May 2010

A reader writes: Hi, Jimmy, You square dance. What is an old brass wagon and why would it circle to the right and left so much? Let me take a guess at the context in which the reader encountered the old brass wagon . . . it was at a grade school or grade-school aged […]

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A group of 40 or so mistresses of Italian priests, including Stefania Solomone (pictured), want you—and especially Pope Benedict—to know that they don’t like priestly celibacy. That’s why they’ve written the Pope a letter (Italian original) on the subject. The occasion was Pope Benedict’s statement that “The horizon of the ontological belonging to God also […]

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 I've got a problem. A few years ago, when the first season of LOST came out on DVD, I watched a few episodes and concluded several things: 1) This is a really good show. 2) This is a really demanding show. 3) This is a show I really don't have time to watch right now. So […]

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I thought I would take the opportunity to offer a few thoughts on some of the issues raised in the combox of my previous postregarding the situation in the Diocese of Phoenix. A sizeable number of commenters strongly deplored Bishop Thomas Olmsted’s actions regarding Sr. Margaret McBride. So far as I can tell based on […]

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Longtime readers of the blog know that I have interests in technology and economics and in how the former is impacting the latter. One of the ways it is doing so is changing the world of entertainment. In times past, as it has been said, freedom of the press belonged to those who owned a press–presses […]

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 I want a word with Dr. Edward Peters (pictured). And that word is . . .  CONGRATULATIONS!!! According to Vatican Information Service, Pope Benedict XVI has– Appointed as relators of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura: Fr. Eduardo Baura de la Pena, professor at the faculty of canon law of the Pontifical University of […]

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 In this post we’ll look at the third and last hour of the Galactica finale, Daybreak (summary here: Act 6 to Act 10). The first act of this hour–Act 6–is the climax of the entire series. These ten minutes are where it all comes to a head. After this, it’s a comfortable downhill ride (so we’re […]

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 I’ve had several requests to comment on the announcement in the Diocese of Phoenix that Sr. Margaret McBride of the Sisters of Mercy (pictured) has incurred automatic excommunication for approving an abortion at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. So here goes. As you would expect, Bishop Olmsted of Phoenix is being pilloried […]

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 In this post we'll look at the second hour of the Galactica finale, Daybreak (summary here: Act 1 to Act 5). The hour opens with flashbacks to Caprica before the Fall illustrating why Caprica deserved to fall (the Tigh/Ellen/Adama club scene; ick). Across town, Kara is having dinner with Lee and Zak,and Roslin is becoming […]

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 So the Fringe season 2 finale has aired, and I really liked it. I'm still planning on doing an intro post to the series to invite people who want to try out the show so that they can catch up over the summer before season 3 starts this September (yes! it has been renewed!), so […]

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