From the only reliable source of news on the net, the Onion. The sad thing is that Franz Kafka doesn’t seem as bad as some other airports that I could name. As a loyal son of Illinois I stoutly contend that any list of terrible airports that does not have O’Hare near the top is a fraud!
As America’s premier Catholic university and football franchise, Notre Dame University had grabbed headlines over the last few weeks with its controversial choice to have President Barack Obama deliver the 2009 commencement address and and receive an honorary law degree. However, other less high profile Catholic colleges are not without controversy in their commencement choices this year. Some critics accuse these traditionally less recognized colleges with simply following after Notre Dame in an attempt to get attention, but college officials insist they are merely fulfilling their mission of maintaining a vibrantly Catholic and intellectual environment. A sampling:
Perhaps no announcement could have caused greater feelings of betrayal within orthodox Catholic circles that Franciscan University of Steubenville’s announcement that law professor, former Reagan administration official, and prominent Obama supporter Douglas Kmiec will be delivering their commencement address and receiving an honorary PhD in theology this year. Kmiec will speak on the Catholic intellectual life and its intersection with public life.
Catholic League president Bill Donohue said, “I am shocked and deeply saddened that a mindless shill for the most pro-abortion president in history has been invited to speak at what had generally been recognized as one of the most orthodox and pro-life universities in the nation.” Catholic journalist Ross Douthat, often recognized for his moderation on political issues, was asked for a balancing comment, but simply responded, “I think mindless shill is probably a pretty good description of what we have with Doug.”
FUS president Fr. Terence Henry, TOR dismissed outrage saying that the invite was in keeping with the Franciscan tradition,
It is hard bearing the awesome responsibility of being TOTUS (Teleprompter Of The United States) and having the fate of the world resting upon your screens. TOTUS deserves the best of working conditions. Courtesy of Iowahawk, the world can now watch a private message between TOTUS and the guy who reads his screens. Caution, the language is a bit rough as it often can be in political circles.
Archbishop Demetrios, head of the Greek Orthodox Church in the US, fatuously compared President Obama to Alexander the Great on Wednesday. Hattip to Politico. Actually, I think he might be on to something:
Apparently, hattip to Gateway Pundit, our President isn’t sure who the President of France is since he sent a note to former French President Chirac, and Sumo I do hope you are fully recovered, with this sentiment in it: ‘I am certain that we will be able to work together, in the coming four years, in a spirit of peace and friendship to build a safer world.’ The current President of France is not amused.
For the benefit of any Obama staffer who may come across this, the current President of France is Sarkozy. Your boss has had his picture taken with him. He has a supermodel new wife. There are no poodle bite mark scars on him. There, never let it be said that I am unwilling to help the new administration!
Update I: Brooks has now had third thoughts. Hattip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air. The value of the support of weather-vanes like Buckley and Brooks is summed up by the comment of Winston Churchill on hearing that Italy had declared war on the Allies: “Seems only fair. We had them last time.”
Update II: Buckley says he would still vote for Obama. The money quote: “Maybe I’m obtuse.”
Some people think that the most important division is between those who believe in God and those who do not. Others say the true dividing line is between conservatives and liberals. Yet more regard humanity’s separation into men and women to be all important. Rubbish!!!
Apparently Mark Shea, one of the Catholic Blogosphere’s sage’s, has gotten caught up in all the hoopla surrounding President Obama’s ascension inauguration. He has succumbed to change. After six years and eight months of staying faithful to what I believe to be the Sand Dollar template that Blogger offers, Mr. Mark Shea decided to change, in the spirit of bipartisanship, the template he uses for his blog (Catholic and Enjoying It!) from Sand Dollar to Minima Lefty.
Mark Shea, a proficient blogger, writer, and apologist. An insightful and sometimes provocative Catholic with his interminable style of debating has shocked, shocked I tell you, the Catholic blogosphere with this switch to Minima Lefty! In one bold stroke Mark Shea has decided to thumb his nose in the face of traditionalists.
Jacques Chirac, former president of France, was mauled by his clinically depressed poodle Sumo. I trust that I speak for all of our contributors and readers when I wish Sumo a rapid recovery. Hattip to Instapunidit.