Thursday, June 16, 2005

His First Name is Well Earned

The fact that Senator Durbin has the freedom to make stupid and unsubstantiated remarks about the military should have been an indication to him that his remarks here were, well, stupid. Then again, maybe he knew that and is simply counting on the general public to be too stupid to care.

"Reprehensible" is the word used by the White House to describe remarks made by Sen. Dick Durbin earlier this week comparing the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to victims of Nazis, Soviet gulags and Cambodia's Khmer Rouge.


Pentagon spokesman Larry DiRita commented Thursday that Durbin may want to see the prison before he criticizes it.

"Anyone who would make such outlandish comments has an obligation to visit the facility at Guantanamo Bay. Our records suggest Senator Durbin has never been there. He may also want to visit the memorials to the victims of Pol Pot and Stalin and then decide if he wants to live the rest of his life with that comment," DiRita said.

Add little kittens to Howard Dean's personal hate list. =8^p

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

100% RC

Except for my perfect RC score (no surprise) the results below are a little different than the first time I took the test. I tried posting my first results, but I ended up deleting it because I messed around with and screwed up the HTML coding. (HT to PSB)

Roman Catholic


Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan


Neo orthodox








Classical Liberal


Modern Liberal


Reformed Evangelical


What's your theological worldview?
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Christian Porn Queen?

If ever there was a mind-boggling paradox...

Pornographer Mark Kulkis says tonight's presidential fund-raiser, which includes him and his date, XXX porn star Mary Carey, will make pop-culture history.

But the National Republican Congressional Committee seems more intent on using President Bush's $2,500-a-plate speech to make political fund-raising history.

Congressional Republicans expect to add at least $23 million to their party campaign funds at the event featuring the president.


Carey, who says she is a Christian who prays and reads her Bible every night, said she's excited about the possibility of speaking personally with Bush.

"It would be an honor to meet him," she told WND. "I'd like to talk to him about issues like freedom of speech and the crackdown on the adult industry. Maybe he can give me some political pointers."

Monday, June 13, 2005

In Other Non-Jacko Wacko Celebrity News

In addition to not growing up, Katie Holmes apparently "digs" Scientology, and will soon be converting to it.

Holmes, in London to promote her new film, "Batman Begins," said Monday that she's excited about her lessons in Scientology, a religion founded by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.

The 26-year-old actress and Cruise went public with their romantic relationship in April. The former Catholic and star of television's "Dawson's Creek (search)" grew up with a poster of Cruise on her bedroom wall and has said she grew up wanting to marry him.
Bad Medicine

Surprisingly, the Supreme Court O Canada finds a Quebec law banning private medical insurance to be unconstitutional. (link via Hugh Hewitt)

The ruling stops short of declaring the national health-care system unconstitutional; only three of the seven judges wanted to go all the way.

But it does say in effect: Deliver better care or permit the development of a private system. "The prohibition on obtaining private health insurance might be constitutional in circumstances where health-care services are reasonable as to both quality and timeliness," the ruling reads, but it "is not constitutional where the public system fails to deliver reasonable services." The Justices who sit on Canada's Supreme Court, by the way, aren't a bunch of Scalias of the North. This is the same court that last year unanimously declared gay marriage constitutional.

The Canadian ruling ought to be an eye-opener for the U.S., where "single-payer," government-run health care is still a holy grail on the political left and even for some in business (such as the automakers). This month the California Senate passed a bill that would create a state-run system of single-payer universal health care. The Assembly is expected to follow suit. Someone should make sure the Canadian Supreme Court's ruling is on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's reading list before he makes a veto decision.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Dwindling Numbers and a Significant Demographic Shift

At the Mass I went to this morning, the priest during his homily provided some intriguing statistics on the number of priests in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Diocese of Orange. Last week, seven men from the Diocese of Orange became ordained priests, while only three were ordained from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Of the seven Diocese of Orange priests, four are Vietnamese, one is Hispanic, and the other two are Caucasion.

Of all the priests in the Diocese of Orange, thirty percent are Vietnamese.

How reliable these numbers are, I don't know. However, since the priest who gave out this information (who, BTW, is Vietnamese) regularly works for the diocese of Orange in some administrative capacity, I'm inclined to believe that they are fairly accurate.