"a feeling of overlookedness and isolation can be said to persist in America’s dairyland, and the idea that no one is watching can create a sense of invisibility that leads to the secrets and labors that the unseen are prone to: deviance and corruption as well as utopian projects, untested idealism, daydreaming, provincial grandiosity, meekness, flight, far-fetched yard decor, and sexting."
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
"Consider the conservative nonprofit establishment, which seems to employ most right-of-center adults in Washington. Over the past 40 years, how much donated money have all those think tanks and foundations consumed? Billions, certainly. (Someone better at math and less prone to melancholy should probably figure out the precise number.) Has America become more conservative over that same period? Come on. Most of that cash went to self-perpetuation: Salaries, bonuses, retirement funds, medical, dental, lunches, car services, leases on high-end office space, retreats in Mexico, more fundraising. Unless you were the direct beneficiary of any of that, you’d have to consider it wasted.It's not like they buy rather than rent because smaller government is just around the corner.
"Pretty embarrassing. And yet they’re not embarrassed. Many of those same overpaid, underperforming tax-exempt sinecure-holders are now demanding that Trump be stopped. Why? Because, as his critics have noted in a rising chorus of hysteria, Trump represents 'an existential threat to conservatism.'"
(via David Frum)
Sunday, January 31, 2016
Friday, January 29, 2016
Getting Your Estate Organized: Thirty (or so) Documents You Should Have For Your Spouse, Your Power of Attorney, or Your Executor
Monday, January 25, 2016
Monday, January 11, 2016
"And times have changed. We have 'a new sensitivity toward victims of unwanted sexual contact.' Interesting. I remember when we had 'a new sensitivity' in the early 1990s, when male Senators, chided with 'You just don't get it,' stepped up and took it very seriously. That new sensitivity got lost to a politically opportune insensitivity when Democrats decided it was more important to protect their President. They subordinated feminism to Democratic Party power, and it required a long struggle to get back to a second new sensitivity. And so, once again, the question is whether sensitivity or insensitivity better serves the interests of the Democratic Party."
Friday, January 1, 2016
"The only pundit of any renown to figure The Donald out was Scott Adams, the creator of the Dilbert comic strip. Since August, he has blogged about how The Donald is winning and spinning heads on TV.
"Trump thinks in three dimensions, according to Adams. As does Adams. Trump's critics are stuck in two dimensions. Every situation is either/or. The pundits on TV talk among themselves and when something happens outside the little box they've placed themselves in, they freak.
"What applies in science applies in politics.'It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong.Scott Adams gets what is going on and is having a lot of fun with this."
--- Richard P. Feynman.'
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
"If I were the Archbishop of Canterbury, which has not yet been proposed, I would certainly say that the ritual of the church must adapt to people’s expectations, but one of the strongest expectations people have is that ritual doesn’t adapt."-Roger Scruton, at The Guardian
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
"he does devote a chapter to recounting the failure of her enemies to understand her properly. By the mid-1980s hatred for Thatcher herself as well as what she stood for had become something comfortable and familiar to those on the other side of the political divide. As Ian McEwan wrote after her death in 2013: 'It was never enough to dislike her. We liked disliking her.'
"Moore is surely right when he says this led many on the left to mistake the nature of the challenge they faced. 'Since they thought Mrs Thatcher and her cronies were wicked, they tended to think they only had to point this out loudly enough and voters would desert the Conservatives. Never ... did they coldly analyse why she was winning, in order to ensure she would
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Monday, October 26, 2015
The Environmental Assessment (2.1 Project Background, p. 7) said,
"The Milwaukee Streetcar project originated from the Milwaukee Connector Study that was initiated to carry out transit recommendations from previous transportation planning efforts during the 1990’s."Mary Spicuzza reports in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,
"Initially, it was anticipated that the city would break ground on the project by late 2015, but the groundbreaking now is expected to occur sometime in spring 2016."
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Do you have a favorite casserole, or 'hot dish,' as we would call it in Minnesota? Well, that’s where I kind of digress from the typical Midwestern tradition.
You mean you eat food that’s good? Yes. I cook food that’s good. I like to experiment with a lot of things: Indian dishes, some Thai dishes, some Chinese dishes.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
"even as the public expresses interest in additional library services, there are signs that the share of Americans visiting libraries has edged downward over the past three years, although it is too soon to know whether or not this is a trend."
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Joe Russ posted his article on the wreck, with links to other website's photos of the wreck and of Speedrail, and to the video.
Friday, August 21, 2015
"And, we should remember, Milwaukee is at odds with the vast majority of dioceses around the globe. In almost all places in the world, priests still live in rectories. The twenty year period of priests moving out of rectories in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, is more likely an historical aberration than a trend for the future."Our now-Pastor Fr. Aaron Esch so wrote in his column in last Sunday's bulletin (page 2) to answer another of the 'Rectory/Outreach Building—Frequently Asked Questions'.
Seems reasonable, considering this from the Code of Canon Law.
"Can. 533 §1. A pastor is obliged to reside in a rectory near the church. Nevertheless, in particular cases and if there is a just cause, the local ordinary can permit him to reside elsewhere, especially in a house shared by several presbyters, provided that the performance of parochial functions is properly and suitably provided for."That was not how closing the Rectory came about at St. Alphonsus, see The once and future Rectory?
So how has the proposal to return to the Rectory as priests' residence been received?
The 'Rectory/Outreach Building Survey Results' in the July 19, 2015 parish bulletin(page 2) say that out of 410 respondents given five options, 343 (83.66%) favored "renovate existing building".
The 'Rectory/Outreach Building Survey Results' in the July 26, 2015 parish bulletin (page 2) say respondents supported "a capital campaign for debt reduction and renovation of the rectory" 406 to 42.