A Cautious Man
February 25, 2007
Sunday Night Springsteen
It’s been a while for this. Some of the videos linked in past posts have been “disappeared” – I think it’s related to Viacom’s demand that YouTube remove anything that could be even remotely considered related to a Viacom product. And they apparently cast a very wide net.

Anyway, since it’s Oscar night (excuse me “Oscar©” night), here’s a video of Mr. Springsteen’s Academy Award-winning song, “Streets of Philadelphia”.

A fact that may not matter to you – they shot this video with him actually singing the song as he walked along outside “on the streets of Philadelphia”, and added the music track to that. So, even doing a music video, there isn’t any lip-synching (as I said, this fact may not matter to you, but there it is).

February 18, 2007
Well Now Way Back In The Bible
So in the last week, some bloggers for John Edwards were found to have made potty-mouthed comments about some aspects of Catholicism. While in the past, candidates for President apparently got a free pass if they were associated with people who were, admittedly and proudly, anti-Catholic (see any Republican candidate and his speeches at Bob Jones University), this was apparently too much for that self-appointed defender of Catholicism, Bill Donohue. And if you're reading this, you're reading other blogs, so you know how it all turned out. Basically, Mr. Donohue kept jumping up and down on this until the people who once wrote things that he didn't like, resigned from their jobs.

Anyway, all I want to add is that I assume that Mr. Donohue went to church today. And, like every other Catholic who went to church today, he heard this reading -
To you who hear I say,
love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
To the person who strikes you on one cheek,
offer the other one as well,
and from the person who takes your cloak,
do not withhold even your tunic.
Give to everyone who asks of you,
and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand it back.
Do to others as you would have them do to you.
For if you love those who love you,
what credit is that to you?
Even sinners love those who love them.
And if you do good to those who do good to you,
what credit is that to you?
Even sinners do the same.

Stop judging and you will not be judged.
Stop condemning and you will not be condemned.
Forgive and you will be forgiven.

That's Christianity, in a nutshell. Anybody who professionally carries a grudge, in the name of Christianity or Catholicism, needs to reflect on this passage, and change their ways


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