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Posts by AnAmericanMother

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  • Bizarre Pagan Influences on the U.S. National Mall

    11/24/2014 9:03:47 AM PST · 18 of 21
    AnAmericanMother to Apple Pan Dowdy
    Only to the extent, I think, that the Masons had their origin in the same Enlightenment "rational" impulse -- which oddly enough invests in its art all the emotion that it tried to suck out of "conventional" religion (so does a refusal to acknowledge faith bounce back on you).

    About as good a summary of the basis for Masonic fellowship anywhere is found in Kipling's remarkable stories about "Faith and Works Lodge 5837" - probably the only artist (other than Mozart) who could make the topic interesting. Here's the first one: In the Interests of the Brethren. The conversation between the Doctor and the Clergyman takes a brief turn (forestalled by the wise Sergeant-Major) that points up the whole problem.

  • Bizarre Pagan Influences on the U.S. National Mall

    11/24/2014 8:52:07 AM PST · 15 of 21
    AnAmericanMother to Dr. Thorne
    LOL, right on cue.

    Here, go worry about this one awhile and the rest of us will stay on topic:

    - Il Grechetto, "The Immaculate Conception with Saints Francis and Anthony"

  • Bizarre Pagan Influences on the U.S. National Mall

    11/24/2014 8:47:27 AM PST · 11 of 21
    AnAmericanMother to Lee N. Field
    JUST a little. :-D

    As Mark Twain said of the pamphlet "The English As She Is Spoke" - "One cannot open this book anywhere and not find richness." You could spend a week peering into the odd corners of this work. If you go to the source you can enlarge the heck out of it . . . there's a lot going on, all of it pretty silly. The French art of the time fundamentally lacked dignity. Delacroix did his best (and was a much better painter), but even he succumbed to the craze for didactic "busyness".

  • Bizarre Pagan Influences on the U.S. National Mall

    11/24/2014 8:35:38 AM PST · 6 of 21
    AnAmericanMother to millegan
    Bit of an overstatement.

    It's just the classicising influence on art generally - the statue of Washington as Zeus was rejected almost instantly by everybody and stashed in a basement - not because it deified Washington but because it showed him essentially naked. The "Apotheosis of Washington" is a little bit over the top, but pretty much according to form - you can find all sorts of famous persons "apotheosized" in similar situations.

    My personal favorite is the horrendous sentimental mish-mash of goofy (fake) Celtic mythology and French romantic tackiness in Girodet's "Apothéose des héros français morts pour la patrie pendant la guerre de la liberté" of 1805:

    This is so outstandingly BAD that you don't really know where to start. The whole thing is based on McPherson's fraudulent "Ossian" poems, which took Europe by storm to the point that everybody was stuck pretending they were real. The blind bard Ossian is welcoming Napoleon's dead generals, Joubert and Hoche among them, into paradise. The Gallic rooster and Victory are chasing off the Austrian eagle . . . all sorts of other silly stuff going on.

  • Private Military Contractors Hired to Move Guns and Gold Out of Ferguson

    11/23/2014 9:44:54 AM PST · 4 of 94
    AnAmericanMother to CatOwner
    Actually, it's probably intended to be prophylactic.

    I.e., "don't bother to break into my place, there's nothing left here."

    Probably hoping the building doesn't get trashed and burned. Anybody with any sense moved all portable assets out weeks ago.

  • Shocker: Top Google Engineers Say Renewable Energy ‘Simply won’t work’

    11/22/2014 12:42:13 PM PST · 33 of 130
    AnAmericanMother to Kackikat
    As newlyweds, we built a passive-solar house. It worked great.

    No huge ugly panels on the roof, no crazy racks of batteries oozing acid in the basement . . . just sensible orientation, placement of windows, and LOTS of insulation!

    Our power bill was crazy low. When we started having kids and moved to a larger conventional house, we were shocked at the size of our electric bill.

