Thursday, April 30, 2009

On Buzzing Lower Manhattan

..as Air Force One did the other day.

As the powers that be go on dickering about what would constitute a proper memorial for the World Trade Center, destroyed by Islamic terrorists eight years ago, let us reflect on one simple fact: There is nothing New York cannot handle with the help of its citizens and a few strategically place anti-aircraft guns.

On the top deck of the new Trade Center, for example. Also on the Chrysler Building. And let's not forget the Empire State Building. Somebody's got to protect midtown.

Do we really wonder if AF-1 would have gone for that unannounced photo-op if Manhatten were properly outfitted?

Times like this, it pays to remember some of the great moments from "Casablanca."


MAJOR STRASSER: Are you one of the people who cannot imagine the Germans in their beloved Paris?

RICK: It's not particularly my beloved Paris.

HERR HEINZE: What about London?

RICK: When you get there, ask me.

STRASSER: What about New York?

RICK: There are certain sections of New York, Major, that I wouldn't advise you to try to invade.


Somebody read that to whoever authorized that idiotic photo op.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

UND Update

h/t American Papist:

Statement by Father John Jenkins on the Laetare Medal

The following statement from Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, is in response to the decision by Mary Ann Glendon to decline acceptance of the University’s Laetare Medal:

“We are, of course, disappointed that Professor Glendon has made this decision. It is our intention to award the Laetare Medal to another deserving recipient, and we will make that announcement as soon as possible.” (University of Notre Dame Office of News & Information)

The following statement was issued immediately thereafter by Desperate Irish Housewife:

"OK, OK. I'll take the medal. It must be worth something melted down. And since it looks like Father Jenkins has already done that..."

More on the New Evangelization

So we're enjoying our Minnesota-Italia dinner-- sauteed marinated chicken breast, ratatouille over pasta with parmesan, simple green salad, a cheap but nice bottle of vino-- when there's a knock at the door.

It's two Mormon missionary boys, or I suppose I should say elders, wanting to talk.

"I'm sorry, sweetie," says DIH, "we're in the middle of dinner."

(Thinking, Damn, where are the Bible Babes when you need them? Because this could be fun. Besides, DIH was well into her second glass of the aforementioned vino. Who knows what gems of theological wit she might have come up with?

(But no. Dinner is dinner. End of story.)

The Mo boys leave.

DIH returns to table. And has an afterthought. And acts on it.

I ran out into the rain (it's raining here in Mini-Apple) and left a note inside one of the boys' bicycle helmets. "Guys- thanks for your work on Prop. 8! Fight on!"

Which I am hoping made their evening of attempted evangelization in the rain a little more pleasant.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Send the Freshmen Out For Gin!

No- make that champagne!

Yesterday American Papist (http://www.americanpapist.com) reported that Mary Ann Glendon, Harvard law professor and former US ambassador, has informed the University of Notre Dame that she cannot, after all, accept the school's Laetare Medal at the commencement in May.

Why? Because... but let her tell it:

"...as a longtime consultant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, I could not help but be dismayed by the news that Notre Dame also planned to award [President Barack Obama] an honorary degree. This, as you must know, was in disregard of the U.S. bishops’ express request of 2004 that Catholic institutions “should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles” and that such persons “should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.” That request, which in no way seeks to control or interfere with an institution’s freedom to invite and engage in serious debate with whomever it wishes, seems to me so reasonable that I am at a loss to understand why a Catholic university should disrespect it."

This is good news. Since UND has decided to have Barack "Kill The Babies" Obama as its commencement speaker, it's nice to know there are people out there with the character and integrity to let out a big "I'd rather share the stage with a rabid squirrel."

Father John Jenkins, president of the university, issued a response to Ms. Glendon's refusal:

“We are, of course, disappointed that Professor Glendon has made this decision. It is our intention to award the Laetare Medal to another deserving recipient, and we will make that announcement as soon as possible.”

But all this brings up the question: who will the "deserving recipient" be?

DIH has looked up "Laetare Medal" on the web, and according to her research the award does not include cash. Therefore she is not personally interested.

There's another downside to being named the new recipient: you gotta come up with an acceptance speech fast. Glendon started working on hers last year. The new honoree has barely three weeks to write something classy, memorable, with a whole lot of "let's-forget-the-Glendon-thing-ever-happened."

Sheesh. Who they gonna call?