I have come to loathe some of the attorneys and co-workers at my job. They haven’t changed. I have. Either my tolerance level has lowered or it’s because they have become completely unhinged since the election and are not careful with what they say. I come from a working class family and it is unnerving to hear how much my Harvard and Yale bosses despise normal people. Whenever they have to go on trial outside of the East or West Coasts they moan and groan as if they are going to Calcutta. I over heard two attorneys talking about how they ventured beyond Whole Foods, Trader Joes and their favorite farmer’s market —gasp— went to a regular grocery store as if they went on safari. I think if they went to Walmart or Sav-a-Lot they’d have a stroke. It’s like the Floating World of Edo era Japan. The inhabitants have their drivers, their cheap illegal nannies, gardeners and to Hell with everybody else. I guess I need to start looking for another job.
We have a new blog in the blog role, Dymphna’s Road. I always appreciate writing that packs a lot of meaning into a few words, and the above quote is a sample of what Dymphna at her blog can do. Go here to have a look at the blog and I think you will put it on your regular blog reading list as I have have.
I have been enjoying lately the blog St. Corbinian’s Bear which wins my vote for most colorfully titled Catholic blog. Here is its self description:
When a bear ate St. Corbinian’s pack horse on a journey to Rome, he forced the bear to carry his baggage. A ferociously Catholic blog with a little humor and a whole lot of bear. “Et ego ad nihilum redactus sum, et nescivi: ut jumentum factus sum apud te, et ego semper tecum.” – Psalm 72
Go here to read it yourself. One would have to have a heart of stone not to enjoy a blog that, in the wake of the rabbit controversy, came up with this:
The Bear imagines all the woodland creatures singing this song while doing the bunny hop.
Get on your bunny, honey, get on your bunny,
Get on your bunny ears, your little bunny tail.
‘Cause we’re gonna bunny ’til it ain’t even funny,
You’ll be my bunny mama, and I’ll be your bunny male.
I want to kiss you on your rabbit nose, and kiss your little toes
Don’t play hard to get because it’s time to start the show.
Let’s lie down in the clover, lover, see where it goes,
I’ll be your thumper honey, and you can be my doe.
Now some say heed the word, that rabbits shouldn’t breed,
There’s too many bunnies honey, way more than we need.
But a rabbit’s gotta do what God made the rabbits to,
So get your bunny on babe, and let’s fill up that pew.
A sound sense of orthodoxy with a twisted sense of humor: no wonder I like it!
Here are this past weeks Top-10 most visited Catholic posts from The American Catholic for June 20-26:
1. Parish Shopping by Michael Denton
2. McChrystal Should Be Fired by Donald R. McClarey
3. Sharia in Dearborn? by Donald R. McClarey
4. G.K. Chesterton on Lincoln by Donald R. McClarey
5. Healthcare Reform & the Magisterium by Chris Burgwald
6. Real Sex vs. the Contraceptive Mentality (Part 2) by Darwin
7. Toy Story 3 by Michael Denton
8. Planned Parenthood, What Happened to the Money? by D.R.M.
9. Under the Roman Sky by Donald R. McClarey
10. I Am Shocked, Shocked! by D.R. McClarey
Top 25 Catholic Blogs by Technorati Authority by John Henry
John Henry and myself are a bit of stats geeks and we’ve been trying to figure out the most accurate way to gauge the number of visits American Catholic has been receiving by our readers. We use WordPress, Sitemeter, and Feedburner to see how we fare and I’ve entertained the possibility of using StatCounter to add to our curious habit. Then John Henry mentioned Google Reader and how it keeps tabs of the number of subscribers each website and blog has. That gave me the idea to add all of my favorite Catholic websites and see which ones have the most subscribers!
Now before you go and see who ranks where keep in mind that Google Reader only keeps track of Google account holders that add websites and/or blogs to their reader. It doesn’t keep track of how many times a site is visited and not all websites such as the Vatican (and yes even a couple of blogs such as Catholic Report) don’t even offer an RSS or Atom feed to subscribe to. If it’s any consolation Google Reader seems to be the most popular reader out there with Bloglines a close second.