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Archive for September, 2008

All The News That’s Fit To Slant

Posted by Dim Bulb on September 29, 2008

What happened to the “civil war” in Iraq?  Well, for one thing the apparent disappearance of the non-existent civil war means a whole big bundle of money for NBC’s parent company GE.

Chris Matthew’s defines “overwhelming” for the witless boobs that appear to be his target audience.

Joe Klein (a member of Matthew’s possible target audience?) runs with the “facts.”

Andrea Mitchell mischievous mincing of the McCain-Obama debate.  Sometimes, being able to pronounce “Ahmadinejad” correctly is not a virtue.

Please don’t confuse  The TIMES with the facts.

While most people thought the debate was a toss-up, this guy from The Times thinks Obama won it by looking presidential.  Is judging by looks of any value?  The Times looks like a newspaper people would read, yet its readership has been dwindling for years.

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The Eternity Of God (A Simple Summa)

Posted by Dim Bulb on September 28, 2008

NOTE Concerning the Definition of Aeviternity. “Aeviternity is the mode of Existence or the duration of angels”-Peter Kreeft, Summa of the Summa

What is Eternity? ST Ia. 10, 1Eternity is defined by Boethius, interminabilis vitae tota simul et perfecta possessio, “the perfect and simultaneous possession of interminable life.” We know what is simple by that which is composite; for we know first what is composite, through which we attain to the notion of simplicity.  Accordingly, Eternity becomes known to us in a twofold manner: first, as that which belongs to Eternity is interminable, without beginning or end; the term can be applied to both.  Secondly, this Eternity is without succession, it exists all at once.  Thus it exists always according to one and the same mode, the idea of before or after has no place in it at all.  God is Eternal ST Ia. 10, 2 God is Eternal because He is Unchangeable; thus Immutability belongs to Eternity, as movement belongs to time.

God is not only Eternal; He is His own Eternity; for His Duration is His Existence; as His Essence is His Existence, so is His Eternity.  Is God Alone Eternal? ST Ia. 10, 3And God alone is Eternal, for He alone is Unchangeable.  Other things share in Eternity in much the same way as they share from Him, in their own degree, of durability, as things corruptible have a long life, and thus Scripture speaks of the “eternal hills.”  With some things, as the elements, this participation is held by the whole, and not according to the parts; others, like the angels and the Blessed, participate, in a strict sense, by the substantial incorruptibility of their individual act; their happiness is in the Word, and their thoughts are not changeable.  Does Eternity Differ From Time? ST Ia. 10, 4 Eternity differs from Age and from Time.  Eternity is without succession, which cannot be said of Time; because the very notion of Time means before and afterWhat Is the Difference Between Aeviternity and Time? ST Ia. 10, 5 Age differs from Time, for as Eternity is the measure of permanent existence, and is without before and after, nor can be in a way comparable to such a notion; indeed, as a thing recedes from permanence of existence it recedes from Eternity, so also Age is without before or after in itself, but may possibly be joined to them accidentally, hence its measure is that of the heavenly bodies, the existence of which is unchangeable, although this may be joined to to change as regards place.  The angels have a changeless existence, with liability to change as regards election, so far as pertains to their nature, thus being mutable as regards intelligence, affection, and place, and their measure of existence is Age.  But corruptible things that recede so far from permanence of existence as to be subject to change, or whose existence consists in change, like all movement, are measured by Time.

Is There Only One Aeviternity? ST Ia. 10, 6 Age is one; for, as the oneness of Time is derived from the unity of the first movement, what is the most simple, and the rule of measurement for all others, so one Age is the measure of all others, and the more it is simply the first the more simple it is, and the principle of the rest.  But many ages are reckoned as so many centuries.

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Our Latest Podcast

Posted by Dim Bulb on September 28, 2008

What’s His Name has recorded our latest podcast.  This one deals with the keynote to the Book of Amos, namely 1:2.

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Paul Newman: A Tribute

Posted by Dim Bulb on September 27, 2008

I have little idea what Newman’s political views were.  Right now I really don’t care.  I don’t watch a lot of television, but if I knew a Newman movie was on, I’d be watching.

a Tribute to Paul Newman

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Our Podcast On Mark 1:2-15

Posted by Dim Bulb on September 27, 2008

What’s his name has just recorded and uploaded our latest podcast on my other blog.  The running time is 21 minutes.  Hopefully, by the time we use up our free podcast time, What’s his name will have become better at podcasting; if not, we can’t see paying to maintain the site.

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Devotions for the Forty Days For Life

Posted by Dim Bulb on September 26, 2008

The Forty Days For Life Campaign
began September 24 and will run till Election Day, November 4. Here are some devotional resources you may consider using.

Pray the Rosary for Life

Read, meditate on, blog excerpts and reflections on THE GOSPEL OF LIFE

Pray the Seven Penitential Psalms


Any other ideas or suggestions? Please let me know.

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One Word Meme

Posted by Dim Bulb on September 25, 2008

LarryD from ACTS OF THE APOSTACY has chosen me for a meme.

First: complete the One-Word Meme.

