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Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Holy Marduk!

It's Gilgamesh! Some German archaeologists think they may have found the tomb of the legendary king of Uruk. The Epic of Gilgamesh is a whopping good read and chronicles the feats of King Gilgamesh who, by the by, was two thirds god and one third man. He was thought to be wholly legendary until the discovery of the ancient Sumerian king list, the Shah Na-mah if I recall correctly. This is kind of like when Schliemann found Troy and verified that the Illiad was based on a real war. This is so cool. I do hope that Humbaba the monster of the Cedar Forest is fictional. Humbaba always scared the heck out of me.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 | link

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Tuesday, April 29, 2003

I Live!

Fear not loyal Spinsterians, I have survived the earthquake. I didn’t even notice the earthquake. It hit at about 4am. The epicenter was at Fort Payne, home of the music group Alabama. The quake registered 4.9 on the Richter scale. It rattled the house but was nothing major. I was expecting more from an earthquake, to be honest.

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 | link

You Knew They Would.

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel and to commemorate the near extermination of the Jews the Palestinians decided to pick up where Hitler left off. Yes, another genocide bombing. I must admit, evil has great timing.

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 | link

Read Me.

The Weekly Standard has done o point by point comparison between the reality on the ground in Iraq and the actions of the UN. This is a perfect blend of surrealism and black humor.

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 | link

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Monday, April 28, 2003

It’s a Jihad World.

Here is a very good article commemorating the Armenian Genocide of 1915. The new secular government of Turkey ordered the extermination of the large Armenian minority. The genocide was in response to the Armenian Christians’ demand for equality before the law. Turkey still denies that genocide occurs, a claim of Baghdad Bob-ian proportions. Just one more reminder of what the Religion of Peace has been up to for quite some time.

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, April 28, 2003 | link

Quiz Time.

Finally, an efficient way to combine obsessions.

Pius XII
You are Pope Pius XII. You're efficient and
dedicated, but not very approachable.


Which Twentieth Century Pope Are You?
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I am righteous; I thwart fascist dictators; I am bad-ass.

Thanks to Two Sleepy Mommies for this one.

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, April 28, 2003 | link

Quiz Time.

We’re all mad here.

You are Alice
You are Alice


The heroine of the Wonderland tales, you are filled
with curiosity and random inquiry.


What Alice in Wonderland Character Are You?
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posted by Lee Ann on Monday, April 28, 2003 | link

You Go Girl!

Dorothy Rabinowitz has another great article on sex-abuse witch hunts. She outlines how ambitious prosecutors and militant abuse “experts” framed victim after victim and how a PR-obsessed press allowed it to go on unchallenged.


posted by Lee Ann on Monday, April 28, 2003 | link

Update.

Sorry about not posting. Getting into a work routine has been tough. Getting up at 6:45am is not good. Also I had a cold this weekend.

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, April 28, 2003 | link

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Thursday, April 24, 2003

Gotcha!

Tariq Aziz is in US custody. He surrendered today. Aziz will be the one who gets the deal, as they say. He isn’t directly linked to any specific atrocity so they’ll trade a life sentence for information about the bigger, badder guys. Still I’m glad this freak will be locked in a cage for the rest of his life.

posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, April 24, 2003 | link

Quiz Time.

This may be the start of a beautiful hill of beans.


You are Major Strasser. "You will find that
in Casablanca, human life is cheap."


Which Casablanca character are you?
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posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, April 24, 2003 | link

Read Me.

Mark Goldblatt has a great article on America and the Leftists. While Mark does take down the America-hating idiots who with their willful denial of history, not to mention historical perspective, will endure any logical contortion to indulge their passions. The best thing about this article is the wonderful sense of patriotism and love of country that permeates it.

posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, April 24, 2003 | link

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Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Thank You.

Thanks to everyone who offered their congratulations on my new job. I really appreciate it.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, April 23, 2003 | link

Quiz Time.

Gosh, this makes me feel so useful.

I am a toaster!

what kitchen utensil are YOU?

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, April 23, 2003 | link

Sowell Patrol.

The Sowell Man takes on the myths of Academic quotas. Do women earn less than men? Are minorities really excluded? Do liberals have a clue?

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, April 23, 2003 | link

A Tribute.

