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At St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco, a sprinkler system was installed in the four entrance alcoves to “discourage” the homeless from taking shelter there from the elements. Apparently, it’s been in operation for a couple of years.

“The idea was not to remove those persons, but to encourage them to relocate to other areas of the Cathedral, which are protected and safer. The purpose was to make the Cathedral grounds as well as the homeless people who happen to be on those grounds safer.

“We are sorry that our intentions have been misunderstood and recognize that the method used was ill-conceived. It actually has had the opposite effect from what it was intended to do, and for this we are very sorry.”

~Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese, Bishop William Justice

I guess the idea of having someone invite these people to relocate these other, more protected and safer areas of the cathedral, never crossed anyone’s mind.

Oh, and great last name, Bishop Justice. You win Irony for today.


“I was hungry and you formed a humanities club and discussed my hunger.
I was imprisoned and you crept off quietly to your chapel and prayed for my release.
I was naked and in your mind you debated the morality of my appearance.
I was sick and you knelt and thanked god for your health.
I was homeless and you preached to me of the spiritual shelter of the love of god.
I was lonely and you left me alone to go and pray for me.
You seem so holy, so close to god.
but I’m still very hungry and lonely and cold.”
~Author unknown

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Me and a Gun

gunI have, of late, given thought to purchasing a gun.

There are many reasons for this.



Drawing lines in the sand.

Preparing for the inevitable apocalypse.

A quick exit.

In the end, the reason I don’t remains the most important: I have never owned a gun because, in a society such as ours, if we are as enlightened and exceptional as we believe ourselves to be, we should never need to.

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Next year is the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Poland.

75 years.


The Fall of Berlin, 1945

The Fall of Berlin, 1945

It seems we were just talking about the 50th Anniversary.

And then the thought comes that the guns of August echoed across the European Continent 25 years prior to Poland.


Time passes.


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Of course, shortly after I shut it down, this comes up. Postwar_book_tony_judtForgive me for sharing, but this commentary from Coates is so beautiful. This guy is really rasslin’ with the whole concept of evil, singularly and communally.

Years ago, I read Clavell’s Shogun … twice … each time over a two week period. At the end of each read, I sincerely understood I seemed to be looking at the world through different eyes, comprehending things with altered perspectives and logic.

I was thinking ‘different’.

It was wonderful.

By the end of the second week, it was all gone, the new, (perhaps) fanciful enlightened point-of-view lost, the artifice the author created deserting me.

That’s what I think I get with Coates, the writer, sometimes. The artifice, the verisimilitude: the looking at the world with someone else’s eyes, someone’s perspective that is so powerful, it subsumes my own.

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