drwhoabsolution My review of Big Finish audio number 101. Absolution featuring the Paul McGann as the 8th Doctor, India Fisher as Charley and Conrad Westmass as C’rizz is available at Amazon.com here.

You might notice that as of this writing Amazon has the wrong image for the product, so if you choose to order from the 3rd party people there I’d make sure that the product they are offering matches the image, or you can get it direct from Big Finish Here or Mikes comics in the US here.

Considering the quality of this particular episode, I’d consider ebay.

Not the one about vows but the one about priorities:

This distinction between God and the world is the ground for the anti-idolatry principle that is reiterated from the beginning to the end of the Bible: Do not turn something less than God into God.

Isaiah the prophet put it thus: “As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my thoughts above your thoughts and my ways above your ways, says the Lord.” And it is at the heart of the First Commandment: “I am the Lord your God; you shall have no other gods besides me.” The Bible thus holds off all the attempts of human beings to divinize or render ultimate some worldly reality. The doctrine of creation, in a word, involves both a great “yes” and a great “no” to the universe.

Now there is a behavioral concomitant to the anti-idolatry principle, and it is called detachment. Detachment is the refusal to make anything less than God the organizing principle or center of one’s life.

His argument is a more doctrinal argument than a practical one. It will convince no non catholic and the subtitles will not impress non practicing Catholics.

…this makes it the perfect argument for CNN to present in the pro side on their debate in commentary.

St. Paul talks about being all things to all people, I’m afraid Fr. Baron’s heart is in the right place but his argument serves nothing but to give CNN a fig leaf of balance.

particularly when it comes from Victor Davis Hanson in a column called President Palin’s first hundred days:

The first 100 days of the Palin presidency, according to a consensus of media commentators, have proven a near disaster. Perhaps it was Palin’s scant two years’ experience in a major government position that has eroded her gravitas, or maybe it was her flirty reliance on looks and informal chit-chat. In any case, the press has had a field day, and it is hard to see how President Palin can ever recover from the Quayle/potatoe syndrome. Here is a roundup of this week’s pundit mockery.

Here is one of his examples:

ABC’s Katie Couric summed up the general disappointment with the president’s communication skills. “I tried to warn the American people in that interview a few years back what they would get if they voted for her. Let’s face it: She’s a walking embarrassment. I mean just count ’em up: The mayor of Wasilla thinks Austrians speak some lingo called ‘Austrian.’ Then she tries her hand at Spanish and comes up with some concoction, ‘Cinco de Cuatro.’ Next thing she’ll walk into the window of the Oval Office and expect it to open — oops, she’s already done that. No wonder that when her Teleprompter stalls, she shuts her mouth until it catches up. I’m surprised she managed to get sworn in. And did she think that tasteless ‘Special Olympics’ slur was funny? Or making fun of octogenarian Nancy Reagan’s séances? No wonder Wanda Sykes feels at home.”

Keep this in mind when Nancy Pelosi is calling the CIA a bunch of liars and only her local paper and the Washington Post consider it front page news.

Via Ann Althouse let us note a seminal moment in the Obama administration:

the Daily show discovers that Obama is like Bush.

You will note that the sparks really started to fly at Pelosi once Jon Stewart went after her. It’s one thing for Rush or Hanity or even Bill O’Reilly to go after her. The left couldn’t care less. To their true believers they are not legitimate sources, to those same people however Jon Stewart is.

Jon Stewart has now directly ridiculed president Obama by name. He has done it on a primary news source for the far left and for many young people who pay no attention, and not only that he has done it in a way that a person who has no idea about politics can understand.

People may not realize how big this is. Will this mean that other comics will now be willing to hit him? Will this give the imprimatur to other to speak up? Only time will tell, but the first time is always easiest.

I guess James Tarento is raising a pint over this .

If these trends continue mark my words, in the same way they have on guns you will see the democratic party slowly move toward the pro life position or at least into neutrality. It may even happen in my lifetime if i can lose about 40 pounds.

The MSN has often said that if the republicans become more pro abortion then the party will thrive. It is exactly the opposite, the moment the democratic party becomes an acceptable choice for religious pro life people then the republican party will be in deep trouble, not the other way around.

In his first hour Rush took the time to tweak Nancy Pelosi about resigning.

If there is one thing republicans don’t want it is a Pelosi resignation. That removes her as one of the faces of the party and the focus of attention. The longer she is there the weaker the democratic position.

And if she does resign then she is following the path Rush says. He will boast about it for years, it will drive the left nuts.

