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Archives for May 2009

Dr. George Tiller has been shot and killed.

17 Things Which Have to Go Right If You are Traveling to the Moon

One Hundred Trillion Dollars!

It’s complicated.

Thanks to the New Mexico Nurse for passing along this story about a reporter/advocate who was, um, forcibly removed from anywhere near where the President might eventually be.

“Lee said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press that she wanted to hand Obama a letter urging him ‘to take a stand for traditional marriage.’ She said she asked a Secret Service agent to give the president her letter, but he refused and referred her to a White House staffer. Lee said she refused to give the staffer the letter. ‘I said, “I’ll take my chances if (the president) comes by here,”‘ said Lee, who identified herself as a Roman Catholic priestess who lives in Anaheim, Calif. ‘He became annoyed that I wouldn’t give him the letter.'”

To sum up: a Roman Catholic priestess from Anaheim who reports for the Georgia Informer got in trouble for trying to pass a note to the President asking him to oppose gay marriage.

From Raising Arizona:

“It’s a crazy world.”

“Someone oughtta sell tickets.”

“I’d buy one.”

Today in Porn, Theology of the Body Edition, Continued

Michael Waldstein and Janet Smith weigh in on West v. Schindler. Sounds like it’s time for a symposium.

Red Ink IV


So Gawker ran this photo of a bullfight protest in Spain. Dramatic, no? Now, just as a thought experiment, imagine it’s an abortion protest.

Because, you know, Catholic Artists.

Daniel Mitsui, aka Mr. Medieval, is offering prints of what he considers his finest work to date* (see above) for $135.

Now, just in case that seems dear, here’s an additional impetus. From Mitsui’s blog: “My son, Benedict Amadeus Mitsui, is now more than a week old…Michelle started to have regular contractions on the afternoon of Sunday, May 3rd. Her labor lasted seventy-two hours, the first sixty unmedicated. After a final three hours of hard pushing, the doctors declared that the baby was showing signs of distress, and that a caesarian section was the only remaining option. Thusly our son was born, just after 4 o’clock on Wednesday afternoon, May 6th…It is likely, even with insurance my wife and I have, that the hospital bills for so difficult a delivery will destroy us financially. The one asset that I can hope to convert to money is artwork – and I have a lot of it. In the coming weeks, I will be posting several notices of sales on my existing artwork. If you have contacted me in the past about buying a drawing, only to find it too expensive, please contact me again. All prices are open to negotiation.”

Think of it as an NPR fundraiser without all the tedious puffery. “For your donation of just $135, you receive this top-notch modern religious illustration – AND you help to support quality Catholic artists.”

*Account of imagery here.

Red Ink III


From The YouTube Music Video Archives: Django by the Modern Jazz Quartet

I’ve heard mention of the Modern Jazz Quartet over the years and finally got around to picking up “Django” – one of their masterpieces, according to fans. I like it; like the vibes especially. The song “Django” was composed by the group’s pianist, John Lewis. It is one of his best known compositions, written in memory of the French/Belgian gypsy guitarist, Django Reinhardt.