Sunday, November 28, 2010

The O Antiphons 2

ADONAI et Dux domus Israel,
qui Moysi in igne flammae apparuisti,
et in Sina legem dedisti:
veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extento.
O Adonai and Ruler of the house of Israel,
who didst appear unto Moses in the burning bush,
and gavest him the law at Sinai:
come to redeem us with outstretched arm!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

The O Antiphons 1

SAPIENTIA, quae ex ore Altissimi prodiisti,
attingens a fine usque ad finem,
fortiter suaviterque disponens omnia:
veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae.

O WISDOM that comest out of the mouth of the Most High,
reaching from one end to another,
mightily and smoothly ordering all things,
come to teach us the way of prudence!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Today's Gospel Reading --

was about the Sadducees trying to trick Jesus with the question about the women who married seven brothers and died childless, and in heaven whose wife would she be. Now this was a trick question, because (as it says at the beginning of the reading) the Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection of the dead. And, as one priest quipped many years ago, "that's why they were sad, you see." Ba-da-bom!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Bell Curve 17 - TBC and the 2010 Elections

Here's a quote I posted in TBC 16:

"What if the cognitive elite were to become not only richer than everyone else, increasingly segregated, and more genetically distinct as time goes on but were also to acquire common political interests? What might those interest be, and how congruent might they be with a free society? How decisively could the cognitive elite affect policy if it were to acquire such a common political interest? (p. 115; emphasis mine)

They give us this gloomy picture: "As of the end of the twentieth century, the United States is run by rules that are congenial to people with high IQs and that make life more difficult for everyone else." (p. 541)

* * *

Well, Herrnstein and Murray were right. We have now had several years of government by the cognitive elite (who in my opinion are a bunch of overeducated pinheads, i.e., they know more and more about less and less), and a few days ago the ordinary people of this country showed at the polls how sick and tired they are of the cognitive elite. See for instance ---

If you read it, be sure to read the eighteen references in it.

And I say hooray for the common people!

Monday, November 1, 2010

It's NOT the econony, people!

I have listened to a lot of people say the most important issue this year is the economy. Okay, it's important, but the economy is made by people: going to school, working, and doing business.


there are about 18.3 million schoolkids (18 and under) who are not here;

about 6 million possible college students (ages 19 to 22) not here;

about 31 million part- or full-time workers (16 and over) not here;

about 23.4 million voters not here.

If a baby aborted in 1973 were alive today, she or he would have had 37 birthdays; if the 738,800 aborted were alive, they would have had 27,335,600 birthdays: cards, cakes, parties. Not to mention diapers, baby clothes, school clothes, shoes, food: all the things needed to be made and sold for a living person -- of which the dead have no need.

The economy is faltering and Social Security going broke because we are missing about 50 million people. It's NOT the economy, people!