Monthly Archives: October 2014

A Bit on Justifying a Celebration of Reformation Day

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther wrote the Archbishop of Mainz and Magdelberg Albrecht to object to the sale of indulgences. Luther wrote “Disputation of Martin Luther on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences” (which later became known as the 95 theses) and posted them on door of the Schlosskirche  in Wittenberg, (also known as the Church of All Saints). This defiant act by the Augustinian monk lead to the Protestant Revolution.

 Luther’s major theological insight from the 95 Theses is Justification by Faith (sola fides), which undercuts indulgences.  

Contemporary Protestants have suggested celebrating Reformation Day as an alternative to Halloween. Wags waxed about Reformation Day that theology nerds need a holiday too.  But it seems dubious if kids will dress in brown robes and try to nail papers to many doors.


A Bit on Donna Brazile Demonizing the GOP

Several years ago, after Blue Dog Democrat Congressman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ 8th) was critically shot by a lunatic leftist gunman, Democrats tried to shift the blame to Republicans by claiming that the GOP was fostering a lack of civility.  To that end, Donna Brazile penned a piece with a putative prayer:

[L]et us pray that our political leaders restore respect and civility in
their political discourse, and beseech them to forgo the temptation to
turn our plea to shun rancor into rancor. 

Noble sentiments.   But to echo a sentiment from the Democrat hustings in 2008: “Be the change you are looking for in the world.”  Based upon Donna Brazile’s base instincts displayed during this campaign cycle, civility is for suckers and/or the Tea Party.


Brazile’s social media rants have taken off her mask.   Now informed voters can go to the polls and vote their consciences.


Michelle Obama on Trick or Treating

Michelle Obama on Trick or Treating

Homer Simpson on Failure

Homer Simpson on Failure

A Bit on Reconsidering Liturgy

America, the Jesuit magazine, published an interview with Cardinal Francis George as he prepares to cede pastoral responsibilities for the Archdiocese of Chicago to current Spokane Archbishop Blaise Cupich. The  wide ranging interview touched upon secular hot button political issues, sacerdotal celibacy, clerical sexual abuse and the recent Synod of the Family.
But Cardinal George’s comments about Liturgy have particular as the third anniversary of the implementation of the New (Third) Translation of the Roman Missal approaches.

Henry Miller on Destinations

Henry Miller on Destinations

A Bit About Obama’s Just Joking About Early Voting

During a campaign swing in Wisconsin, President Barack Obama urged those assembled (before they left early) to go out and vote early. Mr. Obama made a slight slip of the tongue which he tried to convert to a bon mot by doing a variation of the “vote early, vote often” saw.
While this was probably an innocent slip of the tongue, it is worth considering the underlying message.  
Vice President Joe Biden has been fulfilling his role as election attack dogs by scaring voters about the Tea Party to gin up liberal turnout.  For those who may feel discouraged by the last minute besmirching and the specter of election fraud–let not your hearts be troubled.  Remember what Hugh Hewitt wisely wrote:  If It’s Not Close, They Can’t Cheat.


Joe Biden on the Tea Party

Joe Biden on the Tea Party


Well, at least when Vice President Biden was on the 2014 Midterm elections hustings, he isn’t accusing Tea Party types of being terrorists like he did three years ago.



Bob Marley on Life

Bob Marley on Life

Kobe Bryant on Competition