Why is the Catholic Church in so much trouble (so much so that there’s a regular publication called “Catholic Church Bankruptcy News“?) Maybe it’s because they spent decades sheltering pedophiles — including one so supposedly holy that he was Mother Teresa’s confessor. Maybe it’s because they’ve been doing goofy, unproductive things like saying that celebrating Halloween is “like inviting Satan into your home“, getting people to boycott the new “His Dark Materials” movie, or even bothering to comment on religious images surrounding Britney Spears’ new album (yeah, it clearly hurt Madonna’s career when they tried it in ’89.)

Or maybe Tom Lehrer was right, and they just need to update their music

35W Bridge

35W Bridge
Originally uploaded by northlandrookie

I still haven’t been down to see the collapsed I-35 bridge — the one I used to cross almost daily, the one I moved away from just weeks before its collapse. Maybe it’s that I’ve been busy (new house, etc.), or maybe I’m just waiting for it to be cleaned up and sanitized into some kind of memorial, something sugar-coated and easier to take.

Meanwhile, the situation has turned into a standard-issue political quagmire, with Gov. Pawlenty possibly circumventing the Legislature to fund the bridge’s reconstruction, which will be done by the slowest, most costly bidder.

Le sigh.

The Most Dangerous Game

Hey, Handsome Dick Cheney finally admitted to doing something! My favorite part of the conversation:

Q: Well, what — you must have recognized, though, with all your experience in Washington, that this was going to be a big story.

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, true, it was unprecedented. I’ve been in the business for a long time and never seen a situation quite like this. We’ve had experiences where the President has been shot; we’ve never had a situation where the Vice President shot somebody.

Q: Not since Aaron Burr.

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Not since Aaron Burr —

Q: Different circumstances.

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Different circumstances.

Don’t politicize schools — that’s our job!

Partisanship’s annoying, yeah… but hypocrisy’s another thing entirely. Witness: a website offering UCLA students a bounty to spy on their profs and reveal their radical tendencies. The site claims to be looking for any non-academic political material, but it’s a bit hard to believe, seeing as the guy behind the site, Andrew Jones, is a former Chair of the UCLA campus Republicans, and lists among his accomplishments: