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August 3, 2005

a thousand rumps

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 9:05 pm

– enough already with professors and churches (see today’s prior post);

it’s time for haiku & senryu:



Full Professor

putting an extra syllable

between us






the thump

of a thousand rumps

returning to their pews in unison







battery weakened

the low, slow laughter

of a demon



(Red Moon Press,1999) 


postcard sunset —








[Aug. 3, 2005]

                                                                                       goose  goose f





on Bainbridge and Roberts’ Catholicism

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 5:30 pm

In “Roberts’ Catholicism”  (Aug. 2, 2005) Professor Bainbridge has offered a thoughtful piece

responding to many of the issues raised in our prior post “What if John Roberts is a ‘Serious’

Catholic.”   Click here for my reply, which summarizes Steve’s points and addresses them at

some length.  It concludes: 

!key 2  I can’t endorse Prof. Bainbridge’s two questions for Senators to ask Judge

Roberts.   They are incomplete — focusing on whether “formal cooperation with

evil” would require recusal, but not asking how John Roberts defines the terms

or how he would decide what constitutes absolute or intrinsic “evil.”  Crucially,

Prof. Bainbridge doesn’t ask what Roberts thinks his obligations as a Catholic

justice would be if recusal were not required in a case involving such evil. 


I believe a “serious Catholic” would feel obligated to actively oppose laws and

decisions that his Church declares to be “intrinsically unjust.”   Sitting on the

Supreme court would increase the duty.   That would mean participating in the

case and voting in a manner that would support eliminating or greatly limiting

such evil.  So, I ask again,”is John Roberts a Serious Catholic,” and what are

the ramifications if he is?

reprise from Prof. George Swede



during discussion

on the meaning of life       the crunch

of a student’s apple







the son who

argues everything

I study his face in a puddle




at bat neg


score tied

both team jerseys look the same

in the August twilight







stepping on

sidewalk ants     the boy

everyone bullies




George Swede from Almost Unseen (Brooks Books, 2000) 

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