Joe Biden and communion

Apparently, a goodly number of Catholics are annoyed that Joe Biden, who supports abortion rights, continues to receive communion from his Bishop.

Having a U.S. president who attends Mass week after week and talks about his faith is powerful to millions of American Catholics. But to millions of others, a Catholic U.S. president enacting one policy after another in favor of abortion access is a source of shame. This conflict is now headed directly at the U.S. church’s leadership group, which plans a vote about it at its spring conference.

Catholic leaders, like their massive flock, are deeply divided about Joe Biden, only the second U.S. president to come from the country’s largest faith group. Since his election, the increasingly loud right wing of the church has made clear that Biden cannot continue to expand abortion rights and call himself Catholic and go unchallenged.

Yeah, well … ho-hum. The Catholic Church’s hostility to abortion is well-known, and if they want to say that Biden is not a full-fledged member of the club they are surely within their rights. No foul here, at least none that I can see.

More interesting is this: Why does Biden belong to a club whose policies/rules he so conspicuously considers misguided?

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Deranged screed of the day

I am not going to be vaccinated. I’m going to be one of the survivors. I’m going to survive the genocide. I am not going to allow the COVID maniacs to convince me to be vaccinated or vaccinate me against my will. I know what I’m reading.

I know what I’m seeing. There is a mass death campaign underway right now — and I don’t care what people [say], they can they write any article they want to write about me, they can do everything they can to deplatform me — I’m going to survive a global genocide.

The only good thing that will come out of this is a lot of stupid people will be killed off. If the vaccine wipes out a lot of stupid people, well, we’ll have a better world.”

Pastor Rick Wiles

I am convinced that many of the Godly’s minds just don’t work properly.

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Regarding the ‘N-word’

The New York Times has published a thoughtful essay about the N-word, by an etymologist, and if you have access to their Opinion pages I strongly encourage you to go read it.

In 1934, Allen Walker Read, an etymologist and lexicographer, laid out the history of the word that, then, had “the deepest stigma of any in the language.” In the entire article, in line with the strength of the taboo he was referring to, he never actually wrote the word itself. The obscenity to which he referred, “fuck,” though not used in polite company (or, typically, in this newspaper), is no longer verboten. These days, there are two other words that an American writer would treat as Mr. Read did. One is “cunt,” and the other is “nigger.” The latter, though, has become more than a slur. It has become taboo.

Without belaboring the subject, I’ll add just this: I can remember when some of the ethnic descriptors (Dago? Polack?) that nobody would use nowadays were in common usage, and they were often — not always, certainly, but often — used as judgment-free nouns, no malice intended; culture and education are implicated in language usage. The Times explains their decision to publish the article, here.

Language is much richer and complex than the simplistic rules observed by the (usually) hypersensitive language police.

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The debased GOP

Not even ignominious defeat can put the GOP off it’s Donald Trump cultishness.

Utah Republicans loudly booed Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) at a state party convention Saturday, shortly before a failed effort to censure him for his votes to convict former president Donald Trump.

The GOP has degenerated into a cult movement. Seriously: If you want to understand what has become of them, the place to begin is by reading William Shirer’s The Nightmare Years.

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Acceleration

Somehow or other, something I read today triggered my memory of the rate of acceleration due to gravity, 32.174-feet/sec2. BOOM — and there it was in my head.

Here is what is interesting about that instant recall: the only times in my life that I ever actually used that number was on college physics exams. Not once — not even once — was I obliged to summon that number from memory in more than 25-years was a working engineer. I don’t know what fascinates me most: the way the mind works, or the strange training of an engineering education.

Just thought I’d share. That is all.

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