23 January 2010

Coffee Bowl Browsing

A painful view of B.O. from Canada:  "He is increasingly perceived as having credibility problems and of being cold, cocksure, narcissistic and intoxicated by what he modestly called 'the gift' of his own articulation. And as president, he has been quite, and quite surprisingly, incompetent."

Gobsmacked:  Sec. of Defense Gates says Taliban has legitimate role to play in Afghanistan's political future.  Then why are American soldiers fighting and dying over there?

Scott Brown and the Cistercian nuns who pray for him. . .maybe they can pray him into a truly pro-life way of thinking (anti-abortion, anti-torture).

Pro-abort feminists try to spin the annual March for Life as an anti-abortion dinosaur:  few young women at the march this year.  Keep this lie in mind next year, ladies!

For legal fan boys and girls:  five posts on how to reform the Supreme Court to make it more efficient, responsive, and less prone to propping up judicial-celebrity egos.  I'm no expert, but these reforms strike me as exactly right.

John Allen explains the ecumenical import of the Holy Father's recent visit to Rome's premier synagogue.  This isn't Fr. Oprah's ecumenism, boys and girls.

On the weirdness that is the English language.  Can you guess what part of speech non-English speakers have the most difficulty learning?  It's the part of speech that native English speakers cannot adequately explain!  [In my experience teaching ESL and living in a couple of international communities, non-native English speakers never quite figure out how to use prepositions.  It's really not much easier in Italian, though Spanish seems more logical.]

I've been curious about the French Foreign Legion

Ooooooooooooooo. . .I want one!  This thing would make my cramped flight over the Pond much nicer.

Why revolving doors?  Caution:  it's a Trump Conspiracy!

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  1. My theory: the claim that the pro-life movement has no young women is a classic case of projection. There are actually few pro-abortion young women, the choice crowd having killed their own offspring, so they assume we don't have any, either.

    Even my short time at a modest prayer protest outside our local Planned Parenthood yesterday belies that notion. Young women are interested and on the side of life.

  2. I think articles are hard to explain for non-article using languages, but in general, phrasal verbs drive foreigners up (!) the wall.

  3. Anonymous8:54 AM

    A good 75% of our bus to DC were young women. Our college was in the midst of the Mall, surrounded by other colleges... let me tell you, there were young women there!

    Not to mention all of the religious orders that came out... got young women from them too!

  4. Anonymous9:01 AM

    Lies come really easy for hateful people who murder 45,000,000 babies.

    Re: the English language: it's a conglomeration of Anglo-Saxon (Germanic) and Norman french (long before they became surrender monkeys). Note words like cattle and beef. Cattle are worked and beef is eaten; cattle is from the Saxon, beef is Norman/french. The Saxons were serfs and the Normans were lords.

    And, the French foreign legion helped prolong France's colonial power by providing expendable soldiers, to fight desultory colonial wars, that weren't sons of France.

  5. I remember from English class long ago that the plural for all "oo" words was "ee," (like "goose/geese") so the plural for "book" was "beek." I think long o, like toe and foe was "en" so "foen" and "toen."