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Your Turn / Re: Inauguration Day
« on: January 22, 2021, 08:33:24 PM »
And the point made by several about the descent of this thread into political sniping is noted. Thread closed.

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Your Turn / Re: Inauguration Day
« on: January 21, 2021, 04:23:22 PM »
I'm not usually a fan of performance versions of the National Anthem, and I barely know who Lady Gaga is. But IMO, she indeed nailed it.


Wiki can tell you more than you probably want to know about Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta.

I'm sure of that. I'm sure I don't care.

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Your Turn / Re: Inauguration Day
« on: January 21, 2021, 04:22:04 PM »

I do wonder how he reconciles his particular Catholic faith and his desire to push a very progressive and liberal agenda that may actually endanger the viability of Catholic institutions if fully implemented. 
So, I wonder, how does Biden reconcile all this? 

My guess is that he reconciles it by disagreeing strongly with your assessment of what his agenda means and might do.

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Interesting discussion. But I'm still pondering how I feel about the stated topic: Are we really into "working in [name your topic]" into sermons? Somehow that sticks in my craw.

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Your Turn / Re: Inauguration Day
« on: January 20, 2021, 04:20:04 PM »
I'm not usually a fan of performance versions of the National Anthem, and I barely know who Lady Gaga is. But IMO, she indeed nailed it.

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Your Turn / Re: Valpo mascot task force
« on: January 14, 2021, 04:31:28 PM »
I went to San Francisco State in the late 60s/early 70s. I am pretty sure I never attended a single athletic contest, nor did anyone I knew. We were too busy going to class, going to demonstrations, and . . . well, other things.

Nonetheless, walking on the golf course the other day (we walk there in the morning before the golfers show up), we passed a guy about my age wearing a SFSU sweatshirt. "Go Gaters!" came out of my mouth. How is it that I even know that our teams were the "Gaters" and our mascot, um, an alligator? Mascots are images with a lot of power!

Yeah, I know, there aren't any alligators in San Francisco, except at the zoo. It's a silly pun, see? The "Golden Gaters." But how can a bridge be a mascot?

What is the relationship between SFSU and USF (University of San Francisco), the Jesuit school?  Cordial?  Non-existent?  Both have "urban" in their motto - SFSU is "public urban university with a conscience" and USF is "Pro Urbe et Universitate."  In neither case, then, would the Mascot be "Aggies," I'm thinking. 

Dave Benke

Dave Benke

They do have three words in common, but that's about it. Totally different schools, different locations (perhaps four or five miles apart). Big difference in size, as well. And cost.

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Your Turn / Re: Valpo mascot task force
« on: January 14, 2021, 02:01:24 PM »
I went to San Francisco State in the late 60s/early 70s. I am pretty sure I never attended a single athletic contest, nor did anyone I knew. We were too busy going to class, going to demonstrations, and . . . well, other things.

Nonetheless, walking on the golf course the other day (we walk there in the morning before the golfers show up), we passed a guy about my age wearing a SFSU sweatshirt. "Go Gaters!" came out of my mouth. How is it that I even know that our teams were the "Gaters" and our mascot, um, an alligator? Mascots are images with a lot of power!

Yeah, I know, there aren't any alligators in San Francisco, except at the zoo. It's a silly pun, see? The "Golden Gaters." But how can a bridge be a mascot?

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Your Turn / Re: Valpo mascot task force
« on: January 13, 2021, 01:10:05 PM »
But koalas are not a good choice; they duplicitously try to pass themselves off as bears.

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Your Turn / Re: Valpo mascot task force
« on: January 13, 2021, 01:09:10 PM »
Here are 52 animals waiting to be mascots:
https://ftw.usatoday.com/2016/02/52-animals-that-would-make-fantastic-sports-mascots

Being from Wisconsin I'm partial to cows, but koalas are nice and peaceful too. I'd also be willing to go with the Blobfish.

In the dementia unit where my mother-in-law spent her last years, there was a delightful lady named Sally. She told us in some detail one day that she had grown up in Wisconsin, and that in Wisconsin ALL the cows were named "Sally."

Is that really true?

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Your Turn / Re: Valpo mascot task force
« on: January 12, 2021, 09:46:29 PM »
So is their mascot, like, a rabbit?  Crusader Rabbit

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Your Turn / Re: Civil unrest and Christian witness
« on: January 12, 2021, 04:26:59 PM »
Ideally, boycotts would be over practices related to the nature of the business. I'll refuse to go to a restaurant that serves bad food, but that isn't really a boycott so much as voting with my feet. The problem is when a restaurant stops seeing its mission as serving good food and starts seeing it as pushing for social change in the political sphere. Their mission is off, which means my interaction with them stops being about food and dining experience and starts being about Israel, or China, or transsexual behavior, or whatever. Then I to decide what to do, and everything becomes a fundamentally moral choice. I typically try to evaluate things according to their vocation. If the plumber fixes the sink at a reasonable price, I don't care if he sends his profits to bad political causes. I also am not into virtue signalling. But it seems to me unrelated political things are harder and harder considerations to avoid.

There are a handful of restaurants in our community which have consistently and openly violated the COVID-19 restrictions applicable to our county. One or two of them are favorites of ours, but we will not be patronizing them in the future, even after the pandemic. Their disrespect for the law and for the good of the community makes their food unpalatable to us.

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Your Turn / Re: One step forward, maybe?
« on: January 10, 2021, 08:36:31 PM »

My smile of the day:


My smile of the week came the other day with a Facebook meme: "Mexico is now willing to pay for the wall. Canada wants one too."

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Your Turn / Re: One step forward, maybe?
« on: January 10, 2021, 08:35:22 PM »
Cross posted from another thread:  This conversation is edging toward being eliminated under the new rules by the good cop moderator.

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Your Turn / Re: Civil unrest and Christian witness
« on: January 10, 2021, 08:32:49 PM »
This conversation is edging toward being eliminated under the new rules by the good cop moderator. Stick to the "Christian witness" part of the topic, please.

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Your Turn / Re: A Few Gaudete Reflections
« on: January 10, 2021, 08:29:59 PM »
I don't really care what color the candles are. Just DON'T give them names, and DON'T stick a "Christ candle" in the middle of the wreath!


What if someone else (like the member who made the large wreath) sticks one in the middle?

Take it away from the Advent wreath and repurpose it as some kind of a stand-alone Christmas candle. Preferably in the narthex.

I really try my best not to grind my teeth at things happening in my previous parish, but one that just drives me bananas is that after nearly 30 years of teaching and frequent references to the Paschal candle, all of a sudden it has (thanks to interim pastoral leadership, I imagine) become the "Christ Candle." Ugh.

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