  • PBSO nabs serial butt grabber in Lantana

    11/19/2014 12:32:54 PM PST · 29 of 29
    AnAmericanMother to goldstategop

    Priest friend of mine met some Romanians and commented that their Latin was funny . . . :-D

  • PBSO nabs serial butt grabber in Lantana

    11/19/2014 10:57:46 AM PST · 26 of 29
    AnAmericanMother to Red Badger
    De clunibus magnis amandis oratio
    Mixaloti equitis

    mehercle!
    (By Hercules!)
    Rebecca, ecce! tantae clunes isti sunt!
    (Rebecca, behold! Such large buttocks she has!)

    amica esse videtur istorum hominum rhythmicorum.
    (She appears to be a girlfriend of one of those rhythmic-oration people.)
    sed, ut scis,
    (But, as you know)
    quis homines huiusmodi intellegere potest?
    (Who can understand persons of this sort?)
    colloquuntur equidem cum ista eo tantum, quod scortum perfectum esse videtur.
    (Verily, they converse with her for this reason only, namely, that she appears to be a complete whore.)
    clunes, aio, maiores esse!
    (Her buttocks, I say, are rather large!)
    nec possum credere quam rotondae sint.
    (Nor am I able to believe how round they are.)
    en! quam exstant! nonne piget te earum?
    (Lo! How they stand forth! Do they not disgust you?)
    ecce mulier Aethiops!
    (Behold the black woman!)

    magnae clunes mihi placent, nec possum de hac re mentiri.
    (Large buttocks are pleasing to me, nor am I able to lie concerning this matter.)
    quis enim, consortes mei, non fateatur,
    (For who, colleagues, would not admit,)
    cum puella incedit minore medio corpore
    (Whenever a girl comes by with a rather small middle part of the body)
    sub quo manifestus globus, inflammare animos
    (Beneath which is an obvious spherical mass, that it inflames the spirits)
    virtute praestare ut velitis, notantes bracas eius
    (So that you want to be conspicuous for manly virtue, noticing her breeches)
    clunibus profunde fartas(*1) esse
    (Have been deeply stuffed with buttock?)
    a! captus sum, nec desinere intueri possum.
    (Alas! I am captured, nor am I able to desist from gazing.)
    o dominola mea, volo tecum congredi
    (My dear lady, I want to come together with you)
    pingereque picturam tui.
    (And make a picture of you.)
    familiares mei me monebant
    (My companions were trying to warn me)
    sed clunes istae libidinem in me concitant.
    (But those buttocks of yours arouse lust in me.)
    o! cutis rugosa glabraque! (*2)
    (O skin wrinkled and smooth!)
    dixistine te in meum vehiculum intrare velle?
    (Did you say you wish to enter my vehicle?)
    in arbitrio tuo totus veni
    (I am entirely at your disposal)
    quia non es mediocris adsecula.
    (Because you are not an average hanger-on.)
    vidi illam saltantem.(*3)
    (I have seen her dancing.)
    obliviscere igitur blanditiarum! (*3a)
    (Forget, therefore, about blandishments!)
    tantus sudor! tantus umor!
    (Such sweat! Such moisture!)
    vehor quasi in curru quadrigarum! (*4)
    (I am borne along as if by a four-horse chariot!)
    taedet me in diurnis legendi
    (I am tired of reading in the gazettes)
    planas clunes gratiores iudicari.
    (That flat buttocks are judged more pleasing.)
    rogate quoslibet Aethiopes: responsum erit
    (Ask any black men you wish: the answer will be)
    se libentius expletiores (*5) anteponere.
    (Rather that they prefer fuller ones.)
    o consortes (quid est?) o consortes (quid est?)
    (O colleagues [What is it?] O colleagues [What is it?])
    habent amicae vestrae magnas clunes? (certe habent!)
    (Do your girlfriends have large buttocks? [They certainly have!])
    hortamini igitur ut eas quatiant (ut quatiant!)
    (Encourage them therefore to shake them! [To shake them!])
    ut quatiant! (ut quatiant!)
    (To shake them! [To shake them!)
    ut quatiant illas clunes sanas!
    (To shake those healthy buttocks!)
    domina mea exstat a tergo! (*6)
    (My mistress stands out behind!)

