Wednesday, February 27, 2008

On "Checking Out..."

I have a lot to look forward to in the next few months. Gonzaga's run to the tournament. My visit to New York to see the Pope. Another trip to the east coast to visit family and friends (Boston, New York again, Washington DC, Baltimore). Six weeks in Mexico to study spanish. Easter. My pastoral internship which begins in September. Trips home.

There is just a lot to be excited about.

Its been very easy to check out. This semester is insanely busy, too. Focusing on academics and prayer has been difficult. Sometimes I need a little shot of adrenaline...

I got that adrenaline today in the form of the comments section of Sr. Mary Ann Walsh's response to a guy who thinks the bishops should go to Hell.

Just read these comments!

Here are some of my favorites:

"I feel for these Catholic friends and family. How any thinking Christian can tolerate supporting an institution where the goodness, decency, and moral integrity is DESPITE rather than BECAUSE of the leadership is beyond me. Especially when there are so many alternative places of worship where the teachings of Jesus are more consistently preached and practiced."
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"Whining that someone is disrespecting your religion because he points out your philosophical shortcomings won't work. For further evidence, Sister, peruse the comments posted so far. Nobody's fooled.
Words like "wafer" and "damned" aren't the issue and you know it. Small wonder your numbers are in such steep decline."

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This next one was great, but I'll just post the very end:

"One last note, why don't you research why the catholic church celebrates the sabbath on Sundays, not on Saturdays as, what's his name, oh yes, Jesus did. You'll find it to be another decision formed from hate. The doctrine of this church is so seriously flawed that only the brainwashed remain. For those of you who want to talk of all the good works of the church, I will remind you that those type of remarks are the same ones made by the benficiaries of the social programs of hamas and hezbollah in the Middle East today. Same bait and switch, different religion."
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"The clergy has for centuries promoted a very non-Christian view of sex, inherited from other more primitive patriarchal faiths and traditions. Has this nun forgotten how John Paul II resurrected the ridiculous and certainly not from the teachings of Jesus cult of Mary, the immaculate virgin."
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"The ROMAN catholic church organization in the USA, as elsewhere, has been seeing its membership in decline mode as levels of education climb. This is certainly understandable as people come to understand they ought NOT PARK THEIR BRAIN AT THE FRONT DOOR. The RCC in USA is desperate to increase membership (revenues) so it actively promotes lawbreaking by encouraging and assisting Illegal Aliens, criminals by definition, invade into, and hide in, OUR country. The RCC in the USA likewise promotes the idea women are only babyfactories and ought to have sex early and often so as to produce more potential RCC members. The RCC and the notion of American democratic ideals are at opposite ends of just about any question. democracy is about bottom-up policies, while the RCC is about top-down "stop thinking and do what we say" (not as we do) policies. Vile organization."
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"The Catholic Church still has not apologized to the planet for institutionalizing child molesting. and then attempting to bury the crimes. Sister, you represent some of the lowest life forms on earth. I was born and raised Catholic by nuns. sickos."

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Wonderful stuff, eh? Just a few reasons I've gotta pray and study. I'll end with my favorite quote of all though, from a different perspective than the others.

"I wonder how the Catholic Church will view that failed experiment "the United States" a thousand years from now."

Friday, February 22, 2008

More on Dave

"There are now three generations of people up here who have listened to me. Those are the people I really owe for this honor." - Dave Niehaus

It is great to see so many great thoughts on Dave posted throughout the Mariners blogosphere. Turns out I'm not alone in thinking of Dave as somewhat of an uncle.

Here are a few links:

Prospect Insider's piece is wonderful.

As is Dave's post at USS Mariner.

Jim Caple of ESPN wrote a great piece, with some audio links. Please do yourself a favor and listen them all, but if you don't have time just click "Edgar Martinez's Double vs. Yanks in '95. I get chills everytime I hear it, and I've heard it a lot.

I share the same thoughts. I remember (what seems like) a long time ago when I used to have to go to bed every night before the game ended and would listen to the final few innings on the radio. Dave would always let me know when something big happened, and I'd book it down the stairs just in time to watch the replay with my dad on TV.

What wonderful times.

Go Mariners. Go Dave.

Update: Some awesomeness courtesy of our Japanese friends...

And here's a serious classic, which has some great clips, including Edgar playing some stellar 3rd base, Greg Briley teeing off, and Harold Reynolds playing piano.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Congrats Dave!

Now here is a great story. I can't think of anyone who has meant more to the Mariners than this Man. Edgar? No. Griffey? No. Dave Niehaus? Yup. He has been with the M's during all the good years and bad years and I couldn't be more thrilled that he's going to the hall of fame. Good work Dave. We're lucky to have you.

I tried to find a Youtube video of him giving a call. Couldn't yet, but I did find this hilarious clip from Almost Live. I can't embed it, so here is the link. (Dave is the second guy, not the first).

Monday, February 18, 2008

GO ZAGS!!!!

I'm back home after a boss weekend in Orange County with my best friend who came down for a few days. Now I'm doing a bunch of homework so I can watch the Gonzaga vs. San Diego game with a clean concience.

