Tuesday, November 29, 2011

2 Things

So two interesting stories today. 

First, there's this story. Apparently, Siri, will NOT tell you where to go to get an abortion. Instead, it directs you to crisis pregnancy centers and the like. Further, it won't tell you where to get "emergency" contraception pills. Thank you, Steve Jobs. 

Then, there's this picture. As many of you know, I am a student at Texas A&M University. Recently, we lost to those tea-sippin' hippies from Austin. Granted, we had plenty of opportunities to win on our own. BUT, at the end of the 4th quarter, up by 1 pt, Texas has the ball, and then there's a penalty. Unnecessary Roughness, sets up Texas for their game-winning play a few plays later. It was a bullshit call, even the TV announcers thought so. And then the below picture popped up. I can't be certain of its veracity, but the guy does look familiar. Up yours, good sir. I vote we appeal to the NCAA

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Interesting...

I was reading an old article about a Harvard study which concluded that not everyone should go to college. Then, I read through some of the comments. I found this little gem by "Jersey Patriot" hidden among them:



"I don't get tired of talking about this. My grandfather quit high school, joined the Army Air Force, fought in the Pacific theater in WWII, came home, married his high school sweetheart, and got his high school diploma. He didn't go to college. He could read, write, and do figures, though I doubt he knew anything about Foucault, or ever paid a grad student $500 to write a 10-page essay about it. He joined a large company, which quickly figured out he was intelligent, and they moved him into a clerk position. His wife never worked. He sired five children, all boys, bought a nice house in a small town, took vacation at a lake house, retired, moved to Florida, lived another 15 years, and died just shy of his 80th birthday of colon cancer.
Today, his job title instead of Clerk would be something like Managing Purchasing Coordinator. He would have a Master's degree in nothing in particular, probably from nowhere important, and have $50,000+ in student loans. His job today requires reading, writing, and doing figures, just like it did 50 years ago, but today he would have crippling student loans and 6 years of layaboutry.
Sometime during the last 50 years, our society went Full Retard about schooling. I've yet to see anyone explain why."

It truly is interesting. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Saw this over at Bad Catholic and couldn't resist reposting it

Music

I have a passion for music, many of you know that. It should come as no surprise then that I almost barfed while watching this...  http://vimeo.com/29473559 I apologize for putting you through that.

Seriously, it's wretched. I firmly believe that the look on Pope Benedict's face at the very end was one of disgust. and so I would like to juxtapose that horrendous excuse for liturgical music with this, from B16's visit to England last fall.

That, ladies and gentlemen, is why I am so picky about what we sing at Mass. The "anything goes" mentality ultimately leads to whatever that guitary-thing was. And I think everyone will agree when I say that the world needs FAR less of that guitary-thing

Monday, November 7, 2011

A Modern-Day Lynching

Herman Cain was lynched today. Not in the old sense of the word, no, he's very much alive. But his campaign is done. The kind of accusations that weren't enough to bring down Ted Kennedy or Bill Clinton have the media all in a tizzy. There's no way Cain survives this. The accuser's story is too perfectly unfalsifiable. The media won't wait to corroborate or confirm her accusations, they will jump on this and demand Cain prove himself innocent. This is, of course, the exact opposite of how our justice system is designed to work. Recall  the public lynchings of the past century were perpetrated by the mob with no trial or process, these, too, were the exact opposite of how our justice system is supposed to work.  Unfortunately for Herman Cain, presidential candidates are tried in the court of the media and the court of public opinion. As we saw with the Casey Anthony trial, these courts are all too willing to convict based on feelings and not evidence. In court, Cain's accuser would have to prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, his guilt. In the Court of the Media, Cain must prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, his innocence. This, of course, is impossible. And the media knows it, and is counting on it. Witness the fall of a potentially great candidate. Witness the media making up for their failings in the Clinton and Kennedy cases. 

In other news, compare the cases of Joe Paterno and Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City- St. Joseph. Bp. Finn's actions are very similar to those of JoePa, and yet Bishop Finn has been charged with a crime and Joe Paterno is having no charges brought against him. Witness, folks, the death of a once-great system of justice at the hands of politics and public opinion.