I Think I Need A Stiff Drink

An email from my Daddy-O:

I don’t know if everyone knows that Sauerkraut was abruptly named Liberty Cabbage when we entered WWI. German Toast became French Toast, yada, yada, yada. But that’s all past us, right?

Well Irish America is at it again, God love us. The Ancient Order Of Hibernians, the group that runs the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York, deserves the kudos for this one.

The New York Monaghan Association was forbidden by the AOH parade committee to carry their banner in the parade this year. Why, you might ask, is this commonly overlooked, landlocked Irish county, (sandwiched between, Armagh, Fermangh, Tyrone, Louth and Cavan) so scandalous?
Oh Jaysus, not priests and little boys again?
Not another IRA gun running scandal?
Rapacious Leprechauns?

Nope.

The parade committee thought that the county’s image on the banner looked
like Iraq.

I think I’m going to walk to my local liquor drive-through and ponder this one over some Guinness and a turkey sandwich from Subway.

Outrage

Anyone else disturbed about this? I can’t think of anything more anti-Resurrection message than an Easter basket with plastic assault rifles in it, can you?

Dixie Chicks

Natalie Maines apologized. Cut her some slack, OK? I mean, she really shouldn’t have said what she said (even though I agree with her) but she did admit that she made a mistake and deserves our forgiveness.

(For those cynics who will say that I’m only asking forgiveness because it’s anti-Bush, three years ago, I called for people to give Bush a break with the DWI charge because it had been 20 years since the incident took place and the president had stopped drinking. I’m an equal opportunity forgiver.)

Miracle of miracles

Elizabeth Smart found alive

This is pretty miraculous considering that almost no kidnapping yields a live victim at the end. I remember the Polly Klaas kidnapping in 1993 very vividly because she was a year younger than me and she was also from northern California. I remember the trial and the verdict. (The only case of the death penalty in California that I support is this one.) The picture on the Front Page of the paper after the verdict was Richard Allen Davis flipping a double bird at the camera.

Anyway… this is such good news. If it wasn’t Lent, I’d use the A (or H) word. 🙂

Space Shuttle

The Lord be with you
And also with you
Let us pray:

We pray to you, almighty God, in this time of uncertainty over the fate of the space shuttle. You are our refuge and our strength, a very present help in time of trouble. Do not let us fail in the face of these events. Uphold us with your love, and give us the strength we need. Help us in our confusion, and guide our actions. Heal the hurt, console the bereaved and afflicted, protect the innocent and helpless, and deliver any who are still in peril; for the sake of your great mercy in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Kyrie eleison!
Christe eleison!
Dona nobis pacem.