You know we had a lot of fun with Zombie Jokes (via Gimmie 5 cents) here, first we reported on Zombie Unemployment:

Joblessness up 20% among Zombie Population Many claim discrimination in favor of the living.

Then we talked about Massachusetts taxing and rewarding Zombies:

Massachusetts uses a different means of determining eligibility for unemployment. Under their constitution, the Commonwealth is able to tax the dead and undead alike, making Ms. Glass eligible for state-funded retraining, health benefits, and Affirmative-Action based job placement.

“I thank God for the Socialist Republik Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” Ms. Glass says. “If I unlived elsewhere, I wouldn’t even count as a person.”

Then we saw the White House Zombie appointment:

Among growing concern over jobless rates and and basic civil rights for America’s zombie population, the Obama administration announced this week the newly formed Department of Undead Affairs, to be headed by Chicago democrat Fred Murman, who has just been appointed as secretary.

Congress reacted:

“He may smell a bit but he has a heart of gold.”

Of course the appointment had tax issues:

An unexpected snag occurred today as members of the senate ethics committee uncovered documents related to Mr. Murman’s death, showing that his family never paid the required death or estate taxes associated with his death. Mr. Murman and his representatives were unavailable for comment on the allegations, brought forth this morning.

We had a lot of fun with these posts but who knew that it was all real:

This week, thousands of people are getting stimulus checks in the mail. The problem is that a lot of them are dead. A Long Island woman was shocked when she checked the mail and received a letter from the U.S. Treasury — but it wasn’t for her.

Antoniette Santopadre of Valley Stream was expecting a $250 stimulus check. But when her son finally opened it, they saw that the check was made out to her father, Romolo Romonini, who died in Italy 34 years ago. He’d been a U.S. citizen when he left for Italy in 1933, but only returned to the United Stated for a seven-month visit in 1969.

You know when they say that life is becoming impossible to parody. It’s getting that way isn’t it?

Glenn Links to a very useful article for ATM users:

When Brooklyn, N.Y., resident Nick McGlynn stepped into a Chase bank in April, he quickly noticed something was wrong with one of the ATMs. “I saw a mirror that looked out of place,” McGlynn says. “It was in the center of the ATM, above the keypad. So I pulled on it and it came right off. Then I pulled on the card reader and it came off too. They were both held in place with double-sided tape.”

McGlynn had discovered an ATM skimmer—a device attached to an ATM by criminals looking to steal bank card information and/or PINs. The simplest skimmer setups involve little more than a $300 magnetic stripe reader and a hidden camera aimed at the ATM keypad. The reader snaps up your card’s information, and the camera records your PIN as you enter it. With this information, a perpetrator can create and use a phony plastic clone of your card. Or, if the setup features a camera aimed at the card reader so as to record the card’s printed security code, they can also use the information to make online purchases.

My method is to avoid this is perfect. I don’t have an ATM. card and all my banks know me by face and hat.

Remember technology advances help crooks too.

Starting just before 6:30

6:25 a.m. Apparently they are riding the papers for not covering Nancy Pelosi except for the Washington post and Her hometown paper.

6:27 a.m. the Globe highlights the Gay Marriage Bill in NH but not the Governor’s demand for more religious protections if they want his signature. Of course they do.

6:30 a.m. Freeland apparently had her kid.

6:32 a.m. Good thing the MSN has all those reporters to do stuff, Mika points out that it was morning so that had no excuse.

6:34 a.m. Christa is spinning it for the NYT REALLY bad. This is just bull.

6:41 a.m. Even THEY say that if it was a republican, front page with pullout. Freeland is a hack.

6:44 a.m. One other person at all the others might have not recalled, Freeland sounds like Pelosi.

6:52 a.m. A forgettable day in Boston sports, everyone loses and the Bruins die.

6:55 a.m. You know the promo’s have all been about republicans you would think that Democrats didn’t control the Whitehouse, the Congress by a large margin and the Senate by a margin that can’t be filibustered. I suspect their audience can’t handle Nancy Pelosi stuff so all they can do is attack republicans that supposedly don’t matter.

7:00 a.m. Break out the Mommy drawing.

7:19 a.m. All about briefings, has the CIA lied to you senator? They lay it out for us.

7:03 a.m. Mika points out that Joe predicted the tribunals 6 months ago.

7:21 a.m. Just got a call from a friend I’m off to breakfast read you later.

7:24 a.m. “They don’t have briefings to tell you what they aren’t going to do.”

7:30 a.m. Ron Paul is coming up, I’m going to miss him, Charles Johnson is going to be unhappy.