May 18, 2007

Various & Sundry

From the Corner:
Ted Kennedy on Immigration [Mark Krikorian]

1965: "The bill will not flood our cities with immigrants. It will not upset the ethnic mix of our society. It will not relax the standards of admission. It will not cause American workers to lose their jobs."

1986: "This amnesty will give citizenship to only 1.1 to 1.3 million illegal aliens. We will secure the borders henceforth. We will never again bring forward another amnesty bill like this."

2007: "Now it is time for action. 2007 is the year we must fix our broken system."
Don't you wish more politicians would just say, "To be honest, I don't much care about securing the border." How refreshing that would be! Same with politicians who hate, abhor, loathe, and can't stand abortion and yet vote pro-abort every chance they get.
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Life as improv - a co-worker writes:
I am taking a very fun class on improv basics. The fundamental principle of improv is "yes/and"; which means you take exactly what you are given and affirm it--negative responses or questions tend to roadblock or derail the story--then propel the scenario with your own contribution. And then unconditionally relinquish your hold on the narrative as you hand it off to someone else. On a good night the group will click and the story forms itself organically, often to a very funny or dramatic effect. My instinct sometimes is to either project an outcome and then feel vaguely disappointed in the next person for not following my "script", or to respond to something that was done or said minutes or segments ago, instead of to what is right in front of me.
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It shouldn't be surprising but yet it is somehow, because I always have a failure of imagination with respect to the Clintons and the audactiy of their shamelessness. I'm referring to Blessed Mother Teresa being used in a campaign ad (HT: Curt Jester).

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Parody is Therapy blog updated!

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It seems to me that the apparent military cover-up of the Pat Tillman story, which, on the face of it, is not shameful (the fog of war means that it's not if friendly fire deaths will occur but when), is however a perfect symbol of the whole way the war was fought in that it was a PR war in which the Administration was going to win hearts and minds of both Iraqis and Americans. And, as often happens when you try to make everyone happy, you end up making nobody happy.

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On a happier and far more nourishing note, Liturgy conference coming to the Josephinum in Columbus.

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Tom has a wonderful post about a priest preaching on the Eucharist. Part of what is beautiful to me about the Eucharist, besides Who it is, is that it manifests both God's power and His love. The power, in bread becoming God, and the love, in our being allowed to receive Him.

Jesus could've instituted, after all, something like Eucharistic Adoration. And that would've been a great and wonderful gift - his presence which also manifested His power. But to also be allowed to receive puts power & love together. This strikes me as crucial because power & love, in our earthly experience, rarely go together.