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  • Jimmy Carter Tells Islamic Conference: “Principles of Allah” Are Key to Peace

    08/31/2014 9:18:24 AM PDT · 70 of 122
    AnAmericanMother to Chuckster
    Some things never change.

    "Auferre, trucidare, rapere, falsis nominibus imperium; atque, ubi solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant."

    "To plunder, butcher, steal, they falsely call their empire; where they make a desolation they call it peace."

    - Tacitus, "Life of Agricola"

  • A New Direction in (Catholic) Church Design

    08/29/2014 7:09:45 PM PDT · 92 of 115
    AnAmericanMother to defconw
    Thank you. It has a beautiful acoustic, too.

    We have chamber music and choral groups lining up to rent it on weeknights.

  • Successful Okla. lawsuit could stop future black ma

    08/29/2014 6:58:54 PM PDT · 24 of 62
    AnAmericanMother to MeganC
    Actually, in law it's a conditional gift: you are expected to consume the Host immediately, not go trucking off to some disgusting bunch of Satanists.

    Compare: your boss (or a family member) gives you something that you're expected to use in a particular way: maybe cash to purchase something for the business or the home, maybe a six-pack or a nice bottle of whisky that you're supposed to use to entertain clients for the firm or a family party. Instead you go off and use the cash or the alcohol for your own purposes, maybe a party at your place.

    You have actually stolen that stuff, even though it was "given" to you.

    And that doesn't even get into the religious dimension.

  • WH Responds to Petition to Demand Release of Marine Held in Mexico

    08/29/2014 6:51:15 PM PDT · 22 of 30
    AnAmericanMother to ConorMacNessa

    Where's the Mexican Expeditionary Force when you need it?

  • A New Direction in (Catholic) Church Design

    08/28/2014 7:08:54 AM PDT · 52 of 115
    AnAmericanMother to NYer
    It wasn't entirely a wasteland beforehand -

    Our church was built in 1995:

    Funny true story: the rector interviewed four architects - three Catholics and a Presbyterian - and asked for preliminary drawings. He specifically asked for a design that was contemporary but incorporated traditional Catholic symbolic elements - cruciform footprint, bell tower, elevated sanctuary, choir loft, etc. Three of the architects didn't listen but just provided the typical Catholic Prayer Barn. The fourth (the Presbyterian) did as instructed. His firm got the bid, and we got a nice Richardsonian Romanesque-Revival church.

    . . . and for those griping about the expense - ANY building is going to cost a bundle, unless you go with a prefab steel shed. Might as well lift everyone's souls to God.

  • Demons Believe and Tremble: A Reflection on the Theft of the Eucharist by Satanists

    08/25/2014 5:57:28 PM PDT · 69 of 111
    AnAmericanMother to Claud; verga; markomalley
    It's not smarts. Close . . . but not smarts. Just knowledge.

    You see, the demons, being eternal supernatural creatures, KNOW. They are not constrained by time and space as we are, nor are they in our position of reliance upon faith in the assurance of things hoped for and proof of things not seen.

    God wishes our free, willing love and faith . . . not the overwhelming knowledge which afflicts the demons.

  • The Cyclorama, Battle of Atlanta and Gone with the Wind

    08/25/2014 5:32:11 PM PDT · 12 of 36
    AnAmericanMother to Robert A. Cook, PE
    Drive past that very marker on my way to dog training.

    Here's the actual site - up in the woods.

    The "Fighting Bishop" - Leonidas Polk.

  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Fort Bragg, North Carolina ~ 19 AUG 2014

    08/24/2014 5:18:23 PM PDT · 128 of 129
    AnAmericanMother to Kathy in Alaska

    Thanks for the welcome! I’m in and out, dealing with family business.

  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Fort Bragg, North Carolina ~ 19 AUG 2014

    08/24/2014 5:17:56 PM PDT · 127 of 129
    AnAmericanMother to Pelham
    Yes, I agree. A.S. Johnston was a great loss.

    My people served under Joe Johnston (no relation). A hard-fighting general but not as brilliant as A.S.

  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Fort Bragg, North Carolina ~ 19 AUG 2014

    08/19/2014 5:48:45 AM PDT · 90 of 129
    AnAmericanMother to beachn4fun
    Since they were ancestors . . . . :-D yes!

