April 15, 2006 - April 8, 2006
Sunday, March 27, 2005
V. Alleluia! Christ Is Risen!
R. The Lord is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!
Te Deum Laudamus
We praise the, O God, we knowlage thee to be the Lorde.
All the earth doeth wurship thee, the father everlastyng.
To thee al Angels cry aloud, the heavens and all the powers therin.
To thee Cherubin, and Seraphin continually doe crye.
Holy, holy, holy, Lorde God of Sabaoth.
Heaven and earth are replenyshed with the majestie of thy glory,
The gloryous company of the Apostles, praise thee.
The goodly felowshyp of the Prophetes, praise thee.
The noble armie of Martyrs, praise thee.
The holy churche throughout all the worlde doeth knowlage thee.
The father of an infinite majestie.
Thy honourable, true, and onely sonne.
The holy gost also beeying the coumforter.
Thou art the kyng of glory, O Christe.
Thou art the everlastyng sonne of the father.
Whan thou tookest upon thee to delyver manne, thou dyddest not abhorre the virgins wombe.
Whan thou haddest overcomed the sharpenesse of death, thou diddest open the kyngdome of heaven to all belevers.
Thou sittest on the ryght hande of God, in the glory of the father.
We beleve that thou shalt come to be our judge.
We therfore praye thee, helpe thy servauntes, whom thou haste redemed with thy precious bloud.
Make them to be noumbred with thy sainctes, in glory everlastyng.
O Lorde, save thy people: and blesse thyne heritage.
Governe them, and lift them up for ever.
Day by day we magnifie thee.
And we wurship thy name ever world without ende.
Vouchsafe, O Lorde, to kepe us this daye without synne.
O Lorde, have mercy upon us : have mercy upon us.
O Lorde, let thy mercy lighten upon us : as our trust is in thee.
O Lorde, in thee have I trusted : let me never be confounded.
UPDATE: If your browser is setup to hear embedded sound files (mp3), the song
you should be hearing is not the Te Deum, as some may suppose. Rather, it is Ag
Criost an Siol -- a song BalowStar wants to have sung grave side with a lone piper about
1/4 mile away from the burial site. You know, to help people cry who might not be so disposed
at his passing.
Another UPDATE: You can now only hear the mp3 file by clicking on the Ag Criost an Siol link in the first update.
Saturday, March 26, 2005
O How Beautiful is a Generous Spirit
InstaWally, aka - Soulfish Stew is absolutely gushing
and I didn't want to enjoy it all by myself.
Friday, March 25, 2005
The Easter Bunny may sit this one out.
We're aware that it's still Good Friday and that looking forward to
Easter is poor form, but many of you have children who are expecting a
visit from the Easter Bunny. That's why we feel compelled to sound an
alarm of sorts. According to our sources, the Easter Bunny is, well,
cross. Why? A lot of reasons really. Not getting as much respect as
Santa is one thing, of course. As much as the government and mainstream
media trash Christianity and try to thrust creche scenes and nativity
plays beyond the pale, Santa continues undeterred, the star of
countless TV commercials, retail store displays, and children's cartoon
shows. In 2004 alone, Santa raked in more than $200 million in†
product endorsement contracts (though Coca Cola is a major chunk of
this haul), compared to less than $200,000 for the disgruntled paschal
rabbit. Is all of this differential attributable to Santa's PR strategy
of evading direct links to Christianity? Or is there some less
acceptable form of discrimination involved? No major media outlet ran
the Easter Bunny's 2004 press release, which said (in part):
The Easter Bunny does not endorse and
is not a spokesperson for any denominations of the Christian religion
and prefers to be thought of as a socially conscious rabbit who seeks
to distribute goods and services to children of all faiths, regardless
of need, during a season (spring) which has become associated by
tradition with a specific religious holiday (Easter). In fact, this
association is a semantic accident; in other equally valid though less
affluent cultures, the socially conscious rabbit in question is known
as the Wester Bunny, the Souther Bunny, and the Norther Bunny, none of
which sobriquets carry the politically incorrect burden of being
confused with the (to some vile) Christian religion.
