You know tech gadgets are nice but come ON:

Robert Jones said he trusted his navigational system and continued to follow it when it told him the steep, narrow footpath he was driving on was a road.

Mr Jones, from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, now faces court action for driving without due care and attention.

His BMW nearly plunged down a 100ft cliff in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, on Sunday.

He was only stopped from falling after the vehicle rammed into a wire fence.

I’m of the transitional age where we lived both with and without stuff like cellphones, GPS, Laptops, VCR, DVD, wireless, Ipods and even cassette tapes etc etc etc. We actually lived pretty good without them.

Our parents talked of common sense. One eyewitness diseminates some:

“It’s all well and good trusting your sat nav but how about trusting your eyes and when there’s not a road in front of you, don’t keep driving.”

I mean C’mon!

UPDATE: Corrected the bad cut and paste

Well D’Arcy has decided to skip the Commencement:

On Friday, March 21, Father John Jenkins, CSC, phoned to inform me that President Obama had accepted his invitation to speak to the graduating class at Notre Dame and receive an honorary degree. We spoke shortly before the announcement was made public at the White House press briefing. It was the first time that I had been informed that Notre Dame had issued this invitation.

President Obama has recently reaffirmed, and has now placed in public policy, his long-stated unwillingness to hold human life as sacred. While claiming to separate politics from science, he has in fact separated science from ethics and has brought the American government, for the first time in history, into supporting direct destruction of innocent human life.

This will be the 25th Notre Dame graduation during my time as bishop. After much prayer, I have decided not to attend the graduation. I wish no disrespect to our president, I pray for him and wish him well. I have always revered the Office of the Presidency. But a bishop must teach the Catholic faith “in season and out of season,” and he teaches not only by his words — but by his actions.

My decision is not an attack on anyone, but is in defense of the truth about human life.

I have in mind also the statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops in 2004. “The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.” Indeed, the measure of any Catholic institution is not only what it stands for, but also what it will not stand for.

As for Professor Glendon:

I have spoken with Professor Mary Ann Glendon, who is to receive the Laetare Medal. I have known her for many years and hold her in high esteem. We are both teachers, but in different ways. I have encouraged her to accept this award and take the opportunity such an award gives her to teach.

Even as I continue to ponder in prayer these events, which many have found shocking, so must Notre Dame. Indeed, as a Catholic University, Notre Dame must ask itself, if by this decision it has chosen prestige over truth.

A very classy statement.

Over to you ND.

The American thinker notices something odd, that is unreported:

Rude and shaggy punk rockers who sneer at their president as “a fraud and an a**hole!”, who diss their national icons as “pr*cks” and “murderers!” have recently been arrested for attempting to visit a black civil rights activist who is being tortured in prison for quoting Martin Luther King in public.

And the reaction of the arts community is…

“Should’nt all hip people be outraged by this?..How come I haven’t heard about this in Rolling Stone Magazine, MTV, VH1, Time, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly, People, Vanity Fair, OK, InTouch, InStyle, ABC, CBS, CNN etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.??

One guess why

It’s very simple. The insulted “president” is named Fidel Castro, the dissed national icon is named Che Guevara, and the black civil rights activist was jailed and tortured for campaigning for civil rights in Cuba for Cubans.

Need I say more?

This is my problem with the left. They will protest the US, they will attack George Bush but they would sooner shoot themselves then dare say a word about Fidel. This is the nasty secret the reason why I don’t respect so many on the left. Their answer to this outrage will be America is worse or its all America’s fault.

The guy who is imprisoned and tortured by Castro, the actual real thing? Can’t touch it. The whole Anti-anti business all over again.

When it all falls then our friends on the left will pretend that they were against it all the time, we were “all” against it. It never fails.

that something is done:

The Vermont Senate voted overwhelmingly Monday to legalize same-sex marriage, potentially setting the stage for a high-profile legislative showdown and breaking a new political barrier in the state that made history in 2000 by becoming the first to approve civil unions for gay and lesbian couples.

If the bill becomes law, Vermont will become the first state to legalize same-sex marriage without being forced to do so by the courts.

The bill, which passed the 30-member chamber by a 26-4 margin, moves to the Vermont House, where it is also expected to be approved. Republican Gov. Jim Douglas, however, has said he doesn’t support the bill.

