Thursday, August 27, 2009

Does Ted Kennedy Have a Right to a Catholic Funeral?

Interesting. Linked is an article, claimed to be based on canon law, which argues in favor of it, albeit with a large dosage of Pepto Bismol. Do not speak ill of the dead, but for crying out loud, the faster we move on, the better.
Most of Teddy Kennedy's politics, and most of whatever parts of his personal life I knew through the media, angered and sometimes even disgusted me. But my opinions about Teddy's legacy are not at issue in assessing his right to a Catholic funeral under canon law. I trust that my writings on the proper understanding and correct application of 1983 CIC 1184 (the canon regulating the funeral rites to be accorded - - or not, as the case may be - - to Catholics) are reasonably well-known to readers of this blog.

Hat tip to Insight Scoop.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

HOWTO: Google Reader to Evernote

My latest favorite genealogy (and every other kind of packrat) tool is Evernote. The Evernote blog just posted on how to send Google Reader articles to Evernote!
"A lot of my web life can be broadly classified as research: recipes, drool-worthy gadgets, lifehacking ideas, articles to read, etc. Much of that stuff enter my consciousness through Google Reader. The usual workflow is something like–see an interesting post, go to the blog, clip it into Evernote for later, return to Reader. Now, I can do everything without leaving Reader. Awesome."


Thursday, August 06, 2009

Twitter-Based Mashup

Here's an interesting site: See what people are tweeting about in a user-defined radius of your location. Examples: I just searched on "Evernote" (my latest toy) in a 50-mile radius, which includes Washington, DC. Other good search terms, picked out of the air, for no particular reason: "Pelosi", "swastika", "flowers", "butterflies", "socialism", ...

Nancy Pelosi Says Town Hall Protestors Are Carrying Swastikas

What more can be said? Can anybody really defend this statement? And, given her history, can anybody really defend the idea of this person as Speaker of the House of Representatives? My opinion is that this is emblematic of a huge, huge problem that seems to be only getting worse. All we can do is wait for the 2010 election. Crush the left in 2010!

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

The Authorities Want Snitches

Perhaps you've seen the news today about the White House asking people to write in to report people circulating "fishy" information about health insurance reform proposals. The address to write is Here's mine:

SUBJ: Something fishy about health care

Hi, I just saw news reports about the White House call for email to report "fishy" information being circulated about health care. I've been hearing such information for about a half-year now. In fact, there are a number of people running the executive and legislative branches of government who want to spend us into oblivion and, at the same time, significantly reduce the quality of health care in the U.S. Since you guys are so close to the action, you might want to check out some of the people trying to ram through legislation that some (thoughtful) citizens view as socialized medicine. On the other hand, if anybody on the planet had actually *read* any of the 1000-page plans being circulated in Congress, the information wouldn't be so fishy.

I think you would agree that this is all very unfortunate. And un-American to boot. Anyway, this is my email and I'm snitching about fishiness.

You're welcome!

Monday, August 03, 2009


The, ah, progressives are upset about a new wave of guerrilla art in Los Angeles. When I lived in L.A., I almost made special trips up to Westwood in order to get the latest issue of LA Weekly. Hey, I was in my twenties, this stuff is profound when you're in your twenties! Anyway, one Steven Mikulan, writing on the LA Weekly website has already played the race card: "Obama is in white face, his mouth (like Ledger's Joker's) has been grotesquely slit wide open and the word "Socialism" appears below his face. The only thing missing is a noose." Hey, outraged, ah, progressives: If you can't take a joke... And be sure to click the link again since you can't take criticism. Also, you've got 7.5 more years, you're going to need to grow a thicker skin.