In further clarification, the Easter Bunny would have it be known that
she voted for both Gore and Kerry, is a major contributor to the
Democratic Party and feminist causes generally, is an avid listener of
Air America, and regularly attends pro-choice rallies in the U.S. and
other fascist nations...
Recently, the state of Florida has sought to exclude the Easter Bunny
from lucrative mall engagements, replacing her with a stand-in called
," who presides not over Easter egg hunts, but
copyright-infringing "egg hunts." This is yet another sore spot with the
Easter Bunny, who is now convinced that her rights are being
systematically violated by business with the tacit support of the
The upshot is that she is considering a dramatic labor action --
sitting out the 2005 Easter season. So parents are advised not to
expect any help filling baskets with green excelsior and candied eggs,
bunnies, etc, this year. The Easter Bunny is sick of being dissed, and
she demands appropriate compensation -- and reparations.
Any questions, contributions, or affidavits should be directed to her
attorney, Mark Geragos via email@example.com.
You may now resume watching The
(PG-13) if you still have the stomach for it.
Thursday, March 24, 2005
You Didn't Make the World, You're Just a Lawyer
"Congressí actions today are a clear threat to our democracy. More than 200 years ago,
our forefathers designed our nationís government with three separate, yet equal branches.
Today, Congress is about to overturn the separation of powers so carefully constructed
by our forefathers by disregarding the laws of Florida and the decisions of a judge
that have never been reversed on appeal.
". . . The United States Congress is on the verge of telling states, courts, judges and
juries that their opinions, deliberations and decisions do not matter."
Congressman Jim Davis
It has been fun over the past few days to hear the Democrats talk about the limited role
of the Federal Government. Tell it to the builders of the Tellico Dam who had construction
halted, by the Federal Government to protect the snail
The above excerpt from Congressman
Davis' statement seems childish to us. And, as the rhetoric over the Terry Schiavo case
builds to a crecendo, it highlights the building annoyance of we, the people, with, them, the
Just hold on a moment and get what is going on here. The Governor of a State, his brother, the President
of the United States, along with the Congress of the United States want to do something. However, they
are not doing it, because men in black robes say, "No."
Regardless of your position on this dreadful Terri Schivo case, the over-arching conflict between
separate, yet equal branches of government, lauded above by Congressman Davis, is certainly reaching
a point of absurdity.
Genuflecting at the rulings of the judges, even Supreme Court Justices, is a new phenomenon in America
and certainly does not have the hallowed history Congressman Davis suggests with his, ". . . more
than 200 years ago" talk -- as if the Schiavo case is the first interruption of this perfect balance
President Andrew Jackson is supposedly to have said of the
Chief Justice John Marshall's Supreme Court ruling in the 1831 case Cherokee Nation v. State of Georgia, "Marshall
has made his decision. Now let him enforce it." Whether he said it or not, he completely ignored the Court's
ruling and proceeded about his business as if the Court had said nothing, which it effectively had
said -- i.e., nothing. He's featured on the $20 bill.
Also, another head of the Executive Branch would hold in utter contempt the "States, courts, judges and
juries [AND ELECTED STATE LEGISLATORS IN LAWFUL ASSEMBLY] that their opinions, deliberations and
decisions do not matter." That, of course, was honest Abe -- President Abraham Lincoln who took his
Union conscripts into Southern lands and fought a bloody, deadly war to reestablish the Union. That
civil war was fought less than eighty years after the ink dried on the Constitution and left 500,000
Americans dead at the hand of the Government they
had created to form a more perfect Union, establish
Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure
the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity. O-o-o-p-s. President Lincoln only made the
We get all the nice things people say about rule of law, but we can't help but wonder if any subject of
the Crown ever bowed so low for so long.
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Historical Imperative of the Masses
Today, President Bush will meet with Vicente Fox of Mexico and Paul Martin of Canada for a little
sit down (Source
Archive) at Baylor
University in Waco, TX followed by a little BBQ at the ranch in Crawford. One
of the items to be discussed is the little tunnel found just one month ago.