    [Etc.]

    _______ (*1) Any apparent connection with flatulence, even in this context, is purely coincidental.
    (*2) The original doesn't make much sense either. Is it a cellulite reference? -- ADDENDUM Nov. 14, 2003: The reading of the text here is a problem which has much exercised the scholarly community, with attempts to explain "rumpled smooth skin," or to suggest that it is a pun (a lame one, if you ask me) on Rumplestiltskin. The likeliest reading is "rub her smooth skin" (cutem glabram eius tere [or terere volo]). Now, there are ten pages of comments below, and a great many of them are devoted to this matter. Please familiarize yourself with the status quaestionis before making your own contribution.
    -- UPDATE 12/9/03: a reader tells us that Sir Mixalot's official site confirms the lyrics "rub all of that smooth skin." I am therefore willing to declare the matter solved, and wish to hear no more of it. Thank you.
    (*3) Or saltare?
    (*3a) I can find no obvious Latin expression that implies "romantic courtship." -- ADDENDUM 10/14/03: Amores has been suggested, but that can also be used for purely sexual liaisons, which is clearly the goal here, and so not to be thus dismissed.
    (*4)All right, how would you say "got it goin' like a Turbo 'Vette"? And what exactly is "goin'" here? I have chosen to understand that the unnamed woman's extraordinary callipygy has inspired a primal response in the narrator, rather than that she "has got it goin' on," i.e., that she "is all that" -- although the later lines (not included here) concerning Fonda's Honda and the speaker's anaconda can, ultimately, be invoked in support of either interpretation.
    -- ADDENDUM 10/24/03: I have heard from several readers that the music video suggests that this line should rather be interpreted along the lines of "she shakes her posterior most vigorously."
    (*5) Or uberiores? Although that's perhaps better reserved for a different fetish.
    (*6) This line is not as succinct as the original, to be sure.
    -- ADDENDUM 10/24/03: I wish I'd said puella here, as domina suggests a power relationship different from the English original.

    Source

  • Abortion isn’t about a baby; it’s about me, asserts writer

    11/17/2014 6:58:58 PM PST · 28 of 39
    AnAmericanMother to HiTech RedNeck
    Yes, of course.

    The two go hand in hand.

  • Abortion isn’t about a baby; it’s about me, asserts writer

    11/17/2014 6:08:36 PM PST · 18 of 39
    AnAmericanMother to Mrs. Don-o
    C.S. Lewis noted many years ago that the widespread availability of contraception removed one of the principal arguments (from charity) against indiscriminate sex.

    And thus made indiscriminate sex more and more common.

  • Diver discovers shipwreck cluster in Lake Michigan [victims of Mormon pirates off Beaver Island]

    11/11/2014 4:58:44 PM PST · 41 of 73
    AnAmericanMother to Alex Murphy
    Strang was a weird character. He was tossed from the Mormons for being too extreme.

    Read all about it here: American Heritage Magazine: "For his was the kingdom, the power and the glory . . . briefly."

  • Why the Media, seduced by the polls, were stunned by the huge Democratic Defeat

    11/06/2014 8:28:05 AM PST · 4 of 41
    AnAmericanMother to Din Maker
    Also need to consider that the polls may well be skewed, not only because of bad samples, refusals to participate, etc. but also because some of the pollsters are in the Dems' back pocket. The phenomenon of the "push poll" is well known to all.

    The only poll that counts is the one on the first Tuesday in November.

  • FROM ATHEIST PROFESSOR TO CATHOLIC: AN INTERVIEW WITH DR. HOLLY ORDWAY

    11/05/2014 10:00:08 AM PST · 8 of 15
    AnAmericanMother to Mrs. Don-o
    Hopkins is as thick and rich as a good Christmas pudding - and even more worth while. Love the alliteration which harks back to Anglo-Saxon poetry . . . !

