Saturday, January 09, 2016

The Second Coming, Not So Hot Version

Cardinal Pietro Parolin storms into the Pope's bedroom. It's four o'clock in the morning.
"Cardinal Pietro! Why do you so rudely wake me from my slumber?!" the Pope wants to know.
"Your Holiness, I have extraordinary news for you, both wonderful and terrible! You won't believe what has just happened!" the Cardinal tells him.
"What is it?"
"Which do you want to hear first? The wonderful news or the terrible news?"
"Pietro, I am an old man. My heart is weak. Better to impart the wonderful news first, lest the terrible news kill me."
"Your Holiness, Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, has made His triumphant return!"
"Why, this is indeed wonderful!" the Pope exclaims. How can there be any terrible news when our joyful hope over two millennia is now coming to fruition?!"
"Well, Holy Father, it seems that Our Lord has seen fit to descend from the clouds to a specific place."
"Yes? Is it Jerusalem? Nazareth? Bethlehem? Here in Rome, the seat of His Holy Church, itself?!" The Pope can barely contain his glee.
"No, He has selected another city altogether: Salt Lake City."

Second Hardest Graduate Engineering School?

As far as rates of acceptance go. Only ranked #49 by U.S. News.

http://news.yahoo.com/10-graduate-engineering-programs-where-few-133000758.html?nf=1&soc_src=mail&soc_trk=ma

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Jemele Hill's Anti-Michigan Rant

http://www.brobible.com/sports/article/jemele-hill-michigan-rant/

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Greatest College Football Play of All Time

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000561201/article/is-miracle-in-michigan-ii-the-greatest-cfb-play-of-alltime?campaign=twitter_nfl_cfb

Monday, October 19, 2015

Saturday's MSU Delirium

"Whoa! He has trouble with the snap! And the ball is free! It's picked up by Michigan State's Jalen Watts-Jackson! And he scores! On the last play of the game! Unbelievable!"

http://grantland.com/the-triangle/college-football-week-7-michigan-state

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/anatomy-of-a-miracle--how-michigan-state-stunned-michigan-with-last-second-magic-034028131-ncaaf.html

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Principled But Tolerant

"The Church is intolerant in her principles because she believes, but she is tolerant in the practice because she loves. The enemies of the church are tolerant in their principles because they don't believe, but they are intolerant in the practice because they don't love."

~Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Objectivism and Religiosity

Randroids don't believe in a Divine Law Giver. They believe in Divine Law nonetheless. They don't call it that, of course. Far be it from them to succumb to such namby-pamby "mysticism"! No, they call their reality tunnel Objectivism. Because, you see, you can't have a sound system of morality without objectivity.

They proceed to confer their imprimatur on wholesale civilian slaughter. Incinerating innocent men, women, and children is OK according to Objectivist Holy Writ, so long as the right people--namely, that brood of vipers infesting the banks of the Potomac--are doing the incinerating. Civilization has its privileges--especially vis-a-vis mere savages.

You might object to Objectivism. You might deem their reality-tunnel flaky, cruel, and arbitrary. But at least Objectivists deal in reality. You can't accuse them of being religious.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Raising Relative Values to Absolutes

A relative value raised to the level of absolute? What does that bring to mind? Homicidal humanitarianism perhaps?
What are the ends? Under what narrow circumstances may the State inflict its wholesale civilian slaughter? Of what might that Overriding Public Interest consist to justify what are sure to be only a few and far between if not-so-enumerated atrocities?
Enforcing tariffs (read: "ending slavery"), civilizing savages, vanquishing monarchy, thwarting Nazism, stymying imperialism, containing communism, ensuring the free flow of oil to thankless allies, propping up "friendly" dictators, overthrowing "unfriendly" dictators, curbing extremism, fighting terrorism, exporting democracy, ensuring equal rights, liberating Mohammedan women from their burqas!
What are the means? What form may the homicidal humanitarianism take? What few and far between if not-so-enumerated eggs may the State break to make its tasty omelet?
The March to the Sea, Shenandoah Valley, Trail of Tears, Pacification of the Philippines, Dresden, Hamburg, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq War I, Iraq War II, Beneath the Planet of the Iraq War, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Ad Nauseam-stan!
See? In the American experience, the State is a model of restraint. And when it acts, it acts only to advance noble goals.