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More good news coming out of Wisconsin…

And just in time for the summer! In a rare display of bipartisanship, Cheeseland politicians came together, pretty much unanimously, in a political climate that is (to put it mildy) contentious. Both the governor and many senators are up for recall this summer; the state supreme court has allegedly come to fisticuffs on at least one occasion, and the Packers lost to the New York Giants in the playoffs.

So this bit of news, reported in the Milwaukee Sentinel, comes as a welcomed break in the tension for all four branches of Wisconsin government: the executive, legislative, judicial and domestic!

A Wager for the Sanguinoid

If you’ve been around the Catholic blogosphere for a while you know there’s a guy named Chris Sullivan who is from New Zealand (I think) and who always signs his comments with “Peace.”

This is the other Chris Sullivan. (my uncle, so watch yourself.)

Back in the ’90s, I coined the word “sanguinoid” to describe a mental disorder that causes the sufferer to believe that everybody is out to help him; sort of the opposite of paranoia. It seems that this disorder afflicts many people at election times.


The election just past (meaning the 2010 election) brought out lots of people who believed the “throw the bums out” mantra of the Tea Party and others. This is sort of understandable with young voters who haven’t seen the same performance over and over again, but I was talking to a 72 year-old man that thought the Republicans were going to come in and clean house. If he had adopted my “wager that they’re lying” principle he would not now be disappointed.

Now, clearly it’s in my blood to believe there are liars on both sides, but this bit of mendacity from the president’s official Tumblr is particularly egregious.

Is this supposed to be cute?

The fact that the election is being presented as some kind of referendum on contraception pushes me to despair over how easy it is to manipulate popular opinion in today’s instantaneous-soundbite-world.

And I also wonder – if I can tell that the media is this inept in correctly representing my own belief system, why should I trust in their competence to accurately report on anything else?

“the wrong aesthetic”?


RIP, Andrew Breitbart.

So where does the late AB’s aesthetic fit into Mr. Wolfe’s schema? No, he wasn’t Christian but he didn’t approach politics in the usual way, either.
For all that though did he resist the “preaching and speeching,” or did he play into it? 

This line seems deserving of some attention:

The left is smart enough to understand that the way to change a political system is through its cultural systems,” he told The New Yorker’s Rebecca Mead in 2010. “So you look at the conservative movement — working the levers of power, creating think tanks, and trying to get people elected in different places — while the left is taking over Hollywood, the music industry, the churches.”

Blessed are the poor…

…in America, for they shall inherit a refrigerator, a plasma TV, a DVD player,  cable or satellite TV, Internet, video games, a car or truck, a microwave, and air conditioning.

Something to think about in this season of taxgiv- I’m sorry, I mean almsgiving… 

Best tip: give to Catholic Charities/CRS, the most efficient domestic/overseas organizations going. BONUS: It’s been run by an organization that’s been in the charity business for well over 2000 years…

Soothe the Despondent Beast (Audience Participation)

Is it just me? Or is there more conflict in the air – more stormclouds on the horizon? I’ve been feeling so anxious lately. It’s time to come to the aid of the nation and make another Pandora station.

The question: What do you listen to when it’s time to calm your bad self down?

The Culture of Death…Metal

I just wanted to make a snappy headline. I know that Megadeth isn’t Death Metal. I have Wikipedia.

Dave Mustaine offers an endorsement of Rick Santorum in this article, and also says:

“So, no, rock ‘n’ roll isn’t dead, but the recording industry is like a bunch of bleached bones out in the desert – not a lot of life to it. I mean, when you have guys running record labels who are younger than I am? Come on…

“When I was coming up, there were guys like Irving Azoff and Ahmet Ertegun and Clive Davis and Jimmy Iovine. Those are the big wigs. I laughed my ass off the day I heard that Fred Durst had his own label. I thought that was silly. I mean, here’s a guy who films his own sex tapes – and he’s running a label? I would be ashamed to be on that label.”