    Lost a lot of relatives though, cousins killed at Shiloh, at Resaca and at Tunnel Hill. My g-g grandmother's oldest sister's husband, John Stewart, was killed at Shiloh and his body was never found. My g-g grandfather was one of his best friends in the same unit. He was wounded, and while he was in the service his wife died laboring of twins (who died with her). He had one surviving child (my g grandmother) and never remarried. I get the impression from family letters that he had PTSD but of course nobody understood that then.

    Another g-g grandfather was wounded at Shiloh, also at Nashville and at Chickamauga. He was a lawyer and banker in Eufaula AL and the Commander of the local UCV after the War. They invited Sherman to come speak - to a standing o. (Sherman was much loved in the South after the War because he opposed Reconstruction.)

    Still another g-g grandfather led a charmed life - he was the classic combination of humility (almost shyness) and incredible bravery. He did a lot of valiant (some would say stupid) stuff as a cavalryman/ "partisan ranger" and never caught a scratch. Came home afterwards, went back to farming, had a bunch of kids, lived into his 80s.

  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Fort Bragg, North Carolina ~ 19 AUG 2014

    08/19/2014 5:24:59 AM PDT · 82 of 129
    AnAmericanMother to beachn4fun
    Almost all my confederate ancestors suffered under the guy.

  • Recalcitrant LCWR Digs in Its Heels at Nashville Meeting

    08/19/2014 5:22:28 AM PDT · 13 of 13
    AnAmericanMother to tbpiper
    Problem is, this is NOT religion.

    These wymyn are an embarrassment to the Church (and to any thinking person, really). Their nonsense has been allowed to go on for far too long, for a number of reasons which, as socialist political agitators, they do not understand.

    These wymyn think of everything in terms of Power and Dialectic. They do not understand how the Church functions. It is not a corporation, the Pope is not a CEO and the College of Cardinals is not a Board of Directors. Church discipline is not frank punishment but repeated calls to repentance. The Church is not interested in punishment but in trying to save these poor people's souls - every lost sheep by any possible means.

    But the wymyn think that their evasions and disobedience have been effective, and they happily believe that they have gotten away with it. Wrong.

    The wheels of justice grind slow, but they grind exceeding fine. The assignment of a commission and putting Abp. Sartain (who is an iron fist in a velvet glove) in charge is the beginning of the end.

    I am not a bishop and not in the CDF, and that's a good thing because I would have called in air strikes by now.

  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Fort Bragg, North Carolina ~ 19 AUG 2014

    08/19/2014 5:10:06 AM PDT · 75 of 129
    AnAmericanMother to laurenmarlowe
    My husband is a graduate of the Bragg School for Wayward Boys.

    Always cracked me up that it is named for one of the most disagreeable and incompetent Confederate generals. NOBODY liked Bragg, and I think most people wished Forrest had gotten mad enough at him to challenge him to a duel (getting in a duel with Forrest was pretty much a death warrant).

    If Bragg had not been as jealous of Forrest as some beauty-pageant contestant, the outcome in the Army of Tennessee might have been very different.

  • Minneapolis girl attacked, chased by otter in Wisconsin lake

    08/15/2014 10:24:36 AM PDT · 35 of 59
    AnAmericanMother to cripplecreek

    In the words of Steve Martin, “What in the HEEEEELLLLL was that?”

  • What were weddings like in Jesus’ day?

    08/15/2014 7:21:02 AM PDT · 26 of 28
    AnAmericanMother to Salvation
    Oh . . . and this is the painting we used for the cover of my daughter's wedding leaflet -

    Nicolas Correa, Mexican, 17th c., Las Bodas de Cana'

    (we would have used Mr. Mitsui's, but he hadn't drawn it yet :-) )

  • What were weddings like in Jesus’ day?

    08/15/2014 7:17:12 AM PDT · 25 of 28
    AnAmericanMother to Salvation

    Yep, it's different (I love it). Daniel Mitsui is one of my favorite artists working today. He specializes in marrying his Japanese heritage with his Christian faith. He also does lovely medieval-style drawings.