    The Blessed Virgin compared to the Air we Breathe

    WILD air, world-mothering air,
    Nestling me everywhere,
    That each eyelash or hair
    Girdles; goes home betwixt
    The fleeciest, frailest-flixed
    Snowflake; that ’s fairly mixed
    With, riddles, and is rife
    In every least thing’s life;
    This needful, never spent,
    And nursing element;
    My more than meat and drink,
    My meal at every wink;
    This air, which, by life’s law,
    My lung must draw and draw
    Now but to breathe its praise,
    Minds me in many ways
    Of her who not only
    Gave God’s infinity
    Dwindled to infancy
    Welcome in womb and breast,
    Birth, milk, and all the rest
    But mothers each new grace
    That does now reach our race—
    Mary Immaculate,
    Merely a woman, yet
    Whose presence, power is
    Great as no goddess’s
    Was deemèd, dreamèd; who
    This one work has to do—
    Let all God’s glory through,
    God’s glory which would go
    Through her and from her flow
    Off, and no way but so.

    I say that we are wound
    With mercy round and round
    As if with air: the same
    Is Mary, more by name.
    She, wild web, wondrous robe,
    Mantles the guilty globe,
    Since God has let dispense
    Her prayers his providence:
    Nay, more than almoner,
    The sweet alms’ self is her
    And men are meant to share
    Her life as life does air. . . .

  • Burnside Watstein LGBT Awards celebrate historic year in Virginia [Virginia Commonwealth University]

    11/05/2014 9:53:15 AM PST · 2 of 3
    AnAmericanMother to mbarker12474

    We called that joint Viet Cong University for a reason . . .

  • Mitt Romney’s Pumped Up: If the Republicans Win the Senate, Amnesty Will Pass!

    11/04/2014 7:50:55 AM PST · 69 of 77
    AnAmericanMother to gaijin

    I’ll listen out and see what he does!

  • Mitt Romney’s Pumped Up: If the Republicans Win the Senate, Amnesty Will Pass!

    11/03/2014 6:07:36 PM PST · 27 of 77
    AnAmericanMother to gaijin
    No, he's correct.

    "Inoculate" is a much older word (from horticulture), and the practice is older as well, since it dates back to the 10th century in China and the Middle East. It involved the deliberate introduction of the same virus from a pustule on a smallpox victim into the body of another. It conferred immunity by the same organism.

    Figuratively, it means to defuse or remove a threat or criticism by discussing it first. ("Defense counsel inoculated his witness against mention of his criminal record on cross-examination by bringing it up in his direct examination.")

    "Vaccinate" is not used in this way. It originally involved the use of a related but not identical virus ("vaccinia" is cowpox) to induce immunity, so the idea of reducing a threat by mentioning it first doesn't fly.

    And "contretemps" originally meant a fencer accidentally running his opponent through in practice because he was "out of time" i.e. out of synch. In modern usage, it means an unfortunate accident (from 1802) or a quarrel (from 1961).

    "Chomping" is not preferred but is not technically incorrect, because it means the same thing - chewing noisily, which is what the original expression means. From a horsey point of view, though, "champing at the bit" shouldn't mean that the horse is anxious or excited. We want our horses to mouth the bit and move it around, because it means that their jaw and poll are relaxed and they are receptive to the bit. I even use a copper center on my horse's bit to encourage salivation and chewing.

    He does misuse "literally" all the doggone time, though.

  • Is Your Church Safe?

    11/03/2014 10:23:44 AM PST · 14 of 21
    AnAmericanMother to cantbetooconservative
    Thank Mr. Lewis. He had the bon mot for every occasion. I quote him way too often, but he's just so on point so much of the time.
  • Is Your Church Safe?

    11/03/2014 10:21:36 AM PST · 13 of 21
    AnAmericanMother to Covenantor
    Excellent.

    It astonishes me that the British government now actually HAS a department of N.I.C.E.: National Institute for health and Care Excellence.

    I can't decide if they are (1) clueless; or (2) just giving Lewis (and the rest of us) the finger.

  • Is Your Church Safe?

