- 2002 in review
- In this issue
This spot was originally designed for a review of the past month, but it's been such a long time since the last issue, I'm afraid a review of the past year is in order. Besides, it's January, so a look back is customary and appropriate.
In January of 2002 we were concerned about nuclear war between Pakistan and India. Whatever worry you expended on that problem has done nothing for your life. As the homebrewers say, "Relax. Don't worry. Have a homebrew. Because worrying is like paying interest on a debt you may never owe."
Throughout 2002 my web log, and other sensible sources of news and commentary, was full of comments about the threat of Islam. A year later I don't think we've made any progress. The Moslems are still at war with us and we still choose to ignore that fact and talk about how peaceful they are. (All except for Pat Robertson, who tells the truth and gets mocked for it.)
Do you remember "Making Sense with Alan Keys"? Apparently it didn't make any cents, because they pulled the plug. And deservedly so, I say. Keyes is a smart man, but he was a lousy talk-show host.
Of course one of the major stories of 2002 was the revelation that many Catholic priests had committed horrible sexual crimes, and worse, that the bishops had covered it up. Early last year Michael Kelly called Cardinal Law's response to the situation in Boston "not remotely believable." It took the Vatican almost an entire year to figure that out. It kinda reminds me of a theory I heard -- that the Roman empire fell because they were drinking out of lead cups.
And speaking of Rome, 2002 saw Antonin Scalia crusading against the Euro-weenie sentiments coming from the Vatican. I have yet to hear a decent response to Scalia's critique of the modern blab about the death penalty.
And as long as we're talking about useless Catholic bishops, don't forget that wonderful story about how the Gospel really doesn't apply to the Jews. (Read my First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regimen of Catholic Bishops!)
Jim Koch (of Sam Adams beer fame) got in trouble in 2002 for a stupid radio stunt involving sex in St. Patrick's cathedral. I suppose the guy must be married, otherwise -- considering the ecclesial climate in 2002 Boston -- he'd probably have been appointed an auxiliary bishop.
2002 saw the advent of that Ozzie Osbourne show on MTV. Has anyone checked to see if there is a correlation (or, rather, statistically verified the correlation) between watching that show and hedonism, law-breaking, foul language, marital problems or just plain old stupidity?
2002 was also the year that President Bush wanted your letter carrier and UPS guy to spy on you and report suspicious behavior to the Homeland Security Agency. I'm glad that idea got lost. Or did it? Who's that guy across the street with the binoculars?
Dr. Dobson released Bringing Up Boys. If you haven't read it, shame on you.
Despite all the silliness about Iraq, throughout 2002 we continued to purchase oil from them at about the rate of production we should be getting from ANWR -- that is, if Congress could loose the shackles of the radical tree-huggers.
From my April 19th blog: "I saw an interesting bumper sticker today: 'If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention.' It's funny, but it's a bumper sticker for the very young, I think. It seems that as you get older you start to believe that outrage doesn't do much good anyway." No, it doesn't. But inflicting it on you helps my deep psychological problems.
There was a rumor last year that Bill Clinton would get a talk show. Hmm. Which would have been better for the culture, Bill Clinton or Ozzie Osbourne?
From May 7. Not timely, but deserves repeating. "Until recently my only exposure to Peter Pan has been snatches of Disney movies and other silly, effete stuff, but I recently grabbed a copy at a used book sale and have been reading it to the little ones.
"The prose can be tiresomely English -- you know what I mean, those stilted sentences that try to be clever and artsy and succeed only in making it hard to read aloud -- but the story is wonderfully robust. Last night I read Wendy's last words to the doomed Lost Boys as Hook was about to shove them off the plank: 'We hope you die like English gentleman!'
"In this age of sissified children's stories, that kind of thing puts a lump in your throat."
Also in May, Dr. Dobson repeated his call for parents to remove their children from the government run "public" schools. God bless Dr. Dobson!
By the way, why did the press stop picking on John Ashcroft? Did his secret police get dirt on all the news editors?
Ann Coulter had quite a year. 2002 was the year of that "dueling legs" interview with Katie Couric, and the year Coulter got axed from a few papers. The woman has a sharp tongue, and I pity the man who tries to live with her, but she's fun to read.
There was some press this year about the possibility that an anti-father bias in family law has contributed to men's much-bemoaned reticence to "commit." That didn't seem to get anywhere.
A miracle happened in Maryland in 2002. We elected a Republican governor! (Not that I like him that much. His lieutenant seems like a much better man.)
I believe 2002 was also the year of an extensive study to find out which group of people in America is having the best sex. Of course everybody expected it to be single folk who watch HBO. It turned out to be married Christian women. I heard a Catholic speaker refer to this as "revenge of the church ladies."
Unfortunately we had a convert to the "religion of peace" visit Maryland in 2002. Once his modus operandi was discovered the General Assembly wanted to pass a law against drilling holes in the trunk of your car.
Hillary Clinton came out in 2002 in favor of "voluntary prostitution." Do liberals have brains, or do they just ignore them? "Excuse me, Ivanna from the Czec Republic, did you choose this lifestyle, or were you forced into it?"
John Paul II added five new mysteries to the rosary. Since I don't pray the rosary it doesn't matter much to me, but that's probably the only thing that happened in 2002 that will be significant in 3002.
In this issue
Jeff Culbreath gives his reliably anti-modern commentary, reminding us that there really was life before television, and can be life without it.
As we're all more interested in Islam these days (that is, in how to keep it as far away as possible!), Geoff Robinson gives some historical perspective and commentary.
My intrepid field reporter once again brings in a shocking story from the field. Who knows how he gets this stuff?
Your humble servant gives his review of The Two Towers.
Bronson Long wonders if some Protestant apologists are nothing more than anti-Catholics in their ideas and theories.
Father Hilary de Bench SSC (aka Tim Lewis) gives a perspective on some Anglican goings-on. It's a mild piece of satire from a bunch that might stray beyond mild -- but hey, I'm just printing this article, alright?