Sunday, February 14, 2016

Another Trump Clerihew

Donald Trump
is hitting a South Carolina slump.
His reliance on invective
is proving ineffective.

Pax et bonum

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Doritos® Super Bowl ad - Prochoicers offended!

NARAL criticized this ad for humanizing fetuses. Really.

Pax et bonum

Saturday, February 6, 2016

That whole fetus thing

One argument that so many prochoicers use is that the fetus is not a human being. Of course, such an argument denies biological/genetic reality.

Heck, the argument denies basic English.

fe·tus1 /ˈfēdəs/   noun        
  1. an unborn offspring of a mammal, in particular an unborn human baby more than eight weeks after conception.
  2. synonyms:embryo, unborn baby/child

And "offspring," by the way, is "a person's child or children" (going back to Oxford).

So ... just by definition, aborting a human fetus involves aborting a human child.

Pax et bonum

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Tolkien on degraded language

I've been caught up in a discussion about foul language, and someone reminded me of this quote from J. R. R. Tolkien:

“But Orcs and Trolls spoke as they would, without love of words or things; and their language was actually more degraded and filthy than I have shown it. I do not suppose that any will wish for a closer rendering, though models are easy to find. Much the same sort of talk can still be heard among the orc-minded; dreary and repetitive with hatred and contempt, too long removed from good to retain even verbal vigor, save in the ears of those to whom only the squalid sounds strong.”

Pax et bonum

Saturday, January 30, 2016

What Would Jesus Do? Well ...

Back in the 1990s, the "What Would Jesus Do?" fad sprang up in Christian circles. Many people, particularly young folks, wore wristbands with WWJD? on them.

The question then - and now - is a valid one. What would Jesus do when it came to the poor, immigrants, the sick, the inmates, drug addicts, the unborn, the elderly? What would Jesus do when it came to charitable giving, and social and government polices?

That's all fine with me. I think we need to ask that question, and then carry out as best we can what Jesus would do.

But some people also used the saying as a way to water down moral and ethical teachings. They turned it into a phrase to help justify accepting, or at least not challenging, things the culture had begun to accept, and to turn Jesus in a "nice" smiling guy who forgave and accepted almost anyone and anything, and who would just go along.

What those people forgot is that Jesus did some other things that did not follow the "go along" mantra.

Jesus was not afraid to call the Scribes and Pharisees "hypocrites" when they deserved it.

Jesus cursed the fig tree that did not bear fruit, and it died.

Jesus confronted those who were desecrating the Temple, overturning tables and driving out people with a whip.

He told parables about the rich man neglecting the poor and going to hell, the bridesmaids who were unprepared and got locked out of the wedding, the man who showed up for the feast not wearing the right robes and getting tossed out into the night.

So ... what would Jesus do, for example, when it comes to those who support, or at least turn their heads, when it comes to policies that undermine the sanctity of life and marriage? What would He do when it comes to those who promote harsh treatment and even hatred for immigrants and Muslims and religious people sincerely trying to act based on their beliefs? What would He do when faced with those who put profits above people and politics above principles?


Pax et bonum

Brief Encounters

I like good writing. I like essays. This book - and the series of which it is part - satisfies both of these "likes."

In Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction, editors Judith Kitchen and Dinah Lenney have gathered together some of the best recent short nonfiction - essays, reflections, pieces that border on poetry.

One of the nicest things about it is the variety. The writers deal with all sorts of issues and concerns in a variety of ways. Memories. Art. Mortality. Family. Travel. Nature. Illness. If you don't like one piece, turn a page or two and you will find something completely different that might appeal to you.

While I like the vast majority of the pieces, a few were not to my taste due to the writers having to make unnecessary sex related comments or using foul language - but fortunately these were the exceptions.

I already read the first in the series of such collections Kitchen helped to compile - In Short - and plan to read more of the collections.

Pax et bonum

Friday, January 22, 2016

America | Bernie Sanders - Dang

I'm not a Sanders supporter, but he does hold some positions with which I agree - no to the death penalty, for example, and he opposed the war in Iraq. (Yes, he is also pro-choice, so that works against him.)

But this is an effective ad. Positive. Not attacking anyone. Plus I love the song!

Pax et bonum