Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Time to cut the cord?

While I don't wear a suit and tie every day, nor a men's hat, nor habitually carry a handkerchief with me, we do still possess one relic of a bygone era: we still have a landline telephone.  We've had the same phone number for decades.  My parents still call me on it, and it's listed as the primary number with all of our doctors and our children's schools.  Presumably, our friends have it stored somewhere, too, but I can't think offhand of the last time a friend called me on my landline phone.

RIP: Empty tables, great memories

 We celebrated our 65th April 24 together with lunch at a neighborhood Italian restaurant. We have had flashier anniversaries of the night we met, but flash fades over time. We were talking about great restaurants we will never visit again.
 Not because of us.
 Because of time.
 Deacon Jim misses department stores. I miss restaurants.

Monday, April 23, 2018


A couple of quick hit updates on previous posts:

James Comey and his moral compass

Read James Comey's book, A Higher Loyalty. I say why at dotCommonweal.

Requiescat in pace, retail clothes shopping

Bon-Ton Stores, a holding company for department store chains Bergner's, Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Carson's, Elder-Beerman, Herberger's and Younkers, together consisting of about 250 department stores, has sold its assets to two liquidation firms.  All of these department stores will close down over the coming weeks, leaving cavernous holes in suburban malls across the Midwest and Northeast.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Cranky White Feedback

The following is excerpted from this article on the Commonweal site by Mollie Wilson O'Reilly; quoting a letter writer who objected to what he considered excessive (read *any*) coverage of  non-white Catholics in the Archdiocese of New York:
"A trend is accelerating rapidly at Catholic New York: that of blatant favoritism towards Latinos and blacks in the Archdiocese of New York.” That was the opening sentence of a letter published in our diocesan newspaper last December, under the bland heading “Publishing ‘Trend.’” The author’s evidence of favoritism was a handful of recent articles that covered the activities of nonwhite Catholics, as well as a national news item in which a bishop described Hispanic immigrants as “our brothers and sisters.” The letter concluded by asking, “Considering that the majority of issues of CNY over the past few years have published some element of this favoritism, why should any self-respecting white person belong to the Archdiocese of New York?”

Su problem es non mi problem

 As I said yesterday, there is a new one every day about Immigration and Customs Enforcement treating people like stuckeStucke is the word the executors of the Nazi Final Solution used for their victims; it means "piece" or maybe "chunk." I am not going to make a daily habit of proving what I said, but here, thanks to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, is today's example.

 In this case, it is a private contractor running an ICE detention facility. Whenever I think of prisoners having to work for civilians in Georgia, I think of chain gangs. Can't think why. This isn't a chain gang setup yet, just a "slave to shave" proposition. The Obama administration was getting rid of private, for-profit prisons, but the Trump administration is resuscitating them. Like most pubic-private partnerships, the private gets the profit and the public gets the shaft. The pressure is always on, of course, to keep detaining people so the privates can get their profits.

 I may return to this subject from time to time because it's important that we not forget that we have something like ICE running wild across the land. It's especially important when our professional, i.e., real, federal law enforcement people are under assault from the White House and its echo chambers.