Tuesday, June 27, 2017

You Never Know How Kids Are Going To Grow Up

... in this case, intellectual concept kids.

Immanuel Kant wrote his Critique of Pure Reason as a response to what he saw as the Enlightenment's threat to religion.

It is one of the foundational documents of Postmodernism.

Postmodernism is currently a gigantic threat to the faith and to civilization as well.

I think my man St. Thomas Aquinas inoculated the Church against any threats by pure reason quite nicely. Some Protestants, with their emphasis on Biblical literalism, were not so lucky.

Monday, June 26, 2017

So Much For Compassion In Illinois

Illinois is heading for insolvency and bankruptcy.

This being a math problem, you'd think that someone out there would be able to state it simply. "They borrowed and spent too much and now there's nothing they can do but cut the budget."

If they raise taxes, as Connecticut discovered, the people what pay the taxes will leave. If they borrow more money, they only postpone the inevitable and that for a very, very short time.

Instead, the media focuses on the "budget impasse" as if that mattered in the long run. Have a budget, don't have a budget, do what you want, Illinois. Funding is going to have to be cut and drastically. That's because borrowing is spending tomorrow's money. Well, tomorrow has just arrived for Illinois.

Way back when their credit rating was high, all of those wonderful spending increases paid for with debt were sold as compassionate. Only heartless people opposed them, greedy people, people who don't give a rat's rear end about the poor. Yep, that was people like me.

Now look. All those poor folks and students are getting whacked and good.

Too bad no one seems to be learning from it.

See also: Rico, Puerto.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Los Angeles - A Place To Avoid If At All Possible

Last night, we saw Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at the Arroyo Seco Festival in Pasadena. He was awesome, but the crowd was, well, the crowd was a bunch of Los Angeles hipsters and airheads. Here's a snippet of the concert.

This was near the end of the concert, so it being LA, there was a steady stream of people leaving the place as he's playing so they can beat the traffic. It was festival seating, meaning we were all standing around. A quartet of LA airheads were gossiping loudly through the whole show. You can kind of hear them at the start of that video. During one song, the people in front of us decided to leave, so while Tom Petty is playing, they stand up and fight with their beach chairs for a few minutes, trying to get them to close to carry away. Then some friends run into them, also trying to leave and the group starts holding a loud conversation at the end of which they exchanged business cards.

I'm not kidding. They exchanged business cards. Unreal.

On the plus side, by the time the concert was 3/4 finished, enough of the crowd had left that we could move to a better spot. The airheads never left so their prattle polluted the whole show. What a pack of dingbats.

The biggest problem with LA is that it's the SoCal destination for so many great acts. Here in San Diego, we're cut off from many wonderful bands such Tom Petty and U2. They stop in LA and expect their San Diego fans to go up and mingle with a self-important dingledorks of Los Angeles in order to catch a show.

Sigh. At least Tom Petty was worth it. He's over 65 and put on a great performance. He must have played for nearly 2 hours.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Cat Photography

We're teaching the remarriage class for the Diocese today, so I don't have time for a normal and boring post. Instead, here's our Maximum Leader, doing what Maximum Leaders do: whatever they want.

We try to keep a sheet on her couch because she's a prodigious shedder.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Alcohol And Caffeine

Are they signs that you don't like yourself?

Alcohol and caffeine artificially change your mood. Isn't your mood an expression of self in the moment? I love them both and I love the way they make me feel for the first 30-60 minutes after consuming them. After that, all bets are off, but that hour of euphoria is terrific.

While drinking my morning cup of French press Columbian after having had a few pops the night before, it occurred to me that what I was doing was changing who I was. Subtly, but still, they change me. That's their whole point.

Wasn't I OK before them?

A growler and glass of Legacy Brewing's Hellfire IPA. It's excellent. Well, until you've had too many and then it's not so excellent.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

How Good Is Your Acting?

Like Micky, you're probably no Laurence Olivier yourself.

Dig these two tweets following the recent Georgia congressional election which was funded like a Super Bowl game. The first is from a progressive activist with 64,000 followers. The second was part of an excellent tweet series from a guy who lives in Georgia district 6.

If you hate people, it's a pretty good bet they know it. What do you think the atmosphere will be like for the progressive candidates in and around Georgia in the future?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Rocking Matthew

Yesterday, I started listening to the New Testament, beginning with Matthew. Before I did, I decided to start with an anthem. This one, as a matter of fact.

It was a little act of cheery self-indulgence before starting the audiobook and then it hit me. It wasn't just a bit of fun, it was the perfect lead-in. That video is what it's all about.
This is what it is
This is who I am
This is where I finally take my stand
I didn't want to fall
But I don't have to crawl
I met the One with two scarred hands
Giving Him the best of everything that's left of
The life inside this man
I've been born again
What a wonderful thing this is! It feels so good to be a part of it, particularly when I actually practice my faith like when I work at Catholic Charities downtown. I love it.

As for Matthew, he's a gas. Very terse and declarative.
God and money. YOU CAN'T SERVE BOTH! DON'T EVEN TRY IT! Now on to the next topic.
I have to smile as I listen, it's just so great. Parts sound like someone reading bullet points from PowerPoint slides.

That's enough for today. I need to get to work. Take care!