Leonard Pitts finally gives Baghdad Bob (aka Mohammed Saeed Sahhaf) the tribute he deserves. In the dark days, er hours, of war, Bob lifted our spirits like no one else:

“We'll always be grateful for that, Mohammed, always remember you as you were in your heyday. A beret cocked upon your manly head, a twinkle flickering in your lovely eyes, bovine excreta spewing from your lying mouth. Mohammed, you had an indifference toward truth that was downright awe-inspiring.”

I darn near fell off my chair on this one:

“It was you who claimed U.S. troops had ‘started to commit suicide under the walls of Baghdad.’ This, as your soldiers were showing a level of resistance usually associated with bugs and windshields.”

Baghdad Bob, we miss you.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, April 23, 2003 | link

Chief Lenin?

This is an interesting article on Communism and the American Indian Movement (AIM). I hadn’t thought about there being any connections between the Indian movements and the Communists. Although in light of modern identity politics I can’t say it’s out of the question. Here’s a good quote:

“Communism is a moral imperative without morality. Communism is like Christianity without Christ, a quick-fix morality, requiring no personal standards, but offering the high social status of reforming others—through coercion.”

I would also like to point out that I refrained from making the obvious “reds and redskins” joke.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, April 23, 2003 | link

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Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Up From Liberalism.

This is essential reading. It’s how an American Marxist from Berkeley moved to far-Left Labour England and had to endure the unpleasantness of experiencing the concrete results of her abstract politics. From the regimenting of illiteracy through “progressive” schools to the upper-class Leftists’ social dictatorship, this is the tale of suffering for the sake of elite ideals by one who enforced those ideals.

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 | link

Theory Theory.

The latest hot theory to break out of the Academy is . . . theory is dumb. All the big names of from the past 20 years or so gathered to discuss the future of literary theory, Stanley Fish, Henry Louis Gates, Frederick Jameson, et al. Their past theories have been discarded and their politics have proved poisonous, but they still won’t go away. What this ultimately amounts to is that the grand poobahs that gave literary criticism such a foul name to begin with gathered together to try and reposition themselves in a market that may have bypassed them. Desperately clinging to the cutting edge, these big theorists can only decant their stale egos into new containers. They talked about politics, liberation, philosophy, and relevance, but they had nary a thought on the subject of literature. And that, my loyal Spinsterians, is why they are ultimately fools, and evil fools at that. Not one of these buffoons has contributed a single enlightening thought about the world of literature. They have only succeeded in burying literature under a fetid pile of Leftist politics. They are evil because they have dedicated their lives to sacrificing literature upon the altars of their own egos. They actively drive people away from the beauty of the written word. They have done more to kill the muse than any tyrant who ever lived. Theory is dead; long live Literature!

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 | link

Pro-Choice, Pro-Violence.

Yet more abortion related violence to report. The pro-choicers are the violent ones as usual. When a pro-life student group put up an exhibit protesting abortion in honor of Holy Week, the Leftists began a campaign of physical intimidation.

“The "tolerant" types at UMass/Amherst have protested a pro-life exhibit this week by taking crosses off dead babies in a mythical graveyard, throwing them in a pond and breaking them in half.

“They've also threatened to beat up students, who have had to call the police a total of four times in the last three days.

“One UMass/Amherst undergraduate was assaulted while manning the exhibit that was displayed next to the Student Union.”


I almost went to Amherst for grad school. I’m glad I didn’t. When you read this article, keep our Hollywood First Amendment warriors like Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon in mind.

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 | link

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Monday, April 21, 2003

Sowell Patrol.

The Sowell Man is rocking in this column about the dehumanizing effects, nay goals, of the welfare state.

“This is a vision of human beings as livestock to be fed by the government and herded and tended by the anointed. All the things that make us human beings are to be removed from our lives and we are to live as denatured creatures controlled and directed by our betters.

“Those things that help human beings be independent and self-reliant -- whether automobiles, guns, the free market, or vouchers -- provoke instant hostility from the anointed.”


Thus:

“The welfare state is not really about the welfare of the masses. It is about the egos of the elites.”

Read it through to the end. The last paragraph is classic.

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, April 21, 2003 | link

Operation Weasel!

No, it’s not a CIA plot to pave France. It’s the massive defection of North Korean military and scientific elites. Even the father of their troublesome nuclear program came over. This was accomplished through the help of such fine nations as Nauru and Vanuatu. Gee, think this means that Kim Jong Il is losing his grip on power? That’s a huge number of very highly placed people to just walk out of the country. As North Korea is the latest member of the Axis of Evil to get Bush’s full attention, this is likely to be big.

