We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The Lisbon Treaty is what our Brit buddy, Theo, has been screaming about for months. Can you imagine having your entire country cease to be a "country" and become a mere "province" without your having any say in it?
"Former Prime Minister Tony Blair promised to put the EU Constitution to the British people in a referendum. But his successor, Gordon Brown, has reneged on that promise."
And then to find out you have no control over your new "country" in the future?
"Most alarmingly, though, is that the Lisbon Treaty can be extended indefinitely without recourse to further treaties or referendums."
You can see why Theo's been screaming.
The article on the (delicate cough) "Hawaiian Indians" did a fairly decent job of showing how our giving more rights and powers to Native Americans than the average citizen has torn Hawaii apart. Senator Asswipe, excuse me, Senator Akaka ought to be dragged out to the public square and flogged. Pajamas Media did a nice job of connecting the Apology Resolution --> Obama --> Sovereignty Bill. Good wrap-up, too:
"What the trustees need is an indebted president — and Obama is their man. Meanwhile, what Hawaii needs is a brigade of lean and hungry federal prosecutors, a multi-pronged civil rights investigation by the Department of Justice, and prison space to house much of the state’s political and economic elite for the next 10-20 years."
Most people view Louisiana as the most corrupt state in the Union, but I'd match Hawaii against any of them.
Rabbi Homolka finds some prayers just not sensitive enough.
Unless, he is going to Mass he doesn't need to be offended.
The fruitcake rabbi thinks Third Reichsters only killed yoos, or at least they thought that's why they killed Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.
"Every true prayer is a prayer of the Church; by means of that prayer the Church prays, since it is the Holy Spirit living in the Church, Who in every single soul 'prays in us with unspeakable groanings". Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross aka Edith Stein.
Anent the sophisticated Europeans, the famous limerick: Said the beauteous Magda Lupescu,
As she rushed to Rumania's rescue.
'Tis a wonderful thing,
To be under a king,
Is democracy better -- I esk you?
As Leag says, the Rabbi doesn't think it's anti-semitic, the interviewer simply asked the question. And, in light of the fact that Benedict is a German, that the Spiegel is a German publication and that the Rabbi is German, I'm not surprised by the question. Not to mention, European Jews can get a little suspicious about the attitude of the head of the Church that ran the Inquisition to convert, expel or kill them all. To the Rabbi's credit, he tries to draw a distinction when asked if the decision was anti-semitic. If you insult people, would you rather that they try to explain why they feel insulted, or would you prefer they stage a violent riot or fly an airplane into a building?
Many Jews believe that German Jews were too accommodationist with the rise of prewar antisemitism, and with the recent reappearance of European antisemitism, should we really be telling Jews to shut up when they express concerns about how the rest of Europe and the world regards them?
Personally, I think it's fine to pray for Jews, Christians, Muslims, Wiccans, atheists and anyone else, but when you announce it publicly by naming specific groups, when you make public prayers for them to emerge from their benightedness, don't be surprised if groups that you've previously persecuted find it a little offensive.
I don't know what theological or canonical imperative overtook the Pope leading him to change the wording right now, but one could cover the Jews by simply praying for all non-believers. Jews are the tiniest minority of non-believers, so the laser focus on their benighted state could seem worrisome to some Jews. And, I would add, it isn't just Jews who have concerns about what's going on in Rome. There are many Catholics and Protestants, including some very conservative ones, who worry about some of the influences on the Roman Curia.
Last, the Nazis killed Jews for being Jews. Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross was born a Jew, which is why the Germans killed her. I just want to make that clear for others who might be less familiar with the history.
Sure. St. Maximillian provided shelter to Polish refugees, including 2,000 Jews whom he hid from Nazi persecution in his friary in Niepokalanow. Getting caught hiding Jews from the Nazis would get you killed in those days.
Last winter (2006-07) a logging man working the woods around the Bolt Hole claimed he had seen a wolf in our Adirondacks. We kind of pooh-poohed the idea saying it must have been a coydog (coyote-dog hybrid), which are known to grow quite large, but our logger insisted. He had been to Alaska often, he said, and knew what a wolf looked like. Based upon this story, from western Massachusetts, he might have been correct.
Dr X, I had thought the rabbi's objection unfair until I read your persuasive comment. Yes, it is legitimate for believers of any religion to pray for others to be converted, and even referring to groups by name is acceptable. But to single out a group, and to knowingly put it in a context that has a history related to misuse, is not quite the same thing.
Assistant Village Idiot
Trees on the walls of a medical facility?
Why am I reminded of that scene in "Soylent Green"?