It seems that this particular tunnel, complete with concrete floor and an intercom system, ran nearly 200
yards from a house on one side of a rusty metal fence, under two streets and an apartment complex,
to emerge in an unassuming tract home in California.
President Fox wants to keep the border open -- is this what he means? -- but, Porter Goss, the director of
central intelligence, told the Senate Armed Services Committee last week that the United States is
vulnerable to terrorists infiltrating through its back patio.
We know we're supposed to be all inclusive and all, but when you start finding los túnelos -- this isn't the
only one -- don't you have to wonder if somebody isn't just taking advantage of you?
A Little Decency,
I won't pretend to know, as so many presently do, what Terri Schiavo
would want done about her feeding tube. Whether the courts have to be
involved or not, this strikes me as a private family matter that should
be resolved without the voyeuristic pontificating of every blowhard in
the nation who has nothing better to do with his time. What I will
pretend to know is that Mrs. Schiavo would NOT want photographs and
video clips of herself as she now is being broadcast continuously on
television and the Internet. The basis for my position is that no woman
of my acquaintance would want to be filmed or watched by strangers in
Seem a trivial point? Well, if you followed the commentary on the case,
I bet you'd discover a lot of rhetoric about human dignity. So be as
morally pugnacious and certain as you like about your own views (pun
intended) of this woman's plight, but I daresay not one of you can deny
that whatever the outcome, all human dignity has been robbed from Mrs.
Schiavo by everyone who has employed or sought out these images --
including both sides of her loving family, the press, the television
networks, politicians, and bloggers. Yes, I know that an endangered woman may
choose to be dragged out of a burning building naked and feet first in
front of thousands of onlookers, but Terri Schiavo did not
choose to be displayed like a
pinned butterfly to every schlump with a TV. And who among you will
claim on her behalf that continued subsistence of such a pitiful order
is worth the kind of immortality that has been irrevocably forced upon
her? Think about this question in particular, all you Christians who
presume to know the difference between decency and indecency and
all you liberals
who make a sacred principle of privacy. Then turn your heads away in
Object, fume, and fulminate all you like. Even the highest minded of
you remind me of a vulture circling over a dying doe.
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
The Danger of Guns -- part III
We've been talking about guns a little bit around here lately -- HERE
Today we hear that a young man (alledgedly named, Jeff Weise), walked through a metal detector,
at least ten people. Of course, he had to shoot the security guard standing next to the metal
detector and then proceeded to kill students at the school.
Now, we are not going to mention that Weise used three of the 196 million guns in the U.S. -- two pistols and
a shotgun -- and how it really doesn't matter if he or someone else completed BATF
Form 4473 because that would be piling on . . .
We are going to ask you to take the time to read Bahama
Bull today. This piece is part of Shuteye
Town 1999 and its analysis is vital to understanding happenings such as these.
Monday, March 21, 2005
You Can Get Away with Everything
Do you know this man?
His name is Jim Davis, that would be, "Congressman
Jim Davis" to you. Congressman Jim Davis was elected to Congress in 1996, and, he tells us via his website
that he "brought a wealth of legislative experience and a common sense approach to the House of
Representatives." Not only that, before his fourth year of service was complete, the Tampa
Tribune thought it wise to report that he is
"a moderate lawmaker of unimpeachable character, an unpretentious man his colleagues naturally look
to for leadership." Naturally.
Well, in a bit of irony, we looked up Congressman Davis. And, the first thing you see when you get
to his website is this:
Of course, if you happen to be the parents of a desperately disabled child who is about to be denied
the basics of food and water, well then, Congressman Jim feels it would be a "clear threat to our
democracy" to get you any kind of empowerment. Thankfully, for the Schiavos, Congressman Jim's colleagues
did not look to him for leadership -- naturally or otherwise -- The House
voted 203 to 58 (Source Archive) for the bill
that would empower the Schiavos to have their case heard in Federal Court which would require that she
at least be given food and water while all this gets sorted out.
Maybe next time, Jimbo.
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