As you might have guessed I’m not a fan of Gay marriage but if a state’s representatives choose to vote for it and passes it through normal legal procedures then I don’t have a problem. When elected representatives act for the will of the people and if the people don’t like them they can be voted out. If this is what the people of Vermont want then until and unless they change their minds so be it.

…his compatriot Mark Rudd does as Ronald Radosh explains:

After the Columbia strike, when seeking to up the ante, Rudd and his comrades transformed SDS into the group first known as The Weathermen, and later, as The Weather Underground. Unlike his comrade Bill Ayers, who is both unrepentant and who distorts and lies about the Weathermen’s goals and activities, Rudd is reflective and truthful. He does not depict himself, as does Ayers, as someone who was part of the broad peace movement.

Back then, Rudd, Ayers and his wife Bernardine Dohrn favored “the necessity for violence in order to end the war and also to make revolution.” They were fighting “a revolutionary war from within the United States,” Rudd explains. When successful, the Weathermen would then build a new revolutionary army staffed by young defectors from the US armed forces.

To achieve these ends they adopted “armed struggle,” as the only way to achieve their revolutionary goals.

Rudd’s book is Underground My Life with SDS and the Weathermen but don’t worry, Radosh’s review informs us that he still thinks the US is evil and he explicitly states that his Dorn’s and Ayers goal was to kill hundreds of US soldiers and their women at Ft. Dix. So honesty hasn’t changed him as much as it could.

It does however have him a mere 29,433 slots behind Mark Levin today at Amazon.

via Powerline. What’s always bothered me about this stuff is how people are so willing to gloss over Ayers attempts at mass murder and make excuses for it? Would do the same with these fellows? If not why not? Both were terrorists and both used the law and system at the time to avoid murder charges.

It’s the same thing, but its Paul Kengor’s anti-anti-communists gone wild..

I haven’t posted on the Notre Dame scandal because frankly if you read this blog at all you know what I’d be thinking and why. There is plenty of loud Catholic outrage on that subject (all likely better Catholics than me) so other than signing the petition I haven’t posted on it, but today the American Papist states that Bishop D’Arcy will be putting out a statement on the subject.

Now that I would like to comment on when it happens.

There are great games that stand the test of time, there are rivalries that define the game’s greatness. This game highlighted both.

If you are either a RedSox or a Yankee Fan you could not help but be riveted by this game. You would recognize the intensity of the players, the packed loud stadium, and the fans. This game went back and forth, a dramatic tie to force extra innings and a 2 out single in an 8 pitch at bat in the top of the 10th.

You can’t get baseball much better than this. The whole tourney was something to see. For me the highlight was Jimmy Rollins who in my opinion could have credibly been named MVP over Dice-K (who has now won a world series, 2 WBC and 2 WBC MVPS in three years.)

I think it might be interesting to see an annual tournament post world series where the US World Series winner plays a short 5 game series against either team Japan/Korea or the winner of the Japan World Series. Or on a smaller scale an “Asian world series” where the Japanese and Korean champion teams play a 7 game series after their respective seasons.

I’d watch it.

The bad news is it will be 4 years before we see this again, the good news is in 4 years it will only get better!

This article states that Vatican insiders think the pope is a disaster. Damion Thompson doesn’t proclaim it a false it just defines “insider“:

We learned this morning that “Vatican insiders” consider Benedict XVI “a disaster”. It’s true. They do think that. He’s a disaster for them, and their determination to turn the Catholic Church into a touchy-feely forum in which uncomfortable teachings and traditions are “modernised” to impress non-Catholics.

He elaborates for those who might be unclear on the concept:

Actually, Professor, if you’re a Catholic you should know that Benedict can be God’s spokesman and hold views unaccaptable to the religion page of the Washington Post… but there’s no point in arguing.

The point is that Benedict’s most relentless critics, the ones who are determined to extract every last ounce of rhetorical advantage from his predicament, are liberal Catholics. These days, for example, I can hardly bear to visit Andrew Sullivan’s brilliant website because he has constructed a caricature of a gay-bashing fundamentalist Pope that collapses as soon as you read what Joseph Ratzinger has actually written.

That’s the think about arguing against truth, it’s very hard. Much easier to argue against a pseudo truth than the real thing. It’s the favorite tactic to combat the church.