  • Hundreds Attend Emotionally Charged Meeting on Firing of Church's Gay Music Director

    08/14/2014 11:28:37 AM PDT · 31 of 33
    AnAmericanMother to KC Burke

    That’s good. We’re all sinners, the question is whether you are fighting against that sin . . . or have convinced yourself that it’s actually NOT a sin.

  • Hundreds Attend Emotionally Charged Meeting on Firing of Church's Gay Music Director

    08/14/2014 11:27:42 AM PDT · 30 of 33
    AnAmericanMother to NorthMountain
    That's right.

    The problem here is unbelieving Catholics (including some priests and bishops) who wanted to keep getting the perks without believing the Faith.

    The Church has always taught steadfastly against sodomy, and moreover has always ruled (from the Middle Ages to the present, including a ruling in the 1960s) that homosexual tendencies (not even amounting to conduct) should bar a candidate from seminary. 1. It's a "near occasion of sin" - putting a homosexually inclined individual in close quarters with other men is a constant temptation; 2. A homosexual - unlike a normal man - is not giving up anything for the sake of Christ and His Church. He's more like Willie Sutton in a bank.

    You had some priests and a few bishops in the Swinging Sixties and Seventies who decided on their own to jettison much of the Church's teaching - particularly that homosexual conduct wasn't a grave sin. That opened the door to the infestation of predatory homosexuals. A few notorious seminaries became "pink palaces" - I know personally several men who would have been great priests who quit because they couldn't stand the corruption and even persecution.

    At this point, it appears that the Church has done a fairly good job of cleaning house. They may have swung too far in the opposite direction (accusation equals conviction) but that may be inevitable for awhile.

  • Hundreds Attend Emotionally Charged Meeting on Firing of Church's Gay Music Director

    08/14/2014 10:56:42 AM PDT · 24 of 33
    AnAmericanMother to NorthMountain

    The problem with liberals/progressives is "analysis paralysis". They see something coming down the road that promises to be a problem. They worry about it. Maybe they bring it up in a staff meeting. Maybe they assign somebody to "study" it.

    And by then the whole darned thing has gained such momentum that it oftentimes crushes them.

  • Hundreds Attend Emotionally Charged Meeting on Firing of Church's Gay Music Director

    08/14/2014 9:56:01 AM PDT · 5 of 33
    AnAmericanMother to marshmallow
    Here's the problem (the lede is buried as usual):

    Holy Family Church has been known for its nontraditional, contemporary style of celebrating Mass.

    Another Father Pfleger type allowing CINOs to run wild, until this time the diocese put the kibosh on it.

  • FREEPER CANTEEN - How Old Is Your Music - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    08/14/2014 8:49:47 AM PDT · 124 of 125
    AnAmericanMother to LUV W
    You're welcome. I just wish this music was better known. It is splendid, beautiful, heart-wrenching stuff.

    They don't compose like they used to.

  • FREEPER CANTEEN - How Old Is Your Music - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    08/14/2014 8:48:22 AM PDT · 123 of 125
    AnAmericanMother to Publius
    The only good composer is one who has been dead for at least 100 years.<

    Does 600 years sound about right? Ping to post 116.

    Cantus firmus: Rest eternal grant to him Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon him.

    Nymphs of the wood, goddesses of the fountains,
    Skilled singers of all nations,
    Change your strong voices, clear and noble
    To sharp cries and lamentations,
    For Atropos, most terrible satrap
    Has caught your Ockeghem in her trap,
    True treasurer of music and great masterworks,
    Learned, elegant of body and not stout,
    A great pity it is that the earth should cover him.

    Put on your mourning garments,
    Josquin Piersson Brumel Comper [all composers of note],
    And weep great tears from your eyes,
    For you have lost your good father.

    [May the soul of the faithful departed] rest in peace.

    Cantus firmus: Requiem aeternam dona eis Domine
    et lux perpetua luceat eis.

    Nymphes des bois, deesses des fontaines,
    Chantres expres de toutes nations,
    Changes vos voix fors claires et haultaines
    En cris trenchans et lamentations,
    Car Atropos tres terrible satrappe
    Votre Ockeghem atrappe en sa trappe,
    Vray tresorier de musiqe et chef doeuvre,
    Doct elegant de corps et non point trappe,
    Grant domaige est que la terre le couvre.

