Daily Archives: August 14, 2010

Are You Represented by a Socialist?

The Socialist Party of America has recently released the names of 70 Congresspersons who are officially members of it:

Co-Chairs
Hon. Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-07)
Hon. Lynn Woolsey (CA-06)

Vice Chairs
Hon. Diane Watson (CA-33)
Hon. Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX-18)
Hon. Mazie Hirono (HI-02)
Hon. Dennis Kucinich (OH-10)

Senate Members
Hon. Bernie Sanders (VT)

House Members
Hon. Neil Abercrombie (HI-01)
Hon. Tammy Baldwin (WI-02)
Hon. Xavier Becerra (CA-31)
Hon. Madeleine Bordallo (GU-AL)
Hon. Robert Brady (PA-01)
Hon. Corrine Brown (FL-03)
Hon. Michael Capuano (MA-08)
Hon. André Carson (IN-07)
Hon. Donna Christensen (VI-AL)
Hon. Yvette Clarke (NY-11)
Hon. William “Lacy” Clay (MO-01)
Hon. Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05)
Hon. Steve Cohen (TN-09)
Hon. John Conyers (MI-14)
Hon. Elijah Cummings (MD-07)
Hon. Danny Davis (IL-07)
Hon. Peter DeFazio (OR-04)
Hon. Rosa DeLauro (CT-03)
Rep. Donna F. Edwards (MD-04)
Hon. Keith Ellison (MN-05)
Hon. Sam Farr (CA-17)
Hon. Chaka Fattah (PA-02)
Hon. Bob Filner (CA-51)
Hon. Barney Frank (MA-04)
Hon. Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11)
Hon. Alan Grayson (FL-08)
Hon. Luis Gutierrez (IL-04)
Hon. John Hall (NY-19)
Hon. Phil Hare (IL-17)
Hon. Maurice Hinchey (NY-22)
Hon. Michael Honda (CA-15)
Hon. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (IL-02)
Hon. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)
Hon. Hank Johnson (GA-04)
Hon. Marcy Kaptur (OH-09)
Hon. Carolyn Kilpatrick (MI-13)
Hon. Barbara Lee (CA-09)
Hon. John Lewis (GA-05)
Hon. David Loebsack (IA-02)
Hon. Ben R. Lujan (NM-3)
Hon. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14)
Hon. Ed Markey (MA-07)
Hon. Jim McDermott (WA-07)
Hon. James McGovern (MA-03)
Hon. George Miller (CA-07)
Hon. Gwen Moore (WI-04)
Hon. Jerrold Nadler (NY-08)
Hon. Eleanor Holmes-Norton (DC-AL)
Hon. John Olver (MA-01)
Hon. Ed Pastor (AZ-04)
Hon. Donald Payne (NJ-10)
Hon. Chellie Pingree (ME-01)
Hon. Charles Rangel (NY-15)
Hon. Laura Richardson (CA-37)
Hon. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34)
Hon. Bobby Rush (IL-01)
Hon. Linda Sánchez (CA-47)
Hon. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09)
Hon. José Serrano (NY-16)
Hon. Louise Slaughter (NY-28)
Hon. Pete Stark (CA-13)
Hon. Bennie Thompson (MS-02)
Hon. John Tierney (MA-06)
Hon. Nydia Velazquez (NY-12)
Hon. Maxine Waters (CA-35)
Hon. Mel Watt (NC-12)
Hon. Henry Waxman (CA-30)
Hon. Peter Welch (VT-AL)
Hon. Robert Wexler (FL-19)

Piccarretta approved?

Apparently, a theologian assigned by the Vatican as censor of the works of Luisa Piccarretta, the crazy woman who thought Mary is part of God and that she was the “New Mary,” sent to bring the world a Third Testament that would obviate the need for the Eucharist, has found nothing wrong with Piccarretta’s writings!

My question: What has this guy been smoking?

EWTN Groupie Audio: My E-mail answered by Tom Howard on _Journey Home_

In September 2007, Tom and Lovelace Howard appeared on The Journey Home, and I submitted a question via e-mail. Click here to hear the answer.

An Anarchist Who Supports Big Government

“Catholic Anarchist” and Vox Nova alum Michael Iafrate has started a new blog, in which he’s apparently trying a stab at Stephen Colbert’s schtick:

The Catholic Fascist.

The site is apparently supposed to be a parody of “The American Catholic” and a couple other sites.  Someone named Michael Sean Winters at the so called National Catholic Reporter thinks that it’s hilarious.  Joe Hargrave takes on the direct and uncharitable attack here.

Some of the key discussions in the response at American Catholic, in addition to Iafrate’s cluelessness about what it even means to be an anarchist, revolve around the hypocrisy of the Catholic Left, who routinely call for greater civility in the blogosphere.
The discussion includes one of the best comments ever:

T. Shaw says:

One measure of a man’s greateness, among native American tribes, was the caliber of his enemies.

Sadly, your “enemies” are useless idiots.

In any case, authentic satire doesn’t take itself too seriously.  Shows like _Murphy Brown_, _30 Rock_ and _The Simpsons_ work because, whether their own agenda, the writers are able to poke fun at liberals as much as conservatives.  Indeed, the best parody comes from fans: and those shows are probably better at satirizing liberals because they are liberals.

Finlandia: In honor of my Dad.

Donald McClarey at American Catholic posted a link to the following video of a choir singing “This is My Song,” a hymn based upon Jean Sibelius’s “Finlandia”; he also has the lyrics there:

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cvz9PvczUMI]

My Dad used to play “Finlandia” as a chorale prelude before Mass.  It’s been a long time since I’ve heard it.

Here is the Wikipedia page on all the lyrics sung with the melody:

BP Oil Leak a potential “Planet Killer”?

According to this article, the area around the BP Oil Leak is showing signs indicative of a potential methane explosion.  Apparently two of the biggest mass extinctions were caused by such methane explosions millions of years ago–including the one that created what we call the Gulf of Mexico.

If it happens, it will be within the next 6 months, and nothing will stop it.

Fascinating.  Of course, we never know the day or the hour, so, as always, prepare yourself so you don’t die an unprovided death.  Go to Confession this afternoon.