    11/03/2014 9:03:53 AM PST · 5 of 21
    AnAmericanMother to Gamecock
    "Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King, I tell you.”

    - Mr. Beaver, in The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe.

  • New York Times Gives Texas Tribune a Halloween Trick But No Treat

    11/01/2014 9:45:21 AM PDT · 16 of 20
    AnAmericanMother to darkangel82
    After action report -

    Right at sunset we had a cold rain set in . . . we got 8 or 10 hardy trick-or-treaters but that was all!

    I recently wound up with a very large Chinese gong - I rang it nice and loud when I opened the door - everybody liked that!

  • Burke: “There is a strong sense that the Church is like a ship without a helm” (Catholic Caucus)

    11/01/2014 9:40:23 AM PDT · 36 of 50
    AnAmericanMother to Ouchthatonehurt
    That's right. Everybody get your Rosaries at the ready!

    (and don't forget the prayer to St. Michael)

  • New York Times Gives Texas Tribune a Halloween Trick But No Treat

    10/31/2014 3:20:22 PM PDT · 14 of 20
    AnAmericanMother to darkangel82

    Nobody says you have to participate! My husband had foot surgery recently, so I’ll be manning the door . . .

  • Was the last 'witch' of Boston actually a Catholic martyr?

    10/31/2014 3:19:14 PM PDT · 4 of 40
    AnAmericanMother to NYer
    They were anti-Catholic mostly because the Catholic French and their allies, the Indians, were at war with them.

    Interesting sidelight on the witch trials -

    The judge at the trials allowed "spectral evidence" - that is to say, evidence from dreams and visions testified to by the "victims". Rev. Cotton Mather did oppose this as the sole testimony of guilt; his father, Increase Mather, opposed it altogether as not capable of corroboration.

    As soon as they barred spectral evidence from the trials, the convictions stopped.

  • New York Times Gives Texas Tribune a Halloween Trick But No Treat

    10/31/2014 3:10:38 PM PDT · 12 of 20
    AnAmericanMother to darkangel82

    Ours are grown and gone, but we still have fun. I wear my Königin der Nacht costume (sometimes the grownups recognize the aria - I always quit before I get to the high F) and my husband dresses up as the Mad Scientist, complete with slide rule and a frog in his pocket.

  • What Catholics believe: 10 truths about purgatory (Catholic Caucus)

    10/31/2014 3:01:42 PM PDT · 86 of 100
    AnAmericanMother to Salvation
    It's got the Ingres "Our Lady and the Holy Eucharist" on the cover, so that's a good start . . .

    . . . and it comes highly recommended by Fr. Groeschel (may he rest in peace) and Cardinal Pell . . . that's good too!

  • New York Times Gives Texas Tribune a Halloween Trick But No Treat

    10/31/2014 2:41:42 PM PDT · 10 of 20
    AnAmericanMother to PJ-Comix
    We had about a dozen little kids last year, and a few greedy teenagers who didn't even bother to dress up.

    We have two new families with small children on the block, so we may have an uptick this year.

  • Burke: “There is a strong sense that the Church is like a ship without a helm” (Catholic Caucus)

    10/31/2014 2:15:01 PM PDT · 14 of 50
    AnAmericanMother to miss marmelstein
    It is hard to move from a freewheeling bishopric to the more constrained position of Pope, where every word is recorded and parsed.

    Those "old style popes" were reticent for a reason - there were plenty of anticlerical folks in the press to seize on anything they said.

    I think Pope Francis is figuring this out . . . at least I hope so.

  • Lansing Pranksters' Street Art - LA style

    10/31/2014 2:11:14 PM PDT · 12 of 29
    AnAmericanMother to 6ft2inhighheelshoes
    Here ya go:

  • Maine Nurse Kaci Hickox Ordered to Stay Three Feet Away From People

    10/31/2014 12:38:50 PM PDT · 64 of 67
    AnAmericanMother to V_TWIN
    Yeah, like I said, they just aren't like they used to be.

    Sounds like somebody went judge-shopping. For the judge to get all weepy on the bench is just . . . weird.

