In a lighthearted moment before an audience at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Thursday night, the 81-year-old Ginsburg cracked up telling the story that she “wasn’t 100 percent sober” before going to the State of the Union.
“The audience – for the most part – is awake because they’re bobbing up and down all the time and we sit there stone-faced, sober judges,” Ginsburg said. “At least I wasn’t 100 percent sober because before we went to the State of the Union we had dinner.”
Ginsburg said that Justice Anthony Kennedy was the culprit, bringing wine to dinner.
“Justice Kennedy brought in … it was an Opus something or other, very fine California wine that Justice Kennedy brought and I vowed this year just sparkling water, stay away from the wine,” Ginsburg told the audience. “But in the end, the dinner was so delicious, it needed wine to accompany it.”
She continued: “So I got a call when I came homefrom one of my granddaughters and she said, ‘Bubbe, you were sleeping at the State of the Union.”
Justice Antonin Scalia, who was on stage with Ginsburg, joked, “Well, that’s the first intelligent thing you’ve done.”
Seems a bit sharp there don't you think Justice Scalia
“Pope Francis made a significant rhetorical break with Catholic tradition Monday by declaring that the theories of evolution and the Big Bang are real,” announced MSBNC reporter Daniel Berger. He is, to excuse him a little, a “policy wonk” who covers politics and whose favorite tv shows are The Rachel Maddow Show,Hardball with Chris Matthews, and Morning Joe — but only a little because a reporter is honor-bound not to make claims when he has no idea what he’s talking about and not cheat with knowledge-feigning words like “arguably” (see below).
Rather than below, simply follow the link and learn all you need to know about media ignorance on all things Catholic.
In a stunning break with centuries of Catholic teaching, Pope Francis announced today that the forces of Gravity and Electromagnetism are real, adding that “God is not a magician with a magic wand.” This is in stark contrast with the teaching of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, whose third Encyclical is entitled “God the Magician: Why Gravity Doesn’t Exist.”
During this address to the Pontifical Academy of the Sciences, Pope Francis rocked the Catholic world, which has been a staunch enemy of science since the Church’s public excommunication, execution, and dismemberment of Galileo in 1633. His statements have been called “progressive” by the liberals in the Church who, contrary to the Catechism of the Council of Trent, deny that every falling object is pulled downward by an angel created for that specific purpose by Jesus and Mother Mary.
“It is not inconsistent with the Catholic faith to believe that matter warps space-time,” Pope Francis stated, “such that objects that would normally have travelled in a straight line would bend their path along this curvature and even fall toward the heavier object.” This is a direct contradiction of the teaching of Doctor of the Church St. Bonaventure, who proved through Aristotelian philosophy that objects are attracted toward one another through Love of God and neighbor.
On my way home tonight, I drove past a field filled with goats and few sheep.
I don’t know how familiar you are with them, but sheep aren’t all that bright. In fact, they’re pretty stupid and they can smell pretty bad especially if you get them wet. They’re also pretty docile, and tend to go along faithfully to wherever the shepherd leads them.
Goats, on the other hand, are clever but destructive. They will chew up and destroy everything in their path without much thought. They’re smarter than is probably good for them, and can get into all kinds of mischief if they’re not protected from themselves.
Know what Texans use to protect flocks from the outside world that wants to devour them?
Read the rest and find out... but allow me to say positive light is shed on jackasses which, as a special sort of jackass, is personally comforting.
Best advice I've seen yet for those whining about the happenings at the Family Synod comes our way via Jennifer Fitz:
If you find yourself stuck on the grumpy loop, rehashing over and again the failings of Cardinal Clueless or Father Frustrating, pray for him as if he were dying.
That’s right. Imagine your nemesis on his deathbed, about to face his eternal reward, and pray as if his very soul were at stake. If you are correct in perceiving just how far he has strayed from his vocation, then his eternal soul truly is in grave danger even now. And if you’ve somewhat over-imagined the peril, the poor man needs all the prayers he can get, what with having to put up with the likes of you.
Jennifer suggests that this prayer practice might come in handy for parish and family life too.