Monday, September 28, 2009
"The late-payments episode is the latest in a string of embarrassing cases of VA failures for the nation's veterans.
Earlier this year, it was discovered that three VA medical centers failed to properly sterilize endoscopes, exposing 10,000 patients to infections including the HIV virus.
Last month, the agency sent letters to 600 veterans erroneously telling them they had been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease.
Last year, the VA was embroiled in numerous scandals involving tests and medical experiments on veterans in which officials failed to follow certain standards."
Wake me up when the government becomes less bureaucratic, irresponsible, and incompetent.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
"In the Virgin Mother is exemplified both the contemplative and the active life, of which same the Evangelist Luke has written in the passage concerning the sisters Martha and Mary. For what, do we imagine that Martha's serving was blamed, whom the cares of hospitality had engaged, who had received the Lord Himself into her house? How could she be rightly blamed, who was gladdened by so great a guest? If this be true, let men give over their ministrations to the needy; let them choose for themselvesthe better part, which shall not be taken fromthem; let them give themselves wholly to the word, let them long after the sweetness of doctrine; be occupied about the saving knowledge; let it be no care to them, what stranger is in the street, who there is that wants bread, or clothing, or to be visited, to beredeemed, to be buried; let works of mercy cease, earnest heed be given to knowledge only. If this bethe better part,why do not all do this, when we have the Lord Himself for our defender in this behalf? For we do not fear in this matter, lest we should offend His justice, when we have the support of His judgment.
And yet it is not so; but as the Lord spoke so it is. It is not as you understand, but it is as you ought to understand it. So mark;You are occupied about many things, when one thing is needful. Mary has chosen the better part.You have not chosen a bad part; but she a better. And how better? Because you areabout many things,she aboutone thing.One is preferred to many. For one does not come from many, but many from one."
- S. Augustine of hippo, sermon 27 de Verb.Dom.
"O holy Mary, help thou the suffering, strengthen the faint-hearted, comfort the sorrowful ; pray for the people, plead for the clergy, entreat for all women dedicated to God; let everyone that keepeth holy-day in thine honour know the benefit of thine intercession."-Magnificat antiphon, first vespers.
I mean, nobody got mad when Bush did it. Okay,so what if he did'nt. Back in my day,teachers regularly gave out tests outlining the president's policies,beleifs,and how much much we needed him and his policies. Daily we got a lesson on how to support the president in those things. I mean,don't we all remeber those take-home worksheets back in fifth and six grade? It's perfectly normal!I remember I was talking to a friend of mine from Cambodia, and she said they do it all the time there. And in China and Guatemala.
Friday, September 25, 2009
People seem to forget that this type of 'reasoning' needs to be ad hoc. Keep this in mind as I go. Secondly, in most cases of it, the meaning of a term is re-defined to exclude specific cases of something. Specific cases.Scotsman fallacies are a form of moving the goalposts.Re-defining a term to exclude people or behaviours that you don't like. Thirdly, it doesn't apply where the status of the subject is predetermined by other actions or behaviours.
When people distort this argument,they forget (Or who knows, maybe occasionally ignore) the first two parts of what constitutes a Scotsman fallacy. Thus, they may claim that any definition whatsoever that excludes any cases of something is a Scotsman fallacy. This is demonstrably false. Once something is defined as 'X', it's definition conversely serves as a definition of what is not 'X'. Whatever is the opposite of 'X', or fails to have the qualities of 'X' cannot be 'X'.
For example, if we define books as sewn or otherwise attatched together leaves of material, containing written or printed words, pictures, graphs, or other information, we likewise define what is not a book. (If it's not sewn or otherwise attatched together leaves of material, containing written or printed word, pictures, graphs, or other information, it's not a book.)
Therefore, if my friend Jeanne tells me that she has a book consisting of a single sheet of paper with a picture of Kierkegaard, she can't accuse me of ad hoc reasoning or a Scotsman fallacy when I tell her that what she has cannot be a book. The reasoning for it not being a book was not ad hoc.
People who don't know what they are doing tend to forget that it doesn't apply where the status of the subject is predetermined by other actions or behaviours.
(Which is really only a subset of the above argument.)
If what constitutes being 'Y' is determined by something or someone doing or being something, if someone or something fails to meet that predetermined condition, be it an action, behaviour, or whatever, then they aren't 'Y'
For example, it is predetermined that a natural born U.S. citizen is born either:
a) In the united states.
b) Abroad, to two U.S. Citizens.
c)Abroad, to one U.S.Citizen.
So, if we have Gertrude, who was born in France to French parents, under no accepted, pre-determined definition of 'American citizen' is she one. This is because, simply put, no naturally born American citizen is born abroad to two non-American parents.
In the same vein, it is pre-determined that a teacher has obtained a degree and has taught for some time.So if Gertrude claims to have been a teacher for 46 years, but never went to college and hasn't taught anyone, she isn't actually a teacher by the accepted definition of a teacher.
Do ya got it? It's not really that hard if you make some attempt to understand it.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
absque casu stella
pulchra tamquam luna
utque sol electa
Nostras audi preces
O ter fausta dies
flamine qua tuo
sedulum pro votis
O nimis profundius
sic a culpa solve
quos a iugo solvis
Agit iste grates
Ordo, quem benigna
Tuo, diva parens
gratos reple zelo
ut sequamur corde
ore quod vovemus
Ei laus qui simplex
nobis in Parentem.Amen.
-hymn of Vespers, solemnity of Our Lady of Mercy.
Interestingly,I found this site, which gives the mass for the day, which includes the sequence I posted a while ago.
It seems it passed over into the new missal.
"In the New York Times alone, according to the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University, the number of stories on the Obama administration that have appeared on the front page through mid-August of this year totaled 119,678 column inches. That's 9,973 column feet of Obama coverage on the Times front page alone."
Could'nt that have been spent on more important stories?
Or, how about:
"As of mid-August, Obama submitted to a total of 66 television interviews, dramatically outstripping his two predecessors, according to Martha Joynt Kumar, director of the White House Transition Project at Towson University in Maryland.
But advertising works I guess.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Sorry for the rather sparse blogging today and yesterday. I've had some rather bad headaches. It's making me miss some good articles and news.
2) Decide that it means the opposite of what it says.h
Case in point, everyone's favorite ambassador to Malta ,Douglass Kmiec. For him,if someone has a rule saying not to support a person who supports X, you can support that person and still be following the rule. Indeed, the person can by word and deed show that they virulently support X, but you can claim that they don't even support it At All. Not At All.
This is a real relief. I was beginning to think that I'd have to be, you know, cognizant and logically consistent. Now I see that there's a way to get around all that nasty "Cognitive Dissonance."
Monday, September 21, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
First, it was decided that instead of teaching the music phrase by phrase, we would do the music in one body, singing all the phrases in sucession. Then it was decided that I would lead the music by singing instead of playing the organ. That took all of 20 minutes. All the hymns I chose were wrong, so we spent the next 20 minutes practicing Christmas hymns, an Easter hymn, three marian hymns, and a random hymn.
Maybe I'm just too strict. I really had planned to do everything ordered and in succession. It turned into a random free for all, so now a week before the mass,we have no hymns, no psalm, 1/3 of an ordinary, and no acclamation. I asked for at least four people to meet once a week, or once a month to go over the music with me. I got a few volunteers, with a few other people promised. It's ambitious, but I still hope to teach them the hymns I picked, and if they can't sing, some basic voice training.
hopefully, it'll all work out.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Still no luck finding any information about volumes 2-4 of Toto!The Wonderful Adventure. It's gone. My only choices are:
1) Go buy it back in New York
2)Go buy it in Allentown
3)Keep looking for a reasonable price online
4)Never buy it and be condemnned to forever live without understanding the story.
Also, Border's express at the Gallery (Of all places) has some of the earlier volumes of the mighty Thor (I can't rember which, I only skimmed it. I DO remeber that it involved Thor and Loki on a ship,impending death from pillars/dragons, and Loki getting kidnapped.) They also have some volumes of Teen Titans (Which I can't find ANYWHERE in this city, unless I'm willing to go to North Philly,which I'm not.) I'm serious.
In a bookshop.
In a mall.
Still can't find any volumes of Green Arrow anywhere besides Atomic City. *Sigh*
And an Antidote. (which is also the 1969 Roman Missal)
Or if you want to do it The Right Way™, An Antidote.
My deviantArt Page.
At only $28 dollars a ticket!
I can afford that!
So it's a Posisbility!
Why do I keep using exclamation points!
It's getting stupid!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
"Blessed be Thou, O Mary, the honor and the joy of Thy people! On the day of Thy glorious Assumption, Thou didst take possession of Thy queenly dignity for our sake; and the annals of the human race are a record of Thy merciful interventions. The captives whose chains Thou hast broken, and whom Thou hast set free from the degrading yoke of the Saracens, may be reckoned in the millions. We are still rejoicing in the recollection of Thy dear Birthday; and Thy smile is sufficient to dry our tears and chase away the clouds of grief. And yet, what sorrows there are still upon the earth, where Thou Thyself didst drink such long draughts from the cup of suffering! Thou alone, O Mary, canst break the inextricable chains, in which the cunning prince of darkness entangles the dupes he has deceived by the high-sounding names of equality and liberty. Show thyself a Queen, by coming to the rescue. The whole earth, the entire human race, cries out to Thee, in the words of Mordochai: “Speak to the King for us, and deliver us from death!” (Esther 15: 3)
(State your request here)
Let us Pray. O God, Who through the most glorious Mother of Thy Son wast pleased to give new children to Thy Church for the deliverance of Christ's faithful from the power of the heathen, grant, we pray Thee, that we who affectionately honor her as the Foundress of so great a work, may, by her merits and intercession, be delivered from the slavery of sin and the eternal flames of Hell. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the Unity of the Holy Ghost, One God, forever, unto ages of ages. Amen."
And neither did the white house.
And of course, they've never even heard of the group of people who were protesting either.
Part of me is happy about this, and part of me wonders how they could be so clueless and obtuse as to not know a thing about these people.I can't help but think of a certain rather protected 18th century French monarchy that I learned about in middle school that did the same thing. (BTW,how did that turn out for them?We never finished the class.)
Monday, September 14, 2009
"as many as are of the works of the law, are under a curse. For it is written: Cursed is every one, that abideth not in all things, which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that in the law no man is justified with God, it is manifest: because the just man liveth by faith. But the law is not of faith: but, He that doth those things, shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written: Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Christ Jesus: that we may receive the promise of the Spirit by faith."
"For let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and in habit found as a man. He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross. For which cause God also hath exalted him, and hath given him a name which is above all names: That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth: And that every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father. "
V.O Glorious Cross! *On thee did triumph the King of the Angels!
R. And our sins did washed in his blood.
Collect of the day:
O God,who didst will thine only-begotten Son to to endure the Cross for the salvation of the human race:Grant we beseech thee, that as we have acknowledged its mystery on earth, we may receive its redemption thereof in heaven.
*It's interesting that this antiphon actually rhymes in the Latin edition: "Crucem sanctam súbiit, qui inférnum confrégit; accínctus est poténtia, surréxit die tértia"
Very few of these medeival rhyming texts survived into the new breviary.
Still not done with the race card.
"The Democrats have become like the "Church Lady" on Saturday Night Live "Could it be ... Racism?" The joke goes that the charge of racism is used anytime a liberal is loosing an argument, unfortunately this is way too accurate. The race card has become like the boy who cried wolf which undermines when there is actually the evil of racism. You can impugn the judicial capability and intelligence of Justice Thomas all day long - just don't dare oppose a Democrat who just happens to be black."Rather like religious fundamentalists and the waning years of the Bush administration, the democrats have become a caricature of themselves. I wish I could chalk it up to reactionary ultra-conservatives, as they pretend most criticism of them comes from,but the daily blunders, rash speech,bad manners, and illogical arguments that the left (especially those in the Obama administration) make so that rather than watching an episode of Eyshield 21,I'd rather watch C-SPAN just teh lulz.
That said, this is a really simple piece,as you can see by looking at the score.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
"This is all, obviously, a partial and unscientific take, and not an attempt to encapsulate a huge event, but rather a faithful rendering of what I saw. With that caveat, I had a very hard time reconciling the human beings I talked to and observed with the caricatures described in pre-writes by the New York Times' Gail Collins ("The tea party movement activists range from geeky Ron Paulists who obsess about the money supply to conspiracy theorists who believe that Barack Obama is a noncitizen brought here by people who hate this country"), the L.A. Times' Tim Rutten ("the talk-show/tea-party right...if it has its way–will convert the GOP into an almost exclusively white, zealously religious, mostly Southern party"), and Gawker's Alex Pareene ("Glenn Beck is an actual terrorist, and the people attending his rally in DC tomorrow are al-Qaeda in America"). "But hey, why let facts get in your way.We've all learned by now that sweeping generalisations aren't really logical fallacies.
Oh, and I love this one.
Yes. Totally serious with everything I said before mass today. Albs look better than cottas, gothic vestments (Or better,a conical chasuble) work better than Roman Chasubles, and if you're doing it right, your Sunday mass should look like this.