  • What Catholics believe: 10 truths about purgatory (Catholic Caucus)

    10/31/2014 9:07:34 AM PDT · 83 of 100
    AnAmericanMother to Salvation
    I felt the same way about our Pope Emeritus' middle volume of Jesus of Nazareth. Very heavy going. Very worthwhile, but very heavy going. The other two volumes were a much easier read (of course they covered less ground and less complex ground).

    But I did the same thing - read a couple of pages, and then put it down and thought about it awhile.

    I can't help wondering if it's partly the translation though.

  • Conservatives Send More Than 1,000 Bibles to Houston Mayor Annise Parker After Sermon Subpoena

    10/31/2014 9:04:59 AM PDT · 4 of 28
    AnAmericanMother to SeekAndFind
    I like that "people who need them".

    Of course, the Mayor and her staff don't think that SHE needs one . . . they never do.

  • What Catholics believe: 10 truths about purgatory (Catholic Caucus)

    10/31/2014 9:03:15 AM PDT · 80 of 100
    AnAmericanMother to defconw
    St. Augustine was pretty much where we are now - on the downhill slope of a once great civilization.

    That's why it all seems so familiar.

  • Maine Nurse Kaci Hickox Ordered to Stay Three Feet Away From People

    10/31/2014 8:57:44 AM PDT · 39 of 67
    AnAmericanMother to V_TWIN
    And if she doesn’t comply, then what?................they gonna use harsh words?

    . . . no, this takes it to a whole new level. You violate a court order, ugly things begin to happen. Ticking off a judge by ignoring his order is a really stupid idea - contempt, jail, fines . . . they don't take kindly to being flouted.

    True story: my dad used to go fishing with a judge whose nickname was "Two Gun Charlie" because he presided with two loaded .44 Bulldog revolvers on the bench. He was a former Texas Ranger and Industrial League baseball umpire - built like a tank, steady gaze. I was about 6 years old and I was TERRIFIED of him. :-)

    Once a lawyer brought the judge an ex parte order enjoining the National Labor Relations Board from setting foot in Early County Georgia. Judge signed it. The next week, a young man came to town looking for the judge and was directed to his home. The judge invited him in, offered him a "Co'Cola" and asked his business. Young man said, "My superiors have sent me to ask - very respectfully of course - by what authority you have ordered the NLRB not to set foot in Early County."

    The judge fixed him with his steely gaze and said, very softly, "You may tell your superiors to violate that order . . . even a little bit . . . and they will see by what authority."

    The young man stood up, said, "I think I am in the wrong place," and departed, leaving his coca-cola untouched.

    They don't make Men like that any more! This is not a good picture but it gives you a general impression:

  • What Catholics believe: 10 truths about purgatory (Catholic Caucus)

    10/31/2014 8:42:20 AM PDT · 74 of 100
    AnAmericanMother to verga

    Wow. That’s pretty high praise - I’ll have to look into it.

  • What Catholics believe: 10 truths about purgatory (Catholic Caucus)

    10/31/2014 8:30:24 AM PDT · 72 of 100
    AnAmericanMother to defconw
    St Athanasius on the Incarnation comes to mind . . . I'm with you, some stuff is very dense. I hope it's the fault of the translator!

    Lewis often said that obscure language or jargon was a sure sign that you didn't thoroughly understand what you were talking about and were taking refuge in "shop talk". He recommended that anybody writing something technical (whether textual analysis or theology) put it in "plain English" before publication.

    What's interesting is that his personal, plain-spoken tone is evidence even in his "day job" writings - he wrote the volume of the Oxford History of English Literature on the 16th Century (excluding drama, which had a volume of its own), and it's quite engaging, very friendly and chatty, even though the subject is obscure. I mean, who has read David Lyndsay's The Monarche lately? although if you do (or if you read Lewis' tome) you'll find out where the title of That Hideous Strength came from!

