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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Real Catholic Hero

Fumed by Advocatus Militaris at 10:26 PM. |

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Senatrix...er...Senator "Babs" Boxer, D-CA

Call Me Senator from RightChange on Vimeo.

Fumed by Advocatus Militaris at 2:53 PM. |

Friday, October 22, 2010

And now for something completely different

And this one shouldn't give raise to anything AMU, AMSOL or Monaghan-related. Just a good laugh for those of us who know: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMvARy0lBLE&feature=player_embedded#

Fumed by AMSOL Pioneer at 4:14 PM. |

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sistine Chapel: Praised because it is Catholic or because of its merits?

Party Line or Art?
So, is all of the discussion about the Sistine Chapel made because it has a message which must be defended?

Are Catholics obligated to praise it because it is in the Vatican?

Or, is it worthy of praise on its own merits?

Fumed by Casimir Pulaski at 7:18 PM. |

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

2010 Ave Maria Law Alumni Association Election!

Ave Maria Law School alumni should have received their ballots for this year's Alumni Association election in the mail. What do you think of the candidates? Who should we vote for? Is it even worth it to vote, now that we also have the administration's hand-picked "Alumni Council" running everything? (I'm amused by the prominent place the Alumni Council has on the Ave Maria School of Law wikipedia page.)

Fumed by Thales at 6:43 PM. |

CatholicCulture.org on Jackson Labs-Ave Maria Story

A tip of the hat to commenter Pensieve, who linked to this article entitled "In Depth Analysis: Ave Maria University and the embryo-research connection," by Phil Lawler at CatholicCulture.org.

Though the article is well-written, I was quite disappointed in the article. Instead of the "in depth analysis" it purported to be, it was more of a simple chronological recounting of the entire Ave Maria-Jackson Labs controversy.

The article has a promising start:
Questions also have been raised about what relationship, if any, Ave Maria University (AMU) will have with any of the institutions that may become involved in this new research cluster. More to the point, concerned Catholics—including both critics and supporters of AMU—have asked whether AMU has opened the door to cooperation with embryonic stem-cell research.
..........
Should Monaghan have stopped the biomedical-research project before it began, by refusing to sell his personal interest in 50 acres of land to his development partners who, in turn, were donating it to the Jackson Laboratory? Insofar as the land in question belonged to Monaghan, not to AMU, could the university be held accountable for the business decisions of a founder whose personality still dominates the institution? The questions were pointed, and they were not unreasonable.
Good questions! Will we get answers? Let's see!

Mr. Lawler first mentions the NCBC position:
The NCBC replied that it saw "no moral obstacle" to the deal. There were no known or expressed plans on the part of the Jackson Lab to perform any research at its Florida facility that would contravene the teachings of the Catholic Church, the NCBC found.
Unfortunately, Mr. Lawler doesn't go any further in his analysis of the NCBC position - and so, doesn't point out the important flaws in the NCBC position.

But then, Mr. Lawler references some of the significant concerns about JAX that I and others have pointed out in the blogosphere:
The announcement that Jackson Lab planned to set up a facility next to Ave Maria prompted some worried Catholics to scour the internet for evidence that the institution might be involved in embryonic stem-cell research. In April that search intensified, after a Jackson Lab spokesman acknowledged that the institution had hosted conferences at which such research was discussed and at which the propagation of human embryonic stem cell lines was demonstrated. Flyers on the site promoted the use of Jackson Lab mice for use in stem-cell research of all kinds.
But instead of pursuing this line of thought, Mr. Lawler just falls back into a chronological description of the statements issued by JAX and by the Venice diocese.

So, in the end, Mr. Lawler doesn't answer the questions he raised earlier: Mr. Lawler offers no opinion on whether Tom Monaghan's connection to the new JAX facility is problematic or not, and no opinion on whether support for the JAX project is praiseworthy or not. That's disappointing.