    Acoultres vous dhabis de doeul,
    Josquin Piersson Brumel Comper,
    Et ploures grosses larmes doeul,
    Perdu aves votre bon pere.

    Requiescant in pace.

  • FREEPER CANTEEN - How Old Is Your Music - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    08/13/2014 6:58:45 PM PDT · 116 of 125
    AnAmericanMother to LUV W
    This series of questions misses the mark SO far for me . . . I've heard of some of these people, but I couldn't identify much of their music, let alone have a preference.

    The first question mentions Mr. Bach, but that is the last time they even graze my frame of reference. Mr. Bach is late for me since he's Baroque, and my taste runs to medieval and Renaissance music.

    You'd have to have a question like, "Which of these do you prefer: (a) Josquin de Prez (b) Heinrich Isaac (c) Johannes Ockeghem (d) Guillaume Dufay?"

    But, seriously, isn't this one of the most beautifully solemn things you've heard in awhile?

    Josquin: "Nymphs des bois" (lamentation for the death of Ockeghem)

    Josquin, Ockeghem's pupil, composed this in homage to his master's style - Ockeghem was known for his deep resonant bass lines and stark harmonies.

  • Catholic Word of the Day: GLEBE, 08-13-14

    08/13/2014 1:37:59 PM PDT · 11 of 15
    AnAmericanMother to Tax-chick
    Yep, C.S. Lewis said everybody in WWI was under the influence of Saturn. 'Tis true.

    I'm reading a new book which discusses the role of the medieval view of planetary influences in the Narnia stories. It's really obscure . . . but it makes real sense, particularly in view of Lewis' championing the medieval world-view in The Discarded Image.

    Planet Narnia

    I'm only at about chapter 4, but I'll report back.

  • Catholic Word of the Day: GLEBE, 08-13-14

    08/13/2014 1:30:26 PM PDT · 9 of 15
    AnAmericanMother to Tax-chick
    Shropshire Lad is A.E. Housman. Similar, but I really enjoy Housman because there's a ray of hope back of his romantic enjoyment of sorrow, even though he refused to acknowledge it. He was a grouch, not a nihilist.

    Hardy is just depressing. Although you should read this little short story. It cracked me up:

    Absent-mindedness in a parish choir"

    I tell everybody that singing trashy pop music in a Catholic Mass is going to lead to EXACTLY such a mixup some day. Not that anybody would notice.

  • World's oldest eel dies in Swedish well[155]

    08/13/2014 1:25:19 PM PDT · 29 of 49
    AnAmericanMother to Charles Martel

    Bad translation. I went and looked at the original article. “Kolat” outfoxed Google Translate, but it’s pretty clear from context that it means “decomposed” not “deoxycholate” (Google’s attempt) and certainly not “boiled”.

  • Has anyone read the book "A Rise to Rebellion"? If so, thoughts?

    08/13/2014 1:14:31 PM PDT · 29 of 38
    AnAmericanMother to yarddog
    Jury thought so too.

    It was an interesting trial, if you like that sort of thing. John Adams did a great job for the defense, both in the courtroom and in pleadings (like separating the mens' trials from the officer's - a stroke of genius).

    His summation was brilliant - blamed it on "outside agitators" from Framingham (Crispus Attucks was from there) and played up the deathbed statement of one of the deceased (who said that he should have known better than to hang around because he was from Ireland and he had never seen troops stand more before they fired).

  • Catholic Word of the Day: GLEBE, 08-13-14

    08/13/2014 12:53:54 PM PDT · 7 of 15
    AnAmericanMother to Salvation
    It's still in occasional use in England when you're discussing tithes and church land . . . also it's in Thomas Hardy's poem "Channel Firing":

    That night your great guns, unawares,
    Shook all our coffins as we lay,
    And broke the chancel window-squares,
    We thought it was the Judgment-day

    And sat upright. While drearisome
    Arose the howl of wakened hounds:
    The mouse let fall the altar-crumb,
    The worms drew back into the mounds,

    The glebe cow drooled. Till God called, “No;
    It’s gunnery practice out at sea
    Just as before you went below;
    The world is as it used to be:

    “All nations striving strong to make
    Red war yet redder. Mad as hatters
    They do no more for Christés sake
    Than you who are helpless in such matters.

