Friday, January 20, 2017

Fanatic Friday: Just seems to fit edition

The whole thing is as absurd as giant dancing fighting turtles.  Time will tell if Trump is the turtles, Shredder or both..... or heck, maybe he's Vanilla Ice..... naaaaaah.

Waukesha police need your help after two chalices stolen from Catholic Church

WAUKESHA — Waukesha police need your help after two distinct chalices were stolen from a Catholic church on January 16th.

The chalices were stolen from St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on East Avenue near Arcadian Avenue.

Police responded to the church around 5:00 a.m. after staff members arrived at the church and noticed a safe containing the chalices had been stolen.

The suspect(s) fled prior to police arrival.

If you have any information that could help in this case, you’re asked to contact Waukesha police.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Wherein Philosophy + Beer = Sustained Thought

The red-bearded Tommy Vandervort, an Oak Creek boy and graduate in philosophy from UWM, founded the place. It was he who sprinkled the tiny menu with references to the history of ideas: a beer called “The Human Condition” (a rich French saison) or “Sustained Thought” — infused with excellent Valentine coffee (a Vliet Street shoutout) and named after a snippet from that brilliant coffee-addicted pervert, Voltaire.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Milwuakee hotel plan for Masonic Center proceeds

A developer is proceeding with plans to convert downtown Milwaukee's Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center into a hotel, a project that would include a 14-story addition to the historic building.

Madison-based Ascendant Holdings Real Estate plans to buy the three-story Masonic Center, 790 N. Van Buren St., and convert it into the hotel's lobby, restaurant and meeting rooms, owner Eric Nordeen said Wednesday.
Scottish Rite wants to sell the building because the fraternal organization's dwindling membership can no longer afford to maintain it. Those ranks have dropped from 6,000 in 1985 to 700 today, of which just 100 are active members.

The building was constructed as a church in 1889 and became a Masonic facility in 1912, according to city historic preservation report. It was extensively remodeled in 1936 and includes an auditorium that is rented out for events.
continue at JS

Now it's just that Masonic Temple across the street we've got to worry about......... what?  Oh come on now, I'm just kidding!!!

NYTimes: Views on Abortion Strain Calls for Unity at Women’s March on Washington

As a self-described feminist and law student who wants to correct racial wrongs in the criminal justice system, Maria Lyon agrees with Hillary Clinton that “women’s rights are human rights.” But when thousands of women march on the capital the day after Donald J. Trump is inaugurated as president, she will not be there.

The reason: She opposes abortion.

“It’s hard, because right now it feels like if you’re pro-life, you’re anti-woman,” said Ms. Lyon, 23, who studies law at the University of Wisconsin. “That’s kind of the traditional rhetoric. It’s like if you care about women and you care about women’s rights then you should be pro-choice.”

Ms. Lyon is not the only feminist agonizing. Across the country, women who oppose abortion — including one in six women who supported Hillary Clinton, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center — are demanding to be officially included in Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington. But those requests have been spurned, creating a bitter rift among women’s organizations, and raising thorny questions about what it means to be a feminist in 2017.
continue at NY Times

Solemn Mass Green Eye Candy from Madison TMS

Here is some eye candy from Sunday. I decided, channeling my inner Spanky, I alerted the Gand, “Hey! Let’s have a Solemn Mass!”. The scheduled celebrant had not done one before, but 2017 is going to be about MORE MORE MORE! We are pushing forward.
MORE at Father Z

Madison, it's the place to be.

And MORE here:

State Senator: Wisconsin will move quickly on Article V resolution to amend US Constitution

MADISON, Wis. — By the time President Barack Obama leaves office this week, the U.S. debt will be approaching $20 trillion.

Fiscal conservatives say it’s long past time to deal with the mess.

A Wisconsin lawmaker says the Badger State will soon take a big step toward getting the federal government’s fiscal house in order.

State Sen. Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield, said he will soon introduce a bill calling for Wisconsin to join the much-discussed Article V convention of the states that would draft a federal balanced budget amendment.

Another initiative elsewhere calls for a package amendment that would limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government and impose federal term limits.

The constitution includes two mechanisms to bring amendments: through Congress and by a convention the states. Under Article 5 of the U.S. Constitution, it takes two-thirds of the states to call a convention. That magic number is 34 states.

As of late last year, a reported 28 states had gone on record in support of a convention of states to discuss a balanced budget amendment.
continue at WatchDog

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

St. Anthony the Great, ora pro nobis!

Michelangelo:  The Torment of Saint Anthony.

Several thousand join March for Life Chicago

So it's pretty icy here in La Crosse....

Bob posted an update: A weird thing happened in La Crosse, we had an ice storm like one that I have never seen in my 48 years. I glanced out the front window about 4 yesterday afternoon and noticed that the street in front of my house was sheer ice. I mentioned it to my son who asked if he could go out and skate on it, I said no so he went and slid on the ice with his shoes on. When his brother got home he had a pair of his old skates on and said I’m going skating on the street and his brother then piped up saying me too, they grabbed their skates, I videoed them on my phone uploaded to Facebook and by this morning over a half a million people have seen the video, my kids were pretty pumped last night constantly giving us updates on how many people have seen the video, a friend of mine said it was on the national news. Crazy.