US Army: “Al Qaeda, Hamas, KKK, Catholicism, Evangelical Christianity, Orthodox Judaism”

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From “Extremism and Extremist Organizations” training for the US Army Reserves. Three of these things are not like the others: Orthodox Jews (Haredim), Evangelical Christians, and Catholics oh my! Also, “Sunni Muslim” is a pretty broad category. And why Sunni and no Shia? And who is this “Morman” you would have us fear? Statement from The [Read More...]

Free Audio Bibles On Amazon Today UPDATED

I don’t know how long this offer will be available, but I just got an IFTTT alert about a free version of English Standard Version, which is a decent translation. It’s Protestant, and thus incomplete, which is bad. But it’s free, which is good.  The readers are … variable: some fine, some … eh. I [Read More...]

Aliens Over the Vatican!

Or, you know … not. Here’s the “story“: A UFO was caught on tape by the BBC as the world awaited the naming of the new Pope. The object, caught as the camera showed a view of the Sistine Chapel at night, is circular and glowing a strange red color. The UFO doesn’t move at [Read More...]

Roger Mahony: Twit UPDATED

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What a contemptible little weasel. I know I should respect the office, and I’ll have to confess that, but this man is beyond the pale. He needs to just shut up. UPDATE: Yeah, I blogged this one angry and intemperate, and shouldn’t be hurling insults at a prince of the Church. But this is so [Read More...]

And Now: A Positive Media Story

I’m still gobsmacked that this piece by Ellie V. Hall ran on Buzzfeed. Here’s a taste of 9 Thing You Should Know Before Talking About The Papal Conclave: 8. The Catholic Church doesn’t hate gay people. The teachings of the Church are straightforward: Sex is a fantastic gift of unity and procreation, which is appropriately [Read More...]

Pope Eye

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It’s Monday, and I don’t want to be working, and neither do you, so here’s another silly post. I got the first of the six volume EC Segar complete Popeye strips for Christmas, and my daughter and I both loved it so much we’ve been picking up the rest as Amazon credit comes in. The volumes [Read More...]

Magnificat for Lent in Digital Formats

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The Magnificat Lent and Advent books are wonderful companions for the journey. Now that they’re rolling out on more and more readers and devices, you can get these little gems for a buck and have them delivered in seconds. You can find some information on the 2013 Magnificat Lenten Companion here. It’s the usual excellent collection [Read More...]

Want Some Free Audiobook Classics?

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I’m not talking about Librivox, although some of those can be quite good. I’m talking about a great, almost-hidden deal from Amazon to promote their Wispersync for Voice titles for the Kindle. When you buy a Whispersync version of a Kindle book together with the Audible audiobook (usually priced at a steep discount, as with [Read More...]


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