Saturday, June 14, 2003

Родительская Суббота
It is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead. - 2 Machabees 12:46

Today in church history
June 14, 847: Methodius, an Eastern church leader who fought vigorously for icons to be preserved and venerated, dies of dropsy. He had earlier survived seven years of imprisonment with a decaying corpse, as ordered by officials under iconoclastic Emperor Theophilus. Upon Theophilus's death his wife, Theodora, took Methodius's side, and he was named Patriarch of Constantinople (see Eastern Orthodoxy).

June 14, 1936: English writer G.K. Chesterton dies at age 62. Authors from T.S. Eliot (who penned his obituary) to H.G. Wells, a longtime friend and debating opponent, expressed their grief. After the funeral, Pope Pius XI declared the rotund writer (a convert from Anglicanism to Catholicism) Defender of the Faith.

From blog correspondent Samer al-Batal
Three samples from Lew Rockwell's blog, which already is linked at the bottom of this page.

Neocons: Hijackers of conservatism. Dispensationalists: Hijackers of Christian orthodoxy
by Thomas Woods
S. al-B.: Thomas Woods makes a short blog entry, calling for the equivalent of the
paleocons in the religious sphere to reclaim orthodoxy from the
dispensationalist heretics. Hear, hear. Huzzah to a Christian Old Right.

S. al-B.: Amazing the parallels. Also notice how Catholic neocons have hijacked
traditional Catholicism (especially on what concerns the Pope) from
traditionalists who were not papal absolutists.

Heroic Church vs. murderous state by van Dyck

Government to homeschoolers: ‘We own you’

Mark Fiore on those imaginary WMDs

Spam that’s not fun
The latest con from Third World organized crime
Got this yesterday, fittingly on Friday the 13th. It seems the same mobsters and small-time crooks at the Internet café in Lagos, Nigeria have gone from impersonating AOL (complete with impressive HTML and graphics) to mimicking PayPal (the online ticket-sellers):

From: "Info5c1xf3g"
Subject: Dear PayPal Customer

This e-mail is the notification of recent innovations taken by PayPal to detect inactive customers and non-functioning mailboxes.

The inactive customers are subject to restriction and removal in the next 3 months.

Please confirm your email address and credit card information by logging in to your PayPal account using the form below. [End of citation.]

Nice try, losers.

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