Dub Not Dubya

Saturday, November 15, 2003
Finally, Bush has found a newspaper worthy of an interview, even if he had to go all the way to England to do it. You know you're in trouble when the Washington Post is making fun of you for it.

Thursday, November 13, 2003
Ha ha, the Beanie Baby auction rant guy made the news! Thanks, Nik.

Alright, someone has to ask, and since I'm famous for being the teller of ugly truths (or asker of ugly questions), I guess it once again it falls upon me. So here goes: Archbishop O'Malley, are you drunk? I ask because, despite the normal incomprehensibility of much of Catholic doctrine, nonetheless I can make little sense of statements like these:

''We have failed to perhaps articulate our doctrine clear enough,'' he said. ''We want homosexuals to be part of the community, but we can't change the Ten Commandments for them.''

"We have to try and articulate better what it is that the church teaches,'' O'Malley said yesterday. ''Some people think that our teachings are just a veiled bigotry against women or against homosexuals, but that's not what it is. If we were better at getting the message across, we're not going to convince everybody but I hope that they'll see that it's not stupidity. This is a part of our faith, this is part of something that we believe. It's the way that we follow God's law.''

O'Malley said ''the church is there to try and help people and love people who make mistakes,'' but that the Sixth Commandment, which bars adultery, applies to homosexual sex.

''Many people in disagreement with the church may be following a certain conscience -- an erroneous conscience -- but they are doing violence to their own nature, because we believe that the lawgiver and the giver of our human nature are the same,'' O'Malley said. ''Not to follow God's law introduces chaos into our own personal lives and into the lives of those around us.''

There are so many things wrong with this picture. How is my committed relationship adultery? How am I doing violence to my own nature, never mind introducing chaos into the lives of those around me? It seems to me that an institution which has caused much worse than chaos for so many should shut the hell up about my life. And it is bigotry (not veiled, though) and stupidity, no matter how many times he tries to explain it. That's why even most Catholics don't agree with it. But even beyond that, his attempt to clarify just sounds like the ravings of a drunk 25-year-old who thinks he has all of the answers to all of the problems of the world but in reality won't even remember what the hell he said when he sobers up.

The heroic Fenceberrys, who send out news articles on LGBT issues every day, gave this article a much more fitting headline: "Archbishop O'Malley details just how much he hates marriages between partners of the same sex, says the church has been 'unclear.'" Well, Sean, thanks for clearing it up for us. Now, go away.

Monday, November 10, 2003
This is too perfect: 80's Lyrics Quiz. I scored 103 with some big bonus hits.

Sunday, November 09, 2003
Hours of fun, coming right up: Church Sign Generator. Anyone reading this, please send me your best ones.