Saturday, February 23, 2008

America's Problem is Men Sitting Down to Piss

From the "You can't make this shit up" file comes this awesome video of a preacher telling his flock that America's problem is that men are sitting down to piss and dammit, that's just not right according to his King James Bible.

This sounds like fodder for Mr. Deity.

Courtesy of Rod Dreher

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Define Irony

Sitting here at work, a Catholic hospital, listening to my music, sometimes singing along, I realized something.

I'm singing "Only the Good Die Young" by Billy Joel, a song about a high-school guy trying to convince his Catholic girlfriend to sleep with him.

Hmmm...what would the Sisters think? Eh, I bet they're secretly big fans. How can you not like this song?

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Monday, February 18, 2008

My Mom is Famous

My Mom was interviewed today for a story that will appear on the local news (Kulr8) tonight at 5:00, 6:00, and 10:30. It is about her attempts to keep her house. She told me that she was so nervous she felt like throwing up all morning in anticipation of the reporter coming over. I laughed at first, but then felt bad. She hates having her picture taken, let alone being on video. So if you watch it and then have a chance to talk to her, make sure to tell her she looked nice (or something), not that she'll believe you.

UPDATE: Forgot to mention that I'm hoping that no video of the basement is used. Mom said they went down there and it's, uh...a little, just a little, messy.

Okay, it's currently a sty. It's where I live and I'm a guy. What can I say? The upstairs where everyone else sleeps is rather neat and tidy.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

The Mission: Which Path Would You Choose?

I have written about my love for the movie The Mission. Jeromy recently wrote about this movie, as well.

A second really engaging part (though the movie is full of them) comes at the end of the movie. To make a long story short, the mission comes under attack from "civilized" people bent on enslaving the natives. Father Gabriel, having taken a vow of peace, refuses to fight. Mendoza ends up renouncing his Jesuit vows to help the natives defend their home.

After seeing this movies at least a half dozen times, I still wrestle every time with which decision I would make.

If you haven't seen it, watch it. Then tell me what you would choose.

This is the central conflict of the movie for me. Ultimately, I think that both characters made the right decision for who they were. For me, personally, I think I would have stood by Mendoza and fought. I think that if the decision to take up arms (and in all likelihood, kill) is based on the desire to defend someone else, especially those who may not be able to defend themselves, then it cannot be said to be an immoral act and I do not believe God would judge one for it. If the decision was made selfishly, though, as an act primarily to save the self, then I think one is on shakier ground morally.

Taking someone else's life, no matter the reason, is never an act to be done lightly and will forever affect so many lives, not just those of the person who did the killing and the person who was killed. If one is going to make the decision to possibly kill other people, then it needs to be done in order to protect or save someone else because something done for someone else is almost always superior to an act done for oneself.

Weekly Music Video

The best song of all time performed in a number of different voices.

Weekly Secret


I know some nurses at the hospital I work at who probably do this (or similar) things to the patients who annoy them.