Wednesday, November 30, 2011

St. Andrew's Day

Or Latha Naomh Anndra in Scottish Gaelic, is Scotland's national day.  St. Andrew -- with his fisherman and subsequent co-Apostle brother St. Peter -- left his net at Galilee to become Christ's fishers of men.  He would later found, as first bishop, the Church of Byzantium.  In addition to being the patron saint of Russia, Greece, Romania, Philippines, Malta, the former Prussia, various localities, fishermen, fishmongers, rope-makers, golfers and performers, he is perhaps most famously the patron saint of Scotland.  The familiar Scottish flag


is based on the X-shaped cross upon which he was crucified at Petras.


St. Andrew's patronage in Scotland dates to at least the mid-10th century, and is based on legend that a battle fought in 832 AD between a combined force of Picts and Scots against the Angles -- and won by the former -- was decided by the saintly intervention of Andrew.

As good a reason as any, no?


[Sources:  St. Andrew's Day and St. Andrew on Wikipedia; middle image:  Bartolomé Esteban Murillo's St. Andrew as Martyr at the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid; third image:  François Duquesnoy's statue of St. Andrew at the crossing of St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City.]

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

As seen on the Twitter XXXIV

"Banks got bailed out" might not even cover it anymore. Banks got handouts.
Nov 29 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply

Monday, November 28, 2011

As seen on the Twitter XXXIII

Barney Frank's best line (arguably): ''Politicians have a lot of faults, but the voters are no prize either.''
Nov 28 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

Sunday, November 27, 2011

As seen on the Twitter XXXII

Gingrich on his NH endorsement: "The voters want an adult, and no one has a stronger record of adultery than I do."
Nov 27 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

As Seen on the Twitter XXXI

Anytime you start to make fun of some other country for a silly tradition, remember: our President just pardoned a turkey.
Nov 23 via Twitter for iPadFavoriteRetweetReply

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Awesomest Image du Jour CLXVII

"Sami Herder, Scandinavia"


Click on the image to enlarge.  It's worth it for the stars alone.

[Photographer: Erika Larsen; posted as Photo of the Day at National Geographic.]

Monday, November 21, 2011

As Seen on the Twitter XXX

Somebody on my feed, not sure who, nailed it: Gingrich is a stupid person's idea of what a smart person sounds like.
Nov 21 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Awesomest Pointed Critique Using Well-Known and Appropriate Art du Jour CLXVI

This is genius:


[Source:  Tweeter @MODERN1ST; hat-tip:  @RyanLizza.]

As seen on the Twitter XXIX

There's a technical term for societies in which citizens do not feel entitled to question actions of police: it is called a "police state."
Nov 20 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

As seen on the Twitter XXVIII

China may lead us in math and science, but we are way ahead of them in shitty vampire movies.
Nov 20 via Twitter for iPhoneFavoriteRetweetReply

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

As seen on the Twitter XXVII

The Mayor of New York City is riding in a sedan chair on the wrong side of history.
Nov 15 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply

Monday, November 14, 2011

As seen on the Twitter XXVI

Disappointed that the iPhone 4S still doesn't open beer bottles.
Nov 14 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply

Awesomest News du Jour CLXV

Has Sprawl finally run out of gas?


NPR asks the question.

Urban Sprawl was once thought to be an insatiable beast, ever-expanding a city limit by gobbling up the hinterlands as fast as our population could grow and as fast as the bankers could underwrite the developers (who, truth be told, really didn't give much of a thought to place-making beyond some peel-and-stick facades).

Well, apparently the party is over, and the land has been deemed more suitable for farming than housing subdivisions or strip malls. Imagine:  using land to produce something the world needs rather than providing yet more unnecessary space for overfed consumers to park their Lay-z-boys....

[Image source:  Garth Lenz, a fellow at the International League of Conservation Photographers.]

Friday, November 11, 2011

As seen on the Twitter XXV

The Trinity consisteth of three entities: Me, the Heavenly Father; Jesus, the Son of the Lamb; and... hold on... umm... hmm. I forget. Oops.
Nov 11 via Twitter for iPhoneFavoriteRetweetReply

Thursday, November 10, 2011

As seen on the Twitter XXIV

Colbert: "It is well known that the homosexual agenda is just an insidious plot to prevent gay teenagers from dying." http://t.co/pn0u3YFN
Nov 10 via HootSuiteFavoriteRetweetReply

As seen on the Twitter XXIII

Today is the 36th anniversary of when Gordon Lightfoot wrecked the Edmund Fitzgerald.
Nov 10 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

As seen on the Twitter XXII

Starbucks Barista: As a priest, aren't you married to Jesus? Me: No but as an Anglican I could have a blessing for my civil union to him
Nov 08 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply

Awesomest Mitt Romney-themed website du Jour CLXIV

Scared Mittless

From the desk of Jon Huntsman -- the guy who, if the Republicans had any brains at all, should be headed for the nomination. Instead, they keep sending in the clowns....

Monday, November 7, 2011

As seen on the Twitter XXI

BBC reporter: 'This could be the worst crisis Greece has ever known'. There speaks a man without a history degree.
Nov 07 via Twitter for BlackBerry®FavoriteRetweetReply

Saturday, November 5, 2011

As seen on the Twitter XX

Been thinking that if Mr. Drysdale were alive he would leave Miss Hathaway to deal with the occupiers. Coward.
Nov 05 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Awesomest Excoriation of Michael Bloomberg du Jour CLXII

In which Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi explains that NYC's clothes-less emperor is actually channeling Marie Antoinette (which no doubt irks Rudy Giuliani no end).