September 2008 Archives

Punkin Head

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Ain't he cute? Someday i'll get around to prettying up this blog. But in the meantime, I'll be sure to post the occasional picture.

By the way, if you like the hat, you can buy it at Jenny's Etsy store.

(Oh, and yes, I have forgiven Charlie for last week's act of aggression.)

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Man Down

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I was playing with 8 month old Baby Tony like a good poppy should. Perched on my shoulders was the lad as I bounced up and down, chatting with my dear wife.

Suddenly a war cry pierced the calm evening air.


I pivoted my waist just in time to see 2 1/2 year old Charlie turn the corner with a smile on his face and fire in his eyes.


I could not recall receiving an invitation to a wrestling match, but I had no time to raise the issue. Charlie, 30 some pounds of pure muscle mass, ran full force into my leg. I reached down with one hand to grab him, but as I did, Little Tony teetered on my shoulders, so I had to release Charlie, who took advantage of my helplessness to deliver three swift lefts to an area where no man ought ever strike another man. I filled the house with my own cry:


Most men have at one time or another taken one in the privates, and I am no different. In 7th grade -- Mr. Matsumoto's class -- some classmates were teasing a girl named Mona about having peach fuzz on her lip. Understandably, the young lady did not appreciate this type of attention so she, with the cunning one only finds in a junior high girl, distracted her persecutors by pointing out that Tara, another girl in our class, wore fuzz about a shade darker on her chin. Now, Tara was my friend, on whom I'd long had a secret, burning crush, so I stepped in and did what any gallant 13 year old boy would do when the object of his affection is being hazed by the adolescent mob --

I tickled her chin and said, "Ooohh! Tara has some manly hair on her chin!"

Not only did this delicate flower, light of my 7th grade life, knee me where it counts, she also picked up a text book -- judging by the weight I'd say Houghton-Mifflin's American history -- and brought it down on my head which, my hands clutching elsewhere at the moment, I had left undefended. I closed my eyes, and whether my friends were staring dumbfounded at the sight or whether I had lost consciousness, I cannot say, I only know I heard nothing. I think we can all agree that I deserved what I had got.

Contrast that with the present circumstances, won't you? Here I am, fulfilling the role of loving father like a pro. When unexpected and, I should think, unwarranted, I receive the same treatment. And not, mind you, from a middle school girl nursing a shattered self-esteem. No. The debilitation was inflicted by my own flesh and blood, who Wahoo-ed and Yahah-ed while assaulting my unmentionables.

To my knees I went, mercifully cushioned by the carpet. I tried to steady myself, but I still had a baby mounted on the back of neck. I pled for mercy.

"Charlie! Wait!"

Again, too late. He was coming round for another go.

"Take the baby!" I grunted in what my disoriented mind calculated was my wife's general direction.

Charlie pounced on my back.

"YAAAHAAAA!! I get you! I get you! HYAH!"

Jenny relieved me of the writhing burden I still held on my shoulders, but by the time we completed the transaction and I regained use of my hands, I could not employ them to defend against Charlie as he had succeeded in pushing me forward, creating an urgent need for me to defend my face against the carpet. I let out another groan upon impact, and while I lay, gasping for breath in a fog of shock and awe, Charlie stood up -- to do what I know not, but it felt like a jig. And there I rested: helpless, humiliated, howling.

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Not the kind of transparency we need right now


In this preseidential campaign, the first of the YouTube era, we've been treated to repeated displays of stunts and pandering that any decent human being would find embarrassing: from Mitt Romney breaking into a chorus of "Who Let the Dogs Out?" to Rudy Giuliani taking a phone call from his wife while talking to the NRA to Barack Obama calling for an undivided Jeruasalem in front of AIPAC without knowing what he was talking about. And yet, I feel safe arguing that John McCain suspending his campaign so he can save America's financial system is the most transparently stupid of all. I don't kow about you, but I want the senator who has a financial scandal in his past and who has publicly professed his lack of knowledge of economics to be as far as hell away from Washington DC as possible right now.

