Thursday, November 18, 2004

Check out this interesting correction in today's Newsday:

"A Tuesday story on new warnings about side effects of Mifeprex or RU-486, an abortion pill, incorrectly described the drug as a way to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sexual intercourse. The pill is actually designed to end a pregnancy by causing physiological reaction that causes a non-surgical abortion."

Kathryn Lively's APPLICATION TO DATE MY DAUGHTER is great.
Gerard Serafin, RIP

I was stunned to read that Gerard of A Catholic Blog for Lovers has died. From his writing on his blog he seemed to be a good, gentle, positive soul. He was the one most responsible for my entering the world of St. Blog's since I first discovered Catholic blogs through his List of Catholic Blogs. His history showed that people can be weak but still manage to repent and contribute positively to the Body of Christ. I liked his positive attitude and his love of beauty. I should try to imitate it more on this blog. His blog did not tilt right or left but upward! God Bless him!

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Reason # 15,265 why I do not give money to my alma mater, St. John's University:

"A former St. John's University student testified yesterday that he was struck 100 times with a wooden paddle during a fraternity initiation held in Kissena Park in Queens late one night.Brian Chambers, testifying in State Supreme Court in Kew Gardens on his 22nd birthday yesterday, calmly told a jury about a series of beatings in 2003, the last of which prosecutors said led him to suffer kidney failure."

Reason #1 was that while I was there several dumb jocks gang raped a woman and they were supported by many students. Don't believe for one second that this University is even close to being Catholic. St. John's = school for morons, violent thugs, and rapists.
Theo van Gogh and] "Education By Murder" in Holland

" It took 3,000 deaths to wake up Americans, or at least to wake up the half of them who are conservative. Likewise, it took hundreds of deaths in the Bali explosion to semi-wake up Australians; it took the Madrid assault for Spaniards, and the Beslan atrocity for Russians. Twelve workers beheaded in Iraq awoke the Nepalese.
But it took just one death to wake up many Dutch."

Newsday Fraud Report

"For the audit period, ABC found that Newsday overstated its daily circulation by 16.9%, Saturday's circulation by 5.8%, and Sunday's by 14.5%. "
Tragic Accident in Manhattan

"An 80-year-old Roman Catholic nun died tragically yesterday when she was run over by a 221/2-ton flatbed truck while walking with her cane across a busy Manhattan intersection, cops said. "

The Church Confronts Modernity

Catholic Intellectuals in the Progressive Era
(Thomas E. Woods, Jr. - Columbia University Press)
reviewed by Walter M. Hudson

I saw Thomas Woods give a talk based on his research for this book at a Catholic Studies Center event at Nassau Community College. The talk was interesting enough that I am going to buy the book and next time I see Dr. Woods I will get it autographed.

Here is another positive review of the book.

Monday, November 15, 2004

November 15th, 2000

My Dad died exactly 4 years ago today. He was a typical man of the greatest generation: quiet, unassuming although he did amazing things in his lifetime, family-oriented, good, masculine, decent, loving, selfless, and kind. He worked for a bank for 35 years, collected stamps, read more history books than most people, and absolutely lived for his family. He was simply the most decent man I have ever known and sometimes it feels like the world went to hell after he died. He faced evil in the world without ever becoming mean, nasty or angry and I wish I could learn how he did that. His whole life was his family and I could never be as selfless as he was. The eight months he had cancer were some of the most grace-filled times of my life. He died with as much class as he lived. I hope before I die I can be half as good a man as he was. Rest in Peace, I love you.