1. Where is your cell phone? Pocket
2. Where is your significant other? non-existent
3. Your hair color? Brown
4. Your mother? Yelling (guess at who)
5. Your father? Deceased
6. Your favorite thing? Books
7. Your dream last night? None
8. Your dream/goal? Sleep
9. The room you’re in? Noisy (see #4)
10. Your hobby? Biking
11. Your fear? #4
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Reading
13. Where were you last night? Here
14. What you’re not? Morose
15. One of your wish-list items?  None
16. Where you grew up? Haven’t
17. The last thing you did? Ate
18. What are you wearing? Pants
19. Your TV? Off
20 Your pet? None
21. Your computer? Addicting
22. Your mood? Silly
23. Missing someone? #2
24. Your car? None
25. Something you’re not wearing? Shoes
26. Favorite store? Dollar
27. Your summer? Gone
28. Love someone? Yes
29. Your favorite color? Blue
30. When is the last time you laughed? Today
31. Last time you cried? Unknown

Second: Nominate and link to at least 7 other blogs.

I doubt seven people read this blog.  If you are reading it, consider yourself tag, sucker.

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Against the Obama Mommas

Posted by Dim Bulb on September 24, 2008

A Self-proclaimed “Obama momma” celebrates Barack Obama’s victory over John McCain.

May It Not Be So!

I’ll post on this later, as I’m rather tired at the moment. Here are some helpful ideas from Argent By The Tiber:

How do we defeat abortion? Pray. Pray. Pray. Today, the Fall Campaign begins around the country and Canada. Hundreds and hundreds of people will pray at abortion facilities, some around the clock. Our nearest facility will have prayer warriors there from 7 AM to 9 PM. This is a peaceful way of protesting this terrible atrocity while imploring God for an end to this holocaust.

I hear that a lot of people are tired of hearing about abortion, and having abortion as the only issue to vote for. Face it, we’re all tired. But that doesn’t mean we give up. Nearly fifty million babies since Roe v Wade. Think about that astronomical number. I went to our diocesan pre-campaign workshop and met people who are going for the first time and are naturally apprehensive. I understand those feelings as I felt them the first time I prayed at an abortuary. There are feelings of vulnerability, ineffectiveness, powerlessness in face of such a huge task. But God takes what we can give and transforms it in ways that we cannot see, or possibly may never know. We may never know the change of heart that may come over a woman’s heart when she sees a line of people in prayer. The change of heart is the work of the Holy Spirit. And if you are willing to be a vehicle of grace for one hour of one day, you have staked a claim for God right there at the line of battle.

A story from two months ago. Our Respect Life group had invited Fr. Peter West of the Priests for Life. After his presentation, one of the ladies that works at our local Birthchoice relayed a message that just a few hours before our workshop, a young woman got off the abortion table just before the procedure. She thought that if those strangers standing outside the facility took the time to pray there, then what she was about to do must be very bad. She went to Birthchoice, had an ultrasound and saw her baby. People simply by standing there in an attitude of prayer, no confrontation or bitter discourse, was the arrow that pierced her conscience.

Please consider praying at the nearest facility to you. Visit the national campaign website: I know people who drive for hours to pray during the 40 days at least once a week. If you can’t travel, consider being a prayer partner of someone who is standing at the clinic at a particular hour. E-mail the area coordinator if you can, to let him or her know that is what you intend to do. Lift that person present in prayer.

Don’t know what to pray? Bring your rosaries. Pray the complete cycle of Mysteries. Pray the Litanies. And even if the facility workers come out with posters mocking you, it’s not you they are mocking. It’s God whom they mock. Know that when they do that, you are in enemy territory and what a great thing it is that you stand in witness. I keep in mind this: Blessed are you when men revile and persecute you for my name’s sake. Rejoice and be glad. (Matt 5:10-12). Read the passage and realize that God is your vindicator.

Go with friends. Go with your family. We take our children with us and make it a day’s excursion with our friends. After we pray at the facility, we head down to the nearest Perpetual Adoration Chapel to decompress before our Lord.

Our diocese has a youth brigade that prays once a week. One of the children in this group has Downs Syndrome. It’s an inspiring sight to see these young people with their rosaries praying through the Mysteries with composure, intent, and best of all, love.

I think of all the babies destroyed, their souls passing from this world without anyone to acknowledge their precious existence. Perhaps this is what motivates me to go there, to be there to mourn for them.

Here is a podcast of one of my reflections from the Lenten campaign. Click here for her podcast

Our Blessed Lady Of Victory, Pray For Us

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From the Index of Forbidden Kooks: Barbara Walters

Posted by Dim Bulb on September 24, 2008

“I don’t think anyone knows my political opinions.”

Bahahahahaha! Hmm, let me take a wild guess.

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It’s In The Can

Posted by Dim Bulb on September 21, 2008

Our first podcast, that is. This first podcast was simply a recording of What’s His Name reading my post on the Superscription of Amos. Because that blog post was not written with the intention that it would be read to an audience, the presentation is somewhat stark, but please do give it a listen and let me (us) know what you think.

What’s His Name delivered the talk over a cell phone and the sound quality is surprisingly good, but I wonder if delivery over a land-line might not be better.

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