This Is Not A Movie Review: Passchendaele

  I accompanied my wife to the Paul Gross movie Passchendaele on the Saturday of its opening weekend. The students in her Media Literacy class will be going to view the movie on a field trip, organised by the history department. Even today, when LCD projectors and easy access to a wide variety of dvds and websites have transformed the classroom experience, a trip to the local multiplex, with its state-of-the-art cinematic equipment, rates high on a student’s good day list! Which movies in the past were worthy of field trip status in your high school experience?  A few come to mind: The...
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A Prayer to the Master of Shock

  A Prayer to the Master of Shock When you told the seventy-two to travel without bread and coin, was it to boggle the mind of the rich and buckle the heart of the fat? For you were the master of shock, dancing out of the desert of fast with the message in your mouth that the earth had not yet cooled. Then you said the far-flung God was as close as the widow without justice and the stranger without a roof. And you rose up, like an open hand in a time of war, and stood by every fire and sea wherever ear would hear and eye see, hanging stories like axes in the air about a son of shame who returns...
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Humour

  Twice a pun a time 1. The roundest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi. 2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian. 3. She was only a whisky maker, but he loved her still. 4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class because it was a weapon of math disruption. 5. The butcher backed into the meat grinder and got a little behind in his work. 6. No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery. 7. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road...
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From Bono

  It’s extraordinary to me that the United States can find $700 billion to save Wall Street and the entire G8 can’t find $25 billion dollars to save 25,000 children who die every day from preventable diseases.  Bono, rock star and anti-poverty activist.
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Bishops Flunk Test as Theologians

  The letter from Bishops Murphy and DeMarzio (NYTimes 9/24) and the “Forming consciences for Faithful Citizenship” to which they refer, make a categorical error, using the misleading and outmoded term “intrinsic evil.” Some words are by usage encoded with a negative moral judgment: e.g.murder. Murder denotes and means unjustifiable homicide. Some words are morally neutral, with no moral judgment imputed, e.g. homicide. Thus we can speak of justifiable homicide but not justifiable murder. The term racism is encoded with a negative moral judgment: it means hostile...
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