    “That this is not the judgment-hour
    For some of them’s a blessed thing,
    For if it were they’d have to scour
    Hell’s floor for so much threatening....

    “Ha, ha. It will be warmer when
    I blow the trumpet (if indeed
    I ever do; for you are men,
    And rest eternal sorely need).”

    So down we lay again. “I wonder,
    Will the world ever saner be,”
    Said one, “than when He sent us under
    In our indifferent century!”

    And many a skeleton shook his head.
    “Instead of preaching forty year,”
    My neighbour Parson Thirdly said,
    “I wish I had stuck to pipes and beer.”

    Again the guns disturbed the hour,
    Roaring their readiness to avenge,
    As far inland as Stourton Tower,
    And Camelot, and starlit Stonehenge.

    Hardy is one of the most depressing writers I know. Reading him leaves you feeling sad and hopeless . .. so I don't read him much, except for the funny bits like "Absent-mindedness in a Parish Choir".

  • World's oldest eel dies in Swedish well[155]

    08/13/2014 12:38:42 PM PDT · 27 of 49
    AnAmericanMother to djf

    Now come on, have you EVER heard of eel poop killing anyone? :-)

  • World's oldest eel dies in Swedish well[155]

    08/13/2014 12:24:41 PM PDT · 19 of 49
    AnAmericanMother to BigEdLB

    I am REALLY laughing at that one! (and stealing it to post on Facebook at the first opportunity).

  • Report: All Arrested Ferguson Looters Were From Outside of Ferguson… And Had Criminal Records

    08/12/2014 12:14:44 PM PDT · 22 of 39
    AnAmericanMother to RJS1950
    "Brady went to Hell, lookin' mighty cur'ous,
    Devil says, 'Where ya from?' 'East St. Louis.'
    'Take off your coat and step right this way,
    'Cause I been expectin' you every day.'"

    - Brady blues.

  • LAPD Misclassified Nearly 1,200 Violent Crimes As Minor Offenses

    08/11/2014 8:23:12 PM PDT · 20 of 22
    AnAmericanMother to BobL
    Pothead libertarians are the usual suspects in that gambit.

    But if you can divert the drug users into a substance abuse program with teeth - i.e. graduate this program and stay clean, or go to prison - you can save prison space for the violent offenders.

    I'm not sure of the exact numbers, but an astonishing percentage of property crimes and a pretty good number of crimes against the person are based on somebody being hooked on drugs. If you can get them clean it's better for everyone - the courts, the prison system, the offenders, and their victims. The pilot programs here seem to be working.

  • LAPD Misclassified Nearly 1,200 Violent Crimes As Minor Offenses

    08/11/2014 4:55:10 PM PDT · 15 of 22
    AnAmericanMother to TigerClaws
    But in Atlanta there were HUGE bonus payments to teachers and administrators who cheated on tests for kids (changing answers). Millions were paid out. Where are the indictments?

    Trials started July 7. They indicted the heck out of everybody in sight, 35 individuals IIRC, from teachers (who then 'turned' and testified against their superiors) to principals to the school superintendent, who is escaping trial only because she is in Stage 4 breast cancer, bedridden, and not expected to survive more than a few months (I know, I know, that Libyan dude who was repatriated. But she looks pretty darned sick and her oncologists and GPs have testified that she's terminal - even if decent physicians would lie in the first place, why would they perjure themselves for somebody who can do nothing for them? (as an old pol said when asked why nobody came to Mayor Frank Hague's funeral, "When the old man goes, he can't do nothin' for nobody.")

  • The misguided ‘mercy’ of euthanasia

    08/11/2014 12:54:43 PM PDT · 18 of 19
    AnAmericanMother to gdani
    They just can't do that.

    In a single case it might appear to be justified, but the overall harm to society in allowing such a decision to be made at all is far more significant.