  • What Catholics believe: 10 truths about purgatory (Catholic Caucus)

    10/31/2014 7:56:03 AM PDT · 70 of 100
    AnAmericanMother to defconw
    If you enjoyed Screwtape, I think you'll really enjoy The Great Divorce.

    I SEEMED to be standing in a bus queue by the side of a long, mean street. Evening was just closing in and it was raining. I had been wandering for hours in similar mean streets, always in the rain and always in evening twilight. Time seemed to have paused on that dismal moment when only a few shops have lit up and it is not yet dark enough for their windows to look cheering. And just as the evening never advanced to night, so my walking had never brought me to the better parts of the town. However far I went I found only dingy lodging houses, small tobacconists, hoardings from which posters hung in rags, windowless warehouses, goods stations without trains, and bookshops of the sort that sell The Works of Aristotle. I never met anyone. But for the little crowd at the bus stop, the whole town seemed to be empty. I think that was why I attached myself to the queue.

    Online here: The Great Divorce

  • What Catholics believe: 10 truths about purgatory (Catholic Caucus)

    10/31/2014 7:51:37 AM PDT · 69 of 100
    AnAmericanMother to defconw
    Good job - perfect for the 7th graders - Screwtape is a sophisticated book but written (as Lewis so often did) in plain language. Scary book though. Lewis said that writing it gave him "a sort of spiritual cramp".

    Newer editions are bound with "Screwtape proposes a toast" which is Lewis' take on public education. Everything he said has come true . . . .

  • What Catholics believe: 10 truths about purgatory (Catholic Caucus)

    10/31/2014 7:35:17 AM PDT · 67 of 100
    AnAmericanMother to defconw
    I think it's Lewis' best book of adult fiction, better than Til We Have Faces, which (like some of Kipling's later work) is (in my opinion) unnecessarily obscure. I even think The Great Divorce is better than That Hideous Strength, but that's a near-run thing.

    Of course the Narnia series remains my favorite . . .

  • What Catholics believe: 10 truths about purgatory (Catholic Caucus)

    10/30/2014 7:45:06 PM PDT · 39 of 100
    AnAmericanMother to NYer
    Let me try this again . . . I do not like to use ellipses in quotation, because it looks like one is hiding the ball. But since Mr. C.S. Lewis had no notion of caucus rules, I will repost with reference to Them Who Must Not Be Named removed. To-wit:

    Of course I pray for the dead. The action is so spontaneous, so all but inevitable, that only the most compulsive theological case against it would deter me. And I hardly know how the rest of my prayers would survive if those for the dead were forbidden. At our age, the majority of those we love best are dead. What sort of intercourse with God could I have if what I love best were unmentionable to him?

    I believe in Purgatory. . . .

    The right view returns magnificently in Newman's DREAM. There, if I remember it rightly, the saved soul, at the very foot of the throne, begs to be taken away and cleansed. It cannot bear for a moment longer 'With its darkness to affront that light'. Religion has claimed Purgatory.

    Our souls demand Purgatory, don't they? Would it not break the heart if God said to us, 'It is true, my son, that your breath smells and your rags drip with mud and slime, but we are charitable here and no one will upbraid you with these things, nor draw away from you. Enter into the joy'? Should we not reply, 'With submission, sir, and if there is no objection, I'd rather be cleaned first.' 'It may hurt, you know' - 'Even so, sir.'

    I assume that the process of purification will normally involve suffering. Partly from tradition; partly because most real good that has been done me in this life has involved it. But I don't think the suffering is the purpose of the purgation. I can well believe that people neither much worse nor much better than I will suffer less than I or more. . . . The treatment given will be the one required, whether it hurts little or much.

    My favourite image on this matter comes from the dentist's chair. I hope that when the tooth of life is drawn and I am 'coming round',' a voice will say, 'Rinse your mouth out with this.' This will be Purgatory. The rinsing may take longer than I can now imagine. The taste of this may be more fiery and astringent than my present sensibility could endure. But . . . it will [not] be disgusting and unhallowed.

