Flogging Brother Ass

Flogging Brother Ass

Francis subjected himself and his followers to a poverty that appalled their fellow beggars, fasting frequently and sleeping on dirt (when perfectly good piles of filthy straw were available), taking all too literally Christ’s eerie injunction, “Sell all you have, give it to the poor, and come follow me.” When it comes to sex, Francis didn’t just give up playing the field and settle down with a life partner; he embraced total celibacy, and scourged his own flesh to remind it of its place. Naming his body “Brother Ass," he treated it as harshly as Italian peasants did their donkeys.

Gossiphopper

Clooney’s Girlfriend’s Scandal, More on Mel, and an ‘Idol’ Shakeup

Clooney’s Girlfriend’s Scandal, More on Mel, and an ‘Idol’ Shakeup

This week is all about hiring, firing, a wedding—oh, and stripping. The most overblown...

Zeitgeist

The Ballad of Jeff Bridges

The Ballad of Jeff Bridges

After The Dark Knight failed to earn a Best Picture Oscar nomination, the Academy...

Nature vs. Nurture

Sheer Luck Is All It Takes To Be A Genius

Sheer Luck Is All It Takes To Be A Genius

What does it take to be a genius? Europeans of the Romantic Era tended to ascribe the...

Idiocracy

Going Postal

Going Postal

The other day, at my local branch of the United States Postal Service, a devoted USPS...

Mistaken Identity

Growing Up In Newfoundland

Growing Up In Newfoundland

Quaerite Prime Regnum Dei. When someone asks me where I’m from, usually after...

Socialism

Code Blue

Code Blue

How CanadaCare Almost Killed My Kid! “Code Blue Intensive Care Unit,” “Code Blue...

Europe

Neocons on the Danube

Neocons on the Danube

A young Romanian friend, who is translating my work into his native language, recently...

Remembrance

Requiem for a Patriot

Requiem for a Patriot

“Conservative Tycoon ... Dies at 95,” said the New York Times headline on New Year’s...

Living the Dream

Bastardi Corrotti!

Bastardi Corrotti!

The word “Italians” conjures up a number of epithets. Take, for example, “Corrupt...

International Affairs

Afghan Mine Field

Afghan Mine Field

When you’re losing bad on Afghanistan’s plains And the critics dare to question...

Political Truths

Bring Out Your Dead (to Vote)

Bring Out Your Dead (to Vote)

An Irishman’s home is his coffin. —James Joyce, Ulysses The dead use a graveyard...

Margaret Sanger and the Eugenics Meme

Margaret Sanger and the Eugenics Meme

Disclaimer: This is the second in a series of pieces critical of certain types of...

Zeitgeist

Advertising is Rape

Advertising is Rape

Just in case you hadn’t noticed, ladies, you are being oppressed, exploited, abused,...

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