    In the Netherlands, this practice has been carried (as it always will be) to its logical end. You can see not only individuals who honestly believe they wish to die, but also individuals who state such a belief and later change their minds (too late), as well as elderly relatives who are stating a desire for suicide because they do not wish to dissipate their assets (or, far worse, those who are pressured or threatened into doing so by their heirs who don't want the assets dissipated.) And then there are the doctors, influenced by the overall disregard for the value of life, who push euthanasia to free up hospital beds . . . .

    Once we open up the possibility, there is absolutely no guarantee that it will always be used for merciful or altruistic purposes.

  • High Status Accorded Homosexuals In Native American Tribes Helps To Understand Their Fate

    08/11/2014 12:49:02 PM PDT · 18 of 40
    AnAmericanMother to Verginius Rufus
    Some of the first-person accounts collected by Frank Lindermann (a/k/a "Sign Talker") from older (pre-reservation) informants in various Northern Plains tribes in the early 20th century do mention men who dressed as women.

    The informants seemed somewhat bemused by these individuals, but accepting. Neither they nor Lindermann seem to have had any particular axe to grind one way or the other - it was just the way things were.

    All the business about honor and acceptance etc. appears to be a gloss by the authors here and others who have seized on these brief mentions to push their agenda.

    These books, by the way, are about as close as we will ever come to an unfiltered account of the way things were while the tribes were still living their pre-settlement customs.

  • The misguided ‘mercy’ of euthanasia

    08/11/2014 10:03:05 AM PDT · 15 of 19
    AnAmericanMother to gdani
    Thus Dorothy Sayers:

    “In those last weeks or hours of pain and unconsciousness, the soul may be undergoing some necessary part of its pilgrimage on earth. It isn’t our business to cut it short. Who are we to take life and death into our hands? ... the wrongness of the thing lies much more in the harm it does the killer than in anything it can do to the person who is killed. Especially, of course, if the killing is to the killer’s own advantage.” - Vicar Tredgold, in "Unnatural Death".

  • The misguided ‘mercy’ of euthanasia

    08/11/2014 10:01:09 AM PDT · 14 of 19
    AnAmericanMother to gdani
    Alzheimer's or dementia is a dreadful disease as it robs the family of their loved one in fact while the body is still living. Been through it first with my maternal grandfather and then with my dad.

    But I think that those who are truly suffering in such a case are we - the family - and not the patient. Given the complete lack of cognitive function you describe, there is no contraindication to pain meds of a level that will absolutely relieve discomfort. Then the only ones uncomfortable are you and I - and I guess that's our job to endure that for the sake of our parents and for the moral imperative that we NOT take innocent life. They endured a lot for our sake.

  • The misguided ‘mercy’ of euthanasia

    08/11/2014 9:46:45 AM PDT · 11 of 19
    AnAmericanMother to lepton
    One of the things that hospice did was to manage Mom's mental and emotional state as well as her pain. They monitored her closely for any anxiety or depression. As it turned out she did not need any anti-anxiety medication until almost the very end - but they were watching and ready.

    I cannot say enough good things about these folks. Theirs is a calling and a mission, not just a job. They did everything possible to make Mom comfortable and at peace during the difficult process of leaving this world. I hope I have as good care when my time comes.

  • The misguided ‘mercy’ of euthanasia

    08/11/2014 9:42:12 AM PDT · 10 of 19
    AnAmericanMother to gdani
    Any competent wills-and-trusts lawyer will recommend when an older relative's health begins to fail that he or she (1) update the will; (2) execute a medical POA; (3) execute a general durable POA.

    Mom very sensibly had done all these things when Dad passed away. She expressed her desire for no extraordinary measures to keep her alive, that her pain be managed, and that Nature be allowed to take its course. We honored her requests and we had the medical POA to support them.

    Everybody who reaches that age should make their wishes crystal clear and entrust decisions to a reliable relative.

  • The misguided ‘mercy’ of euthanasia

    08/11/2014 8:26:34 AM PDT · 7 of 19
    AnAmericanMother to Yo-Yo
    I watched my mother die a slow death from cancer. Her oncologists here and at M.D. Anderson moved mountains and bought her a year, but could not defeat it.

    The hospice - a splendid group of physicians and nurses - provided the best possible care, with carefully measured medications that provided relief from pain without impacting her cognitive functions. She was able to visit with her friends, make her farewells, participate in a communion service that was held in her room, and die with true dignity a natural death in which neither family nor physicians played god.