Like I said, if liturgy would've stopped in the 15th-Early 16th century, everything would be fine. We'd have troped kyries, good music, responses with organum, organum with our chant,and our churches would look fine.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Yes. I used to know it,but it's been like seven months since I played it. If it doesn't sound easy,look at this. It's basically a simple pedal mordant with some chords in the right hand.The left hands comes in later, but that part is pretty simple. The ending is kind of tricky though.
But I love it. Mostly because I was able to learn it by memory without sheet music.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Entrance: All ye who seek a comfort sure.
All ye who seek a comfort sure
in trouble and distress,
whatever sorrow vex the mind,
or guilt the soul oppress:
Jesus, who gave himself for you
upon the cross to die,
opens to you his sacred heart;
oh, to that heart draw nigh.
Ye hear how kindly he invites;
ye hear his words so blest:
'all ye that labor come to me,
and I will give you rest.'
Jesus, thou joy of saints on high,
thou hope of sinners here,
attracted by those loving words
to thee I lift my prayer.
Wash thou my wounds in that dear blood,
which forth from thee doth flow;
new grace, new hope inspire, a new
and better heart bestow.
Sung to the hymn tune Dominus Regit Me.
Offertory: O Heart of Jesus, holy ark;
O Heart of Jesus, holy ark
That holds the later law divine,
Not as of old, a service dark,
But mercy, grace, and love benign.
Thou art indeed the dwelling-place,
Of God’s mild law and tender might,
The temple of outpouring grace
That radiates all the world with light.
Eternal mercy willed the blow
That gave the wounds, O Heart, to thee;
That man should ever feel and know
The love that suffered on the Tree.
For Christ, eternal Priest and Lord,
Offers his love by holy sign
Upon the Cross and at the Board,
The two-fold Sacrifice divine.
We love thee, Jesus, Lord most high,
We lift our hearts to thee above,
And to thy sacred bosom fly,
The everlasting home of love.
All praise and power and glory be
To God the Father and the Son,
And, Holy Spirit, unto thee;
For ever reigning Three and One. Amen.
Sung to whatever tune is used for "Jesu, thou Joy of Loving hearts"*
*EDIT* It's Wareham.
Communion: God's mercies I will ever sing.
and with my mouth I shall
Thy faithfulness make to be known
to generations all.
For mercy shall be built, said I,
for ever to endure;
Thy faithfulness, ev'n in the heav'ns,
thou wilt establish sure.
is due unto the Lord;
And he of all about him should
with rev'rence be ador'd.
are made the dwelling-place;
Mercy, accompany'd with truth,
shall go before thy face.
Sung to the tune St.Columba
Recessional:Sweet Sacrament Divine:
Sweet Sacrament divine,
hid in thine earthly home;
lo! round thy lowly shrine,
with suppliant hearts we come;
Jesus, to thee our voice we raise
In songs of love and heartfelt praise
sweet Sacrament divine.
Sweet Sacrament of peace,
dear home of every heart,
where restless yearnings cease,
and sorrows all depart.
there in thine ear, all trustfully,
we tell our tale of misery,
sweet Sacrament of peace.
Sweet Sacrament of rest,
ark from the ocean's roar,
within thy shelter blest
soon may we reach the shore;
save us, for still the tempest raves,
save, lest we sink beneath the waves:
sweet Sacrament of rest.
Sweet Sacrament divine,
earth's light and jubilee,
in thy far depths doth shine
the Godhead's majesty;
sweet light, so shine on us, we pray
that earthly joys may fade away:
sweet Sacrament divine.
Sung to Divine Mysteries.**
I'm sad, because we were supposed to go over the music tonight,but the meeting was canceled.
Which is okay,because I need to print the lyrics and music, andrelevant quotes from Vatican II on gregorian chant.(What, d'ja I was going to to NOT do that? ) We are'nt going to sing much chant besides the ordinary,but I still want to spread the news.
** Divine Mysteries is a really, really complicated harmony.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
I think I ought to get an image of Our Lady of Mercy some day, but they're kinda hard to come by.Two days of internet search got me ONE result. I migh have to make do with an image of Our Lady of Mt.Carmel painted white. (If I can afford it.Money's kinda tight right now.
I also just fell in love with Missa Brevis et Festivalis. And it's not a lie: It's an extremely short mass setting,short enough for the novus ordo. Unfortunately, you need a sextet and organ to sing it, and the agnus dei is longer than the sanctus/benedictus.
You-know-who has set it up as a day of public good works and service. I'll be doing my part by praying for our fallen men and women who lost their lives.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
1) Preserve the subdiaconate.
