Saturday, March 27, 2010

Jack Lalanne - Face Workout

Here is the secret to getting rid of those wrinkles and having a youthful face. I also like when he stares at his finger. The best part of the whole thing is the goofy organ sound effects.

Slap that face Jack....slap it good.

Give a man a fish, feed him for a day Blog : Hugh Hewitt : Democrat Max Baucus Gives The Game Away

Did health care need reform?....yes. Was government takeover the cure?, but they rammed this legislation through anyway. With the passage of health care reform, we are no doubt going to experience redistribution of wealth as promised by Barack Obama during his election campaign. While this may seem like our government is being the Good Samaritan, this is a very troubling situation from an economic standpoint. We all remember Joe the Plumber and the discussions on redistribution of wealth during the presidential campaigns. As the health care legislation was being debated, you never heard any Democrat use the term "redistribution of wealth" when discussing the reasons for reform. Now that it has passed, Baucus has let the cat out of the bag.

To simplify it, lets say there are 10 people stranded on an island. In order to get food, each person fishes and catches 2 fish a day. Now lets say 2 of these people get together and figure out how to build a boat and a giant net and are now able to catch 20 fish a day between the both of them, which is enough to feed all 10 people on the island. What options do the other 8 people have? Do each of them continue to fish and catch 2 fish a day, or would it be prudent to take a different approach?

Free market capitalism would suggest that the 8 people find something else to do with their time and then barter with the 2 boat makers so that everyone's standard of living progresses upward. For instance, one person could start a garden and harvest corn, one person could spend time gathering wood in order to cook the fish, etc. Since 2 people on the island used their innovation and entrepreneurial skills to gain wealth (in the form of catching 20 fish a day), it allowed the others on the island to increase their standard of living as well. Before everyone just had 2 fish. Now everyone has 2 fish, corn on the side, fire to cook the fish, etc.

Socialism would suggest that the 8 people form a government and tax the 2 people to redistribute the wealth. Unfortunately we end up in the same situation before the boat was created to catch 20 fish a day. We have the same output and the same standard of living while only 2 people are doing all the work. So what is the incentive for the 2 people to continue using the boat? What is their incentive to continue to innovate and use their entrepreneurial skills to increase everyone's standard of living? This is the danger of socialism and wealth redistribution.

With the government takeover of health care, 30 million more people coming into the system (maybe more after amnesty) and having a significant amount of doctors leave the practice (or at least be unable to take on the increased case load), we are inevitably going to experience a rationing of health care for everyone. In order to pay for this multi-trillion dollar monster, we are going to see the middle class get taxed to no end, a potential VAT tax like we see in socialist Europe (which is basically the imposing of a federal sales tax), and private sector businesses being crushed by this burden.

Here are the long-term effects of this new program:
On a side note, it only took 3 days after the passage of health care reform when we found out that Social Security would be in the red this year, which wasn't projected to happen until 2016. Whose to say that the new health care legislation won't experience the same problems? Then what happens?

Friday, March 26, 2010

You Grin, You Win

Study: Smile Intensity In Photographs Predicts Longevity Smart Journalism. Real Solutions. Miller-McCune Online Magazine

I'm always fascinated how people try to make correlations between two things that may be merely coincidental. Some studies will claim to have found a probable correlation based on a very small sample. This may be one of my favorite "studies" yet.

A study at Wayne State University says that a person's smile intensity may be linked to their longevity. In other words, the bigger the grin, the longer you live. The study looked at 230 photographs of old baseball players taken before the start of the 1952 season and categorized their smiles as "no smile", "partial smile", or "full (Duchenne) smile". After browsing the web and factoring in some controls for body mass index, career length, marital status, college attendance, and other longevity factors, they concluded that even a partial smile adds years to your life.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

DanJay's Catholic Bookstore

You'll notice on my sidebar that I've added DanJay's Catholic Bookstore for viewers of this blog. This bookstore is known as an "a-store" powered by The bookstore is linked directly to Amazon where all purchases can be securely made online through I've included some of my favorite books (sorted by category) and will be adding more in the future. Let me know if you have any questions about the products listed. It is a good source to build your library covering a variety of topics, and also good for gift ideas!

Looking for a good study bible? Go with the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible published this year. It was developed by Dr. Scott Hahn and Curtis Mitch, and uses the Revised Standard Version Second Catholic Edition. This bible presents a highly readable, accurate translation and is excellent for personal or group study. There are numerous invaluable study notes, essays, exegesis, interpretations from the early church fathers, commentaries, and medieval and modern scholarship following the Church's guidelines for biblical interpretation using the various senses of scripture. The caveat is that this bible only covers the New Testament. You can obtain the full bible (including Old Testament) using the Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition translation with the Ignatius Holy Bible. This bible, however, does not include the extensive commentaries on the Old Testament like the study bible discussed above.