This one's huge.

Go Zags.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

New Title

Changed up the title of this operation here. I was just sick of the old one, which was really just a reference to the Simpsons' character known as Professor Frink.

Don't expect any change in content. It will still mainly be me complaining about Seattle Sports teams and Gonzaga Basketball.

I'll also continue to post this video every chance I get:

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Juno

I went and saw 'Juno' last night. It had been very highly recommended by several friends and has also been nominated for an academy award. It also has a very life affirming message, which I'm always a sucker for. A short synopsis: Juno (Ellen Page) gets pregnant as a Jr. in High School and (after running out of an abortion clinic) tries to find the perfect couple to adopt her baby.


I liked the movie. Is it really up to academy award standards? No. I don't think so. First of all, the whole thing was littered with awkward teen girl speak. This got very annoying very quickly. Also, the neo-folk music being played throughout was terribly annoying. I apologize sincerely if any of the artists come across this post, but it wasn't good. Also, that opening credit animation thing was really dumb. The fact that they were playing the folk music during it made it even worse. I know I'm not the only one who felt this way about these aspects, and I just don't think nominees for best picture of the year should be this annoying.

That being said, this movie had some great qualities. The first of these was the Cast. Ellen Page was a good lead who got better as the movie went on. Michael Cera (Arrested Development) is funny in everything he does. The potential adopting couple played by Jennifer Garner (Alias) and Jason Bateman (Arrested Development) were also very good in their roles (especially Jennifer Garner, I thought). J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man) was wonderful and I think that all fathers of teenage daughters should watch him play this role and imitate the way he supported his daughter throughout the pregnancy. And if you like "The Office," there was a great little cameo by Rainn Wilson.

The movie also told the story of this pregnant teenager very well. Although both political stances were present, they were also irrelevent to the story. The movie focused on the teenager, her concience and the people around her. The movie was not merely about pregancy, but about a huge range of relationships.

So go see it. Don't expect it to beat out "There Will Be Blood" on Oscar Night, but expect to be entertained, even if slightly annoyed.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Prayers....

First in thanksgiving for this.

Then for Kristine and Mike (see link on right) as their due date is quickly approaching.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Still frustrated...

with the loss.

Mainly, I'm just wondering where the heck this is:


Notice the intensity on Heytvelt's face. I'd love to see this sort of intensity again. The sooner the better.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Gonzaga vs. St. Mary's

If you watched it and are as bummed as I am, just keep watching this:

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Super Bowl Sunday

The NFPs beat the Canon Lawyers 35-23 in our flag football game. Yes, I quarterbacked the NFPs.

I also was fortunate enough to draw the New York 3, New England 7 square in our pool. If you don't know that that means, sorry, I really don't want to go into it. But since that was the score at the end of 2 quarters, I won double $$.

I also won the Madden tournament on Playstation 3.

So, yeah. Good day.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Map of the Problematique

Couldn't think of anything else to title this bit of randomness, so I just decided to name it after this one song I'm really into right now. Its part techno and part rock. (See youtube clip at bottom of page).

But, seriously, Gonzaga just made me doubt their tournament worthiness for most of their game Saturday night. It was pathetic. GU has several guys who should have been able to win this game single handedly. Heytvelt, Pargo, Bouldin, and Downs are better than every single player on that Santa Clara Roster, yet none of them stepped up when we needed them. Instead, two Freshman stepped up. Austin Daye and Steven Gray were the ones who had to pull this one off. Oh, and Brody Angley had to make the most unfortunate play of his career to put Gray on the line with .3 seconds left. GU escaped in the end, but it definately wasn't pretty.

Oh, and FOX is stupid for cutting out 9 minutes worth of overtime.

On the plus side, though, I did see my cousin on TV. On the negative side, she was in the Santa Clara Band. So I guess its not positive at all. Really, I think she's disgraced the family. Good thing she doesn't read this.

Also, I'm learning a lot about Baseball and why my favorite team is going to make me miserable for a long while longer. USS Mariner and Lookout Landing have both been providing extensive coverage on why this Jones for Bedard deal is terrible. Mainly, its because the Mariners are much further away from a Division title than a good pitcher (and Eric Bedard is a very, very good pitcher).

Super Bowl tomorrow. I guess that's good. I've got a free carwash riding on the game if the Pats win. Only thing is I'm not sure if a free Carwash is as good as watching the Giants beat the Pats. I'm definately a fan of Eli and Coach Coughlin, and am extremely happy for the both of them for being where they are right now.

Prior to the game is our own seminary Flag Football game. Its the Canon Lawyers vs. the NFPs (I'll be quarterbacking the NFP's, by the way). My guess is it doesn't happen because its supposed to rain and Californians don't like doin' stuff in the rain.

Anyway, this has gone on long enough, and I have a ton of work to do in order to fully enjoy the Super Bowl Festivities tomorrow.

Oh, here is a link to my field education placement: St. Joseph Center.

Muse, Map of the Problematique...