Monday, January 17, 2005

La rue des Blancs-Manteaux
Dans la rue des Blancs-Manteaux
Ils ont élevé des tréteaux
Et mis du son dans un seau
Et c'était un échafaud
Dans la rue des Blancs-Manteaux

Dans la rue des Blancs-Manteaux
Le bourreau s'est levé tôt
C'est qu'il avait du boulot
Faut qu'il coupe des généraux
Des évêques, des amiraux,
Dans la rue des Blancs-Manteaux

Dans la rue des Blancs-Manteaux
Sont v'nues des dames comme il faut
Avec de beaux affûtiaux
Mais la tête leur f'sait défaut
Elle avait roulé de son haut
La tête avec le chapeau
Dans le ruisseau des Blancs-Manteaux
I encountered this rather macabre song back when I read Jean-Paul Sartre's infamous Huis Clos when I was at the university. A little poem about public execution, the blade up on a scaffold, and a street that, in the end, becomes a river of draining blood. L'Enfer, c'est les autres, and all of that. I'll reflect on that later.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Danny and Armi

Fiat posts a link to the music video for I Wanna Love You Tender by Finnish pop stars Danny and Armi. Lots of fun to watch, and catchy lyrics; Obvious influence from Grease and Star Wars. Hmmm... My guess is that this was produced in 1978 when Danny and Armi were hugely popular (in Finland), and from what I understand, this song, sung in English, was one of their biggest hits. Here are the lyrics. Do people talk like this?
You love me, you wanna love me tender.
How can I be sure you're not pretender?
You want me today,
But what about tomorrow?

Oh, you're absolutely fine,
Your lips are taste of wine.
I'd like to think you're mine.
And if I could touch your hand,
This rock would turn to sand,
So this is where we stand.
Unfortunately, Armi died in 2002, but Danny is still alive and kickin'. Rock on!
Top 5 Vatican Myths

A speech by John Allen given at Marquette
Myth #1: Single-Mindedness
Myth #2: Absolute Control
Myth #3: Secrecy
Myth #4: Wealth
Myth #5: Careerism
Allen does a pretty decent job examining each of these from his point of view as an American observer in Rome. These are only the top 5 myths that abound, mind you. :)
Contraceptive dangers...

More news from Zenit on how the use of particular forms of artificial contraception are proving to be dangerous to women's health.


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