Wednesday, August 16, 2017

We're About to Find Out


If you're like me, when you were in school and read about the rise of Nazism in the 1930s, you wondered what you would have done.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

For "Bells of St. Mary's" and "Going My Way" Fans


If you are (or once were) a fan of the Bing Crosby films Bells of St. Mary's (1945) and Going My Way (1944), which seemed to run on television a lot in the 1960s, you might remember a boys' choir in both movies.

Going My Way
Can you spot Carl "Alfalfa" Spitzer of Our Gang?



It was the choir of Old St. Mary's Church in Chicago, and they sang (with member changes) from 1904 until 1967, when the choir was disbanded. Nevertheless, the choir alumni still got together to sing, beginning in the 1970s.

But time marches on, and the boys became geezers. Next month the alumni choir will sing it's last performance.

More here.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Tweets Worth Reading


Jul 20
I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support - unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I'll be back soon, so stand-by!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Fundamentals of Fundamentalism




As you've read, the governor of Alabama, who claimed that God had elevated him to his position, has been forced to resign due to a sex scandal involving a "top aide and former beauty pageant contestant whom he had taught in Sunday school in Tuscaloosa."

I guess schadenfreude is called for. The New York Times has a good story about the whole business here, in the course of which an Alabama historian and ordained Southern Baptist preacher makes the following observation:
The idea that moral hypocrisy hurts you among evangelical voters is not true, if you’re sound on all of the fundamentals.... Being sound on the fundamentals depends on what the evangelical community has decided the fundamentals have become. At this time, what is fundamental is hating liberals, hating Obama, hating abortion and hating same-sex marriage.
Shifting fundamentals.

He forgot about hating Hillary.