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, April 21, 2003 | link

Quiz Time.

You sweet thing!


discover what candy you are @ stvlive.com


posted by Lee Ann on Monday, April 21, 2003 | link

Literarium.

I’m back. I hope you guys had a great Easter. About the only thing I did over the weekend was update the Literarium. Enjoy.

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, April 21, 2003 | link

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Friday, April 18, 2003

Happy Easter.

I will be taking Easter off o be with my family and friends. I’ll be posting again Monday. Have a happy and holy Easter.

Unless you are Jewish, in which case have a happy and holy Passover.

posted by Lee Ann on Friday, April 18, 2003 | link

Quiz Time.

What’s my color?


BLUE



You give your love and friendship unconditionaly. You enjoy long, thoughful conversations rich in philosophy and spirituality. You are very loyal and intuitive.




Find out your color at Stvlive.com!




posted by Lee Ann on Friday, April 18, 2003 | link

Now Ya Done It!

Okay, first the government came after my beer. The Health Nazis have been after the hard stuff for years. Now the enviros want my wine. What an Irish-Italian-Polish girl to do? If this keeps up I’ll have died of ethnic dehydration!

posted by Lee Ann on Friday, April 18, 2003 | link

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Thursday, April 17, 2003

Feelin’ Hot, Tommy?

Tom Daschle has right royally screwed himself. I don’t know how he did it, but he did. According to J. Bottum of the Weekly Standard, Daschle has received a letter from his bishop ordering him to alter his Senate biography and stop referring to himself as a Catholic. This isn’t an excommunication but it’s close enough for government work. Remember last year when the Church put out a letter to politicians basically telling them to stop billing themselves as Catholic if they voted against or publicly repudiated the Church’s moral teachings? This is the fruit of that letter. Daschle has consistently voted in opposition to the Church’s, and as a Catholic his own, moral beliefs. This is called Cuomoism in the article and is the old “personally opposed but” ruse. The Church is trying to put the quietus on that. I say, right on. You cannot be Catholic and be in opposition to the Church. You can disagree or dislike, but not oppose. For me, this falls under “truth in advertising.”

For you non-Catholics: Excommunication is where you are declared to be outside the Body of Christ. Technically the Church doesn’t excommunicate you, you excommunicate yourself. The Church just recognizes what you’ve done. As for ineligibility to receive Communion, as the Eucharist is physically the body of Christ, you cannot receive Him if you are in a state of serious sin. Remember, the little wafers are actually Jesus, so if you receive Him in a deliberately sinful state, you are desecrating the Lord. I hope this clears a few things up.

posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, April 17, 2003 | link

Read Me.

Yes, you are required to read absolutely everything Theodore Dalrymple writes. Yes, it’s a rule and a good one.

“As soon as I qualified as a doctor, I went to Rhodesia, which was to transform itself into Zimbabwe five years or so later. In the next decade, I worked and traveled a great deal in Africa and couldn’t help but reflect upon such matters as the clash of cultures, the legacy of colonialism, and the practical effects of good intentions unadulterated by any grasp of reality. I gradually came to the conclusion that the rich and powerful can indeed have an effect upon the poor and powerless—perhaps can even remake them—but not necessarily (in fact, necessarily not) in the way they wanted or anticipated. The law of unintended consequences is stronger than the most absolute power.”

posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, April 17, 2003 | link

Update.

Sorry I haven’t been posting. I’m feeling fine, blissful in fact. I now have, get this, A REAL JOB! Yes my devoted Spinsterians, I am now gainfully employed. I can say goodbye to nannying, to Blue’s Clues, to dirty diapers. I have been celebrating for a day or so. Feel free to celebrate on my behalf.

posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, April 17, 2003 | link

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Tuesday, April 15, 2003

Just So You Know:

On this tax day, just remember: the dreaded French corvee, one of the abuses that led to that little Revolution, was the injustice of having to work unpaid labor to fulfill one’s tax bill to the government. It lasted between 2-6 weeks, I believe. Tax Freedom Day, when you yourself will have finished paying your taxes, falls sometime in late May. Serf’s up.

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, April 15, 2003 | link

Pave Europe.