    The plural of anecdote is not data, but my experience is just as valid as yours.

  • How Can Anyone Continue to Support Obama?

    08/11/2014 4:38:43 AM PDT · 25 of 34
    AnAmericanMother to Ken522

    Yep, new word. Started with the funeral homes and cemetery managers, who I guess didn’t want to offend the bereaved by saying “ashes” (or wanted to distinguish btwn ordinary ashes and the products of cremation). It makes a difference to them bec the rules are different for handling & burial.

  • Homophobia: Psychopolitical Enmification of Christians as Mentally Diseased

    08/09/2014 5:56:19 PM PDT · 27 of 28
    AnAmericanMother to hinckley buzzard
    Well, part is an adjective and part a noun, so you usually see it in two pieces - one capitalized and one not.

    The Jews were seen by the Nazis not only as aliens infecting the 'body politic' but also as predators. Julius Streicher's nasty publication Der Stürmer describes the Jew as an "insatiable" "wolf" devouring not only the German people but the whole world:

    (the original image didn't link).

  • Homophobia: Psychopolitical Enmification of Christians as Mentally Diseased

    08/09/2014 5:47:27 PM PDT · 25 of 28
    AnAmericanMother to Sherman Logan
    Correct. It's the difference between this:

    ("People! This congenital defective costs a total of 60,000 Reichmarks of your money!")

    . . . and this:

  • Homophobia: Psychopolitical Enmification of Christians as Mentally Diseased

    08/09/2014 7:11:27 AM PDT · 14 of 28
    AnAmericanMother to markomalley

    . . . particularly when she’s using all that unwieldy psychobabble to sound more authoritative. C.S. Lewis said that the more jargon you use in writing, the more likely you are to not understand what you’re saying. It’s a way to avoid clear thinking.

  • Homophobia: Psychopolitical Enmification of Christians as Mentally Diseased

    08/09/2014 7:08:55 AM PDT · 13 of 28
    AnAmericanMother to markomalley
    Word to the wise to the author: IF you are going to quote a foreign language, check your source carefully. With the internet there is no excuse for getting it wrong. A published article should be proofread.

    It's not only misspelled, the way she wrote it means the opposite of what she intended. It damages her credibility to get this easy stuff wrong.

    Correctly, it's "lebensunwertes Leben".

  • Jonestown Massacre Victim Remains Found in Delaware

    08/07/2014 1:20:58 PM PDT · 2 of 51
    AnAmericanMother to nickcarraway
    Not surprising and, sadly, not uncommon.

    Particularly in this sort of situation where whole families died together (and were probably estranged from their extended families), you're going to have unclaimed remains.

    I'm just surprised that there are so few.

  • Dog Stolen at Gunpoint Reunited With Family

    08/07/2014 9:49:49 AM PDT · 18 of 18
    AnAmericanMother to Salamander

    So true.

  • Obama's Whining, Petulant, Petty, Lame Duck Message

    08/06/2014 7:01:48 PM PDT · 10 of 11
    AnAmericanMother to Iron Munro
    He's the second. The first was James "Miss Nancy" Buchanan (we have Andy Jackson to thank for that nickname).

    Miss Nancy brought us the Civil War . . .

  • Dog Stolen at Gunpoint Reunited With Family

    08/06/2014 10:52:03 AM PDT · 16 of 18
    AnAmericanMother to Salamander
    Oh, absolutely.

    My sweet little Chocolate Lab (a/k/a Shelley the Wonder Dog) is 39 pounds of cuddle and bounce. But on two occasions she stepped up admirably. A shady character rang the doorbell, and she bristled up and snarled and showed every tooth in her head. "Is that a pit bull?" "Yup. Long as I'm here you're o.k." Another time she turned on a dog that was stalking us as we walked through the neighborhood - she looked like the Devil. He decided he had urgent business elsewhere.

  • Dog Stolen at Gunpoint Reunited With Family

    08/06/2014 6:48:55 AM PDT · 12 of 18
    AnAmericanMother to Salamander

    Actually, you're pretty safe from her unless you're a mallard duck.