The one thing that comes to mind in the wake of President Obama speaking at Notre Dame's commencement at receiving an honorary degree is this: If Catholics will not defend the central tenets of their faith, they cannot ask us to do so on their behalf. Either they believe abortion is wrong and are serious about it or they are not. So says the fallen Catholic.
Hot Air has more on this and the disappointing follow up by the Vatican. This student protesters at Notre Dame showed more courage than the Pope. So much for conviction.
There has been much written about the boom created by Netbooks and
why people are using them. This is mainly because they are small,
light, have a keyboard you can type on and are inexpensive. They also
accomplish most of the basic computer functions that most of us really
need a computer for; web surfing, blogging and email. However, one
place that I have noticed the Netbook phenomenon taking off is in the
adventure space. With the coming of warm weather, bike tourers are
starting off on their journeys. Many of them keep online journals at
places like Crazyguyonabike
or blogs. A common thread is the use of the Netbook. When you are
carrying everything on a bicycle, small size and light weight is vital.
And here the small size and light weight of the Netbook shines. With
the on-board WiFi, it is also fairly easy to find a place to connect
whether it is a library, campground or home of a host. The low price
means that if something happens to the Netbook, it is much less
traumatic than if it were a $1,300 Mac Book.
In the past few
days, I have read at least six cycling journals and all of them post
using a Netbook. One can easily imagine that this will also be the case
with hikers, vacationers and other travelers that want to keep in touch
with the outside world and post to blogs and journals.
This Reuters story is titled, "Obama revelling in U.S. power unseen in decades". It goes on to detail the ways in President Obama has been able to exercise power in his first 100-something days on the job: complete control of both houses of Congress, the federal bailout and the opportunity to appoint a new justice to the Supreme Court. Imagine my relief knowing that we have handed the most power in recent memory to the least experienced and unqualified person to hold the office in that time. It is going to be a long four years and will take a long time for us to clean up the mess afterwards.