Remember Pym Fortoyn? He was the Dutch politician who had the audacity to run for office on a platform that challenged the tyranny of the leftists. So a Leftist shot him. The assassin was sentenced . . . to 18 years. That’s a very short time for a premeditated murder committed to silence dissent. But then, we can’t have dissent, can we?

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, April 15, 2003 | link

Quiz Time.

Mmm, caffeine. How I love thee.


You are espresso. Subtle, complex, with a rich
crema and just the right amount of bitterness.


What Kind of Coffee Are You?
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posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, April 15, 2003 | link

Pius Rules.

Newly released documents show how Pius XII worked with the Oblate fathers of Lucca to save 800 Jews by providing them with false documents. Here are some details:

“At least 800 Jews in three Italian cities were saved from Nazi persecution in 1943 and 1944, thanks in part to an appeal from Pope Pius XII, documents reveal.

“The newly found evidence shows that in the cities of Livorno, Lucca and Pisa, the Jews were spared after the Pope had asked various Church groups to help out.

“The network of assistance was made up of Oblate Priests of Lucca, the archbishop of Genoa, Franciscan friars, cloistered nuns and Catholic politicians.

“Gino Bartali, one of the greatest cyclists in Italian history, also collaborated in the initiative. He hid false documents in the crossbar of his bicycle to save the life of refugees.

“These deeds have come out into the light thanks to letters and a testimony written by Giorgio Nissim, a Jew from Pisa.”


Funny how when the evidence is revealed, the Leftists are wrong again.

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, April 15, 2003 | link

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Sunday, April 13, 2003

Random Musing on the Passion.

Today is Palm Sunday and thus we read the Passion. This year the reading is from Mark, 14:1 – 15:47. This is the Last Supper, the Agony in Gethsemane, the Judas kiss, the arrest, Pilate, Peter’s betrayal, and the Crucifixion. Yes, the whole thing. Yes, this is much easier since we got the padded pews. What stuck in my mind all day is not any kind of grand, loving thought on the sacrifice of the Savior. That’s way too rational. Here’s the part that’s got me:

“Now a young man followed him
wearing nothing but a linen cloth about his body.
They seized him,
but he left the cloth behind and ran off naked.” Mk 14:51-53.

It’s just after the Judas kiss and happens as Jesus is being arrested and the Apostles are heading for the hills. Now what I want to know is, what the heck is that verse doing in there? What purpose does it serve? Nudie isn’t identified in the Gospels, nor is he mentioned again. There is no mention of the flight of the other Apostles. My first thought upon reading this was, “Who’s got the ‘tude?” Well, Mark. Mark’s got the ‘tude. Now Mark wasn’t an Apostle, he was St. Peter’s secretary in Rome. He’s thought to be the “John Mark” of Acts. He wrote his Gospel from what he learned from Peter, Paul, and the other witnesses to Jesus’ life. Which brings us back to Nudie. Why bother putting something like that down in the permanent record of the life of Christ?

The only reason I can think of for including Nudie in the Gospels is for laughs. Not that they made him up as a joke, but that this was a favorite story told to rib a real guy. I’m thinking Nudie ended up being very prominent in the early Church. Maybe he got too prominent or dignified because the Apostles liked to tease him with his streaker show. The early Christians must have loved tweaking the great, grand poobah of some bishopric for mooning the Lord in the garden. I honestly can’t think of any other reason to include a detail that dopey.

posted by Lee Ann on Sunday, April 13, 2003 | link

Mmm, Beer.

First, I didn’t have no friends. Then I found beer. Now I got lots of friends. Thank you, beer.

Many states are considering taxing the fool out of beer to make up for their severe budget deficits. Cutting spending has yet to occur to them. Maybe that’s due to the unhealthy tofu smoothies they’ve been knocking back. Beer is the poor man’s champagne. It is the ultimate cheap luxury. When you’re broke and can’t afford to travel, party hearty, or even properly let loose, you can always scrounge enough change for a six-pack or two and down a cold one with a friend. A beer tax is the kind of thing that hits working people very hard, both financially and psychologically. Rich people don’t care about paying an extra nickel for their adult beverages. Working people do. Those nickels add up. Psychologically, more expensive beer gives the impression to the average worker that things are going very badly. It is devastating to a man’s pride to have to think twice before buying a beer. When beer becomes something you maybe can’t afford, you are truly busted. Beyond that, beer is comforting. It is homey. When you want to describe something that is just right, as it ought to be, as it must be, “a cold beer when you need it” pretty well covers it. There is something pure and honest about beer. It has an earthy dignity that even wine cannot match. Wine is always suspiciously cultured, even when it is a peasant’s table wine (Carlo Rossi, call your office). Hard liquor has all the earthiness but none of the righteousness. Liquor can lead you wrong but beer will keep you right. Taxing that simple goodness and making it something you may have to do without is needlessly cruel. It’s hard to cry in your beer when you can’t afford the beer.