Fumed by Thales at 1:56 PM. |

Monday, October 18, 2010

The "Heresy" I Speak: Bella Sucked

Sorry, and I know it is heresy to diss a media effort to "Get the word out" but that film Bella sucked raw eggs.  So bad was that film that it hurts the pro-life effort by making pro-life people look like idiots because they prop that awful literature up as masterpiece. 

Netflix just suggested it to me, and it was at best 2 out of 5 stars, so I promptly rated it as such.

How such a thin movie and unrealistic characters got so much pomp is proof that pigs with lipstick really can win beauty pagents if they are supported by the right apostolates because they rely on group speak to inflate their buzz. 

Very similar to the way people rave about Monaghan and his endeavors.

Fumed by Casimir Pulaski at 10:49 PM. |

Thursday, October 14, 2010

An Irish Lullaby for Kathleen Rose

Fumed by Advocatus Militaris at 10:24 PM. |

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Before they were stars

A look at the FUMARE contributors before they were stars.


Thales


TheLawDog


Columcille


Casimir Pulaski


Advocatus Militaris

Fumed by Advocatus Militaris at 8:47 PM. |

This After School Program Brought to you By Planned Parenthood

How to avoid negative things like getting pregnant or doing drugs . . .

Fumed by Columcille at 4:27 AM. |

Thursday, October 07, 2010

What's Going on with Fr. Corapi?

I recently saw Fr. Corapi on EWTN.  He was pushing for his upcoming conference, and "inviting" people to download his homilies from his website.  Unfortunately, he didn't say anything about the $12/month subscription fee to download those homilies.  Fortunately, I have an excellent homilist in my own pastor, and he doesn't ding me for door charges and subscription fees.

Apart from the sales pitches, I was most struck by his appearance.  He looks totally different.

Here's a composite picture of him over the years:
Father Corapi through the years
Here's another image of him about two months ago, from a youtube video of him pitching people to go to his San Antonio conference.


Now, I can't help it, but, in my opinion, which I'm still allowed to declare in public freely, Father Corapi, with that new look and that darkened goatee, looks like Anton Levay now.
Father Corapi or Anton LaVey?
I'm not sure the new look he's putting on is all that flattering.

Fumed by Casimir Pulaski at 8:30 PM. |

Always thought Charlie Crist was a little "light in the loafers."

This confirms it.

Fumed by Advocatus Militaris at 7:09 PM. |

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Memory Lane


I spent some time this week going back to the days when Fumare was young. And in addition to the battles and debates and theological discussions, there was a fair amount of sexist humor. So I thought I'd offer this link, in the um... best traditions of Fumare.



Mrs. Militaris, this one's for you. Love those jeans, btw. *wink*

Fumed by AMSOL Pioneer at 8:04 AM. |

Monday, October 04, 2010

Still More On The Shirvell Story

The Wall Street Journal Law blog here, and more Above The Law commentary here.

Fumed by Thales at 10:54 AM. |

Friday, October 01, 2010

More Bad News

Story in Today's Naples News

The Ave Herald is rumored to be on the case.

FUMARE is here to help. The internet can assist here. Why drive around and hang out in a parking lot like some degenerate, when you can be degenerate in the privacy of the home temporarily lent to you? 
Click the photo for assistance:


UPDATE!: A FUMARE agent has located a reliable, but not necessarily trustworthy source, who reports that he overheard a guy who overheard a gal overhear a telephone conversation between the keeper of the Post-It notes and the Town council that the council should consider a town-wide dress code banning women's pants and making it a misdemeanor for a woman to show the back of her knees in public. Apparently, at least one of the town lawyers was overheard stating that he was a victim of visual harassment caused by the exposed knees and the activity witnessed was merely a natural, uncontrollable response caused by the lack of appropriate attire. This update is all speculative hearsay based on parody, but we'll report more as time moves on.

Fumed by Casimir Pulaski at 8:08 PM. |

More Developments On The Andrew Shirvell Story

Personal leave from work, and an upcoming personal protection order hearing. Details here and here and here.

Fumed by Thales at 9:52 AM. |