As for the political wisdom of the move, I defer to Daniel Larison:

In the end, knowing when you can contribute something and knowing when to avoid complicating an already difficult situation by intruding on ongoing negotiations is what separates grandstanding from leadership. It is what separates the simple egomaniacs from the ambitious pols who nonetheless have some idea what public service is. McCain's belief that he is indispensable in a time of crisis is the surest sign that he is unfit for any office in republican government, much less the chief magistracy of the Republic.
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Promotional Announcement from Mama-Lu

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I would like to announce the opening of For the Family a new store on etsy, run by me as mamafamilias. It is small, just Family Rosaries and the "Haycorn" an acorn shaped hat for babies. In the future, I hope to make it a little less small and include more hat styles, puppets, First Communion veils and possibly "Kitchen Madonnas" (images of Mary embellished with cloth and beads). For now, it simply gives me an excuse to spend more time doing some things I like to do and a way to share what I make with others.

Haycorn.jpgThis is still learning a learning phase as I work on the ins and outs of selling on etsy (which, by the way, is a website for selling handmade or vintage items.) Plus I'm much more accomplished with a crochet needle than a camera, so product pictures look... well, they look like I took them.

So if you get a chance, stop by and have a look at to let me know what you think. All suggestions welcome! While you are there, take a peek at the many other stores etsy has to offer. There are some wonderful items. Of course, if you have a few extra minutes you could register and "heart" me. Someday it would be nice to have a sale, but for now I will settle for not sitting alone in cyberspace. :)

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Pope: Pius XII has gotten raw deal


Speaking at a symposium devoted to studying Pope Pius XII, Pope Benedict took the opportunity to defend Pius XII's record during World War II, a subject of fierce debate. Critics contend that Pius XII was silent in the face on Nazi atrocities and was at best indifferent to the suffering of the Jews. His defenders point out that Pope Pius worked behind the scenes to save many Italian Jews from deportation to death camps and that while he public words carefully for fear of exacerbating the persecution of Catholics and Jews, he nevertheless had the Nazi's convinced that he was denouncing them.

I love the fact that Pope Benedict himself has now spoken publicly and firmly in defense of his predeccessor. Here is Vatican Information Service's summary of the address, the full text of which, courtesy of VIS, is below the fold:

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More on Fr. Layden

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This report paints a much less benign and much more disturbing picture.

An informant working with the UI police officers investigating Layden told a Champaign County judge Wednesday that he has known Layden since 2007 and used cocaine with him "40 to 50 times" in the last seven months in Layden's office in the Newman Center, 604 E. Armory Ave., C, and in Layden's residence in the rectory across the street at 1007 S. Sixth St., C.

The informant spelled out for Judge Harry Clem his relationship and contacts with Layden in order for police to obtain search warrants for Layden's office and residence. Clem issued those warrants Wednesday, and UI police investigators searched the office and residence and collected several items of evidence, including about 3 grams of powder cocaine, Interim UI Police Chief Jeff Christensen said...

First Assistant State's Attorney Steve Ziegler said in court Thursday that the UI police monitored a cocaine purchase by the informant from Layden on Sept. 4. That alleged transaction occurred in a garage at the Newman Center after Layden obtained drugs from his car, according to Ziegler.

Police also monitored the informant in a Sept. 9 purchase of cocaine from Layden. On that day, Ziegler said, the informant met Layden at the Newman Center to arrange a buy. Layden then drove to another location in Urbana where police believe he picked up the drugs, then returned to the Newman Center. He then sent a text message to the informant saying the drugs were ready for delivery.

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A important perspective on the Palin nomination

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After kvetching a while back, I forgot to mention that the new rss feeds for this blog are active. Here they are

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Prayer needed


The big news here in C-U is that one of the priests at the Newman Center was arrested on drug charges yesterday evening.

I checked the diocesan website and the Newman Center page for more information, but none has been posted yet. In the meantime. be sure to keep Fr. Layden and the staff and students at St. John's in your prayers.


The Bloomington Pantagraph has a more substantial report, noting that the Diocese of Peoria released a statement from Bishop Daniel Jenky saying that Fr. Layden has been suspended. The report also notes that Fr. Layden pled not guilty at his arraignment today.


HOI, Peoria's ABC affiliate, has a .pdf of the statement from the diocese.

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Mama-Lu's Etsy Shop

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