A Brief Illustrated Introduction

Let’s make this introduction simple.

This is me, working:

This is my Lord and savior:

This is how I worship him:

This is what I believe, in its totality, without exception or compromise:

I am not a liberal Catholic, orthodox Catholic, conservative Catholic, cafeteria Catholic, or traditionalist Catholic: I am, simply, a Catholic (Latin Rite). That should be enough for you to know where I stand and what I believe about most issues. At least, it used to be.

This is my leader:

This is not my leader:


Not this:

Or, potentially, this:

I am neither Republican nor Democrat. Therefore, this is my political home:

Were I to choose a political system, I would start with the ideas of these dudes:

And this guy:

But no one ever asks me, so we always wind up with tyrants in various shades of awful. They’re either stripping us of fundamental freedoms, or ginning up excuses to make things go boom. I kind of like this guy:

But I suspect he may be slightly nuts. At this point, I’ll take “Cranky Old Uncle with Some Crazy Ideas” over “Shameless Corporate Shill” or “Wannabe Dictator,” but, again, no one ever asks me, so I’ll go back to doing what I always do, which is this:

And this:

And this:

And a lot of this:

And, yeah, way too much of this:




About Thomas L. McDonald

Thomas L. McDonald writes about technology, theology, history, games, and shiny things. Details of his rather uneventful life as a professional writer and magazine editor can be found in the About tab.

  • http://www.lightbankmedia.com Rob MacMillan

    Thomas- great looking blog. I look forward to reading it regularly. As for the necessity of drinking large quantities of beer and keeping your head in the sand (though hopefully not at the same time) – you needn’t feel alone. I know of at least one other Roman Catholic who is an odd fan of Pope Leo XIII, Chesterton, and Belloc, dislikes both major political parties, and has a devoted interest in the work of Marshall McLuhan. Okay, so maybe I can’t think of more than one, but that needn’t keep us from having a great conversation over a few beers. Best of luck on the new blog. RM

  • Thomas L. McDonald

    Oh, you’d be surprised: I think there are quite a lot of us out there. We have to get up to St. John’s again and and follow up mass with some cheese and beer.

  • victor

    Very nice introduction! I look forward to reading your ‘blog — though as I’m in complete agreement with everything you’ve just posted above I’m not sure there’s much I’ll be able to add by way of comments.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/happycatholicbookshelf/ Julie D.

    I. Love. IT!

    Can’t wait to catch up on the other posts you’ve written! :-)

  • http://knowledgehungry.wordpress.com Jeanne G.

    That looks a lot like me (except I hardly ever drink and I don’t slay dragons, real, metaphorical, or gaming…)

  • https://foothills.wjduquette.com/blog Will Duquette

    Way cool! I’ve missed your regular State of Play posts; I’m glad to see your new blog!

  • http://www.robinhardy.com robin

    Nice, concise intro. How about once more with music?

  • http://gmsplace.com GM Roper

    If Elizabeth be for you and God stand behind you who can stand against you? Outstanding intro, I look forward to more and your humor was just what I needed on this early AM Tuesday morn.

  • Jon Zimmer

    And here I thought I was the only one to like all of these. (Haven’t had a chance to play Skyrim yet, though. Though I wonder what your thoughts are on Deus Ex: Human Revolution. ;) )

  • Thomas L. McDonald

    Ask and you shall receive: I have my Deus Ex review from CNS ready to go up in the morning.

  • http://anabragahenebrysjournal.blogspot.com Ana Braga-Henebry

    What a fantastic blog. I linked to you on my Facebook and family blog today. We used to live in Pennington, NJ for a while as my husband was a professor at Rutgers-Newark. We had Catholic homeschool friends in that area. I wish you the best!

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  • Michael Lindner

    you need to update your Pope