Oh yeah, Tom Purcell writes a lovely ode to brew.


posted by Lee Ann on Sunday, April 13, 2003 | link

Respect My Authority!

South Park Jeffersonianism?


posted by Lee Ann on Sunday, April 13, 2003 | link

Oscar Night.

I found a nifty little article on Oscar Wilde and his conversion to the Catholic Church. I have never much liked Wilde and the Ellsman biography I read years ago was too dry and convoluted to give any sense of Wilde as a real person. It was good, mind you, just a bit removed. This article traces Wilde’s religious and moral ideas through several of his major works and treats the subject very well. It even makes me want to go back and reread Old Oscar.

Hmm, I wonder what Christopher HItchens wouldn't be able to make out of the same subject?

posted by Lee Ann on Sunday, April 13, 2003 | link

Yee-Haw!!!

Seven POWs were found alive and well today. The Marines found them in Northern Iraq after being alerted to their presence by an Iraqi citizen. Thank God. No matter how elated I am at their safe return, it isn’t a billionth of what their families are feeling.

posted by Lee Ann on Sunday, April 13, 2003 | link

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Saturday, April 12, 2003

Art Attack.

The recent transformation of Frogs into Weasels has been tough on us art lovers. How do you continue to love the art and cultural artifacts of a nation so ethically debauched? Terry Teachout takes a hard look at the paradox that is “the splendor of French art and the squalor of French politics.”


posted by Lee Ann on Saturday, April 12, 2003 | link

What Did They Know and When Did They Know It?

See CNN. See CNN lie. Lie CNN lie.

Here’s the infamous op/ed where the chief news executive at CNN admits he flatbacked his station’s dignity for access to Baghdad. What good was this vaunted access? Not much, as he didn’t run any of the stories he found. Why come out with this thin mea culpa now? Gee, you don’t think somebody was talking to Fox, do you?


posted by Lee Ann on Saturday, April 12, 2003 | link

Sowell Patrol.

Random Thoughts from the Sowell Man:

“It is amazing what complicated lies some people will believe, even when the truth is simple and obvious. Indeed, the truth is often rejected as ‘simplistic’ by those who are dedicated to some complicated lie.”

“France has never gotten over the fact that it was once a great power and is now just a great nuisance.”

“The political left often acts as if it has discovered and exposed the evils of our times and our society, when what they have really done is twisted and distorted the evils of the ages and of the whole human race to make them seem like something peculiar to our times and our society -- even when these evils have been far worse elsewhere.”



posted by Lee Ann on Saturday, April 12, 2003 | link

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Friday, April 11, 2003

A-Bove It All.

Robert Bove is now available at a new location. He’s got a new article over at Enter Stage Right. The title says it all: “When the home front is a front.” It deals with the new reality of living in New York now that terror is officially here to stay. It must be very freaky knowing that you are living smack dab in the middle of a place that Islamofascists want to obliterate. Hi, my neighborhood is targeted for death, which way to Canal Street? Unsettling to say the least.

posted by Lee Ann on Friday, April 11, 2003 | link

Just So You Know . . .

If you frequent the Literarium you’ve read of my recent adventures at the library with my nephew Pojo. The library excursion itself occurred while we were waiting to pick up Pojo’s sister Ola from preschool. Ola had a fine time at school and happily related that her 4 year old kindergarten class had “written” letters. I quote Ola:

“We write letters to the soldiers because we love them because they are being sweet to the bad man and thank you for God bless America.”

Pojo, age 2, has no interest in soldiers because they are neither trains nor trucks.

posted by Lee Ann on Friday, April 11, 2003 | link

Whoa!

