Pope did NOT say animals are going to heaven

We linked to the story that the Pope, in comforting a child, said that his dog would go to Heaven.  But he never said that, there was no child, and the attribution was actually to a misunderstanding of something said by Pope Paul VI!  The story, put out by the New York Times, no less, was fake all the way through and a textbook case in incompetent journalism! [Read more...]

Cranach Hour of Music airs Sunday

Lori Lewis sent me this update about when the Cranach Hour of Music will be featured at the online radio station Wittenberg Nightingale:

The Cranach Hour of Music is a Meditation on Mary’s Magnificat. Many and various Composers have used her words over the centuries to Glorify the Lord in song. Join us for this special hour of music that includes two short devotions on the theme by Pastor Warren Graff of Grace Lutheran Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The hour will air this Sunday (12/14) at 10am Eastern Time, 5pm Eastern Time, and 11pm Eastern Time via Katie Luther Project internet radio station Wittenberg Nightingale.

Radio Station link: http://www.live365.com/stations/wittenbergng

 

Follow Katie Luther on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KatieLutherProject  [This is about the opera about Mrs. Luther.]

Professional trolls

Trolls–those who make harsh and nasty comments just to take over and disrupt discussions–are the bane of the internet.  It turns out, some trolls are paid for their work. [Read more...]

Supreme Court takes up Facebook threats

Does this message from an estranged husband to his wife after she filed a restraining order against him sound like a threat to you?

“Fold up your PFA [protection-from-abuse order] and put it in your pocket.  Is it thick enough to stop a bullet?”

Does it matter that it was posted on his Facebook page?  The poster is claiming that rants posted on social media should not be taken seriously and should have free speech protection.  The poster argues that his violent fantasies about killing his wife are no different from what his hero, Eminem, raps about and so deserve protection as artistic expressions.

The Supreme Court has taken up the case.  Oral arguments begin December 1.  What do you think about this?

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The New York Times on World Magazine

The New York Times, of all publications, has an appreciative article on World Magazine, where I used to be cultural editor.  It lauds the conservative Christian publication for investigating and exposing wrongdoing among conservative Christians. [Read more...]

Tappett brother dies

I have a thesis that anything can be made interesting, if it is just presented in the right way.  I’m not all that interested in cars, but I love Car Talk, NPR’s auto repair call in show, in which “Click and Clack, the Tappett Brothers” solve mechanical mysteries in a most hilarious and interesting way.

One of the brothers, Tom Magliozzi, died on Monday of Alzheimer’s disease.  Car Talk stopped its live programming in 2012, but the re-runs may go on forever, or at least until the internal combustion engine fades away. [Read more...]


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