A Tremulous Blessing

This has to be the weirdest blessing from the Rituale Romanum: 22. BLESSING OF A SEISMOGRAPH (Approved by the Congregation of Sacred Rites, Feb. 13, 1924) P: Our help is in the name of the Lord. All: Who made heaven and earth. P: The Lord be with you. All: May He also be with you. […]

Limited by the Plain Sense and Intention of the Instrument

From the Virginia Report of 1799: That this Assembly doth explicitly and peremptorily declare, that it views the powers of the Federal Government, as resulting from the compact, to which the states are parties, as limited by the plain sense and intention of the instrument constituting that compact; as no farther valid than they are […]

Designed Especially for the Instruction of the Slaves

In 1862, under the auspices of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Confederate States of America, there was printed by the Office of “The Church Intelligencer,” a special catechism to be administered and answered orally by those who could not read (slaves). From Lesson One: Quest. WHO made the world? Ans. God. Q. Who? A. God. […]

The Root of All (Political) Evil

From Federalist No. 78 (emphasis mine): If it be said that the legislative body are themselves the constitutional judges of their own powers, and that the construction they put upon them is conclusive upon the other departments, it may be answered, that this cannot be the natural presumption, where it is not to be collected […]


My rough translation from French to English: Your great-great-grandmother, she had fourteen children; Your great-grandmother had almost as many; For your grandmother three were enough; And your mother didn’t want any: you were an accident. As for you, my girl, you change partners all the time. When you do something stupid, you get out of […]

Looks Like All Hell’s About to Break Loose!

Actually it already has.  One of my clients in Orlando is without power and has a failed UPS battery in the server room — a UPS that provides power to all of the network and VoIP equipment!  When the power’s back up, things will work, but they will have to listen to the incessant beeping […]

Puff the Magic Dragon

Ever since I was very young, I have wept at the sound of the Peter, Paul, and Mary classic Puff the Magic Dragon.  Now that I am on meds for bi-polar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, &c., I no longer do.  I sort of wish I still did.  Is the present me me, or has me […]

A Kenotic, Self-Emptying Way

“We are Western Christians, Catholics of the Latin Rite separated from the Holy See. We are invited together in a kenotic, self-emptying way, without denying who we are, and what we have been, to re-enter the fullness of unity severed by act of state five hundred years ago.” — The Erstwhile Bishop of Ebbsfleet, Msgr. […]

Fellow Clansmen

Colin Campbell is wearing what is termed by the modern weaving mills as the Ancient Campbell tartan; John Campbell dons the so-called Campbell of Breadalbane woollen cloth. The Campbell tartan in darker shades, but the identical sett (which is what determines the distinctiveness of a tartan), is termed “Black Watch.”  Either many Campbells who served […]