Thursday, October 30, 2008

Another List. Most of it Just Plain Silly.

I've got just about enough time for one more list post, so here are some things I've been wondering and thinking about, in no particular order:

1. If Obama's elected and he reinstates the so-called "Fairness Doctrine," does that mean that in 2012 it will be illegal for one presidential candidate to host his own thirty-minute infomercial without allowing the other candidate thirty minutes of equal airtime?

2. If John McCain is the moral equivalent of a mass murderer for his ESCR support, what does that make Barack Obama for his support for this sort of thing?

3. If Rod Dreher writes, "Fluorescent lighting is like the taste that stays in your mouth when you eat a snack cake with creme filling from the vending machine. It's the hydrogenated vegetable oil of lighting." and Maclin Horton comments "Great simile in your last line there." a) is it a sign of the apocalypse, b) did Maclin like the simile in the penultimate line, c) did Maclin like the metaphor in the last line, or d) am I a total English major weenie? :)

4. If Jen at Conversion Diary writes a lovely post about consumption and asceticism, is it really horrible that I remember this? (Okay, maybe not horrible, but definitely showing my age.)

5. Will the Stuff Catholics Like blog ever resurface?

6. Will I ever attain the intellectual level necessary to understand half the posts at this blog, and if I do, will it be necessary for me to determine beforehand a) how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, and b) whether, if a tree fell in the forest where no one could hear it, it would still be mediate remote material cooperation in evil without a proportionate reason for the tree to vote for McCain?

7. If Cardinal Egan posts a beautiful picture of an unborn baby, and people still can't see the baby's inherent dignity, obvious humanity, and intrinsic sanctity of life, how worried should we be to live among such people?

8. If we can get rid of some ugly modern music by the Vatican's ban on the use of Yahweh to represent the Tetragrammaton, what are the odds that we can expect a future ban on the use of songs where the singer takes the place of God and sings such things as "I the Lord of Sea and Sky" etc.? 'Cause that would take care of about 3/4ths of the problematic stuff.

9. If a strategy for continued weight loss during Halloween week depends on one's inability to eat chocolate without it triggering a migraine, and all sorts of evil candy companies start making white chocolate coated versions of the good stuff, how many extra minutes of exercise a day will be necessary to maintain equilibrium?

10. How late will we be up next Tuesday night--and how are we going to feel come Wednesday morning?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, Red, I can't answer all of the questions you pose, but I'm pretty sure about #3. The answer is D. But, you're in good company because as soon as I read the question, I thought: "hey, there's no simile in the last line!"

As a total English weenie myself, I understand. :)

I don't want to think too much about #10, but I'm going to see Sarah Palin in the morning, and I still have some optimism left!

--Elizabeth B.

Red Cardigan said...

Elizabeth, :)

Let us know about seeing Sarah Palin--sounds exciting!

Scott W. said...

If we can get rid of some ugly modern music by the Vatican's ban on the use of Yahweh to represent the Tetragrammaton, what are the odds that we can expect a future ban on the use of songs where the singer takes the place of God and sings such things as "I the Lord of Sea and Sky" etc.? 'Cause that would take care of about 3/4ths of the problematic stuff.

One can hope.

Fr. Z says "Save the liturgy, save the world." True, but I would add before that, Save the music, save the litugy. That is first we get rid of the "Four Hymn Sandwich" mode we have defaulted to and get back to the propers. Also, we chuck the sentimental mush music. All the fine liturgy in the world is for naught if the music's subtext is, "Hey, don't worry about this doctrine stuff, just follow your heart!"

Anonymous said...

After seeing Sarah Palin in person, I just have to say that she is radiant. That woman has incredible reserves of energy and enthusiasm! She talked about life issues, about Obama's snobbery towards those of us who "cling to guns and religion," about Obama's socialist views, and of course, we heard the word "maverick" a lot.

We had to wait nearly two hours in the cold to get in--the gates opened at 6:30am, and boy was it cold in PA this morning! It was worth it, though.

I don't want to take up too much space in your combox here, so here are just a few other brief highlights: Sarah had Todd, Piper, and baby Trig there with her--and Piper was dressed up as a princess for Halloween! Everyone cheered for Trig--I found that very moving, considering how many Downs Syndrome babies are now aborted. We also got to meet Bill Russell, who is challenging John Murtha; that was very exciting because if you're a conservative in this part of PA, you've been tired of Murtha for a long, long time.

We didn't get to meet Sarah up close or anything--by the end of the rally, my 4 year old and 20 month old were so cold and cranky, we had to get them home! But it was still very exciting to be there, and to see Sarah in person. And now I'm off to collapse in exhaustion!

--Elizabeth B.