This is the best article I’ve ever seen on the importance of the Passion in Western Art. This is essential reading for art lovers, Christians, and everybody else. You’ve got to see these images! Rembrandt, Tiepolo, Fra Angelico, Titian, and more. This is incredible.

posted by Lee Ann on Friday, April 11, 2003 | link

Little Eva, RIP.

Little Eva, of The Loco-Motion fame, has died at age 59. Eva is one of those artists who deserved much better than they got.

posted by Lee Ann on Friday, April 11, 2003 | link

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Wednesday, April 09, 2003

Literarium.

It’s been a big day at the Literarium. I’ve got about a week’s worth ofreading that I was too lazy to post on earlier. That and I finally finished a book I’ve been reading for a while. I did read the Atlantic Monthly and the article by Christopher Hitchens on Evelyn Waugh caught my eye. Here’s the meat of it:

“Hitchens ranges from brilliant to “just doesn’t get it.” He is at his best when he is analyzing Waugh’s literary, sexual, and cultural ideas and the triumphs and failings of his novels. Hitch is at his worst when he tries to factor in Waugh’s religious beliefs. Waugh was a Catholic convert and his Brideshead Revisited, one of the best novels of the last century, is heavily infused with the Church. Yet Hitch cannot get his mind around what faith or Church meant to Waugh and his work. I haven’t read much Waugh and can’t tell you that, but Hitch has read a lot of Waugh and can’t tell you either. Hitch operates on the idea that maturity and faith are mutually exclusive. He doesn’t explain why this should be so, he just assumes it to be true and generally believed. I don’t believe it and many or most of the article’s readers don’t either, so without evidence equating maturity and unbelief you are left with a random, unsupported opinion. It tells you a lot about Hitch but nothing about Waugh. Hitch must have realized that he was heading into a bad spot because he drops that line and goes on to homosexuality. Hitch’s inability to address Waugh’s faith on its own terms greatly limits his ability to understand Waugh’s work. There are layers of meaning cut off from Hitch, not because of his unbelief, but because of his refusal to even temporarily see through the eyes of belief. Hitch also makes the very dumb statement that Waugh’s writing is modern and now while other Catholic writers, like Chesterton and Belloc, are hopelessly archaic. I don’t know about you, but I found it to be just the opposite. Chesterton is far more modern and accessible to the reader than is the rarefied Waugh. It’s this kind of detachment from the average reader and from the author in question that leaves Hitch about two blocks shy of getting it.”

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, April 09, 2003 | link

Even Belgium Has Its Good Points.

Here’s an update on the canonization of Damien the Leper. He spent his life on Molokai caring for the lepers. He’s one step away from being declared a saint. He was everything Christ calls us all to be. In an awkward transitional sentence, I remember reading Frank Harris’ My Life and Loves a few years ago and that’s where I first heard of Damien. Harris was a journalist/blackmailer. He wrote his book to name-drop and to detail his lurid, for the Victorian era, love life. Smack dab in the middle of his lusty jaunts, out pops Damien of Molokai. Harris was discussing the barely extant ethics of his trade when he goes on a tear over Damien. Now Harris never heard a slander that he didn’t add to and repeat but when he heard of stories insinuating sexual improprieties about Damien, he (Harris) went ballistic. I mean he tore into the slanderers like they were insulting his mother. Both barrels, close range. That impressed me. I had wanted to find out more about Damien, wondering what he could have done to gain such passionate devotion from such a sleazeball. Here’s what.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, April 09, 2003 | link

Jail House Crock.

Here’s a great article by Eve Tushnet outlining 15 things that need to be done to improve our prisons. Right now all our prisons do are turn minor offenders into major criminals and further brutalize already brutal people. Something needs to be done and Eve’s suggestions are a pretty good start.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, April 09, 2003 | link

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Tuesday, April 08, 2003

Possum Uber Alles.

The Mighty Marsupial is a big fan of Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf, aka Baghdad Bob. The Prehensile One has even dug up al-Sahaf’s biography. Here are some highlights:

“His Other Businesses: ‘In SPITE of the criminal actions of the American zionist cowboy devils and their insane sanctions against our country, my many HONEST and above-board business ventures CONTINUE to thrive--my pre-owned vehicle lot is filled with beautiful low-kilometer honeys, each one never driven by humans, but only by the most careful djin chauffeurs, and then only one kilometer to the market and back. We are practically GIVING them away and we will tote the note, too! Likewise, my personal injury practice is helping many recover lost wages due to infidelic back injuries and whiplash for grateful hundreds of oppressed ones. Of course, my construction business is doing great business--we have built FIVE NEW CITIES of ONE MILLION PEOPLE in the past two days, and NONE of them are occupied by American pigs.’ ”

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, April 08, 2003 | link

Art Attack.

