free by today’s values if he or she is not allowed to destroy oneself, but what a damn fool he or she is to want for the destruction of oneself - or even another’s self.

So why has it become that life is more important if it resides in the world? Why exactly is it that life is less important if it resides inside the womb? Why is it horrible for a woman to kill her 2 month old child in the bath tub because she has recently decided that she really did not want to have a child? Yet, why is it considered empowering for a woman to kill her child in the womb because she recently decided that she really did not want to have a child?

With the way the birth-rate has been declining over the years, I imagine that there will eventually be a time when there are no more birth – I imagine the pro-choice movement will be happy when this happens, for there will be no more births and no more choice will be necessary. G.K. Chesterton gets to the heart of the abortion debate when he wrote that “It is not so much that we are too bold to endure rules; it is rather that we are too timid to endure responsibilities."
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