2) Make the clerical obligations begin at the subdiaconate
3)Open the remaining orders to the laity, since they no longer carry clerical obligations.
If not,another could've been:
1) Preserve the subdiaconate as a major order
2) Make the clerical obligations begin at the subdiaconate, with possible dispensations for laymen
3) Title the remaining orders 'ministries' as in Ministeria Quaedam, with institution instead of ordination,but with the roles unchanged.
And whatever happenned to this?
"In addition to the offices universal in the Latin Church, the conferences of bishops may request others of the Apostolic See, if they judge the establishment of such offices in their region to be necessary or very useful because of special reasons. To these belong, for example, the ministries of porter, exorcist, catechist, as well as others to be conferred on those who are dedicated to works of charity, where this ministry had not been assigned to deacons."
Even that would've been better than now, as the acolyte now assumes the role of the acolyte andsubdeacon,the lector still exists,and we'd have porters and catechists.
It's all thanks to the handling of the Van Jones fiasco that I've realized this. It's blatantly obvious that despite all the ample evidence of Mr.Jone's craziness, the only reason he's gone is because he was falsely smeared by his own words that angry rightwingers lied about by showing his own words.It's obvious that the only reason he was fired was because there are so many black people who are so scared of black people,and so angry that a black man won that they'd do anything to get rid of him.
With wonderful and fair actions like this, I can't see why ever anyone would'nt want the State to run their insurance. It's people like this rancid, despotic, evil doctor that give us reason to reform healthcare. I can't beleive he actually tried disobey government regulations!
Monday, September 7, 2009
Entrance: All ye who seek comfort sure
Mass setting: Mass for ferial days
Offertory: O Heart of Jesus, ark divine
Communion: God's mercies I will ever sing. (To the tune, St.Columba)
Recessional: Sweet Sacrament Divine.
Now I'll tell why I chose what I chose. I try to be somewhat consistent with my own thought on liturgical music and keep it just that, liturgical. For that reason, I chose the first and second hymn, which are used in breviary. The first hymn is from the new breviary, and the second from the old breviary. (These are Fr.Caswall's translations)
The communion hymn is something I really, really love, and I think it should be required of all Catholic churches. It's a metrical psalm. Namely, it's psalm 88, which the Graduale Simplex gives as the communion psalm. The whole hymn is too long, so I only picked the parts I felt were relevant. (Verses 1,2,7,14, and a doxology.)
The recessional hymn, however, is just because I liked that hymn.
The only possible problem is finding good hymns for the Sacred Heart. (I'll kill myself before I use "To Jesus' Heart all Burning" or any of the other rather saccharine devotional hymns from the St.Gregory hymnal. If your a fan of it, sorry, it's just not me.
Yes, this makes me a bad person. I've learned to live with it.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Pious Catholic tradition dedicates the month of September to the consideration of the Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin, to which I have a special devotion. Here is a good book of devotions. One should make the Via Matris with the Litany of the Passion of Our Lord at least on Wednesday and Friday evenings.
And on the 6th of September to the 14th of September, it is popular to make a novena in honour of the feast of the Seven Sorrows of Mary.
More stuff, from Passiontide.
There was a song from a movie I was going to put here, but I forgot it. Darn Alzheimer's.
Anyway, it's my 19th birthday today, and this year, and good news is that I'm not spending in the hospital! Bad news is that my dad is! Irony of ironies , huh?
I've got a good amount of birthday money, and I should be going downtown later today. I need to replace that marker that dried up, and get another pack of manga paper. I wish Blick carried Deleter, but I think you can only get that by import, so it's out of the question. I might go to Atomic City to pick up some back issues of something I've been reading. Fat Jack's definitely has a better selection, but I only read about four western comics, so I'm not knowledgeable enough to go there. It'd be wrong.
And speaking of comics, I read volume six of Fairytail, but without reading volume five. Stupid, I know. I'd read it on Onemanga, but I don't know which chapter I left off on. I also don't know what chapter I last read in Eyesheild 21. I know it was volume 24 that I last read. Lastly, I'll stop by Borders and see if they have the volume of Kateikyo Hitman Reborn where Ryoei first showed up. This one is the opposite of wat I usually know, because I know he shows up in chapter 14 but I don't know what volume that is. Random: There are very few good free wallpapers for my* computer.
*Technically my dad's computer, but he does'nt know I'm using it.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
No, it's not finished. I just inked it.
Hopefully , this makes reparation for my last work, which was craptacular beyond description.