If you want the commentaries for the Old Testament, I would suggest the Navarre bible series. It is broken down by sections of the Old Testament and sold separately. For example, check out the Navarre bible's Pentateuch (Genesis to Deuteronomy).

Friday, March 19, 2010

Happy Meat-Eating Friday!

JIMMY AKIN.ORG: Happy Meat-Eating Friday!

This post may be coming out a little late for most of you that have already ate lunch, but here it goes anyway.

As I was just finishing my fish sandwich in my cubicle today, I remembered that March 19th is the solemnity of St. Joseph. Solemnities will reign supreme in the Catholic calendar, unlike memorials for instance. If the memorial of St. Bob the Builder falls on a Sunday during ordinary time, you still celebrate the regular Sunday in ordinary time. The priest would still wear green, which is the color of "hope" during ordinary time, and would read the regular readings of ordinary time for that Sunday. The beginning and ending prayers of the mass would remain the same for ordinary time as well (i.e., St. Bob the Builder's name would not be mentioned as part of the liturgical celebration). Poor old St. Bob the Builder would just have to wait until next year to hope that his memorial day doesn't fall on a Sunday.

But what about Solemnities like the Solemnity of St. Joseph celebrated March 19th? Those days DO INDEED override other potential celebrations for that day. I'm not going to get into all the rules (I may save that for another day), but the key rule of thumb is that the hierarchy of celebrations during the liturgical year are (1) Solemnities, (2) Feasts, and (3) Memorials (obligatory or optional). One wonderful property of solemnities is that if they fall on Fridays during Lent, then they override the requirement to abstain from meat.

So go out and celebrate! Eat a big ole' steak. God won't smite you. Just remember why you are allowed to eat meat this day.......Read More Here.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

My NCAA picks

Tournament Challenge

Click on the link above for my NCAA picks for my work pool. More updates and thoughts to come as the tournament progresses.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Divine Virtue of Faith

This is the third and final chapter of the series on the divine virtues of faith, hope, and charity. This reflection is on the virtue of faith. The first of the divine virtues may be considered both objectively and subjectively. Objectively, it stands for the sum of truths revealed by God in Scripture and tradition, and which the Church presents to us in a brief form in her creeds; subjectively, faith stands for the habit or virtue by which we assent to those truths. Like supernatural hope and charity, it is directly implanted in the soul by Almighty God as an infused virtue. The Catechism states, "To obey (from the Latin ob-audire, to "hear or listen to") in faith is to submit freely to the word that has been heard, because its truth is guaranteed by God, who is Truth itself. Abraham is the model of such obedience offered us by Sacred Scripture. The Virgin Mary is its most perfect embodiment" (CCC 144). Scripture and the Tradition of the early church attest to the importance of faith. In order to reflect on the divine virtue of faith, I have compiled a list of my favorite quotes from the early church fathers on the subject.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

In case you miss the Winter Olympics

My tribute to the Winter Olympics!

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The Winter Olympics have come and gone. I don't know about you, but I really don't miss it. It was fun to watch some of the unique events that only come around every four years, but it started to get old after awhile. Luge, Skeleton, 2-man bobsled, 4-man bobsled. These are all the same events on the EXACT same track. If you seen one, then you've seen them all. You can't tell me that you can finish watching Luge in the afternoon, and then be excited to go home that evening to watch Skeleton because the guys are now going face first. The same can be said about the skiing and speed skating events. I started to get tired of the events and felt like it was déjà vu (haven't I seen this event before?). The most intriguing aspect of the racing events is how close the times are. If the guy loses by 0.001 seconds, the announcers will be like, "If he just wouldn't have went up that high on the fourth turn", or "If he wouldn't have stumbled out of the gate", or "If he wouldn't have clipped his fingernails right before the race, maybe he would have had a little more weight to increase his velocity." It's insane how close the times are.

At least the racing events have objective winners. There is no argument who won at the end of the race. At least I'll give them that much credit. The judged events are a whole different animal. Talk about the ultimate bias in sporting events. You can't go a Winter Olympics without some kind of figure skating controversy.

And speaking of figure skating....that Yevgeny Plushenko charactar from Russia was too good to be true. He reminded me of the Olympic evil villain. Its like he walked into the barber shop one day and said, "Make me look like as big of a snob as possible." If they ever make another movie about the Cold War, he would instantly be cast as the perfect bad guy. If you take every stereotype about figure skaters and exaggerate them ten-fold and then picture that person in your head, you end up with Yevgeny Plushenko. OK.....I digress.....