The latest craze in the British art world is vandalizing major masterpieces. There’s the superficial trashing of a Rodin sculpture and the erasing of a de Kooning drawing. Now there’s the two “artists” who have bought up a rare, complete set of Goya’s “Disasters of War” engravings. What did they do with the set? They drew puppy heads on it, amongst other things. This wanton destruction of art is very Talibanesque. It reminds me of Whatisname the ancient Greek who burned down the Parthenon to gain immortality as the guy who burnt the Parthenon. Didn’t work too well, it seems.

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, April 08, 2003 | link

Book ‘Em.

Three nuns were convicted of sabotage. Good. These are the old, washed-up 60s hippie nuns, back from obscurity like a horror movie villain who just won’t die. I say, jail them. Protest if you want but if you damage military property you should get the same treatment as any other vandal. The holy hippie-dips even whine as follows:

"We are not guilty under God's law and international law."

Honey, sabotage and vandalism are nowhere sanctioned in the Bible, Leftism is not synonymous with God, and international law only applies to nation-states. My Rand McNally doesn’t have a page for the sovereign state of Hippie-dip. These self-worshiping Leftists and their ilk have caused horrible damage to the Church since their coming out party in the 60s and it’s high time they suffered the consequences of their actions.

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, April 08, 2003 | link

Target: CNN.

Well, we didn’t actually target them but we did end up killing several journalists today. The press is in full-Di grief mode and some are insinuating the killings were deliberate. They were not. Considering recent friendly fire incidents, the death toll isn’t nearly high enough for this to have been on purpose. I can give you an idea of why the reporters were bombed. The army column that shot them was coming under fire from snipers located at the Palestine Hotel or it’s immediate environs. Snipers often have buddies called spotters that do just what you’d think they’d do. Spotters put themselves high up in or on top of buildings so as to get a clear view of the enemy. So there is the army, getting shot at, looking up, and seeing a bunch of reporters in upper hotel windows and on the roof, with binoculars, looking a whole lot like, well, spotters. Also, the dead journalists were described as cameramen. Would this be guys carrying big shoulder-held cameras? You know, the kind that look like rocket launchers? Did the tank that fired on the hotel come under sniper and rocket fire, look up, and see a guy with what looked like a rocket launcher hanging out a window? No wonder they got blown up.

The Notorious G.U.P. clued me in about the TV camera/rocket launcher thing. I hope somebody clues in the surviving reporters.

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, April 08, 2003 | link

Oh Boy!

My old fave, The Law of Unintended Consequences, teams up with the awesome power of stupidity to create the subject of a new book, the Encyclopedia of Stupidity. It chronicles the way the ideas and innovations that were supposed to make things better ended up making things worse. This warms the cockles of my cold, black, conservative heart.

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, April 08, 2003 | link

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Saturday, April 05, 2003

All Together Now, Aaawwww . . .

Weep with me now, brethren, as we gaze upon the sufferings of our poor, oppressed peace activists. Yea, no sooner did they start their noble protest than did a band of wretched counter-demonstrators set upon them. Yes, my brothers, those unspeakable pro-war types did frighten yon noble peaceniks, what with their Free Iraq signs and their bloodthirsty lack of agreement with the protesters. The pro-war villains went so far as to engage in debate with the peaceniks and to challenge their noble slogans. Unaccustomed to such wanton dissent, our heroic protesters did feel fear creep into their unsullied hearts. Without mercy did those pro-war types smite our peacenik brethren with cruel logic. And, lo, they did persist in their dissent, defiant of the sincerity of the righteous. Weep, my brethren, for the oppressed ones.

posted by Lee Ann on Saturday, April 05, 2003 | link

Six of Stalin, a Half Dozen of Hitler.

Here’s a review of Anne Applebaum’s new history of the Soviet gulag. This book is a good book a long time in coming. The Left has successfully blocked the atrocities of the gulag from the public consciousness. They haven’t suppressed it, just decorously ignored it. Applebaum sets out to change our blithe indifference to unspeakable evil.

posted by Lee Ann on Saturday, April 05, 2003 | link

Ars Derbica.

