Saturday, December 17, 2005

Three from Fr James Tucker
O Sapientia

The 1662 Book of Common Prayer has this listed for yesterday (one of the black-letter days with no propers — there are no antiphons in the book! — in the calendar as a half-hearted attempt to bring in Catholics) because as Huw Raphael has mentioned the Sarum Use started the O antiphons a day earlier than the Tridentine. (Sarum also counted ‘Sundays after Trinity’.)
O WISDOM, Who camest forth from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from end to end mightily, and disposing all things sweetly; come and teach us the way of prudence.
Bush and the safeguards of liberty
Caught in lies, lies, lies
Bush has finally agreed (after much hemming and hawing) to the McCain torture ban. I can't understand how any moral person would have opposed it in the first place, especially since (supposedly) we never use torture anyway.

A new Congressional report has concluded that Congress did not see all of the same evidence as the White House in the lead-up to the Iraq War. This contradicts Mr Bush's repeated excuse that Congress voted for war after seeing the same evidence that he had.

More frightening is the revelation that the President secretly authorized the NSA to spy on American citizens and foreign nationals within the country, in contravention of the law and without any judicial oversight.
Hillary Clinton jumps on the anti-flag-burning nonissue
On which Antonin Scalia is right

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