Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Traditional Latin Mass returns to Boston

After being booted because Holy Trinity was slated to be inexplicably closed, the old Mass is back and they will have a Midnight Mass this Christmas.

Here was the announcement:

This morning Fr. Connolly announced (to the throngs in attendance at
the 10 o'clock Mass) [NOTE: He is being ironic; seven attended the
Mass, due to the snowstorm] that after his consultations with His
Eminence, he (Fr. Connolly) has decided that the Tridentine Latin
Mass will again be celebrated weekly at Holy Trinity. He mentioned
that it remains for us to work out a schedule of clergy to enable us
to have the priests necessary to ensure proper coverage. There also
will be careful consideration as to the time the Mass will be
celebrated. The possibility of having the Latin Mass take place
before the Novus Ordo one [NOTE: 10 AM] is under active

Peter Cooper
Holy Trinity Business Manager

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

These Animal Men

I had to fight not to turn this blog into a showcase for all of the gegakiana that I find on youtube, but there is too much and I can no longer fight it.

Here is an amazing musical video from a revolutionary 1990's Britpop band These Animal Men (the tag given to the unruly British by Julius Caesar).


Saturday, March 10, 2007

Thrift Store Adventures

I need to devote a post to a great blog I stumbled on: Thrift Store Adventures. I love thrift store shopping and have been at it forever. I always loved the mad assortment of bizzare things one could find there. There are certain wonderful and strange things in thrift stores, things you would never buy but the owner of Thrift Store Adventures has an eye for them and very clerverly chronicles his finds blog-style. Excellent! Check out some of the things they have on there:

Head on over there, its amazing!

Thursday, March 08, 2007

A Yankee Doodle Dandy

One of my all time favorite guys, Brian Dewan, here playing an early rendition of Yankee Doodle Dandy (actually our state song). Mr. Dewan did a N.Y. cable access program playing an assortment of political songs, they are great and you can find the rest on youtube. I'll post some Dewan audio sometime soon, too.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Vatican Soldiers

Churchill once tried to explain the political importance of the Vatican and the importance of having the Church as an ally against Germany and Stalin gave the oft quoted reply "How many divisions has Pius XII?"

In truth, Pius XII had at least one according to a Time magazine report I stumbled across from 1944. It says the Vatican had:

Mobilized a "special defense corps" estimated at 2,000 men to guard Vatican property in Rome.

Acquired a fleet of 21 coastal ships to bring food to the "hard-pressed people of Rome and Vatican City." The ships will operate between Rome and Genoa, flying the Vatican flag.†

Other defense measures taken during the past six months: 1) increase of the efficient, well-equipped Swiss Guards from 100 to 600 men; 2) increase of the Pontifical Military Guard (papal gendarmes, who ordinarily police palace and gardens) from 800 to 3,300 men; 3) quadrupling the Palatine Guard of Honor to 2,000 men. This small army has been equipped with modern weapons. The Vatican walls have been prepared for machine-gun defense "should the occasion arise."

†The small Vatican flag has two equal vertical stripes, yellow and white, carries the papal insignia. Until 1860 the Vatican had a small armed navy, used chiefly against pirates. (AWESOME!! VATICAN NAVY VS. PIRATES!!)

I couldn't find too many photos of these soldiers online, all but the Swiss Guard were abolished by Paul VI in 1970 (oh brother) so here are some for you (click for a larger view):

The Papal Gendarmes (being inspected by Charles de Gaulle:

The Noble Guard (as the name suggests made up of only Noblemen) they were also a horse guard I believe:

The Palatine Guard, the main body of the Pope's forces, all volunteers:

and of course, the Swiss guard:

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Connecticut Love

Speaking of records, here is a great one I picked up at a tag-sale some years ago. The old lady who sold it to me was the singer's aunt or grandma. She had four or five copies and for whatever reason I bought all of them.

The 7" dates from 1985 and was put out by Reel Dreams Records of Maple Avenue, Hartford. Seems to be a March of Dimes fundraiser record of sorts. Side A is "Connecticut Love" and side b is a track called "Miracle on Caney Street" There is also a March of Dimes message from Scott Slifka and Governor William O'Niell.

Here is Johnathon's website.

Here is the mp3 of Connecticut Love