Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Military promises ‘huge numbers’ for Gulf War II: The Vengeance
From The Onion

James Kopp found guilty

Standing up to the juggernaut in Palestine

Rachel Corrie, 1979-2003

This just in, from reader Samer al-Batal:
Direct participation in the war is
a mortal sin

by + Bishop John-Michael (Botean)
Romanian Catholic bishop of Canton, Ohio

Quotation: ‘Therefore I, by the grace of God and the favor of the Apostolic See, Bishop of
the Eparchy of St. George in Canton, must declare to you, my people, for the sake of your salvation as well as my own, that any direct participation and support of this war against the people of Iraq is objectively grave evil, a matter of mortal sin.’

‘You’re always window-shopping but never stopping to buy’
Many thanks to everybody who has clicked on my book and music-pick links here and on A conservative site for peace. But I say the same thing sweet-voiced Aussie folk singer Judith Durham did 35 years ago in the Seekers’ pop hit ‘Georgy Girl’, quoted above, and ask, ‘Why?’ Buying great books, music and whatever you like (see the Amazon box on the site’s main page) helps pay for these sites. If there is any way I in turn can help you through the products I sell through Amazon (is there anything in particular you’d like to buy?), please let me know.

Looks like we have two more days’ peace

And, predictably in reaction to Bush's bullying posture, Iraq rejects 48-hour ultimatum. Probably just what Bush and his handlers wanted.

Why don't we just drop Bush on Iraq instead? Yee-HAW!

St Patrick’s Day epilogue
‘No Irish Need Apply’ story largely myth

Lenten lore and Anglo-Russian parallels
Nik Stanosheck notes that through medieval times Roman Catholics abstained from eggs and dairy products during Lent like the Eastern Orthodox (in theory), which is why in England Shrove Tuesday became a pancake festival, using up all the 'forbidden' products, just like Масленица (Maslenica, Butter Fest) in Russia on Cheesefare or Forgiveness Sunday.

SS. Peter & Paul Church, Olney, BucksThe village of Olney in Buckinghamshire has a pancake-flipping contest on Shrove Tuesday; since the 1950s they have competed with the town of Liberal, Kansas. (This year Liberal won by mere seconds.)

Another Anglo-Russian cultural parallel for differing reasons is the use of the Julian calendar after the rest of Europe changed to the Gregorian one used today. In England the change didn't happen until 1752 owing to Protestant rejection of the new calendar sponsored by the Pope (Gregory XIII) after whom it was named; in Russia, following the reckoning of the Russian Orthodox Church, the civil calendar wasn't modernized until 1918. Today, the Julian calendar, used by the Russian Orthodox for fixed-date church feasts, is 13 days behind the civil calendar.

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