Wednesday, September 10, 2003


Remember how I said "until further notice" assume all post-Sept.-1 postings at Cacciaguida are by an impostor?

Well, consider this Further Notice! The folks at Blogger have fixed the situation, and I can now access Cacciaguida again.

So "ttfn" to Can Grande. I'll leave this blog up as sort of reliable home-in-exile in case I need it again, but for now, thanks to Blogger, we've learned the arte [di] tornar, "the art of return." (In your face, Farinata degli Uberti!)

In the print edition of this review of the Washington Opera's FLEDERMAUS, Tim Page says that this was the opera debut of Justices Kennedy, Breyer, and Ginsburg, who were "supers," i.e. stage extras, in the big party scene at Prince Orlovsky's place in Act II.

As to Ginsburg, this is incorrect. She made her Washington Opera debut, along with Justice Scalia, as an extra in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS a few years ago.

Hey, if this blog can't tell you which Justices have appeared in which operas, who can?

Fordham to host LavenderLaw conference.

Tuesday, September 09, 2003

'Mid all the fuss about Mel Gibson's The Passion, has anyone noticed that Persephone is playing Mary Magdalene?

Conversation chez Can Grande

Can Grande
: Something weird has happened to Cacciaguida.

Cangiuseppe (age 17): Something?!

Cheeky monkey.

The RIAA sees the face of evil, and it's a 12-year-old girl

Number One Son is right: the RIAA is The Enemy. I like intellectual property rights as much as the next guy, unless the next guy happens to be my copyright prof from law school (yo there, Yer Honor!). But this is just rotten.

Btw, the RIAA is not some self-financed, self-motivated shark. It's the tool of the musicians. They figure that if they sue you themselves, the already-small chances that you'll shell out $18.95 for their next CD will vanish. So they pay big bucks to have the RIAA hire top lawyers and lobbyists. When the RIAA's top Hill lobbyist retired a while back, she got the sort of send-off party that you'd normally expect for a retiring President, or for Prince Bandar, not that he'll ever leave....

Take a look at a church-free city.

And no, it's not Tirana, Albania. That was the previous cold war.

Monday, September 08, 2003

A thought for Our Lady's birthday

"How old is Our Lady? As with God, time no longer has any significance for her. She has reached the fullness of age, the eternal youth born of participation in the constantly fresh vigor of the divine nature."

-- Fr. Francisco Fernandez, In Conversation with God, vol 7 -- Special Feasts: July-December, p. 135

Quick updates

Cacciaguida still looks fine as of this writing; the Malebranche have not tried to add anything to it.

I'm trying to get rid of the ad at the top of this one, but I'm told that BloggerPlus is under maintenance. Yeah, they're probably looking for the key to Cacciaguida....

Oh, and, yeah, comment boxes are here.

(BTW, in that Malebranche link, catch the translation of "Rubicante"...!)

Color changes

Even if I regain access to Cacciaguida and end up at this blog only a short time, I want it to look right. So, with help from The Old Oligarch, I have changed the color scheme, not to blue, as I thought at first, but to the color scheme of the achievement of arms of the Della Scala family.

Check out also the achievement of arms of our city, Verona. The ladder symbol refers to our family name (Della Scala = "of the stairs"). It is not for ascending Juliet's balcony.

Also, here's what Dante said about the "art" of return from exile: Inferno X 40-51 and 76-81 (the lines in between being Cavalcante's incoherent interruption of Dante's conversation with Farinata, which Farinata, very much in Hell-style, resumes as if nothing had happened).

A translation of Inferno X here; translator not identified. A commentary on Inferno X here, from the Brown Univ. Italian Department.

Fellowship of Catholic Scholars

Hey, get off your duffs and come to the 2003 Fellowship of Catholic Scholars conference at the Marriott Gateway in Arlington, Virginia, Sept. 26-28. This year they're tackling some of the hottest issues of the day.

Prof. Gerard V. Bradley will be one of the featured speakers. Check out his faculty bio here, a short article on Catholic and secularist concepts of religious liberty here, and some of his books here, here, and here (upcoming).

Wesley Smith reports the facts behind Terri Schiavo's imminent execution-by-dehydration. That husband -- some fella, eh? At least we can hope his "fiancé" is planning to kill him for his and Terri's money.

C.H. Sisson, RIP

Poet and civil servant; convert from Methodism to high Anglicanism; always on the outs with the left cultural establishment; translated Dante yet resisted Rome. The Telegraph obit says of him:

His early life in a poor area of Bristol gave him a life-long distaste for the sentimentalities of W H Auden, Stephen Spender and Cecil Day Lewis. "I couldn't help noticing that it was not from a world I inhabited that these three St Georges came riding to the relief of the poor. When they spoke of workers it was as if they were speaking of people in some far-off fairyland, or alternatively of a remote race of South Sea Islanders, or of a favourite breed of beetle."

Sunday, September 07, 2003

Islamic "official" school in France

This just wouldn't be the continuation of Cacciaguida if I didn't kvetch about Muslims, so I thought I'd tell you that the first government-accredited Islamic school has just opened up in France.

This is not just a case of a religious community opening a school. To be a Lycée in the French system is to be part of a network of independently operated but government-endorsed schools. I used to go to one in L.A., and various chargés d'affaires were in and out of the place fairly frequently.

I've heard that at present demographic rates, France will be part of the Dar al Islam by 2050. Roland would not be pleased.

Saturday, September 06, 2003

Greetings, Veronesi ed altri!

It is I, Cacciaguida. There's been some sort of problem at Blogger and I can't access the old blog, so I've decided to reappear, not as Dante's great-great-grandfather, but his patron in exile, Can Grande della Scala, Prince of Verona.

You can still access Cacciaguida, but be advised that the last post I placed there was the Sept. 1 post on opera. Until further notice, assume that anything added after 9/1/03 is by an impostor. (Of course, I'm sort of an impostor myself. Neither "Cacciaguida" nor "Can Grande" is the way I sign my checks. Well, not those I want to clear, anyway. Ah, the metaphysics of the Blogosphere.)

If the problem gets cleared up soon, I'll just resume at the old site. If not, I'll transfer the marginalia and comment boxes over here.


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