Tarry for the Nonce

April 25, 2006

With Big Warm Fuzzy Secret Heart

Filed under: Entertainment — lmwalker @ 9:11 pm

I am indebted to Gabe Sechan for directing me to Code Monkey by Jonathan Coulton.

Hear and enjoy.

April 19, 2006

C’mon! Let’s Manifest Destiny Them!

Filed under: Politics — lmwalker @ 2:29 pm

Immigrant workers in Mexico are afforded no rights:

Jose Ramos, 18, of El Salvador, said the extortion occurs at every stop in Mexico, until migrants are left penniless and begging for food . . .

“They force [women] to strip, supposedly to search them, but the purpose is to sexually abuse them,” [Maria Elena Gonzalez] said.

Others said they had seen migrants beaten to death by police, their bodies left near the railway tracks to make it look as if they had fallen from a train.

The Mexican government acknowledges that many federal, state and local officials are on the take from the people-smugglers who move hundreds of thousands of Central Americans north, and that migrants are particularly vulnerable to abuse by corrupt police . . .

While Interior Secretary Carlos Abascal said Monday that “Mexico is a country with a clear, defined and generous policy toward migrants,” the nation of 105 million has legalized only 15,000 immigrants in the past five years, and many undocumented migrants who are detained are deported.

Since Mexico sees fit to insert their oar into our INS affairs, why don’t we insist that they cease and desist from their alien abuse?

Hypocrisy abounds.

Free Cone Day

Filed under: Anecdotes — lmwalker @ 2:25 pm

While not a big fan of Ben & Jerry’s political diatribes, I am thoroughly willing to eat their ice cream when it’s free.

(Hat tip to Vered Miller.)

April 17, 2006

Crazed Albino Monks and Such

Filed under: Religion — lmwalker @ 4:44 pm

Since I’m sure the Da Vinci Code producers will not respect the request of Opus Dei to preface the film with a disclaimer, I will point out a few of the inaccuracies that abound . . . just about Opus Dei:

  • Opus Dei doesn’t have monks. It is comprised of diocesan priests and the laity, with nary a monk to be found.
  • Men and women most certainly do not have separate entrances at the Opus Dei U.S. headquarters and women are not forced to clean the men’s restrooms.
  • While I’m not acquainted with all the ins and outs of Opus Dei mortification, I do know that they aren’t intended to be life-theatening or extreme. Small sacrifices are encouraged like abstaining from a food you particularly want, turning off the hot water in the shower, getting out of bed the first time the alarm rings, etc. And as for the cilice, it’s hardly a flesh pulverizer. I understand that even Mother Teresa used one!

And – on a completely unrelated note – despite the creative omission of the Telegraph and the completely random reference to the Pope’s personal priest, the Archbishop of Canterbury isn’t Catholic.

Such casual inaccuracies are inane. Aren’t these people in the fact business?

Priest Under Construction

Filed under: Religion — lmwalker @ 4:32 pm

Just to complete the series, Bryan Johnson has posts for Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday too.

Tickets, Please

Filed under: Anecdotes — lmwalker @ 4:29 pm

Where would one go to purchase a first-run theater?

Why, eBay, of course!

‘Twas at this very theater that I saw the opening night of LOTR: the Two Towers. Ah, memories.

(Hat tip to Tim Skirvin.)

A Holy Family Feud

Filed under: Religion — lmwalker @ 4:27 pm

I’m on a rather ecelectic Catholic mailing list, and this article was forwarded today: The Catholic Church is Born Again.

It refers to the revamping of the Holy Family Parish in a more Willow Creek-esque style – rife with video screens and living dogwoods – in an effort to entice people to attend Mass for a Really Good Show.

Of course, the general 20-something and 30-something Catholic population in the Chicago area tends to roll its eyes and sneer at such frippery – and the fact that Holy Family has an infamous reputation for being egregiously liberal and unorthodox in their pastoral leadership does not help the situation. These young, and – for the most part – passionately orthodox Catholics consider the dog-and-pony show to be a distraction from the central purpose of the Mass (namely the representation of a certain Calvary sacrifice made eternal through this most perfect of prayers.) They consider the elaborate pomp to be gaudy, condescending, and a pathetic leftover from the post-Vatican II backlash. And considering the appalling lack of true comprehension displayed by Rosemary Geisler in her derisive comments about the kneelers, they might not be too far off the mark.

Nonetheless, there is certainly room within the Catholic Church for worship of this sort. While garish acrylic decor, gurgling fountains and rock-and-roll chorals don’t enhance my appreciation of the Mass, we Catholics are the first to acknowledge that we understand best what our corporal senses perceive. And if someone is being enticed to participate in the celebration of the Mass by the promise of a jingle-rockin’ good time, so be it. I doubt any of us could admit to entirely pure motives in choosing the Masses that we do. There is usually someone we hope to see or a particular priest we prefer to hear. As high as our ideals might be, we aren’t always drawn by the pure spirit of reverence and thanksgiving.

My experience with Holy Family is a supreme example. I am not blind to the foof that surrounds much of their ministry (one time I went for an evening service which they completely forgot to celebrate!) But they do have a Perpetual Adoration chapel and they are located close enough to Motorola to occasionally allow me time to attend their 12:15 Mass on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For those two things, at least, I am appreciative.

At the end of the day, the Mass is still the Mass and – most importantly – the Eucharist is still very much the Eucharist. And – to paraphrase St. Augustine – as we eat, so we become. And isn’t that the most important thing?

April 15, 2006

Eloi, Eloi, Lama Sabachthani?

Filed under: Religion — lmwalker @ 12:32 pm

I offer you another installment from Bryan Johnson‘s Triduum celebration.

“Stop a War with Love”

Filed under: Anecdotes — lmwalker @ 11:50 am

Brian Preston sent me a quiz to find out “Which Superhero am I?”

I am . . . Superman

You are mild-mannered, good, strong and you love to help others.

65% Superman
60% Spider-Man
51% Wonder Woman
50% Green Lantern
46% Robin
41% Supergirl
35% Batman
30% Catwoman
30% Hulk
25% Iron Man
10% The Flash

However, if I say I have long hair (which I usually do,) I get to be . . . Wonder Woman


You are a beautiful princess with great strength of character.

73% Wonder Woman
65% Superman
60% Spider-Man
50% Green Lantern
48% Supergirl
46% Robin
35% Batman
30% Catwoman
30% Hulk
25% Iron Man
10% The Flash

Janice will note that in both cases, I am more Robin than Batman.

Some interesting notes (because I played around with this test far too long . . .)

  • If you answer “yes” to everything, you are Superman.
  • If you answer “no” to everything, you are Robin.

  • Young and acrobatic. You don’t mind stepping aside to give someone else glory.

  • If you answer down the middle to everything, you are Batman.

  • You are dark, love gadgets and have vowed to help the innocent not suffer the pain you have endured.

  • And, personally, my favorite pictures are of Catwoman.

  • You have had a tough childhood, you know how to be a thief and exploit others but you stand up for society’s cast-offs.

  • Because Supergirl is just scary . . .

  • Lean, muscular and feminine. Honest and a defender of the innocent.

April 14, 2006

Way of the Cross

Filed under: Religion — lmwalker @ 9:47 am

If you were curious about Pope Benedict’s Way of the Cross . . .

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