I found it amusing that he thought he should have won just because he did a "quad". So according to his logic, he might as well have just done a "quad" right as the music started and then just skated straight over to the gold medal platform. Why even finish the routine? He did a "quad" for God sake!! The only thing that would have been better than the "quad" would have been for him and Evan Lysacek to team up in pairs skating and do the Iron Lotus like on Blades of Glory.

Then for the people that aren't good enough to perform pairs skating, you have the ridiculous event of Ice Dancing. These are basically the people that aren't athletic enough to do triple axles or toss their partner 10 feet in the air. So they rely on the "technical elements" of dancing. They started off with the tango where everyone was doing the EXACT same dance (are you noticing a theme here...). If one night of it wasn't bland enough for you, they had two more nights including a "free dance" event. This gave them the freedom to entertain us with a theme of their choice. Therefore we got the enjoyment of watching some dude in chaps frolicking on the ice waving his six-shooters around to a Johnny Cash song. Quite a spectacle indeed.

Its worth mentioning that NBC actually aired Ice Dancing over the first match-up of USA and Canada in men's hockey. I now fully expect Ice Dancing to take off in the United States as the next big fad (not). It would probably generate better ratings than MLS though don't you think?

And there is curling. I still believe to this day that if I quit my job right now and practiced curling for eight hours a day until the 2014 Olympics rolled around, I could win gold. I would just have to find two other people willing to go in on this deal. People are actually professional curlers in other countries. I would expect curling to be a hobby (like throwing darts or playing checkers), but it is actually a professional sporting event in some countries. The guy who gets a pay check for curling must wake up laughing (kind of like the guy who makes a living selling blank-inside birthday cards).

Despite me making fun of the Winter Olympics, I still found myself being drawn to the TV. Maybe it was just because there was nothing else on worth watching. And I know that when the next Winter Olympics come around in four years, I'll be glued to the TV once again only to be laughing at the same ridiculous things.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Dog Stache

Sweet new innovation for dog toys. I just wish I would have thought of it. This way your pup can go "indognito" with you if you ever join a witness protection program. (I can't believe I actually said that....)

You can actually buy one of these ridiculous things. CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Why?....Because she can

If you ever feel like you don't spend your time wisely, just watch this. It will make you feel better.

Props to Catholic Illini for finding this video.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Divine Virtue of Hope

This is the second part of the series on the divine virtues of faith, hope, and charity. This reflection is on the virtue of hope. The second of the divine virtues is described as the desire of something together with the expectation of obtaining it. As a divine virtue, it is the way in which we confidently expect, with God's help, to reach eternal felicity as well as to have at our disposal the means of securing it. Like supernatural faith and charity, it is directly implanted in the soul by Almighty God as an infused virtue. The Catechism states, "At the end of time, the Kingdom of God will come in its fullness. After the universal judgment, the righteous will reign forever with Christ, glorified in body and soul. The Church....will receive her perfection only in the glory of heaven, when will come the time of the renewal of all things. At that time, together with the human race, the universe itself, which is so closely related to man and which attains its destiny through him, will be perfectly re-established in Christ" (CCC 1042, cf. Acts 3:21, Eph. 1:10, Col. 1:20, 2 Pet. 3:10-13). Scripture and the Tradition of the early church attest to the importance of hope. In order to reflect on the divine virtue of hope, I have compiled a list of my favorite quotes from the early church fathers on the subject.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Divine Virtue of Charity

I am going to begin a three part series on the divine virtues (or sometimes called theological virtues) of faith, hope, and love (charity). I will begin the series with reflections on the virtue of charity. What better topic to begin with as God IS Love. As St. Paul wrote, "And now there remain faith, hope, and love, these three: but the greastest of these is love." (1 Cor. 13:13). The third and greatest of the divine virtues, usually called charity, is a divinely infused habit inclining the human will to cherish God for his own sake above all things, and man for the sake of God. The Catechism states, "The whole concern of doctrine and its teaching must be directed to the love that never ends. Whether something is proposed for belief, for hope or for action, the love of our Lord must always be made accessible, so that anyone can see that all the works of perfect Christian virtue spring from love and have no other objective than to arrive at love" (CCC 25, cf. 1 Cor. 13:8). Scripture and the Tradition of the early church attest to the importance of loving God and neighbor as the cornerstone of virtuous living. In order to reflect on the divine virtue of charity, I have compiled a list of my favorite quotes from the early church fathers on the subject.

Monday, March 1, 2010

The Art of Astonishment

What does it take for a magic trick to actually astonish someone? We are all used to the big-stage performances where a guy with a poofy shirt whips out a hacksaw and starts carving through a box with an attractive young lady trapped inside.