Tuesday, May 30, 2006

And I Didn't See A Surrey With the Fringe On Top!

Well, I had an awesome weekend dear readers. I went up to Oklahoma, Ft. Sill to be precise and put myself to good use a powder monkey at a live cannon shoot. Yes, live rounds, black powder, and an army base firing range made for lot's of fun, sun burn, and wind burn. Now what is the powder monkey you may be asking, well I pretty much take the round and charge up to the guy who places them in the muzzle of the cannon. Had a lot of fun hanging out with the gun crew under our tent, which was always seemingly about to blow away. Saw some lizards and one horned frog. Ate well, had fun talking and joking in the KIA (now that I think of it, that's probably not the best vehicle to take onto a military base..KIA you know) on the way up and back. Oh, I split the back of my wool pants, going to have to sew them up or get them sewed up sometime before I need to wear them again. But, at least they looked more authentic, because I am sure many a soldier in the Civil War had some kind of hole in their pants and many probably split them like I did. All in all, it was a lot of fun. I look forward to working with the gun crew in the future...Especially Arnie...what a character and great friend. I hear Arnie's ambidextrous, but can't confirm it. But still, a pretty cool person, for a Rebel!

Oklahoma, pretty flat.

Rebs and Yanks shooting and not at each other!

Monday, May 29, 2006


In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918) Canadian Army

IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Today, let us remember those who have given the last full measure of their lives in service to this nation we are so blessed to call our home. So many brave young men and women who on some distant shore or even here on our countries soil fell to see their homes and familes no more. We should never forget their sacrifces nor should we forget their memory, even if if we do not know who they were, for many never did come home, some are buried on distant shores marking their resting place, but other are buried where we know not, where they may never be found and some came home unknown, with no way of contacting their families for burials. I admire those who even today are joining the armed forces, even in a time of hostilities they answer the call. God Bless them and God Bless Us All.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Honey are we in Iran or a really big outdoor Chotchkie's?

Human rights groups are raising alarms over a new law passed by the Iranian parliament that would require the country's Jews and Christians to wear coloured badges to identify them and other religious minorities as non-Muslims.

The law, which must still be approved by Iran's "Supreme Guide" Ali Khamenehi before being put into effect, also establishes special insignia to be worn by non-Muslims.

Iran's roughly 25,000 Jews would have to sew a yellow strip of cloth on the front of their clothes, while Christians would wear red badges and Zoroastrians would be forced to wear blue cloth.

Ah those crazy Persians. I am reminded of the wise words of Peter Gibbons to his love Joanna:
"You know, the Nazis had pieces of flair that they made the Jews wear. "
Perhaps those Persians just love Office Space. But I highly doubt it.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Forget to Flip The Switch?

I've been keeping my eye on a website lately. A blog that for the most part is to me both offensive, funny, and sad. Apparently the blogger is a huge follower of John Calvin, call it a hunch. I don't know who this individual is, but apparently he knows about The Common Anglican, Andy, through a friend. He's even posted on stuff from Andy's blog. The site is called Post Tenebras Lux, or After Darkness Light. I think the blogger has forgotten to flip the switch.
One post has gotten under my skin, because it so anti-Catholic. I posted a comment, but I wonder if it will even be approved, heaven forbid that truth be illuminated. Click here to read and then head to the main page. It's sad to see such exlax induced mental manutia. I will pray for this anonymous blogger, he or she needs some help from the Holy Spirit.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Prayer of St Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Book Review

So this evening I finished reading another book, this happens when I get rolling with books, I usually start tearing through them, hence this one following so quickly. Ok, it's only 116 pages and a fairly quick read too, which helps...a lot.
So what's it about? This is the last book written by Cardinal Ratzinger before he became Bishop of Rome. It's focus on the identity crisis in Europe and how the secular culture is driving Christianity out of the culture. Though focusing on Europe, it really can apply to all of Western Civilization (Europe, Australia, North America, etc.), which is why you shouldn't be surprised when looking at the book cover, that is St. Patrick's in New York City.
A collection of short essays, the topics covered are:
• Reflections on the Cultures in Conflict Today
• The Significance and Limits of Today’s Rationalistic Culture
• The Permanent Significance of the Christian Faith
• Why We Must Not Give Up the Fight
• The Law of the Jungle, the Rule of Law
• We Must Use Our Eyes!• Faith and Everyday Life
• Can Agnosticism Be a Solution?
• The Natural Knowledge of God
• "Supernatural" Faith and Its Origins

4 Biretta's out of 5... I would have liked a little more exposition, but it wasn't really warranted in the overall context and purpose of the text...so maybe I'm being nitpicky.

Another thought:

It may be wrong to hope Barroid Bonds sustains a career ending injury before tying or passing Babe Ruth for # 2 on the MLB Career Homerun list but I won't shed a tear if it were to happen. Roid boy stands at 713, one behind the Babe at 714. Hank Aaron sits atop the list at 755. Barroid is a disease, a plague on baseball. It would look like he may get nailed for perjury. The man cheated. The Babe did it on hot dogs and beer, not the cream and the clear. I hope baseball does the right thing and someday will wipe the stats of the incredible growing head from the books entirely. It's a shame to see a man who was a sure bet Hall of Famer tarnish his career and become a walking joke out of envy and jealousy because he wanted the attention that Mark McGwire got in 1998. Sadly, even if he passes Ruth, he'll never be the player Ruth was..the numbers say it all. Even in different era's, Ruth was the better hitter. Don't believe me, check it out. Baseball Reference is a good site to use.

Saturday, May 06, 2006


Finally.....it's coming to DVD on July 25th!

So we'll let fate decide.

No news on if the episode "Skeleton Crew" will be included. Season 1 ran on NBC and was canned before it could air (though it did air on USA in syndication). It marked the first appearance of Catherine Bell, playing Harm's murdered girlfriend. Despite not orginally airing, scenes were used in the season 2 premiere when introducing Major Sarah McKenzie, the character she would play till the shows end. Interesting note, Bell's appearance in the Season 1 episode lasted just about 1 minute. I love this show!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Book Review

I just finished reading The Spirit of the Liturgy by Joesph Cardinal Ratzinger (that name should ring a bell). It is a wonderfully written treatment of the "great prayer of the Church" and will assist readers in rediscovering the Liturgy in all its hidden spiritual wealth and transcendent grandeur as the very center of our Christian life.
In his own foreward to the book, Cardinal Ratzinger compares this work to a much earlier classic of the same title by Romano Guardini because his insights here are similar with what Guardini achieved in his time regarding a renewed understanding of the Liturgy. I do believe after I may have to track down this work by Guardini is it is available in a current English translation.

"My purpose here is to assist this renewal of understanding of the Liturgy. Its basic intentions coincide with what Guardini wanted to achieve. The only difference is that I have had to translate what Guardini did at the end of the First World War, in a totally different historical situation, into the context of our present-day questions, hopes and dangers. Like Guardini, I am not attempting to involve myself with scholarly discussion and research. I am simply offering an aid to the understanding of the faith and to the right way to give the faith its central form of expression in the Liturgy." —Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

I give it 5 Biretta's out of a possible 5.

It's small, but deep, it took me awhile to get through. So if you have time and patience and want a wonderful read, go for it, it will not disappoint if you allow yourself to get through it.