    - from Letters to Malcolm
  • What Catholics believe: 10 truths about purgatory (Catholic Caucus)

    10/30/2014 7:37:34 PM PDT · 37 of 100
    AnAmericanMother to taxcontrol
    Not necessarily. No punctuation in the original Greek, so it's ambiguous.

    Also the Greek word "Paradise" may be interpreted as the Limbo of the Fathers, not Heaven.

  • What Catholics believe: 10 truths about purgatory (Catholic Caucus)

    10/30/2014 7:24:05 PM PDT · 35 of 100
    AnAmericanMother to defconw
    Gosh, C.S. Lewis again . . . that man got around.

    In his splendid novella, The Great Divorce, one of the characters says of the Grey Town: it is Hell, but if you don't go back you may call it Purgatory.

    I highly recommend it.

  • 'I'm brain dead today': Colorado senator freezes during LIVE TV interview ...

    10/20/2014 5:59:15 PM PDT · 39 of 62
    AnAmericanMother to ccmay
    Rand is overrated ( ducking )

    Bastiat is excellent but very specialized.

    Friedman and de Tocqueville, yes and yes.

    I thought about Lewis - but before I'd put Mere Christianity I would plump for his volume of the Oxford History of English Literature. That demonstrates his complete and total grasp of not only the literature of the 16th century, but all the historical and religious underpinnings that supported it. Either that, or The Discarded Image . . .

  • 'I'm brain dead today': Colorado senator freezes during LIVE TV interview ...

    10/20/2014 5:55:16 PM PDT · 38 of 62
    AnAmericanMother to TigerClaws
    I'm trying to do this off the top of my head -

    Definitely the Bible. Second I'd say The Iliad. Third one has a lot of possibilities - but I would have to go with Shakespeare's plays.

    Those are basic building blocks of civilization, no question.

  • Christian ministers told to perform gay 'weddings' or face jail time

    10/20/2014 5:43:29 PM PDT · 32 of 38
    AnAmericanMother to Obadiah
    You don't think that churches get a fee for weddings? Think again.

    Our church charges registered members of the parish a nominal fee (around $500 including the organist and altar boy) but it socks it to the non-members who are looking for a good-looking traditional church to get married in. I'm not sure of the exact amount, but it's several thousand dollars.

    This "public accommodation" stuff is about the only excuse the homosexual lobby has got here, and it really isn't going to fly. These ministers are real ordained ministers, they are in Sister Aimee Semple McPherson's old denomination -- which, whatever you may have thought of her, is certainly a "real" church.

  • Journalist publishes recording of cardinal’s controversial interview

    10/20/2014 5:35:12 PM PDT · 2 of 5
    AnAmericanMother to detective
    BUSTED!

    He ought to slink away to a remote monastery for a few years of contemplation and penance.

  • AP confirms: "Outed" Forte exclusively responsible for "Gayspel", only ONE Father mentioned issue

    10/17/2014 4:49:27 PM PDT · 10 of 10
    AnAmericanMother to Campion

    Cardinal Pell for Pope! :-D

  • Standout Student: Meredith Jones scores perfect SAT, ACT

    10/17/2014 4:36:59 PM PDT · 8 of 49
    AnAmericanMother to Citizen Zed

    That’s OUR parish school! :-)

  • Swiss Cottage Tesco Staff Tell blind woman to 'Get Dog Out'

    10/17/2014 8:59:01 AM PDT · 27 of 29
    AnAmericanMother to Ditter

    Hope you’ve taken that up with the management.

  • MSN Headline: Vatican Alters Report Translation about Gays

    10/16/2014 10:01:29 AM PDT · 5 of 37
    AnAmericanMother to vladimir998
    There was apparently a revolt against the pre-planned, prepackaged "interim report" engineered by Pope Francis' last-minute appointments:

    Hagan lio! -synod bishops revolt

    This is Fr. Z - a better source than the MSN.

  • Belgium's 20-stone minister for public health is accused of being too big to be 'credible'

    10/16/2014 9:13:17 AM PDT · 31 of 42
    AnAmericanMother to yefragetuwrabrumuy

    Is that Polynesian or what?