“There is also the other stuff you've heard about Kim — the kidnappings, the selling of nasty weapons to unsavory regimes, and so on. This is one seriously bad guy. What on earth can we do about him? Well, I have a modest proposal: let's kill the son of a bitch.”

posted by Lee Ann on Saturday, April 05, 2003 | link

Behave Yourself.

This article is worth reading just for this line:

“Women standing while men sit is just one of the less glamorous side-effects of the sexual and feminist revolutions, those two grandiose excuses for letting men behave like swine.”

posted by Lee Ann on Saturday, April 05, 2003 | link

Michael Kelly, RIP.

Michael Kelly, journalist for The Atlantic Monthly and columnist for the Washington Post, was killed in a Humvee accident Thursday night. He really was a good journalist. I subscribe to the Atlantic and have enjoyed his articles. Here’s a quote:

“To march against the war is not to give peace a chance. It is to give tyranny a chance. It is to give the Iraqi nuke a chance. It is to give the next terrorist mass murder a chance. It is to march for the furtherance of evil instead of the vanquishing of evil.”

My prayers are with his wife and children.

posted by Lee Ann on Saturday, April 05, 2003 | link

Preach On Sister!

My God I wish I wrote this. This post from Fructis Ventis perfectly diagnoses the misogynist, child-loathing ethos of our time. She nails the materialism, selfishness, and deriding of womanhood that masquerade as “liberation.” It is so good I cannot even comment on it. This puts my Velvet Abuse rant to shame. I’ve touched on many of the same ideas before but never could pull it all into one butt-kickin’ package. Read it. Read it now.

posted by Lee Ann on Saturday, April 05, 2003 | link

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Tuesday, April 01, 2003

Wahoo!!!!

Special Forces rescued one of our POWs today. The rescuee is Pfc. Jessica Lynch, 19, from West Virginia. Thank God. She was shot during the rescue but us in good condition. I hope we hear more stories like this in the next few days.

Note: Did you notice that Centcom called the press conference at 2am Kuwaiti time? Something tells me they enjoyed rousting the journalists. Especially after Rumsfeld and Myers tore the press some new ones in this afternoon’s press briefing.

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, April 01, 2003 | link

Curses, Foiled Again!

NRO presents a handy guide to the favorite curses of the Iraqi Regime. I, cursing the mustache of copyright law, present it to you:

Waghd (pl. Awghad): “a villain”
See also the action of a dog’s tail.

Isabat al-Awghad al-Dawliyeen: “The Gang of International Villains”
What Piazza told the umpire after Clemens threw part of a bat at him.

Akrout (pl. ’Akarit): loathsome, pimp
Slang name for a German.

Ilj (pl. Uluj): lout, uncouth, infidel warrior
More than icky, less than bilge.

Khaeboon: disappointed, failing
Lost simian of the desert.

Khasioon: outcast, vulgar, despicable
Gesundheit.

Ahmaq: stupid
The truck that hit you.

al-Tabe: “The subordinate”
Groovy soft drink from the Seventies.

al-Tabe al-Jadid: “The New Subordinate”
Groovy diet soft drink from the Seventies.

Himar: “Donkey”
She be, We is.

Idarat al-Shir al-Amrikiya: “The American administration of evil”
Iraqi Idol.

Aznab: Tails
Neither a button nor a zipper.

Tartoor (pl. Taratir): A clown’s cap. Also means: punk, stupid
Also a yummy sauce.

Murtazaqa: Mercenaries
Early villain on the Power Puff Girls, later replaced by Mojojojo.

Aran: Stupid, silly, lightheaded
Island off the coast of Ireland.

Nazl: depraved despicable
Nazl Tov!

Dawla Kazzaba: Lying State
Iraqi TV’s answer to Laurie Dhue.

Akhraq: Stupid
Just because you have one . . .

Tafeh: Stupid, insignificant
Mmm, candy.

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, April 01, 2003 | link

Gone to the Dogs.

The Supreme Champion of the renowned Crufts dog show may lose his title if allegations of a doggy facelift prove true. Insert your own Joan Rivers joke.

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, April 01, 2003 | link

Brew Party.

I agree with the sentiment, but this is a waste of good beer.

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, April 01, 2003 | link

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