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I read a lot of news. I subscribe to the local newspaper, watch television news, tons of stuff off the internet. In general, I have to be honest most of it is pretty depressing. In the end though, a lot of is not the kind of depressing that ruins your day. Violence for better or worse is something we can point to and say fairly clearly that this is bad regardless of the circumstances. Even a just war is something a rational person is not going to be interested in except under duress.

The things that affect me are the ones that fall under the category of "We'd never go that far." A few months ago there was a story that made the rounds about a new patent that was approved. It seems someone found an easier way to do genetic testing on those still inside the womb. They'd never go so far as to use it of course. It was left unasked why they'd bother researching and patenting something they'd never do.

Than there are our schools. The same halls hold some of the great educators we have ever had, some of the most truly worthless and examples of reasonable policies taken to the extreme. Fighting a problem? We just won't let students touch each other. This should fix all of our problems, why did we not think of this sooner? Gun violence is a problem too, so better safe than sorry. Free speech can also be a problem when you realize not everybody agrees with you. The articles are of course just picked at random from a little internet searching. If you worked you might be able to come up with a reasonable defense of the actions. However, you still have to explaining how charging a six year old with sexual harassment is going to do the child any good. In the end we need to remember that schools have children in them, not short adults.

I have spent a while trying to come up with something coherent to say about the federal government. I guess the best I can come up with is that pointing out that the NSA now has its own section at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and much of what they do is illegal to mention. Don't worry. I am sure they are not abusing their power and would never lie to us. After all, they can barely search their own email.

We've heard the phrase "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Hopefully, we'll understand what it means before it is too late.

Another trunk or treat

Tonight was trunk or treat at St. John Vianney. Henry went as Mario and Samantha went as Princess Peach. It was only fitting that I went as Luigi. It was a lot of fun watching the kids run around and seeing the costumes. I also got a kick out of the comments we got. I am also pretty sure there were a few confused children. Hopefully, mom and dad can go over the real/not real/guys in a costume thing again. :-) If only we could have found a costume for mommy in the same theme.

After the trunk or treating was done there was a movie for the kids. We stayed for part of it but people got antsy and we ended up leaving. The one disappointing thing was the room was very nice for the movie. Apparently, it was setup for a teen group but almost no came and so it mostly sits unused. :-( I hope that they can find a way to put it to use and get more kids involved in the parish. There just seems to be so few kids who come.

Carnival time again

St. John Vianney had its summer carnival again this weekend. We didn't spend a huge amount of time there. However, the kids got to go on a few rides and plays some games. We skipped the Ferris wheel this year because mommy isn't exactly a fan of them. She had to work so after she left the kids and I played on the playground for a while. I figure they enjoyed that just as much as the carnival rides themselves. The one thing I enjoy that I haven't been able to spend much time on was the classic car show. They seemed to have more cars this year than last year. If you get a chance you should stop by your local parish carnival. They can be a lot of fun for not a lot of time invested.

This seems like a first

This seems like a first:

I wonder how, if at all, that will/could affect the abortion debate. It probably will not. Still, I think that's the first time I have heard someone who's pro-choice state that abortion is killing. I wonder if that is a good thing or a bad thing.

Latin Mass's in the area

I read that a second parish in the area is going to start offering the traditional latin mass. I've never been to one so it has always been something that interested me. One of these days I'll have to attend one. There are several around the state but the two around here are:

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Grand Rapids
Every Sunday at 12:30PM

St. Stanislaus Parish in Dorr
Second and Fourth Sundays of each month.

I've read about a few schismastic groups floating around the area that do a latin mass but you are better off if you avoid them. I've had brief exchanges with members of such groups and it is like talking to a record player. You either agree with them or they repeat their position over and over again like an old record that keeps skipping.